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Initial post: Jan 9, 2014 8:27:31 PM PST
It's again time for the Free Books and Chat nomination of a discussion book. This time we're selecting a book for a discussion to be held on February 6, 2014.

Until Saturday, January 11 at 6 PM PDT/9 PM EDT, anyone may nominate books in this thread. We will vote on a maximum of 15 nominated books from Saturday night until Sunday night at 6 PM PDT/9 PM EDT.


Anyone may nominate up to 3 books. They must have been free within the last 6 weeks. Lurkers Welcome!

We will not accept nominations by a book's author.

After you make a nomination, please remember to return on Saturday night or Sunday to vote. Anyone may vote even if they did not make a nomination.

Book discussion starts at 5 PST/6 MST/7 Central/8 EST and usually runs for about an hour. Comments can always be left later if that timing does not work out for you.

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Looking forward to seeing what people have found to nominate :)

Posted on Jan 9, 2014 9:02:24 PM PST
Louisiana Longshot (A Miss Fortune Mystery)
The Kane Chronicles, Book One: The Red Pyramid
Don't Dare a Dame (Maggie Sullivan mysteries)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2014 9:15:57 PM PST
Thank you, Nospin. I'm going to think on my nominations until tomorrow morning.

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 3:12:33 AM PST

Castle Cay (Julie O'Hara Mystery Series)

Hiding the Past (The Forensic Genealogist #1)

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 4:49:01 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 11, 2014 2:56:06 AM PST
redandwhite says:
1. Charlie and Pearl by Tammy Robinson (was free 7, 8 & 9 Dec 2013)

2. The Soundtrack of Rose (Epic Coming of Age Story) by Knight's Realm - Currently free

3. All the Dancing Birds by Auburn McCanta (was free 6th to 10th Dec 2013)

Edited to add 2 more books

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 11:11:33 AM PST
The Wronged Sons - John Marrs - Crime/Mystery/Thriller - currently free

Up The Garden Path - J. P. Levi - Literary Fiction - currently free

Middle Watch: a Romantic Suspense Novel - Loretta Proctor - Historical Fiction - currently free

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 2:57:36 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 10, 2014 3:07:18 PM PST
KayKay says:
1. The Lake (The Lake Trilogy, Book 1)

2. Book of Mercy

3. The Kane Chronicles, Book One: The Red Pyramid

Gotta check myk for more possibilities.
Eta addition picks

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 3:22:32 PM PST
Scary Sandy says:
1. The Lake (The Lake Trilogy, Book 1)

2. Hopeless

3. Silence

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2014 3:36:38 PM PST
My dog's name is Leila. I would laugh while reading, hearing, "...wanna go outside...?" and "...ready to eat...?" every time the name is read. :0)

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 6:43:39 PM PST
JoJoPNW says:
A Cold Day for Murder (Kate Shugak #1) - still free

Louisiana Longshot (A Miss Fortune Mystery) - still free

Book of Mercy - still free

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 7:38:24 PM PST
Lenora says:
Louisiana Longshot (A Miss Fortune Mystery) still free

The Kane Chronicles, Book One: The Red Pyramid

A Cold Day for Murder (Kate Shugak #1) still free

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 9:35:37 PM PST
Elle says:
Kissing My Old Life Au Revoir

The Starry Child (The Starry Child Series)

Mom of the Year - still free

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 10:10:50 PM PST
Very nice - so far we have 17 books nominated, several of them with more than one nomination. Still time to get in your choices, new participants always welcome.

Posted on Jan 11, 2014 6:05:53 PM PST
Thank you all for nominating books - I'll have the voting list up shortly.

Posted on Jan 11, 2014 6:16:28 PM PST
And, here in the next two posts, are the 15 books that we will be voting on for the next book discussion:

A) All the Dancing Birds - Auburn McCanta

Lillie Claire Glidden is unraveling. She knows she's in trouble when she finds her wallet and keys deep in the refrigerator, smelling of lettuce and forgetfulness. And not even her favorite California red wine can dull the pain of the dreaded diagnosis: Alzheimer's.
As language starts to fail her and words disappear, Lillie Claire is determined to find a way to pass on the lessons she learned as a child on a Southern porch. Surrounded by family and caregivers, she fights to hold on to the details of her life, and to recognize the woman in the mirror for as long as possible.
Told from Lillie Claire's perspective, All the Dancing Birds offers beautiful and terrifying insight into the secret mind of those touched-and ultimately changed-by the mystery of Alzheimer's disease.

