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FREE Amazon MP3 Download – Hear My Call by Jill Scott

June 30, 2011 Leave a comment

The track ‘Hear My Call‘ by Jill Scott from the Album The Light Of The Sun (Deluxe) is available for FREE download on the Amazon MP3 store today!

Click here to download the FREE song!

* Remember, you have until June 30 to Redeem Your Code for Amazon MP3 (Use code CLOUDMP3 to Get $2 Towards Amazon MP3s)! And if you need help choosing what tracks/albums to get, check out Amazon’s $5 Albums on sale OR Amazon’s MP3 $0.69 store!

And remember that you can download this song and take advantage of the Amazon Cloud Player for Web and Android:

Amazon Cloud Drive and Amazon Cloud Player give you unlimited access to your music on the Web or from your Android device. Start with 5GB of free storage or get a free upgrade to the 20 GB tier with an MP3 album purchase. All Amazon MP3 purchases saved directly to Cloud Drive are stored for free. Learn more.

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Book Review – The Faculty Club by Danny Tobey

June 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Book Description:

At the world’s most exclusive law school, there’s a secret society rumored to catapult its members to fame and fortune. Everyone is dying to get in . . .

Jeremy Davis is the rising star of his first-year class. He’s got a plum job with the best professor on campus. He’s caught the eye of a dazzling Rhodes scholar named Daphne. But something dark is stirring behind the ivy. When a mysterious club promises success beyond his wildest dreams, Jeremy uncovers a macabre secret older than the university itself. In a race against time, Jeremy must stop an ancient ritual that will sacrifice the lives of those he loves most and blur the lines between good and evil.

In this extraordinary debut thriller, Danny Tobey offers a fascinating glimpse into the rarefied world of an elite New England school and the unthinkable dangers that lie within its gates. He deftly weaves a tale of primeval secrets and betrayal into an ingenious brain teaser that will keep readers up late into the night.

Packed with enigmatic professors, secret codes, hidden tunnels, and sinister villains, The Faculty Club establishes Danny Tobey as this season’s most thrilling new author.

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The Faculty Club by Danny Tobey was a huge disappointment for me. The book description made it sound so interesting and exciting, but I guess I should have read the description with a heaping grain of salt, especially since this is a ‘debut’ thriller. Emphasis on the ‘debut’. The best thing I can say about it is that the story actually starts out pretty interesting (law school + a secret society = win); unfortunately, it quickly unravels when the author tries to be too clever and falls back on gimmickry, while failing to properly develop the characters and plot.

In The Faculty Club, self-described nobody Jeremy Davis seems to be on the verge of hitting the big time – he’s enrolled in the ‘best law school in the world’, he has the patronage of an influential professor, and best of all, he’s being considered for membership by the uber secretive (and powerful) V and D club of the law school. But then, life doesn’t quite turn out the way Jeremy expected – and well, apparently hell hath no fury greater than a spurned first year law student!

I started out liking Jeremy when he was just a smart nobody feeling his way in law school, but then, he got more and more unlikeable as the story progressed. Not only was he was willing to compromise a lot of his principles to basically just join a ‘cool’ Ivy League secret society (how shallow is that), but then, even when we get to the part where he fights back against the mysterious powers-that-be – Jeremy’s motivations could not be any worse or selfish – he was just like a spoilt child wanting revenge for being denied what he wanted. I just could not get past that. And the other characters were no better – with new characters randomly introduced then dropped quickly before we can get attached to them.

For a thriller, I found the story lacking in actual thrills or anything original or even anything that sounds reasonably believable – like I said, the author tried to be too clever by half and pretty much throws in all sorts of gimmickry that spoils the last two-thirds of the book – secret codes for Jeremy & his cohorts to solve, mysterious underground tunnels under the school, a custom-made ‘challenge’ room filled with deadly puzzles, and whoa, even Voodoo supernatural plot elements that appeared out of left field, etc etc. The plot just got sillier and more unbelievable, and when we got to the big reveal in the end, I couldn’t help but roll my eyes and just ended up feeling sorry for the villains. I don’t think that was the desired reaction, right? 😉

The Faculty Club by Danny Tobey is available on Amazon as a Kindle edition ($9.99), Hardcover edition ($10.00), Paperback edition ($11.25), and Audible Audio Edition ($17.95).

The eBook is also available at B&N, Sony and iBooks for $9.99.

