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Daily Deals: The Boarding House, Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance and Nintaii

The Boarding HouseThe Boarding House by Sharon Sala is a book which is offered with great discount within today’s daily deals. You can get it just for $1.99.  Compare this price with yesterday: $12.95.

Ellie Wayne does not just live. She survives. New York Times bestselling author Sharon Sala brings emotional intensity to an unforgettable story of survival, empowerment and raw courage. Ellie Wayne has grown up in frightening circumstances, damaged by a sexually abusive father and mentally fragile mother. Scarred and still threatened by a father she hates and fears, Ellie believes her future holds nothing more than danger, shame and secrets . . . until the unspeakable happens, and Ellie is forced to choose. She can claim her life or continue to hide in the shadows.One amazing man might be the miracle worker who can help Ellie see that she has the power to move on with her life, to hope for something more. If she can trust him.Readers will cheer for this amazing woman as she struggles to leave victimhood behind. Sharon Sala is a long time member of Romance Writers of America writing as Sharon Sala and Dinah McCall. She writes romantic suspense, Young Adult, and Women’s Fiction. First published in 1991, she’s a seven-time RITA finalist, winner of the Janet Dailey Award, four-time winner of the Career Achievement award from RT Magazine, five time winner of the National Reader’s Choice Award and five time winner of the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence as well as the Bookseller Best Award. Her books are New York Times, USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly mass market best-sellers. Writing changed her life, her world, and her fate. This summer look for the third book in her Young Adult paranormal mysteries, the Lunatic Ghosts series (My Lunatic Life, The Lunatic Detective) from Bell Bridge Books.

Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to DanceFrank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance by Keith Graves is another book with today’s price $1.99.

When Frank (as in Frankenstein) goes dancing, his lively movements make him fall to pieces, whereupon his previously appreciative audience runs screaming from the theater. A humorous rhyming text immediately engages readers: “Frank was a monster who wanted to dance. I know I could boogie if they gave me a chance. So he put on his hat and his shoes made in France and opened a jar and put on his pants.” In acrylic and colored pencil, Graves’ cartoon-like illustrations, stylistically reminiscent of Lane Smith, extend the text with such details as Frank’s mouse slippers (complete with teeth), a bottle of “Le Smell,” and a box of “Le Shooz.” Graves’ palette (purple-grape, electric blue, and lime-green with cherry-red highlights) makes the details pop without overwhelming the eye. Young listeners will respond to the comedy, the catchy rhythm, and especially the yuck factor induced by Frank’s dancy disintegration.

Newcomer Graves pays generic, goofy homage to Frankenstein and to 1960s-era hot-rod art. He goes heavy on the purple, electric blue and Astroturf green in his polished, nearly 3D compositions of acrylic and colored pencil. Even the hand-lettered text, with its occasional incorporation of worms, bulging eyes, etc., contributes to the expansion of the punchline, which will likely hit primary graders’ funny bones.

In rhyme and gloriously putrid color, we follow Frank the monster as he achieves his dream: “I know I could boogie if they gave me a chance,” he muses, sitting at home in his pants, and proceeds to the theater. The audience loves him, but his head, which looks like an acid-green baseball with a zipper, comes undone, spilling out his purplely brain. The grossed-out audience departs as Frank loses an arm and an eyeball. Just the ticket for a collection that might be leaning too much toward the sweet and proper. This is a close cousin to Boogi Bones, written by Elizabeth Loredo and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes.

Some words about the Author

Keith Graves is the pen name of an alien disguised as a large parakeet. He was last spotted in Texas with his lovely three-eyed wife and twin Martians. This is his second book for earthlings.

 

NintaiiNintaii is a game for you Kindle Fire. Download this game for free today only.

Nintaii is an award-winning and addictive puzzle game that challenges you to outwit a brain-teasing three-D maze with rolling blocks and switches. Roll the block through the labyrinth and drop it into your target.

Nintaii demands persistent concentration. The Japanese term “nintaii” means “patience, perseverance, or endurance.” Do you have the endurance to make it through all 100 game levels?

