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Daily Deals: The Boarding House, Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance and Nintaii

The Boarding HouseThe Boarding House by Sharon Sala is a book which is offered with great discount within today’s daily deals. You can get it just for $1.99.  Compare this price with yesterday: $12.95.

Ellie Wayne does not just live. She survives. New York Times bestselling author Sharon Sala brings emotional intensity to an unforgettable story of survival, empowerment and raw courage. Ellie Wayne has grown up in frightening circumstances, damaged by a sexually abusive father and mentally fragile mother. Scarred and still threatened by a father she hates and fears, Ellie believes her future holds nothing more than danger, shame and secrets . . . until the unspeakable happens, and Ellie is forced to choose. She can claim her life or continue to hide in the shadows.One amazing man might be the miracle worker who can help Ellie see that she has the power to move on with her life, to hope for something more. If she can trust him.Readers will cheer for this amazing woman as she struggles to leave victimhood behind. Sharon Sala is a long time member of Romance Writers of America writing as Sharon Sala and Dinah McCall. She writes romantic suspense, Young Adult, and Women’s Fiction. First published in 1991, she’s a seven-time RITA finalist, winner of the Janet Dailey Award, four-time winner of the Career Achievement award from RT Magazine, five time winner of the National Reader’s Choice Award and five time winner of the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence as well as the Bookseller Best Award. Her books are New York Times, USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly mass market best-sellers. Writing changed her life, her world, and her fate. This summer look for the third book in her Young Adult paranormal mysteries, the Lunatic Ghosts series (My Lunatic Life, The Lunatic Detective) from Bell Bridge Books.

Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to DanceFrank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance by Keith Graves is another book with today’s price $1.99.

When Frank (as in Frankenstein) goes dancing, his lively movements make him fall to pieces, whereupon his previously appreciative audience runs screaming from the theater. A humorous rhyming text immediately engages readers: “Frank was a monster who wanted to dance. I know I could boogie if they gave me a chance. So he put on his hat and his shoes made in France and opened a jar and put on his pants.” In acrylic and colored pencil, Graves’ cartoon-like illustrations, stylistically reminiscent of Lane Smith, extend the text with such details as Frank’s mouse slippers (complete with teeth), a bottle of “Le Smell,” and a box of “Le Shooz.” Graves’ palette (purple-grape, electric blue, and lime-green with cherry-red highlights) makes the details pop without overwhelming the eye. Young listeners will respond to the comedy, the catchy rhythm, and especially the yuck factor induced by Frank’s dancy disintegration.

Newcomer Graves pays generic, goofy homage to Frankenstein and to 1960s-era hot-rod art. He goes heavy on the purple, electric blue and Astroturf green in his polished, nearly 3D compositions of acrylic and colored pencil. Even the hand-lettered text, with its occasional incorporation of worms, bulging eyes, etc., contributes to the expansion of the punchline, which will likely hit primary graders’ funny bones.

In rhyme and gloriously putrid color, we follow Frank the monster as he achieves his dream: “I know I could boogie if they gave me a chance,” he muses, sitting at home in his pants, and proceeds to the theater. The audience loves him, but his head, which looks like an acid-green baseball with a zipper, comes undone, spilling out his purplely brain. The grossed-out audience departs as Frank loses an arm and an eyeball. Just the ticket for a collection that might be leaning too much toward the sweet and proper. This is a close cousin to Boogi Bones, written by Elizabeth Loredo and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes.

Some words about the Author

Keith Graves is the pen name of an alien disguised as a large parakeet. He was last spotted in Texas with his lovely three-eyed wife and twin Martians. This is his second book for earthlings.

 

NintaiiNintaii is a game for you Kindle Fire. Download this game for free today only.

Nintaii is an award-winning and addictive puzzle game that challenges you to outwit a brain-teasing three-D maze with rolling blocks and switches. Roll the block through the labyrinth and drop it into your target.

Nintaii demands persistent concentration. The Japanese term “nintaii” means “patience, perseverance, or endurance.” Do you have the endurance to make it through all 100 game levels?

Product features

  • Award-winning puzzle game
  • 100 brain-teasing levels
  • Eye-popping 3D graphics

State of the Kindle Wrap-Up Before Anticipated Sep 6th Hardware Upgrade Announcement

Amazon has arranged for a September 6th press conference that leaves a lot to the imagination.  The text of the invitation apparently reads, in its entirety, “Please join us for an Amazon Press Conference.”  It will take place at the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica.  That’s really not much to go on.  Still, it is all but a given that the event will show off the latest generation of Kindle products.

About a year ago Amazon released an entirely new set of Kindles.  The Kindle Fire was the centerpiece, of course, but the then-renamed Kindle Keyboard was joined by a new basic Kindle and the Kindle Touch.  The Kindle Fire shook up the entire Android tablet world and changed the game entirely there.  It’s thanks to Amazon that we’re seeing truly useful tablets in the $200 range.

The newer Kindle eReaders did not enjoy as much success.  The basic Kindle is indeed the cheapest and most widely purchased eReader on the market today, being the first to get under the previously impressive $100 mark.  That is about all that has managed to impress people about it, however.  The Kindle Touch is an interesting device and brought a touch interface to the line, but that’s not been enough to really demand attention for a while now.

The speculation about what September 6th will bring for the Kindle is still rather varied despite the event being close at hand.  Based on the information available, however, we can make some fairly safe predictions.

FCC Filings

Using a front company, Amazon seems to have managed approval for new versions of both the Kindle Fire and the Kindle eReader.  This is not unprecedented and the last update to the product line involved three devices registered through three separate front companies in an effort to keep details under wraps.

On August 15th The Digital Reader reported a tip that led them to the new Kindle Fire.  It is less than informative, and certainly not as detailed as many would prefer, but some useful info can be gathered.  Judging from the dimensions, for example, we’re looking at a 4:3 device as opposed to the 16:9 aspect ratio used by most tablet builders.  It’s an interesting choice that may point to this being a larger tablet meant to compete directly with the iPad, since that is the same aspect ratio Apple uses in their own design.

The new Kindle eReader cleared in much the same way on August 21st.  A different front company run through the same corporate services provider registered an “electronic display device”.  While the testing doesn’t indicate a front-lit screen, which would be in keeping with certain delay rumors that have been floating around, it does point to something with both WiFi and 3G access as well as audio capabilities.

This does not mean that there will be no front-lit Kindle.  The three filings mentioned above from last year were all made the day before their official public announcements.  All that this indicates is that there will definitely be a version of the next generation that doesn’t have front-lighting.  Not really a surprise given that the inclusion of such a feature is sure to bump the price compared to unlit alternatives at least slightly.

State Dept Contract Cancellation Reinforces Front-Lighting Rumors?

There will definitely be a front-lit Kindle at some point, regardless of delays and pricing differences.  We know that Amazon is working on producing them thanks to leaks, property acquisitions, and basic reasoning (the light on the Nook Simple Touch is really useful and Amazon would be silly not to make one).

The fact that they have failed to land a proposed $16.5 million no-bid contract with the US State Dept might point to delayed releases.  The initial proposal required 2,500 Kindles with preloaded content and front-lit displays.  Since the document included the indication that the “Amazon Kindle [is] the only e-Reader on the market that meets the Government’s needs”, something came up in the meantime.  Production delays that would result in an inability to meet deadlines are not at all out of the question.

Firedock Trademark

In what will probably turn out to be another preparation for this event, Amazon has managed to grab the trademark for the word Firedock.  That was originally the name for a fairly impressive Kindle Fire accessory concept from Grade Digital Audio that is now going by the name Matchstick.

The Kindle Fire, despite its emphasis on media, is badly in need of affordable accessories.  An official charging station/speaker dock would sell amazingly well and clearly Amazon is aware of that.  The big question is “why didn’t they put something out sooner”, but with luck the wait will have been worth it.  Combined with a potentially larger display, this could completely change the level of utility for the next generation of Kindle Fire.

Nexus 7 and Nook Competition

With all the talk of a Kindle Fire meant to compete with the iPad, it’s easy to forget that the existing model is already enjoying some fairly stiff competition.  Google’s Nexus 7 is quite possibly the best tablet available for $200 right now; no matter what metric you are using.

