Saturday, July 31, 2010

New Releases for July 31

Emerald: Rewriting History by EM Lynley

Tobin Wyler is about to open the most significant exhibit in his career as a curator, and everything is going perfectly until he spots his former boyfriend chatting with his most important contributor at the black-tie reception. It goes from bad to worse because not only did Pierce Worthington once break Tobin's heart, but he's suspected of being the elusive art thief known as Jaguar, and Tobin knows his target is the highlight of the exhibit: an enormous emerald known as the Green Sorrow.

Pierce is torn about seeing Tobin again. He is expected to obtain the emerald, but he knows it may damage Tobin's reputation. What Pierce doesn't expect is how quickly old feelings about Tobin rise to the surface. Hoping to ease Tobin's fears and spend time with him, Pierce offers to let Tobin keep a constant eye on him for the thirty six hours leading up to the exhibit. Thrown together again out of necessity laced with attraction, Tobin must figure out how to protect the emerald, his reputation, and his heart.

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Mist Gray: Falling Apart Falling Together by Andy Slayde & Ali Wilde

As the anniversary of his lover (and Dom's) death approaches, Avery Miller decides to take a friend's advice and rejoin the land of the living and invites his seasonal neighbor over for dinner. Avery isn't looking to replace Riley but there's nothing wrong with acquiring another friend - right? What could possibly go wrong?

Tennyson Pitt wants nothing more than the solitude his cabin in the Adirondacks provides for writing his romance novels. His best laid plans go awry when he notices his neighbor. After their friendly dinner, sparks fly between him and Avery. However, Tennyson also realizes he can't be what Avery needs. The D/s scene is not for him.

At least until freak accident forces them together. With some help from unseen forces, and a little bit of 'getting to know each other', can Tennyson and Avery compromise enough to let those sparks ignite?

Find out today!

Family Ties by DC Juris

When Derek gets an invitation to a get-together from his mother, Oscar is excited for the chance to finally meet Derek's elusive family. But he soon learns the reasons why he hasn't yet - the majority of Derek's family, including his mother, are transphobic. Oscar and Derek attend the function anyway, but the stress sends Derek into an all-night migraine, and Oscar is forced to look for help from the last person he wants to: Derek's mom, Beverly. Can Oscar convince Beverly that Derek is her child, regardless of gender? Or will Beverly's narrow-minded ways split her family apart for good?

Find out today!

Trickster by Elizabeth Coldwell

Military captain turned bounty hunter Rufus Trayner is obsessed with bringing the bad guys to justice. He’s in pursuit of hacker and con man, Jobi Wade, who posseses stolen information which might have the power to bring down whole worlds. Rufus goes to the rescue when he gets a distress call from Jobi’s ship, but Jobi has tricks up his sleeve that would fool any man. Now he’s stolen Rufus’ heart, and all Rufus can do is track him down, determined to whatever it takes to make Jobi his.

Pick up your copy today!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Memory Lane

For the folks who don't know me, I'm Kiernan Kelly, and I've written a few books and stories for Torquere Press. I'm taking a shot at blogging on this brand new, shiny blog, and have absolutely no idea of what to write. Therefore, a confession -- I have finally come face to face with an undeniable truth.

I am old.

I remember the days before computers, cell phones, and MP3 players.

I remember when music came on vinyl. Rotary phones that didn't have speed dial -- you actually had to memorize your friends' phone numbers or carry around something called an "address book." I remember manual typewriters that practically required a jackhammer to depress the keys.

Dear God, I remember black and white TV...and no cable! Only six channels -- CBS, NBC, ABC, two local channels, and public broadcasting -- were available, and those only between the hours of 6 a.m. and two a.m. After that, all you could get was snow, or the "Off Air" sign.

No DVDs, DVRs, or even VCRs. You were either at home to watch a show when it was broadcast, or you missed it. Period.

I am so old.

But, I can also appreciate the technology of today that a lot of folks take for granted. I like being able to whip out my cell phone and call somebody in case of an emergency. I like being able to download an ebook instantly. I like microwaves, DVRs, and dishwashers. I love my MP3 player. If my automatic coffee grinder/brewing station were a man, I would have babies with it.

I do not like texting. I do not like it, Sam I am.

