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Initial post: Feb 6, 2014 9:21:23 PM PST
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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 March 6, 2014.

Until Saturday, Feb. 8th 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.

Rules:

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 6 PST/8 Central/9 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 Feb 6, 2014 9:42:24 PM PST
1. East of Eden (a contemporary romance) - Lee Straus
Regret is a formidable foe.
Eden Kelley is the primary caregiver for her mother who's in the advanced stages of Alzheimer's disease, and she's only twenty-four. Not what she planned to do when she left her husband for a new start with her four-year-old daughter in tow. She'd hoped for free babysitting, but instead she found a mystery. The discovery of an erroneous marriage document leads to more questions, and unfortunately Eden can't ask her mother for answers because she doesn't remember.
Her mother's antics drive her crazy, but Eden's determined to make the best of it. That includes finding the exciting romantic adventure she'd dreamed about. But when trouble knocks, it's her husband Cade who arrives to help. It's awkward and tense. And Eden comes to one sure conclusion: leaving her handsome, caring husband was a huge mistake.
Her parents had a second chance at love? Would she and Cade get one, too?

2. The Man Who Lived at the End of the World - Robert Davies
Armageddon has never been so colourful.
Watch it unfold through the jaded yet childlike eyes of Silas Stanley, a recently escaped psychiatric patient who must travel hundreds of miles across a devastated Britain to find his dying daughter before the world ends.
Less grim survival and more a one-way journey toward redemption, The Man Who Lived at the End of the World is a story for those who prefer their apocalypse to be more personal.

3. Mine to Tell - Colleen L. Donnelly
Annabelle Crouse is determined to reopen her great-grandmother's boarded-up house--and her shunned life. Many years earlier, after an unexplained absence, Julianne was relegated to a separate home by a rigidly unforgiving husband, and the Crouse women have suffered the disgrace of her assumed guilt ever since.
Despite her family's strong disapproval, Annabelle is driven to pursue her mission through cobwebs and dust, finding the clues and the coded story left behind by her great-grandmother -- Why did she go? And why did she return? Annabelle has to know.
Only one person, a man she grew up with but never noticed, stands with Annabelle as she discovers the parallels between her story and her great-grandmother's--two women, generations apart, experiencing what love truly is.

Posted on Feb 6, 2014 11:07:49 PM PST
1. Hopeless

2. The Lake (The Lake Trilogy, Book 1)

3. Haunted on Bourbon Street (Jade Calhoun Series: Book 1)

Posted on Feb 7, 2014 8:06:40 AM PST
kajola says:
1. Axton Landing (Adirondack Trilogy) (was free on Feb 1st)
In the winter of 1858, disease and death stalk the lumberjacks in the logging camp at Axton Landing in the Adirondack Mountains. Facing the harsh conditions, Cyrus Carter and Jared Mason forge a lasting friendship despite disagreeing on how the plight of the jacks can be improved. An unusual love triangle and the kidnapping of a fugitive slave add to the suspense of this action-packed novel.

2. Wind River (was free on Jan 31st)
First book in the Wind River series. After buffalo hunter and former army scout Cole Tyler arrives in Wind River, a primitive outpost in the wild Wyoming Territory, he is unwittingly drawn into taking the unwelcome and dangerous job of town marshal. Marshal Cole Tyler finds himself facing a ruthless killer as Wind River becomes a town with its own brand of justice.

3. The Driftwood Diaries (was free on Jan 30th)
Three women's stories are revealed in their diaries found by a book store owner. An abused wife finds herself lost in the wilderness of Kodiak Island, Alaska. Marie discovers love and bravery in the face of overwhelming obstacles. Another young woman travels by wagon to Colorado and Texas after the Civil War, hiding a scandalous secret. Susan's diary reveals a husband's betrayal, and her struggle to make a home for her children on the tall grass prairie of Texas. Margaret, as an aging grandmother, remembers a special Valentine's Day while growing up poor during the Great Depression.

