Monthly Archives: February 2013

Free E-Books – February 28, 2013

I have a couple of freebies and one book for $1.99 for those who may be interested.  I’m all for simple in these posts, so all you have to do is click on the e-reader and you’ll be taken directly to the website to read about the book and download it.  You can also click on the author’s name and be taken to their website to find out more about them.

  • NO LONGER FREE (3-5-13) FREE on Kindle:  Surrendered Hearts by Carrie Turansky. I’ve never heard of this author before, but the book has received good reviews and even an endorsement from author, Cathy Gohlke, and we have a couple of her books in the Media Center and I’ve heard great things about them.  So, I’m going to give this book a try…it looks like it might be a novella by the size of it.
  • NO LONGER FREE (3-5-13) FREE on Kindle and Nook:  Jesus in the Present Tense: The I AM Statements of Christ by Warren W. Wiersbe
  • THIS BOOK IS NOW $8.00……WAS $1.99 on Kindle and Nook:  The Chase (Crime Scene: Houston #1) by DiAnn Mills (Book 2, The Survivor, comes on on March 5, 2013)
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Free E-Books – February 25, 2013

One freebie and one 99 cent book.  Just click on the e-reader and you will be directed to the website to read about the book and order it.  Also, you can click on the authors name and visit their website also.

  • FREE on Kindle and Nook:  Out of Control (The Kincaid Brides #1) by Mary Connealy
  • 99 cents on Kindle and Nook:  Set Sail My Heart: A Novella by Colleen Coble.  This book has 12 chapters, so it will be a quick read and since it’s by one of my favorite authors, Colleen Coble, I’m sure it will be good.

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The Bible Miniseries Begins 3-3-13

This miniseries has been promoted for at least a year and now it’s just a week away.  Beginning on 3-3-13 on The History Channel for 5 weeks we’ll be able to see a spectacular movie of the highlights of the Biblical events from Genesis to Revelation.  The creators are the husband and wife team, Mark Burnett and Roma Downey (from Touched by An Angel).  So set your DVR’s up for a series recording so you won’t miss a single episode.  Just watch the trailer and see for yourself how spectacular it will be.  Also, visit http://www.bibleseries.tv and http://thebibleminiseries.com to read more about it.

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Free E-Books – February 24, 2013

Here are three freebies for you today.  Just click on the e-reader and you’ll be directed to the website to download your book.  You can also click on the author’s name and be directed to their website to read more about them and their books.

  • FREE (Feb. 24 through Mar. 2, 2013) on Kindle and Nook:  Courageous by Randy Alcorn and Alex and Stephen Kendrick (contributors).  This book is based on the movie, Courageous, if you’ve seen it then you know how great it was.  If you haven’t seen it, I would highly recommend it. Randy Alcorn is a fabulous writer and I can’t wait to read the novel version of the movie.
  • NO LONGER FREE (2-25-13) FREE on Kindle:  Confessions of a Prayer Slacker by Diane Moody
  • NO LONGER FREE (3-1-13) FREE on Kindle:  The Mantle by William H. Stephens

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Letter from Carmen About “Books for Appalachia”

armpovertyDear Friends,
I am really excited about “Books for Appalachia”, a new Media Center Ministry project.
Making books available to readers is one of the joys of being a librarian.  In addition to checking books out to our patrons at WFBC, we have sent books to prisons, to missionaries, Chaplains, and to armed services personnel.  Since our church will be involved in the “Backpacks for Appalachia” project, Debbie began to wonder whether they might also need Christian books.  She contacted Bill Barker, the Director of The Appalachian Regional Ministries at NAMB, and guess what?  They do need Christian books.  Therefore, we decided to put the word out requesting that people donate new or gently used books to send to them.  If you don’t have any books you can donate a few dollars to help with postage.
Those of you who are in the Book Club and have read Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austin know that there is a long history of educational assistance to  Appalachia and other depressed areas.  During the Great Depression the WPA hired Packhorse Librarians to distribute books to people in the hills of Kentucky.  Other librarians were hired in Louisiana and they traveled by boat to remote areas in the Mississippi Delta to get books to those who needed them.
Recently, members of our Book Club read Wonderland Creek, a book about the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky.  We feel blessed that we have books in abundance and can share some of them with others who do not have access to Christian literature.  Just think: you don’t have to get on a horse or get in a boat.  All you have to do is bring the books and donations to the media center and we’ll do the rest.
We are interested in your comments and ideas.  You can give feedback on the blog, on our Facebook (Winterville First Baptist Church Media Center) page or come see us in the Media Center to share our excitement.
Aways in His love,
Carmen

