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Torquere Press Submission Calls

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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.

MAY ’16: THEORY OF LOVE – DEADLINE FEBRUARY 15TH

From spaceships to pocket protectors, we want your hottest science fiction romances, your geekiest star-crossed lovers, your romances gone supernova! We are looking for fully realized stories highlighting GLBTQU characters with HEA or HFN ending.

Please send your 3000 -10,000 word submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with “Theory of Love” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Deadline for submission is February 15, 2016; 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.

JUNE ’16: TIME OF YOUR LIFE – DEADLINE MARCH 15TH

Special occasions can add extra spice to even the hottest of relationships. From the new adult dipping his toe into love and freedom for the first time, to a pair of brides on a do-or-die mission at a wedding gown outlet sale, to a pair of lovebirds papering their newly empty nest with condoms, change can give us all a new lease on life. Whether zealous newbies or established couples rediscovering their love, we want stories where change fuels passion! We are looking for fully realized stories highlighting GLBTQU characters with HEA or HFN ending.

Please send your 3000 -10,000 word submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with “Time of Your Life” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Deadline for submission is March 15, 2016; 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.

JULY ’16: SUMMER LOVIN’ – DEADLINE APRIL 15TH

From sock hops and soda shops to poodle skirts and leather jackets love in the 1950’s rocked around the clock!  Give us your greasers and pink ladies, your rock-a-billy lovers steaming up the windows on Lover’s Lane! We are looking for fully realized stories highlighting GLBTQU characters with HEA or HFN ending.

Please send your 3000 -10,000 word submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with “Summer Lovin’” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Deadline for submission is April 15, 2016; 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.

AUGUST ’16: BEACH RENTAL – DEADLINE MAY 15TH

From the crashing waves, seashells, and sand castles, to the boardwalks and arcades, roller coasters and quarter pitches, nothing says “summer” like the beach, and nothing says “hot” like a sizzling summer romance.  Whether it’s a family taking a well earned vacation, or a couple stealing away for a little action under the boardwalk, we want your sexy, oceanfront stories!  We are looking for fully realized stories highlighting GLBTQU characters with HEA or HFN ending.

Please send your 3000 -10,000 word submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with “Beach Rental” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Deadline for submission is May 15, 2016; 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.

SEPTEMBER ’16: BACK TO SCHOOL: MAY-DECEMBER ROMANCES – DEADLINE JUNE 15TH

The allure of balmy spring breezes and the coziness of chilly winter nights combine to inflame passion in stories of May-December romances in a college setting. Give us stories of love that defies age, glories in differences marked by time, with love both rediscovered and newly experienced! Student and professors, sororities or fraternities, alumni and sports heroes…the possibilities are endless.  We are looking for fully realized stories highlighting GLBTQU characters with HEA or HFN ending.

Please send your 3000 -10,000 word submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with “Back to School” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Deadline for submission is June 15, 2016; 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.

OCTOBER ’16: HARVEST MOON – DEADLINE JULY 15TH

Under a glowing full moon in a velvet black sky, all manner of things are possible! Give us paranormal stories set under a full moon, seasoned with sexy characters and spiced with romance.  Whether it’s witches or warlocks, vampires or werewolves, goblins, ghouls, or  ghosts, we want supernatural stories that will warm up the chilliest autumn night! We are looking for fully realized stories highlighting GLBTQU characters with HEA or HFN ending.

Please send your 3000 -10,000 word submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with “Harvest Moon” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Deadline for submission is July 15, 2016; 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

NOVEMBER ’16: HEART STOPPERS – DEADLINE AUGUST 15TH

Nothing is sexier than a man or woman in uniform. Add in a hot romance and a heaping helping of thrilling suspense, and you’ve got a heart-stopping read that can’t be put down! We are looking for fully realized stories highlighting GLBTQU characters with HEA or HFN ending.

Please send your 3000 -10,000 word submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with “Heart Stoppers” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Deadline for submission is August 15, 2016; 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.

DECEMBER ’16: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS – DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 15TH

There’s no better time to heal a broken heart than during the holidays. Give us your best broken characters finding redemption and love under the twinkling holiday lights! We are looking for fully realized stories highlighting GLBTQU characters with HEA or HFN ending.

Please send your 3000 -10,000 word submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with “Home for the Holidays” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Deadline for submission is September 15, 2016; 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

FORBIDDEN LOVE – YEAR ROUND CALL

Something so wrong never felt so right. Step-brother in love with his new step-sister? Step-son can’t keep his eyes (or his hands) off his step-father? Twins with a relationship beyond the norm? We want to read it. Please send your 5,000-60,000 word submissions tosubmissions@torquerepress.com with “Forbidden Love” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our writer’s guidelines page for royalty rates, formatting, and submission information.

THE RED LINE – YEAR ROUND CALL

Some stories need to be told, but they cross lines that are sometimes mottled and difficult to discern. Everyone has their own style, and we want to read your tales that cross typical societal lines. Those stories considered ‘taboo’ or ‘fetish’ may be exactly what we’re looking for. Do your characters have a kink that doesn’t fit elsewhere? This line can be any pairing het or GLBTQ. This might be the right home for them. Fully-realized plot required; happily-ever-after/happily-for-now not essential. *While we have no ‘hard limits’ at this time, some stories might be too much for us. Please send your 5,000-60,000-word submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with “The Red Line” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our writer’s guidelines page for royalty rates, formatting, and submission information.

