Monday, March 31, 2014

Coming This Week...

Coming This Week...

Herc's Mercs: The Bigger They Come
by Ari McKay
Cade "Hercules" Thornton, head of Hercules Security, is the best bodyguard in the business, which is why millionaire Kate Morgan lures him out of retirement to protect her grandson, Jude. The only problem is that Jude doesn't want a "babysitter", and sparks fly from the moment Cade and Jude meet. But the danger is real, and so is the stalker who wants Jude – even if he has to kill Cade Thornton to get to him.
Genre: Contemporary, Drama

What It's All About
by Tory Temple
College is supposed to be the best time of their lives. When Max and Devin get together one steamy night, they each find out that their college expectations are vastly different. Can they find a common subject to agree on?
Genre: Contemporary

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Author Extra: Dragonfall by Winnie Jerome

Dragonfall 
by Winnie Jerome

Arthur is a dragon hiding amongst the humans, waiting for the word from his queen to take up arms again. It has been centuries, and one day now fades into the next in a gray haze of sameness. The only time he finds some sort of relief is when he bottoms at a local BDSM club.
All of this changes when he meets half-dragon Drew. Arthur is used to brief trysts, but Drew wants to get to know each other. Against his better instincts, Arthur plays along, only to uncover one of the many demons from his past, one that perhaps should have remained buried.
Story also appears in the Spinning the Top Anthology.

Available at Torquere Press: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4158


Author Extra:

The Western clan of dragons featured in Dragonfall originally enforced certain roles based on a dragon's ability. Smaller, weaker dragons would become servants; while the stronger ones would become warriors. An edict was handed down that servants could only mate with servants and warriors could only mate with warriors of equal ability.

Through this selective breeding; the servant and the warrior class became quite divergent and caste-based. The servants resemble wyverns more than the classic dragon. The warriors are separated into four grades : Gamma, Delta, Beta, and Alpha.

Alphas are the elite warriors, and the only ones allowed to go into battle beside the royal family. Alpha dragonets are relinquished by their parents shortly after they hatch. Dragonets are examined and any deemed too weak for Alpha status are killed.

The dragonets are put through a strict, brutal training regimen as soon as possible, overseen by the Imperator (the equivalent of a sargent). Loyalty to the royal family and their cadre are drilled into their heads; relationships are forbidden, although there are no rules against trysts.

Every Alpha is expected to produce offspring, regardless of sexual preference. The parents are matched up by the Imperator to produce to the best quality Alphas, and insures the next generations of Alphas is better than the previous ones.

Betas through Deltas are expected to mate with other Betas and Deltas. There is no culling, and they are reared by their parents, but a truly talented warrior in any of these classes can never ascend in the higher ranks.

Individual dragons are allowed to have their own treasure hoards, but the wealth is divided up based on rank, so Alphas tend to have the most extensive hoards, while the Gammas have poor caches.

The Alphas through the Gammas have limited spell capability, but the leaders and the Royal Family are much more adept.


How Arthur, the protagonist of Dragonfall, adapts from this regimented culture to living in the modern day is an interesting question.

New BDSM Anthology & Tory Temple Collection

This week we have selected titles from Mychael Black, Winnie Jerome, Kiernan Kelly, Kassandra Lea, and Tory Temple on sale for 20% off! Check 'em out here: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials


The Tory Temple Collection
by Tory Temple
59 pages / 16700 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-672-7
$3.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4160
Blurb:
Whether a fairy tale or a story grounded in reality, there is room for romance anywhere. From the secluded hospital bed to the back room of a tattoo shop, that spark can be found in the most unlikely places. This collection of stories will take you to four very different spots as the men within discover that love turns up in unusual ways. A tattoo artist, a hospital worker, a set of white wings, and ghosts in the attic all await the reader in this unique collection.
Previously published as individual short stories.

