Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Releases are Here - Happy New Year!

This week we have selected titles by Jere' M. Fishback and Laney Cairo on sale for 20% off GO SEE!! http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials


Becoming Andy Hunsinger
by Jere' M. Fishback
283 pages / 65800 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-858-5
$5.49
Buy Link: http://www.prizmbooks.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=6&products_id=92
Blurb:
It's 1975, and Anita Bryant's homophobic "Save Our Children" crusade rages through Florida. When Andy Hunsinger, a closeted gay college student, joins in a demonstration protesting Bryant's appearance in Tallahassee, his straight boy image is shattered when he's "outed" by a TV news reporter. In the months following, Andy discovers just what it means to be an openly gay in a society that condemns love between two men. Can Andy's friendship with Travis, a devout Christian who's fighting his own sexual urges, develop into something deeper?


Fountain of the Worlds
by Laney Cairo
213 pages / 58800 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-857-8
$4.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=97&products_id=4341
Blurb:
Island ran away from his past and settled into a new life as a bar owner in Melbourne, Australia, with a quietly promising relationship with Faith, his manager. The past hasn't forgotten Island, however, which is obvious when Schrödinger, the talking cat, arrives at the bar. Island's allegiances to his ex-lover, Trouble, draw Island and Faith to the City and into a territorial dispute for a small corner of the universe.
Faith's willingness to trust Island and Trouble, and her innate sneakiness, are all that stand between their team and a clan of ambitious and hungry vampires.
If they survive the fighting, Faith, Island and Trouble will have to figure out what to do about their relationship. And who gets custody of the cat.


Coming Next Week:

Y'all have a safe and happy New Year!!!
January 7, 2015

Lunaside
by JL Douglas

What Moira wants: an easy summer camp job. What Moira gets: Millie.

Genre: LGBT, Romance

The Haven
by AJ Llewellyn

Genre:
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January 14, 2015

Winter's Gift
by Sean Michael

Can a fairy and a human make a home together? Mauve and Geoff are going to find out.

Genre: Fantasy

Herc's Mercs: Bloody but Unbowed
by Ari McKay

Wild and reckless Daryl Greer never expected to be attracted to a rich, successful scientist like Emerson Winfield. Can their intense chemistry overcome Daryl’s insecurities, or will he lose his only chance at love?

Genre: Contemporary, Action/Adventure

Monday, December 29, 2014

BDSMonday - First Scenes


It's BDSMonday!

Today's question is, what was the first BDSM scene you ever participated in (or witnessed)?

I'm pretty sure, with both my current Sir and my previous ex/dominant, that we started with D/s...but I honestly don't remember for certain. Which is funny, because we don't actually play a lot with D/s!



And of course this question lends itself nicely to the Vanilla Corner! What was the first BDSM scene you ever read about, and what did you think of it?

I don't remember my first, but I always loved reading about people getting tied up and stuff when I was a kid :D

Monday, December 22, 2014

Saying good night for now

It's been fun chatting on this roller coaster of a day. It's a hectic time of year, but hopefully everyone will find some peace and togetherness this festive season.

I'll be back closer to the release date for my new book, and I hope to have lots to share by then. Until then, have a great night, and hug someone you love!

Morwen :)

Just have to say goodbye...

to Joe Cocker.

His music has been a part of my life all my life. I've seen him live, and I've seen people my age bring their kids to see him. He was a consummate performer, and a wonderful talent, and he will be missed.

Giveaway winner

Congrats to Debbie236! You're the winner of the giveaway!

ETA: Debbie, my emails to you seem to have trouble getting through. Please email me at winnie dot jerome at gmail dot com.

BDSMonday - Scene VS Impromptu



It's BDSMonday!

Today I'm asking about different kinds of play, and which you prefer to participate in or read about.

By a scene, I mean advanced planning, with specific ideas in mind: "You're going to be the pirate captain who ties me up, spanks me, and has his wicked way with me!" A scene can be set out by the top, bottom, or both!

By impromptu, I mean grabbing a sub for a surprise spanking, greeting your Dom(me) at the door on your knees with a cup of tea, anything spontaneous.



BDSM readers--do you prefer reading about elaborate scenes, or spur-of-the-moment, wild play? (Or a bit of both!)

Old things and new...

That sounds almost wedding-related, doesn't it?

But it also applies to books, and being an author, books are what rock my world.

I participated in the 12 Days of Christmas giveaway for Torquere, and maybe some of you decided to take a chance and get a copy of my novella, Ghost's Sight. I certainly hope so! First of all, free is a budget choice we can all get behind, especially with the holidays dipping into our wallets. But second of all, the next book in this series, Ghost's Dilemma, is scheduled to be released on February 4, 2015.

I'm really excited about that, too. I've been working with my amazing editor, Nicole, and she's been so helpful in getting me to prune a lot of the tedious parts, and brighten up the good bits. I love having a chance to revisit Ghost and Gerry, and explore a little more of their world. Of all the things I've written, these two characters really stick with me, and it's a world that begs to be explored.

That's the essence of a series. It's the something old -- familiar characters that we've gotten to know and love -- and a new adventure, a new setting, a beginning or even an ending. Some of my favorite books have been part of a series, and I've come to think of the characters as friends. It's just us here, so I can spill, I'm sure, but Martha Grimes' wonderful Richard Jury mysteries are foremost. I even described someone the other day as being a "bargain basement Aunt Agatha." Or Donna Leon's Commissario Guido Brunetti, and the intricacies of life in Venice, eased by the enigmatic Signorina Elettra, who knows everyone.

