Jan 212013

Today’s Gold Box at Amazon is with “Save Over 50% on Select Sony Memory and Storage Products” and the first Lightning Deal of the Day is a neat looking holder that lets you use your tablet, whether a Kindle Fire, iPad or other 7-10″ Android device) in the kitchen, while keeping it off the counter.

For those that picked up yesterday’s free Android App, iMediaShare, I played around with it on the original Kindle fire and it looks like it has potential, but is mainly geared towards streaming content (which does not work well here, most of the time) and has a big hole in it’s support for “video” as it doesn’t support streamed or downloaded Amazon Videos, that I can tell. It’s too bad, as it easily found our TV and started trying to stream (I played with Youtube videos, but could only get sound, due to lack of speed on our system) and would have been perfect to view downloaded content from the Kindle Fire that doesn’t have an HDMI output port.

Today’s Kindle Kids Daily Deal is A Drowned Maiden’s Hair ($1.99), by Laura Amy Schlitz.

Book Description
Maud Flynn is known at the orphanage for her impertinence. So when the charming Miss Hyacinth chooses her to take home, the girl is pleased but baffled, until she learns of her new role: helping to stage elaborate séances for bereaved patrons. As Maud is drawn deeper into the deception, playing the “secret child,” she is torn between her need to please and her growing conscience. It takes a shocking betrayal to make clear just how heartless her so-called guardians are. Filled with fascinating details of turn-of-the-century spiritualism and page-turning suspense, this novel from Newbery Medalist Laura Amy Schlitz features a feisty heroine whom readers will not soon forget.

Grade Level: 5 and up

Today’s Kindle Daily Deal celebrate MLK Day with Carolyn Maull McKinstry’s While the World Watched: A Birmingham Bombing Survivor Comes of Age during the Civil Rights Movement ($1.99). Co-written with Denise George, many of you will have it in your libraries already, as it was free last September in most of the ebookstores.

Book Description
On September 15, 1963, a Klan-planted bomb went off in the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Fourteen-year-old Carolyn Maull was just a few feet away when the bomb exploded, killing four of her friends in the girl’s rest room she had just exited. It was one of the seminal moments in the Civil Rights movement, a sad day in American history . . . and the turning point in a young girl’s life.

While the World Watched is a poignant and gripping eyewitness account of life in the Jim Crow South—from the bombings, riots and assassinations to the historic marches and triumphs that characterized the Civil Rights movement.

A uniquely moving exploration of how racial relations have evolved over the past 5 decades, While the World Watched is an incredible testament to how far we’ve come and how far we have yet to go.

Today’s Kindle Romance Daily Deal is Numbers Never Lie ($0.99), by Shelley K. Wall.

Book Description
Sophie Henderson, manager of a software-development team, starts what appears to be a routine project at work. She ends up hiding from her staff, her friends, and the person who is trying to stop her from delving further into discrepancies in the accounting system.

Trevan Prater (AKA Trevor Adams) has been assigned to delve into an embezzlement scheme at a large government contractor. As an FBI investigator, he’s used to working such cases. A chance encounter lands him front and center with Sophie, one of the lead suspects. Now he’s not only investigating her, but also pretending to be the consultant from whom she needs help.

The more his team digs into the data she gives him, the guiltier she appears. Unfortunately, the longer he’s with her, the more attracted he becomes.

Sensuality Level: Behind Closed Doors

Today’s Kindle SciFi/Fantasy Daily Deal is Finnikin of the Rock ($1.99), the first novel in Melina Marchetta’s young adult Lumatere Chronicles series. This was a Nook Daily Find last June, but I don’t believe it was price matched on Kindle (I ended up buying it from B&N).

Book Description
Finnikin was only a child during the five days of the unspeakable, when the royal family of Lumatere were brutally murdered, and an imposter seized the throne. Now a curse binds all who remain inside Lumatere’s walls, and those who escaped roam the surrounding lands as exiles, persecuted and despairing, dying by the thousands in fever camps. In a narrative crackling with the tension of an imminent storm, Finnikin, now on the cusp on manhood, is compelled to join forces with an arrogant and enigmatic young novice named Evanjalin, who claims that her dark dreams will lead the exiles to a surviving royal child and a way to pierce the cursed barrier and regain the land of Lumatere. But Evanjalin’s unpredictable behavior suggests that she is not what she seems—and the startling truth will test Finnikin’s faith not only in her, but in all he knows to be true about himself and his destin

Bride Flight ($1.57 / £0.99 UK), by Marieke Van Der Pol and Colleen Higgins (Translator), is the Kindle Deal of the day for those in the UK (the US edition is $8.90).

Book Description
It is 1953, and the last great transcontinental air race from London to Christchurch is about to begin, but even before the KLM plane has left the runway, it has already become famous as the ‘bride flight’. Of its sixty emigrating passengers, many are brides-to-be flying out to join their fiancés on the other side of the world. Among them are Ada, Marjorie and Esther, each of them with their own reasons for wanting to leave behind the hardships of post-war life at home, and their own pasts. During the trip they meet Frank, a charismatic bachelor, who will come to have a dramatic influence on their lives, and who exerts a continued hold over each of the women as they follow their very different paths in New Zealand. It is only when they meet again, years later, at Frank’s funeral, that the three women – now ‘brides in black’ – get to hear each other’s stories for the first time and realize just how closely their lives have been bound together by what happened on the bride flight.

The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. ($2.99 Kindle, B&N), edited by Clayborne Carson, is the Nook Daily Find, price matched on Kindle.

Book Description
First-person account of the extraordinary life of America’s greatest civil rights leader. It begins with his boyhood as the son of a preacher, his education as a minister, his ascendancy as a leader of civil rights, & his complex relationships with leading political & social figures of the day.

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