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Read Online Full – Wondrous Strange By Lesley Livingston

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For seventeen-year-old actress Kelley Winslow, faeries are just something from childhood stories. Then she meets Sonny Flannery, whose steel-gray eyes mask an equally steely determination to protect her.

Sonny guards the Samhain Gate, which connects the mortal realm with the Faerie’s enchanted, dangerous Otherworld. Usually kept shut by order of icy King Auberon, the Gate stands open but once a year.

This year, as the time approaches when the Samhain Gate will swing wide and nightmarish Fae will fight their way into an unsuspecting human world, something different is happening . . . something wondrous and strange. And Kelley’s eyes are opening not just to the Faerie that surround her but to the heritage that awaits her.

Now Kelley must navigate deadly Faerie treachery—and her growing feelings for Sonny—in this dazzling page-turner filled with luminous romance.

Click on the widget above or here to be able to read the novel, ‘Wondrous Strange’, in its entirety online (hurry, since it’s not indicated when this offer expires).

It’s not really a free e-book in the sense that you can download and read later at your leisure, but hey, beggars can’t be choosers, right?

The site uses “Browse Inside” technology and looks like pages of pdf actually. Very easy to use and the pages are set at 100% with clear font, so it’s no biggie 🙂 And if you like it, buy a copy!

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FREE Game Download – Hidden Wonders of the Depths from Big Fish Games

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Game Description:

Scurry through the underwater squares with `Crab` to help the mermaid build her fantastic home. Hidden Wonders of the Depths is a liquid mix of Match 3, Mahjong, and Hidden Object gameplay. No oxygen tank required as you move around collecting ancient artifacts. Discover hidden wonders in the depths of this vast, lively sea.

Underwater puzzle splendor
Picturesque scenes.
Test your talents!

Here’s how to get a FREE download of ‘Hidden Wonders of the Depths’ from Big Fish Games:

  1. Head on to the Big Fish Games site
  2. Click on the button that says ‘buy now’
  3. Use the following codes to get the game for free:
  4. PC’s use……. freedepthsemailpc
    Mac’s use….. freedepthsemailmac

Enjoy the game!

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Adam Lambert Performs ‘Whataya Want From Me’ @ the Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien

December 15, 2009 4 comments

So, Adam Lambert was the guest performer tonight on the Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. He performed his new single ‘Whataya Want From Me’ and methinks he’s getting a bit bored with it, since he changed it up and added some riffs for a rock edge. Loved it! His voice floors me.every.single.time.

And I’m not alone. Conan seemed extra enthusiastic too after Adam sang, and seriously, Conan is such a giant. He managed to make Adam look wee. And… the snoop in me very much wants to know what they were chatting about at fade-out…

Another video of Adam on Conan (with the couch convo) after the jump:
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Adam Lambert @ the 93.3 Jingle Ball

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So, Adam made another guest / emcee appearance, this time at the 93.3 FLZ Jingle Ball in Tampa. He also did a pretty extensive meet and greet with fans (go here for the photos!) which I previously posted about on this page.

Anyway, here’s some videos provided by fans (tampaconcerts et al) of Adam on stage and backstage. Enjoy! And for the nth time, boo! to RCA for the non-singing!

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A Special Video Message From Adam Lambert

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AdamOfficial.Com just posted a new video blog from Adam Lambert where he updates us on his upcoming appearances, thanks the fans and plugs the new single ‘Whataya Want From Me’ and the music video for ‘For Your Entertainment’ which will be available on iTunes on Dec 15!

I embedded it here, but better just go to AdamOfficial to view it to leave a comment there. Looking good Adam – and here’s to more video blogs in 2010!

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Book Review – ‘Pirate Latitudes’ by Michael Crichton

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Book Synopsis:

From one of the best-loved authors of all time comes an irresistible adventure of swashbuckling pirates in the New World, a classic story of treasure and betrayal.

