Displaying articles for: September 2013

Do you love playing hidden object games? If so, this week’s App Buzz has you covered, with four featured games apps that will keep you on the hunt for hours. I should know – I’ve been playing them on my NOOK all week!


For a fun spin on home restoration, check out Hidden Object - Home Makeover by Tamalaki. Can you aide Emma in repairing her grandparents’ house by finding the hidden objects she needs to complete the job? With over 10 different game modes, you can find so many ways to help out – with tons of rewards at the finish!





Now it’s time to leave land and jump into the ocean! Hidden Objects Sea World & 3 puzzle games by Agile Fusion takes you down to a beautiful coral reef where tons of treasures await you. Discover all kinds of marine life while you’re on the search – and when your toes start to prune, there are three mini games – Unblock It, Mazes, and Jigsaw – to keep you busy.




Take a trip to the dark side in Letters from Nowhere 2 from G5 Entertainment. Audrey’s husband Jake is under a horrifying curse, and she needs your help to remove it. Can you find the clues to release this once-happy couple from an evil spell? With over 30 mysterious locations to look through, Letters from Nowhere 2 will chill you to the bone for days!




For those late sleepless nights, try Twisted Lands: Insomniac by Alawar Entertainment. Assist Angel in solving the mystery of her true identity by finding clues in an abandoned hospital, a spooky mansion and a haunted lighthouse – just make sure you keep the light on! This games app is recommended for ages 10 and up.





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Today's Free Fridays book selection is Stealing Home by Jennifer Seasons - a sizzling sports romance with a twist.


In this first book of the Diamonds and Dugouts series, the game of love can be just as tricky as a Major League baseball game - especially for star player Mark Cutter. He's just woken up after a passionate night with the fiery Lorelei Littleton - and discovered that she's disappeared with his priceless good-luck charm.


Lorelei is desperate to finance her niece's heart surgery, so she decides to seduce Mark and rob him of a charm worth $100,000. She figures he's just another superrich, womanizing ball player - but little does she know that Mark wants something real - with her, thief or no thief. Can the pair win each other's hearts, or will they risk losing everything that matters to them?



Can't get enough of this sports romance series? Don't miss the newest addition to Diamonds and Dugouts, Throwing Heat, available on October 15th.



Today’s Free Fridays App selection is Sunny Hillride by Headup Games GmbH & Co. KG – the perfect adventure game for your young explorers. Sunny Hillride is a land full of interesting sights and sounds – complete with deserts, meadows and snow-capped mountains – and your task is to race through it to your destination : a beautiful vacation resort. Make sure that you and your family arrive in one piece – and that your trusty RV doesn’t run out of gas!


Please note that this games app is only available for NOOK Tablet, HD, and HD+.


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 Jennifer recommends:


See Jane Score is my all-time favorite Sports Romance--it's what convinced me to try writing one myself. Rachel Gibson knows how to write a sports hero who'll not only get under your skin, but into your heart--every cocky, self-absorbed, secret-heart-of-gold inch of him.  By the end you'll be rooting for Jane to score BIG (and you'll be swooning over Luc). Get it, read it, love it. You know you want to.  


My new book, The Bride Wore Size 12, is about a bride who is struggling to keep her wedding from spinning out of control. This is a feeling that might be familiar to a few brides out there, though I’m pretty sure most brides never had to deal with what my heroine, Heather Wells, does in the days leading up to her wedding day:




Who can resist a bride, all dressed in white?  Not me. I love books and movies with wedding scenes in them, especially when the wedding could come crashing down around the bride at any moment. Spunky Maria (soon to be Von Trapp) walking down the aisle in her seemingly mile-long train in that church in The Sound of Music. Why is this scene so great? 


Because not only is Maria finally marrying the man of her dreams (the Captain, of course), and his children getting the stepmother they deserve (instead of that nasty baroness who was going to pack them all off to boarding school), but there are (spoiler alert) hordes of Nazis gathering at the Austrian border. Hitler could show up at any time!


Now that’s a wedding!


Or take Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala’s secret wedding ceremony in Naboo’s beautiful Lake Country (really Lake Como in Italy) in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.


But we all knew the bride was one day (spoiler alert) going to give birth to Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia! Not to mention, the groom going to embrace the dark side, and turn into Darth Vader, Lord of the Sith!


