Monday, December 30, 2013

Meme Monday: Music

What’s your favorite kind of music?

Coming this Week...

Derailleur

by Kate Roman

San Francisco bike messenger Matt Robinson lives to ride and rides to live, both his bike and his dispatcher boyfriend Jason. But when he’s injured on the job, can they ride the emotional ups and downs the same way Matt rides the hills of the city? Can he keep going for both of them? Or will Matt’s stubborn refusal to accept help drive Jason to do something drastic?

Genre: Contemporary


Romance Motion of the Planet

by Alexa Snow

 When a family tragedy results in Tyler Brown being given custody of his young niece and nephew, he’s grateful for the support and love of his Irish boyfriend Mason. Can they set aside the life they’ve been living and create a new one that includes two small children?

 Genre: Contemporary

Sunday, December 29, 2013

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Meme Monday: Millionare

What would you do if you had a million dollars?

Friday, December 20, 2013

How A Purrfect Holiday Romance Was Born

Happy holidays! I`m thrilled to be here during this most special time of year to talk about my latest M/M romantic-comedy from Torquere Press, All I Want For Christmas. This novella is a unique one for me in a couple of ways. It actually came about from two different sources which is not generally how my process works. I`m one of those ‘Holy Cow! What an idea!’ type of gals. My books come to me with the intensity of a toy-packed sleigh crashing into the back of my head. Not so with the story of Alex and Cooper.
The first source of inspiration was a picture prompt from Tuesday Tales, a group blog that I`m proud to be a member of. The image was of a snowy cabin out in the woods.



When I saw it I knew that cabin along with its outbuilding would be something important to me, I just didn`t know quite what. I began to fiddle with characters and ideas. I came up with a famous wildlife artist who would call the isolated cabin home. The outbuilding would be his studio. Of course, I then needed a fellow for this handsome artist to fall in love with. Since my leading man wasn`t ready to be revealed yet I let him play at being coy for just a little while longer. I knew he`d step out of the fog soon.

A few weeks later I was having a conversation online with a group of authors when one mentioned that her cat had walked over her tablet. The story clicked instantly! I knew how the men would meet. As soon as I knew the book would have a cat, my star not only stepped out of the mist, he leaped out with his grumpy cat, Mister Tibbets, in his arms. It was love at first imagining for Alex, Cooper, Mister Tibbets, and me. I hope you fall for them as well.

Here`s a blurb and a small excerpt!

*~*
Alexander Dawson thought this Christmas would be a lonely one. He has no way of knowing that his cantankerous cat, Mister Tibbets, would turn a simple online shopping trip into a cataclysmic Christmas conundrum.

Alex ends up on a madcap dash to another state during a snow storm to return a painting to dreamy wildlife artist, Cooper Reynolds.  Once he stumbles across Cooper`s remote log cabin, he and the sexy but emotionally distant painter end up sharing more than a kiss under the mistletoe.

Things aren`t all holly-jolly for the men though. Cooper gets a terrible case of icy feet, and Alex hits the road as soon as the snowplow clears it. Can Alex, Cooper, and their feline friends find a way to have purrfect holiday together?

*~*




He inclined his head at the compliment. "You're very kind." He clapped his hands and the lights went out. I circled around the hidden painting and walked over to stand in front of a potbellied woodstove. Cooper opened the door of the stove to check the heat. The fire had dwindled down to a bed of glowing red coals. I removed my mittens and shoved my hands into my armpits.

"That needs more wood before we go back to the house," Mr. Robinson announced. He headed outside. Wind and snow rushed in. I was about to close the door when Cooper reappeared with an armload of split wood. After he was through I shut the door in winter's face soundly. "Want to get the door on the stove?" he asked. I hurried to the stove, opened the heavy door, then stepped back. Within a moment the fire was burning hotly.

