Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Author's Extra: Just What the Doctor Ordered by Lorne Rodman

Just What the Doctor Ordered by Lorne Rodman

When size queen Sam winds up in the ER after an unfortunate incident with the world’s biggest dildo, he’s more embarrassed than hurt. But empathetic ER doc Gregg soon as him singing another tune. Could an ER visit and a bowl of soup really lead to something more?

Available here: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4119


Authors's Extra:

Ingredients:
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 16 ounces frozen broccoli or 1 pound of fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups or milk
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
  • salt and pepper, to taste
Preparation:
In a saucepan over medium heat, bring the chicken broth, broccoli, chopped onion, and bay leaves to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes, until vegetables are very tender.
In a large saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the butter. Stir in flour until smooth and continue cooking and stirring for 1 minute. Add the milk and continue cooking, stirring, until thickened.
Using a blender, process the cooked broccoli mixture in 2 or 3 batches; add to the thickened milk mixture. Stir in about 1 1/2 cups of the cheese. Taste and add salt and pepper.
Pour into bowls and garnish with the remaining shredded cheese.
Makes about 2 quarts of broccoli cheese soup.


(originally from http://southernfood.about.com/od/cheesesouprecipes/r/Creamy-Broccoli-Cheddar-Soup.htm)

New Releases are Here...

This week, we have books by Mychael Black, Stormy Glenn, Amy Lane, Sean Michael, Lorne Rodman, T. Strange, and BA Tortuga  on sale for 20% off. Check them out here!


Blood Sacrifice
By: Stormy Glenn
85 pages / 22400 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-642-0
$3.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=78_85&products_id=4113
Blurb:
Being a demon isn't always fun. Being a demon summoned to a satanic ritual is downright miserable. Isaac Braden spends most of his time being a rich recluse but every so often he's introduced to someone new when he's summoned… a blood sacrifice. And tonight Jory Daniels has been chosen to be that sacrifice.
In a satanic ritual summoning gone bad, Isaac finds himself eternally bound to Jory. He has to have the man's blood in order to survive. But when Jory wants something in return, can Isaac submit enough to allow it or will his demon nature take over and cause him to lose the best thing that ever happened to him?
Previously published by Noble Romance Publishing

Take It Like A Man Anthology
edited by Elizabeth L. Brooks with stories by Lorne Rodman, Mychael Black, T. Strange, BA Tortuga, Lily G. Blunt, Sean Michael
142 pages / 40500 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-641-3
$5.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=76&products_id=4114
Blurb:
They say that size doesn't matter, but for some, size is all that matters. If that's you, Take It Like A Man has got you covered! We're ready to stretch you to the limit with big boys and big toys galore.
In "Just What the Doctor Ordered" from Lorne Rodman, doctor Gregg has a prescription for Sam to cure what ails him. Dylan Mackenzie leads a secret double life, but an unexpected encounter at the private BDSM club he frequents is about to change everything in Mychael Black's "Just a Little Bit More." In "Too Good" by T. Strange, Josh is thrilled when a hot guy goes home with him, but he's not sure that Roy is telling him everything.
Casey is resigned to playing piano in swanky hotels and bars, until his ex, Derek, turns up in BA Tortuga's "Monkey Suit." In Lily G. Blunt's "The Perfect Size for You", the well-endowed Ty takes on an inexperienced client and breaks the first rule of rent boys: don't get attached. And Hammer Club fans will be thrilled to see Marcus and Jim joining Billy and Tanny in Sean Michael's "The Games We Play."
Individual Stories:
Just What the Doctor Ordered - Lorne Rodman
Just a Little Bit More - Mychael Black
Too Good - T. Strange
Monkey Suit - BA Tortuga
The Perfect Size for You - Lily G. Blunt
The Games We Play - Sean Michael
Coming Next Week...

