Sunday, November 30, 2014

Saying good night...

Thanks for listening to me today! I'll be back next month, and I'll talk a little more about my upcoming book, so hope to see you then!

Happy reading!

The hardest part of the editing process...

The hardest part of the editing process, for me, is working on the marketing materials.

Confession time. Brevity is not my natural state of being. I tend to write the most awful summaries as a result. How bad are my summaries? Let me put it this way. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't buy my own book on the basis of my first attempt. This is also where a truly outstanding editor can help.

I'm always a little jealous of people who can just run off a sentence that makes me want to buy the book the moment I'm done reading their little blurb. I agonize over every word, and moan and groan like I was being tortured. Possibly, I am. And when I'm done, I look at the sentence, and I want to cry.

I also suffer from being very reluctant to toot my own horn. It's not how I was raised, and it's been the single hardest aspect of the marketing process for me. I was taught that actions speak louder than words, and a lady doesn't raise her voice to be heard. Embracing Twitter has been a revelation. Facebook still scares me, and I'm a sporadic blogger.

But I'm learning. It's slow, and I'd rather do a hundred pages of comments than write a sentence or two to sell my book. I will get there, though. I will.

I'm cooking for a puppy...

So. My daughter wanted a dog. She asked for a dog, and for ten years, we told her, nope. We did, right up until last Christmas, when she asked her dad, yet again, and he said yes.

Now, don't get me wrong. I love dogs. I grew up with dogs. But I knew exactly who was going to wind up walking the dog, and feeding the dog. Uh-huh. And let me add that any temperature below 50 degrees Fahrenheit is unthinkable. Not that I live someplace warm, mind you.

Well, the puppy is now 9 months old, a Pembroke Welsh corgi, and she's adorable. She eats socks, towels, dead birds and dried earthworms, which led to a tummy upset. Here I am, making rice and ground beef for the puppy. She thinks my cooking for her is ducky, and offers her opinions as I cook. I'm thinking I need a better job than pup-chef. She thinks I need to bring home more giant dead birds for her.

Puppies...

Thoughts on editing

Being in the middle of working with my editor on Ghost's Dilemma, I've been thinking...

Editors really are unsung heroes. I read a blog post elsewhere, and the blogger was bemoaning the way books obviously lacking in any editorial attention whatsoever are getting five stars and rave reviews because the authors are joining review-for-fee sites, or having friends review, or even making sock puppet accounts and reviewing themselves. The blogger's issue was that the falsely inflated reviews can lure readers into purchasing terribly written books.

But really, I think the issue is the importance of editing, more than the artificial inflation of reviews. For any of us who've dabbled in fan fiction, as writers or readers, we know how a hard core circle of fans can make even a dreadful mess look wonderful, going by ratings and reviews. But the difference is that no one's paying to read the fan fiction. A book for sale is another thing entirely. I feel I owe it to my readers to turn out the best product I can.

I just printed out a page of words to avoid, one that my editor recommends. I make sure I internalize the things I learn in the editing process, and carry them over into my writing. I read my own manuscript to catch the most egregious errors. I spell check, and run the grammar check even if I know I'll ignore some of its findings. Dialogue is not perfect, and most of us don't speak with flawless grammar.

Even with all of the above, if I were to self publish, I would scrape together the money to hire an editor. The things I miss are legion. Awkward sentences, atrocious word choices, and knowing what I meant as opposed to what I've written - these are all things no amount of self-editing will fix. I need that strong person behind me, reading my mess of a manuscript and pointing out the rough patches. I appreciate guidance or suggestions where offered, but if I need to roll my sleeves up and figure out how to fix things, then I'll do it. It's my name on the cover, but in all honesty, we need a spot for our editors to be recognized, because nothing I write would be anywhere near worth reading without my editors.


A late "Hello!"

Happy Sunday, post Thanksgiving and after Black Friday for those who participate in that annual madness...

I'd expected to post a little earlier, but we're having our usual seasonal chaos, so I'm late. I should be used to it by now, since my family and holidays do not go well together. Just to make the season even more festive, I wound up in the emergency room on Friday. This is, by the way, almost a tradition for us. Something Awful Must Happen on every holiday.

But it made me think, because I'm also in the editing stage of my new book, Ghost's Dilemma. As authors, we do all sorts of horrible things to our characters. There's no drama otherwise, and readers prefer books to be a little more exciting than our daily lives. (Honestly, in real life, I am a perfectly ordinary, rather boring suburban mom.) So, we invent crises and conundrums for our characters, and put them through the wringer. They always manage to survive, and find a way to resolve the issues we create for them, and we reward them with a happy ending. But I'm not sure I'd want the excitement my characters endure.

So, what do you think? Real life with all the boring bits, or a life like a character in a novel, where disaster lurks around every corner?

Monday, November 24, 2014

BDSMonday - Stereotypes




It’s BDSMonday!