OPPOSITES ATTRACT – YEAR ROUND CALL

Torquere Press is actively seeking het (male/female) stories. Have a vivacious vixen and a nerdy scientist hooking up? Younger woman and older guy? Librarian and rockstar? Torquere Press wants to read your story. They don’t even need to really be opposites in nature—just opposite gender is cool with us. These parings MUST be M/F, but may include ménage (or more) if poignant to plot.
Fully-realized plot required; happily-ever-after or strong happily-for-now required with M/F couple. Please send your 10,000-80,000-word submissions (manuscripts shorter or longer will be considered but will have to be extraordinary) to submissions@torquerepress.com with “Opposites Attract” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our writer’s guidelines page for royalty rates, formatting, and submission information.

TWISTED TALES OF HORROR – YEAR ROUND CALL

Romance can temper even the most horrifying tales, those that leave your stomach clenching with terror, and your mouth bitter with the metallic taste of fear. We’re looking for true horror stories, those that rise above the usual tropes of vampires, ghosts, and shifters, the ones that leave our knees knocking in fear of what lurks in the dark, but still manage to show an element of GLBT romance. Send us your most gripping psychological thrillers, your utterly horrific monster tales, and electrifying gothic horrors from 10K to 100K!

Please send your 10,000-60,000 word submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with “Twisted Tales of Horror…” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our writer’s guidelines page for royalty rates, formatting and submission information.

THE CASE OF THE MYSTERIOUS MYSTERY – YEAR ROUND CALL

Cozy, gothic, suspenseful, funny, we love mysteries with strong LGBTQ characters who solve puzzles and fall in love.

Please send your 10,000-60,000 word submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with “The Case of…” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our writer’s guidelines page for royalty rates, formatting and submission information.

GOTHIC MYSTERIES – YEAR ROUND CALL

We’re looking for mysteries set in darkly atmospheric locations, featuring resourceful LGBTQ characters and a strong romantic subplot.

Please send your 10,000-60,000 word submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with “Gothic mystery” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our writer’s guidelines page for royalty rates, formatting and submission information.

COZY MYSTERIES WITH A DASH OF ROMANCE – YEAR ROUND CALL

Exciting and so very comforting, there’s just something about cozy mysteries. Surprise us with idyllic settings, clue gathering, and resourceful LGBTQ characters. We want amateur sleuths, private eyes, and intrepid detectives, solving puzzles and falling in love.

Please send your 10,000-60,000 word submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with “Cozy mystery” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our writer’s guidelines page for royalty rates, formatting and submission information.

COGS AND GEARS – YEAR ROUND CALL

There’s always something about stories involving steampunk, cyberpunk, dieselpunk, biopunk, or any version of punk you enjoy that gets our cogs in a bunch. Bring us your corsets, body mods, goggles, clockwork, dystopias and bioengineered plots.

We’re looking for fully realized, romantic LGBT punk stories with HEA or HFN endings. Blow our minds while you build your worlds to show steamy romance lit by gaslight.

Stories should range from 10,000 to 60,000 words. Longer stories may be considered, but please query first. Stories will be contracted for two years, at our standard royalty rates. Please see our writer’s guidelines page for royalty rates, formatting and submission information.

Guidelines:

  • GLBT stories — f/f, m/m, m/m/f
  • 10,000 words and up
  • standard royalty rates apply
  • exclusive electronic 2 year contract

For queries or submissions, contact General Manager/Submissions Editor Kristi Boulware at submissions@torquerepress.com

Please put “Cogs and Gears” in the subject line of all emails.

Follow our general guidelines.

RAINBOWS COME IN ALL COLORS – YEAR ROUND CALL

Love stories come in all flavors and all sexual orientations and/or all gender identities. We want to see you explore all colors of the rainbow that differ from the standard gay or lesbian romance.

Bring us your stories of trans, queer, bisexual, asexual, pansexual and polyamorous relationships.  Your characters sexual or gender identity should be central to the story but basic story genre can be varied.  Let’s take this opportunity to give everyone their happy ending. We’re looking for fully realized, romantic stories with HEA or HFN endings.

Stories should range from 10,000 to 60,000 words. Longer stories may be considered, but please query first. Stories will be contracted for two years, at our standard royalty rates. Please see our writer’s guidelines page for royalty rates, formatting and submission information.

Guidelines:

  • 10,000 words and up
  • standard royalty rates apply
  • exclusive electronic 2 year contract

For queries or submissions, contact General Manager/Submissions Editor Kristi Boulware at submissions@torquerepress.com

Please put “Rainbows Come in all Colors” in the subject line of all emails.

Follow our general guidelines.

TALES OF LEATHER – YEAR ROUND CALL

Like your short stories with a little bondage, dominance, spanking, or submission? So do we! In fact, we like BDSM play stories so much that we’re giving them their own category. Tales of Leather will be guaranteed to bring on all the hot BDSM action that readers crave. We’re looking for romance stories with happy endings, engaging characters, and a fresh point of view. Stories should range from 10,000 to 50,000 words. Longer stories may be considered, but please query first. Stories will be contracted for two years, at our standard royalty rates. Please see our writer’s guidelines page for royalty rates, formatting and submission information.