That said, I recently took a trip down memory lane for a short story that just released in the Torquere Press "Cherry On Top" anthology. It's called, "Going Home Again," and it's the story of two young boys who meet at the Jersey shore in 1969, and grow up to find one another again in the 80's.

I had an absolute ball writing this story, particularly the first part. As a kid, my summer vacations were spent in Atlantic City, New Jersey. When I started writing "Going Home Again," I was absolutely overwhelmed with memories of the Boardwalk, and used a lot of my own experiences and memories of "going down the shore," as they say in Jersey, in the story. Jeez, I can even still remember how it smelled.

I guess my point of this entire rambling blog is that, while memories can sometimes make a person feel old, they're also part of what makes us, us, and for a writer, especially, they're invaluable.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Now accepting Paypal!

Due to popular demand, Torquere Press is offering Paypal as a payment option. :D

Happy shopping!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Weekly Specials

We have six anthologies and two books by Marshall Thornton at 20% this week.

Animal Attraction 2
Bend Over Big Boy
Boystown: Three Nick Nowak Mysteries
Flipped Fables
The Care and Feeding of Demons
The Christmas Visit by Marshall Thornton
Torqued Tales

New Releases for July 28

Boystown 2: Three Nick Nowak Mysteries by Marshall Thornton

In the second Boystown collection, Chicago private investigator Nick Nowak finds himself involved with a young man who murdered his stepfather but refuses to assist in his own defense, hired to find the murderer of a dead porno star, and, in a case that traps him between the two men he loves, searching for a serial killer’s only living victim. Set in the second half of 1981, Boystown 2 follows Nick as he juggles his deepening relationship with Detective Bert Harker with the return of his ex, Daniel Laverty. Which man will he choose? Or will he be able to choose?

Find out today!

Cherry on Top edited by M. Rode with stories by Lee Benoit, Misa Izanaki, Kiernan Kelly, Syd McGinley, Sean Michael, G.R. Richards, Tracy Rowan, BG Thomas and G.S. Wiley

Cherry popping is back! In this follow up to our popular Cherry anthology, we bring you another nine hot and sweet stories focusing on first times. Whether it's a future Top realizing he's really a Dom and not sub at all, or best friends discovering they're in love with each other, whether it's new lovers or established couples trying something out of the ordinary, these stories are sure to delight.

Sweet and tender live side by side with wild and desperate, needy next to wanton. Each story brings you a new cherry to pop in a different way. Don't miss any of these Cherry on Top stories.

Stories include:

Going Home Again by Kiernan Kelly
A Better Fate than Wisdom by Lee Benoit
Green Carnations by G.S. Wiley
Stairway to Evan by G.R. Richards
The Bad Boyfriend Club and How I Left It by Tracy Rowan
The Ivory Dungeon by Syd McGinley
My Best Friend by BG Thomas
Cooking Lesson by Miza Izanaki
Sweet Cherry, A Hammer Story by Sean Michael

Get your copy today!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Yikes, this Monday got away from me before I knew it. I'm training for a half marathon, so this morning was spent running. Then there was collapsing into a kitchen chair for a while, then I was out and about doing errands. I hope your Monday was less frantic.

You guys can find me at Tory Temple dot com, and keep an eye out for upcoming releases. Thanks for dropping in today!
Wow, Monday already? Those weekends go zooming by at light speed. Good morning! I'm Tory, your guest blogger for the day. All I'm really going to do is just say hi, show you a few of my favorite links, and give a little snippet or two of what I've been working on. Then you can get back to your regularly scheduled Monday, which hopefully will be over before you know it.

Let's start with something funny, shall we? We shall!

I write about firemen. The world thinks they're sexy. (Okay, okay, I do too, although I've been inside a lot of fire stations and they often resemble frat houses. I'm just saying.) Anyway, someone got the brilliant idea to illustrate the ongoing war between firefighters and police officers with.... puppets. And since this puppet person obviously knows that everyone loves firemen, the clips strongly favor the firefighter's POV. You can't helping laughing at the cop, though.

From the website:

Policeman Perry and Fireman Jake are best friends who work in competitive industries. Jake enjoys the perks of being a post 9/11 firefighting rock star, while Perry faces the daily struggle of serving and protecting an unappreciative public. Throughout it all they maintain a strong bonded relationship filled with heart and hijynx. Oh, and one other thing, they just happen to be puppets living in the real world.

