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Initial post: Dec 12, 2012, 10:45:37 PM PST
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Welcome! Join us as we browse the free book links, share our selections and enjoy a little conversation. Grab a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate in the Kindle Cafe and choose from Cinnamon Scones and and a variety of other yummy baked goods.

The story that I've chosen to share with you today demonstrates that sharing what we greatly value is the true spirit of Christmas.........

´¯`°¤.¸.¤.¸.¤°´¯` The Christmas Orange ´¯`°¤.¸.¤.¸.¤°´¯`

Sometimes it is easy to forget the true meaning of Christmas. The busy traditions of the season and the appealing advertisements for material goods can leave the pure and simple truths far, far behind.

Jake was nine years old with tousled brown hair with blue eyes as bright as a heavenly angel. For as long as Jake could remember he had lived within the walls of a poor orphanage. He was just one of ten children supported by what meager contributions the orphan home could obtain in a continuous struggle seeking donations from townsfolk.

There was very little to eat, but at Christmas time there always seemed to be a little more than usual to eat, the orphanage seemed a little warmer, and it was time for a little holiday enjoyment. But more than this, there was the Christmas orange!

Christmas was the only time of year that such a rare treat was provided and it was treasured by each child like no other food admiring it, feeling it, prizing it and slowly enjoying each juicy section. Truly, it was the light of each orphan's Christmas and their best gift of the season. How joyful would be the moment when Jake received his orange!

Unknown to him, Jake had somehow managed to track a small amount of mud on his shoes through the front door of the orphanage, muddying the new carpet. He hadn't even noticed. Now it was too late and there was nothing he could do to avoid punishment. The punishment was swift and unrelenting. Jake would not be allowed his Christmas orange! It was the only gift he would receive from the harsh world he lived in, yet after a year of waiting for his Christmas orange, is was to be denied him.

Tearfully, Jake pleaded that he be forgiven and promised never to track mud into the orphanage again, but to no avail. He felt hopeless and totally rejected. Jake cried into his pillow all that night and spent Christmas Day feeling empty and alone. He felt that the other children didn't want to be with a boy who had been punished with such a cruel punishment. Perhaps they feared he would ruin their only day of happiness. Maybe, he reasoned, the gulf between him and his friends existed because they feared he would ask for a little of their oranges. Jake spent the day upstairs, alone, in the unheated dormitory. Huddled under his only blanket, he read about a family marooned on an island. Jake wouldn't mind spending the rest of his life on an isolated island, if he could only have a real family that cared about him.

Bedtime came, and worst of all, Jake couldn't sleep. How could he say his prayers? How could it be that a little soul such as his, should have to suffer so much all by himself? Silently, he sobbed, hoping that the suffering in the world might end, both for himself and all others like him.

As he climbed back into bed from the cold, hard floor, a soft hand touched Jake's shoulder, startling him momentarily and an object was silently placed in his hands. The giver disappeared into the darkness, leaving Jake with what, he did not immediately know!

Looking closely at it in the dim light, he saw that it looked like an orange! Not a regular orange, smooth and shiny, but a special orange, very special. Inside a patched together peal were the segments of nine other oranges, making one whole orange for Jake! The nine other children in the orphanage had each donated one segment of their own precious oranges to make a whole orange as a gift for Jake.


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Starter Schedule:

Ribbon - Friday, December 14 start time 11pm to Midnight PST
DonnerBeeGood - Saturday, December 15 start time 11:30 PST
MerryInTexas - Sunday, December 16 Start Time: 7-8am CST
Twas The Night...Leo.. Monday, Dec. 17 Start Time: 12:30am PST
Joyful Judy - Tuesday, December 18, Start time around 11 p.m. EST
Courtney - Wednesday, December 19 Start time around 12am EST
BubbaK - Thursday, December 20, Start time around 12 am EST
Lover of Blitzen - Friday, December 21st, Start Time: 12:30am PST
KayKay - Saturday, December 22, start time 12:30-1:30 EST
KayKay - Sunday, December 23, start time 12:30 - 1:30 EST
Twas The Night...Leo.. Monday, Dec. 24 Start Time: 12:30am PST
Elf Keeper - Tuesday, December 25 start time: 6-7:00AM EST probably earlier
Courtney - Wednesday, Dec. 26 Start time around 12am EST
MerryInTexas- Thursday, December 27 Start Time: 7-8am CST
Lover of Blitzen - Friday, December 28th, Start Time: 12:30am PST

Open Dates:

Saturday, Dec. 29
Sunday, Dec. 30
Monday, Dec. 31

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Posted on Dec 12, 2012, 10:55:25 PM PST
LOB, That story is so sweet.....Those children really understood the spirt of the season...
Thank you for sharing such nice heart touching stories with us..

