[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] Cat in the Box by A. R. Morlan [Science Fiction Epistolary Cat Short]

Cat in the Box by the late A. R. Morlan is a standalone science fiction short story, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press as one of their sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Community for vintage pulp mystery/crime thriller and science fiction reprints.

This was originally published in 2001 in the March 28 issue of Sci Fiction magazine and and this reprint includes an afterword by the author about the inspiration behind and creative decisions in writing it.

The story is an epistolary tale, centred around a correspondence trying to figure out possible scientific explanation for a mysteriously appearing and disappearing cat that may or may not be more than it seems.

Offered worldwide through October 7th (possibly a few days longer), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Love Will Find A Way by David Alexander [Vintage 1960s Mystery/Suspense Short]

Love Will Find A Way by the late [David Alexander][author-link], a journalist and newspaper editor and creator of the reporter sleuth Bart Hardin, is a standalone mystery/suspense short story, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press. as one of their sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Community for vintage pulp mystery/crime thriller reprints.

This was originally published in 1961 by Roy in the author’s short story collection Hangman’s Dozen.

The story explores the tensions of the aftermath of a disastrous avalanche in Switzerland, which traps a vacationing group with little hope of rescue, contemplating plans to survive at any cost.

Offered worldwide through July 8th (probably), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Bencher by Stephen Wasylyk [Vintage 1970s Mystery/Crime Short]

Bencher by the late Stephen Wasylyk, a prolific mystery short story author with a career that spanned four decades, is a standalone mystery/crime thriller short story, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press as one of their sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Community for vintage pulp mystery/crime thriller reprints.

This was originally published in 1970 in the May issue of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine magazine.

The story stars a disabled army veteran with a habit of observing the goings-on from a public bench while unemployed, who finds it coming in handy when the local sheriff starts questioning witnesses about alibis for a murder.

Offered worldwide through June 10th (probably), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Midnight Blonde by Talmage Powell [Vintage 1950s Pulp Mystery/Crime Short]

Midnight Blonde by the late Talmage Powell, a prolific multi-genre pulp fiction author, is a standalone pulp mystery/crime thriller short story, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press. as one of their sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Community for vintage pulp mystery/crime thriller reprints.

This was originally published in 1957 in the May issue of Manhunt magazine.

The story features an unsettling encounter between a man and a girl at a bar, who seems to be waiting for something ominous to happen.

Offered worldwide through May 27th (probably; will likely end up lingering a bit due to US Memorial Day holiday), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Triple Alibi by Dale Clark [Vintage 1930s Pulp Mystery/Crime Short]

Triple Alibi by Dale Clark, a pseudonym for the late Ronal Kayser, a Minnesota-born author of early pulp science fiction and mystery, is a standalone hardboiled pulp mystery/crime thriller novelette, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press as one of their sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Community for vintage pulp mystery/crime thriller reprints.

This was originally published in 1936 in the December 12 issue of Detective Fiction Weekly magazine.

The story stars a cop who begins to suspect that his annoying new partner may have secretly murdered his old partner for reasons unknown.

Offered worldwide through May 20th (probably), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Moonshine by Gil Brewer [Vintage 1950s Pulp Crime Short]

Moonshine by the late Gil Brewer is a standalone pulp crime thriller short story, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press as one of their sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Community for vintage pulp mystery/crime thriller reprints.

This was originally published in 1955 in the March issue of Manhunt magazine.

The story stars a man who decides to confront someone sneaking out of his house, only to have the situation spiral out of control.

Offered worldwide through May 13th (probably), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Briefs by Alan Semrow [Literary Microfiction Collection]

Briefs by prize-winning author Alan Semrow is a standalone literary fiction short story collection, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

This collection contains a large assortment of very short literary stories about characters from all walks of life, and the assorted situations and varied relationships they find themselves in.

Offered DRM-free worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Twilight of the Tenth World by John Russell Fearn [Vintage Science Fiction Collection]

Twilight of the Tenth World by the late British author John Russell Fearn, edited by British editor Philip Harbottle, is a standalone collection of his vintage science fiction stories, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This gathers and reprints for the first time 3 novelettes and 4 short stories mostly from the 1930s and 1940s, originally published in Amazing Stories, Future Fiction, Thrilling Wonder Stories, and other magazines, with an introductory essay about the author and his works by editor Harbottle (a science fiction author in his own right).

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Girl Friend by Mack Reynolds [Vintage Pulp Mystery/Crime]

Girl Friend by the late Mack Reynolds, a prolific multi-genre author who was the first to write an officially licensed Star Trek tie-in novel, is a standalone pulp mystery/crime short story, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press.

This was originally published in 1957 in the September issue of Manhunt magazine using the pseudonym Mark Mallory and is one of Wildside’s sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Community for vintage pulp/crime fiction reprints.

The story relates the aftermath of a detective investigation into a crime committed by a high school student.

Offered worldwide through July 23rd (probably), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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