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Get them Nooks ready to download this week’s selection. The Midwife’s Here seems like an interesting read, especially since I used midwives for both my pregnancies.

Today’s Free Fridays book selection, Linda Fairley’s The Midwife’s Here!:The Enchanting True Story of One of Britain’s Longest Serving Midwives, is a touching memoir from a veteran midwife across the pond.

 Manchester, England’s Linda Fairley spent forty years delivering babies and saving women dealing with complicated pregnancies.”Delivering my first baby is a memory that will stay with me forever. Just feeling the warmth of a newborn head in your hands, that new life, there’s honestly nothing like it… I’ve since brought more than 2,200 babies into the world, and I still tingle with excitement every time.”
From Fairley’s beginnings as a trainee nurse at the Manchester Royal Infirmary at just 18 years old, to her present-day position working two days a week as a community midwife for Tameside Hospital, The Midwife’s Here! recounts the fascinating life story of a woman performing one of the most essential medical occupations of our time.
If you don’t have a Nook, you can get this book from Amazon for as low as $0.10.

 

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FREE Nook Book Fridays: Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

Middle-grade readers and fans of young adult paranormal fantasy will fall in love with Tera Lynn Childs’ Sweet Venom—today’s Free Fridays selection.

When shy Grace begins classes at her new school, the usual teenage concerns of fitting in and finding new friends top her list. That is until a minotaur appears, which quickly relegates her more pedestrian high school fears to the back seat. Things go from weird to completely unbelievable when a girl who looks exactly like Grace appears and begins battling the monster.

In this mythology-based adventure, Grace soon finds out that she actually has identical triplet sisters from whom she was separated at birth. The sisters are descendants of Medusa, and now that they’ve been re-united, they must leave their old lives behind to fulfill their monster-slaying destiny.

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FREE Nook Book Fridays: Protector by Laurel Dewey

Today’s Free Friday’s selection, Protector by Laurel Dewey, is a gripping introduction to Detective Jane Perry—one of the most intriguing characters you’ll ever come across.

Jane Perry is engineered to solve crimes—she’s smart, decisive, and doesn’t let emotions get in the way. But her newest assignment will call on other skills, most notably, acting as a protector and mother figure to a wounded girl.

Young Emily Lawrence witnessed her parents’ murders, and homicide detective Jane Perry’s been assigned to keep her safe, while trying to get her to divulge the repressed memories of the event. While Perry normally stops at nothing to get to the bottom of a case, this reticent child poses a special challenge. Perry’s not known for her maternal skills, and playing surrogate mother to a young crime victim is not in her repertoire.

This unusual case, with incredibly high stakes, forces Perry to confront some of her own deepest insecurities, while keeping her endangered young charge safe, and putting an end to a murderer’s despicable career.

FREE Nook Book Fridays: The Last Noel by Michael Malone

I love Christmas stories, and more so when they are FREE. Checkout today’s FREE selection, but make sure you download it today as it will not be FREE after tonight.

Readers loved our previous Michael Malone Free Friday’s selection, The Four Corners of the Sky. So I’m incredibly excited to announce that today’s Free Fridays selection is Malone’s touching Christmas tale, The Last Noel.

Now that Thanksgiving is in the rearview mirror, it’s time to turn our thoughts towards celebrating the spirit of Christmas. Malone’s book begins on Christmas Day, 1956, as two babies—one white and one black—are born in a small Southern town. Those babies, Noni and Kaye, cross paths eight years later, and form a lifelong friendship and romance. Through this unlikely pairing, Malone explores a changing American South, but more importantly, presents a deep love that transcends all barriers and survives against all odds.

If you don’ t have a Nook, you can also get The Last Noel for your Kindles and its also available for FREE.

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This week’s Free Fridays selection, The Last Secret of the Temple by Paul Sussman, is a fast-paced, globe-trotting thriller.

As soon as you dip into The Last Secret of the Temple, you’ll see why Sussman’s smart, complex storytelling made him an international bestseller. The plot weaves together a centuries-old secret, a World War II-era Nazi plot, and the current strife in the Middle East.

An old man turns up dead at an Egyptian archeological site, and soon Inspector Yusuf Khalifa is pulled into the case. Something valuable—and possibly world-altering—is hidden in this ancient land, and the truth it could reveal would have dire consequences for the politically-fragile Mideast.

Sussman was an archeologist by trade, and offered twists, turns, and fascinating historical detail, all within the pages of this impressive thriller.

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Described as, “a history book that is reassuringly epic in scope but refreshingly short in length,” today’s Free Fridays selection is the bestselling A Short History of the World by Christopher Lascelles.