"This is a really nice place you have here. Very romantic," I said, enjoying the shimmering waves of heat rolling off the sides of the woodstove. I blinked when what I said clicked. "I mean, it's a romantic place if you were here to be romantic. Since you're here to paint and not be romantic and -- I'm going to go look at the bear picture now." I blushed and strolled away from the woodstove. I mentally slapped my forehead. Cooper appeared at my side a moment later as I stared woodenly at an oil of a black bear with two cubs. Feigning nonchalance I continued to study the artwork, even stroking my chin in a very artsy-fartsy affectation. Finally I got tired of sideways glances out of the corner of my eye.

"Did I sprout two heads or something?" I demanded. His eyes widened from the studious slits they had been. His head was angled to the right.

"You have very appealing features," he said roughly. I blinked stupidly. "Your eyes are colored perfectly for your face and skin tone. You have nice cheekbones, a fine straight nose, a strong chin and sensual lips. You're beguiling and very appealing to the artistic eye," he said almost dreamily, tentatively reaching up to tenderly turn my face into the dull winter light. I wet my lips while heat crept up my neck to my face. An admiring smile tugged at his mouth. A tsunami of desire swept over me. "And you blush when complimented. It's amazing that a young man as handsome as you still clings to some modesty. I'd think your ego would be nearly as large as mine with all the swains tossing themselves at you constantly."

"The number of swains in my home town is rather limited," I parried. Cooper cocked a dark eyebrow, his fingers still holding my chin. I allowed him to position me as he wished.

"I'd like to paint you," he announced, his hand now cupping my cheek.

I was momentarily stunned. "That's really flattering," I whispered. "I'd be thrilled to pose for...Wait, don't you only paint animals?"

He raised and lowered his left shoulder, his palm warm on my face. "They are my bread and butter, and I love capturing the wildlife of my home state. But there are times -- few, I'll admit, but times -- when a man will capture my eye."

Oh yes. He was seducing me well. Even as he spoke he was leaning in for a kiss. I closed my eyes in preparation.

*~*

V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, belly laughs, anything romantic, dairy goats, Greek mythology, comic books and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.) She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dogs, two cats, a steer named Mooka, and a flock of assorted domestic fowl.

V.L. is a self-published and conventionally published author. Her self-published works are the Gods & Goats trilogy, a romantic comedy series revolving around Greek gods, rural lifestyles, and a widowed goatherder. I know, but it works, trust me.

She is a proud Torquere Press author and her short story Two Guys Walk into an Apocalypse was included in the anthology He Loves Me For My Brainssssss. She also has several books contracted with Torquere for release in 2013, including her Two Guys zom-rom-com books, the Greek mythology romance Love of the Hunter, a short story in the Outserve Charity Sip Blitz, and the hockey novella Goaltender`s Penalty. An Erie Halloween, a novella about shapeshifters, rounds out her M/M backlist. 2014 will bring more romances about shifters, hockey players, and whatever else tickles her muse.

Next year her To Love a Wildcat sports romance series will be published by Secret Cravings Publishing. So far five books starring the hot men of the Philadelphia Wildcats professional ice hockey team, and their spunky leading ladies, have been contracted. The first novel in the series, Pink Pucks & Power Plays, is tentatively due for release in January, 2014.

When not writing romantic tales, she can be found enjoying her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in hand. She can also be found online on Facebook, Twitter, and GoodReads.

I love to meet new friends and fans! You can find me at-





*~*

Yours in love, laughter, and mistletoe kisses,


V.L. Locey









Wednesday, December 18, 2013

New Release Day & Happy Holidays


A Family of His Own, a Mannies Incorporated Novel
By: Sean Michael
202 pages / 53900 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-627-7
$6.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4098
Blurb:
Will’s a widower with three little girls, including six month old twins, to look after. Most days it’s all Will can do just to get home from his advertizing job in time for goodnight kisses, but now his mother-in-law is leaving the country with her new boyfriend and Will needs the help of a professional nanny.
Benji loves being a nanny; looking after other people’s kids is the next best thing to having his own, and as a gay man, he figures it’s as close as he’s going to get. He’s between jobs and is thrilled when he gets the call from Mannies Incorporated to interview with Will's family.
He falls in love with the girls right away, but also finds himself attracted to their father. Benji knows he shouldn’t moon over his boss, especially when Will desperately really needs his services as a nanny, but he can’t help but wonder what it would be like to have a family of his own.

