Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Author extra: Roll by Lynn Townsend

Roll 
By Lynn Townsend

From the farms of Tennessee, Beau Watkins had it all in high school; the cute girl, the popular, jock lifestyle, a loving family. As a rising freshman at an out-of-state college, he's determined to find out who he really is behind the fake it 'til you make it attitude. He joins Rainbow Connection, the gay student alliance, hoping to find himself. Instead, he finds Vin Reyes. Raised by his grandparents and the heir to a prosperous company, Vin has been out of the closet since he figured out what that meant. He has it all: fashionable clothing, fancy cars, huge houses, and a real party lifestyle, even a bodyguard. Most of all, he has a secret.
Uncomfortable with Vin's generosity, Beau fights his growing attraction for the president of Rainbow Connection, chasing instead a series of shallow affairs. Vin's never been denied anything that he wants, though, and now he wants Beau. But it's not until an old rival puts Beau in the hospital that Vin realizes that Beau means more to him than a simple love affair. Can the two of them bridge the gap between their worlds and roll with the all the punches life will throw at them?

Available here: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4139


Author extra:

Blues, a Rainbow Connection Novel, Chapter One

Beau Watkins shoved the key into the battered copper lock and turned. The tiny box that held his campus mail was jammed full and he had to wiggle the envelopes around in order to get them out. One particularly stubborn item had to be bent in order to get past the door. He closed the door, turned his key back to locked, and  shuffled out of the post office without looking at the double handful of letters, cards, and fliers.

As had become her habit, Ann-Marie was waiting for him on the steps, sitting two from the bottom, her oversized, overpriced milk, sugar, and coffee drink mostly gone and dangling from her fingertips. She stood up as he approached. She didn't say anything, just held her hand out for the mail and Beau paused to rest his forehead against hers briefly. From the corner of his eye, he observed a girl looking at them wistfully. He knew what it looked like, damn it all, he did. But he needed this, too.

"Come on, wimp," Ann-Marie said. She punched him in the shoulder, but it was half-hearted, barely stung. As they walked, she flipped through the mail, one card and flier at a time. "Campus crap… a card, return postage is New York. Probably your cousin. Bill you later for a magazine you don't want. Card. Tennessee. Card. Tennessee. Your credit card statement. I know you probably don't want that. A note from the Pee Oh saying you have a package for pickup. Do you want to do that today, or wait til next week. Nevermind, don't answer that now. Card. California? Who do you know in Cali? And a letter."

Beau collapsed onto one of the inevitable park benches. Far from anyone else. He stared at the ground between his feet. "Is it?"

"From Lee? Looks that way." Ann-Marie handed him the paper spam, fliers and campus announcements, tucking the cards under her arm and eyeballing the letter the way someone might handle a bomb. "You want me to open this one, or just chuck it?"

"Open it." Beau studied his worn out sneakers with forced concentration. There was a small hole over his second toe on the left side and the right shoe's sole was peeling off. He needed new shoes, had needed them for months now.

Ann-Marie slid her finger under the flap and worked out several pages; Beau tried not to look up, but he couldn't help it. Three, at least, sheets of paper, crammed margin to margin with his brother's painfully angular handwriting. There were several harsh marks, either underlining or words that were crossed out. Ann-Marie glanced at him over the edge of the paper. "Beau," she said, warningly.

"I know, I know." He turned on the bench, staring away from her. Watching people pass on the sidewalks on their way to class or clubs, lunch or lectures, the library or the coffee shop. People who didn't have their world collapsing on them. Or maybe they did. It's not like he often worried much about how other people were doing, just how he was coping. And the answer to that was, not bloody well.

"He's still being a dick," Ann-Marie pronounced. As per their agreement, she tore the letter up. Beau winced every time the sound of ripping paper reached his ears until he was practically cowering on the bench with his arms thrown over his head in surrender. He wasn't, not really. On the outside he was cool, detached, as always. On the inside, he was screaming, beating his fists against the walls of his brain, tearing great gouges out of his own flesh.

"I ain't surprised," he said.

Ann-Marie crumpled up the shreds and tossed them in the trash can. She cracked open one of the cards. "Birthday card. It's your birthday? You never said."

"Next week," Beau said.

"How old will you be?" She checked the inside of the card and then dropped it in his lap.

"Oh, Aunt Lucy," he said, reading through the quick note. There was a check, too. Shit. Five hundred dollars? How the hell could she afford that on her retirement income? "Um, twenty."

