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Initial post: Nov 11, 2012 9:56:22 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 19, 2012 7:22:22 AM PST
Leo Little says:
Welcome to Free books and Chat. come on in and browse through the links there are always lots of free books. Have a seat in our overstuffed chairs and put you feet up on the hassocks as settle yourself in to read the latest treasure you've dredged up out of thousands of free indie publishers or perhaps you were lucky enough to catch one of your favorite well known author's book while it was free.

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..... HAPPY........ BIRTHDAY ... NOVEMBER .....
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Zoo gave us a wonderful lesson in history about Armistice day...Veterans day... which is observed today in the US

Let's continue to remember all those who protect and have protected this country by serving in our armed forces.

Thank you for keeping our country safe...

There's coffee, tea and hot chocolate in the decanters on the counter. There's a variety of freshly baked jelly and cream filled doughnuts apple fritters and maple bars on the counter. Ice cold milk is in the fridge beneath.




Please come back and tell us what you get from the free links. Or if you've read a previously Free book drop in and tell what you thought of it...

October 31st
A parade of ghouls, rock stars, and princesses marched from door to web covered door, ignoring the one unlit house on a block filled with headstones and jack-o-lanterns. Jake clutched a picture to his breast as the children passed by. Halloween was bad, but the coming holidays would be much worse. Thanksgiving was next and then Christmas. Jake loathed the holiday season. He got up to refill his octagonal glass with scotch and set the picture face down on the mantle. He'd need a lot of booze to get any sleep tonight. The phone rang.
"Hello. Jake, are you all right?"
Jake's throat tightened around a lump he couldn't swallow. It was his ex-wife. She'd moved on, remarried this June to a widower with lot of children, but Jake couldn't get past his grief.
"I know you're listening Jake. Look, I just want to know if you're all right."
A tear escaped his burning eyes as he squeezed the off button and set the phone back in its charger. This year would be worse than the last. He was all alone now. Whiskey burned the back of his throat as he gulped the contents of his glass and refilled it. He wouldn't sleep at all tonight.

* * *
January 6th
Dawning light glowed on the eastern horizon, bringing subtle warmth to the forest below. Thick tears rolled down Picea's face like sap from a pine, as she stared at the snow draped clearing, edged by a dense growth of fir, redwood, and spruce. In the open area, a heavy set old man knelt in the snow beside a dying blue spruce, decorated with gold tipped pine cones and silver icicles. Beams of sunlight lifted above the forest, dancing ever closer to the clearing. The old man, Picea's father, wrapped his arms around the stout trunk, knotting his beard with needles. Sunlight touched his jolly round face which caused the tree, Picea's mother, and himself to dissolve into a shower of golden sparkles that lifted beyond sight into a pale blue sky that was smudged with clouds, puffy and white. All that was left was her mother's scepter which glowed with power.
Heart- heavy Picea picked up the scepter and turned away, trudging across the snow to the open door of the home she had shared until this day. She entered, closing the solid oak door behind her. Grief slowed her steps as she crossed the dark hardwood floor. She stopped at a small table and lifted her gaze to the two empty high backed chairs in front of a stone-cold hearth. Atop the table was an ancient chess set of ivory and onyx, depicting a war that time had forgotten between the elves and trolls. Picea pulled out her mother's chair and dropped heavily into the seat, the empty chair across from her mirroring the emptiness of her heart. It was the loneliest Christmas she'd ever known, but she had little time to mourn. The world depended on her now. She had less than a year to find the perfect mate, or the Troll armies would be free to ravage an unsuspecting world.

**************** THANK YOU SUE *************************************

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Hugs and prayers go out to all those who care for loved well as those who suffer through painful diseases / injuries...I hope that you find comfort and peace of mind.
Let's also remember all those whose homes were taken by Hurricane Sandy. Keep them in your thoughts or prayers. And if you are able to help out do so...

Yesterday's link

Birthday and Anniversary link.


5 lbs potatoes peeled and sliced ¼ in
Enough water to cover the potatoes in a six quart pan
½ dried minced onions
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1-12 oz can canned milk
½ cup butter
½ cup cubed ham
10 slices American cheese

Boil potatoes with onions, salt, and pepper until tender...about 10 min after they start to boil...mash potatoes lightly, leaving a few chunks for texture...reduce heat to medium and add, milk and butter until butter melts add cheese and melt as well add the ham last and let simmer about 2 minutes. Serve with crackers.......or bread and butter...


Posted on Nov 11, 2012 10:13:40 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 11, 2012 10:14:55 PM PST
dharts says:
I read My Barsetshire Diaries (NOT FREE NOW) a while back and thought it was pretty amusing in a whimsical, British way. Here's the other book by Lord David Prosser, offered free.