Posted on Dec 12, 2012, 11:07:02 PM PST
Lyn says:
No insomnia tonight :)

Great start.
Do you want to bring the santa list over or wait for Merry?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012, 11:09:21 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 12, 2012, 11:23:01 PM PST
Thanks Robb! I can bring it over and maybe I should bring her original post with the "rules" for those who haven't seen it yet...

ETA... I'm waiting for my sons plane to get in. He should have been here by now, but the plane he was on out of Dallas had mechanical problems and they had to put him on another flight. He'll be in around midnight so I went ahead and posted early rather than late.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012, 11:17:46 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 13, 2012, 9:14:01 AM PST
MerryInTexas is organizing a Secret Santa Book Exchange. Please see her post below for the info you need if you'd like to join in.......

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 7:14:05 AM PST

MerryInTexas says:
And good morning to all. I had an idea last night. I was going to save it for opening Saturday, but not everybody checks in on Saturday. And it might be just an idea, not a good one. Anyone up for an FC&C Secret Santa? The way I see it so far, there are some rules:

1)you must have a public wish list
2)there must be at least one item 2.99 or under that can be gifted - ebooks, mp3s, or a 2.99 gift card, if you prefer Kindle Fire apps
3)you will need to provide me with an email and your Kindle handle privately, so that I can send you your Secret Santa. I promise to delete all emails from my account after Xmas is over.
4) Secret Santas may deliver their gift anytime after receiving their name, but must deliver their gift before Christmas Day noon.
5)This is still an Xmas present - recipients must swear to not open their present (email) until Christmas morning.
6)If you are participating in Secret Santa, you MUST post at least once on Thursday December 20 or Friday December 21, so your gifter can find you.

I will take names until next Thursday, December 20, and send you your Secret Santa handle on Friday December 21. I do have supervision, Ribbon and Sugared Suze will keep me honest and up to date.

What do you all think???


The current list of those who plan to participate:

A. Mitchell
Becky (beckygardens)
Christmas Fiddler
8 nights of light in ME
ebook addict
Elf Keeper
Every Kiss Begins With Kay(K)
Jolly Janine
Joyful Judy
KY Bk Addict
Linda B
Lover of Blitzen
Snowlady Sandy Shops
Special ed teacher
Sugarplummed Suze
Twas The Night

*** Don't forget to email MerryInTexas with your Amazon Forum name (example, mine is Lover of Blitzen). To email her, click on her name in a post and that will take you to her profile. Her email is on her profile page.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012, 11:25:43 PM PST
Thank you Sandy! How are you feeling? Better I hope.... ;~)

Posted on Dec 12, 2012, 11:31:17 PM PST
ebook addict says:
What a great story. Thanks so much.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012, 11:41:58 PM PST
ebook addict says:
Just sent my email to join Secret Santa. Sounds like a lot of fun.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012, 11:49:23 PM PST
Thank you ebook addict! The Secret Santa Exchange does sound like a lot of fun. Merry Terry had a great idea! I updated the list to include your name. ;-)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012, 11:55:37 PM PST
Thanks for asking....I have some good days and some not so good days...I have been sleeping alot when not at work....

Posted on Dec 13, 2012, 12:19:50 AM PST
Leo Little says:
touching story and a great start....LOB....thanks for reposting MIT's message....

Posted on Dec 13, 2012, 1:28:03 AM PST
A couple of early picks for today......

Superior Justice (Lake Superior Mysteries) - Mystery

Jonah Borden is not your typical Lutheran pastor, and he takes pains to make sure everyone knows it. He's a tough-guy, thinks-he's-funny, rock-music-playing, gourmet-cooking, painfully-moderate-drinking, hard-boiled man of the cloth. He is even available for a bit of romance, under the right circumstances.

Doug Norstad, a member of Jonah Borden's church, is arrested for a vigilante killing. Norstad shares his true alibi with Borden, under the privileged status of religious confession. Knowing now that the man is innocent, Borden must prove it somehow, without divulging his secret. Along the way he uncovers a twisted series of murders and cover ups. Before it is all over, Borden himself has been bribed, beaten, shot, and arrested for murder. Even worse, he may be falling in love.

Murder At The Rocks (A Fitzjohn Mystery) - Mystery

When Laurence Harford, a prominent businessman and philanthropist is found murdered in the historic Rocks area of Sydney, Detective Chief Inspector Fitzjohn is asked to solve the crime quickly and discreetly. After barely starting his investigation, uncovering a discarded mistress and disgruntled employees, a second killing occurs.

