Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Author Extra: Necessary Roughness by Beth Wylde

Necessary Roughness by Beth Wylde

When Lynette's worst fear comes true and her girlfriend loses her job
because of discrimination, she's forced to step back and take a harsh look
at her own prejudice. As a full figured, bi-racial lesbian she has faced
bigotry all her life. The fact that she hasn't been willing to try and
understand Trisha's penchant for BDSM has her angry at herself and willing
to do whatever it takes to make the oversight up to her partner. Even if it
includes a little necessary roughness.

Get your copy today:
http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=78_85&products_id=3605

Author Extra:

The Real Thing, a free read by Beth Wylde:
http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-therealthing-851605-149.html

Author Extra: Take it Slow by AKM Miles

Take it Slow by AKM Miles

When Daniel Webster returns to Nashville after two years of hell, he doesn’t
go back to his dad’s house. After an amazing rescue he ends up at Mama
Sasy’s diner and finds out that it’s a safe place for young gay guys in
trouble. He certainly fits that bill.

Daniel has problems mentally and physically after all he’s been through, and
it’s going to take a lot to get him back to any form of normal. He finds a
great ally in Benny Adams and they begin a relationship. He’s so thankful
for Benny, but why can’t he embrace Mama Sasy and her group of happy helpers
who throw love at him left and right? Maybe because she’s so close to his
dad, the one Daniel ran away from two years ago because he was so cruel upon
hearing that Daniel thought he was gay. Benny makes him believe in love, and
the broad spectrum of characters at Mama Sasy’s eventually make their way
into his heart. As time moves forward, Daniel gets an idea about what he
wants to do with his life. Benny helps him and they set forth a bold plan. 
It’s gonna get better, but he’s got to get them all to understand that he
needs to take it slow.

Pick up your copy today:
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Author Extra:

I started this series because I’ve heard my brother talk so often about the
life of truckers. He’s done just about everything from driving, to dispatch,
to shop managing and knows it all. It’s very interesting and much more
involved than I’d thought. I learned more while writing Take It EASY. I
liked the side characters so much that I wanted to do more with them. Well,
and there was the fact that Easy and Mano thought they’d seen Daniel, Nick’s
son, and people wanted to know if anyone saved him. Oh, yeah. And it was
cool.

Mama Sasy’s is fictional, but how badly do we need places like this these
days? That’s a place where young gay guys go when they’re hurt, lost,
afraid, or just need a helping hand. They find what they need and fill these
books with their varied stories. I’m sure there are such places and people
just like Mama, Boddy, and Easy.

I like stories like this that have a setting, like Mama Sasy’s, where more
books could come along. There could be more with characters who need help
and nurturing and love and direction. They’d certainly find all those things
at Mama Sasy’s. They’d probably see Daniel, Benny, Nick, Easy, and Mano,
too.

I hope you like Daniel and Benny’s story and enjoyed seeing how the other
characters are progressing. Let me know. As always, I love to hear from
readers.

On Sale This Week

This week we have books by Mychael Black, DC Juris, AKM Miles, and Beth Wylde, on sale for 20% off.

Check them out!

New Releases for June 27

Take it Slow by AKM Miles

When Daniel Webster returns to Nashville after two years of hell, he doesn’t go back to his dad’s house. After an amazing rescue he ends up at Mama Sasy’s diner and finds out that it’s a safe place for young gay guys in trouble. He certainly fits that bill.

Daniel has problems mentally and physically after all he’s been through, and it’s going to take a lot to get him back to any form of normal. He finds a great ally in Benny Adams and they begin a relationship. He’s so thankful for Benny, but why can’t he embrace Mama Sasy and her group of happy helpers who throw love at him left and right? Maybe because she’s so close to his dad, the one Daniel ran away from two years ago because he was so cruel upon hearing that Daniel thought he was gay. Benny makes him believe in love, and the broad spectrum of characters at Mama Sasy’s eventually make their way into his heart. As time moves forward, Daniel gets an idea about what he wants to do with his life. Benny helps him and they set forth a bold plan.  It’s gonna get better, but he’s got to get them all to understand that he needs to take it slow.

Pick up your copy today!


