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Charity Sips are out!


In 2008, Torquere Press' fantastic authors decided to support a charity with an annual short story collection called our Charity Sip blitz. In the past three years, we've donated more than $13,000.00 to charitable organizations that support GLBT causes.

For 2011, Torquere's authors have chosen the theme "Getting Better" in honor of the It Gets Better project, which helps LGBT youth understand that life as an openly queer adult is not only possible, but happening for millions of people,
worldwide. More than thirty authors have written short fiction pieces and have agreed to donate all proceeds of the sales of these stories to this year's charitable organization. Torquere Press Inc. will match the authors' donations completely.

This year, we're also pleased to announce that our distribution partner, Rainbow eBooks, has agreed to be the title sponsor of our Sip collection, and will be our sole distributor outside of the Torquere Books website. Please support our
sponsor by visiting them at www.rainbowebooks.com.

Special thanks to J. Rocci for all of the enthusiasm and hard work on the Getting Better project.

Torquere Press and our authors truly believe we can make a difference by donating to organizations that promote awareness and equality. If you'd like to help, please support the Charity Sip Blitz and enjoy some great romance today!

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TRAINING CATS:

The gloss is off Brent's relationship with Tyler; the real man is showing through and his inside does not match the outside.  Brent's got a better chance of teaching a cat to sit and stay than of convincing handsome, glamorous Tyler to be thoughtful, and it's time to stop trying.

No longer distracted by appearances, a newly single Brent is finally ready to notice the considerate, steadfast man who's been part of the background too long.

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Training Cats is part of the On Call world: Keith and Dante turn up to offer opinions and a little help.

Part of the Torquere Charity Sips line, all author's proceeds from this story go to benefit the "It Gets Better" Project, designed to help teens see that life does improve for GLBT persons who may be experiencing a very rocky youth.

All the stories, from thirty-plus great authors, including Eden Winters, Syd McGinley, Sean Michael, and Serena Yates, can be had in a package through Torquere or through Rainbow eBooks, or can be purchased individually.

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Top 100 Science fiction books meme

Totally stolen from marasmine, about striking through the ones you've read and italicising the ones you especially loved. (I stripped her formatting by pasting into notepad and picking it up again.)



1The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien

2. The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams

3. Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card
4. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert
5. A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin
6. 1984, by George Orwell
7. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
8. The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov
9. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
10. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
11. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman
12. The Wheel Of Time Series, by Robert Jordan
13. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
14. Neuromancer, by William Gibson
15. Watchmen, by Alan Moore
16. I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov
17. Stranger In A Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein
18. The Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss
19. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
20. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
21. Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick
22. The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood
23. The Dark Tower Series, by Stephen King
24. 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke
25. The Stand, by Stephen King
26. Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson
27. The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury
28. Cat's Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut
29. The Sandman Series, by Neil Gaiman
30. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
31. Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein
32. Watership Down, by Richard Adams
33. Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey + rest of series
34. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein
35. A Canticle For Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller 3
36. The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells
37. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, by Jules Verne
38. Flowers For Algernon, by Daniel Keys
39. The War Of The Worlds, by H.G. Wells
40. The Chronicles Of Amber, by Roger Zelazny
41. The Belgariad, by David Eddings
42. The Mists Of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley
43. The Mistborn Series, by Brandon Sanderson
44. Ringworld, by Larry Niven
45. The Left Hand Of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin
46. The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien
47. The Once And Future King, by T.H. White + part of the series recently discovered two more to look for
48. Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman
49. Childhood's End, by Arthur C. Clarke
50. Contact, by Carl Sagan
51. The Hyperion Cantos, by Dan Simmons
52. Stardust, by Neil Gaiman
53. Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson
54. World War Z, by Max Brooks
55. The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle
56. The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman
57. Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett
58. The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever, by Stephen R. Donaldson
59. The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold
60. Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett
61. The Mote In God's Eye, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
62. The Sword Of Truth, by Terry Goodkind
63. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
64. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke
65. I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson
66. The Riftwar Saga, by Raymond E. Feist
67. The Shannara Trilogy, by Terry Brooks
68. The Conan The Barbarian Series, by R.E. Howard
69. The Farseer Trilogy, by Robin Hobb -
70. The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
71. The Way Of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson
72. A Journey To The Center Of The Earth, by Jules Verne
73. The Legend Of Drizzt Series, by R.A. Salvatore
74. Old Man's War, by John Scalzi
75. The Diamond Age, by Neil Stephenson
76. Rendezvous With Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke
77. The Kushiel's Legacy Series, by Jacqueline Carey –
78. The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. LeGuin
79. Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury
80. Wicked, by Gregory Maguire
81. The Malazan Book Of The Fallen Series, by Steven Erikson
82. The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde
83. The Culture Series, by Iain M. Banks
84. The Crystal Cave, by Mary Stewart
85. Anathem, by Neal Stephenson
86. The Codex Alera Series, by Jim Butcher –
87. The Book Of The New Sun, by Gene Wolfe
88. The Thrawn Trilogy, by Timothy Zahn
89. The Outlander Series, by Diana Gabaldan
90. The Elric Saga, by Michael Moorcock
91. The Illustrated Man, by Ray Bradbury
92. Sunshine, by Robin McKinley
93. A Fire Upon The Deep, by Vernor Vinge 9
4. The Caves Of Steel, by Isaac Asimov
95. The Mars Trilogy, by Kim Stanley Robinson
96. Lucifer's Hammer, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
97. Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis
98. Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville
99. The Xanth Series, by Piers Anthony
100. The Space Trilogy, by C.S. Lewis


