Wednesday, July 29, 2015

New Releases from Julia Talbot, M. Durango & Annabelle Jay

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

New Releases 7/29/15


Full Moon Dating: Gage and Hamish
by Julia Talbot
49 pages / 11200 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-946-9
$2.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4436
Blurb:
Cat shifter Gage is an impossible bottom. No one has ever been able to tame him, even if he wants them to. He’s willing to keep trying, though, and when he finds out about the paranormal dating site Full Moon Dating, he puts himself in their hands. He longs for someone who will take him in hand and make him like it.
Hamish is a bear shifter who plays too rough for most subs. Gage sounds like just what he needs, so when Full Moon matches them up, he’s happy to see how they get along. Can he convince Gage that he’s the one to make the man toe the line?


Caron High News
by Annabelle Jay
100 pages / 26900 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-945-2
$3.49
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4432
Blurb:
Caron High News begins on the day of the first GSA, or Gay-Straight Alliance, meeting at Nissa Falenbach’s school. The club was started by Principal Perry to give Nissa a community after the school’s first hate crime that past summer, but unfortunately, no one shows up. As Nissa leaves the school she sees Bethany, her former best friend and now popular girl, crying in the middle of the quad because she was just dumped by her boyfriend, Lenny, for not being sexually adventurous. The two agree on mutually advantageous terms: they will pretend to date until Lenny wants Bethany back, and in return, Bethany will draw ten new GSA members into their group. The novel is a split narrative between Nissa and Audrey, the school gossip newspaper’s Editor-in-Chief, who creates scandals that both help Nissa’s cause and, in the end, reveal her true motives. But neither Nissa nor Audrey could have predicted what happens at the Holiday Assembly after Audrey plays a recording of Nissa and Bethany’s bathroom confession.


It Was Supposed to Be a Vacation
by M. Durango
138 pages / 37600 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-947-6
$3.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4434
Blurb:
A week alone is just what Todd needs to get his head straight. Before he can light his first campfire, the dead body he stumbles upon sends him running back to civilization and straight to the Park Ranger’s office.
Ranger Max has had his eye on Todd for years, but things keep getting in the way: boyfriends, jobs, and now a series of murders in the woods he’s sworn to take care of. Once the press gets involved, Todd receives unwanted attention from his community—and the killer. Together, Todd and Max have to find a way to grow their fledgling relationship while keeping Todd safe before the killer has his way.

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Coming 8/5/15


Agate: Then and Now, Stones of Power Series Book 4
by M.D. Grimm
Time travel. For mages, it violates their number one rule: what the Mother has written, let no one unwrite. The Mother writes the destinies of the creatures on the world of Karishian. If her writings were undone, it is feared that Creation itself could be undone. The Dark Mage Morgorth takes this rule to heart, but there are others who do not.
Morgorth is about to claim a stone of power when it is stolen from him by a female mage he hasn't seen in decades. As they struggle for the stone, she activates it, and Morgorth is unwillingly plunged into another time and another place. It isn't long before he realizes what time he's found himself in and there are a few familiar faces.
Most notable is a much younger version of Aishe. His mate.
Living with a tribe who will be massacred, caring for a young lad who will become his mate, and fighting a battle against a mage who can travel from past to future at a whim; Morgorth's life has never been easy but now he must contend with the will of the Mother. Unable to change the future and the tragedies of Aishe's life, he must decide what his role in his mate's past will be, and ask himself one vital question: how does one defeat time?
Releasing 8/5/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4449


The Camp
by Victoria Zagar
Jesse Harvan comes home from school one day to find his parents have discovered the gay pornographic magazine hidden under his bed. Disgusted, they decide to send Jesse to Camp Grady, a summer camp which prides itself on converting people’s sexuality.
Once at the camp, Jesse meets the other inmates: Charlie, a disabled African-American gay teenager, Natalie, a transgender girl, her sister Lita, Japanese lesbian Sakura, and last of all, Minister Grady’s son Jacob, who works for the camp under duress. These teens must learn to bridge their differences and get along if they’re to beat their common enemy and keep their identities–and sanity–intact.
Releasing 8/5/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4448

Monday, July 27, 2015

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



Coming 7/29/15


Full Moon Dating: Gage and Hamish
by Julia Talbot
Cat shifter Gage is an impossible bottom. No one has ever been able to tame him, even if he wants them to. He’s willing to keep trying, though, and when he finds out about the paranormal dating site Full Moon Dating, he puts himself in their hands. He longs for someone who will take him in hand and make him like it.
Hamish is a bear shifter who plays too rough for most subs. Gage sounds like just what he needs, so when Full Moon matches them up, he’s happy to see how they get along. Can he convince Gage that he’s the one to make the man toe the line?
Releasing 7/29/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4436


It Was Supposed to Be a Vacation
by M. Durango
A week alone is just what Todd needs to get his head straight. Before he can light his first campfire, the dead body he stumbles upon sends him running back to civilization and straight to the Park Ranger’s office.
Ranger Max has had his eye on Todd for years, but things keep getting in the way: boyfriends, jobs, and now a series of murders in the woods he’s sworn to take care of. Once the press gets involved, Todd receives unwanted attention from his community—and the killer. Together, Todd and Max have to find a way to grow their fledgling relationship while keeping Todd safe before the killer has his way.
Releasing 7/29/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4434


Caron High News
by Annabelle Jay
Caron High News begins on the day of the first GSA, or Gay-Straight Alliance, meeting at Nissa Falenbach’s school. The club was started by Principal Perry to give Nissa a community after the school’s first hate crime that past summer, but unfortunately, no one shows up. As Nissa leaves the school she sees Bethany, her former best friend and now popular girl, crying in the middle of the quad because she was just dumped by her boyfriend, Lenny, for not being sexually adventurous. The two agree on mutually advantageous terms: they will pretend to date until Lenny wants Bethany back, and in return, Bethany will draw ten new GSA members into their group. The novel is a split narrative between Nissa and Audrey, the school gossip newspaper’s Editor-in-Chief, who creates scandals that both help Nissa’s cause and, in the end, reveal her true motives. But neither Nissa nor Audrey could have predicted what happens at the Holiday Assembly after Audrey plays a recording of Nissa and Bethany’s bathroom confession.
Releasing 7/29/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4432

Coming 8/5/15


Agate: Then and Now
by M.D. Grimm
Time travel. For mages, it violates their number one rule: what the Mother has written, let no one unwrite. The Mother writes the destinies of the creatures on the world of Karishian. If her writings were undone, it is feared that Creation itself could be undone. The Dark Mage Morgorth takes this rule to heart, but there are others who do not.
Morgorth is about to claim a stone of power when it is stolen from him by a female mage he hasn't seen in decades. As they struggle for the stone, she activates it, and Morgorth is unwillingly plunged into another time and another place. It isn't long before he realizes what time he's found himself in and there are a few familiar faces.
Most notable is a much younger version of Aishe. His mate.
Living with a tribe who will be massacred, caring for a young lad who will become his mate, and fighting a battle against a mage who can travel from past to future at a whim; Morgorth's life has never been easy but now he must contend with the will of the Mother. Unable to change the future and the tragedies of Aishe's life, he must decide what his role in his mate's past will be, and ask himself one vital question: how does one defeat time?
Releasing 8/5/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4449


The Camp
by Victoria Zagar
Jesse Harvan comes home from school one day to find his parents have discovered the gay pornographic magazine hidden under his bed. Disgusted, they decide to send Jesse to Camp Grady, a summer camp which prides itself on converting people’s sexuality.
Once at the camp, Jesse meets the other inmates: Charlie, a disabled African-American gay teenager, Natalie, a transgender girl, her sister Lita, Japanese lesbian Sakura, and last of all, Minister Grady’s son Jacob, who works for the camp under duress. These teens must learn to bridge their differences and get along if they’re to beat their common enemy and keep their identities–and sanity–intact.
Releasing 8/5/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4448

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

New Releases Available now!

