On the first Saturday after Massachusetts declared a state of emergency due to covid-19, I decided to give away twenty-five copies of R. Cooper’s A Little Familiar novella as a way to bring good cheer to people struggling with isolation admidst social distancing and stay-at-home directives.
The giveaway has since turned into a weekly event as weeks have turned into months and we’re probably looking at a year and more of some measure of social distancing, quarantine, stress, and exhaustion. The giveaway guidelines are simple:
- On Saturday morning I post the weekly title on Twitter with the number of copies available (generally ~$25 worth has been my budget).
- Copies are given out on a first come, first served basis to those who email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- One copy of each title per requestor. You can request as many titles as you want.
- The default mode of delivery is Kindle e-book delivered as a gift via Amazon; if a reader doesn’t use the Kindle platform we work out an alternate method of delivery (I have learned a lot about how hard some platforms make it for you to buy e-books as a gift over the past four months!).
As long as our household finances can support this effort, I plan to continue this project. It’s a win-win-win as far as I’m concerned since I get to put books I love into the hands of readers, signal boosting talented creators and spreading rainbow sparkle happily ever after joy at a time when a lot of us need to be dreaming of queer futures filled with hope rather than despair.
Since we’ve hit week 20 and are approaching Tweet 100 in the giveaway thread, I’m creating this explainer post to serve as a running list of the titles I’ve featured in the giveaways so that folks who are looking for recs have a place to find them that isn’t scrolling through an endless Twitter thread.
I want to be clear, too, that this is a personal project. No publishers or authors are paying me or supplying these books in exchange for free advertising. These titles are all books I have personally read and loved, by authors whose entire body of work I encourage you to explore — most of them are wonderfully prolific and deserve all the sales! When I make my weekly selections I’m working to be mix it up in terms of relationship types and other kinds of marginalized identity rep — but I’m also sharing my faves so this list definitely skews historical, paranormal, and queer. Super not apologizing for that.
March 14: A Little Familiar (Familiar Spirits #1)* by R. Cooper.
March 21: A Little Light Mischief (The Turner Series, #3.5) by Cat Sebastian.
March 28: Widdershins (Whyborne & Griffin #1) by Jordan L. Hawk.
April 4: The Craft of Love by E. E. Ottoman.
April 11: Let Us Dream by Alyssa Cole.
April 18: A Lady’s Desire (The Townsends #2.5) by Lily Maxton.
April 25: Behind These Doors (Radical Proposals #1) by Jude Lucens.
May 2: Mrs. Martin’s Incomparable Adventure (The Worth Saga #2.75) by Courtney Milan.
May 9: Salt Magic, Skin Magic by Lee Welch.
May 16: Briarley Aster Glenn Gray.
May 23: Untamed by Anna Cowan.
May 30: Once Upon a Haunted Moor (Tyack & Frayne #1) by Harper Fox.
June 6 & 13: Hamilton’s Battalion: A Trio of Romances by Alyssa Cole, Rose Lerner, and Courtney Milan.
June 20: Once Ghosted, Twice Shy (Reluctant Royals #2.5) by Alyssa Cole.
June 27: Holly & Oak (Familiar Spirits #2) by R. Cooper.
July 4: Lord of the Last Heartbeat (The Sacred Dark #1) by May Peterson.
July 11: Spellbound (Magic in Manhattan #1) by Allie Therin.
July 18: Starcrossed (Magic in Manhattan #2) by Allie Therin.
July 25: Lord of the Last Heartbeat (The Sacred Dark #1) by May Peterson.
Co-sponsored by Stephanie Richmond**
August 1: The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics (Feminine Pursuits #1) by Olivia Waite.
August 8: Waiting for the Flood (Spires #2) by Alexis Hall.
*A number of these are part of a series, but if they aren’t the first books I’ve chosen titles that can be read as standalones.
**If you’re interested in sponsoring copies of upcoming titles, shoot me an email at email@example.com. I would be happy to be able to increase the number of copies of certain works, particularly since authors from under-represented communities often cannot afford to sell titles for really low cover prices — meaning I’m left to offer fewer of those works within my budget. Sponsors who donate $25 or more to the project get 1) a shout-out, 2) a copy of their choice of any title I have previously offered and 3) a copy of the title they sponsor.