Guidelines:
– GLBT stories — f/f, m/m, m/m/f
– 10,000 words and up
– standard royalty rates apply
– exclusive electronic 2 year contract

For queries or submissions, contact General Manager/Submissions Editor Kristi Boulware at submissions@torquerepress.com

Please put “Tales of Leather” in the subject line of all emails.

Follow our general guidelines.

SPICE IT UP – YEAR ROUND CALL

Who doesn’t need a little spice in their life? The Spice it Up line has openings starting in January 2012. Stories need to be inspired by a spice or herb, or the spice must feature prominently in the story. To see what spices have already been used, see our bookstore at www.torquerebooks.com. Spices may be duplicated, but all stories must be original in theme and content. We’re looking for romance stories with happy endings, engaging characters, and a fresh point of view. Stories should range from 10,000 to 30,000 words. Longer stories may be considered, but please query first. Stories will be contracted for two years, at our standard royalty rates. Please see our writer’s guidelines page for royalty rates, formatting and submission information.

Guidelines:

– GLBT stories — f/f, m/m, m/m/f
– 10,000 words and up
– standard royalty rates apply
– exclusive electronic 2 year contract

For queries or submissions, contact senior editor Lorna Hinson at submissions@torquerepress.com

Please put “Spice It Up” in the subject line of all emails.

Follow our general guidelines

 

 

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GIVEAWAY & EXCERPT: The Dusty Hat Bar by L.J. Hamlin


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The Dusty Hat Bar

by L.J. Hamlin

Release Date: July 22 2015

Blurb

Noah Kimberly walks into his usual bar, same as he does most Friday nights. It’s surprisingly busy for this time of night, even for a Friday.

Tonight things are different. Tonight Noah will meet Lennie Boyce, the son of Earl Boyce the biggest ranch owner in the area and Noah’s ex boss. His friend and bar owner Dusty might warn him away from the other man, but Noah’s just not sure he can resist this cowboy.

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Dusty is behind the bar, and Noah signals him for a beer, trying to shake off his thoughts about the Boyce family. He hasn’t been keeping track of them since he got fired. He sees them around, sure. It’s not that big of a town, and he hears the odd thing. But he hadn’t heard much about Earl’s youngest, Lennie, other than that he was his father’s pride and joy. If Noah was a violent man, he’d punch Lennie in the face just to see what his Daddy would do, but he’s not a violent man and prefers to avoid using his fists unless he has to.

“That’s quite a frown you’ve got going,” Dusty says as he passes him a cold bottle of beer.

“When did Boyce’s boy turn twenty-one?” Noah asks, ignoring the comment about his frown.

“Just today. That’s why him and all his friends are here. Mainly college kids, but if they’re drinking, I’m not complaining.” Dusty shrugs.

“Huh,” Noah says thoughtfully, taking a quick glance at the now seated Lennie.

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About the author

My name is L.J. Hamlin. I’m twenty-four and writing has been a passion of mine my entire life. I have a deep love of M/M fiction and at the moment that is the only genre I write in. You can check out another short of mine, Nurse Levi, in the Men in Uniform anthology.

Where to find the author:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008189472526

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/L.j.hamlin91

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LjHamlin

Pinterest: https://uk.pinterest.com/lizibabes

Mailing list: http://eepurl.com/bkVh09

Blog: https://www.blogger.com/profile/02717576317697299159

 

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BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY! Family Time Anthology by Torquere Press

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Family Time Anthology

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Sean Michael, Jessica Chase, Nicole McCormick, Nora Birch, Lynn Townsend, K. Lynn, RJ Schmidt, Katherine Halle, Rob Rosen, Mychael Black, Andrea Dalling, Yolande Kleinn

Release Date: June 17, 2015

Pages or Words: 77,000 words

Categories: Contemporary, Humor, Lesbian Romance, M/M Romance, Romance, Anthology, Erotic Romance (Please keep in mind that as an anthology, not all stories may reflect all categories.)

Publisher: Torquere Press

Cover Artist: BSClay

Blurb:

These twelve stories range from first-time parents, to a couple still trying to conceive, to a ready-made family hoping to make it official, to parents just trying to get from one day to the next.

But it can’t all be about the kids. Especially when the kid to parent ratio favors the kids. You might have sneak out of your own house. Or remind your spouse what grown-ups can do when the kids are away.

From veteran and new authors, these families contain several m/m couples, an F/F couple, and an asexual mom who has some explaining to do to her genderfluid teen.

 

Excerpt:

Excerpt from First Day of School, by Sean Michael

Lizzie stared at Hutch with huge, tear-filled eyes. “Please. Please, Hut. Don’t make me go away. I’ll be the best cooker ever. I promise.”

God, she was breaking his heart. Hutch managed to find a warm smile for her, though, as he crouched to give her a hug. “You’ll be home by three thirty. And I bet you find you like school. There’s so many fun things to do.” He’d known it would be hard to send the twins off to school every day, leaving the house empty until afternoon, but he hadn’t expected it to be this hard.

