The 2020 Pride Month Bundle - Curated by Catherine Lundoff: Celebrating Pride Month with a StoryBundle has become an annual tradition, one in which we present a different and wonderful collection of LGBTQ+ books and authors each June.
This year, I'm curating the Pride Month Bundle for StoryBundle and it is an amazing lineup. We have novels and novellas as well as an anthology and a single author collection, each one a unique and terrific read. Our bundle includes two works by creators from New Zealand, in honor of this year's Worldcon. A.J. Fitzwater, author of the joy-filled collection The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper, is a Sir Julius Vogel Award finalist this year, as is editor Andi C. Buchanan, whose ground-breaking special issue of Capricious SF Magazine, Capricious: The Gender Diverse Pronouns Issue, is also included in the bundle.
Read more about the 11 books in the bundle here, and make sure to click on each cover for a synopsis, reviews and preview of each book.
Best Game Ever by R. R. Angell
"The Best Game Ever is the science fiction Hogwarts, full of adventure and wonder, that you've always wanted—complete with cybertech instead of magic, virtual reality gaming instead of quidditch, and a diverse, queer cast of exciting characters."– Don Sakers, book reviewer for Analog Magazine and author of Dance for the Ivory Madonna
Grilled Cheese and Goblins by Nicole Kimberling
"Foodies and fantasy lovers alike prepare to feast on the genre blending world Nicole Kimberling has whipped up! It's seasoned to perfection and this collection of stories has servings big and small of adventurous, funny and even sexy delights to fill you up. No spoilers here, but you'll have fun reading! This book has everything for West Coast fantasy readers and anyone else who enjoys the magical/mystery genre! Hipster foodcarts that may or may not be dealing black market human flesh, ornery leprechauns named "Ginger Beard", goblin in-laws, romance and grilled cheeses. If you enjoy the Rivers of London, Iron Druid, Dresden Files and other fanficul entries into the Urban Fantasy genre then you're likely to goblin' up this fare!"– Aria r. NetGalley
The Armor of Light by Melissa Scott and Lisa A. Barnett
"That this is alternate history doesn't really matter to the story: this tale of intrigue, magical plot and mundane counterplot would be worth reading if set entirely in a fictitious pseudo-England."– Locus
Floodtide by Heather Rose Jones
"Heather Rose Jones has a talent for meticulous world-building, and her writing shows intelligence and a flair for her craft. The hierarchy of society was integral to this story, and adding that to the idea of charms and mysteries made it a fascinating read. The word that comes to mind when finishing this book is exquisite. I loved it."– NetGalley Review
The Hollow History of Professor Profectus by Ginn Hale
"The Hollow History of Professor Perfectustakes place later on in 1893, and in Chicago, where two women make their lives travelling from fair to fair with their magic number. The catch is: Abril is arealmage, living in hiding. Hiding from what or whom is an intrinsic part of this story, better left unspoiled. Suffice it to say, this features automatons, mages, awful misogyny, great women heroes—and against it all, the budding love story between Abril and her stage assistant Geula, as the two women learn to open up and trust one another."– Kirkus Reviews
The Counterfeit Viscount by Ginn Hale
"Counterfeit Viscount by Ginn Hale – Such a great story. Archie and Nimble were so great. I was immediately drawn in and stayed it. Very happy to have read this story."– JessieG Books
A Spectral Hue by Craig Laurance Gidney
"In one sense, [A Spectral Hue is] a quiet, confidently told tale of identity–gay, black, artistic, and ancestral–that resonates on a wholly realistic level. In another, it's a hybrid of horror, folklore, dark fantasy, and magic realism that whispers and twists."– Jason Heller for NPR
Will Do Magic For Small Change by Andrea Hairston
"At the core of Andrea Hairston's complex tale, Will Do Magic For Small Change, framed by Cinnamon's need to posthumously connect with her gay, dreamy, black-sheep brother, is the theme of journeying to the self. Cinnamon, as the child of a family scarred by race and class struggles, fights to carve an identity for herself out of the seemingly disparate elements of her life: femininity, art, blackness, geekdom, sexuality, spirituality. Paralleling this struggle is Kehinde, who was kidnapped from another people by the Fon and forced into the role of ahosi; she desperately seeks ways to prove that the Fon never truly enslaved her.... The only flaw in this beautifully multifaceted story is that Kehinde's tale outshines Cinnamon's, though this improves over time. Both stories are worth that time, however, with deep, layered, powerful characters. Highly recommended."– The New York Times, N.K. Jemisin, April 24, 2016
Capricious: The Gender Diverse Pronouns Issue by Andi C. Buchanan
"A collection of delightful, thought-provoking stories that fulfill the intended purpose of normalizing diverse pronouns as well as suggesting that the binary can be broken or even left behind.... Buchanan writes that the answer is to normalize new pronouns — "in conversation, yes, but also in our stories, in fiction, in all media. In stories about spaceships and about magic, heroism and exploration, families and home." As an added bonus, the authors and editor make recommendations for other works to read."– Otherwise (formerly Tiptree) Award Honor List, 2018
The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper by A.J. Fitzwater
"This delightful diversion will reel in anyone in need of a quirky break from reality."– Publishers Weekly
Catfish Lullaby by A.C. Wise
"Wise's visceral language conveys an experience of eerie magic that simultaneously lures and repels, placed in close juxtaposition to the mundane monstrousness of prejudice, cancer, and loneliness. This story can be appreciated simply for its ghost story shivers and rich imagery, but its full power comes with the author's choice to center the misunderstood and marginalized as beloved family to one another, even when the outside world sees them as monstrous."– Publishers Weekly, starred review
Pay what you want! You choose how much you want to pay for these awesome books. (Click on each book above to check them out.) You decide how much of your purchase goes to the author and how much goes to help keep StoryBundle running. If your purchase price is $15 or more, you get SEVEN more books: Grilled Cheese and Goblins by Nicole Kimberling, The Armor of Light by Melissa Scott and Lisa A. Barnett, Floodtide by Heather Rose Jones, The Hollow History of Professor Profectus by Ginn Hale, Will Do Magic For Small Change by Andrea Hairston, The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper by A.J. Fitzwater and Catfish Lullaby by A.C. Wise!
Zero DRM. There's no DRM on any of our books. None. Why? For one, we don't believe DRM actually stops people from sharing what they want to share. Second, and most importantly, we don't believe we should be treating our customers as criminals. So go ahead and put these on your tablets, Kindles and smartphones, but if a friend wants to read the bundle, please have them buy one for themselves. With pay-what-you-want, we believe there's a price for everyone. Or better yet, buy one for them as a gift. Help support indie authors!
Support nonprofits. Best of all, you can also give a portion of the proceeds from each bundle to charity. To learn more about these charities and those they help, click the "Learn More" link next the charities when you purchase.
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