Meanwhile, Laurence's nephew, Nicholas Harford, has his certainties in life shaken when he becomes a suspect in his uncle's death, and receives a mysterious gold locket that starts a chain of events unravelling his family's dark truths.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012, 1:50:48 AM PST
From my wish list.....
A Village Shattered ( A Logan & Cafferty Mystery/Suspense Novel )

Posted on Dec 13, 2012, 1:57:29 AM PST
Mo says:
From my wishlist
Jazz Funeral (Skip Langdon #3) (Skip Langdon Mystery) (The Skip Langdon Series)

Posted on Dec 13, 2012, 2:27:33 AM PST
The Kinlib update just came in.....

Thursday, December 13th 2012, 02:10 AM PST (494)

Posted on Dec 13, 2012, 4:31:25 AM PST
Janine says:
What a lovely start makes you think those children had nothing but still willing to share the little they had.

A book that was recommended here free today.

Girl in the Gatehouse, The

Miss Mariah Aubrey, banished after a scandal, hides herself away in a long-abandoned gatehouse on the far edge of a distant relative's estate. There, she supports herself and her loyal servant the only way she knows how--by writing novels in secret.Captain Matthew Bryant, returning to England successful and wealthy after the Napoleonic wars, leases an impressive estate from a cash-poor nobleman, determined to show the society beauty who once rejected him what a colossal mistake she made. When he discovers an old gatehouse on the property, he is immediately intrigued by its striking young inhabitant and sets out to uncover her identity, and her past. But the more he learns about her, the more he realizes he must distance himself. Falling in love with an outcast would ruin his well-laid plans. The old gatehouse holds secrets of its own. Can Mariah and Captain Bryant uncover them before the cunning heir to the estate buries them forever?

Posted on Dec 13, 2012, 4:35:37 AM PST
☀ Suze says:
Thanks LOB!

I loved your gave me goose bumps! Are you it's author, by any chance??

Hope your son got home just fine. How is your oldest son doing....any new job prospects?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2012, 4:47:27 AM PST
Beeg Panda says:
You seem like a positive, knowledgeable group and I hope no one will mind if I ask for this question here?
I have searched around for an answer but cant seem to find anything. Which is how I ended up here.

Free books on Amazon - is there a way to tell until what date a book will be offered as free?

Thanks alot

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2012, 5:04:59 AM PST
Janine says:
Hi Beeg Panda one thing I have learned from here when it is free click it if you want it would change in the middle of the day not free anymore sometimes on the book link would say free for the next two days but that also sometimes change maybe someone else would know better.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2012, 5:05:38 AM PST
☀ Suze says:
@ Beeg Panda

I don't believe there is anyway to tell how long a book will be free. They all appear to vary. If anyone else knows for sure, please chime in!

Join us anytime.....lots of great free book ideas and friendly people!

Posted on Dec 13, 2012, 5:14:30 AM PST
☀ Suze says:
Please join us for "Secret Santa", FBaC style! Send your chat nickname....for example mine is "Sugarplummed Suze" to MerryInTexas who will be checking in very soon. Click on Merry's will reach her profile and email address......send her an email that contains your chat nickname.

It is important to do this very soon!!

Posted on Dec 13, 2012, 5:25:50 AM PST
Beeg Panda says:
Jolly and Sugarplummed - thanks for your help - much appreciated.

I just saw now that some freebies do show the date until its free (in the book product page) but most don't. Its just that sometimes I see something that my friend in another country will only see a day later and by then it might no longer be free, so she misses out. Its a case of win some, lose some, I think :)

This Secret Santa thing sounds good! As long as Ive been on Amazon Forums, Ive never emailed anyone from here - I have no idea how to even, but you make it sound very simple so I'm going to have a look :) I do love all things Christmas!

Posted on Dec 13, 2012, 5:27:56 AM PST
Good morning, all! Loved the story, LOB. It is a reminder of the loving spirit of Christmas.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2012, 5:43:06 AM PST
No, sometimes they are offered for several days, sometimes for an hour or two. The length the book is free is limited by amazon, but it's also up to the author, they might only have the book free until 100 are taken, or for a couple of hours.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012, 5:47:43 AM PST
Scarlett859 says:
Hi Beeg!
My, you sure do get around! lol I've seen you post on a few other threads that I follow. I think (if my memory serves me right, which is highly unlikely) that you recommended a fanfic that I read and absolutely LOVED. "Clipped Wings & Inked Armor". If that was you, thank you!

And welcome to this thread! The people here are wonderful!
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