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Initial post: Nov 4, 2012 10:48:48 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 5, 2012 12:47:40 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 know author's book while it was free.

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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. Today is my sister's birthday so I'll serve Barbequed chicken and double apple crisp with vanilla ice cream

*****brought over from yesterday's thread*******
(((Josie))) says:
Tomorrow would have been my mom's birthday.



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"Sperm bank...So that's how the killer knew."
"Knew what, Doc?" Eddie asked.
"One of the many pieces to this puzzle was how the killer knew these last three women were at or around twelve weeks pregnant. They'd all had different obstetricians and they'd used different labs to verify their pregnancies, but I hadn't considered artificial insemination. If I were you, I'd get a warrant for the records of Sarah Kennedy, Teresa Bartlett, and Angela Jacobs. I'm willing to bet all three used the same sperm bank."
"Hold on, Doc. You haven't proved anything yet."
I loosened up more of the gravelly loam with my spade and felt the tip catch something that felt like wood. "I believe I just found some of that proof you were looking for." I raked the soil out with my hand exposing a section of the right femur.
"You'd better come on out there, Doc. Strictly speaking, you're still a suspect. You'll have to let the other lab rats take it from here."
I left my spade in the hole and climbed out, taking Eddie's offered hand of help. "Listen, I'd watch the `lab rats' as you call them, in this case. Someone went to a lot of trouble to frame me and...they knew what they were doing."
"I guess it's a good thing your lawyer woke up that judge and had everything transferred to an independent lab."
I watched as three men from Eddie's team stepped into the shallow grave to uncover the rest of Kenneth's bones. "I thought the DA pulled everything from our lab....When was the last time you heard from Mark?"
"I try to keep a healthy distance between me and defense attorneys. Last I heard from him was Friday when he delivered the court order."
"Damn. He's been missing six days. Is there someone here you can trust to follow the evidence?"
"I trust Jim. Why?"
"Because I think Mark's been kidnapped or worse." I pointed to the now exposed pelvis, showing that it was the remains of a large male. "Mark was the attorney who got Kenneth off on those other murders."
"I thought he was a suspect in this case."
"Not any more. It was the findings of the independent lab that got me released. If Mark was behind this, he wouldn't have set that up."
Eddie pointed to the exposed prone skeleton as men removed soil from around the skull to test for leached bodily fluids. "Are you sure that's Kenneth Mabry?"
"Mabry was 6'4 and weighed over 250 lbs right? Look at the bones."
"I see what you mean, but how do you know this isn't from some other case you worked on?"
"Because it all fits...The women were all made to look like my wife. It was my testimony that got Mabry released. Even you thought I'd helped a killer walk on four murders. No, even if she were gay, Diane Parson's is the key to these murders. The only difference now is whether our perp is a man or woman. Kenneth's remains should tell us something about that. He was a big guy and this was most likely the perp's first kill."
"That's gonna take some time, Doc. If your attorney's still alive, he doesn't have much time."
"Yeah I know, that's why we can't babysit this evidence. We need to find the connection between the sperm bank and my lab. ASAP."
He turned to his partner "Doc's got a lead I want to follow. Watch these lab rats closely, Jim. If one of them slips a piece of evidence in their pockets, hook em up and send them downtown. But you follow that evidence back to the lab, no matter what."
"I can get Charlie to take over if you want. No matter who these bones belong to, the doctor is still a suspect. He might turn on you, like the pit-bull he's name after."
"Just stay with the evidence, I can handle myself if the need arises." Eddie waved for me to follow as he headed for his car. "I can't believe I'm going out of my way to help a low down mangy defense attorney."
I half ran, catching up with Eddie as he opened the door of his 68 GTO convertible-red with a black top-and got behind the wheel.
Eddie spoke as I got in. "Judge Berker lives a couple miles south off the 35. He should be home about now. We can stop by and pick up a warrant on the way."

