Free Book Friday: Angels and Apples

Welcome to Free Book Friday! Today’s FREE books at Amazon are as follows:

Angels and Airheads

Ricky has been secretly in love with his best friend Jez forever, but he’s never dared confess his feelings because he thinks Jez is too high-class for him. One evening, while sharing a quiet evening with Jez, a mysterious angel, Madred, appears and tries to persuade Ricky to take a chance on love.

Too bad Ricky doesn’t believe in angels. Madred is forced to take desperate measures in an attempt to show the reluctant Ricky the truth. When the angel leaves, can Ricky find the courage to declare himself to Jez, and what will happen to their friendship if he does?

Download this book for FREE today only!

The Apple Picker’s Daughter

Born in the 1960s on a UK apple farm, Clare Rivers is a girl out of time, living in a family and a world that makes little sense to her. Determined to carve out her place somehow, and with her deep love of her father to see her through, Clare begins a unique journey to discover the reasons for her own existence. If she can. However, accompanied by the oddities of family, school and the strange lyrical life of the apples, can Clare really find a place within herself to call home?

This novel will appeal to lovers of rural life, recent history and a child’s quirky but clear-sighted view of the adult world.

Download this book for FREE until Saturday!

Happy reading!

Anne Brooke Books
Gay Reads UK
The Gathandrian Trilogy

FREE Book Friday: TWO Epic Fantasy Novels

Welcome to Free Book Friday. This week, I am giving away TWO books from The Gathandrian Trilogy and the details are below:

Hallsfoot’s Battle

This book is the second in the Gathandrian Fantasy series and is the sequel to The Gifting.

The battle for survival has merely begun and the Mind Executioner’s defeat is only temporary. Annyeke Hallsfoot, Acting Elder of Gathandria, must join forces with Simon the Scribe in a tenuous alliance to fight for their survival. However, Simon is distracted by his own personal demons, giving Annyeke no choice but to plot a desperate strategy to defeat the enemy.

When the Mind Executioner kidnaps Simon and raises an army from the dead, all hope appears to be lost. Both Annyeke and Simon, with the help of the mysterious mind-cane and the magical snow-raven, are determined to stay alive and, if possible, to win.

Download this book for FREE!

The Executioner’s Cane

The Executioner’s Cane is the final book in the Gathandrian Trilogy fantasy series. The first two books are The Gifting and Hallsfoot’s Battle.

Simon Hartstongue, accompanied by the mind-cane and the snow-raven, must travel back to the land he came from to offer support to the people he once tried to kill. From Gathandria, Annyeke Hallsfoot endeavours to help him but her attentions are focused on rebuilding the city after the wars.

Alone and faced with the anger of his people and hindered by the fragility of Ralph Tregannon’s leadership, Simon has to find a way to bring healing to a dying country and to renew his relationship with Ralph. But the odds and time itself are stacked against him.

Download this book for FREE!

I hope you have a lovely weekend, and stay warm!

Anne Brooke Books
The Gathandrian Trilogy
Gay Reads UK

Free Book Friday: Apples and Gifts!

Welcome to Free Book Friday! This week, I once again have two free books, as below:

The Apple Picker’s Daughter

Born in the 1960s on a UK apple farm, Clare Rivers is a girl out of time, living in a family and a world that makes little sense to her. Determined to carve out her place somehow, and with her deep love of her father to see her through, Clare begins a unique journey to discover the reasons for her own existence. If she can. However, accompanied by the oddities of family, school and the strange lyrical life of the apples, can Clare really find a place within herself to call home?

This novel will appeal to lovers of rural life, recent history and a child’s quirky but clear-sighted view of the adult world.

Reviews from Amazon:

“A delightful and intriguing tale of a child who feels herself ‘different.'”

“The only way to absorb Anne Brooke’s gift of a child’s perception of the world is to read the book. It is a joy!”

“Because of the way that this book is written it can be enjoyed by both adults and children.”

Download this book for free here!

The Gifting

Simon Hartstongue is a mind-reader, and branded a coward and a murderer. When his overlord and lover Ralph Tregannon turns against him, he is forced to embark on a treacherous journey to the distant and magical land of Gathandria in order to save his country and his own soul. During a series of terrifying trials, Simon must encounter the trickery of the deadly Mind Executioner and the secret dealings of those he ought to trust.

