Thursday, April 23, 2015

REVIEW ROUND-UP Assortment between Jan-April 2015; More to come soon!

We hope you enjoy our latest review round-up! This is only a part of the reviews that came in. I will post another Review round up in a few days for the rest of them! If you have any reviews that are not listed or that you have found feel free to list them in the comments below or email them to me at joanna@torquerepress.com. Thank you for joining me on the adventure of my first Review Round-up with you guys! From now on please send all of your reviews to me so I can get them processed more quickly! Thank you!!!


Cocktails and Books Reviews

Georgia Knights by Julia Talbot
On the Job by Lorne Rodman
Underground: Special Teams by Sean Michael


MM Goodbook Reviews

And Manny Makes Seven by Sean Michael
Knitting a Broken Heart Back Together by Ari McKay
Need For Sale by Sean Michael
What Evils Lurk in the Hearts of Men by Mychael Black

Rainbow Book Reviews

The Haven (Palm Springs Diaries 2) by A.J. Llewellyn
Winter's Gift by Sean Michael
Mates Anthology
Knitting a Broken Heart Back Together by Ari McKay

Love Bytes

Cream by Sean Michael
New Beginnings by Kyle Adams

Joyfully Reviewed

Little Square of Cloth by Sean Michael


Carly's Book Reviews

Doves (Love in Los Angeles, Book 2) by Racheline Maltese and Erin McRae


Amazon Reviews

Doves (Love in Los Angeles, Book 2) by Racheline Maltese and Erin McRae
Starling by Racheline Maltese and Erin McRae


LGBT YA Reviews

Lunaside by J.L. Douglas


My Fiction Nook

Winter's Gift by Sean Michael


Coffee Time Romance Reviews

Georgia Knights by Julia Talbot


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

New Releases & New Preorders Now available!!!

This week, we have selected titles by Rae Gee on sale for 20% off. Check it out: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials&page=1

New Releases 4/22/15


A Second Past Midnight
by Rae Gee
324 pages / 88100 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-907-0
$6.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4380
Blurb:
In 1981, at the height of the Cold War, a single nuclear warhead sent America's technological capability back to the 18th century. Four years later, the shattered country is still struggling to put itself back together. Infrastructure has crumbled, the government is gone, and convicted criminals are hunted for food.
James lives in a small, Midwestern town. By day, he tends his family's farm, trading the food they grow for other supplies. By night, he dreams of being a musician. But with his world destroyed, music remains a frivolous dream.
That is, until he meets Flame. Convicted of drug dealing, Flame has become a part of the bi-annual Shoot to Kill hunting season. He has a dark past and people want him dead. Yet he has a strong determination to live and shares James' musical dream. James and Flame join forces, traveling first to New York and then to London, in spite of the numerous obstacles in their path and the shadow of death hanging over them. Will they be strong enough to escape it and find their dreams together?


Sometimes the Cowboy Falls
by BL Dayhoff
60 pages / 16900 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-901-8
$2.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4381
Blurb:
Blake knows two things: riding bulls and sleeping around. So when he runs afoul of a nasty bull and is laid up in the hospital, he finds his life turned on its side. The accident leaves him tangled up inside -- physically and emotionally.
Jack, his new boyfriend, is there for him during his recuperation, but it's his demanding physical therapist, Ivan, who stars in his dreams. As Blake struggles to get back on his feet and rebuild his new life, he realizes he's fallen in more than one way -- and he wonders if Ivan is interested in wrangling a stubborn cowboy.

Available for Pre-Order NOW

To view all of our current pre-orders: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=200

Coming 4/29/15


A Hard Man is Good to Find
by Kiernan Kelly
Chaos is an uneducated stripper who knows that life deals guys like him a rotten hand. The old bump-and-grind gets decidedly bumpier when he meets RJ at a bachelor party, and finds the only things being stripped away are his heart's carefully erected defenses.
Releasing 4/29/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4382


