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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Free Books Available Feb 21, 2013

The second Preparedness Fair is this coming Saturday! (although it will go live tomorrow night).

THANK YOU SO MUCH to those hardy souls who braved the world of the brand new blog hop to share!  :D  Your posts were very inspiring and helpful.

Would the rest of you consider posting something also?

The Fair is looking for posts about personal and family disaster or hard times preparedness.
--What have you done lately to prepare yourself or your family for possible societal or economical difficulties, or extreme disaster?  Please share some of those things.
--Do you have a specific knowledge or skill that is particularly self-reliant?  Share a how-to.
--How have you dealt with family members who are uninterested?
--The possibilities go on and on...

I'm giving an extra day's notice, because I really need your help with something else too!

--Can you think of someone who might have a preparedness blog or who might be interested in writing a post that they could share here?
--Do you belong to a Facebook group about homesteading and survivalism?
--An internet community or forum on preparedness?
--Would you be willing to share about this so that we can get this buzzing a bit?

Please, would you grab the code for the button that's now on the bottom of the left sidebar, and paste it into the html of a blog post or forum post, or copy and save the picture below onto your computer to then add into a Facebook post with a link\?. Or just write something and add a link? It will make the Fairs so much more interesting to have a large number of participants. Thank you!

If you're new here today, or if you want something to copy for helping spread the word, here's the "blurb."

Have you written anything about preparedness? The new Preparedness Fair is happening every Saturday at Prep Utility Vehicle, and would love to have your post included on it! The focus will be on disaster preparedness, and sharing our experiences and insights that might benefit others, or sharing what we've done lately to be more prepared.

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Now back to books.......
Please see above for how to read these books without a Kindle, and the sidebar at left for a quick explanation of this blog. Have fun getting new books! :) May I suggest that you check daily so you don't miss all those available for only 24 hrs. Many of yesterday's books will still be free, so if you missed checking then, it's still worth a visit, as you may pick up some gems that way.
If you are coming here on a later date than February 21, please check the most recent list for today's books: Main Page. (Some of the books below may still be available. Most are free for 1 or 2 days but sometimes they are free longer.)

For the fastest notification of daily posts, please "Like" Prep Utility Vehicle on Facebook. I will post the link to the latest blog post there immediately after publishing it each day. This should help those who have trouble with different readers and email notification being fast enough.

New:  I've added a Q&A tab which is kind of an "About" page.  Please see the tab at the top under the blog heading.

For Fiction, scroll down…
General Self-Sufficiency and Survival

The Camping Guide

Choosing the Best Guard Dogs: 21 Outstanding Advices on Guard Dogs to Protect Your Family and Property
Slightly awkward language (advices?) but see description for long list of topics.

Food, Home, and Farming/Gardening

Garden Imperative
”Part inspiration and part how-to, Garden Imperative takes you through some of the many reasons you need to plant vegetable garden this year. Fresh, organically grown fruits and vegetables are important to improving human health. Tending a garden pays dividends of physical health, improves your mental and spiritual outlook, helps save the environment, and improves national security. If you are looking for reasons to start a garden or lack the knowledge to do so, then Garden Imperative has all the information you need to get started.”
Author “tends a 2,400 square foot organic vegetable garden.”

How To Build A Garden Shed Step By Step Instructions and Plans

Finger Foods; Survival Food for the Inevitable Zombie Apocalypse
humour, cookbook.

See also Hickory Road Ramblings, Essays and Photographs on Life and Gardening, under True Accounts.

Juicing and Drink Recipes Using Apple Cider Vinegar

100 Homebrewing Tips and Hints for Beginners

Funny Woman Guide to Get Organized NOW! or at Least Sometime Before You Die. . .

Farmhouse Kitchen Recipes: Slow Cooking Heaven: Top Recipes From The Slow Cooking, Healthy Eating Cookbook

Simple Crochet - 7 Easy to Crochet Simple Patterns


Benefits of Pine Bark Extract

The 6 Types of ADD: Understanding ADD And The Treatment Options Available

Secrets To Thyroid Health, Immune Boosting Food, Brain Food And Much More: The Ultimate Guide To A Better Health

Pain Relief: The Drug Free Way To Feel Better Fast

Oral Health, Naturally: Homemade Toothpaste and Mouthwash Recipes

Battle for Control: A Memoir of Anorexia, Exercise Bulimia, and Other Compulsions

The Secrets of Echinacea - When You Need an Emergency Boost (Planet Herbs)


Understanding The Criminal Justice System: What to do if Crime Involves Your Own Family, When You Experience Injustice And How To Identify the Different Kinds of Organized Crimes

A Quick Guide to Subliminal Messages

Raising the Social Security Retirement Age and the Law of Unintended Consequences

The Ultimate Political Science Quicklet Bundle (Common Sense, Capitalism and Freedom, With Liberty and Justice for Some)



How to Talk So HE Will Listen...And Listen So He Will Talk

Job Interview Questions & Answers: Your Guide to Winning in Job Interviews

Keep Your Child Safe: How to Setup Parental Controls for the iPadTM, iPhoneTM or iPod TouchTM

Top Tips: Writing a CV/Resume



The Savvy Savers Guide - Reduce Your Outgoings, Make Money, Save Pennies and Still Enjoy the Fabulous Things in Life

Education (Self, Home, School)

SCALES & MODES FOR GUITAR SOLOING: Tools for Improvisation

Peer Pressure Vs. True Friends! Surviving Junior High Vol. 1

Passions, Strengths & Self Esteem! The Extensive Guide! Ages 12-16, Surviving Junior High Vol. 4

Peer Pressure vs. True Friends: Surviving Primary School Vol. 1:

Be Positive! Think Positive! Feel Positive! Surviving Primary School Vol. 2

Malcolm X and Martin Luther King: A Very Brief History

Dangerous Lies We Tell to Children and Ourselves

Three Times Table - Multiplication Cards (Multiplication Cards Series)

Early Reading: Making Story Time Fun, Ways To Reach Struggling Readers And Reading Instruction for All Grade Levels of Reading

Birds Flash Cards (Amazing Flash Cards)
Counting the Apples: A counting book for preschoolers, kindergarteners and 1st graders to learn the basics of counting.
What are they doing? A Book of children's activities pictures for Kindergarten Kids
The Animal Bunch - Volume 2: Learn Numbers (123)
Big and Little - A Beginner Sight Word Book (Dolch Pre-Primer Reading)
Me & You At The Zoo-Picture Book for Preschoolers & Toddlers
123 Puppy Counting Book: A Learning to Count Book With Pictures of Cute Puppies

The Fastest Way To Improve Memory, Master Speed Reading, and Rapidly Increase Your Brain Power

Learning Multiplication: Step By Step Guide On How to Perform Multiplication

Learning Subtraction: Step By Step Guide On How to Perform Subtraction (Fun With Math)

How to Run a Lemonade Stand: Everything a Kid Needs to Know About a Lemonade Stand

Rene Learns Responsibility (Children's Character Structure Series)

Humphrey The Bug Eyed Alien: Adventures In Italy (A Picture Book For Children)

The Happy Gift (Children's Books about Life Lessons) (The Sally Series)
”Sally can't wait for her birthday, especially all of the presents she will receive from her friends and family. But when a friend gets sad at the party, Sally discovers what's really important about the gifts she receives from others.”

How to care for your puppy - for cool kids!

History for Kids: The Illustrated Life of Laura Ingalls Wilder

History for Kids: The Illustrated Lives of Founding Fathers - George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison

how to draw "doug's friends" step by step (how to draw comics and cartoon characters)

Money in simple English
”handy A-Z list of words and idioms associated with money”

Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) Strategies

MPRE Practice Questions

Franklin SAT Vocab Builder: 4058 SAT Words For High SAT Score

More walking tours (the ones listed yesterday are still free, at least a few I checked)
Look Up, Rhode Island! Walking Tours of 12 Towns In The Ocean State
Look Up, San Francisco! 7 Walking Tours in the City By The Bay
Look Up, Chicago! 5 Walking Tours In The Windy City

Silly Monsters ABC. A Silly Monsters Alphabet Book

True Accounts

U.S. Navy/Seabee WWII Recreation & Down-Time Activities

Views from the Hills : an illustrated country diary : Volume 2 : 2012

Hickory Road Ramblings, Essays and Photographs on Life and Gardening

A Lonely Bee in the Land of Flowers
”Jae-Young has just entered nursing school after spending most of his life in a world dominated by men in an all boys’ residence and the Korean army. As he tries to survive the “Land of Flowers” in a classroom full of females, he finds that nursing is not just a career but a humbling profession that reaches people at their most vulnerable time, regardless of gender, culture or ethnicity.”

