[Free eBook] Winter’s Fairytale by Maxine Morrey [Cozy Contemporary Fiction with Romance]

Winter’s Fairytale by British author Maxine Morrey is her standalone festive heartwarming literary/women’s fiction novel with strong f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’ Mills & Boon acquisition’s Carina UK imprint for digital-first publications in non-primarily-romance-dedicated genres.

This was the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store, and the full blurb says it was the winner of publisher Carina UK’s #WriteChristmas competition.

The story is set during the lead-up to the Christmas holidays, when a chance meeting brings two estranged former acquaintances—a jilted bride and the best man who delivered the news of her fiancé’s abandonment at her would-be wedding—together for the holidays for a possible friendly reconciliation and maybe more.

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

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[Free eBook REPEAT] For Want of a Horse: 23 Tales of Supernatural Stallions, Magical Mares, & Paranormal Ponies [Fantasy & Science Fiction Anthology

For Want of a Horse: Twenty-Three Tales of Supernatural Stallions, Magical Mares, and Paranormal Ponies edited by Evey Brett, is an sfnal anthology collecting equine-themed short stories, free again for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

This contains mainly fantasy & horror-oriented (but also a few science fiction) shorts, including international folklore retellings, classic public domain literary tales, and newer stories by living authors who are known in the sf/fantasy field, such as DAW-published Deborah J. Ross.

Offered DRM-free worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free Audiobook] The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [Children’s Classic Novel]

The Secret Garden by the late [Frances Hodgson Burnett][author-link] is her classic children’s journey of self-discovery novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tantor Audio.

This beloved children’s classic novel, originally published in 1911 and adapted many times to film, tells the tale of an abruptly orphaned girl who discovers a secret garden at her uncle’s manor, which has been neglected since the death of her aunt, and becomes transformed by her experience working to save it. This reading is narrated by Josephine Bailey.

Offered worldwide through November, available as a DRM-free MP3 download directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Love and Other Wounds by Jordan Harper [Literary Crime Thriller Stories]

Love and Other Wounds by Jordan Harper is a collection of his literary thriller short stories, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Simon & Schuster UK.

This is the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store. The collection contains short stories mainly exploring the human condition via crime themes, with an occasional touch of romance gone wrong.

Offered in the UK only, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free Audiobook] A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig [Children’s Fantasy Adventure]

A Boy Called Christmas by British author Matt Haig is the 1st story in his Christmas trilogy of children’s holiday adventure tales with fantasy elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Penguin Random House Audio.

The series gives an alternate backstory for Santa Claus and his family in the modern day, undergoing Christmas adventure quests, and this installment is narrated by actor Stephen Fry.

The story stars a young boy who goes in search of his missing father, traveling to the North Pole on adventures which include meeting reindeer and trolls and the elves of Elfheim village, who are experiencing problems only young Nikolas might be able to solve.

Offered worldwide until 12 PM Eastern Time on November 20th, available as a DRM-free MP4 download directly from the publisher and in their app.

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[Free eBook] Shades of Gay: An Erotic Novel by David Clarke [LGBT Literary Fiction]

Shades of Gay: An Erotic Novel by David Clarke is his erotic literary fiction novel with strong m/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

The story explores the resilience of relationships and the nature of sex addiction, as a gay couple breaks up over the revelation of infidelity prompted by one partner being unable to resist the urge to engage in casual sex with other men, leading him to lose himself in meaningless encounter after encounter with strangers, gradually realizing the importance of what he has lost with his one true love.

Offered DRM-free worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Someone to Love by Lucy Scala [Italian Contemporary Fiction with Romance]

Someone to Love by Lucy Scala, a pseudonym for Italian author Lucrezia Scali is her standalone contemporary/women’s fiction novel with strong f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher 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 Te lo dico sottovoce, and is translated by Chloé Ercoli Bannister.

The story is set in Turin, Italy, and stars a career-dedicated veterinarian with a past string of unhappy love affairs and bad blind dates, who unexpectedly starts meeting a number of men who might turn out to be the right one, this time around. NB: apparently this is not that focused on people romantically falling in love, so much as an exploration of the different varieties of love in one’s life and there may be an unusual resolution, according to the customer reviews. YMMV.

Offered in the UK only, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Cosmic Banditos by A. C. Weisbecker [SFnal Quantum Physics Comedy]

Cosmic Banditos by A. C. Weisbecker his standalone comedic speculative/literary fiction novel with science fiction elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1986 by Random House’s Vintage Books imprint, and was later reprinted by their New American Library line under the title Cosmic Banditos: A Contrabandista’s Quest for the Meaning of Life, in a 2001 revised edition with a new introduction, which is offered here, and was apparently a cult classic, back in the day.

The story is a somewhat satirical speculative literary journey of self-discovery featuring a zany romp through quantum physics concepts as former drug-smugglers turned muggers who thereby unexpecedly acquire a visiting Professor’s physics texts and postcards from his daughter begin to learn and develop their own theories about life, the universe, and everything from them, embarking on a strange road trip (which may or may not involve time travel) to track the owners down and argue relativity, among other things.

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[Free eBook] Did I Mention I Love You? by Estelle Maskame [YA Forbidden Romance Drama Novel]

Did I Mention I Love You? by Scottish author Estelle Maskame is the 1st novel in her DIMILY trilogy of acronymic YA f/m contemporary romance/personal drama, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Sourcebooks’ Fire imprint.

The trilogy is set in California during a long summer vacation or three, when a forbidden romance slowly begins to bloom between a stepbrother and stepsister, and was apparently a hit sensation when originally posted in installments on Wattpad. If you’re interested, here’s a Q&A with the author about the process of moving this particular book from Wattpad to trad-publishing.

This initial novel introduces the heroine, who during the course of a visit to a father she hasn’t seen in three years, meets the unexpected new stepfamily he’s remarried into, and finds sparks start to fly between herself and the one stepbrother with whom it seems she can’t get along at all, even as circumstances keep throwing them together again and again.

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

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[Free eBook] Unto the Beast by Richard Monaco [WWII Occult Time Travel Thriller]

Unto the Beast by Richard Monaco, a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, is his standalone speculative fiction time travel historical thriller with supernatural horror elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1987 by Bantam Spectra.

This sfnal time travel thriller jumps back and forth between World War II, World War I, and other eras, as a terrible thing is awakened by strange rites, apparently becoming the secret force enabling Adolf Hitler’s ascent to power and descent into infamy, as it opens a gateway through the ages during which rival groups wrestle for control of the future in various times and places.

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