Deeper, a Hammer novel
By: Sean Michael
202 pages / 52800 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-628-4
$6.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4099
Blurb:
Johnny diMarco is a spoiled, rich brat who has made his way through almost every Dom at The Hammer Club. None of them can handle him. Even Oliver has tried and has sadly had to admit defeat.
Dolph Waters is a newcomer to the Hammer, but he’s been a Dom at a club up north for quite a while. When he hears about Johnny, he’s intrigued and agrees to meet the sub and give it his best shot.
It doesn’t take long for Dolph to realize that Johnny needs far more than a simple blistering spanking, the sub needs attention and intense focus from his Dom. The more he gets to know Johnny, the more Dolph falls for him and wants to be the one to give Johnny what he needs. His biggest obstacle is Johnny himself who has decided that BDSM is a lie, one he isn’t interested in anymore.
Can Dolph convince Johnny that they can not only be friends, and lovers, but also Dom and sub? Or is he doomed to have his heart broken?

All I Want for Christmas
By: V. L. Locey
108 pages / 32400 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-624-6
$4.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4100
Blurb:
Alexander Dawson thought this Christmas would be a lonely one. He has no way of knowing that his cantankerous cat, Mister Tibbets, will turn a simple online shopping trip into a cataclysmic Christmas conundrum. Alex ends up on a madcap dash to another state during a snow storm to return a painting to dreamy wildlife artist, Cooper Reynolds.  Once he stumbles across Cooper's remote log cabin, he and the sexy but emotionally distant painter end up sharing more than a kiss under the mistletoe.
Things aren't all holly-jolly for the men though. Cooper gets a terrible case of icy feet, and Alex hits the road as soon as the snowplow clears it, feeling hurt and angry. Can Alex, Cooper, and their feline friends find a way to have purrfect holiday together?

The Ten Days of Newton
By: Serena Yates
54 pages / 15100 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-625-3
$3.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4101
Blurb:
Galen Ocker is nineteen, a music student, and his enthusiasm for life can be quite overwhelming. When he meets Clifford Jeffrey, a twenty-seven year old mathematician, their external differences are obvious but so is their romantic connection. Since Galen believes in romance he wants to make Christmas special for both of them despite Clifford's atheism.

With his usual enthusiasm, Galen researches alternatives to Christmas and comes up with the ideal solution. With his best friend's approval, Galen sets out to make this the perfect holiday for Clifford. But Clifford has his own surprise for Galen…
Coming Next Week...
No new titles... Happy Holidays!!!

Riv Maror: a different type of golem

In Jewish mythology, a rabbi supposedly created the golem by breathing life into a gigantic man of clay, so that the creature could serve as protection for our people against attacks. My character Rivka serves as literal protection, as bodyguard for her queen Shulamit, but she also fills the role of emotional protector.

Rivka came into my life after an extremely traumatic eighteen month period, during which:

I lost my father, my stepmother, and my paternal grandfather

A job I’d loved changed overnight into a completely different position due to a corporate decision in which, like some kind of sadistic Pokemon, it evolved into no free time, lots of driving, and contradictory directives

The community space which my primary social outlet shut down.

It all started when my car was totaled after I’d owned it for only seven weeks. Or maybe it started months before that, when a rat crawled into my car and died—on my birthday.

In any case, I needed emotional rescuing by that point. And rescue me she did, just as she does Queen Shulamit in the opening pages of The Second Mango. In my desperation I clung to the operas I’d been taught as a child, and I guess Siegfried must have stuck in my head a bit. I wanted a hero like Siegfried, but I wanted her to be someone that Siegfried, unwitting symbol of Aryan “supremacy” and a misogynist to boot, wouldn’t have respected, because those were some things that always bothered me about him. So she’s an Ashkenazi Jew, like me, and female. She’s our hero. And like the rabbi in the legend, I breathed life into her so that she could begin to protect me (and the fictional character through whom I channeled my grief, Queen Shulamit.)

