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    Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
    8:36 am
    [acatherinenoon]
    Three Minute Jam

    It's almost November!  You know what that means, right?  NANOWRIMO!  National Novel Writing Month is an international event where thousands of people across the globe set out to write a novel draft of at least 50,000 words during the month.  They call it, "a month of literary abandon."  I've been doing it for a few years now and this year, am volunteering as a Municipal LIaison for the Chicago Region.

    I'm totally stoked.  Except...  Holy cow, it's October 23rd!

    How did the year go by so fast?

    So, tell me.  What's go you excited this time of year?  We've got an awesome Torquere sale and Halloween celebration going on, American Thanksgiving is coming, the Winter holidays are coming, and winter is coming.

    Hmm.  Strike that last.  Maybe we can pretend we're going to have a Bermuda summer?

    What's a Bermuda summer?  That's where you move to Bermuda for the summer?  ~grin~

    --
    “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”
    - E.E. Cummings

    The Persis Chronicles:
    **Coming Soon!** Watch for EMERALD KEEP from Torquere Books, out April 2015!
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    National Novel Writing Month: NaNoWriMo | ChiWriMo | Blog | Facebook | Twitter


    Current Mood: giggly
    Monday, October 20th, 2014
    9:05 am
    [t_strange]
    BDSMonday - Fetishes Video


    It's BDSMonday!

    Today I have a video for you. It's an episode of the Midwest Teen Sex Show, which is a hilarious and informative series to teach young people about all kinds of sex and sexuality. I highly recommend it. (I didn't want to put "Teen Sex Show" in the title lest I give the wrong impression...)

    It's a very silly video, and definitely not a how-to guide to playing, but I hope you enjoy it!

    Sit back, relax, and may I present the Midwest Teen Sex Show - Fetishes!
    Thursday, October 16th, 2014
    8:30 pm
    [katherine_halle]
    And Good Night!
    Hey all,

    It's been loads of fun today - even if I did feel like I was running most of the day LOL. I always love coming over here to chat.

    Gotta get at least a plug in for my new release that just came out last week. It's called Cast The First Stone and I'm sure you've seen the cover and the blurb, but lemme just copy the blurb and link you to the buy page :D

    Have a great week!

    Thanks :D

    <333

    Katherine


    Blurb:

    On the trail of a rogue werewolf, hunter Julian Hart takes on more than he can handle when he meets up with Alpha Stone. His hunt uncovers secrets within lies and a plot for vengeance no one saw coming. When the smoke clears, what Julian finds at the end of the trail will forever change his life and the lives of everyone he holds dear.

    Torquere Press

    Amazon

    ARE Romance

    Current Mood: accomplished
    4:46 pm
    [katherine_halle]
    WOW
    Wow, the day goes by so quickly. The dog is back, groomed, nails clipped/ground/whatever, with a bright red bandana around her neck and pleased as anything to be back in her place. So pleased in fact that she is now napping in her freshly laundered bed.

    Kid is home, upstairs playing when he really should be changing clothes because we are off to meet Dad for dinner in a just a bit.

    Srsly, where does the time go? I did manage to get two blog posts written and 1000 words on one of the things I'm currently working on (the sequel to A Watched Demon Always Boils) so there's that I guess. I never get quite as much done as I would hope, at least not usually.

    How about you? Do you manage to accomplish your goals most days or do you (like me) set your goals unreachably high? (I had wanted to write 2500 today - altho I guess I still have this evening...we'll see)

    Let me know!

    <333

    Katherine

    Current Mood: tired
    12:50 pm
    [katherine_halle]
    Another Successful Meeting of Lunch Club
    HA HA - yup, we don't talk about lunch club though.

    Dog's bed is in the laundry, dog is being groomed, lunch club met, and now I'm back. Looking out over the canal and DAMN it's gorgeous today. The weather is almost perfect! Maybe just a couple of degrees warmer and the wind down just a tad and yes, that would be perfect. I need to water my basil, they're dying...they are rather hardy plants though, they've been almost dying all summer because I apparently suck at watering /o\ And yet still my plants survive, so YAY ME.

    I'm SO GLAD the sun is out today, it's definitely a real mood lifter. Do you find your moods affected by the weather? Yesterday it was icky and rainy and WOW everybody was just in a FOUL mood :((( Even the hubs came home from work all grumpy. But today? Much better!

    How about you? Do you think the weather affects you and how so?

    <3333

    Katherine

    Current Mood: cheerful
    9:46 am
    [katherine_halle]
    Good Morning
    Happy Thursday!!!!

