Budget Books: Prolific Works Sweet & Steamy M/M Giveaway!

You might be familiar with Prolific Works (PW), or it’s former name, Instafreebie. In case you have never browsed a PW event, I have one to tempt you with! Click the graphic or the link below and grab some free reads by your favorite authors & some new-to-you gems in just about any sub-genre you can think of!

It’s possible to get every one of these free reads without signing up for any newsletters. Keep in mind, though, that if you enjoy the story a newsletter is the best way to find more by that author and keep up with their new releases, giveaways, & etc.

Two of my shorts are featured–Better Than New, and a sample of the first Buchanan House book. If you’ve never read one or both, now would be a great time to check them out!

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Budget Books: Entering Giveaways Part Two!

Happy Almost Valentine’s Day! ❤

If you’re reading this during Valentine’s week, I have some giveaways & a sale for you!

I’m taking part in the MM Romance Valentine’s Book Fair! Click the pic above to go to the website, check out featured books, and enter the Rafflecopter for a shot at a $50 Gift Card! $50 bucks will get you a nice amount of books! ❤

You still have time to enter the Rainbow Readers Club Valentine’s Day Giveaway too! A few clicks will get you closer to free books by Karen Stivali, Eliot Grayson, Nic Starr, CJane Elliott, Liv Rancourt, Elizabeth Noble, and me!

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Valentine’s Day Sale!

I really ❤ when authors put their books on sale, so I’m having a Valentine’s Day sale! The standalone novella Always Forward! Never Straight will be $0.99 In both the US and UK, starting now! The Kindle Countdown sale runs through 2/17, because I know some folx are busy this week. 🙂

 

 

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Budget Books: Entering Giveaways!

One way to feed a reading habit is to enter giveaways. I don’t do that much since I started publishing my own books, but I entered a LOT of giveaways in the early days of ebooks. Those free ebooks–mostly by authors I’d never heard of, let alone read before–fueled my love of reading and helped me feel less alone as a queer person in a straight world.

If you’d like to enter to win free ebooks, there are Facebook groups dedicated to giveaways and freebies in many genres. Facebook’s search bar should turn up a promising group or two.

Joining Rainbow Readers Club is also a great way to find giveaways–both public and those exclusive to the group. In fact, the group has a Valentine’s Day giveaway going now featuring MM Romances in a few sub-genres! You don’t have to be a member to enter but joining will get you more entries!

A few clicks will get you closer to free books by Karen Stivali, Eliot Grayson, Nic Starr, CJane Elliott, Liv Rancourt, Elizabeth Noble, and me!

 

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Budget Book Rec: The Ransom of a Night Hunter by Megan Derr!

This week I had an unusually difficult time deciding on a budget book to read. I perused the usual places, and hit a few websites and Facebook groups I hadn’t visited in a while, but didn’t see anything that grabbed me until I read the short blurb for this M/M Fantasy Romance:

 

All Whitney wants is to go to dinner with his boyfriend and ask him to move in with him. Instead he winds up kidnapped, a mistake for which his family will harass him relentlessly—and which his kidnappers will swiftly come to regret.

 

That hooked me fast and I zipped through this free short story, enjoying every page.

One caveat, though. I didn’t notice that it’s a sequel until after I’d finished—just goes to show that it’s important to read the whole blurb! LOL I still enjoyed and would recommend this short to anyone who’s looking for a fun and quick read, and especially if you’ve read Derr’s A Game Most Dangerous. I checked her catalog because this short made me want to read that story, but it doesn’t seem to be available at this time (at least not under that title). I hope she’ll re-release it someday because I could spend a novel with Whitney’s snark and style and be very happy doing so!

Here’s a tiny taste of why I enjoyed Whitney so much.

“Don’t look at me, sunshine,” Whitney replied. I’m just the hostage. What am I going to do just sitting here? He’s the dipshit who fell into the bars, talk to him.”

 

Find Megan Derr’s Amazon Author page here.

 

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The Ransom of a Night Hunter

All Whitney wants is to go to dinner with his boyfriend and ask him to move in with him. Instead he winds up kidnapped, a mistake for which his family will harass him relentlessly—and which his kidnappers will swiftly come to regret.

 

Author’s Note: This book is a sequel to A Game Most Dangerous

Available on Amazon & KU!

 

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Free Book Rec: King Kong vs. The Skinny Pirate by Addison Albright!

Now that NaNoWriMo is over, I have more budget book recs!

