[Free Audiobooks] The Silence Between Us by Alison Gervais & Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Peña [YA Deafness & Biracial Coming of Age Novels]

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 adjusting to cultural gaps between rather different groups, will be available to claim until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on July 1st.

  • The Silence Between Us by Alison Gervais, read by Chloe Dolandis from publisher Blink. A YA contemporary coming of age cozy with f/m romantic elements, starring a girl who has been profoundly deaf from a very young age, mainstreamed into a regular high school for her final year, making friends and finding unexpected romance among her classmates who attempt various ways of communicating with her (or not) by trying to learn American Sign Language and accommodate her lip reading as in turn, she tries to adjust to their unfamiliar hearing culture.

  • Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Peña, read by Henry Leyva from publisher Brilliance Audio. A YA multicultural coming of age drama set in San Diego County, starring a biracial teenager of mixed Anglo and Latino heritage who grew up being perceived as primarily Mexican at his private prep school, and is now seeing the flipside as a non Spanish-speaking outsider as he spends the summer with his father’s side of the family, in search of his own identity.

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 1st, available worldwide.

[Free Audiobooks] Mark of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse & Easy Prey by Catherine Lo [YA Fantasy & Contemporary Whodunnit Mystery Drama]

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 decisions with life-changing consequences, will be available to claim until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on June 17th.

  • Mark of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse read by Jaimee Draper from Oasis Audio. 1st novel in The Ravenwood Saga trilogy of YA fantasy with f/m romantic elements, set in a world where one House has a particular family gift which can enter and manipulate people’s dreams and desires. This installment stars the young heiress to the House becoming acquainted with her newly-activated hereditary gift of dreamwalking and its potentially fatal dark side, even as she encounters a young man tormented by his own dubiously harmful ability and its past results.

  • Easy Prey by Catherine Lo, read by Nick Mondelli, Elizabeth Cottle, and Jack Meloche from Dreamscape Media. A YA contemporary teen drama whodunnit mystery/thriller addressing social issues, told in time-jumping tripartite POVs providing accounts of what happened (and clues) from the three student suspects accused of leaking a teacher’s risqué sexting photos which went viral.

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 17th, 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] Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin & In Search of Us by Ava Dellaira [YA Fantasy with Romance & Family Drama]

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 the complicated relationships linking previously separated strangers, will be available to claim until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on June 3rd.

  • Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin, read by Holter Graham & Saskia Maarleveld, from HarperAudio. This is the 1st novel in the eponymous YA fantasy duology with strong f/m romantic elements, set in a France-inspired world where the Church persecutes witchcraft covens, starring a hidden witch who has forsaken her magic in favour of survival, and an elite witch hunter, who are forced into a marriage due to circumstances and must learn to deal with their respective prejudices towards each other

  • In Search of Us by Ava Dellaira, read by Adenrele Ojo, from Brilliance Audio. A YA contemporary fiction coming of age intergenerational family drama novel with f/m romantic elements, exploring the bonds between a white mother and her mixed-race daughter, as the latter discovers her hidden family history via exploration of her mother’s own teenaged years in the 1990s and the love affair with her absent and possibly deceased African-American father, embarking on a road trip in search of the truth.

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 3rd, available worldwide.

[Free eBook] Presumption: An Entertainment by Julia Barrett [Austen-Derivative Literary Sequel]

Presumption: An Entertainment by Julia Barrett, a joint pseudonym shared by the late Julia Braun Kessler and British novelist Gabrielle Donnelly, is a literary sequel novel, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month for November and was originally published in 1993 by Thorndike Press, as the first in a set of sequel books focusing upon selected characters after the end of Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice.

This volume is a social drama with f/m romantic elements, focusing on Darcy’s younger sister Georgiana, as she chooses between suitors of her own.

Offered worldwide through November (maybe a few days longer due to the weekend and recent holiday), available directly from the university’s website.

