The Burning Sky by RITA Award-winning Chinese-American author Sherry Thomas is the 1st novel in the Elemental Trilogy of YA fantasy adventure with strong f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’ Balzer + Bray imprint.
This is Barnes & Noble’s featured Free Fridays selection for the weekend. The trilogy is set in a fantasy realm suffering under the rule of a tyrant mage, and stars a girl with the prophesied destiny of defeating said tyrant, whether she likes it or not, and a prince of the displaced royal family seeking to avenge their loss.
This installment sees them struggling against their assigned roles as the girl reluctantly begins to train her elemental magical powers under the protection of the prince, who discovers that he doesn’t want to just use her as a means to an end, even as the tyrant begins to hunt them down.
Offered in the US only, available at multiple retailers.
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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 fairy tale retellings based on the classic “Beauty and the Beast”, available until 7am Eastern Time on June 8th, are as follows:
- Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay, a role-reversal fantasy retelling where a mutant beast from the desert becomes the captive in the city of a princess who was raised to be a human sacrifice, who begins to care for him; from Tantor Media, read by Julia Whelan
- Beast by Donna Jo Napoli, an historical fantasy retelling starring a Persian prince who is cursed to change to a lion, eventually making his way to Europe and a French beauty named Belle; from Recorded Books, read by Robert Ramirez
Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on June 8th, 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).
As a special treat to promote their Spectacle of Lights signing event, publisher Avon (a division of HarperCollins) has been giving away 16 free novels from their f/m romance catalogue, for which this (May 19th) will be the last day.
Nearly all major subgenres are included, from contemporary to historical, paranormal (both urban and steampunk fantasy types), romantic suspense, as well as multicultural and even inspirational romance. Participating authors include Ilona Andrews, Julia Quinn, Beverly Jenkins, Alisha Rai, Laura Kaye, Viola Carr, and many more.
This promo is being done via Instafreebie, and you will have to sign up there for Avon’s newsletter with a valid email address, to which they will send all of the books you want (DRM-free choice of ePub, Mobi, or PDF—I recommend choosing ePub if you only get one format, because it’s easier to convert—which will be watermarked with your personal info but otherwise freely transferrable to the device of your choice).
Offered worldwide through May 19th, probably Eastern Time, via the publisher’s special promo page which provides links to claim each title (must be done individually, but the form remembers your name and email after the first time, so you don’t have to keep filling it out).
Ward Against Death by Melanie Card is the 1st novel in her Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer series of YA fantasy mystery adventures with strong f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Entangled: Teen imprint.
The series is set in a fantasy world with strong supernatural elements where necromancy is widely practiced, and stars an eventual couple who go around having problem-solving adventures together. This installment sets them up with their first case as a newbie necromancer raises a noble family’s recently-deceased daughter in order to let her loved ones say goodbye, only to discover that she believes she has been murdered and they need to find out whodunnit.
Offered worldwide, available at multiple retailers.
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A Hint of Frost by Hailey Edwards is the 1st novel in her Araneae Nation series of dark high fantasy with strong f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Samhain.
The series is set in a dark high fantasy world with spider-based magic clans at war—with an emphasis on political intrigue, action adventure, and alliance through marriage—and many installments centre around romantically-attracted opponents who eventually join forces against a greater cause. This installment finds one clan in chaos when its head is dead from poison, leaving her heir in need of an alliance to strengthen their position. In the midst of battle, a younger daughter disappears, and the heir and her prospective mate must journey to find the missing sister, meanwhile uncovering a strange plague which threatens all the clans.
In addition to this 1st-in-series freebie, two more short stories are also offered free courtesy of the author herself, and there’s a worldbuilding compendium including a pronunciation guide on her website. The entire series can be gotten for 50% off until February 28th as part of publisher Samhain’s going-out-of-business sale on their entire catalogue, which includes reprints of classic horror, as well as their extensive selection of romance and sf/fantasy with romantic elements.
Offered worldwide until February 28th (when the publisher goes out of business), available at multiple retailers (some DRM-free).
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