I’m reading a great MM Romance novel right now, but it was only free for a few days so it won’t work for this post. I will say, though, be sure to follow your favorite authors on social media (if you don’t already), so you can grab their free and $0.99 books while they’re on sale. My kindle is full of books my faves have kindly offered for free or $0.99. I pull one—or two!—up every week or so. These budget books really stretch my tight reading budget!

(Yes, that was a hint. If you don’t follow me already, you might want to start. It is the season for gifts! 😊)

So, today’s free book! I wanted to read a light MM Romance to balance out the angsty novel. Addison Albright is a regular contributor to Rainbow Snippets so I know she writes light-hearted stories & writes them well. That sounded like the perfect thing for this hectic week. I’m so glad I picked it up! Opposites Attract is one of my favorite tropes and the two men in this short story couldn’t be more different!

 

King Kong grinned. “Feelin’ desperate, are ya?”

 

Opposites Attract is also a trope that can be overdone easily (for me) but Albright uses a light touch with the humor. Neither man seems like a stereotype, they both feel real and multi-faceted. We only spend 17 pages with them in this Romance, but I stand by that assessment. Their flirting is original and fun, and I wanted to see them get together.

 

The beard and mustache tickled Blaine’s face, and the hair covering George’s body was incredibly stimulating.

 

This book is also steamy for such a short story! If you only have a short time to read and want to get a complete story with some smiles and sexy-times, you might like King Kong vs. The Skinny Pirate.

 

Find Addison Albright’s Amazon Author Page here.

 

If you’re a fan of light-hearted MM Romances…well, I don’t really have any of those! But if you like to intersperse your sweet-and-spicy reads with angst, you might like my books. Subscribe to my newsletter and get a free ebook so you can decide for yourself! Click here to subscribe.

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King Kong vs. The Skinny Pirate by Addison Albright

Blaine is a well-dressed, high priced attorney, and George is a hairy mountain of an auto mechanic. This odd couple meets up one evening on a slow night at a bar. The pickings are slim. Slim enough for these opposites to eyeball each other and ask themselves just how bad they want to get laid.

Pleasantly surprised by the evening’s outcome, Blaine is faced with a dilemma. Should he throw caution to the wind and pursue George, or steer clear of that unexpected distraction to his carefully structured life.

 

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Free Book Rec: LGBT First Chapter!

Hello and Happy Wednesday! My budget book rec today is another Prolific Works giveaway. I’m getting a lot of new words written for NaNo, but that’s leaving me less time for finding, reading, and recommending books!

First Chapter is an LGBT only giveaway, organized by the lovely Elouise East. Read the first chapters of one book or all 29, including Buchanan House, my USA Today Must-Read Romance! If you’ve been wondering about the book it’s a good time to give it a try (hint, hint–it is the time of year for sales!)!

Prolific Works is the only place you can get a copy of my novella Cascades~An MM Holiday Second-Chance Romance without subscribing to my newsletter, but only for a limited time. Sign up for my newsletter if you’d like so we can keep in touch, but it’s not mandatory.

Find the giveaway here.

If you’re a fan of free books but not a fan of Prolific Works, you can subscribe to my newsletter and get your copy! Click here to subscribe.

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Cascades, An MM Holiday Second-Chance Romance


 

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Free Book Rec: I Need Romance!

Hello and Happy Hump Day! My budget book rec today is another Prolific Works giveaway. I’m getting a lot of new words written for NaNo, but that’s leaving me less time for finding, reading, and recommending books!

I Need Romance! is an LGBT Romance only giveaway, organized by the lovely AJ Sherwood. Choose from 56 stories, or download them all & read for days on a budget! Look for my novella Directing Traffic among the other amazing reads.

 

Prolific Works is the only place you can get a copy of my novella Cascades~An MM Holiday Second-Chance Romance without subscribing to my newsletter. Sign up for my newsletter if you’d like so we can keep in touch, but it’s not mandatory.

Find the giveaway here.

If you’re a fan of free books but not a fan of Prolific Works, you can subscribe to my newsletter and get a free ebook! Click here to subscribe.

For more budget book recs, click here.

 

Cascades, An MM Holiday Second-Chance Romance


 

 

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Free Book Rec: Every Day is Black Friday Sale!

I’m a little late getting a budget book rec up today because I’m doing NaNoWriMo! I’m so excited to be writing again! It’s been two and a half years since my car accident and I can finally write without every word being a literal pain in the head! That means I should have some new stories for you in 2020, along with the last couple of re-releases of previously published titles! I can’t wait to share them with you!