Now, I'm not in their league, mind you, but I would love it if Ghost and Gerry could at least lure a few readers into following them through their travels. That's the best reward any author can get. Fellow travelers...

'Twas the days before Christmas...

...and of course, things must go wrong!

I was all set this morning. I had my day planned. I was going to do some laundry, blog a bit here, run out to the store and pick up some of the groceries for Thursday's lasagna feast, and maybe hit the pet store up for more treats.

I got the laundry done.

My husband's car, which had decided it couldn't start on Thursday night, had come home from the mechanic on Saturday with a brand new starter and battery. He drives a 2001 PT Cruiser, and for reasons unbeknownst to me, he loves this car. He's happy to spend money fixing it because it's his baby. So, this morning, he was so happy to jump in his baby at 5am to head in for an early start today.

Except his baby wouldn't start again.

He's a resourceful man, my husband. He jumped in my car, went to work, and sent me an email. He's also a wise man, because I really, REALLY needed my car today.

On the bright side, I have a really nice tow truck driver. He's sweet, and doesn't laugh at me for being stuck with a dead PT Cruiser on an all too frequent basis.

So, with inspiration fleeing in the face of adversity, and groceries now being delivered, I'm finally here to wave a very late hello.

How's your holidays shaping up?


Contest winner

Congrats to Debbie236, winner of my contest from last week!

Happy Holidays to all!

Sean Michael
smut fixes everything
www.seanmichaelwrites.com

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Night Before Christmas Eve, Excerpt #2 (NSFW)


Here's another excerpt from my Santa's Little Kinksters story. It's NSFW, so there's a small jump before the excerpt.







Sean had tried to find Jack after he had finished his cup. His housemate had disappeared, and Sean was beginning to feel overheated, so he had ditched his coat and here he was now, filling his second cup.

He scanned the crowd while he sipped -- it was mainly people Jack knew, and he noticed that he seemed to be the most clothed person here. All of the women were either wearing skimpy lingerie trimmed with tinsel or naughty elf outfits.

Many of the men were wearing red briefs trimmed with fur and Santa caps. A couple were even wearing red satin G-strings. Their over-developed muscles gleamed in the low light, the result of many hours in the gym.

Sean never liked the body builder thing. In fact, he remembered that when he was younger, he had loved to stare at photographs of male ballet dancers for what seemed like hours. He had stopped when he had gotten a little older because he had thought that he was attracted to girls.

Now, the thought of those slim, athletic bodies was making his groin tingle; and that feeling continued when a set of perfect abs drifted into his field of vision.

They were an eleven on a scale of one to ten. Lean and defined, but not the monstrous rippled six-pack that most gym rats sported. The pecs on top of the abs just continued that same flawlessness, and Sean drunk it in like a man dying of thirst.

Once Sean's eyes actually reached the guy's face, his jaw dropped when he saw that he had been drooling over Matt.

Matt had dated Jack for a record three weeks and had practically lived in the house during that period. Jack had moved on, but Matt had become a fixture at that point. Sean liked him -- he was a Theater Arts major, too, so they had spent many long hours talking about their classes.

Sean had no idea Matt was this well built, and he felt like a moron for staring at the guy like a piece of meat. He was going to take off, but Matt suddenly blocked his way. "Hey, there."

"Um," Sean said. How in hell could he explain his scoping out?

"Guess you're enjoying the party," Matt said in a low purr. "Or did you see something else you like?"
Sean tried to reply, but his tongue wouldn't work. His legs couldn't hold him up for some reason, so he tried to brace his hands on Matt's chest to steady himself. As soon as he touched that warm, smooth skin, a crackle of electricity surged through his entire body.

Matt seemed to be fascinated by something that was happening behind Sean's back. "Oh, now we're having a good party. Curtis is a lucky man."

Sean turned around to see what Matt was talking about and almost swallowed his tongue. A guy in a red leather harness studded with jingle bells and the briefest scrap of red silk was being blindfolded next to two makeshift poles in the middle of the living room. His arms were tied to the poles and a shirtless Jack made his entrance soon afterward.

Sean's mouth went dry. The shiny red satin highlighted the curve of Jack's perfect ass and the length of his legs. The smooth skin of his chest was dusted with a little bit of gold glitter, and the light reflecting off of his pale flesh made him look ethereal.

Jack pressed himself against Curtis' back and reached around to caress his nipples. Curtis writhed under Jack's ministrations, arching up while delicious noises poured out of his mouth.

Sean was instantly, painfully hard. He watched several men join in -- one swallowed Curtis' whimpers with his mouth, while the other two got on each side of the prominent bulge outlined by the silk. They mouthed his hard-on simultaneously through the cloth, getting it so wet that Sean could see that Curtis' dick was uncut.

"Matt? What is..." His voice had a weird, choked quality to it.

Matt hissed in his ear, "You like that, don't you?"

"Yeah..." Matt caressed his side, and as the hand traveled upward, it felt like it was leaving a fiery path in its wake. He leaned back and when Matt kissed him, it was like the whole world fell away. This was nothing like kissing Wendy. It was hot, more primal, and his entire body throbbed with need.

