Friday, May 30, 2014

Flashback Friday: Haven’s New Leaf


My novella, “HAVEN,” is soon to be reissued by Torquere Press, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Originally published in the Bedside Manner anthology in 2009 is a picaresque bit of madness set in the 1970s. Haven Tucker is a former Vietnam Army medic, now working as an ER nurse in Boston when he meets and falls for Tadeo, an Argentine dancer on the wrong side of the Dirty War, who’s stranded Stateside with a brand-new baby. Evil forces mass on either side of the pair as they try, with a colorful supporting cast of Leathermen, Black Panthers, rednecks and medical types, to figure out how to be together and stay safe.

Cassandra Gold, author of “Hit By Love,” said of the first edition: “HAVEN has action, danger, suspense, and a sweet and unexpected romance made all the sweeter by the many obstacles Haven and Tadeo have to face.”   Read Cassandra’s review

The new edition of HAVEN means an opportunity for me to engage in a thoroughgoing editing and revision phase with a new editor and copy editor. Don’t get me wrong; Jennifer B. did an amazing job with the first edition, but a few years’ interval and (I hope) some improvements to my own writing chops makes for an interesting challenge. I know the second edition of HAVEN will be even better than the first.

 Boston's legendary Ramrod Room has a cameo in "Haven."


I’ve been rereading the first edition and I’m just as charmed by my characters as I was in 2008 when I first drafted the story. Tadeo and Haven’s story is purposefully farfetched, and it evokes the rollicking vibe I remember from the 1970s in which the story is set. Of course, I was a kid in the 70s, so my memories are filtered by both the magical reality of childhood and the fact that a lot of the rollicking adventures I remember happened to adults in my life. My mom and stepdad had a fascinating group of friends -- artists, intellectuals, and political activists, and culture warriors: our home had a decidedly counterculture feel to it. Thanks to my stepdad, an Argentine exile, part of my childhood occurred within the sphere of influence of Argentina's Dirty War (though we lived in the United States and were never in direct danger). Naturally, he didn't share the grisly details with me, but that atmosphere of unrelenting threat, that feeling that you might never be safe? That was something I learned to empathize with quite young.

So, when writing HAVEN I didn't need to do a lot of research on the War and its consequences; I refreshed my memory as to the timeline, but that was about it. Instead, I spent much more time combing through old maps and records of the New York subway system for names of lines and stops as they would have been in the late 70s.  You'd laugh if I told you how many hours I spent tracking down the 1977 subway fare!

One aspect of that era that I was less aware of at the time was the exhilarating post-Stonewall, pre-AIDS era in gay subculture. That spirit, with its almost paradoxical glammy grittiness was the mood I was going for in Haven.

Read the first chapter of the first edition and tell me what you think! Then, tell me something in your life or work that you’ve been happy to get a second chance at.



Another bar poster from the era of HAVEN.



Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Author Extra: The Dragon and the Palm Tree by M. Raiya

The Dragon and the Palm Tree
By M. Raiya

A dragon shifter's worst nightmare is an airplane flight in human form, with every self-preservation instinct in them screaming to shift. Varian knows this fear must be overcome sometime if dragons want to keep blending in with humans. But he doesn't know that the day he faces his nightmare will also be the day his lover Josh decides to come out as a woman. A trip to Florida becomes both a journey into the air and deep into themselves, for both of them.

Available here: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4193

Author Extra:

Check out this super cool book trailer for The Dragon and the Palm Tree, and see what happens when two dragon shifters decide to face their fear of flying -- in an airplane.

Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D58yjnzOkuI

New Release from M. Raiya & Rae Gee

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

The Eve of War (Veetu Industries #3)
by Rae Gee
283 pages / 83000 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-755-7
$7.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4194
Blurb:
Also available in paperback at Amazon.com
The third book in the Veetu Industries series (after Mars on the Rise and Selling Mars), The Eve of War describes the terror of being trapped in the eye of the perfect storm and being unable to prevent what's coming. On their return from the Dynasty, Cedo, Billy, Erus, and their new companion, Francis, find the Great Kingdom on the brink of war. Plans have been drawn up and men drafted into the army while protesters do their best to thwart wartime preparations. Giant machines walk the Downs and flying fortresses are taking to the skies. Little by little, the Dynasty is closing in.
Travelling to London with his Master, Cedo is shocked to discover that the inhumane experiments for which Erus was convicted continue without him. Deep beneath the streets of the capital, all manner of weapons are being built and tested. Once more, the homeless and the fallen are the test subjects. On their return to Svenfur, Cedo discovers that one of their group has been called to fight for their country. Erus is influential enough to intervene, but will he, and more importantly, should he?

The Dragon and the Palm Tree
by M. Raiya
49 pages / 14000 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-756-4
$2.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4193
Blurb:
A dragon shifter's worst nightmare is an airplane flight in human form, with every self-preservation instinct in them screaming to shift. Varian knows this fear must be overcome sometime if dragons want to keep blending in with humans. But he doesn't know that the day he faces his nightmare will also be the day his lover Josh decides to come out as a woman. A trip to Florida becomes both a journey into the air and deep into themselves, for both of them.
Coming Next Week...


Written in the Stars, the Destiny Stories
by TC Blue
Is there such a thing as destiny? Maybe it just depends on whether you truly want to believe. Raj is a believer, but can he convince Andrew?
Genre: Contemporary

One Warlock's Love Story: Last Goode Knight
by Shad O. Walker
The third book in its epic series, Last Goode Knight follows our hero, Zander Knight, and his friends as they navigate the perils of loving and living as supernaturals. With Zander still in a coma, rumors of a supernatural race war, and the shifter pack trials just weeks away, it's guaranteed that the world as they all know it will change forever.
Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

On sale this week...

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

Monday, May 26, 2014

BDSMonday - Wax Play




It’s BDSMonday!

Today’s topic is wax play.


First, I have to put on my little safety hat (okay I’ve used that a couple of times now and I think it deserves a picture. Suggestions for how my safety hat should look?) There is a lot of information about wax play on the internet, so I’m not going into too much detail, but here are a few key points and tips I’ve found useful.
The most important thing to remember when playing with wax is temperature. There are a couple of things that effect temperature: type of wax, height, and colour. The darker or more intense the colour, the hotter the wax is going to feel on someone’s skin. It’s probably best to avoid metallic wax entirely, because it’s going to have a really high melting point, aaaaaand it’s likely to contain some things you don’t really want to put on your skin.

Coming This Week...

Coming This Week...

The Eve of War
by Rae Gee
The third book in the Veetu Industries series, The Eve of War describes the terror of being trapped in the eye of the perfect storm.
Genre: Horror, BDSM, Drama, Sci-fi/fantasy, Historical, Steampunk

The Dragon and the Palm Tree
by M Raiya
A dragon shifter's worst nightmare is an airplane flight in human form, with every self-preservation instinct screaming to shift. Varian knows this fear must be overcome sometime if dragons want to keep blending in with humans. But he doesn't know that the day he faces his nightmare will also be the day his lover Josh decides to come out as a woman. A trip to Florida becomes a journey into the air and deep into themselves for both of them.
Genre: Shifter/Fantasy

Friday, May 23, 2014

Hunter Frost and Bosses From Hell

Hello! I’m Hunter Frost and welcome to my day to host Torquere’s lovely blog! My debut release from Torquere Press dropped on Wednesday and it’s featured within the Men In Uniform anthology.

First, I’d like to talk about bosses. In particular – bad ones. In my story “What Can Brown Do For You?” the main character, Sean Barlow, is an IT specialist for a financial firm. He works in a typical office, surrounded by drab gray cubicles and employees that vacillate between highly stressed and extremely bored. He also has a boss that is oblivious to company morale and unrealistic with his expectations of the staff.

