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 two thousand titles and nearly two hundred authors, including Sean Michael, Chris Owen, Tory Temple, Kiernan Kelly, Mychael Black 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. In 2012 Prizm Books opened up to mainstream as well as LGBT stories for young adult and new adult age groups.
Torquere has also supported charities with a short story collections for the last three years, with authors donating their royalties, and Torquere matching those donations 100%.
In 2014 Shawn and Lorna chose to focus on their writing careers and sold the business to the other shareholder in the company Kristi Boulware along with her fiancee’ Joanna Talbot.
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.
Kristi and Joanna have over 30 years together in experience in the publishing industry, marketing, business management and more. We are very excited to see where Torquere and Prizm go in the next few years with much success. We have been around for over 10 years and are not going anywhere but up.
You can find the Torquere Bookstore at www.torquerebooks.com
The Prizm Young Adult line is at www.prizmbooks.com
Oh, and for everyone out there who wonders, it's pronounced "tore-care-ay"!
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Going to the Chapel: Don't Ask
Captain Zach Smith had lusted after Falk Thayer for a long time. What would happen if he finally got what he wanted? Don’t Ask.
Three lesbian couples. Three very different situations. Three fulfilling journeys to happiness.
Starlight Black and the Misfortune Society
“What can a prisoner do for you?”
Crissy must find out if an inmate’s wife forgives him for his crime, or he will kill again to return to the only place where he can live forever without her.
In this three-story collection sequel to "Haven", follow Haven's family through its next generation of living and loving.
Restoring the Past
Cal Brewer is confronted by a dilapidated house, family secrets, a nosy neighbor, an ex-boyfriend, and a chance to start over. Or is it all a disaster in the making?
One Warlock's Love Story: That Stormy Knight
The fourth book in this epic series, One Warlock’s Love Story: That Stormy Knight, follows our hero, Zander Knight, as he comes to terms with the fact that he is now a hybrid being. His new condition puts him at odds with his family, who is at the very center of a movement to end supernatural race mixing.
Apples & Gin
Country singer Sawyer Shaw loves photographer Noah Kingston and is tired of hiding it.
Thor thinks Paul’s got the sexiest voice on radio. Can meeting Paul in person live up to Thor’s fantasies?
Building a Life
When Levi goes to his best friend's engagement party, he doesn't expect to meet 5 year old named Ashley or her hot, amazing father Philip. But Philip is married, even if his wife is mysteriously out of the picture, so this ready-made family can't possibly have room in it for Levi... or can it?
When straitlaced graduate student Shea visits his old family cabin for one last goodbye, he hardly expects to run into Jamie, a trespassing writer with a sarcastic streak. Nor does he expect that their shared night of passion will spark a love that shatters his comfortable life.
Burke Matthews, a salvage expert, is about to rescue a distressed cruise ship. He hopes to retrieve the fuel and gain the right to haul the wreckage. But fate hands him a French Canadian hottie trapped in an engine room...
Conjoined at the Soul
Sixteen-year-old Randy Clark just looked in the mirror and discovered he's gay. Now all he needs is a boyfriend. But between his own bad luck, "help" from his friends Annie Brock and Jeremy, and the usual high school challenges, things in Randy's life are getting complicated.
An Erie Operetta
Leave it to Templeton Reed to make a stink at the opera. Can everyone's favorite skunk shifter figure out who, or what, is behind a series of gruesome deaths at the opera before the final curtain is dropped -- on him?
Tales from Outer Lands
Two contrasting stories of heroic Jewish womanhood: The warrior Rivka, during her nomadic mercenary days, needs money to free her dragon from a corrupt innkeeper. Aviva, the queen’s girlfriend, must outwit a couple of aliens who abduct her just before Passover in hopes she’ll be a better cook than their spaceship’s food replicator.
Labyrinth of Stone
Between being abducted by aliens and forced to become a soldier on a strange, broken world, Jeremy Teller has had enough upheaval in his life. So why, when Nathan Kearney, his commanding officer, tells him to either find his runaway lover or take his place in Kearney’s bed, does his sexuality throw up a Magic 8-Ball answer of ‘Maybe’?
