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Free Samhain book for Kindle

Book CoverHeads up! Bound for the Holidays by Mackenzie McCade is free for Kindle download from now until 9 November.

I haven’t received word of this title being free from other retailers, though in past months the Samhain freebie has also been available at BooksonBoard.com. Any other ebook giveaways you know of? Let me know. It’s the beginning of the month – time to load up the ereader!

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    Meg says:

    If I read it, it would have to be Kindle.  Or an online order.  Something that doesn’t involve me taking a book with a cover like that up to the register.  Is she sandwiched in between two guys in tighty-whiteys?  “Bound for the Holidays”?!  This really does give some credence to the “romance is chick porn” argument… 

    Magic word: red67.  The color of my face right now to the 67th power…

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    Angela James says:

    Meg, it’s not long enough for print, only for digital, so that’s why it has that cover. Some brick and mortar stores would actually not carry a book with that cover.

    And for what it’s worth, that was one of my bestselling titles of the 250 I edited for Samhain.

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    Meg says:

    Angela, everything about it certainly grabs the…er…eye! ;) 

    I’ve never really thought of it that way, but I suppose there would be less restrictions on digital cover art…less of a chance of Grandma or someone’s kid stumbling across it and asking, “Mommy, why is she going to bed with two men?  Is she having a slumber party?” 

    Were it long enough to be sold in a brick-and-mortar bookstore, that cover certainly wouldn’t be worse than the rows and rows of magazines in my local Books-a-Million that feature “786 More Ways to Have an Orgasm” type-articles…right next to the comic book section, no less.

    Just out of curiousity, is this about as wild as it gets cover-wise, or have you seen wilder?

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    Angela James says:

    Oh no, I’ve seen much, much wilder, especially at other digital publishers, though there are a few at Samhain that aren’t shy about showing the goods, lol! I’m sure other people can point you in that general direction, because I’m loathe to single out a particular cover or publisher.

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    Ha! One of my delightful RWA chaptermates co-penned an M/M/F erotica that Ellora’s Cave originally ran as an e-offering only, with a cover boasting some similarly scandalous fellas … minus their undies. EC later created a bookstore-friendly alternate cover when the print version came out.

    Aw heck, I’ll give her and her co-author a plug. The PG13 version is HERE.

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    Tina M. says:

    The chickie needs to move out of the way!  LOL

    Thanks for the info.

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    JamiSings says:

    I have to ask – what is with all the threesomes involving two guys and a girl anymore? I cannot for any reason find the thought hot or a turn on. Two girls and a guy, I can see. I’m straight but if I was going to have a threesome I’d rather it be involving another woman and a man then two men and me.

    Maybe it’s because submissive men disgust me so much? And when there’s two guys involved you know one has to submit to the other, even when there’s a woman in there too.

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    Angela James says:

    The plain truth is, menages with two men and one woman sell very well. Two women and one men, considerably less so.

    And with two men/one woman it doesn’t have to be (often isn’t) one man submitting to the other. It’s often the two men focused on the woman, not on each other.

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    JamiSings says:

    Well, I don’t get why they sell well but to each their own. No one’s holding a gun and forcing me to read it. But honestly if I’m going to read a threesome story then I want two girls and a guy, not to guys and a girl.

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    JamiSings says:

    *sighs* Two not to. Wish we could edit.

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    Angela James says:

    Unfortunately, you’re in the minority. The m/f/m sell incredibly well. I see requests for f/f or f/f/m but it’s an extreme niche so far.

    You might check out Lisa’s Gift by the same author as this book. Two girls, one guy.

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    JamiSings says:

    *shrugs* I usually am. Like I said, it’s not a big deal. As long one doesn’t involved children, animals, or dead bodies, it’s all good. I just don’t understand how anyone can find it a turn on. But then again I don’t understand how anyone can find Mel Gibson sexy – even before his drunken anti-Sementic rant. I’ve always had different tastes from everyone else.

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    What’s with ladies wanting two guys? Well, if they’re anything like me, they’re plain old greedy and would rather hoard than share. I’d just be annoyed if another woman showed up in my bed. But another guy? Merry frigging Christmas!

    Plus I feel like I’ve spent my whole adult life rolling my eyes at guys wishing they could bang two girls. There’s something alluring about turning the taboo around, especially one this persistently verboten. Plus it makes the patriarchy so fantastically uncomfortable. I could see how it wouldn’t turn your crank if dig your men singular and strictly alpha.

    What was it they said about different strokes?

