Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Author Extra: Raising Cain by Winnie Jerome

Raising Cane
By Winnie Jerome

Blake is a gamer frustrated with the dryness of the boyfriend pool. Finding someone who's gay and a huge role-playing geek is about as easy as rolling three critical hits in a row.
His dreams seem to come true when he meets Cain -- a hotter-than-hell bonafide gamer. Sparks fly between them, but Cain is hiding something from Blake, something even worse than liking the character creation phase in Rolemaster.

Available here: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=79_93&products_id=4258


Author Extra: 

Here's an extended version of the beginning of the game that Blake's in:

Steve began to set the scene for the game. “Your characters wake up manacled in a windowless room. Each of you has metal cuffs secured by a padlock on to your wrists and a length of chain running from your restraints holds you to the wall. You can't remember anything about yourself, not even your name. I'm going to go around the table and I want each of you to read off the description on your character sheet.”

Cain said, “My character is a fair-haired elf dressed in light traveling leathers. His hair cascades down to his shoulders and he appears to be weaponless.”

Blake said, “Steve, do we even remember what an elf is?”

Steve nodded. Blake said, “My character is a very muscular, tall woman dressed in chain mail and a cloak secured with a brooch. She has very short hair and has a proud air about her.”

The rest of the party read off their descriptions and then Steve said, “What do you want to do next?”

“I'd like to try getting out of these fuckers,” Blake said. “I yank as hard as I can. Does anything happen?”

He heard Steve rolling a die behind the screen. “Yes, you actually distort one of the links in the chain. You're quite strong.”

“I must be a warrior, then.”

“Very good, my lady,” Cain replied. “I will attempt the same.”

Steve said, “Brute strength doesn't seem to work. You don't bend anything. However, the heavy manacles feel clumsy and loose to you.”

“May I try to contort my body so that I can slip free?” Cain asked.

The bounce of a die sounded. “No problem.”

“I think we have a rogue here,” Gene said.

The rest of the party tried to get free, but they weren't successful, not even the dwarf. This puzzled everyone, since dwarves were primarily warriors. Cain's character patted himself down and found a small length of metal hidden in his hair that could be used as a lock-pick. While he freed the rest of the party, Blake had his warrior practice swinging the chain she had broken. No one appeared to have weapons, so she needed whatever help she could get.

Since it was too confusing to go without names, everyone decided to adopt a random one. Cain named his elf “Elessan”, while Blake named his warrior “Brunhilde”.

The other four prisoners tried to test their limberness, but none of them stood out. Blake wondered if they were spell-casters or just characters with average stats. He glanced at his sheet and looked at the “personality traits” area. The first one listed was “brutally honest”.

Blake said, “Well, the rest of you are pretty wimpy which means you're cannon fodder. I'll take point and Elessan can bring up the rear. Everyone else stays in the middle.”


He tried not to cringe at his modern speech. He always sucked at delivering lines in character, not like Cain.

Author Extra: Photorealism by Julia Talbot

Photorealism 
By Julia Talbot

Nature photographer July is determined to capture a moose in his lens during a trip to Colorado. What he finds instead is a beautiful wolf who seems more than happy to pose for him. Rhys wants July to see him as a man, too, but can he convince July that his shifting abilities are real?

Available here: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=79_93&products_id=4257


Author Extra: 

Grand Mesa is the biggest flat top mountain in the world, covering some 500 square miles. The mesa is traversed by the Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway (which includes SH 65) between the town of Mesa on the north and the town of Cedaredge on the south. The route over the mesa provides a dramatic contrast in landscape, climate and vegetation. On the north side, the road climbs the steep terrain near the Powderhorn Resort ski area. The forested top of the mesa remains snowbound much later in the spring than the surrounding valleys, and is a popular location for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.

My mom was born and raised in Cedaredge, and when she took my dad, who was from the deep south, up to Grand Mesa the first time, he was really worried about bears. My mom, who knew how freaky dad could be, blithely assured him there were no bears on Grand Mesa. That night, they slept in the camper shell of their small pick-up truck, with the food supply securely locked up front in the passenger area. There was a light rain that night, which kept them from setting up their tent.

When they woke up in the morning, the area around the truck, as well as the windows and top of the camper shell, were covered in muddy bear footprints. Big ones. Too big to be the average black bear you’d meet in Western Colorado.


The upshot of this story is that Dad never trusted Mom on another camping trip, and that you never know what kind of wildlife you’ll meet on Grand Mesa, Colorado.

Author Extra: Search and Rescue by Lorne Rodman

Search and Rescue 
By Lorne Rodman

Shapeshifter Clancy passes for a wolf hybrid and has all the paperwork he needs to be a search and rescue canine. What he doesn’t have anymore is the requisite “handler”. His last lover dumped him, and a dog can’t show up for work alone. When he meets Terry, Clancy knows something is different, maybe perfect, about the man. They can work together, but can they be more?

Available here: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=79_93&products_id=4259

Author Extra:

Search and rescue is a largely volunteer proposition. While some people are professional trainers or multi-regional specialists, most local rescue units are volunteer based. Time commitment is considerable, especially when dogs are involved. Not only does a rescuer need to know how to train their dog, perform basic first aid, and deal with emergencies, they also need to be able to perform first aid and how to care for their dog in wilderness situations. Training centers and groups exist all over the country. If you’re a dog lover, even if not a dog owner, ponder volunteering.

Here are some links!

