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.

Available for Pre-Order NOW

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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