    So it's been a STELLAR week for me - Cast The First Stone has made it up to #10 on the ARE Bestseller list - so THANK YOU ALL!!!!

    We had a lovely 3/4 day weekend this past weekend...and of course now it's back to the daily grind...and it is GRINDING and not in a good way :/ Oh well.

    Hope your week has been going well. I have to get the dog in to get groomed, today is LUNCH CLUB *shhhhh*, and I have to wash the dog's bed /o\ some of that before noon!! So, I'm off, and I'll be back after lunch to talk about....IDK but I'll figure it out!

    <333

    Katherine

    Current Mood: annoyed
    Tuesday, October 14th, 2014
    9:05 pm
    [kristipublicist]
    New Release from Aaron Michaels & Kyle Adams
    BOO! We've got some super spooky sales going on this week -- get 20% off selected titles from Aaron Michaels! http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials


    Bump in the Night
    by Aaron Michaels
    76 pages / 22100 words
    ISBN: 978-1-61040-816-5

    $3.49


    Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=76&products_id=4280


    Blurb:


    Together again for the first time – four tales of paranormal love by erotic romance writer Aaron Michaels just in time for Halloween.

    The ghost in Haunted returns every year to spend Halloween night in the bed of the man he loves, only this year his lover looks older—frailer—and the ghost must face the possibility that their time together might be drawing to an end. The shapeshifter who plays with the minds of men, giving them instensely erotic dreams, finds himself confronted in Dream Lover with a situation none of his kind has ever experienced: he’s fallen in love with the man he visits, only the shapeshifter’s repeated presence in the man’s mind threatens his sanity. In Billy and the Ghosts, a young man’s midnight visit to the grave of a murdered madame transports him to a Comstock bordello where he meets a sexy, if ghostly, male prostitute. And for the centuries old vampire of Bound by Blood, a simple purchase of blood from a living, willing, and handsome man leads to the kind of bond the vampire has avoided his entire life—a bond of love and dependence.

    Previously published by Torquere as individual sips, these four stories are now available in a single collection. So grab your favorite shapeshifter, ghost, vampire or ghoul and treat yourselves to this sexy collection of supernatural love.


    New Beginnings

    by Kyle Adams
    92 pages / 30000 words
    ISBN: 978-1-61040-817-2

    $3.49


    Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=78_85&products_id=4279


    Blurb:


    Urban Sinclair thinks he has it all. An amazing life and a nice house he shares with Tyson, his boyfriend of eight years. Urban learns the hard way that life is full of surprises and people aren't always as happy as he thinks. Unexpectedly single and heartbroken, Urban knows he can only take life one day at a time. A daunting endeavor while he still shares a house with the man responsible for shattering his heart.

    Before Urban can even begin grieving, let alone moving on, Tyson makes a shocking revelation that spins his world around for an extra loop. Can this new discovery show Urban that life isn't about endings but about making memories and sharing limitless new beginnings?

    Coming Next Week...

    Eternally Dark Anthology
    by
    John Amory, Jenna Jones, TA Moore, BA Tortuga

    What could possibly make a vampire vulnerable? What if they were blind? Still sexy, these vamps make their men swoon. Featuring John Amory, Jenna Jones, TA Moore and BA Tortuga.

    Genre: Paranormal/Horror

    Ghosts and Ghouls
    by
    Kiernan Kelly

    Want a bite of paranormal delight this Halloween? These five short, spooky, sexy stories bring together an eclectic mix of our favorite monsters!

    Genre: Paranormal/Horror

    The Demon's Door
    by
    Ari McKay

    When Thomas Carter sets out to stake a vampire, he finds out the true difference between Good and Evil. Can Julian Schaden teach him about his own abilities – and the power of love – before it’s too late?

    Genre: Paranormal/Horror

    Monday, October 13th, 2014
    7:16 pm
    [t_strange]
    BDSMonday - Public Play



    It's BDSMonday!

    Today's topic is playing in public. First, let me be clear--for me, there are only two 'rules' for BDSM. Consent, obviously, is the first one. But the second is, don't freak out the vanilla people. Just like you (probably) don't want to know about strangers' sex lives, they (probably) don't want to know about yours!

    That being said, there are a surprising number of ways to play in public or outside your home.

    Some easy ones include:

    - wearing a buttplug, though I wouldn't recommend doing this for more than a few hours at a time. Not only will your butt probably get sore, it's probably not good to have something in there for too long!