Product features

  • Award-winning puzzle game
  • 100 brain-teasing levels
  • Eye-popping 3D graphics

State of the Kindle Wrap-Up Before Anticipated Sep 6th Hardware Upgrade Announcement

Amazon has arranged for a September 6th press conference that leaves a lot to the imagination.  The text of the invitation apparently reads, in its entirety, “Please join us for an Amazon Press Conference.”  It will take place at the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica.  That’s really not much to go on.  Still, it is all but a given that the event will show off the latest generation of Kindle products.

About a year ago Amazon released an entirely new set of Kindles.  The Kindle Fire was the centerpiece, of course, but the then-renamed Kindle Keyboard was joined by a new basic Kindle and the Kindle Touch.  The Kindle Fire shook up the entire Android tablet world and changed the game entirely there.  It’s thanks to Amazon that we’re seeing truly useful tablets in the $200 range.

The newer Kindle eReaders did not enjoy as much success.  The basic Kindle is indeed the cheapest and most widely purchased eReader on the market today, being the first to get under the previously impressive $100 mark.  That is about all that has managed to impress people about it, however.  The Kindle Touch is an interesting device and brought a touch interface to the line, but that’s not been enough to really demand attention for a while now.

The speculation about what September 6th will bring for the Kindle is still rather varied despite the event being close at hand.  Based on the information available, however, we can make some fairly safe predictions.

FCC Filings

Using a front company, Amazon seems to have managed approval for new versions of both the Kindle Fire and the Kindle eReader.  This is not unprecedented and the last update to the product line involved three devices registered through three separate front companies in an effort to keep details under wraps.

On August 15th The Digital Reader reported a tip that led them to the new Kindle Fire.  It is less than informative, and certainly not as detailed as many would prefer, but some useful info can be gathered.  Judging from the dimensions, for example, we’re looking at a 4:3 device as opposed to the 16:9 aspect ratio used by most tablet builders.  It’s an interesting choice that may point to this being a larger tablet meant to compete directly with the iPad, since that is the same aspect ratio Apple uses in their own design.

The new Kindle eReader cleared in much the same way on August 21st.  A different front company run through the same corporate services provider registered an “electronic display device”.  While the testing doesn’t indicate a front-lit screen, which would be in keeping with certain delay rumors that have been floating around, it does point to something with both WiFi and 3G access as well as audio capabilities.

This does not mean that there will be no front-lit Kindle.  The three filings mentioned above from last year were all made the day before their official public announcements.  All that this indicates is that there will definitely be a version of the next generation that doesn’t have front-lighting.  Not really a surprise given that the inclusion of such a feature is sure to bump the price compared to unlit alternatives at least slightly.

State Dept Contract Cancellation Reinforces Front-Lighting Rumors?

There will definitely be a front-lit Kindle at some point, regardless of delays and pricing differences.  We know that Amazon is working on producing them thanks to leaks, property acquisitions, and basic reasoning (the light on the Nook Simple Touch is really useful and Amazon would be silly not to make one).

The fact that they have failed to land a proposed $16.5 million no-bid contract with the US State Dept might point to delayed releases.  The initial proposal required 2,500 Kindles with preloaded content and front-lit displays.  Since the document included the indication that the “Amazon Kindle [is] the only e-Reader on the market that meets the Government’s needs”, something came up in the meantime.  Production delays that would result in an inability to meet deadlines are not at all out of the question.

Firedock Trademark

In what will probably turn out to be another preparation for this event, Amazon has managed to grab the trademark for the word Firedock.  That was originally the name for a fairly impressive Kindle Fire accessory concept from Grade Digital Audio that is now going by the name Matchstick.

The Kindle Fire, despite its emphasis on media, is badly in need of affordable accessories.  An official charging station/speaker dock would sell amazingly well and clearly Amazon is aware of that.  The big question is “why didn’t they put something out sooner”, but with luck the wait will have been worth it.  Combined with a potentially larger display, this could completely change the level of utility for the next generation of Kindle Fire.