B) Book of Mercy - Sherry Roberts

A town banning books.
One woman stands against the censors--and she can't read. Can she win?
There's more worth fighting for than you can ever imagine.

C) Castle Cay (Julie O'Hara Mystery Series) - Lee Hanson

When her best friend is murdered, Julie O'Hara, a body language expert, packs up her suspicion and flies to Boston for his funeral. Who could have killed rising artist Marc Solomon, and what does Castle Cay, the Solomon's mysterious Caribbean island, have to do with it? Before long, Julie's sixth-sense pulls a hidden string that unravels a deadly conspiracy...and her own troubled past.

D) Charlie and Pearl - Tammy Robinson

Charlie is slightly chubby and the occasional reader of women's lifestyle magazines, not that he'd ever admit that down at the pub to the guys. Lover of an occasional takeaway and a more frequent beer, he lives with his mum in the same small coastal town where he was born and works in the local bookshop, with a boss who thinks the country is at war and wears a pot on
his head for a helmet.
Pearl has fled to her grandmother's beach house for some time out and to heal after the end of a relationship left her with a life altering revelation.
Their paths collide and Charlie falls instantly in love, although Pearl takes some convincing. She has a secret; one she knows may prevent them from living their happy ever after.
Charlie and Pearl is a quirky love story. It's a story of unconventional love; of finding that spare part you never knew you were missing, and of what happens when love is simply not enough.

E) A Cold Day for Murder (Kate Shugak #1) - Dana Stabenow

Somewhere in the hinterlands of Alaska, among the millions of sprawling acres that comprise "The Park," a young National Park Ranger has gone missing. When the detective sent after him also vanishes, the Anchorage DA's department must turn to their reluctant former investigator, Kate Shugak. Shugak knows The Park because she's of The Park, an Aleut who left her home village of Niniltna to pursue education, a career, and the righting of wrongs. Kate's search for the missing men will take her from self-imposed exile back to a life she'd left behind, and face-to-face with people and problems she'd hoped never to confront again.

F) Don't Dare a Dame (Maggie Sullivan mysteries) - M. Ruth Myers

Depression-era private investigator Maggie Sullivan risks losing her P.I. license - and her life - when two spinsters hire her to learn the fate of their father, who vanished twenty-six years earlier. She's barely started when her main suspect commits suicide and Maggie is summoned before the powerful chief of police. A stroke of his pen will revoke her license, and he warns her he's getting complaints about her from City Hall.
With her livelihood on the line, fortified by a nip of gin and her .38, the intrepid detective follows a trail all but obliterated by time and the catastrophic Dayton flood of 1913 in which the vanished man went missing. It leads her to a local politician with bigger ambitions - and possibly secrets to hide. It takes her into dime stores, cheap hotels, and a violent ambush by men wearing brass knuckles.
As a cop wages a wily campaign to win her affections, and a rag-tag newsboy pushes to become her assistant, crimes of the past explode in the present. Maggie fights to survive foes who must destroy her to destroy each other.
Fans of strong women sleuths and historical atmosphere have dubbed this tough little private investigator "Sam Spade in a skirt."

G) Hiding the Past (The Forensic Genealogist #1) - Nathan Dylan Goodwin

Peter Coldrick had no past; that was the conclusion drawn by years of personal and professional research. Then he employed the services of one Morton Farrier, Forensic Genealogist - a stubborn, determined man who uses whatever means necessary to uncover the past. With the Coldrick Case, Morton faces his toughest and most dangerous assignment yet, where all of his investigative and genealogical skills are put to the test. However, others are also interested in the Coldrick family, people who will stop at nothing, including murder, to hide the past. As Morton begins to unearth his client's mysterious past, he is forced to confront his own family's dark history, a history which he knows little about.

H) Hopeless - Colleen Hoover

Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies.
That's what Sky Davis realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she's never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of their first encounter.
Sky struggles to keep him at a distance, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. Unable to deny their intense connection, Sky finally caves to his unwavering pursuit. However, she soon discovers that Holder's erratic and unpredictable behavior comes with a very good explanation. One that will ultimately test her faith in the hopeless boy she's fallen in love with.

