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Monday, May 23rd, 2016
8:04 am
My Characters and Me

Dealing with social media has been a learning experience. In many ways, I feel as wide-eyed as Phaedra in ‘A Symposium in Space’ (in Torquere’s ‘Theory of Love’ anthology), encountering an array of sophisticated technology she barely understands. I’m learning a little more each day, but I still feel quite wide-eyed. :) I’m doing my best to channel my confusion. All of my Torquere/Prizm characters; the princess in ‘Fairest’, Phaedra in ‘A Symposium in Space’, and Cinders in ‘At Her Service’ are all dealing with a similar confusion. They’re encountering something they’ve never experienced before; a curse, advanced technology, or magic at a ball. While grappling with these experiences, they face the challenge of a forbidden love/uneasy passion. I’m proud of my girls, for each of them faces her challenge. Each of them learns and grows, as she overcomes the obstacles in her way. The princess, Phaedra, and Cinders get stronger in the process. In the true romantic tradition, each of them gets the girl. :) I hope to channel some of my characters’ strength, as I pursue my career as a writer. In a way, stories are my forbidden love. Oh, lots of people enjoy a good story, but to devote a significant part of your life to them? To sacrifice a good portion of your life towards crafting them, which could have been spent securing a more materially stable career? It’s not a decision everyone understands. Writing at times has felt like a forbidden love to me. And yes, there is a girl I hope to get, by overcoming all of my challenges as a writer. That girl is myself. By creating stories, I chase after the woman I hope to become. I create her, by getting stronger. By learning more and more about writing process, using social media, and all aspects of my work, I become wiser. By overcoming the challenges which lay in my way, I’m getting closer and closer to that woman. It’s a quest, which may take my entire life. However, it’s a quest worth going on.

Current Mood: thoughtful
Saturday, May 7th, 2016
10:03 pm
Breathing New Life Into Old Ideas
I don’t remember every single fanfiction I ever came up with. Many of them were a part of roleplaying, involving dolls, action figures, or other people. However, I remember the first fanfiction I ever wrote quite vividly.

It was a class assigment for Cowell College at UCSC. We were reading ‘Death in Venice’, by Thomas Mann. The novel centers around an elderly German writer called Gustav von Aschenbach. The writer is having health problems, so he goes to vacation in Venice. Once he reaches his destination, Aschenbach falls in love with a beautiful boy, staying in the same hotel as him. The writer and the boy never speak, but the boy’s very presence rekindles the vitality in Aschenbach. He feels passion as he’s never felt before, right before he dies. Even as Aschenbach is taken aback, again and again by his beloved’s beauty, he sees the marks of mortality upon his object of desire. Tadzio, the boy he loves, doesn’t have long to live himself. The signs of poor health leave traces upon his beauty, rendering it all the more precious to Aschenbach. One gets the feeling that the writer and the boy are linked by death, as much as by love.

Our assignment was to write a journal from the perspective of Tadzio. I was already speculating quite a bit about ‘Death in Venice’. Aschenbach was stalked by a menacing red haired man in a nightmare, or a vision before he left Germany. This red haired man seems to reappear in a number of guises on the way to Venice and in Venice itself. It was speculated in class that the redhaired man might represent death itself.

The notion took fire in my imagination that this figure could be stalking Tadzio as well, if lover and beloved were bound by death, as well as romance. I’d been watching ‘Twin Peaks’, plus I’d just read Laura Palmer’s diary. It was only too easy to contemplate how the redhaired man could be similar to BOB in a bogeyman aspect to Tadzio.

I wrote my fanfiction, letting the redhaired man take on an even more menacing light. My professor loved it. I got my first praise ever for a fanfiction in that class.
It deepened my devotion not only to fanfiction, but to reinvention. I’d gotten a taste for linking story ideas, concepts, and character archetypes together, letting one breathe new life into another.

Very little is original. Almost every idea comes from somewhere, or was inspired by something else. The forms that they take on in our imagination can be quite unique. ‘Fairest’ was my attempt to breathe new life not only into old, cherished tales, but the concepts those tales embody. Beauty. A cursed sleep. All the things your reflection in the mirror can be. And of course, love.

What about you, dear reader? What stories or ideas have you breathed new life into via your imagination?

Current Mood: thoughtful
Monday, May 2nd, 2016
10:57 am
KR Svich - Self Intro and Upcoming Piece
Hi, I’m new to Torquere and thought I’d take this opportunity to introduce myself, as well as my upcoming piece: an m/m romance with a dark fiction and crime backdrop.

My name is KR Svich. I’m twenty-four years old, of Croatian and Irish decent, born in Sydney, Australia. I graduated from the University of Sydney in 2014 and have since been living and working near Osaka, Japan.

I first studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and returned for another exchange trip during university. My affinity with and passion for Japan has inspired much of my writing to be based in a Japanese and/or Asian setting.

