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July 26th, 2018 by Cherry

Fall is fast approaching and tickets will go on sale for the upcoming 12th Annual PaleyFest Fall TV Previews from September 6 – 16th in Beverly Hills. PaleyFest Fall TV Previews New York City fans will be able to enjoy free screenings from September 7 – 9th. This year the PaleyFest Fall TV Previews will have screenings, cast and creatives from ABC, CBS, the CW, Fox, History, Hulu, Lifetime, NBC, Netflix and Telemundo!

I’m a HUGE TV Fan so I always look forward to the PaleyFest Fall TV Preview. Over the years it’s given me a chance to ‘meet’ TV shows that I hadn’t planned to watch but after seeing the first first episode and hearing the cast/creators talk I am willing to give them a ‘test watch’ or sometimes an unexpected fan (I’m looking at YOU the CW Dynasty!). This year they have Netflix’s Bojack a animated series that is really good and has characters that I see reflected in myself despite not being a talking horse, dog or cat! As far as the new shows I’m curious about the Charmed (the CW) reboot with Latina flavor and the Rookie (ABC) since I have a weakness for police dramadies but am willing to give all the shows the networks selected to highlight a chance but not Last Man Standing (Fox) didn’t like it on ABC so am sure I won’t like the continuation with move to the new network.

“Every September television fans know PaleyFest Fall TV Previews is the place to be for a first look at the most buzz-worthy new shows of the fall TV season, and engaging conversation and insight from the cast and creative teams behind them,” said Maureen J. Reidy, the Paley Center’s President & CEO. “We’re honored to present this stellar lineup of new shows as well as several Emmy-nominated returning fan favorites.

Citi is the Official Card of the PaleyFest Fall TV Previews with advance access to Citi cardmembers before they are available to the public. Paley Center Supporting and Patron Members can also purchase tickets and festival passes starting today. Tickets go on sale for PaleyCenter Individual Members on July 26 at 9:00am PT, and to the general public on July 27 at 9:00am PT. To purchase tickets and for more information, please visit or download the Paley App at

The Paley Center is welcoming old favorites and new series that I’m interested in watching from major networks and streaming services. The PaleyFest Fall TV Preview with Netflix’s Atypical and BoJack Horseman, followed by screenings and discussions with the casts and creatives of Hulu’s I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman and Castle Rock; ABC’s The Kids Are Alright and The Rookie; The CW’s All American and Charmed; Lifetime’s YOU; History’s Project Blue Book; EPIX’s Get Shorty; NBC’s I Feel Bad; CBS’s The Neighborhood and Happy Together; Fox’s The Cool Kids and Last Man Standing; and conclude on September 16 with the cast and creative team from Telemundo’s Nicky Jam: El Ganador.