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New Terri Blackstock Book – Special Price

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Even though this is going under the Free E-Books category, it’s not free.  But it is a special deal I just received and wanted to pass along to Terri Blackstock fans.  I do have this book pre-ordered for the Media Center, but if you like to read on your e-reader, then this is a great deal.

 

  • Pre-Order for these special prices: $4.74 on Kindle and $4.99 on Nook:  Truth Stained Lies (Moonlighter Series #1) by Terri Blackstock.  Right now Thomas Nelson Publishers are promoting this book as “Novel of the Week” and you can enter a drawing to win a free iPad. Hey, you could be the one to win!!!  I’ve read most of Terri’s books and they are great!  

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Free E-Books – February 22, 2013

Here are a few books that are FREE again!  So you have another chance at getting them for $0, isn’t that great?  Just click on the e-reader and you’ll be automatically directed to the website to read about the book and then download it.  You can also click on the author’s name and be taken to their website/blog and read about them and other books they have written.

  • FREE on Kindle and Nook:  Touching the Clouds (Alaskan Skies #1) by Bonnie Leon
  • NO LONGER FREE (2-23-13) FREE on Kindle and Nook:  Beside Two Rivers (Daughters of the Potomac #1) by Rita Gerlach.  Book 1, Scarlett Dawn, has been offered free before, so go ahead and download this one now and maybe Book 1 will come back as a freebie this year.
  • NO LONGER FREE (2-25-13) FREE on Kindle:  Blood Sisters by Melody Carlson
  • NO LONGER FREE (2-23-13) FREE on Kindle:  A Lady in Defiance (Romance in the Rockies #1) by Heather Blanton
  • NO LONGER FREE (2-23-13) FREE on Kindle and Nook:  Valerie’s Cross by Kathi Macias

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Friday Gleanings by Carmen – February 22, 2013

“I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea: That ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also.” (Romans 16:1-2 KJV)

The opening words of Romans, Chapter 16, got my attention as I was searching for a totally unrelated passage in Romans.  The first verse is a recommendation of Phebe, who it appears, is travelling to Rome.  Paul is introducing her to the church members there, and asking them to receive and assist her in anything she may need.

After reading Paul’s complimentary words about Phebe, I wanted to know more about her.  My search did not yield a lot of information.  I found out this is the only time Phebe is mentioned in the New Testament.  I was left with questions.  Why was she going to Rome?  Is it just to deliver Paul’s letter?  Was she commissioned to help the believers there?  Was she to be a “succourer of many” there as she was in Cenchrea, a port of Corinth? Was she returning to Corinth after her assignment was completed?  We don’t know.

I discovered that there has been much speculation about Phebe’s position and “title” in the Church.  Some seem to think the Greek word “diakonos” used by Paul, indicates she was a deaconess.

Whether she was rich or poor, “titled” or “untitled” seems trivial and irrelevant to me.  I want to remember Phebe as trustworthy, faithful and committed to the Lord Jesus Christ.  Jesus was definitely not concerned with titles or words, but with our actions.  It seems that, even if Phebe’s name did not appear on the “Staff List” of the church at Cenchrea, it certainly would appear on “The Lamb’s Book of Life” and on the pages of the Scriptures we read to this day.

Her true value was in being a helper.  I like the word succourer, as used in the King James version because it reminds me of the Spanish word “socorro.”  It means to help and to aid, but the connotation of this word is much stronger.  The word “soccur” suggests coming to the rescue of those in dire straits or being a relief to those going through difficult times.  This one word says more about Phebe than any title she may or may not have had.