She’s always been written a little bit like a Fictional Character who comes to “real life” to save the characters in distress—her and her dragon alongside her. The universe I write considers her a bit of a legend, larger than life, and her backstory is not only extremely theatrical and “epic”, but missing the diversity present in the rest of the text and in the real world. In this way, she represents the way all of us have beloved fictional characters we turn to in times of distress. We escape into our fandoms, deriving peace from their stories and recharging our souls.

Rivka is constantly mistaken by the other, more “realistic” fictional characters for sharing some marginalized trait with them that she does not have. In the first book (The Second Mango), the little lesbian Queen Shulamit, lonely and looking for love in a world where she can’t find any other queer women, mistakes Rivka for a gay woman because of her masculine clothing and bearing. In the second book (Climbing the Date Palm, due out July 2014), the bisexual Prince Kaveh thinks Rivka, who at this point is not only passing for male but makes no secret of her male partner, is another man with interest in men (whether bisexual or gay is not the point.) In the third book, which is still in progress, the young trans boy Micah reads Rivka as female-to-male, like he is.

In other words, Shulamit, Kaveh, and Micah are like all of us queer people in fandom, reading a cisgender heterosexual character as having some of our own traits, because we’re so desperate for representation, desperate for a spec fic hero to have that thing in common with us that sets us so apart from ordinary society. And Rivka does what any good ally should do — encourages these other characters to find that strength within themselves, comforting them and showing them how to be their own heroes. That’s what some of us are getting out of the fictional characters we pretend are lesbians, or gay men, or transgender like we are.

On This Week

This week we have books by V.L. Locey and Sean Michael, on sale for 20% off.

Check them out!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Author Extra: Home for the Hollandaise by Julia Talbot and BA Tortuga

Home for the Hollandaise by Julia Talbot and BA Tortuga

Buy Link:
http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4089

Blurb:

Jack hates going back to the East Texas town where he was raised. Even as a
successful chef in Austin, he feels like that awkward gay kid all over
again. But his dad is sick, and wants Jack’s famous hollandaise sauce for
holiday breakfasts. When Jack finds out his old flame Kent is in town for
Christmas, too, he thinks things can’t get much worse. Can Kent convince him
Christmas miracles can happen?

Author Extra:

Jack’s Happy Holidays Hollandaise

Ingredients
4 egg yolks
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted (1 stick)
Pinch cayenne
Pinch salt
Directions
Vigorously whisk the egg yolks and lemon juice together in a stainless steel
bowl and until the mixture is thickened and doubled in volume. Place the
bowl over a saucepan containing barely simmering water (or use a double
boiler,) the water should not touch the bottom of the bowl. Continue to
whisk rapidly. Be careful not to let the eggs get too hot or they will
scramble. Slowly drizzle in the melted butter and continue to whisk until
the sauce is thickened and doubled in volume. Remove from heat, whisk in
cayenne and salt. Cover and place in a warm spot until ready to use for the
eggs benedict. If the sauce gets too thick, whisk in a few drops of warm
water before serving.

EGGS BENEDICT
8 slices Canadian bacon
4 English muffins, split
2 teaspoons white vinegar
8 eggs
Salt and pepper, to taste
Hollandaise sauce, recipe above
Fresh chopped parsley, for garnish
Brown the bacon in a medium skillet and toast the English muffins, cut sides
up, on a baking sheet under the broiler.

