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Initial post: Dec 30, 2013 11:13:49 PM PST
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Welcome to Free Books and Chat for Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.
Happy New Year!

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Posted on Dec 30, 2013 11:14:22 PM PST
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Robb - Wednesday, January 1, Start Time: 10:00pm PDT
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Posted on Dec 30, 2013 11:14:52 PM PST
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Free Books and Chat Book Discussion

Yay! The votes are in, and have been tabulated. In an overwhelming win, our book for the next book discussion is

Firefly Beach by Meira Pentermann
When Beth LaMonte rents a cottage on the coast of Maine, she wishes only to withdraw and paint. A mysterious ball of light disturbs her peace and leads her to a secret beach where she finds the diary of a girl who disappeared in 1975. Now Beth is on a mission, not only to bury her own past, but to put to rest the spirit of Firefly Beach.

Looking forward to our first book discussion of 2014!

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A good book can take you anywhere, anytime.. Ann Key

Posted on Dec 30, 2013 11:15:25 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 1, 2015 2:01:37 AM PST
Happy New Year!!!!!!
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Thanks for the wonderful art.

Posted on Dec 30, 2013 11:24:03 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 30, 2013 11:30:04 PM PST
New Year's traditions explained

As 2013 comes to a close, USA TODAY Network takes a look at the origins of some of the world's most cherished New Year's traditions - from the familiar to some customs you may never have realized could provide good fortune in the year ahead.

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Times Square

Before the ball, there were fireworks. The first New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square in New York City was held in 1904, culminating in a fireworks show. When the city banned fireworks two years later, event organizers arranged to have a 700-pound iron and wood ball lowered down a pole, according to the Times Square website. In the years since, it's become a tradition for Americans to watch the ball start dropping at 11:59 p.m. and to count down the final seconds before the new year begins.

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Auld Lang Syne

The song literally means "old long ago." The work by 18th-century Scottish poet Robert Burns has endured the ages and spread beyond Scotland and throughout the English-speaking world. The song is about "the love and kindness of days gone by, but ... it also gives us a sense of belonging and fellowship to take into the future," according to, a website of the Scottish government.

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Kissing at midnight
Perhaps you'll have a New Year's Eve kiss that was the defining moment in a sweeping love story - like the one Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan shared in the 1989 movie When Harry Met Sally. Or maybe you'll pucker up with the person who happens to be standing next to you because, well, that's just what people do. But why? Not doing so will ensure a year of loneliness, according to tradition. The custom may date to ancient European times as a way to ward off evil spirits, the Montreal Gazette reports.

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Black-eyed peas

It's a tradition to eat Hoppin' John, a stew made of black-eyed peas, in the American South. "Many Southerners believed that the black-eyed peas symbolized coins and eating them insured economic prosperity for the coming year," wrote Frederick Douglass Opie, a food historian, in his blog Food As A Lens
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Colorful undies

In some Latin American countries, including Mexico and Brazil, it's believed the color of your undergarments will influence what kind of year you'll have. Tradition holds that yellow underwear will bring prosperity and success, red will bring love and romance, white will lead to peace and harmony and green will ensure health and well-being, according to Michael Kleinmann, editor of The Underwear Expert website.

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12 grapes
In Spain and some other Spanish-speaking countries, one New Year's custom is to eat 12 grapes for 12 months of good luck. But here's the catch: to bring about a year's worth of good fortune, you must start eating the grapes when the clock strikes midnight, then eat one for each toll of the clock. The best strategy? "Just take a solid bite and then swallow, pips and all," writes cookbook author Jeff Koehler on NPR's blog.

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Molten lead

Instead of reading tea leaves to tell the future, some in Germany and Austria read the molten lead. Here's how: Heat up some lead in a spoon. When it's melted, pour the molten lead into cold water. The shape of the lead will tell you what's ahead of you in the coming year (although the shapes are open to interpretation). If you don't want to actually melt metal, there's an app to do it for you.

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It's not surprising that China, the country that invented fireworks, also makes setting them off a central part of New Year's celebrations. It's believed the noise scares off evil spirits and misfortune. The Chinese observe the lunar new year, which this time falls on Jan. 31, 2014.

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Polka dots

Many in the Philippines wear polka dots because the circle represents prosperity. Coins are kept in pockets and "are jangled to attract wealth," according to Tagalog Lang, a website about Filipino language and culture.

Posted on Dec 30, 2013 11:33:12 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 30, 2013 11:36:49 PM PST
New Year's resolutions......

