The Crotchety Old Man

Jun 05, 2014
By Haley Walsh

Skyler Foxe Mysteries

When Your Erotic Mysteries Are Set At A High School… Okay, calm down everyone. The setting is a high school, yes. But the main protagonists are two teachers. Everything you read about in the novels is between two consenting adults. Whew! But even in this day and age, you’ve got to be careful. I write the Skyler Foxe Mysteries. Skyler Foxe is in his first year as a high school English Lit teacher. But he has a penchant for stumbling upon murder and has the need to solve them, whether it’s to discover who killed his principal’s son, sleuthing out the murderer of an old friend from college, or, in the case of the latest, FOXE FIRE, if the recent …
Jun 02, 2014
By Michael Rupured

Five Steps to Becoming a Successful Author

On this date just two short years ago, with a lot of encouragement from my friends in the Athens Writers Workshop, I submitted a query for my first novel. I waited for the “not what we’re looking for at this time” message to file with the rejections I’d already received for Glass Houses — my still unpublished memoir. Instead, less than three months later, the fine folks at Dreamspinner Press sent me a contract for Until Thanksgiving. When I signed that first contract, my expectations about overnight success as a published author were a tad unrealistic. I haven’t quit my day job. You won’t find excerpts from my books in The New Yorker. Terry Gross hasn’t interviewed me for Fresh Air, nor has Oprah called. Even …

May 29, 2014
By Poppy Dennison
Belligerent Beta Blog Tour

The Science of Shifters

Based on the title of this post, you might be thinking I’m smart or something. I’m not. Well, not where science is concerned. Or physics. Or whatever science would be involved to allow a person to shapeshift. Does such a science exist? Anyhoo, I’m not smart in those areas. I have been called a smart ass a time or two, but that’s another post. *g* No, today I want to talk to you about the science of shifters. There seem to be two different mind sets among authors on how shifters work. One is through magic. Shifting just happens. The other gets into the physics of it. Mass must equal mass. Or something like that? Clearly, I’m of the first …
May 26, 2014
By Michael Rupured

My Cable Bill

The ability to retire a few years earlier than planned has provided an incentive to pay a lot more attention to my monthly bills. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve always been vigilant. But the emphasis has shifted from checking for errors to looking for (painless) ways to cut back. As they’re based on usage, I expect bills for water and electric to vary. In the past, I’ve been on “the budget plan” with my utilities to spread the cost of high months across the year. Not anymore. Mostly the budget plan kept me from noticing how much setting my thermostat to 68 in July was costing me. Anyway, variability with these kinds of expenses is to be expected. My cell phone service and my …

May 22, 2014
By Suki Fleet

This is Not a Love Story

Hi, I’m Suki Fleet. Thank you so much for having me, Michael! My first published novel is titled ‘This is Not a Love Story’ and I guess that title is a bit of a misnomer in the sense that it is a love story from start to finish. So why did I come up with that title? Well, it all started with my initial premise for the story, which was a very vague Romeo and Juliet ish take on the story of two homeless boys living on the streets of London. And I mean vague, because apart from their names, the Romeo and Juliet part of the story didn’t really come in to until the ending. But it was all …
May 19, 2014
By Michael Rupured

Search Me

WordPress — the host for my web page — tracks the number of visitors to the site and page views, how visitors found me (Twitter now eclipses Facebook), and all kinds of interesting tidbits. I don’t pay much attention anymore, but every now and then I like to see what search terms have brought visitors to my site. For the first time ever, “Michael Rupured” is the number one search term, with three spelling variations also in the top fifty. I really don’t think I’m famous enough for stalkers. The correct spelling suggests people see my name somewhere and then look me up. I suspect more than a few are coworkers or colleagues from my day job. Number two is “Daddy …

May 15, 2014
By Chris T. Kat

Sacrifices

Hello, I’m Chris T. Kat, visiting the lovely—or should that be sexy?—Michael Rupured. 🙂 I’m here to talk about my new release, Sacrifices (A Jeff Woods Mystery, Sequel to Attachment Strings), a m/m mystery/suspense story which was published by Dreamspinner Press on April 28th. Sacrifices is the sequel to Attachment Strings, which was published in June 2013. In that book, readers were introduced to the main characters, detective Jeff Woods, and his love interest Alex Fisher. When I wrote the first Jeff Woods story, I knew this would become a series. For a while, I struggled with the decision on how many books the series should entail, but eventually settled on three. The third and last book is written, and …
May 12, 2014
By Michael Rupured
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Pet Writing Peeves: That

