**For the most current Free Friday selections, please visit the New NOOK Blog at http://www.barnesandnoble.com/nook-blog/category/free-fridays/

 

Today's Free Fridays book selection is Miss Buncle's Book by D.E. Stevenson -  a novel about the challenges and joys of writing a novel, with a mystical twist.

 

Miss Buncle's bank account has seen better days, and so she decides to write a novel to bring in some extra cash. Her inspiration is her small English town, a place she knows like the back of her hand. But strange things start happening after the book is published: not only is the book a rip-roaring success, but events in the novel start occurring to her real-life family and friends, yielding weird and hilarious results.

 

This delightful and utterly original novel begs the question of whether life truly does imitate art.


Today's Free Fridays app selection is Wubbzy's Fire Engine Adventure - an educational game app that provides fun activities to kids while teaching them the importance of fire safety.

 

Wuzzleburg is in trouble when the local spaghetti and meatball factory has an accident and meatballs start raining down on the city - but Wubbzy comes to the rescue, helping out where he can while learning to leave the real emergencies to the firefighters. Count falling meatballs with Wubbzy, and he'll help your kids learn to read, do sing-alongs, color, and much more!


Each week, we ask our featured author to recommend a book or author that you may want to check out. Since D.E. Stevenson passed away in 1973, Sourcebooks managing editor Shana Drehs picks one of her favorites to share this week:

 

I recommend The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure, heralded as an up-and-coming Ken Follett.  This World War II novel, set in occupied Paris, is a gripping exploration into how far you’d go to help a stranger.  Talented architect Lucien Bernard is offered a ludicrous sum of money to design hiding places so clever that even the most suspicious Nazi can’t discover them, and despite Bernard’s fear of being captured himself, he can’t turn down the challenge.  But when one of his hiding places fails to conceal its occupants, Bernard must face the increasingly personal price of freedom.  It’s a gem of a novel, blurring good and evil into confusing shades of gray, and asking us just what we might do in his place.

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by spec ‎12-06-2013 07:48 AM - edited ‎12-06-2013 07:50 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.

Contemporary Fiction
Waking Kate by Sarah Addison Allen

Cooking, Food & Wine
Dusky Lace Dream: Vintage Wedding Cake Design by Zoe Clark
Read Before Eating: Featuring 12 Holiday Favorites from Our Home to Yours by Heather Bertinetti, Carrie Morey, Rachael Ray, Kay Robertson, Jessica Seinfeld

Romance
Lost in a Royal Kiss by Vanessa Kelly
First Sinners by Kate Pearce
Annie and Fia: A Mind Games Short Story by Kiersten White
White Christmas (novella) by Ros Baxter
The Lawman Claims His Bride by Renee Ryan
Shadow Touch by Erin Kellison
Caribou Crossing by Susan Fox
The Maid's Daughter by Janice Maynard
Hajar's Hidden Legacy by Maisey Yates
I'll Catch You by Farrah Rochon

Biographies & Memoirs
Helpless: A True Short Story by Rosie Lewis

Mystery & Thrillers
Trinity: Military War Dog by Ronie Kendig
The Death Box: Part 1 of 3 (Chapters 1-12) by J. A. Kerley

Crafts & Hobbies
Fairytale Pincushion and Thread Catcher Sewing Pattern by Brioni Greenberg
Cornish Hedge Patchwork Quilt Design: Use Up your Fabric Scraps! by Jo Colwill
Pretty Pail Flower Arrangement: Floral Design for Fresh or Artificial Flowers by Julie Collins, Tina Parkes

Religious Fiction
Crazy Christmas Angel Mystery, The (Cul-de-sac Kids Book #3) by Beverly Lewis, Barbara Birch
A Very Special Delivery by Linda Goodnight

Nonfiction
In Your Face: The new science of human attraction by David Perrett
Fungal Disease in Britain and the United States 1850-2000: Mycoses and Modernity by Aya Homei, Michael Worboys

 

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

by Eros-Ashima on ‎12-06-2013 07:54 AM

Greetings to all! Thanks for the book and app ... love that it teaches about fire safety and makes it fun. B&N has significantly changed my reading life for the better. Not to mention playing online games and checking my email etc from the comfort of my easy chair. Thanks too to all who contribute here. Always an interesting and lively bunch who care passionately about reading.

 

Here, in the country, my books are my sole occupation; books my sure solace, and refuge from frivolous cares. Books the calmers, as well as the instruction of the mind.
      - Elizabeth Inchbald (nee Simpson)

by issyrobin on ‎12-06-2013 07:55 AM

Thank you again for posting the free books, and thank you to Spec for such a variety!  Grateful as always.

by TarHeelGirl00 on ‎12-06-2013 08:03 AM

 http://www.barnesandnoble.com/u/holiday-nook-books-sale/379004140

 

This is a link to the latest B&N Book Sale.  I thought I would pass it along, because quite a few of the authors who have been featured here in the past have other selections listed at a reduced price--many for $1.99.  Just to mention a few---Stuart MacBride, James Forrester, Susan Higginbotham, Val McDermid, and many others.  And if you like today's Free Friday selection, there is even another Miss Buncle Book for $1.99.  I hope this link is helpful.  It was well worth clicking through the ten screens for me to find several books by authors I have come to enjoy because of this blog!

 

 

by pumpkin2009 on ‎12-06-2013 08:09 AM

thank you for the free books and a special thank you too spec who gives a much variety of free books.

by bmk129 on ‎12-06-2013 08:44 AM

Thanks to all who post here each week and thank you B&N for offering the Free Friday selection!  Spec - you have such a great variety, thank you!

by GracieMae on ‎12-06-2013 09:05 AM

Its FREE FRIDAY! And what a day for it in E TX. Thank you everyone for taking time out of your busy day and posting for us.

 

Hope you all have a great weekend.

 

Found this quote and loved it!

 

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”
Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood    

by michealep91 on ‎12-06-2013 09:11 AM

Thanks everyone!!!  At least 5 new books for me today!!!  Happy Friday to all and stay warm and safe out there!!

by eparys on ‎12-06-2013 10:20 AM

Thank you again for the free Friday Book as well as huge thanks to all who post aditional titles. As usual I have found several to add to my library. Now, my wish for Christmas is to have MORE hours in the day to read all my selections!!

by BethAnnCullen on ‎12-06-2013 10:57 AM

Thank You!!! :cathappy:

by rbymtn on ‎12-06-2013 11:11 AM

Thank you! There are a couple of Miss Read books on sale right now. If you enjoy this one, you'll like those, as well. :smileyhappy:

by 1LadyVi on ‎12-06-2013 12:03 PM

Thank you for the Free Friday selections.

 

by dragonflyFL on ‎12-06-2013 12:13 PM

Thanks to B & N for the freebies and to the community that has the time to share with others.  Have a great weekend.

 

by Two_Rocks on ‎12-06-2013 12:28 PM

I love Free Fridays, and I applaud B&N for doing this.  I only wish Free Fridays was still available through the "Shop" function on my Nook.  Not only is that the easiest way to take advantage of Free Fridays, it is also the only way new Nook owners find out about this program.  Please go back to listing Free Fridays with the other specials in the Nook Shop.