"Baby," Ann-Marie said. "I can't believe we're not partying it up. Damn, child, you wouldn't say shit if you had a mouthful. Can't wait to tell Vin."

Beau groaned but didn't protest. The other cards were from his mother and his cousin, Kate. Kate's card was filled in almost completely, both inside flaps and half the back, with neat, rounded letters. He read through her news - confused at first until he realized that she'd started on the signature page and moved backward through the card. "Oh, Kate got a new gig," he said. "She's got a role in an ensemble cast television show." A gift card was glue-dotted on the inside of the envelope. He pocketed it without looking at the amount.

"Leading lady?"

"Doesn't look like it," he said, scanning through the details again. "Some gothic horror thing, called Victor. I expect I'll get more info later."

"I like your cousin."

"Everyone loves Kate." Beau tucked the card in his backpack. His mom hadn't written a note at all in her card. She'd signed it Love, Mom, but that was it. There was very little communication between them. Beau closed the card, pressed the paper against his chest and closed his eyes. It had to be hard for her, he thought. His father had been furious. About what? So much to chose from: Beau's coming out as a homosexual; the fist fight he'd had with his brother Lee right before Lee's wedding; and the matter of eight thousand dollars that Joanna Watkins had stolen to give to her youngest son after his father disowned him.

Disowned? Disavowed, more like. What son? Gerald only had one son. He didn't know any Beauregard.

Between Gerald's utter silence, and Lee's prolific hate mail, Beau's mom had to be completely in an emotional turmoil. Beau gritted his teeth. She made her choice, it wasn't his responsibility. It wasn't his burden to make his family happy. Maybe if he kept telling himself that, he'd believe it. Eventually.

"All right, if I'm done playing mail censor for you today," Ann-Marie said, "we can pick up that package, what? Friday?"

"You know I appreciate it," Beau said. He wanted to get up and couldn't. His legs were trembly and weak like a newborn colt. He tipped his head back and gazed up into the cloudy, Chicago sky.

"I don't know why you don't just let Vin do it," she said. She threw herself down onto the bench next to him and dragged him into one of her hard-armed, dike-hugs.

Vin. His boyfriend. His lover. The one thing, Beau thought, that made all of this worth anything at all. "He gets too angry," Beau offered up as an excuse. Which was true. Vin was prone to becoming completely ballistic about anything that upset Beau. "And I get all conflicted."

"About what?" She'd been reading Beau's brother's letters for the last month, after the second of these had resulted in Beau breaking two fingers against the brick wall he'd punched in his rage.

Beau actually looked at her. She was very butch, her hair cut brutally short and multiple piercings up her ear, two in her nose and the snakebites on either side of her mouth. Not pretty; even if she'd dressed more feminine, Ann-Marie would never have been called pretty. Striking, maybe. God knows she had a tendency to strike people. But her eyes were soft and concerned for him, even if her mouth was twitched up in a cynical sneer.

"They're still my family. And… I dunno." Beau shrugged. He couldn't stop the helpless flow of defense; Lee wasn't so bad, his mom meant well, his dad was old and set in his ways. Which just made Vin more angry and the diatribe against his redneck, fucked up, stupid family stung more than Beau expected. Watkinses are all stupid, but you're okay. It sounded like "I don't hate homosexuals, my best friend is gay." He was a Watkins. It didn't matter that his family was stupid and shallow and awful and… he still loved them. Listening to Vin snipe and harp was awful. Unbearable.

"Nobody gets to insult your brother but you?" Ann-Marie suggested.

"Yeah, something like that." Ann-Marie got it. She'd been thrown out of her own house, three years ago. Surprisingly common, that was. At least a third of the Gay Student Association - The Rainbow Connection - had some serious family issues. Beau sighed. "And I just don't want to fight with him about it. I don't need more fightin'."

"At least you're smart enough not to read his letters yourself," Ann-Marie said. She cast a scathing look at the trash where the shredded remains of Lee's vitriol still reached out to him with tempting hands. He wanted to read them. Wanted to brand his heart with those terrible words, needed them to keep him up at night, wishing for everything that never was. It was destructive, life-altering behavior. He wanted to compose long angry drafts of letters to his brother, never sent, to burn everything that ever lay between them. But he wouldn't do it. Not again. Lee could open the door, but Beau wasn't obligated to walk into that hell with him.

"I don't need to end up in the emergency room again," was all he said.