Nexus 7 and Nook Competition

With all the talk of a Kindle Fire meant to compete with the iPad, it’s easy to forget that the existing model is already enjoying some fairly stiff competition.  Google’s Nexus 7 is quite possibly the best tablet available for $200 right now; no matter what metric you are using.

Despite some supply issues, Google’s 7” tablet is enjoying a deserved surge in popularity.  Between allowing access to the wider world of Android content (including that offered by Amazon) and the more up to date hardware/software combination it ships with, there is little to recommend the existing Kindle Fire by comparison unless Amazon’s home-grown interface is a deeply desired feature.

On the eReader side of things, the Nook is still going fairly strong as well.  While device sales are down according to their most recent quarterly reports, content sales are up and the Nook Simple Touch is still setting the hardware standard.  Given that Barnes & Noble is about to begin extending sales of the Nook to Britain, opening the door to new and as-yet untapped customers, we can’t discount the potential for a sales boom in the Nook’s future.

Sources seem to indicate that there will also be a refresh of the Nook Tablet in the next month or two.  Given how forgettable the Nook Tablet has been in the current generation, despite its superior hardware specs compared to the Kindle Fire, this would initially seem to be a minor issue.  At the same time, though, there was nothing to really complain about with the existing device.  It just didn’t impress by comparison.  Barnes & Noble has invested the time and money necessary to improve things in the meantime and will almost certainly surprise to some degree.  Right now about all we know is that the intention is to have the new model improve the reading experience and show off a revolutionary new display technology of unknown capabilities.

iPad Mini Competition

The long-rumored iPad Mini seems to finally be on the horizon.  While I’m personally still quite skeptical about the existence of such a device, increasingly reliable sources seem to agree that Apple has finally caved in and decided to join the 7” tablet market.  The Kindle Fire, despite being updated, might have trouble competing in that segment should Apple really put serious effort into things.

At the same time, however, the objections that many have cited in the past remain applicable.  Apple is not known for their ability to sell things cheaply.  The least expensive iPad they have sold to date has made the company around a 50% profit at launch.  They will have to accept much smaller margins or furnish far less modern hardware if they are to get device prices down to the $250-300 range that they would need to achieve.  This doesn’t mean it’s not going to happen, but take the rumors with a grain of salt.

Wrap-up

Right now, Kindles are getting hard to come by.  The Kindle Touch is completely out of stock.  You can’t get one in any form, with or without Special Offers and/or 3G access.  The Kindle Keyboard is similarly hard to come by, though the Kindle Keyboard 3G is still around.

Basically anybody buying one of the current generation devices can choose between the $79 Kindle with no real navigation and annotation capabilities and the Kindle Fire.  Unless you think that Amazon is getting people together on the 6th to talk about how they’re cutting back to just two models, it’s fairly obvious where this is going.

We’ll keep you up to date here when solid information as it becomes available.  This is the time when Amazon really has to come up with something big to stay in the tablet market and they aren’t known for disappointing customer expectations.  It’s going to be an interesting announcement.

Daily Deals: The Soldier’s Wife, A Certain Slant of Light and Angry Birds

The Soldier's WifeToday Amazon offers The Soldier’s Wife by Margaret Leroy just for $1.99

A novel full of grand passion and intensity, The Soldier’s Wife asks “What would you do for your family” “What should you do for a stranger” and “What would you do for love”.

As World War II draws closer and closer to Guernsey, Vivienne de la Mare knows that there will be sacrifices to be made. Not just for herself, but for her two young daughters and for her mother-in-law, for whom she cares while her husband is away fighting. What she does not expect is that she will fall in love with one of the enigmatic German soldiers who take up residence in the house next door to her home. As their relationship intensifies, so do the pressures on Vivienne. Food and resources grow scant, and the restrictions placed upon the residents of the island grow with each passing week. Though Vivienne knows the perils of her love affair with Gunther, she believes that she can keep their relationship—and her family—safe. But when she becomes aware of the full brutality of the Occupation, she must decide if she is willing to risk her personal happiness for the life of a stranger.

