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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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.
Midnight Rodeo: Homecoming
What happens when rodeos start to get too tough for humans to compete in? Midnight Rodeo, of course, where supernatural creatures like shifters and vampires work for the prize money, and for the awe of their audience.
The Apples & Gin Shorts
This trio of short stories features Noah Kingston and Sawyer Shaw from Apples & Gin, a photographer and a country singer doing their best to stay in love despite distance, disapproval, and the occasional disagreement. From snowed-in airports to walking down the aisle, Noah and Sawyer know one thing is certain: true love is delicious.
Full Moon Dating: Evgeny and Feng
Tiger shifter Evgeny worries that he’ll never find a lover who can stand up to his sheer size and strength. He’s scared off more than one man, which is why he turns to Harve and Stone at Full Moon Dating. He wants someone who can deal with his tiger self and not run away.
Blood Bathory: Absence of the Sun
When Tyr pushes Adam away out of fear, Adam accepts a desperate, suicidal mission to find Thrace, the original nosferatu. If their desperate plan works, the theriomorphs would have the opportunity to destroy not only Elizabeth, but the sire of all vampires. But if it fails, they might have unleashed a force which could lead to the destruction of them all -- and perhaps even of Gaia herself.
Pearls in the Darkness
Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. When Tanner goes on vacation to get away from school and work, he learns this the hard way.
Discovering Steve is the grandson of one of his dying patients brings them together again, but Paul's worried about the town's reaction. In the midst of tragedy, misunderstandings, and manipulative exes, their love will need plenty of TLC to survive.
And a Chook Shall Lead Them
Even though Amiri has Graeme’s total support, does he have the strength to face his family? Even more, can he let go of the past enough to give his niece and nephew the home they both deserve?
They Do (F/F) Anthology
They say a marriage takes work, but for these brides, getting to the altar may be the hardest part.
They Do (M/M) Anthology
There's nothing like a wedding to make things interesting, for the grooms, the wedding party, the family, the friends, and even the caterer!
Amethyst: Bow and Arrow
Every story has more than one point of view. As mate to the Dark Mage Morgorth, Aishe has learned a lot about magick, love, and himself.
One Warlock's Love Story: Last Goode Knight
Zander’s friends are finally starting to realize that he might have been right about a very real threat to the supernatural community. If that weren’t enough, there are rumblings about a supernatural race war in the making. This is more than just one warlock’s love story -- this is a supernatural adventure.
The Eve of War
The third book in the Veetu Industries series (after Mars on the Rise and Selling Mars), The Eve of War describes the terror of being trapped in the eye of the perfect storm and being unable to prevent what's coming. On their return from the Dynasty, Cedo, Billy, Erus, and their new companion, Francis, find the Great Kingdom on the brink of war.
The Dragon and the Palm Tree
A dragon shifter's worst nightmare is an airplane flight in human form, with every self-preservation instinct in them screaming to shift.
Men in Uniform
There's just something about a man in uniform, no matter what kind of uniform it happens to be.
The Fantasy Collection
This collection features three tales of fantastical lives and impossible love. Suspend your belief, and dive into a trio of stories filled with incredible circumstances, and magical influences.
When Thayer buys a new set of gaming dice at Comic-Con, he has no idea they come with magic attached to them, or that they’ll transport him to a land where he’s a healer of the sexual kind.
My Hero, a collection of shorts
Love and happiness abound in this Sean Michael story collection as ten men discover the heroes in their lives. Whether your hero is the single dad raising twin girls, a dog walker, a cook, a photographer, a janitor, or a firefighter, there’s a story here for you.
After a car accident claims the love of Danielle Stone’s life, Yvette, she tries to pick up the pieces and move on with her life. She gets out more, starts dating again, and tries to be happy.
Promises Made, Memories Kept
Harry Dougherty is going home to South Carolina for the first time in ten years to put his parents' affairs in order after his father's recent death.
In Sickness and In Health
The Jarheads are back in a new adventure--a journey through sickness and health with Rock, Rig and Dick, who stand by their man come what may, no matter what they come down with.
Choices is a collection with three of Chris Owen’s popular short stories.
Torqued Tales F/F Anthology
This collection brings together three romantic and erotic re-imaginings of much-beloved fables (with a lesbian twist!) for your entertainment and amusement, while keeping intact the core themes that have ensured they've survived the ages.
The fairy tales that call to us are those with morals that are as valid in the modern world as they were when the stories first rose to popularity -- lessons like: Choose wisely whom you love; respect your elders; anything worth having is worth striving for; beware hubris; and real beauty is in the soul.
