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Back in 2003, two writers and critique partners were getting tired of being told there was absolutely no market for male/male romance. Publishers all over the country were turning these stories down, but Shawn Clements and Lorna Hinson had been writing for years, and loved the spicy-hot aspect of m/m fiction. They knew other people felt the same way, and on the impetus of an online chat, Torquere Press was born.
Torquere Press has always been about the readers of LGBT romance, providing those readers with great stories about men and women who truly care about each other. Whether novel-length or short story, whether steamy or sweet, Torquere provides readers with the fiction they crave. The catalog has grown from those first five books released in September 2003 to approximately eighteen hundred titles and nearly two hundred authors, including Sean Michael, Chris Owen, and Stormy Glenn.
In 2007, Shawn and Lorna launched the Prizm Young Adult line, a labor of love created in the name of giving back to the LGBT community, who has been so supportive of Torquere through the years. Prizm books focus on the experiences of gay teens and young adults. Torquere has also supported charity with a short story collection for the last three years, with authors donating their royalties, and Torquere matching those donations 100%.
Torquere's tagline has always been, "Romance for the Rest of Us"™ and a lot of people have asked what that means. It means that Torquere pushes the boundaries, providing romance for readers who like to color outside the lines and believe that everyone deserves a happy ending. It means that you can love traditional romance and also embrace differences in life and love. Anyone can enjoy a Torquere Press book as long as they bring an open mind to the bookshelf, and as long as they enjoy a traditional romance with non-traditional characters.
Together, Shawn and Lorna have over 30 years of experience in the book industry, from graphic design, editing and copy writing, to library and bookstore management. Both ladies are also authors, with Shawn writing as BA Tortuga, and Lorna writing as Julia Talbot. Both reside just outside of Austin, Texas, where they write, travel, and spoil two amazing basset hounds.
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ZA: And the Dead Shall Rise
It takes a zombie apocalypse for Tracey to finally get into Guy's pants and
while banding together to survive makes perfect tactical sense, Tracey and
Guy think there's a bigger pay off for both of them -- each other.
Rough Patches and Happy Endings
From the Old West to modern dirt bikers and river rafters, every love story goes through a rough patch to find its happy ending.
Murder in Torbaydos
Old houses hide secrets, sometimes dark ones. When the dead offer you a life of fame and fortune beyond your wildest dreams, beware of the price, as even death may not be a release.
For the Eye Sees Not Itself
When a haunted mirror shows you your worst nightmares, how do you cope. The SIS team must find a way to save their own.
Everyday Stories: Jarheads Shorts
This anthology brings together nine Sean Michael short stories that follow the everyday lives of everyone’s favorite Jarheads: Rock, Rig and Dick.
Whether you’re looking for contemporary, paranormal or fantasy, there’s a story here for you in this compilation of three Mike Shade stories.
Liam's on the run. Jim has his soul-collecting mother searching for him. They find each other, but can they find a way to escape their pasts?
Never Too Early: The Beginning
What happens when two very different couples form an unlikely friendship? Is it a recipe for disaster... or the start of something none of them expected?
Velvet Diamonds, a collection of shorts
Velvet Diamonds brings together five short stories from the Velvet Glove world. Each of these gems explores the coming together of Tops and bottoms at the universe's most exclusive BDSM club.
The Demon's Door
When Thomas Carter sets out to stake a vampire, he finds out the true difference between Good and Evil. Can Julian Schaden teach him about his own abilities – and the power of love – before it’s too late?
Who Cannot See (Eternally Dark)
Outlawed for loving someone he shouldn’t, Blaze is on the run and nearly dead when blind vampire Edmund finds him in the barn. Edmund thinks he’s too old for human woes, but Blaze is like no one he’s ever met.
Blind Eye of the Sun (Eternally Dark)
On the pleasure-planet of Canaan, man-made paradise turned man-made hell, monsters hunt the survivors amidst the ruins. Amongst them the vampire Anatoly and the human Shea find reason to live, not just survive, in each other.
Spearmint Warning (Eternally Dark)
Thad’s life gets turned upside down when the handsome stranger who’s been visiting his coffee shop turns out to be a vampire. And he has a dangerous past that just won’t stop following him.
Aubade (Eternally Dark)
Jory loves the night. You meet the most interesting people after the sun goes down. But when a new man approaches Jory at a poetry slam, Jory's love of the night may be his downfall -- or introduce him to an entirely new sort of night life.
Ghosts and Ghouls
Want a bite of paranormal delight this Halloween? These five short, spooky, sexy stories bring together an eclectic mix of our favorite monsters!
