Friday, May 31, 2013

Two Guys, A Writer, Some Zombies, and an Eye on Idioms


Hello friends and fans! 

I`d give you a hug but we had to battle zombies to get here and I`m rather funky and definitely not sunshine fresh! It`s a pleasure to meet you. My name is V.L. Locey and I`m an author of romantic comedies for all, which means I pen the love and laughter for both readers of M/F and/or M/M tales.

In case you`re wondering who the two fine looking men behind me are, let me introduce the stars of my newest release Two Guys Walk into an Apocalypse 2: It Came From Birmingham. The blond with the devil in his blue eyes is Paul Cooke, and the tall, dark, and handsome man at his side is his partner Gordon Moretti. Just ignore the speckles of undead stuff on their clothes.





Paul-“See this is why I hate zombies! Look at this. What the hell is this? Smell this and tell me if this is brain goo or something from a bowel.”

Gordon draws back from the icky finger under his wrinkled nose. “Forget it, I`m not smelling your finger. God knows where it`s been last.”

Paul” Don`t play coy-boy, we both know where it was.”

With a wink Paul drops into a chair, leaving his love to mumble under his breath before taking his seat.

V.L. –“Oh-kay, moving on. Can you guys believe that you`re getting your own books? Are you as excited as I am?!”

Paul arches an eyebrow at his creator bouncing in her seat like a weasel on crack. “I`m happy yes, but not quite to the frenetic ferret stage,” he smiles, leaning back and resting a shotgun over his thighs.

Gordon-“I`m actually pretty tickled. I never thought when we first ran into Zendra and their miserable strain of terroristic super rabies, that we would ever be getting our own books. It`s rather humbling.” He too relaxes back, a deer rifle coming to rest on his powerful legs.

Paul-“It is humbling. Who knew the world was hungry for two gay men, a cat, a senile military man, and a world filled with undead. I personally think it was my killer wit, lovely blue eyes, and the way I turn a phrase. Plus, my knowledge of pop culture is without equal.”

Gordon-“Without equal now that probably ninety-eight percent of the pop culture mavens on the planet are either deceased or extra`s for Brad Pitt`s upcoming summer blockbuster?”

Paul-“Are they re-releasing Fight Club?”

V.L.-“Before we slip any further into a lovers war of words, why don`t you guys tell me about Two Guys 2 as its affectionately being called!”

Gordon pushes some a damp strand of dark hair from his face. “Well, Two Guys 2 picks up where we left things in the novella that appeared in the He Loves Me For My Brainsss anthology. Paul and I are about to head west to try to find a cure in the Zendra Laboratories plant in California. It`s me, Paul, our neighbor Colonel Richards, and our cat, Tallahassee. And yes, before anyone asks, she is named after the iconic character played so brilliantly by Woody Harrelson in Zombieland.  Trust me, if we had known we`d be living the same nightmare they did in the movie, we`d have named her something else.”

Paul-“We just adore Woody. Oh, sorry, did I interrupt? Pray continue sugar bumps.” Getting a long and quite tired look from his beloved, Paul pretends to zip his lips. Those of us who know him are aware this lip zippering will last less than two minutes tops.

Gordon-“Aside from Paul`s lust for Woody, Two Guys 2 takes the four of us - we count the cat as an us and not an it - and finds us on the road to the west coast. Things don`t go exactly as we plan though, and we soon find ourselves sucked into a face-off with Zendra and the US military.”

Paul-“We also pick up some new friends along the way,” he says before pulling a moue, “Well, some are friends. There is a particular newcomer to the story that is the human equivalent of a malignant hemorrhoid, if you catch my drift?”

V.L.-“Yep, your drift is caught Mr. Cooke. So I take it there`s lots of action and zombie slaying gory goodness in this book, as well as a touch of acerbic humor?”

Gordon-“Yeah, just a touch of the acerbic.” He smiles and shows me about a millimeter of space between his thumb and forefinger. “I live with Mr. Mordant if you recall? And wasn`t your mouth supposed to be zipped?”

Paul rolls his light blue eyes dramatically and clamps his mouth closed, leg crossed over knee, foot now bouncing rapidly.

Gordon-“There`s also romance, you know that goes without saying. And sex.”

Paul-“Hot monkey sex, but that may change in the next book if someone who`s name rhymes with Pordon doesn`t stop reminding me to zip my lip. Just saying honey,” the blond zombie slayer waves a hand in the air before returning to bouncing his foot once more.

Gordon shakes his head slowly. “So yeah, that`s pretty much the set-up for the book. Zombies, humor, action, gore, road trips, sex, and crude jokes.”

