Today's Free Fridays book selection is Miss Buncle's Book by D.E. Stevenson - a novel about the challenges and joys of writing a novel, with a mystical twist.
Miss Buncle's bank account has seen better days, and so she decides to write a novel to bring in some extra cash. Her inspiration is her small English town, a place she knows like the back of her hand. But strange things start happening after the book is published: not only is the book a rip-roaring success, but events in the novel start occurring to her real-life family and friends, yielding weird and hilarious results.
This delightful and utterly original novel begs the question of whether life truly does imitate art.
Today's Free Fridays app selection is Wubbzy's Fire Engine Adventure - an educational game app that provides fun activities to kids while teaching them the importance of fire safety.
Wuzzleburg is in trouble when the local spaghetti and meatball factory has an accident and meatballs start raining down on the city - but Wubbzy comes to the rescue, helping out where he can while learning to leave the real emergencies to the firefighters. Count falling meatballs with Wubbzy, and he'll help your kids learn to read, do sing-alongs, color, and much more!
Each week, we ask our featured author to recommend a book or author that you may want to check out. Since D.E. Stevenson passed away in 1973, Sourcebooks managing editor Shana Drehs picks one of her favorites to share this week:
I recommend The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure, heralded as an up-and-coming Ken Follett. This World War II novel, set in occupied Paris, is a gripping exploration into how far you’d go to help a stranger. Talented architect Lucien Bernard is offered a ludicrous sum of money to design hiding places so clever that even the most suspicious Nazi can’t discover them, and despite Bernard’s fear of being captured himself, he can’t turn down the challenge. But when one of his hiding places fails to conceal its occupants, Bernard must face the increasingly personal price of freedom. It’s a gem of a novel, blurring good and evil into confusing shades of gray, and asking us just what we might do in his place.Read more...
Today's Free Fridays book selection is Beauty and the Wolf by Marina Myles - a sexy paranormal romance that will warm you up on the coldest of nights.
Isabella loves her new husband, the wealthy and powerful Lord Draven Winthrop, but not everyone feels the same. Many fear him and the dark, magical secrets that lie beneath his brooding stare...but Isabella has ancient secrets of her own, and they're about to get her into huge trouble. A gypsy curse and a mother's scorn await the couple as they race against the clock to avoid a horrifying fate.
Today's Free Fridays app selection is the Yatzy game app by Agile Fusion - a fun twist on the beloved dice game.
You can forget about looking for tiny pencils and all those hard-to-find dice - because this version of Yatzy is on your NOOK! Score the highest amount of points by rolling the 5 dice to create different combinations, and try to get a true yatzy by rolling 5 of a kind! Play against your device, or play with friends. It's never been easier to enjoy this classic American game.
Special to this week's Free Fridays: Smallville Season 11 #1 on NOOK Comics! The first issue of the celebrated series about Clark Kent and his superhero alter ego, Superman, is free today for NOOK users, featuring our beautiful graphic display with zoom view.
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 Marina recommends:
From its opening scene with breakneck action and raw sensuality, to its tender ending, Fated (Book One in the Dark Protectors series) had me from the get-go.
Talen Kayrs is a vampire sent to protect Cara Paulsen and her four-year-old daughter, Janie from a band of monsters known as the Kurjans. It turns out these Kurjans are mortal enemies of Talen’s ancient vampire tribe. However, uber-hot Talen is no ordinary vampire. He can go out in the sun, has eyes that glow a luminescent gold, only drinks blood during sex or a fight, and craves one woman: his predestined soul mate (which makes Fated the perfect title).
The Kurjans want Janie for her psychic abilities, and Cara for her power to block emotion, so when Cara learns she is Talen’s potential mate, the stakes skyrocket. Will the Kurjans want her more if she marries Talen? Will consummating their union protect Cara as much as Talen promises?
I marveled at how expertly Rebecca Zanetti fills every page with conflict and how masterfully she weaves sexual tension into each exchange between Cara and Talen. Being a mother, I naturally scrutinized the heroine’s relationship with her daughter, but I found it believable and heart-warming. All in all, Fated is ideal to curl up with on a rainy day—just be sure to buckle your seat belt for one hell of a roller coaster ride!Read more...
Free Fridays: A Darcy Christmas by Amanda Grange, Sharon Lathan and Carolyn Eberhart and the Survival Run with Bear Grylls app
Today's Free Fridays book selection is A Darcy Christmas by Amanda Grange, Sharon Lathan, and Carolyn Eberhart - a holiday tribute to the master storyteller Jane Austen, in the spirit of the season!