Posted on Jan 11, 2014 6:17:17 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 11, 2014 6:31:07 PM PST
I) The Kane Chronicles, Book One: The Red Pyramid - Rick Riordan

From the creator of the hit Percy Jackson series, this new fantasy brings ancient Egyptian mythology to life in a vivid modern-day setting.

J) Kissing My Old Life Au Revoir - Eliza Watson

Event planner Samantha Hunter is prepared for a few challenges when escorting a group of good ole boy beer distributors to Paris, the city of haute cuisine and fine wines. However, she doesn't foresee being passed up for a promotion because she is too professional and doesn't knock back beers with her clients.
Her focus soon switches from landing the well-deserved promotion to finding her free-spirited sister, who lives in Paris and has disappeared, leaving behind family secrets to be uncovered. A sexy puppeteer helps Samantha search for clues to her sister's whereabouts and teaches her to embrace her inner child. And a funeral-crashing psychic demonstrates the importance of living life to the fullest. It takes Samantha's life spiraling out of control for her to finally get a life.

K) The Lake (The Lake Trilogy, Book 1) - AnnaLisa Grant

At 17, Layla Weston is already starting over. Having lost both her parents and grandparents, and with nowhere else to go, Layla is moving from Florida to a small town in North Carolina to live with the only family she has left: her estranged uncle and aunt.
The last five years of Layla's life were spent appeasing her lessthan-loving grandmother, followed by being her grandfather's caretaker. Growing old before her time, Layla lost her identity. Now she must learn how to allow herself to be the one cared for and loved.
Life takes an unexpected turn when Layla meets Will Meyer. His breathtaking good looks are enough to catch her eye, but his sincerity and passion are everything she needs to find the strength and confidence she lost - and lead her into love.
When tragedy once again strikes Layla's life, her hope is all but completely crushed. Through it all, Layla learns what it means to truly love and be loved.

L) Louisiana Longshot (A Miss Fortune Mystery) - Jana DeLeon

It was a hell of a longshot...
CIA assassin Fortune Redding is about to undertake her most difficult mission ever - in Sinful, Louisiana.
With a leak at the CIA and a price on her head by one of the world's largest arms dealers, Fortune has to go off grid, but she never expected to be this far out of her element. Posing as a former beauty queen turned librarian in a small, bayou town seems worse than death to Fortune, but she's determined to fly below the radar until her boss finds the leak and puts the arms dealer out of play.
Unfortunately, she hasn't even unpacked a suitcase before her newly-inherited dog digs up a human bone in her backyard. Thrust into the middle of a bayou murder mystery, Fortune teams up with a couple of seemingly-sweet old ladies whose looks completely belie their hold on the town. To top things off, the handsome local deputy is asking her too many questions. If she's not careful, this investigation may blow her cover and get her killed.
Armed with her considerable skills and a group of old ladies referred to by locals as The Geritol Mafia, Fortune has no choice but to solve the murder...before it's too late.

M) Middle Watch: a Romantic Suspense Novel - Loretta Proctor

Middle Watch is a time when a man alone on a lighthouse in those wee small hours feels he's the only person in the world.
A man awake and alone in the darkness of the night has time to think, and sometimes those thoughts turn towards revenge and hate.
Bridie O'Neill was taken in as a baby by Dad Joe, whom she adores as if he were her real father. Unfortunately, Joe is away at sea most of the time and Bridie has grown up under the thumb of his mean-spirited wife, Millie, and her two bullying sons. The only joy in her life comes from the beautiful coastline near their home and Joe's occasional visits.
When things come to a head between Bridie and Millie, Joe realises he needs to take Bridie - and himself - away from his poisonous wife. He starts a job as a lighthouse keeper at Longships Light. Bridie's life is transformed by this new life close to the wild Cornish seas. There she meets the dark, brooding Ryan, son of the Principal Keeper. The two young people fall deeply in love with one another.
But Joe's family are not ready to let Bridie go. She is haunted by the idea that Millie will come after her, and Joe's older son Jim is starting to look at Bridie with a most unbrotherly interest. Wanting to escape the emotional turmoil and prove herself, Bridie sets out on her own to find work in London - but her actions set forth a chain of events that will end in tragedy on a lonely lighthouse amongst the crashing waves of the sea...