The Queen's Envoy (The Barsetshire Diaries)

The preview to My Barsetshire Diary in which David inherits his title and retires from work only to be asked to take on a job that his late cousin did, as an unofficial envoy to HMG. Lord David is a fish out of water travelling the world trying to solve his Government's embarrassing little problems. With him attracting the attention of so many females, and making so many new enemies can he return to the formidable Lady J in one piece?

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 10:19:54 PM PST
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Posted on Nov 11, 2012 10:47:09 PM PST
Leo, Have a good sleep, see you later....

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 11:28:06 PM PST
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Posted on Nov 12, 2012 12:47:25 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 12, 2012 2:42:29 AM PST
Daniel Mitchell, Promoting your own book on this thread is against Amazons rules...Authors can only promote their work in the Meet our Authors fourm...Please delete your post....You, in any other capacity are welcome here...

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 1:26:32 AM PST
Cluny says:
I put dill in my potato soup......great idea for tonights dinner.....thanks Leonard!

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 2:11:35 AM PST
Cluny says:
Doves and Thunder Gods

Free today only in honor of Veteran's Day
(full disclosure - I occasionally talk mysteries with this author in mystery forum)

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 3:14:27 AM PST
Peter Oram says:
A Dreamer in Ashdown Forest - FREE today and tomorrow (12th and 13th)

A Dreamer in Ashdown Forest

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 4:49:03 AM PST
B.J. says:
Kinlib is up:

Monday, November 12th 2012, 02:35 AM PST (302)

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 6:07:32 AM PST
new mom says:
One from my wishlist: Broken (Daughters of the Jaguar #2) I already had book 1 for free a while back but haven't read it.

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 6:34:35 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 12, 2012 7:08:02 AM PST
Lyn says:
Great start as usual Leo.

BTW - I found a spell check error. Would you like it now or wait until the 7th?

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 6:43:07 AM PST
Suze says:
Good Morning and thanks for great start, Leo!

I'm going to enjoy our last day of warm, sunny weather to walk Stanley, my buddy!

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 6:58:30 AM PST
4Nbahu says:
@Leo Thanks for my Monday fix...and in a new genre an extra boost. Now I'm off to look for a few gems.

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 7:08:03 AM PST
JudyD says:
Thank you, Leo, for the start. Hoping all take a few minutes to think of those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom, and those who came home and are still having to adjust.

Woke up to quite a few on the wish list:

Dominant Species Volume Two -- Edge Effects (Dominant Species Series) - Publication Date: June 29, 2012
Spanning a millennium, the Dominant Species Series is a panoramic story of human and alien species locked in mortal conflict. Against this backdrop of deadly biological rivalry, humankind will fight an inner battle whose outcome is as final--and as brutal--as natural selection itself.
Volume Two - Edge Effects
It is the year 3012. The human incursion begins.
40 warp days from Earth is the newly discovered planet, Verde's Revenge - a jungle planet green, thriving, and fertile. Containing a wealth of natural resources, it is the chosen location for a new off-world colony. Earth's enormous colonizing machinery is beginning preparations for the coming human invasion. But by law, the planet's flora and fauna must be inventoried for biological hazards before human feet can tread there. An apparent glitch in the system has put the surveys behind schedule - and contractors are already on the planet's surface.
Biologist Rachel Sanders thinks she has drawn a lucky card when she's hired to perform the biological surveys on Verde's rich ecosystems. She will soon discover new and diverse species - and long the way reveal a growing threat more perilous than she could ever have imagined.
In this volume of the story we are transported to a new world populated with a lush panoply of plant and animal life. The story takes place in an environment both physically and sociologically
removed from our daily experience. With a strong and highly detailed sense of place, the story transports us into a world matchless in its richness and mystery. Within this context, humankind struggles against perils both inside and outside its tribal milieu.
The relationship between humankind and the organic world is still an ever-present theme in the story's narrative. Like the first volume, the story is a voyage of discovery. It is horrific and cerebral at the same time, offering up both thrills and ideas for all to enjoy.

Footloose - A Bubba the Monster Hunter Short Story - Publication Date: May 14, 2012
Bubba's back, and this one is as bad as it gets! Bubba's on the trail of a bigfoot in the Virginia mountains, and he learns more than he bargained for on this mission! Agent Amy Hall is back, too, and Bubba's not sure if that's a good thing or not. One thing he is sure of - there's a monster loose in them there hills, and he's the biggest, baddest monster hunter around!
Footloose is a short story, about 10,000 words, or 30 printed pages.

