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    Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
    11:53 pm
    [kristipublicist]
    Holiday Releases are OUT now!!!

    This week we have selected titles by several authors releasing new books this week including, Sean Michael, BA Tortuga, Julia Talbot, Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae, L.J. Hamlin, Kassandra Lea, Winnie Jerome, Lorne Rodman on sale for 20% off GO SEE!! http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials



    Cereus: Rescue

    by Sean Michael, Julia Talbot, BA Tortuga

    192 pages / 49000 words

    ISBN: 978-1-61040-855-4

    $4.49


    Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=76&products_id=4335


    Blurb:


    Even the strongest paranormal creature can need a rescue, as proven by the three stories in Cereus: Rescue. In Free Demons, by Julia Talbot and BA Tortuga, when demon Bel goes to the Cereus resort, he’s fleeing his father, the king of a demon dimension. When his bodyguard of old shows up, Bel thinks Xerxes is there to take him home, but Xerxes wants them to be free to be together.


    In Sean Michael’s Spirit Bear, Lightning has been captive for a long time, but the werebear is rescued, and Etu takes him in, teaching him that love knows no boundaries, and that safety can be super-sexy. In Babysitting Job, by BA and Julia, Devon is sent by Cereus owner Jonny to escort vampire Sandro to safety. The two of them fall for each other, but they have to escape Sandro’s stalker in order to be together.




    Need for Sale, a Hammer Holiday story

    by Sean Michael

    39 pages / 10400 words

    ISBN: 978-1-61040-854-7

    $2.99


    Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=78_85&products_id=4339


    Blurb:


    It's been two years since Neil's Master Chris passed away unexpectedly and he's ready for someone to touch him again. More than ready. The problem is that everyone is respectfully keeping their distance. Participating in the annual charity Hammer Auction seems like the perfect opportunity to announce his readiness, and to get some of the touches he craves so badly at the same time.


    To Neil's surprise, his best friend and neighbor, Master Dalton makes the winning bid, leaving Neil to wonder if he must continue exist alone and untouched. Master Dalton has a secret, though, one that might change Neil's life forever.





    Knitting a Broken Heart Back Together


    by Ari McKay

    133 pages / 40700 words

    ISBN: 978-1-61040-847-9

    $4.49



    Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=78_85&products_id=4338



    Blurb:


    When a Christmas shopping expedition brings Tomy Peralta into Jason Winters’ yarn store, both men feel an immediate and intense spark of attraction, but dance instructor Tomy intends to propose to his boyfriend Sean at Christmas. Unfortunately for Tomy, marriage isn’t on career-minded Sean’s agenda. Heartbroken, Tomy throws himself into his work until his mother convinces him that learning to knit might help take his mind off his failed romance.


    Jason falls hard for Tomy, but he knows Tomy needs time to heal and to trust in love again. As Jason teaches Tomy how to knit, Tomy teaches him how to dance in return to prepare for his sister’s wedding. Just when it seems Tomy is ready for a new romance, Sean shows up, wanting Tomy back. Has Jason helped Tomy knit his heart together again, only for Tomy to give it to Sean once more, or will Tomy finally see Sean for what he truly is?





    Santa's Little Kinksters Anthology


    with stories from : LJ Hamlin, Winnie Jerome, Kassandra Lea, Racheline Maltese and Erin McRae

    166 pages / 49700 words

    ISBN: 978-1-61040-849-3

    $4.49



    Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=76&products_id=4327



    Blurb:


    Who doesn’t love a kinky little gift in their stocking?


    Sex counts as a joy of the season, right? In A Sinful Little Gift by Kassandra Lea, Vegas is the backdrop for a sexy game of cat and mouse with a demon and his angel. In Evergreen, by Racheline Maltese and Erin McRae, Hollywood darling Liam is baffled when his best friend and casual sex partner isn’t the same as he’s been every year.


    In The Christmas Office Party by LJ Hamlin, Jake knows it’s bad to fraternize with a co-worker at the office party, but Liam is irresistible. Finally, in The Night Before Christmas Eve by Winnie Jerome, Sean and Jack have been friends for years, meeting up the night before Christmas Eve. This year might be different than any holiday they’ve ever.


    Who says romance and erotic romance can’t teach us anything about peace on earth and goodwill toward men?


    Individual stories available as well:


    Evergreen by Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae

    The Christmas Office Party by L.H. Hamlin

    The Night Before Christmas Eve by Winnie Jerome

    A Sinful Little Gift by Kassandra Lea




    Holiday Groove


    by Lorne Rodman

    61 pages / 17000 words

    ISBN: 978-1-61040-848-6

    $2.99



    Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=76&products_id=4334



    Blurb:


    These four holiday stories bring you four different couples celebrating Valentine’s Day, Halloween, and Christmas. Stories include Valentine’s Day Surprise, What You Don’t Know, Dance of the Zombies, and A New Kind of Feast. Happy Holidays!


