“Humphreys' skill with historical fiction is apparent on every page.”

-Publishers Weekly



Some historical events get all the attention: Prohibition, the Tudors, and World War 2 seem to get the book, movie or TV show treatment every month. But sometimes it’s refreshing to learn about an often overlooked event through the lens of an engrossing historical novel. In A Place Called Armageddon, Humphreys brings to life the hard-fought Muslim campaign to overtake Constantinople in 1453.


Like all great historical fiction, Armageddon puts a human face on a larger-than-life conflict, as Gregoras, a man wrongfully banished from Constantinople, returns to defend it from the intruders. But it’s more than just the 100,000-strong enemy forces that are making for an unpleasant return; Gregoras’ brother has stolen his beloved Sofia, and taken his son for his own. While the fearless warrior fights to protect his city, he wages a personal war to regain his honor and take back that which is rightfully his.



Free Fridays Recommends


Each week, we ask our featured author to recommend a book or author that you may want to check out. Since authors are such passionate readers themselves, we thought you might like to find out what they love to read, too! Here’s what C.C. recommends:


Reporting the Revolutionary War by Todd Andrlik


This is the kind of book that makes my job so much easier - and entertains as it informs. It's the people who make history - and here they are, heroes and villains and everyone in between. A great read.



Tell Me: What's your favorite historical event to read about?


by spec ‎01-18-2013 07:47 AM - edited ‎01-18-2013 07:49 AM
Here's additional freebies, a.k.a Free Friday's Extras, that many good people found and shared since last Friday. As usual all the books were free at the time of submitting this post, please verify the price before clicking Buy.

Priced to Move by Ginny Aiken

Mysteries & Thrillers
My Own Worst Frenemy by Kimberly Reid

Religion & Spirituality
Named by God: Overcoming Your Past, Transforming Your Present, Embracing Your Future by Kasey Van Norman
Hearing Her Voice: A Case for Women Giving Sermons by John Dickson
Beyond the Storm: Quilts of Love Series by Carolyn Zane

Cooking, Food & Wine
Circle of Friends Cookbook 25 Chili Recipes by Gooseberry Patch

Young Adult
Double Crossed by Ally Carter

Red by Kate SeRine
Exclusively Yours by Shannon Stacey
A Hint of Frost by Hailey Edwards
By Honor Bound by Helen Rosburg

Pictures of the Mind: What the New Neuroscience Tells Us About Who We Are by Miriam Boleyn-Fitzgerald

Religious Fiction
Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth's Last Days (Left Behind Series #1) by Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins
Long Time Coming by Vanessa Miller
Always the Designer, Never the Bride: An Emma Rae Creation by Sandra D. Bricker
I Shall Not Want: The Psalm 23 Mysteries #2 by Debbie Viguie

Family Affair: What It Means to be African American Today by Gil L. Robertson IV

Business & Investing
Firms of Endearment: How World-Class Companies Profit from Passion and Purpose by Jagdish N. Sheth, Rajendra S. Sisodia, David B. Wolfe
Moods and Markets: A New Way to Invest in Good Times and in Bad by Peter Atwater
Disrupt: Think the Unthinkable to Spark Transformation in Your Business by Luke Williams
Presenting to Win: The Art of Telling Your Story: Updated and Expanded Edition by Jerry Weissman
The Rules of Management, Expanded Edition: A Definitive Code for Managerial Success by Richard Templar
The Financial Professional's Guide to Communication: How to Strengthen Client Relationships and Buil... by Robert L. Finder
Building Better Business Teams: Proven Strategies that Get the Best from Your People (Collection) by Ken Blanchard, Colleen Barrett, David Russo, David Ross, Richard Templar
The Definitive Guide to Customer Relationship Management (Collection) by V. Kumar, Richard R Hammond, Herb Sorensen Ph.D., Michael R. Solomon
Making the Connection: Strategies to Build Effective Personal Relationships (Collection) by Jonathan Herring, Sandy Allgeier, Richard Templar, Samuel Barondes


Please laurel this post if the list is useful to you.

