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    Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
    1:01 am
    [kristipublicist]

    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

    Monday, August 18th, 2014
    9:52 pm
    [t_strange]
    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!
    11:50 am
    [t_strange]
    Krrkkk BD...Mon... krrrk


    Krkkk...we interrupt our regularly scheduled BDSMonday for a special announcement: T. Strange has just signed the contract for her first novel, entitled My Zombie Boyfriend. More information about it here. BDSMonday will continue as usual later this afternoon.
    Tuesday, August 12th, 2014
    10:05 pm
    [kristipublicist]
    New Release from BA Tortuga & Voss Foster

    This week we have selected titles from Voss Foster and BA Tortuga on sale for 20% off! Check 'em out here: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials


    Happy Endings
    by BA Tortuga,

    57 pages / 16000 words
    ISBN: 978-1-61040-794-6

    $3.99


    Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=76&products_id=4249


    Blurb:


    Whether it’s cops and cooks, or old buddies who suddenly find out they have more in common than they think, the four stories in Happy Endings take regular guys and turn them into one another’s heroes. These guys like leather, hot men, motorcycles, and exploring a new life beyond what they know.

    Stories include Cooking Up Trouble, Tanned, Getting Out More and Hell Bent for Leather.

    Stories previously published in the Torquere Sip short story line.



    The Jester Prince

    by Voss Foster

    Pages: 172 / Words: 49900
    ISBN: 978-1-61040-795-3

    $5.99


    Buy Link: http://www.prizmbooks.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=6&products_id=88


    Blurb:


    With the destruction of Zirkua Fantastic, King Jester, the spirit of discord, has been unleashed once more upon the Earth. Only Toby, a fresh, untrained immortal, and the other former members of Zirkua Fantastic dare to stand against his chaos. But their hold is tenuous, and they are only truly safe from his power within the bounds of their camp. King Jester grows more powerful and more dangerous with each passing day. But he's made one mistake which might prove to be his undoing. He's stolen Toby's soul mate, Marley. When he discovers Marley's location, Toby knows what he has to do. He will rescue Marley, even if it means he has to face King Jester alone.

    But the others won't let him go it alone. Marley has information about the resistance, which means they can't afford to let him stay in King Jester's control. In desperation, the immortals raise an army to storm the compound. But will it be enough to challenge the embodiment of chaos himself? All they can do is hope, and put their faith in love.


    Coming Next Week...


    Dawg Days
    edited by Elizabeth L. Brooks

    A dark, possessive growl. The feel of teeth on skin. The glow of moonlight on fur. Come bask in the heat of the "dawg days"!

    Individual Stories:

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

    Genre: Paranormal/horror, Drama, Contemporary, Sci-fi/fantasy

    Monday, August 11th, 2014
    2:22 pm
    [t_strange]
    BDSMonday - Pillowcase Bondage


    It's BDSMonday!

    I realized I haven't posted a video yet, so today I'm going to rectify the situation. I'm pleased to share with you a short video about pillowcase bondage, from Behind Kink.






    Vanilla Corner: If you're curious about bondage but you or your partner aren't ready to commit to chains or handcuffs, using a pillowcase is a great fun, safe way to try out some bedroom fantasies.
    Friday, August 8th, 2014
    1:05 am
    [kristipublicist]
    Free Anthology for you!

    Contributed to by Torquere Press Authors

    What happens when a bunch of authors at a convention see a sign on the pier in Savannah that reads, “Please Don’t Feed the Alligators?”

    Well, we found out at Authors After Dark in 2013 that such a sign can evoke strong images for a lot of people. BA Tortuga, Kiernan Kelly and I wanted to do an anthology, but we just didn’t have the time to write long stories. So we asked the great authors at Torquere Press Inc. to write us some flash fiction so we could use the theme.

    Everyone came up with something wonderful, and I personally want to thank all the amazing authors who donated their time to this free read!

    We hope you love the stories, too, but be careful around that pier in Savannah.