The Catholics, The Chickens, And Me
”An often funny, often heartbreaking short story about a young man's experience with chicken farming, and his father's alcoholism. The Catholics, The Chickens, And Me will leave you laughing and crying at the same time. … a Poignant glimpse into a troubled yet hilarious past.“

Seizing the Treasure:101 Nuggets to Warm Your Heart
”presents a picture of the progress of history over the past hundred years while drawing the reader in and keeping him/her entertained. Watch the characters as they march to the drumbeat of dust storms, The Depression and hard work and yet find ways to laugh. Thirty five+ pictures. Young Marian Kilpatrick watches from her school house window as Doctor William P. Verity leaves on his healing rounds. She wants to be like him, a woman who can give back bountifully to her community. She holds this dream in a time when dreams other than homemaking were considered inappropriate for young women. This is Marion’s life story and the story of her family. When you read it, you’ll want to write your own.”


Nature Survival, War, and other Hardship

”Based on actual events, Glorieta is the story of Jacob Stark and Adria Carrizo—a couple drawn together amid the chaos of the Civil War. Set thousands of miles from that conflict's better-known battles, Glorieta chronicles the ferocious contest that devastated the Southwestern Frontier. In 1861, Texans invade New Mexico Territory, intending to use it as a base for attacks on Colorado, Utah, and California. However, even a string of early victories cannot conceal the fact that the Confederates have overreached and their advance stalls in Santa Fe. There, …Learning that Jacob and his battered company have vanished into a waterless mountain wasteland, Adria risks everything to save the boy she loves.”

The Snow Leopard
”The saga of one man’s epic struggle to survive during the tumultuous early years of the 13th century as two powerful and aristocratic families—one Russian, one Mongol—are inexorably drawn into bloody conflict, fated to play opposing sides in the creation of the largest empire of the medieval age. Cruelly betrayed while a mere boy by his brother’s vaulting ambition, he eventually overcomes bitter slavery far from his native land, achieving the status of a legendary warrior without peer among his adoptive people. Ultimately forced by tragic circumstances to choose between these two diverse cultures, he must finally decide where his true loyalties lay. “

The Sun, the Moon, and Maybe the Trains
Youth. “…Tess can’t quite believe John’s tale of time travel. Does he really not know what a cell phone is? A car? Indoor plumbing? To convince the girl he’s swiftly falling for that he’s not crazy, John must delve into Tess’s history—his future—and solve the mystery of his hometown’s demise. …”

North Wind Tales (Arctic Series: Books 1 & 2)
Story 1: “…The forced imprisonment, with no light and only Sasha for company, proves to be just the beginning of the most serious challenges to face Jean-Paul in the harsh Arctic environment. Set in the 1930s, this novel is an exciting story of ordeal and courage, of friendship and loyalty.”
Story 2: “Fans of Gary Paulsen, Scott O'Dell, and Jack London will enjoy reading about Inuit culture and building igloos. They will experience fear and danger when they open a sleepy polar bear's den with Jean-Paul and his Inuit friends, and will share a lonely, hazardous dogsled ride across the tundra and through the wilderness.”

Politics, Terrorism, and Intrigue/Conspiracy

The Blade
”While investigating the theft of a 4000-year-old biblical artifact, a federal agent finds herself confronted with an international fugitive who threatens to destroy Las Vegas with a nuclear device if a multi-million-dollar ransom from the casinos is not paid.”

”Ty finds he has stumbled across a plot to launch the worst terrorist attack the world has known, with thousands of lives at risk on the London Underground. Dismissed at every turn by the authorities, it soon becomes clear to Ty that only he and his gang, the Cyberhawks, can prevent the devastating attack…”

The Prophet #3
The Prophet #2 was listed yesterday. ”Adel Al-Shaffir, Egyptian-born, heads an Arabic language ‘activity’ tracking centre at the forefront of hunting down the world’s leading terrorist, Abu Khalish. … Sam Tynnan is convinced that with his latest novel, The Prophet – a unique interweaving of ancient prophecies with current-day Islamic terrorism – he’s written the thriller of the year. But when he finds himself targeted, he realizes that some people are determined to bury what’s he’s written….But as Tynnan’s manuscript starts being played out in real-life with a chain of bomb attacks and his path collides with Al-Shaffir’s, the question begs: could what Tynnan’s written be used to avoid the prophesied Armageddon of his manuscript?...”

An Unlawful Order (The Chase Anderson Series)
“Captain Chase Anderson is a distinguished war veteran, widow, and single mother in charge of Public Affairs at the base in Hawaii. After a Marine-81 helicopter, the very model her husband Stone was flying when he crashed in Afghanistan, goes down five miles off the coast of Oahu, Chase begins to suspect a conspiracy to minimize, even hide, the defects within the Marine-81. Despite threats to her career, Chase follows her hunch, and the search for the truth, a search that implicates everyone from Hawaii to the Pentagon, eventually leads her back to the disturbing truth about Stone and their marriage.”