Spinning the Top Anthology
edited by Elizabeth L. Brooks with stories by Kassandra Lea, Winnie Jerome, Nicole Forcine, Kiernan Kelly, Jaya Christopher and Mychael Black
129 pages / 37400 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-671-0
$4.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4153
Blurb:
The stories of Spinning the Top will spin you until you're so dizzy you can't tell top from bottom! In "Subspace" by Kiernan Kelly, Dominant Gray Shade has his hands full trying to rein in his out-of-control submissive, Craig. In "A Taste of Sin" by Kassandra Lea, the angel Samuel pays a visit to his secret lover in the heart of Las Vegas. In "Ollie’s Jock" by Nicole Forcine, Larry thanks his tutor Oliver in a very special way.
In "Dragonfall" by Winnie Jerome -- what happens to a draconic warrior when there are no more battles to fight? In "Tempering Cross" by Jaya Christopher, Zed Warren finds out that age and experience have nothing to do with who belongs on top. In "To Command Or Be Commanded" by Mychael Black, Commander Jason Butler learns that, sometimes, even a man in charge must bow to another.
Individual Stories:
A Taste of Sin - Kassandra Lea
Dragonfall - Winnie Jerome
Ollie's Jock - Nicole Forcine
Subspace - Kiernan Kelly
Tempering Cross - Jaya Christopher
To Command or Be Commanded - Mychael Black
Coming Next Week...

Herc's Mercs: The Bigger They Come
by Ari McKay
Cade "Hercules" Thornton, head of Hercules Security, is the best bodyguard in the business, which is why millionaire Kate Morgan lures him out of retirement to protect her grandson, Jude. The only problem is that Jude doesn't want a "babysitter", and sparks fly from the moment Cade and Jude meet. But the danger is real, and so is the stalker who wants Jude – even if he has to kill Cade Thornton to get to him.
Genre: Contemporary, Drama

What It's All About
by Tory Temple
College is supposed to be the best time of their lives. When Max and Devin get together one steamy night, they each find out that their college expectations are vastly different. Can they find a common subject to agree on?
Genre: Contemporary

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

On sale this week...

This week we have selected titles from Mychael Black, Winnie Jerome, Kiernan Kelly, Kassandra Lea, and Tory Temple on sale for 20% off! Check 'em out here: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials

Monday, March 24, 2014

Coming This Week...

Coming This Week


The Tory Temple Collection
by Tory Temple
How do you like your short stories? Do you prefer fairy tales or reality? The Tory Temple Collection has something for all tastes.
Genre: Contemporary, Sci-fi/Fantasy

Spinning the Top
by Elizabeth L. Brooks
These stories will spin you around until you're so dizzy you can't tell top from bottom.
Genre: Contemporary, BDSM, Paranormal, Drama
Individual Stories:
A Taste of Sin - Kassandra Lea
He may be forbidden to visit the city, but Las Vegas beckons Samuel, an angel. For lurking within the City of Sin is his demon lover.
Genre: Paranormal/Horror, BDSM, Sci-fi/Fantasy
Dragonfall - Winnie Jerome
Former dragon-warrior Arthur distracts himself with unsatisfactory topping from the bottom at a BDSM club, but he gets more than he bargained for when he meets half-dragon Drew.
Genre: Paranormal, BDSM
Ollie's Jock - Nicole Forcine
Larry's got a little secret he shares with his tutor. Will a chance meeting at a party expose them?
Genre: BDSM, Contemporary
Subspace - Kiernan Kelly
Grey Shade's sub, Craig, has been acting out lately, and Greg is determined to get to the bottom of the problem, no matter what it takes.
Genre: Contemporary
Tempering Cross - Jaya Christopher
Time and experience have taught tough guy Zed Warren his place-and that's on top. Aarin Cross thinks it's time for Zed to learn a new lesson.
Genre: Contemporary
To Command or Be Commanded - Mychael Black
Jason Butler knows what will happen if he gives into the desire between himself and his pilot, Caleb Leven. But resisting the petite man is growing harder to do each day.
Genre: BDSM, Sci-fi/fantasy

Come look for these titles on Wednesday at Torquere Books.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Review Round-Up February 19 - March 20, 2014

We hope you enjoy this review round-up. If you have any additional reviews please let us know.

