Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Author Extra: The Wolf in the Woods by Nicole McCormick

The Wolf in the Woods
by Nicole McCormick

A witch has cursed Malachi into a wolf form until he can form a bond with another human. Seamus walks through the woods every day to visit his grandmother. Malachi has fallen for Seamus and believes Seamus to be the man he is supposed to bond with.

When an incident pushes them together, Malachi realizes that Seamus has more of an interest in Malachi than he knew, but is it enough for Malachi to return to his human form?

This story is also available in the Torqued Tales M/M Anthology.

Available at Torquere Press: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4176


Author Extra: 

Malachi stumbled out of the house and into the woods, clutching his chest at his labored breathing. He finally collapsed out of sight from the house, but it didn’t matter. She could find him if she wanted to. She could see him now if she wanted to. She probably was watching him. She would want to see him transform into a beast, the beast she had cursed him to be.

This wasn’t the way it was supposed to be. The witch was supposed to be his friend, and yet, she had cursed him.

The pain was excruciating. It was what he deserved, she had told him. The transition back to human would be easier, she had said. He would have earned it then, she had added.

Malachi howled in pain, an irony considering what he was about to become. He spat and cursed, and heard laughter on the wind. He knew she was watching him. She laughed at his pain, his suffering, though she had been the one to cause it.

He could feel his bones breaking and reforming, his organs shifting. He was becoming a beast.

According to the witch, he would remain a beast until he could form a bond with another human. He wasn’t sure what that meant. How was he supposed to form a bond with a human if he was a beast? This wasn’t a fairy tale.

He pulled off his clothes before they could be shredded by his transformation. Black fur was beginning to sprout along his body. The shifting was becoming more painful. The pain was too much to take, and rather than keeping him awake, he was beginning to lose consciousness.

Malachi let out one last long, pitiful howl. Before the blackness took him, he noticed how the howl had already sounded more wolf than human.

***

Awareness came back to him slowly. The world sounded different with his new ears. The world smelled different with his new nose. He pushed himself up unsteadily - four legs instead of two.

The witch had done it. She had turned him into a wolf. He was doomed to live a lonely life until he could find that one person who would befriend him despite the fact that he was a beast. Which meant he was doomed to stay this way forever.

He wanted to kill the witch. He wished that he could. It would be a wasted effort. If she had the power to turn him into a wolf, then she certainly had the power to prevent him from attacking her.

He howled, a low, mournful howl - the howl of a lonely wolf instead of a human in pain. It sounded more pitiful to his ears. Even worse, no other wolf answered his call. He truly was alone.

Malachi set off into the woods, wanting to put as much distance between him and the witch as possible. It was time to start his long, lonely life as a wolf.


Torqued Tales Anthology is here!

Get 20% off selected titles from Darren Endymion and Rob Rosen this week! http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials

Torqued Tales M/M Anthology
edited by Elizabeth L. Brooks with stories by Nash Summers, Nicole McCormick, Darren Endymion, Christopher West and Rob Rosen
108 pages / 32000 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-742-7
$4.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4167
Blurb:
The fairy tales that call to us are those with morals that are as valid in the modern world as they were when the stories first rose to popularity -- lessons like: Choose wisely whom you love; respect your elders; anything worth having is worth striving for; beware hubris; and real beauty is in the soul. This collection brings together five romantic and erotic re-imaginings of much-beloved fables (with a gay twist!) for your entertainment and amusement, while keeping intact the core themes that have ensured they've survived the ages.
In "A Different Dance" by Nash Summers, Casey needs to find his Happily Ever After before the stroke of midnight. In "The Wolf in the Woods" by Nicole McCormick, Malachi has been cursed until he can bond with a human, and Seamus might just be that human. In Darren Endymion's "The Snow Queen," Gavyn must confront the secrets of the world and his own heart to retrieve his lost love. In "Catching the Gingerbread Man" by Christopher West, Gregory the thief is trying to escape arrest, but the airship captain he's hired may decide the reward money the police are offering is a better deal. In "The Prince and the Frog" by Rob Rosen, a not so ordinary frog makes for an extraordinary tale.
Individual Stories:
A Different Dance - Nash Summers
Catching the Gingerbread Man - Christopher West
The Snow Queen - Darren Endymion
The Wolf in the Woods - Nicole McCormick
The Prince and the Frog - Rob Rosen

Torqued Tales F/F Anthology
edited by Elizabeth L. Brooks with stories by Emily Moreton, Lucy Hallowell and Jo Hart
54 pages / 15200 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-680-2
$3.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4168
Blurb:
The fairy tales that call to us are those with morals that are as valid in the modern world as they were when the stories first rose to popularity -- lessons like: Anything worth having is worth striving for, trust in yourself, and trust in those you love. This collection brings together three romantic and erotic re-imaginings of much-beloved fables (with a lesbian twist!) for your entertainment and amusement, while keeping intact the core themes that have ensured they've survived the ages.
In "A Stranger Brought" by Emily Moreton, Tia and Kelly's happy ending is challenged by Kelly's father, Tia's lack of magic, and a deal that will either save or doom both of them. In "Annabeth and the Wolf" by Jo Hart, Annabeth sets off to her grandmother's house to meet an unwanted fate, but a beautiful shape shifter has other ideas in mind. And in "Dragon Slayer" by Lucy Hallowell, Princess Una must marry the knight who slays the dragon, though her heart belongs to her maid, Bess.
Individual Stories:
A Stranger Brought - Emily Moreton
Annabeth and the Wolf - Jo Hart
Dragon Slayer - Lucy Hallowell
Coming Next Week...