Paul-“I don`t make crude jokes, I`m too much a lady for that. It`s that thing that came north from Birmingham that`s so crass.”

V.L.-“On that note, we`ll call this interview done. Paul, Gordon, thanks so much for agreeing to meet with me to tell folks about your new book coming from Torquere Press. I can`t wait to meet you here when Two Guys 3 is released!”

Paul-“Oh it was our pleasure, pumpkin. Where are we exactly? I love the d├ęcor!”

Gordon-“It`s better than that gas station we met you in last time. This place doesn`t have dead zombies lying over the counter. Is dead zombie an oxymoron?”

“No, that would be living dead, babe.”

Gordon- “Ah, well, at least someone is retaining the important things about society.” Both men slowly push up from their seats.

Paul-“Somebody has to be in charge of keeping an eye on the idioms of the world.”


*~*~*


Thanks so very much for stopping in to get to know me and of course my stars Paul and Gordon. If you`re hankering to read a sexy M/M zom-rom-com you can find it right here-

If you`d like to read the novella that started it all, you can find Two Guys Walk Into An Apocalypse in the anthology He Loves Me For My Brainsss by clicking on this link-http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=76&products_id=3774

I love to meet and chat with new fans! You can find me at Facebook, Twitter, Google +, and here at my blog –http://thoughtsfromayodelinggoatherder.blogspot.com/


Yours in laughter and love-

V.L. Locey






Wednesday, May 29, 2013

New Release Day


Elder Petersen's Mission Memories
By: Jeff Laver
53 pages / 15800 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-478-5
$3.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=3892
Blurb:
Steve Petersen has been hoping his homosexual feelings are "just a phase." But as a nineteen-year-old embarking on a two-year Mormon mission in South America, he realizes those feelings are still there, and that he’s attracted to another missionary -- the companion he’s been assigned to be with twenty-four hours a day.
Set in 1972, less than three years after Stonewall, these missionaries have been taught by their church that homosexuality is an abomination, and those who suffer from those tendencies must repent. Worse, they're told that with God’s help, fervent prayer, and mind over matter, they can become heterosexuals. Steve's conflict is real and heart-wrenching; he’s an official representative of his church, but he's falling in love with his companion. Can he reconcile his church doctrine and the feelings in his heart?

Mountain Memories
By: Avery Dawes
71 pages / 21700 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-480-8
$3.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=3891
Blurb:
After a painful breakup, Jackson "Jax" Chamberlain, pianist and composer, takes a solo trip to the mountains of Colorado for a refreshing change of scenery. Mason Lake, a ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park, volunteers to staff a secluded patrol cabin through an oncoming snowstorm, partly to escape his sometime lover's demands for a more serious relationship. An ill-advised hike and an animal attack bring Jax and Mason together, allowing them to wait out the storm and explore a heated passion.
Their bliss ends, however, with the arrival of an unexpected stranger, a bullet, and Mason's lover. Will the men recover from such devastating wounds to find each other again?
Sips:

Cloth of Virtue
By: Lydian Harker
28 pages / 7800 words
$2.49
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=3889
Blurb:
Emperor Florian knows that his court is full of liars. To an emperor, an honest man is more precious than gold. Even emperors get fed up, though. In this spicy retelling of "The Emperor's New Clothes," Florian lays a cynical trap to punish his unworthy courtiers.
His bait lures unexpected prey: Adem, a palace gardener with an honest face and an eye for naked emperors. Is everything coming up roses--or has Florian beaten himself at his own game?

Summer Country
By: Camilla Gingold
29 pages / 7700 words
$2.49
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=3890
Blurb:
Recently divorced geneticist Tom St. Laurent is hoping for a quiet summer vacation. Then a mysterious man named Namir saves him from drowning and disappears, leaving a strange sealskin behind. Tom, who grew up hearing about the legend of the selkies, strikes a deal: Namir will allow himself to be studied for seven nights. In return, Tom will give back the sealskin and never bother Namir again. But science isn't the only thing Tom is interested in. When forced to decide between his conscience and the pursuit of knowledge, will he choose Namir's happiness above all?
Coming Next Week...
Fever Anthology edited by M. Rode

Featured Stories:
Cowboy and Indian by Rob Rosen
Heart of Dixie by Mychael Black
Two Buckets and a Snakeskin Suit by Aaron Michaels
Torn by Sean Michael
Ready to Ride by Katherine Halle
White Hat/Black Hat by Kiernan Kelly
Loose Riggin' by Julia Talbot
In the Pocket, a Roughstock story by BA Tortuga
Sip:

Cupid Knows by DC Juris
Tales of Leather Sip:

Boots and Leather by T. Strange

On Sale This Week

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Monday, May 27, 2013

Meme Monday: Sense Sacrifice

If you had to give up one of your senses, which one would it be? Why?

