The Crotchety Old Man

Dec 23, 2013
By Michael Rupured
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Fake-umentaries

I like documentaries, perhaps because learning something makes me feel less guilty about watching television. When I was a kid, my favorite show was Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom with Marlin Perkins, though in retrospect, I may have had a crush on his assistant. I looked forward to a new National Geographic special as much as any situation comedy or drama. Jacques Cousteau rocked my world. My taste for documentaries is rather eclectic, including historical, geographical, scientific, and biographical. Long before I thought about writing a novel, I watched all the documentaries about serial killers. I’ve seen bits and pieces of numerous documentary miniseries, but don’t think I’ve ever caught every episode. Though I haven’t watched them for a while, …

Dec 19, 2013
By John Amory

Protection, Jury Duty, & A Christmas Caroler

I’m not usually one for sunshine and rainbows. I know that’s probably a shock considering I write and read so many M/M romances, but it’s true. Happy-Ever-Afters are something that I don’t typically buy into. Do they sometimes happen in real life? Of course. But life is so much more complex than that, and I like stories that reflect that fact: stories with some grit, some angst, some sadness, some realism. Just look at my two most recent releases: Protection is about a man who survives a horrific gay bashing and can only feel safe afterward when he’s shooting a gun, and Jury Duty is about a court bailiff who is forced to facedown a crazed man who’s opened fire …
Dec 16, 2013
By Charlie Cochet

The Heart of Frost Blog Tour & Giveaway

Hello, Charlie Cochet here! Thank you for joining me on stop 5 of The Heart of Frost blog tour! Today I’m chatting about holiday traditions. I come from a Hispanic family, so we tend to gather together and have our family dinners/parties on Noche Buena (Christmas Eve) rather than Christmas Day. We also have traditional food, like Lechon asado (roasted suckling pig), Congri (black beans and rice), Yuca con mojo (yuca with garlic), Tostones or platanos maduros (plantains) salad, and of course a dulce de tres leches after. If it’s a big gathering, everything is laid out on a long table in trays where everyone lines up and helps themselves. There’s always multiple desserts, and everyone brings something. We still …
Dec 12, 2013
By A. E. Via

Blue Moon Too Good to be True

Welcome A.E. Via! As part of her tour, she’s giving away three autographed copies and three ebooks of Blue Moon Too Good to be True. To enter, click here. Hello Readers! I’m A.E. Via, best-selling author of Blue Moon Too Good To Be True.  This is my last stop on my blog tour and I’d like to give a very special thank you to Michael Rupured for allowing me a guest spot on his site and to talk a little about my very first M/M novel. I’d also like to extend a very special thank you to Authors Assistant Agency for doing such an outstanding job with the promotion of Blue Moon. During the tour, I’ve been asked over and …
Dec 09, 2013
By Michael Rupured
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DVR Changed My Life

For longer than I care to admit, my evenings revolved around the television. I had shows to watch every night of the week. Picking favorites for some nights was easier than others, but somehow, I always found something to watch. Looking back, the quality of my viewing selections makes me cringe. I couldn’t stay awake late enough to watch the top-rated ten o’clock dramas. So I filled the hours with banal situation comedies, an endless variety of reality shows, VH1 Top 100 countdowns, and occasional episodes of Jerry Springer, Cheaters, and Dr. Phil. You know — must see TV. Years ago, I changed my cable package. As part of the introductory offer, the company threw in a Digital Video Recorder (DVR). No …

Dec 05, 2013
By Brita Addams

Tarnished Gold & Tarnished Souls

Thank you so much, Michael, for having me over to visit. I have a giveaway for your readers. I’ll choose two winners. One random commenter will win an ebook copy of Tarnished Gold or For Men Like Us and I’m offering to send swag to anyone who’d like it. U.S. only please.  Writing Characters Readers Can Relate To This topic is interesting to me because it is something I’m not particularly conscious of when I read gay romance. As a woman, gay romance doesn’t offer me like characters, and while het romance does, I don’t very often read or write het. Why? I enjoy reading and writing gay romance more. In writing all male characters, I have to dig deep …
Dec 02, 2013
By Michael Rupured
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Me and My Gal

We got puppies twice when I was growing up. Poochy came from the pound, known today as an animal shelter. Amelia came to us after a neighbor’s dog got knocked up. Neither dog lasted more than six months. No, they didn’t die. Things just didn’t work out. When I moved out on my own, I got a cat — mostly because of the litter box. Letting the dog out from my third floor apartment wasn’t  an attractive option, and I didn’t want to add walking the dog to an already rushed morning routine. I outlived five cats before throwing in the towel, and for several years, enjoyed a pet-free existence. But my ex had always had dogs, and eventually, he talked …