She shook her head, the tears beginning to fall. Felicia was desperate to be big, to go to school like Darla, but this one had been opposed to the whole idea and finding out she wasn’t in the same Kindergarten class as her twin hadn’t helped. The school claimed they split twins up to let them develop their own individuality.

Well, Hutch knew damn well his girls were plenty individual, each with their own unique personality despite being together since birth.

“When you get home you can help me make supper,” he promised. “That won’t change just because you’re going to school.”

“Please? You can tell Addie-Lou it’s okay. I know you can,” she insisted.

“No, little. He can’t.” Adam shook his head. “School is important.”

“Is not!” She stamped her little foot, glaring at Adam. “I want to stay with Hut!”

“Okay, Lizzie, that’s enough.” Hutch gave her his most firm voice. “School is important and you’re going to make friends and find really fun things to do. Addie-Lou and I will be here when you get home.”

He wanted so badly to tell her she could stay home, but he knew she needed to do this. It was his job to make sure she didn’t need him and Adam anymore and this was how it started. Even if it was the hardest thing ever.

 

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BLOG TOUR with GIVEAWAY: Coming Out Catholic by Alex Dunkin

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Blurb

Like all good Catholic boys I care what Jesus thinks. Jesus the man, and the faith. Following him make me happy. There’s just one issue… I think I’m gay. Well, it’s hard to be sure going to an all-boys school. It could be simply liking what I know and really, oh so very, liking what I see all day, guys. Being gay and Catholic can’t possible work together. Can it?

Coming Out Catholic follows a year in the life of a private Catholic school student as he comes to terms with his sexuality. Armed with sarcasm and his best friend Mark, he prepares to take on the school thug and the awkward social encounters plaguing his late teenage years.

Confronting himself and his family are just the beginning of his trials. He learns he must find solace with his sexual desires without surrendering any of his faith. He loves both too much but when the time comes he will have to know which one he has to give up or prepare to succumb to a life of denial.

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Here I am, on my knees in front of this man. Anyone would think that by sixteen this act would come naturally to me now, but it doesn’t. I’m a bit bothered by the submission implied by my position, but I’m told this is what makes the experience so powerful. My knees ache, my back grows stiff from the monotonously repetitious back-and-forth movement, and all for this one half-naked man in front of me. I look up at him, try to make eye-contact, but his face is averted. Everyone says that I’m supposed to get something amazing out of this too, but I never feel it. All I feel is the wood I kneel upon. Seriously, who uses so much wood when building a place like this? There’s not even a cushion. God, it hurts more now. When I have my own place one day, every room will be carpeted, no question about it. Lots of carpet and fine rugs to soften the place. No wood.

I’m over it now; I just want it to be over. I can’t pull out now though, because people will talk. I know my reputation isn’t a good one, but I can’t afford for it to get worse. I keep rocking back and forth, hoping it will be done soon. I can tell it won’t be long now from the rising vocals – not a word I can decipher but still so full of meaning. I can feel the tension growing, feel something rising up within. Wait for it. Almost there. I forget the pain that infuses my knees with the thought that it is close to over. Almost there… at last. I ready my tongue in preparation; taste the life essence from the flesh of my savior in my mouth. I swallow it quickly, feeling dirty.

The last echo dies from the room, and then: “Amen.”

And then it’s my turn. “Amen.”

Thank God that’s over. I hate communion at the best of times, and it’s even worse at school. Sure, it’s fun to mock and fool around with Father Donovan in religious education classes, but his sermons leave a bad taste in my mouth. It doesn’t make me want to purge my sins, just my breakfast. But I’m glad now that I can dust off my pants and wander back into class to daydream of a world outside of my own, and usually about my classmates. Our school is all boys, so understandably most of my close friends are guys and I’m more comfortable with the thought of interacting with members of my sex, but in the dreaming something else lingers in the back of my mind. Something strange and enticing tickles the back of my mind and hijacks my dream onto awkward yet exhilarating sexual encounters with guys from my class. I’m not sure if that’s normal. I haven’t spent much time around girls to see if they would venture into the daydreams just as naturally as the guys do.

The proper teachers quickly usher us onto our next class. By ‘proper’ I mean they actually went to university and studied education to learn how to teach from someone other than God. Not that I’ve turned apostate – I keep faith in his wisdom and his grace – but I can’t bring myself to believe that a loving God intended his Word to be exactly like how the priests preach it. Until they iron out the crinkles in the fine print in the Bible I think I might listen to the actual biology teacher who knows about evolution, even though I’m not sure I understand it myself, but look how Mark’s short blonde spikes always seem to be in the same place every day. And I’m happy to believe my physics teacher when he tells me about the Big Bang, although Mark’s hair is always perfect, never a hair out of place. Then there are his striking blue eyes, bright to the point of glowing. And he always smells so good. He’s like one of the those plants I am sure the teacher is talking about now, that looks beautiful from a distance, luring in unsuspecting prey, and then capturing them as soon as they get too close, digesting them slowly. What was I talking about again before I got side-tracked… oh yeah. I’m going to hell. At least that’s the deal according to the priestly teachings. And so maybe that’s the best way to describe Mark, a beautiful trap and a hell of a best friend. The more time I spend with him the more my feelings towards boys are confirmed, but I couldn’t allow myself to fall into a trap that meant losing my friends, my family, my beliefs… my entire life.