I found this list (it's not mine) of popular resolutions and thought I would share......

Popular goals include resolutions to:

1. Improve physical well-being: eat healthy food, lose weight, exercise more, eat better, drink less alcohol, quit smoking, stop biting nails, get rid of old bad habits
2. Improve mental well-being; think positive, laugh more often, enjoy life
3. Improve finances: get out of debt, save money, make small investments
4. Improve career: perform better at current job, get a better job, establish own business
5. Improve education: improve grades, get a better education, learn something new (such as a foreign language or music), study often, read more books, improve talents
6. Improve self: become more organized, reduce stress, be less grumpy, manage time, be more independent, perhaps watch less television, play fewer sitting-down video games
7. Take a trip
8. Volunteer to help others, practice life skills, use civic virtue, give to charity, volunteer to work part-time in a charity organization (NGO)
9. Get along better with people, improve social skills, enhance social intelligence
10. Make new friends
11. Spend quality time with family members
12. Settle down, get engaged/get married, have kids
13. Try foreign foods, discovering new cultures
14. Pray more, be closer to God, be more spiritual

Posted on Dec 30, 2013 11:38:30 PM PST
SO, With all of that to think about...
What color undies are you going to wear?
What will your New Year's Resolutions be?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2013 12:10:59 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 31, 2013 12:15:53 AM PST
My pleasure Sandy. I'm glad you could use it and it copied perfectly. Very interesting information. I think I'm going to need to send Rick out for some grapes tomorrow. ;o)

ETA... I have never made New Years resolutions.

Posted on Dec 31, 2013 12:12:44 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 31, 2013 12:15:32 AM PST
I'm thinking about striped undies...

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2013 12:18:02 AM PST
Lol :D

Posted on Dec 31, 2013 12:21:40 AM PST
Mo says:
@ Kajola Thank you so much for Deadly Holiday (A Deadly Trilogy Christmas Novella) Another book on the soon tbr-list.

@Bethcross I felt you needed a hug!!

@ Sandy thanks for the start

@ Wendy thanks for all you've done on this thread :-) I hope you're cold will be gone soon.

I hope everyone on the thread has a great new years eve and all the best for 2014!!

Now back to a few hours work before the celebrations start here.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2013 12:35:18 AM PST
Thank you Mo. You are very sweet. I hope your New Years is a special one and 2014 brings you good health, prosperity and some great vacations. Preferably some that include tropical locations and wonderful beaches. ;~)

Posted on Dec 31, 2013 1:07:48 AM PST
Scottsdale Heat (a humorous romantic mystery) (Laura Black Mysteries #1)

In this thrilling romantic adventure, Laura Black is an investigator for a highly successful Scottsdale law firm run by slightly shady Lenny Shapiro. She's hot on the trail of con-man Alexander Sternwood, the missing grandson of wealthy widow, Muffy Sternwood. It sounded like an easy case, at least until she was kidnapped by a couple of upset Russian hit-men named Boris and Ivan, then by two seriously psychotic brothers called Smith and Jones, then finally by Tough Tony DiCenzo, head of the largest crime family in Scottsdale. To top it off, she's found a dead body that seems to be a message directed toward her. Now, with the help of ex-cop Gina Rondinelli, a stripper named Danica, and her best friend Sophie, they need to make sure that a slightly illegal international jewel sale goes smoothly, or else. All of this pales in comparison, though, with an even greater danger. Laura has decided that now would be the perfect time to get back together with her old boyfriend Jackson Reno, who just happens to be a Scottsdale detective. The only hitch in her plans for romance is Maximilian, a gorgeous crime lieutenant who has his sights set on Laura, a feeling that she can't help but return. Craziness, romance, and more than a little danger are in store when Laura Black and her Scottsdale friends are on the case!

* 4.2 Stars / 12 Reviews

Posted on Dec 31, 2013 1:17:52 AM PST
Southern Comfort Casseroles (Breakfast, Brunch And Dinner Casseroles) - Sara Winlet

Nothing says southern comfort like a warm delicious casserole straight from the oven. In this wonderful casserole recipe book, you will find sweet and savory breakfast casseroles, decadent syrups, quiche recipes and tasty dinner casseroles.

