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Torquere Charity Sips, including Training Cats, are out!

In 2008, Torquere Press’ fantastic authors decided to support a charity with an annual short story collection called our Charity Sip blitz. In the past three years, we’ve donated more than $13,000.00 to charitable organizations that support GLBT causes.

For 2011, Torquere’s authors have chosen the theme “Getting Better” in honor of the It Gets Better project, which helps LGBT youth understand that life as an openly queer adult is not only possible, but happening for millions of people, worldwide. More than thirty authors have written short fiction pieces and have agreed to donate all proceeds of the sales of these stories to this year’s charitable organization. Torquere Press Inc. will match the authors’ donations completely.

This year, we’re also pleased to announce that our distribution partner, Rainbow eBooks, has agreed to be the title sponsor of our Sip collection, and will be our sole distributor outside of the Torquere Books website. Please support our sponsor by visiting them at www.rainbowebooks.com

Special thanks to J. Rocci for all of the enthusiasm and hard work on the Getting Better project.

Torquere Press and our authors truly believe we can make a difference by donating to organizations that promote awareness and equality. If you’d like to help, please support the Charity Sip Blitz and enjoy some great romance today!



The gloss is off Brent’s relationship with Tyler; the real man is showing through and his inside does not match the outside.  Brent’s got a better chance of teaching a cat to sit and stay than of convincing handsome, glamorous Tyler to be thoughtful, and it’s time to stop trying.

No longer distracted by appearances, a newly single Brent is finally ready to notice the considerate, steadfast man who’s been part of the background too long.


Training Cats is part of the On Call world: Keith and Dante turn up to offer opinions and a little help.

Part of the Torquere Charity Sips line, all author’s proceeds from this story go to benefit the “It Gets Better” Project, designed to help teens see that life does improve for GLBT persons who may be experiencing a very rocky youth.

All the stories, from thirty-plus great authors, including Eden Winters, Syd McGinley, Sean Michael, and J. Rocci, can be had in a package through Torquere or through Rainbow eBooks, or can be purchased individually.

Edits on a new one

Heh, got the acceptance note and the edits very nearly back to back on my Charity Sip, Training Cats.

My afternoon is now, accept, reject, revise, revise. Figure it out, revise, revise.

Training Cats is part of the On Call series; Keith and Dante are secondary characters. Their best friend Brent is having certain difficulties sorting out his love life, but wise words from friends, and a little meddling from a cat, will get him back on track.

This should be out from Torquere sometime in September. Proceeds will go to the “It Gets Better” project.

Dreamspinner Short on the Way!

I’ve spent a chunk of this weekend doing edits on a new short that’s due out August 17th. Prep Work is my first story with Dreamspinner, and since everything’s new with this publisher, I’ve hesitated to say a lot about it. I’m learning the drill with them, though, and now I’m getting excited.

So far, everyone has been delightful to work with, and things are going smoothly. Covers aren’t an issue — my story is roughly 13,500 words and is  in a line that gets a standard cover. The photo sites suck me in for hours while I find pictures to dream about but never use, so I haven’t fallen into that time sink lately. Edits have gone well — where we haven’t agreed, we’ve discussed, and the results have satisfied us all.

We’ve even worked out some preliminary blurbs. I think we’ve got some catchy candidates –here’s one:

Prep Work

Celebrity chef Jude Marshall’s ditched his camera crew for the first time in a month – he’s been eating his way through local cuisines on several continents for his television show. No spider-on-a-stick this trip, thank God. Jude’s exhausted; all he wants on his London layover is a pint of beer and some comfort food. Stumbling into a gastro-pub, Jude instead finds haute cuisine; his grumbles bring him face-to-face with chef – and fan – Tommy Bell.

When Jude steps into the kitchen to autograph Tommy’s copy of his cookbook, he finds himself lending a hand, and discovers it’s possible to tenderize a hardened heart.

Storm gets some love

Storm on the Mountain, my newest short, got some strokes over at Jessewave’s today. The thoughtful and eloquent Jenre reviewed, saying in part:

It’s more than just an add-on or a slice of life between Mark and Allan because we get to see some real progress in their relationship, and I enjoyed reading the story a great deal.

a href=”http://www.reviewsbyjessewave.com/?p=36913″ target=”_blank”>Read her entire review here.

Jenre’s been very supportive of the Mark/Allan dynamic, which I appreciate no end, having reviewed Fall Down the Mountain and Cross the Mountain as well.

Get your copy here.

8/26/11 Jessewave got hacked so links will be disabled until they are healed.

On Call: Afternoon is out

My new Sip, On Call: Afternoon, is now available from Torquere Press! This new short story features Dr. Keith Hoyer and Dr. Dante James, who have a lot in common but a lot of differences, not least of which is specialty – Dante is a vet. A good thing, because when Keith’s cat is injured, he needs a vet who can be reached on a Sunday.  The second Keith and Dante story, On Call: Dancing, should be along in a month or so.

The blurb (slightly different than on the TQP site, since Eden Winters had a helpful hand in this one)

New single doctor in town, Keith Hoyer, gets plenty of interest, but is it for himself, the M.D.after his name, or what they think is in his wallet? The patients, of course, are strictly off limits. So each night he goes home to his big, gray tabby cat, Harpo, and unfulfilled dreams.

Then he opens the door to his exam room to find hunky veterinarian Dante James, with whom he’d rather play doctor than treat professionally. Too shy to approach the man, Keith needs Harpo to play inadvertent matchmaker.

Now, just because authors need inspiration, I spent some time looking at this not entirely safe for work pic. Scroll down, because the “more” cut isn’t cutting.

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