This week, we have selected titles by L.J. Hamlin and two Anthologies on sale for 20% off. Check 'em out: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials

New Releases 7/22/15


The Dusty Hat Bar
by L.J. Hamlin
108 pages / 31000 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-941-4
$3.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4433
Blurb:
Noah Kimberly walks into his usual bar, same as he does most Friday nights. It's surprisingly busy for this time of night, even for a Friday.
Tonight things are different. Tonight Noah will meet Lennie Boyce, the son of Earl Boyce the biggest ranch owner in the area and Noah's ex boss. His friend and bar owner Dusty might warn him away from the other man, but Noah's just not sure he can resist this cowboy.


Graveyard Sparrow
by Kayla Bashe
126 pages / 33700 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-948-3
$3.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4435
Blurb:
Katriona Sparrow, dubbed the Mad Heiress by London's upper class, is the deceptively fragile ward of a foreign nobleman. She can't stand making small talk with strangers, but she's unparalleled when it comes to deciphering the dead.
On a routine investigation, something goes horribly wrong, leaving Katriona catatonic in an upscale hospital and a serial killer with an artistic bent stalking London's most vulnerable.
Enter Anthea Garlant, a young witch and academic ostracized from polite society for traveling the world without a chaperone. She devises magical treatments to protect Katriona from the side effects of her abilities, but as she grows more and more attached to Katriona, her professional façade begins to slip.
Will they be able to stop the man who turns beautiful dead women into works of art before he turns his attention much closer to home?
Previously published through Kindle Unlimited.

Available for Pre-Order NOW

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



Coming 7/29/15


Full Moon Dating: Gage and Hamish
by Julia Talbot
Cat shifter Gage is an impossible bottom. No one has ever been able to tame him, even if he wants them to. He’s willing to keep trying, though, and when he finds out about the paranormal dating site Full Moon Dating, he puts himself in their hands. He longs for someone who will take him in hand and make him like it.
Hamish is a bear shifter who plays too rough for most subs. Gage sounds like just what he needs, so when Full Moon matches them up, he’s happy to see how they get along. Can he convince Gage that he’s the one to make the man toe the line?
Releasing 7/29/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4436


It Was Supposed to Be a Vacation
by M. Durango
A week alone is just what Todd needs to get his head straight. Before he can light his first campfire, the dead body he stumbles upon sends him running back to civilization and straight to the Park Ranger’s office.
Ranger Max has had his eye on Todd for years, but things keep getting in the way: boyfriends, jobs, and now a series of murders in the woods he’s sworn to take care of. Once the press gets involved, Todd receives unwanted attention from his community—and the killer. Together, Todd and Max have to find a way to grow their fledgling relationship while keeping Todd safe before the killer has his way.
Releasing 7/29/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4434


Caron High News
by Annabelle Jay
Caron High News begins on the day of the first GSA, or Gay-Straight Alliance, meeting at Nissa Falenbach’s school. The club was started by Principal Perry to give Nissa a community after the school’s first hate crime that past summer, but unfortunately, no one shows up. As Nissa leaves the school she sees Bethany, her former best friend and now popular girl, crying in the middle of the quad because she was just dumped by her boyfriend, Lenny, for not being sexually adventurous. The two agree on mutually advantageous terms: they will pretend to date until Lenny wants Bethany back, and in return, Bethany will draw ten new GSA members into their group. The novel is a split narrative between Nissa and Audrey, the school gossip newspaper’s Editor-in-Chief, who creates scandals that both help Nissa’s cause and, in the end, reveal her true motives. But neither Nissa nor Audrey could have predicted what happens at the Holiday Assembly after Audrey plays a recording of Nissa and Bethany’s bathroom confession.
Releasing 7/29/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4432

Coming 8/5/15


Agate: Then and Now
by M.D. Grimm
Time travel. For mages, it violates their number one rule: what the Mother has written, let no one unwrite. The Mother writes the destinies of the creatures on the world of Karishian. If her writings were undone, it is feared that Creation itself could be undone. The Dark Mage Morgorth takes this rule to heart, but there are others who do not.
Morgorth is about to claim a stone of power when it is stolen from him by a female mage he hasn't seen in decades. As they struggle for the stone, she activates it, and Morgorth is unwillingly plunged into another time and another place. It isn't long before he realizes what time he's found himself in and there are a few familiar faces.
Most notable is a much younger version of Aishe. His mate.
Living with a tribe who will be massacred, caring for a young lad who will become his mate, and fighting a battle against a mage who can travel from past to future at a whim; Morgorth's life has never been easy but now he must contend with the will of the Mother. Unable to change the future and the tragedies of Aishe's life, he must decide what his role in his mate's past will be, and ask himself one vital question: how does one defeat time?
Releasing 8/5/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4449


The Camp
by Victoria Zagar
Jesse Harvan comes home from school one day to find his parents have discovered the gay pornographic magazine hidden under his bed. Disgusted, they decide to send Jesse to Camp Grady, a summer camp which prides itself on converting people’s sexuality.
Once at the camp, Jesse meets the other inmates: Charlie, a disabled African-American gay teenager, Natalie, a transgender girl, her sister Lita, Japanese lesbian Sakura, and last of all, Minister Grady’s son Jacob, who works for the camp under duress. These teens must learn to bridge their differences and get along if they’re to beat their common enemy and keep their identities–and sanity–intact.
Releasing 8/5/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4448

Monday, July 20, 2015

Good night, and thank you for letting me ramble...

Some parting thoughts, before I say good night. First of all, thank you for letting me go on a bit here today, and hopefully I made someone smile. If I did, let me know! 

I absolutely love hearing from readers. I do. Even if it's to tell me about something that didn't work for you, or that was confusing. You see, while I write because the stories in my head won't go away, I publish them to share with everyone. Knowing what you liked, or what you didn't, is part of how I can improve as a writer.

I also write a bit of short fiction - flash fiction - and you can find some of it on my blog. (I'm shameless, so there's a link below.) I think most of it is different enough from my published work to be interesting. I'd love some comments on those, especially if you'd like to see more like one of the flash fictions.

