Friday, February 27, 2015

Author Extra: Prodigal by Lexi Stone

Prodigal by Lexi Stone



The dishwasher was broken.

Shea eyed it, then nudged the door with his foot in a half-hearted effort to get it working again. Sighing, he turned to the sink full of dishes crusted-over with the remains of dinner and lunch and resigned himself to the inevitable. “Gross.”

From the television in the living room, music piped in, a song Shea recognized from a recent movie but couldn’t quite remember. Determined to get the chore out of the way, he plugged the drain and turned on the hot water, then hummed along as he sought out a sponge

“Love,” he sang, distracted as he tried to follow the lyrics. “….together, for us…” He couldn’t remember the chorus and interspersed his singing with humming, swaying at the sink to the guitar as he plunged his hands into soapy water. When the first song segued into another he did his best to follow along. “…together…something always, and…”

The driving beat of the third song brightened his mood and sped up his progress; he attacked the last pan with vigor as another ballad started. “You and I …” His off-key singing echoed in the empty kitchen as he dried off the pan. “You and I are….something…” Waltzing the pan to its proper place in the cupboard, he rubbed his damp hands on his jeans – and then fell mute when he saw Jamie leaning against the wall watching, arms folded and eyebrow arched.

Shea’s cheeks flamed. “How long have you been there?”

Jamie’s lip twitched as he tried mightily to contain his laughter. “Long enough for a serenade,” he replied. “Long enough to hear the greatest artist of our era sing to his pans.”

Mortified and with nothing to say in his own defense, Shea preoccupied himself with rinsing out the sink. He picked up the soaked sponge and scrubbed at the basin. “Oh, shut up,” he muttered in a failed effort to sound indignant. He tried to change the subject. “It’s not like you’re offering to help, anyway.”

“Why would I?” Jamie asked, amused. “I got to attend a free concert instead.”

It was too much. A mischievous smile tugged at Shea’s lips as he turned and launched the sponge at Jamie, who ducked its arc with a quick sidestep. With a wet smack, the soapy missile hit the wall and then slid down to rest in a puddle on the floor. Jamie’s laughter filled the kitchen. “You know, your aim is almost as bad as your singing, but—”

He broke off and fled for the living room when Shea darted after him, both of them slipping on the slick floor as they ran. Their momentum sent them tumbling to the couch together, and Jamie’s eyes tightened around Shea as Shea huffed a helpless laugh against the worn fabric of his t-shirt. “You’re being unfair,” Shea protested, and waited for the blush to cool. “My singing’s not that bad, is it?”

“Oh, it’s terrible,” Jamie laughed. “But I like it anyway.”

Throw a sponge at Jamie. Hits the wall wet and heavy, then slides down to sit in a soapy puddle on the floor. Jamie ducks the missile and darts back out of the kitchen, laughter echoing. “

Shea hesitated, turning his attention back to the dishes and the soapy water—and then runs after him laughing to make him pay.


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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

New Releases & Preorders are here now!

This week, we have The Oasis: Palm Springs Diaries Book 1 by A.J. Llewellyn on sale for 20% off. Check it out: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials&page=1


Moby's Dick
by AJ Llewellyn & DJ Manly
94 pages / 25400 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-879-0
$3.49
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4359
Blurb:
Burke Matthews and his team of experts of The Brigadoon have hauled everything from Russian nuclear submarines to stranded catamarans. After two weeks in the sunny port of Panino, Italy, trying to win the bid to salvage a distressed cruise ship half-sunk off the coast, Burke worries about the trapped fuel in the ship's hull.
Burke knows with each passing day, hope of finding survivors diminishes, but chances of a leak increase. There's another problem. The Bella Donna crashed in the middle of a marine reserve -- an environmental disaster waiting to happen.
Allowed to drill, finally, he is astonished to hear knocking from an engine room. He breaks down the door to find a sick, but very handsome French Canadian waiter. Gabriel Bergeron is one of the sexiest guys Burke's ever seen... and he soon learns, one seriously hung dude...
Previously published by Silver Publishing.


Prodigal
by Lexi Stone
204 pages / 69000 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-882-2
$5.49
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4362
Blurb:
To cope with his father's recent death from cancer, conscientious and straitlaced Midwestern graduate student Shea Matherson returns to his family's old vacation cabin, long since sold, in order to keep his final promise to his father. When he arrives at the cabin exhausted and injured, however, he’s surprised to encounter a trespasser named Jamie, a defiant and sarcastic wanderer with an intellectual streak who travels and works odd jobs to support his burgeoning writing career. As the pair resign themselves to sharing the cabin, they build a surprisingly intense bond: Jamie struggles to cope with the privileged but openhearted Shea as Shea struggles to cope with the death of his father. When their burgeoning closeness finally leads to a night of pleasure, they agree to enjoy a sexy weekend together with no strings attached.
What neither of them anticipate is that the passion or tenderness kindled in the heat of the moment will linger after they part ways. Or that when Jamie shows up at Shea’s door a week later for an unannounced stay, the feelings sparked by their cabin rendezvous will dismantle Shea’s comfortable, unassuming life…and tempt the stubborn Jamie to abandon his solitary journey.

