A New Man by PD Singer

Title: A New Man
Author: P.D. Singer
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 278
Kisses: 3.5


Senior year of college is for studying, partying, and having fun before getting serious about life. Instead, Chad’s days are filled with headaches and exhaustion, and his fencing skills are getting worse with practice, not better. Then there’s his nonexistent love life, full of girls he’s shunted to the friend zone. Is he asexual? Gay?

Grad student Warren Douglas could be out clubbing, but his roommate is better company, even without kisses. He’s torn up watching Chad suffer, gobbling ibuprofen and coming home early on Friday nights. If Chad weren’t straight, Warren would keep him up past midnight. They’re great as friends. Benefits might answer Chad’s questions.

A brief encounter with lab rats reveals Chad’s illness—he needs surgery, STAT, and can’t rely on his dysfunctional parents for medical decisions. Warren’s both trustworthy and likely to get overruled—unless they’re married. “You can throw me back later,” Warren says, and he may throw himself back after his husband turns out moody and hard to get along with, no matter how much fun his new sex drive is. Surgery turns Chad into a new man, all right…

…but Warren fell in love with the old one.


This story really didn’t do much for me, which doesn’t mean much, as my review is my opinion and not meant to defer you one way or the other. To me, this is a gay for you romance story blended with a bit of romance, and a lot of self-discovery.

Chad is the one I’ll talk about here: He’s a senior in college, is a serious fencer, dates girls, and has an issue with his weight, migraines, and getting it up. The poor young man has a slew of issues, none of which he understands, and one of those is his sexuality.

Since high school he dated girls, but not a one of them did anything for him, other than become a friend, and that followed him onto college. The story picks up while he’s in college and living with Warren, an openly gay man who is quite set in his ways and is secretly in love with Chad.
Both men seem to be studying the same subjects, I’m not too sure, but if I had to guess… Anyway, Chad, who eats little to nothing can’t seem to lose that baby fat no matter what he does and along with that little issue are the horrible migraines which he’d been suffering from since he was fifteen or so. Basically they started when he was living at home and I don’t recall if his family ever took him to a doctor to have him examined to be sure that’s all it was, or not. But, that’s beside the point because in the story, he’s already a senior in college, so he’s in his mid-twenties I believe.

Where Warren is a partier and openly gay, Chad obsesses over the fact that he can’t find interest in any of the girls he dates, but more to the fact that he is always in pain and no matter how hard he works, he can’t keep up in fencing practice.

He seems to be falling apart to be honest. Well, anyway, one night he goes home to find Warren there and out of nowhere he decides to do a test run on his own and when I say test run, I mean that he decides to kiss his roomie, who is also a scientist, (I think they both are, or are going to be or something.) and calls it a test. Well, Warren, who is in love with Chad anyway is all for it.

Then it happens again, and BAM! Chad has figured out he’s gay and that’s why he can’t get it up for a woman. BUT, there’s more and this is where things sorta start tumbling and rolling.

I can’t get into what that is, because it’ll take the plot of the story away and I’ll ruin it and that’s just not cool. I do want to say that this is the first story I’ve read by this author, and she tackled a few different issues in this plot. When I said I’d review the story for T2B, I was excited to have been given a P.D. Singer story as my first. I have to admit, the plot was a little difficult for me to wrap my head around at times, simply because the author does go into details on fencing and even scientific ones that had me wondering if I should have attended college to understand the terms used. And let me just give you this. Imagine a twenty something year old man going through puberty and finding out he’s gay. Add a hurried marriage, a near death, and you have yourself a story that’s in it’s own field.

Reviewed By: Roxy
P.S.- Remember- My review is my opinion.

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Out in Colorado by George Seaton, Cari Z., Tabitha Heart, Caitlin Ricci, Lichen Craig and PD Singer

Title: Out in Colorado
Author: Multi Authored Anthology
Publisher: Storm Moon Press
Pages: 173
Characters: Multi Characters
POV: 3rd and 1st
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance, Anthology
Kisses: 5


This collection brings six talented authors from the Centennial State together under one title, all offering their take on what it means to be Out in Colorado. These stories explore the cultures and mores of the state as only native authors can, each bringing a unique perspective on the diverse peoples and changing attitudes that are quickly coming to define this state in transition.

First, in Something Old, Something Blue, Justin Pauldino, the adopted son of Denver’s Italian mob boss, is a one night stand kind of guy and likes it that way, until his latest bed partner, Michael Blu, upsets his applecart world enough to make him consider settling down. When Justin decides to put his best foot forward with Michael—a third generation attorney, whose father and grandfather have an unpleasant history with Justin’s adoptive father—Justin’s world is turned upside down when his good intentions set in motion a series of events that will change his life forever.

Then, Joey Graham has demonstrated his Casual Brilliance and landed the job of his dreams out of school; the only catch is that he has to move to Colorado to do it. Fortunately, Joey’s got a new coworker who’s more than happy to introduce him to everything his new home has to offer.