    XXOO
    Julia Talbot

    Contributors Include

    Julia Talbot
    John Amory
    Jane Davitt
    Lorne Rodman
    BA Tortuga
    Giselle Renarde
    CB Potts
    Alexa Snow
    Shannon West
    Berengaria Brown
    Morwen Navarre
    Sean Michael
    Jessica Chase
    Katherine Halle
    Tray Ellis
    Mychael Black
    Kiernan Kelly
    EM Ben Shaul
    Racheline Maltese and Erin McRae
    Winnie Jerome
    T Strange
    LJ Hamlin

    http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=195&products_id=4244

    Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
    1:24 am
    [kristipublicist]
    New Releases from Sean Michael & Kiernan Kelly


    Box of Nails: Making Repairs

    by Sean Michael

    126 pages / 33500 words

    ISBN: 978-1-61040-793-9

    $4.99


    Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4248


    Blurb:


    Something terrible happened to Mike, and he’s been living in the attic of Devin and Barney’s house ever since. He’s shy, he’s scared and he cuts. Paul and Jeff do what they can to make sure his razors stay clean and that he’s fed, but they’re both worried that it’s not enough.


    When Barney’s friend, police officer Angus, attends a summer party at the house, he catches sight of Mike in the shadows and is immediately drawn to the young man. Mike is clearly in need of help and that’s what Angus does best.


    Will Mike let Angus in? And if he does, is there anything Angus can do to help Mike out of the nightmares of his past?



    Kiernan Kelly's From the Heart Series

    by Kiernan Kelly

    76 pages / 22400 words

    ISBN: 978-1-61040-791-5

    $3.99


    Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4247


    Blurb:


    Being in the closet is safe for an ex-military man like Josh - lonely, but safe, especially since he has five year old Seth to bring up by himself. His life is orderly, and his decisions firm, and based solely on keeping it that way. When Josh meets Brett, an out-and-proud divorcee with a daughter the same age as Seth, Josh never expects his heart to begin making all the decisions.


    From first meeting and through the years that follow, one thing becomes certain for the two men and their children – while their lives may be problematic from time to time, they'll never be lonely again.


    Previously published as individual short stories by Torquere Press.



    New Toys, A Hammer Shorts Collection

    by Sean Michael

    100 pages / 27000 words

    ISBN: 978-1-61040-786-792-2

    $4.99


    Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4245


    Blurb:


    Five different men each meet their match in these stand alone Hammer Club short stories from Sean Michael.


    From shy men new to the lifestyle, to those in the know who are actively seeking it out, from first times, to one more time, these stories are sure to delight.


    Stories included are: The Lion Tamer, Sweet Cherry, A is for Andy, The Favor and So Happy Together.


    All stories previously published by Torquere Press.


    Coming Next Week...


    The Jester Prince - The Kings Jester Trilogy Bk 2

    by Voss Foster

    Zirkua Fantastic is dead. Now, Toby struggles to hold onto the last vestiges of his old life, even as the world collapses around him.

    Genre: Sci-fi/fantasy

    Happy Endings - Shorts Collection

    by BA Tortuga

    Monday, August 4th, 2014
    7:15 pm
    [t_strange]


    It's BDSMonday!

    Today I have an infographic about impact play from DDlgdoodles.

    As I'm sure I've said before, I love infographics. Especially kinky ones. So, enjoy!

    Current Mood: hot
    Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
    9:07 pm
    [kristipublicist]
    New Releases from Torquere Press

    This week, we have selected titles from BA Tortuga, Kiernan Kelly, Sean Michael, Julia Talbot, and Lee Benoit on sale for 20% off! Check 'em out here: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials



    Designated Bottoms
    by Katey Hawthorne, Kiernan Kelly, Sean Michael, Julia Talbot, BA Tortuga, KC Wells and Shannon West

    285 pages / 83900 words
    ISBN: 978-1-61040-776-2

    $7.99


    Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=76&products_id=4234


    Blurb:


    Some men are bottoms by birth, others by choice. Whatever the reason, a designated bottom is someone who’s happy to surrender, to submit, or just catch instead of pitch!

    In Czech Me Out, by BA Tortuga, Korde discovers what it’s like to fall for someone when food truck owner Josh takes on the cowboy virgin. Katey Hawthorne’s gamer grad student Paul doesn’t date. He keeps things strictly physical. So why is Sammy so important to him in The Mistell? Kitty shifter and stripper Aleks doesn’t mix business with pleasure, but he thinks Rafe might just be the master for him in Julia Talbot’s Faster Bobcat.