And I review books I've read, because I can't go around asking people to talk to me if I don't talk to them, and what better way than to review their book? Who knows? You might find something interesting there, too. Besides, reading is part of the process of writing. You can't write unless you're a reader. You need to love the words.

But I can promise you, we writers enjoy hearing from our readers. We love to talk about our characters, and our worlds. We're excited about what we do, and we want to share that excitement with you, so leave a comment on a Goodreads page, or on a blog. Review something you've read. Follow someone on Twitter, or share your reviews on your own feeds. We love what we do, and we love sharing it with you. When you talk to us, it's like a big hug, and who doesn't want a hug?





Morwen Navarre | Author

Going back to school!

I can hear the groans already...

But, really, I'm sort of excited about the idea of going back to school. I'm planning on taking some courses at a local university now that I have the time to study for pleasure. There's something seductive about the smell of textbooks, and learning something new is what I live for, to be honest. I've been poking around with computers since the early 1980s, and the advent of the Internet, and access to an enormous resource for research is truly a gift, but I miss the structure of classes.

Now mind you, back when I was an undergraduate, I moaned and groaned about classes and essays, about papers and professors, and I looked for ways to minimize the amount of work I needed to do. I used to take my anthropology notes in French, so I could practice language skills at the same time. Of course, it made sharing my notes a little harder, but my French was improving. Back then, I was working toward a goal. I was going to become an anthropologist, and travel the world doing fieldwork...until I discovered that there were no positions in the field. Then I thought about journalism, but that seemed like another field with poor growth potential, although writing for a living appealed to me. I wound up in business. Ah, well.

But study back then was a grind, because I wasn't learning for the sake of learning. There wasn't any joy in it. Now that I'm older, the notion of being a student again is compelling. I'm not looking to prove anything, and I don't need to impress anyone. I'm pleasing myself this time around, and so I'll study history, and learn Japanese, and maybe take a writing class or three. I might even manage to work myself around to a degree, but it won't matter to me if I don't.


If you need me, I'll be in the stacks, breathing in book dust and purring like the tabby that got into the cream.


Morwen Navarre | Author

Things I'm working on:

I have a few things in the works, in various stages of completion. Let's hope listing them here is a cattle prod for me, sorely needed.

Probably the next project that will be completed is a male/male romance, set in a world that bears an astonishing resemblance to Wales in the 4th Century CE. While this may seem like an odd time period, it's one that's long fascinated me, thanks to a tremendous author, Mary Stewart. She wrote a series of books about Merlin, King Arthur's legendary magician, and she set her books in what was most likely the proper historical context, at the waning of the Roman occupation of Britain. There are historical characters who correspond to some of the characters of the Arthurian sagas, and her research was impeccable.

I was always an avid student of ancient history, particularly Egypt and Rome, and this felt like a logical extension of my own interests. The Arthurian legends held a fascination of their own, since one of the first books I fell madly in love with was Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur. Yes, I was a geeky child. And yes, it's free over on Project Gutenberg, or you can buy it in print from Amazon. Classics. We need to keep the classics alive.

But in any event, when I decided I wanted to write something that wasn't necessarily fantasy, but which was grounded in recognizable settings, I remembered how much I loved the period Ms. Stewart had used with such skill. While I won't pretend to have done the same meticulous research she had, I did spend quite a bit of time doing my own background work. Hopefully, it's paid off, and even more hopefully, I'll have something resembling a manuscript by the end of the summer.

Also in the works is a science fiction novel, of the first contact gone wrong variety. This one is a mixed bag, since there's a budding male/male romance woven in around the main story, which is a human female/alien male pairing. It's undergoing a huge amount of revision to pare away a great deal of unnecessary nonsense, and I'm not really sure when this will be ready. It tends to take the back seat to more pressing projects.

I've got an outline going for the third installment in the Ghost's Sight series, and I'm planning on having a draft finished by year's end, with revisions done right after the New Year so I can get that submitted. Ghost and Gerry aren't done with me yet, and I hope that's good news!


Morwen Navarre | Author

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



Coming 7/22/15


Graveyard Sparrow
by Kayla Bashe
Katriona Sparrow, dubbed the Mad Heiress by London's upper class, is the deceptively fragile ward of a foreign nobleman. She can't stand making small talk with strangers, but she's unparalleled when it comes to deciphering the dead.
On a routine investigation, something goes horribly wrong, leaving Katriona catatonic in an upscale hospital and a serial killer with an artistic bent stalking London's most vulnerable.
Enter Anthea Garlant, a young witch and academic ostracized from polite society for traveling the world without a chaperone. She devises magical treatments to protect Katriona from the side effects of her abilities, but as she grows more and more attached to Katriona, her professional façade begins to slip.
Will they be able to stop the man who turns beautiful dead women into works of art before he turns his attention much closer to home?
Previously published through Kindle Unlimited.
Releasing 7/22/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4435


The Dusty Hat Bar
by L.J. Hamlin
Noah Kimberly walks into his usual bar, same as he does most Friday nights. It's surprisingly busy for this time of night, even for a Friday.
Tonight things are different. Tonight Noah will meet Lennie Boyce, the son of Earl Boyce the biggest ranch owner in the area and Noah's ex boss. His friend and bar owner Dusty might warn him away from the other man, but Noah's just not sure he can resist this cowboy.
Releasing 7/22/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4433

Coming 7/29/15


Full Moon Dating: Gage and Hamish
by Julia Talbot
Cat shifter Gage is an impossible bottom. No one has ever been able to tame him, even if he wants them to. He’s willing to keep trying, though, and when he finds out about the paranormal dating site Full Moon Dating, he puts himself in their hands. He longs for someone who will take him in hand and make him like it.
Hamish is a bear shifter who plays too rough for most subs. Gage sounds like just what he needs, so when Full Moon matches them up, he’s happy to see how they get along. Can he convince Gage that he’s the one to make the man toe the line?
Releasing 7/29/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4436


It Was Supposed to Be a Vacation
by M. Durango
A week alone is just what Todd needs to get his head straight. Before he can light his first campfire, the dead body he stumbles upon sends him running back to civilization and straight to the Park Ranger’s office.
Ranger Max has had his eye on Todd for years, but things keep getting in the way: boyfriends, jobs, and now a series of murders in the woods he’s sworn to take care of. Once the press gets involved, Todd receives unwanted attention from his community—and the killer. Together, Todd and Max have to find a way to grow their fledgling relationship while keeping Todd safe before the killer has his way.
Releasing 7/29/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4434


Caron High News
by Annabelle Jay
Caron High News begins on the day of the first GSA, or Gay-Straight Alliance, meeting at Nissa Falenbach’s school. The club was started by Principal Perry to give Nissa a community after the school’s first hate crime that past summer, but unfortunately, no one shows up. As Nissa leaves the school she sees Bethany, her former best friend and now popular girl, crying in the middle of the quad because she was just dumped by her boyfriend, Lenny, for not being sexually adventurous. The two agree on mutually advantageous terms: they will pretend to date until Lenny wants Bethany back, and in return, Bethany will draw ten new GSA members into their group. The novel is a split narrative between Nissa and Audrey, the school gossip newspaper’s Editor-in-Chief, who creates scandals that both help Nissa’s cause and, in the end, reveal her true motives. But neither Nissa nor Audrey could have predicted what happens at the Holiday Assembly after Audrey plays a recording of Nissa and Bethany’s bathroom confession.
Releasing 7/29/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4432
Good morning!