This collection of novellas celebrates the magic of Christmas paired with the timeless love stories of one of England's most renowned novelists. Relive the romance of Pride and Prejudice with a holiday twist. A must for any Jane Austen fan.
Today's Free Fridays app selection is Survival Run with Bear Grylls by F84 Games - an action-packed game app where you race for your life against a ferocious grizzly bear!
There's danger around every corner and Bear Grylls (Man Vs. Wild) knows how to handle it - but do you? Run through different nature settings and collect coins and other prizes like Rocket Boots and Jetpacks to survive, and unlock nine different versions of Bear to fight against the relentless wilderness. Bear against bear - it's never been more fun!
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 Amanda Grange recommends:
I heartily recommend Faro's Daughter by Georgette Heyer. It's a lively, sparkling Regency romance with a spirited heroine who pits her wits against the arrogant hero, leading to much hilarity and a satisfyingly happy ending. Best of all, Heyer wrote a whole series of Regency romances, all full of bright, lively characters and hilarious plots. They make perfect winter tonics!Read more...
Today's Free Fridays book selection is The Knitter's Life List by Gwen W. Steege - a rich and comprehensive collection of must-have experiences and knowledge for knitters, from the expert purler to the true beginner.
Ever wanted to try a unique variety of fiber, a classic sweater design, or find the yarn-friendliest city in America? This book contains seemingly infinite advice, garnered from interviews with top knitters from all over the country, on unique patterns, ground-breaking designers in the field, and even suggestions of knitting-related movies and museums - basically, everything you've ever wanted to know about this beloved textile tradition.
Friendly to all levels of knitting, The Knitter's Life List is a joyous exploration of a craft that'll enrich your winter days and nights - plus, 'tis the season for mittens, hats, and cozy woolen socks!
Today’s Free Fridays App selection is Math Bugaboo – a fun and engaging educational app that introduces children to the wonders of math!
If your child isn’t so crazy about learning arithmetic, Math Bugaboo offers exciting games that teach addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with ease and simplicity. Just watch the bugs as they carry numbers across your NOOK screen, and pair up the right critters to get the correct answer to the equation – but be sure to watch out for some angry bees! Each level increases in difficulty, and covers math tables from numbers 1 through 12, so your child will learn math essentials in a comprehensive, enjoyable manner.
For more great educational game apps from Bugaboo Math Games for Kids, click here.
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 Gwen recommends:
The Spinner's Book of Yarn Designs by Sarah Anderson: My goal is to spin my way through the dozens of yarn designs in Sarah’s book, hoping to become a better spinner as I do. Sarah, with her spot-on descriptions of how to create each yarn, from the simplest and most basic, to the craziest and most glamorous, is the perfect guide. Plus, the yarns are all tantalizingly beautiful – truly a library full of inspiration.Read more...
Today's Free Fridays book selection is Wasteland by Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan - a dystopian thriller perfect for Allegiant and The Hunger Games fans, and the first installment of the Wasteland trilogy.
Wasteland is an unrecognizable futuristic America, a post-apocalyptic nightmare-scape where citizens marry at 14 years old, are considered elders at 17, and die at just 19. Plus, residents of Wasteland are constantly under attack from rampant illness and siege from brutal outcasts, called variants, who live on the outskirts of towns.
But Esther doesn't seem to fit in - at 15 years old, she hasn't yet partnered up with anyone, and her best friend, Levi, belongs to a band of feared variants.Then she meets the new guy in town, Caleb, and thinks she may have found her - and the town's - salvation and reason to survive. But does Caleb have sinister motives of his own?
Today's Free Fridays app selection is Quell by Toy Studio LLC - a unique app that's an ocean of fun Zen-like gameplay!
You're a single raindrop whose task is to collect pearls stationed around a complex puzzle. You can use the elements (Earth, Air, Water, Fire) to your advantage, but be careful - some elements will dry you up!
Quell contains over 80 visually-stunning levels, plus 4 secret levels. It's the most fun you can have with water without getting wet!
For more great Toy Studio LLC games, click here.
