[Free eBook] Shoot It Again, Sam by Michael Avallone [Comedic Mystery/Espionage Thriller]

Shoot It Again, Sam by Michael Avallone is the 23rd 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 1972 by Curtis. 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 adventure is on the wacky espionage thriller side, with Noon escorting a movie star’s corpse for burial, only to find himself caught up in a strange Hollywood scheme which sees him kidnapped and transformed into a brainwashed assassin targeting the President of the United States.

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[Free eBook] Hot Copy: Classic Gay Erotica from the Magazine Era by Dale Chase [LGBT Erotic Fiction Collection]

Hot Copy: Classic Gay Erotica from the Magazine Era by Dale Chase is her collection of gay erotic fiction short stories, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

This collection contains short stories originally published between 1997-2006 in gay men’s magazines including Men, Freshman, In Touch, Indulge, and more, and has a new retrospective foreword by the author.

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[Free Audiobooks] 2 free titles from AudioSYNC Summer of Reading [Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Classic Literature]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2017 promotion for young adults continues, which 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 fantastic discovery, available until 7am Eastern Time on August 17th, are as follows:

  • Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older, is his debut young adult urban fantasy novel set in modern Brooklyn, starring an artistically talented girl who discovers that she can wield a special hidden magic that infuses spirits into artworks, but also killers targeting these shadowshapers, who believe her to be hiding a family secret they want; Scholastic Audiobooks, read by Annika Noni
  • Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, is his vintage classic literary fiction story about a man who one day wakes up as a giant cockroach, and how his day goes from there; from Naxos Audiobooks, read by Martin Jarvis

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on August 17th, 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).

This is the final week of the promotion, and I hope you’ve enjoyed whichever selections you might have been interested in.

[Free eBook] Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch [Young Adult Italy Travel Self-Discovery Novel]

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch is the 1st novel in her Love & Gelato series of young adult contemporary fiction journeys of self-discovery, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Walker Books.

The series explores teenaged journeys of self-discovery in both the literal and figurative senses, each spotlighting a new girl and country as she learns more about herself in the course of traveling and living in a new place.

This story is set in Tuscany, Italy, starring a girl from Seattle who goes to meet her estranged father after her mother’s untimely death, and is given an old diary once kept by her mother when she was a student in Florence, discovering things about her family and herself as she retraces her parents’ footsteps and finds her own path in the process.

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

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[Free eBook] Coco Chanel Saved My Life by Danielle F. White [Chick-Lit Fashionista Novel with Romantic Comedy]

Coco Chanel Saved My Life by Danielle F. White, a pseudonym for Italian author Daniela Farnese is the 1st novel in her Chanel trilogy of chick-lit fashionista dramedy 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.

This was originally published in 2015 by Italian publisher Newton Compton as Via Chanel N˚5, and is translated by Thomas de Camillis. The series is set in Milan, Italy, and stars a fashionista who takes inspiration from the iconic French designer to help her through assorted life crises in style.

This beginning sees her arriving in Milan to join her boyfriend, only to discover he has left her for another woman, and decides to carry on with life in Italy anyway, throwing herself into the chic Milanese social scene with a stylish vengeance.

Offered in the UK only, at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Storm by Stephen Bowkett [Young Adult Sci-Fantasy Adventure]

Storm by Welsh author Stephen Bowkett is the 2nd novel in his The Wintering trilogy of YA science fiction, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 2002 by Orion Children’s Books’s Dolphin imprint. The trilogy is set in a future world frozen over by an ice age, where the remaining humans live in a protected enclave which is watched over by an all-encompassing AI whose guardianship has dominated them for millenia.

This installment apparently adds fantasy elements to the science fiction premise, as one rebellious teen escapes the enclave into the frozen world outside and bonds with the intelligent descendants of mutant wolves, embarking on a quest to help them confront a mortal enemy who slaughters their kind.

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[Free eBook] The King’s Bed by Margaret Campbell Barnes [Tudor Historical Drama with Romance]

The King’s Bed by the late English author Margaret Campbell Barnes, is her vintage standalone historical personal drama novel with strong f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1961 by Macdonald & Co. The novel is set in medieval England, taking place during the transition from the Wars of the Roses under Richard III to the Tudor ascension under the future Henry VII.

