Recent Reads – Whippersnapper by Michael Rupured

RecentReads

Hello all! Welcome to another Recent Reads. This weekend I had the pleasure of reading a pre-release copy of Whippersnapper by Michael Rupured. This story was a real treat for me. Aside the fact this was my first May-December romance, it’s also not your typical gay romance. We follow the heartwarming story of three very different, very fascinating characters as they enter each other’s lives, drawn to each other as if by fate. Yet despite their differences, they share one thing in common–wanting to find love.

This isn’t your typical boy-meets-boy, boy-beds-boy, boy-falls-in-love-with-boy story. We get three POVs: Tellumo’s, Oliver’s, and Peggy’s. Peggy was such a fun character to read. I hadn’t expected to love her as much as I did. She made me laugh, pulled at my heart strings, made me teary eyed, and I found myself rooting for her. Her growth as a character was wonderful. Oliver is certainly crotchety, but his rants had me snickering and laughing out loud. The call to the cable company? Oh, that was just perfect. I felt Oliver’s pain on that one. I loved getting to know the real Oliver, and there was more than one heartbreaking moment. Tellumo is smart, sweet, and just what Oliver needs.

This book is about love in many forms. The love we find in family, friends, and romantic relationships, along with the bonds we form. How no matter our age, or our differences, love feeds the soul. It’s a realistic story of heartache, warm moments, and life’s funny little coincidences. I really enjoyed Whippersnapper, even if it did have me craving yeast rolls, cinnamon buns, and a host of other delectable treats.

<3 Happy Reading!

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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 them. Oliver, a retired history teacher, is the original crotchety old man who hates everything and everybody—especially young people.

Dreamspinner Press

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Fabulous Five Blog Hop

Fab 5 blog hopHello all! I’ve been tagged to answer these five fabulous questions on the Fabulous Five Blog Hop by the lovely Anne Barwellauthor of gay romance. Anne’s published with Dreamspinner Press with titles including Shadowboxing, A Knight to Remember, and the upcoming Winter’s Duet.

1. What am I working on?

Right now I’m working on Healing Hunter’s Heart, book two in the Little Bite of Love series–the first being An Intrepid Trip to Love. It’s been on the schedule for a long time but was temporarily put on hold while I worked on the first four THIRDS books. With those completed, I’m back on getting Hunter and Ari together again for their happily ever after.

I’m also working on some THIRDS series flash fiction and Against the Grain which is the fifth book in the THIRDS series from Ash and Cael’s POV. There’s also edits for Rack & Ruin, the third THIRDS book (due out in Nov) and Vixen’s Valor the third North Pole City Tales book (due out in Dec). A Rose By Any Other Name is out in less than three weeks! It’s been a pretty busy year.

2. How does my work differ from others in its genre?

I think every author has a unique voice, including me. I believe my readers know what to expect from my stories. There’s always a sweet romance with plenty of humor. I don’t think I could write something that didn’t have some humor in it. I love writing banter and comedy. Always happily ever afters, even if the guys have to stumble along the way to get there. I also tend to write stories with pretty large casts.

3. Why do I write what I do?

I’ve been writing romance since I can remember, but I started writing m/m romance through the historical genre because I love the 20s and 30s, but it was tough finding stories with gay characters of the time that didn’t end in tragedy. I wanted the fellas to get their happily ever afters. I found Whistling in the Dark by Tamara Allen by accident on Amazon while browsing. It was one of my first m/m romances and it stayed with me long after, not to mention inspired me to write my own historical m/m romance. I write what I do so my characters get their happily ever after and maybe touch a few hearts a long the way.

I’ve broken out into other genres because I love writing whatever catches my fancy. I also write to entertain. To sweep folks away to another time or world for a little while. Make them smile, laugh, and maybe shed a few tears. We all need to get away for a while sometimes.

4. How does my writing process work?

I get my best writing done on a deadline. Yep, I’m one of those people. It took me a while to figure out my pace and what I wanted to accomplish. Starting this year, I’ve been writing full-time, so I have a schedule I put together of what I’m writing and when. This helps me keep true series books especially from being released too far apart, which is a mistake I’ve made in the past. When inspiration strikes, I start asking questions, start listening to characters who start speaking to me. I begin planning and plotting, developing characters before I move onto a rough outline of what’s meant to happen when. If I get stuck, I work on dialogue which helps me get unstuck.  I only work on one book at a time, unless I’m editing.  There’s usually a lot of coffee and *headdesk* moments involved.

5. Who’s next on the blog hop?

Some personal faves and awesome authors whose books I love: Lex ChasePiper Vaughn,  Kim FieldingMichael Rupured, and Sarah Madison

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Back from RainbowCon!

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Hello all! Yesterday afternoon I returned from RainbowCon up in Tampa. I had such a great time! Not only did I get to hang with my fabulous partner in crime Michael Rupured, but I got to spend time with old friends and met new ones who I’d chatted to online. I’d list everyone but that would make this post insanely long! I also won some amazing books from the awesome Rhys Ford during the Series & Serials panel which I’m still fangirling over.

I attended some great events and had a blast taking part in my first panels. I was nervous at first,but once I was there with fellow authors and moderators, the nerves fell away and I was so excited to chat. I do wish the Q&A had been at least an hour long because it was so much fun. Thank you so much to everyone who stopped by my panels and the Q&A. I don’t feel as nervous about my upcoming GRL panels now.