    Stories were previously published individually by Torquere Press.




    Coming Next Week:


    Wishing all of our readers, authors, fans and friends a wonderful holiday week! Blessings to you all and enjoy time with your families!

    9:37 pm
    [shiraglassman]
    Chanukah art with femslash and a dragon!
    HAPPY CHANUKAH FROM QUEEN SHULAMIT AND FAMILY!
    Shulamit, her partner Aviva, her best friend and bodyguard Rivka, and you know who up there all wish you all eight wonderful nights of candles, dreidl games, bad chocolate in shiny tinfoil, donuts, singing, and latkes!
    Stay tuned because these lovely folks will be back January 21 in A Harvest of Ripe Figs, the third installment of the series that started with The Second Mango and Climbing the Date Palm. For all eight days of the holiday, you can get 20% off the existing books by using the coupon code latkes , but only on the links above, not Amazon or on the paperbacks.
    (Oh, and for those who are more into m/m, there's a m/m romance at the center of Date Palm, but they're not part of this illustration because this isn't their holiday.)
    Art by yeaka; characters and books by Shira Glassman.
    Monday, December 15th, 2014
    5:11 pm
    [t_strange]
    BDSMonday - Play Parties


    It's BDSMonday!

    Today I'm talking about play parties.

    In case you don't know, a play party is a gathering of kinky people where the attendees play or watch others play, as opposed to a munch which is typically in a vanilla setting and play of any kind is a big no-no.

    I'll admit to limited experience. I live in a small city, and the kinky community here is small. All of the play parties I've attended bar one were organized at least in part by me. The one I didn't help organize was very, very small, and held in someone's home. Some of what I say might not apply in all cases, so I'd love to hear from people with more experience!

    First, how do you get invited to a play party? Some are completely open--anyone with the cash can buy a ticket. This is especially true of very large parties that have been running for a number of years. Smaller ones tend to be more selective, both because of size restrictions and concerns about the safety of those attending. Most of the parties I hosted were semi-private. A group of vetted people would be sent direct invites, and any remaining tickets would be sold at munches. Interested people had to attend at least one munch so we could meet them in person. We also had a list of people who were not welcome, because of past incidents or major personality conflicts with people who were attending. We also tried to mostly invite people who we knew would play, because that way it's more fun for everyone.

    It's usually okay to attend a play party and not play, but it's best to ask ahead of time. Play parties aren't public, but they aren't in the bedroom, either. Anyone playing at them has to realize that they may be watched while they play. We always left little areas where people could stand and watch play. If someone tells you they don't want to be watched, or any other request, please respect that.

    Stay out of the way of play! The people involved in a scene don't want to be tripping over you or have to worry about accidentally hitting you with a riding crop. Stay out of the scene unless you're invited. Don't talk to the participants unless you've been invited to, or unless that scene is specifically stated to be a demonstration.

    Another important part of play parties is DMs or dungeon monitors. The DM is there to make sure everyone is safe and happy. At our parties, people who had already played weren't allowed to DM, because that meant they were in an altered state and probably not as focused as someone who hadn't played. Not all play parties have them.

    I don't remember an instance where our DMs had to intervene with a scene, but they helped clean up stations, brought water, snacks, pillows and blankets to people who'd played, and just kept an eye on everything.

    If you have a question about a scene, or if it's making you uncomfortable, approach the DM. Don't try to stop the scene yourself. If you need to, leave the room. Not everyone is going to play the same way as you, but that doesn't mean they're doing it 'wrong'.

    Due to hygiene/safety, you'll probably have to bring your own toys to a play party, but there will probably be different stations set up to play at. We had a spanking bench, St. Andrew's cross and massage table. If you can, it's nice to clean up the station when you're finished playing--some form of disinfectant should be provided. Sometimes you or your play partner are too out of it to clean up. That's okay, just let someone know.

    And a quick note, as someone who hosted parties: getting there early to help to set up, and staying late to help take down everything is a super awesome thing to do if you're able! Putting on play parties is a lot of work, and chances are your help will be appreciated.

    Thank your hosts for putting on the party. Don't constantly pester them about when the next party is going to be, because eventually the answer is going to be, "Whenever you put one on." Play parties should be fun for everyone, and that includes the hosts!

    Play safely, and see you next week!
    Friday, December 12th, 2014
    3:24 pm
    [kristipublicist]
    Twelve Days of Christmas Event

    Be on the lookout for our 12 Days of Christmas Event! Follow our Twitter @torquere and our FB https://www.facebook.com/TorquerePressLLC for the links each day!! These will run for 24 hours each day so don't miss out!


    FINAL UPDATE 12 DAYS TQ
    Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
    11:16 pm
    [kristipublicist]
    New Releases are Here!