I’ve had quite a few jobs in my thirty-six years, many of them with bosses much worse than Sean’s. I worked as a paralegal for a lawyer who would return from lunch drunk on a weekly basis and berate me for my innocent mistakes. I finally walked out when he called me stupid. Then there was the graphic designer who got upset because I didn’t wait on him hand and foot or read his mind. I quit that one, too. Life’s too short to deal with that kind of immaturity. Of course, this was long before the economy tanked. And the older I get the better equipped I am to deal with these kinds of shenanigans. Still, everyone has a line, and when that line is crossed, sometimes you just have to move on.


I’ve been lucky that my last couple of jobs have not come with bosses from hell. Knock on wood. 

How about you? Without naming names, tell us about your horrible bosses. How did you deal with it?   

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Author Extra: The Queen's Guard by Emma Jane

The Queen's Guard 
by Emma Jane

Jonathan visits Windsor Castle every weekend to watch one particular member of the Queen's Guard, and when he spots the man at the local gay bar he knows he might just be in with a chance. As he watches the changing of the guard, he imagines just what he could get up to with his soldier.

Available here: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4187

This story is also available in the Men In Uniform anthology.


Author Extra: (Excerpt from Otherworld) 

Liam pulled his collar up around his neck, trying to keep the rain from sliding down his back. He leaned against the wall of the fish and chip shop, and blew on the battered sausage before taking a bite. It was not nice – limp and greasy.

Screwing up his nose, he headed down to the harbor so he could sling the sausage at the seagulls. He'd been in Ramsgate all of two hours and was already sick of the place. He had no idea where he was supposed to find the damn prism and he doubted any of the locals would know.

He leaned against a short wall and looked down over the harbor, at all of the boats rocking on the water. Rain plastered his blond hair to his scalp and he pushed water back from his face before dropping the sausage over the side of the wall and watching the seagulls descend on it. The chips were edible at least so he finished off the bag before taking his cigarettes from his pocket and popping one between his lips.

"…these empty boxes, Da?"

He blew smoke into the air and perked up a little, watching as a young man hopped off a fishing boat and down onto the marina.

"Ah, leave them there, boy!" an older man called back from the dock.

"Well, well," Liam muttered. "I must have the luck of the Irish." He took a long drag on the cigarette and then dropped it onto the floor, crushing it beneath his heel. Thrusting his hands in his pockets, he turned and made his way down to the dock.

Wind rattled the rigging of the various yachts and shipping boats moored in the harbor and things clinked and whistled in an unnerving way. He looked up at a wind vane on one of the masts, spinning around and around, then pulled his attention back to the Irish. The old boy was back on board the boat, bent double, oblivious to anything other than his catch of the day. The younger lad was stacking crates full of mackerel. Everything smelled unpleasantly fishy.

"Good haul," Liam commented, rounding the crates. "Well done, you."

The younger man looked up at him, frowning slightly, his strict eyebrows coming together in a very pleasing way. "Is that sarcasm?"

"Absolutely not," Liam said. "I can see you're very good at what you do."

"All right, arsehole," the man said, setting down the last crate and pointing a finger accusingly at him, "I don't know who you are, but if you're here to mock me, you can piss off."

Liam laughed. "A fiery temper. Must be the Irish blood. I can assure you it was not my intention to piss you off at all. I was just, uh, admiring the goods. The fish. They look good."


The man only stared at him. Liam cleared his throat, took a hand out of his pocket and held it out. "Perhaps I should start over. My name's Liam."

Author Extra: Crossfire by Jon Keys

Crossfire
By Jon Keys

Trooper Rick Anthis and husband, Deputy Gabriel Thorkelson, search for a missing boy until Gabe disappears, too. Everything is at stake for Rick as he works to solve the case.

Available here: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4191

This story is also available in the Men In Uniform anthology.


Author Extra:

“Crossfire” was my first venture into the world of law enforcement as a primary part of my story. My knowledge of what could and couldn’t happen was pretty much limited to what I’d seen on television, and we all know how accurate that is.

When I started researching the possibility behind the situations Rick finds himself in “Crossfire” I was told pretty quickly that most, if not all, of the friction between law enforcement units was a Hollywood creation. Predominately the different units deal with each other well and realize each has skills and knowledge to contribute. For the most part, specializations are recognized, knowledge of the specific area, all things that make sense, but don’t get shown many times. I’ve probably stretched and tugged at the regulations a little, but hopefully not so far as to have knowledgeable readers thinking, “That would never happen.”


