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Initial post: Dec 3, 2012 12:10:07 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 3, 2012 12:28:46 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 you 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.

There's coffee, tea hot apple cider and hot chocolate in the decanters on the counter. Cinnamon sticks are on the counter with a variety of freshly baked jelly and cream filled doughnuts apple fritters and maple bars. Ice cold milk and fresh squeezed orange juice 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...


The night sky weeps in bitter sorrow as I part the long-closed curtains of time.
I peer through, seeing, demons creep from their beds of thorns like shadows of the dark moon with yellow eyes gleaming hatefully.
Dawn stains the eastern sky and the demons change before my eyes; patterned dark fur races to cover their sleek black skin, long claws retract and paws lower to the earth. Harmless now, they skitter to and fro, keeping to the dry places, in search of rest.
My friend and I chase the demons into the trees, capturing those who fail to climb beyond our reach, baptizing them in the icy stream that runs nearby.
Tired from the morning's pursuit, we rest in the fort we built next to the demons' home.
A shadow flits by.
My faithful friend raises lids heavy with sleep.
He's up in seconds, a low growl in his throat. We rush to the edge of the thorns, hoping again to thwart the devils, but their white striped cousin bounds out of the thorns, its tail held high as it showers us with its vile stench.
The demons croon with laughter as my friend and I are forced to wash in the icy waters of irony.
Nighttime sends us safely to our beds, but hours past midnight, we are awoken by yowls of joy coming from the road. Fearing the demons have cornered a new victim, my fearless friend rushes from the house and I follow reluctantly, my heart pounding in fear. I hear a roar as I crest the nearby hill, but a blinding light halts my steps.
A solitary yelp freezes my marrow.
Before me a trail of smoke lifts to reveal my friend's still and broken body.
My heart sinks with sorrow.
Tears roll from my eyes.
Grief stricken, and afraid, I linger at my friend's side until dawn then I carry his cold, stiff body back to our fort.
Rain falls like tears as I force a shovel deep into the earth. At first, I dig slowly with purpose, but grief and anger gives power to my efforts. Before I realize it, I have a grave, deep enough to be my own.
I dig on in fury, until my shovel jams against a buried rock. The handle splinters in my hand, leaving a deep gash. Ignoring the pain, I throw the broken shovel out of the hole and fall to my knees, weeping in biter anguish.
Time passes. My hair is soaked. My cheeks are red and burn with the cold of the day. I climb out of the grave and wrap a small black spaniel in a blanket from his bed. As I retrieve the broken tool to bury my friend, I see the scene around me melt with change.
The stout walls of our fort becomes a rusted old Buick. Warped plywood forms the upper deck with an old wringer washing machine as the turret where we watched feral cats, not demons, dart in and out of the thorny berry vines along the banks of the irrigation ditch by my house.
After covering my best friend's grave, I look up to see an old man peering through the curtains of time.

A hole opens in my heart, loosing the pain I'd locked deep in my soul for years untold. I stare at my reflection in the rain-speckled window, wondering which I missed more, Blacky, the best friend of my youth, or the world of imagination I knew while he was alive.

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IrishM - Tuesday Dec 04: start time: 5-6 am EST (or so)
SDR Marla- Wednesday, December 5 start time: 8-9 AM EST
Robb - Thursday, December 06 Start Time 11pm to Midnight PST
Lover of Books - Friday, December 7th Start Time 12:30am PST
TnT - Saturday, December 8 start time by 7AM CST
Terri B in ME - Sunday, December 9 start time 11PM EST
Twas The Night...Leo.. Monday, December 10...12:30 PST
Robb - Friday, December 14 Start Time 11pm to Midnight PST

Open Dates:

Tuesday, December 11
Wednesday, December 12
Thursday, December 13
Saturday, December 15
Sunday, December 16

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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

Honey Wheat Rolls

1 ¼ cup warm water
2 ½ tsp yeast
2 tbsp sugar
1/3 cup oil
3 cups all purpose flour
1 cup honey wheat pancake mix or whole wheat bisquick
¼ cup cracked wheat kernels
¼ cup honey
1 tsp salt

I put the above ingredients into a bread machine in the order they are listed but you can mix them together and knead the dough then let it rise to double.

