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Submission Calls: Torquere Press

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OPEN CALLS FOR ANTHOLOGIES

Our anthology calls are a great place to get your feet wet with a short story, or to explore a theme without committing to a full novella or novel. For all anthology calls, we’re looking for fully realized, romantic LGBT stories about the chosen monthly theme. Make us laugh, make us cry, or surprise us and make us glow with happy endings!

Please send your submissions following the below specified word count to submissions@torquerepress.com with the title of the theme (ie: Torqued Tales) and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Each theme has a title and due date listed on the individual call.

If the completed anthology reaches a minimum word count of 60K, the book may go to print. In that case, payment is a $35 flat fee for first time electronic and print rights for three years, as well as an electronic and print copy of the book. Print rights are reserved for six months. If the print rights are not optioned, all print rights revert to the author.

We’ll also be releasing the story on its own in ebook format. Royalties for the single title electronic version will be 45% net on books sold through Torquere Books and 35% net on books sold through our distributors, again for a period of three years.

FAMILY TIME – DEADLINE MARCH 15

Three a.m. feedings, diaper changes, the terrible twos, separation anxiety, tween drama and teen angst – everyone is familiar with the difficulties of raising a family, but GLBT families face even more obstacles than most. Give us stories that tug the heartstrings, stir the soul, tickle the funnybone, and make us remember why families are the most precious things in life.

Please send your 3000 -10,000 word submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with “Family Time” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Deadline for submission is March 15, 2015; all submissions will be held and reviewed after the deadline.

If the completed anthology reaches a minimum word count of 60K, the book may go to print. In that case, payment is a $35 flat fee for first time electronic and print rights for three years, as well as an electronic and print copy of the book.  Print rights are reserved for six months. If the print rights are not optioned, all print rights revert to the author.

We’ll also be releasing the story on its own in ebook format. Royalties for the single title electronic version will be 45% net on books sold through Torquere Books and 35% net on books sold through our distributors, again for a period of three years.

PLAID NIGHTS – DEADLINE APRIL 15

Ach! Nothing says sex like a brawny man in a kilt. From the Scottish Highlands to the Irish Fling, mail carriers to fashion runways to kilt-blowing events, everybody loves a man in a kilt. We want your hottest stories, historical, contemporary, or otherwise, serving up a heaping helping of kilt-wearing hunks and the men who love them.

Please send your 3000 -10,000 word submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with “Plaid Nights” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Deadline for submission is April 15, 2015; all submissions will be held and reviewed after the deadline.

If the completed anthology reaches a minimum word count of 60K, the book may go to print. In that case, payment is a $35 flat fee for first time electronic and print rights for three years, as well as an electronic and print copy of the book.  Print rights are reserved for six months. If the print rights are not optioned, all print rights revert to the author.

We’ll also be releasing the story on its own in ebook format. Royalties for the single title electronic version will be 45% net on books sold through Torquere Books and 35% net on books sold through our distributors, again for a period of three years.

FIRST TIMERS – DEADLINE MAY 15

It’s cherry-popping time! Be it a virgin lover under the covers or a virgin cop undercover, nothing stirs that special spot in our hearts (and heats up various other parts of the anatomy) like a first-timer. Send us your stories of first loves, first kinks, first threesomes, first-time parents, first shifts, or first base hits or misses!

Please send your 3000 -10,000 word submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with “First Timers” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Deadline for submission is May 15, 2015; all submissions will be held and reviewed after the deadline.

If the completed anthology reaches a minimum word count of 60K, the book may go to print. In that case, payment is a $35 flat fee for first time electronic and print rights for three years, as well as an electronic and print copy of the book.  Print rights are reserved for six months. If the print rights are not optioned, all print rights revert to the author.

We’ll also be releasing the story on its own in ebook format. Royalties for the single title electronic version will be 45% net on books sold through Torquere Books and 35% net on books sold through our distributors, again for a period of three years.