The information about how responsibilities were structured, firearms were handled, what might be in the squad cars, and what definitely would not. It was all fascinating. Now I’d love to write another crime drama. Hopefully, I’d find other resource people to help me tighten the story even further.

New Anthology Release - Men in Uniform

This week we have selected titles from Mychael Black, M. Durango, Emily Moreton, and Rob Rosen on sale for 20% off! Check 'em out here: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials

Men In Uniform
edited by Elizabeth L. Brooks with stories by M. Durango, Emily Moreton, Rob Rosen, Jon Keys, Emma Jane, L.J.Hamlin, Hunter Frost, and Mychael Black
184 pages / 49800 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-754-0
$5.99
Available here.

There's just something about a man in uniform, no matter what kind of uniform it happens to be. In "Best Laid Plans" by M. Durango, Craig gets a blast from the past when his new delivery man turns out to be his college boyfriend, Ryan. In "Seven Steps To Heaven" by Emily Moreton, stripper Steve finds that hooking up with a hot police officer is easy, but navigating what comes next, that's the challenge. In "UPSex" by Rob Rosen, Don loves a man in uniform, especially Ernie, his brown-clad UPS man with the ample empty space in the rear of his truck. Gunshots rip through an idyllic neighborhood and soon Rick and Gabriel are combing the mountains for a kidnapped child in a search that becomes much more, in "Crossfire" by Jon Keys.
Jonathan dreams of doing unspeakable things to the men in red uniforms at Windsor Castle, and in "The Queen's Guard" by Emma Jane, he gets his wish. In "Nurse Levi" by L.J.Hamlin, when a nurse patches up a fireman, will there be more than sparks? In "What Can Brown Do For You?" by Hunter Frost, a freak power outage traps IT geek Sean Barlow in the office elevator with the dreamy UPS guy, where he learns first-hand that you can't judge a UPS guy by the size of his package. Candymaker and mage Sam Burke desperately tries to avoid his ex-boyfriend, Bret in Mychael Black's "Midnight Magic." When Bret doesn't take the hint, in steps Officer Micah Holmes to save Sam from Bret's magical wrath.

Individual Stories:
Best Laid Plans by M. Durango
Seven Steps To Heaven by Emily Moreton
UPSex by Rob Rosen
Crossfire by Jon Keys
The Queen's Guard by Emma Jane
Nurse Levi by L.J.Hamlin
What Can Brown Do For You? by Hunter Frost
Midnight Magic by Mychael Black

Coming Next Week...


The Eve of War
by Rae Gee
The third book in the Veetu Industries series, The Eve of War describes the terror of being trapped in the eye of the perfect storm.
Genre: Horror, BDSM, Drama, Sci-fi/fantasy, Historical, Steampunk


The Dragon and the Palm Tree
by M Raiya
A dragon shifter's worst nightmare is an airplane flight in human form, with every self-preservation instinct screaming to shift. Varian knows this fear must be overcome sometime if dragons want to keep blending in with humans. But he doesn't know that the day he faces his nightmare will also be the day his lover Josh decides to come out as a woman. A trip to Florida becomes a journey into the air and deep into themselves for both of them.
Genre: Shifter/Fantasy

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

On sale this week...

This week we have selected titles from Mychael Black, M. Durango, Emily Moreton, and Rob Rosen on sale for 20% off! Check 'em out here: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials

Monday, May 19, 2014

BDSMonday - Kinky Music





Here's a list of kinky songs I've compiled over the years. Some of them are in-your-face, actually written about BDSM, while others remind me of BDSM in some way.

This isn't necessarily the best playlist to use for scenes or play parties, at least not for me. For one thing, the mood and intensity is all over the place. I like to use music without lyrics, usually classical, for private scenes.

I made a CD for play parties a few years ago, that starts off with gentle, quiet music, builds, and then softens again.