Today’s topic is kinky stereotypes. 

Please note! The items listed below are stereotypes. They are not representative of my thoughts!

Here are a few I know, but I’d love to hear more from you guys:
- men are dominant and women are submissive
- all female dominants are dominatrices/pro dommes. They all look like this: 

- submissives (regardless of gender) are helpless doormats
- female submissives (or all submissives) are just looking for sex/are slutty
- BDSM is always about sex
- switches are just confused
- masochists were sickly as children
- sadists are all serial killers/psychopaths 




Vanilla Corner
Before you started reading BDSM fiction, had you heard of any of these stereotypes?
Did you believe any of them?
Were you surprised to find out they weren’t true after you’d started reading the genre?
Did you find out about these (or other) stereotypes through reading?


Coming Soon

Coming Soon:

November 26, 2014

Wishing all our US readers and authors a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!


December 3, 2014

Mannies, Inc: And Nanny Makes Seven
by Sean Michael

Genre: Contemporary

Cream, a Hammer novel
by Sean Michael

Genre: Contemporary, BDSM

Screwdrivers, a Hammer Club short story collection
by Sean Michael

Want to catch up with what three of the Hammer Club’s most popular couples are getting up to? Then this nine story anthology featuring Marcus and Jim, Billy and Montana, and Simon and Jeremy is for you.

Genre: Contemporary, BDSM

Friday, November 21, 2014

New Favorite Things

Greetings friends,

I'm having an Old Dog kind of week. It's the filling-trench time of the fall semester, and I seem to have developed some kind of figurative brain fungus that's preventing me from accomplishing some basic activities of daily living (are we really supposed to wash those dishes?) while allowing an endless slog of grading (the happy professor's price of admission).

So it's with inordinate delight I report that into my Old Dog week some New Tricks have loped, unbidden but most welcome.

One is the Cirque Alphonse. The New York Times recently described this as an artisanal Quebecois circus troupe. They do things like juggle each other while also throwing axes at rough-hewn tree parts. The performers are pretty rough-hewn as well, come to that. Their show Barbu ("bearded") looks like it contains some marvelous gender and sexual edges. Have any of you all seen it? Definitely on my list of things to save up to see (when they get back from their European tour, that is).


My other favorite new thing is Richard K. Morgan. This brilliant, twisted British science fiction author has written a maybe-it's-fantasy trilogy that's about, among other things, what happens when the war is over, impossible legacies, and being fucked with by destiny. A Land Fit for Heroes has three protagonists, two of them gay. What I love (besides everything else about the books) is that the characters' sexualities are integral to character and plot in exactly the ways they are in our own lives, sort of momentous and mundane all at once. The writing is enviable in the extreme, and the humor is dark, dark, dark, arid, and made me laugh aloud. Marvelously, unexpectedly elevating books.

Finally, an old favorite: Ursula K. LeGuin is a hero of mine from (my) pre-pubescence. She recently rocked the National Book Awards ceremony with a balls-out speech in which she accepted a lifetime achievement award, slammed a certain online retailer's craven manipulation of publishers and authors, and championed the power of art and artists to resist the status quo and craft change. Happy tears.

What are your new delights and surprises?

Until next month,
Lee B. xo

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Author Extra: ZA: And the Dead Shall Rise By ID Locke

ZA: And the Dead Shall Rise
By ID Locke

 
Tracey Hedgewood has planned for years with other ZA survivalists what to do in the very unlikely instance of the dead walking. He is the man with a plan now that the ZA has become a frightening reality of the world. Guy Thibaudeau has managed to survive the first week of the ZA through sheer luck and knows that he needs a plan, and soon, if he wants to stay off the zombie menu. Tracey and Guy meet while both foraging in the same store for supplies. Casual and flirty acquaintances for six months before the dead rose to snack on the living, they decide to team up to increase their survival chances as well as see where the strong mutual attraction will lead.

As the men make their way to what they hope is safety following The Plan Tracey has been refining for years, Tracey’s every-man-for-himself Plan slowly morphs into a scheme to make their safe haven on the Toronto Islands a zombie-free zone for themselves as well as the people still living there. While guiding their new group into making their location safe for everyone, the men explore their mutual desires and kinks, finding that they not only work well as a zombie killing team but as lovers, too. Tracey and Guy soon discover that even in the horror of the dead hunting the living, incredible good can come from a hopelessly bad situation.



Author Extra:
I’d always wanted to write a zombie story because I love the genre. I started the novel with the idea that it’d be something small. Maybe 15K. Just snapshots of two guys hooking up under the most trying of circumstances to see where their mutual attraction leads.

 

And then they started talking to me and I knew I was doomed to have a much, much larger project on my hands.

 

My projected 15K story morphed into a 102K novel, a short story, ZA: Run & Gun (with secondary characters) and a collection of ficlets, ZA: Week 1, that’s 15K in size and set right when everything goes to hell in a handbasket. The novel is also the first part of the story I want to tell. There is a second novel, ZA: New World Order, simmering away in my brain where we’ll join up with Tracey, Guy, Konrad, Jase, Eddie and Renji  once again.

