[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 eBook] Wild Cards I: Expanded Edition edited by George R. R. Martin [Superpowered Alternate History Sci-Fi Anthology]

Wild Cards I: Expanded Edition edited by George R. R. Martin, a Hugo and Nebula award-winning author perhaps best known for the A Song of Ice and Fire series behind the HBO TV show Game of Thrones, is the 1st anthology in the Wild Cards series of shared universe superpowered science fiction stories, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Tor Books.

This is their featured free eBook of the Month Club offer for December. The long-running series is set on an alernate history Earth with a point of divergence in the 1940s, when an alien virus devastated humanity, killing much of it off and leaving the survivors as either deformed “jokers” or superpowered ºaces”, and is told as intertwining tales by multiple authors in the shared universe.

This first anthology was originally published in 1987 by Bantam Spectra, and this expanded reprint adds three extra stories, containing contributions by notable genre authors including the late Roger Zelazny (Books of Amber series), Carrie Vaughn (Kitty Norville series), Melinda M. Snodgrass (Star Trek episodes), as well as short interludes written by GRRM himself, and is being offered free to help promote the recently re-released 10th volume, Wild Cards X: Double Solitaire, now back in print, and the apparently upcoming TV adaptation.

Offered through December 13th until just before midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free to Canada & US only directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Playing Doctor by Kate Allure [Erotic Romance Anthology]

Playing Doctor by Kate Allure is the 1st anthology in the Meeting Men series of f/m and f/m/m contemporary erotic romance collections, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Sourcebooks’ Casablanca imprint.

The series features steamy short stories, all centred around encounters with a particular professional type.

This collection contains a trio of tales exploring fantasies starring doctors, their colleagues, and their patients, with scenarios involving couples’ roleplaying and threesomes, among other things.

Offered worldwide, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Divining Divas: 100 Gay Men on their Muses [LGBT Poetry Tribute Anthology]

Divining Divas: 100 Gay Men on their Muses, edited by Michael Montlack, an award-winning poet and Berkley College faculty member, is an anthology of poetry written by gay men as tributes to the famous and/or fictional women who inspired them, free again for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

This collection was named as part of the 2013 Over the Rainbow Project book list, and contains contributions by a hundred poets both established and new, including Kenyon Review Prize-winner Randall Mann, Lambda Literary Award-winner Mark Bibbins and many more, with tributes to influential women as ancient as Sappho and as modern as Lady Gaga (with a detour into pop culture with the X-Men and Buffy the Vampire Slayer et al.)

Offered DRM-free worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Wilde Stories 2008: The Best of the Year’s Gay Speculative Fiction [LGBT Science Fiction & Fantasy Anthology]

Wilde Stories 2008: The Best of the Year’s Gay Speculative Fiction edited by Steve Berman, is the 2008 annual installment in the Wilde Stories series of reprint anthologies collecting the yearly best sfnal short stories featuring gay characters and/or thematic elements, free again for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

This contains stories originally published in the Clarkesworld and now-defunct Subterranean sfnal genre magazines, as well as a Gaylactic Spectrum Award-winning short, and the collection itself was nominated for the 2008 Lambda Literary Award in the LGBT Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror category.

Offered DRM-free, available worldwide at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Humanity 2.0 [Science Fiction Anthology]

Humanity 2.0 edited by Alex Shvartsman is an anthology of themed science fiction stories, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Phoenix Pick Press.

This was their featured Free Book of the Month for January, but seems to still be available today. The collection contains a mix of new and reprint stories exploring ways in which humanity might change as the result of interstellar travel and/or alien contact and what it means to be human as well.

Contributors include Hugo Award-winning authors Robert J. Sawyer and Ken Liu, World Fantasy Award-winning author John Varley, popular milSF and humorous fantasy author Jody Lynn Nye, Cat Rambo, and many more.

Offered through January (officially, but not yet replaced by the February offer), available DRM-free worldwide directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] For Want of a Horse: 23 Tales of Supernatural Stallions, Magical Mares, & Paranormal Ponies [Fantasy & Science Fiction Anthology

For Want of a Horse: Twenty-Three Tales of Supernatural Stallions, Magical Mares, and Paranormal Ponies edited by Evey Brett, is an sfnal anthology collecting equine-themed short stories, free again for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

This contains mainly fantasy & horror-oriented (but also a few science fiction) shorts, including international folklore retellings, classic public domain literary tales, and newer stories by living authors who are known in the sf/fantasy field, such as DAW-published Deborah J. Ross.

Offered DRM-free worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Event Horizon 2017: An Anthology of Authors Eligible for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer [Science Fiction & Fantasy Anthology]

Event Horizon 2017: An Anthology of Authors Eligible for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer edited by Jake Kerr is the quasi-annual science fiction/fantasy anthology, free for a limited time courtesy of the authors themselves, via publisher Quanta Books’s Shirtsleeves Press imprint.

This contains an assortment of short and long stories in various speculative fiction genres, written by qualifying authors first professionally published within the last two years, who are eligible for the John W. Campbell Best New Writer Award which is given out at WorldCon at the same time as the regular Hugo Awards.

Offered through July 15th, available DRM-free worldwide.

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[Free eBook] Swords Against Darkness [Sword & Sorcery Fantasy Anthology]

Swords Against Darkness credited to the late Robert E. Howard and edited by the late Andrew J. Offutt is the 1st volume in the Swords Against Darkness vintage anthology series of sword and sorcery fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1977 by Kensington’s Zebra imprint, credited to editor Andrew J. Offutt only (the publication frontmatter for this volume appears to be slightly inaccurate, claiming a print date of 1974 from British publisher Robert Hale).

This anthology contains original sword & sorcery stories written in the vein of Robert E. Howard’s classic pulp fantasies, including a tale by Howard himself. Each story is prefaced by a special introduction, and contributors include notable authors such as SFWA Grand Master Poul Anderson, frequent British Fantasy Award horror awardee Ramsey Campbell, popular MilSF author David Drake, and more.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Threesome: He, Him and Me [LGBT Erotic Fiction Anthology]

Threesome: He, Him and Me edited by Matthew Bright is a themed anthology of gay erotic fiction short stories, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

This was given a Publisher’s Weekly starred review which praised the variety in the stories, which includes an epistolary and several sfnal tales. This collection features stories ranging from romantic to raunchy about all-male threesomes in many varied situations.

Offered DRM-free worldwide, available at Amazon.

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