Despite some supply issues, Google’s 7” tablet is enjoying a deserved surge in popularity.  Between allowing access to the wider world of Android content (including that offered by Amazon) and the more up to date hardware/software combination it ships with, there is little to recommend the existing Kindle Fire by comparison unless Amazon’s home-grown interface is a deeply desired feature.

On the eReader side of things, the Nook is still going fairly strong as well.  While device sales are down according to their most recent quarterly reports, content sales are up and the Nook Simple Touch is still setting the hardware standard.  Given that Barnes & Noble is about to begin extending sales of the Nook to Britain, opening the door to new and as-yet untapped customers, we can’t discount the potential for a sales boom in the Nook’s future.

Sources seem to indicate that there will also be a refresh of the Nook Tablet in the next month or two.  Given how forgettable the Nook Tablet has been in the current generation, despite its superior hardware specs compared to the Kindle Fire, this would initially seem to be a minor issue.  At the same time, though, there was nothing to really complain about with the existing device.  It just didn’t impress by comparison.  Barnes & Noble has invested the time and money necessary to improve things in the meantime and will almost certainly surprise to some degree.  Right now about all we know is that the intention is to have the new model improve the reading experience and show off a revolutionary new display technology of unknown capabilities.

iPad Mini Competition

The long-rumored iPad Mini seems to finally be on the horizon.  While I’m personally still quite skeptical about the existence of such a device, increasingly reliable sources seem to agree that Apple has finally caved in and decided to join the 7” tablet market.  The Kindle Fire, despite being updated, might have trouble competing in that segment should Apple really put serious effort into things.

At the same time, however, the objections that many have cited in the past remain applicable.  Apple is not known for their ability to sell things cheaply.  The least expensive iPad they have sold to date has made the company around a 50% profit at launch.  They will have to accept much smaller margins or furnish far less modern hardware if they are to get device prices down to the $250-300 range that they would need to achieve.  This doesn’t mean it’s not going to happen, but take the rumors with a grain of salt.

Wrap-up

Right now, Kindles are getting hard to come by.  The Kindle Touch is completely out of stock.  You can’t get one in any form, with or without Special Offers and/or 3G access.  The Kindle Keyboard is similarly hard to come by, though the Kindle Keyboard 3G is still around.

Basically anybody buying one of the current generation devices can choose between the $79 Kindle with no real navigation and annotation capabilities and the Kindle Fire.  Unless you think that Amazon is getting people together on the 6th to talk about how they’re cutting back to just two models, it’s fairly obvious where this is going.

We’ll keep you up to date here when solid information as it becomes available.  This is the time when Amazon really has to come up with something big to stay in the tablet market and they aren’t known for disappointing customer expectations.  It’s going to be an interesting announcement.

Daily Deals: The Soldier’s Wife, A Certain Slant of Light and Angry Birds

The Soldier's WifeToday Amazon offers The Soldier’s Wife by Margaret Leroy just for $1.99

A novel full of grand passion and intensity, The Soldier’s Wife asks “What would you do for your family” “What should you do for a stranger” and “What would you do for love”.

As World War II draws closer and closer to Guernsey, Vivienne de la Mare knows that there will be sacrifices to be made. Not just for herself, but for her two young daughters and for her mother-in-law, for whom she cares while her husband is away fighting. What she does not expect is that she will fall in love with one of the enigmatic German soldiers who take up residence in the house next door to her home. As their relationship intensifies, so do the pressures on Vivienne. Food and resources grow scant, and the restrictions placed upon the residents of the island grow with each passing week. Though Vivienne knows the perils of her love affair with Gunther, she believes that she can keep their relationship—and her family—safe. But when she becomes aware of the full brutality of the Occupation, she must decide if she is willing to risk her personal happiness for the life of a stranger.

Some words about the Author

Margaret Leroy has written five previous novels. Her first novel, Trust, was televised in the UK. Postcards from Berlin was a New York Times Notable Book, and Yes, My Darling Daughter was chosen for the summer reading list in O, the Oprah magazine. Margaret is married with two children and lives in London.

A Certain Slant of LightAlso you can get A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb for the same $1.99. This book has positive reviews by readers. Total number of reviews is 214 and average score is 4.4 which is high assessment.

In the class of the high school English teacher she has been haunting, Helen feels them: for the first time in 130 years, human eyes are looking at her. They belong to a boy, a boy who has not seemed remarkable until now. And Helen—terrified, but intrigued—is drawn to him. The fact that he is in a body and she is not presents this unlikely couple with their first challenge. But as the lovers struggle to find a way to be together, they begin to discover the secrets of their former lives and of the young people they come to possess.

Some words about the Author

Laura Whitcomb grew up in Pasadena, California where she lived in a mildly haunted house for 12 years. She has taught English in California and Hawaii. The winner of three Kay Snow Writing Awards, she was once runner up in the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction contest for the best first sentence of the worst science fiction novel never written. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her dog Maximus.

 

Angry Birds (Ad-Free)Yes, hurry up. Today you can download very popular game for free - Angry Birds (Ad-Free)!

It’s Birds vs. Pigs!

Please note: This version requires Wi-Fi to download.

The pigs are hungry and eggs are on the menu; the survival of a flock of friendly, colorful birds is threatened. When the greedy green swine raid the flock’s nest, the unexpected happens: a rage is kindled within the birds that only revenge can quench!

Your job is to help the Angry Birds seek vengeance against the pigs with the help of a finger-powered slingshot, a good dose of strategy, and a bit of luck.

The goal of the game is to catapult each bird toward the pigs, who hide behind a variety of destructible materials. Use each bird’s unique skills to break through crates, boards, stone, ice, snow, glass, boulders, and dynamite to vanquish the devious pigs.

Angry Birds turns 2! Satisfy your sweet tooth with 15 brand new birthday cake levels. Party with the amazing expandable orange bird, and check out the spiffy new menus and graphics. Unwrap special birthday achievements, and as a birthday gift to Angry Birds fans, all episodes are now unlocked.

 

 

Daily Deals: Innocent Monster, The Hiccupotamus and Bubble Ball Pro

Innocent Monster (Moe Prager)Today Amazon offers Innocent Monster (Moe Prager) by Reed Farrel Coleman.

“In Shamus-winner Coleman’s darkly impressive sixth Moe Prager mystery (after 2008′s Empty Ever After), the retired Brooklyn PI takes on a baffling missing person case only because his estranged daughter, Sarah, begs him to help. In the three weeks since art prodigy Sashi Bluntstone, the 11-year-old daughter of Sarah’s childhood friend Candy Castleman, disappeared from a walk on the beach near her Long Island home, the police have found no trace of the girl, who “skyrocketed to prominence at age four when her Abstract Expressionist paintings… began selling for tens of thousands of dollars.” Prager, who encounters a host of ugly characters, including parents Max and Candy, who aren’t telling all they know, and resentful painter Nathan Martyr, becomes increasingly sure that Sashi is dead, but keeps slogging along. His past as a cop, his guilt over his wife’s murder, and his current career as a wine merchant make Prager a complex character well suited to handle a complex mystery.” – Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc.

Some words about the Author

Reed Farrel Coleman’s mysteries starring Moe Prager have won or been nominated for many of the crime fiction world’s biggest awards, including the Edgar, the Shamus, the Barry, and the Anthony. The Moe Prager mysteries were named as part of Maureen Corrigan’s Best Books of 2009.

The HiccupotamusAlso Amazon offers The Hiccupotamus by Aaron Zenz

There was a hippopotamus
who hiccupped quite-a-lotamus.
And every time he got’emus . . .
he’d fall upon his bottomus!

Calamity ensues when an elephant, a centipede, and a rhinoceros try finding a cure for hippo’s colossal case of hiccups. Zenz’s creativity shines through with his use of colored pencil in this off-the-wall read-aloud. HIC! HIC! HIC!

Some words about the Author

Aaron Zenz lives in Spring Lake, Michigan.

 

 

 

 

Bubble Ball ProBubble Ball Pro is a free to download today only.