Today, though, I want to share a Prolific Works giveaway I’m hosting through the month of November: Every Day is Black Friday! I know, Black Friday isn’t cool anymore, but choosing from 41 free LGBTQIA+ books–or reading them all!–could never go out of style.

Prolific Works is also the only place you can get a copy of my novella Cascades~A MM Holiday Second-Chance Romance without subscribing to my newsletter. Sign up for my newsletter if you’d like so we can keep in touch, but it’s not mandatory.

Find the giveaway here.

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Exclusive Excerpt: The Sorcerer’s Guardian by Antonia Aquilante!

Excerpt:

Loriot hadn’t expected the summons to the princes’ study to go as it had. Or anything close to how it had. And from the expression on Savarin’s face, he hadn’t expected Prince Philip’s edict either.

“I don’t need you to come with me.” Savarin waited to speak until they were out of the study and far enough down the corridor to be out of earshot of the guards stationed near it.

“And nevertheless, I have to go with you.” Loriot couldn’t ignore an order from Prince Philip, even if he thought the action to be an ill-advised use of his time. Any of his guards could accompany Savarin and make sure no one snuck up on him. Loriot was needed in the palace in Jumelle, not haring off after Savarin on whatever his mission was. Loriot’s mission, every day, was to keep the princes and their family safe.

“I don’t need a minder or a protector.” Savarin didn’t raise his voice, but his tone was firm, one that probably intimidated all the lesser mortals the great sorcerer dealt with. Loriot wouldn’t be intimidated.

“Prince Philip believes otherwise, and though I believe I’m needed here to ensure the safety of the royal family, I cannot disobey his order.” Even if he wanted to. He would do his duty to the prince. “The prince has made up his mind. There’s little sense in arguing with him about it.”

He didn’t add that Savarin had tried and hadn’t gotten far. He didn’t need to—the disgruntled look in Savarin’s eye told Loriot he realized that quite well.

“It’ll be a waste of your time. I can protect myself quite well should I need to. But I doubt I’ll need to, I’ve traveled in Tournai for years and never had trouble.”

“Prince Philip wasn’t downplaying the danger of bandits. There have been several attacks and sightings recently. The army is searching for them, but they can’t be everywhere at once.”

“And I can take care of myself, as I said. I don’t need you along to protect me.”

As Savarin spoke, Loriot found himself being pushed inexorably backward. But Savarin wasn’t touching him; no one was touching him. And still the unseen force pushed. Panic scraped along his nerves, and his hand twitched toward his sword, but a twitch was all he could manage. His arms were bound tight to his sides, his legs tied as well. He forced his breathing to remain even, ignored his pounding heart. He knew what this was—Savarin proving a point—and he wasn’t going to allow himself to react to it. His back collided with the wall, the force of the magic holding him against the plaster. He could think of more appealing situations in which to be pushed up against a wall, but he didn’t say that either, not to Savarin.

“Yes, fine. I see your point. You can take care of yourself, but if someone takes you unaware while you’re involved in one of your spells or not paying attention to your surroundings, they could slit your throat before you realize anyone is there. All the power in the world won’t help you then.” Loriot stared hard at Savarin, both because he wanted to get his message across clearly and because he refused to show the instinctive fear that shot through him at the magic being used against him. Even if that magic was only being used to make a point.

 

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Description:

Savarin, the most powerful sorcerer in Tournai, has honed his Talent through years of study and made magic his life. Among the wealthy and noble circles he moves in, no one would suspect the handsome, refined, and arrogant sorcerer’s humble beginnings, which is how Savarin prefers it. Tournai’s princes task Savarin with studying and strengthening the spells that protect the principality from magical attack. They are complex, centuries old, and exactly the type of puzzle Savarin is eager to solve. To his annoyance, the princes insist Loriot accompanies him.

Loriot worked his way up the ranks of the royal guard to captain and takes pride in his service. He must obey the princes’ orders to protect Savarin, despite believing his skills would be best used elsewhere. And despite his wariness of magic. UnTalented himself, he has learned not only the benefits of magic but also its potential for harm—and how to counter it. Loriot and Savarin clash during their journey, but there’s another reason for the tension between them, and passion develops into feelings neither expected. But Savarin must still fortify Tournai’s magical barrier, and his only solution endangers both him and the royal family.

 

About the Author:

Antonia Aquilante has been making up stories for as long as she can remember, and at the age of twelve, decided she would be a writer when she grew up. After many years and a few career detours, she has returned to that original plan. Her stories have changed over the years, but one thing has remained consistent – they all end in happily ever after.