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 Susan and Laurence recommend:
I loved The Dog Stars by Peter Heller. Although it’s also a post-apocalyptic story of survival, Heller’s book takes a decidedly different and adult angle. Gritty, suspenseful, and beautifully written, The Dog Stars deals with issues we write about in our trilogy: the battle over limited resources, trust, and the search for human connection, all set against a backdrop of global tragedy. - Susan Kim
Empire of the Sun by J.G. Ballard: J.G. Ballard was a great science fiction writer, but one of his best novels is based on reality: the story of his life as a child in Shanghai when the Japanese invaded during WWII. Like "Huckleberry Finn" and "Oliver Twist," it's a novel about a young person that has just as much--if not more--meaning for adults than for kids. - Laurence KlavanRead more...
Today's Free Fridays app selection is Plight of the Zombie by Spark Plug Games - a unique zombie game app that celebrates, rather than condemns, the undead!
It's not easy being a zombie - reviled by humanity and ALWAYS hungry, you are forced to dine upon the brains and hearts of former friends. So instead, in Plight of the Zombie, you get to play puzzles that'll train your brain (not eat it!), dress up your zombie friends in some grisly garb from the accessories store, and even start up a campaign to end zombie hunger.
After all, everyone's gotta eat, even if their heart doesn't beat!
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 Julie recommends:
Today's Free Fridays book selection is Aris Returns, a haunting love story between a dissatisfied psychotherapist and a patient who is more than what he seems.
Sarah Hagan is a successful psychologist and hypnotherapist with a steady relationship and a beautiful home - but there's something missing from her tidy, ordered world - something that comes in the form of an ex-con named Carlos, who's in need of hypnosis to get his life back on track.
As she guides him through several sessions, Sarah realizes that Carlos is channeling an ancient and powerful spirit named Aris - a vampire born in the days of Alexander the Great. As Sarah becomes drawn to Aris' fascinating stories steeped in historical lore, she also finds a great passion awakening within her, and emotions that she thought lost forever. Can Carlos/Aris become the solution to her restless existence, or will they destroy everything that she's worked for?
Today's Free Fridays app selection is Doctor & Dentist Vampires - Virtual Kids Dental & Med School by Beansprites LLC - a role-playing game with a spooky twist!
Assume the role of doctor or dentist and try and take care of your patients - even though many are from the land of the undead. Treat werewolves, vampires, and other monsters for cavities and other ailments - just try not to get bit! This game app also features a fun photo gallery at the end as well as a sticker lab.
I thought I would read a romance totally different from mine and I had such a great time when I read Sleeping With Dogs and Other Lovers by Julia Dumont! Set in my hometown of Los Angeles, this book has such fun with some of the "bad boyfriends" one can run into in this crazy town of the super famous and the want-to-be famous. I laughed out loud at the antics of Cynthia Amas, the heroine who reinvents herself as a dating guru, and her many clients. Now I can't wait to read the next two novels in this series. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.
Roundhouse kick your way through 61 levels of Pick up n’ Play gameplay with an engaging storyline and awesome visual effects – plus leaderboards to show off your kung-fu skills to other martial arts hopefuls.
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 Ella recommends:
If you’ve never read Mary Jo Putney’s books, you’re missing out! She is one of my must-read authors. Her latest release, book #5 in her Lost Lords series, Sometimes a Rogue, is a wonderful example of her storytelling abilities. Her writing is elegant and her historical accuracy is spot on. Once you start, you’ll be hooked forever.
Rob had no idea what he was getting himself into when he volunteered to rescue Sarah who had saved her heavily pregnant twin sister from an anti-British terrorist group and was taken instead. The sizzling, sensual tension between these two strong-willed people as they race across Ireland to escape was done with a skilled hand, and their happily ever after was all one could wish for.
Not only is Mary Jo a great writer—having won several RITAs and other awards, including Romance Writers of America Life Time Achievement Award—she is a fantastic person as well. I had the privilege and the pleasure of meeting her this past summer, and she immediately offered to help me solve a problem I was having.Read more...
Free Fridays: Darkness Before Dawn by Ace Collins and the Special Enquiry Detail app, plus NOOK Snaps!
It was supposed to be one of the happiest days in Meg Richards' life, but a tragic accident changes that forever. During the same night that she finds out she's pregnant, Meg's husband is suddenly killed in a car crash by a drunken teenager.
What should have been a swift trial turns messy as the teen's family uses its financial and political power to influence the D.A. and the jury. Shocked and enraged by the outcome of the proceedings, Meg swears revenge - but will she go down the rabbit hole of violent retribution, or will she rekindle the remnants of her once-strong faith to be able to endure the hardest chapter of her life?
