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Daily Deals: Four Romance Novels by Shannon McKenna and Humans vs Aliens

Today only, Amazon unveil four romance novels by Shannon McKenna–a sultry selection of stories about the intense and rugged McCloud Brothers–are just $0.99 each.

Out of Control

Out of Control

In Behind Closed Doors and Standing in the Shadows, Shannon McKenna introduced the McCloud Brothers: intense, rugged, and super-sexy. Now, Davy McCloud is about to meet a woman he can’t trust-or live without… Disillusioned P.I. Davy McCloud has an ironclad rule: never follow blind impulse when it comes to women. But he breaks it the instant gorgeous Margo Vetter shows up to teach at the gym next door. The sexual hunger-and the instinctual protectiveness-that she awakens is much too strong to resist. Broke and on the run, framed for a murder she didn’t commit, Margot has no one to turn to but Davy McCloud. But the closer he comes, the more Margot discovers that holding back-or hiding-from this enigmatic, powerful man is impossible. In every way… Then passion flares with unexpected intensity. But Margot’s past has finally caught up with her, and life is about to get more than complicated. It’s turning deadly…

 

 

 

Standing In The Shadows

Standing In The Shadows

Ex-FBI agent Connor McCloud can never forget the day he was set up to die at the hands of trusted friend and fellow agent Ed Riggs. Hard justice and loyalty to his badge have cost Connor what he wants most–Ed’s shy, studious daughter Erin. He can never have her now, but her beauty still haunts and torments his every waking hour and his most fevered erotic dreams. But now that his old enemy Kurt Novak has returned, Connor is prepared to do anything to protect the vulnerable young woman from a killer who has vowed a brutal payback. . .a killer with a predator’s lethal patience.
Erin has been harboring secret fantasies about Connor McCloud since she first laid eyes on him–but that was before his testimony sent her father to jail. Her world is falling apart and it’s all she can do to hold her family together. But now Connor is knocking on her door, telling her she needs his protection, whether she wants it or not. He won’t give up and he won’t stay away. He’s sworn to guard her life with his own and his fierce protectiveness awakens long-buried feelings–and a fiery sexuality deep within her sou. . .

 

Edge Of Midnight Edge Of Midnight

Wild boy Sean McCloud takes center stage in McKenna’s over-the-top fourth entry in her romantic suspense series (Behind Closed Doors, etc.) featuring Sean and his brothers Davy and Connor, who specialize in security, catching villains and keeping their women very happy. Sean is still dealing with the death of his brainy twin, Kevin, one of many victims of the covert Midnight Project directed by the sadistic Dr. Christopher Osterman. When Sean’s lost love, Olivia Liv Endicott, returns to Endicott Falls, Wash., to open a bookstore, Sean is both thrilled and terrified. And when the store is torched by Dr. O’s pet assassin and Liv is almost killed by the relentless goon (whom she dubs T-Rex), Sean vows he won’t lose her again. Sean swings into full-frontal heroics, battling T-Rex and working to reclaim Liv’s trust. Full of the author’s trademark turbocharged sex scenes, this action-packed novel is sure to be a crowd pleaser. (Aug.)  Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

 

 

Fade To Midnight

Fade To Midnight

Kevin McCloud, believed dead for 18 years, resurfaces in fantastic fashion in McKenna’s latest red-hot McCloud sizzler (Edge of Midnight; etc.). After recovering from an injury suffered while trying to prevent a drowning, Kev, now 40-ish, begins remembering what happened leading up to the traumatic events that left him an amnesiac and is lured back into the dark web cast by the evil scientists intent on completing the now-dead psycho scientist Christopher Osterman’s devious mind-control invention. When Kev meets graphic novelist Edie Parrish at a book signing, they forge a connection that’s deeper than romantic; as it turns out, Edie has psychic powers, a history with Osterman, and believes Kev may have inspired the hero of her graphic novel. McKenna’s steamy style, sci-fi twists, and possible family reunion makes this the best McCloud update yet, but readers who aren’t already well versed in the series will want to start with the earlier volumes. (June)  Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

 

 

Humans vs Aliens

Humans vs Aliens

The fate of planet Earth lies within the hands of leagions of well-trained, multidisciplinary soldiers and one pitchfork-wielding hillbilly. Encroaching aliens must be slaughtered before they reach the villages in this tower-defense style game for your Android device.

Grunts vs. Hillbillies
Aliens creep onto the screen, slowly progressing forward. You must stop them before they reach your village border. Place an equally-matched human in its destructive path and watch as the battle ensues. Each soldier has a skill or weapon, from flamethrowers and pitchforks to attack helicopters. Use your most powerful humans only when you need them; they require the most energy.

Luckily, your booze-fueled hillbilly doesn’t require any energy. He doesn’t put up much of a fight either, but against an alien grunt–he’ll get ‘er done.

Blue energy orbs appear sporadically. As you collect them, your humans will become energized and ready for battle. Oil wells allow for more frequent power-ups but you must protect your wells.

No Land is Sacred
As you progress through five beautifully rendered U.S.-based locations, unlock more powerful humans and more threatening aliens. Tirelessly battle your way through aliens that do everything from cloak themselves to spit fire.

With OpenFeint, unlock 18 achievements and compare your scores with friends as well as the rest of the world. So, go save the world–and let everyone know about it.

Amazon Revenue Shortfall A Sign of Kindle Success?

Investors have recently suffered a bit of disappointment as Amazon’s fourth quarter revenue failed to meet expectations.  Stocks fell, as a result.  The big question is why this was the case.  With Amazon saying that the sales of their Kindle line were up 177%, and the Kindle Fire specifically being the best selling product on their site since before it was even released, it’s possible we have an answer.

Regardless of whether or not the Kindle Fire, or any of the Kindle eReader devices for that matter, is being sold at a loss, it is definitely not being sold for a significant profit.  That is even taking into account nothing beyond the simple numbers that people have managed to break down as far as parts and manufacturing cost estimates and ignores any other form of investment the company has to make to create a successful product.  This means that everything after launch from software development to marketing to Amazon’s ever impressive support staff will inevitably push things over into the red.  This can create some misleading information when you launch something like the Kindle Fire that exceeds expectations so strongly.

The way the Kindle line works, especially the Kindle Fire, is that the profit always comes from media purchases over the course of the device’s life.  By providing each customer with a simple way to get whatever they want at a moment’s notice with no complications, Amazon makes it easy for a $1 eBook here and there to add up to a decent income.  This means that while expected income for the company on each Kindle Fire is estimated to exceed initial guesses, it will take time for that to manifest.  The short term will see more investment in making the product as indispensible as possible to users and cement customer loyalty even if it means taking larger short term losses than expected due to the sheer number of new users.

Basically that is what this all seems to come down to.  Despite the doomsday predictions floating around now that Amazon has had a superficially bad quarter, there is reason to believe that the short term loss is actually a good predictor of long term growth.

The Kindle Fire has had a huge impact on markets and now accounts for the largest percentage of Android tablet usage by some accounts.  It is beating out the competition and still gaining momentum along the way.  There have been some reports that Android developers are currently making as much as 250% more off of their app sales on the Amazon Appstore than on those made through the general Android Marketplace, especially in those situations where revenue is advertising based.

The model is working and people are definitely making good use of their new tablets.  While it remains to be seen what will come of Amazon’s efforts beyond the Kindle Fire, particularly given that future installments are rumored to be vaguely directed at confrontation with Apple’s iPad, right now there is every reason to believe that the experiment in moving beyond eReaders was a success.