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Initial post: Jun 22, 2014, 8:13:15 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 23, 2014, 6:40:25 AM PDT
kajola says:
Welcome to Free Books and Chat (FB&C) - Monday, June 23, 2014
Thanks for stopping by!

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You are welcome to join us for conversation.
However, self-promotion or posting a link to your book in this forum is against Amazon's TOS. If you're looking to promote your work, please go to the "Meet Our Authors" forum, many of us check there as well:

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╰♥.☆.♥╮ Link To Yesterday's FB&C Thread . . .

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Posted on Jun 22, 2014, 8:15:34 PM PDT
kajola says:
╰♥.☆.♥╮ FB&C Book Discussion ╰♥.☆.♥╮

We take the summer off so we will post a nomination thread in Sept. to decide the book for Oct....

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Snowlady Sandy-Tuesday, June 24
Tippetarius Wed June 25 and Thurs June 26, start time around 10pm EDT
Snowlady Sandy-Friday, June 27
Susan - Saturday June 28 and Sunday June 29, start time - 10 pm or 6 am EDT

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Monday, June 30
Tuesday July 1
Wednesday July 2
Thursday July 3
Friday July 4
Saturday July 5
Sunday July 6


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

Posted on Jun 22, 2014, 8:17:44 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 23, 2014, 7:29:45 AM PDT
kajola says:
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Today is Public Service Day
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Each year on Public Service Day, the United Nations hold an event to reward and highlight the work performed by public services in recognition to their contribution to upholding our society and way of life.

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Public Service Day is a global holiday held every year on June 23rd. Founded by the United Nations (U.N.), this holiday aims to highlight the important roles that citizens from around the world play in the public sector, whether on a paid or voluntary basis. Special events are also held to help encourage young adults to pursue careers in public service. At the same time, the United Nations Public Service Awards are given out during a ceremony annually on Public Service Day. It is the role of the U.N. to help make the world a better place for all, and the organization strongly believes that public service jobs can help strengthen communities around the world.


The first Public Service Day was held on June 23, 2003. The holiday was established in 2002 by the U.N. General Assembly to help promote democracy through the recognition of the importance of public, or civil, service. Such jobs directly serve the community by ensuring basic human needs are met. However, if there are a shortage of public service workers, then there are subsequently a lack of human services. Public Service Day commemorates those who work in the sector while encouraging other individuals to do the same in order to better their communities.


Public Service Day is a U.N. holiday, so you can expect to see celebrations held throughout multiple countries. While most of the celebrations occur on site in public service institutions, other organizations hold ceremonies to help honor people who work in civil service. While the United Nations holds its own annual ceremony, individual communities often host their own special events on Public Service Day. Such events can include awards, guest speakers and presentations.

This holiday is also designed to help encourage youth towards a path in public service. Public schools might host events where guest speakers from the field come and talk to the students. Also, public servants often put up booths at universities in order to promote these types of jobs.
Participants in June 23rd¡¯s events may also showcase symbols of Public Service Day. The symbol was created by the United Nations, and features columns alongside three blue human figures joined in hand. The U.N. symbol is at the top, and the words ¡°Public Service¡± are within the logo.

Public Service Awards

The United Nations Public Service Awards are another special part of this holiday. After Public Service Day was established, the U.N. Economic and Social Council came up with the awards in an effort to increase awareness of public service, and to award outstanding contributions within communities around the world. Specifically, such awards are given out to public servants who have made significant contributions to better the livelihood of citizens.
There are currently five Public Service Awards categories:

1. Stopping or preventing corruption within public service sector
2. Improving the way services are delivered to the public
3. Ensuring policies are made to encourage public participation in changes in rules and laws
4. Increasing public knowledge about the role of government
5. Promoting gender equality in public service roles

Both government and non-government public servants are eligible for the awards, but someone else has to nominate you. The U.N. looks over all applications carefully and announces the winners publicly on Public Service Day during a special ceremony.