Fill a 10-inch nonstick skillet half full of water. Add white vinegar to the
cooking water. This will make the egg white cook faster so it does not
spread. Bring to a slow boil. Gently break 1 of the eggs into the water
taking care not to break it. Repeat with remaining eggs. Reduce the heat to
a gentle simmer. Cook 3 1/2 minutes until the egg white is set and yolk
remains soft. Remove with a slotted spoon, allowing the egg to drain. To
assemble: Lay a slice of Canadian bacon on top of each muffin half, followed
by a poached egg. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon hollandaise sauce over
the eggs. Garnish with chopped parsley. Yield: 4 servings

(Jack’s recipe taken from Tyler Florence’s Food Network recipes)

Read more at:
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tyler-florence/hollandaise-sauce-recipe/index.html?oc=linkback

Meme Monday: Menage a Trois

Have you ever been involved in a threesome? Would you consider doing so in the future?

A New World

Nope, I'm not talking about earthly explorations here. I'm talking about a new series brewing in my head. Pretty much everyone knows I'm a gamer, have been for years and years and years. Ninety percent of my favorite games are fantasy-based (with the exceptions of Mass Effect 3 and Starcraft 2). Some of my faves are Dragon Age (1 and 2), Skyrim, Neverwinter Nights (just got sucked into the MMO of Neverwinter Online, too), Everquest, World of Warcraft, Lord of the Rings Online, and the list goes on and on and on...

But back to my original post.

There are terms that gamers use on a regular basis, and one of those is dungeon crawl. It means a game where adventuring into dungeons and caves (and other similar places) for killing, questing, and loot, is the primary focus.

I often wondered what it would be like to be in one of those game worlds. Lord knows I'm not the first gamer to ever think that, either. Then the idea started really percolating in my brain, taking it another step further.

What would happen if a gamer got sucked into the gaming world he was currently playing?

Thus the series 'DungeonCrawl' was born.

I've been fleshing out the premise for book one, and when I get it written, I'll be shipping it off to Torquere. In the meantime, I'll keep claiming my extensive gaming hours as... research. :D

New This Week

A Family of His Own, a Mannies Incorporated Novel by Sean Michael (Novel, M/M) 
Nanny Benji just wants a family to care for. Could widower Will and his three little girls be exactly what Benji’s been looking for and more? 

All I Want for Christmas by V.L. Locey (Novella, M/M) 
Alex Dawson never intended to spend Christmas snowbound in the log cabin of handsome wildlife artist, Cooper Reynolds. See, it all started when Alexander's cat, Mister Tibbets, did a bit of online holiday shopping... 

Deeper, a Hammer Novel by Sean Michael (Novel, M/M) 
Bratty sub Johnny thought BDSM was the answer to his problems, but now he’s just got a whole new set of people mad at him. Is Master Dolph really going to be any different? 

Ten Days of Newton by Serena Yates (Novella, M/M) 
Music student Galen loves Christmas, but his hopefully soon-to-be boyfriend Clifford is a die-hard atheist. Galen urgently needs to find an alternate way to make the season special!


Look for them on Wednesday December 18 at Torquere Press!

Author Extra: The Syrup Incident by Ava Kelly

The Syrup Incident by Ava Kelly

Buy Link:
http://www.prizmbooks.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=6&products_id=82

Blurb:

Andy gets dragged by Jerry into spying on their other roommate, who may or
may not be hiding a bloody knife in her purse. Taking trips into her closet
and following her into alleys on the bad side of town only increase Andy’s
internal struggle with his feelings for Jerry. As shenanigans morph into
clichés and turn their lives into a rom-com movie set, will the boys find
their ways into each other’s arms?

Author Extra:

The first time Jerry meets Andy, he thinks that they could be good
roommates. The second time Jerry talks to Andy, he thinks that they could be
awesome friends. The third day Jerry wakes in their apartment, coming out of
the shower with his usual towel-clad swag, Andy walks into a wall.

Jerry stops thinking.

The first time Dennis spends the night at Andy and Jerry’s, he thinks he’s
imagining how Andy glares at Jerry’s T-shirt. The second time Dennis runs
into the boys on campus, he thinks it’s almost cute how they keep eating
from each other’s plate. The third time Dennis goes to a concert with his
friends, he thinks that Jerry holding Andy from behind in the crowd to be
protected by strangers needs to be addressed.

Dennis stops thinking and calls Sharon.