All we need to know about Phebe is that she was a blessing to many and a messenger of the Lord, sent to Rome for His purposes.  I want to be like her.  Maybe her name is in the Scriptures as an encouragement to all women who quietly and faithfully serve.

Dearest Heavenly Father,

You have used many saints in the telling of His story.  Thank you for allowing us to be the “Body of Christ” so that others will come to know Him.  We accept our role as servants and messengers preparing for and announcing the coming of Your Kingdom.

In the name of Jesus, who was sent to us, highly commended by the Father of us all,

Amen

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Rosa’s Land (Western Justice #1) by Gilbert Morris – Disappointing

cover21607-small(NOTE: This book is not in our Media Center and I have no plans on purchasing it.  I’m just posting this review for anyone who may come across this book and think about purchasing it for themselves.)

This book is about a young man, Lafayette Riordan, living the good life in New York City in 1886.  His father, Caleb, and two older brothers are rough, tough businessmen and when the he was born, Eileen, told her husband “…this son is going to be mine.  I’ll make all the decisions about his school, his clothes.  I’ll raise him to be a gentleman.  You got our two other sons, and you’ve made them hard, callous men.”  So, you see that young “Faye” as she started calling him had no chance but to be a born and bred “mama’s boy”.

Eventually, he did get some backbone in him and learn to ride a horse (a very old, gentle horse) and shoot a gun (small enough for him to handle) and he even took off on an outdoor adventure for a month to see if he could survive in the woods all by himself.  And he did just that.  He finally decides he wants to go out west and become a US Marshal, of all things, and he does go with his mom’s blessings, ha!.  Little did he know that she wrote to Judge Isaac Parker, who was over the marshall’s, asking him “When my son comes to ask you to make him part of your force, agree to take him but give him the most humiliating, dirtiest job you can possibly think of.  Keep him at it, and I’m sure in a short time he’ll become discouraged and change his mind.” But Faye didn’t.  But I’ll tell you, Faye, was just a little bit too good.  He was happy and never complained and did all the dirty work and it was just unbelievable.  Finally, in Chapter 7, we finally meet Rosa, from Mexico, and she moved to Texas to help her uncle and extranged father with their ranch.  Eventually, Faye and Rosa meet and not to give too many “spoilers” I won’t say anything else.

I was very disappointed in this book and really could not believe Gilbert Morris wrote it.  I have not read any of his most current books, but he was one of the first Christian authors I read when I switched from secular to Christian fiction.  I loved his House of Winslow series and Cheney Duvall, M.D. series, and have always wanted to go back and read them again.  But the characters in Rosa’s Land were not developed well, the storyline left me feeling a little dizzy, and the narrative and dialogue was very choppy.  One Amazon reviewer noticed that Faye was in an art gallery making mention of a painting that President Roosevelt liked, but did not buy and with the story line set in 1886 the President was Grover Cleveland, not Roosevelt.  And I noticed that one of the “outlaws” referred to his nasty cabin “Well, it’s not the Waldorf”.  For one thing, I can’t imagine that he would even know anything about such a high society place, and the other thing is that the Waldorf wasn’t opened until 1893.  So unless the time period in this book was not detailed for us, the Waldorf was seven years in the future.

The best thing about this book and the best writing in it, was in Chapter 19 when they were in church listening to one of the best little sermons I’ve read written in a book.  It’s too long to quote, but if you do read this book you’ll be in for a treat by reading this sermon.  Maybe Mr. Morris should write a book of sermons, because he’s obviously very good at it.

I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from Netgalley.com for my honest review.

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Free E-Book – February 20, 2013

Today all I found was a devotional for teens.  I did my research on the author, Lisa Cheater, and she is a devoted Christian and I think she is theological correct.  She has written for the NAMB (North American Mission Board) and has many other accomplishments.  If your teen has a Kindle or iPad with a Kindle app, this just may be a great little devotional for them.  I don’t know how long this book will be free, so go ahead and download it today.