Take out of bread machine and knead until all the air is out... then shape into rolls about the size of golf balls and put in pan... I make an egg wash by beating 1 egg white with ¼ cup of water and then brush on the rolls before they rise....when they double in size bake at 350 for 10 min. then brush egg wash on again bake another 8 -15 minutes or until golden brown...


Posted on Dec 3, 2012 1:13:16 AM PST
From my wish list....
The Top 101 Kindle Fire HD Apps and Games

Leo, the Honey Wheat Rolls look and smell good.....I don't cook much but I just might try them....Have you ever baked it as a loaf of bread?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2012 1:17:57 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 3, 2012 1:19:27 AM PST
Leo Little says:
yes....this makes a wonderful honey wheat french style bread...

ETA I make two loaves with this recipe

Posted on Dec 3, 2012 5:24:52 AM PST
Suze says:
Thanks Leo!

Great gave me goose bumps! You conveyed all that in a small number of words, so you are a talented writer, but I knew that already!

Posted on Dec 3, 2012 6:02:44 AM PST
Janine says:
Thanks Leo after reading it i said ah i am looking forward to many more books from you.

Posted on Dec 3, 2012 6:13:14 AM PST
Irish M says:
I absolutely LOVED the opening story today, Leo! Thank you so much for a fabulous start to another week. I hope you are feeling better today.

Posted on Dec 3, 2012 6:20:36 AM PST
Lyn says:
Leo, as always a great start.

Posted on Dec 3, 2012 6:21:44 AM PST
Lyn says:
How could I have forgotten....Biscotti

Posted on Dec 3, 2012 7:01:05 AM PST
Denise Long says:
Great start, Twas the Night......

my 5 picks:

Dark Blue: Color Me Lonely with Bonus Content
The Bride Price
The Blade of the Witches
The Lyon's Blood (The MacGrgeor Struggle)
Nandana's Mark (The Queen of the Realm of Faerie, #1)

Happy reading
have fun.

Posted on Dec 3, 2012 7:09:13 AM PST
Good morning all :) Thank you for the start Twas The Night!

Some of my picks this morning:
Reasonable Fear (Joe Dillard) - Scott Pratt - Mystery/Thriller (others in series have been offered free previously)
The Hidden Ones (Legacy of the Watchers, Book One) - Nancy Madore - Historical Fiction
Advent - Chautona Havig - Religious Fiction
A Month at the Shore - Antoinette Stockenberg - Family Saga
The One - Russell Beneke - Literary Fiction
Into the Eclipse - Spence Kennedy - Contemporary Fiction
Angel of Mercy (The Fallen) - Lisa Olsen - Romance

Posted on Dec 3, 2012 7:16:07 AM PST
Biscay says:
Well, it might take a while to show up but Biscay is now officially Bows-cay for Christmas!

Thank you Ketta and to everyone who came up with such delightful names!!! I had a very, very hard time choosing and in the end had to give the casting vote in the hung parliament.

Ketta, your wishlist is lovely and plump and I couldn't possibly pick one, so would you please choose something you'd like from it and it shall be yours! :)

Sorry that the tyranny of the time difference got to me and I didn't reply to everyone who sent their thoughtful suggestions yesterday individually before the day changed (I had to reject your "biscotti" which just came through, though, Ribbon-Robb - seriously, how many kilojoules would three solid weeks of biscotti add up to?! - is that your revenge for all the sausage rolls and other cheery Christmas fare you were steered unsuspecting towards?)

Thanks so much for a wonderful start with your talented tale, Leo, and have a great day hunting, all. Only one I picked up so far - Accountable to None (Eviscerating the Snake) by Ashley Fontainne - I wasn't really too sure about it but if anyone has read it I'd love to hear whether you thought it was a good read.

Hugs to all those who need one or are feeling less than chirpy today. I'll be sending good thoughts.

