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Daily Deals: Scent of the Missing, The “Lily Dale” Urban Fantasy Series and Mole Word

Scent of the Missing: Love and Partnership with a Search-and-Rescue DogToday Amazon offers Scent of the Missing: Love and Partnership with a Search-and-Rescue Dog by Susannah Charleson just for $1.99

In the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing, Susannah Charleson clipped a photo from the newspaper: an exhausted canine handler, face buried in the fur of his search-and-rescue dog. A dog lover and pilot with search experience herself, Susannah was so moved by the image that she decided to volunteer with a local canine team and soon discovered firsthand the long hours, nonexistent pay, and often heart-wrenching results they face.

Still she felt the call, and once she qualified to train a dog of her own, she adopted Puzzle, a strong, bright Golden Retriever puppy who exhibited unique aptitudes as a working dog but who was less interested in the role of compliant house pet. Puzzle’s willfulness and high drive, both assets in the field, challenged even Susannah, who had raised dogs for years.

Scent of the Missing is the story of Susannah and Puzzle’s adventures together and of the close relationship they forge as they search for the lost–a teen gone missing, an Alzheimer’s patient wandering in the cold, signs of the crew amid the debris of the space shuttle Columbiadisaster. From the earliest air-scent lessons to her final mastery of whole-body dialog, Puzzle emerges as a fully collaborative partner in a noble enterprise that unfolds across the forests, plains, and cityscapes of the Southwest. Along the way Susannah and Puzzle learn to read the clues in the field, and in each other, to accomplish together the critical work neither could do alone and to unravel the mystery of the human/canine bond.

Some words about the Author

Susannah Charleson works as a handler with her partner, a Golden Retriever named Puzzle, for the Metro Area Rescue K9 unit in Dallas, Texas, an elite volunteer canine Search and Rescue team responding to local, state, and national search and recovery cases. She also serves as the team’s Public Information Officer and gives lectures across the country about SAR. A flight instructor who previously flew disaster searches, Susannah is also an experienced television and radio broadcaster. She and Puzzle share their home with six other dogs, four cats, and a fish named Sound Bite.

Lily Dale: AwakeningAlso within Kindle Teens Daily Deal  Amazon offers The “Lily Dale” Urban Fantasy Series. The four books of Wendy Corsi Staub’s popular young adult urban-fantasy series, “Lily Dale,” are just $1.99 each. After her mother dies in a freak accident, Calla is sent to Lily Dale to live with her grandmother. To Calla’s surprise, the town is full of psychics–including her grandmother.

1. Lily Dale: Awakening

Calla thought that her boyfriend breaking up with her in a text message was the worst thing that could ever happen to her. But just two weeks later, her mother died in a freak accident, and life as she knew it was completely over. With her father heading to California for a new job, they decide that Calla should spend a few weeks with the grandmother she barely knows while he gets them set up.

To Calla’s shock, her mother’s hometown of Lily Dale is a town full of psychics-including her grandmother. Suddenly, the fact that her mother never talked about her past takes on more mysterious overtones. The longer she stays in town, the stranger things become, as Calla starts to experience unusual and unsettling events that lead her to wonder whether she has inherited her grandmother’s unique gift. Is it this gift that is making her suspect that her mother’s death was more than an accident, or is it just an overactive imagination? Staying in Lily Dale is the only way to uncover the truth. But will Calla be able to deal with what she learns about her mother’s past and her own future?

2. Lily Dale: Believing

After spending the summer in Lily Dale, Calla has decided to stay for a few more months, and will soon be starting school at Lily Dale High. She’s finally getting used to her new home and her newly realized gift. But lately, the visions occur much more frequently and have a greater sense of urgency. There may be someone who needs her help but there might also be a killer on the loose. Now that Calla believes in her own ability, can she learn to use it properly? And will she be able to learn more about her mother’s mysterious death without putting herself in serious danger?

3. Lily Dale: Connecting

Now that Calla has accepted her ability to communicate with the Other Side, she’s desperate to connect with the spirit of her late mother. But she gets more than she bargained for when she stumbles across a shocking secret that will change her future forever.

4. Lily Dale: Discovering

After finally learning who was behind her mother’s death, Calla still doesn’t understand why it happened. Somewhere out there, someone seems to share the powerful psychic abilities that allow Calla to see not only into the past, but to the Other Side-someone who apparently doesn’t want to be found. Will Calla’s journey lead to the closure she’s been searching for, or will it force her to accept yet another loss and forever wonder what might have been? As new mysteries unfold and old ones are solved, this spine-tingling series continues. With an eye-catching new look, Wendy Corsi Staub’s fans will not be disappointed.

Some words about the Author

Wendy Corsi Staub is a best-selling writer of adult fiction, regularly appearing on the USA Today and New York Times best-seller list. This is the third book in her paranormal suspense series for teens set in the town of Lily Dale, near where she grew up in upstate New York. Wendy has had her own personal experiences with psychics in the town, and her adult best-seller, In the Blink of an Eye also took place in Lily Dale. Wendy lives with her family in New York.

 

Mole WordMole Word is a game which you can get for free today only.

No more boring word games! Discover words, beat the clock, unlock the vault, collect gems, and uncover the top-secret Mole Word!

Mole Word is the fun, fast-paced word game for all ages that’s easy to pick up, but impossible to put down! Form words from letters anywhere on the game board to unlock the vault and collect the treasure! But uh-oh, It looks like you’ve got a mole in your midst! Watch out for Shades the Spy Mole as he tries to put a hole in your plan and steal the treasure for himself! Earn huge bonuses by using power-ups and making big words! Collect confidential briefcases to uncover the top-secret “Mole Word!”

Mole Word is the only Complete & Professional Quality mole-themed word game on the App Store!

Product Features:

  • Fun, fast-pace gameplay
  • Cool power-ups
  • Two game modes: Timed and causal play
  • Uncover the secret “Mole Word” for a huge point bonus!
  • 5 beautifully hand drawn levels
  • Fast app resume – stop playing anytime and pick up right where you left off!

If your’e a fan of Bookworm, Text Twist, Crossword, WordSearch, Word Mole, Bejeweled, Hangman, Words with Friends, or Scrabble, you’ll love Mole Word!

Daily Deals: 10 Mystery and Thriller Novels, Spinning Out and Pigment

Today Amazon offers 10 globetrotting mystery and thriller novels are just $1.99 each (80% off). Featuring masterfully developed characters, tense action, and page-turning plot twists, the novels span a range of settings, from the austere and secretive confines of the Vatican to the wooded spaces of rural Maine, and more.

Here is the list of these books with short descriptions:

1. The Trinity Game by Sean Chercover

Daniel Byrne is an investigator for the Vatican’s secretive Office of the Devil’s Advocate—the department that scrutinizes miracle claims. Over ten years and 721 cases, not one miracle he tested has proved true. But case #722 is different; Daniel’s estranged uncle, a crooked TV evangelist, has started speaking in tongues—and accurately predicting the future. Daniel knows Reverend Tim Trinity is a con man. Could Trinity also be something more?

The evangelist himself is baffled by his newfound power—and the violent reaction it provokes. After years of scams, he suddenly has the ability to predict everything from natural disasters to sports scores. Now the mob wants him dead for ruining their gambling business, and the Vatican wants him debunked as a false messiah. On the run from assassins, Trinity flees with Daniel’s help through the back roads of the Bible Belt to New Orleans, where Trinity plans to deliver a final prophecy so shattering his enemies will do anything to keep him silent.

2. Midnight Exposure by Melinda Leigh

Point, click, die.