Mrs. Condit Reads Books

Deeper by Sean Michael 
Spoken by Sean Michael 
Controlling Parker by Sean Michael 
A Family of His Own by Sean Michael 


Love Romances & More

Amber by T. Strange


Hearts on Fire Reviews

Reading Between the Lines by Jane Davitt 
Dandy's Little Girl by Ari McKay 
A Very Demony Christmas by Nancy Griffis 


Joyfully Joy

Inches of Trust, Volume 1 by AR Moler 
Shadowkings by Mychael Black 
911 by Chris Owen 
On Fire by Drew Zachary 


Long and Short Reviews

Waaban: Dawn Kitty by Carolyn McBride 
Leonardo DiCaprio is a Vampire by Julie Lynn Hayes 


Coffee Time Romance & More

Inches of Trust, Volume 1 by AR Moler 


MM Good Book Reviews

Shadowkings 1: The Beginning by Mychael Black 
Fourth of July Fireworks by M. Durango 
The Auld Lang Syne of Barnaby Sloan by Jenna Jones 
The Games We Play by Sean Michael 
Inches of Trust, Volume 1 by AR Moler 
Another World by Vic Winter 
Tyler Buckspan by Jere' M. Fishback 
Blood Sacrifice by Stormy Glenn 
The Keeper by Kiernan Kelly 
The Perfect Size for You by Lily G. Blunt 
Just What the Doctor Ordered by Lorne Rodman 
Monkey Suit by BA Tortuga 
Too Good by T. Strange 
Reading Between the Lines by Jane Davitt 
Forgiving Valentine by Michael Barnette 
A Strange Place in Time Bk 2: The White Palace Awakens by Alyx Shaw 
Dandy's Little Girl by Ari McKay 
All You Have to Do is Ask by Kathryn Scannell 


The Blogger Girls

The Caldwell Ghost by KJ Charles


Rainbow Books Reviews

Dandy's Little Girl by Ari McKay 
Controlling Parker by Sean Michael 
Reading Between the Lines by Jane Davitt 


Night Owl Reviews

Worth the Wait by Beth Wylde 


GGR-Review

One Warlock's Love Story: All Knight Long by Shad O. Walker 


The Blog of Sid Love


Amber by T. Strange 
Nine Week with Griff by Richard Natale 
Dandy's Little Girl by Ari McKay 
Blood Bathory Like the Night by Ari McKay 


Top 2 Bottom Reviews

Horsing Around Anthology 
Every Drop of My Love by Jane Davitt

I'd Read That!

Hello friends,

Lately my muse is of a delicate temperament. That's putting it mildly (but delicate temperaments require, well, delicate treatment, so I'll whisper) and I'm not complaining. (Honest. I miss my regular writing practice, but I've turned my attention to filling the well in hopes that an...oblique approach will lure the muse out of the woods and into the woodshed. That mixing metaphors? All me, friends!) The reason I mention this odd spell of mine is because of something I noticed this past weekend.

It's mid-semester, and my usual packed schedule is bursting. So my weekend indulgence -- reading the Sunday New York Times on paper -- had fallen by the wayside. (How weird, to think of falling behind on a leisure activity.) As I caught up with three fat papers I noticed several stories that would make great premises for novels. Usually, I jot these kinds of ideas in my notebook, maybe paste in the story (yes, how low tech can one person be?), perhaps make a few notes. Most of these jottings come to nothing, of course, but they feed the process. With my writing practice at a low ebb, I've begun to just let these story seeds fall away, but this week there were so many seeds I figured I'd share a few, like...

STEAMPUNK CRUISE! Seriously, there's a theme cruise to the Bahamas. What a fabulous setting for a romance! I would totally read that.

GENERATION TENSION in Silicon Valley. Older change-the-world tech start-up folks culture-clashing with younger, hipper app-developer types would make a cool premise for an enemies-to-friends romance, wouldn't it? I'd read that too.

This one would be bittersweet for sure, but a story of developmentally challenged men overcoming repressive, retrograde treatment to make their way in a world they were never prepared to deal with, that's something I'd read. (The Times story was heartbreaking and my fix-it-with-fiction buttons were pushed even as I'm aware nothing can fix a past like that described in this story.) It'd be tough, but from the right hands, I'd read it.

In a lighter vein (yes, please!) there was also a photo essay from the Instagram account of a New York City Ballet dancer. Visual stimulation meets fascinating setting? Definitely I'd read that.

What about you? What stories in the mass media do you wish someone would turn into a great romance? Have you ever used a news story like the ones in this post to inspire a story you've written? Tell us about what you'd read (or write) in the comments!

See you next time,
Lee B. xo

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Yes, Master by Sean Michael now out!

All my BDSM non-series short stories have been put together in one convenient book. It's great having them in a collection and I love the cover! I could sit and look at it al day. In fact it gives me naughty, naughty ideas!