Try this fun, new physics puzzle game, where you will test your ingenuity and thinking skills to get the bubble to the goal. Use the pieces and powerups provided, and come up with creative solutions! There are two types of pieces, wood and metal. Wood pieces are affected by gravity when you hit Start, while metal ones stay where you placed them. Use powerups to give the bubble speed boosts and even reverse gravity! Don’t like the blue bubble? Make it a different color! Don’t want to start at the beginning? You can skip around to your liking and jump right into the 120 exciting levels. A great game to test your logical thinking skills, and to play whenever you’re bored!

Product Features

  • Challenge your brain with puzzles
  • Enjoy mind-warping physics gameplay
  • Come up with creative solutions
  • Make your own levels at naygames.com/create
  • Get power-ups and move the bubble to the goal

 

Angry Lines Kindle Game

angry lines game coverAngry Lines is a bird-matching game for the e-ink Kindles.  Once upon a time, there were flocks of happy birds living together on a tropical island.  A storm came and scattered them all.  After being separated, the birds got angry, hence the name Angry Lines.

All the player has to do is match up two identical birds: eagles, owls, parrots, and more, in order to advance to the next level.  That sounds simple, until you actually sit down and play the game.

Angry Lines gets challenging pretty quickly.  Not only do you have to match the birds, you have to find a way around the other birds to get to the correct match.  The game is set up like a grid.  As long as there aren’t any birds blocking your path, you can move your bird towards its match both vertically and horizontally.

The graphics are crisp and easy to see.  The birds definitely look angry!  The different kinds of birds are easy to distinguish, but finding matches that are not already paired up adds a new twist.

On the Kindle Touch, you select the bird you want to move, then tap the spot that you want to move it to, then tap that spot again.  It is a bit tedious, but I think it is more straightforward than trying to drag the birds around in one swoop.  The Kindle Touch doesn’t always handle swiping very well.

On the other e-ink Kindles, you can use your toggle button to move the bird to the intended spot. It is a good fit for the simplistic e-ink Kindle platform because it doesn’t require too much action other than maneuvering around.

If you are looking for an inexpensive strategic thinking game that is fun for all ages, Angry Lines is a great one to try.

Daily Deals: Spitfire, My Monster Burrufu and Army Survival Guide

SpitfireToday you can buy 2 books with great discount from Amazon: Spitfire by Annette Sandoval and My Monster Burrufu by Alberto Corral for $1.99 each.

1. Spitfire

Twenty-eight-year-old Tomi Reyes is a documentary filmmaker who moonlights as a receptionist to pay the bills. It’s a pretty easy gig—until she receives an unexpected promotion, and her somewhat interesting life goes totally insane.

For starters, her new boss, Scott Martin, morphs from nice guy into creepy dictator in the space of, like, five seconds. Then Justin Thyme, Tomi’s occasional boyfriend, is found murdered and stuffed inside his refrigerator. Before Tomi can get over the shock, her friend Whim meets the same gruesome fate. Tomi has a sneaking suspicion that new-boss-Scott has a hand in all of this, but the evidence to both of the murders is pointing to her! She is wondering how she’ll look in an orange jumper, when her childhood pal is assigned to the case. Nicholas “Nickels” Turino, is now an FBI agent, and a hot one at that. When the killer starts stalking Tomi—going as far as turning her fridge into her waiting tomb—the not-so-swift hand of justice drives Tomi to act. She sets out to unmask the killer herself or die trying. Seriously underdressed for such a cold-blooded death, Tomi is determined to live.

With its larger-than-life heroine and delightfully sarcastic tone, Spitfire offers readers a refreshing alternative to the ho-hum crime novels crowding today’s bookshelves.

Some words about the Author

Annette Sandoval’s writing is tightly bound to her experience as a Mexican American. She grew up in the barrio neighborhoods of Santa Ana, California, the youngest of five children born to immigrants from Jalisco, Mexico. Her mother named her after Mouseketeer Annette Funicello, wanting one of her children to have an “American” name. She is the author of The Directory of Saints and Homegrown Healing: Traditional Remedies from Mexico, as well as the novel Women Are Like Chickens. Her writing has appeared in national publications and the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and she has been a guest on NPR, CBS, and PBS. She lives today in Northern California.

My Monster Burrufu2. My Monster Burrufu

Seven-year-old Olivia has just moved to a new house—the same house where a lonely monster named Burrufu lives hidden in a secret attic. One night, unable to resist the smell of delicious cookies, Burrufu sneaks out and is discovered by Olivia. The two soon learn that you can find friendship in the most unexpected places.
My Monster Burrufu is a story of fear overcome, a curse, and a most unusual monster who learns from a little girl how to trust his heart.

Some words about the Author

Spanish born Alberto Corral is an animator at DreamWorks Animation Studio whose film credits include titles such as ‘Shrek Forever After’ (2010), ‘Kung Fu Panda 2′ (2011), ‘Madagascar 3′ (2012) and ‘Planet 51′(2009) amongst others.

In 2009, after he moved to Los Angeles, Alberto started to develop other artistic areas such as screenwriting, film directing and in 2011 he published his first novel, My Monster Burrufu.

He currently lives in Glendale, California, where he has already begun working on his second book.

 

Army Survival GuideArmy Survival Guide is a free application to download today only.

You don’t have to join the army to learn how to survive in a world filled with chaos. The Army Survival Guide will help you get through whatever intense situation you might encounter, whether you are caught in the crossfire of a political uprising, preparing for a zombie apocalypse, or merely headed out to the country for a weekend fishing trip.

A Little Knowledge Can Mean the Difference Between Living and Dying

Army Survival Guide is divided among 23 chapters covering a vast range of survival topics. Chapters include Psychology, Shelters, Water Procurement, Dangerous Animals, and Field-Expedient Weapons, Tools, and Equipment. The guide also has sections specific to harsh environments, including Desert Survival, Tropical Survival, Cold Weather Survival, and Sea Survival.

Learn How to Find a Meal… Without Becoming One

Do you know which parts of the Acacia tree are edible? Can you predict an oncoming blizzard by observing the behavior of cirrus clouds? Do you know how to identify a poisonous Brown Recluse spider? Army Survival Guide includes nine appendices that will teach you all of these things and more. Find out which plants have medicinal uses, familiarize yourself with venomous snakes and lizards, and learn how to use ropes and tie knots. A number of photos and illustrations are included.

Survive Any Situation–Internet Not Required

All of the information in Army Survival Guide is stored on your phone, so you can access it even after human civilization has collapsed and the Internet has ceased to exist. Of course, human civilization might be alive and well, and maybe you’re just outside of your phone’s coverage area. Additionally, there is a handy bookmarking feature that allows you to quickly jump to specific sections of the guide.

New Kindle Lineup to Debut September 6?

Amazon has a big media even scheduled for September 6th.  Speculation points to the debut of this year’s Kindle refresh.  The new lineup could include a larger Kindle Fire, and updated version of the current model, and backlit e-ink Kindles.

The Kindle Fire has some serious competition now from Google’s Nexus 7,  the rumored iPad Mini, and the Nook Color and Nook Tablet.  One of the keys to the Kindle Fire’s success last year was price, and the competitors have recognized that.  So, what will be this year’s big idea that will cause the Fire to leapfrog over its competitors?

A larger Kindle Fire can undercut the iPad in price, and Amazon has the means to make a good quality tablet.  We’ve seen a lot of attempts to dethrone the iPad, but no one has really come close, yet.

Amazon has a robust collection of books, apps and videos, plus the Prime perks, Kindle Owner’s Lending Library, Prime Instant Video, and a free app a day from the appstore.  Good covers could be key: one with a keyboard built in, or one that can help boost battery life.

Moving on to the e-ink Kindles.  The biggest upgrade this year will be the backlight.  This is pretty much a given because of the release of the backlit Nook earlier this year.  I am really excited about this development because I will be able to read comfortably in all lighting conditions.  No need to worry about carrying around external light attachments.  Preserving the long lasting battery life will pose a challenge, however.

The Kindle Touch is currently available to purchase from Amazon directly.  So, that is a clue that something new is coming.  The Kindle Touch should see an update in touch interface quality.  By that I mean smoother navigation and page turns without previous page remnants.

So, the lineup should look like this:

Kindle Fire: 7 inch and 10 inch models, which older version at reduced price

E-ink Kindles: Lighted version of the Kindle Touch and basic model.

Older models: Selling at a reduced price until inventory runs out.

