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Initial post: May 4, 2014 9:14:06 PM PDT
chemmaj rn says:
Welcome to FB&C. Thanks for joining us today, Monday, May 5.

Welcome one and all, thank you for taking time out of your day to join us in savoring free books and chatting about anything that you would like.

First let's take care of business
Links To Free Book Resources:





(use the dropdown menu at the top to find other categories of Fiction as well as Non-Fiction)



Gizmo's Freeware: List of freebie sites


After the search populates, sort by publication date to find the new freebies

To Search Amazon directly for Freebies:,p_36:0-0,p_15=&hidden-keywords=-domain
In left-hand column, selections for genres can be made. First let's take care of business

You are strongly urged to confirm the price of the book before completing your purchase.
The price displayed on Amazon's website at the time of purchase is the price of the book.

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.

Posted on May 4, 2014 9:14:30 PM PDT
chemmaj rn says:
You are welcome to join us for conversation, however, SELF PROMOTION or posting a link to your book in this area VIOLATES AMAZON'S TERMS OF SERVICE.
Please go to the "Meet Our Authors" area for that, as many of us do check there
as well.


Posted on May 4, 2014 9:15:05 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 4, 2014 10:04:20 PM PDT
chemmaj rn says:
FB&C Starter schedule - Tuesday, May 6, start time - between 10 - 11 pm EDT
DonnaBeeGoodAndSparkly - Wednesday, May 7 Start time - midnight MST
Snowlady Sandy Thurs. May 8th, around 12:00 Amazon time..
Kajola - Friday, May 9, start time 11 pm - 1 am EDT
redandwhite - Saturday - May 10 - start time around midnight PDT
redandwhite - Sunday - May 11 - start time around midnight PDT
Kajola - Monday, May 12, start time 11 pm - 1 am EDT
Snowlady Sandy, Friday 16, start around that time..

.✿. Open Dates:

Tuesday, May 13
Wednesday, May 14
Thursday, May 15
Friday, May 16
Saturday, May 17
Sunday, May 18
Monday, May 19

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Choose an available day, copy/paste schedule into a post and add your info.

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Freebie BOOKS - Links Only - No Self Promotion...

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Link To Yesterday's Thread:
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FB&C Book Discussion
The next book discussion is scheduled for Thursday, May 8th, 2014 at 6:00pm PT.

The book selected:

To Dance with the White Dog: A Novel of Life, Loss, Mystery and Hope (RosettaBooks into Film) by Terry Kay

It is not currently free, but it is lending enabled.


Posted on May 4, 2014 9:15:32 PM PDT
chemmaj rn says:
Good morning, afternoon, evening to everyone wherever you are in your Monday. For any of those who are just finding this thread for the first time, welcome, you will find this group a very open, caring, informative collection of people who are really into books especially free books!

I hope to hear from regular posters, lurkers, and of course friends that we haven't heard from in a while. Updates are always welcome!

Pull up a chair, grab your Kindles, computers, or other electronic devices (even dark ones) you might use to read and communicate on and let's get the day started.

There are no known birthdays or anniversaries today, so if you have a birthday or anniversary today, best to you, please let us know so we can send wishes your way!

Today is Cinco de Mayo!!! Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day...that would be Sept 16 (aka, my birthday!).

Cinco de Mayo originated with Mexican-American communities in the American West as a way to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War, and today the date is observed as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. In the state of Puebla, the date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín.

During the French occupation of Mexico, which took place in the aftermath of the Mexican-American War of 1846-48, the Mexican Civil War of 1858, and the 1860 Reform Wars, the Mexican Treasury nearly bankrupt. On July 17, 1861, Mexican President Benito Juárez issued a moratorium in which all foreign debt payments would be suspended for two years.

