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Today’s (Temporarily) FREE iTunes Apps! (February 29)

February 29, 2012 Leave a comment

So – I was asked if I could rustle up a daily round-up of the temporarily FREE iTunes apps for the iPhone/iPod Touch/ iPad, so here it is! I’m not sure if I can actually do this daily, but I’ll give it a shot :)

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Kindle Daily Deal! I’m Dancing as Fast as I Can by Barbara Gordon for $0.99!

February 29, 2012 Leave a comment

I like this new promo by Amazon! We get a special Kindle Daily Deal!

Each day we’re unveiling a new Kindle book at a specially discounted price. Check back daily to see what’s next. Deals go live at approximately 12:00 A.M., Pacific time.

FYI, Amazon has matched the Nook Deal for today! The Best American Short Stories 2011 by Geraldine Brooks and Heidi Pitlor (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) is $1.99 for US Kindle again.

And the new deal is…

I’m Dancing as Fast as I Can by Barbara Gordon (Moyer Bell) is now available at the specially discounted price of $0.99 on the US Kindle site.

Book Description

Barbara had it all: a successful career as an award-winning documentary film maker, a strong relationship, and plenty of friends. But a lingering problem with anxiety drew her into a dangerous Valium addiction. Her story is an honest, gripping look into addiction, her ill-advised cold-turkey withdrawal and the hospitalizations that followed, the worst the psychiatric field has to offer, and her painful yet persistent pathway back to functioning. Through it all, Gordon is a beacon of hope, actively choosing life over the alternative, even after journeying to the darkest depths of the human psyche.

This beautifully written classic is a must read for anyone battling their own psychological demons, anyone in the mental health field, and everyone in need of an inspiring survivor story.

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(American Idol) My Favorite from the Top 13 Boys – Joshua Ledet (You Pulled Me Through)

February 29, 2012 Leave a comment


(view his performance on AmericanIdol.Com)

Hey, it’s American Idol live shows again! So, I did tune in to the Top 13 Boys performance night, and was it just me or was that pretty boring? The judges loved everyone (even Eben Franckewitz!), what’s up with that?!

I ended up doing some reading in front of the TV, and the only guy who made me put down my book and pay attention was Joshua Ledet (who performed “You Pulled Me Through” by Jennifer Hudson). I like that he obviously can ‘Go to Church’ on any song, but he knows to pull back and not be histrionic all throughout.

So, who did you like?

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(Via ONTD) Movie Stills from ‘The Hunger Games: Official Illustrated Movie Companion’

February 29, 2012 Leave a comment

The Hunger Games

 

Okay, The Hunger Games: Official Illustrated Movie Companion is officially on my wish list! If you still need some convincing to buy this one, ONTD has scans of the movie stills that you can look through!

Book Description

The New York Times bestseller by Suzanne Collins is now a major motion picture — and this is your guide to all of the movie’s excitement, both in front of the camera and behind it.

Go behind the scenes of the making of The Hunger Games with exclusive images and interviews. From the screenwriting process to the casting decisions to the elaborate sets and costumes to the actors’ performances and directors’ vision, this is the definitive companion to the breathtaking film.

 
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Amazon UK Kindle Daily Deal! Puppy Love by Frauke Scheunemann for £0.99!

February 29, 2012 Leave a comment

Hey, Amazon UK Kindlers, you get your own special Kindle Daily Deal too!

Each day we will unveil one book in the Kindle Daily Deal at a specially discounted price–for that day only. Deals go live at midnight and ends 23:59 the same day.

And the new deal is…

Puppy Love‘ by Frauke Scheunemann (Corvus) is now available at the specially discounted price of £0.99 on the UK Kindle site.

Book Description

Hercules is a dachshund, and his new mistress Caroline is the greatest human being on earth. She’s the one who rescued him from the animal shelter, who smells of summer and strawberries, and who laughs when the little pup snuggles up with her on the sofa.

So when Caroline is badly treated by her bossy, dog-hating boyfriend, Hercules decides it’s high time he rescued his mistress for a change. And so begins an epic quest to find his favourite woman the perfect man…

Touching, original, and very funny, Puppy Love is a story about love, life, and the best friend a girl could ever have.

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Kindle Daily Deal! Lament: The Faerie Queen’s Deception (Gathering of Faerie) by Maggie Stiefvater for $0.99!

February 28, 2012 Leave a comment

I like this new promo by Amazon! We get a special Kindle Daily Deal!

Each day we’re unveiling a new Kindle book at a specially discounted price. Check back daily to see what’s next. Deals go live at approximately 12:00 A.M., Pacific time.

FYI, Amazon has matched the Nook Deal for today! Perfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry Series #1) by Simone Elkeles (Walker Books) is $2.99 for US Kindle.

And the new deal is…

Lament: The Faerie Queen’s Deception (Gathering of Faerie) by Maggie Stiefvater (Flux ) is now available at the specially discounted price of $0.99 on the US Kindle site.

