Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter Sale!

We're having an Easter Sale! Just put 'easter2013' in the coupon code box any time you check out at Torquere Books before Tuesday at midnight to get 20% off your order.

Sale good now through Tuesday April 2 at Midnight (est).

Celebrate Easter with a book 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.

An Undead Easter



I have to be honest with you, when I took this slot I had no clue the 31st was Easter. I had asked for a day in January, February, and March. As the day drew closer to my blog date I started growing frantic. I paced around the house asking my husband and daughter for insights, ideas, or suggestions.

“How the flying BLEEP can I write about Easter and zombies?!” I asked circling the living room as hubby tried valiantly to watch Storage Wars. The two topics just did not want to mesh in my mind.

“Why not have your main guys talk about Easter memories?” he offered, mainly to get me to shut the hell up I`m sure. I hugged him and then ran to the laptop.

 So, here are Paul and Gordon, my leading men from Two Guys Walk Into An Apocalypse, one of several stories in the He Loves Me For My Brainssss anthology, sharing their thoughts and recollections about past Easter`s as we sit down for a quick tête-à-tête.  I managed to catch up with the two lovers at an empty CITGO station just over the New York/Pennsylvania border. Amazingly there were still two Twinkies on the racks and so I shoved them into purse my for posterity sake.








*~*~*


V.L. –“First off, let me say that I am greatly disturbed by the image of an undead Easter Bunny.”

Paul-“The picture of a zombie rabbit upsets you but the undead employee lying over the counter with Gordon`s knife in his left eye socket doesn`t?”

Gordon-“Give her a break, Paul. She`s new to seeing this up close and personal.”

I turn my head as Gordon tugs his weapon free from the zombie`s head. He then climbs up onto the counter to sit beside his partner. I`m struck again at how handsome both men are. Paul is tall and fair with blonde hair and light blue eyes, whereas his partner is dark and swarthy, even taller than Paul, with lovely brown eyes. Both men are lean and hard from the rigors of survival in this brutal new world.

V.L.-“Well, yeah, the dead teenager upsets me as well, but the Easter Bunny? I recall how much I used to adore that fluffy little bunny as a child.”

Paul-“Sorry, I suppose one shouldn`t snip at one`s creator. I must ask this though, why couldn`t you have put us into a nice contemporary romance? Oh! How about an erotic gay western!? I could so see Gordon in chaps and nothing else.”

Gordon-“Can you spell ‘saddle sores’? Pass me that coffee pot.”

The pot is passed. Gordon drinks from the carafe. Paul rolls his eyes then rips open a bag of sour cream & onion chips.

V.L.-“How is it that you two are breaking fourth wall anyway?”

Gordon-“You tell us. I figured it had to do with your fixation with Deadpool from the Marvel Comics world.”

V.L.-“I do adore Deadpool.”

Paul-“We are not sitting here talking about comic books. Dear God, please tell me are not sitting here discussing comic books.”

Gordon-“Stop being such a little Annabelle.”

Gordon takes another long drink of cold, burnt coffee. He shudders then swipes his forearm across his chin. Paul shifts to give his lover a rather chilly shoulder. I find his sky blue eyes on me.

V.L.-“Sorry, I`ll try to steer clear of comics. What would you like to tell the readers, Paul?”

Paul-“Well, you asked us to meet you here to discuss Easter memories. I have two vaults. One that`s BCO or one that`s ACO. Which one would you like to snoop in, Geraldo?”

I glance at Gordon over Paul`s shoulder.

V.L.-“I`m going to have to ask . . .”

Gordon-“Before coming out and after coming out. Paul loves his witties.”

V.L.-“Ah, well, which vault are you more comfortable with?”

Paul, my novella storyteller, ponders for a moment.

Paul-“We`ll go with BCO, this way you won`t have to hear about my father`s thinly veiled hateful comments about to me coloring eggs pink and lilac when I was sixteen.”

Gordon squeezes his partner`s shoulder. Paul smiles back at his love.

Paul-“Yes, so, I remember when I was about three and-”

Gordon-“Wait, no one remembers shit from when they`re three.”

Paul-“I do.” He nibbles on a ridged chip.

V.L.-“I recall myself in a frilly dress and hat at around that age.”

Gordon-“Do you remember that, or did you see an image and your mind told you that what you saw is the memory?”

Paul-“Stop, please, do not pick nits. If the woman says she remembers a frilly dress and hat then she does. Of course, this is the same woman who can`t recall what kind of car we drive after only a few chapters, but who am I to bring up such a thing?”