Check them out. Be sure and start from the beginning. NSFW due to language and adult situations.

Policeman vs. Fireman

You're welcome.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

New Releases for July 24

False Dawn by Maia Strong

As a police detective aboard generational starship Lažna Zora, it's Galen Traub's job to investigate when someone goes missing. He never expects that someone to be his husband. Time is ticking quickly past and the longer Dayan is missing, the less likely the chances Galen will find him alive.

While Galen searches for him, Dayan Andrus is trapped in a nightmare, forced to relive events from his past while his kidnappers collect data derived from his memories. While Dayan lives inside his manipulated mind, his body is without food or water, strapped to a chair, captive.

Can Galen reach him before he's driven over the edge?

Find out today!

Police Navidad, Inches of Trust 6 by AR Moler

Detective Tristan Blake spends Christmas day at work. This is a conscious choice on his part, because it provides him with a magnificently convenient excuse to avoid his unsupportive family. It’s an equally planned choice to spend Christmas night with his lover Brian Townsend. Dinner with friends of Brian’s is followed by a heartfelt gift exchange at Tristan’s brownstone, but when the morning brings a visit from Tristan’s furious mother, can Brian weather the storm?

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We the Bus People by GR Richards

When Nikos' beloved T-Bird bites the dust, he's forced to take the bus home. The last person he expects to meet on public transportation is his shop's favorite client, Manny the hot home-builder. Little does Nikos know, he accidentally boarded the #97E, the extra-terrestrial route. With Manny the interplanetary refugee at his side, this could prove to be the bus trip of a lifetime.

Get your copy today!

Friday, July 23, 2010

TGIF and the Weekend Sale!

Don't you just love weekends? We do, and we're bringing you a sale to celebrate the start of one!

Just put 'tgif2010' in the coupon code box when you check out at Torquere Books and you'll get 15% off the price of your purchase.

Coupon good now through Sunday July 25 at midnight (est).

So start your weekend right with some hot reads!

Discount codes are provided as a courtesy to our customers. Torquere Press Inc. cannot be responsible for discounting purchases made before coupons/sales are announced, and cannot issue discounts to customers who fail to use the coupon or discount code during the purchase process.

Getting to know our authors - Ice cream edition

Hey, y'all!

We thought it would be fun every so often to have a bit of a getting to know you question that our authors could answer. This week we asked what their favorite ice cream flavor is.

Tell us what your favorite flavor is in the comments of this blog, and you could win a $5.00 Torquere Press gift certificate!


From G.R. Richards: Kawartha Dairy's CARAMEL SNAPPERS ice cream: caramel-filled chocolate turtles in toffee-flavored ice cream twirled with thick English Toffee.

From Maia Strong: Favorite standard flavor: Chocolate chip mint
Favorite homemade flavor: Scotch or Mexican Chocolate (Yes. A friend really did make scotch ice cream once. It was divine!).

From Stevie Woods: As with most things sweet, my favorite ice cream is chocolate.

From Keira Andrews: My fave ice cream flavor (if I must choose only one!) is peanut butter/chocolate.

From Jodi Payne: Coffee :) Haagen-Dazs makes the best!

From Sean Michael: cherry nut *winks*

From Julia Talbot- dark chocolate gelato from that place in Rome

From BA Tortuga: Neapolitan – I can't choose just one, y'all

From Alex Marcus Jacobs- So, ice cream, ice cream.... wheeeeeeee

I... LOVE... Drumstick. Not the cones, but there's this ice cream that's ACTUALLY called Drumstick, has pieces of cone, nuts, and all that stuff in it. MMMMMOMGYEAH

From Nicole Wilkinson: That's an easy question. Mint chocolate chip ice cream in a handmade waffle cone. Best stuff in the world. *grins*

From Mychael Black: Mmm... ice cream... My fave is, hands down, cookies & cream. Followed closely by butter pecan. :D

From DC Juris: Chocolate peanut butter - but not the kind that's chocolate with peanut butter cups in it. No, no, no. The kind that's chocolate with swirls of thick peanut butter throughout.

From Alex Draven - Pistachio gelato, or blackberry ice cream.

From Kissa Starling: I love Rocky Road but it has to be Blue Bell ice cream- mmmm.