There are thousands (maybe millions?) of book pages devoted to Abraham Lincoln. Same could be said for Churchill, the Mayans, and more. But what Christopher Lascelles aims to do in his compact compendium is offer a history of the world that fits our time-strapped lives. Leave the doorstop biographies to serious historians; this book gives the rest of us just the ammunition we need for our next cocktail party conversation.

Rather than just listing dates and places, Lascelles turns world history into a story. His narrative starts with the Big Bang and hits all of the high notes between then and now. You’ll easily remember everything he covers, because the people and places come vividly to life thanks to the author’s talent for spinning a good yarn. Visual learners will especially appreciate the 32 specially-drawn maps that help put the historical events into context.

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The recent John Carter film adaptation (starring Taylor “Tim Riggins” Kitsch from my favorite show of all time, Friday Night Lights) may not have broken box office records, but it did ignite renewed interest in Edgar Rice Burroughs’s influential classic SciFi series, John Carter of Mars.

Today’s Free Fridays selection, Jane Carver of Waar by Nathan Long, is a (tongue-in-cheek) homage to Burroughs’s epic swashbuckling space tales. In this updated extraterrestrial adventure, Long replaces the macho John Carter with an equally fearless heroine, Jane Carver, a hard-ridin’, hard-lovin’ biker chick and ex-Airborne Ranger. When Jane finds herself alone on a distant planet inhabited by all types of inhospitable aliens, it’s time to put her Ranger training to good use, and find a way home…fast!

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If you’re looking for a good laugh to start your weekend off right, Pets in a Pickle by Malcolm D. Welshman—today’s Free Fridays selection—is the right place to start.

In this lighthearted novel, Welshman, a retired veterinarian, presents an irresistible cast of characters—four-legged, winged, and human. The story centers on Prospect House Veterinary Hospital, and the new veterinarian Paul Mitchell. Not only does Mitchell encounter every type of animal misadventure in his professional life, but when the day ends, he returns home to his own motley menagerie of assorted pets. You’ll squeal with delight as your watch Mitchell navigate the always entertaining world of animal antics.

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In Cold Kiss—today’s Free Fridays selection—adult romance author Amy Garvey delivers an emotional and complex young adult novel.

When her boyfriend is killed in an accident, Wren’s life is shattered—her first love is gone, and she’d do anything to bring him back. Unlike most teenagers, however, she actually has the power to change her circumstances, since she’s inherited paranormal abilities that allow her to bring Danny back to life.

Unfortunately Wren’s perfect plan has a flaw—while Danny’s body is reanimated, the person she fell in love with has turned into a zombified shell. To complicate matters even further, Danny is now digging into the circumstances surrounding his death, and his actions could put Wren (and her family secret) in jeopardy.

Garvey’s delicate storytelling and compelling characters offer an emotional exploration of first love and loss, with a supernatural twist.

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This week’s Free Fridays selection is an inventive, one-of-a-kind hardboiled noir tale that just happens to feature a cast of stuffed animals: Tim Davys’ Amberville.

In this endlessly entertaining novel, Davys is able to take a bizarre premise, and create a world that mirrors our own. Eric Bear is a familiar character—a scared-straight criminal who’s trying to reinvent himself as an upstanding citizen. (Sure he’s a stuffed bear, but you’ll soon relate to him like you would any beleaguered protagonist.) Now the town’s mob boss—Nicholas Dove—coerces Eric into one last job. Dove’s life is in danger, and the resourceful Bear is his only hope. Eric Bear’s tenuous grasp on a normal life is slipping fast, as he delves back into the dark underworld he thought he’d left behind. Along the way, you’ll be captivated by the rich, complex world Davys’ creates, regardless of the fact that it’s populated by anthropomorphic plush toys.

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Award-winning sports writer Frank Deford has covered every angle in athletics during his 50 year career. In today’s Free Friday’s selection, The Entitled, Deford turns his considerable talents to a fictional tale that mirrors the fascinating complexities of modern day Major League Baseball.

Howie Traveler never made it as a player—his one major league hit and .091 batting average attest to that. He was cursed with that worst of professional maladies, the ill fortune of ‘almost.’

Now after years of struggling up the coaching ladder, Howie’s finally been given his shot: as manager of the Cleveland Indians. But America’s pastime has changed. Whether Howie can spot a small flaw in a batter’s swing won’t matter if he can’t manage his superstar outfielder Jay Alcazar, a slugger with enormous talent (and an ego to match).

No crisis on the field fazes Jay and no woman off the field ever rejects him. But one night at the hotel Howie sees something at Jay’s door he wishes he hadn’t…and it leaves Howie with an impossible choice.

Deford’s richly detailed, page-turning tale takes you deep into America’s game. From the dugouts to the tabloid scandals, from the lights of the field to the glare of the media, The Entitled is the great novel of baseball’s modern era.