When two hikers disappear, their hometown in Maine blames the blinding storms. But the truth is far more sinister. Unaware of the danger, tabloid photographer Jayne Sullivan follows an anonymous tip to find the most reclusive sculptor in the art world. Instead, she finds sexy handyman Reed Kimball—and a small town full of fatal secrets.

Five years ago, Reed buried his homicide detective career along with his wife. But when a hiker is found dead, the local police chief asks Reed for help. Why was a Celtic coin found under the body? And where is the second hiker? Avoiding the media, Reed doesn’t need a murder, a missing person, or a nosey photographer. Then Jayne is attacked, and her courage is his undoing. Reed must risk everything to protect her and find a cunning killer.

Don’t miss this sexy thriller from the author of International Thriller Award nominee She Can Run.

3. The Colonel’s Mistake by Dan Mayland

Mark Sava, former CIA station chief of Azerbaijan, lives a quiet life as a professor at Western University in the city of Baku. But his peace is shattered by both the assassination of a high-level American during an international oil conference and the arrest of CIA operations officer Daria Buckingham for the crime.

Sava knows the Iranian American Buckingham well—he personally trained her—and doesn’t believe she had anything to do with the murder, so he visits a CIA control center to discuss the situation with the new station chief. When no one answers the outside intercom, Sava overrides the security code and stumbles upon the grisliest scene of his career. Now, he can’t help but wonder if he really knows Buckingham as well as he thought…

Determined to find out, Sava soon finds himself and a partner caught in the middle of the new Great Game—a deadly intelligence war over oil that has Iran, China, and the United States clawing at each other’s throats. Meanwhile, Colonel Henry Amato, assistant to the US national security advisor, is keeping a close watch on the situation from Washington. His stake in the Great Game is high—and personal.

From the shadows of the world’s most volatile region to the highest levels of Washington politics, The Colonel’s Mistake takes readers on an unforgettable ride where the good, the bad, and the brutal play a deadly chess game of global espionage.

4. Grave of Angels by Michael Prescott

Kate Malick’s first calling was as a Carmelite nun, a life devoted to prayer and faith. Now she runs a Hollywood security service dedicated to protecting its clients. But Kate’s most troublesome client, teenage celebutante Chelsea Brewer, is a walking, talking, slow-motion train wreck who’s testing that devotion. The poster child for the pitfalls of childhood fame and fortune, Chelsea careens from one party to the next, riding the ragged edge between celebrity…and fatality.

When a huge bet is placed on her impending demise,Chelsea disappears, forcing Kate to leap into action. Searching Hollywood’s darkest corners and seediest hiding places in a desperate attempt to find her client, Kate uncovers a tangled conspiracy of revenge and betrayal. But time is running out, and if Kate doesn’t find Chelsea, the bet will leave one person rich, one woman shattered, and one young girl dead. Flying at a breakneck pace and full of unrelenting tension, Grave of Angels journeys full-tilt into the dark side of fame.

5. Icon by J. Carson Black

Hollywood superstar Max Conroy is A-list all the way—one of the few actors who can guarantee box office blockbusters on opening weekend. Max has it all: the devil-may-care charisma, the stunning movie star wife, and a sizable personal fortune that grows along with his legend.

When Max escapes from a rehab center in Arizona, disoriented and longing to return to his blue-collar roots, he becomes the target of a motley group of kidnappers planning to cash in by holding him for ransom. Max not only outsmarts them; he evens the score. Little does he know that a far more dangerous and merciless enemy is coming for him. But this time, he has an ally in the smart and beautiful sheriff’s deputy Tess McCrae.

For years, Max drifted through an easy superstar life, untethered and without purpose. But as he fights for his life, something turns inside him. He’s ready to live again—on his own terms. He will destroy those who’d rather see him die like an icon than live like a man.

6. Old Gold by Jay Stringer

Half-gypsy detective Eoin Miller finds people for a living—usually people who would do anything to remain hidden. Ironic considering Eoin has done all he can to lose himself in a downward spiral that has cost him his job, his respect, his wife, and anything else that ever mattered. But he’s not inclined to dwell on what he’s given up, and Eoin prefers it that way.

Then he meets Mary, a hard-drinking woman on the run who confides that she’s stolen a valuable item, one that certain people would kill to get back. The two of them seek a temporary—and incomplete—solace in each other’s arms, only for Mary to turn up as a corpse in Eoin’s bed the next morning, him asleep on the sofa.

Recalling his father’s aversion to authority, Eoin runs from the body, but he hates a mystery and is driven to discover the truth behind Mary’s murder,
even if it means putting his own life on the line. Before long, Eoin’s tangled up in a ferocious turf war that has him playing his former allies and employers—crime lords, drug dealers, cops, and politicians—against each other.

7. Crosscut (A Nicholas Colt Thriller) by Jude Hardin

Things are going pretty well for Nicholas Colt. He has a loving relationship with his wife, his blues band has a house gig at a club in Jacksonville, and his adopted daughter is finishing her senior year in high school. He has no intention of reactivating his PI licensee, and he certainly has no plans to travel to Tennessee to investigate a double homicide and an old girlfriend’s missing brother.

Until she tells him something that makes his heart pause and his jaw drop.

Are the Harvest Angels, the white supremacist militia that Colt shut down three years ago, back in business?

Colt makes the trip to the mountains and soon thinks he has it solved: typical copycat case. Unfortunately, another unimaginable atrocity is waiting for him back home in Florida. Colt walks into a bloodbath, and he soon realizes nothing is typical and nothing is solved.

While relentlessly hunting down those responsible, Colt is abducted, drugged, and brainwashed before he can alert the authorities. Now he is a pawn in a heinous scheme that is bigger, badder, and literally more earth-shattering than he could have possibly anticipated.

In this gripping follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut Pocket-47, Jude Hardin once again keeps the pace frantic and the suspense nonstop. With the stakes raised exponentially this time, Crosscut is sure to keep thriller lovers turning pages.

8. A Dangerous Talent (An Alix London Mystery) by Aaron Elkins and Charlotte Elkins

Alix London has a promising career as an art consultant, a sumptuous condo in Seattle’s toniest neighborhood, a gorgeous figure, and a presence that exudes Ivy League breeding and old money. She has it all…or does she? Only Alix knows that the image she presents to the world is a carefully constructed mirage that veils an embarrassing truth. A brilliant, once-promising art student, the daughter of a prominent New York art conservator, her world was left in ruins when her father went to prison for art forgery. Now a Harvard dropout with an emptied bank account, she is languishing in a career that has produced little more than a lucky house-sitting gig. But all of that changes when Alix meets Christine Lemay, a novice art collector with money to burn and a hot tip on a recently discovered painting by American master Georgia O’Keeffe. Chris hires Alix to perform the authentication, an assignment that finally could launch Alix into the big leagues. But soon after her arrival in Santa Fe, she finds herself tangled up in a web of forgery, deceit—and murder. Anxious to avoid becoming the next victim, she teams up with FBI Special Agent Ted Ellesworth—and gets a little unlikely help from her roguish father—to uncover the truth behind the painting and those who would kill to have it. Sharp, witty, and devilishly fun, A Dangerous Talent offers an insider’s look into the surprisingly treacherous contemporary art world.

