Death Dives Deep by Michael Avallone is the 21st novel in his Ed Noon series of vintage pulp mystery/crime thrillers with comedic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Story Merchant.
This was originally published in 1971 by Signet. The popular, long-running pulp mystery/crime series stars a P.I. in New York City, who often takes on cases with oddball clients, leading to zany adventures.
This case is a nautical adventure on the spy thriller side, seeing the P.I. take on an assignment from the US President, looking into sinister goings-on involving submarines in the Bermuda Triangle, and a story-within-a-story which leads him to uncover a top secret plot.
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Hot Off the Presses by Elliott Mackle, a Lambda Literary Award finalist, is his standalone recent historical political/personal drama literary fiction novel with suspense and m/m romantic elements; free again for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.
The story is set in Atlanta in the period shortly before the hosting of the 1996 Olympic Games, and follows a gay newspaper editor as he deals with journalistic ethics complications surrounding coverage of the closeted athlete he’s falling for, alongside investigating assorted controversial issues having to do with the upcoming Olympics. This is partially based upon the author’s own real-life experiences as a journalist in the city during the time period.
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Adios Muchachos by Cuba-resident Uruguayan author Daniel Chavarría is his award-winning comedic literary mystery novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Akashic Books, who are generously running a holiday advent calendar promotion.
This is an English-language translation of his Spanish-language novel Adiós muchachos, originally written in 1991, which won the 2002 Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original in this translated version, and is being made free again (previously offered part of as a holiday advent calendar celebration a few years ago) to promote National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs until October 15th.
The story is a zany screwball literary fiction/crime mystery hybrid, set in a post-Cold War Cuba, which embarks on a suspenseful comedy of errors as a local prostitute and a foreign businessman inadvertently cause an accidental death, which they turn into an opportunity to MAKE MONEY FA$$$T, via a clever scheme which does not exactly go as planned.
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Second Chances by London-resident British author Minna Howard is her standalone contemporary/women’s fiction novel with strong f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of Head of Zeus’ Aria imprint for digital first publications by newer and translated authors.
This was originally published in 2004 by Robert Hale under the title The Orchid Lover using the pseudonym Mary De Laszlo.
The story is a personal drama, starring a woman deserted by her husband in the throes of a mid-life crisis, trying various things to pick up the pieces and move on even as events seem to thwart her by putting obstacles in her way, and winding up disputing the ownership of her new house with the next-door neighbour, leading them to become increasingly involved with each other
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A House to Mend a Broken Heart by Surrey-resident author Alison Sherlock is the 1st novel in her Welcome to Willow Tree Hall series of heartwarming contemporary literary/women’s fiction novels with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of Head of Zeus’ Aria imprint for digital first publications by newer and translated authors.
The series is set an an ancestral aristocratic stately home in England, which is in need of restoration, and centres around the lives and loves of the people involved with that. This installment begins the renovation, as after the elderly Earl suffers an accident, the new housekeeper and the reluctant heir begin the project to help give the place a more sustainable future.
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It Was Always You by London-resident author Georgie Capron is her standalone contemporary literary/women’s fiction novel with strong f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of Head of Zeus’ Aria imprint for digital first publications by newer and translated authors.
The story takes place in Positano, Italy, starring a woman who travels there on the obligatory journey of self-discovery for a bit of fun before settling down, and in the course of her experiences working at a local hostel and enjoying the local surroundings, finds herself contrasting the hot summer fling with the man she left back home.
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Beyond Grace’s Rainbow by Irish author Carmel Harrington is her standalone contemporary literary fiction heartwarming tearjerker novel with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’s HarperImpulse.
This was the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store, and won the Book of the Year in the 2013 Kindle Book Awards and was also Winner of the Romantic eBook of the Year at the Festival of Romance 2013..
The story is set in Ireland, starring a young single mother diagnosed with cancer, whose best hope is finding a compatible bone marrow transplant, and accordingly goes on a quest to find more of her biological relatives with the help of friends, uncovering the obligatory family secrets along the way while dealing with the concerned renewed attention of her ex and son’s father.
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A Strangeness in My Mind by Turkish author Orhan Pamuk, recipient of the 2005 Nobel Prize for Literature, is his standalone literary fiction novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Penguin Random House Audio.
The novel is set in and around the city of Istanbul, Turkey, and is a coming of age journey of self-discovery tale, taking place over the course of four decades from 1969 to 2012. It was shortlisted for the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award, and also won two Turkish literary awards, the Erdal Öz Prize and the Aydın Doğan Foundation Award in 2015, as well as Russia’s Yasnaya Polyana Literary Award in the Foreign Literature category in 2016.
The story uses a cast of characters to tell from different viewpoints the core story of a misfit boy who grows to manhood through various experiences and mishaps, never ceasing to restlessly wander the streets and ponder the feeling of difference which sets him apart from everyone else, until he finally uncovers what it is he has always truly wanted out of life.
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Envy of Angels by Matt Wallace is the 1st novel in his Sin Du Jour series of satirical urban fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tor Books.
This is a special flash giveaway, being made free to promote the upcoming 6th novel in the series, which comes out later this year. The series is centred around the adventures of a supernatural catering company in New York City.
This story involves a foodie challenge to create a dinner with a unique ingredient for a high-stakes diplomatic banquet, under the pressure of defusing a potential war between two rival demon gangs.
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Return to Sender by Dick Cluster is the 1st novel in his Alex Glauberman series of retro-contemporary (circa the 1980s) murder mystery, free for a limited time courtesy of the author himself via backlist author republishing consortium BooksBNimble.
This was originally published in 1988 by Dutton. The series stars a Jewish auto mechanic turned globe-trotting private investigator, taking place during the late 1980s when the series was originally written, and apparently this case has further historical elements tying back to WWII.
This first case gets him involved in the crime-solving business, as a well-intentioned offer to mail a package for a stranger leads him on an international trail to clear his name for murder, taking him to London and Berlin (circa the fall of the Berlin Wall) to trace the mysterious dangerous package while uncovering the various secrets of the parties involved, some of them buried in the long-ago past.
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