Displaying articles for: August 2013



Today’s Free Fridays app selection, Hidden Object – Kingdom of Dreams by Difference Games LLC, is a unique and exciting version of hide-and-seek!


Your job is to find carefully-hidden objects among beautiful, detailed images, with three different ways to play: find the object as a picture, a word or a silhouette. With 23 levels and three modes of difficulty, Hidden Object – Kingdom of Dreams will keep fans on the hunt for hours!


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! Linda recommends Call the Midwife:



I liked the authenticity of this book and its ability to describe life for a midwife just after the Second World War. As the author was a practicing midwife herself, this inspired me to write about my own experiences as a midwife. It has been such a popular book that a television series was made about it, just prior to me starting to write my book.


Our newest $1.99 Spotlight offer is the first of Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter Series: Night Pleasures.


Kyrian of Thrace is a Dark-Hunter: an ancient warrior sworn to protect humankind against vampires and other evil creatures of the night. His task has its challenges, of course, but nothing he can't handle...until he wakes up one day handcuffed to a young and beautiful accountant.


Amanda Devereaux is an ordinary girl with an ordinary job, except she's being hunted by one of the deadliest vampires known to the Dark-Hunters. Can Kyrian and Amanda save each other - and the entirety of the human race - from this relentless dark force, as well as control the undeniable passion blossoming between them? Night Pleasures is a sexy thrill ride from one of America's most prolific and talented paranormal romance authors.


"...'Night Film' has been precision-­engineered to be read at high velocity, and its energy would be the envy of any summer blockbuster. Your average writer of thrillers should lust for Pessl’s deft touch with character." - The New York Times Sunday Book Review



The infamous and reclusive cult film director Stanislas Cordova hasn't been seen in public for over 30 years, and when his 24-year-old daughter mysteriously turns up dead, the enigmatic Cordova shrinks further into the shadows. But investigative reporter Scott McGrath, who has a libelous history with the hermit filmmaker, has his suspicions about the circumstances surrounding Ashley Cordova's untimely end.


Scouting out clues in a vividly-painted Manhattan as well as Mr. Cordova's secluded mansion in the Adirondack Mountains, McGrath and his helpers - a friend of Ashley's and the man who was in love with her - find themselves embroiled in a series of eerie twists and turns that play out like an excellent horror film.


Night Film is a spellbinding literary thriller that will keep you guessing well into the autumn months.


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Everyone knows that death is final…but what if it weren’t? My novel, The Returned, explores what would happen if people’s loved ones returned from beyond and tried to reunite with those they left behind. How would we feel? I lost my mother in 2001, and I’d do anything to have her back. But as elating as it would be to have a second chance with those we love, I think it would be naive to believe that it would come without consequences and complications. It’s an emotional minefield.

We are all created and revised, each and every day, by the people in our lives. When someone we care about passes away, a certain part of ourselves is lost with them.  Every human connection is inimitable, and so we ache at the passing of those we care for while simultaneously mourning the loss of a certain part of ourselves.  To have people suddenly return, as within The Returned, is to resurrect those parts of ourselves that we have left behind.  And, in many cases, that reemergence of old, forgotten feelings conflicts with the lives we now live.

This novel attempts to raise questions about love, loss and coping.  But, even beyond that, I hope that this novel begins conversations.  The concept of loss—and all of its ramifications in our lives—is something we all encounter and react to differently, but that does not mean we are condemned to face it alone.  With The Returned my hope is that readers will find something of themselves within the pages and want to share that with those in their lives—past and present.


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September is just around the corner, and for kids of all ages that means just one thing: school! It’s time to buy pencils, erasers, notebooks, and the perfect back-to-school outfit. Weekday afternoons will be filled with sports practice, music class, and, of course, homework. But schoolwork doesn’t have to be a drag, especially with the right materials – our top-rated NOOK education apps will help keep studying simple, productive, and fun! The three apps below represent the best in after-school homework help.


For high school and college kids who need a bevy of information right at their fingertips, Wolfram Alpha is a top-rated app that turns your NOOK into a supercomputer! From functional calculus to quantum physics, this computational app uses algorithms and a vast collection of data to bring students accurate answers quickly and efficiently.