V.L.-“You are such a pain in the ass, Mr. Cooke.”

Paul-“That`s why you adore me as you do. Anydoodles, I was perhaps three and my mother always left out carrots and milk for the Easter Bunny. Yes, Gordon, I know that is usually only done for Santa Claus but we did it for the Easter Bunny as well. Be a pretty Mary and sit there and sip your moldy coffee.”

Gordon-“It isn`t moldy, it`s just got a film on it.”

Paul-“Whatever, it`s your gullet not mine. So I was three and I came skipping out on Easter morning. I was quite the gay little lad even then. I minced before I walked, or so members of my family tell me.”

Gordon-“Jesus, are you telling me you knew you were gay at three also?”

Paul-“Sip and be handsome. So, when I came skipping out what do you think I found?”

V.L.-“A zombie bunny?”

Paul-“Honey, let`s try to focus on the here and now and forget about the undead bunny, okay?”

I catch Paul making circles beside his temple with a graceful finger to Gordon.

Paul-“I found a plate with one stumpy carrot on it. I could see the teeth marks that famous rabbit had made. Well, I began to leap and frolic about in unfettered joy. I stopped bouncing only long enough to relay to my mother that I was indeed the most fortunate boy on our block for not only did I have proof that the . . . Why are you making sounds behind me?”

Gordon-“I make sounds behind you quite frequently. You very rarely throw glares over your shoulder at me.”

Paul-“Those are yummy sex sounds not snorts of derision.”

Gordon-“I`m just having trouble reconciling the image of you at three years old speaking like the highly educated queen that you are. What kid says ‘I am the most fortunate boy on our block!’?”

Paul-“Nits, Gordon.”

I glanced from one to the other.

V.L.-“Sometimes it scares me how much you two sound like my husband and me.”

Paul-“We just say what comes out of that ribald little mind of yours, Madame Author.”

I flinch slightly when Paul taps my forehead. I notice his fingernails are slathered with dried black goop.

Paul-“I know, it`s vile isn`t it?” the man sighs yet continues to shove potato chips into his mouth.

Gordon-“He used to toss hissy fits if I didn`t wash my hands before coming to bed.”

Paul-“That was when we were first dating, and only because I had no clue where your fingers had been. We really have slipped in the social amenities, but, given what we are dealing with . . .”

Paul waves a hand stained with blood and coated with salt at the cashier who is really dead now.

V.L.-“Yeah, I bet that changes your outlook on boot trays and dog hair on the carpet. So, Gordon, any recollections you`d like to share?”

Gordon-“I remember when I was about ten and went to Easter mass with my grandfather. I had eaten half the deviled eggs he had made for the big meal, as well as a whole white chocolate lamb. We just made it into the church and dipped our fingers into the holy water font and the dozen eggs and lamb came up, right on the back of my sister`s fancy Easter dress and my grandfather`s shoes.”

Paul and I both gape. Gordon chuckles and rests his carafe of ancient coffee on a muscular denim-clad thigh.

Gordon-“I thought for sure I was going to get my ass reamed. Grandpa took it all in stride as he did everything. He hustled my weeping sister and I outside, paused to remove his shoes and dump the contents, and then loaded us into the back of his Caddy. He never yelled or hit me; he just shrugged and commented about the eggs being old. I really miss them.”

Paul leans to the left to drop his golden head to Gordon`s shoulder. A sudden noise jerks us all from our remembrances of those we have lost. A man runs into the locked doors, his left arm missing as is most of his jaw. Yellow eyes find us through the glass and he grows agitated, his moans ruining the serenity of the moment.

Paul-“Ah well, it was a nice respite while it lasted.” He slides to the floor, assisting me down with two hands on my waist, “Back to the car, the cat, the old man, and the plague.”

V.L.-“Thanks for meeting me and sharing. I know we`ll be seeing you fellows again soon. The contract has been signed for the first of a proposed three more books for you two guys and that first book is already in edits!”

Gordon-“Sweet. You stay inside until we let you know it`s clear. We can`t have our creator getting turned into one of these assholes before our story is done, now can we?”

I shake my head then demand a kiss on the cheek from my two favorite zombie slayers. It doesn`t take long for the guys to dispatch the wandering zombie, shout that it`s clear and then leap into their car. I make a dash for mine, after grabbing a couple peanut butter eggs that are really soft and hard to get out of the wrapper. I watch their taillights and hope that wherever they end up they have the very best Easter they can. And I hope the same for you.