From first timers to hard core lovers, this collection of five BDSM themed short stories by Sean Michael has something for everyone who loves hot m/m action and a great love story.

Stories include: Playing for Keeps, The Twelve Kinks of Christmas, Payday, Following My Heart and Finding Kasey.

Stories previously published individually.

It's available here.

And there is a sample of Following My Heart here.






Sean Michael
smut fixes everything
www.seanmichaelwrites.com

Velvet Scars by Sean Michael now out!

When the Velvet Glove was blown up in Velvet Blade, that was the end of my writing on the series for some time. I was hoping not forever, but I'm a character driven writer and had to wait for the characters to come back.

And they did! Velvet Song was out last November, the first of the new VG Resurrection Tales and now the next in the series is available: Velvet Scars.

Argon is the new master of the body mods shop at the rebuilt Velvet Glove and he needs an apprentice. He’s hoping for someone who will not only want to learn how to pierce, tattoo, scar and brand, but who is interested in being his submissive as well.

Brother Yves arrives at the body mods shop on a mission from the clerics of Mount Bell. The cloister has been his only home and he is totally innocent. Scared and far away from home, he nonetheless forges forward and presents himself to Master Argon, insisting that he is destined to be with the man.

Are Argon and Yves too different to find common ground, or are they destined to be together forever?

It's available here!

And there's a sample here.


Sean Michael
smut fixes everything
www.seanmichaelwrites.com

New Releases from Sean Michael & Ari McKay

This week we have selected titles from Sean Michael and Ari McKay on sale for 20% off! Check them out here: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials


Yes, Master a BDSM story collection
by Sean Michael
80 pages / 21600 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-668-0
$3.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4152
Blurb:
From first timers to hard core lovers, this collection of five BDSM themed short stories by Sean Michael has something for everyone who loves hot m/m action and a great love story.
Stories include: Playing for Keeps, The Twelve Kinks of Christmas, Payday, Following My Heart and Finding Kasey.
Stories previously published individually.

Velvet Scars, a VG Resurrection Tale
by Sean Michael
111 pages / 29000 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-670-3
$4.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4151
Blurb:
Argon is the new master of the body mods shop at the rebuilt Velvet Glove and he needs an apprentice. He’s hoping for someone who will not only want to learn how to pierce, tattoo, scar and brand, but who is interested in being his submissive as well.
Brother Yves arrives at the body mods shop on a mission from the clerics of Mount Bell. The cloister has been his only home and he is totally innocent. Scared and far away from home, he nonetheless forges forward and presents himself to Master Argon, insisting that he is destined to be with the man.
Are Argon and Yves too different to find common ground, or are they destined to be together forever?

Call of the Night Singers
by Ari McKay
89 pages / 27700 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-667-3
$4.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4150
Blurb:
When Garland Heatherford is named heir to his uncle’s vast fortune, he isn’t pleased by the honor, and with good reason. The last five heirs all met with most untimely deaths – four of them from drowning. Although loath to accept his inheritance, Garland nevertheless travels to the “cursed” town of Bath, North Carolina, to meet his aged uncle, hoping to avoid the fate of his predecessors. But Garland has something in his favor the other heirs didn’t: his lover, Geoffrey Wainwright.
The sight of the decaying hulk of Heatherford House dismays both men, yet they have little choice but to enter a world where a miasma of horror lies beneath a veneer of breeding, and madness and death seem to lurk in every corner. Ruling over all is the presence of sinister Roderick Heatherford, who has managed to outlive five young, healthy heirs despite his allegedly poor health. When an unexpected illness strikes Garland and he begins to sleepwalk, lured from bed by singing only he can hear, Geoffrey resolves to protect Garland from every danger – even if it costs him his own life.
Coming Next Week...