 

I had a ton of fun writing this one as a lot of it was based on personal experience and first-hand knowledge. I was able to include quite a few Canadian things, which tickled me silly. The places mentioned are all real and I’ve visited them all multiple times since I’ve lived in the Greater Toronto Area for almost twenty years. The French-Canadian swear words were plucked from my memory growing up in a bilingual household and I actually do use the majority of those swear words on a fairly regular basis. Konrad’s physical limitations and the reasons for them are my own. Even the boat, Cloud 649, is real although the name is purely my invention and I don’t own it. Tracey’s Plan is my plan for surviving the ZA, tweaked a bit to fit the parameters of the story.

 

Like many zombie stories and movies, no mention of just how it got started is given in the novel. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t know how it happened. I plotted that out, too, even though it’ll likely never see the light of day in the story. I’ve always been fascinated by engineered viruses for the purpose of bio-warfare and I’ve modeled my zombie outbreak on a combination of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (the human version of mad cow disease) and the 1918 strain of H1N1 (Spanish Flu). I chose CJD to provide the rapid onset of dementia, personality changes, psychosis, speech impairment and jerky/uncoordinated movements. The1918 H1N1 strain is for its rapid mutation ability, devastating transmission capabilities, high mortality rate and inability to be transmitted/infect non-humans.

 

It’s probably a good thing for everybody I never followed the career path as a virologist working for the government creating new and frightening ways to decimate the enemy unseen.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

New Release from ID Locke & Julia Talbot - 3 Free Reads as well!!

This week, we have selected titles by Julia Talbot and ID Locke on sale for 20% off. Check 'em out: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials


ZA: And the Dead Shall Rise
by ID Locke
297 pages / 102200 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-834-9
$6.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=97&products_id=4317
Blurb:
Tracey Hedgewood has planned for years with other ZA survivalists what to do in the very unlikely instance of the dead walking. He is the man with a plan now that the ZA has become a frightening reality of the world. Guy Thibaudeau has managed to survive the first week of the ZA through sheer luck and knows that he needs a plan, and soon, if he wants to stay off the zombie menu. Tracey and Guy meet while both foraging in the same store for supplies. Casual and flirty acquaintances for six months before the dead rose to snack on the living, they decide to team up to increase their survival chances as well as see where the strong mutual attraction will lead.
As the men make their way to what they hope is safety following The Plan Tracey has been refining for years, Tracey’s every-man-for-himself Plan slowly morphs into a scheme to make their safe haven on the Toronto Islands a zombie-free zone for themselves as well as the people still living there. While guiding their new group into making their location safe for everyone, the men explore their mutual desires and kinks, finding that they not only work well as a zombie killing team but as lovers, too. Tracey and Guy soon discover that even in the horror of the dead hunting the living, incredible good can come from a hopelessly bad situation.


Rough Patches & Happy Endings
by AR Moler
184 pages / 51245 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-831-8
$2.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=76&products_id=4316
Blurb:
From the Old West tale in Nothing but Trouble to the modern worlds of dirt bikes and bullriding in stories such as Crash and Burn and Mind in the Middle, this collection of short stories follows rough and ready adrenaline junkies to their happy endings.
Stories include:
Splitting the Difference
Acting Out
Crash and Burn
Mind in the Middle
Nothing but Trouble
All stories previously published as Torquere Press Sip short stories.


Belladonna
by T. Strange

FREE READ
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=195&products_id=4318
Blurb:
Max is looking for BDSM action. After complaining to his friend Randy about the lack of kink in his life, Randy gives him an address. Max expects to find a club. Instead, he finds a rough, blue-collar drinking establishment where he seems less than welcome. He’s rescued by Adam, a rough, no-nonsense top who shows him that BDSM is still alive and thriving.


Picking Up the Pieces
by Mychael Black
FREE READ
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=195&products_id=4320
Blurb:
A couple years have passed and Robbie and Seth (Hearth and Home, Going Home) have everything going for them. Until their beloved tattoo parlor--the one they've worked so hard on--is robbed. Everything's destroyed, and Robbie's temper gets the best of him. Now it's up to Seth to help his lover pick up the pieces and mend a few wounds. If it takes a bit of pain, then so be it.


Coming Out Wolf
by Julia Talbot
FREE READ
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=195&products_id=4319
Blurb:
The worst thing in the world isn't being gay. Not even close. It's not even being a werewolf. The worst thing in the world is being in love with your roommate and having that love be unrequited. No matter what Steve does, Rick just isn't responding. Will he give up too soon on making Rick his mate?

