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FREE MP3 Download – Adam Lambert’s ‘Better Than I Know Myself’ via Q92.9 (@Qburgh) Q-uesday

January 31, 2012 4 comments

Hey, hey, hey… I’m sure Adam Lambert’s loyal fans have already snapped up his new single (now out on iTunes & Amazon), but if you haven’t yet (or you’re still in the undecided corner), Adam’s song  is the Q92.9 Q-uesday (Free Download Every Tuesday) free track for the next 24 hours!

Tuesday is now Q-uesday with FREE Downloads every week!

Every Tuesday is a different new song for you to download free and keep. Enjoy it on your iPod as our way of saying thanks for listening to Q92.9. Just come to here each Q-uesday and for 24 hours download a new song to enjoy.

Listen to “Better Than I Know Myself”

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Twitter Deal Alert! Certified Pre-Owned Nook Simple Touch just $79 on B&N!

January 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Oh hey, for those who don’t mind getting a refurbished Nook – grab the Certified Pre-Owned NOOK Simple Touch™ (MSRP $99 if new) for just $79.00 on Barnes & Noble!

I’ve bought refurbished items in the past, and they’ve always come looking like new! Grab this great deal while supplies last.

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Read Online Full – Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver (HarperCollins Browse Inside)

January 29, 2012 1 comment

Liesl & Po‘ by Lauren Oliver and illustrated by Kei Acedera (HarperCollins) is available for FREE online reading  in full on the HarperCollins Browse Inside site. Just click here to start reading. (hurry, since it’s not indicated when this offer expires).

Book Description

A Best of 2011 Editors’ Pick on Amazon

Liesl lives in a tiny attic bedroom, locked away by her cruel stepmother. Her only friends are the shadows and the mice—until one night a ghost appears from the darkness. It is Po, who comes from the Other Side. Both Liesl and Po are lonely, but together they are less alone.

That same night, an alchemist’s apprentice, Will, bungles an important delivery. He accidentally switches a box containing the most powerful magic in the world with one containing something decidedly less remarkable

Will’s mistake has tremendous consequences for Liesl and Po, and it draws the three of them together on an extraordinary journey.

From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver comes a luminous and magnificent novel that glows with rare magic, ghostly wonders, and a true friendship that lights even the darkest of places.

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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 scanned 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, be sure to buy a copy to support the author!

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Indie Saturday: Book Review – Your Fifteen Minutes by Joey Aaron

January 28, 2012 Leave a comment

Well, I guess this had to happen sometime … the author who was slated to guest post for today’s ‘Indie Saturday‘ was unable to provide us with a post. We got an email yesterday (Friday) that he was taken ill. We wish him well, of course, but it’s really a pity that he didn’t let us know beforehand as we could’ve given the slot to another indie author. So, that concludes our ‘Coming-of-Age‘ month!

Anyway, the blog’s resident book reviewer (Kris) thought it would be a pity to end the month like this, so she decided to write up a quick review for a random indie book that would still (kinda) fit within the theme of January. She chose Your Fifteen Minutes by Joey Aaron. Ugly cover, but she did like the sample. Here’s the review – thanks Kris for rescuing ‘Indie Saturday‘!


Book Description:

Fifteen-year-old Simon Land has a good thing going. He’s finally shed his vegan Oompa Loompa image.

With the help of a thrift store full of cheap Abercrombie and Polo, now he’s in the running for Best Dressed Prep. Even better, he’s caught the eye of serious hottie, Lindsay Booker, and he’s just about to take a major step up the high school social ladder. But Simon has a secret. He has an alter-ego, uberlonelyguy16, an emo air guitar fanatic who dreams of Internet fame. Not that it’s likely, since his YouTube channel doesn’t have any followers. Until one day, when he gets one fan, then another… then another. Now Simon is going to have to choose which is more important to him? Joining the ranks of high school royalty…? Or grabbing hold of his fleeting fifteen minutes of Internet celebrity.

A hilarious romp through the land of internet memes, high school dress codes, and depressed former Numa Numa guys, Your Fifteen Minutes takes on the many varieties of high school celebrity in the era of Rebecca Black.

Joey Aaron is a pseudonym for the writing team of a New York Times bestselling author and her teenage son.

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Your Fifteen Minutes by Joey Aaron is a very witty and funny take on  a low-key high school kid’s unexpected stratospheric flight into superstardom when his mockingly angst-ridden YouTube video goes viral.  It’s a very short book (coming in at a little over 100 pages) so I was able to speed read through it during lunch for this quick review. If you’re looking for something light to read that’s likely to tickle your funny bone, be sure to check this out 🙂  I for one was totally charmed.

Fifteen-year-old Simon Land’s social climbing ascent in his high school (fueled by shopping trips to a ‘high-end’ thrift store) is unexpectedly derailed when an embarrassing video blog he made in a pique hits YouTube’s most-viewed charts. Simon is appalled, but quickly regroups with the support of his best pals (improbably nicknamed Cock, Hondo and four Nicks – warning: these friends frequently steal the scene!). What follows is a hilarious adventure involving (in no particular order): a brisk internet tee-shirt business, a guesting in Good Morning America, a killer party to end all parties (aka ‘The Internet Celebrity Party of the Century’) and even American Idol’s Sanjaya doing  a cameo!