9. Dove Season (Jimmy Veeder Fiasco) by Johnny Shaw

Twelve years have passed since Jimmy Veeder set foot in the Imperial Valley of southern California. The only person that could bring him back is his father, Jack, who is dying of cancer. Jimmy is prepared to spend Jack’s final days joking and reminiscing, but the old man has other plans. He needs Jimmy to cross the border into Mexico and find a prostitute named Yolanda. It’s a strange final request to be sure, but Jimmy’s not one to argue with a dying man. With his childhood buddy Bobby Maves in tow, he heads south, looking for Yolanda among the seedy bars and neighborhoods along the Calexico/Mexicali border. Their search leads them to Tomás Morales, a rising star in the Mexican underworld. While dangerous to most, his childhood friendship with Jimmy brings out his loyalty and spurs him to help. But just when Jimmy thinks his quest has ended, an unexpected murder sucks him further into the violence and danger of Mexicali. In his fight for survival and search for truth, what he uncovers calls into question everything he thought he knew about his father—and will determine just what kind of man he himself truly is.

10. Bitter Drink by F.G. Haghenbeck

Beatnik detective Sunny Pascal is an expert at two things: cocktails and finding trouble. And when the filming of John Huston’s The Night of the Iguana hits a few snags with its sexed-up, star-studded cast in a Puerto Vallarta paradise, producer Ray Stark brings Sunny in to chill out the set. But matters get tipsy when someone’s found deader than dead, shot down by a gun belonging to one of the cast members.

Now Sunny’s got to keep his Hollywood stars out of jail long enough for him to solve the case. But the trouble doesn’t stop with murder. The Mexican mafia and local newspapers wage a tension war against the hedonistic Americans, and if John Huston has anything to say about it, Sunny’s got to be the one to keep the show on the road. Only Sunny will be doing it his way: with a martini in one hand and a Colt in the other.

Prolific Mexican comic book writer and Turn of the Screw Award–winner F.G. Haghenbeck gives us the spins with Bitter Drink, a tense tale of crime, passion, and cocktails.

Spinning OutAlso Amazon offers Spinning Out by David Stahler Jr. just for $1.99

High school senior Frenchy is just getting by, smoking pot with his best friend Stewart and skating through life. But Stewart is up to something and he wants Frenchy to join in–by trying out for the high school musical, Man of La Mancha. A perfect plan for Stewart’s most legendary prank ever, right? Wrong. Stewart is serious, and convincing. The next thing Frenchy knows they have won the lead parts of Don Quixote and his sidekick Sancho. Stewart’s passion infuses the whole production, but his antics begin to border on obsessive, and Frenchy has to step in more and more often to reign him in. Ultimately, like Quixote, Stewart is spiralling into the beginning stages of schizophrenia. Frenchy embodies and then explodes his role as sidekick both in the play and in life as he figures out how to be a friend, a leader, and a man.

David Stahler has delicately woven a layered story about class, friendship, and the uncertainty of adulthood. With all the fun of High School Musical with a depth and grace of reality, this is a memorable coming of age novel that will resonate with a variety of readers.

Some words about the Author

David Stahler Jr., is the author of several novels for young adults. He teaches high school English in the mountains of northern Vermont.

PigmentAnd the last item in today’s daily deals – Pigment.

Connect the colors by painting between them! Pigment is a puzzle game that is easy to pick up, but will you clear all 90 levels?

Product features:

  • Easy to play
  • Addictive
  • 90 levels

Daily Deals: Black April, Silly Tilly and Kids Word World

Black April: The Fall of South Vietnam, 1973-75Today Amazon offers Black April: The Fall of South Vietnam, 1973-75 by George J Veith just for $2.99

The defeat of South Vietnam was arguably America’s worst foreign policy disaster of the 20th Century. Yet a complete understanding of the endgame—from the 27 January 1973 signing of the Paris Peace Accords to South Vietnam’s surrender on 30 April 1975—has eluded us.

Black April addresses that deficit. A culmination of exhaustive research in three distinct areas: primary source documents from American archives, North Vietnamese publications containing primary and secondary source material, and dozens of articles and numerous interviews with key South Vietnamese participants, this book represents one of the largest Vietnamese translation projects ever accomplished, including almost one hundred rarely or never seen before North Vietnamese unit histories, battle studies, and memoirs. Most important, to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of South Vietnam’s conquest, the leaders in Hanoi released several compendiums of formerly highly classified cables and memorandum between the Politburo and its military commanders in the south. This treasure trove of primary source materials provides the most complete insight into North Vietnamese decision-making ever complied. While South Vietnamese deliberations remain less clear, enough material exists to provide a decent overview.

Ultimately, whatever errors occurred on the American and South Vietnamese side, the simple fact remains that the country was conquered by a North Vietnamese military invasion despite written pledges by Hanoi’s leadership against such action. Hanoi’s momentous choice to destroy the Paris Peace Accords and militarily end the war sent a generation of South Vietnamese into exile, and exacerbated a societal trauma in America over our long Vietnam involvement that reverberates to this day. How that transpired deserves deeper scrutiny.

Silly TillySilly Tilly is a second book within today’s daily deals. The book was written by Eileen Spinelli and illustrated by David Slonim. It is cost only $1.99

Tilly is not an ordinary goose. She takes her baths in apple juice. She wears a pancake as a hat. She tries to ride the farmer’s cat.”

But the barnyard animals complain that she’s too silly. When she stops entertaining her friends with her antics, the farm becomes a quiet and unhappy place. David Slonim’s acrylic, pencil, and ballpoint pen illustrations add to the hilarity in this story about a one-of-a-kind silly goose.

Some words about the Authors

Author Eileen Spinelli, a poet and creative writing teacher, is the author of many novels and picture books for children, including Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch, and the Lizzie Logan books. She lives with her husband, who is also a writer, in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Illustrator David Slonim is the author-illustrator of Oh, Ducky!: A Chocolate Calamity and the illustrator of Moishe’s Miracle by Laura Krauss Melmed, which was recognized by The New York Times as one of the Ten Best Illustrated Children’s Books of the Year. A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, he lives in Chesterfield, Indiana.

 

Kids Word World - My First Words: Animal (Ad-Free)Kids Word World – My First Words: Animal (Ad-Free) is a game for your Kindle Fire which you can get for free today only.

This is an educational and entertaining game for your kids (even for adults) to learn English words.

How to play: Drag and drop to arrange the letters in the correct order to make up a word.

The game has 3 difficult levels:

  • The first one: Hint: the right order is in gray. You just drag and drop the right letters here.
  • The second one: Hint: There is no gray letters in right order, but when you drop a letter in the right place, it will be stick here otherwise it will not.
  • The third one: There is no hint at all: no gray letters, no stick effect. You have to find right order yourself.
  • Funny way to learn English words
  • Letters are pronounced when touched.
  • When word is completed, it’s pronounced (you have to have TTS – text to speed – installed on your phone/table)

Daily Deals: Wicked, Heat and Pick a Piggy

WickedToday Amazon offers Wicked by Jill Barnett just for $1.99.

Winning a stubborn lady turns into the battle of his life for a powerful knight. Lady Sofia Howard has sworn never to marry, after her young heart was broken by an arrogant young squire. She’s spurned every suitor to the dismay of her guardian, King Edward I, who finds that even increasing her dower prize will not lure men to offer for the defiant but lonely Sofia. So the king takes matters into his own hands and betroths Sofia to Sir Tobin de Clare, the man who once broke her heart. Passion explodes and Sofia’s tattered pride demands that Sir Tobin surrender his heart. A battle of wills that ensues that makes war seem tame, when nothing will stop this ruthless warrior from winning his lady. In a classic Barnett battle of will and wit, a knight and his lady find that love at first sight is dangerous at best and never, ever easy. Wicked has all the pageantry of Medieval England, liberally laced with poignancy and humor.

Some words about the Author

Since her first book, Jill Barnett has been acclaimed as a fresh and witty voice in romantic fiction. Set apart by her unique humor and whimsical view of the world, she creates delightfully original novels with characters who, according to Romantic Times, “seem so real they are like close friends. Pure magic!”

She is the recipient of a National Waldenbooks Award and a four-time RITA and Golden Choice finalist. Her work has been critically acclaimed as some of the very best by the Detroit Free Press, The Dallas Morning News, and Publishers Weekly.

HeatHeat is a second book in today’s daily deals and costs $2.99. It was written by Mike Lupica.

Michael Arroyo has a pitching arm that throws serious heat. But his firepower is nothing compared to the heat Michael faces in his day-to-day life. Newly orphaned after his father led the family’s escape from Cuba, Michael’s only family is his seventeen-yearold brother Carlos. If Social Services hears of their situation, they will be separated in the foster-care system—or worse, sent back to Cuba. Together, the boys carry on alone, dodging bills and anyone who asks too many questions. But then someone wonders how a twelve-year-old boy could possibly throw with as much power as Michael Arroyo throws. With no way to prove his age, no birth certificate, and no parent to fight for his cause, Michael’s secret world is blown wide open, and he discovers that family can come from the most unexpected sources.

Some words about the Author

Mike Lupica is the author of many novels for sports fans, most notably the #1 bestselling Travel Team, his first novel for young readers. His columns for New York’s DailyNews are syndicated nationally, and he is a regular on ESPN’s The Sports Reporters. Mr. Lupica lives in Connecticut with his wife and their four children.

 

Pick a Piggy is a game for your Kindle Fire. It is free today only.

Pick a PiggyPong, a little toy piggy, dreams of getting out of the dusty basement to see the world. Help her climb through the maze-like house in this physics-based puzzle game. Catapult your bouncing piggy through the puzzle in more than 100 challenging levels to porky freedom.

Pong the Pig

Carefully use your finger to bounce and launch Pong through the levels. Use strategy and anticipate the physics with care. A bad bounce could mean trouble for Pong.

Along the way, help Pong collect stars and solve the engaging logic puzzles. But bacon-based brainteasers aren’t your only problem. There are some pretty dangerous obstacles during your journey to freedom. Avoid spider webs, trap doors, buttons, levers, springs, cushions, rats, chemical spills, and electric shocks by ricocheting Pong off the walls, floors, and ceilings.

Go Where No Toy Pig Has Gone Before

Pick a Piggy offers a wealth of touchscreen-controlled entertainment on your Android device with quirky animations and lovable characters. Pick a Piggy is a premium pork-propelled puzzle game requiring both strategy and skill in equal measure.

 

Daily Deals: The Pleasure of My Company, Three Halloween Picture Books and The Haunt

The Pleasure of My CompanyToday Amazon offers The Pleasure of My Company by Steve Martin just for $1.99.

Daniel resides in his Santa Monica apartment, living much of his life as a bystander: He watches from his window as the world goes by, and his only relationships seem to be with people who barely know he exists. He passes the time idly filling out contest applications, counting ceiling tiles, and estimating the wattage of light bulbs.

It is through Daniel’s growing attachment to Clarissa, and to Teddy, that he finally gains the courage to begin to engage the world outside, and in doing so, he discovers love, and life, in the most surprising places.

Filled with his trademark humor, tenderness, and out and out hilarious wordplay, The Pleasure of My Company is a tour de force sure to delight all of Steve Martin’s fans.

Some words about the Author

Steve Martin is a celebrated writer, actor, and performer. His film credits include Father of the Bride, Parenthood, and The Spanish Prisoner, as well as Roxanne, L.A. Story, and Bowfinger, for which he also wrote the screenplays. He’s won Emmys for his television writing and two Grammys for comedy albums. In addition to a play, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, he has written a bestselling collection of comic pieces, Pure Drivel, and a bestselling novella, Shopgirl. His work appears frequently in the New Yorker and the New York Times. He lives in New York City and Los Angeles.

Also Amazon offers Three Halloween Picture Books. Halloween is a perennial kid favorite, and these three picture books perfectly capture the fun and sweet spirit of the trick-or-treating season. All three books are just $1.99 each (up to 80% off), and each one features clever stories highlighted by spirited illustrations filled with fun details children will love.

1. By the Light of the Halloween Moon by Caroline Stutson

In this “catchy, lilting cumulative tale with glorious comical/scary illustrations” (Kirkus Reviews), a little girl’s toe taps a tune as her legs dangle from a footbridge that has all sorts of creatures hidden underneath. There are cats and witches, bats and ghosts. With lots of repetition, a rhythmic, bouncy text, and imaginative illustrations, this Halloween title is sure to tickle your bones—your funny bones, that is! And for the first time in over a decade, this Halloween gem is back in print.

2. We’re Going on a Ghost Hunt by Susan Pearson

Susan Pearson has written her own unique version of the popular song, “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt,” introducing four children who go out at night in search of a ghost. After squish-squash-squooshing through a swamp, rustle-rustle-rat-a-tattling through a cornfield, and overcoming all kinds of obstacles on their journey, they come face to face with a ghost in a graveyard. Then—RUN! RUN! RUN!—they race back to the safety of their warm, cozy house. S.D. Schindler’s spirited illustrations bring warmth and humor to this lively rhyming read-aloud.

3. Maddie’s Monster Dad by Scott Gibala-Broxholm

Maddie loves monsters. She loves watching monster movies, eating monster cereal, and drawing monster pictures. She also loves doing things with her dad. But lately her dad has been very busy with work, so Maddie decides to use her Build-a-Beast kit to create a Monster Dad that is never too busy to play. It turns out there are some things that monsters can’t do, and maybe a Monster Dad isn’t as special as the real thing. The illustrations in gouache and pencil contain clever, fun details that children (and adults) will love.

 

The HauntThe Haunt is today’s free game from Amazon.

The Haunt is a thrilling new point and tap adventure that is sure to make your toes curl and keep your device on edge! This stunningly beautiful and creepily crafted adventure takes you on an escape to a spooky and chilling estate full of curious plot twists and engaging and unique puzzles. Mini-games are scattered throughout the dark and mysterious farm and abandoned house. Ghosts and demons guard the many places of curiosity as you search for the clues and tools to unlock the mystery.

As the townfolk’s last hope, you are commissioned and charged with the task of ridding the house and farm from its dark and devilish ghouls and closing the ethereal portal hidden within. Many others have tried this but have never been heard from again. Can you put all the pieces together and restore peace to the homestead?

Rich and colorful, the photo-real graphics make this one of the most beautiful adventures on the appstore. Challenging puzzles and well hidden clues and objects provide a great deal of depth to the game and makes this a standout in the genre.

Start your adventure today and get your creep on in the Haunt.

Product features:

  • Stunning Graphics
  • Tons of original puzzles and mini-games
  • Hidden clues, tools and objects
  • Excellent depth and length
  • Engaging storyline
  • Lots of spooks and ghosts
  • Original music score
  • Fun for all ages (spooky without the bloody gore)

Daily Deals: The Raven Ring, Jungle Bullies and Quiet, Please!

The Raven Ring (The Lyra Novels)Today Amazon offers The Raven Ring (The Lyra Novels) by Patricia C. Wrede just for $1.99

In this book from Wrede’s acclaimed Lyra fantasy series, a young woman must fight for her life while on a quest to claim a magical family heirloom.

