[Free eBook] Intervention by Mia Kerick [YA LGBT Contemporary Romance]

Intervention by Mia Kerick is a standalone m/m contemporary romance novel, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Dreamspinner Press’ Harmony Ink imprint for teen readers.

This is being made free to help promote the author’s newly released novel, My Crunchy Life, a YA LGBT romance starring a trans heroine.

The story stars a free-spirited high school student who falls for a co-worker at the college campus café where he performs as a musician, only to be stymied by his crush’s history of sexual abuse, which he attempts to stage an intervention to help him overcome.

Offered worldwide through July 10th until midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Philip Sparrow Tells All: Lost Essays by Samuel Steward, Writer, Professor, Tattoo Artist [1940s Cultural History, Travel, & LGBT Essays]

Philip Sparrow Tells All: Lost Essays by Samuel Steward, Writer, Professor, Tattoo Artist by the late Samuel Steward, a poet, novelist, and university professor turned tattoo artist and LGBT erotica writer, edited by Jeremy Mulderig with a foreword by Jason Spring, is a collection of mid-20th culture and life experience essays, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month for June, and this collection assembles an selection of columns originally printed during the 1940s in the Illinois Dental Journal, an obscure publication which allowed the author to write freely on eclectic subject matter drawn from a broad variety of life experience.

The essays are thoroughly annotated by editor Mulderig, giving cultural and historical context, as well as explaining various allusions and the gay subtext which Steward, who would later become an erotic novelist under the pennames Philip Sparrow and Phil Andros, liked to lace his columns with, unbeknownst to his dentist audience. Topics include his friendships with famous literary authors Gertrude Stein and Thornton Wilder, his stints as a holiday sales clerk and opera and ballet extra, his travels to unusual destinations such as a bodybuilding competition and pet cemetary as well as more conventional trips to Paris and Algiers, and much more.

Offered worldwide through June, available directly from the university’s website.

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[Free Audiobooks] Doctor Cerberus by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg [Young Adult LGBT Play & Novel]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2018 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—as free MP3 downloads, usually available worldwide (some titles are subject to geo-restrictions, and you can see the planned release schedule here).

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of coming of age while coming out, available until 7am Eastern Time on June 26th, are as follows:

  • Doctor Cerberus by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, a personal drama/comedy play in L. A. Theatre’s science-themed Relativity series, starring a lonely 13-year old boy whose devotion to the Saturday Night Horror Movie show hosted by the titular Doctor Cerebus convinces him to change his life; performed by a full cast in front of a live audience in 2010, from L. A. Theatre Works, available worldwide
  • Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg, a YA contemporary/literary fiction novel with m/m romantic elements, starring an out and accepted gay teen who when transferring to an out-of-state all-boys’ boarding school, decides to try a change of pace by not mentioning his sexual orientation rather than have it become the focus of what people first see about him, only to find that trying to avoid being labelled boxes him in in other ways; read by Pete Cross, from Dreamscape Media, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on June 26th, available in selected countries worldwide (requires installing Overdrive Media console software on your PC, Mac, Android, or iDevice, and you need to finish downloading before the time limit).

[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.

Offered DRM-free, available worldwide at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Testament to Love by Ariel Tachna [LGBT Paranormal Romance]

Testament to Love by Ariel Tachna is a standalone m/m paranormal romance novella, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Dreamspinner Press.

This is another special giveaway meant to promote their “Celebrate Community” store-wide sale, good through May 31st, and apparently celebrating 11 years in business.

The story stars a jaded guardian angel who falls for a troubled new charge, and decide whether to risk his place in heaven for forbidden human passion or abandon his unprotected charge to an unknown fate.

Offered worldwide through May 31st until midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] The Ongoing Reformation of Micah Johnson by Sean Kennedy [YA LGBT Literary Novel]

The Ongoing Reformation of Micah Johnson by Australian author Sean Kennedy is the 1st novel in the Get Out series of YA literary/contemporary fiction with LGBT and sporting themes, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Dreamspinner Press’ Harmony Ink imprint for teens.

The series is set in Australia, and stars teens coming to terms with themselves and their relationships with the people around them, apparently via various sports and a mentoring charity for LGBT students.

This one stars a gay teen who was formerly a runaway after being cruelly outed, who vows to get his life back on track as a future pro football (soccer, not rugby) player, facing struggles both on and off the field from his fellow school students as well as his own attempts to reach a difficult goal.

Offered worldwide through May 30th until midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Here For You by Skylar M. Cates [LGBT Contemporary Romance]

Here For You by Skylar M. Cates is the 1st novel in the Sunshine and Happiness series of m/m contemporary romance, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Dreamspinner Press.

This is a special offer to help promote their Celebrate Community sale, with 30% off everything in the store until the end of May.

The series is apparently centred around slow burn relationships between men who’ve experienced tragedy slowly reforging emotional connections. This story stars a newly-arrived bartender looking for a place to belong, who is attracted to an older lawyer who keeps him at bay until the obligatory tragedy occurs which throws them together in unexpected ways.

Offered worldwide through May 26th until midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Heart Unseen by Andrew Grey [LGBT Contemporary Romance]

Heart Unseen by Andrew Grey is the 1st novel in the Hearts Entwined series of m/m contemporary romance, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Dreamspinner Press.

The series apparently centres around men with disabilities slowly developing romantic relationships with good friends to whom they’ve been growing increasingly attracted.

This one stars a successful, club-going garage owner who finds that the facile charm which nets him no-strings attached flings fails to impress his latest target, a fiercely independent young man who lost his sight at a young age and won’t step out of his comfort zone for anything less than a committed heart.

Offered worldwide through May 21st until midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[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.

Offered DRM-free worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Compulsion by Clare London [LGBT Romantic Suspense]

Compulsion by Clare London is a standalone steamy m/m contemporary romantic suspense novel, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Dreamspinner Press.

This is being offered free to promote the (apparently final) RT Booklovers Convention 2018 running through May 20th, with an accompanying store-wide discount sale promotion (details on front page of webstore).

The story is set in Brighton, England, starring a university dropout whose casual hotspot encounter with a member of the club’s management team turns into something both emotionally and physically risky, as less-than-scrupulous business practices catch up with them and his new lover may not be an entirely innocent partner.

Offered worldwide through May 19th until midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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