    - if you are a penis-having person and you're into CBT or chastity play, there are many, MANY discreet objects you can wear out and about. Again, I wouldn't leave those on for an extended period, at least without learning your body's limits first

    - having bondage underneath your clothes

    - if I've played recently, I love feeling the bruises and other marks throughout the day, either by touching them on purpose or just finding them stimulated as I go about my business

    Then there are sneakier ways that you can do right under unsuspecting noses and they probably won't notice. I don't consider myself an exhibitionist, but I do enjoy carrying my BDSM relationship across as many aspects of my life as I can, and there is a special thrill at performing a kinky task that no one would ever guess was happening.

    I really like it when my Sir orders for me at restaurants, especially if we haven't discussed it ahead of time. I usually get her drinks when we're at family members' houses, or refill her drink if we're at a restaurant and there's a pitcher or teapot at our table.

    Some of them are more situational--we painted the exterior of our house this summer. One of the spots could only be reached by standing on the roof. I wanted to be tied off at least a little, so we got to do outdoor, fully public bondage! :D

    Or, while we were raking, I was bent over the bag of leaves to squish the air out of it (does anyone else do this?) with my ass in the air, and she gave me a little swat with the rake. I don't think anyone walking past would have looked twice, but we had a 'tee hee' moment.

    I would love to hear your ideas, experiences and fantasies when it comes to playing in public!
    Wednesday, October 8th, 2014
    8:00 pm
    [katherine_halle]
    Cast The First Stone - The Bare Facts
    So I guess I should get down to the brass tax LOL. Meaning, the blurb, the cover, an excerpt and what not.

    I'm gonna stash all of that under a cut, just to save everyone's pages :D

    TeaserCollapse )

    And now, I'm going to enjoy Arrow with the family. Thanks for letting me spend some time with you all today! Have a great night!

    <333
    Katherine

    Current Mood: accomplished
    2:58 pm
    [katherine_halle]
    Opening Scenes
    Back again!

    So like I teased earlier, Cast The First Stone revolved around one particular scene - the opening one. I crafted the entire story around that scene. I had a few other ideas in mind, but it was that scene that was pivotal.

    As for how the story itself came about? Another publisher had a call out for hunters paired with shifters - or something to that effect. A friend, Lillian Francis, knowing how much I like shifters, encouraged me to write for it. And thus a story was born.

    Of course it was only after much editing and story massaging before it was ready for submission (and then I subbed it to Torquere instead) but there you have it. If not for Lillian, Cast The First Stone might never have happened.

    So, THANK YOU LILLIAN :D

    And now...I have to go walk my dog LOL.

    I'll be back later (possibly after dinner /o\)

    <333
    Katherine

    Current Mood: hopeful
    11:06 am
    [katherine_halle]
    Time Flies
    HA HA They weren't kidding when they said time flies. It's already time for LUNCH CLUB!

    So let me leave you with this little teaser and we'll talk more when I return.

    I wrote the first scene of Cast The First Stone in my head and the entire novella revolved around this particular scene...

    I'll tell you more after lunch!

    <333

    Katherine

    Current Mood: Hungry
    9:15 am
    [katherine_halle]
    Good Morning And Happy Release Day To Me!
    Good morning everyone!

    Hope everyone is having a good Wednesday!

    Today is RELEASE DAY! My novella, Cast The First Stone is out today. You can find it here:http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=78_85&products_id=4276

    I'll be back in a little while to talk a little bit about how this story came about.

    <333
    Katherine

    Current Mood: anxious
    Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
    9:15 pm
    [kristipublicist]
    New Releases to get you ready for HALLOWEEN!
    This week, we have selected titles from Katherine Halle and Vic Winter on sale for 20% off! Check 'em out here: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials


    Little Candy
    by Vic Winter
    52 pages / 15000 words
    ISBN: 978-1-61040-814-1

    $2.99


    Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=78_85&products_id=4277


    Blurb:


    It’s Halloween, that time of year when things go bump in the night. This collection contains four Halloween themed stories by Vic Winter, designed to delight and fright.

    The Haunted House, The Scream-o-Rama, I Ate the Fried Spider and Halloween Grinch were previously published individually by Torquere Press


    The Oasis: Palm Springs Diaries book 1

    by A.J. Llewellyn
    104 pages / 28900 words
    ISBN: 978-1-61040-813-4

    $3.49


    Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=78_85&products_id=4278


    Blurb:


    Elias has worked so hard to get into shape, and it hasn't been easy considering he never met a donut he didn't like. His whole life is a pressure cooker, and love, his distant fantasy, is nowhere on the horizon.

    When his best friend and roommate, Josh, talks him into a weekend getaway, he says yes but soon wishes he'd said no. Elias doesn't think he's ready for a trip that involves Gay Leather Pride Weekend at The Oasis resort in Palm Springs.