Collapse, Post-Apocalypse, Speculative Futures

Survivalist by Circumstance - Volume One
Beginning, like a chapter, of a series about a family and surviving the collapse of America. Eventually the author plans to combine all the chapters into a book; until then, each chapter is .99.

Collapse (New America-Book One)
”America is falling, ready to join the Roman Empire as a distant memory in the annals of history. The year is 2027. Tired and desperate, the American people are deep in the middle of The Second Great Depression. The Florida coastline is in ruins from the most powerful hurricane on record; a second just like it is bearing down on the state of Texas. For the first time in history, the Middle East has united as one and amassed the most formidable army the world has seen since the Third Reich. A hidden army of terrorists is on American soil. This is the story of three men: Howard Beck, the world’s richest man, also diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. Richard Dupree, ex-Navy SEAL turned escaped convict. Maxwell Harris, a crippled, burned out Chief of Police of a small Texas town. At first they must fight for their own survival against impossible odds. Finally, the three men must band together to save their beloved country from collapse. BOOK TWO in the New America series, entitled "Resistance" is slated for a summer 2013 release.”

From the Fire III" style="border: none !important; margin: 0px !important;" width="1" />From the Fire II "On April 4th, 2014, 6 billion and 783 million people died in the blinding white fireballs of the Pan-Global Nuclear Holocaust. Sophie Saint-Germain, wife and scientist and mother of one, was not among them. She lived for a time, and so her words endure."
    Part 2 of this series of novellas, all about the above subject.  (#1, From the Fire, was listed recently.  From the Fire III is available, and has been listed before, and the whole trilogy together is $2.99 at From the Fire - Trilogy One (Episodes I-III)

The Apocalypse Journal of Wilmer Augustine Rendon (The 2012 Journals)
“ fast-paced, razor-sharp and intuitive novel about a teenager living in a world overcome by the hype of the 2012 doomsday predictions…Assigned to keep a journal for his required Apocalyptic Studies and Survival Skills (APS) class, Wilmer struggles to keep a level head about his father’s recent death, his mother’s obsession with building a Doomsday bunker, increasingly nutty teachers and a dominating warlord in Africa that seems to be the last, and most certain, sign that the end is near. With an ending that will twist your mind and keep you jittery until December 21st, 2012, The Apocalypse Journal will stick with readers long past the End of Days.”

Above with Sci-Fi or Fantasy Elements

Dystopia withy sci-fi.
”It’s 2098 in the North American Union and biotechnology isn’t creating a better tomorrow, it’s maintaining a cold, dark and bloody today. A crumbling dystopia of breathing buildings and weaponized insects, where corporations rule cities and mercenaries conduct business takeovers at gunpoint. But unless Kirsty Powell can discover what really happened at Arclights nightclub, it’s a future that ends for her in seven days… She knows how to spot malfunctioning livedrives – it’s her job. Their hardware linkages wear out, their wetware components succumb to disease, parasites and age. But to see one notch up a bodycount on a nightclub dancefloor, that’s a first. No one was supposed to see that. Kirsty wishes she hadn't. B-spine is a fast-paced cyberpunk technothriller that pitches an unlikely heroine into an unwinnable battle against the men who control an all-too-believable alternate future. Its combination of biotech weaponry and street-level police procedural plotting makes it a violent, visceral ride – Children of Men meets The Wire.”

Into the Void: Compulsion
”Near the year 3000, mankind has overpopulated Earth to the point where they need to consider extreme alternatives. Arcologies are developed which allow up to a half million people each to live aboard from Earth's orbit for indefinite periods. They create their own food and oxygen, perfectly contained systems which help alleviate the population issues the planet has. This population problem becomes a bigger issue as people start to die by the thousands aboard numerous arcologies and the problem has spread to Arcology 1237 where a poorly armed police force and a mysterious ally will do battle to save a half-million lives from being lost.”

The Enigma of Flexon Vale
”Set in the year 2030, in Raeden Zen's breathtaking satirical debut the reader will be whisked from the early 2020s to the late 1990s. Runaway inflation, cars driven by computers, super-advanced water filtration systems, and a spy system that makes the NSA look like child's play are among the features of America circa 2024. …”


“Imagine that you wake one morning and everything you have come to know is gone. Your home and car, place of business, even loved ones, are all gone. How would you survive? On leave from the U.S. Marine Corps, Jason Black considered himself fortunate the morning an unnatural wind devastated Charlotte, North Carolina. Despite concerns for a distant fiancĂ©, Jason holes up with other survivors in the ruins of a warehouse. Among the survivors, Kelly “Rocky” Cordova is an attractive, thirty something single mother determined to return to her Utah family. With diminishing resources, the survivors send Jason and Rocky in search of civilization and the cause of the mysterious storm. Their dangerous trek leads across a demolished countryside, and into perilous encounters with other survivors. Scrounging daily for food, water, and shelter, they attempt to survive in a world where necessities are luxuries and conflicts might lead to understanding, romance, or death.”