From Aaron Michaels: Mint chocolate chip. :) Yum!

From Lara Zielinsky: Make mine a double scoop of mint chocolate chip.

I love chocolate but, also, as a kid, I could not get over the excitement of eating something green, and the flavor remains my "knock me back a few decades" choice whenever I hit the local 31 flavors spot.

From AKM Miles: Baskin and Robbins World Class Chocolate

From Chris Owen: Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey is my all time favorite, but when I'm
going to an ice cream shop I'll get mint chocolate chip. Yum.

From Tory Temple: Mint chip OR Ben and Jerry's Crème Brule. Mm mm good.

From Jay Lygon: Anything BUT strawberry. That is the most vile, heinous flavor of ice cream ever invented.

From Giselle Renarde: Would you believe it's French vanilla? It's got to be the kind with the little specs of vanilla bean throughout. Yum!

From Rob Knight: Irish coffee. Oh, wait, you said ice cream, not dessert…


So what's your favorite?

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

On Sale This Week!

This week we have eleven books on sale at 20% off each.

A Fine Cure From Fennel Seed by Lucius Parheleon
Ginger: The Spice of Life by Kara Larson
As Above, So Below by Mychael Black
Going Home by Mychael Black
Hearth and Home by Mychael Black
Homesteads and Horseradish by Kiernan Kelly
Love on the Line by Beth Wylde
Saffron Stains by Alex Draven
Switching Sides by Beth Wylde
Toy Box: Strap-Ons with stories by AJ Wilde, Beth Wylde and Lara Zielinsky
Voyageurs by Kiera Andrews

New Releases for July 21

The Long Way Back by Zoey Blue

Nevin and Peter are in love, but when their relationship falls apart almost as easily as it began, Nevin does his best to convince himself that he's better off without Peter. Too bad it seems no matter how hard they try, the two can't seem to stay away from each other. Sex aside, the rift between them continues to grow. Can they find their way back together or will they let life pull them apart?

Buy it here.

Arcanum: Vervain by Mychael Black

Detective Jonah Pierce has mourned his brother Riley’s death for a decade, and he’s never managed to heal. He loved Riley too much, and maybe in the wrong way. When a new rash of vampiric murders begins, Jonah’s division Arcanum is called in to investigate. Sent to talk to a potential suspect, Jonah gets the shock of his life. But that’s nothing compared to what comes later, when betrayal shows itself far closer than he ever expected.

Buy it here.

Toy Box: Cage with stories by Mychael Black, Sean Michael and GR Richards

Can a cage for your cock be sexy? We think so, and so do the men in these stories. Mychael Black brings us Control, where Andy Richmond is heading back home to Huntsville, Alabama, and he has mixed feelings about it. His best friend, Dylan Marsh, lives there still, but they haven't spoken in a long time. When Andy arrives at his mother's house, he gets the shock of his life. Will the "new" Dylan be everything Andy's dreamed about?

In The Feel of Steel by G.R. Richards, Big Boy’s sub has transferred full ownership of his erections and ejaculations to his beloved Master. As a reward for good behavior, Big Boy has a treat for the devoted boy. This Friday night, after their weekly release, they will make the switch from an ugly old plastic cock cage to a shiny new cock lock made from form-fitting steel. Lastly, Billy and Tanny are back for Tanny and the Cage, A Hammer Story by Sean Michael. Both Billy and Montana have been busy lately, focusing on things outside of their relationship, and it's led to disaster. Can they find themselves and each other again in the tools and toys of their relationship?

Buy it here.

Toy Box: Tattooed Ladies with stories by Adriana Kraft, Kissa Starling and Beth Wylde

What is it about tattoos that make them so sexy? This Toy Box answers that question for the ladies, with three hot stories. A Bucket List Tattoo by Adriana Kraft finds just past fifty and freshly divorced cardiac nurse Natalie Gardner who decides it’s time to create her personal bucket list. On the top of her list? A tattoo -- but she’s nervous about the pain. Maybe Cindy McGraw, the hot young physical therapist she often lunches with, can help her out. Next on her list? It may be too much to hope for, but she’s definitely angling for more than tattoo advice from Cindy. Would a taste be too much to ask?

