Starlight Black and the Misfortune Society
by Alison Ruth
226 pages / 64000 words
Crissy Caradonna is getting in trouble in 1975 Asbury Park, where she should be the star of her junior class. Her aunt Priscilla, her guardian since the mysterious disappearance of Crissy’s parents, fears for her. Crissy was destined for a Washington D.C. college until she started dating a hot rod kingpin.
When Crissy’s principal forces her to attend a Scared Straight program at Rahway, a convicted murderer named Julius breaks through her cool with a secret mission only she can execute. Before Julius is released in two months, Crissy must find out if his wife Yasmin forgives him for the crime of killing her boyfriend. If Yasmin won’t forget, Julius will kill again to return to prison, the only place where he can live forever without her.
In a dark world of car thieves, street racing, and rock n roll, Crissy hitchhikes through her formerly wondrous city as she hustles a glam rock singer, rides with Miss Seaside Heights, and tries to talk Yasmin out of a pistol, to save a life. As Crissy is drawn into the mysterious past, her parents’ love story breaks into the present when Yasmin and Julius meet again. And amidst the magic and music of the boardwalk, she discovers a prisoner may know more about salvation than she does.
by Lee Benoit
54 pages / 14800 words
Get ready for three stories from Nurse Haven Tucker’s world! In CODE SWITCHING, Haven and his dancer lover Tadeo have spent four years living their happy-ever-after, raising their son and making a discreet home in Sister City. When a friend and patient dies of a rare pneumonia, their secure life is threatened. Attacks — and support — emerge from unexpected quarters in this story set at the dawn of the AIDS crisis.
André is a confused and angry fourteen-year-old boy whose aunt rescues him from state care after the death of his mother and takes him to live with her motley extended family in a ramshackle old house. Against the backdrop of plans for a most unconventional wedding, André finds himself increasingly helpless to resist the charms of his eccentric aunt, moody grandfather, and sexy tutor. VADE MECUM is ultimately about finding a place to be oneself and to belong without question.
Finally, in LAST DANCE, high school teacher Suyai has spent months helping his school’s Gay-Straight Alliance members win the right to attend prom with the dates of their choice. Now none of them will get out on the dance floor until Suyai goes first. What’s an out and proud – but woefully single – teacher to do?
All three stories were previously published by Torquere Press and represent a sequel to “Haven”.
Available for Pre-Order NOW
To view all of our current pre-orders: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=200
by Berengaria Brown
Three lesbian couples. Three very different situations. Three fulfilling journeys to happiness.
“Fist Me”: Maeve nearly fell off her barstool when Taryn, the sexiest woman she’d ever known, asked her to fist her. But is it the right thing to do? Taryn’s not lesbian, and has just broken up from Mr. Perfect. Is she taking advantage of her? Or is this the ideal opportunity for them to begin a relationship?
“Lady Caroline’s Reward”: Lady Caroline Eversley needs a chaperone so hires Miss Dinah Watkin, a distant relative. Dinah and Caroline fall in love and Dinah teaches Caroline all about sex, but the problem of Caroline’s suitable chaperonage refuses to go away. Can they find a solution and have their own happy ending?
“Stubborn Attraction”: Laid off for ramming her knee into a co-worker’s balls after he tries to feel her up, lesbian Jaelle heads to her father’s cabin in the mountains. There, she takes the form of a mountain goat and climbs, free and uninhibited.
So, what happens when she finds a very attractive interloper on her favorite rock ledge?
Previously published as individual stories by Torquere Press.
Releasing 3/25/15 – Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4370
A Cheap Racket
by Syd McGinley
Tim is a cute, wholesome, tennis playing “nephew” for well-off retirees, but he wants to retire as soon as he has a nest egg. His plans are shaken up when he learns a corrupt nursing home is abusing some of his clients’ impoverished friends. Along with his friend, Cal, and his favorite “uncle,” Tim hatches a plan to destroy The Pines. His papa bear suitor, Ari, is patiently waiting for Tim to quit and enthusiastically joins in with Tim’s plans — both smutty and altruistic!
Previously published in Hard for the Money Anthology from Torquere Press.
Releasing 4/1/15 – Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4371
Early to Rise
by V.L. Locey
There are few things worse than being left at the altar by the man you thought loved you. Just ask Simon Wilder. He knows all about it. He also knows a thing or two about getting fired. It’s been a rotten week for Simon and making major life decisions during such turmoil may not be the wisest thing Simon has ever done. Or is it?
Packing up his clothes, his collection of Tony Orlando CDs, and his cat, Sambuca, Simon leaves the hustle and bustle of Philadelphia behind and heads out to live on his Uncle Tiberius’ farm in the mountains of Pennsylvania. Starting over on the farm where he vacationed once as a child is a going to be just what the doctor ordered, as long as that doctor is the good-looking large animal veterinarian, Gentry Martin. Is a sexy country vet the cure for a love-sick city boy?
Releasing 4/1/15 – Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4372
by A. Catherine Noon & Rachel Wilder
When Emerald Keeper Teeka returns to the city of Reghdad and leaves the harsh desert behind, he finds that not all dangers come from the Great Valley. The dangerous Daymonth is nearly upon them and no one can survive on the surface of the planet — but Senior Hunter Quill Mayer is trying to get to Reghdad, and Teeka, before the start of it. Even if he makes it, Emerald Keep denies Teeka’s Contract with Senior Hunter Quill, and Teeka discovers his enemy is more powerful than any of them suspected and he will stop at nothing to separate Teeka and Quill — even by striking in the very heart of the city.
Releasing 4/8/15 – Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4374
Going to the Chapel: Don’t Ask
by J.J. Massa
Captain Zachary Smith had long suspected he was gay. Still, he could ignore that in the face of his career. He was a military man–a lifer. Everything was fine until a certain inscrutable FBI agent trampled all over Zack’s personal Don’t Ask policy.
Previously published by Torquere as part of the Going to the Chapel anthology.
Releasing 3/25/15 – Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4375
by Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae
When Cameron takes his submissive boyfriend Noah to a gay men’s leather convention in San Francisco, Cam expects to spend the week exploring their relationship and experimenting with non-monogamy. What he doesn’t expect is to run into his own former dom, Lou, in an embarrassingly public reunion.
While Noah is enthusiastic about the opportunity to play with the former international leather title-holder, Cam is more wary. He and Lou have unfinished business. A four-way encounter with Lou and his sub Stephen could be great fun—or it could show Noah that Cameron can never quite be the dom he wants and needs.
As Cameron and Noah work through the uncertainties in their relationship, Noah is offered everything he ever wanted, in a completely different way than he ever expected, leading all four men to discover that sometimes the only way forward is to revisit the past.
Releasing 4/8/15 – Available Pre-Order: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4373