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The current set of monthly and special time-limited offers. Updated Aug 24th.

Special Time-Limited Freebie Offers

  • Until August 25th: Lyra’s Oxford by Philip Pullman, a short story in the His Dark Materials YA fantasy setting; Penguin Random House Audio monthly free offer.
  • Until September 4th: Mine Till Midnight by Lisa Kleypas, 1st in Hathaways series of Victorian historical romance; Heroes and Heartbreakers (Macmillan) Book Club of the Month offer

Regular Month-Long Free Book Offers

Leftover from Summer Hiatus, still available

  • Mobile Bodies, Mobile Souls: Family, Religion and Migration in a Global World in Proceedings of the Danish Institute in Damascus series, ethnographic studies of culture in assorted international migrant groups; English-language Free Book of the Month from Aarhus University Press in Denmark
  • Hamsuns sultekunstner by Peer E. Sørenson, Norwegian literature studies & international arts history based on Nobel Prize-winner Knut Hamsun’s novel “Hunger”; Danish-language Free Book of the Month from the University of Aarhus Press in Denmark
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[Free eBook] 66 Metres by J. F. Kirwan [Action Spy Thriller]

66 Metres by J. F. Kirwan is the 1st novel in his Nadia Laksheva series of contemporary spy thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Harlequin UK’s Carina.

This was the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store, and if you are interested, there’s a mini-profile of the star character on the author’s website. The series stars an abruptly-orphaned Russian girl who grows up reluctantly following in her ex-Spetsnaz operative father’s footsteps in order to survive.

This adventure sees her working off a long indenture to a dangerous boss with what should be one final mission to go after a military weapon which only embroils her further into global espionage. NB: if you are interested in diving, apparently the author makes use of it in this story, incorporating his own extensive experience.

Offered in the UK and selected other countries worldwide (excluding North America), available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] The Coming of Cthugha by John Glasby [Lovecraftian Sci-Fi Mystery Horror]

The Coming of Cthugha by the late British author John Glasby is the 1st novel in his Dark Armageddon trilogy of Lovecraftian science fiction horror thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This is one of their original publications, selected posthumously from the author’s extensive literary estate. The setting is based directly upon the extended Cthulhu mythos originated by the late H. P. Lovecraft, and the title character of Cthugha created by August Derleth sports a quote from one of Glasby’s own pulp fiction stories on its Wikipedia page.

The trilogy combines science fiction and horror with mystery and conspiracy thriller elements, as individuals are recruited into a plucky secret Organisation of intellectuals trying to prevent the stars coming right and unleashing eldritch abominations from the furthest depths of space and time upon the Earth. This story shows the recruitment of one such individual, a nephew looking into his uncle’s disappearance and unraveling the trail of clues sparked by examining an odd manuscript.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] The Pirate and I by Katharine Ashe [Regency Historical Romance]

The Pirate and I by Katharine Ashe is a novella in her Devil’s Duke series of f/m Regency historical romance, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’ Avon Impulse imprint.

The main series mostly takes place in England during the Regency era, but this installment follows some side characters to Scotland.

This story features an unusual reunion between a London perfume shop assistant entrusted with attending a professional gathering, who by chance encounters a neighbouring printer’s shop employee upon whom she had a crush, who disappeared mysteriously years ago and has changed greatly in the meanwhile. NB: The author has apparently incorporated her research about the period perfume industry into the story, if you enjoy extra historical detail.

Offered in the US only, available at multiple retailers. This is being offered as a HarperCollins BookPerk Free Fridays special, so it’s probably good through the weekend, at least.

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[Free eBook] Feud Valley Showdown by Denis Hughes [Western]

Feud Valley Showdown by the late British author Denis Hughes is his vintage standalone western historical action adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Pioneering imprint.

This was originally published in 1955 by Herbert Jenkins using the pseudonym Ken Kester.

The story is a part-investigative tale, starring a Federal Marshal returning home to find his sister missing and his brother-in-law dead, and himself mistaken for the murderer for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, discovering he must uncover what’s going on in the deadly feud between two men which escalated into this disaster.

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[Free eBook] The Trouble Seeker by Richard Wormser [Western]

The Trouble Seeker by the late Richard Wormser, a recipient of the Edgar Award for mystery and the Spur Award for westerns, is his vintage standalone western historical action adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Pioneering imprint.

This was originally published in 1970 by Fawcett as part of their Gold Medal line under the title On the Prod.

The story may or may not be a comedy of errors, starring an overinvested surprise ex who apparently assembles an increasingly odd posse upon a quest to take revenge upon his sweetheart, who has unexpectedly left town with another man (possibly voluntarily, possibly not).

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] The Krantin Omnibus by Juanita Coulson [Sword & Sorcery Fantasy]

The Krantin Omnibus: Books 1 & 2 by Juanita Coulson, who is also an award-winning filksinger, comprises her complete Krantin duology of classically epic good vs. evil sword & sorcery fantasy novels, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

The contents were originally published in 1978 & 1980 by Ballantine’s Del Rey imprint, as The Web of Wizardry and The Death God’s Citadel. The series is set in an epic fantasy world where ancient enemy nations must now join forces as reluctant allies to combat a greater encroaching force of evil backed by malicious wizardry, who have already overrun the surrounding neighbours with their strangely enchanted hordes.

This duology consists of two apparently linked but separate self-contained stories with different casts: one a twisty domestic political intrigue and f/m romantic elements, the other an evil-thwarting quest adventure in another land to prevent one wizard from ever reaching theirs.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Stone Cold by Simon Clark [Sci-Fi Paranormal Horror]

Stone Cold by English author Simon Clark, a recipient of multiple British Fantasy Awards, is his standalone paranormal sci-fi horror novella, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 2008 by Tasmanic Publications under the title Stone Cold Calling, was nominated for a BFA 2009 Best Novella and may have been later revised by the author, with a more recent copyright date of 2013 in the frontmatter.

The story takes place in the contemporary US, where a group of fortune-seeking meteorite hunters are making plans to collect one which landed during the 1940s before the area becomes flooded due to development, only to discover that the otherworldly stone harbours an ancient evil.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Why Women Fail: The consequences of female evolution by Ann Dally [Vintage Psychology & Self-Help]

Why Women Fail: The consequences of female evolution by the late English author Ann Dally, a psychiatrist turned medical historian, is her vintage accessibly-written pop psychology text, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1979 by Wildwood House Ltd.

This was written at the time (circa the 1970s) to be a combination psychology explanation and self-help book to aid women to realize their potential by understanding the author’s premise that the then-recent social freedoms gained by women paradoxically resulted in greater restrictions on their personal expressions of them, for a variety of reasons the reader is encouraged to overcome.

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[Free eBook] Touch and Go by Elizabeth Berridge [Literary Novel]

Touch and Go by the late British author Elizabeth Berridge, a well-regarded novelist and critic who was also a judge for various literary prizes, is her standalone literary fiction personal drama novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1995 by Bantam Press.

The story is an internal journey of self-discovery exploring themes of family, starring a woman coping with significant domestic changes, who for some reason was left a house by her childhood doctor, and whose mother has the obligatory secret which may or may not be related.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Little Boy Found by LJ Fox [Psychological Crime Thriller]

Little Boy Found by LJ Fox, a pseudonym for British author Christopher Fowler, perhaps best known for his award-nominated Bryant & May mysteries, is his standalone psychological suspense crime thriller, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Quercus.

This is the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store, and is also being promoted in other countries worldwide. The story is the obligatory missing child case with a twist, as the true suspense apparently starts after the boy is found again.

Offered in the UK, Europe, and several other regions worldwide (excluding North America), available at multiple retailers.

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