For anyone who is new to the blog, my name is Morwen Navarre, and I'm a writer. I know, I know, and it's taken a lot for me to be able to stand up and admit that, but saying it out loud is the first step. I write, I've written for as long as I care to remember, and I'll probably write until the very end. I'm not in the slightest bit repentant, and I'm not going to try and change. For better or worse, this is what I am, right down to my bones.

I was recently asked a question on Goodreads, which in and of itself was really exciting. It's one of those things that feels like a big step forward for me. It's also made me think about how committed I am to being a writer, because right now, I'm having one of those periods of self-doubt. I have a couple of works in progress, and to be very honest, I've had to put them aside to deal with a bunch of real-life issues.

My mom, who lives with us, decided to climb on a dining room chair to reach the microwave over the range in my kitchen. The kitchen has a quarry tile floor, and the dining room chairs have those little feet that keep them from scratching up my wood floors in the dining room. You can pretty much picture the rest. Mom's arm was bruised, and it's sore enough to need a brace for a few weeks, but nothing broke. Fortunately. We're hoping this has cured Mom of her need to climb on things, instead of just asking one of us for a hand.

This happened the day after we'd had to rush our corgi, my little furry muse and part-time food disposal, to the veterinary hospital. She's epileptic, it seems, and the seizures were bad enough as she initially presented to require three days in the hospital and a great deal of tears from all of us. When she came home, she was wobbly from the drugs, mostly blind and unable to control most of her body functions. Two weeks later, she's about 98% back to being herself, and I can breathe again.

July's been a blur so far, hot on the heels of a fairly busy June that had me running in six directions at once. The good part is that I'm pretty sure if I was going to have a heart attack, stroke, or nervous breakdown, it would have happened by now. The stories are still in my head, and I'm not giving up on them, nor am I going to give up on things I've got planned out.

I'm just in need of a sharp kick to the posterior, and that question might have done it. So, if you've ever wondered if you should ask a favorite author a question on Goodreads, or comment on their blog, DO IT. The author you prod might even thank you for it.


Morwen Navarre | Author
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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Gay Generation Gap?

I am fascinated by history. My office mate is an historian and I love discussing world and local events with him because of his depth of field. I'm a sociologist, and one of the intersection points of my field with history is generation gaps. These gaps in lived experience, worldview, and decision making behavior have a lot to do with the times in which people live. Social change happens in these gaps, but it's not without friction. I'm thinking here of my mom, a Baby Boomer, who clashed dramatically with her parents in the 1960s. Mom's post-Kennedy, Civil Rights-era coming of age shaped her in ways just as deep as the Great Depression and World War II shaped my grandparents. Their battles were fought over religion, marriage, child-rearing, politics, non-violence, human rights, war, environmentalism, race, class, gender and sexuality. They fought over education and whether a good, or even a not-so-good, Catholic girl should go away to college. She showed them: she had me at twenty and raised me solo. Generation gaps are no joke.

I wasn't thinking about generation gaps when I started writing my Paulo & Preston series of lighthearted BDSM short stories. But I was fascinated by my characters: Preston Rose, a worldly and slightly jaded Dom pushing fifty and Paulo, a novice sub on the bright side of thirty. Preston is just a bit older than I am, old enough to have come of age before AIDS. Paulo is younger than my stepson, who turned thirty-two this year. A child of the 80s and a child of the Aughts (or were they the Naughts?) trying to make a relationship work. A D/s relationship at that!

It got me thinking…. Is there a gay generation gap? Before-Stonewall and after, maybe? Or pre- and post-AIDS? Pre- and post-marriage equality? Perhaps there are several such gaps. And maybe sometimes they're not entirely tied to gay experience or public and political perceptions of it. For Paulo and Preston, the gap is a challenge because they have completely different perspectives on what their relationship can and should be. Preston grew up at a time (and in a place, but that's another thread in the tapestry) when gay men in long-term, committed relationships were something the mainstream didn't acknowledge. A lot of gay men (at least, some I grew up around and many I've read about) were deeply suspicious of the conventions of marriage, and sometimes even hostile to the idea of relationships that too closely resembled it. Paulo's generation, well, that's another story. From Paulo's perspective, being with Preston is a lot like being married, and Preston sometimes doesn't know what to do with that.

But he knows what to do with his submissive, that's for sure! Even when that irrepressible individual is turning perfectly good song lyrics into naughty provocations, his second (or maybe third) favorite pastime.

What do you think about generation gaps? How do they affect you and your relationships?

Have a look at this magnificent cover, by BS Clay, that perfectly captures the lighthearted, romantic, but still naughty, vibe of the Paulo and Preston shorts.


Cue the music! SONGBOOK collects, for the first time ever, all of the stories in the Paulo and Preston series! 

Preston is a lifestyle Dominant, recently retired from a career on stage at an exclusive BDSM club. When the series begins, he's single and looking forward to a quieter life. All that changes on the night of Preston's last performance when Paulo, a complete novice, takes the place of Preston's usual stage submissive. By day Paulo does odd jobs and sings in the Sister City Gay Men's Chorus. After that first night with Preston, however, he wants more. He wants everything. Can a newbie sub and a gracefully aging Dom learn to harmonize? 

Each story chronicles a new phase in Paulo and Preston's relationship and features song lyrics mangled in deliciously naughty ways by Paulo.


Stay tuned…in the next post I'll share blurbs of all 13 stories in the collection!

Cheers,
Lee xo

Songbook collection story blurbs

Cue the music! SONGBOOK collects, for the first time ever, all of the stories in the Paulo and Preston series!

Preston is a lifestyle Dominant, recently retired from a career on stage at an exclusive BDSM club. When the series begins, he's single and looking forward to a quieter life. All that changes on the night of Preston's last performance when Paulo, a complete novice, takes the place of Preston's usual stage submissive. By day Paulo does odd jobs and sings in the Sister City Gay Men's Chorus. After that first night with Preston, however, he wants more. He wants everything. Can a newbie sub and a gracefully aging Dom learn to harmonize?

Each story chronicles a new phase in Paulo and Preston's relationship and features song lyrics mangled in deliciously naughty ways by Paulo.

In my last post, I promised to share blurbs of all 13 stories in the collection (these were published by Torquere from the series' inception in 2007 through 2010; a grand finale to Paulo & Preston's story is my current WIP). (I've cleverly scheduled that one to post above this one on the blog. Don;t ask how long it took me to figure out how to time that.)