* * *

Posted on Nov 4, 2012 10:49:35 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 4, 2012 11:38:29 PM PST
Leo Little says:
An hour and a half later, warrant in hand, we entered the new brick faced medical plaza, taking the elevator to the third floor to the offices of Texrepro Fertility Clinic.
Eddie flashed his badge and we were taken to Dr. Erin Smyth's office and asked to wait. I felt Mark's life bleeding away every second we were detained.
Dr. Smyth entered, carrying the files we requested. She was short and stocky with her blonde hair cut short, like a man's. She set the files on the desk in front of her and sat down. "I understand you gentlemen have a warrant for these files. May I have a look at it? "
Eddie handed her the court order and she scanned over it, going back and forth, comparing the names of each patient with those on the warrant.
"I want you to know I am totally against this. At Texrepro we go out of our way to maintain a patient's privacy."
I leaned forward. "We don't have time for this. A man's life is at stake, and all of these patients are beyond caring about their privacy."
"They had families who are very much alive, sir. My lawyer tells me I must comply, but I want your word that you will do everything you can to maintain confidentially of these patients."
Eddie and I both nodded and Dr. Smyth pushed five of the files toward Eddie, but held the others back. "My employees have rights, too. Why do you need to see their files?"
Pointing to the closed files in front of Eddie, I replied, "Every one of these women was killed twelve weeks into their pregnancy. We think one of your employees killed them in cold blood." I stood up and dragged the remaining files from her grasp.
"I can't believe that. I trust every one of the women who work for me."
Eddie turned to me and nodded before he lifted his gaze to Dr. Smyth. "You don't have any men working for you."
"Not at this time. We cater to all sexual orientations as you can see by the files, but this facility is Lesbian owned so our staff tends to be predominately women. We have hired men in the past. But they never stayed long."
Opening the next file, I asked, "Are those files here as well?"
"They'd be near the bottom. The last left about three years ago," she said.
I thumbed open the first file. My mind kept tripping over the fact that we only had three women on staff at the coroner's office and the truth was I couldn't picture any of them as suspects.
I went on scanning the second and third files wondering how far Eddie would go on this hunt before he turned his sights back on me.
The second to the last file in stack stopped me as I stared at the photo in disbelief. The name read Grace Farris, but the facial structure and eyes pointed to someone else. I read on, finding out that Grace Farris had cofounded the clinic here with Dr. Erin Smyth.
"Eddie, do you know where Greg Harris is right now?"
"There are other cases to be worked. I'm sure your assistant is at the morgue."
"We better hurry."
Downstairs as we got back into Eddie's GTO I asked, "Can you have dispatch upload whatever they have on Grace Farris?"
Eddie handed me the mic. "Do it yourself, Doc, I gotta drive." He slammed the shift lever into reverse and punched it, throwing me into the dash. "You'd better buckle up first."
Siren screaming and thrown back in my seat, I pulled the strap across my lap, catching the edge of the belt as it crossed the squared corner of my Kindle. It reminded me that Cy was missing as well. I pulled the tablet out of my jacket and hit the power button.
The Cybertron book cover flashed in the upper corner so I hit it and the chat screen opened once again. There were three messages waiting.

Sorry for the loss of contact, Pitbull. I told you that you shouldn't have given out my number. I caught echoes of someone tracking me, so I trashed my place and headed for higher ground.

FBI file on Diane Parsons shows a significant other as Grace Farris. She graduated from The University of Texas Health Science Center and co-founded the Texrepro fertility clinic.

Unable to contact Mark Peterson. Something's wrong, Doc. He's dropped completely off the grid. I couldn't even get a hit on his cell phone. Someone's pulled the battery or doused it in water. You'll have to find him on your own.

I typed in a new message. Are you online, Cy?

What can I do you for, Doc?

Can you link me up with the surveillance video you set up in the lab?

Three seconds later a window opened on my screen, showing Greg/Grace preparing for an autopsy. I panned the camera around to show me the pale face of the body on the table. It was Mark.
Oh my God. I'm too late.
I continued to rotate the camera's view searching for any sign of life, but Mark didn't move a muscle. I was just about ready to tell Eddie he could slow down when I noticed the tube sticking out of Mark's trachea. It ran under the table where I guessed a respirator kept Mark alive.
I knew then we had less time than I'd thought. Greg...or Grace, I should say, must have been keeping Mark immobilized with Succinylcholine-He could see and feel everything she did to him, but he couldn't move a muscle, not even to breathe. The respirator was there to keep oxygen flowing through his body, and by the looks of it she was going to cut out his organs one at a time just like she would in any other autopsy. The only exception here was that she would need to clamp off his arteries to keep him alive as long as possible.
We were at least twenty minutes away so I keyed up Eddie's radio. "Dispatch, this is Dr. Gristler. Come in."
"Dr. Gristler. This is a police band and you are still under suspension."
"Listen, Carol, There's no time to explain. My assistant Greg is about to perform a live autopsy on Mark Peterson. They're at the coroner's office. You've got to send someone over to stop her."
"Her? You're not making any sense, Doc."
"Greg Harris is an alias. Her real name is Grace Farris. Now hurry please. Mark doesn't have much time."
Eddie hauled a..$ through the streets of Laredo, running lights and dodging traffic. We screeched to a stop next to the loading ramp. Cop cars circled the lot.
I stayed a couple of steps behind as Eddie jumped out of his car and marched up to the Officer in charge. "Lieutenant Mann. What's going down here, Sir"
"We've got a hostage situation. Swat is on the way." He stopped speaking as I stepped up beside Eddie.
"Go on. The Doc's in the clear."
"The perp's got a man on his table. He swears the guys alive and that he'll slit his throat if we don't back off. Frankly I think the guy on the table's already dead."
"Mark's alive," I lifted my Kindle and shook it side to side. "Look Eddie, I might be able to talk her down with this."
"Let me escort him in." Eddie asked.
Lieutenant Mann nodded, giving Eddie the go ahead.
I followed Eddie inside. It felt strange being led through a hallway that I had trod through a thousand times or more over the last eight years. We took the elevator to the morgue in the basement. The doors opened to cops in full riot gear, guns drawn and aimed at the center table where Grace, dressed as Greg in teal scrubs held a scalpel over Marks carotid artery.
"Stay back, Doc. did this. You and this slimy excuse for a human being." She lifted her free hand and b*..h slapped Mark across the face. "You two put a murderer back out on the streets. He violated her...and killed her along with our son."
"Kenneth Mabry didn't kill Diane."
"Shut up! You don't get to say her name. You'd be in prison if this slime ball hadn't interfered." She backhanded Mark a second time across the face. Blood rushed to the skin, turning his cheek red, giving proof that he was still alive.
"They caught the real murderer in Mexico." I waved my Kindle and then tossed it onto Mark's chest. Have a look for yourself. Just pull up the file for Lorenzo Estevez."
"No it's a trick. Just get the hell out of here!"
I turned to Eddie. "She's not going to give in with five guns pointed her way. Why don't you and your men fall back to the main floor?"
"She's itching to take a chunk out you too, Doc. You sure you want us to pull back."
"It's the only way to save Mark..."
"Alright Grace, the cops are leaving. It's just you, me and Mark. Now, look at the file."
Grace picked up the tablet and thumbed open Lorenzo's file. She just scanned over the pages at first. But something in there drew her full sight to the tablet. Probably the ring with starburst patterns on either side of the cross in the center. Each of his victims bore its reverse pattern on their necks. It was one of the facts the police had held from the press, but being in forensics for four years, Grace had undoubtedly gone over every inch of Diane's case.
"Oh my God! What have I done?" Eyes filled with tears, Grace lifted her gaze to me. "I'm so sorry, Doc. I promise you, your wife didn't suffer. None of the women did. I thought...It hurt so much. I got so angry when I found out that you and your lawyer had set the man who raped and murdered...I vowed to make you and all the men responsible, pay."
"Drop the knife, Grace. It's time to turn yourself in."
Grace lowered the scalpel. It clanked against the metal tray that held a variety of instruments not unlike what you might find in a torturers tool kit. These were tools of my trade, rib spreaders, bone saws and hooks.
Mark was still immobilized as I put an arm around the woman who had killed my wife and led her to the elevator. I punched the up button and waited.
A single chime was all the warning I had. Cops lined the back wall of the elevator car, guns drawn and ready to fire. Grace shoved me to the side and raised the scalpel I thought she'd dropped and charge through the opening door. Four shots rang through my head like the crack of thunder, echoing over and over as Grace slumped to the floor, her blood pooling beneath her body. I often wonder now which is worse. Seeking revenge or actually getting it. I'm not saying that I forgave Grace for killing my wife or those other three women. And I'm not saying she didn't get what she deserved. But I know deep inside where the darkness hides in all of us, that I was less than an inch from doing exactly what Grace had done.

* * *

Eddie drove me to the impound lot and made sure they released my Nexus SUV. They had destroyed the left rear tire so the spare, run-in-tire took its place. As I started the engine and put it in drive, the cold lump in my chest returned. I drove through town on auto pilot-not really paying attention, just following that path I taken many times.
A couple of questions still remained as I got on the 35 and headed home.
What was going on between Barb and Cybertron and what was she going to discuss with me before I got called away?
Those questions plagued my mind until I turned onto the gravel drive and saw a full sized Hummer parked next to the house. Cy hopped out of the driver's side and met me as I parked.
"Barb never got a chance to tell you, but we lived in the same foster home for a year. She was fifteen and six months pregnant when the Carter's took her in."
I heard the other door of the Hummer open and close.
"She gave the baby up for adoption, but she kept tabs on her through me until about a year ago."
A teenaged girl walked up behind Cy. She had Barb's nose and chin.
"There was a car accident and Barb's daughter was put into foster care. I finally found her. Barb told me that you were the best thing that ever happened to her. She didn't have it easy in foster care. Her last wish was that her child wouldn't have to go through what she did."
Tears flooded my sight. "Let me guess. You think Barb would want me to take-what's her name?"
Cy nudged the girl up to the window. "Doc, this is Michelle. Michelle, meet Dr. David Pitbull Gristler.
Michelle's smile melted the cold lump in my chest. "Nice to meet you Dr. Gristler."
Cy opened my door. "Well, how `bout it Doc? I've...a hem...pulled a few strings and cleared the paperwork so she can be your daughter if want her."
My eyes still misty with tears of joy, I stood and opened my arms to embrace her. "How can I say no?"
Michele extended her hand instead and I took it, realizing I'd have to go slow and earn her trust the way I had had to with her mother.

Posted on Nov 4, 2012 10:52:12 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 4, 2012 11:40:15 PM PST
Leo Little says:
Irish M - Tuesday, November 6: start time: 5-6 am EST
Ketta - Wednesday, November 7: start time 4-5am EST
Charlie-bird - Thursday, November 8 Start time: 7:00 am Central (probably earlier)
Lover of Books - Friday, Nov. 9 start time: 12:30 am PST
Kay Kay - Saturday, November 10: start time 12:30-1:30 am EST
Zoo Keeper - Sunday, November 11: start time 6:00-7:00 am EST
Leonard Little - Monday, November 12 start time: 12:30 am PST
Robb - Friday, Nov 16th: start time 11pm to Midnight pst
TnT - Saturday, Nov 17th: start time 7-8 CST at latest
Zoo Keeper - Tuesday, Nov 20th: start time 6-7 am EST

Open Dates:

Tuesday, November 13
Wednesday, November 14
Thursday, November 15
Sunday, November 18
Monday, November 19

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Choose an available day, copy/paste schedule into a post and add your info. If you'd love to start, but are unsure of how, let us know. We will happily walk you through.
Thank You!

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...

Barbequed Chicken
1 whole fryer
2 tbsp Olive oil
1 tbsp garlic salt
1tbsp Pappy's barbeque seasoning...or any good dry rub
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 ½ cups KC Masterpiece BBQ sauce...or your favorite blend

Remove both wings, cutting through the joint under the breasts and fold into triangle. Remove both thighs from the body with the legs attached. Strip off skin and sever leg at the joint. Now take the carcass and turn it so that the large cavity faces up. Cut straight through removing the back from the breasts. Separate the rib portion of the back from the tail. Remove the top skin with a very sharp knife. Now drive the point of your knife through the breast bone and divide the breast in half. Remove the skin then turn sideways and cut a filet, leaving about ¾ in of meat on the bone.

Put chicken parts in a large bowl then add all the dry ingredients along with the oil. Mix with your hands until all the pieces are coated.

I light my gas grill and put a sheet of foil over the grates then spray it with canola or a high temp oil spray. Set to high and cook 8 min
Turn chicken and coat top with barbeque sauce. Turn burners to low and cook another 8 min
Turn chicken a third time adding sauce to the top and cook 3 min
Turn chicken last time and cook 3 min. remove from grill and let set five minutes before serving.

