Sweatpants & Books | Free & Cheap Reads 7/2/17   
Our latest edition of Free & Cheap Reads includes best selling authors Stephen King and Alice Hoffman. Covenant of Muirwood (3 Book Series) by Jeff Wheeler  $6.00 From Book 1: In a world full of magic and mystery, eighteen-year-old Maia is the exiled princess of Comoros and rightful heir to the throne. Forced to live as a servant in her enemy’s home, Maia flees her captors and begins a perilous quest to save her people. To survive, she must use magic she has learned in secret—despite the fact that women are forbidden to control it. Hunted by enemies at every turn, Maia realizes that danger lurks within her, too. Her powers threaten to steal not only her consciousness but also her sense of right and wrong. Can she set herself free and save the realm she loves—even if her people have forgotten her? In bestselling author Jeff Wheeler’s fantasy epic, the answer may be only the beginning to Maia’s journey throughout the mystical land of Muirwood. The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel $2.99 As America’s Mercury Seven astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, television cameras focused on the brave smiles of their young wives. Overnight, these women were transformed [...]
          A Time for Independence   

America isn’t the only country having a birthday this week. It turns out July has historically been a hot time for independence. Here’s a sampling of nations celebrating their special days, and this doesn’t even count at least ten other countries whose birthdays fall later in the month.
Algeria, July 5, 1962, from France
Argentina, July 9, 1866, from Spain
Burundi, July 1, 1962, from Belgium
Canada, July 1, 1867. Now a member of the British Commonwealth
Cape Verde, July 5, 1975, from Portugal
Comoros, July 6, 1975, from France
Malawi, July 6, 1964. Now a member of the British Commonwealth
Rwanda, July 1, 1962, from Belgium
Solomon Islands, July 7, 1978. Now a member of the British Commonwealth
Somalia, July 1, 1960, joining together the Trust Territory of Somalia                        (formerly Italian Somaliland) and British Somaliland
Venezuela, July 5, 1811, from Spain
And for those blog readers here in the U.S., there's a date in the course of human events that none of us forget:
United States of America, July 4, 1776, from Britian