[Free Audiobooks] Baker’s Magic by Diane Zahler & When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon [Young Adult Fantasy & Romance]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2018 promotion for young adults 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 growing after encountering unexpected opportunities and forging new relationships, available until 7am Eastern Time on May 31st, are as follows:

  • Baker’s Magic by Diane Zahler, is a tween/YA fantasy novel, starring an orphaned girl who winds up apprenticed to a baker while trying to steal bread to eat, who discovers her own magical talent for creating enchanted food and befriends a princess while thwarting an evil mage and encounters pirates upon her ensuing adventures; read by Tavia Gilbert, from Live Oak Media, available worldwide
  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, is a YA romance novel exploring Indian heritage, starring two teens whose traditionally-minded parents wish to arrange a marriage between them, which they have mixed feelings about, who get to meet and know each other during a summer development course; read by Sneha Mathan, from Dreamscape Media, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on May 31st, 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).

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[Free eBook] The New Spies: Exploring the Frontiers of Espionage by James Adams [20th C Global Espionage History]

The New Spies: Exploring the Frontiers of Espionage by English author James Adams, a former Sunday Times journalist who apparently had significant ties to the intelligence community, is a 20th century recent history and analysis of global intelligence agencies, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1994 by Hutchinson, and was later reprinted by Pimlico with a new preface providing an update on developments in the then-current Aldrich Ames CIA case.

The book comprehensively examines and explains post-Cold War developments in global intelligence agencies and how they were adapting and changing to then rapidly-altering political climate (circa the early 1990s) as well as their goals and methods, paying attention to the many uses of espionage, including for economic purposes as well as drugs and terrorism tracking.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Here For You by Skylar M. Cates [LGBT Contemporary Romance]

Here For You by Skylar M. Cates is the 1st novel in the Sunshine and Happiness series of m/m contemporary romance, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Dreamspinner Press.

This is a special offer to help promote their Celebrate Community sale, with 30% off everything in the store until the end of May.

The series is apparently centred around slow burn relationships between men who’ve experienced tragedy slowly reforging emotional connections. This story stars a newly-arrived bartender looking for a place to belong, who is attracted to an older lawyer who keeps him at bay until the obligatory tragedy occurs which throws them together in unexpected ways.

Offered worldwide through May 26th until midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Guns Across Red River by A. A. Glynn [Western]

Guns Across Red River by British author A. A. Glynn, a newspaper journalist who was a well-known science fiction fan during the 1950s, is is a standalone western historical action adventure novel novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Pioneering imprint.

This was originally published in 2006 by Robert Hale as part of their Black Horse Western line using the pseudonym Hugh Martin.

The story features a reunion between two friends who went their separate ways after the Civil War, who are drawn back together by outlaws and the need to thwart a criminal plot before it’s too late.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Invested: How Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger Taught Me to Master My Mind, My Emotions, and My Money (with a Little Help from My Dad) by Danielle Town [Personal Finance]

Invested: How Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger Taught Me to Master My Mind, My Emotions, and My Money (with a Little Help from My Dad) by Danielle Town, co-host of the InvestED podcast, & Phil Town, a motivational speaker and hedge fund manager, is a personal finance self-help guide cum memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’ William Morrow imprint.

This book recounts the author’s year-long journey about learning to invest, with assorted advice and financial lessons for taking control of one’s personal finances by studying the strategies of successful investors, presented in a straightforward, anecdotal manner, as she began to understand and become more comfortable with managing her money directly after having previously avoided doing so.

Offered in the UK only, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Dirty Rotten Scoundrels by Matthew Benns [Australian True Crime History]

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels by Australian author Matthew Benns, a journalist and author of assorted nonfiction bestsellers, is an Australian true crime history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins.

This book, which is tilted towards the pop entertainment side but provides plenty of dates and references, gives an account of con artists in Australia throughout history, from the 19th century to the present day and ranging in type from relatively harmless literary hoaxers to devastating personal scammers and financial fraudsters, with case studies detailing their exploits and methods and the lasting effects upon their victims.

Offered in the US only, available at Kobo only, from the looks of it.

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[Free eBook] The Great Halifax Explosion: A World War I Story of Treachery, Tragedy, and Extraordinary Heroism by John U. Bacon [Canadian Disaster History]

The Great Halifax Explosion: A World War I Story of Treachery, Tragedy, and Extraordinary Heroism by John U. Bacon, a journalist and sports commentator, is an history of a manmade disaster and its lingering effects, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’ William Morrow imprint.

The book delves into the causes and effects of the Halifax Explosion of 1917, at that time the world’s largest manmade disaster caused when the cargo of a munitions ship exploded just outside of Halifax, Nova Scotia, leveling the city with a shockwave and triggering a tsunami.

In addition to the immediate impact on the populace, which rallied heroically to rescue and treat survivors, the disaster had lasting effects not only in Canada, but also worldwide, with relief efforts pouring in and international trade repercussions and an influence on scientific advances (the physical effects of the explosion were studied during the development of the atomic bomb), as well as enduring in the Canadian consciousness (I know of at least three film dramatizations of this, and there’s a slew of documentaries and a novel or two, IIRC).

Offered in the UK only, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Heart Unseen by Andrew Grey [LGBT Contemporary Romance]

Heart Unseen by Andrew Grey is the 1st novel in the Hearts Entwined series of m/m contemporary romance, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Dreamspinner Press.

The series apparently centres around men with disabilities slowly developing romantic relationships with good friends to whom they’ve been growing increasingly attracted.

This one stars a successful, club-going garage owner who finds that the facile charm which nets him no-strings attached flings fails to impress his latest target, a fiercely independent young man who lost his sight at a young age and won’t step out of his comfort zone for anything less than a committed heart.

Offered worldwide through May 21st until midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] My Sister’s Secret by Tracy Buchanan [Psychological Thriller]

My Sister’s Secret by Milton Keynes-resident British author Tracy Buchanan is a standalone contemporary psychological suspense thriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’ Avon imprint.

This is apparently being made free to help promote the upcoming release of the author’s latest thriller, The Lost Sister, due in July.

The story stars a woman orphaned as a child, whose happy memories of her late parents and the aunt who subsequently raised her are brought into doubt by a mysterious photograph, which puts her on the search for the truth behind a tragic accident.

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

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[Free eBook] A Knock at the Door by Eva Hanagan [Literary Novel]

A Knock at the Door by the late British author Eva Hanagan, a novelist and writing teacher known for her social satires, is is a standalone literary fiction novel novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1982 by Constable.

The story is a sharp social commentary, centred around the conflict between a busybody neighbour determined to “welcome” the newcomer next door whether he likes it or not, and a solitary Holocaust survivor haunted by wartime memories and equally determined to protect himself from the intrusions of the outside world.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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