Monday, June 30, 2014

BDSMonday - Word Association


It's BDSMonday! (And it's almost 9pm...today sort of didn't happen, so this week is going to be quick and easy. And it sort of ties into last week's topic).


What's the first thing that comes into your mind for the following words?

BDSM
Kink(y)
Bondage
Discipline
Dominance
Submission
Sadism
Masochism

Vanilla people are, of course, always encourage to participate in BDSMonday...but this week especially!

[Intro post] Summer camps are magic.

Hey folks!

So I posted a proper intro yesterday, over on http://torquere-social.livejournal.com/ and I'm not sure I want to just repeat that, so I thought I'd just post a little bit about why I ended up writing a YA romance novel with a summer camp that is basically a main character.

Lunaside is as much a summer camp story as it is a romance because I just feel like there's no getting around that. Where any (good) summer camp is concerned, the idea of  being forced to hang out with people you might not like at first for an entire summer and often in the wilderness just brings about this magical extended Moment where stuff might not be perfect but everyone is just so present.

Just magic.

As a kid, I was stuck in swim camp because my parents somehow believed that a child growing up on a small island should know how to swim at the beach. I eventually quit.

Then I started working as a camp counselor and everything changed.

Well we had pool time every day and I still didn't swim. That didn't change.

But otherwise it was an Arts Camp similar to the one Moira (the main character) runs in Lunaside. Unlike her, I luckily got to run it with a wonderful co-counselor and even a few helpers. We did a lot of the sessions similar to the ones Moira runs in the story, and we were just as confused starting out.

But also we had Drama session (which is a separate camp at Lunaside Summer Camp). We did improv and dancing and I taught kids who to scream properly.

The screaming is what I miss the most.

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The other reason I felt like Lunaside was a story worth telling was through my "research" talking to other people about their summer camp experiences. What I thought was cool was that people mostly had a mix of good and bad experience, but there was always that sense of being part of something that you wouldn't have been part of it was just you and some like-minded friends.

That magic.

I hope, in some small way, Lunaside captures that but I guess we'll see.

Okay, I think this is probably long enough - but readers! Feel free to share your summer camp stories! That has become one of my favorite things of life.


Coming this week....

Coming This Week...
Climbing the Date Palm
by Shira Glassman
Queen Shulamit is eager to help Kaveh, the youngest prince of a neighboring country, when his father throws his engineer boyfriend in jail for leading his workers in protest over underpaid wages. But if she can't find a peaceful solution that will keep everybody happy, the two countries could wind up at war.
Genre: Adventure, LGBT, Fantasy, Romance
Blood Bathory: Absence of the Sun
by Ari McKay
New allies join the theriomorphs, but could the return of an ancient enemy destroy them all - even Gaia herself? Find out in book two of Blood Bathory!
Genre: Paranormal, Horror

Saturday, June 28, 2014

BDSMonday - Definition Followup

After reading all the responses on various social media sites to this week's BDSMonday post, my personal definition of what BDSM is goes something like this:

BDSM is any consensual activity that is considered kinky/BDSM by the participants. The power of the participants must be as equal as possible for that consent to be valid.

Anything you'd add or change?

Friday, June 27, 2014

Summer Projects



Happy first week of summer, northern hemisphere friends! Summer is my favorite season (though living in New England, the other three have their attractions as well). One of many reasons I love summer is because of my day job. I teach in public higher education, and before anyone trots out that old chestnut about people like me having summers off, let me say that in my line of work, summer is slower, but I teach in two summer sessions, and so do many of my peers. Even teaching through the season, though, the campus hosts fewer meetings, most committees are dormant, and instead of teaching 6 or 7 sections I teach 2 or 3. Yep, slower.

Also, I'm a single parent, and summer is the time my boys and I can ditch the calendar, jettison the schedule, and just BE. I imagine this is true for most parents of school-age kids. Being a solo operator on the parenting front means that managing the household schedules, homework, appointments, and all those necessities falls mostly to me, which is fine, but it sure is nice to relax that daily calendar vigilance.

The best part, though? It's having a season that FEELS like sunshiny potential and opportunity. Summers, the way they shape up for me anyway, seem to just beg for new projects. So this weekend I'm setting intentions for the season.

I know I need to get moving and repair some of the damage of a long, harsh, sedentary winter. I need to get moving. (Also, I quit smoking three years ago and haven' lost the cliched 25 pounds I gained in the process. Definitely got some work to do!)



