Thursday, October 31, 2013

Author Extra: Ties that Bind by Indra Vaughn

Ties that Bind by Indra Vaughan

Oliver O’Shea is afraid of the unnaturally beautiful Nechtan and his
disturbingly bewitching sweet shop. It’s a primal fear, something that
thrills deep in his being and that no one else in the small Irish village
seems to feel, not even his best friend and lover, Andrew.

On an unseasonably hot Hallow’s Eve Oliver wakes to a world empty of
everyone but himself and with Nechtan’s voice in his head. Against his will,
Oliver follows Nechtan's voice through the village to the plain where the
annual bonfire is held, and then into another world. In that Otherworld,
Oliver will have to bleed truth and desire if he wants to save Andrew from a
destiny of oblivion.

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Author Extra:

Where I am from, when I was young, Halloween didn’t exist. I vaguely knew
about the holiday from American movies but I couldn’t have given you the
date if my life depended on it. 

Then I moved to England to study. One night all my housemates were out, and
someone knocked on the door. I went to open it and this person as tall as I
was (I’m not very tall), stood there with a monster mask over their face. 

I don’t have to tell you, it scared the living daylights out of me. I was
convinced I was being robbed, and I remember thinking, oh my god who is
going to tell my parents if I die. And then this tiny squeaky voice said:
“Trick or treat!”

Author Extra: An Erie Halloween by V.L. Locey

An Erie Halloween by V.L. Locey

Templeton Reed has been hiding his inner polecat since he was a child.
Keeping his animal secreted is hard for a shifter, especially when one is
living in a secret community of mystical beings. It`s the wolf shifters that
cause Templeton the most trouble with their darned sensitive noses.

Templeton has a run-in with the Lake Erie pack and their alpha, Mikel Lupei,
at the Office for Transmogrification Registration (OTTER). Templeton has a
desk job checking registration papers and dealing with wolf shifters is not
part of his job description. After that upsetting meeting the meek and mild
office worker suddenly finds himself in the center of not only civil unrest
among the shifter community, but a violent plan for a coup aimed at rousting
Mikel.

Templeton and Mikel, a skilled tracker of rogue shifters, are soon not only
fighting for their lives, they`re also fighting the rigidly archaic rules of
their kind, as well as the person responsible for trying to take over
Mikel`s pack from the inside. Can this magical odd couple turn a passionate
attraction into a full-fledged love affair?

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Author Extra:

I have always had a thing for shifters and those of similar persuasion. I
clearly recall being a child (And I may date myself terribly with this but
such is life) sitting in front of the TV eagerly anticipating watching Dr.
Shock`s Mad Theater, which aired in the Philadelphia area from 1968 through
the 70`s. Dr. Shock showed tons of B horror movies, and I was simultaneously
terrified and engrossed in each old black-and-white flick presented to me.
It was while watching Dr. Shock that I first saw Lon Chaney Jr. as The Wolf
Man. 

Sure, there were scores of other horror movie classic monsters: Dracula,
Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, but there was
something about The Wolf Man that spoke to me. I`m sure it was Chaney`s
wonderful performance as the tortured Larry Talbot that grabbed my young
heart and mind so strongly.

Over the years I`ve grown less afraid of were-folk, and have read about
shifters of various kinds. There are as many breeds of shapeshifter as there
are fans that read the enormously popular genre. Today we have wolves,
bruins, big cats, seals (Selkies), and every animal under the sun, it seems.
Nine times out of ten the shifters are sexy men or women who then turn into
powerful, attractive, sexual animals. I thought I wanted to do something
just a wee bit different with An Erie Halloween. 

Enter Templeton Reed, a man who lives and works in a hidden community of
magical folks along the shores of Lake Erie. Templeton isn`t proud of his
beastly other side and goes to enormous lengths to never shift. Being one of
a few rare musteloidea shifters in the United States, Templeton isn`t a
gorgeous lycan, or a sexy, sleek jaguar, or even a big, loveable bruin
shifter. Templeton is a mild-mannered office worker that tries his best to
avoid trouble, lest his inner polecat comes to the surface. 

Yes, my leading man in An Erie Halloween is a skunk shifter. How much fun is
that?! I certainly put Templeton through some harrowing adventures! But, as
much as I have tormented my favorite striped shifter, I have also given him
a hunk of lycan man that wants to get to know this feisty little scrapper
much better. Let`s just say that Templeton and Mikel Lupei, the alpha of the
Lake Erie pack, get along quite well despite a few odor related shifting
problems. 

