The Crotchety Old Man

Jan 20, 2014
By Michael Rupured

The Treadmill and Me

I’ve gained ten pounds in the last few weeks. Why? A deep and abiding affection for Simply Lemonade, Nabisco Ginger Snaps, and ice-cream (any brand will do) had nothing to do with the extra weight. I blame cold weather. Why? Because I’m a fair weather runner. I love running shirtless, and that requires sunshine, temperatures in the 60s or 70s, and a little breeze. For most of last year, I ran three miles or more, two or three times every week, logging more than 330 miles in 94 sessions on MapMyRun. Cold weather has decimated my running routine. Never mind the weight gain. The big surprise is how much I miss running. So I had a little talk with myself. Somehow, …

Jan 16, 2014
By Etienne

About a Bottoms Series

My name is Etienne, and I’ve written several books in the M/M contemporary genre.  They are not, however, romance novels.  At least, not in the generally accepted sense of the term.  I don’t write purple prose, or for that matter, even semi-purple prose.  Why?  Because people don’t talk like that in real life—maybe in Victorian times, but not today.  My literary world is populated by men who act—and react—like men. Enter Chris Bottoms.  He is an RNFA (Registered Nurse First Assistant), which means he works in the OR, assisting surgeons at a somewhat higher level than surgical nurses.  Chris is also a bottom, but not by choice.  He’s a bottom because, between the ages of twelve and fifteen he was …
Jan 13, 2014
By Michael Rupured
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On Becoming a Gym Rat: Revisited

January is the month for resolutions, and for lots of people, getting more exercise tops the list. We year-round gym rats see the influx of new faces every January. Some will stick around, but in a matter of weeks, most will give up and quit coming. Read on if you want to be around next year to make fun of the resolvers. I joined a gym about two and a half years ago when paying by the class for Zumba got expensive. To make sure I’d use my membership, I signed up for the most expensive option. My plan came with a weekly 30-minute session with a trainer — great for me, as I hadn’t set foot in a gym …

Jan 09, 2014
By Christopher Hawthorne Moss

Beloved Pilgrim

Excerpt from BELOVED PILGRIM by Christopher Hawthorne Moss, release date January 23, 2014, from Harmony Ink Press
Jan 06, 2014
By Michael Rupured

Pet Writing Peeves: It

The members of my writers group will tell you that overuse of the word “it” is one of my pet peeves. Don’t get me wrong. “It” is a perfectly acceptable word. But most of the time, there are better options. Sometimes, “it” is used to refer to another word or phrase that comes later in the sentence. Let’s take a simple sentence like “It was a beautiful day.”  In this instance, “it” refers to the day. I’d say instead, “The day was beautiful.” That’s not much of an improvement, so I’d take a look at the sentences on either side of “the day was beautiful” to see about combining the two. Let’s say we have: Cathy walked along the shore. …

Jan 02, 2014
By Jacob Flores

When Love Gets Hairy

Hello, everyone. I’m Jacob Z. Flores, and I’m so glad to be back here at fellow author Michael Rupured’s blog. Since this is my second time here, I guess I didn’t make too much of a nuisance of myself during my last stop back in November. Yay! So why am I back? Well, Michael has graciously offered to be the second stop on my blog tour promoting my latest release, When Love Gets Hairy, which is the third book of my Provincetown Series. The Provincetown books don’t have to be read in order (in case you were wondering). The main characters in one book become the supporting characters in other books, so you can read them in any order you …
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 …
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