[Free eBook] Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt [Historical Romantic Suspense]

Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt is the 1st novel in her Maiden Lane of series of f/m historical romance, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Hachette’ Grand Central Publishing imprint.

The series is set in London during the 1730s, and features pairings of apparently virtuous and apparently wicked characters. This installment is one with mystery/suspense elements, as a disreputable Lord searching for a murderer strikes a bargain with a respectable local widow in charge of an charity orphanage, in return for her help navigating the slums.

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[Free eBook] Six-Gun Prodigal by A. A. Glynn [Western Historical Action Novel]

Six-Gun Prodigal by British author A. A. Glynn is his standalone western historical action adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Pioneering imprint.

This was originally published in 2006 by Robert Hale using the pseudonym Ken Brompton, as part of their Black Horse Western line. This stars a man chased by bounty hunters after a wrongful accusation of murder, who finds his return to his hometown complicated by the deaths of his family due to a local land grabber, leaving him to attempt to avenge them with an elaborate revenge scheme as he tries to mobilize the locals to thwart the usurper even as he must avoid the hunters after him.

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[Free eBook] Samarkand: The Omnibus by Graham Diamond [Central Asia Historical Fantasy]

Samarkand: The Omnibus by British author Graham Diamond is the collected edition comprising his complete Samarkand duology of historical fantasy adventure novels, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

These were originally published in 1980 & 1981 by Playboy Press (which also published “serious” genre and thriller novels in addition to the porny stuff). These novels are loosely based on historical events from the 13th & 14th centuries, set in the titular Central Asian city during the period of the Mongol invasions. These books star the Princess Sharon, a cousin of the ruling emir, who escapes the besieged city into the arms of a local hill tribe, who believe she may be able to fulfill their ancient prophecy of reclaiming the city as their own by means of terrible magical powers with which to take revenge upon the invaders.

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[Free eBook] The Sign of the Moonbow by Andrew J. Offutt [Historical Sword & Sorcery Fantasy]

The Sign of the Moonbow by the late Andrew J. Offutt is the 4th novel in the Cormac Mac Art series of Celtic Viking historical fantasy franchise novels, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1977 by Kensington’s Zebra imprint. The series stars the character Cormac mac Art, a Gaelic pirate who becomes involved with a band of Danish Vikings during the reign of King Arthur, who was originally invented as an historical adventurer by Conan the Barbarian creator Robert E. Howard, perhaps inspired by the legendary Irish High King Cormac mac Airt. This spin-off novel takes the character into sword & sorcery fantasy territory, as he and fellow adventurer Wulfhere Hausakluifr team together to thwart the plans of an evil wizard from another world.

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[Free eBook] In Memoriam by ‘Nathan Burgoine [Gay Paranormal Romance]

In Memoriam by Canadian author ‘Nathan Burgoine, a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, is his m/m paranormal romance novella, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

This is a second chance romance short with paranormal fantasy elements, starring a terminally ill man who appears to be slipping through time and memory to revive a missed opportunity with a lost love.

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[Free eBook] Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney [Young Adult Supernatural Fantasy]

The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch by bestselling British author Joseph Delaney is the 1st novel in his The Last Apprentice sub-series which is the foundation of his Spook’s Universe setting of tween/YA supernatural dark fantasy adventures, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’ Greenwillow imprint.

This was originally published under the title of The Spook’s Apprentice in the UK, where the series is known as The Wardstone Chronicles. This dark fantasy/light horror series is set in a magical version of Lancashire County, where supernatural beings haunt the English countryside and Spooks are elite magicians who are highly-trained to combat the evils that arise. This sub-series follows the training of the titular last apprentice of one such Spook, whose previous apprentices all had a very high mortality rate, with this installment introducing the one who will eventually survive, if he can overcome various fatal challenges including the titular witch.

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[Free eBook] Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move by Reece Jones [Sociopolitical Current Affairs]

Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move by Reece Jones, a Professor of Geography at the University of Hawaii, is his non-fiction sociopolitical book about the current refugee crisis, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Verso Books.

This is an accessibly-written pop academic title which covers the various recent crises involving refugees, examining the global responses to and underlying contributing factors of, with a special focus on cross-border mobility as related to economic disparity.

Offered DRM-free worldwide, available through midnight GMT on November 19th. ETA: this offer appears to have been quietly extended through the weekend.

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[Free eBook] The Dark Mirror by Basil Copper [Vintage Mystery/Crime Thriller]

The Dark Mirror by the late British author Basil Copper, perhaps best known for his contributions to the Solar Pons series which was a popular Sherlock Holmes pastiche back in the day, is the 1st novel in his Mike Faraday series of gritty hard-boiled mystery/crime thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1966 by Chivers Press. This long-running popular series (over 40 books published between the 1960s and the 1980s) stars a hard-boiled California P.I. with a sharp sense of humour. This installment takes place in Los Angeles, featuring a case where he investigates the death of a potential client who is murdered after contacting him, with some unexpected help from a truth-seeking cop in the otherwise corrupt LAPD, as the body count rises. NB: several modern-day customer reviews have noted that the narrative sometimes uses rather racist and sexist language and attitudes which were unfortunately typical of the time period in which it was written, but is otherwise solid and entertaining crime fiction. YMMV.

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[Free eBook] Valley Shadow by Philip Harbottle [Western Historical Action Mystery Novel]

Valley Shadow by Philip Harbottle, based on a manuscript by the late John Russell Fearn, a prolific multi-genre pulp author, is his standalone western historical action adventure novel with mystery and romance elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Pioneering imprint.

This was originally published in 2002 by Robert Hale as part of their Black Horse Western line, using the Jack R. Phillips pseudonym. The story features a newcomer in town, who appears to be framed for the murder of his partner and other incidental crimes, and winds up as a fugitive with a beautiful saloon singer with a supposedly shady past, as they both try to uncover the true culprit and clear their names while on the run.

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[Free eBook] Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities by Rebecca Solnit [Political Activism History Memoir]

Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities by award-winning author and activist Rebecca Solnit, a contributing editor at Harper’s Magazine, is her combined memoir and recent history of political and other activism, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Haymarket Books.

This is an updated version of the original 2004 book, with a new foreword and afterword and covers political, environmental, and other issues. Apparently, the original was a highly influential motivational memoir & mini-history of global activism experiences in recent decades which analyzed both surface and underlying issues and presented derived life lessons for helping to change and improve the world.

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