What Lies Beneath
by Iyana Jenna
On Dylan's birthday, a chocolatey surprise leads him to Jarrett, the most beautiful stripper he's ever seen. But will Dylan's past come back to haunt him?
Genre: Contemporary, BDSM, Fantasy

Dandy's Little Girl
by Ari McKay
Five years after losing his partner, Noah Coleman lets Andy Lane into his life and the life of his daughter, Emily. Emily and Andy obviously adore one another, but can Noah handle it when his feelings of friendship for Andy become something more?
Genre: Contemporary

Reading between the Lines
by Jane Davitt
When you're rooming with someone who hates you on sight is it a good thing he's hot or not? Seth's about to find out – if he can ever get Gabe to talk to him.
Genre: Contemporary

Writing leads to marriage and marriage leads to writing: the magic and hard work of ten years together

Today marks ten years since the beginning of the in-person portion of my relationship with my spouse. We met on the internet -- through creative writing, actually -- and spent most of a year talking on the phone before meeting in person for the first time, on 1/29/2004. Back then, xe (female-bodied; identifies with neutral pronouns) was my strictest and harshest beta, incapable of pretending to like something that didn't make sense or struck hir as poor quality. But xe was also, as a beta-reader, committed to make sure that what I wrote was something I liked, helping me achieve a better version of my own vision, and not someone else's.

Like many writers, real-life events and emotions inspire my fiction. The humble beginnings of my marriage -- flirting over fictional characters on USENet, a relationship that started out as a complete accident -- are reflected in the way the lesbian relationship develops over the course of my Mangoverse novels (The Second Mango, with a sequel due out this July and a third title still being edited at home.) Shulamit's relationship with Aviva became much deeper and much easier to write once the female couple progressed from their awkward early stage into a committed couple. Contrast this with Rivka and Isaac, whose story is strong from the beginning.

The thing is, Rivka and Isaac's relationship is very "epic" and dramatic -- like a legend; remember that Isaac has magical abilities and Rivka's warrior talents seem superhuman --and to some degree, they represent the way fictional characters (in my case, opera characters) can comfort us in our times of trouble and anxiety. So, in a metaphorical sense, Shulamit and Aviva are one step closer to real life than they are, and that's why their relationship got easier to write as they moved toward the level of commitment and family that Spouseling and I enjoy today.

It also got a lot easier to write their intimacy as Shulamit stopped being purely my author avatar and began taking on more traits of my spouse. She'd always had my spouse's wheat problem and attraction exclusively to women, but other than that, she was all me -- her femme presentation, her love of pretty clothing and pastels, her insecurity and anxiety, and her grief over her dead father. It was when I began to add personality traits of my spouse, not just superficial traits, that their relationship felt more real on paper, because then I could slip comfortably into the role of Aviva.

My spouse has a great brain, and reads voraciously on a million nonfiction topics just to know. Once on a train in Austria, we struck up a conversation with a German man who kept getting Florida -- our home -- and California mixed up. I kept repeating that we were from Florida but he kept asking questions about California politics, ecology, and current events -- and because Spouseling could answer all of his questions articulately, I don't think he ever really understood that Florida was a different state! Coworkers and casual acquaintances frequently assume hir college degree is in whatever topic xe's currently infodumping about, because who else would have so much knowledge? So Shulamit became a lover of books, but not romances like many fictional heroines. She reads non-fiction. She wants to learn about her kingdom, so she can be the best ruler possible, but she also wants to learn for the sake of learning.

My spouse also has a great heart, focused on justice. As a union local president, xe is the one who gets the panicked phone calls at all hours from employees who have been targeted unfairly by management. Hir leadership duties and the struggle to improve things at hir workplace are a constant presence in our lives. This is the queen I've created for my stories -- a queen who sees her role at the top of the food chain as a responsibility to help others, not as a sign she's a better person or that she deserves better than anyone else.

My spouse respects manual labor and hard work. Servers at restaurants get a fair tip, even on a small bill; xe knows that people working in low-paid service jobs deserve quality of life. My second book, Climbing the Date Palm, is heavily focused on worker's rights, and in the third book Shulamit defends the unglamorous work of farmers, who are the reason her country has prospered, to a boorish nobleman.

And, like Aviva, I'm the one who tiptoes through the food allergies to find something awesome for dinner, something that I can bring to hir in the middle of work. Like Aviva, I look upon all these traits with admiration and love, sometimes amazed by the hero I married.

Catch up with Shira on her blog, or check out all the character art.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

On sale this week...

This week, we have selected titles by Mychael Black, Stormy Glenn, Amy Lane, Sean Michael, Lorne Rodman, T. Strange, and BA Tortuga  on sale for 20% off. Check them out here!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Meme Monday: TV Watching

How many hours a week do you spend watching TV?

New Releases for This Week

Coming This Week...

