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Free (Kindle) Unto the Last Generation by Juanita Coulson [Sci-Fi Future Dystopia]

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 19:32:22 GMT

*Unto the Last Generation* by author and noted filksinger Juanita Coulson (ISFDB (, Wikipedia (, Science Fiction Encyclopedia ( is her vintage dystopian science fiction novel set in a future version of the US where the pending problem of overpopulation has been solved, more or less, by all of humanity having been rendered sterile (presumably by accident), and the obligatory mysterious impossible child popping up, which sets off a race to find her parents and unlock the means by which they were able to reproduce, before it becomes too late, free courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press' Venture imprint, who are e-printing it from its 1975 edition originally out from Harlequin's Laser Books imprint, which was its short-lived (non-romantic) science fiction/fantasy line which, among other things, printed Tim Powers' first published novel. Currently free @ Amazon ( (available to Canadians & in the UK ( and pretty much everywhere else that Amazon sells worldwide, since this is being done via their KDP Select exclusive-or-else program) It'd probably be interesting to see how this compares, mysteriously dwindling population dystopia with survivors and society gone feral-wise, with Michaela Roessner's Vanishing Point, which we've also gotten as a Venture Press freebie (, and which has some overlap in exploring the effects on the presumably last humans left behind, at nearly twenty years' remove. *Description* Fifteen years ago, Earth’s population ceased to mushroom. Its people no longer reproduced. Because they could not. Wholesale application of population control technology has rendered man infertile. It’s not long before society loses its mind. Rifts emerge, as the Young and Old begin to spar over whose rights are most important in a time of such catastrophic struggle. Leaders rise out of the darkness, channelling the animosity into political lecturings and creating more chaos and despair. Robbed of over more than half the population, urban America withered. Food becomes a much fought-over commodity and luxury. Famine, plague and war spread like wildfire. And no children are born – anywhere. Two generations later, and the spread of the immuno-factor was complete. A team of scientists, headed by Dr. Richard Parnell and his wife Therese, based at the Life Sciences headquarters works tirelessly to produce life artificially. One day, a young girl walks into their midst. “I’m eight,” the girl announces proudly. Mankind has been sterile for more than fifteen years… A living child could be the answer to humanity’s greatest problem. How can she be alive, and so young, when not a single child has been born for two generations? Parnell and his team are now on a mission: to find the parents of this young girl, named Ria, before the trail runs cold and humanity’s last hope disappears into the darkness. Will they track them down in time? Or is Ria to be humankind’s last generation? ‘Unto the Last Generation’ is a gripping technological sci-fi thriller set in a dystopian future America.

Free (Kindle) The Captive by E. C. Tubb [Vintage Prisoner Escape Adventure Western]

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:17:34 GMT

*The Captive* by the late E. C. Tubb (ISFDB (, Wikipedia (, Science Fiction Encyclopedia (, a prolific multi-genre author best known for his sfnal Dumarest Saga, is his vintage standalone western historical action adventure novel set during the Civil War, starring a man on a mission for for a Union general, who in the course of trying to carry it out, is taken captive by the local Comanche people (Wikipedia (, and must find a way to escape and also locate the gold train which is vital to the war effort, free courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press' Pioneering imprint, who are e-printing it from its 1955 edition originally out from John Spencer, under the title of Comanche Captive using the E. F. Jackson pseudonym. Currently free @ Amazon ( (available to Canadians & in the UK ( and pretty much everywhere else that Amazon sells worldwide, since this is being done via their KDP Select exclusive-or-else program) *Description* The desert is a dangerous place… But when desert-wise Don Thorpe is asked by General Colman to undertake a mission of the greatest importance to the Union forces, he does not hesitate to accept. His mission – find the missing train laden with enough Californian gold to buy arms for the entirety of the beleaguered South. Don accepts the dangerous mission but, on the way to Fort Gorman, he arrives upon the scene of an Indian attack. He rescues a beautiful girl and her fiancée from the battle but in aiding their escape, he finds himself taken prisoner by ruthless Comanche Indians. But this is not Don’s first encounter with Indians. Confronted with the terrifying torture customs of the Comanches, will Don manage to escape with his life? Riding through fierce desert storms and encountering enemies on all sides, will he locate the gold train and stop it falling into the wrong hands? And will he ever set eyes upon that beautiful girl again? The Captive is a fast-moving tale that will transport you back to the savage lands of the Old West.

