The post formerly known as Saturday’s post

Brainchild of Marg from Reading Adventures and Kailana from The Written World

Yes, I’m late for my Advent Tour post. The good news is … everything here is FREE! Plus…

BOOK GIVEAWAY: Read on for a chance to win a copy of Desperate Duchesses by Eloisa James. The contest ends midnight on Wednesday, January 6 AEST.

But first, something for the 2009 Blog Advent Tour, the brainchild of Marg from Reading Adventures and Kailana from The Written World. (Yes, even though it’s now Boxing Day.)

Last year, I posted links to a bunch of free stories online because hey, what’s an Advent calendar without free stuff? So in keeping with tradition, I asked tweeples and ARRA members for links to free stories online. Here they are for your holiday reading pleasure. (Thanks to everyone who sent me links!)

Free stories by Australian authors

Hellcursed by Erica Hayes – A prequel to Shadowfae, one of my favourite debut novels for 2009

Dante Rising – The Birth of a Venator by Tracey O’Hara – A prequel to Night’s Cold Kiss, Aurealis Award finalist for Best Horror Novel

Christmas Day of the Dead by Yolanda Sfetsos – Zombie/horror story set in Australia. It’s listed for 99c, but you can use the promo code 61DODholiday at checkout to get it free. You can also check out more free reads by on Yolanda Sfetsos’ website.

Free fiction by Patty Jansen (sf)

Free books by Denise Rossetti (erotic romance)

Free original fiction by Ann Somerville (m/m)

Free stories by other romance authors

Free m/m stories (mostly romance)

Ann Somerville, author and reviewer of m/m fiction, was kind enough to send me an extensive list of links to m/m stories that she would highly recommend. All except Paul Bens’ stories are romance. (Note that some of these stories contain explicit sex or violence.)

You can find more free fiction at Uniquely Pleasurable (Ann’s review site)

Free stories from publishers

Giveaway winners

Congratulations to Edie for winning a signed copy of Dark Country by Bronwyn Parry. For her most romantic Aussie couple, she nominated

this old couple who shop where I work, they have been married for forty years, they still hold hands, tease each other unmercifully and they are always trying to get the other one to take it easier, bickering the whole way, but the job gets done evenly in the end.

Seriously, that’s just too sweet.

Congratulations also to Katherine Ryan for winning a signed copy of Night’s Cold Kiss, Tracey O’Hara’s debut novel which made the Aurealis Awards shortlist. Katherine’s favourite kick-arse heroine is

Rachel Morgan from the Hollows series.  I always prefer a heroine (or hero) who’s vulnerable and powerful at the same time. She also has a habit of dressing sexily for herself, rather than others, lives in a church (so very jealous!) and has a resilience and inner strength that I associate with strong women in my life. I recognise qualities in her that I admire in my friends and family—and, of course, envy her arse-kicking abilities!

I’ll announce the winner of our Red Dust giveaway next week. Author Fleur McDonald’s next book, Blue Skies, is due for release in April 2010 through Allen & Unwin. Click here to read the blurb.

To the winners, please email or tweet (via direct message) your mailing details and I’ll post your books in the next couple of weeks.

New giveaway – Desperate Duchesses by Eloisa James

I also just realised that we forgot to run a giveaway when Wandergurl posted her review of the Desperate Duchesses series by Eloisa James. My bad! To make up for it, and to make up for this horrendously late Advent Tour post, we’re giving away TWO copies of the first book in the series, Desperate Duchesses. It’s the Australian edition (C format) and cover is gorgeous (if a little busty).


Desperate Duchesses by Eloisa JamesFor a chance to win a copy of Desperate Duchesses, just answer the following question: If you were a chess piece, which piece would you be, and why?

Some rules: You must post your answer as a comment to this post. Multiple entries are fine. By entering, you give us permission to quote your entry in future blog posts and articles. Overseas readers are welcome to join in. The giveaway ends midnight on Wednesday, January 6 AEDT. Wandergurl, Decadence and I will pick our 2 favourite answers. We’ll announce the winners the following week, and they’ll have a week to send me their delivery address before the prize is forfeit.

Click here to read Wandergurl’s review of the series (contains spoilers).


  1. angela says:

    The queen to be the confidant to the king, but also having my own powers, to love and to live the life of the glorius.

  2. Mary Preston (redirected by Kat) says:

    The obvious answer is the Queen but the King has more power, room to maneuver  & generally more fun: so King me.

  3. Katherine Ryan says:

    At the moment I’m more like a bishop, in that I never seem to be able to do things in a straight-forward manner.  Things always get done, but usually in a diagonal sort of way. :)  I’d like to be more like a rook, moving in simple directions (with the possible exception of backwards – no one benefits from that in life!).

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