Sean had been fooling himself this entire time. He was attracted to men; there was no denying that any longer.

Santa's Little Kinksters Giveaway

Another item that shows up in "The Night Before Christmas Eve" is mulled wine. I've seen recipes that ranged from mostly sweet, lightly spiced wine to glogg, which is a Scandinavian mulled wine that packs quite a punch.

I never really liked eggnog. I think it's from my Dad buying the cheapass non-alcoholic stuff when I was little. It was overspiced and gross when I drank it, probably because it's supposed to be cut with alcohol and had been sitting pre-mixed on the shelf for who knows how long. I had some freshly made alcoholic eggnog as an adult, and it was much better. I still prefer mulled wine, though.

So, for the giveaway, just leave a comment with your favorite alcoholic holiday drink to enter, and I'll put your name in a hat. (Or just a favorite holiday drink if you don't like alcohol.) If you also leave your email address in the comment, I'll contact you directly, otherwise just check back here on the evening of Dec. 22nd and I'll announce the winner.

You have until noon PST Dec. 22nd to comment.

Excerpt #1


December 22, 2014
Los Angeles

Sean Masterson rubbed a weary hand over his forehead and through his dark hair. It was streaked with a little gray now that he was in his forties, but unlike most dancers his age, he was free of aches and pains. He had realized that he couldn't perform forever, so he had made plans to open his own studio as soon as it had been feasible.

He had enjoyed many good years, but the last few had seen his enrollment dip. People just didn't have the money, it seemed. Plus there was the fact that his personal life was in the dumps right now.

His spirits lifted a bit when a very handsome blond man wearing glasses walked through the front door. Jack Wilson was dressed in a Hugo Boss suit, and his short blond hair was styled expertly to compliment his face.

He owned two of the hottest nightclubs in Los Angeles and had known Sean since college. They were the best of friends, and Sean knew that he could always rely on Jack to make him feel better.

He stood up when Jack came into the office, because you'd have to tie him to a cement mixer and drag him around the entire city before he would turn down one of Jack's great hugs. As soon as those strong arms wrapped around Sean, he felt the tension draining from his body. He buried his nose in Jack's shoulder, enjoying the smell of vanilla and spice.

"Thanks," he said.

"I had a feeling," Jack replied in his husky voice. Sean wasn't surprised by that statement at all -- Jack always seemed to know when hugs were needed. "What's wrong?"

"Numbers are bad this season. We'll survive, but it's going to be a little lean. I'm just glad that I won't have to lay any of my teachers off."

Jack rubbed his back. "Don't harp on it for now. Why don't you let me do all the cooking this time? Or we could order some to-go food."

The stress immediately flooded back in. "Fuck, the night before Christmas Eve is tomorrow!"

Jack grunted in surprise and then hugged Sean tighter. "All right, out with it. How much in debt are you?"

"It's not that bad," Sean replied.

"The last time you dropped an f-bomb was when the studio almost burned down. And you just completely forgot about something we've been doing for over twenty years. Talk."

"Bill and I... We split up last night." Sean grimaced.

He and Bill had been a couple for seven years, but they had spent all of 2014 fighting. They were going to go out of town together on Christmas Eve as a last attempt to patch things up, but everything went up in flames after they had the fight to end all fights.

Jack was opening his mouth to speak, but Sean cut him off. "I don't want to talk about it. What's done is done."

He felt bad about being so curt, but he didn't want Jack to ask what the fight had been about. That would stray into bad territory.

Jack took the hint and didn't pry. However, Sean didn't like the change in Jack's expression. Jack was pulling out The Look -- his wide blue eyes took on an intense pleading quality that only a ravenous zombie or a stone statue could resist.

Sean both loved and hated The Look. It had been used for good in the past to charm stubborn college bureaucrats, but when Jack used it on Sean, that meant that he had an insane plan in mind.

"Well then, since you're free, I'm going to take my Christmas trip early. And you're coming with me."

DIY gift wrapping

A constant joke I have in "The Night Before Christmas Eve" is that Jack always forgets to buy gift wrap, so he wraps his presents with whatever he has within reach. Which means it's usually newspaper.

However, DIY is not a bad idea, at least for gift bags. When I went shopping last week, I needed a wide, but short, gift bag. My only options were wide and tall gift bags or short and narrow gift bags.  And the short ones were $5 a piece. Pretty expensive.

DIY is actually not that hard, but you need to find a method that works for you. These directions use more of an origami method... which I fail at. My corners for the bag were pretty pathetic.

What worked better for me was to use a box as a form, as detailed here.

And if you have some sort of patterned or glitter elastic, you can make your own bows, as detailed here.


Happy holidays!

Good morning, everyone! I'm Winnie Jerome, and I'll be guest hosting the blog today. I'll be posting throughout the day, and I'll have a giveaway for a copy of Santa's Little Kinksters! Keep an eye on this blog for details!

Hope everyone's gotten all of their Christmas shopping done. I know that I've been frazzled because I decided to craft all of my presents this year.

Fortunately, melt and pour soap is fairly easy to do, and it's my default for creating gifts for work because I can do three at once. (Twelve at once if I use a tray mold.)