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Radio Boys
by Sean Michael
Paul might be blind, but he has a full life between deejaying at a local radio station and playing on stage with a band a few times a month. It’s been a while since he’s been with anyone, though, and when Thor asks to take him home, he’s not quite sure what to do.
Thor’s been listening to the sexy DJ’s voice for years and is thrilled to finally meet Paul in person. Can his aural fascination grow into more? And will Paul be right there with him?
Originally published in the Bus Stories anthology.
Releasing 3/4/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4363
Building a Life
by Alexa Snow
When Levi goes to his best friend Cooper's engagement party, he doesn't expect to meet an adorable 5 year old named Ashley or to be re-introduced to her hot, intriguing father Philip. Levi is anxious to get to know Philip, and the feeling seems to be mutual. But Philip is married to Cooper's sister Meg, even if his wife has been mysteriously out of the picture for the past two years, so this ready-made family can't possibly have room in it for Levi... or can it?
Previously published in Torquere's anthology "Going to the Chapel."
Releasing 3/4/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4364

One Warlock's Love Story: That Stormy Knight
by Shad O. Walker
In a world where shape shifters are openly bisexual, vampires have insatiable sex drives, and warlocks emit pheromones that make everyone around them horny, Zander Knight finds himself at a crossroads. He emerges from a coma with the realization that that he may be the only living being in the world that is part vampire, part magical and part shape shifter.
Unable to understand or control his new powers, his condition puts him at odds with his family who is at the very center of a movement to end supernatural race mixing. If that weren’t enough, he is being forced to choose between his place in the House of Aleph and his position as the Alpha mate for his lover and pack leader, Zuri Tau Long.
Just as Zander’s world is changing, so is the supernatural community. New threats arise as different factions of vampires, shifters and magicals fight to take their place in the new order. Zander is left deciding between fighting for his family and friends, and fighting to save the world that he has come to know and love. This is more than just one warlock’s love story – this is a supernatural adventure.
Releasing 3/11/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4365

Restoring the Past
by M. Durango
Home for the first time since a broken heart drove him away 13 years ago, Cal Brewster is faced with the daunting task of settling his father’s estate. Cal finds himself confronted by a dilapidated house in desperate need of repairs, greedy family members looking for a windfall, a nosy neighbor with time on her hands, and an ex-boyfriend who’s around too often for comfort. Just as his relationship with his ex, Andy, starts to heat up, Cal’s world is thrown into further disarray when he discovers his parentage might not be what he’d thought. Is this a chance for Cal and Andy to start over--or is it a disaster in the making?
Releasing 3/11/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4366
Apples & Gin
by Jenna Jones
Country singer Sawyer Shaw loves photographer Noah Kingston and is tired of hiding it. He's kept his sexuality hidden for the sake of his career and his family, but over the past ten years Sawyer has come to realize what matters most to him is Noah and his happiness. Despite his worries about what effect coming out will have on his career, Sawyer is ready not only to make their relationship public but also to make it permanent.
Originally published in the Going to the Chapel anthology.
Releasing 3/11/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4367

Monday, February 23, 2015

Something Special for Black History Month!

Although this is coming a little late in the month, we wanted to do something to commemorate Black History Month. We have put several books on special at 25% off and they will remain there through the end of the month! Don't miss your chance at these great books!

http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials

THIS WEEKS SPECIAL!!!

This week, we have The Oasis: Palm Springs Diaries Book 1 by A.J. Llewellyn on sale for 20% off. Check it out: http://ow.ly/JytDw

Coming soon...

Available for Pre-Order NOW

To view all of our current pre-orders: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=200


Moby's Dick
by AJ Llewellyn & DJ Manly

Burke Matthews and his team of experts of The Brigadoon have hauled everything from Russian nuclear submarines to stranded catamarans. After two weeks in the sunny port of Panino, Italy, trying to win the bid to salvage a distressed cruise ship half-sunk off the coast, Burke worries about the trapped fuel in the ship's hull.

Burke knows with each passing day, hope of finding survivors diminishes, but chances of a leak increase. There's another problem. The Bella Donnacrashed in the middle of a marine reserve -- an environmental disaster waiting to happen.

Allowed to drill, finally, he is astonished to hear knocking from an engine room. He breaks down the door to find a sick, but very handsome French Canadian waiter. Gabriel Bergeron is one of the sexiest guys Burke's ever seen... and he soon learns, one seriously hung dude...

Previously published by Silver Publishing.

Releasing 2/25/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4359


Prodigal
by Lexi Stone

To cope with his father's recent death from cancer, conscientious and straitlaced Midwestern graduate student Shea Matherson returns to his family's old vacation cabin, long since sold, in order to keep his final promise to his father. When he arrives at the cabin exhausted and injured, however, he’s surprised to encounter a trespasser named Jamie, a defiant and sarcastic wanderer with an intellectual streak who travels and works odd jobs to support his burgeoning writing career. As the pair resign themselves to sharing the cabin, they build a surprisingly intense bond: Jamie struggles to cope with the privileged but openhearted Shea as Shea struggles to cope with the death of his father. When their burgeoning closeness finally leads to a night of pleasure, they agree to enjoy a sexy weekend together with no strings attached.

What neither of them anticipate is that the passion or tenderness kindled in the heat of the moment will linger after they part ways. Or that when Jamie shows up at Shea’s door a week later for an unannounced stay, the feelings sparked by their cabin rendezvous will dismantle Shea’s comfortable, unassuming life…and tempt the stubborn Jamie to abandon his solitary journey.

Releasing 2/25/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4362


Radio Boys
by Sean Michael

Paul might be blind, but he has a full life between deejaying at a local radio station and playing on stage with a band a few times a month. It’s been a while since he’s been with anyone, though, and when Thor asks to take him home, he’s not quite sure what to do.

