[Free eBook] O, How the Wheel Becomes It! by Anthony Powell [Literary Satire]

O, How the Wheel Becomes It! by the late British author Anthony Powell, a much-adapted award-winning novelist, is a contemporary literary fiction novel, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month for July and was originally published in 1983 by Penguin.

The novel takes a satirical look at authors and the literary establishment through the mishaps experienced by a second-rate author turned respectable literary critic when he tries to suppress an old colleague’s resurfaced diary which threatens to show his early exploits in a less-than-favourable light.

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

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[Free eBook] Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Charles Sheffield [Science Fiction]

Tomorrow and Tomorrow by the late British author Charles Sheffield, a Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author and physicist, is a standalone science fiction novel with military sf and f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Phoenix Pick Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month selection for July, and was originally published in 1997 by Bantam Spectra.

The story stars a man turning to cryogenics in the hopes of saving the dying woman he loves, awakening again and again in future eras to try new technologies until finally humanity has advanced to the point where she can be restored, but only if he can fight off an alien invasion whose warlike aggression the peaceful future no longer understands.

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

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[Free eBook] The Book of Years Omnibus by Peter Morwood [Epic Fantasy]

The Book of Years Omnibus by Irish author Peter Morwood is an omnibus collection of the 1st to 3rd novels in The Book of Years sequence in the greater Alban Saga universe of epic feudal fantasy adventure, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

These were originally published between 1983 and 1986 by Arrow Books in the UK, and DAW in the US, as The Horse Lord, The Demon Lord, and The Dragon Lord. The series takes place in a feudal fantasy world full of complex political intrigue amongst Clans and others.

These 3 novels form a sequence recounting the fall and rise of a young clan lord whose family is murdered and birthright stolen, as he seeks revenge and restoration of his heritage, then quests to banish a demon, and is finally sold to a hostile empire in a backstabbing political trade, leveraging his new position to undermine his enemies from within. NB: Apparently, a 4th novel, The War Lord, was published later as a follow-up sequel, but this trilogy should give you the protagonist’s core story.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] The Jet Age: True Tales of the Air Since 1945 by Robert Jackson [Aviation & Military History]

The Jet Age: True Tales of the Air Since 1945 by Yorkshire-born British author Robert Jackson, a former pilot turned prolific author of military & aviation thrillers and history, is a 20th century military aviation history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1980 by St. Martin’s Press.

This anecdotal history spotlights over a dozen incidents showcasing the worldwide rise and use of fighter jets from the 1950s onward, from odd stories such as a West German plane whose pilot died at the controls, to the case of an American bomber shot down by an American fighter, to Cold War-era air battles, and more.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Tale from Tangier by Mack Reynolds [Vintage Pulp Crime Short]

Tale from Tangier by the late Mack Reynolds, a prolific multi-genre author who was the first to write an officially licensed Star Trek tie-in novel, is a standalone vintage pulp crime adventure short story, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press.

This was originally published in the March 1951 issue of Mike Shane Mystery Magazine and is one of Wildside’s sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Community for vintage mystery/pulp fiction reprints.

The story is set in Tangier, Morocco, pitting criminals against criminals as a group of retired expat smugglers and conmen find themselves threatened by the ambitions of newcomers whose plans for a major heist will upset their comfortable status quo with the local authorities.

Offered worldwide through July 30th (probably), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free Audiobook] The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [Classic Science Fiction]

The Lost World by the late British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, is the 1st novel in the Professor Challenger sequence of vintage classic science fiction adventure, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tantor Audio.

This is their Free Book of the Month selection for July, is narrated by Michael Prichard and accompanied by a PDF ebook of the original text (which is public domain anyway, so you can easily find an ePub/Mobi if you prefer) and is a different version from the Naxos Audiobooks reading offered during AudiobookSync’s Summer of Listening giveaway.

The novel was originally published in 1912, and is the first adventure starring Conan Doyle’s other famous character, Professor Challenger, an intrepid scientist-explorer, and was a popular tale which influenced further authors, including Michael Crichton, whose novel Jurassic Park became the basis of the hit movie franchise. The story features a journey to the Amazon, where the expedition discovers a hidden enclave of dinosaurs who have survived into the present day.

Offered worldwide through July, available as DRM-free MP3s from the retailer’s website.

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[Free eBook] The Sun Dragon by Annabelle Jay [YA LGBT Urban Fantasy]

The Sun Dragon by Annabelle Jay is the 1st novel in the The Sun Dragon quintet of YA urban fantasy with f/f and f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Dreamspinner Press’ Harmony Ink imprint for teen readers.

This is a special giveaway to help promote the author’s newly released YA science fiction novel about cloning, Jesse 2.0. The series takes place in a variant version of our modern world, where current technology and pop culture exist, alongside an centuries-past line of kings who banished dragons not by killing, but transforming them, unleashing the dragons again in the present day.

This installment sets up the storyline as a high school student discovers that her newly manifested powers may be the key to saving her best friend from the evil king’s scheme, as well as struggling between the obligatory attractions to the (male) representative of a secret council of wizards and a beautiful (female) magical forest-dweller.

Offered worldwide through July 24th until midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free Audiobooks] Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama & The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [YA Fantasy & Classic Science Fiction]

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 this is their final week of the event, from which I hope you’ve found books you’ve enjoyed.

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of the rediscovery of strange creatures from times past, available until 7am Eastern Time on July 26th, are as follows:

  • Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama, is a standalone young adult paranormal fantasy novel starring a girl attempting to unravel the truth behind her family line, which seems to be afflicted by repeated tragedy dating back to a long-ago decision by a mermaid to leave the sea; read by Katherine Kellgren, from Macmillan Audio, available US, Canada, New Zealand, and selected other regions worldwide (excluding the UK, rest of the Commonwealth, and Europe)
  • The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is a classic science fiction adventure novel originally published in 1912, starring the Sherlock Holmes creator’s other famous character Professor Challenger, on an expedition to a hidden plateau in South America where dinosaurs have survived to the present day; read by Glen McCready, from Naxos Audiobooks, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on July 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] Override by SJD Peterson [LGBT BDSM Erotic Romance]

Override by SJD Peterson is the 1st novel in the The Underground Club trilogy of m/m contemporary BDSM erotic romance, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Dreamspinner Press.

This is a special giveaway to help promote the newly-released 3rd novel, The Edge, and if you’re interested, you can read an interview with the author about it on USA Today’s Happily Ever After blog.

The trilogy explores the relationships between the closely-knit members of a sex club, apparently with therapeutic use of BDSM to help overcome past traumas in later installments. This one introduces the club itself as a newcomer learns to push his personal boundaries while working past others’ assumptions about his preferences.

Offered worldwide through July 22nd until midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Girl Friend by Mack Reynolds [Vintage Pulp Mystery/Crime]

Girl Friend by the late Mack Reynolds, a prolific multi-genre author who was the first to write an officially licensed Star Trek tie-in novel, is a standalone pulp mystery/crime short story, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press.

This was originally published in 1957 in the September issue of Manhunt magazine using the pseudonym Mark Mallory and is one of Wildside’s sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Community for vintage pulp/crime fiction reprints.

The story relates the aftermath of a detective investigation into a crime committed by a high school student.

Offered worldwide through July 23rd (probably), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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