[Free eBook] Rose Under Glass by Elizabeth Berridge [1950s Literary Drama Novel]

Rose Under Glass by the late British author Elizabeth Berridge, a well-regarded novelist and critic who was also a judge for various literary prizes, is her standalone literary drama novel with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Odyssey imprint.

This was originally published in 1961 by William Heinemann.

The story is set in 1950s London as various characters meet and intertwine, the main narrative split between a suddenly-widowed woman who may be able to move on from loss with the owner of a local coffee shop, and a husband moving his family from rural Wales to attempt his dream of publishing, who may find himself losing them as the cost of his career.

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[Free Audiobooks] 2 free titles from AudioSYNC Summer of Reading [Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romantic Suspense]

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, available until 7am Eastern Time on June 15th, are as follows:

  • Plus One by Elizabeth Fama, a standalone sfnal adventure story with romantic elements, set in an alternate America where humans are rigidly divided into night and day dwellers who work and live only during their allotted hours, starring a girl who intends to kidnap her newborn niece to visit her dying grandparent, but winds up breaking the all-important curfew and going on the run with a boy in similar straights, discovering more about the conspiracy underlying the dysfunction of their world; read by Julia Whelan
  • If I Run by Terri Blackstock, the 1st novel in an eponymous contemporary suspense series with f/m romantic elements, starring a woman who flees a crime scene covered with her DNA, and the man tasked to bring her in, who begins to believe that the supposed evidence doesn’t add up; from Zondervan (a religious imprint of HarperCollins), read by Nan Gurley

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on June 15th, 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] Vulnerable by Amy Lane [Urban Fantasy with LGBT Romance]

Vulnerable by Amy Lane is the 1st novel in her Little Goddess series of urban fantasy adventures with strong f/m, m/m, and f/m/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Dreamspinner Press’ DSP Publications imprint for plot-centric other-genre works where any romance is secondary.

This was originally self-published in 2005 via self-publishing repackager iUniverse and and later revised and picked up by DSP. The series stars a young woman in a seemingly mundane small town who discovers a neighbouring hidden magical world of vampires and elves and werewolves and potential polyamory.

This installment is the first of her many adventures levelling up in the local paranormal ranks, as she becomes acquainted with the hidden world and her future place in it, fulfilling a destiny with a new love and his old lover the prince.

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[Free Audiobooks] 2 free titles from AudioSYNC Summer of Reading [Young Adult, Fairy Tale, Fantasy]

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 fairy tale retellings based on the classic “Beauty and the Beast”, available until 7am Eastern Time on June 8th, are as follows:

  • Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay, a role-reversal fantasy retelling where a mutant beast from the desert becomes the captive in the city of a princess who was raised to be a human sacrifice, who begins to care for him; from Tantor Media, read by Julia Whelan
  • Beast by Donna Jo Napoli, an historical fantasy retelling starring a Persian prince who is cursed to change to a lion, eventually making his way to Europe and a French beauty named Belle; from Recorded Books, read by Robert Ramirez

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on June 8th, 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] Ghosts in the Wind by Marguerite Labbe [Paranormal Suspense with LGBT Romance]

As part of their 10th anniversary celebration, LGBT specialty publisher Dreamspinner Press is holding a giveaway promotion for selected m/m romance titles throughout May 30th and 31st.

Each title is free for only 1 hour. The current (and final) title is:

Ghosts in the Wind by Marguerite Labbe, a paranormal suspense with strong m/m romantic elements (this is part of their Bittersweet Dreams line which explores love stories but does not have a traditional HEA), starring a man who sees ghosts, including that of his murdered lover who was killed while performing a good deed for a stranger, and who haunts him in order to help track down the culprit and the missing children he kidnapped @ the publisher’s webstore

Andrei Cuza and Dean Marshall celebrated their tenth anniversary only to have their happiness shattered by a random, insane event: On his way home from closing a business deal, Dean stops on the parkway to help a young mother with her flat tire, and her ex arrives, murders them, and takes off with his two kids.

Ghosts have haunted Andrei all his life. He bears the guilt for his sister being stuck in limbo, because ghosts are frozen at the moment they died, unable to adapt to the changes in their living loved ones. When Dean returns to Andrei as a ghost, the double punch of losing him and having to watch him founder if he doesn’t move on is almost more than Andrei can bear.

Despite dangers in limbo—Jackal Wraiths that devour souls are hunting him—Dean isn’t going anywhere until he helps Andrei track down the missing children. Andrei is in danger as well when he pays dearly to feel Dean’s touch one last time. Time is slowly running out as Dean and Andrei try to say good-bye while they track a killer who’s more than happy to kill again.

Offered until 10 PM Eastern Time on May 31sh, available DRM-free worldwide directly from the publisher’s webstore (requires account signup with billing address but no payment info).

[Free eBook] Murder Most Gay by John Simpson [Police Procedural with LGBT Romance]

As part of their 10th anniversary celebration, LGBT specialty publisher Dreamspinner Press is holding a giveaway promotion for selected m/m romance titles throughout May 30th and 31st.

