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.
What Moira wants: an easy summer camp job. What Moira gets: Millie.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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’?
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.
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?
Cream, a Hammer novel
Can sweet and spicy mix? Find out with bakery store owner Storm and Hammer Club Top Zeb.
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?
Early to Rise
They say life on the farm is kind of laid back, but is the farm life the right life for city boy Simon Wilder and his cat, Sambuca? Maybe, if Simon can just catch the eye of handsome county vet Gentry Martin.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
Love is Blindness
It's love at first sight for Kiernan. Lucien's blindness doesn't turn Kieran off, but will his secret?
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.
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?
Even the strongest paranormal creature can need a rescue, as proven by the three stories in Cereus: Rescue.
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.
Who Cannot See (Eternally Dark)
Outlawed for loving someone he shouldn’t, Blaze is on the run and nearly dead when blind vampire Edmund finds him in the barn. Edmund thinks he’s too old for human woes, but Blaze is like no one he’s ever met.
Herc's Mercs: Line in the Sand
In order to keep his skill in the field up to date, Alec “Red” Davis, Hercules Security’s Chief of Operations takes a job protecting Jon Baldwin, an actor thrown into the spotlight by sudden fame. Although he’s attracted to Jon, who is modest about his success and genuinely appreciative of his fans, Alec knows he has to keep his distance.
The Ten Days of Newton
Music student Galen loves Christmas, but his hopefully soon-to-be boyfriend Clifford is a die-hard atheist. Galen urgently needs to find an alternate way to make the season special!
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.
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.
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.
When Bast picks up Trick, a street hustler with few prospects, Trick is prepared to play along, to have some fun. What he’s not prepared for is falling in love. Good thing for him the obsession is shared on both sides, Bast just as quickly falling for him, needing him.
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.
Hottie gamer-geek and designated bottom Pete has a pretty good life: job he loves, working toward his masters degree, and lately it seems like it’s raining men. Sadly, none of them do it for him like he wants, and he’s totally given up on dating. Which is why it comes as such a surprise to find someone like Samir via his favorite MMORPG, of all places.
When J. Alex Cook, a production assistant on The Fourth Estate (one of network TV’s hottest shows), is accidentally catapulted to stardom, he finds himself struggling to navigate both fame and a relationship with Paul, one of Fourth’s key writers. Despite their incendiary chemistry, Alex’s inexperience and the baggage they’re both carrying quickly lead to an ugly break-up.
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.
Cash and Brad have just become guardians of six kids under thirteen. It’s going to be a hard row to hoe, but getting along with each other just might be harder.
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?
New Toys, a Hammer Short Collection
From shy men new to the lifestyle, to those in the know who are actively seeking it out, from first times, to one more time, these stories are sure to delight.
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?
Choices is a collection with three of Chris Owen’s popular short stories.
Set against the backdrop of space and Doradus Station, a place where anything goes, Off-World is part mystery, part romance, and all heat!
Bone: Slip of the Tongue
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.
Cast the First Stone
With Alpha Stone's people dogging his every step and Julian resisting his desire for the very man he's supposed to hate, his hunt uncovers secrets hidden within lies and a plot for vengeance that no one saw coming.
When the smoke clears, what Julian finds at the end of the trail will forever change his life and the lives of everyone he holds dear.
All I Want for Christmas
Alex Dawson never intended to spend Christmas snowbound in the log cabin of handsome wildlife artist, Cooper Reynolds. See, it all started when Alexander's cat, Mister Tibbets, did a bit of online holiday shopping...
Slayde loves his job as a nanny, even when his boss' big brother shows up. Drake's almost a stranger to the kids, hot as hell, and straighter than straight. So why is he making a pass at Slayde?
Sometimes the Cowboy Falls
When a bull rider is involved in a nasty accident, his physical therapist is there to get him back on his feet. But with a new perspective on life, this cowboy might just want to be tied down.
Returning from best-selling Single Shot, Cherry Sours, Denny and Cain are learning all about each other, playing games that make Cain blush and make Denny as happy as he's ever been.
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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- Night at the Movies
on Jan. 23, 2015
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