    Sean Michael’s Peter isn’t sure about the club his friend takes him to, especially when Doms start hitting on him. Experienced Dom Rupert is happy to help, explaining about that Little Square of Cloth. In Sgt. Hardass, by Shannon West, recent ex-Army man Jake meets up with a man he has history with, and Chad isn’t sure he can explain himself and defuse Jake’s anger. In the Prince of Paupers by Kiernan Kelly, Prince Liam and longtime friend Deacon have to go back to Deacon’s Appalachian home, much to the prince’s dismay. And in Switching It Up by KC Wells, Jay knows he looks like a twink, but only hunky Dean understands that looks can be seriously deceptive.


    Individual Stories:


    Czech Me Out: An Austin Story by BA Tortuga
    Faster Bobcat by Julia Talbot
    Little Square of Cloth by Sean Michael
    Prince of Paupers by Kiernan Kelly
    Sgt. Hardass by Shannon West
    Switching It Up by K.C. Wells
    The Mistell by Katey Hawthorne



    Haven

    by Lee Benoit

    72 pages / 19000 words
    ISBN: 978-1-61040-790-8

    $3.99


    Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4225


    Blurb:


    Haven Tucker tore up his coal country roots so he could live his life as a gay man. Then he shut down his Leatherman lifestyle so he could pursue a medical career. Now the former Vietnam Army medic is working as an ER nurse in Boston where he’s about to meet his future.

    Tadeo is an Argentine dancer on the wrong side of his country’s Dirty War who’s stranded Stateside with a brand-new baby. Official channels won’t help him keep his son with him and stay safe. Enter the singularly attractive Haven and his unique brand of problem-solving. The pair tries to keep their mutual attraction in check as evil forces mass on all sides to tear Tadeo and his son apart -- and away from Haven.

    Can Haven’s past ride to the rescue before Tadeo’s present destroys their future?

    This novella originally appeared in Torquere’s Bedside Manner anthology.


    Coming Next Week...


    From the Heart

    by Kiernan Kelly


    Making Repairs - Box of Nails 3

    by Sean Michael

    New Toys, a Hammer Club short story collection
    by Sean Michael

    Sunday, July 27th, 2014
    8:53 pm
    [t_strange]
    BDSMonday - Primal Play, Time Delay!
    BDSMonday

    It's BDSMonday!

    (Actually it's still Sunday, at least for me, but I work all day tomorrow and I won't be able to do BDSMonday)

    I can't (I don't think? Maybe there's a way?) schedule a post on Livejournal, but here's a link to tomorrow's topic, primal play.

    This link will not work until tomorrow, 1:30pm CST. No peeking!

    Have a great week everyone!
    9:31 am
    [sean_michael]
    Contest winner from Friday
    Congrats to lrodell, winner of $10 Torquere gift certificate.

    lrodell, please email me at seanmichaelwrites @ gmail . com (without the spaces) and let me know what email you'd like your gift certificate mailed to.

    Keep cool everyone!
    Friday, July 25th, 2014
    2:27 pm
    [sean_michael]
    Box of Nails: Making Repairs
    It’s become something of a tradition that I release a Box of Nails story at the beginning of August and this year is no exception. This one will be the third and there was no doubt in my mind who I would be focusing on as Little Mike totally made his presence known in the second book. In Making Repairs, we find out what happened to Mike and Angus, a police officer, attempts to woo him back to the land of the living. Little Mike broke my heart, and I wrote and wrote until it wasn't broken anymore.


    This Old House and This Young Stud were the first two and Making Repairs will be available on August 6!

    click is a sneak peek at Making RepairsCollapse )
    10:00 am
    [sean_michael]
    Designated Bottoms anthology
    When the editor of this anthology asked me if I'd like to do a story on the theme of 'designated bottom' I had just two questions -- how long and when's the deadline? Of course I wanted to do a story on the theme of designated bottom! Turns out I'm in very good company too -- check out this line up: Katey Hawthorne, Kiernan Kelly, Julia Talbot, BA Tortuga, KC Wells, Shannon West, and me!