Talk about raising the stakes!


Weddings-with-a-twist haven’t only been fodder for cinematic fare. What about the now infamous “Red Wedding” scene in George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones series?  (The less detail about that I go into, the better, as feelings are still running high on the fan forums.)


Mr. Martin certainly isn’t the first author to lob an explosive wedding altar reveal at readers. Both Charlotte Brontë (in her 1847 classic Jane Eyre) and R. D. Blackmore (in his lesser known 1869 novel Lorna Doone) did it as well, though—spoiler alert—both brides ultimately meet with better fates than those in Martin’s book (in Lorna’s case, it’s admittedly touch and go for a while).


Why are wedding day disasters so irresistible to authors (and to screenwriters)? Especially since I want there to be a happy ending for my characters (and everyone else’s) just as much as readers do.


But as a writer (and reader and viewer, as well), I also want to watch that bride (and groom) work for it.  I want them to be entitled to their happiness. I want to watch them earn it.


Maybe because then, once they’ve successfully battled those Nazis, clones, white walkers, Doones, or murderers, I feel like I can enjoy that well-deserved happily-ever-after right along with them.


But of course, after reading and writing about all these poor brides’ wedding day disasters, when it came to my own twenty years ago, my husband and I did what we considered the only sensible choice:


We eloped!



What is your favorite childrens' book? Annie Barrows, author of the hilarious kids' series IVY AND BEAN, has quite a few. Today she visits the NOOK Blog and shares her criteria for the perfect story. Annie's newest book, Ivy and Bean Take the Case, is now available on NOOK.




I could say that my favorite kids’ books are those that are written beautifully, with rich and evocative language. Or maybe that I love books that teach me about people and customs of which I know nothing. Perhaps I should discuss the importance of difficult themes, skillfully handled.


But, while tactful and serious, none of these things is true.


The truth is that while the books I love usually are well-written, I’m also usually reading too fast to notice the writing. And while they generally teach me something, that’s not why I chose to read them. And I don’t really care what the theme of a book is. I love a book that takes me outside myself and wraps me up in its own fascinating world, populated by characters I want to have as friends (or enemies). I love a book that I read in enormous gulps, because I have to know how it all turns out, right this minute, and then I look up and discover that hours have passed without my knowing it. Here are a few books that have done all that, and more.



Diary of a Wimpy Kid**











A Drowned Maiden's Hair  











The Fourth Stall**











Half Magic 












Island of the Blue Dolphins 




















Leepike Ridge  













Liar and Spy  













A Little Princess  













A Monster Calls  










No Talking  












The Penderwicks*











Rapunzel's Revenge**










Tuck Everlasting  











Turtle in Paradise*











When Zachary Beaver Came to Town  























*These are Ivy’s favorites.

** These are Bean’s.

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What superpower would you most like to have? Guest author Brandon Sanderson visits the NOOK Blog today to answer this intriguing question. His new teen fantasy novel, Steelheart, the first in a series about a group of superhumans called Epics, is now available on NOOK.


It is so hard to choose because every time I think about it realistically, my brain splits in half, and I wind up with a choice between two powers. What I would choose depends on how rational my brain is that day.


On one hand, it makes the most sense to have Wolverine’s regenerative powers, right? I mean, nothing can hurt you. You’re going to live a long, happy life. The logical part of my brain says, “Just pick the safe one!” At the same time, it’s not like I’m jumping off cliffs or getting into fights or getting shot in the head. So I probably wouldn’t do much with this power. That’s why it’s the safe choice.


But in the back of my mind, there’s a part of me that says, “Oh, don’t pick the lame choice that you’re never going to use. Go fly!” That’s the real choice. Boy, would I really love to be able to fly! I mean, granted, who wouldn’t? Which is why a lot of the magic systems in my books wind up dealing with pseudo-flight or people having powers that let them soar in the air.


When I'm looking for the perfect games app, I want something with mobility and versatility, whether I'm on the train to go to work or waiting in line at the grocery store. That’s why my games app of choice is All-in-One Solitaire e by Pozirk Games, on sale for just $0.99!


