Wednesday, February 29, 2012

New Release: So You Think You Know Words!

We're always on the lookout for the next must-have game, and I think we may have just found it. So You Think You Know Words from The Smyth Group has only been out for only two days but is already making a serious run at the bestseller charts. It's a great twist on the classic crossword puzzle, giving you clues and letters to deduce the answer, and it was even created with the help of a crossword puzzle constructor from The New York Times. The Pro version has an astounding number of puzzles included and more in upcoming updates, making it an excellent value. For a glimpse at how it works, check out this youtube video! Enjoy the game!

Title: So You Think You Know Words
Rating: 5.0 stars over 2 reviews
Price: 1.99
Description: If you like word games, you’re gonna love So You Think You Know Words! It’s the great new word game that’s truly all about words. Playing is simple: find three answers for each clue. Take all the time you need – there’s no timer, no scorecard, and no penalty for wrong guesses. Sounds easy, right? Think again! There are some real zingers in there! A little like crossword puzzles, but without those fussy grids. 400 puzzles included in SYTYKW PRO!

Get your free copy of So You Think You Know Words!

3 Free Kindle Books for 2/29

Starting off with a nod to a bestselling murder mystery with a dash of humor, Take the Monkeys and Run! A steal for only 99 cents today!

All books below are free as of the time of posting but can change at any time. Please be sure to check the prices before you click!

A Chance for Charity - YA Paranormal Romance
4.4 stars over 45 reviews

Description: Twelve-year-old Marshall Thompson's favorite place in the world is Luke's Junk Store. With one more trip in before school begins, he's intent on finding the perfect thing to take with him on his first day back. But his "great find" ends up being a girl -- and a friendship begins that will change him forever.

Together, they share a love of puzzles and something else: sickness. With his asthma, and her in cancer recovery, they're linked as kindred spirits. But when a life-changing incident threatens their friendship, Marshall has to learn to pick up the pieces to his broken puzzle of life ... and put them back together.

The Puzzle Master is a story of friendship, love, forgiveness and hope; issues that surround us at the youngest of age. Through Marshall's tragedies and triumphs, he learns to accept change and overcome his trials -- even when they seem insurmountable.

Get your free copy of A Chance for Charity!

Man of Wax - Mystery/Thriller
3.9 stars over 21 reviews
Description: Ben Anderson goes to bed Sunday night, lying next to his wife in the comfort and safety of their Pennsylvania family home, to wake up the next day in a rundown motel in California -- alone.

He doesn't know how he got there, he doesn't know where his family is, and written in dried blood on the bathroom door are the words LET THE GAME BEGIN.

Soon Ben is contacted by Simon. Simon knows all there is to know about Ben, more than he cares to remember himself.

If Ben wants to save himself and his family, he will have to do everything Simon says.

As the game begins -- with stakes much higher than either man can imagine -- no one knows where it will lead or how it will end.

Only one thing is for certain: this time the game will change everything.

Get your free copy of Man of Wax!


The Secret Art of Self-Development - Nonfiction/Happiness
4.9 stars over 21 reviews
Description: Stop being a seeker - Start being a finder!

Self-development is an amazing quest. It's the desire to find your own freedom and happiness. It's about letting go of limitations, and learning how to live successfully.

This book is a series of 16 simple "pep talks" for that self-development journey.

No hype, no rituals, no follow-on courses. Just a series of conversations to help you finally discover your own true freedom.

Forget The Secret, set aside religious texts and ignore the so-called gurus.

This book will guide you straight to the only true authority on your own self-development.

You.

Get your free copy of The Secret Art of Self-Development!

Free Kindle Fire Apps and Kindle Books for 2/29

Though everything is free at the time of this posting, that can change at any time. Make sure you check the price before you purchase! Of special note is the new Twitter app for the Kindle Fire!

Twitter - Social Networking                                       44 - Horror/Ghosts
3.5 stars over 48 reviews                                       4.2 stars over 164 reviews
                     

Office Jerk Free - Schadenfraude                        50 Homemade Cookie Recipes
3.7 stars over 230 reviews                                         4.0 stars over 1 review
                      

Know Yourself Personality Test                          Moscow Sting - Contemporary
3.4 stars over 15 reviews                                        4.1 stars over 45 reviews
                     

Take the Monkeys and Run: Today's Kindle Book of the Day 2/29

With a book this good it's hard to know where to start! Take the Monkeys and Run, the first in a series from bestselling murder mystery author Karen Cantwell, has had the kind of incredible success that any other book would be jealous of. Topping the bestseller charts for years and winning over readers at every turn, this humorous novel about a humble suburban mother's foray into sleuthing is something so many out there can relate to. And at just 99 cents this novel is to die for!