There will most likely be 3G and wi-fi only options, as well as models with or without special offers. This lineup should appeal to the broadest audience possible, remain competitive across the board price wise, and stay on top of the competition in terms of features and accessories.

Stay tuned.  It will be a wild couple of weeks.

 

 

Daily Deals: The Brimstone Wedding and The Westing Game plus Word Crank Elite

The Brimstone WeddingToday Amazon offers 2 books: The Brimstone Wedding by Ruth Rendell for $1.99 and The Westing Game (Puffin Modern Classics) by Ellen Raskin for $2.99

1. The Brimstone Wedding

An elderly nursing home patient tells stories of her past that seem to mirror her caregiver’s life to a disturbing degree—and that’s before the stories take a deadly turn

Stuck in a loveless marriage and mired in a troubled affair, Genevieve Warner doesn’t have a friend in the world—until she meets Stella, a patient at the nursing home where she works as a caregiver. Whip smart and deeply familiar, Stella confides in Genevieve the story of her life, a story that builds toward a horrifying confession. As Genevieve’s own life slips helplessly down the same path, she desperately tries to turn away from a fate that seems inevitable.

Sensitive and heartbreaking, The Brimstone Wedding is a mysterious tale of mistakes repeated.

Some words about the Author

Barbara Vine is a pseudonym for Ruth Rendell. Barbara Vine has written A Dark-Adapted Eye, A Fatal Inversion, and No Night Is Too Long. She lives in England.

The Westing Game (Puffin Modern Classics)2. The Westing Game (Puffin Modern Classics)

When an eccentric millionaire dies mysteriously, sixteen very unlikely people are gathered together for the reading of the will . . . and what a will it is!

Also you can read the following review of this book by a reaser:

The Westing Game was my favorite book as a pre-teen, so when I returned to it years later, my expectations were low. Was I wrong! This book might be accessible to younger readers, but no one who loves a mystery with incredible characters should miss this for the world.

While the plot centers around a less than run-of-the-mill whodunit, the book mainly focuses on the characters: each unique, bizarre, and ultimately endearing. The author manages to make them quirky without making them caricatures. The developing relationships between the ‘heirs’ as they attempt to unravel the mystery, is, I think, far more important than the mystery itself; they also develop in their sense of identity. These are all themes any adult can appreciate, woven into the story with humor and sly understatement, yet in effect deeply moving.

The plot is complex and suspenseful, layered so impenetrably that at least one surprise at the end is inevitable. Yet even when wrapped in the most logical of puzzles, the author never loses the human touch. There are many scenes portrayed with hilarious, touching absurdity; and Raskin is dead-on with her take on human nature, even when her depiction seems exaggerated.

Read it for a good chuckle–but in the end it may be more than that.” – Ilana Teitelbaum

Some words about the Author

Ellen Raskin is the author of numerous books for young readers, including Figgs & Phantoms, a Newbery Honor book. She died in 1986.

 

Word Crank EliteWord Crank Elite is another game for your Kindle Fire. Today only you can get it for free.

Word Crank offers 3, 4, 5 – letter levels each with its own unique music and background. Play at 3 different difficulty levels from ‘Basic’ to ‘Bananas’!

Integrated with the Open Feint platform you can compete with your friends and collect fun badges along the way!

Upcoming releases will include new beats and backgrounds for your visual and auditory enjoyment.

Word Crank is truly addictive and will become your favorite word game!

Product Features

  • Play a unique word puzzle game
  • Enjoy 3 challenging levels
  • Compete with friends via OpenFeint

Daily Deals: The Keeper of Lost Causes plus Young Adult Novels and Sudoku Samurai

http://www.amazon.com/The-Keeper-Lost-Causes-ebook/dp/B0052RDIUA/ref=dp_return_2?ie=UTF8&n=133140011&s=digital-textToday Amazon offers The Keeper of Lost Causes: A Department Q Novel by Jussi Adler-Olsen for $2.99

The #1 international bestseller from Jussi Adler-Olsen, author of The Absent One.

Carl Morck used to be one of Copenhagen’s best homicide detectives. Then a hail of bullets destroyed the lives of two fellow cops, and Carl—who didn’t draw his weapon—blames himself. So a promotion is the last thing he expects. But Department Q is a department of one, and Carl’s got only a stack of Copenhagen’s coldest cases for company. His colleagues snicker, but Carl may have the last laugh, because one file keeps nagging at him: a liberal politician vanished five years earlier and is presumed dead. But she isn’t dead … yet.

Darkly humorous, propulsive, and atmospheric, The Keeper of Lost Causes introduces American readers to the mega-bestselling series fast becoming an international sensation.

 

Also, today only, 10 books that expertly depict issues facing young people are just $1.99 each. Filled with mystery, romance, science fiction, and fantasy, this collection presents a variety of settings, from the gritty backstreets of Victorian London to the halls of a modern high school. Here are the direct links to this books and the books’ list:

  1. Tree Shepherd’s Daughter (Faire Folk, Book 1) (Faire Folk Trilogy) by Gillian Summers
  2. Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles
  3. The Agency: A Spy in the House by Y. S. Lee
  4. Dirty Little Secrets by C. J. Omololu
  5. But I Love Him by Amanda Grace
  6. Torn by Erica O’Rourke
  7. Sprout by Dale Peck
  8. Skyship Academy: The Pearl Wars by Nick James
  9. Jerk Magnet, The (Life at Kingston High) by Melody Carlson
  10. Poser by Sue Wyshynski

 

Sudoku SamuraiIf you get on Amazon site you can also download Sudoku Samurai for free.

Sudoku Samurai is an Asian-themed version of the popular number puzzle game. Attractive art and music make this a game you’ll want to relax with when it’s time to unwind. Enjoy HD graphics and natural sound effects (sword slices, flowing water, bamboo doors, etc.)

This app for your Android can be customized for as challenging as you wish. Play 10,000 unique sudoku puzzles on Classic 9×9 and Samurai (Gattai-5) boards. Choose from four different skill levels. For advanced puzzle solving, try Samurai (Gattai-5) puzzles to challenge your sudoku solving skills. Tired of staring at traditional numbers and plain backgrounds? Then select from 14 different background sets and choice of digit styles (including Kanji).

Lose yourself in hours of satisfying sudoku puzzle solving. Sudoku Samurai is a handcrafted masterpiece by the sudoku lovers at Sungift Games.

Daily Deals: 400+ Books for College Students Up to 70% Off and Jewel Twist

Today Amazon offers a diverse selection of essential books for every college-bound student: from essential textbooks and classic dictionaries to study and lifestyle guides with great price drop – up to 70% off.

All books were divided by sections. You can find textbooks for finance, law and legal, general reference, science, study guides, medical and health education, nursing.

As it is impossible to describe all books one by one here are the direct link to the page on Amazon site where you can find all of them. Good luck in your search the proper books and studies :)

 

Jewel TwistJewel Twist is a game which is free today only.

Twist your way through 100 fun puzzles in this elegant and relaxing Match-3 game. Rack up points to beat the high scores!

Product Features

  • 100 unique levels!
  • Fun and relaxing gameplay!
  • Destroy chain tiles!
  • Install to SD card supported (App2SD).

Daily Deals: 25 Popular Books and CrossMe Color

Today Amazon makes discount for 25 book. You can bay any of them just for $1.99. Here is the list of the books:

  1. Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas
  2. Brain Rules by John Medina
  3. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
  4. All She Ever Wanted by Barbara Freethy
  5. High Heels Mysteries Boxed Set (Books 1-5) by Gemma Halliday
  6. Gemma Halliday by Laurie Fabiano
  7. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
  8. A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage
  9. Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
  10. The Fifth Woman: A Kurt Wallander Mystery (Kurt Wallander Mysteries) by Henning Mankell
  11. The Misremembered Man by Christina McKenna
  12. Pearl of China: A Novel by Anchee Min
  13. The Unquiet Bones by Mel Starr
  14. Slim to None by Jenny Gardiner
  15. Dead and Berried (Gray Whale Inn Mysteries, No. 2) (Gray Whale Inn Mystery) by Karen MacInerney
  16. Austenland: A Novel by Shannon Hale
  17. The Detachment (John Rain Thrillers) by Barry Eisler
  18. Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero by Michael Hingson
  19. Death and the Lit Chick (A St. Just Mystery) by G.M. Malliet
  20. The Phoenix Apostles (A Seneca Hunt Mystery) by Lynn Sholes and  Joe Moore
  21. When Parents Text: So Much Said…So Little Understood by Sophia Fraioli and Lauren Kaelin
  22. Alison Wonderland by Helen Smith
  23. The Grail Conspiracy (A Cotten Stone Mystery) by Lynn Sholes and Joe Moore
  24. Deeply Devoted: A Novel (The Blue Willow Brides) by Maggie Brendan
  25. Ghost in the Polka Dot Bikini (A Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery) by Sue Ann Jaffarian

 

CrossMe ColorAlso you can download CrossMe Color for free today only.

