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      • 270. Re: The Official OT Free NOOKbook summary thread
        Froide

        Payback: A Strandville Prequel Short (Max Reid's Story)

        by Belinda Frisch

        Payback

        When those closest to you break your trust, the only option is payback. Six months before an outbreak of viral plague turned the residents of Strandville into a mob of flesh-hungry undead, Max Reid was a new father struggling to overcome a gambling addiction for the sake of his family. Desperate to keep his secret, out of work, and on the losing end of a debt large enough...

        When those closest to you break your trust, the only option is payback.

        Six months before an outbreak of viral plague turned the residents of Strandville into a mob of flesh-hungry undead, Max Reid was a new father struggling to overcome a gambling addiction for the sake of his family.

        Desperate to keep his secret, out of work, and on the losing end of a debt large enough to get him killed, Max turned to Mitch, a Nixon Center guard and the closest thing he had to a friend, to make the money he needed to break-even. What he didn't know was why Mitch was so eager to help him or how far he'd have to go for the cash.

        Max Reid is about to find out a terrible secret that will change his life and push him to destroy others'.

        "Payback" is a 5500 word short story that stands alone, but is also a prequel to Cure, the first novel in the Strandville Zombie Series.

        • 271. Re: The Official OT Free NOOKbook summary thread
          Froide

          June is Audiobook Month.

          To celebrate, Audiobooks.com is giving away a free audiobook daily, at Audiobook Month.

          Happy listening!

           

          Today's selection is:

          Written By: Madeleine Beckett

          Narrated By: Tara Sands

          Color of Loneliness, Madeleine Beckett

           

          Publisher: Audiobooks.com

          Date: December 2014

           

          Duration: 11 hours 10 minutes

          Summary:

          --YOU'VE FOUND TODAY'S FREE BOOK! We're celebrating Audiobook Month with a new free audiobook every weekday. You can get "Color of Loneliness" free for 24 hours starting June 1st at 10 a.m. EST. Happy Listening!--

          After a recent death leaves Myra Sommers with no remaining family, she makes the tough decision to leave behind her only friend Susie (and her cheating ex-boyfriend) and move from Philadelphia back to her family home in Nyssa, Oregon. The move is supposed to give her a chance to heal and regroup, but once she arrives she discovers that the house is in a total state of disrepair. Faced with the isolation and loneliness of living in a small town and a house that’s literally falling apart around her, Myra begins to sink into a deep depression.

          Jim, an elderly neighbor and one of Myra’s few friends in Nyssa, gives her the name of a local contractor, Dylan Lawson, to help get the house back in shape. When Myra calls him for an estimate, she’s astounded by the contractor’s surly demeanor but has few other options in the small town. Dylan can’t help but notice that Myra is young, single and beautiful, and suspects that the job offer is more than it seems.

          As Dylan begins to repair her home, Myra takes on a project of her own: writing a book. Slowly, a reluctant friendship develops between the pair, followed by romantic feelings neither one of them can fight. Can they move beyond their painful pasts and open their hearts to love?

          Genres:

          Romance >

          • 272. Re: The Official OT Free NOOKbook summary thread
            Froide

            The christianaudio FREE Audiobook of the Month (June 2015)

            Free Book of the Month

            Being a Dad Who Leads by John MacArthur

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              As a Christian father, you bear a tremendous responsibility--to raise your children through both biblical instruction and personal example. But how can you succeed in a society that attacks the role of fatherhood and godly family values? Are you sometimes tempted to give in or give up? In Being A Dad Who Leads John MacArthur reinforces that the rewards are well worth making the effort to stand firm and that God will enable you every step of the way. This audiobook is

            • 273. Re: The Official OT Free NOOKbook summary thread
              Froide

                They're out! Here are the June 2015 Samsung Book Deals / aka Kindle for Samsung freebie selections (in the order in which Amazon presented them). I researched them a bit, to identify series (if any) each belongs to and its genre(s).

              Click on Samsung Book Deals to learn how this program works. You may also want to read the earlier, related MR thread: Kindle for Samsung launched in 90 countries

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                Publication Date: July 29, 2014
              An erotic thriller that asks the question, How Far Would You go to Stay on Top?

              MEET NIA: When this celebrity journalist learns her best friend Vanessa is in danger she rekindles a passionate affair with a dangerous former lover. "I can't resist his lips, his touch, his body. But he's the only one that can help my friend stay alive."

              MEET LAILA: From kinky threesomes to seductive sexting this video vixen is determined to steal Vanessa's millionaire husband using every sexy trick in her playbook. "Why should I sleep alone if she can't satisfy her husband's deepest desires?"