Lock and Key
by T. Strange
After meeting Terry at a motorcycle show, Gavin is sure he’s found the man of his dreams. While he’s fantasized about BDSM for years, Gavin has never had a play partner and Terry is happy to teach him. After playing together for a few months, Terry has to leave on a business trip. Terry gives Gavin the key to his apartment so Gavin can sleep in, but Gavin isn’t sure he’s ready for that level of commitment. While he likes and trusts Terry—and loves the kinky sex they have together—Gavin has to decide which he can’t give up: Terry, or his freedom. Part one was originally published as Boots and Leather by Torquere Press.
Releasing 4/29/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4383

Coming 5/6/15


Bus Stories
by Sean Michael
Jonathon and Benny get on the bus separately, but are clearly together as Benny wears a tattoo on his neck that is the exact match for Jonathon’s scarring. What follows are six short stories that each explore a different tale of why they got on the bus and where they go from there.
Originally published in the Bus Stories anthology.
Releasing 5/6/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4385


Bits of Magic
by Angela Benedetti
There's magic in the world, and its hiding in plain sight. Your friends, your neighbors, the guy who runs your favorite restaurant -- any of them could be more than they seem. A man trick-or-treating with his son finds the courage to go after what he wants when he confiscates and eats some unwrapped candy. A park ranger who's afraid of outing himself in public is reminded that his lover will -- and can -- protect him, no matter what. An apprentice mage learns that his master never forgets when he has a lesson to finish, and will always come for him when he gets himself lost in magic. And a boy from a mage-gifted family learns that life isn't over just because the gift has passed him by. Return to the world of Hidden Magic.
Releasing 5/6/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4384

Coming 5/13/15


Mythologically Torqued Anthology Volume 1
edited by Deelylah Mullin with stories by Leigh Ellwood, L.J. Hamlin, Eva Lefoy, V.L. Locey, Jacey Mills, Alisha Monroe, Shiloh Saddler, Alyx Shaw, T. Strange, Delilah Storm, Carol Tierney, Angelique Voisen, Max Wilde, Salome Wilde, and Logan Zachary
Eros finds his soul mate in the arms of a demigod friend in L.J. Hamlin’s In Love with Zeus’ Son. In Shiloh Sadler’s Clipped Wings, two men on a plantation find love under the most unusual circumstances in 1842 Missouri. V.L. Locey’s Back to the Garden, Pan hits up Woodstock with the sun god Apollo—sex, drugs, and rock and roll take on a whole new meaning. In BrĂ­singamen, Carol Tierney offers us the story of a magical necklace, and the payment goddess Freyja delivered to four dwarven sisters for it’s creation. Delphinos, by T. Strange, is a modern-age retelling of Dionysus’ creation of dolphins. In Angelique Voison’s version of the Japanese Moon Princess myth, Reiko is tasked with bringing the Emperor’s future bride, the fabled Moon Princess to court, and complications arise when Reiko falls head over heels for Kaguya. Charged with ensuring Sisyphus fails, Hercules is conflicted by his feelings for the former ruler in Angelique Voison’s How Hercules Got His Bruise. In Leah Ellwood’s Styx and Stone, Ferrying souls across the Styx is a lonely business, but Charon doesn’t mind—newly arrived Stone is more than willing to keep him company. No one believes in the Greek gods anymore, and Apollo is in a rut, Ganymede—cupbearer to the gods— tries to get Apollo to see what’s in front of him in Jacey Mills’ Another Night at the End of the World. Salome Wilde's Eternal Grind offers a corporate take on Christian Hell, populated with horned and hoofed demons inspired by medieval monks' fertile imaginations, which follows a pair of lesbian demon baristas, determined to find their own happily-ever-after. In the distant past, Ero was the god of desire, but in present day, he looks for love with Psy—a peerlessly gorgeous mortal man—and needs to keep a secret, in Alisha Monroe’s The Myth of Ero and Psy. Bound by chains and defenseless, Thor is being held captive by Garrick, a young man also forced to service until demands are met in Logan Zachary’s Bound by Desire. Together, attraction ignites between Thor and Garrick—can love grow if it is bound by desire? In Delilah Storm’s The Golden Balls, true love’s kiss is powerful, and Jasper’s sexuality awakens—will Anur be able to keep Jasper in this sleepy little kingdom? A spurned lover, mythical horse, and a public official walk into a pub—murder, mayhem, and everlasting love result in Alyx Shaw’s The Kelpie.
Releasing 5/13/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4387