    This week, we have selected titles by Kiernan Kelly and Vic Winter on sale for 20% off. Check 'em out: Specials : Torquere Press, LGBT Romance at its finest! http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials



    Under the Mistletoe

    by Vic Winter

    44 pages / 12600 words

    ISBN: 978-1-61040-839-4

    $2.99


    Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=78_85&products_id=4326


    Blurb:


    Three stories, three couples, all trying to make the season bright. From Brand and Tony exploring a little BDSM in The Present, and Adam and Eddie, both trying to find a little Christmas far away from home in Christmas on the Beach, to Danny and Jeff who plan a very traditional celebration for their first Christmas together in I Got the Booby Prize, these six men just want to have a Merry Christmas.


    All stories have been previously published individually.




    Holiday Collection

    by Kiernan Kelly

    72 pages / 21000 words

    ISBN: 978-1-61040-842-4

    $3.49


    Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=78_85&products_id=4325


    Blurb:


    In The Naughty List, Detective Kristian Kindl works as a NY police detective 364 days of the year. On the last day, he goes to his other job, handing out gifts to all the good little boys and girls. When Kris has to deal with a bad case, a best friend who wants to be more, plus his usual holiday stress, will he be able to work it all out in time for Christmas?


    Evan is the owner of Holiday Greetings, a company that's flourishing in spite of the bad economic climate. The problem is that Evan doesn't much like Christmas, even if the holidays are what keeps his company in the black. In fact, Evan doesn't care much for anyone or anything, not even charming Carter, an artist with a portfolio almost as impressive as his physique. When Evan is confronted with the consequences of his selfish ways, he may already be too late to save his company and his fragile new relationship with Carter.


    In A Green Christmas, Noël Chester is a practical man who dislikes the bustle of the holidays and completely detests his name, but when Noël meets Jack, a satyr with one foot in Noël’s world and one in a fairy realm, he discovers that sometimes what the heart wants isn’t practical at all.






    Vitamins and Death



    by Medeia Sharif
    172 pages / 51100 words
    ISBN: 978-1-61040-843-1


    NON-GLBT, Edgy Young Adult, Prizm Title



    $4.99



    Buy Link: http://www.prizmbooks.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=6&products_id=91



    Blurb:


    Deidra Battle wants nothing more than to be invisible. After her mother, a public school teacher, engages in an embarrassing teacher-student affair at Lincoln High, they relocate to a different neighborhood and school. Being her mother's briefcase, Deidra joins her mother at her new workplace, Hodge High. Since her mother has reverted to her maiden name and changed her appearance, she thinks no one will figure out they're the Battles from recent news and that they're safe. Neither of them is. Hodge brings a fresh set of bullies who discover details about the scandal that changed Deidra's life. Feeling trapped at home with an emotionally abusive, pill-addicted mother and at school with hostile classmates who attempt to assault and blackmail her, Deidra yearns for freedom, even if she has to act out of character and hurt others in the process. Freedom comes at a price.




    Coming Next Week:


    December 17, 2014

    Santa's Little Kinksters Anthology
    by Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae, Winnie Jerome, L.J. Hamlin, Kassandra Lea

    Who doesn't love the gift of a little kink Christmas? These four stories bring us home for the holidays with some extra spice.

    Genre: Contemporary

    Holiday Groove
    by Lorne Rodman

    Four different stories, four different couples, spanning from Valentine’s Day to Christmas

    Genre: Contemporary

    Cereus: Rescue
    by Sean Michael, Julia Talbot & BA Tortuga

    Genre: Paranormal

    Knitting a Broken Heart
    by Ari McKay

    Instead of joy, Christmas brings nothing but a broken heart to dance instructor Tomy Peralta. Can handsome yarn shop owner Jason Winters prove to him that time and the right man can help him put it back together again?

    Genre: Contemporary

    Need for Sale, a Hammer Christmas Auction story
    by Sean Michael

    Neil enters the Hammer's Charity Christmas Auction, looking for an evening of fun. What he gets is so much more.

    Genre: Contemporary, BDSM



    December 24, 2014


    Wishing all of our readers, authors, fans and friends a wonderful holiday week! Blessings to you all and enjoy time with your families!

    Monday, December 8th, 2014
    4:17 pm
    [t_strange]
    BDSMonday - American Dad!: The Missing Kink


    It's BDSMonday!

    Once again, I'm really sorry I missed last week...I've been having computer troubles, but it's doing all right at the moment *knocks on wood*

    Anyway, this week I figured we'd take it easy, relax, and listen to some music. Specifically, You've Got A Kink from the American Dad! episode The Missing Kink. Sorry it's not the best quality recording, YouTube didn't have much of a selection. (If you enjoy the song, you should watch the whole episode!)

    I don't think I need to point this out, but this video is VERY NSFW!

    Saturday, December 6th, 2014
    6:49 pm
    [marasmine]
    Happy December
    And here it is my last hosting for 2014!