Bows-cay :D

Posted on Dec 3, 2012 7:27:52 AM PST
robb says:
Never crossed my mind


In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2012 7:31:19 AM PST
Biscay says:

The real problem was that there were TOO many great suggestions! Now I'm sure I've offended everyone except Ketta, LOL. I could blame it on the small people but as I said I had to make the final call since there was no firm decision between all the entertaining festive ideas.


Posted on Dec 3, 2012 7:51:20 AM PST
bethcross says:
Good morning everyone - hope all is well out there! Today's sampling is better than yesterday's, which was just a bunch of repeats for me!

From the Archives:
Give Me - A Tale of Wyrd and Fae (Tethers: Book 1) (Feb 21)
The Butterfly Legacy (Mar 26)
The Ninth Step (July 23)
The Glass Madonna (Oct 20)

From the WishList (love when these drop - they don't do it often enough!):
Avalon Revisited
Buck Fever (Blanco County Mysteries)

New Today:
Maggie for Hire (Maggie MacKay - Magical Tracker)
Angel of Mercy (The Fallen)
Hallowed Ground (The Bloodlines Trilogy)

Posted on Dec 3, 2012 8:05:47 AM PST
Irish M says:
Finally some books:

Give Me - A Tale of Wyrd and Fae (Tethers: Book 1) thanks bethcross!

A Simple Amish Christmas

The Christmas Bus

Posted on Dec 3, 2012 9:10:05 AM PST
S. King says:
Thought I visited this forum thread yesterday, but.. cannot find my comment. Sooo, either gremlins are playing and chortling inside my kindle, or I posted in an unrelated spot. Oopsie! Anyway. 'Twas the Night, great start today- and ouch! Are ya gonna save that stone? ;) I wanted to give folks a "heads up" with this book that I totally and utterly enjoyed: Human Resources **NotFreeAnymore!!** Liked it so much that I untied my purse strings and (gasp!) paid for his other one. A while back, someone asked what things signify that the Christmas season is approaching. To me, it is the smell of cinnamon and the recipes of yummy goodies to bake. I love making assorted cookies to give to neighbors. This year I am baking molasses "sandwich cookies" that have black currant preserves, amongst other traditional treats. Oh.. and.. I am one of those strange people who happens to love fruitcake (without raisins). Go figure. A freebie that I heard about: The Taker Code, Finally Earn Your Worth and Get Paid What You Deserve

Posted on Dec 3, 2012 9:12:55 AM PST
JudyD says:
Thanks, Leo for the start. Reading a few posts from yesterday, it appears you are now dealing with kidney stones, in addition to your other health problems. Hope it is resolved soon for you. My hubby went through this a few years back. To make a long story short, he had never had problems before and he was in his late 50s or early 60s when this showed up all of a sudden. No history of anyone in his family having the problem either, which is rare that someone gets it later in life with no other contributing situation. He has a history of thyroid problems and was being followed at that time every 6 months with biopsies of growths in the half that was remaining following surgery for that when he was in law school. Anyway, I though it strange and went online and found that sometimes this can happen due to a parathyroid dysfunction. He was going to see his endocrinologist about his thyroid, so I gave him print outs of some articles. He ordered some tests and they monitored for that and they found out there was a problem there that was new.

He did go through the "kidney stone ablation" to break them up into smaller pieces so they could pass. If you need this therapy, discuss getting extra antibiotics for that time period and days to follow, due to your other situation, as you may need it for longer than someone else does - again due to some complications he went through. He is a very large guy, very tall and big, and they never seem to adjust the meds to give him enough for someone his size.

Sorry to go on for so long, but thought you might like to know that there can be more causes than those most commonly seen, and sometimes the doctors don't look for them at first and in the mean time you are having to deal with things that can be stopped and/or avoided.

Hoping you are feeling better, at least in this regard, very soon.


Posted on Dec 3, 2012 9:17:53 AM PST
JudyD says:
From my wish list:

Angel of Mercy (The Fallen)
Maggie for Hire (Maggie MacKay - Magical Tracker)
The Test
Traitor! (The Florida Chase, Part Four)
Give Me - A Tale of Wyrd and Fae (Tethers: Book 1)

Terry in Texas - not sure if you have chosen your holiday name but, for some strange reason, something with tinsel in it seems appropriate. Tinsel Town comes to mind also.


