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Tuesday, July 28th, 2015
10:46 pm
[kristipublicist]
New Releases & Preorders Come SEE them!

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


New Releases 7/29/15



Full Moon Dating: Gage and Hamish

by Julia Talbot

49 pages / 11200 words

ISBN: 978-1-61040-946-9

$2.99


Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4436


Blurb:


Cat shifter Gage is an impossible bottom. No one has ever been able to tame him, even if he wants them to. He’s willing to keep trying, though, and when he finds out about the paranormal dating site Full Moon Dating, he puts himself in their hands. He longs for someone who will take him in hand and make him like it.


Hamish is a bear shifter who plays too rough for most subs. Gage sounds like just what he needs, so when Full Moon matches them up, he’s happy to see how they get along. Can he convince Gage that he’s the one to make the man toe the line?



Caron High News

by Annabelle Jay

100 pages / 26900 words

ISBN: 978-1-61040-945-2

$3.49


Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4432


Blurb:


Caron High News begins on the day of the first GSA, or Gay-Straight Alliance, meeting at Nissa Falenbach’s school. The club was started by Principal Perry to give Nissa a community after the school’s first hate crime that past summer, but unfortunately, no one shows up. As Nissa leaves the school she sees Bethany, her former best friend and now popular girl, crying in the middle of the quad because she was just dumped by her boyfriend, Lenny, for not being sexually adventurous. The two agree on mutually advantageous terms: they will pretend to date until Lenny wants Bethany back, and in return, Bethany will draw ten new GSA members into their group. The novel is a split narrative between Nissa and Audrey, the school gossip newspaper’s Editor-in-Chief, who creates scandals that both help Nissa’s cause and, in the end, reveal her true motives. But neither Nissa nor Audrey could have predicted what happens at the Holiday Assembly after Audrey plays a recording of Nissa and Bethany’s bathroom confession.



It Was Supposed to Be a Vacation

by M. Durango

138 pages / 37600 words

ISBN: 978-1-61040-947-6

$3.99


Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4434


Blurb:


A week alone is just what Todd needs to get his head straight. Before he can light his first campfire, the dead body he stumbles upon sends him running back to civilization and straight to the Park Ranger’s office.

Ranger Max has had his eye on Todd for years, but things keep getting in the way: boyfriends, jobs, and now a series of murders in the woods he’s sworn to take care of. Once the press gets involved, Todd receives unwanted attention from his community—and the killer. Together, Todd and Max have to find a way to grow their fledgling relationship while keeping Todd safe before the killer has his way.



Available for Pre-Order NOW


To view all of our current pre-orders: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=200






Coming 8/5/15



Agate: Then and Now

by M.D. Grimm


Time travel. For mages, it violates their number one rule: what the Mother has written, let no one unwrite. The Mother writes the destinies of the creatures on the world of Karishian. If her writings were undone, it is feared that Creation itself could be undone. The Dark Mage Morgorth takes this rule to heart, but there are others who do not.


Morgorth is about to claim a stone of power when it is stolen from him by a female mage he hasn't seen in decades. As they struggle for the stone, she activates it, and Morgorth is unwillingly plunged into another time and another place. It isn't long before he realizes what time he's found himself in and there are a few familiar faces.


Most notable is a much younger version of Aishe. His mate.


Living with a tribe who will be massacred, caring for a young lad who will become his mate, and fighting a battle against a mage who can travel from past to future at a whim; Morgorth's life has never been easy but now he must contend with the will of the Mother. Unable to change the future and the tragedies of Aishe's life, he must decide what his role in his mate's past will be, and ask himself one vital question: how does one defeat time?


Releasing 8/5/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4449




The Camp

by Victoria Zagar


Jesse Harvan comes home from school one day to find his parents have discovered the gay pornographic magazine hidden under his bed. Disgusted, they decide to send Jesse to Camp Grady, a summer camp which prides itself on converting people’s sexuality.


Once at the camp, Jesse meets the other inmates: Charlie, a disabled African-American gay teenager, Natalie, a transgender girl, her sister Lita, Japanese lesbian Sakura, and last of all, Minister Grady’s son Jacob, who works for the camp under duress. These teens must learn to bridge their differences and get along if they’re to beat their common enemy and keep their identities–and sanity–intact.


Releasing 8/5/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4448

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015
7:36 pm
[acatherinenoon]
Itteh Bitteh Clouded Leopard Committeh

My husband and I are on vacation this week in Seattle. We visited the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma and they have four baby clouded leopards!  This is very important, since there are only about 400 left in the world at all.  404, I suppose, huh?

I took several pictures, but they're all the same. Like housecat kittens, they slept. The one on the top left rolled and put his head on his sibling's, which is why I picked this shot. I want to love them, and squeeze them, and call them George.


Catching. You're Doing It Wrong.

This gorgeous specimen is being given his din din by a handler. They toss him meat six days a week, partly to help train him to go up on the rock when asked, and other stuff like that. He got beaned in the kisser by this one, and you can see the lump on the ground to the left (his right). C'mon, dude. You're the top of the food chain. Act like it. (In his defense, he's a) young, and b) new to the zoo.)

And finally...

Camouflage. You're Doing It Right.

This picture has a red wolf in it. Can you see him?

And now, I must toddle off to get some sleep.  Vacation is wearing me out!  But first, tell me: what are you up to this week?


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

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Current Mood: relaxed
Tuesday, July 21st, 2015
9:03 pm
[kristipublicist]
New Releases & Pre-Orders Available

This week, we have selected titles by L.J. Hamlin and two Anthologies on sale for 20% off. Check 'em out: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials


New Releases 7/22/15



The Dusty Hat Bar

by L.J. Hamlin

108 pages / 31000 words

ISBN: 978-1-61040-941-4

$3.99


Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4433


Blurb:


Noah Kimberly walks into his usual bar, same as he does most Friday nights. It's surprisingly busy for this time of night, even for a Friday.


Tonight things are different. Tonight Noah will meet Lennie Boyce, the son of Earl Boyce the biggest ranch owner in the area and Noah's ex boss. His friend and bar owner Dusty might warn him away from the other man, but Noah's just not sure he can resist this cowboy.



Graveyard Sparrow

by Kayla Bashe

126 pages / 33700 words

ISBN: 978-1-61040-948-3

$3.99


Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4435


Blurb:


Katriona Sparrow, dubbed the Mad Heiress by London's upper class, is the deceptively fragile ward of a foreign nobleman. She can't stand making small talk with strangers, but she's unparalleled when it comes to deciphering the dead.


On a routine investigation, something goes horribly wrong, leaving Katriona catatonic in an upscale hospital and a serial killer with an artistic bent stalking London's most vulnerable.


Enter Anthea Garlant, a young witch and academic ostracized from polite society for traveling the world without a chaperone. She devises magical treatments to protect Katriona from the side effects of her abilities, but as she grows more and more attached to Katriona, her professional façade begins to slip.


Will they be able to stop the man who turns beautiful dead women into works of art before he turns his attention much closer to home?


Previously published through Kindle Unlimited.



Available for Pre-Order NOW


To view all of our current pre-orders: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=200





Coming 7/29/15



Full Moon Dating: Gage and Hamish

by Julia Talbot


Cat shifter Gage is an impossible bottom. No one has ever been able to tame him, even if he wants them to. He’s willing to keep trying, though, and when he finds out about the paranormal dating site Full Moon Dating, he puts himself in their hands. He longs for someone who will take him in hand and make him like it.


Hamish is a bear shifter who plays too rough for most subs. Gage sounds like just what he needs, so when Full Moon matches them up, he’s happy to see how they get along. Can he convince Gage that he’s the one to make the man toe the line?


Releasing 7/29/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4436




It Was Supposed to Be a Vacation

by M. Durango


A week alone is just what Todd needs to get his head straight. Before he can light his first campfire, the dead body he stumbles upon sends him running back to civilization and straight to the Park Ranger’s office.


Ranger Max has had his eye on Todd for years, but things keep getting in the way: boyfriends, jobs, and now a series of murders in the woods he’s sworn to take care of. Once the press gets involved, Todd receives unwanted attention from his community—and the killer. Together, Todd and Max have to find a way to grow their fledgling relationship while keeping Todd safe before the killer has his way.