Solitaire never gets boring because there are so many different versions to play, and with All-in-One Solitaire, they are all directly at your fingertips. From One Suit Spider Solitaire to FreeCell Solitaire, Open Pyramid Solitaire to 90 Second Solitaire, you will never run out of ways to play this classic one-person card game. 

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Today's Free Fridays book selection is The Rockin' Chair by Steven Manchester - a hearty, complex portrait of a family at a pivotal moment between a haunted past and a hopeful future.


Grandpa John McCarthy is in need of some closure, so he calls his estranged grandchildren back home after the death of their grandmother. From his place in a treasured rocking chair passed down from generation to generation of the McCarthy family, Grandpa John shares both his most cherished and painful memories of his offspring and urges them to do the same, for the sake of love, faith and family bonds that should never have been broken. Can the McCarthys move past anger and regret and become stronger than ever? The Rockin' Chair is a beautifully-written novel that will simultaneously break your heart and strengthen it.



Do you ever wish you could print documents, emails and other files on the go, without logging onto a computer? Now you can, with PrintHand Mobile Print Premium ! Print PDFs, Docs, Excel Spreadsheets, Facebook albums, Dropbox files, web pages and more directly from your NOOK device. All you need is a WiFi or Bluetooth connection to the nearest available printer, detected automatically with a Printer Setup Wizard. This speedy and efficient printing app is normally $9.95, so don’t miss your chance to pick it up FREE today!


Please note that this app is only available for NOOK HD and HD+.


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 Steven recommends:


I recently read the novel, Blue, and was taken on an amazing ride that I won't soon forget. One of the best novelists in the business today, Lou Aronica makes fantasy and reality collide in this unique story that completely blew me away--all the way to its emotional ending. If you enjoy an imaginative, inspirational story that's filled with hope, adventure and overcoming life's challenges, then give Blue a read. I highly recommend it!


Do you have a favorite literary heroine? Sarah J. Maas, bestselling author of the teen fantasy series Throne of Glass, has five. Today she visits the NOOK Blog to discuss these memorable and inspiring female characters and why they've left such a lasting impression on her life and work. Crown of Midnight, the newest addition to the Throne of Glass series, is now available on NOOK.







1. Attolia from Megan Whalen Turner’s The Queen’s Thief series. It’s kinda hard to talk about Attolia without giving away a lot of Turner’s phenomenal series, but I will say that Attolia is one of the best villains and heroines ever created. She’s cunning and deadly and is just…a delight to read about. Her relationship with Gen is one of the greatest ever written (not even exaggerating when I say that), so just do yourself a favor and buy The Thief (the first in the series), because these books are just…beyond amazing.





2. Ruby from Alex Bracken’s The Darkest Minds. I fell in love with Ruby from page one. No joke. Her resourcefulness, determination, love of music (if you ever want to listen to an amazing playlist, check out Alex Bracken’s “Black Betty” playlist for the series), and struggle to come to terms with her past, future, and power make her an unforgettable, vibrant, and utterly real heroine. I still remember the first time I read The Darkest Minds and wept uncontrollably because Ruby and her friends had come to be so dear to my heart.










4. Eleanor Fitt from Susan Dennard’s Something Strange and Deadly series. Eleanor is one of those heroines I wish I’d read about as a teenager, because wow—she is inspiring. Not only is Eleanor a heroine who learns (really, truly learns, through hardship and sacrifice) to rise above the awful lot cast to her in life, but she’s also brave as hell, loves to eat (we both share a fondness for buttered toast), and has some of the best action scenes I’ve ever read. I adore this series with an unapologetic passion.






5. Lyra from Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series. Lyra. Oh, Lyra. I read this series when I was a teenager, and it still remains one of my favorites to this day—mostly because of Lyra. I think I actually love her not for her good qualities (of which there are many), but because of her not-so-good ones, which usually end up helping her just as much. Like her penchant for lying—I don’t know what it says about me as a person, but the fact that Lyra was a badass liar (come on, she even got named Lyra Silvertongue!) and that skill got her out of several sticky situations just made her unforgettable in my book. Plus, her relationship with her daemon, Pan, completely gutted me (there’s a scene in the third book, The Amber Spyglass, that actually had me curled up on the floor, sobbing). I kinda want to be Lyra’s best friend—though we’d probably get into a lot of trouble.


