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For Canadians: How To Get a FREE Sony Reader WiFi

March 8, 2012 Leave a comment

Free Sony Wifi reader

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Saw this promo over on MobileRead: Free Sony Ereader with new Sony credit card (thanks to @Thrasher). Hey, if you’re Canadian and you qualify for the SonyCard, it’s a free eInk reader for you! And apparently, if you apply through http://www.greatcanadianrebates.ca/, you get $60 cash back rebate too!

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Book Review – Victims: An Alex Delaware Novel by Jonathan Kellerman

March 8, 2012 2 comments

Victims

Book Description:

Unraveling the madness behind L.A.’s most baffling and brutal homicides is what sleuthing psychologist Alex Delaware does best. And putting the good doctor through his thrilling paces is what mystery fiction’s #1 bestselling master of psychological suspense Jonathan Kellerman does with incomparable brilliance. Kellerman’s universally acclaimed novels blend the addictive rhythms of the classic police procedural with chilling glimpses into the darkest depths of the human condition. For the compelling proof, look no further than Victims—Kellerman at his razor-sharp, harrowing finest.

Not since Jack the Ripper terrorized the London slums has there been such a gruesome crime scene. By all accounts, acid-tongued Vita Berlin hadn’t a friend in the world, but whom did she cross so badly as to end up arranged in such a grotesque tableau? One look at her apartment–turned–charnel house prompts hard-bitten LAPD detective Milo Sturgis to summon his go-to expert in hunting homicidal maniacs, Alex Delaware. But despite his finely honed skills, even Alex is stymied when more slayings occur in the same ghastly fashion . . . yet with no apparent connection among the victims. And the only clue left behind—a blank page bearing a question mark—seems to be both a menacing taunt and a cry for help from a killer baffled by his own lethal urges.

Under pressure to end the bloody spree and prevent a citywide panic, Milo redoubles his efforts to discover a link between the disparate victims. Meanwhile, Alex navigates the secretive world of mental health treatment, from the sleek office of a Beverly Hills therapist to a shuttered mental institution where he once honed his craft—and where an unholy alliance between the mad and the monstrous may have been sealed in blood. As each jagged piece of the puzzle fits into place, an ever more horrific portrait emerges of a sinister mind at its most unimaginable—and an evil soul at its most unspeakable. “This one was different,” Alex observes at the start of the case. This one will haunt his waking life, and his darkest dreams, long after its end.

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“There was a boy… A curious boy.”

One of the benefits of being a fan of Jonathan Kellerman’s Alex Delaware Series is that there’s no long wait between each book in the series. There’s a new novel almost every year (starting from 1985!), and for 2012, we have the latest release Victims (Alex Delaware series #27).

I finished this one in two days flat, and as a long time fan of the series, I got exactly what I expected. Victims is classic Kellerman with his easy to read writing style, an interesting mystery that moved at a brisk pace (and had a good twist that I didn’t expect!), and the now familiar partnership between child psychologist Alex and Lt. Milo Sturgis. I’d been complaining that the most recent books in the series were more police procedural than psychological thrillers, so I was really happy that this latest installment had Alex contributing more as a psychologist again like in the early books (instead of simply being the Google-surfing police sidekick).

In Victims, Alex and Milo have to deal with a deeply psychologically disturbed serial killer (with an interest in human anatomy) who seemingly targets random victims – an unpleasant bully, a blameless family man, a married couple and a homeless man. As the bodies pile up and Milo’s superiors pressure him for a break in the case, Alex and Milo race to find answers in the past (including a trip down memory lane for Alex who tracks down his past contacts as a young psychology intern to help in the investigation). There are suspense a-plenty with Kellerman keeping things interesting, and I really liked that there were a couple of places where I went – Whoa! Didn’t expect that twist! I even liked the ending where against all reason, I felt empathy for the serial killer (who is really a ‘victim’ himself of the public mental health system).

Victims: An Alex Delaware Novel (#27) by Jonathan Kellerman is available on Amazon as a Kindle edition, Hardcover, Paperback Large Print and Audible Audio Edition Unabridged.

It is also available as an eBook at B&N , Kobobooks and Apple iBookstore.

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Bargain Alert! Own The Night [+Digital Booklet] by Lady Antebellum is $0.25!

March 8, 2012 Leave a comment

Wow, I don’t use the new Google Play yet, but I’m loving their $0.25 deals since Amazon is price-matching!

Own The Night

Own The Night [+Digital Booklet] by Lady Antebellum (CAPITOL NASHVILLE) is currently discounted down to $0.25 at the Amazon MP3 Store. *This MP3 album is also listed as $0.25

Album tracks:

  • We Owned The Night
  • Just A Kiss
  • Dancin’ Away With My Heart
  • Friday Night
  • When You Were Mine
  • Cold As Stone
  • Singing Me Home
  • Wanted You More
  • As You Turn Away
  • Love I’ve Found In You
  • Somewhere Love Remains
  • Heart Of The World

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Today’s (Temporarily) FREE iTunes Apps! (March 8)

March 8, 2012 Leave a comment

So – I was asked if I could rustle up a daily round-up of the temporarily FREE iTunes apps for the iPhone/iPod Touch/ iPad, so here it is! I’m not sure if I can actually do this daily, but I’ll give it a shot (for March at least) 🙂

Jigsaw Mansion Space Inversion Space Inversion Empire Defense
Wombi's Picture Book of Animals Jigsaw Puzzle with Dinosaurs Cool Writer FlickPig

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New Kindle apps! Games and a Recipe Tool!

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Here’s some new apps for the Kindle!

Lemonade Stand (A Business-Strategy Game for Kindle)‘ by Play Gray is available on the Amazon Kindle site for $0.99. Just click here to download!

Game Description

Lemonade Stand is a game of fun, luck, and skill. Each day, you decide the number of cups to buy, the price, and the taste of your lemonade. You then find out how many people bought your product, and how much money you made. Pay attention to the weather and to your customer feedback so you can make the right decisions. Invest your earnings back into your business by buying extras from the shop, including lemonade flavoring and color posters, that will help you sell even more the next day.

Lemonade Stand is fun for all ages, and a great game for the holidays. If you make the right decisions, you’ll see your stand grow from simple beginnings to selling hundreds of cups to eager customers each day. If you’re lucky, a rich patron may even stop by and give you a tip!

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

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(American Idol) My Favorite from the Top 13 – Jessica Sanchez (I Will Always Love You)

March 8, 2012 Leave a comment


(view her performance on AmericanIdol.Com)

Hey, it’s American Idol live shows again! Okay, I tuned in to the Top 13 performance night, and the hands down best vocal of the night was definitely Jessica Sanchez’s “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston. Just impeccable, and in a totally different league from everyone else in the competition. (Not as powerful a performance as Jennifer Hudson’s, but hey, it’s an unfair comparison). Glad that Jimmy Iovine and Mary J Blige pointed out her excessive vibrato, and as a result, I thought she pulled that back a bit in her performance.

As for the boys, surprise, I really liked how Heejun Han sounded singing Stevie Wonder’s “All In Love Is Fair” (here’s his performance video). Very vulnerable and great tone to his voice. I think I should be following his twitter account (@HHanAI11) for the laughs! My niece hopes he survives until Top 10 – he’s easily the most interesting finalist and should make the tour more interesting.

As for the worst of the night? Shannon Magrane who sang a very shaky “I Have Nothing”.  How about you – do you agree with my choices?

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