    My story is called Little Square of Cloth, and I do believe it'll be available on its own, but if you pick up the anthology, you get all seven stories for a much lower price than buying them individually!

    Little Square of Cloth

    When Peter is unexpectedly thrust into a bdsm club with a black hankie in his right back pocket, he has no idea that he’s signaling being a hard core sub who is up for anything. Lucky for him, Master Rupert takes one look and falls for the unwitting sub and takes Peter under his wing, in more ways than one.

    Can a rescue at a club turn into so much more?

    It will be available on July 30 at Torquere Press!

    click for an excerptCollapse )
    8:51 am
    [sean_michael]
    mid-summer good morning and contest
    I can hardly believe that today is already the last Friday of the month. July seems like a really long month when you're at the start of it. And then here we are, just under a week left to go. I happen to be happy that summer is halfway through, and once July is over it always feels like a slide down into Fall. August is usually a little more temperate here, a little less humid. Evenings are nicer, mornings are fresher. Of course, July hasn't been its usually hotter than the hinges of hell self, though it has certainly brought on the expected humider than the bottom of the ocean aspect, so I'm just hoping that August follows its normal pattern instead of pulling a July on me ;)

    In the meantime, my central air and I are best buds. You can always put more clothes on in the winter, but you can only take off so much until you hit skin and you're stuck as you are. Of course summer also has its men with very little on, skin glistening with sweat, mmmm. Okay, I can think of a thing or two I do like about summer ;)

    Like ice cream and fresh berries with whipped cream, light airy desserts like chocolate mousse... share your favorite summer dessert with me so that I may drool. (Drooling helps dogs cool down, I'm gonna test and see if that works for humans too)

    Speaking of things to like, I'll do a drawing tomorrow after noon so all time zones can participate. You just need to leave a comment on any of my posts today and I'll randomly draw a winner. Prize is a $10 gift certificate from Torquere Press. Which you can use on anything, like perhaps one of my upcoming releases like Designated Bottoms, or This Old House: Making Repairs... more on them later.
    Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
    12:42 am
    [kristipublicist]

    This week we have selected titles from Mychael Black, Missouri Dalton, Jon Keys, Nicole McCormick, Julia Talbot, and BA Tortuga on sale for 20% off! Check 'em out here: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials



    Rode Hard Anthology

    edited by Elizabeth L. Brooks with stories by BA Tortuga, Julia Talbot, Yolande Kleinn, Nicole McCormick, Mychael Black, Jon Keys, Missouri Dalton and Penn E. Loaffer

    172 pages / 39400 words

    ISBN: 978-1-61040-781-6

    $4.99


    Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4224


    Blurb:


    It's time to ride hard for cattle country! In "Where the Men are Men" by Julia Talbot, Skeet's not the brightest guy around, but he still manages to surprise Donnie. In "Sage and Sand" by Yolande Kleinn, when Bram Caldwell's stage route is attacked by bandits, his only hope lies with vigilante Marshall Maddox. In "Devilry Done" by Missouri Dalton, Luke's out to get Ambrose back, but he might just get himself killed in the process. Birch is a champion bull rider who wants to try some of his moves out with bull fighter Lucas in "Eight Seconds" by Nicole McCormick.


    In BA Tortuga's "Hoping for a Good Break," Colby left his man, Alan, with harsh words that are made unbearable by the misfortune of a riding mishap. "Asher, James, Glenn, and Gregg" by Penn E. Loaffer introduces us to four SoCal friends: a transplanted Colorado cowboy, two San Diego natives, and a Brit who proves that not all English are "proper." In "Showstring" by Jon Keys, two men with wildly different backgrounds meet at the state fair, but is Jayden's baggage going to spoil everything? In "Come Undone" by Mychael Black, Bryce Caldwell's first impression of Ricky Clements is a whirlwind in black.


