[Free Audiobook] The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man by James Weldon Johnson [Classic Literary Memoir]

The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man by the late James Weldon Johnson, a highly influential author, diplomat, and civil rights activist, is a novel classic literary memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tantor Audio.

This is their featured monthly free audiobook giveaway for February and a special selection for Black History Month, and is read by Alan Bomar Jones. The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man is a literary novel, originally published anonymously in 1912 and now considered a classic of literature and important early influence on many other African-American authors.

The story is styled as the fictional memoir of a biracial African-American man who is able to pass as a white man at the cost of giving up his heritage and musical ambitions, exploring race relations and artistic constraints in the aftermath of the US Civil War and at the turn of the 20th century.

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[Free eBook] Crown Service by Terah Edun [YA Fantasy]

Crown Service by Terah Edun is the 1st novel in the Blades of Magic series of young adult adventure fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of the author herself via StoryBundle.

This is a free giveaway offered as a bonus for StoryBundle’s newsletter subscribers to help promote The Black Narratives Bundle of science fiction & fantasy celebrating Black History Month, offering a rather nice selection of new and backlist books from both indie and established black authors including recent Hugo Award winning author Nnedi Okorafor, James Tiptree Jr. Award-winning author Nalo Hopkinson, Mythopoeic Award-winning author Karen Lord, and many more.

The series takes place in a fantasy empire wracked by a war between mages, starring the daughter of a disgraced imperial commander. This story sees her discovering the truth behind her father’s last actions and becoming a fighter herself in the imperial army and making friends and enemies, uncovering dark secrets which mages on both sides would rather not come to light.

Offered through March 1st at midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free worldwide directly from StoryBundle.

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[Free eBook] Captive Dreams by Michael Flynn [Literary Science Fiction Stories]

Captive Dreams by Michael Flynn is a short story collection of science fiction with a literary fiction flavour, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Phoenix Pick Press.

This is their featured Free Ebook of the Month for February. Flynn’s work generally seems to be considered hard science fiction, but these stories have a bit of a literary fiction flavour, set in the same neighbourhood with amidst characters whose lives and situations tangentially intertwine as the explore their conceptions of humanity itself.

The collection contains six stories and a new introduction, with 4 reprints including Melodies of the Heart, the 1994 Analog Award-winner for Best Novella, originally credited as by Michael F. Flynn, plus 2 new tales.

Offered through February (generally stays up another day or two), available DRM-free worldwide directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Mutually Assured Domination by Nick Walters [Doctor Who Sci-Fi TV Tie-In]

Mutually Assured Domination by Nick Walters is the 4th novel in the Lethbridge-Stewart tie-in spinoff series of the popular Doctor Who franchise of classic British sci-fi, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Candy Jar Books.

The story takes place during the 1960s in Britain and features an uneasy teamup between Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart, tasked with investigating strange phenomena, and a journalist who uncover that a suspicious nuclear power company may be the front for an alien invasion.

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[Free eBook] The Drifter by Nick Petrie [Action Mystery/Thriller]

The Drifter by Nick Petrie is the 1st novel in the Peter Ash series of mystery/suspense action thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tor Books.

This is their featured monthly free audiobook giveaway for February, and is read by TV actor Stephen Mendel. The series stars a returning US war veteran who finds himself investigating assorted crimes and nefarious plots he comes across, engaging in action-packed confrontations with dangerous opponents.

This story sets him up with an initial homecoming adventure, helping the widow of a former friend in the Marines, whose apparent suicide turns out to be more complicated than it seems.

Offered through February 24th at 12 PM Eastern Time, available DRM-free to worldwide directly from the publisher.

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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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