Some words about the Author

Margaret Leroy has written five previous novels. Her first novel, Trust, was televised in the UK. Postcards from Berlin was a New York Times Notable Book, and Yes, My Darling Daughter was chosen for the summer reading list in O, the Oprah magazine. Margaret is married with two children and lives in London.

A Certain Slant of LightAlso you can get A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb for the same $1.99. This book has positive reviews by readers. Total number of reviews is 214 and average score is 4.4 which is high assessment.

In the class of the high school English teacher she has been haunting, Helen feels them: for the first time in 130 years, human eyes are looking at her. They belong to a boy, a boy who has not seemed remarkable until now. And Helen—terrified, but intrigued—is drawn to him. The fact that he is in a body and she is not presents this unlikely couple with their first challenge. But as the lovers struggle to find a way to be together, they begin to discover the secrets of their former lives and of the young people they come to possess.

Some words about the Author

Laura Whitcomb grew up in Pasadena, California where she lived in a mildly haunted house for 12 years. She has taught English in California and Hawaii. The winner of three Kay Snow Writing Awards, she was once runner up in the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction contest for the best first sentence of the worst science fiction novel never written. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her dog Maximus.

 

Angry Birds (Ad-Free)Yes, hurry up. Today you can download very popular game for free – Angry Birds (Ad-Free)!

It’s Birds vs. Pigs!

Please note: This version requires Wi-Fi to download.

The pigs are hungry and eggs are on the menu; the survival of a flock of friendly, colorful birds is threatened. When the greedy green swine raid the flock’s nest, the unexpected happens: a rage is kindled within the birds that only revenge can quench!

Your job is to help the Angry Birds seek vengeance against the pigs with the help of a finger-powered slingshot, a good dose of strategy, and a bit of luck.

The goal of the game is to catapult each bird toward the pigs, who hide behind a variety of destructible materials. Use each bird’s unique skills to break through crates, boards, stone, ice, snow, glass, boulders, and dynamite to vanquish the devious pigs.

Angry Birds turns 2! Satisfy your sweet tooth with 15 brand new birthday cake levels. Party with the amazing expandable orange bird, and check out the spiffy new menus and graphics. Unwrap special birthday achievements, and as a birthday gift to Angry Birds fans, all episodes are now unlocked.

 

 

Daily Deals: Innocent Monster, The Hiccupotamus and Bubble Ball Pro

Innocent Monster (Moe Prager)Today Amazon offers Innocent Monster (Moe Prager) by Reed Farrel Coleman.

“In Shamus-winner Coleman’s darkly impressive sixth Moe Prager mystery (after 2008’s Empty Ever After), the retired Brooklyn PI takes on a baffling missing person case only because his estranged daughter, Sarah, begs him to help. In the three weeks since art prodigy Sashi Bluntstone, the 11-year-old daughter of Sarah’s childhood friend Candy Castleman, disappeared from a walk on the beach near her Long Island home, the police have found no trace of the girl, who “skyrocketed to prominence at age four when her Abstract Expressionist paintings… began selling for tens of thousands of dollars.” Prager, who encounters a host of ugly characters, including parents Max and Candy, who aren’t telling all they know, and resentful painter Nathan Martyr, becomes increasingly sure that Sashi is dead, but keeps slogging along. His past as a cop, his guilt over his wife’s murder, and his current career as a wine merchant make Prager a complex character well suited to handle a complex mystery.” — Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc.

Some words about the Author

Reed Farrel Coleman’s mysteries starring Moe Prager have won or been nominated for many of the crime fiction world’s biggest awards, including the Edgar, the Shamus, the Barry, and the Anthony. The Moe Prager mysteries were named as part of Maureen Corrigan’s Best Books of 2009.

The HiccupotamusAlso Amazon offers The Hiccupotamus by Aaron Zenz

There was a hippopotamus
who hiccupped quite-a-lotamus.
And every time he got’emus . . .
he’d fall upon his bottomus!