              MEET VANESSA: Desperate housewife determined to keep her NBA husband and keep her family safe from a violent stalker. "I'll do whatever it takes to keep my man and protect my family fortune."

              An ambitious entertainment reporter, millionaire basketball player, desperate wife, scandalous groupie, and murderous stalker. Games Divas Play takes you between the sheets of professional sports where everyone plays to win.

              When Nia Bullock lands a job as editor-in-chief of the hot new magazine and web site DivaDish, she finds that her platinum dreams can quickly turn into a nightmare. Battling backstabbing colleagues and reeling from murderous threats, she must turn to an ex-boyfriend for help.
              Vanessa King, the first lady of the NBA, is looking for a fresh start with her husband, Marcus, the new star point guard for the New York Gladiators who's as popular with the ladies as he is with hoops fans. Since marrying her college sweetheart, Vanessa has learned to deal with life with a professional athlete--the groupies, the paparazzi, and the unchecked ego of a man the sports world puts on a pedestal.
              When Laila James, self-proclaimed "Golden Goddess," sets her sights on Marcus and shops a reality show based on their affair--and then a dangerous stalker threatens his family--Vanessa turns to her best friend Nia to save her marriage and her life.
              In the first book in the Diva Mystery series, three women engage in a ruthless battle for love and the limelight, and soon learn what it really takes to stay on top. 

               

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                Wilmington, Delaware is one of those cities that feels more like a small town. Neighbors know one another, and businesses cater to the needs of the citizenry. But what happens when the local car salesman suffers one lost sale too many, when one more customer decides to buy from the competition because the price is too high, interest rates aren't friendly, or that shade of blue just won't work? In J. Gregory Smith's electrifying thriller, Final Price, Shamus Ryan's frustration works like a thorn under his skin until psychotic urges take over and he commits murder—serial murders, in fact—his victims chosen from prospective clients who dared to walk away. With Smith's chilling scenes of massacre, readers are pulled into the vortex of a warped mind, one man justifying heinous acts, and two detectives running a race against time, trying to solve seemingly random killings. Paul Chang, a Chinese-American homicide detective, is struggling to understand why these murders are taking place. Assisted by his neurotic partner, Nelson Rogers, Chang goes after the killer with logic, tenacity, and no small measure of fear.

              Written from the perspectives of Detective Chang and Shamus Ryan, readers quickly find themselves seeing the world in unique—and often disturbing—ways they never expected. With dark humor and gritty suspense, Smith has crafted a refreshing and surprising thriller. 

               

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                Publication Date: May 3, 2011
              The ordinary life of a grad student was so boring for Ariane. She was desperate for some change, some excitement to shake things up. She had no idea she was only one step away from a whole new world—a world of darkness and decay, of eternal life and eternal death. But once she fell prey to Ricari she would learn more about this world than she ever dreamed possible. More than anyone should dare to know . . . if they value their soul. 

               

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                Publication Date: December 25, 2012
              2013 RITA® Finalist for Best Contemporary Single Title Romance

              Lee Ann London once had big plans…scholarship, college, love. Then she found herself raising her deceased sister’s twin girls when their father disappeared. Now, with her beautiful girls, a community that depends on her, and her photography studio finally taking off, Lee Ann may not have the life she’d imagined, but it’s definitely where she wants it. Until Cody, her bad-boy ex, returns to Sugar Springs…

              Cody’s childhood put a chip on his shoulder the size of Texas. Bouncing around the foster care system, he was always the one to leave before anyone left him first. Then he found a place he wanted to stick. Lee Ann was the best thing that ever happened to him. Only, he hurt her. Bad. He’s back now, and determined to earn her forgiveness…and maybe win back her love while he’s at it. 

              • 274. Re: The Official OT Free NOOKbook summary thread
                Froide

                UCP's monthly freebie:

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                Prospero’s Son: Life, Books, Love, and Theater

                by Seth Lerer

                Product description

                "This book is the record of a struggle between two temperaments, two consciousnesses and almost two epochs." That's how Edmund Gosse opened "Father and Son", the classic 1907 book about his relationship with his father. Seth Lerer's "Prospero's Son" is, as fits our latter days, altogether more complicated, layered, and multivalent, but at its heart is that same problem: the fraught relationship between fathers and sons. At the same time, Lerer's memoir is about the power of books and theater, the excitement of stories in a young man's life, and the transformative magic of words and performance. A flamboyantly performative father, a teacher and lifelong actor, comes to terms with his life as a gay man. A bookish boy becomes a professor of literature and an acclaimed expert on the very children's books that set him on his path in the first place. And when that boy grows up, he learns how hard it is to be a father and how much books can, and cannot, instruct him. Throughout these intertwined accounts of changing selves, Lerer returns again and again to stories - the ways they teach us about discovery, deliverance, forgetting, and remembering. "A child is a man in small letter," wrote Bishop John Earle in the seventeenth century. "His father hath writ him as his own little story." With "Prospero's Son", Seth Lerer acknowledges the author of his story while simultaneously reminding us that we all confront the blank page of life on our own, as authors of our lives.