In Lipstick Prints by Kissa Starling, an online baker's site provides an introduction for Tessa to Maria, a bisexual wife and mother. Their friendship builds through daily discussion, phone calls and eventually an in-person meeting. That moment in time becomes a catalyst for change in Tessa that she never thought possible. Finally, Beth Wylde brings us In My Skin. Melissa is a tattoo artist whose girlfriend has a serious phobia about needles. Kendra finally decides to confront her fears and let Melissa tattoo her, but just stepping into her lover’s shop leaves her shaking. Will Melissa be able to pull off the impossible and put her name in Kendra’s skin? It’s going to take some smooth moves and fast talking to get it done right.

Buy it here.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Featuring an Oldie but Goodie - Riding Heartbreak Road!

Each week I'll go through and feature a backlist title you might have missed, if you're new to Torquere!

Today's feature is Riding Heartbreak Road by Kiernan Kelly.

This was Kiernan's first novel with us and, even after all this time, I enjoy this one. It's plotty, fast-paced, and has a rocking hot cover from Pluto.

Official blurb - Jake Goodall is a Texas bull rider who's used to keeping his preference for men under wraps. Brent Miller is as wealthy New York businessman who has never had to hide. When Brent's car breaks down in Jake's hometown, the two of them begin a romance that might be hazardous to their health.

From the prairies of Texas to the lights of New York and back again, from western rodeos to big city gay bars to a courtroom in Dallas, can the bull rider from the Lone Star State and the businessman from New York buck the odds to stay together?

Available for purchase here.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

New Releases for July 17

What Not to Wear by Clare London

Beckett and Doug work together, travel together, live together… play together. And they’re easily distracted by their desires, wherever they happen to be. The work week starts normally for the newly promoted Beckett, but that’s soon disturbed by his lover's sexual provocation. As each day of the week passes, Doug’s behavior, and the slogan on his T-shirt, gets increasingly outrageous. Add in his equally outrageous libido and the two men’s fascination for sex in risky places, and their career prospects are soon completely out of control!

Buy it here.

Secret Santa by Aaron Michaels

Ollie Dickinson, the office Scrooge, hates company parties, especially the yearly Secret Santa gift exchange. Except this year he's drawn Matt Robbins, the hot new junior accountant, who just happens to be the object of loner Ollie's very secret fantasies. Great, right? Not exactly. Matt is the protégé -- and some say boy toy -- of Ollie's cougar boss, and totally out of poor Ollie's middle management league.

Ollie finds out his secret crush on Matt isn't quite so secret when he gets gift-giving advice from co-workers who seem to be pushing him in Matt's direction. Can Ollie find the perfect Christmas gift and win Matt's heart without getting himself fired? Christmas is, after all, the season of miracles.

Buy it here.

Finding Trouble by Misa Izanaki

Working at a strip club isn’t as much fun as Dante thought it would be. His boss, Kale, treats him like a kid and is ruining any chance of him ever getting laid. To spite Kale, Dante goes home with a handsome stranger who tries to pick him up at the club. But, there’s more to Dante’s stranger than meets the eye and Dante may find himself in a whole lot of trouble. This story was originally published in the ‘Another Fine Mess’ anthology.

Buy it here.

Sticky Fingers by HT Murray

Several months into the romance phase of their lifelong relationship, Cal Jerome and Ian Jeffries, of Go Fish fame, are just returning home from a vacation on the Jerome ranch and enjoying a taste of home that involves backyard barbecue and watermelon. Ian's never been particularly suave, so it's no surprise he ends up wearing more watermelon than he eats. Completely turned on by the image of Ian covered in watermelon juice, and now, equipped with a handy dandy rind with which to staunch the trademark Ian Jeffries mood-thrashing rhetoric, Cal decides sweet with a side of salty makes for spicy hot fun.

Buy it here.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Charity Sip Deadline Extended

Torquere Press' 2010 Charity Sip deadline has been extended to August 15, 2010.

The theme is Healing Hearts, and proceeds will go to Doctors without Borders.

Call for Submissions
In 2008, Torquere Press decided to use its September anniversary and its Sip short story line for a little good work. Dedicating the month to supporting the fight for equal rights in marriage, Torquere and our authors published gay and lesbian wedding themed stories, with the proceeds going to charities such as the Lambda Legal Fund. To date, more than $10000.00 has been donated to charities.