    I've spent the day not doing festive things. The menfolk went out Christmas shopping together without me and were hardly on speaking terms when they got back - so the festive season is on track for its traditional snarliness.

    I did enjoy Christmas once upon a time. I loved all the twinkling lights and the shiny decorations. I enjoyed buying presents and giving them. I enjoyed the messages of peace and hope. and I enjoyed looking forwards to the new year and making plans for it to be better than the old one.

    I'm not quite sure where I left that enjoyment along the way. I suspect that it was a gradual process over the years until I noticed that all I was looking forwards to was the time off work.

    I've never been good at moderation and Christmas was no exception. I enjoyed giving presents? Then giving more presents must be even better! Only it doesn't really work like that, does it? Apart from the expense it took ages to find things and then they had to be hidden (the boys were young at the time) and then they had to be sneaked out and wrapped up to go under the Christmas tree. And then they had to be unwrapped. One at a time according to Himself's Christmas tradition. One year we must have spent most of the day unwrapping presents - even the boys got fed up with it.

    Then there is Christmas dinner - traditionally served at an awkward time that is neither lunch nor dinner - roast turkey and all the trimmings. Turkeys used to be a lot larger than they are now and required many hours to roast - so even without small children Christmas Day meant getting up early to get the turkey in the oven so that it'd be cooked by mid-afternoon. Turkey requires tons of veg (so there is enough left over for the day after) and it was supposed to be 'real' fresh veg that needed peeling, washing and cooking for longer than the nice frozen stuff.

    My cooking schedule usually clashed with the present-opening schedule. And when it was finally cooked and ready to serve nobody really wanted to eat it because they'd been stuffing their faces with sweets and cake.

    And then one year I realised that I wasn't enjoying all our family traditions and was just looking forwards to December 26th when it would all be over and I could relax and enjoy the decorations.

    I still haven't scaled it all back enough to make it enjoyable, but every year I remove another stressful tradition or minimise it. Christmas shopping by physically going out to crowded shops is almost a thing of the past, although I will probably be going out to Cambridge tomorrow to look at the Christmas lights. But I don't intend to buy any Christmas presents or trimmings while I'm there!

    Are you in the midst of Festive Fever? Or are you on schedule and organised? Or do you avoid all the pressure of the various solstice inspired celebrations?
    Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
    9:42 pm
    [kristipublicist]
    New Releases from Sean Michael

    This week, we have selected titles by Sean Michael on sale for 20% off. Check 'em out: Specials : Torquere Press Inc. , LGBT Romance at its finest! http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials



    And Manny Makes Seven, a Mannies Incorporated Novel

    by Sean Michael

    205 pages / 53900 words

    ISBN: 978-1-61040-840-0

    $4.99


    Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=97&products_id=4322


    Blurb:


    When Adam's parents died three years ago, he kept his five younger siblings together, playing parent as best a twenty-one year old could under the circumstances. Now his academic mentor Helena has passed away from cancer, and Adam doesn't know what to do. He's shocked, but grateful when a reading of the will determines that he's not only inherited her beloved shi tzus , but also the house, a generous trust for everyone's education, plus three million dollars, some of it earmarked for hiring a nanny.


    Hutch has worked as a nanny since he was nineteen, when he took over the care of his neighbors children when both parents were killed in separate missions overseas. He's worked with several families since and feels confident he can handle five children aged four through seventeen.


    Hutch's arrival is just what Adam needs and as Hutch begins to turn the big house from Helena's place into their home, Adam and his siblings begin to see Hutch as more than just the nanny.


    Can a path of tragedy and sorrow turn the corner to happiness and love?




    Cream, a Hammer Novel

    by Sean Michael

    204 pages / 54700 words

    ISBN: 978-1-61040-844-8

    $4.99


    Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=97&products_id=4323


    Blurb:


    Storm owns the Beat & Cream bakery, popular with the Hammer Club members for its name, the amazing pastries Storm bakes, and his willingness to make all sorts of naughty creations. Not into the lifestyle himself, Storm loves the punny nature of the name of his establishment and everyone he's met have been nice.


    Zeb, an unattached Top and Hammer Club member hears about the bakery and knows he must check it out for himself, given he has the world's biggest sweet tooth. He finds the pastries delicious, but he's even more taken with the owner himself, and sets out to woo Storm.


    It's easy to fall in love with someone who makes you laugh and brings your life joy, but what happens when that happens with someone who isn't into the same things you are? Zeb and Storm are about to find out if they can find some mutual ground, or if Zeb's lifestyle will keep them apart.




    Screwdrivers, a Hammer Short Collection

    by Sean Michael

    147 pages / 39400 words

    ISBN: 978-1-61040-841-7

    $3.99


    Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=76&products_id=4321


    Blurb:


    Want to catch up with what three of the Hammer Club’s most popular couples are getting up to? Then the nine stories this anthology featuring Marcus and Jim, Billy and Montana, and Simon and Jeremy are for you.


