Jon Rutherford


Jon has lived in the Midwest US, not in the fictional city that most of his stories take place in, but not far from there, for all his life, apart from quick sorties to Canada and Mexico and a somewhat longer one to France (Paris, Brittany, Normandy, Loire Valley). He has a degree in French from a university in the Midwest.

Interests, apart from writing, have included classical guitar, cycling (before something effectively destroyed his sense of balance), most of the arts, especially photography; and gay rights and human rights in general.

Likes the novella form -- which the popularity of e-reading is reportedly re-invigorating.


The Boy from Milfrey Junction
Price: Free! Words: 15,140. Language: American English. Published: June 26, 2012. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
A brutally hot August day: Facing an uphill walk home, Mike, 37-year-old psychology teacher, decides to treat himself to a convenience-store cold drink. At the store he meets Clay, a 20-year-old homeless man. He doesn't know it, but his life has just changed forever. A straightforward little gay romance, some adult subject matter, sexual and otherwise; no explicit gay sex.
We Break the News
Price: Free! Words: 17,190. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2012. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
It's hard enough to break terrible news to a friend who's been re-committed to a psychiatric ward. But Tony's friends find out that it can get a lot harder before it's over. A story of some difficult decision-making, love, friendship, and patience. Some strong language, no explicit sex, but mature situations for adult readers.
Putting Some Zing In
Price: Free! Words: 11,300. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2012. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Sharing a day off by miscalculation, Ned and Jim, together 8 years, decide to watch porn DVD's. Maybe it will put some zing back in their sagging relationship. The result is not what either expected. Reference to explicit m/m sexual conduct; strong language; definitely adult content.
The Blizzard
Price: Free! Words: 8,190. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2012. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
The winter storm rapidly became a killer blizzard. Milo would never have dreamed that by next morning he will have saved a life -- and made a friend who may just change his own forever. A happy story. Some mature content; no explicit sex.
Max and Julie
Price: Free! Words: 41,350. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2012. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Cedric was excited when Julie asked if he'd put up Aaron, her college-professor son, for the Christmas visit he was making. Meeting Aaron, Ced was sure it was love at first sight--again. Maybe it was, but it soon got a lot more complicated, until finally things started falling apart. In the end, he wasn't sure what to think, about a lot of things.
Price: Free! Words: 5,970. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
If Gerald had known what his craving for more used LP's was about to lead to, he would have stayed at home. But then he would not have met Tony. And meeting the kid might -- or might not -- turn out to be a big improvement in Gerald's life.
The Boy Upstairs
Price: Free! Words: 6,730. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Robert has writer's block. The din from upstairs is not helping matters. Three times he's pleaded with the boy upstairs to keep the volume down. Today, the fourth time, he gets results. And they are a lot more than he could ever have expected. An outrageous little comedy with a happy ending.
Josh's Story
Price: Free! Words: 3,500. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2012. Category: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
Josh and Helen have had almost fifty years of good marriage. One winter morning, Josh has a disturbing dream he can't remember. When he does remember it, he tells Helen about it. An incident in his childhood has not loosed its hold on him, and he is left to question the value of friendship and love itself.
Price: Free! Words: 42,230. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2012. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
At first, Russ intended to have a go at picking up the agreeable stranger he met on the subway thanks to those bumpy tracks. But he had a change of heart--and before long, things started getting really strange. Within a week, he knew that if he didn't get some answers, he'd go crazy. Then he got them. But that was not nearly the end.

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  • Deathless on Jan. 21, 2012

    When I started reading "Deathless" and discovered it was fantasy and not only that but -- well, I won't spoil it by elaborating -- I was disappointed but, boy, am I glad I kept on reading. By the last page I was in tears and desperately wanted the tale to go on...and on...and on. It has never quite left my mind in the well over a year since, and when I wanted to re-read but couldn't think of either title or author, I was sad. Then I found it again! For me, at least, this is a profoundly touching story, and moreover it cured my intransigent dislike of fantasy. It's that fairly rare thing, a can't-put-downer with characters I came to love like real friends.
  • One Thousand Lollipops on May 12, 2012
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    I confess to having not been a child for many decades now, but I guarantee that if I'd heard or read this story when I was a kid, I would have loved it. Beautifully written and consistently entertaining, the story is carried along on a current of goodnatured satire that delighted me. Well done indeed!
  • Fallen Soldiers on May 13, 2012

    One of the most poignant stories I've had the pleasure of reading. Sarah's gift is truly marvelous, and gives special meaning to the term "awakening" as she finds herself involved in a most unusual adventure. I was rooting for the protagonists from the first moment of revelation. The characters are drawn so vividly that I felt almost as though I knew them myself. And as with any really good book, there is food furnished for thought long after the final page is reached. Wonderful reading. Thank you, Ms. Applebee!