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Daily Deals: The Naming and Clown Ball

The Naming: The First Book of Pellinor (Pellinor Series)Today Amazon offers The Naming: The First Book of Pellinor (Pellinor Series) by Alison Croggon just for $1.99

In the classic spirit of epic fantasy comes this glittering saga of a young girl who learns she possesses an uncanny gift – and is destined to use it to save her world from a terrifying evil. Maerad is a slave in a desperate and unforgiving settlement, taken there as a child when her family is destroyed in war. She doesn’t yet know she has inherited a powerful gift, one that marks her as a member of the noble School of Pellinor and enables her to see the world as no other can. It is only when she is discovered by Cadvan, one of the great Bards of Lirigon, that her true identity and extraordinary destiny unfold. Now, she and her mysterious teacher must embark on a treacherous, uncertain journey through a time and place where the forces of darkness wield an otherworldly terror.

Some words about the Author

Alison Croggon is an acclaimed Australian poet and playwright. She is the Melbourne theatre critic for The Australian and has received the Geraldine Pascall Critic of the Year award. To date, she has written and performed nine works for the theatre. Her young adult fantasy quartet, the Books of Pellinor, have been published around the world to much praise. She was inspired to write them when her oldest son started reading fantasy novels, reminding her of how much she enjoyed the genre and of her ambition growing up to write a fantasy novel herself.

 

Clown BallAs usual Amazon also offer to download an application to your Kindle Fire for free today only. And today it is Clown Ball.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls…

Fans of marble rolling games like Super Monkey Ball, Labyrinth, and Neverball will love Clown Ball with its fantastic tilt controls. If you enjoy playing marble maze or marble labyrinth games you’ve got to give it a try. You’ll be tickled pink.

Swerve through mazes as you roll your ball past hammers, through tunnels, and over balance beams in this 3D circus game. Try your acrobatic skills on the trampoline, or dare to be fired from a circus cannon. Challenge your mind as you unravel some deviously tricky puzzles.

Kids love Clown Ball because the intuitive tilt control is easier to use than a touch screen. Parents love the game because it’s good, clean circus-themed fun for the kids…and for the adults. Children can simply play through each level, while adults can attempt the more difficult challenges, such as getting all the stars or finishing before the bonus timer runs out.

 

Windows 8 Release Preview to Ship Today

Keep an eye on our Windows 8 Release Preview post for updates on download links and hands-on review.

UNO Now Available on the Kindle

UNO is such a fun game for all ages.  It was just added to the ever expanding Kindle game list.  There are a number of popular board games and card games available on the e-reader.  There is an edition for both the Kindle Fire and the regular e-ink Kindles.

The Kindle Fire edition uses full color and is formatted more like the traditional UNO game.  It is about 99 cents and has okay reviews.  The version for the e-ink Kindles is brand new and is showing promise.

If you’re unfamiliar with the game of UNO, basically you match up different numbers and color cards until you run out.  You have to say “uno!” before any other player if you have one card left, or you have to draw.  There are special cards: reverse, draw 2, and wild cards.  It can get pretty crazy, especially if a lot of people are playing.

Gameloft, the developer, worked around the color issue by creating shapes to identify the different cards.  You will see this on a lot of the Kindle based card games.  I noticed a good point in the product description.  By eliminating color, it makes the game accessible for people who are color blind.  That’s a good perk.

The Kindle version of UNO includes a variety of play modes and game types.  You can set up customizable rules and enter different challenges.

I’m a fan of traditional card games, but putting them on the Kindle definitely adds some portability to the game.  You don’t have to worry about spilling the cards everywhere in the car or other similar situations.

UNO has good reviews overall.  There really aren’t that many up yet.

If you are looking for a good bargain, check out this week’s sale on the classic hit, Yahtzee.  In addition to that one, there is a slew of other fun games that are either free or just 99 cents.