She has a fondness for travel (and a long list of places she wants to visit and revisit), taking photos, family history, fabulous shoes, baking treats which she shares with friends and family, and of course reading. She usually has at least two books started at once and never goes anywhere without her Kindle. Though she is a convert to ebooks, she still loves paper books the best, and there are a couple thousand of them residing in her home with her.

Born and raised in New Jersey, she is living there again after years in Washington, DC, and North Carolina for school and work. She enjoys being back in the Garden State but admits to being tempted every so often to run away from home and live in Italy.

She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, the New Jersey Romance Writers, and the Rainbow Romance Writers.

 

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M/M Fantasy Romance

Series: Chronicles of Tournai

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Anne Cain

Release Date: November 28, 2016

 

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Book Blast & #Giveaway : Black Snow by EAB!

Excerpt:

Prologue

“LONG AGO, there was a maiden with hair black as ebony and skin as white as the snow, so that they called her Snow White. Her lips were red as the rose,” Brier’s portly nurse told him, smiling.

“And she sang and danced. And she was very beautiful,” Brier added perfunctorily.

“Indeed she was,” replied Marietta. “She was kind and comely, and all the kingdom loved her, but the queen of the kingdom was jealous and wanted to get rid of her for good.”

“How?”

“She decided to have her killed.”

“Oh no!” Brier answered, tone darkening.

“Oh yes!” cried his nurse. “She hired a huntsman to kill her in the wood and bring back her heart, so that she could keep it forever.”

Brier slid his legs up and placed his chin on his knees, enraptured in the story about the fair princess whose name was like his own.

“The huntsman did as he was told and took Snow White to the forest. As they entered the forest, they came across a field of flowers. Snow bent down to pick a bouquet of wildflowers, and the huntsman crept behind her and lifted his dagger!”

Brier gasped, horrified. “But he should not kill her!”

“He could not,” corrected the nurse, excitement alive in her eyes. “For he had fallen in love with the princess and told her of the evil queen’s plan.”

“Good gods,” Brier exhaled, relieved.

“Snow White ran,” Marietta whispered, and Brier hugged his knees more firmly. “She had to run away deeper into the woods to escape the queen’s wrath. She found herself alone in the deep, dark wood. ‘Get out… out…’ the trees whispered all around her, and she was terribly afraid. And rightly so,” the nurse added, whipping her head toward Brier almost in warning. “The dark wood is a dangerous place. She tripped and fell into a great crack in the earth. As she fell, a nearby willow’s roots seized her and pulled her under.”

“Then what happened?” Brier whispered, breath hastening.

“Then she lost hope that anyone would ever find her. She thought that she was doomed to live out her days locked in the roots of the old willow tree. Starving, thirsty, and withering away like an old winter branch. However, this could not be further from her fate. Yes, she was stuck, but a passerby heard her cries in the tree roots. He stopped in his tracks and called his brothers to come investigate. Men that wore beards and were half the size of normal men. Some might call them dwarves. Six more dwarves stopped and listened to the cries coming from the old willow. ‘Chop it down!’ the eldest brother answered. And so they did, all seven of them. They cut the tree down, and Snow White was saved.”

“Hooray!” Brier shouted as he jumped on the pillow top mattress.

“When they took her from the tree, she was dirty and exhausted. The willow had cursed her in its last effort of revenge for cutting it down. She had a scar on her neck in the pattern of a tree leaf, but she was alive, and so they brought her back to their cabin, and they mended her to good health.”

“Did she dance and sing again then, Marietta?”

“She did. And how fair she was, thought the dwarves. They spoke of her beauty to other folk who came through the wood. But then, word traveled back to the evil queen. And she was furious! She called for the huntsman, and he confessed that he could not kill Snow White. Enraged, she ordered the guardsmen to kill the huntsman, and, with his dying breath, he confessed his love for the princess.”

Brier reached over to grab a pillow off his oversized bed and squeezed. He suddenly had the feeling that the story would take a turn for the worse.

“The queen decided to finish the job the huntsman did not with a poisoned apple. She disguised herself as an ugly elderly woman, and she came to the cabin that Snow White lived in with the dwarves. She showed Snow White the apple she poisoned, bloodred and perilous, but still Snow had the urge to taste it. The princess took a bite of the apple, and when she did, she died.”

“How dreadful.” Brier shook his head. “Why should the queen hate Snow White so?” he asked, incredulous. “I do not understand.”

