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|Friday, October 31st, 2014|
My latest release from Torquere is a compilation of five Velvet Glove short stories:
From Kes, the Velvet Glove’s guest manager finding his soul mate in A Bird in the Hand, to corporate leader Isaak finding what he needs as a sub with Velvet Glove regular Car in Raw Need, these five stories run the gamut from sweet to spicy. Just like the Velvet Glove has a little something for everyone, these gems explore five different flavors for you.
Velvet Diamonds brings together five previously published short stories from the Velvet Glove world. Stories included are: A Bird in the Hand, Peace Within the Quiet, Love and the Farmer, Three to Heal, and Raw Need.
You can grab it here
It's my favorite holiday of all of them!
There's tricks and treats and lots of candy!
What's your favorite thing about Halloween? Let me know and I'll randomly choose a winner tomorrow -- prize is a $10 Torquere Press gift certificate!
Sean Michaelsmut fixes everything
|Wednesday, October 29th, 2014|
I'm here! The day job allows me very little unfiltered access to the internet, so Chris had to do all the posting today. That's why she's my pea.
However, I AM getting your emails with contest entries, so thank you! If you haven't entered yet, check this post
and see how many of the questions you can answer.
I've also spent the last couple of months over at the blog Slash and Burn
, posting snippets from the book. Head on over there and see what some of your other favorite M/M authors are up to!
It's been a noisy eight years with all of these firemen and cowboys in my head. I think Chris mentioned that sometimes they're with me and sometimes with her. Jake is really good at organizational paperwork, so he helps me out with that. Chance goes to yoga with Chris sometimes. Tor and Tucker have been nicknamed "the twins", for reasons which will become apparent in the new book, and they can be found either riding horses or playing games with each other.
We really hope you guys are looking forward to this release as much as we are! And just in case you don't know the backstories of these two couples, you can catch up on Bareback here
and Heat here
Don't forget your contest entry! Current Mood: cheerful
Yes. So. You won't believe this.
It's been so long since I logged into my Chris Owen LJ that when I tried to do it again just now (and forgot my password since THIS MORNING) LiveJournal said Nope. So this is me. Byrne. Chris. Whatever. I have deep and eternal shame to have failed at LJ-ing after more than 12 years of driving this ship. Don't tell ANYONE.
I'm using my two peas in a pod icon because that's me and Tory. We frequently refer to our pod as a place, and we address mail and parcels to Pea. Because we're those people. If we were an actual romantic couple people would flee from our sweetness and make retching noises. I know this because our husbands roll their eyes at us a great deal.
One of the best things about spending the last few (several. a lot of) years working on this series of books with Tory is that I could move the cowboys forward again. They've always been there, hanging out and commenting to me about random things (as characters tend to do), but with Tory I can send her a text that goes "Tor hates my gym" and she'll get it. She'll probably get it because he's told her that, too, but that's a whole other level of relationship that we don't need to go into. AHEM. After years and years, it's hard to tell who lives in whose head sometimes.
Random things we've learned over the years: Chance REALLY doesn't like being cold and preferes to travel to warm places. Tor will always take mountains over beaches, but when it comes down to it he'd rather just be wherever the rest of us all are. Jake can cook insanely well and has an addiction to the Food channel on TV. Tucker loves playing games more than anything -- real ones, ones he's made up, whatever he can convince anyone to play with him. Sometimes he doesn't even tell Tor their playing a game until there's rules to follow. It's hilarious. :D
There's a big thing coming....
Bet you didn't see THAT coming. Well, unless you've been paying attention on Twitter, to Tory's blogging, or the message on the social mailing list. :D
November 5. Next week! Jake and Tor, Chance and Tucker. A friendship is born!! Woohoo!
Tory and I will be here today posting about our joy, our boys, and randon things. First up is a joint post, and a contest to test how much you know about the four men we love so much. They've been around for a long time, hopefully some info has stuck. :D Read to the end, ladies and gents, and have a beautiful day!!
Chris: See, the thing is, I'm a very lucky writer. It's true. I live in a rainbow cloud of kittens and sparkle and puppies. There are horses, too, and in here with all the joy are Jake and Tor. They've been in here for over 12 years now, still living their lives and being all cowboy-like. I'm also lucky enough to have Tory, who did an awesome thing just over eight (God, maybe nine by now?) years ago. She sent me a very nice e-mail about my cowboys and how much she liked their story. She didn't seem crazy in any way, so I replied (I was going through one of my phases of being able to reply to e-mail). After a few weeks of that I got super brave (she was thus far utterly charming, after all) and we began to meet up on Yahoo Messenger to talk about cowboys and firemen and writing in general. Oh, and husbands, dogs, schools, siblings, the weather, how she dislikes mushrooms and I find yogurt vile, and assorted other things.
Somewhere in there we said it would be funny if in some weird way our boys could meet up. Would they get along? Would Tor and Chance tolerate each other at all? Would Jake die dead away at the sight of Tucker's dimples or would he covet Tucker's horse? Would the cowboys ever be able to look at the ocean and consider surfing with anything other than complete confusion?
