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(Video) Queen + Adam Lambert Concert in Kiev, Ukraine! @AdamLambert

June 30, 2012 Leave a comment

popout: Queen + Adam Lambert Concert in Kiev, Ukraine

Oh hey, talk about fandoms colliding! Queen (featuring Adam Lambert) held a concert in Kiev, Ukraine on June 30th 2012! The whole thing was streamed (but I missed it), but thank goodness for fans like @gnosbt for sharing! I’m hoping to find a good quality torrent somewhere, so if you know one, please share!

Set List (unless indicated, Adam had lead vocals):

1 Seven Seas of Rhye (First half only, segue to “Keep Yourself Alive”)
2 Keep Yourself Alive (Segue to “We Will Rock You”)
3 We Will Rock You (Fast version)
4 Fat Bottomed Girls
5 Don’t Stop Me Now
6 Under Pressure (Roger & Adam on lead … more)
7 I Want It All
8 Who Wants to Live Forever
9 A Kind of Magic (Roger on lead vocals, Rufus on drums)
10 These Are the Days of Our Lives (Roger on lead vocals, Rufus on drums)
11 Love of My Life (Brian on lead vocals)
12 ’39 (Brian on lead vocals)
13 Dragon Attack (With bass solo by Neil Fairclough)
14 Drum Solo (by Roger and Rufus Tiger Taylor)
15 Guitar Solo (by Brian May, incl. “Brighton Rock”)
16 I Want to Break Free
17 Another One Bites the Dust
18 Radio Ga Ga
19 Somebody to Love
20 Crazy Little Thing Called Love
21 The Show Must Go On
22 Bohemian Rhapsody

Encore:
23 Tie Your Mother Down (Brian on lead vocals)
24 We Will Rock You (With Victor Romanchenko)
25 We Are the Champions

Grab a copy of ‘Trespassing’ on iTunes and/or Amazon! And his music video on iTunes!

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Twitter Deal Alert! (Amazon MP3) FREE MP3 Songs for Download!

June 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Oh, hey – here’s a handy search link to go through all the Amazon MP3 store freebies right now! Check them out!

Here’s a couple from the list that caught my eye!

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3rd Update on ‘Indie Saturday’ – Calling On Indie / Self Published Authors!

June 30, 2012 10 comments

Hi all! So it’s been six months since we started this feature on the blog – the ‘Indie Saturday‘ – where we have an *indie author guest post each Saturday and introduce their books to us! It’s gone really well so far and we’ve had some really interesting guest posts! Why did we start this new feature? Well, we really enjoy reading authors’ notes (foreword/afterword) on their books and the regular authors’ posts on the Kindle Editors’ Blog, so we thought we’d give a venue for *indie authors to do so on RandomizeME too.

To keep things interesting, we’ve make sure that each month, the books  generally fall under the same theme. We’ve gone through Christmas, Coming-of-Age, Romantic comedies, Historical Fiction, Inspirational/Religious/Christian, Cozy Mysteries, and we’re just finishing up with Children’s Books this June!

And here’s the planned themes for the coming months of 2012 (please get in touch with us if you are interested in being featured):

  • July – Science Fiction (4 saturdays – all slots filled)
  • August – Thrillers (4 saturdays)
  • September – Fantasy (5 saturdays)

our definition of an indie author = self published (incl those with backlist or out-out-print books) or those aligned with a small publisher

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(Amazon Local) Free Voucher Worth 30% Off Kindle Accessories ($30 Maximum Discount)!

June 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Oh, hey – be sure to pick up your AmazonLocal FREE voucher Worth 30% Off Kindle Accessories! 21 hours left to claim it!

  • Voucher is valid for a 30% discount on your order total (up to the first $100 spent) in the Kindle Accessories Store; your order total can be over $100, but the maximum discount is $30.
  • Voucher will expire if not used toward a qualifying purchase in the Kindle Accessories Store by July 10, 2012
  •  Available only to U.S. customers
  •  Voucher is only valid for items in the Kindle Accessories Store identified as “Ships from and sold by Amazon.com” or “Ships from and sold by Amazon Digital Services” and does not apply to products sold by other sellers.