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    Meg says:

    Generally, I think the idea of a threesome is hot.  Probably wouldn’t go there in real life, but whether it’s m/f/m or f/f/m, it doesn’t really squick me out either way as long as everyone’s adult, consenting, safe, and all that jazz.  It’s just that I don’t want to read about them in my romance novels. 

    To indulge in some lame psychoanalysis, part of the fantasy/joy of the romance genre (to some, myself included, the most important part) is that there is No Other One for the hero after he first lays eyes on the heroine and vice versa.  The idea that there could exist a love so powerful that it blinds the two protagonists sexually and emotionally to anyone but their soulmate forever and ever amen is a huge (albeit unrealistic) draw of entire genre.  To throw a third party in the sack with the main couple gives off a strictly sexual vibe, when I want a heathly (and even dominant, hee) dose of emotional connection to go with my hot lovin.’  There may be some menage-books where this is done very well (and I’m open to any recommendations), but I’ve yet to find them. 

    Of course, this is just my personal taste in books.  People read romance for different reasons, and if the strictly hawt is your thing, I’m not judging.  I just find it interesting that they’ve got such a large audience.

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    rebyj says:

    I downloaded the book. Thanks for the heads up on the freebies!

    As for 3somes w/ 2 guys, my view is if one working penis is good, then 2 have to be better ! Also, I’m open to read any scenario involving adults. I would never do 99% of what I read anyway so not many moral judgements come from me.

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    JamiSings says:

    Like I said, I just don’t understand it because it doesn’t turn me on. That’s all. Just like I never could understand why women like Tom Cruise or Mel Gibson. To me they’re butt ugly.

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    militaryspouse says:

    THANK YOU!!!

    Never got the Tom or Mel love.

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    Stef says:

    I think it depends on who the encounter is staged. Are the men there to tag team her, or is it a free-for-all? I think the idea of having two men who are both worshiping your body and focused on your pleasure is more appealing to most women, vs. watching two guys going at it.

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    kolorowanki says:

    Thanks for the info Sarah.

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    JamiSings says:

    I think the idea of having two men who are both worshiping your body and focused on your pleasure is more appealing to most women, vs. watching two guys going at it.

    I’ve know some girls whom classify themselves as “emo” who’d rather see the latter.

    First – I still don’t get it. I’m not even comfortable with one guy focusing on me. (Hang Ups and Issues. Won’t get into it here cause I’m sure someone will scream “TMI!” but part, not all, is because I’m fat.) Two would send me screaming from the room.

    Oh well, I guess I’ll just never get it just like I never got the Tom or Mel love. Or the Leo DiCaprio love either. There’s another guy I think is ugly/overrated as an actor. Also Brad Pitt and Mathew McCon-whatevertherestofitis. Especially since those last two have a reputation for bad hygiene. Sorry, boys, but BO is NOT sexy!

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    thetroubleis says:

    Personally, I only find M/F/M hot if the guys are into each other as well. The other stuff just doesn’t work for me.

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    StefK says:

    I personally think watching two hot guys kiss is kind of hot, but would rather be excused before further festivities begin.

    I never got what was so hot about Pitt, Mel, or Leo.  Tom had a certain boyish charm back in the day, but now he’s just scary.

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    Obskuretris says:

    The idea that there could exist a love so powerful that it blinds the two protagonists sexually and emotionally to anyone but their soulmate forever and ever amen is a huge…draw of entire genre.  To throw a third party in the sack with the main couple gives off a strictly sexual vibe, when I want a healthy… dose of emotional connection to go with my hot lovin.

    Ditto! I read m/m romance almost exclusively nowadays and tend to shy away from the menages because I primarily want to read about two people falling in love, and staying that way, dammit. I have a hard time finding f/f, or at least f/f where the sexual tension leaps off the page and the plot draws you right in, leaving you begging for more (granted, only a handful of the m/m’s I’ve read fit that bill but m/m’s have a wider selection).

    If you’re wondering, I quit reading m/f romances because I got sick and tired of all the babies and the sex scenes that read, “he exploded into her unprotected channel…and it was beautiful, cue heavenly choir” or something to that effect. I don’t hate children and they have a certain charm, but I want to read about two people falling in love; getting their groove on; saving the planet, their lives, or hometown; catching the bad guy, and generally leading fulfilling lives that don’t include a desperate and profound desire for children. Here endeth the rant.

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    StefK says:

    That’s a good point. Especially since nothing kills romance faster than 3am feedings and dirty diapers.

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