Posted on Jun 22, 2014, 8:23:09 PM PDT
kajola says:

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First Place Republic of South Africa Gauteng Department of Education Secondary School Improvement Programme (SSIP)
Second Place Republic of Cameroon Municipality of Bangangte Sustainable Work in the Water Sector and Sanitation

First Place Republic of Singapore Alexandra Health System Ageing-In-Place Programme

First Place Austria Federal Chancellery of the Republic of Austria Open Government Data - Second Place Spain Ministry of Finance and Public Administration Data Intermediation Platform

No Winner Selected from Nominated Projects

First Place Turkey Ankara Metropolitan Municipality Center of Children Working in Ankara Streets Second Place Kingdom of Bahrain Ministry of Health National Health Information System (I-Seha)

Posted on Jun 22, 2014, 8:23:45 PM PDT
kajola says:

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No Winner Selected from Nominated Projects

First Place Thailand Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health Integrating Network and Community Participation for Effective Malaria Management in Tha Song Yang Di
Second Place Republic of Korea Changwon City Building the Best Neighborhood Project EUROPE and

No Winner Selected from Nominated Projects

First Place Brazil Ministry of Planning, Budgeting and Management & Secretariat-General of the Presidency Inter-council Forum

No Winner Selected from Nominated Projects

Posted on Jun 22, 2014, 8:24:16 PM PDT
kajola says:

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No Winner Selected from Nominated Projects

First Place Republic of Korea Korea Health and Welfare Information Service (KHWIS) Social Security Information System (SSIS)
Second Place India Department of Electronics and Information Technology Mobile Seva

No Winner Selected from Nominated Projects

First Place Uruguay National Civil Service Bureau Uruguay Competes
Second Place Brazil Rio Grande do Sul State Government Transparency and Citizens' Access to Information

First Place Kingdom of Bahrain eGovernment Authority The National Contact Center

Posted on Jun 22, 2014, 8:24:39 PM PDT
kajola says:

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First Place Kingdom of Morocco Ministry of Economy and Finance Gender Responsive Budgeting in Morocco

First Place Thailand Khon Kaen Hospital One Stop Crisis Centre

No Winner Selected from Nominated Projects

First Place Brazil State Health Secretariat of Pernambuco Mae Coruja Program

First Place Sultanate of Oman Ministry of Health Omani Nurse-Midwife

Posted on Jun 22, 2014, 10:10:30 PM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ KaJoLa
Thank you for the Monday start very informative and I would like to add my thanks to all those who work in the Public Service sector, we certainly do need you all.

Posted on Jun 22, 2014, 10:26:43 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 22, 2014, 10:57:03 PM PDT
redandwhite says:
I notice that it is also:

╰♥.☆.♥╮Let It Go Day - which is the perfect occasion to stop wasting your energy on negative feelings from the past and instead focus on building yourself a positive future.

╰♥.☆.♥╮Pink Day encourages everybody to wear at least a little bit of pink - guys included! You don't have to get dressed up like a princess to enjoy pink - why not start by trying pink in moderation, and taking it from there? Go for a pink shirt, pink socks, perhaps... After all, it's just for one day!

I think that the following video/song covers both Perfectly - Pink's "Try"

Posted on Jun 22, 2014, 11:10:42 PM PDT
redandwhite says:
Words of Wisdom

People who live in glass houses should make love in the basement.

Never read the fine print. There ain't no way you're going to like it.

If you let a smile be your umbrella, then most likely your butt will get soaking wet.

The only two things we do with greater frequency in middle age are urinate and attend funerals.

The trouble with bucket seats is that not everybody has the same size bucket.

Do you realize that in about 40 years, we'll have thousands of old ladies running around with tattoos?

Money can't buy happiness -- but somehow it's more comfortable to cry in a Porsche than in a Hyundai.

Drinking makes some husbands see double and feel single.

Living in a nudist colony takes all the fun out of Halloween.

After a certain age, if you don't wake up aching in every joint, you are probably dead.

Posted on Jun 23, 2014, 4:07:23 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
"Do you realize that in about 40 years, we'll have thousands of old ladies running around with tattoos? "

Yes, but I won't be around to have to look at them!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 23, 2014, 4:33:20 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ Plays
I will not be around to see it either - think that I am thankful for that ;-)

Posted on Jun 23, 2014, 4:39:38 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
Until the Stars Fall from the Sky by Mary Crawford (Romance) 32 Reviews - all 5 Star !