My upcoming short story, ‘Lilium’, is not exception to this, with the plot centering on Sheng-Li, the orphaned son of a North Korean defector, and Ren, a Japanese gangster.

I’ve included a short blurb as well as some character illustrations below. Recently I’ve been trying hard to improve my drawing skills, albeit the only style I seem to be capable of is a Japanese comic style.

In any case, I always find myself wishing I could create more detailed visual representations of my characters to match the words of their stories. It’s a working progress, but I’ll add the current character illustrations of the two main characters to go with the blurb.

I’m really excited to become a part of this community and hope I can interest you in reading my work once in becomes available to purchase.


Sheng-Li lives in poverty with his mother in rural northeastern China after she smuggles him as an infant across the North Korean border. They live in relative peace until one day, an unfortunate incident forces a ten-year-old Sheng-Li to escape alone to Beijing.

After nearly starving to death on the street he is picked up by Jin Huang, one of the city’s most notorious drug lords, who offers him work in exchange for food and a place to sleep.

Sheng-Li grows up in this underworld, learning violence as his sole outlet. That is until shorty after his twentieth birthday, when he meets Ren. The two are assigned to be partners in a heroin smuggling operation into Japan, but eventually become caught up in a physical relationship.

As the operation progresses and they continue to see each other on the side, it seems there will be only trouble waiting at the end.

Saturday, April 16th, 2016
2:08 pm
MM Good Book Reviews
Fragments of a Unicorn’s Soul by J.R. Loveless
Laid by A.J. Llewellyn

Rainbow Book Reviews
The Butcher, the Baker, the Candlestick Maker by Rob Rosen
Laid by A.J. Llewellyn
An Erie Operetta by V.L. Locey

Teresa - Fallen Angel
Broken Alpha by D.C. Juris
Eagle Peak by Elizabeth Fontaine
Tearing Us Apart by Amanda Clay

The Blogger Girls
My Zombie Boyfriend by T. Strange
Wednesday, February 24th, 2016
10:40 am
Stories: A Lifelong Romance
What is it about books, which keeps us coming back for more? I remember a cartoon, playing on TV, when I was a little girl. An animated cat urged the audience to read, because “reading is a trip!”

How right he was. Reading was a trip, not only to far away places, but to places, which didn’t exist, except on the printed page. I’ve been in different times and different universes, transported away, as I read. I’ve seen the world through completely different eyes, as I’ve gotten into trouble, fallen in love, and lived the lives of a million fictional characters. Perhaps more than that. The vacations were so wonderful, I never wanted them to stop. Too often, I heard the criticism that readers never truly lived. Readers avoided living, by hiding behind their books. I was living, learning, and loving a rich life I would never have discovered, if I hadn’t read, read, and read some more. Reading was a full scale love affair for me. Stories in particular grabbed my attention, whether they were histories, herstories, or fictional stories. I started seeing patterns within the stories, a connective web of challenges, emotions, and truths, which ran with many of the best stories. The patterns fascinated me. I wanted to contribute to them, add to them.

Is it any wonder I chose to be a writer? It’s a very difficult career. Fortunately, I had people willing to support me with some of the material practicalities in my life. This freed up more time for writing and creating. I began at a time, when it was almost impossible to make it as a writer. I struggled to create the perfect opening sentence, which wouldn’t send my manuscript straight to the trashbin at a glance.

The world changed. More opportunities were opening up, as electronic media opened up doors, which had previously been closed. Shy as a person testing the waters of a turbulent pool, I started to peek behind doors. prizmbooks.com was lying behind one of them. Unsure of myself, I decided to try and write a story for their ‘Rainbows Come in All Colors’ anthology. It was a story I’d written, which had been rejected by an anthology. It was too short for Prizm, but I decided to rewrite it, flesh it out, and expand it for ‘Rainbows Come in All Colors’. The title unwent several changes, before I settled on ‘Fairest’. The changes I made drew me in, as characters emerged, whom I hadn’t really thought about. My heroine got stronger, plus her mentor developed as a fully fledged personality. I worked, revised, and finally had a manuscript ready to submit. It was a difficult time, since my family was having health problems at the time, but I forced myself to concentrate. Finally, I sent it in, not sure what to expect.

My delight, when ‘Fairest’ was accepted is beyond words. I squealed and started crying, dancing around the room, when I saw Kristi’s acceptance note in my inbox. I danced around, hugged myself, and checked the message, to make sure I hadn’t read it wrong. No, it was still there. I’d been accepted!