Releasing 7/29/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4434




Caron High News

by Annabelle Jay


Caron High News begins on the day of the first GSA, or Gay-Straight Alliance, meeting at Nissa Falenbach’s school. The club was started by Principal Perry to give Nissa a community after the school’s first hate crime that past summer, but unfortunately, no one shows up. As Nissa leaves the school she sees Bethany, her former best friend and now popular girl, crying in the middle of the quad because she was just dumped by her boyfriend, Lenny, for not being sexually adventurous. The two agree on mutually advantageous terms: they will pretend to date until Lenny wants Bethany back, and in return, Bethany will draw ten new GSA members into their group. The novel is a split narrative between Nissa and Audrey, the school gossip newspaper’s Editor-in-Chief, who creates scandals that both help Nissa’s cause and, in the end, reveal her true motives. But neither Nissa nor Audrey could have predicted what happens at the Holiday Assembly after Audrey plays a recording of Nissa and Bethany’s bathroom confession.


Releasing 7/29/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4432



Coming 8/5/15



Agate: Then and Now

by M.D. Grimm


Time travel. For mages, it violates their number one rule: what the Mother has written, let no one unwrite. The Mother writes the destinies of the creatures on the world of Karishian. If her writings were undone, it is feared that Creation itself could be undone. The Dark Mage Morgorth takes this rule to heart, but there are others who do not.


Morgorth is about to claim a stone of power when it is stolen from him by a female mage he hasn't seen in decades. As they struggle for the stone, she activates it, and Morgorth is unwillingly plunged into another time and another place. It isn't long before he realizes what time he's found himself in and there are a few familiar faces.


Most notable is a much younger version of Aishe. His mate.


Living with a tribe who will be massacred, caring for a young lad who will become his mate, and fighting a battle against a mage who can travel from past to future at a whim; Morgorth's life has never been easy but now he must contend with the will of the Mother. Unable to change the future and the tragedies of Aishe's life, he must decide what his role in his mate's past will be, and ask himself one vital question: how does one defeat time?


Releasing 8/5/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4449




The Camp

by Victoria Zagar


Jesse Harvan comes home from school one day to find his parents have discovered the gay pornographic magazine hidden under his bed. Disgusted, they decide to send Jesse to Camp Grady, a summer camp which prides itself on converting people’s sexuality.


Once at the camp, Jesse meets the other inmates: Charlie, a disabled African-American gay teenager, Natalie, a transgender girl, her sister Lita, Japanese lesbian Sakura, and last of all, Minister Grady’s son Jacob, who works for the camp under duress. These teens must learn to bridge their differences and get along if they’re to beat their common enemy and keep their identities–and sanity–intact.


Releasing 8/5/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4448

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015
3:03 am
[kristipublicist]
New Releases - Sean Michael & an Anthology

This week we have select books from Sean Michael as well as select Torquere anthologies for 20% off. Come check them out: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials


New Releases 7/15/15



Plaid Nights Anthology

with stories by: Angelique Voisen, Anna Mansel, Elizabeth Coldwell, Julia Talbot, Lila Mathews, Logan Zachary, McKay, Megan McFerren, Missouri Dalton, Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae, Rob Rosen

214 pages / 65000 words

ISBN: 978-1-61040-942-1

PRINT ISBN: 978-1-61040-943-8

$5.49


Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4430


Blurb:


In Plaid Nights, men in kilts are as varied as they are hot. Whether they're caber tossers, rugby players, Highland warriors, country dancers, or time-traveling vampires, they're up for surprises and sexy good times.


Rob Rosen starts us off with humor in "Tossing It." Contemporary men discover love in unexpected places in "Whiskey and Want" by Megan McFerren, "Some Like It Scot" by Julia Talbot, "Perfect Working Order" by Elizabeth Coldwell, and "Off-Kilter" by Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae. We get a taste of the paranormal in "Sir WW" by Angelique Voisen, "Feumaidh Mi Ruith (I Have to Run)" by Missouri Dalton, and "Kilt in the Closet" by Logan Zachary. And we're treated to forbidden love in historicals "Hunting for a Highlander" by Lila Mathews, "A Time to Heal" by Anna Mansel, and "As Fair Art Thou, My Bonny Lad" by McKay.


In these stories, some tartan-clad men wear their kilts in the "traditional manner," while others are less daring. But all find love, and of course, a happy ending—especially at night, when the plaid comes off.


Individual Stories also Available:


A Time to Heal by Anna Mansel

As Fair Art Thou, My Bonny Lad by McKay

Feumaidh Mi Ruith (I Have to Run) by Missouri Dalton

Hunting for a Highlander by Lila Mathews

Kilt in the Closet by Logan Zachary

Off-Kilter by Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae

Perfect Working Order by Elizabeth Coldwell

Sir WW by Angelique Voisen

Some Like It Scot by Julia Talbot

Tossing It by Rob Rosen

Whiskey and Want by Megan McFerren


 


The Briar Rose: Blended Family

by Sean Michael

146 pages / 35700 words

ISBN: 978-1-61040-944-5

$3.99


Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4431


Blurb:


Matt and Adam are back and this time they’re welcoming two established Master/sub pairs who want to play together. Without ruining their friendship.


Subs Peter and Max have been best friends forever, since before they met their masters. They were lovers once, but both men needed the influence of a Dom to stay on an even keel. Happily in love with their masters, Devon and Swan, the boys nonetheless want more.


Devon and Swan care deeply for each other and are willing to give becoming something more a try and the Briar Rose seems like the perfect place to give it a go. As neutral ground, if things go wrong, they should be able to put the whole thing behind them and go back to their lives as simply friends.


Can Devon, Peter, Swan, and Max become the blended family they yearn to be?


 


Available for Pre-Order NOW


To view all of our current pre-orders: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=200






Coming 7/22/15



Graveyard Sparrow

by Kayla Bashe


Katriona Sparrow, dubbed the Mad Heiress by London's upper class, is the deceptively fragile ward of a foreign nobleman. She can't stand making small talk with strangers, but she's unparalleled when it comes to deciphering the dead.


On a routine investigation, something goes horribly wrong, leaving Katriona catatonic in an upscale hospital and a serial killer with an artistic bent stalking London's most vulnerable.


Enter Anthea Garlant, a young witch and academic ostracized from polite society for traveling the world without a chaperone. She devises magical treatments to protect Katriona from the side effects of her abilities, but as she grows more and more attached to Katriona, her professional façade begins to slip.


Will they be able to stop the man who turns beautiful dead women into works of art before he turns his attention much closer to home?


Previously published through Kindle Unlimited.


Releasing 7/22/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4435




The Dusty Hat Bar

by L.J. Hamlin


Noah Kimberly walks into his usual bar, same as he does most Friday nights. It's surprisingly busy for this time of night, even for a Friday.


Tonight things are different. Tonight Noah will meet Lennie Boyce, the son of Earl Boyce the biggest ranch owner in the area and Noah's ex boss. His friend and bar owner Dusty might warn him away from the other man, but Noah's just not sure he can resist this cowboy.


Releasing 7/22/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4433




Coming 7/29/15



Full Moon Dating: Gage and Hamish

by Julia Talbot


Cat shifter Gage is an impossible bottom. No one has ever been able to tame him, even if he wants them to. He’s willing to keep trying, though, and when he finds out about the paranormal dating site Full Moon Dating, he puts himself in their hands. He longs for someone who will take him in hand and make him like it.


Hamish is a bear shifter who plays too rough for most subs. Gage sounds like just what he needs, so when Full Moon matches them up, he’s happy to see how they get along. Can he convince Gage that he’s the one to make the man toe the line?


Releasing 7/29/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4436




It Was Supposed to Be a Vacation

by M. Durango


A week alone is just what Todd needs to get his head straight. Before he can light his first campfire, the dead body he stumbles upon sends him running back to civilization and straight to the Park Ranger’s office.


Ranger Max has had his eye on Todd for years, but things keep getting in the way: boyfriends, jobs, and now a series of murders in the woods he’s sworn to take care of. Once the press gets involved, Todd receives unwanted attention from his community—and the killer. Together, Todd and Max have to find a way to grow their fledgling relationship while keeping Todd safe before the killer has his way.


Releasing 7/29/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4434




Caron High News

by Annabelle Jay


Caron High News begins on the day of the first GSA, or Gay-Straight Alliance, meeting at Nissa Falenbach’s school. The club was started by Principal Perry to give Nissa a community after the school’s first hate crime that past summer, but unfortunately, no one shows up. As Nissa leaves the school she sees Bethany, her former best friend and now popular girl, crying in the middle of the quad because she was just dumped by her boyfriend, Lenny, for not being sexually adventurous. The two agree on mutually advantageous terms: they will pretend to date until Lenny wants Bethany back, and in return, Bethany will draw ten new GSA members into their group. The novel is a split narrative between Nissa and Audrey, the school gossip newspaper’s Editor-in-Chief, who creates scandals that both help Nissa’s cause and, in the end, reveal her true motives. But neither Nissa nor Audrey could have predicted what happens at the Holiday Assembly after Audrey plays a recording of Nissa and Bethany’s bathroom confession.