Middle schoolers are invited to travel the globe on an engaging geometry quest in this app.  Solve problems of area, perimeter, volume, circumference and more, and move on to the next destination – but be careful to hold on to your passport, or else you must return to your previous location! Geometry Quest offers over 190 geometry-based problems for maximum learning and fun.








The best in education apps for kids of all ages can be found here.

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Fifteen year-old Inuit hunter Nick encounters a fearsome half polar/half grizzly bear while out on an Arctic caribou hunt. Dubbed the grolar bear, this new species has the scientific world excited, but Nick knows that this beast could be a major threat to him and his village.


Soon Nick’s half-brother Ryan, whom he’s never met, invites him along on a National Geographic photo shoot to capture a huge herd of migrating caribou. Nick’s reluctant at first, but soon agrees to embark on this once-in-a-lifetime experience.


But danger lies ahead, and Nick and Ryan are soon battling the elements of the Arctic, fighting for their survival, all while the grolar bear looks for his next prey.



Whatever you’re studying for, this helpful app lets you create your own flashcards with text and images, and store them right on your NOOK, and even share them with friends. Plus, you can download already-existing flashcards from sites like studydroid.com and quizlet.com in a wide range of subjects.


No pop quiz is safe once this app turns your NOOK into a lethal test-prep machine!



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 Will recommends:




“David Gilbert’s & Sons is that novel you’ve been waiting for without knowing you were waiting. Big, brilliant, and terrifically funny, it’s a moving story about fathers and sons and success, a dead-on, deadpan retelling of our American literary myth.”

Jess Walter, author of Beautiful Ruins



The linchpin of Gilbert’s book is the fictional author A. N. Dyer—a mythical figure in the tradition of J.D. Salinger. Dyer’s boarding school-set novel, Ampersand, was the defining work of his generation, but he’s now a reclusive old man who’s defined by the legacy of his youthful output. As mortality sets in, and he wrestles with what sort of life he’s led, he confronts a disconcerting gap between the myth and the man. He calls his adult sons together to hash out what remains of their relationship, and to decide if it’s too late to tend to lingering wounds.


& Sons has been almost universally critically-acclaimed, and is the perfect book to end the summer with—a weighty, masterful novel that will help you transition from beach reads to the more serious pursuits of autumn.  

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In this month's Love Rocks post "Bright Lights, Big City Romance", we have the pleasure of hearing from Vanessa Kelly, award-winning historical romance and also USA Today Bestselling contemporary romance author. She writes with her husband under the pen name of V.K. Sykes. Her latest book, Play Hard, is an anthology of sports romances with Rock*ItReads authors Juliana Stone and Jennifer Lyon.



I grew up in a small town with Colonial and Victorian era houses and big trees shading the quiet streets.  It was almost picture-perfect, with steepled churches and a town library modeled on a miniature Monticello. But underneath that near-immaculate exterior lurked…well, nothing very sinister.  No Stephen King monsters or cults of Stepford Wives. It was and still is a pretty nice place to live; neighbors look out for neighbors and residents actually care enough about the place to show up to town hall meetings.


That sort of lifestyle is the basis for small town contemporary romance. For many readers, the notion of life in a peaceful, unhurried setting, where neighbor knows neighbor, holds enormous appeal.  In fact, small town romance is so dominant these days that it seems difficult to find contemporary romances with a big city setting.


More Than a Kiss by Stacey Joy Netzel starts with a kiss, one that comes with strings attached—to a handsome and rich LA entrepreneur. 


Sadie Barton and her younger sister flee small town Wisconsin for the bright lights and opportunity of Los Angeles.  For Sadie, small town life was hardly idyllic.  Her mother was an unwed teenager, a blond beauty who eventually married a rich man thirty years her senior.  After years of malicious gossip and digs that she’d no doubt follow in her mother’s gold-digging footsteps, Sadie is determined to make it on her own as a journalist.


When her actress sister falls ill, an unpaid rent bill forces Sadie to fill in for her in a TV spot—one which involves kissing handsome Zach Robinson, a self-made millionaire appearing in his company’s commercial.  The chemistry between them is immediate, electric, and surprisingly sweet.  When Sadie’s employer, a barely respectable newspaper called Life’s a Beach, assigns her to interview Zach, she’s both thrilled and embarrassed to see him again.  Zach is just plain thrilled, but he also asks Sadie not to write about the commercial and his role in it, concerned it will cast his company in a bad light.  Because she’s an honorable person, Sadie complies.