  • NO LONGER FREE (2-22-13, it’s $3.00 now) FREE on Kindle:  Conversations With Jesus: Devotions for Teens by Lisa Cheater

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New Arrivals for February 2013

Click on each author’s name and you will be directed to their website to read about the author, their books, and if available, watch a trailer of the book.

  •  The Pastor’s Wife by Jennifer AlLee (Carmen said this book was very good, so I can’t wait to read it.)
  • The Tutor’s Daughter by Julie Klassen
  • Unbreakable (Road to Kingdom #2) by Nancy Mehl (We have Inescapable #1 and it’s an exciting mystery! So I’m expecting this book to be exciting also. We have several books by her and they are all great.)
  • The Pursuit of Lucy Banning (Avenue of Dreams #1) by Olivia Newport (I’ve read this book and it was fantastic and can’t wait to read Book 2, listed below.)
  • The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow (Avenue of Dreams #2) by Olivia Newport
  • Shattered (Alaskan Courage #2) by Dani Pettrey (My daughter-in-law, Amy,  is reading Submerged #1, and she said it was very good…can’t wait to read the sequel.)
  • Secret Tides (Southern Tides #1) by Gary E. Parker (I bought this book at a Thrift Store and had one of our best patrons, Evelyn, read it and tell me if I should buy the whole series…she said “YES!”)
  • Fateful Journeys (Southern Tides #2) by Gary E. Parker
  • Distant Shores (Southern Tides #3) by Gary E. Parker
  • Sparkly Green Earrings by Melanie Shankle (This book was requested by our pastor’s wife, Marsha, and she’ll be first on the list to read it.)

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Free E-Books – February 19, 2013

Freebies for today.  This is so easy isn’t it?  Just subscribe to our blog (or you can just remember to check us each day) and then all you  have to do is click on the e-reader and you will automatically be taken to the website and you can read about the book and if you like what you see you’ll be right where you need to be to order your “free” book.  You can even click on the authors name and be taken to their website/blog to read more about them and other books they may have written.

  • NO LONGER FREE (2-22-13) FREE on Kindle (2-19-13 only):  How to Meal Plan: A Step by Step Guide for Busy Moms by Crystal Van Tassel.  I know this is not a Christian book, but I think there may be some young (and even older) moms (or dads) or singles out there that might like a step by step guide.  I am looking forward to reading this book.  My meal plan is usually to just stare into the cabinets, fridge, or freezer and wait for some kind of inspiration…that’s not working too well for me.  If this book will help me with planning, then I figure I’ll have more time to read!!!!
  • NO LONGER FREE (2-22-13) FREE on Kindle and Nook:  A Better Way To Think: Using Positive Thoughts to Change Your Life by H. Norman Wright.  I’m posting this book because I think it might be something someone may want to read.  I have read the reviews and looked at the author’s bio and he seems to have a pretty extensive education.  But, as always, trust God and His Word and weigh what you read against His Word.  Positive thoughts don’t help us, God does.  So if you do get this book, read it with God in mind and come back and leave a comment and tell me what you think.  If it’s not leading you to Christ, then I want to know so I can remove it.

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Free E-Books – February 18, 2013

This is a pretty good day for freebies.  Fiction, non-fiction, even a children’s book!  Remember to get them quickly because I don’t know how long these book will be free.

  • FREE on Kindle (Feb. 18-22, 2013):  Rescue Team by Billi Tiner (Children’s fiction with some great reviews)
  • NO LONGER FREE (2-22-13, it’s .99 cents now) FREE on Kindle:  How to Memorize Bible Verses: The Fast and Easy Way to Memorize Scripture by Dean Roller and Kyle Buchanan.  I’m the world’s worst at memorizing anything, so I’m looking forward to reading this book to see if it really does help me memorize Bible verses.
  • NO LONGER FREE (2-22-13, it’s $2.51 now) FREE on Kindle:  Wiersbe Bible Study Series: Mark by Warren W. Wiersbe.  After I learn how to memorize Scripture, I’ll be able to do this Bible study and memorize like a pro!
  • NO LONGER FREE (3-5-13) FREE on Kindle and Nook:  Heiress (Daughters of Fortune #1) by Susan May Warren.  I’ve liked everything I’ve read by this author, so I’m excited about reading this book.