Releasing 7/29/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4432

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015
10:17 pm
[kristipublicist]
New Releases & Pre-Orders Available

This week we have select books from Ashavan Doyon for 20% off. Come check them out: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials


New Releases 7/8/15



Andrew's Prayer

by Ashavan Doyon

267 pages / 76300 words

ISBN: 978-1-61040-939-1

PRINT ISBN: 978-1-61040-940-7

$5.99


Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4415


Blurb:


For Andrew Tuttleman, sex is a means to an end. With a mother too sick to pay the bills on her own and college bills to pay, Drew has spent years resorting to sex with strangers to keep a roof over his mother's head and keep himself at school, far away from the hell where he grew up. This summer, his usual tricks are still paying the bills. But there's a new one, Grant, who never got the memo that a trick is a no-strings deal. Convinced that Drew is the answer to a hopeless prayer, Grant seems ready to pursue Drew to the ends of the earth.


Drew, on the other hand, isn't so convinced. Grant comes with trouble in the form of a wife and three kids, not to mention a single and unwavering requirement: that Drew give up his livelihood. Grant's kiss makes Drew ache for more, a romance that he never dreamed possible. He finds himself unexpectedly willing to try. Can Drew weather Grant's angry father, wife, and a daughter determined to kick him in the shins so hard that he'll leave Grant's life forever? It all relies on Grant's faith in an impossible prayer.



Destroying Angel

by Missy Wilkinson

Pages: 216 / Words: 62000

ISBN:978-1-61040-937-7

PRINT ISBN: 978-1-61040-938-4

$5.49


Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4417


Blurb:


Gates McFarland’s mother has just been proclaimed brain dead by a neurologist. But fifteen-year-old Gates doesn’t believe it’s true, because she hears her mother’s voice in her head. The command is simple: Find my heart. It’s the last thing Gates hears from her mother before the neurologist pulls the plug.


After contacting the Organ Procurement Agency, Gates learns there is no record of her mother’s organ donation. She meets Dr. Ascuitto, her mother’s neurologist. A menacing figure, he threatens to institutionalize Gates if she continues her inquiries.


Determined to find the truth, Gates gets help from John Ed, a street-smart, sixteen-year-old recovering addict. Together, they navigate an underworld of body theft, interstellar drug trafficking and doctors who double as dealers. She finds herself attracted to John Ed’s musical talents and emotional strength even as she is drawn ever-deeper into an alien world accessible only by use of a hallucinogenic spore. Hostile and governed by a sinister waif named Penny, the world holds secrets about Gates’ mother’s death…and the key to Gates’ survival.



Available for Pre-Order NOW


To view all of our current pre-orders: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=200





Coming 7/15/15



Plaid Nights Anthology

with stories by Rob Rosen, Megan McFerren, Julia Talbot, Elizabeth Coldwell, Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae, Angelique Voisen, Missouri Dalton, Logan Zachary, Lila Mathews, Anna Mansel, and McKay


In Plaid Nights, men in kilts are as varied as they are hot. Whether they're caber tossers, rugby players, Highland warriors, country dancers, or time-traveling vampires, they're up for surprises and sexy good times.


Rob Rosen starts us off with humor in "Tossing It." Contemporary men discover love in unexpected places in "Whiskey and Want" by Megan McFerren, "Some Like It Scot" by Julia Talbot, "Perfect Working Order" by Elizabeth Coldwell, and "Off-Kilter" by Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae. We get a taste of the paranormal in "Sir WW" by Angelique Voisen, "Feumaidh Mi Ruith (I Have to Run)" by Missouri Dalton, and "Kilt in the Closet" by Logan Zachary. And we're treated to forbidden love in historicals "Hunting for a Highlander" by Lila Mathews, "A Time to Heal" by Anna Mansel, and "As Fair Art Thou, My Bonny Lad" by McKay.


In these stories, some tartan-clad men wear their kilts in the "traditional manner," while others are less daring. But all find love, and of course, a happy ending—especially at night, when the plaid comes off.


Releasing 7/15/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4430




The Briar Rose: Blended Family

by Sean Michael


Matt and Adam are back and this time they’re welcoming two established Master/sub pairs who want to play together. Without ruining their friendship.


Subs Peter and Max have been best friends forever, since before they met their masters. They were lovers once, but both men needed the influence of a Dom to stay on an even keel. Happily in love with their masters, Devon and Swan, the boys nonetheless want more.


Devon and Swan care deeply for each other and are willing to give becoming something more a try and the Briar Rose seems like the perfect place to give it a go. As neutral ground, if things go wrong, they should be able to put the whole thing behind them and go back to their lives as simply friends.


Can Devon, Peter, Swan, and Max become the blended family they yearn to be?


Releasing 7/15/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4431


Coming 7/22/15



Graveyard Sparrow

by Kayla Bashe


Katriona Sparrow, dubbed the Mad Heiress by London's upper class, is the deceptively fragile ward of a foreign nobleman. She can't stand making small talk with strangers, but she's unparalleled when it comes to deciphering the dead.


On a routine investigation, something goes horribly wrong, leaving Katriona catatonic in an upscale hospital and a serial killer with an artistic bent stalking London's most vulnerable.


Enter Anthea Garlant, a young witch and academic ostracized from polite society for traveling the world without a chaperone. She devises magical treatments to protect Katriona from the side effects of her abilities, but as she grows more and more attached to Katriona, her professional façade begins to slip.


Will they be able to stop the man who turns beautiful dead women into works of art before he turns his attention much closer to home?


Previously published through Kindle Unlimited.


Releasing 7/22/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4435




The Dusty Hat Bar

by L.J. Hamlin


Noah Kimberly walks into his usual bar, same as he does most Friday nights. It's surprisingly busy for this time of night, even for a Friday.


Tonight things are different. Tonight Noah will meet Lennie Boyce, the son of Earl Boyce the biggest ranch owner in the area and Noah's ex boss. His friend and bar owner Dusty might warn him away from the other man, but Noah's just not sure he can resist this cowboy.


Releasing 7/22/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4433




Coming 7/29/15



Full Moon Dating: Gage and Hamish

by Julia Talbot


Cat shifter Gage is an impossible bottom. No one has ever been able to tame him, even if he wants them to. He’s willing to keep trying, though, and when he finds out about the paranormal dating site Full Moon Dating, he puts himself in their hands. He longs for someone who will take him in hand and make him like it.


Hamish is a bear shifter who plays too rough for most subs. Gage sounds like just what he needs, so when Full Moon matches them up, he’s happy to see how they get along. Can he convince Gage that he’s the one to make the man toe the line?


Releasing 7/29/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4436




It Was Supposed to Be a Vacation

by M. Durango


A week alone is just what Todd needs to get his head straight. Before he can light his first campfire, the dead body he stumbles upon sends him running back to civilization and straight to the Park Ranger’s office.


Ranger Max has had his eye on Todd for years, but things keep getting in the way: boyfriends, jobs, and now a series of murders in the woods he’s sworn to take care of. Once the press gets involved, Todd receives unwanted attention from his community—and the killer. Together, Todd and Max have to find a way to grow their fledgling relationship while keeping Todd safe before the killer has his way.


Releasing 7/29/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4434




Caron High News

by Annabelle Jay


Caron High News begins on the day of the first GSA, or Gay-Straight Alliance, meeting at Nissa Falenbach’s school. The club was started by Principal Perry to give Nissa a community after the school’s first hate crime that past summer, but unfortunately, no one shows up. As Nissa leaves the school she sees Bethany, her former best friend and now popular girl, crying in the middle of the quad because she was just dumped by her boyfriend, Lenny, for not being sexually adventurous. The two agree on mutually advantageous terms: they will pretend to date until Lenny wants Bethany back, and in return, Bethany will draw ten new GSA members into their group. The novel is a split narrative between Nissa and Audrey, the school gossip newspaper’s Editor-in-Chief, who creates scandals that both help Nissa’s cause and, in the end, reveal her true motives. But neither Nissa nor Audrey could have predicted what happens at the Holiday Assembly after Audrey plays a recording of Nissa and Bethany’s bathroom confession.


Releasing 7/29/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4432

Monday, July 6th, 2015
8:57 pm
[joannatorquere]
Review Round-up - April - June - Part 2 (More to come)

Hope you enjoy another section of Review Round-ups! There are more to come, and if you notice any that I may have missed feel free to email them to me at joanna@torquerepress.com . Thanks!!