Coming Soon:
November 26, 2014
Wishing all our US readers and authors a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!
December 3, 2014
Mannies, Inc: And Nanny Makes Seven
by Sean Michael

Genre: Contemporary
Cream, a Hammer novel
by Sean Michael

Genre: Contemporary, BDSM
Screwdrivers, a Hammer Club short story collection
by Sean Michael
Want to catch up with what three of the Hammer Club’s most popular couples are getting up to? Then this nine story anthology featuring Marcus and Jim, Billy and Montana, and Simon and Jeremy is for you.
Genre: Contemporary, BDSM

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Gratitude, Love in Los Angeles style

Thanksgiving is a funny time of year for us Americans.  It's a high-pressure holiday, where we have to get eating a lot of food and doing absolutely nothing just right.  It also marks the long, but not slow, slide into the winter holidays and the end of the year.  And with all of those things comes a certain obligation to communicate about our experiences in a certain way.

Gratitude is in many ways, easy.  It's easy to say, I'm thankful for my home, my partner, my family, my cats, these really spectacular gluten-free candy cane Oreo-style sandwich cookies I'm eating right now as I write this.

But gratitude is also hard.  Not just because many of us rarely pause in our busy lives to really feel gratitude for all the things we do have, but because having gratitude for what we have now sometimes means having to think about times when we didn't have very much at all.

One of the things Erin & I hear most often about Starling's protagonist, Alex, is that he's a brat. That he's ungrateful about his fame, his opportunities, his wealth.  And our response to that has often been -- and will continue to be -- well, fame is hard, and sort of terrible, and it's not something Alex ever wanted.

All those things are true.  But if we're really honest with you -- if Alex is really honest with you -- gratitude is hard because sometimes you have to think about the times when you had nothing.  For Alex, who comes from some pretty severe poverty, if he thinks too hard about his gratitude for his life in Los Angeles, the overwhelming feeling he's left with is shame.

Shame for being so glad he never has to worry about where his next meal is coming from. Shame he couldn't make things better for his mom and his sister growing up. Shame that no one will ever think he's grateful enough.  Shame that he has no real idea how to navigate the line from his past to his present.

I know many of us choose to read romance for a smoother, happier, easier world -- one with big risks and big rewards -- than the one we live in.  Starling isn't that book.  Starling is about how the hard, messy, difficult lives we're living as imperfect, cranky, and sometimes ungrateful people, can have astounding happily ever afters too.

The holidays are hard.  Sometimes, so is gratitude.  That's okay. Embrace it, not in terms of bah humbug, but in terms of hey, this is what the season looks like for some of us.

Like Alex, gratitude isn't always my strong suit.  I often feel I don't sound convincing enough when I express it, so I don't express it at all.  Basically, gratitude freaks me out.  What if I'm bad at it?  What if I am weird at it?  I'm weird at a lot of stuff.

But I am thankful -- for the home, and the partner, and the cats, and these still really excellent cookies.  I'm also thankful that I get to tell stories, and for the people who allow me to do that -- my co-author, Torquere, other presses we've also published with, and of course you, the readers, who complete most important step in bringing characters to life. Without you, stories don't happen.

So here's what's coming up:

On December 17, 2014, as part of a Torquere holiday anthology, we'll have a new Love in Los Angeles short out (about 12,000 words) that takes place after the end of Starling.  It's called Evergreen and focuses on Liam's Christmas holidays with his childhood best-friend, Charles, although Alex, Paul, Victor, and Carly are also present in the piece. If you haven't read Starling yet, that's okay. Evergreen is designed to be a place you can start even if you don't know the world yet.

Then, on January 21, 2015, Doves, book 2 in the series will clock in at almost 90,000 words.  And in June, you'll be able to pick up book 3, Phoenix.

We hope you'll come along for that ride, as well as for some other, non-LiLA work we have coming out over the next year.  Thank you for letting us write about difficult people and letting us include them in the idea of romance for the rest of us.

Meanwhile, please keep an eye on our blog, Avian30.com for more details and previews of our upcoming releases, as well as guest posts from other authors in our genre and our weekly motivational feature Do the Thing! If you want exclusive treats and peeks from us, be sure to sign up for our newsletter too!

On social media you can find us at:
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/racheline_m and http://www.twitter.com/erincmcrae
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/erin.and.racheline
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1015335.Racheline_Maltese and https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8323893.Erin_McRae

As a reminder we are also giving away a paperback copy of Starling via Goodreads at present. We've done so many U.S.-only giveaways, we've decided to branch out a little.  This one is just for U.K. readers!



Monday, November 17, 2014

BDSMonday - Quizzes

It's BDSMonday! Today we have a wonderful bdsm quiz for everyone to take. I took the submissive quiz and my Sir took the Dominant quiz. They were both quite accurate.

Coming This Week...

