[Free eBook] The Inheritance by Angie Coleman [Chick-Lit Romantic Comedy]

The Inheritance by Angie Coleman, a pseudonym for Italian author Angela Iezzi is her standaloe chick-lit-flavoured workplace rivalry f/m romantic comedy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Head of Zeus’ Aria imprint for digital first publications by newer and translated authors.

This was originally published in 2017 by Italian publisher Newton Compton as Gli effetti speciali dell’amore, and is translated by Marco Condorelli. It was a recipient of the 2016 Premio Ilmioesordio, which appears to be a publisher prize for best manuscript submission.

The story is an enemies-to-lovers workplace tale of a woman expecting to eventually take over the running of the family business, who finds that her father’s will leaves her resented rival in place as director, only allowing her to inherit small share and that little on the stipulation that she work and live with him under the same roof for a year.

Offered in the UK only, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Boystown: Three Nick Nowak Mysteries by Marshall Thornton [Award-Nominated LGBT 1980s Historical Mystery]

Boystown: Three Nick Nowak Mysteries by Marshall Thornton, a Lambda Literary Award-winning novelist and screenwriter, is the 1st book in his Boystown series of gritty retro-historical private investigator mystery/crime thrillers with m/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of the author himself.

This was originally published in 2011 by now-defunct LGBT specialty publisher Torquere Press, and was a finalist for the 2012 Lambda Literary Awards in the Gay Mystery category. The series is set in Chicago during the 1980s and stars an ex-cop turned hard-boiled PI.

This installment contains 3 novella-length adventure cases in which he solves assorted crimes, even as he explores uneasy relationships with other men he meets in the course of investigation. NB: the cover image has some mild artistic nudity which may be NSFW depending on workplace, if someone’s browsing over your shoulder.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through August 8th, available at Amazon.

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[Free Audiobooks] 2 free titles from AudioSYNC Summer of Reading [Young Adult, Fantasy, Award-Winning Steampunk Alternate History]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2017 promotion for young adults continues, which offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—as free MP3 downloads, usually available worldwide (some titles are subject to geo-restrictions, and you can see the planned release schedule here).

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of alternate historical fantasy, available until 7am Eastern Time on August 3rd, are as follows:

  • Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott, is her fantasy novel set in a world based loosely on feudal Japan, where a girl trained in the illusion-casting art of shadow weaving must discover her own identity, even as she seeks revenge for the death of her family; from Brilliance Audio, read by Amy Rubinate
  • Airborn by Canadian author Kenneth Oppel, who was the recipient of Canada’s prestigious Governor General’s Literary Award for this in 2004, is the 1st novel in his eponymous trilogy of steampunk sci-fantasy which take place in an alternate history version of Canada, starring a cabin boy aboard an airship who rescues a traveler in a balloon, thereby setting off a series of adventures; from Full Cast Audio, read by David Kelly and others

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on August 3rd, available in selected countries worldwide (requires installing Overdrive Media console software on your PC, Mac, Android, or iDevice, and you need to finish downloading before the time limit).

[Free eBook REPEAT] Trysts: A Triskaidecollection of Queer and Weird Stories by Steve Berman [LGBT Fantasy & Horror]

Trysts: A Triskaidecollection of Queer and Weird Stories by Steve Berman, a Shirley Jackson and Lambda Literary Award-nominated editor and author, is a collection of 13 speculative fiction short stories about supernatural encounters, free again courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

This was a double-nominee in two categories for the 2002 Spectrum Awards recognizing LGBT-themed works of speculative fiction, and includes dark & urban fantasy and psychological horror stories reprinted from Strange Horizons magazine and other genre outlets.

Offered DRM-free worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Richard’s Feet by Carey Harrison [Award-Winning Post-WWII Literary Identity Thriller]

Richard’s Feet by British author Carey Harrison, a multiple award-winning playwright and novelist who is also the son of classic actor Rex Harrison (of My Fair Lady and Cleopatra fame), is the 1st novel in his The Heart Beneath quartet of historical literary thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Odyssey imprint.