If anyone has other songs that are overtly kinky or inspire kinky thoughts, I'd love to hear them!

Coming this week...

Coming This Week...

Men in Uniform
edited by Elizabeth L. Brooks
There's just something about a man in uniform! Delivery drivers, cops, soldiers, firemen, and more, we've got all kinds of uniforms here, and the men who fill them out.
Genre: Contemporary
Individual Stories:
Best Laid Plans by M. Durango
Seven Steps To Heaven by Emily Moreton
UPSex by Rob Rosen
Crossfire by Jon Keys
The Queen's Guard by Emma Jane
Nurse Levi by L.J.Hamlin
What Can Brown Do For You? by Hunter Frost
Midnight Magic by Mychael Black

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

BDSMidweek - Looking For Input




So, here's a question: what are some kinky/BDSM topics you'd like to have discussed on a BDSMonday? You don't have to submit or write anything, just send me a thought. I will always post them anonymously unless I'm specifically told not to.

Author Extra: Dream Dice by Julia Talbot

Dream Dice 
by Julia Talbot

When Thayer buys a new set of gaming dice at Comic-Con, he has no idea they come with magic attached to them, or that they’ll transport him to a land where he’s a healer of the sexual kind. Barbarian Erlich needs just that kind of magick to pass some important trials, so he turns to Thayer for help. Magick never comes without a price, though. Can Thayer and Erlich pay what they owe and survive?

Available at: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4182


Author Extra:

A Tidbit About Julia Talbot

Dream Dice is about a roleplayer/ tabletop game player who buys magical dice at a convention.

While I’ve never managed to get to Comicon, I, Julia Talbot, am a longtime gamer geek. In fact, Julia Talbot, my pen name, comes from a Call of Cthulhu game my ex-roommate ran years ago. She was an author of penny dreadfuls in the 1920s a la H Rider Haggard of King Solomon’s Mines fame. When I decided to write under a pen name, I thought that was totally hilarious and chose Julia as my moniker.

While I never liked the system behind the more dungeon-y games, I adored vampire, cyber-punk, and Cthulhu mythos games. I read Dragonlance, yes I did. I soon moved from player to game-master, though, because I wanted to tell the stories. I own more than one set of dice. My favorite, much like Thayer’s in Dream Dice, are gemstone, though mine are amethyst.


Feel free to email me at Juliatalbot @ gmail.com (no spaces) and tell me about your best game adventure.

New Releases from Kiernan Kelly & Julia Talbot

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


Dream Dice
by Julia Talbot
51 pages / 14100 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-752-6
$2.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4182
Blurb:
When Thayer buys a new set of gaming dice at Comic-Con, he has no idea they come with magic attached to them, or that they’ll transport him to a land where he’s a healer of the sexual kind. Barbarian Erlich needs just that kind of magick to pass some important trials, so he turns to Thayer for help. Magick never comes without a price, though. Can Thayer and Erlich pay what they owe and survive?

The Fantasy Collection
by Kiernan Kelly
73 pages / 20700 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-751-9
$3.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4183
Blurb:
This collection features three tales of fantastical lives and impossible love.  Suspend your belief, and dive into a trio of stories filled with incredible circumstances, and magical influences. In Mr. Fix-It, a frustrated consumer finds himself the owner of a futuristic android who comes equipped a secret BDSM function. A young man whose life is continually complicated by the presence of the ghosts of three stubborn-if-well-meaning music legends, finds old time rock and roll to be just the thing he needs to find love. Finally, a sheriff in a town on the outskirts of Hell finds love despite his constant battle with evil's minions.
Previously published as Sips through Torquere Press.
Coming Next Week...


Men in Uniform
edited by Elizabeth L. Brooks
There's just something about a man in uniform! Delivery drivers, cops, soldiers, firemen, and more, we've got all kinds of uniforms here, and the men who fill them out.
Genre: Contemporary
Individual Stories:
Best Laid Plans by M. Durango
Seven Steps To Heaven by Emily Moreton
UPSex by Rob Rosen
Crossfire by Jon Keys
The Queen's Guard by Emma Jane
Nurse Levi by L.J.Hamlin
What Can Brown Do For You? by Hunter Frost
Midnight Magic by Mychael Black

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

On sale this week...