In 2010, our authors have chosen Doctors without Borders as the recipient of our anniversary Sip Blitz, with the theme of Healing Hearts at the core of the stories.

We're looking for m/m stories with a medical, healing twist--and an international flavor is encouraged! All heat levels are welcome, and happy endings are strongly preferred. Manuscripts should be original works of 3,000 to 8,000 words; no reprints, please. Authors will sign a one-year agreement to donate all royalties to Doctors Without Borders, with the understanding that Torquere Press will match all donations 100%. Deadline for submission has been extended to August 15, 2010. Please submit your story, along with a synopsis, your contact information, and author biography, to with "Charity Sip" in the subject line.

General submissions guidelines can be found at Please send submissions to submissions @ with "Charity Sip" in the subject line.

Beat the Heat Sale!

It's one hot summer this year and we're helping you beat the heat with a coupon for 15% off your purchases at Torquere Books.

Just put 'beatheat10' in the coupon code box when you check out and you'll receive 15% off your purchases.

Coupon is good today through midnight (est) Sunday July 18, 2010.

Come beat the heat with Torquere Press.

Torquere Press, Inc.

Discount codes are provided as a courtesy to our customers. Torquere Press Inc. cannot be responsible for discounting purchases made before coupons/sales are announced, and cannot issue discounts to customers who fail to use the coupon or discount code during the purchase process.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

New Releases for July 14

Arson! by Cap Iversen

Dakota Taylor is a gunfighter with a low dose of morals. He likes his horse, and that’s about it. But when Dakota is hired by the young and handsome Bennie Colsen to hunt down and kill the person responsible for murdering his family, he finds himself more emotionally involved than a legendary gunfighter wants to admit. He finds himself falling for Bennie Colsen, and coming face to face against another deadly gunfighter…Ryder McCloud, his ex-lover.

Who killed the Colsen family? Why is there a drought in the evil town of Turnpike? What is the Eternal Spring? And what do the Hopi Indians have to do with it? It’s up to Dakota Taylor to find out and avenge the death of the Colsen family. That’s what he was hired to do. But, when Dakota Taylor gets revenge… all Hell breaks loose.

Buy it here.

Off Trail by JB McDonald

Recently widowed, with one dog now crippled and another about to give birth, Keith needs help. Problem is, he doesn't want it. When Spencer blows into his life, Keith does his best to shove Spencer back out. Spencer is everything his dead husband wasn't, and little too close to the wild side for Keith's taste.

Spencer can see that Keith is drowning in details, just as he can see how a little aid would go a long way. But Keith keeps refusing help -- for everything except the crippled dog. Spencer's way into Keith's house is through fur on wheels; finding his way into Keith's heart won't be so easy.

Buy it here.

On Sale This Week!

This week we have three JB McDonald titles and three Westerns on sale at a 20% discount!

Bareback by Chris Owen
By Degrees by JB McDonald
Cowboy Up! edited by Rob Knight
Founder by Jodi Payne
Hero in Me by JB McDonald
In the Rough by JB McDonald

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Coming Soon for July and August

It's a hot summer at Torquere Press.

We've got a couple more Single Shots for you this month: What Not to Wear by Clare London and The Long Way Back by Zoey Blue. We've also got Spice it Up Verbain by Mychael Black and two Toy Boxes: Tattooed Ladies, featuring three lesbian stories by Adriana Kraft, Kiss Starling and Beth Wylde, and Cock Cage, featuring three gay stories by Mychael Black, Sean Michael and GR Richards.

Maia Strong brings us a High Ball called False Dawn and we'll have two anthologies in July: Cherry On Top and a ménage Anthology called Not My First Rodeo.

We'll round out the month with color boxes Mist Gray by Andy Slayde and Ali Wilde and Emerald by EM Lynley.

And don't forget our pairs of Sips every Saturday all month long.

August should be just as hot as July.

We'll have Single Shots The Glass Man by M. Raiya, The Vampire's Prisoner by Scarlet Blackweel and A Blast from the Past by JL Merrow, along with Spice it up Herbes de Provence by Jenna Jones.

Look for Top Shelf Novels Baked by Sean Michael, Unconventional by TC Blue, Duet by Eden Winters, Leather Nights by Patricia Logan and The Blind Prophecy by Jamie Lowe, along with Screwdriver Smoke by Mara Ismine and Chaser Compilation Between a Fox and a Hard Place by Misa Izanaki.