Next, in a yearly tradition, five friends had gotten together in a cabin in the winter mountains of Colorado, but one of them has been lost for years. This year, all five friends will be back together and discover secrets that will change their lives forever, in Spirit’s Fire.

In Take a Bow, Brandon’s daughter’s wedding is approaching quickly, and the nervous father realizes that if he is to keep from embarrassing his little girl during the father-daughter dance, he needs some lessons pronto. But the gorgeous and charismatic dance instructor, Crispin, has Brandon too distracted to learn when all he can think of is dragging the man down for some dancing of a more horizontal sort.

Next, stuck in an abusive relationship with the cultured and sophisticated (and closeted) Ethan, a relationship that is quickly spiraling downward, Trevor feels Frozen, lost and left behind as everything spins on around him. When a sudden turn of violence forces Trevor to face the tragedy that his life has become and make a hard choice, it could be the awakening he needs, or it could be the last decision he ever makes.

Finally, being an otter shifter, though fun, comes with its own set of problems for Lon, not the least of which is the need to be in his shifted form for at least a few hours every week. This biological imperative threatens his budding romance with University of Colorado adjunct professor Corey when an accident in the back country leaves Lon unable to make his shift without revealing his furry secret, in Slip/Slide/Snow.


Out in Colorado is a multi-authored anthology with all of the stories set in the beautiful state of Colorado. What I really loved about this anthology was that each story really brought something special to the overall feel of the book. For me, reading anthologies can be tricky. I’ve read many of them that will have just a couple of stories that I liked or even loved, while the others somehow end up falling flat. This is definitely not the case with this book! Out in Colorado is a highly addictive, romantic, freshly written and thought provoking read that will most likely please the pickiest of readers. I loved this book and look forward to reading more stories by all of the authors featured in it.

Something Old, Something Blue by George Seaton

5 out of 5 Kisses!!

What I loved about this short story was the forbidden aspect of the romance between the adopted son of a mob boss and the son of two generations that has had a history with them. Both men were interesting and I liked the steamy chemistry they had together. There is also an interesting twist to the story that really left me on the edge of my seat! Mr. Seaton has a way of writing interesting, sexy men with an intriguing, fast-paced story that kept me captivated with this short from beginning to end.

Casual Brilliance by Cari Z.

5 out of 5 Kisses!!

I’ve read several books by Cari Z and I’ve enjoyed them all. I really loved this short story about Joey, who is from Chicago, but lands a job in Colorado. As soon as he meets, Jake, his research partner, sparks fly between them. There are several funny, sweet moments between them and I loved the passion and romance that they had together. The story left me with a smile on my face and I enjoyed every minute I spent reading it.

Spirit’s Fire by Tabitha Heart

4.5 Kisses!!

Spirit’s Fire is an action-filled, suspenseful romance that kept me guessing what was going to happen next. I really liked the back-story and strong connection between the five friends and loved Ivan and Tate together! I thought the story itself was very creative and hated to see it come to an end. Ms. Heart wrote a story that left this reader filled with the hope that everything turns out okay for all of them. Honestly, I have a feeling it will because of the strong friendship and bond these men had together.

Take a Bow by Caitlin Ricci

5 out of 5 Kisses!!

When father of the bride, Brandon, needs dancing lessons for his daughter’s upcoming wedding, she sends him to her best friend and dance instructor, Crispin, for lesson. The immediate attraction between them becomes sizzling hot and soon these two men find more within each other’s arms than what they expected. I really loved the heated chemistry between Brandon and Crispin and enjoyed watching their relationship heat up as the story progressed. Ms. Ricci did an excellent job at writing an erotic, sexy romantic short that I hated to see come to an end!

Frozen by Lichen Craig

5+ out of 5 Kisses!!

Out of all of the stories in this anthology, Frozen was my one of my favorites. I thought the author did a great job at making me really care about the main character as well as telling a story that gave me a roller-coaster of emotions while I read it. I loved the main hero, Trevor. He goes through a lot of personal growth and there were times I wanted to reach into his story and protect him, or even give him a big hug. I loved how the story ended on a very positive note, but I selfishly admit I wanted to read more about him, his new life and his budding relationship with Seth. This is the first story I’ve read by this author and I’m definitely anxious to read more by Lichen Craig in the future!

Slip/Slide/Snow by PD Singer

5+ out of 5 Kisses!!

Slip/Slide/Snow was another favorite of mine in this anthology. I loved both heroes, Lon and Corey and adored every second they spent together in this story. Lon was simply a delight and oh so much fun to read and get to know. I also liked how Corey really worked hard to make Lon comfortable with him (you’ll have to read why) as well as his determination to accept Lon and have him in his life. I thought it was a romantic, fun and sexy story and it left me with a big smile on my face!

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi


Dreamspinner Author: P.D. Singer

Thank you for taking some down time and spending it with us. Let’s start this off with a beverage. We have coffee, tea, some sort of juice (I think it’s been in here a few weeks) and soda. What would you like?

