Saturday, January 31, 2015

"Unstrung," by Kendra C. Highley

Unstrung, by Kendra C. Highley
Price: $0.99
246 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 42 reviews

"Unstrung is fast paced and riveting from beginning to end. I quickly became engrossed in the story wondering why Lexa couldn't remember her former life and how she became so skilled at what she does. I really liked how the story led us to finding out about the engineered humans through one of Lexa's heist jobs instead of just plunking us down into that world. I am excited to read the next book in this series and highly recommend Unstrung to fans of YA futuristic dystopian novels with some heart." -- Amazon reviewer

Lexa Pate, seventeen-year-old thief extraordinaire, has burned a bridge or two in her life. You don’t make a career out of stealing other people’s property without making enemies.

When a risky job goes from bad to worse, Lexa and her adopted family find themselves on Precipice Corporation’s hit list because they’ve accidentally stolen the wrong thing—plans for a new model of genetically-engineered super humans. Now every bounty hunter, cop on the take, and snitch in the city is after them.

Lexa’s world crumbles around her as she fights to keep her family safe even as someone strolls out of her forgotten past. Quinn claims to know who Lexa really is, but can she trust a stranger she met while robbing his boss?

More importantly, does she really want to know what Quinn has to tell her?

Based on the fairy tale Pinocchio, UNSTRUNG takes you into a near future world where the lines between fake and real are blurred, all that’s pristine isn’t always innocent, and being a criminal isn’t always wrong.

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Meet the Author

Kendra C. Highley lives in north Texas with her husband and two children. She also serves as staff to four self-important cats. This, according to the cats, is her most crucial job. She believes chocolate is a basic human right, running a 10k is harder than it sounds, and that everyone should learn to drive a stick-shift. She loves monsters, vacations, baking and listening to bad electronica.

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Today's Fire Free App of the Day is Skateboard Party 2 plus a bonus app!

Today's Free App of the Day is Skateboard Party 2
Originally $1.99

The permissions in this skateboard game are so egregious, I'll start with warning you off. Read the reviews if you're curious. I wouldn't be surprised if Amazon didn't pull it at the request of the developer as they'll surely get a rash of one-stars today. From the product page: Skateboard Party 2 brings all the fun of skateboarding to your mobile device allowing you to ride in 8 completely unique locations. Jump on your board, learn new moves and improve your skateboarding skills to land sick combos. Play with your friends using the new online multiplayer mode or challenge skaters from all over the world using the online leaderboards. Complete achievements, gain experience and upgrade your favorite skater. You can also customize your outfits, boards, trucks and wheels with real brands. 

WARNING: This does NOT turn your Kindle Fire into a skateboard. :D

24 of 37 reviews are four stars and above.

So we have a bonus pick: FillUp - Gas Mileage Log.

A nice, simple but well done mileage log for your car. Sure, you can use a pen and paper...but this is a nice app. Once you start adding data, you can look at your log and see your miles-per-gallon overall as well as your best and worst tanks of gas, mileage wise. You can see the total miles driven since you started, the cost of fuel (total) and the average price you've paid. You can have multiple vehicles. And you can look at your data for the last month, the last 6 months, last 12 months, just this calendar year for all data. A solid four stars from me.

7 of 9 reviews are four stars and above.

Compatibility of apps varies. To tell if an app works for your Fire tablet or other Android device registered to your Amazon account, click on the above link and look on the right side of the web page for the "compatible devices" link.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Book Discovery! (Friday Jan 30)

It's Book Discovery Day! Twice a week we bring you a selection of books that are newly-published, or that have been overlooked.

Every great book was once a hidden gem. Browse through the books below and start your own discovery!

Book Discovery - newly-published and overlooked books!
ALPHA, by S J Morris
This book is towering in its scope and will challenge many people’s thinking.

The human race stands at the pinnacle of its existence. Or does it? A philosopher in ancient Greece some 500 years BC thought they were at the pinnacle of existence. Could he have been right? What have we learned since then? What can the villains and heroes of history teach us?

Alpha sets out to examine this and the other big issues the world faces today and in the future and what we can do about them. Perhaps you will come to a different conclusion than Alpha, or perhaps you will agree on the need for urgent action.