1. Ding Dong Merrily
Introduces Paulo, a singer with the Sister City Gay Men's Chorus, who has an irreverent way with lyrics.

2. Heard on High
Hal is a composer and director of the local gay men's chorus. Arlie's a young tenor who comes highly recommended, but his voice doesn't measure up to his reputation. When he takes Arlie home, Hal finds out it's not all about the singing, and that if Arlie can just find the right range, everything can work out.

3. Epiphany-Shining Through
When Paulo goes to see his friend Jim perform at a BDSM club, he's fascinated by the man's Dom, Master Rose. So, when he finds out that Jim isn't feeling well on the night of Epiphany, he jumps at the chance to fill in for the final performance of the holidays, not knowing this is Master Rose's final performance at the club, not knowing how far he'll be pushed. Or how far both of them might fall.

4. Lavatory Luxor
Paulo struggles between wanting to pursue Master Rose and wanting to make a good, submissive impression. He impulsively visits Preston at home and is rebuffed but not rejected.

5. Master Preston's Bright Bottom
Months ago, Paulo had one, intense public scene with Master Preston Rose, and now he can't stop thinking about it. He's determined to become a part of the retired Dom's life, but will all of his work be enough to get him the collar he dreams of?

6. Lua-de-Mel
Paulo and Preston celebrate a honeymoon of sorts, without leaving home but with lots of clothespins!

7. Adaptations
In this episode, Paulo worries that Preston has lost interest in topping him. The real reason comes as a surprise, and Paulo and Preston have to work together to find a solution. A set of anal beads comes in handy.

8. Bearing Witness
Even though he's learned a lot during his time with Preston, Paulo's still a novice sub. After attending a ceremony dissolving a Dom's relationship with his sub, Paulo develops a fear that his and Preston's relationship might have an expiration date. Preston is hard pressed to reassure his boy. Advice comes from family and friends, but in the end Preston will need to come up with something special to reassure his lover of his place in Preston's life. His permanent place.

9. Fiddler in the Buff
Preston springs for a penis piercing for Paulo’s birthday. But before he can share the surprise, the pair find themselves playing host to an unexpected house-guest. Is the newcomer just a flirtatious diva, or do his come-ons spell danger for Paulo and Preston?

10. Paulo's Santa Kink
Paulo’s harbored an unusual fantasy for years. Working up the courage to tell Master Rose about it is only the first step. Preston has to figure out a way to fulfill his boy’s Christmas wish without losing his authority as a top. Flannel pajamas, hot chocolate, and Christmas cookies join red velvet, black leather, and willow switches in this tale of nicely naughty gift-giving.

11. Fireflies in the Bathtub
Arthritic hands and bathroom renovations aren’t sexy. Well, not usually. When Master Preston’s hands prevent him shaving himself, neither he nor Paulo expect how sexy it will be for Paulo to serve his master in a new way. With Preston’s birthday approaching, refurbishing their old bathroom to accommodate their shaving scenes gives Paulo the perfect opportunity to show his master the depth of his love.

12. Full Frontal
Preston has never heard Paulo's safe word within a scene. When he does, everything stops, and Paulo and Preston are forced to confront a demon from Paulo's past. Paulo insists he’s ready to move on, but the incident shakes Preston's confidence. To make their way forward takes courage and trust and... wax?

13. A Better Fate than Wisdom (Special Bonus Story)

In Full Frontal, Bruno and Alex are older, in their fifties, veterans of a decades-long relationship. But just how did they get together in the first place? Both gay, but from completely different worlds, how did they meet? What sparked their connection? Travel back to 1978 when Bruno was a closeted leather boy and Alex was trying to find meaning on the disco 'round. Preppy guy walks into a leather bar...

Finding an excuse to put a hero in a kilt

When deciding to write for the Plaid Nights anthology, both Erin and I wanted to find a way to meet the anthology requirements -- a man in a kilt -- while also finding away to make said man in a kilt accessible. That meant a contemporary story. Which meant we had to find an excuse to put our contemporary American hero in a kilt.

The way to do that, it turned out, was dance.

While neither Erin nor I are active in Scottish Country Dance, both of us have experience with arguably similar styles of dance that serve similar social purposes in the U.S.  I've done a lot of Regency-era dance --I write romance, how could I not be interested in Austenite social habits?-- which overlaps significantly in steps and form with SCD, and Erin has experience with Irish dance.

Writing a story set around a type dance that both takes a lot of skill to do well, but that is fundamentally accessible to anyone who is aware of it, allowed us to break out of our habit of writing about people with exceptional skills and lives, and write instead about ordinary people getting together awkwardly. We wanted to capture both the pleasure of dancing with someone highly skilled as well as the fun that can come with having nothing to lose and no idea what you're doing.

"Off-Kilter," our story for the Plaid Nights anthology is also outside of our usual work in that this story is PG-rated.  Finally, one I can let my mom read!


And, to celebrate Erin and I being at RainbowCon this weekend, any of our Torquere titles are 25% off from the Torquere store with code rainbowcon2015 now through Sunday July 19, 2015.  You can see them all here: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=index&manufacturers_id=550

If you have experience with SCD, Contra, or other forms of group social dance, we'd love to hear about them in the comments here.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Release Party - Andrew's Prayer - What's coming next?

This is Ashavan Doyon for the Red White & Blue Andrew's Prayer promo mini-blitz.

As my time draws to a close, I thought I'd talk a little about what I'm working on now. I mentioned earlier that Drew resisted the story I'd originally imagined him in, and that meant working on something else. The something else that I focused on was another story in the College Rose Romances series. This one will be the orange rose -- a color associated with desire and passion. 

Our hero for the orange rose story is Lawrence. He appears in Andrew's Prayer under the new name he's adopted: Rory. This change from Lawrence -- the other notable closeted lit geek -- to Rory forms the starting point of the story. 

At the end of the semester described in Loving Aidan (and from a different perspective in Steven's Heart) a small number of students at the University are outed. We know that Drew, in his typical fashion, has tried to preserve his closet by fleeing to a new girlfriend. The other is Lawrence. So much like Drew but also tremendously different, Lawrence abandons the closeted lit geek that he was and uses it as the catalyst to become Rory. But he doesn't quite know who Rory is yet. He lacks the confidence and security that the closet gave him. 

We get a few glimpses of Rory in the later chapters of Andrew's Prayer. This is Andrew's first glimpse of him:

He spotted Lawrence across the coffee shop at another table. It had taken him almost three days of classes before he'd realized who the hot preppie boy twink in his literature classes was.
Lawrence sipped his coffee. His glance over to Drew was surreptitious, or tried to be. Drew noticed and smiled, just a bit. It had been a long running joke between the two that Aidan had spent over a year thinking neither of them knew about the other. Of course they both knew. Lawrence wanted something real but was terrified, too terrified to take risks. Of the people outed last semester, he was probably the one hurt most.
Drew looked him over, not bothering with the coy glances. Whatever had happened with Lawrence, it had been good to him. Marks ran down his neck into the stylish fitted polo. Unlike Drew, who had immediately sought shelter in a fake relationship to hide from the outing, Lawrence had begged help from Aidan and come out completely.
Rumor had it his parents had totally freaked. Lawrence, though, seemed to have emerged unscathed, with a new wardrobe that suited him way better than button fronts and cardigans had. Also, it seemed he had a boyfriend. Drew tapped the lid of his coffee. "Interesting," he muttered.