    Individual Stories:


    Hoping for a Good Break by BA Tortuga

    Where the Men are Men by Julia Talbot

    Sage and Sand by Yolande Kleinn

    Eight Seconds by Nicole McCormick

    Come Undone by Mychael Black

    Showstring by Jon Keys

    Devilry Done by Missouri Dalton

    Asher, James, Glenn, and Gregg by Penn E. Loaffer



    An Auspicious Moon

    by Julia Talbot

    89 pages / 24600 words

    ISBN: 978-1-61040-782-3

    $3.99


    Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4225


    Blurb:


    From cat shifter to werewolves, An Auspicious Moon collects seven short stories about the animal inside. Sit up and Beg and Sit Pretty features Killian and Evan, the werewolf and the man who saved him from captivity. In Chew Toy, CIA agent Jack thinks being eaten by a tiger is a bad way to go. Good thing the tiger is also a man. Crate Trained sees Gary getting a bite he never expected during casual sex. In Doggie Style, Ray thinks Doc is just a new foster pet. He’s in for a shock. Finally, in Wolfy Resolutions, Cage has no desire to go to his demon friend’s party, but it might be worth his while.


    All stories previously published in Torquere Press’ Sip line.


    Coming Next Week...


    Designated Bottoms

    by BA Tortuga, Sean Michael, Julia Talbot, Kiernan Kelly, Shannon West, KC Wells, Katey Hawthorne


    Some men are bottoms by birth, others by choice. Whatever the reason, a designated bottom is someone who’s happy to surrender, to submit, or just catch instead of pitch!


    Haven

    by Lee Benoit


    Haven is a former Vietnam Army medic working as an ER nurse in Boston when he meets and falls for Tadeo, an Argentine dancer stranded Stateside with a brand-new baby. Evil forces mass on all sides of the pair as they try, with a colorful supporting cast, to figure out how to be together and stay safe.


    Genre: Historical, Drama

    Monday, July 21st, 2014
    2:10 pm
    [t_strange]
    BDSMonday

    It's BDSMonday!

    Today's topic is negotiation.

    Okay--you've found someone you want to play with. Now what?

    I know I've mentioned them before, but I can't recommend BDSM checklists highly enough. They're a great way to quickly and easily compare your kinks with your potential playpartner(s)'. (I also recommend them for keeping track of your own BDSM journey. I'm always surprised, when I look back at old ones, how many things I marked as "No" or "Not interested" are now some of my favourites!)

    Ask questions. Lots of 'em. It doesn't matter if you plan on topping or bottoming, you want to know as much about your partner as possible. There are many factors that aren't directly related to BDSM that might influence a scene--has your partner been through a traumatic experience that could be triggered by something that might routinely happen as part of a scene? Do they have any old injuries that could be affected? Are there certain spots on their body they don't like to be touched?

    Set your safeword(s). The 'default' ones are red, yellow, and green. Green means everything's okay, keep going. Yellow means pause, and red means STOP. You can decide on your own, either for all your BDSM needs, or for the specific partner you're negotiating with. It's a good idea to make it a word that stands out and you're not likely to use during a scene (mine is 'squirrel'.) There are alternatives to spoken safewords, but that's a whole other topic!

    There's also nothing wrong with negotiating once you've started a scene. You may have decided you're going to do spanking and bondage, but halfway through one of you might decide you want to add caning, as well. Pause the scene, and ask your partner(s) if it's okay to add an activity. If it is, off you go! If not, you can discuss it later, and maybe try it during another play session.

    You can also make the scene shorter. Maybe you really don't feel like wax play after your spanking. Let your partner know. You can always try it another time!




    Vanilla Corner

    I decided it was high time for the Vanilla Corner to have its own graphic, so...ta da!

    Today's Vanilla Corner question: When reading BDSM fiction, do you like the author to include a negotiation scene? How much detail do you like to see?

    (Because my little safety hat is always within arms' reach, I like to at least mention that negotiation happened, but I also think writing too much detail could get a little boring for readers.)

    Any negotiation questions or tips you'd like to add?

    --

    If you have an idea for BDSMonday, please feel free to message me, or email: tq.strange (at) gmail.com

    I'd love to hear from you!
    Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
    10:43 pm
    [kristipublicist]
    New Releases are Ready for YOU

    This week we have selected titles from BA Tortuga, Julia Talbot, & Kiernan Kelly on sale for 20% off! Check 'em out here: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials



    Midnight Rodeo: Homecoming

    by Kiernan Kelly, Julia Talbot and BA Tortuga

    228 pages / 60000 words

    ISBN: 978-1-61040-777-9

    $6.99


    Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4220


    Blurb:


    Also available in paperback at Amazon.com


    What happens when rodeos start to get too tough for humans to compete in? Midnight Rodeo, of course, where supernatural creatures like shifters and vampires work for the prize money, and for the awe of their audience.