Even if that juice has fermented, it might need a bit more aging *wink*, so coffee would be great.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m a pharmacist with a husband and a couple of teenagers who have informed me they’re going to abandon me for the black diamond hills this coming ski season. I’m old enough to know I’m breakable, so no expert runs for Pam.

When you received news that your manuscript had been accepted what were the first words that fell from your mouth?

Um, do you spell “Whoot!” with an H or without?

What forces brought you over to the MM Genre and what made you want to write it?

It’s all Eden Winters’ fault. We were reading a lot of slash in fandom and she started reccing m/m romances. I was getting a little tired of vampires, so…

Would you care for some cookies? We have chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal with or without raisins and a package of mystery ones. We have cake too. Your choice.

Peanut butter would be lovely, thank you.

How many hours a day do you spending writing?

I’ll write for at least an hour, more if the words are flowing, but the internet is a terrible temptation as much as a resource.

Do you write right through or do you revise as you go along?

I am linear girl—I write straight through, leaving notes all over the text for revisions. But I really need to get the first draft down before messing with anything more than a few words.

When it comes to plotting, do you write freely or plan everything in advance?

I’m looking at about eight 3×3” sticky notes that contain the entire outline of a novel. I know the beginning, the end, and the major plot points and the rest comes as a surprise.

Of your characters do you have a favorite and why?

Don’t tell the others, but it has to be Jake Landon. I can get into his head the most easily, and he’s fun because he’s a mess of insecurities.

Writers often go on about writer’s block. Do you ever suffer from it, and what measures do you take to get past it?

If I get blocked it’s because I’ve made an error in plotting or motivation and have to unravel the problem before I can go on. Once I spot the wrong turning everything is good again. Linear Girl can’t just write around it.

Do you have a particular spot in your house that you call your comfy zone? (The place where you write.)

My favorite spot is a black leather Pullman chair with a little computer desk. It’s starting to develop a butt-print.

When you’re in the mindset to write, do you put a sign up that warns others not to disturb you while at work?

I generally manage to write in the quiet hours when everyone else is asleep, at work, school, or elsewhere. The teenagers are doing a lot of elsewhere these days, for reasons named Kim and Annie. The cats need the sign but they can’t read.

How would you describe your sense of humor? Who and what makes you laugh?

These days it seems to be mostly bitter political humor, a development I find a little disturbing. I’d rather laugh with someone than at them, and don’t care for pratfall humor.

What is the most frequently asked P.D. Singer question?

When will the next Mountain book be out? That question makes me happy!

What are you working on now?

Another Mountain novel. There do seem to be a lot of them. ;D Number 5 is Return to the Mountain, and I am happily torturing writing Gary and Seth, a new couple.

Writing is obviously not just how you make your living, but your life-style as well. What do you do to keep the creative “spark” alive – both in your work and out of it?

I try to be open to trying new experiences and going new places. I’m good for most anything that doesn’t involve jumping out of a perfectly good airplane.

What kind of books do you like to read outside of the MM Genre?

My shelves are full of non-fiction as well as fiction. My husband is a bit disturbed by the number of forensic anthropology books. For keeping my mind open, I read the upper left corner book of this one library display. No matter what it is. So far that habit’s produced one novel and three plot bunnies.

Pick one: Scientist, Astronaut, Retail, or Horse Trainer.

I’ve done retail, horses bite me, being an astronaut goes back to that falling out of the sky thing, so hand me the beaker!

Aside from writing, what else do you enjoy doing?

I ski, play my fiddle in Irish sessions, and have recently discovered an interest in typography.

Any special projects coming out soon we should watch for?

Two more Mountain novels are on the way: Blood on the Mountain (with Jake and Kurt) in December, and Return to the Mountain a couple months after that, and then I’ll finally finish my bicycling novel that’s been on hold. Poor Christopher, he’s been stuck out on the Ute Highway for more than six months.

Can you please tell us where we can find you on the Internet?

Love to! My website/blog is http://pdsinger.com and my Twitter is https://twitter.com/PD_Singer . My Facebook is https://www.facebook.com/pd.singer.9

Come on by!

It was a pleasure having you here with us today. Please come by and let us know how you’re doing from time to time. OH! And before you leave, can I get your help here in the kitchen? Thanks!!

Thank you, and oh, sorry about that mug. Let me get the big pieces and the broom…

Fire on the Mountain by P.D. Singer

Title: Fire on the Mountain
Author: PD Singer
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 210
Characters: Jake, Kurt
POV: 1st
Sub-Genre: Contemporary
Kisses: 4


Take a break from academics, enjoy the Colorado Rockies, fight a fire now and then. That’s all Jake Landon expected when he signed up to be a ranger. He’ll partner with some crusty old mountain man; they’ll patrol the wilderness in a tanker, speak three words a day, and Old Crusty won’t be alluring at all. A national forest is big enough to be Jake’s closet—he’ll spend his free time fishing.

