Riptide Publishing Website Crashes After Huge Response to LGBTQ Book Giveaway
All of us here at The Geekiary are still reeling from the results of this year’s presidential election and trying to find ways to cope. We are not the only ones. The good people at Riptide Publishing are among the many attempting to give people a happily ever after, even if it is a fictional one.
Yesterday on their various social media accounts, Riptide Publishing – which publishes books featuring LGBTQ+ protagonists – announced that for the next week, they would be offering four of their titles for free.
The overwhelming response to the giveaway ending up crashing their servers; as of my writing this, the site is still down, but Riptide stated on their Twitter that they would extend the giveaway for as long as needed to make sure everyone gets their free books.
We’re so sorry about the server problems! The response has been beyond our wildest expectations. Rest assured, we are working on it.
— Riptide Publishing (@RiptideBooks) November 10, 2016
If the site’s not loading for you, check back in an hour if you can, or tomorrow if you’d rather. We’ll keep the giveaway open as needed.
— Riptide Publishing (@RiptideBooks) November 10, 2016
UPDATE 11/11/16 10:10AM: Riptide has hopefully fixed the server issue by creating a new link! To receive your free ebooks, please go here and select the titles that you’d like, as well as the format.
Here are the summaries of the titles that are being offered:
WHEN TO HOLD THEM by G.B. Gordon
Doran Callaghan doesn’t know when to fold ’em. His gambling has landed him in debt and in jail, and now it’s got him stuck in the sticks in a reintegration program. He wants to turn his life around, but old habits come knocking, and some creditors are harder to shake than others.
Xavier Wagner cares more about the National Park he works in than the people around it, until a stranger awakens desires he didn’t know he had. Doran’s natural submissiveness turns Xavier’s ideas of how to treat a lover upside down. But Doran doesn’t seem to know about boundaries — or even to have any — and Xavier’s not sure that Doran will say no if he needs to. Which means someone’s going to get hurt.
While Xavier struggles with his principles, Doran’s past comes calling. Trusting each other is suddenly a matter of life or death, but Doran has to decide whether counting on Xavier — or himself — is a gamble he’s willing to take.
PICKUP MEN by L.C. Chase
It takes a pissed-off Brahma bull named Shockwave to show rodeo pickup man Marty Fairgrave the cold hard truth about champion bull rider Tripp Colby: Tripp will never leave the safety of his closet or acknowledge Marty in public. Sometimes loving someone just isn’t enough, and after a year of hiding what they are, Marty finally sees the light–and it’s no longer shining on Tripp.
Tripp Colby would do anything for Marty. Well . . . almost. He’s never loved anyone before, and isn’t quite sure how to handle it now. But he knows Marty is his everything, and in order to win him back, Tripp will have to overcome his darkest fears and step into the light.
But no matter Tripp’s intentions, the cost might be too high and the effort too late for these two cowboys to ride off into the sunset.
LEAD ME NOT by Ann Gallagher (L.A. Witt)
Isaac Morris has devoted his life to preaching against the sin of homosexuality. But when his sister proposes a documentary to demonstrate once and for all that it’s a choice — with Isaac choosing to be gay as proof — he balks. Until he learns his nephew is headed down that perverted path. Isaac will do anything to convince the teenager he can choose to be straight . . . including his sister’s film.
When Isaac’s first foray into the gay lifestyle ends with a homophobic beating, he’s saved and cared for by Colton Roberts, a gentle, compassionate bartender with a cross around his neck. Colton challenges every one of Isaac’s deeply held beliefs about gay men. He was kicked out by homophobic parents, saved from the streets by a kind pastor, and is now a devout Christian. Colton’s sexuality has cost him dearly, but it also brought him to God.
As the two grow closer, everything Isaac knows about homosexuality, his faith, and himself is called into question. And if he’s been wrong all along, what does that mean for his ministry, his soul, his struggling nephew — and the man he never meant to love?
ROLLER GIRL by Vanessa North
Recently divorced Tina Durham is trying to be self-sufficient, but her personal-training career is floundering, her closest friends are swept up in new relationships, and her washing machine has just flooded her kitchen. It’s enough to make a girl cry.
Instead, she calls a plumbing service, and Joanne “Joe Mama” Delario comes to the rescue. Joe is sweet, funny, and good at fixing things. She also sees something special in Tina and invites her to try out for the roller derby team she coaches.
Derby offers Tina an outlet for her frustrations, a chance to excel, and the female friendships she’s never had before. And as Tina starts to thrive at derby, the tension between her and Joe cranks up. Despite their player/coach relationship, they give in to their mutual attraction. Sex in secret is hot, but Tina can’t help but want more.
With work still on the rocks and her relationship in the closet, Tina is forced to reevaluate her life. Can she be content with a secret lover? Or with being dependent on someone else again? It’s time for Tina to tackle her fears, both on and off the track.
Jamie has a BA in English with a focus in creative writing from THE Ohio State University. She is currently an archivist and lives in New York City with her demon ninja vampire cat. She covers television, books, movies, and conventions in the NYC area.