Promises Made, Memories Kept
by Christopher West
Harry Dougherty left home after his father rejected him for being gay and didn't look back until after his father's death ten years later. He thought putting his parents' affairs in order would be a quick and simple task, but strange dreams and a man from his father's past lead to revelations he never expected.
Genre: Paranormal, Contemporary

Choices
by Chris Owen
Choices is a collection with three of Chris Owen’s popular short stories: Six Years On, Better Than a Sale and Walking Spencer
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal

In Sickness and In Health
by Sean Michael
Colds and flu are no match for the Jarheads, who know that cold medicine's great in its place, but the one sure cure for what ails them is good old sexual healing.
Genre: Contemporary

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

On sale this week...

Get 20% off selected titles from Darren Endymion and Rob Rosen this week! http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials

Monday, April 21, 2014

BDSMonday - Different Types of Masochism

It's pretty unusual for my wife to be in the mood for bottoming, but it happens from time to time. While sadism or topping in general aren't really my things, I like to make sure that all of her needs are met, so I oblige.

The last time she wanted some impact play was about a month ago, and I was struck by how different our approaches are to BDSM-type pain. 

For me, the pain is the goal (*heh* I accidentally typed gaol...) It's enough, in and of itself, for me. I get off on it, whether or not any traditionally sexual activity is happening at the same time. 

For my wife, however, the pain is a means, a way to release emotion and energy and to get into an altered state of mind. 

It's like the difference between drinking because you like the taste of alcohol, and drinking because you had a shitty day and want to take the edge off it. (Not that I'm advocating irresponsible drinking or play, but there are definitely times that a drink or a spanking can turn your whole outlook on life around!)

I fall into the first category (in my analogy and not--I do like the taste of alcohol). Alcohol's effects are a pleasant bonus, but not usually why I drink (or play). 

When my wife is bottoming, it's the equivalent to knocking back a shot of whisky and pulling a face afterward--get it over with so you can get intoxicated. 

Which type of masochist (or drinker!) are you? Which other kinds of masochism have you encountered? 

Coming This Week...

Torqued Tales Anthology
edited by Elizabeth L. Brooks
Once upon a time, we asked our authors for their best gay twists on their favorite fairy tales, and wow, did they deliver! We think these will satisfy your happily-ever-after cravings!
Genre: Paranormal, Gay, Sci-fi/fantasy

M/M stories:
A Different Dance - Nash Summers
Catching the Gingerbread Man - Christopher West
The Snow Queen - Darren Endymion
The Wolf in the Woods - Nicole McCormick
The Prince and the Frog - Rob Rosen


F/F stories:
A Stranger Brought - Emily Moreton
Annabeth and the Wolf - Jo Hart
Dragon Slayer - Lucy Hallowell

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

It's a very BA Tortuga Release Day!

Get 20% off selected titles from BA Tortuga this week! Check 'em out here: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials

A Bunch of Roughstock
by BA Tortuga
81 pages / 22000 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-744-1
$3.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4165
Blurb:
BA Tortuga’s Roughstock world comes to life in this collection of short stories. Featuring Beau and Sam from the novel File Gumbo and Coke and Dillon from And a Smile, these tales range from a long-ago first time to a bullfighter’s retreat, providing an intriguing glimpse into a bullrider’s daily life, as well as how the hard-working cowboy protection team blows off steam. Stories include Starting the Roux, Cowboy Christmas, Just Another Day at the Office, The New Guy and the Retreat and Too Careful by Half.
All stories previously published in the Sip short story line.

Cat in the China Shop
by BA Tortuga
47 pages / 12600 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-743-4
$2.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4166
Blurb:
Were-cougar Brock wants a special gift for his folks for their anniversary, mainly to cover up his lack of enthusiasm for going back to his small hometown. When he decides on replicating his mom’s old china pattern, the last person he expects to find at the design company is his old flame, Clay.
Clay has changed everything from his hair color to the way he eats to escape his past. Can Brock convince him that it’s better to be himself, and for them to be together?
Coming Next Week...

Torqued Tales
edited by Elizabeth L. Brooks
Once upon a time, we asked our authors for their best gay twists on their favorite fairy tales, and wow, did they deliver! We think these will satisfy your happily-ever-after cravings!
Genre: Paranormal, Gay, Sci-fi/fantasy

M/M stories:
A Different Dance - Nash Summers
Catching the Gingerbread Man - Christopher West
The Snow Queen - Darren Endymion
The Wolf in the Woods - Nicole McCormick
The Prince and the Frog - Rob Rosen


F/F stories:
A Stranger Brought - Emily Moreton
Annabeth and the Wolf - Jo Hart
Dragon Slayer - Lucy Hallowell

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

On sale this week...

Get 20% off selected titles from BA Tortuga this week! Check 'em out here: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials