[Free eBook] All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders [Award-Winning Science Fantasy]

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders is a standalone contemporary science fiction/urban fantasy hybrid novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Tor Books.

This is their featured free eBook of the Month Club offer for September and won the 2017 Nebula, Locus, and William L. Crawford Fantasy Award, as well as being a Hugo finalist. It’s being made free to help promote Anders’ upcoming standalone science fiction novel, The City in the Middle of the Night, due early next year. I read this for Hugo voting last year and it’s a charming, quirky light humorous tale.

The story takes place in a near future with both advanced technology and magic in it, featuring the conflict between a secret society of witches and an ambitious think tank of genius inventors, which is played out via the changing friendship between two young students who eventually join the different factions as they grow up, and the world begins to experience the Unraveling which threatens to destroy it.

Offered through 11:59 Eastern Time on September 21st in Canada & the US only, available DRM-free to 21st directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] The Ceruliana Caper by Jacob Hay [Vintage Mystery/Thriller Short]

The Ceruliana Caper by the late Jacob Hay is a standalone mystery/thriller short story, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press. as one of their sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Community for vintage pulp mystery/crime thriller reprints.

This was originally published in 1974 in the March issue of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine magazine.

The story stars an official of the British Empire, assigned to a Polynesian island kingdom, which may prove to need his expertise with Scotland Yard techniques.

Offered worldwide through September 17th (maybe), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] It’s Always Too Late by Gil Brewer [Vintage Pulp Crime Short]

It’s Always Too Late by the late Gil Brewer is a standalone pulp mystery/crime thriller short story, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press as one of their sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Community for vintage pulp mystery/thriller reprints.

This was originally published in 1951 and if you’re interested, there’s an introduction to the author and his works in this guest blogpost by David Rachels, the editor of the University Press of Florida’s retrospective reprint collection of Brewer’s short stories, Redheads Die Quickly and Other Stories

The story stars a man who turns to bank robbery, much to the surprise of his wife.

Offered worldwide through September 10th (probably), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Stained by Lee Thomas [Award-Winning Horror]

Stained by Lee Thomas, a Lambda Literary and Bram Stoker Award-winning author, is a standalone horror thriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

This was originally published in 2004 by Wildside Press and won the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel. The reprint is a 10th anniversary edition which comes with a new introduction by the author and a foreword by Steve Berman.

The story follows the aftermath of one man’s confrontation with a sadistic serial killer, which left a disturbingly increasing blight upon his soul.

Offered DRM-free worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] The 7th of London by Beau Schemery [YA LGBT Steampunk Fantasy]

The 7th of London by Beau Schemery is the 1st novel in the Gadgets and Shadows series of YA historical steampunk fantasy with m/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Dreamspinner Press’ Harmony Ink imprint for teen readers.

This is being offered to help promote the new release of the 2nd novel, The 7th of Victorica. If you’re interested, Dreamspinner Press (mostly m/m LGBT romance) and its imprints DSP Publications (non-romance other genres with LGBT+ lead characters) and Harmony Ink (YA with LGBT+ leads) are holding a long weekend sale with 30% off all ebooks using the coupon code EBOOK2018 through September 3rd.

The series is set in an alternate Victorian-era London with wizards and clockwork. This story stars an orphaned boy who escapes a grim factory job to survive on the hard streets, where he discovers a plot to kidnap and enslave children by an evil wizard rumoured to magically control the Queen, when he becomes embroiled in a counterplot by the notorious criminal who seems to be the only one willing to stop the wizard.

Offered worldwide through September 4th until midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free Video Game] Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine + 2 bonus game offers [Sci-Fantasy RPG, Mystery]

As a special promotion for their Summer Sale, Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine is free for a limited time, courtesy of Humble Bundle.

The game is part of the popular Warhammer franchise of hybrid science fiction/fantasy RPG adventures, and this installment is set in the far future where you play the Captain of a squad of Ultramarines, holding off a planetary invasion of Orks until reinforcements arrive.

Offered worldwide until 10 AM Pacific Time on September 1st @ the Humble Store, available for Windows only via Steam key (requires newsletter signup, must redeem key in the Steam app before September 14th; scroll down until you see the green “Get the Game” or “Get It Now” button, depending on whether you already have an HB account)

In addition to this giveaway, every day that you visit the front page of the Humble Store while logged into your account after 11 AM Pacific Time (or spend $5 on the sale)d, you will obtain one stamp towards the Summer Sale Mission Rewards, with a chance of getting 2 extra games.

  • Collect 3 stamps to claim the fantasy adventure game Braveland, available for Windows, Linux, & Mac via Steam, and also available DRM-free.

  • Collect 5 stamps to claim the mystery action game The Ship: Murder Party, available for Windows only via Steam.

The stamps can be collected and redeemed until September 6th at 10 AM Pacific Time.

[Free eBook] True to Type by Grover Jones [Vintage Mystery/Crime Short]

True to Type by the late Grover Jones, a golden age Hollywood screenwriter and film director, is a standalone mystery/crime short story, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press as one of their sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Community for vintage pulp mystery/thriller reprints.

This was originally published in 1936 in the September 5 issue of Collier’s magazine.

The story features an escalating rivalry between printers.

Offered worldwide through September 4th (probably), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Six Reasons for Murder by Fletcher Flora [Pulp Mystery/Crime Short]

Six Reasons for Murder by the late Fletcher Flora is a standalone pulp mystery/crime thriller short story, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press as one of their sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Community for vintage pulp mystery/thriller reprints.

This was originally published in 1964 in the March issue of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine magazine in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine magazine.

The story is centred around the young wife of a former crime boss turned politician, who begins to imagine ways of getting rid of her husband after watching one too many western movies.

Offered worldwide through September 4th (maybe), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] The Black Company by Glen Cook [Dark Epic Fantasy]

The Black Company by Glen Cook is the 1st novel in the Chronicles of the Black Company series of epic dark adventure fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Tor Books.

This is a special supplementary featured free eBook of the Month Club offer for August (we received Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Acheron earlier) and is being offered to help promote the upcoming release of the 11th novel, Port of Shadows, due in September.

The series stars a band of mercenaries in a gritty epic fantasy world, following their adventures over the course of decades, and is considered one of the early pioneers of “grimdark” fantasy. This story features the band’s quest for the prophesied White Rose, supposedly the embodiment of good, in a land where a cruel, ambitious wizard has reawakened the Lady, an ambiguous power that may stand between humankind and evil, or be evil itself.

Offered through August 30th until just before midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free to Canada & US only directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Mother Grimm by Catherine Wells [Award-Nominated Science Fiction]

Mother Grimm by Catherine Wells is a dystopian science fiction novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Phoenix Pick Press.

This was originally published in 1997 by Roc and was a finalist for the 1998 Philip K. Dick Award.

The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic future Earth, where one woman escapes the sterile biodome where she was raised to uncover the truth about the outside world after discovering disturbing secrets about the mysterious virus which supposedly infests it.

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

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