[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] Sixty-Four, Ninety-Four by R. H. Mottram [Vintage 1920s France WWI Historical Literary Novel]

Sixty-Four, Ninety-Four by the late English author R. H. Mottram, who was also a wartime poet and later lord mayor of Norwich, is the 2nd novel in the The Spanish Farm Trilogy of historical literary fiction, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1927 by Chatto & Windus. The first novel in the trilogy won the Hawthornden Prize. The stories are set during World War I and depict the impacts of the war upon daily civilian life as well as soldierly routine, written partially from the author’s own experiences, set in Northern France at “The Spanish Farm”, an accommodation for young British soldiers heading to and from the trenches which becomes a sort of sanctuary, run by a strong-willed Flemish farmer’s daughter.

This installment has f/m romantic elements (though not necessarily a happy ending), featuring a French-speaking Lieutenant whose way out of the dangerous trenches is a reassignment to translate for the woman who runs the Spanish Farm, with whom he will have many encounters later throughout the war as he begins to reluctantly fall for her even as she begins to despair of receiving word of her former lover who had departed to join the war effort, and personal and cultural clashes may doom their nascent relationship.

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[Free eBook] Burning Fields by Alli Sinclair [Post WWII-Australia Historical Novel]

Burning Fields by Alli Sinclair is an historical literary fiction novel with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Kensington’s Lyrical Press imprint.

This is Barnes & Noble’s featured Free Fridays selection for the weekend, and this ebook edition contains bonus material about the author’s inspiration for the novel.

The story is a personal drama set in North Queensland in 1948, as a woman returning from volunteering for the war effort is determined to salvage her family’s sugarcane farm despite opposition from those set in old-fashioned ways, who becomes attracted to an Italian immigrant at a neighbouring farm who becomes the target of lingering wartime tensions as his past is exposed and she discovers family secrets of her own.

Offered in US only, apparently exclusively at B&N.

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[Free eBook] Queen Sacrifice by Tony Riches [10th C Wales Chess-Based Experimental Literature Historical Drama]

Queen Sacrifice by Welsh author Tony Riches is a standalone experimental literary fiction historical drama novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 2012 by Preseli Press. Unusually, the novel’s plot is experimentally structured upon the moves in a famous 1954 chess match between players Donald Byrne and Bobby Fischer, now known as “The Game of the Century”.

The story takes place in 10th century Wales on the brink of a civil war between the increasingly Saxonized south and the north which holds to the old ways, as the various players in the game meet and act and move to support or eliminate one another.

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[Free eBook] Facets of War by Elizabeth Darrell [Historical Family Saga Drama]

Facets of War by Elizabeth Darrell, a pseudonym for Hong Kong-born British author Emma Drummond is a standalone historical literary fiction family saga novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

The story is a generations-spanning historical family saga drama with its roots in World War II, as two young men who become stepbrothers from their parents’ other marriages finally meet as they join the same RAF squadron and share experiences which bring them into conflict with their divided past and potentially shared future.

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[Free eBook] Soldier from the Wars Returning by Jerrard Tickell [Vintage 1940s Contemporary WWII Literary Novel]

Soldier from the Wars Returning by the late Irish author Jerrard Tickell, whose WWII comedy novel Appointment with Venus has been twice adapted to film, is a standalone 1940s-era contemporary-turned-historical literary fiction novel with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1942 by Hodder & Stoughton.

The story takes places in England and was contemporary during the run-up to WWII, exploring the experiences and struggles of a destitute young widow and her son and his new girlfriend who has a mysterious and painful past, as their various budding relationships are interrupted as they are all affected by the outbreak of the war.

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[Free eBook] Nuremberg: The Reckoning by William F. Buckley, Jr. [Post-WWII Historical Drama Thriller]

Nuremberg: The Reckoning by the late William F. Buckley, Jr., an influential and controversial right-wing intellectual who founded the National Review and also happened to win a National Book Award for one of his spy thriller novels, is a standalone historical drama/literary identity thriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 2003 by Harvest.

The story stars a young German-American soldier serving as an interpreter during the Nuremberg trials, who as he listens to the stories of the Nazi war criminals begins to navigate a journey of self-discovery and realization of identity, judging his ancestral heritage and personal prejudices as well as his own extended family’s involvement on the German side.