    The stories in this anthology have been previously published on their own and include: Groceries, Deck the Sub, Water and Steel, Hands Tied, Market Day, Tanny and the Cage, Heaven Sent, Brownies, and New Legs, New Year.



    Coming Next Week:


    Vitamins and Death

    by Medeia Sharif


    Deidra desires invisibility after a scandal involving her mother brings her to a new school and neighborhood. When new classmates learn of the scandal, she has to fight for her life


    Genre: Contemporary, Edgy YA, Non-GLBT


    Under the Mistletoe, a shorts collection

    by Vic Winter


    Spend Christmas with three different couples in this seasonal mini-anthology.


    Genre: Contemporary


    Holiday Collection

    by Kiernan Kelly


    Here are three holiday stories about three very different men with one thing in common – each of them needs a miracle.  Whether they get one or not may depend on a little love, a little hope, and a little holiday magic.


    Genre: Contemporary, Fantasy

    Friday, November 28th, 2014
    1:14 pm
    [sean_michael]
    Need for Sale, a Hammer Christmas Auction story, coming December 17
    I also have a Hammer Christmas Auction story coming out this year.

    This one is a sweet story about best friends.

    Need for Sale, a Hammer Christmas Auction story

    It's been two years since Neil's Master Chris passed away unexpectedly and he's ready for someone to touch him again. More than ready. The problem is that everyone is respectfully keeping their distance. Participating in the annual charity Hammer Auction seems like the perfect opportunity to announce his readiness, and to get some of the touches he craves so badly at the same time.

    To Neil's surprise, his best friend and neighbor, Master Dalton makes the winning bid, leaving Neil to wonder if he must continue exist alone and untouched. Master Dalton has a secret, though, one that might change Neil's life forever.

    Look for this one on December 17!

    Sean
    smut fixes everything
    www.seanmichaelwrites.com
    11:11 am
    [sean_michael]
    Coming December 3!
    I have three books coming out on December 3. One Mannies novel, one Hammer novel, and a compilation of previously published Hammer short stories.



    And Manny Makes Seven

    When Adam's parents died three years ago, he kept his five younger siblings together, playing parent as best a twenty-one year old could under the circumstances. Now his mentor Helena has passed away from cancer and Adam doesn't know what to do. He's shocked, but grateful when a reading of the will determines that he's not only inherited her beloved shit-zhus, but also the house, a generous trust for everyone's education, and three million dollars, some of it earmarked for hiring a nanny.

    Hutch has worked as a nanny since he was nineteen and took over the care of his neighbors children when both parents were killed in separate missions overseas. He's worked with several families since and feels confident he can handle five children aged four through seventeen.

    Hutch's arrival is just what Adam needs and as Hutch begins to turn the big house from Helena's place into their home, Adam and his siblings begin to see Hutch as more than just the nanny.

    Can a path of tragedy and sorrow turn the corner to happiness and love?


    Cream, a Hammer novel

    Storm owns the Beat & Cream bakery, popular with the Hammer Club members for its name, the amazing pastries Storm bakes, and his willingness to make all sorts of naughty creations. Not into the lifestyle himself, Storm loves the punny nature of the name of his establishment and everyone he's met have been nice.

    Zeb, an unattached Top and Hammer Club member hears about the bakery and knows he must check it out for himself, given he has the world's biggest sweet tooth. He finds the pastries delicious, but he's even more taken with the owner himself, and sets out to woo Storm.

    It's easy to fall in love with someone who makes you laugh and brings your life joy, but what happens when that happens with someone who isn't into the same things you are? Zeb and Storm are about to find out if they can find some mutual ground, or if Zeb's lifestyle will keep them apart.


    Screwdrivers, a Hammer short story compilation

    Want to catch up with what three of the Hammer Club’s most popular couples are getting up to? Then the nine stories this anthology featuring Marcus and Jim, Billy and Montana, and Simon and Jeremy are for you.

    The stories in this anthology have been previously published on their own and include: Groceries, Deck the Sub, Water and Steel, Hands Tied, Market Day, Tanny and the Cage, Heaven Sent, Brownies, and New Legs, New Year.


    All three will be available on December 3 at Torquere Press.


    Sean
    smut fixes everything
    www.seanmichaelwrites.com
    9:17 am
    [sean_michael]
    Black Friday
    I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving. (and if you don't celebrate it, then I hope you had a good Thursday!)

    Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving when all the stores have crazy deals and try to get you in their store shopping your heart out, had gone a little crazy, I think. Hell, we even have stores in Canada that have started using the Black Friday moniker for sales that run right after the US Thanksgiving.

    Are you a shopper on Black Friday? Looking for the best deals you can find? Or do you stay home and relax?

