Thursday, June 30, 2011

Finding FREE and Cheap E-Reads

If you are like me and most of everyone else in the country, your budget is tight and the pennies must be counted. For many families entertainment venues have changed to things more practical. One thing that I have rediscovered is reading....I LOVE it. I can not read enough books, but it can get pretty expensive. Before you say, "Well, why not use the library?" Simple.....I'm scatterbrained and I usually forget to take them back leaving me with a hefty fine. So I started looking for good FREE and cheap books for my Nook Color. I was certain that there had to be some out there and began my search. Man did I hit paydirt!!!

My motto is a deal is no fun if not shared with friends who can also enjoy so I'm sharing a list of places for you to search and look so you too can add to your shelves....very inexpensively!


FACEBOOK Many places to find stuff here...just join one of the groups below or "like" the page.

Cheap e-Reads......this is the first place you need to go. "Like" their page and you will see little piggies fill your facebook page throughout the day. These guys work hard and sometimes it seems around the clock to find the deals and freebies. Not only do they have a facebook page but they now have their own blog. (cheapereads.blogspot.com) I also have their blog listed on my page.

Ereader News Today....another great site to "like". They usually spotlight Kindle freebies, but just take those titles and plug them into the B&N search engine to see if they are free there as well. Lots of information on their page too!!

Pixel of Ink...."like" their page and spend some time browsing around. You won't be disappointed.

Nook and Kindle Deals is a FB group that I started when I began finding all of the deals and freebies. We'd love to have you stop by and join. We try to list books for Nook and Kindle, connect people so that they can lend and borrow and share info. Our little group is growing and we really enjoy sharing our love of books.

Another resource that many people don't know about are the B&N Boards. This is a great place for info of ALL kinds. Having problems with your Nook or Nook Color.....look here. Want a book club....look here. Want to find some new friends for your Nook....look here. It is a place that is FULL of anything and everything.
http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/bn/

Three threads that I'd like to highlite:

All things Nookbooks
http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/t5/NOOK-Book-Discussion/bd-p/eBooks

Free Nookbook thread that is dedicated to books that are promoted by publishers for short periods of time.
http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/t5/NOOK-Book-Discussion/Free-NOOKbook-summary-thread-please-no-OT/td-p/713884

A thread that is dedicated to Smashword freebies etc.
http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/t5/NOOK-Book-Discussion/Smashwords-freebies-worth-considering/m-p/866020/message-uid/866020#U866020

A thread that Kristy Haining (one of our FB group members) keeps up that is a must see for deals...I have loaded my shelves with many of her finds.
http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/t5/NOOK-Book-Discussion/Best-Nookbook-bargains/m-p/716026/message-uid/716026#U716026

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Live to Tell by Wendy Corsi Staub

Secrets can scandalize . . .
In a lovely suburban town just north of New York City, the gossip mill runs more efficiently than the commuter-train line. And in every impeccably decorated house, they're talking about Lauren Walsh. They say that nothing could be worse than being abandoned by your husband for another woman. They're wrong .
Secrets can shock . . .
All Lauren wants is to protect her children from the pain of her messy divorce. But when their father goes missing, a case of mistaken identity puts all their lives in danger, and a stealthy predator lurks in the shadows, watching . . . waiting . . .
Secrets can kill . . .
Lauren is about to uncover an unfathomable truth—a truth this cold-blooded mastermind would never let her live to tell . . .

I grabbed this book from B&N for .99 and it is still the same price as well as at Amazon.

When buying a book for .99 or getting one for free you never really know what you're going to get, but I can promise you I got way more than I expected for .99 when I purchased this one. At one point I was driving myself crazy trying to figure out "WHO IS IT???"....for awhile it was really in the air as to who the "bad guy" was. It certainly had me guessing at times and kept me on the edge of my seat!!!

If you like a good easy thriller read.....this would be a great deal to grab!!

