Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Giveaways: LibraryThing

LibraryThing Giveaways # 1 for February 2013-

Poisoned Pawn, The Fall of the Altairan Empire, Book III 

 Dace and Jasyn have everything they ever wanted - their own trading ship and freedom.

Their only issue, regulations require a second pilot and the only one available on Viya Station is a little too perfect for Dace's comfort. But his credentials check out and everything seems fine.

Until Dace disappears and Jasyn learns the truth.


A Political Thriller That Could Just Be True...

When a conspiracy theorist cop stumbles upon the secret society responsible for the assassinations of Lincoln and Kennedy, he becomes convinced that they now have the newly elected President squarely in their cross-hairs. But with the clock ticking and danger lurking around every corner, the truth proves to be much closer to him than he ever imagined.

This novella, a political thriller, will suit anyone that loves conspiracies.





(Some of the books below explains I mean it when I say I read 'everything'!)

Free Stuff Everyday

From cosmetics to gadgets, food to fashion, Mike Essex is an expert at convincing brands big and small to send him freebies. "Free Stuff Everyday" is Essex's simple step by step guide on how you can do this too. He also details why this is great for brands and how they can build their relationships with customers by giving stuff away. Whether you are a curious consumer or a brand looking for PR, Essex has a solution for everyone. "Free Stuff Everyday" is a simple guide for anyone interested in free stuff, with 90 examples all from his own experience






The Road to Fluffer

Darrell Steiner is a middle-aged music journalist caught between his magazine's corporate takeover and a disintegrating marriage. Forced to prove his relevance in an ever-changing music industry, he is assigned to cover a small-time heavy metal band, Numb Skull, for an ill-fated tour through the Midwest. Numb Skull's music is loud, their lyrics pedestrian, and their dreams of the wild rock and roll life drive every decision. Darrell, however, begins to see the assignment as the death knell of his career, helpless on the road while his wife shacks up with his brother.

The makers of Fluffer, the adult energy drink, have gotten into the music business, culminating in the annual Fluffer Music Festival in Chicago. Numb Skull has earned a slot to play at the festival but the band struggles to keep the tour from derailing after a series of mishaps, while Darrell wrestles with his personal and professional lives, finding himself both burdened and sheltered by the road.

The Complete Monster Exchange Program

In The Monster Exchange Program, a short story collection written by Terri Bogard and illustrated by Andi Bogard, the reader is transported to a high school in the near future where witches, robots, sirens and werewolves mingle in the school hallways. The result? Equal parts humor, horror, hormones and high school.

This book contains all 10 issues of the Monster Exchange Program
Three full stories by special guest authors Andi Bogard, Melody Joseph, and Hope Sullivan McMickle
Three bonus "shorts"




Zane swore as a child to someday protect all of the odd people in the world. He studied chameleons and muscle groups as he taught himself to alter his own appearance, and it turned out that skills for blending were very helpful to a young boy too smart and too different to fit in well.

But as an adult, things have changed. Zane finds that he now just wants to be himself. He gets a degree in neuroscience to understand abilities that even he recognizes as astonishing. Worst of all, he is fast discovering that everyone is odd. He hadn’t counted on that.

When he lands in the sales department of Penthes Pharmaceuticals, he begins to uncover layers of corporate secrets that ultimately will hide surprisingly vile plans. Sent on a sales boondoggle to the South Pacific, he finds others with talents as surprising as his own and with problems far worse. As his new friends flee the malicious schemes of those who would control them, Zane wants to help. Their freedom-loving philosophy of y1 calls to him.

But first, he must deal with a murder charge. And an unsavory boot camp manager. And serious repercussions from the fact that not everyone at Penthes likes him, or wants him to knows the mysteries that the company has worked so hard to keep hidden.

Can he help them all? Can he even help himself? Fantasy, reality and a bit of speculative science come together as Zane uses all the unique abilities he has to resist turning from a murder suspect into a murder victim. Then he has to sort out just how to keep that childhood promise.


What if you could do far more than you realize? What if you could do things that others would consider impossible? Meet Alex Zeitman. An injury ended his hopeful basketball career decades ago and today he coaches, teaches physics, and parents three talented quirky children alongside his rather odd wife Lola. His country school has a long history with organized hate groups and a sad tradition of bigotry, and the recent influx of Latino immigrants has brought out new intolerance. But when the administration itself looks like it wants to turn the clock backwards to an era of white supremacy, Alex can no longer sit idle.
An old friend from his own high school days reappears along with an ancient Maya mystery that Alex is uniquely qualified to help solve, and suddenly Alex has his hands full. The past and present intertwine as both sets of issues force Alex to come to terms with the tempo altering talents that he thought that he left behind years ago on a basketball court. As he and his family find themselves in danger, Alex struggles to control his special temporal abilities before legacies from long ago harm those he loves, and before his own era loses a rare opportunity to bridge the past and the future.

Magic Tricks - 50 Simple, Fun and Quick Tricks  (How To Be the Life of the Party series)

Our goal in this "How To Be the Life of the Party" series is to provide you with the basic essentials for doing just that --- having fun with those that are around you.

Having fun doesn't have to be difficult. You can have fun in many ways but one of the easiest ways to do this is by challenging your friends with a simple and enjoyable trick or two, and that is where this ebook comes in.

The tricks in this ebook were purposely selected to accomplish three things. They had to be easy to do, they had to be fun and challenging, and they had to use something that you would find at a party or at a dinner in a fancy restaurant (or have on you, like a deck of cards. Other tricks use bottles, napkins, coins, paper money, straws, bread, utensils and more).

