Michael Rupured talks Happy Independence Day ~ Cover Reveal, Guest Blog, Excerpt, Giveaway

Prism Book Alliance would like to thank Michael Rupured for taking the time to talk with us today. Don’t forget to check out our review of Rupured’s  After Christmas Eve. There is also a Giveaway, so don’t miss that.


Title: Happy Independence Day
Author: Michael Rupured
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Christy Caughie

Thanks, Brandilyn, for allowing me to show off the cover for my upcoming release from Dreamspinner Press here at the Prism Book Alliance. By far, the most exciting part of the publishing process—at least for me—is seeing the cover for the first time. For my next novel, to be released August 20th, artist Christy Caughie created a gorgeous cover. To celebrate, I’m conducting a giveaway. Keep reading for details.

Guest Post:

The Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village is the setting for much of the action in Happy Independence Day. How long did the Stonewall Uprising last?

The riot broke out shortly after midnight in the early morning hours of Saturday, June 28, 1969. Unprepared for the angry reaction to the raid, the overwhelmed police were forced to take refuge inside the Stonewall Inn. The violent mob bombarded the building with bricks, bottles, and Molotov cocktails until the Tactical Police Force (riot squad) arrived, liberating the trapped law enforcement officers and then clearing the streets by four a.m. By Saturday night, word of the early morning riot had spread. Thousands of homosexuals gathered around the Stonewall Inn to see how the police would retaliate after such a thorough spanking. Unprepared and overwhelmed for the second time, rioting erupted around ten p.m. and the Tactical Police Force was again called in to clear the streets. Following the Village Voice’s publication of a virulently homophobic account of the uprising, a third and final night of rioting broke out the following Wednesday night.


Terrence Bottom wants to change the world. A prelaw student at Columbia University majoring in political science, his interests range from opposing the draft and the war in Vietnam, to civil rights for gays, to anything to do with Cameron McKenzie. Terrence notices the rugged blond hanging around the Stonewall Inn, but the handsome man—and rumored Mafia hustler—rebuffs his smiles and winks.

Cameron McKenzie dropped out of college and left tiny Paris, Kentucky after the death of the grandmother who raised him, dreaming of an acting career on Broadway. Although he claims to be straight, he becomes a prostitute to make ends meet. Now the Mafia is using him to entrap men for extortion schemes, he is in way over his head, and he can’t see a way out—at least not a way that doesn’t involve a swim to the bottom of the Hudson in a pair of cement flippers.

Cameron is left with a choice: endanger both their lives by telling Terrence everything or walk away from the only man he ever loved. The Mafia hustler and the student activist want to find a way to stay together, but first they need to find a way to stay alive.

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Find out what Michael’s up to by visiting his web site (http://rupured.com), following him on Twitter (@crotchetyman), or by email (mrupured@gmail.com).

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To give you a reason to visit the other blogs helping me celebrate my new cover, I’ve come up with a Giveaway and a quiz about the Stonewall Inn and the 1969 uprising that made it famous. Find the answers on the blogs participating in my cover reveal and giveaway (links below). Comment on my post on any of the participating blogs by midnight, July 31, 2014 for a chance to win a signed copy of the prequel, After Christmas Eve (U.S. residents only; ebook available for international winners—one winner per blog). 

  • What is the Stonewall Inn?
  • What was the legal environment in 1969 for NYC homosexuals?
  • Who owned the Stonewall Inn?
  • What made the Stonewall Inn a magnet for homosexuals?
  • What happened at the Stonewall Inn on the night of June 28, 1969 to cause the uprising?
  • Who/what started the Stonewall riots?

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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14 thoughts on “Michael Rupured talks Happy Independence Day ~ Cover Reveal, Guest Blog, Excerpt, Giveaway

  1. Since this is the last one I’m changing up my post. Can’t wait to read this book!! I love learning our history by the little incidents that change the world. Stonewall Inn is one such place. 🙂

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  2. What is the Stonewall Inn?
    A gay bar! And honestly, a bit of a dive. But for gay people in NYC, it was a haven and a home.

    What was the legal environment in 1969 for NYC homosexuals?
    It sucked. Seriously. There were laws persecuting homosexuals such as one preventing them from even being in bars, or having their own bars. Police and criminals targeted homosexuals. The mayor was cracking down on things he considered vices, making things especially tense.

    Who owned the Stonewall Inn?
    New York City’s own Mafia

    What made the Stonewall Inn a magnet for homosexuals?
    The Mafia ran it and made it a haven for homosexuals, paying authorities to look the other way even though it was illegal to have a gay bar.

    Who/what started the Stonewall riots?
    Police raided the bar and basically started tearing it apart, which understandably pissed off the patrons.

    How long did the Stonewall Uprising last?
    Technically, it was several days of riots and police brutality – from Saturday, June 28th, to Wednesday, June 2

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