Before Urban can even begin grieving, let alone moving on, Tyson makes a shocking revelation that spins his world around for an extra loop. Can this new discovery show Urban that life isn't about endings but about making memories and sharing limitless new beginnings?
Bump in the Night
Previously published by Torquere as individual sips, these four stories are now available in a single collection. So grab your favorite shapeshifter, ghost, vampire or ghoul and treat yourselves to this sexy collection of supernatural love.
Elias has worked so hard to get into shape, and it hasn't been easy considering he never met a donut he didn't like. His whole life is a pressure cooker, and love, his distant fantasy, is nowhere on the horizon.
It’s Halloween, that time of year when things go bump in the night. This collection contains four Halloween themed stories by Vic Winter, designed to delight and fright.
The Haunted House, The Scream-o-Rama, I Ate the Fried Spider and Halloween Grinch were previously published individually by Torquere Press.
Cast the First Stone
With Alpha Stone's people dogging his every step and Julian resisting his desire for the very man he's supposed to hate, his hunt uncovers secrets hidden within lies and a plot for vengeance that no one saw coming.
When the smoke clears, what Julian finds at the end of the trail will forever change his life and the lives of everyone he holds dear.
Sleeping on the Job
At sixteen, Simon Murphy was an accomplished jewel thief, at eighteen he was released from a boy’s reform school and these days, he’s a detective with Chicago’s Night Shift.
Someone Like You
Detectives Jonah and Riley Pierce are back with a new case for Arcanum, and this one is full of surprises! Erin Grey, lead singer for the gothic metal band Grey's Valentine, has a stalker, and not just any stalker. He turns to Arcanum for help… and gets the shock of his life.
On the Job
A pole dancer and his audience, a fashion designer and his model, a rodeo cowboy and the man in the stands, the boys in this collection are all just on the job when they meet the men of their dreams. Can they have found true love at work?
Boo! Things that go bump in the night rub together in these paranormal shorts from BA Tortuga. From vampires and werewolves, to cowboys and Vikings, to the silliest Halloween costume ever, the boys of Boo are hot, complicated and oh, so ready to see what the night holds for them.
Underground: Special Teams
When Hunter Simms goes undercover at an underground BDSM party, the last thing he expects to see is SWAT’s leading shooter Keifer Magnessen bound, gagged, plugged and very bare. He is immediately drawn to Keifer, and wants to get to know his fellow cop better. Much better.
When anthropologist Georgia Cortez heads to rural Georgia from New Mexico, she’s on the trail of a juicy old legend. Haley Falls seems like just the place for old-time ghost stories and spooky hauntings, but she’s on the hunt for something far rarer, a survival of an old sect of medieval knights.
When J. Alex Cook, a production assistant on The Fourth Estate (one of network TV’s hottest shows), is accidentally catapulted to stardom, he finds himself struggling to navigate both fame and a relationship with Paul, one of Fourth’s key writers. Despite their incendiary chemistry, Alex’s inexperience and the baggage they’re both carrying quickly lead to an ugly break-up.
Dr. Fell Short Story Collection
Charlie needs a firm hand, and when his owner, Ben, has to travel for business, he calls in a pet sitter. Strict disciplinarian Dr. John Fell might just be the man for the job, but are any of them ready for what happens when a real Sir meets a silly, spoiled boy?
Some ordinary men are heroes to the men who fall in love with them.
Herc's Mercs: Line in the Sand
In order to keep his skill in the field up to date, Alec “Red” Davis, Hercules Security’s Chief of Operations takes a job protecting Jon Baldwin, an actor thrown into the spotlight by sudden fame. Although he’s attracted to Jon, who is modest about his success and genuinely appreciative of his fans, Alec knows he has to keep his distance.
The Stonechild Betrothal
Estli is a professional bodyguard and fighter for hire who stumbles on a job that looks like easy money: escort a cursed magician named Maurin Stonechild from a remote mountain village to the bustling town of Plains City to investigate an offer of arranged marriage. Complications begin right away, of course.
When a love triangle breaks, Steven Everett is left alone to grieve over a boyfriend lost to someone else. Surrounded by friends too tied to Aidan's new lover to give advice, Steven turns instead to a broken and beaten man, Aidan's other ex, Michael Rossier, who also knows the pain of having loved and lost Aidan.
n "Photorealism" by Julia Talbot, nature photographer July has no idea the wolf he's obsessed with is also a man. In "Black, One Sugar" by Jae Christopher, David blurts out a secret over his morning coffee that could threaten his relationship with Aaron. Romance, fantasy, and danger are just over the next dune in "Night of the Jackal" by V.L. Locey.
