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As of January 17, 2014, there is a new NOOK Blog with an updated look and feel. You can find the NEW NOOK Blog here: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/nook-blog

 

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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 Shannon recommends:

 

Christmas romances have always been my favorite, and this year I read one I found particularly exceptional. Starting from Scratch is a novella written by Stacy Gail, about a man who lost his memory in an IED attack and the woman who lost him in the aftermath. It's a reunion romance with all the fun trappings of the holiday, along with an emotional punch that gripped me from beginning to end. When I have to put down my device and wipe my eyes to keep reading, I know an author has written a wonderful love story between two people I'm totally invested in.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

 

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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 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 Klavan

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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 Julie recommends:

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

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