[Free eBooks] 9 books from AmazonCrossing for World Book Day [International Mystery, Biography, True Crime, Historical, Literary, LGBT]

As a special treat to celebrate World Book Day on April 23rd, Amazon is once again making free 9 Kindle ebooks in selected countries from its exclusive Amazon Crossing imprint for world literature in translation, which includes many notable and award-winning international authors.

The giveaway lasts for another day through April 24th-25th depending on your timezone, and you can see the special Read the World promo pages for it with more info on the works, authors, and translators, here at the Amazon US main, Amazon Canada, and Amazon UK stores.

Here are some auto-search links to pull up what’s free in the participating local stores for US, Canada, UK, Australia, India, and I’ve direct-linked the free titles to the main US or UK store as applicable (change the country code in the URL to get your local store).

Available in all participating countries:

  1. An American Princess: The Many Lives of Allene Tew, a biography about a young New Yorker who rose to great social heights during the Gilded Age, by Dutch author Annejet Van Der Zijl

  2. The Hangman’s Daughter, 1st in the eponymous 16th century Germany historical mystery series, by German author Oliver Pötzsch (illustrated “Kindle in Motion” version for Canada & US only; regular version for UK, Australia, and India)

  3. The Murmur of Bees, literary fiction by Mexican author Sofia Segovia

  4. All This I Will Give To You, award-winning crime thriller set in Spain and starring an LGBT man who has discovered a trail of secrets behind his late husband’s death, by Spanish autho Dolores Redondo

  5. About the Night, historical fiction set in 1940s Jerusalem by Israeli author Anat Talshir

Only free in North America (2 expections for India):

  1. The Dark Heart: A True Story of Greed, Murder and an Unlikely Investigator, true crime about the 2012 Swedish case of a missing and presumably murdered millionaire landowner whose body could not be found, by Swedish author Joakim Palmqvist (also free for India)

  2. Go: A Coming of Age Novel, literary fiction dealing with social and cultural issues surrounding a Korean student in a Japanese high school, by Japanese author Kazuki Kaneshiro (also free for India)

  3. The Passion According to Carmela, historical fiction set durnig the Cuban Revolution by Argentinian author Marcos Aguinis

  4. This Next Life or the Other, contemporary literary fiction about a radicalized and disillusioned youth fighting in Syria, by Norwegian author Demian Vitanza

Only free in other countries including UK, Australia/New Zealand, and India.

  1. Winter Men, historical fiction set in mid-century Germany dealing with the conflicts between two opposing brothers during the rise and defeat of Nazism, by Danish author Jesper Bugge Kold (not free in India)

  2. Still Waters, 1st in Sandhamn Murders mystery series by Swedish author Viveca Sten (not free in India; I’ve read this, and it’s the start of an enjoyable series which is on sale for just $0.99-$1.99 in Canada & US this month)

  3. The House by the River, a family saga following five sisters in Greece, by Greek author Lena Manta

  4. The Great Passage, award-winning literary fiction about an unexpected friendship that springs up between a retiring Japanese dictionary compiler and his eccentric co-worker, by Japanese author Shion Miura

Additionally still free in Canada & Australia (leftovers from a previous world literature promotion):

  1. Pathological, a biomedical science fiction thriller by Chinese author Wang Jinkiang

  2. Valley of Terror, a biomedical horror thriller by Chinese author Zhou Haohui

Offered through midnight Pacific Time on April 24th, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Cop Killer by James Holding [Vintage 1960s Mystery/Crime Short]

Cop Killer by the late James Holding, one of the authors behind the “Ellery Queen” shared pseudonym, is vintage standalone 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/crime thriller reprints.

This was originally published in 1962 in the November issue of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine magazine.

The story stars a beat cop assigned to a bad neighbourhood working to thwart an old high school rival who has become a deadly dangerous petty criminal.

Offered worldwide through April 22nd (probably; sometimes they stay for a few extra days or until the next week), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] What Happens in Vegas by Shana Gray [Chick Lit Travel Romantic Comedy]

What Happens in Vegas by Shana Gray is the 1st novel in the Girls Weekend Away quartet of chick lit travel comedy with strong f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Entangled: Amara imprint.

This is being made free to help promote the new release of the 4th book, A Match Made in Monaco, out this month. The series stars a group of four friends taking vacation getaway trips to various world destinations together for fun and games and a touch of romance along the way, as each must in turn decide whether they’ve discovered something that could last beyond just a weekend fling.

This installment takes place amidst the casinos of Las Vegas, starring a detective taking the time to treat her friends with a luxury booth in an exclusive club, where she encounters a professional poker player in town for a tournament.

