[Free Audiobooks] How to Hang A Witch by Adriana Mather & The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [YA Paranormal Fantasy & Classic Lit Novel]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2018 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—as free MP3 downloads, usually available worldwide (some titles are subject to geo-restrictions, and you can see the planned release schedule here).

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of real or imagined ancestral sins and dealing with unjust persecution in Massachussetts past and present, available until 7am Eastern Time on July 19th, are as follows:

  • How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather, contemporary literary drama/urban fantasy novel, starring a girl who is the descendant of one of the men responsible for the 17th century Salem Witch Trials, who in turn comes into conflict with modern-day descendants of the people persecuted as witches, and must also deal with an angry ghost and a centuries-old curse affecting those with ties with to the trial; read by the author herself (who is also a descendant of Cotton Mather and has apparently included a note about the real-life experience of living with her ancestor’s legacy), from Listening Library, available worldwide
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the classic 19th-century novel about hypocritical social standards in 18th-century Boston, as a young mother is ostracized for adultery which her tormentors will not admit to their part in; read by Donada Peters, from Listening Library, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on July 19th, available in selected countries worldwide (requires installing Overdrive Media console software on your PC, Mac, Android, or iDevice, and you need to finish downloading before the time limit).

Advertisements

[Free Audiobooks] Baker’s Magic by Diane Zahler & When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon [Young Adult Fantasy & Romance]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2018 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—as free MP3 downloads, usually available worldwide (some titles are subject to geo-restrictions, and you can see the planned release schedule here).

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of growing after encountering unexpected opportunities and forging new relationships, available until 7am Eastern Time on May 31st, are as follows:

  • Baker’s Magic by Diane Zahler, is a tween/YA fantasy novel, starring an orphaned girl who winds up apprenticed to a baker while trying to steal bread to eat, who discovers her own magical talent for creating enchanted food and befriends a princess while thwarting an evil mage and encounters pirates upon her ensuing adventures; read by Tavia Gilbert, from Live Oak Media, available worldwide
  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, is a YA romance novel exploring Indian heritage, starring two teens whose traditionally-minded parents wish to arrange a marriage between them, which they have mixed feelings about, who get to meet and know each other during a summer development course; read by Sneha Mathan, from Dreamscape Media, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on May 31st, available in selected countries worldwide (requires installing Overdrive Media console software on your PC, Mac, Android, or iDevice, and you need to finish downloading before the time limit).

[Free eBook] Spelled by Betsy Schow [Oz-Based YA Fantasy]

Spelled by Betsy Schow is the 1st novel in The Storymakers series of young adult fantasy adventures, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Sourcebooks’ Fire imprint.

The series takes place in a magical mashup world sideways to ours, combining elements from folk and fairy tales as well as older fantastic works including the legends of Robin Hood, King Arthur, and L. Frank Baum’s classic Oz novels.

This adventure sees the Princess Dorthea of the kingdom of Emerald trying to escape an arranged marriage by making a wish that backfires, leaving the King and Queen stranded in the strange land of “Kansas” and requiring her to go on a quest to find the mysterious Wizard of Oz to undo the curse before it’s too late.

Offered worldwide, available at multiple retailers.

Continue reading “[Free eBook] Spelled by Betsy Schow [Oz-Based YA Fantasy]”

[Free eBook] Scorched by Mari Mancusi [YA Urban Fantasy with Time Travel]

Scorched by Mari Mancusi is the 1st novel in the Scorched trilogy of young adult urban fantasy adventure with time travel elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Sourcebooks’ Sourcebooks Fire imprint.

The trilogy takes places in modern West Texas, where a girl whose family runs a small museum receives a dragon’s egg which time travelers from the future are after.

This installment sees her acquire the egg and encounter the competing time travelers, one of whom claims that the future is endangered by an apocalyptic dragon war, the other of which claims that the dragons must be used to protect humankind instead of wiped out, even as the hatchling dragon tries to convince her that they have a destiny of their own.

Offered in North America (Canada & US & Mexico), available at multiple retailers.

Continue reading “[Free eBook] Scorched by Mari Mancusi [YA Urban Fantasy with Time Travel]”

[Free eBook] Crown Service by Terah Edun [YA Fantasy]

Crown Service by Terah Edun is the 1st novel in the Blades of Magic series of young adult adventure fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of the author herself via StoryBundle.

This is a free giveaway offered as a bonus for StoryBundle’s newsletter subscribers to help promote The Black Narratives Bundle of science fiction & fantasy celebrating Black History Month, offering a rather nice selection of new and backlist books from both indie and established black authors including recent Hugo Award winning author Nnedi Okorafor, James Tiptree Jr. Award-winning author Nalo Hopkinson, Mythopoeic Award-winning author Karen Lord, and many more.

The series takes place in a fantasy empire wracked by a war between mages, starring the daughter of a disgraced imperial commander. This story sees her discovering the truth behind her father’s last actions and becoming a fighter herself in the imperial army and making friends and enemies, uncovering dark secrets which mages on both sides would rather not come to light.