EXCHANGE OF POWER – DEADLINE JUNE 15

Even Alphas need to learn a lesson now and then. We’re looking for your sizzling paranormal stories of power exchanges between Doms and subs, Alphas and betas, Tops and bottoms. Maybe your wolf-shifter alpha needs an attitude adjustment from his beta, or a vampire prince needs a reminder of what it was like to be human. Give us your hottest paranormal dynamics flip!

Please send your 3000 -10,000 word submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with “Exchange of Power” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Deadline for submission is June 15, 2015; all submissions will be held and reviewed after the deadline.

If the completed anthology reaches a minimum word count of 60K, the book may go to print. In that case, payment is a $35 flat fee for first time electronic and print rights for three years, as well as an electronic and print copy of the book.  Print rights are reserved for six months. If the print rights are not optioned, all print rights revert to the author.

We’ll also be releasing the story on its own in ebook format. Royalties for the single title electronic version will be 45% net on books sold through Torquere Books and 35% net on books sold through our distributors, again for a period of three years.

HAUNTED HOTTIES – DEADLINE JULY 15

What’s better than a great ghost story just in time for Halloween? A great ghost LOVE story! From haunted houses to haunted underwear, from howling at the moon to mooning your werewolf lover, there’s no shortage of paranormal creatures to tap for a blazing hot haunting!

Please send your 3000 -10,000 word submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with “Haunted Hotties” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Deadline for submission is July 15, 2015; all submissions will be held and reviewed after the deadline.

If the completed anthology reaches a minimum word count of 60K, the book may go to print. In that case, payment is a $35 flat fee for first time electronic and print rights for three years, as well as an electronic and print copy of the book.  Print rights are reserved for six months. If the print rights are not optioned, all print rights revert to the author.

We’ll also be releasing the story on its own in ebook format. Royalties for the single title electronic version will be 45% net on books sold through Torquere Books and 35% net on books sold through our distributors, again for a period of three years.

LOVE IN A UNIFORM – DEADLINE AUG 15

Who doesn’t love a man in uniform? All kinds of uniforms can make for sizzling fantasies, including military, police, fire, EMT, postmen, or deliverymen, when they’re stuffed with hot men hungry for a good time!

Please send your 3000 -10,000 word submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with “Love in a Uniform” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Deadline for submission is August 15, 2015; all submissions will be held and reviewed after the deadline.

If the completed anthology reaches a minimum word count of 60K, the book may go to print. In that case, payment is a $35 flat fee for first time electronic and print rights for three years, as well as an electronic and print copy of the book.  Print rights are reserved for six months. If the print rights are not optioned, all print rights revert to the author.

We’ll also be releasing the story on its own in ebook format. Royalties for the single title electronic version will be 45% net on books sold through Torquere Books and 35% net on books sold through our distributors, again for a period of three years.

HOLIDAY WANT ADS – DEADLINE SEPT 15

Who needs Santa when you have Craig’s List? Maybe your hero’s hunting at a garage sale and finds his perfect mate among the power tools and old golf balls. Or, perhaps he’s put out an ad for a housekeeper, and finds someone he wants to play house with instead! The plots are only as limited as your imagination, and we want to see your hottest Want Ad stories!

Please send your 3000 -10,000 word submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with “Holiday Want Ads” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Deadline for submission is September 15, 2015; all submissions will be held and reviewed after the deadline.

If the completed anthology reaches a minimum word count of 60K, the book may go to print. In that case, payment is a $35 flat fee for first time electronic and print rights for three years, as well as an electronic and print copy of the book.  Print rights are reserved for six months. If the print rights are not optioned, all print rights revert to the author.

We’ll also be releasing the story on its own in ebook format. Royalties for the single title electronic version will be 45% net on books sold through Torquere Books and 35% net on books sold through our distributors, again for a period of three years.

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INTERVIEW: Susan Mac Nicol

Susan has a new book out. It’s the second in her Men of London series. We’ve used the opportunity to ask Susan to answer some questions and she’s provided some very honest and personal answers. Thank you for sharing with us Susan.