Thor’s been listening to the sexy DJ’s voice for years and is thrilled to finally meet Paul in person. Can his aural fascination grow into more? And will Paul be right there with him?

Originally published in the Bus Stories anthology.

Releasing 3/4/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4363


Building a Life
by Alexa Snow

When Levi goes to his best friend Cooper's engagement party, he doesn't expect to meet an adorable 5 year old named Ashley or to be re-introduced to her hot, intriguing father Philip. Levi is anxious to get to know Philip, and the feeling seems to be mutual. But Philip is married to Cooper's sister Meg, even if his wife has been mysteriously out of the picture for the past two years, so this ready-made family can't possibly have room in it for Levi... or can it?

Previously published in Torquere's anthology "Going to the Chapel."

Releasing 3/4/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4364

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

New Release from V.L. Locey & Huston Piner

This week, we have selected titles by V.L. Locey and Huston Piner on sale for 20% off. Check 'em out: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials&page=1



An Erie Operetta
by V.L. Locey

82 pages / 24600 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-874-5

$3.49

Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4357

Blurb:

Templeton Reed, skunk shifter, is having trouble sharing a mansion with wolf shifters, even if one is his beloved Mikel, the alpha of the pack. Winter has settled over Lupei mansion and cabin fever is pushing the pack into rowdy behavior. To counter the boredom, and to instill some decorum into his fellow wolves, Mikel announces a trip to the opera is in order.

At first, Templeton is thrilled to be attending such a prestigious event. He is, after all, a lesser breed, and has never been privy to such glamorous entertainment. Sadly, what starts out as a night of opulence and refinement turns into a murder mystery when Templeton discovers a body in the cheap seats. Who, or what, has killed one of the elite of the Lake Erie shifter community? Who is the stranger that arrives to oversee the murder investigation and why is he insisting on staying at Lupei Manor? Will Templeton survive long enough to see act two?



Conjoined at the Soul
by Huston Piner

241 pages / 70570 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-882-0

$5.99

Buy Link: http://www.prizmbooks.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=96

Blurb:

Sixteen-year-old Randy Clark just looked in the mirror and discovered he’s gay. Now all he needs is to find a boyfriend. The trouble is he’s got a knack for being attracted to the wrong kind of guys – straight ones! He would ask his best friend for help, but even though Blake knows all the gossip, he’s too busy dreaming about Marilyn Romer and trying to convince Randy to join the drama club to be any help. So instead, Randy turns to Jeremy Smith and the outrageous Annie Brock, but between their constant bickering and Annie’s obsession to put Mike Kowalski down every chance she gets, Randy’s not exactly feeling confident about their advice. Mix in a bigoted father, the world’s most irritating little brother, and the wannabe bullies in P. E. and Randy’s tenth grade year is shaping up to be one to remember!

Available for Pre-Order NOW

To view all of our current pre-orders: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=200


Moby's Dick
by AJ Llewellyn & DJ Manly

Burke Matthews and his team of experts of The Brigadoon have hauled everything from Russian nuclear submarines to stranded catamarans. After two weeks in the sunny port of Panino, Italy, trying to win the bid to salvage a distressed cruise ship half-sunk off the coast, Burke worries about the trapped fuel in the ship's hull.

Burke knows with each passing day, hope of finding survivors diminishes, but chances of a leak increase. There's another problem. The Bella Donnacrashed in the middle of a marine reserve -- an environmental disaster waiting to happen.

Allowed to drill, finally, he is astonished to hear knocking from an engine room. He breaks down the door to find a sick, but very handsome French Canadian waiter. Gabriel Bergeron is one of the sexiest guys Burke's ever seen... and he soon learns, one seriously hung dude...

Previously published by Silver Publishing.

Releasing 2/25/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4359


Prodigal
by Lexi Stone

To cope with his father's recent death from cancer, conscientious and straitlaced Midwestern graduate student Shea Matherson returns to his family's old vacation cabin, long since sold, in order to keep his final promise to his father. When he arrives at the cabin exhausted and injured, however, he’s surprised to encounter a trespasser named Jamie, a defiant and sarcastic wanderer with an intellectual streak who travels and works odd jobs to support his burgeoning writing career. As the pair resign themselves to sharing the cabin, they build a surprisingly intense bond: Jamie struggles to cope with the privileged but openhearted Shea as Shea struggles to cope with the death of his father. When their burgeoning closeness finally leads to a night of pleasure, they agree to enjoy a sexy weekend together with no strings attached.

What neither of them anticipate is that the passion or tenderness kindled in the heat of the moment will linger after they part ways. Or that when Jamie shows up at Shea’s door a week later for an unannounced stay, the feelings sparked by their cabin rendezvous will dismantle Shea’s comfortable, unassuming life…and tempt the stubborn Jamie to abandon his solitary journey.

Releasing 2/25/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4362



Radio Boys
by Sean Michael

Paul might be blind, but he has a full life between deejaying at a local radio station and playing on stage with a band a few times a month. It’s been a while since he’s been with anyone, though, and when Thor asks to take him home, he’s not quite sure what to do.

Thor’s been listening to the sexy DJ’s voice for years and is thrilled to finally meet Paul in person. Can his aural fascination grow into more? And will Paul be right there with him?

Originally published in the Bus Stories anthology.

Releasing 3/4/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4363


Building a Life
by Alexa Snow

When Levi goes to his best friend Cooper's engagement party, he doesn't expect to meet an adorable 5 year old named Ashley or to be re-introduced to her hot, intriguing father Philip. Levi is anxious to get to know Philip, and the feeling seems to be mutual. But Philip is married to Cooper's sister Meg, even if his wife has been mysteriously out of the picture for the past two years, so this ready-made family can't possibly have room in it for Levi... or can it?