Like my winter body-mind, my house and yard need some vigorous care, so that's on the list of summer intentions too. Fortunately the boys are fond of the tearing up, hauling, and general bashing about that accompany yard work.

And finally, it's time for a too-long writing dry spell to end. I have chosen a project that I think will be delightful if I can pull it off. It's a BDSM romance between a switch who thinks he's supposed to be a Dom and a switch who believes he's a sub. Their relationship has great potential, but forces within themselves and expectations in their community conspire to sink any happiness at all, including the heroes' HEA. So, I've got a basic premise, and a basic outline, and two heroes I'm already half in love with. What I need are some names for them! I've been calling them Zero and One, which could actually work, but I'd love to hear your suggestions.

Leave a comment to tell me one of your SUMMER INTENTIONS and to give me a CHARACTER NAME while you're at it.

See you next month!!
Lee B. xo


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Review Round-Up May 5 - June 26, 2014

Enjoy our latest review round-up. If you have any additional reviews that are not listed please feel free to list them in the comments or notify me via email at kristi@torquerepress.com.


Night Owl Reviews

Velvet Scars by Sean Michael 


CM Magazine

Moon of the Goddess by Cathy Hird 


Love Romances & More Reviews

Blood Rose Collection of Shorts by Julia Talbot 
Velvet Scars by Sean Michael 
Call of the Night Singers by Ari McKay 


CoffeeTime Romance & More

Herc's Mercs: The Bigger They Come by Ari McKay 
The Briar Rose: Controlling Parker by Sean Michael 
Stories Beneath Our Skin by Veronica Sloane


Sensual Reads

One Warlock's Love Story: All Knight Long by Shad O. Walker 
Cat in the China Shop by BA Tortuga


Joyfully Jay Reviews

Torqued Tales M/M Anthology edited by Elizabeth L. Brooks 
Stories Beneath Our Skin by Veronica Sloane 


LitPick - Student Book Review

Moon of the Goddess by Cathy Hird 


Long and Short Reviews

In Sickness and In Health by Sean Michael 
Torqued Tales F/F Anthology edited by Elizabeth L. Brooks 
The Prince and the Frog by Rob Rosen 


MM Good Book Reviews

The Caldwell Ghost by K.J. Charles 
A Bunch of Roughstock by BA Tortuga 
Cat in the China Shop by BA Tortuga 
Herc's Mercs: The Bigger They Come by Ari McKay 
In Sickness and In Health by Sean Michael 
Velvet Scars by Sean Michael 
The Merry Executioner Returns by Alyx J. Shaw 
Just a Little Bit More by Mychael Black 


Literary Nymphs Reviews

Velvet Scars by Sean Michael  
Herc's Mercs: The Bigger They Come by Ari McKay 


Rainbow Book Reviews

Put a Ring On It by Sean Michael 
The Prince and the Frog by Rob Rosen 
The Snow Queen by Darren Endymion 
Grieving Heart by Alina Ray 
The Wolf in the Woods by Nicole McCormick 
Choices by Chris Owen 
A Different Dance by Nash Summers 


Top 2 Bottom Reviews

Herc's Mercs: The Bigger They Come by Ari McKay 
Cat in the China Shop by BA Tortuga 


World of Diversity Fiction

The Second Mango by Shira Glassman

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

New Releases are Here!!

Get 20% off selected titles from Kara Larson, S.E. Connor, and Jane Davitt this week! Check 'em out here:http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials

And a Chook Shall Lead Them

by Kara Larson
75 pages / 21900 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-764-9
$3.99
Buy Link:  http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=78_85&products_id=4213
Blurb:
Amiri Campbell left New Zealand with his partner Graeme over a decade ago, and with good reason. He still carries the emotional scars of family abandonment, for all that Graeme tries to get him to reconcile. When Amiri’s beloved Auntie Moana dies, Amiri and Graeme have no choice but to head back to New Zealand to deal with her estate. They only mean for it to be a brief visit, but family matters involving his niece and nephew might turn this brief stay into something longer – and more permanent.
Even though Amiri has Graeme’s total support, does he have the strength to face his family? Even more, can he let go of the past enough to give his niece and nephew the home they both deserve?
Previously published by Torquere Press as part of the “Family Matters” anthology.
Pearls In The Darkness

