Torquere Press

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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 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"!

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.

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Bone: Slip of the Tongue
Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 22,980. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2012 by Torquere Press. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Adult
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Ivriah makes a slip of the tongue when he summons Orajin instead of the demon he intended. Orajin is thrilled to be called to Ivriah's bed, as he's been in love with the man for years. All he needs to do now is convince Ivriah that amazing things can happen from a slip of the tongue.
Hot Pink in the City
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 53,690. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2015 by Torquere Press. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
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Everything goes wrong during Asma's New York City trip. The clock ticks -- she must replace the family heirloom she accidentally destroyed and find her crush in the busiest city in the world.
Tales from Outer Lands
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,080. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2015 by Torquere Press. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Gay & Lesbian, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
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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.
Winter's Trial
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 146,220. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2013 by Torquere Press. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Adult
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Cursed to be a Three Form, blessed to be a True Mate, Austin’s life is hell. When he finally meets his mate, they're trapped by Austin's pack - and getting out could mean death.
Bad Moon Rising
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 31,530. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2015 by Torquere Press. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
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Bryce finds himself smack in a zombie apocalypse, and meets the man of his dreams along the way.

Books

Summer Lovin'
Price: $4.49 USD. Words: 45,490. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Back in the 1950s, leather jackets, white t-shirts, and poodle skirts were the biggest styles, and going “parking” was all the rage. Summer flings were the thing to do, whether it be with the cute tomboy that caught your eye in school, your older brother’s friend, or the hot mechanic who fixes your car just right. In Summer Lovin’, love doesn’t only have to last the summer.
Time of Your Life Anthology
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 54,920. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
The Time of Your Life might slip away if you don’t watch out! Steadfast spouses, brand-new acquaintances, the comforts of home, the loneliness of the travel—the clock starts ticking, and you’re off!
Theory of Love Anthology
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 81,590. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
In Theory of Love, we wave our geek flag high! Tales from deep space, sci-fi realities, technology, academia, and cosplay are brought together in this collection.
Fool for Love Anthology
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 62,540. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Whether they’re just starting out, or have been playing the game for centuries, falling for another is the same. No matter what their story is, anyone could be a Fool for Love.
Riverdance Anthology
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 33,580. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Welcome to a world of magic and wonder. Welcome to Riverdance.
Twisted Fables Anthology
Price: $5.49 USD. Words: 67,720. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
This collection of revamped fairytales is certain to entice and excite your senses. From Cinderella to Red Riding Hood, Twisted Fables takes you on a journey through the many fairytale worlds with a sensual twist.
Snowed In, a M/M Anthology
Price: $4.49 USD. Words: 44,450. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Snowed In is a wintery blend of frost, snow, and romance from eight of Torquere Press’ M/M authors.
Snowed In, a F/F Anthology
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 31,150. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Snowed In is a blend of frost, snow, and wintery lesbian romances from five Torquere Press authors.
Holiday Want Ads Anthology
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 59,710. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Holidays are fraught with a million and one things popping up, and what better way to get some of our needs met than through the Want Ads?
Love in Uniform Anthology
Price: $4.49 USD. Words: 46,390. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
There’s just something about a man in uniform…whether it’s the delivery man bringing a special package to your door, the airline attendant taking care of your every need, or the cop with a set of handcuffs on his belt and a gleam in his eye, Love in Uniform provides fodder for every fantasy.
Haunted Hotties Volume II Anthology
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 65,100. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
This Halloween collection has a little something for everybody. With demons, ghosts, psychics, reapers, shifters, and witches... a rainbow of paranormal/supernatural is included.
Haunted Hotties Volume I Anthology
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 73,420. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
This Halloween collection has a little something for everybody. With demons, ghosts, psychics, reapers, shifters, and witches... a rainbow of paranormal/supernatural is included.
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: 99,130. 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: $4.99 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: $4.49 USD. Words: 39,920. 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: $4.99 USD. Words: 51,890. 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!
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.
Shifting
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.

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