[Free eBooks] 9 books from AmazonCrossing for World Book Day [International Literary & Genre Fiction & Non-Fiction]

As a special treat to celebrate the United Nations’ annual World Book Day event, 9 titles from assorted countries in various genres of fiction and non-fiction from the exclusive Amazon Crossing and Amazon Crossing Kids translation imprints are being given away, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Amazon.

The selection includes a sampling of international goodies for all ages and genres, from kids’ picture books to literary fiction from award-winning authors as well as genre thriller, romance, and historical sagas, and also true crime and memoir.

All the titles are listed with their Kindle store links @ the special World Book Day promotion page (change your local store as applicable from the provided drop-down; selection may vary by country) and include:

Non-Fiction:

  • Out of the Silence: After the Crash by Uruguayan rugby player Eduardo Strauch with Uruguayan-Argentinian author Mireya Soriano, a memoir about his experiences as a survivor of the famous 1972 plane crash carrying his rugby team in the snowbound Andes mountain, which left them stranded for months before rescue
  • The Man Who Played with Fire: Stieg Larsson’s Lost Files and the Hunt for an Assassin by Swedish author Jan Stocklassa, a retrospective true crime recounting of the late bestselling Swedish crime novelist of the acclaimed “Millenium” trilogy’s pre-fame journalistic attempt at investigating Swedish prime minister Olof Palme‘s unsolved murder

Fiction:

  • Along the Tapajós by Brazilian author Fernando Vilela, a children’s picture book recounting two siblings’ adventures along a river to rescue their pet tortoise
  • Life by the late Mao Dun Literature Prize-winning Chinese author Lu Yao, a 1980s-era retro-historical contemporary literary novel about a stubbornly idealistic young man from a rural village trying to make it in the big city
  • The Girl in the Tree by Yudus Nadi Literature Award-winning Turkish author Şebnem İşigüzel, a contemporary literary coming of age novel with f/m romantic elements about two young people in Istanbul during a time of violent unrest and political upheaval
  • The First Mrs. Rothschild by Israeli author Sara Aharoni, a Steinmatzky Prize-winning epistolary historical biographical novel with f/m romantic elements about young lovers in starting in a Jewish German ghetto in the 1770s, who eventually rise to found the famous banking dynasty over the course of the ensuing decades, told in the form of the titular character’s journals
  • The Price of Paradise by Spanish author Susana López Rubio, an historical f/m romantic saga, about the decades-long forbidden love affair between a young Spanish immigant and a local mobster’s wife, starting in 1940s Cuba
  • Your Perfect Year by pseudonymous German author Charlotte Lucas, a heartwarming contemporary literary novel about second chances
  • Hard Rain by South African author Irma Venter, 1st in the Rogue series of mystery/thrillers with f/m romantic elements starring a journalist and a photographer set throughout Africa, with this installment introducing to each other on an assignment in Tanzania as one of them becomes a suspect in the murder of an IT billionaire

Offered in most countries worldwide through just before midnight Pacific Time on Friday, April 24th, available at Amazon.

[Free eBook] Dawn of a Legend by Christopher Nicole [19th C Biographical Historical Novel]

Dawn of a Legend by the late British author Christopher Nicole is the 1st novel in the Jane Elizabeth Digby Saga duology of 19th century historical biographical fiction, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 2010 by Severn House. The duology recounts the dramatic real life of Lady Jane Digby, a 19th century Englishwoman who was known in her time for her free-spirited and scandalous lifestyle, which began as the daughter of aristocrats in Norfolk and ended as the wife of a Sheikh 20 years her junior in Syria after traveling the globe and having many lovers and adventures in between.

This installment covers the earlier portion of her life, taking place across Europe as she escapes her first unsatisfying marriage and is courted by many as she acquires new husbands and royal lovers, establishing a more independent life amidst personal tragedies and triumphs.

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[Free eBook] Shadow of the Dome by Karen Warren [13th C Mongol Biographical Travel Adventure]

Shadow of the Dome by Karen Warren is a standalone biographical historical coming of age adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

The story is a coming of age travel adventure tale set in 13th century Asia, based on the life of the Mongolian princess Kököchin, as she is chosen to be the bride of the il Khan of Persia, and must make the perilous journey from Kublai Khan’s court in Yuan dynasty China to her new home in the company of unlikely companions under the escort of Marco Polo (who recorded it in his famous historical travelogue).

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[Free eBook] Witchfinder General by Ronald Bassett [Film-Adapted 17th C Historical Thriller]

Witchfinder General by the late British author Ronald Bassett, an historical novelist who also wrote under the pseudonym William Clive, is a standalone historical biographical horror thriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1966 by Herbert Jenkins and was adapted into the eponymous cult classic horror film (marketed in the US as The Conqueror Worm) directed by the late Michael Reeves and starring Vincent Price.

The story is a heavily fictionalized and sensational retelling of the exploits of the real life Matthew Hopkins, a 17tth century British lawyer who became a self-appointed fanatic witch-hunter during the English Civil War. NB: This was originally promoted as a horror novel due to some violent content considered worthy of warning more sensitive readers about at the time (circa the 1960s), which would probably be considered fairly tame today. YMMV.

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