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

Homecaring, Keeper Style


It's ironic, now that it's becoming Summer in the northern hemisphere, that my thoughts turn inward and toward home. But as the weather becomes nicer and barbecue season begins, I am reminded why we write about Keepers and hostelers and all manner of wee beasties.

Home is the center from which we accomplish our daily round: we eat here, sleep here, make love and sometimes war here. When things are right in the home, the world makes more sense. When things aren't right at home, nothing does.

When Rachel and I started writing about our world of Persis, which by now doesn't seem "imaginary" thought it only exists in our minds and books, we wondered what it would be like to be a colonist. What must those people who settled Australia, or the US and Canada, have thought? They left behind everything they knew to start over again - what potential did they see?  A potential for a new home. Home drove them, home lay behind them, home, ultimately, came from within them.

For me, a home isn't a home without cats and dogs, a piano, and lots of books.  I like places to sit that are comfortable and clutter-free, work surfaces that ask to be used for meals and laptops and all the chaos of daily life, and floors where children and cats can play and dogs can nap.  I like a bit of chaos in my daily round; too much order feels constricting.

What about you? What says "home" to you? What turns a place from an empty house to somewhere you can nest?

--
“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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Monday, May 12, 2014

BDSMonday - M ≠ S, S ≠ D




It's BDSMonday! 

Today's thought is about roles in BDSM. 

Coming This Week...

Coming This Week...

The Fantasy Collection
by Kiernan Kelly


Dream Dice
by Julia Talbot

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Celebrating two-mom families with Shulamit and Aviva

In The Second Mango, Queen Shulamit and her chef girlfriend Aviva are just starting out. But by Climbing the Date Palm, set three years later and due out this July, it's time to figure out how they're gonna conceive an heir. Since I have no kids, I was honored to work with my friends who are lesbian moms to make sure I got all the details right.

The third book in the series, A Harvest of Ripe Figs, was just accepted by Prizm last week. Since Queen Shulamit spends a lot of the book toting around their eight-month-old while solving mysteries and ruling over her nation, I figured it was a good excuse to post this cute family portrait set sometime during the book's action.
Happy Mother's Day to all you unconventional mothers out there who had to buy sperm on eBay, or raising kids from a previous relationship with a man, or the moms who didn't gestate but you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are yours.

Click here to visit Shira Glassman's blog and read more about this loving family and the YA fantasy series in which they appear

Drawing by Cilla.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Short Story Collection -- My Hero by Sean Michael

Torquere has collected a bunch of my short stories and released them in an anthology called My Hero!

I love the cover :)


Love and happiness abound in this Sean Michael story collection as ten men discover the heroes in their lives. Whether your hero is the single dad raising twin girls, a dog walker, a cook, a photographer, a janitor, or a firefighter, there’s a story here for you.

My Hero includes:
Family Dinner
Hot Chocolate and Whipped Cream
Pizza, Beer and Waterbeds
Tuesday Night
Skating Through Fog
The Bent Rail
Rescue Me
Behind the Lens
The Cat’s Meow
The Question

Find it here.


Sean Michael
smut fixes everything
www.seanmichaelwrites.com

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

New Releases are Here from Sean Michael & Alina Ray

This week we have selected titles from Sean Michael on sale for 20% off. Check 'em out here: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials&page=2


Grieving Heart
by Alina Ray
195 pages / 57600 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-748-9
$6.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4180
Blurb:
Also available in paperback at Amazon.com
After a car accident claims the love of Danielle Stone’s life, Yvette, she tries to pick up the pieces and move on with her life. She gets out more, starts dating again, and tries to be happy.
This all changes for Danielle when one of the small town’s most beloved residents, Marie, goes missing. Soon, the entire town turns against her, thinking she had something to do with Marie’s disappearance and suggesting that Yvette’s accident was no accident at all. It's up to Danielle to clear her name and find out the truth about what happened -- to both Marie and Yvette.

