[Free eBook] The Appian Way: Ghost Road, Queen of Roads by Robert A. Kaster [Historical Ancient & Modern Rome Travel]

The Appian Way: Ghost Road, Queen of Roads by Robert A. Kaster, a Professor of Classics Emeritus at Princeton University, is his joint historical exploration cum modern experience travelogue, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month for August and is part of their *Culture Trais: Adventures in Travel” series of history, literary, and pop culture-inspired travel essays.

The book traces a combined historical and modern journey along the ancient Roman Via Appia, an important road in Italy since its beginnings as a key strategic military route in 312 BC, as the author travels it himself, following in the footsteps of common soldiers and traders and pilgrims throughout the centuries, as well as more distinguished literary figures who’ve written about their own experiences on the Appian Way.

Offered worldwide through August (maybe also through the holiday long weekend), available directly from the university’s website.

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[Free eBook] 1 free choose your own Wildside Press book offer [Multiple Fiction Genres]

As a special treat to celebrate 101 weeks since the inauguration of their “Black Cat Mystery & Science Fiction Community” this Labour Day holiday long weekend, publisher Wildside Press are doing a choose-your-own giveaway of 1 title from their catalogue, and a free subscription month or discount off the annual membership.

  • Freebie: coupon code 101WILDSIDE entered in the cart during checkout (requires account signup with billing address but no payment info) will give you 1 free book valued at $1.01 (or $1.01 cents off anything in the store).

This may not seem like much, but Wildside Press has a great many 99 cent discount Megapacks (expand the sidebar categories to see the selection) collecting reprint short stories from in-copyright vintage pulp fiction and modern genre authors, as well as novels and complete works of public domain authors.

The selection includes works from popular fantasy authors Lawrence Watt-Evans (creator of the humorous Ethshar universe, one of my personal favourites) & Darrell Schweitzer & the late R. A. Lafferty (known for his distinctively imaginative style of “weird fiction”), the late A. R. Morlan, whose sf/fantasy/horror stories enjoyed a cult following (and is their current free ebook selection with the short story The Hemingway Kittens), a collection of Josh Pachter’s Mahboob Chaudri stories originally published in Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine starring a 1980s-era Pakistani detective in Bahrain, vintage lesbian pulp fiction novels by classic crime thriller author Fletcher Flora and many more authors.

And there are also themed megapacks such as Lady Sleuths and Golden Age Science Fiction if you’d prefer a multi-author sampling experience.

  • Discount coupon: 101WEEKS for 1 free membership month of the Black Cat Mystery & Science Fiction Community for pulp crime fiction & sfnal reprints (gets you 7 new ebooks every week from short story to novel length) on the monthly subscription plan (cancel any time), or $3.99 off the pre-paid $19.99 annual membership price, when selecting the PayWhirl option at the checkout.

Offers available until just beyond midnight Eastern Time on September 2nd, available as DRM-free ePub/Mobi/PDF bundle for all books.

[Free eBook] The Hemingway Kittens by A. R. Morlan [Science Fiction Short]

The Hemingway Kittens by the late A. R. Morlan is a standalone contemporary science fiction short story, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press as one of their sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Community for vintage pulp mystery/crime thriller and science fiction reprints.

This was originally published in 2002 by DreamHaven Books in the anthology Shelf Life: Fantastic Stories Celebrating Bookstores.

The story takes place in modern Minnesota, where a bookstore owner is persuaded to adopt some cats to attract customers, who turn out to be of an unexpectedly unusual breed.

Offered worldwide through September 2nd, available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Melt For Him by Lauren Blakely [Contemporary Romance]

Melt For Him by Lauren Blakely is a 2nd novel in the Fighting Fire series of f/m contemporary romance, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Entangled: Brazen imprint.

The series stars firefighters in reluctant relationships, embarking upon one night stands or friends with benefits situations which eventually become something more.

This installment stars a firefighting bar owner who discovers that an unforgettable one night stand is actually a friend’s visiting sister, fresh out of a bad relationship and seemingly unwilling to get burned again, much less settle down in a new town.

Offered in Canada & US and possibly other regions worldwide (excluding UK), available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Worlds Apart: My Experiences in China (1953-5) and the Soviet Union (1962-5) by Humphrey Trevelyan [20th C Diplomat Expat Travel Memoir]

Worlds Apart: My Experiences in China (1953-5) and the Soviet Union (1962-5) by the late British author Humphrey Trevelyan, a notable ambassador to many key international diplomatic posts during his long career, is a mid-20th century historical political events cum expat life memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1971 by Macmillan.