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(Video) Adam Lambert Performs ‘Never Close Our Eyes’ on CBBC’s Friday Download! @AdamLambert

June 30, 2012 Leave a comment

popout: Never Close Our Eyes Performance on CBBC’s Friday Download

Oh hey, Adam Lambert fans! I missed this one – Adam performed his single ‘Never Close Our Eyes’ on CBBC’s Friday Download! If you’re in the UK, better watch it direct on CBBC.

Adam also joined in for Friday Download’s Hot or Not – here’s the video for those who want to watch!

Grab a copy of ‘Trespassing’ on iTunes and/or Amazon! And his music video on iTunes!

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Indie Saturday – Author Claudine Gueh Yanting on her Children’s Picture Book ‘My Clearest Me’

June 30, 2012 2 comments

Today, we have author Claudine Gueh Yanting featured on the blog’s ‘Indie Saturday‘ for her children’s picture book My Clearest Me. In this post, Claudine shares her experience with introvercy in childhood. She’d often worried about being quiet, making friends and making it in the seemingly louder world, and she hopes that readers who’ve gone through the same will find a connection with Wynn (her protagonist) and her own experience.

Claudine’s My Clearest Me was one of the highly recommended books from our consultant for this month – ERIK of THIS KID REVIEWS BOOKS!. Erik described My Clearest Me as ‘excellent’, and gave it a score of Five out of Five on his review!


Claudine Gueh Yanting writes :

As My Music Quietly Sailed for the Circus

“I like my clearest me. But will the others like it, too?”

It always arrives right in the most joyous moment in childhood: that curious point when one begins to worry.

A slither of uncertainty that snakes its way through her heart, she worries about being liked. Liked by family and strangers, by siblings and classmates, by children and adults. Liked by everyone. Frowned upon by none.

At Times I Pretended. At Times I Broke Inside.

I was around six or seven years old when that slither snakes. It became important to be liked. I was puzzled by why I was quieter and shyer than my sisters. Like Wynn, my protagonist in My Clearest Me, I became self-conscious. So sometimes, I masked my clearest self with my crowd-pleasing self.

“Or should I play along to pounds of CLANG and CLATTER CLACK?
I could try fitting in. I could try raising a RUCKUS WRECK.”

Because everybody likes the livelier child, right? The one who charms everyone by being chatty, chirpy and clever.

Right?

I was six. I didn’t know the difference between extroverts and introverts. I didn’t understand it was all right to like being quiet. My confusion made me even less bold.

Not all introverts are shy, but I was both quiet and shy. A devastating combination, most likely, which continued through adolescence and beyond. I rarely felt comfortable with myself. At times, I pretended to like what my extroverted friends liked. At times I broke inside and blocked out everyone and almost everything.

And I carried on like this for two decades. Pretending then blocking. I didn’t know enough to seek help or higher wisdom or self-clarity.

Then …

It always arrives right in the most wretched moment in adulthood: that soundless point when one begins to hear her own music.

“My music sails and springs, it runs and rests at its own pace.
In time I meet new friends, and there’s a glow on every face.”

To hear your music, you need to quiet down.

Breathe.

Listen. Take every wisp in. The lovely ones. The vulnerable ones. Every one.

And love your clearest self.

Having people like me stopped being important a long, long time ago. Yet when my music returned, the idea of friendships returned. Some old ones, and many new ones, and they all know my clearest me. They stay only because they like it. We do loud and quiet things together – loud and quiet things we all enjoy. Sometimes I take a break while they continue. And it’s okay. They’ve promised to wait.

The Night Wind King

“I am a breathing wind.
A bout that flies and flows at night …”

Our quiet nature is needed in this world. There are all kinds of acts in the circus. The Ferocious Skipping Giant brings boisterous laughter. The Fire Gulping Club is a hot-act. And The Night Wind King will be the one who tells many children (quiet, shy, awkward) to reach for the sky.

Whatever music you’ve got, don’t drown it out. Hear it clear from within then give your best, best, best shot in sailing it out to the rest of the world. If you know of an introverted child, tell him/her that. Don’t leave it to them to figure everything out because it might take them two decades or more.

If they are still unsure, let them know they have a friend who likes their clearest selves already: Wynn.