    I shall be relaxing today, and sharing with you the stories I have coming out in December :)

    Sean
    smut fixes everything
    www.seanmichaelwrites.com
    Thursday, November 27th, 2014
    12:19 pm
    [acatherinenoon]
    A Journal of Two Writers - A Holiday Meditation
    2014-11 Pic 1

    Happy American Thanksgiving!  At our house, here in Chicago, we're having an impromptu celebration.  My kid had to work this week, last minute, due to a change in management at his restaurant.  Rather than leave him here by himself, we decided to forego our usual family vacation in Philadelphia and have dinner here.  Last night, my husband came upstairs and said, "Honey, I hoped you wished for a White Thanksgiving."  (For those of you not familiar with the reference, a common Christmas song here is "White Christmas," and one of the lines is "I'm dreaming of a White Christmas.")  It got me thinking about the holiday in general and impromptu celebrations in particular.

    When I was about ten years old, my parents bought some acreage they turned into a horse ranch in Northern California.  We closed on the house in late Summer and moved during Thanksgiving.  My mom made peanut butter sandwiches and fruit for dinner, because all the dishes and kitchen equipment were packed in boxes.  My father later remarked it was the best Thanksgiving dinner he'd ever eaten, because he went away from the table still able to move (i.e. he hadn't stuffed himself with festival foods).  Later, when I was about 27, I lived in Las Vegas, Nevada and worked for a casino.  In the casino world, one does not take holidays - casinos are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  One is not allowed off casino property during one's shift; lunch breaks are in the employee cafeteria (and paid).  I ate what turned out to be not bad institutional turkey and mashed potatoes, though I got my habitual serving of corned beef hash (it's disgusting and usually out of a can but for some reason, I adore the stuff).

    Those two experiences cemented in me a desire to make the holidays special.  I think it's important to set aside time to be with those we love, whether by birth and blood or by bonds of friendship and chosen family.  After I got married, my husband's family has enormous celebrations - and I mean enormous.  There are typically 45 people to Thanksgiving dinner and about 65 for dessert, as the people who couldn't attend dinner due to other obligations come to share in the conviviality.  The first year I went, I felt completely overwhelmed.  As I've mentioned before, my mother was mentally ill and our family was dysfunctional; a large party at our house was 10 or 12 people and very stilted and uncomfortable, usually punctuated with a drunken row at some point.  Makes for good story fodder, but not so much fun to live through. My husband's family, though, is a riot.  I had a ball.  We've been going back ever since.

    This year, our decision to stay here was a hard one to make.  We just couldn't afford to do all the usual things - board the dog for 9 days, stay in a hotel on the way out and back, and then add airfare to fly my kid there and back so he could work.  We'll call them later, but it won't be the same thing.  We will, however, have a great celebration.  My husband is brining the turkey breast as we speak, and making a glaze of mulling spices, ginger and cinnamon. We'll have pureed cauliflower, stuffing, and cranberry sauce from fresh cranberries.  I'm told there's even pumpkin pie in my future, made without gluten or milk so I can indulge.

    So I ask you, Dear Reader, this question:  what makes a holiday celebration special for you?

    And if you, like me, celebrate American Thanksgiving, I wish you a warm and convivial time with those you hold dear.  If this is an ordinary Thursday for you, I wish you warmth and all the best things of the season, whether it's approaching Winter, as it is here in Chicago, or Summer, as it is for my friends Down Under.  Be Well!


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    - E.E. Cummings

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    Current Mood: thoughtful
    Monday, November 24th, 2014
    5:52 pm
    [t_strange]
    BDSMonday - Stereotypes


    It’s BDSMonday!

    Today’s topic is kinky stereotypes.

    Please note! The items listed below are stereotypes. They are not representative of my thoughts!

    Here are a few I know, but I’d love to hear more from you guys:
    - men are dominant and women are submissive
    - all female dominants are dominatrices/pro dommes. They all look like this:
    dominatrix

    (Image source)

    - submissives (regardless of gender) are helpless doormats
    - female submissives (or all submissives) are just looking for sex/are slutty
    - BDSM is always about sex
    - switches are just confused
    - masochists were sickly as children
    - sadists are all serial killers/psychopaths



