Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Weekly Specials

This week we have four books by Lee Benoit and four books by TC Blue on sale at 20% off.

Endicott Rex, Dragonwalker 2: The Kind of Wands by Lee Benoit
Lemon Yellow: Making Lemonade by TC Blue
Life or Something Scary Like That by TC Blue
Making it Up by TC Blue
Master of None: The Eight of Pentacles by Lee Benoit
Matchmen, Ltd by TC Blue
Polyphony: The Two of Cups by Lee Benoit
Smoke: Askari by Lee Benoit

New Releases for September 29

Azul: Bailame by Lee Benoit

A principal dancer with a Havana company, Lola misses his big chance to defect from post-Soviet Cuba because of an injury. Left behind by his faithless lover, Lola finds his health and attitude improving as he develops a friendship with his mysterious doctor, Adán.

Adán has a secret, though, one he's guarded from everyone since he returned from medical training in Mexico. If Adán's secret identity doesn't destroy their relationship, the vicissitudes of Lola's job might. When Lola gets the chance to dance again, will he choose Adán, or his career?

Find out today!

Lime Green: Margarita Mondays by TC Blue

A simple noise complaint to Safe Haven Security ends in a broken door when Jeremy misinterprets something he hears coming from inside Troy Ballard’s home. It also starts the two men on a path of high resistance, as neither of them wants a ‘relationship,’ especially not with each other. Their lives are too different.

Unfortunately, their hearts insist on wanting exactly what their minds know to be impossible. With the dubious help of their friends, Jeremy and Troy start to discover that sometimes ‘impossible’ is anything but.

Pick up your copy today!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Final Anniversary Blowout!

We've been celebrating all month and now we're we're having our final Anniversary Sale!

Just put 'septend2010' in the coupon code box when you check out at Torquere Books and you'll get 15% off the price of your order!

Sale is on now through Thursday night (September 30) at midnight (est)!

Come celebrate our anniversary with some hot reads!

If you haven't already done so, make sure you check out our anniversary contests

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.

New Releases for September 25

Halfway by KIL Kenny

Andy doesn't see himself as a typical college freshman after three years of traveling with his diplomat father. But there are compensations to campus life, and he plans to make the most of them. He joins his father's frat, makes the basketball team, and starts sampling the local nightlife -- where he finds Steven, an aloof, exotic cross-dresser who doesn't think much of frat boys.

Bridging the town vs. gown divide is tricky, and keeping the flame of romance alive in places like laundry rooms and parking lots seems to be Andy's biggest challenge at first. It's not long, though, before the frat president is making suggestive comments, and with pledge hazing to get through, Andy knows things are about to get much, much worse. When the pressure is on, will Andy have the guts to abandon compromise and take his commitment to Steven all the way?

Find out today!

A Secret Vice by Syd McGinley

Dr. Fell is not happy. His cabin needs repairs, and his new trainee, Tommy, is too exuberant. Can he handle a peppy, singing boy, a plumbing challenge, and his memories of Rob? All while indulging in his Secret Vice?

Originally published in Toy Box: Nipple Clamps Also available in the Complete Dr. Fell Volume One: Lost

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Behind the Scenes by GR Richards

When theatrical designer Brandon takes sewing whiz Matheus under his wing, the attraction is instantaneous. From their very first kiss, Matheus knows this relationship will get serious. After two years of working and living together as a married couple, Brandon is offered a too-good-to-be-true job designing for a summer festival. Matheus intends to go with him until he's offered Brandon's old job at the Studio theatre.

The marriage goes long-distance. Just when Matheus misses his husband most, a flirtatious new assistant lands in his lap. Though he's tantalized, Matheus refuses cute Carver's advances. He takes his marriage vows seriously. When Carver suggests "introducing a third into the relationship," Matheus weakens. Would it still be cheating if Brandon were to join in?

Find out today!

Re-ignition by AR Moler

Griff Rieckert is an ex-FBI agent, with the emphasis on "ex". A devastating knee injury in the line of duty has left him permanently disabled. After a drinking binge, trying to drown his depression, he wakes up in the bed of a gorgeous young doctor, Sean Avery.

As Griff and Sean become involved in a tentative relationship, Griff''s dark mood of pain and frustration begins to lighten a little. The attraction to the young doctor gives Griff hope that he can piece his life back together, but all that might come crashing down when a madman loose in the hospital threatens Sean's life.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

New Releases for September 22

Someplace in this World by Lee Benoit

“Is there a place for me in this world? Someplace I can call home?” Home isn’t always the place we start from. Sometimes we have to search long and hard to discover our true home. Other times we leave home, only to discover that our home place calls us back. We may seek far and wide for a home, only to find we’ve been there all along. And sometimes, we have to stand and fight for home.

In this full-length anthology featuring contemporary, historical, fantasy, and steampunk stories, some of Torquere's favorite authors bring us stories of gay men seeking, finding, rediscovering, or struggling to find that one place in the world where they truly belong.

Each of these nine stories treads a unique pathway, but at the end of the journey, these talented authors bring their characters home.

With stories by:
Lee Benoit
Kiernan Kelly
Syd McGinley
J.L. Merrow
G.R. Richards
J. Rocci
P.D. Singer
G.S. Wiley
Eden Winters

Pick up your copy today!

Marked by Sean Michael

Cody can't help but watch Barker, even if he knows it's stupid, especially around the full moon. Even with sunglasses to hide his deformity, though, he can't keep Barker away from him, and he can't manage to say no when Barker calls Cody "mine". Barker has never agreed with the pack banishing Cody. So what if Cody doesn't fit into the narrow confines of what the pack says is normal? He should never have let Cody go, and he's not about to let his mate slip through his fingers again.

Full moon or not, Cody is not your average werewolf. When the pack finds out he's back in town, the pack is concerned enough to stick their noses in. When they discover that Barker may have figured out how to solve Cody's shifter problems, the situation turns dangerous. The pack wants to make sure Cody's secret doesn't affect their entire way of life. Can Barker keep Cody safe, and make his mate understand that they're meant to be together?