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[Free eBook] Sixty-Four, Ninety-Four by R. H. Mottram [Vintage 1920s France WWI Historical Literary Novel]

Sixty-Four, Ninety-Four by the late English author R. H. Mottram, who was also a wartime poet and later lord mayor of Norwich, is the 2nd novel in the The Spanish Farm Trilogy of historical literary fiction, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1927 by Chatto & Windus. The first novel in the trilogy won the Hawthornden Prize. The stories are set during World War I and depict the impacts of the war upon daily civilian life as well as soldierly routine, written partially from the author’s own experiences, set in Northern France at “The Spanish Farm”, an accommodation for young British soldiers heading to and from the trenches which becomes a sort of sanctuary, run by a strong-willed Flemish farmer’s daughter.

This installment has f/m romantic elements (though not necessarily a happy ending), featuring a French-speaking Lieutenant whose way out of the dangerous trenches is a reassignment to translate for the woman who runs the Spanish Farm, with whom he will have many encounters later throughout the war as he begins to reluctantly fall for her even as she begins to despair of receiving word of her former lover who had departed to join the war effort, and personal and cultural clashes may doom their nascent relationship.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Dawn of a Legend by Christopher Nicole [19th C Biographical Historical Novel]

Dawn of a Legend by the late British author Christopher Nicole is the 1st novel in the Jane Elizabeth Digby Saga duology of 19th century historical biographical fiction, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 2010 by Severn House. The duology recounts the dramatic real life of Lady Jane Digby, a 19th century Englishwoman who was known in her time for her free-spirited and scandalous lifestyle, which began as the daughter of aristocrats in Norfolk and ended as the wife of a Sheikh 20 years her junior in Syria after traveling the globe and having many lovers and adventures in between.

This installment covers the earlier portion of her life, taking place across Europe as she escapes her first unsatisfying marriage and is courted by many as she acquires new husbands and royal lovers, establishing a more independent life amidst personal tragedies and triumphs.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Burning Fields by Alli Sinclair [Post WWII-Australia Historical Novel]

Burning Fields by Alli Sinclair is an historical literary fiction novel with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Kensington’s Lyrical Press imprint.

This is Barnes & Noble’s featured Free Fridays selection for the weekend, and this ebook edition contains bonus material about the author’s inspiration for the novel.

The story is a personal drama set in North Queensland in 1948, as a woman returning from volunteering for the war effort is determined to salvage her family’s sugarcane farm despite opposition from those set in old-fashioned ways, who becomes attracted to an Italian immigrant at a neighbouring farm who becomes the target of lingering wartime tensions as his past is exposed and she discovers family secrets of her own.

Offered in US only, apparently exclusively at B&N.

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[Free eBook] Isabel the Fair by Margaret Campbell Barnes [Vintage 14th C Plantagenet Historical Drama with Romance]

Isabel the Fair by the late English author Margaret Campbell Barnes, one of the most popular historical novelists of the mid-20th century before falling into relative obscurity after her early death, is a vintage standalone coming of age historical drama novel with f/m and m/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1957 by Macdonald & Co.

The story takes place in England during the 14th century, and is a coming of age personal drama with strong romantic elements starring Isabella of France, wife of Edward II, as their once-promising marriage breaks down under the stress of the king’s open favouritism towards his rumoured lover Piers Gaveston and the Earl’s eventual successors at court, creating rifts with his queen and ambitious noble lords which would lead to civil war.

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[Free eBook] Soldier from the Wars Returning by Jerrard Tickell [Vintage 1940s Contemporary WWII Literary Novel]

Soldier from the Wars Returning by the late Irish author Jerrard Tickell, whose WWII comedy novel Appointment with Venus has been twice adapted to film, is a standalone 1940s-era contemporary-turned-historical literary fiction novel with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1942 by Hodder & Stoughton.

The story takes places in England and was contemporary during the run-up to WWII, exploring the experiences and struggles of a destitute young widow and her son and his new girlfriend who has a mysterious and painful past, as their various budding relationships are interrupted as they are all affected by the outbreak of the war.

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