Free Fridays

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We're renaming this week's Free Fridays, "Three Fridays." Instead of one free title for you to explore, we’re offering the first book in three exciting series.





















Each of these stellar Free Friday’s picks will leave you wanting more—so be sure to explore the rest of the books in each series, all available now for NOOK.


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 Irene Hannon recommends:



NOOK owners: go to shop and search by the author’s name to download these great series’ debuts.

by DigitalGrl ‎09-30-2011 10:29 AM - edited ‎09-30-2011 10:30 AM

Wow thanks!! 

by lizzie60 on ‎09-30-2011 10:35 AM

I am thrilled with the Christian books that have been offered.  It was through my Nook that I have been introduced to this genre.  Try it; you may like it.  I did.  The books that I have read so far aren't "conversion" books, they are wholesome books with a story behind them.  The characters do things like go to church, say a prayer before a meal, treat others with kindness and understanding.  I don't see anything wrong with that.  As I do with all the vampire/demon books, read the review and see if it appeals to you.  If it does, download, If not, find another book you like and, dare I say it, pay for it.  Thanks to Spec, and now Jeremy, I have downloaded at least three books the last three or four Fridays which has made up for all those Fridays when I didn't like the free offering.  Hats off to you guys.  You both did a great job this week!

by DBudd on ‎09-30-2011 10:55 AM

Thank you so much for FINALLY giving us some Christian faith type books.  Dee Henderson is a wonderfully talented author. I also recommend Karen Kingsbury, Lori Wick, and Francine Rivers.


So tired of all the vampire/witch/demon books that have been offered lately on Free fridays.  I'm very anxious to read the three selections offered today.  Also, love the idea of "Three Fridays," instead of "Free Fridays."  Absolutely adore my Nook...thanks again!!!

by tallTale on ‎09-30-2011 10:58 AM

Thank you to KikiL for pointing out about Baker's group. I was unaware of that.


To Lapymm I do remember quite a few vampire/demon books as well, but not for a while. Last week's book also had a religious undertone to it as well. So this was the fourth book in a row with such. I was somewhat dissappointed because of it.


To lizzie60 I have tried it. I've even purchased some books that were from that genre, and I put in my post I don't mind this genre per se, I just don't prefer it generally. This is the fourth book in a row for free that has a religious undertone to it. I also pay for plenty of books and don't just rely on this free sevice. I think it's fine to have such books, I'd just like a variety. My problem comes from when they do get preachy, as some do, and I think religious books sometimes are more preachy than non religious books. Assuming that books are "wholesome" and filled with "kindess" because they happen to be chritian themed, I think is a bit unfair. There are plenty of non-religious books that are "wholesome" and filled with "kindness" too, and plenty of non-christian religious books from other religions that are the same.


I just want variety, but I realize this is a free service and I don't have to download the book, but I was hoping I could make a request for a change for next weeks by voicing my opinion, and seeing if anyone felt the same.


It is great to have these books for people like lizzie who appreciate this genre, but there are other readers too, and I'd of liked to see more variety in the last four books.



by IronCam on ‎09-30-2011 11:21 AM

Thank you, B&N, for Free Fridays.  Please warn us ahead of time if you're feeding us "Christian" romance and or suspense or whatever.  Nothing in your description of these books today mentions it.  I was very disappointed to have to learn this from reading the comments and book reviews.  Full disclosure going forward, please!

by peggy76 on ‎09-30-2011 11:31 AM

3 books, Wow!, That is great.  Can't believe it.  They all look like good books.


by Rhonda1209 on ‎09-30-2011 11:52 AM

thank you for the opportunity to get free books.

by Sparkyj on ‎09-30-2011 12:24 PM

Barnes and Noble, I thank you for offering so many Nook freebies in so many different genres.  You have had something for everyone.  Because of your offers, I have found new authors and tried genres that I never would have otherwise.  You may not be able to please everyone all the time, but you sure have pleased me.

by ThirstyFlea on ‎09-30-2011 12:59 PM

While I really appreciate Free Fridays (especially when 3 are offered!) and Spec's additions, I'm a little surprised at all the Christian offerings... As with other reviewers here, I think that should be more clearly identified in the description, as I downloaded them then had to go back to delete them. Which is fine, I just would have appreciated a more accurate genre description in advance. 


