Apples and Gin by Jenna Jones


Title: Apples and Gin
Author: Jenna Jones
Publisher: Torquere Press
Pages: 80
Characters: Sawyer Shaw, Noah Kingston
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 4.5




Blurb:

Country singer Sawyer Shaw loves photographer Noah Kingston and is tired of hiding it. He’s kept his sexuality hidden for the sake of his career and his family, but over the past ten years Sawyer has come to realize what matters most to him is Noah and his happiness. Despite his worries about what effect coming out will have on his career, Sawyer is ready not only to make their relationship public but also to make it permanent.
Originally published in the Going to the Chapel anthology.

Review:

I’ve read several stories by Jenna Jones and I’ve really enjoyed them all. She seems to have a knack of really getting to the heart and soul of her characters and is able to make them relatable, likeable men.

There were several things I really loved about this book. First, it’s a great May/December romance. Noah is twice the age of Sawyer and even though there is a generation gap, they deal with these unique issues which I truly loved.

Also, their love is a forbidden one. Sawyer is a country singer who knows if he ever comes clean about his long-term relationship with Noah, it could possible ruin his career. Noah, is a patient man, but keeping their relationship on the down low can put stress on even the strongest pair.

I loved the heat between them. I loved the banter they had together. I thought they fit together perfectly and all in all I really thought this read was a very satisfying one.

Out of pure selfishness, I wish the story had been longer. I really became invested in these two characters and really hope Ms. Jones writes more about them again.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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TORQUERE BOOKS HALLOWEEN RELEASES

 

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Bump in the Night
by Aaron Michaels
76 pages / 22100 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-816-5

$3.49

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Blurb:

Together again for the first time – four tales of paranormal love by erotic romance writer Aaron Michaels just in time for Halloween.

The ghost in Haunted returns every year to spend Halloween night in the bed of the man he loves, only this year his lover looks older—frailer—and the ghost must face the possibility that their time together might be drawing to an end. The shapeshifter who plays with the minds of men, giving them instensely erotic dreams, finds himself confronted in Dream Lover with a situation none of his kind has ever experienced: he’s fallen in love with the man he visits, only the shapeshifter’s repeated presence in the man’s mind threatens his sanity. In Billy and the Ghosts, a young man’s midnight visit to the grave of a murdered madame transports him to a Comstock bordello where he meets a sexy, if ghostly, male prostitute. And for the centuries old vampire of Bound by Blood, a simple purchase of blood from a living, willing, and handsome man leads to the kind of bond the vampire has avoided his entire life—a bond of love and dependence.

Previously published by Torquere as individual sips, these four stories are now available in a single collection. So grab your favorite shapeshifter, ghost, vampire or ghoul and treat yourselves to this sexy collection of supernatural love.

New Beginnings

by Kyle Adams
92 pages / 30000 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-817-2

$3.49

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Blurb:

Urban Sinclair thinks he has it all. An amazing life and a nice house he shares with Tyson, his boyfriend of eight years. Urban learns the hard way that life is full of surprises and people aren’t always as happy as he thinks. Unexpectedly single and heartbroken, Urban knows he can only take life one day at a time. A daunting endeavor while he still shares a house with the man responsible for shattering his heart.

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?

Coming Next Week…

Eternally Dark Anthology
by John Amory, Jenna Jones, TA Moore, BA Tortuga

What could possibly make a vampire vulnerable? What if they were blind? Still sexy, these vamps make their men swoon. Featuring John Amory, Jenna Jones, TA Moore and BA Tortuga.

Genre: Paranormal/Horror

Ghosts and Ghouls
by Kiernan Kelly

Want a bite of paranormal delight this Halloween? These five short, spooky, sexy stories bring together an eclectic mix of our favorite monsters!

Genre: Paranormal/Horror

The Demon’s Door
by Ari McKay

When Thomas Carter sets out to stake a vampire, he finds out the true difference between Good and Evil. Can Julian Schaden teach him about his own abilities – and the power of love – before it’s too late?

Genre: Paranormal/Horror

Cartography for Beginners by Jenna Jones


Title: Cartography for Beginners
Author: Jenna Jones
Publisher: Torquere Press
Pages: 264
Characters: Leo Bellamy, Stuart Huntsman
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance, Series
Kisses: 4.5



Blurb:

At the age of fifty-one, Leo Bellamy from Chiaroscuro and Something Beautiful has to do what he never expected: start over. Leo has been mourning the end of his long-time relationship for over a year. It takes the death of a close friend to convince Leo that he doesn’t want to spend the rest of his life being bitter. It’s time to move on and find a love that will last. Leo accepts his friend Stuart Huntsman’s invitation to visit him in London, where Leo’s friends hope he will find a holiday romance that will kick start that “moving on” business.