The Kaiser Account by Louise Blaydon

It's 1965. Evan Jones is an account manager for a major advertising company in New York City, engaged to the boss's daughter in a half-hearted sort of way and gradually making his way up into the highest ranks of the company, and into the boss's favor. The Kaiser Motors account is one they've been angling at for years, and Evan has absolutely no intention of letting it slip through his fingers.

But the man from Kaiser, Mark O'Brien, is not what Evan is used to dealing with, and, moreover, is someone who hits him right where it hurts: in the long repressed part of him that prefers men and is ashamed to admit it. When it comes to O'Brien, 'going to any length' has a whole new meaning, because O'Brien wants Evan – and worse still, Evan wants him back. O'Brien, in the space of a night, shows him something more than the staid life is possible. Can Evan take the risk and close the deal?

Find out today!


What Evil Lurks in the Hearts of Men by Mychael Black

Detectives Jonah and Riley Pierce are back in another case for Arcanum, the US government's paranormal police agency. This time, however, they're headed to Berlin when a series of murders points to the enigmatic leader of a research institute. Things turn personal very quickly, though, and they find themselves in a race to stop a psychopathic mortal hellbent on finding the daywalker gene.

Get your copy today!


Down on the Farm by DC Juris

Alastair Luna has come to Cherry Grove, Pennsylvania to immerse himself in country living as research for his next book. Cherry Grove is a far cry from the hustle and bustle of New York City, but Alastair discovers that some things, like attraction and lust, are universal.

Pick up your copy today!


Necessary Roughness by Beth Wylde

When Lynette's worst fear comes true and her girlfriend loses her job because of discrimination, she's forced to step back and take a harsh look at her own prejudice. As a full figured, bi-racial lesbian she has faced bigotry all her life. The fact that she hasn't been willing to try and understand Trisha's penchant for BDSM has her angry at herself and willing to do whatever it takes to make the oversight up to her partner. Even if it includes a little necessary roughness.

Get your copy today!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Gift Certificate Winner

Congrats to Donna, winner of a Torquere gift certificate from my posts last week.

Sean Michael
www.seanmichaelwrites.com

Monday, June 25, 2012

Meme Monday: Phone Apps

What is your favorite app on your phone?

A Sense Of Place


"Fair Catch", my new coming-of-age romance, is set in the imaginary city of Riverside. So, where is it? 

Place is usually quite important in fiction. A good sense of place, good descriptions,  make a book feel real. Riverside is mostly Midwestern, but it is not a renamed actual place. It's a combination of real and imaginary geography. 

Much of the novel takes place outdoors -- bike trails, parks, football stadiums, the fields around the town. Some of the locations are based on real places and some are entirely made up. I didn't want to be limited too much by having to stick to the details of a real town, in case I needed to create a setting to meet the demands of the plot, and also details of real places can change over time, which could be confusing to readers expecting the spot they knew. I didn't want a reader to get too hung up on my accuracies or inaccuracies, either, because I'm sure I would have made some errors if I'd tried to hew to every detail of a real place. But alert readers will notice that my Riverside is heavily influence by two college towns I have visited many times: Stillwater, Oklahoma, and Lawrence, Kansas. 

However, Austin, Texas, where one of the characters eventually goes to college, is real, of course, and to write that place, I relied on my memories of visiting there, as well as a friend who was in graduate school at the time the book was first being drafted. She was helpful with details about the restaurants, the strip, etc. I chose to create a university there instead of placing my protagonists at University of Texas, for the same reasons I made Riverside up instead of trying to accurately depict, in every detail Lawrence, Stillwater, Fayetteville or Joplin.

I hope my fictional town seems real enough to give the characters a plausible backdrop, but not so real that it's distracting. Unlike a book set in Paris, New York, Boston, or some other legendary and famous real place, the setting here doesn't have to be an additional character in the story! It just has to seem familiar and grounding, like home.  





Pride Month Sale!

June is traditionally Pride Month. To celebrate Pride, we're offering 20% off your purchases from now through the end of day Saturday! Just put 'pride2012' in the coupon code box any time you check out at Torquere Books before Saturday at midnight to get 20% off your order.

Sale good now through Saturday June 30 at Midnight (est).

Celebrate Pride with books from Torquere Press today.

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.