The Tory Temple Collection
by Tory Temple
How do you like your short stories? Do you prefer fairy tales or reality? The Tory Temple Collection has something for all tastes.
Genre: Contemporary, Sci-fi/Fantasy

Spinning the Top
by Elizabeth L. Brooks
These stories will spin you around until you're so dizzy you can't tell top from bottom.
Genre: Contemporary, BDSM, Paranormal, Drama
Individual Stories:
A Taste of Sin - Kassandra Lea
He may be forbidden to visit the city, but Las Vegas beckons Samuel, an angel. For lurking within the City of Sin is his demon lover.
Genre: Paranormal/Horror, BDSM, Sci-fi/Fantasy
Dragonfall - Winnie Jerome
Former dragon-warrior Arthur distracts himself with unsatisfactory topping from the bottom at a BDSM club, but he gets more than he bargained for when he meets half-dragon Drew.
Genre: Paranormal, BDSM
Ollie's Jock - Nicole Forcine
Larry's got a little secret he shares with his tutor. Will a chance meeting at a party expose them?
Genre: BDSM, Contemporary
Subspace - Kiernan Kelly
Grey Shade's sub, Craig, has been acting out lately, and Greg is determined to get to the bottom of the problem, no matter what it takes.
Genre: Contemporary
Tempering Cross - Jaya Christopher
Time and experience have taught tough guy Zed Warren his place-and that's on top. Aarin Cross thinks it's time for Zed to learn a new lesson.
Genre: Contemporary
To Command or Be Commanded - Mychael Black
Jason Butler knows what will happen if he gives into the desire between himself and his pilot, Caleb Leven. But resisting the petite man is growing harder to do each day.
Genre: BDSM, Sci-fi/fantasy

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

On sale this week...

This week we have selected titles from Sean Michael and Ari McKay on sale for 20% off! Check 'em out here: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials

Monday, March 17, 2014

Coming This Week...

Coming This Week


Call of the Night Singers
by Ari McKay
When Garland Heatherford is named heir to his uncle’s vast fortune, he isn’t pleased by the honor, and with good reason. The last five heirs all met with most untimely deaths. Luckily, Garland has something the others didn’t – his lover Geoffrey.
Genre: Paranormal/Horror, Historical, Drama
Velvet Scars
by Sean Michael
When Argon, master of the body mods shop, is looking for an apprentice, formerly cloistered and totally innocent Yves is not who he expects to come through his door. Could Yves be exactly who he needs?

Yes, Master - a BDSM story collection
by Sean Michael
This collection features
five of Sean Michael’s BDSM themed short stories.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

New Releases from U Z. Eliserio, Stephanie Vaughan & Alyx J. Shaw

Get 20% off selected titles from Alyx J. Shaw and Stephanie Vaughan this week! Check 'em out here: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials


All Will Be Revealed
by U Z. Eliserio
186 pages / 52000 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-665-9
$6.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=97&products_id=4148
Blurb:
Also available in paperback from Amazon.com
Danton de Mesa lives a quiet life producing videos of the Equine Show with his boss, Mr. Cretar, for people to watch on the Cloud. But Corporation Agent Rashiva Panashi enters his life and turns it upside down.
With the Equine Show shut down, Danton goes to work for the Corporation, which is a daily dose of backstabbing, espionage, counter-terrorism, and really small cubicles. But when Mr. Cretar's brother is assassinated, Danton's old boss becomes the new Prince of Keramus. To make things even more complicated, Danton starts dating Rashiva, who, when he is not wearing his intergalactic man of mystery mask, turns out to be a pretty fun guy.
Tensions are high between the Keramus Kingdom and the Corporation, and humanity might get involved in another war with their more powerful neighbors. Rashiva is accused to assassinating Mr. Cretar's brother. Worse yet, one of the men investigating the murder of the monarch happens to be Danton's ex!
With an intergalactic war on the horizon, Danton has to choose between, peace, safety, loyalty, and the person who might just be the love of his life.

Another Believer
by Stephanie Vaughan
81 pages / 23500 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-666-6
$3.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=78_85&products_id=4149
Blurb:
Jonah Simpson might be an athlete, but he's nobody's fool.  It just so happens he appreciates what's between a guy's ears almost as much as what he's packing elsewhere.  So when he spots an open seat next to serious but sexy David, the usually boring train ride up the Pacific coast quickly becomes an exercise in speed-dating.  He's only got a few hours to get the nerd with an attitude to take him seriously.
David Sato has spent a lifetime being ignored by the hot guys at school.  It doesn't take a genius IQ to know that if a jock is being nice to him, there must be a test coming up.  So when the hottest guy David's ever laid eyes on -- let alone sat next to on a train – starts flirting with him, what's a robot-loving, socially awkward science geek to do?
Originally published in Torquere’s Kegs and Dorms anthology

