[Free Audiobooks] How to Hang A Witch by Adriana Mather & The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [YA Paranormal Fantasy & Classic Lit 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 real or imagined ancestral sins and dealing with unjust persecution in Massachussetts past and present, available until 7am Eastern Time on July 19th, are as follows:

  • How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather, contemporary literary drama/urban fantasy novel, starring a girl who is the descendant of one of the men responsible for the 17th century Salem Witch Trials, who in turn comes into conflict with modern-day descendants of the people persecuted as witches, and must also deal with an angry ghost and a centuries-old curse affecting those with ties with to the trial; read by the author herself (who is also a descendant of Cotton Mather and has apparently included a note about the real-life experience of living with her ancestor’s legacy), from Listening Library, available worldwide
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the classic 19th-century novel about hypocritical social standards in 18th-century Boston, as a young mother is ostracized for adultery which her tormentors will not admit to their part in; read by Donada Peters, from Listening Library, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on July 19th, 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] Rider Run by Raya Jones [Science Fiction Technothriller]

Rider Run by Welsh author Raya Jones, a Reader in Social Studies at the University of Cardiff who specializes in the psychology of social robotics, is a standalone science fiction technothriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

The story is set in a multi-species galactic future which blurs the boundaries between machines and humanity, as competing megacorps have established space stations run by intelligent machines known as “cybers”, or use a strange species known as “arks” which can jump through space-time, and are rumoured to be developing a game-changing new technology associated with the mysterious “psidroids”, and one man goes on a search to discover the truth behind them all.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] A Shadow in Summer by Daniel Abraham [Fantasy]

A Shadow in Summer by Daniel Abraham, one half of the writing team behind pseudonymous Hugo Award-nominated author James S. A. Corey whose novels were adapted into the hit TV show The Expanse, is the 1st novel in the The Long Price quartet of epic political fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Tor Books.

This is their featured free eBook of the Month Club offer for July. The series is set in a city-state filled with intrigue, whose economy is powered by a sorcerer and a captive spirit who are both its strength and weakness.

This installment sees a rival empire attempting to conquer the city-state with a plan to destabilize it by striking at the sorcerer/spirit and secretly take the city from within, were it not for a few overlooked individuals who find themselves the only hope of thwarting the plot.

Offered through July 13th at midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free to Canada & US only directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] The Vicious Deep by Zoraida Cordova [YA Mermaid Urban Fantasy]

The Vicious Deep by Ecuadoran-born author Zoraida Cordova is the 1st novel in the The Vicious Deep trilogy of young adult paranormal urban fantasy with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Sourcebooks’ Fire imprint.

This is apparently being made free to help promote her other series, Brooklyn Brujas, whose 2nd novel Bruja Born was released just last month. The series takes place near Coney Island, New York, starring a boy who gradually claims his secret heritage among the denizens of the sea as an ancient battle comes to the fore, placing him in conflict between duty, friendship, and love.

This installment sees him mysteriously disappearing at sea, only to return haunted with disturbing dreams and strange new abilities as he uncovers his true position in a hidden world, with the help of his best friend.

Offered worldwide, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Hades Rising by Aden Polydoros [YA Sci-Fi Suspense Thriller]

Hades Rising by Aden Polydoros is a prequel novella in the Assassin Fall series of YA dystopian science fiction mystery/suspense thrillers with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Entangled: Teen imprint.

This is apparently being made free to promote the upcoming 2nd novel, Project Prometheus, due in August. The series is centred around the premise that vulnerable teens in foster care are being kidnapped and brainwashed to be used as assassins by a mysterious organization which they must gradually uncover the truth about even as they try to shut it down.

This prequel tells the backstory of one such teen assassin who initially embraces his training, as he comes into conflict with the goals of the program when another assassin he’s fallen for tries to escape.

Offered worldwide, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] 2 issues of Galaxy’s Edge Magazine [Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Essays]

Galaxy’s Edge Magazine: Issues #1 & #2 edited by prolific Hugo & Nebula Award-winning author Mike Resnick, are two installments of the science fiction & fantasy magazine, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Phoenix Pick Press.

These are their featured Free Book of the Month selection for June, and were originally published in 2013. Also, every month, the current issue of Galaxy’s Edge is generously offered as a free online read for a limited time.

These particular issues contain a mix of original and reprint short stories by new and established authors including Robert J. Sawyer, Mercedes Lackey, Ken Liu, C. L. Moore and many more, alongside book reviews by Paul Cook, sfnal retrospective essays by Barry N. Malzberg, a science fact column by novelist and physicist Gregory Benford, plus two parts of a novel serialization (the late Daniel F. Galouye’s Dark Universe, a 1962 Hugo Award finalist).

Offered DRM-free worldwide through June, available directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Rush by Eve Silver [Award-Winning YA Science Fiction]

Rush by Canadian author Eve Silver is the 1st novel in her The Game series of YA dystopian science fiction thrillers with f/m romantic elements, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’s Katherine Tegen Books imprint.

This is B&N’s Featured Free Fridays book for the weekend, and was the 2015 winner of the Ontario Library Association’s Forest of Reading White Pine Award and was also shortlisted for the Monica Hughes Award in Science Fiction and Fantasy.