CrossMe Color is Color Japanese Crossword (Nonogram)

CrossMe Color is a fun and challenging puzzle for all skill levels and all ages from beginners to enthusiasts. It is a Japanesse Crossword (Nonogram) where you discover a hidden image marking cells or leaving them blank according to the numbers on the side of the grid.

We provide few simple crosswords for you to learn how to play the game, as well as the step-by-step tutorial. Those familiar with Japanese crosswords may skip this and go to more challenging larger pictures. We will keep on adding crosswords in the future, please watch for updates.

All crosswords have been checked. But if you found mistake, please, send us email.

Tip: To fill the line of cells at once, tap and hold on cell. The ring will appear and after that move it. You may zoom in and out by pinch or volume buttons. You can find other tips in Rules.

Daily Deals: Lawrence Block Books and UniWar HD

A Diet of TreacleToday Amazon offers Lawrence Block Books for $1.99 Each. Here are the list of 7 books:

1. A Diet of Treacle

Sick of living respectably with her grandmother, Anita Carbone hops a downtown train. She finds Greenwich Village—the Village of Kerouac and Dylan, but also of Joe and Shank, two small-time dope peddlers more than happy to welcome a square into their midst. But after a few weeks in Joe’s bed, she finds that with sex, drugs, and grime come danger, and that it’s harder to get back uptown than it was to come down.

Lawrence Block is the master of the thriller, and this early novel is a wild tour of a vanished scene: an authentic trip that burns with the slow intensity of a roach’s last drag.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Lawrence Block, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from his personal collection, and a new afterword written by the author

2. Killing Castro

Turner needs to start a new life and that means he needs cash . . . fast. So the twenty thousand he’s offered for a job sounds pretty good, even if it means killing Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. And he’s not alone. There are four other men—killers, idealists, mercenaries—all with the same target. Can they band together to overthrow Castro and get Turner his chance at a new life?

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Lawrence Block, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from his personal collection, and a new afterword written by the author.

3. Writing the Novel: From Plot to Print

In this book the Author offers neither tricks nor formulas, but straight-forward advice based on the experience that comes with producing more than one hundred books. He explains how to refine an idea, how to study one’s chosen genre, and how to use the novel’s expansive form to find one’s particular voice. And he tells it all in the easy, immediate style that has made his own work so successful.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Lawrence Block, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from his personal collection, and a new afterword written by the author.

4. The Liar’s Bible: A Handbook for Fiction Writers

Filled with wit and insight, The Liar’s Bible is a must-read for experts, amateurs, and anyone interested in learning to craft great fiction from one of the field’s modern masters.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Lawrence Block, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.

5. Lucky at Cards

His dentist’s poker game is the last place that card shark Bill Maynard expects to find another hustler. But that’s just what Mrs. Murray Rogers, the scheming wife with her eye on her husband’s fortune, is. The only problem is her husband’s still alive, and she’ll have to enlist the help of Bill in order to get what she wants. They’ve got a plan, but will Bill stick with it, or will the square life lull him into breaking his lucky streak?

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Lawrence Block, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from his personal collection, and a new afterword written by the author.

6. Ronald Rabbit Is a Dirty Old Man

Laurence Clarke is having a bad day. His boss realized that his editorial position was made redundant months ago, his wife’s discovered that she’s got more in common with his best friend Steve, and his ex-wife and her father are on his case for the alimony he owes. What’s a guy to do? How about write them all letters telling them just what he thinks and letting them know that life hasn’t got Laurence down—it’s got him running away on a lurid and highly erotic adventure with a bevy of naughty young things.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Lawrence Block, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from his personal collection, and a new afterword written by the author.

7. The Girl with the Long Green Heart

John Hayden’s a confidence man gone square. He’s done some hard time and he’s not looking back. That is until an old acquaintance presents a long con he can’t resist. The beautiful broad who’s working the inside of this job is just a perk as John and his fellow cons work a deal that could mean the greatest long con of all: financial freedom. Will the perfect setup set John up for life, or will he end up behind bars?

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Lawrence Block, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from his personal collection, and a new afterword written by the author.

Some words about the Author

Lawrence Block has won more awards than almost any other living mystery writer. He was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America. His work ranges from the searing noir investigations of alcoholic detective Matt Scudder to the witty adventures of master burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr and includes many stunning stand-alone thrillers.

 

UniWar HDUniWar HD is a free application for your Kindle Fire today only.

Been waiting for a multiplayer game for you and your friendsThe wait is over! Here comes UniWar!

UniWar is the online multiplayer turn-based strategy game for the different kind of gadgets. You can play it on Kindle Fire and on iPhone as well.

Players take turns building their army and fighting against each other using the strengths of their units while taking advantage of the terrain. It is like chess or checkers but with a lot more possibilities and different boards.

Join several games and move up the ranks to become the top player! Play anyone, anywhere at anytime! Spread the word and invite your friends to UniWar for even more fun.

This game is a classic! It is a blend between Advance Wars and StarCraft. Also in the same genre as Lux DLX on the iPhone but with a real online multiplayer mode added. Whether you are looking for an RTS or RPG, UniWar will satisfy your needs.

You enjoy multiplayer online games like Rogue Planet or Texas Hold’emTry UniWar and prepare for endless fun…

Daily Deals: Mafia Summer and Smiley Blaster AdFree

Mafia Summer: A NovelToday Amazon offers Mafia Summer: A Novel by E. Duke Vincent just for $1.99

Hell’s Kitchen in the summer of 1950 offers a ripe setting for a rousing crime novel, but Vincent’s debut is stilted and amateurish compared to category classics. Against the backdrop of a mob war between real-life gangsters Frank Costello and his challenger, Vito Genovese, we meet 18-year-old protagonist Vinny Vesta, leader of the Icemen, a street-gang of “five Sicilians, one black, and an Irishman.” With the blessing of Vinny’s father, Gino, a caporegime in the Mangano family, the boys embark on a string of minor capers. Soon, they’re double-crossed by troublemaker Gee-gee Petrone, and fatalities result when the Icemen attempt to turn the tables. (Vinny’s steamy affair with a gorgeous 29-year-old hatcheck girl ends abruptly when she winds up dead in a Dumpster.) To flesh out Vinny’s sensitive, intellectual side, Vincent also hangs the story on the narrator’s friendship with his Jewish neighbor Sidney Butcher, a sickly bookworm who improbably tutors Vinny in art and literature and even takes him to synagogue. Though TV writer and producer Vincent has researched his crime history, the novel’s awkwardly shifting point of view, anachronisms and cartoonish violence make for a frustrating read.  – Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc.

Some words about the Author

E. Duke Vincent grew up in New York and New Jersey. A TV writer and producer, he joined Aaron Spelling in 1977 at Spelling Television, where he is currently executive producer and vice chairman. His credits include the series Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place, Dynasty, Hotel, Vega$, Charmed, 7th Heaven, and Clubhouse. His TV movies include the Emmy Award-winning Day One and And the Band Played On.

 

Smiley Blaster AdFreeSmiley Blaster AdFree is a game for your Kindle Fire which you can obtain for free today only.

From the makers of Toss It and Smiley Pops comes one of the best bubble-shooting games ever.

These Smileys laugh, wink, cry, and entertain you along the way. Burst the bubbles with the smiley blaster. Shoot the blaster in the crowd and take out as much as possible. It all sounds simple enough, but you’ll soon find some of your ammo will turn into obstacles, and you’ll need to bank your shots to get anywhere.