                • 275. Re: The Official OT Free NOOKbook summary thread
                  Froide

                  Freebie from Arc Manor/PhoenixPick:

                  Phoenix Pick Book of the Month (June 2015)

                   

                  Beggars in Spain: The Original Hugo & Nebula Winning Novella

                  by Nancy Kress

                  Beggars in Spain: The Original Hugo & Nebula Winning Novella

                  Nancy Kress’ original novella “Beggars in Spain” won both the Hugo and Nebula, became an iconic work of science fiction dealing with genetics and established Nancy as a major writer in the genre. The novella was subsequently turned into a novel which then spurred a number of sequels set in the same universe.

                  From the back cover of “Beggars in Spain:”

                   

                    “Leisha Camden is a genetically engineered "Sleepless." Her ability to stay awake all the time has not only made her more productive, but the genetic modifications have also given the "Sleepless" a higher IQ and may even make them immortal. Are they the future of humanity? Or will the small community of "sleepless" be hunted down as freaks by a world that has grown wary of its newest creation?”

                  • 276. Re: The Official OT Free NOOKbook summary thread
                    Froide

                    Another freebie at Arc Manor/Phoenix Pick (unsure whether or not it's free for a limited-time)

                     

                    The Burning Bridge by Poul William Anderson

                    (also INCLUDES: Paul Cook's The Engines of Dawn + John W. Campbell's The Ultimate Weapon)

                     

                    • The Burning Bridge by Poul William Anderson
                    • copyright © in its current format by Arc Manor, 2008
                    • originally published as a story in Astounding Science Fiction, January 1960

                     

                    Overview

                    Fleet Captain Joshua Coffin leads a cast of characters fleeing an unforgiving and unyielding Earth, to settle a colony around a far-away star. But just as they are reaching 'the point of no return,' they receive a short message from Earth indicating that things are settling down and giving them the choice of perhaps returning home instead of fleeing into the desperate unknown. Hard choices need to be made. Is Captain Coffin up to the task, and at what cost? 
                    • The Engines of Dawn © 1999 by Paul Cook

                    Overview

                    The great engines of the Enamorati have enabled humanity to travel the stars, but at what cost? Little is known of the jealously guarded engines while a complacent humanity slowly losses its edge and becomes increasingly dependant on mysterious alien technologies. However, when an engine failure strands a university ship, Professor Ben Bennet and a group of students challenge the status quo and start discovering hidden secrets that threaten the future of humanity itself.

                    • The Ultimate Weapon by John W. Campbell

                    Overview

                    The star Mira was unpredictably variable. Sometimes it was blazing, brilliant and hot. Other times it was oddly dim, cool, shedding little warmth on its many planets. Gresth Gkae, leader of the Mirans, was seeking a better star, one to which his "people" could migrate. That star had to be steady, reliable, with a good planetary system. And in his astronomical searching, he found Sol.

                    With hundreds of ships, each larger than whole Terrestrial spaceports, and traveling faster than the speed of light, the Mirans set out to move in to Solar regions and take over.

                    And on Earth there was nothing which would be capable of beating off this incredible armada-until Buck Kendall stumbled upon THE ULTIMATE WEAPON.

                     

                    • 277. Re: The Official OT Free NOOKbook summary thread
                      BooksOnTheKnob

                      Froide wrote:

                       

                      Another freebie at Arc Manor/Phoenix Pick (unsure whether or not it's free for a limited-time)

                       

                      The Burning Bridge by Poul William Anderson

                      (also INCLUDES: Paul Cook's The Engines of Dawn + John W. Campbell's The Ultimate Weapon)

                       

                       

                      The first is a short story; the second two are just chapter excerpts, not full content.

                       

                      • 278. Re: The Official OT Free NOOKbook summary thread
                        Froide

                        Free audiobooks at Random House TryAudiobooks:

                        A thriller to get you through that tough run.A cozy mystery to unravel while knitting.A children’s favorite that the whole family can enjoy.A business guide to help you stay creative at work.A historical treat to enjoy while working in the garden.

                         

                        Visit each book's page and right click on the download link:

                        Happy listening!

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                        • 279. Re: The Official OT Free NOOKbook summary thread
                          Froide

                          Today's Audiobook Month freebie from Audiobooks.com is:

                           

                          Book of the Dayscov

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