The story centres around a young woman of commoner birth, who is swept up in turbulent events of the years going by as she becomes enamoured of a young man who is closely involved with them due to a lingering secret which may prove to endanger their lives as well as chance of happiness. NB: Unless you want to be spoiled for the charater’s mysterious secret, which is a pretty significant reveal, avoid reading the customer reviews.

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For seventeen-year-old Tansy Marsh, life centres upon her father’s inn, The White Boar, in Leicester.

Richard III sits upon the throne of England, and all seems well.

But the threat of the would-be usurper, Henry Tudor, looms like a gathering storm. And soon the eye of that storm is uncomfortably close to Tansy, disrupting her reassuringly ordinary life.

Once King Richard is defeated, that life becomes even less ordinary.

For Tansy has met Dickon Broome, the man who will change her existence forever.

And while life goes on under the Tudor, Dickon has particular reason to bear a grudge.

Meanwhile in Leicester, Tansy’s beloved father dies, and she is left at the mercy of her self-absorbed, self-interested stepmother.

Until her stepmother also dies, in a most horrible way, and Tansy finds herself terrifyingly close to the centre of that drama.

It soon becomes clear that there is nothing more for Tansy in her childhood home. She travels to London, to Dickon, and to a future that will be marked by some of the most noted events in England’s history.

For Dickon, Broome is not quite all that he seems, and the quality that sets him apart forces him to take some difficult decisions; decisions that affect Tansy as much as himself.

While the couple seems happy, Dickon’s secret has the power to destroy them. Will he allow that to happen, or will he come to terms with some of the nation’s most famous historic events, and live out a quiet and happy life with his beloved Tansy?

Only one man can decide.

[Free eBook] The Reluctant Madonna by Marguerite Steen [Vintage 1920s Literary Novel]

The Reluctant Madonna by the late English author Marguerite Steen, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature whose works enjoyed a period of popularity in the 1930s and 1940s, is her vintage standalone literary personal drama novel with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1929 by Cassell & Co.

The story takes place in London during the 1920s and explores tensions and expectations in an aristocratic woman’s personal and family life, as an isolated “perfect” wife estranged from her husband finds herself being targeted by her son’s ambitious love interest, a sometime artist’s model who sees an opportunity to secure her future when the mother becomes attached to painter commissioned to produce her portrait.

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[Free Audiobooks] 2 free titles from AudioSYNC Summer of Reading [Young Adult, WWII, History, Memoir, Historical Fiction]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2017 promotion for young adults continues, which 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 World War II homefront wartime atrocities and the enduring spirit of humanity, available until 7am Eastern Time on August 10th, are as follows:

  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, is her young adult historical fiction novel set in the Soviet Union, starring an artistic Lithuanian girl whose family is separated and sent to Siberian work camps, where she records everything that happens in secret drawings; from Listening Library, read by Emily Klein
  • In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer by Irene Gut Opdyke with Jennifer Armstrong, is the memoir of a Catholic Polish woman who as a teenaged girl was forced to work for the German Army, and ended up using her position to secretly steal supplies for Jewish persons in the ghettoes, some of whom she was eventually able to help to hide and smuggle out; from Listening Library, read by Hope Davis

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on August 10th, 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).

[Free eBook] Boystown: Three Nick Nowak Mysteries by Marshall Thornton [Award-Nominated LGBT 1980s Historical Mystery]

Boystown: Three Nick Nowak Mysteries by Marshall Thornton, a Lambda Literary Award-winning novelist and screenwriter, is the 1st book in his Boystown series of gritty retro-historical private investigator mystery/crime thrillers with m/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of the author himself.

This was originally published in 2011 by now-defunct LGBT specialty publisher Torquere Press, and was a finalist for the 2012 Lambda Literary Awards in the Gay Mystery category. The series is set in Chicago during the 1980s and stars an ex-cop turned hard-boiled PI.

This installment contains 3 novella-length adventure cases in which he solves assorted crimes, even as he explores uneasy relationships with other men he meets in the course of investigation. NB: the cover image has some mild artistic nudity which may be NSFW depending on workplace, if someone’s browsing over your shoulder.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through August 8th, available at Amazon.

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