Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Author Extra: Arcanum: Someone Like You by Mychael Black

Arcanum: Someone Like You 
By Mychael Black

Detectives Jonah and Riley Pierce are back with a new case for Arcanum, and this one is full of surprises! Erin Grey, lead singer for the gothic metal band Grey's Valentine, has a stalker, and not just any stalker. He turns to Arcanum for help… and gets the shock of his life.
With the help of another detective, Christian Knight, the Arcanum guys race to catch the stalker before Erin's biggest secret leads to his death.

Available here: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4275


Author Extra:

It's no secret that music plays a HUGE role in my writing. Incidentally, this book title came directly from its theme song (of the same name). The song, "Someone Like You," was by an 80s metal band called Bang Tango. I can't hear the song without thinking about Riley, Jonah, and especially Chris and Erin. You can hear the song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5u0yiplamdw


In fact, you can see/hear ALL the songs on the Arcanum 3 playlist, as well as other playlists, here: http://www.mychaelblackbooks.com/playlists/

New Release from Mychael Black & Missouri Dalton are here!

This week, we have selected titles from Mychael Black and Missouri Dalton on sale for 20% off! Check 'em out here: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials

Arcanum: Someone Like You
by Mychael Black
61 pages / 15000 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-811-0
$2.99
Buy Link:  http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=78_85&products_id=4275
Blurb:
Detectives Jonah and Riley Pierce are back with a new case for Arcanum, and this one is full of surprises! Erin Grey, lead singer for the gothic metal band Grey's Valentine, has a stalker, and not just any stalker. He turns to Arcanum for help… and gets the shock of his life.
With the help of another detective, Christian Knight, the Arcanum guys race to catch the stalker before Erin's biggest secret leads to his death.

Sleeping on the Job

by Missouri Dalton
128 pages / 34600 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-812-7
$3.99
Buy Link:  http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=78_85&products_id=4274
Blurb:
At sixteen, Simon Murphy was an accomplished jewel thief, at eighteen he was released from a boy’s reform school and these days, he’s a detective with Chicago’s Night Shift. When a familiar killer strikes again, Simon is forced to confront his past, his mob boss father, and the brother he hasn’t seen in years. Of course, on the Night Shift, Simon also contends with ghosts, vampires and other things that go bump in the night. Add angry boyfriends in the mix, and Simon’s going to need all the help he can get.

Coming Next Week...
Little Candy
by Vic Winter
Four fun Halloween tales by Vic Winter designed to delight and fright. Including The Haunted House, The Scream-o-Rama, I Ate the Fried Spider and Halloween Grinch.
Genre: Paranormal/Horror
Cast the First Stone
by Katherine Halle
On the trail of a rogue werewolf, hunter Julian Hart takes on more than he can handle when he meets up with Alpha Stone. His hunt uncovers secrets within lies and a plot for vengeance no one saw coming. When the smoke clears, what Julian finds at the end of the trail will forever change his life and the lives of everyone he holds dear.
Genre: Mystery/Suspense, Paranormal/Horror
The Oasis
by AJ Llewellyn
Elias has worked hard to get into shape but doesn't think he's ready for a weekend getaway with his roommate, Josh -- not when he discovers the getaway will be a sex-filled Gay Leather Pride at The Oasis resort in Palm Springs.
Genre: Contemporary

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

On sale this week...

This week, we have selected titles from Mychael Black and Missouri Dalton on sale for 20% off! Check 'em out here: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials

Monday, September 29, 2014

BDSMonday - Hard and Soft Limits




It's BDSMonday!

Today I'm talking about hard and soft limits.

First of all, what are hard and soft limits? Hard limits are something you are never, ever willing to try. If someone tried an activity from that list with you, you would immediately end the scene and (probably) never play with them again. There are two hard limits that are considered more or less universal, because they can't be considered consensual - bestiality and pedophilia. From there, the list is much more personal.

Soft limits are activities you're not ready or willing to try yet, or that you want to approach slowly and carefully. They're not something that should be sprung on you when you're tied up, or that should be spontaneously added to a scene.

The important thing about limits, at least as far as I'm concerned (okay, well, beyond the obvious "respect people's limits, yo") is that they can change over time, and in either direction.

When I first started exploring kink, I was really curious about electrical play and thought I'd really enjoy it. Due to a bad experience and another that was really "meh", electrical play is at least a soft limit, if not a hard limit.

The reverse is also true. I can't think of a personal example, but there's also nothing wrong with having something on you're not sure about, something on your soft or even hard limit list, and trying it with a partner you trust. It could eventually become one of your favourite things!

Even if you think a limit is silly or you think pushing it would help your partner grow as a person, respect that limit. Your partner may have had a bad experience in the past that they haven't shared with you, and they know a particular kinky activity will give them flashbacks. They may have an injury that prevents them from certain positions or activities. It's not your place to judge someone's limits, and it's not anyone else's place to judge yours.

If someone tries to pressure you regarding your limits, think long and hard before you play with them! Pushing your limits is a very personal decision that should be made by you, not by someone you're playing with. I've heard plenty of stories of people having their limits pushed, without warning or advance discussion, when they were in the middle of a scene and relatively helpless, and to me that is not okay. People usually have limits, especially hard limits, for a reason besides "I don't want to try that".

Have a great week everyone and play safely!        

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Coming This Week...

Coming This Week...


Arcanum 3 - Someone Like You
by Mychael Black
The Arcanum guys get the shock of a lifetime when they take on a stalker case. Too many questions…but not enough time.
Genre: Paranormal/Horror
Sleeping on the Job
by Missouri Dalton
Simon Murphy is used to running from his past but if he wants to settle old scores, he’s going to have to stop running. When a familiar killer strikes again, Simon is forced to confront his past, his mob boss father, and the brother he hasn’t seen in years.
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Thursday, September 25, 2014

My Zombie Boyfriend Sneak Peek #2!


I got my hair washed and braided by a hairdresser today, which is something I love. So does Kit from My Zombie Boyfriend, so I had a great tie-in. 

Here's teaser number two from My Zombie Boyfriend. (Here's teaser number one in case you missed it).

For those just tuning in, My Zombie Boyfriend is my upcoming M/M paranormal romance novel with Torquere Press. It's about Edward, a necromancer/medical student, and Kit, a body he finds and reanimates.

Please note, this is not the finalized version of the story.