The upshot?  She loses her job and her ability to support herself and her sister.  Sadie meets Zach’s subsequent offers to pay her bills with anger and distrust, since they trigger ugly memories of the small town gossip of her childhood.  In Sadie’s world, allowing a rich man to solve her problems means nothing less than following in her mother’s footsteps.  It’s up to Zach to break through her emotional armor and convince Sadie that he genuinely loves her and accepts her for who she is.


More Than a Kiss is not your typical Cinderella story.  Sadie has rejected her wealthy background to deliberately choose a life of financial struggle in order to gain her emotional independence.  In a nice reversal of small town romance tropes, she finds true acceptance and love in a place known more for superficial glitter and glitz than for loyalty and honor. Netzel’s story is sweetly heartfelt, the characters well developed and engaging, and the setting different enough to nudge a reader out of her small town rut.


The Chanel Caper by Ruth Harris is as far from small town romance as a reader could get.  Set primarily in the world of fashion and advertising in New York City, it features a fifty-six year old heroine who is smart, sardonic, and whose marriage to her sexy, ex-cop husband has hit a rough patch.  Blake Weston makes for a fabulous heroine, watching in some bemusement as her husband Ralph, now head of security for a large international corporation, goes into mid-life crisis.  For Ralph, this involves extreme workouts in an effort to recapture his youthful vigor, a new wardrobe, and a flirtation with a bombshell war correspondent doing everything she can to get Ralph between the sheets.  Blake, naturally, has no intention of allowing her beloved husband of twenty-five years to slip away from her.


In an ongoing effort to upmarket her own outdated style and rekindle some romance in her marriage, Blake buys a faux Chanel handbag from a street vendor.  This sets off a chain of wild events that includes murder, explosions, counterfeit drug rings, and the pursuit of suspects and warlords from Shanghai to Afghanistan.  The Chanel Caper is a romantic comedy, a thriller, and a send-up of the big city lifestyle in the wake of the global financial crisis.  All the disparate elements of this very funny story are tethered by the engaging Blake, a smart, sensible, and dryly witty heroine intent on saving her marriage.  It’s definitely a romance for the grownups, set against the backdrop of the bright lights of the city that never sleeps.



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Even when you're writing a book about avoiding distraction, you have to fight your own distractions. During the year I wrote The Distraction Addiction, I structured my time to minimize distractions. I'd get up before dawn to write, when it was too early to be social or check the news. I gave myself daily word quotas, and stuck rigorously to my outline, to reduce the temptation to meander down twisty but time-consuming intellectual alleys. In the evening, I'd stop working in mid-sentence to make it easier to start again the next (early) morning. Still, there were things that I had to fight every day.


SOCIAL MEDIA. Of course, Facebook and Twitter and email were always close at hand, beckoning for a quick check-in. I allowed myself a short visit in the morning and evening, and maybe a peek at lunch; but most days I'd use a program like Freedom or Anti-Social to block my access to social media sites, or the entire Web.


WORKISH DISTRACTIONS. There are all kinds of things you can do online that FEEL like work, but are really procrastination: seeing how your manuscript looks in this font rather than that, looking up yet another citation, going down what programmer-turned-theologian James Anderson calls "Wikipedia rabbit-holes." To deal with these while writing, I used Zenware writing tools. WriteRoom and OmmWriter Dana, with their simple interfaces and lack of extras, helped me focus by removing the temptation to reformat my chapters or convert footnotes to endnotes.


MY MONKEY MIND. When I asked Buddhist monk bloggers and videographers (yes, they really do exist!) how they deal with digital distractions, they turned the question around: why, they asked, do you assume that distractions come from OUTSIDE the mind? The undisciplined and unquiet mind, they argue, makes its own mischief; the untroubled mind doesn't crave the stimulation of YouTube videos or the tempting frustrations of Angry Birds. The monks taught me that when I wanted to tab over to Facebook when I needed to finish a tricky paragraph, I should examine my feelings and ask whether I really wanted to go to Facebook, or run away from work; usually, I'd let the moment pass, and get back to struggling with the words.