Three weeks after Eleret’s mother is killed, the messenger arrives with the tragic news. She died far from home, succumbing to wounds sustained in battle, and Eleret must travel to reclaim her belongings. The overland journey to the city of Ciaron is treacherous, but Eleret has no fear. She straps a dagger to her leg and sets off to recover one of her mother’s prized possessions: a ring etched with a raven. Though she makes it to Ciaron safely, getting home is another story.

Eleret doesn’t know what’s special about her mother’s ring, but someone wanted it badly enough to kill for it. To make it home in one piece, she must unlock the mysteries of the ring her mother died to protect.

Some words about the Author.

For over twenty years, Patricia C. Wrede (b. 1953) has expanded the boundaries of young-adult fantasy writing. Her first novel, Shadow Magic (1982), introduced Lyra, a magical world in which she set four more novels. Her other series include the Enchanted Forest Chronicles; the Cecelia and Kate novels, co-written with Caroline Stevermer; the Mairelon books, which take place in Regency England; and the Old-West Frontier Magic series. Wrede lives and works in Minnesota.

Jungle BulliesJungle Bullies by Steven Kroll and Vincent Nguyen costs $1.99 today only.

Even bullies can learn to shareWhy should a large animal get away with bullying a smaller one? That’s what happens when Elephant takes Hippo’s spot in the pond, which causes Hippo to pick on Lion, Lion to pick on Leopard, and Leopard to pick on Monkey. Vincent Nguyen’s illustrations-a mix of watercolor, charcoal pencil, and digital techniques-enrich the story as Monkey asks his mother for advice, and she comes up with just the right solution to solve the problem.

Some words about the Author

Author Steven Kroll is the author of many beloved picture books for children, including Pooch on the Loose: A Christmas Adventure, illustrated by Michael Garland, The Biggest Pumpkin Ever, illustrated by Jeni Bassett, and A Tale of Two Dogs, illustrated by Mike Reed. He lives with his wife in New York City and Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Illustrator Vincent Nguyen was born in Houston, Texas, and later moved to New York City, where he received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts. He has illustrated a number of picture books, including Jungle Bullies by Steven Kroll and Whoosh Went the Wind! by Sally Derby. He has also worked as an artist for animated feature films, such as Robots and Ice Age 2. He lives in New York City.

 

Quiet, Please!Quiet, Please! is a game for your Kindle Fire. Today you can get this application for free.

After an annoying day at school, you just want some peace and quiet. But everything at home is so noisy! Mr. Peabody is obsessively mowing his lawn, Dad is channel surfing and Mom is yapping on the phone. Your pesky kid brother won’t go to bed, and even your pet kittens are driving you crazy! Explore, interact with your environment and solve puzzles.

Product features:

  • Classic adventure game fun on your hand-held device.
  • Explore a lighthearted and humorous environment.
  • Use your wits and the items you find to solve puzzles.
  • Three kittens included with every purchase!

Daily Deals: Two Richard Castle Mystery Novels, Zombie-Kids and Moto Mania HD – Dirt Bike Challenge

Heat Rises (Nikki Heat)Today Amazon offers Related to the hit television comedy-drama, Castle, these entertaining mystery novels are just $1.99 each (92% off). The show’s fictional author, Richard Castle, is the credited writer for both books, which follow New York City detective Nikki Heat in her stormy professional relationship with superstar journalist Jameson Rook.

1. Heat Rises (Nikki Heat)

The bizarre murder of a parish priest at a New York bondage club opens Nikki Heat’s most thrilling and dangerous case so far, pitting her against New York’s most vicious drug lord, an arrogant CIA contractor, and a shadowy death squad out to gun her down. And that is just the tip of an iceberg that leads to a dark conspiracy reaching all the way to the highest level of the NYPD.
But when she gets too close to the truth, Nikki finds herself disgraced, stripped of her badge, and out on her own as a target for killers, with nobody she can trust. Except maybe the one man in her life who’s not a cop: reporter Jameson Rook.
In the midst of New York’s coldest winter in a hundred years, there’s one thing Nikki is determined to prove: Heat Rises. This ebook includes an alternate cover created by one of Richard Castle’s biggest fans!

Naked Heat (Nikki Heat)2. Naked Heat (Nikki Heat)

When New York’s most vicious gossip columnist, Cassidy Towne, is found dead, Heat uncovers a gallery of high profile suspects, all with compelling motives for killing the most feared muckraker in Manhattan.

Heat’s murder investigation is complicated by her surprise reunion with superstar magazine journalist Jameson Rook. In the wake of their recent breakup, Nikki would rather not deal with their raw emotional baggage. But the handsome, wise-cracking Pulitzer Prize-winning writer’s personal involvement in the case forces her to team up with Rook anyway. The residue of their unresolved romantic conflict and crackling sexual tension fills the air as Heat and Rook embark on a search for a killer among celebrities and mobsters, singers and hookers, pro athletes and shamed politicians.

This new, explosive case brings on the heat in the glittery world of secrets, cover-ups, and scandals.

Some words about the Author

Richard Castle is the author of numerous bestsellers, including the critically acclaimed Derrick Storm series. His first novel, In a Hail of Bullets, published while he was still in college, received the Nom DePlume Society’s prestigious Tom Straw Award for Mystery Literature. Castle currently lives in Manhattan with his daughter and mother, both of whom infuse his life with humor and inspiration.

Zombie-Kids (KiteReaders Monster Series)Also you can buy Zombie-Kids (KiteReaders Monster Series) by Julia Dweck just for $1.99.

Zombie-Kids is a ghoulishly fun rhyming adventure. Did you know that zombies are people that have feelings, too? They like to be loved just like me and like you. Join the zombie-kids as they bowl, dance, skate, and go to the movies in their unique zombie-way. You’ll have an eerily good time.

Here one of readers review on this book: “The Zombie-Kids are a riot. They are hilarious and fun! My son is not big on reading, but the title caught his attention and mine. He read it all the way through and then wanted to know if there was a sequel. I sure hope so, because it’s the most excited I’ve seen my kid get about any book in a long time. If not, he may just write the sequel himself. He’s been doodling scenes from the story on post-its all over the house. His favorite part is when the zombies go bowling. I won’t spoil it for you, but the zombies do everything in their own special way. So, if a book can get my son this interested in reading and writing, I think it deserves 5 stars!” — Read2you

Some words about the Author

Julia writes children’s stories for digital and traditional publication. Her stories span the spectrum of humor, fantasy, and edutainment in rhyme and in prose. Julia’s background in elementary education affords her the opportunity to be in touch with what children want to read about and what makes them giggle. Julia collaborates with some of the leading artists in the world of children’s literature. Julia is also a designer of educational adjuncts for children’s literature, and has worked with such notable publishing houses as Penguin Young Readers.

Moto Mania HD - Dirt Bike ChallengeMoto Mania HD – Dirt Bike Challenge is a game for your Kindle Fire or any other Android device, which is free to install today only.

Race your way through dozens of levels in this physics based ragdoll dirt bike game. Tilt your device and use the accelerometer to lean your rider to perform back flips, front flips and to stick that perfect landing.

Choose your bike color and custom wheels. Race in a city, country, and Egypt location. In the country you will have to tackle huge ramps, loops, massive jumps, bridges, treacherous cliffs and much more. Use hidden mine shaft entrances for shortcuts or alternate routes.

The country levels are a relaxing stroll in the park compared to the Egypt levels. In Egypt you will have an ancient shield pursuing you through all the levels over ancient columns and pyramids. If the shield hits you, you’ll be violently ripped off your motorcycle and have to restart the level. You will have to decide if you want to outrun the shield or find a hiding spot and let it pass, but remember the clocks ticking.