My world changed again, as I realized I need to learn and use a lot of electronic media around me, such as Facebook, Twitter, and blogs. It’s been a challenge, but it’s been a fun challenge. I’m pleased with the results, as well as the proud author of two blogs; The Cauldron of Eternal Inspiration at inspirationcauldron.wordpress.com and inspirationcauldron.blogspot.com. (Yes, they are different blogs, even though they have similar names. The inspiration will be slightly different at one place than at the other. :)) I’ve gotten to connect with a lot of different people, every single day, because of these mediums. Hopefully, some of them will be potential readers. For as I overcome one challenge, I’m faced with another. How do I find the people, who’ll love my work? How will they find me?

It’s a difficult, but exciting task. Hopefully, you’ll be among those, who’ll enjoy my book. Hopefully, I’ll be able to share some of the joy so many writers have given me with my own readers. Yes, I want to make money, of course. Yes, I want to be successfully. However, if I can touch one person’s heart, sharing my love of story through my story, I will have justified my existence.

Current Mood: relieved
Tuesday, December 1st, 2015
11:19 pm
New Releases and Pre-orders!

This week's specials 20% off select titles by Alex Douglas and Voss Foster. Come check them out!


New Releases 12/2/15

Tivi's Dagger

by Alex Douglas

164 pages / 61000 words

ISBN: 978-1-944449-03-2


Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4555


The son and heir to a noble, Nedim Melchion has always been used to the more illicit pleasures in the high society of the Divine Kingdom of Lis, where laws are harsh and punishments harsher. So far his money and status have protected him from the grim realities of life…but now that the Protectors who police the land have a new leader, life has taken an unwelcome turn for the worse.

What could be more unfashionable for a noble in his prime than being forced to wear a pilgrim brown tunic while trudging through the dangerous mountain kingdom of Methar to pay homage to the Gods at an ancient shrine? Bound to serve by a Rite invoked by his devout older brother, Nedim can do nothing but count the footsteps until he can get back to his friends, his favorite tavern and his decadent ways. But as he and his traveling companions are guided through the land of the love gods by a handsome young monk, will Nedim find reason to change his ways?

Go Ask Alice

by Anne Key

Pages: 130 / Words: 35000

ISBN: 978-1-61040-997-1

Genre: LGBT, Urban Fantasy


Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4553


Big trouble. Her girlfriend, Cat, is dead, Alice just got out of the hospital, and everything is falling apart. The girls bought a bag of pills from a dealer and took them to Cat’s house to LARP their game, Underneath. The plan is to take one pill after another until the vampires come for them.

Problem is, the vampires didn’t come, the ambulance did.

As soon as she gets home, Alice runs away to attend Cat’s funeral and meets Leveret, Cat’s cousin, and that’s when she falls down the rabbit hole.

From shrinking and growing, from a monster in a hospital to a haunted toy store, from a nightclub filled with vampires to a Ren Faire with the most unnerving Mad Hatter and a game where ninja ballerinas beat people to death with sticks – Alice’s trip follows the heart of the Alice in Wonderland story, if not the letter.

On the way Alice has to make a number of decisions – is she sane? Is she dead? Is she willing to sacrifice everything for someone else or does she exercise self-preservation even if that means losing the girl she loves?

A Fool's War

by Voss Foster

Pages: 170 / Words: 51000

ISBN: 978-1-944449-04-9

Genre: LGBT, Urban Fantasy


Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4554


Marley is alive, and back with Toby and the rest of Zirkua Fantastic. But King Jester, the spirit of discord, still roams free, and his most fearsome creations, the Princes, have been loosed from their prisons. Now, human and immortal alike are disappearing, no sign of a body or a struggle to be found. More and more of them each day.

Now, it’s the duty of the last remnants of resistance to stand strong against the impossible, battle back the chaos before it ravages Earth. And all the while, a single question remains unanswered: can life ever return to normal after this?

Available for Pre-Order NOW

Your preordered books will be emailed to you directly on Tuesday evening before the release. Take advantage of getting your books first.

Coming 12/9/15

Combine, a Hammer novel

Sean Michael

Dom and sub couples Peter and Devon, and Max and Swan, are joining their lives together. After a week at The Briar Rose, they know there’s a lot of work to do, and they’re all committed to making sure what they have together succeeds.

Peter is the easygoing sub, while Max needs discipline and rules to keep from falling back into bad habits, so both Masters worry about making sure that each boy gets what he needs without making either sub feel neglected. It’s a balancing act that winds up taking some fancy footwork and the stress takes its toll.

As they learn to live and bond together, they discover things about each other that makes them fall more deeply in love, helping to cement their relationships.

Then an unexpected attack on Peter and Max threatens to upset the balance they’ve created, and Swan and Devon must join forces to give their subs what they need to push through and thrive. Will this stumbling block break apart their hard-won new family, or will it forge a stronger foursome?