The Gifting is an Awesome Indies novel, and is showcased at the Awesome Indies website.

Reviews:

“The Gifting is a unique fantasy where mental and physical worlds merge in a flight of unrestrained imagination. Unlike much fantasy I’ve read lately, this book soars with hope. It’s a story of redemption gained through a mystical journey through earth, air, fire and water that tests the deepest recesses of a man’s soul.” (Awesome Indies Reviews)

“The Gifting is merely the introduction to the Gathandrian Trilogy; it’s a big world, filled with intrigues and magic, loss and redemption. It’s a fantastical place where almost anything is possible, where a coward can become a hero, where the promise for more excitement and enchantment are guaranteed, and I look forward to seeing where Anne Brooke will take us next, as well as discovering what Simon’s future holds.” (Top2Bottom Reviews)

Download this book for free here!

Happy reading, and have a great Friday!

Anne Brooke Books
The Gathandrian Fantasy Trilogy

Blog 76: Beware! Pointless marketing advice for writers

Ho hum, I really don’t think much of the  book marketing advice from some high-selling author or other to use the Kindle Countdown facility in Amazon. I usually do manage to shift three or four books at least when I put a Free Book offer up on site, but I’ve had my short story collection The Singing Road and Other Stories on the Kindle Countdown for the last week at her advice at the discount price of 99 cents and it’s sold ….

…. absolutely nothing.

So I don’t think I’ll be doing that again, eh! Or indeed listening to the aforementioned author. I do have a couple more Kindle Countdowns on other books in the offing, so I suppose I’ll let them run and see what happens, because I’m just too exhausted to change anything – but I’m not holding out much hope. At least with the Amazon Free Books facility, I do manage to shift some stock (as it were) even though I don’t get paid for it. Then again, not getting paid for my books is my default position, so at least I’m used to it!

Anne Brooke Books
Gay Reads UK
The Gathandrian Fantasy Trilogy

Blog 70: FREE Comic Romance – Rosie by Name

Comic romance Rosie by Name is FREE at Amazon today and tomorrow only – so hurry along to make your weekend naughty but nice!

Rosie (AKA Alison) works at a high-class escort agency as a receptionist. When her boss asks her to be the special birthday present for his favourite nephew, she can’t help but agree. The boss is the boss after all.

However an evening of surprises, unexpected parents and even the odd spider awaits her. By the end of the night, will she have fulfilled her mission or is her potential pay-rise nothing but a distant dream?

Reviews:

“Rosie by Name is a light, easy read, and with plenty of Anne Brooke’s original metaphors and similes to keep you entertained until the twist in the tale.” (From a  5-star review at Amazon)

“Rosie By Name is funny and tongue-in-cheek. Just what I needed. It made me smile and I laughed at the ending.” (From a 4-star review at Amazon)

Happy reading!

Anne Brooke Books
Gay Reads UK
The Gathandrian Fantasy Trilogy

Blog 55: New children’s book – buy one get one free!

I’m happy to announce that my latest children’s book (under my Lori Olding pseudonym) is Queen of the Fluffy Pens and this book is published today by Untreed Reads!

Queen of the Fluffy Pens, Queenie, is keen to move her beloved brood across their owner’s kitchen to be nearer the window. Life will be wonderful there as they’ll have lots of space and sunshine to enjoy. First, however, Queenie has to learn how to fly. Once she’s mastered that skill, she and her two friends, Betsy and Tanya, set out on their epic journey. On the way, they encounter a very strange fly indeed, a friendly bee and a frightening hornet. They also learn something very important about the value of friendship. Can they survive their great adventure, and will their new home be all they’ve hoped for?
Recommended for ages 6-9.

