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FREE Christmas Holiday Song Download ‘Deck the Halls’ by 11 Acorn Lane (Amazon’s 25 Days of FREE)

December 13, 2011 Leave a comment

YES, Amazon has brought back the 25 Days of FREE Holiday Music promo on the Amazon MP3 store! We have 25 free Christmas tracks to look forward to 🙂 And the cool thing is – looks like you can even give the free songs as gifts!

The 13th free track under this promo is Deck the Halls by 11 Acorn Lane from their album Happy Holy Days. Just click HERE to get the freebie! (*Only for those in the US)

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New Apps for the Kindle – Matching Games Plus Puzzles!

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Here’s more new apps for the Kindle !

KenKen Vol. 2 : 20 All-Level Puzzles (A Logic Puzzle for Kindle)‘ by Gameblend Studios is available on the Amazon Kindle site for $0.99! Just click here to download!

Game Description

KenKen is a numeric logic puzzle that makes you smarter.

Presented by New York Times puzzle editor and NPR puzzlemaster, Will Shortz, KenKen is the successful follow-up to Sudoku.

To play KenKen, fill the grid with numbers without repeating in any row or column. The numbers in each heavily outlined set of squares, called cages, must combine (in any order) to produce the target number in the top corner of the cage using the mathematical operation indicated.

Volume 2 contains 20 all-level puzzles ranging from Easy to Expert, with grid sizes between 3×3 and 9×9. If you love puzzle games, play the worldwide puzzle hit today!

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Check out the other new Kindle apps after the jump!

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Book Review – The Boyfriend Thief by Shana Norris

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Book Description:

Avery James has her life planned out: this summer she’ll work with a humanitarian program in Costa Rica, next year she’ll graduate at the top of her class, and after that, college and medical school. Perfect, planned, total order.

The only problem: getting the rest of the money she needs for the trip before the deadline. Hannah Cohen, her biggest competition for the valedictorian title, makes an unexpected offer: If Avery can win over Zac Greeley and make him break up with Hannah before the end of the school year, a check for five hundred dollars is all hers. Faced with the prospect of spending yet another summer working as a giant hot dog, it’s an offer Avery can’t refuse.

Zac is nothing like Avery expected. Within his chaotic world of midnight slushie runs and spontaneous dance parties, her total order is quickly falling apart while Hannah seems poised to get everything she wants. But just how much is Avery willing to give up for the perfect, planned life?

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I have to say that Shana Norris’s self-published book The Boyfriend Thief is a pretty good read. I think it’s a good option to consider if you’re looking for a book for a younger girl who wants something that’s quick & easy to read. It has a good mix of drama & humor plus some non-preachy life lessons, and it’s written in such a way that the author managed to elevate the book above what you’d expect from the clichĂ© plot. You know, the one where someone makes a bet (or is hired to do the job, as in this case) to make someone fall in love with him or her, but pretty soon, it’s no longer just a case of pretending …

Yeah, it’s a familiar story, but I found myself really enjoying The Boyfriend Thief. And I even started off not liking the narrator (Avery) at all in the first chapter (since she came off to me as entitled, uptight and whiny!) But then, as the story went on, Avery really got under my skin. I liked how the author was able to show that Avery’s struggle to show the perfect front was just her covering up for the lonely girl within her who just never felt good enough. By the time I reached the part where everything blows up in Avery’s face, I was really pulling for things to turn out alright for her in the end. And it’s not just Avery – I thought that Ms Norris did a good job with her teenage characters – they have much more depth to them, and a lot of the kids don’t turn out as I expected from when I first met them, particularly Avery’s frenemy Elliott. The dialogue does need a bit of work (the kids sounded younger than sixteen), but I could overlook that.

I also really liked how Ms Norris showed us how the friendship-romance developed slowly between Avery and Zac (the guy she was supposed to be the ‘boyfriend thief’ for). It didn’t feel forced at all, and they were really cute together. Besides, I really can’t think why any teenage girl wouldn’t like Zac – he’s funny, kind, smarter than anybody gave him any credit for, and actually pretty cool in a not-rockstar-way 🙂 I think that Zac would really appeal to the tween readers.

The author also scored points with me for how she was able to show Avery and Zac dealing with  family and friend issues without taking away from the plot. I think a lot of kids would be able to relate, and might take away some lessons without feeling preached at. The ending is a bit corny, but hey, it was corny-cute at least 🙂

The Boyfriend Thief by Shana Norris (Self-published) is available on Amazon as a Kindle edition.

The eBook is also available at B&N, Sony, Apple iBooks and at Smashwords.

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FREE Audiobook – This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage (Essay) by Ann Patchett

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The audiobook of This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage [UNABRIDGED] [Audible Audio Edition], an essay by Ann Patchett (Narrated by Ann Patchett) is available for FREE download on the Audible.Com site as a special holiday gift from Audible! Enjoy!

Product Description:

“Tell the story of your marriage,” my young friend Niki says to me. “Write down how it is you have a happy marriage” But the story of my marriage, which is the great joy and astonishment of my life, is too much like a fairy tale, the German kind, unsweetened by Disney.

This December, we are excited to present our members with a gift that is truly unique: an original essay, available exclusively here at Audible, written and voiced by best-selling author – and fellow listener – Ann Patchett. This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage is a very real love story, and one that is much more about the journey than the destination. Chock full of beauty, truth, and humor, and, in trademark Ann Patchett style, possessing an uncanny ability to feel both surprising and familiar at the same time, this essay is a perfect, if unconventional, holiday listen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did. Happy holidays and happy listening!

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