In Leah's Wake by Terri Giuliano Long



Protecting their children comes naturally for Zoe and Will Tyler—until their daughter Leah decides to actively destroy her own future.
Leah grew up in a privileged upper-middle class world. Her parents spared no expense for her happiness; she had all-but secured an Ivy League scholarship and a future as a star athlete. Then she met Todd.
Leah’s parents watch helplessly as their daughter falls into a world of drugs, sex, and wild parties. While Will attempts to control his daughter’s every move to prevent her from falling deeper into this dangerous new life, Zoe prefers to give Leah slack in the hope that she may learn from her mistakes. Their divided approach drives their daughter out of their home and a wedge into their marriage.
Twelve-year-old Justine observes Leah’s rebellion from the shadows of their fragmented family. She desperately seeks her big sister’s approval and will do whatever it takes to obtain it. Meanwhile she is left to question whether her parents love her and whether God even knows she exists.
What happens when love just isn’t enough? Who will pay the consequences of Leah’s vagrant lifestyle? Can this broken family survive the destruction left in Leah’s wake?


When I read the synopsis of the book I knew that it was something that I wanted to read. What I did not count on was relating to the characters on so many levels and so extensively. It seemed as if this lady had  been residing in our home and listening to our conversations because at times it was the EXACT situations that we were facing. The characters were so real to me, perhaps, because to some extent I have been living the story that Terri was writing. For once I did not feel so alone in the pain and absolute frustration of being helpless where my child was concerned. For me this was a good thing. This book is one of my personal favorites because I related to the story, but I believe that anyone who has children....especially teenagers...could relate to some degree whether it be because they are experiencing some of the things this family faced or maybe because know friends who are.

I give this one 5 stars and will forever be grateful for having had the opportunity to read it!

So what is your passion?

With our busy, everyday routine most of us never stop to remember those things that drive us. I know that I stay so busy that I don't think about those small things that give me comfort, fill me with pride and get me excited. So today I have vowed that it will stop. I will recognize the people and the things that make me happy and give me purpose. I will stop taking things for granted and I will try....I said try....to live each day as if there is no tommorrow. Today I ask myself...."What is your passion? What are your dreams?"

More than anything in this world I can say that my family is my passion. My children are my reason for living and breathing. As I sit here right now I'm having to remind myself of this as my six year old DIVA is throwing a fit in her room. I love her dearly but would give anything for a MUTE BUTTON......but she is still my passion....my beautiful princess that is growing up faster than I can take. My middle child seems to have transformed over night. Yesterday he was my sweet, mischevious blonde haired baby and now he takes great pride in telling me he is almost a teenager and loves to tell me he has a girlfriend to see me cringe. My nineteen year old...my first child....now grown and on his own. Our relationship once so very close suddenly changed in the blink of an eye three years ago. Sometimes I mourn the loss of my boy...my boy who is still very much alive and breathing and then I tell myself that it's ok. He has to find his way on his own back to the right path. And although I struggle with our situation I pray that he will be stronger for the path that he has taken. My husband...a good man with a golden giving heart has blessed me in more ways than I can count. And it is because my passion for my children and husband is so strong that I love hard and fall hard with them every step. And with that said I have vowed to try and step out of some of the turmoil that we have been experienced and revel in the happiness that can be found in everyday.

On a less serious note.....there are other passions in my life.

Once I was a carefree spender with no real cares in the world. If I wanted it and husband said ok then I got it. I wanted to make sure my kids had it all. That also changed several years ago with the realization of our economic situation. What was going on in the world economically was hitting home personally. It has been a hard transformation, but it was a BLESSING!!! I don't have the material possessions that I once had....the nice home and all the bells and whistles, and can't say I really miss it. I couldn't appreciate it then. Now, I have a nice semi-new car that gets good gas mileage and very reliable. I appreciate that. One day I will have a nice home again. It may not be in a ritzy neighborhood with 2500 sq ft and huge yard, but it will be a place that I will appreciate and make ours. By going through these changes I learned things about priorities and learning to be frugal. So one of my other passions is frugal living and self reliance. I've learned to play the coupon game. I've been able to save money on my groceries and pay bills that I otherwise would have struggled to pay. One day we will be on our feet.

I have rediscovered my love for reading. If you can't budget for a vacation then pick up a book. With a book you can go anywhere and it's free! At Christmas my husband suprised me with a Nook Color and I'm telling you it sits on my Bible by my bed, goes with me in my purse.....It is with me as much as my children. With all of the free books that I have found online it has more than paid for itself.

So the reason for my blog is to examine and share my passions....family, frugal living, coupons and reading.

What are your passions?