In this month's Love Rocks post "Realms Strange and Otherworldly", we have the pleasure of hearing from Erin Kellison, award-winning paranormal romance author of the Shadow Kissed series. Her latest book, Soul Kissed, is available now on NOOK.



The days grow colder, nights longer. Halloween decorations fill the shelves, promising fun along with fright, magic with mystery. Out come the vampires and weres, and in paranormal romance, each has their own power to tempt and seduce. In these stories, danger lurks around every corner. Strong protectors use everything they have to hold back the encroaching dark—fists, weapons, wisecracks, and yes, sometimes a kiss. The fights are desperate, stakes high, but ultimately love vanquishes evil when all else seems hopeless and lost. What’s not to like?






Have you ever been on a wild adventure? How about an African safari? Bestselling author James Patterson has, and today he visits the NOOK blog to share the story of his amazing experience in the grasslands and jungles of Kenya - as well as to discuss his action-packed new kids' book, Treasure Hunters, now available on NOOK.


I haven’t traveled as much as the Kidd siblings do in my new kids’ book, Treasure Hunters, but I did go on a camera safari in Kenya. You have to see Africa to understand it. You can prepare yourself for cities like Paris and Rome, but there’s no preparing for Africa.


The adventure began in Nairobi, a loud, friendly city packed with motorbikes. Once we headed into the deep, dark jungle, the buzz of the city was replaced by the roar of wild animals. The scariest creatures weren’t on land, however. One morning we went out on a lake, and a hippo, one of the most dangerous animals in the world, emerged next to our boat. He passed us by, though he could have torn us apart.


Then came the Serengeti, a huge flatland where you can see for hundreds of miles. We were always surrounded by animals, but they didn’t act like animals in a zoo. I still remember watching an antelope herd. A thousand heads suddenly turned, and a large cat leapt from the high grass onto an unsuspecting antelope. The wild dogs were even more terrifying. They’re vicious and huge — between 70 and 100 pounds. As our van approached, they looked up from the buffalo they were eating, growled, and bared their bloody teeth. One even burped. Most frightening burp I’ve ever heard.


We also got to meet Maasai tribespeople. They live the same way they did hundreds of years ago, wearing traditional clothes, drinking a mixture of milk and blood. It must be strange to be a kid there.Their everyday lives are traditional, but by law they have to attend modern schools.


For a memorable adventure, you can’t do much better than Kenya, but what happens to the Kidds in Treasure Hunters just might top it.


I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite summer activities of all time is going to the park and having a picnic. The fresh air, green grass and bubbling fountains create a perfect setting to eat some delicious munchies with friends.


And now, with the Frosby Picnic Camp app, I can enjoy this cherished activity well into the cooler months. This fun and engaging children’s game app shows kids how to make their own special picnics and how to explore our beautiful public parks. Build a unique and delicious sandwich, feed the ducks in the park pond, and even learn some camping basics like pitching a tent – just don’t forget to throw away your litter!


For other great learning games for kids ages 0-4, there’s the Frosby Learning Games for Preschool Kids app. With over 25 games to choose from, kids can learn about parts of the body, colors, math basics, and so much more.






Check out all of Frosby’s great children’s game apps here.



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Makes About 20 Bars


These peanut butter bars are an old school cafeteria recipe. They date from back when the lunch ladies would come in at the break of dawn and set to making the day’s meals from scratch. These lunch ladies were our mothers away from home, always there to make sure we got enough to eat and to offer a kind smile and hug whenever we needed it—and, boy, was their food ever good! Peanut butter treats were usually in abundance in those days since peanut butter was a government commodity, provided in large quantities to lunchrooms. This is a great recipe that requires no baking and tastes the way a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup aspires to. I usually make the batter in the microwave, but I’ve given you stovetop directions (see Stovetop Variation), too.



½ cup (1 stick) butter

½ cup packed brown sugar (light or dark)

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 cups crunchy or smooth commercial peanut butter

2 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips



  1. Place the butter, brown sugar, vanilla, peanut butter, and confectioners’ sugar in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on 100 percent power until the butter and peanut butter have melted, 1 to 2 minutes.
  2. Use a large spoon to stir the butter mixture until it forms a ball of dough that pulls away from the side of the bowl. Pat the dough into an ungreased 9- by 13-inch baking pan.
  3. Pour the chocolate chips into another microwave-safe bowl and microwave on 100 percent power in 30-second intervals, stirring after each, until completely melted. Spoon the melted chocolate over the peanut butter mixture and spread it evenly with a rubber spatula.
  4. Allow the peanut butter bars to cool completely at room temperature until the chocolate hardens, 30 to 45 minutes, or place them in the refrigerator, uncovered, for about 15 minutes. Cut into 20 squares. The bars will keep for several days when stored at room temperature in a sealed container.


