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Free (Kindle) Ghoul by Marc Alexander [Archaeological Tomb Escape Pulp Action Horror]

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:38:01 GMT

*Ghoul* by New Zealander author Marc Alexander (ISFDB (, SFE ( is his vintage standalone horror adventure thriller novel, involving an archaeological expedition in a fictitious Middle Eastern country gone terribly wrong as they inadvertently awaken terrible things best left undisturbed and must survive long enough to make their way out of a tomb turned deathtrap, as you do, free courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press' Venture imprint, who are e-printing it from 1980 edition originally out from Hamlyn using his Mark Ronson pseudonym. NB: the customer reviews liken this to a James Bond-style action thriller, only with a horror twist, if that sort of Indiana Jones/Allan Quatermain-ish style of pulp adventure is your thing. :skull: :whip: Currently free @ Amazon ( (available to Canadians & in the UK ( and pretty much everywhere else that Amazon sells worldwide, since this is being done via their KDP Select exclusive-or-else program) *Description* A gruesome horror lurks in the dark… Twenty-five centuries after its entrance was sealed, an ancient tomb in the fearsome Valley of the Jinn has been uncovered by an earthquake. Soon afterwards a nearby graveyard is desecrated, and horribly mauled bodies are found. The mutilation is assumed to be the work of wild beasts, and no one dreams that the archaeologists opening the tomb are moving into terrible danger. But they will soon learn how wrong they are… Lurking in the maze of tunnels and caves is a foul creature whose evil has survived for thousands of years, its age-old hunger newly awakened. Only a legendary piece of treasure has the power to protect them… Will they make it out of the tomb alive? Or will the Ghoul add more corpses to its tomb of dead trophies? Ghoul is a gripping horror novel, a fast paced adventure filled with ancient mysteries and terrifying discoveries. It was previously published under the pseudonym Mark Ronson.

Free (nook/Kindle/ePub) Proof [Xtian Sleuth vs Evidence Forensic Crime Thriller]

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:16:57 GMT

*Proof* by Jordyn Redwood is the 1st novel in her Bloodlines Trilogy of medical crime thrillers, this installment a forensic one where a physician attempts to gather sufficient proof to convict her rapist after DNA testing clears him as a suspect (incidentally, I'm just going to mention that DNA evidence or the lack thereof is not incontrovertible as TV shows would like you to believe, and is subject to contamination, misprocessing, false positives and negatives, etc., and it's a shoddy case which makes it the sole linchpin for evaluating a suspect and I certainly hope the author, whose bio-blurb says that she is an ER and ICU nurse, took that into account), free courtesy of Christian publisher Kregel. This has previously been offered free in 2012. NB: apparently, this story is a heavily "inspirational" one which may contain conversion and hinted-miracle elements, according to the customer reviews. YMMV on whether you like that sort of thing. :devil: :pray: Currently free, probably just for one day @ B&N (, Amazon ( (available to Canadians & in the UK ( & Google Play ( (available to Canadians) *Description* Dr. Lilly Reeves is a young, accomplished ER physician with her whole life ahead of her. But that life instantly changes when she becomes the fifth victim of a serial rapist. Believing it’s the only way to recover her reputation and secure peace for herself, Lilly sets out to find--and punish--her assailant. Sporting a mysterious tattoo and unusually colored eyes, the rapist should be easy to identify. He even leaves what police would consider solid evidence. But when Lilly believes she has found him, DNA testing clears him as a suspect. How can she prove he is guilty if science says he is not?

Sheri S Tepper has died

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:02:32 GMT

According to she died on Saturday, aged 87.

Free (nook/Kindle) Life Creative [Xtian Motherhood DIY Self-Care Management Advice]

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:00:20 GMT

*Life Creative: Inspiration for Today's Renaissance Mom* by Wendy Speake & Kelli Stuart is is their inspirational self-help guide for encouraging artistic and hobbyist mothers to manage a balance between taking care of their families and pursuing their own creative endeavours, free courtesy of Christian publisher Kregel. Currently free, probably just for one day @ B&N (, Amazon ( (geo-restricted to US-only). Price-drop-check linkage for Google Play (, where sometimes these also go free in the US. *Description* A celebration of motherhood, creativity, and the faith that binds them In our Pinterest age of handcrafted children's parties, artistic Instagram photos, tutorials for renovating old furniture into new treasures, and blogs filled with poetry, prose, and other creative expression, it is clear that a brand-new generation of creative women is rising up. It is a renaissance born not in Italian cathedrals or Harlem jazz clubs but in kitchens and nurseries and living rooms around the world. But when Christian women become mothers, they often feel expected to lay down their creative pursuits in order to properly parent. Wendy Speake and Kelli Stuart know that struggle. While they acknowledge that some seasons of mothering require setting artistic pursuits aside, they also argue that these seasons don't have to last until empty nest time. Instead, mothers with creative gifts are called to actively use them in order to bless their families, their communities, and everyone they encounter. Inspiring and encouraging, Life Creative celebrates the ways mothers can live their art in the midst of their mothering. They tell the stories of women such as author and speaker Angie Smith, recording artist Ellie Holcomb, and jewelry designer Lisa Leonard who do just that. By following God's leading to embrace His gifts, renaissance moms can model the joy of obedience for their families.