The first time Sharon worked at a shelter, it was for community service. The
second time Sharon met Eric, she wanted to test his IQ –- the man was a
genius. The third time she did Dennis a favor, she ended up apologizing to
Eric for a week.

Sharon stops what she’s doing when the thought pops in her head. “Hey, Eric!
Where did you put those hidden cameras that crazy dude donated?”

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Happy Holidays Sale!





The holidays around just the corner and we're offering you 20% off your purchases to celebrate. Just put 'NUTCRACKER' in the coupon code box any time you check out at Torquere Books before midnight on Sunday to get 20% off your order.



Sale good now through Sunday December 15 at Midnight est.



Happy Holidays from Torquere Press!





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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Happy Holidays - New Release Day!


Holiday Hootenanny
By: Ari McKay
80 pages / 24700 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-621-5
$3.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4090
Blurb:
Clint Barker wants to take his relationship with boyfriend Joshua Cash to the next level, and that means meeting Josh’s family at Christmas. Clint is sure he can deal with anything, even though Josh has expressed reservations that his big, loud hillbilly family might be too overwhelming for an introvert like Clint to handle.
Josh loves his family, but the only other time he brought a boyfriend home to meet them, the guy didn’t last through dinner. Clint means everything to him, and though he knows his family means well, Josh is worried their nosiness and sheer overwhelming presence will drive Clint away.
Between having to fix an illegal still, getting treed by a wild hog, and barely avoiding a bar fight between rednecks and bikers, the holiday doesn’t get off to an auspicious start. Then at the traditional Christmas Eve Hootenanny, Josh and Clint argue, and Clint later turns up missing. Will this spell the end of their relationship, or will a newborn in a stable work a little Christmas miracle for them both?

Home for the Hollandaise
By: Julia Talbot and BA Tortuga
49 pages / 13200 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-622-2
$2.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4089
Blurb:
Jack hates going back to the East Texas town where he was raised. Even as a successful chef in Austin, he feels like that awkward gay kid all over again. But his dad is sick, and wants Jack’s famous hollandaise sauce for holiday breakfasts. When Jack finds out his old flame Kent is in town for Christmas, too, he thinks things can’t get much worse. Can Kent convince him Christmas miracles can happen?

Top Bidder, a Hammer story
By: Sean Michael
49 pages / 12800 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-623-9
$2.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4091
Blurb:
Kurt joined the staff as a waiter at the Hammer Club because he wanted a Master of his own. He’s shy, though, and just one boy among the many looking for that special someone to dominate them.  In fact, he’s working the night of the Hammer’s Annual Christmas Auction when Master Marcus asks him to fill in for a sub stuck in traffic.
Master August noticed Kurt when he first started working at the Hammer, but hadn’t approached the boy, wondering if they were compatible. When he sees Kurt on the auction block, he figures it’s the perfect time to test out their chemistry without putting any pressure on either of them.
Will Kurt and August find what they’re looking for in each other? Find out in the Christmas Hammer tale.

Home for Christmas
By: M. Durango
19 pages / 5100 words
$2.49
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4095
Blurb:
To make up for his aborted Thanksgiving trip, Curt travels to Chicago to spend Christmas with his family, but even the whirlwind of activity can’t keep him from missing Bailey. Once he’s back home, he invites Bailey for a quiet dinner, which leads to a lusty reunion. Is Curt alone in thinking this is the start of something special, or was Bailey missing him, too?

Otter Madness
By: Winnie Jerome
27 pages / 7900 words
$2.49
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4093
Blurb:
Life has hit a frustrating point for otter shifter Bryon. His Scrooge of a boss wants him to work Christmas, and the shine on his relationship with boyfriend Lucas has dulled a little.
But then a magical accident creates a duplicate of Bryon. Can the apartment survive the onslaught of two mischievous, highly-sexed shifters? And can poor Lucas handle two high-energy subs?