Jeff finally has his life back on track after deferring his dreams so he could be there for his family when they were stuck with a health crisis. As a lifeguard and a law student, he is solely focused on graduating at the top of his class and passing the bar exam so that he can help his mom and little sister.

In a blink of an eye, all of that changes when a beautiful redhead rescues a little boy right under Jeff's nose while he's lifeguarding and challenges everything he thought he wanted from the world.

Kiera, a former swimmer turned social worker is distraction he never expected to encounter. She is smart, outgoing, witty, and vivacious and he is drawn to her more than he could have ever imagined.

Unfortunately however, both Jeff and Kiera come with strings attached. . .

Posted on Jun 23, 2014, 5:44:46 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
Guilty Innocence by Maggie James (Mystery, Thriller & Suspense)

Two eleven-year-old boys.

One two-year-old girl.

A murder that shocked the nation.

Ten years after being convicted of the brutal killing of a toddler, Mark Slater, formerly Joshua Barker, is released on parole from prison. Only the other boy jointly sentenced for Abby Morgan's murder, the twisted and violent Adam Campbell, knows the truth. That Mark played no part in Abby's death.

Four years later, Mark's on-off girlfriend discovers a letter revealing his conviction as a child killer. At risk of having his protective cover made public, Mark's need to confront the injustice of his sentence becomes overwhelming. Desperate to find answers, he initiates a friendship with Abby's older sister, something strictly prohibited by the terms of his parole. Rachel Morgan, however, unaware of Mark's former identity, is battling her own emotional demons.

Meanwhile, circumstances have thrust Mark back in contact with Adam Campbell, who, aged twenty-five, is more domineering and chilling than ever. Can Mark rewrite history and confront his nemesis?

A gritty novel examining child murder and dysfunctional families, Guilty Innocence tells of one man's struggle to break free from his past.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 23, 2014, 5:46:45 AM PDT
kajola says:
I believe redandwhite cleaned that up a little. I have seen it stated a bit differently... Something about tatoos and piercings on sagging skin maybe?

I am at work now. I will try to check in throughout the day.

Posted on Jun 23, 2014, 6:35:53 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 23, 2014, 12:53:41 PM PDT
kajola says:
If you are in the market for a kindle there are some deals today:

Deal of the day, certified refurbished Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 16 GB Wi-Fi, $139:
Certified Refurbished Kindle Fire HD 8.9", Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Wi-Fi, 16 GB - Includes Special Offers (Previous Generation - 2nd)

Lightening Deal, Certified Refurbished Kindle Fire 7" Tablet, Now in HD for $99:
Certified Refurbished Kindle Fire HD 7" Tablet, HD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB - Includes Special Offers (Previous Generation - 3rd)

Posted on Jun 23, 2014, 7:26:11 AM PDT
Good morning all :) Thank you for the start, KaJoLa. Looks like a ton of books to look through today, I'll have to save most of it for after work.

From my watchlist:
Sapphire and Shadow (A Woman's Life Book 1) - Marie Ferrarella - Contemporary Fiction

Other picks this morning:
The Whirlwind Report - J U Flint - Contemporary Romance
39 Down (Joeseph Schneider, Traitor-Patriot Book 1) - Paul Schwartzmeyer - Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
Deep Bay Legacy - A Christian Mystery Suspense - Kathleen Morris - Inspirational Fiction
The American River - Gary McCarthy - Western
A Place of Healing - David Eldridge - Contemporary Fiction
The Return of Gabe McLeod - Jodie James - Contemporary Romance

Posted on Jun 23, 2014, 7:30:38 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
The House of the Wicked (a psychological thriller combining mystery, murder, crime and suspense) by D. M. Mitchell

1880: Stephen Denning is an artist arriving in Porthgarrow. It is an isolated Cornish fishing community, largely untouched by the modern, developing Victorian world, hanging onto its old traditions, superstitions and beliefs - a community that lives with a disturbing secret. So too does Denning.

He is a reluctant visitor, and though he is supposedly joining his one-time artist friend Terrance Wilkinson to form an artists' colony it is circumstances that force him there. Denning is still haunted by the brutal death of a young woman in Brittany, and shouldering guilt for the fact that he covered up for Wilkinson when he suspects the man of having been been involved with the murder.