"You do have that inclination." Ann-Marie checked her watch. "Well, fun as this has been, kiddo, I gotta scoot. Carson's class in twenty minutes."

Beau grabbed her hand as she got up from the bench and squeezed it between his. "I know this is hard for you. Thanks."

"Hey, Lee's not my asshole brother. I can stand hearing a little gay-bashing from time to time. He sounds like a fucking stereotype. Really, he needs to get some original material, if he's going to get my outrage these days."

Beau snorted. He dropped Ann-Marie's hand; she was uncomfortable with physical affection, or even sincere, fond words. She was already looking for another excuse to hit him.

"I'll see you at the meeting?"

"Wouldn't miss it." She promised, crossing her fingers over her heart.

Beau rubbed at his arms, watching her as she strode away. Not the least bit ladylike, he amused himself by counting the number of people who jumped out of her way before she turned the corner. Ann-Marie was a valkyrie of a woman, near to six feet tall, blonde and fierce. Stereotypical, she'd called his brother. Pot, meet kettle. Ann-Marie was so butch that she had straight football players questioning their masculinity.

God, he wanted a cigarette. He chewed aimlessly on the side of his fingers, ignoring the pain in his nailbed as his abused cuticles protested his oral fixation. But he'd quit - mostly - over the summer. Not for any health reasons, and certainly Vin hadn't encouraged it. Vin was the champion of self-destructive behaviors, drinking, smoking, driving like a maniac. The truth was more prosaic and somewhat more depressing. Beau couldn't afford it. He had no income, aside from the gifts from those members of his family who hadn't disowned him, and that was going to dry up rapidly. Beau needed every penny he could get his hands on just for tuition. As it was, he was going to have to apply for financial aid and student loans before he got his degree.

He eyed the trash can.

A few of the shreds waved in the stiff mid-west wind. Tangled down by other student trash, recyclables in the wrong cannister. Empty and mostly empty coffee cups.

He was going to get up right now and go off to his afternoon classes. And then spend some time in the library, getting his homework done. It was impossible to get homework done in the apartment he shared with Vin. Vin was careless and crazy, but super smart. Studying didn't come natural to him, but he still got mostly A's and B's, whereas Beau had to study several hours a day to maintain a B average. And Vin was particularly adept in convincing Beau that he didn't need to study, he would rather go out, hit a movie, have sex, grab a bite to eat, have sex, and watch some television. And have sex. Beau couldn't help the smug grin that tugged at his mouth. Damn, Vin was a fine, fine man and Beau knew just how lucky he was.

He wasn't going to snatch those shredded pieces of letter from the trash. He wasn't even going to consider that.

He scrubbed his hands over his face, feeling the rasp of his three day stubble under his fingers. No one else could see it, Beau was as blond as Ann-Marie. It took work - effort - to grow a beard that someone could see without a microscope. Mostly, Beau kept his face shaved, but a few days of slack wouldn't be noticeable to anyone except maybe Vin.

"Walk away, asshole," he muttered.

He cast one last, desperate look behind him, and then matched words to actions, shouldering his pack and headed off toward the northern quad.

The remains of his brother's letter were buried a moment later by a freshman with a crumpled fast food bag in her hands and french fries still sticking out of her mouth.


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Roll
by Lynn Townsend
220 pages / 61600 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-652-9
$6.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4139
Blurb:
Also available in paperback from Amazon.com
From the farms of Tennessee, Beau Watkins had it all in high school; the cute girl, the popular, jock lifestyle, a loving family. As a rising freshman at an out-of-state college, he's determined to find out who he really is behind the fake it 'til you make it attitude. He joins Rainbow Connection, the gay student alliance, hoping to find himself. Instead, he finds Vin Reyes. Raised by his grandparents and the heir to a prosperous company, Vin has been out of the closet since he figured out what that meant. He has it all: fashionable clothing, fancy cars, huge houses, and a real party lifestyle, even a bodyguard. Most of all, he has a secret.
Uncomfortable with Vin's generosity, Beau fights his growing attraction for the president of Rainbow Connection, chasing instead a series of shallow affairs. Vin's never been denied anything that he wants, though, and now he wants Beau. But it's not until an old rival puts Beau in the hospital that Vin realizes that Beau means more to him than a simple love affair. Can the two of them bridge the gap between their worlds and roll with the all the punches life will throw at them?