Coming this Week

Coming on Wednesday:

Down on the Farm by DC Juris (Short Story, M/M)
The Kaiser Account by Louise Blaydon (Novella, M/M)
Necessary Roughness by Beth Wylde (Short Story, F/F)
Take it Slow by AKM Miles (Novel, M/M)
What Evil Lurks in the Hearts of Men by Mychael Black (Novella, M/M)


Thursday, June 21, 2012

Best Pride Ever!

(Cross posted from my blog, 'cause I wanted to share the pix!)

As always on my posting days, I'll draw a random winner from among the commenters to this post. About 48 hours from now, I'll do that and the winner gets a $5 Torquere gift certificate!

RI Pride, along the Woonasquatucket River
This past Saturday my son and his best friend (both 12) and I loaded up the wagon and headed southeast to Providence, RI for the city's 36th annual Pride Festival. I had spent the days leading up to the even assembling bags of book swag to give away at our vendor booth.

Swag assembly

I was delighted to have the greatest variety ever for an event like this, with goodies from
Elizabeth Brooks
JM Cartwright
Vincent Diamond
Rachel Haimowitz
DC Juris
Catherine Lundhoff
Belinda McBride
Syd McGinley
VS Morgan
Nora Olsen
Sloan Parker
J. Rocci
Marie Sexton
Andrea Speed
Damon Suede
and Eden Winters
(I hope I didn't miss anyone!)
Goody bags
I was excited to have I also had books more publishers than ever to display and to sell, so I felt like I had Shawn & Lorna from Torquere Press, Radclyffe of Bold Strokes Books, and Cecilia Tan from Circlet Press along for the event. Torquere came through with a coupon code for RI Pride attendees and all proceeds from book sales going to It Gets Better!
The booth -- everyone loves the rainbow lollies!
When I started taking books to Pride events in 2008, I spent a lot of time talking up new media and ebooks. In those days, folks seemed to be still reeling from the erosion of GLBT bookstores and publishers and wanted to know where to find books -- any books -- that told stories along the GLBTQ spectrum.
This time around I found that folks were hip to ebooks and the new small presses. What they wanted to know about was new publishing models and how to find great books online. From a marketing perspective, that's my takeaway from RI Pride:help your readers find books they'll love by cutting through the thicket of the giant esellers and steering them toward more boutique etailers. This may be no news to some, of course.
Bear Pride
As always, I have great conversations at Pride, and this year my standout chat was with the charming ginger co-proprietor of Burlyshirts.comwho was not only super sweet (and so solidly in love that I wanted to bring every flighty young thing I'd met earlier in the day over to show them how it's done) but really encouraging about ways small businesses within the GLBT community can support each other.
Nighttime parade
The parade in the evening is a nighttime affair, illuminated and uplifting. While my twelve-year-olds perched on a trashcan to see better, they got several supportive comments from passersby who thought they were boyfriends (they're not). I stood beside a friendly stranger, a gay man about my age (no, not telling) and we cheered and wept and pointed out the creative touches on various floats (a pair of steel balls dangling from the trailer hitch of one pickup was my fave). I had to take my glasses off and wipe away tears when a huge and exuberant contingent of Youth Pride passed by. We've come so far, though not far enough, you know? I gave a watery smile to my new friend, who totally got it, and a reassuring thumbs-up to my kids, who -- blessedly -- didn't.
Youth Pride
I love Pride!
NYC Marching Band -- awesome!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Author Extra: A Sky Full of Wings by M. Raiya

A Sky Full of Wings by M. Raiya

You're invited to a dragon's wedding!

That's right! Varian and Josh from the Notice series are getting married! There will be swooning (not by whom you'd expect) and wings (not on whom you'd expect) and champagne, roses and rainbows. Warning: there will also be mysterious prophecies, swords, and uninvited guests from the distant past. And the grooms will get a wedding gift beyond their wildest dreams.

Find Varian and Josh in Notice, and in Nice: The Dragon and the Mistletoe.

Pick up your copy today:
http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=78_85&products_id=3603

Author Extra:

Here's the link to the A Sky Full of Wings Trailer:

http://mraiya.blogspot.com/2012/06/sky-full-of-wings-book-trailer.html

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Author Extra: The Dragon's Muse by ID Locke

The Dragon's Muse by ID Locke

Gunari, a half-dragon, has trained hard to become Guardian to a Muse. He’s stunned, thrilled and a little puzzled when he’s assigned the Guardianship of Misu, a demi-Muse, well before expected. He’s never heard of a demi-Muse
and when told that Misu is male, he’s even more confused as a Muse is always female.