    Vanilla Corner
    Before you started reading BDSM fiction, had you heard of any of these stereotypes?
    Did you believe any of them?
    Were you surprised to find out they weren’t true after you’d started reading the genre?
    Did you find out about these (or other) stereotypes through reading?
    Friday, November 21st, 2014
    6:50 pm
    [id_locke]
    ZA bundle winner
    Sneaking in to say that sexkitten426 is the lucky winner chosen by the magic 8 ball to receive the bundle pack of my ZA stories. Contact me at silverirondog at gmail dot com and I'll send you your prize. Congrats and happy reading!
    Wednesday, November 19th, 2014
    11:28 pm
    [id_locke]
    And to all a good night
    Well, my day got away from me *sigh*. Between putting out fires with gasoline at work and LJ taking a little "me time", I didn't get to post as much as I'd have liked. I suppose that's the way it goes. I'll leave the commenting open until tomorrow and pick the lucky commentor for the bundle pack of the ZA stories. Thanks to those who dropped in today. Have a good night everyone.
    8:28 pm
    [id_locke]
    ZA: And The Dead Shall Rise snippet
    LJ is trying to defeat me by having some sort of maintenance where it's down for... whatever. Grrrrrr. It's up again (obviously) so I'll seize the opportunity and post a sexy snippet for you guys. Tracey and Guy like kink and they're discovering that their tastes mesh quite nicely. Tracey is getting to let his inner Dom out and Guy is loving that Tracey can bring out his subby tendencies. Guy also likes bondage. A lot. Tracey is only too happy to help out on that score.

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    1:19 pm
    [id_locke]
    It's all real, I tell you!
    ZA: And The Dead Shall Rise takes place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada primarily because I am Canadian and there just aren't enough stories set north of the 49th parallel (I'm doing my best to fix that shortfall *grins*). I choose Toronto as my setting because I've lived there for a number of years although I'm currently living in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) right now and have been for... about 16 years. This did make it pretty darn easy for me to set the scenes because I have been to all the places mentioned in the novel countless times. The cover of the novel is actually a photo I took this summer from the Toronto Islands with the express purpose of using it for my cover (and it was taken right in front of the house that they take over as well, how cool is that?).

    With that in mind, I have some other photos to share that I took that day as well to show my readers the real places that Tracey and Guy go while escaping the zombie horde. Please excuse the ginormous size of the pics. Photobucket has "improved" their interface and I have no idea where they've hidden the button to re-size pics when you're linking them *sigh*.

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    7:47 am
    [id_locke]
    ZA: And The Dead Shall Rise
    Morning all! Today is the release day for my new novel, ZA: And The Dead Shall Rise. I'm really excited about this one as I love the zombie genre and this will be my first novel available in dead tree version (the print version will be available in about 2 weeks).

    The story focuses on the relationship, exploration of mutual kinks and survival of Tracey and Guy (that's pronounced gee like in geese) during what surely has to be the most trying of all times... the zombie apocalypse. You'll met Jase and Konrad again from the short ZA: Run & Gun (which is currently 20% off) and ZA: Week 1 (which is a free read).

    When I first got the idea for this story, I thought it was going to be something short (for me) and probably novella length (30K or so) at the most. Yeah. Slightly more than 102K later.... Oh yeah, I also didn't get to tell everything I wanted to in the story due to size limitations so I have plans for another novel with our intrepid ZA survivors tentatively titled ZA: New World Order.

    I do need to go to work today so I'll be popping in and out here with snippets and the like as time/my work schedule allows. Comment on any of the posts to get your name in a draw for a bundle of all 3 stories.

    So, if you were to suddenly find yourself in the middle of the ZA, what would you do? Do you have a plan for survival or would you be one of the first causalities? I have a plan. It's actually Tracey's plan slightly modified and I think I'd be able to survive the ZA.

    Current Mood: excited
    Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
    10:49 pm
    [kristipublicist]

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



    ZA: And the Dead Shall Rise

    by ID Locke

    297 pages / 102200 words

    ISBN: 978-1-61040-834-9

    $6.99

    Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=97&products_id=4317

    Blurb:

    Tracey Hedgewood has planned for years with other ZA survivalists what to do in the very unlikely instance of the dead walking. He is the man with a plan now that the ZA has become a frightening reality of the world. Guy Thibaudeau has managed to survive the first week of the ZA through sheer luck and knows that he needs a plan, and soon, if he wants to stay off the zombie menu. Tracey and Guy meet while both foraging in the same store for supplies. Casual and flirty acquaintances for six months before the dead rose to snack on the living, they decide to team up to increase their survival chances as well as see where the strong mutual attraction will lead.

    As the men make their way to what they hope is safety following The Plan Tracey has been refining for years, Tracey’s every-man-for-himself Plan slowly morphs into a scheme to make their safe haven on the Toronto Islands a zombie-free zone for themselves as well as the people still living there. While guiding their new group into making their location safe for everyone, the men explore their mutual desires and kinks, finding that they not only work well as a zombie killing team but as lovers, too. Tracey and Guy soon discover that even in the horror of the dead hunting the living, incredible good can come from a hopelessly bad situation.



    Rough Patches & Happy Endings

    by AR Moler

    184 pages / 51245 words

    ISBN: 978-1-61040-831-8

    $2.99

    Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=76&products_id=4316

    Blurb:

    From the Old West tale in Nothing but Trouble to the modern worlds of dirt bikes and bullriding in stories such as Crash and Burn and Mind in the Middle, this collection of short stories follows rough and ready adrenaline junkies to their happy endings.