Free (Kindle) On Deadly Ground by Simon Clark [Village Disaster Supernatural Horror]

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:54:53 GMT

*On Deadly Ground* by multiple British Fantasy Award-winning author Simon Clark (ISFDB (, Wikipedia ( is his standalone supernatural horror novel, set in the obligatory soon-to-become-creepy small village where one day everything is overturned when an apocalyptic disaster arises, leaving the inhabitants as refugees from terrible things from both outside, as well as within themselves, free courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press' Venture imprint, who are e-printing it from 1997 edition originally out from Hodder & Stoughton under the title of King Blood. This was a preliminary nominee for the BFA's August Derleth Award for Best Fantasy Novel back in the day, according to ISFDB, and the tags indicate that the story may involve vampires (not mentioned in the blurb), if those happen to be an especial draw for you. :end: Currently free @ Amazon ( (available to Canadians & in the UK ( and pretty much everywhere else that Amazon sells worldwide, since this is being done via their KDP Select exclusive-or-else program) And this has been the selected 3rd (non-repeat) free ebook thread of the day. Enjoy! *Description* Rick Kennedy feels good. Tonight there's going to be the party of the decade, the brother he hasn't seen for years has just flown in, and Rick is all set to do something about Kate Robinson, the beautiful girl he just can't get out of his mind. In the pleasant village of Fairburn the evening air is warm . . . But this is also the night that Rick encounters the stranger in the wood. And soon he's waking up to find 30,000 refugees choking in the streets. People are running for their lives. Only there's nowhere to run. Inexorably the ground heats up. Cities erupt into flames. Lakes boil. Survivors search desperately for refuge in a landscape burning forever hotter beneath their feet. But they have yet to confront the Grey Men - and the demons inside themselves. Because their blood itself is beginning to boil . . . with savagery, hunger and lust . . . On Deadly Ground is a terrifying horror story set in the mysterious world of the supernatural. It was previously published as King Blood.

Free (nook/Kindle/Kobo) Two Tales Dark & Grim [YA Fairy Tale Urban Fantasy Shorts]

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:45:05 GMT

*Two Tales Dark & Grim*, containing The Brothers Piggett by Julie Kagawa (ISFDB ( and The Key by Rachel Hawkins (ISFDB ( is a mini-collection of two modern urban fantasy YA short stories adapting fairy tale classics, presented in full as a sampler for the *Grim* anthology of such, edited by Christine Johnson (ISFDB (, free courtesy of publisher Harlequin's Teen imprint. Currently free on a long-term introductory basis @ B&N (, Amazon (\-ebook/dp/B00GKBIPKA/) & Kobo ( & iTunes ( & Google Play ( & ( & directly from the publisher's webstore (all available to Canadians; this doesn't seem to exist in the UK from Harlequin's spin-off daughter-clone Mills & Boon) *Description* Venture back to a time when fairy tales were dark and terrifying in these modern-day adaptations of classic stories from two New York Times bestselling authors. In The Key by Rachel Hawkins, a girl uses her psychic abilities to look where she has been forbidden to look. And in The Brothers Piggett by Julie Kagawa, a chubby, insecure boy falls for a beautiful girl, with dangerous and devastating results. And look for the full anthology, Grim, edited by Christine Johnson, featuring some of the hottest authors in the young adult market, out March 2014.

