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Daily Deals: No Mark upon Her, Chalk and 9 Innings

No Mark upon Her (Duncan Kincaid / Gemma James)Today Amazon offers No Mark upon Her (Duncan Kincaid / Gemma James) by Deborah Crombie just for $1.99.

New York Times bestselling author Deborah Crombie makes her mark with this absorbing, finely hued tale of suspense—a deeply atmospheric and twisting mystery full of deadly secrets, salacious lies, and unexpected betrayals involving the mysterious drowning of a Met detective—an accomplished rower—on the Thames.

When a K9 search-and-rescue team discovers a woman’s body tangled up with debris in the river, Scotland Yard superintendent Duncan Kincaid finds himself heading an investigation fraught with complications. The victim, Rebecca Meredith, was a talented but difficult woman with many admirers—and just as many enemies. An Olympic contender on the verge of a controversial comeback, she was also a high-ranking detective with the Met—a fact that raises a host of political and ethical issues in an already sensitive case.

To further complicate the situation, a separate investigation, led by Detective Inspector Gemma James, Kincaid’s wife, soon reveals a disturbing—and possibly related—series of crimes, widening the field of suspects. But when someone tries to kill the search-and-rescue team member who found Rebecca’s body, the case becomes even more complex and dangerous, involving powerful interests with tentacles that reach deep into the heart of the Met itself.

Surrounded by enemies with friendly faces, pressured to find answers quickly while protecting the Yard at all costs, his career and reputation on the line, Kincaid must race to catch the killer before more innocent lives are lost—including his own.

Some words about the Author

A native Texan who has lived in both England and Scotland, Deborah Crombie is a three-time Macavity Award winner, an Edgar Award nominee, and a New York Times Notable author. She is the author of more than a dozen novels, including the recent Necessary as Blood and Dreaming of the Bones, which was selected as one of the 100 Best Crime Novels of the Century by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. She lives in McKinney, Texas, sharing a house that is more than one hundred years old with her husband, three cats, and two German shepherds.

 

ChalkChalk by Bill Thomson is a book for kids with great discount. Today it costs only $1.99.

A rainy day. Three kids in a park. A dinosaur spring rider. A bag of chalk. The kids begin to draw. . . and then . . . magic! The children draw the sun, butterflies, and a dinosaur that amazingly come to life. Children will never feel the same about the playground after they experience this astounding wordless picture book and the power of the imagination. Bill Thomson embraced traditional painting techniques and meticulously painted each illustration by hand, using acrylic paint and colored pencils.

Some words about the Author

BILL THOMSON lives in Southington, Connecticut, with his wife, Diann, and their three sons. He is Associate Professor of Illustration at the University of Hartford.

 

 

 

9 Innings: 2013 Pro Baseball (Ad-free)9 Innings: 2013 Pro Baseball (Ad-free) is a free application for today only.

Uses real data and photos of 1,400 players in 30 teams through official license contract with Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA)! Only in 9 Innings: 2013 Pro Baseball!
9 Innings: 2013 Pro Baseball is the greatest reality baseball game presented by one of the global leaders of mobile games ‘Com2us’.

One of the greatest mobile baseball game, 9 Innings: 2013 Pro Baseball is finally here!
The only baseball game that uses names name, photos, data, and league schedule of real baseball players!

Com2uS’ very own player card system, dynamic and real game graphic, and controls optimized for smartphones
Meet the greatest baseball game ever made!

01. The only baseball game that reflects on reality!
– Uses real data, photos, and biorhythms of 1,400 players in 30 teams
– Provides latest player data and constant roaster updates!
– Standard player and the Monster Season players!
– You can meet them only in 9innings: Probaseball 2013!

02. Card development system created by Com2uS based on years of experience!
– More varieties in player/cheerleader/equipment cards and draw/combination/enhance system!
– The completion of the card system! Easy card exchange between the players through the network exchange market
– You can exchange cards and points with friends through inbox

03. Easy, fast, and Realistic!
– Real graphic, smooth motion and outstanding game engine!
– Quick gameplay through auto (supports attack and defense only)
– Play against 16 teams through friendly, league, home run derby and special mode!
– Carry out 100 challenges and go for card and point rewards!
– Rookie players can quickly adapt to the game through tutorial.

Amazon Expands Android Game Development With “Air Patriots”

It’s clear that Amazon has an interest in building popularity for their gaming features through the site’s Appstore for Android.  Social gaming is a huge attraction for customers as evidenced by the popularity of Achievement systems on various gaming platforms and the success of Farmville and its many imitations.  In order to draw developers into creating content specific to Amazon’s own platform, it only makes sense that they would go out of their way to create some content of their own that can serve as an example.  As far as examples go, the new Air Patriots app is an exceptionally good one.

As a game, it’s fairly interesting.  While the basic description would be “tower defense”, Air Patriots does a lot to vary the now-familiar formula in a way that keeps it interesting and helps keep your attention during play.

The basic concept is simple.  You get tanks coming in and have to map out flight paths for your planes to attack them before they can make it to the end of the line.  Your “towers” are always on the move.  Since they can also collide, this means that there is a lot of coordination that needs to be done.  The emphasis is on adapting to the changing needs of the situation rather than just maximizing the advantage of natural choke points.

The implementation is clearly meant to highlight the most useful capabilities of Amazon Game Circle.  Syncing is the first thing featured in a new installation.  A prompt for activation appears on the first run.  This removes the need to keep personal save files on your device, allowing for better storage management.  That goes along with the leaderboard and achievement functions, which are also available at the touch of a button from any point in the game.

In-app purchasing is also quite prominent.  For the most part all important features are available in the game without real money payments.  Specific maps and planes are only attained by way of cash transaction, however.  There is a lot of content for a free game even without that and this isn’t an app designed to leech microtransactions out of users, but the additional available content will be appealing enough to attract interest.

What makes this a smart move on Amazon’s part, especially if we disregard any potential income from the game itself, is the quality.  If they had just come up with an app that included the features in question, this would be a footnote.  Since Air Patriots not only implements Game Circle well but also switches up a popular but often uninteresting game concept enough that it can appeal even to experienced players, it becomes something more.

If Air Patriots becomes a hit, which it quite likely will thanks to the free status and the interesting implementation, the benefit is much greater than the sum of the in-app transaction income.  It proves that the Game Circle services manage to equal the best of the competition.  Since the feature set is almost identical to the iOS alternative, setting up Apple’s as the competing ecosystem, it gains Amazon significant ground.

As a recommendation, I’d advise anybody who owns a Kindle Fire or equivalent tablet to give this a try.  They did a good job here, even if that was likely a secondary goal.