Except Old Crusty turns out to be Kurt Carlson: confident, competent, and experienced. He’s also young, hot, friendly, and considers clothing optional when it’s just two guys in the wilderness. Sharing a small cabin with this walking temptation is stressing Jake’s sanity—is he sending signals, or just being Kurt? And how would Kurt react if he found out his new partner wants to start a fire of a different kind? Jake’s terrified—they have to live together for five months no matter what.

Enough sparks fly between the rangers to set the trees alight, but it takes a raging inferno to make Jake and Kurt admit to the heat between them.


Jake Larson is a young man who is taking a summer job as a park ranger before starting pharmacy school. He’s hoping that his assigned partner is an older gruff unattractive man because he was severely burned after his college friends found out he was gay. The incident pushed him so far into the closet, he may never come out.

Kurt Carlson is the young, very attractive man assigned to be Jake’s partner. Jake falls in lust with Kurt almost immediately and it is slowly driving him insane trying to keep Kurt from figuring out that he is gay and that he’s attracted to him.
Jake tiptoes around Kurt until the day Kurt is injured while they are fighting a forest fire and they are forced to take shelter in a cave to escape the flames. Kurt finally breaks down and confesses that he is gay and has been attracted to Jake from the beginning. They make up for lost time and end up making their relationship permanent.

I really enjoyed reading this story by P.D. Singer. Her blend of humor, drama, and the depiction of what life is like for two sexymen doing fire watch in a very isolated area makes this a very nice good way to spend a lazy afternoon.

Reviewed By: Pat


Torquere Author: PD Singer

Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions, PD. Can you tell us a little bit about your background?

I’m a pharmacist and mom, who read voraciously until I found a universe with characters I wanted to play with. That’s where I ran into Eden Winters—we teased each other into writing original work.

What was your first book and how long did it take to get it published?

Fire on the Mountain was my first book, and it was published one year to the day after I woke up with the plot.

When did you start writing m/m romance? What about this genre interested you the most?

The stories don’t have the same kind of gender baggage that plagues het romance, which I do not read. I came out of a rather slashy fandom, so original stories were the next step.

How long did it take you to get published? How many books have you written thus far?

It was one year from “we can do this” to “it’s for sale!” I’ve published four novels, with two more under contract, plus a novella and lots of shorts.

Do you write full time?

I wish.

Looking back was there something in particular that helped you to decide to become a writer?

I was every author’s audience until I found a universe where I felt strongly enough about certain characters to try to tell their stories. I was definitely not the kid whose first novel was written in crayon—I was *coughcoughcoughcan’tcountthathigh*

On a typical writing day, how would you spend your time?

The laptop goes to work with me—I can get 500-600 words on the page at lunch, and instead of watching TV in the evenings, I’ll write. My work schedule rotates, so quiet mornings are mine! *evil cackle*

Do you write right through or do you revise as you go along?

I am so Linear Girl. I write straight through, leaving a note here and there for the revision stage.

When it comes to plotting, do you write freely or plan everything in advance?

I know where I’m starting, where I need to end, and the major points along the way. How I get there is the adventure. Sometimes it’s a matter of having leftover bees.

What kind of research do you do before and during a new book?

All sorts! I’ll use reference materials and Web resources, I’ll interview people and visit locations, I will go try something new. Or I may have had the experience and can get some mileage out of it. An eggbeater fall down a ski slope where my goggles got packed with snow ought to be good for something.

How much of yourself and the people you know manifest into your characters? How do you approach development of your characters?

Every character has to be a composite: a trait here, a reaction there, a like or dislike from a third source. I like the six-situation method of character development—what if *this* happened.

Frex, say char A gets a letter from the Internal Revenue Service. What are they demanding, or did he get a refund? Why did he get it? What does he do now? How does he feel about it? How much trouble is he in? Depending on the answers, you might be seeing the beginnings of a scoundrel, a well-meaning nice guy, a business shark, or a… Then, say, he needs to buy a car. Why? What kind? How much does he spend? Et cetera. You know his personality pretty well after six of these, and can predict what he’d do in your plot situations. His first pet’s name and his middle school report cards are trivial.

How long does it take for you to complete a book you would allow someone to read?

It can be a week for a short, or a year for a novel. It just depends on the story.

Writers often go on about writer’s block. Do you ever suffer from it, and what measures do you take to get past it?

If I’m blocked, it’s because my plot has taken a wrong turn and I have to figure out what it is and fix it. It may take a couple of days to decipher the real problem.

When someone reads one of your books for the first time, what do you hope they gain, feel or experience?

I hope the reader bonds with the characters and feels their pain and triumph, and is immersed in the reality of the story’s circumstances. If they learn something, that’s a bonus; I do accurate details, settings, and situations because I am thorough that way.

Can you share three things you’ve learned about the business of writing since your first publication?