I’m in the tenth grade now and these feelings have been growing (I like to think of it as blossoming) for quite some time. My feelings towards other guys, I mean. I think I like guys, and in a special kind of way. These feelings excite me, but they scare me more, and I don’t think I can follow through with them. The faith I was raised inrevents me from even considering the possibility that I might like guys. How can I live a good Catholic life, and have a family and children, and be accepted into heaven if I like guys?

Most boys my age constantly think and talk just about sex, and in an all-boys college there’s plenty of opportunity to share stories. I have heard some wonderfully graphic tales about their conquests, who pandered to the every sexual desire of a few of the guys in my class. And while I was vaguely aware most of it was boasting to cover that their first, three-second sexual encounter still blew their pubescent minds but still left them feeling inadequate, I’m honestly in no position to judge. I’ve never had sex, let alone good sex.

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Banner300x250Alex is a PhD candidate in language and linguistics at the University of South Australia focusing on Italian literature and initiating the movement of cannibale literature into a new cultural space. He has previously worked as a journalist for LGBT publications including blaze magazine and Gay News Network and writes in a volunteer capacity as an arts critic for glamadelaide.com.au. His creative publication history includes the short stories Inside Out and A Threepence Remaining published with Gay E-Books and poems selected for publication in the Piping Shrike anthology series. He has been awarded the Youth Prize in the Mardi Gras Literature Competition and received High Commendations in numerous other competitions.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Ghost’s Dilemma by Morwen Navarre

Today we are pleased to have Morwen Navarre join us to talk about her latest release and the experience of writing the story. Take a look at the guest post below.

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“Moon shine on me, Ghost. When you look at me like this, how can I even think of anything but making love to you?”

Ghost is content to spend all his free time in bed with Gerry. But scandal and hate surrounding Ghost’s appointment as the first male witch and a deadly epidemic force Ghost to make choices that might cost him Gerry’s love.

Spurred on by a message from his mentor, Ghost embarks alone on a journey through mystical underground tunnels and lost civilizations to the frozen lands of his origin, seeking a way to neutralize the threat back home. While he struggles to find a balance between his duties as a witch and his calling as a seer, all Ghost really wants is to return to the haven he has found in Gerry’s arms.

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I have to confess, I never expected Ghost’s Sight to become a series. It was written, quite literally, at the urging of a dear friend, and it was in response to a submission call for Torquere Press. I wrote it as a novella, and thought, “Okay, there’s that done. On to the next project.”

The fun part of being a writer is that more often than not, your characters will let you know if they have more to say. And that’s exactly what happened here. Ghost and Gerry weren’t done with me. Oh, I’d gotten them together, and they were happy enough, but Ghost wanted to see if he could handle being the witch for his village, and Gerry was determined to take those mating vows with his Ghost.

August 2013 rolled around, and it was time to get serious about my National Novel Writer’s Month planning, which was when the pair of them poked hard. Why not kill two birds with one stone, so to speak? I could write another story for them, and do NaNo at the same time. After all, I’d spent all that time world building, and researching, and crafting a back story that I’d barely begun to use.

Once I started writing, it was curiously harder than I thought. Yes, I had my world in place, and I knew it well enough to be comfortable. I knew my characters, for the most part. This should have been a case of deciding what wringers I wanted to put them through, otherwise known as plot development.

Except…

Characters evolve, and change. Ghost was less hesitant, more confident about his skills as a healer. Gerry was settling into the role of being a proper alpha, and establishing his own family, apart from Mother. They both had grown up quite a bit, and I had to get to know them all over again. I won’t say it wasn’t fun, because it was, but there were more than a few moments when I’d write something, and then immediately shake my head and delete it, because it was all wrong now.

And this time, the story ended in a place that absolutely demands another book. I wasn’t going to even try to talk them out of it. I know when I’m licked. Ghost and Gerry have plans for me, and I’m hoping there’ll be a good crowd going along with me. After all, I’ve got NaNo coming in a mere nine months…

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Warm. Warm, strong arms surrounded him. Ghost smiled and moved closer, burying his face in the hard muscle of a shoulder. He knew he needed to get up to tend to his patients, but he was still so tired. He nuzzled deeper into the shoulder that was… clearly not Gerry’s.

“The little one wakes.” A deep, rumbling voice pierced his fog of sleep.

Ghost shoved hard against the arms holding him. He wriggled free and sat up. He heard a door close somewhere behind him. “Let go of me,” he growled. He was wide awake now, his heart pounding against his ribs.

The man belonging to the arms was bare-chested, as was Ghost, to his chagrin. He was quite relieved to see he still wore his breeches, though relief didn’t stop him from glaring at the man in the bed with him.

“You’re fierce, little one. This is good to see. It means you are not too soft, like the rest of the outlanders from down below.” The man sat up as well. His long white hair was bound back in many braids, each one tipped with a bead carved from the red wood of the South. An intricate black tattoo covered both his arms. The man’s blue eyes watched Ghost with undisguised amusement. “You have jewels in your head, little one. Did the woman decorate you so?”

“What woman?” Ghost retorted, watching the man for any untoward movement. “Are you talking about the Witch? Is she here?”

“Outlanders do not ask. They listen. And answer.” The man’s voice dropped to a warning snarl. “Hair and eyes do not make you one of us, little one. Do not presume you have a place here.”

