[Free eBook] Astounding by Kim Fielding [LGBT Sci-Fi Homage Romance]

Astounding by Kim Fielding is a standalone m/m contemporary science fiction romance novel, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Dreamspinner Press.

The story is an homage to old school science fiction publishing and genre conventions (the main characters are apparently named from Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic Martian Barsoom series, among other sfnal references), starring the editor of a struggling speculative fiction magazine who rejects a story submission from an author claiming to be a stranded alien, and gets to know him through his genre writing attempts as they embark upon a road trip that changes everything.

Offered worldwide through May 27th until midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] A Knock at the Door by Eva Hanagan [Literary Novel]

A Knock at the Door by the late British author Eva Hanagan, a novelist and writing teacher known for her social satires, is is a standalone literary fiction novel novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1982 by Constable.

The story is a sharp social commentary, centred around the conflict between a busybody neighbour determined to “welcome” the newcomer next door whether he likes it or not, and a solitary Holocaust survivor haunted by wartime memories and equally determined to protect himself from the intrusions of the outside world.

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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.

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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] 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 REPEAT] Adios Muchachos by Daniel Chavarría [Award-Winning Latin American Literary Crime Comedy]

Adios Muchachos by Cuba-resident Uruguayan author Daniel Chavarría is his award-winning comedic literary mystery novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Akashic Books, who are generously running a holiday advent calendar promotion.

This is an English-language translation of his Spanish-language novel Adiós muchachos, originally written in 1991, which won the 2002 Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original in this translated version, and is being made free again (previously offered part of as a holiday advent calendar celebration a few years ago) to promote National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs until October 15th.

The story is a zany screwball literary fiction/crime mystery hybrid, set in a post-Cold War Cuba, which embarks on a suspenseful comedy of errors as a local prostitute and a foreign businessman inadvertently cause an accidental death, which they turn into an opportunity to MAKE MONEY FA$$$T, via a clever scheme which does not exactly go as planned.

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[Free eBook] Envy of Angels by Matt Wallace [Supernatural Foodie Urban Fantasy]

Envy of Angels by Matt Wallace is the 1st novel in his Sin Du Jour series of satirical urban fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tor Books.

This is a special flash giveaway, being made free to promote the upcoming 6th novel in the series, which comes out later this year. The series is centred around the adventures of a supernatural catering company in New York City.

This story involves a foodie challenge to create a dinner with a unique ingredient for a high-stakes diplomatic banquet, under the pressure of defusing a potential war between two rival demon gangs.

Offered DRM-free through 12 PM EST on September 29th, available worldwide, directly from the publisher.

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