New This Week

Coming on Wednesday:

Cloth of Virtue by Lydian Harker (Short Story, M/M)
Elder Petersen's Mission Memories by Jeff Laver (Novalla, M/M)
Mountain Memories by Avery Dawes (Novella, M/M)
Summer Country by Camilla Gingold (Short Story, M/M)

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Author Extra: My Life as a Myth by Huston Piner

My Life as a Myth by Huston Piner

1969 freshman Nick Horton has problems. He suffers from bouts of
depression, he’s a high school social outcast, and he doesn’t understand why
he’s not attracted to girls. So when a series of misunderstandings label him
a troublemaker, he’s delighted to have Jesse Gaston and Jesse's gang
befriend him. Nick wants to explore his attraction to Bobby Warren, but
Jesse promises to give him a new image and soon transforms the shy loser
into an anti-establishment student hero.

Thanks to his new reputation, Nick finds himself besieged by would-be
girlfriends and expectations that he live up to his public image. As Jesse’s
PR campaign becomes more and more outrageous, Nick’s road quickly becomes
littered with ridiculous misadventures and unexpected psychedelic
explorations. Meanwhile he struggles to understand his emerging romance with
Bobby while dealing with the Vietnam War’s continuing impact on his family
and the dangerous goings-on at school.

Nick’s freshman year is a remarkable journey of struggle with his unwanted
reputation and his deepening passion for Bobby. Is a world still reeling
from the sexual revolution, Acid Rock, and the illicit pleasures of underage
drinking and pot smoking ready to accept two boys in love? Will Nick and
Bobby’s love survive or will the world’s prejudices drive them apart?

buy link:
http://www.prizmbooks.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=64

Author Extra:

I woke up sometime after dawn. I was on my back and Bobby lay on his side
with his left leg draped over me and an arm wrapped snuggly around me. As I
came to, I realized we were both uncovered, he was naked, and we both had
hard-ons. His rested on my thigh. Completely embarrassed, I began a slow
delicate process to untangle us without waking him. 

After I freed myself, I hurried to the bathroom, quietly closed the door,
and raised the lid just in time to explode. I stood there shivering until I
was completely drained and flushed the toilet. The bathroom had a small
walk-in shower with a sliding door. I got in before the water fully heated
up and let it flow over me to ensure I was fully awake.

I dried my hair with the damp towel. Bobby had rolled over and snored
quietly, now clutching a pillow. I finished dressing and watched him sleep
for a minute, taking in how perfect he is from head to toe. My God, he's
beautiful, I thought, and I felt myself stiffen. It took me a couple of
minutes to tear myself away from just admiring him. There are some things
you just know you'll remember all your life and I knew right then that even
when I'm a hundred, remembering him sleeping like that will bring out the
same feelings in me. 

The fridge had no juice, but I did find a pitcher of tea. Outside on the
landing at the top of the stairs, the morning air was brisk but not too
chilly. I left the door open both to let in a little fresh air, and so Bobby
would see me when he woke up. 

The morning light dazzled me. The tea had a nice calming effect. My mind
wandered as I took in the activities of the squirrels and the birds that had
not flown south yet. I tried to make myself one with the morning, to
experience cosmic awareness, but I ended up daydreaming. 

Sometime later Bobby hurried for the bathroom like I had after I became
vertical. He also showered and when he came out he unabashedly rearranged
himself as he came to where I sat on the landing. He either didn't notice me
staring or didn't care.

"Good morning, starshine," I said. 

"Good morning. You sleep okay?" He smiled and leaned against the doorpost.

"Like a rock."

Bonus Author Extra:

Friday, September 5, 1969.

Second period is undoubtedly the class I dread the most -- Physical
Education. I'm not very coordinated, and I've never been very good at
sports, even jacks. And PE is different from just playing a game with other
kids; you actually get graded on it. And that's not the worst of it.

PE students first gather in the locker room to change into workout clothes.
For me, this is awkward. See, in my family, nudity just doesn't exist. I'm
pretty sure my parents were both born fully clothed and still shower that
way. 