Enjoy superb state-of-the-art animation and sound, and share your score on Facebook and Twitter.

Daily Deals: I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive, The Amulet of Samarkand and Pix’N Love Rush

I'll Never Get Out of This World AliveToday Amazon offers I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive by Steve Earle and The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud just for $1.99 each

Short book description of I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive:

Doc Ebersole lives with the ghost of Hank Williams—not just in the figurative sense, not just because he was one of the last people to see him alive, and not just because he is rumored to have given Hank the final morphine dose that killed him.

In 1963, ten years after Hank’s death, Doc himself is wracked by addiction. Having lost his license to practice medicine, his morphine habit isn’t as easy to support as it used to be. So he lives in a rented room in the red-light district on the south side of San Antonio, performing abortions and patching up the odd knife or gunshot wound. But when Graciela, a young Mexican immigrant, appears in the neighborhood in search of Doc’s services, miraculous things begin to happen. Graciela sustains a wound on her wrist that never heals, yet she heals others with the touch of her hand. Everyone she meets is transformed for the better, except, maybe, for Hank’s angry ghost—who isn’t at all pleased to see Doc doing well.

A brilliant excavation of an obscure piece of music history, Steve Earle’s I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive is also a marvelous novel in its own right, a ballad of regret and redemption, and of the ways in which we remake ourselves and our world through the smallest of miracles.

Some words about the Author

Steve Earle is a singer-songwriter, actor, activist, and the author of the story collection Doghouse Roses. He has released more than a dozen critically acclaimed albums, including such Grammy winners as The Revolution Starts Now, Washington Square Serenade, and Townes. He has appeared on film and television, with roles in The Wire and Treme.

The Amulet of Samarkand (Bartimaeus Volume 1) (Bartimaeus Trilogy)Here is the short description of The Amulet of Samarkand (Bartimaeus Volume 1) (Bartimaeus Trilogy):

Nathaniel is a magician’s apprentice, taking his first lessons in the arts of magic. But when a devious hot-shot wizard named Simon Lovelace ruthlessly humiliates Nathaniel in front of his elders, Nathaniel decides to kick up his education a few notches and show Lovelace who’s boss. With revenge on his mind, he summons the powerful djinni, Bartimaeus. But summoning Bartimaeus and controlling him are two different things entirely, and when Nathaniel sends the djinni out to steal Lovelace’s greatest treasure, the Amulet of Samarkand, he finds himself caught up in a whirlwind of magical espionage, murder, and rebellion.

Some words about the Aouthor

Jonathan Stroud is a former publishing executive who has published several children’s books in England. He lives in London.

 

 

Pix'N Love RushPix’N Love Rush is a game which Amazon have made free today only.

Take command of Pixel the cat and complete the different levels as quickly as possible, collecting as many bonuses as you can along the way! Your heartbeat cannot resist the Rush! All you love about classic Jump & Run games condensed into 5 minute sessions, or in infinite play mode, for those who have nerves of steel and incredible reflexes!

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to get the latest news on our games, contests and more!

Here are the list of the application features:

  • Classic Jump & Run games condensed into 5 minute sessions.
  • 4 fast-paced game modes.
  • Fiendishly addictive game with a retro feel.

Hunger Games Trilogy Named Best Selling Series of All Time on Amazon

Hunger Games Book 1Suzanne Collins’s mega bestselling series, The Hunger Games Trilogy, is now the bestselling series of all time on Amazon.  This series has even beaten Harry Potter.  All three books are available in the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library to to check out for free.  For those who aren’t Prime members, all of the books run about $5 each.

The trilogy takes place in post-war United States.  The new country is called Panem, and is composed of 12 districts that each provide different goods for the Capitol.  District 13 was supposedly destroyed when the Capitol took control.  The protagonist, Katniss Everdeen and her family live in District 12, the smallest and poorest district.

The Hunger Games is a lot like the Olympics, except that it is a group of teenagers who are put in an arena.  The 24 young tributes fight to the death until there is one remaining victor.

The Hunger Games

The first book in the dystopian series introduces the reader to the protagonist, Katniss Everdeen, her best friend Gale, and fellow tribute, Peeta, along with many other interesting characters.  Katniss and Peeta represent District 12 in the Hunger Games.

Catching Fire

Katniss and Peeta are in for another fight for their lives.  The whole country of Panem is stirred up, and on the brink of rebellion.  Surprisingly, this book sucked me in a lot more than the other two.

Mockingjay

The final book in the trilogy covers the full on rebellion in Panem, with Katniss as the Mockingjay.  The Mockingjay gives them hope for a better future.  Will the Districts succeed in taking the Capitol?  It is yet to be seen.

I’m keeping the summaries short to avoid risk of spoiling anything for those who have not read the series yet.  The obstacles that Katniss, Peeta and others face are just downright bizarre.  But, there is a very human aspect to the books as well.  That’s what drew me into Harry Potter, and has done the same with the Hunger Games Trilogy.

The writing style and Katniss’s point of view also makes this trilogy so easy to relate to despite the brutal circumstances.  The reader gets a glimpse of her thoughts, emotions, reactions to various situations, and her feelings for the people around her.  I also love the sense of humor.  The characters find humor despite the dire circumstances.

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Deals: Midnight in Austenland, Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site and Find It MEGA PACK

Midnight in Austenland: A NovelToday Amazon makes discount for the set from 2 books: Midnight in Austenland and Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site. You can get them just for $1.99 each.

1. Midnight in Austenland: A Novel is written by Shannon Hale.

When Charlotte Kinder treats herself to a two-week vacation at Austenland, she happily leaves behind her ex-husband and his delightful new wife, her ever-grateful children, and all the rest of her real life in America. She dons a bonnet and stays at a country manor house that provides an immersive Austen experience, complete with gentleman actors who cater to the guests’ Austen fantasies.

Everyone at Pembrook Park is playing a role, but increasingly, Charlotte isn’t sure where roles end and reality begins. And as the parlor games turn a little bit menacing, she finds she needs more than a good corset to keep herself safe. Is the brooding Mr. Mallery as sinister as he seems? What is Miss Gardenside’s mysterious ailment? Was that an actual dead body in the secret attic room? And-perhaps of the most lasting importance-could the stirrings in Charlotte’s heart be a sign of real-life love?

Some words about the Author

Shannon Hale is the New York Times bestselling author of six young adult novels, including the Newbery Honor book Princess Academy, and two books for adults, Austenland and The Actor and the Housewife. She has also cowritten two graphic novels, Rapunzel’s Revenge andCalamity Jack, with her husband, Dean Hale. They live with their four small children near Salt Lake City, Utah.

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site2. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site is written by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld.

As the sun sets behind the big construction site, all the hardworking trucks get ready to say goodnight. One by one, Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, and Excavator finish their work and lie down to rest – so they’ll be ready for another day of rough and tough construction play! With irresistible artwork by best-selling illustrator Tom Lichtenheld and sweet, rhyming text, this book will have truck lovers of all ages begging for more.

Some words about the Authors.

Sherri Rinker is a graphic designer and the mother of a three-year-old truck aficionado. She lives in Chicago. This is her first book.

Tom Lichtenheld is a best-selling children’s book illustrator and author. His books include E-mergency, Duck!Rabbit!, Shark vs. Train, and What Are You So Grumpy About?

 

Find It MEGA PACK (No Ads): Find the DifferenceFind It MEGA PACK (No Ads): Find the Difference is a game for your Kindle Fire which you can get for free today only.

MEGA PACK, Mega Differences

Get ready to hone your observational skills and dive into a huge archive of the Find the Difference games. The Find It MEGA PACK features more than 250 photo pairs, the biggest collection of Find It games yet.

When the game starts, you see two photos that appear to be the same. But these two photos actually have four very subtle differences. It’s your job to find the four differences before the timer runs out. Press on the differences to highlight them. If you press the wrong spot, you lose time. You have three free hints which you can use. Use the hints whenever you like, but use them wisely.

The Complete Set

The MEGA PACK includes all of the photos from the other Find It editions, which includes vivid pictures of animals, nature, sports, cities, and much more. You’ll have hours of fun without coming across the same images twice.

Compete on the high score board, and save the game to the SD card. Just how sharp are your eyes? Are you ready to take on the Find It challenge?