Name: Take the Monkeys and Run (A Barbara Marr Murder Mystery #1)
Rating: 4.0 stars over 130 reviews
Price: 0.99
Description: Film lover Barbara Marr is a typical suburban mom living the typical suburban life in her sleepy little town of Rustic Woods, Virginia. Typical, that is until she sets out to find the missing link between a bizarre monkey sighting in her yard and the bone chilling middle-of-the-night fright fest at the strangely vacant house next door. When Barb talks her two friends into some seemingly innocent Charlie’s Angels-like sleuthing, they stumble upon way more than they bargained for and uncover a piece of neighborhood history that certain people would kill to keep on the cutting room floor.

Reviews: "In this funny, touching, improbable escapade in the burbs, heroine and movie buff Barbara Marr faces life's mishaps and mysteries with pluck and wit. She's not a gal to be undone by a few setbacks -- her husband has just walked out of their marriage, her mother keeps popping in unannounced, and oh yes, there's a severed head in the abandoned house next door, not to mention monkeys on the loose in the trees. It's enough to make the ordinary soccer mom want to run and hide but not this heroine. And that's what makes this first book by Karen Cantwell such a treat. She's given readers a story that shows how any woman can rise to any occasion and overcome just about any challenge. Bravo! I enjoyed every minute & recommend it with enthusiasm.."

Get your copy of Take the Monkeys and Run (A Barbara Marr Murder Mystery #1) now!

Shopper's Paradise: Today's Free App 2/29



Title: Shopper's Paradise HD
Rating: 3.9 stars over 37 reviews
Price: 0.00
Description: Become a retail tycoon and outsmart your competition before the last customer leaves town. In Shopper's Paradise HD, it's up to you to build a retail empire that will rule the business world.

Build or buy stores, movie theaters, hotels, and warehouses. Hire and manage employees, and get the best locations. Keep tabs on specific employees such as cashiers, clerks, and managers. Schedule sales to get more customers in the doors. Watch your town grow as you grow a variety of businesses.

Make sure you don't suffer from "inventory shrinkage" from thieves. Hire police officers to keep your complex safe. Maintain your properties and catch shoplifters that cut into your profits.

Shopper's Paradise HD features a variety of maps such as Easyville, Pharmacity, and Snake Road, among other scenic locales. Play at three different levels of difficulty. Can you build that Shopper's Paradise that every retail maven dreams about?

Get your free copy of Shopper's Paradise HD!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

3 Free Kindle Books for 2/28

We're only a few days away from the release of Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, which will be in theaters everywhere!  But will it be on your Fire? You can get The Lorax storybook app now for 40% off!

All books below are free as of the time of posting but can change at any time. Please be sure to check the prices before you click!

The Puzzle Master - Family
5.0 stars over 4 reviews

Description: Twelve-year-old Marshall Thompson's favorite place in the world is Luke's Junk Store. With one more trip in before school begins, he's intent on finding the perfect thing to take with him on his first day back. But his "great find" ends up being a girl -- and a friendship begins that will change him forever.

Together, they share a love of puzzles and something else: sickness. With his asthma, and her in cancer recovery, they're linked as kindred spirits. But when a life-changing incident threatens their friendship, Marshall has to learn to pick up the pieces to his broken puzzle of life ... and put them back together.

The Puzzle Master is a story of friendship, love, forgiveness and hope; issues that surround us at the youngest of age. Through Marshall's tragedies and triumphs, he learns to accept change and overcome his trials -- even when they seem insurmountable.

Get your free copy of The Puzzle Master!

The Lion, the Lamb, the Hunted - Psychological Thriller
4.8 stars over 31 reviews
Description: SHE ONLY STEPPED OUTSIDE FOR A MINUTE...

But a minute was all it took to turn Jean Kingsley's world upside down--a minute she'd regret for the rest of her life. 
 

 


STEPPING INTO HER WORST NIGHTMARE...
 


Because when she returned, she found an open bedroom window and her three-year-old son, Nathan, gone. The boy would never be seen again. 
 




A NIGHTMARE THAT ONLY BECAME WORSE.

A tip leads detectives to the killer, a repeat sex offender, and inside his apartment, a gruesome discovery. A slam-dunk trial sends him off to death row, then several years later, to the electric chair. 
 





CASE CLOSED. JUSTICE SERVED...OR WAS IT?

Get your free copy of The Lion, the Lamb, the Hunted!