If a guy thinks you're looking at him too long, or in the wrong place, he'll
go out of his way to humiliate you. If you blush easily, it's open season,
and if your … uh … body reacts the wrong way, God help you. The trouble is
sometimes when a guy makes me nervous that's exactly my problem. I tend to
be nervous enough as it is, but we have thirty-three guys in our class. The
way some of them show off makes me very nervous. Talk about embarrassing!
You'd think "faggot" was my name! Today, I just tried to keep my head down,
change fast, and get out of there.

The right teacher could put a stop to this kind of thing. But there are only
two kinds of PE teachers in the world. The first kind is like Jack Lalanne,
super fit, and a firm believer that everyone should eat enough fiber to
orgasm every time they shit. 

The second kind is descended from the Marquis de Sade. These guys get off
pushing the athletic types to the limits of their abilities while they
humiliate the rest of us lesser beings. 

Our PE teacher, Mr. Starkman, is the second kind. 

I've already suffered through a week and a half of his taunts and put downs
so far. I just can't throw, catch, kick, hit, or keep up with the rest of
the guys. And the more I fail, the more he pushes, and the worse I get.

Today was the perfect example. While I attempted to shoot a hoop for the
fifth time, Mr. Starkman yelled at me. Needless to say, I missed the hoop
and backboard completely. Instead, the ball bounced off the wall and hit
Jason Sullivan in the back of his head so hard his glasses flew off and
broke on the floor. After that, Mr. Starkman banished me to the weight room.

Solitary. Just what I need, more "evidence" for everyone that I'm a
troublemaker. 

What I wouldn't give to be one of the jocks or Straight-A students; the
popular kids get all the breaks. Everybody loves them and they get to do
what they want. Everything I do backfires so I spend most of my time just
trying to avoid embarrassing myself.
Oh, on a positive note, my black eye is looking better. 

New Release Day


Two Guys Walk Into An Apocalypse Part 2: It Came From Birmingham
By: V. L. Locey
121 pages / 37400 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-476-1
$4.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=3887
Blurb:
Two Guys Walk Into An Apocalypse Two: It Came from Birmingham continues the story of our two favorite apocalyptic survivors, Paul Cooke and Gordon Moretti, who we first met in the anthology He Loves Me For My Brainsss.  This time around our two guys have to deal with the undead, military and pharmaceutical companies who may not be what they appear, cranky cats, a loveable Tennyson aficionado, trying to survive in a world gone mad, stumbling across possible new friends, and perhaps the most terrifying thing of all – the what or who that came from Birmingham!
If you loved the humor, romance, and zombie uprising frivolity of Two Guys Walk Into An Apocalypse  you'll want to make sure you grab your copy Two Guys Walk Into An Apocalypse Two: It Came From Birmingham as soon as humanly possible.

Flying With Dragons
By: Sean Michael
44 pages / 10800 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-479-2
$2.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=3888
Blurb:
Having annoyed the council, Grunk is assigned the job of Director of Human/Dragon Relations. Unfortunately for Grunk, he hates the city, he'd rather be in his dragon form than his human one, and he already hates the job even though it’s only his first day.
Then he meets his assistant, Kyfan, and he's instantly smitten. When he finds out that Kyfan has never really flown and rarely spends any time in his dragon form, Grunk is shocked and insists on changing that, immediately. After all, flying with the lovely Kyfan's way better than sitting behind his desk in his office.
It turns out that Kyfan is a lovely little dragon and once they've flown together, Grunk knows that they share a bond and he prepares to make his claim. The fact that it's going to annoy the council is only a bonus.
Mister, May I? Sip:

Captain, May I?
By: Kayla Bain-Vrba
27 pages / 6300 words
$2.49
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=3886
Blurb:
Kale and Monroe's favorite game to play is "Captain, May I" and not just because Monroe is captain of the starship Discovery. As intense and passionate as their relationship is, it's still a secret -- because Monroe is Kale's commanding officer. However, when their ship crash lands on a deserted planet and an unknown enemy begins picking off the crew one by one, Kale and Monroe are forced to reevaluate their relationship and the boundaries of the game they've created.
New this Week from Prizm Books...