Coming This Week:
Rough Patches and Happy Endings
by Julia Talbot
A collection of shorts from Julia Talbot with stories including:
Splitting the Difference
Acting Out
Crash and Burn
Mind in the Middle
Nothing but Trouble

ZA & The Dead Shall Rise
by ID Locke
It takes a zombie apocalypse for Tracey to finally get into Guy's pants and while banding together to survive makes perfect tactical sense, Tracey and Guy think there's a bigger pay off for both of them -- each other. 
Genre: Paranormal/Horror

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Coming Soon from Sean Michael

December will be here before you know it and I have a few books coming out just in time for the holiday month.

The next book in the Mannies Incorporated series will be out, a new Hammer novel, and a Hammer Christmas Auction story, as well as a compilation of Hammer short stories featuring Marcus and Jim, Billy and Montana, and Simon and Jeremy.

And Nanny Makes Seven 

When Adam's parents died three years ago, he kept his five younger siblings together, playing parent as best a twenty-one year old could under the circumstances. Now his mentor Helena has passed away from cancer and Adam doesn't know what to do. He's shocked, but grateful when a reading of the will determines that he's not only inherited her beloved shit-zhus, but also the house, a generous trust for everyone's education, and three million dollars, some of it earmarked for hiring a nanny.

Hutch has worked as a nanny since he was nineteen and took over the care of his neighbors children when both parents were killed in separate missions overseas. He's worked with several families since and feels confident he can handle five children aged four through seventeen.

Hutch's arrival is just what Adam needs and as Hutch begins to turn the big house from Helena's place into their home, Adam and his siblings begin to see Hutch as more than just the nanny.

Can a path of tragedy and sorrow turn the corner to happiness and love?

Cream, a Hammer novel 

Storm owns the Beat & Cream bakery, popular with the Hammer Club members for its name, the amazing pastries Storm bakes, and his willingness to make all sorts of naughty creations. Not into the lifestyle himself, Storm loves the punny nature of the name of his establishment and everyone he's met have been nice.

Zeb, an unattached Top and Hammer Club member hears about the bakery and knows he must check it out for himself, given he has the world's biggest sweet tooth. He finds the pastries delicious, but he's even more taken with the owner himself, and sets out to woo Storm.

It's easy to fall in love with someone who makes you laugh and brings your life joy, but what happens when that happens with someone who isn't into the same things you are? Zeb and Storm are about to find out if they can find some mutual ground, or if Zeb's lifestyle keep them apart.

Screwdrivers, a Hammer short story compilation

Want to catch up with what three of the Hammer Club’s most popular couples are getting up to? Then the nine stories this anthology featuring Marcus and Jim, Billy and Montana, and Simon and Jeremy are for you.

The stories in this anthology have been previously published on their own and include: Groceries, Deck the Sub, Water and Steel, Hands Tied, Market Day, Tanny and the Cage, Heaven Sent, Brownies, and New Legs, New Year.


Need for Sale, a Hammer Auction story

It's been two years since Neil's Master Chris passed away unexpectedly and he's ready for someone to touch him again. More than ready. The problem is that everyone is respectfully keeping their distance. Participating in the annual charity Hammer Auction seems like the perfect opportunity to announce his readiness, and to get some of the touches he craves so badly at the same time.

To Neil's surprise, his best friend and neighbor, Master Dalton makes the winning bid, leaving Neil to wonder if he must continue exist alone and untouched. Master Dalton has a secret, though, one that might change Neil's life forever.


Looks for all of these in December!

Sean Michael
smut fixes everything
www.seanmichaelwrites.com
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Jarheads -- Everyday Stories

My Jarheads short stories have been collected and put into an anthology that was released yesterday!

I love the cover -- I love the way the three watches evoke time and three different men, and it just seems very fitting for this particular cover.

This collection brings together nine Sean Michael short stories that follow the everyday lives of everyone’s favorite Jarheads: Rock, Rig and Dick. Whether working in the garden, fooling around with paint, or just plain fooling around, nobody loves like these two Marines and their Nurse.

All stories previously published by Torquere Press:
Re-Sounding Love
Boys at Play
Hot and Pink
Just Perfect
Loving Away the Grumps
One Lucky Fucking Redneck
Possessor and Possessed
Rig and the Gym Bunnies
Working Late

It's available here.

And there is a smutty excerpt here on my blog, and another one here.

Sean Michael
smut fixes everything
www.seanmichaelwrites.com

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

New Release day is HERE

This week, we have selected titles by Sean Michael and AR Moler, on sale for 20% off. Check 'em out: Specials : Torquere Press Inc. , LGBT Romance at its finest!