August's High Balls are Of One Mind by Liz Brooks and Ruby Slippers by Alexi Silversmith, and the Color Boxes are Gray by Molly Church and Army Green by J. Rocci. We'll have two Toy Boxes for you in August -- Toy Box: Twins and menage Toy Box: Kitchen Sink.

And of course, we'll have a pair of Sips for you every Saturday.

Featured Author Interview for July 13, 2010

This week we're featuring Cap Iversen, author of the newly released Arson!

Tell us about Arson!. What inspired you to write it? How long did it take you to write it?

Back in the late eighties, early nineties, Alyson Publications, Inc. was a small gay press in Boston that published gay genre fiction – mysteries, gothic, sci-fi, etc. It just made sense to include a gay western. The original concept was to produce a series of Dakota books centering on a gay gunfighter who couldn’t care less about being gay…or anything else, really. It took about a year to write Arson! and it was soon followed by Silver Saddles and Rattler!. We kept them clipping along at a quick pace to hold readers’ interest. I still mourn the loss of Alyson Publications – it was the first of its kind. I think I did a dance when I discovered Torquere Press.

Tell us one thing about yourself that your readers would be surprised to know.

I’m basically a very boring person. Sitting on the deck, reading the paper, drinking a cool one, watching the horses graze or garden grow, is about all the excitement I can stand. No surprises here. No drama here. I save that for the books.

Do you have a favorite genre to read? To write? Is there any one genre you find it easier to write in than the others?

I can answer all three questions with one word. Westerns. I doubt if I can walk into a thrift store or used book store and find a paperback western that I haven’t read. Beyond that, I enjoy a good autobiography, and, as macabre as it might sound, I can read some pretty creepy true crime stories, or true animal stories – you know, the grizzly bear ate the hunter type stories. Animal behavior fascinates me. Human nature fascinates me. But only from a distance.

What’s the best thing about writing? How about the worst thing?

Living in the fantasy. Taking that ride. Writing is like being in an altered state of mind, only it’s legal. It’s better than drugs. The worst part about writing is when the ride is over and you’re coming down from that high. Then it’s time to cross your T’s and dot your I’s, and worry about things like nouns and verbs and adjectives. It’s like being condemned to do homework for the rest of your life.

Character or plot, which comes first?

Characters, definitely. Let’s face it, most stories have been told over and over again. There’s only so many chords to a song. Stephanie Myers didn’t strike gold by writing just another vampire story, but by creating unforgettable, and ridiculously popular, characters. I know this because in order to understand my teenage nieces’ vocabulary, I read the entire Twilight saga. And, I confess, I’m Team Jacob…no, Edward…no, Jacob…no…

What is your favorite way to spend a rainy day?

Rainy day? In Montana? On a snowy day, I like to build a fire, kick back, and watch my DVD collection of the Lonesome Dove epic, which goes on forever, then hope like hell that while I was languishing in Lonesome Dove it didn’t snow so hard that I need to pull out the 4-wheel drive to get to the barn.

What’s the best writing advice you ever received/found?

That you can’t call yourself a writer unless you write. Even if it’s crap, you still need to put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard, on a daily basis to own the title. Now, I can honestly call myself a writer. There’s a lot of crap in my wastebasket.

What are you working on now?

I’m still toying with more Dakota books. He’s a character that’s hard to let go of. He just keeps staying alive. Montana is rich with history and you don’t have to travel far to hear the whispers of the ghosts who want their stories to be told, whether it’s the Smith Mining Disaster at Bear Creek, the ghost towns of Virginia City, or attending the reenactment of Custer’s Last Stand in Hardin, it’s ripe for story-telling. Besides tending to my editing business, I have many stories tell. Too many, in fact.

Author’s Bio: Cap Iversen is the author of three books in The Dakota Series first published by Alyson Publications. Arson! was followed by Silver Saddles and Rattler! Cap lives in Montana and works as a freelance editor and writer.

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Happy to announce that the Birthstone line is returning in 2011!

Hey, y'all!

Our hugely popular Birthstone line is returning in 2011 -- that's right, hot romances from 12 different Torquere Press authors, starting with garnet in January 2011 with Syd McGinley. :D

I couldn't be more pleased.