Wednesday, October 31, 2012

BDSM Day Winner

I'm a little behind, but better late than  never.

Congrats to Chris Muldoon - winner of a Torquere gift certificate. Here's the official answers

Montana - orgasm control/denial (though the answer of "Billy" amused me greatly and isn't wrong)
Jeremy - slit penetration
Jim - spanking
Mike - breath control
Dent - enema/medical scenes
Denny - Shaving

Happy Halloween all!

Sean Michael
smut fixes everything
www.seanmichaelwrites.com

On Sale This Week

This week we have 56 Halloween titles on sale at 20% off!

Check them out.

Happy Halloween! New Release Day!


You Think You Know Someone…
By: Glyn Soitiño
39 pages / 10900 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-388-7
$2.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=3736
Blurb:
It's Halloween, and incubus Rafael is looking forward to a fun night out with his lover, demon-hunter Dominic. But Halloween can be a busy time of year for demon-hunters, and Rafael is not surprised when Dominic has to go to work instead.
Dominic and Rafael have been together for a long time, and Dominic thinks he knows just about everything there is to know about his sweet little twink of an incubus. But Dominic's mission this evening does not go at all according to plan, and tonight he's about to find out that sometimes, though you may think you know someone, you really don't know them at all.

Fanged Trouble: Halloween Surprise
By: Winnie Jerome

29 pages / 7800 words
$2.49
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=3733
Blurb:
Unlikely couple Philippe and Adam from "Fuchsia: Fanged Trouble" are back. It's been two years since the zombie invasion, and the glare of publicity has waned. Adam has now traded his nights taunting vampires for nights managing his corporation. The formerly carefree shifter has become someone who's all work and no play.
To fix this, Philippe has planned a Halloween date night. Adam isn't as enthusiastic, and his reluctance touches off a fight. Now Philippe has to win Adam back, even if it means treading where no vampire has gone before -- into the turbulent waters of social media.

Earth Mystical Convergency
By: Katherine Halle
18 pages / 4500 words
$1.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=3735
Blurb:
It's Halloween, and Greg's restaurant is preparing for a big night, with orange and black decorations and a pumpkin-themed menu. His boyfriend, demon hunter Lane, is out with two of their friends on some unknown excursion, and Greg can't help but worry when they are running late for their reservation. Lane promises the night will be uneventful, but honestly Greg is hoping for a little bit of action himself, but not the demon kind of action. Take one horny chef, one demon hunter in serious need of a vacation, add in Halloween and see what brews.
Greg and Lane originally appeared in A Watched Demon Always Boils.

The Nemesis
By: Mel Spenser
18 pages / 4300 words
$1.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=3734
Blurb:
During the Halloween season, Jimmy is visiting his cousin who lives in a small town. He’s from the big city, and unknowingly walks into a bit of a tense situation. Can this hip young guy overcome an obstacle when he meets a nice looking local man?

Oubliette
By: Giselle Renarde
27 pages / 6700 words
$2.49
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=3732
Blurb:
Miranda and Saba always fight on vacation. When they visit a castle that's been converted into a luxury hotel, they miss the evening ghost walk because they're too busy arguing. The couple tries to catch up with the group, but they stumble upon a mysterious woman in need of help. There's no staff around, so Miranda and Saba take her up to their room. Where did Oubliette come from? Why is she so dirty? What's with the clothing that went out of fashion three hundred years ago? And does Oubliette have the power to reunite two lovers who have been at each other's throats all night?

Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell
By: Charlotte Jennings
17 pages / 4500 words
$1.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=3731
Blurb:
Kate is a shy redheaded girl who doesn’t hold a high opinion of Halloween, and is especially not happy being in any sort of spotlight. Maria is a tall, sensuous, and charismatic beauty who oozes confidence, and certainly doesn’t shy away from any situation.
Maria invites Kate along to a Halloween party with every intention of showing her the true meaning of the holiday. What happens when the two come together? Will Maria show Kate that being someone else for a night is a good thing? Or will Kate teach her a trick or two?

The Thirteenth Halloween
By: Kallysten
30 pages / 8000 words
$2.49
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=3730
Blurb:
When, after twenty years, Thomas returns to the home he shared with Jim, his mind is filled with memories both sweet and bitter. They were once happy there, but when Jim discovered that Thomas was a wizard, he felt betrayed enough to kick Thomas out of his life.
Jim has now passed away, leaving the house to Thomas, and Thomas soon realizes that he wasn't the only one who regretted the way they parted. With Halloween strengthening the ghostly presence of Jim in the house, Thomas might just get the chance to say goodbye... or even more.
Coming Next Week...
Attitude on Wheels by Sean Michael

Bay Leaves and Bachelors by Ari McKay

Sips:

The Bigger They Are, The Harder They Fall by Tam Ames
Coming Next Week from Prizm Books...

Alabaster by Nick Hirsch

Monday, October 29, 2012

Meme Monday: Favorite Spooky Story

What is your favorite spooky story from your childhood?

