FREE Book Friday: It’s All About the Women!

Welcome to Free Book Friday! Today’s selection is very much focused on women and how we see and manage our lives. Find out more below:

Rosie by Name

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?

Download this book for FREE today only!

A Brief Guide to Period Pain Management

Period pain: it can be the most excruciating agony and can really ruin your month, every month. Here then, from someone who has suffered from exactly the same problems as you do, is a list of tips and tricks on how to ease the utterly debilitating symptoms.

The wisdom in this little book will enable you to manage the agony of period pain and diminish any future bouts as they occur. It will help turn your miserable months into magical ones!

Download this book for FREE until tomorrow!

The Singing Road and Other Stories

A woman listens to the song of the road and wonders if she has the strength to stay with her husband, this time. A journalist visits the opera and discovers a bitter history of failure alongside the music. An angry young boy finds the beach is not always a place of healing, and two lovers face their last day together with something like courage.

In this collection of twelve thought-provoking stories, a variety of very different characters confront the brokenness and despair of their lives, and begin a tentative journey towards the possibility of hope. Can they ever find their way back to the people they used to be?

Download this book for FREE until tomorrow!

Have a great weekend, everyone.

Anne Brooke Books
The Gathandrian Fantasy Trilogy
Gay Reads UK

Blog 71: Book sale! The Singing Road and Other Stories

Until 14 December, literary short story collection The Singing Road and Other Stories is only 99 cents at Amazon US, so pick up a bargain today! You can also find it at Amazon UK at a seriously discounted price!

A woman listens to the song of the road and wonders if she has the strength to stay with her husband, this time. A journalist visits the opera and discovers a bitter history of failure alongside the music. An angry young boy finds the beach is not always a place of healing, and two lovers face their last day together with something like courage.

In this collection of twelve thought-provoking stories, a variety of very different characters confront the brokenness and despair of their lives, and begin a tentative journey towards the possibility of hope. Can they ever find their way back to the people they used to be?

Happy reading!

Anne Brooke Books
Tales from the Typeface: a Secretary’s Life and How to Survive It
The Gathandrian Fantasy Trilogy

Blog 19: Gay fantasy discount for TODAY only

 

Gay fantasy Tuluscan Six and the Time Circle is HALF-PRICE for TODAY only at Amber Quill Press. So hurry along and snap up a bargain today!

Here’s the blurb:

Whilst finishing up a good day’s work in the Earth Interplanetary Administration Office, Karlan Staithley is disturbed by the appearance of a strange alien called Tuluscan Six. Tuluscan tells him that in one year’s time, Earth will make contact with his people, the Lamarians, and unwittingly destroy them due to an anomaly in the planetary timelines. He, himself, has come back to warn Karlan, partly to save his people and partly as in the real timeline Karlan and Tuluscan will become lovers. Here and now, he declares his love for Karlan.
 
At first, Karlan refuses to believe him, even though he finds himself powerfully attracted to the Lamarian, but he’s eventually convinced by the in-depth knowledge Tuluscan reveals about his life—facts nobody else knows.
 
The two men join forces to try to save their futures, but can they in fact change time? And, if they do, how can their mutual passion ever survive?

And some reviews:

“…A fast pace, appealing hero, and a light, comic touch make the story a fun read.”–Obsidian Bookshelf
 
“4.5 Stars!…This short story is equal parts romantic comedy, with its snappy dialog, and space opera, and should please even those readers who normally avoid science fiction. The fast pace, clear vivid writing, and light comic touch keep the reader engaged…In addition, Tuluscan’s ability to keep Karlan flustered and off-balance is amusing. Recommended!”—Val Kovalin, Reviews By Jessewave
 
“…a short story with a light comic touch that may appeal to many readers, even those who tend to avoid science-fiction. The fast pace, comical details, and the single viewpoint from an appealing hero make for an immediately engaging reading experience…perfectly contains an ingenious plot for Karlan and his mysterious visitor to carry out, and still manages to work in a playful sex scene!” — Val, ARE Café

Happy reading!

 
Writerly confidence rating: 7

Blog 17: More rejection gloom interspersed with a dash of comic romance

Sigh. Another rejection for crime novella, The Gangster’s Wife, today, groan. Always so disheartening, but at least the buggers weren’t smug, which is quite a novelty in today’s publishing world, I have to say. Just a simple no with no frills attached, which is the best that can be expected, hey ho.