Meeting Misu is an eye-opening experience for Gunari. The attraction Gunari feels toward Misu is instant and whole-heartedly returned. Misu is also more than just the oddity of a male Muse. He is a male-identifying hermaphrodite and his area of ideas and influence is erotica. Misu develops and shares his gift with his chosen human through sexual acts and Gunari is more than happy to help Misu do his job, reveling in encounters that span heavy BDSM scenes to sweet, gentle loving. Misu knows Gunari is the man Fate selected for him
before either of them were even born and hopes that with time, Gunari will come to realize that, too.

Get your copy today:
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Author Extra:

The characters of Gunari and Misu followed a bit of a convoluted brain path that all started with a doll. I collect ball-jointed-dolls (BJD’s) and turn them into the characters from my stories. BJD’s are highly customizable
dolls made of resin and strung with elastic. They have all the major joints that a human does, can stand unaided and are typically anatomically correct. I currently own 18 and have plans for more.

I stumbled across a picture of a doll by a company called Obitsu, which is a slightly different type of BJD that has an internal skeleton instead of being strung with elastic. He was a limited edition and as soon as I saw him, I had to have him. I had no idea who he was character-wise and I have a strict rule about not buying dolls unless I know who they are, otherwise I’d be overrun by dolls (and extremely broke). However, this particular doll was very affordable so I caved embarrassingly fast and bought him.

Within a day or so of him arriving on my door step, I knew who he was and what he was and that started my search for his lover as all the dolls I have are couples. In my search, I was drawn back to a doll I’d really liked the first time I saw him (but had no idea who he might be). As I looked at him, his character jumped into being and I finally knew who he was and that he belonged with Misu. I got lucky and bought him second-hand and snapped up the leg and feet pieces to be modded to fit the doll to turn him into the half-dragon he needed to be. Once both dolls were in-house, their story crowded my head and demanded to be told. I complied and the result of that is The Dragon’s Muse.

The doll addiction is pretty strong and once you have one, it’s a very slippery slope to owning more and more. I find it especially difficult not to keep adding to my collection as my dolls are all physical representations of the characters that live in my head, which I find a very cool thing to have. In addition to writing stories about the characters, I also do photostories with my dolls, which amuses me greatly and is another creative outlet for me. Thankfully, not all characters demand to be shelled in resin, but there are a rather large number of them that have been shelled in doll form.

The characters that I currently have as dolls are:
Blind Desire storyline: Ryzel, Quinlin, Haniel, Aischylos & Darius
The Dragon’s Muse: Gunari & Misu
Balancing Karma: Moswen & Kijika
Enchanted Shadows: Sarojin, Jaiseki, Vuchel & Vashin
Dreaming Of The Void: Tyhlain & Dakvir
Sea Of Stars: Jolen & Kysmirhea

On Sale this Week

This week we have books by ID Locke, Sean Michael and M. Raiya on sale at 20% off!

Check them out.

New Releases for June 20

A Sky Full of Wings by M. Raiya

You're invited to a dragon's wedding!

That's right! Varian and Josh from the Notice series are getting married! There will be swooning (not by whom you'd expect) and wings (not on whom you'd expect) and champagne, roses and rainbows. Warning: there will also be mysterious prophecies, swords, and uninvited guests from the distant past. And the grooms will get a wedding gift beyond their wildest dreams.

Find Varian and Josh in Notice, and in Nice: The Dragon and the Mistletoe.

Pick up your copy today!


The Dragon's Muse by ID Locke

Gunari, a half-dragon, has trained hard to become Guardian to a Muse. He’s stunned, thrilled and a little puzzled when he’s assigned the Guardianship of Misu, a demi-Muse, well before expected. He’s never heard of a demi-Muse and when told that Misu is male, he’s even more confused as a Muse is always female.