by S.E. O'Connor


47 pages / 14200 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-763-2
$2.99
Buy Link:  http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=78_85&products_id=4214
Blurb:
Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. When Tanner goes on vacation to get away from school and work, he learns this the hard way.
Though he hates water, Tanner agrees to join his older brother and friends away from home for two weeks at the beach. There he meets Chase, a gorgeous local who offers to show him the sights and introduce him to what he's been missing. Against his better judgment, Tanner agrees. He's given the gift of pearls, and his life is quickly turned upside-down as Tucker's friend (and Tanner's long-time crush) Jimmy starts acting strangely.
Tanner learns that there are things in the water that go beyond human understanding, and he's left with two major questions: What is a siren? And why is it hunting Tanner?
Pearls in the Darkness contains dark themes that some readers might find disturbing.
House Call

by Jane Davitt


74 pages / 27000 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-762-5
$4.99
Buy Link:  http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=78_85&products_id=4215
Blurb:
Country doctor Paul Jackson is passionate about his work, but he can't stop thinking about the chance he took on a one-night stand when he lived in the city. Steve never called, but Paul can't forget him. Discovering Steve is the grandson of one of his dying patients brings them together again, but Paul's worried about the town's reaction. In the midst of tragedy, misunderstandings, and manipulative exes, their love will need plenty of TLC to survive.
Previously appeared in the 'Bedside Manners' anthology, published by Torquere Press.
Coming Next Week...
Climbing the Date Palm
by Shira Glassman
Queen Shulamit is eager to help Kaveh, the youngest prince of a neighboring country, when his father throws his engineer boyfriend in jail for leading his workers in protest over underpaid wages. But if she can't find a peaceful solution that will keep everybody happy, the two countries could wind up at war.
Genre: Adventure, LGBT, Fantasy, Romance
Blood Bathory: Absence of the Sun
by Ari McKay
New allies join the theriomorphs, but could the return of an ancient enemy destroy them all - even Gaia herself? Find out in book two of Blood Bathory!
Genre: Paranormal, Horror

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

On sale this week...

Get 20% off selected titles from Kara Larson, S.E. Connor, and Jane Davitt this week! Check 'em out here: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials

Monday, June 23, 2014

BDSMonday - What Is (Or Isn't) BDSM?



It's BDSMonday!

Today's question seems pretty straightforward--what is BDSM, and what isn't--but I've met a lot of people who've been told by someone who 'knows more' than them that, "Oh, activity X isn't BDSM. That's not kinky."

BDSM as an acronym means: bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, sadism and masochism. Those are pretty broad umbrella terms. It doesn't specifically mention sex at all--again, I've heard people say that BDSM can never involve sex, and people say that BDSM is always sexual.

Wikipedia's definition: BDSM is a variety of erotic practices involving dominance and submission, role-playing, restraint, and other interpersonal dynamics. Given the wide range of practices, some of which may be engaged in by people who do not consider themselves as practicing BDSM, inclusion in the BDSM community and/or subculture is usually dependent on self-identification and shared experience. Interest in BDSM can range from one-time experimentation to a lifestyle, and there is debate over whether a BDSM or kink sexual identity also constitutes a form of sexual orientation.

Personally, I think that's an excellent definition. It's very broad, and I really like the use of "other interpersonal dynamics." And it's very true that people can be practicing what could easily be called BDSM activities without identifying themselves as kinky.

To me, BDSM is more of a state of being than a checklist: yep, that's BDSM. No, that's not. I don't feel I'm in any position to judge or label other people's experiences, and I don't want to.

I don't think it's right for people to be told that what they're doing isn't BDSM. I don't see the need to narrow the definition to exclude people. If someone feels that what they're doing is kinky or BDSM, why should they have to alter their personal definition?

And to me, BDSM is personal. We can join chat groups and go to munches and workshops, but at the end of the day, most of the people in your community (whether online or in real life) aren't coming into your bedroom (or wherever you play). However you want to define your role and your involvement in BDSM is up to you.

Do you think there are things that are never BDSM? What is your personal definition?

Coming This Week...

Coming This Week...