The jewelry I made was a little slower because I decided to do soutache pieces. Soutache involves wrapping colored, woven braids around a focal bead, and then stitching more beads on top. You can see an example here: http://www.artbeads.com/moonlit-wine-soutache-necklace-and-focal.html

I love the art deco look of the pieces, and I'll be experimenting with quite a few different focals. So far, I've found the metallic braid hard to work with, since it splits if you don't get your beading needle exactly into the gutter in the middle. The dyed braids are much easier, but, of course, the metallics are more attractive. Ah well. Trade offs.


Friday, December 19, 2014

Breaking down Evergreen's five big adjectives

Evergreen, a novelette in the Love in Los Angeles universe came out yesterday. While it focuses on characters introduced in Starling and takes place between that book and its sequel, Doves (due out January 21, 2015), Evergreen is also designed to standalone.

Which means we've had to describe just what's in the tin. But sometimes, describing what's on the tin can provide as much accurate information as it can inaccurate assumptions.

So here's the deal: Evergreen is an interracial, bisexual, polyamorous, Hollywood, holiday romance.

Try saying that five times fast.

The thing is, that sentence isn't enough.  So now we're going to break it down for you.

First of all, that sentence doesn't give you the plot. Evergreen is about a man who goes home to New York City visit his parents for Christmas and is confronted by the ways in which his web of local relationships has changed since last he was there. When he seeks advice from other friends and lovers, they're -- sometimes literally -- tied up with their own pursuits.

Secondly, that one sentence blurb on Evergreen's diversity can be misleading. Because we don't mean interracial as it exists in a fetishized category in pornography. We mean the story contains several characters of color, some of whom are dating each other and some of whom are dating white people. Because Torquere Press is about "Romance for the Rest of Us" we want readers to know that our story contains characters who might look like them.

Next, the word bisexual is also tricky here. Again, we don't mean the fetishizing porn category.  We mean our main protagonist is a bisexual man who is engaged to a woman.  Who is also bisexual. And the story showcases their relationships with each other and with other people.

Which brings us to the polyamory.  And this is where things get complicated. Yup, two bisexual people who are non-monogamous in relationships with each other and other people.  Whenever Erin and I write things like this, there's often this sense of needing to defend it.  Not all bisexual people are poly. Certainly, our bisexual characters aren't poly because they're bisexual, but simply because they are poly.  They are doing what works for them, and in the larger series, we also have bisexual characters who are monogamous.  Besides, Evergreen isn't all about bisexual characters.  It's also got a lesbian, some gay men, and an asexual guy.

The reality is that when we talk about "Romance for the Rest of Us" some people are going to be monogamous and some people aren't. The dramas in our stories aren't always reflective of the people we know, but the diversity of orientations and relationship styles is.  These characters aren't there for the sake of diversity, but for the sake of the story, and we just happen to think stories are easier to tell well when they contain characters with not only lots of shared experiences, but lots of different experiences too.

Now, back to breaking down that description. We're on to Hollywood. This is where things get hilarious.  Because yes, this series is about Los Angeles, and our main character in Evergreen is a television star.  But this story takes place in New York!  We may make movies here, but it's very much not Hollywood. Who else is fascinated by how a place can become a genre?

Next to last, we've got holiday.  We think that one is pretty clear.  But Evergreen is less a story about the winter holidays and more a story that just happens to take place during them.

Finally, romance.  This is a romance.  This is about learning to love people the way they need to be loved. It's about communication. It's about recognizing what's been right there in front of you all along. And it's about taking what you can get and wanting your happiness to be shared.

We hope you'll enjoy this story we've shared with you.

For more information on diverse romance, check out the #WeNeedDiverseRomance tag on Twitter.

You can buy Evergreen at these and other retailers:


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Blog: http://www.Avian30.com
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Cereus: Rescue

Four years or so ago, Julia Talbot asked BA Tortuga and myself to join her in writing for her Bloodrose world -- focusing the stories on the wilderness resort Jonny (the Bloodrose owner) was opening. And here we are with the fourth book in the series! I have to say, it's always fun to write paranormals, especially in a world where everything goes.

Julia asked me to write her a spirit bear -- which is an all white brown bear, found on the West Coast of Canada. Now how could I resist that?

Even the strongest paranormal creature can need a rescue, as proven by the three stories in Cereus: Rescue. In Free Demons, by Julia Talbot and BA Tortuga, when demon Bel goes to the Cereus resort, he’s fleeing his father, the king of a demon dimension. When his bodyguard of old shows up, Bel thinks Xerxes is there to take him home, but Xerxes wants them to be free to be together.

In Sean Michael’s Spirit Bear, Lightning has been captive for a long time, but the werebear is rescued, and Etu takes him in, teaching him that love knows no boundaries, and that safety can be super-sexy. In Babysitting Job, by BA and Julia, Devon is sent by Cereus owner Jonny to escort vampire Sandro to safety. The two of them fall for each other, but they have to escape Sandro’s stalker in order to be together.

It's available here.

You don't have to read the Cereus books in order, though that doesn't hurt. In order, they are:

Cereus: Building
Cereus: Opening
Cereus: Training
Cereus: Rescue



Sean
smut fixes everything
www.seanmichaelwrites.com

Need for Sale, a Hammer Christmas Auction story

As has become my tradition, I've done another Hammer Christmas 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.

You can find it here.


The Hammer Christmas Auction stories from past years are: Christmas Auction, Christmas Angel, Christmas Homecoming and Top Bidder.