Previously published in Torquere's anthology "Going to the Chapel."

Releasing 3/4/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4364

An Erie Interview





Hello all, I'm thrilled to be here! My name is V.L. Locey and I'm an erotic romance author. I pen both M/F and M/F romances as I firmly believe that love is for all, not just a chosen gender combination. I dabble in multiple genres, and while hockey romance is my bread and butter, I love to write some paranormal romance as well. Some of my favorite paranormal creatures to write about are shapeshifters. I thought I would chat with the stars of my new M/M shifter romance, An Erie Operetta, so you could get to know the leading men of the series just a little better.

Now it wasn`t easy to lure Templeton and Mikel from the secret community of magical beings they live in. They tend to stay close to home, which is Lupei Manor, a massive old beast of a mansion that rests along the shores of Lake Erie. In fact, it was impossible to lure them from their hidden world. If I wished to speak to my leading men, I would need to meet them in their region, it seemed. So, I bundled up and drove from Pennsylvania to Buffalo, New York. From there I followed the quickly passed along directions until I crept into a small coastal-looking town, not any different from several I had crawled through on my way here.

Light of the Lake was the town`s official moniker. I found the small bookstore, parked in front of the shop, and rushed inside, my glasses fogging instantly. I fumbled in my purse for a tissue.

"Here, use my handkerchief."I peeked over the top of my bifocals at Templeton Reed. I would know his voice anywhere. I had created him after all. Templeton wasn`t a large man nor was he particularly muscular. He was kind of thin and geeky, with jet-black hair worn short, thick glasses, a penchant for skinny ties and thick sweaters, and the skill to morph into a skunk at will. Temp was the kind of man that still carried an invisible "Kick Me" sign on his back in memoriam from high school days. "Mikel and I are over here in the nook."

"Do you and he have a book in the nook?" I asked as I followed behind the lean man.

"No. It`s a small nook and reading a book there would give him a crook," Temp countered perfectly. I snorted. Templeton snorted. Then Mikel snorted. The alpha`s snort was not one of amusement. I slid my glasses back on then offered my hand to the towering man gazing down at me with amber eyes. Mikel Lupei was every inch a pack alpha. From his brindle hair to his massive build and lethal aura, the Lake Erie alpha commanded respect with a glance.

"Sorry to have made a witty," I muttered then dropped one of three small chairs surrounding a round table. Three cups of coffee awaited us.

"Do stop making wolf noises at our creator," Templeton scolded his lover then planted his backside into a green seat. Mikel gave the bookstore a fast once-over then lowered his massive body downward. The tiny yellow wooden chair creaked ominously. I held my breath. Somehow that chair held the whole of Mikel`s weight. "We don't have much time," Templeton informed me as he removed the lid from the sugar bowl.

"Pack business?" I asked then poured a dollop of cream into my java. "Another murder? More civil unrest?"

"Twister night," Templeton announced. My sight flew to Mikel. The alpha shrugged one mighty shoulder. His dark grey suit shifted as his muscles contracted.

"Games amuse Templeton," Mikel said, his gaze moving constantly over the patrons and store.

"One has to do something with a manse filled with unruly wolves and other sorts," Temp sighed as he stirred his coffee with gusto. "I should tweak your nose for the situation I find myself in during this book."

"Oh stop," I chuckled, dropped a few cubes into my coffee, and stirred with less angst than my table mate. "You know full well that you love sticking that black-and-white nose of yours into things."

"It does seem to be your forte, Templeton," Mikel commented. From the side Lupei looked a great deal like David Beckham. Hell, from the front he did as well. No wonder Templeton was so enamored.

"No, I do not look for trouble. It just seems to follow me," Templeton quickly explained.

"Phrase it the way you wish, your propensity for ferreting out undesirable situations then jumping into them is pretty amazing," I said.

"It keeps you in a job," the clever skunk shifter fired back. Mikel nodded and patted his beloved on the thigh.

"True enough. And since I don`t wish to spoil things for the readers, let`s just say that in this novella, you two are up to your hocks in unwanted houseguests."

"Uhrm, yes, that describes things at Lupei Manor rather well at the moment," Mikel said, his eyes narrowing slightly."When Templeton and I decided to open the mansion to others in our community who were persecuted for being LGBT, we never thought we would be dealing with such an unwelcome presence at the manse."

"But," Templeton interjected quickly, "there is a reason that things have worked out as they did. We just aren`t privy to those reasons yet."

"I suspect the reason is that my ancestors seek to riddle me for centuries about taking a skunk to my bed," Mikel whispered. Templeton rolled his green eyes but said nothing in reply.

"Things are still quite archaic for you two," I sighed. Both men nodded. "Today, in my society, gays are fighting for marriage equality. It`s a slow battle but we seem to be winning one state at a time."

"How wonderful that must be," Templeton sighed dreamily."In our world, we would be thrilled to not be driven from our homes and thrown into Lake Erie with cement blocks tied to our feet."

"Someday, Templeton, things will change," Mikel murmured, his long fingers leaving his lover`s thigh to rest over his hand. Templeton smiled at his wolf whimsically.

"Yes, we have to keep dreaming and doing what we can in our own small ways," my leading man announced. I nodded dully, knowing that my men still had a long war ahead of them before any change occurred in their world. "We will someday get some change, won`t we?"

