[Free Audiobooks] Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare & A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens adapted by Alison Larkin [Classic Comedy & Genderbent Remix Classic Novel]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2020 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or modern, 1 non-fiction or speculative—available worldwide for a limited time courtesy of participating major publishers, and you can see the planned release schedule here.

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of celebrating a classic Christmas in July while playing around with ideas of gender, will be available to claim until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on July 15th.

  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, adapted and read by Alison Larkin. A remixed version of the classic novel, genderbending the character of Ebenezer Scrooge and exploring the story’s happenings in a slightly alternate 19th century London as though it were perfectly normal for an independent Victorian businesswoman to behave and relate to others as the iconic miser does.

  • Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, performed by a full cast, published by Naxos Audiobooks. The classic comedy play with romantic elements starring separated brother and sister twins and the situations they get into and out of, as Viola disguises herself as a boy and falls in love with her unsuspecting employer who himself has fallen in love with another woman, whom he sends Viola to woo on his behalf only to have the lady fall for her male disguise, and the further complications that ensue.

This year, they’ve switched over to requiring the Overdrive Sora app available for iOS and Android (previously, these were available as DRM-free MP3s with a time-limited download period to your computer/device), but once added to your in-app library, these will remain permanent titles that you can re-download at any time at your leisure.

You’ll need to signup with a valid email address on AudioFile’s front page for the promotion, and then enter the setup code audiobooksync in the Sora app when asked, and then claim each week’s featured title using the Borrow function on its page in the app, more details available on their FAQ page for the promotion.

Offered until just before midnight Eastern Time on Wednesday, July 15th, available worldwide.

[Free Audiobooks] Fresh Ink & Hope Nation [YA Multi-Genre Fiction & Personal Essay Anthologies]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2020 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or modern, 1 non-fiction or speculative—available worldwide for a limited time courtesy of participating major publishers, and you can see the planned release schedule here.

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of a diversity of authors speaking to readers through short stories and personal experiences, will be available to claim until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on July 8th.

  • Fresh Ink edited by Lamar Giles, read by Guy Lockard, Kim Mai Guest, & Bahni Turpin from publisher Listening Library. An YA anthology of thirteen pieces (10 short stories, a graphic novel, and a 1-act play) about various topics including coming out, coming of age, coping with gentrification and poverty and untimely death, etc. in a variety of genres ranging through from realistic contemporary fiction to adventure to romance.

  • Hope Nation edited by Rose Brock, read by a full cast, published by Listening Library. A collection of inspirational personal experience essays and life stories from leading YA authors known for their works across various genres, including sf/fantasy adventure authors Renée Ahdieh, Ally Condie, and Marie Lu, contemporary romance authors Nicola Yoon and David Levithan, and many more.

This year, they’ve switched over to requiring the Overdrive Sora app available for iOS and Android (previously, these were available as DRM-free MP3s with a time-limited download period to your computer/device), but once added to your in-app library, these will remain permanent titles that you can re-download at any time at your leisure.

You’ll need to signup with a valid email address on AudioFile’s front page for the promotion, and then enter the setup code audiobooksync in the Sora app when asked, and then claim each week’s featured title using the Borrow function on its page in the app, more details available on their FAQ page for the promotion.

Offered until just before midnight Eastern Time on Wednesday, July 8th, available worldwide.

[Free Audiobooks] The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg & The Brontë Plot by Katherine Reay [YA LGBT & Literature-Inspired Travel Romance]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2020 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or modern, 1 non-fiction or speculative—available worldwide for a limited time courtesy of participating major publishers, and you can see the planned release schedule here.

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of confronting secrets and romantic journeys of self-discovery, will be available to claim until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on June 25th.

  • The Music of What Happens by Lambda Literary Award-winning author Bill Konigsberg, read by Joel Froomkin & Anthony Rey Perez from Scholastic Audio. A YA contemporary m/m romance set in Arizona over the course of a summer, as two gay high schoolers take on the dual challenges of reviving a vintage family food truck business and incidentally also falling in love, as they learn to navigate various personal and professional obstacles blocking their way.