Whether it’s cops and cooks, or old buddies who suddenly find out they have more in common than they think, the four stories in Happy Endings take regular guys and turn them into one another’s heroes. These guys like leather, hot men, motorcycles, and exploring a new life beyond what they know.
New Toys, a Hammer Short Collection
From shy men new to the lifestyle, to those in the know who are actively seeking it out, from first times, to one more time, these stories are sure to delight.
Box of Nails: Making Repairs
Will Mike let Angus in? And if he does, is there anything Angus can do to help Mike out of the nightmares of his past?
From the Heart
From first meeting and through the years that follow, one thing becomes certain for these two men and their children – while their lives may be problematic from time to time, they'll never be lonely again.
Hottie gamer-geek and designated bottom Pete has a pretty good life: job he loves, working toward his masters degree, and lately it seems like it’s raining men. Sadly, none of them do it for him like he wants, and he’s totally given up on dating. Which is why it comes as such a surprise to find someone like Samir via his favorite MMORPG, of all places.
Switching It Up
For Jay’s thirtieth birthday, his straight best mate Brenden takes him to a gay bar. Great idea, except that it’s full of guys who think Jay would look great under them. Only one problem with that – Jay may look like a twink, but he’s no one’s bottom. And when he spies the gorgeous, muscled specimen at the end of the bar, he’s not about to waste his time. He knows a top when he sees one.
Out of the Army for six weeks and still adjusting to civilian life, Jake Hardy has moved to Atlanta to an apartment over his brother-in-law’s bar to start a new life.
Prince of Paupers
Liam is a prince of a small, undisclosed country. His best friend is Deacon, a fosterling from a small, impoverished Appalachian town in the United States. When Liam accompanies Deacon on an emergency trip back to Deacon's Appalachian home, circumstances there force Liam to reexamine his self-serving ideals, and for both of them to reconsider their feelings for one another.
Little Square of Cloth
When Peter is unexpectedly thrust into a bdsm club with a black hankie in his right back pocket, he has no idea that he’s signaling being a hard core sub who is up for anything. Lucky for him, Master Rupert takes one look and falls for the unwitting sub and takes Peter under his wing, in more ways than one.
Rafe knows Aleksy is what he needs for the night. He’s just not certain he wants to take on a full-time sub. What he finds out is that he can’t live without Aleksy, but will he figure it out too late?
Czech Me Out
When food truck owner Josh meets Korde, he knows just what the hot cowboy needs. Korde is willing, if completely overwhelmed by what Josh makes him feel. Can Josh convince Korde they have the perfect recipe for love.
Haven Tucker tore up his coal country roots so he could live his life as a gay man. Then he shut down his Leatherman lifestyle so he could pursue a medical career. Now the former Vietnam Army medic is working as an ER nurse in Boston where he’s about to meet his future.
The smell of horse and fresh-mown hay. The cheers of a rodeo crowd and the creak of harness. A gleam of steel and sun-baked skin. It's time to ride hard for cattle country.
An Auspicious Moon
From cat shifter to werewolves, An Auspicious Moon collects seven short stories about the animal inside.
Here are two stories of summertime romance, Sparks Fly, and Hurricane Season, both of which take place in sunny Florida.
Some men are bottoms by birth, others by choice. Whatever the reason, a designated bottom is someone who’s happy to surrender, to submit, or just catch instead of pitch!
Paranormal resort Cereus is running like clockwork, but a whole new crop of employees and guests, like bears, vampires and fallen angels, might require some extra training.
Join Kiernan Kelly, Sean Michael, Julia Talbot and BA Tortuga as they tell four sexy tales of bartenders and the men who love them.
Down the Chimney
Sometimes all you want for Christmas is a heavenly good time. Nestled into stockings and tucked into bed, you'll delight with these yummy tales of delectable delights. If one hunky man is a dream, then two of them become a fabulous Christmas fantasy
Other Magical Creatures
Witches and demons, shifters and ex-gods; Other Magical Creatures has it all. These stories explore the magical and human, all in hot m/m/f style.
Grey and Paul were good friends in college. Good friends with privileges. But they haven't been together in years. When Grey puts pen to paper and writes Paul a letter, he half expects it to be ignored. But Paul writes back and their old flame is rekindled.
This anthology gives a whole new meaning to the phrase animal attraction. Shifting features four novellas from Julia Talbot and Sean Michael that bring out the beast in all of us, from the slinky sensuality of the big cat to the tight social structure of the wolfpack, these stories show us what it’s like to be a little more, or less, than human in a human world.
The Five O'Clock Bar
Join some of Torquere Press' favorite authors as they explore the world of midnight pancakes, good beer, hot men, and the Five O'Clock Bar!
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