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Free E-Books – February 16, 2013

Two freebies today that are very good reads!  You can click on the e-reader link and be taken directly to the page to download the book and you can also click on the author’s name and you’ll be directed to their website.  Both of these books have the dates listed when they will be free, so download them before then. (Note:  Some of the books I post are also free for other types of e-readers, so if you have one other than kindle or nook, please check to see if these are free for you.  You might be happy to find out you can get them free also.)

  • FREE on Kindle and Nook (1-9-13 thru 6-30-13):  The Calling of Emily Evans by Janette Oke (Bethany House).  This author is fantastic.  Her romances are wonderfully woven together with Christian principles.  I think the Media Center has all of her books, we might be missing one or two, but every one we have on our shelves are great!
  • FREE on Kindle and Nook (1-10-13 thru 3-30-13):  Ruby (Dakota Treasures #1) by Lauraine Snelling (Bethany House).  We have the complete series in the Media Center and they are excellent books.  I’m sure you’ll love them.

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Friday Gleanings by Carmen – February 15, 2013

Mount_Sinai_Egypt“The Lord came down on the top of Mount Sinai and called Moses to the top of the mountain. So Moses climbed the mountain.” Exodus 19:20

 

Godly, holy, perfect, righteous, blameless were scary words for me.  When I first became a Christian, I would flinch every time I came across one of these words in my Bible.  They spoke to me of a goal I would never attain, of a place I could never reach, of a quality of life I could never live.  Aspiring to any or all of these things was like standing at the foot of a mountain alone, without training or equipment and being ordered to climb to the top.

As a more mature Christian, I am still humbled by these words, but I have come to realize that I do not have climb alone, without equipment or provisions.  If our Father, God calls me to the mountaintop, He will be faithful to equip me adequately and provide for my physical and spiritual needs.  Furthermore, He will not let me walk alone. He will be with me every step of the way.

The first step for any mountain climber is to decide which mountain to climb.  Will it be the Catskills or Mt. Everest? In the same way, our life in Christ begins with a decision:  Will I climb the mountain of God or will I choose to scale the mountain of worldly pleasure, fame, success or self-aggrandizement?

Once a mountain climber decides which mountain to climb, training follows.  To be in training means proper nourishment, plenty of water, adequate rest, and exercise.  Just as scaling Mt. Fuji requires physical preparation, our walk with the Lord requires rigorous training.  We are nourished by the Word and refreshed by “living water.” We rest in God’s promises, and then make a choice to practice godliness daily in thought word and deed. By joining a local church, we will be encouraged by other travelers going through the same strenuous training.

Before you can get good at mountain climbing, however, you must also go out and test your stamina, your boots, and your climbing gear. Before you attempt to reach the summit, you go out on short excursions.  In other words, the new Christian has to “crawl before he can walk, and walk before he can climb.”

Finally, a mountain climber must persevere. Making it to the top of a mountain is hard labor, demanding great physical exertion and even pain.  The only way to make it to the top is to put one foot in front of the other and keep going.  However, as exhilarating as mountain climbing can be, the thrill is limited to this life.  In the words of Paul, “while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” (1 Timothy 4:8)

Dearest Heavenly Father,

We love you so much, and trust you without reservation. We choose You, Lord.  We choose to climb your mountain.  Thank you for giving us your word to nourish us and the Holy Spirit to be our spiritual guide and trainer. Sometimes we will grow tired, sometimes we will be afraid, but when that happens, we will turn our eyes toward heaven, knowing that you are there waiting for our arrival.  Like Moses, our reward will be to finally see you.  We refuse to quit!

