[Free eBook] Timberjak by Don DeBrandt [Folklore-Based Science Fiction]

Timberjak by Canadian author Don DeBrandt is a self-contained novel in the Cyberfolk grouping of folkloric cyberpunk science fiction, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1999 by Ace Books. The novels in the series, which is apparently a thematically linked sequence rather than interconnected tales, mingle folk mythology with cyberpunk ideas.

The story explores themes of corporate exploitation and ecoterrorism in a galactic setting, recasting the frontier woodcutter Paul Bunyan as the head of an interstellar logging team consisting of cyborgs, artificial intelligences, and an ox-like blue alien, harvesting a distant forest whose wood has extraordinary properties even as a mad scientist determined to stop them may wind up annihilating the planet in his efforts to save the trees.

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[Free eBook] V. I.: Viral Intelligence by Don DeBrandt [Science Fiction Technothriller]

V. I.: Viral Intelligence by Canadian author Don DeBrandt is a standalone science fiction technothriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Endeavour imprint.

This was originally published in 2000 by Penguin.

The story combines biological and technological threats, as invasive alien ticks with the ability to rearrange molecules hybridize themselves with an artificial intelligence, creating computer bugs which begin to take over not only inanimate systems, but flesh and blood as well.

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[Free eBook] The History of Assassination: From Becket to JFK by Brian McConnell [Politics & True Crime]

The History of Assassination: From Becket to JFK by the late Brian McConnell, a journalist who helped foil a plot to kidnap Princess Anne during the 1970s, is a true crime political history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1969 by Leslie Frewin.

This covers assassination as performed in modern (circa the 1960s) and ancient times (actually going back farther than Thomas à Becket to the Roman era) around the world, providing an overview and some analysis of national historical trends as well as selected case studies of famous assassinations past and present, alongside a bit of speculation on the then-recent deaths of the Polish prime minister and the UN Secretary-General, who both died in potentially suspicious plane crashes.

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[Free eBook] Willie: The Life of W. Somerset Maugham by Robert Calder [Award-Winning LGBT Literary Author Biography]

Willie: The Life of W. Somerset Maugham by Canadian author Robert Calder, a Professor Emeritus at the University of Saskatchewan who has written the forewords for several of the Penguin Classics editions of Maugham’s novels, is a literary author biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1989 by William Heinemann, was later reprinted by St. Martin’s Press, and won the 1989 Governor General’s Award for Non-Fiction (Canada’s top literary prize).

This biography of the highly influential early 20th century British playwright and novelist W. Somerset Maugham—author of classics such as Of Human Bondage, which was adapted to film several times—was written with the co-operation of his late secretary and companion Alan Searle. It sought to present a comprehensive and nuanced look at the author’s complex and sometimes contradictory personality, with a more sympathetic view of the effects of Maugham’s sexual orientation, and the fear of its exposure had on both his writing and his personal life, than previous biographers had used at the time (circa the 1980s), and includes some useful commentary about said previous biographies in the introductory foreword.

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[Free eBook] Love Has No Expiration by C.S. Poe [LGBT Contemporary Romance]

Love Has No Expiration by C.S. Poe, a recent Lambda Literary Award finalist, is a standalone m/m contemporary romance short story, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Dreamspinner Press.

The story is a festive Valentine’s Day tale starring an older, career-driven chef who meets a flirtatious younger man at a farmer’s market, and must overcome his worries about his work/life balance as well as the age gap in order to find true love.

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[Free eBook] Dirty Poole: A Sensual Memoir by Wakefield Poole [1970s Gay Theatre & Porn Director Autobiography]

Dirty Poole: A Sensual Memoir by Wakefield Poole, a Broadway choreographer and theatrical director who became a pioneering gay pornography film director during the 1970s, is an autobiographical memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

This was originally published in 2000 by Alyson Books and was later adapted into the documentary film I Always Said Yes: The Many Lives of Wakefield Poole in 2013.

This is the 2011 updated edition with a new afterword by the author, who was a respected Broadway choreographer and theatrical director who became a pioneering director of gay pornography films, and covers his experiences in both, with reminisces about vintage theatrical celebrities and life on and off stage, as well as the rise of the porn industry during the sexual revolution of the 1970s.

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[Free eBook] Napoleon and His Parents: On the Threshold of History by Dorothy Carrington [18th C Family Biography]

Napoleon and His Parents: On the Threshold of History by the late British author Dorothy Carrington, a lifelong expat who was a leading authority on Corsican history and culture, is a joint biography of a prominent 17th century family, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1988 by Penguin Books.

This book examines previously-overlooked (circa the 1980s) documents in the Corsican archives to draw a picture of the 18th century French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte’s family background and formative influences via the characters and life experiences of his parents, who were of minor Italian nobility and rose to prominence even before their famous son’s accomplishments.

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[Free eBook] The Longest Night by Kara Braden [Contemporary Romance]

The Longest Night by Kara Braden is the 1st novel in the The Longest Night series of contemporary romance, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Sourcebooks’ Casablanca imprint.

The series apparently consists of self-contained slow burn romances in relatively exotic locales, starring mixed couples of traumatized former military personnel and civilians with dark pasts seeking escape from their respective secrets and regrets, reluctantly rediscovering trust with new potential lovers.

This one is a friends to lovers tale set at a cabin in the remote Canadian wilderness, starring an ex-Marine Captain turned medic, and the recovering drug addict criminal defense lawyer she slowly opens up to over the course of a lonely winter.

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[Free eBook] Rebel Cowboy by Nicole Helm [Western Romance]

Rebel Cowboy by Nicole Helm is the 1st novel in the Big Sky Cowboys series of f/m contemporary western romance, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Sourcebooks’ Casablanca imprint.

The series centres around the Shaw family in Montana. This one is centred around a city slicker former hockey star retiring early to his grandfather’s ranch, and local woman taking a job as his consultant to save her family’s land.

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[Free eBook] All Systems Red by Martha Wells [Award-Winning Science Fiction]

All Systems Red by Martha Wells is the 1st novella in the The Murderbot Diaries series of science fiction robot adventures, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tor Books.

This is their featured Free eBook of the Month Club offer for April, and is being made free to promote the upcoming release of the 2nd-in-series, Artificial Condition in May as well as celebrate the author’s nominations for the 2018 Hugo Awards (Best Novella for this, and Best Series for her Raksura fantasies) as well as the Nebula Awards, and its recent win for the Alex Awards.

The series is set in a spacefaring future where planetary exploration missions must be accompanied by security androids supplied by the Company, and stars one beginning to develop its own self-awareness as it hacks the modules which control its behaviour, unknown to and scornful of the humans around it. This story has investigative mystery elements as one of the exploring groups on a distant planet suddenly loses contact with the other missions, leaving the scientists and the secretly self-named “Murderbot” to figure out what’s going on.

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