Releasing 12/9/15 - Available Pre-Order:


Holiday Want Ads Anthology

edited by Deelylah Mullin with stories by Avery Duran, Shira Glassman, Emjay Haze, Kassandra Lea, Dale Cameron Lowry, G.O. Noce, Marie Piper, Rob Rosen, Angora Shade, Robin Watergrove

Whether reading Facebook ads, Craigslist, or the classified section of the local newspaper, there’s always something interesting available in the want ads... if you’re looking. In our Holiday Want Ads Anthology, Torquere Press offers ten beautiful stories of found love from ten talented authors.

In Compatible Gardens, Angora Shade weaves a tale about strangers on a city bus. Emjay Haze reveals a little Elfin Magic in her workplace romance. Little White Lights, Marie Piper’s feature, highlights illumination as a gift. In Wrapped Up, Kassandra Lea brings readers a holiday storm full of anxiety for both the storm and a question’s response. Avery Duran brings us a winter ball, complete with a Prince Charming in Matzo Ball. Eitan’s Chord, Shira Glassman’s offering, brings readers a visit from three Chanukah fairies creating magic from their passion. Thank You, Craig highlights fireworks and the versatility of a fire escape. G.O. Noce tells about a Boyfriend for Rent, and both parties in the agreement get a lot more than they bargained for. Looking for a Soft Center, by Robin Watergrove, shows how articulating one’s wants is much harder than simply writing an ad. And Dale Cameron Lowry gives readers an ex-Mormon hiring a bartender who helps with a party and builds a friendship—possibly more—with his employer in Mi Alma.

Enjoy Holiday Want Ads!

Releasing 12/9/15 - Available Pre-Order:


Before the New Moon Rises

by Cathy Hird


When Poseidon's ambition is thwarted (as told in Moon of the Goddess), Princess Thalassai expects to enjoy the luxury of peace in the valley of Ephyra. Instead, the Earthshaker's revenge strikes like forked lightning. He recruits Aphoron, disgraced prince of Ephyra, to set off an attack on her home city. The god then releases a monster shark to shut down trade and lays a sleeping spell on the four kings who hold sway in the lands claimed by the ancient goddess Eurynome.

With the king under Poseidon's spell, Thalassai struggles to maintain order in the city. Her fiancé Brizo sets sail to defeat the monster shark, but in the first encounter, the shark destroys the ship's rudder and oars. Her brother Melanion chases after Aphoron and uncovers the prince's plan to attack their city. As other Olympian gods who are angry with Poseidon are drawn into the fray, conflict threatens to engulf the lands of Greece. Will it spread to the mountain of the gods? Will the young leaders find a way to defeat the Earthshaker's plans and restore peace?

Releasing 12/9/15 - Available Pre-Order:


Coming 12/16/15

The Love Triangle Gone Wrong

by Rob Rosen

Gus is a theater security guard with dreams of becoming a cop. Steel is a local actor who one day wants to see his name up in lights. When a scene during a play turns murderous, the two team up, in more ways than one, to free the innocent and catch the guilty. In this hilarious romantic whodunit, you’ll never guess what, or who, is going to come next!

Releasing 12/16/15 - Available Pre-Order:


First Weekend

by Rhyann Harris

Daniel used to be married to Molly’s mother. When they divorced, Molly chose to stay with him rather than move on with her wicked mother. Now that she’s safely in college, Daniel thinks he can escape the naughty thoughts that have plagued him about the beautiful cheerleader he’s taken care of for the past six years.

When Molly comes home for a weekend, she’s armed with a stack of sexy movies for a “school project” and a plan to seduce her ex-stepfather. But soon, the seducer becomes the seduced, and Daniel gives Molly a weekend she’ll never forget.

Previously self-published work.

Releasing 12/16/15 - Available Pre-Order:


137 Owens Street

by DC Juris

Matthew is going insane. How else can he explain remembering things he doesn’t own or trips his wife never took? Not to mention the visions, and the phantom in the café. But when the man in the visions reaches out to him with an explanation, and the phantom from the café tracks him down, things start to make a little more sense.

Morgan is a devout Christian. He believes in God, Heaven, Hell, and the Bible. But his world spins out of control when his husband Matthew disappears and a mysterious man tells a tale outside the realm of reality. How can Morgan put his faith in something so far-fetched? And what will happen to Matthew if he doesn't?

Previously published by Breathless Press.

Releasing 12/16/15 - Available Pre-Order:


Coming 12/30/15

The Sky People Trilogy

by DC Juris

Warning: Story contains Twincest.

Driven by visions of his soul mate, Tristan, Jinsu steps through the portal to Earth, leaving all he has ever known behind.. Seven months into their fairy-tale romance, and Tristan and Jinsu couldn't be happier. But when Jinsu falls ill with a mysterious, lingering condition, everything changes. Jinsu's magic is dying and taking him with it. Suddenly the couple's desire to find a way back to Jinsu's home world is more than just a dream–it's a necessity. With Jinsu's time quickly running out, Tristan is forced to seek help from someone he'd hoped to never, ever lay eyes on again.