"Someday, I promise," I told them. Mikel stared at me for a long moment, inclined his head, then stood.

"We must go now, Templeton. We've spent enough time among the humans. And I do so enjoy Twister."

"We take it to our chamber after the group game and play it without clothes," Templeton winked after downing the remainder of his coffee. "I hope this little get-together was what you were looking for. Sorry for not coming to you, but our kind like to keep a low profile."

"I understand. Thank you for meeting me halfway. And Templeton?" He looked up from buttoning his thick winter coat. "Be careful."

"No need to worry about me," Templeton grinned broadly, "I always come out of things smelling like a rose!"

"Rosy isn`t quite how I would describe your odor, Templeton," I heard Mikel say as they left the nook with their heads low and their collars high. I sat and sipped until I had nothing left to sip and then I too pushed out into the wintery world of Lake Erie. Spring was just around the corner I told myself as I waited for my windshield to melt off. Perhaps the next book needed to be set in the spring. I bet Templeton would be hard pressed to dig up much trouble in the spring!

Yeah. Right.

*~*

An Erie Operetta

Blurb: Templeton Reed, skunk shifter, is having trouble sharing a mansion with wolf shifters, even if one is his beloved Mikel, the alpha of the pack. Winter has settled over Lupei mansion and cabin fever is pushing the pack into rowdy behavior. To counter the boredom, and to instill some decorum into his fellow wolves, Mikel announces a trip to the opera is in order.

At first, Templeton is thrilled to be attending such a prestigious event. He is, after all, a lesser breed, and has never been privy to such glamorous entertainment. Sadly, what starts out as a night of opulence and refinement turns into a murder mystery when Templeton discovers a body in the cheap seats. Who, or what, has killed one of the elite of the Lake Erie shifter community? Who is the stranger that arrives to oversee the murder investigation and why is he insisting on staying at Lupei Manor? Will Templeton survive long enough to see act two?


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Monday, February 16, 2015

BDSMonday - Aftercare Comic


It's BDSMonday!

Today I have a comic about aftercare from Jessi's Art Blog. It's very adorable--and also NSFW.

Have a great week everyone!

Coming Soon...

Available for Pre-Order NOW

To view all of our current pre-orders: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=200

An Erie Operetta
by V.L. Locey
Templeton Reed, skunk shifter, is having trouble sharing a mansion with wolf shifters, even if one is his beloved Mikel, the alpha of the pack. Winter has settled over Lupei mansion and cabin fever is pushing the pack into rowdy behavior. To counter the boredom, and to instill some decorum into his fellow wolves, Mikel announces a trip to the opera is in order.
At first, Templeton is thrilled to be attending such a prestigious event. He is, after all, a lesser breed, and has never been privy to such glamorous entertainment. Sadly, what starts out as a night of opulence and refinement turns into a murder mystery when Templeton discovers a body in the cheap seats. Who, or what, has killed one of the elite of the Lake Erie shifter community? Who is the stranger that arrives to oversee the murder investigation and why is he insisting on staying at Lupei Manor? Will Templeton survive long enough to see act two?
Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4357

Conjoined at the Soul
by Huston Piner
Sixteen-year-old Randy Clark just looked in the mirror and discovered he’s gay. Now all he needs is to find a boyfriend. The trouble is he’s got a knack for being attracted to the wrong kind of guys – straight ones! He would ask his best friend for help, but even though Blake knows all the gossip, he’s too busy dreaming about Marilyn Romer and trying to convince Randy to join the drama club to be any help. So instead, Randy turns to Jeremy Smith and the outrageous Annie Brock, but between their constant bickering and Annie’s obsession to put Mike Kowalski down every chance she gets, Randy’s not exactly feeling confident about their advice. Mix in a bigoted father, the world’s most irritating little brother, and the wannabe bullies in P. E. and Randy’s tenth grade year is shaping up to be one to remember!
Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4356

Moby's Dick
by AJ Llewellyn & DJ Manly
Burke Matthews and his team of experts of The Brigadoon have hauled everything from Russian nuclear submarines to stranded catamarans. After two weeks in the sunny port of Panino, Italy, trying to win the bid to salvage a distressed cruise ship half-sunk off the coast, Burke worries about the trapped fuel in the ship's hull.
Burke knows with each passing day, hope of finding survivors diminishes, but chances of a leak increase. There's another problem. The Bella Donnacrashed in the middle of a marine reserve -- an environmental disaster waiting to happen.
Allowed to drill, finally, he is astonished to hear knocking from an engine room. He breaks down the door to find a sick, but very handsome French Canadian waiter. Gabriel Bergeron is one of the sexiest guys Burke's ever seen... and he soon learns, one seriously hung dude...
Previously published by Silver Publishing.
Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4359

Prodigal
by Lexi Stone
To cope with his father's recent death from cancer, conscientious and straitlaced Midwestern graduate student Shea Matherson returns to his family's old vacation cabin, long since sold, in order to keep his final promise to his father. When he arrives at the cabin exhausted and injured, however, he’s surprised to encounter a trespasser named Jamie, a defiant and sarcastic wanderer with an intellectual streak who travels and works odd jobs to support his burgeoning writing career. As the pair resign themselves to sharing the cabin, they build a surprisingly intense bond: Jamie struggles to cope with the privileged but openhearted Shea as Shea struggles to cope with the death of his father. When their burgeoning closeness finally leads to a night of pleasure, they agree to enjoy a sexy weekend together with no strings attached.
What neither of them anticipate is that the passion or tenderness kindled in the heat of the moment will linger after they part ways. Or that when Jamie shows up at Shea’s door a week later for an unannounced stay, the feelings sparked by their cabin rendezvous will dismantle Shea’s comfortable, unassuming life…and tempt the stubborn Jamie to abandon his solitary journey.
Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4362

Special Surprise! Extended chance to get Flashback Friday Books!