Alpha involves the story of a child prodigy and his search to discover what we can learn from mankind...
A More Bitter Pill, by Dishon Boro
At times some dreams act as pathway into the unknown future, it all depends on what kind of dream you experience. A More Bitter Pill is a literary work written on such a base, a bad dream is a nightmare and it is very disturbing as one tries to avoid getting into such unpleasant situation....
Help for Hysterical Humans who Hope to Be Happy in Heaven or Here, by James Sterngram
Help for Hysterical Humans (etc.) is a slender, vivacious volume of verse packed with music, magic, meditation, and humor. It’s an inspired primer for making merry in one minute or many. It’s the concentrated product of one human’s ecstatic efforts to examine, enjoy, and enhance for his friends the adventure of eternity.

Author James Sterngram is a member of the Associated Individuals Desiring Enlightenment (Sometimes). AIDE(S) is a global prophet-making organization currently boasting roughly seven billion active members....
Fire TV Stick User Guide: Support Made Easy (Streaming Devices Book 2), by Ronald Peter
Everything you need to know about your Amazon Fire TV Stick...
Technology changes fast these days. Stay up-to-date on all the latest news on the Amazon Fire TV Stick by signing up to our free mailing list!

Do you want to get Amazon Prime or the Fire TV Stick for Free?
This book pays for itself in ten minutes! Inside you'll learn how to get over $300 in Amazon gift cards and a free subscription to Amazon Prime!

Still undecided?

The Amazon Fire TV Stick is designed to be easy to set up, but let's make sure you're getting the most out of your purchase. You'll learn how to watch movies through Amazon Prime, how to watch...
The Anarchy Scroll, by Geoffrey Sleight
Hidden in a land of riddles, spells and sorcery lies the mystical, Anarchy Scroll. When people in a small town begin disappearing, an occult expert suspects the diabolical entity, Eradicus, is on the rise. The world is in danger as two evil spirit brothers pave the way for havoc on Earth. Only the ancient Anarchy Scroll can prevent disaster. But the quest to find it is filled with peril.
When Mom Dies: A Daughter's Unique Guide to Help Heal Grieving Hearts Today, by Dackeyia Q. Sterling
WHEN MOM DIES is the perfect book for any and everyone coping with the death of their Mother. The author's Mother passed away, at the tender age of 62 -- while holding her hand. From experience, this daughter learned that pushing past extreme grief and sorrow and finding strength to live seems impossible when your Mother is your best friend. WHEN MOM DIES empathetically shares practical advice and great tips to help heal grieving hearts today!

This quick-read title includes chapters on:

• What To Do When Mom Dies?

• 12 Simple Things You Can Do Right Now to Feel Better

• 31 Ideas to Encourage Your Healing Heart

• Helpful Resources to Consider

• The #1 Way You Can Honor Yo...
MENACE: The Death Dealer, by Steve Samedi
Menace: The Death Dealer is the story of young Phillip Baxter III, a history teacher from southern Philadelphia. For some time, Phillip questioned why his father abandoned their family to start a separate life in Japan. The single mother, who struggled to raise him, is unexpectedly killed in a tragic car accident. A year later, Phillip receives a phone call informing him of his father’s passing. He travels to Japan to attend the funeral and discovers that his father and grandfather were CIA sanctioned mercenaries who worked for an organization known as, The Black Hand Syndicate. From that point on, Phillip is forced to deal with the repercussions of his family’s dangerous past while simultaneously embarking on a journey of self-discover...
The Adventures of Manny Lark: A Sip From The Bloodwell, by Joshua Cox-Steib
Follow the young(ish) half-dragon, Manny Lark, along on his mishaps and adventures in this novella length book. A fast paced, action packed, story of magic, aliens, dragons, and family skeletons (sometimes literally). Travel along with our supernatural protagonist as he tries to make it through one day at a time. Manny just wants to know how he wound up in a metal box, but a collection of cosmic powers known as the council of the ancients keeps him from this baffling mystery, and uses Manny's father, the Dragon Lord Braxus, to push him towards the undesired task of magical policing. It sounded like a case of unlicensed arcane business, and It should have been a straightforward job, but nothing is straightforward when dragons are involved.....