[Free eBook] Colors by Russell J. Sanders [YA LGBT Drama Novel]

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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[Free eBook] The English Bible and the Seventeenth Century Revolution by Christopher Hill [17th C British Sociocultural History]

The English Bible and the Seventeenth Century Revolution by the late British author Christopher Hill, an historian specializing in 17th century England and a former Master of Oxford University’s Balliol College, is a 1sociocultural and political history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1993 by Penguin Books.

The book provides an in-depth historical overview of the social, cultural, and political impact of the ready availability of English-language translations of the Bible to the commoner masses in the 17th century in Britain (a then-radical change from the Latin and Greek versions only readable by the educated upper classes and clergy), in the form of topical chapters covering the differing versions printed, and then addressing its revolutionary influence on everyday society, literature, conflicts with assorted religious movements and the ensuing English Civil War, philosophical arguments and approaches towards poverty and liberty, and other aspects of post-Reformation British life.

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[Free eBook] The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle [Award-Winning Lovecraftian Historical Horror]

The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle is a standalone historical horror remix novella, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Tor Books imprint.

This is their featured free eBook of the Month Club offer for October and won the 2016 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novella, and was also a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, British Fantasy, and World Fantasy Awards, and is apparently in development for an AMC television series. I read it for Hugo Voting last year, and rather liked it; enough so that I bought some of the author’s unrelated sfnal novels when they went on sale.

The story is a subversive riff on H. P. Lovecraft’s 1927 tale The Horror at Red Hook about the dark occult underbelly of a Brooklyn neighbourhood, retelling its events from the perspective of a young black street musician from Harlem who becomes involved with the plans of an eccentric white millionaire seeking to raise the Great Old Ones.

Offered through October 12th at 11:59 PM Eastern Time, available DRM-free to Canada & US only directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Only For A Night by Naima Simone [Contemporary Erotic Romance]

Only For A Night by Naima Simone is the 1st novella in the The Lick series of f/m contemporary erotic romance, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Entangled: Scorched imprint.

The series is centred around three friends who grow up working for the Irish mob in Boston, and who are now co-owners of a fashionable aphrodisiac club, which turns out to be the perfect place to explore various fantasies.

This story is a second chance reunion romance between one of the owners and the “good girl” from his past, now a widow ready to move on from a repressive marriage and ready to experiment with an old flame, who makes her a time-limited offer she can’t refuse. NB: According to a reader review, apparently this contains a few m/f/m scenes.

Offered worldwide, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Half a Loaf by James Holding [Pulp Mystery/Crime Short]

Half a Loaf by the late James Holding, one of the authors behind the “Ellery Queen” shared pseudonym, is a self-contained short story in the The Photographer series of pulp mystery/crime thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press. as one of their sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Community for vintage pulp mystery/crime thriller reprints.

This was originally published in 1980 in the May issue of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine magazine. The series is set in Brazil, starring Manuel Andradas, a hitman who disguises himself as a photographer.

This story sees him struggling with a conflict of interest when his next assigned target, a kindly doctor, treats his injuries after a seeming accident.

Offered worldwide through October 15th (probably), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Divining Divas: 100 Gay Men on their Muses [LGBT Poetry Tribute Anthology]

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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[Free eBook] Ravenmoon by Peter Tremayne [Irish Myth-Based Historical Fantasy]

Ravenmoon by British author Peter Tremayne, perhaps best known as the author of the popular Sister Fidelma historical mystery series, is a standalone irish mythological historical fantasy novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1988 by Methuen, and is based upon the Irish mythological tale of The Expulsion of the Déisi from “Cycles of the Kings”, an 8th century narrative about the fictional history of a powerful social group in Ireland’s Early Middle Ages, apparently made up to provide a mythical noble origin for their descendants as heirs to a displaced royal dynasty.

The story is a loosely-adapted fantasy version strongly inspired by the original, recasting it in even more magical ancient times full of heroes, gods, and creatures from the Otherworld, as a boy is born to the Dèsi clan under the curse that he will drive his people out of their land, and the adventures that follow as they flee Eire and the High King’s wrath.

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[Free eBook] Aces’ Twilight: The Air War in the West – 1918 by Robert Jackson [WWI Military Aviation History]

Aces’ Twilight: The Air War in the West – 1918 by Yorkshire-born British author Robert Jackson, a former pilot turned prolific author of military & aviation thrillers and history, is a WWI military aviation history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1988 by Little, Brown and Company’s Sphere imprint.

The book is a narrative nonfiction-styled history of the rise in prominence of aerial warfare and the development of the profession of fighter pilot near the end of World War I, as the newly-formed British Royal Air Force began a shift in focus from the individual tactics of various famous air aces’ victories to more group-oriented strategies.

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[Free eBook] A Question of Ethics by Jacob Holding [Vintage Mystery/Crime Short]

A Question of Ethics by the late Jacob Holding, one of the authors behind the “Ellery Queen” shared pseudonym, is the 1st short story in the The Photographer series of pulp mystery/crime thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press. as one of their sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Community for vintage pulp mystery/crime thriller reprints.

This was originally published in 1960 in the September issue of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine magazine.

The series stars Manuel Andradas, a Brazilian hitman who disguises himself as a photographer (and is apparently one of the author’s best-known characters). This story is set in Rio de Janeiro, and sees him beginning to question an assigment upon meeting the target, who doesn’t seem to be quite what his employer claims.

Offered worldwide through October 9th (probably), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Magic Fell by Andi Van [YA LGBT Fantasy]

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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