The nurse chuckled and smiled at him. “Shall I continue?”

“Please do, Marietta. I should like to know the ending,” Brier replied with a sad smile.

“Well,” the nurse said in a warm voice. “The queen did think that she had finally rid herself of the fair maiden, but alas, there was a crack in her black magic, one that she could not foresee. The magic of the willow was stronger than her own, and it purged the strength of her poison so that Snow White did not die but slept for many years. The prince of the neighboring land did hear of a maiden sleeping soundly in the wood on a bed of wildflowers, in the cabin of seven dwarves.”

“And, I suppose, he too was handsome!”

“He was a handsome prince, I should say, though not as handsome as you, Prince Snow.” Brier blushed through his wide smile. “He came on his white steed, and he found Snow White sleeping soundly just as the rumors had told. Indeed, she was fair, and the prince decided that he had to have her in death or in life, and so he leaned down and placed a chaste kiss to her rose lips.”

“What did happen then I wonder?”

“Then she did wake up, Prince Snow! Her eyelids fluttered open, and she rose from her bed made of daisies and baby’s breath! Oh, how happy were the dwarves and the prince. The dark magic that the queen put on Snow White fell upon herself! And she turned into the old and ugly woman she disguised herself as. The queen was so furious that she drove herself mad with rage. And so, Snow White married the prince, and the dwarves sang and danced and were happy. Princess Snow White had many children, and lived ever after.” When the story finished, the nurse stood up and helped Brier into the comforter. His eyes were heavy with sleep, but he pursed his lips and sighed.

“Did you not like the story, little prince?”

Brier bit the inside of his lip, struggling. “It is not that, Mar’, only that I feel sad for the princess.”

“And why should you? Did she not meet a happy end?” the nurse asked as she sat down on the corner of the bed.

“Mayhap,” Brier answered, considering. “But how did she come to love the prince who had only loved her for her beauty when the huntsman had loved her for her heart?”

The nurse blinked at the prince’s reply. “How indeed.”

“And the poor huntsman, who had died, rather than to disgrace himself with the blood of his beloved. ’Tis a sad story indeed, Marietta.” Brier pouted. “Although you said it was a happy end.”

“Well….” Marietta sighed, bemused. “I did not think of it in that way, little prince.” She tucked him in tighter as if swaddling a babe.

“I think that I should marry a huntsman over a prince,” Brier decided as he flopped his head into the mountain of pillows, smiling softly.

“And why not a princess?” the nurse questioned, crossing her arms.

“That is because I should like to be kissed by a huntsman,” Brier answered matter-of-factly.

 

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Blurb: Prince Brier Snow has lived in the shadow of King Snow’s exalted memory. However, his fate changes when he nears his majority and Lirend’s steward queen attempts to dethrone him by exploiting an obscure requirement in the late king’s will: a yearlong sabbatical.

Brier travels to the desolate land of Aire to train under the Ceve guild, scorned refugees of war, including their guarded leader, Roland. Brier’s skillful master unlocks hidden potential, and what begins as a dutiful bond turns into ill-fated affection. When Brier returns to the capital, he’s carrying proof of his indiscretions with Roland—and his condition grows more apparent with each passing day. An affair with the huntsman is a scandal Brier’s enemies can use against him, but the birth of an heir is a burden even Brier is not sure he can bear.

Roland Archer, a man with a murky past, is skeptical of the contract to train the prince but willing to do anything for the guild’s freedom. Despite his best intentions, he is smitten by Lirend’s future king. Roland has resigned himself to solitude, but fate has other plans—for him, for Brier, and for Lirend’s oppressed subjects. Can Roland help Brier face a power-hungry queen and a country torn asunder? Either they will bring equality to a land that desperately needs it, or they’ll be thwarted by cunning enemies and an illusory curse.

 

EAB’s BIO:

EAB is an airline steward/stewardess—depending on the day—who loves writing erotic fiction. This translates to serving Wild Turkey bourbon at 38,000 feet and writing smut at 3:00 a.m. EAB spends free-time role-playing and reading. While EAB’s true passion is writing, EAB also enjoys reaching high scores in nerdism, spending time with family (cats included), and watching anime. An East Coaster at heart, EAB loves New York’s Broadway and greasy, heartburn-inducing pizza. Feel free to drop a line or recommend some good reads! Always looking for a new book to devour!

Contact information:

E-mail:  Eabemie@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EAB-Author-Page-549015555136236/

 

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Dreamspinner

Publication Date:  11/7/16

Word Count:  162,045

 

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