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Old 04-27-2012, 04:30 PM   #1
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Bargain (DRM-free @ Dreamspinner) 31-title bundle for $40 [Gay Time-Travel Romance]

Every year, m/m romance specialty publisher Dreamspinner does this collection of daily themed stories for a month (technically, they do it twice a year because they've also an Xmas package, but that's beside the point), which they offer for a significant discount bundle price if you pre-order in advance.

2012 Daily Dose — Time is Eternity is the theme of this year's non-Xmas bundle, and offers you 31 short-story to novelette-length stories about m/m time-travel romances ranging from ancient history to the far future, mixed in with modernity.

You can see full author info and blurbs for each story in the product description @ Dreamspinner's webstore, where it's slated for release in June, with a new DRM-free MultiFormat title automatically added to your bookshelf every day, available worldwide and suitable for any ereader model.

The bundle is priced on a sliding scale of $39.99 if you pre-order it in April, $49.99 if you pre-order it in May, and $64.99 after that.

If you happen to catch it this month, it provides you with 31 stories for an average cost of $1.29 per story, and a considerable savings off the $97.20 list price of the individual stories combined. You couldn't get these any cheaper with a 60% off Fictionwise coupon, even if Dreamspinner distributed all their shorts to FW, which they don't (though if you are only interested in particular individual titles, longer novella+ stuff does seem to make it through).

If you happen to enjoy or want to try m/m romance, I'd say this provides rather good value for money, as it will allow you to sample a wide variety of authors, many of whom have longer-length works out from both Dreamspinner and elsewhere, for a rather low cost before you decide to buy any of their other stuff.

And I admit to being kind of tempted, even though I'm a no-romo. Time-travel of the non-romantic type is one of my favourite subgenre categories, and I like historicals as well, and some of the blurbs look positively cracktastic.

"Trusty hedgehog companion" <-- morbid curiosity, why must you tempt me so?!

Eh, I'll probably break down and buy it anyway, just for that. I figure the publisher does DRM-free MultiFormat right off their website and offers occasional freebies (of which they've recently released one I'll be posting shortly) and promo sales, which I want to encourage, even though I'm typically not interested in much of their romance-y output.

And it'll be nice to support an LGBT-friendly US-based company in a time when loudmouth bigots are vocally advocating the boycott of LGBT-friendly US-based companies such as Starbucks, Archie Comics, and JC Penney (and hilariously failing with their Facebook hate campaigns with a massively-outnumbering backlash of support in the other direction., but that's beside the point).

I've spent more money on junk food to worse effect, honestly.

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Old 04-27-2012, 08:41 PM   #2
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tempted too...but my money is tied up with amazon in the form of gcs
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I'm not familiar with all the authors there, but Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, and Rowan Speedwell are all really kinda awesome. And they're all in the collection.
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