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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
What Moira wants: an easy summer camp job. What Moira gets: Millie.
Take It Like A Man
They say that size doesn't matter, but for some, size is all that matters. If that's you, Take It Like A Man has got you covered! We're ready to stretch you to the limit with big boys and big toys galore.
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’?
Treat, a Hammer story
Still trying to rebuild after the death of their sub, Peter, can Killian and Treat survive the aftermath of Killian's ordeal at his kidnapper's hands?
The Second Mango
It's hard to find a girlfriend when you don't know any other lesbians, so the young, nerdy Queen Shulamit hires the legendary warrior Rivka to take her around the kingdom on the back of her dragon in search of other girls like her. But the simple quest quickly turns into a rescue mission when they discover a temple full of women turned to stone by an evil sorcerer.
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?
Cream, a Hammer novel
Can sweet and spicy mix? Find out with bakery store owner Storm and Hammer Club Top Zeb.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Dont' Fret the Timing
What’s a Secret Service agent to do when another agency claims they want him for his mind?
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?
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.
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.
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?
Love is Blindness
It's love at first sight for Kiernan. Lucien's blindness doesn't turn Kieran off, but will his secret?
Years ago, Markus and Sebastian decided their careers in country music trumped their need for each other. Now they’re back on tour; can they fight their addiction to each other?
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.
Even the strongest paranormal creature can need a rescue, as proven by the three stories in Cereus: Rescue.
Home for the Hollandaise
Jack never wanted to go back to the small East Texas town he grew up in, but his very ill father wants his hollandaise sauce for Christmas. Will meeting his old flame Kent make Christmas shiny again?
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.
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.
With an entire country out for elven blood, getting Ashe safely out to sea is almost impossible. But with Ashe's life at stake, it's time to try the impossible.
Ruby: Lost and Found (Stones of Power Book 1)
Morgorth, a mage, wants nothing more than to be left in peace, but when a sorcerer attacks his home with a stone of power, what can he do but hunt him down? He is joined by Aishe, a dialen who is bent on vengeance against the sorcerer who massacred his tribe. Morgorth might get more than he bargained for, however, when Aishe threatens to steal his heart.
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.
Spinning the Top
The stories of Spinning the Top will spin you until you're so dizzy you can't tell top from bottom!
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?
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.
Deeper, A Hammer Novel
Bratty sub Johnny thought BDSM was the answer to his problems, but now he’s just got a whole new set of people mad at him. Is Master Dolph really going to be any different?
When Gerry is injured, he immediately falls in love with his healer. But when Ghost disappears, the hunter must find his beloved before it is too late.
Necromancy and You
Raising the dead was the easy part. Find out what happens when Al Skelton gets the book Necromancy and You!
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.
Set against the backdrop of space and Doradus Station, a place where anything goes, Off-World is part mystery, part romance, and all heat!
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?
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?
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.
Home Sweet Home
Breaking up is never easy, especially when trying to break up with a vampire.
Hammer and Tongs
When Virgil is run out of town by a posse, even though he’s committed no real crime, he thinks he’s going to die in the desert. Thanks to half-Indian Asa, Virgil survives, and lives to learn all sorts of lessons about life, and about love.
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.
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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