2.5 Stars, BDSM/Kink/Erotica, Reviewed By Carrie, T. Strange, Torquere Press

Review: Lock and Key by T. Strange

Title: Lock and Key

Author: T. Strange

Publisher: Torquere Press

Pages/Word Count: 88 Pages

At a Glance: This book has a great premise but it just kind of fell flat for me.

Reviewed By: Carrie

Blurb: After meeting Terry at a motorcycle show, Gavin is sure he’s found the man of his dreams. While he’s fantasized about BDSM for years, Gavin has never had a play partner and Terry is happy to teach him. After playing together for a few months, Terry has to leave on a business trip. Terry gives Gavin the key to his apartment so Gavin can sleep in, but Gavin isn’t sure he’s ready for that level of commitment. While he likes and trusts Terry—and loves the kinky sex they have together—Gavin has to decide which he can’t give up: Terry, or his freedom. Part one was originally published as Boots and Leather by Torquere Press.

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Review: Lock and Key is about the beginning – sometimes awkward – few weeks in a relationship between Terry and his new sub Gavin. They meet at a motorcycle convention, go for coffee, and the relationship sparks off from there.

Gavin is a bank teller who haunts motorcycle shows in the hopes of finding a leather daddy Dom to fulfill all his fantasies. Terry is an artist, a big man with mutton chops and worn leather chaps… He has seen Gavin at other shows and is determined to finally meet the boy he has had his eye on.

This book has a great premise but it just kind of fell flat for me. I really wanted it to be better. Terry and Gavin are both great characters, and they deserved a better written story. The skeleton is there – the meat is there – but there is just not enough connecting it all to make a complete picture. The sex is hot, however, so if you’re looking for a short and steamy read, you will probably enjoy Lock and Key. I just needed a little more depth in the storyline that would connect their lives and how they intertwine.

Terry and Gavin click and the sex is provocative, though, so if you want that then this novella is for you.

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Release Day Playlist: My Zombie Boyfriend by T. Strange

**Be Sure To Join The Novel Approach And Yours Truly On The My Zombie Boyfriend Facebook Page Today From 3-4pm Eastern Time For An Hour Of Games And Prizes!**

Author: T. Strange
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genres: M/M, Paranormal, Romance, Contemporary

Blurb: Edward Grey is a medical student by day, necromancer by night. He lives alone with the first zombie he ever raised, his childhood cat, Boo. Edward’s life is simple: studying medicine, training his necromantic powers with his mentor, Mariel, and having weekly dinners with his parents. When he finds a very attractive corpse in a park and brings it home to reanimate, he accidentally creates a sassy, free-willed zombie who believes Edward is the one who murdered him.

With no memory of his former life, Edward names the zombie Kit and tries to win his trust. Kit slowly adjusts to his new un-life with Edward’s help, though he’s still suspicious of Edward’s role in his death and is convinced that Edward is hiding his former identity. Edward is very attracted to Kit, but understands why Kit doesn’t trust him. As they become closer to one another, Kit turns to Edward for comfort and love. The fragile trust they’ve built together will be tested when Kit unexpectedly regains his memory and seeks revenge on his murderers.

Buy Link: Amazon US

Learn more about what inspires Kit on Pinterest.

Enjoy a playlist of some of Kit’s favourite music!

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Author Bio: My Zombie Boyfriend is T. Strange’s first full-length novel, though she has published several shorter works with Torquere Press. When not writing, T. enjoys gardening, spending time with her horse, and, of course, reading. T. lives in Canada with her wife, surrounded by pets.

Social Media Links: Blog | Facebook | Facebook Author Page | Twitter | Tsu | Goodreads | Amazon | Pinterest | Torquere | Google+ | Tumblr

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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week, Giveaways

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Sneak PeekCheers, everyone, and welcome back for a look at what we’ve got coming up in the week ahead!

We’ve got a busy one in store, as you’ll see, with plenty of guest authors and giveaways to go along with a week of reviews.

Here’s a look at what to watch for! 

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MondayKeira Andrews kicks off our week on the A Way Home blog tour

Tuesday Jennifer Cie joins us today on the Down on the Street blog tour

Also with us is Anne Tenino on her Wedding Favor tour

WednesdayT. Strange joins us today to celebrate the release of her new book My Zombie Boyfriend. And in a twist, I’ll be joining her this afternoon from 3-4:00pm Eastern on the books Facebook page with a game of “Guess Who?” and some e-book giveaways!

Andrew Q. Gordon also joins us today on The Eye and the Arm blog tour

ThursdayRhys Ford pops in today with a “State of the Rhys” address. She shares news about her upcoming releases and will also be giving away some goodies, so stay tuned for that

FridayJaycee Edward joins us today on the Dragons blog tour

Jay Northcote also stops by with us today on The Marrying Kind blog tour

Saturday – Finally, Hayden Thorne closes out the week for us when she drops by to talk about the next book in her YA superhero Masks series, The Curse of Arachnaman

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And that does it for this time around. Until next Sunday, happy reading!