In the name of Jesus, who made it possible for us to see you face to face,

Amen

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Where Treasure Hides by Johnnie Alexander Donley

Currently this book is in e-format only and it is $1.99 until February 16, 2013.  If you like war-time, historical, suspense and romance books, then I’m sure you will enjoy this book. Following Allison and her family throughout the war trying to save their own paintings and other works of art from the Nazi’s was exciting. Seeing how she came to meet and fall in love with a British soldier, Ian, and all that happened to them for several years was wonderful. I never quite knew how it would turn out and even at the end, I can only hope there will be a sequel. This is a Christian novel, but I don’t think that it’s so overpowering that it would stop non-Christians from reading it. I liked how the author would have Scripture inspire the main characters and help them in their troubles. God is like that, always there to give us the strength to make it through events in our lives that we know we can’t handle on our own.

  • UPDATED PRICE on Kindle ($6.59) and Nook  ($6.79)  Where Treasure Hides by Johnnie Alexander Donley.  It’s not $1.99 any longer, but if you do like to buy books for your e-reader this is a good price and was a very good book.  

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Free E-Books – February 13, 2013

I was expecting some “love stories” today, but instead I found two Christmas novels.  So, tuck them back in your e-reader for Christmas 2013!

  • NO LONGER FREE (2-18-13) FREE on Kindle and Nook:  A Wild Goose Chase Christmas (Quilts of Love Series) by Jennifer AlLee
  • NO LONGER FREE (2-18-13) FREE on Kindle and Nook:  Blame It On The Mistletoe (A Novel of Bright’s Pond #4) by Joyce Magnin.  Over the past  year or two I have been able to download all four books on my Kindle for free.  So, if this sounds like something you would want to read, don’t let it being “Book 4” stop you.  Go ahead and get it now while it’s free and maybe during this coming year the others will be offered as free downloads.

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Free E-Books – February 12, 2013

Here are three free e-book downloads for you today.  You can click on the e-reader and be taken directly to the website to download to your e-reader.  You can also click on the authors name and you will be directed to their website for more information.  Remember, these books may not be free tomorrow.

  • NO LONGER FREE (2-18-13) FREE on Kindle and Nook:  The 4 Seasons of Marriage by Gary Chapman.  I posted this book on February 10th and it was only free on Nook, now it is free on Kindle!
  • NO LONGER FREE (2-18-13) FREE on Kindle:  Let Them Eat Cake (French Twist #1) by Sandra Byrd.  I’ve never heard of this author, but there were some good reviews from readers like you and me and also from some great Christian authors.  So I’m going to give this book a try.
  • NO LONGER FREE (2-13-13) FREE on Kindle and Nook:  Devotions for Lent: Meditations Based on Best-Loved Hymns by Robert J. Morgan.  Mr. Morgan wrote the Then Sings My Soul #1, #2, #3 books and I’m looking forward to reading this devotional.  As a Baptist, our church has never celebrated Lent, but I think this will be a neat book to read.

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Free E-Books – February 11, 2013

Here are two free e-books for you today.  Remember to download them today because they may not be free tomorrow.  Click on the e-reader to be taken directly to the site to download your book.  You can also click on the author’s name and you will be taken to their website and you can read about them and other books they have written.

  • FREE on Kindle and  Nook:   A Hope Undaunted (Winds of Change #1) by Julie Lessman
  • NO LONGER FREE (2-13-13) FREE on Kindle and Nook:  False Pretenses (Secrets of Roux River Bayou #1) by Kathy Herman.  I have read this entire series and it’s VERY good.  We have the complete series in the Media Center.

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Free E-Books – February 10, 2013

Sorry to send so many posts today, but I just found out about another good freebie.  I’ve read the entire Angel Delaney Mystery series and it’s a very good police suspense.

  • FREE on Kindle and Nook:  Deadly Aim (Angel Delaney Mysteries #1) by Patricia H. Rushford (you can buy or check out from your local library the rest of the series: Dying to Kill #2, As Good as Dead #3)
  • NO LONGER FREE (2-18-13) FREE on Kindle:  Roanoke (The Keepers of the Ring #1) by Angela Hunt.  I haven’t read this series, but I thought since it was free I would go ahead and list it for you.  I have read other books by Angela Hunt and some were good and this one has some good reviews.  There are a total of 5 books in this series:  Jamestown #2, Hartford #3, Rehoboth #4, Charles Towne #5.

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