And A Chook Shall Lead Them
by Kara Larson
Amiri never meant to come back to New Zealand. Luckily, New Zealand – and his family -- never gave up on him.
Genre: Contemporary

Pearls in the Darkness
by S.E. O'Connor
There are things in life that are unexplained.  But for Tanner, it turns out that sometimes the line between reality and sanity can, indeed be blurred.
Genre: Paranormal

House Call
by Jane Davitt
Country doctor Paul Jackson is passionate about his work, but he can't stop thinking about the chance he took on a one-night stand when he lived in the city. Steve never called, but Paul can't forget him. Discovering Steve is the grandson of one of his dying patients brings them together again, but Paul's worried about the town's reaction. In the midst of tragedy, misunderstandings, and manipulative exes, their love will need plenty of TLC to survive.
Previously appeared in the 'Bedside Manners' anthology, published by Torquere Press.
Genre: Contemporary

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The first novel Erin and I wrote together is Starling, a story about J. Alex Cook, a production assistant who is rocketed to stardom and has to learn how to do life and romance when the whole world is watching. But the first story of ours to be published is actually “Lake Effect,” which is about the wedding-weekend disasters of Kyle and Daniel who have returned home to their small town to tie the knot.

Even though Alex grew up poor in a tiny town in Indiana, Starling is a high-status story. It’s about the entertainment industry and the powerful people in it. There are TV stars and showrunners and paparazzi, not to mention the television viewing audience and red carpets.

“Lake Effect,” on the other hand, is low-status. Kyle and Daniel are both from blue-collar families, and they may have moved to a city for the job prospects (and to get away from those families), but their dream home is a three-bedroom colonial, not a modernist LA mansion.

There's an obvious appeal to high status stories; it's the wish fulfillment thing. In fact, “billionaire” books have become a whole sub-genre of romance unto themselves . But for us, even though romance is, at its core, about fantasy, realism is an acute draw.

So when we write about Hollywood, it’s not just about the glamour, it’s about taking apart the myth to see what fame actually means for life and love.  When we write about Rochester, where “Lake Effect” takes place, it’s about finding the joys and the pleasures in a place it’s maybe a little too easy to hate.

Starling won’t be out until September, but you can pick up "Lake Effect" now at the Torquere website (or wherever you like to buy your ebooks) as a stand-alone story or as part of the They Do M/M anthology.  We also wanted to let you know that we’re hosting a reading of LGBTQ fiction in New York City right now, and we’re holding a contest at our blog to name the evening.

Mostly, though, we’re just excited to meet you. We’re new to the Torquere family, but we know many of you reading this have been enjoying Torquere’s books and stories for years.  Tell us which high- and low-status stories you love and why, and of course, feel free to ask us any questions about our work.

It’s fantastic to meet you.

-Erin and Racheline

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

They Do M/M & F/F Anthologies are Here!

This week, we have selected titles from Berengaria Brown, M. Durango, Sean Michael, and Lynn Townsend on sale for 20% off! Check 'em out here: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials

They Do M/M Anthology

edited by Elizabeth L. Brooks with stories by M. Durango, Lynn Townsend, Genna Donaghy, Lazuli Jones, Racheline Maltese, Erin McRae, Sean Michael, Berengaria Brown

129 pages / 34600 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-768-7
$4.99
Buy Link:  http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=76&products_id=4199
Blurb:
There's nothing like a wedding to make things interesting, for the grooms, the wedding party, the family, the friends, and even the caterer!
Sean Michael's Hammer Club favorites Billy and Montana are back in "Put a Ring On It", a tale that begins with the celebration of their best friends' first anniversary. In "Building Us," by Lynn Townsend, Eric and Temple discover that, for want of a nail, a ring is lost. In "Hold Your Peace" by Lazuli Jones, Terrence's best friend (and best man) Michael makes a confession hours before Terrence's wedding. In "Tony's Tiara" by Berengaria Brown, Tony's sister's wedding is a neverending saga of disasters, but Josh is there to support Tony through them all.
In "Having His Cake" by Genna Donaghy, Matty Strauss is about to cater the biggest wedding in his career, but the last thing he expects is for the groom to be his former one night stand. In "Always a Groomsman" by M. Durango, best men Doug and Garth have to keep a wedding-day disaster at bay. In "Lake Effect" by Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese, Kyle and Daniel return to their hometown to get married only to find themselves facing an obstacle course of family drama and small-town misadventure in their quest to make it down the aisle.
Individual Stories:
Always a Groomsman by M. Durango
Building Us by Lynn Townsend
Having His Cake by Genna Donaghy
Hold Your Peace by Lazuli Jones
Lake Effect by Racheline Maltese and Erin McRae
Put a Ring On It by Sean Michael
Tony's Tiara by Berengaria Brown