Free (nook/Kindle/Kobo/iTunes) Not So Fast [Xtian De-Stressing Lifestyle Self-Help]

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:48:08 GMT

*Not So Fast: Slow-Down Solutions for Frenzied Families* by Ann Kroeker is is her de-stressing lifestyle advice guide, geared especially towards families, free courtesy of Christian publisher David C. Cook. This has previously been offered free in 2013. Currently free, probably just for the next couple of days @ B&N (, Amazon ( (available to Canadians & in the UK (, iTunes ( & Kobo ( (both available to Canadians), ChristianBook (|1000449) (DRM-free ePub available to selected countries, if they get around to offering downloads for the freebies again), and might also be free at other retailers listed on the publisher's webcatalogue page ( Price-drop-check linkage for Google Play (, where sometimes these things also go free, but apparently not this time around in Canada. *Description* We're raising our kids in a high-speed, high-pressured, 24/7 world. Pushing children to get ahead, we cram everything possible into our days to maximize their chance at success. We're overloaded, overextended, overcommitted, and over-caffeinated. And we're paying a price: Our relationships are anemic; our health, in jeopardy. Half-awake and half-hearted, we can't sustain this pace. But how can we possibly downshift without missing out? Not So Fast: Slow-Down Solutions for Frenzied Families explores the jarring effects of our over committed culture and offers refreshing alternatives. Author Ann Kroeker relates her own story of how embracing a slower everyday pace resulted in a more meaningful family and spiritual life. Practical ideas and insight will spark creativity and personal reflection. Plus, ponder real-life stories from parents who chucked the high-speed lifestyle and reaped the rewards of richer relationships. Not So Fast offers hope that families struggling with hurried hearts and frantic souls can discover the rejuvenating power of an unrushed life.

iOS 10.1 has been released

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:35:42 GMT

iOS 10.1 has been released: ---Quote--- This update includes Portrait Camera for iPhone 7 Plus (beta), transit directions for Japan, stability improvements and bug fixes. ---End Quote---

duplicates on hard drive

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:04:34 GMT

Hi: Can use help. My hard drive has many, many duplicate directories, and mostly, but not always, duplicate book formats taking up much valuable space. Here is an example: calibre library->author Good up to here. Then, Under the author we have three directories for the same book title (spelled identically) however each directory/book title is followed by a number in parenthesis for example: book title (1) book title (4) book title (8) I assume this number has reference to adding the book multiple times, however I do use the duplicate plug in then delete dups using delete within Calibre. Looking in each of the three directories, the first only has a file named metadata.opf, the second and third directories have four files: a cover, the same metadata file, and a book file in a epub and mobi format. The duplicate book title directories are present for the vast majority of author directories with titles duplicated two, sometimes three times. I do not edit the calibre library directory in explorer, and no longer run Calibre on different machines using the same Calibre library which is on a windows shared drive, just not being used by calibre simultaneously. When this happened previously, the only solution I could find was closing Calibre, renaming the library directory and using add books to a new calibre library. As info, I have in configuration the option to check for duplicates. What could be causing this and is there a better way to fix other than creating the library from scratch? Very much appreciate help! Regards, Larry

Can'r convert PDF

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:48:33 GMT

I'm using Calibre 1.48 on Windows XP. When I try to convert a PDF, I get the error message Failed:Convert Book 1 of 1 ([name]). The detail has the following error at the end: IOError: [Errno 13] Permission denied: u'C:\\DOCUME~1\\Ed\\LOCALS~1\\Temp\\calibre_qvyjur\\t8yutd_plumber\\index.html' Can anyone help please?

K4 Position and/or page number

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:12:19 GMT

Hello.. I've searched in the forum for this but I haven't found anything. In k4 I have a progress bar and a percentage on the bottom of the page permanently. When I press menu button I also have position (relative/total) and number page (relative/total). Is there a hack or something similar that I can use to view -permanently- position counter and page number without press menu button? Thanks in advance.


Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:53:06 GMT

Hello everybody. I'm from Spain. Regards. :)

Other Fiction Kurz, Isolde: Der Caliban. V1. [German] 24.10.2016

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:48:55 GMT

Dass *Isolde Kurz* ( an etwas seltsamen Charakteren ein besonderes Interesse hat, zeigen u.a. ihre "Italienischen Erzählungen" (, wobei sie sich auch gern mit der Psychologie ›bildungsferner‹ Individuen befasst. Um einen solchen Charakter geht es auch in *"Der Caliban"*; es handelt sich um den 16jährigen Stiefneffen der eigentlichen Hauptfigur. Seine Benennung hat er von seinem Vater, der ihn hasst und geradezu seinen Tod wünscht. Caliban, das ist der Sklave des weisen Zauberers Prospero in Shakespeares "Der Sturm"; er steht für die wilde, unzähmbare Natur, hinter welcher der Kultivierte allerdings dessen beachtenswerte Fähigkeiten nicht wahrzunehmen versteht. Anders die weibliche Hauptfigur des Romans, eine Opernsängerin, die in eine künstlerische und menschliche Krise geraten ist und den Ausweg in einem Aufenthalt in den Dolomiten sucht; dabei lernt sie den "Caliban", den Stiefsohn ihrer Schwester kennen ... Ein ungewöhnlicher und durchaus bemerkenswerter Kurzroman (im Original 196 Seiten), der in der künstlerischen, besonders sprachlichen Verarbeitung vielleicht ein wenig zu wünschen lässt, aber das Zusammenwirken der Bergwelt mit den menschlichen Problemen der Figuren doch gut ins Bild bringt. Der Text wurde gewonnen über den eigenen Scan der Erstausgabe von 1925, der mit trainiertem OCR plus Korrekturlesung digitalisiert wurde; das Cover bildet den originalen Buchdeckel dieser Ausgabe ab. Der Text enthält in der Normalfassung die Seitenzahlen der Originalausgabe. In der NoPages-Fassung können, wie gewohnt, bei Bedarf die Seitenzahlen sichtbar gemacht werden.

Kobo Sideloaded Font Weights

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:09:57 GMT

So I got my Kobo Glo HD working perfectly: syncing Calibre tags as collections, syncing notes & annotations, Kobo full screen mode, creating KEPUBs to open some of the extra features, and side loaded a couple of fonts I like. Thanks to the open source community for Calibre and these great plugins! However, the Kobo rendered my side-loaded fonts a bit on the light side and didn't have a UI to adjust the weight like it does for the built-in fonts. But I found a way to make the Kobo render sideloaded fonts with any weight - it's just not in the UI. Connect the Kobo to your PC via USB, open it like a drive and edit the .conf file in the Kobo directory. Find the section listing font weights and sharpness. Add a line specifying a weight for your side-loaded font, following the format of the surrounding lines. The default weight Kobo uses seems to be around 0.06; the range 0.1 to 0.2 seems ideal for most fonts, but you can go up to around 0.8. PS the config file also has a sharpness setting for each font. There is no UI for this, so it looks like something the Kobo sets automatically based on the weight. I added lines to the config file to try different sharpnesses for sideloaded fonts. I didn't see any difference, even under a magnifying glass, so I removed these lines. Perhaps the sharpness setting might make a difference on other fonts, or at more extreme size or weight settings?

Problems with WIFI and touchscreen

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:04:36 GMT

It happens something strange with the wifi and the touchscreen on my C67ML. WIFI ISSUE: If the source of the wifi is a normal house/bar/library connection or comes from android 4.4 everything goes well, but if the source is from a android 5 or 6 I have problems with the stability of the data transfer. What it means is I have no problem seeing and connecting to the network, and even no problems surfing, but it arrive a moment when the pages stops charging. Then I have to disconnect the wifi and connect it again, and then works, but sonner or later will happen again. Any idea? TOUCHSCREEN ISSUE: It stops to recognize my finger pased 2 seconds (aprox). That don't let me select text. Any idea? My firmware is 1.7.5. Thanks!

How to copy book annotations from one Kindle to another?

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:29:42 GMT

Is there any way to copy annotations (bookmarks, highlights, notes etc.) from a book on one Kindle to the same book on another Kindle?

Reading music?

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:31:58 GMT

Do you prefer reading with or without? If you do what type of music do you usually pair with your reading?