My Life as a Myth
By: Huston Piner
225 pages / 66000 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-477-8
$6.99
Buy Link: http://www.prizmbooks.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=6&products_id=64
Blurb:
1969 freshman Nick Horton has problems. He suffers from bouts of depression, he’s a high school social outcast, and he doesn’t understand why he’s not attracted to girls. So when a series of misunderstandings label him a troublemaker, he’s delighted to have Jesse Gaston and Jesse's gang befriend him. Nick wants to explore his attraction to Bobby Warren, but Jesse promises to give him a new image and soon transforms the shy loser into an anti-establishment student hero.
Thanks to his new reputation, Nick finds himself besieged by would-be girlfriends and expectations that he live up to his public image. As Jesse’s PR campaign becomes more and more outrageous, Nick’s road quickly becomes littered with ridiculous misadventures and unexpected psychedelic explorations. Meanwhile he struggles to understand his emerging romance with Bobby while dealing with the Vietnam War’s continuing impact on his family and the dangerous goings-on at school.
Nick’s freshman year is a remarkable journey of struggle with his unwanted reputation and his deepening passion for Bobby. Is a world still reeling from the sexual revolution, Acid Rock, and the illicit pleasures of underage drinking and pot smoking ready to accept two boys in love? Will Nick and Bobby’s love survive or will the world’s prejudices drive them apart?

Refrigeration Blues
By: Richard Natale
19 pages / 5500 words
$2.49
Buy Link: http://www.prizmbooks.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=6&products_id=65
Blurb:
When you have the perfect lover and he’s suddenly taken from you, what’s the point of going on?  I mean, really. Might as well go out in a blaze of glory, or in this case, a chill of glory.  Of course, something could go wrong, and in Matthew Robins’ case, it almost always does.
Coming Next Week...
Elder Petersen's Mission Memories by Jeff Laver

Mountain Memories by Avery Dawes

Sips:

Summer Country by Camilla Gingold
Cloth of Virtue by Lydian Harker

On Sale This Week

This week we have books by Kayla Bain-Vrba, V.L. Locey and Sean Michael on sale at 20% off.

Check them out!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Meme Monday: Fantasy Time

Fantasies are a healthy outlet to spice up passions when things become routine.  So...

What is your wildest fantasy?

New This Week

Coming on Wednesday:

Captain May I? by Kayla Bain-Vrba (Short Story, M/M)
Flying With Dragons by Sean Michael (Novella, M/M)
My Life As A Myth by Huston Piner (Prizm novel, M/M)
Refrigeration Blues by Richard Natale (Prizm short story, M/M)
Two Guys Walking Into An Apocalypse, Part 2: It Came From Birmingham by V.L. Locey (Novella, M/M)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Author Extra: Country Messes by Jameson Dash

Country Messes by Jameson Dash

buy link:
http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=78_110&products_id=3883

Matthew loves his dog and his garden. He doesn't love the club scene. But
just when he's decided to stop looking, Amie drags him away to her
grandparents' beach house, where they discover Louis, her cousin, has been
hiding out all summer. He's there trying to write a musical; Matthew is
trying not to make a fool of himself in front of his three best friends.

It's summer savory which brings Matthew and Lou together, in the garden,
near the beach, on the last weekend before summer comes to an end.

Author Extra:

His Fairy Tale
by Paula Cabral
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – November 7, 2014

The rain let up for a magical hour last night, long enough for the Pacific
Coast Music Hall to roll out the red carpet for the opening night of His
Prince, a new musical. Written by Louis Stricker, and directed by Nelson
Fong, this queer re-telling of your favorite fairy tale tropes puts an
earnest spin on life and love, but don't worry: there is a happy ending (and
a pot of gold) waiting for you at the end. 
The stars, Michael Newman and Jackson Yu, arrived together, though they had
to tell each reporter on the line that, no, they aren't dating.
“My boyfriend hates this kind of thing,” Yu said. “He'd rather stay at
home.” 
The prince and his prince wore matching boutonnieres, tiny pink carnations,
on the lapels of their tuxes. Also spotted on the red carpet were pink
rubber bracelets for all the chorus children, and the good queen wore a
floor-length pale pink gown. Charlene Cavallo explained it was the theme of
the night.
“Lou told everyone to wear a little bit of pink.”
The writer himself wore a hot pink dinner jacket with white trousers and
white leather shoes. He didn't stop smiling all night, though whether it was
the opening night or the new man on his arm, Stricker wouldn't say. This is
the first show in six years for Stricker, who saw his senior year thesis
project move from the university stage to downtown Seattle theater row.
After a few successes and one very public flop, Stricker is back with a new
take on an old idea.
When asked if it was the man in his life who inspired the new musical,
Stricker wouldn't say. All Stricker would say is that the man's name is
Matthew, and he isn't an actor. Quieter than Stricker, happy to hang back
while the photographers flash and the reporters call out their questions,
the mysterious Matthew is dressed all in black—suit, shirt, and tie—except
for a tiny pink heart pinned to his lapel. When Stricker reaches back to
grab his hand and pull him to the ropeline, they make a great pair, in white
and black and pink.
Everyone with a ticket to the show ducks inside only moments before the
rain starts up again, saving their beautiful clothes and fancy shoes. The
fairy tale of the two princes is inside on the surreal stage, set to songs
you will be singing for days afterwards. But it seems Louis Stricker is
already living his fairy tale.
His Prince, words and music by Louis Stricker; book and direction by Nelson
Fong; at Pacific Coast Music Hall, 303 Pacific Ave; Wed-Fri, 8PM, Sat-Sun,
2PM and 8PM.

