[Free Audiobooks] Baker’s Magic by Diane Zahler & When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon [Young Adult Fantasy & 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 growing after encountering unexpected opportunities and forging new relationships, available until 7am Eastern Time on May 31st, are as follows:

  • Baker’s Magic by Diane Zahler, is a tween/YA fantasy novel, starring an orphaned girl who winds up apprenticed to a baker while trying to steal bread to eat, who discovers her own magical talent for creating enchanted food and befriends a princess while thwarting an evil mage and encounters pirates upon her ensuing adventures; read by Tavia Gilbert, from Live Oak Media, available worldwide
  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, is a YA romance novel exploring Indian heritage, starring two teens whose traditionally-minded parents wish to arrange a marriage between them, which they have mixed feelings about, who get to meet and know each other during a summer development course; read by Sneha Mathan, from Dreamscape Media, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on May 31st, 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] Here For You by Skylar M. Cates [LGBT Contemporary Romance]

Here For You by Skylar M. Cates is the 1st novel in the Sunshine and Happiness series of m/m contemporary romance, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Dreamspinner Press.

This is a special offer to help promote their Celebrate Community sale, with 30% off everything in the store until the end of May.

The series is apparently centred around slow burn relationships between men who’ve experienced tragedy slowly reforging emotional connections. This story stars a newly-arrived bartender looking for a place to belong, who is attracted to an older lawyer who keeps him at bay until the obligatory tragedy occurs which throws them together in unexpected ways.

Offered worldwide through May 26th until midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Heart Unseen by Andrew Grey [LGBT Contemporary Romance]

Heart Unseen by Andrew Grey is the 1st novel in the Hearts Entwined series of m/m contemporary romance, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Dreamspinner Press.

The series apparently centres around men with disabilities slowly developing romantic relationships with good friends to whom they’ve been growing increasingly attracted.

This one stars a successful, club-going garage owner who finds that the facile charm which nets him no-strings attached flings fails to impress his latest target, a fiercely independent young man who lost his sight at a young age and won’t step out of his comfort zone for anything less than a committed heart.

Offered worldwide through May 21st until midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Compulsion by Clare London [LGBT Romantic Suspense]

Compulsion by Clare London is a standalone steamy m/m contemporary romantic suspense novel, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Dreamspinner Press.

This is being offered free to promote the (apparently final) RT Booklovers Convention 2018 running through May 20th, with an accompanying store-wide discount sale promotion (details on front page of webstore).

The story is set in Brighton, England, starring a university dropout whose casual hotspot encounter with a member of the club’s management team turns into something both emotionally and physically risky, as less-than-scrupulous business practices catch up with them and his new lover may not be an entirely innocent partner.

Offered worldwide through May 19th until midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Gnarly by Mickie B. Ashling [LGBT Contemporary Ménage Romance]

Gnarly by Mickie B. Ashling is the standalone novella in the World of Love multi-author line of m/m romances with international settings, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Dreamspinner Press.

This is apparently part of a special giveaway to promote their tie-in sale for the 2018 RT Booklovers Convention event running until May 20th (discount coupon offers on their main store page, if you’re interested).

The story is a second-chance reunion romance with m/m/m ménage elements, set in Spain where three men, a widower and his first male lover—turned recluse after a near-fatal accident—from a decades-ago affair, and a forcibly-retired jai alai player returned home to make a new life, meet and try to overcome the encumbrances of their pasts.

Offered worldwide through May 16th until midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Flirting With Scandal by Chanel Cleeton [Contemporary Romance]

Flirting With Scandal by Chanel Cleeton is the 1st novel in the Capital Confessions series of f/m contemporary romance, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Headline’s Eternal imprint.

This is the iTunes UK store’s featured Free Book of the Week. The series is set in Washington, D.C., and is focused upon political rivalries.

This story pairs together the illegitimate daughter of a senator, seeking to rise in the ranks via a prestigious internship while keeping her past buried, and an ambitious politician attempting to avoid scandal on the campaign trail, as rumour-hungry blogs stalk their every move.

Offered UK & Europe, South America, & Japan and possibly other regions worldwide (excluding North America), available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] The Troubled Texan by Phyliss Miranda [Western Romantic Suspense]

The Troubled Texan by Phyliss Miranda is the 1st novel in the Kasota Springs series of f/m contemporary western romance, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Kensington’s eKensington imprint.

This is Barnes & Noble’s featured Free Fridays book for the weekend, and is being made free to promote the upcoming 2nd novel, Out of a Texas Night, due later this month.

The series takes place in a small town in Texas, apparently centred around the men and women of the sherriff’s department. This story has romantic suspense elements, as the local sheriff discovers an old high school classmate has returned from Los Angeles to live under an assumed name, in hiding from a dangerous convict threatening her life.

Offered in Canada & the US (possibly other countries worldwide), available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Against the Ropes by Sarah Castille [Contemporary BDSM Erotic Romance]

Against the Ropes by Sarah Castille is the 1st novel in the Redemption series of f/m contemporary erotic sports romance, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Sourcebooks’ Casablanca imprint.

The series stars the various members of a mixed martial arts club and sometimes also involves BDSM elements.

This story stars a newcomer to the mixed martial arts scene, taking a job selling tickets for underground fights in order to pay off student loan debts, and also discovers previously unsuspected desires with the temptingly dangerous and controlling club owner, as you do.

Offered worldwide, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Dear Jane by Marissa Clarke [Romantic Comedy]

Dear Jane by Marissa Clarke is the 1st novel in the Animal Attraction series of f/m contemporary romantic comedy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Entangled: Lovestruck imprint.

This is apparently being made free to promote the upcoming release of the 2nd-in-series, due next week. The series is centred around characters formerly unlucky in love, reluctantly caving in to an irresistable attempt at trying again.

This story is set at a workplace with no-fraternization rule, starring the boss’ daughter who has a long string of dating disasters to her name, resorting to letting a co-worker set her up on blind dates with his most promising friends, with him possibly living to regret it as the temptation to sabotage both the matchmaking and his career come into play.

Offered worldwide, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Hell on Wheels by Julie Walker [Romantic Suspense]

Hell on Wheels by Julie Walker is the 1st novel in the Black Knights Inc. series of f/m contemporary romantic suspense, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Sourcebooks’ Casablanca imprint.

This is being made free for a limited time to help promote the upcoming 12th novel, and the rest of the series is also discounted on sale as well.

The series is set in Chicago, centred around the members of a custom motorcycle shop which is secretly the front for a covert government special ops team. This story stars an ex-Marine sniper whose suppressed feelings for his best friend’s younger sister come to the fore when her brother disappears and she becomes the target of a international organization.

Offered worldwide through May 3rd, available at multiple retailers.

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