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Save 40% on Kindle and Kindle Accessories with code KINDLE40 (Needs Rewards Visa® Card)

July 31, 2012 Leave a comment

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Amazon Instant Video: Weekend Sale on Disney favorites! (Until 7/29)

July 28, 2012 Leave a comment

Amazon Instant Video: Weekend Sale

Through Sunday, enjoy $0.99 rentals of Disney favorites like The Muppets, Mulan, Hercules, and Pocahontas.


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Indie Saturday – Author Keira Michelle Telford on “The SILVER Series”

July 28, 2012 1 comment

Today, we have author Keira Michelle Telford featured on the blog’s ‘Indie Saturday‘ for her SciFi series of books – The SILVER Series. This is a planned 10-book series of post-apocalyptic dystopian science fiction novels, all centering on the lead character of Ella ‘Silver’ Cross.

Keira Michelle Telford writes :

Anatomy of a Dystopian Society

The SILVER Series takes place in a harsh, post-apocalyptic version of earth where humans are a species on the brink of extinction. The first seven books in the series, The Amaranthe Chronicles, are set in a reclaimed portion of derelict New York City, in a walled community called Amaranthe. Soon after Amaranthe’s inception it was divided into two distinct regions: the Sentinel District (formerly Brooklyn and Queens) and the Fringe District (formerly Staten Island).

And that’s where the real world-building begins.

The Sentinel District is a residential area, populated by financially stable, law-abiding citizens. Food and healthcare are readily available, and accessible to all. They have many of the same creature comforts that you enjoy, but every aspect of their lives is strictly monitored and controlled by their government, the Omega administration. On the flipside, the Fringe District is effectively a prison. If you commit an offense in the Sentinel District, the Fringe District is where you end up—banished for life. There are no laws here, and civil disobedience abounds: violence, murder, thievery. It’s the epitome of everything disgusting and vile that exists in the world today.

On the face of it, the two districts appear to represent two extremes: perfection and imperfection. Utopia and dystopia. Control and chaos. Heaven and hell, if you like. But the closer you look, the more you come to realize that one is simply just a magnified reflection of the other. In the Fringe District, the ugliness is plain to see. The people of this district wear their grudges like armor and battle their demons (and each other) head-on, with no holds barred. In the Sentinel District, battles are won or lost by the stroke of a pen or a well-cast vote. Their methods might be different, but the war is the same.

The Sentinel District encapsulates everything I hate about privilege, nepotism, political control and corruption, and human greed. I loathe it even more than I loathe the Fringe. At least the Fringe is upfront about what it is. The Sentinel District is supposed to be a paradise-on-earth, offering comfort and safety and all the luxuries anyone could ever ask for. It was built upon utopian ideals, but the hope it should’ve brought to the struggling human population trapped within it was soon poisoned by the strict reign of the Omega administration.

On both sides, people are fighting against subjugation and the suppression of freewill. On both sides, people who oppose the status quo are permanently quieted. In the Fringe District, an angry mob might tear you limb from limb for a crime committed against one of their own. Omega would call that murder. In the Sentinel District, you could be sentenced to death without trial if the Banishment & Enforcement Council should so will it. They’d call that justice.

In this world, one man’s crime is truly another man’s law.



Go Inside…. The SILVER Series

Ella ‘Silver’ Cross is a banished Hunter with a grudge. Condemned and left for dead, she’s still mourning the loss of her former life when we meet her in SILVER: Acheron (A River of Pain) — the first installment in a 10-book series.

Before her banishment, she was a Commander in the elite Hunter Division: an army sworn to protect the only remaining human city, Amaranthe, against the Chimera…

Chimera are the unfortunate by-product of a global war that destroyed the Old World more than three hundred years ago. These grotesque, flesh-eating monsters outnumber the human population in Amaranthe 25:1 and must be destroyed at all costs…

Unfortunately, Silver’s banishment means that she’s out of a job—and out of luck. Torn away from her lover, Alex…

…She’s lonely and confused, and welcomes the distraction that mysterious, young Alice provides…

Silver found her naked and terrified, huddling amidst a pack of Chimera. She looks human enough, but her eyes… they’re bright, violet Chimeran eyes. Silver can’t make head nor tails of it, and Alice claims to remember nothing of her life before the night that Silver found her.


Desperate for food and money—and now with Alice to care for—Silver accepts an opportunity to work for the Police Division as an informant. A job which brings her back into the life of her childhood sweetheart, Luka…

And with their reconnection, things promise to get a whole lot more complicated for Silver…

Will she give in to her feelings for Luka? And betray her love for Alex? She’s banished, after all. Alex can’t step foot in the Fringe District, her new prison-like home, filled with murderers, thieves and rapists.