I don’t have pictures because I’m notorious for forgetting to take them. I really need to change that. But there are plenty of pictures on Facebook and I’ve been tagged in quite a few. I do feel like I should start carrying around a little stepping stool because I’m always the shortest. Poor Michael ends up trying to make himself less tall. LOL We had some fabulous dinners. Japanese is one of my absolute favorites. My roomies Lexi Ander and Tandice were uber sweet. The whole experience was just fantastic. I miss everyone already!

Yesterday I unpacked and then packed again for the Dreamspinner Press Author’s Workshop which starts Thursday in Portland. So I’ll be flying out for that. I’ve loads to do before then. It’s getting closer to THAT time!!! I’m on the final (hopefully) round of edits for Hell & High Water. Blood & Thunder edits should be coming through any day now, Rack & Ruin is with my publisher, and I’ll be working on Rise & Fall. Nervous does not begin to cover it. The Hell & High Water blog tour is in the works. There will be smaller tours in between and a bigger tour in December again for Rise & Fall. I’ll make sure to keep you all posted on how the series is progressing.

Tomorrow, Tuesday April 22nd is my guest post at Coffee and Porn in the Morning and I’ll be chatting about dreams and inspiration. I believe it goes up sometime around 10 a.m.

So much more is heading your way, so stay tuned!

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Stop 7 on The Impetuous Afflictions Blog Tour over at Michael Rupured’s Blog!

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Hi everyone! Join Gideon Brooks today for stop seven of The Impetuous Afflictions Blog Tour, over at Michael Rupured’s blog! Learn a little about Gideon and how he feels about Johnnie and the rest of the fellas at the manor. Catch the seventh excerpt from Chapter Two and enter for a chance to win some nifty prizes!


Tour Info:

The tour has 13 stops. The first 6 stops are a personally guided tour conducted by the man himself, Jonathan Wolfe. The remaining 7 stops will give you the opportunity to meet the brats individually, and in some cases they will have a partner in crime. I heard for the final day, Johnnie has somehow managed to drag Chance along. That should be interesting.

Disclaimer: Please note. I can’t be held responsible for what comes out of Johnnie’s mouth. I’ve been informed he’s on his best behavior, but I think we both know that his definition of “best behavior” differs vastly from ours. 

Serialized Excerpts:

The tour will also feature serialized excerpts consisting of the whole of Chapter Two. So if you haven’t read Chapter One, you can go ahead and do so from either my website here:

http://www.charliecochet.com/books/novels/the-impetuous-afflictions-of-jonathan-wolfe/excerpt/

or the Dreasmpinner website here:

http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4362&osCsid=gbo693acupfn294tque6r8jg27

Here’s all the info for the tour you’ll need. The first stop is The Novel Approach where the lovely Lisa has not only been incredibly kind in letting Johnnie stop by, but has also given The Impetuous Afflictions of Jonathan Wolfe an absolutely wonderful 5 star review!!

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Tour stops:

11/9 – Welcome to Hawthorne Manor [Excerpt 1] – The Novel Approach

11/11 – Billiard Room Brouhaha [Excerpt 2] – Author Sue Brown

11/12 – A Trip to the Town of Aylesbury [Excerpt 3] –  Author Kim Fielding

11/13 – Time for Tea [Excerpt 4] – Author Lex Chase

11/14 – Stopping for a Pint [Excerpt 5] –  Author Andrew Q. Gordon

11/15 – Visiting the Furry Hat Man [Excerpt 6] – Author Eden Winters

11/18 – Meet Gideon Brooks [Excerpt 7] – Author Michael Rupured

11/19 – Meet Rori Curtis [Excerpt 8] –  Author Shira Anthony

11/20 – Meet Aubrey Jepson [Excerpt 9] – Attention is Arbitrary

11/21 – Meet Oliver Darling [Excerpt 10] – Hearts on Fire

11/22 – Meet Elliot Young [Excerpt 11] – Author Elin Gregory

11/25 – Meet Connor & Edmund Grey [Excerpt 12] – Joyfully Jay

11/26 – The Devilish Duo [Bonus Excerpt] – Mrs. Condit & Friends


Giveaway

1st Prize: $15 Amazon gift card + Impetuous Afflictions signed swag pack + signed 8×10 art print.

2nd & 3rd Prize: Impetuous Afflictions swag pack + signed 8×10 art print.

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To Enter

Just leave a comment on any of the blog posts along the tour, along with a contact email address. **If you would still like to enter the contest but don’t wish to leave your email address in the comment, you can also enter by emailingcharlie@charliecochet.com.

Winners will be chosen at random and posted on Charlie’s blog at http://www.charliecochet.com/blog on Monday, December 2nd. Winners will then be notified via email.

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Contest ends

Sunday, December 1st at midnight, Eastern Time.

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Art Print Designs

Choose from:

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Tea House Giveaways!

Hello all! We have some great giveaways going on at the Tea House. Harry K. Malone is offering a copy of The Hollywood Event. To enter, just leave a comment on his October 11th post before Oct 19th. Winner will be chosen at random and notified by email.

(http://purpleroseteahouse.charliecochet.com/author-harry-k-malone-coming-out-or-gay-for-you-whats-in-a-label-anyway/)
 

Michael Rupured will be at by the Tea House on his blog tour Monday October 14th. To celebrate the 10/11 release of After Christmas Eve, he’s giving away 10 copies (ebooks) through an 11-stop blog hop. To enter, just leave a comment before midnight, October 25, 2013 on any of his posts on the eleven participating blogs. Be sure to include an email address. (http://purpleroseteahouse.charliecochet.com/)

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