Everyday Stories, a Jarheads short story collection
by Sean Michael
119 pages / 31600 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-830-1
$3.99
Buy Link:  http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=76&products_id=4314
Blurb:
This collection brings together nine Sean Michael short stories that follow the everyday lives of everyone’s favorite Jarheads: Rock, Rig and Dick. Whether working in the garden, fooling around with paint, or just plain fooling around, nobody loves like these two Marines and their Nurse.
All stories previously published by Torquere Press:
Re-Sounding Love
Boys at Play
Hot and Pink
Just Perfect
Loving Away the Grumps
One Lucky Fucking Redneck
Possessor and Possessed
Rig and the Gym Bunnies
Working Late



For the Eye Sees Not Itself

by AR Moler
184 pages / 51245 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-831-8
$4.99
Buy Link:  http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=78_85&products_id=4315
Blurb:
The SIS team has dealt with all sorts of things that go bump in the night--vampires, zombies, even demons. But not everything odd or occult walks or breathes. The CIA calls on SIS leader John Benchley to alert him to a strange set of occurrences around an abandoned house in Baltimore. Investigating, the SIS team stumbles on to something unprecedented and deadly. And not every SIS member gets away from their encounters unscathed.
Life continues to go on--even around vampires, mad scientists and demons. SIS FBI liaison Gabrielle Dichenz, who is the lover of both John Benchley and Evan Garrett, John’s boyfriend, is coming to terms with her new life.  Recovering from her past with an abusive ex means looking closely at her present. Evan’s waiting patiently to integrate both of his lovers into his wider life. John, on the other hand, isn’t the sort of personality who takes well to waiting. There’s something really good growing between the three of them. Gabrielle just has to decide whether to truly grab for the brass ring or let her past dictate the shape of her future.


Murder in Torbaydos

by Ian Krender
351 pages / 97600 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-832-5
$6.99
Buy Link:  http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=83&products_id=4313
Blurb:
Old houses hide secrets, sometimes dark ones.
In the 1970s, London based family Marjorie, Stanley, and their theatrically bent son fall in love with a dilapidated Victorian seaside villa. Dreaming of a better life, they transform the property into a luxury guesthouse, ignorant of the tragic events that occurred there at the beginning of the century. They discover that their guests are not the only other occupants in the building.
The souls trapped within the house offer the temptation of wealth and power, but all come with a deadly price. Stanley, supported by his ambitious wife, enters political office. Marjorie will stop at nothing to achieve her goals for her husband, no matter who gets in the way.
Thirty years later, an affluent gay couple, Jez and Graham, purchase the hotel, which now unoccupied has once again fallen into disrepair. They are blissfully unaware of the building's grisly past. Jez falls under the influence of the spirits within the house, rapidly achieving fame, fortune, and a life beyond his wildest imagination, but the price is ultimately the corruption of his very soul.
Bound by a common destiny, both Marjorie and Jez's fates lie inextricably intertwined across time, connected to the house. Their gruesome realization is that death is not necessarily a release.
Warning: Occasional scenes of graphic violence

ZA: Week 1

by ID Locke
Free Read
Buy Link:  http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=195&products_id=4312
Blurb:
Tracey's knows the zombie apocalypse is real when he sees a boy eating the intestines of an adult next to the soccer ball rack in the store he manages. Guy finds out about the ZA when he gets a disturbing phone call from his parents that chills him to the bone. Konrad puts into action the plan him and his husband, Jase, a military pilot, have for surviving the ZA together. Renji just wants to get home and hopes that the flight he's on isn't going to be his last one ever. As the zombie outbreak grows in scope, Eddie faces the reality that her job as a cop to serve and protect the public has to come down to worrying about her own ass instead of others if she wants to come through the ZA alive. When the ZA happens, what would you do to survive?

A Hundred Lonely Halloweens

by Ari McKay
Free Read
Buy Link:  http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=195&products_id=4311
Blurb:
When Micah Harrison bought Delany House, he didn’t suspect that it was haunted – or that the lonely ghost of Richard Delany would be the most appealing man he’d met in a long time. As Micah learns more about Richard, he realizes he’s in danger of falling in love, but he gives in to temptation anyway when Richard offers him the gift of an erotic Halloween encounter. However, Richard’s real gift is not only a night of sensual pleasure, but also a chance for Micah to find the love he’d been looking for and never found.

Coming Next Week:
Rough Patches and Happy Endings
by Julia Talbot
A collection of shorts from Julia Talbot with stories including:
Splitting the Difference
Acting Out
Crash and Burn
Mind in the Middle
Nothing but Trouble
Genre: Contemporary
Cereus: Rescue
by Sean Michael, BA Tortuga & Julia Talbot

Genre: Paranormal/Horror
ZA & The Dead Shall Rise
by ID Locke
It takes a zombie apocalypse for Tracey to finally get into Guy's pants and while banding together to survive makes perfect tactical sense, Tracey and Guy think there's a bigger pay off for both of them -- each other. 
Genre: Paranormal/Horror

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Tuesday Update from the Trenches - NaNoWriMo!


November is National Novel Writing Month, or, NaNoWriMo.  Described as "thirty days of literary abandon," the objective is to write 50,000 words or more on the first draft of a novel.  What's so amazing about the experience is that it teaches one to write, to write a lot, and to write a draft of a novel.