Late in 1861, a well-armed French fleet stormed Veracruz, landing a large French force and driving President Juárez and his government into retreat. Moving on from Veracruz towards Mexico City, the French army encountered heavy resistance from the Mexicans close to Puebla, at the Mexican forts of Loreto and Guadalupe. The 8,000-strong French army attacked the much smaller and poorly equipped Mexican army of 4,500. Yet, on this day in 1862, the Mexicans managed to decisively crush the French army, then considered "the premier army in the world."

This victory represented a significant morale boost to the Mexican army and the Mexican people at large and bolstered the resistance movement, establishing a much-needed sense of national unity and patriotism.

To celebrate this day, I have a wonderful repast of Mexican food and margaritas for all (different flavors of course)! Así, vamos a empezar el día! (please forgive my lousy Spanish!) Lets go start the day!! I have my margarita in hand!!!

Posted on May 4, 2014 9:54:00 PM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ chemmaj rn
Thank you for starting us off today - very interesting info you have found.

I was updating the schedule at the end on yesterdays threat at the same time you were preparing/posting todays link - perhaps you would like to edit the new schedule into your 2nd post here

Posted on May 4, 2014 10:04:50 PM PDT
chemmaj rn says:
Thanks red...I think I got it!

Posted on May 4, 2014 10:04:53 PM PDT
redandwhite says:
Thinking especially of Karl today - sending {{{Hugs}}}

In reply to an earlier post on May 4, 2014 10:07:08 PM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ chemmaj rn

Thanks for that - better than posting it twice at the beginning of a thread.

I do hope that you have a good night and arrive at Monday in a good way - work ?

Posted on May 4, 2014 10:36:55 PM PDT
redandwhite says:
I had a Sunday with a difference - DS contacted me and asked if I was busy or if I would like to accompany him and his father on a trip out to look at used cars - so I agreed ... and am now slightly poorer LOL since we found a car for him a Opel from 1998. We are all pleased and think that we got a really good deal, we split the price three ways and everyone is happy. He now has to get it registered.
Also more good news he has got himself a new job - starts in two weeks - things are looking up for him - yeah

Posted on May 4, 2014 10:38:01 PM PDT
Sally in SA says:
chemmaj rn, thank you for starting us off today. I was so glad to find an explanation of your post on yesterdays thread:)

Hi Red, and anyone else out there at this time. It's a cool day here and I have come to work expecting it to be hot...I never look at the weather forecast in the mornings so am often caught out. You would think I would learn:) I don't think it is going to be cool enough to worry though.

I hope everyone has a good Monday.

Posted on May 4, 2014 10:41:45 PM PDT
Hi all! I'm off work and sitting at McDonald's waiting for Chris to get off.
Seems like a waste of gas to drive across town just to come back in less than
A hour.

Us know how sometimes you have a off day and things just don't go smoothly?
Just about the whole crew was having a day like that....

Posted on May 4, 2014 10:43:53 PM PDT
Sally in SA says:
That's wonderful news Red. I hope he enjoys the new job. Also the car:) I hope YOU get lots of use of that too:) Do you drive?

Posted on May 4, 2014 10:46:14 PM PDT
Sally, It's a quarter till one am here and it's still 79°.
How are you today?

Posted on May 4, 2014 10:47:34 PM PDT
Red, I agree. Great news for your son.

In reply to an earlier post on May 4, 2014 10:50:08 PM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ Sally
No I don't drive any more (many many years since I did last) of course I now have a personal chauffeur LOL

Posted on May 4, 2014 10:52:16 PM PDT
Sally in SA says:
Hi Sandy, I'm good thanks. How long do you expect to be waiting for Chris. I agree with a sentiment you expressed some's time that son of yours learnt to drive:)

I don't know how you are coping with the late nights now that you are working. Be careful you don't overdo things.

In reply to an earlier post on May 4, 2014 10:52:36 PM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ Sandy
We also went to a McDonald's yesterday - to deliberate the purchase, eat a little and use the toilets - why is it that when you can't you want to LOL applied to all three of us, perhaps excitement, first time I have been to a McD in years

In reply to an earlier post on May 4, 2014 10:53:23 PM PDT
That is always a nice thing to have.

