• The Case of the Missing Drag Queen

    Broke, saddled with a mountain of debt, and dependent on his Aunt Callie’s support, aspiring writer Luke Tanner has returned to Kentucky to put his life back together after a failed five-year relationship. On his twenty-fifth birthday, Luke meets diminutive Pixie Wilder, a long-time performer at the Gilded Lily. After headliner Ruby Dubonnet doesn’t show up, Pixie takes her place as the star of the show—a motive that makes her a suspect in Ruby’s disappearance. Luke reluctantly agrees to help his new-found friend clear her name. He and Pixie set out to find the missing drag queen, and in the process, put themselves in danger.

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  • Aucune Bonne Action

    La veille de Noël, en 1966, Philip Potter, un conservateur du Smithsonian au grand cœur, termine ses achats de dernière minute. Au même instant, James, son compagnon depuis plusieurs années, s’ôte la vie chez eux. Inconscient de ce qui l’attend, Philip dépose des cadeaux à un refuge pour sans-abris, un acte généreux qui fera plus tard de lui un suspect dans le meurtre d’un prostitué. Après la mort choquante de James, deux hommes entrent dans la vie de Philip… et tous deux conduisent une Continental jaune. L’un d’eux, toutefois, est un tueur avec le sang de six prostitués sur les mains. Et tous deux cachent quelque chose. Comme Philip est sur le point de le découvrir, aucune bonne action ne …

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  • Equality: What Do You Think about When You Think of Equality?

    In the tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Stride Toward Freedom and Malala Yousafzai’s, I Am Malala, Equality: What Do You Think About When You Think of Equality? presents thought-provoking and compelling personal essays that probe a concept professed to be the very foundation of our democracy—a concept that may even be more vital today than in the past. From international bestselling author, Anne Perry who asserts we must look within ourselves to our emotions, experiences, and beliefs before we attempt an honest and truthful answer, to Dennis Palumbo, psychotherapist and author, who claims diagnostic labels used in treating mental illness often stigmatize and dehumanize the patient causing clinicians to view their patients in terms of their diagnosis rather than …

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  • No Good Deed

    On Christmas Eve in 1966, Philip Potter, a kind-hearted Smithsonian curator,  wraps up his last-minute shopping. Meanwhile, his lover of several years takes his own life back in their home. Unaware of what awaits him, Philip drops off gifts at a homeless shelter, an act of generosity that will later make him a suspect in the murder of a male prostitute. Following James’s shocking death, two men enter Philip’s life—and both drive yellow Continentals. One of them, though, is a killer, with the blood of at least six hustlers on his hands. And both are hiding something. As Philip is about to discover, no good deed goes unpunished. (Originally released by MLR Press in 2013 as After Christmas Eve)

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  • Whippersnapper

    Tellumo Magnamater is a fresh-out-of-college, first-year English teacher at Salt Lick County High School in Kentucky. He rides the bus to and from work, and every day he walks to the gym behind his small efficiency apartment to exercise. Perhaps because of being raised by two lesbians, Tellumo is attracted to older men. He sets his sights on fifty-something available bachelor Oliver Crumbly. But Tellumo isn’t the only resident interested in Oliver. Peggy Tucker, a widow approaching her sixtieth birthday, is determined to marry again, and she thinks Oliver is her perfect match. Despite Tellumo and Peggy striking up a friendship at the gym, neither realizes they are interested in the same man. But the joke might be on both of …

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  • Happy Independence Day

    Terrence Bottom wants to change the world. Little does he know the world is already changing, and his part in it won’t be what he expects. A prelaw student at Columbia University, Terrence’s interests range from opposing the draft and the war in Vietnam, to civil rights for gays, to anything to do with Cameron McKenzie, the rugged blond hanging around the Stonewall Inn. Too bad Cameron bolts whenever Terrence looks his way. College dropout Cameron McKenzie left tiny Paris, Kentucky with dreams of a career on Broadway. Although he claims to be straight, he prostitutes himself to survive. Now the Mafia is using him to entrap men for extortion schemes. He’s in over his head with no way out—at …

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  • The Bear King of Snowbird Mountain

    Recently single Jeremy Jenkins is an average guy working hard as a landscape designer in the mountains of Tennessee. At a conference in DC, he meets gorgeous Donald Matthews, who says the strangest things—like how he thinks Jeremy is hot and wants them to spend the rest of their lives together. This story is part of A Taste of Honey, a Dreamspinner Press Anthology. Other stories in the collection: The Bear Fetish, by John Amory The Bear Next Door, by Jack Byrne The Bear at the Bar, by J. Scott Coatsworth Barefoot, by Lillian Francis Just Breath, by John Genest Bear Chasing, by Renae Kaye Golden Bear, by G. P. Keith Hunting Bear: A Fairy Tale with a Very Hairy …

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  • Until Thanksgiving

    Josh Freeman knows his best days are behind him. After his partner of seventeen years has an affair with a younger man, Josh buries himself in takeout boxes, half-smoked joints, and self-pity until his best friend gently kicks him in the ass and encourages him to try out a new job in Washington DC—at least until Thanksgiving. Though DC has its share of troubles, specifically in the form of a murderer targeting gay men, Josh soon discovers its charms as well. Unlike his old home, DC is crawling with men who want to date him—apparently he’s not as overweight, out of shape, or over the hill as the man he once loved made him believe. In particular, Josh would love …

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The Crotchety Old Man

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 …

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 …