Vile Blood - Publication Date: September 3, 2012
"Nasty. Can't wait for the sequel." - JACK KETCHUM 4 X Bram Stoker Award-winning author
Terror has left Skye Martindale muted and stunted for most of her seventeen years. Terrified of the dark Other that lives within her. The Other that must be suppressed and controlled. At all costs. Then one night an act of random violence unleashes a savagery so ferocious that she is forced to face who--and what--she really is.
Fear and grief have ravaged Deputy Sheriff Gene Martindale, leaving him cold and remote, haunted by the lies he has told the world--and himself--about his foundling sister. But now the lying is over and he has to protect his young son from Skye. Even if that means killing her.
For five long years Junior Cotton--the twisted sadist who slaughtered Gene's wife and unborn child--has been a caged animal. Now he's broken loose and he's coming after Gene and his sister. To take revenge and to reveal the truth about Skye. A truth that will damn her for eternity.
"Beyond horror. One of the most intense, graphic books I have ever read. The imagination of Max Wilde is a thing to behold." ELIZABETH A. WHITE - FLORIDA TIMES-UNION
"VILE BLOOD has characters you care about, a nasty wit and a strange kind of charm. Can't wait for the sequel." - JACK KETCHUM, author of THE GIRL NEXT DOOR & THE WOMAN
"VILE BLOOD by Max Wilde, alias Roger Smith, has the same wicked pace, wonderful prose and compulsory vibe that keeps the pages flying in his crime novels, but be warned, this is something very different from Smith. This is more violent and bloodier than anything we've seen from him yet, with true stomach-churning horror that takes no prisoners." - DAVE ZELTSERMAN, author of MONSTER & THE CARETAKER OF LORNE FIELD
Max Wilde is the pen name of award-winning crime writer, Roger Smith.
Read more about pen names, doppelgängers, horror comics and slasher movies here:

Get LENIN - Publication Date: June 4, 2011
As the German troops approach Moscow during the Russian offensive of World War II, encountering ever more determined resistance as they go, what if they could snatch the greatest and most heroic symbol of the Soviet Revolution, the body of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin?
Would Soviet morale collapse? Would Joseph Stalin's Soviet Union be defeated? Would Nazi Germany conquer the world?
This is the intriguing premise of Robert Craven's 'Get LENIN' which pits the academic British spymaster Henry Chainbridge and the seductive Polish infiltrator Eva Molenaar against the elite of the German Third Reich and the wealth and ambition of American movie mogul Donald T. Kincaid who will amass yet another fortune for himself recording the Nazis' triumphal seizure of Lenin himself.
The race is on, and if the Nazi plot succeeds the war and humanity itself may be lost.

The Highwayman's Mistress (Regency/Georgian Romance) - Publication Date: September 7, 2011
Richard Courtenay Viscount Somerton, gallant as heroes come, has agreed to see Miss Diamonta Whitaker, safely delivered to the Palace of Versailles. Half French by birth and daughter of a once French countess, Diamonta has more than one reason for accepting a gracious invite to stay at the Royal Court at Versailles. Her heart lies at court, with Francois de Boviere, Count of Saint Mont Marche.
Unfortunately, tide of revolution has swept from Paris to Versailles and heads of French aristocrats are seriously under threat of Madame Guillotine. With Diamonta's coche still en route to Versailles, strange as it seems a highwayman delivers a message by way of robbery to save her life. Can she, upon return to England, ever recover from her mother's wrath once her relationship with a highwayman is discovered, and can he survive a duel to the death?

The Butterfly Forest (Mystery/Thriller) - Publication Date: October 20, 2011
He hid the old pencil-drawn map for 40 years.
The guards never found it.
After 40 years in San Quentin, Luke Palmer leaves with a state-issued suit, $100 dollars to buy a bus ticket, and a map that will lead to a promise and into the heart of a dark forest.
"The Butterfly Forest is a high-octane thriller that is part mystery, part love story, and full bore great storytelling that you'll think about days after you've left the woods."
- John Davenport (Orlando, FL)
College graduate student Molly Monroe is about to release rare butterflies not far from where the FBI used 4,000 bullets in a shootout to kill Ma Barker and one of her gangster sons in 1935. Molly snaps a picture that will frame something she never sees coming.
Sean O'Brien does see something -- a predator. Between the sea of cars in a Walmart parking lot. Walking quickly. Stalking two women.
As O'Brien tries to prevent the abduction, he opens the door to a new relationship. And he opens a dark door to a horror that is secluded within the forest. He follows veiled tracks that lead him farther into the woods where an evil from the past intersects with a frightening presence to form a volatile trap with only one way out.
- Anthony B. Thomas (Louisville, KY)
"If you like the works of writers like Lee Child, Robert Crais, James Lee Burke and Michael Connelly, you'll enjoy Tom Lowe's THE BUTTERFLY FOREST."
- Aaron Winters (Miami, FL)

The Nazi Conspiracy - Publication Date: December 15, 2011
Tired of his boring job at McHenry Steel, Caleb Scott is intrigued by an offer from the President on a top secret national security matter. Though he is unprepared, untrained, and under-informed, the promise of a little excitement and a big payday are too much to pass up. But what starts off as "a little snooping", soon becomes a worldwide manhunt for the descendant of Adolf Hitler.
A gripping combination of history, conspiracy, and adventure, the action never stops in The Nazi Conspiracy as Caleb finds he is an unwitting member of a secret group known only as The Committee, which is hot on the trail of one of the biggest cover ups in history. But as is often the case with international espionage, things are never as they seem, and a message smeared in blood drastically alters the group's mission, and ultimately changes the international community for decades to come.