Sean
smut fixes everything
www.seanmichaelwrites.com

Merry Christmas Contest!

I'll be posting about my new releases today, but I also want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, or whatever else you might celebrate!

I do love Christmas. I love the lights. I love the decorated tree. I love buying and wrapping presents. I love sending and receiving cards. I love all the carols. I love the food. Yum! And you all know by now I love the weather -- the more snow the better for me.

So in honor of the holiday, I'm holding a contest for a $25 Torquere Gift Certificate!

Just comment on any of my posts today and on Saturday morning I will randomly draw a winner. (If you leave your email addy, it'll be easier to send your gift certificate, or be sure to check back on Saturday to see if you won).


Also -- this year I'm doing my Smutty Advent again. Be sure to check it out at my new blog.




Sean
smut fixes everything
www.seanmichaelwrites.com

Are you ready for some great Holiday Releases??

This week we have selected titles by several authors releasing new books this week including, Sean Michael, BA Tortuga, Julia Talbot, Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae, L.J. Hamlin, Kassandra Lea, Winnie Jerome, Lorne Rodman on sale for 20% off GO SEE!! http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials


Cereus: Rescue
by Sean Michael, Julia Talbot, BA Tortuga
192 pages / 49000 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-855-4
$4.49
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=76&products_id=4335
Blurb:
Even the strongest paranormal creature can need a rescue, as proven by the three stories in Cereus: Rescue. In Free Demons, by Julia Talbot and BA Tortuga, when demon Bel goes to the Cereus resort, he’s fleeing his father, the king of a demon dimension. When his bodyguard of old shows up, Bel thinks Xerxes is there to take him home, but Xerxes wants them to be free to be together.
In Sean Michael’s Spirit Bear, Lightning has been captive for a long time, but the werebear is rescued, and Etu takes him in, teaching him that love knows no boundaries, and that safety can be super-sexy. In Babysitting Job, by BA and Julia, Devon is sent by Cereus owner Jonny to escort vampire Sandro to safety. The two of them fall for each other, but they have to escape Sandro’s stalker in order to be together.


Need for Sale, a Hammer Holiday story
by Sean Michael
39 pages / 10400 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-854-7
$2.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=78_85&products_id=4339
Blurb:
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.

Knitting a Broken Heart Back Together

by Ari McKay
133 pages / 40700 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-847-9
$4.49
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=78_85&products_id=4338
Blurb:
When a Christmas shopping expedition brings Tomy Peralta into Jason Winters’ yarn store, both men feel an immediate and intense spark of attraction, but dance instructor Tomy intends to propose to his boyfriend Sean at Christmas. Unfortunately for Tomy, marriage isn’t on career-minded Sean’s agenda. Heartbroken, Tomy throws himself into his work until his mother convinces him that learning to knit might help take his mind off his failed romance.
Jason falls hard for Tomy, but he knows Tomy needs time to heal and to trust in love again. As Jason teaches Tomy how to knit, Tomy teaches him how to dance in return to prepare for his sister’s wedding. Just when it seems Tomy is ready for a new romance, Sean shows up, wanting Tomy back. Has Jason helped Tomy knit his heart together again, only for Tomy to give it to Sean once more, or will Tomy finally see Sean for what he truly is?

Santa's Little Kinksters Anthology

with stories from : LJ Hamlin, Winnie Jerome, Kassandra Lea, Racheline Maltese and Erin McRae
166 pages / 49700 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-849-3
$4.49
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=76&products_id=4327
Blurb:
Who doesn’t love a kinky little gift in their stocking?
Sex counts as a joy of the season, right? In A Sinful Little Gift by Kassandra Lea, Vegas is the backdrop for a sexy game of cat and mouse with a demon and his angel. In Evergreen, by Racheline Maltese and Erin McRae, Hollywood darling Liam is baffled when his best friend and casual sex partner isn’t the same as he’s been every year.
In The Christmas Office Party by LJ Hamlin, Jake knows it’s bad to fraternize with a co-worker at the office party, but Liam is irresistible. Finally, in The Night Before Christmas Eve by Winnie Jerome, Sean and Jack have been friends for years, meeting up the night before Christmas Eve. This year might be different than any holiday they’ve ever.
Who says romance and erotic romance can’t teach us anything about peace on earth and goodwill toward men?
Individual stories available as well:
Evergreen by Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae
The Christmas Office Party by L.H. Hamlin
The Night Before Christmas Eve by Winnie Jerome
A Sinful Little Gift by Kassandra Lea

Holiday Groove

by Lorne Rodman
61 pages / 17000 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-848-6
$2.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=76&products_id=4334
Blurb:
These four holiday stories bring you four different couples celebrating Valentine’s Day, Halloween, and Christmas. Stories include Valentine’s Day Surprise, What You Don’t Know, Dance of the Zombies, and A New Kind of Feast. Happy Holidays!
Stories were previously published individually by Torquere Press.

Coming Next Week:

Wishing all of our readers, authors, fans and friends a wonderful holiday week! Blessings to you all and enjoy time with your families!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Chanukah art with femslash and a dragon!