Here’s an extract for you:

She stood nine inches high with her tiara and she was without a doubt the best of her breed. The label hanging from her glittery pink neck and resting on her pink fluffy body told anyone who cared to read it that she was the “Queen of Fluffy Pens.”
It was a title she was very proud of. She took great pleasure in reminding her fluffy pen friends of its importance if she felt they might have forgotten it. This was for their own good, of course. Queenie (as she was known to the same friends) always took her responsibilities seriously.
“You see,” she was saying now, as they gathered around her, fluffy feathers fluttering out and bright glitter glistening. “You see, we need to take matters under our own wing and we need to have an adventure.”
Five pairs of eyes looked back at her and then, as if they were of one mind, they all blinked and looked at each other. And then at her again.
Queenie waited. She was good at doing this. Leading a group of fluffy pens of very different natures had taught her the art of being still. Sometimes her charges needed time to think. While she waited, she gazed round at her closest friends. First of all, there was George, with his red, white and blue feathers, and the Union Jack he always carried in his beak. She loved his patriotism, especially in the Jubilee Year, but the flag did make it difficult for him to talk.
Next to him stood Dizzy Duck. She was the only duck in a group made entirely of chickens, but they loved her anyway. Queenie was a great believer in the truth that just because someone was different didn’t mean they couldn’t be friends. Dizzy was very funny, but a bit scatty every now and then. Her feathers were purple and spiky and glittery all at the same time, and she could always be spotted in a crowd. This could be very useful.
Then Queenie smiled at Marmaduke. He was the brainy one in her flock, though more often than not he tended to be serious. His feathers were curly and bright orange, so he wasn’t very good at hiding. Never mind being spotted in a crowd, Marmaduke could be spotted on a dark night when there was no moon. Occasionally this could be useful too.
There were two more in her close set but, as everyone knows, birds can only count up to three, so Queenie couldn’t look at anyone else yet. Besides, George was squeaking, and Marmaduke was trying to make out what he was saying.
“Will there be tea and sandwiches?” he asked her around his flag, his accent so posh that only those born and brought up in the southern counties of England could understand him. It was just the way he was made. There was nothing to be done about it …

Not only that, but as a special discount offer, if you buy one Lori Olding book direct from Untreed Reads, then you get another absolutely FREE! Happy reading!

Blog 50: FREE gay erotic romance – The Rain Maker

Gay erotic story The Rain Maker is now published as a FREE book from Amber Quill Press!

A man stands alone in a deserted pub courtyard. His boyfriend has left him and his relationship is truly over. But, in the midst of his loneliness, a stranger appears, a stranger who won’t allow himself to be seen, but who has a deep affinity with the rain and who offers irresistible comfort.
Can one night of passion change everything?

Here’s an extract for you:

The stranger kept on stroking my backside as the warm rain fell, kissing me gently from time to time, but never once removing his fingers from my skin. Unexpectedly I groaned and leant against the wall for support. His hand and tongue came with me as I offered up my back for his use.
“That’s it,” he said. “That’s good. Let me have my way and neither of us will go far wrong. You’re the most beautiful man I’ve seen for a long time, and I couldn’t let the opportunity of enjoying each other’s company vanish. That would be a waste, and in Nature nothing is ever wasted.”
I had no real idea what he meant, but my body vibrated to his touch in a way it hadn’t for a long time.
“Who are you?” I asked him, my voice no more than a groan. “I mean really.”
“Does it matter?” he replied, oh so reasonably. “Your body already knows who I am.”
I thought it did, too, but again I didn’t understand it. Not one iota. I hadn’t seen the man’s face, and I didn’t recognize his voice, or anything else about him. But somehow I knew him; I knew who he was in a way I couldn’t fathom.
Meanwhile, he had reached the top of my jeans in his intent ministrations to my body. I hoped he might slip a finger beneath the cotton and down into the crack of my arse, but he didn’t. Instead, he began to work his way up again, this time taking in my arms and shoulders. Rather than the disappointment I thought I should be feeling, a warm glow began to spread from the depths of my belly upward through my chest and arms, and down into my cock and even my legs.
I swore I felt different. Even the rain was blending with the rising heat coming up from my skin, making the touch of the man’s fingers more heated and more deliberate. I felt washed—maybe even cleansed—rather than soaked through. My damp skin was an invitation for him to track his need across my body and, with it, to echo my own.
Nobody had ever touched me like this before…

Download the ebook in the format of your choice for FREE at Amber Quill Press. Happy reading!