Coming This Week

Coming on Wednesday:
Fanged Trouble: Halloween Surprise by Winnie Jerome (Short Story, M/M) 
Philippe from “Fuchsia : Fanged Trouble” has his hands full in a romp by Winnie Jerome. His bond-mate is not speaking to him, and he may actually have to learn social media. What's an old-fashioned vampire to do? 

Mystical Convergency by Katherine Halle (Short Story, M/M) 
It's Halloween and Greg and Lane are celebrating with friends.  Lane promises the night will be uneventful, but honestly Greg is hoping for a little bit of action himself, but not the demon kind of action.  Take one horny chef, one demon hunter in serious need of a vacation, add in Halloween and see what brews. 

Nemesis by Mel Spenser (Short Story, M/M) 
Getting to know a great looking guy a little better should be easy; except when there’s a big obstacle that could keep him at arm’s length. 

Oubliette by Giselle Renarde (Short Story, F/F) 
When Miranda and Saba miss the nightly ghost walk at their castle hotel, they stumble upon an injured young woman in period dress.  Who is the mysterious Oubliette? 

Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell by Charlotte Jennings (Short Story, F/F) 
Kate is unsure when Maria asks her along to a Halloween party; drawing attention to herself just isn’t something that appeals to her. Never the less, Kate shows up at the party dressed to impress, but is she about to get a little more than she bargained for?  
The Thirteenth Halloween by Kallysten (Short Story, M/M) 
Twenty years ago, Jim and his wizard lover Thomas parted ways, but they never stopped loving each other and even death will not keep them apart when Thomas finally returns.

You Think You Know Someone by Glyn Soitino (Novellla, M/M) 
Everyone keeps secrets, even from the person they love. But when it comes down to either revealing your secrets or seeing that person die, do you really have a choice?

Sunday, October 28, 2012

I'm Late

I'm late, I'm late...I'm very very late. Woops. I'll blame it on my birthday festivities and the atrocious weather. What's up in Missouri land lately? Well, for one I'm another year older, so--eh. I recently learned to drive a manual transmission, so--eh.

On to more exciting things. Such as: This month saw the release of Happy Halloween, a short story all about Jack Winchester of The Night Wars series.

Jack’s past has always been something of a question mark, until now. On Halloween, an eighteen-year-old Jack found himself in a world of trouble, and headed straight toward the man who would take him from hustler to cop.

Ooh. Backstory! I love backstories...

Speaking of The Night Wars, and short stories. Fiends in Low Places is now available as a free-read on GR.

Simon Murphy, psychic and former thief is trying to rekindle the romance between himself and his FBI beau, Gabriel. The two of them have gone from being on opposite sides of the law, to the same side, to fighting over cases. At each step they've been drawn closer together and thrown apart over their constant fighting. Can a pizza date fix this mess? Or will the vampire mobsters after Simon ruin any chance Simon has of being with the man he really loves?


And finally, another Night Wars free read is up on my blog. I'll be doing an ongoing monthly/bi-monthly posting of Station House Six.

Wayland, vampire hunter and Night Shift officer, is forced to take on something he never wanted; a partner. With Inspector Mulhaney breathing down his neck, a rotating shift of captains because no one really wants to run a station house full of pale, creepy fellows with garlic breath, Wayland is going to have to find a way to get along with his new partner--or at the very least, not get the guy killed. 

And last, but not least, keep yours out for a special Halloween story coming to the blog on...Halloween, of course. 

Thanks for bearing with me. 

Cheers, 

Missouri.  

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Selling Mars - Chapter 1 Excerpt

