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Hello again, welcome to June's offering!

This month we have some admin bits, news about blogging and Ko-fi, an updated Inheritance of Shadows, an escaping Dachshund, books from Elizabeth Noble and Julie Bozza and free reads from Bookfunnel.

Firstly and boringly though, this month's news in newsletter-world is that I've swapped over from MailChimp to MailerLite as a provider and so this seemed a good time to ask people whether they want to stay subscribed. I've done a button thing down below to make it easy. As you can gather from my experiments with layout etc, I'm extremely excited about all the things that are easier with MailerLite, please don't judge me, it's most excellent prevarication to avoid writing!

Other things I've done this month (again in the spirit of prevarication if I'm perfectly honest!) is committed to blogging more regularly and setting up a Ko-fi page. Exclusive content is made available here via the newsletter for subscribers first and then it will become available to Ko-fi supporters a couple of months after that. 

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Despite all that positively expert-level avoidance, I have managed to get some work done on The Flowers of Time. I am still reading She-Merchants, Buccaneers & Gentlewomen by Katie Hickman, about British women in pre-Raj India. It's absolutely fascinating and has lots of excellent background I can use. I also recommend her Daughters of Britannia, about women who went out in to the Empire with their administrator husbands.

I've been cracking along with Inheritance of Shadows. This month, Matty and Rob are investigating the strange goings-on of the previous night and searching for anything at all that will help them work out what's happening in Arthur's collection of books. Also there might be bedroom activities. Maybe. You can find an up to date copy here on Bookfunnel.

Download all the episodes of Inheritance of Shadows so far!

Morris is in disgrace this week. He has found a hole in the garden fence - it's quite a big garden - and arrived home with a very dead rabbit on Sunday morning. He proceeded to present it to Mr AL, who was still in bed, asleep. Whilst we were still recovering from that, he was so chuffed by his success that he went off again and Talking Child had to recover him from a nearby field, thankfully before he decided to try and play with the neighbour's sheep. 

Fence mending and dog-training are on our schedule for quite large amounts of time at the moment. I have enlisted the help of the local Dachshund Lady, who has put me in touch with someone who specializes in wayward Hounds. His recall has already improved by swapping out the dog-treats for actual bits of ham, so I think it's going to work out.

Here he is, helping Mr AL and Talking Child with their work by sleeping on the table. He tried sleeping with his nose on the keyboard, but it wasn't very convenient for anyone else.

By the time you read this, the Lester Family will be on our holidays! We have been gifted a week in Devon by the Torbay Holiday Helpers, a group of business-people who help families with poorly children. I'm hoping I'm going to be able to carve some writing time out, as well as lots of cool family stuff.

Finally, more reads! Scroll down for this month's featured authors and free stories. Electric Candle by Elizabeth Noble is a vampire romance that is 99c everywhere for the month. Julie Bozza has a rerelease, A Night with the Knight of the Burning Pestle, a theatrical romp out on the 15th. I'm also part of a LGBTQ+ Sci-fi & Fantasy giveaway on Bookfunnel with three dozen other authors. I hope you enjoy all these as much I have!

Happy reading!

- Ally

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This month's authors

True love, for both vampires and thespians.

Elizabeth Noble
Electric Candle

When a vampire finds his soul mate, the bond is forever. It’s love at first sight. Or is it?

Flint, Ohio, Homicide Detective Jonas Forge has been a vampire for nearly two hundred years. He’s fought wars, seen life go from the simple but hard colonial days to the modern, high-tech world. He’s evolved with the times, adapting with each new era, blending into each new life. The one constant is his best friend and lover, Declan.

Until Forge’s soul mate tumbles, literally, into his life.

Even though they’re not fated to be together forever, Forge and Declan are perfectly happy. Despite the pheromone attracting him to his soul mate, Forge isn’t thrilled with the guy, and the feeling seems mutual. While trying to adjust to his clumsy soul mate and equally awkward feelings, Forge is on the hunt for the serial killer who’s leaving a trail of bodies, and who witnesses can’t identify. But Forge better watch out. When his work collides with his love life, things really heat up.

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Julie Bozza (& Francis Beaumont)
A Night with the Knight of the Burning Pestle

Plot me no plots!

Dale is proud of how his acting career is progressing. Tonight, for instance, is the last night (at the beautiful Sam Wanamaker Playhouse) of a well-received run of Beaumont’s The Knight of the Burning Pestle, in which he plays Rafe. But his colleague Topher, who plays Jasper, seems to think something is missing in Dale’s life. They’re not really friends, and Dale sees little point in reprising the one night on which they were not-really-friends with benefits.

However! Despite the distractions of performing this chaotic two-plays-within-a-play, Dale is plagued by the niggling doubts prompted by Topher. Dale might be better off paying attention, though – because maybe Francis Beaumont, writing over 400 years ago, already provided the answers to Dale’s dilemma.

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Free Reads!
LGBTQ+ Sci-fi & Fantasy giveaway

This month's giveaway is a Bookfunnel one, with more than three dozen LGBTQ+ sci-fi and fantasy books. 

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The Gate

Free short story

Lost in Time

Shadows on the Border

A. L. Lester

Taunton, Somerset, United Kingdom

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