Happy Easter!

V.L. Locey



Thursday, March 28, 2013

Coming Soon: The Hellfire Legacy


Fynn has seen ghosts, killed ghouls and parlayed with werewolves. This time, however, he’s in over his head. 


We're coming up fast on the release of the anticipated continuation of The Night Wars, The Hellfire Legacy.

The Night Shift left off with a few unanswered questions and the near death of several characters.



Everything has fallen apart. With the Night Shift HQ destroyed and supernatural murders spreading across Chicago, the Night Shift circles the wagons. Reeling from their losses, Fynn has to draw on every friend he has left to track down the monster responsible, a chase that will take his team far from home and the comfort of the world he thought he knew.

Questions about his family, an old feud and the Night Shift’s origins will bring Fynn closer to the truth, but he’s not sure he going to make it out of this one. He’s not sure he wants to. 


As you can see, things are getting dicey for Fynn and his friends. Old secrets, new allies and old will come out of the woodwork as the story unfolds to answer questions that Fynn has had ever since he was recruited to the Night Shift. 

I'll admit this book took me longer than I thought it would to write. There were a few times when I thought it would never be finished, a few times I thought I should start over and through it all I kept remembering that Fynn's story was one I had always wanted to tell, and I could buck up and finish it Goddammit. 

So I did. 

I hope all that work paid off, and my readers calls for blood are satisfied.

Cheers, 

Missouri

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Author Extra: Summer Storm by Molly Church

Summer Storm by Molly Church

One wet, wild summer day, Cathal, a young Irishman, is out walking along the
beach near his home, only to see an injured selkie stumble ashore. A
storyteller himself, Cathal feels a strange sort of responsibility for the
fairytale creature, and brings him home. Over the course of the summer,
their relationship grows into love, only for the selkie's mysterious past to
come back to haunt them. 

Buy Link:
http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=3849

Author Extra:

How to Feed Your Selkie (should you not have the option of a decent local
fish and chip shop):

Ingredients:

Imperial
Allow, per person:
3.5-5 oz smoked salmon 
3-4 oz pasta (a largish or thick pasta, for example tagliatelle or penne
contrasts nicely, but any pasta you prefer can be used.)
1-1.5 fl oz single cream
Also allow:
1 tsp salt 
Pepper and dill to taste.
1 tsp neutral flavored oil (for example grapeseed or sunflower)

Metric
Allow, per person:
100-150g smoked salmon
75-115g pasta (a largish or thick pasta, for example tagliatelle or penne
contrasts nicely, but any pasta you prefer can be used.)
30-40 ml single cream
Also allow:
5ml salt
Pepper and dill to taste.
5ml neutral flavored oil (for example grapeseed or sunflower)

Steps:
1.) Take the salmon out of the fridge and let come to room temperature
(usually about 20-30 minutes before serving)
2.) Measure out pasta, and cook according to the instructions on the packet.
In the absence of instructions, I recommend adding about 1 tsp/ 5ml salt and
1 tsp/ 5ml oil, covering with water that has already been brought to the
boil. Most dried pasta will take between 8 and 12 minutes to reach al a
détente stage (where it still has a bit of a bite, but is fully cooked). You
can cook it a bit longer if you prefer it softer. Some pastas, especially
fresh pasta, will take less time. 
3.) While the pasta is cooking, cut the salmon into smallish strips or
squares (there's no need to be very precise, but the pieces should be small
enough that there is no need for further cutting, once served).
4.) When the pasta is cooked to your satisfaction, strain it, and put the
pot on a cool ring or other cool surface. 
5.) Leave both the pot and pasta to stand, preferably separately, for a
minute or so, to cool slightly. 
6.) Now, add the pasta back to the pot, and add the cream, and dill to
taste. Stir well, so the pasta is coated in both. 
7.) Add the salmon, and give another stir. 
8.) Plate the dish, and finish off with a crack of freshly ground black
pepper, to taste.

Substitutions and variations:
1.) If you don't like dill, you can always omit it, or substitute a herb you
prefer, just make sure that the herb either doesn't need to be cooked or, if
it does, that it will cook thoroughly in the pot with the pasta.
2.) Finely ground black or white pepper, or cayenne pepper, can be added to
the cream before the cream is added to the pasta, if a little extra kick is
desired.

Author Extra: Incomparable by Julia Talbot

Incomparable by Julia Talbot

Nikolas is a performer at paranormal the nightclub Bloodrose. When it comes
to bottoming on stage, he’s incomparable. When it concerns dating
co-workers, Nikolas is on way shakier ground.