1) Keep good records: this is a business.
2) Have a tidy, well-organized and frequently updated website (not the sort of busy, busy mess I started with).
3) Don’t force yourself to do forms of social media that make you really uncomfortable—it shows, and it uses valuable writing time. Write the next story instead.

Does the title of a book you’re writing come to you as you’re writing it, or does it come before you even begin the first sentence?

Titles have come before plots, during writing, and in one case, after the contract was signed.

How would you describe your sense of humor? Who and what makes you laugh?

Quirky—I will laugh at everything from elaborate puns to pratfalls. Eden Winters and Carole Cummings riffing on possums makes my sides hurt.

What is the most frequently asked PD Singer question?

What’s up with Kurt and Jake? The answer’s here: www.pdsinger.com .

What are you working on now?

Another Mountain novel and a novel starring a pro bicycle racer and a journalist.

What was the best piece of advice you’ve received with respect to the art of writing?

I’ve received many valuable tidbits, but the hardest and most important is to get the first draft done and then revise. Otherwise momentum gets lost.

When it comes to promotion, what lengths have you gone to in order to increase reader-awareness of your work?

I’ve gone to GayRomLit in New Orleans, to hang with readers and other authors, and will be going to Albuquerque this year! It didn’t feel like lengths, because it was so danged much fun.

What do you do to keep the creative “spark” alive – both in your work and out of it?

I read other genres of fiction, lots of non-fiction, visit museums and attend events. I’m always open to new experiences. Except sky-diving. Not jumping out of a perfectly good airplane, uh uh no way.

What kind of books do you like to read?

It’s easier to say what I won’t read: horror and het romance. Everything else is fair game.

If you weren’t a writer what would you be?

A part time stained glass artist—I put the tools down when I started writing, because I don’t have a thirty-six hour day.

Where did you get the idea for the stories you write?

Everywhere! Headline news, casual reading, a bad experience, a good experience. A fight with my husband. I have more notes in the WIP folder than I can get to in the next three years.

Aside from writing, what else do you enjoy doing?

I play Irish fiddle, sew, crochet, garden, and ski.

Any special projects coming out soon we should watch for?

Mountain novels will be coming along like beads on a string, every two months starting in June!

New writers are always trying to glean advice from those with more experience. What suggestions do you have for new writers?

Use the screen name, including email address, you want people to associate with you. If you call yourself MissWhiskers1973 but write as L.V. Beethoven, it will be twice as hard to remember you.

Can you please tell us where we can find you on the Internet?

My website with blog is here: www.pdsinger.com, I’m on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000815652448 and Twitter, @PD_Singer. See what I mean about remembering?

Could you please share your favorite excerpt(s) from one of more of your stories with us?

Here’s a snippet from Maroon: Donal agus Jimmy.

The best jobs in 1911 Belfast are in the shipyards, but Donal Gallagher’s pay packet at Harland and Wolff doesn’t stretch far enough. He needs to find someone to share his rented room; fellow ship-builder Jimmy Healy’s bright smile and need for lodgings inspire Donal to offer. But how will he sleep, lying scant feet away from Jimmy? It seems Jimmy’s a restless sleeper, too, lying so near to Donal…

In a volatile political climate, building marine boilers and armed insurrection are strangely connected. Jimmy faces an uneasy choice: flee to America or risk turning gunrunner for Home Rule activists. He thinks he’s found the perfect answer to keep himself and his Donal safe, but shoveling coal on a luxury liner is an invitation to fate.
“Home with ye, don’t make a scene.” Donal didn’t care to hear his name coupled with a woman’s in marriage, but Jimmy’s full tenor wasn’t suffering much from the beer, aside from the high notes, and his arm lay warm against the back of Donal’s neck.

“Which way? Donal agus Morag…” Jimmy tried again, leaning heavily but letting Donal guide him out the door and down the road. If only this was not the sole reason to put an arm about Jimmy’s waist.

Not the first time he’d walked a gee-eyed friend home, and Jimmy was nice about it, stumbling but giving no sign of hurling. The gardie they met half-way back might have been a problem, but “Since you’re takin’ him home, and that not far,” they didn’t add an arrest for public drunkenness to the evening, and Donal heard a faint echo of “Donal agus Morag…” from behind them.

“Your song’s over,” Donal shushed Jimmy after a trip out back and before the ordeal of the stairs.

“Do not vex Mrs. Deegan!” Jimmy quit mid-word. He still needed a bit of help up, and once into their still dark room, he toppled into the bed, so abruptly that he didn’t let go of Donal’s neck, nor could Donal do aught but fall with him, arm trapped.

