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.
Offered in the UK and other selected countries worldwide (excluding North America), available at multiple retailers.
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Heiress by bestselling author Janet Dailey is her standalone sibling rivalry family saga drama novel with strong f/m romantic elements free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Open Road Media’ Romance imprint.
This was originally published in 1987 by Little, Brown & Co. and was a bestseller at the time, which has since gone through multiple reprintings over the decades. This is set in modern-day (for 1980s values of modern) Texas, among the wealthy oil and ranching jet-set. The story is centred around the rivalry between two half-sisters who meet for the first time at their father’s funeral, and begin a lifelong feud when it is revealed that one will inherit their father’s remaining money, while the other is left with his indebted properties, creating resentments which escalate into the next generation as each sister tries to one-up and ruin the other in life and love and fortune, in an attempt to prove herself their father’s true heir.
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The Lying Game by bestselling YA author Sara Shepard is the 1st novel in her The Lying Game series of YA high school drama novels with supernatural murder mystery elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’ HarperTeen imprint.
This series, which is the basis of the eponymous ABC TV show, is centred around the mystery of who killed a popular teen girl, narrated by the ghost of the murder victim as her secret twin sister takes her place in an attempt to flush out the killer. This installment sets up the series by having the surviving twin apparently witness the murder of her heretofore unknown sister, and proceed to invisibly step into and publicly live her sister’s life as a decoy, attempting to keep up appearances with friends and family even as she tries to find and outwit the murderer.
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Kamikaze Lust by Lauren Sander is her debut contemporary literary fiction novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Akashic Books.
This was the winner of the 2000 Lambda Literary Award in the Small Press category. The story takes the obligatory journey of self-discovery and gives it a humorously satirical edge, as a young woman goes on a zany and sometimes raunchy road trip through various places which touch her life.
Offered DRM-free through midnight December 14th, available worldwide directly from the publisher as part of their holiday advent calendar promotion.
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As part of the Smashwords July sale, which is expiring later tonight, Canadian small press publisher BevEditions are offering much of their catalogue for free using the coupon code SFREE.
There are literally dozens of titles, too many to list, but they have many backlist works by Canadian authors, which were previously published by HarperCollins and other publishers, including works by Arthur Ellis Award-winning mystery writer Lyn Hamilton, Canadian literary fiction figure Morley Torgev, historian Marion Fowler, and more, in assorted genres and subjects including Canadian and related history, literature and literary fiction, mystery & thriller novels, humour and historical fiction, and more.
This will probably only last until midnight either Eastern or Pacific Time tonight on July 31st, so if you think you might be interested, please visit their publisher page at Smashwords, and just go down the listings and once you go to the book’s individual page, if you see the words Use the code SFREE at checkout to get this book for free during our site-wide promotion!, then you can get the title for free. You can also gift the free works which are available by using the Give as Gift button, and then applying the coupon and your friends’ email address in the cart.
These are all offered DRM-free, available worldwide. (Not all books are free as part of the sale, so you’ll have to skip a few listings, but the free books continue down to nearly the bottom of the listings.)
The Bitch by the late bestselling novelist Jackie Collins is her vintage society lifestyle scandal drama novel with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Chances, Inc., an imprint set up to reprint Collins’ works.
This was originally published in 1979 by HarperCollins, and was a bestseller at the time, and turned into a film starring the author’s own sister actress Jackie Collins of Dynasty fame, who won the latter role based on her performance in the films based on her sister’s books. The e-book version was revised and updated with a substantial rewrite by the author before her death.
The story is a sequel to a previous novel, The Stud, and continues the adventures of the wealthy thrillseeking heroine from that, as she encounters a Las Vegas gambler who intends to take advantage of her in order to repay his debt to the mob, little knowing what he’s getting into. Offered in North America (including Mexico) at multiple retailers.
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