[Free eBook] Just Married by Jenna Bayley-Burke [Contemporary Romantic Comedy]

Just Married by Jenna Bayley-Burke is the 1st novel in her More than Friends series of f/m contemporary romantic comedy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Swerve.

This is the featured eBook Club of the Month selection for July from Macmillan’s HeroesAndHeartbreakers.com romance community The series is apparently centred around tales of friends with benefits taking it to the next level.

This story involves a surprise marriage of convenients with two such FWB which gains a new complication which will put their budding relationship upgrade to the test.

Offered DRM-free through July 5th, available only in Canada & the US, directly from the community.

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[Free Audiobooks] 2 free titles from AudioSYNC Summer of Reading [Young Adult, History Essays, Historical Fiction]

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, available until 7am Eastern Time on June 22nd, are as follows:

  • The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez, is her young adult historical literary fiction coming of age novel, set during the 1960s and based on a real-life child evacuation program known as Operation Pedro Pan, starring a Cuban girl and her brother sent alone to the U.S. to flee Castro’s revolution, and their experiences adjusting to a new life; from Ideal Audiobooks, read by Kyla Garcia
  • The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. DuBois, is his classic seminal compilation of literary essays about the history and experience of African-American life in the generations shortly after the abolition of slavery; from Dreamscape Media, read by Rodney Gardiner

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on June 22nd, 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] 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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[Free eBook REPEAT] Best Gay Stories: 2008 [LGBT Multi-Genre Anthology]

Best Gay Stories: 2008 edited by Steve Berman is an installment in the annual themed anthology series collecting the year’s best previously-published short stories across multiple genres, free again for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty Lethe Press.

This contains stories by LGBT authors and others writing about gay characters and themes across multiple subgenres, spanning from literary to mystery to speculative to erotic. Contributors include Lambda Literary Award-winning author Tom Cardamone, popular YA author Holly Black, m/m romance author Erastes, and many more.

Offered DRM-free, available worldwide @ Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Underneath It All by by Jack Bumgardner [LGBT Detective Mystery]

Underneath It All by Jack Bumgardner is a short story in his Crosby Comeaux series of investigative mysteries, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

The series stars the owner of the only gay detective agency in a small town. This adventure sees him acting on a tip about a double murder, which in turn uncovers a deeper conspiracy plot which threatens the town.

Offered DRM-free worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free Audiobooks] 2 free titles from AudioSYNC Summer of Reading [Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romantic Suspense]

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, available until 7am Eastern Time on June 15th, are as follows:

  • Plus One by Elizabeth Fama, a standalone sfnal adventure story with romantic elements, set in an alternate America where humans are rigidly divided into night and day dwellers who work and live only during their allotted hours, starring a girl who intends to kidnap her newborn niece to visit her dying grandparent, but winds up breaking the all-important curfew and going on the run with a boy in similar straights, discovering more about the conspiracy underlying the dysfunction of their world; read by Julia Whelan
  • If I Run by Terri Blackstock, the 1st novel in an eponymous contemporary suspense series with f/m romantic elements, starring a woman who flees a crime scene covered with her DNA, and the man tasked to bring her in, who begins to believe that the supposed evidence doesn’t add up; from Zondervan (a religious imprint of HarperCollins), read by Nan Gurley

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on June 15th, 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 & Audiobook] Velfærd by Carsten Jensen [Danish Academic Social Welfare Political Essay]

Velfærd (Welfare) by Carsten Jensen, a professor in the Department of Political Science at Aarhus University, is the 50th in the Tænkepauser (Reflections) series of Danish-language accessibly-written short essays intended to introduce laypersons to assorted academic topics, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This political science essay examines the social welfare state in Denmark.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through June 16th, available directly from the university’s website.

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[Free eBook] Vulnerable by Amy Lane [Urban Fantasy with LGBT Romance]

Vulnerable by Amy Lane is the 1st novel in her Little Goddess series of urban fantasy adventures with strong f/m, m/m, and f/m/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Dreamspinner Press’ DSP Publications imprint for plot-centric other-genre works where any romance is secondary.

This was originally self-published in 2005 via self-publishing repackager iUniverse and and later revised and picked up by DSP. The series stars a young woman in a seemingly mundane small town who discovers a neighbouring hidden magical world of vampires and elves and werewolves and potential polyamory.

This installment is the first of her many adventures levelling up in the local paranormal ranks, as she becomes acquainted with the hidden world and her future place in it, fulfilling a destiny with a new love and his old lover the prince.

Offered worldwide, available at multiple retailers (some DRM-free).

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[Free eBook] Fire and Water by Andrew Grey [LGBT Romantic Suspense]

Fire and Water by Andrew Grey is the 1st novel in his Carlisle Cops series of m/m contemporary romantic suspense, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Dreamspinner Press.

The series stars assorted officers in the eponymous local police force as they solve crimes and find love outside of work. This one pairs up an officer trying to track down the source of drug overdoses while getting to know a lifeguard under threat from a violent ex-boyfriend.

Offered worldwide, available at multiple retailers (some DRM-free).

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Paris Demands by Mike Miksche [LGBT Literary Fiction]

Paris Demands by Mike Miksche is his contemporary gay literary fiction novel, free again for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

This is a journey of self-discovery via overseas travel tourism sort of novel, set in the titular Paris, and while it has a number of m/m sex scenes, is apparently not primarily erotic or even particularly romantic in nature, according to the reviews.

Offered DRM-free worldwide, available at Amazon.

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