MM Good Book Reviews

Winter's Gift by Sean Michael

Bloody but Unbowed by Ari McKay

Beginning To Believe by Sean Michael

And a Chook Shall Lead Them by Kara Larson

Letters from Cupid by Ari McKay

Ghost's Dilemma by Morwen Navarre

An Erie Operetta by V.L. Locey

Spearmint Warning by John Amory

Torqued Tales M/M Anthology

Labyrinth of Stone by T.A. Moore

Who Cannot See by B.A. Tortuga

Aubade by Jenna Jones

Going to the Chapel: Don't Ask by J.J. Massa

Prodigal by Lexi Stone

Blues by Lynn Townsend

Early to Rise by V.L. Locey

Rainbow Book Reviews

Becoming Andy Hunsinger by Jere' M. Fishback

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

House Call by Jane Davitt

Moby's Dick by A.J. Llewelly and D.J. Manly

Radio Boys by Sean Michael

Room 1024 by Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese

Guilty Indulgence Romance Review Site

Herc's Mercs Series by Ari McKay

Manic Readers

Herc's Mercs Bloody but Unbowed by Ari McKay

Love Bytes

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

Labyrinth of Stone by T.A. Moore

Herc's Mercs: Bloody but Unbowed by Ari McKay

Moby's Dick by A.J. Llewellyn and D.J. Manly

One Warlock's Love Story Books 1-4 by Shad O. Walker

Reviews @ TRS

Eagle Peak by Elizabeth Fontaine

Winter's Gift by Sean Michael

LASR

Black, One Sugar by Jae Christopher

Vitamins and Death by Medeia Sharif

Everyday Stories by Sean Michael

Need for Sale by Sean Michael

Cast the First Stone by Katherine Halle

Lunaside by J.L. Douglas

Cream (A Hammer Novel) by Sean Michael

Literary Nymphs Reviews

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

Bloody but Unbowed by Ari McKay

The Blogger Girls

Labyrinth of Stone by T.A. Moore

Room 1024 by Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese

Sensual Reads

One Warlock's Story: Last Goode Knight by Shad O. Walker

Top 2 Bottom Reviews

Apples and Gin by Jenna Jones

Hearts on Fire Reviews

Early to Rise by V.L. Locey

Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents

My Zombie Boyfriend by T. Strange

Sinfully Reviews

Building a Life by Alexa Snow

Redz World Reviews

Building a Life by Alexa Snow

Coffee Time Romance

Georgia Knights by Julia Talbot

9:50 pm
[marasmine]
Time for bed
I'm going to toddle off to bed now - 5am comes around much too quickly.

See you in July.

Mara
9:21 pm
[marasmine]
More Nostalgia
As I was on a nostalgia kick last month I should have posted this back then. This is part of my very first hosting day here at the TQ LJ on 4th May 2009. As I'm in a silly mood today this fits rather well. If you haven't met the Ninja Pirate Ballet Company read on.

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Be very sure you are ready for this before clicking the link! Probably NWS – do you really want to be caught reading something with that title?Collapse )

Warning: There is more where that came from! Questions and comments will be punished with more writing – because I do have an explanation for most of it!

Is there no end to this torture? Very nearly WS, sort of…Collapse )

Revenge of the parrot. Very nearly WS, apart from the naughty words and stuff…Collapse )





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Just a short scene. A couple of naughty words and stuff…Collapse )



A final short scene. Not enough parrot in those last two…Collapse )
8:08 pm
[marasmine]
Reading
Do you remember learning to read? Did you get given books with large writing, short sentences and big pictures? Think back to those first reading books and use your imagination to make the pictures more detailed and full colour.


This is Kat.

. :)
-[]-
/\

Kat is happy.

This is Matt.
. (:
-{}-
/\

Matt is happy.

Kat likes Matt.
. :) . . (:
-[]- -{}-
. /\ . . /\

Matt likes Kat too.

Kat sits on Matt.

(imagine your own pictures from here!)

Matt is very happy.

Kat is very happy.

The End

(Shame the automatic smiley faces didn't copy across)
7:45 pm
[marasmine]
July?
Hi

July already and at least we are having some summer-like weather over here in the UK. Last week was sweltering, but this week is supposed to be cooler - I'm expecting torrential downpours as Wimbledon always attracts extreme weather. Do you follow tennis?

I hope all of you celebrating over the weekend had a good time. There were hot rods racing on Pendine Sands in Wales, but this year I stayed home with the dogs and enjoyed the peace and quiet while the car-nuts were away.

I've thought up a little foolishness for today to be explained in my next post.

Mara
Tuesday, June 30th, 2015
9:08 pm
[kristipublicist]
New Releases - Happy 4th of July

This month in honor of Independence Day we are offering a coupon for 20% off the entire cart! Use coupon code "4JULY2015" July 1-5, 2015. Enjoy!


New Releases 7/1/15



University of Southern Georgia: Davy & Tony

by Heath Greenfield

129 pages / 31200 words

ISBN: 978-1-61040-936-0

$3.99


Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4416


Blurb:


Love is a funny thing…it happens when and where you least expect it.


Tony has been having a rough couple of days. His dad caught him with a dirty magazine, which would have been embarrassing enough. But when his dad realized it was a gay magazine, he chased Tony down the street. Luckily, Uncle Alfonso and Aunt Luciana have taken him in. Now, he’s out to the world, going to school during the day, and working in the family restaurant at night.


Davy has become what he always dreamed of being: an Army Ranger. He loves everything about it. He’s assigned to Fort Benning and works as an analyst. He also happens to be gay, but even with the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, he’s careful not to let his personal life get in the way of his professional goals. His friends know, but he’s never introduced them to anyone he has dated…until he meets Tony, who changes everything.



Elder Petersen's Mission Memories

by Jeff Laver

69 pages / 20200 words

ISBN: 978-1-61040-478-5

$3.49


Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=3892


Blurb:


Steve Petersen has been hoping his homosexual feelings are “just a phase.” But as a nineteen-year-old embarking on a two-year Mormon mission in South America, he realizes those feelings are still there, and he’s attracted to another missionary—the companion he’s been assigned to be with 24 hours a day.


Set primarily in 1972, less than three years after Stonewall, these missionaries have been taught by their church that homosexuality is an abomination, and those who “suffer” from those “tendencies” must repent. Worse, with God’s help, fervent prayer, and mind over matter, they can become heterosexuals. Steve’s conflict is real and heart-wrenching; he’s an official representative of his church, but he’s falling in love with his companion. Can he reconcile his church doctrine and the feelings of his heart?



Available for Pre-Order NOW


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Coming 7/8/15



Destroying Angel

by Missy Wilkinson


NON-GLBT


Gates McFarland’s mother has just been proclaimed brain dead by a neurologist. But fifteen-year-old Gates doesn’t believe it’s true, because she hears her mother’s voice in her head. The command is simple: Find my heart. It’s the last thing Gates hears from her mother before the neurologist pulls the plug.


After contacting the Organ Procurement Agency, Gates learns there is no record of her mother’s organ donation. She meets Dr. Ascuitto, her mother’s neurologist. A menacing figure, he threatens to institutionalize Gates if she continues her inquiries.


Determined to find the truth, Gates gets help from John Ed, a street-smart, sixteen-year-old recovering addict. Together, they navigate an underworld of body theft, interstellar drug trafficking and doctors who double as dealers. She finds herself attracted to John Ed’s musical talents and emotional strength even as she is drawn ever-deeper into an alien world accessible only by use of a hallucinogenic spore. Hostile and governed by a sinister waif named Penny, the world holds secrets about Gates’ mother’s death…and the key to Gates’ survival.


Releasing 7/8/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4417




Andrew's Prayer

by Ashavan Doyon


For Andrew Tuttleman, sex is a means to an end. With a mother too sick to pay the bills on her own and college bills to pay, Drew has spent years resorting to sex with strangers to keep a roof over his mother's head and keep himself at school, far away from the hell where he grew up. This summer, his usual tricks are still paying the bills. But there's a new one, Grant, who never got the memo that a trick is a no-strings deal. Convinced that Drew is the answer to a hopeless prayer, Grant seems ready to pursue Drew to the ends of the earth.


Drew, on the other hand, isn't so convinced. Grant comes with trouble in the form of a wife and three kids, not to mention a single and unwavering requirement: that Drew give up his livelihood. Grant's kiss makes Drew ache for more, a romance that he never dreamed possible. He finds himself unexpectedly willing to try. Can Drew weather Grant's angry father, wife, and a daughter determined to kick him in the shins so hard that he'll leave Grant's life forever? It all relies on Grant's faith in an impossible prayer.


Releasing 7/8/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4415





Coming 7/15/15



Plaid Nights Anthology

with stories by Rob Rosen, Megan McFerren, Julia Talbot, Elizabeth Coldwell, Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae, Angelique Voisen, Missouri Dalton, Logan Zachary, Lila Mathews, Anna Mansel, and McKay


In Plaid Nights, men in kilts are as varied as they are hot. Whether they're caber tossers, rugby players, Highland warriors, country dancers, or time-traveling vampires, they're up for surprises and sexy good times.