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This week’s Free Fridays selection is the first book in Lory S. Kaufman’s inventive Verona Trilogy, The Lens and the Looker.

It’s the 24th century, and humans, with the help of artificial intelligences (A.I.s) have finally created the perfect society. To make equally perfect citizens for this world, the elders have created History Camps: full-sized recreations of cities from Earth’s distant pasts. Here teens live the way their ancestors did, doing the same dirty jobs and experiencing the same degradations. History Camps teach youths not to repeat the mistakes that almost caused the planet to die. But not everything goes to plan.

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Whether you danced to the Supremes in your high school gym, or your introduction to beehive harmonies came courtesy of Jennifer Hudson’s Oscar-winning Dreamgirls performance, everyone has a soft spot for 1960s girl groups. Today’s Free Fridays selection, Meet the Annas, is a fun nostalgia trip with a murder mystery mixed in.

Once a high-flying girl group, The Annas were at the top of the rock ‘n’ roll charts. But when the British Invasion knocked them off their perch, lead singer Anna Dubower fell hard. After mounting an unsuccessful comeback attempt, Anna winds up mysteriously dead, putting an end to the era of The Annas.

But songwriter Dink Stephenson still carries a torch for Anna 30 years later, and decides to dig into her murder and finally get to the bottom of her untimely demise. With a quirky cast of characters and a fast-moving plot, Meet the Annas is the book world’s answer to a catchy bubblegum tune.

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Beloved YA author Jodi Lynn Anderson’s Peachesis an irresistible summer read.

Three girls from very different backgrounds all converge during summer break on a Georgia peach orchard. Birdie’s dad owns the farm, her cousin Leeda is visiting for the summer, and Murphy is working on the farm as part of a public service punishment for some teenage mistakes. As the lazy southern summer passes, these three Georgia ‘peaches’ form an unlikely friendship, find themselves wading into the waters of teenage summer love, and learn life lessons along the way. Following their adventures will make you pine for those simple summers of days gone by.

This special edition of Peaches includes a sneak peek at Jodi Lynn Anderson’s upcoming novel Tiger Lily—a dark and romantic reimagining of the Peter Pan fairy tale, available now for pre-order.

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There’s certainly not one type of book that absolutely every father would like to read, but today’s Free Fridays selection was chosen with Father’s Day in mind. Gutshot Straight by Lou Berney is the perfect read for fans of Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen.

With its irresistible cast of characters—a two-bit criminal in over his head, crime bosses with hair-trigger tempers, a wholesome damsel in distress— Lou Berney’s crime caper is reminiscent of Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction. The action begins as Charles “Shake” Bouchon leaves prison, without much of a plan for life on the outside. Soon he’s made the classic mistake of taking ‘one last job,’ delivering a prized package for a notorious crime boss.

Imagine Shakes’ surprise when that package is a living, breathing, irresistibly charming housewife whose husband is in trouble with a notorious Vegas kingpin. Now he’s having second thoughts about making good on his offer, since it’s pretty clear that she’ll meet an unsavory fate if she’s delivered as promised.

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Today’s Free Fridays title—A Time to Love by Barbara Cameron—is a beautiful story set in the Amish community of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

The Amish lifestyle—with its rejection of modern convenience and an emphasis on community and family—has long captured our imagination. More recently, Amish romance has emerged as one of the hottest trends in fiction. Cameron’s touching story—about an injured war correspondent who returns to her Amish grandmother’s home to recuperate—is a wonderful introduction to this popular genre.

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Today’s Free Fridays selection—Though a Glass Darkly by Karleen Koen—is a classic historical novel that spent months on the New York Times bestseller list upon its initial publication.

Fans of complex storytelling filled with intrigue, betrayal and romance will love Koen’s debut novel. Rather than recount the details of this much-heralded book—and its opulent 18th century setting—I’d rather use this space to highlight some of those effusive accolades.

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Cybercrime is in the news almost daily, sometimes moving beyond the usual email scams into the horrific realm of the Craig’s List Killer. In today’s Free Fridays selection, 212, thriller writer Alafair Burke creates a truly terrifying story ripped straight from the headlines.

A young NYU student suspects that her life is in danger—a series of hateful anonymous web postings suggest that someone is watching her every move. Her friends assure her it’s only a prank, but they soon find out how wrong they were, when she turns up murdered.

When NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher and her no-nonsense partner J. J. Rogan begin digging into the murder, they find some strange connections to a seemingly unrelated case. As they peel back the layers, it becomes clear that the web is the ideal place for strange bedfellows to connect, and an even better place for a motivated murderer to find their next victim.

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