 

 

Daily Deals: The Last Good Day and Homerun Battle 3D

The Last Good DayToday Amazon offers The Last Good Day by Peter Blauner just for $1.99

When a decapitated corpse washes up on the banks of the Hudson River, a New York suburb is sent into an uproar. Commuters waiting for the morning train into Manhattan in the small Hudson River town of Riverside are the first to see the body. She drifts out of the river, naked and headless, shocking the onlookers before they board their train to work.  Riverside Police Chief Harold Baltimore can’t get away from her so easily. A black chief in a white town, he’s new to his job and not at all sure he’s suited to it. At first it looks like a routine mob murder, but when one of his detectives identifies the corpse as a local woman, the news rocks quiet little Riverside—and the town won’t ever be quiet again.  This ebook features an illustrated biography of Peter Blauner including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.

Some words about the Author.

Peter Blauner is the author of Man of the Hour, The Intruder, and Slow Motion Riot. A native New Yorker and former New York magazine reporter, he lives with his family in Brooklyn.

 

Homerun Battle 3DIf you like to play on sport virtually it can be interesting for you: Homerun Battle 3D. Today only you can download this game for free.

You’re on deck! Are you prepared to go head-to-head with more than ten million big sluggers in Homerun Battle 3D? The incredible graphics, realistic sound effects, and real competition will make you feel like you’ve joined the big leagues. Take a couple of practice swings because you’re about to step up to the plate.

Uniforms and Equipment

Outfit your rookie with more than 100 items from hats and uniforms to cleats and bats. As you move up in the ranks, earn better equipment. Choose from official baseball wear like DeMarini CF4, Voodoo, and other M2M bat equipment.

Statistics and Game Modes

Play in 4 different game modes: Online Match up, Arcade, Training, and Classic. Login to the Com2uS hub and your play data will automatically be saved in. Enjoy a game on multiple devices with the same ID and all data is saved in your personal hub account. Guest Play allows you to play a game without logging in.

Recognition
  • More than 10 million players in more than 300 million match-up games
  • The Best of the Best Apps Awards Winner
  • Nominated as IMGA’s Best Game

Amazon Signs a Deal With Paramount

Amazon Prime Instant Video has hit a growth spurt again.  This time, the major online retailer has signed a deal with Paramount.  This is huge, because some of the most popular movies of all time come from this production company.

Forrest Gump, one of my favorite movies, is part of the list of newly added selection.  Other well known titles include: Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Top Gun, Mission Impossible 3, and Mean Girls. moreMean Girls is another favorite of mine.

The benefits of paying for a separate Netflix plan are shrinking rapidly.  For $79 a year, you can get free two day shipping, check out a book a month on your Kindle, and enjoy unlimited movie streaming.  I take advantage of all three of these services quite frequently.

I’ve found some popular Kindle books such as the Hunger Games Trilogy in the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library.  The downside is that you have to wait a month to get the next book in the trilogy.  I’m okay with that, but I know many Hunger Games fan want to jump in to the following books immediately.

In addition to popular series, there are also a ton of books by independent authors that are fresh discoveries.  Kindle Direct Publishing has opened up a new world of publishing, and has given many authors a chance to excel.  In the past, authors were an elite group.

In the first half of 2012, Amazon Prime Instant Video has grown from roughly 13,000 to 17,000 titles, and is still growing.  Earlier deals include Viacom and Discovery.  These two production companies, along with Paramount bring an eclectic collection of movies that spans across many different genres.

Prime Instant Video is compatible with both PC’s and Mac’s.  If you have a Kindle Fire, you can also enjoy them on there as well, for more portability.