Sandia Search – New Mexico- http://pages.swcp.com/SSD/

National Search and Rescue – Canine Rescue - http://www.nasar.org/page/34/Canine-Search-and-Rescue

Canine Search Dog Foundation- http://www.searchdogfoundation.org/


Canine Handler Certification - http://www.fema.gov/canine-handler-certification

Author Extra: Tea and Werewolves by Cecil Wilde

Tea and Werewolves
By Cecil Wilde

As soon as Connor walks into Sev's tea shop, Sev knows there's something different about him. It could be his charming smile, his obvious intelligence, or the way he howls at the moon when it's full. Either way, sparks start flying straight away.
Sev and Connor both know there's more to their relationship than simple mutual attraction, and the question of taking the next step is foremost in their minds even as they tumble into bed together for the first time. Will they work things out, or will the suddenness of it all get the better of them?

Available here: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=79_93&products_id=4260


Author Extra: 

Sev's Mint & Ginger Iced Tea Pick-Me-Up

Spent all night chasing rabbits in the forest? Tired, headachey and hungover? If you know it's the full moon tonight or you're in for a long one otherwise, put a batch of this in the fridge in the afternoon and drink it in the morning to cure all your ills.

You Will Need:

3-4 mint & ginger tea bags (or 3-4 scoops of loose leaf tea)
1 bottle white lemonade (1-1.5 liters)
1-2 soluble caffeine tablets (optional)

1 - Gently poke the tea bags, one at a time, into the top of the lemonade bottle so they're floating in it, or carefully pour in the loose leaf tea.
2 - Close the bottle and refrigerate for at least a few hours, preferably overnight.
3 - In the morning, dissolve the caffeine tablets into the bottle (if you're not into caffeinated beverages in the morning, skip this step).

4 - Drink and be healed.

New Paranormal Anthology DAWG DAYS

This week we have selected titles from Julia Talbot, Lorne Rodman, Jae Christopher, Tray Ellis, LJ Hamlin, Winnie Jerome, VL Locey, Rob Rosen, and Mychael Black on sale for 20% off! Check 'em out here:http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials

Dawg Days Anthology
edited by Elizabeth L. Brooks with stories from Julia Talbot, Jae Christopher, V.L. Locey, Winnie Jerome, Mychael Black, Cecil Wilde, M. Lee, Tray Ellis, Rob Rosen, L.J. Hamlin and Lorne Rodman
219 pages / 65100 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-796-0
$6.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=76&products_id=4251
Blurb:
In "Photorealism" by Julia Talbot, nature photographer July has no idea the wolf he's obsessed with is also a man. In "Black, One Sugar" by Jae Christopher, David blurts out a secret over his morning coffee that could threaten his relationship with Aaron. Romance, fantasy, and danger are just over the next dune in "Night of the Jackal" by V.L. Locey. In "Raising Cain" by Winnie Jerome, a gamer meets a too-good-to-be-true hottie with a secret. In Mychael Black's "Thrill of the Hunt," wolf shifter Keeran finds more than he bargains for when he meets Saul Alliaume. In "Tea and Werewolves" by Cecil Wilde, Sev knows there's more to his newest customer than meets the eye.
In "Packbond"by M. Lee, romance blossoms between Alex and Troy until a stranger with dangerous links to Troy's past arrives on their doorstep. In "Nuts, Bolts, and Chihuahuas" by Tray Ellis, TJ and Arlo are each expected to take up their respective family businesses, but for Arlo it's a job with real bite. Rob Rosen's "The Dingo Ate My Dildo" is mystical, magical tale of love, lust, and things that howl in the night. In "Paw Prints on My Skin" by L.J.Hamlin, sexy werewolf tattoo artist Zack, meets cute Labrador shifter Tobias. In "Search and Rescue" by Lorne Rodman, shapeshifter Clancy needs a new partner for search and rescue work.
Individual Stories:
Black, One Sugar by Jae Christopher

Night of the Jackal by V.L. Locey
Nuts, Bolts, and Chihuahuas by Tray Ellis
Packbond by M. Lee
Pawprints on My Skin by L.J. Hamlin
Photorealism by Julia Talbot
Raising Cain by Winnie Jerome
Search and Rescue by Lorne Rodman
Tea and Werewolves by Cecil Wilde
The Dingo Ate My Dildo by Rob Rosen
Thrill of the Hunt by Mychael Black
Coming Next Week...

The Stonechild Betrothal
by Katalinya Palokova
As a professional bodyguard in a magical city, Estli has survived a lot of close calls, but he's never fallen in love with a client, thwarted an ancient curse, and challenged an evil magician to a fistfight all in the same week. There's a first time for everything, right?

Genre: Fantasy
Steven's Heart
by Ashavan Doyon
Bonding over the loss of your first love with his ex shouldn't be soothing. It certainly shouldn't make the heart flutter. But it makes Steven's heart race.
Genre: Contemporary, Drama

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

On sale this week

This week we have selected titles from Julia Talbot, Lorne Rodman, Jae Christopher, Tray Ellis, LJ Hamlin, Winnie Jerome, VL Locey, Rob Rosen, and Mychael Black on sale for 20% off! Check 'em out here: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials

Monday, August 18, 2014

BDSMonday - Five Myths



It's BDSMonday!

Today I have an article for you, written by Kristen Sollee of Women's Health Magazine. She discusses five major myths about BDSM. It's a great article to show vanilla friends/family/whatever if they react negatively when the topic of kink arises.

Have a great week everyone!