[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] The Grim Life by K. D. Worth [YA LGBT Paranormal Romantic Suspense]

The Grim Life by K. D. Worth is the 1st novel in the The Grim Life series of YA m/m contemporary paranormal romantic suspense, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Dreamspinner Press’ Harmony Ink imprint for teen readers.

This is being offered free to help promote the upcoming 3rd novel, The Lost Soul, due November 12th, and if you happen to like this one, the 2nd novel, The Wounded Heart is currently on sale for just $0.99.

The series follows the paranormal adventures of a young gay couple with a spiritual bent, exploring issues of hope and faith. This installment sets up their origin story as a dead teenager, who was offered an afterlife as a grim reaper by an angel, defies the rules in order to save a suicidal Christian college student despite the machinations of evil wraiths seeking to make him one of their own.

Offered worldwide through October 22nd until midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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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] Worth Waiting For by Wendy Qualls [LGBT Southern Contemporary Romance

Worth Waiting For by Wendy Qualls is the 1st novel in the Hearts of the South series of m/m contemporary romance, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Kensington’s Lyrical Shine imprint.

This is Barnes & Noble’s featured Free Fridays selection for the weekend. The series takes place in various states in the US Deep South, exploring the challenges that budding LGBT couples face in small towns.

The story is set in Georgia, starring a closeted gay psychology teacher at a conservative college seeking tenure, who reunites with an old school crush who shows up on campus as an IT consultant, only to find that igniting their romantic connection sparks an anonymous threat to expose their relationship and end his teaching career.

Offered worldwide, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Nudging Fate by E. J. Russell [LGBT Paranormal Romance]

Nudging Fate by E. J. Russell a the tie-in short story in the Enchanted Occasions series of m/m paranormal urban fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Dreamspinner Press.

The series is set in the magical workplace of an event planning agency which operates across mythological realms.

This story combines Norse and Celtic mythology with an appropriately legendary level of imposture, deception, and angst, as a half-Norn event planner goes against Fate while trying to salvage a disastrous booking by pretending to be an ordinary competitor for the hand of the Faerie crown prince, as meanwhile the prince has skipped out on the competition to find his royal mate, leaving an outcast half-brother to impersonate him once again.

Offered worldwide through March 4th until midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free directly from the publisher as well as other regular retail stores.

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[Free eBook] Witchmark by C. L. Polk [Historical Fantasy with LGBT Romantic Suspense]

Witchmark by C. L. Polk is the 1st novel in the The Kingston Cycle series of historical fantasy with strong m/m 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 February and is offered to help promote the upcoming 2nd novel, Stormsong, which will be released this summer. This first novel named in various 2018 lists for “Best Books of the Year” by NPR, Publishers Weekly, and The Chicago Review of Books, among others.

The series takes place in an alternate early 20th century where an England-analogue country is recovering from a magical WWI, and witches are second-class citizens exploited for their gifts in a land controlled by the nobility. This story is an intrigue-filled romantic suspense case, as a surgeon hiding his healing gift and his past at a war veteran’s hospital is convinced to jointly investigate the murder of a witch patient brought in by a handsome detective on the trail of a poisoner, which in turn leads to the discovery of a dangerous secret, even as his estranged sister tries to convince him to return to the ambitious noble family he fled.

Offered through February 15th at midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free to Canada & US-only directly from the publisher.

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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] Lessons for Suspicious Minds by Charlie Cochrane [LGBT Historical Mystery]

Lessons for Suspicious Minds by British author Charlie Cochrane is the 10th novel in the Cambridge Fellows series of historical murder mysteries with strong m/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 2013 by Riptide Publishing. The series is set in England at the turn of the 20th century, and stars an amateur sleuthing gay couple solving crimes, mostly in and around the university-going set.

This case takes place in 1909 in the English countryside at the obligatory stately manor of a family friend, where the sleuth couple soon find themselves embroiled in investigating two apparently unrelated suicides, trying to determine the connection between them while also keeping their host’s servants from discovering their own forbidden connection.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] King Geordi the Great by Gent Gant [YA LGBT Friendship Drama]

King Geordi the Great by Gent Gant is a standalone young adult contemporary teen drama novel with m/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Dreamspinner Press’ Harmony Ink imprint.

This is apparently being made free to help promote the author’s latest novel, Borrowed Boy, a standalone YA drama.

The story is a coming of age friendship/personal drama starring a gay teen learning to set boundaries for himself against others’ expectations, as he feels pressured to go along with a romance with his beleaguered best friend whose crush he doesn’t reciprocate—finding himself living a lie as the new relationship begins to escalate, when a disaster forces him to re-evaluate what kind of friend he can and wants to be.

Offered worldwide through November 27th until midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free directly from the publisher, and also major ebook retailers.

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[Free eBooks] 4 novels from Dreamspinner Press [LGBT Sci-Fi, Paranormal, & Contemporary Romance]

As a special post-holiday weekend treat, 4 m/m romance novels are offered free for a limited time, courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Dreamspinner Press.

The books are a mix of subgenres, including sfnal and romantic suspense, and are accompanied by a 40% discount sale on other titles by the featured authors, and a 35% off store-wide sale (no coupon necessary, discount automatically applied at checkout).

The announcement page with all the info can be found here: November 24th 2018 Daily Special, and the freebies are as follows:

  • Sin & Seduction by Allison Cassatta, 1st in the Sin & Seduction series of contemporary romantic suspense set in the criminal underworld of New Orleans
  • Guarding January by Sean Michael, a standalone contemporary erotic romance, starring the bodyguard of a rock star
  • Mending the Rift by Chris T. Kal, a standalone science fiction romance set in a dystopian future where reproductive difficulties have created a subclass of “breeder” men who carry pregnancies
  • Old Loyalty, New Love by Mary Calmes, 1st in the L’Ange series of contemporary paranormal shapeshifter romance, this one starring a prodigal jackal shifter torn between his old pack which is under threat, and the bodyguarding charge he’s fallen for

Offered worldwide until midnight Eastern Time on November 24th, available DRM-free directly from the publisher (requires account signup with billing address, but no payment info).