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FREE Amazon $2 Credit for MP3s

June 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Yay, we’ve all got a FREE $2.00 credit from Amazon to use at their MP3 store (it’s obviously a promo for their cloud service)!

How to Redeem Your Code for Amazon MP3 (Use code CLOUDMP3 to Get $2 Towards Amazon MP3s)

1. Click the button below, enter the code CLOUDMP3, and click the “Apply” button.

2. If you received a confirmation that your code has been entered successfully, the dollar amount of your code is now in your account and will remain there until it has been applied towards eligible purchases or until it expires on the date specified in the promotional offer details. If you receive an error entering your code, be sure to check that you’ve entered the code correctly and be sure that the promotion is still valid and has not expired. If you still receive an error, contact Customer Service via Amazon MP3 Support.

3. Browse for your favorite music at Amazon MP3, find the song, playlist or album you want, click the “Buy” button, and the dollar amount of your code will be automatically applied to your purchase.

4. If you have not used the full value of the promotional code on your purchase, we will automatically apply the remaining balance of your code on each of your additional Amazon MP3 purchases until you have used its full value or until the code expires, whichever occurs first. You can check your code balance by clicking “Redeem Your Amazon.com Gift Card or Promotional Code and View Balance” button, visible on every MP3 detail page.

5. After your purchase, you can confirm that your code was applied by checking your order confirmation, which will be sent to you by e-mail.

Promotional offer valid for a limited time only and subject to change. Promotional offer is valid from June 27, 2011, at 12:01 a.m. Pacific time, through June 30, 2011, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time. You must redeem the code by June 30, 2011, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time.

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Weekly Meme: Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Bookish Websites, Organizations, Apps. Etc.

June 28, 2011 6 comments

The weekly Top Ten Tuesday topic of the week (via the Broke and Bookish blog) is:

Ten Bookish Websites, Organizations, Apps. Etc.

It’s my first time to join this meme, and I’m definitely checking out other people’s lists. I just know this one is going to be a goldmine! 🙂 Okay, other than blogs, here are some book related websites I always check out!

  1. AMAZON (Free for Kindle Bestseller List) – because I make it my business to find out what’s free for my Kindle! 🙂
  2. Audiobook Community – They hold a SyncSummer every year and offer two free YA audiobooks weekly (until August 17th!)
  3. BoingBoing (Reviews) – This is a well known aggregator website, but my favorite is when they feature reviews. Majority of the book reviews are written by Cory Doctorow (the SciFi/fantasy author) and I get a lot of ‘must reads’ from his recommendations.
  4. Baen Free Library – Yup, all free SciFi books from Baen! Great way to find another new fave author.
  5. MobileRead.Com’s Patricia Clark Memorial Library – Lovingly edited public domain books by book lovers from the MobileRead forum, shared freely to anyone interested in major book formats
  6. HarperCollins (BrowseInside) – They have a bookshelf where you can have full access to certain really popular books (i.e. Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, etc), the only catch is you have to read it online
  7. Hachette Book Group (Open Access) – This is similar to HarperCollins’ BrowseInside, you get full access to certain books but you can only read them online
  8. Fantastic Fiction – Super helpful when you’re reading a series that’s already on it’s nth book. Quick book info with painless searching.
  9. Inkmesh – Easy place to look for free eBooks for the Nook, the Sony, etc  (like I said, I make it my business to find out any freebies!)
  10. Dropbox – Okay, this online ‘cloud locker’ is not necessarily bookish, except that the way I use it is definitely bookish. I only upload books to the account and I can read the books anytime on my iPod Touch! If you don’t have one yet, sign up for a FREE account!

(p.s. If you like participating in memes/blog hops, be sure to check out the Meme Directory for the Book Bloggers!)

(p.s.s. If it’s your first time to visit my blog, please have a look around especially if you read digital books. I post a lot of (legal) freebies and Kindle bargain books that I find here)

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FREE iTunes Download – Dave Matthews Band Caravan Sampler

June 25, 2011 1 comment

This is a good link to bookmark – Dave Matthews Band Caravan Sampler – since they’re supposed to be releasing future samplers featuring other bands in the Caravan.

All you need is to head on the the Dave Matthews Band Caravan site and get your special iTunes download code (every I.P. address gets a new one).

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Enjoy the free music!