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Cover Reveal and Excerpt: My Zombie Boyfriend by T. Strange

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Title: My Zombie Boyfriend

Author: T. Strange

Publisher: Torquere Press

Length: 64,000 words (Novel)

Genres: Romance, Paranormal, Contemporary, M/M

Release Date: April 15, 2015

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Blurb: Edward Grey is a medical student by day, necromancer by night. He lives alone with the first zombie he ever raised, his childhood cat, Boo. Edward’s life is simple: studying medicine, training his necromantic powers with his mentor, Mariel, and having weekly dinners with his parents. When he finds a very attractive corpse in a park and brings it home to reanimate, he creates a sassy, free-willed zombie who believes Edward is the one who murdered him.

With no memory of his former life, Edward names the zombie Kit and tries to win his trust. Kit slowly adjusts to his new un-life with Edward’s help, though he’s still suspicious of Edward’s role in his death and is convinced that Edward is hiding his former identity. Edward is very attracted to Kit, but understands why Kit doesn’t trust him. As they become closer to one another, Kit turns to Edward for comfort and love. The fragile trust they’ve built together will be tested when Kit unexpectedly regains his memory and seeks revenge on his murderers.

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Excerpt: Shopping with Kit was a nightmare.

I expect my clothes to cover publicly unacceptable bits, keep me warm, and protect me from the environment. That’s about all I require of them.

No. Kit was into Fashion. With a capital F. He looked at racks of shirts that, color aside, all seemed identical to me. He kept staring at the labels.

I got more than a little impatient. It had been a long day. Not to mention my long night raising the temperamental dead. “Kit,” I groaned, “money is not an issue. Just pick whatever you want and I’ll buy it for you. I literally do not care how much it costs.”

Kit’s mouth fell open in a perfect, sexy ‘O’ of exaggerated horror. “You think I’m looking at the prices? Oh, Edward. That’s so cute.”

He thought I was cute? I knew he was teasing me, but I still liked hearing him say it.

My headache was back. This seemed to be a trend with Kit around. If he wasn’t looking at the prices, what was taking him so long? I took a deep, soothing breath. On the plus side, Kit had obviously relaxed since being out in public. I had heard of retail therapy but never before witnessed its effect. He was practically glowing as he chattered on about the relative merits of this and that brand, designer and logo. It was a soothing wash of words that meant absolutely nothing to me, so I nodded, smiled, and tried not to focus on how pretty his mouth was, the way his hands seemed to hang in the air when he spoke, how amazing his hair looked even in the terrible mall lighting.

It was a good thing he was so pretty, or I probably would have killed him and left. It would be so easy, too. One word and he would collapse, his reanimated essence disappearing while I walked out of the store and back into my nice, normal medical student/necromancer life.

“Hello? Earth to Edward. I’m ready.” He thrust a very large bundle of clothes into my arms and stood there, all but tapping his foot. He smiled and said, “Oh, yes. We still have to get shoes.”

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Author BioAbout the Author: My Zombie Boyfriend is T. Strange’s first full-length novel, though she has published several shorter works with Torquere Press. When not writing, T. enjoys gardening, spending time with her horse, and, of course, reading. T. lives in Canada with her wife, surrounded by pets.

Author Links:

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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week, Giveaways

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

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Hi, everyone, and welcome back to another look at what we have coming up in the week ahead! It’s a busy one, to be sure, and will feature some fantastic guests, great giveaways, and, of course, lots more reviews. Stay tuned and I hope you come back to join in the fun.

Now, here’s what’s on tap!

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MondayCleis Press kicks off our week with a giveaway of their new anthology Best Gay Romance 2015

Author Aimee Brissay also joins us today to do her part in helping to countdown to Euro Pride Con

TuesdayLisa Henry and J.A. Rock drop in on the Tempest blog tour

And we’ll also be featuring Rick R. Reed’s new DSP Publications release IM

Wednesday – We’re welcoming author Amber Kell today as she visits to celebrate Euro Pride Con

We’ll also have a new edition of Genre Talk with Carole Cummings and A.J. Marcus

Thursday – Today, Ana J. Phoenix stops by with her contribution to the countdown to Euro Pride Con

Heidi Cullinan will also be here to offer the chance to win an e-copy of her new book Nowhere Ranch

FridaySue Brown joins us today on the Eddie & Marchant blog tour

Jaycee Edwards and Helena Stone also drop in on their Strangers in the Night tour

Saturday – Today we welcome author Suki Fleet on the Innocence blog tour

Sunday – And we close out the week with author T. Strange and a cover reveal of her new book My Zombie Boyfriend

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And that does it for a busy week ahead. Until next time, happy reading!