Posted on Feb 7, 2014 9:48:49 AM PST
Elle says:
1. The Color of Heaven (The Color of Heaven Series) - STILL FREE
A deeply emotional tale about Sophie Duncan, a successful columnist whose world falls apart after her daughter's unexpected illness and her husband's shocking affair. When it seems nothing else could possibly go wrong, her car skids off an icy road and plunges into a frozen lake. There, in the cold dark depths of the water, a profound and extraordinary experience unlocks the surprising secrets from Sophie's past, and teaches her what it means to truly live...and love.

2. Book of Mercy - NO LONGER FREE
BOOK OF MERCY: 2011 Midwest Book Awards Finalist
Awesome Indies Seal of Approval

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.

3. Divas Never Flinch - A Comedy of Manners NO LONGER FREE
Who says there are no longer any civil wars in America?
Santa Fe, New Mexico is the epicenter of epic battles fought between the two Queens of the local social scene. This satirical novel lurches back and forth between stories of the two Divas, tracing the rise and fall in the fortunes of Sonora and Connye, as they try to outdo each other and reign as Queen.

But the battles are played out in the most civil of terms.
Dinner parties, social events, and outside journeys to Puerto Vallarta, New Orleans, and New York carry the action through Southwest-style political intrigue; the search for buried treasure; battles to control visiting royalty; a Hollywood movie premiere, and the colorful exploits of an additional cast of sexually complex, supporting characters.

Finally, the climax comes - when a new competitor arrives on the scene: Amanda Beor-Bink, a world-class fashion designer, who actively conspires, using her celebrity and money to claim the crown of "Queen of Santa Fe" for herself. But can and will Sonora and Connye take up the challenge to their already established supremacy?

Posted on Feb 7, 2014 2:39:51 PM PST
KayKay says:
1. The Mystery Box: The Mystery Book Collection

2.

3.

Posted on Feb 7, 2014 4:04:11 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 8, 2014 5:54:46 PM PST
1. A Field Of Poppies

2. The Lake (The Lake Trilogy, Book 1)

3. Silence

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 7, 2014 4:41:43 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 7, 2014 4:44:23 PM PST
Hi Elle, thanks for two suggestions #1 and #3 from your list. Looking forward to reading more posts. (Peacecful Dove)

Posted on Feb 7, 2014 7:12:24 PM PST
JoJoPNW says:
1. Sparrow Migrations (was free Jan 14)

2. The Driftwood Diaries (was free Jan 30)

3. Book of Mercy (was free Jan 8)

A book I was going to nominate (The Dark Bayou) was set in Louisiana, which is where our last discussion book was set!

Posted on Feb 8, 2014 1:16:57 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 8, 2014 12:45:50 PM PST
redandwhite says:
1. My Dream of You by D.J. Kirkby (was free on 2nd Feb)
Crime of passion or cruel twist of fate?
One summer's day Betty let love carry her a step too far. That exquisite sun dappled afternoon became one of her best memories but also the catalyst for the worst experience of her life. Now elderly, Betty has been running from her past since she was a teenager, and it's about to catch up with her. Will the experience be as awful as she fears or wonderful beyond imagining?

2. The Color of Heaven (The Color of Heaven Series)by Julianne MacLean (still free)
(Elle gave the book description in her post above)

3. Pacific Avenue by Anne L. Watson
Where do you go from the end of the line? This is the question facing Kathy Woodbridge as she steps off the bus in the port city of San Pedro, California. Nineteen years old, from Louisiana, she is running away from her past. There's a lot to run away from.

What do you do when there's no one to do for? That's what Lacey Greer wants to know, with her only child off at college. When Kathy gets a job at the office where Lacey works, she can tell that Kathy's in trouble. Lacey's husband advises her to stay out of it -- but what's she supposed to do, buy a rocking chair?

Set in San Pedro, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans in the early seventies, Pacific Avenue explores themes of love, belonging, helpfulness, hope, forgiveness, reconciliation, interracial marriage, and healing from the trauma of war. At the end of the line, will Kathy find a way to return home?