“I don’t want a place here,” Ghost snapped. “I want to talk to the Witch. She may have the solution I need. The people of my village await my return.”

A large, calloused hand clapped Ghost’s shoulder as the man barked out a laugh. “There was not a single question in all your words. This is good to know. You are both fierce and can listen.”

Ghost snorted, moving out from under the hand and off the bed, the central feature of the room. The walls were timber, broad planks lacquered to a glossy shine. White hide curtains closed off a small window. Below the window was a carved wooden chest with a rounded lid, painted as elaborately as the man’s tattooed arms. He looked around for the rest of his clothing. “Makes one of us,” he muttered, not looking up. He tried to ignore the laughter from the bed as he found his thick linen shirt and heavy leather tunic tossed in a corner.

Getting dressed made Ghost feel much better, and finding his tall boots more so. He looked around for a place to sit to put them on, but there was only the large bed with the muscular Norther in it, and Ghost had no intentions of getting close to the man again. He sat on the floor and tugged the first boot over his foot.

“Will you talk about the stones?” the big man asked, crossing thick arms over his broad, muscled chest.

“Only if you tell me why I was in bed with you.” Ghost stood, peering around the room to see if he could spot his pouches and his beautiful cloak. If this oaf of a Norther had taken his cloak, Ghost was going to figure out a way to inflict a proper curse on the bastard.

“Which earns you my name. Not many people would bargain with me. I am Njall, son of Falkor. Do you have a name, little one?” The man watched Ghost with open amusement.

“I am Ghost, mate of Gerry, witch to my village.” Ghost eyed Njall. “I’m still waiting for my answer.”

“You were found in the snow, half-frozen and asleep, little Ghost. You tried to make a shelter, which was wise, but you slept before you were done. Not so wise.” Njall shrugged. “Your pretty cloak marked you as an outlander almost as much as the unfinished shelter. Now, my answer?”

“I’m not sure what woman you mean,” Ghost replied, not looking away from Njall. “But if you mean a woman with three joined spirals in red on her forehead, then yes. She gave me my witchmark.” He crossed his own arms over his chest. “She is who I came to find.”

“The woman with the triskele, yes. She is an outlander, but she is fierce as well. She came to speak with Falkor, and when I mistook her for a thrall, a serving woman, she slapped me.” Njall laughed his rumbling laugh. “I like her, although she is too old to give me sons. She had a boy with her, though.”

This reminded Ghost of his own missing items. “I’d like my cloak back. And my pouches. The cloak was a gift from my mate. He made it with his own hands. The pouches hold my healers’ supplies, and I need those for my people.”

“You will get your items back, little Ghost. We are not savages, to steal from guests in the halls of our clanhold.” Njall threw back the thick quilts, naked as the day he had been birthed. He grinned at Ghost with abundant cheer, and Ghost growled and turned away.

“So, tell me, why did you come to find your woman with the triskele? I am told she calls herself Witch. A name as well as a title?” Njall rustled about, and Ghost risked turning back, to see Njall fastening woven breeches.

“The Witch contacted me to tell me she might have information about an illness ravaging my village. I was her apprentice and took her place when she moved on.” Ghost watched Njall, the Norther curiously graceful as he pulled a linen tunic over his head. “This malady is not a typical illness, and witches commonly ask each other for aid and information when a crisis occurs, such as an epidemic.”

“Do your people still hide from books, little Ghost? Do the shamans speak against the old knowledge?” Njall pulled on boots and gestured for Ghost to follow him into a well-lit hallway walled in whitewashed timber.

Ghost tried to puzzle out the word Njall had used. “We don’t have shamans,” he said. “I don’t know what they do.”

“Speak to the gods, or so they say,” Njall said with a shrug. “More often, they meddle in matters not of their concern.”

“Godsmen,” Ghost said, nodding in understanding. “Yes, the godsmen still say the old learning is what brought down the world once. They only tolerate the witchsisters because we can use some of the old relics to heal.”

“Witchsisters, is it? When I held you close to warm you, I was quite sure it was not a girl’s desire which pressed against my leg, little Ghost.” Njall rumbled a laugh as Ghost glared at him. “I jest with you. Well, not so much, since you did press against me, but the reaction was only what a man’s body will do and not the heat of desire. I am not such a savage as to mistake the two.”

“I never said you were a savage,” Ghost countered. “And I’m the first male admitted to the ranks of the witchsisters in many generations. I’m not exactly popular with all of the sisterhood, but I passed their tests and took the vows. I suppose if you don’t have witches, your shamans heal you, then.”

“Yes and no.” Njall opened a carved door painted in shades of blue and gestured for Ghost to enter. “We have healers of our own, both men and women who are called to such service under the guidance of the shamans. They deal with issues of the body, and the shamans deal with the concerns of the soul. But our gods are not your soft outlander gods, little Ghost. Our gods will eat your liver raw, and this is only if they like you.”

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About the Author

I’ve always been a writer in some way, whether it was writing on the walls as a child, the copious notebooks I filled as a teen, or the volumes of fan fiction I wrote as an adult. Now I write erotic romance. We are creatures of sensation, craving touch and filled with desires we might not even want to admit to ourselves. Try as we might to ignore and deny the passion inside us, it’s still there. It cries for attention and finds its outlet in my writing.