Much like Larry Talbot, Templeton is cursed with changing into something he
is ashamed of. Thankfully skunks don`t prowl the moors looking for human
prey as many incarnations of werewolves do. But they do have their own
offensive defense system that puts them on the outside looking in, even
among their own kind. Thankfully, my courageous- if slightly near-sighted-
hero ends up in a better place then poor Lon Chaney Jr. did at the end of
The Wolf Man. 

Did you have a favorite horror movie monster as a child? I`d love to hear
about who scared the black-and-white bejeebers out of you when you were a
kid!

Shapeshifters Old and New

I have always had a thing for shifters and those of similar persuasion. I clearly recall being a child (And I may date myself terribly with this but so what?) sitting in front of the TV eagerly anticipating watching Dr. Shock`s Mad Theater, which aired in the Philadelphia area from 1968 through the 70`s. Dr. Shock showed tons of B horror movies, and I was simultaneously terrified and engrossed in each old black-and-white flick presented to me. It was while watching Dr. Shock that I first saw Lon Chaney Jr. as The Wolf Man.



 Sure, there were scores of other horror movie classic monsters: Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, but there was something about The Wolf Man that spoke to me. I`m sure it was Chaney`s wonderful performance as the tortured Larry Talbot that grabbed my young heart and mind so strongly.

Over the years I`ve grown less afraid of were-folk, and have read about shifters of various kinds. There are as many breeds of shapeshifter as there are fans that read the
enormously popular genre. Today we have wolves, bruins, big cats, seals (Selkies), and every animal under the sun, it seems. Nine times out of ten the shifters are sexy men or women who then turn into powerful, attractive, sexual animals. I thought I wanted to do something just a wee bit different with An Erie Halloween.



Enter Templeton Reed, a man who lives and works in a hidden community of magical folks along the shores of Lake Erie. Templeton isn`t proud of his beastly other side and goes to enormous lengths to never shift. Being one of a few rare musteloidea shifters in the United States, Templeton isn`t a gorgeous lycan, or a sexy, sleek jaguar, or even a big, loveable bruin shifter. Templeton is a mild-mannered office worker that tries his best to avoid trouble, lest his inner polecat comes to the surface.

Yes, my leading man in An Erie Halloween is a skunk shifter. How much fun is that?! I certainly put Templeton through some harrowing adventures in his debut novella! But, as much as I have tormented my favorite striped shifter, I have also given him a hunk of lycan man that wants to get to know this feisty little scrapper much better. Let`s just say that Templeton and Mikel Lupei, the alpha of the Lake Erie pack, get along quite well despite a few odor related shifting problems.

Much like Larry Talbot, Templeton is cursed with changing into something he is ashamed of. Fortunately skunks don`t prowl the moors looking for human prey as many incarnations of werewolves do. But they do have their own offensive defense system that puts them on the outside looking in, even among their own kind.  Thankfully, my courageous- if slightly near-sighted- hero ends up in a better place then poor Lon Chaney Jr. did at the end of The Wolf Man.

Did you have a favorite horror movie monster as a child? I`d love to hear about who scared the black-and-white bejeebers out of you when you were a kid!

*~*


How about an excerpt from An Erie Halloween?


As I walked, I rolled odd change around inside my coat pockets. The streets were busy as last minute shoppers ran to get their candy and costumes for the big night tomorrow. Head down and mind running a mile a minute, I never saw the brick wall disguised as a man I ran into. Face into the wind, I never smelled him either. The amber eyes and brindle hair were all that stopped me from either screaming or shifting. Mikel pulled me into a small bookstore. I went along because I really had no choice, but once inside the quaint bookery, I jerked my arm from his grasp. Several patrons glanced at us. Mikel muscled me into a row holding non-fiction and historical. He grabbed a book and opened it, his sharp gaze flitting between me and a fascinating how-to grow-your-own-beets book.

“Is there a reason you abducted me from the street?” I asked, moving back slightly when his big body pressed closer to allow a woman to pass behind him. His proximity was beyond distressing. It was arousing. Now that he had me cornered, there was no getting away from the heady scent that he exuded: Part sin, part warm fur, part earthy pine, wholly distracting.

“I've been trying to contact you for days. Why didn't you return my calls?” he whispered, keeping his big chest plastered to my left arm. My spine was firmly against a book shelf.

“There are several reasons,” I replied trying to sound snooty but sounding meagerly twitterpated.” One is that our classes don't mix. . .”

