[Free eBook] Love Game: A History of Tennis, from Victorian Pastime to Global Phenomenon by Elizabeth Wilson [Sports Cultural History]

Love Game: A History of Tennis, from Victorian Pastime to Global Phenomenon by Elizabeth Wilson, a novelist and historian, is a sports cultural history, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month for July.

The book is an accessibly-written cultural history of the game of tennis, from its early forms played during the Middle Ages to the rise of croquet and “lawn tennis” during the Victorian Era, to the current modern form, and its rising global appeal and various advances in equipment and gameplay and the gradual acceptance of women and visible minorities in the official competitions, with anecdotes about many great athletes and other colourful sporting personalities along the way.

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

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[Free Audiobooks] Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor & All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater [Young Adult Contemporary & Historical Fantasy]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2019 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 the blend of the real and magical worlds which co-exist, but are not the same thing, available until 7am Eastern Time on August 1st, are as follows:

  • Akata Witch by World Fantasy Award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor, a YA contemporary fantasy novel starring a Nigerian-American albino girl who discovers her latent magical powers and joins a group of students juggling studies of the mundane and mystical arts as they learn to navigate both modern life and the hidden world of magic; read by Yetide Badaki, from Tantor Audio, available worldwide
  • All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater, a YA historical literary novel with magical realism fantasy elements, set in a small desert town in 1960s Colorado, where a Mexican-American family have the ability to perform unusual miracles for visitors; read by Thom Rivera, from Scholastic Audiobooks, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on August 1st, 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 Audiobooks] Kids of Appetite by David Arnold & The Go-Between by Veronica Chambers [Young Adult Crime Drama & Multicultural Coming of Age Novels]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2019 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 peoples’ roles in life and the sometimes deceptive assumptions made about them, available until 7am Eastern Time on July 25th, are as follows:

  • Kids of Appetite by David Arnold, a YA coming of age novel with crime drama elements, starring two teens who wind up having a story to tell to the police, in alternating chapters which gradually fill in the steps between the death of a boy’s father which leads to the murder of a girl’s uncle; read by Phoebe Strole, Michael Crouch, & Ryan Vincent Anderson, from Penguin Random House Listening Library, available worldwide
  • The Go-Between by Veronica Chambers, a YA multicultural coming of age novel starring a girl whose actress mother is a telenovela superstar in Mexico, whose family moves to the US to take an acting gig on American TV, who finds her social status upended as the privileged students at her private academy assume she’s just another immigrant kid there on a scholarship, and begins navigating experience of being a relatively ordinary person undercover; read by Karla Souza, from Penguin Random House Listening Library, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on July 25th, 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] Ragdoll by Daniel Cole [Police Procedural Serial Killer Thriller]

Ragdoll by British author Daniel Cole is the 1st novel in the Ragdoll series of police procedural serial killer thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Orion’s Trapeze imprint.

This is the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store. The series is set in London and alternates between cases pursued by a former Detective, William Fawkes, who wavers between returning to the force or being disgraced from it, and his former partner, DCI Emily Baxter, who is still an active police detective.

This installment sees the two of them reuniting to tackle the case of the the titular serial killer, who has already created a frankencorpse of six victims stitched together, and threatens to create another from a list of upcoming victims given to the media which the detectives must rush to save even as the world is watching.

Offered in UK, Europe, South America & Japan and selected other countries worldwide (excluding North America), available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] The Golden Amazon by John Russell Fearn [Vintage 1940s Pulp Science Fiction]

The Golden Amazon by the late British author John Russell Fearn is the 1st novel in his long-running Golden Amazon series of vintage pulp science fiction adventures, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1944 by World’s Work and and later reprinted over the decades by Harlequin and Gryphon Books’ SF Rediscovery line. The series, which was very popular during the 1950s and 60s and ran to 21 original novels which were serialized in The Toronto Star Weekly and several posthumous ones as well, stars a scientifically-created superwoman with a greatly enhanced intellect and physical abilities, who was initially morally ambiguous.

This tale gives her obligatory origin story, wherein a scientist starts creating her as a reaction to the terrible cost of World War II, seeking to craft the perfect person to rule the world, who may wind up being too detached from humanity to use her power for its ultimate good.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] The Fabled Oak by Simon Clark [Paranormal Investigative Mystery Horror]

The Fabled Oak by English author Simon Clark, a recipient of multiple British Fantasy Awards, is the 3rd novella in his Byron Makangelo series of horror-flavoured paranormal investigative adventures, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

The series stars a wealthy eccentric with a pet monkey and a team of ghost hunters, who investigate paranormal cases in modern times. This story is set in Wales, taking place at a hippie commune whose children insist that a particular ancient tree where they once played now harbours a monstrous supernatural spirit.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Die Now, Live Later by Basil Copper [Vintage 1960s Mystery/Crime Technothriller]

Die Now, Live Later by the late British author Basil Copper, perhaps best known for his contributions to the Solar Pons series which was a popular Sherlock Holmes pastiche back in the day, is the 5th novel in his Mike Faraday series of vintage mystery/crime thrillers, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1968 by Robert Hale. The long-running series stars a gritty P.I. based in Los Angeles, California. This story takes a bit of a technothriller twist as he investigates a dodgy cryogenics firm, and finds the threads of a conspiracy that may intend more than just fleecing the gullible soon-to-be-deceased.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley [Award-Winning Epic Fantasy]

The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley is the 1st novel in the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne trilogy of epic fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Tor Books.

This is their featured free eBook of the Month Club offer for July, won the 2015 Morningstar Award for Best Debut Fantasy Novel from the David Gemmell Legend Awards in honour of the late British author, and is being made free to help promote the newly-released standalone novel set in the same universe, Skullsworn.

The trilogy takes place in an Empire whose ruler has just been killed by unknown enemies even as his children are scattered across the world and struggle to stay alive while uncovering the assassins and continuing to follow their differing life-paths and eventually reunite. This installment introduces the late Emperor’s three children: the heir sent to a remote monastery to learn the discipline and rituals that will unlock an ancient power; a warrior-in-training out to save his brother, if he can only survive his brutal final test; and a minister left in charge of the empire, who believes she knows who murdered their father and begins a dangerous pursuit of justice.

Offered through July 19th at just before midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free to Canada & US-only directly from the publisher.

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[Free Audiobooks] Vincent and Theo: The The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman & Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar [Young Adult Painter & Basketball Player Biography]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2019 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 the private lives of famous people, available until 7am Eastern Time on July 18th, are as follows:

  • Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman, a recounting of the deep friendship between iconic 19th century Dutch post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh and his younger brother Theo who supported his artistic dreams, drawing upon their extensive letters to each other; read by Phillip Fox, from Dreamscape Media, available worldwide
  • Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld, the first memoir of star basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, covering his childhood days to his early sports career and the various inspirations and influences and his experiences growing up during the Civil Rights era; read by the author himself, from Hachette Audio, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on July 18th, 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] Daughter of Earth and Water: A Biography of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley by Noel Gerson [19th C Classic Author Biography]

Daughter of Earth and Water: A Biography of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley by the late Noel Gerson, a prolific historical novelist and biographer under several pseudonyms, is a vintage 19th century literary figure biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1972 by William Morrow.

The biography was originally written for a popular audience (with vintage further reading bibliography included) giving a look at the person behind the iconic free-spirited 19th century author Mary Shelley, who wrote science fiction horror classic Frankenstein when she was only 19, from her unconventional upbringing with her philosopher father and pioneering feminist mother, to her complicated affair and marriage with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, and the scandals, tragedies, accomplishments, and relationships that shaped her adventurous life.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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