Archive for March, 2012

Twitter Deal Alert! Kobo Touch with Offers e-reader for $79.99 at BestBuy!

March 31, 2012 Leave a comment

Oh hey, for those wanting a Kobo eReader, grab the brand new Kobo Touch with Offers e-Reader (MSRP $99) for just $79.99 on! Hello, what a bargain!

Grab this deal while supply lasts!

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New Kindle apps! Puzzles, Teasers and Education Games!

March 31, 2012 Leave a comment

Here’s some new apps for the Kindle!

Hanjie Griddlers Nonograms

Hanjie Griddlers Nonograms (A Logic Puzzle for Kindle)‘ by DJAPE is available on the Amazon Kindle site for $0.99. Just click here to download!

Game Description

Hanjie puzzles are known under many other names: pic-a-pix, paint-by-numbers, etc.

Whatever you call them, they’re fun to solve. As you progress through a puzzle an image starts appearing and by the time you’re finished a beautiful drawing is revealed.

Puzzles are rated for difficulty, from “EASY” to “IQ” with several levels in between.

This game features multiple level undo’s and redo’s, hints, instructions and plenty of puzzles to entertain you for a long time. You can also show errors or peak at the solution at any time.

The “uncertain cells” solving technique is explained in the instructions, but you can also choose to apply it “automagically” to any particular row or column, thus avoiding tedious shading of black and white cells.


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Indie Saturday – Author Marlene Dotterer on “The Time Travel Journals: Shipbuilder”

March 31, 2012 Leave a comment

Today, we have author Marlene Dotterer featured on the blog’s ‘Indie Saturday‘ for her science fiction-themed time travel historical novel “The Time Travel Journals: Shipbuilder” (Available on Amazon). It’s the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking, and everybody is still fascinated with the tragedy.

Look for the second book in the Time Travel Journals series: Bridgebuilders. Available this Fall.

Author Marlene Dotterer writes about ‘The Time Travel Journals: Shipbuilder’ and on Titanic as the Ship of Dreams…:

As you read this, I am on the vacation of a lifetime, and I owe it all to my book.

Not because my book has brought me millions. It has yet to pay its legal fees for negotiation of contracts that subsequently fell through.

So how did my book lead to two weeks in Ireland and England, then twelve more days on one of the most special cruises of the century?

Therein lies a tale…

When I decided to write a time travel novel about Thomas Andrews, the much-loved builder of the Titanic, I needed to do a lot of research. I didn’t know anything about shipbuilding. All I knew of Titanic, I learned in James Cameron’s movie. In fact, that was my starting point, so I knew that Titanic was built in Ireland, and that Thomas Andrews was Irish.

This was icing on the cake for me, since I’m a devoted hibernophile. Now I could read about Ireland and call it research.

Marlene Dotterer

All along, I wanted my book to be available for Titanic’s one hundredth anniversary in 2012. If Thomas Andrews lost his life (far too soon) on that dreadful night in April 1912, then perhaps I could provide a second chance for him one hundred years later. In my novel, he meets time travelers from the 21st century, a few years before he starts building Titanic. They tell him what happens, and the three of them work together to change history.

I can’t tell you how it all comes out – that would be cheating. But researching and writing the novel gave me a deep respect for Titanic, the men who built her, and for the passengers and crew of her maiden voyage.

So three years ago, when I learned about the Titanic Memorial Cruise, I desperately wanted to be on it. I half-heartedly mentioned it to my husband, never expecting to be able to go, because of the cost. But to my surprise, he was receptive to the idea. We talked about it for a while, decided we had three years in which to pay it off, and why not go?

So we booked a cabin. Just like that.

I have The Best Husband in the World.

Since we had to go to England to meet the ship, we added several days to our itinerary so we could explore the country. Then we added a couple of days in Belfast, so we could tour the shipyard where Titanic was built, and see the house that Thomas Andrews lived in.

That is where we are, RIGHT NOW!

I almost wish I was the squealing type, because that’s what I feel like doing. Obviously, I’m writing this in advance, so you’re getting my pre-trip jitters. But if you stop by my blog, you just might find an entry or two about what we’ve done so far. Keep checking back, too, because I’ll post during the cruise, and after the memorial service at 2:20 a.m. on April 15, out on the North Atlantic, directly above the site where Titanic now rests.

There are a lot of good books, fiction and non-, about Titanic. Mine is one of the few science fiction-themed books, although time travel and Titanic seem to go together like wine and cheese. Everyone thinks about going back to warn the captain, or wonders what would I do if I were there? There’s certainly a bit of that going on in Shipbuilder.

The Time Travel Journals: Shipbuilder is about more than just Titanic. It’s about the kind of man that Thomas Andrews was, about his family, and his world. Like all fiction, it’s a dramatization, and some of it is simply made up, since unfortunately, there were no time travelers to warn anyone back in 1906.

Just imagine: what would you do, if you went back in time and met Thomas Andrews?

Here is a short description of The Time Travel Journals: Shipbuilder:

Imagine being there before the Titanic set sail.

Now imagine being there before she’s even built.