The series is set in a dystopia where human teens are selected from our world to repeatedly play deadly games against mysterious aliens for an unknown purpose, only able to return to our world if they survive, but still being pulled back into the game again and again. This story focuses on a teen who’s new to the game and trying to figure it all out as she fights to survive not only the mission, but also the potential betrayal of her team.

Offered in Canada & the US, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] 5 titles from Candy Jar Books [Mystery & Sci-Fi Doctor Who Tie-In]

As a special treat for their fans over the Father’s Day long weekend, publisher Candy Jar Books are doing a giveaway of 2 novels + 1 short story + 1 collection in their Lethbridge-Stewart line, an officially-licensed spinoff tie-in to the popular British science fiction series Doctor Who, plus 1 unrelated modern mystery/crime thriller novel, good through June 17th according to their newsletter.

The contemporary mystery/crime novel is:

  • The Release by Alistair Moore, starring a down-and-out man who one day agrees to help a bereaved father, in exchange for money that could change his life as much what he finds while exploring the underworld in search of another man’s revenge.

The Lethbridge-Stewart series offerings (set on Earth mostly circa the 1960s/70s), starring side characters from the original show, are:

  • ’48 Crash’ by Mark Carton, a short story which celebrated the 50th anniversary of BBC Radio 1 by having aliens visit the show.
  • Mind of Stone by Iain McLaughlin with a foreword by actor Victor Pemberton, a novel-length tale of two missions with an unexpected connection, one performed undercover in a prison, while the other takes place in Egypt
  • The Dreamer’s Lament by Benjamin Burford-Jones with a foreword by actor Shaun Russell, a novel featuring an investigation connecting mysteries past and present with strange disappearances through the ages and a Bermuda Triangle-like village full of zombies
  • The HAVOC Files by various authors, a collection of short stories set throughout time and space at various points in Lethbridge-Stewart’s career

If you’re interested, the publisher also has a dedicated blogsite for the series where they offer free bonuses like character guides and deleted scenes from the stories, and also offer downloadable wallpapers with the cover art on their main website as well.

Offered through June 17th (midnight Pacific Time), available DRM-free at Amazon.

[Free eBook] A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab [Alternate History Fantasy]

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab is the 1st novel in the Shades of Magic series of parallel universe historical fantasy adventure novels, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tor Books.

This is their featured eBook Club of the Month selection for June and is apparently being offered to promote the author’s work, for which a new novel in her other fantasy series, Vengeful, will be released in September.

The series takes place in parallel universe versions of London during the reign of George III, some of which can be accessed by rare magicians with the special ability to travel between them. This installment stars one such universe-hopping magician who runs into a thief in our magicless version of London, as they wind up crossing over to another world on their adventures.

Offered through June 15th at 11:59 PM Eastern Time, available DRM-free to Canada & US only directly from the publisher.

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Free for a limited time directly via @ the publisher’s dedicated promo page (DRM-free ePub & Mobi bundle officially available in Canada & US only due to geographic restrictions, requires newsletter signup with valid email address)

You can also follow their upcoming readalong discussions for this book via the dedicated blog tag @ Tor.com.

Description
Kell is one of the last Antari―magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in Arnes―Red London―and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see. Grey London. Our London.

That’s where Kell runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations.

She robs him.

Then she saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

[Free eBook] 6 titles from Candy Jar Books [Science Fiction, Doctor Who Tie-In & YA]

As a special treat for their fans, publisher Candy Jar Books are doing a giveaway of 2 novels + 2 short stories in their Lethbridge-Stewart line, an officially-licensed spinoff tie-in to the popular British science fiction series Doctor Who, 1 novel in their Lucy Wilson YA line which is a spinoff of the spinoff, plus 1 space opera adventure in an apparently unrelated series, good through June 11th according to their newsletter.

The Lethbridge-Stewart novels (set on Earth circa the 1960s/70s, with the Lucy Wilson YA series starring a granddaughter in modern times), starring side characters from the original show are:

  • Lethbridge-Stewart: Top Secret Files by Andy Frankham-Allen, an introductory guide to the series, with a bonus short story and an interview with Doctor Who director Graeme Harper
  • Times Squared by Rick Cross, with a foreword by actor Terry Molloy, a novel-length vacation adventure featuring an invasion of Yeti in New York City subways
  • Dogs of War by Andy Frankham-Allen, a short story follow-up to the Yeti adventure, this time in the London Underground
  • Night of the Intelligence by Andy Frankham-Allen with a foreword by actor Mark Jones, a novel-length conspiracy thriller adventure starring three men looking to clear up issues in their pasts and finding that old friendships and relationships are not what they seemed
  • Avatars of the Intelligence by Sue Hampton, a young adult adventure in the Lucy Wilson Mysteries series, following up on an old enemy from the above Lethbridge-Stewart adventure, who has returned to haunt a new generation

The unrelated space opera series novel is:

  • House of Ushers: Dead Man Dancing by Peter Grehan, set in a galactic future starring a galaxy-saving group headed by an undercover agent and a grumpy droid sidekick.

If you’re interested, the publisher also has a dedicated blogsite for the series where they offer free bonuses like character guides and deleted scenes from the stories, and also offer downloadable wallpapers with the cover art on their main website as well.

Offered through June 11th (midnight Pacific Time), available DRM-free at Amazon.