Daily Deals: A Good and Useful Hurt and Bounce the Bunny HD

Today Amazon offers to read “A Good and Useful Hurt” written by Aric Davis just for $0.99

A Good and Useful HurtMike is a tattoo artist running his own shop, and Deb is the piercing artist he hires to round out the motley crew at his studio of four. The last thing either expects is romance, but that’s exactly what happens when they follow their off-kilter careers and love lives into complete disaster.

When Mike follows a growing trend and tattoos the ashes of deceased loved ones into several customers’ tattoos, he has no idea that it will one day provide the solution—and solace—he will sorely need. And when the life of a serial killer tragically collides with the lives of those in the tattoo shop, Mike and Deb will stop at nothing in their quest for revenge, even if it means stepping outside the known boundaries of life and death.

Ink that is full of crematory ashes, a sociopathic killer, and pain in its most raw form combine for one of the most imaginative, haunting thrillers in recent memory. Full of wit and heart, A Good and Useful Hurt delivers the goods with the pain of a needle in skin.

Some words about the Author

Aric Davis is married with one daughter and lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he has worked for the past fifteen years as a body piercer. A punk rock aficionado, Davis does anything he can to increase awareness of a good band. He likes weather cold enough to need a sweatshirt—but not a coat—and friends who wear their hearts on their sleeves. In addition to reading and writing, he also enjoys roller coasters and hockey. His debut novel, Nickel Plated, was published by AmazonEncore in March 2011.

 

Bounce the Bunny HDAlso Amazon offers the following game: Bounce the Bunny HD. You can download this game for free today only.

The Right Bunny for the Job

Sometimes, there’s a bunny… well, he’s the right bunny for his time and place. Bounce the Bunny is just that bunny. All he ever wanted to do was bounce so high that he could collect the shiny stars in the sky that always seemed slightly out of reach.

One day, Bounce met a magic frog who shared his magical bubble-making techniques. Magical bouncing bubbles! Now Bounce was free to make his dream come true. But he can’t do it without you!

Let’s Bounce

Help Bounce the Bunny take off on a series of epic adventures across land, over the sea, and through the air. Enjoy hours of physics-based gameplay as Bounce flies through unique and colorful worlds, collecting stars based on your bubble designs.

Each of the game’s 60 levels is easy to learn but challenging to master, with loads of achievements, unlockable boosts, and items to earn. Marvel at the 3D visuals, earn a spot on the leaderboard, and share your progress on Facebook.

The Stars Our Destination

Will you see Bounce through his victories and defeats, his glories and triumphs, as he pursues his destiny? Can you get every star on every level?

There’s only one way to find out. Get bouncing!

Amazon is Getting Kindle Fire In-App Purchasing Ready

If you’re going to develop an application around the idea of ongoing micro-transactions, and many people have chosen to do exactly that, then the most important consideration is likely going to be smooth integration of payment options.  Amazon used the essence of this in the creation of the Kindle Fire itself.  The whole tablet is basically a way for customers to get the content they want without thinking too hard about where or how to get it, all while keeping the actual act of purchase as unobtrusive as possible.  Until now, however, app developers wanting to cater to Kindle Fire users have been unable to turn this to their own advantage.

We know they have been looking into making this happen for quite some time, but apparently now we have some confirmation of active testing being done in preparation for a more large-scale roll-out.  One of the founders of Skimble Inc, the maker of some physical fitness programs that have been involved with the pilot, revealed some of the details.

There will be both individual purchase options and the ability to set up a subscription.  This will be handy for newspapers following Amazon’s recent recommendation that potential newspaper submissions set up their own apps rather than getting into the Kindle Store’s selection.  Amazon’s cut on every sale will be the same 30% they take on eBooks and app sales in general.

This opens up whole new avenues of income both for Amazon and for app developers participating in their Android app store.  Currently anybody looking for regular income from their users is forced to either sell ad space in free apps or arrange some sort of non-integrated system for content purchases.  It is a smart move that puts the company in a much better position to capitalize on the Kindle Fire and Android app sales in general.

This is not a trivial thing to get going.  Amazon absolutely needs to get things right.  There have already been complaints about their parental controls thanks to poorly functioning and completely missing options in the initial release of the Kindle Fire.  Users need the assurance that this will not be an issue in the future.

Many will remember the iPad in-app spending horror stories resulting from unrestricted purchasing options.  Children were able to charge thousands of dollars buying virtual goods with no notice or warning screen until Apple came up with more refined controls.  Such have not been nearly as necessary for the Kindle Fire before now, but adding this feature to the system will require some changes.

While Amazon has the best selling Android tablet on the market today, they have the smallest of the three major tablet app stores.  Part of that is the heavy oversight they keep in place to ensure quality control among their offerings, but a lot is also lack of developer interest.  While developers are likely to make significantly more on their app sales through Amazon than through Google Play, the initial sale is not the only source of income for many companies.  If Amazon gets this working, and working well, it could lead to a huge boom in Kindle Fire app-building.