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Initial post: Nov 20, 2012 11:33:29 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 20, 2012 11:46:04 PM PST
Good Morning to all of my FB&C family.....Today is the day before Thanksgiving and the "start of our Holiday Season...

Please help yourself to all of the Holiday Goodies that our tastebuds craves and out memories desire..




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...


You are welcome to join us for conversation, however, self-promotion or posting a link to your book in this area is against Amazon's TOS. Please go to the "Meet Our Authors" area for that, as many of us do check there as well.


Starter Schedule

Robb - Thursday, November 22 Start Time 11pm to Midnight PST
Kay Kay - Friday, November 23 Start Time 12:30-1:30 am EST
Kay Kay - Saturday, November 24 Start Time 12:30-1:30 am EST
Lover of Books - Sunday, Nov. 25 Start Time 12:30am PST
Leonard Little - Monday, November 26 Start Time 12:30 am PST
BubbaK-Tuesday, November 27 Start Time 7:00 am EDT (or earlier)
Lover of Books - Friday, Nov. 30 Start Time 12:30am PST

Open Dates:

Wednesday, November 28
Thursday, November 29
Saturday, December 1
Sunday, December 2

Link to yesterdays thread......

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 11:35:08 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 20, 2012 11:38:19 PM PST
The Holidays are such a joyful time...It is a time to spend with family and friends.
A time to be festive, and A time when many of us worry about eating a bit to much..
The holiday pounds......I think it's the everyday things that really hurt us weight wise..

Here is a bit that I got from our Dietitian/Nutrition Specialist.....

Tiny Bites Total Big Calories....
"I rarely have dessert"
"I never eat between meals"
"Almost everything I eat is low fat"

Do you ever hear or think these comments and then wonder, "But why am I still gaining weight or unable to lose weight???

Bite 1..... ¼ cup of OJ left in carton. Might as well finish it......26 calories
Bite 2..... 2 tablespoons of fruit loops left in childs bowl. Quick bite before putting bowl in sink....50 calories
Bite 3.....You add 2 teaspoons of sugar to your coffee in the morning....31 calories.
Bite 4..... You have just a small sample of leftover cake maybe a bit more 73 calories
Bite 5..... Oops, forgot to have them leave off the mayo from your burger @ lunch 100calories
Bite 6..... Add 2 mints cause you forgot to leave off the onions......20 calories....
Bite 7..... Watching TV, and feel thirsty,a cola sounds good! ....140 calories
Bite 8.....While in the kitchen you spot some chips and deciede to have a few, it's ok. It's not like you are having the whole bag......105 calories
Bite 9..... Cracker with cheese at the grocery store, it's only a sample....55 calories
Bite 10. ....At checkout you grab another soda from the cooler.......140 calories
Bite 11..... 2 Tablespoons of mac and cheese you have sampled while cooking...54 calories
Bite 12.....Only ¼ cup of mac and cheese left..not hardly enough to keep Don't want it to go to waste.........108 calories.....

Grand total....902 Extra calories for the day......
On average, 3,500 calories above your bodies needs can lead to a weight gain of a pound....
So Enjoy The Holidays But Beware Of The Tiny Bites...........

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 11:54:29 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 20, 2012 11:57:55 PM PST
ebook addict says:
How to Host a Holiday (The Prequel to Ivy Stratton & the Time Machine)
By Kathleen Kitson
Ivy Stratton has Big Plans: Plans to host an unforgettable Christmas dinner party.
She's compiled a gourmet menu, festive decor, and the perfect guest list, all in hopes of winning the heart of the man of her dreams.
But when her Big Plans fall apart, Ivy must scramble to make the most of the situation and keep her composure as the ideal holiday host.

This holiday novella is the prequel to the Ivy Stratton & the Time Machine series.

Rupert Investigates: A Cambridge Mystery
By Daphne Coleridge
Emerald is a beautiful actress with aristocratic connections - but all she wants is to keep a low profile whilst studying mathematics at Cambridge University. When her graduation ceremony is interrupted by an assailant with a crossbow it is a family friend, Rupert Latimer, who investigates the attack and tries to prevent a murder.
A novelette of 9400 words.

Heavenly Blessing (Amish Romance)
by Becca Fisher
Abigail is supposed to live a plain and simple life. To work in her families quilt shop and marry one of the local boys. But when she meets a handsome outsider, plans start to change, forcing Abigail to make the decision of a lifetime.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 11:58:32 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 21, 2012 12:26:31 AM PST
Leo Little says:
@ Sandy...great start...the biggest problem with my tiny bites is that I can't just take they end up being big bites....Thanks for tips...


