The Crotchety Old Man

Nov 04, 2013
By Michael Rupured

GayRomLit: A Virgin’s Tale (Part 2: Thursday)

Last Monday, I wrote about my preparations for GayRomLit in Atlanta. Today’s post picks up with Thursday morning — the first full day of the retreat — before I really knew what I’d gotten myself into. What an experience! First thing Thursday morning, the organizers offered an orientation session for newcomers. All the newbies got cherries to wear on our name tags and an informative overview by the energetic and enthusiastic Jay from Joyfully Jay Reviews. Later, I also got to meet Becky of Mrs. Condit Reads Books, a number of women who are reviewers for other review sites, and quite a few readers who came for the chance to meet their favorite authors. After the orientation session I wandered around the hotel …

Oct 31, 2013
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H.L. Foster: Burning Ashes

Thank you so much for having me on your blog today, Michael—it’s great to be here. I loved writing my new novel Burning Ashes, and it all started when I watched a cricket match between England and Australia one sunny weekend in London. The competition on the pitch was so fierce, the idea of an equally passionate love between such wonderfully attractive men was too enticing to resist. You really don’t need to know anything about cricket to enjoy Burning Ashes, but it might help to know a little about the sporting relationship between England and Australia. Matches between the Aussies and the Poms, as we affectionately call each other, are incredibly competitive, no matter what the sport. The fans …
Oct 28, 2013
By Michael Rupured
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GayRomLit: A Virgin’s Tale (Part 1: Getting There)

Readers and writers of gay romance novels from around the world come together for the annual Gay Romance Literature Retreat. The first GayRomLit was in New Orleans in 2011, moving to Albuquerque for 2012, and this year — from October 17-20 — the biggest event in the gay romance genre was in Atlanta. Being so close, I decided to go. Participation is limited to 400, including several featured authors, a small group of supported authors, and lots of readers. I registered as a reader for a chance to check things out. I didn’t know what to expect, but was pretty sure GayRomLit would be nothing like the academic conferences I’d attended. Confirmation of my suspicions arrived three weeks before the event …

Oct 24, 2013
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C Jane Elliott: Serpentine Walls

Thank you, Michael, for hosting me on your blog! Hello all, I’m CJane Elliott and my novel Serpentine Walls is being released by Dreamspinner Press on October 30th.  I’ve published three novellas through Dreamspinner but this is my first novel-length work and I’m excited (and terrified).   Serpentine Walls is a contemporary novel set at the University of Virginia.  Most of the characters are in their early twenties, trying to figure out where they’re going and what life means to them. My main character, Pete, is a typical college guy and at the beginning of the story he comes off as somewhat shallow.  Angry over his parents’ divorce, he insists he wants nothing to do with love and relationships.  He …
Oct 21, 2013
By Michael Rupured

The End of Gay Culture?

Since the beginning of time, doing gay things hasn’t necessarily made a person gay. You know — boys will be boys. Stuff happens, especially when the guys are far away from womenfolk fighting wars, doing time in prison, hunting, fishing, or hanging out drunk at the frat house. Beyond those who took the occasional walk on the wild side, I suspect even cavemen had an eccentric uncle, tolerated because he grilled amazing bison steaks, made the best loincloths, and showed no interest in diddling the women. What he did in his own cave was his business. And because of his…cooking skills, the men invited him along for hunting expeditions. Really I have no idea what gay people did prior to …

Oct 17, 2013
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Tinnean: The Start of a Beautiful Friendship

First I’d like to thank Michael for giving me this opportunity. Thanks, Michael! 🙂 If there’s one thing I love, it’s talking about my guys. So here we go. I first introduced Mark Vincent in the twenty-four-part online series, Mann of My Dreams. He’s a caustic agent (the “spy” in Spy vs. Spook) who works for the Washington Bureau of Intelligence and Security, or WBIS. When Dreamspinner expressed an interest in publishing Mann, I took it down, added a brand new introductory chapter, did some trimming and fiddling, and it became the Spy vs. Spook trilogy, Houseboat on the Nile, Not My Spook!, and Forever. These books cover the events from New Year’s Eve, 2002, to Mark’s birthday in 2003. …
Oct 14, 2013
By Michael Rupured
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The New Gays

They just don’t make gays like they used to. Kids who come out today are different from those who stepped through the closet doors when I did. For a select group, being gay is not — and never has been — an issue. I grew up in the 60s and came out in 1979, at the age of 21, into a very homophobic society. Interestingly enough, I recall very few occasions, outside of the occasional dirty joke, when the topic of homosexuality even came up. Queer was the polite alternative to faggot. Cool parents didn’t exist when I came out. My child, gay? Absolutely not! Some parents handled the news better than others, but hours of tearful attempts to talk the …

Oct 10, 2013
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After Christmas Eve Blog Hop