Moonlight filtered through the mist that rolled over the Downs, momentarily turning everything a ghostly white before the moon slid back behind the clouds. Heavily loaded, the brougham rumbled along empty, winding roads and passed a small, still harbor. In the moonlit sea a few fishing boats bobbed, resting for the night --unlike the brougham's two passengers.
As it wound over the final hill, the sprawl of Svenfur came into view, stretching away before them. Amid the smog stood the beacon of the Terminus, its structure towering over all around it, glass and steel stretching for the heavens with the promise of adventure.
Cedo sat silently, watching as the world passed by, not knowing if he would ever see it again. In his soul lay the haunting fear that he may never return. He had read tales about the Dynasty in the periodicals. Tales of torture camps, forced pregnancy, and strange, unspeakable creations. People, it seemed, had gotten word out of horrific public executions, secretive organizations hidden beneath the mountains, and odd beings in the skies. But he knew, despite all that he had read, that he had to try and find Erus, even if it cost him everything. Beside him, Billy rambled on, his voice a distant whisper, sounding as if it were drifting up from beneath the earth. Words were jumbled together, making no sense to the worried Cedo.
Beside them the city jerked by as the carriage stopped and started, Svenfur as wide awake and playful as ever. Pedestrians charged across the road while carriages and trade carts and trams and omnibuses and the ever-multiplying walking machines crammed the road. All of them bottlenecked around the Terminus, trying to avoid the gaping, steam spewing holes burrowed beneath the buildings and streets. Beside the holes, clutching placards and with sandwich boards hooked around their necks, stood a small army of red-faced protesters. In amazement, Cedo stared at them, unable to hear their screams over the noise of the city. Scrawled upon the boards were words demonizing the building of the subterranean railway. It would break apart the country! It would break apart the globe! It would release the trapped spirits of the evil dead to walk the earth!
Cedo sighed and sat back as the protesters glared into their carriage, eyes bulging and mouths spraying white froth upon the window, as if Cedo and Billy were the evil dead they so feared.
"Bloody idiots," Billy hissed.
Lifting his eyes, Cedo nodded, his mind a million miles away, floating on the gentle breeze to wherever his Master was.
The Terminus was alive with the bustle of late night departures. At every platform stood a giant locomotive, stretching upwards and brushing the arched roof of the building, miles of multi-layered carriages curving away behind them. The entire city seemed to have descended on the Terminus as people moved around, boarding the massive steamer trains that would carry them to the ports in the east and west and aboard ships or dirigibles. Whistles, bells, voices, and the rasping of metal crowded the air in an overwhelming cacophony. Standing amid it, Cedo watched as one train began to pull out, wheels rolling uselessly against the rails before grabbing purchase and beginning to move forward, several hundred tons of metal and wood creaking behind it. As it eased out, so another arrived, signaling its arrival with a blast of a booming horn. Beside him, as tall and proud as when they had first met, stood Billy, silent for the moment, his hands clasped around the handles of the trolley piled with their belongings. The nerves grew, rolling over him in waves of cold anticipation and dread. He knew not what they would face, knew not what lay beyond the coast of their country. Stomach churning, he looked to Billy, blues eyes nervously returning his glance.
"You buy the tickets while I go and find the train."
Nodding, Billy turned to leave but, before he could depart, Cedo caught his friend's wrist and pulled him back. Draping his arms around Billy's neck, he gave him the gentlest of kisses. "Thank you," he murmured, "for all of this."
Arms tightened around his waist, the hustle and bustle momentarily forgotten. "Never a problem, Cedo, mate."
Giving him one last smile, Cedo leaned his weight against the trunk-laden trolley and moved to find their train.
Flames spewed from the twin smoke stacks of the locomotive as Cedo pulled up alongside it. A roar filled the air as it let off steam, scalding water streaming from the boiler and onto the tracks below. It was a sight to behold, the engine and its multi-layered carriages. Pipes trailed from the near-invisible roof of the Terminus and into the engine, feeding it with water and power. Cedo paused to admire it, a great beast, slumbering for a moment.
Walking the immense length of the train, Cedo counted off the carriages. First class would have afforded them an entire story of a carriage to themselves, complete with dining room and luxurious, thick beds, but it was a price that Cedo was unwilling to pay. Perhaps on the way back, if they were successful and still had money. Cedo had no idea how many people still used first class, especially when going overseas, not now that airships were becoming the norm. Second class would give them a room, barely big enough to contain them both no doubt, but it would afford them privacy, a bed, and a table on which to finalize their plans. Third class may have sufficed but it would have meant a cramped seat in a packed carriage. Lastly, there was cattle class. Which was exactly that, the class for the poorest of the poor, the lowest of the low who, for a florin or two could travel with the farm animals destined for slaughter.
They had not reached that point, at least not yet.
Pushing the trolley along the carriages, Cedo walked until numbers painted on the dark wood changed from 1 to 2. Each carriage door had been swung open, showing off bustling porters, spiral staircases, and passengers beginning to fall into a state of relaxation.
"Needin' an 'and there, sir?" Wheeling around, Cedo found himself face to face with a smartly dressed porter. Gold piping decorated his dapper red uniform and his eyes twinkled as he adjusted the red and gold box hat on his slick, greased hair.
Cedo leaned against the luggage. "Indeed, I do need a hand."
"Good on ya, sir. Good on ya." The boy, who could not have been much older than he and Billy, reached into a pocket and pulled a book from it. "'ow many bags you got, then?"
Trying not to appear flustered, Cedo allowed his eyes to roam over the trolley, its cargo beginning to list, threatening to spill its contents across the platform. "Two trunks and two carpet bags. The map tube and satchels I am going to take on board with me."
Licking his thumb, the porter leafed through the book, pages of pink slips flying through his fingers. Tearing four from the book, the porter proceeded to attach them to the luggage before handing the four identically numbered stubs to Cedo.
"There ya go, sir. Keep those about ya good person and when ya get to the other end, 'and 'em to the porter there. 'e'll fetch ya luggage for ya. Now go an' get ya self comfy on board an' I'll do the rest." With that, the boy grinned and leaned on the trolley, hand stretched out.
With a weak smile, Cedo reached into a pocket, produced a variety of small change, and dropped several grubby and worn coins into the boy's waiting fingers.
Collecting the satchels and the metal map tube, Cedo watched nervously as the boy rolled the luggage away. Along the underside of the carriage, several doors had been flung upwards and, into them, a myriad of different sized trunks were gently being sorted and stacked, all of them bearing colored tags. Looking at the crumpled ones in his hand, Cedo noted the consecutive numbers, all of them preceded by 2/2; carriage two of second class, he guessed.
Tossing the remainder of their luggage over his shoulder, Cedo grabbed the handle beside the door and heaved himself up the three protruding steps and into the vestibule of the train. As with the outside, the interior was covered with dark paneling. Small electric lamps jutted out from the walls, a narrow spiral staircase twisting up before him. To the left of the staircase was the door that led to the lower level of the carriage; there would be two more above him. Without a thought, he climbed, ignoring the second level and making his way to the third. The staircase led to a narrow corridor, curtains drawn over the rooms that were occupied. Cautiously, as if he were intruding on some private world, Cedo made his way along the corridor until he found an empty compartment. Sliding the door open, he stepped in and, with a sigh of relief, dropped the bags onto one of the beds.
As he had suspected, the room was nothing to sing about. It had two beds that pulled down from the walls. They became sofas once returned to their folded positions. Between them was a table, varnished and embossed with the red star insignia of the railway. Upon further inspection, the door beside one of the beds led into a small water closet, which, to Cedo's relief, was far grander than he had expected. The railway appeared to like to keep its second class passengers happy and had provided soap, towels and wash cloths.
Sitting on a bed, Cedo leaned against the window, stretching his legs along the neatly folded blankets. Suddenly he felt weary, his eyes dry and becoming heavy. No longer could he read the dining menu that sat upon a shelf beside the door. For the past few days they had not stopped, and now his body reminded him of that, muscles aching and leaden. His head rolled against the glass and he let his eyes begin to fall shut, the nausea of nerves throbbing away to nothing. Erus was out there, and hopefully still alive. It was a daunting task, traveling so far on the words of a simple, coded message. But he had to do it, not just for himself, not just for Erus but, it seemed, for the future of the country.
Smells and sounds assaulted his dozing senses, coal dust and steam, announcements and the constant squeal of metal against metal. Cedo could feel himself drifting, his body giving him reminders of the man he was chasing, a man who had loved and hated him in equal measures. But he had shown that he could fight as well as Erus and he was not going to let any animosity between them cloud the task at hand.