N) Silence - Natasha Preston

For eleven years, Oakley Farrell has been silent. At the age of five, she stopped talking, and no one seems to know why. Refusing to communicate beyond a few physical actions, Oakley remains in her own little world.
Bullied at school, she has just one friend, Cole Benson. Cole stands by her, refusing to believe that she is not perfect the way she is. Over the years, they have developed their own version of a normal friendship. However, will it still work as they start to grow even closer?
When Oakley is forced to face someone from her past, can she hold her secret in any longer?

O) The Starry Child (The Starry Child Series) - Lynn Hanna

If you enjoy the extraordinary stories of Diana Gabaldon, Karen Marie Moning, and the paranormal works of Nora Roberts...
THE STARRY CHILD is a spell-binding, unforgettable story of a star-crossed love that survives through the ages, a tale as timeless as the mystic Scottish legends and forbidden lovers among the heather of long ago. Yet it is as vibrant and alive in the present day as those whose fates now hang in the balance. It's the story of a young mother who learns that her own destiny is forever tied to a man she hardly knows, a man of the Highlands. Yet in her heart, she realizes that he's someone she has always known. And at the center of it all lies an undying love held in secret by a little girl.
Since the tragic death of her father, eight-year-old Sasha Nielson has not spoken a word. Her mother, Rainey, has taken her to doctors and therapists, but medical science has not found the cause or the cure for Sasha's silence. There are days when her behavior is baffling, even potentially dangerous, particularly during lightning storms. The authorities threaten to take Sasha away and time is running out.
One man sees beyond Sasha's mysteries. Matt Macinnes is a gifted professor of ancient languages, a man who senses that there is a key to Sasha's silence, that she may in fact be guarding a secret of such profound and terrifying dimensions that it staggers the imagination. Only Matt can get Sasha to whisper her secrets, secrets she reveals to him in Old Gaelic, a language she has never had access to. Could this All-American little girl truly be carrying around the restless soul of an exiled Celtic queen of old?
More than that, Matt finds himself drawn to Rainey's amazing strength and beauty. He feels ties to her that he can't explain. But her protective instincts toward little Sasha have built a fortress around her heart, a barrier that only hard-won trust and absolute proof of his worthiness can tear down. He is devoted to both mother and daughter, but the mystery of Sasha's secret destiny must be solved before he can reveal the passionate truth that burns within him.
Rainey has fought to keep Sasha safe from the cruelty and ignorance of the world. She has tried everything to help Sasha overcome her silence, but in the end, Sasha's wordlessness has prevailed and stress and exhaustion are Rainey's constant companions. She can't fix things by herself, but she doesn't dare trust anyone else for fear others have a dark agenda that could lead to the loss of Sasha. Matt is very tempting. Aside from the fact that he has an almost mystical kind of attraction about him, it would be very easy to simply hand him her heart and her impossible responsibilities and let him take over for a while. Added to that, Sasha adores him at first sight. But is Matt only helping them in order to earn himself professional recognition and a hefty university grant? How can she deny being drawn to him with every breath she takes as if she has known and loved him for a thousand years? How can she dare to trust him when not only her heart is at stake, but Sasha's heart is in the balance as well?

Posted on Jan 11, 2014 6:39:32 PM PST
1. M Middle Watch: A Romantic Suspense Novel

2. C Castle Cay

3. A All The Dancing Birds

Posted on Jan 11, 2014 6:49:39 PM PST
2- O
3- C

Posted on Jan 11, 2014 6:58:02 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 12, 2014 5:42:00 AM PST
Lenora says:
1 L
2 E
3 G

Thanks for handling the nomination and voting for us! :D

Posted on Jan 11, 2014 7:06:07 PM PST
Scary Sandy says:
Donna, Thank-you so much for taking on the nomination and voting process for us again..
Anytime you want to take a break from it let me know.. I'm very willing to take a turn at it..

1. Silence

2. The Lake

3. Hopeless

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2014 7:12:02 PM PST
Sure Sandy, we can take turns, that sounds good :)

Posted on Jan 11, 2014 7:36:08 PM PST
Josie says:
1. A
2. B
3. M

Posted on Jan 11, 2014 7:44:42 PM PST
KayKay says:
1. -B

2. - I

3. - K

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2014 7:57:22 PM PST
1. L

2. D

3. J

Posted on Jan 12, 2014 9:01:19 AM PST
L Louisiana Longshot (A Miss Fortune Mystery)
C Castle Cay (Julie O'Hara Mystery Series)
J Kissing My Old Life Au Revoir
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