If your interested click on my profile page...My sister finished the cover art for the short story I've been posting on Mondays

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 12:03:56 AM PST
Your family is all so talented....Didn't you say that your brother was doing the artwork for the book????

Glad that you liked the start..

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2012 12:10:50 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 21, 2012 12:28:26 AM PST
Leo Little says:
Yeah he's working on my children's story but I had named them both the I had to choose which story fit the title best...The children's book has a lot of artwork in it so I doubt I'll get it out before Christmas....Thinking of renaming it "The Story of Christmas Time"

ETA good night....

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 2:47:41 AM PST
Good morning! Thank you for an interesting and informative start Sandy. I hope everyone has a good day on this Thanksgiving eve.

The Kinlib update just came in......

Wednesday, November 21st 2012, 02:34 AM PST (489)

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 3:15:43 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 21, 2012 3:16:30 AM PST
A little Thanksgiving humor......

~~~~~~ Just Following Tradition ~~~~~~

We visited our newly married daughter, who was preparing her first Thanksgiving dinner. I noticed the turkey thawing in the kitchen sink with a dish drainer inverted over the bird. I asked why a drainer covered the turkey.

Our daughter turned to my wife and said, "Mom, you always did it that way." "Yes," my wife replied, "but you don't have a cat!"
~ A. C. Stokers, Jr.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2012 3:21:06 AM PST
Oh, I need to share that with my mum. We are always laughing about the "BLM-syndrome" - be like mum. She gets more and more of her mother's quirks, I get hers and so it goes... Put it this way - I could walk into her new kitchen and immediately know where every single item was. She did the same in mine. And DH, after living in it for 9 years, still spends half his time looking...

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2012 3:36:01 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 21, 2012 3:36:26 AM PST
@Northern Lights
LOL, It's a man thing! After 33 years of marriage my husband still asks where some things go when unloading the dishwasher. My sons are exactly the same way.

How is your son doing with his asthma? Better I hope.....

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 3:58:15 AM PST
Dancing with Dixie
Dixie Delaney is happy with her single life as GP in a small, rural community in the South Island of New Zealand. That is, until her childhood nemesis, Nate Ryan, arrives back in town, having inherited her childhood home. One look at him, and she falls head over heels in love. Problem is, he is committed to his work as a doctor in Rwanda.

When Nate's employers inform him that the local Rwandan community have insisted that a married man be appointed to the role he so desperately wants, he is quick to ask Dixie to marry him. After all, he's been lusting after her for years. But can he turn their marriage of convenience into a marriage based on love?

Before the Midnight Bells (Once Upon a Romance)
Eleanor Emberton isn't sitting around waiting for a handsome prince to rescue her. In fact, she's determined to save not only herself, but her whole family from her stepmother's headlong plunge into financial ruin. When she meets a mysterious man at the ball, romance is the last thing on her mind, but she can't help feeling an instant attraction. Before long she finds herself head over heels for her charming suitor. So what if he's left out a few teeny, tiny details?

Before the Midnight Bells is a fresh look at the Cinderella story, with humor, intrigue, and a healthy dose of passion

Mrs. Batterfingers Old Fashioned Cookie Recipes: A Simple Old Fashioned Cookie Cookbook
Everyone knows that the only thing better then the smell of cookies baking in the oven is the smell of old fashioned cookies baking in the oven! Nothing beats the buttery scent of shortbread or the spicy aroma of homemade gingerbread filling the air.

So for the first time ever, I am opening the pages of my family cookbook to share with you some of my favorite vintage cookie recipes. You will be delighted by the simplicity of the recipes and be dazzled by the tasty flavor and delicious aroma that only old-fashioned cookies can offer.

This collection of 32 tried-and-true recipes is sure to please!

Here are just a few of the recipes you will find inside:

Brown Sugar Buttons
Whipped Shortbread
100 Good Cookies
Drunken Ginger Balls
Saucepan Cookies
Pecan Chocolate Derbies
Afternoon Coffee Cookies
Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies
Forgotten Cookies
Dad's Dipped Lemons
Casserole Cookies
Cherry Winks... and many more.

Christmas in Maui: A Very Merry Slate Novella (Sequel to Slate)
Renegade casting director Vivien Slate is headed to Maui for her Christmas Vacation. Can she come to terms with her new pregnancy? Can she move past last September's tragedy? And will she find love again?

