[Free Audiobooks] Doctor Cerberus by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg [Young Adult LGBT Play & Novel]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2018 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 coming of age while coming out, available until 7am Eastern Time on June 26th, are as follows:

  • Doctor Cerberus by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, a personal drama/comedy play in L. A. Theatre’s science-themed Relativity series, starring a lonely 13-year old boy whose devotion to the Saturday Night Horror Movie show hosted by the titular Doctor Cerebus convinces him to change his life; performed by a full cast in front of a live audience in 2010, from L. A. Theatre Works, available worldwide
  • Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg, a YA contemporary/literary fiction novel with m/m romantic elements, starring an out and accepted gay teen who when transferring to an out-of-state all-boys’ boarding school, decides to try a change of pace by not mentioning his sexual orientation rather than have it become the focus of what people first see about him, only to find that trying to avoid being labelled boxes him in in other ways; read by Pete Cross, from Dreamscape Media, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on June 26th, 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).

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[Free eBook] Mystery in Old Quebec by Mary C. Jane [Vintage Children’s Vacation Mystery]

Mystery in Old Quebec by the late New England-local author Mary C. Jane, with illustrations by Ray Abel, is a standalone vintage children’s investigative mystery adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press.

This was originally published in 1955 by J. B. Lippincott and was the author’s first novel and is being offered as one of Wildside’s sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Club for vintage mystery/pulp fiction reprints.

The story is an investigative destination adventure, set in Quebec City circa the 1950s, starring two children visiting their father, who notice odd behaviours and happenings which lead them to uncover a clever deception, in between exploring the city.

Offered worldwide through June 25th (probably), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] The Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams [Historical Literary Mystery Drama]

The Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams is the 1st novel in the The Schuyler Sister Novels trilogy of literary historical fiction with investigative mystery and f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins.

The series is centred around the women of a particular family, exploring their lives and the secrets of either their own pasts or those of enigmatic strangers they encounter and trace throughout the decades.

This installment is set during the 1910s and 1960s, moving back and forth between Kennedy-era Manhattan and World War I Europe, as a young woman becomes increasingly obsessed with discovering what happened to the long-disappeared aunt she never met.

Offered in the UK and select other regions worldwide (excluding North America), available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Rush by Eve Silver [Award-Winning YA Science Fiction]

Rush by Canadian author Eve Silver is the 1st novel in her The Game series of YA dystopian science fiction thrillers with f/m romantic elements, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’s Katherine Tegen Books imprint.

This is B&N’s Featured Free Fridays book for the weekend, and was the 2015 winner of the Ontario Library Association’s Forest of Reading White Pine Award and was also shortlisted for the Monica Hughes Award in Science Fiction and Fantasy.

The series is set in a dystopia where human teens are selected from our world to repeatedly play deadly games against mysterious aliens for an unknown purpose, only able to return to our world if they survive, but still being pulled back into the game again and again. This story focuses on a teen who’s new to the game and trying to figure it all out as she fights to survive not only the mission, but also the potential betrayal of her team.

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

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[Free eBook] Where the Shadows Lie by Michael Ridpath [Iceland Murder Mystery]

Where the Shadows Lie by English author Michael Ridpath is the 1st novel in the Fire & Ice aka Magnus Iceland series of international Nordic mystery/crime thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Atlantic Books’ Corvus imprint.

This is part of a special giveaway to help promote the upcoming 5th novel, The Wanderer, expected in September. It’s also one of my personal favourite series, which I highly recommend if you’re interested in Nordic Noir-styled detective mysteries with a bit of an outsider perspective on both modern and historical Icelandic culture (and in this case, a nod to its influence on the works of J. R. R. Tolkien).

The series stars an Icelandic-American immigrant cop who grew up in the States, returning to Iceland as part of a international detective exchange cum protection program after he angers the wrong set of deadly criminals in Boston, helping his new colleagues in Reykjavik solve local mysteries in the meantime as well as getting back in touch with his roots.

This first case sees him investigate the murder of an Old Icelandic literature expert, uncovering unexpected connections between ancient Norse tales and a now-famous mid 20th-century English professor and fantasy author’s research, which may provide motivation for the baffling crime, even as he uncovers the secrets of his estranged family’s past.

Offered worldwide, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Follow Me Back by A. V. Geiger [YA Epistolary Fandom Suspense Thriller]

Follow Me Back by A. V. Geiger is the 1st novel in the Follow Me Back duology of YA mystery/suspense thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Sourcebooks’ Fire imprint.

The story is told in an epistolary format with tweets, police transcripts, and other false documents interspersed with the narrative as what really happened is gradually pieced together, and explores the dark side of celebrity fandom, starring a housebound agoraphobic girl who finds her online interactions a comfort and escape, and a pop star frightened by his obsessive fans.

This first installment sees them coming into conflict as in a protective move after a fellow celebrity is murdered by a fan, the pop star tries to discourage a potential copycat by ruthlessly trolling his top social media followers in the hopes of driving them toward other interests, instead sparking an unexpected connection which might prove deadly for them both.

Offered worldwide, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang [Chick-Lit Romantic Comedy]

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang is the 1st novel in the The Kiss Quotient series of chick-lit contemporary fiction with strong f/m romantic comedy elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Atlantic’s Corvus imprint.

The series is apparently centred around characters with assorted autism spectrum disorders learning to better understand themselves as well as finding potential loves.

This installment stars a wealthy, successful woman with Asperger’s whose mother is after her to settle down and find a husband, who decides that the most logical way to handle the awkwardness of the dating scene is to hire a male escort to teach her how things are done.

Offered in the UK, Europe, and select regions worldwide (excluding North America), available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] A Company of Heroes: The American Frontier, 1775-1783 by Dale Van Every [US Western & Native History]

A Company of Heroes: The American Frontier, 1775-1783 by the late Dale Van Every, an early Hollywood screenwriter and film producer, is a vintage US history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Endeavour Media imprint.

This was originally published in 1962 by William Morrow.

The book explores the lesser-known western frontier of the US Revolutionary War in the “backcountry” regions where the British also recruited Native American allies into their brutal conflict with the rebellious colonials, focusing especially upon the exploits of Mohawk leader Joseph Brant and American officer George Rogers Clark

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free Audiobook] First Comes Love by Emily Giffin [Sibling Drama Novel]

First Comes Love by Emily Giffin is a standalone contemporary literary fiction novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Penguin Random House Audio.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month offer for June and is narrated by Emily Foster & Catherine Taber. Apparently, it’s being offered to help promote the author’s next novel, All We Ever Wanted, expected later this month.

The story is a sibling relationship drama, centred around two formerly-close sisters who became estranged by a tragedy, reuniting them fifteen years later when their paths have diverged and both have become dissatisfied with their respective personal lives, even as they confront the lingering issues of their shared past.

Offered worldwide until 11:59 AM Eastern Time on June 21st, available as a DRM-free MP4 download directly from the publisher and in their app.

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[Free eBook] Grace After Henry by Eithne Shortall [Replacement Relationship Drama]

Grace After Henry by Irish author Eithne Shortall is a chick-lit flavoured literary/contemporary fiction drama novel with f/m romantic comedy elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Atlantic’s Corvus imprint.

The story deals with themes of loss, bereavement, and recovery using a somewhat comedic take, as shortly after the sudden death of her boyfriend, a grief-stricken woman meets a man who is his near-double and gives in to the temptation to resurrect what she just lost with this too-familiar-seeming stranger—even if it means sacrificing the potential of new love to the memory of the old.

Offered in UK, Europe, and most other regions worldwide (excluding North America), available at multiple retailers.

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