All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders is a standalone contemporary science fiction/urban fantasy hybrid novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Tor Books.
This is their featured free eBook of the Month Club offer for September and won the 2017 Nebula, Locus, and William L. Crawford Fantasy Award, as well as being a Hugo finalist. It’s being made free to help promote Anders’ upcoming standalone science fiction novel, The City in the Middle of the Night, due early next year. I read this for Hugo voting last year and it’s a charming, quirky light humorous tale.
The story takes place in a near future with both advanced technology and magic in it, featuring the conflict between a secret society of witches and an ambitious think tank of genius inventors, which is played out via the changing friendship between two young students who eventually join the different factions as they grow up, and the world begins to experience the Unraveling which threatens to destroy it.
Offered through 11:59 Eastern Time on September 21st in Canada & the US only, available DRM-free to 21st directly from the publisher.
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Elusive Victory: The Arab-Israeli Wars, 1947-1974 by the late Trevor N. Dupuy, a retired US Army colonel turned military historian and former professor at Harvard University, is a topical overview of mid-20th century Middle East history and politics, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.
This was originally published in 1978 by Harper & Row.
This in-depth overview covers five of the various wars between Israel and its neighbours Egypt, Jordan, and Syria during the mid-20th century, attempting to give a fact-based, balanced view of the underlying conflicts from both sides as well as outsider perspectives and dispelling then-common myths (at the time of writing, this was also a topical current affairs book in the wake of the 1973 Yom Kippur War), including political analyses and drawing upon personal interviews with various parties involved.
Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.
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The Mate by Abigail Owen is a prequel short story in the Fire’s Edge series of f/m shapeshifter paranormal romance, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Entangled: Amara imprint.
This is being made free to help promote the upcoming release of the 1st novel, The Boss, due next week. The series is set in a version of our modern world, where dragon shapeshifters exist alongside humans, and for some reason are employed as firefighters.
This story takes place in the US and France, and is a second chance reunion romance centred around a woman who discovers she’s actually one of the shapeshifters, and now must choose the right mate or die, only to find that her prospective dragon life partner is the ex who broke her heart when they both still thought she was human.
Offered worldwide, available at multiple retailers.
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The Shift by George Foy, a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in literature and known for his pseudonymous genre-bending literary-flavoured works, is the 1st novel in the Shift sequence of futuristic science fiction mystery/crime thrillers with dystopian satire elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.
This was originally published in 1996 by Bantam Books and was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award.
The story is a cyberpunk-flavoured murder mystery technothriller set in a satirically dystopian near future, starring a television writer who draws inspiration for his scripts from a virtual reality simulation of an alternate 19th century New York where he plays the role of a cop chasing a deadly historical serial killer, who becomes even deadlier when he seems to escape from the program into the modern real world.
Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.
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My Fair Lord by Wilma Counts is the 1st novel in the Once Upon a Bride series of f/m Regency historical romance, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Kensington’s Lyrical Press imprint.
This is Barnes & Noble’s featured Free Fridays selection for the weekend. The series is centred around a group of women, friends since their schoolgirl days bonding over books, who each find their happily ever after.
The story is a reverse take on George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion (adapted as the musical My Fair Lady), starring an earl’s daughter who takes her stepsister’s challenge to transform a simple dockworker into a society gentleman for the marriage mart.
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The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory is a f/m contemporary romantic comedy novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Headline’s Eternal imprint.
This is the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store.
The story is a cross-continental long-distance romance, as an impromptu fake date between chance-met strangers attending an ex’s wedding becomes something more, as they each return to their careers in the US and UK but can’t stop thinking about each other.
Offered in the UK and Europe, available at multiple retailers.
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The Ceruliana Caper by the late Jacob Hay is a standalone mystery/thriller 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 reprints.
This was originally published in 1974 in the March issue of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine magazine.
The story stars an official of the British Empire, assigned to a Polynesian island kingdom, which may prove to need his expertise with Scotland Yard techniques.
Offered worldwide through September 17th (maybe), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.
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As a Labour Day week treat, Supermarket Management 2 is offered free for a limited time, courtesy of publisher G5 Games.
This is a casual point-and-click time/resource management simulation game, where you are the manager of a small shop that gradually turns into a large grocery chain as you use the profits from pleasing customers to invest in upgraded equipment and grow your business.
I’ve had this for a few years and played it through to the end. It’s light on story and the gameplay isn’t very deep, but reasonably entertaining fun if you like this sort of game. Also, there are a lot of ads for the publisher’s other games upon startup and when you pause it, but otherwise none while actually playing the game.
Offered worldwide through September 9th for Mac, Windows 10, Android, and iDevices @ the Mac App Store, the iOS App Store, Google Play, Amazon, and Microsoft
Keep Me Safe by Glasgow-resident Italian expat author Daniela Sacerdoti is the 1st novel in the Seal Island series of contemporary literary/women’s fiction with supernatural and romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Headline’s Review imprint.
This is the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store, and is apparently being made free to help promote the recently-released 2nd novel, I Will Find You. The series is set on a slightly supernatural Scottish island, where apparently bereft individual women find themselves through unusual life-changing experiences.
This story stars a woman and her young daughter who journey to the remote island in search of a new home when the daughter mysteriously speaks of it after a strange period of silence.
Offered in the UK, Europe, and selected other regions worldwide (excluding North America), available at multiple retailers.
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It’s Always Too Late by the late Gil Brewer is a standalone pulp mystery/crime thriller 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/thriller reprints.
This was originally published in 1951 and if you’re interested, there’s an introduction to the author and his works in this guest blogpost by David Rachels, the editor of the University Press of Florida’s retrospective reprint collection of Brewer’s short stories, Redheads Die Quickly and Other Stories
The story stars a man who turns to bank robbery, much to the surprise of his wife.
Offered worldwide through September 10th (probably), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.
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