Jimmy lay quiet as stone, and near as heavy. Donal tried to pull his arm out from under his friend, but two or three tugs convinced him he was stuck fast. It could have been far worse — trapped with his head on Jimmy’s shoulder, he was at least cozy, so cozy he’d tell Jimmy that there was no getting his arm back from under a great lump of a bolloxed gingernut until he’d slept off the beer. How much had Jimmie drunk? Enough to believe the tale Donal would need to explain his hard willie? Perhaps Jimmy’s noticin’ wouldn’t run to that, pressed up against Jimmy’s leg though it was. Donal relaxed to the inevitable best he could, with his free arm over Jimmy’s belly. Oh, but the man was warm. He’d not worn a waistcoat and now Donal’s hand lay under the tweed of Jimmie’s jacket, with only a cotton shirt between them.
Thank the Lord Jimmy didn’t snore. Not that Donal could sleep, all his attention being on Jimmy like that. Not all — he needed some to keep his traitor body from humping against his companion. There’d be no explaining that. Donal hadn’t imagined a worse torment than trying to sleep across the room from Jimmy — now he cursed himself for a short-sighted fool. Quietly and repeatedly.

“If it’s that bad, I’ll let ye up.” Jimmy didn’t sound drunk at all — his murmur was clear and soft. “But I think ye’re fine where ye are.”

“Ye do, do ye?” Donal hissed, his body gone rigid. “What makes ye think I think it’s fine?”

“This.” Jimmy rubbed his leg against Donal’s cock, and the friction, even through two pairs of trousers, was almost enough to undo him. “And it’s yerself ye’re cursing, not me. At least stay while we talk — voices carry.”

The window was open, though it faced to the garden in back. The windows of the houses butted up to either side might be open, too, and who knew what the neighbors might hear if their windows were open to the soft spring night? Donal stayed.
“Ye feigned drunk,” Donal accused him. “Ye let me think ye were well potted.” He had no idea what to do with his hand, and holding his head above Jimmy’s shoulder was getting wearing.

“How else would I get your arm around me?” Damn Jimmy for sounding like the very voice of reason. “But if two pints were enough to tank me, I could not call meself an Irishman.”

In truth, Donal had wondered at three. “The third?”

Jimmy chuckled. “Switched glasses with the man with the bodhrán; better he should drink it than play.”

There was a thing that could not be argued. “But this? Ye want me to…?” Lacking words, Donal flopped back against Jimmy’s side.

“This. More than this. But if ye do not, say the word; I’ll let ye up, we’ll say no more of it. But I do not think ye really want that, and I know I do not.” Jimmy’s hand had crept to Donal’s forearm, and the small strokes of his rough fingers bunched and smoothed the wool. “Ye did not struggle but once or twice when we lay down together. Had ye tried harder, I would have rolled over.”

“When we fell down together.” Relieved that Jimmy was so far from anger, Donal was still stung at being duped. Yet Jimmy was right — how else would Donal’s head ever come to Jimmy’s shoulder? “What more do ye want?”

“I don’t know all the ‘more’ there could be,” Jimmy murmured into Donal’s hair. “Do you?”

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Maroon: Donal agus Jimmy by PD Singer

Title: Maroon: Donal agus Jimmy
Author: PD Singer
Publisher: Torquere Press
Pages: 73
Characters: Donal Gallagher, Jimmy Healy
POV: 3rd Person
Sub-Genre: Historical Romance
Kisses: 5


The best jobs in 1911 Belfast are in the shipyards, but Donal Gallagher’s pay packet at Harland and Wolff doesn’t stretch far enough. He needs to find someone to share his rented room; fellow ship-builder Jimmy Healy’s bright smile and need for lodgings inspire Donal to offer. But how will he sleep, lying scant feet away from Jimmy? It seems Jimmy’s a restless sleeper, too, lying so near to Donal…

In a volatile political climate, building marine boilers and armed insurrection are strangely connected. Jimmy faces an uneasy choice: flee to America or risk turning gunrunner for Home Rule activists. He thinks he’s found the perfect answer to keep himself and his Donal safe, but shoveling coal on a luxury liner is an invitation to fate.


I’ve loved everything I’ve read by PD Singer, but I’ve got to say that she has outdone herself with Maroon: Donal agus Jimmy, the story of two Northern Irishmen who helped craft the great ships that once sailed the oceans, connecting continents and carrying men, women, and children to America in pursuit of the dream.

This story is set against the backdrop of a country divided between the Protestants and the Catholics, between those whose desire it was to become independent of British rule and those who remained loyal to the crown. It is the story of two men who meet and fall in love, though that love was one that would always remain private, between only the two of them— To be discovered would be their ruin, but to be together, to dream of a future with each other, is worth the risk. When those dreams of the future include the possibility of journeying to America, Jimmy sets sail upon the unsinkable Titanic, where, on one ill-fated night, more than 1500 souls learned the whims of fortune care nothing for the dreams of mere mortals.

Maroon: Donal agus Jimmy is a story that draws you in quietly, setting the tone for a lovely romance between two charming men who seem destined to have met, who seem fated to be together. As it progresses, however, once PD Singer has lulled the reader into a sense of false security, she turns the tide and grabs you by the heartstrings, then propels you to the end in pitch perfect timing.

