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Horns of the Devil by Marc Rainer

The second book in the Jeff Trask crime/legal thriller series, a series hailed for its realism by those in the law enforcement career field, Horns of the Devil is the story of the havoc wreaked upon the nation’s capital city by a drug gang turf war. As one career prosecutor wrote, “As a long-time prosecutor, I continue to be astounded by Rainer’s perfect pitch for police/prosecutor dialogue. Outstanding Read! Rainer is way ahead of his contemporaries in this genre.

Price: $2.99 (Kindle) $9.45 (Paperback) via Amazon

For: Thriller Fans

Palmetto Review Take: Nonstop legal and procedural crime novel that’s rich with detail and suspense.

Scrink.com Take: Since I’ve been reading a lot of cheesy romantic Christmas books I think this would be a perfect one to get into for some extra excitement.

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Too Quiet In Brooklyn: A Fina Fitzgibbons Mystery by Susan Russo Anderson

Twenty-two-year-old Fina Fitzgibbons stumbles upon a throttled woman in the heart of Brooklyn Heights and discovers that the dead woman’s four-year-old grandson is also missing. She begins a wild hunt for the strangler-kidnapper, Ralph. During the chase, she resists falling in love with her boyfriend, Denny, an NYPD patrol officer, steps on the toes of Detective First Grade Jane Templeton, and uncovers secrets about her own past. In the end, Ralph has a deadly surprise for Fina.

Price: $.99 (Pre-order) $3.99 (After 12/20/2013) via Smashwords

For: New Adult

Palmetto Review Take: Crime, passion, and New York City – count us in!

Scrink.com Take: Hey this is the best of both worlds. Passion AND crime. Count me in!

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Tug of War by Ross Collier

An action packed, tension filled espionage thriller set in Melbourne, Australia during WW2, based on actual events between the US forces and the Australians.

Price: $2.99 (Kindle) $16.95 (Paperback) via Amazon, B&N, and iTunes

For: Fans of Thrillers and Espionage

Palmetto Review Take: A fresh plot line to enjoy as you follow the political intrigue down under in this historical look at the relations between two seemingly cozy nations as friction emerges.

Scrink.com Take: Political intrigue and friction, no, never, haha, of course this is one I have to read just so I can then create witty banter between my husband and I.

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Night Chill by Jeff Gunhus

For fans of Stephen King and Dean Koontz — Enjoy a creepy supernatural thriller with over 100 Five Star Amazon Reviews.

Price: $2.99 (Kindle) $12.78 (Paperback) via Amazon and Audible (12/20/2013)

For: Adult Supernatural Thriller and Horror Fans

Palmetto Review Take: One of the most highly rated books we’ve reviewed, read at your own risk of being frightened half to death.

Scrink.com Take: The photo on the cover reminds me of the little girl from the terrifing Ring movie. There was a time when I loved scary books and movies but I’ve gotten to become quite a sissy as I have aged, I’m not sure about this one although I’m excited it is rated so well.

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The Jack Templar Monster Hunter Series – Books 1-3 by Jeff Gunhus

A new series for fans of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson.

Price: $.99 (Kindle) $9.79 (Paperback) via Amazon, B&N, and Audible (12/20/2013)

For: Middle Grade and YA

Palmetto Review Take: Ignite your imagination with this trio of supernatural books focused on monsters, mystery, and mythical adventure.

Scrink.com Take: This series sounds interesting, especially since I am a huge Harry Potter and Percy Jackson fan. Maybe these are ones I can read along with my oldest son.

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Vengeance Out of the Shadows by David Peretz

In the third thriller to feature Ross Cortese, NYPD, the detective contends with both a killer targeting landlords and a Russian assassin out for retribution. Kirkus Review described it as “a seamless blending of stories and first-rate characterizations.”

Price: $4.99 (Kindle) $11.25 (Paperback) via Amazon and B&N

For: Suspense, Romance, and Thriller Fans

Palmetto Review Take: Indie Must-Read Book of Summer Winner as voted on by everyday readers.

Scrink.com Take: Sounds like I need to find the first two in this series before I jump into this third book because if they blend together then I do not want to miss anything.

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Lunch with Lucille by Annarose Ingarra-Milch

Readers can expect to be inspired and entertained as “Lunch with Lucille” whips up a delightful dish of hope and optimism, served by a fun-loving, sassy, female character who shares a message all women need to hear – you are your best asset, at any age. Voted overwhelming the Buzzworthy Book of Summer, “LwL” overflows with nourishing wisdom and humor as you are treated to simple, practical solutions to some prickly issues such as aging, confidence, self image, and achievement. This fast-paced novella is thought provoking and leaves you hungry for the next course.

Price: $4.99 (Kindle) $13.13 (Paperback) via Amazon and B&N

For: Women

Palmetto Review Take: A perfect gift for any woman in need of Inspiration.

Scrink.com Take: So I just love the cook cover, I know I shouldn’t judge it that way but I’m a visual gal! Plus everyone needs a little hope and optimism every now and then so this sounds like just the thing.

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Tall, Dark, and Handsome and Other Devotionals by Christopher Hall

A collection of Christian devotionals based on one man’s life experiences. “This book makes you think! It is funny, uplifting and a down to earth view of Christianity. We all have those bad days at work that make you wonder if it is it all worth it. Chris Hall takes a bad day and redirects it to a lesson in Christ… I highly recommend this book to all my friends.” Karen Brooks-Rochelle

Price: $5.99 (Kindle) $11.57 (Paperback) via Amazon

For: Anyone interested in uplifting stories related to Christian Living

Palmetto Review Take: Deepen your walk in faith, or take your first step to finding it with this inspirational book rooted in the real world, and written for you to discover the next.

Scrink.com Take: So I just love the cook cover, I know I shouldn’t judge it that way but I’m a visual gal! Plus everyone needs a little hope and optimism every now and then so this sounds like just the thing.

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At The Gates of Walhalla By Justen Forge

Suspense, intrigue, and action. A page turner that makes you feel like you’re in the scenes. This novel sets itself apart with its vivid writing and top notch storytelling. Perfectly priced so you can give this to all the readers on your Christmas shopping list.

Price: $2.99 (Kindle) via Amazon, Sony, iTunes, B&N, and $21.99 (Paperback) McNally Robinson

For: Thriller & Mystery Fans

Palmetto Review Take: After a horrific series of events a hero emerges to set wrongs right in spellbinding detail.

Scrink.com Take: Whereas before I said I loved a cover and thus would read the book, I really do not like the cover of this book because the typography is terrible. However, I am a fan of mysteries and therefore I am open to give it a try.

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Liberty’s Torch (Dystopia Trilogy Book 3) by Janet McNulty

Expect excitement action, and to learn the meaning of true sacrifice. All it takes is one spark to ignite Liberty’s Torch.

Price: $2.99 (Kindle) via Amazon

For: YA, Teens, Dystopian Genre Fans, Those Who Like Strong Female Characters

Palmetto Review Take: Like Hunger Games and Divergent, this dystopian drama is both entertaining and plausible.

Scrink.com Take: Dystopian books are not my favorite but I do love reading books with strong female characters, I think this is definitely one to check out.

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Ready For A Giveaway?

One Very Lucky Reader Will Win a Kindle Paperwhite prize package complete with:
  • Kindle Paperwhite
  • $50 Amazon Gift Card
  • One copy of each book included in the holiday gift guide
To enter, just complete the options included below on the GiveawayTools form. Be sure to come back each day for additional entries, such as daily tweets! This giveaway is open to US Readers, 18+ years of age, begins Monday, December 16th and will end on Tuesday, December 31st at 11:59pm. Good Luck!




Disclosure: Prizes will be provided by Children Teaching Mama and Reader Spoils.

Thinking of moving to Amazon’s LOVEFiLM Instant?