Free (Kindle/Kobo/iTunes) The Boat House [Plymouth Police Procedural Mystery Short]

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:24:17 GMT

*The Boat House* by Mark Sennen (SYKM ( is a short story in his DI Charlotte Savage series of police procedural mystery/crime thrillers starring a detective inspector in Plymouth, this installment giving the backstory of her very first case, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins' Avon imprint. Currently free @ Amazon ( & Kobo ( & iTunes ( & Google Play ( (all available to Canadians) This was free in the UK for over a year, but seems to have expired, at least at the stores that I could easily check. Price-drop-check linkage for Amazon UK ( & iTunes UK ( if you're feeling optimistic that they might one day re-offer it. However, for UK readers, there is a deal at the moment on the 2nd & 3rd books for just £0.99 across many stores (we've previously received #3 as a freebie), or an omnibus edition of #1-3 for £2.99 @ Amazon UK ( or £4.99 @ Kobo UK ( (non-couponable, but you can ask for a price-match). This doesn't appear to exist in the US, as apparently the author does not yet have a publisher there, and the actual novels are not available as e-books in Canada, either. *Description* No one’s seen him in years… An isolated boat house. A reclusive old man. A body. DI Charlotte Savage’s first ever case as a detective. AN 11-PAGE SHORT STORY, INCLUDING AN EXCLUSIVE EXTRACT OF TELL TALE.

Free (DRM-free) Learning Python by Fabrizio Romano [DIY Programming Reference Guide]

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 01:02:27 GMT

*Learning Python* by Fabrizio Romano is his comprehensive introductory self-teaching guide and reference to the Python programming language, suitable for beginners and upwards, free for a limited time courtesy of tech specialty publisher Packt Publishing. I had a quick look through this and it seems very helpful indeed, with walkthroughs and tutorials suited for total novices, as well as explanations of certain points of Python meant to be of use to more advanced programmers coming in from a different language. Currently free directly @ the publisher's special promotional page ( (DRM-free ePub/Mobi/PDF bundle available worldwide, requires account signup with billing address but no payment info), and you can see the detailed description of contents on its regular catalogue page here ( This appears to be a time-limited offer (though per Google, it seems to have been available for a while) on one of their regular titles (normally $40 USD in their catalogue if you don't access it via the special promo link), which I happened to spot via a fortuitous ad banner while browsing for some other stuff. A few of their other special introductory long-term freebies for various web technologies are still available via this thread here ( And for the past couple of years, Packt has been running a generous rotating offer for a daily free programming ebook from their catalogue, which you can keep track of by regularly visiting their special promo page (, or the helpful posts which fellow MR member GtrsRGr8 has been making in the Non-Fiction megathread, and often offers significant discounts to members signed up for their mailing lists. And this has been the (late!) selected 3rd (non-repeat) free ebook thread of the day. Because it's really quite nice of Packt to not only continue to give us the daily freebies from their backcatalogue, but also offer a very useful-looking introductory guide to one of the major languages as well. I just wish I were considerably better at DIY programming learning so I'd actually have an excuse to take advantage of their sporadic umpty books for $5 each offers, which sadly, I have no real use for at this stage. :computer: one day, hopefully --> :scholar: Enjoy! *Description* Download your FREE 442 page eBook today and take full control of Python’s power! Discover the ins and outs of one of the most popular programming languages in the world today with the help of this eBook. Python is a dynamic and diverse language and can be used in everything from web applications to crunching raw data. No matter what you use it for though, we all have to start at the beginning; and Learning Python is your gateway to the world of professional Python development! This book goes deeper than simply showing you how to build a Python app, giving you the fundamentals of Python programming that every developer needs to know to make the most of the language. Packed with tutorials and examples this title features everything from data structures, writing reusable code, testing, paradigms, and how Python can be adapted. This free eBook will help transform you from a complete beginner to someone ready to bring the best out of their projects. So get this title now and see just why Python is so beloved today!

