In the process of being overhauled, sorry.
Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer, a recipient of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, is the 1st novel in the Terra Ignota series of futuristic social science fiction, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tor Books.
This is Tor.com’s featured eBook of the Month Club offering for March. It won the 2017 Compton Crook Award for Best Novel, and was also a finalist for the Hugo Awards. I read it for the voting last year, and IMHO it’s a dense read with some interesting ideas, even if the execution of them didn’t quite live up to my expectations.
The series is set in the 25th century on Earth, in a supposed utopia created by technological and social advances which are strictly enforced. This installment begins looking at the darker underbelly of the “perfect” society and exploring its costs and the agendas of those promoting and exploiting it, through the eyes of persons considered criminals, who must make themselves useful.
Offered through March 23rd at midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free to Canada & US only directly from the publisher.
ATA Girl: Up in the Air is the 1st episode in the ATA Girl series of historical drama radio plays, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Big Finish, makers of the officially licensed Doctor Who radio play episodes.
This is a special giveaway to celebrate International Women’s Day, from their new Big Finish Originals line.
The series is set during WWII amongst the women of the Air Transport Auxiliary, told as a sequence of fictional reminisces from one of the female pilots who flew the planes from the factories where they were built to the squadrons where they would be used. This first hour-long episode is centred around two sisters, one newly widowed, the other estranged, reuniting during the initial ATA pilot training and trying to mend their broken relationship amidst the challenges of building a new life.
Offered DRM-free worldwide through March 9th until 23:59 UK time (approx 4 PM Pacific Time), available directly from the publisher.
Scorched by Mari Mancusi is the 1st novel in the Scorched trilogy of young adult urban fantasy adventure with time travel elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Sourcebooks’ Sourcebooks Fire imprint.
The trilogy takes places in modern West Texas, where a girl whose family runs a small museum receives a dragon’s egg which time travelers from the future are after.
This installment sees her acquire the egg and encounter the competing time travelers, one of whom claims that the future is endangered by an apocalyptic dragon war, the other of which claims that the dragons must be used to protect humankind instead of wiped out, even as the hatchling dragon tries to convince her that they have a destiny of their own.
Offered in North America (Canada & US & Mexico), available at multiple retailers.
The History Buff’s Guide to the Civil War: The best, the worst, the largest, and the most lethal top ten rankings of the Civil War by Thomas R. Flagel, a history teacher at Columbia State Community College in Franklin, Tennessee, who also serves on several historical preservation boards, is an history trivia reference book, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Sourcebooks’ Cumberland House imprint.
This is a compilation of mini-essays for assorted topical lists of Top Ten facts, figures, and stories covering various aspects of the U.S. Civil War, serving as both trivia and quickie reference, with additional notes and source bibliography in the back.
Offered worldwide, available at multiple retailers.
As a special treat for romance lovers, publisher Sourcebooks is offering 3 romance novels from its Sourcebooks Casablanca imprint, free for a limited time.
- The Rogue Pirate’s Bride by Shana Galen is the 3rd novel in the Sons of Revolution series of f/m swashbuckling historical action romance, and is her personal Book of the Month pick, offered through March 8th only, available @ Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iTunes, Kobo, Google Play
Just in Time for a Highlander by Gwyn Cready is the 1st novel in the Sirens of the Scottish Border series of f/m Scottish Highlander time travel historical romance, starring an historical reenactor sent back to become the champion of a spirited clan chieftain @ Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iTunes, Kobo, Google Play
A Seal in Wolf’s Clothing by Terry Spear is the 1st novel in the SEAL Wolf series of f/m shapeshifter military action romantic suspense, a repeat freebie from a couple of years ago @ Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iTunes, Kobo, Google Play
These seem to be available in most regions worldwide, though some retailers only carry the freebie version in certain countries, so you may have to play around with the country codes in the URLs to see if they have it free for your own locale.
The Tree House Mystery by the late Carol Beach York, author of the novel from which the band Good Charlotte took its name, is a standalone vintage juvenile mystery adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press.
This was originally published in 1973 by Putnam Publishing Group.This is being offered as a freebie promo for the publisher’s Black Cat Mystery Community, membership in which offers similar reprints of assorted vintage mysteries and pulp crime thrillers from the Golden Age onward (mostly still under copyright), many being republished for the first time in decades from various authors’ literary estates.
The story is a 1970s-era mystery adventure tale starring a brother and sister gradually uncovering the secrets behind an odd treehouse located near the property of their new home.
Offered worldwide through March 11th until midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free directly from the publisher.
As a special tie-in treat to the Jinxword Returns sale, five 1st-in-series #1 issues from assorted Brian Michael Bendis comic book series are being offered free via Comixology.
It’s mostly superhero or superpower-adjacent stuff, including my favourite of his works, Powers, a cartoonily-illustrated police procedural in a superhero world, but there are some more straightforward crime thriller type stories in there as well.
The free #1s are for the following series:
- Brilliant, a thriller drama about college-age geniuses solving the mystery of superpower
- Powers, an Eisner Award-winning police procedural solving crimes in a superhero world
- Scarlet, an action thriller about a mysterious woman fighting back against injustice
- Takio, an all-ages adventure series about sisters who are the only two superheroes in the world
- The United States of Murder Inc., a crime thriller set in a world dominated by organized crime families
Offered worldwide through March 7th until 11 PM EST for the discount sale (the freebie comics might linger a little bit longer as extra promo), available at Comixology.
Wilde Stories 2008: The Best of the Year’s Gay Speculative Fiction edited by Steve Berman, is the 2008 annual installment in the Wilde Stories series of reprint anthologies collecting the yearly best sfnal short stories featuring gay characters and/or thematic elements, free again for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.
This contains stories originally published in the Clarkesworld and now-defunct Subterranean sfnal genre magazines, as well as a Gaylactic Spectrum Award-winning short, and the collection itself was nominated for the 2008 Lambda Literary Award in the LGBT Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror category.
Offered DRM-free, available worldwide at Amazon.
Hell & High Water & Blood & Water by Charlie Cochet are the 1st & 2nd novels in the THIRDS series of paranormal mystery/action thrillers with strong m/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Dreamspinner Press.
These are being made free as a special promo for “National Cheese Doodle Day”, whatever that is, alongside a rest-of-the-series sale, at prices from 99 cents up. The series takes place in a version of our world where animal shapeshifters are known as “Therians”, and is centred around the investigative adventures of a gay couple working together in an elite law enforcement action unit which pairs shapeshifters alongside regular humans.
These first two adventures set the pair up as a human homicide detective is transferred to the unit, where he must prove himself to his new teammates and soon-to-be new partner, who are trying to solve the murder of activists, and then see the unit investigating an anti-Therian hate group who may be the culprit behind a series of youth centre bombings as well as having a deeper and more sinister agenda.
Offered worldwide through March 6th until midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free directly from the publisher.
The Ninth Rain by British author Jen Williams, a recent nominee for the British Fantasy Awards’ Best Newcomer and Best Novel awards, is the 1st novel in the The Winnowing Flame trilogy of epic mythologically-inspired adventure fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Headline.
This is the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store, and is being made free to promote the upcoming 2nd novel, The Bitter Twins, which is slated to be released next week.
The series is categorized as a low fantasy coming-of-age with Norse mythological influences, set in a declining empire long since fallen from greater heights. This installment stars an eccentric explorer scholar and the party she assembles to aid her quest for ancient artifacts, who find themselves embroiled in intrigue as they encounter a conspiracy which may presage a magical invasion.
Offered in the UK and selected other regions worldwide (excluding North America), available at multiple retailers.