New bar manager Ashe has been told Nik is way out of his league. Maybe
that’s why he’s not prepared for what happens when the two of them begin
dating. Can the boys figure out their hang-ups before it’s too late for
their relationship?

A Bloodrose story.

Buy Link:
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Author Extra:

Cocktails you might find at the Bloodrose

The Werewolf

Ingredients
1 1/2 oz. Jack Daniel's Whiskey (more Jack Daniel's Whiskey drinks)
1 1/2 oz. Drambuie Liqueur (more Drambuie Liqueur drinks)
Instructions
Shake with ice and strain into a lowball glass.

Fancy Vampire
2 ounces Chambord raspberry liqueur 
3 ounces cranberry juice 
Splash of triple sec 
Splash of amaretto almond liqueur 
Grenadine syrup 
Sugar 
Ice cubes
Frost the rim of a wine glass (a red wine glass would be perfect) with some
sugar. Add a couple ice cubes to a cocktail shaker. Add the raspberry
liqueur and the cranberry juice to the cocktail shaker and shake. Strain
into the wine glass. Add a splash of triple sec and a splash of amaretto and
stir. Drizzle a bit of grenadine on top and serve!
Vampire Shots
1 ounce Chambord raspberry liqueur 
1 ounce vodka 
1 ounce cranberry juice 
Ice
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well then pour into
shot glasses.
Enjoy!

XXOO

Julia

New Release Day


Incomparable
By: Julia Talbot
36 pages / 10100 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-456-3
$2.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=3846
Blurb:
Nikolas is a performer at paranormal the nightclub Bloodrose. When it comes to bottoming on stage, he’s incomparable. When it concerns dating co-workers, Nikolas is on way shakier ground.
New bar manager Ashe has been told Nik is way out of his league. Maybe that’s why he’s not prepared for what happens when the two of them begin dating. Can the boys figure out their hang-ups before it’s too late for their relationship?
A Bloodrose story.

Light on Shadow
By: Cassidy Ryan
138 pages / 40700 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-451-8
$5.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=3848
Blurb:
After a chaotic childhood, Kit, a former street kid, found a home at Socair House in London. The only safe place he has ever known, he has made the shelter his world, staying on to help run the place long after he could have left.

When asked to spend three months in Cornwall helping to run a small medical practice, Kit is thrown into a panic at the prospect of leaving behind everything he knows to live among strangers.

He is welcomed warmly in Cornwall, and makes an immediate connection with Jude, one of the doctors in the practice. However, the past holds secrets that could ruin Kit's budding relationship with Jude, and destroy Kit's trust in everything he believes.

Masked Riders
By: Lucius Parhelion

90 pages / 25600 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-452-5
$4.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=3847
Blurb:
Jesse Putnam, once a union cavalryman and now a California rancher, has no one but himself to blame when he realizes the foreman assigned to help him investigate the problems on the Southern Californian acres of a railway baroness has a face that’s all too familiar. Even on the Barbary Coast of 1869, unknown vaqueros who share Jesse’s inclinations are few and far between, and Jesse didn’t even try to resist the heated attraction between them. But he never counted on his nameless companion of the previous night turning out to be Wardley Bridger, now his colleague and fellow investigator.
Bridger, at peace with his nature in a way Jesse is not, proves to be a calm and canny companion as they travel south and start sorting through a mystery that stretches out from the dusty Pueblo of Angles into the brush-covered hills of Ranchero Los Robles. But as the ghost rider’s threat overshadows both them and the ranchers of Los Robles, can Jesse still learn that friendship might merge with his shadowed hungers to gift him with a kind of bond he has never even dared to desire?

Summer Storm
By: Molly Church

20 pages / 5600 words
$2.49
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=3849
Blurb:
One wet, wild summer day, Cathal, a young Irishman, is out walking along the beach near his home, only to see an injured selkie stumble ashore. A storyteller himself, Cathal feels a strange sort of responsibility for the fairytale creature, and brings him home. Over the course of the summer, their relationship grows into love, only for the selkie's mysterious past to come back to haunt them. That
New From Prizm Books this Week...