Meeting Misu is an eye-opening experience for Gunari. The attraction Gunari feels toward Misu is instant and whole-heartedly returned. Misu is also more than just the oddity of a male Muse. He is a male-identifying hermaphrodite and his area of ideas and influence is erotica. Misu develops and shares his gift with his chosen human through sexual acts and Gunari is more than happy to help Misu do his job, reveling in encounters that span heavy BDSM scenes to sweet, gentle loving. Misu knows Gunari is the man Fate selected for him before either of them were even born and hopes that with time, Gunari will come to realize that, too.

Get your copy today!


A is for Andy, a Hammer story by Sean Michael

Police Officer 'A' is at the Hammer Club for an evening of relaxation after a hard week when he runs into veterinarian Andy. Unlike any sub he's ever met, Andy intrigues A and he happily accepts an invitation to the man's home. Will A and Andy find something together, or will they just feed the animals and call it a night?

Find out today!


Fair Puckled by Bella Leone

When Jackson Stuart accompanies a professor on a research trip to Scotland for the Highland Games, he is thrilled to see the majestic country he has only ever read about in books. The one thing his books haven't prepared him for is the stunning ginger warrior who wants to welcome Jackson to Scotland in the very best way. When he gets a true taste of the warrior, he may never go home to Boston.

Pick up your copy today!



Tuesday, June 19, 2012

A is for Andy


My newest release comes out tomorrow! This is a short story featuring two new Hammer men. I thought it would be a novel, they gave me all sorts of back story (including the fact that A's name is actually Autumn, but he never tells anyone that,) but then I wrote it and lo and behold, they turned out not to be a novel. They're still a fun/hot story, just short.

A is for Andy, a Hammer story

Police Officer A is at the Hammer Club for an evening of relaxation after a hard week when he runs into veterinarian Andy. Unlike any sub he's ever met, Andy intrigues A and he happily accepts an invitation to the man's home. Will A and Andy find something together, or will they just feed the animals and call it a night?

Excerpt:

A sat at the bar at the Hammer Club, enjoying a glass of beer. They knew how to pull draughts here, and the amount of head was just perfect.

It had been weeks since he'd been here. Hell it had been at least that long since he'd last gotten to unwind. They'd been working a fucking hard case -- it was always hardest when kids were involved -- and like everyone else, he'd only been breaking to get some sleep. They'd caught the asshole, though. It was iron-clad, too.

The club was popping, loud and happy, the dance floor full, the tiny little cover band much improved from what he'd been listening to last night. He finished his beer and asked for another. It was the perfect place to unwind.

"Howdy, Cinnamon, honey. Can I get a beer when you get a chance?" The voice was low, slow, and pure southern. Like some weird cowboy movie.

A couldn't help but turn and look.

A long, tall bearded man in a ballcap stood there, in a white button down and a pair of jeans. Well, hello, long tall drink of water.

"Sure, Andy. It'll be a few minutes."

"No worries." Andy draped himself over a barstool, casual and easy.

A looked his fill, from head to toes and back down again. Nice. Very nice. The boots looked ancient, the jeans like well-loved friends. And they showed off the most amazing ass. A's prick perked right on up, suddenly eager to help him with the whole blowing off steam thing.

One pretzel was picked out of the bar snacks, inspected, then eaten, nibbled really.

A puffed himself up; he knew he looked good. Bright blue eyes cut over to him, checked him out, and he got a nod. He smiled in return, nodded back, and shifted over so when he breathed in he could smell the man. Cologne and soap, rich and male and clean. Damn, the man was fine.

He licked his lips.

Andy pinked, looked away, then looked back in a charming flirt. He smiled, let the heat he was beginning to feel show in his eyes. What a charmer.

Cinnamon brought Andy a beer, and it was nice to see that the man tipped well.

A watched as Andy took a long swallow, throat exposed, Adam's apple bobbing. Damn. Damn, that was hot as hell. His prick had gone from interested to wanting, pushing hard at his zipper.

He needed to find out if this fine specimen of a man was single, was available, was interested. He held out his hand. "A Cooper."

"Andy Ballard. Pleased."

They shook and Andy had a nice grip. He kept holding the man's hand a little longer than usual. It was a cliche, sure, but it worked. "Nice to meet you."

