"Helen Hollick has it all. She tells a great story..."
- bestselling author Bernard Cornwell

 

 

In this first book of the Pendragon’s Banner series, Hollick delves deep into the life of Pendragon—the gallant leader who would one day unite all of Britain. While the true history of King Arthur is full of legends and myths, this book presents him as a man of flesh and bone—the heroic ruler who inspired armies and captured Gwenhyfar's heart. A once-in-a-millennia figure, King Arthur’s tale is wonderfully realized in Hollick’s impressive narrative.

 

The final two books in this critically-acclaimed trilogy, Pendragon’s Banner and Shadow of the King, are available now for NOOK.

 


 

 

 

While there are lots of addictive games to keep word nerds busy, I have to say that Dabble  is a fresh new take that I just can’t get enough of.  The concept is simple—each game begins with 20 letters. Now you must turn those letters into 5 separate words—one with two letters, one with three, and so on. My brain went into overdrive as soon as I started playing Dabble—forcing me to call on my vocabulary knowledge and strategic thinking skills in equal measure.

 

If you’re a word-loving NOOK owner, you won’t just want to dabble in this app, you’ll want to become a pro!


 

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 Helen recommends:

 

 

The story is set in the early twelfth century, amid the turbulent years of civil war, when two people were vying for the throne – the dead king’s daughter, Matilda, and his nephew, Stephen, both of whom believed they had absolute right to rule. The ensuing bitter war was a time when it was said that Christ and His Saints Slept. It was a time in history when a woman had no equality or rights; when she could be bargained off in marriage against her will to a man she loathed, and when despite her being the heir to the throne, men would not accept her capability to become Queen. Matilda, however, was  possibly the most determined, courageous and strongest woman in English history.

 

I enjoyed this read  because while I know a little about Matilda and her claim to her throne – and even more about her son, Henry II and his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, I knew absolutely nothing of the other leading character of the novel – Adeliza, Matilda’s stepmother.

 

There is nothing better than learning about English history through the pages of a good read. Ms Chadwick is a writer of the highest calibre. Her research is meticulous and the history is flawless, while imagined  scenes  are slipped seamlessly between the factual ones.

 

To read an Elizabeth Chadwick novel is the nearest we can get to travelling back in time to catch a glimpse of what the past was really like.

Comments
by spec on ‎07-26-2013 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.

Religious Fiction
Skip Rock Shallows by Jan Watson

Health, Mind & Body
Taking Flight!: Master the DISC Styles to Transform Your Career, Your Relationships...Your Life by Merrick Rosenberg, Daniel Silvert

Religion & Spirituality
Hell Is Real (But I Hate to Admit It) by Brian Jones

Romance
Centurion's Honor (Imperial Desires, Book One) by Nadia Aidan
Nocturnal Urges (Nocturnal Urges, Book One) by Elizabeth Donald

Business & Investing
The Word of Mouse: New Age of Networked Media by Jim Banister
People Analytics: How Social Sensing Technology Will Transform Business and What It Tells Us about t... by Ben Waber
Liz Weston on Personal Finance (Collection) by Liz Weston

 

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

by eReaderPerks on ‎07-26-2013 07:50 AM

Happy Friday!

Here are some of the very latest top-rated Nook freebies. (All of these are 4+ rated):

Kids Unrated on BN (4.6 Stars/31 Reviews on Amazon): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/zack-zoeys-alien-apocalypse-or-alien-busting-ninja-adventure-mj-ware...

Horror Unrated on BN (4.1 Stars/11 Reviews on Amazon): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/just-one-day-jacob-prytherch/1116058739?ean=2940044629967

Mystery 5.0 Stars/1 Review (4.1 Stars/75 Reviews on Amazon): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/past-imperfect-1-john-matthews/1115836408?ean=2940044597563

Religious (Romance) 4.0 Stars/13 Reviews (4.4 Stars/58 Reviews on Amazon): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/skip-rock-shallows-jan-watson/1107872676?ean=9781414373935

Romance (Historical) 3.7 Stars/14 Reviews (4.0 Stars/64 Reviews on Anazon): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-loyal-heart-merry-farmer/1106051739?ean=2940011541537

Romance (Contemporary) 4.0 Stars/61 Reviews: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mistletoe-mischief-stacey-joy-netzel/1112897026?ean=2940045074872

Teen (Fantasy) 4.4 Stars/5 Reviews (4.5 Stars/37 Reviews on Amazon): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sweet-oblivion-bailey-ardisone/1114302592?ean=2940044244092

Non Fiction Advice/How-to 4.3 Stars/26 Reviews: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/taking-flight-merrick-rosenberg/1112058874?ean=9780133121360

Happy reading! :smileyhappy:

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

by TarHeelGirl00 on ‎07-26-2013 07:52 AM

Thanks Jeremy! It's always a treat to get a first-in-a-series for free and to discover an author that is new to me.:smileyhappy:

 

I LOVE Free Fridays!:heart:

by Jillie_Bean ‎07-26-2013 07:57 AM - edited ‎07-26-2013 07:59 AM

Thanks Jeremy, I've had my eye on this trilogy! Thanks also to Lorie for scanning for books w/good reviews and maintaining her site.

Prost!

by Eros-Ashima on ‎07-26-2013 07:58 AM

Love free Fridays and appreciate those who post here!

by GracieMae on ‎07-26-2013 08:23 AM

FREE FRIDAY IS HERE! And again, I am not disapointed. I think I will be getting alot of good reads for my nook.  Especially going to check into Lady of the English. Sounds like something I need to splurge on!

 

Thanks everyone for your posts! Have a great weekend!

:smileyhappy::heart:

by celandinehobbit on ‎07-26-2013 09:12 AM

My first thought upon waking: It's Free Friday! Thank you again to BN and everyone for taking the time out to look for some great books. Picked up a few more and the app for today as well. Looks like it's going to be a cooler weekend for us here so the perfect time to curl up and read. :cathappy:

by Evilynn on ‎07-26-2013 09:57 AM

Thank you, everyone for the free books. Free Friday is my favorite day of the week!

by krisket on ‎07-26-2013 10:03 AM

The books seems interesting and the app looks like fun - can't wait to get out of work and check them out! Thanks very  much!

by Sherryathome on ‎07-26-2013 10:04 AM

I love Free Fridays  it's the highlight of my week!:cathappy:  Thank you also to all of you that take the time to find other free books!

by jubileev on ‎07-26-2013 10:14 AM

I'm looking forward to today's freebie book!!!!!!   Thank you, and also, it's the first application I've taken.... Thank you again :-)

by BethAnnCullen on ‎07-26-2013 10:28 AM

Thank You!!! :cathappy:

by boomer1949 on ‎07-26-2013 10:49 AM

Thank you BN for free friday selection and game! Thanks all who post selections they have found and read. I LOVE mysteries and last week...thanks to posters found several great reads! :smileyhappy: The last two weeks free selections have been very intertaining books! After reading James Rollins Sandstorm have decided I may want to actually purchase some of his other books in this series! Thank you for everyones input!!! Happy Reading! :smileyhappy:

 

by Calebsnana on ‎07-26-2013 10:58 AM

This is the first time I have checked out Free Friday's, what a great deal!! Thank you so much!!