Free Book Friday May 5: Coronation Eve

Is the monarchy relevant in my life?

Not really. The queen has always been on our money, her portrait was in our schools until they weren’t anymore, and there was a giant one in our old hockey arena. I think we (our government) still has to ask permission from the monarchy (through a symbolic representative) to do stuff, and we get to send our athletes to the Commonwealth Games.

When I was growing up, I thought the Queen seemed like a pretty nice lady, and Coronation Street along with many British sitcoms were a staple on Canadian television.

Does the monarchy cost the Canadian government money? It sure does:

While Canada might not pay money directly to the monarchy, the country’s ties to the House of Windsor could cost taxpayers more than $58.7 million annually.

That’s according to the Monarchist League of Canada, which calculated the figure for the 2019-2020 fiscal year based on costs such as maintaining historic buildings, running the Governor General’s office, and covering travel-related expenses for visiting royals like security for Prince Harry and Meghan. The pro-monarchy group says the total represents $1.55 per Canadian.“*

Worth it?



The story behind Free Book Friday:

I’ve met many authors and readers during my time marketing, cross-promoting, and blogging. I think writers have a responsibility to inform readers about all the indie authors out there in the very crowded world of book publishing. You can’t do it alone, and why would you when you have a supportive group available?

Readers don’t just read one author – they stick with their favorite genres. Therein lies the power in cross-promotion. If one of my readers buys a book from an author I promote, then chances are there will be a reciprocal effect, or so is the hope. Do I want to boost sales? Of course I do. Do I want to boost other’s sales? Why not. It’s called karma.

Some free book offers require a newsletter sign-up, which is a small non-monetary price to pay to try out a new indie author.

Here are this week’s promos to check out:

Reads From StoryOrigin and BookFunnel

StoryOrigin and BookFunnel allows authors to advertise their books to each other’s audience. I hope you have been able to discover a new favorite!

Free Books

None this week

Purchase Links

May 1-31
May 4 StoryOrigin

Previous promos: Discover New Authors and Free Books.

Leon Stevens is a multi-genre author, composer, guitarist, songwriter, and an artist, with a Bachelor of Music and Education. He published his first book of poetry, Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020, followed by a book of original classical guitar compositions, Journeys, and a short story collection of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories. His newest publications are the novella trilogy, The View from Here, which is a continuation of one of his short stories, and a new collection of poetry titled, A Wonder of Words.

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C’mon, space stuff!

Published by Leon Stevens

I am an author, composer, and an artist. I published my first book of poetry: Lines by Leon – Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020 and a book of original classical guitar compositions. My latest book is a short story compilation of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called, The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.

2 thoughts on “Free Book Friday May 5: Coronation Eve

  1. Hi Leon,

    I co-sign this; the responsiblity to share about other Indie authors in a crowded world. I feel the sentiment, with all authors.

    I hope to continue to do the same, to help promote other writers. If you know anyone writers that are interested in being promoted and or promoting themselves, I am actively looking for writers to feature in a Writers’ Podcast that I hope to launch this year.

    Thank you so much, Leon. Also, for sharing your thoughts about the coronation. My sister mentioned that some of her friends were going to conduct a coronation for one of their friends … I think that the coronation is free for everyone. I had not known the information you shared about the Queen’s coronation and her relevance in your life.

    I have spent my entire life in the state of California and hearing your perspective is an opportunity for me to think more on this.


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