Daily Deals: The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating and First Puzzles HD Pro

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating: A MemoirToday Amazon offers The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating: A Memoir by Elisabeth Tova Bailey just for $1.99

“The hero of this story enters . . . well . . . rather slowly. It doesn’t don a cape or sport a lightening bolt on its chest, but its effects are monumental. The actions of this tiny mollusk become all-consuming . . . Everything about this slip of a book is unassuming, yet its petite size, prose, and characters rise like quiet giants from its pages.” — BookBrowse.com

In a work that beautifully demonstrates the rewards of closely observing nature, Elisabeth Bailey shares an inspiring and intimate story of her uncommon encounter with a Neohelix albolabris -a common woodland snail. While an illness keeps her bedridden, Bailey watches a wild snail that has taken up residence on her nightstand. As a result, she discovers the solace and sense of wonder that this mysterious creature brings and comes to a greater under standing of her own confined place in the world. Intrigued by the snail-s molluscan anatomy, cryptic defenses, clear decision making, hydraulic locomotion, and mysterious courtship activities, Bailey becomes an astute and amused observer, providing a candid and engaging look into the curious life of this underappreciated small animal. Told with wit and grace, The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating is a remarkable journey of survival and resilience, showing us how a small part of the natural world illuminates our own human existence and provides an appreciation of what it means to be fully alive.

Some words about the Author

Elisabeth Tova Bailey’s essays and short stories have been published in the Missouri Review,Northwest Review, and the Sycamore Review. She has received several Pushcart Prize nominations, and the essay on which this book is based received a notable essay listing in Best American Essays. She lives in Maine.

 

First Puzzles HD ProAlso you can get a cool game for your kids on your Kindle Fire which called First Puzzles HD Pro.

Clever Kids First Puzzles HD Pro is a fun and simple educational game for children from 2 to 10 years old. Kids will learn new words, shapes, and correct spellings as they explore such exciting places as the farm, the ocean, and the world of the dinosaur.

Playing is simple: drag the pieces of each puzzle around to create a picture, and fill in the animals that inhabit each scene. This app will also help your child spell each word.

On the Farm, Under the Sea, or Back in Time

Kids can choose from three fun puzzle worlds to work in. Down on the farm, familiar characters like cows, pigs, and hens are waiting to be placed in their correct puzzle positions. In the ocean, you’ll find lots of friendly undersea creatures like an octopus, crab, starfish, and sea turtle.

And if you’re feeling especially brave, go back in time to the domain of the dinosaurs! This prehistoric world features a smiling Stegosaur, affable Apatosaurus, and remarkably un-scary Tyrannosaurus Rex, along with several other lovable dinos.

Whichever puzzle your child decides to work first, she or he is sure to have fun. Get started now and see which puzzle becomes your kid’s favorite!

IPG Titles Return to the Kindle After 3 Months

It has been an interesting few months of discussion, debate, argument, and drama, but The Independent Publishers Group has finally arrived at terms with Amazon that will allow their titles to return to the Kindle Store.  This comes as welcome news to the many authors and publishers who rely on the IPG and is likely even more welcome to the many readers who have been unable to enjoy this content thanks to the ongoing conflict.

The terms that have been reached are as yet undisclosed.  The only way we know anything of this is thanks to a mass email informing IPG publishers that as of May 25th their titles are back on the digital shelves.  Anything that isn’t made it back into circulation should be restored “in the next day or two”.  It will be interesting to see what exactly comes out about this new agreement since IPG CEO Curt Matthews has been blogging at length throughout this about the many evils of editor/publisher disintermediation.

I don’t agree with many of Matthews’s arguments.  I think he is very persuasively trying to hold onto the past by ignoring a lot of important aspects of the eBook transition we have going on right now.  Whether or not you buy into his points, though, clearly he has no interest in giving up any ground to Amazon.  To hear him talk, Amazon is deliberately trying to destroy all publishing and the independent authors their self-publishing program enables are universally talentless amateurs.   Taken not terribly out of context, his opinion is pretty well conveyed by this passage from the IPG Blog:

“One of the most important functions of publishers, distributors, and booksellers (book agents and reviewers too) has always been to assure a certain level of quality, not necessarily as high a level as we might want, but at least a baseline far higher than the abysmal standard—in fact the non-existent standard—set by the new electronic vanity presses.”

