[Free eBook] Witchmark by C. L. Polk [Historical Fantasy with LGBT Romantic Suspense]

Witchmark by C. L. Polk is the 1st novel in the The Kingston Cycle series of historical fantasy with strong m/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Tor Books.

This is their featured free eBook of the Month Club offer for February and is offered to help promote the upcoming 2nd novel, Stormsong, which will be released this summer. This first novel named in various 2018 lists for “Best Books of the Year” by NPR, Publishers Weekly, and The Chicago Review of Books, among others.

The series takes place in an alternate early 20th century where an England-analogue country is recovering from a magical WWI, and witches are second-class citizens exploited for their gifts in a land controlled by the nobility. This story is an intrigue-filled romantic suspense case, as a surgeon hiding his healing gift and his past at a war veteran’s hospital is convinced to jointly investigate the murder of a witch patient brought in by a handsome detective on the trail of a poisoner, which in turn leads to the discovery of a dangerous secret, even as his estranged sister tries to convince him to return to the ambitious noble family he fled.

Offered through February 15th at midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free to Canada & US-only directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Judgment by Mary Calmes [LGBT Time Travel Romance]

Judgment by Mary Calmes is a standalone m/m paranormal time travel romance short story, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Dreamspinner Press.

This was part of the 2012 “Time is Eternity” Daily Dose series of themed short stories by multiple authors.

The story stars a guardian tasked with patrolling cracks in time and fixing history, whose latest assignment is tracking his previous partner and best friend gone rogue, who is now pre-emptively targeting his future husband in the past.

Offered worldwide through February 14th until midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] The Lords of Creation by Philip E. High [Vintage Science Fiction Collection]

The Lords of Creation by the late British author Philip E. High, who enjoyed a period of popularity during the 1950s-1960s with his sf adventure novels, is a vintage science fiction short story collection, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This contains seven stories, mostly originally published during the 1950s in genre magazines including Nebula Science Fiction and Authentic Science Fiction and reprinted for the first time in decades, as well as one tale published during 2003, with an introduction and retrospective by British author Philip Harbottle, a former editor of High’s, who encouraged his later career revival.

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[Free eBook] A Lion by the Mane by Edna Dawes [1970s South Africa Romantic Suspense]

A Lion by the Mane by Edna Dawes, a pseudonym for Hong Kong-born British author Emma Drummond, is a standalone vintage f/m international romantic suspense thriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1977 by Macdonald & Jane’s Publishers.

The story takes place in South Africa during the 1970s, starring an English veterinary surgeon headed to a game reserve in Transvaal, and the headstrong local pilot in charge of the disastrous flight there, which is only the beginning of the dangerous journey that awaits them.

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[Free eBook] The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb by Agatha Christie [Vintage Mystery Short]

The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb by the late British author Agatha Christie, a classic mystery writer and holder of the world record for bestselling novelist of all time, is a standalone short story in the Hercule Poirot series of detective mysteries, 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 1926 in the September 26 issue of **The Sketch* magazine. The series stars Christie’s most famous sleuth, the eccentric Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, occasionally assisted by his English friend, Captain Hastings, some of whose early stories have now finally become public domain in the US for the first time since Disney started lobbying to extend the copyright term for their benefit.

This tale is narrated by Hastings and takes place in 1920s Egypt, and is a nod to the famous archaeological expeditions of that era, as Poirot investigates a series of deaths among the aristocratic adventurers which may be taking advantage of rumoured curses to conceal a murder.

Offered worldwide through February 4th, available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] The Frenchwoman by Rosalind Laker [Vintage Regency Historical Romance]

The Frenchwoman by Rosalind Laker, a pseudonym for the late British author Barbara Øvstedal, an historical novelist whose American editor was former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, is a standalone vintage f/m Regency historical romance, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1977 by Macdonald & Jane’s Publishers.

The story stars a Frenchwoman escaping the turmoil of the Napoleonic wars as an exile in Norfolk, with her betrothal to a cold stranger complicated by the passionate attraction she shares with his elder brother, sparking a potentially deadly struggle between them.

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[Free eBook] Crazy in Love by Crystal B. Bright [Multicultural Contemporary Romance]

Crazy in Love by Crystal B. Bright is the 1st novel in the Love & Harmony Romance series of f/m multicultural romance, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Kensington’s Lyrical Shine imprint.