Cat in the China Shop
Were-cougar Brock wants a special gift for his folks for their anniversary, mainly to cover up his lack of enthusiasm for going back to his small hometown. When he decides on replicating his mom’s old china pattern, the last person he expects to find at the design company is his old flame, Clay.
Stories Beneath Our Skin
Tattooing might have once been Liam’s passion, but he left it all behind along with ugly memories when he went to college.
What it's All About
Maxwell has been looking forward to college for the last two years. Finally at the university of his choice, school is everything he hoped it would be, especially the fraternity he's decided to rush for. It doesn't hurt that one of his fellow pledges, Devin Page, is really good looking and likely into guys, if his flirting is any indication.
Herc's Mercs: The Bigger They Come
Cade “Hercules” Thornton is an ex-Marine and soldier of fortune; now he’s the owner of Hercules Security, which provides the best bodyguards in the business. After his leg was crushed and reconstructed, Cade doesn’t do field work anymore - until a challenge is issued to him by wealthy Kate Morgan, who wants her “bookish” grandson protected from a stalker.
Spinning the Top
The stories of Spinning the Top will spin you until you're so dizzy you can't tell top from bottom!
The Tory Temple Collection
Whether a fairy tale or a story grounded in reality, there is room for romance anywhere. From the secluded hospital bed to the back room of a tattoo shop, that spark can be found in the most unlikely places.
Yes, Master: a BDSM story collection
From first timers to hard core lovers, this collection of five BDSM themed short stories by Sean Michael has something for everyone who loves hot m/m action and a great love story.
Velvet Scars, a VG Resurrection Tale
Argon is the new master of the body mods shop at the rebuilt Velvet Glove and he needs an apprentice. He’s hoping for someone who will not only want to learn how to pierce, tattoo, scar and brand, but who is interested in being his submissive as well.
Call of the Night Singers
When Garland Heatherford is named heir to his uncle’s vast fortune, he isn’t pleased by the honor, and with good reason. The last five heirs all met with most untimely deaths – four of them from drowning.
Jonah Simpson might be an athlete, but he's nobody's fool. It just so happens he appreciates what's between a guy's ears almost as much as what he's packing elsewhere. So when he spots an open seat next to serious but sexy David, the usually boring train ride up the Pacific coast quickly becomes an exercise in speed-dating.
All Will Be Revealed
Danton de Mesa lives a quiet life producing videos of the Equine Show with his boss, Mr. Cretar, for people to watch on the Cloud. But Corporation Agent Rashiva Panashi enters his life and turns it upside down.
When their college dorms are shut down, Aiden and his best friend, Bobby, find themselves without a roof over their heads. Rather than face leaving school, they take up temporary residence in their local gay-friendly bar, FUBAR, along with a handful of other down-on-their-luck students.
Begin and End With You
Late one night, while driving home after a shift, Richmond City Detective Brayden Milbourne, finds a man stumbling alongside the road, bloody and confused. Shocking enough to find him; more shocking is that Brayden knows the man. He and Jamie Ketelsen had hooked up during a memorable weekend not long ago.
After millennia of hiding in the shadows, the creatures of myth known collectively as "The Others," have stepped forward into the light of day and demanded the right to live in peace, sharing the planet humans had long claimed as their own.
The Briar Rose: Controlling Parker
Matt and Adam from Sold, a Hammer novel, are back once again at the Briar Rose, their BDSM B&B. This time their guests are lovers and Dom/sub pair Gaston and Parker who need their help reaching a goal.
There's a whole story to be had in just a handful of conversation heart candies, and that's only the taking-off point for this collection.
What Lies Beneath
On Dylan's birthday, a chocolatey surprise leads him to Jarrett, the most beautiful stripper he's ever seen. But will Dylan's past come back to haunt him?
Reading Between the Lines
Forced to room with a student who hates him on sight, Seth's expecting a rocky semester, and falling for the surly Gabe only adds to his troubles. Gabe's past is full of secrets, a closed book, but can Seth find the way to Gabe's heart by reading between the lines?
Dandy's Little Girl
Five years after losing his partner, Noah Coleman lets Andy Lane into his life and the life of his daughter, Emily. Emily and Andy obviously adore one another, but can Noah handle it when his feelings of friendship for Andy become something more?
Being a demon isn't always fun. Being a demon summoned to a satanic ritual is downright miserable.
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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