Stovetop Variation

In step 1, place the butter, brown sugar, vanilla, peanut butter, and confectioners’ sugar in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Heat, stirring occasionally, until the butter and peanut butter have melted, 4 to 5 minutes. Proceed with step 2 as directed. In step 3, melt the chocolate chips in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally. Complete the recipe as written.


Today’s Free Fridays app selection features an unbelievable deal: the highly-rated English - Spanish Full Text Translator by Ectaco, normally priced at $59.95!


This unique language app offers NOOK device users an efficient and simple Spanish-to-English and English-to-Spanish translation experience: translate blocks of text without an Internet connection, use TTS (Text-to-Speech) voice synthesis to pronounce any text and its subsequent translation, and change the direction of the translation with just one button.


An incredibly advanced language app with the latest in translation technology, the English - Spanish Full Text Translator is one-of-a-kind, and today -  it’s FREE.

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 Ingrid recommends:


I’m a sucker for a good girl power story with complex heroines who prevail against insurmountable odds.  Add in historical intrigue and secret societies and there’s no way I’ll sleep until I’ve devoured every page. Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) is a suspenseful story of a girl assassin whose unusual talents land her in the middle of dangerous palace intrigues.  


 Writing a memoir at just 23 isn't typical, but neither is the author of Man Repeller: Seeking Love. Finding Overalls. Leandra Medine, who writes the Man Repeller fashion blog, realized she had a unique story to share  - that a lifetime of wearing fashion-forward outfits was adversely affecting her love life. From ostrich clutches to parachute pants, Medine reflects on her sartorial choices and the curious, shocking, and always comical role they've played in her life thus far. Today she visits the NOOK blog to discuss her favorite autobiographers, and the one fashion trend even she steers clear of.


I haven't read very many memoirs and that wasn't necessarily the genre I was trying to squeeze into but I am very respectful and fond of the writing of David Sedaris (which is entirely personal but not really at all autobiographical), David Foster Wallace (that is some prodigious stuff, point blank), Sloane Crosley (who follows a fairly similar formula vis-a-vis David Sedaris) and Paul Rudnick, who holsters the ability to make me laugh out loud. His recapitulating experiences are so personable, poignant and hilarious--sometimes it feels like he's Morgan Freeman, and I'm the movie he's narrating.

2.  How did writing a memoir change your outlook on life?

Frankly, I have completely stopped regarding my "life experiences" as experiences and now see them entirely as future book fodder.

3. What's one fashion trend you refuse to adopt?

I tried pretty hard to hold out on trying the Birkenstock trend that Celine and Giambattista Valli started endorsing for spring and summer 2013, but guess what? I found my feet slipping into a pair of the white patent leather variety just a few weeks ago.

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What is your favorite dish to cook for your loved ones? Susan Mallery, bestselling author of Three Little Words and other beloved Fool's Gold romances, knows the importance of treating family, friends, and significant others to delicious meals to show one's love and affection. So she wrote the Fool's Gold Cookbook - a collection of 150 mouthwatering recipes with a mini-romance story peppered throughout its chapters. Today Susan visits the NOOK Blog to talk about writing romance, the essential connection between food and community, and her upcoming addition to the Fool's Gold series.


Four years ago, my friend Debbie Macomber gave me the best writing advice I may ever receive. She said, “Write about a town.”



In 2010, I launched the Fool’s Gold romances, a series of books set in Fool’s Gold, California, a quirky small town in the Sierra Nevada foothills. I don’t know about you, but when I travel, one of the things I remember most about a place is the food. I think back fondly (or not so fondly) on meals that made my trip memorable. Because of this, food played an important role in establishing the feel of Fool’s Gold. Girlfriends get together at Jo’s Bar over margaritas, chips, and Life-Changing Guacamole. On a first date at Angelo’s, you might start out with Toasted Ravioli Bites with Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce.


And, of course, the residents of Fool’s Gold are famous for their casseroles. In Fool’s Gold, a casserole is the appropriate gift for nearly every occasion. Someone had a baby? Bring a casserole. Someone got the measles? Bring a casserole. Your neighbors just returned from their honeymoon? Bring a casserole.


This tangible sense of place and of community is what makes the Fool’s Gold romances special, so I’ve done everything I can to extend that sense of community to my wonderful readers by creating bonus content about the town of Fool’s Gold. On the official Fool's Gold website, you’ll find between-the-books updates, a map of the town, free quilt patterns, free knitting patterns, and, on my main website, lots and lots of free recipes.


In the Fool's Gold Cookbook, you’ll find the best of those recipes, plus many more. And, because I think love makes everything taste better, I wrote a short Fool’s Gold romance just for the cookbook. The story is woven throughout chapters organized by season – a Fool’s Gold amuse-bouche, if you will. Ana Raquel Hopkins has never liked Greg. Whatever she did, he did better – he even copied her by becoming a chef! So when she goes to Mayor Marsha with the idea of creating a cookbook with local recipes, she’s annoyed to discover that too-perfect Greg had the same idea… and that the mayor wants them to work together on the project. Soon, Ana Raquel will discover just how delicious a little competition can be…


And don’t miss Christmas on 4th Street, a Fool’s Gold romance that will put you in the holiday spirit. Is there anything more romantic than a kiss amidst the twinkling lights of a small town at Christmastime?


Christmas on 4th Street will be available on NOOK on September 24th.

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Do you remember your first love? Rainbow Rowell does. She's the author of Fangirl, a quirky teen love story about Cath, a book-obsessed girl who'd rather be reading than romancing...until she gets to college. Today Rainbow visits the NOOK Blog to share the story of her first kiss, and how being a "late bloomer" isn't a bad thing at all.


When I started my freshman year of college, Id never kissed a boy.


Or a girl. Or, really, anybody who wasnt related to methough it feels like my grandma should count because she always insisted on long, loud mouth kisses, and if you tried to fight it, shed say, Dont try to give me the cheekIm your grandmother!”


I was 18, and Id never kissed a boy. And I thought that meant I never would kiss a boy, that there was something absolutely and inherently unkissable about me.


I couldnt even imagine myself in situations that might lead to kissing. I didnt like parties, I didnt drink, I never flirted. (Well, I did, but most boys dont recognize aggressive sarcasm as flirting.) Unless a boy just walked down the hall one day and decided he might like to kiss me, it was never going to happen . . .


Thats exactly what happened.


Well, it was more like I was walking down the hall one day and decided I wanted to kiss him . . .


But thats not the point here. The point isI thought I was abnormal. I thought that I was supposed to have these things figured out by 18. That all my firsts should be behind me.

In books and on TV and in the movies, all the good stuff starts in high school.


Ive written one of those books. In Eleanor & Park, my first young adult novel, the main characters find their soulmates at 16. They fall deeply and passionately in love.


When I started my second YA book, Fangirl, I wanted to write about something closer to my own, delayed experience.


I was a late bloomer. And I dont mean that in a cute or euphemistic way; I mean, I really wasnt ready for romantic love in junior high and high school. Romance scared me. Physical contact scared me more. My high school boyfriend and I sat next to each other at the movies for months before we ever held hands, and I was totally fine with that.


What surprised me in college was how many people I met who were in a similar situation . . .


A lot of people dont fall in love in high school. Maybe theyre late bloomers, maybe theyre shy, maybe they were too busy with classes or band or volleyball. Maybe they just didnt meet the right person.


Pop culture paints teenagers as sex-crazed and emotionally needy, and willing to attach to just about anyone. But real people arent like that. Most of us arent. Most of us want to find the right person. Or a potentially right person.


Which bring me to Cath, the main character of Fangirl.


Caths ahead of my gameshe shows up at college with a boyfriend whos kissed her. But he didnt kiss her with any impact. Caths never been in love. And she thinks maybe those intense feelings are for other people . . .


Shes wrong, of course. (I mean, look at the cover of this book. Theres a cute boy and hearts on it.)


Cath finds love in Fangirl first love, true loveand when she does, theres nothing late about it.

