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Initial post: May 29, 2013 5:18:01 AM PDT
Susan says:
Good morning all and welcome to another day of Free Books and Chat!! - Wednesday May 29, 2013.

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Posted on May 29, 2013 5:18:25 AM PDT
Susan says:
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Lover of Books - Thursday, May 30 start time 10:00pm PT
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Posted on May 29, 2013 5:18:38 AM PDT
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Posted on May 29, 2013 5:19:07 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 29, 2013 5:23:36 AM PDT
Susan says:
Thought of the Day....

"The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof."

― Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams

Posted on May 29, 2013 5:27:23 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 29, 2013 5:27:44 AM PDT
Susan says:
Yale University is a private Ivy League research university located in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701 in the Colony of Connecticut, the university is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States.
Originally chartered as the "Collegiate School", the institution traces its roots to 17th-century clergymen who sought to establish a college to train clergy and political leaders for the colony. In 1718, the College was renamed "Yale College" to honor a gift from Elihu Yale, a governor of the British East India Company.
The University's assets include an endowment valued at $19.4 billion as of 2011, the second-largest of any academic institution in the world. Yale's system of more than two dozen libraries holds 12.5 million volumes. 49 Nobel Laureates have been affiliated with the University as students, faculty, and staff. Yale has produced many notable alumni, including five U.S. Presidents, 19 U.S. Supreme Court Justices, and several foreign heads of state. At the graduate level, Yale Law School, Yale School of Art, Yale School of Architecture and Yale School of Drama are consistently ranked the top programs in their field. Yale Law School is the most selective law school in the United States.
Yale students compete intercollegiately as the Yale Bulldogs in the NCAA Division I Ivy League. The oldest intercollegiate athletic event in the United States is the Yale-Harvard regatta.

-- Architecture ---Yale's central campus in downtown New Haven covers 260 acres. An additional 500 acres includes the Yale golf course and nature preserves in rural Connecticut and Horse Island.
Yale is noted for its largely Collegiate Gothic campus as well as for several iconic modern buildings commonly discussed in architectural history survey courses: Louis Kahn's Yale Art Gallery and Center for British Art, Eero Saarinen's Ingalls Rink and Ezra Stiles and Morse Colleges, and Paul Rudolph's Art & Architecture Building. Yale also owns and has restored many noteworthy 19th-century mansions along Hillhouse Avenue, which was considered the most beautiful street in America by Charles Dickens when he visited the United States in the 1840s.

Many of Yale's buildings were constructed in the Collegiate Gothic architecture style from 1917 to 1931, financed largely by Edward S. Harkness Stone sculpture built into the walls of the buildings portray contemporary college personalities such as a writer, an athlete, a tea-drinking socialite, and a student who has fallen asleep while reading. Similarly, the decorative friezes on the buildings depict contemporary scenes such as policemen chasing a robber and arresting a prostitute (on the wall of the Law School), or a student relaxing with a mug of beer and a cigarette. The architect, James Gamble Rogers, faux-aged these buildings by splashing the walls with acid, deliberately breaking their leaded glass windows and repairing them in the style of the Middle Ages, and creating niches for decorative statuary but leaving them empty to simulate loss or theft over the ages. In fact, the buildings merely simulate Middle Ages architecture, for though they appear to be constructed of solid stone blocks in the authentic manner, most actually have steel framing as was commonly used in 1930. One exception is Harkness Tower, 216 feet tall, which was originally a free-standing stone structure. It was reinforced in 1964 to allow the installation of the Yale Memorial Carillon.

Posted on May 29, 2013 5:29:11 AM PDT
Susan says:
Youtube Videos -tours of Yale

no need to watch them all - I just couldn't decide... :) (walking tour about 9 mins) (aerial view about 1:30 mins) (Yale West Campus, formerly the Bayer campus) (Yale University architecture ~ library and gallery 3 mins) (Peabody Museum 3:30 min)

Posted on May 29, 2013 5:29:46 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 29, 2013 5:31:29 AM PDT
Susan says:
Did you know...

Open Yale Courses provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. The aim of the project is to expand access to educational materials for all who wish to learn.

* All lectures were recorded in the Yale College classroom and are available in video, audio, and text transcript formats
* Registration is not required
* No course credit, degree, or certificate is available through the Open Yale Courses website.

open courses -

Posted on May 29, 2013 5:34:54 AM PDT
Susan says:
Jackrabbit Junction Jitters (Jackrabbit Junction Humorous Mystery Series #2)
Claire is back, raining trouble throughout Jackrabbit Junction in another fast-paced, fun, sexy suspense.
A burglar is on the loose! Claire wastes no time forming suspicions, but she's sidetracked by a treasure hunt.
Even with help from her boyfriend, Claire is swirling in a whirlpool of chaos. Throw her crazy sister into the torrent, along with an angst-ridden teen, a jittery bride, and some randy old men, and Claire struggles just to keep a toehold in the current.
Then her mother arrives ..