Intuition - YA Fantasy/ Short Story
4.4 stars over 14 reviews
Description: Luke and his twin sister Sera have unusual abilities. Hers is a gift—she can heal with a touch of her hand. His is a curse—he can see the future but he can’t do anything about it.

On a hike up the mountain, Luke has a vision unlike any other—one that leaves him terrified. Knowing that it will come true—and that he must do everything in his power to stop it—leaves his own future uncertain.

(This is a short story, and approximately 16 pages long.)

Get your free copy of Intuition!

Free Kindle Fire Apps and Kindle Books for 2/28

Though everything is free at the time of this posting, that can change at any time. Make sure you check the price before you purchase!

Open Table - Dining                                              Night Corridor - Suspense
3.8 stars over 13 reviews                                       4.5 stars over 38 reviews
                     

Kids Place with Child Lock - Parental Controls         In the Line of Fire - Business
4.7 stars over 126 reviews                                         4.5 stars over 48 reviews
                      

Maidens Avatar Creator Lite - Games                   The Silence of Trees - Historical
4.7 stars over 15 reviews                                        4.7 stars over 117 reviews
                     

Grandpa Hates the Bird: Today's Kindle Book of the Day 2/28

Perfectly complementing today's free app, our bargain Kindle book of the day is a collection of stories that are perfectly suited for kids. From author Eve Yohalem, Grandpa Hates the Bird is full of silly, crazy stories that will have your kids rolling on the floor in laughter. If you're looking for something fun and age-appropriate to share with your kids, do yourself a favor and give this popular collection a look!

Name: Grandpa Hates the Bird
Rating: 4.4 stars over 10 reviews
Price: 2.99
Description: “Alas, it is true. Grandpa hates me. He has always hated me, even before I used his ear as a swing toy (his lobes are so long and flappy!). I can’t imagine why. I assume Grandpa hates me simply because I am the bird—and he is not.”

Everybody loves Bird. Joseph and Maya, Mother and Father, Humphrey the dog, Slick the snake. Everyone except Grandpa, who will stop at nothing to set Bird free. Forever.

• How does the battle begin when Bird and Grandpa are alone together for a whole week?
• See classroom chaos in Bring Your Pet to School Day!
• Exactly what are they hunting at the Aw Shoot archery range?

Fasten your feathers and warm up your wings—here are six collected short stories in the Grandpa Hates the Bird series!

Reviews: "Hysterical! In her latest work Mrs. Yohalem exhibits her versatility as a writer for young adults. Her previous novel, "Escape Under the Forever Sky" was a heartfelt glimpse at a horrific situation, made understandable for all ages through sensible language and incredible storytelling. Because this book can be electronically delivered-I can not stress enough that on that next road trip you turn off the radio, take away the iPods, and download this book on a kindle or iPad to read as a family. In the world of young-adult fiction this is one of those books that adults can genuinely enjoy as much as the kids."

Get your copy of Grandpa Hates the Bird now!

My First Tangrams: Kindle Fire App of the Day



Title: My First Tangrams
Rating: 2.9 stars over 29 reviews
Price: 0.00
Description: My First Tangrams includes 36 Tangram-style puzzles that have been simplified for young children. Featuring vibrant colors, smooth animations, and a clean interface, this app helps kids recognize shapes and objects while improving spatial skills and having fun.

Puzzles appear on a wooden backdrop, with the puzzle outlines on the left and colorful puzzle pieces randomly arranged on the right. The pieces are already properly oriented, so rotation is not required. Simply touch a puzzle piece and drag it to the appropriate space. If correctly placed, you'll be rewarded with the sound of a bell.

My First Tangrams features kid-friendly objects including a boat, a fish, a house, a flower, and much more. You'll also enjoy relaxing background music while you play. Best of all, you'll feel like a puzzle-solving star when you hear the applause after successfully completing each puzzle. Have fun learning shapes and solving puzzles with My First Tangrams.

Get your free copy of My First Tangrams!

Monday, February 27, 2012

4 Free Kindle Books for 2/27

Starting off with one freebie you shouldn't miss: check out Sweetwater American! Free for today only! 2/27
All books below are free as of the time of posting but can change at any time. Please be sure to check the prices before you click!

My Last Blind Date - Romance
4.7 stars over 3 reviews
Description: It’s Valentine’s Day and Rachel Price has a choice: Stay home and watch TV with her loveable doggy or let her best friend, Ellen, set her up on a blind date. What to do….

Ellen says the guy is a “10,” but the last guy she set her up with was a “–5.” Rachel’s been flirting with coworker Noah Peterson and she’s hoping he’s noticed. Then, she finds out Noah has big plans. Even worse, he advises Rachel to go on the blind date!