Free (nook) The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting [YA Paranormal Mystery w/Romance]

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:07:15 GMT

*The Body Finder* by Kimberly Derting (ISFDB ( is the 1st novel in her eponymous series of YA paranormal urban fantasy mystery/crime with strong f/m romantic suspense elements starring a teenaged heroine with the unusual secret ability to sense the dead bodies of people and animals who have been killed, this installment setting her up as a future crimefighter as she decides to become more pro-active in using said ability when a serial killer pops up in her town, as she attempts to catch them with the help of her best friend who has a crush on her, juggling their potential developing romance while trying not to become the killer's next victim, as you do, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins. Currently free only @ B&N ( as their featured Free Fridays selection for the weekend. *Description* Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her "power" to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes the dead leave behind in the world . . . and the imprints that attach to their killers. Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find dead birds her cat left for her. But now that a serial killer is terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he's claimed haunt her daily, Violet realizes she might be the only person who can stop him. Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved by her hope that Jay's intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she's falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer . . . and becoming his prey herself.

Free (nook/Kindle/iTunes) Arctic Winds [Paranormal Shapeshifter Interspecies Romance]

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 23:57:09 GMT

*Arctic Winds* by Sondrae Bennett is the 1st novella in her Alpine Woods Shifter series of f/m contemporary paranormal romance starring shapeshifters in the northern regions, this installment featuring an interspecies romance between a wolf shifter and an arctic fox shifter, against the opposition of their respective local packs, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Kensington's Lyrical Press imprint. Currently free @ B&N (, Amazon ( (available to Canadians & in the UK ( & iTunes ( (available to Canadians). Price-drop-check linkage for Kobo ( (Canada; apparently this version isn't available in the US store and I can't spot another) & Google Play (, where this was free earlier but is now showing unavailable, though they'll probably fix that glitch eventually. *Description* Nothing will stop a wolf once he's found his mate. . .not even her own doubts. After her skulk abandoned her four years ago, Samantha knew she would never truly be wanted. When she accidentally stumbles into a wolf town and is asked by their premier to stay, she believes it's the novelty of an arctic fox motivating him. She knows she'll be on her own again once he tires of her. Jason finds himself pulled to Samantha from the moment she faints in his arms. His wolf is calling to him, telling him he's found their mate and the heat he feels for Samantha is impossible to resist. But his little fox is loaded down with emotional baggage and doesn't believe she's worthy of love. Can he overcome her fears? Or will pack jealousies and the local foxes convince her she doesn't belong with him before he has a chance?

Andre Norton

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 18:28:34 GMT

I went out to the shed to grab some old books for bathtub reading. Ms. Norton has always been a good read and I'm reading The Jardon Pard with a price tag showing $1.50. :2thumbsup I had forgotten what an interesting writer she was. She was very prolific and won some major awards including a Hugo, I think. There are 16 of her books on Guttenberg. Just click here. (

Yotaphone 2 Eink Android Phone. Now Cheap!

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 22:05:51 GMT

In case anyone is interested, I've been seeing the Yotaphone 2 on sale for around $140 on several Chinese websites like and It is a 5.0" dual screen Android phone with an always on Eink display on one side. It has 2GB RAM, 32GB of ROM and is running Android KitKat 4.4 (a little old). I know nothing directly about the device, but thought someone might find it interesting at the price. Here is a link to info on Amazon's website: . It is available much cheaper directly from China.

Free (nook/Kindle/Kobo/iTunes) The Dark Age [History-Altering Time Travel Fantasy]

