[Free eBook] A Year at the Star and Sixpence by Holly Hepburn [Cozy Contemporary Fiction]

A Year at the Star and Sixpence by London-adjacent British author Holly Hepburn is a collected edition of her Star and Sixpence series of cozy contemporary/literary fiction novellas, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Simon & Schuster UK.

The series is set in the English countryside, where two sisters have just inherited the local pub, and set about restoring it to its former glory as a village social centre. These stories follow the sisters through seasonal changes and holiday celebrations as they adjust to village life and make friends and influence people while facing challenges renovating the once-derelict pub.

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[Free eBook] Lost and Found by Danielle Ryan [Italian Chick-Lit Romantic Comedy]

Lost and Found by Danielle Ryan, a pseudonym for Italian author Daniela Volonté is her standalone chick-lit-flavoured f/m romantic comedy, 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 2017 by Italian publisher Newton Compton as L’amore è uno sbaglio straordinario.

The story is set in Milan, Italy and alternates viewpoints between a university researcher who is moved to contact the former owner of her secondhand iPad, who apparently failed to wipe his old files and left behind some intriguing pictures, as they start a tentative online get-to-know-each-other which becomes an increasingly close relationship which may not be able to make the leap from virtual into reality.

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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.

Offered DRM-free worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] The Inheritance by Angie Coleman [Chick-Lit Romantic Comedy]

The Inheritance by Angie Coleman, a pseudonym for Italian author Angela Iezzi is her standaloe chick-lit-flavoured workplace rivalry f/m romantic comedy, 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 2017 by Italian publisher Newton Compton as Gli effetti speciali dell’amore, and is translated by Marco Condorelli. It was a recipient of the 2016 Premio Ilmioesordio, which appears to be a publisher prize for best manuscript submission.

The story is an enemies-to-lovers workplace tale of a woman expecting to eventually take over the running of the family business, who finds that her father’s will leaves her resented rival in place as director, only allowing her to inherit small share and that little on the stipulation that she work and live with him under the same roof for a year.

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[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] Boss of the Diamond-O by Gordon Landsborough [Western]

Boss of the Diamond-O by the late English author Gordon Landsborough, a prolific and pioneering multi-genre pulp fiction writer and publisher, is his vintage standalone western historical action adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Pioneering imprint.

This was originally published in 1962 by Brown Watson Ltd using the pseudonym Alan Holmes and was later reprinted by Sabre as part of their Sabre Westerns line.

The story stars a man who inherits a large horse ranch in Nevada, and finds that extensive land ownership carries certain troubles as a deadly determined developer seeks to build a nearby dam, which apparently they combat by triggering a fake goldrush to steal attention and workers away, which in turn leads to a potentially fatal escalation of hostilities.

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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 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] Just Haven’t Met You Yet by Cate Woods [Chick-Lit Comedy with LGBT Romance]

Just Haven’t Met You Yet by British author Cate Woods is her chick-lit personal discovery novel with strong romantic comedy elements (both f/m and f/f), free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Quercus.

This was last week’s featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store, but is still free at the moment in multiple stores.

The story is centred around humorously exploring the meaning of interpersonal relationships, as a woman with a seemingly idyllic life is approached by an up-and-coming “soulmates” company to test out their perfect match data, which apparently leads to some surprising personal revelations, given that she’s already in a relationship. NB: The reviews say this was full of twists and had a surprising ending, so it may not necessarily end in a standard romantic HEA with either the f/m or f/f love interests. YMMV.

Offered in the UK & Europe, available at multiple retailers.

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