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Initial post: Apr 24, 2014, 11:11:16 PM PDT
kajola says:
Welcome to Free Books and Chat (FB&C) -Friday, April 25, 2014
Thanks for stopping by!

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*Links To Free Book Resources *

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.

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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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FB&C Book Discussion
The next book discussion is scheduled for Thursday, May 8th, 2014 at 6:00pm PT.
The book selected is
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, so if you did not get it yet, keep an eye out for a price drop, or let the group know in case someone can lend it to you.

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Posted on Apr 24, 2014, 11:12:07 PM PDT
kajola says:
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Susan - Saturday and Sunday April 26 and 27, start time around 11 pm or 6 am EDT - Weekend Edition
Leo Little - Monday, April 28, start time - around 12 am PDT - Tuesday, April 29, start time around 11 pm or 6 am EDT
Snowlady Sandy- Wednesday, April 30, start time -around 12:00 PT

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Saturday, May 3, start time -
Sunday, May 4, start time -
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Just choose an available day, copy/paste schedule into a post and add your info.

Posted on Apr 24, 2014, 11:12:43 PM PDT
kajola says:
Today is "DNA Day"

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Although DNA Day was made into an official observance by the U.S. Congress, it is the NGHRI (National Human Genome Research Institute) who seem to organize events and speakers to go into halls and speak to both students and the general public who wish to find out more about DNA. The day commemorates the 50 year anniversary of James Watson and Francis Crick's discovery (and published article) of the Double Helix, as well as the completion of the Genome Project which took 13 years to complete.

The Human Genome Project was completed in April 2003 and this day is to honour that, as well as the discovery of the Double Helix.

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Posted on Apr 24, 2014, 11:15:18 PM PDT
kajola says:
I am spending a few days at my Mom's house. I almost forgot to do the start.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2014, 11:45:23 PM PDT
Have a good time.. I hope all is well and that you are just getting a good visit..

Posted on Apr 25, 2014, 12:28:29 AM PDT
Sally in SA says:
Thanks for starting KaJoLa, I hope you have a wonderful couple of days with your mom. i used to love those sort of visits in the days gone by:)

I must admit to being pretty ignorant about the Double Helix and DN A in general ...what a good project for me when I get home this evening.

Posted on Apr 25, 2014, 1:25:40 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 25, 2014, 1:26:43 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ KaJoLa

Thank you so much for doing the start for us today and really pleased that you have access to the internet at your Moms ;-)

I think this baby has the Giggle DNA in her makeup and will definitely bring a smile to both dog lovers as well as baby lovers

Posted on Apr 25, 2014, 1:36:36 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
Sorry Sally - forgot that you are not able to see streaming media at work - and know that you could do with a laugh whilst you are there


The local bar was so sure that its bartender was the strongest man around that they offered a standing $1000 bet.

The bartender would squeeze a lemon until all the juice ran into a glass, and hand the lemon to a patron. Anyone who could squeeze one more drop of juice out would win the money.

Many people had tried over time (weight-lifters, longshoremen, etc.) but nobody could do it.

One day this scrawny little man came into the bar, wearing thick glasses and a polyester suit, and said in a tiny squeaky voice "I'd like to try the bet."

After the laughter had died down, the bartender said OK, grabbed a lemon, and squeezed away. Then he handed the wrinkled remains of the rind to the little man.

But the crowd's laughter turned to total silence as the man clenched his fist around the lemon and six drops fell into the glass.

As the crowd cheered, the bartender paid the $1000, and asked the little man, "What do you do for a living? Are you a lumberjack, a weight-lifter, what?"

The man replied, "I'm an IRS Agent."

Posted on Apr 25, 2014, 1:40:51 AM PDT
Sally in SA says:
Red, that's not even funny!!!

I hope you are feeling a little better today and had a good sleep last night. You still have next week off too don't you?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2014, 2:03:33 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
Hi Sally - no I don't have next week off - mores the pity, one can get really used to not going to work LOL (but just because we are chatting about it here my co-worker just texted and called in desperation - help how do I do .....? lucky for her that I am here and could answer)

A blonde's car gets a flat tire on the Interstate one day So she eases it over onto the shoulder of the road.