New Release Day


Country Messes
By: Jameson Dash
61 pages / 15000 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-475-4
$3.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=3883
Blurb:
Matthew loves his dog and his garden. He doesn't love the club scene. But just when he's decided to stop looking, Amie drags him away to her grandparents' beach house, where they discover Louis, her cousin, has been hiding out all summer. He's there trying to write a musical; Matthew is trying not to make a fool of himself in front of his three best friends.
It's summer savory which brings Matthew and Lou together, in the garden, near the beach, on the last weekend before summer comes to an end.

Lights, Camera, Zombies!
By: Kiernan Kelly
54 pages / 15400 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-474-7
$3.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=3882
Blurb:
After the Dante Comet passed, the dead rose and demanded their lives back. Trouble was, not everyone was happy to see their dead relatives show up for dinner. Laws were enacted, but rarely enforced. Zombies kept at least one foot in the grave, working at menial jobs for less pay than breathers, experiencing discrimination and hatred from almost every quarter.
Jericho and Dex are zombies living very different lives. While both have jobs on a film set, Jericho is out, hired as a zombie extra, but Dex remains in the closet, passing as a breather to keep his job as a make-up artist. They keep their relationship to the shadows for fear it might out Dex, and end with both of them in jail or worse.
When a bigoted director decides the world can do with one less zombie so he can get an Oscar-worthy death scene, both Jericho and Dex are forced to reexamine their lives and make some decisions that might tilt their world on its axis.
Torqued Tale Sip

A Wolf Brushed Red
By: Andie Johnston
25 pages / 7700 words
$2.49
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=3881
Blurb:
Rowan leads a quiet life, but a shortcut through the woods puts her in the path of something dangerous. Lily has held onto her memory of Rowan since a chance meeting when they were both girls. When they find one another again, they don’t expect to become so close so fast, but they’ll both discover that the danger hasn’t passed just yet.
Sip:

Sweet Tooth
By: Julia Talbot

12 pages / 3000 words
$1.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=3880
Blurb:
It's Alan and Shiloh's anniversary, and Alan wants to do something special to mark the day. Lucky for him, Shiloh has a huge sweet-tooth and all Alan needs to do to make the day special is buy chocolate covered cherries and candied pecans.
Shiloh's got plans of his own, too, and Alan's sweets will make the perfect dessert for Shiloh's steaks. That is if they ever get to the food; they can't seem to keep their hands off each other. Good thing they both think that's the best way to celebrate their anniversary, after all.
Originally published in the Pour Some Sugar On It anthology.
Coming Next Week...
Two Guys Walk into an Apocalypse by VL Locey

Flying with Dragons by Sean Michael

Mister, May I? Sip:

Captain May I by Kayla Bain-Vbra
Coming next Week from Prizm Books...
My Life as a Myth by Huston Piner

Prizm Pinch:

Refrigeration Blues by Richard Natale

On Sale This Week

This week we have books by Jameson Dash, Kiernan Kelly and Julia Talbot, on sale for 20% off!

Check them out.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Tranquility Bath

As Rachel and I work on the finishing touches to our sequel to EMERALD FIRE, we are reminded of the value of tranquility.  In today's fast-pasted world, tranquility is hard to come by.  What better thing than to look to our characters for some help?

If I were a Keeper and you my Contract, here's what I'd make for you:  the Tranquility Bath.

Yield: one bath for a standard-size bathtub.

Ingredients:

2 parts Ceara Sea salt (or, if you can't find Ceara salt, regular sea salt)
1 part Dead Sea salt
1/2 part Baking Soda (Bicarbonate of Soda)
1/2 part Epsom salts
5 drops lavender essential oil
3 drops bergamot essential oil
2 drops ylang-ylang essential oil

Directions:

Combine the salts in a non-metal bowl and stir to blend.

Put the oils, drop by drop, into the salt.  Stir to thoroughly blend.

Run the water as hot as you can stand it.

Pour the oiled salt into the water and let it dissolve.

Sit back and relax for at least 20 minutes.


