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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His Womanly Ways
Price: $5.49 USD. Words: 63,660. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2015 by Torquere Press. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
When Alex gets cursed by a spurned lover to “know what it's like for a woman” he never expected to literally become one. As his body changes into something his mind no longer recognizes, he must depend on his female best friend to help him cope. When friendship morphs into something more, Alex wonders if this curse was actually a blessing in disguise.
Where the Heart Belongs
Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 7,650. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2016 by Torquere Press. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Drew, his brother, is gone now, but Zach still loves him, not so much in a brotherly sense. Until he meets an FBI Agent, Eugene Harris, who saves him from the most horrifying torture.
Bottom of the River
Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 7,550. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2016 by Torquere Press. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
When Anja learns her cruel parents sold her soul to a water demon, she decides she’d rather die than spend another second in their control. She goes to the riverbank to give herself up, but soon discovers that this “demon” is nothing like what she expected.
Spar
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 55,650. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2016 by Torquere Press. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
A closeted black belt finds more than a sparring partner when he takes a struggling, openly gay student under his wing.
Trickster69
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,130. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2016 by Torquere Press. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
April Fool’s Day is like Christmas for Loki, god of mischief, and this year he’s planned something grand: humiliating the noble Thor by provoking his wrath among a town of unwitting mortals. Even Norse gods can surprise each other, though, and when Thor lets slip that he might have feelings for a certain devious trickster, Loki’s plans take a sudden, and sexy, turn.
Moon Shadows
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 73,780. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2012 by Torquere Press. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Adult
Nerdy werewolf Theo and preppy dog trainer Max are accidentally brought together by the mysterious appearance of malevolent spirits in their quiet northern town. More than unruly spirits are unleashed as Theo and Max discover that they have secrets and desires in common.
The Oasis
Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 29,030. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2014 by Torquere Press. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Elias has worked so hard to get into shape, and it hasn't been easy considering he never met a donut he didn't like. His whole life is a pressure cooker, and love, his distant fantasy, is nowhere on the horizon.
Growing Strong
Price: $4.49 USD. Words: 47,660. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2016 by Torquere Press. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
For Hunter, finding love is just the first giant step.
Haven: Generations
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,040. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2015 by Torquere Press. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
In this three-story collection sequel to "Haven", follow Haven's family through its next generation of living and loving.
Initiation
Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 7,070. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2015 by Torquere Press. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
After he rejects his teammates’ advances, Eric expects the fallout to be legendary only to discover that appearances can be deceiving.
Love Off the Radar Collection
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 107,940. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2016 by Torquere Press. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Authors A.J. Llewellyn and D.J. Manly feature fourteen stories in this intriguing anthology celebrating gay love. Love in all its forms is beautiful but in these authors’ hands it’s… off the radar.
Another Secret
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,660. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2016 by Torquere Press. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Leland’s shocked when he discovers Drew’s secret, how will Drew react when Leland confesses his?
Laid
Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 21,100. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2016 by Torquere Press. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Jack’s met the perfect man in Lucky. Jack could fall hard but he can’t. He won’t. Besides, they’re both just getting laid…aren’t they?
Bad Cops
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,950. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2016 by Torquere Press. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Laid Series Book 2 - Jack Cannon’s sexy ex Will Tallman is a cop on the take…there’s nothing worse than a bad cop…or are appearances deceiving?
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.
Labyrinth of Stone
Price: $4.49 USD. Words: 41,150. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2015 by Torquere Press. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
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’?
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.
Passion and Penance
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 61,780. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2016 by Torquere Press. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Can you find passion amid penance?
Before the New Moon Rises
Price: $5.49 USD. Words: 63,020. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2015 by Torquere Press. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical
Poseidon's hunger for revenge strikes like forked lightning. Princess Thalassai struggles to build peace while her brother and her fiancé battle against the Earthshaker's plots. Will aid from other Olympian gods stem his anger or escalate the conflict?
Night Wars Collection
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 75,010. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2016 by Torquere Press. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
The Night Wars Short Story Collection gathers all of your favorite Night Wars shorts into one volume, with four never-before seen stories!
Kangaroos Next 200km
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,790. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2016 by Torquere Press. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
A young man lost in the Australian outback. A trucker intent on making his delivery on time. And nothing but kangaroos for the next 200km.
A Little Weird, a Torquere Menage
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 82,750. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2013 by Torquere Press. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Romance » Adult
Kel, a veteran with PTSD, can't think of anything worse than giving up control. But when London tells him that she and her boyfriend, Ty, are looking for a third to be a submissive for them, he finds there is something worse: worrying about them and a stranger. Doing it once doesn't make him weird, right?
Lunaside
Price: $5.49 USD. Words: 66,050. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2015 by Torquere Press. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
What Moira wants: an easy summer camp job. What Moira gets: Millie.
Cinnamon and Cigarettes
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 88,800. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2016 by Torquere Press. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Sara is cautious in all things, especially romance—until she meets Moira, a patron at the library where she works. But despite their growing intimacy, Sara’s fear of coming out to her parents may make her lose the only person she’s ever truly loved.
What a Man Wants
Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 8,580. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2015 by Torquere Press. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Luke Monroe is a dorky fanboy. His college roommate is a gymnast with a body to weep for. Their simmering desire forces them to choose between the friendship they value and the passion they can’t deny.
Save Jake Venice
Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 10,360. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2016 by Torquere Press. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
How do you save someone from himself? I’ve got one chance to go back and stop Jake from taking his life.
Enslaved Valentine
Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 21,120. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2016 by Torquere Press. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Hamish never thought he’d want to be dominated until Paul Murdock showed up with the key to his padlocked heart.
Afterglow of Dawn
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,500. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2016 by Torquere Press. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Chosen to fulfill a prophecy, Annea gives up family and friends alike to serve the goddess of the dawn. But the goddess’ temple is a maze of intrigue and hostility—is Annea strong enough to fight for her destiny and win the heart of a goddess?

Books

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.
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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