Light in Endless Darkness
by Huston Piner
Kevin Reeves enrolls in a night course and meets the sexy Dominic Pierce, an independent, blind emo. A mutual attraction quickly develops into a full-blown romance and after a violent confrontation with his father, Kevin moves in with him. But he soon discovers that far from protecting Dominic like he thought, members of the neighborhood gang think Dominic is a monster and are terrified of him. Meanwhile, someone from Kevin's past begins blackmailing him for sex, leaving him humiliated, feeling guilty, and suffering from nightmares that cast Dominic as a bloodthirsty monster. Worried that Dominic will dump him if he finds out, Kevin struggles to keep his blackmail a secret. But Dominic has dark secrets of his own. He has a job he won't discuss that keeps him away from sunup to sunset and he makes secret nightly excursions after he thinks Kevin has fallen asleep. Can Kevin get away from his blackmailer? Will he find out what Dominic does all day and where he sneaks out to every night? And can their love survive when he finally uncovers the truth?
Releasing 5/13/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4386

Monday, April 20, 2015

Coming soon...

Available for Pre-Order NOW

To view all of our current pre-orders: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=200


A Second Past Midnight
by Rae Gee
In 1981, at the height of the Cold War, a single nuclear warhead sent America's technological capability back to the 18th century. Four years later, the shattered country is still struggling to put itself back together. Infrastructure has crumbled, the government is gone, and convicted criminals are hunted for food.
James lives in a small, Midwestern town. By day, he tends his family's farm, trading the food they grow for other supplies. By night, he dreams of being a musician. But with his world destroyed, music remains a frivolous dream.
That is, until he meets Flame. Convicted of drug dealing, Flame has become a part of the bi-annual Shoot to Kill hunting season. He has a dark past and people want him dead. Yet he has a strong determination to live and shares James' musical dream. James and Flame join forces, traveling first to New York and then to London, in spite of the numerous obstacles in their path and the shadow of death hanging over them. Will they be strong enough to escape it and find their dreams together?
Releasing 4/22/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4380


Sometimes the Cowboy Falls
by BL Dayhoff
Blake knows two things: riding bulls and sleeping around. So when he runs afoul of a nasty bull and is laid up in the hospital, he finds his life turned on its side. The accident leaves him tangled up inside -- physically and emotionally.
Jack, his new boyfriend, is there for him during his recuperation, but it's his demanding physical therapist, Ivan, who stars in his dreams. As Blake struggles to get back on his feet and rebuild his new life, he realizes he's fallen in more than one way -- and he wonders if Ivan is interested in wrangling a stubborn cowboy.
Releasing 4/22/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4381


A Hard Man is Good to Find
by Kiernan Kelly
Chaos is an uneducated stripper who knows that life deals guys like him a rotten hand. The old bump-and-grind gets decidedly bumpier when he meets RJ at a bachelor party, and finds the only things being stripped away are his heart's carefully erected defenses.
Releasing 4/29/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4382


Lock and Key
by T. Strange
After meeting Terry at a motorcycle show, Gavin is sure he’s found the man of his dreams. While he’s fantasized about BDSM for years, Gavin has never had a play partner and Terry is happy to teach him. After playing together for a few months, Terry has to leave on a business trip. Terry gives Gavin the key to his apartment so Gavin can sleep in, but Gavin isn’t sure he’s ready for that level of commitment. While he likes and trusts Terry—and loves the kinky sex they have together—Gavin has to decide which he can’t give up: Terry, or his freedom. Part one was originally published as Boots and Leather by Torquere Press.
Releasing 4/29/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4383

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

New Releases are here!

This week, we have selected titles by Chris Owen and Tory Temple and T. Strange on sale for 20% off. Check it out: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials&page=1

Never Too Early: Finding Their Way
by Chris Owen & Tory Temple
177 pages / 54000 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-906-3
$4.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4376
Blurb:
Continuing from the first book in the series (Never Too Early: The Beginning), Chance and Tucker and Jake and Tor find themselves involved in a friendship that goes much deeper than any of them initially suspected.
Jake has been released from the hospital following his fall from the roof, and Chance and Tucker agree to stay in Arkansas for several days to help Tor with Jake's care. Chance, however, spends much of his time trying to resist the growing attraction he has for Jake. The confusion between the love he has for Tucker and the new feelings for Jake play tricks with Chance's mind. Is any of this a good idea, or are all of them headed for disaster?
For his part, Jake has to reconcile not only his growing feelings and physical attraction to Chance, but also the promises he and Tor made to each other. They rebuilt their own relationship in the wake of mistakes neither one of them wishes to repeat. How much communication and longing can one -- or two -- relationships take?