She carefully steps out of the car and opens the trunk. She then takes out two cardboard men, unfolds them and stands them at the rear of the vehicle facing oncoming traffic. The lifelike cardboard men are in trench coats exposing their nude bodies to approaching drivers...

Not surprisingly, the traffic became snarled and backed up. It wasn't very long before a police car arrives.

The Officer, clearly enraged, approaches the blonde of the disabled vehicle yelling, "What is going on here?"

"My car broke down, Officer" says the woman, calmly.

"Well, what the hell are these obscene cardboard pictures doing here by the road?!" asks the Officer...

"Helllllooooo, those are my emergency flashers!" she replies.

Posted on Apr 25, 2014, 2:06:18 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ Sally I hope that your day is going a bit better than this poor persons
The new employee stood before the paper shredder looking confused.

"Need some help?" a secretary asked.

"Yes," he replied. "How does this thing work?"

"Simple," she said, taking the fat report from his hand and feeding it into the shredder.

"Thanks, but where do the copies come out?"

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2014, 3:43:14 AM PDT
Biscay says:
Ohh, dear - I winced when I read that one, redandwhite!

KaJoLa, thank you so much for giving us another terrific start. I didn't know about the DNA day in the US and it was fun to share that info to someone here who works with DNA :)

Hope everyone else is having a good day or restful (preferably sleep-full) night.

Biscay x

Posted on Apr 25, 2014, 4:03:15 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
Picnic at the Iron Curtain: A Memoir: From the fall of the Berlin Wall to Ukraine's Orange Revolution by Susan Viets

Picnic at the Iron Curtain won a 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalist's award.

It is also a 2012 Foreword's Book of the Year Award finalist and received an honorable mention at the 2013 San Francisco Book Festival.

Welcome to the world of collapsing Communism. It is the eve of the fall of the Berlin Wall when people are still willing to risk all to cross the Iron Curtain to the West. In this adventure-packed memoir Susan Viets, a student turned journalist, arrives in Communist Hungary in 1988 and begins reporting for the Guardian, not at all prepared for what lies ahead. She helps East Germans escape to the West at a picnic, moves to the Soviet Union where she battles authorities for accreditation as the first foreign journalist in Ukraine and then watches, amazed, as the entire political system collapses. Lured by new travel opportunities, Viets shops her way across Central Asia, stumbling into a tank attack in Tajikistan and the start of the Tajik civil war.

"Picnic at the Iron Curtain" shows every day people at the centre of dramatic events from Budapest to Bishkek and Chernobyl to Chechnya. It is a memoir that spans a period of momentous historical change from 1988-1998, following through with an eyewitness account of Ukraine's Orange Revolution in 2004.

Posted on Apr 25, 2014, 4:10:07 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 25, 2014, 4:30:31 AM PDT
Happy Friday, whatever time it is in your corner of the world.

I tend to think of DNA as a new discovery, so the reminder that the double helix dates to my early childhood is a good one. Proof was on its way that the hospital didn't mistakenly hand me to the wrong set of parents . . .

I hope redandwhite, Donna, JoJo, Lenora and all who need healing are finding it; that sleep is soothing and strengthening (and not elusive); that joy and love are on your menus today.

I couldn't see those videos, either, though I don't know why. I got some kind of odd error message. Oh, well.

Posted on Apr 25, 2014, 4:31:47 AM PDT
🍂 Suze says:
Thanks KaJoLa!

I'm glad red is feeling better and Sally's cats are sleeping on the same bed. That gives me hope that maybe I could get a new kitten with my resident grouch cat, Rufus.

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What do you do with purchases you end up not liking, but cannot return??

For example you buy a carton of a new ice-cream flavor and really don't care for it. Do you throw it away because it's not worth the calories or do you finish it because you spent good money on it?

What about makeup, even just a lip gloss that you hate how it feels on your you keep using it up until it's gone or pitch it out??