Posted on Feb 8, 2014 4:51:30 AM PST
Susan says:
1. The Driftwood Diaries
2. Sparrow Migrations
3. The Mystery Box

Posted on Feb 8, 2014 6:48:45 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 8, 2014 6:53:46 AM PST
1 Don't Know Where, Don't Know When (The Snipesville Chronicles) NO LONGER FREE

2 Escape from Mt. Merapi NO LONGER FREE

3 Tents and Tent Stability: A Month-Long Camping Adventure In Germany - In a Rather Dodgy Tent! STILL FREE NOW

Posted on Feb 8, 2014 7:19:43 AM PST
M. Claytor says:
Scottish Rite (Maggie Devereaux Paranormal Mystery #1) Currently Free.

With Full Malice (Five Star Mystery Series) Currently Free.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2014 11:26:53 AM PST
Elle says:
Thanks. I only read the first one and I loved it so much. It's one of my faves now. The others are interesting to me.

Posted on Feb 8, 2014 1:17:54 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 8, 2014 1:47:04 PM PST
Ketta says:
The Last Crusade Free when posted

A Field Of Poppies Free when posted

The Family DuMont Free when posted

Posted on Feb 8, 2014 5:57:44 PM PST
Nominations are now closed....
I'll bee back in a bit with the ones that make the cut...
We had 25 books nominated I one was disqualified because it had not been free....

Posted on Feb 8, 2014 6:18:12 PM PST
The next three post will have the books that you can vote for..
Everybody can vote for three different books...
Your 1st choice will get 3 points
Your 2nd choice will get 2 points....and
Your third choice will get 1 point..

I will close the voting on Sunday night around 6 PST/8 Central/9 EST
I will then tally the votes and post the next book for our discussion.

Posted on Feb 8, 2014 6:23:23 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 8, 2014 6:48:04 PM PST
1. The Man Who Lived at the End of the World
* "Dark, haunting but beautiful."
* "One of the best books I've ever read."
* "Not your average apocalypse survival story."

Armageddon has never been so colourful.

Watch it unfold through the jaded yet childlike eyes of Silas Stanley, a recently escaped psychiatric patient who must travel hundreds of miles across a devastated Britain to find his dying daughter before the world ends.

Less grim survival and more a one-way journey toward redemption, The Man Who Lived at the End of the World is a story for those who prefer their apocalypse to be more personal.

* "Quite simply one of the most beautiful books I've ever read."
* "More depth and dimensions than other post-apocalypse books."
* "An amazing book."
* "Couldn't stop reading it."

2. The Lake (The Lake Trilogy, Book 1)
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.

3. Axton Landing (Adirondack Trilogy)
In the winter of 1858, disease and death stalk the lumberjacks in the logging camp at Axton Landing in the Adirondack Mountains. Facing the harsh conditions, Cyrus Carter and Jared Mason forge a lasting friendship despite disagreeing on how the plight of the jacks can be improved. An unusual love triangle and the kidnapping of a fugitive slave add to the suspense of this action-packed novel

4. The Driftwood Diaries
Three women's stories are revealed in their diaries found by a book store owner. An abused wife finds herself lost in the wilderness of Kodiak Island, Alaska. Marie discovers love and bravery in the face of overwhelming obstacles. Another young woman travels by wagon to Colorado and Texas after the Civil War, hiding a scandalous secret. Susan's diary reveals a husband's betrayal, and her struggle to make a home for her children on the tall grass prairie of Texas. Margaret, as an aging grandmother, remembers a special Valentine's Day while growing up poor during the Great Depression

5. The Color of Heaven (The Color of Heaven Series)
"A box of tissues should be included in the purchase price of this book.... I finished THE COLOR OF HEAVEN in a matter of hours, but I've no doubt the read and the lessons imparted through Sophie's story will stay with me... probably forever. THE COLOR OF HEAVEN is an incredibly poignant and unbelievably gripping novel, deserving Romance Junkies' highest rating."
FIVE BLUE RIBBONS - Chris at Romance Junkies

A deeply emotional tale about Sophie Duncan, a successful columnist whose world falls apart after her daughter's unexpected illness and her husband's shocking affair. When it seems nothing else could possibly go wrong, her car skids off an icy road and plunges into a frozen lake. There, in the cold dark depths of the water, a profound and extraordinary experience unlocks the surprising secrets from Sophie's past, and teaches her what it means to truly live...and love.