Letters from Cupid
Valentine's Day seems to promise only loneliness for Professor Derek Chandler -- until an encouraging note from "Cupid" tells him not to give up hope. But will his anonymous admirer find the courage to admit his attraction, or will Derek spend the holiday alone after all?
"I'm leaving my village in a crisis and walking out on my alpha and mate. I won't be forgiven."
A fierce male witch is torn from his protective lover's bed to face down a deadly threat. A spellbinding tale of devotion and love.
Nothing is as it seems in Grimmtown. The Wolf isn't just a thug, the Hunter isn't just a hacker, and Granny isn't just a baker. Is it any wonder that Jamie "Redhood" Lassiter feels lost in the woods?
Join couples Simeon and his Lord Mikjial, as well as Aaron and his master Aime as they explore their deepest desires.
College is all about finding yourself. Sometimes, you lose everything else.
A Harvest of Ripe Figs
Queen Shulamit loves solving mysteries and taking care of her subjects, so when beautiful young music star Esther's violin is stolen after a performance, she jumps at the opportunity to help. But what if dangerous, illegal magic was used to commit the theft?
Two years after the events of Starling, Cinderella story and star of The Fourth Estate J. Alex Cook is living happily ever after with his boyfriend, television writer Paul Keane. But when Paul’s pilot gets picked up, the competing demands of their high-profile careers make them question their future together.
Can a fairy and a human make a home together? Mauve and Geoff are going to find out.
Herc's Mercs: Bloody but Unbowed
Wild and reckless Daryl Greer never expected to be attracted to a rich, successful scientist like Emerson Winfield. Can their intense chemistry overcome Daryl’s insecurities, or will he lose his only chance at love?
What Moira wants: an easy summer camp job. What Moira gets: Millie.
The Haven, Palm Springs Diaries Book 2
Elias loves his life with Josh, but with everything seeming to conspire against their beautiful vacation, will Josh still find that Elias is his own personal haven?
Fountain of the Worlds
Island, Trouble and Faith are lovers, old and new. Between them, they've got a talking cat, some swords and just a little bit of magic, and a small corner of the universe that needs saving.
A Sinful Little Gift
All Flynn wants for Christmas is some time with his lover Samuel. When Samuel realizes he’s been neglecting his beloved he puts together a little rendezvous that involves a scavenger hunt.
The Christmas Office Party
Jake Holt is used to being a professional at work, and keeping his Dom side under wraps. But sexy sub Liam is determined to cross the line at the office Christmas party.
Bisexual polyamorous TV star Liam Campbell expects to be the center of attention when he returns home for the holidays, but his lovers are tied up with other pursuits. But an argument, a snow storm, and the threat of losing one of his longest relationships eventually lead him to an adventure and a Merry Christmas of his very own.
The Night Before Christmas Eve
Long-time friends Sean and Jack always spend December 23rd with each other. But this year, their “Night Before Christmas Eve” celebration will be extra special.
Need for Sale, a Hammer Holiday story
It’s been two years since Neil’s Master passed away unexpectedly and he’s ready for someone to touch him again. But is he ready for best friend Dalton’s secret?
Even the strongest paranormal creature can need a rescue, as proven by the three stories in Cereus: Rescue.
Knitting a Broken Heart Back Together
Instead of joy, Christmas brings nothing but a broken heart to dance instructor Tomy Peralta. Can handsome yarn shop owner Jason Winters prove to him that time and the right man can help him put it back together again?
Four different stories, four different couples, spanning from Valentine’s Day to Christmas.
Santa's Little Kinksters
Who doesn’t love a kinky little gift in their stocking?
Who says romance and erotic romance can’t teach us anything about peace on earth and goodwill toward men?
Under the Mistletoe
Spend Christmas with three different couples in this seasonal mini-anthology.
Here are three holiday stories about three very different men with one thing in common – each of them needs a miracle. Whether they get one or not may depend on a little love, a little hope, and a little holiday magic.
Screwdrivers, a Hammer shorts collection
Want to catch up with what three of the Hammer Club’s most popular couples are getting up to? Then this nine story anthology featuring Marcus and Jim, Billy and Montana, and Simon and Jeremy is for you.
Cream, a Hammer novel
Can sweet and spicy mix? Find out with bakery store owner Storm and Hammer Club Top Zeb.
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?
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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on Jan. 23, 2015
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