Week 50: Shortbread and Shadows by Amy Lane

2020-05-01: Continued hiatus. Due to medical expenses related to my surgery, medical leave, and ongoing treatment, the Queer Joy Giveaway continues to be on hold until further notice. I hope to resume the weekly practice at some point over the summer, finances allowing. Thank you for your patience and understanding! ~Anna 

2020-03-27: On hiatus. I have had to take some unexpected medical leave for surgery and because of that am putting the Queer Joy Giveaway on hold until Saturday, May 1st (extended from the previous date of April 3rd). Thank you for understanding! ~Anna 

On the first Saturday after Massachusetts declared a state of emergency due to COVID-19, in March 2020, 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.

Original Twitter thread here.

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.

How it Works

The giveaway guidelines are simple:

  • Each Saturday, 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 feministlibrarian@gmail.com.
  • 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.

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.

Co-sponsors: If you’re interested in sponsoring copies of upcoming titles, shoot me an email at feministlibrarian@gmail.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.

The Titles


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.

August 15: He’s Come Undone: A Romance Anthology by Emma Barry, Olivia Dade, Adriana Herrera, Ruby Lang, and Cat Sebastian.
Co-sponsored by hazmatilda

August 22: The Mage on the Hill (Web of Arcana #1) by Angel Martinez.
Co-sponsored by Stephanie Richmond

August 29: Hexbreaker (Hexworld #1) by Jordan L. Hawk.
Co-sponsored by Lauren Leslie

September 5: Edge of Nowhere (Nowhere #1) by Felicia Davin.
Co-sponsored by Anoymous donor 

September 12: Proper English (England #2) by K.J. Charles.
Co-sponsored by Anoymous donor

September 19 & 26: Small Change (Small Change #1) by Roan Parrish.

October 3rd: The Mysterious & Amazing Blue Billings (Black & Blue #1) by Lily Morton. 

October 10th: Undertow (Widdershins #8.5) by Jordan L. Hawk. 
Co-sponsored by Anonymous donor

October 17th: Nine Years of Silver (Love Has Claws #1) by Parker Foye.

~ gap week 10/24 ~

October 31st: Best Laid Plaids (Kilty Pleasures #1) by Ella Stainton &
Nothing More Certain (Familiar Spirits #3) by R. Cooper.
Co-sponsored by PSMH and Ella Stainton.

November 3: A Little Familiar (Familiar Spirits #1) by R. Cooper.

November 7: Reverb (Twisted Wishes #3) by Anna Zabo.
Co-sponsored by Kayci Wyatt

November 14: Hold Me (Cyclone #2) by Courtney Milan.

November 21: Immortal City (Sacred Dark #2) by May Peterson.  

November 28: The Doctor’s Discretion by E.E. Ottoman. 

December 5: Iron & Velvet (Kate Kane, Paranormal Investigator #1) by Alexis Hall. 

December 12: Corruption (The Bureau #1) by Kim Fielding.

December 19: Caroled (The Bureau #7) by Kim Fielding. 

December 26: The Remaking of Corbin Wale by Roan Parrish.


January 2: Tit for Tat by R. Cooper. 

January 9: Eating Stars by Angel Martinez. 

January 16: Frostbite by J. Emery. 

January 23: The Engineer (Magic & Steam #1) by C.S. Poe. 
Co-sponsored by Anonymous.

January 30: Unhallowed (Rath & Rune #1) by Jordan L. Hawk
Co-sponsored by Anonymous.

~ gap week 2/6 ~

February 13th: Magic in Manhatten #1-3 by Allie Therin.

February 20th: Shortbread and Shadows (Hedge Witches Lonely Hearts Club #1) by Amy Lane.

*A number of these are part of a series, but if they aren’t the first books in the series I’ve been careful to select titles that may be read as standalones.