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:51:04 GMT

*The Ancient Future: The Dark Age* by Australian author Traci Harding (ISFDB (, Wikipedia ( is the 1st novel in her The Ancient Future trilogy sub-series which is the beginning of her The Chosen Ones mega-series of alternate history-altering time travel fantasy, this one setting up the modern heroine's appearance in the ancient past, where she is mistaken for a fabled enemy witch by the local Welsh prince and winds up changing British history when she clashes with him, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins' Voyager imprint. Currently free @ B&N ( (also Sainsbury (, Amazon ( (available to Canadians & in the UK (, Kobo ( & iTunes ( & Google Play ( & ( (all available to Canadians) And this has been the selected 3rd (non-repeat… ish) free ebook thread of the day. Because not only are sfnal freebies always welcome (and it's been a while since we've gotten a full-length HarperCollins one), I'm a total sucker for kidnapped-to-save-the-alternate-world-via-portal and/or time travel tales with bonus mistaken identity by the locals, as well as what-if alternate history scenarios, and this one looks to combine all three for a hat trick of interesting-looking Relevant To My Interests™, with a well-established series of further reading to continue with if I end up liking this one. :yahoo: Enjoy! *Description* The extraordinary and bestselling journeys of one woman throughout time ... The white light surrounded her, exuding from the ground within the circle. The mist rose towards the sky to form a billowing cloud. From within the largest stone a ball of blue light steadily made its way towards her. Late one evening, a car accident leaves Tory - daughter of a prominent history professor - stranded near a ring of stones in the English countryside. She resolves to spend the night at the sacred site; a black belt in Tae-kwon-do, Tory holds little fear for her safety. But across the vortex of time and space, she is being watched. The Merlin knows of the legend Tory is to become, and through the wisdom of the Old Ones, teleports her back to the Dark Age. Prince Maelgwn of Gwynedd and his band of knights stumble across this mysterious woman dressd in jeans and leather jacket. Believing she is the witch of the stones, they threaten to kill her. Rising to her own defence, Tory challenges the Prince's champion to unarmed combat. With her superior fighting skill she easily overwhelms the warrior, winning the admiration of the Prince, and changing the course of British history forever.

Free (nook/Kindle/Kobo) Zora & Nicky [Xtian Interracial Modern Faith Drama w/Romance]

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:43:37 GMT

*Zora and Nicky: A Novel in Black and White* by Claudia Mair Burney is is her standalone contemporary literary fiction/spiritual drama novel with strong f/m romantic elements, centred around the love story between the children of two preachers, one African-American, one the other a white Southern Baptist, dealing with the materialistic church privileges which they feel have disconnected them from true faith, as well as the racial tensions in their local area, free courtesy of Christian publisher David C. Cook. This has previously been offered free in 2013, but doesn't seem to have been mentioned at the time on MR, so might as well count it as a new offering for today. Also, while the love story between the titular characters is central to the plot of this one, according to the customer reviews, apparently it's written more as a faith drama than the usual sort of inspirational romance that we get, so YMMV whether or not it actually ends HEA enough to also qualify as one of those. Currently free, probably just for the next couple of days @ B&N (, Amazon ( (available to Canadians & in the UK (, iTunes ( & Google Play ( (both available to Canadians), Kobo ( (not available to Canadians), ChristianBook ( (DRM-free ePub available to selected countries, if they cycle around to a phase where they let you download the freebies again instead of reading them online or in their app), and might also be free at other retailers listed on the publisher's webcatalogue page ( *Description* Two Hearts, One God.? Should Anything Else Matter? Zora Nella Hampton Johnson knows exactly where she comes from—and her daddy won't let her forget. Of course for that privilege he keeps her in Prada and Kate Spade, Coach and YSL. He chooses her boyfriend, her car, her address, and ignores her love of painting, art, and the old ways of her grandaddy's soulful AME church—where the hymns pleaded, cajoled, and raised the roof. Her daddy may be a preacher, but some-where among the thousands of church members, the on-site coffee house, and the JumboTron, Zora lost God. And she wants Him back. Nicky Parker, a recent graduate of Berkeley and reformed playboy, also suffers the trials of being a preacher's kid, and he can't remember the last time he saw eye-to-eye with his white, racist, Southern Baptist father. What he does remember—and it will be forever burned in his brain despite myriad prayers to Jesus—is the way Zora looked the first time he saw her. Like Nefertiti. Only better. When they meet at a bible study far from their respective home churches, the first churlish, sarcastic sparks that fly sizzle with defensiveness. But God has a special way of feeding the flames and though of different flocks, these two lost sheep will find Him and much, much more.

