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FREE Children’s eBooks for the Nook Color (Plus Bargain Children books for the Kindle!)

December 11, 2010 Leave a comment

So, I hope that y’all have been keeping up with all the freebie books. Just be sure to check out all my posts about it, so you don’t miss too much. Remember, even if you don’t have your eReaders yet, you can start racking up your collection of freebies now and read them on your desktop or mobile devices 🙂

So, for those who splashed out and bought the Nook Color for your kiddies, here’s two freebies that are exclusively for the Nook Color. And for those who can’t benefit from the freebies since you have a Kindle, I have the next best thing – savings! I’ve also included a bunch of eBook bargains for the kids with Kindles in this post. Hope that makes everybody happy!

The Elephant’s Child: How the Elephant Got His Trunk [NOOK kids read to me]‘ by Rudyard Kipling, Karen Baiker, Davin Cheng (Illustrator) is available for FREE download on the Barnes & Noble site. Just click here to download.

Book Description

A retelling of Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale The Elephant’s Child, adapted by Karen Baiker and illustrated by Davin Cheng.

The curious little Elephant asks many questions and embarks on a journey which changes the face of elephants forever!


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Check out the other free ebook plus the Kindle bargains after the jump!

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Book Review – My Swordhand Is Singing by Marcus Sedgwick

December 11, 2010 1 comment

Book Description:

In a bitter winter, Tomas and his son, Peter, settle in a small village as woodcutters. Tomas digs a channel of fast-flowing waters around their hut so that they have their own little island kingdom. Peter doesn’t understand why his father has done this, or why his father carries a long, battered box, whose mysterious contents he is forbidden to know.

But Tomas is a man with a past—a past that is tracking him with deadly intent. As surely as the snow falls softly in the forest of a hundred thousand silver birch trees, father and son must face a soulless enemy and a terrifying destiny.


My Swordhand Is Singing by Marcus Sedgwick is a wonderfully dark & chilling addition to vampire-lore fiction. And thank goodness, there’s nary a whiff of emo-Vampires or teen love triangles with other supernatural beings. Or even the mention of the word ‘vampire’. Instead, Marcus Sedgwick brings us back to the earliest vampire legends and the early reports of vampirism in Europe.

The setting for the novel is the dead of winter at an Eastern European village (most likely in Transylvania as mentioned in the author notes) during the early seventeenth century. Peter (and his father Tomas) are woodcutters who have recently taken a break from their nomadic life to settle near the village of Chust. Peter is a hardworking and likeable young teenager who unfortunately doesn’t have a very happy life. He has a strained relationship with his father, which had been marred by Tomas’ excessive drinking, violence, and secret past, including a mysterious wooden box (the contents of which is kept forbidden from Peter). The young man is also treated as an outsider and distrusted by the villagers in Chust.

When the village is beset by the mysterious deaths of men and livestock, together with terrifying instances of reanimations of the dead, Peter teams up with a young visiting Gypsy girl (Sofia) and discovers the secrets his father has kept from him, including an ancient evil that has resurfaced to threaten all their lives.

I really liked Marcus Sedgwick’s take on the vampire mythology. The pace of the book does start a bit slowly, but I felt that the groundwork added to the sinister and disturbing atmosphere. I found it an easy read, with me devouring the (admittedly short) book in an afternoon. The author has a way of writing that’s very minimalistic and stark, and yet descriptive enough that I could clearly visualize the setting and the villagers. I also appreciated the author’s use of legends and superstitions in the story (the haunting Miorita song, the pretty dreadful idea of a Wedding of the Dead, the gypsy practices, and the Shadow Queen/Winter King lore) that I thought added an authentic ‘flavoring’ to the period covered in the novel.

Special mention goes to the dysfunctional father-son relationship covered in the book – I found it heartbreaking that Peter continued to love his father inspite of all Tomas’ faults, neglect and abuse, so I really took to heart that Tomas was given the opportunity to have some redemption and be a hero in his son’s eyes when the story reached its climax.

I highly recommend this book to all lovers of historical fiction and the supernatural – it’s geared to the young reader crowd, but it’s still scary and interesting enough (not to mention extremely well-written) to satisfy those in the older age groups.

My Swordhand Is Singing by Marcus Sedgwick is available on Amazon as a Kindle Edition ($5.59), Hardcover ($15.99), or Mass Market Paperback ($6.99).

Also available on B&N Nook, Sony eBookstore, Kobo Books.

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FREE Christmas Holiday Song Download ‘Ain’t Nothin’ Like Christmas’ (Amazon’s 25 Days of FREE)

December 11, 2010 Leave a comment

So, it’s Day #10 for Amazon’s 25 Days of FREE promo on the Amazon MP3 store! We have 15 more free Christmas tracks to look forward to 🙂

The tenth free track under this promo is Ain’t Nothin’ Like Christmas by Shelby Lynne from the album Merry Christmas. Just click HERE to get the freebie!

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New Game App for the Kindle – Wordoku Unbound

December 11, 2010 1 comment

Well, here’s another new game app for the Kindle! It’s a party of apps!

Wordoku Unbound #1 (A Word Puzzle Game)‘ by Puzzazz is available on the Amazon Kindle site for $3.99! Just click here to download!

Game Description

Love Sudoku? And word games? Then you’ll love Wordoku.

A fun twist on Sudoku, Wordoku puzzles use the letters of a word or phrase instead of numbers. Each row, column and 3×3 cell square on the game board contains all of the letters in the word or phrase. Fill all the empty cells on the game board with the correct letters to complete the puzzle.

You can use in-cell notes as you solve the puzzles just like you would on paper. If you’re stuck, you can get a hint to keep going or move on to a different puzzle — you can always return to previous puzzles later.

Wordoku contains one hundred carefully crafted puzzles that will challenge and delight word game fans of all skill levels.

Whatever your skill and solving style, you’ll enjoy Wordoku puzzles on Kindle!


* If you wish to review what other game apps are available so far: Slingo (A Game for Kindle), Jumble, 50 Puzzles, Jumble, 20 Puzzles (A Word Scramble Game), Mahjong Solitaire, Hangman 4 Kids (A Kindle Word Game for Children), Hangman (A Word Game for Kindle), Next Puzzle Game (A Matching Game for Kindle), EA Sudoku, EA Texas Hold em, Panda Poet (A Word Game for Kindle), Triple Town (A Puzzle Strategy Game for Kindle), EA Solitaire (12 Card Games to Play on Kindle), and SCRABBLE (Play the Popular Word Game on Kindle).

Plus of course the free games: Blackjack (Play the Popular Casino Game on Kindle), Mine Sweeper (A Free Game for Kindle), Every Word (A Free Game for Kindle), and Shuffled Row (A Free Game for Kindle).

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