Rob Rosen starts us off with humor in "Tossing It." Contemporary men discover love in unexpected places in "Whiskey and Want" by Megan McFerren, "Some Like It Scot" by Julia Talbot, "Perfect Working Order" by Elizabeth Coldwell, and "Off-Kilter" by Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae. We get a taste of the paranormal in "Sir WW" by Angelique Voisen, "Feumaidh Mi Ruith (I Have to Run)" by Missouri Dalton, and "Kilt in the Closet" by Logan Zachary. And we're treated to forbidden love in historicals "Hunting for a Highlander" by Lila Mathews, "A Time to Heal" by Anna Mansel, and "As Fair Art Thou, My Bonny Lad" by McKay.


In these stories, some tartan-clad men wear their kilts in the "traditional manner," while others are less daring. But all find love, and of course, a happy ending—especially at night, when the plaid comes off.


Releasing 7/15/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4430




The Briar Rose: Blended Family

by Sean Michael


Matt and Adam are back and this time they’re welcoming two established Master/sub pairs who want to play together. Without ruining their friendship.


Subs Peter and Max have been best friends forever, since before they met their masters. They were lovers once, but both men needed the influence of a Dom to stay on an even keel. Happily in love with their masters, Devon and Swan, the boys nonetheless want more.


Devon and Swan care deeply for each other and are willing to give becoming something more a try and the Briar Rose seems like the perfect place to give it a go. As neutral ground, if things go wrong, they should be able to put the whole thing behind them and go back to their lives as simply friends.


Can Devon, Peter, Swan, and Max become the blended family they yearn to be?


Releasing 7/15/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4431

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
12:05 pm
[madelinedyer]
Untamed by Madeline Dyer: Learn the Lingo!
So, with the very exciting news that my debut novel, UNTAMED, releases today (May 20, 2015), I thought I’d share with you a glossary of sorts. UNTAMED is a YA dystopia set in an alternate reality. It was only during the editing rounds that I realised just how many ‘unfamiliar’ terms are used in the book, and how helpful a glossary could be.

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So here is that glossary:
AUGMENTERS - these are the chemical drugs that the Enhanced Ones take to give them artificial emotions, supernatural strengths, and alter their physical appearances. Augmenters were designed as a way to eradicate crime and violence from society, as they were created to make people better. When taken (either orally or injected), these augmenters cause the person’s eyes to become the mirrors that are characteristic of the Enhanced Ones. [For more info on their eyes, see ‘EYE-MIRRORS’]. The eye-mirros from a single augmenter can last from several hours to a few days, whilst the results of the augmenters (such as specific emotions or abilities) can last for up to three days, depending on the individual and how many augmenters were taken. But taking augmenters comes at a price: the individual can’t think properly, and has little control over his or her actions. Augmenters are also highly addictive, and practically impossible to come off of. Common augmenters referred to in this novel include Kindness, Benevolence, and Compassion. Augmenters play a key role in the conversion process, when an Untamed individual becomes an Enhanced or Chosen One.

CHIVRAS – one of the supernatural spirits present in the world. They are usually extremely dangerous, but can be helpful to the Untamed, if under the guidance of a powerful (and usually Untamed) Seer. [See ‘SEER' for more info]. Like all spirits, they are nearly always on the side of the Untamed.

THE CHOSEN/THE CHOSEN ONES – this is what the Enhanced Ones call themselves. They believe that they have chosen to lead better, more satisfying lives--through sacrificing negative emotions to the augmenters—and that it is their duty to convert all the Untamed Ones into Chosen Ones. [For more info, see ‘The ENHANCED’].

CONVERSION – the process of transforming an Untamed person into an Enhanced or Chosen One. The nature of the conversion depends on how willing the Untamed person is to become Enhanced. It can range from taking a couple of augmenters (and developing the lifelong addiction), to employing methods of torture to get an Untamed person’s will to submit to the Enhanced/Chosen Ones’ lifestyle.

DEATH (the figure) – an entity who people never talk about, perhaps because they don’t believe he exists, or because of their fear of him. Very few people see Death.

THE DREAM LAND – an altered state of reality, only accessible to Untamed Seers. The spirits and Gods and Goddesses have the power to bring Untamed Seers here, and show them short visions of the future—most often, of times when the Enhanced Ones will attack the Untamed Ones and attempt to convert them—as a way to enable the Untamed to escape before they are attacked. If an Untamed Seer is converted into an Enhanced One, they lose their access to the Dream Land.

ENHANCED (adjective) – refers to someone’s physical state. If they have the eye-mirrors, they are said to be Enhanced, and therefore belong to the Enhanced Ones’ side in the War of Humanity.

THE ENHANCED/THE ENHANCED ONES/THE CHOSEN/THE CHOSEN ONES (noun) – the group of people who embrace the Enhanced Ones' lifestyle, choosing to take augmenters as a way to eradicate crime and violence from the world. They believe that violence needs to be eradicated, and claim they are not murders, like the Untamed are; any Untamed who are killed during conversion attacks are because of ‘accidents’--murder isn't their intention, conversion is. The Enhanced see the Untamed Ones as a massive threat, due to their violent natures, and their goal is to convert as many of the Untamed as possible. These people believe that they are the supreme race. They call themselves ‘the Chosen/Chosen Ones’, whilst the Untamed call them ‘the Enhanced/Enhanced Ones’. The Enhanced Ones make up around ninety-five per cent of the world’s population, and they have control of all the towns and cities, food and resources. Due to the highly addictive nature of the augmenters, and the security of the Enhanced lifestyle, once a person is Enhanced it is almost impossible to convert them back to being Untamed again. Enhanced Ones are frequently referred to as being ‘robotic’ and like ‘machines’.

ENHANCED SEER – this is a person who is now an Enhanced One, but who was given the gift of being a Seer when they were Untamed. [For more info on Seers, see ‘SEER’]. Upon conversion to the Enhanced life, a Seer loses their ability to see the future (as the spirits and Gods and Goddesses no longer summon them to the Dream Land to warn them of attacks, as they have switched sides in the war), but Enhanced Seers retain the other Seer powers, such as mind control.

EYE-MIRRORS – All the Enhanced Ones are said to have ‘eye-mirrors’ due to the effects of the augmenters. An ingredient was added to the recipe for all augmenters that makes their eyes metallic in surface, acting as a one-way mirror. This is seen as the perfect solution for protecting the Enhanced Ones’ souls from the Untamed, as the eyes are the gateway to the soul. When one looks at an Enhanced being, all they can see in the Enhanced One's eyes is their own reflection, whilst the Enhanced One can see perfectly.

THE GODS AND GODDESSES – the invisible entities who the Untamed actively worshipped long ago. They are still referred to in times of need, and are prayed to (as a collective group) regularly by the Untamed, but no one has seen a God or Goddess. Gods and Goddesses are acknowledged as having great power, and when an Untamed person has his or her first Seeing dream and becomes a Seer, it is accepted that the Gods and Goddesses and Spirits have made that person a Seer.

NEW WORLD – an Untamed concept. The New World is the place where people’s souls/spirits are sent to after death. The journey to the New World can be difficult, and therefore the Spirit Releasing Words should be said over the body, as soon as possible. Some Untamed believe that setting a body off down a river gives a better chance of the soul/spirit reaching the New World quickly.

RUNNING LEAN –an Enhanced/Chosen One is said to be ‘running lean’ if he or she needs to top up their augmenter levels.

SEEING DREAM – the type of dream that Untamed Seers have when they are brought to the Dream Land by the spirits, Gods or Goddesses. Seeing dreams give Untamed Seers warnings of future attacks, and these dreams are often mistaken for reality by the Seer at the time of the vision, as they start seamlessly from the last point of consciousness for the Seer, and are highly vivid and realistic in nature. All Seeing dreams feature the image of a bison in the sky, and as such, can be used as a way to distinguish them from reality or dreams, but it’s not always easy to see the sky. The first Seeing dream an Untamed Seer has (upon being made a Seer by the Gods and Goddesses and spirits) also usually warns the individual of a coming Turning—see ‘THE TURNING’.

SEER – an individual who possesses extra ‘powers’. The Gods and Goddesses and spirits have the ability to make any Untamed person a Seer, and will pull their Seer into the Dream Land to give them warnings about future conversion attacks. If an Untamed Seer becomes converted (whether willingly, or forcefully), the Seer loses the ability to enter the Dream Land (as the Gods, Goddesses and spirits never invite an Enhanced Seer there, as they are on the enemy side). But an Enhanced Seer doesn’t lose their other powers. Other Seer powers include mind control, psychological torture and psychic abilities. These powers take a long time to master, and are used strongly by Enhanced Seers who are trying to convert Untamed Seers, as one of the reasons the Untamed still exist is because of their Seers being able to give them warnings about future conversion attacks.