Sean Michael
smut fixes everything

Losing time

For the last six weeks or so, I've lost my Thursdays. It can be a normal week, and Friday arrives and I get into Friday mode and I do Friday things. At some point I realize that it's really Thursday and not Friday. I check with a calendar, with the computer. Yes, it is Thursday. No matter how much I remind myself of this, though, the feeling persists that it's actually Friday. It only happens on Thursdays and its only been happening for about six weeks, but its starting to make me a bit crazy.

Does this happen to anyone else? How else do you find yourself 'losing time'?

All comments on any of my posts today will go into a pot and I'll draw a winner tomorrow sometime. The prize is a $5 gift certificate for Torquere Press.

Sean Michael
smut fixes everything
www.seanmichaelwrites.com

Review Round-Up

Enjoy the latest Review Round-Up from Torquere Press and Prizm Press releases.

Brief Encounters

Touch and Trust by Sean Michael
The Blister Effect by Lynn Townsend
Market Day, a Hammer Story by Sean Michael
Digging a Hole by Julia Talbot

QMO Books

Tanned by BA Tortuga
Asian Persuasion by DC Juris
Going Steady by Vic Winter

Elisa Rolle

Searching the Seas by Sean Michael
The White City by Julia Talbot
Fool's Gold by Mychael Black
Of Boats and Blue Beards by Willa Okati

The Romance Studio

The Hanged Man's Ghost by Missouri Dalton

Top 2 Bottom Reviews

Hanged Man's Ghost by Missouri Dalton
Warrior Nights by Patricia Logan
Tabula Rasa by Tory Temple
Apples & Gin: Hot Cocoa Ice Cream by Jenna Jones
Trust by Sean Michael

MM Good Book Reviews

Chasing Shadows by Jez Morrow

Reviews by Jessewave

Fallen Angel by Eden Winters

BookedUpReviews

Emerald Fire by A. Catherine Noon & Rachel Wilder

Hearts on Fire Reviews

Heaven Sent (Hammer #14.1) by Sean Michael
Picking Up the Pieces (Hearth and Home #5) by Mychael Black
Night Shift by Missouri Dalton
The Cupid Caper by Kate Roman
The Blister Effect by Lynn Townsend
Sunblood by Maria Mora

Monday, June 18, 2012

Coming this Week

A is for Andy, a Hammer story by Sean Michael (Short Story, M/M)
A Sky Full of Wings by M. Rayia (Novella, M/M)
The Dragon's Muse by ID Locke (Novella, M/M)
Fair Puckled by Bella Leone (Short Story, M/M)

Meme Monday: Pet Peeves

Okay y'all so I've had one of those days today...mailman broke the mailbox and then complains that I didn't fix it fast enough, truck payment sent from bank has been lost in neverland of electronic payments and they are trying to charge me late fees and the day is only half over.  So...in calling several people today to deal with issues one of my pet peeves has been pointed out to me....

When I call and sit through forever of an automated system of push this and say this I still end up with someone that can't speak and/or understand basic english.  I am farthest from having issues with people for race or ethnicity however if I have to deal with this god awful computer system for 15 minutes to finally talk to a real person and then get someone who tells me they are in India and can't help me....OMG really???

So...what is y'alls pet peeve?

Football and romance

I'm Del Darcy, here to talk about my new YA release, "Fair Catch". 


I hope you enjoyed the teaser posted a couple of days ago, and that it did its job, as well as the "missing scene," which took place in New Orleans when one of the protagonists, Alex, had just helped his team to victory in my fictionalized version of the Sugar Bowl. His team, the Southwestern Lone Stars, doesn't really exist, but Austin, Texas, certainly does! Much of the book is set in Texas and parts north, where football is pretty much a lifestyle. And of course, the sport is centrally important to the young lovers, Alex and Blake.


There's a lot of football in the book. I worried at first that there was too much. But I tried to balance the expert knowledge that Blake and Alex have of the game they love, with making the football scenes accessible to someone who might be open to reading about football but not know much about it.


Since I never played football, how did I do this? I went to a lot of games and watched a lot of televised games, high school and college. I shamelessly grilled my husband, who did play briefly as a teenager, and also grilled my relatives who are former players. I read a lot of sports reports from newspapers, and used actual plays and histories from games that were happening at the time I was writing.When it came to Alex's field goals, I went online to check high school records in several states, and had long talks with some of my sports-fan buddies about how field goals are measured and what a plausible record would be for someone in Alex's situation.