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“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”
- E.E. Cummings

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Author Extra: Shel's Moor by Jessica Ennis

Shel's Moor by Jessica Ennis

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Cedric and his best friend and schoolmate Brigham can't resist the mysteries
of the Moor near Cedric's house, especially after hearing tales of a
monster. The monster they seek turns out to be a young werewolf living in
isolation -- who cannot risk word of his existence getting to the
superstitious townsfolk. In order to assure his continued safety, the
werewolf takes Brigham as a hostage. While Brigham faces confinement with a
monster, he will soon discover the young man underneath the legend.

Author Extra:

To celebrate the end of Garrison's first full year at Harper Adams, Brigham
decided a holiday was in order. The two boys finally managed to wheedle away
from Cedric and his girlfriend Harriet for one full week and absconded to a
beautiful seaside shack in Blackpool. The week was spent in delirious
ecstasy; they lay on the beach until their noses were pink and their
shoulders threatened blisters. They showered together, keeping the water
cool. The shower stall filled with grains of sand, and their too-gangly
mens' feet on boys' bodies kicked at each other as they laughed and reached
in the tiny stall. Soap smeared from body to body, at first accidentally,
and then intentionally. Next came lotion to soothe the fresh day's burns,
hands and mouths roaming, and breath on ears in the summery delight of
scents as salty as the ocean. Finally, they always had dinner out. 

Garrison and Brigham together possessed very little in the way of money, so
they made due with meals from a fish and chips stand, or a back alley curry
joint. It hardly mattered. Afterward, the beach was waiting again, and now
they smelled of patchouli and drank cheap wine that made Garrison's aches
ease and Brigham's eyes grow wide with lust. At night, they often slept on
the beach, rivaling the waves with their own sounds. Before dawn, before
anyone could catch them, they came inside for a breakfast of wine, toast,
and berries. Then they wandered back onto the beach to sleep all day in the
sun, until their noses were pink and their shoulders once again threatened
blisters.

"This is what I want to be when I grow up." Brigham sighed into the
shorebirds' calls.

"What, a lazy berk?" Garrison asked.

Brigham pouted in mock offense. "I want to be on the beach, in love."

Meme Monday: Fictional Character

If you were a fictional character who would you be?

New This Week

Coming on Wednesday

A Wolf Brushed Red by Andi Johnston (Short Story, M/M)
Country Messes by Jameson Dash (Novella, M/M)
Lights, Camera, Zombies! by Kiernan Kelly (Novella, M/M)
Sweet Tooth by Julia Talbot (Short Story, M/M)


Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mother's Day Sale!

It's Mother's Day today. To celebrate, we're offering you 20% off your purchases. Just put 'mom2013' 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 May 14 at Midnight (est).

Treat yourself or your mom to 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, May 10, 2013

Review Round-Up April 7 - May 10, 2013

Enjoy our latest review round-up. If you have any unmentioned reviews please post them in the comments or email them to kristi@torquerepress.com.

If you are a review house or blogger that is interested in reviewing our books please let us know at reviewcoordinator@torquerepress.com.


Hearts on Fire Reviews

Cultural Hospitality by Layla Hunter
Eternity (Masks Off Too! Anthology) by Sean Michael
The Easter Bunny (Prizm Books) by Charlie Purcell
Summer Storm by Molly Church
Sweets for the Sweet by Kit Dickson and Kat Davidson
Outcast by Alex Douglas
Blue Hair and 7 PAs by Kallysten 
Before I Wake by Eli Easton 
Love Over Gold by Glyn Soitino
The Prince and the Penis by Logan Zachary 
Happy Birthday, Klutzface (Prizm Books) by Foxglove Lee 
Light on Shadow by Cassidy Ryan 
Incomparable by Julia Talbot


Rainbow Book Reviews

Treat, a Hammer story by Sean Michael
A Werewolf in Sheep's Clothing by Rob Rosen
Blue Hair and 7 PAs by Kallysten
Crowns and Criminals by Kayla Bain-Vrba
Before I Wake by Eli Easton
The Favor, a Hammer story by Sean Michael
Love is Blindness by Sean Michael 
Yours by Kim Alan 
Check Mate by Rob Rosen 
Beneath an Emerald Sky by Michael Barnette


Brief Encounters

Perfection (Masks Off Too! Anthology) by Anna Hedley
Passion Unmasked (Masks Off Too! Anthology) by Jade Astor
Cultural Hospitality (Masks Off Too! Anthology) by Laylah Hunter
Love is Blindness by Sean Michael
A Werewolf in Sheep's Clothing by Rob Rosen
Super Juicy (Masks Off Too! Anthology) by BA Tortuga & Julia Talbot
Blood Bonds by Kayla Bain-Vrba
Scented (Masks Off Too! Anthology) by Sam Schooler
Crowns and Criminals by Kayla Bain-Vrba
The Other Side of Midnight (Masks Off Too! Anthology) by G.O. Noce
The Favor, a Hammer story by Sean Michael
Monster Town (Prizm Books) by Dakota Chase