MLR Press has released After Christmas Eve, my second novel, and I’m having a party! To celebrate I’m giving away lots of copies. Keep reading to find out how to win. The celebration begins with a giveaway on Sid Love’s web site starting tomorrow. Next week, Joyfully Jay is offering another giveaway. Rules vary with each site. Be sure to stop by for a chance to win. I’m giving away ten more free copies (ebooks) of After Christmas Eve through an eleven-stop blog hop. For the next two weeks, I’ll do a guest post a day, Monday through Friday, on eleven different blogs. Comment on this post and/or my posts on any of the participating blogs before midnight, October 25, 2013 for a chance …
Oct 07, 2013
By Michael Rupured
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A Writer’s Temperament

Anything I’ve done — whether writing a novel, losing fifty pounds, becoming a runner, or whatever — I tend to believe anyone can do. On the other hand, just about everyone I know does something I could never do.  I’m not smart enough, don’t think that way, or lack the talent. I’m an ordinary guy in a world of extraordinary people. Recent conversations about becoming a published author opened my eyes. I encouraged two friends who like to write to try writing a novel, insisting, since I had done it, they could too. They disagreed, and in different ways, told me I have what they referred to as “a writer’s temperament.” I wouldn’t repeat the character-building decade of my twenties …

Oct 03, 2013
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Layla M. Wier: Homespun

Hi, and thank you to so much to Michael for hosting me today! This is the third week of my blog tour for my novella Homespun, released Sept. 18 from Dreamspinner Press. During my blog tour, which runs ’til Oct. 8, I’m giving away a handmade scarf, knit or crocheted by me specially for you, in a style and yarn color that you get to pick! (This would also be a great holiday gift for someone else!) More details here: http://laylawier.wordpress.com/2013/09/09/scarf-giveaway/ – you just need to comment on any of the posts in the tour to be entered. I’ve rarely had a story seize me in its teeth and insist on being written the way this one did. The idea …
Sep 30, 2013
By Michael Rupured

The Serious Writer

The first advice aspiring authors get is to write every day.  Jobs and other responsibilities are just excuses. The serious writer should get out of bed several hours before anyone else, or stay up after they’ve gone to bed. Whatever it takes to meet the daily requirement. Writing time, when I can find it, has always been a fun and enjoyable escape from the daily grind and the pressures of the real world. Becoming an author raised the bar, forcing me to act more like a serious writer should. The occasional hobby I’d loved became a chore. Trying to follow the daily writing edict sucked every ounce of joy, not just from writing, but from my whole life. Wah! Don’t get me wrong. I …

Sep 26, 2013
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Rebecca Cohen: Life in the Land

My latest release, Life in the Land, is a tale of romance and the everyday life of a superhero. But as well as my two leading men, Bobby and Mike, the other stars of the novella are the land itself and the crops that grow on the family farm. I hold my hands up, I’m a biologist. There I said it! With that in mind, it’s hardly surprising that I chose a slightly quirky angle to how my superhero, Bobby, has to deal with his superhuman gifts. The gifts themselves manifest from the magic in the land of the family farm, and Bobby has to connect to the magic in order to get his superpowers. I don’t want to spoil …
Sep 23, 2013
By Michael Rupured

My MVPs

I am not a hoarder. The neat freak in me couldn’t handle the mess. If anything, I err in the opposite direction, tossing stuff others would probably keep. Whether the result of nature or nurture, I can’t say. As with most traits, I suspect both play a role. My parents were both OCD control freaks. At least once every few months, I’d come home to find my bedroom spick and span…almost. A note atop a mountain of clutter piled on the bed, almost to the ceiling, advised me to deal with the mess, pronto, if I knew what was good for me. Knowing what’s good for me has never been my forte. Google “slow learner” and my picture shows up in …

Sep 19, 2013
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Lynley Wayne: Rocky’s Road

Thanks for having me, Michael. I fell in love with the characters in this book while writing, Scars. Rocky is the little brother of Jace, who is the main character from Scars, and Landon is Jace’s friend. By the end of that book I knew these two were destined to be together. MLR Press will release Rocky’s Road September 20. Blurb: How can you find yourself when you don’t know where to start? For Rocky, the move from Indiana to Maryland isn’t half as daunting as the prospect of finally taking the time to explore his sexuality.  Luckily for him, Rocky has his brother’s best friend for a guide… Landon had all but given up on finding someone to spend his …
Sep 16, 2013
By Michael Rupured

Two at Once

For me, writing a novel is a lot like a relationship. Managing more than one at a time is just too complicated for my simple mind. Yet, despite my usual single-mindedness of purpose, I’m currently working on two novels. After writing the first two books in the holiday series, I wanted to try something different. Adventures in Trauma Car is a first-person coming-of-age story very loosely based on my life. Figuring I knew the story well enough not to need an outline or character sketches, I forged ahead. But 30,000 words in, I hit a wall. I’d changed things up so much that any resemblance to my life had disappeared. I hit this wall with every book I write. The story …

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