He’s six, quiet and has grown wiser in hearing music and making friends. He’ll be waiting to bring you/your children into the loud circus you’ve always quietly dreamed of but never thought you belonged.

He’ll show you how to build your own circus act.

My Clearest Me is a small gift of courage for children who are exploring their inner world. Hope to meet you soon. Enjoy your precious music in the meantime!

A quiet & shy child who loved to read now grown, Claudine writes and reads at her small publishing house, CarryUsOffBooks (Singapore). She is also a private tutor, a stray cats ‘hello-er,’ a coffee must-haver, a sea’s-blue-&-trees’-green lover. She treasures honesty and kindness in a person, and hopes her first picture book, MY CLEAREST ME, (and more to come) will encourage a child to step out into the world braver.


My Clearest Me  is available on Amazon as an ebook. Please check Claudine’s website CarryUsOffBooks for more information. Her small press, CarryUsOffBooks, is also on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/CarryUsOff) and Twitter (@CarryUsOffBooks). Be sure to drop by and say hi!

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Twitter Deal Alert! (Amazon MP3) 20 Tracks for $0.25 Each or $5 for All!

June 29, 2012 Leave a comment

Oh, hey – Amazon is offering these 20 uber-popular tracks for just $0.25 each OR you can grab the whole lot for just $5! Check them out!

Amazon MP3’s Essential Summer Jams Playlist

This week we’re discounting our favorite songs of summer. Grab the whole playlist for just $5, or pick and choose your favorites just $0.25 apiece, and create your own soundtrack to enjoy in the sunshine.

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Book Review – Flood by Stephen Baxter

June 28, 2012 Leave a comment

Flood by Stephen Baxter

Book Description:

The “deeply scary”(BBC Focus) new novel from a national bestselling and critically acclaimed author.

Four hostages are rescued from a group of religious extremists in Barcelona. After five years of being held captive together, they make a vow to always watch out for one another. But they never expected this…

The world they have returned to has been transformed by water – and the water is rising. As it continues to flow from the earth’s mantle, entire countries disappear. High ground becomes a precious commodity. And finally, the dreadful truth is revealed: before fifty years have passed, there will be nowhere left to run…

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Flood by Stephen Baxter is about a truly scary (albeit theoretical) global extinction event in progress.  Covering  around fifty years, we follow a group of scattered survivors who are up against rapidly rising ocean levels that relentlessly swallow up homes, cities, countries and finally, entire continents. The world is practically in denial for majority of the book, until there is nowhere else for survivors to run to (or rather, climb to).

The science in Flood IS pretty cool – Mr. Baxter envisioned an environmental disaster that goes beyond the expected effects of global warming. In his afterword, the author explained that there is some evidence of water (oceans of it) hidden deep within the Earth’s mantle. I guess it was an easy leap for him to wonder – what if all those extra water one day started to seep through the mantle to the Earth’s surface? Where would all that water go?! DUN-dun-DUN

As a child, one of my favorite tales from the bible was the story of Noah and his Arc, and I guess my fascination with the ‘earth drowns’ theme has extended to adulthood since that may be the only reason why I managed to make it to the last page on FloodNo white dove flies in to signal Earth’s renewal, but there was a nice set-up in the end for the book’s sequel (which is actually already out – Ark (Flood 2)).  It was a bit of a slog to get to the end as I found the book to be tediously long, and I’m sorry to say that I hated practically all the characters that Mr Baxter chose to concentrate on (starting with his ‘Mary Sue’ USAF Capt. Lily Brooke who I thought was supposed to be a pilot, but seemed to have the skills for practically anything as the story went on). Honestly, they could’ve all drowned for all I cared about them.

What really held my attention in Flood was the extinction event itself – I thought that Mr. Baxter did an outstanding job in illustrating a drowning Earth. There’s a part in the book where a diver explores a drowned London –  and later, near the end – where practically what’s left of humankind gathers in rafts around the disappearing peak of Mount Everest – now those were some truly heart-wrenching memorable stuff.

Flood by Stephen Baxter from Roc / Penguin Publishing is available on Amazon as a Kindle edition, Hardcover, Mass Market Paperback and Audible Audio. *Also available for UK Kindle.

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

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