[Free eBook] Willie: The Life of W. Somerset Maugham by Robert Calder [Award-Winning LGBT Literary Author Biography]

Willie: The Life of W. Somerset Maugham by Canadian author Robert Calder, a Professor Emeritus at the University of Saskatchewan who has written the forewords for several of the Penguin Classics editions of Maugham’s novels, is a literary author biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1989 by William Heinemann, was later reprinted by St. Martin’s Press, and won the 1989 Governor General’s Award for Non-Fiction (Canada’s top literary prize).

This biography of the highly influential early 20th century British playwright and novelist W. Somerset Maugham—author of classics such as Of Human Bondage, which was adapted to film several times—was written with the co-operation of his late secretary and companion Alan Searle. It sought to present a comprehensive and nuanced look at the author’s complex and sometimes contradictory personality, with a more sympathetic view of the effects of Maugham’s sexual orientation, and the fear of its exposure had on both his writing and his personal life, than previous biographers had used at the time (circa the 1980s), and includes some useful commentary about said previous biographies in the introductory foreword.

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[Free eBook] Love Has No Expiration by C.S. Poe [LGBT Contemporary Romance]

Love Has No Expiration by C.S. Poe, a recent Lambda Literary Award finalist, is a standalone m/m contemporary romance short story, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Dreamspinner Press.

The story is a festive Valentine’s Day tale starring an older, career-driven chef who meets a flirtatious younger man at a farmer’s market, and must overcome his worries about his work/life balance as well as the age gap in order to find true love.

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[Free eBook] Dirty Poole: A Sensual Memoir by Wakefield Poole [1970s Gay Theatre & Porn Director Autobiography]

Dirty Poole: A Sensual Memoir by Wakefield Poole, a Broadway choreographer and theatrical director who became a pioneering gay pornography film director during the 1970s, is an autobiographical memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

This was originally published in 2000 by Alyson Books and was later adapted into the documentary film I Always Said Yes: The Many Lives of Wakefield Poole in 2013.

This is the 2011 updated edition with a new afterword by the author, who was a respected Broadway choreographer and theatrical director who became a pioneering director of gay pornography films, and covers his experiences in both, with reminisces about vintage theatrical celebrities and life on and off stage, as well as the rise of the porn industry during the sexual revolution of the 1970s.

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[Free eBook] Safe as Houses by Alex Jeffers [LGBT Literary Drama Novel]

Safe as Houses by Alex Jeffers, a recipient of the Lambda Literary Award, is a standalone literary fiction family drama novel with strong m/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

This was originally published in 1995 by Faber & Faber, and was later reprinted by Gay Men’s Press.

The novel stars a dying man passing down various stories about his life experiences to a younger generation of relatives, from being the hearing son of deaf parents in an era unforgiving of disabilities, to discovering love with another man and attempting to raise a family with him despite the challenges of internal conflict and external hostilities.

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[Free eBook] Prince of the Sea by Jon Michaelsen [LGBT Romantic Suspense Thriller]

Prince of the Sea by Jon Michaelsen, a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in the Mystery/Crime category, is a standalone m/m romantic suspense thriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

The story is set in the seaside community of Tybee Island, off the coast of Savannah, Georgia, starring a man whose attempt to rekindle a fading relationship with his long-term partner with a surprise romantic holiday getaway is derailed by meeting a seductive and perhaps dangerous stranger as a mysterious party attempts to expose long-buried island secrets at a deadly cost.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Wilde Stories 2008: The Best of the Year’s Gay Speculative Fiction [LGBT Science Fiction & Fantasy Anthology]

Wilde Stories 2008: The Best of the Year’s Gay Speculative Fiction edited by Steve Berman, is the 2008 annual installment in the Wilde Stories series of reprint anthologies collecting the yearly best sfnal short stories featuring gay characters and/or thematic elements, free again for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

This contains stories originally published in the Clarkesworld and now-defunct Subterranean sfnal genre magazines, as well as a Gaylactic Spectrum Award-winning short, and the collection itself was nominated for the 2008 Lambda Literary Award in the LGBT Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror category.

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[Free eBook] 2 novels by Charlie Cochet [LGBT Paranormal Action Mystery with Romance]

Hell & High Water & Blood & Water by Charlie Cochet are the 1st & 2nd novels in the THIRDS series of paranormal mystery/action thrillers with strong m/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Dreamspinner Press.

These are being made free as a special promo for “National Cheese Doodle Day”, whatever that is, alongside a rest-of-the-series sale, at prices from 99 cents up. The series takes place in a version of our world where animal shapeshifters are known as “Therians”, and is centred around the investigative adventures of a gay couple working together in an elite law enforcement action unit which pairs shapeshifters alongside regular humans.

These first two adventures set the pair up as a human homicide detective is transferred to the unit, where he must prove himself to his new teammates and soon-to-be new partner, who are trying to solve the murder of activists, and then see the unit investigating an anti-Therian hate group who may be the culprit behind a series of youth centre bombings as well as having a deeper and more sinister agenda.

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[Free eBook] Lessons in Trust by Charlie Cochrane [LGBT Historical Mystery with Romance]

Lessons in Trust by British author Charlie Cochrane is the 7th novel in the Cambridge Fellows series of historical murder mysteries with strong m/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 2009 by Samhain. The series takes place at the turn of the 20th century in England, and stars an amateur sleuthing gay couple solving crimes, mostly in and around the university-going set.

This is set in London in 1908, pitting the sleuthing couple against both a suspicious Inspector who refuses to let them help in the case of the murder of an unidentified man for whom they’ve uncovered clues, as well as a family mystery which leads one of the pair to abruptly disappear.

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[Free eBook] Lessons in Temptation by Charlie Cochrane [LGBT Historical Mystery with Romance]

Lessons in Temptation by British author Charlie Cochrane is the 5th novel in the Cambridge Fellows series of historical murder mysteries with strong m/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Endeavour Media imprint.

This was originally published in 2009 by the now-defunct Samhain Publishing. The series is set in England at the turn of the 20th century and stars an amateur sleuthing gay couple solving crimes, mostly in and around the university-going set.

This story takes place during a visit to Bath in 1907, where one partner starts looking into the mysterious death of a local prostitute, while the other gets distractingly drawn into a theatrical drama produced by an overly flirtatious old friend set on doing Shakespeare’s Macbeth and possibly more if he can help it.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] For Want of a Horse: 23 Tales of Supernatural Stallions, Magical Mares, & Paranormal Ponies [Fantasy & Science Fiction Anthology

For Want of a Horse: Twenty-Three Tales of Supernatural Stallions, Magical Mares, and Paranormal Ponies edited by Evey Brett, is an sfnal anthology collecting equine-themed short stories, free again for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

This contains mainly fantasy & horror-oriented (but also a few science fiction) shorts, including international folklore retellings, classic public domain literary tales, and newer stories by living authors who are known in the sf/fantasy field, such as DAW-published Deborah J. Ross.

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