Full of surprising twists and turns and a near-death experience that will leave you breathless, this story is not to be missed.

THE COLOR OF HEAVEN is a work of fiction and was a USA Today bestseller.

"A gripping, emotional tale you'll want to read in one sitting." - New York Times bestselling author, Julia London

"Brilliantly poignant mainstream tale." - 4 ½ starred review, Romantic Times

Posted on Feb 8, 2014 6:28:47 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 8, 2014 6:53:13 PM PST
6. Book of Mercy
BOOK OF MERCY: 2011 Midwest Book Awards Finalist
Awesome Indies Seal of Approval

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.

Praise for Book of Mercy

"There's nothing funny about censorship, but Roberts weaves a touching/humorous tale. . . " -- Pioneer Press, St. Paul, MN

"There was nothing about this book that I did not enjoy. . . . Overall, I'd highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys books that tackle serious issues while still being lighthearted and an easy read." -- ReadingIsMyCheapAddiction.com

If you like serious subjects (censorship) treated with a sprinkle of humor, you'll love Book of Mercy.

7. Divas Never Flinch - A Comedy of Manners

Who says there are no longer any civil wars in America?
Santa Fe, New Mexico is the epicenter of epic battles fought between the two Queens of the local social scene. This satirical novel lurches back and forth between stories of the two Divas, tracing the rise and fall in the fortunes of Sonora and Connye, as they try to outdo each other and reign as Queen.

But the battles are played out in the most civil of terms.
Dinner parties, social events, and outside journeys to Puerto Vallarta, New Orleans, and New York carry the action through Southwest-style political intrigue; the search for buried treasure; battles to control visiting royalty; a Hollywood movie premiere, and the colorful exploits of an additional cast of sexually complex, supporting characters.

Finally, the climax comes - when a new competitor arrives on the scene: Amanda Beor-Bink, a world-class fashion designer, who actively conspires, using her celebrity and money to claim the crown of "Queen of Santa Fe" for herself. But can and will Sonora and Connye take up the challenge to their already established supremacy?

"A fantastic debut novel. Fast paced and raucous this crowd of vivacious ladies had me in fits of giggles." from a GoodReads reader review

"It's a fizzing frolic through a variety of sumptuous social soirees with characters who can shock you with a word or a look." from an Amazon reader review

8. The Mystery Box: The Mystery Book Collection
Soccer mom Yvette Palmer lives an ordinary life in San Antonio, Texas when a box is delivered to her by mistake, and in taking it to its rightful owner-a crotchety neighbor named Mona who shares her back fence-is drawn into a strange and haunting tale.

Mona's ratty robe, mood swings, and secretive behavior all raise red flags, and Yvette is sure someone else is living there despit Mona's claim to live alone, but Yvette is unable to break away as she listens to how Mona transformed from a young college woman about to be married to the odd, reclusive, ghost of a woman she is now.

As Yvette listens to her neighbor's tale, she discovers a shocking connection, but doesn't know whether Mona's come to help or to harm her and her family.

9. Silence
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?

10. Sparrow Migrations
January 15, 2009. Hudson River, New York City.
Robby Palmer, a 12-year-old boy with autism, witnesses the "Miracle on the Hudson" from a sightseeing ferry and becomes obsessed with the birds that caused the plane crash.
Passengers Deborah and Christopher are trying to escape their infertility struggle when Flight 1549 plunges them into the icy river.
Preacher's wife Brett Stevens has hidden a secret for years. She's aboard the ferry, too, where the eye of a TV camera threatens to expose her.
Their lives intersect in Sparrow Migrations, the braided narrative of ordinary people transformed by an extraordinary event - and by each other.
Sparrow Migrations was a semifinalist in the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. In a review of contest manuscripts, Publishers Weekly said: "The plot lines are sophisticated, the characters intricately drawn, and the book has a remarkably strong voice... brimming with humanity and grace."

