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 Shannon recommends:


Christmas romances have always been my favorite, and this year I read one I found particularly exceptional. Starting from Scratch is a novella written by Stacy Gail, about a man who lost his memory in an IED attack and the woman who lost him in the aftermath. It's a reunion romance with all the fun trappings of the holiday, along with an emotional punch that gripped me from beginning to end. When I have to put down my device and wipe my eyes to keep reading, I know an author has written a wonderful love story between two people I'm totally invested in.

by spec ‎12-13-2013 08:07 AM - edited ‎12-13-2013 08:08 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.

Mystery & Thrillers
Twas the Chihuahua Before Christmas by Esri Allbritten

Religious Fiction
Christmas at Pebble Creek (Free Short Story) by Vannetta Chapman

Children's eBooks
Big Honey Dog Mysteries: Message in a Bauble (Christmas Special Edition) by H.Y. Hanna
One Frosty Christmas by Laura Hesse

Ivory and Steel by Janice Bennett
A Bride for Christmas (Regency Novella) by Aileen Fish
A Grosvenor Square Christmas by Vanessa Kelly


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

by Sherryathome on ‎12-13-2013 08:20 AM

I've read this week's book, it's really good.  A nice, light read for the holidays!  Thanks also to all the folks that post extra freebees each week.  Even when I don't like / or have already read the week's selection, I always seem to find something in your posts.  You make my Fridays that much more fun.


Merry Christmas to all!

by BethAnnCullen on ‎12-13-2013 08:48 AM

Thank You!!!:cathappy:

by Wolfpack_Fan on ‎12-13-2013 09:05 AM

Thank you, all!

by celandinehobbit on ‎12-13-2013 09:14 AM

I like to vary my reading every so often from the usual scifi and mystery/thriller and though I don't read too many romances, I find they are usually easy reads and sometimes a good 'feel-good' filler. Thanks for today's Free Fridays selections as I picked up both the app (to keep those brain muscles strong!) and the book. Thanks also to everyone who posts free great reads they've come across to share. Hope everyone has a great weekend! 

by Francena on ‎12-13-2013 09:24 AM

I always look forward to our Friday Freebies! Love that Barnes and Noble has added the free app. along with the free book. Thank you everyone and have a great weekend!!!:smileyhappy:

by Eros-Ashima on ‎12-13-2013 09:35 AM

Thank you B & N for the romantic book, the word app and A BIG THANKS  to all who make every Friday a sharing holiday!




“Book lovers will understand me, and they will know too that part of the pleasure of a library lies in its very existence” ~ Jan Morris

by on ‎12-13-2013 09:45 AM

Not 700 pages long. There are a number of comments on today's Free Fridays e-book that it's 700 pages long. It's not really that long. Amazon shows it as 322 pages.


This particular publisher, Carina Press, formats their e-books in an unusual way. Instead of having a single set of formatting instructions for the whole e-book, they include detailed formatting instructions at the start of every chapter. These instructions to your NOOK (or NOOK app) get counted as pages, but since there's no text on them to display, you never see them.


Watch the page numbers at the start of a chapter. You'll see them take big jumps.


by TarHeelGirl00 on ‎12-13-2013 09:47 AM

Thanks for today's selections!  The app looks like a lot of fun, as well as a challenge.  Hope everyone has a great weekend as we get closer to the holidays!

by itsabirditsaplane on ‎12-13-2013 10:11 AM

Thanks so much! My nook book library is filling up slowly but surely with free fridays!

by gmcootie on ‎12-13-2013 10:22 AM

Thanks again!  Love Free Fridays.

by eparys on ‎12-13-2013 11:06 AM

I too have read the book and enjoyed it very much. Thanks once again for the Free Fridays and all you who post extras. I look forward to and so enjoy Free Friday's selections.

by bmk129 on ‎12-13-2013 11:32 AM

For those that would like a Friday the 13th Free Book - here you go!




Thanks to B&N for the Free Fridays and to all those that post here.

by GracieMae on ‎12-13-2013 11:42 AM

Thank you for the free friday selection! Didn't find anything to peak my interest, but was fun to look!


Thank you everyone for posting!!!!!!!! HAPPY FRIDAY!

by Lynda316 ‎12-13-2013 11:43 AM - edited ‎12-13-2013 12:00 PM

PLease check to make sure these are still free.


Free until tomorrow

Science Fiction - First Contact



Free until 12/31

Romance - My Despicable Ex



Free until 12/31

Paranormal Suspense/Fantasy - A Death Displaced



Free until 12/20

The Perfect Family