Posted on May 29, 2013 5:43:27 AM PDT
Biscay says:
Thank you so much, Susan, for anything but a last-minute-style start to the thread! I think that is all fascinating. Having the memory of a gnat, I can't remember if I read the one that got zapped or not, but I apologise if any bit of your effort was wasted. What did you have in that post?

As for a freebie to share, this was on my wishlist and I got it because I'm on a bit of a Konrath roll at the moment, I think he and Jack Daniels and friends have managed to reunite me and my KK at last after a bit of a separation, which is great! However, I don't think I'll be brave enough to read this. Someone else might like it. Probably not the book you are looking for, either, redandwhite :D

Haunted House - A Novel of Terror by Jack Kilborn (JA Konrath's horror pen-name)


It was an experiment in fear.

Eight people, each chosen because they lived through a terrifying experience. Survivors. They don't scare easily. They know how to fight back.


Each is paid a million dollars to spend one night in a house. The old Butler House, where those grisly murders occurred so many years ago. A house that is supposedly haunted.


They can take whatever they want with them. Religious items. Survival gear. Weapons. All they need to do is last the night.

But there is something evil in this house. Something very evil, and very real. And when the dying starts, it comes with horrifying violence and brutal finality.

There are much scarier things than ghosts.

Things that will kill you slowly and delight in your screams.

Things that won't let you get out alive.

People are dying to leave

Jack Kilborn, author of AFRAID, TRAPPED, and ENDURANCE, brings back some favorite characters from those earlier novels and puts them through his own unique brand of hell. One that hurts real bad. One that will scare you to death.

Are you brave enough?

In reply to an earlier post on May 29, 2013 5:46:26 AM PDT
Susan says:
Biscay - thanks - I had this info put aside for a quick start, just cut and paste :)
All I had in that post was "hold" so I could add.. don't know why it was zapped :)

Posted on May 29, 2013 5:47:00 AM PDT
Biscay says:
The Judas Chronicles: Books I & II by Aiden James 327 pages

Plague of Coins:

William Barrow carries a dark secret. A very dark secret.

An archivist for the Smithsonian Institute and also a part-time operative for the CIA, no one would ever suspect the handsome 'thirty-ish' William is in fact the most reviled human being to ever walk the earth. His infectious warmth and sense of humor make such an assertion especially hard to believe.

But long ago, William Barrow had another that is synonymous with shame and betrayal: Judas Iscariot.

Forced to walk the earth as a cursed immortal, William/Judas is on a quest to reclaim the thirty silver shekels paid to him in exchange for Jesus Christ. Twenty-one coins have now been recovered--thanks in large part to the help from his latest son, the esteemed Georgetown University history professor, Alistair Barrow.

Ever hopeful the complete coin collection will buy him a full pardon from God and end his banishment from heaven, William plans a visit to a remote village deep within Iran's Alborz Mountains to retrieve 'silver coin number twenty-two'. But the CIA has a different objective for this trip, one that pits both father and son against an unscrupulous Russian billionaire searching for something else that's just as precious within the ancient mountains of Iran...something that threatens peace in the modern world if William and Alistair fail to reach it first.

Reign of Coins:

For William Barrow, two thousand years is a very long time...too long, when it is a perpetual punishment for betraying Jesus Christ.
The man originally known as Judas Iscariot is on a mission to recover thirty silver shekels once paid to him for his ultimate treachery. Twenty-two coins have been recovered, leaving just eight to go. But when his Russian nemesis, Viktor Kaslow, also becomes immortal, the stakes are immediately raised.

Kaslow has followed William and his son, Alistair, to Hong Kong in search of a 'blood coin' passed down through Genghis Khan. The coin presently belongs to an esteemed Chinese collection. But along with the coin are other cursed items from the famed Mongol Emperor. William soon learns he can't have the 'one' without the others.

William has waited eight hundred years for a second chance to reclaim this particular coin that inspired the Mongolian Empire's bloody violence it was once famous for. While Kaslow closes in, seeking his own vengeance, William and Alistair race against the CIA and an unscrupulous American businessman intent on reaching the cursed 'treasure trove' before them.

Much is at stake for the Barrows and the world, as a deadly weapon unseen for centuries lies in wait alongside blood coin number twenty-three....

****This new edition of The Judas Chronicles comes to you after a thorough tightening of Plague of Coins and Reign of Coins, following constructive feedback during the past year for both books. I would like to thank Alisa Gus, of Curiosity Quills Press, for her invaluable editing assistance in preparing this collection for re-release. Peace to all, Aiden James ~ April 16th, 2013****

In reply to an earlier post on May 29, 2013 5:49:01 AM PDT
Biscay says:
I saw your "hold" posts - can't imagine why that was deleted! By you, maybe, but by Amazon within minutes of it going in there? How weird!

Thank you again, Susan. Hope we get some visitors soon to read your great start. I won't have time for the videos so thanks for posting all the facts, fascinating! I am halfway through my wishlists (I have a few, LOL) so there may be another book yet.