The really bad thing is that I take this sort of list as a challenge and am quite capable of declaring that I have to read the whole darned thing, but... Perhaps common sense will prevail before I hit the library with a list. I have a book to write!



I read Flowers for Algernon as a twelve year old and cried for about 3 hours afterward. It wasn't all the hormones.
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Prep Work is coming out tomorrow!

Talk about new release jitters! Prep Work goes live tomorrow -- it's my first story out with Dreamspinner, so there are all sorts of things to do.

Check out an interview with Tommy on Leontine's Book Realm, and if you haven't been over to Stumbling Over Chaos to enter the giveaway, you are running out of time -- the entry period ends tonight!

There's something I should be doing....  Updating a blog page, maybe?

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You could win a copy of my new story!

Take a look at Stumbling Over Chaos -- I'm giving away a copy of my new story. Leave a comment saying you're interested, and you could be the first on your block to read about Jude and Tommy. Prep Work will be out on August 17th from Dreamspinner; you'll want to know what these two do in the kitchen and in the bedroom -- or if they ever manage to get there.

Celebrity chef Jude Marshall's ditched his camera crew for the first time in a month—he's been eating his way through local cuisines on several continents for his television show. No spider-on-a-stick this trip, thank God. Jude's exhausted; all he wants on his London layover is a pint of beer and some comfort food. Stumbling into a gastro-pub, Jude instead finds haute cuisine; his grumbles bring him face to face with chef—and fan—Tommy Bell.

When Jude steps into the kitchen to autograph Tommy's copy of his cookbook, he finds himself lending a hand, and discovers it's possible to tenderize a hardened heart.

Check here for an excerpt--you'll be wanting a pint at The Good Man as much as Jude does.

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Prep Work officially coming soon!

One step closer to the big day now -- Dreamspinner has Prep Work on the Coming Soon page, with a release date of August 17. *big grin* This is my first story with them, and I've been delighted with how smoothly we've gotten through the editing process. The sneak peek I got of the "off to proofing" version looks good -- I like the page layout and fonts they use. Kinda like the story too, but you guys will have to be the judge of that.

Take a peek: there's an excerpt, too.

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Lady Jane Salon with Marie Sexton

It was a bit of a late scramble, but I managed to get to the July meeting of the Lady Jane Salon, which is a lovely bunch of romance readers in the Denver area.This was my first meeting, but these ladies are so charming that I will be back for sure. What could be better than talking about romance with like-minder readers and a glass of wine in one's hand?

Once I found a parking spot (curse you, downtown Denver) I met up with the group at the Wine Loft. Unfortunately, the search put paid to having dinner with Marie, but we made up for it. :D We chatted, and I met many fellow fans/readers. The line-up was pretty impressive -- Lia Slater read from her book Were Slave, which was, I must say, pretty durn hot. She's charming as well as talented, and I shall think of her every time I use the custom beaded book thong she provided for us.