2018 PaleyFest Fall TV Previews Initial Lineup*
Netflix Presents Atypical and BoJack Horseman: Thursday, September 6, 2018
6:00 pm Preview Reception
7:00 pm Preview Screenings & Conversations
Featured talent from Atypical includes:
Jennifer Jason Leigh, “Elsa Gardner”
Keir Gilchrist, “Sam Gardner”
Michael Rapaport, ‘Doug Gardner”
Brigette Lundy Paine, “Casey Gardner”
Robia Rashid, Executive Producer
Mary Rohlich, Executive Producer
Featured talent from BoJack Horseman includes:
Aaron Paul, “Todd Chavez”
Alison Brie, “Diane Nguyen”
Paul F. Tompkins, “Mr. Peanutbutter”
Raphael Bob-Waksberg, Creator & Executive Producer
Lisa Hanawalt, Production Designer
Mike Hollingsworth, Supervising Director
Hulu Presents I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman, Castle Rock, and The First: Friday, September 7, 2018
6:00 pm Preview Reception
7:00 pm Preview Screening of I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman, and finale screening of Castle Rock, & Conversations
Featured talent from I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman includes:
            Sarah Silverman, Host & Executive Producer
Featured talent from Castle Rock includes:
            Sam Shaw, Creator & Executive Producer
Plus a preview screening of The First
ABC Presents The Kids Are Alright, The Rookie, and A Million Little Things: Saturday, September 8, 2018
1:00 pm Preview Reception
1:30 pm Preview Screenings & Conversations
Featured talent from The Kids Are Alright includes:
Michael Cudlitz, “Mike Cleary”
Mary McCormack, “Peggy Cleary”
Jack Gore, “Timmy”
Tim Doyle, Creator & Executive Producer
Featured talent from The Rookie includes:
Nathan Fillion, “John Nolan”
Alyssa Diaz, “Angela Lopez”
Richard T. Jones, “Sergeant Wade Grey”
Titus Makin, “Jackson West”
Mercedes Mason, “Captain Zoe Andersen”
Melissa O’Neil, “Lucy Chen”
Afton Williamson, “Talia Bishop”
Eric Winter, “Tim Bradford”
Alexi Hawley, Creator & Executive Producer
Plus a preview screening of A Million Little Things
The CW Presents All American and Charmed: Saturday, September 8, 2018
6:00 pm Preview Reception
6:30 pm Preview Screenings & Conversations
Featured talent from All American includes:
Daniel Ezra, “Spencer James”
Samantha Logan, “Olivia Barker”
Bre-Z, “Coop”
Greta Onieogou, “Layla Keating”
Monet Mazur, “Laura Fine-Baker”
Michael Evans Behling, “Jordan Baker”
Cody Christian, “Asher”
Karimah Westbrook, “Grace James”
April Blair, Executive Producer
Sarah Schechter, Executive Producer
Spencer Paysinger, Consulting Producer
Robbie Rogers, Producer
Featured talent from Charmed includes:
Melonie Diaz, “Melanie Vera”
Sarah Jeffery, “Maggie Vera”
Madeleine Mantock, “Macy Vaughn”
Jessica O’Toole, Executive Producer
Amy Rardin, Executive Producer
Jennie Snyder Urman, Executive Producer
Lifetime Presents YOU and History Presents Project Blue Book: Sunday, September 9, 2018
1:00 pm Preview Reception
1:30 pm Preview Screenings & Conversations
Featured talent from YOU includes:
Penn Badgley, “Joe Goldberg”
Sera Gamble, Co-Creator & Executive Producer
Sarah Schechter, Executive Producer
Caroline Kepnes, Author
Plus additional guests to be announced
Featured talent from Project Blue Book includes:
Michael Malarkey, “Captain Michael Quinn”
Plus additional guests to be announced
EPIX Presents Get Shorty: Sunday, September 9, 2018
6:00 pm Preview Reception
6:30 pm Preview Screening & Conversation
Featured talent includes:
Davey Holmes, Creator & Executive Producer
Adam Arkin, Director
Plus additional guests to be announced.
NBC Presents I Feel Bad, Manifest, and New Amsterdam: Monday, September 10, 2018
6:00 pm Preview Reception
7:00 pm Preview Screenings & Conversations
Featured talent from I Feel Bad includes:
Sarayu Blue, “Emet Kamala-Sweetzer”
Paul Adelstein, “David Sweetzer”
Madhur Jaffrey, “Maya Kamala”
Brian George, “Aneel Kamala”
Aseem Batra, Executive Producer
Julie Anne Robinson, Executive Producer
Plus preview screenings of Manifest and New Amsterdam
CBS Presents The Neighborhood, Happy Together, and Magnum P.I.: Wednesday, September 12, 2018
6:00 pm Preview Reception
7:00 pm Preview Screenings & Conversations
Featured talent from The Neighborhood includes:
Cedric the Entertainer, “Calvin Butler”
Tichina Arnold, “Tina Butler”
Max Greenfield, “Dave Johnson”
Beth Behrs, “Gemma Johnson”
Featured talent from Happy Together includes:
Damon Wayans, Jr., “Jake”
Amber Stevens West, “Claire”
Felix Mallard, “Cooper James”
Plus a preview screening of Magnum P.I.
FOX Presents The Cool Kids, Last Man Standing, and Hell’s Kitchen: Thursday, September 13, 2018
6:00 pm Preview Reception
7:00 pm Preview Screenings & Conversations
Featured talent from The Cool Kids includes:
David Alan Grier, “Hank”
Martin Mull, “Charlie”
Vicki Lawrence, “Margaret”
Leslie Jordan, “Sid”
Patrick Walsh, Executive Producer
Charlie Day, Executive Producer
Featured talent from Last Man Standing includes:
Tim Allen, “Mike Baxter”
Nancy Travis, “Vanessa Baxter”
Jonathan Adams, “Chuck Larabee”
Amanda Fuller, “Kristin Baxter”
Christoph Sanders, “Kyle Anderson”
Jordan Masterson, “Ryan Vogelson”
Plus a preview screening of Hell’s Kitchen
Telemundo Presents Nicky Jam: El Ganador: Sunday, September 16, 2018
6:00 pm Preview Reception
6:30 pm Preview Screening & Conversation
Featured talent includes:
Jessy Terrero, Creator & Executive Producer
Sergio Lazarov, Executive Producer & VP, Current Productions, Endemol Shine Boomdog
Plus additional guests to be announced.
*Panelists appear schedule permitting.  All events and panelists are subject to change.
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May 15th, 2016 by Cherry


I learned of the camps where American citizens of Japanese descent were sent to during WWII and always thought it was a symptom of American xenophobia where people who don’t ‘look like Americans’ are treated as less human. I know some people think this in the past and it would never happen again but I sadly knew this hatred of other was simply bubbling under the surface. It boiled over after the attack on September 11th (Anti-Muslim) and with the election of President Obama (Black racism) that seemed to make it ‘ok’ to spout racist through a lens of love of ‘America’. Now with Donald Trump running for President the normal dog whistle ‘Southern Strategy’ is no longer whispers but shouts against the ‘other’.

This is why I plan to attend Go for Broke National Education Center’s Defining Courage Exhibition on Saturday, May 28th DTLA (Little Tokyo) with a community festival. This timely exhibition will provoke conversations about the rise of American xenophobia and how the Japanese American experience during WWII might be repeated if Donald Trump is elected with his views on Mexicans and Muslims.

As citizens of conscious let us join the Broke National Education Center and walk in the steps of the Japanese American citizens at the internment camps as well as think that this should never happen again in our country.

Learn more about about the center and the event below.


WWII ended 70 years ago, but we are still facing some of the same issues regarding the rights of citizens, what it means to be an American and most importantly  who is an American.  Issues of Religion, Race & Ethnicity are at the forefront of political discussion.  Underlying this all is the idea of ‘what does an American look like’.  Go For Broke reminds us that we are all Americans, and puts visitors in the shoes of the Japanese Americans, as they were sent to incarceration camps, called to serve in the military (even though they were viewed as the enemy), and in many ways prove that they deserved to be in the country they were either born in or immigrated to.


Go For Broke National Education Center to Debut New Facilities
and Defining Courage Exhibition with  Free Public Opening On May 28, 2016

Go For Broke National Education Center (GFBNEC) will debut its new facilities and groundbreaking Defining Courageexhibition on Saturday, May 28, 2016, with a Ribbon Cutting and Homecoming Festival in the Little Tokyo district of Los Angeles. The Defining Courage exhibition will feature free timed-entry during the Homecoming Festival.   Exhibition admittance is limited and early reservations are recommended. Free tickets are available online beginning on April 8, 2016.  To learn more, or to register for tickets, please visit

Located in the former Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, GFBNEC has a mission to educate and inspire character and equality through the virtue and valor of our World War II American veterans of Japanese ancestry.  This story of courage in the face of discrimination, of equality and the rights of citizenship is inextricably linked to its facilities, the former Temple.

Nishi Hongwanji Temple:  Little Tokyo District, Los Angeles, 1942
Built in 1925, the Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple was once among the largest and most influential Buddhist Temples in the United States.  At the time, Little Tokyo was home to more than 30,000 Japanese Americans.  However, with the beginning of World War II, the community was changed.  In 1942, the neighborhood’s Japanese Americans were forced to leave.  They were assembled outside the Temple, where government buses took them to incarceration camps.

A true community center, the Temple held these displaced families’ belongings until they were able to reclaim them after the war.   After WWII, the Temple reopened and provided shelter to residents who returned from the incarceration camps. The Japanese American World War II story begins at this Temple and places like it.  From this very building, families were displaced in an atmosphere of fear, discrimination, and almost universal prejudice.  But arising from this unjust treatment, 33,000 citizens of Japanese ancestry came forward, as Americans to serve in their country’s military.

Defining Courage Exhibition:
The Defining Courage exhibition documents the Japanese American World War II experience beginning with Pearl Harbor and draws parallels to our contemporary times.