SEER PENDANT – The Dream Land is a dangerous place and an Untamed Seer can get lost there if he or she is not anchored to the real world by a special pendant. Usually made of crystal.

SPIRIT RELEASING WORDS – These are the words said over a dead body to aid the spirit/soul’s journey to the New World. Often accompanied by specific gestures.

SPIRITS – the entities that inhabit the world. They are usually considered as dangerous, or potentially dangerous, and should be avoided at all costs. However, they are usually all always on the Untamed side in the war, and therefore will aid Untamed Seers in battle if absolutely necessary. But they can’t be controlled by a Seer for a long time.

THE TURNING – indicates a change in the season, and the time when the spirits are the most dangerous and active. During a Turning, the sky changes colour and dark holes appear, letting more spirits into the world. If any individual sees a spirit during the Turning, it is believed that he or she will die, as the spirits' powers are too strong during that period, and spirits don't like being seen on normal occasions. Turnings can occur at any time, and are not limited to a minimum number per year.

UNTAMED (adjective) – the physical state of being Untamed: having normal eyes, and being able to think clearly.

THE UNTAMED/THE UNTAMED ONES (noun) – the group of humans left in the world who do not rely on augmenters for their emotions. These people are the only people who are fully in control of their feelings, as they can feel negative emotions as well, but they are hunted down by the Enhanced Ones who want to convert them. The Enhanced see the Untamed as a threat as the negativity of the world still exists within them, and the Untamed kill as many Enhanced Ones as possible—though this can be difficult, depending on which augmenters the Enhanced Ones currently have in their systems. Due to the small number of Untamed humans left in the world, their lifestyle consists of being on the run, constantly looking out for Enhanced Ones, and raiding Enhanced towns and cities for food and supplies.

UNTAMED SEER – a Seer who is on the side of the Untamed, and who receives visions through the Dream Land of upcoming conversion attacks, and other events that could threaten the existence of the Untamed.

THE WAR OF HUMANITY – the on-going war between the Untamed and the Enhanced. If the Enhanced win, humanity will be destroyed, due to the replacement of genuine emotions with artificial ones, because the Enhanced Ones can choose what they want to feel at any given time.

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There you have it--some of the 'unfamiliar' terms used in my novel, along with their definitions!

About Untamed....

As one of the last Untamed humans left in the world, Seven’s life has always been controlled by tight rules. Stay away from the Enhanced. Don’t question your leader. And, most importantly, never switch sides, because once you’re Enhanced there’s no going back. Even if you have become the perfect human being.

But after a disastrous raid on an Enhanced city, Seven soon finds herself in her enemy’s power. Realizing it’s only a matter of time before she too develops a taste for the chemical augmenters responsible for the erosion of humanity, Seven knows she must act quickly if she’s to escape and save her family from the same fate.

Yet, as one of the most powerful Seers that the Untamed and Enhanced have ever known, Seven quickly discovers that she alone holds the key to the survival of only one race. But things aren’t clear-cut anymore, and with Seven now questioning the very beliefs she was raised on, she knows she has an important choice to make. One that has two very different outcomes.

Seven must choose wisely whose side she joins, for the War of Humanity is underway, and Death never takes kindly to traitors.


I am so incredibly excited for you to read UNTAMED (available from Prizm Books, Torquere Press, Amazon etc.) and would love to know what you think of it!

Current Mood: excited
Wednesday, May 13th, 2015
8:31 pm
[huston_piner]
A word of thanks
I'd like to say a quick word of thanks to Kristi, Joanna, Brandon, and Deelylah for their encouragment in helping me bring Light in Endless Darkness to publication. Torquere Press (and Prizm) is the best!

Also, a word of thanks to Pride Promotions and all the kind people participating in Monday's blog tour. What a blast!

And finally,  my sincerest thanks to all my readers. It's all for you!

Huston

Current Mood: ecstatic
Thursday, June 25th, 2015
8:35 am
[acatherinenoon]
A Journal of Two Writers - Noon & Wilder Behind the Scenes
Okay. Not what I was going for, when I looked up "funny behind the scenes pictures."  I expected a goffy lolcats.  I almost reframed my query when this gem caught my eye.  I adore Hugh Jackman; his sense of humor is infectious.  Gandam style.

Today I thought I'd share a little peek into the behind the scenes here at Noon & Wilder.  People ask us periodically, you write together? Then they start to tell me how that looks: you must alternate chapters, right? Surely one is writing, and the other just listens? Are you sure you're not doing all the work? How does that even work, you both writing? Do you write at the same time?

It's hard to explain, partly because it's so personal.  Each writing partnership is different and unique to the people involved. But here's how we do it:

One of us has an idea for a scene. It could be a character, or a siutation, or a place. Sometimes it's even a trope, (a cliche'd situation in a particular genre - like in romance, the amnesiac meets their future love interest but then their memory comes back and they already have a partner).  We write anywhere from a couple thousand to twenty or thirty thousand words, and then share it.  From there on in, it's collaborative.  We talk almost daily about our ideas, working out different directions for our characters and things we want to show through our story.

Once we have the draft done, the real work begins. We make several editing passes: content edits, continuity checks, and grammar checks.  We even have checklists of things to look for in those edits - capitalization rules, particular spelling conventions, etc.

Now I have a question for you, Dear Reader: what do you think of the behind the scenes snippets included with movies?

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

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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015
10:49 pm
[kristipublicist]
New Releases & Pre-Orders Available

This month in honor of Pride Month we are offering a coupon for 25% off the entire cart! Use coupon code "PRIDE2015" anytime through the month of June. Enjoy!


New Releases 6/24/15



Love Bites Cassidy Ryan Collection

by Cassidy Ryan

75 pages / 19800 words

ISBN: 978-1-61040-931-5

$2.99


Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4413


Blurb:


Ex-lovers finding their way back to each other, new lovers discovering hope and faith at Christmas, a young family reaffirming their commitment, and old enemies expressing their affections in the only way they know how. Four disparate couples with one thing in common -- navigating the mysteries of the heart.



Blood and Ink

by Jack Bridges

63 pages / 16100 words

ISBN: 978-1-61040-933-9

$2.99


Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4414


Blurb:


Annie's grandmother knows old secrets, and Annie is strong and smart. Together, they keep the family safe through the drought. Then bigger trouble comes to their city, and Annie will need more than quick thinking if they are going to survive. Can Annie learn Grandma's secrets in time?



Available for Pre-Order NOW


To view all of our current pre-orders: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=200


Coming 7/1/15



University of Southern Georgia: Davy & Tony

by Jack Bridges


Love is a funny thing…it happens when and where you least expect it.


Tony has been having a rough couple of days. His dad caught him with a dirty magazine, which would have been embarrassing enough. But when his dad realized it was a gay magazine, he chased Tony down the street. Luckily, Uncle Alfonso and Aunt Luciana have taken him in. Now, he’s out to the world, going to school during the day, and working in the family restaurant at night.


Davy has become what he always dreamed of being: an Army Ranger. He loves everything about it. He’s assigned to Fort Benning and works as an analyst. He also happens to be gay, but even with the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, he’s careful not to let his personal life get in the way of his professional goals. His friends know, but he’s never introduced them to anyone he has dated…until he meets Tony, who changes everything.


Releasing 7/1/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4416




Elder Peterson's Mission Memories

by Jeff Laver


Steve Petersen has been hoping his homosexual feelings are “just a phase.” But as a nineteen-year-old embarking on a two-year Mormon mission in South America, he realizes those feelings are still there, and he’s attracted to another missionary—the companion he’s been assigned to be with 24 hours a day.


Set primarily in 1972, less than three years after Stonewall, these missionaries have been taught by their church that homosexuality is an abomination, and those who “suffer” from those “tendencies” must repent. Worse, with God’s help, fervent prayer, and mind over matter, they can become heterosexuals. Steve’s conflict is real and heart-wrenching; he’s an official representative of his church, but he’s falling in love with his companion. Can he reconcile his church doctrine and the feelings of his heart?


Releasing 7/1/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=3892





Coming 7/8/15



Destroying Angel

by Missy Wilkinson


NON-GLBT


Gates McFarland’s mother has just been proclaimed brain dead by a neurologist. But fifteen-year-old Gates doesn’t believe it’s true, because she hears her mother’s voice in her head. The command is simple: Find my heart. It’s the last thing Gates hears from her mother before the neurologist pulls the plug.