    In Welcome to the Pack by BA Tortuga, when head bullfighter Denton is killed by a demon bull, his twin, Denver, comes back to take his place. Denver was gone for years, working mundane rodeos and missing his twin. He’s not sure the pack can heal him since the other bullfighters challenge Denver at every turn. All except Blaine, who’s an outcast himself, and who knows Denver is like no one he’s ever met.


    In Oklahoma Rain by Kiernan Kelly, psychic Blaze scouts locations for the rodeo company, Darque and Knight, where he finds another psychic talent, Zack, who’s hot as the Fourth of July. Zack is complicated, though, thanks to his sidekick, Mikey, a damaged kid. Blaze invites the pair back to the rodeo, but not everyone is as happy as Blaze to have them there.


    In Big Bear, Little Bear, by Julia Talbot, bear shifter Ben is returning to the rodeo after a long injury recovery. Big bear shifter Ozzie is the barrel man and clown, and he’s been waiting for Ben to come back to the big show. But is Ben ready to ride again, let alone be the lover Ozzie is ready to take on?



    Summertime Stories

    by Kiernan Kelly

    51 pages / 14400 words

    ISBN: 978-1-61040-786-7

    $2.99


    Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4223


    Blurb:


    Here are two stories of summertime romance, Sparks Fly, and Hurricane Season, both of which take place in sunny Florida.


    In Sparks Fly, when Riley and Rocket butt heads, the fireworks aren't confined to the nighttime sky.


    During Hurricane Season, Aiden and David meet as strangers searching for safety as the wind howls and the rain and waves pound the shore, but in addition to a warm, dry bed, find something neither one thought they were looking for.


    Both stories were originally published individually by Torquere Press.


    Coming Next Week...


    Rode Hard

    edited by Elizabeth L. Brooks


    The smell of horse and fresh-mown hay. The cheers of a rodeo crowd and the creak of harness. A gleam of steel and sun-baked skin. It's time to ride hard for cattle country.


    Individual Stories:

    Hoping for a Good Break by B.A. Tortuga

    Where the Men are Men by Julia Talbot

    Sage and Sand by Yolande Kleinn

    Eight Seconds by Nicole McCormick

    Come Undone by Mychael Black

    Showstring by Jon Keys

    Devilry Done by Missouri Dalton

    Asher, James, Glenn, and Gregg by Penn E. Loaffer


    Genre: Western, Contemporary, Historical


    Talbot Shorts

    by Julia Talbot

    Monday, July 14th, 2014
    5:07 pm
    [t_strange]
    BDSMonday - "Coming Out"
    BDSMonday

    It's BDSMonday! (And my fifth wedding anniversary)

    Tying in with my anniversary just a little, today's topic is coming out of the...toy box? Flogger? (Okay that one doesn't really make sense, but c'mon. It's a funny image--someone stepping out of the falls like a vehicle going through a car wash or something).

    Anyway. Telling people who are important in your life that you're kinky.

    If you are 'out', I'd love to hear how it went. If you're not, hopefully some of the stories people share will help you if/when you decide to let people know about that aspect of yourself.

    For myself, I am completely 'out' with my wife. I came into the relationship ( ;) ) having been in a previous kinky relationship, and knowing I wanted BDSM in a new one. My wife had no experience with kink, though it turned out that a lot of her fantasies had a decidedly kinky/sadistic bent. Neither of us remembers exactly how I 'outed' myself to her, but we briefly broke up because she was worried that our relationship couldn't be an equal one if I was submissive. Obviously we worked that out, and we've explored our kinky sides with a freedom I couldn't possibly have imagined before meeting her.

    Actually, I don't remember how I 'outed' myself to my last ex, either...though I'm sure written roleplay was involved. *heh* Yessss...my character wants to be tied up and flogged. Oh, you're okay with that? Well, how about if we act that scene out?