One Warlock's Love Story: One Moore Knight
by Shad O. Walker
213 pages / 60700 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-653-6
$6.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4140
Blurb:
Also available in paperback from Amazon.com
In a world where shape shifters are openly bisexual, vampires have insatiable sex drives, and warlocks emit pheromones, warlock Zander Knight only begins to make sense of his supernatural powers and sexuality at his eighteenth birthday.  He is among a handful of supernaturals that believe that there are very powerful people who want them all dead.  Unfortunately, the politics among shape shifters, vampires, and magicals seems to be getting in the way of finding the truth.  
Zander decides to take matters into his own hands and deal with the threat to the supernatural community while he works to mend his own broken heart.  Neither Zander or his best friend, Giovanni, is prepared to be ambushed by a shape shifter with a beautiful body and a handsome face. 
The result leaves Zander changed forever and literally fighting for his life. This is more than just one warlock’s love story -- this is a supernatural adventure.

Another World
by Vic Winter
56 pages / 16400 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-654-3
$3.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4138
Blurb:
From soldiers fighting on a virtual battlefield to werewolves and trolls living on mountains, the four short stories in this collection all take place in a world not quite our own.
In The Champion, Maxim and Dorian are secret lovers in a world where men are not allowed to love each other and wars are fought by men on a virtual battlefield. Maxim is the Black Champion, but will his bravery extend to his love life as well?
Next up is The Mountain, a fairy-tale style story featuring a village lad who is fascinated by the mountain that looms over his home, and the supposed beastly troll that lives within its caves.
Wolf Unexpected and Ten Things to Hate About Being a Werewolf, are two urban fantasies featuring shapeshifters who are new to being werewolves. Can their heroes each find someone to help them find joy and happiness in their new situation?
Stories in this collection were originally published individually by Torquere Press.
Coming Next Week...

Eagle Peak
by Elizabeth Fontaine
Eagle Peak, central Minnesota (pop. 596): A world of pep rallies, football games, and country pop. It's about as far from Minneapolis as Sean can get. And he's here to stay.
Genre: Edgy Young Adult

Begin and End with You
by AR Moler
When your memory is a blank and you’re accused of murder, who do you turn to for help?
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal Mystery/Suspense

Secui Domus
by Kiernan Kelly

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

On sale this week...

This week, we have selected titles from Lynn Townsend, Shad O. Walker, and Vic Winter on sale for 20% off! Check 'em out here: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials

Monday, February 24, 2014

Meme Monday: Favorite Band/Singer

Who’s your favorite singer or band?

Meme Monday: Video Games

Do you play video games now?

New this week...

Coming This Week...

Roll
by Lynn Townsend
College is all about finding yourself... but nobody told Beau that it was also about losing your heart. Can a farm kid from Tennessee make it work with a flamboyant rich man with a hidden past?
Genre: Contemporary, New Adult

One Warlock's Love Story: One Moore Knight
by Shad O Walker
One Warlock’s Love Story is the supernatural coming of age story of warlock Zander Knight.  This epic tale spans twelve installments with villainous vampires, sexy shape shifters, wild warlocks, fierce fairies, great sex, and the kind of drama only found in the best urban literature.  This is real Black magic! 
Genre: LGBT, contemporary, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

Another World
by Vic Winter
Werewolves? Champions? Trolls? Find them all in this compilation of fantasy and paranormal short stories by Vic Winter
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Author Extra: Tiffany and Tiger's Eye by Foxglove Lee

Tiffany and Tiger's Eye
By Foxglove Lee

How many secrets can a family keep?
If there's one thing Rebecca knows, it's how to hide her problems. But with a rock-and-roll dad who drinks too much and a mom who works day and night, Rebecca needs a sympathetic ear. That's why she tells her troubles to Yvette, an antique doll that once belonged to her grandmother.
In the summer of 1986, after her father's strange disappearance, Rebecca and her little brother are sent to the cottage with Aunt Libby and Uncle Flip. Rebecca's relieved to get away from the city, and her relief grows to bliss when she meets Tiffany, a water-skiing blonde who dresses like Madonna, makes her own jewelry, and claims to see auras.
But strange things happen when Rebecca spends time with Tiffany. Her aunt and uncle are convinced she's acting out -- and she'd have good reason to, considering they obviously know where her father is and won't say -- but she can't convince them she isn't the one trashing her bedroom and setting fires. As crazy as it seems, Yvette must be the culprit.
There's nothing more dangerous than a jealous doll that knows all your secrets...
Available here: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=83&products_id=4135


Author Extra: 

This Old Shack

There’s so much I could say about my new novel, Tiffany and Tiger’s Eye.  As a horror story, family drama, and sweet lesbian romance set in the eighties, it covers a lot of bases.  I could talk about how much of my young adult life pops out of my main character, Rebecca.  I could tell you how much fun I had delving back into 1980s fashion trends and modes of speech (like, gag me with a spoon!) to write it.  I could admit to the half-recalled memories that provided a springboard for Rebecca’s family secrets.

