[Free eBook] Philip Sparrow Tells All: Lost Essays by Samuel Steward, Writer, Professor, Tattoo Artist [1940s Cultural History, Travel, & LGBT Essays]

Philip Sparrow Tells All: Lost Essays by Samuel Steward, Writer, Professor, Tattoo Artist by the late Samuel Steward, a poet, novelist, and university professor turned tattoo artist and LGBT erotica writer, edited by Jeremy Mulderig with a foreword by Jason Spring, is a collection of mid-20th culture and life experience essays, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month for June, and this collection assembles an selection of columns originally printed during the 1940s in the Illinois Dental Journal, an obscure publication which allowed the author to write freely on eclectic subject matter drawn from a broad variety of life experience.

The essays are thoroughly annotated by editor Mulderig, giving cultural and historical context, as well as explaining various allusions and the gay subtext which Steward, who would later become an erotic novelist under the pennames Philip Sparrow and Phil Andros, liked to lace his columns with, unbeknownst to his dentist audience. Topics include his friendships with famous literary authors Gertrude Stein and Thornton Wilder, his stints as a holiday sales clerk and opera and ballet extra, his travels to unusual destinations such as a bodybuilding competition and pet cemetary as well as more conventional trips to Paris and Algiers, and much more.

Offered worldwide through June, available directly from the university’s website.

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[Free eBook] 2 issues of Galaxy’s Edge Magazine [Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Essays]

Galaxy’s Edge Magazine: Issues #1 & #2 edited by prolific Hugo & Nebula Award-winning author Mike Resnick, are two installments of the science fiction & fantasy magazine, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Phoenix Pick Press.

These are their featured Free Book of the Month selection for June, and were originally published in 2013. Also, every month, the current issue of Galaxy’s Edge is generously offered as a free online read for a limited time.

These particular issues contain a mix of original and reprint short stories by new and established authors including Robert J. Sawyer, Mercedes Lackey, Ken Liu, C. L. Moore and many more, alongside book reviews by Paul Cook, sfnal retrospective essays by Barry N. Malzberg, a science fact column by novelist and physicist Gregory Benford, plus two parts of a novel serialization (the late Daniel F. Galouye’s Dark Universe, a 1962 Hugo Award finalist).

Offered DRM-free worldwide through June, available directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Practice Makes Perfect by Penny Parkes [Contemporary Medical Comedy]

Practice Makes Perfect by British author Penny Parkes is a 2nd novel in the Larkford series of humorous contemporary literary/women’s fiction, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Simon & Schuster UK.

This is Heat Magazine’s “Holiday Reads” summer promotion’s current Free Book of the Week offer, as featured in the iTunes UK store, and is apparently being made free to help promote the recent release of the 3rd novel, Best Practice.

The series is centred around a medical practice in a small British country town, full of humorous rivalries and backstabbing amongst the residents, before coming to a heartwarming understanding with each other. This installment sees the town practice unexpectedly gain the spotlight as an “NHS Model Surgery”, causing professional problems within the team even as its members struggle with personal problems without.

Offered in the UK only, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] River Queen Rose by Shirley Kennedy [Western Historical Romance]

River Queen Rose by Shirley Kennedy is the 1st novel in the In Old California series of f/m historical western romance, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Kensington’s Lyrical Press imprint.

This is B&N’s featured Free Fridays selection for the weekend, and is apparently being made free to promote the upcoming 2nd novel, Bay City Belle, due this July.

The series is set in California around the time of the Gold Rush. This story takes place in Sacramento, starring a woman with a young daughter struggling to make ends meet by managing her late husband’s run down hotel, and the secretly wealthy ex-farmhand who hesitates to reveal his past or feelings for his former employer’s still-grieving widow.

Offered worldwide, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Cicely: The Story of a Doctor by Ann Dally [Pioneering Medical Biography]

Cicely: The Story of a Doctor by the late English author Ann Dally, a psychiatrist turned medical historian, is a vintage biography of a pioneering historical medical figure, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1968 by Victor Gollancz.