Table of Contents:

Ham and Cheese Hash Brown Casserole
Cheesy Bacon Hash Brown Casserole
Sausage and Cheese Casserole
Country Breakfast Casserole
Spinach and Cheese Breakfast Casserole
Mini Breakfast Casseroles
Maple Sausage Casserole
Sweet and Savory Breakfast Casserole
Cheesy Breakfast Casserole
Simple Quiche
Cheesy Chicken Quiche
Bacon Cheddar Quiche
Bacon Asparagus Quiche
Mushroom and Spinach Quiche
Baked Apple and Raisin French Toast
Baked French Toast
Baked Blueberry French Toast
Baked Strawberry Banana French Toast
Baked Cherry French Toast
Peach French Toast Casserole
Simple Strawberry Syrup
Apple Cinnamon Syrup
Cinnamon Cream Syrup
Blueberry Syrup
Dinner Casseroles
Meat Casseroles
Super Chicken Casserole
Cheesy Chicken Casserole
Chicken Stuffing Casserole
Hot Chicken Salad
Mexican Chicken Casserole
Chicken Noodle Casserole
Chicken And Broccoli Casserole
Pot Roast Casserole
Turkey Devine Casserole
Nacho Casserole

Posted on Dec 31, 2013 1:33:12 AM PST
I'm missing red. Does anybody know when she is going to be home from her holiday?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2013 1:42:37 AM PST
I don't recall her saying Sandy, but I imagine that she might have to be at work next Monday. Maybe she'll be back by this weekend at the latest.

Posted on Dec 31, 2013 1:45:05 AM PST
Wendy, Do you remember something about this book being a gift to somebody over the last couple of weeks?
Not Free The Wedding Dress. It's the Kindle Daily Deal today for only 1.99 but I'm not sure if I'm remembering right..

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2013 1:54:42 AM PST
I gave it to a couple of posters here for Christmas Sandy. It was one of the top books I read this year. I even ordered 2 DTB copies to give as Christmas gifts. I recommend it highly.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2013 1:58:56 AM PST
Sometimes it's good to know that my memory is mostly intact..

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2013 5:44:13 AM PST
Sandy, thanks for starting. I like your list of New Year's resolutions.
I was thinking of stripped, too.

LOB and Sandy, I ordered The Wedding Dress, thanks for the recommendation.

LOB, hope your cold is better and Sandy, hope your back isn't hurting.

Red, hope the problem with you ear is gone and you are feeling better.

Wishing everyone well.

Posted on Dec 31, 2013 5:54:11 AM PST
Golfer Ghoul says:
The Secessionist

Point Pleasant. Virginia. 1859

A slave revolt is spreading across across the land.

Amid fears of terrible bloodshed, the gentleman farmer Mr Underwood is promoted to the position of Supervisor.

After a tense confrontation, the town is kept safe.

But on the ride home, an escaped slave lands Mr Underwood in a whole lot of trouble.

And suddenly he is embroiled in a bitter and bloody feud between the North and South, the Confederates and the Unionists.

As the two sides battle over Virginia, Mr Underwood is caught up in a dangerous struggle for control of the State.

And when he meets a beautiful widow, it is not just the State that is divided - it is Underwood's heart that is at stake as well as must choose between the beguiling Ariadne and his shrewish wife.

The Secessionist is a fast-paced, brilliantly researched historical novel that is sure to have you on edge of your seat from the first to the last page.

It is a must-read for fans of Bernard Cornwell and Charles Frazier.

"A wonderful book combining detailed research and fast-moving story-telling." - Tom Kasey, best-selling author of Trade Off.

16 5 stars!!

Posted on Dec 31, 2013 5:56:51 AM PST
Golfer Ghoul says:
Good morning all!!!

Thanks to everyone that has opened the FB&C page!

I know I have been lurking a lot but RL is just so darn busy - especially since it's year end !

I will try to post later on but who knows :)

My heartfelt prayers go to each and everyone of you!!


Posted on Dec 31, 2013 5:58:01 AM PST
Morning everybody. Thanks for the start Sandy. Hope everyone has a wonderful new year. I think it will definitely be green undies for me!

Posted on Dec 31, 2013 6:05:49 AM PST
Sally in SA says:
Hi Sandy, LOB and Elizabeth SH.

Thanks for the start Sandy. I think the 1st of the redolutions is one I've made nany times:) Lose weight, est healthier, exercise more! Unfotunately my resolution seldom lasted longer than the month of January!

Wishing all a prosperous new year and health in abundance for all who need it.

"See" you all in 2014.

Posted on Dec 31, 2013 6:07:29 AM PST
Golfer Ghoul says:
oops forgot to add the color

hmmmm, I think yellow with polka dots LOL
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