Sunday, September 29, 2013

Free books and freshers

Book News:

Romantic short story, Dido's Tale, is now FREE at Smashwords and All Romance Ebooks, and also available at Amazon. Here's the blurb:

When shipwreck brings the legendary Lord Aeneas to her shores, Queen Dido finds herself first puzzled and then enchanted by the mysterious stranger. Enchantment turns inevitably to a passionate love which Aeneas returns in full, and the two different nations begin to merge into one as she teaches him the ways of her people.

When the gods demand Aeneas' return to his mission, how will he respond, and what price is Dido willing to pay to change fate?

There's already a 5-star review at Goodreads (many thanks, Fred) which includes the following:

"What emerges is a remarkable portrait of a woman with a will and sense of duty as strong as any man's, and the complexity of sexual identities and gender roles."

In other news, gay thriller A Dangerous Man is now available as a paperback at Amazon US, and Maloney's Law has become a bestseller at All Romance Ebooks, well gosh.

Gay-themed fantasy, The Executioner's Cane, has also just passed its 100 downloads marker at Free Ebooks, so that's nice news.

Here are some poems of the week:


The morning hums
with spiders,
thick white webs
casting shadows
on damp earth

and I am again
entangled by autumn’s
quiet expectation,
in the air’s soft thrum.


The brush and shuffle
of the working day

dance around me
as I sit and sway

my fingers to the sound
of the keyboard’s call

to make something of nothing
or nothing at all.


The horses returned
just when we thought
they wouldn’t:

galloping hooves
sparked light,
startling butterflies

and flashes of green
from the waiting earth.
They dance

in the sun,
framed by sky
and autumn glow.

Life News:

It's Move In Weekend at the University, so I spent yesterday answering a variety of questions in the Student Services Centre. My colleague Ruth and I are also helping out with the Information Point during Welcome Week from tomorrow, so it's going to be hugely busy. Nice to have a new set of students in though - from yesterday's influx, they seem very keen indeed.

As a result, I didn't have time to make any cake this weekend, but K nobly stepped into the breach and made Victoria Sponge cake, and home-made tomato chutney. What a super-hero!

Have a great week.

Anne Brooke
Gay Reads UK
Free Fiction
The Gathandrian Trilogy
Biblical Fiction UK

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