Autonomous by Annalee Newitz, a journalist and founder of the popular io9 science & science fiction blog, is a standalone science fiction novel with LGBT romantic and identity 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 May is being made free to help promote the author’s upcoming new release The Future of Another Timeline, a time travel adventure thriller due in September. The novel won the 2018 Lambda Literary Award in the Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror category, and was also a finalist for the Nebula and the John W. Campbell Awards, and placed 2nd in the annual Locus Award lists.
The story is a somewhat satirical work exploring notions of servitude and autonomy in a culture where everything and everyone is considered a marketable product, taking place in a near-future mid-21st century Earth recovering from assorted disasters and dominated by corporations who control humans through drugs, centred around a anti-patent scientist turned drug pirate to help the poor with cheap generics who discovers a dangerous new medication which turns people into careless near-robotic workaholics, even as she is being hunted down for her activities by a military agent with an increasingly liberated robot partner exploring its self-expression.
Offered through May 17th at 11:59 PM Eastern Time, available DRM-free to Canada & US only directly from the publisher.
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Her Darkest Nightmare by Brenda Novak, an award-winning romance novelist, is the 1st novel in the Evelyn Talbot series of psychological suspense thrillers with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Headline’s Eternal imprint.
This is the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store. The series is set in Alaska, starring a psychiatrist in charge of a mental institution specializing in treating dangerous offenders.
This story features the past returning to haunt her, as the discovery of a mutilated body in her hometown brings back horrific memories of her then-teenaged boyfriend, a psychopathic torturer who disappeared before he could be caught.
Offered in UK and selected regions worldwide including Europe, South America and Japan (excluding North America), available at multiple retailers.
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Embrace by Australian author Jessica Shirvington is the 1st novel in the Embrace aka Violet Eden quintet of young adult paranormal urban fantasy adventures with strong f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Sourcebooks’ Fire imprint.
The quintet stars a teenager who finds out that her destiny is to be a protector of humanity against the vengeance of fallen angels in exile, eventually becoming its champion in a series of ongoing battles between good and evil.
This installment sets her up with the discovery of the rival groups of angels and their allies and her place among them, for which her kickboxing instructor has secretly been training her, and also establishes the obligatory love triangle with the enticing stranger of dubious allegiance.
Offered in Canada & US only (overseas rights are owned by a different publisher), available at multiple retailers.
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The Wolf Within by British author Pamela Belle is the 2nd novel in the Zithirian aka “Silver City” trilogy of epic fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.
This was originally published in 1995 by Pan Books and was a preliminary nominee for the BFA’s August Derleth Fantasy Award. The trilogy is set in a fantasy world where a magical empire is dominated by a a cruel ruler and plagued by political intrigues among feuding members of its decadent royalty even as external forces are massing against it over the course of decades, with each book focusing on a different generation.
This installment is a self-contained adventure with some f/m romantic elements, focusing on the bastard son of a sorcerer-King, seeking to escape his destiny of possession by a wolf-god’s bloodthirsty spirit by finding his way in the wider world among foreigners and other outcasts including a potential love from a people who’ve suffered from the Empire’s tyranny, even as his privileged past and personal responsibilities continue to haunt him.
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Damn Straight by Elizabeth Sims, a Lamdba Literary Award-winning author and regular contributor to Writer’s Digest, is the 2nd novel in the Lillian Byrd series of humorous murder mysteries with f/f romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher the author herself.
This was originally published in 2003 by LGBT specialty publisher Alyon Books, and won a Lambda Literary Award in the mystery/thriller category.
The series stars a lesbian freelance writer turned amateur sleuth who gets mixed up with zany crime cases, often set among her fellow lesbians as she tries to find true love as well as whodunnit. This case sees her drawn to a women’s golfing tournament and going undercover as a reporter to flush out whichever of the increasingly unhinged possibilities is secretly terrorizing her love interest the star athlete.
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A Knight of Spain by the late English author Marjorie Bowen, a prolific multi-genre novelist who wrote under many other pseudonyms during the early mid-20th century and had several works adapted to film, is a vintage standalone historical biographical adventure novel with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.
This was originally published in 1913 by Methuen.
The novel is set in 17th century Spain, based on the eventful life of John of Austria the Younger, an illegitimate son of Philip IV of Spain, as he engages in rivalries with his half-brothers over the attentions of a lady, only to be split apart by machinations and religious wars as Spain engages in conflicts with other countries and the royal family begins to distrust his ambitions.
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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.
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King Geordi the Great by Gent Gant is a standalone young adult contemporary teen drama novel with m/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Dreamspinner Press’ Harmony Ink imprint.
This is apparently being made free to help promote the author’s latest novel, Borrowed Boy, a standalone YA drama.
The story is a coming of age friendship/personal drama starring a gay teen learning to set boundaries for himself against others’ expectations, as he feels pressured to go along with a romance with his beleaguered best friend whose crush he doesn’t reciprocate—finding himself living a lie as the new relationship begins to escalate, when a disaster forces him to re-evaluate what kind of friend he can and wants to be.
Offered worldwide through November 27th until midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free directly from the publisher, and also 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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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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