But Porthgarrow is haunted by its own demons and secrets. He learns about the savage murder of a woman by her husband Jowan Connoch thirteen years previously, and of Jowan's son who has returned to Porthgarrow to uncover the truth and to clear his father's name.

Yet it is far from over. Before long three more people are destined to die in Porthgarrow before the village gives up its sinister secrets, and Stephen Denning will learn of his own family's mysterious involvement.

The house of the Wicked is peopled with larger than life characters - the powerful businessman Gerran Hendra and his beautiful daughter Jenna; the Reverend Biddle who collects photographs of the dead; Benjamin Croker, the journalist; and Tunny, the village wise man and healer.

From its atmospheric Gothic undertones to its shocking and unexpected end, `The House of the Wicked' is D. M. Mitchell at his darkest and most imaginative best.

Some secrets will not stay buried...

Posted on Jun 23, 2014, 8:37:59 AM PDT
This is from bookshout!, and, like a lot of the titles this service promotes, has a Christian theme. If that's not to your liking, or if you don't have sons, ignore it. I'm passing it on in case it is of interest to some:

Man in the Making, A: Strategies to Help Your Son Succeed in Life
Publication Date: August 15, 2013
The transformation from boy into man requires intentional guidance, education, and good role models. As a boy grows toward manhood, his parents can instill in their son the values and character traits needed to succeed in life.

Highlighting famous Christian men throughout history and the character trait that made each an outstanding model of manhood, parenting expert Rick Johnson gives moms and dads intentional strategies to help mold their sons into honorable men. The book includes men such as

*Martin Luther King Jr.
*George Washington
*John Wooden
*Abraham Lincoln
*Jedediah Smith
*Benjamin Franklin
*Leonardo da Vinci
*and more

With passion and practicality, Johnson covers all aspects of a young man's development, including his work ethic, education, and integrity.

Posted on Jun 23, 2014, 9:06:11 AM PDT
If you didn't grab Toward Night's End by M.H. Sargent, may I suggest you do so immediately, while it is still free?

I finished it last night, and I rate it 5 stars . . . it's one of those gems that keeps us mining the freebies, wading through and discarding those that ought never have been published, because this one ought never have been free. It is at once a work of literary fiction, a mystery, and a novel of World War II. I hate that it ended. I'm having a hard time choosing something to read next, because everything seems like a let-down.

My interest was piqued because my beautiful mom-by-marriage and her family were interned after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. They ended up in Arkansas, rather than Manzanar, but some of my aunts-by-marriage and their families were at Manzanar, which is mentioned in the novel. It's more literature than mystery, so I think it will appeal to readers who don't usually read mysteries.

Posted on Jun 23, 2014, 10:53:26 AM PDT
Travelqueen says:
KaJoLa, thanks for starting today and all the information about Public Service Day!

PlaysinDirt, I grabbed the book you recommended, thank you. It looks interesting and recommendations always help.

Posted on Jun 23, 2014, 11:06:08 AM PDT
JoJoPNW says:
Thx for the start and fascinating info about Public Service Day. Thanks to those in public service who try to make this world a better place.

Pink Day: I don't have much pink clothing, but I happen to be wearing some today - who knew?

Let It Go Day: Perfect. I need to have one of those days every day!

Thx for posting the freebie. I think I will make it my next read. I haven't been reading much lately - too much Candy Crush and sleep!

Wishing all a safe and fulfilling day. ♥

Posted on Jun 23, 2014, 11:22:40 AM PDT
Bubbak in reply to your post yesterday we should get the motorhome next Monday after what seems like endless delays I have changed my holidays three times at work. We are now working out where to go first I fancy Derbyshire because its beautiful and nearby in case of problems, hubby wants Yorkshire, perhaps we will do both.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 23, 2014, 11:25:13 AM PDT
new mom says:
Thanks, PlaysInTheDirt, for both of these links. I would never have picked up the Sargent book without your recommendation but it looks fascinating.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 23, 2014, 11:34:31 AM PDT
CZinAZ says:
Coming out of lurkdom to thank Plays for the recommendation of Toward Night's End. Just started reading it & didn't want to put it down to write this. Grab it while it's still free.
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