Should she play it safe and spend the Hallmark holiday with her loyal pooch, Chester, or risk another dating disaster by trying yet again for love?

Get your free copy of My Last Blind Date!

Sin and Sacrifice - Mystery
3.8 stars over 6 reviews

Description: Five sisters.

One secret.

An ancient order of Knights determined to acquire them at any cost.

And one man hell bent on saving both.

Evelyn Grant, along with her four sisters, have a secret. A secret the Knights Templar want for themselves. It all went back to the Garden of Eden and the Tree of Knowledge and Life. The Knights will do anything to exploit the girls and their access to that sacred place, but one man, government agent Rhett Nichols, is set to the task of saving the women from torture and even death.

He succeeds—and he fails.

After centuries of being hunted, would Evelyn ever be able to trust the one person who might be able to help her? On the run, Evelyn and Rhett face off against their adversary and she's left with no choice but to put her life in his hands.

Get your free copy of Sin and Sacrifice!

A World I Never Made - Suspense
3.7 stars over 107 reviews
Description: Pat Nolan, an American man, is summoned to Paris to claim the body of his estranged daughter Megan, who has committed suicide. The body, however, is not Megan’s and it becomes instantly clear to Pat that Megan staged this, that she is in serious trouble, and that she is calling to him for help.

This sends Pat on an odyssey that stretches across France and into the Czech Republic and that makes him the target of both the French police and a band of international terrorists. Joining Pat on his search is Catherine Laurence, a beautiful but tormented Paris detective who sees in Pat something she never thought she’d find—genuine passion and desperate need. As they look for Megan, they come closer to each other’s souls and discover love when both had long given up on it.

Juxtaposed against this story is Megan’s story. A freelance journalist, Megan is in Morocco to do research when she meets Abdel Lahani, a Saudi businessman. They begin a torrid affair, a game Megan has played often and well in her adult life. But what she discovers about Lahani puts her in the center of a different kind of game, one with rules she can barely comprehend. Because of her relationship with Lahani, Megan has made some considerable enemies. And she has put the lives of many—maybe even millions—at risk.

Get your free copy of A World I Never Made!

Free Kindle Fire Apps and Kindle Books for 2/27

Though everything is free at the time of this posting, that can change at any time. Make sure you check the price before you purchase! Of special note is NFL Pro 2012, which is really a top quality game and definitely won't be free for long (it will take up a good chunk of space)!

NFL Pro 2012 - Games                                                Coexist - YA
3.3 stars over 9 reviews                                       4.1 stars over 51 reviews
                     

Finger Gravity Free - Games                                        Scratch - Humor
5.0 stars over 7 reviews                                         4.9 stars over 16 reviews
                      

Service Bell  - Sounds                                        Southern Seahawk - Historical
4.8 stars over 5 reviews                                        5.0 stars over 2 reviews
                     

Sweetwater American: Today's Kindle Book 2/27

We're treated to a free Kindle book of the day today, thanks to author Eileen Cruz Coleman. Her novel Sweetwater American is a sparkling example of the rich texture that immigrant culture and experiences can bring to fiction. The struggles are steep, but these two women will find a way to persevere. Very much worth the download!

Name: Sweetwater American
Rating: 4.2 stars over 13 reviews
Price: 0.00
Description: Set in Washington, D.C. and El Salvador, SWEETWATER AMERICAN is the story of an orphan and would-be filmmaker who is sent to live in a cursed town in El Salvador with her godmother, a woman whom she has never met and who may hold the secret to breaking the town's curse.

Through Sandy Rodriguez and Elena Martinez, the two main characters, we are led into a different, haunting and magical world, where people test their faith every day and hold true to what they believe: that hardship and darkness can be overcome if one finds a reason to live.

While living in El Salvador, after a film crew comes to her town to film a movie, Sandy realizes she wants to be a documentary filmmaker.  When she returns to the States, she attends George Washington University where she meets Elena, a sixty-something-year-old woman who serves peas and mashed potatoes in one of the school's cafeterias.

Sandy, intrigued by Elena, decides to ask her if she would be willing to share her life story with her. Elena, whose past still haunts her, agrees to tell Sandy her story.

During the interview, Sandy is forced to come to terms with her own past and she begins to understand what the term, Sweetwater American, really means.

Reviews: "A beautifully written story about immigrants and their families that will touch all your emotions. The story centers on Sandy, a would be filmmaker and her life in Washington, DC and her life in El Salvador after the death of her parents. It also covers her family and friends and their stories. Complex but very readable and I honestly could not put this book down. It will leave you thinking."

Get your copy of Sweetwater American now!

