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Initial post: Sep 22, 2013 11:52:06 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 22, 2013 11:55:23 PM PDT
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 your 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 and hot chocolate in the decanters on the counter. Also on the counter there's a variety of freshly baked jelly and cream filled doughnuts apple fritters and I tripled the order of maple bars because they were so popular. Ice cold milk...whole lowfat skim, soy....and newly added delicious Almond in the fridge beneath.

Happy Birthday Celestial Kitty....We'd love to hear from you if you're out lurking....





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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...

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Posted on Sep 22, 2013 11:53:18 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 23, 2013 12:01:44 AM PDT
Leo Little says:
Here is a little story I wrote an hour ago...

Carolyn crossed the snow covered breezeway between her home and the large kitchens devoted to the Lord of the realm. A loose clump fell from the roof as she passed under the awning, showering her with icy crystals. Inside, she shook the snow from her cloak as she hung it on a hook next to the kitchen door. Soothing heat from baker's ovens swept over her, but the warmth only sent her into another episode of the hacking cough she'd had for weeks. Her strength wavered a moment, but she gathered it back and stood tall, before slipping into her apron and tying the strings in a bow behind her back.
The head chef watched with withering looks, though he kept his mouth shut as she gathered up the scraps from his tables and began her daily cauldron of stew.
She needed to be in bed, allowing someone to care for her. She needed to take time to let her body heal, but there was too much to do. So many people. Men, women Children...all would go hungry if Carolyn failed to prepare their meal.
She cut up the beef and venison scraps along with vegetable ends that would have gone either to the hounds who were always fed from their master's hand as he ate or thrown into the slop buckets that were taken out to hogs.
She gathered other things...five loaves of bread that had been slightly burned when the baker slipped away to dally with the chambermaid. Fish heads with the meaty skeleton attached, leftover after the chefs filleted the trout caught the evening before.
She knew every scrap meant someone else could eat. The fish heads she made broth from, cooking the meat until it fell from the bones then straining out the tiny pin bones that might choke an unwary eater.
Cooking of course was only the beginning of her day. Finishing the stew and fish broth, she hung her apron back on its hook and wrestled back into her cloak, which was still damp from the snow. Then she took down the baskets that rested in an upper, out of the way cabinet and filled them with crocks of stew, a loaf of burned bread, and eight mason jars of broth,
Her arms loaded down, she struggled to open the door, but no offered to help. No one ever offered. The Lord had forbidden them to lift a finger in what he called an embarrassment to the realm.
Carolyn managed the door by herself to make the half mile trek down the hill to the village where the people ate less than the lowest animal in the Lord's stockyard.
Here was the real embarrassment to the realm.
Shame and guilt drove Carolyn to make six trips every day back and forth, through wind, rain, and even a blizzard if that was what the day held. But what else could a mother do when the son she had spoiled rotten was made Lord after her husband was killed in the King's war?

Posted on Sep 23, 2013 1:21:57 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 23, 2013 1:22:13 AM PDT
Another great start Leo. It's good have you back this week. :)

A Freebie to start the day . . .

The Advocate (The Advocate Series) - Legal Thriller

For Sabre Orin Brown, life is good; she has it all...or would have, if only she could solve the mysterious disappearance of her brother. The search for her brother and her career as a Juvenile Court Attorney collide when she defends a nine-year-old whose father will go to any length to obtain custody.
Sabre finds herself immersed in a case with too many unanswered questions. Her quest for the truth takes her coast to coast and five years into the past. Confronted with mysterious clues and strange occurrences, Sabre is threatened by someone wanting to make her suffer the unbearable anguish of losing everything--including her life.
As Sabre's passion to find the answers intensifies, she discovers a twisted history of desperation, deceit, and revenge. And she discovers how obscure and treacherous the truth can be.

Book one in a four book series.