That might sound simplistic, but it's not.  It's like trying to run a marathon.  In theory, running a marathon is easy:  you just strap on some good shoes and take off in some direction, and keep going for 26.2 miles.  As long as the direction you've selected keeps going and doesn't, oh, I don't know, run into a lake or something, you're golden.  When you get to the end, stop.

Easy, right?

Ha.

We're at Day Eleven of the Great Novel Experience.  This isn't my first NaNo.  This isn't even my second NaNo.  My 2012 NaNo eventually became Emerald Fire, which our readers know is our first release with Torquere Press.  This year, I'm working on a sequel to one of our published books as well, so that I can get a jump on our 2015 schedule.

Here's what I've found out about doing NaNo and, one hopes, being successful at it:

Write.

A lot.

And when you're done with that?

Write some more.

And don't stop until you've got at least 50,000 words and hope that the direction you've selected keeps going and doesn't, I don't know, um... repeat itself a lot.

Oh, and coffee helps.

Write on!

Are you trying NaNo this year?  What's your username?  Tell me in comments so we can become "buddies."  If you're not doing NaNo, what would you write if you ever decided to give it a shot?

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

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Monday, November 10, 2014

BDSMonday - Guest Post by M. Strange - Coming Out As Kinky



It's BDSMonday! (Last week? Obviously last week never happened, or there would have been a BDSMonday post. *heh*)

Today I have guest post number two from my Sir, and she's talking about how and when to come out as kinky. I've touched on this subject before, but I think it's an important one and it's good to get as many perspectives about it as possible. 

So, without further ado: 

Review Round-Up October 1 - November 8, 2014

We hope you enjoy our most current review round-up. As always if you have reviews that were not listed here you can post them in the comments or send them to kristi@torquerepress.com and they will be included in the next round-up. We appreciate all our reviewers that take the time from their busy schedules to read and review our books. In addition we appreciate all our authors and readers for their dedication to Torquere in our continued growth as one of the top GLBT publishers available. Y'all enjoy!


Delilah Night

Roll by Lynn Townsend


Sensual Reads

Inches of Trust, Volume 1 by AR Moler


Carly's Book Reviews

Starling by Racheline Maltese and Erin McRae


Poems in Green Ink - Poems Reads Books

Starling by Racheline Maltese and Erin McRae


Hearts on Fire Reviews

New Beginnings by Kyle Adams 
Underground: Special Teams by Sean Michael 
Little Candy by Vic Winter 
House Call by Jane Davitt 
The Fantasy Collection by Kiernan Kelly 
Pearls in the Darkness by S.E. O'Connor 


Acting Junkie

Starling by Racheline Maltese and Erin McRae 


Redz World

Georgia Knights by Julia Talbot 
Solitary by Sean Michael


Gleescape

Starling by Racheline Maltese and Erin McRae


Manic Readers Reviews

Underground: Special Teams by Sean Michael 


Joyfully Jay Reviews

Steven's Heart by Ashavan Doyon 
Dawg Days Anthology 


Kristy's Brain Food

Cast the First Stone by Katherine Halle 


Long and Short Reviews

New Toys by Sean Michael 
They Do F/F Anthology 
The Queen's Guard by Emma Jane 
Seven Steps to Heaven by Emily Moreton 
Nurse Levi by L.J. Hamlin 
Best Laid Plans by M. Durango 


Love Bytes


Cast the First Stone by Katherine Halle 
The Oasis (Palm Springs Diaries Book 1) by A.J. Llewellyn 
Underground: Special Teams by Sean Michael
Carbon & Ash by Chris Owen 


MM Good Book Reviews

Blind Eye of the Sun by TA Moore 
Two Guys Walk Into an Apocalypse 3: He's a Lumberjack and He's Undead by V.L. Locey 
The Demon's Door by Ari McKay 
Tony's Tiara by Berengaria Brown 
Always a Groomsman by M. Durango 
Full Moon Dating: Evgeny and Feng by Julia Talbot 
The Stonechild Betrothal by Katalinya Palokova 
Zirkua Fantastic by Voss Foster 


Literary Nymphs Reviews

The Demon's Door by Ari McKay 
Herc's Mercs: Line in the Sand by Ari McKay 


Rainbow Book Reviews

Pictures of You by Julia Talbot 
Little Candy by Vic Winter 
Georgia Knights by Julia Talbot 
Cast the First Stone by Katherine Halle 
The Oasis (Palm Springs Diaries Book 1) by A.J. Llewellyn 
Steven's Heart by Ashavan Doyon

Coming This Week...

Coming This Week:

Murder in Torbaydos
by Ian Krender

Old houses hide secrets, sometimes dark ones.  When the dead offer you a life of fame and fortune beyond your wildest dreams, beware of the price, as even death may not be a release.

Genre: LGBT/Paranormal/Horror/Historical

Everyday Stories, a Jarhead collection
by Sean Michael

This anthology brings together nine Sean Michael short stories that follow the everyday lives of everyone’s favorite Jarheads: Rock, Rig and Dick.