Vivien Slate returns for a brand new Christmas adventure!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2012 4:15:34 AM PST
4Nbahu says:
@Leonard, good cover....

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 5:34:41 AM PST
JudyD says:
Thanks for the start Sandy Shops. Will post what showed up on my wish list this morning, then off to take son to airport and then to work. Will check in later.

Indelible Love - Emily's Story
Absolute Liability (Southern Fraud Suspense 1)
New Revelations: Second Sight Book Two
Never Too Far
My Familiar Stranger - A Paranormal Romance (The Order of the Black Swan, BOOK ONE)
A Sling and A Stone : Courageously Overcoming Goliath from the Inside Out
The Sword and the Flame: The Forging
Coke with a Twist (A Mercy Watts short)
Black Harvest (The PROJECT)
Front Burners (Dean Grant Series #3)


Posted on Nov 21, 2012 5:42:20 AM PST
Courtney says:
LOB: You reminded me of this one:

The new bride is making her first Christmas dinner of ham. She carefully cuts off the ends. Husband asks her why? She replies, that's how mom does it. Mom come to dinner, husband asks her why she cuts the ends off? That's the best part! Mom says, that's how my mom taught me. Husband decides he must know, so he calls grandma. Grandma replies: The ham didn't fit in the pan unless I cut the ends off.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 5:45:21 AM PST
Janine says:
Good afternoon just want to wish you all for tomorrow a lovely Thanksgiving with no food disasters turkey cooked and a really nice time with family.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 6:04:01 AM PST
Suze says:
Thanks Sandy Shops,

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Thanks for reminder about "Little Bites"....I could eat a whole meal that way, especially on Thanksgiving. If I think of it while baking especially, if I chew peppermint gum I am less likely to keep tasting. It doesn't always work though, especially if chocolate is involved because I love chocolate covered mints!

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 6:19:37 AM PST
Suze says:
I didn't know any of you nice folks last year at this time and I wanted to say how grateful I am to have met all of you and how I wish everyone blessings that you can't even imagine right now.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 6:34:53 AM PST
Good Morning All! Just wanted to share this quickly with you before I have to go do some things, but I'll be back for a bit and hopefully some picks later:

Thanksgiving Delights

On Thanksgiving Day we're thankful for
Our blessings all year through,
For family we dearly love,
For good friends, old and new.

For sun to light and warm our days,
For stars that glow at night,
For trees of green and skies of blue,
And puffy clouds of white.

We're grateful for our eyes that see
The beauty all around,
For arms to hug, and legs to walk,
And ears to hear each sound.

The list of all we're grateful for
Would fill a great big book;
Our thankful hearts find new delights
Everywhere we look!

By Joanna Fuchs

I'm incredibly thankful for all of you I've met in here and wish you all many blessings in your own lives...

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 6:36:20 AM PST
Lyn says:
Thanks for the start. Little bites do add up.
BTW, where does Sandy shop? :)

Time to get the boots on, rain coat on and let Bailey out - make that drag Bailey out.
Will be sampling the orange colored steel cuts oats in a bit.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 6:41:06 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 21, 2012 6:44:29 AM PST
Coach D says:
Black Harvest (The PROJECT) by Alex Lukeman. The 2nd "Project" book to be offered free in the past two weeks or so. James Campbell is the world's leading expert on crop viruses. He discovers clay tablets from ancient Persia with a clue to the location of a golden urn marked with the curse of a Greek goddess, part of treasure seized by Alexander the Great during the fall of Babylon. His discovery puts him dead center in the cross hairs of a conspiracy bent on world domination. He is horribly murdered, along with two of his colleagues.

The murders get the attention of Elizabeth Harker,Director of a black ops intelligence unit called the Project. Nick Carter is the Project team leader. He struggles with PTSD from his years as a combat Marine and conflicting thoughts about his lover and teammate, Selena Connor. Selena's been with the Project for less than a year. She's having a hard time dealing with her feelings for Nick and the mayhem that goes with her job.

Nick and Selena follow a bloody and explosive trail through Greece, Bulgaria and America. They uncover a deadly plan of corporate
greed that will cause millions to die if it succeeds. Director Elizabeth Harker must forge a dangerous alliance to try and stop the plot and avoid certain war with Russia. All the while, a high-placed American traitor does his best to sabotage the Project at every turn...and time is running out.

Superhero (An Action Thriller) by Victor Methos. THE BEAST IS OUT...A wave of unprecedented violence rages across Los Angeles. Instigated by a new gang called the Myrs, they are known for their lust for murder and led by the most ferocious gang leader in the city's history: a giant known only as Agamemnon. Someone many believe is not human. A HERO IS BORN...

