Torquere Press

Publisher info

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

The Prizm Young Adult line is at

Oh, and for everyone out there who wonders, it's pronounced "tore-care-ay"!

Smashwords Interview

What do your fans mean to you?
Our readers mean everything to us. As a publishing company we can not exist without our authors and our readers. We publish books to give everyone a way to escape reality. Our tagline Romance for the Rest of Us means just that...we want to publish stories that everyone can find a place to find joy, love, pleasure, fantasy and more!
How do you approach cover design?
We have an amazing art department in house. Our cover artists work one on one with our authors to develop covers that can really convey the image the authors have in mind. We try to give the readers a cover that will immediately pull them and and make them want to know more about the book.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Torquere Press online

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Exchange of Power Anthology
Price: $5.49 USD. Words: 65,630. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
exchange: the act of giving or taking one thing in return for another; power: the ability or right to control people or things In matters of the heart, what happens when there's an exchange of power, even for just one night?
Mythologically Torqued Volume II Anthology
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 102,410. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Whether it’s Greco-Roman gods and goddesses or heroes from tales around the globe, Mythologically Torqued, volume 2 brings together not-so-classic lovers with a Torquere twist.
First Timers Anthology
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 75,930. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » New adult
First Timers brings you a collection of eleven stories about first experiences. From sweet and innocent to smoking hot, these stories capture the exhilarating feeling that something wonderful is about to happen.
Plaid Nights Anthology
Price: $5.49 USD. Words: 61,620. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Men in kilts are as varied as they are hot. Whether they're caber tossers, rugby players, Highland warriors, country dancers, or time-traveling vampires, they're all up for a sexy good time.
Mythologically Torqued Volume 1
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 108,630. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Whether it’s Greco-Roman gods and goddesses or heroes from tales around the globe, Mythologically Torqued, volume 1 brings together not-so-classic lovers with a Torquere twist.
Eternally Dark Anthology
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 53,100. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2014 by Torquere Press. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Blind vampires. Human lovers. Biting. Who could ask for more?
Designated Bottoms
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 84,670. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Adult
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!
Cereus: Training
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 51,460. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
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.
Bar None
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 60,320. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
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
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 55,520. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Adult
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
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 67,820. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Adult
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.
Rough Draft
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 98,550. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Adult
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.
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 175,370. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Adult
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
Price: $4.49 USD. Words: 48,030. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Adult
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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