Pearl Harbor changed the lives of all Americans, but one group of citizens was affected beyond compare. Japanese Americans were literally stripped of their rights as citizens, and sent to incarceration camps.  In spite of this, as stated by 100thBattalion veteran Ben Tamashiro and commemorated on the Go For Broke Monument, “Rising to the defense of their country, by the thousands they came – these young Japanese American soldiers from Hawaii, the States, America’s concentration camps – to fight in Europe and the Pacific during World War II. Looked upon with suspicion, set apart and deprived of their constitutional rights, they nevertheless remained steadfast and served with indomitable spirit and uncommon valor, for theirs was a fight to prove loyalty. This legacy will serve as a sobering reminder that never again shall any group be denied liberty and the rights of citizenship.”

The Defining Courage exhibition is divided into eight sections to illustrate the difficult decisions Japanese Americans were forced to make, and prompts visitors to explore what their decisions might be in similar circumstances.

Pearl Harbor Aftermath:
The lives of Japanese Americans changed dramatically during the months immediately following the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

Lives Left Behind:
“All of a sudden our friends were not our friends…we weren’t Americans anymore, we were Japs.  Nobody ever used that word before, but we in Hawaii were now considered Japs.  One year we were neighbors, and the next year we were enemies.”–Stanley M. Akita, Hanamuana, HI

Japanese American families on the mainland were forcibly relocated to incarceration camps in accordance with Executive Order 9066. This meant that Japanese Americans had to sell their businesses, and their possessions–often for pennies on the dollar– unless they could find someone who was willing to store them.   Heirlooms, family pets, photographs and friends were almost immediately lost.  Community leaders were taken by the FBI.  Families with relatives in Japan and America were torn apart.  Almost overnight, these Americans lost everything, including their identity as Americans.

History Revisited:
The events of WWII are strikingly relevant today.  In History Revisited, we examine how we can stay safe as a country while simultaneously honoring the Bill of Rights.  The current global climate is bringing the Japanese American experiences of WWII to the fore, again.  Some parallels include the treatment of Arab and Muslim Americans after the events of 9/11; the USA Patriot Act of 2001; nativist rhetoric against immigrants; and the rise of racial profiling.

Piece it Together:
What was it like to be an American one day, and a person of suspicion the next?  Piece it Together is an interactive storytelling component that provides a window into the experiences and emotions of Japanese Americans during WWII.  Visitors begin the journey geographically, selecting a destination.  They are then placed in the shoes of young Japanese Americans during the war.  They are confronted with decisions like “Will you join the military while your family is incarcerated?”; “Will you protest against the government’s unjust treatment?”; “Will you leave your family behind in the incarceration camp to seek education on the East Coast?”  In this computer-based activity, they then make a decision and face the consequences, learning about real-life Japanese Americans who made similar choices during World War II.

Propaganda Deconstructed:
The exhibition warns against propaganda, fear mongering, and the abridgement of constitutional rights.  To illustrate the power of the media and others, Propaganda Deconstructed teaches visitors the methods by which propaganda is spread.  Visitors learn how stories, images, and videos are often edited to change the meaning.  On a large touch-screen, visitors experiment with cropping modern images in order to express differing messages.

Media Maker:
Media Maker lets visitors create their own mini-documentary films about the Japanese American World War II experience and its relevance to today.  This computer-based activity provides visitors an opportunity to create a short film using drag and drop technology.  Visitors draw from a library of hundreds of oral history clips, historic photographs and films, documents, and the personal stories of hundreds of wartime Japanese Americans. After the video has been created, visitors will be able to email themselves a link to their documentary to share with their friends and family.

Woven Thoughts:
The political and social climate during World War II is quite relevant today.  Woven Thoughts provides visitors with an opportunity to weigh in on contemporary issues. Participants will cast their vote in response to a question by selecting a piece of fabric and weaving it into a wire grid. These different colored ribbons will form a mosaic that provides a visual representation of public sentiment.

The Nisei soldiers, members of the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and the Military Intelligence Service (MIS), served heroically in Europe and the Pacific. The 100th/442nd remains the most highly decorated unit in US military history for its size and length of service, and the MIS was credited with shortening the war by two years.
World War II stories often focus on the battlefield.  However, courage is manifested in many ways, and some of the most important can happen anywhere, and at any time, including finding courage:

  • To stand up and speak out
  • To face fear
  • To say ‘No’­
  • To fight injustice

Passing the Torch:
Defining Courage closes with a selection of quotes from the Japanese American soldiers ‘passing the torch’ on to the next generation.  These quotes are taken from GFBNEC’s Hanashi oral history collection.  The Japanese American veteran experience is a story of resilience, courage and a firm belief in the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

Defining Courage provides an opportunity for visitors to experience the results of fear mongering and discrimination and reminds us that as Americans, we are all citizens.  Through the stories of the Japanese American soldiers of World War II, visitors learn how to act with similar courage in their own lives.