In the city levels you will have to jump over cars and take on huge ramps and jumps, run over stray dogs and tons more. Watch out for the hazards. Avoid the construction zones or you will disappear in the giant hole. Slow down when you see a slow sign or the cops will run you down (literally).

Be careful or you will wipeout and your rider will fly through the air like a ragdoll, complete with screaming and bones crunching.

 

Daily Deals: Bewitching, Mockingbird and EVAC HD

BewitchingToday Amazon offers Bewitching by Jill Barnett just for $1.99.

What’s a Duke to do when a carefully selected bride rejects him rather than marry without love? He salvages his pride by marrying the next woman who falls into his arms! Joyous Fiona MacQuarrie bewitched Alec, the Duke of Belmore, the moment she appeared from nowhere and tumbled into his lap. Joy, a witch whose powers of white magic are not always well controlled, turns the life of the most serious and snobbish Duke in England upside down when he decides to marry the beautiful Scottish pixie who has aroused his desire. Even though he knows next to nothing about her or her background. Alec could have forgiven Joy for upending his life and the lives of all at Belmore Park if not for the truth she hid from him. He’d married a witch, who turns him to fire when he kisses her, charms everyone around her, and threatens to destroy both their lives as scandal looms over her. Too late, Joy discovers she’s desperately in love and has no idea how to be a proper duchess, control her magic or change what may come. Passion holds them spellbound in an irresistible tale of two enchanted hearts.

Some words about the Author.

Jill Barnett is the New York Times bestselling author of fifteen acclaimed novels and short stories. There are more than five million copies of her books in print in seventeen languages. Her work has earned her a place on such national bestseller lists asThe New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, and Publishers Weekly. She lives in the Pacific Northwest.

MockingbirdMockingbird by Kathryn Erskine is offered by Amazon for $2.99.

Caitlin has Asperger’s. The world according to her is black and white; anything in between is confusing. Before, when things got confusing, Caitlin went to her older brother, Devon, for help. But Devon has died, and Caitlin’s dad is so distraught that he is just not helpful. Caitlin wants everything to go back to the way things were, but she doesn’t know how to do that. Then she comes across the word closure- and she realizes this is what she needs. And in her search for it, Caitlin discovers that the world may not be black and white after all.

Some words about the Author

Kathryn Erskine spent many years as a lawyer before realizing that she’d rather write things that people might actually enjoy reading. She grew up mostly overseas and attended eight different schools, her favorite being the Hogwarts-type castle in Scotland. The faculty, of course, did not consist of wizards, although … how did the headmistress know that it was “the wee redhead” who led the campaign to free the mice from the biology lab? Erskine draws on her childhood–and her second childhood through her children–for her stories. She still loves to travel but nowadays most trips tend to be local, such as basketball and tennis courts, occasional emergency room visits, and the natural food store for very healthy organic chocolate with “life saving” flavonoids.

 

EVAC HDEVAC HD is a game which is free to download to your Kindle Fire.

Run for your life through a series of increasingly devious hi-res neon mazes, chased by countless relentless security forces. Mixing the best parts of arcade, stealth, and block puzzle games, EVAC HD will challenge you to outsmart, outmaneuver, and seek revenge against the enemies trapping you and your friends.

Be the Best

Take EVAC, the smiling pink square, one step closer to freedom by gathering colored dots in order to open exits and move through levels. Collect dots, avoid being hit, and destroy your enemies with power-ups to increase your multiplier and your total score. Replay levels to beat your own goals and top the online leaderboards.

Be as efficient as possible by setting your own touchscreen control point based on comfort and convenience. Calibrate it on screen during gameplay if you need to make an adjustment.

Be Creative

Use stealth to avoid encounters and prepare traps for your enemies, or just rush as fast as you can right in front of their eyes. Figure out how to beat the system and destroy your captors in 24 action-packed levels. Steal from your dark adversary, SHADOWBOX, and leave his world and red square minions in ruins! Beware as he taunts and comments on your progress and fight on through!

Break Out and Take Revenge!

Get help from the yellow square, CRATOS, and his friends, the yellow blocks you encounter in the mazes. Receive his advice and push the blocks around you to crush your enemies and to press switch pads for puzzle solutions.

  • Hide in safehouses to evade the attacking red squares
  • Duck behind walls to avoid enemy sightlines
  • Find the ghost power-up to move past baddies and force field barriers
  • Collect shock power-ups to zap and stun foes that get close to you
  • Use the Aura power-up to radiate destruction and crush all incoming red squares
Connect to Facebook

Sign in via Facebook so you can challenge and compete against your friends without ever leaving the game. Invite your friends by posting a link to your Facebook wall. View a list of your Facebook friends who play EVAC HD. Compare your high scores with those of friends on your leaderboard. You can even share your in-game achievements on your wall.

Compatibility

This HD version of EVAC is optimized for tablets and high-end handsets (Galaxy Tab, Galaxy S, DROID, Desire, Incredible, myTouch 4G, G2, EVO, Nexus One, Nexus S, etc.). Try the non-HD version if you have a lower-spec device.

Daily Deals: 10 Best-Selling Mystery Novels, Cool Dog, School Dog and Pair Up

The Million-Dollar Wound (Nathan Heller Novels)Today Amazon offers 10 books from the long-running Nathan Heller historical mystery series by award-winning author Max Allan Collins are just $1.99 each (80% off). Set in the 1930s to the 1950s, Collins’s gripping and humorous hard-boiled stories follow Heller, a Chicago private eye with a knack for nabbing high-profile cases involving famous people. Here are the list of these books:

1. The Million-Dollar Wound (Nathan Heller Novels)

In 1942, Chicago P.I. Nate Heller and his childhood pal, boxer Barney Ross, join the Marines and see bloody action together at Guadalcanal. Upon his return to gangland Chicago, the shell-shocked Heller—more dangerous than ever—is thrust into the midst of an inter-gang war to depose Capone’s successor Frank Nitti, whose minions are infiltrating Hollywood movie unions. In this crushing finale to rough-and-tumble Nate Heller’s Frank Nitti trilogy, Max Allan Collins delves into the damaged psyche of war veterans as a full-on gangland war threatens to explode. As tempers in Hollywood flare-up, Heller attempts to solve a murder committed behind enemy lines, and deal with the drug addiction of his friend Barney. But not even the company of fan dancer Sally Rand can ease Heller’s conscience as he is haunted by the events at Guadalcanal even as he’s surrounded by the murder and mayhem of Nitti’s final, violent days.

2. Neon Mirage (Nathan Heller Novels)

In 1946 Chicago, Nathan Heller—president of the flourishing A-1 Detective Agency—is hired to protect racing-wire gambling chief James Ragen, who is nonetheless shot down on the streets of Chicago. Not one to take such an affront sitting down, Nate goes after the killer, but he’s in for the biggest surprise of his career. Demonstrating once again that he is the master of true-crime fiction, Max Allan Collins’ story of the birth of Las Vegas—and the dirty deeds that floated all around it—is a masterpiece of modern noir. Heller follows the trail as it leads to Hollywood and Las Vegas, specifically to Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel, but when he proves Siegel’s innocence, Heller and the suave gangster wind up friends…and rivals for the love of Nate’s life. Bugsy hires Heller as security chief of the under-construction Flamingo hotel, where mob bag woman Virginia Hill is a dangerous, if glamorous, distraction. It all comes to a boil with a shocking mob assassination in Beverly Hills that sends Heller into fever-dream ride of vengeance.

