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An Extra Scene from Training Cats

I had a little scene that didn’t fit into the the story — I pushed the word count to the groaning point as it was. Training Cats is my contribution to the Torquere Charity Sips, meant to benefit the “It Gets Better” project, to educate GLBT teens that a happy, healthy life as GLBT adult is real and possible for them.

Training Cats could be subtitled “The Case of the Missing Spine” and this is how it looks from Evan’s point of view.

Evan scanned the yellow bag of peanut candies, biting the inside of his cheek to keep from blurting out what he thought. He’d heard Brent’s request for plain M&Ms as surely as Tyler had. He was a PriceCo check-out clerk, he wasn’t supposed to have an opinion on the customers’ purchases, and he couldn’t cause a scene by questioning their choices.

He wanted to yell at Brent and Tyler both.

“Brent!” he wanted to say. “Don’t let him treat you like that! You don’t have to put up with someone who doesn’t respect you. You deserve better.”

But Evan said nothing, only handed the receipt to his friend. He did catch Tyler’s eye for a silent bitch-out, trying to say with a look everything that couldn’t come out of his mouth. He couldn’t speak his mind to Tyler here at work and he’d probably never see the handsome pharmacist and his stuck-up glamour-boy anywhere else.

Tyler’s lip curled. ‘You’re something nasty stuck to the bottom of my shoe,’ his eyes said, ‘and keep your mouth shut.’

Evan wouldn’t speak, but there were other ways to get the point across. He watched Brent and Tyler push their laden cart toward the door, hating the arrogance in the set of Tyler’s black cashmere-clad shoulders and the defeat under Brent’s white dispensing jacket.

Before he closed up his register for the night, Evan bought a bag of plain M&Ms.

Training Cats is on hiatus but will be back soon.

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.

Charity Sip Blitz — On Call: Crossroads

Torquere Press has a wonderful annual tradition of releasing a multitude of stories themed to a cause — this year, it’s Healing Hearts, and our beneficiary is Doctors Without Borders. The authors donate their royalties and the publisher matches, so that every Healing Hearts story will provide support to this wonderful organization that provides medical care in over sixty developing nations. Read some hot m/m, do some good in the world — can it get any better than that?

So many of your favorite Torquere authors have contributed stories – I am watching that page as all twenty-eight of the Healing Hearts stories go up. By this afternoon, there will be a wide array of offerings from such favorites as Eden Winters, Mara Ismine, Lee Benoit, and Kara Larson, and from new to us all authors like Gabriel West and JM Cartwright. I’m really watching for that button that says “Buy All”  — that should save some wear and tear on my clicking finger, and then to settle in for twenty-seven excellent reads.

The twenty-eighth story is mine; you might say I’ve already seen it. 😉    On Call: Crossroads brings my doctor/vet couple, Keith and Dante, back, at a cusp of their lives.

Dr. Keith Hoyer has lost patients before but never like this, not at sixteen and not by intent.  Certain that he could have prevented the tragedy with some word or deed that he left unsaid or undone, Keith is desperate for a way to redeem his failure.

If he’s going to practice medicine in a Third World country, Keith’s lover, veterinarian Dante James says, he needs time to sell the practice and brush up on diseases of goats. “Whither thou goest, I go,” Dante tells Keith, but where will those words take them?

This link will take you to twenty-eight stories that will touch you in twenty-eight different ways.

Updates on Upcoming Stories

I promised to come back with news on the new Mountain story — August 28!  Cross the Mountain, featuring Mark and Allan, will be along much faster than I could have dreamed. Edits, here we come.

Aaaand — On Call: Crossroads, a Keith and Dante story, has been selected for the Torquere Charity Sip Blitz, and will be along sometime in September. All proceeds from the Sip Blitz stories, mine and other wonderful writers such as Eden Winters, will go to benefit Doctors Without Borders. It’s your opportunity to read and do some good in the world at the same time — can it get any better than that?

You are among the first to hear the news!

Actually, all the neighbors knew first, since the windows were open and I shrieked at the top of my lungs, but I just got the word that Torquere wants Cross the Mountain! That acceptance letter feeling never gets old.

This is a follow-up story with Mark and Allan, the couple from Fall Down the Mountain. This time it’s told from Allan’s point of view, and should give a little more insight into his character. A pub date hasn’t been mentioned yet, but I’ll share that when I know.