Daily Deals: The Tea-Olive Bird Watching Society and Run In Crowd

The Tea-Olive Bird Watching SocietyToday Amazon offers The Tea-Olive Bird Watching Society by Augusta Trobaugh just for $1.99

“Delightful.” BOOKLIST“Readers will laugh at the antics of steel magnolia vigilante justice as the tea-toting, bible-quoting ladies fumble and bumble in their endeavor to protect their cohort and town . . . . the classic good rural vs. evil-urban premise makes for a fine, polite (sort of like a southern contemporary Arsenic and Old Lace) . . . tale.” – Harriet Klausner Book Reviews Coconut cake, grits, poisoned turtle stew and bird-watching . . . the ladies of tiny Tea-Olive, Georgia share a lot of interests, including murder.Retired judge L. Hyson Breed, a Yankee, picked the wrong Southern woman to trick, bully and steal from. The members of the Tea-Olive Bird Watching Society plot revenge after the judge’s marriage to their friend, Sweet, turns out to be a greedy grab for her land and for control of their town. To the rescue: Beulah, Zion and Wildwood (all named after hymns, as is Sweet). The only problem? The wannabe murderers are southern matrons from a more civilized generation. How does one remain polite even while planning to kill a man and get away with it? Augusta Trobaugh is the acclaimed author of these southern novels also from Bell Bridge Books Sophie and the rising sun music from beyond the moonriver jordanresting in the bosom of the lambswan placepraise jerusalem!

Some words about the Author

Augusta Trobaugh is the author of five previous novels: River Jordan, Swan Place, Sophie and the Rising Sun (a Barnes & Noble Discover New Authors pick), Resting in the Bosom of the Lamb, and Praise Jerusalem!, a semifinalist in the 1993 Pirates Alley Faulkner Competition.

 

Run In CrowdAs usual Amazon makes free to download 1 application per day. Today it is Run In Crowd.

Run In Crowd is a game where you race alongside other players in a new world each day.

Tap to jump and double-jump. Longer you tap, higher your runner jumps. Avoid obstacles and try to run longer distance than other.

Features:

  • Multiplayer – you race alongside other players
  • Level generation – you run in a new world each day
  • Simple and addictive gameplay with simple controls
  • Cross-platform competition – you run with players from ios/android/blackberry devices

Daily Deals: Gregor the Overlander and Galaxy Ninjas

The Underland Chronicles #1: Gregor the OverlanderToday Amazon offers The Underland Chronicles #1: Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins just for $1.99

This irresistible first novel tells the story of a quiet boy who embarks on a dangerous quest in order to fulfill his destiny — and find his father — in a strange world beneath New York City. When Gregor falls through a grate in the laundry room of his apartment building, he hurtles into the dark Underland, where spiders, rats, cockroaches coexist uneasily with humans. This world is on the brink of war, and Gregor’s arrival is no accident. A prophecy foretells that Gregor has a role to play in the Underland’s uncertain future. Gregor wants no part of it — until he realizes it’s the only way to solve the mystery of his father’s disappearance. Reluctantly, Gregor embarks on a dangerous adventure that will change both him and the Underland forever.

Some words about the Author

Suzanne Collins is the author of the New York Times bestselling Underland Chronicles series, which has more than one million books in print and is available in seven foreign editions. In the award-winning The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, Collins continues to explore the effects of war and violence on those coming of age. The much-anticipated finale to The Hunger Games trilogy, Mockingjay, will be published on August 24th, 2010. Also a successful writer for children’s television, Collins lives with her family in Connecticut.

 

Galaxy NinjasGalaxy Ninjas is a game. Today only you can download it for free.

Galaxy Ninjas is an epic 2D Ninja game! Slay aliens across multiple levels in the galaxy while dodging obstacles, collecting powerups, and surviving insane boss battles! Collect coins and head back to the Dojo to customize your Ninja with new outfits, weapons, and powerups! 4 Different modes include Classic, Expert, Endless, and Insane for the pro players!

Product Features

  • Multiple levels with unique monsters and bosses!
  • Customize your Ninja’s outfits, weapons, and powers!
  • 4 different modes!
  • Randomized levels for increase replayability!
  • Cute art style!

Daily Deals: We, the Drowned and Daily Arm Workout

We, the DrownedToday Amazon offers We, the Drowned by Carsten Jensen just for $1.99

Carsten Jensen’s debut novel has taken the world by storm. Already hailed in Europe as an instant classic, We, the Drowned is the story of the port town of Marstal, whose inhabitants have sailed the world’s oceans aboard freight ships for centuries. Spanning over a hundred years, from the mid-nineteenth century to the end of the Second World War, and from the barren rocks of Newfoundland to the lush plantations of Samoa, from the roughest bars in Tasmania, to the frozen coasts of northern Russia, We, the Drowned spins a magnificent tale of love, war, and adventure, a tale of the men who go to sea and the women they leave behind.

Ships are wrecked at sea and blown up during wars, they are places of terror and violence, yet they continue to lure each generation of Marstal men—fathers and sons—away. Strong, resilient, women raise families alone and sometimes take history into their own hands. There are cannibals here, shrunken heads, prophetic dreams, forbidden passions, cowards, heroes, devastating tragedies, and miraculous survivals—everything that a town like Marstal has actually experienced, and that makes We, the Drowned an unforgettable novel, destined to take its place among the greatest seafaring literature.

Some words about the Author

As a boy in Marstal, Denmark, Carsten Jensen sailed on his father’s boat, a 220-ton freighter named the Abelone. In 2000, he returned to Marstal to write We, the Drowned. He has also worked as a literary critic and a journalist, reporting from China, Cambodia, Latin America, the Pacific Islands, and Afghanistan.

We, the Drowned won Denmark’s most important literary prize, while also being selected by readers of a major daily newspaper as the best Danish novel of the last twenty-five years. It was a bestseller throughout Scandinavia and in Germany, and has also been published in the United Kingdom, Spain, and France.

 

Daily Arm WorkoutDaily Arm Workout is an application which can help you to be healthy. Today you can get it for free.

Daily Arm Workout contains two 5 to 10 minute daily arm, chest and shoulder routines that step you through twenty of the best upper body exercises you can do in the comfort of your own home. This workout is developed and demonstrated by a certified personal trainer, and spending just minutes a day can strengthen and tone your arms, chest and shoulders.

The routine’s simple interface, complete with video and timer, allows you to easily follow along and understand each exercise.

FULL VERSION features:
* Two workouts
* Random & custom workouts
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Barnes & Noble Slashes Nook Tablet Price Preparing For Kindle Fire 2 Launch

The Nook Tablet, while a fine device and superior to the Kindle Fire in several subtle ways, has not really managed to achieve the kind of popularity that the Kindle Fire enjoys.  It definitely does well, but compared to the lively Kindle vs Nook competition in US eReader markets something is lacking.  Seeing as Barnes & Noble is reliant on the success of the Nook line to keep their business going at this point, though, they can’t really afford to let the Kindle competition to get too far ahead in either price or power.

I’ve mentioned here previously that there are hints cropping up that point to a new Nook Tablet in the works.  That would be expected even if Amazon were not on the verge of releasing the Kindle Fire 2, thanks to Google’s Nexus 7 tablet.  The Nexus 7 has gotten huge responses since its unveiling and proves difficult for the software giant to keep in stock.  Many view its release as the end of the existing Kindle Fire’s dominance over Android.  Since the Nook Tablet’s main claim to fame was that it provided superior technical power for about the same price as the competition, a popular device put out by Google that includes both superior hardware specs and a clean version of the most up to date Android OS is a major threat.

Still, even with that taken into consideration we have to wonder how much of what is going on over at Barnes & Noble is preparation for the Kindle Fire 2.  They have recently slashed the price of the 16GB Nook Tablet by 20% to $200, finally matching the Kindle Fire’s pricing, and lowered the Nook Color’s price to just $149.  The Nook Color may be more than a little bit obsolete at this point, but it is also still a good deal at that price and might be among the most easily rooted devices on the market.  Keeping it around at a lower price makes sense in the same way that Amazon’s offering a highly limited Kindle eReader for only $79 does.

While I can’t necessarily speak too highly of the overall Nook Tablet experience provided by Barnes & Noble compared to that of the Kindle Fire, this is an excellent way to take advantage of low pricing to grab a 7” tablet with a bit of extra power and storage space if you don’t feel like waiting on a Google delivery.  My recommendation would be to wait at least a week while we see what Amazon has in store for their next tablet, which is likely to be priced to match, especially since the Kindle Fire 2 is likely to be officially announced any day now.  If you can’t wait, there are far worse options to choose from than the Nooks.

Daily Deals: White Lies and Word Board – Board Series

White LiesToday Amazon offers White Lies by Jeremy Bates just for $1.99

While driving to a charming village tucked away deep in the Cascade Mountains of eastern Washington, where she is to begin a new job teaching high school English, Katrina Burton picks up a young hitchhiker who turns out to be drunk and predatory. Fearful for her safety, she lies about her destination in order to get him out of the car. But when she later discovers that he is a teacher at the same school, she finds herself feeding that initial lie with more lies. Then Katrina meets a mysterious man . Handsome, charismatic and strong, he is exactly what she needs to extricate her from the expanding network of lies, now spinning out of control. She falls fast and hard for him. But her perfect solution soon becomes a nightmare that lands her in the middle of a grisly murder. And Katrina’s problems don’t stop there. She must decide whether to betray her new love or to cover up the murder and hope for the best.

Some words about the Author

Jeremy Bates has spent the last ten years traveling the world, visiting more than thirty countries. He has lived in Canada, the United States, Australia, Japan, South Korea, and the Philippines. Bates is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario with a degree in English literature and philosophy and is a teacher in international schools.

 

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Kindle Fire 2 Expected This Week

At long last, it seems we might get to see what Amazon has really accomplished in their efforts to update the Kindle Fire to be competitive with other big name tablets like the Nexus 7.  Signs point to a hardware upgrade coming in the next few days, which would be good news given that the previously speculated initial release date was two weeks ago now.  This week may just give us a good idea of exactly how much of a chance the Kindle Fire has of retaining its now-dominant position in the Android tablet market.

It seems safe to say that Amazon intends to at least announce their new products in a batch.  This would include a new Kindle Fire, possibly a larger scale variation on the Kindle Fire, and at least one new Kindle eReader.  This is based on a combination of intersecting timetables and the previous Kindle eReader release that brought us the Kindle Touch.  Since Amazon is basically required to put out a front-lit Kindle at this point if they want to stay competitive in terms of hardware, it would make little sense to miss an opportunity to join that side of the business with the more versatile tablet side.

To make room for the expected new release, Amazon has quietly discontinued a large part of their eReader selection.  The Kindle Keyboard WiFi is simply gone.  The Kindle Touch 3G appears to be gone as well.  Even the WiFi version of the Kindle Touch is currently listed as having delays from 3-5 days for the Special Offers option and no stock at all for the ad-free model.  We also noticed that earlier this week Amazon used the Kindle DX as one of their Daily Deals selections, discounting it by $110 for a day.  The basic $79 Kindle is still available, but it would be surprising if anything else is shipping out right now at all, regardless of rough delivery estimates made by the Amazon.com site.

The Kindle Fire, on the other hand, is still listed as in stock and shipping immediately.  Whether this is true or not is open to speculation, but it would fit with some of the rumors we have reported here previously.  Amazon may be planning to continue offering the existing Kindle Fire at a discounted rate for a while in order to increase the rate at which users attach themselves to the Amazon digital services ecosystem.

A lot has been done lately to prepare for this release.  Amazon has updated their music, video, and Android gaming capabilities significantly since a year ago when the first Kindle Fire was announced.  While nobody really expects that the Kindle Fire 2, or whatever Amazon decides it will be called in the end, will be able to claim superiority over the Nexus 7 on paper, that doesn’t mean that it will necessarily have trouble competing.  A decent facelift, improved software, and more integrated services than ever before are a guarantee.  Somehow it doesn’t seem like they’re likely to stop at that, though.

Daily Deals: As Always, Julia and Monster Shooter

As Always, Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVotoToday Amazon offers As Always, Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto by Joan Reardon by $1.99

With her outsize personality, Julia Child is known around the world by her first name alone. But despite that familiarity, how much do we really know of the inner Julia?

Now more than 200 letters exchanged between Julia and Avis DeVoto, her friend and unofficial literary agent memorably introduced in the hit movie Julie & Julia, open the window on Julia’s deepest thoughts and feelings. This riveting correspondence, in print for the first time, chronicles the blossoming of a unique and lifelong friendship between the two women and the turbulent process of Julia’s creation of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, one of the most influential cookbooks ever written.

Frank, bawdy, funny, exuberant, and occasionally agonized, these letters show Julia, first as a new bride in Paris, then becoming increasingly worldly and adventuresome as she follows her diplomat husband in his postings to Nice, Germany, and Norway.

With commentary by the noted food historian Joan Reardon, and covering topics as diverse as the lack of good wine in the United States, McCarthyism, and sexual mores, these astonishing letters show America on the verge of political, social, and gastronomic transformation.

Some words about the Author

Culinary historian, cookbook author, and biographer Joan Reardon is the author of M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, and Alice Waters: Celebrating the Pleasures of the Table, M.F.K. Fisher Among the Pots and Pans, Poet of the Appetites: The Lives and Loves of M.F.K. Fisher, and Oysters: a Culinary Celebration. Reardon, who has a PhD in English literature, won an IACP Award for culinary writing, publishes and edits a quarterly newsletter for Les Dames d’Escoffier Chicago, and serves on the advisory board of Gastronomicamagazine.

 

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Daily Deals: The Time of the Dark and Brain Teaser

The Time of the Dark: The Darwath Series (Book One)Today Amazon offers The Time of the Dark: The Darwath Series (Book One) by Barbara Hambly just for $1.99

As a student of medieval history, Gil Patterson is a woman familiar with dark stories. She knows well the Crusades, the Black Death, and the other horrors of the Middle Ages, but it is another kind of atrocity that has begun to haunt her dreams. She sees forces of evil assaulting a beleaguered kingdom, whose kind people are on the brink of annihilation, and awakes each morning in a cold sweat.

Gil dismisses the dreams until a wizard appears in her apartment. He has crossed into her dimension, passing through the fraying fabric of the universe, to ask her help. For mankind to survive he must protect an infant prince, whom he plans to hide in Gil’s world. The student of history is about to get much closer to evil than she ever imagined.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Barbara Hambly, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.

Some words about the Author

Barbara Hambly (born August 28, 1951) is an award-winning and prolific American novelist and screenwriter within the genres of fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and historical fiction. Her writing includes novels occurring within worlds of her own creation (generally occurring within an explicit multiverse), as well as within previously existing mythoi (notably Star Trek and Star Wars).

 

Brain TeaserBrain Teaser is a game for your Kindle Fire which you can download for free today only.

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Brain Teaser measures your current mental acuity, and with use, can improve your brain’s capacity to differentiate, analyze, reason out, and to apply knowledge. It can be one of the best ways available to engage your mind as well as to check your intelligence.

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Daily Deals: This Is Where I Leave You and Ultimate Word Search HD

This Is Where I Leave You: A NovelToday Amazon offers This Is Where I Leave You: A Novel by Jonathan Tropper just for $2.99

The death of Judd Foxman’s father marks the first time that the entire Foxman clan has congregated in years. There is, however, one conspicuous absence: Judd’s wife, Jen, whose affair with his radio- shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public. Simultaneously mourning the demise of his father and his marriage, Judd joins his dysfunctional family as they reluctantly sit shiva-and spend seven days and nights under the same roof. The week quickly spins out of control as longstanding grudges resurface, secrets are revealed and old passions are reawakened. Then Jen delivers the clincher: she’s pregnant.

This Is Where I Leave You is Jonathan Tropper’s most accomplished work to date, and a riotously funny, emotionally raw novel about love, marriage, divorce, family, and the ties that bind-whether we like it or not.

Some words about the Author

Jonathan Tropper was born and raised in Riverdale, New York. He attended the creative writing program at New York University Graduate School of Arts and Science, where he received a Masters degree. His novels have been translated into more than ten languages. He lives with his wife and children in Westchester, NY, and teaches writing at Manhattanville College.

 

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