    As I said, I don't remember if that's exactly how I broke the kinky ice, but I'm sure it was something along those lines, both with my wife and my ex. It seems to me that either reading or writing a kinky scene together is a good way to introduce the subject and test the kinky water (I'm sticking with my theme, okay?) Reading a kinky scene as foreplay is a good, safe way to gauge your partner's interest--if they jump you, chances are good their fantasies line up pretty well with yours. You could ask them to select something to read that they find kinky, so you can trade. From there, you could ask to act out one or both of the scenes. I've found roleplay is a good place to start--if the scene doesn't go well, you put those characters aside and don't play with them again. Both you and your partner know you were just acting, so it's easier to let go of any negative emotions that may come up. It's a fantasy, with clearly defined limits.

    And if it does go well...have fun!

    I'm not out at work, though several people either suspect or know indirectly. My mother-in-law kept 'finding' our toys when we lived with my in-laws, but I have no idea what she thinks about that. My sister knows, but that's about the only family member I'm comfortable discussing my kinky side with. I don't have kids, so I don't have to worry about them finding out/telling them. Some of my friends know (I met some of them through BDSM).

    How about you guys? If you are 'out', how did it go? If you're not, how do you suspect the people in your life would react? Go!
    Tuesday, July 8th, 2014
    10:51 pm
    [kristipublicist]
    New Releases from Julia Talbot & Jenna Jones

    Get 20% off selected titles from Jenna Jones and Julia Talbot this week!! Check 'em out here: Specials : Torquere Press Inc., LGBT Romance at its finest!



    The Apples and Gin Shorts

    by Jenna Jones


    80 pages / 22100 words

    ISBN: 978-1-61040-772-4

    $3.99


    Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=78_85&products_id=4219


    Blurb:


    This trio of short stories features Noah Kingston and Sawyer Shaw from Apples & Gin, a photographer and a country singer doing their best to stay in love despite distance, disapproval, and the occasional disagreement. From snowed-in airports to walking down the aisle, Noah and Sawyer know one thing is certain: true love is delicious.


    Stories include Animal Crackers, Birthday Cake, and Wedding Cake.


    Stories previously published in the Torquere Sip short story line.



    Full Moon Dating: Evgeny and Feng



    by Julia Talbot


    82 pages / 22000 words

    ISBN: 978-1-61040-771-7

    $3.99


    Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=78_85&products_id=4218


    Blurb:


    Tiger shifter Evgeny worries that he’ll never find a lover who can stand up to his sheer size and strength. He’s scared off more than one man, which is why he turns to Harve and Stone at Full Moon Dating. He wants someone who can deal with his tiger self and not run away.


    Acrobat and snow leopard Feng is all over Ev’s physicality. He’s used to working without a net, so he’s not afraid of anything Ev can dish out. Especially since Feng finds Ev far gentler than anyone would expect. They’re determined to make a two-city love affair work, so when Feng disappears, Ev will move heaven and earth to find him.


    Coming Next Week...


    Midnight Rodeo

    by BA Tortuga, Julia Talbot, Kiernan Kelly


    Genre:Paranormal


    Summertime Stories

    by Kiernan Kelly


    Here are two stories of summertime romance, Sparks Fly, and Hurricane Season, both of which take place in sunny Florida.


    Genre: Contemporary

    Monday, July 7th, 2014
    2:28 pm
    [t_strange]
    BDSMonday - Three Questions
    It's BDSMonday!

    Today, I thought it would be nice to share experiences. If there's something you've always wanted to try but never gotten the chance, you can get an idea of what to expect from others in the BDSMonday-sphere.

    If there's something you've never tried because it seems frightening, you can have your fears assuaged (or reinforced!) by someone who has done that activity. So, what is...

    Something you haven't gotten to try
    Something you're scared to try
    Something that was a letdown

    For me, I haven't gotten to try suspension, I'm scared to try flesh hooks, and fireplay was a letdown (at least the kind with the sticks and the alcohol-soaked cotton. To me it just felt like being licked by a dog. To be fair, it was during a demo, not a scene, so I wasn't really in the zone).

    Vanilla Corner: Is there a BDSM activity you've fantasized about trying? Which part of BDSM scares you the most? Have you tried a fantasy and had it not live up to your expectations?

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