[Free Audiobook] Court Order by Zora Neale Hurston [1950s Black Civil Rights History Essay]

Court Order by the late Nora Zeale Hurston, a central figure in the mid-20th century African-American Harlem Renaissance and author of the classic novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, is an audiobook reading of a landmark essay, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’ Amistad imprint.

This was originally published in 1954 as an open letter to The Orlando Sentinel newspaper, titled as “Court Order Can’t Make the Races Mix”, stating her concerns regarding the potential fallout of Supreme Court ruling in the famous Brown v. Board of Education case which desegregated schools in the US South during the Civil Rights Movement.

The audiobook is read by Robin Miles and excerpted from the author’s posthumous nonfiction collection You Don’t Know Us Negroes and Other Essays, and is offered free for one day only, January 7th, to celebrate Zora Neale Hurston’s birthday, to subscribers of the Amistad imprint newsletter (new subscribers will also receive the download link).

Offered DRM-free worldwide through January 7th (probably just until midnight Eastern Time), available directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Artistic Appeal by Andrew Grey [LGBT Contemporary Romantic Drama]

Artistic Appeal by Andrew Grey is the 2nd novel in the Art Series of m/m contemporary romance, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Dreamspinner Press.

This is their featured holiday giveaway freebie selection for Monday, January 3rd.

The series is contemporary romantic drama with an occasional bit of suspense, centred around fine art, inherited art collections, and occasional art theft, with overlapping characters.

This story apparently follows upon a situation from the 1st novel involving reclaiming family art looted during WWII from the present-day holders, and focuses on the lead attorney engaged to pursue a famous painting and the deaf art restorer caring for some already-returned works, who both have complicated ex-relationship situations which make them reluctant to become personally as well as professionally entangled.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through Monday, January 3rd (until just before midnight Eastern Time), available at the publisher’s website.

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[Free eBook] Say Yes To A Mess by Elle Brownlee [LGBT Fake Dating Contemporary Romance]

Say Yes To A Mess by Elle Brownlee is a standalone m/m contemporary romance novella in the multi-author Dreamspun Desires line, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Dreamspinner Press.

This is their featured holiday giveaway freebie for Sunday, January 2nd. The Dreamspun Desires line apparently consists of cozy heartwarming wish fulfillment tales.

The story starts as a fake dating/pretend relationship scenario, featuring an impromptu reality TV show host who originally signed onto a wedding planning show to help out his designer brother, finding himself the centre of a ratings-boosting stunt as he’s asked to find himself a faux-bridegroom for the obligatory very special episode and ropes in a childhood friend to play the part.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through Sunday, January 2nd (until just before midnight Eastern Time), available at the publisher’s website.

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[Free eBook] Flight by Nicki Bennett [LGBT Sci-Fi Romance]

Flight by Nicki Bennett is a standlone m/m science fiction romance novella, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Dreamspinner Press.

This is their featured holiday giveaway freebie for Saturday, January 1st.

The story stars a man stolen from his home to slave in the mines of an alien planet, who encounters a mysterious injured winged being during an escape, with whom he learns to communicate as they try to survive while hiding from the slavers and uncovering the stranger’s secrets.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through Saturday, January 1st (until just before midnight Eastern Time), available at the publisher’s website.

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[Free eBook] Fish Stick Fridays by Rhys Ford [LGBT Romantic Suspense]

Fish Stick Fridays by Rhys Ford is the 1st in the Half Moon Bay series of m/m contemporary romantic suspense, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Dreamspinner Press.

This is their featured holiday freebie giveaway selection for Friday, December 31st. The series is set in a small town and apparently stars men raising their younger relatives and encountering dangerous situations as their troubled pasts catch up to them.

This story stars former bad boy biker who grew up in a disadvantaged neighbourhood leaving it all behind as he takes in his orphaned niece and strives to give her a better future, setting up an auto shop in a new town and befriending a local bookstore owner, only to have their new life threatened when a killer strikes.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through Friday December 31st (until just before midnight Eastern Time), available at the publisher’s website.