She could never have predicted that her father, Gabriel Maydevine, the Chief of Police, would eventually be able to offer her the chance to be repatriated…

A chance to go back home. A chance to be redeemed. A chance to rekindle an old flame…

The world might end, but love endures.

** All Character artwork by: Kitt Lapeña ( **

Keira Michelle was born and raised in the UK. She moved to Canada in 2006, and there she still resides in her west coast townhouse with a husband and 10 guinea pigs.

Keira Michelle Telford’s The SILVER Series is currently available on Amazon in Kindle format. In series order, these are the ones currently published:

You can also check out Keira Michelle Telford’s Amazon Author’s page for more info!

To learn more about Keira Michelle Telford, follow Keira Michelle on her author website:, book website:, Facebook pages: thesilverseries and silver.acheron, and Twitter: @mylostanddamned.


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New Kindle apps! Games, Tools and Interactive Fiction!

July 27, 2012 Leave a comment

Here’s some new / updated apps for the Kindle!

Stock Ticker (An Investment Tracker for Kindle) by Voyager Apps

Stock Ticker (An Investment Tracker for Kindle)‘ by Voyager Apps is available on the Amazon Kindle site for $0.99. Just click here to download!

Game Description

Is the market up or down today? How is your portfolio doing? Want to track a stock or index you’ve had your eye on? No problem! Stock Ticker has you covered.

Search for stocks or indexes and Stock Ticker will return a list of suggestions. Pick your stock and save it to your list. Stock Ticker will give you a real time display of all the current information you need to stay on top of your investment portfolio. Refresh the screen to retrieve updated data. Never be out of touch with your money again.

Track your investments effectively with Stock Ticker.

Stock Ticker does need a connected WIFI network to retrieve the data.


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‘5 Questions’ with Jeff Shelby

July 25, 2012 Leave a comment

5 Questions

Today I’m thrilled to welcome indie author Jeff Shelby to the blog as part of the ‘5 Questions’ with authors series!

If you are an author who would like to participate in the series, fill out the questionnaire here! And if you are a reader who wants to suggest an author for the series, just send me an email!


Describe your book ‘Drift Away (Noah Braddock Mysteries)‘ in ten words or less

Drift Away – Mystery. Private detective. Florida. Save woman and son. And himself.

Where or how did you come up with the idea for your story?

I saw the first scene in the story – a young boy asking Noah to help him find his mom – and went from there.

Drift Away is the fourth book in the Noah Braddock series. It picks up shortly after where Liquid Smoke ended. Noah’s life is in pieces. He has to figure out how to put them back together.

Which of your characters is closest to your heart and why?

Noah is by far closest to my heart. He’s the heart of all of the books. Everything goes through him and we see everything through his eyes. He speaks with my voice.

Do you have a day job? If yes, tell us about it and how did that affect your writing / publishing process?

Used to, but not anymore. I’m back to writing full-time. I was a high school teacher and finding the time to write around that career was difficult. I’m happy to be back to writing for a living again.

Tell us about an upcoming book or project you’re excited about

I’m working on the sequel to Thread of Hope and it’s almost complete. Not sure of the title yet, but the main character, Joe Tyler, gets a little closer to finding out what happened to his daughter after her abduction.

I’m also working on the fifth Noah book, which will get him back to San Diego.

Bonus Question! Fill in the blank: If you like ___, you’ll probably like my book too!

If you like – Robert B. Parker, Robert Crais, Harlan Coben, Sue Grafton – you’ll probably like my book, too.

Thanks again for stopping by, Jeff Shelby! You can learn more about Jeff at his website:, Twitter: @jeffshelby and Facebook: jeffshelbybooks.

Drift Away (Noah Braddock Mysteries) is available on Amazon in Kindle and Paperback formats. Check out his Amazon author’s page for more info!

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Twitter Deal Alert! FREE Amazon $2 Credit for MP3 Music Downloads! (Need Twitter Acct)

July 23, 2012 Leave a comment

Tweet and Get FREE $2 Towards MP3s

  • Connect your and Twitter accounts. We will only post the following message once automatically: “I just got a $2 credit for music from @amazonmp3 and @imdb.”
  • Automatically follow @amazonmp3 and @imdb.  A $2 credit towards purchases at Amazon MP3 will be automatically added to your Amazon account.
  • After completing these steps successfully, browse for music at Amazon MP3, and click the “Buy MP3 album” or “Buy MP3” button.
  •  This credit can only be used towards MP3 purchases and will expire at 11:59 p.m. Pacific on July 27, 2012.

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Twitter Deal Alert! Brave Original Soundtrack (Amazon MP3)!

July 21, 2012 Leave a comment


Oh, hey – cool Amazon MP3 Daily Deal offer!