Simon is a cool protagonist – he’s funny and sarcastic, but a genuinely good guy. I loved how he just shrugged off everything thrown at him (including several run-ins with the school’s Vice principal Mr Stuckman). Simon learns a thing or two (or three) about the fleeting quality of fame, but then, he was such a well adjusted kid anyway – I thought he was pretty lovable pre- and post-internet stardom actually. The whole premise of the book was very silly, but what can I say, I enjoyed reading this one!

Your Fifteen Minutes by Joey Aaron (Trewellyner Press) is available on Amazon as a Kindle edition.

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Book Review – Variant by Robison Wells

January 26, 2012 1 comment

Book Description:

After years in foster homes, seventeen-year-old Benson Fisher applies to New Mexico’s Maxfield Academy in hopes of securing a brighter future, but instead he finds that the school is a prison and no one is what he or she seems.

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“Welcome to Maxfield, here’s your tracking device. We watch everything that you do. You can never leave.”

My friend recommended Variant by Robison Wells as a book similar to Michael Grant’s YA dystopian novel Gone mashed with James Dashner’s  The Maze Runner.  I did enjoy Gone (minus all the supernatural extra stuff) so I checked this one out, and I have to say that Variant  is one of the better-written YA books I’ve read lately, especially one where the narrator is a teenage boy. I can see someone like my nephew really enjoying this book. Not only was there the mystery of the sinister school/prison’s existence to solve, but the book is really action-packed too (plus Robison Wells knows how to keep the suspense going and going until the cliff-hanger non-ending!)

Personally, boarding schools have had a bad rep for me ever since I read Thomas Hughes’s classic Tom Brown’s School Days, but Variant takes it a LOT further. Benson Fisher’s new school Maxfield Academy – far from being a posh boarding school – is literally a prison. A high wall plus a razor-wire fence surrounds the grounds, and while there are no teachers around (or any adults for that matter), video cameras/microphones check the students’ every move. The punishment for breaking the school’s major rules (Rule One is “Don’t try to escape”) is “detention” (understood to mean death). For self-preservation, Maxfield students have banded together into three different groups (the Society, Havoc and Variant gangs) which police each other. Intrigued yet?

Debut author Robison Wells manages to put a fresh twist to the familiar Lord of the Flies theme in his début novel. In particular, I was really impressed with how real the kids in Variant are – from the way they talked or interacted with each other as  the invisible school administrators subjected them to different physical/psychological stresses (kind of like rats in a maze). I could understand where everyone was coming from and their motivations, and like I’ve mentioned, the young male protagonist POV really worked well for once. Benson Fisher comes across as a fairly likable, resourceful and decent kid who tries to tough it out while adjusting to his bizarre situation. Another thing I liked was how the author was able to paint a picture of what Maxfield Academy looked like – from the marble halls, the closets cum secret elevators, the special doors that are only opened by tracking devices that the kids had to wear, even the outside grounds where paintball wars are regularly conducted. Despite the creepiness of the school, I couldn’t help but think that it would be a cool place to visit 😉

The only thing that rang awkward to me was the twist that appears midway to the book – when Benson stumbles onto the school’s real secret. That signals a change from a purely Lord of the Flies dystopian approach to something that’s more Sci Fi. That development required suspension of disbelief (I don’t want to spoil anything, but the discovery requires a certain technological advancement that doesn’t exist yet). I also felt frustrated, since Benson’s discovery just posits more questions about the school that aren’t fully answered, even when we reach the cliff-hanger ending. Onward to the sequel then!

Overall, this is an admirable début effort – an intriguing well-paced plot, lots of thrills and suspense, a surprising twist, there’s even some age-appropriate non-mushy light romance for those who like that in their YA reads.

Variant by Robison Wells (HarperTeen) is available on Amazon as a Kindle edition, Hardcover edition and Audible audio edition. *also available at Amazon UK.

The eBook is also available at B&N, Apple iBooks, Kobo books

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New Kindle apps! Puzzle Games, Poker Solitaire and More!

January 26, 2012 Leave a comment

Here’s some new apps for the Kindle!

Gem Falls (A Puzzle Game for Kindle)‘ by Nickel Buddy is available on the Amazon Kindle site for $1.99. Just click here to download!

Game Description

Gem Falls is a pattern matching game for Kindle. Gems are dropped one at a time onto the board where they stack on top of each other You control which column the gem will land on. Once it has fallen, groups of 3 or more of the same type of gem will explode, shifting the pile and possibly creating more matches. Place the gems carefully to keep the pile from reaching the top, while at the same time planning for chain reactions to gain big bonus points.

There are 12 levels of difficulty, each with their own challenge. In addition to the gems, special items such as bombs, drills, and bricks add new and different challenges for each level.

Simple to learn, but challenging to master, Gem Falls is great gem matching fun for Kindle!

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

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FREE Audiobook – Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery by Rhys Bowen (Narrated by Katherine Kellgren)

January 26, 2012 Leave a comment

The audiobook of Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery [UNABRIDGED] [Audible Audio Edition] by Rhys Bowen (Narrated by Katherine Kellgren) is available for FREE download on the Audible.Com site! Enjoy!

Product Description:

Audie Award Nominee – Best Mystery/Suspense Audiobook, 2011

Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932.

So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg… She’s gate-crashed a wedding… She’s making money by secretly cleaning houses… And she’s been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

Everything seems to be going swimmingly until she finds a body in her bathtub… and someone is definitely trying to kill her.

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