Time are based on my may need to add time. Flesh should be firm to the touch when done. Charcoal grills should add 5 min to each turn...depending on how close your food is to the coals...

Double Apple crisp

4 Medium Granny smith apples
1 medium Fuji apple
½ cup apple juice
1/2 cup splenda
2 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp corn starch
¼ cup water
1/3 cup flour
1/3 cup rolled oats
½ cup brown sugar
4 tbsp melted butter

Peel and core the apples, but don't throw away the peels. Put the peels in the blender with apple juice, puree and pour into a large saucepan. Slice apples into ¼ inch wedges add to the apple puree. Stir in ½ tsp salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and splenda heat until apples soften about ten minutes on medium heat. Mix cornstarch and water and add to saucepan stirring constantly to thicken filling. Cook a minute or so more and remove from heat and pour into a nonstick coated 9 in square pan.

Preheat oven 375 degrees F
Put melted butter in a medium sized bowl and add flour brown sugar oats and the rest of the salt. Stir with a fork to make the crumble topping then sprinkle it over the apple filling.

Bake for 35-40 minutes let cool 30 minutes and serve with vanilla ice cream

Yesterday's link

Birthday and Anniversary link.

Edited all three because most of this is a first draft and I made a ton of mistakes, some I'm sure I still

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2012 12:24:37 AM PST
4Nbahu says:
Well Mr. Leonard Little, that was quite a finish....Hopefully it won't be the end of the Monday Matinee. That Double Apple Crisp recipe looks yummy. I'll have to try that when the apples come in season here. Wishing you well.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 12:58:53 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 5, 2012 1:01:50 AM PST
Leo Little says:
No not the end I have a holiday themed story coming up next.

ETA This one is already have to get my butt....I mean gear and get my second book of the fantasy series finished

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 3:47:34 AM PST
Scary Sandy says:
From my wish list
A Texan's Honor: The Heart of a Hero Book #2

Leo, Great ending to the story.......
Now get your fingers typing on that second book.....
Great people are waiting......

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 4:38:50 AM PST
*~Aimee~* says:
Monday, November 5th 2012, 03:43 AM PST (295)

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 4:49:26 AM PST
*~Aimee~* says:
Ghosts: The Complete Series (All 8 Books)

from my wish list
but also has these free:
Dark Season: The Last Vampire

Broken Blue (The Broken Trilogy book 1)

The New Girl (Asylum 1.1)

The Civil Dead (Dark Season IV)

The Sickening King (The Grid II)

Plague Fingers (Ghosts VI) (this was is included in the box set that was in my wish list)

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 6:01:10 AM PST
Leo, great story! Thanks so much for sharing with us!

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 6:05:37 AM PST
Suze says:
Thanks Leo!

Love the ending. Would you call your work a "short story" or a "novella"?

Looking forward to holiday story!

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 6:10:45 AM PST
robb says:
Thanks for the story. I was going to ask about maple bars but then I saw they were available. I am also adding the Apple crisp to my growing recipe list.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 6:12:03 AM PST
Suze says:
@ Oregon Fiddler

You asked me how many trick or treaters we had Sat. night......29, which is low, but they all came the first hour and none the second hour. So for awhile I thought I might even run out of treat bags. A big box of treat bags went to my husband's office this am.....hope they don't try to eat the Laffy Taffy and all crack their dentures!! : )

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2012 6:15:20 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 5, 2012 6:42:14 AM PST
Leo Little says:
I think it's still a short story novellas usually have more than 20000 words this one has 13300 or so

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2012 6:45:11 AM PST
Grammiam says:
Suze... I'd worry about one of my crowns coming off!
Only 29 kids? Can't remember if I posted it here or expats, but we had our usual 150. They are all so cute!

Found one today...
Old World Murder (A Chloe Ellefson Mystery)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2012 6:56:11 AM PST
robb says:
We had our usual as well - zero. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2012 6:56:12 AM PST
Suze says:
Hi Grammiam,

Wow, that's a lot of kids! I wore my witch's hat when I answered the door and it's funny to see the reactions! Very cute!