Details are mostly unimportant to both customers and publishers at this point, however.  What matters is the fact that the books are available for the Kindle again.  In order to take some of the edge off of the months that publishers have had to endure with no Amazon sales, IPG has chosen to forgo their fee on everything sold from June 1st through August 31st of this year.  100% of all revenue will go directly to the publishers.

The best that can be said about this whole situation is that it draws attention to the problems that exist in the power balance between distributers and publishers, as well in the mechanisms of the publishing industry.  Publishers have a purpose and provide a great deal of value.  Perhaps not as much as they want people to believe, but it is obviously going to be in their best interest to make that case.

Amazon is doing an amazing job of maintaining their place as the primary distributer of digital reading material and, despite the fact that they are doing most of that by simply creating in the Kindle the best platform there is right now, they are using that position in ways that don’t necessarily serve customers.  It needed to come out, and hopefully things will be better as a result.

Daily Deals: The Summer Son and Bedside Alarm Clock

The Summer SonToday Amazon offers to get The Summer Son by Craig Lancaster just for $0.99

When Mitch Quillen’s life begins to unravel, he fears there is no escape. His marriage and his career are both failing, and his relationship with his father has been a disaster for decades. Approaching forty, Mitch doesn’t want to become a middle-aged statistic. When his estranged father, Jim, suddenly calls, Mitch’s wife urges him to respond. Ready for a change, Mitch heads to Montana and a showdown that will alter the course of his life. Amid a backdrop of rugged peaks and valleys, the story unfolds: a violent episode that triggered the rift, thirty years of miscommunication, and the possibility of misplaced blame. In Craig Lancaster’s powerful novel, The Summer Son, readers are invited into a family where conflict and secrets prevail, and where hope for healing and redemption is possible.

Here are some reviews on this book:

“Lancaster has crafted a novel that offers readers the most valuable gift any work of fiction can offer: an authentic emotional experience. The Summer Son will grip you with its pathos and insight, propel you mercilessly forward with its tension and suspense, and then wow you with an ending you won’t see coming. And when the experience is over, The Summer Son will stick with you.” — Jonathan Evison, author of West of Here and All About Lulu

“Lancaster’s characters drill into the earth in search of natural gas, and so too do they burrow into their pasts, hunting for the pockets of explosive angst that define who they are today. A compelling dose of realism and a vicious reminder that ancient history is always close enough to kiss us.” — Joshua Mohr, author of Some Things That Meant the World To Me and Termite Parade

The Summer Son is a superb and authentic exploration of family ties and the delicate relationships between fathers and sons, husbands and wives, and the past and present. Lancaster writes from the heart in clear and powerful prose, exposing his characters flaws and strengths in heartbreaking detail and giving readers exactly what we want from contemporary fiction: characters we believe in from the first page, laugh and cry with throughout, and, finally, deeply understand at the end.” — Kristy Kiernan, award-winning author of Catching Genius and Between Friends

Some words about the Author

Craig Lancaster, a journalist and novelist, is the author of 600 Hours of Edward, named a 2009 Montana Honor Book. He lives in Billings, Montana, with his wife, Angela, and two rambunctious dachshunds.

 

Bedside Alarm ClockAlso you can download to your Kindle Fire and install Bedside Alarm Clock. Today only it is free.

Your alarm clock shouldn’t just be an alarm clock anymore. With the Bedside Alarm Clock app, your Android device can double as your new-and-improved, feature-packed, wake-up call. Fall asleep and wake up to your favorite music and enjoy a gorgeous LED display, among many other features that your old alarm clock could only dream of.

Customize Your Clock

It could be the last thing you see before you drift off to sleep, so you should at least like the way it looks. The Bedside Alarm Clock app has a stylish LED display with customizable LED color. Display the day of the week, and choose to use a 12-or 24-hour time display. Additionally, it looks great in either portrait or landscape orientation.

As you drift off to sleep, play music from your music library or choose from five relaxing soundtracks. Set the timer to play the sleep- inducing sounds for up to three hours.