Calamity ensues when an elephant, a centipede, and a rhinoceros try finding a cure for hippo’s colossal case of hiccups. Zenz’s creativity shines through with his use of colored pencil in this off-the-wall read-aloud. HIC! HIC! HIC!

Some words about the Author

Aaron Zenz lives in Spring Lake, Michigan.

 

 

 

 

Bubble Ball ProBubble Ball Pro is a free to download today only.

Try this fun, new physics puzzle game, where you will test your ingenuity and thinking skills to get the bubble to the goal. Use the pieces and powerups provided, and come up with creative solutions! There are two types of pieces, wood and metal. Wood pieces are affected by gravity when you hit Start, while metal ones stay where you placed them. Use powerups to give the bubble speed boosts and even reverse gravity! Don’t like the blue bubble? Make it a different color! Don’t want to start at the beginning? You can skip around to your liking and jump right into the 120 exciting levels. A great game to test your logical thinking skills, and to play whenever you’re bored!

Product Features

  • Challenge your brain with puzzles
  • Enjoy mind-warping physics gameplay
  • Come up with creative solutions
  • Make your own levels at naygames.com/create
  • Get power-ups and move the bubble to the goal

 

Angry Lines Kindle Game

angry lines game coverAngry Lines is a bird-matching game for the e-ink Kindles.  Once upon a time, there were flocks of happy birds living together on a tropical island.  A storm came and scattered them all.  After being separated, the birds got angry, hence the name Angry Lines.

All the player has to do is match up two identical birds: eagles, owls, parrots, and more, in order to advance to the next level.  That sounds simple, until you actually sit down and play the game.

Angry Lines gets challenging pretty quickly.  Not only do you have to match the birds, you have to find a way around the other birds to get to the correct match.  The game is set up like a grid.  As long as there aren’t any birds blocking your path, you can move your bird towards its match both vertically and horizontally.

The graphics are crisp and easy to see.  The birds definitely look angry!  The different kinds of birds are easy to distinguish, but finding matches that are not already paired up adds a new twist.

On the Kindle Touch, you select the bird you want to move, then tap the spot that you want to move it to, then tap that spot again.  It is a bit tedious, but I think it is more straightforward than trying to drag the birds around in one swoop.  The Kindle Touch doesn’t always handle swiping very well.

On the other e-ink Kindles, you can use your toggle button to move the bird to the intended spot. It is a good fit for the simplistic e-ink Kindle platform because it doesn’t require too much action other than maneuvering around.

If you are looking for an inexpensive strategic thinking game that is fun for all ages, Angry Lines is a great one to try.

Daily Deals: Spitfire, My Monster Burrufu and Army Survival Guide

SpitfireToday you can buy 2 books with great discount from Amazon: Spitfire by Annette Sandoval and My Monster Burrufu by Alberto Corral for $1.99 each.

1. Spitfire

Twenty-eight-year-old Tomi Reyes is a documentary filmmaker who moonlights as a receptionist to pay the bills. It’s a pretty easy gig—until she receives an unexpected promotion, and her somewhat interesting life goes totally insane.

For starters, her new boss, Scott Martin, morphs from nice guy into creepy dictator in the space of, like, five seconds. Then Justin Thyme, Tomi’s occasional boyfriend, is found murdered and stuffed inside his refrigerator. Before Tomi can get over the shock, her friend Whim meets the same gruesome fate. Tomi has a sneaking suspicion that new-boss-Scott has a hand in all of this, but the evidence to both of the murders is pointing to her! She is wondering how she’ll look in an orange jumper, when her childhood pal is assigned to the case. Nicholas “Nickels” Turino, is now an FBI agent, and a hot one at that. When the killer starts stalking Tomi—going as far as turning her fridge into her waiting tomb—the not-so-swift hand of justice drives Tomi to act. She sets out to unmask the killer herself or die trying. Seriously underdressed for such a cold-blooded death, Tomi is determined to live.

With its larger-than-life heroine and delightfully sarcastic tone, Spitfire offers readers a refreshing alternative to the ho-hum crime novels crowding today’s bookshelves.

