Barnes and Noble Free Fridays: Gatsby Girls, Balltastic Blast, and The McCarthys

Another day another Friday and this week B&N is offering us a great selection of a collection of short stories to a new CBS comedy (is it still a comedy if it’s not funny?) the Mccarthys. ehh people seem to love Mike & Molly so what do I know!


November 7, 2014: Today’s Free Fridays book selection is GATSBY GIRLS by F. Scott Fitzgerald, a series of short stories inspired by his wife Zelda serialized by the Saturday Evening Post and published for the first time with the original, full illustrations and cover art. Fans of the immensely popular Jazz Age author of “The Great Gatsby” and “Tender is the Night” will fawn over these eight stories inspired by the figure of the Flapper woman, an icon of the 1920s.


She was an impulsive, fashionable and carefree 1920s woman who embodied the essence of the Gatsby Girl— F. Scott Fitzgerald’s wife, Zelda. As Fitzgerald said, “I married the heroine of my stories.” All of the eight short stories contained in this collection were inspired by Zelda.

Fitzgerald, one of the foremost writers of American fiction, found early success as a short story writer for the most widely read magazine of the early 20th century — the Saturday Evening Post. Fitzgerald’s stories, first published by the Post between 1920 and 1922, brought the Jazz Age and the “flapper” to life and confirmed that America was changing faster than ever before. Women were bobbing their hair, drinking and flirting shamelessly, and Fitzgerald brought these exciting Gatsby Girls to life in the pages of the Post.


November 7, 2014:  Today’s Free Fridays app selection is BALLTASTIC BLAST, a simple yet addictive game for ages 4 and up.
It’s a new take on the original Balltastic Boombastic game. Both of these titles are designed for family-friendly fun! Simple enough for kids to play, but challenging enough for adults… or is it the other way around in your household already?



November 7, 2014: Today’s Free Fridays video selection is the pilot episode of the series THE MCCARTHYS– the new CBS series about a working-class Boston family with a long-running athletic legacy.


The McCarthys are a close-knit, sports-crazed Boston family whose somewhat athletically challenged son, Ronny, is chosen by his father to be his assistant high school basketball coach, much to the surprise of his more qualified siblings. Ronny wants nothing more than to move away, join the singles scene and find a partner. His distraught mother, Marjorie is not upset that her favorite son is gay, but that he wants to leave Boston and his family. Ronny’s plans change, however, when his politically incorrect and outspoken father, Arthur stuns everyone with his choice for an assistant. Touched by his father’s offer, Ronny embarks on a completely different future and he can be sure that his loving family, including his twin brothers Sean and Gerard and his sister Jackie, are going to have a very vocal opinion about it.

We hope you enjoy the Free Fridays selections this week, NOOK blog community! Deepest apologies for the price mishap this morning.

B&N Free Fridays: Beneath a Navajo Moon + The Shoemaker and the Elves + Intruders



Free Fridays: Beneath a Navajo Moon + The Shoemaker and the Elves + Intruders

Samsung Galaxy Tab® 4 NOOK®

Samsung Galaxy Tab® 4 NOOK® Our award-winning reading experience integrated with a full-featured, high-performance tablet. Available for $179



Free Fridays: Beneath a Navajo Moon + The Shoemaker and the Elves + Intruders


September 5, 2014: Today’s Free Fridays book selection is BENEATH A NAVAJO MOON— a compelling novel of love, crime and tradition set against the iconic Navajo landscape.


What happens when danger and love collide under a Navajo moon? The search for a woman who disappeared in 1906 has lead cultural anthropologist Erin Dawson to Cedar Canyon, where the iconic terrain of red rock walls and mesas keep Navajo traditions — and maybe criminal evidence — well hidden.

When Erin’s search leads her to cross paths with tribal policeman Adam Silverhorn, it’s hardly love at first sight. But everywhere she turns, Adam is already there. Fighting their feelings for each other, the two are suddenly thrust into a battle far more dangerous — a common quest to rout an insidious drug cartel that has spawned the recent rise in gang violence on the reservation. Adam’s position of authority gives Erin a rare glimpse into Navajo life few outsiders like her ever see — and into a crime ring that no one dares to imagine.

As danger mounts, Adam and Erin begin to wonder if they will live to tell how they really feel.


September 5,  2014: Today’s Free Fridays app selection is  – the magical children’s tale brought to life with 20 pages full of interactive elements, original illustrations, narration, sound effects, and music! 

One morning the shoemaker wakes up and finds a new pair of beautiful shoes in his shoe shop, but he doesn’t know where the shoes came from! Read the story and solve the mystery of who makes the beautiful shoes at night while the shoemaker and his wife are sleeping.

September 5, 2014: Today’s Free Fridays video selection is the first episode of Season 1 of the hit BBC show, INTRUDERS.

Based on Michael Marshall Smith’s 2007 novel and written by Glen Morgan,INTRUDERS is a paranormal thriller about a secret society devoted to chasing immortality by seeking refuge in the bodies of others. Ex-cop Jack Whalen has escaped a dark, violent past for a seemingly quiet life with his wife, Amy. When she goes missing, Jack starts an investigation that forces him to confront his past.


Lisa Carter, the author of this week’s Free Fridays book selection, recommends ANGEL FALLSby Connie Mann:

“Connie Mann renders a vivid portrayal of the plight of street kids in exotic Brazil in a captivating adventure chock full of romantic tension, physical survival and emotional conflict. As the director of a Brazilian orphanage and an ex-Army Ranger team to save the life of one small child, they struggle to overcome their dark and broken pasts. The characters are riveting and complex. The non-stop, action-packed, page-turning suspense will grip readers until the heart-pounding conclusion.”

Tags:  ×  ×  ×  × 

B&N Free Fridays: The Budapest House, Hidden Objects Rainy Days & Wild Kratts

This Week Barnes and Noble is offering a the Budapest House by Marcus Ferrar that tells the story of a Hungarian Jew who’s survived the Third Reich but at the loss of half of of her family in Auschwitz.  They also have two all friendly (kid) game app and video!  So they have something for everyone today.  Make sure to go do the B&N page to download these freebies and buy something!!!!

Free Fridays: The Budapest House + Hidden Objects Rainy Days + Wild Kratts


August 15, 2014: Today’s Free Fridays book selection is THE BUDAPEST HOUSE — a true story of human beings caught up in the maelstrom of 20th century history.


A Hungarian Jewtraumatised by the loss of half her family in Auschwitz returns to Budapest to retrace her roots. She discovers a dramatic personal history that enables her eventually to shed the burden of her past and move forward to a new life.This is a true story of human beings caught up in the maelstrom of 20th century history – the Nazis, genocide, Cold War, dictatorship, and the struggle to make new lives after the fall of Communism.Told with great sympathy and warmth, this well researched book brings history to life by recounting the experiences of ordinary men and women confronted with daunting challenges.


August 15,  2014: Today’s Free Fridays app selection is HIDDEN OBJECTS RAINY DAYS— find hidden objects in the peaceful world of a rainy day any day.

Rainy days conjure up images of snuggling by the fire, drinking tea, and spending some quiet time alone. When the drizzle and the drops give every environment a magical sheen, finding hidden objects can be an even greater challenge. Mini games add more excitement, featuring favorites like Jigsaw, Tic Tac Toe, and Dots.


August 15, 2014: Today’s Free Fridays video selection is the first episode in Volume 7 of WILD KRATTS ”Snow Runners”.

WILD KRATTS joins the adventures of Chris and

Martin Kratt as they encounter incredible wild animals, combining science education with fun and adventure as the duo travels to animal habitats around the globe. Each adventure explores an age-appropriate science concept central to an animal’s life and showcases a never-before-seen wildlife moment, all wrapped up in engaging stories of adventure, mystery, rescue, and the Kratt brothers’ brand of laugh-out-loud-comedy that kids love.

Free Friday cowboy romance, diamond app ANT TMNT

Well I’ve been remiss not letting everyone know about Nook Free Ebook Friday with App AND video for those of us with Nooks .. or the NOOK app (I have BOTH).  Well B&N is jumping on the TMNT popularity with this Friday freebies that is sure to be a hit with the release of the new action movie and the popular Emmy nominated series on Nickelodeon.    I must admit to a weakness for cowboys but am not feeling too romantic of late (been kissing WAY to many frogs).

But to all my friends enjoy the freebies!  What would you like to see next week?  Leave a comment below ….

Free Fridays: Love at First Sight + Kingdom of Diamonds + Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


August 8, 2014: Today’s Free Fridays book selection is LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT — the 1st book in Lori Wilde’s dazzling new series takes place in Cupid, Texas, a place where every wish for love comes true.


“When it hits, you just know . . .”

Natalie McCleary couldn’t believe her eyes—a lean-muscled, darkly tanned, nearly naked man stood in her path . . . and then it hit her: love. Everyone always told her it would hit like a thunderbolt, and she never believed them. But now she knew: practical, sensible Natalie was head over heels in love—with a stranger.

But ex-Navy SEAL Dade Vega wasn’t about to be a stranger for long. He’d ridden into Cupid on his motorcycle, vowing to keep a promise he’d made to a military buddy. But a single glimpse of Natalie—soaking wet and unexpectedly tempting—changed his life forever.

But how can he offer her his love, when he can’t even promise to stay in one place for longer than a week?