After contacting the Organ Procurement Agency, Gates learns there is no record of her mother’s organ donation. She meets Dr. Ascuitto, her mother’s neurologist. A menacing figure, he threatens to institutionalize Gates if she continues her inquiries.


Determined to find the truth, Gates gets help from John Ed, a street-smart, sixteen-year-old recovering addict. Together, they navigate an underworld of body theft, interstellar drug trafficking and doctors who double as dealers. She finds herself attracted to John Ed’s musical talents and emotional strength even as she is drawn ever-deeper into an alien world accessible only by use of a hallucinogenic spore. Hostile and governed by a sinister waif named Penny, the world holds secrets about Gates’ mother’s death…and the key to Gates’ survival.


Releasing 7/8/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4417




Andrew's Prayer

by Ashavan Doyon


For Andrew Tuttleman, sex is a means to an end. With a mother too sick to pay the bills on her own and college bills to pay, Drew has spent years resorting to sex with strangers to keep a roof over his mother's head and keep himself at school, far away from the hell where he grew up. This summer, his usual tricks are still paying the bills. But there's a new one, Grant, who never got the memo that a trick is a no-strings deal. Convinced that Drew is the answer to a hopeless prayer, Grant seems ready to pursue Drew to the ends of the earth.


Drew, on the other hand, isn't so convinced. Grant comes with trouble in the form of a wife and three kids, not to mention a single and unwavering requirement: that Drew give up his livelihood. Grant's kiss makes Drew ache for more, a romance that he never dreamed possible. He finds himself unexpectedly willing to try. Can Drew weather Grant's angry father, wife, and a daughter determined to kick him in the shins so hard that he'll leave Grant's life forever? It all relies on Grant's faith in an impossible prayer.


Releasing 7/8/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4415





Coming 7/15/15



Plaid Nights Anthology

with stories by Rob Rosen, Megan McFerren, Julia Talbot, Elizabeth Coldwell, Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae, Angelique Voisen, Missouri Dalton, Logan Zachary, Lila Mathews, Anna Mansel, and McKay


In Plaid Nights, men in kilts are as varied as they are hot. Whether they're caber tossers, rugby players, Highland warriors, country dancers, or time-traveling vampires, they're up for surprises and sexy good times.


Rob Rosen starts us off with humor in "Tossing It." Contemporary men discover love in unexpected places in "Whiskey and Want" by Megan McFerren, "Some Like It Scot" by Julia Talbot, "Perfect Working Order" by Elizabeth Coldwell, and "Off-Kilter" by Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae. We get a taste of the paranormal in "Sir WW" by Angelique Voisen, "Feumaidh Mi Ruith (I Have to Run)" by Missouri Dalton, and "Kilt in the Closet" by Logan Zachary. And we're treated to forbidden love in historicals "Hunting for a Highlander" by Lila Mathews, "A Time to Heal" by Anna Mansel, and "As Fair Art Thou, My Bonny Lad" by McKay.


In these stories, some tartan-clad men wear their kilts in the "traditional manner," while others are less daring. But all find love, and of course, a happy ending—especially at night, when the plaid comes off.


Releasing 7/15/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4430




The Briar Rose: Blended Family

by Sean Michael


Matt and Adam are back and this time they’re welcoming two established Master/sub pairs who want to play together. Without ruining their friendship.


Subs Peter and Max have been best friends forever, since before they met their masters. They were lovers once, but both men needed the influence of a Dom to stay on an even keel. Happily in love with their masters, Devon and Swan, the boys nonetheless want more.


Devon and Swan care deeply for each other and are willing to give becoming something more a try and the Briar Rose seems like the perfect place to give it a go. As neutral ground, if things go wrong, they should be able to put the whole thing behind them and go back to their lives as simply friends.


Can Devon, Peter, Swan, and Max become the blended family they yearn to be?


Releasing 7/15/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4431

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015
10:24 pm
[kristipublicist]
New Releases & Preorders Available - Don't miss these!

This month in honor of Pride Month we are offering a coupon for 25% off the entire cart! Use coupon code "PRIDE2015" anytime through the month of June. Enjoy!


New Releases 6/17/15



Family Time Anthology

with stories from: Sean Michael, Jessica Chase, Nicole McCormick, Nora Birch, Lynn Townsend, K. Lynn, RJ Schmidt, Katherine Halle, Rob Rosen, Mychael Black, Andrea Dalling, Yolande Kleinn

271 pages / 77000 words

ISBN: 978-1-61040-928-5

$5.99


Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4411


Blurb:


These twelve stories range from first-time parents, to a couple still trying to conceive, to a ready-made family hoping to make it official, to parents just trying to get from one day to the next.


But it can't all be about the kids. Especially when the kid to parent ratio favors the kids. You might have sneak out of your own house. Or remind your spouse what grown-ups can do when the kids are away.


From veteran and new authors, these families contain several M/M couples, an F/F couple, and an asexual mom who has some explaining to do to her genderfluid teen.


Individual stories available:


A Second Chance at Happiness by Jessica Chase

Assumptions by Nicole McCormick

Bonds of Blood and Joy by Nora Birch

Cascade Failure by Lynn Townsend

Feeling It Out by K. Lynn

First Day of School, a And Manny Makes Seven short by Sean Michael

Let's Make a Baby by RJ Schmidt

Life Happens by Katherine Halle

The Great Escape by Rob Rosen

The Healing Heart by Mychael Black

What a Man Needs by Andrea Dalling

What East Wind Brought You? by Yolande Kleinn



Crossed Wires

by T. Strange

49 pages / 13500 words

ISBN: 978-1-61040-932-2

$2.99


Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4412


Blurb:


Rory isn’t expecting much more than clowns and elephant poop when he agrees to take his niece and nephew to the circus, but he finds himself entranced by the trapeze performers. Returning to the circus another night, he meets Lev and Tanner after the show and finds himself just as interested in the men themselves. They take him back to their hotel room for a night of steamy sex. After the circus leaves, Rory can’t stop thinking about the duo, though they never call him. He enrolls in a trapeze class as a distraction, and is astonished to find out who’s teaching the course.



Available for Pre-Order NOW


To view all of our current pre-orders: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=200


Coming 6/24/15



Blood and Ink

by Jack Bridges


Annie's grandmother knows old secrets, and Annie is strong and smart. Together, they keep the family safe through the drought. Then bigger trouble comes to their city, and Annie will need more than quick thinking if they are going to survive. Can Annie learn Grandma's secrets in time?


Releasing 6/24/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4414




Love Bites Cassidy Ryan Collection

by Cassidy Ryan


Ex-lovers finding their way back to each other, new lovers discovering hope and faith at Christmas, a young family reaffirming their commitment, and old enemies expressing their affections in the only way they know how. Four disparate couples with one thing in common -- navigating the mysteries of the heart.


Releasing 6/24/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4413




Coming 7/1/15



University of Southern Georgia: Davy & Tony

by Jack Bridges


Love is a funny thing…it happens when and where you least expect it.


Tony has been having a rough couple of days. His dad caught him with a dirty magazine, which would have been embarrassing enough. But when his dad realized it was a gay magazine, he chased Tony down the street. Luckily, Uncle Alfonso and Aunt Luciana have taken him in. Now, he’s out to the world, going to school during the day, and working in the family restaurant at night.


Davy has become what he always dreamed of being: an Army Ranger. He loves everything about it. He’s assigned to Fort Benning and works as an analyst. He also happens to be gay, but even with the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, he’s careful not to let his personal life get in the way of his professional goals. His friends know, but he’s never introduced them to anyone he has dated…until he meets Tony, who changes everything.


Releasing 7/1/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4416




Elder Peterson's Mission Memories

by Jeff Laver


Steve Petersen has been hoping his homosexual feelings are “just a phase.” But as a nineteen-year-old embarking on a two-year Mormon mission in South America, he realizes those feelings are still there, and he’s attracted to another missionary—the companion he’s been assigned to be with 24 hours a day.


Set primarily in 1972, less than three years after Stonewall, these missionaries have been taught by their church that homosexuality is an abomination, and those who “suffer” from those “tendencies” must repent. Worse, with God’s help, fervent prayer, and mind over matter, they can become heterosexuals. Steve’s conflict is real and heart-wrenching; he’s an official representative of his church, but he’s falling in love with his companion. Can he reconcile his church doctrine and the feelings of his heart?


Releasing 7/1/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=3892





Coming 7/8/15



Destroying Angel

by Missy Wilkinson


NON-GLBT


Gates McFarland’s mother has just been proclaimed brain dead by a neurologist. But fifteen-year-old Gates doesn’t believe it’s true, because she hears her mother’s voice in her head. The command is simple: Find my heart. It’s the last thing Gates hears from her mother before the neurologist pulls the plug.