Posted on Sep 23, 2013 2:18:28 AM PDT
Leo Little says:
Thanks Wendy....I'm gonna hit the sack. I gotta go to my Uncle's today. He's in a rehab center after his stroke, but my aunt is having trouble with her internet. I'll check in before I leave though....

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2013 6:12:26 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 23, 2013 6:19:03 AM PDT
Biscay says:
Well, I'm hoping that everyone who should be sleeping is deep in dreamland, but in the meanwhile just checking in to thank Leo for his brilliant return and thought-provoking story. I skimmed it the first time (because that's what I always do) and realised I had to really, really go back and read every word properly. Very glad I did!

Between everything you do for your family, community, this thread and who knows what else, I don't really know how your imagination has time to wander out and gather these amazing themes, let alone actually having to sit down and craft them into something succinct and special - I'm sure that requires much more skill and discipline (and time) than reeling off pages and pages to get to the same point!

Having the concentration of a newt (and a slow one at that) I have already forgotten what everyone said they were getting up to yesterday but I hope it was good. Oh, I remember JoJo watching the golf with a dark and stormy sky outside* and hoping for uninterrupted power. Did my crossed fingers help, JoJo? I wonder how Robb's vessel fared and whether the promised passing salute was safely delivered (a wave on the wave??)

LOB, that freebie looks good and who can resist the first in a series, after all...

I'm pleased that Gingerbread Man won the voting because it made me go and look to see if I'd picked it up already - I had and now I see it looks very good so I will try to read it as well before the discussion so I can look in safely without worrying about spoilers - but as it's still free it was a good chance to send the link to a friend who will like it too.

Hope redandwhite that your Monday work day went smoothly?

No doubt I'll find my way back to edit this with some forgotten details before I head off :)

Take care everyone, hope the evening and, whatever is in store, your Monday treats you well.

Biscay x

*Editing already, 20 seconds later. I thought someone with more knowledge of Wuthering Heights could supply an appropriate quote here, but I was imagining JoJo calling "Heeeeathclifff... Heeeeatttthhhcliffff"

Since I can't remember ever actually seeing the movie (I must have, surely) nor reading the book (probably didn't) I think that may be a totally unreliable reference and may well be subconsciously based on something clever and culturally literate from the Simpsons...

Posted on Sep 23, 2013 6:52:07 AM PDT
Good morning/evening everybody. I hope you all have a great day.

Posted on Sep 23, 2013 6:56:02 AM PDT
Good morning all :) Thank you for the start, Leo. I appreciate your word craft, but most of all just appreciate you.
Happy Birthday Celestial Kitty!

Some of my book choices today:
The Choice - Kathleen Sprout - Contemporary Fiction
Afterhours - E. Beth Allan - Literary Fiction
Sedona Storm (Sedona Series) - Barbara Scott - Religious Fiction
For the Love of M. - Mirjana Fulir - Romance
Plead Forgiveness: Betrayed Once (Loyalty Series) - Aury Dobsyn - Romance
For All The Marbles - Jack Riston - Action/Adventure
A Touch of Light - Brandon West - Contemporary Fiction
The Reluctant Duchess - Catherine Winchester - Romance
Chained Events (Will and David series) - Jack Armstrong - Crime/Mystery/Thriller
Murder For Neptune's Trident...A Citrus Beach Mystery (Citrus Beach Mysteries) - Victoria LK Williams - Crime/Mystery/Thriller

Posted on Sep 23, 2013 8:14:03 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 23, 2013 8:14:32 AM PDT
Leo Little says:
Thank you Biscay and Donna..Well I'm off to play network engineer....I really did get my certification before I found out my condition was permanent.....I'll check back in later today


In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2013 9:43:55 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ Leo
Thank you so much for the start and the story. It is wonderful to have you back here again, we do miss you when you are not able to post. I am so glad that the writing is flowing for you again after a dry spell.
Hope all is well in your world. ♥

Posted on Sep 23, 2013 9:59:25 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
Sliding on the Snow Stone by Andy Szpuk
Publication Date: September 21, 2011
It is astonishing that anyone lived this story. It is even more astonishing that anyone survived it.