Marked is available in print and ebook formats!

100% Completion by HB Kurtzwilde

When Deke and Gerry managed to find each other and love in a small, conservative, southern town, they thought they had won the greatest prize of all. Instead, they find themselves playing as a team in a game without rules, for the highest stakes. Must Gerry relinquish his dreams of rockstar gamer status, or can Deke break free of his straight-edged façade and reclaim his own dreams as well as support Gerry?

Follow Deke and Gerry as they play hard, whether in the games of love, cards or fighting killer zombies.

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Lee Benoit, Featured Editor

Today we're featuring Lee Benoit, editor of the newly released anthology Someplace in this World.

Tell us about editing Someplace in this World. What inspired you to edit the anthology? How long did it take from inception to completion?

I was inspired to propose Someplace in this World when I read a volume of essays by gay men about the places they called home. In the introduction the editor, the inimitable John Preston, described the authors’ stories as “honest examinations of what it means to belong someplace in this world.” (The book is called Hometowns: Gay Men Write about Where They Belong, by the way.)

In the 20 years since Preston gathered those true-life stories, much has changed for men who love men. And much hasn’t. I knew that the wonderful imaginations of Torquere’s authors could bring new voices and the unique perspective of m/m romance to bear on the enduring theme of how gay men define -- and establish -- their true homes. The result couldn’t be more delicious.

I submitted the proposal for the anthology back in May of 2009, and was thrilled when Torquere accepted it. I knew my day job would keep me too busy for the intensive work of reviewing and editing manuscripts until that winter, so I put out the call in December, received manuscripts in the early spring of 2010, and we were off to the races.

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

I'm deadly boring, really. Even my hobbies are solitary. Besides writing, I paint little watercolors and bake wild-yeast sourdoughs. But I give the loaves away, I don't even eat them with people. I'm not anti-social so much as painfully shy. So readers might be surprised to learn that I don't live under a bridge or in a cave or at the top of a mountain. I'm a hermit with a mortgage.

You write as well as edit -- how different is the process?

Wow, I was surprised how different the processes were. First of all, there was the dreadful anxiety of having to reject submissions that weren't right for the anthology. And then, being editor, I faced two challenges that don't plague me as a writer. I wanted to do a really good job of editing, so I went back to my Chicago Manual of Style and boned up. I've worked with terrific editors, to whose hands I felt very safe entrusting my stories. I hoped the anthology's authors would feel the same trust and confidence in me as their editor. I wanted to be worthy of that.

The other big difference was that I had to determine and execute the detailed timeline from proposal to finished manuscript. As an author, I respond as best I can to editors when it comes to the timing of the process. I was fortunate to get great advice from Torquere editors and from author buddies who've edited anthos. Couldn't have done it without them!

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

The best thing about editing Someplace in this World was the sheer delight I felt when manuscripts started rolling in. At first I was just relieved that enough authors responded to the call for submissions. But then I was blown away by the quality of the stories. Torquere's authors seemed to share my vision of "home" as a central theme of GLBT experience, but the variety of genres, settings, and plots was just amazing. Getting to see all that unfold was definitely wonderful.

The worst part was the near-constant fear that I'd do something to make the whole project fall apart.

What are you looking for when choosing stories for an anthology?

In this case, I was looking for a kind of simpatico with the anthology's theme. I didn't want merely glimpses of gay happy ever afters. I wanted authors to dig in and show the struggles, the real effort it takes to seek, find, and keep one's true home as a gay man in whatever world the story was set. I was amazed with how many different ways authors addressed that theme.

Beyond that, I was looking for what I think any editor looks for: fascinating characters, meaningful conflicts, well-developed plots, convincing dialogue. The talented and professional authors in this antho left me little to do as editor, I must say!

I didn't set out to accept stories with a particular tone, but I found when it came time to assemble the final manuscript that it was a challenge (an exciting one) to order the stories in such a way as to have a sort of smooth arc in terms of tone. I even made myself a PowerPoint slideshow with descriptions of each story that I shuffled and reshuffled more times than I can count before deciding on a final order for the anthology. I wonder if readers would be surprised to learn I'm a big old geek? ::grins::

What is your favorite way to spend a rainy day?

I wish I could share salacious anecdotes, but alas, no. I'm a single parent, and back during the lean years of grad school I instituted a policy forbidding trips to the cinema except on rainy days. Somehow, that bit of conditioning has persisted, and my sons never ask to see a movie in a theater unless it's pouring buckets. Now that they're getting older, I treasure those wet afternoons more than ever.

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

When I was trying to gather the courage to begin writing, insufferably hemming and hawing about taking the plunge, a friend did me the huge favor of getting annoyed with me. The issue wasn't what to write, or how, or even where to find the time, he said. No. It was just freaking doing it, giving myself permission to suck, but suck all the way to the end of the story. Well, his actual words were a bit more...earthy, but the message was clear.

In the intervening years I've read plenty of good advice about plot, structure, and the processes of writing and editing. I'm especially fond of Ursula LeGuin's Steering the Craft. But it really doesn't matter which writing books we read, only that we are committed to improving our craft. So it's more about finding advice that sings to us rather than waiting around for magic wands or pills or whatever. Writing is hard, sure, but lots of groovy things are hard!

What are you working on now?

Would you believe this is the toughest question of all? I have several releases this month, and for the first time since I began my writing journey in 2005, I find myself with an empty back burner and no imminent deadlines. New ideas are kicking around, all footloose and cheeky. What will I write next? The suspense is killing me! Will it be the gender-morphing adventure yarn? The BDSM identity crisis story? The historical spy thriller? I don't mean to be coy, but I really don't know which idea will assert itself enough to get written first. I'll probably write my way into each one and see where it goes. Whatever I write, I always hope readers will enjoy the stories as much as I relish creating them!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

New Releases for September 18

Just a Cowboy by Julia Talbot

Dalton is a young cowboy running from a secret, one he doesn't think he can be forgiven for. Herschel is just a thirty-something cowboy who thinks everyone deserves a second chance. Herschel hires Dalton to work on his ranch, knowing the kid needs all the confidence and TLC Hersch can give.