My Hero, a short story collection
by Sean Michael
153 pages / 43000 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-753-3
$5.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4181
Blurb:
Love and happiness abound in this Sean Michael story collection as ten men discover the heroes in their lives. Whether your hero is the single dad raising twin girls, a dog walker, a cook, a photographer, a janitor, or a firefighter, there’s a story here for you.
My Hero includes:
Family Dinner
Hot Chocolate and Whipped Cream
Pizza, Beer and Waterbeds
Tuesday Night
Skating Through Fog
The Bent Rail
Rescue Me
Behind the Lens
The Cat’s Meow
The Question
All stories previously published individually by Torquere Press.
Coming Next Week...


The Fantasy Collection
by Kiernan Kelly
Dream Dice
by Julia Talbot

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

On sale this week...

This week we have selected titles from Sean Michael on sale for 20% off. Check 'em out here: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials&page=2

Monday, May 5, 2014

BDSMonday - Description of Subspace


It’s BDSMonday!

Today’s post is about subspace.

 Have you experienced subspace, or played with someone who went into subspace? How were your experiences the same as (or different than) the description below?

This is a description of subspace I originally found when I first experienced subspace and was very new to BDSM. This isn’t my writing, and I don’t recall the source (I believe it’s from The Fetish Information Exchange). Enjoy!

Coming This Week...

Coming This Week...

Grieving Heart
by Alina Ray
After the loss of the love of Danielle's life, she's not sure how she's going to go on. But in picking up the pieces of her broken heart, she learns that things are not as they seem.
Genre: Lesbian, Contemporary, Mystery


My Hero
by Sean Michael

Friday, May 2, 2014

Review Round-Up March 21 - May 2, 2014

Enjoy our latest review round-up. As always we appreciate our readers, reviews and authors as you are all the life blood of Torquere & Prizm.  If you have a review we missed please post it in the comments for others to enjoy as well.


Cryselle's Bookshelf

Captive Magic by Angela Benedetti 



Mrs Condit & Friends

Top Bidder by Sean Michael 
Ruby: Lost and Found by MD Grimm 
Peridot: War and Peace by MD Grimm 


Love Romances & More Reviews

Roll by Lynn Townsend 
Another Believer by Stephanie Vaughan 


Hearts on Fire Reviews

Your Heart Was a Legend by Emily Nakanishi 
Controlling Parker by Sean Michael 
Another Believer by Stephanie Vaughan 
Roll by Lynn Townsend 


Manic Readers Reviews

Herc's Mercs: The Bigger They Come 


Joyfully Jay Reviews

Begin and End with You by AR Moler 
Call of the Night Singers by Ari McKay 
Take it Like a Man Anthology edited by Elizabeth L. Brooks 


Long and Short Reviews

The Co-Walkers Awakening by Hermine G Steinberg 
Ghost of a Chance by Ari McKay 
Eagle Peak by Elizabeth Fontaine 


MM Good Book Reviews

All Will Be Revealed by U Z. Eliserio 
Full Moon Dating: Coy and Denver by Julia Talbot 


Love Bytes (formerly Sid Love Reviews)

Stories Beneath Our Skin by Veronica Sloane 


Rainbow Book Reviews

Amber by T. Strange 
Eagle Peak by Elizabeth Fontaine 
Herc's Mercs: The Bigger They Come by Ari McKay 
Secui Domos by Kiernan Kelly 
To Command or Be Commanded by Mychael Black 
Tempering Cross by Jaya Christopher 
Dragonfall by Winnie Jerome 
Ollie's Jock by Nicole Forcine 
A Taste of Sin by Kassandra Lea 
Another Believer by Stephanie Vaughan 
Subspace by Kiernan Kelly 
Yes, Master: a BDSM collection by Sean Michael 
Velvet Scars (VG Resurrection 2) by Sean Michael 


Top 2 Bottom Reviews

Velvet Scars (VG Resurrection 2) by Sean Michael 


Read the Rainbow

Wild Ride by Raven de Hart