Saturday, October 30, 2010

New Releases for October 30

Dogged Pursuit by Berengaria Brown

After two hundred years as a werewolf, Dwyer is sure of one thing: gay weres don't have mates. That bond is for male-female pairs alone. So when the scent of Nelson starts to drive Dwyer crazy, he's sure that the whisper of "mate" in his mind is just an unfortunate side effect cause by Halloween and the full moon. Besides, Nelson is all too human.

Nevertheless, Halloween night finds them taking a romantic stroll together. When an impulsive moment reveals Dwyer's true nature to Nelson, will their fledgling bond be snapped?

Find out today!

Aquamarine by Sara Bell

Derek is an award winning football player who also happens to be out as a gay man. His college and his coach are behind him, as is his best friend and fellow player, Ford. The only person who doesn't seem to support him is his boyfriend, and the other teams aren't fond of him.

When his promising career is cut short, Derek has to reevaluate his whole life. Everyone gathers around to support him, but some things he has to figure out for himself, like his relationship with his boyfriend, and his friendship with Ford. Will Derek make the right choices and find a way to get everything he wants?

Originally published as the Birthstone Aquamarine.

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Halloween Sips:

Bait by Kara Larson

Playing "bait" isn't a new task for Edric; he's used to doing whatever Father Osmer asks in their hunt for those subverting the will of the church. If he isn't being seduced by fey or testing the old legend about falling asleep under an apple tree, Edric's forced to investigate the most dangerous of church enemies: little old ladies living in the countryside. This one particular village reminds Edric of everything he tried to escape from: poverty, mud and livestock. What he doesn't expect to find is the most magical creature of all -- someone he loves, and someone willing to help him break free of Father Osmer.

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Dance of the Zombies by Lorne Rodman

Dressed up as a zombie at a friend's Halloween party, Donny's delighted to find a fellow zombie in attendance. When it turns out that Perry is not only a zombie fan but a real life fire-fighter, Donny thinks he's found the perfect man. The question is, can he stop making bad zombie-related puns long enough to get to know Perry?

Find out today!

Deor by Louise Blaydon

In war and in love, the wolf-bond overrides everything, especially in Saxon Briton. When Aiken is wrongfully imprisoned, no locks or bars of human fashioning will keep his mate Swift from taking back what is his.

Pick up your copy today!

F*ck Forgiveness by BA Tortuga

When reformed shifter Danny comes back to Texas as part of his twelve-step program, Declan couldn't be less interested in forgiving him. Declan thinks Danny got scared when he left five years ago, and has labelled his ex a coward. When he finds out differently, though, Dec sets about letting Danny know he's welcome to come home anytime. Can Danny believe in Declan enough to stay?

Find out today!

Haunting 101 by Amylea Lyn

Colby Jackson is dead. That's one thing he’s sure of. So, what’s a boy to do when he finds out he’s died? Take a class on how to be a ghost and pray that his death won't suck as bad as his life did! Little does he know, Colby’s life just got a lot more complicated and his Teacher is going to give him a lesson he won't soon forget.

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Le Ankou by Lydia Nyx

In old world Brittany, Mael Le Calvès lives in despair after the loss of his lover Donan to consumption. Mael contracts the disease as well, and one cold night, has a near death experience. On the other side, he discovers Donan is the parish Ankou, the Bretton death servant collecting the dying in a spectral cart. Mael is revived, but after seeing his lover, is determined to reunite with him.

Mael attempts suicide repeatedly, but is saved by well-meaning people. Fearing he will never see his lover again, he stumbles from his home on New Year's Eve night in the hopes his grief, if not his death, will allow him to see Donan one last time.

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Love Between Fiends by Kiernan Kelly

When two of history’s most infamous fiends meet, they find that hearts, even dead ones, can love. But when Jack the Ripper comes to play in London of 1888, they realize the city isn’t big enough for them and yet another monster, forcing them to take matters into their undead hands.

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Picture Window by Dallas Coleman

With nothing better to do, bored university student Lee starts watching the lady who lives in the apartment across the street. She seems like she might be in some sort of trouble, though Lee doesn't know exactly what. Lucky for him, his lover Alej can be convinced to distract him from his own nosiness. Lee is more than happy to be turned away from his window watching, except... well, what exactly was that menacing shadow he saw creeping up on the lady across the street?

Find out today!

Precious Possession by Alexi Silversmith

Ben Watts and Fletcher Stein are newly married and crazy in love, and when they find their perfect house, they think things couldn’t be better. There's only one catch. The place is haunted. Fletcher and Ben laugh the stories off, but somehow once they move in everything starts to go wrong. A year later, their passionate opposite-attracts relationship has started to feel more like the clash of the Titans, and Ben doesn't know what to do to keep Fletcher from leaving. Then the ghost shows up. And she’s got an idea...

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Reach Out and Touch, a Hidden Magic story by Angela Benedetti

Cal's been working on an elaborate spell to open a portal between universes and, after weeks of work and calculations to draft out the diagram and get all the symbols right and acquire all the right powders and pigments, he's eager to actually try it. Master Aubrey wants him to wait, but Cal has a day off today, and he doesn't see why the fact that it's Halloween should make any difference. He takes advantage of Aubrey's absence to go ahead on his own. After all, this is only practice, opening a portal to an empty, pocket universe. Even if something goes wrong, how bad could it be?

Find out today!

Reflection by Jamie Lowe

Alexander brought home a mirror from the antique store he owns, only to find that a special secret – the spirit of a handsome young man – is trapped behind the glass. Though the two are unable to touch skin-to-skin, they find a way to express their burgeoning love.

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Same Time Next Year by Eden Winters

Jerome and Greg played on the dirt road halfway between their homes when they were kids, and found much better games to play there when they grew older. It's their special spot, the perfect place for Greg to propose, and the worst place possible for the accident that takes his life.

Devastated by the loss, Jerome visits that lonely road on the anniversary of Greg's death, only to discover that not all endings are permanent.

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Stag Party by Rob Rosen

A search for the elusive Transylvanian snow wolf on All Hallows Eve proves more than our researcher bargained for. And a stag party with twenty-one naked and devilishly handsome vampires isn't all its cracked up to be. Especially when the end of the party means certain death. Then again, on Halloween, tricks and treats run rampant. Who knows who, or what, will come to you rescue?