Green's Hill Werewolves: Book 2
by Amy Lane
Now that Teague has found his place, can Jack learn to follow where Teague has gone?
Genre:Paranormal/Suspense, Sci-fi/Fantasy

Take It Like a Man Anthology
edited by Elizabeth L. Brooks
They say that size doesn't matter, but for some, size is all that matters. If that's you, Take It Like A Man has got you covered! We're ready to stretch you to the limit with big boys and big toys galore.
Just What the Doctor Ordered - Lorne Rodman
Just a Little Bit More - Mychael Black
Too Good - T. Strange
Monkey Suit - BA Tortuga
The Perfect Size for You - Lily G. Blunt
The Games We Play - Sean Michael

Blood Sacrifice
by Stormy Glenn
Being a demon isn't always fun. Being a demon summoned to a satanic ritual is downright miserable. Isaac Braden spends most of his time being a rich recluse but every so often he's introduced to someone new when he's summoned… a blood sacrifice. And tonight Jory Daniels has been chosen to be that sacrifice.
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Horror, M/M

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Is it February Yet??

Is it wrong to be this deprived? I mean, it doesn`t seem like it should be. It`s just been so long. All I want is a good zombie story. I cannot wait until February for my zombie fix!

I`d give anything for a good zombie romantic-comedy! Maybe one that`s got some sexy gay men, a cat, an old man that quotes Tennyson, and a horde of undead. Yeah, that`s what I want. Toss in some humor, some hot M/M sex, and a bigoted newcomer to prod our leading man. Oh yes, this sounds good. This is what I need until my Sunday nights are once more filled with the groans and moans of the shuffling deceased!



Does the above sound like you? It needn`t. Simply grab a copy of Two Guys Walk Into an Apocalypse 2: It Came From Birmingham today, and feed that need for zombies.


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

New Release Day!


Shadowkings 1: The Beginning
By: Mychael Black
191 pages / 50000 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-637-6
$6.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4111
Blurb:
Also available in paperback from amazon.com
Witchcraft and homosexuality are punishable by death, but it doesn’t stop Lucca Moretti from embracing both. Lucca fears no man, but he has one weakness: his twin brother, Gabriele. When tragedy strikes, Lucca and Gabriele have few options, but they do have allies. They flee from the wreckage of their family’s home and take refuge in the home of Lorik, the unofficial leader of the vampires in the city of Rome. Lorik offers them safety, but not without a price.
Gabriele has spent years fighting an unholy desire for his twin, but even his fear is no match for the lure of Lucca’s kiss. In this new world they’ve stumbled into, however, there is much more to the people around them than meets the eye.
The vampires are at war, and Lorik’s court mage sees something in Lucca that could turn the tide in their favor. Secrets come to light which can either aid the twins in saving the new family they’ve found, or destroy them all.

Inches of Trust, Volume 1
By: AR Moler
152 pages / 42300 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-640-6
$5.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4112
Blurb:
When architect Brian Townsend meets a man dressed as Zorro at a Halloween party it seems like a chance hookup, but Brian is attracted and it takes more effort then he originally thought just to find out the man’s name. NYPD homicide detective Tristan Blake, comes from old money, which he loathes and an idealistic streak burns within him to do a job that serves a purpose. A previous lover scorned him as a time when he was most vulnerable, after the death of friend, and Tristan is slow to trust what appears to a developing relationship between him and Brian.
Beer tasting, a broken window, a fall down a flight of stairs, a grenade and a violent attack on Brian, what do these all have in common? Each one brings Tristan an inch closer to trusting Brian with his heart.
Previously published as separate short stories.

Your Heart Was a Legend
By: Emily Nakanishi
34 pages / 10100 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-638-3
$2.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4110
Blurb:
Frankie is used to sticking to what he knows. He’s used to life in a small town, where rights movements make their last stop. He keeps his thoughts to himself, including the ones he has about his sexuality and his not-so-platonic feelings for his best friend, Tobias.
But something has to give. The end of senior year is coming up quick, and it’s bringing the end of life as Frankie knows it. Frankie is going to have to make peace with himself and what he’s afraid of—whether it's school bullies or his own feelings. Frankie is going to have to learn that if he wants to change anything at all, he’s going to have to start with himself.
Coming Next Week...

