[Free eBook] The Blue Spong and the Flight from Mediocrity by St. Sukie de la Croix [1920s Chicago LGBT Fantasy Satire]

The Blue Spong and the Flight from Mediocrity by Chicago-resident British expat author St. Sukie de la Croix, an Esteem Award-winning columnist, playwright, and LGBT community historian who has been inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame, is a standalone satirical historical literary fantasy with m/m, f/m, and f/f erotic elements novella, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

The story takes place in the 1920s in Chicago and is a literary fiction coming of age tale with strong magical realism and sex comedy elements, as three sheltered upper-class sisters tracing the origins of a supernatural pet find themselves taking different paths towards self-discovery, as they come into contact with the thriving black, immigrant, and underground LGBT communities and engage in assorted experiences that will broaden their previously narrow lives, as well as discovering secrets about their supposedly staid parents’ own personal activities.

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[Free eBook] A Girl Called Love by Louise Lee [Comedic Mystery]

A Girl Called Love by British author Louise Lee, herself a former private investigator, is the 1st novel in the Florence Love series of humorous chick-lit flavoured mysteries with f/m romantic comedy elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Headline.

This is the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store and is being made free to promote the upcoming 3rd novel, A Whole Lotta Love, due in June.

The series stars an unconventional PI and mistress of disguise who loves ’em and leaves ’em, one after another, while solving assorted (non-murder) investigative cases. This one sees her hired by a celebrity jazz singer’s girlfriend to prove his trustworthiness despite many opportunities to stray, by attempting to tempt him to cheat upon her using one identity or another.

Offered in the UK & Europe and selected other regions worldwide (excluding North America), available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Praline Goes to Washington by Marshall Thornton [LGBT Erotic Political Satire]

Praline Goes to Washington: Or, the Erotic Misdeeds of a Newly Native Californian in Our Nation’s Capitol by Marshall Thornton, a Lambda Literary Award-winning novelist and screenwriter, is the 2nd novel in The Perils of Praline series of series of satirical literary fiction sex comedy novels with strong m/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of the author himself.

This is apparently being made free to celebrate the recent release of the author’s unrelated new novel Masc, a sequel to a previous award-nominated romantic comedy. The series stars a naïve young man with the ambition of becoming a same-sex celebrity spouse, journeying from his rural Georgia roots to Hollywood and beyond, meeting colourful characters and having comedically erotic mishaps along the way to finding a happily ever after.

This installment sees him inadvertently entering the political sphere, as a certain reality TV star by the name of “Helmut Dump” is unexpectedly elected President of the United States, causing a host of personal and public problems which Praline hopes to solve by convincing the new POTUS to become a better person using any means of persuasion that he can.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through May 12th, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook UPDATE] The Lightning-Struck Heart by TJ Klune [Comedic Fantasy with LGBT Romance]

The Lightning-Struck Heart by TJ Klune, a Lambda Literary Award-winning author, is the 1st novel in the Tales from Verania series of comedic high fantasy with strong m/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Dreamspinner Press.

This is apparently a special giveaway to help promote the recent release of the 4th book, A Wish Upon the Stars, which was just out in March. The series is set in a medieval-esque high fantasy universe, and stars a boy who discovers he has strong magical powers completely by accident, and thereby becomes an apprentice to the royal wizard and winds up going on humorous adventures, whether he likes it or not.

This installment is part coming of age/part epic quest, as he begins to grow into his powers and his place, while encountering various mishaps and personal disasters along the way to save the reprehensible royal boyfriend of the handsome knight he harbours a secret crush upon, with a little help from his slightly dysfunctional friends.

Offered worldwide through May 10th until midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free directly from the publisher. UPDATE: also offered at multiple other retailers.

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[Free Audiobook] The Heist by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg [Action Thriller with Romantic Comedy]

The Heist by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg is is the 1st novel in the Fox & O’Hare series of humorous action/crime thriller novels with strong f/m romantic comedy elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Penguin Random House Audio.

This is their featured Free Audiobook of the Month offer for April and is an unabridged recording, read by award-winning voice actor Scott Brick.