As an example of the fun you might have, learn the The Impossible (and Impassable) Corks. This trick baffles just about everyone that it is shown to. In fact, you can actually show the people how to do it and they, still, won't be able to do it. This trick has even stumped Ph D's in engineering for hours.

These tricks are rated so that you will know how difficult they will be to learn. Over three quarters of the tricks can actually be learned in 5 minutes or less, but there is only one trick which takes 15 minutes to master. This one trick is one that you will love and will certainly amaze those with you. It involves balancing a coin on the edge of a dollar bill.

If you want something less challenging, read about how to levitate a cup. We guarantee you that as soon as you are done reading the trick you WILL be able to make that cup float.

If that trick isn't enough, learn how to call a coin flip, correctly, one hundred percent o f the time. Again those around you will never guess how this trick is done either.

What more can we say, if you want to get people laughing and talking at your next party or dinner just learn a bunch of easy and fun tricks, and the simplest way to do that is to get the book entitled Magic Tricks -- 50 Simple, Fun and Quick Tricks.

Eyes of Diamond, Hair of Gold  (Allison Newberry Mysteries) (Volume 2)

Having finally returned from her first case, Detective Allison Newberry is immediately sent on to her next: the murder of a famed inventor. But she won't be solving this one alone. Another detective, the opinionated and unlikable Alistair Mooney, has been sent along as her assistant.

The murdered inventor, Gregory Williams, had surrounded himself with a technological world filled with his own creations, even going so far as to build a fake town to act as the outward expression of his personal obsessions. The few who live in the town full-time were utterly devoted to him, even as they despised each other, making it difficult to determine who might have committed the crime. 

However, it is not the people or the town that make this case so bizarre. Living within the walls of the house are dozens of automatons, mechanical servants who will never grow tired and will never complain about any orders they're given. One automaton in particular, Maximilian, is far more advanced than any of the others, and even possesses the ability to speak in the voice of his creator.

Allison is suspicious of him, Alistair despises him, but it is not Maximilian that poses the greatest threat to all those gather for the funeral, but rather it is Gregory Williams himself... 

No Matter The Reality

A few moments with a stranger at a random stop, a sleeve of photographs, a small moment taken for granted with a loved one. Small objects, small moments, all leading to deeply felt change. This is the hub of "No Matter the Reality."
This collection of three short stories revolves around the little things. Even though these stories are in the middle of big events, they seek to be small in scale and in time to draw attention to how little things make a big impact.


Nothing Ventured 

Molly Malone is obsessed with putting herself on the map by building a prestigious housing development. All she needs to get started is a very large wad of cash. Romance is about the last thing she would ever pencil into her overflowing diary until she encounters the breathtakingly handsome Paul Farnsworth, front man for a group of investors who might back Molly’s project.






Unfolding Dreams 

On January 1, 1992, carpenter Mario Houle and geography student Patrice Boyer embarked on a journey, planning to cross North, Central and South America in a self-initiated campaign called Green Light to Rio. Their plan was to raise awareness about environmental issues that concerned them personally.

Thousands of signatures, slogans, petitions, poems and messages of hope were collected on a giant wooden postcard painted by Patrice, and eventually got delivered to the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 1992. This conference, also called the Earth Summit, was unprecedented,
as this was the first time in history where political leaders committed to tackling global environmental problems by involving local communities.

The campaign visited 34 Canadian Universities, colleges and organizations from coast to coast. When Patrice decided to leave the project, Mario remained determined to complete the envisioned journey through the Americas to Rio de Janeiro. Harry Kessels traveled from Edmonton to join Mario in completing the mission. In a race against the clock with almost
no funds and against all odds the new team made it in time, just before the end of the Summit. After traveling roughly the equivalent of the earth’s circumference, the giant postcard was displayed during the final days of the Global Forum as part of the Earth Summit. Then it mysteriously disappeared, and was never seen again.

In its course, Green Light to Rio evolved from an awareness and appreciation of nature into environmental activism at grassroots level, naturally progressing into the journey of a lifetime.

Twenty years later, along with the Rio+20 Conference, a mural called We Are All One was created by an international group of renowned visual artists. Addressing the Rio+20 theme The Future We Want the mural began traveling in 2012 and will continue through multiple countries, reviving the question: ‘What is your dream for the future of our earth? 

Zen of Hoarding- 108 offerings for deciding what you own

Zen of Hoarding is infused with light spiritual wisdom, offered in 108 manageable pieces for reflection. Each offering provides a thought for meditation as we unravel the mysteries behind our habits of hoarding. It strips the label and unearths what lies at the heart of our decisions regarding things.

Saira Priest reveals the emotions behind the things we hold onto long after we are done with them, and gently nudges us along as we find the courage to let go. In her journey with hoarding, Saira found lasting ways to clear the clutter and change her habits to live a clearer, easier life, freeing up time to do all the exciting things which define to her what it truly means to be alive. You can reclaim your life, too. Reading Zen of Hoarding will help. Feel a stronger connection with yourself as a kind friend walks hand in hand with you along the path to finding your better self under all the clutter.

Whether you have habits of hoarding or you are a loved one struggling to understand and help someone else who does - either way - Zen of Hoarding is a gift.

See SPECIAL offers through official website only! E-book available for immediate download. Great book for getting a jump on your spring cleaning. Get your copy now.

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