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Fall is my favorite time of year!  I love to put on a fuzzy sweater and curl up on the couch with my NOOK.  When I'm not reading, I like to break away to games and Twisted Lands: Origin (ages 12 +) is the perfect adventure game app that you can get lost in while the cold wet wind blows outside.


 As a skilled detective navigating the terrifying island of Tormente, your job is to find a vanished young woman and her son while avoiding horrifying creatures out for blood. With dozens of engaging puzzles and mini-games within,  and more than 45 hidden object scenes to conquer, Twisted Lands: Origin is the perfect diversion from school – as long as you’ve finished all your homework!


NOTE: This app is only available for NOOK Tablet, NOOK HD, and NOOK HD+.


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Today's Free Fridays book selection, Jayne Denker's By Design, is a playful, sexy romance about finding true love, and finding yourself along the way.


Emmie Brewster is an interior designer who is frustrated with a demeaning boss, an emotionally unavailable boyfriend, and a widowed father who has a more active dating life than she does. Nothing seems to go right...until she meets Graham Cooper, a handsome new client who makes it very hard for Emmie to do her job.


But Graham is already involved with someone else, a confident, successful woman whom Emmie only dreams of becoming. With Graham's support, can Emmie finally break the cycle, and jumpstart her career and her love life?



Surf the web on your NOOK like never before! Today’s Free Fridays app selection is the paid version of Puffin Web Browser which includes Adobe Flash support.


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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 Jayne recommends:


It’s no mean feat to mix the elements of humor, drama, mystery, whimsy, romance, and pathos in a work of women’s fiction and have the balance come out right. But Cathy Lamb has accomplished it in her newest novel, If You Could See What I See. Protagonist Meggie O’Rourke, a documentary filmmaker, returns to her hometown of Portland and the family lingerie business, Lace, Satin, and Baubles. Her grandmother, who founded the company, makes Meggie CEO—a job she doesn’t want. The business is in trouble, and Meggie only has a matter of months to turn it around. In the meantime she has to deal with a full slate of eccentric family members, a super-hot police chief neighbor, and her own dark past.


I love books that make me laugh one minute and tear up the next, and this book does that in every chapter. There was just enough mystery—and even a touch of horror—to keep me turning the pages. Every character, from Meggie all the way down to the numerous employees at the factory, was three-dimensional, and their detailed stories were believable and touching. I’m going to head straight to Cathy Lamb’s back catalog to read more of her books right away.


– Jayne Denker


Our latest batch of NOOK First titles offers a truly interesting range of books - from a fantastical tale of a teenage girl who learns that she is the heir to a highly-coveted magical throne, to a captivating reimagining of the adult lives of Mark Twain's classic adventurers Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. Start with the four books below, and make sure to check out the entire NOOK First collection here.



Fae by C.J. Abedi


Caroline Ellis' sixteenth birthday sets into motion a series of events that have been fated for centuries. A descendant of Virginia Dare, the first child born in the lost colony of Roanoke, and unaware of her birthright as the heir to the throne of the Light Fae, it isn’t until Caroline begins a tumultuous relationship with Devilyn Reilly that the truth of her heritage is revealed.  

Devilyn is the only Fae who is both of the Light and of the Dark, and struggles to maintain that precarious balance to avoid succumbing to the power of the Dark within him.  He is the only one who can save Caroline from those who would destroy her and destroy all hope for unity among the Fae. He promises Caroline that he will protect her at all costs, even when it means protecting her from himself.


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Do you like mystery novels set in the dead of winter? Louise Penny, author of How the Light Gets In, a Canadian thriller about a down-and-out detective tracing a vanished woman during the Christmas season, has a few chilly favorites. Today she visits the NOOK blog and shares three books guaranteed to make you shiver.



I was slightly handicapped when recommending it to friends because I kept calling it Smilla’s Sense of Smell – which is ridiculous.  But once beyond that, I did recommend it to them and now to you.  A terrific novel that is both quiet and thrilling.  It creeps up on us with a growing sense of unease.  Written by Danish novelist Peter Hoeg, it follows Smilla, of Eskimo/Greenland descent, but living now in Copenhagen.  An expert on the properties of ice, she’s drawn into the apparently accidental death of her young neighbor, when he fell from a window in the middle of winter.  Utterly amazing book with as many layers as a deep winter drift. 