Herschel might just be the best thing that has ever happened to Dalton. He's worried about his past, but finally decides to trust in the future. Just when he's about to tell Herschel everything, all hell breaks loose. Will Herschel be able to help Dalton face his past, or will they both end up alone?

Find out today!

Just a Summer Fling by Lily Grace

Broken-hearted, self-esteem shattered, and dragged on vacation by his parents, Ryan doesn’t think he could be more miserable. All that changes when he meets Chris, the most gorgeous surfer he’s ever seen. Shocked when Chris takes an interest in him, Ryan decides that maybe a summer fling is just what he needs to get over his ex. But Chris has a secret, and Ryan, still hurting from his failed relationship, isn’t at all prepared to deal with it. Could Chris’ revelation ruin their chances of a fling before things even get started? Or, is there a possibility of something more?

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The Storm Yet to Come, a Storm-Catcher's Chain story by Gabriel West

The planet of Mathai is just as deadly as the Maa'rish warriors who live across its surface. Storm, a Sarish hunter, has tracked his prey, the warrior who saved his life, to a small town in the midst of a sweltering desert. However, Storm doesn't know what's waiting for him when he finally springs his trap. Will he survive the encounter?

Find out today!

Ghost: A Velvet Glove Story by Sean Michael

When Velvet Glove submissive Ghost appears in Trip's medical office, no one is quite sure what's wrong with the young man. Ghost collapsed during a scene with a patron, and Trip has to decide if the kid is ill or if something deeper is going on.

Strangely drawn to the pale, silent Ghost, Trip discovers that there's a lot more than meets the eye under the calm surface. When Ghost can't go back to work for the club, Trip takes him in, letting their new relationship deepen, teaching Ghost to trust. Can Trip help Ghost learn to accept his gifts?

This Single Shot Classic was originally released as the Birthstone Ghost: A Velvet Glove Story.

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

2010 Charity Sips Released!

In 2008, Torquere Press' fantastic authors worked hard to support equality in marriage. In 2009, Torquere's authors chose "Changing Lives" in memory of Matthew Shepard. Our 2008 and 2009 Charity Sip Blitzes earned more than $10000.00 in donations for GLBT organizations.

For 2010, Torquere's authors have chosen "Healing Hearts" in honor of Doctors Without Borders for the theme of the Charity Sip Collection. Twenty eight authors have written short fiction pieces, and have agreed to donate all proceeds of the sales of these stories to charitable organizations. Torquere Press Inc. will match the authors' donations completely.

Torquere Press and our authors truly believe we can make a difference by donating to organizations that promote awareness and equality. If you'd like to help, please support the Charity Sip Blitz and enjoy some great romance today!

Another Border by K.I.L. Kenny

When his weary lover comes home after a twelve-hour shift on the Alzheimer's ward, Jeff wants to offer comfort. A little banter and some massage are easy, but getting Ed to open up about what's on his mind is a trickier proposition. A teacher's Socratic methods aren't going to work. It will take a lot of TLC and some unorthodox healing methods for Jeff to lull his man into a restful sleep.

Borders by Kathryn Scannell

Hooking up with a stranger in a bar is hard for a shy young doctor, but it’s the only option when not staying in the closet might get you killed. So Kevin has taken his first long weekend off from his job in Gaza City, and headed for Tel Aviv to find some action. Things are looking promising when he meets a handsome Israeli who seems just as interested as he is.

But it’s not so simple. David is an Israeli soldier, and Kevin may have noticed too much about a sensitive operation David was part of in Gaza City a few weeks ago. Is David’s interest genuine, or just a trick to get Kevin alone to find out what he knows?

Breathe Into Me by Jenna Jones

After a warning from his doctor, Caleb Smith is looking for ways to get healthy in both body and mind. His sister Katie convinces him to give yoga a try, and he's surprised to find that Sasha Volsky, his boyfriend from high school, is her teacher.

At first, Caleb is more interested in reuniting with Sasha than in yoga, but Sasha has a single condition before they can become involved again. Caleb has to take care of himself. Can Caleb find balance between what he wants and what he needs? The answer may be as simple as breathing.

El Cedral by Kiernan Kelly

Dr. Derek Thomas has a pediatric practice at an affluent New York Hospital that comes with all the perks -- the salary, the townhouse, the car, and the handsome neurosurgeon boyfriend. When his relationship goes south, so does Derek, but will he be happy with a simpler life working in a Mexican clinic with a man from his past?

Dreggers Deep by J. Rocci

Tulley is the head of security for the most influential business man in Oilsmouth. His latest assignment from the boss is to escort the company’s new doctor down to tend to the miners of Dreggers Deep. Unfortunately, Dr. Edmund Peniwill and Tulley have a history. Edmund left Tulley behind to attend medical school overseas, with no request for Tulley’s input. But Tulley isn’t the type to hold a grudge, even if he’s not sure what he’s currently feeling. Life in Oilsmouth isn’t easy, though, and a brush with sky pirates soon has the two resolving a few issues.

Eyes Wide Shut by Meredith Shayne

Adam Taylor liked working for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. He didn’t even mind the tiny outback town in Western Australia where he was based. If the downside was doing the regular clinic at the Mount Keith nickel mine where his mining engineer ex-boyfriend Chris Barker worked, well, he’d coped with worse. When a visit from Chris leads to an unexpected encounter, Adam can’t help but hope for things to get back on track.

If Chris couldn’t keep away from Adam, the least he could do was make sure that his redneck workmates never found out. It was better for everyone that way. At least, that’s what he’d thought, until Adam got caught in a mine cave in and Chris thought he was dead. After that, being outed didn’t seem so important anymore. Chris just hoped he’d get a chance to tell Adam that.