Coming up with ideas for Pet Writing Peeves isn’t a problem. Finding topics that I know enough about to explain, however, is a bit more challenging. “Just because” is hardly sufficient, but that is too often the only explanation that I can offer. Such is the case with my admittedly mild aversion to the word “that.” I took grammar as an elective my senior year in high school. Ms. Stiles — a retired Army sergeant and a truly great teacher — must have schooled us on the rules. My inability to use the appropriate terminology today suggests that maybe I wasn’t paying attention. I’ve come to see “that” in my own writing as a word that is worth scrutinizing. How does …

May 08, 2014
By A.E. Via

Nothing Special

A.E. Via is the new best-selling author in the beautiful gay erotic genre. Her writing embodies everything from spicy to scandalous. Her stories often include intriguing edges and twists that take readers to new, thought-provoking depths.

When she’s not clicking away at her laptop, A.E. runs a very successful paralegal-for-hire business, and in her spare time, she devotes herself to her family—a husband and four children, her two pets, a Maltese dog and her white Siamese cat, ELynn, named after the late, great gay romance author E...

May 05, 2014
By Michael Rupured

RainbowCon 2014

My first gig as a featured author at a conference took place last month in Tampa. Back in October I dropped by a similar event — the Gay Romance Literature retreat (GRL) in Atlanta — to scope things out. Meeting and hanging out with publishers, reviewers, readers, and other writers was great fun!  I heard about RainbowCon and, rather than registering as a reader, was thrilled to get in as a writer. Attending events isn’t cheap. Between promotional items, registration for the conference, the hotel room, meals, gas for my car, and a new wardrobe, I spent a fortune for the four-day event. The short-term expense is an investment in my writing career to hopefully pay-off in the longterm. Besides, money isn’t everything. Getting …

May 01, 2014
By Rider Jacobs

Forgotten

The first of the year found me sitting with my best friend Angel making our plans for the New Year. This was going to be her year, she just had that feeling. I thought this would be a year of change for me too, little did I know how much of a change my life would have. Her dream was to put out twelve stories; it is bittersweet that it looks as if I will be the one that accomplishes that goal for her. On January 17th my best friend passed away after a very short battle with pneumonia. In February I had the story Everything Changes published by MLR press. It was the last story that Angel read and …
Apr 28, 2014
By Michael Rupured
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Countdown to Retirement

To celebrate Financial Literacy Month, my regular Monday posts in April have focused on my experience planning for my looming retirement. For most of my career, retiring has been an abstract concept — something far, far away. But now that I’m pushing sixty, the time has come to get real about where, when, and how I’ll retire. Where is easy. I love Athens for the mild winters and all the gorgeous, fragrant plants that thrive here. Knowing I’d probably die in my next house, the low-maintenance design, stair-free floor plan, and tiny yard heavily influenced my decision to buy my current residence. Frankly, at this stage of the game, I’d rather die than face another move. When I got serious about …

Apr 24, 2014
By Shira Anthony

The Mermen of Ea Series

For those of you who may not know, Michael is an all-around amazing man. He’s also an amazing running partner. I just returned from attending Rainbow Con 2014 in Tampa, where Michael and I started off several mornings by running several miles. I can’t speak for Michael, but I personally find that running clears my cobweb-filled brain and helps me focus on my writing. In fact, some of my best ideas have come to me when I’m out on a run, although I have to admit that remembering them long enough to write them down when I get back home is sometimes a challenge! As I write this, it’s two weeks from the release of my 11th Dreamspinner Press book, …
Apr 21, 2014
By Michael Rupured

My Retirement Expenses

Welcome to the third of four April posts about my retirement planning experience in honor of Financial Literacy Month. I wrote about my preparations for retirement over the years in the first post, and in the second, the sources of income I expect to receive in retirement. Now I turn to my retirement expenses. Figuring out future living expenses is a guessing game. I won’t need to replace my current income — rules of thumb say to plan to live on twenty to twenty-five percent less than preretirement income. Travel and other pursuits could push expenses higher. My life won’t change much, so I expect my cost of living will be more or less the same as now. Inflation is another question mark. How fast …

Apr 17, 2014
By Teegan Loy

Picks & Pucks

When I asked my gracious host, Michael, what I should write about, he suggested I discuss my main character. I decided to let Justin tell his story. My name is Justin Corrin. I’m about 5’11”, the same height as Olympic figure skating champion, Brian Boitano. I didn’t set out to be a figure skater. I originally started in the world of hockey, where I was considered on the smaller side. Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins is 6’9”. Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks is listed at 5’11”, but that’s probably when he’s wearing his skates, so I had a shot at the pros. My story started when I was around fifteen years old, when I took up figure skating …