They Do F/F Anthology

edited by Elizabeth L. Brooks with stories by Vrai Kaiser, Alexandra Vaughn, Jessica Chase

67 pages / 18400 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-767-0
$3.99
Buy Link:  http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=76&products_id=4200
Blurb:
They say a marriage takes work, but for these brides, getting to the altar may be the hardest part.
In "Frayed" by Alexandra Vaughn, Esther Goodwin's first encounter with another girl ends almost as soon as it begins and it is several years before she allows herself to believe in love again. In "12,000 Hour Day" by Vrai Kaiser, Devon couldn't be happier about the thought of being married to Sarah -- it's the planning she's not sure she'll survive! In "Her Dream Day", by J. Chase, it's the day before Alex and Sophia's wedding, when the venue cancels, ruining their plans.
Individual Stories:
12,000 Hour Day by Vrai Kaiser
Frayed by Alexandra Vaughn
Her Dream Day by Jessica Chase
Coming Next Week...

And A Chook Shall Lead Them
by Kara Larson
Amiri never meant to come back to New Zealand. Luckily, New Zealand – and his family -- never gave up on him.
Genre: Contemporary

Pearls in the Darkness
by S.E. O'Connor
There are things in life that are unexplained.  But for Tanner, it turns out that sometimes the line between reality and sanity can, indeed be blurred.
Genre: Paranormal

House Call
by Jane Davitt
Country doctor Paul Jackson is passionate about his work, but he can't stop thinking about the chance he took on a one-night stand when he lived in the city. Steve never called, but Paul can't forget him. Discovering Steve is the grandson of one of his dying patients brings them together again, but Paul's worried about the town's reaction. In the midst of tragedy, misunderstandings, and manipulative exes, their love will need plenty of TLC to survive.
Previously appeared in the 'Bedside Manners' anthology, published by Torquere Press.
Genre: Contemporary

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

On sale this week...

This week, we have selected titles from Berengaria Brown, M. Durango, Sean Michael, and Lynn Townsend on sale for 20% off! Check 'em out here: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials

Monday, June 16, 2014

BDSMonday - Special Guest M. Strange Talks Sadism!



It's BDSMonday, and today I'm thrilled to introduce my guest...who also happens to be my wife/Sir.

Today she's sharing a post about her early experiences trying to figure out her role in BDSM.

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"When I first started BDSM with my wife, I struggled with my identity as a top for quite a while.
At first, I really struggled with the idea of a relationship where I had more power than my partner. It took me some time to realize that though she submitted to me, though she was a masochist, I had her full consent and our relationship was an equal one. Whether we were in a scene or just living our lives, we both put in equal amounts of effort towards our relationship. This is honestly why I think our relationship is so strong; because we both put it at the top of our priorities.

Even though I panicked the first time she tried to submit to me and we broke up for a week or so, I’ve taken to the role of her Sir quite happily. Now my role as a top means a lot to me and I don’t think we’d be the same without it.

Still, once we started getting into the BDSM community, I realized that a lot of the dominants there weren’t what I was. We thought of our relationships in very different ways and I didn’t always understand where they were coming from.  I played with the words I used to identify myself for a while and finally settled on sadist, which I’m still happy with. More than I enjoy control, I enjoy spanking and biting and rough play.
Though SM is my favourite kind of play, I know that my partner enjoys more of the mental D/s side of BDSM. At first this side of BDSM was really overwhelming for me. My wife helped me come up with easy D/s games to get me into it, and soon enough it was a natural part of our lives. Even now, some of the rules and rituals we came up with in the beginning have stuck through. At this point, they’re so engrained that we don’t even really notice that we’re doing them. It’s just a nice easy reminder of our relationship.

Not to say we don’t do more complicated D/s scenes, but they’re still a bit of a struggle for me. I still consider myself more of a sadist than anything, but I will always be her Sir."

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Feel free to ask one or both of us questions, as always. And if you have an idea for BDSMonday, I'd love to hear it!

Coming This Week...

Coming This Week...


They Do (M/M) Anthology
edited by Elizabeth L. Brooks

There's nothing like a wedding to make things interesting, for the grooms, the wedding party, the family, the friends, and even the caterer!