  • The Brontë Plot by Katherine Reay, read by Laura Kirman from Thomas Nelson (a HarperCollins imprint). A contemporary road trip journey of self-discovery with f/m romantic elements, starring a Chicago vintage bookseller with a dodgy background and her estranged boyfriend’s wealthy grandmother, who unexpectedly hires her as a consultant for an antiques-hunting excursion amidst the literary haunts of north-west England’s Lake District area which eventually takes them to Haworth, home of the Brontë sisters, to confront and come to terms with the secrets of their separate pasts and move forward into the future, with inspiration from the heroines of Victorian literature.

This year, they’ve switched over to requiring the Overdrive Sora app available for iOS and Android (previously, these were available as DRM-free MP3s with a time-limited download period to your computer/device), but once added to your in-app library, these will remain permanent titles that you can re-download at any time at your leisure.

You’ll need to signup with a valid email address on AudioFile’s front page for the promotion, and then enter the setup code audiobooksync in the Sora app when asked, and then claim each week’s featured title using the Borrow function on its page in the app, more details available on their FAQ page for the promotion.

Offered until just before midnight Eastern Time on Wednesday, June 25th, available worldwide.

[Free eBook] In Our Own Worlds #2 by Katharine Duckett, Seanan McGuire, Lina Rather, & Kai Ashante [Award-Nominated LGBT SF/Fantasy Omnibus]

In Our Own Worlds #2 by Katharine Duckett, Seanan McGuire, Lina Rather, & Kai Ashante is the 2nd omnibus in the In Our Own Worlds compilations of LGBT-themed science fiction & fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Tor Books.

This is their supplementary featured free eBook of the Month Club offer for June to help celebrate Pride Month.

This omnibus contains 4 bestselling Tor.com imprint novellas featuring LGBT characters and relationships, by authors Katharine Duckett (an historical fantasy take on Shakespeare’s classic play The Tempest, set in Milan), Seanan McGuire (in her Nebula Award-winning Wayward Children contemporary portal fantasy series), Lina Rather (a space opera adventure), and Kai Ashante (a Hugo Award-nominated quest fantasy with m/m romantic elements).

Offered through Friday, June 5th until just before midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free to Canada & US only directly from the publisher.

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[Free Audiobooks] Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson & The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater [YA Mystery Drama & LGBT True Crime Journalism]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2020 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—available worldwide for a limited time courtesy of participating major publishers, and you can see the planned release schedule here.

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of repercussions happening beyond school grounds, will be available to claim until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on May 6th.

  • Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson, read by Imani Parks, free courtesy of publisher HarperAudio. A YA high school mystery drama novel starring a learning-challenged African-American teen who begins to dig into the disappearance of her best friend, who has abruptly vanished at the start of the school year.

  • The 57 Bus by investigative journalist Dashka Slater, read by Robin Miles, free courtesy of publisher Recorded Books. This is a true crime account of an incident in Oakland, California, where an LGBT agender teen was set on fire by another teen on a school bus.

This year, they’ve switched over to requiring the Overdrive Sora app available for iOS and Android (previously, these were available as DRM-free MP3s with a time-limited download period to your computer/device), but once added to your in-app library, these will remain permanent titles that you can re-download at any time at your leisure.

You’ll need to signup with a valid email address on AudioFile’s front page for the promotion, and then enter the setup code audiobooksync in the Sora app when asked, and then claim each week’s featured title using the Borrow function on its page in the app, more details available on their FAQ page for the promotion.

Offered until just before midnight Eastern Time on Wednesday, May 6th, available worldwide.

[Free eBook] The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera [Mongol-Inspired Epic Fantasy]

The Tiger’s Daughter by Puerto Rican author K. Arsenault Rivera is the 1st novel in the Ascendant Trilogy, aka Their Bright Ascendancy, series of epic fantasy with f/f romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Tor Books.