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2014, 5:52:28 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 25, 2014, 5:55:05 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ Suze
You always think up something imaginative to ask us ;-)

Makeup and creams etc will always get given to friends -just because is is not for me does not mean it is un-usable for someone else and my friends have never looked a gift horse in the mouth.
Edibles - if DS appears at the right time he gets to be a recipient, depends on how long the shelf life is - if there is no one to eat them then they get tossed.
Actually some edibles get taken to work to share with those that might like them - I have received a box of Liqueur chocolates and they will be going into work with me on Monday

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2014, 5:57:26 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ Suze
Landon is just tooo cute - love the new photo :D

Posted on Apr 25, 2014, 5:58:33 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
Take One With You by Oak Anderson


They meet in an online chatroom dealing with depression and soon hatch a plan to bring meaning to their lives by encouraging other despondent individuals to help eradicate the "scum of society", such as pedophiles and rapists who have escaped justice. Anyone dead set on committing suicide is urged to first kill someone who "got away with it" before taking their own life. Why not, they ask, "take one with you?"

The idea goes viral and things rapidly spiral out of control. As they develop romantic feelings for each other, their worldwide followers begin to enact a very different version of the idea, perverting its original intent and threatening the thin line between civil society and criminal anarchy. Just as they find hope of happiness together, Charlie and Sarah must deal with the monster they've created, a global epidemic of murder-suicide that threatens the very core of their humanity.

Take One With You is a unique crime thriller/millennial love story that poses the question: If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, would you kill someone tonight? Someone who had done something terrible. Someone who deserved to die. If so, who would it be? If you couldn't do it, what about your neighbor? Your friend? Your enemy? Who draws the line? Who decides who lives and who dies? And what if we all began to take justice into our own hands?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2014, 6:06:21 AM PDT
🍂 Suze says:
Thanks, red! : )

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2014, 7:10:56 AM PDT
Biscay says:
What an absolutely gorgeous pic, Suze! Thank you for giving us our "fix" :)

Biscay x

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2014, 7:14:24 AM PDT
🍂 Suze says:
Thanks Biscay!
I have another photo with him wearing bunny ears, but no big smile.....I probably wouldn't be smiling either if they made me wear bunny ears!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2014, 7:28:44 AM PDT
Biscay says:
I don't believe you, Suze, it's impossible to imagine him without a big cheeky grin! Just as well you didn't post it or we'd never recognise him :)

Posted on Apr 25, 2014, 7:56:34 AM PDT
Biscay says:
Thanks to ereaderIQ a couple of clicks for me...

First one - this was not actually free for me but should be for most people. However, even so it was only 96c which I thought was worth the gamble and a well-sold British mystery author. Now, if anyone here has read it and would like to add a recommendation or otherwise - I'm sure I won't get around to starting it for at least a decade, but I did gift it to two others and I'd like to know whether I should talk it up or suggest they put it away for a dire emergency :) and it looks it's been split into book 1 & 2, but No. 2 is only $3.96 or something similar - so that's fine - I'm happy to sample part 1 first for free or 96c :)

I just noticed while finding the link that there are some other free books by him as well - including another first in series, like this one.

Past Imperfect #1 by John Matthews 280 pages

Past Imperfect #1:

Two boys.

One Murder.

Sometimes justice takes more than a lifetime.

Past Imperfect #1 is part of a two book set. Book #1 has a build up of events and characters with resolution to a number of these. However, book #2 is required for resolution to all events, which in total spans 30 years in a major crime investigation.

Book #1 is approx 280 pages and Book #2 approx 360 pages. Both editions are available on Kindle.

A car accident in California, a deadly assault in Provence, and two boys 30 years apart are left battling for their lives.

Dominic Fornier is the detective who finds himself at the heart of the investigation. A simple provincial case that becomes one of the largest and most important in French criminal history.

Fornier's only hope is to prove the link between the two boys thirty years apart. A compulsive journey through forensic, medical and psychiatric evidence between France, the USA and London; a breathless paper chase of clues from a young boy's psyche... and a desperate race against time with a killer who will stop at nothing.

From the Author

First of all, I have to thank Joe Konrath and Barry Eisler for the inspiration to put my past books on Amazon through Kindle. I have had enormous support and encouragement from readers in the USA over the years that books such as Past Imperfect and Ascension Day should be more widely available to a US audience.

Past Imperfect became something of a landmark bestseller in Europe, selling over 500,000 copies and in 2004 was included in a list of top ten all-time best legal thrillers in The Times (London). Notably, it was one of only two books by British authors in that list - the rest were all American. Stylistically, think in terms of John Grisham meets Stephen King - IOW, a legal/crime thriller with a difference.