A Strange Place in Time - Book 3
by Alyx J. Shaw
278 pages / 81500 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-664-2
$7.99
Buy Link: http://www.prizmbooks.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=86
Blurb:
The battle has begun, and old friends become new enemies, and allies become traitors. The Court of Hercandoloff realises that the only way to avert true disaster is attack the instigators of the rising darkness, and that will take a great deal of secrecy and deception. As Arrowsmith returns to Earth to persuade a friend to come to Dargoth, the Wizard-King Blackbird finds himself facing foes alone in his own palace, as the army rides north to the Kingdom of Kirianna.
With the Master Thief blinded and missing, Blackbird sick and injured, and only a matter of days before one adversary is brought back form the dead, plans have to be made, and quickly. There is no chance of real victory, only of a stalemate, and that is with every member of the Court present.
The search for Infamous leads the Court to the dead remains of the holy city of Palaklais, and the Temple of the Creator, but what they find there does not give them hope. The god of madness, SkullDigger, awaits them, as the most powerful of their adversaries, Rhaklan the Damned. The Court is without one of its most important members, and the strongest of their foes have joined forces. The Court has no choice but to fight, after they make plans for their own imminent demise.
Coming Next Week...

Call of the Night Singers
by Ari McKay
When Garland Heatherford is named heir to his uncle’s vast fortune, he isn’t pleased by the honor, and with good reason. The last five heirs all met with most untimely deaths. Luckily, Garland has something the others didn’t – his lover Geoffrey.
Genre: Paranormal/Horror, Historical, Drama
Velvet Scars
by Sean Michael
When Argon, master of the body mods shop, is looking for an apprentice, formerly cloistered and totally innocent Yves is not who he expects to come through his door. Could Yves be exactly who he needs?

Yes, Master - a BDSM story collection
by Sean Michael
This collection features
five of Sean Michael’s BDSM themed short stories.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Trending, Twitter, and Tuesday


A. Catherine Noon here, wishing you a happy Tuesday, Dear Reader!  So, lessee.  What's going on in the world of Noony?

Writing, writing, and more writing!  Rachel Wilder and I are almost done on the edits for a sequel to EMERALD FIRE, which we plan to send off this month.  It's been a long process but we hope to turn in the best book we can, so it's been a great learning experience as the characters insist on telling us what to write.  Which, when you think about it, is an odd experience.  So I try not to think about it.

Which leaves me with a dilemma:  what shall I share with my beloved readers?  Google to the rescue!  Google, tell me what's trending, so I can have a pertinent, 'on point' and relevant conversation!  Enter "trending" into the search box and I get an article on Twitter about why its algorithms are so useful for finding what's new, now, and important in the global world of the Twitterverse.

Hmm.  I click on the link.  Being a technology buff, I'm always curious when someone uses the words "algorithm," "Twitter," and "trending" in the same sentence - I think because I couldn't tell you in plain language what an algorithm is, but I know it's math and therefore akin to magic (as in, any sufficiently advanced science appears as magic, thank you Isaac Asimov).  (BTW, "algorithm" according to Google is: "a process or set of rules to be followed in calculations or other problem-solving operations, esp. by a computer," from this link, accessed 03/11/2014).  So, cool - a set of rules to be followed.

Back to Twitter:  Twitter says their set of rules is unique and better than anything else at finding what's new, now, and relevant on Twitter.  I started to click the "back" button, bored, but then this caught my eye:  #beadlesbabes.  (Isn't that how it always starts? "Hmm, this is curious, maybe I'll click it and see," and four hours later you look up and realize it's now nighttime and you haven't had dinner yet.)  But is beadlesbabes about the Beatles and just spelled poorly?  Ooh, maybe it's about beading, one of my passions, and I'll find all sorts of cool stuff to make.  No such luck.  It's about, apparently, folks asking somebody named Chris to follow them and is populated by what appear to be Justin Bieber fans.

Um...  Okay, maybe using "new, now, and relevant" was optimistic.  "New," yes, and "now," yes, but relevant?  I'll let you decide.  I'll go back to... wait, what's this?  #sehun.  Definitely international, since several of the posts are in a non-Latinate script that I can't decipher.  But not something that is relevant to what I'm looking for, which is something to talk about today since I'm sharing about my writing, research, and Tuesday.