Green's Hill Werewolves: Book 2
by Amy Lane
Now that Teague has found his place, can Jack learn to follow where Teague has gone?
Genre:Paranormal/Suspense, Sci-fi/Fantasy

Take It Like a Man Anthology
edited by Elizabeth L. Brooks
They say that size doesn't matter, but for some, size is all that matters. If that's you, Take It Like A Man has got you covered! We're ready to stretch you to the limit with big boys and big toys galore.
Just What the Doctor Ordered - Lorne Rodman
Just a Little Bit More - Mychael Black
Too Good - T. Strange
Monkey Suit - BA Tortuga
The Perfect Size for You - Lily G. Blunt
The Games We Play - Sean Michael

Blood Sacrifice
by Stormy Glenn
Being a demon isn't always fun. Being a demon summoned to a satanic ritual is downright miserable. Isaac Braden spends most of his time being a rich recluse but every so often he's introduced to someone new when he's summoned… a blood sacrifice. And tonight Jory Daniels has been chosen to be that sacrifice.
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Horror, M/M

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

On sale this week...

This week, we have books by Mychael Black and AR Moler on sale for 20% off. Check them out here!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Meme Monday: Best Movie

What was the best movie you saw this last year and why?

Coming this week...

Coming This Week


Your Heart was a Legend
by Emily Nakanishi
Frankie is hopelessly in love with his best friend, Tobias. In a small town with even smaller minds, how can he even come out of the closet, let alone confess his feelings?
Genre: Contemporary, Teen, Coming of Age

Shadowkings I
by Mychael Black
Tragedy thrusts twins Lucca and Gabriele Moretti into a world they never knew existed, and a love affair they can no longer deny.
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Historical

Inches of Trust V. 1
by AR Moler
Beer tasting, a fall down a flight of stairs, a grenade and a violent attack, what do these all have in common? Each one brings NYPD detective Tristan Blake an inch closer to trusting architect Brian Townsend with his heart.
Genre: Contemporary

Thursday, January 16, 2014

When the muse is away...

...how do you play?

For the past year or more, my writing practice has been spotty at best. I have some good explanations, but none of them change the fact that I'm still not writing much or regularly, and that makes my brain toxic.


So what to do?

Well, right now I'm preparing for a new semester, so there's a lot of temptation to procrastinate. :D Binge TV, epic naps, and Olympic-level middle-distance staring are my go-to avoidance methods, but this year I'm trying -- really trying -- to be intentional about what I do and how I do it. So I've been cleaning house. Organizing drawers, sorting linens, reducing the fire-hazard collections of paper (not a hoarder, not me), all in an old farmhouse with very few closets, make for self-satisfaction and smug celebratory cocoa drinking, for sure. But housecleaning doesn't "fill the well," at least not for me.

So I've gone back to an old hobby: watercolor painting. My little identity graphic here on Blogger is one of my paintings, as a matter of fact. Here's the thing about painting for me: I am not talented. My skills are self-taught (read: minimal), my approach intuitive (as opposed to reasoned), and my subject matter predictable (lots of boys kissing boys and girls kissing girls). I don't expect to get much better. And the great thing about all of that? I really don't care. I'm not embarrassed about my poor little paintings because there's not a lot of ego invested.

There is a lot of spirit though. The part of me that can sit for hours painting leaves on a tree is, I suspect, the same part of me that would meditate if I wasn't as distractible as a puppy on Marshmallow Fluff. I often have really good insights or tingly little bolts of inspiration while I'm painting, but rather than rush to get them onto a page somewhere, I let them go. They drift, I drift, and maybe we'll meet again. And when I put down the pencils, pen, or brush, I'm clearer. Readier for the good stuff, whatever it may be.

I tell myself that if I'm patient, the good stuff will include a more fluid and reliable writing life. My muse isn't a fickle bitch, ze's just in the woodshed like a bluesman, or Zen surfing, or trekking the Appalachian Trail in a kilt. Ze's doing whatever ze needs to be a creative force, and I'm finally doing my part, filling the well here in the little farmhouse.

Just wish ze'd send a postcard.


Here is the painting I'm working on now. As you can see there's no actual paint yet, just lots of messy pencil and about two-thirds of the ink outlines. I'll share a visual when it's done.

So, what do you do to remain a creative force (whether you write or not)? Tell me in the comments and I'll enter you into a random drawing for a $5 Torquere gift certificate. Please, if your Blogger profile doesn't allow emailing, send me an email at leebenoit at charter dot net so I can send your prize if you win. Drawing will take place a week from today.