In the Bleak Midwinter – by Julia Spencer-Fleming


I am a huge fan of her series, and this is where the fabulous Clare and Russ books began.  In the bleak midwinter, when newly ordained priest Clare Ferguson is hired by the conservative congregation of Millers Kill. Not given to breaking with tradition, the leaders of the church seem to almost immediately regret this sudden flight of unorthodoxy.  Their concern isn’t helped when a baby is found abandoned at the church, and the body of its mother is found soon after.  Clare turns to Police Chief Russ Van Alstyne.  And so begins a treasured and much loved crime novel partnership.  Julia makes potent use of the bitter cold and snow storms.  You’ll love it.


The Twelve Clues of Christmas -  by Rhys Bowen


Ahhh, Lady Georgiana Rannoch, 35th in line for the British throne, and reduced to picking up odd jobs such as genteel position of Lady’s companion.  Rhys’s wonderful Her Royal Spyness series is set in Victorian England and this hilarious addition finds Lady Georgiana playing hostess in the village of Tiddleton-under-Lovely, where Noel Coward is a houseguest over Christmas, as is Lady Georgiana’s mother.  And then a guest falls out of a tree and Georgiana swings into action.  It’s funny, oddly touching, romantic and you feel as though you’re there in the grand country house over the holidays.  Marvelous.



I always loved the first day of school. It was my chance to see my friends again and find out what they did over the summer. I also met my teacher for the year ahead, sometimes a happy experience, sometimes not.


I had some great teachers, but it's the two scary ones in first and third grade who inspired the character Mrs. Cakel in my new book Danny's Doodles: The Jelly Bean Experiment. Danny says of her, "Her name is pronounced like cake with an added L at the end, but she's no sweet dessert." He's right. She's not sweet, but she's lots of fun to read about. She has lots of rules and Danny's neighbor, classmate, and newfound friend Calvin Waffle doesn't like any of them. What Calvin does like is to sneakily defy Mrs. Cakel, experiment with jelly beans, and read people. Danny tells this weird and funny story and draws the many doodles that illustrate it.


I had a great time writing Danny's Doodles. I hated to leave Danny and Calvin when I finished writing the story. But that's okay. Now, I'm back with Danny and Calvin and working on the next Danny's Doodles.


My school experiences both as a student and as a teacher – I taught math for nine years – have given me lots of story ideas, lots of my Cam Jansen Mysteries take place in school. If you think it's not easy to sit in class all day as a student, just imagine what it must be like for your teacher, what it was like for me. Look in a mirror. Now imagine there are thirty of you looking back  Scary, huh, and fun!  In my stories I get to relive my fun, sometimes scary days in school.

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Labor Day Weekend is finally upon us, and for many of us that means a well-deserved day off, with delicious barbecues, final beach days and checking out the season’s latest deals - and it’s time to add some top-rated NOOK apps to the shopping list! Whether you are looking for some exciting new games to play, or excellent reference tools and homework helpers to gear your kids up for the start of school, the NOOK app store has something for everyone in our Labor Day Weekend Sale. The three on-sale apps featured below are a great place to start!



For just $0.99, you can play The Curse, a wickedly fun children’s game app about accidentally releasing an ancient curse in the form of the monster Mannequin. Can you solve puzzles themed to test either your logic, memory, or reflex skills to banish the Mannequin from whence he came? The Curse includes over 100 puzzles that will keep kids occupied and stimulated during the last days of summer and beyond.



This wildly popular game app is now 50% off! Use an innovative new bubble shooter to pop some very silly bird bubble characters – but don’t forget that you need to match three or more birds of the same color to do it! Extra levels, funny sounds and beautifully updated graphics make Super Bubble Birds one of the hottest new game apps around.

This award-winning educational app for young learners includes essential science and math concepts presented in engaging game formats. Use an interactive magnifying glass to identify patterns in nature in Gabriela’s Collection Inspection game, or make statistics fun with the shared traits game May’s Chart It! From Carstens Studios, who partnered with PBS and the Jim Henson Company to bring you the TV series Sid the Science Kid, Sid the Science Kid Science Fair is a great way to introduce your child to the wonders of the outside world. Now just $1.99.

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