The Easter Bunny
By: Charlie Purcell

13 pages / 3400 words
$1.99
Buy Link: http://www.prizmbooks.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=5_7&products_id=56&zenid=223b8259798f3e48668fa9ee73fa587d
Blurb:
Jeff has always found comfort in the sense of community he gets from his church. He grew up with these people, and they know everything about him… except that he’s gay. When a cute, new boy shows up as a volunteer Easter Bunny, Jeff decides to finally make a move, but the choices he makes on this Easter Sunday could completely change the life he’s always known.
Coming Next Week...
Hellfire Legacy by Missouri Dalton

Love is Blindness by Sean Michael

A Werewolf in Sheep's Clothing by Rob Rosen

New Next Week From Prizm Books...
Dreamcatcher by Iyana Jenna

On Sale This Week

This week we have books by Lucius Parhelion, Cassidy Ryan, and Julia Talbot on sale at 20% off!

Check them out.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Coming This Week

Coming on Wednesday:

Incomparable by Julia Talbot (Novella, M/M)
Light on Shadow by Cassidy Ryan (Novella, M/M)
Masked Riders by Lucius Parhelion (Novella, M/M)
Summer Storm by Molly Church (Short Story, M/M)
The Easter Bunny by Charlie Purcell (Prizm Short Story)

Meme Monday: GLBT Romance Facts

Let's see if we can compile a list of little-known facts about the GLBT romance genre.  What can you research and find?

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

New Release Day

Wishing you all a wonderful week and happy reading!

Flesh and Blood
By: Tory Temple
83 pages / 24500 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-445-7
$3.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=3844
Blurb:
How do you cope with the realization that not everyone respects your marriage? Chance Shanahan and Tucker McBride know being in a same-sex relationship isn’t easy or common for men in their careers. The two firefighters find ways to surmount the everyday obstacles, but eventually Tucker becomes more and more frustrated with the roadblocks two gay men must face. His anger soon consumes him and threatens the very foundation his and Chance’s relationship is built on. Is there any way that Chance can help Tucker see that the only opinion that matters is their own?
Originally published in To Serve and Protect.

Treat, a Hammer Story
By: Sean Michael
64 pages / 17000 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-453-2
$3.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=3843
Blurb:
Really on just on their feet again after their sub Peter died of cancer, Treat and Killian are thrown for a loop when Killian is kidnapped by a madman's brother. Shot during the rescue, Killian is injured, both physically and mentally.
Can Treat find a way to heal the new scars on Killian's psyche, or will this latest incident be the final straw?

Soldiers' Secrets
By: U Z. Eliserio

18 pages / 4700 words
$1.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=3842
Blurb:
Nathaniel and Ham are warriors. Nathaniel and Ham are lovers. A secret threatens their love, and an invasion threatens their world. Will they allow mistrust and doubt to destroy what they have? Or will the strength of their hearts defeat all enemies? Divided, they will fall, and united, they will win!

Strawberries and Salt
By: Kajsa Bristholm
11 pages / 2900 words
$1.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=3841
Blurb:
Kirsty's girlfriend is making preparations for her birthday: some sweet seduction is waiting for Kirsty in her bag. Anticipation is in the air as they try to get through their work days to meet for a birthday date. The prize for waiting is sweet, sticky, and mouth watering, like a birthday should be.
Coming Next Week...
Masked Riders by Lucius Parhelion

Light on Shadow by Cassidy Ryan

Incomparable by Julia Talbot

Summer Storm by Molly Church

Coming Next Week from Prizm Books...
The Easter Bunny by Charlie Purcell


On Sale This Week

This week we have books by Sean Michael and Tory Temple on sale at 20% off.

Check them out!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Coming This Week

Coming on Wednesday:

Flesh and Blood by Tory Temple (Novella, M/M)
Soldiers' Secrets by U.Z. Eliserio (Short Story, M/M)
Strawberries and Salt by Kajsa Bristholm (Short Story, F/F)
Treat, a Hammer story by Sean Michael (Novella, M/M)


Meme Monday: St. Patrick's Day

Do you do anything to celebrate St. Patty's Day?

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy St-Patrick's Day Sale!

We're having a St-Patrick's Day Sale! Just put 'stpat2013' in the coupon code box any time you check out at Torquere Books before Tuesday at midnight to get  20% off your order.

Sale good now through Tuesday March 19 at Midnight (est).

Celebrate St-Patrick's Day with a book 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.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Contest winner

Congrats to Moviefever, winner of a copy of Treat, a Hammer story. I'll send it over to you on Wednesday.

Thank you to everyone who let me know which Hammer character(s) you'd like to see more of. I think Oliver and Jack got the most votes. Unfortunately, they don't seem inclined to give me an actual story, although they are happy to appear in just about every other Hammer novel going.

