[Free eBook] Coco Chanel Saved My Life by Danielle F. White [Chick-Lit Fashionista Novel with Romantic Comedy]

Coco Chanel Saved My Life by Danielle F. White, a pseudonym for Italian author Daniela Farnese is the 1st novel in her Chanel trilogy of chick-lit fashionista dramedy with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of Head of Zeus’ Aria imprint for digital first publications by newer and translated authors.

This was originally published in 2015 by Italian publisher Newton Compton as Via Chanel N˚5, and is translated by Thomas de Camillis. The series is set in Milan, Italy, and stars a fashionista who takes inspiration from the iconic French designer to help her through assorted life crises in style.

This beginning sees her arriving in Milan to join her boyfriend, only to discover he has left her for another woman, and decides to carry on with life in Italy anyway, throwing herself into the chic Milanese social scene with a stylish vengeance.

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[Free eBook] The King’s Bed by Margaret Campbell Barnes [Tudor Historical Drama with Romance]

The King’s Bed by the late English author Margaret Campbell Barnes, is her vintage standalone historical personal drama novel with strong f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1961 by Macdonald & Co. The novel is set in medieval England, taking place during the transition from the Wars of the Roses under Richard III to the Tudor ascension under the future Henry VII.

The story centres around a young woman of commoner birth, who is swept up in turbulent events of the years going by as she becomes enamoured of a young man who is closely involved with them due to a lingering secret which may prove to endanger their lives as well as chance of happiness. NB: Unless you want to be spoiled for the charater’s mysterious secret, which is a pretty significant reveal, avoid reading the customer reviews.

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For seventeen-year-old Tansy Marsh, life centres upon her father’s inn, The White Boar, in Leicester.

Richard III sits upon the throne of England, and all seems well.

But the threat of the would-be usurper, Henry Tudor, looms like a gathering storm. And soon the eye of that storm is uncomfortably close to Tansy, disrupting her reassuringly ordinary life.

Once King Richard is defeated, that life becomes even less ordinary.

For Tansy has met Dickon Broome, the man who will change her existence forever.

And while life goes on under the Tudor, Dickon has particular reason to bear a grudge.

Meanwhile in Leicester, Tansy’s beloved father dies, and she is left at the mercy of her self-absorbed, self-interested stepmother.

Until her stepmother also dies, in a most horrible way, and Tansy finds herself terrifyingly close to the centre of that drama.

It soon becomes clear that there is nothing more for Tansy in her childhood home. She travels to London, to Dickon, and to a future that will be marked by some of the most noted events in England’s history.

For Dickon, Broome is not quite all that he seems, and the quality that sets him apart forces him to take some difficult decisions; decisions that affect Tansy as much as himself.

While the couple seems happy, Dickon’s secret has the power to destroy them. Will he allow that to happen, or will he come to terms with some of the nation’s most famous historic events, and live out a quiet and happy life with his beloved Tansy?

Only one man can decide.

[Free eBook] The Reluctant Madonna by Marguerite Steen [Vintage 1920s Literary Novel]

The Reluctant Madonna by the late English author Marguerite Steen, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature whose works enjoyed a period of popularity in the 1930s and 1940s, is her vintage standalone literary personal drama novel with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1929 by Cassell & Co.

The story takes place in London during the 1920s and explores tensions and expectations in an aristocratic woman’s personal and family life, as an isolated “perfect” wife estranged from her husband finds herself being targeted by her son’s ambitious love interest, a sometime artist’s model who sees an opportunity to secure her future when the mother becomes attached to painter commissioned to produce her portrait.

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[Free eBook] Boystown: Three Nick Nowak Mysteries by Marshall Thornton [Award-Nominated LGBT 1980s Historical Mystery]

Boystown: Three Nick Nowak Mysteries by Marshall Thornton, a Lambda Literary Award-winning novelist and screenwriter, is the 1st book in his Boystown series of gritty retro-historical private investigator mystery/crime thrillers with m/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of the author himself.

This was originally published in 2011 by now-defunct LGBT specialty publisher Torquere Press, and was a finalist for the 2012 Lambda Literary Awards in the Gay Mystery category. The series is set in Chicago during the 1980s and stars an ex-cop turned hard-boiled PI.