Going Home by CB Conwy

Colin has been working as a doctor in the most dangerous parts of the world, and Jamie is sick and tired of missing him. Colin wants to save babies from dying. Jamie just wants Colin.

When Jamie finally asks Colin to stay, it's almost too late, because Colin has already signed another contract. After finally getting up his courage to talk to Colin, Jamie's determined to make their relationship work, though, even if it means making changes to his own life. Sometimes you have to go away to go home.

Have Hope by Emily Moreton

When what was supposed to be a simple exchange of information goes to hell in the form of armed soldiers and two bullet wounds, double-agent John Grey makes a fairly desperate run for his rendezvous point. And doesn't make it.

Fortunately, luck's on his side, and he wakes up in the house – the bed – of a local clinic doctor, Mohammed Saleem. Attractive and smart, with a sharp sense of humor and a tattoo, Mohammed is exactly the kind of guy John falls for. Mohammed has very strict rules about what should and shouldn't happen during a recovery period, but John's sure he can change that.

Homecoming, A Jarheads Story by Sean Michael

Rig's been away from home for three weeks, doing volunteer work in hurricane ravaged areas. He gets off the plane at LAX late at night and all he wants is to find the car rental desk so he can get home to his Marines. Lucky for him, Rock and Dick surprise him at the airport and whisk him away to welcome him home as only they can.

House Sitting by M. Durango

House sitting for his uncle seems like the perfect way for Justin to spend the summer before entering graduate school. The fact that his long-time crush, Dr. Ray Kimble, lives next door sweetens the deal. Justin’s hopes of fulfilling a teenage fantasy are dashed by Ray’s past heartbreak until an accident offers the opportunity for some TLC.

How Did I Lose My Passport -- And Find My Love by JM Cartwright

Attending the cardiology conference in London was important for Dr. Howard Vandenburg's career -- missing the cruise ship and losing his passport and then having to face his boss, hospital COO Michael Sullivan, were not so good for his career. But when Michael takes Van completely by surprise complete with a plan that will change life for both of them, what's an absent-minded researcher to do?

It's a Calling by Mara Ismine

Weary of life and of his job practicing medicine, Jock reevaluates his life when an old friend passes on. World travels eventually lead him back to the Scottish town where he grew up, where he must face his memories of Ewan, the lover he left behind many years before. Will Ewan still be there? And if he is, can they recapture the magic they once had together?

Little Fishes by Syd McGinley

Dr. Katashi Tanaka may be in hot water when he takes his boy, Tommy, to meet his family. His little sister, Mariko, is irrepressible and sure to gossip with Tommy, and his mother may be the only person alive who can oblige Dr. Tanaka to do anything. Tommy learns some secrets about his stern owner that may ruin not just their spa getaway but their whole relationship.

Live By The Sword, A Dragonwalker Story by Lee Benoit

David Espada's life is a mess. Blinded during the experiments that produced Endicott's dragon dogs, and still stinging from a particularly nasty betrayal, David has no business pursuing the town veterinarian -- until David's beloved guide dog Drake finds himself on the outside of some poisonous lawn chemicals and a visit to Doc Wilson becomes a matter of life and death.

Thayer Wilson's life is a mess, too. He helped heal the dragon dogs when they were abducted and damaged and knows he shouldn't be interested in the blind psychologist who helped bring the dragon dogs into existence. Even more complicated, Thayer's becoming fiercely devoted to Bug, a local kid with a miserable home life who helps out around the clinic.

Three damaged humans, and the dragon dog who leads them all to the life they need --welcome to the town of Endicott, a small town with a scaly, winged twist, where romance flies on a diet of kibble!

Mind/Body Medicine by Gabriel West

Rindae's fa'ithe Justan, the warrior he has given his life to, has succumbed to the force that drives all Maa'rish warriors. It has taken over his mind so completely that Justan is trapped within the force. Rindae goes to see what has become of Justan during his stay at an institution. Can the bond that they forged before Justan's mind was swept away be strong enough to bring Justan back to him?

My Life in Your Hands by AR Moler

Dr. Chris Kearney works in a San Diego hospital that receives some of the worst victims of gang violence. The talented sensitive doctor is slowly losing his ability to cope with the stress of the job, his loneliness only compounds the problem. When Chris meets Drew Hayden, a SDPD detective working on the gang task force, there is a spark of interest between the two.

A chance meeting in a grocery leads to an evening of hot sex. The two men acknowledge their interest could be more than just a one night thing and begin to pursue a relationship, but unforeseen stresses and risks complicate their lives. Can a cop and doctor hold onto what they have?

Of Sound Mind by Elizabeth Brooks

Eremy from Of One Mind, is now Fully Awakened and in search of the one true love he's been waiting for his entire life. Things get complicated, however, when he finds his destined mate Jody in a hospital, battling the same cancer that claimed Jody's grandfather. Telepathically bonded couples live together -- and die together, a fact Jody learned far too young. Jody is afraid he'll drag Eremy with him into an early grave, but will his determination to protect his mate's life put Eremy's sanity at risk instead?

On Call: Crossroads by PD Singer

Dr. Keith Hoyer has lost patients before but never like this, not at sixteen and not by intent. Certain that he could have prevented the tragedy with some word or deed that he left unsaid or undone, Keith is desperate for a way to redeem his failure.

If he's going to practice medicine in a Third World country, Keith's lover, veterinarian Dante James says, he needs time to sell the practice and brush up on diseases of goats. "Whither thou goest, I go," Dante tells Keith, but where will those words take them?

Pasion's Dream by Kate Cotoner

Pasion of Miletos has suffered from insomnia for over a year. He's traveled the length of the Eastern Mediterranean in his search for a cure, and desperation leads him to the shrine of the healing god Amphiaraos. There Pasion meets Kyronides, his former beloved and once the most beautiful youth in Athens. An accident has robbed Kyronides of his sight, and if the shrine's priests can't cure him, Kyronides will be sent into exile.