 

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A Release Day Exclusive From T. Strange And “Amber” And A Giveaway!



Hot off the E-presses, T. Stange’s Amber has just released today from Torquere Press. In celebration, T. is back with another exclusive excerpt from the book, as well as the chance for one lucky reader to win an e-copy of the book.

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED

Blurb: Anthony was a painter until he lost the ability to see color. Worse than color blindness, the edges of objects and people blur together, making it almost impossible for Anthony to interact with anyone or anything. After retreating from the world for decades, he sees a glimpse of yellow that leads him to a musician, Teague. At first Anthony is frightened and overwhelmed by the color, but he can’t stay away from Teague for long. He finds the courage to confront Teague and explain his unusual problem and Teague’s role in helping him. To Anthony’s relief, Teague believes him. Very quickly, they both suspect that getting the colors back is more important to Anthony than his relationship with Teague. If Anthony pushes too hard, he’ll lose Teague, and possibly the colors, forever.

Excerpt: Teague stopped me in the hall in front of his apartment, using a slender arm to block the door. He deftly snatched his guitar from me, slipped inside, and closed the door behind himself, only pausing long enough to say, “Wait here.”

When he returned, he had traded his guitar for a blanket. “C’mon.” He grabbed my hand again and pulled me up the stairs until we came to the door leading onto the roof. He pulled a key on a cord from around his neck and unlocked it. “Whenever I move into a building, I always ask if I can use the roof. And I always seem to get it, too, or at least since I got famous.” He winked, standing aside and holding the door for me. “It must be my good looks.”

He was joking, but he wasn’t wrong.

“Over here.” Teague had spread his blanket in a large clear space between the chimneys and vents that dotted the roof.

I approached him cautiously, as though he were a small and tender prey animal that might startle and take flight. I needn’t have worried; as soon as I got close enough, Teague grabbed my legs and pulled me down onto the blanket beside him.

“I like to lie here and look at the stars. It always makes me feel better.”

“Because they remind you of how small and insignificant your problems are?”

“Or just because they’re pretty.” My view of the stars was blocked by Teague’s face. He kissed me, soundly and with much lip smacking and happy “‘mmm” noises.

You can buy Amber here:

About the Author: T. Strange is the author of two Torquere Press: Tales of Leather Sips, Boots and Leather, and Belladonna. She and her wife live somewhere on the Canadian Prairies. When not writing, T. likes to spend her days gardening, watching movies and riding her horse. One of T.’s favourite possessions is a rainbow squid hat named Dr. Squiddington. She can be found on Facebook and Twitter, or you can email her

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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week, Aleksandr Voinov, Brita Addams, Kingett Reads, Lex Chase, Posy Roberts, Rick R. Reed, Riptide Publishing, Sammy Goode, SE Jakes, Storm Moon Press, T. Strange

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week


Welcome to another great week coming up, gang, and speaking of welcome, we’ve added a new reviewer to our staff, who we’re so glad to have coming to play in our sandbox! Unlike Robert’s rather spontaneous addition to our crew, this one’s been in the works for what seems like forever now but has actually been more like weeks. Many of you may already know her from her vast repertoire of work for Jesse Wave and Joyfully Jay, but I hope you’ll take a minute to still say hi.

So, without further ado, let’s welcome Sammy Goode to The Novel Approach!



So, what to say about a woman who leads a lovely, simple, ordinary life…

I used to be a stripper and did pole danc…wait….maybe that’s an overshare?

Let me begin again…

I love dogs, but I have a restraining order out against both of my cats…

ok….this is not going as I planned…hmmmm….third time’s a charm?

Hello, my name Is Sammy Goode. It’s lovely to meet you!

I teach small people who never cease to surprise me, and I write plays for them as well…sometimes the plays garner me a boat load of money, sometimes they languish on my “this is such a flop-no one in their right mind will buy it” pile, but always the writing is the thing I enjoy the most.
I read almost as much as I sleep–lots of genres but M/M is by far my favorite.

I am an empty nester except I’m really happy that the nest is, well, empty. I think that either makes me a bad parent or a well adjusted woman. I’m opting for the latter!

And finally? I am so very happy to be here discussing books with you.



And now, here’s what’s in store for the coming week!

Monday – The lovely and delectable Brita Addams is here today with her regular monthly Guest Article. This week she’s discussing the importance of good editing.

TuesdayRick R. Reed is here to answer some very nosy questions about himself and his latest release Legally Wed, and there’s a Giveaway.

WednesdayLex Chase makes TNA a stop on her Conventional Love Blog Tour, and she has a Giveaway too.

T. Strange is also back today with a little Release Day Promo for her new book Amber from Torquere Press.

ThursdayStorm Moon Press is our featured guest with its second installment on the 4th Anniversary Blog Tour.