Posted on May 4, 2014 10:55:10 PM PDT
redandwhite says:
Getting ready to head out - have checked the weather - reasonably sunny/cloudy possibility of a bit of rain and cooler than the weekend - off to get dressed right

In reply to an earlier post on May 4, 2014 10:58:46 PM PDT
Sally, Most of the time I still get to sleep in so I'm getting about the same
Amount of sleep. Today I actually took a nap between my split shift.

Posted on May 4, 2014 11:09:12 PM PDT
Sally in SA says:
Red, always nice to have a personal chauffeur! You are lucky in that your public transport is so good, and that you are so adept at riding a bike, so you haven't lost your independence by not driving. If I didn't drive, I would be always relying on someone else and it would drive me mad:)

You need to get some sleep now then Sandy!

The slow internet is again driving me crazy, I have to keep on refreshing to get to the page, so I will stop now and get to work!

Posted on May 4, 2014 11:16:28 PM PDT
redandwhite says:
At dawn the telephone rings. "Hello, Senor Humphrey? This is Ernesto the caretaker at your country house."

"Ah yes, Ernesto. What can I do for you? Is there a problem?"

"Um, I am just calling to advise you, sir, that your parrot died"

"My parrot? Dead? The one that won the International competition?"

"Si, that's the one."

"Damn! That's a pity! I spent a small fortune on that bird. What did he die from?"

"From eating rotten meat."

"Rotten meat? Who on earth fed him rotten meat?"

"Nobody senor. He ate the meat of one of the dead horses."

"Dead horse? What dead horse?"

"The thoroughbred, Mr. Lucky. He died from all that work pulling the water cart."

"Are you insane? What water cart?"

"The one we used to put out the fire."

"Good Lord! What fire are you talking about, man?"

"The one at your house! A candle fell and the curtains caught on fire."

"What the.....!!! But there's electricity at the house!!!! What was the candle for?"

"For the funeral."


"Your mother's. She showed up one night out of the blue and I thought she was a thief, so I hit her with your new Tiger Woods Nike Driver."


"Ernesto if you broke that driver you're fired!

Posted on May 4, 2014 11:55:15 PM PDT
I am home now and will go to bed as soon as I check my e-mail..
Good night everyone..

Posted on May 5, 2014 3:10:25 AM PDT
Oh, dear. I cannot laugh that loud this early in the morning, redandwhite, as Mr. Dirt won't want to wake up for two more hours! Congratulations on acquiring a personal chauffeur, commiserations on the hit to your finances, and best of luck to your son in the new job.

I will never understand why dehydration causes one to lose even more fluids by ejecting whatever fluids remain in one's digestive system, but it is no longer a mystery how I got somewhat dehydrated yesterday morning. The day started out cool -- 57 degrees F (13.9C) when I first went outside -- but it warmed up quickly and the high was darned close to 90 degrees F (32.2C). I am always slightly underhydrated, so I don't have to lose much to become too low.

chemmaj, kudos to you for the Cinco de Mayo information. Lots of folks around here mistakenly think it is the date of Mexican independence and a big holiday in Mexico, where, in fact, it is practically unobserved (the exception being Pueblo, as you noted). Mom's caregiver was born in a different part of Mexico, and she had to have it explained to her when she emigrated to the U.S.

JoJo, glad to have been of assistance in the plant's name. I am envious of those who can grow it well. We grew them well in the nursery, where they would be sold in 3- and 5-gallon containers, but not in our garden where they did not get the same excessive attention and had to live in real-life circumstances.

Happy Monday to all. Magnolio Palomino and I are going to get our exercise this morning, including a lesson for him with a ride for me after, and the finishing touches on his stall renovation. I spread a deodorizing powder down yesterday. Today, I will replace the bedding, the newly washed feed and water buckets and the horse. In that order.

Posted on May 5, 2014 3:51:18 AM PDT
Thanks for the start, chemmaj! Morning, everyone! Off to work.
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