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Selling Mars is now available from Torquere Press and all good retailers:

Rae can be found online at:
 

Hello World!



Good morning from a cool and crisp England (just the way I like it!). Hope that you're all well and getting ready for Halloween, or whatever else is happening in your lives. :) Can't believe we're only a few weeks from Christmas. I keep telling myself it's two months (well, just under!). Makes it feel a bit easier to deal with!

I'll be taking over the blogs today and (hopefully) chatting about everything an anything. At some point they'll be chapter one of "Selling Mars" (sequel to Mars on the Rise) and perhaps a competition as well.If you enjoyed "Mars on the Rise", hopefully you'll enjoy "Selling Mars" as well.

Going to go and make a cup of tea so I'll see you all in a while.

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Selling Mars is now available from Torquere Press and all good retailers:
http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=97&products_id=3728

Rae can be found wandering the internet at:
www.raegee.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/thequeenofsteam

Review Round-Up Sept. 22 - Oct. 26, 2012

Welcome to our latest Review Round-Up. We hope you enjoy the reviews. These are the reviews that we have directly been notified about. If you have other reviews feel free to add them in as a comment.  Also you can email me directly throughout the month about reviews to have them added to the next round-up. My email for reviews is reviewcoordinator@torquerepress.com.

Rainbow Book Reviews

Salamander Moon by Kate Roman
Finders Keepers by BA Tortuga
Bound by Blood by Aaron  Michaels
Cereus: Opening by Sean Michael, Julia Talbot & BA Tortuga
Cereus: Building by Sean Michael, Julia Talbot & BA Tortuga
Switch by Sean Michael
The Wishing Book of Barnaby Sloan by Jenna Jones
Leather and Newfound Land by CB Conwy
Dead Cow Pants by Julia Talbot
A Most Unusual Courtship by Nancy M. Griffis
Counting Down by Kiernan Kelly
Steam Heat by Ari McKay
Oliver's Leather Adventure by Serena Yates
Take a Chance by A. Catherine Noon & Rachel Wilder

Top 2 Bottom Reviewers

Personal Fitting by Rob Knight
Moonshadows by Neena Jaydon
Starting the Roux: A Roughstock Story by BA Tortuga
A Fighting Chance by Andi Penn
Rockin' Headboard by Jamie Lowe
A Brown Eyed Handsome Man by DC Juris
Cartography for Beginners by Jenna Jones

Literary Nymphs Reviews

Taking Inventory by Sean Michael
Leather Work and Lonely Cowboys by BA Tortuga

Joyfully Joy Reviews

Dead Cow Pants by Julia Talbot
Leather Work and Lonely Cowboys by BA Tortuga
Couched as a Question by Jane Davitt
A Most Unusual Courtship by Nancy M. Griffis
Taking a Chance by A. Catherine Noon & Rachel Wilder
The Grass is Greener by Winnie Jerome
In His Corner by Charlie Cochet
Fair Catch by Del Darcy