There are so many fun and exciting NOOK game apps to choose from, it can be hard to figure out where to start. Today we’re highlighting the most popular game apps that your fellow NOOK owners are playing. The three apps below are a great place to start, but you can find all of our top games here.













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Abraham Martin is a successful media mogul with a dangerous secret: a second family that no one knows about. When he decides to come clean, revealing the truth to his wife and son, a chain of events that he never could have imagined unfolds.


Abraham’s rebellious  son Isaac now sees a threat to his position as heir to his father’s fortune, and his wife is determined not to let Abraham ruin her reputation by bringing his illegitimate children into the family fold.


Abraham’s second family is torn as well—his daughter Deborah sees a chance at new opportunities afforded by her father’s wealth and prominence, while his son Michael is bent on avenging the years of struggle caused by their father’s abandonment. A man’s decision to face up to the sins of his past will threaten him and his loved ones in ways he didn’t foresee.


This free version of Sins of the Father features an excerpt of Benson’s next family drama, Deliah’s Daughters, available for pre-order now.


Ready. Set. Bowl! Today’s Free Fridays app selection is the lifelike PBA Bowling 2 by Concrete Software, Inc.


The 3D action of this impeccably-designed game is so realistic, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a genuine PBA tournament. You can even test your skills against current PBA greats like Walter Ray Williams Jr., and track your scores against the live worldwide leader board.  And with the chance to design your own bowling ball, you can create a custom-made weapon that will bring you unprecedented glory on the lanes.


After you’ve finished wiping the lane clean with the competition, check out the other fun games from Concrete Software, Inc.


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 Angela  recommends:





Our latest batch of NOOK First titles offers an exciting range of books—from a story about orphan dragons to a dating advice guide from two bestselling authors. Begin your shopping with the four exceptional books below, but don’t forget to explore the full collection here.


A Short Sharp Shock  by Kim Stanley Robinson


A man tumbles through wild surf, half drowned, to collapse on a moonlit beach. When he regains consciousness, he has no memory of who he is or where he came from. He knows only that the woman who washed ashore with him has disappeared sometime in the night and that he has awakened in a surreal landscape of savage beauty–a mysterious watery world encircled by a thin spine of land. Aided by strange tribesmen, he journeys to the cove of the spine kings, a brutal race that has enslaved the woman and several of the tribesmen. That is only the beginning of his quest, as he struggles to find her identity in this wondrous and cruel land–and seeks out the woman whose hold on his imagination is both unfathomable and unshakable.



Cloak & Silence by Sherrilyn Kenyon


One of the fiercest soldiers the Phrixians have ever produced, Maris Sulle has been an outsider from the moment he was born different from the rest of his family. He grew up with a secret that cost him everything——his birthright, his family, and his military career. In all his life, he’s only had one love, and he has sacrificed his own happiness to see his best friend reunited with the woman he loves. But now that his good deed is done, he feels lost and adrift. Even though they do their best to include him in their new family, Maris is once again on the outside looking in.

Ture has spent his life hiding from everyone around him——his family, the world, you name it——while trying desperately to fit in. Badly hurt by everyone he’s ever known, he trusts no one except his own best friend. And honestly, he can’t understand why he trusts her. Nor can he believe her when she describes a loyalty between friends the likes of which he’s never seen.

But when Ture is in his darkest hour, he’s saved by a hero he thought only existed in novels. A man who is every bit as scarred and mistrusting as he is——one who has no interest in being dragged into another relationship with anyone.


It's Just a F***ing Date: Some Sort of Book About Dating  by Greg Behrendt and Amiira Ruotola


A fun and funny guide to dating from the New York Times bestselling authors of  He’s Just Not that Into You.

Why does dating have to be so hard?

It doesn’t! Stop trying to out-game the system and relax. It's Just a F***ing Date presents the tools, not the rules, for bringing back the art of the date. The ordeals of 21st century dating, from online dating and hooking up to pulling the plug when it isn’t working, will soon be easy to navigate. With tips to define what is and isn’t a date, how to get asked out, and setting your own dating standards, dating won’t seem old-fashioned, it will be fun.