Meantime, Stuart has been tentatively rebuilding his relationship with his estranged children. For twenty years Stuart thought his children were better off with him, and it’s a shock to learn they don’t feel the same way. Stuart doesn’t think he’s good for anyone — and certainly not for Leo, even if he and Leo call each other daily and Stuart is always a welcome guest in Leo’s home.

There’s no road map to true love and it’s easy to get lost along the way. But with patience and understanding, Stuart and Leo may find their way to each other.

Review:

Leo Bellamy is a middle-age program director of a radio station on San Francisco. He’s feeling depressed and all alone since his partner of over 25 years has left him for a young man less than half his age.Stuart Huntsman is an English art promoter and gallery owner who has been mentoring and sleeping with young talented and beautiful men for over most of his adult life. The two men have been good friends ever since they met through mutual friends of Leo’s son Dune.

The two men find their friendship turning into sexual attraction and deep feelings for each other, but Leo fights it because he still has feelings for his former boyfriend and Stuart fights it because he believes that he can’t be loved for who he is and thinks Leo deserves someone better suited to him.

I enjoyed reading this story about two men who find themselves at a crossroad in their lives and the problems and roadblocks each one faces while trying to figure out what they want and where they want their lives to go. The struggles and heartaches the men go through make this a very compelling and believable story about how you don’t always find love with the type of person you think you will.

Reviewed By: Pat

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Something Beautiful by Jenna Jones


Title: Something Beautiful
Author: Jenna Jones
Publisher: Torquere Press
Pages: 223
Characters: Dune Bellamy, Micah Ferguson
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 4




Blurb:

In this follow up to Jenna Jones’ popular novel Chiaroscuro, Dune Bellamy and Micah Ferguson have become best friends. Between Micah’s string of boyfriends and Dune’s lovers, they have plenty to talk about, especially when a trip to Europe leaves Micah alone, while back home, Dune’s first love turns up again.

After a brief fling in Paris, Micah returns home to an unhappy Dune, who’s trying to fend off his ex’s attentions. When Micah steps in, Dune starts to see his friend as something more, which creates a whole new set of problems. Dune’s not sure he wants to ruin their friendship, but he and Micah agree to give it a try.

Micah has family problems to deal with, Dune has his ex stalking him, and the pressure soon comes between them, driving Dune back into the arms of the dangerous Gavin, who wants to control his every move. Can Micah deal with his sisters, and find a way to convince Dune that they deserve another chance? Something Beautiful is all about the family we chose, as well as the one we’re born with, and if they’re lucky, something beautiful will come of it for Micah and Dune.

Review:

Micah Ferguson is a young man on a vacation with his boyfriend Luke in Europe. They’re on a train having an argument because Luke wants to get married but Micah isn’t ready for that kind of commitment. When Micah wakes up the next morning, he finds that Luke has left to return home without him. He debates whether to go home or go on by himself. He calls his best friend Dune Bellamy to let him know what has happened and then decides to finish the tour alone. When he returns home, Dune picks him up from the airport and consoles Micah about the breakup with Luke. Micah has always had a problem committing to one person. He has deep feelings for Dune but Dune had his heart badly broken when his former boyfriend Gavin left town and left him behind. Ever since then, all Dune wants is fun and casual sex with no strings attached. He and Micah start seeing each other as friends with benefits but they break up when Micah confesses that he is in love with Dune. Micah retreats from his friendship with Dune and Dune starts seeing Gavin, his former boyfriend who has been stalking Dune for months. Gavin starts isolating Dune from his friends and family and also physically abusing him. Micah confronts Gavin and literary kicks him out of Dune’s life. Micah finally decides to come out of the closet and tells his parents that he is gay and in love with Dune. Both of them finally admit their feelings for each other and commit to each other.

I really enjoyed this book. The conflicts and obstacles between Micah and Dune are believable and draw you into the story. I was really attracted to the real doubts and problems the men had on dealing with the ghosts of their pasts and the roadblocks to their futures. It shows that sometimes what you’re looking for has been there all the time.

Reviewed By: Patricia

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Chiaroscuro by Jenna Jones


Title: Chiaroscuro
Author: Jenna Jones
Publisher: Torquere Press
Pages: 230
Characters: Jamie, Ben
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 4




Blurb:

Jamie Makepeace isn’t sure what to do with his work or his love life. Laid off at his job and at odds with his ultra-conservative boyfriend, Micah, he’s searching for something to fill the empty spots.

When he meets Ben Gallagher, a cake decorator, Jamie knows he’s found a friend. Taking a chance, Jamie turns to art for his new career, and Ben becomes his muse. He creates an entire show based on the man who is always there for him. The problem with Ben is that he’s been hurt by love in the past, and might not be willing to risk his friendship with Jamie for something more.