Sam Altair is a physicist living in Belfast, Ireland. He has spent his career researching time travel and now, in early 2006, he’s finally reached the point where he can send objects backwards through time. The only problem is, he doesn’t know where the objects go. They don’t show up in the past, and no one notices any changes to the present. Are they creating alternate time lines?
To collect more data, Sam tries a clandestine experiment in a public park, late at night. But the experiment goes horribly wrong when Casey Wilson, a student at the university, stumbles into his isolation field. Sam tries to rescue her, but instead, he and Casey are transported back to the year 1906. Stuck in the past, cut off from everyone and everything they know, Sam and Casey work together to help each other survive. Then Casey meets Thomas Andrews, the man who will shortly begin to build the most famous ship since Noah’s Ark. Should they warn him, changing the past and creating unknown consequences for the future? Or should they let him die?

The construction of White Star Line’s Olympic-class ships forms the backdrop for a passionate love affair between Tom and Casey, who must overcome the many differences inherent between an Edwardian Irish gentleman, and a member of America’s Generation Y. The fictional love affair grows alongside real lives from history: the Andrews family of Comber, Lord William Pirrie, Bruce Ismay, and the thousands of skilled men who built the remarkable ocean liners of the early twentieth century.

Born in Tucson, Arizona, Marlene Dotterer lived there until the day she loaded her five children into her station wagon, and drove north-west to the San Francisco Bay Area. Since then, she has earned a degree in geology, worked in nuclear waste, run her own business as a personal chef, and now teaches natural childbirth classes. She writes, “to silence the voices,” obsessed with the possibilities of other worlds and other times.

The Time Travel Journals: Shipbuilder by Marlene Dotterer is available at Amazon in Kindle and Paperback formats. The ebook is also available on Smashwords. You can also order it through your local bookstore.

To learn more about Marlene Dotterer, follow Marlene on Twitter: @marlenedotterer, Facebook: marlenedotterer or Goodreads. Marlene also blogs at Drop by and say hi!


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Twitter Deal Alert! Barnes & Noble 16GB Nook Tablet (Refurbished) is $199 at Overstock.Com!

March 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Hey, for those still in the market for NOOK Tablets! The Barnes & Noble 16GB Nook Tablet (Refurbished) is just $199 on Overstock.Com today (It’s $249 new at B&N)! That deal puts it at the same price point as an 8GB Nook Tablet.

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Kindle App Weekly Deal! Wipe Out (A Puzzle Game for Kindle) is $0.99

March 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Okay, it’s a new discounted app under Amazon’s Kindle App Weekly Deal promo!

Wipe Out

Wipe Out (A Puzzle Game for Kindle)‘ by Applications Innovations is available on the Amazon Kindle site for $0.99 only through Thursday, 4/5. Just click here to download!

Game Description

Wipe Out is a puzzle game that requires a strategic mind to solve the puzzles in the fewest moves possible.

Each game consists of a grid of squares made up of different colors (shades). Your goal is to flood the board with a single color within the allowed steps. To do this, you will need to select colors that will allow your control area to expand by engulfing adjacent squares that match the colors selected. The order in which you chose your colors will be the deciding factor in whether you complete the puzzle in the allowed steps.

The game comes with three different grid sizes and the option to choose to play with four, five, or six different colors. The more colors you have available; the harder the puzzle will be.

If you enjoy simple, quick, and fun puzzles, you’ll have a blast playing Wipe Out.


Be sure to check out Amazon’s Popular Kindle Games & Active Content page for a review of all the games available! And if you want to see the apps as a bestseller list, check out the Bestsellers in Kindle Games & Active Content!

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FREE Amazon $2 Credit for MP3 Music Downloads!

March 29, 2012 Leave a comment

This is so cool! Want to get a FREE Amazon $2 Credit for MP3 Music downloads? Easy peasy! Here’s what you need to do:

  • Proceed to the Amazon page “Tumblr Pals: Get $2 in MP3s with code HITUMBLR
  • Click the button below. Enter the code HITUMBLR, and click the “Apply” button. Your $2 credit will be automatically applied to your account.
  • After completing these steps successfully, browse for an album at Amazon MP3, and click the “Buy MP3 album” button.
  • You must redeem the credit by 11:59 p.m. PST on April 1, 2012.

Come on, it’s a no brainer!

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Twitter Deal Alert! Kindle Fire just $139! (Certified Refurbished)

March 29, 2012 Leave a comment

Kindle Fire

Dang – this is an excellent deal for the Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day! If you don’t mind getting it refurbished, the Kindle Fire (Certified Refurbished) is just $139 on Amazon! Save $30 just for today!

I’ve bought refurbished items in the past, and they’ve always come looking like new! As Amazon says: “Each Certified Refurbished Kindle Fire is a pre-owned Kindle Fire that has been refurbished, tested, and is certified to look and work like new. They come with the same one-year limited warranty as a brand-new Kindle Fire.” So, grab this great deal while supplies last!

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Introducing ‘5 Questions’ Interview Series – Calling On All Authors!

March 28, 2012 83 comments

5 Questions

Hi all! We’re starting a new feature on the blog – the ‘5 Questions‘ interview series – where we’ll have an author answer five quick questions! We welcome both published and indie authors.

If you are interested in being a featured author on ‘5 Questions’, please take the time to answer this form! Or you can fill up the embedded form here for your convenience. Thank you!

And readers, if you have any suggestions for authors to invite for the feature, please feel free to let us know!

Fill up the embedded interview form after the jump!
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