To do some good, I’m offering A DARK AND STORMY KNIGHT for FREE

EDITED TO ADD: the free period has come and gone–thank you so much to everyone who downloaded it.  🙂  You can, of course, still purchase it here–thank you for your support! ♥

Hello, my friends.

I’m writing to you tonight because of hopelessness and hope. A strange combination.

Short version:

In response to the deep hopelessness that I feel about tomorrow’s inauguration, a hopelessness that is shared by my fellow LGBTQ family, I have decided that I must take action. I am offering for FREE on Inauguration Day and two days after my novel A DARK AND STORMY KNIGHT. It is a story of strong, courageous women who fall in love, and I think—above all my other work—it is filled with the most passionate hope. We need hope in the days ahead. I hope you’ll share this far and wide, and I hope a story about courage can bring comfort and escape in these dark days.

The book will become free on Amazon at midnight tonight.

Longer version:

I have felt potently angry, helpless and hopeless since the election of Trump. As a lesbian woman, I have been targeted by hate since the election. I have so many gay, lesbian and queer friends who have been targeted with hate. I have had to watch, helplessly, while hate has become the new norm.

I have lived through hate, and I have no more stomach for it. I have lived through the dark, and I have no more stomach for it. I have lived through the darkest of days. And I have no more stomach for it.

When I was growing up, during the darkest of times, I turned to stories. They would give me hope when I was hopeless, they would make me smile when NOTHING in the world seemed good. They would make me believe that good things happen, that good people exist, that there is kindness and compassion in the world, things I didn’t see often in my day to day life.

I grew up. I wrote. I wrote stories that were full of strong, courageous women who fell in love with each other, because I knew it was necessary. I—of all people—know how a story can mend a broken heart. I know how a story can give you hope in your darkest hour. I know the power of story, and I poured my heart into my life’s chosen work: telling the stories I knew must be told.

But I feel powerless again. I feel without hope, like the last candle of goodness in the world has been snuffed out. And I am plunged into the dark. And, around me, are those I love deeply, those I care about with every part of my being. And they, too, are plunged into darkness.

But we stand in the dark together. And as we come together, as we reach for each other’s hands in the dark, I can feel something beginning.

If you strike one match in the dark, all the world’s not the same.

I am offering this book for free, because I made it with my hands and heart. Because it is the best of what I have written. Because I poured my spirit into it, and I made something that was funny, passionate, warm and good—a story I would have given my teenaged self who was aching for a positive portrayal of a woman like her.

I urge you, in the days ahead, to do what you can. To offer whatever of yourself you can to those around you who are hurting. I offer to you, these next three days, a story because it’s what I have to give. But all of us have deep, splendid talents, and each act of good makes the dark retreat one inch further.

These next four years ARE going to be dark. We alone have the power to do good, to be good, to offer light. We alone. We, together.

The book will become free on Amazon at midnight tonight.

If you purchased this book already–thank you. My writing is the only way I make a living, so I hope you won’t be too sore at me for offering a book you might already have bought for free these next three days. It is literally the only thing I can think to do to stop feeling so powerless. I appreciate your support more than words can say. ♥

EDITED TO ADD: the free period has come and gone–thank you so much to everyone who downloaded it.  🙂  You can, of course, still purchase it here–thank you for your support! ♥

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About Bridget Essex

Author of lesbian romances; madly in love with my wife, author Natalie Vivien.
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