On a whim, I asked Google for "Tuesday," and there's an entire Wikipedia page about the topic.  What topic?  "Tuesday."  No kidding - it's here.

So what's the moral, dear reader?  It is this:  cats are fun and always trending; trusting "what's trending" will send you to India, and if you want to know the answer to simple questions, ask Wikipedia.  That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Cheers!


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

The Persis Chronicles:
Check out EMERALD FIRE, available from Torquere Books.
Check out "Seeking Hearts", available from Torquere Books.

Check out "Taking a Chance", available from Torquere Books!

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On sale this week...

Get 20% off selected titles from Alyx J. Shaw and Stephanie Vaughan this week! Check 'em out here: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials

Monday, March 10, 2014

Meme Monday: Looks vs. Money

Would you rather be good looking or rich?

Coming This Week...

Coming This Week...

All Will Be Revealed
by UZ Eliserio
A galaxy threatened by war. A romance threatened by lies. Danton struggles in his search for the truth, but what if he has to choose between his homeworld and his heart?
Genre: Sci-fi

A Strange Place in Time Book III – The Merry Executioner Returns
by Alyx J. Shaw
The Court is without one of its most important members, and the strongest of their foes have joined forces. The Court has no choice but to fight, after they make plans for their own imminent demise.
Genre: Sci-fi/Fantasy

Another Believer
by Stephanie Vaughan
Jocks and nerds don't mix—any first year freshman knows that.  But strangers on a train just got a whole lot hotter.
Genre: Contemporary

Friday, March 7, 2014

Flashback Friday: Our Own Way-Back Machines

So I was sitting in my office yesterday, working on midterm grading while my office-mate met with a student. They were talking about an upcoming job interview the student was nervous about, and my office-mate -- a gracious and patient man -- was giving the student some pointers about her resume. At one point the student said, "Well, I guess I can type it again." And then she laughed. "Well, not on a typewriter!" More laughing, and this time my office-mate joined in. Now, sharing a small office means you often have to pretend you don't hear conversations, but this time, I just had to join in. I affected hurt indignation and declared, "Typewriters are awesome! They mean commitment!" I mimed bashing away at an IBM Selectric. "Know what you mean to say and put your whole body behind it." They chuckled and even I held back a grin. I told them about typing my high-school term papers on my mom's old Royal and my first resume on a 900-pound Selectric on my lunch hour as a temp at a construction company. I may also have confessed a preference for manual transmissions.

My office mate and his student nodded and made genial noises as I heard myself spinning off into a Nostalgia Rant. Part of me wanted to shout, "I'm not that old!" though surely I'm at least as old as that student's parents. I wanted to profess my love (obsessive LOVE) for my new-ish PC and its bouncy, responsive keys. But part of me also enjoyed lampooning Cranky Old Gal.

This incident wasn't the first time it's struck me that I have lived through some pretty significant history. (All while reminding you, friend, that I am several years shy of the half-century mark.) The year I was born -- 1967 -- is the year of the Loving v. Virginia Supreme Court decision, the one that decriminalized interracial marriages. I think of that sometimes when I congratulate same-sex couples on their nuptials.

I have been around for big stuff. Moon landing? I was a baby, and my family didn't have a TV, but I lived it.
End of Vietnam? I remember it. Mostly as a long-awaited detente at family meals, but yeah. Also, marches on Washington and protests. I remember those firsthand.

I've been around for small stuff that felt big too. StarWars? I was there before we had to start calling it "A New Hope." I was 10 and it was awesome!

I remember locking myself in the bathroom in 1983 to read in my sister's Rolling Stone about the "Gay cancer" we too-soon knew as AIDS. And I remember college cafeteria checkouts a few years later where baskets of condoms encouraged safer sex with our tofu tetrazzini. We joked about the cafeteria condoms, but we were scared.
I remember horrible stuff like the Challenger disaster. I was a college freshman and my best new college buddy had been a student of Christa McAuliffe's.

I remember amazing moments like the tearing down of the Berlin Wall and the feeling that the world was really going to change now. And it has.

I've only written a bit of officially historical fiction, but I have written stories set in the 1970s, 80s and 90s, the years I came to awareness and came of age. Those feel like historical fiction to me, but I'm still pretty young. Just tell that to my office-mate and his student!