Some words about the Author

Annette Sandoval’s writing is tightly bound to her experience as a Mexican American. She grew up in the barrio neighborhoods of Santa Ana, California, the youngest of five children born to immigrants from Jalisco, Mexico. Her mother named her after Mouseketeer Annette Funicello, wanting one of her children to have an “American” name. She is the author of The Directory of Saints and Homegrown Healing: Traditional Remedies from Mexico, as well as the novel Women Are Like Chickens. Her writing has appeared in national publications and the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and she has been a guest on NPR, CBS, and PBS. She lives today in Northern California.

My Monster Burrufu2. My Monster Burrufu

Seven-year-old Olivia has just moved to a new house—the same house where a lonely monster named Burrufu lives hidden in a secret attic. One night, unable to resist the smell of delicious cookies, Burrufu sneaks out and is discovered by Olivia. The two soon learn that you can find friendship in the most unexpected places.
My Monster Burrufu is a story of fear overcome, a curse, and a most unusual monster who learns from a little girl how to trust his heart.

Some words about the Author

Spanish born Alberto Corral is an animator at DreamWorks Animation Studio whose film credits include titles such as ‘Shrek Forever After’ (2010), ‘Kung Fu Panda 2’ (2011), ‘Madagascar 3’ (2012) and ‘Planet 51′(2009) amongst others.

In 2009, after he moved to Los Angeles, Alberto started to develop other artistic areas such as screenwriting, film directing and in 2011 he published his first novel, My Monster Burrufu.

He currently lives in Glendale, California, where he has already begun working on his second book.

 

Army Survival GuideArmy Survival Guide is a free application to download today only.

You don’t have to join the army to learn how to survive in a world filled with chaos. The Army Survival Guide will help you get through whatever intense situation you might encounter, whether you are caught in the crossfire of a political uprising, preparing for a zombie apocalypse, or merely headed out to the country for a weekend fishing trip.

A Little Knowledge Can Mean the Difference Between Living and Dying

Army Survival Guide is divided among 23 chapters covering a vast range of survival topics. Chapters include Psychology, Shelters, Water Procurement, Dangerous Animals, and Field-Expedient Weapons, Tools, and Equipment. The guide also has sections specific to harsh environments, including Desert Survival, Tropical Survival, Cold Weather Survival, and Sea Survival.

Learn How to Find a Meal… Without Becoming One

Do you know which parts of the Acacia tree are edible? Can you predict an oncoming blizzard by observing the behavior of cirrus clouds? Do you know how to identify a poisonous Brown Recluse spider? Army Survival Guide includes nine appendices that will teach you all of these things and more. Find out which plants have medicinal uses, familiarize yourself with venomous snakes and lizards, and learn how to use ropes and tie knots. A number of photos and illustrations are included.

Survive Any Situation–Internet Not Required

All of the information in Army Survival Guide is stored on your phone, so you can access it even after human civilization has collapsed and the Internet has ceased to exist. Of course, human civilization might be alive and well, and maybe you’re just outside of your phone’s coverage area. Additionally, there is a handy bookmarking feature that allows you to quickly jump to specific sections of the guide.

New Kindle Lineup to Debut September 6?

Amazon has a big media even scheduled for September 6th.  Speculation points to the debut of this year’s Kindle refresh.  The new lineup could include a larger Kindle Fire, and updated version of the current model, and backlit e-ink Kindles.

The Kindle Fire has some serious competition now from Google’s Nexus 7,  the rumored iPad Mini, and the Nook Color and Nook Tablet.  One of the keys to the Kindle Fire’s success last year was price, and the competitors have recognized that.  So, what will be this year’s big idea that will cause the Fire to leapfrog over its competitors?

A larger Kindle Fire can undercut the iPad in price, and Amazon has the means to make a good quality tablet.  We’ve seen a lot of attempts to dethrone the iPad, but no one has really come close, yet.

Amazon has a robust collection of books, apps and videos, plus the Prime perks, Kindle Owner’s Lending Library, Prime Instant Video, and a free app a day from the appstore.  Good covers could be key: one with a keyboard built in, or one that can help boost battery life.