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[Free eBook] Love Can’t Conquer by Kim Fielding [LGBT Contemporary Romance]

Love Can’t Conquer by Kim Fielding is the 1st novel in the Love Can’t series of m/m contemporary romance with romantic suspense elements, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Dreamspinner Press.

This is their featured holiday giveaway freebie selection for Thursday, December 30th. The series takes place in Portland, Oregon, and apparently stars men with difficult backgrounds gradually overcoming the ghosts of their pasts.

This story a fortysomething park ranger who tries to help runaways and street people getting closer to an enigmatic former drug addict, while also dealing with an ex-boyfriend who’s suddenly shown up on his doorstep with trouble in tow.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through Wednesday December 30th (until just before midnight Eastern Time), available at the publisher’s website.

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[Free eBook] Time For Frankie Coolin by Bill Granger [1970s Chicago Literary Psychological Thriller]

Time for Frankie Coolin: A Novel by the late Bill Granger, a journalist and novelist, is a standalone historical literary drama with psychological thriller elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher The University of Chicago Press.

This is their featured Free eBook of the Month selection for December. The novel was originally published in 1982 using the pseudonym Bill Griffiths, and this reprint edition has a new foreword by Bill Savage, an associate instructor in the Department of English at Northwestern University.

The story is set in Chicago during the 1970s, exploring the lives of the working class and other marginalized people, as a tough-guy plasterer who’s become a landlord by fixing up abandoned buildings to make them livable and moved on to greater prosperity in the suburbs, finds everything jeopardized by the fallout of allowing a family cousin to use an empty building as a favour, leading to a criminal investigation and threat of prison as he struggles to cope in the only way he knows.

Offered free worldwide through the month of December, available from the publisher’s website.

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[Free eBook] Soothsayer by Mike Resnick [Science Fiction]

Soothsayer by the late Mike Resnick, a five time winner of the Hugo and other awards, is the 1st novel in the Oracle trilogy in the greater Birthright Universe of science fiction space opera, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Phoenix Pick Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month selection for December, and was originally published in 1991 by Ace Books. The series takes place in a far future where humanity has spread to the stars, and explores the frontiers of space settlement across the galaxy and various colourful characters shaping their surroundings.

This installment of the trilogy begins the adventures of a young girl who may be the most dangerous human or alien ever to grow up on the Frontier, as various factions attempt to kill or use her for their own purposes even while she fulfills a surprising destiny.

Offered DRM-free worldwide probably through Monday, January 2nd (the offer usually rotates on the first Tuesday of each month), available from the publisher’s website.

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[Free eBook] Regret Me Not by Amy Lane [LGBT Festive Contemporary Romance]

Regret Me Not by Amy Lane is a standalone m/m contemporary romance novella, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Dreamspinner Press.

This is their featured holiday giveaway freebie selection for Wednesday, December 29th. Their 40% off all ebooks sale also continues through the 29th.

The story is set during the lead-up to the Christmas season, starring a self-pitying bisexual man, who is physically recovering from a car accident and the implosion of his marriage, befriending an optimistic gay massage therapist with his own problems involving disapproving controlling relatives, who is determined to fill him with holiday cheer.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through Wednesday December 29th (until just before midnight Eastern Time), available at the publisher’s website.

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[Free eBook UPDATE] 30+ 1st in series volumes from Viz Media [Manga, All Genres]

As some sort of special holiday treat, or perhaps just a glitch freebie, 30+ 1st in series manga collection volumes are being offered free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Viz Media from their Viz Signature imprint, and actually seems to coincide with a Comixology sale going on this week.

The selection ranges through all genres and age levels from slice of life to action thriller to high school drama to supernatural horror to science fiction & fantasy adventure and more, and includes reprints of vintage classics such as Rumiko Takahashi‘s Urusei Yatsura science fiction and Maison Ikkoku romantic comedies, as well as newer works.