Each title is free for only 1 hour. The current title is:

Murder Most Gay by John Simpson (himself a former police officer and federal agent; this novel is loosely based on a real life case he investigated in the 1980s), 1st in his eponymous series of police procedural murder mysteries with m/m romantic suspense elements starring a duo of gay cops who are professional partners who eventually establish personal relationships with other men @ the publisher’s webstore

A serial killer is targeting gay men, preying on them in popular bars and parks. Assigned to the case, rookie cop Pat St. James feels all too close to the victims. He’s gay and firmly in the closet at work. The fact that he’s sent undercover as a gay man is a stroke of irony.

Pat and his fellow cop, Hank, are hanging out in bars, trying to get a lead on the killer. At the same time, Pat’s looking for Mr. Right – juggling three men, hoping he’ll find the perfect match for himself. He picked up Bill at a bar, Dean’s a longtime friend … and in yet another ironic twist, his partner, Hank, is also gay and on the list of possible beaus.

As the killer continues to rampage, strangling and raping his victims, Pat has to focus on his work and hope that his personal life survives the stress. But when his hopes and dreams for happiness overlap with the investigation, Pat may be headed for big trouble.

Offered until 12 PM Eastern Time on May 31sh, available DRM-free worldwide directly from the publisher’s webstore (requires account signup with billing address but no payment info).

[Free eBook] Far From Home by Madeleine Urban [LGBT Science Fiction with Romance]

As part of their 10th anniversary celebration, LGBT specialty publisher Dreamspinner Press is holding a giveaway promotion for selected m/m romance titles throughout May 30th and 31st.

Each title is free for only 1 hour. The current title is:

Far From Home by Madeleine Urban, a collection of three science fiction novellas with strong m/m romantic elements @ the publisher’s webstore

Enhanced

In Earth’s not-too-far future, a talented scientist stumbles over a plot to use the genetically enhanced military to declare martial law and take over the government. Dr. Ryne Siler enlists his friend, Dr. Cary Matthews, a brilliant engineer, to figure out how to stop it. When the investigation goes awry, they’re on the run, and the only thing between them and capture is a hidden cache of sleeping soldiers with enhancements of their own. Ryne and Cary are desperate, but will waking these soldiers help – or just make things worse?

Close Encounter

Space privateer Tris is just doing his job – delivering canisters to a military science vessel – when he discovers that he is transporting people infected with an engineered virus designed to exterminate the human race. In the midst of an alien attack, can the rogue pilot save patient Retter – the key to the cure? Or will he lose both humanity’s salvation and his heart?

Following the Sun

The nearly fatal crash of their spacecraft leaves Jack and Samuel stranded on a verdant planet far from civilization. Discovered and sheltered by a native tribe, the two resign themselves to new lives – lives that include a new culture, a new language, and even new love. But their new home isn’t at all what it seems, and when war and illness strike, they find out just how far from home they are.

Offered until 10:30 AM Eastern Time on May 31sh, available DRM-free worldwide directly from the publisher’s webstore (requires account signup with billing address but no payment info).

[Free eBook] The Turning Point by Freya North [Contemporary Literary Novel with Romance]

The Turning Point by bestselling British author Freya North is her standalone literary personal/family drama novel with strong f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’ Harper imprint.

This is a contemporary literary fiction novel about an unconventional love story (which the reviews hint may be a tearjerker that does not end HEA, YMMV) which takes place in Norfolk and British Columbia, centred around the slow-developing long-distance relationship between a Canadian musician and a British author—both single parents who meet by chance and discover they have a connection; the exploration of which will affect themselves and their families in unexpected ways.

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

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[Free eBook] The Secret Wife by Gill Paul [Past/Present Literary Novel]

The Secret Wife by London-resident Scottish author Gill Paul is her standalone modern/historical literary novel with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’ Avon imprint.

This is one of those heartwarming past/present journey of self-discovery novels, wherein someone finds some sort of hint or artifact that puts them on the trail of finding a something hidden in the past which in turn unlocks meaningful personal realizations about themselves.

In this case, there’s a journalist escaping from the trauma of a recent personal revelation discovering a jewelled pendant which leads her to uncover a family secret dating back to the Russian Revolution and a doomed aristocratic love affair.

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

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[Free eBook] You Drive Me Crazy by Anna Premoli [Chick-Lit Workplace Romantic Comedy]

You Drive Me Crazy by by Italian author Anna Premoli, the 2013 recipient of the Premio Bancarella, an Italian literary prize established in 1954, is her standalone chick-lit workplace novel with f/m romantic comedy elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Head of Zeus’ Aria imprint.

This is a translation of Come inciampare nel principe azzurro, which was originally self-published in 2012 and was later picked up by Italian publisher Newton Compton.

The story is a multicultural expat workplace comedy set in Seoul, South Korea, starring a London-based investment banker who is transferred to an overseas branch where she has difficulties adapting to the local environment, exacerbated by a the unhelpfulness of her hot new Korean-American boss, with whom she has an enemies-to-lovers flirtation. NB: The author herself is a financial consultant for a private bank, who started writing to alleviate job boredom, so those parts of the novel should be very accurate.

Offered in the UK only, available at Amazon.

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