3. Stolen Away (Nathan Heller Novels)

March 1932. After the recently incarcerated Al Capone offers to negotiate the return of the kidnapped son of Charles Lindbergh, Nathan Heller of the Chicago P.D. is sent to Hopewell, New Jersey, as a police liaison. As a part of Lindbergh’s inner circle, Heller investigates crooks, cranks, socialites, and psychics in a frustrating, fruitless attempt to solve the case. Max Allan Collins makes the crime that captivated a nation the focal point of yet another fascinating and thoroughly spellbinding foray into his world of historical crime fiction. Four years later, in 1936, Heller—now a private detective, and considered an expert and insider on the Lindbergh case—is hired by the governor of New Jersey in an eleventh-hour quest to determine the guilt or innocence of Bruno Hauptmann, who sits on death row convicted of the murder and kidnapping of the Lindbergh child.

4. Carnal Hours (Nathan Heller Novels)

In July 1943, Nate Heller flies to Nassau where multimillionaire Sir Harry Oakes wants dirt dug up on Count De Marigny, the playboy who has married Harry’s beautiful, underage daughter, Nancy. But the investigation has barely begun when Sir Harry turns up dead in bed—burned to death in a real-life locked-room mystery—and Heller is soon working for Nancy, whose husband faces murder charges. Chicago P.I. Heller is on his most intriguing—and dangerous—mission yet in this devilishly clever thriller filled with surprising twists and sharp turns. With the world at war, the peaceful Bahamas provide an ironic, idyllic backdrop for Nazis, the mafia, and two lovely women: one a native girl, the other an aristocratic Englishwoman. Heller is aided by a certain British secret service agent (“Fleming…Ian Fleming”), and encounters along the way the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Meyer Lanksy, and Perry Mason’s creator, Erle Stanley Gardner.

5. Blood and Thunder (Nathan Heller Novels)

1935. Louisiana. Presidential candidate—and force of nature—Huey Long, the “Kingfish,” is in fear for his life. After Nathan Heller delivers the former Louisiana governor a bulletproof vest, the Kingfish hires the Chicago private eye to investigate death threats from political rivals. Soon Heller runs head-on into an IRS investigation seeking millions skimmed from state workers for Huey’s “de-duct box”…and into the arms of the ex-governor’s lovely ex-mistress. When the charismatic politician is shot down by a seemingly crazed doctor, Heller gets a new employer—the insurance agency fighting a double-indemnity claim from Long’s widow. Was the Kingfish truly the victim of assassination, or accidentally killed by his own bodyguards? A classic P.I. thriller built on historical fact, Max Allan Collins’ Blood and Thunder showcases Huey Long in all his gaudy glory, while delving deep into the heart of the deadliest swamps of Louisiana’s mob-infested politics.

6. Flying Blind (Nathan Heller Novels)

In 1935, Nate Heller is hired to escort Amelia Earhart on a speaking tour due to numerous cut-and-paste death threats against her life. Heller suspects the threats are a stunt by Earhart’s publicity-hungry husband, and the detective’s growing closeness to the bisexual aviatrix leads to a steamy affair. Two years later, when Earhart embarks on her flight around the world—and mysteriously disappears over the South Pacific—Uncle Sam enlists Heller in a clandestine search of Japanese waters for the popular Earhart…and the top-secret plane she was flying. Blending the unsolved mystery and historical facts swirling around Earhart’s disappearance with Heller’s sarcastic wit, Max Allan Collins delivers another riveting tale of intrigue and betrayal, taking Heller far from his native Chicago. As he investigates, Heller discovers a treacherous plot involving marital betrayal and the U.S. government. Heller’s secret undercover mission leads to Saipan where Earhart is believed to be held prisoner. But Nate’s heartbreaking attempted rescue leads the detective to return, many years later, to extract his final revenge.

7. Majic Man (Nathan Heller Novels)

It’s 1949 in Washington, D.C., and Secretary of Defense James Forrestal, convinced he has been targeted for murder, hires Chicago P.I. Nate Heller for protection. Heller must deal with Beltway infighting, Communist paranoia, Israeli agents, and a mysterious military group called the Majestic Twelve in his journey to protect Forrestal. With his client locked away in a mental ward, Heller begins to doubt his own sanity as he explores reports of flying saucers landing near the tiny desert town of Roswell, New Mexico. Taking his unique brand of historical fiction to the highest seats of our country’s power structure, Max Allan Collins delivers a sordid tale long on wit and rich in detail. When Forrestal suspiciously commits “suicide,” the Chicago P.I. uncovers a top-secret, reprehensible alliance between the U.S. government and a Nazi cabal. With a supporting cast that includes Harry Truman, Teddy Kollek, Jack Anderson, and Drew Pearson, Majic Man is a who’s who of American post-war history.

8. Angel in Black (Nathan Heller Novels)

Los Angeles. The City of Angels. The perfect place for a honeymoon…and the worst possible time for a murder. Vacationing private investigator Nate Heller finds himself a suspect in the LAPD’s investigation of the notorious Black Dahlia murder case. Problem is the butchered starlet, Elizabeth Short, is an old Chicago flame of Heller’s—and only the P.I. himself knows she was blackmailing him for abortion money. Classic noir at its finest blended to extraordinary effect with historical facts, Max Allan Collins’ Angel in Black crackles with tight plotting and razor-sharp dialogue. With the help of a world-weary, alcoholic Eliot Ness, Heller links the murder to a notorious Cleveland serial killer…while doing his best to stay out of jail and salvage his already troubled new marriage. Along the way he encounters Chicago boxer Barney Ross, fellow suspect Orson Welles, and zany gangster Mickey Cohen.

9. Chicago Confidential (Nathan Heller Novels)

It’s 1950 in Chicago, P.I. Nate Heller’s old stomping grounds. But things are different now, and the wind is blowing in a different, decidedly more dangerous direction. Congressman-with-a-cause and presidential-hopeful Estes Kefauver creates the Committee on Organized Crime to put the squeeze on the mob—and anyone who ever associated with them. Heller tries to lay low, but when ex-cop Bill Drury cooperates and mafia moll Jackie Payne sings, Heller finds himself catapulted into the middle of the investigation. Quick wits and tough talk swirl in the middle of Kefauver’s senatorial charade as Max Allan Collins blends fact and fiction to stunning results. When Drury is murdered and Jackie disappears, Heller decides it’s time for a little payback—and maybe some ice cold justice. With the mob and Kefauver’s crime committee hot on his trail, Heller mixes with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Jayne Mansfield, and Senator Joe McCarthy on a wild Windy City ride.

10. Chicago Lightning: The Collected Nathan Heller Short Stories (Nate Heller)

Tough, cynical, and clever, Nathan Heller has been called “the perfect private eye,” the best investigator that Chicago (where ‘lightning’ means gunfire) has to offer. Created by New York Times bestselling novelist and Road to Perdition creator Max Allan Collins, the classic PI comes vibrantly to life in this collection of 13 stories, all based on real cases of the 1930s and ’40s. In “The Blonde Tigress,” Heller encounters a vicious hold-up crew with a brutal female leader, while in “Scrap” he investigates a union shooting that has national implications. In “The Perfect Crime,” he goes Hollywood to protect the lovely Thelma Todd, with tragic results. The private eye finds himself tangling with notorious mobster Mickey Cohen in “A Shoot-out on Sunset” and with Al Capone’s successor, Frank Nitti, in “Screwball.” Heller’s friendship with Eliot Ness finds the two men working together in both “The Strawberry Teardrop,” in which Heller encounters America’s first serial killer, and “Natural Death, Inc.” Heller tackles each case with his trademark cynicism and humor, digging into the grimy underbelly of 20th-century America to uncover the truth at any cost.