Stefan grows up in the grip of a raging famine. Stalin's Five Year Plan brings genocide to Ukraine - millions of people starve to death. To free themselves from the daily terrors of Soviet rule, Stefan and his friends fight imaginary battles in nearby woods to defend their land. The games they play are their only escape.

`Sliding on the Snow Stone' is the true story of Stefan's extraordinary journey across a landscape of hunger, fear and devastating loss. With Europe on the brink of World War Two, Stefan and his family pray they'll survive in their uncertain world. They long to be free.

(In 1932-33, as part of their drive towards industrialisation, the Soviet Union demanded impossibly high requisitions of grain from rural areas in Ukraine. In a deliberate act of genocide, Ukrainian smallholdings were stripped of food, and the population began to perish, with some estimates as high as 10 million deaths, from starvation. In Ukraine, this atrocity became known as the Holodomor (death by hunger). The following years saw Soviet purges and terrors resulting in the elimination of academics and intellectuals, or of anyone who spoke out against Soviet rule. When World War Two arrived on Ukraine's doorstep, many people viewed the Nazis as liberators - a view that was quickly proved wrong. `Sliding on the Snow Stone' is Stefan's personal account of a historical period drenched in the blood of a nation, and of his yearning for freedom).

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2013 11:38:49 AM PDT
JoJoPNW says:
Yes, the power stayed on through the blustery gales, so I was able to watch the golf tourney, plus the Emmy Awards. Too much TV in one day, though. The weather system changed in the afternoon and the sun came out for quite a few hours. Not sure when Robb & Lyn will pass by Vancouver Island, so I wave once in a while just on the off chance ;-)

Thanks for starting and sharing your story. You are amazing.

It sounds like you're having too much fun to go back to work!

Wishing all a wonderful day.

Posted on Sep 23, 2013 11:53:26 AM PDT
Travelqueen says:
Leo, thanks for starting today and for the short story. The ending totally surprised me!
Happy Birthday, Celestial kitty!
JoJo, glad the power stayed on for you.
Wishing everyone a good Monday and happy book hunting!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2013 12:18:31 PM PDT
JoJo, glad to hear you didn't have a power outage.
This just came from my friend.

Power Outage

We had a power outage last week and my PC, TV were shut down, and it was raining, so I couldn't golf.

Therefore, I talked to my wife for a few hours.

She seems like a nice person.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2013 12:19:59 PM PDT
Leo, thanks for the great start.

Posted on Sep 23, 2013 12:39:42 PM PDT
Good afternoon everyone. Here are a few Freebie cookbooks that are currently available . . .

Pies and Mini Pies

Quick Easy Recipes Cookbook: Plus Slow Cooker Meals!

Pasteles "Step by Step" (Recipes from Puerto Rico # 1)

Paleo Slow Cooker Soups and Stews- Healthy Gluten Free Recipes for your Slow Cooker/Crockpot

Avocado Recipes - The Real Superfood Addition To Delectable Cuisine (Easy Recipe)

Chocolate Cake Recipes: Most Loved Chocolate Cakes by Family and Friends (Chocolate Cake Cookbook)

Square Recipes from Scratch (Grama G's Top Homemade Recipes From Scratch)

35 Yummy Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes (With Nutritional Information)

40 Fabulous Chicken Recipes For Dinner For Your Slow Cooker (Easy Dinner Recipes - The Chicken Slow Cooker Recipes Collection) by Pamela Kazmierczek

How To Cook Pizza, The Ultimate Pizza Cookbook For Making Pizza At Home

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2013 12:40:08 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 23, 2013 12:41:36 PM PDT
LOL 😎 💕 ⛳

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2013 12:57:47 PM PDT
LOB, I hope you are getting enough sleep.😊