About Go For Broke National Education Center (GFBNEC)
Since its formation in 1989, Go For Broke National Education Center has been committed to educating the public about the responsibilities, challenges, and rights of American citizenship by using the life stories of the Japanese American soldiers of World War II. In order to share these stories, they began video recording the oral histories of Japanese American veterans, and today they have the largest collection of its kind in the country. The interviews have been incorporated into a complete curriculum with lesson plans and web-based project learning to share their story with youth across the country.

In 1999, GFBNEC dedicated the Go For Broke Monument in the Little Tokyo District of Los Angeles. On the monument are the insignias of the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Military Intelligence Service (MIS), 522nd Field Artillery Battalion, 232nd Combat Engineer Company, and the 1399 Engineer Construction Battalion. For more information, visit

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January 14th, 2016 by Cherry

Well I had a major blast from the past as I was checking my twitter account when I saw TCM was broadcasting the 1939 Oscar winning film Gone with the Wind. I don’t plan to hate watch the film that I grew up loving despite the romanticism of rape, slavery, black people  LOVING being slaves and general undisputed beauty of white women. No what I want to talk about is how when I was a kid watching it ALWAYS being Scarlet!

Embedded image permalinkI remember as a kid watching it every year on CBS and not seeing anything wrong with it. I loved that feisty minx who was willing to do what ever was necessary to survive. Let’s be honest heck I’d do a lot to survive when the chips were down. I’m just surprised that it took me so long (once again a young child) that mammy was a straight up slave and that I just didn’t see it. I think that a lot of people have a tendency to look at the pretty dresses, the David vs Goliath mythology and the fact that history has always glossed over the reality of what the Southern Rights were about so when you watch the film you just focus on the star crossed love of Rhett & Scarlet. The ultimate archetype of the beautiful filly just needing a strong hand to tame her. I can’t remember when they stopped the yearly broadcast or why. Was it because people protested/complained about the subject? Did they lose the broadcasting rights? I have no idea and I wonder how I’d feel about the film watching it now with the Black Lives Matter protests. I think I fell out of love with the film the first time I saw Roots. It’s one thing to see stagnant images or read dry words on a page but seeing Roots made it more real and reminded me that anyone in my family (me included) would have likely been enslaved if we had been alive at that time. Heck even if you were free it was a tightrope thin margin between being taken by force and sold into slavery.

So who’s watching the film tonight? What do you think about the romantic rose colored view of slavery, the Civil War and reconstruction.

Embedded image permalinkGONE WITH THE WIND (’39) earned 13 & won 8 in competition. That last scene explains why.

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August 10th, 2013 by Cherry

I love free ebook Friday from Barnes and Nobles! This looks like an interesting addition to my nook color library. I think that people forget how medical advances, healthcare and ObamaCare has and will impact the longevity of our lives. This novel based on history and the tuberculosis epidemic that swept the world should be a pageturner so make sure you download the novel and write a review.

Have a great Free Friday!

Free Fridays: A White Wind Blew by James Markert and the Savannah Adventures! App

“A compelling and thought-provoking novel that will move and inspire readers of all kinds.” -John Burnham Schwartz, author of Reservation Road

Today’s Free Fridays book selection, James Markert’s White Wind Blew, is an emotional, complex, and ultimately uplifting historical novel.

Markert sets his tale at Louisville’s Waverly Hills sanatorium during a 1920s tuberculosis outbreak. Few epidemics were so deadly, and Dr. Wolfgang Pike is beleaguered to the point of exhaustion. His wife’s death leaves him in even more despair, as he struggles to save the few lives he can amidst constant suffering.

But fortunes change when a former concert pianist checks in to Waverly Hill, and Dr. Pike—an amateur composer—is taken with the new patient’s musicality. Soon Pike is forming a hospital orchestra, bringing a sense of hope and enjoyment to the ward. While music can’t cure TB, it does awaken a new resolve in Dr. Pike and his patients, and brings a welcome relief from the struggles they’re facing.

Is it really August already? School’s just around the corner, and today’s Free Fridays app selection will help kids ages 3-6 develop critical math skills for the year ahead. Savannah Adventures! Fun Math educational games for kids: Numbers, Counting & Addition from the i Learn With team offers a wide range of fun challenges that helps kids build skills like counting, addition, ordering, subtraction and number recognition.