Instead, I’m going to tell you about the cottage.

Tiffany and Tiger’s Eye is a summer novel, so if the chilly temperatures are getting you down this might make a nice little mental getaway.  It’s set at a very strange old shack, which is modeled after the one my grandparents owned in the 80s.  In the book, Rebecca remarks that it’s more like a storage unit than a cottage, and that pretty much describes it to a T.  The structure did have bedrooms, but as a whole the cottage was a single-storey rectangle that sat about a foot off the ground. If it had wheels, it would be a giant caravan.

It didn’t have wheels. It did, however, have hippie daisy stickers on every door and the most hideous 1970s-era furnishings you could possibly imagine.  There was a little black-and-white TV in the corner, but without cable and being in the middle of the woods, it only got reception of one channel—and that was very blurry.

The radio was always on, always tuned to CBC Radio One.

To say the cottage had indoor plumbing would be stretching the truth just a bit.  There was some kind of pump in the kitchen, which supplied water to the sink, but the taps in the bathroom were purely decorative.  Every morning, my grandmother would fill a tin basin in the kitchen and set it in the bathroom sink for us to wash our hands.

Now… about the toilet.  Maybe this is TMI, but I’m not completely clear how that whole system worked.  There WAS a toilet and it DID flush, but only once a day.  And my grandmother had to do it.  I’m sure you can imagine the stink of that bathroom with a whole day’s worth of a whole family’s… umm… leavings, shall we say? Flushing was a delicate procedure, always kept under wraps. Very mysterious.

The family in my book has a teepee in the backyard (which was a clearing that spilled over into woods) because we had a teepee, too, made of branches and boughs.  Years before I was born, my grandfather had carved a family totem pole back there.  That didn’t make it into my novel, but now I kind of wish it had.  I’d forgotten about it until just now.

I’ll tell you another strange thing about the cottage, which didn’t figure into the book: if you walked into the woods behind my (maternal) grandparents’ shack cottage and you kept walking for five or ten minutes, you’d arrive in the backyard of my paternal grandparents’ prim two-storey gingerbread cottage.  AND YET… that’s not how my parents met.  They met in the city, even though their parents had these cottages that basically backed on to one another.

Isn’t that weird?

I’m not sure how my grandmother or anyone else from my family will feel about me incorporating all this weirdness into my book.  Grandma’s got a fine sense of humour, so I think she’ll be amused.


At least, I hope so…

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The Briar Rose: Controlling Parker
by Sean Michael
108 pages / 27200 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-651-2
$4.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4136
Blurb:
Matt and Adam from Sold, a Hammer novel, are back once again at the Briar Rose, their BDSM B&B. This time their guests are lovers and Dom/sub pair Gaston and Parker who need their help reaching a goal.
A committed pair in the BDSM lifestyle, Gaston and Parker have been together for six years. Parker works hard to be the best sub he can be, to be worthy of Gaston, but try as he has, he can’t come on command without a touch to his cock and he knows it’s totally his fault.
Booking a week at the Briar Rose, Gaston is hoping that between a week away from home with no other distractions, and help from Matt and Adam, he and Parker will be able to achieve their goal – together.
Will Gaston be able to overcome Parker’s insecurities or will they have to let this particular aspect of their play go?

The Keeper
by Kiernan Kelly
204 pages / 60100 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-650-5
$6.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4137
Blurb:
Also available in paperback at Amazon.com
After millennia of hiding in the shadows, the creatures of myth known collectively as "The Others," have stepped forward into the light of day and demanded the right to live in peace, sharing the planet humans had long claimed as their own.

When the humans respond to the appearance of the Others with a threat of genocide, the Others convene a Council of War, intent on developing and implementing their attack, but they discover a chilling prophecy.
"Heed me well, all of you. Attack the humans without the Keeper and you will fail. Every one of you will become nothing but a memory, a myth, and the humans will truly inherit the earth."
The choice is clear: The Others must find the Keeper, or die. The Council charges Liam, son of the Fae chieftain, with this critical mission but he quickly finds this mission isn't easy. Not only does no one have any idea where The Keeper might be, but time is running out, and the Keeper is determined not to be found.