“That's a paltry reason, Templeton,” Mikel said gruffly, snapping his beet book closed.

“Well, it may be for you, but when one's boss tells one to keep his distance and – hey!” I grabbed for my glasses when he plucked them off the bridge of my nose. Folding my arms over my pea coat, I glowered at the oaf. There would be no leaping up and down. Those days ended when I left high school. The touch of his fingers on my chin brought out an age-old response. I jerked back hard. The bookcase behind me wobbled dangerously. Mikel dropped his book to steady the shelving unit. My heart was trying to explode through my chest like an alien baby. The lycan inhaled several times then gave me a dark look.

“Calm yourself, Templeton, your odor is growing stronger.”

“Sorry, it's just this is all too – too much,” I gasped, working to calm myself before the tingling at the base of my spine began. The bells over the front door tinkled melodiously. Soft conversation bounced off the spines of books. Mikel tipped my head back and kissed me. Right there in the middle of the non-fiction. His lips were soft. Sinfully soft. It took my lashes a moment after his mouth left mine to flutter upward. Squinting skyward, I tried to read his face but it was a blur. My glasses were placed back onto my face, albeit crookedly, and then I could see the glow of golden eyes. Oh my . . .

***

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Author Extra: Absinthe by Julia Talbot and BA Tortuga

Absinthe by Julia Talbot and BA Tortuga

Bartholome would give anything to get his young lover Rene to stop running
away from him. Years ago, he made a stupid mistake, letting the rest of
their wolf pack come between them, but he knows better now. Rene’s not sure
he can believe Barthe will ever want him. Can they come back together before
they lose their chance forever?

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Author Extra:

Absinthe Minded Martini recipe
3 oz gin
1/2 oz absinthe 
1/2 oz orange liqueur
dry vermouth
1 orange peel

Properly chill 1 cocktail glass. In mixing glass with ice, pour gin and
absinthe, and stir. In your cocktail glass, roll 1/2 oz of dry vermouth and
throw away the excess. Strain other ingredients into cocktail glass and
float 1/2 oz of orange liqueur over top. Garnish with orange peel.
Serve in: Cocktail Glass

New Release Day & Happy Halloween

We hope you have a wonderful holiday week! This is the one time of the year you can be whoever you want to be. Put on the costume and go out for some fun!!  Make sure you get some new books to read when you get back in from the fun!

Absinthe
By: Julia Talbot and BA Tortuga
38 pages / 10000 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-601-7
$2.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4051
Blurb:
Bartholome would give anything to get his young lover Rene to stop running away from him. Years ago, he made a stupid mistake, letting the rest of their wolf pack come between them, but he knows better now. Rene’s not sure he can believe Barthe will ever want him. Can they come back together before they lose their chance forever?

An Erie Halloween
By: V. L. Locey
79 pages / 24500 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-596-6
$3.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4050
Blurb:
Templeton Reed has been hiding his inner polecat since he was a child. Keeping his animal secreted is hard for a shifter, especially when one is living in a secret community of mystical beings. It`s the wolf shifters that cause Templeton the most trouble with their darned sensitive noses.
Templeton has a run-in with the Lake Erie pack and their alpha, Mikel Lupei, at the Office for Transmogrification Registration (OTTER). Templeton has a desk job checking registration papers and dealing with wolf shifters is not part of his job description. After that upsetting meeting the meek and mild office worker suddenly finds himself in the center of not only civil unrest among the shifter community, but a violent plan for a coup aimed at rousting Mikel.
Templeton and Mikel, a skilled tracker of rogue shifters,  are soon not only fighting for their lives, they`re also fighting the rigidly archaic rules of their kind, as well as the person responsible for trying to take over Mikel`s pack from the inside. Can this magical odd couple turn a passionate attraction into a full-fledged love affair?

Home Sweet Home
By: Missouri Dalton
37 pages / 10300 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-597-3
$2.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4049
Blurb:
Kis returns to Columbus on the heels of a bad break-up. Unfortunately for Kis, Declan isn’t ready to give him up -- vampires don’t take ‘no’ very well. When he runs into an old friend, Julius, Kis is hopeful he can stay out of sight.
His ex isn’t the only one looking for him, though. Kis ran away from home after he came out and his Uncle Tobias is now on his trail along with Tobias’ boyfriend Caspian.  What he doesn’t know is that Tobias and Caspian are vampire hunters and he couldn’t hope for better help in staying broken up. If only they can find him before Declan does!