What do you remember? What's your dearest, scariest, or otherwise memorable way-back moment in history? Which historical moment from your lifetime would/should make a good story? Share your thoughts and I'll share a PDF copy of my OOP story PACK HORSE set in 1930s Appalachia.

Here's a blurb: Wendall’s congressman father exiles him to the hinterland to ‘make himself useful’ after a series of indiscretions. Working as a pack horse librarian, Wendall meets Henry, and the isolated man changes Wen’s mind about getting back home.
If you'd like to have a copy of the story, email me with your email address (leebenoit at charter dot net) or leave a note in the comments.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

New Releases from Kiernan Kelly, AR Moler & Elizabeth Fontaine

This week we have selected titles from Kiernan Kelly and AR Moler on sale for 20% off!! Check 'em out here:
http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials

Begin and End With You
by AR Moler
101 pages / 27300 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-659-8
$4.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4141
Blurb:
Late one night, while driving home after a shift, Richmond City Detective Brayden Milbourne, finds a man stumbling alongside the road, bloody and confused.  Shocking enough to find him; more shocking is that Brayden knows the man. He and Jamie Ketelsen had hooked up during a memorable weekend not long ago.
Fun then, but now, Jamie is a CIA field agent with a major problem. He can’t remember his name or how he got on that dark road. He doesn’t remember Brayden either. The situation only gets more complicated when it becomes obvious that Division P, the government agency that deals with psychic agents, needs to be involved.
Can a man who only has the present connect with a man who might have to arrest him for his forgotten and dangerous past?

Secui Domus
by Kiernan Kelly
76 pages / 21900 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-660-4
$3.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4142
Blurb:
When their college dorms are shut down, Aiden and his best friend, Bobby, find themselves without a roof over their heads. Rather than face leaving school, they take up temporary residence in their local gay-friendly bar, FUBAR, along with a handful of other down-on-their-luck students.
Faced with the possibility of being expelled if they don't secure permanent housing, the boys hatch a plot to put on a strip show to earn the cash necessary to bring a donated house up to code, and establish themselves as a fraternity on campus.
In the midst of preparing for the big show, things get complicated when Aiden realizes his feelings for Bobby go deeper than mere friendship-with-benefits.
Originally published in Kegs and Dorms.

Eagle Peak
by Elizabeth Fontaine
191 pages / 59700 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-661-1
$6.99
Buy Link: http://www.prizmbooks.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=85
Blurb:
Eagle Peak, population 596, has two bars, five churches, and a vibe (or lack thereof) that couldn’t be more different than Sean's native Minneapolis. Moving to rural small town Minnesota, Sean must leave his life of acting classes, going to all-ages shows, and hanging out with friends, to enter into a world of pep rallies, pick-up trucks and country pop.
Sean’s inclination for heavy eyeliner, black attire, and surly attitude make him an easy target of suspicion, intrigue, and prejudice in the small town of Eagle Peak. But despite Sean’s growing sense of dread and depression, small town Minnesota also offers a lot of firsts: he becomes the love interest of three classmates of which one is a closeted gay boy afraid of his own sexuality, he is surprised to discover and chant with a Buddhist family in town, and he gets in the middle of an abusive father and his town jock son. Sean’s old life of theater, live music, and diverse friends collides with his new life in Eagle Peak, and Sean is left confused about what he thought he knew about small towns, the world he left behind, and himself.
Coming Next Week...

All Will Be Revealed
by UZ Eliserio
A galaxy threatened by war. A romance threatened by lies. Danton struggles in his search for the truth, but what if he has to choose between his homeworld and his heart?
Genre: Sci-fi

A Strange Place in Time Book III – The Merry Executioner Returns
by Alyx J. Shaw
The Court is without one of its most important members, and the strongest of their foes have joined forces. The Court has no choice but to fight, after they make plans for their own imminent demise.
Genre: Sci-fi/Fantasy

Another Believer
by Stephanie Vaughan
Jocks and nerds don't mix—any first year freshman knows that.  But strangers on a train just got a whole lot hotter.
Genre: Contemporary

Monday, March 3, 2014

On sale this week...

This week we have selected titles from Kiernan Kelly and AR Moler on sale for 20% off!! Check 'em out here: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials

Coming This Week...

Coming This 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