Night Owl Reviews

Take it Slow by AKM Miles

The Armchair Reader

Slow Burn (Firefighters #3) by Tory Temple

Dark Divas Reviews

Cartography for Beginners by Jenna Jones

Coffee Time Romance & More Reviews

Rock Stars and Size Queens by Sean Michael
Moon Shadows by Neena Jaydon

Love Romances & More

Feeling Safe by Vic Winter

Hearts on Fire Reviews

Salamander Moon by Kate Roman
Bound by Blood by Aaron Michaels
To Dream of Her True Love's Face by Giselle Renarde
Taking a Chance by A. Catherine Noon & Rachel Wilder
Masks Off! edited by M. Rode with stories from Elizabeth L. Brooks, Charlie Cochet, Missouri Dalton, Katherine Halle, Sean Michael, Rob Rosen & BA Tortuga
Happily Ever After by CB Conwy
Dapper Gentlemen by J. Rocci
The Man Who Wouldn't Wear Leather by Aaron Michaels
Steam Heat by Ari McKay
Oliver's Leather Adventure by Serena Yates
Nothing Better Than Fine Leather by Katherine Halle
In His Corner by Charlie Cochet
Counting Down by Kiernan Kelly
Practice Makes Perverts by GR Richards
Touch of Leather by Lorne Rodman
Couched as a Question by Jane Davitt
The Wishing Book of Barnaby Sloan by Jenna Jones
The Grass Is Greener by Winnie Jerome

Pants Off Reviews

Moon Shadows by Neena Jaydon
A Brown Eyed Handsome Man by D.C. Juris

Elisa Rolle Reviews

The Ruby by Amelia June
Spice It Up: Tumeric, Voyagers by Keira Andrews

Confessions from Romaholics

Popping the Cork by Julia Talbot

Mrs Condit & Friends Reviews

Shot in the Dark by HJ Raine & Kelly Wyre


Brief Encounters Reviews

Leather and Newfound Land by CB Conwy
Personal Fitting by Rob Knight
Nine for a Kiss by Emily Moreton
Touch of Leather by Lorne Rodman
The Man Who Wouldn't Wear Leather by Aaron Michaels
Slow Awakening by M. Raiya
Counting Down by Kiernan Kelly
Brotherly Love by DC Juris
Practice Makes Perverts by G.R. Richards
The Grass is Greener by Winnie Jerome

Affair de Coure Magazine (Print Reviews)

Man of the cavebear
Kate Roman
Ebook
Torquere Press
ISBN: 978-1-61040-366-5 
***

    Kate Roman has developed a very strong story between Taran and his savage lover Roke. They find each other while Taran is on his rite of passage hunt for his tribe. Instead of killing his prey he finds another way to conquer his furry friend. His loyalty to his tribe pulls at him and he must make a choice between the life he lusts after and the life he is expected to have.

    The characters were well developed and the story was well paced. The writing was great but some of the plot points seemed a little far fetched. After a struggle with the tribesman Roke is attacked but doesn't get hurt at all not a scratch. Also the end seemed to be a bit too cliche for my liking.

Lenore Lovecraft


The Briar Rose: Hoarse Play 
Sean Michael 
Ebook
Torquere Press
ISBN: 978-1-61040-365-8 
****
    The lovely couple Jackson and Burger come to the Briar Rose BDSM B&B. They discover their deep love and connection through some rough play. This rough play is prompted and demonstrated by the owner Matt and Adam who are attempting to start their unique new business idea. In the end Jackson and Burger are closer than ever with all their relationship "issues" worked out. This is all due to the assistance of Matt and Adam and some time away from the lime light.

    The idea for the BDSM B&B us brilliant for starters. The characters were will developed and the pacing was spot on. I had a slight issue with the almost identical way that the two couples spoke to each other. It almost seemed like the author might have been writing the same dialogue or he could be suggesting the couples are not as different as they seem in the beginning. I am not sure of the reason for it so I had to take a star away but that was my only issue.

Lenore Lovecraft


A Fighting Chance 
Andi Penn 
Ebook
Torquere Press
ISBN:978-1-61040-359-7 
****1/2

    Taylor (Tazer) interupts his roomie Owen's romantic moment after returning home from the bar fight. He lost and is badly beaten and in need of medical aid. It is only natural for Owen to care for his "friend" and this leads to an awkward confession of love. The pair agree to give a relationship a try despite their fears of being hurt. 

    This was a great quickie. My only complaint is that it is too short. It would have been great to have drawn things out a little even the sex scene was a little too short. It was entertaining and a good read for those with a shorter attention span or just a need for a quick fix. This is however expandable into a longer decent ebook.