Book Description

FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING NOVEL SHIVER (Wolves of Mercy Falls)

“Vibrant and potent, YA readers searching for faerie stories will be happy to find this accomplished debut novel.” – Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Sixteen-year-old Deirdre Monaghan is a painfully shy but prodigiously gifted musician. She’s about to find out she’s also a cloverhand—one who can see faeries. Deirdre finds herself infatuated with a mysterious boy who enters her ordinary suburban life, seemingly out of thin air. Trouble is, the enigmatic and gorgeous Luke turns out to be a gallowglass—a soulless faerie assassin. An equally hunky—and equally dangerous—dark faerie soldier named Aodhan is also stalking Deirdre. Sworn enemies, Luke and Aodhan each have a deadly assignment from the Faerie Queen. Namely, kill Deirdre before her music captures the attention of the Fae and threatens the Queen’s sovereignty. Caught in the crossfire with Deirdre is James, her wisecracking but loyal best friend. Deirdre had been wishing her life weren’t so dull, but getting trapped in the middle of a centuries-old faerie war isn’t exactly what she had in mind . . .

Lament is a dark faerie fantasy that features authentic Celtic faerie lore, plus cover art and interior illustrations by acclaimed faerie artist Julia Jeffrey.

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Bargain Alert! $1.99 pre-orders for Elizabeth Lowell’s Romances (Beautiful Dreamer, Desert Rain, Eden Burning)

February 28, 2012 Leave a comment

Enjoy three of New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Lowell’s romances for just $1.99 each, along with the first four chapters from her upcoming new book, Beautiful Sacrifice, on sale May 22, 2012!

*The prices posted here are for the US Kindle store, prices may vary in other regions. Links for Nookbooks added if available.

Beautiful Dreamer with Bonus Material by Elizabeth Lowell (William Morrow) is $1.99 for US Kindle (Also at B&N). *The book without the bonus content is $7.99!

Product Description:

Nevada’s rugged, majestic beauty is a balm for the aches of Hope Gardener’s heart. But the ranch she loves is dying of thirst, thanks to the worst drought the area has ever seen, Hope needs a miracle—and one day it comes to the Valley of the Sun.

A man out of time, Rio is an anachronism in the modern-day West, bringing with him a reputation for finding water in any desert. Hope has no choice but to trust this dark stranger who claims to make dreams real. And Rio, who has never had a dream of his own to follow, has found something in this extraordinary lady whose passion tempts him to defy his own rules. In the midst of adversity, two free spirits must now explore the most closely guarded corners of their hearts . . . as they search for a beautiful dream big enough to hold them both.

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Book Review – Unnatural Causes (Adam Dalgliesh Mysteries, No. 3) by P. D. James

February 28, 2012 Leave a comment

Book Description:

Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh had been looking forward to a quiet holiday at his aunt’s cottage on Monksmere Head, one of the furthest-flung spots on the remote Suffolk coast. With nothing to do other than enjoy long wind-swept walks, tea in front of the crackling wood fire and hot buttered toast, Dalgliesh was relishing the thought of a well-earned break.

However, all hope of peace is soon shattered by murder. The mutilated body of a local crime writer, Maurice Seaton, floats ashore in a drifting dinghy to drag Adam Dalgliesh into a new and macabre investigation.

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“The only drawback to planning and carrying out a perfect murder is that no one else can appreciate it.”

Unnatural Causes by P. D. James is the third book in her Adam Dalgliesh mysteries (originally published back in 1967). It’s one of the early P. D. James books that I’m just now getting around to reading. In this third outing, Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh escapes to what he hopes to be a “solitary, uncomplicated holiday” at his aunt’s cottage – far away from complicated London and his lover Deborah Riscoe. Alas, his wish was not to be… As satirized by Terry Pratchett on his Discworld Novel Snuff: “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a policeman taking a holiday would barely have had time to open his suitcase before he finds his first corpse.” Well, at least Adam Dalgliesh was able to have time to sit down for his first holiday dinner before the first corpse turned up ;-)

Unnatural Causes opens with the bizarre tableau of a dapper dressed corpse (with missing hands) adrift on a small boat off the Suffolk coast. The body turns out to be that of the local mystery novelist Maurice Seaton, neighbor to Dalgliesh’s own Aunt Jane. Being out of his jurisdiction, Adam Dalgliesh finds himself in the unaccustomed (and very frustrating) position of having to watch someone else’s investigation – especially when he does not agree with the conclusions of the local police (Detective Inspector Reckless).

Unfortunately, after that very interesting start, I’m afraid that I found the next chapters to be a very slow read – it took me forever (!) to read the rest of the novel as I kept on either getting sleepy or distracted. It was very, very slow going as we were introduced to the suspects (all of whom seemed to be pretty deplorable characters) and really, hardly anything happened, other than Dalgliesh getting more and more irritated (and he wasn’t the only one!). Things only got interesting again much later on in the book – when Dalgliesh became angry enough to start his own investigation in an ‘unofficial capacity’ and of course, when a second corpse turns up (there’s always a second one, right?).

P. D. James manages to get her groove back though, and finishes up with a pretty fantastic and exciting last quarter that ties up all the loose ends together. I like to guess the identity of the killer myself, but in this case, I wasn’t even close! Very clever finish by P. D. James! And of course, I am in awe with how she just manages to so poetically string words together. I mean, which crime fiction writer still writes like this?

The night pressed around her. She breathed darkness like a physical weight. It was as if the air had thickened with night, had become a heaviness through which she had to fight her way.

Unnatural Causes (Adam Dalgliesh Mysteries, No. 3) by P. D. James is available on Amazon as a Paperback Edition and Audible Audio Edition. *Amazon UK has a Kindle edition

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