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INTERVIEW

Hi Susan, Thanks for joining us today and congratulations on the release of Sight and Sinners, the second book in your Men of London series. I’ve had the pleasure of reading the book and loved it!

I’d love to know a little more about your writing process and habits so I hope you don’t mind answering some questions.

Do you find it more challenging to write the first book in a series or to write the subsequent novels?

Susan: It’s a challenge to write a series and something I’ve had to spend a little time getting my head around. When you write a standalone novel, it’s just the main MC’s and the support characters. In a series, you need to introduce the next characters, give them enough believability in the preceding book without giving away too much detail, and do a lot of foreshadowing to create an interest in them. You also have to remember what you said, what they looked like, how old they were, what their situation was etc so you can follow it through. It’s fun but as I said, challenging.

On a typical day, how much time would you spend writing? What are you doing the rest of the time?

Susan: I used to spend close to four-five hours writing , then another two or three doing promotional work, writing blog posts and generally getting the word out about my books. Now I’ve slowed down, I’m not sure why. It’s as if the initial creative spurt I had writing close to ten full length books in the space of 18 months has come to an end and I’m now in slow motion. It frustrates the crap out of me, to be honest. I want those days back, when I could sit down and write for hours even while holding down a day job. I honestly don’t know why my writing has slowed down. I guess life has gotten more in the way than I thought.

Describe your writing environment.

Susan – I’m incredibly fortunate to be able to write anywhere. The last twelve books were all written in my old home in Bocking, you can see my writing space in the picture. Now I write at my dining room table, or at work in my lunch time when I’m at my desk. I enjoy the noise around me, and am not fond of locking myself away in a study on my own to write. I wear my earphones, switch on the music and simply ignore everyone. They know not to bug me when I’m writing. My daughter tells everyone ‘not to poke the bear in the cave’ for fear of having limbs torn off.

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Draven or Taylor? Does one of these men hold a special place in your heart?

Susan – Draven is probably one I identify with the most in this story. He has a situation in his life with his little brother Jude, similar to one I had with my younger sister, Carol. She was in hospital for a long time, wasting away.  She was an alcoholic, determined to end her life and there was nothing we could do to save her. She was simply made comfortable in hospital during her last few months and then slipped away one day. I can totally empathise with Draven and the choices he faced in the end.

What else can we expect from the Men or London series? Are there any secrets you can share with your readers?

Susan – Oooh, well, let’s see. You are already personally privy to the next book in the series, which is Leslie’s story and how he meets Oliver Brown aka Nicky Starr, retired porn actor 🙂 You share a name.. I think you might be pleasantly surprised at what’s in store with Nicky.

Without giving away too much, also getting their own stories is Clay, who you’ll meet in Sight and Sinners, a cross dresser called Laverne (real name Lenny ,who you’ll be introduced to in Leslie’s story) , and the high flying Maxwell, air steward extraordinaire. He and Oliver are occasional f*** buddies so they have a bit of a history…

I’m honoured to have my name appear in one of your books. Thank you. ❤

What book is currently on your bedside table?

Susan – Currently it would be a huge tome called ‘Spangle’ by Gary Jennings. It’s a sweeping epic of life in a circus, not an M/M romance or any sort of romance, just a historical saga. I read it in between my M/M reads, absorbing the wonderfully atmospheric story little by little. There’s a reason I’m reading it; it’s all to do with another book I’m plotting.

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Blurb

THE MEN OF LONDON
 From Charing Cross to Waterloo, there’s no escaping love.

SEEING THROUGH…

28-year-old Draven Samuels has a tragic past, but as an investigator with a high-profile London company he now gets what he wants. Tough, sarcastic, and sceptical, he has no patience for lies and even less for people who waste his time. Even if they’re as beautiful as the wild and dark-haired Taylor Abelard. Especially when they’re talking over the body of a murder victim.