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[Free eBook] Ganesh by Malcolm Bosse [Award-Winning YA India Expat Multicultural Coming of Age Novel]

Ganesh by the late Malcolm Bosse, an American novelist praised for his depictions of Asian culture and history and a recipient of Germany’s Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis recognizing outstanding works of children’s literature, is a vintage standalone young adult literary coming of age novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1982 by Chatto & Windhus and was later reprinted under the title Ordinary Magic, and was the novel which won the author the 1983 Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis in the “youth book” category.

The story takes place in India and the US, starring the India-born teenaged son of expat American missionaries who is thoroughly acclimatized to local ways, experiencing culture clash when he must adapt to “foreign” life as circumstances force him to start over with his aunt in the Midwest, drawing upon the Hindu traditions of his old friends from the village for strength and inspiration in the attempt to make new friends in town and when the future of his new home comes under threat.

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[Free eBook] Briefs by Alan Semrow [Literary Microfiction Collection]

Briefs by prize-winning author Alan Semrow is a standalone literary fiction short story collection, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

This collection contains a large assortment of very short literary stories about characters from all walks of life, and the assorted situations and varied relationships they find themselves in.

Offered DRM-free worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBooks] Dozens of of free ebooks from Canadian publisher BevEditions, Lethe, & others [Mystery, Literary, Non-Fiction, LGBT]

As part of Smashwords’ annual Read an Ebook Week Sale, many small press publishers and indie authors are offering their books for deep discounts, including free (and all DRM-free), through March 9th (midnight Central Time, I think; sorry for the short notice, I forgot it was going to end today and not tomorrow).

Canadian publisher BevEditions, which specializes in backlist books previously published by Random House, Doubleday, and other imprints, is being especially generous, with practically everything in their catalogue at 100% off. (Requires account signup, but no payment info unless you actually buy stuff.)

They have a really good selection of mystery/thriller novels, literary fiction, and non-fiction by award-winning authors including the late Lyn Hamilton (Lara McClintoch archaeological mysteries), Don Gutteridge (historical mysteries & literary fiction), Morley Torgov (Jewish literary fiction), Marian Fowler (historical women’s biographies), Lita-Rose Betcherman (social histories), Peter Rehak (true crime), and more.

This is the link to their Smashwords catalogue, and you should be able to pick up the free books while they last by clicking on the product page, and then you should see “Add to Cart with Coupon” and the coupon listed as EB100 for Free (no need to enter the code manually, which is done automatically by the system; you can also use the Buy As Gift function and add the code, to send freebies to your friends).

Other participating publisher with discounts and possibly more freebies if you have a look at their catalogues include (to quickly see the discounts, click on the author name link in the listings and that should show you which if any of their books are listed at a % off):

  • Mushroom Publishing, a UK backlist imprint (reprints from Methuen and others), mostly at 50% off, with Alan Burt Akers’ Prescott Dray science fiction series from the 1960s, vintage historical romance by Mary Lancaster, historical YA by Moyra Caldecott from the 1970s-1990s, Roger Taylor’s fantasy Hawklan Chroncles from the 1980s, and more

  • Infinity Plus, SFnal specialty small publisher with selected backlist reprints and newer books at 50% off by major award-nominated genre authors including Robert Holdstock (with a World Fantasy Award-winning novel in the sale), Eric Brown, Garry Kilworth, Anna Tambour, Claude Lalumière (Canada’s Aurora Award) and more, plus a free sampler Infinities including short stories, and a free steampunk shot story Xana-La by Stephen Palmer.

  • Lethe Press, an LGBT specialty publisher (who have been generous in giving us freebies on Amazon), with discounts from 25% to 75% off, and a free anthology His Seed: An Arboretum of Erotica, a YA adventure novel Emic Rizzle, Tinkerer, a gay contemporary romance Dancing with the Daffodils. ETA: There are too many to list, but some of the older sfnal anthologies edited by Steve Berman, especially the Best Gay Stories and Wilde Stories, are also free.

  • Gypsy Shadow Publishing, mainly newer authors at 50% off, but some 1980s and 1990s backlist science fiction and fantasy from notable author Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, a Nebula Award-winner who has collaborated on several series with the late Anne McCaffrey (I recommend the Seashell Archives humorous fantasy series and the Valentine Lovelace comedic weird westerns).