Posted on Sep 23, 2013 1:38:23 PM PDT
ROFL Elizabeth... thanks I needed that. :)


You'll be proud to hear that I drove on the freeway yesterday and even though I was the "slow poke" I was doing the speed limit. Turned out to be quite an adventure. Ted (DH) was being the navigator and usually when he "flys by the seat of his pants" as he calls his driving... it turns out ok but yesterday instead of turning around and back tracking a few miles to get to the next destination, he says turn here... then turn here. Now these are back country roads that we have never been on and it was raining. The road was steep, climbing higher in the hills, getting narrower as we crawled around the 10 mph curves when I finally asked... can I turn around when the pavement ends or a tree has fallen across the road??? We laughed a bit and he said.... "it's ok.. this will come out where we want to end up. Shortly a sign showed up... pavement ends. I just cracked up... "NOW, can we turn around"??? What an adventure!! But will be something to laugh about through the years. :)

Gotta get off of the computer now and save my eyes to drive him to work soon. He did catch a ride home Friday night... thank goodness. We shall see how the carpool works out for his trip home this week. Hopefully he can work it out. Fall has arrived here with a fury... very windy and rainy over the weekend and the forecast for the week is pretty much the same. Hope Indian Summer arrives quickly. :)


Posted on Sep 23, 2013 1:42:09 PM PDT
Leo Little says:
Thanks all for the votes of confidence.....I fixed my uncles internet....beware of programs that load up with your favorite games and for check marks that include so called free programs like optimizer pro virus This insidious programs loads up checks your system finds a slew of non-existent viruses and then sets up a phony proxy server which locks you out of the internet unless you pay for their program....about $50 luckily windows defender caught part of the program before it loaded completely and I was able to uninstall the program....and clean all the tracers it put into the registry.

Posted on Sep 23, 2013 2:02:01 PM PDT
redandwhite says:
One day an employee came in to work with both of his ears bandaged.
When his boss asked him what happened, he explained:

"Yesterday I was ironing a shirt when the phone rang
and I accidentally answered the iron instead of the phone!"

"Well," the boss said, "that explains one ear, but what
about the other?" "They called back!"

Posted on Sep 23, 2013 2:11:17 PM PDT
redandwhite says:
Coming Home by Laurence Brown
Publication Date: August 6, 2012
Coming Home is a heart-breaking tale of a family separated for more than a century. Beginning with the murderous pogrom in Kishinev in 1903, the Gans family finds itself dispersed across three continents. The only mementos that can identify and reunite the family are twin gold bands saved from the ruins of the family home and inscribed with the names of Beryl and Yenta. Throughout a tale that spans four generations, the fictional story is woven with the tragedy of the major historical events of the twentieth century. Coming Home takes the reader on a journey with unforgettable characters, through Apartheid South Africa, Communist Russia, and the birth and struggle for survival of the State of Israel. The many characters with their loves and hates, their hopes, and their frustrations, complete an unforgettable cast. Most of all, Coming Home is an epic saga of extraordinary devotion and loyalty.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2013 2:26:30 PM PDT
Marilyn, sounds like you had quite the adventure yesterday. LOL Did you ever make it to the Farmers Market to get your corn?

I'm glad there's a possibly of a carpool for Ted to ride home from work so you don't have to drive in the dark. I hope that continues to work out well.

Take care of those baby blues Marilyn. :) I'm thinking of you and living vicariously through your driving adventures. I wish that there was a chance they could help restore your eyesight to something a bit better. Getting older is not for the feint of heart especially when you still feel so young inside..... most days.

Wendy ❤

Posted on Sep 23, 2013 2:28:02 PM PDT
Hi red.... How was work today and your ride to and from? Did you solve your problem at work that you had to leave on Friday? :)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2013 3:19:39 PM PDT
Oregon dreamer, great driving. I'm glad it wasn't

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2013 3:21:18 PM PDT
Red, so how was your trip yesterday? Inquiring minds want to know...
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