Ghost’s Sight was written in response to a prompt from a friend and is an impassioned tale of two men who find each other in unexpected circumstances. Their story continues with Ghost’s Dilemma and possibly a third volume yet to come.

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Guest Post: Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese

One of the problems with writing contemporary romance nominally set in our world, in this year, is that sometimes, events in real life happen in a direction different than we thought when we first wrote the story.

Other times — and even more awkwardly — events in real life happen in exactly the same direction as in our story.

To a large extent, Racheline and I try not to predict the future when we write Love in Los Angeles. A lot of times, that can be hard. Love in Los Angeles is ultimately going to be a six-book series that spans multiple generations of Paul and Alex’s family. That requires reaching into the future and, occasionally, back into the past. And writing lgbtq romance, when the American political landscape on the issue is changing so rapidly, makes that kind of tricky. Racheline and I need to keep a map around of which states have marriage equality this week, because it keeps changing. And when Indiana — the state Alex is from — passed marriage equality last year, we had to stop and reconsider what that event, which we hadn’t planned on happening, would mean for Alex at this point in his life. Trying to predict what’s going to happen when, whether it’s six months or six years down the line, usually brings us more grief than it’s worth, so mostly we just try not to.

And sometimes, we try really, really hard to not predict the future. Like when we were working on Doves, and brainstorming for the series-climax conflict on The Fourth Estate, the hit TV show Alex stars on. We knew that Alex’s character, Zach, would be sneaking into Iran to report on a political situation unfolding there. I’m a political scientist by training, with more than a passing familiarity with Iran’s history and politics. And while I wanted the situation in The Fourth Estate to not contradict any current realities, I didn’t want the conflict Zach got himself tangled up in to be something that would ever actually happen. We also very much did not want to exploit any sort of real-world tragedy for the sake of our story drama. So we brought in a fictional group of Chechans, to be Zach’s antagonists. To us, that seemed like a thing that technically could, but definitely wouldn’t, happen in Iran.

Except then this summer ISIS happened, and while that situation didn’t directly involve Iran the way it did in our story, it did involve Western journalists in ways that looked a lot like our fictional Fourth plot. And, to our immense shock, it also involved Chechans.

It was — and is — uncomfortable for us. We wrote Doves half a year before most people in the US had ever heard of ISIS, but still, the fictional scenario we dreamed up for the sake of drama was now unfolding on our TV screens.

Which is a condemnation of us, in a way, for thinking we could play with big questions of war and conflict, even in a romance novel, and not have the real world touch it in some way. It’s certainly also a reminder that we really, really, really can’t predict the future.

As we write forward in the series — Book Three, Phoenix, is with our editor, and we’re currently writing Book Four — and farther into the future in the Love in Los Angeles universe, we’re going to diverge — and accidentally converge — more and more from the real world as it exists than we might like. But that’s part of the magic of storytelling: to explore many outcomes and possibilities, not just the one that’s happening around us.

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Two years after the events of Starling, Cinderella story and star of The Fourth Estate J. Alex Cook is living happily ever after with his boyfriend, television writer Paul Marion Keane. But when Paul’s pilot, Winsome, AZ, gets picked up, the competing demands of their high-profile careers make them question their future together.

As Paul becomes increasingly absent from their relationship, Alex tries to regain control of his private life and establish a career path independent of Fourth’s enigmatic, and at times malevolent, showrunner Victor. But the delicate web of relationships that connects Alex, Paul, and their friends — including Alex’s excitable ex-lover Liam and his no-nonsense fiancée Carly — threatens to unravel.

With the business of Hollywood making it hard to remember who he is when the whole world isn’t watching, Alex is forced to confront major changes in the fairytale life he never wanted as he discovers that love in Los Angeles often looks nothing like the movies.

About the authors

Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese are authors of the gay romance series Love in Los Angeles, set in the film and television industry (Starling (September 10, 2014), Doves (January 21, 2015), and Phoenix (June 10, 2015)), all from Torquere Press. Their gay romance novella Midsummer, Book One of the Love’s Labour series, about a summerstock Shakespeare company, is from Dreamspinner Press (Summer 2015). Racheline is a NYC-based performer and storyteller; Erin is a writer and blogger based in Washington, D.C. They write stories and scripts about the intersection of private lives, fame, and desire. You can find them on the web at http://www.Avian30.com.

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Joint Blog: http://Avian30.com

Joint Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Erin.and.Racheline

Erin’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/erincmcrae

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Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Doves-Love-Los-Angeles-Book-ebook/dp/B00S2FUNJS

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M/M Submission Calls

Calling all authors out there. Here’s a few recent m/m romance submission calls I’ve been asked to pass on. Happy writing! 🙂

Torquere Press

There’s something about mythology from all cultures that captures everyone’s imaginations, so snuggle up by the fire and tell us a mythological tale — with a Torquere twist! For our Mythologically Torqued  2015 anthology, we’re looking for fully realized, romantic LGBT mythological tale interpretations. Make us laugh, make us cry, or surprise us and make us glow with happy endings!