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Book Review – Sidetracked: A Kurt Wallander Mystery by Henning Mankell

June 23, 2011 1 comment

Book Description:

Fifth in the Kurt Wallander series.

In the award-winning Sidetracked, Kurt Wallander is called to a nearby rapeseed field where a teenage girl has been loitering all day long. He arrives just in time to watch her douse herself in gasoline and set herself aflame. The next day he is called to a beach where Sweden’s former Minister of Justice has been axed to death and scalped. The murder has the obvious markings of a demented serial killer, and Wallander is frantic to find him before he strikes again. But his investigation is beset with a handful of obstacles – a department distracted by the threat of impending cutbacks and the frivolity of World Cup soccer, a tenuous long-distance relationship with a murdered policeman’s widow, and the unshakably haunting preoccupation with the young girl who set herself on fire.

Fascinating and astute, Sidetracked is a compelling mystery enhanced by keen social awareness.

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Sidetracked: A Kurt Wallander Mystery (5) by Henning Mankell won Sweden’s 1997 Best Crime Novel of the Year and reading it now in 2011, I can see that it’s a well deserved award. Sidetracked is the strongest book I’ve read so far in the Kurt Wallander series and definitely makes me look forward to reading the rest of the books!

Sidetracked begins with Inspector Kurt Wallander looking forward to a long awaited vacation with his now girlfriend Baiba Liepa (the widow he’s fell in love with in Book 2: The Dogs of Riga). But first, Kurt has to solve two seemingly unrelated cases – 1) the suicide of a young girl, and 2) a series of high-profile murders where the serial killer ritualistically scalps his victims. Meanwhile, Kurt is still trying to reconnect with his daughter Linda, while dealing with his difficult relationship with his father. The whole plot is very complex, but somehow everything comes together really well in this book.

Fans of the series should be happy with Sidetracked – this one is a police procedural through and through – with Kurt and his team methodically plodding through the evidence, and even dabbling a bit into criminal psychological profiling. As a bonus, Henning Mankell wrote this with several scenes written from the point-of-view of the serial killer, allowing us to understand his motivations while he prepared and then performed his ritualistic ‘kills’.

Maybe I’m more bloodthirsty than I thought or maybe Henning Mankell managed to write a very sympathetic killer, but I found myself empathizing with the main villain (and agreeing that the victims certainly deserved what they got!) and I really wanted to have a good resolution for him. What I got was something heartbreaking, but then, it never ends well, does it? The series does say ‘Kurt Wallander’ and not XXX, serial killer 😉

As always, Kurt Wallander always seems to be on the verge of burn-out as the body count rises, but he manages not to be uber whiny about his personal problems in this book (Big relief for me!). I’m now really curious about the BBC TV series starring Kenneth Branagh and how his Kurt is portrayed (wonder if there’s a way to watch it overseas?)

Sidetracked: A Kurt Wallander Mystery (5) by Henning Mankell is available on Amazon as a Paperback edition ($9.00), and Audible Audio Edition ($21.95). There is no US Kindle edition, but Amazon UK does carry it as an ebook.

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New Kindle apps! Cocktail Mixer & Anywhere Stopwatch

June 23, 2011 Leave a comment

Here’s some new apps for the Kindle!

Cocktail Mixer (A Reference Title for Kindle)‘ by HandyX (the developer of the ff apps: Ultimate Music Quiz, Ultimate Movie Quiz, Ultimate Nature Quiz & Ultimate Sci-Fi Quiz) is available on the Amazon Kindle site for $1.99. Just click here to download!

Game Description

Cocktail Mixer is a collection of recipes for 350 delicious drinks including classic cocktails, seasonal drinks, the coolest new mixes and a selection of non-alcoholic drinks.

The cocktail browser feature helps you find your perfect cocktail by organizing them into easy to use sections. Sections include classic cocktails, shooters, non-alcoholic cocktails, cocktails by base ingredient, cocktails by glass type and a range of occasion and party themes. The advanced search function also lets you search for cocktails by name or cocktails that contain specific ingredients which makes it easy to explore new drinks you’re likely to enjoy.

You can keep track of all your favorite drinks using the ‘My Favorites’ function, and you can learn about cocktail making and ingredients in the comprehensive help section. Cocktail Mixer will help you get the taste you’re looking for in your old favorites, and can introduce you to new drinks that may become new favorites.

Start mixing it up today with Cocktail Mixer!

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And check out the other new Kindle app after the jump!

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