Next was this which was actually free:

From Prince Mikhail of Chernigov to Stalin: Essays on Russian History and Film

Publication Date: April 2, 2013
A compilation of essays from Medieval to Modern Times with special emphasis on the power of the Tsars, Ukraine and the Russian revolutionary movements. Sergei Eisenstein's early films are also written about in three separate essays.

And I didn't click this one myself, but it sounded like it could be fun, and well-timed for those finally getting to spend some time in the garden whether playing in dirt (!) or planning summery meals :)

Garden Table by Mango Dragonfly 107 pages

Garden Table is a soul-filled love letter to dirt lovers, garden daydreamers and summertime cooks everywhere. Full of quotes by devoted growers, quirky advice and patio ready Al fresco recipes.

About the Author
Mango Dragonfly is the delightful alter ego of Marci Weidemiller. Loosely based on the literary heroines of Marci's childhood, Miss Piggle Wiggle and Pippi Longstocking, Mango lives in an enchanted cottage, bathed in dappled sunshine by a babbling brook. Her garden is brimming with hummingbirds, heirloom tomatoes, one hundred varieties of roses, parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme and one zucchini plant. Existing in a stressful, right-brain numbers world, "Mango Dragonfly" grew out of a desperate need to channel some creativity and magic somewhere. Daydreaming of a glass-walled, flower-filled artist studio deep in the woods was a favorite pastime. A few years ago, Marci finally woke up and jumped off the merry-go-round. She relocated to the Oregon Coast dedicated to turning a Friday night reverie into a bliss-full reality. Out of this hopeful aspiration, comes hand-crafted trinkets, jewelry and books lovingly conceived and created with an inspired sense of whimsy, sparkle and spirit. Our wish is that you will enjoy and gift them in radiant health, abundant joy and most especially...with a happy, happy love-filled heart. Please visit our website at Also Available by Mango Dragonfly: Love Fest: Everyday Celebrations and Exclamation Point Meals for Those You Love

Posted on Apr 25, 2014, 9:36:18 AM PDT
Good morning all :) Thank you for the start KaJoLa.
Try #2 for this post - still not totally awake, and closed the screen before hitting post, ugh!

Friday question: Bad food gets thrown out. Unfortunately even good food gets thrown out, after we forget about it or somehow hide it in the fridge for too long. Clothing and jewelry are easy to find new homes for with 2 daughters and donation bags.

From my watchlist:
Ancient Gold (Adventure Series) - Roger Grubbs - Action/Adventure

Other picks:
Murderhouse - John Winters - Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
Return to Tobacco Road - Charlie Fiveash - Historical Fiction
A Lady Compromised (The Ladies) - Ava Pennington - Historical Fiction
FIRST ONE DOWN: A Paul Sutton Novel - R.J. Belle - Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
Footprints - Nicky Jane - Romance
The Angel Committee (The Angel Saga) - Jason Chapman - Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
Trinity - Nigel May - Contemporary Fiction
No Accounting for Death: The third Julie Lane murder mystery (Julie Lane Murder Mysteries) - Annabel Austen - Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
Next Exit, Three Miles (The Exit Series) - CW Browning - Mystery/Thriller/Suspense

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2014, 9:37:59 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 25, 2014, 10:16:52 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ Biscay
This is all very odd - I recognised the title "Past Imperfect" (and the cover too) but when I clicked on your link there was no banner - so clicked on one of the other links namely Kindle edition November 25th, 2013 which took me to "Past Imperfect #2 (Crime, legal thriller (mystery, legal)) [Kindle Edition]" with a yellow banner - when I bought it back then there was no part 1 and part 2 - so does that mean that I have the complete book or only half of it ???!!! There seems to be no explanations either by the author nor in the reviews - luckily the one you linked to is #1 and is free for me so suppose that I will have to 1-click to be sure I get it all !! Both of the items state 'Length: 640 pages" at the top of the page but in the description it now says 'Book #1 is approx 280 pages and Book #2 approx 360 pages' - talk about making your readers confused - I am sure that others here are experiencing the same thing as I am since I am sure that I originally bought upon recommendations on the thread -
Did anyone actually get to read it way back in 2011 which is when I originally bought it ??
The one I actually have on my kindle is called 'Past Imperfect' and starts with Chapter 1 but according to the book page it is 'Past Imperfect #2' - my MYK does not say anything about any updates available - very odd (the ASIN number remains the same for both !!)
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