HAPPY CHANUKAH FROM QUEEN SHULAMIT AND FAMILY!
Shulamit, her partner Aviva, her best friend and bodyguard Rivka, and you know who up there all wish you all eight wonderful nights of candles, dreidl games, bad chocolate in shiny tinfoil, donuts, singing, and latkes!
Stay tuned because these lovely folks will be back January 21 in A Harvest of Ripe Figs, the third installment of the series that started with  The Second Mango and Climbing the Date Palm. For all eight days of the holiday, you can get 20% off the existing books by using the coupon code latkes , but only on the links above, not Amazon or on the paperbacks.
(Oh, and for those who are more into m/m, there's a m/m romance at the center of Date Palm, but they're not part of this illustration because this isn't their holiday.)
Art by yeaka; characters and books by Shira Glassman.

Monday, December 15, 2014

BDSMonday - Play Parties



It's BDSMonday!

Today I'm talking about play parties.

In case you don't know, a play party is a gathering of kinky people where the attendees play or watch others play, as opposed to a munch which is typically in a vanilla setting and play of any kind is a big no-no.

I'll admit to limited experience. I live in a small city, and the kinky community here is small. All of the play parties I've attended bar one were organized at least in part by me. The one I didn't help organize was very, very small, and held in someone's home. Some of what I say might not apply in all cases, so I'd love to hear from people with more experience!

First, how do you get invited to a play party? Some are completely open--anyone with the cash can buy a ticket. This is especially true of very large parties that have been running for a number of years. Smaller ones tend to be more selective, both because of size restrictions and concerns about the safety of those attending. Most of the parties I hosted were semi-private. A group of vetted people would be sent direct invites, and any remaining tickets would be sold at munches. Interested people had to attend at least one munch so we could meet them in person. We also had a list of people who were not welcome, because of past incidents or major personality conflicts with people who were attending. We also tried to mostly invite people who we knew would play, because that way it's more fun for everyone.

It's usually okay to attend a play party and not play, but it's best to ask ahead of time. Play parties aren't public, but they aren't in the bedroom, either. Anyone playing at them has to realize that they may be watched while they play. We always left little areas where people could stand and watch play. If someone tells you they don't want to be watched, or any other request, please respect that.

Stay out of the way of play! The people involved in a scene don't want to be tripping over you or have to worry about accidentally hitting you with a riding crop. Stay out of the scene unless you're invited. Don't talk to the participants unless you've been invited to, or unless that scene is specifically stated to be a demonstration.

Another important part of play parties is DMs or dungeon monitors. The DM is there to make sure everyone is safe and happy. At our parties, people who had already played weren't allowed to DM, because that meant they were in an altered state and probably not as focused as someone who hadn't played. Not all play parties have them.

I don't remember an instance where our DMs had to intervene with a scene, but they helped clean up stations, brought water, snacks, pillows and blankets to people who'd played, and just kept an eye on everything.

If you have a question about a scene, or if it's making you uncomfortable, approach the DM. Don't try to stop the scene yourself. If you need to, leave the room. Not everyone is going to play the same way as you, but that doesn't mean they're doing it 'wrong'.

Due to hygiene/safety, you'll probably have to bring your own toys to a play party, but there will probably be different stations set up to play at. We had a spanking bench, St. Andrew's cross and massage table. If you can, it's nice to clean up the station when you're finished playing--some form of disinfectant should be provided. Sometimes you or your play partner are too out of it to clean up. That's okay, just let someone know.

And a quick note, as someone who hosted parties: getting there early to help to set up, and staying late to help take down everything is a super awesome thing to do if you're able! Putting on play parties is a lot of work, and chances are your help will be appreciated.

Thank your hosts for putting on the party. Don't constantly pester them about when the next party is going to be, because eventually the answer is going to be, "Whenever you put one on." Play parties should be fun for everyone, and that includes the hosts!

Play safely, and see you next week!



Coming This Week...

Coming This Week:

December 17, 2014

Santa's Little Kinksters Anthology
by Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae, Winnie Jerome, L.J. Hamlin, Kassandra Lea

Who doesn't love the gift of a little kink Christmas? These four stories bring us home for the holidays with some extra spice.

Genre: Contemporary

Holiday Groove

by Lorne Rodman

Four different stories, four different couples, spanning from Valentine’s Day to Christmas

Genre: Contemporary

Cereus: Rescue
by Sean Michael, Julia Talbot & BA Tortuga

Genre: Paranormal

Knitting a Broken Heart
by Ari McKay

Instead of joy, Christmas brings nothing but a broken heart to dance instructor Tomy Peralta. Can handsome yarn shop owner Jason Winters prove to him that time and the right man can help him put it back together again?

Genre: Contemporary

Need for Sale, a Hammer Christmas Auction story
by Sean Michael

Neil enters the Hammer's Charity Christmas Auction, looking for an evening of fun. What he gets is so much more.

Genre: Contemporary, BDSM


December 24, 2014

Wishing all of our readers, authors, fans and friends a wonderful holiday week! Blessings to you all and enjoy time with your families!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Christmas, Cats, and Cuddles

Nothing says happy holidays quite like a romance topped with cranky cat, does it? The first book in my Toms & Tabbies series of M/M romantic-comedies will tickle more than your funny bone! Come meet Alex, Cooper, and of course, Mr. Tibbets, the grumpiest cat this side of the internet.