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

Totally Bound

MM Contemporary

Calling all Male/Male authors. Totally Bound Publishing are currently seeking contemporary Male/Male erotic romance stories in any sub-genre. 10-100k word count please. Series or serials are also welcomed. Send your submission, synopsis and series outline, if applicable, to submissions@totallybound.com.

MM BDSM Submission Call

Daring Doms and seductive subs are the order of the day. Totally Bound Publishing are currently acquiring MM stories of any length in the BDSM genre, so get those characters scening and those whips whipping, ready for all your readers to become voyeurs and experience the life-changing journeys of your most passionate characters. Series or serials are also welcomed. Send your submission, synopsis and series outline, if applicable, to submissions@totallybound.com.

 

 

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M/M Romance Submission Calls: Torquere Press

Torquere Press

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 10,000 – 20,000 word submissions 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.

 

OCTOBER 2014 — ETERNALLY DARK — DEADLINE JULY 15

All vampires are creatures of darkness, but these have a twist: they’re forced to endure an existence of literal, as well as spiritual, darkness. Blind vamps use all of their other senses, including their sixth sense, to find both lovers and prey. Our Eternally Dark anthology will feature fully realized, romantic, stories about blind vampires. Deadline for submission is July 15, 2014.

 

NOVEMBER 2014 — PUNK’D — DEADLINE AUGUST 15

Whether we’re taking high tea in a dirigible over London, chasing exotic werebeasts through the jungles of Darkest Africa, or pitting Continental mechanical know-how against the New World’s sharp-shootin’ cowboys — steampunk, gaslamp, and clockpunk stories really crank our gears! The Punk’d anthology will feature fully realized, romantic gay (m/m) stories about life and love in the steampunk (and related) genres. Deadline for submission is August 15, 2014.

 

DECEMBER 2014 — SANTA’S LITTLE KINKSTERS — DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 15

We’re hoping to fill our stockings this holiday season with stories as kinky as the curls in Santa’s beard. Does the heat of a good spanking keep the winter chills at bay? Does practice tying up a sub help when it comes time to put garlands on the tree or ribbon on presents? Do the reindeer sometimes misbehave just so they can get a lick of the whip — and what do those elves do while Santa’s out delivering toys, anyway? Send us your fully realized, romantic m/m stories of holiday kink  for our Santa’s Little Kinksters anthology. Deadline for submission is September 15, 2014.

 

LESSONS IN LOVE CHARITY SIP BLITZ — DEADLINE JULY 1

Every year, the generous authors at Torquere write stories and donate the proceeds of these shorts to charity, with Torquere matching each donation. We call it the charity sip blitz, and this year, our charity is the Point Foundation.

From their website:
The Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society.

http://www.pointfoundation.org/

We’re looking for fully realized GLBTQ stories that relate to academics, school, university and learning. We’re a romance publisher, so give us a good love story, on that will make the reader fall in love with the characters and root for them. If you’re going to have sexual situations, even on the sweeter side, please make your protagonists eighteen or older. While we are accepting Prizm young adult submissions on this call, we are representing an organization that caters to students, and we need to make sure our content is age-appropriate. Feel free to surprise us with non-traditional students, alternative learning, and teachers or students of more than just English, Math and Science!

All submissions must be received by July 1, 2014 for a mid-September release. Earlier is better. Word count can range from 3000-8000 words. Longer will be considered, but please query first to help us accommodate our editing schedule! Please see our general submission guidelines for formatting requirements. Send submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with Charity Sip Blitz Adult or Charity Sip Blitz Prizm in the subject line.

 

TALES OF LEATHER

Like your short stories with a little bondage, dominance, spanking, or submission? So do we! In fact, we like BDSM play stories so much that we’re giving them their own category. Tales of Leather will be guaranteed to bring on all the hot BDSM action that readers crave. We’re looking for romance stories with happy endings, engaging characters, and a fresh point of view. Stories should range from 10,000 to 50,000 words. Longer stories may be considered, but please query first. Stories will be contracted for two years, at our standard royalty rates. Please see our writer’s guidelines page for royalty rates, formatting and submission information.

Guidelines:
– GLBT stories — f/f, m/m, m/m/f
– 10,000 words and up
– standard royalty rates apply
– exclusive electronic 2 year contract

For queries or submissions, contact General Manager/Submissions Editor Kristi Boulware atsubmissions@torquerepress.com

Please put “Tales of Leather” in the subject line of all emails.

Follow our general guidelines.

 

SPICE IT UP

Who doesn’t need a little spice in their life? The Spice it Up line has openings starting in January 2012. Stories need to be inspired by a spice or herb, or the spice must feature prominently in the story. To see what spices have already been used, see our bookstore at www.torquerebooks.com. Spices may be duplicated, but all stories must be original in theme and content. We’re looking for romance stories with happy endings, engaging characters, and a fresh point of view. Stories should range from 10,000 to 30,000 words. Longer stories may be considered, but please query first. Stories will be contracted for two years, at our standard royalty rates. Please see our writer’s guidelines page for royalty rates, formatting and submission information.

Guidelines:

– GLBT stories — f/f, m/m, m/m/f
– 10,000 words and up
– standard royalty rates apply
– exclusive electronic 2 year contract

For queries or submissions, contact senior editor Lorna Hinson at submissions@torquerepress.com

Please put “Spice It Up” in the subject line of all emails.

Follow our general guidelines