Moving on to the e-ink Kindles.  The biggest upgrade this year will be the backlight.  This is pretty much a given because of the release of the backlit Nook earlier this year.  I am really excited about this development because I will be able to read comfortably in all lighting conditions.  No need to worry about carrying around external light attachments.  Preserving the long lasting battery life will pose a challenge, however.

The Kindle Touch is currently available to purchase from Amazon directly.  So, that is a clue that something new is coming.  The Kindle Touch should see an update in touch interface quality.  By that I mean smoother navigation and page turns without previous page remnants.

So, the lineup should look like this:

Kindle Fire: 7 inch and 10 inch models, which older version at reduced price

E-ink Kindles: Lighted version of the Kindle Touch and basic model.

Older models: Selling at a reduced price until inventory runs out.

There will most likely be 3G and wi-fi only options, as well as models with or without special offers. This lineup should appeal to the broadest audience possible, remain competitive across the board price wise, and stay on top of the competition in terms of features and accessories.

Stay tuned.  It will be a wild couple of weeks.

 

 

Daily Deals: The Brimstone Wedding and The Westing Game plus Word Crank Elite

The Brimstone WeddingToday Amazon offers 2 books: The Brimstone Wedding by Ruth Rendell for $1.99 and The Westing Game (Puffin Modern Classics) by Ellen Raskin for $2.99

1. The Brimstone Wedding

An elderly nursing home patient tells stories of her past that seem to mirror her caregiver’s life to a disturbing degree—and that’s before the stories take a deadly turn

Stuck in a loveless marriage and mired in a troubled affair, Genevieve Warner doesn’t have a friend in the world—until she meets Stella, a patient at the nursing home where she works as a caregiver. Whip smart and deeply familiar, Stella confides in Genevieve the story of her life, a story that builds toward a horrifying confession. As Genevieve’s own life slips helplessly down the same path, she desperately tries to turn away from a fate that seems inevitable.

Sensitive and heartbreaking, The Brimstone Wedding is a mysterious tale of mistakes repeated.

Some words about the Author

Barbara Vine is a pseudonym for Ruth Rendell. Barbara Vine has written A Dark-Adapted Eye, A Fatal Inversion, and No Night Is Too Long. She lives in England.

The Westing Game (Puffin Modern Classics)2. The Westing Game (Puffin Modern Classics)

When an eccentric millionaire dies mysteriously, sixteen very unlikely people are gathered together for the reading of the will . . . and what a will it is!

Also you can read the following review of this book by a reaser:

The Westing Game was my favorite book as a pre-teen, so when I returned to it years later, my expectations were low. Was I wrong! This book might be accessible to younger readers, but no one who loves a mystery with incredible characters should miss this for the world.

While the plot centers around a less than run-of-the-mill whodunit, the book mainly focuses on the characters: each unique, bizarre, and ultimately endearing. The author manages to make them quirky without making them caricatures. The developing relationships between the ‘heirs’ as they attempt to unravel the mystery, is, I think, far more important than the mystery itself; they also develop in their sense of identity. These are all themes any adult can appreciate, woven into the story with humor and sly understatement, yet in effect deeply moving.

The plot is complex and suspenseful, layered so impenetrably that at least one surprise at the end is inevitable. Yet even when wrapped in the most logical of puzzles, the author never loses the human touch. There are many scenes portrayed with hilarious, touching absurdity; and Raskin is dead-on with her take on human nature, even when her depiction seems exaggerated.

Read it for a good chuckle–but in the end it may be more than that.” — Ilana Teitelbaum

Some words about the Author

Ellen Raskin is the author of numerous books for young readers, including Figgs & Phantoms, a Newbery Honor book. She died in 1986.

 

Word Crank EliteWord Crank Elite is another game for your Kindle Fire. Today only you can get it for free.

Word Crank offers 3, 4, 5 – letter levels each with its own unique music and background. Play at 3 different difficulty levels from ‘Basic’ to ‘Bananas’!

Integrated with the Open Feint platform you can compete with your friends and collect fun badges along the way!