When I worked concession stands and kids would come up to buy candy, it was never the chocolate stuff, but it was exploding Nerds and Sour Patch and Swedish Fish and especially Laffy Taffy they always wanted so I put all that stuff in my treat bags and I'm not tempted to eat it!

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 7:15:46 AM PST
Good morning all :) Thank you for the start Leo.

A few of my quick picks this morning:
Old World Murder (A Chloe Ellefson Mystery) - Kathleen Ernst - Mystery/Thriller
Robin's Blue - Pam Alster - Literary Fiction
All That Glisters Is Not Silver (Little Wychwell Mysteries) - Stella Stafford - Mystery/Thriller
Saving Gerda - Lilian Darcy - Contemporary Fiction
Strains From An Aeolian Harp - Emma Rose Millar - Historical Fiction

Link to a wishlist on Amazon for Staten Island Relief Centre:

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 7:30:13 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 5, 2012 8:07:55 AM PST
Good Morning All! Leo that finish took my breath away! Great job!!! I've gone back and read 3 maybe 4 days worth of posts trying to finalize the plans for our December Book Discussion and to see where we are at in planning for the 2013 discussions. I've tried to honor as many voices as I could and read what wasn't being said by other posters. Here is the info for December. I'll post the 2013 status in another post:

December Book Discussion Information-

*Book selected- RISE OF THE DRAKYN (Sword of Souls)- Fantasy (NOT FREE NOW is $2.99) by Leonard Little
*Date to be held- Friday Dec 7, 2012
*Length of this discussion is approximately 90 minutes, a 60 minute discussion followed by a 30 minute Meet the Author/Q&A session
*Time- 6 PM PST/7 PM MST/8 PM CST/9 PM EST
*Hostess for this session- Smurphy
*Co-hostesses- Kindlana (if she doesn't have to go to a Christmas party that night & myself)
*Nomination Gatherer/Vote Counter for next discussion- Courtney (Home Cook)
*Where- In a separate thread in the forum (it's just too confusing to run it within this thread). A link will be posted over here in FB&C shortly after it is opened so folks can easily find it.
***Nominations for books for the Jan. discussion will open shortly after the Dec discussion ends in a separate thread (so start jotting down books you might want to cover) and will be left open for approximately 24-25 hours. Then a list of books to vote on will go up and again be available to make your vote in the same thread as nominations for another 24-25 hours with a winner then announced within that thread and over here.

***Please do NOT nominate more then 3 books for any discussion. Suggestion- allow the voters to vote for their first and second choice and make them worth 1 point for second, 2 points for first.

Thanks to all who voiced opinions, helped shape this first one, to Leo for agreeing to come in at the end for an author session and to those who have filled the needed roles in order to run. I hope to see many of you there and I suspect Smurphy will post reminders of this info as we get closer to that day...

Questions? Ask them...

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 7:35:52 AM PST
robb says:
Yesterday was rather quiet so I am posting the latest list.

After today additions can be made (because we have new people
coming on board) but the list itself will reside in the cloud.

Please check it over to make sure you are
1) on the list if you want to be
2) Your birthday and / or Anniversary are correct

01 - D Beck (Dar) - BD
05 - Pat McGloghlon - BD
07 - Josie - BD
11 - BubbaK: Kelly - Ann
15 - Red Rose - Ann
29 - A. Mitchell - Ann
29 - seedlady my - BD

04 - Red Rose - BD
12 - dharts - BD
16 - LKS - Ann
17 - juleegee - Ann
17 - robin killingbeck - BD
24 - Zoo Keeper - Ann
28 - SDR Marla - BD
28 - Kathy - BD

02 - Elizabeth S H - BD
02 - Robb - Ann
08 - B England (Brenda) - BD
31 - JoJoPALS - BD

03 - westcoaster - BD
03 - MaryAnn - BD
10 - Courtney - Ann
18 - Ingrid - Ann
21 - Kay Kay - BD
27 - Robb - BD
28 - Mo - BD

02 - KY Bk Addict - BD
17 - Terry B in ME
18 - LOB - BD
20 - OregonDreamer (Marilyn) - Ann
22 - Becky - Ann
30 - Grammiam - BD

02 - Kindlana - BD
14 - OregonFiddler - BD
14 - Linda B - BD
22 - Walklvr - BD
27 - B England (Brenda) - ANN
29 - Barbara - BD
29 - S King - BD