Tristan awakens on Torottu, but the portal wasn't meant for humans, and he's been near death since his arrival almost ten months ago. Even worse, Jinsu has no idea who Tristan is—the return trip through the portal erased his memory of Earth, of their relationship, or Tristan himself. Winning Jinsu's heart again won't be easy, especially if Kelan, Jinsu's twin, has anything to say about it. Kelan loves Jinsu, too, and he won't be put aside for Tristan. Not again. Tristan knows his only chance for happiness—and the only chance for Jinsu and Kelan—is to follow his heart. Previously published by Breathless Press.

Releasing 12/30/15 - Available Pre-Order:


Life is a Stevie Wonder Song

by V.L. Locey

Authors know that their muse is a fickle creature. Best-selling spy novelist Stephen Ramsey has been in a hate-hate relationship with his inspiration for months. When Stephen's publisher lays a legal ultimatum upon him, with a rapidly approaching deadline, he knows he must do something to kick-start his creativity or face the unemployment line. His daughter comes up with a possible answer: a summer camp for the creative soul. With nothing to lose, Stephen packs up his laptop, phonograph and beloved record albums and heads from Greenwich Village to the Catskill Mountains.

There, among a horde of college students attending for extra credits, is Declan Pomeroy, a photographer of fey creatures who is twenty-two years younger than Stephen. The woods are a magical place, and he quickly finds himself falling under the spell of the free-spirited photographer. Confusion wars with desire inside Stephen as he succumbs to the feelings welling up inside. But, sadly, summer camp always has to end. Can a man who has just found himself really leave the person that makes his heart sing?

Releasing 12/30/15 - Available Pre-Order:


Thursday, November 26th, 2015
10:39 am
Happy Thanksgiving!

For those of you who celebrate, Happy American Thanksgiving!

We're getting ready to go to family dinner over at an aunt's house.  It's a huge affair; 35 or 40 people are expected.  It's a giant party.  Here are some thoughts on pacing yourself for a large holiday meal:

  1. Fruit is your friend.  Avoid excess candy, since dinner is coming.

  2. Dogs are great disposals.  Our's is named Daisy and she's a new addition to the family.  Daisy likes eggs.  And kielbasi.  And croisants.

  3. Dogs get fat from eating too much human food.

  4. So do humans.  ~grin~

  5. Adults don't understand teenagers, according to my oldest nephew.

And that's all for today.  What's your best tip for pacing yourself?
Monday, November 2nd, 2015
11:13 pm
This weeks specials are from authors, Chris Owen, Tory Temple, Katherine Halle, and Lynn Townsend! 20% Go Get em!!!

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015
7:17 am
Fast Drafting, The Inner Critic, and NaNo - Or, Why I Keep Writing Like Mad

Do you NaNo?  People that do, look at me with mild panic right about now because NOVEMBER 1ST IS IN TEN DAYS.  People that don't have this expression of mild pity, as though I were mad.

I don't have the heart to tell them, I am mad.  (We're all mad here?)

So.  What the heck is NaNo and why should we care?

Every year in the month of November, it's National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo.  The founders describe it as "a month of literary abandon."  The objective is simple:  Between November 1st at midnight to November 30th at eleven-fifty-nine on the clock, local time, write fifty thousand words.  50,000.  50k.  FIFTY THOUSAND.  Fiiiiiifffffty thousand.  Fi'ty thou'.

Fifty Thousand Words.  In the month of November.


Good question.

Here's why:  those of us who want to be writers, who want to write novels, do a lot of dreaming, talking, wishing, visioning, noodling, and trying.  We might have a draft stashed in a drawer somewhere, or languishing on a hard drive.  In the cloud.  In our heads.  (That's even worse, because then we carry it around with us where it can mock us. Daily. Everywhere.  Even in line at Starbucks.)  (Especially in line at Starbucks.)  So Chris Baty, the founder of NaNo, decided to egg a bunch of his friends on to put their keyboards where their mouths were, and write a draft of a novel.  The catch?

Do it in 30 days.

What he, and they, and now we Wrimos, have discovered is this: when you write that fast, you evade the internal censor.  The inner critic.  You know, that voice of your parent/fifth grade grammar teacher/friends/the guy in the line at Starbucks, all of whom say, "You're writing a novel?" and then proceed to tell you all the reasons why it won't work:  it's already been done; there are only seven plots, so there's no point because all the stories have been told already; you can't write because you're an _____; you flunked English class, who are you to think you're Hemingway; etc. etc. ad nauseum infinitum.

Do it anyway.