LOVEFiLM Instant? Wait, what? How did I miss this and is it Amazon‘s answer to Netflix? I don’t understand? How can it have reached two million subscribers and I don’t even know what it is with its cute little “i” and all other letters are capital, I love that! I wonder if they’ll be coming over to the US in the near future because I’d love to trial. It sounds like they are quite a smash in the UK.

Amazon’s LOVEFiLM today announces that they have reached two million subscribers driven by a record number of sign-ups in the fourth quarter of 2011. The Amazon-owned service added hundreds of thousands of new customers that now have access to LOVEFiLM Instant, which provides a unique offering of instantly streamed film and TV series, combined with the vast selection of DVD, Blu-ray and Video Game rentals. This is the fastest customer growth rate LOVEFiLM has experienced since 2009.

Simon Calver, CEO of Amazon’s LOVEFiLM, commented:

“Customers tell us they love LOVEFiLM because of the value, choice and innovation we offer in subscription film and TV entertainment. We offer customers an unparalleled range of titles, including exclusively available blockbusters, with over 70,000 DVDs, Blu-rays, films, TV shows, Video Games and streaming alternatives conveniently available for customers to watch in the location of their choice. Our two million members can look forward to us adding even more world class content, in a variety of formats, to be delivered across an ever expanding range of digital platforms.”

LOVEFiLM also announces the introduction of an unlimited streaming-only package which provides access to films and TV shows via LOVEFiLM Instant. Customers can access the LOVEFiLM Instant digital service through a range of devices including PlayStation(R)3, Xbox, iPad(TM) and a variety of other internet enabled devices.

LOVEFiLM members also benefit from LOVEFiLM Instant video-on-demand exclusivity in numerous major titles such as The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, The Dark Knight and hundreds more that have transformed traditional pay-tv windows. In the past twelve months alone LOVEFiLM has added digital content from a broad base of providers including major studios, distributors and networks such as Sony, Warner Bros., Entertainment One, STUDIOCANAL, BBC and ITV.

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Amazon has upped the VOD ante

Just yesterday, my husband and I were talking about the free television shows iTunes has been turning out in their Store. I downloaded some pilot shows, specifically “Melissa & Joey” because they are too characters that I remember fondly from my past. Do y’all remember Clarissa Explains it All, Sabrina and/or Blossom? Whoa!

So my husband mentioned the 99 cents rentals via iTunes. And I said NetFlix (which we use daily) is far cheaper, but it doesn’t have the most current media. Which is true.

This morning I see that Amazon has jumped onboard with these cheapy prices of streaming current shows. But they have actually upped the ante, because Amazon is offering 99 cents purchases NOT rentals.

Eager to get on the new Apple TV’s cheap 99-cent TV show rentals but not so pumped to wait four weeks for it to ship? No worries: Amazon’s also now offering 99-cent rentals purchases of various ABC and FOX shows, which means a whole host of Amazon VOD-compatible devices just got some cheaper streaming options.

Amazon + Facebook = Trouble

This has nothing to do with the privacy issues everyone likes to complain about. If you are on Facebook or MySpace or any other sort of network you just have to be aware that you are publicizing your personal information. So get over the privacy whining.

I love Amazon and I love Facebook, but I see nothing valuable coming from all that intense interlinking. What I see happening is both Amazon and Facebook making more money off us. And I understand the marketing, the advertising, the economic schemes involved but speaking as a blogger and site owner who makes pennies off of 1,000 impressions and 2 clicks all I can surmise now is that two big companies will now be making it even more difficult for me and other like minded bloggers to try and profit. And why? I mean we have to struggle for years with fresh content to gain any sort of page rank. We don’t buy keywords or text links, we just write and network until our fingertips are raw.

Yes, I rant.

Facebook and Amazon have now made my “side job” far more difficult.

The marketable claims of this new found friendship between Amazon and Facebook are:

This integration will also help you figure out what kinds of gifts your friends might like by letting you better search for your Facebook friends’ Amazon Wish Lists and by pulling in information from your friends’ profiles. Of course, it will remind you of Facebook friends’ birthdays, too. It will show you interests you have in common with your friends, and it will show you which items are popular with all the people in your social graph.