If you want to read more Ace Collins, make sure to pre-order his new book, The Cutting Edge, available on October 15th on NOOK.
Today’s Free Fridays app selection is Special Enquiry Detail: Engaged to Kill by G5 Entertainment, a thrilling hidden object game centered around a high-profile murder case.
Can detectives Turino and Lamonte gather enough evidence to catch the evil Engagement Killer, a brutal murderer of young newlyweds, before he chooses his next betrothed victim? Find hidden objects that provide clues to the serial killer’s whereabouts, but beware of false leads and dead ends! With six chapters of game play and 44 locations to search through, you’ll get to play super sleuth for days on end.
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 Ace recommends:
In Carolina Reckoning, Lisa Carter used the color and mystery of the Blue Ridge Mountains to weave a tale involving murder and deceit. As a detective and the chief suspect grow close the plot takes a turn that I didn’t expect and you won’t either. Innocent or guilty, what you wish for may not be what you get.
Special to this Free Friday - NOOK Snaps!
When you don’t have much time but you need something to read, NOOK Snaps is the answer. Get stories, novellas, articles, and other short content perfect for quick reading, starting with these three we’re offering as a special Free Friday bonus.
The first publication to tell the full story of Cody Wilson and the 3D-printed gun, from the early days of Defense Distributed to the testing of printed rifle magazines, the launch of the Liberator gun, and the political controversy that followed. Built from journalist Kyle Chayka’s series of exclusive interviews with Wilson as well as his collaborators and opponents, the ebook analyzes how the gun has changed the future of 3D printing by attracting media attention and government regulation.
The Island After by Bennett Madison
A haunting novella by the author of September Girls about reality TV stars and the weird semi-famous afterlife they enter once their shows have wrapped. The Island After focuses on two characters who competed together on an early season of a Survivor-esque show called The Island and have since struggled to sort out their lives. Both hilarious and profound, The Island After captures the absurd metatheater of the reality TV form as well as the drama that actually appears on the TV screen.
Remember that Nice Lady who Used to Make Homemade Peanut Brittle? She's Dead. Stories by Tom Oatmeal, illustrations by Brad Lamers
Tom Oatmeal is just a regular guy thinking about things like hair transplants for dogs and hand-to-hand combat with bus drivers. Truly the most average man in the world, his collection of essays reads like the fever dreams of a man both painfully clueless and totally lacking in impulse control. They’re delightfully paranoid, addictively hilarious and charmingly illustrated. The author's website, TomOatmeal.com, was one of Gawker’s “Best Things We Read All Year”, and The New York Observer chose it as one of the "100 Funniest Tumblers…Ever.”
For the full collection of NOOK Snaps, click here.Read more...
Today's Free Fridays book selection is Scavenger Hunt by Yvonne Montgomery - a heart-pounding novel about an amateur sleuth, and the first book in the Finny Aletter mystery series.
Finny Aletter is tired of working as a stockbroker, especially under her brooding and contentious boss - and ex-lover - Elliot Fulton. But when her superior turns up murdered, Finny finds herself off the stock exchange and on the case - alongside the world-weary priivate eye Chris Barelli. Whether the two can work together to solve Elliot's brutal murder is the next layer of mystery in this thrilling detective tale.
Today’s Free Fridays App selection is All the Apples Are All Gone - Book A by EvolutionRed, a top-rated education app for young learners that’s part of the Kids Dinosaur Reading Series.
The first book in the series, All the Apples Are All Gone follows a young dino on the hunt for some delicious fruit, accompanied by beautiful animation and a Read To Me or I Can Read interactive option. Teaching kids morals, coexistence and other important life qualities, All the Apples Are All Gone includes Discussion Topics to bring up at the end of the story, as well as a Read Assist feature for those tricky words and phrases.
For more great story apps in the Kids Dinosaur Reading Series, click here.
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 Yvonne recommends:
I'm always looking for a good mystery with memorable characters, and Alice Duncan's cozy, Strong Spirits, fits the bill. In it we are introduced to Daisy Gumm Majesty, a self-described faux spiritualist who helps her wealthy Pasadena clients by way of seances and tarot readings. Her husband Billy is a wounded WWI vet who doesn't approve of Daisy's work as a medium, but she has to support her family while solving the shady doings at the house of one of her best clients.
Strong Spirits has the period feel of life in 1920's California, and we see it with a thoroughly enjoyable Daisy as our guide.Read more...