Finally able to tell Kyronides why he was forced to end their relationship, Pasion discovers that the truth cures his affliction -- but as the days pass without a miracle for Kyronides, Pasion must think of another way to heal his beloved.

Some Good Doctoring by BA Tortuga

Working as a clinician in bull riding isn't easy, especially when ornery cowboys get up all in your face and give you a punch of your nose. Lucky for Jonesy, he has Cody Butler on his side, ready to not only wade in and keep him from being hit again, but to give him the best personal doctoring a man could ask for.

Featuring the men of the Roughstock world.

Take it Slow by Taylor Lochland

Graham is determined to run a marathon in honor of his partner, who died two years ago. Unfortunately, a knee injury has sidelined him, and his orthopedist, Dr. Dmitri Markov, tells him not to rush his recovery. Even though he's not ready, Graham runs a 15K race at the Traverse City Cherry Festival, and aggravates his injury again. Dr. Markov is at the festival, and catches Graham in the act. After the doctor gives Graham a hard time for ignoring his orders, the two men spend the day together.

As they get to know each other and the mutual attraction becomes evident, Graham realizes that he isn’t the only one in need of healing. Will Graham be able to slow things down enough to give Dmitri's wounds time to heal?

The Boyfriend Line by Avery Zeno

David and Rafe are “friends with benefits,” but definitely not boyfriends. When David discovers he might have cancer, he doesn’t tell Rafe for fear that leaning on his friend would be pushing too close to the boyfriend line. When Rafe finds out, will David’s secrecy push them farther apart?

The Pavilion by Tracy Rowan

Eliot is a doctor who knows he can't save everyone, but that doesn't keep him from letting guilt and grief shut down his life when his lover dies. He leaves everything behind, moves to a new city, and resolves to live a quiet, solitary life. He finds his way back to a medical practice after a few years, but even the satisfaction he gets from his work doesn't help heal his broken heart.

Enter Jamie, a younger man who works at the local diner and has ambitions to become a chef. He chooses Eliot as a guinea pig for his cooking, and as the object of his affection. Eliot's head tells him to send Jamie away with a polite refusal, but his heart is aching to open up to Jamie. Can an impromptu dinner in Eliot's garden be just the right prescription to get Eliot back on his feet?

The Rosebud by M. Raiya

James was born with the ability to heal any injury or illness simply by touching the person who is suffering. The price James pays is falling in love with the person he's just healed. But how can he act on any of his infatuations if he knows that the moment he heals someone else, his feelings for the last person will end? He goes through life avoiding people as much as possible, using his gift with great discretion, and constantly nursing a broken heart.

One night, James comes across a car crushed beneath a logging truck in northern Vermont. Inside, dying, is Ambient, the most beautiful man James has ever seen. All he can do is hope that this time, his gift will not turn into a curse, because Ambient is not someone he can resist.

What You Can't Live Withoug by Eden Winters

A flashy car, a trendy apartment, membership at a swanky country club -- Dr. Mitchell Rollins has it all, except someone to share it with. Dr. Arnulfo Oliva doesn't share his materialistic views and has no use for expensive toys. Turning away from all the U.S. has to offer, Nulfo returns to El Salvador, where he feels truly needed.

A magnitude 7.8 earthquake rocks El Salvador and both men. Desperate to find his former lover, Mitch joins a mercy mission to the devastated country, coming face to face with the man who left him behind. Can two men from different worlds find common ground after the crisis?

Where a Hand is Always Needed by Kara Larson

Before Graeme moved east to New Zealand and met a young Kiwi intern named Amiri, he spent a summer in the outback of Australia. Sent to live with an aunt and uncle after trouble in school with another boy, he wasn't looking for adventure, but sometimes adventure finds you. And you never know when a person who'll change your life comes crashing down in the Outback.

Featuring Greame from And a Chook Shall Lead Them in Family Matters, Sliding down the Pohutakawa Root and Defining Right)

Winston Quirk by Martin Delacroix

When Winston Quirk, a twenty-two-year-old black man, is beaten by racist bullies on the Bahamian island of Man-O-War Cay, Dane Barger comes to his defense. Dane’s a white college professor who has prejudices of his own, but he feels a strong attraction to Winston. Does love have a chance between them? Set in 1975, Winston Quirk explores interracial love and the fears and cruelties it sometimes engenders.

You Don't Need a Doctor by Julia Talbot

When a gunshot victim comes into Alan's ER, he jokes that this guy doesn't need a doctor, he needs a veterinarian. As he keeps working, though, the patient seems to be getting less hairy and less hurt. All except for the bullet wound that's now festering badly. Alan is shocked when his patient seems to miraculously heal as soon as he removes the bullet. He's even more shocked when the guy turns up at his house later to offer a very personal thank you.

Can he figure out Shiloh's secret before it's too late?

Pick up your Charity Sips today!

Or buy all twenty-eight for a special price!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Weekly Specials

This week we have seven books with twins/brothers who are together on sale at 20% off.

Adam and Even by Starr Oliver
Bullriders by Lorne Rodman
Center by Sean Michael
Gemini by Chris Owen
Mysterious Ways by Julia Talbot
No Place Like Home by BA Tortuga
Taboo by Willa Okati

New Releases for September 15

What They Say About Love by Alexi Silversmith

When James breaks up with his girlfriend on Valentine's night, he's forced to confront a part of himself that he's done his best to suppress since college, the part that wants sex with another man. He’s sure he could never share the truth with his conservative family or his best friend Ethan, so in an attempt to figure out if his fantasies are the real thing or just a phaze, he heads out to a local gay club.

On the jam-packed dance floor, it's easy just to move to the techno beat and let things happen. But when James turns around to look at the guy giving him a grope, he gets the shock of his life. Now he doesn't know whether he wants to grab happiness with both hands -- or run for his safe, closeted life.