Charlotte Tweed and The School for Orphaned Dragons (Book #1) by Skye Blaine


Charlotte Tweed is a 15 year old orphan who always longed to know who she truly was, where she came from, and who her true parents were. Charlotte goes from one foster home to another, and as she becomes a young teenager, things get worse, and she is thrown out of every home she is sent to. Finally, living with a cruel family and sent to a school where she is bullied, Charlotte ducks off the fire drill line one day and cuts school, taking a walk near the river. It is during this fateful walk that she meets Tom Throtteldon, a wizard from another land. He tells her he’s come to take her home.

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Sixteen-year-old Gemma seems to have it all, until three mysterious girls arrive in town for the summer season. Penn, Thea, and Lexi spend their nights dancing, singing, and partying on the cove--and one night Gemma joins them. When she wakes up groggy on the beach the next morning, she knows something has changed.


Suddenly Gemma is stronger, faster, and more beautiful than ever. As she uncovers the truth about her new mythical powers, Gemma is forced to choose between staying with those she loves or entering a dark world brimming with unimaginable secrets.

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Today he brings NOOK Blog readers the Top 3 Habits for Better Communication:





Practice Deep Listening:


Listen without interrupting and with only one intention—to help the other person suffer less. The other person may say things that are full of wrong perceptions, bitterness, accusation, and blaming. Remember that the other person’s speech may be based on prejudices and misunderstandings. Say to yourself as a reminder:

I am listening to this person with only one purpose: to give this person a chance to suffer less.


Train Yourself in Loving Speech:


Loving, truthful speech can bring a lot of joy and peace to people. But producing loving speech takes practice because we aren’t used to it. Spend some time each day—even if it’s only five or ten minutes—to practice these four trainings in right speech:

  • Tell the truth
  • Don’t exaggerate
  • Be consistent
  • Use peaceful language


Remember the Cake in the Refrigerator:


This practice was developed to help children deal with their parents’ arguing, but it can also be used by adults in a relationship. When the atmosphere becomes unpleasant, breathe in and out three times to give yourself courage. Then turn to the person or people who seem upset and say, “I remember that we have a cake in the refrigerator.” This really means: “Please, let’s not make each other suffer anymore.” Both parties can practice breathing while they “take out the cake,” and even smile as a way to feel lighter in body and spirit. This is a nonjudgmental way out of a dangerous situation, and offers an opportunity to withdraw from the disagreement without causing more tension.


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Back-to-school time puts most parents to the test with scheduling, meal planning, and kids who've quickly forgotten about waking-up early to get to school on time.  Embrace the chaos with these tried-and-true NOOK Apps that will make the transition easier for your family this year:



Cozi Family Organizer is invaluable for busy families. It won the 2012 Appy Award for Best Family/Parenting App, was voted the #1 "Practical" App For Moms by Babble Top 25, and was named the #1 App for Moms by Circle of Moms. This multi-purpose app lets you keep a shared family calendar, to-do lists, shopping lists, and a journal all in one place. I love that my whole family shares one account, so we can see at a glance what’s planned for the week ahead whenever we log in.





The name of the Weather, Calendar, Alarm Clock, ToDo List, Night Stand Clock  app says it all. Not only will you be ready bright and early to start the school day, you’ll know right away how to dress the kids for the day’s weather. With your NOOK at your bedside, loaded with this app, you’ll have everything you need for a successful morning (except, of course, a strong cup of coffee).



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"A compelling and thought-provoking novel that will move and inspire readers of all kinds." -John Burnham Schwartz, author of Reservation Road



Markert sets his tale at Louisville’s Waverly Hills sanatorium during a 1920s tuberculosis outbreak. Few epidemics were so deadly, and Dr. Wolfgang Pike is beleaguered to the point of exhaustion.  His wife’s death leaves him in even more despair, as he struggles to save the few lives he can amidst constant suffering.


But fortunes change when a former concert pianist checks in to Waverly Hill, and Dr. Pike—an amateur composer—is taken with the new patient’s musicality. Soon Pike is forming a hospital orchestra, bringing a sense of hope and enjoyment to the ward. While music can’t cure TB, it does awaken a new resolve in Dr. Pike and his patients, and brings a welcome relief from the struggles they’re facing.



