[Free Audiobooks] Kindred by Octavia E. Butler & Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina [1970s Time Travel Science Fiction & YA Historical Drama]

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 reliving past historical events, will be available to claim until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Wednesday, July 29th.

  • Kindred by the late Octavia E. Butler, the recipient of multiple genre awards and inductee into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, read by Kim Staunton from Recorded Books. A classic science fiction novel from the 1970s, starring a contemporary African-American woman who finds herself time traveling between her life in present-day California, and her slave ancestors’ lives on a plantation in pre-Civil War Maryland.

  • Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina, read by Marisol Ramirez from Candlewick on Brilliance Audio. An historical YA coming of age drama novel set at the height of the infamous “Son of Sam” serial killer murders in 1970s New York, as a bilingual Cuban-American teen tries to juggle family dysfunction and emotional struggles and romantic attraction, amidst the backdrop of fear and violence and suspicion sweeping the city.

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 29th, available worldwide.

[Free eBook] No Proper Lady by Isabel Cooper [Paranormal Time Travel Romance]

No Proper Lady by Isabel Cooper is the 1st novel in the Dark Powers series of f/m historical paranormal time travel romance, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Sourcebooks’ Casablanca imprint.

The series takes place between a Victorian England where demonic beasts abound, and the future where they have overrun the world, threatening all of humanity.

This installment stars a soldier heroine sent back from the future to stop the past magician responsible for it all, who must learn to blend in to polite society as a proper-seeming lady in order to approach her target, with the help of a local gentleman.

Offered worldwide, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Day of Deliverance by Johnny O’Brien [YA Time Travel Science Fiction]

Day of Deliverance by Scottish author Johnny O’Brien is the 2nd novel in the Jack Christie trilogy of tween/young adult time travel adventure science fiction, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 2010 by Templar Publishing. The series stars two teens who discover that their high school provides a front for a team of scientists a time travel device, and become embroiled between two rival groups—one seeking to make changes to the past to ensure a better present, and the other believing the past too dangerous to be tampered with—and each group determined to sabotage and stop the other’s efforts at any cost.

This installment is set in Elizabethan England, and continues the fallout from the first novel, as sides are chosen and divided loyalties are resolved, with a mission to thwart the other side going wrong as the kids end up stranded on their own in 1587, joining a traveling performance troupe already embroiled in espionage intrigues in the hopes of being able to carry out their task to save their preferred history.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Judgment by Mary Calmes [LGBT Time Travel Romance]

Judgment by Mary Calmes is a standalone m/m paranormal time travel romance short story, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Dreamspinner Press.

This was part of the 2012 “Time is Eternity” Daily Dose series of themed short stories by multiple authors.

The story stars a guardian tasked with patrolling cracks in time and fixing history, whose latest assignment is tracking his previous partner and best friend gone rogue, who is now pre-emptively targeting his future husband in the past.

Offered worldwide through February 14th until midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Them Bones by Howard Waldrop [Award-Nominated Time Travel]

Them Bones by Howard Waldrop, a recipient of the Nebula, World Fantasy, and Locus Awards, is a standalone experimental science fiction time travel adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1984 by Ace Books and was nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award for Best Novel.

The story consists of three interconnected plotlines centred around the mystery of a Native American Mound Builder site where archaeologists find anomalous artifacts, as during the 1920s they try to figure out an explanation, while in the 21st century future, a soldier is sent back to the past to try to prevent World War III but winds up stranded at the original building of the mound, even as the rest of his unit jumps back and forth in time without him in adventures revealed in fragments of their diaries.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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