I love that Free Fridays offers all of the genres, but a little lighter on the religion please, I feel like I'm at Walmart.


But I'll be back, and thanks again!

by lmjrocko on ‎09-30-2011 01:39 PM

Great reads~ Thanks!

by cn7000 on ‎09-30-2011 03:26 PM

Thank you X3!  And for getting past the "hocus pocus vampire blood dripping gore" you sometimes offer.  There a lots of us who outgrew "comic book" fiction years ago.

by Jewely89 on ‎09-30-2011 03:44 PM

You know, free is FREE - if it has Christian undertones, then don't take it. Get over it. I don't like historical books, I don't download them if they're free - and I don't whine like a baby that I'm not getting what I want. I personally love Christian fiction, so I'm thankful for these 3 freebies. And to listen to those whining about what's free - get over yourself and don't download it, and wait for next Friday. Grow up. Everyone has different tastes, and I have seen all different types given away as freebies on Fridays - from Teen books to Gore to Historical to Non-fiction. I download what I think will appeal to me. And, if I start reading it, and it doesn't appeal, then I archieve it and go on to the next. I don't cry "fowl" and get mad that a book that has too much foul language (no, I don't like to read those) is offered for free and I definitely don't get online and complain!


So, thanks B&N for offering these three - I have downloaded all 3 of them - and I believe they all look good. Sorry you have so many whiners who can't grow up and just say "thanks, but no thanks" and wait for next week... guess they aren't smart enough to realize you aren't part of the Constitution that declares that CONGRESS shall not enact to establish a religion... they must think you have a hand in that by offering something with Christian overtones!!!!! Maybe an offer of the US Constitution would be in order? (and yes, I would download that too!)

by knitabook on ‎09-30-2011 04:23 PM

I'm with ThirstyFlea.  It's wonderful that there are books out there for everyone, but full disclosure in the product description doesn't seem like too much to ask.

by Rachel_Wilder on ‎09-30-2011 04:41 PM

We Christian readers don't demand that a book be labeled as "non-Christian", on Free Fridays. Why should a Christian romance be labeled as such? I too am tired of all the witches and vampires and demons and books with explicit sex scenes in them. There is absolutely nothing wrong with spotlighting a clean read. Following the logic of the people screaming for a book to be labeled as Christian, if it's not clean, it also needs to be labeled as such. In the interest of full disclosure. I've clicked on a few featured ones and immediately regretted it. Full disclosure is a two-way street.


But you don't see me bitching about it. Why is it that people who hate Christian fiction are so vocal about their displeasure when it's featured somewhere? You don't see us complaining en masse when an erotic werewolf romance is featured.


These three books aren't romantic mysteries. They're romantic suspense. Nail-biting, on-the-edge-of-your-seat romantic suspense. Lynette Eason is one of my favorite authors and the series this book kicks off is her best yet. Irene Hannon's books are all about FBI agents, and she has a reputation for being impeccably accurate with her portrayals of life in the FBI.


As a reader (and writer) of Christian romance, I can tell you it is a MASSIVE market. In fact, Christian romance is the only genre (Christian AND non-Christian) that has posted double digit gains in market share over the last three years. From a writing craft perspective, some of the most talented writers currently writing, write Christian fiction.


None of the books featured on the blog today are "conversion books". Conversion books don't go over well with most Christian readers, believe it or not. It's a very small subset of readers that's dying out. Thank God! I can't stand conversion books. Or books that are preachy.


I can count the number of Christian books featured here on Fridays this year on one hand. And three of the five are today's spotlight.

by Lynellen on ‎09-30-2011 04:41 PM

I agree with other commenters.  If BN wants to pick Christian genre, then that will certainly appeal to some; mixing it up is just being fair.  I just would like to see that mentioned in the overview / summary.  There might be some who ONLY want "Christian" books, and they should not have to dig for that information any more than those of us who would prefer to avoid that particular genre of literature.