    Elias is finally starting to feel good in his clothes. Can he really parade around in a leather anything, or God help him, naked in front of dozens of horny men?
    Can he handle a pornado of a weekend?

    Previously published by Silver Publishing.


    Cast the First Stone

    by Katherine Halle
    123 pages / 38800 words
    ISBN: 978-1-61040-815-8

    $3.99


    Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=78_85&products_id=4276


    Blurb:


    Julian Hart is a werewolf hunter. The murder of his parents at the claws of a pair of rogue werewolves left him as guardian to his younger sister, Zoe. Grief and rage drove him to become a hunter and prevent other families from suffering the same fate. His latest hunt leads him right into Alpha Stone's territory, where his sister was turned against her will.

    Werewolf protocol demands that he ask for permission before entering Stone's territory and continuing his hunt. That leaves Julian with an unwanted entourage and fighting an attraction to a man he shouldn't crave.
    With Alpha Stone's people dogging his every step and Julian resisting his desire for the very man he's supposed to hate, his hunt uncovers secrets hidden within lies and a plot for vengeance that no one saw coming.
    When the smoke clears, what Julian finds at the end of the trail will forever change his life and the lives of everyone he holds dear.

    Coming Next Week...

    New Beginnings
    by
    Kyle Adams

    Relationships take a lot of work but when it's meant to be, making endless new beginnings comes easy.

    Genre: Contemporary

    Bump in the Night
    by
    Aaron Michaels

    Together again for the first time – four tales of paranormal romance just in time for Halloween. Curl up with your favorite shapeshifter, ghost, or vampire, and treat yourself to this spooky holiday collection of sexy, supernatural love.

    Genre: Paranormal/Horror

    Monday, October 6th, 2014
    9:20 pm
    [t_strange]
    BDSMonday - Boot Service


    It's BDSMonday!

    I feel like I haven't shared anything personal for a while. In case you haven't noticed...I like boots. I wouldn't necessarily call myself a foot or shoe fetishist--I don't have foot-related fantasies. That being said, I definitely appreciate a nice leather boot!

    My Sir and I have both felt really drained for the last few years--it's been a rough few years, and we're still recovering, emotionally and physically--so we haven't been playing as often or as intensely. I used to service her boots more often, both on and off of her (I indoctrinated her into the Blundstone cult). I still do a biannual Nikwax application of all our boots. It doesn't take very long and it doesn't require a lot of energy, but I still consider it a nice way to serve and appreciate my Sir. I tend to do it sitting on the couch when she's beside me.

    First, I wash all three pairs (my Blundstones, hers, my steel toed Blundstones), removing the layer of flour and icing sugar from mine and hers, and the dust and manure from my steel toes.

    Then I start waxing, beginning with the first boots I washed. I rub the wax into the leather, working it into the seams and cracks and cuts, thinking about how they got there, noticing how much more wear they have than six months ago. We both really only wear our one pair of boots year-round, making them very personal possessions, something we come in contact with almost every day. The way the soles have worn shows how we walk. The dirt shows where we've been. The scars show what we've done.

    Last, I buff off the wax with a Kiwi cloth, leaving them clean and protected for the winter or spring. I probably should polish them from time to time, to service both the boots and my Sir, but she realizes and accepts that I don't always have energy for more than the bare minimum needed to keep our household functioning.

    I hope that, in the future, our energy levels will recover and we'll be able to play as frequently and do larger scenes.

    As always, have a great week! If you'd like to contribute to BDSMonday in any way, or if you have a comment or suggestion, please feel free to contact me!
    10:36 pm
    [marasmine]
    Evening

    It's stopped raining for the moment. Not a lot else has happened. I made the mistake of having a quick look at Jigsaw Planet…

    Have a picture of some flowers I bought yesterday to cheer me up.



    Have a good month!

    Mara
    3:47 pm
    [marasmine]
    It stopped raining for a moment
    ... so I popped out and took a couple of photos.



    The caravan with very small sunflower
    3:01 pm
    [marasmine]
    Afternoon
    It is still raining but after a shower; warm, dry, clean clothes; and a nice long nap snuggled under the duvet I do feel a bit more positive about the day. I did forget one of the larger positives earlier - I did not have to get up at 04:30 this morning!


    I took this week off for a rest and ended up with a long list of things to do that I doubt I'll get to the end of. The main point is to forget about work for several days - I know myself well enough not to aim for forgetting about it for nine days in a row. The weekend has got that underway even if I'd rather not have spent as much time at the local hospital getting an elderly friend admitted and released.