Have a great day!


Posted on Nov 12, 2012 7:15:13 AM PST
Good morning all ;) Some of my picks this morning:

Splitting Images - Gabriel Lugo - Mystery/Thriller
Silver Hollow - Jennifer Silverwood - Contemporary Fiction
The Disappeared - Vernon William Baumann - Mystery/Thriller
Passion's Tide - Sarah West - Action/Adventure(?)
Stage Five - Robert Brumm Jr. - Mystery/Thriller

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 7:23:04 AM PST
Leo Little says:
you can send any error comments to my email and I will gather them and update my book. email address is on my profile page...thank you for helping me get it right.


In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 7:52:56 AM PST
robb says:
Thanks. Forgot about the email. When in book two due out? :)

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 7:53:58 AM PST
S. King says:
Happy Monday! Leo, intrigue and leaving the reader in a state of suspense are your "thing". May I have a mug of hot cocoa and a crumpet with black currant jam? Thank you to all of the people who serve our country.. today we celebrate Veteran's Day. I loved that poem that was posted yesterday about the poppies. When I was little, my grandma would buy those poppies every year, and wind them around the rear view mirror of her car. I miss seeing the veterans who would sell them in front of local stores. Hoping that people enjoy their day. Roasted butternut squash and apple soup for dinner, and that potato soup sounds yummy, too. Anything warm does right now.. too chilly for me. Even though the sun is shining my bones feel frozen! Think I will walk the dogs, and cozy up under my feather comforter with a good book. This one looked interesting so I grabbed it:
The Butterfly Forest (Mystery/Thriller)

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 8:00:09 AM PST
Zoo Keeper says:
Good Morning.

Leo, thank you for the new story. I really liked it. I made a "leftover" version of Potato Soup last week. We had half a 9x13 casserole of cheese potatoes leftover and I was having a "struggling" day. I scooped the potatoes into a pot, turned on low, attacked it with my hand masher, added milk, heat, then the ham. It was really good. I didn't put forth much effort, dinner was quick, and cheap.

Suze, better hurry and walk Stanley, it started raining here about an hour ago. Enjoy the sunshine.

The Procedure
Seven Two

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 8:04:59 AM PST
Janine says:
Thank you for the opening Leo now only problem is I want to read it finish. Lovely day here 6 pm 75`

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 8:18:51 AM PST
bethcross says:
Well, I've got one each from all of my categories today, but that's it. Guess last week's haul will just have to do for awhile.

From the Archives:
The Butterfly Forest (Mystery/Thriller) (Feb 16)

From the WishList:
Before The Devil Knows You're Dead (A Niki Slobodian Novel: Book 3)

New Today:
Vampires, Ghosts, and God (Five Novel Box Set)

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 8:27:05 AM PST
BB says:
Whispers In The Dark (Highland Secret Series) romance

The Highwayman's Mistress (Regency/Georgian Romance) romance


AQUA (EPISODE 1) romance

Knitting Puppy Love romance

The Christmas Bike contemporary fiction

Tough Choice romance

thats all she she wrote for me from kinlib 302.

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 8:57:59 AM PST
S. King says:
Aaaahh! A brief follow-up to my first posting. So. I have my insanely hyper Jack Russell Bella, and my sweet half blind, half deaf (and a brain injury due to getting hit on freeway.. I found him and no one would claim him- so after $$spent at vet's office? He adopted me) Corgi each on separate leashes. All is going well. Until the awesome poo action. Hahaha, does anyone's dog do that curious little scratching dance after they have.. ummmmm.. you know? YUCK!! Needless to say, stuff flying everywhere! Ah well. The day is still young so it should get better. *sigh*

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 9:11:44 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 12, 2012 9:16:35 AM PST
Leo Little says:
lol As soon as I can get it finished and am shooting for June...since I published this one last June...I kind of decided on the spot to publish this on my own...A fellow writer I had known for 6 years went in to have major surgery...he developed pneumonia and went into a coma and then passed away within a couple of weeks...He was in his eighties and still trying to get his work published by one of the major publishers...I didn't want that to be me, so I called my sister up and had her draw my cover design and I had mine out a week and a half after I decided to go it alone....

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