A little break, and then our hostess Ashley read from Tiffany Reisz' soon to be released Siren. Whoah, hot. The adventures of naughty wench Nora certainly made an impression on our waiter, who came in with full platters just in time to hear the raciest bits. He left with his hands over his ears and our laughter echoing. Poor dear -- they must have sent the newby, because this is the group's regular meeting spot. Tiffany had to tweet her answers to our questions; social media at its most useful.

Then -- the event that drew me -- Marie Sexton read from her new release, Between Sinners and Saints. This section was full of character development, which contrasted well with the hawts earlier -- she makes her characters work for their sex, and she showed us how. For all Marie said earlier that she was terribly nervous, she didn't show it; she read like a trouper and really made the story come alive for us. You could see the drooling all around the room.

A truly great group -- no one boggled at the gay romance. In fact, they applauded m/m as a genre, so I immediately fell in love with the whole bunch. I had a chance to chat with several of them and had the novel experience of watching someone buy one of my books. Thank you, Michelle; you will be forever special. I sincerely hope you enjoy Kurt and Jake's adventures.

I also now have a bad case of Kindle need. It was just that easy to load up and the screen quality was good enough to read in the dim light. The picture of me and Marie is accurate about the lighting -- how she saw the page to read is a tribute to determination.

I now have my very own paper version of Between Sinners and Saints, autographed, of course!

Marie did not give me bunny ears for this picture, but we giggled about it.

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Goodies for GayRomLit

The October trip for GayRomLit needs more prep work than just finding airfares and hotel rooms. High on the to-do list is creating goodies for giving away, both at the conference and elsewhere.

Trading cards -- there will be games and prizes associated with collecting them. One side will be novel covers, the other sides are character info, although "batting average" here could mean something very different than on a baseball card. I have pictures that personify Kurt and Jake to me. Mark, too. Allan's a bit of a challenge: so far, the only one I've found who looks like the Allan in my mind's eye is a famous person. Back to the picture sites!

That will be fun, but I'd like to have something unique and useful to keep me green in readers' memories. The trick is to not break the bank doing it. If money were no object (hey, I can dream) it would be easy. Someone's already doing mousepads, and there is a limit to how many bookmarks a reader of ebooks really needs. All my really good ideas get frightening when scaled up to 300-500 units.

So, charming readers, help me out here. Aside from pens, what could I give you that would bring a smile or a kind thought three days later, instead of a muffled grumble that I've just cluttered up your desk? I solemnly promise not to use a logo that will embarrass you if your SO picks it up. A lip balm? A screen cleaner? Mugs would become a transport issue. Forget all that and write a story exclusively for the attendees?




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The latest news

It's been a while since an update in general, so just wanted to let everyone know the latest.

Most exciting is that my story, Prep Work, will be coming out at Dreamspinner sometime in late summer. I'm stoked; this will be my first work with them. I still have stories in the pipeline at Torquere, but it was time to branch out a little.

Prep Work was fun -- I usually write nice guy protags, but this time, I got a foul-mouthed, sarcastic man who has a real knack for putting his foot in his mouth. It's a professional asset for him, oddly enough, but a problem when it comes to relationships. I don't mind tormenting characters for a story, but with Jude, it was almost too easy -- all I had to do was wind him up and let him go, because with no brain-to-mouth filter, he creates his own havoc. You'll have a chance to see him test Tommy's patience to the limit.

I'm also working on a short for Torquere's Charity Sip Blitz. The theme is "It Gets Better" and the story is in the drafting stages. Eden's about 6000 words ahead of me, so I'd better get cracking.

I've also agreed to work up a prompt fic for a Goodreads challenge -- that one will be May/December and a lot of fun. The pic is hawt!

The novella Maroon that I sent back to my editor recently has a pub date -- look for Donal <em>agus</em> Jimmie on October 29th. "Agus" is Gaelic for "and" which tells you I've dipped into my love for Ireland again for this story. If I can get the mp3 files subdued, I'll put up a couple of songs that were inspirational for this story.

Eyes calendar. Thinks of another project. Too soon to talk about this one.