Each challenge teaches a new skill and features a different Savannah animal, but my kids were immediately drawn to the ostrich level, where they had to load and unload the giant flightless birds into a truck until it had exactly 20 ostriches. They’ve always been charmed by the antics of the comical ostrich at our local zoo, so this game was the perfect way to build their addition and subtraction skills while having a great time.

Once they’ve mastered their math skills, young learners can explore weather, animals, and more with the other great NOOK Apps from i Learn With.


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October 20th, 2012 by Cherry

I do love looking like I’m the smartest person in the room.  So was stoked to see this week’s free B&N eBook.  It sounds like the perfect book to glance over before attending a work related function, party or other event where you want to have great conversation starters.  I usually tell people stay clear of politics, religion or crime stories since you don’t know how they’ll react.  I can discuss them without taking it personally but I find that a lot of people get upset and angry so if you want to make a good impression to stick to light, amusing and a bit breezy.  So this brings me back to this book as perfect fodder for a night out.  Because who can’t discuss history with a bit of laughter and without getting upset?? Well maybe you shouldn’t bring up the ‘War of Northern Aggression’ aka the ‘Civil War’ in mixed company <chortle> but a good bit of history that you can tie into an upcoming movie .. new Lincoln film out on November 9th or TV show … Boardwalk Empire well that won’t offend anyone!  What’s your favorite casual bar conversation?  I keep it classic with ‘are you a LA native’, have you seen any good movies or tv shows and what brought you to LA or the party?  All pretty light and not too intrusive.  Feel free to steal my conversation starters .. be my guest!  

Have a GREAT Friday and download this book!


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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August 4th, 2012 by Cherry

Happy free eBook Friday with this history mystery novel that evokes the bleak cold tundra of Russia and their royal family.  It’s a mystery that has fascinated people for years.  Did anyone escape or did the Romanov Dynasty die out when the peasants overthrew the royal family on that deadly night.  Will we ever truly know when people are still debating theories about the grassy knoll!

So don’t forget to download this novel before Free Nook Friday ends!

“Mossanen’s magical tale recasts familiar material in a modern light and injects pathos into a historic tragedy.” – Publishers Weekly


Today’s Free Fridays selection, Dora Levy Mossanen’s The Last Romanov, captures the infamous Russian imperial tragedy in a fresh, evocative new way.


With a history of bloody murder and a missing heir, the Romanov dynasty has long captivated history fans. In this fictional tale, Massanen introduces an old woman, Darya, who reflects on long-ago painful events that she blames herself for. Her actions may have set into motion the deed that led to Romanov heir Prince Alexei’s disappearance. She’s never stopped believing she may have been at fault, and still maintains hope that the heir survived.


In an intricate tale that weaves past and present, Mossanen explores a fascinating historical event in human and personal terms.


Once you’ve finished The Last Romanov, be sure to explore Mossanen’s other wonderful novels.




Free Fridays Recommends


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 Dora recommends:


I am a voracious reader of well-researched historical novels that grab me by the hand and lead me on an authentic journey of discovery to exciting times and places. The Greatest Knight by Elizabeth Chadwick is such a book. From the first page, it felt as if I was living the gripping life of William Marshal, who was nearly hanged as a small boy. Yet, he managed to survive the dangerous political landscape of the court of Henry II, survive an accusation of having an affair with the young king’s wife, go on to conquer endless insurmountable obstacles to become the champion of the tourney circuits and one of the most admired Medieval Knights of the twelfth century. You will love this moving story of love, deceit, endless rivalries, and one man’s scandalous journey to rise to unimaginable ranks.


[Editors note: The Greatest Knight is currently just $2.99]

Telegraph Avenue: The Enhanced Promo Single by Michael Chabon

Moon National Parks Sampler by Avalon Authors

The Boy in the Lot by Ronald Malfi

Triple Threat by Jennifer LaBreque
The Amazon’s Curse (Gena Showalter’s Atlantis Series) by Gena Showalter
Scorched (Turn Up the Heat, Book One) by Desiree Holt, Allie Standifer
Skye’s Trail (Angelini Series #1) by Jory Strong
Let Them Eat Cake (Vampire Sentinel, Book One) by Ravyn Wilde
Crux (Southern Arcana Series #1) by Moira Rogers