Find out today!

The Cat's Meow by Sean Michael

Cat shifter Maks is busy arguing with his sister when he's happily saved by the bell. There's a special delivery for him -- an amazing statue of a cat-man that certainly calls to him. The statue isn't the only thing that calls to him, though, Deke the delivery man makes puts all of Maks' animal instincts on high alert. A little fun with the delivery man shouldn't be a problem, as long as Maks can keep his teeth to himself, right?

Find out today!

The Taste of Magick by Riley Shane

Warlock Jason Prescott hates Halloween with a passion. His boyfriend, Travis Byrne, loves it with equal fervor. When Halloween time rolls around, the couple’s relationship hits its breaking point. In order to save it, Jason will have to learn to open up, step outside his comfort zone, and show Travis how much his lover means to him. With the help of a little magick, Jason will deliver a Halloween surprise that turns into a bewitchingly erotic night neither he nor Travis will ever forget.

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Twisted Creature by Sue Brown

Homeless and unemployed, Chris is tired, hungry and soaked to the skin. He finds an empty house to shelter in, and settles in, waiting for the rain to stop. Just like Chris, this house holds a secret. Finding a yellowing newspaper, he discovers the house was scene of a double homicide, the death of a gay couple ten years previously.

Going to sleep in the derelict house, Chris wakes up to the sight of a gorgeous man standing over him, offering him breakfast. A dead guy is offering him breakfast, cooked by his equally gorgeous, equally dead partner in a house that is no longer ruined. Can he accept the offer, even though he knows it's wrong?

Find out today!

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Friday, October 29, 2010

Our authors chime in on their favorite halloween costumes!

Sean Michael- Zorro… the gay blade

Giselle Renarde- Lydia from Beatlejuice--two years running!

Maia Strong - Ephiny from Xena: Warrior Princess. I made it and the Amazon mask to go with it. It's pretty freakin' awesome, if I say so myself.

Kate Roman - A Ford Edsel. No lie! I painted up a lovely cardboard box, with
windows, a little steering wheel and a spare tire drawn on the running
board, and in case anyone had questions, I wrote in big black marker:
"EDSEL" on the back.

I was eleven. You can imagine my nickname for the rest of the school year... :D

MD Grimm - That's a hard one...I'd have to say my favorite costume would be the Grim Reaper costume I actually "designed" myself. I got an actually scythe from my uncle who actually used it to cut wheat as a child. I also have a featurless "man mask" like in those Halloween movies, except without the hair. I have a cape as well. Add a shrunken head and bone neckless and I got myself a class-A Reaper costume.

Nerine Petros- My most favourite costume ever, and we don't really ever wear them here in Australia, was one my younger sister wore to a Uni themed clubbing night out. She went as a gumnut baby from Snugglepot and Cuddlepie

DC Juris - My favorite costume ever was this awesome werewolf costume I wore two years ago. The mask has one side of the face that looks like it's been burned or almost scalped. Very gory looking. :-) I wore it with...wait for it... a flannel shirt and jeans. Because I'm creative like that. LOL

Mychael Black - The best one I've personally ever worn? A dead bride--complete with my mother's original wedding dress and veil. My hair was sprayed white, my face was white and gray. It was awesome!

Kiernan Kelly- Ooh, my favorite costume? Mine or someone else’s?
My favorite costume was one I made for my eldest son when he was young. It was during the days when Teenage Mutant Turtles were very popular, back in the mid-eighties. Turtle costumes abounded, a dime a dozen, but of course, my son wanted to be Shredder. No one, and I mean NO ONE made a Shredder costume, so we had to do it ourselves. We made the spikes on his costume out of soft foam rollers, sprayed silver. It was amazingly realistic. He loved it, and we kept getting stopped along the trick-or-treat route by people asking where they could buy one!

Tory Temple-- My mom glued garbage to paper plates, put the plates on our heads, dressed us in black plastic garbage bags, and my brothers and I all went trick or treating as bags of trash. It was awesome.

BA Tortuga – When Galen wore chaps for Shane. Or when Coke and Nate from Roughstock wore matador costumes to work… oh, you mean mine? Hmm. I want to go as the Mad Hatter this year.

Julia Talbot- Hmm. I went as Bo Peep one year. The boy at the time went as a sheep

Coming Saturday October 30

Single Shot:
Dogged Pursuit by Berengaria Brown
Can a werewolf find his perfect mate with another male? Dwyer’s nose is telling him Nelson is his mate. But werewolf tradition says a male’s mate is always a female.

The Halloween Sip Blitz!
Over a dozen Halloween themed short stories from Torquere authors!

Halloween Sips on Sale!

We've put all our old Halloween Sips on sale at 10% off! Pick them up today!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Howl-o-ween Sale!

It's that time of year again and we'd like you to have a howling good time. So we're offering 15% off your purchases from now through to Halloween Night. Just put 'howl2010' in the coupon code box when you check out at Torquere Books to get 15% off your order.

Sale good now through Sunday October 31 at Midnight (est).

Have a haunting good Halloween from Torquere Press!

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.

Weekly Specials

Today we have four books by Dallas Coleman, four books by Kate Cotoner and four BBA Menage Anthologies on sale for you at 20% off.

A Dangling Conversation by Dallas Coleman
Baker's Dozen by Dallas Coleman
Basilisk by Kate Cotoner
Bite Me, edited by KIL Kenny
Diggers by Dallas Coleman
Down the Chimney, edited by Vincent Diamond
Enslaved by Kate Cotoner
Hand of Glory by Kate Cotoner
I Put a Spell on You, edited by KIL Kenny
Love Bites, edited by SA Clements
Scarlet: Through the Walls by Dallas Coleman
Violet Thunder by Kate Cotoner

New Releases for October 27

Mine edited by SA Clements with stories by Sue Brown, Lauren P. Burka, JL Merrow, Josephine Myles, Lydia Nyx, M. Raiya, Kate Roman, Julia Talbot, Gabriel West, and Cari Z.

The thrill of possession is far more exciting when the one doing the taking is more than human. From vampires to werewolves, from dragons to demons, the stories in Mine explore just how growly and hot a relationship can be when it teeters on the edge taking things too far.

Spanning the ages from medieval to modern, Mine explores love between all manner of men, and more than men. What happens when heartache and passion lurk around every corner and the heat of need and the heart-pumping feel of an adrenaline rush overcome good sense? Find out in Mine now!

Stories include:
Leeches and Layabouts by JL Merrow
The Highwayman of Colby Heath by Kate Roman
The Devil Went Down to Swindon by Josephine Myles
Lover of the Hand of Heaven by Lauren P. Burka
Sate of Mine by Cari Z.
The Dragon and his Knight by M. Raiya
Possessed by Sue Brown
The Hand that Feeds by Gabriel West
Impasto by Lydia Nyx
Mediocre Art by Julia Talbot

Pick up your copy today!

Taken, a BBA Menage Anthology edited by KIL Kenny with stories by ND Drake, JL Merrow, Josephine Myles, Giselle Renarde, and BA Tortuga

The thrill of romance is something not too far from fear. The unknown sends a shiver down our spines, much more so when it's truly otherworldly.

In Josephine Myles' "In the Greenwood", woodland spirit Mirabelle falls in love with lonely artist Jay, but they cannot touch. She sets out to find Jay a friend -- and if she is brave enough, she might find something for herself, too. "Said the Spider to the Fly," by ND Drake, is about Elijah and Jamie, vampires and soulmates. When a woman sitting in a café captures Elijah's attention, Jamie is jealous, but soon discovers there is joy in the hunt.

In "Jolene," Giselle Renarde's heroine throws a bash to show off her new lover. When Wesley shows up with a boyfriend, all three are sucked into a situation beyond imagining. "Changeling," by JL Merrow shows that identities are fluid when Meg sets her heart on a boy who isn't who he says he is. Will the faerie queen unravel the riddle for the humans in her clutches?

Finally, in BA Tortuga's "Moasi," Tom has only weeks to live unless he accepts the offer of the mysterious healer Pax to abandon everything and find a cure. When Tom's wife, Jenn, shows up with divorce papers and a gun in hand, only Pax can guess how this scorned woman will ravish them all.

In Taken, five authors explore what it means to lose yourself in love.

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Burnt Orange: Sooner or Later by Dallas Coleman

Andy McBride and Warren Brower have been friends since grade school. They've argued about football just as long. Andy's a Longhorn's fan for life, while Warren's a Sooner. Their best-friend rivalry lasts until they graduate from high school and Warren leaves Texas to attend school in Oklahoma. Unable to confess his true feelings for his best friend, Andy has no choice but to watch Warren leave.

Life goes on, and Andy's on the way to becoming an actual Longhorn when an accident puts him out of commission for good on the football field, and maybe for life. Can Andy put his life back together and let Warren know how he really feels before they're both old and gray?

Find out today!

Olive Green: The Imperial Cat by Kate Cotoner

Matsumoto no Hirotaro hates his job in the Bureau of Ceremonial. For years he's longed to advance through the ranks of the nobility, but his dreams of becoming an imperial chamberlain are crushed when he saves a tailless gray cat from being drowned by the Empress' guards. The cat seems to bring him nothing but bad luck... until he meets Katsuyuki, a beautiful, blue-eyed nobleman who's strangely out of place at court.

Katsuyuki is a shape-shifting ghost-cat who's lost his tail as punishment for causing a terrible fire. He makes it his mission to ensure Hirotaro is promoted to chamberlain, and as he enjoys the freedom of being human, Katsuyuki falls in love with Hirotaro. But he hasn't reckoned on the jealous suspicion of Hirotaro's friend, Lord Narihira, who could destroy Katsuyuki's newfound happiness forever...

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Velvet Dragon by Sean Michael

Serius is an expert in whipping; his beauty is a riding crop, but he's an expert with all manner of whips, floggers and paddles. He's also a man looking for someone special to be his sub; he believes in order, discipline, submission, but he also wants a challenge. When Hercules promises him the perfect sub in exchange for his working at the exclusive Velvet Glove, Serius believes it's possible he just might find the man he's looking for.

Dragonne has the appearance of the perfect sub, but the truth is he's never truly submitted. He's never been pushed past his boundaries, never had to use his safeword, never been broken. He has built a wall of control around his core, and wonders if anyone can breach it. Can these two men find what they're looking for in each other?

Find out today!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Featured Author: Jay Lygon

Tell us about Unbound. What inspired you to write it? How long did it take? Will there be more in the Bound universe?

I have so much fun writing these stories. My weird sense of humor runs wild. I love putting these guys in ridiculous situations that turn that whole mysterious and powerful vampire trope on its head. Brandr's so grumpy that I can't resist poking him. Having him fall in love with someone who is the opposite of what he thinks he wants is the ultimate ridiculous situation.

How long to write it? I started it a while ago but hit a block and couldn't figure out how to get past it, so I set it aside for a while. When I went back to it, the ending seemed so obvious that I wondered what the block was about. After that, it came together quickly.

I need to write Henry's story. He isn't cooperating. (Gives Henry a hard look) And I have a vague idea for a story that follows Unbound, because you know that Fionn is too obsessed with Brandr to let it go that easily. He might not be able to directly harm Brandr, Kyle, Jamie, Tyler, and Henry anymore, but he can be a problem.

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

I can't watch scary movies. The music alone creeps me out.

You write in various lengths, from short to long. Are there differences in writing one length over another?

Short stories need tighter writing, meaning that the characters have to come into focus right away and in erotica, the seduction has to be quick. They're harder work than it would seem. Working with established characters comes with another set of problems, because there's no room for backstory. (Which is why in Brat from Toy Box: Public Places, Sam said something along the lines of "We're Gods, but it's too hard to explain, so just take my word for it.")

Novellas have a little more space to ramp up to the sex. That way I can spend a little more time establishing the characters and can give them a more complicated conflict to overcome. There's also space to give a little backstory for established characters, which is important when there are a lot of characters. Someone could pick up Unbound and follow it without having read Quality of Mercy, Twice Blest, or Bonded. (But I suggest reading all of them, of course.)

I used to swear that there was no way I could extend a short story to novella length, but when I figured out that they aren't simply long short stories, I found out that I could.

Novels are a separate beast. They unfold at a different pace, the obstacles are harder to overcome, more characters get involved, and characters can have a lot more depth. I can't keep the entire story in my head the way I can with a short or a novella, and it's easier to turn down a wrong path, so after every scene where I focus solely on what's happening right then, I have to pull back and make sure it fits into the big picture.

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

The best thing is when a reader lets you know how much they enjoyed the story, or that it made them cry, or that they laughed.

I think any writer will tell you that the most frustrating thing is having to deal with real life when you're in a good writing flow, although having time to write while suffering from writer's block is horrible too.

Character or plot, which comes first?

I used to always say character, but I usually get a strong vision of a scene that gives me a character and a bit of a plot at the same time. With Bonded, I had this image of a tall vampire striding down Sunset Boulevard and trying to lose a pesky, glammed out vampire who was trailing him. That isn't exactly how Bonded opens, but close. So I knew that I had a vampire who wanted to be left alone. That's a character. Every time he turns around, there are more vampires living with him. That's the starting place for a plot.

What is your favorite way to spend a rainy day?

Rain? What's rain?

A cat on my lap (if I want one or not) while I write, or curled up with a book if it's only one day. After that, I start pacing the house. The weird thing is that I can stay indoors and write for days if it's sunny. I see rain, and I'm headed out the door.

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

Just write.

When I said that I wanted to be a writer, but didn't know how to start, someone told me, "Just write." When I said that I didn't have the time, someone said, "Just write." Now when I don't feel like writing or have a deadline or just have a nebulous idea that I'm not sure will work, I tell myself, "Just write."

It's simple, but it works.

What are you working on now?

I'm plunging into NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) for the first time ever this year. The goal is 50,000 words in one month. I don't know if I'll end up with a workable novel, but the preparation alone has been an interesting experience for me since I rarely outline in such great detail before starting. The funny thing is that when I wrote a FaceBook entry asking for NaNoWriMo advice, Shawn from Torquere came back with the perfect comment. She said, "Just write."

Bio: Award winning erotic author Jay Lygon haunts the beaches of Los Angeles by night, because he doesn't do direct sunlight. When he's not writing about his favorite vampires from the Bonded series (Bonded, Unbound, The Quality of Mercy, and Twice Blest), he contributes stories to anthologies such as Inside Him, Blood Sacraments, Toy Box: Public Places, Toy Box: Liquid Latex, and Torqued Tales. His novels Chaos Magic, Love Runes, and Personal Demons (Torquere Press) have been praised as, "Magical realism, unlike any other BDSM novel ever written."

Visit Jay's webpage or blog. Or email Jay.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

New Releases for October 23

Unbound: Bonded II by Jay Lygon

Fionn has waited six hundred years for revenge against Brandr, the vampire who turned him. The first part of his plot goes so well. He kidnaps Kyle, Jamie and Henry from Brandr’s house. That’s all that goes according to plan, though. Usually, the kidnapper makes demands, but this time it’s the hostages who do, and they plan to make Fionn’s life hell until they get what they want. After a couple nights of suffering at their hands, Fionn begins to worry that Brandr won’t take the boys back.

Revenge – it seemed like such a good idea at the time…

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A Chance Meeting by Mara Ismine

Andrew is taking a few minutes for a cup of coffee when he finds Sebastian. What are the odds of meeting his first love years later at a conference center? The odds of meeting for drinks leading to something more aren’t nearly as high, but when Sebastian’s hotel has double booked him, something more is almost guaranteed. After years apart is there any chance for more than just one night?

Find out today!

Rude Mechanicals by Syd McGinley

June is not a good month for Dr. Fell – he's facing his own thirtieth birthday and the seventh anniversary of Rob’s death. On a rare vacation from his duties, he takes a road trip on his Harley. The last thing he expects is a summer solstice surprise in the woods when he meets the worst Bottom ever. Can his own Midsummer’s Night Dream help him find some peace?

Rude Mechanicals first appeared in the Summer Solstice Taste Test. It can also be found in The Complete Dr. Fell Volume One: Lost paperback.

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First Blood, A Hunter's Compilation by Meg Leigh

Paranormal investigators Jack and Casey have had some close calls in their time, but in this instance an error in judgment nearly costs both of them their lives. Casey is bitten, and must take his 'first blood' – Jack – in order to become immortal. Can Jack, aided by friend Malcolm Quinn find a way to reverse the effects of the vampire's bite before it is too late?

This Single Shot Classic combines Hunter's Bond, originally published as a Sip, and Hunter's Kiss, originally published in Another Fine Mess.

Pick up your copy today!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Coming Saturday October 23

High Ball:

Unbound: Bound II by Jay Lygon
Scottish vampire Fionn kidnaps Kyle, Henry, and Jamie in a diabolical plot to punish Brandr for an ancient wrong. Now Fionn’s stuck in the unending go-go boy slumber party from hell and Brandr has his peaceful life back. Revenge – it seemed like such a good idea at the time…


A Chance Meeting by Mara Ismine
Is it just one night of hot sex between old friends? Or can a chance meeting rekindle past love?

Rude Mechanicals by Syd McGinley

On a road trip on his Harley, the last thing Dr. Fell expects is a summer solstice surprise in the woods where he meets the worst Bottom ever. (Rude Mechanicals was originally published in Taste Test: Summer Solstice)

Single Shot Classic:

First Blood, A Hunter's Compilation by Meg Leigh
On a hunt for a vampire, paranormal investigators Jack and Casey make an error in judgement that nearly costs both of them their lives. (Hunter's Bond and Hunter's Kiss were originally published as a Sip and in the Another Fine Mess anthology)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

New Releases for October 20

Flight by Amanda Steiger

Kell is nineteen, becoming a man. His best friend, Ash, has already grown his wings and crossed the threshold into adulthood. The Change is a time of rapid, violent transformation, both physical and emotional, and with these changes come mysterious new desires, culminating in the ritual of the mating flight.

Too bad Kell isn't ready to grow his wings and leave the simple pleasures of youth behind. Despite Ash's encouragement, he fears the unknown and the loss of his old life. But the Change comes to all, whether they want it or not... and when Kell finally grows his wings, he finds himself flooded with powerful and confusing new feelings for his friend.

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Lemon Balm: Through the Woods by Misa Izanaki

Going home is never easy, especially if you’ve been away as long as Aren has. His grandparents' house welcomes him back with its solid presence, but he's still lonely. Things get a little easier when he meets up with his childhood friend Corvin. Friendship quickly turns to romance but there is something that Corvin isn’t telling Aren. Could that come between them?

Find out today!

Toy Box: Make-Up with stories by Sue Brown, Miza Izanaki, and Syd McGinley

Make-up is a little unusual for a guy, but with the right touch, the application can have the most wonderful effects. Just ask the characters in these stories. We start out with Lipstick by Sue Brown: this is Christian's favorite part of the whole day. The hour before he steps out under the lights, as he transforms himself into his latest character. Of course, there is a very good reason why Christian loves it so much, but he's not here yet.

In One Hell of a Day Off by Misa Izanaki, Frankie is puttering around the house. He has a day off and isn’t sure what to do with himself. He can’t even pester Aki because his lover is out shopping with their co-worker Dante. Aki comes home after Dante and an over zealous make-up counter lady coax him into trying a few things out. Aki isn’t sure about the whole thing but to Frankie it’s a real turn on. We round things off with War Paint by Syd McGinley. Classics professor Nestor knows his on-campus battles would go so much better if he could wear his confidence-boosting eyeliner. His Sir, protective bear Steven, doubts the wisdom of this strategy and suggests an alliance with Katashi Tanaka and Pol Rønne! Can Steven distract Nestor from his woes with smutty twisted tales of Ancient Greece?

Get your copy today!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Coming Wednesday October 20

Single Shot
Flight by Amanda Steiger
Growing wings always hurts. But the flight makes it worthwhile.

Spice it Up
Lemon Balm: Through the Woods by Misa Izanaki
Aren and Corvin were old friends but that was ages ago. When they meet up again, Aren finds out if you can go home again.

Toy Box: Make-Up
stories by Sue Brown, Misa Izanaki and Syd McGinley

Make-up is a little unusual for a guy, but with the right touch, the application can have the most wonderful effects.

Coming Wednesday October 20 at Torquere Press.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

New Releases for October 16

Copper Country Gold by Taylor Lochland

The night before a job interview in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, geology professor Steven McCormick has a one-night stand with Zach, a young man he meets at a bar. When he gets the job and returns to the U.P. a few months later, he meets Zach again, and the two become friends. They both want more, but Steven can tell Zach is hiding something, so he's reluctant to open his heart.

Zach wants to reveal his true self to Steven; however, his clan leader, Wyatt, has forbidden it. When Steven winds up in a dangerous position during a mineral-collecting retreat, Zach realizes he can help, but only if he shifts. Will Zach risk being kicked out of his clan to save the man he loves?

Find out today!

In Starlight by M. Raiya

Making love in a canoe is not an easy feat, but Lewis and Taylor fit together remarkably well, considering one is an actor from New York City and the other has lived on a Vermont pond all his life with loons and owls and peace and quiet. There's nothing like starlight and the call of a loon across a still pond in the middle of the night to make differences explode into passion.

Will Lewis trade the spotlights for starlight?

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Seducing Susannah, A BBA Menage Story by Berengaria Brown

Susannah is at her company’s annual cookout, trying to convince her friend Kate not to get drunk and do anything stupid. Kate goes her own way, so Susannah takes a walk to fill in an hour, after which she hopes Kate will be ready to go home. While she walks, she thinks of two very yummy men she knows, Quinn and Micah. Unfortunately they left the cookout earlier. When she finds the men naked among the trees, they invite her to go home with them. Can she do that? Better yet, should she?

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A Jolly Good Idea by Syd McGinley

Ryan and Hugh from Not Sir are back, and Hugh is just as demanding and gruff as ever – except now he really is Sir Hugh. Hugh insists a trip to England for Ryan to meet his mother, Lady Barstow, and all his terrifying big sisters is a jolly good idea. Ryan is miserable – he’s an American fish out of water, and to make things worse he doesn’t even have the compensation of actually serving his sir. Just as Ryan questions the wisdom of tolerating Hugh’s autocratic ways, Lady Barstow and Ryan literally clash!

A Jolly Good Idea originally appeared in Another Fine Mess.

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Spooky Good Sale!

It's Paranormal Month here at Torquere Press and we've got a Spooky Good Sale on!

Just put 'scary2010' in the coupon code box when you check out to receive 15% off the cost of your purchase at Torquere Press.

Sale is good from now through to Sunday the 17th at midnight (est).

So pick up some books today and have a spooktastic weekend.

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Author Hot Spot: Nerine Petros

G'day all,

My name is Nerine Petros and I'm in the Author Hot Seat on Romance for the Rest of Us today. I'm an Aussie (although you probably got that from the greeting), and I live on the sunny coast of Queensland with hubby and our two young children.

My first ebook, Shifting Perspectives Book One: Oliver and Angus, released last week amid positive reaction, rating 4/5 stars with one reader on Goodreads. Over on Tam's Reads there was a bit of discussion about dingos eating babies :), so I would just like to take a minute to assure all concerned that no babies were harmed in the making of this book. I also promise not to harm any in the making of the other books, but can't promise that a baby won't make it into at least one of them.

This is book one in a possible series of four at this stage. The series is based around a small pack of Waangoo, or Dingo, shifters who have been uprooted from Fraser Island due to excommunication from their larger pack, and a tagging program the Government is looking to implement to help the ailing population of purebred dingoes on the island. What could be worse than a tagged shifter?

I had the pleasure of hosting the LiveJournal Torquere Social community on Tuesday, so if you would like to know more about the book, or its background, you can pop over and have a read through.

I also had the pleasure of hosting the Torquere Social Yahoo Chat Group on the very same day. We played a very engaging game of Eye Spy and just hung out, but I did manage to put some book related stuff up as well. If you wanted to check out what I, and a number of other Torquere authors, get up to through the day, pop on over and check that one out. I guarentee at least one post will make you laugh! Vincent also has a really good meme posted titled 'School Days: whaddyou study?' with loads of intriguing answers and just waiting for yours.

If you aren't connected to LiveJournal or Yahoo Chat, you can also read an excerpt (a clean one :)) over on Authors Talk to Linda Sole.

I have a competition running for a chance to win a free copy of this book, and it will run for another week or so. If you were involved in Torquere's 7 year celebrations, or took note of what my playing card was during these celebrations, head on over and find out how you can enter. This competition is open to everyone, authors and readers alike.

A few people have asked me how book two is shaping up, so I'll quickly let you know that it was finally submitted to Torquere this afternoon (or REALLY early in the morning Torquere time), so we'll all have to wait and see, but for more information and updates on this one check the Blog.

It seems a lot of people are curious about the dingo shifter angle in these stories. I was interviewed by Terry Kate for Naughty in the Backseat this past week, and a few of the questions revolve around this along with just how hot a farmer can! If you would like to read these Q&A's yourself, you can check it out here.

One more thing before I leave you all in peace. I am one of twelve authors involved in a Spooktacular Halloween Contest running from 18th-31st October. I will be blogging a special something on 19th October. There are some awesome prizes, and it's really easy to enter. Click here if you would like more information.

Thank you very much for catching up with me today on Romance for the Rest of Us, and a pat on the back if you made it this far (because honestly, I would have moved on to a Torquere novel by now :)). If there was something I missed, a question you would like to ask, or you would simply like to say hi, I welcome contact that doesn't involve play-doh or sippy cups; you can contact me using the email at the bottom of this post.

Nerine x

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

New Releases for October 13

Now I Could Drink Hot Blood, A BBA Menage Novel by AR Moler

Special Investigative Services agents John Benchley and his lover and partner Evan Garrett from "And Hell Itself Breathes Out" are back with another case from the files of the otherworldly and unexplained.

In "Now I Could Drink Hot Blood", they join forces with a psychic assigned to the FBI, Dr. Gabrielle Dichenz, in order to track a killer. Their latest case finds them with bodies piling up and all the clues defying everyday logic. The victims in their case have had their throats ripped out by something toothy, and all of the bloody samples left behind catch fire in sunlight. Any other investigators would be baffled, but John, Evan and their team are far from normal. Can they solve the case before the death toll sky-rockets?

Meanwhile, their new team member, Dr. Dichenz, has problems of her own in the guise of an abusive lover, a situation that John finds untenable. He insists on doing something about it. Will his efforts help or hinder Gabrielle sort out her personal demons? And can John protect Gabrielle from a psychopath and a monster without losing his lover Evan?

Available in print and ebook formats!

Youthful Gods, Book One: Pretty Pleasures by J. Rocci

Greg Barton has worked at the renaissance faire for years, but it’s Greg’s last season so he’s determined to live it up. Lucky for Greg, Boone, the hot traveling armorer, remembers Greg from previous years and returns his interest. The two reconnect and Greg finds himself tumbling into Boone’s bed, dangerously close to losing his heart.

Only, there’s something not quite right with Boone. From the way Greg kept dreaming about Boone in the off-season to Boone’s overprotective friends, Greg’s light-hearted romance quickly gets heavy. When Greg wakes up to an unexpected sight beside him, his entire world is up-ended. Magic is real and his new lover has more secrets than Greg ever imagined. But Greg has a few secrets of his own, and he has to decide if he wants to be a part of Boone’s world. If Greg has a touch of magic himself… Well, that world just got a whole lot more complicated and dangerous for both of them.

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And Hell Itself Breathes Out by AR Moler

Evan Garrett is a psychic DC homicide cop, and his latest case is triggering all his instincts. When one murder becomes two, he can't help but start connecting the dots, putting cases and clues together. He's not the only one, though. John Bentley, director of Special Investigative Services, a tiny government agency attached to Homeland Security which deals with darker realities, and his team are soon on the case, and they bring Evan and his special skills on board.

Both bisexual, Evan and John find they are attracted to each other, even as they work together to solve this string of murders which keeps growing in scope. Their serial killer seems to be moving toward darker and darker deeds with every murder and ritual performed. Can John and Evan find solace in each other, even as murderous men and demonic forces threaten not only their own team, but the city as well?

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Today's Featured Author is J. Rocci

Today we're featuring J. Rocci, author of the newly released Youthful Gods, Book One: Pretty Pleasures

Tell us about Youthful Gods. What inspired you to write it? How long did it take?

Inspiration was easy! I've been going to renfaires since I was three, and I've found that each one is unique and special, whether it's the different eras, the costume guidelines, or the entertainment.

My very first job, at fourteen, was as the Privy Princess at the now abandoned Virginia Renaissance Faire (there's a new VA faire down by Lake Anna, but that's entirely different- no permanent buildings, no real traveling rennies, merchants or actors, and it's mostly is a local thing). I worked the VA Faire from 1996 until its last season in 1999, and I had been planning to travel the next year with a friend until I met my future husband that last season. But there will be more on that story this upcoming Monday, when I host the Torquere LJ :)

For those curious, or if you've never been to a faire, you can see pics of my latest trip to the Maryland Renfaire on my blog ( It's very colorful and vibrant, with a lot of shops, nestled back in the woods. I took most of my cues for Youthful Gods from the old VA Faire, but the MD one was an influence as well.

A renfaire is such a versatile setting that feeds on magic and fantasy that it was my first choice for a contemporary fantasy. The story of Youthful Gods actually began back in 2001 when I went back to college and started writing a first person narrative from Lex, who may or may not be crazy cakes, between classes. As I started world building, things just got more and more complicated and I realized Lex may not be the best intro to the world. So I started Greg's story back in 2007 but didn't really knuckle down to write it until this year. (There was a double major and a fulltime career in there. Don't judge.)

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

Oh man - there's no way to answer this without sounding bad, is there? Well, I don't know really what my readers expect of me, but I guess I can say that, despite being a romance writer, I really am a very cynical and pragmatic person. People don't come to cry on my shoulder - they come when they want someone's ass kicked.

(Also, I curse like a grunt in basic when not at work. Okay. When I'm at work too, but only in front of the other cursing people...)

You write in various lengths, from short to long. Are there differences in writing one length over another?

I've found that, if given no limits, I will write for years on end. So I impose challenges on myself for word counts and plan accordingly. A lot of it depends on what else I've got going on in life.

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

I love world building and writing the stories I want to read. If an idea gets its hooks in me, I find it hard to step away. The worst thing is that this is my hobby. I have a fulltime career in a field I probably wouldn't leave even if I won the lottery, and juggling writing with wearing my Big Kid Pants just sucks. But it does mean I get to travel and gather more fodder for stories, and writing gives me a fluffy place to go to in my head when humanity makes me want to put on my combat boots and kick some heads. My dear heart, we'll call him Mr. Bay, is a very understanding fellow who also likes to write, so that's not a hardship.

Character or plot, which comes first?

It honestly depends. In the case of Youthful Gods, there was this whole other story and plot in my head first and Greg and Boone grew out of that. For my Army and Marines stories, Evan and Josh were there first in my head and the plots/love interests followed.

What is your favorite way to spend a rainy day?

Curled up in an armchair with a notebook, hot tea, and an oversized sweatshirt, as the cats and dog curl around me and Mr. Bay reads a book on the couch.

Not that I've put any thought or wistful yearning into that.

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

A man will turn over half a library to make one book -- Samuel Johnson

What are you working on now?

Hrm. I've got Youthful Gods Book Two, the sequel to Army Green focusing on Reo and Derrick, and a Naughty sip with Josh and Garrison (my two marine boys from Cornerstone and Commitment).

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Come hang out at the Torquere LJ on Monday, October 17, for a chance to win some cool prizes, like a t-shirt and tote bag!

J. Rocci lives outside of Washington D.C. with the love of her life and their furry children: A chickenhead dog, two crazy cat-brats, and a milksnake named Fuzzy. She writes wherever her Muse takes her, usually in the form of her best friend demanding more smut.

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Saturday, October 9, 2010

New Releases for October 9, 2010

Chile: Desert Lobo, a BBA Menage Story by BA Tortuga

Jonah is tracking Mexican wolves in the New Mexico desert when he meets Mariposa and Jesus. He thinks they're an amazingly hot couple, but thanks to tricky genetics he never suspects that they might be the same kind of wolf enthusiast he is. When he captures a wolf for tagging, though, Jonah learns that his new neighbors might have a lot more to them than just high sex-appeal. Can he convince gun-shy Mari that he has a lot to offer her and her mate?

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Mr. Snowflake by Elana Hawk

When lonely businessman, Devin Scotts, stands on the balcony of his penthouse apartment he never expects to find himself locked in a kiss by a gorgeous stranger dressed in white. That the stranger is both a man and claiming to be a snowflake just proves that Devin needs to get the strange man out of his apartment, but his rational mind struggles with his undeniable attraction to the stranger. Is it a trick by a bum looking for his next meal or is the strange man really what he claims to be?

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Road Trip by Alyx Shaw

After many long years of slowly watching his ranch go down hill, and seeing the people he cares for die or leave, Jack is left with virtually nothing. His only remaining ranch hand is a young man named Daniel, a man who has also become Jack’s friend. When Daniel offers to use his savings to buy Jack some more live stock, they embark on a long road trip that leads to much more than the Edmonton Stock Yards.

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Where There's a Will by BA Tortuga

Toby and Keagan have nothing in common. Nothing but their love for their old friend, Reggie, who has just died from terminal cancer. What they're not prepared for is the stipulations of Reggie's will, requiring that the two of them spend time together. A lot of time. Close together.

Neither of them can resist the last wish of their best childhood friend, so Keagan and Toby settle in for a year of hating each other at close range. Their animosity seems to know no bounds to begin with, but everyone knows that the only thing that kind of passionate hate can spring from is love. Can Toby and Keagan learn to go beyond their past and get to know each other all over again?

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Dragonwalker by Lee Benoit

Endi has lived in the same small town his whole life. He walks and grooms dogs for a living, tries to keep up with the sprawling old house his grandparents left him, manages a boyfriend, and tries like heck to hide his crush on the town's fire chief. Pretty ordinary, right? But Endi's always hoped for better than "ordinary." One day, he meets a mysterious new friend and his canine clients start sprouting wings and spewing fire. Can the motley collection of pooches really be dragons?

Originally published in the Another Fine Mess Anthology.

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Favorite Halloween Treat

Hey, y'all! Today our authors answer the age-old (well, the thirty or forty year old) question of what's your favorite Halloween treat? We'd love to hear yours, too! Answer in the comments for a chance to win a $5.00 gift certificate!

Julia Talbot - Hot Tamales or Smarties

AR Moler- I think I’m most addicted to Reese’s peanut butter cups. Halloween is the one time of year I let myself eat….way too many.

Giselle Renarde- I've always loved those chewy little caramel squares. I had a friend who lost two fillings to the devils, so I know they're hard on dental work but so, so worth it.

Lee Benoit - My favorite fall goodie -- sadly, no longer given as a Halloween treat -- is caramel apples. I live in New England where the new crop of apples comes in during September and October, and there's nothing like a crisp, juicy, tart Macoun apple drenched in creamy, sweet homemade caramel to give me the taste of autumn.

Sean Michael- Cherry Sours

Angela Benedetti - My favorites were always those little Milky Way bars. Of course, if someone had wanted to hand out the full-sized ones, that would've been great too. :D

Jay Lygon - Caramel apples. That's fruit, right? So it's nutritious.

PD Singer- My sons go trick-or-treating (or did, they're feeling awfully mature these days, snork) and the toll for going out is to pay Mom 1/2 the Reese's Peanut Butter cup take.

Peanut butter cups harvested by someone else seem to taste twice as nice as the ones I buy myself -- maybe it's that "found calorie" thing.

Keira Andrews - My favorite Halloween treat is the mini Crispy Crunch. It's a Canadian chocolate bar that is made of crystallized peanut layers covered in chocolate. (Similar to a Butterfinger, but SO much better!)

Beth Wylde - OMG! Candy corn, I know it's really October and Halloween when i start seeing the bags of orange, yellow and white candy being stocked on the store shelves and I love the rush i get from eating it. Sugar high anyone? Of course caffeine does the same thing for me. I'm easy. LOL

Alex Draven- Cadbury's chocolate buttons - for the super-cute bat on the packaging, as well as the tasty chocolate.

J Rocci - My favorite Halloween candies are those caramel apple lollipops - the yellow, red or green that have different apple flavors and are coated outside with sweet caramel. Mmm.

Great question! Now I want to go candy shopping :)

DC Juris - Mellowcreme Harvest Mix - the one with the little cats, bats, pumpkins and whatnot in brown, orange and yellow. I wait all freakin' year for that stuff. Nom.

Elizabeth Brooks - I love almost all candy, really, but... You know how candy corn is one of those Great Divide things -- people either LOVE it or HATE it? I'm on the LOVE side of the divide. My favorite is the caramel-flavored stuff Brach introduced a few years ago. In fact, I'm using it as a carrot for one of my current goals: if I reach the goal before Hallowe'en, I will buy myself a whole bag and not even share it with my kids.

Jodi Payne - Taffy apples, without question.

Chris Owen - It's got to be mini chocolate bars. I buy bags to hand out and bags for me. Then I trade my children a small toy for theirs. I have no shame.

JM Cartwright - Watching the house fall on the witch

BA Tortuga – Junior Mints… so refreshing

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Constructing a Query Letter

I have a whopping five minutes on my hand, so I thought I'd answer one of the recurring questions we get from prospective authors all the time.

What do we want to see in a query letter?

Many publishers, including us, will tell you that a query letter will often determine whether or not we even want to open your manuscript. Attention to detail is key. Our guidelines request a short bio along with the story summary and your full contact information. Since we list a breakdown of story type by word count, a general length is handy.

After that, just make your query informative, engaging, and brief. If we're asking for a synopsis like we do with longer works, give us a full one with no cliffhangers. Those don't entice us to read, they just send us to the end of your ms to see if there's a happy ending. Later, after we've read all the synopses that tell us what we want to know.

The reason I say keep it brief yet informative is that too much or too little can make it hard to decide whether to read the book. For instance, we publish glbt romance. If you tell us you have a coming of age story about Donna the waitress and leave it at that, we have no feel for your book within our guidelines. Too brief. However, if you spend five long paragraphs describing the transcendent beauty of how your character is like a butterfly, we won't know anything either. Not informative.

A lot of publishers want an author to address the letter to a specific editor. In our world, we all wear a lot of hats, so we don't expect you to know quite that much. Do try to use an appropriate salutation, though. Dear Submissions Editor works well.

Your main goal with a query letter is to prove that you know what we publish, that you want to publish with us specifically, and that you know how to write. Remember those three things, and you're golden.

Now, get out there and sub!

Weekly Specials

This week we have eight High Balls on special at 20% off.

Civil Liberties by JJ Massa
Eye Spy by Drew Zachary
In My Skin by Cassidy Ryan
Royal Treatment, A BBA Menage Story by Cecilia Tan
The Memorial Garden, A BBA Menage Story by Lauren P. Burka
Shadow of the Exile by Wayne Mansfield
Undercover Blues by Laney Cairo
Unholy Matrimony by Audra Beagle and Chloe West

New Release for October 6

Dream a Little Dream by Amylea Lyn

Dr. Aiden Turner, and his lover, Officer Jacob Blackthorn, never dreamed of adding a third to their relationship. But when one of Aiden’s patients is abused at the hospital and his attacker escapes, the two men decide to take the younger man, Cael, home with them. As time goes by, the three men start to realize there is something more than doctor, patient, and protector between them.

Even as love begins, will it be ruined when a shocking secret of Cael’s comes to light? And what happens when Cael’s attacker comes back, bent on revenge? The three men must work together to save their dream of a life together, before it turns into a nightmare.

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Saturday, October 2, 2010

New Releases!

Torquere Press is pleased to announce the release of a new Single Shot, two Sips and a Single Shot classic.

Single Shot:

Shifting Perspectives by Nerine Petros

As the only butcher in his outback town, Oliver knows the locals well. After all, most of them are shifters. When a new group moves into an abandoned ranch nearby, Oliver is more intrigued than worried, especially once the strangers place a standing order for a cow per week.

The town pack decides to live and let live, but Oliver wants to know more about these Waangoo newcomers. Why are there just five men? Why does the pack beta make Oliver's assistant so belligerent? And above all, why can't Oliver look away from the strangers' alpha, Angus?

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Throw me a Bone by Stevie Woods

Malcolm is shocked and hurt when he realizes Guy is seeing another man. He believed they were happy and he was waiting, not always patiently, for the time they could move in together. Guy has no idea that Malcolm knows about the other man and Malcolm is trying to decide what he should do. He dreads giving up the man he loves, but doesn’t believe he can possibly share him with someone else.

Then Guy changes their plans at the last minute and invites Malcolm to his place for dinner, informing Malcolm he has something to tell him. Malcolm fears what that might be, but can he force Guy to be honest with him?

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What to do on a Friday Night by Misa Izanaki

In order to distract Itsuki, Aoi coaxes his lover into a game of strip scrabble. Itsuki doesn’t think that words are fun or sexy but Aoi thinks differently. There are certain words that turn Aoi on, especially in Itsuki’s super sexy voice. The only trick is getting is lover to say them.

Originally in Torquere Press' Toy Box: Words.

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Single Shot Classic:

The Scantlebury Demon by Tracey Shellito

Sworn to protect her lover, Englishwoman Josephine, Egyptian Kheper must pose as a manservant to do her job. Called in to investigate the ghost of a prominent British family, medium Josephine is suspicious, and Kheper is desperate to keep her love safe.

When a séance threatens to go horribly wrong, Josephine and Kheper must use all of their skill at deception and their knowledge of the paranormal world to stay one step ahead of the demon who would destroy them. Will Kheper be able to make the ultimate choice in time to keep them all alive?

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