Cool Dog, School DogCool Dog, School Dog by Deborah Heiligman (Author) and  Tim Bowers (Illustrator) is a book for kids which Amazon also include in today’s deals. It costs $1.99.

Tinka is a cool dog, a school dog, a breaking all the rules dog.A hall dog, a ball dog, a crash-into-the-wall dog.

Join Tinka, a dandy, sandy Golden Retriever, as she unexpectedly visits her owner at school and helps his class learn to read. Bright illustrations rendered in acrylic paint add to the excitement in this playful back-to-school story about a boy and his “loves-to-hear-a-book” dog.

Some words about the Authors

Author Deborah Heiligman is the author of a number of highly praised nonfiction children’s books, including High Hopes: A Photobiography of John F. Kennedy (named a Top Ten JFK Pick by BookSense). She and her husband live and write in New York City.

Illustrator Tim Bowers has illustrated more than twenty children’s books, many of them about dogs. Among his most popular titles are the Little Whistle books by Cynthia Rylant and Sometimes I Wonder If Poodles Like Noodles by Laura Numeroff. Tim and his family live in Granville, Ohio.

 

Pair UpPair Up is a game for your Kindle Fire. Today only it is free.

Pair-Up is an addictive educational game that will keep your child engaged while developing their cognitive skills, including language, quantitative and reasoning skills development.

With over 300 unique questions, and high definition gorgeous graphics your child can enjoy hours of gameplay. In addition a lot of the questions are randomly generated so each time the game is played the question will be a bit different and challenging even if it was already solved before.

The game includes 3 main categories, “Visual Perception”, “Quantitative Reasoning” and “Associative Thinking” and in each category we’ve included a basic and advanced set of questions.

Your child will be presented with a single image and four possible answers of which only one is correct. Drag the right answer to the empty frame and you’ll advance to the next question in the set. Complete the whole set of questions and you’ll be awarded with up to 3 stars depending on your performance.

For the young audience that is not capable of reading yet we’ve included a narrator that introduces each set, this helps explaining what needs to be done. In addition there is also a hint page which will explain in more details the logic behind each set and how to solve it (Press the ‘?’ button in the game )

The default game mode is the ‘Drag Mode’, but if your child is lacking the fine motor skills of dragging the images you can turn on the ‘Tap Mode’ through the setting screen. In this mode just tapping the right answer will be enough and you won’t need to physically drag it into the empty frame.

Pair Up was designed for children ages 4 and up, though some sets within the game will be more advanced. this is on purpose and will help to further develop your child.

Daily Deals: Minerva and Hero Mages

Today Amazon offers Minerva: The First Volume of the Six Sisters by Minerva: The First Volume of the Six Sisters just for $1.99.

In the first volume of Marion Chesney’s popular historical romance series, “The Six Sisters,” prudish and beautiful Minerva goes to London to woo a wealthy husband. Unfortunately, the London dandies despise her moralizing. These so-called gentlemen plan a scandalizing assault on Minerva’s virtue, backed with a wager of 50,000 pounds.

Here is a customer review on this book by Lawrance M. Bernabo:

When the Reverend Charles Armitage, a country vicar in Regency England, announces that Minerva, the eldest of his six daughters, is to have her coming-out in London, the news is not well received by the rest of the family. Mrs. Armitage has one of her Spasms (“her ultimate weapon”) and has to be brought round by burning a quantity of feathers under her nose. Annabelle, the nearest in age to Minerva, is clearly jealous, the boys are all surly, and the other girls just start off crying. But the other five daughters will all get their chance, because “Minerva” is but the first volume in The Six Sisters series by Marion Chesney.

Minerva, the eldest, is beautiful but a prude. While her mother reclines on a chaise longue coming up with new malaises and her father is off hunting instead of worrying about the dowries the girls need to be married off. But then Papa decides the boys should be sent to Eton, which requires money, and his solution is to marry Minerva off to some man with a fortune. So she is dispatched to town, where a man is walking around wearing nothing but green (Minerva is shocked), for her first season and her first target, Lady Wentwater’s nephew. It goes without saying that this match is not going to work out and that reducing marriage to an economic transaction is never going to pan out in a romance novel.

The comic irony here is that the man who is perfect for Minerva is one who has a ringside seat to her failed machinations. A common theme of Chesney’s book is that poor Minerva is scandalized by life in the big city. She is being tutored on how to act in society by an elderly relative, Lady Godolphin, but nothing will stop Minerva from making her moral superiority known to one and all. Consequently, she becomes the subject of a rather inappropriate wager among the supposed gentlemen of Regency London. Time after time, Minerva finds herself in extremely compromising situations with a certain gentleman, who has wagered 50,000 pounds of the matter, but who insists he is not the marrying kind.

Poor Minerva. A prude being seduced is going to be a tale ripe for humor and Chesney indulges in some ribaldry (I was shocked, shocked I tell you, that the word virgin escapes Minerva’s lips). The emphasis is clearly on the comedy more than the romance, and my favorite point is when Lady Godolphin demands to know a gentleman’s intentions towards Miss Armitage only to be told “You ask me my intentions, ma’am. Well, they’re the worst, damme! The very worse!” Then the guy strides away. Now, I realize that could read like something serious, but it really is pretty funny. In comparison to the obvious reference point of Jane Austen, Chesney’s offering displays a broader sense of humor, which should be enough to tell you whether or not you would find this book and this series appealing. After all, the vicar still has Annabelle, Deirdre, and three more daughters to marry off as successfully as he manages with this first one (ahem).

Hero MagesHero Mages is a game. Today only it is free.

Hero Mages is a turn-based tactical strategy fantasy game that combines the fun of role playing games (RPGs) with competitive and cooperative cross-platform multiplayer gameplay. Designed and developed by a single individual driven to share his passion for gaming with the world, Hero Mages also blends the best elements of tabletop miniature and collectible card games.

Hero Mages is played from a top-down perspective allowing the player full visibility over the battlefield. Each player commands a party of three fantasy heroes, including a powerful mage. Equipped with a set of dice and a hand of cards representing magical spells, players take turns commanding their party of heroes. With the power to unleash the wrath of the elements, summon heinous creatures, and manipulate the world itself, the player’s mage is their ultimate hero as they leverage skill, politics, and luck to eliminate their enemies and emerge victorious!

Product features:

  • Cross-platform Multiplayer – Play free for all, team, and cooperative games with up to 8 players or computer opponents via web, Android, and iOS!
  • Realtime and Asynchronous multiplayer support. Get turn notifications via email
  • Six campaign missions entertain your sense of fantasy RPG humor as the precocious characters of Papillion teach you how to play this simple yet compelling game
  • Over 80 diverse spells and abilities offer limitless opportunities for creative strategies and intense, climatic struggles
  • 6 unique playable character classes to build your offline and multiplayer battle party (Sorceress, Fighter Mage, Warrior, Paladin, Rogue, and Bard) as well as special characters encountered in the single player campaign and used by the computer.
  • Expand your playable character roster and create custom levels via In-App purchases
  • Quick Battle – An offline, single player mode that pits the player in a randomly generated battle against the computer.
  • Custom Battle – An offline, single player mode that allows you to create custom battle scenarios against the computer
  • Robust multiplayer statistics tracking and leaderboards
  • Play on any screen! Hero Mages will automatically adapt to fill the screen of your phone or tablet!