Monday, September 22, 2014

Audiobook Spotlight: Way of the Wolf: Shifter Legacies 1

Author Mark E. Cooper's "Way of the Wolf" is the first in his highly-rated Shifter Legacies series. The audiobook is now available, read by veteran narrator Mikael Naramore. Click the player to hear a sample!  

Way of the Wolf: Shifter Legacies 1, by Mark E. Cooper, narrated by Mikael Naramore
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18 hours and 21 minutes

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Doctor David Lephmann wants nothing more than to learn about and help the less fortunate, and his new post at Mercy Hospital is the perfect place to do both. His mentor is desperate for the help, and welcomes him to a world of nonhuman customs and strange magics.

One night after a long day at the hospital, David is confronted by the reality of life among monsters, when he intervenes in a fight he knows nothing about. He takes a side, and his life is changed forever.

Sorely wounded, he is thrust into a world of violence and mistrust. With no way back to his old life, he must fight for a place in the new one he's been plunged into, but David has never had to fight for anything in his life. Can he survive the challenge?

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One Equal Temper, by Alex Brantham. (Still 0.99?)

"Entertaining and lively! Alex’s novel is a great read. It’s well written with believable characters, interesting plot, and a great mix of humor, romance, and intrigue. It’s an unique read, offering a “behind-the-scenes” view of the Olympics. I felt as though I was volunteering in the event too. The plot advances from a romantic comedy to an adventurous thriller. It’s refreshing to read a non-sentimental romance novel without the heroic protagonists who are perfect and beautiful. And his writing style is refreshing and direct, no over-inflated poetic descriptions that often slow down the pace of a romantic novel." -- Amazon reviewer

One Equal Temper is a romantic comedy set behind the scenes of the greatest show on earth – the Olympic Games.

How long should you wait for the girl of your dreams to return? Graham Frost, a thirty-something lecturer, is wondering if seven years might be too long.

It’s 2012, and the Olympics are coming to London. Graham volunteers as a Games Maker hoping it will take his mind off his lost love, Tanya, or maybe help him find someone new.

And it does – he meets the feisty Karen, but then everything goes wrong. While everyone else marvels at the exploits of the athletes, can Graham get to grips with all of the idiots in the world, including himself, and make sense of his life?

299 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 2 reviews.

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The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive Book 1), by Brandon Sanderson. (Still free?)

"This colossal volume opens a fantasy saga clearly influenced by the Wheel of Time, which the author is in fact finishing. It’s a classic story of intrigue, magic, and war, with a large cast of characters and multiple settings lovingly detailed in a way only possible in volumes of this size. Two characters stand out. One is Shallin, a young woman seeking to enter the household of a royal princess so that she can steal a magical talisman and restore the tattered fortunes of her family. The other is Kaladin, a gifted young soldier enslaved for desertion, who fights his way back to freedom in battles on the Shattered Plain. There’s wit (Shallin’s amiably unscrupulous sailor protect Yod is a gem), magic (the weather is almost a character in its own right), and erudition (if the fighting on the Shattered Plain doesn’t owe something to WWI, this reviewer would be surprised). Readers will plunge into it, even as they send up cries for a glossary and cast of characters." -- Booklist

In The Way of Kings, #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson introduces readers to the fascinating world of Roshar, a world of stone and storms.
It has been centuries since the fall of the Knights Radiant, but their mystical swords and armor remain, transforming ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Men trade kingdoms for them. Wars are fought for them and won by them.
One such war rages on the Shattered Plains where Kaladin, son of a surgeon, has been reduced to slavery, and Dalinar, commander of the armies, is plagued by dreams of ancient times, doubting his own sanity.
Across the ocean, Shallan, a naïve but brave and brilliant young woman, plans a daring theft to save her impoverished noble house from ruin.
The result of over ten years of planning, writing, and world-building, The Way of Kings is Book 1 of The Stormlight Archive, an epic fantasy masterpiece in the making.


Book 1: The Way of Kings

Book 2: Words of Radiance

1009 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 2,508 reviews.

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The Fine Art of Keeping Quiet, by Charity Tahmaseb. (Still 2.99?)

"A brilliant work. Moving, relatable, entertaining, thought-provoking. Beautiful. Charity Tahmaseb: I wish your book had existed when I was fifteen. I appreciated the dry humor in much of Jolia's narration, which is also full of many other nuggets that gave me pause. Honestly, what does humiliation sound like? Jolia shows us how we focus so much on our defects, real or imagined, past or present, until we've turned them into something they're not. I also found the progression of the friendship and romance dynamics in the story engaging, and Tahmaseb unfolds the storyline with a deft hand. In the face of failure, embarrassment, insecurity, or what have you, there's hope. This novel, for its brilliance, has earned a spot on my list of all-time favorites." -- Amazon reviewer

Sometimes staying silent is the biggest lie of all.
Sophomore Jolia does the one thing no one expects from the girl who has perfected the art of keeping quiet.

She joins the speech team.

Jolia can't confess the real reason-not to her best friend, her new teammates, or even to crush-worthy rival Sam who offers to coach her in secret.

Keeping quiet might be the easy way out, but when what Jolia doesn't say starts to hurt those around her, it might just cost her a best friend, her spot on the team, and even Sam.

But she isn't the only one with a secret. It's going to take words-her words-to make things right.

If only Jolia can find them.

218 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 10 reviews.

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Friends With Full Benefits (Friends With Benefits Book 2), by Luke Young. (Still free?)