Friday – Riptide Publishing Presents the SE Jakes Dirty Deeds Blog Tour—you won’t want to miss that.

SaturdayPosy Roberts honors us with her presence on the Flare (North Star: Book Three) Blog Tour, and there’s a giveaway involved

Sunday – Robert is back today with the next installment of Kingett Reads.



And that does it for another week. Until next time, happy reading!

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A Cover Reveal And Exclusive Excerpt From T. Strange’s “Amber”


Amber – Coming January 15, 2014 From Torquere Press


Blurb: Anthony was a painter until he lost the ability to see color. Worse than color blindness, the edges of objects and people blur together, making it almost impossible for Anthony to interact with anyone or anything. After retreating from the world for decades, he sees a glimpse of yellow that leads him to a musician, Teague. At first Anthony is frightened and overwhelmed by the color, but he can’t stay away from Teague for long. He finds the courage to confront Teague and explain his unusual problem and Teague’s role in helping him. To Anthony’s relief, Teague believes him. Very quickly, they both suspect that getting the colors back is more important to Anthony than his relationship with Teague. If Anthony pushes too hard, he’ll lose Teague, and possibly the colors, forever.

Excerpt: The next day, the colors started to blur.

I hardly noticed at first. Just the odd purple or green, up to their usual mischief. I would frown at them, and they would pop back. They were usually a bit prone to frivolity and playfulness, so I paid them no mind. I didn’t connect what was happening to the fortuneteller’s words. Not yet.

Then a blue, usually so solid and dependable, would start to shift while I was in the middle of a brush stroke. Or worse, before I had even gotten it out of its tube and onto my palate. It would just be gone, going from cobalt or aquamarine to a nonsense color, like pajamas or garbage. And all the scowling in the world wouldn’t bring those blues back.

I kept painting, stubbornly ignoring the fact that I was becoming deaf to color. It was worse than being blind. It was a catastrophe.

But this painting was a commission. I had to finish it.

I watched as, one by one, every shade vanished from my eyes, leaving me with a soggy mess of random hues that clashed and jarred and upset me badly. By the end of the day, they were gone.

I wish I could tell you that I now saw in black and white. What I wouldn’t give for a glimpse of clean black or pure white. My malady was far worse. I saw only muddy, indescribable, jarring concoctions of brownish-grayish-primordial-muckish tones.

When the painting was finished, or at least the canvas was covered in paint, I called my patron. He said that he would send someone to pick it up. The man, when he arrived, looked down his long, aristocratic nose at the painting and gave me a look like I was something nasty and squelchy he had found stuck to the bottom of his shoe. He began efficiently packing the painting into a box. He was so offended by the painting that he could hardly bring himself to touch it.

Already, I would have given almost anything to see what he saw in the painting. Even the most brutal, discordant visual cacophony, the most lurid, vibrant, glorious mess of color would have been a relief.

Even the tiniest hint of crimson. An echo of violet.

Not an hour later, my phone rang.

It startled me half out of my wits. I had been sorting and resorting my paints in every conceivable order, with increasing desperation, hoping that something, anything, would jar loose whatever was clouding my vision.

I picked up the receiver with an odd sense of faith, as though it would be God on the other end, and He would give me some arcane ceremony, some act of penance. It would be hopelessly complicated, but once I had performed it to His satisfaction, He would restore my sense of color.

It was, of course, my patron. I managed to tune out the individual words he said, but his meaning was clear. What is this shit you’ve given me? If you think I’m paying you, you’re mental. By the way, you owe me money. Click.

That was nearly a relief. If other people could see what a mess I had made, what a mess I was in, then I wasn’t just crazy. I had a genuine Problem. I wasn’t simply having some sort of temperamental, artistic breakdown. Problems could be solved.

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How About A Little Tuesday “Boots and Leather” From T. Strange?




One of the best parts of reading is being able to live your fantasies from the comfort of your couch. Have you ever fantasized about being spanked? About giving up control, just for a little while? Then this book is for you!

Gavin has been going to motorcycle shows for years, hoping to find a hot biker who will introduce him to the BDSM he craves. After years of searching, he meets Terry, who seems to be exactly what he’s been looking for, and vice versa. Before they can play, Gavin has to learn about the differences between fantasy and reality. Boots and Leather is a short, steamy read, perfect for a summer’s day.

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About the author:

T. Strange has been part of the BDSM lifestyle for several years. She has actively participated in her local kinky community, and is very passionate when it comes to education about safe, fun kink. So far, she has two Tales of Leather Sips published with Torquere Press, ‘Boots and Leather’ and ‘Belladonna’. Both stories feature m/m BDSM.

She can be found on Twitter, Facebook, and on Tumblr, or you can email her at tq.strange@gmail.com

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