After contacting the Organ Procurement Agency, Gates learns there is no record of her mother’s organ donation. She meets Dr. Ascuitto, her mother’s neurologist. A menacing figure, he threatens to institutionalize Gates if she continues her inquiries.


Determined to find the truth, Gates gets help from John Ed, a street-smart, sixteen-year-old recovering addict. Together, they navigate an underworld of body theft, interstellar drug trafficking and doctors who double as dealers. She finds herself attracted to John Ed’s musical talents and emotional strength even as she is drawn ever-deeper into an alien world accessible only by use of a hallucinogenic spore. Hostile and governed by a sinister waif named Penny, the world holds secrets about Gates’ mother’s death…and the key to Gates’ survival.


Releasing 7/8/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4417




Andrew's Prayer

by Ashavan Doyon


For Andrew Tuttleman, sex is a means to an end. With a mother too sick to pay the bills on her own and college bills to pay, Drew has spent years resorting to sex with strangers to keep a roof over his mother's head and keep himself at school, far away from the hell where he grew up. This summer, his usual tricks are still paying the bills. But there's a new one, Grant, who never got the memo that a trick is a no-strings deal. Convinced that Drew is the answer to a hopeless prayer, Grant seems ready to pursue Drew to the ends of the earth.


Drew, on the other hand, isn't so convinced. Grant comes with trouble in the form of a wife and three kids, not to mention a single and unwavering requirement: that Drew give up his livelihood. Grant's kiss makes Drew ache for more, a romance that he never dreamed possible. He finds himself unexpectedly willing to try. Can Drew weather Grant's angry father, wife, and a daughter determined to kick him in the shins so hard that he'll leave Grant's life forever? It all relies on Grant's faith in an impossible prayer.


Releasing 7/8/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4415

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015
9:45 pm
[kristipublicist]
New Release from A.R. Moler & Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae

This month in honor of Pride Month we are offering a coupon for 25% off the entire cart! Use coupon code "PRIDE2015" anytime through the month of June. Enjoy!


New Releases 6/10/15



Phoenix

by Racheline Maltese and Erin McRae

272 pages / 73400 words

ISBN: 978-1-61040-926-1

$5.99


Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4409


Blurb:


Sometimes the end of everything…


Now happily married to writer and producer Paul Marion Keane, television star J. Alex Cook’s life has been a fairytale of success and romance for years. But when an unexpected tragedy throws his and Paul’s social circle into chaos, the alumni of hit TV show The Fourth Estate are forced to pick up the creative pieces left behind.


...is just the beginning


Confronted with his own mortality, Paul suggests he and Alex start a family. But figuring out what family means when your best friends’ polyamorous marriage may be melting down and you have Hollywood’s most malevolent fairy godmother to thank for your success is no easy proposition.


As Alex questions whether anyone in a profession full of make believe can truly have fame, fortune, kids, and the happily ever after of their dreams, he sets out to take control of his own life and discovers that the best love stories never truly end.


Phoenix is Book 3 in the Love in Los Angeles series.



The LD50 of Memories

by A.R. Moler

148 pages / 41600 words

ISBN: 978-1-61040-915-5

$4.99


Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4410


Blurb:


Navy Pilot Cameron Bradshaw and orthopedic surgeon Mason Flynn are fast working towards solidifying their new family. But life is full of bumps and bruises-- from a sudden lack of diapers for their daughter to Mason's bigoted father passing away. Cam is having scary psychic shock episodes too. After a terrible experience doing a Division P body-finding job, Cam's shields crash hard and he suffers life threatening physical side effects. The solution complicates their lives further. Still, between Jane, their new nanny, and the men reconnecting with an adult sibling apiece, they can see their new family forming around them. Maybe it's time to make it all official?



Available for Pre-Order NOW


To view all of our current pre-orders: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=200


Coming 6/17/15



Family Time Anthology

with stories by Nora Birch, Mychael Black, Jessica Chase, Andrea Dalling, Katherine Halle, Yolande Kleinn, K. Lynn, Nicole McCormick, Sean Michael, Rob Rosen, RJ Schmidt, Lynn Townsend


These twelve stories range from first-time parents, to a couple still trying to conceive, to a ready-made family hoping to make it official, to parents just trying to get from one day to the next.


But it can't all be about the kids. Especially when the kid to parent ratio favors the kids. You might have sneak out of your own house. Or remind your spouse what grown-ups can do when the kids are away.


From veteran and new authors, these families contain several m/m couples, an F/F couple, and an asexual mom who has some explaining to do to her genderfluid teen.


Releasing 6/17/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4411



Crossed Wires

by T. Strange


Rory isn’t expecting much more than clowns and elephant poop when he agrees to take his niece and nephew to the circus, but he finds himself entranced by the trapeze performers. Returning to the circus another night, he meets Lev and Tanner after the show and finds himself just as interested in the men themselves. They take him back to their hotel room for a night of steamy sex. After the circus leaves, Rory can’t stop thinking about the duo, though they never call him. He enrolls in a trapeze class as a distraction, and is astonished to find out who’s teaching the course.


Releasing 6/17/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4412




Coming 6/24/15



Blood and Ink

by Jack Bridges


Annie's grandmother knows old secrets, and Annie is strong and smart. Together, they keep the family safe through the drought. Then bigger trouble comes to their city, and Annie will need more than quick thinking if they are going to survive. Can Annie learn Grandma's secrets in time?


Releasing 6/24/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4414




Love Bites Cassidy Ryan Collection

by Cassidy Ryan


Ex-lovers finding their way back to each other, new lovers discovering hope and faith at Christmas, a young family reaffirming their commitment, and old enemies expressing their affections in the only way they know how. Four disparate couples with one thing in common -- navigating the mysteries of the heart.


Releasing 6/24/15 - Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4413

Saturday, June 6th, 2015
9:34 pm
[marasmine]
Nostalgia Part 2
Just in case anyone else wanted to play 'spot the car' or wondered what a village car boot sale looked like.

9:17 pm
[marasmine]
Nostalgia
I've been on a nostalgia kick since my mother died at the end of March. Visiting the area I grew up in early May just added to it. I had been getting over it but then today's jigsaw puzzle choice showed me that maybe I'm not finished wallowing in the past.

It is a very British scene of a village car boot sale* in the seventies. The cars are all common cars of the period - Ford Cortina Mk2 and Mk3, Austin Mini and Clubman, Morris Minor and Traveller, Austin Maxi, VW Camper and maybe a Rover SD1 in the background - there's even an old lady who looks a lot like my mother-in-law sitting between two tables. There's a village green and a rather impressive church. It took me about 4hrs to finish the puzzle and I haven't done a physical jigsaw in years. Not when there are virtual ones where I don't have to worry about losing any of the pieces.

The joys of the internet meant that the discussion with Himself about the make of one of the cars didn't last as long as it might have. I thought it was a Ford Capri or Escort but he found photographic evidence to prove that it was an early Mk3 Cortina. We never owned a Mk3 - Mk1, Mk2 and Mk4 but no Mk3 or Mk5. We did own Mk1 and Mk2 Capris.

As I said nostalgia for the good old days when we were young and anything was possible!

The approaching wedding anniversary is probably drawing my thoughts to that period as well and we recently went to a 70th birthday party where the younger guests had decided to have a 70s theme. An entire evening of 70s disco music was too much even for me!

Do you have a period that you feel nostalgic about? Childhood? Teenage years? Early adulthood?



*People pack their cars with unwanted treasures and then sell them at the car boot sale - usually they have tables and don't sell from the boot (trunk) of the car. Sort of a mobile yard sale.
8:48 pm
[marasmine]
Hi!
Half past 2015 already - where does the time go?

We are having summer here in my part of the UK. Blue skies and glorious sunshine - it is most confusing and unnatural - but I have been enjoying it. That isn't the reason I'm so late posting today, but might be a contributing factor.

It's been one of those days. First thing this morning I opened my repeat prescription bag and found out I didn't have the tablets I needed. So after walking the dogs I rushed off to the chemist and doctor's surgery to try and sort it out. Yes, the tablets should have been in the bag, but nobody could explain why they weren't or why the prescription hadn't been issued. And there was nobody at the surgery who could do me a new prescription, so I'll have to wait until Monday and took the last tablet yesterday morning...

As the sun was shining and I was in town I did remember to go and order some prescription sunglasses from the Opticians. By the time they get here in about 10 days summer will probably be over, but I'll have them for next year.

I had a wander round the market (all two stalls) and treated myself to a jigsaw puzzle, got some chews for the dogs and resisted the silk flowers.

So by ten I was home and exhausted.

Do you ever have days like that?
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