This diplomatic career memoir covers Lord Trevelyan’s experiences as the British Ambassador to China in the 1950s after the Communist Revolution, and in the Soviet Union during the 1960s at the height of the Cold War, giving an inside view of both the various tense political situations which his embassy dealt with, as well as travel and everyday life in Peking and Moscow and surrounding regions both in the expat compounds and the local area attractions, with insightful retrospective political analysis of the times and cultures involved.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Legend and Legacy: The Story of Boeing and its People by Robert J. Serling [Aviation Business History]

Legend and Legacy: The Story of Boeing and its People by the late Robert J. Serling, a novelist and aviation writer who was also the brother of screenwriter Rod Serling of The Twilight Zone fame and occasionally contributed technical consultation on the show, is an aviation business corporate history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1992 by St. Martin’s Press.

This corporate history covers over 75 years of the personal and professional history of aircraft company Boeing, from its roots during the WWI years, to its troubles during the interwar decade, and the eventual development of its famous jet airliners and involvement in the space program, following the decisions of its engineers and executives throughout the decades as they developed and expanded the business and its related industries, with behind the scenes insights and anecdotes.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] A Friendly Exorcism by Talmage Powell [Vintage 1960s Supernatural Mystery Short]

A Friendly Exorcism by the late Talmage Powell, a prolific multi-genre pulp fiction author, is a standalone vintage supernatural mystery short story, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press. as one of their sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Community for vintage pulp mystery/crime thriller and science fiction reprints.

This was originally published in 1968 in the March issue of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine magazine. NB: As a special promotion for their 100th week anniversary, the Black Cat Community (now expanded to vintage Mystery & Science Fiction reprints) is offering 1 free month (7+ new assorted short story, mini-anthology, & novel-length ebooks rotated in every week and a free issue of Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine) using the coupon code 100WEEKS for new or lapsed members when signing up for a monthly subscription (can cancel any time) using the “PayWhirl” option through August 26th (probably expires Eastern Time).

The story stars a young couple whose newly-purchased house appears to be haunted by a poltergeist, who are determined to uncover the mystery behind why it chooses to manifest to them.

Offered worldwide through August 26th, available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Seeds of Murder by Rufus King [Vintage 1950s Mystery Short]

Seeds of Murder by the late Rufus King, a prolific author of pulp mystery tales, is a self-contained short story in the Stuff Driscoll series of vintage detective mysteries, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press. as one of their sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Community for vintage pulp mystery/crime thriller & science fiction reprints.

This was originally published in 1959 in the August issue of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine magazine. NB: As a special promotion for their 100th week anniversary, the Black Cat Community (now expanded to vintage Mystery & Science Fiction reprints) is offering 1 free month (7+ new assorted short story, mini-anthology, & novel-length ebooks rotated in every week and a free issue of Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine) using the coupon code 100WEEKS for new or lapsed members when signing up for a monthly subscription (can cancel any time) using the “PayWhirl” option through August 26th (probably expires Eastern Time).

The series stars a sheriff operating in small towns on the coast of Florida, with the occasional investigative assistance of a Native American Miccosukee tribe member from the Everglades. This story centres around the members of a tempestuous family-owned expat Russian ballet company who’ve settled in the local area, who become embroiled in even more off-stage drama when the executor of their family wealth is found murdered.

Offered worldwide through August 26th (possibly a few days longer), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] The Necessary Beggar by Susan Palwick [Award-Winning Science Fiction]

The Necessary Beggar by Susan Palwick, a Theodore Sturgeon Award-finalist author, is a standalone science fiction novel with social drama and coming of age elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Tor Books imprint.

This is their featured free eBook of the Month Club offer for August, won the 2006 Alex Award and was also nominated for the 2007 Mythopoeic Award.

The story explores issues of community, identity, immigration, and integration in an sfnal setting, taking place in a near-future America which is entered via a randomized portal by a man and his family exiled from an idyllic alien planet after being accused of a terrible crime, who wind up in a refugee camp, unable to explain their origins, as each member begins to adapt to their new surroundings or not.

Offered through August 16th at just before midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free to Canada & US only directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Geisha: The Secret History of a Vanishing World by Lesley Downer [Japan Cultural History & Ethnographic Expat Memoir]

Geisha: The Secret History of a Vanishing World by English author Lesley Downer, a former expat in Japan, journalist and historical novelist, is an ethnographic cultural history and expat memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 2000 by Headline Books.

The book presents an accessibly-written cultural history cum personal ethnographic memoir of Japan’s geisha—from the predecessors of the profession in the artistically accomplished ladies-in-waiting of the Heian period, to the courtesans of later eras, to the present day—and the various other professions that grew up around supporting them, some passing down the family business through centuries, with the author herself invited to spend several months experiencing the training and daily activities of the geisha in Kyoto while living among them.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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