[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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[Free eBook] Lord of the Golden Fan by Christopher Nicole [Historical Fiction]

Lord of the Golden Fan by the late British author Christopher Nicole is a standalone biographical historical fiction novel novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Endeavour Media imprint.

This was originally published in 1973 by Cassell.

The story presents a highly dramatized version of the adventures of 17th century sailor Will Adams (the real-life inspiration for John Blackthorne from James Clavell’s hit bestseller Shōgun, which is one of my favourite novels with a really good TV adaptation starring Toshiro Mifune), who was the first Englishman to reach Japan as part of a disastrous Dutch expedition, and rose to a position of high influence amongst the Japanese government as a trader and trusted consultant of the shōgun Tokugawa Ieyasu.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free Audiobooks] A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro & The Great War by Various Authors [Young Adult, Mystery, Historical]

AudioFile have started their SYNC Summer of Listening 2018 program for young adults, meant to promote greater literacy. This 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 historical legacies, available until 7am Eastern Time on May 3rd, are as follows:

  • A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro, is the 1st novel in her Charlotte Holmes trilogy of young adult mystery/adventure novel starring the 21st crime-solving duo of Charlotte and Jamie, modern-day teen descendants of Sherlock Holmes and Watson; read by Graham Walstead & Julia Whelan, from HarperAudio, available in most places worldwide & Canada, but not the UK and rest of the British Commonwealth
  • The Great War: Stories Inspired by Items from the First World War by various authors, is a collection of historical literary fiction short stories, accompanied by non-fiction pieces, set during WWI, inspired by ordinary objects which had a connection to the war (the print edition came illustrated with photographs of the objects and explanations for their historical context); read by multiple narrators, from Brilliance Audio, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on May 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 eBook] A Place to Call Home by Tania Crosse [Historical Fiction]

A Place to Call Home by British author Tania Crosse is the sequel novel in a duology of heartwarming historical personal drama sagas, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Head of Zeus’ Aria imprint.

The story is set in Britain during World War II, continuing the tale of the unlikely friendship that arose between an orphaned teenager and a woman who’d just lost her own daughter in Nobody’s Girl (previously also offered free), as war encroaches upon the countryside and their bond is put to the test.

Offered in the UK only, available at Amazon.

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[Free Audiobook] ATA Girl: Up in the Air [WWII Historical Radio Play Drama]

ATA Girl: Up in the Air is the 1st episode in the ATA Girl series of historical drama radio plays, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Big Finish, makers of the officially licensed Doctor Who radio play episodes.

This is a special giveaway to celebrate International Women’s Day, from their new Big Finish Originals line.

The series is set during WWII amongst the women of the Air Transport Auxiliary, told as a sequence of fictional reminisces from one of the female pilots who flew the planes from the factories where they were built to the squadrons where they would be used. This first hour-long episode is centred around two sisters, one newly widowed, the other estranged, reuniting during the initial ATA pilot training and trying to mend their broken relationship amidst the challenges of building a new life.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through March 9th until 23:59 UK time (approx 4 PM Pacific Time), available directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] 13 translated novels from AmazonCrossing [Chinese SFnal, Literary, Thriller]

As a special treat to celebrate the recent Chinese Lunar New Year of the Dog, Amazon recently made available 13 titles in their exclusive AmazonCrossing publishing line for English translations of international authors’ foreign-language works, many of them bestselling and/or award-winning.

The selection includes a broad mix of sf/fantasy/horror, mystery/crime thrillers, contemporary and historical fiction, and even chick-lit by Chinese authors from China and Hong Kong.

Originally a US-only offer, some of the titles have begun to show up free for selected other countries around the world.

Here’s Amazon’s official Twitter announcement which will lead you to their dedicated promo page which only shows 8 of the available free books, alongside some suggested Chinese culture and language learning titles. This filtered search link should show all the ones still available, and if they’re $0.00 in your country or become so later.

Direct-links and authors/titles/descriptions are under the cut, if you’re interested.

Offered in the US, with 3 out of 13 titles also now free in Canada, Australia, South America, and Japan, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] The Murderess by Jennifer Wells [Historical Mystery/Drama]

The Murderess by Devon-resident British author Jennifer Wells is a standalone historical mystery/crime drama novel with literary fiction elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Head of Zeus’ Aria imprint.

The story is a hybrid historical literary fiction drama/psychological thriller mystery, taking place between the 1910s and 1940s against the backdrop of WWII in Britain as a young woman witnesses her mother kill a stranger for no apparent reason, and years later begins to uncover why as she delves into the obligatory dark family secrets reaching back to WWI.

Offered in the UK only, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Shelter by Marguerite Steen [Vintage WWII Literary Novel]

Shelter 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 with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1942 by Sun Dial Press.

The story was written contemporary to and takes place during WWII on the British homefront, set in 1940s London near the beginning of the Blitz, and is a domestic drama centred around the shifting relationship between two women caught up together in the war and connected by particular circumstances whether they like it or not.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] The Butchers of Berlin by Chris Petit [WWII Historical Murder Mystery]

The Butchers of Berlin by English author Chris Petit is the 1st novel in his Schlegel & Morgen series of historical murder mystery/crime thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Simon & Schuster UK.

This was last week’s featured Free Book of the Week selection in the iTunes UK store and was apparently made free to promote the newly-released 2nd in series, Pale Horse Riding. The series is set in Germany during World War II, investigating crimes taking place domestically within the country, starring a civilian investigator and an SS officer.

This story begins their unusual partnership with an odd string of murders which leads the investigator, who normally pursues financial crimes, to be assigned to a homicide case which becomes ever more mysterious as they delve deeper into whatever’s really going on.

Offered in the UK only, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Hot Off the Presses by Elliott Mackle [LGBT 1990s Literary Drama Novel]

Hot Off the Presses by Elliott Mackle, a Lambda Literary Award finalist, is his standalone recent historical political/personal drama literary fiction novel with suspense and m/m romantic elements; free again for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

The story is set in Atlanta in the period shortly before the hosting of the 1996 Olympic Games, and follows a gay newspaper editor as he deals with journalistic ethics complications surrounding coverage of the closeted athlete he’s falling for, alongside investigating assorted controversial issues having to do with the upcoming Olympics. This is partially based upon the author’s own real-life experiences as a journalist in the city during the time period.

Offered DRM-free worldwide, available @ Amazon

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