The series stars an FBI special agent teaming up with the international crook she’s chased for years, as he convinces to offer him a job chasing down even bigger crooks. This story sets up the beginning of their shared professional and romantic partnership, as they pursue a corrupt investment banker hiding away overseas.

Offered worldwide until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on April 27th, available as a DRM-free MP4 download directly from the publisher and in their app.

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[Free eBook] The House of Lords: An Anecdotal History by John Wells [British History Humour]

The House of Lords: An Anecdotal History by the late British author John Wells, an actor and satirist who was a contributing co-founder of the satirical magazine Private Eye, is a humorous history of the British political institution, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1997 by Hodder & Stoughton.

The book was a favourably-reviewed bestseller when originally published and is a humorously informative historical study of the British peerage system and the government institution of the House of Lords through which it still influences official government power, from its early days during the Anglo-Saxon period through to the 1960s.

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[Free eBook] Mayday by Jonathan Lynn [Mystery Thriller Satire]

Mayday by British author Jonathan Lynn, also a screenwriter and filmmaker who wrote for the hit British TV comedy Yes, Minister and directed cult classic Clue: The Movie, one of my personal favourites, is a standalone satirical mystery/thriller adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1993 by Penguin’s Viking imprint. The novel is a humorous sendup of mystery/thriller tropes, and was praised by Monty Python actor Eric Idle when it first came out.

The story stars a bestselling author who seeks inspiration for his next novel by responding to an intriguing personal ad from a mysterious woman desperate for a large sum of money with no questions asked, and soon finds himself with plenty of dramatic fodder as he gets in way over his head as the plot thickens in true screwball comedy fashion.

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[Free eBook] Cosmic Banditos by A. C. Weisbecker [SFnal Quantum Physics Comedy]

Cosmic Banditos by A. C. Weisbecker his standalone comedic speculative/literary fiction novel with science fiction elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1986 by Random House’s Vintage Books imprint, and was later reprinted by their New American Library line under the title Cosmic Banditos: A Contrabandista’s Quest for the Meaning of Life, in a 2001 revised edition with a new introduction, which is offered here, and was apparently a cult classic, back in the day.

The story is a somewhat satirical speculative literary journey of self-discovery featuring a zany romp through quantum physics concepts as former drug-smugglers turned muggers who thereby unexpecedly acquire a visiting Professor’s physics texts and postcards from his daughter begin to learn and develop their own theories about life, the universe, and everything from them, embarking on a strange road trip (which may or may not involve time travel) to track the owners down and argue relativity, among other things.

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[Free eBook] Disciple of a Dark God: A Grimdark Assassin’s Tale by Edmund Glasby [Satirical Quest Fantasy]

Disciple of a Dark God: A Grimdark Assassin’s Tale by British author Edmund Glasby is the 1st novel in his The Daemondamned Trilogy of humorously grimdark epic fantasy novels, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally self-published by the author in 2010 via Matador, a self-publishing helper imprint, and the frontmatter has been updated with a new 2017 copyright, possibly indicating significant revisions. The series is apparently a satirical take on “grimdark” epic fantasy, exploring its gritty conventions in a comedic way.

This installment stars the obligatory cynical assassin cultist zealot serving the evil god who enabled his thirst for revenge, apparently becoming even more disillusioned by the depths to which he has manipulated on some quest adventure for a magical MacGuffin, in the company of a grave-robbing (and possibly backstabbing) thief with an agenda of his own.

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[Free eBook] Death Dives Deep by Michael Avallone [Comedic Pulp Espionage Mystery]

Death Dives Deep by Michael Avallone is the 21st novel in his Ed Noon series of vintage pulp mystery/crime thrillers with comedic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Story Merchant.

This was originally published in 1971 by Signet. The popular, long-running pulp mystery/crime series stars a P.I. in New York City, who often takes on cases with oddball clients, leading to zany adventures.

This case is a nautical adventure on the spy thriller side, seeing the P.I. take on an assignment from the US President, looking into sinister goings-on involving submarines in the Bermuda Triangle, and a story-within-a-story which leads him to uncover a top secret plot.

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