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by Donna Huber For the A to Z Challenge, I discussed different book genres/categories. Each day, I gave a few details about the genre/catego...

July 4, 2023

Celebrate Freedom with Free eBooks

by Donna Huber

If you are in the U.S. then you are probably celebrating July 4th or Independence Day - the day the Declaration of Independence was adopted. Interesting fact - the delegates didn't actually start signing the document for almost another month, on August 2. Is your day filled with hamburgers and hot dogs, ice cream and watermelon? I'll be spending most of the day in my parents' pool, probably with a book, and I'll be ending the night not with fireworks but definitely with a free book. If you want to celebrate freedom with some free reading, check out these free ebooks. Since we are celebrating history, I thought historical fiction would be apt. Please remember to check that the ebook is still free before purchasing.

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A Revolutionary Engagement by Cheryl R. Lane

book cover of historical romance novel A Revolutionary Engagement by Cheryl R. Lane
October 2021; Indie; 979-8512431580
ebook, print (363 pages); historical romance

In book two of the Wellington Patriot Series, Baldwin and Bronwyn find themselves on the same plantation, Greenway Court, home of Lord Thomas Fairfax and his nephew, Thomas "Bryan" Martin. They are both indentured servants, Bronwyn as the housekeeper and Baldwin as a tobacco field worker. Events leading to the Revolutionary War bring George Washington to the plantation to visit his old friends and he is first introduced to Baldwin and Bronwyn.

When the war begins, Baldwin must choose which side to fight on, the British, his original homeland, or the Patriots, those fellow countrymen of his new homeland. He is forced to fight for one side but circumstances change after he is captured as a prisoner of war.

Meanwhile Bronwyn must keep a secret while continuing to tend the house and entertain visitors from both sides of the war at the plantation. Once that secret is revealed, she is banned from the plantation and wonders if Baldwin will ever find her again. (Goodreads)

The Garden on Sunset by Martin Turnbull

book cover of historical biographical fiction novel The Garden on Sunset by Martin Turnbull
January 2012; Indie; 978-1466218956
audio, ebook, print (325 pages); biographical fiction

Right before talking pictures slug Tinsel Town in the jaw, a luminous silent screen star converts her private estate into the Garden of Allah Hotel. The lush grounds soon become a haven for Hollywood hopefuls to meet, drink, and revel through the night. George Cukor is in the pool, Tallulah Bankhead is at the bar, and Scott Fitzgerald is sneaking off to a bungalow with Sheilah Graham while Madame Alla Nazimova keeps watch behind her lace curtains.

But the real story of the Garden of Allah begins with its first few residents, three kids on the brink of something big.

Marcus Adler has a lot to prove after his father catches him and the police chief’s son with their pants down. He flees Pennsylvania for Hollywood with his mouth shut and his eyes open, and begins to write the lines all those starlets will say out loud. Can a smart, sensitive guy find his own voice in a town that’s just learning to talk?

Kathryn Massey’s childhood was a grinding routine of auditions, but she couldn’t care less about being a movie star. When she takes off with her typewriter, determined to become a newspaper reporter, she finds that breaking into the boys’ club is tougher than breaking free of her bossy mother. To make it in this town, she’ll need some serious moxie.

Gwendolyn Brick is a sweet Southern beauty who’s come a long way to try her luck on the big screen. She’s hoping the same succulent lips the guys want to kiss will land her more than a bit part on a casting couch. She’s going to need some help keeping everyone in line.

Nobody gets a free pass in Hollywood, but a room at the Garden on Sunset can get your foot in the door. (Goodreads)

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Angels & Patriots by Salina B. Baker

book cover of alternate history novel Angels & Patriots by Salina B Baker
May 2022; Culper Press; 978-0998755847
ebook, print (505 pages); alternative history

The Year of the Hangman

They ominously call 1777 The Year of the Hangman because the sevens resemble the grisly gallows. Together, George Washington, the Continental Army, Archangel Colm Bohannon and his brotherhood of fallen angels face a triple threat more perilous and harder to discern than the symbolism of consecutive sevens.

As British General William Howe sweeps toward the nation’s capital of Philadelphia and British General John Burgoyne thunders down the Lake Champlain corridor toward Albany, New York to cutoff New England from the other colonies, God unleashes a dark feculent army to kill the brotherhood of disobedient angels after His legions of demons failed to do so.

Who will be victorious and who will be brought to their knees? (Goodreads)

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The Prize: Vermont by Lars D. H. Hedbor

book cover of historical fiction novel The Prize Vermont by Lars D H Hedbor
March 2021; Brief Candle Press; 978-1942319443
audio, ebook, print (203 pages); historical fiction

Caleb's father is serving with Ethan Allen's Green Mountain Boys as the long-anticipated open war against the British rages up and down the length of Lake Champlain. Between his duties on the family farm and constant worry about his father's safety, the young man's attentions are already fully occupied when a fateful encounter with an unlikely neighbor changes everything. Pulled into new intrigues and new friendships, Caleb finds himself on a path that changes his life - and which will affect the outcome of the whole war. (Goodreads)

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The Ops Room Girls by Vicki Beeby

book cover of WWII historical fiction novel The Ops Girls by Vicki Beeby
October 2022; Canelo US; 978-1667202259
audio, ebook, print (368 pages); WWII fiction

When Evie’s dreams come crashing down, she’s determined to still make something of herself in these trying times…

It is 1939 and working class Evie Bishop has received a scholarship to study mathematics at Oxford when tragedy turns her life upside down. Evie must seek a new future for herself and, inspired to contribute to the war effort, joins the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force as an Ops Room plotter.

Posted to a fighter station on the Sussex Coast, Evie befriends two other WAAFs – shy, awkward May and flirty, glamorous Jess. Faced with earning the approval of strict officers and finding their way in a male dominated world, the three girls band together to overcome challenges, navigate new romances and keep their pilots safe in the skies.

But the German bombers seem to know more than they should about the base’s operations, and soon Evie, May and Jess are caught up in a world more dangerous than they ever imagined. (Goodreads)

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Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the founder of Girl Who Reads and the author of how-to marketing book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour

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