Cheers all,
Lee B. xo

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Author Extra: Amber by T. Strange

Amber by T. Strange

Anthony was a painter until he lost the ability to see color. Worse than color blindness, the edges of objects and people blur together, making it almost impossible for Anthony to interact with anyone or anything. After retreating from the world for decades, he sees a glimpse of yellow that leads him to a musician, Teague.
At first Anthony is frightened and overwhelmed by the color, but he can’t stay away from Teague for long. He finds the courage to confront Teague and explain his unusual problem and Teague’s role in helping him. To Anthony’s relief, Teague believes him. Very quickly, they both realize that getting colors back may be more important to Anthony than his relationship with Teague. If Anthony pushes too hard, he’ll lose Teague, and possibly the colors, forever.

Available at Torquere Press


I had decided that I wanted to write a Color Box story called Amber, and had actually begun (and subsequently abandoned) a completely different idea with the same title. And then, bam! The story that became Amber sprang, almost fully formed, into my head. Then all I had to do was write it down. (Easier said than done!) My wife is an artist, so it’s not too much of a surprise that this is the direction my muse led me.

If I had to use only one word to describe writing Amber, it would be ‘synchronicity’.
While writing it (not at the same time, but between writing sessions), I was watching Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender. When I got to the episode The Guru, I was completely stunned. Without any conscious effort on my part, the way Anthony got each color back perfectly matched its Chakra site. It also helped me figure out how he would get the colors I hadn’t written yet, sticking with the Chakra theme.

Little side note: there are two scenes in the story I didn’t realize were connected until I was editing. Shortly after meeting Teague, Anthony has a vision of Teague standing in a shower of golden raindrops. When Anthony and Teague make up, Teague is eating a dripping yellow ice cream treat. And I swear I didn’t have any idea I was echoing the earlier scene when I wrote it! (My wife, of course, knew the whole time and thought I had repeated the imagery on purpose. If only I’d been able to convincingly pretend that I meant to write it that way. I would have come off as brilliant. Instead, flailing. Don’t believe me? How cool would it have been if I’d intentionally set out to have a color/chakra connection. Sadly, it took a really, really obvious nudge for me to notice what I was doing.)



New Release Day


Amber
By: T. Strange
52 pages / 15400 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-634-5
$3.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4108
Blurb:
Anthony was a painter until he lost the ability to see color. Worse than color blindness, the edges of objects and people blur together, making it almost impossible for Anthony to interact with anyone or anything. After retreating from the world for decades, he sees a glimpse of yellow that leads him to a musician, Teague.
At first Anthony is frightened and overwhelmed by the color, but he can’t stay away from Teague for long. He finds the courage to confront Teague and explain his unusual problem and Teague’s role in helping him. To Anthony’s relief, Teague believes him. Very quickly, they both realize that getting colors back may be more important to Anthony than his relationship with Teague. If Anthony pushes too hard, he’ll lose Teague, and possibly the colors, forever.

Wild Ride
By: Raven de Hart
90 pages / 25200 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-633-8
$3.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4109
Blurb:
Larik rides for the Zathinian cavalry, and he's happy to lead his men against the Kipzian threat. But during a fateful battle, he's lost, trapped with his enemy and forced to stay with the Kipzian man in their city, sealed from the rest of the world.
With a sickening truth staring at him, Larik doesn't know what to think. He focuses on the one thing he can: Gidid, the man who saved him. Because faced with a new reality, his feelings are the one thing he has some control over. But even that could be torn away by the conflict, leaving him alone.
And possibly dead.

A Strange Place in Time - Book 2
By: Alyx J. Shaw
187 pages / 54400 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-635-2
$3.99
Buy Link: http://www.prizmbooks.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=83&zenid=5775b3f831bc137a2c5ee81a3e6c3f12
Blurb:
What do a biker, a drunk dwarf, a half-elven thief, a wizard and god of insanity have in common? More than a person would think. John Arrowsmith, a lost biker who managed to fall through a liminal between two worlds to land of Dargoth, has reached the City of the White Palace, but his adventure is far from over. The palace has risen, and a number of delegates from all over the land have come to speak with the Wizard-King. Strange happenings give rise to concern, and old enemies are rising from the grave to darken the land once more. Complications, both big and small, combine in a tangled and threatening plot, and only the gods themselves know what is happening. But the gods are not speaking, and when Arrowsmith finally decides (with a little prodding) to ask them, he encounters something that only adds to the tangle. Recovering now from a violent attack by the god of madness, it becomes clear that he and his friends and half-elven lover Infamous are going to have to fight subterfuge with subterfuge. Which begs the question – where exactly does one find a five foot ten inch albino virgin prince…?
Coming Next Week...