Tiffany and Tiger's Eye
by Foxglove Lee
234 pages / 67000 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-648-2
$6.99
Buy Link: http://www.prizmbooks.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=84
Blurb:
How many secrets can a family keep?
If there's one thing Rebecca knows, it's how to hide her problems. But with a rock-and-roll dad who drinks too much and a mom who works day and night, Rebecca needs a sympathetic ear. That's why she tells her troubles to Yvette, an antique doll that once belonged to her grandmother.
In the summer of 1986, after her father's strange disappearance, Rebecca and her little brother are sent to the cottage with Aunt Libby and Uncle Flip. Rebecca's relieved to get away from the city, and her relief grows to bliss when she meets Tiffany, a water-skiing blonde who dresses like Madonna, makes her own jewelry, and claims to see auras.
But strange things happen when Rebecca spends time with Tiffany. Her aunt and uncle are convinced she's acting out -- and she'd have good reason to, considering they obviously know where her father is and won't say -- but she can't convince them she isn't the one trashing her bedroom and setting fires. As crazy as it seems, Yvette must be the culprit.
There's nothing more dangerous than a jealous doll that knows all your secrets...
Coming Next Week...

Roll
by Lynn Townsend
College is all about finding yourself... but nobody told Beau that it was also about losing your heart. Can a farm kid from Tennessee make it work with a flamboyant rich man with a hidden past?
Genre: Contemporary, New Adult

One Warlock's Love Story: One Moore Knight
by Shad O Walker
One Warlock’s Love Story is the supernatural coming of age story of warlock Zander Knight.  This epic tale spans twelve installments with villainous vampires, sexy shape shifters, wild warlocks, fierce fairies, great sex, and the kind of drama only found in the best urban literature.  This is real Black magic! 
Genre: LGBT, contemporary, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

Another World
by Vic Winter
Werewolves? Champions? Trolls? Find them all in this compilation of fantasy and paranormal short stories by Vic Winter
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal

Author Extra: Briar Rose 2: Controlling Parker by Sean Michael

Briar Rose 2: Controlling Parker
By Sean Michael

Matt and Adam from Sold, a Hammer novel, are back once again at the Briar Rose, their BDSM B&B. This time their guests are lovers and Dom/sub pair Gaston and Parker who need their help reaching a goal.
A committed pair in the BDSM lifestyle, Gaston and Parker have been together for six years. Parker works hard to be the best sub he can be, to be worthy of Gaston, but try as he has, he can’t come on command without a touch to his cock and he knows it’s totally his fault.
Booking a week at the Briar Rose, Gaston is hoping that between a week away from home with no other distractions, and help from Matt and Adam, he and Parker will be able to achieve their goal – together.
Will Gaston be able to overcome Parker’s insecurities or will they have to let this particular aspect of their play go?

Available here: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=78_85&products_id=4136


Author Extra: 

Adam makes a soup similar to this one to serve on Gaston and Parker’s first night at the Briar Rose:

Creamy Broccoli Cheddar Soup

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.


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

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

On sale this week...

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Review Round-Up December 6, 2013 - February 17, 2014

The holidays put a bit wrinkle in the review round-up so this one will be longer than usual. We hope you enjoy the reviews and share them with your friends and fellow readers.

If you have additional reviews please post them in the comments.

Night Owl Erotica

Ghost Pepper: Ahora by BA Tortuga
Necessary Roughness by Beth Wylde


Rainbow Book Reviews

Tis the Season by Rob Rosen
Christmas Wish by Mychael Black & Shayne Carmichael
Top Bidder, a Hammer story by Sean Michael
Time for Christmas by Liam Grey
Kissing Santa by Sienna Sway
Otter Madness by Winnie Jerome
Home for Christmas by M. Durango
Home for the Hollandaise by BA Tortuga & Julia Talbot
Holiday Hootenanny by Ari McKay
A Christmas Caroler by John Amory
Deeper, a Hammer novel by Sean Michael
Inheritance by Sean Michael
Inches of Trust, Volume 1 by AR Moler
The Games We Play, a Hammer story (from the Take It Like a Man Anthology) by Sean Michael
The Perfect Size for You (from Take It Like a Man Anthology) by Lily G. Blunt
Monkey Suit (from Take It Like a Man Anthology) by BA Tortuga
Too Good (from Take It Like a Man Anthology) by T. Strange
Just a Little Bit More (from Take It Like a Man Anthology) by Mychael Black
Just What the Doctor Ordered (from Take It Like a Man Anthology) by Lorne Rodman
Blood Sacrifice by Stormy Glenn
Coy and Denver (Full Moon Dating 2) by Julia Talbot
Ten Days of Newton by Serena Yates