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Toy Box: Public Places with stores by Heidi Champa, Jay Lygon and G.R. Richards

There's nothing like having sex in a public, or semi-public place, to really ramp up the excitement. In The Touch of Nostalgia by Heidi Champa, an old-school concert at a tiny club proves more than just a trip down memory lane, when a man finds his perfect punk rock fantasy guy standing behind the bar.

Next up is Poke on the Water by GR Richards. Theo only joined his friends at a cottage retreat to get next to Afi, but Juan's been cock-blocking him all week. When Theo, Afi, and Juan end up together in a canoe, there's nowhere to hide, and Theo can't keep his crush to himself any longer. Finally, there's Brat by Jay Lygon. Sam and Hector of the Chaos Magic trilogy are back, and Sam's playing the brat for all it's worth after a long separation. Hector finally takes him in hand, in a very public setting, giving Sam the attention and kink he's been craving.

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Toy Box: Twins with stories by Sean Michael, Chris Owen and BA Tortuga

Today's Toy Box is all about seeing double! There's something sexy and kinky about two men who are so close they're almost the same getting together. The connection goes beyond just bodies. In The Celebration: A Center Story, Sean Michael brings back Whit and his twins Raine and Grey. Five years ago, Grey survived a battle with cancer. Come celebrate with these lovers as they learn that Grey has passed the all-important five-year cancer-free mark.

Chris Owen brings us twins Gil and Wayne in Succulents. Gil's out on a job tending to the garden at a big home. He's hot and he's tired from working in the sun all morning when Wayne shows up. Can Wayne convince his more reticent twin that a little outdoor nooky in the backyard of an empty house is just what they both need? And in The Good Twin by BA Tortuga, Mark and Luke, having been caught in a compromising position together, have been trying to stay away from each other for years. The problem is, it's not working for either of them. Mark being arrested for hitting a cheating boyfriend is the last straw. Can they figure out how to be together?

Find out today!

Monday, September 13, 2010

New Releases for September 11

Revenge is a Dish by Stevie Woods

When Neil arrives at Kent’s house for dinner as a first step to rebuilding their friendship, the last thing he expects is to be attacked. Neil is forced to watch as Kent is beaten viciously and he begs them to stop before they kill him. One of the last things Neil hears before he loses consciousness is, "Don’t want him dead... yet. Just leave enough evidence."

A confused and frightened Neil awakens to find himself locked in a cell. He’s grateful to find Kent is with him but concerned because Kent is deeply unconscious. Neil looks after him as best as he can, praying Kent will wake up, promising himself that when Kent does, Neil will admit to him how he really feels. Seeing the man he loves attacked and almost killed has crystallized his feelings. Neil is relieved two days later when Kent comes to. But then the cell door opens and things go from bad to worse.

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Red Hot by Kate Roman

Zack's a straight guy with a party to go to and no head for fashion, so he's more than happy to accept his gay roommate Corey's help with his wardrobe. But even wearing Corey's scarlet shirt, Zack's not enjoying the party… not until Corey needs his help evading a jealous ex. Zack's plan brings him up close and personal with Corey on the dance floor, and brings the feelings he's been trying to deny to a head. If Zack finds the courage to admit his attraction, is it possible that Corey feels the same?

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Serge's Gift by DC Juris

Though he spends his life interacting with vampires, and lusting after a certain one in particular, the idea of becoming one has never been something Bryan has ever entertained. But when he's diagnosed with terminal cancer, Serge, the object of his affections, takes the decision out of his hands. Serge has always loved Bryan, and now, Serge means to have him.

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Like a Prayer by AJ Wilde

Dorian West is truly a lost soul, with a revolving bedroom door and an unhealthy obsession with a statue at his local church. Add to that an unrequited crush on his straight friend Josh, and Dorian's life reads like a sad catalog of loneliness and pain. Dorian finds release only through rough, anonymous sex and, oddly enough, art.

When he hits rock bottom, however, it is not Josh but Dorian's new lover Mark who picks up the pieces. Can Dorian find a way through the maze of fear and doubt to find peace? And will his lust for a statue of an angel lead him finally to everlasting love?

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Friday, September 10, 2010

What do our authors look forward to most in the fall/autumn?

Maia Strong: What do you most look forward to doing in the fall? Roasting pumpkins for things like pie, scones, muffins, pasta sauce, and soup. Yes, I know it can get pumpkin in cans, but the smell of pumpkins roasting says "autumn" to me. Besides that, it's fun!

Taking long walks through the cemetery.
~Giselle Renarde

BA Tortuga: UT football. Hook 'em Horns!
Stevie Woods: Fall (or Autumn as we call it in the UK) is one of my favorite seasons. I love the trees dressed in all those wonderful colors. I well remember one time a few years ago when we were driving through North Wales and came upon this absolutely gorgeous valley just covered in trees, all of them reflected back at us by the lake in the centre. Unbelievable *sigh*. Must go back there again this fall!

Nerine Petros: Hiya, what I most look forward to in the fall is the Easter Bunny! You are never too old for the Easter I hail from Oz, so our Fall is March, April and May :)

Eden Winters: As a hiker living near the Great Smoky Mountains, the cooling weather
and changing leaves provide a great opportrunity to spend time
outdoors. I'm also looking forward to the upcoming "get together and
eat" holidays

Chris Owen: I look forward to Halloween and all the fun it can be!

M. Raiya: The thing I'm most looking forward to doing this fall is frolicking in the foliage.

Julia Talbot: Jeans. I love men wearing jeans. Wrangler, Levis... uhn

Kiernan Kelly: A nice soft landing.

Actually, I look forward to cooler freaking weather. This summer down here in God’s Waiting Room has been abysmally hot and muggy. I’m so looking forward to not being perpetually covered in a sheen of sweat.

DC Juris: Spending time outside! I know that sounds like an odd answer, but the summer heat makes me ill and I don't really enjoy any winter stuff (brr!!). I love just going for walks, kicking around leaves, watching the colors change. I love going to farms and taking pictures of all the different types of pumpkins, squash, and gourdes. And being able to snuggle outside by a crackling fire.