Lenore Lovecraft


The one that gave
Tc Blue
Torquere Press, Inc.
E-book
978-1610403689
****
Lex Harrington doesn't seem to have much luck with men, and being a nurse working long hours doesn't help the situation either. He meets Troy Bernay to discuss his clients son, Jeffrey Haskell, a patient Lex worked on a few days prior after a car accident. He has an instant attraction to Troy, but the threat of losing his job if he talks to the police or a lawyer has him keeping his distance.
Lex is surprised a few days later to find Troy at his friends house party and he decides to go for it, besides, whats the worse that can happen?
This is a good mix of crime and a great blooming romance. The characters are well developed and it has a interesting plot but there is a lot of unnecessary wording. Although, that doesn't make this read any less enjoyable.
Rebecca Halliwell

Moon Shine
Julia Talbot and BA Tortuga
Torquere Press Publishers
Ebook
978-1-61040-383-2
****

    When a moonshine runner is bitten by a werewolf he thinks things can't get more complicated but they can. Another victim of the bite finds him by tracking the person who bit him. There is an immediate connection and the two get together things seem to get so much better. They find something in eachother that they cannot deny of go without ever.

    The story was well written and the characters were well developed. Some issues occured for me when the person who infected the men came into play. It seemed too short and kind of rushed to me. It was also aparent to me that the phrase "possibly a shower" came in more than I would have liked to see it. Overall a good story.

Lenore Lovecraft

Repeating History: The Eye of Ra
Dakota Chase
Prizm Books
Ebook
ISBN: 978-1-60370-982-8
*****

    Two boys who are troublemakers start a fire and must get the items back to prevent them from going to jail. They are magically brought back in time to get the eye of ra amulet from king tut. After surviving a battle and saving tut they are given his amulet as a gift of appreciation. Upon their return to their private school and their professors office they know there are more relics to retreive from time.

    This series is great. The two boys have a great character development and a good natural way of communicating. It is also a good way to get history lessons into young peoples lives through some fun fiction they can relate to. Definately a good story that will lead to a long series of great adventures.

Lenore Lovecraft

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Spooky Halloween Sale!

It's Halloween, time for a spooky good sale! Just put 'spook2012' in the coupon code box any time you check out at Torquere Books before Wednesday at midnight to get 20% off your order.

Sale good now through Halloween -- that's October 31 at Midnight (est).

Celebrate Halloween with a spooky good sale 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.

Torquere's Recap of GayRomLit


Hey y'all! I am still recovering from my first year at GayRomLit.  It was an amazing experience for Torquere Press as a whole. I was able to meet SO many great authors, great readers and just overall wonderful people. The organizers Carol Lynn, Theresa, Ethan, Damon and Heidi were just phenomenal in all aspects.  The volunteers were just running their little butts off especially Brandi and Randy. They were everywhere all at once it seemed.  The events were great from the pictionary, kinky crafts, karaoke, scrapbook party and more.  Torquere hosted an great mexican luncheon down in Old Town were we gave away tons of books for NOH8, enjoyed yummy food and made a big announcement. 

Those of you that have been friends/fans of Torquere Press for the last almost 10 years know our history.  We were started by Shawn (BA Tortuga) and Lorna (Julia Talbot) because no one else out there at the time was willing to publish M/M.  They wanted a place that was a safe haven to publish what they were passionate about writing.  Well in the last 10 years Torquere Press has grown and flourished, as with any business there were some ups and downs but overall the company has had a steady upward growth streak.  Prizm Books is the Young Adult imprint from Torquere Press that was started in 2007 and has recently gone through a complete overhaul.  All this being said, at our luncheon Shawn announced that she is stepping down as President of Torquere.  Shawn is an author at heart and wants to write. That is her passion and what she "does".  Lorna also is working towards the same goal.  These two amazingly brilliant women knew that with the growth of the company continuing that this was a great time to pass on the torch. I, Kristi Boulware, have a background in business management and marketing. I will be running Torquere Press and Prizm Books as the General Manager and Submissions Editor.  We will be adding on staff as we continue to grow and hopefully by mid next year Lorna can also step down and focus solely on her writing.  We are so excited about the growth that is coming from updating our covers, adding special calls, opening new genres and so much more.

Now, back to GRL.  We also hosted a bowling party that the authors and readers seemed to have the best time. We laughed, cheered, jumped around, drank beer and generally had a great time.  Both of our events seemed to really help the attendees with the chance to get out of the hotel and have a chance to be out and about.

Overall GayRomLit was a great experience and we are already planning next year in Atlanta.  Hope to see you all there and feel free to let me know what types of great things you suggest us to do when we get there.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

New Release Day


Selling Mars
By: Rae Gee
282 pages / 79000 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-384-9
$7.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=3728
Blurb:
Erus Veetu, the self-proclaimed Angel of Death, is dead. Or is he?
Though executed for crimes against his own people, his body was never recovered, and a strange, coded note leads Cedo and Billy to believe he may still be alive. Following the clues, they head into untold dangers as they cross Europe and enter the secretive Dynasty. Captured by the country's brutal president, they find themselves trapped in an underground prison with no possibility of escape. Pitched against a world they could never have imagined, Cedo and Billy find themselves battling not only with a world which wishes them dead, but also against one another. Faced with a world on the brink of war and a barrage of deadly machines, they learn about the true meaning of love, life and freedom. Yet what else will they discover? Will they find Erus? More importantly, will they escape with their lives? Selling Mars is the gripping sequel to Mars on the Rise and will enthrall your mind and capture your heart.

