[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] 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] 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] 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.

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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 REPEAT] Wilde Stories 2008: The Best of the Year’s Gay Speculative Fiction [LGBT Science Fiction & Fantasy Anthology]

Wilde Stories 2008: The Best of the Year’s Gay Speculative Fiction edited by Steve Berman, is the 2008 annual installment in the Wilde Stories series of reprint anthologies collecting the yearly best sfnal short stories featuring gay characters and/or thematic elements, free again for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

This contains stories originally published in the Clarkesworld and now-defunct Subterranean sfnal genre magazines, as well as a Gaylactic Spectrum Award-winning short, and the collection itself was nominated for the 2008 Lambda Literary Award in the LGBT Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror category.

Offered DRM-free, available worldwide at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker [YA Gothic Suspense Fantasy]

Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker is the 1st novel in the Beware the Wild series of young adult gothic suspense thrillers with dark fantasy/horror elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins.

This is B&N’s featured Free Fridays selection for the weekend. The series is marketed as Southern Gothic with a twist, set in a small Louisiana town where the swamp has strange, half-forgotten powers and creepy lore which has grown up around it.

This story stars a girl trying to rescue her brother who went missing in the swamp and townspeople’s memories, with no one believing in his existence or willing to help her besides a brooding loner who’s had his own eerie experiences with the swamp.

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

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[Free eBook] Regnate by R. M. Dorn [Fantasy]

Regnate by R. M. Dorn is a standalone fantasy adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

The story is an epic-style quest fantasy to defeat a tyrannical ruler and save the realm, with the twist that the ruler is the hero’s own brother, who had won the tournament for the crown and intended to change the cruel ways of the regime, only to seemingly become corrupted by some mysterious force behind it, which must be rooted out.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Dispersal by Leverett Butts [Arthurian Wild West Remix Fantasy]

Dispersal by Leverett Butts, a literature teacher at the University of North Georgia, who has been nominated for a Georgia Author of the Year Award for a previous collection of his short fiction, is the 3rd novel in the Guns of the Waste Land series of Arthurian remix western adventure fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

The series retells the legends of King Arthur as a western in the setting of late 1800s Texas.

This story follows up on first two novels (analogous to the quest for the Holy Grail and the seduction of Guinevere, and previously offered free) as various characters struggle with their personal demons in the aftermath.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[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).