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Alexander Dawson thought this Christmas would be a lonely one. He had no way of knowing that his cantankerous cat, Mister Tibbets, would turn a simple online shopping trip into a cataclysmic Christmas conundrum. Alex ends up on a madcap dash to another state during a snowstorm to return a painting to dreamy wildlife artist, Cooper Reynolds.

Once he stumbles across Cooper's remote log cabin, he and the sexy but emotionally distant painter end up sharing more than a kiss under the mistletoe. Things aren't all holly-jolly for the men though. Cooper gets a terrible case of icy feet, and Alex hits the road as soon as the snowplow clears it, feeling hurt and angry. Can Alex, Cooper, and their feline friends find a way to have a purrfect holiday together?






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Torquere Press Backlist and Upcoming Releases
Two Guys Walk Into an Apocalypse (Part of the He Loves Me For My Brainssss anthology)
Two Guys Walk Into an Apocalypse 2: It Came From Birmingham
Two Guys Walk Into an Apocalypse 3" He's a Lumberjack and He`s Undead
Love of the Hunter
Goaltender`s Penalty
All I Want for Christmas
 Every Sunday at One (Part of the 2013 Charity Sip Anthology)
 Night of the Jackal
And coming in 2015 exclusively from Torquere Press . . . An Erie Operetta and Early to Rise - A Toms & Tabbies Tale.






Friday, December 12, 2014

Twelve Days of Christmas Event


Be on the lookout for our 12 Days of Christmas Event! Follow our Twitter @torquere and our FB https://www.facebook.com/TorquerePressLLC for the links each day!! These will run for 24 hour periods each day.



Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Sing Along with John Amory's A Christmas Caroler

Hi everybody! I'm John Amory, the author of the Prizm Books (Torquere's young adult imprint) novella A Christmas Caroler. This sweet little holiday tale came out this time last year, but it's never too late to join the party! The story concerns high school senior Jeremy Walsh, who wants to one day perform at Carnegie Hall. His first step there is getting the solo in his renowned choir's winter concert and then getting into college. But then new student Zach Brooks snaps the solo out from under Jeremy's feet. Jeremy should hate Zach, but he finds himself pulled toward the new kid... that is, until jealousy rears its ugly head. Can the magic of the Christmas season bring the two of them together? Pick up your copy at any of the links below to find out! :-)

To enhance the reading experience, I've included a link to a playlist that contains all the music from A Christmas Caroler, which is integral to the story's plot. Some of these songs will be familiar ("Silver Bells"), and some will likely be new to you ("Credo in un Dio crudel"). But just read below for an explanation of what each song means in the context of the story, and feel free to visit the playlist link to listen (for free!). And don't forget to visit any of the buy links below to pick up your own copy of A Christmas Caroler!

Click Here for the A Christmas Caroler Playlist

1. "Silver Bells" - This one is pretty self-explanatory for anyone who's read A Christmas Caroler. It's the song Jeremy loves so much and uses as his audition for the winter concert solo. This specific version, by Bing Crosby, is the one Jeremy listens to on repeat in the first chapter.

2. "The Holly and the Ivy" - This traditional British Christmas carol is mentioned briefly by Jeremy and his best friend, Amber, when they are discussing who will get the coveted solo. Another senior with a classic, operatic voice sings this song as her audition.

3. "Angels We Have Heard on High" - Amber sings this well-known carol for her audition, mostly because she loves doing the runs in the "Gloria in excelsis deo" refrain. Can't say I blame her.

4. "O Holy Night" - This song is the one most artists who release Christmas music use to show off their vocal range (see: Mariah Carey, among many others). The version included here is by Josh Groban, because his voice has the rich, velvety quality that I imagine Zach's voice has. This is Zach's audition song, and it's what clinches him the senior solo.

5. "The Next Ten Minutes" - I included this song purely because I thought it would be fun. At one point in chapter three, Jeremy wants to "still be home in time to weep over his well-worn copy of The Last Five Years recording before dinner." It's a brilliant, beautiful two-person musical by Tony-winning composer Jason Robert Brown (it was recently turned into a film starring Anna Kendrick, set for release in February 2015) about the dissolution of a five-year relationship. The twist is that the female, Kathy, is telling the story from the end of their relationship to the beginning, and the male, Jamie, is telling it from the beginning to the end. They converge only once in the entire musical, and it's during this song, what I think is one of the most romantic in modern musical theatre.

6. "Herr, lehre doch mich" - In chapter four, Jeremy is preparing for his college auditions. This is the Brahms piece, from the composer's famous Requiem, he discusses using for the occasion.

7. "Credo in un Dio crudel" - This is the other piece Jeremy decides to use for his college auditions, Iago's aria from Act II of Verdi's Otello. The title translates to "I believe in a cruel God," which is just awesome considering how overly dramatic Jeremy is as a character. :-)

Pick up your own copy and listen along while you read! Happy Holidays!

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About John Amory: John Amory is from New Jersey, yet he is somehow not involved in the mob. He is part Italian, though. John has BA and MA degrees in English, and he teaches composition at a local college. Other jobs have included personal assistant, telemarketer, and dancing mouse (don’t ask), but he’s now happy to add “writer” to that list. He loves reality TV, drag queens, and Taco Bell. You can find him on Twitter (@JohnAmory), Facebook (facebook.com/JohnAmoryAuthor), and GoodReads.

New Holiday Releases this week...