Offered through March 1st at midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free worldwide directly from StoryBundle.

Continue reading “[Free eBook] Crown Service by Terah Edun [YA Fantasy]”

[Free eBook] The Drowned Tomb by James Fahy [YA Fantasy]

The Drowned Tomb by British author James Fahy is the 2nd novel in the Changeling series of young adult coming of age fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture Press imprint.

The series is loosely based on assorted folklore and mythology, and takes place in both our modern world and a hidden faerie realm, starring a boy who has recently discovered his dual heritage and begun training his magical powers.

This installment sees him and his friends undergoing a journey in the Netherworlde both to elude a deadly enemy as well as prepare for the upcoming war between the worlds.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

Continue reading “[Free eBook] The Drowned Tomb by James Fahy [YA Fantasy]”

[Free eBook] Truthwitch by Susan Dennard [YA Fantasy]

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard is the 1st novel in her Witchlands series of YA fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tor Books’ Tor Teen imprint.

This is the first offering in their eBook of the Month Club for the Tor Teen imprint and is being made free to promote the upcoming 3rd-in-series, Signwitch, which will be released in January. The series takes place in a world with competing empires where many types of magic are lumped under “witchery” and stars two young women with differing talents who must save their world from war and corruption.

This story sets up their friendship and initial struggles, as the heroine with the titular power of discerning truth from lies—highly sought after and thus kept carefully hidden—becomes friends with her co-heroine whose power is the ability to see the invisible ties surrounding and pulling people, and they make other friends and enemies in the face of oncoming wars and attempts by various ruthless factions to secure the Truthwitch’s valuable ability for their own purposes.

Offered DRM-free through 11:59 PM EST on December 13th, officially available to Canada & the US, directly from the publisher.

Continue reading “[Free eBook] Truthwitch by Susan Dennard [YA Fantasy]”

[Free Audiobooks] 2 free titles from AudioSYNC Summer of Reading [Young Adult, Fantasy, Award-Winning Steampunk Alternate History]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2017 promotion for young adults continues, which offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—as free MP3 downloads, usually available worldwide (some titles are subject to geo-restrictions, and you can see the planned release schedule here).

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of alternate historical fantasy, available until 7am Eastern Time on August 3rd, are as follows:

  • Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott, is her fantasy novel set in a world based loosely on feudal Japan, where a girl trained in the illusion-casting art of shadow weaving must discover her own identity, even as she seeks revenge for the death of her family; from Brilliance Audio, read by Amy Rubinate
  • Airborn by Canadian author Kenneth Oppel, who was the recipient of Canada’s prestigious Governor General’s Literary Award for this in 2004, is the 1st novel in his eponymous trilogy of steampunk sci-fantasy which take place in an alternate history version of Canada, starring a cabin boy aboard an airship who rescues a traveler in a balloon, thereby setting off a series of adventures; from Full Cast Audio, read by David Kelly and others

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on August 3rd, available in selected countries worldwide (requires installing Overdrive Media console software on your PC, Mac, Android, or iDevice, and you need to finish downloading before the time limit).

[Free eBook] Ward Against Death by Melanie Card [YA Fantasy Mystery with Romance]

Ward Against Death by Melanie Card is the 1st novel in her Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer series of YA fantasy mystery adventures with strong f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Entangled: Teen imprint.

The series is set in a fantasy world with strong supernatural elements where necromancy is widely practiced, and stars an eventual couple who go around having problem-solving adventures together. This installment sets them up with their first case as a newbie necromancer raises a noble family’s recently-deceased daughter in order to let her loved ones say goodbye, only to discover that she believes she has been murdered and they need to find out whodunnit.

Offered worldwide, available at multiple retailers.

Continue reading “[Free eBook] Ward Against Death by Melanie Card [YA Fantasy Mystery with Romance]”

[Free eBook] The Faerie Path by Frewin Jones [YA Urban Portal Fantasy]

The Faerie Path by Frewin Jones, a pseudonym for prolific British YA fantasy author Allan Frewin Jones is the 1st novel in his Faerie Path series of young adult hidden heritage urban portal fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’ HarperTeen imprint.

The series is split between the modern world of London and the hidden world of Faerie, as the heroine discovers that she is a princess who has been lost for centuries among the mortals. This installment sets up her return to court and the beginning of her many problem-solving adventures as her former fiancée finally locates her, only to find herself torn between two worlds even as she must relearn her old life and face a threat to Faerie. NB: if you don’t want to know exactly what’s behind the threat to Faerie, avoid reading the blurbs for the next few novels in the series, which contain significant spoilers for important plot twists in this one.

Offered in the US only, available at B&N as their exclusive Free Fridays selection for the weekend.

Continue reading “[Free eBook] The Faerie Path by Frewin Jones [YA Urban Portal Fantasy]”