This biography of mid-20th century Jamaican physician Cicely Williams, who discovered and researched the malnutrition condition kwashiorkor and was appointed the first director of Mother and Child Health at the World Health Organization, covers her life up until 1945 and her journeys throughout the world as an open-minded colonial doctor who paid attention to local traditional knowledge, and took care of others while imprisoned in an internment camp in Malaya during World War II, among other experiences in an apparently remarkable life.

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[Free eBook] The Soldier from Virginia by Marjorie Bowen [Vintage Historical Novel]

The Soldier from Virginia by the late English author Marjorie Bowen, a prolific multi-genre novelist who wrote under many other pseudonyms during the early mid-20th century and had several works adapted to film, is a standalone historical biographical novel novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1915 by Methuen under the title Mr Washington and was re-released in a revised edition in 1925 by Thomas Nelson with a new preface by the author (this version here), and has been reprinted throughout the decades until as late as the 1970s.

The story focuses on the early life of US nation founder George Washington, breaking away from the apparently then-standard (circa the 1910s) pop-culture portrayal of him as a formal and stiff personality, instead depicting him in his youth as charming, ardent, and purposeful, with a career full of adventure and excitement.

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[Free eBook] Hangrope Fever by Chuck Mason [Western]

Hangrope Fever by Chuck Mason, a pseudonym for prolific British multi-genre pulp fiction author Donald S. Rowland, is a standalone western historical action adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Frontier imprint.

This was originally published in 1973 by Robert Hale.

The story stars a state deputy going undercover as a wanted man in order to investigate a train robbery, meanwhile trying to avoid rough justice from a gang of vigilantes out to hang any criminals they can find.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Bowie of the Alamo by John Glasby [Historical Western]

Bowie of the Alamo by the late British author John Glasby is his vintage standalone western historical action adventure novel, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Pioneering imprint.

This was originally published in 1964 by John Spencer under the title The Trail Blazers using the pseudonym Chuck Adams and was later reprinted by Robert Hale as part of their Black Horse Western line.

The story makes use of the historical setting of proto-Texas back when it was still the Mexican territory of Tejas, starring a man accompanying a group of illegal American settlers, who gets caught up in the fight for territorial control.

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[Free Audiobooks] Doctor Cerberus by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg [Young Adult LGBT Play & Novel]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2018 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—as free MP3 downloads, usually available worldwide (some titles are subject to geo-restrictions, and you can see the planned release schedule here).

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of coming of age while coming out, available until 7am Eastern Time on June 26th, are as follows:

  • Doctor Cerberus by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, a personal drama/comedy play in L. A. Theatre’s science-themed Relativity series, starring a lonely 13-year old boy whose devotion to the Saturday Night Horror Movie show hosted by the titular Doctor Cerebus convinces him to change his life; performed by a full cast in front of a live audience in 2010, from L. A. Theatre Works, available worldwide
  • Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg, a YA contemporary/literary fiction novel with m/m romantic elements, starring an out and accepted gay teen who when transferring to an out-of-state all-boys’ boarding school, decides to try a change of pace by not mentioning his sexual orientation rather than have it become the focus of what people first see about him, only to find that trying to avoid being labelled boxes him in in other ways; read by Pete Cross, from Dreamscape Media, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on June 26th, available in selected countries worldwide (requires installing Overdrive Media console software on your PC, Mac, Android, or iDevice, and you need to finish downloading before the time limit).

[Free eBook] Mystery in Old Quebec by Mary C. Jane [Vintage Children’s Vacation Mystery]

Mystery in Old Quebec by the late New England-local author Mary C. Jane, with illustrations by Ray Abel, is a standalone vintage children’s investigative mystery adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press.

This was originally published in 1955 by J. B. Lippincott and was the author’s first novel and is being offered as one of Wildside’s sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Club for vintage mystery/pulp fiction reprints.

The story is an investigative destination adventure, set in Quebec City circa the 1950s, starring two children visiting their father, who notice odd behaviours and happenings which lead them to uncover a clever deception, in between exploring the city.

Offered worldwide through June 25th (probably), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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