Aaron Michaels: Watching football!

Elizabeth Brooks: Wearing turtlenecks and sweaters; taking photos of the changing leaves; and snuggling in the crisp evening air with my sweetie.

Tory Temple: Wearing jeans! The summer months in California are way too hot for denim, but the cooler weather of fall lets me get back to my favorite clothing item ever.

Jay Lygon: Fall is my season. I love the crisp air, football games, going to the apple orchard for Winesaps... But best of all, it's snuggle weather.

Sean Michael: Halloween. I love to strip off costumes.

Lara Zeilinsky: In the fall (spring for those Down Under), I love the moderate weather. I live where the summers are extreme, and our area does a lot more LGBTQ Pride events in October than they do in June. I'm scheduled to attend 4!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Weekly Specials

This week we have four Deviations Books, four books by Chris Owen and four books by BA Tortuga on sale at 20% off.

An Agreement Among Gentlemen by Chris Owen
Cheek to Cheek by Chris Owen
Converge by Chris Owen
Deviations: Bondage by Chris Owen and Jodi Payne
Deviations: Discipline by Chris Owen and Jodi Payne
Deviations: Domination by Chris Owen and Jodi Payne
Deviations: Submission by Chris Owen and Jodi Payne
Long Black Cadillac by BA Tortuga
Merge by Chris Owen
Racing the Moon by BA Tortuga
Steam and Sunchine by BA Tortuga
Under Pressure by BA Tortuga

New Releases for September 8

Safe Words, A Deviations Novel by Chris Owen and Jodi Payne

In Safe Words, which picks up where the Deviations series left off, Tobias, Noah and Phan are all working on finding their place, both at Bradford's club and in their personal lives. They're all living together, and Tobias has taken on the roll of full-time Dom, which he loves, but finds incredibly challenging.

While Noah finds comfort in the new state of things and is looking forward to deeper submission, Phan is finding it harder to strike a balance. Too many changes happening too fast are making Phan act out, and neither Tobias nor Noah are sure how to deal with it. Life is not perfect for Bradford, either, as he discovers new feelings for his sub Nikki. Can Tobias help his friend, manage his job teaching the other Doms, and his relationships with Noah and Phan, or will the house that he's built for himself fall down around their ears?

The Deviations series includes: Deviations Submission, Deviations Domination, Deviations Discipline and Deviations Bondage.

Safe Words is available in print and ebook formats

Walking on the Sun by BA Tortuga

When MJ gives himself up to the craziest man Sonny has ever met to save Sonny's life, he knows he has to get his lover back, no matter what the cost. So he gathers the whole Road Trip series team back together to hunt MJ down, even if they don't want to be found. From Paddy and Neil, who are still healing from their last brush with death, to Cowboy and Duncan, Sonny brings everyone together for one last showdown.

The problem is that they don't even know if MJ is alive, or if the man will know them, or himself, once they catch up with him. They're an awful ragged bunch to be considered heroes, but Sonny is not giving up on the most important thing in his life. He's determined to find MJ in one piece, even if it kills him. Will the whole crew manage to survive the last big battle with Greg and the Program, or will they go out in a blaze of glory? Previous

Road Trip titles include: Racing the Moon, Steam and Sunshine and Under Pressure.

Walking on the Sun is available in print and ebook formats.

Turn the Other Cheek by Chris Owen

In this sequel to the popular Cheek to Cheek, Mallory and Will have moved past dating, though it's still a race to hit the sheets every time they look at each other. Trouble is brewing, however, since hitting the sheets is a no-no for firefighters who work together. Will is ready to move forward, to tell the world that they're together, but Mallory is still trying to keep their private lives to themselves.

With their careers on the line, Will's brother pushing his own agenda and Mallory's keen desire to live on his own terms, choices have to be made. Their work situation needs to change, and so does Mal's attitude, or he'll lose the one thing he wants more than anything in the world -- Will.

Can a change of schedule save Mallory and Will's relationship and send them dancing into their future, or will tension and frustration tear them apart forever when Will's had enough?

Turn the Other Cheek is available in print and ebook formats.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Featured Author: Alexi Silversmith

Tell us about Ruby Slippers and the upcoming What They Say About Love. What inspired you to write them?

I'd been reading yaoi manga and gay romance for a few years, and loved them, but had never seriously considered writing in the genre until the character of Jamie (from What They Say About Love) smacked me in the back of the head with a pick-axe and shouted 'Pay attention to me!' I just had this image of a beautiful, formally suited businessman - with a desperate urge to put on eyeliner and get it on with another guy. With Ruby Slippers, I really wanted to have a fun, sexy look at a transgendered love affair without the whole thing dissolving into a drawn out angsty mess, and so Sterling, the Greek God in sweatpants (and sometimes a corset and kitten heels) was born.

How long did it take you to write them?

What They Say About Love took a fortnight to write, Ruby Slippers took three weeks. That's a lot faster than I normally write, but I was enjoying the characters so much, I just had to get their stories down.

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

In real life I am horribly shy! My friends have to get me drunk to get me to go out, but once I'm tipsy I end up dancing on tables. Then they film it and put it on YouTube.

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 read everything - fantasy, crime fiction, science fiction, non-fiction, literary fiction and romance. I'm a complete book worm. When it comes to writing, most of my work is for children and has a fantasy twist, which has always felt very natural to me. M/M stories are incredibly fun to write, though - I finally got to do some sex scenes! Children's publishers frown on those.

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

The best thing is the work itself. I imagine that writing a story feels the same way to me that creating a beautiful sculpture out of a block of marble does to an artist. It's immensely satisfying, even with the inevitable frustrations. The worst part is finding out what other people think of your work. It's very easy to get caught up in your headstory - realising that other people see something completely different in your plot and characters than you did is hard, especially if they didn't like it!

Character or plot, which comes first?

Ooh, a tough one. I think they're the same thing really. Characters arrive in your head and bring their baggage, strengths and weaknesses with them, and those tell you what the plot should be.