The Caribbean, 1665. A remote colony of the English Crown, the island of Jamaica holds out against the vast supremacy of the Spanish empire. Port Royal, its capital, is a cutthroat town of taverns, grog shops, and bawdy houses. In this steamy climate there’s a living to be made, a living that can end swiftly by disease or by dagger. For Captain Charles Hunter, gold in Spanish hands is gold for the taking, and the law of the land rests with those ruthless enough to make it. Word in port is that the galleon El Trinidad, fresh from New Spain, is awaiting repairs in a nearby harbor. Heavily fortified, the impregnable harbor is guarded by the bloodthirsty Cazalla, a favorite commander of the Spanish king himself. With backing from a powerful ally, Hunter assembles a crew of ruffians to infiltrate the enemy outpost and commandeer El Trinidad, along with its fortune in Spanish gold. The raid is as perilous as the bloodiest tales of island legend, and Hunter will lose more than one man before he even sets foot on foreign shores, where dense jungle and the firepower of Spanish infantry stand between him and the treasure. . . .

Apparently, no one really knows when Michael Crichton actually wrote ‘Pirate Latitudes‘, but the complete manuscript was found after his death, and voila! we now have a posthumous novel AND a Steven Spielberg movie coming right up! You betcha this’ll be a summer blockbuster in the near future – and come on, there can only be one Captain Charles Hunter and his name is Johnny Depp…

Now, going back to the novel … I’m not so sure that Michael Crichton’s perfectionist streak would’ve allowed him to publish this novel as is. It really reads to me like a late draft of what could be a really good Crichton book – after some judicious editing of some parts and fleshing out of other parts. Pity that. But having said that, it’s still a marvelously entertaining adventure story about pirates that can provide you with hours of fun this holidays – and seriously, who can resist a good pirate story? – oh yeah, except that they refuse to be called pirates in this novel and are instead ‘privateers’ (a.k.a. the legal kind of pirates).

Anti-hero Captain Charles Hunter goes after the seemingly impossible prize – capture a Spanish galleon under the protection of an impregnable fortress (think trying to break into Alcatraz) and a psycho of a Spanish villain Cazalla (think of the bad guy in Zorro (the movie), only more evil). And to do that, he recruits his gang of (unexpectedly likeable) expert misfits (think Danny Ocean and his little gang – only not as debonair and with the blood-thirstiness multiplied n-fold) and off they set on their (not very) merry way. Blame that on Crichton who makes things very very ‘interesting’ for Hunter and his men (and one woman) as they try to not just gain the galleon, but also be able to bring it safely home.

You’ll be swept up helplessly as a different Hollywood!Epic Scene!Crisis! come up again and again and again … Seriously, the novel practically screams Summer!Blockbuster! with Epic!Special Effects (I do apologize for all the exclamation points). There are sword fights, sea battles, sea chases, hurricanes, mythic sea creatures, cannibalistic tribes and surprise!betrayals! a-plenty. All that non-stop action keeps you turning the page just to find out how the hell Hunter will extricate himself and his men from the situation (think always-getting-himself-out-of-a-fix MacGyver). Hunter is not just any old pirate – excuse me – privateer – he’s actually Harvard-educated and he succeeds not just because he can wield a sword, but because he can use his coconut even when faced with mortal peril – extremely swoon-worthy indeed.

And since this is a Crichton novel, you’ll be coming off it with new and random knowledge about 17th century Jamaica, Spanish warships & ships in general, gunpowder & fuses & cannons, and naval navigation – but it’s all introduced subtly since there’s no Ian Malcolm here to give lengthy lectures 😉

Yes, ‘Pirate Latitudes‘ isn’t going to be the best Michael Crichton novel you’ll ever read. But if you just get through the (unwieldy) first quarter of the book, the rest makes up for it just from sheer action alone. It ain’t deep man, but it sure is a fun ride. RIP Michael Crichton – your fans will miss your writing terribly.

Pirate Latitudes: A Novel‘ is available on Amazon as a Hardcover ($13.99, 50% OFF, very good deal!), Paperback – Largeprint ($18.47), Kindle Edition ($9.99) and Audiobook ($23.09)

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