Your Heart was a Legend
by Emily Nakanishi
Frankie is hopelessly in love with his best friend, Tobias. In a small town with even smaller minds, how can he even come out of the closet, let alone confess his feelings?
Genre: Contemporary, Teen, Coming of Age

Shadowkings I
by Mychael Black
Tragedy thrusts twins Lucca and Gabriele Moretti into a world they never knew existed, and a love affair they can no longer deny.
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Historical

Inches of Trust V. 1
by AR Moler
Beer tasting, a fall down a flight of stairs, a grenade and a violent attack, what do these all have in common? Each one brings NYPD detective Tristan Blake an inch closer to trusting architect Brian Townsend with his heart.
Genre: Contemporary

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

On sale this week!


This week, we have books by T. Strange, Raven de Hart, and Alyx J Shaw on sale for 20% off. Check them out at Torquere and Prizm!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Meme Monday: Rich or Healthy

Would you rather be rich or healthy?

Coming this week...

Coming This Week...


Amber
by T. Strange
Anthony is an artist who can no longer see color. Teague offers his salvation, if Anthony doesn't drive him away first.
Genre: Contemporary, Drama


Wild Ride
by Raven de Hart


A Strange Place in Time Bk 2
by Alyx J Shaw

Thursday, January 9, 2014

The Games We Play, a Hammer story

I have a new Hammer Club short story coming out January 22 in the Take it Like a Man anthology at Torquere Press.

My story is The Games We Play.

When Masters Marcus and Billy join forces to play with their boys, Jim and Montana find themselves at the Hammer Club with the world’s largest plugs in them. Good thing their masters know just how far to push them and how to bring them the most pleasure.

Excerpt (not exactly work safe):

 
Jim looked at Marcus, his buff, bald, beautiful master, eyes wide. "You what?"

"I want to go to the Hammer. Master Billy and Tanny are meeting us there."

"But..." Yes. Butt. Butt was the issue. He had a big plug in, heavy and metal and... He couldn't.

He wouldn't.

"I'll go change." Take the plug out.

"You're fine as you are, baby." Marcus patted his ass.

"Master!" He jumped about a mile in the air.

Marcus chuckled softly, making it clear that he knew exactly what Jim's predicament was. "I love how sensitive it makes you."

"I think I want to stay home. Work." He wasn't going to the club like this.

"We're meeting Master Billy and Tanny there, baby. You're coming." Marcus' tone brooked no argument.

"Can I take the plug out?"

"Absolutely not."

Jim tried to stare Marcus down, but his master just stared right back, not giving a quarter. No fair. This was entirely unfair. Vastly. Viciously. Possibly even mean.

His cock throbbed at the look in Marcus' eyes.

"I'm mad at you." Sort of. A little.

Marcus looked surprised. "Because I'm making you fly?"

"Uh-huh."

The corner of Marcus' lips twitched.

"Don't you laugh at me, butthead."

"I'm not laughing at you!"

"Uh-huh." He pushed into Marcus' arms. "I have a plug the size of a third world country in. Let's stay home."

Marcus did laugh at that. "Oh, baby, you do make me happy." Marcus held him close and stole a kiss. "And I love the way you walk with a third world country in your ass.'

The kiss went deep and needy, Marcus licking into his lips. Those big hands grabbed his ass, squeezing -- making the plug shift inside him.

"Master..." Oh, fuck. It wiggled and shifted and lit him up.


"Right here. Ready to take you to the Hammer." Marcus swatted his ass.


"No spanking!" He went up on tiptoe, hips rocking violently.


"But you love being spanked." Marcus grabbed hold of his ass again, encouraging more rocking from him.

He gritted his teeth, the sensations near unbearable.


Then all of a sudden they stopped, Marcus patting his ass. "It's time to go, baby. We're meeting our friends for supper and I'd hate to keep them waiting."

"I'm not going to be able to get out of this, am I?"

"No, baby. You aren't." Marcus kissed his nose. "It's going to be fun."

"Uh-huh. For you." His ass was going to make him a blithering idiot within an hour.

"You're going to feel fantastic the entire time."

He didn't know about that, but Marcus was insistent, so he'd follow along.


For a little while.

Sean Michael
smut fixes everything
www.seanmichaelwrites.com
 

Happy New Year!

My first post here in the new year -- Happy 2014 to all!

Anyone make any good resolutions or set some interesting goals they'd like to share?

Sean Michael
smut fixes everything
www.seanmichaelwrites.com

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Author's Extra: Full Moon Dating: Coy and Denver by Julia Talbot

Full Moon Dating: Coy and Denver by Julia Talbot


Coy is a big city werewolf who heads to the mountains of Colorado on the word of the team at Full Moon Dating, a paranormal dating service. He’s not sure Denver Allen is the vamp for him, but it can’t hurt to take a vacation and get a little hot loving in the process.

Denver knows Coy is the one for him when they meet, but there’s the whole issue of who the ultimate predator is between them. There’s also the problem of all that biting. Can Denver and Coy work out their troubles before it’s too late for both of them?





They say that the way to a werewolf’s heart is lamb stew! Here’s butler Addison’s best lamb stew recipe, by way of Simply Recipes.

Lamb Shank Stew with Root Vegetables Recipe

·       Yield: Serves 4.

INGREDIENTS

·       Olive oil
·       3 lbs of lamb shanks, each shank cut into a couple of pieces
·       Salt and freshly ground pepper
·       6 garlic cloves, unpeeled
·       2 celery ribs, coarsely chopped
·       4 carrots, 2 coarsely chopped, 2 cut into 2-inch segments, and quartered lengthwise
·       1 large onion, coarsely chopped
·       1/2 cup tomato paste
·       1 cup dry red wine
·       3 cups chicken stock*
·       Two 1x3-inch strips of orange zest
·       1 medium rutabaga, roughly chopped (1 1/2 inch pieces)
·       1 medium turnip, roughly sliced or chopped (1 inch pieces)
·       2 parsnips, chopped
Gremolata
·       2 Tbsp chopped parsley
·       2 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
·       2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
*If cooking gluten-free use homemade chicken stock or gluten-free packaged stock.

METHOD

1 Heat 2 Tbsp of olive oil in a large Dutch oven on medium high heat. Season the lamb shanks with salt and pepper, add them to the casserole and brown well on all sides, working in batches if necessary. Transfer the shanks to a plate.
2 Add the unpeeled garlic cloves, celery, chopped carrots (half of your carrots, the other half are cut lengthwise to be used later in the recipe) and onion to the pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, about 2 minutes. Add the wine; boil over high heat until the liquid is very syrupy, about 5 minutes.
3 Return the shanks to the pot and add the stock and orange zest. Bring to a simmer. Cover the pan, reduce the heat to low, and braise the shank for 3 hours, or until the meat is falling off the bone tender; turn the shanks from time to time as they cook.
4 Preheat oven to 350°F. Put the root vegetables (turnip, rutabaga, parsnips, and lengthwise-cut carrots) in a large baking pan and toss with enough olive oil to coat. Season with salt and pepper and bake in the oven for about an hour, or until tender.
5 In a small bowl, mix the minced garlic with the parsley and lemon zest (the "gremolata"). Set aside.
6 Remove the shanks from the pot and transfer to a plate. Pass the sauce through a coarse strainer, pressing hard on the vegetables. Discard the vegetable pulp. Skim the fat from the surface of the sauce.
7 Return the sauce to the pan, season with salt and pepper and bring to a boil over moderately high heat. Separate the lamb meat from the bones. Add the lamb meat and root vegetables; simmer just until warmed through.

Garnish with the gremolata and serve.

New Release Day


Full Moon Dating: Coy and Denver
By: Julia Talbot
57 pages / 15000 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-636-9
$3.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4106
Blurb:
Coy is a big city werewolf who heads to mountain Colorado on the word of the team at Full Moon Dating, a paranormal dating service. He’s not sure Denver Allen is the vamp for him, but it can’t hurt to take a vacation and get a little hot loving in the process.
Denver knows Coy is the one for him when they meet, but there’s the whole issue of who the ultimate predator is between them. There’s also the problem of all that biting. Can Denver and Coy work out their troubles before it’s too late for both of them?