Free (nook/Kindle/Kobo) Brentwood's Ward [Xtian 1800s Guardian Cop Regency Romance]

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:36:54 GMT

*Brentwood's Ward* by Michelle Griep is her standalone f/m Regency historical romance, featuring a contest of wills between an arrogant young beauty determined to snag a husband from the marriage market, and the reluctant guardian (who, according to the editorial reviews, gives a portrait of the first attempts at a police force in London, if that's a point of especial interest) who's only in it for the money her father will pay for looking after her while she does, free courtesy of Christian publisher Barbour's Shiloh Run Press imprint. Currently free @ B&N (, Amazon ( (available to Canadians & in the UK ( & Kobo ( (not available to Canadians). Price-drop-check linkage for ChristianBook ( (DRM-free ePub available to select countries, if they cycle around to a phase where they let you download the freebies again instead of reading them online or in their app), where these usually also show up. May also be free at Google Play for the US. *Description* Place an unpolished lawman named Nicholas Brentwood as guardian over a spoiled, pompous beauty named Emily Payne and what do you get? More trouble than Brentwood bargains for. She is determined to find a husband this season. He just wants the large fee her father will pay him to help his ailing sister. After a series of dire mishaps, both their desires are thwarted, but each discovers that no matter what, God is in charge.

Free (Kindle) Canyon Killer by S. J. Bounds [Vintage Gunslinger vs Rustlers Western]

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:16:41 GMT

*Canyon Killer* by the late prolific British multi-genre author S. J. Bounds (ISFDB (, Wikipedia (, Science Fiction Encyclopedia ( is his vintage western historical adventure short novel, starring a gunslinger defending a feisty ranch owner against some cattle rustlers, free courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press' Pioneering imprint, who are e-printing it from 1956 edition originally out from Fiction House. Currently free @ Amazon ( (available to Canadians & in the UK ( and pretty much everywhere else that Amazon sells worldwide, since this is being done via their KDP Select exclusive-or-else program) And this has been the selected 3rd (non-repeat) free ebook thread of the day. Enjoy! :cowboy: *Description* Bullets are flying… You could be forgiven for underestimating the appropriately named Fats Carson. But nobody would make that mistake twice, for Fats was hell on wheels, with both fists and guns. When he arrives in Paradise City and the meets the crooks who control most of the town, the lead soon starts to fly. Turning down an offer to become deputy sheriff, Fats becomes the ramrod for feisty Abigail Hammer. Hammer is barely holding onto her ranch, fighting off the tragedies that she is faced with, not to mention the notorious Stockley, who is out to get hold of her ranch. Now he finds himself facing countless rustlers and the formidable Coyote Kid. But who is leading the rustlers? And who is the mystery man who was killed before he could reveal his identity? These and other questions will all have to be answered before justice is served — and if anyone could sort it all out, it will be the Canyon Killer.

Free (Kindle) The Bride Backfire [Xtian 1850s Family Feud Shotgun Wedding Romance]

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:05:11 GMT

*The Bride Backfire* by Kelly Eileen Hake is the 2nd novel in her Prairie Promises series of f/m historical western romance, this installment set in 1850s proto-Nebraska, and centred around a deadly family feud which may be either defused or escalated when the daughter of one family accuses the son of the other of impregnating her, in an attempt to save his life with a shotgun wedding, which may or may not mitigate the sin of bearing false witness and all that, free courtesy of Christian publisher Barbour. Currently free @ Amazon ( (available to Canadians & in the UK ( Price-drop-check linkage for B&N (, Kobo ( (usually not available to Canadians) & ChristianBook (, where these things usually also show up. May also already be/become free at Google Play for the US, where Barbour freebies also often show up, but are invisible from a Canadian perspective. *Description* Come on down for a real family feud in this witty romance, the second novel in Kelly Eileen Hake's Prairie Promises series. In the Nebraskan Territory of 1857, the longstanding feud between their two families makes Opal Speck desperate to save the life of the Grogan who once pulled her from a burning building. Will her big white lie-that Adam is the father of her unborn child-land in enemy territory for the rest of her life? Find out how Adam and Opal deal with the repercussions of their shotgun wedding in The Bride Backfire!