Genre: Contemporary

For the Eye Sees Not Itself
by AR Moler

When a haunted mirror shows you your worst nightmares, how do you cope? The SIS team must find a way to save their own team members from its deadly influence.

Genre: Paranormal/Horror, Menage

Friday, November 7, 2014

NaNoWriMo Time!

It's that time of year again.

National Novel Writing Month, lovingly (or perhaps grudgingly) referred to as NaNo by those crazy enough to participate.

During the month of November, from the 1st to the 30th, masochists all over the world take on the task of writing a full novel of 50,000 words in ONE MONTH. The daily word count averages out to about 1700 or so words a day.

I've been attempting NaNo off and on for several years. I still haven't convinced my beloved co-author, Shayne Carmichael, to join me. But, just because I'm a glutton for punishment apparently, I've signed up to do it this year. No clue if I'll "win" (which is only done by actually completing 50k words by November 30th, and there's no prize beyond bragging rights); but I'm gonna try.

This year's novel is one I need to do anyway: Shadowkings 2: Harbinger.

Anyone else wanna join me in this insanity? I'm behind on word count, but hope to make it up this weekend.

http://nanowrimo.org/participants/mychael-black

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Latest Releases from Torquere Press 11/5/14

This week, we have selected titles by Emma Jane, Mike Shade, Chris Owen and Tory Temple on sale for 20% off. Check 'em out: Specials : Torquere Press Inc. , LGBT Romance at its finest!

Never Too Early: The Beginning
by Chris Owen & Tory Temple
180 pages / 52300 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-829-5
$4.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=78_85&products_id=4295
Blurb:
Firefighters Chancellor Shanahan and Tucker McBride have been together for years. They've been through the rough patches and come out the other side, although shift work, misunderstandings, and stubborn personalities can make things interesting. Chance knows that he and Tucker love each other, however, and neither of them have any interest in other people. So what happens when they meet another couple with a similar relationship? An unlikely friendship could take a possible turn.
Jake and Tor are a pair of cowboys who have weathered the storms of a decade together and have finally settled into their lives. They have a ranch, they have family, and they have each other. A rare vacation leads to a friendship, which leads to questions and a revival of long finished conversations. Is moving forward also a step back in time to issues they’ve already put to rest?



Otherworld

by Emma Jane & Liz Powell
251 pages / 72600 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-828-8
$5.99
Buy Link:  http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=97&products_id=4290
Blurb:
Archetypal English toff William "Liam" Barnes is in big trouble. He's borrowed money from Irish gangster Davey McGrath with one simple condition. Get a special prism from Matthew Luttrell - seducing Matthew if he has to - and bring it back. But the prism isn't with Matthew, and Liam makes a decision he can't undo, meaning he's twenty thousand pounds in debt to a vicious gangster and has no idea where to find the prism.
That is, until he meets stoic Irishman Jim Henvey, the real owner of the prism, who has a cruel demi-goddess of a mother on the warpath for him. Liam and Jim quickly find themselves tied up in each other's messes, and with more than just the mortal world out to get them, they must find their way out of a battle between dimensions and still have time to figure out their feelings for each other. Or will they just sink deeper into trouble?


Shorts

by Mike Shade
54 pages / 23600 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-827-1
$3.49
Buy Link:  http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=78_85&products_id=4293
Blurb:
This anthology brings together three short stories by Mike Shade in three different genres. Contemporary story Hondo and the City is a city mouse/country mouse type story. Want, Love, Need is a fantasy tale set in a Celtic world, while Keifer and Me gets up close and personal with a vampire.

Coming Next Week:
Murder in Torbaydos
by Ian Krender
Old houses hide secrets, sometimes dark ones.  When the dead offer you a life of fame and fortune beyond your wildest dreams, beware of the price, as even death may not be a release.
Genre: LGBT/Paranormal/Horror/Historical
Everyday Stories, a Jarhead collection
by Sean Michael
This anthology brings together nine Sean Michael short stories that follow the everyday lives of everyone’s favorite Jarheads: Rock, Rig and Dick.
Genre: Contemporary
For the Eye Sees Not Itself
by AR Moler
When a haunted mirror shows you your worst nightmares, how do you cope? The SIS team must find a way to save their own team members from its deadly influence.
Genre: Paranormal/Horror, Menage

November 19, 2014
Talbot Shorts
by Julia Talbot
A collection of shorts from Julia Talbot.
Genre: 
Cereus: Rescue
by Sean Michael, BA Tortuga & Julia Talbot

Genre: Paranormal
ZA & The Dead Shall Rise
by ID Locke
It takes a zombie apocalypse for Tracey to finally get into Guy's pants and while banding together to survive makes perfect tactical sense, Tracey and Guy think there's a bigger pay off for both of them -- each other.
Genre: Paranormal/Horror