You Drive Me Crazy by by Italian author Anna Premoli, the 2013 recipient of the Premio Bancarella, an Italian literary prize established in 1954, is her standalone chick-lit workplace novel with f/m romantic comedy elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Head of Zeus’ Aria imprint.
This is a translation of Come inciampare nel principe azzurro, which was originally self-published in 2012 and was later picked up by Italian publisher Newton Compton.
The story is a multicultural expat workplace comedy set in Seoul, South Korea, starring a London-based investment banker who is transferred to an overseas branch where she has difficulties adapting to the local environment, exacerbated by a the unhelpfulness of her hot new Korean-American boss, with whom she has an enemies-to-lovers flirtation. NB: The author herself is a financial consultant for a private bank, who started writing to alleviate job boredom, so those parts of the novel should be very accurate.
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Solo by British author Jill Mansell is her standalone chick-lit f/m romantic comedy novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Sourcebooks’ Landmark imprint.
This was originally published in 1992 by Bantam Books. The story stars a struggling artist in a tiny cottage near Bath, England, who meets a high-profile hotel owner at a posh party, and their ensuing series of “temporary” flings embroils the entire local community in a comedic web of deceit.
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Cliffhanger by T. J. Middleton, a pseudonym for Tim Binding, an award-nominated literary fiction author and screenwriter for assorted British TV comedies, is the 1st novel in his Cliffhanger series of satirical literary fiction crime thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Ipso Books.
The series is a literary fiction black comedy take on crime thrillers, which explores the slightly demented psyche of middle England via wacky crime hijinx. This installment is a modern-day tale of a man planning the “perfect crime” with the intention of murdering his wife, but initially failing to succeed despite his best efforts, which are further complicated by the eccentricities of his nosy neighbours, leading to escalating crime upon crime as he commits further ones to try and cover up the tracks of the previous.
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Waiting for Callback by the British mother/daughter team of Perdita Cargill & Honor Cargill is the 1st novel in their Waiting for Callback series of YA teen career life experience comedy/drama, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Simon & Schuster’s Children’s UK imprint.
The series stars an aspiring teen actress from an ordinary, non-acting background. This installment sets up the girl-next-door with her big break as an acting agent discovers her, only for her to discover that the world of auditions is much tougher to succeed in than she thought it would be, with a side of personal drama besides. Apparently, this is being made free to promote the recently-released 2nd-in-series, Take Two, which came out in January.
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As a special Easter holiday treat for fans of the popular Doctor Who British science fiction media franchise, 4 books are offered free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Candy Jar Books.
Three novels from their new Lethbridge-Stewart series of officially licensed spin-off tie-in adventures starring side characters from the original show, introduced with forewords by actors and writers who contributed to the show, are offered to promote the line, which is expecting several more releases in upcoming months.
A fourth book, which is non-fiction, provides an unofficial companion to the creative inspirations behind the various artificial beings which appear throughout the mothership franchise.
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The Roar of the Tiger by Annie Ayre, a pseudonym for author Rosemary Kingsland, is her satirical literary historical novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.
This was originally published in 1985 by Penguin’s Viking imprint under the title After the Ball Was Over using the Rosemary Kingsland name. This is a farcical comedy set in the fictional English settler township of Jamalpur in Northern India in the 1930s (the author herself was born and raised in India before her family resettled in the UK), which maintains the equipment of a railway company. The story focuses on the various eccentric characters who both live there and are brought in by the trains, and the many odd things that happen in and around and because of them.
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A Small Death in Berlin by Annie Ayre, a pseudonym for author Rosemary Kingsland, is her standalone satirical literary historical fiction novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.
This was originally published in 1979 by Corgi under the title Just a Gigolo using the Rosemary Kingsland name, and is a loose novelization of the eponymous film starring the late rock star David Bowie and also featuring classic Hollywood actress Marlene Dietrich. This is a darkly comedic novel about the effects of war which has been likened to Evelyn Waugh’s classic Sword of Honour trilogy. The story takes place in the aftermath of WWI, when a Prussian officer returning home to Berlin finds everything seemingly changed for the worse, and also that he has no prospects for employment besides the local brothel, and begins embarking on a surprising and increasingly strange lifestyle path.
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A Woman of Substance by author Barbara Taylor Bradford is the 1st novel in her Emma Harte series of dramatic family sagas with strong f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’s Harper imprint.
This was originally published in 1979 by Doubleday and was a bestseller back in the day, adapted into a popular TV miniseries. The series is one of those epic generational dramatic sagas centred around the lives and loves and fortunes and misfortunes of the women in a particular high-society family. This story establishes the early trials and eventual rags-to-riches rise to fortune of the strong-willed woman who would become the Harte family matriarch.
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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is her classic lit novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Penguin Random House Audio.
This audibook edition is read by actress Christina Ricci (of The Addams Family movie fame) and is an unabridged edition giving the full story of the four sisters of the March family and their various adventures during the mid-19th century, which was originally published in 1868 and has since become a much-beloved coming-of-age classic for readers of all ages.
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Chocolate Lenin by British author Graham Diamond is his standalone satirical science fiction novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.
This was originally self-published in 2012 by the author’s own Lion Books imprint. This is a speculative fiction satire set in a near-future version of Russia. The story revolves around a mad scientist’s decision to resurrect the titular communist leader in the form of a sapient chocolate being, and explores the revolutionary upheavals which follow.
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