[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 Audiobooks] Baker’s Magic by Diane Zahler & When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon [Young Adult Fantasy & Romance]

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 growing after encountering unexpected opportunities and forging new relationships, available until 7am Eastern Time on May 31st, are as follows:

  • Baker’s Magic by Diane Zahler, is a tween/YA fantasy novel, starring an orphaned girl who winds up apprenticed to a baker while trying to steal bread to eat, who discovers her own magical talent for creating enchanted food and befriends a princess while thwarting an evil mage and encounters pirates upon her ensuing adventures; read by Tavia Gilbert, from Live Oak Media, available worldwide
  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, is a YA romance novel exploring Indian heritage, starring two teens whose traditionally-minded parents wish to arrange a marriage between them, which they have mixed feelings about, who get to meet and know each other during a summer development course; read by Sneha Mathan, from Dreamscape Media, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on May 31st, 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 Audiobooks UPDATE] 6 audiobooks from Libro.fm [Fiction, Non-Fiction, & Young Adult]

UPDATE: Libro.fm has extended part of the offer through May 1st, for Brain Rulesfor Aging Well and the two audio samplers.

As part of a special promotion to celebrate the annual Independent Bookstore Day on April 28th this year, audiobook retailer Libro.fm is offering six full-length audiobooks and two samplers from publishers Macmillan and Penguin Random House, mostly available worldwide in DRM-free MP3 format (requires account signup with billing address but no payment info). If you like, you can also get extra copies for your friends, if you enter a valid email address to send the gift link to.

The six books being offered are a mix of fiction and non-fiction, from children to adult:

There are also two freebie audio samplers, exclusive for Bookstore Day:

  • Macmillan Audio Sampler with essays and short stories by Luvvie Ayaji, bestselling thriller authors Jeffrey Archer and Lisa Scottoline, literary fiction author Jeffrey Eugenides, Francesca Serritella, and Lara Williams
  • Penguin Random House Audio Story Sampler with excerpts from popular works from their bestselling and classic authors.

Offered DRM-free worldwide (mostly) through April 28th, probably just through Eastern Time, and you can read more about the offer on its main page @ Libro.fm.

[Free eBook REPEAT] Secret of the Lost Planet by Angus MacVicar [Vintage YA Science Fiction]

Secret of the Lost Planet by the late Scottish author Angus MacVicar, perhaps best known for his crime thrillers, is the 3rd novel in his Jeremy Grant series of vintage juvenile science fiction adventures, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1955 by Burke. The series, which was was very popular and adapted to both radio and TV serials back in the day, stars an orphaned teen boy who goes to live in the household of his scientist uncle, who turns out to be secretly building a space ship with the help of his student/secretary.

This adventure sees them returning to a lost planet encountered in the 1st novel (also previously offered free), engaging in a thrilling adventure when a nefarious outsider plans to steal the peaceful population’s powerful thought-sending device for his own purposes, and of course must be thwarted by the plucky crew and the local friends they make.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] The Tree House Mystery by Carol Beach York [Vintage 1970s Kids/YA Mystery]

The Tree House Mystery by the late Carol Beach York, author of the novel from which the band Good Charlotte took its name, is a standalone vintage juvenile mystery adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press.

This was originally published in 1973 by Putnam Publishing Group.This is being offered as a freebie promo for the publisher’s Black Cat Mystery Community, membership in which offers similar reprints of assorted vintage mysteries and pulp crime thrillers from the Golden Age onward (mostly still under copyright), many being republished for the first time in decades from various authors’ literary estates.

The story is a 1970s-era mystery adventure tale starring a brother and sister gradually uncovering the secrets behind an odd treehouse located near the property of their new home.

Offered worldwide through March 11th until midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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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 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 Audiobook] Lyra’s Oxford by Philip Pullman [Young Adult Fantasy]

Lyra’s Oxford by English author Philip Pullman is a short story sequel to his His Dark Materials series of children’s/young adult fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Penguin Random House Audio.

The series, which was adapted to film as The Golden Compass, takes place in a multiverse, of which one part is a magical analogue of England circa the Victorian era, where humans’ inner selves manifest as special animals known as dæmons, and people can travel between parallel worlds.

This short story takes place two years after the end of the original novel trilogy, and stars the heroine Lyra as she experiences an adventure in her native world’s version of Oxford University. The story is narrated by the author himself, with additional performances by a full cast, and is being made free to promote an upcoming new trilogy in the same setting, The Book of Dust, the first part of which which will be released later this year.

Offered worldwide until 12 PM Eastern Time on August 25th, available as a DRM-free MP4 download directly from the publisher and in their app.

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[Free Audiobooks] 2 free titles from AudioSYNC Summer of Reading [Young Adult, Fantasy, Award-Winning Steampunk Alternate History]

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 alternate historical fantasy, available until 7am Eastern Time on August 3rd, are as follows:

  • Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott, is her fantasy novel set in a world based loosely on feudal Japan, where a girl trained in the illusion-casting art of shadow weaving must discover her own identity, even as she seeks revenge for the death of her family; from Brilliance Audio, read by Amy Rubinate
  • Airborn by Canadian author Kenneth Oppel, who was the recipient of Canada’s prestigious Governor General’s Literary Award for this in 2004, is the 1st novel in his eponymous trilogy of steampunk sci-fantasy which take place in an alternate history version of Canada, starring a cabin boy aboard an airship who rescues a traveler in a balloon, thereby setting off a series of adventures; from Full Cast Audio, read by David Kelly and others

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on August 3rd, 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 Audiobook] Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [Children’s Classic Novel]

Anne of Green Gables by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery is the 1st novel in her beloved children’s classic series of novels starring a plucky orphan on Prince Edward Island, free for a limited time courtesy of Tantor Audio.

This was their featured Free Book of the Month selection for May, narrated by Shelly Fraser, and if you are interested, you can still get it here @ their webstore for the next few hours.

Offered until the end of May, as DRM-free MP3s available worldwide (accompanied by a PDF ebook of the public domain novel to read along with), directly from the publisher’s webstore (requires account signup with billing address but no payment info).