Modern Discoveries in Neuroscience… And What They Reveal About You (Collection) by Dale Purves, Miriam Boleyn-Fitzgerald, Andrew Koob
Genetic Breakthroughs – Their Implications for You and Your Health (Collection) by Haig H. Kazazian, Moyra Smith, Nicholas Wright Gillham
Epigenetics in Health and Disease by Igor Kovalchuk, Olga Kovalchuk

Mystery & Thrillers
Peppermint Creek Inn (Undercover, Book One) by Jan Springer
Grave Danger by Heather Graham
Secrets (Michelli Family Series #1) by Kristen Heitzmann
The Frenzy War: Book Two in The Frenzy Cycle Series by Gregory Lamberson

Curses and Blessings for All Occasions by Bradley Trevor Greive

Religious Fiction
Love Finds You in Amana, Iowa by Melanie Dobson
Saving Sailor by Renee Riva
Moon White: Color Me Enchanted by Melody Carlson
Heaven and Hell: A Journey of Chris and Serena Davis by Kenneth Zeigler
When Calls the Heart by Janette Oke
Hearts That Survive by Yvonne Lehman
A Time for Peace: Quilts of Lancaster County #3 by Barbara Cameron
Her Restless Heart: Stitches in Time Book 1 by Barbara Cameron
Surrender the Wind by Rita Gerlach

Wormfood by Jeff Jacobson

Advice & How-to
The Road Through Wonderland: Surviving John Holmes by Dawn Schiller

Business & Investing
Smart Retail: Practical Winning Ideas and Strategies from the Most Successful Retailers in the World by Richard Hammond
The Culture Cycle: How to Shape the Unseen Force that Transforms Performance by James Heskett
Lead with LUV: A Different Way to Create Real Success by Ken Blanchard, Colleen Barrett
Insights from Remarkable Businesspeople (Collection) by FT Press Delivers

Sci Fi /Fantasy
The Vengeful Vampire


Zombpunk: STEM




The Circle of Sorcerers


Linkage: The Narrows of Time


Whispering Willow


Violent Bits


Mystery / Thriller






The Summerland


The Sin of Certainty


The Prophet of Panamindorah


The Last Butterscotch


River Adventure




The Pocket Watch


The Mariner’s Ghost


The Hero Chronicles, Book 1: The Hero of 1000 Years

Six Magic Numbers  by: Martyn Tott


First Vision of Destiny   by: Alicia Kallysten


Her Last Chance  by: Danielle Lee Zwissler


Love is all around  by: Rae Davies


Almost a Bride   by: Patricia McLinn


Bewitching Kisses  by:Rainy Kirkland


Killer Twist  by: C.A. Larmer


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December 14th, 2011 by Cherry

I was watching HGTV when all of a sudden on my tv were two Confederate flags being used as curtains!  I’m surprised that the production company didn’t shoot around the flags since it’s their right to display white power/supremacist items in window of their home but I really don’t expect to see that sort of thing on HGTV.  I just caught the first few moments of it since I was taping an episode of My First Place and rewinded the episode back to the flags to confirm that I wasn’t imagining things.  At first they seemed like normal average people on HGTV looking for a place but after I saw the flags and the weapons they gave me the shivers.  I suppose because I read articles about how white supremacy has been on the rise since President Obama was elected.  I’m very concerned about these hate groups and their plans to overthrow the government and/or assisinate the President out of some dream to bring America back to the way it was when it was separate but equal.  Where a person of color was a second class citizen and lived under constant threat of violence with no hope of safety.

I’m very disappointed in HGTV since it’s on e of my safe networks where I don’t have to worry about racial ugliness rearing it’s ugly head.  In case you didn’t see the show or didn’t realize what the flags are here’s a link as well as samples of the flags.

I found this flag on a site called ‘Flags of Our Ancestors

Image by Dave Martucci
34-Star Round
United States of America 1861-1863These national presentation colors were manufactured by the Evans & Hassall Company of P

Image by Wayne J. Lovett
16th Tennessee 1862
16th Tennessee Volunteer Infantry Regiment Polk flagThis unit fought at most of the major battles of the Army of Tennessee including Corinth, Mumfordsville, Perryville, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Chattanooga, Missionary Ridge, Franklin, and Nashville. They surrendered to Union forces at Bennett Farm, which today is the City of Durham in Durham County, North Carolina.They used a second version of the Polk Battle Flag, issued in the summer of 1862, which had a cross edged with white and only 11 stars. The Polk Battle Flag continued in service through 1863.

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