[Free eBook] Chinese Diaries: 1941-1946 by Robert Payne [China Expat Travelogue & War History Memoir]

Chinese Diaries: 1941-1946 by the late US-resident British expat author Robert Payne, a notable mid-20th century historian, novelist, English literature professor, and biographer who had actually met and conversed with a number of his famous historical subjects, including Hitler and Mao Zedong, is a memoir cum travelogue, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published by Dodd, Mead and Company in 1945 and 1947 in two volumes as Forever China and China Awakes, with this combined reprint edition containing approximately half the original text in this installment

This section of Payne’s personal diaries form a 1940s-contemporary wartime travelogue memoir of his expat experiences leaving Singapore for China as World War II expanded further into the Pacific, taking him from his initial posting at the British Embassy to eventually teaching at universities at Chungking and Kunming in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, and recording his first-hand observations of the effects of the war upon his students and broader Chinese society, as well as his own encounters with the local people and their culture.

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[Free eBook] Day of Deliverance by Johnny O’Brien [YA Time Travel Science Fiction]

Day of Deliverance by Scottish author Johnny O’Brien is the 2nd novel in the Jack Christie trilogy of tween/young adult time travel adventure science fiction, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 2010 by Templar Publishing. The series stars two teens who discover that their high school provides a front for a team of scientists a time travel device, and become embroiled between two rival groups—one seeking to make changes to the past to ensure a better present, and the other believing the past too dangerous to be tampered with—and each group determined to sabotage and stop the other’s efforts at any cost.

This installment is set in Elizabethan England, and continues the fallout from the first novel, as sides are chosen and divided loyalties are resolved, with a mission to thwart the other side going wrong as the kids end up stranded on their own in 1587, joining a traveling performance troupe already embroiled in espionage intrigues in the hopes of being able to carry out their task to save their preferred history.

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[Free eBook] Hard Law by Hank Madison [Western]

Hard Law Hank Madison, a pseudonym for British author Donald S. Rowland, a prolific multi-genre pulp fiction author, is a standalone western historical action adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Frontier imprint.

This was originally published in 1982 by Robert Hale.

The story has a bit of a mystery element, starring a Federal Marshal experiencing an uneasy homecoming to the town he grew up in and was driven out of twenty years ago as he investigates robberies in the county, and finds more enemies than allies among his old friends as he tries to get to the bottom of the case.

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[Free eBook] Midnight Blonde by Talmage Powell [Vintage 1950s Pulp Mystery/Crime Short]

Midnight Blonde by the late Talmage Powell, a prolific multi-genre pulp fiction author, is a standalone pulp mystery/crime thriller short story, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press. as one of their sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Community for vintage pulp mystery/crime thriller reprints.

This was originally published in 1957 in the May issue of Manhunt magazine.

The story features an unsettling encounter between a man and a girl at a bar, who seems to be waiting for something ominous to happen.

Offered worldwide through May 27th (probably; will likely end up lingering a bit due to US Memorial Day holiday), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Vengeance Gun by Clinton Spurr [Western]

Vengeance Gun by Clinton Spurr, a pseudonym for British author Donald S. Rowland, a prolific multi-genre pulp fiction author, is a vintage standalone western historical action adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Frontier imprint.

This was originally published in 1964 by Robert Hale.

The story stars a man framed and wrongfully imprisoned for alleged cattle rustling, who returns to his home after serving out his jail sentence to uncover the truth behind who wanted to put him out of the way.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Divining Divas: 100 Gay Men on their Muses [LGBT Poetry Tribute Anthology]

Divining Divas: 100 Gay Men on their Muses, edited by Michael Montlack, an award-winning poet and Berkley College faculty member, is an anthology of poetry written by gay men as tributes to the famous and/or fictional women who inspired them, free again for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

This collection was named as part of the 2013 Over the Rainbow Project book list, and contains contributions by a hundred poets both established and new, including Kenyon Review Prize-winner Randall Mann, Lambda Literary Award-winner Mark Bibbins and many more, with tributes to influential women as ancient as Sappho and as modern as Lady Gaga (with a detour into pop culture with the X-Men and Buffy the Vampire Slayer et al.)

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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] The Architect of Murder by Rafe McGregor [Edwardian Historical Crime Thriller]

The Architect of Murder by UK-resident author Rafe McGregor, a former police officer in South Africa turned criminology lecturer at Edge Hill University, is a standalone historical mystery/crime thriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 2009 by Robert Hale.

The story is set circa the coronation of King Edward VII at the beginning of the 20th century as the late Victorian era was ending, providing a globe-trotting adventure through various parts of the British Empire as a war hero soldier and former policeman returns from South Africa after his sister’s death, which begins to look suspicious when sorting out her affairs which may have been linked to the imperialist legacy of a prominent personage, putting him on the trail of an international intrigue apparently reaching from the highest classes to the depths of the criminal underworld.

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[Free eBook & Audiobook] The Path Made Clear: Discovering Your Life’s Direction and Purpose by Oprah Winfrey [Celebrity Motivational Self-Help]

The Path Made Clear: Discovering Your Life’s Direction and Purpose by popular talk show hostess Oprah Winfrey is a celebrity motivational self-help manifesto, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Flatiron imprint.

This is apparently a special 1-day giveaway for May 19th in North America only, in both ebook and audiobook formats at most retailers. NB: you can send your friends giftable copies of the freebie via the ebooks.com and libro.fm stores while the offer is still good.

The book is a motivational self-improvement guide to the discovery of one’s purpose in life on the route to achieving personal contentment, containing Oprah’s own key lessons and personal stories alongside anecdotes and advice contributed by various other celebrities and advisors, lavishly illustrated with photographs. The audiobook is read by Oprah herself, accompanied by a full cast.

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[Free eBook] Flaming Range by Harvey Lant [Western]

Flaming Range by Harvey Lant, a pseudonym for British author Donald S. Rowland, a prolific multi-genre pulp fiction author, is a standalone western historical action adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Frontier imprint.

This was originally published in 1983 by Robert Hale.

The story stars a small-time rancher trying to keep out of a brewing dispute, who gets dragged into it when he is framed for murder and decides to become a lawman to keep the same from happening to anyone else once he has proved his innocence.

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