THE DARKNESS

Psychic Taylor Abelard is used to people calling him a freak. He can see past events and feel the ghostly vibrations of people close to him who’ve passed on. It’s why he doesn’t get too close to the living. But this time, against his better judgment, despite Draven’s mocking rejoinders, Taylor will get closer than ever before. The mystery surrounding a dead friend will lead the two men down a dark and seedy trail of blackmail and lies. Add in the heartbreak of a family tragedy, and events lead them straight into each other’s arms. By the end of this night, all their demons will have risen—and been banished with the dawn.

Excerpt

The man Taylor was blowing definitely didn’t know how the hell to keep quiet. Taylor’s lips were wrapped around his dick, while above him a man stood, panting and moaning, turning the air blue with his curses. Taylor stopped what he was doing, causing the blowjob recipient to groan in dismay, and glared at the sweaty face above him.

“For Christ’s sake, Georgie, can you stop it with the fucking porn noises?” He glanced around him nervously. “This is where I work, damn it, and if anyone hears you they’ll come outside to see what all the fuss is about.”

Georgie’s wide eyes cast a quick glance around the deserted alleyway behind ‘Music Mayhem’ where Taylor was employed, then looked down at Taylor kneeling between his legs.

“Sorry, mate, it’s just that you’re so damn good at this and it’s been a while.”

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About the author

Susan Mac Nicol is a self confessed bookaholic, an avid watcher of videos of sexy pole dancing men, self confessed geek and nerd and in love with her Smartphone. This little treasure is called ‘the boyfriend’ by her long suffering husband, who says if it vibrated, there’d be no need for him. Susan hasn’t had the heart to tell him there’s an app for that…

She is never happier than when sitting in the confines of her living room/study/on a cold station platform scribbling down words and making two men fall in love. She is a romantic at heart and believes that everything happens (for the most part) for a reason.  She likes to think of herself as a ‘half full’ kinda gal, although sometimes that philosophy is sorely tested.

Lover of walks in the forest, theatre productions, dabbling her toes in the cold North Sea and the vibrant city of London where you can experience all four seasons in a day , she is a hater of pantomime (so please don’t tar and feather her), duplicitous people, bigotry and self righteous idiots.

In an ideal world, Susan Mac Nicol would be Queen of England and banish all the bad people to the Never Never Lands of Wherever -Who Cares. As that’s never going to happen, she contents herself with writing her HEA stories and pretending, that just for a little while, good things happen to good people.

Where to find the author:

website: www.susanmacnicol.com

blog: susanmacnicol.wordpress.com

facebook: www.facebook.com/susiemax77

twitter: www.twitter.com/SusanMacNicol7

pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/susiemax777/pins/

linkedin: http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/susanmacnicol/48/a44/602

tumblr: http://www.susanmacnicol.com/my-tumblr-blog/

Tour Dates:

23-Feb

Rainbow Gold Reviews

Up All Night, Read All Day

Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words

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MM Good Book Reviews

Inked Rainbow Reads

25-Feb

Nic Starr

Amanda C. Stone

26-Feb

The Novel Approach

Prism Book Alliance

27-Feb

Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews

2-Mar

Emotion in Motion

Wicked Wolves and Dreaming Dragons

3-Mar

Boy Meets Boy Reviews

Kimi-Chan

4-Mar

Bike Book Reviews

Because Two Men Are Better Than One

5-Mar

Hearts on Fire

6-Mar

Parker Williams

9-Mar

Nephylim

Foxylutely Book Reviews

Decadent Delights

10-Mar

Wake Up Your Wild Side

11-Mar

Bayou Book Junkie

3 Chicks After Dark

12-Mar

Cate Ashwood

13-Mar

The Blogger Girls

Molly Lolly

16-Mar

Iyana Jenna

17-Mar

Cathy Brockman Romances

My Fiction Nook

18-Mar

Velvet Panic

Love Bytes

19-Mar

Kristy’s Brain Food

20-Mar

Multitasking Mommas

BFD Book Blog

Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents

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