August 8,  2014: Today’s Free Fridays app selection is KINGDOM OF DIAMONDS –  a classic match-3 game that takes you on a journey of a lifetime!

Liz and Darren are treasures hunters who have just discovered a stained-glass painting from an ancient ruin. By chance, Liz and Darren find a pair of diamonds that activates the painting and reveals a path to a new kingdom!


August 8, 2014: Today’s Free Fridays video selection is the first episode of TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (Volume 1: “Rise of the Turtles Part 1”).

Master Splinter allows the Turtles to visit the surface for the first time, where they’ll learn the importance of working as a team, uncover the mystery of their existence, and face fearsome enemies such as the Kraang and the ruthless Shredder.


This week’s Free Friday featured author Lori Wilde recommends…

“I grew up in the era of gothic romance, and loved the mystery of windswept moors and the dangerous suspense of loving a secretive man. Because of Daphne Du Maurier’s lush storytelling, Rebecca is my absolute favorite.”

Barnes and Noble Free eBook Friday

I do love a good book especially a FREE good book.  I’m looking forward to reading this while in line at Wondercon in a few weeks!

Free Fridays: All He Saw Was the Girl + English Speed Reading

Posted by  × April 4, 2014 at 7:37 am


April 4, 2014: Today’s Free Fridays book selection is ALL HE SAW WAS THE GIRL by Peter Leonard (son of Elmore) — an intriguing crime novel Carl Hiaasen called “Great storytelling.” Happy Friday, and happy reading!

Rome: McCabe and Chip, two American exchange students, are about to become embroiled with a violent street gang, a beautiful Italian girl, and a flawed kidnapping plan.

Detroit: Sharon Vanelli’s affair with Joey Palermo, a Mafia enforcer, is about to be discovered by her husband, Ray, a secret service agent.

Brilliantly plotted and shot through with wry humor, ALL HE SAW WAS THE GIRL sees these two narratives collide in the backstreets of Italy’s oldest city.


April 4, 2014: Today’s Free Fridays app selection is ENGLISH SPEED READING – a handy app that’s perfect for book lovers!

Learn how to speed read — and actually remember what you read! With ENGLISH SPEED READING, you’ll learn to use your peripheral vision to quickly grasp large text portions and  increase your speed of perception by means of what’s called “tachistoscopic recognition.”



 ”John Grisham has written another beauty in SYCAMORE ROW,” says today’s Free Fridays author Peter Leonard. “He brings Jake Brigance back from A Time to Kill in what is a highly-charged, tremendously suspenseful morality tale that’s impossible to put down. I highly recommend it.”





In celebration of today’s Free Fridays offering, Peter Leonard’s publisher, The Story Plant, is discounting six additional titles featuring great characters to just $1.99 this weekend:

ANYTHING, Michael Baron

Acclaimed author Michael Baron again draws readers into a world of deep emotion, compelling relationships, and heartfelt humor — and this time, he adds a touch of fantasy. Ken and Melissa are at the dawn of a magnificent life together. While searching for the perfect wedding present for Melissa, Ken stumbles into a mysterious shop. There, he is given the magical opportunity – to look in on Melissa when she was a girl — what seems like an incredible blessing. Until he discovers a terrible secret in Melissa’s past….

GOODNIGHT, BRIAN, Steven Manchester

Fate was working against little Brian Mauretti. The food that was meant to nourish him was poisoning him instead, and the doctors said the damage was devastating and absolute. Fate had written off Brian. But fate didn’t count on a woman as determined as Brian’s grandmother, Angela DiMartino – who everyone knew as Mama. Loving her grandson with everything she had, Mama endeavored to battle fate. Fate had no idea what it was in for.


FORTUNATE SON, David Marlett

Meet James Annesley, son of 18th Century Ireland. Though you may have never heard his name before, his story has already touched you in profound ways. Now, for the first time, novelist David Marlett brings that incredible story to life.



DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS, Julian Iragorri and Lou Aronica

This evocative, moving, and gorgeously detailed novel is the story of Alex Soberano, a contemporary man in crisis. A successful New York businessman, Alex finds it difficult to embrace joy and accept love. When his life threatens to boil over, he escapes for a brief respite on the West Coast. What waits for him there is something he never could have imagined.

BORN & BRED, Peter Murphy

BORN & BRED is the first novel in the Life & Times Trilogy, a cycle of three novels that will chart the course of one star-crossed life. It is a work of vibrant imagination from a poetic novelist of the first order.




Author Laurel Dewey — known for her gritty crime thriller series featuring Detective Jane Perry — has created a dynamic, funny, romantic, heartbreaking and controversial novel that will both enlighten readers and challenge them with its unique and timely subject matter.