Rory has quite a ride in front of him, and I'm wrapping up the story soon. Hopefully you'll be able to join me for it.

That brings us to the end of our time. I'll stay online to chat until 10 pm, and I'm happy to answer any questions about Andrew's Prayer (or Loving Aidan and Steven's Heart for that matter). Thanks for joining me to celebrate the release, and I hope you'll take the time to buy the book:



I'll leave you with one final hint of what's coming. This is a graphic I made inspired for a fifth novel, based around the purple rose.


Happy reading!

Release Party - Andrew's Prayer - Talking about Drew

Welcome back. This is Ashavan Doyon talking about the release of Andrew's Prayer.



Tonight is the final night of the red white & blue promo mini-blitz. I've talked in previous posts about the story generally and about the covers and the rose symbolism for the story.

Now I'd like to talk about Drew.

From everyone else's perspective -- at least everyone at the university -- Drew is a bit of a sleaze. From the previous books, we know that he's a lit geek, one of several that is closeted. Most notable, perhaps, is that Drew is specifically called out for having girlfriends, sometimes several girlfriends, while he fools around in the tunnels beneath the school. If that wasn't enough to dislike him, there is the fact that when word starts to slip out to the press about Aidan in Loving Aidan, none of Aidan's friends will talk to the press, despite being offered money to do so. Drew does.

Not exactly hero material. And that's why he's such a fascinating primary to me. Because Drew is all of those sleazy things, and they don't really matter, not when you start digging, start learning about the Drew underneath it all.

To get us to that point I had to take this story in a drastically different direction. I had to remove Drew from the familiar setting of the university and bring him away. When I started this process, Drew was still such a new character that he wasn't talking to me. I tried to shoehorn him into something that I thought would speak to his fear of being out... one of the few solid character traits we knew about.

Sometimes when you're writing, you just know it isn't working, and this was a perfect example. Everything felt wrong, and while the situation was a good drama filled one, I was still balking. It wasn't Drew. I didn't stop writing. I shifted gears. I started the next story, knowing I'd have to come back to this one. Eventually, during quiet moments in which that main wasn't speaking, Drew started to whisper.

His whispers took me to a dark place. A place of grief and pain and shame. But it was a place that felt right, felt perfect, for Drew. Instead of McMansion, Drew arrives home in a battered vehicle, uncertain of his welcome, at a cinderblock house, just as a violent landlord screamed at Drew's mom for late rent. Rent that we learn quickly, Drew had already paid.

There is no hesitation. Drew pulls out the money and pays it. There is no concern for the cash or the amount, only for his mom and whether she's all right. Immediately I had a character that I knew was Drew. Seen in the light of a character who is constantly sending money home to support a sick parent, Drew becomes immediately more human, more interesting.

I hope he's interesting enough to engage you.  More soon!

Buy Andrew's Prayer at Torquere Press.

Buy Andrew's Prayer at Amazon.

Release Party - Andrew's Prayer - Why Red White and Blue?

Ashavan Doyon again chatting to you from the Torquere Press Romance for the Rest of Us Blog. Here on this final night of the Red White & Blue Promo Mini-Blitz, I wanted to say a few words about the color scheme and about covers.


This is July, because of independence day filled with a lot of red white and blue imagery. That was convenient for me, because I've quite deliberately worked to have a rose on each and every cover for the College Rose Romances. The rose imagery started with the cover for Loving Aidan. I wanted to speak to the offering of love that bound together both of Aidan's would be lovers, and when I found the image the rose wasn't red. It was altered that way by me cover artist for all three books. I've been so lucky Brandon has really liked my ideas for covers, and I know I've gotten a rarity -- a series in which the cover design is really pretty much exactly what I've asked for.

In Loving Aidan it was important for the rose to signify very clearly both love and romance. It had to be red (I think in the original image it was pink). I actually had some personal reservations about the cover -- did it give away too much? But in the end, I feel tremendously blessed to have gotten the cover that I did. 

Steven's Heart, the sequel, grew out of a love of Steven's character from Loving Aidan. I wanted to do his story, and his description was of an Adonis. I wondered when I started what color rose I'd use for this story. I'd already decided that I wanted to tie the covers together this way, with a rose prominent on each. I'd made a big deal of Steven being a classic Adonis - blond hair, blue eyes. So when the opportunity came and I wondered what to do, I chose a blue rose to represent enchantment.

I originally abandoned Andrew's Prayer. I was right stuck with an Andrew that didn't make sense from a middle class well-to-do family. It wasn't working. I started writing the next story. I wrote a little about that frustration with Andrew yesterday in my post at Love Bytes. After working on what I hope will be Andrew's Prayer's sequel, I finally broke through my barriers to write about Drew. I was struck by the imagery of a single large rose, I love you still, and of the conflict in Grant giving a white rose, imagining purity, to Drew, who is actively selling his body to pay the rent on the ramshackle home he shares with a sick mother. 

That gave me red white and blue. But would my cover artist share my vision? I didn't know and unlike the first two stories where I had such a solid idea of what I wanted, for Andrew's Prayer I only had an idea and no particular model was striking me as "this is Drew." I suppose that makes sense, in its way. I had gone out of my way to place both Drew and Lawrence as deliberately similar nondescript characters physically. Instead of a single this-is-what-I-want mockup, I gave the long suffering Brandon four. Brandon still likes my ideas, and the final cover clearly has roots in one of those four designs.

Do you like the covers? What draws you to a m/m romance cover and why?

More coming soon!

Andrew's Prayer Belated Release Party

Greetings and welcome to the final event of the Red White & Blue Andrew's Prayer promotional mini-blitz! This is Ashavan Doyon, author of the College Rose Romances released by Torquere Press. I hope some of you were able to make Monday's twitter chat and checked out the blog from yesterday at Love Bytes Same Sex Reviews.



Tonight we're going to have a bit of a traditional Release Day event. A few posts from me. Hopefully lots of commenting and conversation about the posts. I'll be here for a few hours posting, commenting, and responding, so grab a drink and get ready to chat!

We're celebrating the release of Andrew's Prayer tonight. This is the third in my series of College Rose Romances. The series is new adult, steaming hot, and has a heaping portion of both angst and romance.

Drew was a relatively minor character in the first two books. I speak in my blog post at Love Bytes about what I intended him to be, and how he changed from a catalyst of jealousy to the character that provokes questioning young men into realizing their same sex desires. In that sense, while minor, he was an important character -- and one of a relatively few gay men on our unknown college campus.

