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[Free eBook] The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan [Epic Fantasy]

The Eye of the World by the late Robert Jordan is the 1st novel in the Wheel of Time series of epic high fantasy adventure, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Tor Books.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month Club offer for February and was originally published in 1990. The series is a classically epic high fantasy bestseller, set in a world undergoing recurring ages of legend, as a new cycle begins with a budding hero’s quest to discover and fulfill his destiny and also save the world, as you do.

This installment kicks off the first of many, as said hero and his initial companions begin on their journey after the obligatory dramatic getting started events attack their village and introduce them to hitherto unsuspected facets of their world.

Offered through February 15th at 11:59 PM Eastern Time, available DRM-free in Canada & the US directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Lessons in Temptation by Charlie Cochrane [LGBT Historical Mystery with Romance]

Lessons in Temptation by British author Charlie Cochrane is the 5th novel in the Cambridge Fellows series of historical murder mysteries with strong m/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Endeavour Media imprint.

This was originally published in 2009 by the now-defunct Samhain Publishing. The series is set in England at the turn of the 20th century and stars an amateur sleuthing gay couple solving crimes, mostly in and around the university-going set.

This story takes place during a visit to Bath in 1907, where one partner starts looking into the mysterious death of a local prostitute, while the other gets distractingly drawn into a theatrical drama produced by an overly flirtatious old friend set on doing Shakespeare’s Macbeth and possibly more if he can help it.

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[Free eBook] Shelter by Marguerite Steen [Vintage WWII Literary Novel]

Shelter by the late English author Marguerite Steen, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature whose works enjoyed a period of popularity in the 1930s and 1940s, is a standalone vintage literary fiction novel with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1942 by Sun Dial Press.

The story was written contemporary to and takes place during WWII on the British homefront, set in 1940s London near the beginning of the Blitz, and is a domestic drama centred around the shifting relationship between two women caught up together in the war and connected by particular circumstances whether they like it or not.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] A Scatter of Stardust by E. C. Tubb [Science Fiction]

A Scatter of Stardust by the late British author E. C. Tubb, perhaps best known for his long-running Dumarest Saga, is a collection of his vintage science fiction short stories from the 1950s onward, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This is an expanded edition of the collection published in 1976 by Dennis Dobson, and now contains several additional stories, as well as all the vintage original content.

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[Free eBook] Mayday by Jonathan Lynn [Mystery Thriller Satire]

Mayday by British author Jonathan Lynn, also a screenwriter and filmmaker who wrote for the hit British TV comedy Yes, Minister and directed cult classic Clue: The Movie, one of my personal favourites, is a standalone satirical mystery/thriller adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1993 by Penguin’s Viking imprint. The novel is a humorous sendup of mystery/thriller tropes, and was praised by Monty Python actor Eric Idle when it first came out.

The story stars a bestselling author who seeks inspiration for his next novel by responding to an intriguing personal ad from a mysterious woman desperate for a large sum of money with no questions asked, and soon finds himself with plenty of dramatic fodder as he gets in way over his head as the plot thickens in true screwball comedy fashion.

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[Free eBook] The Drowned Tomb by James Fahy [YA Fantasy]

The Drowned Tomb by British author James Fahy is the 2nd novel in the Changeling series of young adult coming of age fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture Press imprint.

The series is loosely based on assorted folklore and mythology, and takes place in both our modern world and a hidden faerie realm, starring a boy who has recently discovered his dual heritage and begun training his magical powers.

This installment sees him and his friends undergoing a journey in the Netherworlde both to elude a deadly enemy as well as prepare for the upcoming war between the worlds.

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[Free eBook] Brothers in Arms by Philip McCormac [Western]

Brothers in Arms by Philip McCormac is a western historical action adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Pioneering Press imprint.

This was originally published in 2007 by Robert Hale as part of their Black Horse Western line under the title Massacre at Empire Fastness, credited as by P. McCormac.

The story stars two former prisoners who are the only survivors of a massacre that killed the inhabitants of the local town holding the jail cells which hid them from the marauding outlaws, whom they vow to track down even as they find themselves being accused of the murders.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Homer’s Iliad: The Shield of Memory by Kenneth Atchity [Classical Greek Literature Studies]

Homer’s Iliad: The Shield of Memory by Kenneth Atchity, a former professor of comparative literature and classics who later became a film producer, is his vintage classical literature studies text, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Story Merchant Books.

This was originally published in 1978 by Southern Illinois University Press as part of their Literary Structures series and credited as by Kenneth John Atchity and contains a foreword by series editor the late John Gardner, who was a notable novelist and literary critic in his own right.

The book thoroughly examines and interprets the titular classic ancient Greek epic from what was hailed as a fresh perspective at the time, and as Atchity’s Ph.D. dissertation, was awarded Yale University’s John Addison Porter Prize.

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[Free eBook] Steeldriver by Don DeBrandt [Folklore-Based Science Fiction]

Steeldriver by Canadian author Don DeBrandt is a self-contained novel in the Cyberfolk series of folkloric cyberpunk science fiction, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1998 by Ace Books. The novels in the series, which is apparently a thematically linked sequence rather than interconnected tales, mingle folk mythology with cyberpunk ideas.

This story is a recasting of the African American folk hero legend John Henry as a cyborg on a distant planet, who battles a computerized mining machine to gain his freedom.

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[Free eBook] The Dreamland Chronicles by William Mark Simmons [Virtual Reality Sci-Fantasy]

The Dreamland Chronicles by William Mark Simmons is an omnibus edition of the Dreamlands series of science fiction & fantasy hybrid virtual reality adventures, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture Press imprint.

These were originally published in 1990, 1992, and 2002 by Warner’s Questar imprint and now-defunct sfnal specialty publisher Meisha Merlin, credited as by Wm. Mark Simmons. The series combines science fiction & fantasy elements in a high-tech future where people inhabit an immersive magic-wielding traditional fantasy-based virtual reality gaming world.

This omnibus edition contains all 3 novels, of which the 1st, In the Net of Dreams, was nominated for both the Locus and Compton Crook Awards. The stories were written to be self-contained adventures which explore various facets of the virtual world, which eventually comes under threat from various forces, as players begin to encounter alternate versions of their avatars under sinister circumstances and must unravel mysterious happenings.

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