[Free Audiobooks] Girls Like Us by Gail Giles & The Invisible Girls by Sarah Thebarge [Young Adult COA Novel & Refugee Memoir]

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 friendships between women overlooked by society and finding their own path through life, available until 7am Eastern Time on July 12th, are as follows:

  • Girls Like Us by Gail Giles, is a Schneider Family Book Award-winning young adult contemporary/literary fiction coming-of-age novel about two special ed teens with very different personalities, thrown together by circumstance as they make their way in the grown-up world; read by Lauren Ezzo, from Candlewick on Brilliance Publishing, available worldwide
  • The Invisible Girls by Sarah Thebarge, a biographical memoir of two women starting over, one a breast cancer survivor moving to Oregon, another a Somalian refugee struggling to raise her five daughters in an unfamiliar culture with little help, as they meet and forge a lasting friendship; read by Kirsten Potter, from Oasis Audio, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on July 12th, 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).

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[Free eBook] Practice Makes Perfect by Penny Parkes [Contemporary Medical Comedy]

Practice Makes Perfect by British author Penny Parkes is a 2nd novel in the Larkford series of humorous contemporary literary/women’s fiction, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Simon & Schuster UK.

This is Heat Magazine’s “Holiday Reads” summer promotion’s current Free Book of the Week offer, as featured in the iTunes UK store, and is apparently being made free to help promote the recent release of the 3rd novel, Best Practice.

The series is centred around a medical practice in a small British country town, full of humorous rivalries and backstabbing amongst the residents, before coming to a heartwarming understanding with each other. This installment sees the town practice unexpectedly gain the spotlight as an “NHS Model Surgery”, causing professional problems within the team even as its members struggle with personal problems without.

Offered in the UK only, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free Audiobooks] Doctor Cerberus by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg [Young Adult LGBT Play & Novel]

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 coming of age while coming out, available until 7am Eastern Time on June 26th, are as follows:

  • Doctor Cerberus by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, a personal drama/comedy play in L. A. Theatre’s science-themed Relativity series, starring a lonely 13-year old boy whose devotion to the Saturday Night Horror Movie show hosted by the titular Doctor Cerebus convinces him to change his life; performed by a full cast in front of a live audience in 2010, from L. A. Theatre Works, available worldwide
  • Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg, a YA contemporary/literary fiction novel with m/m romantic elements, starring an out and accepted gay teen who when transferring to an out-of-state all-boys’ boarding school, decides to try a change of pace by not mentioning his sexual orientation rather than have it become the focus of what people first see about him, only to find that trying to avoid being labelled boxes him in in other ways; read by Pete Cross, from Dreamscape Media, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on June 26th, 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] The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang [Chick-Lit Romantic Comedy]

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang is the 1st novel in the The Kiss Quotient series of chick-lit contemporary fiction with strong f/m romantic comedy elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Atlantic’s Corvus imprint.

The series is apparently centred around characters with assorted autism spectrum disorders learning to better understand themselves as well as finding potential loves.

This installment stars a wealthy, successful woman with Asperger’s whose mother is after her to settle down and find a husband, who decides that the most logical way to handle the awkwardness of the dating scene is to hire a male escort to teach her how things are done.

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

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[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] About a Girl by Lindsey Kelk [Chick-Lit Identity Comedy]

About a Girl by British author Lindsey Kelk is the 1st novel in the Tess Brookes series of chick lit-flavoured comedic contemporary fiction with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins.

The series stars the obligatory mishap-prone heroine trying to get her life together despite assorted personal and professional obstacles.

This adventure is a purloined identity comedy of errors, seeing her take a break from her own dissatisfying life by taking her photographer roommate’s place on a vacation location assignment and pretending to be her instead, which of course doesn’t turn out quite how she imagined it would.

Offered in the UK only, available at multiple retailers.

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[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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