Weird Science
Edited By: M. Rode
With stories by Elizabeth L. Brooks, Kiernan Kelly, Aidee Ladnier, Diana Sheridan, M. Durango, G.S. Wiley, Jade Astor, Alexis Hall

197 pages / 55000 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-385-6
$6.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=3729
Blurb:
Welcome to the world of Weird Science, the strange marries with gay romance to produce eight stories that combine humor, the paranormal and love.
Doctor Tentacles and the Pheromone Incident by Liz Brooks shows Carter playing the mad scientist, Dr. Tentacle, but no one draws his eye -- or his nose -- like the new intern, David. In Frog, Kiernan Kelly presents George, a college student with a brilliant mind. When a cutting edge experiment goes wrong, he’s left with an unusual result that tests the strength of his relationship with his lover. In Aidee Ladnier’s The Applicant, Dr. Forbes Pohle knows interviewing lab assistants can be a tedious process -- luckily the malfunctioning robot bear in the other room helps liven things up. Meanwhile, in Kevinium by Diane Sheridan, Matt lusts for hunky housemate Kevin, who sees Matt only as a buddy. Then Kevin invents a new gas that has surprising sexual side effects.
In Test Subjects by M. Durango, An ESP project introduces grad student Evan to sexy professor Marcus, but an equipment glitch may lead to more than they bargain for. GS Wiley gives us Love Potion 3.5, where diner cook Tony loves Marilyn Monroe and his Chrysler New Yorker, but can't figure out why he's a flop with chicks until scientist Frank moves in downstairs. Jade Astor's A Meeting of the Minds, finds Dane, a neuroscientist, studying ESP when he meets Jesse, who claims to be psychic, and seems to know exactly what is on Dane’s mind. Wrapping up the anthology is Bronze by Alexis Hall, where a shy watchmaker turns his talents to the creation of an ideal lover, but where does love begin and programming end?

A Fairy's Tale
By: G.O. Noce

30 pages / 7900 words
$2.49
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=3725
Blurb:
As the youngest and forgotten son of a local baron, Nathaniel Jones often seeks out adventure wherever he finds it. Then, one Halloween night, he encounters a mysterious stranger who seems as lonely as he is, only to have him disappear the next morning. Fourteen years later, after returning from the Napoleonic Wars, he meets an otherworldly -- yet, strangely familiar - man in the woods who changes the course of his life forever.

Earth Boys are Easy
By: Tam Ames
27 pages / 7100 words
$2.49
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=3727
Blurb:
Aran loves Halloween. It’s the one time of year when he gets to reveal his true form without fear of the mythical government agents coming after him. When he meets shy, sexy Booker at a Halloween party, he breaks his rule of never taking someone home when he’s in his alien form. Now he’ll find out if having an alien lover is something Booker can handle, or if Area 51 will become Aran’s new address.

The Mercy of Gulls
By: Tray Ellis
16 pages / 4200 words
$1.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=3726
Blurb:
Sean escapes to the edge of a lake to lament his broken heart after a break-up. His damaged soul is as cold as the October lake and winds, and his keen sorrow is a siren call to something out there, something that comes for him. They’re irrevocably drawn together, and Sean's wounded heart thrills to the offer of an entirely new kind of freedom.

The Witching Hour
By: Sophia Beaumont
28 pages / 7300 words
$2.49
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=3724
Blurb:
Doctor Jacob Tavers is a young, respected man in a picturesque Puritan village--who has a string of dark secrets. Jacob has been keeping his true nature under wraps for most of his life. Taught herb lore by his mother and medicine by his father, Jacob walks a fine line--one that threatens to snap when a neighbor accuses him of witchcraft.
To make matters even worse, the Inquisitor is Marcus Swan, whose deep blue eyes and fine legs are making it incredibly difficult for Jacob to hide his other secret: a deep attraction to the man who has been sent, in all likelihood, to kill him.
Prizm Books - Young Adult New Releases

Dromos
By: G. Arden O'Feden
11 pages / 3500 words
$1.99
Buy Link: http://www.prizmbooks.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=5_7&products_id=44
Blurb:
Thousands of people go missing each year, and Everett Lacrowe discovers where they go when he falls into a world where the only purpose seems to be collecting others like himself. While most people in Dromos accept their surroundings and use a pointless routine to distract themselves, Everett will attempt to find out a way out.
Coming Next Week...
You Think You Know Someone... by Glyn Soitiño

Halloween Sips:

Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell by Charlotte Jennings
Oubliette by Giselle Renarde
Fanged Trouble: Halloween Suprise by Winnie Jerome
Mystical Convergency by Katherine Halle
Nemesis by Mel Spenser
The Thirteenth Halloween by Kallysten

Winner of the New Amsterdam Drawing

Thank you for your time and interest in the BDSM chat today! The winner of our little drawing from all commentators is Tina. Please comment with your email address and we'll get with you on what prize you wish of works.