Individual Stories:

Always a Groomsman by M. Durango
Building Us by Lynn Townsend
Having His Cake by Genna Donaghy
Hold Your Peace by Lazuli Jones
Lake Effect by Racheline Maltese and Erin McRae
Put a Ring On It by Sean Michael
Tony's Tiara by Berengaria Brown

Genre: Contemporary

They Do (F/F) Anthology
edited by Elizabeth L. Brooks

They say a marriage takes work, but for these brides, getting to the altar may be the hardest part.

Individual Stories:

12,000 Hour Day by Vrai Kaiser
Frayed by Alexandra Vaughn
Her Dream Day by Jessica Chase

Genre: Contemporary, Lesbian, Historical

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Put a Ring On It by Sean Michael

When the call for wedding stories came for Torquere's They Do anthology, Billy and Montana figured it was time for them to join Marcus and Jim, who got married in Hitched. And Put a Ring On It was born!


Marriage is in the air at the Hammer Club! While celebrating Marcus and Jim’s first year anniversary with them, the question of marriage comes up between Billy and Montana.

Montana is less than receptive to the concept, though, surprising Billy. Not willing to leave it alone, Billy digs until he finds out what Montana’s objections are, allowing the long-term couple to reconnect.

Will Billy put a ring on it? Or is marriage just not in the cards for them?

Look for it on June 18 at Torquere Press, in the They Do anthology, or as a stand alone.


Here's an excerpt:

Billy cleared his throat and raised his glass, waiting for his dinning companions to quiet.

"A toast. To Marcus and Jim. Happy first anniversary."

"Happy anniversary!" Everyone applauded, then clinked their glasses together.

Jim was in Marcus' lap, hiding his head in his master's neck.

Laughing, Marcus nodded to them. "Thanks, guys."

"Don't be shy, Jim. It's good to celebrate." His Montana was laughing, teasing.

Billy looked at Marcus who smiled back at him, winked.

"Oh-ho. Someone has his sub plugged or bound," Billy noted. Marcus and Jim were damn kinky. It was a joy to see.

"Lucky duck." Tanny was in rare form.

"Quack, quack." Jim grinned after quacking as Marcus laughed out loud again.

Tanny cackled, then leaned over and kissed Jim playfully. Jim looked easier in his skin when they'd all settled back into their seats and the laugher faded.

"Seriously, though, I wouldn't have thought being officially married would have made a difference, but you two do look happier than ever." Billy had to smile; there was a peace in the air around their friends now.

"It's another layer of commitment," Jim answered. "A legal one."

Marcus nodded. "Jim is right. And I like being able to call you my husband, baby."

"You two are adorable." Montana chuckled at them, looking fond.

He bumped Montana's shoulder. "You don't want to be able to call me your husband?" Billy actually liked being called Master, but he also liked to tease.

"Like you want to marry me."

"Of course I do." It was a knee jerk answer and the utter truth.

"Nonsense." Tanny leaned over, kissed him. "Do you want anything from the bar, Master? I need another water."

"I want some lemonade." He watched Montana go, considering his boy. Tanny didn't believe that he would marry him? Billy didn't like that. Of course he'd marry his boy. It simply hadn't come up between them. Now that it had, he would have to come up with the best way to ask. Well, he already had definite ideas about that, actually.


Sean Michael
smut fixes everything
www.seanmichaelwrites.com

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Guest Blogger - Jon Keys (Crossfire Excerpt)


And now my final post, the excerpt from Crossfire. I hope you enjoy the stories!
Rick dried the last dish and handed it to Gabriel to put away. Gabriel settled the last plate into the white cabinets. He loved their house and the quiet, older neighborhood it was in. He hoped Mark and Rachel could work out their issues, keeping Jacob in the forefront.
Rick put his hand around Gabriel's slender waist. He's as sexy as he was in college. Damn just being next to him makes me randy. Releasing Gabriel, Rick folded the dishtowel carefully and laid it beside the sink. "Supper was great. You're a damn fine cook."
Gabriel snickered and spun to pop Rick with a wet towel. "It should taste good. Your mother gave me herbs from her garden the last time we visited."
"Mom's just trying to fatten me up. I'm kind of skinny for a forty-three year old Greek man."
The towel snapped against Rick's butt again and he grabbed at it. Gabriel danced away, his face lit with delight. "Where does that leave me?"
Rick swept Gabriel up and kissed him. "It leaves you in my arms, just where you should be."
Rick paused as he remembered the note in his pocket. Leaving his hand on the small of Gabriel's back he reached in his shirt pocket and fished out a small piece of yellow paper. He gripped it between two fingers and dangled the sheet in front of Gabriel.
"Speaking of, I found another note in my lunch."
Gabriel studied the symbols on the page as if he'd never seen them. "Huh, what do you think that means?"
Rick smiled. "I know what it's meant the last dozen times I found one in my lunch."
"Really? And what was that?"
"It meant I was going to be exhausted the whole next day."
"You don't say. Let me see that." Gabriel took the paper from Rick's hand and appeared to study the content. "Looks like Native American symbols. Hmm, maybe 'bear' and 'hunt'." He smiled at Rick with a glimmer in his eyes. "Are we going on a bear hunt this fall?" Gabriel reached up and tugged on the short hair coming from the top of Rick's T-shirt. The slight touch shifted his libido into high gear.
He nuzzled his face against Gabriel's throat and sighed at the spicy fragrance that curled through his nostrils. Rick slid his hand under Gabriel's shirt; the rub of his chest hair on Rick's palm ignited his desire. "What's the sign for otter? Because I think I need to hunt one of those little furry things." I still can't believe Mom gave Gabe my Eagle Scout pictogram project.