This week, we have selected titles by Kiernan Kelly and Vic Winter on sale for 20% off. Check 'em out: Specials : Torquere Press Inc. , LGBT Romance at its finest! http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials


Under the Mistletoe
by Vic Winter
44 pages / 12600 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-839-4
$2.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=78_85&products_id=4326
Blurb:
Three stories, three couples, all trying to make the season bright. From Brand and Tony exploring a little BDSM in The Present, and Adam and Eddie, both trying to find a little Christmas far away from home in Christmas on the Beach, to Danny and Jeff who plan a very traditional celebration for their first Christmas together in I Got the Booby Prize, these six men just want to have a Merry Christmas.
All stories have been previously published individually.


Holiday Collection
by Kiernan Kelly
72 pages / 21000 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-842-4
$3.49
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=78_85&products_id=4325
Blurb:
In The Naughty List, Detective Kristian Kindl works as a NY police detective 364 days of the year. On the last day, he goes to his other job, handing out gifts to all the good little boys and girls. When Kris has to deal with a bad case, a best friend who wants to be more, plus his usual holiday stress, will he be able to work it all out in time for Christmas?
Evan is the owner of Holiday Greetings, a company that's flourishing in spite of the bad economic climate. The problem is that Evan doesn't much like Christmas, even if the holidays are what keeps his company in the black. In fact, Evan doesn't care much for anyone or anything, not even charming Carter, an artist with a portfolio almost as impressive as his physique. When Evan is confronted with the consequences of his selfish ways, he may already be too late to save his company and his fragile new relationship with Carter.
In A Green Christmas, Noël Chester is a practical man who dislikes the bustle of the holidays and completely detests his name, but when Noël meets Jack, a satyr with one foot in Noël’s world and one in a fairy realm, he discovers that sometimes what the heart wants isn’t practical at all.

Vitamins and Death

by Medeia Sharif
172 pages / 51100 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-843-1
NON-GLBT, Edgy Young Adult, Prizm Title
$4.99
Buy Link:  http://www.prizmbooks.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=6&products_id=91
Blurb:
Deidra Battle wants nothing more than to be invisible. After her mother, a public school teacher, engages in an embarrassing teacher-student affair at Lincoln High, they relocate to a different neighborhood and school. Being her mother's briefcase, Deidra joins her mother at her new workplace, Hodge High. Since her mother has reverted to her maiden name and changed her appearance, she thinks no one will figure out they're the Battles from recent news and that they're safe. Neither of them is. Hodge brings a fresh set of bullies who discover details about the scandal that changed Deidra's life. Feeling trapped at home with an emotionally abusive, pill-addicted mother and at school with hostile classmates who attempt to assault and blackmail her, Deidra yearns for freedom, even if she has to act out of character and hurt others in the process. Freedom comes at a price.

Coming Next Week:
December 17, 2014
Santa's Little Kinksters Anthology
by Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae, Winnie Jerome, L.J. Hamlin, Kassandra Lea
Who doesn't love the gift of a little kink Christmas? These four stories bring us home for the holidays with some extra spice.
Genre: Contemporary
Holiday Groove
by Lorne Rodman
Four different stories, four different couples, spanning from Valentine’s Day to Christmas
Genre: Contemporary
Cereus: Rescue
by Sean Michael, Julia Talbot & BA Tortuga

Genre: Paranormal
Knitting a Broken Heart
by Ari McKay
Instead of joy, Christmas brings nothing but a broken heart to dance instructor Tomy Peralta. Can handsome yarn shop owner Jason Winters prove to him that time and the right man can help him put it back together again?
Genre: Contemporary
Need for Sale, a Hammer Christmas Auction story
by Sean Michael
Neil enters the Hammer's Charity Christmas Auction, looking for an evening of fun. What he gets is so much more.
Genre: Contemporary, BDSM


December 24, 2014
Wishing all of our readers, authors, fans and friends a wonderful holiday week! Blessings to you all and enjoy time with your families!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Glad Tidings

Here in the Midwest, the weather is doing its best to make it known that Winter is almost here.  Solstice isn't for another couple weeks, but I don't think anyone told Mother Nature that.

As I waited for the bus to come this morning, the beauty of the sky struck me.


This is a little bit of an optical illusion.  In order to catch the branches and not the backdrop of the building behind them, I held the camera at a sharp angle.  I was going to "fix" it once I downloaded it, but I like how it came out.

The sky is almost purple behind it.  It was a strange morning; a cross between rain and fog with the chill of frost.


I am fond of this sign.  It makes Lake Michigan feel a lot closer.  2.25 miles isn't that far off, after all.  The North Shore trail is fun to walk, as well; it's got some statues and sculptures that are very odd.  It's neat that local artists have the opportunity to showcase their work, and cyclists and walkers can wander by them.


I adore textures.  I didn't mean for this to come out like a cross; I just like the finial and the color of the fence.  In the summer, I suppose it's meant to sort of recede into the background of the plants and the lawn.  I'm not sure it quite does that, but I like the effort.


Arguably, this is the most critical part of my morning routine:  hot coffee with Valrhona cocoa and honey.  Yum.  And my fingerless gloves are useful, except when the mercury goes below 20F.  It was close, this morning; my phone said it was 29 degrees but it sure felt colder given the wet air.

What about you, Dear Reader?  
What are some of your favorite sights in your daily round?


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

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