Nov 28, 2013
By Tia Fielding

Howl Sweet Howl & Positive

Finnshifters 3: Howl Sweet Howl by Tia Fielding Life at the Jarvela farm hobbles on when the new year rolls in. Losing his wife and co-alpha in the storm of the decade emotionally paralyzed Sean, though he tries to cope and attempts to pick up the pieces with their children. Rider, another alpha, could give him the love and comfort he needs, but Sean is too depressed to recognize the possibility of having a male partner, and he goes into mental tailspin. Rider makes the hard decision to leave for a while, and Sean turns his energy and sadness into working on the neighboring Metsala farm with the other members of their farm family. But Sean isn’t really getting better, …
Nov 25, 2013
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GayRomLit: A Virgin’s Tale (Part 4: Saturday)

By the time Saturday rolled around, conference fatigue had descended upon me. Between the strange bed and missing my cuddly little dog, I hadn’t slept well three nights in a row. Throw in that four nights away from home is about my max — even for trips to the beach with Toodles by my side — and I was ready to go home. But I’d put too much effort into my costume to leave before the masquerade ball, so I stayed. Over breakfast, Tali and I shared reactions to our first GayRomLit, discussed various aspects of the business of writing, and traded secrets about our salad days. She was a good friend before we had the chance to meet. GayRomLit …
Nov 21, 2013
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Jacob Flores: Chasing the Sun

Hi, everyone! I’m Jacob Z. Flores, and I’m excited about being here at Michael Rupured’s blog. This is my first time here, and I’m honored that Michael has allowed me to sully his blog with my presence. I met Michael at GRL, and let me tell you, he’s such a sweet guy. It makes being here that much grander. So why am I here taking up space? Well, Michael has graciously offered to be the last stop on my blog tour promoting my latest release, Chasing the Sun, which is the second book of my Provincetown Series. For those interested, I have included a blurb and excerpt below. Additionally, as part of my blog tour I’m holding a contest. All …
Nov 18, 2013
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Charlie Cochet’s The Impetuous Afflictions Blog Tour

All right, I’m here. Not that I have much of a say on it. My name’s Gideon Brooks and I’m here to tell ya that Jonathan Wolfe is a bloody wanker. Did I say wanker? I meant, Jonathan Wolfe is a right bloke and not a complete arse at all. At least not all of the time. I promised Jacky I’d keep the swearing to a minimal and behave all gentlemanly and whatnot, remember how to speak proper and all. Fact is, I ain’t no gentleman. Not that I don’t try, though I suppose I could try a little harder sometimes. I don’t mean to, it’s just my nature. I guess the reason Johnnie gets on my bloody wick is …
Nov 14, 2013
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Shira Anthony: Encore

Thanks, Michael, for hosting me today and letting me tell everyone a bit about my brand-new Dreamspinner Press release, Encore.  Make sure to enter the drawing for the Blue Notes Holiday 2013 Blog Tour—I’m offering up some great prizes, including a brand-new Kindle with a bunch of my books loaded on it!  Details at the bottom of this post. For those of you new to the Blue Notes Series, each book is a standalone story (books can be read in any order).  Although Encore is fifth novel by publication date, it is chronologically the first, and it’s a great place to start reading the series. Encore is both a coming of age story and a romance between adult men.  It’s …
Nov 11, 2013
By Michael Rupured
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My $85 Watch Battery–Revisited

The watch I wear everyday stopped running again. The battery lasted from March, 2010 to just the other day. I call that a good value, even at $85. This time, I went straight to the watch store. Here’s the story, reprinted from 2010, of how I came to pay $85 for a watch battery. Almost every watch I’ve ever owned was a Timex. I had a Swatch once, but somebody stole it. Nobody ever wanted my Timex watches. They took a licking and kept on ticking until I either stopped winding them or quit replacing batteries. My ex bought me a nice watch for Christmas (2008). I’m sure he was disappointed by my lack of interest in fancy features. He’s …

Nov 11, 2013
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GayRomLit: A Virgin’s Tale (Part 3: Friday)

More than curiosity and the convenient Atlanta location motivated me to attend my first GayRomLit. Yes, I wanted the visibility and to make a good impression. But I couldn’t wait to meet other writers — especially the friends I’ve made through author message boards, guest appearances on my blog, and conversations on Facebook and Twitter. GayRomLit confirmed what I’d observed over the last fifteen months. I’ve yet to meet a writer in the genre who was anything but nice. Really. You couldn’t ask for a friendlier, more helpful bunch of people. We share fans, because nobody can write fast enough to satisfy the voracious appetite readers have for more books. The atmosphere is cooperative, not competitive. Charlie Cochet and Eden Winters, …
Nov 07, 2013
By Michael Rupured
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An Update on My Healthy Lifestyle

Two years ago, because the monthly membership fee was cheaper than paying by the class for Zumba, I joined a gym. To make sure I didn’t pay for something I never used, I got the most expensive plan available. Having never set foot in a weight room in my life, I figured the weekly sessions with a trainer would get me off to a good start and keep me from hurting myself. Those first few months, in addition to my training sessions, I hit the gym twice every week to workout, and at least three times a week for Zumba. Three months later, I was hugely disappointed not to see the results that before and after pictures had led me to …

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