This is their featured free eBook of the Month Club offer for October and is being made free to help promote the newly-released conclusion to the trilogy, The Warrior Moon.

The series is set in a fantasy world inspired by the Mongols and East Asian history, with a cast of LGBT characters, where a conquering Empire fails to notice the rot from within, as demons begin to rise amidst the villages and threaten all humanity, as you do. This installment starts the sweeping epic as two prophesied warriors are raised together to defeat the demons—one from the nomadic tribe which has negotiated treaties with the empire, the other a spoilt divine empress—as they learn of the power which may save the realm.

Offered through October 18th at just before midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free to Canada & US-only directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Favored Strangers: Gertrude Stein and her Family by Linda Wagner-Martin [20th C Modern Classic Paris Expat LGBT Author Biography]

Favored Strangers: Gertrude Stein and her Family by Linda Wagner-Martin, a literature professor at the University of North Carolina and recipient of the Jay B. Hubbell Medal for Lifetime Achievement in American Literary Studies, is an early 20th century LGBT literary author biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1995 by Rutgers University Press, and you can also read the author’s entry for Stein in The Oxford Companion to Women’s Writing in the United States online.

The biography covers the life and surrounding milieu and influences of early 20th century Paris-resident American expat literary author Gertrude Stein, from her formative relationships with her German-Jewish family, her feminist undergraduate and medical student years, her lesbian love affairs, her friendships with assorted luminaries on the European cultural scene, and her survival with life partner Alice B. Toklas in the precarious Nazi-dominated WWII years in France, focusing on the person behind the icon.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Rebuild My Heart by Ariel Tachna [LGBT Contemporary Romance]

Rebuild My Heart by Ariel Tachna is the 4th novella in the Lexington Lovers series of m/m contemporary romance, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Dreamspinner Press.

The series is set in Kentucky, and stars ordinary professionals whose careers provide various town services, and whose lives intersect throughout the books as they each discover new loves despite carrying baggage from their pasts.

This story stars a contractor hired to renovate an LGBT bookstore owner’s home-based store and finding their mutual attraction derailed by family issues when a runaway nephew shows up.

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

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[Free eBook] The Cruel Way: Switzerland to Afghanistan in a Ford, 1939 by Ella K. Maillart [Vintage Travelogue]

The Cruel Way: Switzerland to Afghanistan in a Ford, 1939 by the late Swiss author Ella K. Maillart, an adventurer, travel writer, and photographer, is a vintage 1930s cross-continental travelogue and memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month for June, and was originally published in 1947 by Heinemann and was eventually the basis for the 2001 film The Journey to Kafiristan. The reprint edition contains a new foreword by magazine editor and columnist Jessa Crispin, as well as the author’s own original photographs from the journey.

The travelogue is an account of Maillart’s groundbreaking journey and troubled friendship with fellow Swiss and openly LGBT writer Annemarie Schwarzenbach, as they traveled by car from Switzerland through to Afghanistan at a time when European visitors were rare, and the two of them interacted with the locals dealing with various oppressive political and socioeconomic conditions while also struggling with their own personal issues.

Offered worldwide through June, available directly from the university’s website.

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[Free eBook] The Absolutist by John Boyne [Award-Nominated LGBT WWI Historical Literary Novel]

The Absolutist by Irish author John Boyne, a recipient of multiple literary awards, including the Irish Book Award and the Carnegie Medal, is a historical literary drama novel with m/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Penguin Random House’s Other Press imprint.

This is Barnes & Noble’s featured Free Fridays selection for the weekend, and was longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

The story is set in the aftermath of World War I, as a returning soldier delivers letters from a deceased trenchmate to a surviving sister, and unburdens himself of the secrets he carries from his harsh experiences during the war and their complicated relationship.

Offered in the US only, available at multiple retailers.

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