[Free Audiobooks] Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson & The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater [YA Mystery Drama & LGBT True Crime Journalism]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2020 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—available worldwide for a limited time courtesy of participating major publishers, and you can see the planned release schedule here.

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of repercussions happening beyond school grounds, will be available to claim until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on May 6th.

  • Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson, read by Imani Parks, free courtesy of publisher HarperAudio. A YA high school mystery drama novel starring a learning-challenged African-American teen who begins to dig into the disappearance of her best friend, who has abruptly vanished at the start of the school year.

  • The 57 Bus by investigative journalist Dashka Slater, read by Robin Miles, free courtesy of publisher Recorded Books. This is a true crime account of an incident in Oakland, California, where an LGBT agender teen was set on fire by another teen on a school bus.

This year, they’ve switched over to requiring the Overdrive Sora app available for iOS and Android (previously, these were available as DRM-free MP3s with a time-limited download period to your computer/device), but once added to your in-app library, these will remain permanent titles that you can re-download at any time at your leisure.

You’ll need to signup with a valid email address on AudioFile’s front page for the promotion, and then enter the setup code audiobooksync in the Sora app when asked, and then claim each week’s featured title using the Borrow function on its page in the app, more details available on their FAQ page for the promotion.

Offered until just before midnight Eastern Time on Wednesday, May 6th, available worldwide.

[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:


  • 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


  • 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 eBooks] 9 books from AmazonCrossing for World Book Day [International Mystery, Biography, True Crime, Historical, Literary, LGBT]

As a special treat to celebrate World Book Day on April 23rd, Amazon is once again making free 9 Kindle ebooks in selected countries from its exclusive Amazon Crossing imprint for world literature in translation, which includes many notable and award-winning international authors.

The giveaway lasts for another day through April 24th-25th depending on your timezone, and you can see the special Read the World promo pages for it with more info on the works, authors, and translators, here at the Amazon US main, Amazon Canada, and Amazon UK stores.

Here are some auto-search links to pull up what’s free in the participating local stores for US, Canada, UK, Australia, India, and I’ve direct-linked the free titles to the main US or UK store as applicable (change the country code in the URL to get your local store).

Available in all participating countries:

  1. An American Princess: The Many Lives of Allene Tew, a biography about a young New Yorker who rose to great social heights during the Gilded Age, by Dutch author Annejet Van Der Zijl

  2. The Hangman’s Daughter, 1st in the eponymous 16th century Germany historical mystery series, by German author Oliver Pötzsch (illustrated “Kindle in Motion” version for Canada & US only; regular version for UK, Australia, and India)

  3. The Murmur of Bees, literary fiction by Mexican author Sofia Segovia

  4. All This I Will Give To You, award-winning crime thriller set in Spain and starring an LGBT man who has discovered a trail of secrets behind his late husband’s death, by Spanish autho Dolores Redondo

  5. About the Night, historical fiction set in 1940s Jerusalem by Israeli author Anat Talshir

Only free in North America (2 expections for India):

  1. The Dark Heart: A True Story of Greed, Murder and an Unlikely Investigator, true crime about the 2012 Swedish case of a missing and presumably murdered millionaire landowner whose body could not be found, by Swedish author Joakim Palmqvist (also free for India)

  2. Go: A Coming of Age Novel, literary fiction dealing with social and cultural issues surrounding a Korean student in a Japanese high school, by Japanese author Kazuki Kaneshiro (also free for India)

  3. The Passion According to Carmela, historical fiction set durnig the Cuban Revolution by Argentinian author Marcos Aguinis

  4. This Next Life or the Other, contemporary literary fiction about a radicalized and disillusioned youth fighting in Syria, by Norwegian author Demian Vitanza

Only free in other countries including UK, Australia/New Zealand, and India.

  1. Winter Men, historical fiction set in mid-century Germany dealing with the conflicts between two opposing brothers during the rise and defeat of Nazism, by Danish author Jesper Bugge Kold (not free in India)

  2. Still Waters, 1st in Sandhamn Murders mystery series by Swedish author Viveca Sten (not free in India; I’ve read this, and it’s the start of an enjoyable series which is on sale for just $0.99-$1.99 in Canada & US this month)

  3. The House by the River, a family saga following five sisters in Greece, by Greek author Lena Manta

  4. The Great Passage, award-winning literary fiction about an unexpected friendship that springs up between a retiring Japanese dictionary compiler and his eccentric co-worker, by Japanese author Shion Miura

Additionally still free in Canada & Australia (leftovers from a previous world literature promotion):

  1. Pathological, a biomedical science fiction thriller by Chinese author Wang Jinkiang

  2. Valley of Terror, a biomedical horror thriller by Chinese author Zhou Haohui

Offered through midnight Pacific Time on April 24th, available at Amazon.

[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).

[Free Audiobook] The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures by Aaron Mahnke [Historical True Crime Horror Podcast Tie-In]

The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures by [Aaron Mahnke] is a standalone tie-in companion in the Lore series of supernatural-themed true crime and horror podcasts, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Penguin Random House Audio.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month offer for October and is narrated by the author himself. The Lore (now adapted to a TV series) features scary non-fiction, presenting true crime in a dramatic horror story fashion, themed around historical cases which often have links to superstitious and supernatural elements, as well as investigating spooky local folklore beliefs in their own right.

This tie-in companion spotlights the dark side of human nature and beliefs, exploring incidents such as the 19th century Mercy Brown case of alleged vampirism rooted in panic over tuberculosis in Rhode Island, a supposedly enchanted doll which was the inspiration behind the Child’s Play franchise of horror films, accounts of both real-life and folkloric cannibalism, séances, and other intersections of crime and superstition featured in the podcast, adding bonus materials.

Offered worldwide until noon Eastern Time on October 31st, available as a DRM-free MP4 download directly from the publisher and in their app.

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