My Zombie Boyfriend
by T. Strange
221 pages / 64300 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-904-9
$5.49
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4379
Blurb:
Edward Grey is a medical student by day, necromancer by night. He lives alone with the first zombie he ever raised, his childhood cat, Boo. Edward’s life is simple: studying medicine, training his necromantic powers with his mentor, Mariel, and having weekly dinners with his parents. When he finds a very attractive corpse in a park and brings it home to reanimate, he accidentally creates a sassy, free-willed zombie who believes Edward is the one who murdered him.
With no memory of his former life, Edward names the zombie Kit and tries to win his trust. Kit slowly adjusts to his new un-life with Edward’s help, though he’s still suspicious of Edward’s role in his death and is convinced that Edward is hiding his former identity. Edward is very attracted to Kit, but understands why Kit doesn’t trust him. As they become closer to one another, Kit turns to Edward for comfort and love. The fragile trust they’ve built together will be tested when Kit unexpectedly regains his memory and seeks revenge on his murderers.

Available for Pre-Order NOW

To view all of our current pre-orders: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=200


A Second Past Midnight
by Rae Gee
In 1981, at the height of the Cold War, a single nuclear warhead sent America's technological capability back to the 18th century. Four years later, the shattered country is still struggling to put itself back together. Infrastructure has crumbled, the government is gone, and convicted criminals are hunted for food.
James lives in a small, Midwestern town. By day, he tends his family's farm, trading the food they grow for other supplies. By night, he dreams of being a musician. But with his world destroyed, music remains a frivolous dream.
That is, until he meets Flame. Convicted of drug dealing, Flame has become a part of the bi-annual Shoot to Kill hunting season. He has a dark past and people want him dead. Yet he has a strong determination to live and shares James' musical dream. James and Flame join forces, traveling first to New York and then to London, in spite of the numerous obstacles in their path and the shadow of death hanging over them. Will they be strong enough to escape it and find their dreams together?
Releasing 4/22/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4380


Sometimes the Cowboy Falls
by BL Dayhoff
Blake knows two things: riding bulls and sleeping around. So when he runs afoul of a nasty bull and is laid up in the hospital, he finds his life turned on its side. The accident leaves him tangled up inside -- physically and emotionally.
Jack, his new boyfriend, is there for him during his recuperation, but it's his demanding physical therapist, Ivan, who stars in his dreams. As Blake struggles to get back on his feet and rebuild his new life, he realizes he's fallen in more than one way -- and he wonders if Ivan is interested in wrangling a stubborn cowboy.
Releasing 4/22/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4381


A Hard Man is Good to Find
by Kiernan Kelly
Chaos is an uneducated stripper who knows that life deals guys like him a rotten hand. The old bump-and-grind gets decidedly bumpier when he meets RJ at a bachelor party, and finds the only things being stripped away are his heart's carefully erected defenses.
Releasing 4/29/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4382


Lock and Key
by T. Strange
After meeting Terry at a motorcycle show, Gavin is sure he’s found the man of his dreams. While he’s fantasized about BDSM for years, Gavin has never had a play partner and Terry is happy to teach him. After playing together for a few months, Terry has to leave on a business trip. Terry gives Gavin the key to his apartment so Gavin can sleep in, but Gavin isn’t sure he’s ready for that level of commitment. While he likes and trusts Terry—and loves the kinky sex they have together—Gavin has to decide which he can’t give up: Terry, or his freedom. Part one was originally published as Boots and Leather by Torquere Press.
Releasing 4/29/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4383

Chris and Tory Launch A Book

Hello, Gentle Readers,

It's here, finally. The day has come that Tory and I have been waiting for (I totally typed Tor there, and had to go back to add the y. Someone is excited.). The second book in our Never Too Early series, Finding Their Way, is being released today.