This was originally published in 1990 by Mackays of Cheltham and won the UK Society of Writers’ Encore Award in 1990 and was also longlisted for the Booker Prize. The novel explores themes of post-World War II identity and starts in the late 1940s, set in England and Soviet-dominated Germany and continues there for some decades after, with references back to events during the 1930s.

The story stars an Englishman who goes in search of a woman he once loved during the pre-war years, hoping to find her in Soviet Germany, and eventually becomes a boss in the criminal underworld of Hamburg after faking his death and adopting a new identity, though he finds out he cannot fully escape the influence of the life he had before.

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[Free eBook] Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey [Award-Winning Fantasy]

Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey, is the 1st novel of the Phèdre Trilogy in her Kushiel’s Legacy universe of plotty political high fantasy with sensual themes, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tor Books.

This was awarded the 2002 Locus Award for Best First Novel and also placed 18th in the Best Fantasy Novel category. The series is set in a complex fantasy world where one country which has more relaxed social attitudes is in competition with others which do not, and this trilogy stars a heroine who is trained as both a courtesan and a spy.

This first novel showcases her origins and sees her coming across a conspiracy which may lead to war, in the course of gathering intelligence in various ways. NB: due to the heroine’s profession, these books may contain some sexual content for which YMMV. There’s an official primer for the series, if you’d like to know more before you start.

Offered through July 19th, available in Canada & the US directly from the publisher as their Free Book of the Month Club selection.

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[Free eBook] Event Horizon 2017: An Anthology of Authors Eligible for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer [Science Fiction & Fantasy Anthology]

Event Horizon 2017: An Anthology of Authors Eligible for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer edited by Jake Kerr is the quasi-annual science fiction/fantasy anthology, free for a limited time courtesy of the authors themselves, via publisher Quanta Books’s Shirtsleeves Press imprint.

This contains an assortment of short and long stories in various speculative fiction genres, written by qualifying authors first professionally published within the last two years, who are eligible for the John W. Campbell Best New Writer Award which is given out at WorldCon at the same time as the regular Hugo Awards.

Offered through July 15th, available DRM-free worldwide.

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[Free eBook] Midnight Sun by Ramsey Campbell [Award-Winning Horror Fantasy]

Midnight Sun by British author Ramsey Campbell, a frequent recipient of the British Fantasy and Bram Stoker Awards, is his standalone horror fantasy novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1990 by Macdonald, and and won the 1991 British Fantasy Award society’s August Derleth Award for Best Fantasy Novel (usually a horror-ish dark fantasy in this particular category).

The story stars a lonely boy living in his aunt’s house due to a mysterious occurrence which happened to his grandfather and other family, who grows up to inherit the ancestral home and begin unravelling the family mystery, as he awakens a strange and terrible power after several dormant generations when strange frost covers the land—legacy of an ancestor’s long-ago explorations into the shamanic rituals of the northern wastes.

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[Free eBook] Limits by Larry Niven [Science Fiction & Fantasy & Essay Collection]

Limits by Larry Niven, a recent SFWA Grand Master Award recipient, is his vintage collection of mixed science fiction and fantasy tales and essays, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Phoenix Pick Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month selection for June. This was originally published in 1985 by Ballantine’s Del Rey imprint and and placed 3rd in the 1986 Locus Award listings for Best Collection.

This collection includes several collaborations with other authors such as Jerry Pournelle and Steven Barnes and stories in his popular The Magic Goes Away shared universe setting.

Offered worldwide through June, available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Old Man’s War by John Scalzi [Military Science Fiction]

Old Man’s War by John Scalzi, is the 1st novel in his Old Man’s War series of military science fiction space operas, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tor Books.

This was a finalist for the 2006 Hugo for Best Novel and placed 2nd on the Locus Award list for Best First Novel. The series is set in a far future world at war with aliens, using assorted technology to physically enhance the humans within.

The story uses the premise that the military doesn’t want young people, but instead seasoned and skillful types who’ve lived a lifetime already, starring one man who takes the deal, finding the experience to not quite be what he expected.

Offered through June 21st, available in Canada & the US directly from the publisher as their Free Book of the Month Club selection.

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