So, a little about the book:

Andrew's Prayer by Ashavan Doyon

For Andrew Tuttleman, sex is a means to an end. With a mother too sick to pay the bills on her own and college bills to pay, Drew has spent years resorting to sex with strangers to keep a roof over his mother’s head and keep himself at school, far away from the hell where he grew up. This summer, his usual tricks are still paying the bills. But there’s a new one, Grant, who never got the memo that a trick is a no-strings deal. Convinced that Drew is the answer to a hopeless prayer, Grant seems ready to pursue Drew to the ends of the earth.

Drew, on the other hand, isn’t so convinced. Grant comes with trouble in the form of a wife and three kids, not to mention a single and unwavering requirement: that Drew give up his livelihood. Grant’s kiss makes Drew ache for more, a romance that he never dreamed possible. He finds himself unexpectedly willing to try. Can Drew weather Grant’s angry father, wife, and a daughter determined to kick him in the shins so hard that he’ll leave Grant’s life forever? It all relies on Grant’s faith in an impossible prayer.

Thinking of buying the book?

That's great! The buy links below may seem out of order, since so many get their books from Amazon, but I still recommend going to the publisher first. Everyone actually involved in the book is better supported that way, and it can still be sent to your Kindle if you have one:

Buy Andrew's Prayer at Torquere

Buy Andrew's Prayer at Amazon

Hopefully the description will stir some questions. I'll be answering comments and questions here and will be back in a little while with another post!

New Releases out now!

This week we have select books from Sean Michael as well as select Torquere anthologies for 20% off. Come check them out: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials

New Releases 7/15/15


Plaid Nights Anthology
with stories by: Angelique Voisen, Anna Mansel, Elizabeth Coldwell, Julia Talbot, Lila Mathews, Logan Zachary, McKay, Megan McFerren, Missouri Dalton, Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae, Rob Rosen
214 pages / 65000 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-942-1
PRINT ISBN: 978-1-61040-943-8
$5.49
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4430
Blurb:
In Plaid Nights, men in kilts are as varied as they are hot. Whether they're caber tossers, rugby players, Highland warriors, country dancers, or time-traveling vampires, they're up for surprises and sexy good times.
Rob Rosen starts us off with humor in "Tossing It." Contemporary men discover love in unexpected places in "Whiskey and Want" by Megan McFerren, "Some Like It Scot" by Julia Talbot, "Perfect Working Order" by Elizabeth Coldwell, and "Off-Kilter" by Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae. We get a taste of the paranormal in "Sir WW" by Angelique Voisen, "Feumaidh Mi Ruith (I Have to Run)" by Missouri Dalton, and "Kilt in the Closet" by Logan Zachary. And we're treated to forbidden love in historicals "Hunting for a Highlander" by Lila Mathews, "A Time to Heal" by Anna Mansel, and "As Fair Art Thou, My Bonny Lad" by McKay.
In these stories, some tartan-clad men wear their kilts in the "traditional manner," while others are less daring. But all find love, and of course, a happy ending—especially at night, when the plaid comes off.
Individual Stories also Available:
A Time to Heal by Anna Mansel
As Fair Art Thou, My Bonny Lad by McKay
Feumaidh Mi Ruith (I Have to Run) by Missouri Dalton
Hunting for a Highlander by Lila Mathews
Kilt in the Closet by Logan Zachary
Off-Kilter by Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae
Perfect Working Order by Elizabeth Coldwell
Sir WW by Angelique Voisen
Some Like It Scot by Julia Talbot
Tossing It by Rob Rosen
Whiskey and Want by Megan McFerren


The Briar Rose: Blended Family
by Sean Michael
146 pages / 35700 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-944-5
$3.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4431
Blurb:
Matt and Adam are back and this time they’re welcoming two established Master/sub pairs who want to play together. Without ruining their friendship.
Subs Peter and Max have been best friends forever, since before they met their masters. They were lovers once, but both men needed the influence of a Dom to stay on an even keel. Happily in love with their masters, Devon and Swan, the boys nonetheless want more.
Devon and Swan care deeply for each other and are willing to give becoming something more a try and the Briar Rose seems like the perfect place to give it a go. As neutral ground, if things go wrong, they should be able to put the whole thing behind them and go back to their lives as simply friends.
Can Devon, Peter, Swan, and Max become the blended family they yearn to be?

Available for Pre-Order NOW

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



Coming 7/22/15


Graveyard Sparrow
by Kayla Bashe
Katriona Sparrow, dubbed the Mad Heiress by London's upper class, is the deceptively fragile ward of a foreign nobleman. She can't stand making small talk with strangers, but she's unparalleled when it comes to deciphering the dead.
On a routine investigation, something goes horribly wrong, leaving Katriona catatonic in an upscale hospital and a serial killer with an artistic bent stalking London's most vulnerable.
Enter Anthea Garlant, a young witch and academic ostracized from polite society for traveling the world without a chaperone. She devises magical treatments to protect Katriona from the side effects of her abilities, but as she grows more and more attached to Katriona, her professional façade begins to slip.
Will they be able to stop the man who turns beautiful dead women into works of art before he turns his attention much closer to home?
Previously published through Kindle Unlimited.
Releasing 7/22/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4435


The Dusty Hat Bar
by L.J. Hamlin
Noah Kimberly walks into his usual bar, same as he does most Friday nights. It's surprisingly busy for this time of night, even for a Friday.
Tonight things are different. Tonight Noah will meet Lennie Boyce, the son of Earl Boyce the biggest ranch owner in the area and Noah's ex boss. His friend and bar owner Dusty might warn him away from the other man, but Noah's just not sure he can resist this cowboy.
Releasing 7/22/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4433

Coming 7/29/15


Full Moon Dating: Gage and Hamish
by Julia Talbot
Cat shifter Gage is an impossible bottom. No one has ever been able to tame him, even if he wants them to. He’s willing to keep trying, though, and when he finds out about the paranormal dating site Full Moon Dating, he puts himself in their hands. He longs for someone who will take him in hand and make him like it.
Hamish is a bear shifter who plays too rough for most subs. Gage sounds like just what he needs, so when Full Moon matches them up, he’s happy to see how they get along. Can he convince Gage that he’s the one to make the man toe the line?
Releasing 7/29/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4436


It Was Supposed to Be a Vacation
by M. Durango
A week alone is just what Todd needs to get his head straight. Before he can light his first campfire, the dead body he stumbles upon sends him running back to civilization and straight to the Park Ranger’s office.
Ranger Max has had his eye on Todd for years, but things keep getting in the way: boyfriends, jobs, and now a series of murders in the woods he’s sworn to take care of. Once the press gets involved, Todd receives unwanted attention from his community—and the killer. Together, Todd and Max have to find a way to grow their fledgling relationship while keeping Todd safe before the killer has his way.
Releasing 7/29/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4434


Caron High News
by Annabelle Jay
Caron High News begins on the day of the first GSA, or Gay-Straight Alliance, meeting at Nissa Falenbach’s school. The club was started by Principal Perry to give Nissa a community after the school’s first hate crime that past summer, but unfortunately, no one shows up. As Nissa leaves the school she sees Bethany, her former best friend and now popular girl, crying in the middle of the quad because she was just dumped by her boyfriend, Lenny, for not being sexually adventurous. The two agree on mutually advantageous terms: they will pretend to date until Lenny wants Bethany back, and in return, Bethany will draw ten new GSA members into their group. The novel is a split narrative between Nissa and Audrey, the school gossip newspaper’s Editor-in-Chief, who creates scandals that both help Nissa’s cause and, in the end, reveal her true motives. But neither Nissa nor Audrey could have predicted what happens at the Holiday Assembly after Audrey plays a recording of Nissa and Bethany’s bathroom confession.
Releasing 7/29/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4432

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Gardening


Weeds can be lovely, can't they?  I actually don't think these are weeds, I think they're just flowers that escaped the confines of the fenced-in back yard or garden.  I like how they spill out onto the asphalt of the driveway.