by butterflly13 on ‎01-18-2013 08:00 AM

A Hint of Frost  by: hailey Edwards


See You Soon by: Lindsay Chamberlin


In My Dreams  by: Misty reigenborn


By Honor Bound  by: Helen Rosburg


Exclusively Yours  by: Shannon Stacey


Ever the Bridesmaid by: Pauline Montagna


Come fLY WITH me  by: Sandi Perry


Loose Screw ( A Dusty Deals Mystery)  by: Rae Davies


Angelina's Oak   by: J.F.K. Reiss


An Unspoken Truth   by: Jessica Gold


Daughter of Time   by: Sarah Woodbury


Far Horizons  by: Kate Hewitt


The York Rose   by: Sissa Gabrielli Romanov


Paper Roses  by: Amanda Cabot


Never Say Spy  by: Diane Henders





Death Rides the Black Hills  by: Franklin D. Lincoln


King of the Gun Trail  by: Franklin D. Lincoln


Marshal  by: Russ Durbin


The Crossed Guns   by: Russ Durbin


The Last Stage  by: Russ Durbin


Wildcat Kitty and The Cyclone Kid  by: Franklin D. Lincoln

by Sherryathome on ‎01-18-2013 08:05 AM

Great books this week Spec!  Also loving the Free Friday book.  Thanks for all the suggestions!

by Eros-Ashima on ‎01-18-2013 08:06 AM

Thanks to B&N for expanding my reading horizons and to all the generous and kind hearted folks that contribute to this blog.

by smm2142 on ‎01-18-2013 08:22 AM

Thank you so much for "Free Fridays".....I have never read so many books in my life and I am loving it!!!



by Thebookfinder on ‎01-18-2013 08:25 AM

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by TarHeelGirl00 ‎01-18-2013 08:26 AM - edited ‎01-18-2013 08:37 AM

Thanks for the Free Friday book and for the additional lists that others post.


My favorite historical event to read about is the War of the Roses.  I enjoyed the portrayal of King Edward IV's secret marriage to Elizabeth Woodville and the amazing story of Kate Woodville in "The Stolen Crown" by Susan Higginbotham. It was a Free Friday selection last year.

by GracieMae on ‎01-18-2013 08:34 AM

Can't wait to start reading "A Place Called Armeggedon". Sounds like a great read! Love historical fiction!

Have a great weekend and as always thanks to everyone that take time out of their day to post freebies for us! We so appreciate you!

by Htom_Serveaux on ‎01-18-2013 08:37 AM

Oh, this poor book.  Its rating is just above 1 star due to the absolute idiot "reviews" people heap

on the Free Friday book.


I guess just because someone's a "reader" doesn't mean they can't still be stupid....

by PattyannTX on ‎01-18-2013 08:56 AM

I have enjoyed so many new authors thanks to Free Fridays! 

by Moderator dhaupt on ‎01-18-2013 08:57 AM

Wow, I love learning history through fiction. You always get a little bit of fact thrown in.

Thanks Jeremy and B&N for this and every Free Friday selection.


by eReaderPerks on ‎01-18-2013 09:06 AM

Happy Friday!

Here are some top-rated Nook freebies for today. (All of these are 4+ rated):

Action/Adventure 4.1 Stars/276 Reviews: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-fey-claudia-hall-christian/1113023276?ean=2940011221514

Religious Fiction 4 Stars/28 Reviews: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/running-home-bill-sanderson/1108076486?ean=2940032923381

Romance 4.5 Stars/50 Reviews: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-billionaire-wins-the-game-melody-anne/1113832422?ean=97813003303...

Teens 4.5 Stars/10 Reviews: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/from-a-far-land-g-david-walker/1113022631?ean=2940011116414


Hope you find a great weekend read! 

Lorie @ www.eReaderPerks.com (Free Nook Books in 19 Genres)

by Evilynn on ‎01-18-2013 09:38 AM

Thank you, Jeremy, Spec, butterflly13 and everyone else, for taking the time to post free e-books for everyone. You're spoiling us in a good way.

by AKCareBear on ‎01-18-2013 10:06 AM

Thank you everyone who puts up lists of free books and Barnes and Nobles for having Free Fridays you all are amazing and awesome :catvery-happy:



My favorite historical time to read about would be Ancient Egypt a time full of such culture and history it is always so interesting as for a perticular Event since I could never pick just one about Egypt would be Henry the 8th rule always intrigueing :cathappy:

by DarlynneV on ‎01-18-2013 10:11 AM

Thanks for what sounds like an excellent book. My most recent historical reads happen to be WWII so I'm looking forward to this.