If I've learned anything doing NaNo, it's this:  when you're so busy writing, every day, to hit your word count, (which if you divide 50,000 by 30 is 1,667 words a day), you don't have time to listen to the dude in the line at Starbucks, or your grammar teacher, or anybody but the blessed voice of your novel.  Your critic will jump up and down in your mind, trying to tell you that you're a fool, but what the hell - throw him in the novel too!  (Then kill him in various and inventive ways, on paper.  Much cheaper than hiring a lawyer to keep yourself out of Sing Sing.)

At the end of November, you will find that you have something that never existed before:  the first draft of YOUR novel.  You have become, young padawan, a novelist.

And that, Dear Reader, is why I NaNo.  What about you?

Find me at NaNo:
A. Catherine Noon
2nd Year Municipal Liaison
Chicago Region (If you're near the Chicagoland, join us for our Kick-Off Party this Sunday, 10/25/2015, at Geek Bar!)
6 attemps | 4 wins
On NaNo as: a.catherine.noon
National Novel Writing Month:
NaNoWriMo | ChiWriMo | Blog | Facebook | Twitter

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

The Persis Chronicles:
Book 2, EMERALD KEEP (NaNo 2012)
Book 3, SAPPHIRE DREAM, coming 2016 (NaNo 2010)
Other Fun Stuff:
Knoontime Knitting: Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Ravelry
Noon and Wilder links: Blog | Taurus and Taurus (NSFW) | Website | Facebook
The Writer Zen Garden: The Writers Retreat Blog | Forum | Facebook | Twitter | Meetup

Current Mood: excited
Wednesday, October 21st, 2015
5:07 pm
Blog Post for Author Amanda Clay- New Release- Tearing Us Apart
Something Amanda Clay wanted you to read and know:

I've never been very good at keeping a diary (just like I'm terrible at
tweeting and NEVER update my blog). I have tried in the past, and have a
shelf of half-full blank books from various eras in my life. I go back and
look at them sometimes and the number one thing I take away is how much I
wish I'd been better at keeping a diary. I think it's easy to remember the
big moments, like moving cities after my parents' divorce, but so easy to
forget the small ones, like the series of dreams about going on tour with
Duran Duran that I apparently had in the autumn of '84. My favorite thing
about re-reading my high school diary, though, is watching myself come out.
April 26, 1983: Got new posters today, Culture Club, one of just Boy
George and a square record store promotional card thingy for Let's Dance.
David Bowie is so gorgeous. But I love Boy George and always will. I hung
the poster right by my pillow so I can see it when I sleep. I hung up my
Rocky Horror poster too. It's funny, but all the boys I like look like
Dear Teen Amanda: GET A CLUE
But no, not yet.
September 9, 1983: Found out something today. Danny and Darrin from my
Drama class are gay. They told me when they were talking about a guy,
Tommy, that I don't know. I'm perfectly ok with this. It's just
interesting. I'm honored they told me. I'm glad I know some gay people.
Dear Teen Amanda: Oh just you wait.
October 12, 1983: I got to be partners with Amber in drama class. She is
so talented, I've never met anyone who's as good as she is. And she has
these amazing dark eyes and can cry on cue. She's a Senior and is going to
drama school when she graduates. I know she's going to end up in the
movies. It was so wonderful to get to work with her.
Dear Teen Amanda: Getting warmer!!
Nov 1983-February 1984: All Amber all the time. She's talented and has
beautiful eyes. Really talented. Really beautiful. Did I mention her eyes?
March 3, 1984: I had the weirdest thought. I think I have a crush on Amber.
Dear Teen Amanda: DING DING DING DING! We have a winner!
Amber never knew of my love, and it would be a while before I could
actually call myself a lesbian, but I got there eventually. That kind of
young, awakening knowledge and love is such a magical time and place in a
person's life experience. I think that's why I like to write YA. There's
every kind of promise at that moment, every kind of opportunity.
The boys in "Tearing Us Apart" are in different places in this
awakening, and I really loved trying to bridge the gap between them, bring
them together to learn from each other and be together. It's not easy, any
of it, but it's almost always worthwhile.
That's what I was going for, anyway. You can let me know if I made it.
Sunday, October 4th, 2015
8:31 pm
Review Roundup 10-4-15
Hey there everybody!

Just a quick little note:
Below are reviews from the couple weeks or so that may just encourage you to pick up that book you've been procrastinating reading or buying! Give he reviews a good once (or twice) over and go pick up these amazing books!