This is a story that packs a lot of emotion into its seventy-three pages, pages that melted away, word by word, as I fell for Donal and Jimmy.

Reviewed By: Lisa


Torquere Author Interviews and Reviews

I’m very excited to announce that Top2Bottom will be spotlighting authors from Torquere Press beginning with Sean Michael on the 11th of June. We will have not only reviews of their chosen stories but interviews too! This is very exciting for us and I hope you’ll come daily to see the new author we will have under the hot lights.

The Rare Event by P.D. Singer

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Title: The Rare Event
Author: P.D. Singer
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 350
Characters: Ricky Santeramo, Jon Hogenboom
POV: 3rd Person
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance/Drama
Kisses: 5


Hedge fund trader Ricky Santeramo has it all: money, looks, and fellow trader Jonathan Hogenboom. The two couldn’t be more different: Jon is from old money, while Ricky clawed his way out of blue-collar New Jersey. Jon hedges his positions; Ricky goes for broke. Jon likes opera and the Yankees; Ricky prefers clubbing. Jon drinks wine with dinner; Ricky throws back a beer. Jon wants monogamy… but Ricky likes variety.

Bankrupt airlines are facing strikes, the housing market is starting to crumble, and Jon can’t wait any longer for Ricky to commit. One last night alone and one last risky trade make Jon say, “Enough.” Then Jon’s old friend Davis comes to New York City, ready for baseball and forever. The whole world is chaos, but there are fortunes to be made—or lost—and hearts to be broken—or won.

Faced with losing it all, Ricky must make the savviest trades of his life and pray for a rare event. His portfolio and Jon’s love are on the line.


The lust for money is as timeless as money for lust. They are the original vices, and at Wolfe Gorman Equities, money and lust go together like stress and a volatile economy.

Rick Santeramo is all about hedging his bets, both professionally and personally. He plays Wall Street a little bit like a skydiver jumping out of an airplane without a parachute, who gambles on the remotest acceptable possibility there’ll be a safe place to land after the thrill of the jump. Ricky thrives on the volatility of the market as much as he thrives on the volatility of the predatory and empty sex he engages in, in the backrooms of the clubs he stalks. Ricky either has no sense of self-preservation, or an overdeveloped sense of self-preservation, I’m not certain. I do think, however, that for Rick it depends on the circumstances and what exactly is at risk, because really, you have to know how much you’re willing to invest and how much you’re willing to lose before you know how to secure yourself against a loss.

With Jon Hogenboom, Rick took what were, for him, acceptable risks. He avoided committing, he left himself a means of easy escape to avoid the shackles of monogamy and, in the end, he lost far more than he’d ever invested in their relationship. After all, infidelity can’t be infidelity if you’ve never gone all in and invested fully in the relationship, can it? Is there such a thing as negative gain? For Ricky there was—it happened when he accepted everything Jon was willing to offer but didn’t fully invest in it, then let it all slip through his fingers. He learned a little too late, the value of limiting his losses by protecting his investments. He also learned that the margin of error in his relationship with Jon was limited to Jon’s willingness to accept any deviation from the norm, which, in the end, turned out to be fractional. Unlike Rick, Jon could foresee the rare event and considered the price too steep, the investment too risky to accept.

And when the bottom fell out, when their partnership imploded, they both discovered they had so very little to show for their time together. Negative gain.

The Rare Event is the story of a man who didn’t know what he had until he didn’t have it anymore, then discovered with a staggering surety that he very much wanted it. There’s nothing quite like discovering someone and something is priceless, especially when your adult life has revolved around assigning value to everything and weighing how much profit you can gain from it. It’s the ultimate redemption story—discovering you’ve always had a parachute, regardless of how many times you’ve jumped, but that the strings attached to that parachute aren’t meant to tangle and bind but to protect against the unexpected. It’s about being willing to make compromises, not selling out who you are, but investing in who you want to be so you can be the person who’s worthy of being wanted.

The bottom line is that I couldn’t put this book down. I devoured it in a single sitting and got to ask a lot of “honey, what’s?” questions to the CPA I have in my hip pocket. I learned a lot about hedge funds and puts and stop-loss orders, but those things really weren’t so essential to the whole of the story, although it provided a perfect juxtaposition to Ricky and Jon’s personal relationship. What was entirely essential was the way in which Ricky and Jon collaborated and conflicted with each other, and eventually, the way in which that connection suffered under the weight of the odds of the gamble. If there’s such a thing as profiting from loss, Ricky did it, and it was both painful and lovely to witness.

Reviewed By: Lisa


Prep Work by PD Singer

Title: Prep Work
Author: PD Singer
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 52
Characters: Jude Marshall, Tommy Bell
POV: 1st Person
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 4.5


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.


PD Singer’s Prep Work is the perfect little amuse bouche; it made my mental taste buds smile and even sigh just a bit with its blend of romantic conflict flavored with just the right amount of spice to make this a delectable dish.