Thanks for stopping by today! Hopefully you will enjoy both stories. Take care 
~Jon~



Guest Blogger - Jon Keys (Showstring Excerpt)


Hi! Welcome back. Now that you’ve gotten the teaser, here is an excerpt from my upcoming released, Showstring
Stepping into the barns from the bright sunshine, I paused for a moment to let my eyes adjust. The earthy scent of cattle merged with the sweet odor of hay and the sharp bite of pine shavings to play across my senses while I waited. I lost myself in this world each fall during the state fair. It always took a little sneaking around so my father didn’t know how I was spending my time. If he figured out my desire for cowboys hadn’t changed, he’d send me off for treatment again, or worse. But this was my time to dream I was normal, to pretend I didn’t know I was damaged.
Locking my guilt away, I moved down the aisle, determined to allow myself a few moments of peace. The neat rows of cattle lying contentedly on immaculately groomed beds of wood chips revived the world I lost myself in each time I could. While forming an important part of my fantasy life, the cattle intimidated me. They were huge, but I still dreamed of working with them.
“Sorry, excuse me.”
Startled I glanced up to find myself in the way of a guy who looked only a few years older than me, leading a massive black animal. Scrambling out of the, the heat of my clumsy embarrassment burned across my face. “Sorry. I wasn’t paying attention.”
The tanned cowboy gave me a bright smile. “If it wasn’t for old fat ass Norman here, it wouldn’t be a problem. But he doesn’t like to be led. So taking him out is a chore.”
He planted his worn boots against the walkway and heaved at the lead rope. The animal took one slow step and stopped again. Exasperation filled the guy’s face. “Holy crap! I’d so make you into hamburger if you weren’t the best bull we’ve had in a while.”

That should whet your appetite for a modern day cowboy story! Check back in a few hours for an excerpt from Crossfire.



New Releases from M.D. Grimm & AR Moler

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

Amethyst: Bow and Arrow
by M.D. Grimm
241 pages / 69200 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-761-8
$6.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=97&products_id=4197
Blurb:
Also available in paperback from Amazon.com
Every story has more than one point of view.
As mate to the Dark Mage Morgorth, Aishe has learned a lot about magick, love, and himself. He tries to find a home with Morgorth, to be accepted into his world and to survive in a world full of treachery and deception. But all the while he struggles to keep a secret about his past and their intertwined destinies. Despite the obstacles thrown at both of them, Aishe is determined to stay by Morgorth’s side, no matter what the future brings -- even if that future turns dark with death should Morgorth embrace his grim destiny.
When Morgorth leaves with his mentor to collect another stone of power, Aishe is left behind. It is then that a surprise attack comes, and Aishe, determined to protect and defend his new home, decides to take the invaders on by himself. It might prove to be too much for him to handle... especially when he learns the one who leads the invaders is a mage.
The third book in the “Stones of Power” series allows us a glimpse inside the mind of Lord Morgorth’s better half, a dialen named Aishe: his motivations, his personal sorrows, and his struggle to find a place to call home.