Offered in Canada & US only, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Meet the Earl at Midnight by Gina Conkle [Fairy Tale Retelling Historical Romance]

Meet the Earl at Midnight by Gina Conkle is the 1st novel in the Midnight Meetings series of fairy tale-inspired f/m historical romance, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Sourcebooks’ Casablanca imprint.

The series takes place in Regency England, starring strangers who initially meet under circumstances loosely inspired by assorted fairy tales, who must uncover the heart of the real person behind the mysterious encounter.

This one is a “Beauty and the Beast” riff, with a young woman packed off to live with a reclusive nobleman whose reputation in society seems to consist only of rumour and gossip, to pay off her family’s debts.

Offered worldwide, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Where There’s Smoke by Karen Kelley [Paranormal Western Erotic Romance]

Where There’s Smoke by Karen Kelley is the 1st novel in a quartet of f/m contemporary paranormal cowboy western erotic romance, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Sourcebooks’ Casablanca imprint.

The quartet centres around four half-angels known as nephilim who cross over into the human world, each fulfilling the fantasies of the (mostly) mortal women who encounter them in a series of self-contained novels.

This story stars an aspiring demon-in-training cast out of hell and given the assignment to steal a soul, picking up a seemingly corruptible cowboy in a Texas bar who turns out to have a darkly angelic secret of his own and a desire to seduce her away to the bright side.

Offered worldwide, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Star Trek Discovery: Desperate Hours by David Mack [Science Fiction TV Tie-In]

Desperate Hours by David Mack is the 1st novel in the Star Trek: Discovery series of official TV tie-ins, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Simon & Schuster’s Gallery Books imprint.

This is the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store. The series takes a decade before Star Trek: The Original Series begins, and involves the crew of the USS Discovery in a war between the Federation and the Klingon Empire.

This novel has a spotlight focus on the Discovery’s Captain Michael Burnham, a human woman raised among Vulcans, in a prequel story telling the tale of her promotion to First Officer on her old ship the USS Shenzhou, when she must infiltrate a mysterious alien vessel to protect a Federation colony under attack.

Offered in the UK only, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Cinderella Screwed Me Over by Cindi Madsen [Romantic Comedy]

Cinderella Screwed Me Over by Cindi Madsen is a standalone f/m contemporary romantic comedy novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Entangled: Select imprint.

The story stars a young woman jaded with notions of happily ever after in the wake of a string of bad ex-boyfriends, getting to know her gorgeous new neighbour with whom she is reluctant to get involved, humorously attempting to profile him against her past experience of previously charming princes-turned-frogs in an effort to convince herself not to take one last chance on a possible fairytale ending.

Offered worldwide, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Billion Dollar Cowboy by Carolyn Brown [Contemporary Western Romance]

Billion Dollar Cowboy by Carolyn Brown is the 1st novel in the Cowboys & Brides f/m contemporary western romance, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Sourcebooks’ Casablanca imprint.

The series stars couples who meet each other for the first time, gradually getting to know each other better as circumstances push them into rapid assumed relationships from the start.

This one is a modern marriage of convenience, starring a rags to riches ranch hand who won big in the Texas Lottery becoming a super-wealthy ranch owner with worries about gold digging suitors whose family figures he can fend them off by hiring one of his trusty new ranch workers to pretend to be his one-and-only girlfriend, as you do.

Offered worldwide, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Rock Me by Cherrie Lynn [Contemporary Erotic Romance]

Rock Me by Cherrie Lynn is the 2nd novel in the Ross Siblings series of f/m contemporary erotic romance, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Entangled: Select Contemporary imprint.

The series is centred around the lives and loves of its eponymous set of siblings, with either them or their love interests rebelling against societal expectations in some way.

This installment stars a sheltered young woman re-encountering a cousin’s ex-boyfriend, to whom she’d always felt a forbidden attraction, in the process of getting a tattoo from his parlour and exploring her wild side by embarking on a torrid affair opposed by her family, which has long disapproved of the bad boy artist.

Offered worldwide, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Walkaway by Cory Doctorow [Post-Scarcity Science Fiction]

Walkaway by Canadian author Cory Doctorow, a recipient of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and a noted advocate for fairer copyright law reform, is a standalone post-scarcity science fiction 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 April, and is being made free to help promote his latest release, the novella collection Radicalized.

The story is set in the near-future and explores the potential future of humanity in a post-scarcity world, taking place over the decades as disaffected people begin opting out of a dystopian surveillance state dominated by mega-rich elite and plagued by pollution and climate change, walking away to create a more utopian society with the help of increasingly advanced technology which takes care of their basic needs by gradually improving at transforming waste and litter into useful material, even as the ruling elite try to thwart the people leaving their control and exploit their inventions.

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

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