Monday, September 19, 2011

Celebrating A New Anthology From Torquere Books & BA Tortuga

Today on our Cyber Launch Party Blog, we're celebrating the release of CEREUS: BUILDING, a great new anthology from Torquere Press with stories by BA Tortuga, Julia Talbot and Sean Michael, and a charity short benefitting the "It Gets Better Project" called THE BEST DAMNED THING by BA Tortuga

BA Tortuga enjoys indulging in the shallow side of life, with hobbies that include collecting margarita recipes, hot tub dips, and ogling hot guys at the beach. A connoisseur of the perverse and esoteric, her days are spent among dusty tomes of ancient knowledge, or, conversely, surfing porn sites in the name of research.

Mixing the natural born southern propensity for sarcasm and the environmental western straight-shooting sensibility, she does her damnedest to produce mainstream fiction, literary erotica, and fine works of pure, unadulterated smut.

With characters ranging from supernatural demons to modern-day cowboys, alternative illustrated men to Victorian dandies, the addiction to history and atmosphere is everpresent, and laced through with sensual pleasure. BA's latest projects include werewolves, rodeo cowboys, and fistfighting rednecks.


CEREUS: BUILDING with stories by BA Tortuga, Julia Talbot and Sean Michael

What happens when a besieged and rather small dragon comes to a vampire and says, "I need your help." Or when that vampire comes to a werewolf and says, "I have a job for you." The vampire goes and builds a resort for things that go bump in the night, of course. Riding the wave of Julia Talbot's Bloodrose series, the multi-author Cereus: Building features paranormal romance from three of Torquere Press' most-loved authors. The stories move from vampire Jonny's city club to a new luxury getaway in the woods of the Pacific Northwest, where pleasure and pain are the name of the game.

Julia Talbot's It's Elemental features construction contractor Chayton, a werewolf who thinks demon decorator Kenny is a little fussy, and a lot hot. They argue about everything from feng shui to sex. Will they be able to resolve their differences?

The Third Course, by BA Tortuga, tells the story of Marco and Stephan, werecats, brothers, and chefs who meet their match in head-bartender Faelan, who just happens to be a growly, sexy Top.

Finally, Sean Michael's Smoke and Gold follows the head dominant of the club, Zee, who's dealing with trying to get his playrooms just so, and trying to figure out maddening dragon Daniel at the same time. Who can resist loving a dragon?



A Charity Short Benefitting the It Gets Better Project

Jim sure doesn't want to get into the middle of it when the guys on his construction crew start messing with Collin, the new, and queer, guy in town. He will if he has to, though, because he doesn't believe in letting anyone call a man out for being gay. Foreman Walker doesn't like the idea any more than Jim does, but he's perfectly happy to let Jim get in the middle with him and Collin...

Author's Note: This is Torquere Press' Fourth Year of doing short stories for charity and I couldn't be more pleased to participate. I want to especially thank J. Rocci for all of her work and support of the project. It wouldn't have happened without her. You rock, sweetie!


WIN - Leave BA a question today at her Cyber Launch Party and your name goes in the hat for a $10 Amazon Gift Card and a fabulous Vampire Piggy Bank!! Please be sure to leave your email address so we can contact you if you are today's winner!


  1. Good morning BA, Julia and Sean and welcome to your Cyber Launch Party!

    Please tell us all about this new anthology from Torquere Press and about your stories in the book. Will this be a series?

    Also, please tell us about the "It Gets Better Project".

    Looking forward to learning more about this exciting world of paranormal characters you guys have created!

    Enjoy your party and I hope the new release is a huge seller for you guys!

  2. Hi there BA,

    Best of luck on the new releases.

    I was also interested in hearing more about the It Gets Better Project.


  3. Hey y'all!

    Thanks for having me! :D

    The It Gets Better Project is close to my heart -- it started simply, as a youtube video from Dan Savage, letting LGBTQ teens know that it is possible to grow up and live a full, happy, productive life. The project has grown and now includes thousands of videos from celebrities, politicians, and writers, a website where teens can get support, and a book.

    The fact is that everyone deserves hope, deserves a story, and deserves love, and I am totally behind the message that you can survive those hard teenage years and grow up to be the person you want to be.



  4. Cereus: The Building is the first in a series, yes. When Julia came to me and asked me to play with her and Sean Michael in an off-shoot of her best-selling Bloodrose series, I admit I freaked out a little bit.

    Me? Write BDSM-y stuff with the Queen of Spanking and the creator of the Velvet Glove and Hammer? I mean, wow.

    Of course, they ganged up on me and I said yes. I'm proud of my contribution -- werekitties and a growly werewolf. ;-) Sean and Julia assure me I did just fine.

    Cereus: Opening will be coming out in early 2012; I'm already working on my piece for that one.

    I hope y'all have as much fun reading it and we did writing it. :D

  5. Happy Release Day !!!

  6. Hi BA,

    i love the excerpts, they are all wonderful and i can hardly wait to read the rest of the book and see what happens next.

    how many books are there going to be in the series?

  7. no one ask you about the cover i like them and do you chose the cover or the book first what i mean is the person in the book is it the one you use for the cover i have not read any of the book would love to though

  8. congrats on your release! awesome trailer. your book sounds great! what are you planning on working on next? thanks!

  9. Tammy: I know for sure 2 more are planned, but I can see dozens with different characters. :D

  10. desitheblonde: The cover concept came before I finished my section of the book, but it doesn't portray any of my boys. :D

  11. Shadow: Right now I'm working on the second book in a m/m/f werewolf series called Shifting Elements: Crossing Streams, a Christmas m/m story, and the first in a new 5-book series coming out in February. :D

  12. Will you be working with more organizations? This is a great way to bring awareness to a large number of people.

  13. I LOVE when authors get together for a cause! Not only does the cause benefit but us readers too. Authors in your genre seem to interact a lot, more than other authors/genres. Why is that? Do you feel like rebels writing in the genre that you do? LOL.

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  14. Congratulations on the release!!

    How do you go about 'building' an anthology? Do you invite authors to participate?


  15. Leni: This is the fourth year Torquere Press has done a charity drive -- I've written to support Lambda Legal, the Matthew Shepherd Foundation, and Doctors without Borders, as well as this year's It Gets Better Project. :D

  16. Marybelle: With this anthology, Julia came to me (really, she hollered across the desk at me) and Sean Michael and invited us into her universe. :D

  17. Joder: I think that, especially eight years ago when I started in this business, the m/m universe was tiny. I'm fortunate to know a ton of fabulous authors who have become very good friends from all over the world. How fabulous is that?

  18. Congratulations on your new release. What is your favorite genre to read and do you have a favorite author?

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  19. Congrats on your new release! Do you ever base any of your stories on things that happen in real life?


  20. The anthology looks interesting. My question is do you write exclusively male romance?
    debsim2008 at gmail dot com

  21. Sherry: I *love* to read horror, believe it or not. I am a Stephen King fan, to the bone. :D

  22. Virginia: Hey there! I'm a notorious eavesdropper, so I get a ton of ideas from watching people and things and hearing snippets of conversations. Lots of my cowboy stories are amalgamations of folks I grew up with. :D

  23. Debbie: *grins* I write *everything*. Literally. I have published lesbian, gay, menage, straight romances and I intend to keep it up (pun intended). I love being able to write whoever is loudest in my head. :D