They'll also be featured on my Livejournal tomorrow as a part of my St-Patrick Day snippets.

Happy St-Patrick's Day to all!

Sean Michael
smut fixes everything
www.seanmichaelwrites.com

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Contest!

Tell me which Hammer Club character(s) you want to hear/read more about in the comments before tomorrow at noon, and I'll randomly choose a commenter to receive a copy of Treat, a Hammer story. Character(s) can include guys who've only just been mentioned in the books, or who've had their story or part of their story told already.

Sean Michael
smut fixes everything
www.seanmichaelwrites.com

Treat and Killian finally get a story!

I get a lot of requests for Treat and Killian's story, but until recently didn't have the hook to write it. Their story from when they lost their sub, Peter, was just too painful and dark to write, and I couldn't do their beginning with Peter because of where I knew it wound up.

But when they wound up almost co-starring in Beaten along with Little Francis and Nick, I knew I had the hook I needed to do a story with them. In fact, I felt they deserved a story after what they went through in Beaten.

So Treat, a Hammer story, coming out March 20, gives them some closure post-Beaten and allows them a story all their own.

Treat, a Hammer story has hurt and comfort, it has some angst, it has arguing. It has laughter and loving, watching movies. Treat's Mom and Killian's two dads also show up as Treat and Killian deal with the latest bad thing that's happened in their lives and try to reconnect with each other.

Oh yeah, the name of the book. Well, how could I resist the many faceting meaning of the name? Treat for the fact that this is a 'treat' for the characters, and hopefully a 'treat' for the readers. and then there's the fact that one of the main character's name is Treat... I just couldn't resist.



Really on just on their feet again after their sub Peter died of cancer, Treat and Killian are thrown for a loop when Killian is kidnapped by a madman's brother. Shot during the rescue, Killian is injured, both physically and mentally.

Can Treat find a way to heal the new scars on Killian's psyche, or will this latest incident be the final straw?

Excerpt: 

Treat put the dishes in the dishwasher and puttered in the kitchen, trying hard not to think. Trying not to think about Killian being taken off the street, being at the mercy of those animals, hurting. Trying not to think about the broken cheekbone, the bruised ribs and sprained ankle. Trying not to think about how his lover had been shot.


Killian was home now. Home. Safe. Healing.

Treat had never been so scared as when Killian had been taken, and in the hospital. Never. Scared and then angry. Neither were feelings he wished to dwell on or re-live.

Killian didn't seem to want to talk about it. If fact, Killian didn't talk much at all. Killian just wanted to heal. Which, Treat supposed, was a good thing. He needed to be there for his lover, though. Even if Killi did want to talk about it, to re-live it.

He sighed and put the cloth away before heading out of the kitchen to find his lover. The living room was dark, empty, so was the office. He made for the bedroom, finding the light shining under the closed bathroom door.

He went in, putting a smile on his face; Killian didn't need his worries on top of everything else. "Hey, lover. Dishes all washed up."

"Hey." Killian was standing, looking at himself in the mirror, the lean body wrapped in bandages.

Treat's chest clenched and his breath caught for a moment. He forced himself to breathe and moved closer. "Hey. Maybe we've found your costume for Halloween."

"What's that? Kidnapped tattoo artist or escaped mental patient?"

He put his hands on Killian's shoulders. "I was thinking more Egyptian mummy."

"Maybe. I'm thinking about shaving my head."

He stared. His Killian? His Killian with the long, silky hair? His Killian shaving himself bald? The words hardly made sense to him.

"What?" He shook his head, fingers carding through the long locks. Soft, lovely -- Treat couldn't imagine Killian bare.

"I just... something new. Something easier. Something so that I'll be ugly."

"You couldn't be ugly if you tried, love. Why would you want to try?" Treat met Killian's eyes in the mirror. They were dark, hooded.

Killian shrugged. "I don't know. I'm going to bed. I'm tired."

It was like Peter had just died again. God damn those bastards, hurting his lover. Breaking down in a few hours what had taken years to rebuild.

Treat turned Killian and pressed their mouths together, kissing his lover, willing Killian to stay with him, to be present, here and now. Killian tasted sour, oddly like medicine, and he cradled his lover, letting the connection go on and on.

Treat breathed into Killian. It wasn't a demanding kiss, or a harsh one, but it was deep. Finally, Killian sighed, then relaxed, leaned into him.

Look for it on March 20 at Torquere Press!

Sean Michael
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