The Auld Lang Syne of Barnaby Sloan
By: Jenna Jones
52 pages / 15100 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-632-1
$3.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4104
Blurb:
Barnaby Sloan and his boyfriend, Liam, are trying to be more open and communicative, and tell each other everything. With New Year's Eve approaching, Liam invites Barnaby to join him at the museum's New Year's Eve party. At first, Barnaby is hesitant because he knows his ex-boyfriend, Xander, will probably be there, but his desire to please Liam overrules his worry about the temptation Xander may present.
At the party, all seems to be going well until Barnaby meets Jared, Liam's cute, new secretary, and Jared's date: Xander. Xander makes no secret that he still wants Barnaby. Shaken by the encounter with Xander, Barnaby lashes out at Liam and seeks comfort elsewhere in the museum. New Year's Eve is a time for new beginnings. Can Barnaby resist the temptation to return to old habits?

Coming Next Week...


Amber
by T. Strange
Anthony is an artist who can no longer see color. Teague offers his salvation, if Anthony doesn't drive him away first.
Genre: Contemporary, Drama


Wild Ride
by Raven de Hart


A Strange Place in Time Bk 2
by Alyx J Shaw

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

On sale this week...


This week, we have books by Jenna Jones and Julia Talbot on sale for 20% off. Check 'em out here!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Meme Monday: Childhood Games

What was your favorite game to play as a child?

Coming This Week

Coming This Week...


The Auld Lang Syne of Barnaby Sloane
by Jenna Jones
New Year's Eve is a time for new beginnings. Can Barnaby resist the temptation to revert to old habits?
Genre: Contemporary

Full Moon Dating #2
by Julia Talbot
Coy is a city wolf, while Denver is a country hermit of a vampire. They may not have a lot in common, but paranormal dating service Full Moon Dating thinks they're pretty darned perfect for each other.
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal

Friday, January 3, 2014

Flashback Friday and a new Paulo song!


Hello friends, and happy 2014! May it be a fine 365 for all of us.

Some of you know Preston and his boy Paulo. This series of lighthearted short stories follows novice submissive Paulo as he pursues, wins and loves his Dominant, the rather-older Preston. It started with Paulo's first appearance as a secondary character in DING DONG MERRILY (which you can download as a free PDF). As a member of the Sister City Gay Men's Chorus Paulo loves to sing, and he seldom leaves a song untouched. To wit, his naughty version of a familiar holiday favorite:

"All the Daddies pause and stare at me
Lashed to this cross tight as I can be
Yes I begged my master to display me publicly
But he left me bereft of the final touch, bare as can be
All I want for Christmas..."


I'm hard at work on a new Paulo & Preston tale. But I wanted to take a break to offer a Paulo song for the new year. Somehow this one is less silly and raunchy and more romantic and hopeful, but I hope it will amuse regardless. It's based on "Happy New Year" by the redoubtable ABBA (thanks to a suggestion from reader Debby236 right here on Romance for the Rest of Us last winter).

Here with apologies to Benny Andersson and Bjoern Ulvaeus, is...

BOY AND SIR YEAR

Merrymaking
Of the Yuletide is through
Alone at last, Master
Needing so, my balls are blue
Time for our private party
To send the old year away
Get the new underway
With Master and me at play

Happy new year
Boy and Sir year
May you dream up a vision now and then
Make it come true with each day you make me bend
Happy new year
Boy and Sir year
Bind me tight with all your ropes and make me fly
Bring me down into your arms and make me sigh
Sir and I

Sometimes I see
How best to serve you in our lives
But my faith sometimes dives
And I need you in my eyes
It’s you who helps me be
Your canvas, stone and clay
To shape, your marks to lay
In your mind’s eye’s fine array
For your pleasure and for me

Happy new year
Boy and Sir year
May you dream up a vision now and then
Make it come true with each day you make me bend
Happy new year
Boy and Sir year
Bind me tight with all your ropes and make me fly
Bring me down into your arms and make me sigh
Sir and I

Open me now
I offer myself and more
All that I am for your
Dominant body to score
Loving furrows like a plow
Across my landscape supine
Your will and mine entwine
I submit, before you shine
With love, yours and mine, our vow

Happy new year
Boy and Sir year
May you dream up a vision now and then
Make it come true with each day you make me bend
Happy new year
Boy and Sir year
Bind me tight with all your ropes and make me fly
Bring me down into your arms and make me sigh
Sir and I

Wish me luck finishing up the new story! I'll see you all back here in a few weeks!

Cheers,
Lee B.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

This week's specials!

This week, we have books by Kate Roman and Alexa Snow on sale for 20% off. Check them out here!