Why all the gastronomic gibberish? Because this is the story of Jude Marshall, a chef who’d once owned his own restaurant and had even written a respectably successful cookbook, but that’s all gone now, buried beneath a lawsuit and a non-compete clause, and he’s been left with little option but to attempt to carve a new life for himself outside of the kitchen. Jude is the host of a modestly successful TV show that pits him against some of the most disgusting and unpalatable foods from around the world. And really, he’s just tired of having a camera in his face, recording every nasty bite he takes, for posterity.

In London on layover, Jude wanders into what he believes is a simple English pub, where he can order a pint, some comfort food, and revel in the fact that what he’s eating has never chirruped nor has it been dug from beneath rotting tree bark in some far flung jungle. Little does Jude realize, however, that he’s not walked into a quaint and traditional pub, but into a nouveau gastro pub, where even a simple bowl of pea soup comes decorated with a pretentious little sprig of parsley. You know your life isn’t what it ought to be when the garnish on your meal sets you on edge. But it’s that wee herb that leads to something which feels a whole lot like a huge possibility for Jude when it lures Tommy Bell from his kitchen to ensure his customer is satisfied with his meal.

Tommy and Jude bond over eggplant parmesan and shepherd’s pie, doing something they both love to do. Tommy knows very well who Jude is and admires the chef, but also comes to like the man very much. They complement each other well in the kitchen, but it’s not until they make way to Tommy’s apartment that things really heat up between the two men. In a matter of hours, Tommy manages to help Jude realize he’s ready for a change in his life, ready for something more than traveling globally, eating extreme foods, and settling for one night stands.

The problem for Jude? He just needs to cleanse the taste of crow from his palate after forgetting that his brain to mouth filter sometimes malfunctions, leaving Tommy feeling used and more than a little angry when Jude says the wrong thing at the wrong time. It leaves Jude scrambling to try to fix things. That is, as long as he hasn’t left them irreparably broken.

The way to a man’s heart is through the kitchen in Prep Work. Maybe that’s why the kitchen is called the heart of the home, after all. But arguably, the most valuable lesson Jude learns is that he can continue to be a “sort-of somebody” to everyone, or he can take a chance and become a special somebody to the one and only person who matters. All he needed was that somebody to remind him what made him truly happy.

This is a fast paced story that succeeded in making me root for its heroes and also made me wish for more.

Reviewed By: Lisa


>Someplace in this World by various authors


Someplace in this World
Authors: Lee Benoit, Kiernan Kelly, Syd McGinley, J.L. Merrow, G.R. Richards, J. Rocci, P.D. Singer, G.S. Wiley, Eden Winters
Publisher: Torquere Press
Pages: 275
POV: 3rd Person
Genre: Anthology
Book Cover Rating: 3


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“Is there a place for me in this world? Someplace I can call home?” Home isn’t always the place we start from. Sometimes we have to search long and hard to discover our true home. Other times we leave home, only to discover that our home place calls us back. We may seek far and wide for a home, only to find we’ve been there all along. And sometimes, we have to stand and fight for home.

In this full-length anthology featuring contemporary, historical, fantasy, and steampunk stories, some of Torquere’s favorite authors bring us stories of gay men seeking, finding, rediscovering, or struggling to find that one place in the world where they truly belong.

Each of these nine stories treads a unique pathway, but at the end of the journey, these talented authors bring their characters home.


Nine talented authors, nine short stories, and nine unique interpretations of what it means to be home have been compiled in the anthology Someplace in this World.

Home is not always the roof overhead or the contents of its closets, attic, and basement. Sometimes home is a person; home isn’t the where as much as it is the who in your life there waiting for you when you arrive. Each one of the tales in this book examines this theme as well as those of forgiveness, healing, redemption, acceptance, and second chances. And while each may do so to varying degrees of success, none fails in its mission to draw the reader in, to captivate or to inspire.

From the results of a physically abusive relationship to the devastation caused by the abuse of drugs, from the damage caused by angry words to the redemption of forgiveness, from the magic of a forbidden love that reaches from the grave and across time to the steampunk world of mercenaries in an incredibly imaginative setting, from moving on after the death of a lover to finding love in unexpected places, each of these stories run the gamut of exploring how each of the protagonists begins and ends their journey toward sanctuary.

The strengths of each of the stories lies in various areas, including character exposition in Kieran Kelly’s Absence of Color, G.S. Wiley’s Comeback, Return to the Mountain by P.D. Singer, and J.L. Merrow’s Light the Fire. What the steampunk tale Oilsmouth may lack in character and relationship development, it more than makes up for in the building of a fantastical and imaginative world. Eden Winters’ story The Prodigal revisits Noah Everett and the world of The Angel of 13th Street, and in true Eden Winters form, the tale tugs at the readers’ emotions.

Each of the included tales addresses what it means to belong somewhere and to someone and to be accepted, which is a universally bonding experience.

Reviewed by: Lisa