Can Ben get past his fear and see that all that Jamie has to offer before it’s too late?

Review:

James Makepeace is a young Englishman living in San Francisco. He’s just been laid off from his job as the head of the art department of a gaming company because the company went under. He’s also just found out his much younger conservative boyfriend has been cheating on him with his college roommate. He and his best friend Dune go to a wedding where Jamie meets Ben Gallagher, the wedding cake designer/decorator who corners him in a pantry and kisses the daylights out of him.

They start seeing each other as friends with benefits with no strings attached. Jamie uses his layoff as a sign to turn his passion for art into a living. As time goes by, he finds himself falling in love with Ben but Ben keeps insisting that they are nothing but casual sex partners. Ben refuses to to be in a committed relationship because he had his heart severely broken by a former boyfriend. Jamie is introduced to the owner of an art gallery who really likes his talent and commissions him to a showing of his work. Ben shows up at the opening with another man as his date and Jaime tells him that he can’t take any more of Ben’s pushing him away and refusing to acknowledge that he loves him. Ben goes to Las Vegas to take part in a television cook-off show and realizes that when he’s all alone that he does love Jamie and that he’s willing to overcome his fear of commitment to make a life with him.

I enjoyed this story of two men who have been burned by former boyfriends and are afraid to commit to anything beyond casual sexual encounters. The ups, downs, and obstacles that Jaime and Ben go through as their relationship progresses makes for a very compelling and believable read.

Reviewed By: Patricia

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Author Jenna Jones from Torquere Press

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

I grew up in northern California, so while I haven’t lived there for almost twenty years I still have a great deal of affection for the area. I studied humanities in college with the intention of teaching at a university level, but about two years into my master’s degree I realized the academic life was not for me. I worked in retail for a little bit and then spent ten years in IT.

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

My first book was the novel Chiaroscuro, the love story of a baker and a painter. It began life as a National Novel Writing Month project in 2005, and then I spent about six months rewriting it.

Chiaroscuro is the exception to the rules: I submitted it to my first choice of publisher at the beginning of December 2006 and it was accepted on New Year’s Eve.

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

I started writing it about 2003, and it’s the only genre I’ve published in professionally.

I’m still figuring out what it is I like about m/m. It could be as simple as “one hot guy is good, two hot guys are better” or it could be that I enjoy exploring the mystery that is the male mind and heart. I’m not sure. All I really know is that it makes me happy.

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

I spent about ten years learning to write for an audience before I tried submitting anything to be published professionally. I like to think that’s why my first novel was accepted so quickly.

I’ve published 17 books so far.

Do you write full time?

Not yet.

Looking back was there something in particular that helped you to decide to become a writer? Did you choose it or did the profession choose you?

The profession chose me. This is what I wanted to be since I was nine years old. I don’t know what I’d do or who I’d be without the constant need to write a story.

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

Awake, breakfast, shower, write. Lunch, walk, catch up on social media, write. Dinner, TV, write. Sleep.

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

A combination of both. If I’m rereading what I wrote the day before in preparation to begin writing for the day and I think of a better way to say something, I’ll make the change right then rather than wait until the official “editing” period.

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

I like to have a plan, but I’m open to changing that plan during writing. It’s happened more than once that I’ll be editing and then realize a more interesting twist or a better way to make an event happen, and I’ll make that change and do a lot of rewriting.

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

If it’s anything I don’t know off the top of my head, it gets researched. Locations are a big one, as well as procedures, such as police procedure for the latest book. Since I write about foodies a lot, I consider all the cooking shows I watch to be research, too.

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

I think there’s a little bit of every author in their characters.

I don’t particularly like character charts or questionnaires. It always seems like they ask things that just aren’t important and don’t allow for characters to surprise me, which I love. I generally start with a plot, and then figure out what kind of man would be in that particular circumstance. The name and face come along at this point, but details often emerge in writing the rough draft.

I’m not sure what you mean by where to draw the line.

How long does it take for you to complete a book you would allow someone to read? Do you write straight through, or do you revise as you go along?

That depends. I’ve written something I was perfectly happy with in a month; I’ve spent four years trying to make another story right.

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

I used to, and then I read an article that talked about how writer’s block is an invention of the Romantics when people started to believe that creativity was something that happened to you rather than something you did, and that has helped a lot in understanding what causes me not to write. So now when I feel like I can’t write, I write through it, and eventually I start liking it again.

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

Happiness, amusement, and the feeling they’re just read a good story.

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

Getting published is only the beginning.
Yes, you have to do promo.
The business is in a constant flux, but fretting about it too much will make you crazy.

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?

