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Free & Cheap Reads, 2/20/15 | Steampunk ABCs, Love & Chocolate, Lowcountry Cooking & Post-Apocalyptic Adventure

This week we bring you chosen ones, post apocalyptic adventure, chocolate and romance (is there any better kind?), a wonderfully rich celebration of Lowcountry cooking from an award winning author, and ABCs in the style of steampunk for those of us who are raising nerdlings. Enjoy!

Bound By ProphecyBound By Prophecy by Melissa Wright by Melissa Wright, FREE

Aern’s only job is to protect the chosen. The trouble is, she’s the key to a prophecy and everyone wants her. Hiding a girl in the center of a secret war is tricky business, but when her sister shows up to take Aern hostage, all bets are off.

A slim brunette in borrowed jeans should be the least of his problems, but there’s something about Emily he just can’t put to rights. And it’s not her penchant for using hand tools as weapons or the fact that she seems immune to his sway.

Everything about her screams run. But when he discovers she’s working toward her own prophecy, he’s got no choice but to keep her safe. It might have been easy, if she didn’t think she was the chosen’s protector. When the opposition descends, their only hope is to stick together, but the truth unravels, and together might prove the biggest complication of them all.

Children of the After: AwakeningChildren Of The After Awakening by Jeremy Lazlo by Jeremy Lazlo, FREE

“The author of this novel skillfully brings characters to life. Three children are placed by their parents in a high rise apartment’s “safe room” to survive the equivalent of a nuclear holocaust. Weeks later, when they emerge amid the wreckage of a ruined Chicago, they are forced to rely upon each other to survive in a strange new world of predatory alien creatures. The strength of this novel is the relationships of the three siblings as they try to survive a hostile and unfamiliar new world…”

-Publisher’s Weekly

It has been six months since their father locked them in the security vault with a promise to return. But he never came back. With supplies running out and vital life support systems failing, Jack, Samantha, and Will have no choice but to ignore their father’s warnings and leave the vault. With no knowledge of what befell the world outside, or what they might expect once the door is opened, they find themselves in a world they do not recognize.

Thrust into the remains of the world they remember, how will they survive on their own, not knowing what or who else remains amongst the ruins?

Love, Chocolate, and BeerLove Chocolate And Beer by Violet Duke by Violet Duke, FREE

“A new must-read series from Violet Duke. Not only will you fall in love with the characters, you’ll fall in love with romance.” –NYT Bestselling Author Kathleen Brooks

Romance has met its most unlikely match-up…

Luke Bradford is a chocolatier on a mission. After moving his chocolate shop, and newly single life, to the quirky town of Cactus Creek, Luke wants nothing more than to devote all his energy into making his business a success–by taking the romance market by storm. But his grand plans get thrown for a loop when he locks horns with the feisty beer-brewing beauty next door who calls his ‘romantic idealism’ a load of fairytale bull. Soon, driving the woman sparking nuts becomes another wickedly fun priority he simply can’t get enough of.

In his defense, she’s addictively easy to incite…and plain impossible to resist.

Beloved local brewmaster Dani Dobson is beyond riled up. It’s bad enough the new shop owner in town comes locked and loaded with both a distractingly rugged charm and sexy flashing dimples, but the whole only-in-the-movies variety of romance he’s selling–the kind her world has been crushed by before–is really doing a number on her allergy to unrealistic clichés. What’s worse, he’s created an annoyingly clever ad campaign that dubs ‘beer joints’ like hers as the “cave where romance goes to hibernate.” The nerve of that man.

Combustible chemistry or not, damn it, this means war. The stakes…very likely, her heart.

Food, Folklore, and Art of Lowcountry Cooking: A Celebration of the Foods, History, and Romance Handed Down from England, Africa, the Caribbean, France, Germany, and Scotland [NOOK Book]Food, Folklore, and Art of Lowcountry Cooking- A Celebration of the Foods, History, and Romance Handed Down from England, Africa, the Caribbean, France, Germany, and Scotland by Joseph Dabney by Joseph Dabney, $0.99 (Also available for Kindle at $0.99)

 Library Journal review:

“Dabney, author of James Beard Cookbook of the Year Smokehouse Ham, Spoon Bread, and Scuppernong Wine, brings together all the elements that make the South Carolina and Georgia Low Country a distinctive region—the food, history, and cultures. Those familiar with Southern food will find favorites such as grits, Hoppin’ John, gumbo, and dumplings. Recipes from famous chefs, like Matt and Ted Lee’s Boiled Peanuts, are also featured. A magnificent feat.”

The perfect gift for Southerners, history lovers, and foodies alike. Discover the secrets of one of the most mysterious, romantic regions in the South: the Lowcountry. James Beard Cookbook of the Year Award-winning author Joe Dabney produces another gem with this comprehensive celebration of Lowcountry cooking. Packed with history, authoritative folklore, photographs, and fascinating sidebars, Dabney takes readers on a tour of the Coastal Plain, including Charleston, Savannah, and Beaufort, the rice plantations, and the sea islands. Includes:

  • Benne Seed Biscuits
  • Sweet Potato Pie
  • Frogmore Stew
  • She Crab Soup
  • Brunswick Stew
  • Hoppin’ John
  • Oyster Purloo
  • Cooter Soup
  • Hags Head Cheese
  • Goobers
  • And much, much more!

Professor Whiskerton Presents Steampunk ABCProfessor Whiskerton presents Steampunk ABC by Lisa Falkenstern by Lisa Falkenstern, $1.99

In Professor Whiskerton Presents Steampunk ABC, two mice dressed in Victorian clothing use gadgets and found objects—each starting with a different letter of the alphabet—to build a fantastic steampunk surprise. A is for anvil; M is for monkey wrench; P is for periscope. Steampunk-inspired elements abound on every page as the mice make use of ordinary household items—spoons, a sardine tin, life-size toothbrushes—to create the letters and, ultimately, the book’s surprise at the end. Young readers will delight in the mice characters and their fantastical creations, while parents will enjoy the celebration of steampunk—making old things new again, the retro/futuristic details, and the emphasis on creativity. With standout illustrations that are both charming and intricate, children and parents alike will want to pore over this story again and again.

 

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