The SIS Case Files Stories
by AR Moler
41 pages / 10900 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-760-1
$2.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=76&products_id=4198
Blurb:
Three short stories from the SIS Case Files are collected here.
In Fortune Cookies Are Better in Bed, SIS Agent Evan Garrett has plans for his partner, John. Chinese food for two, to start with. Things lead to dessert in the elevator with a bottle of chocolate syrup. When the plan backfires, with embarrassing results, Evan has to figure out how to save the night. Are fortune cookies better in bed?
When you’re stuck in an epic DC beltway traffic jam, how do you pass the time? Frisky, sexy antics are a good start. Read all about them in Chinese Fire Drill.
Lastly comes Mandatory Fun. The head of Special Investigative Services, John Benchley, dreads the holiday season. In recent years, he’s lost two friends and fellow agents. The last thing he wants to do right now is participate in the mandatory Yuletide interagency bash. In particular, he’d really, really like to avoid an old hook-up, the man-eating Madison Carthage. Gabrielle Dichenz and Evan Garrett, his current lovers, promise him a reward for being a good boy and hanging in there. Sexy grown-up presents are good; love and support are better. John’s Christmas season just might take a turn for the better this year.

Coming Next Week...


They Do (M/M) Anthology
edited by Elizabeth L. Brooks

There's nothing like a wedding to make things interesting, for the grooms, the wedding party, the family, the friends, and even the caterer!

Individual Stories:
Always a Groomsman by M. Durango
Building Us by Lynn Townsend
Having His Cake by Genna Donaghy
Hold Your Peace by Lazuli Jones
Lake Effect by Racheline Maltese and Erin McRae
Put a Ring On It by Sean Michael
Tony's Tiara by Berengaria Brown

Genre: Contemporary

They Do (F/F) Anthology
edited by Elizabeth L. Brooks

They say a marriage takes work, but for these brides, getting to the altar may be the hardest part.

Individual Stories:
12,000 Hour Day by Vrai Kaiser
Frayed by Alexandra Vaughn
Her Dream Day by Jessica Chase

Genre: Contemporary, Lesbian, Historical

Guest Blogger - Jon Keys


Hello everyone! I’m Jon Keys and Torquere Press was crazy, I mean farsighted, enough to let me talk about my recent release and another story coming in July. Crossfire was released as part of Torquere Press’s Men in Uniform anthology. I also have a second short story, Showstring, coming July 23rd as part of the Road Hard anthology (Cowboys!). I’ll give you some excerpts from both stories, including the first time viewing for the excerpt from Showstring. But for now I thought I’d tell you a little about myself, and then share some of the stories for Crossfire and Showstring.
I’m pretty new at the whole author thing, but I’ve always loved books. I was one of those kids who would meet the local libraries summer reading challenge the first week. Living in the country was great, but if I made it into town once a week I was lucky. So when I did get there, I’d bring home a stack of books. I loved science fiction, fantasy, comic books of course, and also stories about Native Americans. At some point I found my mother’s romance magazines and opened a whole new world.
I was born in the Southwest but several years ago moved to the Midwest. I’m curious about a lot of things, which comes in handy when writing fiction. I love kayaking and biking outside in the summer, and cross-country skiing in the winter. But I also love gardening, especially perennial flowers, and cooking. Yes, I’ll admit it. I’m a Food Network addict. So, enough about me. Let’s take a look at the new short stories I have with Torquere Press.
~ Jon ~
Crossfire
Rick Anthis, a forty-five year old veteran of the Colorado State Police, and his husband, Gabriel Thorkelson, a deputy sheriff in a nearby county, enjoy the peace of their suburban Boulder home. Until three gunshots rip through the tranquil neighborhood and Rick witnesses the kidnapping of his buddy, eight year old Jacob.
The clues are sparse until Gabe reminds Rick of something Jacob had said. Rick has a starting point. He and his CSI team locate the remote hideout, only to find the the kidnappers are gone, and Gabe is missing too.

Showstring (fair warning, this is the unedited version so any screwy things are totally my bad.)
Jayden Laine has spent his life in the city, dreaming of cowboys and cattle ranches. He looks forward to each fall when his life is exchanged for his dreams when the state fair opens.

This year when he steps into the barns he’s greeted by the sights he’s come to see, and one additional sight of Ben Ramos fighting to move a two-thousand pound bull that’s decided he doesn’t want to move. What happens next starts a juggernaut of emotions in Jayden that turn his world upside down. Now all he has to do is reevaluate his entire life and decide who to believe. And he has only a few days to do it.


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Check back later for the excerpt for Crossfire, and the first viewing of the except from Showstring.