Witchmark by C. L. Polk is the 1st novel in the The Kingston Cycle series of historical fantasy with strong m/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Tor Books.
This is their featured free eBook of the Month Club offer for February and is offered to help promote the upcoming 2nd novel, Stormsong, which will be released this summer. This first novel named in various 2018 lists for “Best Books of the Year” by NPR, Publishers Weekly, and The Chicago Review of Books, among others.
The series takes place in an alternate early 20th century where an England-analogue country is recovering from a magical WWI, and witches are second-class citizens exploited for their gifts in a land controlled by the nobility. This story is an intrigue-filled romantic suspense case, as a surgeon hiding his healing gift and his past at a war veteran’s hospital is convinced to jointly investigate the murder of a witch patient brought in by a handsome detective on the trail of a poisoner, which in turn leads to the discovery of a dangerous secret, even as his estranged sister tries to convince him to return to the ambitious noble family he fled.
Offered through February 15th at midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free to Canada & US-only directly from the publisher.
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Judgment by Mary Calmes is a standalone m/m paranormal time travel romance short story, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Dreamspinner Press.
This was part of the 2012 “Time is Eternity” Daily Dose series of themed short stories by multiple authors.
The story stars a guardian tasked with patrolling cracks in time and fixing history, whose latest assignment is tracking his previous partner and best friend gone rogue, who is now pre-emptively targeting his future husband in the past.
Offered worldwide through February 14th until midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free directly from the publisher.
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Lessons for Suspicious Minds by British author Charlie Cochrane is the 10th 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 2013 by Riptide 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 case takes place in 1909 in the English countryside at the obligatory stately manor of a family friend, where the sleuth couple soon find themselves embroiled in investigating two apparently unrelated suicides, trying to determine the connection between them while also keeping their host’s servants from discovering their own forbidden connection.
Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.
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Luna: New Moon by Belfast-resident British author Ian McDonald, a recipient of the Hugo, Theodore Sturgeon, and Philip K. Dick Awards, is the 1st novel in the Luna trilogy of futuristic science fiction, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Tor Books.
This is their featured free eBook of the Month Club offer for December and was nominated for the British Science Fiction Association’s annual BFSA Award for Best Novel, and won the LGBT-focused Gaylactic Spectrum Award. The series takes place in the near-future on a colonized Moon with a sexually-liberated and technologically-advanced society, which is dominated by an industrial cabal known as the Five Dragons which engages in cut-throat competition and political intrigue.
This story is centred around the clash between the old guard of the Moon’s corporate families and an up-and-coming would-be dynasty which has secured a precarious place of dominance in the helium industry, and must fight its enemies within and without, as the family must defend itself not only against the intrigues of rival corporations, but also the ambitions of its own members.
Offered through December 14th until just before midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free to Canada & US only directly from the publisher.
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As a special post-holiday weekend treat, 4 m/m romance novels are offered free for a limited time, courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Dreamspinner Press.
The books are a mix of subgenres, including sfnal and romantic suspense, and are accompanied by a 40% discount sale on other titles by the featured authors, and a 35% off store-wide sale (no coupon necessary, discount automatically applied at checkout).
The announcement page with all the info can be found here: November 24th 2018 Daily Special, and the freebies are as follows:
- Sin & Seduction by Allison Cassatta, 1st in the Sin & Seduction series of contemporary romantic suspense set in the criminal underworld of New Orleans
- Guarding January by Sean Michael, a standalone contemporary erotic romance, starring the bodyguard of a rock star
- Mending the Rift by Chris T. Kal, a standalone science fiction romance set in a dystopian future where reproductive difficulties have created a subclass of “breeder” men who carry pregnancies
- Old Loyalty, New Love by Mary Calmes, 1st in the L’Ange series of contemporary paranormal shapeshifter romance, this one starring a prodigal jackal shifter torn between his old pack which is under threat, and the bodyguarding charge he’s fallen for
Offered worldwide until midnight Eastern Time on November 24th, available DRM-free directly from the publisher (requires account signup with billing address, but no payment info).
The Black Tides of Heaven by Singaporean author JY Yang is the 1st novella in the Tensorate series of hybrid science fiction/fantasy exploring social and revolutionary issues, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Tor Books.
This is their featured free eBook of the Month Club offer for November and was a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards. The series takes place in an East Asian-inspired hybrid science fantasy setting, where a ruthless Protector uses magic to maintain her dominance in a society where children grow up genderless until making their choice at adulthood, and suppressed Machinists turn to technology in the hopes of undermining the regime.
The story stars the twin children of the Protector, traded as infants to a monastery for political gain, one of whom begins displaying a gift for prophetic visions, which causes a deepening rift between the growing twins as they experience divided loyalties upon realizing the truth of their mother’s rule and make different choices at adulthood, leading one towards the rebels’ path as their sibling bond becomes increasingly strained.
Offered through November 16th until midnight Easter Time, available DRM-free to Canada & US only directly from the publisher.
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Key of Behliseth by Lou Hoffmann is the 1st novel in the The Sun Child Chronicles series of young adult portal fantasy, 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 newly-released 3rd novel, Ciarrah’s Light.
The series is a portal fantasy, starring a homeless gay teen from our world who winds up stepping through a wizard’s door into a magical fantasy realm at war. This installment sees him discovering the world’s existence and learning of his obligatory destiny and the unsuspected ties which led him there as he begins to come to terms with his new role and powers.
Offered worldwide through October 30th until midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free directly from the publisher’s webstore and also other major ebook retailers.
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Colors by Russell J. Sanders is a standalone YA LGBT coming of age teen social drama novel with strong m/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Dreamspinner Press’ Harmony Ink imprint for teen readers.
This is apparently being made free to help promote the author’s newest novel, You Can’t Tell By Looking, a standalone m/m multicultural interfaith YA contemporary romance.
The story is both a coming of age and a coming out tale, starring a high school senior who seemingly has a perfect life as a budding musical theatre star with a prestigious scholarship and a beautiful girlfriend, which is marred by a dark secret in his past, as well as upended by the arrival of a new student with whom he might become more than just friends. NB: apparently this deals with themes of abuse and intolerance.
Offered worldwide through October 16th until midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free directly from the publisher as well as selected other retailers.
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Divining Divas: 100 Gay Men on their Muses, edited by Michael Montlack, an award-winning poet and Berkley College faculty member, is an anthology of poetry written by gay men as tributes to the famous and/or fictional women who inspired them, free again for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.
This collection was named as part of the 2013 Over the Rainbow Project book list, and contains contributions by a hundred poets both established and new, including Kenyon Review Prize-winner Randall Mann, Lambda Literary Award-winner Mark Bibbins and many more, with tributes to influential women as ancient as Sappho and as modern as Lady Gaga (with a detour into pop culture with the X-Men and Buffy the Vampire Slayer et al.)
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Magic Fell by Andi Van is the 1st novel in the The Mages’ Guild trilogy of YA adventure fantasy with strong m/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Dreamspinner Press’ Harmony Ink imprint for teen readers.
This is being made free for a limited time to help promote the newly released 2nd novel, Magic Wept. The trilogy takes place in a high fantasy world where magic has been outlawed for centuries and its practice punishable by death, starring a young man who discovers his suppressed abilities and destiny to resurrect the fabled Mages’ Guild.
This installment sees him begining on his quest with the aid of his sister and a strange cat, encountering an elf journeying on a parallel quest to the human lands—drawn by mysterious dreams of someone resembling the young mage—who joins the siblings to see where they will lead.
Offered worldwide through October 2nd until midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free directly from the publisher and also standard retail stores.
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