So only another 4 rejections to go and then it’s Self-Publishing City once more for me. Oh well.

Still, at least the free downloads of The Prayer Seeker at Amazon are still going strong, so free books whenever and wherever possible is obviously the way forward for the Vanishing Writer. It’s now been downloaded 511 times in August, hurrah! – I was hoping to get over 500 downloads before the end of the month, so it really feels good to have made that milestone.

Plus there’s a lovely 5-star review from the very kind Vicki Tyley (a cracking author, don’t you know …) at Amazon for comic romance Rosie by Name – thank you, Vicki.

Writerly confidence rating: 2

Blog 15: Poor Rosie and homophobia writ large

Oh well. Comic short story Rosie by Name wasn’t popular as a free download at Amazon over the weekend and I only managed to shift 19 copies. Still, it’s better than nothing, hey ho.

I also woke up to an email today from some stranger asking how I could live with myself writing both Biblical and gay erotic fiction as the two things were obviously mutually exclusive. Deep sigh. Honestly, this kind of nonsensical prejudice makes me feel very tired and, besides, why are complete strangers just so rude? Do they actually expect an answer from someone they’ve never met when their initial contact is just so judgemental? Really, sir, just take that broom out of your arse and get over yourself is what I say … I deleted the email, thinking it’s no good throwing pearls to swine and if someone doesn’t get that homosexuality is a gift from God and not a sin by now, then they’re never going to.

In the meantime, there’s no news on any of the submission fronts, but then again as these days news equal rejection, this is probably a good thing. It’s now been 7 weeks since I resubmitted the revised version of gay fantasy The Taming of The Hawk to the publishers who asked to see it again, and honestly I’m getting hugely irritated with the whole farcical rollercoaster of it all. They promised me a quick response (ho ho, as if, eh …), so I am distinctly unimpressed with that. Harrumph indeed. Give me another couple of weeks and I shall lose patience entirely and take my custom (such as it is) elsewhere, as it were.

Writerly confidence rating: 2

Blog 14: FREE fiction – comic romance

Comic romance Rosie by Name is FREE at Amazon UK and Amazon US this weekend ONLY, so hurry along to snap up your copy!

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?

Happy reading!

Blog 11: Giveaway competition: gay erotic romance

 

There are 3 copies of gay erotic romance, Entertaining the Delaneys, on offer in my latest Booklikes competition:

Since his initial encounter with the Delaney twins, Liam has found his thoughts turning back to them time and time again, and he can’t help hoping for another meeting. His chance happens one night when Mark Delaney rings, needing an evening’s entertainment.

At the Delaney residence, Liam discovers that a business associate of the twins has agreed a deal with them, and part of that deal is Liam himself. How will the evening end and will Liam be able to handle the challenges thrown at him this time?

Reviews:

“This is a well written humorous small morsel of a story with convincing characters and scorching sex … Anne Brooke has created an extremely arousing as well as especially enjoyable snippet. I adore the main characters and wish for a much longer version of them together.” [From a 5 star review at Literary Nymphs Reviews]

“What I’ve enjoyed most about both books in this series has been the cheeky humour of the first person narrator, Liam. He seems to have a knack of getting himself into awkward situations, whether it’s accidentally attacking the limo driver or being unable to stop opening his mouth and saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. He’s a likeable chap and I found myself cheering him on all the way … I also enjoyed the fact that Liam is less frightened of the brothers in this book, and more comfortable with perhaps pushing their relationship and going after what he wants. It led to some tense drama amongst the light-hearted narration, but also added a great deal to the story in terms of the connection between the three men.” [From a review at Brief Encounters Reviews]

“This short story is pure erotic fantasy escape but what sets it apart from other similar stories is the overall writing, and in particular the writing of Liam …Entertaining The Delaneys by Anne Brooke offers up another well written, witty and angst-free erotic romp, with a pinch of relatively light BDSM for spice, and is a good reading escape in particular if pressed for time.” [From a review at Three Dollar Bill Reviews]

So, head on over to Booklikes and good luck in the competition!