    I have car repairs to sort out that did not include my car. Yesterday my car decided it needed attention too and started making nasty noises when I brake hard, so now I've got to get mine fixed before I get the 'new' car sorted. Part of that sorting was to get a tow bar fitted to it so that we might get around to using the caravan we bought earlier this year. The caravan is the same age as elder son, vintage 1988, and is in very good condition for its age. I'm a sucker for camping gear generally and Himself has always avoided caravans like the plague, so when he expressed an interest in this one I grabbed it. Now I just have to learn to tow the wretched thing or it'll never get used.

    I was vaguely hoping for a couple of days away this week but I think that's another plan for the 'Later' pile.

    I'm working on computer security today - antivirus and antispyware scans - it is one of those invisible things that only I will know I've done, but it will make me feel better once it is all up-to-date.

    What little or invisible things do you do that no-one ever notices?



    7:38 am
    [kristipublicist]
    Coming This Week...
    Coming This Week...

    Little Candy
    by Vic Winter

    Four fun Halloween tales by Vic Winter designed to delight and fright. Including The Haunted House, The Scream-o-Rama, I Ate the Fried Spider and Halloween Grinch.

    Genre: Paranormal/Horror

    Cast the First Stone
    by Katherine Halle

    On the trail of a rogue werewolf, hunter Julian Hart takes on more than he can handle when he meets up with Alpha Stone. His hunt uncovers secrets within lies and a plot for vengeance no one saw coming. When the smoke clears, what Julian finds at the end of the trail will forever change his life and the lives of everyone he holds dear.

    Genre: Mystery/Suspense, Paranormal/Horror

    The Oasis
    by AJ Llewellyn

    Elias has worked hard to get into shape but doesn't think he's ready for a weekend getaway with his roommate, Josh -- not when he discovers the getaway will be a sex-filled Gay Leather Pride at The Oasis resort in Palm Springs.

    Genre: Contemporary

    10:32 am
    [marasmine]
    Morning
    I've deliberately left off the 'good'. Today is not looking like a good day at all. I've got a week off work and after several weeks of warm dry weather the jet stream has taken a sudden hike southwards and it is going to rain all day - I might even have to put the heating on.

    The dogs decided that it was a wonderful day for trying to attack all other dogs we met The only bright side to that was that they didn't pull me over and I cut the walk short so we got home before the drizzle turned into proper rain.

    So what are you doing this dreary Monday?
    Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
    6:30 pm
    [kristipublicist]
    Review Round-Up September 4 - October 1, 2014
    CM Magazine from Manitoba Library Association

    Moon of the Goddess by Cathy Hird


    The Nerd Empire

    Moon of the Goddess by Cathy Hird


    Love Romances & More

    Climbing the Date Palm by Shira Glassman
    House Call by Jane Davitt


    Manic Readers Reviews

    Herc's Mercs 2: Line in the Sand


    Joyfully Jay Reviews

    Deviations Series by Chris Owen & Jodi Payne
    Midnight Rodeo: Homecoming by Kiernan Kelly, BA Tortuga & Julia Talbot


    Kristy Grissom's Unique Insights

    Steven's Heart by Ashavan Doyon
    The Stonechild Betrothal by Katalinya Palokova


    Love Bytes

    Steven's Heart by Ashavan Doyon
    Box of Nails 3 - Making Repairs by Sean Michael
    Midnight Rodeo: Homecoming by Kiernan Kelly, BA Tortuga & Julia Talbot


    MM Good Book Reviews

    Underground: Special Teams by Sean Michael
    Dawg Days Anthology
    Georgia Knights by Julia Talbot
    Steven's Heart by Ashavan Doyon


    Guilty Indulgence

    Underground: Special Teams by Sean Michael


    Literary Nymphs

    Midnight Rodeo: Homecoming by Kiernan Kelly, BA Tortuga & Julia Talbot


    Rainbow Book Reviews

    Happy Endings by BA Tortuga
    Underground: Special Teams by Sean Michael
    Bar None Anthology
    New Toys, a Hammer short by Sean MIchael
    Search and Rescue by Lorne Rodman
    Paw Prints on my Skin by L.J. Hamlin
    The Dingo Ate my Dildo by Rob Rosen
    Nuts, Bolts and Chihuahuas by Tray Ellis
    Packbond by M. Lee
    Tea and Werewolves by Cecil Wilde
    Thrill of the Hunt by Mychael Black
    Raising Cain by Winnie Jerome


    Redz World

    Underground: Special Teams by Sean Michael - "Reviewer Choice Award!"
    Solitary by Sean Michael - "Recommended Read!"
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