"Hilarious and sexy. Young keeps the story going in this second book of his Friends with...series. The book is impossible to put down, as you just have to know what happens on the next page. Not a typical feeling when reading contemporary romance, but a great twist to the genre. Quite the unexpected thrown in there with Brian's parents, who would have thought it? I can only hope that I will be as happy as Jillian and Victoria are when I'm their age. I can't wait to see what happens in the third book as Young keeps you hanging on to that last word. Who needs sleep when you have these books around?" -- Amazon reviewer

For a limited time pick up both book one, Partial Benefits, and book two, Full benefits, for FREE!

Friends With Full Benefits is the second book in the Friends With Benefits series. And although the stories are connected, they can be read on their own and book two is a great introduction to the hilarious and complicated world of Jillian and Victoria.

For best-selling romance novelist Jillian Grayson, writer's block is a thing of the past now that her clandestine relationship with her son's best friend, Brian Nash, has lifted her out of a post-divorce funk. The prospect of breaking the news to her son seems daunting, but it's nothing compared to the nightmare of meeting Brian's superstrict, off-the-wall, disapproving parents. After Jillian, Brian and his younger brother Jim, learn an eye-opening secret about the Nash parents they all go scurrying back to Miami where Jillian's best friend Victoria finds Brian's sexy, but innocent college senior brother to be just what the doctor ordered. But when Jim comes on a little too seriously, will Victoria lose interest and return to her life of casual fun or will things get even more complicated?

234 pages, with a 3.9-star rating from 190 reviews.

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Kindle Fire Free App of the Day: Peppy Pals: Empathy Advenures

Today's Free App of the Day is Peppy Pals: Empathy Adventures
Originally $2.99

This is a game aimed at small children ages 2-6.

From the product page:

Peppy Pals is a fun adventure game for children ages 2 to 6 about emotions and friendship in which you meet four quirky animals. There's plenty to do in this colorful and exciting world, be it playing with your new friends, helping them out in various situations, or enjoying a mini-game. Peppy Pals is rooted in empathy, emotions, and social skills and has been created with the help of both experts and psychologists. You might have heard of emotional intelligence or social and emotional learning ("EQ", "EI", or "SEL"), and research indicates that these skills are an important factor for success and happiness, as well as reduce the chance of being bullied or bullying others.

Peppy Pals is a unique way of learning and exploring an exciting game world without “right or wrong”, set in a relaxed and pleasant environment. Without any language, Peppy Pals reaches out globally with focus on high quality visuals and simple, fun and meaningful interactions.

At this point, there are only two reviews; both appear useless to me. One is by Superman75, who one-stars everything, and the other is five-star review by a reviewer who has only ever reviewed this app, which makes it appear that the reviewer may have some connection to the app developer. I'm unable to test the app myself--look for more reviews later in the day, or pick it up while it's free if it interests you.

1 of 2 reviews are four stars and above.

These apps are compatible with the original Fire and with my Fire HD 8.9" 4G. To tell if an app works for your Fire HD or other Android device registered to your Amazon account, click on the above link and look on the right side of the web page.  Amazon will tell you if it will work with your registered device.

Have fun!

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Box Set Bargain! Stars & Empire: 10 Galactic Tales

2200 pages of rocket-fueled adventure! Includes exclusive bonus content.

Today's Box Set Bargain is a 10-pack of sci-fi space opera, from noted names in the genre. Download the complete set for your Kindle today for the unbeatable price of $0.99.
Stars & Empire: 10 Galactic Tales

Authors: Jay Allan, Michael Bunker, Joshua Dalzelle, Isaac Hooke, Christopher Nuttall, Edward W Robertson, Jasper T Scott, Endi Webb, Dietmar Arthur Wehr, Raymond L Weil

Genre: Sci-Fi
Ave. Rating: 4.6 stars
Est. Pages: 2,200
Price: $0.99

Humanity wasn't built for peace. Not on Earth. Not in space. Not on other worlds. Join first colonizers, space marines and rebel forces as they battle for domination against separate factions, alien nations and, sometimes, themselves across the galaxies.

10 of the most recognizable names in space opera today bring you a value-packed bundle like no other, containing everything from full-length novels to tantalizing episode starts to popular serials. The same works you see right on Amazon's bestseller lists.

About 2200 pages of rocket-fueled adventure!

Most of the authors have provided special content — from deleted scenes to complete short stories — you won't find anywhere else!

This LIMITED-EDITION bundle includes:

MARINES (Crimson Worlds 1) - Jay Allan
PENNSYLVANIA: Book 1 - Michael Bunker
OMEGA RISING (Omega Force 1) - Joshua Dalzelle
FOREVER GATE: Part 1 - Isaac Hooke
THE EMPIRE'S CORPS - Christopher G. Nuttall
REBEL - Edward W. Robertson
DARK SPACE: Book 1 - Jasper T. Scott
THE TERRAN GAMBIT (Episode #1: The Pax Humana Saga) - Endi Webb
THE SYNCHRONICITY WAR: Part I - Dietmar Arthur Wehr
GALACTIC EMPIRE WARS: Destruction - Raymond L. Weil

Great plots and twists! I've read Dark Space 1,2,3 by Jasper T. Scott and Pennsylvania Omnibus (1-5) by Michael Bunker. Both are great novels with unexpected plots and twists.

Scott's Dark Space series starts like a typical "humans have expanded to many, many systems and now encounter an enemy alien race", but quickly transforms into an interesting tale of a defeated humanity trying to survive. I am currently reading book 4 "Revenge".

Michael Bunker's "Pennsylvania" is another that has an interesting premise - that the Amish society we know today has survived substantially unchanged in a future where colonization of other planets is possible. But again some interesting twists keep the reader involved throughout the book. Eagerly awaiting "Oklahoma" the next in the series.

My enjoyable reads of these 2 authors bodes well for the rest of the stories in "Stars & Empire". -- Amazon reviewer

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