Ties that Bind
By: Indra Vaughn
29 pages / 8500 words
$2.49
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4048
Blurb:
Oliver O’Shea is afraid of the unnaturally beautiful Nechtan and his disturbingly bewitching sweet shop. It’s a primal fear, something that thrills deep in his being and that no one else in the small Irish village seems to feel, not even his best friend and lover, Andrew.
On an unseasonably hot Hallow’s Eve Oliver wakes to a world empty of everyone but himself and with Nechtan’s voice in his head. Against his will, Oliver follows Nechtan's voice through the village to the plain where the annual bonfire is held, and then into another world. In that Otherworld, Oliver will have to bleed truth and desire if he wants to save Andrew from a destiny of oblivion.

A Strange Place in Time - Book 1
By: Alyx J. Shaw
221 pages / 67000 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-598-0
$6.99
Buy Link: http://www.prizmbooks.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=76
Blurb:
Raised in a motorcycle gang, John Arrowsmith has a bad case of wanderlust. He's not sure what drives him, but he knows he has to go, and he has the perfect machine to ride on; the big custom bike he calls Harley. When he and Harley get run off the road and wake up someplace completely unfamiliar, Arrowsmith knows something has gone pretty darned wrong.
With a cast of characters that include thieves, Moonhounds, and ogres, John has to find his way through this new world, trying to understand why he's been transported there, and why he's falling for a guy named Infamous. What Arrowsmith finds out surprises him, and might just kill him. Can he survive to find his way home?
Coming Next Week...

Cinnamon and Seduction
by Ari McKay
Everyone in the world sees Executive Chef Stephen Pierce as direct, outspoken, even rude – all except for his loyal PA, Robert Logan. Robert has been in love with his boss for years, but Stephen has always seemed unaware of it. Can their friends find a way to get them together, or will Stephen wind up losing his one chance for true happiness?
Genre: Contemporary

Inheritance
by Sean Michael
Cash and Brad have just become guardians of six kids under thirteen. It’s going to be a hard row to hoe, but getting along with each other just might be harder.
Genre: Contemporary

Moonlight Becomes Him
by Alex Younger
Markus is forced to face his fear of losing Nicodemus, the teacher he loves, when a raggedy man stumbles though the clinic door, begging for help but putting them all in danger.
Genre: Paranormal/horror, Fantasy

The Wishbone
by Rob Rosen
A trip home for Thanksgiving goes from dreaded to weird to downright hot when Paul finds that his date for dinner is none other than his cousin (by marriage), Roger.
Genre: Contemporary, Humor

The Co-Walkers
by Hermine Steinberg
Join the Co-Walkers on their quest to the Spirit Realm to discover the truth of their existence and prevent their worlds from destruction.  Follow Ashley, Brian, and Matthew on their journey to uncover whether they are pawns in a dangerous conspiracy or prophets about to trigger the Great Awakening.
Genre:  Fantasy-Adventure

Monday, October 28, 2013

Halloween Sale!



Halloween is just around the corner and we're offering you 20% off your purchases to celebrate. Just put 'spooky' in the coupon code box any time you check out at TorquereBooks before midnight on Saturday to get 20% off your order.

Sale good now through Saturday November 2 at Midnight est.

Have a spooky good week with 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.

Meme Monday: Necessities

Name three things that you have on you at all times?

New This Week

Absinthe by Julia Talbot and BA Tortuga (Novella, M/M)
Bartholome believes his fated mate Rene is too young and sends him away to get some life experience. Of course, he didn't realize at the time it would be over six years before he caught up with his mate again.

En Erie Halloween by V.L. Locey (Novella, M/M) 
There is something in the air along the shores of Lake Erie this Halloween. Templeton Reed and Mikel Lupei are two very different breeds of shapeshifter who discover that true love sometimes requires a loving heart, a steadfast sense of right and wrong -- and a forgiving nose.

Home Sweet Home by Missouri Dalton (Novella, M/M) 
Breaking up is never easy, especially when trying to break up with a vampire.

Ties That Bind by Indra Vaughn (Short Story, M/M)
Real monsters aren’t ugly and vile. They’re tall, lean, white-haired and brilliant, and they’ll lure you in with candied promises.   

A Strange Place in Time Book 1, The Recalling of John Arrowsmith by Alyx J. Shaw (Prizm novel, 2nd edition)
Raised in a motorcycle gang, John Arrowsmith has a bad case of wanderlust. But what Arrowsmith finds out surprises him, and might just kill him. Can he survive to find his way home?

Look for them on Wednesday October 30th at Torquere Press.