The original soundtrack by Patrick Doyle for Disney’s animated movie Brave is just $2.99 at the Amazon MP3 store (Daily Deal)!

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Indie Saturday – Author M. C. Soutter on his Great Minds Thriller Series

July 21, 2012 Leave a comment

Today, we have author M. C. Soutter featured on the blog’s ‘Indie Saturday‘ for his Great Minds Thriller series – Charcot’s Genius and Undetectable.

In M. C. Soutter’s universe (Great Minds Thriller Series), a scientist has developed a device with which he can unlock fantastic mental abilities in his test subjects. Charcot’s Genius deals with an asylum inmate and a first-year Dartmouth student who discover powers after receiving treatment. And in Undetectable, a private-school teacher becomes a test subject of the new neurological technique called scrubbing.

M. C. Soutter writes :

First things first: Undetectable is FREE today in honor of my visit to Indie Saturday. Obviously it will not stay free for long (a man has got to eat), so get it quickly and then come right back.

A non-writer friend of mine recently asked me, in tones both respectful and perplexed, where I found the discipline required to produce novels. The clear implication – that writing was an unpleasant process – did not surprise me. I have been asked the same question in various forms many times over the years. What did surprise me was the follow-up. This same friend asked if I could give him some advice on how he might take up writing as a profession.

“What does it take?” he asked.
“Loving it,” I answered at once.
He rolled his eyes. “Fine, but what are the actual steps?”
I did not press the issue. He wanted a checklist, a sort of writer-recipe, so I fed him the standard stuff: carve out some time every day; write what you know; find someone willing to give you honest feedback; persist.
“Okay, got it,” he said.

I almost laughed. I wanted to grab him and shake him. You’ve got nothing, I thought. This is not like learning how to dance the rhumba.

I know writers who work at all hours of the day. Many (myself included) take advantage of the 4-6AM shift, that brief window when your head is clear, you don’t have to be at your regular job for another few hours, and the rest of the family is not yet awake. If you find yourself cringing at the idea of working at four in the morning, then you are on your way to seeing what my friend could not, or just would not. I do not know if anyone cares, but since you are here I will tell you: I loved writing every book I have written, even the ones that did not do anything special when it came to actual sales. And I am not talking about love like the way you feel about a beautiful day, or fresh-baked cookies or Labrador puppies. Because that is a soft love. That is a weak love. No, this is a frantic, wild-eyed, obsessive thing, a thing that I call love simply because it is the only socially acceptable term I can come up with.

Consider: If I showed up in your bedroom and shook you awake at four in the morning, you would glare at me as if I had poured a bucket of cold water on you.

“No, it’s okay,” I would say. “I’ve got a bunch of Lab puppies out back. They’re ready to run around and play.”
“Get out of here,” you would say. “I need sleep.”
“But I thought you loved puppies.”
“How’d you get into my house? I’m calling the police.”

Now try to picture what I could say to you instead of puppies, what I could offer that would make you sit up, rub your eyes, and nod happily.

It would have to be something incredible.

So if you ever hear someone talking about wanting to become a writer, feel free to insert yourself into the conversation. Tell them the first step is to develop a fixation, a cultivated disorder that will make people whisper and point when they leave the room. That guy has a problem, they will say.

And they will be right. It is a problem, and all writers suffer from it. But nobody seems willing to get up at four to stage an intervention with any of us, which is probably why so many writers keep happily working away into their seventies and eighties, and beyond.

I know that is my plan.

So by now I hope it is obvious that I enjoyed writing both Charcot’s Genius and Undetectable (the first two books in the Great Minds Thriller series), and that I am having just as much fun working on the third, which will be ready by the end of the year. I have been especially taken with the preparation involved; research is, for me, an indispensable part of the writing process, and neurology has become my favorite fictional playground. It is an endlessly fascinating subject, made more so by the enormous gaps of understanding that still exist in the field. The more you read about the human mind, the more you realize how little we really know about the fundamental mechanisms at work inside our skulls. We can look at MRIs and point and nod, but we are really still just feeling around in the dark.

And that is what makes it exciting. Most of what I have put into these books about mental processes is true, and the rest may be true.

Could be true.

You might be amazed to find out what your own brain can do.

Enjoy the read.
– M. C. Soutter

M. C. Soutter was born and raised in New York City. He studied Computer Science and English at Dartmouth, received his Masters from Cornell, and now teaches high school and writes in Boston, where he lives with his family.

The Great Minds Thriller series are available in Kindle format: Charcot’s Genius and Undetectable. Check out M. C. Soutter’s Amazon author’s page for more info!

To learn more about M. C. Soutter, follow him on his website: Drop by and say hi!


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