Whiteboard Pro: Today's Free Kindle Fire App 2/27



Title: Whiteboard Pro
Rating: 4.3 stars over 50 reviews
Price: 0.00
Description: Jot down ideas, sketch plans, or just doodle with Whiteboard Pro, an Android app that offers a simple way to let your creativity roam. Draw shapes and erase them, just like on a real whiteboard. Choose from a variety of easy ways to fine-tune your drawings, and share your creations with your friends.

Whiteboard Pro is all about simplicity. The toolbar interface is a snap to use, and it makes creating a drawing quick and intuitive. Whether you want to express your inner creative self or just play a quick game of tic-tac-toe, you'll find it easy to get started.

Don't be fooled by the app's ease of use, however; there are still plenty of opportunities to customize your work. Choose from four instant shapes (line, rectangle, circle, and freehand), four colors (black, red, blue, and green), and three line widths. It's easy to set these features and create one-of-a-kind images with very little legwork.

Get your free copy of Whiteboard Pro!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

3 Free Kindle Book for 2/26

If you're looking for a paranormal romance with bite, your best bet is The Homecoming Masquerade! 2.99.
All books below are free as of the time of posting but can change at any time. Please be sure to check the prices before you click!

Fairy Metal Thunder - YA
4.5 stars over 11 reviews
Description: Jason plays guitar in a teenage garage band called the Assorted Zebras, but they have no fans and no gigs, and they're going nowhere. Even worse, Jason has a crush on the lead singer, but she already has a near-perfect boyfriend.

One night, Jason steals enchanted instruments from the fairy world. Suddenly (with a little help from YouTube) every kid in the Midwest is crazy about the Assorted Zebras.

The fairy instruments drive the crowds wild, but the new gear is brimming with dangerous and destructive magic. The band struggles to gain control of their instruments and avoid the supernatural bounty hunters sent by Queen Mab of Faerie to track them down, all while trying to finally land their first gig.

Get your free copy of Fairy Metal Thunder!

Ravenwood - Fantasy
4.8 stars over 21 review

Description: You're never too old to make a bad decision.

After twenty winters on the road, Tanyth Fairport makes one last pilgrimage in her quest to learn all she can about the herbs and medicinal plants of Korlay before settling down to write her magnum opus. Her journey is interrupted when she decides to help a small village and learns that much of what she knows of the world may not be quite as it seems.

Nathan Lowell blends wiccan tradition and shamanistic lore into a fantasy quest for a new - if unlikely - heroine. She learns that the familiar sometimes hides the fantastic and that, even when you think you've made your decisions, life doesn't always agree.

Get your free copy of Ravenwood!

Brain Games - Brain Teasers
4.5 stars over 15 reviews
Description: "Brain games: free Kindle games for brain training - Cognitive Enhancement with your “natural Nootropic”" is a guide to the advantages of brain training, and to free brain games. Brain games do make a difference in the fitness of your brain. It is never too early to start training our brains and use our potential. Nootropics (also knowns as “smart drugs, memory enhancers, cognitive enhancers, intelligence enhancers”) are supplements, nutraceuticals, and functional foods that improve mental functions such as cognition, memory, intelligence, motivation, attention, and concentration. Now, nootropics include brain games, developed by neuroscientists to improve your cognitive functions.

Our skills belong to the category of “use it, or lose it”. Depending on our lifestyle, cognitive activities, etc. there are some brain skills we already use extensively every day. And there are other skills we use more rarely. This booklet introduces you to free and premium brain games that you can play online.

Brain training games are based on the proven fact that living in an enriched environment, with plenty of mental stimulation, keeps our brains active and produces positive brain changes. There’s huge potential for tapping into the brain’s ability to change itself by remodeling nerve cell connections after experience. This enhances mental fitness and prevent age-related memory decline. Plus, the best brain games on the market, like Lumosity, are created by brilliant neuroscientists, who are aware of how to structure the games based on the desired cognitive skill development outcome.

Get your free copy of Brain Games!

Free Kindle Fire Apps and Kindle Books for 2/26

Though everything is free at the time of this posting, that can change at any time. Make sure you check the price before you purchase!

Glow Puzzle - Games                                        Mystery Dance Set - Suspense
4.8 stars over 11 reviews                                       5.0 stars over 5 reviews
                     

Pocket Financial Planner - Money                   Gnome on the Range - Contemporary
3.5 stars over 4 reviews                                         4.8 stars over 28 reviews
                      

Rainbow Trail - Games                                   4 Bedtime Stories - Children's
4.8 stars over 5 reviews                                        4.8 stars over 5 reviews