The majority of the volumes are free at Google Play in at least Canada & the US, and perhaps half of them are also free in the iTunes Books store for Apple devices. ETA: now also free at Kobo in the UK as well.

Here is an autosearch link for Google Play which will bring most of them up if they’re still free in your region: Google Play search for Viz Media, additional link for Tenjo Tenge: Full Contact Edition 2-in-1 Vol. 1. UPDATE: these are now also free at Kobo in Canada, the US, and the UK (search auto-link should pull up all the free stuff, sorted alphabetically; with 4 pages /38 items listed in CA/US and 3 pages/29 items in the UK; some of which are regular sampler freebies)

This is the list of the volumes (unless otherwise stated, all Vol. 1, giving a complete introductory story-arc) that were available free to me in Canada via Google Play and sometimes iTunes (marked with IT if they were also available there; their search filtering in the iBooks app is horribly broken, but a lot of them are trending in the Free section of the Manga subsection of the Comics & Graphic Novels store category):

  • BEASTARS; anthropomorphic animals in high school mystery/drama IT
  • Black Lagoon, Vol. 12 (also Vol. 1 at Kobo); criminal underworld thriller with mercenaries IT
  • Blue Flag; YA high school drama
  • Children of the Whales; supernatural fantasy IT
  • Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction; YA high school students in a world invaded by aliens IT
  • Detroit Metal City; death metal rock band drama
  • Dorohedoro; gritty city-based adventure fantasy IT
  • Fire Punch; fantasy starring orphans with special powers
  • Gangsta; action drama set in a criminal underworld IT
  • Gangsta: Cursed; more of the same IT
  • Golden Kamuy; historical mystery/adventure series in the early 20th century, starring a veteran of the Russo-Japanese war
  • Golgo 13; retro espionage thriller IT
  • Goodnight Punpun; slice of life with an average kid in an average town IT
  • Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku; supernatural fantasy/horror historical starring a ninja assassin
  • House of Five Leaves; historical samurai drama IT
  • I’ll Give It My All; YA coming of age with a boy who’s an aspiring manga creator IT
  • Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit; futuristic dystopian science fiction IT
  • Jormungand; criminal underworld action thriller IT
  • Levius/est; post-apocalyptic sci-fi action starring a mechanically-enhanced martial artist
  • Maison Ikkoku; contemporary romantic comedy starring an aspiring college student IT
  • March Story; historical supernatural fantasy with demons, set in 18th century Europe IT
  • No Guns Life; criminal underworld thriller
  • Saturn Apartments, slice of life science fiction in a space colony IT
  • Sunny; some sort of magical realism centred around foster children IT
  • Sweet Blue Flower; apparently f/f contemporary romantic student drama IT
  • Tenjo Tenge; YA martial arts high school fight club
  • Terra Formars; science fiction exploration with horror elements
  • The Drifting Classroom; YA horror mystery with a vanished high school finding itself stranded in a strange wasteland IT
  • The Way of the House Husband; comedy starring a former yakuza criminal settled down to a domestic life IT
  • Tokyo Ghoul; occult supernatural mystery/drama
  • Tokyo Ghoul: re; more of the same
  • Ultraman; superhero thriller IT
  • Urusei Yatsura; science fiction alien first contact romantic comedy IT
  • Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead; slice of life zombie apocalypse comedy (iTunes-only)
  • Ōoku: The Inner Chamber; alternate history Edo period samurai Japan, where a mysterious disease has decimated the male population, leaving women in charge

You may also want to check in on this helpful post at the AnimeDeals subforum on Reddit, which alerted me to this offer (thanks!), to see if someone finds anything new, or if you want to try direct links to each volume.

Offered in at least Canada & the US, UK, and possibly other regions worldwide, for who knows how long. Enjoy it if you can get it!