    Stories include:

    Splitting the Difference

    Acting Out

    Crash and Burn

    Mind in the Middle

    Nothing but Trouble

    All stories previously published as Torquere Press Sip short stories.



    Belladonna

    by T. Strange

    FREE READ

    Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=195&products_id=4318

    Blurb:

    Max is looking for BDSM action. After complaining to his friend Randy about the lack of kink in his life, Randy gives him an address. Max expects to find a club. Instead, he finds a rough, blue-collar drinking establishment where he seems less than welcome. He’s rescued by Adam, a rough, no-nonsense top who shows him that BDSM is still alive and thriving.


    Picking Up the Pieces

    by Mychael Black

    FREE READ

    Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=195&products_id=4320

    Blurb:

    A couple years have passed and Robbie and Seth (Hearth and Home, Going Home) have everything going for them. Until their beloved tattoo parlor--the one they've worked so hard on--is robbed. Everything's destroyed, and Robbie's temper gets the best of him. Now it's up to Seth to help his lover pick up the pieces and mend a few wounds. If it takes a bit of pain, then so be it.


    Coming Out Wolf

    by Julia Talbot

    FREE READ

    Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=195&products_id=4319

    Blurb:

    The worst thing in the world isn't being gay. Not even close. It's not even being a werewolf. The worst thing in the world is being in love with your roommate and having that love be unrequited. No matter what Steve does, Rick just isn't responding. Will he give up too soon on making Rick his mate?

    Coming Soon:


    November 26, 2014


    Wishing all our US readers and authors a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!


    December 3, 2014


    Mannies, Inc: And Nanny Makes Seven

    by Sean Michael


    Genre: Contemporary


    Cream, a Hammer novel

    by Sean Michael


    Genre: Contemporary, BDSM


    Screwdrivers, a Hammer Club short story collection

    by Sean Michael

    Want to catch up with what three of the Hammer Club’s most popular couples are getting up to? Then this nine story anthology featuring Marcus and Jim, Billy and Montana, and Simon and Jeremy is for you.

    Genre: Contemporary, BDSM

    Wednesday, November 12th, 2014
    12:27 pm
    [amoler]
    A little snip...

    Gabrielle laid her hand flat against Evan’s back between his shoulder blades. He was probably about as relaxed as he was going to get at the moment, still torturing himself for what he had done to John. She gradually extended her senses. As she brushed against his shielding, he willingly dropped it, letting her in. It was hard, sorting through such grieving chaos. It took a number of minutes to find the images. None were clear, but she saw a dark-haired man, covered in blood, stabbing her body repeatedly. Only when the man turned his head slightly did she recognize the features of Tom Garner. And yet there was something subtly wrong with the visual. It had a touch of caricature exaggeration to it. The sheer intensity of Evan’s rage and anguish was overwhelming.

                                                       

    Gabrielle pulled her Talent back a little and smoothed her hands over Evan’s back, trying to calm him. “Sshh, it’s just a picture. It has no power.” She leaned forward and rubbed her face on his back. His face was turned to the side and she placed a kiss on his temple. His eyes were squeezed tightly shut.

    She turned her focus inward again. Evan’s hands wrapped around Garner’s throat,strangling him, intent on choking the life out of him. Revenge wrapped around anguish.

    Everything blurred again and there were restraining hands, with a hint of familiarity in the touch. The rage was all consuming. She suspected this part was Todd and Rich hauling Evan off of John. Everything dwindled into grayness and then nothing for a while. At some unknown time later she was hearing snips of the “the guy he strangled died” and something about the cops coming. That part made even less sense than the rest of it. At least the beginning had a sort of nightmare-style plot to it, surreal and twisted though it still was.

    Now that she had a general idea what Evan thought he had experienced, Gabrielle could get a grip on how absolutely devastating the visions were.

    “Evan, can you roll over for me?” she asked.

    He slowly complied and when she met his gaze, the wild look of terror was back in his eyes. She cupped his face in her hands and opened her mind in a different way, pulling him in, rather than exploring his garbled memories. His need for the reassurance of her presence was like a raw open wound. She stretched out on the bed beside him, and drew him close to her body, kissing him tenderly. Evan’s arms slipped around her and for a moment he was clinging so tightly she could barely draw a breath. He relaxed his hold a little, but his face was still pressed to her shoulder.

    Need you, he pleaded inside her head, and the tears started flowing again.

    At least this time she could tell there was a measure of relief in his breakdown. John snaked an arm over top of Evan and around her back, sandwiching Evan in between his body and Gabrielle’s. She could feel the groggy half-pain of John’s headache, mixed with worry for Evan. Mother of God… the two people she cared about most in the world, and both were a little broken at the same time. It made her hurt inside.

             

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