I see lots of flowers, trees, and bushes on my daily walks.  I love botanical shapes - the stems and branches, trunks and flowers all intrigue me.

What about you?  Do you have favorite garden plants?  Do you prefer ornamentals or vegetation?  Me, I like both - I tend to grow vegetables, though, because I can use them.

When Rachel and I worked on our latest Torquere release, Emerald Keep, that was one of the things we had to think about - what kinds of plants grow on a desert planet?

What about you, Dear Reader?  Considering your favorite plants, but also an imaginary planet with a specific climate, what would you include?



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

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Coming soon...


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Coming 7/15/15


Plaid Nights Anthology
with stories by Rob Rosen, Megan McFerren, Julia Talbot, Elizabeth Coldwell, Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae, Angelique Voisen, Missouri Dalton, Logan Zachary, Lila Mathews, Anna Mansel, and McKay
In Plaid Nights, men in kilts are as varied as they are hot. Whether they're caber tossers, rugby players, Highland warriors, country dancers, or time-traveling vampires, they're up for surprises and sexy good times.
Rob Rosen starts us off with humor in "Tossing It." Contemporary men discover love in unexpected places in "Whiskey and Want" by Megan McFerren, "Some Like It Scot" by Julia Talbot, "Perfect Working Order" by Elizabeth Coldwell, and "Off-Kilter" by Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae. We get a taste of the paranormal in "Sir WW" by Angelique Voisen, "Feumaidh Mi Ruith (I Have to Run)" by Missouri Dalton, and "Kilt in the Closet" by Logan Zachary. And we're treated to forbidden love in historicals "Hunting for a Highlander" by Lila Mathews, "A Time to Heal" by Anna Mansel, and "As Fair Art Thou, My Bonny Lad" by McKay.
In these stories, some tartan-clad men wear their kilts in the "traditional manner," while others are less daring. But all find love, and of course, a happy ending—especially at night, when the plaid comes off.
Releasing 7/15/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4430


The Briar Rose: Blended Family
by Sean Michael
Matt and Adam are back and this time they’re welcoming two established Master/sub pairs who want to play together. Without ruining their friendship.
Subs Peter and Max have been best friends forever, since before they met their masters. They were lovers once, but both men needed the influence of a Dom to stay on an even keel. Happily in love with their masters, Devon and Swan, the boys nonetheless want more.
Devon and Swan care deeply for each other and are willing to give becoming something more a try and the Briar Rose seems like the perfect place to give it a go. As neutral ground, if things go wrong, they should be able to put the whole thing behind them and go back to their lives as simply friends.
Can Devon, Peter, Swan, and Max become the blended family they yearn to be?
Releasing 7/15/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4431

Coming 7/22/15


Graveyard Sparrow
by Kayla Bashe
Katriona Sparrow, dubbed the Mad Heiress by London's upper class, is the deceptively fragile ward of a foreign nobleman. She can't stand making small talk with strangers, but she's unparalleled when it comes to deciphering the dead.
On a routine investigation, something goes horribly wrong, leaving Katriona catatonic in an upscale hospital and a serial killer with an artistic bent stalking London's most vulnerable.
Enter Anthea Garlant, a young witch and academic ostracized from polite society for traveling the world without a chaperone. She devises magical treatments to protect Katriona from the side effects of her abilities, but as she grows more and more attached to Katriona, her professional façade begins to slip.
Will they be able to stop the man who turns beautiful dead women into works of art before he turns his attention much closer to home?
Previously published through Kindle Unlimited.
Releasing 7/22/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4435


The Dusty Hat Bar
by L.J. Hamlin
Noah Kimberly walks into his usual bar, same as he does most Friday nights. It's surprisingly busy for this time of night, even for a Friday.
Tonight things are different. Tonight Noah will meet Lennie Boyce, the son of Earl Boyce the biggest ranch owner in the area and Noah's ex boss. His friend and bar owner Dusty might warn him away from the other man, but Noah's just not sure he can resist this cowboy.
Releasing 7/22/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4433

Coming 7/29/15


Full Moon Dating: Gage and Hamish
by Julia Talbot
Cat shifter Gage is an impossible bottom. No one has ever been able to tame him, even if he wants them to. He’s willing to keep trying, though, and when he finds out about the paranormal dating site Full Moon Dating, he puts himself in their hands. He longs for someone who will take him in hand and make him like it.
Hamish is a bear shifter who plays too rough for most subs. Gage sounds like just what he needs, so when Full Moon matches them up, he’s happy to see how they get along. Can he convince Gage that he’s the one to make the man toe the line?
Releasing 7/29/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4436


It Was Supposed to Be a Vacation
by M. Durango
A week alone is just what Todd needs to get his head straight. Before he can light his first campfire, the dead body he stumbles upon sends him running back to civilization and straight to the Park Ranger’s office.
Ranger Max has had his eye on Todd for years, but things keep getting in the way: boyfriends, jobs, and now a series of murders in the woods he’s sworn to take care of. Once the press gets involved, Todd receives unwanted attention from his community—and the killer. Together, Todd and Max have to find a way to grow their fledgling relationship while keeping Todd safe before the killer has his way.
Releasing 7/29/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4434


Caron High News
by Annabelle Jay
Caron High News begins on the day of the first GSA, or Gay-Straight Alliance, meeting at Nissa Falenbach’s school. The club was started by Principal Perry to give Nissa a community after the school’s first hate crime that past summer, but unfortunately, no one shows up. As Nissa leaves the school she sees Bethany, her former best friend and now popular girl, crying in the middle of the quad because she was just dumped by her boyfriend, Lenny, for not being sexually adventurous. The two agree on mutually advantageous terms: they will pretend to date until Lenny wants Bethany back, and in return, Bethany will draw ten new GSA members into their group. The novel is a split narrative between Nissa and Audrey, the school gossip newspaper’s Editor-in-Chief, who creates scandals that both help Nissa’s cause and, in the end, reveal her true motives. But neither Nissa nor Audrey could have predicted what happens at the Holiday Assembly after Audrey plays a recording of Nissa and Bethany’s bathroom confession.
Releasing 7/29/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4432