What is your favorite way to spend a rainy day?

Well, first I'd wrap up and take my dog for a really long walk through the countryside around my home. Then I'd get myself a massive mug of tea, open the windows and sit on the windowseat with my laptop and work, listening to the rain on the leaves. Bliss. Oh - that's if I'm single at the time. Otherwise I'd snuggle under the covers and get busy...

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

BIC. Butt In Chair. If you wait for the time to write to suddenly present itself to you gift-wrapped, or for the Writing Muse to appear with a fully formed story and characters, you'll just be one of those annoying people at parties who say 'Oh, I've always wanted to write a book...' You become a writer by writing. Find the time, work through the blocks, get the words down. Everything else can be fixed in revision.

What are you working on now?

Ha ha - that's a top secret project for my other writing identity. And my deadline is fast approaching. Let's just say I need to kill a heck of a lot of characters horribly. Ain't writing for kids fun?


Well, I first off I need to confess: I'm a girl. I'm also English which means, yes, I do have one of those incredibly sexy accents. I live with a few pets and a lot of books, and don't have a boyfriend or girlfriend living with me because they will interrupt me when I'm reading. I had my first novel accepted for publication when I was in my early twenties, and am a respected, award winning author in a different genre under a different name. Despite writing at all hours of day and night, I'm proud to say I still somehow carve out time for both baking and sex (but not at the same time. Usually).

Visit Alexi's webpage.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Labor Day - Julia Talbot

Labor Day always meant cookouts and the end of summer. Back to school and the beginning of fall, all that.

These days it means another day of labor, really.

Still, when I think about back to school in my writing, I think about my novel Perfect

Louis and Avery both go back to school for a little continuing education, and that's what brings these separated lovers back together.

A lot of readers have told me that while they loved Perfect, it seemed like a departure for me. They said it wasn't set in Colorado or Texas, and it was just about a couple of normal dudes.

Guilty as charged. Perfect is an homage to the guys I went to college with in South Carolina. It's a combination of childhood trips where Cheerwine was kind and my late teens where humidity made your hair huge and your clothes limp. Now when I go back to visit, things are very different, but I still have those fond memories. So this labor day I'll go there in my head and send y'all there, too.

(okay, so I fell asleep before I posted this, but the spirit was willing)

Here's a link to Perfect:

Saturday, September 4, 2010

New Releases for September 4

Oliver's Good Night Kiss, a BBA Menage Story by Erin O'Riordan

When werewolf mates Natalie and Matthew first laid eyes on Oliver, they both knew the sexy vampire chef was a temptation they couldn’t resist. Oliver’s orgasmically delicious food and hypnotic green eyes cast a spell on them. With Matthew and Natalie’s wedding date approaching, Oliver agrees to bow out gracefully from their sizzling triad…but only after one more night of passion. Will Oliver’s good night kiss really mean goodbye, or will Natalie and Matthew discover they can’t live without him?

Featuring the characters from Oliver's Famous Clam Chowder in the Love Bites anthology.

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Logan's Project by Chris Owen

Logan is a man who likes to be involved with his work, and turning a warehouse into trendy housing is no different than reading reports at the office. Except it is different, since even the dirt and grime of his building can turn him on. The other thing that turns him on is the demolition man, who Logan thinks of as Mr. Big.

Mr. Big isn't adverse to a little off the clock adventure, but which one of them is really in charge? Does it even matter? And just how down and dirty can Logan and Mr. Big get, playing games on the job site?

Previously published in the Bend Over Big Boy anthology.

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Master Preston's Bright Bottom by Lee Benoit

Months ago, Paulo had one, intense public scene with Master Preston Rose, and now he can’t stop thinking about it. When he hears that Preston needs of a handyman and gardener, Paulo offers his strong back and clever hands for manual labor. He'd rather offer his mouth and ass, but it's a start.

Preston, overwhelmed with work and secretly suffering painful arthritis in his hands, accepts Paulo's help with misgivings. He hasn’t had a sub of his own in years and Paulo's lack of experience is a big red flag. Preston wouldn't choose Paulo even if he was looking for a new sub, which he isn't -- is he? Working for Preston and getting to know the reclusive Dom, Paulo's more determined than ever to remain a part of the retired Dom's life, but will all of his work be enough to earn him the collar he dreams of?

Previously published in Toy Box: Collars

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7th Anniversary Sale!

It's our 7th anniversary and to help celebrate, we're having a sale!

Just put 'anniv2010' in the coupon code box when you check out at Torquere Books and you'll get 15% off the cost of your order!

Sale is on now through Sunday night (September 5) at midnight (est)!

Come celebrate our anniversary with some hot reads!

Also check out our anniversary contests!

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.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Torquere Press has been around for seven years?! No, we can hardly believe it either. Seven years of bringing readers the best, the sexiest, the most romantic GLBT fiction. And to celebrate, we're giving away prizes -- great themed gift baskets, gift certificates for free books every day, and a scavenger hunt that will give readers a chance to collect a deck of cards that will win big - -a Nook ebook reader from Barnes & Noble!

Check it out!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Weekly Specials

This week we have three books by Kiernan Kelly and three Games People Play on sale at 20% off!

Dancing on the Head of a Pin by Kiernan Kelly
Dress to Impress by Jodi Payne
Fionn o' the Fae by Kiernan Kelly
Go Fish by HT Murray
In Bear Country by Kiernan Kelly
ISP by CB Potts

New Release for September 1

Hardass City by Kiernan Kelly

Dare Vengeance is tall, gorgeous, rugged, and dangerous. Unfortunately, he’s also not real – he’s only a character Brad plays in a virtual reality game called “Hardass City.” He has no idea that the creators of the game stole the idea from another player until he meets Jeff, who plays Spike Hammer in the game.

When Jeff -- who looks a lot like his smoking hot character -- enlists Brad’s help in finding the proof Jeff needs to reclaim his property, Brad finds out that when the stakes are high, it’s not a game anymore.

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