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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)