Herc’s Mercs: Once A Hero by Ari McKay


Emerald Eyes by Julia Talbot


How the Mighty Have Fallen by Bailey Bradford

Raven and Coyote Make a Wager by BA Tortuga

Graveyard Sparrow by Kayla Bashe

Gage and Hamish by Julia Talbot

Beta’s Call by Angelique Voisen

Undone by CB Potts

Turning Tables by Torrance Sene

Ex Diris by Gacy Grant

My Zombie Mixup by T. Strange

The Assistant’s Contraption by Charles Payseur

Paw Prints by S.E. O’Connor

Box of Nails: Jack of All Trades by Sean Michael

In Dreams by Cassandra McMurphy

The Hart and the Hound by Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae

Vital Signs by Dawn M. Sooy


Coming Out Catholic by Alex Dunkin


Underground: Special Teams by Sean Michael

It Was Supposed To Be A Vacation by M. Durango

Graveyard Sparrow by Kayla Bashe

Delphinos by T. Strange

The Golden Balls by Delilah Storm

Eternal Grind by Salome Wilde

Clipped Wings by Shiloh Saddler


The Camp by Victoria Zagar

Early To Rise by V.L. Locey

Hot Pink in the City by Medeia Sharif

Literary Nymphs Reviews-

Herc’s Mercs: Once a Hero by Ari McKay

Prism Book Alliance-

Settling the Score by Eden Winters


Andrew’s Prayer by Ashavan Doyon

Plaid Nights Anthology


It Was Supposed To Be A Vaction by M. Durango

Caron High News by Annabelle Jay


Emerald Eyes by Julia Talbot


Herc’s Mercs: Once A Hero by Ari McKay

A Cheap Racket by Syd McGinley

Mythologically Torqued Vol II

The Dusty Hat Bar by L.J. Hamlin

Exchange of Power Anthology


Herc’s Mercs: Once A Hero by Ari McKay

Friday, September 25th, 2015
11:45 am
Leavin', on a Jet Plane... la la la....

It's now officially Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere; Spring in the Southern.  In both places, the days and nights are of approximately equal length.  Something else that happens at the end of September is a small writers retreat.  I'm at the airport now, waiting for my flight.  There are a surprising number of crying infants and one lady actually brought her small, and yapping, dog.

Thank the powers for noise-canceling earphones and Pandora, is all I'm sayin'.

Boria, the large, white fluff ball in the picture, always prowls around the house when I pack for a trip as though I'm seriously messing with his chi.  He'll do things like get in my suitcase and curl up on my clean clothes, trip me as I try to walk between the dining room and the office, or stand in front of his (full) food dishes and sing the Song of His People.  At the top of his lungs.

And a twenty pound cat has a lot of lungs.

This year, we're going to a mountain resort in Utah about an hour outside of Salt Lake.  I'm excited.  We won't have wifi in the rooms, even; just in the main lodge area.  We're not a hundred percent sure we'll have cell phone coverage.  Three days of silence.

I can't wait.

What about you, Dear Reader?  What sounds like a great way to spend a weekend?  Tell me in the comments; I'd love to know.

Current Mood: excited
Monday, September 7th, 2015
2:42 pm
Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day!

What are you doing for today?
Friday, August 14th, 2015
10:02 pm
Torquere Press Part IV Review Round-Up.
My Fiction Nook

The Bohemians by Sean Michael

Sensual Reads

Midnight Rodeo Homecoming by B.A. Tortuga Kiernan Kelly and Julia Talbot
That Stormy Knight by Shad O. Walker

Long and Short Reviews

The Bohemians by Sean Michael
Tales from the Outer Lands
The Apples & Gin Shorts by Jenna Jones
Building a Life by Alexa Snow
Destroying Angel by Missy Wilkinson

Top 2 Bottom Reviews

My Zombie Boyfriend by T. Strange

Rainbow Book Reviews

A Second Chance at Happiness by Jessica Chase
First Day of School (Mannies Incorporated 3.5) by Sean Michael
Feumaidh Mi Ruith (A Night Wars Story) by Missouri Dalton
Sir WW by Angelique Voisen
Some Like it Scot by Julia Talbot
A Time to Heal by Anna Mansel
As Fair Art Thou, My Bonny Lad by Ari McKay
Kilt in the Closet by Logan Zachary
Perfect Working Order by Elizabeth Coldwell
Off-Kilter by Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese

Cocktails and Books

Blended Family by Sean Michael

MM Good Book Reviews

The LD50 of Memories by A.R. Moler
Agate: Then and Now by M.D. Grimm


The Shroud Eaters by Alyx Shaw
Sunday, August 9th, 2015
3:13 pm
Torquere Press Review Round-Up Part III!