Wakey, Wakey

Just as pleasantly as it sends you off to sleep, it should wake you from your peaceful slumber. Choose from 14 high-quality alarm sounds, or use a song from your music library. Set unlimited, customizable repeatable alarms. For those notorious for accidentally turning off their alarm, the slide stop helps to prevent over-sleeping. Don’t worry, you can always use the snooze button, and set the duration for your preference.

Personal Finance for Dummies

I just finished a book called Personal Finance in Your 20’s for Dummies on my Kindle.  I recommend this getting started guide for anyone setting out in the working world, or those who are looking for learn more about financial matters.

This book covers everything from health insurance to investing.  It is geared for high school or college graduates more so than someone in their late 20’s like myself, however, many of the tips ere very relevant since recent graduates are having a harder time finding jobs.  That in turn puts them getting into the workforce later.  The work force also looks a lot different now than it did even 10 years ago.

The book also gives suggestions for different companies or organizations that are good options to use in each category.  It includes a variety of choices, so there’s something for everyone.

There is another one called Personal Finance for Dummies, as well as Investing for Dummies.  Those go more in detail on the the topic than the 20’s one does.

Seems like there’s a Dummies book for everything.  The language used is written in a way that explains whatever the topic is, really well.  It takes good writing for me to stay engaged, and these do.

You can about all of these on the Kindle for less than $10.  I’ve been switching between my Kindle and iPhone Kindle app a lot.  Quite handy since I use these books as a reference for both personal and professional reasons.

Aimee Elizabeth


“This book covers a wide variety of general personal finances. It’s a great starter book for anyone just getting out of school, just entering the workforce or better yet while still in school, before any financial mistakes have been made! And also a great book for anyone to read BEFORE they get their first credit card or any other type of debt. Highly recommended!”

 

 

Daily Deals: Seven Norwegian Crime Novels and The Floor Is Lava

Today Amazon offers Seven Norwegian crime novels just for $1.99 each. All books were written by Karin Fossum herself or with cooperation with another write Felicity David. Karin Fossum is know as the author of the internationally successful Inspector Konrad Sejer crime series. Her recent honors include a Gumshoe Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for mystery/thriller.

Here are the list of books:

Don’t Look Back (Inspector Sejer) by Karin Fossum and Felicity David;

He Who Fears the Wolf (Inspector Sejer Mysteries) by Karin Fossum and Felicity David;

When the Devil Holds the Candle (Inspector Sejer Mysteries) by Karin Fossum and Felicity David;

The Indian Bride (Inspector Sejer Mysteries) by Karin Fossum;

Black Seconds (An Inspector Sejer Mystery) by Karin Fossum;

The Water’s Edge (Inspector Sejer Mysteries) by Karin Fossum;

Bad Intentions (Inspector Sejer Mysteries) by Karin Fossum;

 

The Floor Is LavaAlso you can download The Floor Is Lava for free. It is a game for your Kindle Fire or any other Android device.

The Burning Man concept is fine for a big party in the Nevada desert; otherwise, it’s best not to take the term literally. Keep this in mind as you play The Floor Is Lava, a red-hot 3D puzzle game for your Android device.

In The Floor Is Lava, your job is to cross a series of floor tiles and cause them to fall into the bubbling lava below. But it’s not as simple as you might think! Unless you want to plummet into the lava, too, you’ll need to be clever of mind and fleet of foot.

Don’t Look Down

Numbered tiles must be crossed multiple times in order to make them fall, and walls between tiles are impassable and must be navigated around. Choose your path carefully, because if you end up trapped, you’re toast.

Oh, one more thing. If you take too long to clear a level, then the lava will slowly begin to rise until it engulfs both the tiles and yourself. So you’d better hotfoot it!

At the end of each level, you’ll be rewarded with sparkling gems that fall from above. Catch them for extra points (and take a breath before facing the next fiery challenge).