Daily Deals: Graceling and Gift Shopper Pro


Today Amazon offer you to buy Graceling written by Kristin Cashore for $0.99.

If you had the power to kill with your bare hands, what would you do with it?

Graceling takes readers inside the world of Katsa, a warrior-girl in her late teens with one blue eye and one green eye. This gives her haunting beauty, but also marks her as a Graceling. Gracelings are beings with special talents—swimming, storytelling, dancing. Katsa’s Grace is considered more useful: her ability to fight (and kill, if she wanted to) is unequaled in the seven kingdoms. Forced to act as a henchman for a manipulative king, Katsa channels her guilt by forming a secret council of like-minded citizens who carry out secret missions to promote justice over cruelty and abuses of power.

Combining elements of fantasy and romance, Cashore skillfully portrays the confusion, discovery, and angst that smart, strong-willed girls experience as they creep toward adulthood. Katsa wrestles with questions of freedom, truth, and knowing when to rely on a friend for help. This is no small task for an angry girl who had eschewed friendships (with the exception of one cousin that she trusts) for her more ready skills of self-reliance, hunting, and fighting. Katsa also comes to know the real power of her Grace and the nature of Graces in general: they are not always what they appear to be.

Graceling is the first book in a series, and Kristin Cashore’s first work of fiction. It sets up a vivid world with engaging characters that readers will certainly look forward to following beyond the last chapter of this book. (Ages 14 and up) –Heidi Broadhead


Gift Shopper Pro

Gift Shopper Pro is application for your Kindle Fire. Only today you can get this application for free.

‘Tis better to give than receive–and ’tis better to tackle your holiday shopping with Gift Shopper Pro than without. Track everyone on your Naughty and Nice lists and make sure you don’t leave anybody out with this helpful app for your Android device.

Never Lose Your List

Shopping for presents can be a chaotic process, especially during the holidays, but Gift Shopper Pro is here to help ease the insanity. With this app you can create detailed, customized shopping lists that take the pain and disorganization out of gift giving.

Simplicity Itself

The last thing you need when trying to get a handle on your holiday shopping is complexity and confusion. Thankfully, Gift Shopper Pro is simple and intuitive. There are three main ways of organizing your shopping: People, Shopping List, and Occasions.

In People view, simply create a list of individuals you need to shop for by entering their names or pulling them from your Contacts list. Each person has their own record in the app, where you can enter their birthday, anniversary, likes and dislikes, clothing sizes, and any other notes you might want to add.

In Shopping List view, the app allows you to create entries for all the gifts you need to purchase. For each gift you can fill in the recipient, occasion, price, store name, and other information. As you buy the items on your list you can check them off right in the app. There’s even a field to note if the gift has been wrapped or not.

Under the Occasions tab view, you can list major gift-giving occurrences (birthdays, anniversaries) and holidays (Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, etc.). One click shows, for example, a list of birthdays for all your friends and family. There’s even a feature noting how many shopping days you have left until the big day is here.

Scan to Add

An even easier way to create your gift list in Gift Shopper Pro is by scanning bar codes for the items you want to purchase. This automatically creates a record in your list that you can then assign to a person or occasion.

For Santa’s Eyes Only

Keep your list away from prying eyes by setting up customized password protection. If you do want to share your list with helpers, you can e-mail or text it right from the app. Use Gift Shopper Pro to ensure that no one in your life ends up with an empty stocking over the fireplace.

Audible Promo Makes Kindle Touch & Kindle Fire Even More Affordable

Amazon’s audiobook subsidiary, Audible, has a long standing promotion for new subscribers that could make your next Kindle upgrade significantly more affordable than expected.  It is not a new thing, in fact I am pretty sure that I’ve mentioned it here before from time to time, but since Amazon hasn’t been spending a lot of time advertising it recently I thought it would be worth another mention.  The way it works is simple enough to summarize here.

We’re making the assumption here that you enjoy the occasional audiobook.  Many people do, for a wide variety of reasons.  If you haven’t had a chance to check out the quality and usefulness of Audible’s selection, but you would like to consider making use of this promotional credit, do not succumb to the instinct to try out the service with a 30-Day Free Trial.  Yes, this is available, but you are only able to make use of one promo every 2 years according to the present terms & conditions and doing so would make you ineligible.  your best bet is to ask around for somebody who is already a member and try out something they have picked up.  It shouldn’t be hard to find someone, in my experience.

That addressed, it’s a simple enough arrangement.  By making the commitment of a 12 month membership plan at $14.95 per month, you get one book each month and $100 any qualifying product.  This includes any number of electronics from MP3 players and headphones to GPS devices.  There are even some tablets and laptops in the selection.  Most importantly, as far as I’m concerned, is that every Kindle product currently available is included in the promo.  This means that your Kindle Fire could be picked up for just $99, assuming you wouldn’t rather just have a free Kindle Touch.

To take advantage, head over to this Amazon promo page.  Under the heading “How to get your $100 promotional code” there is a link to sign up.  Your new audible membership will be tied directly into your Amazon.com account as soon as the transaction is complete.  This offer should be good until at least January 31, 2012.  It may be extended beyond that point, and has been in the past with no notice or fanfare, but you never know for sure.

There’s little risk in this if you are an audiobook fan.  Signing up for 12 books at $15 each isn’t exactly a ripoff on Amazon’s part, and they do not insist that you remain an active member to listen to them.  These days you can download your Audible selection to practically anything, up to 3 devices at a time, and take it to go.  The readings are above average, for the most part, and the service has been around long enough that reviews are plentiful and often highly informative.

Should you find yourself regretting the decision shortly after signing up, have no worries.  The program can be cancelled at any point in the first 30 days.  In that case you would be given the option to either pay the difference on your Kindle Fire (or whatever device you purchased with the $100 discount) or send it back unopened.