The following are all BDSM stories, as are a few of our donation stories:

The tale begins with Maxwell Clark and Daniel Germain in Hearts Under Fire, continues in "The New Deal," follows Lucian Gray and his entire vigilante team in Winter's Knight, and stops by the shooting range to get better acquainted with Ellis Parker and Clark in Shot in the Dark. H.J. Raine and Kelly Wyre hope you'll join them for a tour of leather, lust, luck, and love.

The New Amsterdam books, novella, and shorts are available in ebook and print formats from Torquere Press, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and many others.

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Hearts Under Fire
Ten years ago, Maxwell you-can-just-call-me Clark thought he would spend his life as a military man. But his world turned into a nightmare when a suicide bomber destroyed Clark's career. It's been a long road to recovery, littered with surgery, alcohol, and secrets, but Clark finally has peace. His bar, Glow, is the place to be in the city of New Amsterdam, the son of the mayor employs Clark as a confidential information man, and Clark’s side venture as part-owner of a BDSM club is quite the profitable release. Clark’s life is a good one, so long as no one gets too close.

Then a man walks into Glow who will forever change Clark’s rules and reality. Thinking Professor Daniel Germain is just another handsome face ripe for Clark’s kind of good time, Clark puts on his smoothest moves. When the professor turns him down, Clark goes on the hunt, and what he discovers shows him that even the deepest wounds can be healed by submitting to love.

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"The New Deal"
It's been a year since Clark and Daniel found one another in Hearts Under Fire, and the bartender and the professor have found harmony. However, Clark's work for Lucian Gray, the New Amsterdam Mayor's son and leader of an underground vigilante network, still continues, and it's not without danger. Clark knows it's only a matter of time before the risks become too great for Daniel to bear, and his prediction comes true when a BDSM scene turns into a captive discussion. Find out what happens when the men must balance life's passion with true love.

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Winter's Knight:
As the son of the infamous New Amsterdam city mayor, Lucian learned at an early age that power is king, love is for the weak, and a real man never has a use for tears or mercy. The only source of light in Lucian's formative years is Shea Ollivander, who gives Lucian the impetus to break free from his father's rule and leave the city. Shea is never far from Lucian's side, a friend and companion.

But after a lover dies despite Lucian's best efforts, Lucian returns home with a new purpose: build an empire of resources and men to destroy the sources of darkness that steal lives and souls. Shea's back in the city, too, and when three long years pass without contact, Lucian realizes he can't live without telling the man he loves that Shea is Lucian's only solace and reason for living.

When the inclusion of Shea in Lucian's life leads to a horrifying discovery of pain and suffering at the hands of the very evil Lucian wishes to annihilate, the prince of the underground realm must set his sights on a path of bloody vengeance to save his newfound lover from certain destruction.

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Shot in the Dark:
Ellis Parker is a military man who puts his faith in truth, duty, honor, and living for the moment. Keeping that peace isn't easy, and he reveres the person who helps him stay on his chosen path: Ellis' former Dominant lover and New Amsterdam's most well-connected bartender, Maxwell Clark. So when Clark makes a rare and unexpected offer that might let Ellis relive the days when Ellis was Clark's, who is Ellis to refuse such a chance?

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Now, we also have a new web site that contains all our works and more. Come visit us at http://www.chaosandwar.com!

Addicted to kink





Hi, CB Conwy here! I'd love to talk kink today - and why we read or write it. When I began reading M/M books, I had no idea that I was about to encounter the biggest addiction of my life. The point is that I was reading a lot of "real" literature at the time; I was finishing my Master's in Comparative Literature (and yes, that's one of those fields of study where you insist that there is such a thing as real literature). M/M was about as far away from the world of Flaubert, Mann, and Dostoyevskij that I could come - and I absolutely loved it.

I think it was the instant fix that did it for me. I simply loved the way that I could be sure to get a Happily Ever After as well as a guaranteed emotional release - every single time. "Real" literature gives you that sometimes as well, but not always - and it often comes with a price; the reading might be difficult, and the author insists on all kinds of artistic peculiarities. M/M romance is a lot more generous in terms of emotional fulfillment.

Don't get me wrong; I like all kinds of books, the difficult ones as well. I'm a book critic, and that means that I get to (I almost wrote "have to"; Freudian slip!) read a lot of contemporary literature - and it's great and exciting and interesting. But it seldomly gives me an instant fix.

I've gotten a bit more picky along the way, of course. I demand a lot more from my books today; the story has to be well told, and I like angst. I love angst, in fact:). Oh, and the kink. Jesus, yes, the kink.

I have a varied taste (damn, I didn't manage to write that without blushing) - but my biggest turn-on is the emotional release or even personal growth you can achieve with kink. The actions in themselves are hot; but what they do to people is what really matters to me - whether I'm reading or writing.

So, I'd love to hear your opinion: Why do you read (or write) this wonderfully kinky genre?

And if you'd like to read more, then I have a new story out recently (Happily Ever After), which is all about the emotional side of BDSM. Well, and about the kinky side, too, of course. And about Happily Ever Afters. Or you could go to my website; I've just put another two free stories up: His Something and Of Russian Myth and Lore (last year's charity sip).

I'm looking forward to hearing your opinion!