When Tory and I were discussing the promotional tour and posts for this book we had many discussions about what to do in terms of extras, contests, and of course posts like this one. This is typical, of course, but we quickly concluded that this post had to be anything but typical.

We are, of course, delighted at the birth of our book. :D  We're thrilled to have it out there to share with you, with everyone who has been so eager and so kind to us. We're excited that we're releasing more of the story which has been such a huge part of our lives for so long.

There's a couple of things we need to say, however, before the festivities really get underway. The first is super important and I'm going to stick it on its own line.

This is not a stand alone book.

This is book two in a series, and it's very important that you read the first one. It's even better if you have passing knowledge of Tucker and Chance, and of Jake and Tor, but it's dang near vital that you've already read Never Too Early: The Beginning. 

You can find Tucker and Chance here and here.

And you can find Jake and Tor here and here.

And then there's the fun stuff -- consider it a second warning, or even a spoiler (although if you've missed the lead up I have to think we've done something wrong), if you wish.

Are you ready for this? Should I whisper?

There's sex in this book.

I KNOW. Sex. It's pretty hot, too. There's medic sex, and cowboy sex, and there's... well.  Like I said, if you didn't see where this was headed we did something wrong somewhere along the way.

Now you are armed with knowledge and ready to brave the fresh new world. You have done your reading, you've blocked off some quiet time, and you're ready.

All you need now is the book.  Go forth, Gentle Reader, and acquire NeverToo Early: Finding Their Way. We're delighted to present it to you.


Chris and Tory

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

My Zombie Boyfriend One Week Countdown - Day Seven: Advance Reviews




It's the final day of the countdown, and here's what advance reviews have to say about My Zombie Boyfriend:

Fangirl Moments & My Two Cents - "This story took me totally by surprise."



Decadent Delights - "I really enjoyed this book and the writing style, so much so I’m going to check out the author’s other books."


MM Good Book Reviews - "This whole book and concept was well written and very nicely
executed."


Molly Lolly - "I want to see more of Edward and Kit."

Happy Tuesday! or, I'msoexcitedbecauseEmeraldKeepisout!


Emerald Keep was out last Wednesday, April 8th, and I couldn't be more excited if you'd told me I'd won the lottery.  Well, okay, maybe not, but just as excited.  ~grin~  It's been a long road getting here, since Emerald Fire was out in May of 2012.  I thought I'd share a little bit behind the curtain.

Both Rachel and I have full time jobs outside the home, and we're not yet at the point where we can write full time.  Many authors are in that situation, and we do what amounts to a second career out of love - love of books, love of Story, and because it's fun.  That said, when someone does that sort of avocation, both one's primary occupation and the chosen avocation must support each other.  That support can manifest itself in many ways.

For me, I've said before that I like to work in a left-brained sequential job, which is why I followed my career path into financial operations.  I loved it, and in 2010 decided to make the jump into insurance and financial services.  Looking back, the path seems clear.  But at the time, the transition was anything but easy:  the day after I gave notice at my job, the job offer I'd received was rescinded.  I was ineligible for unemployment, since my employment ended by my choice.

As many things in life have a habit of doing, what first seemed like a large negative turned out to be a blessing in disguise.  We got the contract offer on Emerald Fire and it came out in May.  I battled my way into a new career, switching industries and, ultimately, companies.  We put out two short stories with Torquere Press, one in 2012 and one in 2013,  But the larger stories, one of which is Emerald Keep, languished.

Today, I work two miles from my house and can either walk or take the bus there.  We've had some health challenges in our families, with Rachel's sister and father both having serious cardiac events, (as I write they're both okay, thankfully), and some other drama.  But barring me deciding to up and turn my household on its ear relative to my job situation, we hope to get back on a more regular schedule with the Persis Chronicles.  Sapphire Dream is being finished as we speak.

We are so fortunate to have readers like you, and that Torquere has been so wonderful as partners.  I couldn't ask for a better writing career.  And that lottery?  I think I'd rather write more.  So if I win it, I'll use the money to support myself as a writer until such time as we might be able to do that on our own.

In the meantime, we'll keep on writing.

Thank you, Dear Reader.