Whiskey and Want by Megan McFerren

Lesbian Lovers by Berengaria Brown

and Manny Makes Seven by Sean Michael

Conjoined at the Soul by Huston Piner

Herc’s Mercs 2: Line in the Sand by Ari McKay

Herc’s Mercs 3: Bloody but Unbowed by Ari McKay

Hoarse Play by Sean Michael

Assumptions by Nicole McCormick

Bonds of Blood and Joy by Nora Birch

Everyday Stories, Jarhead Shorts by Sean Michael

Briar Rose 3: Blended Family by Sean Michael

Cascade Failure by Lynn Townsend

Feeling it Out by K. Lynn

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

Tossing It by Rob Rosen


Moby’s Dick by AJ Llewellyn & DJ Manly


Labyrinth of Stone by TA Moore


Early to Rise by V.L. Locey

My Zombie Boyfriend by T. Strange


Za Week 1 by I.D. Locke

Building a Life by Alexa Snow

Moby’s Dick by AJ Llewellyn and DJ Manly

Emerald Keep by A. Catherine Noon and Rachel Wilder

Becoming Andy Hunsinger by Jere’ M Fishback

Holiday Collection by Kiernan Kelly

Bus Stories by Sean Michel

Mythologically Torquered Anthology

University of Southern Georgia: Davy & Tony by Heath Greenfield

Controlling Parker by Sean Michael

Gage and Hamish by Julia Talbot

It was Supposed to be a Vacation by M. Durango

Finding their way by Chris Owen and Tory Temple

My Zombie Boyfriend by T. Strange

Tha Haven by AJ Llewellyn

Box of Nails: Making Repairs by Sean Michael

Sometimes the Cowboy Falls by B.L. Dayhoff

The Fantasy Collection by Kiernan Kelly

A Hard Man is Good to Find by Kiernan Kelly

sugar Rush by Dani Myrick

Haven: Generations by Lee Benoit

Haven by Lee Benoit

Radio Boys by Sean Michael

Songbook by Paulo Preston

Bits of Magic by Angela Benedetti

Lock and Key by T. Strange

The Bohemians by Sean Michael 2nd Edition

Light in Endless Darkness by Huston Piner


Sleeping on the Job by Missouri Dalton

Someone Like You by Mychael Black

Special Teams by Charlie Richards

Cast the First Stone by Katherine Halle

And Manny Makes Seven by Sean Michael

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

The Hellfire Legacy by Missouri Dalton

Treat by Sean Michael


Loving Aiden by Ashavan Doyon

Room 1024 by Racheline Maltese and Erin McRae


Cream – A Hammer Novel by Sean Michael

Winter’s Gift by Sean Michael

Radio Boys by Sean Michael

Beginning to Believe by Sean Michael

ZA: And the Dead Shall Rise by ID Locke

Screwdrivers, a Hammer Short Collection by Sean Michael

Dawg Days Anthology


Sometimes the Cowboy Falls by BL Dayhoff

Full Moon Dating Book I by Julia Talbot

Full Moon Dating Book 2 by Julia Talbot


An Erie Operetta by V.L. Locey

That Stormy Knight by Shad O. Walker


Daddy, Daddy and Me by Sean Michael

Never Too Early: Finding Their Way by Chris Owen & Tory Temple

Beginning to Believe by Sean Michael


Never Too Early: Finding Their Own Way by Chris Owen and Tory Temple


Take it Like a Man Anthology


A Hard Man is Good to Find by Kiernan Kelly

Bus Stories by Sean Michael


Andrew’s Prayer by Ashavan Doyon

University of Southern Georgia: Davy and Tony by Heath Greenfield


Prodigal by Lexi Stone

Freighter Flights by Drew Zachary

Beloved Captive by Jez Morrow

Cabin Fever by B.A. Tortuga

Gentleman of substance by Julia Talbot

Never Too Early: Finding Their way by Chris Owen and Tory Temple

My Zombie Boyfriend by T. Strange


A Cheap Racket by Syd McGinley
Thursday, August 6th, 2015
8:40 pm
Happy August

Another late appearance - why do ARe always have flashsales on the 6th of the month? And put dragon shifter books in the advert? I'm having a shifter mood at the moment. It'd been a while since I read any shifter stories and then I picked one up in a sale and I'm hooked again.

It looks like LJ is going to be awkward and have some maintenance in an hour or so - if I got my time zones right. So you'll just get one post today, which actually has more to do with me getting up in the middle of the night to go into work early today.

In just over a month I'll be on my way to Bristol for the UK GLBTQ Fiction Meet - a weekend of fun and nattering. This year I'm on a panel about humour in writing as well as reprising my 'questions for inspiration' topic that I did in Manchester for a smaller audience. The questions one is sorted, but my panel isn't, so I thought I'd ask for some help.

Can you suggest any books with humourous blurbs? Or just books that have made you laugh? I've got a few of my own, but only what I've read which is a drop in the ocean. So if you have any suggestions I'd be very grateful - genre or mainstream or whatever.

Humour and romance are often difficult to fit together, but when done well it is a fantastic combination. I happen to think that a seasoning of humour improves any genre. Do you enjoy humour in your romance or do you prefer a more serious approach to the big topic of true love?

I'm toddling off to bed shortly, so I'll catch up with you tomorrow when LJ has recovered.

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015
7:36 pm
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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