Extended chance to get the Flashback Friday books! The current ones with the paranormal theme will stay up until NEXT FRIDAY! You can get them here: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials&page=1

This Weeks Specials!

This week, we have selected titles by V.L. Locey and Huston Piner on sale for 20% off. Check 'em out:http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials&page=1

Saturday, February 14, 2015

My Zombie Boyfriend - Valentine's Day Excerpt


It's Valentine's Day!

I wasn't sure what to get you, so here's an excerpt from My Zombie Boyfriend. For those of you just tuning in, My Zombie Boyfriend is about Edward, a medical student/necromancer, and his zombie, Kit. You can read more about it here.

Speaking of My Zombie Boyfriend, the release day is shambling coming ever closer. I'd like to invite you all to the cover reveal party on Facebook. It's happening March 15th, and promises lots of fun and giveaways from Torquere authors (and, y'know, other people...)

This scene takes place soon after Edward and Kit  have sex for the first time. Bone is Edward's ex-boyfriend.

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Valentine’s Day.

I had thought about buying Kit a box of chocolates. A teddy bear holding a heart. A dozen roses. A diamond.

I did none of those things.

Reminders of What Had Happened Between Us were suddenly everywhere, in the hearts and cupids decorating every surface. I felt as though, wherever I went, people knew Kit and I had slept together and were silently congratulating or judging me. Kit introduced me to a few of his classmates-cum-friends, and to my surprise, I liked them.

I hoped they liked me, too, and I waited for that infernal day to end so Kit and I could get back to the comfortable awkwardness we had been living in since our night together.

My concentration in class suddenly tripled. I hadn’t realized how much I had been coasting since I had found Kit, or how much I had missed my professors’ praise. I felt like I was coming out of hibernation and seeing spring happening all around me, and it was corny as hell.

I didn’t care.

When we got home, Bone was standing on the sidewalk in front of my house, smoking and leering at pedestrians and drivers as they passed.

I hurried him inside before he raised too many questions from my neighbors.

“Bone, what a pleasant surprise. Would you care for a drink?”

“Brandy, if you’ve got it. In coffee.” His voice was harsh with cold and smoke.

I wrinkled my nose. The fact that he was a smoker might have played a part in our separation. Health issues aside, I can’t stand the smell. “Just the coffee.”

He shrugged, as if to say, it didn’t matter to him one way or the other.

Kit was staring at Bone, warily. He had only met Bone once before, and under rather trying circumstances.

“Ah, Kit, you remember Bone. Bone, Kit.” That just sounded peculiar.

I was happy to have the distraction of making coffee, so I could turn my back on them for a moment and try to figure out why Bone was here.

“Yeah, sure. That hospital guy, right?”

“That’s partially why I’m here. So I’ll be more than “that hospital guy” to you.” Bone produced a rose and held it out to Kit, smirking. “I asked Edward if I could borrow you, and he told me to ask you. So here I am. Asking.”

Borrow?” Kit was so outraged, he could hardly get the word out. He shot Bone a nasty look, then turned it on me.

I held up my hands to show my innocence, and Kit and I had a brief, silent conversation. I told him no, of course!

You should have told me! 

I didn’t think it would come up, or that you’d want to know… 

I wasn’t at all surprised that Bone had such a…fascination…with Kit. Bone is heavily into death, and about the only sexual partner more death-related than a necromancer is a zombie. Still. That was no excuse for him to upset Kit, especially on Valentine’s Day. When we might, just possibly, have a thing. Whatever that thing might be.

“Bone, we’re kind of…ah…this is sort of a bad time.” I passed him a mug of steaming coffee.
He drank some. This is one of the reasons I’m convinced he’s not entirely human—no human could drink coffee that hot and still look as though butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth. “I can come back.”
“Not really the point. I mean, it’d be great to have you over sometime. We could watch a movie or play video games or something.”

And Kit could be conveniently absent. Though I would probably tell him to leave earlier and stay out later than when Bone was expected to be around.

“Here, why don’t I put that in a travel mug for you?” I snatched the coffee out of Bone’s hands, pouring it into a thermos for him. “You can keep that. I’ll call you. This is a bad time; did I say that already?” I drove him toward the door, opened it, and ejected him. Closing the door behind him, I leaned against it, letting myself slide down until I was sitting on the floor. I felt astonishingly rude, but he was gone, and Bone isn’t the type to take offence about social niceties, or the lack thereof. I would call him later, if he didn’t call me first. I was sure he knew Kit and I were now sleeping together and would feel the need to bother me about it. Which seemed like fair payment for throwing him out like that.

“Kit?” I asked, from the floor. He was wearing a pair of shoes I’d never seen before, which didn’t surprise me. They were grey leather and looked very good on him.

“Mmm?” He leaned on the counter and peered down at me.

“I like your shoes.”

“Thank you, Edward!” He sounded genuinely touched.

“Do you want to go out for dinner?”

“Tonight?”

“Yeah.”

“Valentine’s Day dinner? Like, a date?”

I shrugged, trying to copy Bone’s laissez-faire gesture and probably failing.

“Yeah, all right. If you think we’ll be able to find a place that isn’t packed.”

“I don’t care if we go to McDonald’s.”

“I’ll get my coat.”

Friday, February 13, 2015

Flashback Friday the 13th

A super special Flashback Friday sale! 6 Paranormal books for 25% off! Happy Flashback Friday the 13th!! http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Author Extra: Tales from Outer Lands by Shira Glassman


The two stories in this collection differ wildly from each other -- one farcical and probably not even canon, the other gritty, intense, and violent. However, they both focus on female characters exhibiting great strength of character. It is not merely Rivka's muscles but also her persistence and her unswerving need to protect other women that are on display in Saltspray, and Aviva's creativity and refusal to be intimidated by unwanted male attention are showcased in Aliens alongside her culinary talents.

In both stories, as well, elements of Jewish culture help them thwart their opponents. Aviva's story in particular is a "Passover special", with the aliens resembling the locusts from one of the plagues and a human being's right to not be enslaved at the story's core.

Rivka's story would make a fine introduction to the entire series if you haven't started them yet. But if you're a fan already, you'll be reading it with an extra layer of meaning, with the stakes infinitely higher.

But enough of that -- just look at the picture. Doesn't that make you want to find out what's behind those pages?



Tales from Outer Lands
By Shira Glassman




Rivka in Port Saltspray: Trapped in a seedy port town because an innkeeper is holding her shapeshifting dragon-horse hostage until she can pay all the charges he invented, nomadic warrior Rivka finally has a chance at some decent money when a wealthy but weak man hires her to rescue his fiancée. But she has to think on her feet when she learns there may be more at stake.

 
Aviva and the Aliens: On the night before the royal Passover seder, Aviva has to outsmart the aliens who abducted her to cook for them because they had grown sick of their spaceship's food replicators. Will she get home before Queen Shulamit wakes up and panics from her absence?

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Or

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Author Extra: Labyrinth of Stone by TA Moore


Later on, he’d lie when people asked. It made a better story. Lies usually did.

 

His head was pounding. It had been since the night before, a nodule of pressure nested in the wet pockets of his sinuses. Teller rubbed his eye, pressing his thumb against the lid under he saw smears of colour. It didn’t help, but it gave him something else to think about.

The bus jolted over a pithole in the road, the whole rusty chassis of it groaning as it lurched. Teller knew how it felt. He braced his feet against the floor and fumbled a packet of painkillers out of his pocket, dry swallowing the powdery caplets with a grimace. The taste lingered on the back of his tongue.

‘I should have won that award!’

‘Yeah? So how come I got it?’

Teller would have rolled his eyes, but he thought it would hurt. He twisted around in his seat, hooking his arm over the cracked pleather. The windows were cloudy and scraped - where pennyroyal and gold paint had been chipped off - and scraps of confetti were still caught in crevices and under bolts. Most weekends the bus was used by the school’s various sports teams. This time, it was a bunch of over-tired kids from the school’s magnet program - hyped up on sugar and the giddy over-achievement inspired by the STEM fair.

Gavin Hawkins and Donny Sousa had degenerated into shoving at each other, Gavin trying to throttle the other boy with his shirt.

‘Give it a rest, Sousa,’ Teller ordered. ‘If I have to get up and come back there, I will sit on you.’

Sousa scowled, mouth twisting down. ‘Hawkins started it.’

‘And I started yesterday,’ Teller snarked. Sousa got beat up a lot. He was usually the reason why. The kid had a Napoleon complex. ‘Stop winding Hawkins up. Hawkins, stop letting him. You didn’t win. Neither did 100 other kids. Learn to live with it and quit whining.’

Scowling resentfully and trading dirty looks, the kids shuffled apart and went back to their separate seats. Teller turned around, just in time to see the road...shatter...in front of him. Chips of tarmac and concrete flew up, hitting the window. He grabbed the seat in front of him, panic going off in his chest like a bottle rocket. The driver swore, her voice high and panicked, and hit the brakes, the bus slewing sideways over the road as she fought with the wheel.

‘Everyone stay calm,’ Teller yelled, though god knows why. It seemed like a bloody good time not to stay calm. ‘Stay in your seats!’

The bus hit the crack side-on and the bus tipped sideways, listing to the side. The last thing that Teller thought, before everything flashed such an intense black that it felt like light, was that his head had stopped hurting.

Labyrinth of Stone
By TA Moore


Ten years ago the Black Rapture transported thousands of people, seemingly at random, from Earth to the strange, inimical world they call the Labyrinth. Will Teller was one of them. Surviving that meant joining an army and becoming better at killing than he's comfortable with. It's enough upheaval for anyone's life. The only problem is, apparently no one told his commanding officer that.

Pride, and heart, stung by abandonment, the icily controlled General Nathan Kearney has decided that Teller can either find the wayward lover, or he can take his place in Nathan's bed. That's pretty good motivation for a straight guy, only thing is - Teller's sexuality seems to have gone a bit Magic-8 Ball on that issue. Suddenly Nathan's starting to look pretty good, and the only question is whether or not Teller wants to be the consolation prize?

Dreamspinner author, Rhys Ford, described Labyrinth of Stone as, 'A glorious piece of speculative fiction featuring dynamic characters and intriguing world building.'


Available at: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=78_85&products_id=4354

Up Next -- Radio Boys!

Torquere has been releasing the individual stories from my Bus Stories and Other Tales anthology that came out back in 2003! It's been very interesting reading through the stories. Things have changed so much in the last dozen years in the realm of technology we now find ordinary..