Choosing the title is usually the last thing I do. I’ll keep a list of possibilities if they come to me while I’m writing, but I usually don’t know what the title will be until after I’ve typed The End.

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

Wry and a little quirky. My whole family is a little off-kilter.

I was exposed to Monty Python’s Flying Circus at a young age and I think that explains a lot about me. I like British humor and smart humor. I don’t like bodily humor or slapstick.

What is the most frequently asked Jenna Jones question?

“When is the next (whatever series) book coming out?”

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on the next novel in the City by the Bay series, which focuses on Leo Bellamy.

What was the best piece of advice you’ve received with respect to the art of writing? How did you implement it into your work?

When I was in college I took a creative writing class from the late Leslie Norris, a poet. He said once I was good at “stillness.” I still try to play to that strength and not write things that feel alien to me any more than I can help.

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

I’m incredibly introverted, so any kind of putting myself out there is difficult. I keep a blog and tweet occasionally, and I’ll host my publisher’s blog sometimes.

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 feed it with movies and books, talking with other writers and storytellers, looking at beautiful photography — there’s a whole world of inspiration out there.

What kind of books do you like to read?

Romances, histories, books about movies, books about writing, novels by my favorite authors, poetry, science fiction, horror, yaoi manga.

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

No idea. Somebody else.

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

From faces, from names, from things I overhear in coffee shops, from existing characters, from dreams, from idle thoughts…

When it comes to the covers of your books, what do you like or dislike about them?

I’m not comfortable with covers that are explicitly sexual, and my publisher has respected that. I like that most of my covers are focused on objects or are a little abstract.

Aside from writing, what else do you enjoy doing?

I watch movies, play computer games, knit or do other crafts, go to museums and read.

Any special projects coming out soon we should watch for?

My latest book is called Ebony Angel, and I plan to have a sequel or two for it in the next twelve months.

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

Writing is an art but publishing is a business. The sooner you accept this and start learning the business, too, the more at ease you’ll be once you get that contract.

What future projects do you have in the works?

I have a list I call The Big List of Next. On that list for this year I have the Leo Bellamy story, a sequel to my Birthstone The King’s Diamond, a reimagined fairy tale, and a to-be-edited novel about opposites finding each other thanks to their mutual love of Shakespeare.

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

My main website (as I call it, the Mothership) is http://jennajones.com. I’m also on Twitter as @jennalynnjones, which is also my username on Livejournal, and I have a blog at jennajoneswrites.blogspot.com.

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

This is from Ebony Angel. Austin Archer is a police detective trying to solve the murders of several young people in his small town. At a crime scene he spots a mysterious figure.

Movement caught his eye. A dark-haired young man also watched the scene from beyond the police tape. He looked like a student himself in an orange sweatshirt and ragged jeans, and hadn’t drawn up the hood against the rain. His hands were shoved deep in the sweatshirt pockets.

Austin drifted closer to get a good look at the young man, and paused by one of the patrol cars. The man burrowed deeper into his sweatshirt, and when the van doors closed he turned away and started to walk to one of the little alleys between the houses.

Austin followed him into the alley. The guy hadn’t been among the neighbors Austin had questioned –Austin would have remembered a sweatshirt that ugly. The man walked at an even pace. Austin walked fast to catch up to him, and finally caught him by the shoulder. “Hey–”

The man turned and looked at him. Something inside Austin surged. I know you.

Apples & Gin: Hot Cocoa Ice Cream by Jenna Jones

Title: Apples & Gin: Hot Cocoa Ice Cream
Author: Jenna Jones
Publisher: Torquere Press
Pages: 53
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary
Kisses: 4



Blurb:

Eight years, seven Christmases, one ice cream.

From Christmases apart to dealing with a relationship crisis to establishing their own traditions, Noah Kingston and Sawyer Shaw have celebrated the holidays a number of different ways. They’ve met each other’s families and learned new facets of each other.

Noah and Sawyer have been through a lot to get where they are. One thing is certain: true love is delicious.

Review:

Jenna Jones has written a very interesting story that revolves around two men, Noah and Sawyer, and how they cope with Christmas every year. The story starts off in the current tense, then goes back to the past, showing us in each chapter year by year for eight years how the lovers spend the holiday.

Where Noah has a loving very supportive family, Sawyer does not. Where Sawyer can spend time with Noah with his family for the holidays, Noah can’t spend time with Sawyer at Sawyers family home. So, with this issue, the men aren’t really ever together on Christmas and when they can be its sweet and interesting. What makes it what it is, is that Noah’s mother makes homemade ice cream and she sends some to Sawyer each year, and it’s always a different flavor. As time went by the ice cream became a part of their holiday tradition, which carried over to their eighth year, when something happens. What? Not telling. It’s a cute story, interesting plot and characters..

Reviewed By: Michele

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