Mrs. Condit Reads Reviews

Surprise, Surprise by Star Noble
Cinnamon and Seduction by Ari McKay
Inheritance by Sean  Michael
Emerging Magic by Angela Benedetti


The Romance Studio

Dandy's Little Girl by Ari McKay


MM Good Book Reviews

The Co-Walkers, Awakening by Hermine G. Steinberg
The Motion of the Planet by Alexa Snow
The Recalling of John Arrowsmith, A Strange Place in Time Bk 1 by Alyx J. Shaw
Derailleur by Kate Roman
Your Heart Was a Legend by Emily Nakanishi
The Ten Days of Newton by Serena Yates
Ties That Bind by Indra Vaughn
The Haunted Halloween of Barnaby Sloan by Jenna Jones
Time for Christmas by Liam Grey
Zirkua Fantastic by Voss Foster
A Family of His Own by Sean Michael
A Very Demony Christmas by Nancy M. Griffis
A Special Christmas by Julie Lynn Hayes
All I Want for Christmas by VL Locey
Star Sapphire by Michael Barnette
The Syrup Incident by Ava Kelly
Love of the Hunter by VL Locey
Holiday Hootenanny by Ari McKay
Otter Madness by Winnie Jerome
Home for Christmas by M. Durango
The Christmas Miracles of Barnaby Sloan by Jenna Jones
Cereus: Training by Sean Michael, Julia Talbot & BA Tortuga
Phantom Touch by Delilah Storm
Christmas Wish by Shayne Carmichael & Michael Black
Inheritance by Sean Michael
Kissing Santa by Sienna Sway
A Christmas Caroler by John Amory
Tis the Season by Rob Rosen
Moonlight Becomes Him by Alex Younger
The Wishbone by Rob Rosen


Pants Off Reviews

The Caldwell Ghost by KJ Charles
An Erie Halloween by VL Locey
Surprise, Surprise by Star Noble
Ghost of a Chance by Ari McKay


Long and Short Reviews

The Second Mango by Shira Glassman
Naked Sonata by J.T. Seate
Crowns and Criminals by Kayla Bain-Vrba

The Blog of Sid Love

Moonlight Becomes Him by Alex Younger
Pour Me a Triple by Sean Michael
Inheritance by Sean Michael


Top 2 Bottom Reviews

Top Bidder by Sean Michael
Taking a Chance by A. Catherine Noon and Rachel Wilder
A Christmas Caroler by John Amory
Full Moon Dating: Aiden and Ben by Julia Talbot


Joyfully Jay Reviews

Christmas Wish by Mychael Black & Shayne Carmichael
Tis the Season by Rob Rosen
The Christmas Miracles of Barnaby Sloan by Jenna Jones
Horsing Around Anthology edited by V. Diamond
Motion of the Planet by Alexa Snow
Home for the Hollandaise by Julia Talbot & BA Tortuga
Holiday Hootenanny by Ari McKay
Otter Madness by Winnie Jerome 

Manic Readers Reviews

Switch, a Hammer novel by Sean Michael 

Literary Nymphs Reviews

Velvet Song by Sean Michael 
Top Bidder by Sean Michael 
Deeper by Sean Michael 
Mannies Incorporated by Sean Michael 
Coy and Denver: Full Moon Dating by Julia Talbot 
A Family of His Own by Sean Michael 


Hearts of Fire Reviews

Everyone Loves a Wedding by Chris Owen 
All I Want for Christmas by VL Locey 
The Ten Days of Newton by Serena Yates 
A Family of His Own by Sean Michael 
Inches of Trust, Volume 1 by AR Moler 
Deeper by Sean Michael 


Fallen Angel Reviews

Full Moon Dating: Aiden and Ben by Julia Talbot  
Winter's Trial by Darren Endymion 
A Christmas Caroler by John Amory 


Love Romances & More

A Christmas Caroler by John Amory 
Taking a Chance by A. Catherine Noon & Rachel Wilder