[Free eBook] Strange Company by Robert J. Conley [Western Historical Action Novel with Cherokee]

Strange Company by the late Cherokee author Robert J. Conley, a recipient of multiple literary as well as genre awards including the Golden Spur and the WWA’s Owen Wister Award for Lifetime Contribution, is his western historical action adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Pioneering imprint.

This was originally published in 1991 by Pocket Books and incorporates some real history into it (more than usual for the genre, at least), with a brief introductory author’s note about certain historical figures who make an appearance.

The story is set during the US Civil War, starring a man of half-Cherokee descent and his soon-to-be friend (their adventures continue in a sequel novel, Borderline, which has previously been offered free), who apparently meet up on opposite sides of the US Civil War and find common cause against a sadistic Confederate captain who captures and torments them both.

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[Free eBook] Hundreds of Free Books from Open Road Media [All Genres Fiction & Non-Fiction]

As a special holiday treat, publisher Open Road Media is making free literally hundreds of ebooks in every genre, for a limited time.

ORM was founded by ex-Random House editors, and has made a specialty of bringing back into print older works by well-known authors in their fields, as well as publishing newer works by them as well.

The freebies in their catalogue includes authors such as Howard Fast (author of Spartacus, the novel which the movie was based upon), Alice Walker (author of The Color Purple, also the basis of a film), Pearl S. Buck (Nobel Prize winner), and many more.

A very brief sampling of the genres and authors available (there’s literally probably something for every taste):

  • For non-fiction: history (Walter Lord, author of A Night to Remember, which a film about the Titanic was based upon); political history (Rebecca West); literary & arts criticism (Mary McCarthy); travel writing (Laurence Durrell); cookbooks (James Beard); biographies (Marion Meade); autobiographies (Candy Darling, a celebrity involved with Andy Warhol); author advice (Richard Curtis, a former literary agent)
  • For fiction: science fiction & fantasy (Andre Norton, Jane Yolen, Robert Silverberg, Poul Anderson, all SFWA Grandmasters); historical fiction (Cecelia Holland); westerns (Paul Lederer); murder mystery novels (Susan Dunlap); suspense thrillers (Geoffrey Household); LGBT novelists (National Book Award-winner Paul Monette, Jane Rule, and more); romance (Elizabeth Chadwick); YA suspense (Caroline B. Cooney); YA fantasy (Bruce Coville); YA horror (Diane Hoh); childrens’ picture books (The Berenstain Bears series)

Offered in the US only, at Amazon only, through December 20th or 21st. Unfortunately, it looks like the promotion was withdrawn early on the 19th. Nice while it lasted, though.

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[Free eBook] Firewater by John Russell Fearn [Western Adventure Novel]

Firewater by the late British author John Russell Fearn, a prolific multi-genre pulp writer, is his vintage western historical action adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Pioneering imprint.

This was originally published in 1950 by Scion, and later reprinted by Robert Hale as part of their Black Horse Western line, which then used the Jed McCloud pseudonym. This is a standalone story set in New Mexico, featuring the conflict between the local Pueblo Native American people and some unscrupulous treasure hunters, upon whom the tribal leader, a woman kidnapped from settlers and raised among the Puebloans since girlhood, seeks to take revenge as punishment for their undermining the stability of the tribe with forbidden alcohol, even as her ambitious rival plots with the outlaws to take her position.

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[Free eBook] Borderline by Robert J. Conley [Cherokee Historical Western]

Borderline by Oklahoma-resident Cherokee author Robert J. Conley, a recipient of the Western Writers of America’s Owen Wister Award for Lifetime Contributions, is western historical action adventure novel , free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Pioneering imprint.

This was originally published in 1993 by Pocket Books using the two-word title Border Line, and is a sequel to Strange Company, which introduced the protagonists to each ohter during the Civil War. This story takes place in the historical Indian Territory after the Civil War, as a part-Cherokee man and his friend are desperate to save a family farm with the gold they have found, only to have it stolen by outlaws whom they must hunt down with the aid of the local Cherokee tribes. Offered worldwide, available @ Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Naming Ceremonies by Chip Livingston [LGBT Literary Stories & Essays]

Naming Ceremonies by Chip Livingston is his collection of literary fiction short stories & essays, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

This contains pieces exploring LGBT and Native American identity themes, mostly reprinted from literary fiction journals and publications such as Apalachee Review.

available worldwide DRM-free