The other neat thing is that the first three books to be released, all have someone with an injury or scarring. And the same will be true for Bus Stories, but it doesn't come out until May, so I'll leave chatting about that for later!

First there was Winter's Gift, wherein Geoff is badly scarred on one side of his face.

Winter's Gift

Badly disfigured, Geoff lives alone in the woods with only his wolf as companion. It’s a solitary life, but one he is comfortable with. When he discovers a fairy with an injured wing at the beginning of winter, his whole ordered world is turned upside down. But will Mauve be horrified by his rescuer’s visage? Or can the fairy look beyond the scars and see into Geoff’s heart?

Winter's Gift is available here.




Then came Beginning to Believe with Kit, who was in a terrible accident that killed the rest of his band and left him a double amputee.

Beginning to Believe

Tyler’s a fun-loving, surfing mechanic who loves his life and lives every day to the fullest. When he meets potential client Kit, he’s immediately attracted and ready to get to know the man better.

Kit’s a music producer who used to do the singing himself. He was quite the star, actually, until an accident in his tour bus took whipped out nearly his entire band. Kit didn’t come out it unscathed, though. Along with emotional scars, he lost both legs and hasn’t sung a note since.

Tyler’s more concerned with how Kit makes him feel than whether or not the man has artificial limbs, and he pursues Kit eagerly. Can Tyler help Kit to believe in love again?

Beginning to Believe is available here.


Up next is Radio Boys. In Radio boys, Paul is blind.

Radio Boys

Paul might be blind, but he has a full life between deejaying at a local radio station and playing on stage with a band a few times a month. It’s been a while since he’s been with anyone, though, and when Thor asks to take him home, he’s not quite sure what to do.

Thor’s been listening to the sexy DJ’s voice for years and is thrilled to finally meet Paul in person. Can his aural fascination grow into more? And will Paul be right there with him?

Radio Boys will be out on March 4, but it's already available for pre-order!


Sean Michael
smut fixes everything
www.seanmichaelwrites.com



Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Five Lessons Learnt from Doves

Doves, the second book in our Love in Los Angeles series, has been out for a few weeks (and is now available in paperback!). One of our favorite parts of the writing process is that we learn so much about a story once it’s out of our hands and into the hands of readers. And as readers have responded to Doves, we’ve learned more about ourselves, our audience, and the story that exists between us.

  1. Victor is incredibly polarizing. Which is not a shock to us, at all, really, but we’re continually fascinated (and gratified) at the number of people who can’t stop staring at Victor and poking at the things he does, even if they hate him. And in Doves, even more so than in Starling (Book 1 of the Love in Los Angeles series), people either adore Victor or despise him with an intensity that continues to startle us.
  2. Chekov’s gun doesn’t go off in Doves, but readers keep expecting it to. Doves is a dark, angry book, and our readers apparently expected it to keep going darker and angrier than it even was. Which apparently means our readers think we’re even more screwed up than we actually are. Which is flattering, we think?
  3. At the same time, Doves apparently broke some of our readers. We’ve heard from people who have had to read it slowly, or take lots of breaks, in order to get through it, because it hits too close to home. To some extent, we’re not shocked -- there are definitely scenes we had to get up and take a walk after we wrote them, to get space from what just happened on the page. But Doves is resonating with readers in a deeper way than we even hoped.
  4. Not everybody’s up for a threesome, or at least the particular threesome that shows up in this book. Which is cool! People either loved or hated a particular adventure in Doves -- sometimes for what it was, and sometimes for how and why it happened.
  5. Liam/Alex/Paul still isn’t a love triangle, but people keep thinking it is. To be fair, sometimes Paul thinks it is too, so they do have a point. Doves is about making relationships work with whatever rules you need. Liam, Alex, and Paul aren’t involved in a love triangle in any traditional sense, but there’s a deep and intense relationship going on between those three men, even if Paul struggles with jealousy and Alex has to learn how not to feel owned by his relationships.


The ties that bind...

Two years after the events of Starling, Cinderella story and star of The Fourth Estate J. Alex Cook is living happily ever after with his boyfriend, television writer Paul Marion Keane. But when Paul’s pilot, Winsome, AZ, gets picked up, the competing demands of their high-profile careers make them question their future together.

...can tear you apart

As Paul becomes increasingly absent from their relationship, Alex tries to regain control of his private life and establish a career path independent of Fourth's enigmatic, and at times malevolent, showrunner Victor. But the delicate web of relationships that connects Alex, Paul, and their friends — including Alex's excitable ex-lover Liam and his no-nonsense fiancée Carly — threatens to unravel.

With the business of Hollywood making it hard to remember who he is when the whole world isn’t watching, Alex is forced to confront major changes in the fairytale life he never wanted as he discovers that love in Los Angeles often looks nothing like the movies.

Book Two in the Love in Los Angeles series


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Both ebook and paperback are available from your favorite retailers!


Bio:

Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese are authors of the gay romance series Love in Los Angeles, set in the film and television industry (Starling (September 10, 2014), Doves (January 21, 2015), and Phoenix (June 10, 2015)), all from Torquere Press. Their gay romance novella Midsummer (Love’s Labour 1), about a summerstock Shakespeare company, is from Dreamspinner Press (May 2015). They also  have a story in Best Gay Romance 2015 from Cleis Press and edited by Felice Picano. Racheline is a NYC-based performer and storyteller; Erin is a writer and blogger based in Washington, D.C. They write stories and scripts about the intersection of private lives, fame, and desire. You can find them on the web at http://www.Avian30.com.

Racheline’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/racheline_m