This installment contains 3 novella-length adventure cases in which he solves assorted crimes, even as he explores uneasy relationships with other men he meets in the course of investigation. NB: the cover image has some mild artistic nudity which may be NSFW depending on workplace, if someone’s browsing over your shoulder.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through August 8th, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Just Haven’t Met You Yet by Cate Woods [Chick-Lit Comedy with LGBT Romance]

Just Haven’t Met You Yet by British author Cate Woods is her chick-lit personal discovery novel with strong romantic comedy elements (both f/m and f/f), free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Quercus.

This was last week’s featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store, but is still free at the moment in multiple stores.

The story is centred around humorously exploring the meaning of interpersonal relationships, as a woman with a seemingly idyllic life is approached by an up-and-coming “soulmates” company to test out their perfect match data, which apparently leads to some surprising personal revelations, given that she’s already in a relationship. NB: The reviews say this was full of twists and had a surprising ending, so it may not necessarily end in a standard romantic HEA with either the f/m or f/f love interests. YMMV.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting [YA Paranormal Fantasy Mystery with Romance]

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting is the 1st novel in her The Body Finder series of young adult paranormal urban fantasy with strong f/m romantic suspense elements, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’ Harper Teen imprint.

This is a contemporary urban fantasy series starring a teenaged heroine has an unusual secret ability to sense the dead bodies of people and animals who have been killed. This installment is a suspenseful one which pushes her into trying to actively use her abilities to catch a serial killer, with the help of her best friend who has a crush on her, while trying not to become the killer’s next victim.

Offered in the US only, available at multiple retailers (previously only free @ B&N the last time around).

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[Free eBook] A Candle in the Sun by Marguerite Steen [Vintage 1960s Spain Literary Novel]

A Candle in the Sun by the late British author Marguerite Steen, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature whose works enjoyed a period of popularity in the 1930s and 1940s, is her vintage literary fiction drama novel with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Odyssey imprint.

This was originally published in 1964 by Longmans, Green & Co Ltd.

This coming-of-age story is set in Granada, Spain, where the teenaged daughter of eccentric parents, both engaged in affairs with colourful characters, strives to find happiness and balance in an unsteady world, even as her turbulent experiences within her own friendship circle seem to parallel those of her elders.

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[Free eBook] Stealing Mr. Right by by Tamara Morgan [Heist Mystery/Thriller with Romantic Suspense]

Stealing Mr. Right by Tamara Morgan is the 1st novel in her Penelope Blue series of mystery/heist/chase thrillers with strong f/m romantic suspense elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Sourcebooks’ Casablanca imprint.

The series stars a secret cat burglar who is married to an FBI agent who does not (yet) know what she is, and apparently future installments see them pursuing other thieves together. This one begins their flirtatious cat-and-mouse adventures as she takes advantage of his professional connections to keep one step ahead of the law, even as he is trying to catch the elusive jewel thief.

Offered worldwide through August 3rd as part of a special series-introductory promotion, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Trysts: A Triskaidecollection of Queer and Weird Stories by Steve Berman [LGBT Fantasy & Horror]

Trysts: A Triskaidecollection of Queer and Weird Stories by Steve Berman, a Shirley Jackson and Lambda Literary Award-nominated editor and author, is a collection of 13 speculative fiction short stories about supernatural encounters, free again courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

This was a double-nominee in two categories for the 2002 Spectrum Awards recognizing LGBT-themed works of speculative fiction, and includes dark & urban fantasy and psychological horror stories reprinted from Strange Horizons magazine and other genre outlets.

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[Free eBook] The Visitor by Evey Brett [LGBT Gothic Fantasy Suspense with Romance]

The Visitor by Evey Brett is her standalone gothic dark fantasy suspense short with possible m/m romantic elements, free again for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

The story stars a man unable to remember how he came to be wandering injured and alone, who gets taken in by the obligatory mysterious local manor with lurking secrets as he slowly unravels whatever is going on. NB: despite the references to “tender, erotic comfort” and “man he’s forbidden to love” in the blurb, this story is actually only filed under the Dark Fantasy and Gay Fiction categories at Amazon and none of the actual romantic and/or erotic romance ones, so YMMV if you were hoping for a steamy supernatural love story with an HEA.

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