We wouldn't know until we tried.
Tory: I spend a lot of time around firemen. It even says so in my author bio on my website, which is going to be new and improved very shortly! In any case, it's true. I know firefighters and the rules of the firehouse very well, so my very first firemen (Chance and Tucker) are still with me after nine years. I've written about others in their department -- Chris Matthews, anyone? -- but Chance and Tucker are still my favorites.
Chris was actually the in-house reviewer for Flashover, the sequel to Heat. That was right about the time we decided to see what would happen if her cowboys met my firefighters. All in fun, at the time! It was never to see the light of day.
When we realized that it was more than just "fun", that it was, in fact, a real story and one worth sharing, we made the choice to put it out there. We really, truly hope you see the same amazing story that we do!
Contest! DO NOT ANSWER THESE IN THE COMMENT SECTION! E-mail your answers to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com The winner will get a gift certificate from Torquere Books. :D
1. What kind of crop does Tucker’s farm in Kentucky grow?
2. What is Chance’s cat’s name?
3. How old was Jake when he moved to the ranch?
4. What is Tor's real name (first and last)?
|Monday, October 27th, 2014|
BDSMonday - Predators
Since last week's post was so silly, I've got to balance it out with a more serious post (or something like that).
First, I want to say that, as a group, kinky people are just like other people--because we are other people! There are good people and bad people, people who are looking to screw you over, and people who are trying to hurt you in not good ways.
I believe that people sometimes get labeled 'predator' simply because they pissed someone off. That doesn't mean that predators don't exist in BDSM, and it doesn't mean that you should ignore someone being called a predator.
There are different kinds of BDSM predators. An unfortunately common one is someone who approaches every new person and sets themselves up as being the Wise Old Leather Master who will train them and teach them and turn them into a Twoo Submissive. Most of them are pretty harmless, if annoying, and they're pretty easy to spot. Remember--there is no 'right' way to BDSM...though there are wrong ways! If someone tries to convince you their way is the only way, especially if it goes against what your instincts or common sense are telling you, trust yourself. Just because they have 'years of experience as a ______' doesn't mean their opinion is any more valid or true than yours.
There is another kind of predator who can be extremely dangerous and potentially life threatening: people who are attracted to BDSM because they genuinely want to hurt/maim/kill other people. To me, sadism and masochism often go hand in hand--the sadist wants to hurt, the masochist wants to be hurt, everybody's consenting and goes home happy. There are people out there for whom that is not the case. They aren't looking to please anyone but themselves. I don't truly consider these people into BDSM, but that's how they're usually portrayed in the media and they have given BDSM a lot of dark baggage to overcome for the public.
If someone you know approaches you and tells you to look out for Mac because they've heard he's done some nonconsensual things with past play partners, be careful. I'm not saying write Mac off completely or base your opinion of him on hearsay, but where there's smoke, there's usually at least an ember.
If you get a bad feeling about someone--listen to that feeling! BDSM relies heavily on trust, and if something feels 'off' about someone you've met, there's probably a reason for it. They might not be any sort of danger, but chances are they're not right for you to play with. Ask other people in your community who know that person. Ask people who have played with that person before, if possible. Get as many angles and opinions as possible, but please don't ignore your gut feeling.
There are also predators in BDSM fiction. Sometimes they're obviously predators, but sometimes they're set up as the love interest or main character. Some forms of BDSM predation can be sexy--IN FICTION--but I find it pretty rare that I don't just go 'ew' and drop the book. Have you read any BDSM fiction that just seemed more like abuse or predation? What was your reaction to it?
|Thursday, October 23rd, 2014|
Three Minute Jam
Current Mood: giggly
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~
|Monday, October 20th, 2014|
BDSMonday - Fetishes Video
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|
And Good Night!
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!
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 PressAmazonARE Romance Current Mood: accomplished
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!
Katherine Current Mood: tired
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?
Katherine Current Mood: cheerful
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!
Katherine Current Mood: annoyed
|Tuesday, October 14th, 2014|
New Release from Aaron Michaels & Kyle Adams
Bump in the Night
by Aaron Michaels
76 pages / 22100 words
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=76&products_id=4280
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.
by Kyle Adams
92 pages / 30000 words
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=78_85&products_id=4279
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.
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!
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?
|Monday, October 13th, 2014|
BDSMonday - Public Play
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|
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!
Katherine Current Mood: accomplished
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\)
Katherine Current Mood: hopeful
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!
Katherine Current Mood: Hungry
|Tuesday, October 7th, 2014|
New Releases to get you ready for HALLOWEEN!
by Vic Winter
52 pages / 15000 words
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=78_85&products_id=4277
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
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=78_85&products_id=4278
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
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=78_85&products_id=4276
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...
by Kyle Adams
Relationships take a lot of work but when it's meant to be, making endless new beginnings comes easy.
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.
|Monday, October 6th, 2014|
BDSMonday - Boot Service
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!