Posted on May 29, 2013 6:07:39 AM PDT
Lyn says:
Nice start Susan
I thought maybe they didn't like one of your quotes but a hold post? Someone must either have not had enough coffee or too much over at Ammy to zap that one.

In reply to an earlier post on May 29, 2013 6:07:49 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 29, 2013 6:08:10 AM PDT
Susan says:
Yes, we are going to need some folks to stop in today :)

It would be nice if some lurkers stopped in as well :)

I'm at work and my boss is out this week, so it will be a busy day.

I'll stop in when I can.....

In reply to an earlier post on May 29, 2013 6:10:19 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 29, 2013 6:12:40 AM PDT
Susan says:
How could someone not like one of my quotes?

"Basically, I have two speeds.... Hostile or smart-aleck. Your choice."
― James Patterson

In reply to an earlier post on May 29, 2013 6:16:07 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 29, 2013 6:17:22 AM PDT
Lyn says:
I'll take the smart-aleck. It beats either a dumb-aleck or being hostile.

And I did qualify that about the quote/hold post deletion with too much or not enough caffeine.

Posted on May 29, 2013 6:30:53 AM PDT
Irish M says:
good morning and thanks for the start! Not that I don't have enough "free" books on my Kindle, I am going to go buy a Tad Williams Shadowmarch series book for my reading pleasure. Almost done with the latest Diana Gabaldon, need another long series to take me away Calgon.

Posted on May 29, 2013 7:08:41 AM PDT
Lyn says:
Hi Irish
It has been awhile since I heard that commercial :) Yes, neither Diana nor Tad seem to be about to write *short* books/series.

Posted on May 29, 2013 7:25:33 AM PDT
Susan says:
What is the latest Diana Gabaldon? the new Outlander book isn't out yet, is it?
I planned on re-reading the first 7 before I started the new one...Love that series....

Posted on May 29, 2013 7:27:39 AM PDT
ebook addict says:
This one was on sale a while ago. So glad I waited. Sorry can't add the description easily from my iTouch. It is a romance.

Shoe Strings

Biscay, thanks for the Konrath. I like him & have several but didn't have that one.

In reply to an earlier post on May 29, 2013 7:38:18 AM PDT
Biscay says:
You're welcome, ebook addict. Thanks for all yours as well - since I'm lucky enough to be cruising along smoothly on a real keyboard with all cut and paste facilities at my fingers, here's the description for you:

Shoe Strings by Christy Hayes

After being hounded by her estranged father just as her boutique shoe business is taking off, Atlanta's Angelita Barros heads for the mountains of North Carolina where she couldn't be a bigger fish out of water. The cabin she rents is perfect, but one look at the owner's son and Angelita's in lust big time. She finds resisting the charming Jesse Bloodworth as difficult as maneuvering small town life in her custom made stilettos.

Jesse has spent years rebuilding his relationship with his teenaged son and ex-wife after running out on them eleven years ago. But his dad's not so quick to forgive and forget. The water under the bridge becomes mighty choppy when beautiful Angelita walks into their lives.

Jesse's ex, Kerri Ann, is a far cry from where she thought she'd be in life. Even before she got pregnant with Ty, things between her and Jesse had faltered, and there was only one person to blame: Bryce Jenson. Kerri Ann never expected her long-ago crush to settle back into Sequoyah Falls to practice law. Hell, no one did.

Bryce had his reasons for returning home and Kerri Ann was at the very top. They seem destined to remain just friends, until Angelita comes to town and stirs everything up.

As Angelita and Jesse embark on a relationship, her father's demands become threats and she's forced back to Atlanta. Jesse's attempt to save her uncovers more of her past than he bargained for. Will Angelita's prince charming come to her rescue or does Jesse's love come with Shoe Strings attached?

Posted on May 29, 2013 7:45:18 AM PDT
Lyn says:
I see that Bird Watcher's Digest is having a drawing for an Audubon 6x16 Monocular. I was just wondering what you used. A scope? If so, what kind and size? Or just binocs?

In reply to an earlier post on May 29, 2013 8:00:35 AM PDT
Susan says:
How did you see that?, I'll have to check it out...thanks.
We both have bausch & lomb elite 8x42 binoculars and we have a spotting scope that is on its wait out. The binocs were a bit expensive but they have lasted probably 18 years now. Love them.

In reply to an earlier post on May 29, 2013 8:11:54 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 29, 2013 8:12:40 AM PDT
Lyn says:
Because it is on FB. It is a $30 value so not one of their more expensive one.

And what is wrong with the scope other than you prefere the binocs?

In reply to an earlier post on May 29, 2013 8:46:39 AM PDT
Susan says:
The scope is fine, it's just old...
A scope is for more long distance and not for birds flitting around in trees, definitely on water checking out ducks or shore birds though.
I prefer binocs because that is the type of bird I really want to be looking at :)
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