Each challenge teaches a new skill and features a different Savannah animal, but my kids were immediately drawn to the ostrich level, where they had to load and unload the giant flightless birds into a truck until it had exactly 20 ostriches. They’ve always been charmed by the antics of the comical ostrich at our local zoo, so this game was the perfect way to build their addition and subtraction skills while having a great time.


Once they’ve mastered their math skills, young learners can explore weather, animals, and more with the other great NOOK Apps from i Learn With.


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 James recommends:




Doesn’t it feel like you just finished eating  that July 4th hot dog? Now it’s already August and you—or your kids—are getting ready to go back to school. From Kindergarten to college, our NOOK Back to School Collection has books, magazines, videos  and apps that will make the transition for students easier than ever this year.




















Cross one thing off your to-do list by shopping our NOOK Back to School Collection.

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Nook. Nook.


Who’s there?




Stink-y who?


Stink E. Moody, and he’s in the mood to read. Check out his list of favorite books! (And mine.)  --Megan McDonald



Some Favorite Books for ages 7-12:


I love books with quirky characters, (like Doug Swieteck, Horrid Henry, or Hank Wolowitz and his (invisible) pet bandacat) lots of humor, and a big heart. I look for good storytelling—a book that can be read aloud with the whole family. For me, this often comes in the form of voice—the way the first line, the first chapter, draws me in with a whisper or a bang. A laugh. A beckoning.



Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman by Francesca Simon











Invisible Inkling by Emily Jenkins










The Wednesday Wars Gary D. Schmidt











Oldies but Goodies:


The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson











Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh











James and the Giant Peach  by Roald Dahl











Books Stink is eager to read:



On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einsteint by Jennifer Berne







Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater      











Henry and Beezus by Beverly Cleary












Graphic novels that Stink can’t wait to read:



Super Amoeba (Squish Series #1) by Jennifer Holm










Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown by Jarrett Krosoczka









Bad Kitty Gets a Bath by Nick Bruel











Book that Stink would most like to buy for Judy Moody:


Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors? by Tonya Lee Stone

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This summer has certainly flown by, but there’s still time to load up your NOOK with some really great reads at really low prices. We love the value-priced beach reads below, but you’ll find even more fantastic offers in our 101 NOOK Books Under $2.99 Collection.





One enemy spy knows the secret to the Allies' greatest deception, a brilliant aristocrat and ruthless assassin -- code name: "The Needle" -- who holds the key to ultimate Nazi victory.


Only one person stands in his way: a lonely Englishwoman on an isolated island, who is beginning to love the killer who has mysteriously entered her life.


All will come to a terrifying conclusion in Ken Follett's unsurpassed and unforgettable masterwork of suspense, intrigue, and the dangerous machinations of the human heart.




The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbol & Agnete Friis


Nina Borg, a Red Cross nurse, wife, and mother of two, is a compulsive do-gooder who can't say no when someone asks for help—even when she knows better. When her estranged friend Karin leaves her a key to a public locker in the Copenhagen train station, Nina gets suckered into her most dangerous project yet. Inside the locker is a suitcase, and inside the suitcase is a three-year-old boy: naked and drugged, but alive.
Is the boy a victim of child trafficking? Can he be turned over to authorities, or will they only return him to whoever sold him? When Karin is discovered brutally murdered, Nina realizes that her life and the boy's are in jeopardy, too. In an increasingly desperate trek across Denmark, Nina tries to figure out who the boy is, where he belongs, and who exactly is trying to hunt him down.



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One of this month's best new books is Ask Bob by Peter Gethers. Gethers is known for his charming bestselling memoir, The Cat Who Went to Paris, but this new book is a novel featuring a veterinarian who writes an 'Ask Bob' advice column. When the pet doc suffers some serious setbacks, he realizes that he could use some advice of his own.


Today, Gethers stops by the NOOK Blog to explain why the human/pet relationship is such an important part of his work.



Ask Bob grew out of my interest (some might say obsession) with various things: the meaning of family, the often insane problems that families create, the importance – and the extreme difficulties – of making romantic relationships between human beings work, the complications that stem from our own pasts when they run smack into the complications of the present.  But the novel really began to take shape once I decided that, at its core, it had to deal with perhaps my greatest obsession: the relationship between humans and their pets.