01 - Beeming Thanks (BMW) - BD
05 - Kindlana - Ann
10 - Suze - BD
18 - LKS - BD
24 - JD - BD
28 - Nospin - BD

02 - OregonFiddler - Ann
04 - Panger - BD
07 - Leo - Ann
08 - Ingrid - BD
08 - Scary Sandy Shops - BD
09 - Rocky the Book Worm - BD
10 - BJ - BD
13 - A. Mitchell - BD
13 - juleegee - BD
14 - elainb - ANN
15 - DonnaBeeGood - ANN
20 - Zoo Keeper - BD
23 - TerryInTexas - BD
23 - Grammiam - Ann
24 - MamaSody - Ann
29 - C-Bird - BD

02 - Tyger0902 - BD
02 - MaryAnn - ANN
04 - Kajola (Kathy) - BD
20 - fourthdaymom - Ann
21 - Becky - BD
23 - Celestial Kitty Wanted a Pony; Got Cthulhu - BD
26 - booknuts - BD
27 - MamaSody - BD

01 - fourthdaymom - BD
05 - A Adams - BD
05 - isanythingopen - BD
06 - TiUTiger - BD
07 - Suze - Ann
15 - Kajola (Kathy) - Ann
17 - Courtney - BD
19 - Mrs Snoopy Landcaster - BD
20 - LOB - Ann
21 - *~Aimee~* - BD
22 - *~Aimee~* - ANN
24 - SDR Marla - Ann
27 - Irish M - BD
27 - OregonDreamer (Marilyn) - BD

04 - Ann - BD
03 - Aroura - BD
10 - Ketta - BD
10 - elaineb - BD
16 - Leo - BD
17 - DesertSkys - BD
17 - CruisenreaderMamaw - BD
18 - DonnaBeGood - BD
19 - BubbaK: Kelly - BD
19 - bethcross - BD
23 _ whoops - BD
24 - Janine - BD
30 - Avid Reader (Liz) - BD

15 - MelissaShaw - BD
17 - Janine - Ann
26 - TiUTiger - Ann (will be #42)

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 7:39:13 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 5, 2012 8:02:28 AM PST
Denise Long says:
Great start, Leonard Little.
I must try that Double Apple Crisp recipe.
Sounds delicious.

My picks:

Robin's Blue
All That Glisters Is Not Silver (Little Wychwell Mysteries)
God King of Angkor: A Novel of Tyranny
Harry's Lament (The Harry Neal and Cat Mystery Series)
Circle Of Friends 25 Breakfast & Brunch Recipes

Happy reading
have fun! :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2012 7:39:49 AM PST
robb says:
As one having to reread all those posts, I can sympathize. Thanks for organizing all of this.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 7:48:58 AM PST
robb says:
Sorry about the game

What is your favorite birthday meal?

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 7:50:09 AM PST
bethcross says:
Hi everyone.

From the Archives:
My Clockwork Muse (The Poe Files Mysteries) (Jan 28; This is one for the Poe fans, and if you don't have it yet, grab it while it's free!)
Cedardale Court (The First Road) (Apr 30)
Cooking the Books: A Sloane Templeton Mystery (July 5)
Thy Fearful Symmetry (Aug 22)

New Today:
All That Glisters Is Not Silver (Little Wychwell Mysteries)
Pet Sitter: A Jenna Stack Mystery (Jenna Stack Mysteries)
Ghosts: The Complete Series (All 8 Books)
Old World Murder (A Chloe Ellefson Mystery)
The Driftwood Diaries

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 7:51:13 AM PST
bethcross says:
Also New Today:

Broken Blue (The Broken Trilogy book 1) (Thanks Aimee!!)
Robin's Blue (Thanks DonnaBeeGood!!)

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 7:56:50 AM PST
bethcross says:
Also new and free today:

The Cooper Collection - All 69 Stories

Hard to keep up with Bill, he's so prolific!! Every couple of weeks I have to manually check for Bill's latest collections because he doesn't show up on ereaderiq. These collections are a great way to get all the Cooper stories, but you have to keep adding and deleting because Bill turns them out almost constantly, lol!!!!!
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