Posted on Dec 3, 2012 9:31:24 AM PST
JudyD says:
You're not going to believe this. What I listed above was what showed before scanning all of the postings here and then adding them in here. Went out of my wish list to check on something and came back to make sure I had deleted them, and some new ones showed up! Will share them here in case anyone is interested:

An Error In Judgment (Thea Campbell Mystery Series book #3)
Chest of Souls Book One
All I Want for Christmas is You (Contemporary Holiday Romance) (Fate with a Helping Hand)
'A Christmastide Romance'

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2012 9:38:50 AM PST
TerryInTexas says:
Yeah, I was mulling over Tangled in Tinsel, Tossed in Tinsel, Tinsel and Toys, (two of my favorite Xmas things), TinselTown in Texas also works.

I got my first Xmas feeling last night. Dragged the tree out (I left it assembled, and floraled last year, covered with a big ol' tree cover, and dragged it into the garage) (*note to self, next year, lay flat, drag cover, so tree doesnt disassemble), plugged it in, put the tree skirt out over a couple of pillows....within 15-20 minutes, little Diva Dillon, and Blue were laying on the pillows under the tree....

Posted on Dec 3, 2012 9:56:04 AM PST
BB says:
Unwrap Me romance

Emilie's Christmas Love romance

Faith, Fireworks and Fir romance

The Right Time romance

Her Bad Boy Billionaire Lover (Billionaire Lovers) romance

thats all she wrote for me from kinlib 398.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2012 9:58:24 AM PST
robb says:

Well, there is american fruitcake - no
and then there is english fruitcake - yes

Then there is figgy/christmas pudding..later

But I don't believe any of them can be made without raisins :)

Posted on Dec 3, 2012 10:02:49 AM PST
4Nbahu says:
My choices from

Indian Recipes and Other Great Curry Dishes From Around The World (Curry Recipes) Cooking

Delicious and Nutritious "American Mom" Recipes Boxed Set (Bestselling "American Mom" Recipes) Cooking

Godsworld (The Portal Catch Series) Fantasy

The Caverns of Eden And Other Short Stories Short Story Science Fiction

Ninth Crossing: Discovery (Ninth Crossing - Paranormal Romance / Fantasy) Fantasy

HECKLE (thriller, mystery, horror, suspense and a great read) Thriller?

Tommy's Defense Legal

Posted on Dec 3, 2012 10:09:00 AM PST
Zoo Keeper says:
Leo, thanks for another great start. I hope you pass those stones soon. Dad had problems with kidney stones for years. His were calcium based and he had to watch his calcium intake, he loved a big glass of milk and had to limit that. But, better that than the pain from the stones. Dad drank a glass of cranberry juice everyday and that seemed to help him. Uncle's doc told him to have a beer once a week to help his. (Dad never drank alcohol, so he stuck with the juice. Uncle was happy to have an excuse that Aunt couldn't fuss about. lol) I know what you're going through, I've had a couple, too.

@TNT It's amazing how animals think they must have a pillow to lay on. Our dog wants one for his head to rest on while he sleeps. Mom stores her fully decorated tree in the closet and just pulls it out and fluffs. (Rehangs any ornaments that fell off during the 10 ft move.) She loves this way of putting up a tree. (Ohh, for that many closets!!)

Emilie's Christmas Love

Posted on Dec 3, 2012 10:22:28 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 3, 2012 10:27:14 AM PST
Good morning everyone! I hope very is having a good day....

@Twas The Night.... Leo
Great start! Love the story and recipe which looks yummy. I'm sorry to hear that you aren't feeling well. Hopefully they can resolve this issue for you quickly.

I hope you aren't getting deluged with rain today.... again! If it keeps it you may have to start working on an ark. ;-0

I hope you are feeling a bit better today and if not I hope you're resting. :-)

I hope you're recovery from surgery continues to go well and you are getting in lots of reading as you rest.
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