SOURCE: Mashable.com

Chevron chose profit over people in the Ecuadorian Amazon

The final judgment is imminent after a long legal battle between oil giant Chevron and brave indigenous peoples of the Ecuadorian Amazon, who are seeking redress for the multinational’s dumping of billions of gallons of toxic waste in the rainforest.



If Chevron is forced to pay billions in damages, it’ll be a big step forward in bringing the world’s polluters to account. Staring defeat in the face, the oil giant has launched an aggressive last-ditch lobbying campaign to derail the lawsuit.

But Chevron’s newly-appointed CEO, John Watson, knows his corporation’s brand is under fire and is growing anxious about the risks of a public shaming campaign — so let’s turn up the heat! Sign the petition calling on Watson and Chevron to clean up their mess in Ecuador, and it will be delivered to them, their shareholders and the US media — click to take action now.

From 1964 to 1990, Chevron-owned Texaco deliberately dumped billions of gallons of toxic waste from their oil fields in Ecuador’s Amazon — then pulled out without properly cleaning up the pollution they caused. Facing imminent defeat in the courts, Chevron has turned to legal machinations, powerful public relations firms and lobbyists to intimidate its critics into silence and avoid responsibility for the massive environmental and human disaster it has triggered.

Chevron has repeatedly vowed to refuse to pay for a clean up even if ordered to by the court, saying “We will fight this until hell freezes over. And then we’ll fight it out on the ice.” Its latest strategy: pushing the US government to bully Ecuador into burying the case.

We cannot sit back and watch Chevron make a mockery of justice like this — let´s build a critical mass of support and help the rainforest inhabitants win this round, in the court of public opinion and before the law.

Apple loses trademark bid; Hershey’s gadget line

Hershey’s has joined hands with Jazwares to develop a line of consumer electronics. They are rather interesting and unique. Check out the 1-4GB USB drives that resemble Hershey’s chocolates. I hope they have a dark chocolate version. Besides this, there will be a range of digital cameras, earphones and speakers that will assume the shape of one of your favorite Hershey’s candies too. I wonder if the earphones will look like Kisses? Expect the price of the products to vary between $15-$30.

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos showed up at Jon Stewart’s pad the other day to discuss the Kindle 2, and Jon seemed fairly unimpressed. They were just finally getting into a groove when Bezos dropped the price bomb, and then their fleeting segment was over. It’s embedded after the break. Amazon VP Ian Freed has also been chatting up the device, but in a more technical nature. On designing the Kindle he reiterates the “invisibility” design ethic surrounding the device, about making it “disappear” for the user. They also improved the cellular modem for improved reception, and also fended off features like a color screen that would shorten battery life, up the price and cause the device to generate more heat and make its presence known. As far as text to speech goes, he thinks it’s good for short stretches of reading, and notes that it covers the vast majority of titles that aren’t available in an audio format.

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Apple has failed in its bid to trademark the word “pod” in Australia, due to an objection from a guitar electronics company that produces a product by a similar name. Guitar accessories group Line 6, manufactures the “POD” device, blocked the trademark claim, arguing it has a pre-existing trademark in the same category related to musical devices. While Line 6 has sold far fewer units of its product than Apple’s range of iPod devices, Australian Trade Marks Office hearing officer Iain Thompson declared that the POD device was still an established product.

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NASA has announced the imminent debut of a promotional film entitled Return to the Moon, made for the radical new “spherical film-making” projection system.

What, you didn’t know about spherical movies? Neither did we, to be honest. In essence, the idea is to project the images not onto a flat screen but onto a large sphere hanging suspended in the auditorium.

This is obviously ideal for movies such as Return to the Moon, which largely consists of imagery from various NASA lunar missions. According to the space agency:

“The LRO in particular will be looking to map the Moon very precisely, hoping to avoid bottom-puckering moments like that suffered by astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin in 1969 when they found their lander’s autopilot taking them down into a crater bottom strewn with massive boulders. By the time they had manually maneuvered to a clear area for landing, they had less than 30 seconds’ fuel left.”