This is the featured B&N Free Fridays selection for the weekend, and is apparently being made free to help promote the upcoming 3rd novel, Crazy On You, released later this month. The series is set in the music industry, and features multicultural relationships between mixed-race couples aspiring to stardom.

This story stars a former hit R&B singer angling for a comeback necessitated by personal and professional betrayals which have left her broke as well as broken-hearted, and a struggling country & western musician recording at her studio.

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[Free eBook] Too Damn Nice by Kathryn Freeman [Contemporary Romance]

Too Damn Nice by Kathryn Freeman is a f/m contemporary romance novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Choc Lit.

This is the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store.

The story is a first chance reunion romance, taking place years after a childhood acquaintance was swept away to become a globe-trotting supermodel before her brother’s best friend had a chance to confess his feelings for her, now hoping that an ordinary neighbourhood nice guy can compete against her glamorous new celebrity life after they meet again.

Offered in the UK only, available at multiple retailers (some DRM-free).

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[Free eBook] The Pseudoscience Wars: Immanuel Velikovsky and the Birth of the Modern Fringe by Michael D. Gordin [Science History]

The Pseudoscience Wars: Immanuel Velikovsky and the Birth of the Modern Fringe by Michael D. Gordin, a professor of history at Princeton University, is a biographical history of the roots of pseudoscience and various fringe beliefs, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month for January.

The book explores the career of the late Immanuel Velikovsky, a controversial Russian scholar who drew upon world mythological writings to argue in favour a shared history of ancient astronomical catastrophes and found brief popularity for his views among the general public during the mid-20th century, even as they were being debated and debunked by scientists, drawing upon previously unpublished material from Velikovsky’s personal archives to give a behind-the-scenes look at the man and also exploring the histories and effects of other pseudoscientific fringe beliefs along the way.

Offered worldwide through January (usually also available until early morning on Feb 1st), available directly from the university’s website.

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Free for a limited time through January directly @ the university’s special promo page (ADE-DRM ePub available worldwide in return for newsletter signup with your valid email address), and you can also read more about the book on its regular catalogue page.

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Properly analyzed, the collective mythological and religious writings of humanity reveal that around 1500 BC, a comet swept perilously close to Earth, triggering widespread natural disasters and threatening the destruction of all life before settling into solar orbit as Venus, our nearest planetary neighbor.

Sound implausible? Well, from 1950 until the late 1970s, a huge number of people begged to differ, as they devoured Immanuel Velikovsky’s major best-seller, Worlds in Collision, insisting that perhaps this polymathic thinker held the key to a new science and a new history. Scientists, on the other hand, assaulted Velikovsky’s book, his followers, and his press mercilessly from the get-go. In The Pseudoscience Wars, Michael D. Gordin resurrects the largely forgotten figure of Velikovsky and uses his strange career and surprisingly influential writings to explore the changing definitions of the line that separates legitimate scientific inquiry from what is deemed bunk, and to show how vital this question remains to us today. Drawing on a wealth of previously unpublished material from Velikovsky’s personal archives, Gordin presents a behind-the-scenes history of the writer’s career, from his initial burst of success through his growing influence on the counterculture, heated public battles with such luminaries as Carl Sagan, and eventual eclipse. Along the way, he offers fascinating glimpses into the histories and effects of other fringe doctrines, including creationism, Lysenkoism, parapsychology, and more—all of which have surprising connections to Velikovsky’s theories.

Science today is hardly universally secure, and scientists seem themselves beset by critics, denialists, and those they label “pseudoscientists”—as seen all too clearly in battles over evolution and climate change. The Pseudoscience Wars simultaneously reveals the surprising Cold War roots of our contemporary dilemma and points readers to a different approach to drawing the line between knowledge and nonsense.

[Free eBook] The Pluto Enigma by John Glasby [Space Opera Science Fiction]

The Pluto Enigma by the late British author John Glasby, a prolific multi-genre pulp author who wrote under many pseudonyms, is the sequel novel in a sequence of science fiction space exploration drama, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This is a posthumously-published tale from his literary estate, and a sequel to The Lair of the Giants (also posthumously published by Endeavour), starring a Martian colonist tasked to build robots for the exploration of inhospitable Saturn.

The story continues a generation later, as the first manned mission from Earth reaches Pluto and discovers a mysterious formation which appears to be the product of a possibly unfathomable alien intelligence, prompting exploration not only of the planetary surface, but also the limits of human understanding.

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