Jack Kane retires from the DEA. He no longer believes the violence he has perpetrated in the name of justice is worth it. Coming home to Los Angeles, he discovers a city torn apart by gang warfare. When the violence nearly kills the ones he loves, Jack can no longer sit by and watch and vows to take down the deadly Myrs.

But Agamemnon displays superhuman abilities. Jack is left broken in mind and body after even a brief confrontation. Laying in the hospital near death, a woman enters his life and offers him a chance to defeat Agamemnon. But to defeat him, he must become like him...

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 7:18:15 AM PST
My picks for today:

California Caress (A Historical Western Romance) historical romance
The Candidate's Wife romance
Love and Adventure Collection - Part 2 (Love and Adventure Boxed Sets) 3 historical romances
SECTOR C suspense/thriller
Black Harvest (The PROJECT) suspense/thriller
Unique Cookie Recipes from My Moms Kitchen recipes
21 Best Winter Holiday Beverage Recipes (Best Recipe Roundup) recipes

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 7:33:24 AM PST
GrammaKathy says:
Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake - Low Carb and Gluten-Free
3 cups hazelnut flour (I used Bob's Red Mill)
1/3 cup unflavoured whey protein powder
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp xanthan gum
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup Swerve Sweetener or granulated erythritol
1/4 cup hazelnut oil
2 large eggs
1 tsp hazelnut extract
20 drops stevia extract
1/2 cup almond milk
1, 3.5-oz high cacao chocolate bar, gluten-free, chopped
5 tbsp butter
2 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
2 tbsp powdered Swerve Sweetener or powdered erythritol
3 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
15 drops stevia extract
1 to 2 tbsp hazelnut oil
1. For the cake, preheat oven to 325F and grease a bundt pan very well, making sure to get in all
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together hazelnut flour, whey protein, baking powder, baking soda, salt
and xanthan gum.
3. In a large bowl, beat butter and erythritol until lightened. Beat in hazelnut oil, eggs, hazelnut extract
and stevia extract.
4. Beat in hazelnut flour mixture in two batches, alternating with almond milk, until well combined.
5. Stir in chopped chocolate.
6. Pour batter into prepared bundt pan and bake 40 to 45 minutes, or until browned and a tester
inserted in the center comes out clean.
7. Let cool in pan 20 minutes, then flip out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
8. For the glaze, melt butter, chocolate, and powdered erythritol together in a small saucepan over low
heat, stirring until smooth.
9. Stir in cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and stevia extract. Mixture will thicken considerably.
10. Stir in hazelnut oil until mixture smooths out and is pourable.
11. Pour over cooled cake and let set 1 hour.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 7:42:39 AM PST
GrammaKathy says:

Here is a free cookbook to download (PDF)

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 8:03:00 AM PST
bethcross says:
Good morning everyone - time for me to head to begin my crazy holiday countdown work marathon!

I'd like to thank Elaine B for her birthday gift - so thoughtful - thank you!!

From the Archives:
Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery (Dec 12, 2011)
Loving the Norseman (The Hansen Series) (May 16)
A Witch's Tale (June 7)
My Familiar Stranger - A Paranormal Romance (The Order of the Black Swan, BOOK ONE) (Aug 18)
The Sin Collector (Sept 10)

New Today:
claire-obscure (The Claire Quartet)
Crazy Little Thing Called Dead (The Bree MacGowan Series)
The Dead Children's Story

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 8:52:38 AM PST
robb says:
I was intrigued with the app of the day - Cooking Conversions - then I read the first review. And it mostly got trashed so I think the review was pretty much on target.

Part of the review

Seeing "Ingredient Conversions", I was quite interested in this app. Most of the ingredients in my recipes I specify in grams (for precision and ease of measurement), so the possibility of having conversions at hand was worth investigating. Unfortunately, the app fails completely. The term for such an abject failure is "not even wrong" -- it's not that the conversions are incorrect, but rather, "My hovercraft is full of eels."

The ingredient conversions portion of the app lets you convert from an ingredient to... a *density*? For example, if you have 1 honey, that's 1.44 grams per cubic centimeter, but if you have *10* honey, that's 14.4 grams per cubic centimeter (more dense than *lead*). I believe I speak for *anyone* who has even been in the same room as a science book when I say, "WHAT?" One "Egg yolks" is 0.04 PSI, but it only takes 2000 egg yolks to pump up my bike tires to about 80 PSI. The ingredient conversions are not simply unusable, they're complete gobbledygook.
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