Upcoming releases will include new beats and backgrounds for your visual and auditory enjoyment.

Word Crank is truly addictive and will become your favorite word game!

Product Features

  • Play a unique word puzzle game
  • Enjoy 3 challenging levels
  • Compete with friends via OpenFeint

Daily Deals: The Keeper of Lost Causes plus Young Adult Novels and Sudoku Samurai

http://www.amazon.com/The-Keeper-Lost-Causes-ebook/dp/B0052RDIUA/ref=dp_return_2?ie=UTF8&n=133140011&s=digital-textToday Amazon offers The Keeper of Lost Causes: A Department Q Novel by Jussi Adler-Olsen for $2.99

The #1 international bestseller from Jussi Adler-Olsen, author of The Absent One.

Carl Morck used to be one of Copenhagen’s best homicide detectives. Then a hail of bullets destroyed the lives of two fellow cops, and Carl—who didn’t draw his weapon—blames himself. So a promotion is the last thing he expects. But Department Q is a department of one, and Carl’s got only a stack of Copenhagen’s coldest cases for company. His colleagues snicker, but Carl may have the last laugh, because one file keeps nagging at him: a liberal politician vanished five years earlier and is presumed dead. But she isn’t dead … yet.

Darkly humorous, propulsive, and atmospheric, The Keeper of Lost Causes introduces American readers to the mega-bestselling series fast becoming an international sensation.

 

Also, today only, 10 books that expertly depict issues facing young people are just $1.99 each. Filled with mystery, romance, science fiction, and fantasy, this collection presents a variety of settings, from the gritty backstreets of Victorian London to the halls of a modern high school. Here are the direct links to this books and the books’ list:

  1. Tree Shepherd’s Daughter (Faire Folk, Book 1) (Faire Folk Trilogy) by Gillian Summers
  2. Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles
  3. The Agency: A Spy in the House by Y. S. Lee
  4. Dirty Little Secrets by C. J. Omololu
  5. But I Love Him by Amanda Grace
  6. Torn by Erica O’Rourke
  7. Sprout by Dale Peck
  8. Skyship Academy: The Pearl Wars by Nick James
  9. Jerk Magnet, The (Life at Kingston High) by Melody Carlson
  10. Poser by Sue Wyshynski

 

Sudoku SamuraiIf you get on Amazon site you can also download Sudoku Samurai for free.

Sudoku Samurai is an Asian-themed version of the popular number puzzle game. Attractive art and music make this a game you’ll want to relax with when it’s time to unwind. Enjoy HD graphics and natural sound effects (sword slices, flowing water, bamboo doors, etc.)

This app for your Android can be customized for as challenging as you wish. Play 10,000 unique sudoku puzzles on Classic 9×9 and Samurai (Gattai-5) boards. Choose from four different skill levels. For advanced puzzle solving, try Samurai (Gattai-5) puzzles to challenge your sudoku solving skills. Tired of staring at traditional numbers and plain backgrounds? Then select from 14 different background sets and choice of digit styles (including Kanji).

Lose yourself in hours of satisfying sudoku puzzle solving. Sudoku Samurai is a handcrafted masterpiece by the sudoku lovers at Sungift Games.

Daily Deals: 400+ Books for College Students Up to 70% Off and Jewel Twist

Today Amazon offers a diverse selection of essential books for every college-bound student: from essential textbooks and classic dictionaries to study and lifestyle guides with great price drop – up to 70% off.

All books were divided by sections. You can find textbooks for finance, law and legal, general reference, science, study guides, medical and health education, nursing.

As it is impossible to describe all books one by one here are the direct link to the page on Amazon site where you can find all of them. Good luck in your search the proper books and studies :)

 

Jewel TwistJewel Twist is a game which is free today only.

Twist your way through 100 fun puzzles in this elegant and relaxing Match-3 game. Rack up points to beat the high scores!

Product Features

  • 100 unique levels!
  • Fun and relaxing gameplay!
  • Destroy chain tiles!
  • Install to SD card supported (App2SD).