The Romance Studio

The Hellfire Legacy by Missouri Dalton


Mrs Condit & Friends

Golden by Sean Michael
Treat, a Hammer story by Sean Michael


Top 2 Bottom Reviews

Soldiers' Secrets by UZ Eliserio
Blue Hair and 7 PAs by Kallysten

Long and Short Reviews

You Think You Know Someone by Glyn Soitino
Mystical Convergency by Katherine Halle
Mannies Incorporated by Sean Michael

Love Romances & More

Monster Town by Dakota Chase


Literary Nymphs Reviews

Treat, a Hammer story by Sean Michael
Incomparable by Julia Talbot


Joyfully Jay 

Masked Riders by Lucius Parhelion


Risque Reviews

Hoarse Play by Sean Michael


Spanking Romance Reviews

Incomparable by Julia Talbot


Reviewing Vixens

Flesh and Blood by Tory Temple


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The Shroud Eaters 
Alyx J Shaw
Torquere Press 
ebook
feb 2013
***1/2

    Deirdre is a proper lady and behaves as such. She does not want to attract any unwanted attention. She is a vampire and is trying to pass to avoid trouble. Thomas is her husband who wants a heir that Deirdre is trying to provide. Can she give him what he needs in her vampiric state.

    This was an overall story. What really got me down about it was the old fashoined nature of it. The language with lords, ladies, and servants was not my thing. This is a personal preference on my part but it was something that just got me. The pacing was also a little slow for me.

Lenore Lovecraft


Raspberry Truffle
Anna Bayes
Torquere Press
ebook
feb 2013
*****

    Lawrence is hosting a sex party at his mansion. The clue to what is in the rooms for the guests is a chocolate at the door. Melissa is his lover and he has a special room planned for her. Victor a vampire has chosen Lawrence and Melissa as playmates for the night. Will this be their favorite chocolate.

    This was fabulous. The supernatural element of the vampire was unexpected but good. It was also a story with characters that were well developed. The pacing was perfect. All and all  this was the best I have read in a while.

Lenore Lovecraft


In my skin
Beth Wylde
Torquere Press
ebook
feb 2013
****1/2

    Kendra wants to get a tattoo for her life partner Melissa. She is afraid of needles however making this a complicated spot. Melissa is a tattoo artist with Kendra's name on her arm. It is time to return the favor but can Kendra get past her phobia to do this for her woman.

    This was a great story. It was about one of my favorite things tattoos and piercings. The whole thing just worked for me on both the lusty and fun level. My only issue is that it was too short for my liking. Things could have been drawn out.

Lenore Lovecraft


Fruity on the inside
G.R. Richards
Torquere Press
ebook
feb 2013
***1/2

    Trent and Jonathan meet at Trent's glasses frame store. Jonathan is delivering chocolates for valentines day. While Jon doesn't need glasses he is intersted in Trent but a former lover steps in and cause confusion. Perhaps Jon will be seeing differently.

    This story was alright. It seemed that the two main characters had a good dialogue but that it was heavy. The story would have been helped with more action less talk. With that noted I still really liked the story.

Lenore Lovecraft

Author Extra: Mystery Date by Logan Zachary

Mystery Date by Logan Zachary

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Uncle Darryl is looking for a birthday gift for his niece, and a game he
wanted to play as a kid has brought back memories. He ordered Mystery Date,
and when it arrived he opened it and started playing with it. As soon as he
opened the game’s door, there was a knock on his door, and it was the man
from the game. He was ready for a hot date. Who would be behind the door
then next time he opens it? Who would be his Mystery Date?

Author Extra:

A good part of this story is true. When I was a kid, I always wanted to play
Mystery Date, but no one would let a boy play a girl’s game. So last year
when I was looking for a Christmas gift for my niece, I came across this
game again. After she opened her gifts, my niece wanted to play the game. 
We set up the board and played the game on the living room floor. I had
just collected the three cards I needed to get a chance to open the door, as
soon as my fingers touched the plastic knob there was a knocking on my
sister’s door. I stopped the game and turned to see who was there. As the
door opened, it was my mother, but for a second the flash of what would
happen if the guy behind the plastic door was really standing at the door. 
And then the rest of the story followed. I wish the hot sex had followed
too.