Previous price:$1.99 (according to the book watching program I use)
Current price: $.99

The Last Tribe
“Is it possible for man to create a paradise of his own design? Are primitive cultures more enlightened than our ever-clashing modern world? The Last Tribe, Dr. John Click’s spellbinding thriller, probes these questions and more as humans spanning centuries and locales come together and fall apart in an epic struggle to regain the one precious thing that is forever out of their grasp… paradise. A secret organization calling itself the Brotherhood of the Sign mines for revelations in Israel, that just may destroy God’s divine plan, and wreak havoc on the world. Ruth Starling, Bible translator and missionary to a primitive tribe of Amazonian Indians, feels forced to act on behalf of righteousness if the world is to be saved from annihilation. Rich in history, biblical imagery and plenty of surprises, this suspenseful, searing story poses questions of good and evil, darkness and light in highly inventive, finely crafted verse. It’s certain to engage, intrigue, and captivate anyone who relishes a good read with a thought-provoking religious twist.”

Print List Price:$13.98 Previous digital price:$8.99 (according to the book watching program I use)
Current price: $.99

Just Reading

Never By My Name
”celebrates a relationship a young boy had with his grandfather. It would be while fishing the lakes and streams of North Carolina that he would learm the value of having a grandfather who believed nothing on this earth was more important than their moment. “

Sky of Red Poppies
Very many high reviews. “Sky of Red Poppies begins with a casual friendship between two schoolgirls coming of age in a politically divided 1960's Iran under rule of the Shah. Roya, the daughter of a prominent family, is envious of the fierce independence of her religious classmate Shireen. But Shireen has secrets of her own. Together, Roya and Shireen contend with becoming the women they want to be, and in doing so, make decisions that will cause their tragic undoing. In the unraveling of family secrets, Roya begins to question how she was raised and how to become the person she wishes to be. Set against the backdrop of a nation forced to mute its profound identity, Sky of Red Poppies is a novel about culture, politics and the redeeming power of friendships.”

The Mist on Bronte Moor
Youth. Many high reviews. “Will Heather find her way back to the comforts and conveniences of the twenty-first century? Or will destiny keep her in the harsh world of nineteenth-century Haworth?”

We've Got To Stop That Alien!
”Ben and Hannah keep waking up to find their room is a rubbish dump, but it isn't them who keep making the mess, it's an ALIEN!”

God Loves You. - Chester Blue

God Gave Me You (A Picture Book For Young Children And Their Parents)

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  1. Thanks for posting these free books.
    On Mon, a Jan 2013 post was sent through your RSS feed. Since then, there have been no blog updates through RSS. Thought you might want to know.

  2. Wow, I just finished a long comment to another person with almost the same issue (They posted it under the Q&A page) I'll copy my response here.

    The email subscriptions are handled by Google, I think, (or maybe Feedburner). Unfortunately I have no jurisdiction over them. I am certainly surprised you haven't gotten ANY; I would expect an annoying delay as another reader told me a while ago that they got their emails the next morning. I can only think of things that you've likely thought of yourself already, like they are going into your junk mail folder automatically.

    I found a topic by doing an internet search.!topic/blogger/7GGjtDnISTQ They are suggesting issues like one's spyware, some conflict with AOL.

    I also found this regarding a similar issue in Google Groups some of which may apply to Blogger too: 1. Some obscure setting says "web only" 2. spam or bulk mail folder 3. your email service provider blocking all emails from Google products (Blogger is one) 4. Try subscribing with a different email address, from a different service provider. For more details, see that link.

    Another possibility? For me, certain email subscriptions are set up to go to my gmail address, which is not one I check regularly. Maybe the address it's automatically going to is like that?

    That's all I could come up with for now. I hope one of them helps! Any suggestions from others are welcome also.

    Thank you again.

  3. Thanks for sharing this on The HomeAcre Hop!!! Can't wait to see what you share this coming Thursday :) Here's the super easy link to the next hop!

    If you haven't checked out Wildcrafing Wednesday yet, please do! :) It's a hop I co-host for herbal remedies, natural living, real food recipes, and self sufficient living. Here's the link for tomorrow's hop: