Daily Deals: From This Moment On and Little Piano (pro)

From This Moment On: The Sullivans, Book 2Today’s Amazon Kindle Daily Deal: From This Moment On: The Sullivans, Book 2 by Bella Andre for $0.99

Watch another Sullivan fall in love in the second book of Bella Andre’s new contemporary romance series! With FROM THIS MOMENT ON, bestselling author Bella Andre introduces you to Marcus, the second Sullivan bad boy, whose life will never be the same from the moment he meets Nicola…

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

For thirty-six years, Marcus Sullivan has been the responsible older brother, stepping in to take care of his seven siblings after their father died when they were children. But when the perfectly ordered future he’s planned for himself turns out to be nothing but a lie, Marcus needs one reckless night to shake free from it all. Nicola Harding is known throughout the world by only one name – Nico – for her catchy, sensual pop songs. Only, what no one knows about the twenty-five year old singer is that her sex-kitten image is totally false. After a terrible betrayal by a man who loved fame far more than he ever loved her, she vows not to let anyone else get close enough to find out who she really is…or hurt her again. Especially not the gorgeous stranger she meets at a nightclub, even though the hunger – and the sinful promises – in his dark eyes make her want to spill all her secrets. One night is all Nicola and Marcus agree to share with each other. But nothing goes as they plan when instead of simply tangling limbs, they find a deeper connection than either of them could have anticipated. And even though they both try to fight it, growing emotions – and sizzling attraction – keep drawing them closer together. Close enough for them to wonder if stealing one more secret moment together can ever be enough?

REVIEWS…

“A heartwarming addition to Bella Andre’s wonderful Sullivan family series.” Barbara Freethy, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

“From This Moment On is full of loveable characters, sizzling chemistry, and poignant emotion.” Christie Ridgway, USA Today Bestselling Author

“Bella Andre’s fabulous series continues with Marcus Sullivan finding love when he least expects it. Marcus and Nicola’s romance sizzles from the first page to the last.” Marie Force, Bestselling Author

“I can’t wait for more Sullivan brothers!” Carly Phillips, New York Times Bestselling

Author Little Piano (pro) Little Piano (pro) allows you to tinkle a few ivories and pass a little musical time while on the go. With this app, you’ll always have a piano right in your pocket. Play a tune or two while you’re waiting for an appointment, standing in line, or sitting through a long flight. Transform your Android into a mini piano

Perfect for Little Fingers

Little Piano (pro) is perfect for kids’ little fingers and makes a great introduction to piano-playing for those who don’t read music. The Follow Me Guide leads you through a variety of simple melodies by highlighting which keys to touch. Many familiar favorites are included in the app, from “Jingle Bells,” “Yankee Doodle,” and “Oh Susanna!” to “Happy Birthday,” “Frere Jacques,” “Ode To Joy,” and many more. You can even practice a Major Scale and a C Major Passage. If you’d like to play a selection again, simply tap the Replay button.

Little Piano Notes

Little Piano (pro) includes 13 keys, or one octave, and supports multi-touch so you can play chords and sliding scales with ease. You can also switch instruments to play on the trumpet, guitar, bells, or percussion. If your friends and family also download the app, you could almost have a band.

Little Piano is a fun little app, whether you’re just starting to learn piano, have been playing for years, have small children, or just wish to enjoy some musical diversion every now and then.

…and a final note: The quality of multi-touch varies with device model.

Kindle Fire vs Nook Tablet: Intentions To Root Change The Equation

Despite the relative technical differences between the new Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet and the Amazon Kindle Fire, I think that it is fair to say that Amazon’s product offers more right out of the box.  For the layman user, somebody with no stake in a particular platform and no desire to have to jump through hoops to pull the greatest possible performance out of their electronics, the available content and overall experience of the Fire is immediately superior.

Let’s assume, for the sake of argument, that you are not that user.  Even more, let’s assume that you are considering buying one of the new $200 Tablet PCs being released by these eReading giants with the sole intention of rooting it and making it into an all purpose generic Android Tablet.  It doesn’t take huge amounts of work under most circumstances.  Andrei already posted instructions to this Blog on how to root the Kindle Fire and there is a great deal of headway being made on the Nook Tablet.  Custom Android ROMs are sure to follow in the near future.  In the end, chances are good that the only prerequisite will be a willingness to spend the time and effort to go through a list of instructions.

Under these circumstances, the most important factor is the hardware.  Here, the Nook Tablet is the way to go.  It has twice the RAM of the Kindle Fire, as well as twice the internal storage space.  The expandable memory slot is a big incentive as well, of course.  Other than those bits, the processors, screens, size, and weight are all either exactly equivalent or so close that it won’t factor in much.  Probably the only other relevant difference is the fact that the Nook has some external volume controls that come in handy from time to time.  Before making any real decisions on this matter, however, I recommend taking both devices for a test drive.

While the Nook Tablet‘s initial setup has some major flaws, from locking up the majority of the storage space to simply lacking a halfway decent app store, it is still pretty smooth and comes equipped to take on most third-party video purchases.  You also get the added advantage of easily accessible support at every Barnes & Noble location nationwide.

The Kindle Fire, on the other hand, offers deep Amazon integration.  At a glance this is troublesome and a blatant attempt to lock customers in, but they have gone out of their way to keep the platform pretty open.  Competitor apps are in their Appstore (itself less well populated than the Google Marketplace but far better policed) and it isn’t hard to install things acquired elsewhere.  Even the Nook reader app has no trouble.  The interface is smooth, looks good, and performs better than most people would expect.  Really the only complaint here is the lack of video format compatibility, which is why it was worth mentioning for the Nook.

Either way you’re getting a good device, but keep in mind what is being bought.  These are not really intended to be all purpose tablets the way the iPad is and to treat them as such will likely disappoint.  If you do decide to break away from the cultivated experiences provided then the minimal hardware might be more apparent than it otherwise would be.  Personally, I had intended to ditch the Amazon firmware on the Kindle Fire after testing it out just enough to write about it knowledgeably.  It was good enough to change my mind and might do the same for you.