[Free eBook] Rider Run by Raya Jones [Science Fiction Technothriller]

Rider Run by Welsh author Raya Jones, a Reader in Social Studies at the University of Cardiff who specializes in the psychology of social robotics, is a standalone science fiction technothriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

The story is set in a multi-species galactic future which blurs the boundaries between machines and humanity, as competing megacorps have established space stations run by intelligent machines known as “cybers”, or use a strange species known as “arks” which can jump through space-time, and are rumoured to be developing a game-changing new technology associated with the mysterious “psidroids”, and one man goes on a search to discover the truth behind them all.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Mind the Posies by Talmage Powell [Vintage Mystery/Suspense]

Mind the Posies by the late Talmage Powell, a prolific multi-genre pulp fiction author, is a standalone vintage pulp mystery/suspense thriller short story, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press.

This was originally published in 1965 in the June issue of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, and is being offered by Wildside as one of their sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Community for vintage pulp mystery/crime reprints.

The story stars a woman who receives an anonymous tip regarding her husband’s activities, from a source whose intentions might not be as benevolent as they pretend.

Offered worldwide through July 16th (probably), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Sea of Love by Susan Donovan [Contemporary Romance]

Sea of Love by Susan Donovan is the 1st novel in the Bayberry Island series of f/m contemporary romance with mild paranormal elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Headline’s Eternal imprint.

This was the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store and will probably be free for another day. The series is set on a Massachussetts island where a mystical bronze mermaid statue is said to grant true love.

This installment seens a jaded local return with doubts in the local legend, after having being conned and swindled by her ex-fiancé, only to encounter a handsome stranger in time for the annual Mermaid Festival, who might give her heart and the statue’s powers a second chance.

Offered in the UK, Europe, and various other regions worldwide (excluding North America), available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] A Shadow in Summer by Daniel Abraham [Fantasy]

A Shadow in Summer by Daniel Abraham, one half of the writing team behind pseudonymous Hugo Award-nominated author James S. A. Corey whose novels were adapted into the hit TV show The Expanse, is the 1st novel in the The Long Price quartet of epic political fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Tor Books.

This is their featured free eBook of the Month Club offer for July. The series is set in a city-state filled with intrigue, whose economy is powered by a sorcerer and a captive spirit who are both its strength and weakness.

This installment sees a rival empire attempting to conquer the city-state with a plan to destabilize it by striking at the sorcerer/spirit and secretly take the city from within, were it not for a few overlooked individuals who find themselves the only hope of thwarting the plot.

Offered through July 13th at midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free to Canada & US only directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] A Known Evil by Aidan Conway [Serial Killer Crime Thriller]

A Known Evil by British author Aidan Conway is the 1st novel in the Detective Michael Rossi series of police procedural serial killer thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’ Killer Reads imprint.

This is apparently being made free to promote the upcoming 2nd novel, A Cold Flame, expected next week. The series is set in Rome, starring a maverick Detective Inspector and his partner.

This installment sees them on the trail of the obligatory serial killer who leaves crytic messages, and shortly targets Rossi’s girlfriend, making it personal as he and the killer become each others’ new obsessions.

Offered in the UK and select other regions worldwide (excluding North America), available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] How Not To Fall in Love, Actually by Catherine Bennetto [Chick Lit Romantic Comedy]

How Not To Fall in Love, Actually by New Zealand author Catherine Bennetto is a standalone chick lit-flavoured f/m romantic comedy novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Simon & Schuster UK.

This is the Heat Magazine podcast‘s featured summer giveaway book for the week, and is being offered to tie-in with a £0.99 sale on the author’s other novel, Make or Break.

The story is a humorously heartwarming tale, starring a down on her luck twentysomething who is about to become unemployed and possibly homeless, and has also just dumped the father of her impending child, as she finds out these seeming losses might actually be gains.

Offered in the UK only, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] A Shot of Red by Tracy March [Romantic Suspense Technothriller]

A Shot of Red by Tracy March, an award-winning author with a background in pharmaceuticals, is a f/m contemporary romantic suspense technothriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Entangled: Select Suspense imprint.

The story features a race against time to stop the distribution of a tainted flu vaccine, starring a woman whose family’s pharmaceutical company may be the target of a deadly sabotage scheme, who must team up with the political communications director with whom she once had an ill-fated one-night stand.

Offered worldwide, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move by Reece Jones [Sociopolitical Current Affairs]

Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move by Reece Jones, a Professor of Geography at the University of Hawaii, is his non-fiction sociopolitical book about the current refugee crisis, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Verso Books.

This is part of a promotional event to help support the “Families Belong Together” rallies protesting for more humane treatment of migrants, and is accompanied by a reading list of other related picks from their catalogue, if you’re interested.

The book is an accessibly-written pop academic title which covers the various recent crises involving refugees, examining the global responses to and underlying contributing factors of, with a special focus on cross-border mobility as related to economic disparity. This edition has been updated with a discussion of Brexit and the Trump administration.

Offered DRM-free worldwide, available through midnight EST on July 10th.

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[Free eBook] 3 issues of Dreamworks [Academic Literary, Poetry, & Science Journal]

Three back issues of Dreamworks: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, a Pushcart Prize-winning academic literary journal edited by Kenneth Atchity, a former professor of comparative literature and classics who later became a film producer, & Marsha Kinder, a film scholar and Professor of Critical Studies at the University of California, are free for a limited time, courtesy of reprint publisher Story Merchant Books.

These were originally published in the 1980s, and the journal was devoted to bringing together both scientific and artistic viewpoints as it drew upon anthropology, psychology, neurophysiology, and culture and literature to explores dreams and the process of dreaming, which gained contributions from famous filmmakers, authors, and poets including Frederico Fellini, William S. Burroughs, and many more, with a special theme for each issue.

The issues being offered are as follows (available worldwide at Amazon):

If you’re interested, you can also read a retrospective write-up about the journal over at co-editor Kinder’s website.

[Free eBook] Intervention by Mia Kerick [YA LGBT Contemporary Romance]

Intervention by Mia Kerick is a standalone m/m contemporary romance novel, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Dreamspinner Press’ Harmony Ink imprint for teen readers.

This is being made free to help promote the author’s newly released novel, My Crunchy Life, a YA LGBT romance starring a trans heroine.

The story stars a free-spirited high school student who falls for a co-worker at the college campus café where he performs as a musician, only to be stymied by his crush’s history of sexual abuse, which he attempts to stage an intervention to help him overcome.

Offered worldwide through July 10th until midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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