Posted on Feb 8, 2014 6:37:06 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 8, 2014 6:59:27 PM PST
11. My Dream of You
Crime of passion or cruel twist of fate?
One summer's day Betty let love carry her a step too far. That exquisite sun dappled afternoon became one of her best memories but also the catalyst for the worst experience of her life. Now elderly, Betty has been running from her past since she was a teenager, and it's about to catch up with her. Will the experience be as awful as she fears or wonderful beyond imagining?

12. Pacific Avenue

Where do you go from the end of the line? This is the question facing Kathy Woodbridge as she steps off the bus in the port city of San Pedro, California. Nineteen years old, from Louisiana, she is running away from her past. There's a lot to run away from.



What do you do when there's no one to do for? That's what Lacey Greer wants to know, with her only child off at college. When Kathy gets a job at the office where Lacey works, she can tell that Kathy's in trouble. Lacey's husband advises her to stay out of it -- but what's she supposed to do, buy a rocking chair?



Set in San Pedro, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans in the early seventies, Pacific Avenue explores themes of love, belonging, helpfulness, hope, forgiveness, reconciliation, interracial marriage, and healing from the trauma of war. At the end of the line, will Kathy find a way to return home?

13. Escape from Mt. Merapi
Kate and Rudy woke up in the middle of the night with a killer volcano giving the performance of a lifetime less than 9 miles from the house/office that they share. They lived in a safe zone, but this time even the safe zone was at risk.

Mt. Merapi, Indonesia's most active volcano, recently had the largest eruption since 1872, killing over 300 people. Kate and Rudy tell you the true story of their harrowing experience during this dramatic time.

Click the 'Buy' button and read about their frightening experience with the volcanic ash and trying to get away from the eruption only to discover they were in a huge traffic jam.

14. A Field Of Poppies
Two families. One secret.
Separated by a river and twenty years of lies.

Five minutes changed Poppy Sadler's life forever. Tick. The hospital called. Her mother's battle with cancer was finally over. Tock. The police showed up at her door. Her father's body has just been pulled from the River. Tick. Murdered.
Tick, Tock. Five minutes and a secret is coming undone.

Across the river, Justin Caulfield's vast fortune can buy him anything but more time. Tick. A deadly disease is stealing his daughter's life. He needs a miracle. Tock. The person he never doubted names the price he never knew he owed. A price more than one man can pay. Tick. Betrayed. Tick, Tock. Twenty years of lies may cost him his very soul.

15. With Full Malice (Five Star Mystery Series)
Is it ever acceptable to commit murder?
What if, as a good citizen, you waited for justice, but it never came? In
this stunning mystery thriller, someone is dispensing justice by
killing society's undesirables, and the hits are so diabolically clever
that no one even suspects it's murder - until a traumatized food critic
stumbles onto the scene.

Posted on Feb 8, 2014 6:37:34 PM PST
Happy voting.....

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2014 9:29:16 PM PST
Thank you Sandy, great job. I will be sure to get in my votes tomorrow afternoon after giving some more thought.

Posted on Feb 8, 2014 10:34:32 PM PST
Elle says:
1st The Color of Heaven (The Color of Heaven Series)

2nd Book of Mercy

3rd Divas Never Flinch - A Comedy of Manners

Posted on Feb 9, 2014 2:47:26 AM PST
Thanks Sandy!

2. The Lake

6. The Book of Mercy

12. Pacific Avenue

Posted on Feb 9, 2014 9:01:35 AM PST
Ketta says:
1st Field of Poppies
2nd With Full Malice
3rd The Mystery Box
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