The Christmas Miracles of Barnaby Sloane
By: Jenna Jones
29 pages / 8000 words
$2.49
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4092
Blurb:
Barnaby Sloan usually spends the holidays with his aunt Violet, but changes in her life and his roommate's cause Barnaby to reconsider his plans. His boyfriend Liam invites Barnaby to join him at his family's home, but Barnaby is too uncertain about his future with Liam to accept. He decides to spend the holidays alone instead, working on his dissertation and volunteering at his favorite museum.
Then a snowstorm hits, knocking out the power throughout the city. Between the snow, the solitude, and nothing going according to plan, Barnaby realizes all he wants for Christmas is Liam -- but it would take a miracle for him to get that wish.

Waaban: Dawn Kitty
By: Carolyn McBride
28 pages / 7700 words
$2.49
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4094
Blurb:
When April came out to her parents over a decade ago, her news was not met with support and love. She lost her home, family and everything familiar. She’s come a long way. She has a hot new girlfriend, a new career and life is going pretty well.
So why is she hearing voices that speak to her from the past, and in Ojibway? Why has she been chosen to care for an orphaned kitten, and how can it possibly all be related?

The Syrup Incident
By: Ava Kelly
14 pages / 4000 words
$1.99
Buy Link: http://www.prizmbooks.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=6&products_id=82
Blurb:
Andy gets dragged by Jerry into spying on their other roommate, who may or may not be hiding a bloody knife in her purse. Taking trips into her closet and following her into alleys on the bad side of town only increase Andy’s internal struggle with his feelings for Jerry. As shenanigans morph into clichés and turn their lives into a rom-com movie set, will the boys find their ways into each other’s arms?
Coming Next Week...

A Family of His Own, Mannies 2
by Sean Michael
Shadow
by Sean Michael

All I Want for Christmas
by VL Locey
Alex Dawson never intended to spend Christmas snowbound in the log cabin of handsome wildlife artist, Cooper Reynolds. See, it all started when Alexander's cat, Mister Tibbets, did a bit of online holiday shopping...
Genre: Romantic Comedy

Ten Days of Newton
by Serena Yates
Music student Galen loves Christmas, but his hopefully soon-to-be boyfriend Clifford is a die-hard atheist. Galen urgently needs to find an alternate way to make the season special!
Genre: Contemporary, Christmas

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Dracula and the Ladies


This Fall, a new show started on television, Dracula.  It stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers, who is eye candy hands down.  No argument there.  That's not what took me by surprise.  What makes this show spectacular is the cast they've put together.  Nonso Anozie as Renfield is masterful; he plays a black lawyer who fled the south and was hired by Dracula as his personal attorney.

But what really caught my attention is the romantic interest between Lucy and Mina.  The potential for it has always been there, of course, but I've not seen a mainstream show address it head-on before.  Victoria Smurfit, who plays Lady Jayne, a gorgeous and deadly vampire huntsman, is delicious as a conniving society lady by day, sword-wielding ninja by night.  Yum.  Lucy is played by Katie McGrath who can do more with a smile than most ladies can do in a week with a full makeup kit.  Put the two together and Lady Jayne convinces Lucy that being attracted to a woman is a natural part of the maturation process.

Hellooo, nurse!

I won't spoil the episode for you if you haven't seen it yet, but Lucy works up the nerve to tell Mina her feelings.  She's been in love with her for many years now and is jealous of Mina's upcoming nuptials to Jonathan Harker.  I can't wait to see what disaster awaits that particular revelation and what its repercussions will be.

What about you?  Have any shows in particular caught your attention this fall?



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2013 Rainbow Awards

We want to congratulate ALL winners and runner-ups.  However please give a special shout-out to our Torquere/Prizm winners!!!

The link for all winners is:  http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org


Best LGBT Young Adult
2. Jere' M. Fishback - Tyler Buckspan

6. Huston Piner - My Life as a Myth

7. Laura Hughes - Don't Ask


Best B/T & LGBT Debut
2. Laura Hughes - Don't Ask


Best Gay Debut
9. Huston Piner - My Life as a Myth


Best LGBT Novel
3. Laura Hughes - Don't Ask