[Free Audiobook] First Comes Love by Emily Giffin [Sibling Drama Novel]

First Comes Love by Emily Giffin is a standalone contemporary literary fiction novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Penguin Random House Audio.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month offer for June and is narrated by Emily Foster & Catherine Taber. Apparently, it’s being offered to help promote the author’s next novel, All We Ever Wanted, expected later this month.

The story is a sibling relationship drama, centred around two formerly-close sisters who became estranged by a tragedy, reuniting them fifteen years later when their paths have diverged and both have become dissatisfied with their respective personal lives, even as they confront the lingering issues of their shared past.

Offered worldwide until 11:59 AM Eastern Time on June 21st, available as a DRM-free MP4 download directly from the publisher and in their app.

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[Free eBook] Grace After Henry by Eithne Shortall [Replacement Relationship Drama]

Grace After Henry by Irish author Eithne Shortall is a chick-lit flavoured literary/contemporary fiction drama novel with f/m romantic comedy elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Atlantic’s Corvus imprint.

The story deals with themes of loss, bereavement, and recovery using a somewhat comedic take, as shortly after the sudden death of her boyfriend, a grief-stricken woman meets a man who is his near-double and gives in to the temptation to resurrect what she just lost with this too-familiar-seeming stranger—even if it means sacrificing the potential of new love to the memory of the old.

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

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[Free eBook] Who Would Have Daughters? by Marguerite Steen [1930s Literary Novel]

Who Would Have Daughters? 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 a standalone vintage literary fiction novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1937 by Collins.

The story is a 1930s-contemporary family/social drama which is as much a coming of age for a proud but traditionally-minded father as his three very different daughters, raised in a sheltered environment in an old-fashioned manner which makes it difficult to adapt to the changing times.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free Audiobooks] The Just Men of Cordova by Edgar Wallace & Everland by Wendy Spinale [Classic Mystery & YA Steampunk]

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 quests for unofficial justice in the absence of law, available until 7am Eastern Time on June 14th, are as follows:

  • The Just Men of Cordova by the late Edgar Wallace, the 3rd novel in the The Four Just Men series of vintage mystery/detective thrillers starring a group of gentlemen vigilantes dedicated to pursuing wrongdoers the law cannot touch, with this story originally published in 1917 and dealing with aristocratic gambling, horse-racing, and blackmail; read by Bill Homewood, from Naxos Audiobooks, available worldwide
  • Everland by Wendy Spinale, the 1st novel in the Everland series of young adult steampunk science fiction novels which remix Peter Pan in a dystopian postwar London riddled by disease, where the surviving children are hunted by Captain Hook of the German Army experimenting upon a cure, with this installment starring a girl in search of her kidnapped sister, who meets the mysterious Peter and his Lost Boys on the quest to save her; read by Fiona Hardingham & Steve West, from Scholastic Audio, available US & Canada only

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on June 14th, 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] Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist & Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider [YA SFnal Dystopia & Contemporary with 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 living with and overcoming the challenges of illness and disability, available until 7am Eastern Time on June 7th, are as follows:

  • Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist, a young adult contemporary drama novel with f/m romantic elements starring a blind teen attending a mainstream high school for the first time, then later undergoing experimental surgery to acquire sight and adapting to that as well as discovering that his sighted friends have been less than honest about what the world (and his new girlfriend) looks like; read by Pat Young, from Hachette Audio, available worldwide
  • Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider, an sfnal dystopian fiction novel with strong f/m romantic elements set in near future where an epidemic of virulent tuberculosis has led to people diagnosed with it being confined to sanatoriums, starring a new inmate gradually adapting to the facility, as he gets to know the odd rules of the place with the help of another teen; read by Khristine Hvam & James Fouhey, from HarperAudio, available most countries worldwide (including Canada, but excluding UK and the rest of the British Commonwealth)

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on June 7th, 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] Summer at Skylark Farm by Heidi Swain [Contemporary Fiction]

Summer at Skylark Farm by Norfolk-resident British author Heidi Swain is a contemporary/literary fiction novel with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Simon & Schuster UK.

The story is one of those heartwarming journeys of self-discovery, starring a city-loving girl learning that country life is not at all what she imagined when her boyfriend suggests she take a break from work to help out at his family’s farm, trying to make the best of bad experiences even as she begins to doubt whether they’re truly suited to each other with such different lifestyle expectations.

Offered in the UK only, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Summer at Coastguard Cottages by Jennifer Bohnet [Comedy with Romance]

Summer at Coastguard Cottages by Brittany-resident British author Jennifer Bohnet is a contemporary/literary fiction novel with f/m romantic comedy elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’ HQ Digital imprint.

This is the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store.

The story is a heartwarmingly humorous read set on the Devonshire coast, starring four vacation cottage owners trying to escape various tragedies and stresses and deciding what to do next with their lives as they get to know each other and themselves before the summer’s end.

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

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[Free eBook] The Ongoing Reformation of Micah Johnson by Sean Kennedy [YA LGBT Literary Novel]

The Ongoing Reformation of Micah Johnson by Australian author Sean Kennedy is the 1st novel in the Get Out series of YA literary/contemporary fiction with LGBT and sporting themes, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Dreamspinner Press’ Harmony Ink imprint for teens.

The series is set in Australia, and stars teens coming to terms with themselves and their relationships with the people around them, apparently via various sports and a mentoring charity for LGBT students.

This one stars a gay teen who was formerly a runaway after being cruelly outed, who vows to get his life back on track as a future pro football (soccer, not rugby) player, facing struggles both on and off the field from his fellow school students as well as his own attempts to reach a difficult goal.

Offered worldwide through May 30th until midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] A Knock at the Door by Eva Hanagan [Literary Novel]

A Knock at the Door by the late British author Eva Hanagan, a novelist and writing teacher known for her social satires, is is a standalone literary fiction novel novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1982 by Constable.

The story is a sharp social commentary, centred around the conflict between a busybody neighbour determined to “welcome” the newcomer next door whether he likes it or not, and a solitary Holocaust survivor haunted by wartime memories and equally determined to protect himself from the intrusions of the outside world.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] The Blue Spong and the Flight from Mediocrity by St. Sukie de la Croix [1920s Chicago LGBT Fantasy Satire]

The Blue Spong and the Flight from Mediocrity by Chicago-resident British expat author St. Sukie de la Croix, an Esteem Award-winning columnist, playwright, and LGBT community historian who has been inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame, is a standalone satirical historical literary fantasy with m/m, f/m, and f/f erotic elements novella, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

The story takes place in the 1920s in Chicago and is a literary fiction coming of age tale with strong magical realism and sex comedy elements, as three sheltered upper-class sisters tracing the origins of a supernatural pet find themselves taking different paths towards self-discovery, as they come into contact with the thriving black, immigrant, and underground LGBT communities and engage in assorted experiences that will broaden their previously narrow lives, as well as discovering secrets about their supposedly staid parents’ own personal activities.

Offered DRM-free worldwide, available at Amazon.

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