I hope I've managed to convey, and rub off, my own delight in football at the high school and college level. 


Now, time has moved on, and no one in my family is playing high school football any more. Mostly these days I follow Oklahoma college football, and am always in the precarious position of being in a house divided -- half my friends and family root for Oklahoma, and half for Oklahoma State! A problem my protagonists and their families don't have, living in my mythical college town of Riverside, where there's only one hometown team, and everyone can agree on it.


Football and romance -- I hope the book has something for everyone!

Fair Catch by Del Darcy



a new release from Torquere/Prizm


Friday, June 15, 2012

Why I write cowboys

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What else do I need to say?

;-)

BA

BA Tortuga

http://www.batortuga.com

Because sometimes fistfights are foreplay

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Author Extra: Tanned by BA Tortuga

Tanned by BA Tortuga

Danny knows being the grandson of the ranch owner, and a college boy at that, is not going to make him popular with the rest of the cowboys. What's worse is his cousin spreading the word that he's gay, too. Cary thinks Danny
is a lazy city boy. That has to be why everyone is so down on him. When Cary finds out the problem is Danny's sexual orientation, he knows he has to stand up for the man. Can Cary convince Danny he understands more than
anyone else knows?

Find out today:
http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=79_93&products_id=3596

Author Extra:

Granny's Apple Pie – In Tanned, Danny brings the cowboys his Granny's famous apple pie. Enjoy, y'all!

Apple Pie
Ingredients:
Pastry for 2 crusts (recipe below)
8 cups sliced, peeled assorted baking apples - about 3 lbs. (Granny Smith,
Cortland, Jonathan)
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
3/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 Tablespoons butter 
1 egg yolk
1 Tablespoon milk
Directions:
1. In a large bowl, toss the sliced apples with lemon juice.
2. Combine sugars, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg; add to apples and toss well to coat.
3. Fill pastry lined 9 inch pie pan with apple mixture. Dot with butter.
4. Place second crust on top of pie filling, cut slits in top of crust to vent. Seal the edges of the crust with a fork or by hand.
5. In a small bowl, beat the egg yolk and milk. Brush mixture over top crust.
6. Bake at 425 degrees F for 15 minutes.
7. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F and bake 40-45 minutes more or until crust is golden and filling is bubbly.

Flaky Pastry Pie Crust Recipe
Makes two 9-inch pie crusts
Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1 cup butter, chilled and diced 
1/2 cup ice water
Directions:
1. Combine the flour and salt in a large bowl.
2. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
3. Stir in the ice water, a Tablespoon at a time, until the crust mixture forms a ball.
4. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
5. Sprinkle flour onto rolling surface. Roll dough out, then divide in half. Roll each half to fit a 9-inch pie plate.
6. Place crust in pie plate, pressing evenly into the bottom and sides.

Author Extra: Silent One by Kari Jo Spear

Silent One by Kari Jo Spear

Gareth's life is violent, frightening, and lonely. Abandoned by his parents and left to a series of harsh foster homes, he becomes as tough as the scar on his cheek. Death and destruction follow him. Sometimes, it actually seems like people are trying to kill him. By the time Gareth is in high school, friends are a luxury he can do without.

But deep inside, Gareth is tender, compassionate, and very gay. The only living soul Gareth lets into his heart is a silent young man who keeps saving his life. Every time Gareth gets a good look at his guardian, the man
mysteriously vanishes. Does he even exist? Gareth isn't sure, until the day at school when his world implodes. Teachers suddenly know way more about him than they should. His secret guardian lies wounded on the darkroom floor. Before Gareth knows it, he and his guardian are on the run. Not only is Gareth more important than he ever dreamed, but the future of an entire planet depends on him. It's going to take all the courage and love Gareth has to face his destiny.

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Author Extra: Fair Catch by Del Darcy

Fair Catch by Del Darcy

When Blake Thompson meets Alex Ayers, his rival on the football field, the attraction is instant. For one tumultuous high school season, their teams clash as they fall in love. 

Playing for the Mustangs, Blake works to carve out a place for himself in the always-frustrating role of backup quarterback. He tries to put out of his mind how unlikely it is that someone like him -- a little too short, from a backwater town -- could make it in college football.

Alex is now with the rival Patriots, poised to add to his string of records in placekicking. His family has bounced from town to town across the Midwest, spending barely a year in any one place because of his dad's construction jobs. The college scouts are starting to notice Alex, and a bright future in football beckons.

Blake is able to put aside his feeling that he's just trailing in Alex's wake, overshadowed by Alex's star quality, until Alex gets a scholarship to a prestigious Texas school.

Will jealousy destroy Blake's regard for his boyfriend? Can Alex learn to settle down and trust someone, despite his vagabond life? If he leaves, what becomes of their love affair?

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This is an outtake from the novel; a missing scene, as it were.

The slice of New Orleans visible through the hotel drapes looked alluring and glittering. It was supposed to be a wide open town, wide open for anything. Alex sighed.

There was a sharp knock at the door, and when he answered it, he was quite surprised to see Rob King.

“Hey, step out here a minute,” the trainer urged. 

Rob had a leather jacket on, and slacks instead of jeans, and Alex did a double take because Rob had all his earrings on. All those holes that Alex had noticed, always empty when Rob was working, were now full of little
hoops and shining silver studs. A thrill of excitement twined in Alex's stomach as he noticed that the shirt Rob had on under his black button-up was mesh.

Rob looked up and down the hall. It was empty. He leaned in and whispered, “I’m going out and I want some company, okay? Nobody should miss New Orleans, Alex, especially not one of the family.”

“But, what about curfew? And the room checks?”

Rob reached into his back pocket and pulled out a key card. “This is the master. We’ll go down the service elevator and come back the same way. I know some people, okay? No one will see us. I’ll get you in and out of here, if your roommate will cover for you.”

Alex hesitated. “You’ll take care of it? We won’t get caught?”

Rob’s smile was feral. “I never get caught, honey. It’s the first rule.”

***

Alex hadn’t danced so much since he had left Riverside. They hadn’t gotten any eyeliner, though Rob kept insisting Alex should wear some and threatening to ask for some from the drag queens he had chatted up. Eyeliner was becoming the running joke of the night. Alex was stunned by everything he was seeing. There was a whole strip of gay bars, and there were drag queens, and leather queens, and yuppies, and men in jeans and no shirts who obviously spent twenty-four/seven weightlifting, and transvestites, and rowdy guys drinking and dancing and groping each other to loud music of every description, and it was just incredible.

***

It was very very late. They were walking along some street in the Quarter, draped in beads, trying to decide if they were hungry enough to stop and eat something.

“I need a souvenir,” Alex announced. “I need the perfect souvenir. I need something.”

“You already have it: Beads,” Rob suggested. A dozen strands of the Mardi Gras style trinkets clicked and swung around Alex's neck. Rob twined some around his finger. 

“No. Too ordinary. I need... something.”

“A voodoo doll.”

“No, no....” Alex staggered to a halt in front of tattoo parlor, which was lit up despite the hour. “Do they take plastic?” he asked.

***

Dawn was bright in a deep blue sky as their cab pulled up to the service entrance of the Sheraton. Alex was stiff and stumbling as he emerged from the back seat. Rob looked all around, but there were no witnesses. They ducked into a loading dock, Alex limping a little, and sure enough, Rob’s key card worked in the service door. Through a series of fire stairwells and elevators, they arrived back at the ninth floor.

“You good? You sore?” Rob asked, putting his hands in his pockets. He had traces of lipstick on his mouth, the remnants of kissing some of the drag queens, but no other visible evidence of their night.

“No, but I will be when the alcohol wears off,” Alex whispered, leaning against his door, his own keycard in his hand. Rob patted Alex’s hip and rearranged the exposed edges of the gauze where they stuck up from the waistband of his jeans. Alex’s shirt was still unbuttoned, the tails hanging loose, and his belt was fastened on the first notch so that it wouldn’t rub on the bandage.

Rob said, “It was a night to remember, yeah?”

“Laissez les bon temps rouler, man,” Alex said. He wanted to kiss him, but he knew that was over; gone with the night and the lights of the Quarter. Shit, his head hurt. Tomorrow -- today -- whatever -- was gonna be a bitch. Rob patted his cheek and turned away, toward the main elevators. Alex opened the door and slipped into his room.