I’d always had dogs growing up and I loved them ; from the Irish Setter that showed up when I was about 5 years old, to the cockapoo, Snoopy, we had during my teenage years, to the slobbering Golden Retrievers my parents got once I left the house to go off and become an adult, to the half-cockerspaniel, half tiny sheepdog ,  my brother had – a genius of a dog named Yossarian, whom I was lucky enough to have in my care one year when my brother was abroad.  Yossarian would walk next to me, leashless, in the streets of Greenwich Village and he would wait patiently for me in front of laundromats and bodegas and bookstores while I conducted my necessary human transactions.


But my obsession with and deep, deep connection to our four-legged friends soared to a new level when I became entwined with my now-famous (and extremely handsome) Scottish Fold cat, Norton.  I won’t go into too much Norton detail here, but suffice it to say that he walked miles with me without a leash (this is a CAT we’re talking about) and went to restaurants with me (sitting in his own chair), came to the office, traveled around the world by my side on every form of transportation imaginable, had an unerring sense of who was the right female humans to include or not include in my life, and taught me extraordinary lessons throughout his entire life and, ultimately, even while he was dying (in some ways, especially then).


So I guess it’s not surprising that more than ten years after my last book about Norton, I decided to return to writing about the interaction between humans and animals – but this time using fiction to explore the themes I wanted to explore. 

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August is prime road trip time. The kids are getting restless, school doesn’t start for a few more weeks, and everyone could use a change of scenery.


If you’re headed on a road trip (or are just looking for a way to survive the dog days of summer from your lawn chair), we have lots of NOOK Apps that will keep your family entertained. Below are just a few that I’ve enjoyed on recent trips, but you can explore the full range of game apps here.







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Sir Alexander MacGruder's goal is to avenge his father's murder, not to become entangled with the enemy. But once he kidnaps her, his desire to keep Lady Nichola Westcott with him, in his home—in his bed—unwittingly makes her a target for those who have no qualms about shedding English blood. For her part, Nichola hardly expects the dangerously seductive Scot who kidnaps her to be a man of honor. With a wastrel brother and a treacherous former fiancé, she knows better than to trust the word of any man.


Though Sir Alexander promises not to hurt her, Nichola knows her only value is as a pawn to be ransomed. But she finds herself in an even more dangerous trap—one created by her powerful attraction to a man whose touch shakes her to the core. Unwilling and unable to resist each other, can Nichola and Alexander save a love that has enslaved them both?


Stay tuned for the newest book in the MacGruder Brothers series, His Seduction, available now for preorder.



Kids will absolutely love today’s Free Friday’s app selection—the charmingly cuddly Bear Dress Up by Detention Apps.


First, players choose one of nine teddy bears to customize as their own. I’m partial to the koala bear version myself—it brings back memories of a family trip to Australia where we saw real, live koalas! Now it’s time to make your bear your very own—picking from over 175 items like hats, wigs, jewelry and more—to accessorize your bear and make it your own. Then once your bear looks exactly how you want it to, it’s time to feed your new pal some favorite snacks like pizza & ice cream.


To add a final sweet touch, once your little one has designed their very own custom bear, they can tap the ‘snow’ button to shower their bear in a snowstorm of Gummy Bears. Yum!


Don’t forget to check out dozens of other playful Detention Apps, too.


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 Helen recommends:





O’Hara’s book is a playful, hilarious take on the current zombie fad. Tom’s big brother is always stirring up trouble, and his latest plan is to become a mad scientist. His first victim is the family’s pet goldfish Frankie, whom he dunks into toxic green gunk.


Tom acts fast and jolts the goldfish back to life with a battery, but his plan has an unanticipated consequence: Frankie is now a Big Fat Zombie Goldfish with hypnotic powers. Turns out that zombie goldfish carry a vengeance streak as well, so now Tom has to defend his brother from this aquatic Frankenstein’s monster.


What’s even cooler—and will probably get the young NOOK reader in your life even more excited about this book—is that Mo O’Hara and her brother once brought their own pet goldfish back from the brink of death. This woman knows of what she writes.


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