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Housekeeping: National Puzzle Day and Cheap Reads 0 comments

broom.panNational Puzzle Day
Today is National Puzzle Day! One of many unofficial holidays, it is always celebrated on January 29th. Crossword puzzles are the most common however, Sudoku is the most recent puzzle rage.
The good news is that there are puzzles that fit into the needs of every person and every skill level, for the young and the not so young.
Recent studies show that solving puzzles and practicing a second language every day can reduce the risk of neurodegenerative diseases, improve cognitive function, and ward off memory loss.
Below are free puzzle apps for the Kindle Fire and Android devices that have high reader reviews. Some are rather simple, but are designed for fun. Some of the graphics are not descriptive of the app, click on each one to learn more

Puzzles for E-Readers
Haven’t purchased a Kindle Fire yet? Here are a few puzzle books and puzzles that can be purchased and downloaded to e-readers. The webpage will tell you what devices are available to accept the download.
KenKen Vol. 2 : 20 All-Level Puzzles (99 cents) KenKen is a numeric logic puzzle that makes you smarter. Presented by New York Times puzzle editor and NPR puzzlemaster, Will Shortz, KenKen is the successful follow-up to Sudoku. Available for early e-readers only: Kindle 2, DX, Touch and others.
Sudoku Works (99 cents) Sudoku Works can create puzzles in four grid sizes (4×4, 6×6, 8×8 and 9×9) with five difficulty levels, so it can make puzzles for everyone from beginner to expert. And with over 50 million possible puzzles, it’s unlikely you’ll ever run out of puzzles to play. Available for PaperWhite and early e-readers only such as: Kindle 2, DX, Touch and others.
Word Search (99 cents) Locate and mark off words in the grid using the 5 way controller or the touch screen. Available for PaperWhite and early e-readers only such as: Kindle 2, DX, Touch and others.
More puzzle fun!
These books can be downloaded to any Kindle device for hours of entertainment:
100 Puzzle Quizzes (99 cents) In this puzzle collection you will find 100 pictorial, hand-crafted puzzle quizzes in different themes: logic, visual, spatial, counting, geometry, matchstick, coins, searching, and much more.
Brain Teasers For Dummies®, Mini Edition (99 cents) Flex your memory muscle with a variety of puzzles in varying degrees of difficulty.
Cheap Reads – Conundrums in fiction
What better puzzle to solve than a good mystery! These cozy mysteries are only 99 cents each today.
Murder & Mayhem in Goose Pimple Junction (99 cents) When Tess Tremaine starts a new life in the colorful town of Goose Pimple Junction, curiosity leads her to look into a seventy-five-year-old murder. Suddenly she’s learning the foreign language of southern speak, resisting her attraction to local celebrity Jackson Wright, and dealing with more mayhem than she can handle.
Murder on the Hill (99 cents) Look out London, there’s a new investigator in town! Harley Hill is a twenty-five year old woman in need of a new identity. Until now she’s been know as many things: Baker, Crazy Cat Lady, Thief, Bandit, The girl dressed like a ninja…
The Wedding Caper (99 cents) Join Annie Peterson, mother of the bride, as she solve crimes on her way to the wedding. A $25,000 night deposit mysteriously disappears from the Clark County Savings and Loan, and Annie Peterson takes on the role of amateur sleuth to solve the mystery. Inspirational fiction.
Looking for more puzzles?
NatPuzzleDayIf you are looking for more ways to exercise your brain, follow this link for many more puzzles offered by Amazon. Jigsaw puzzles, brain teasers, 3-D puzzles and many more.
If you prefer print books for your puzzles, check out all that Amazon offers.
Just do a puzzle or two today!

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The Demon in the Freezer: A True Story – Secret stockpiles of smallpox – $4.99 0 comments

Peter Jahrling, the top scientist at Usamriid, a wry virologist who cut his teeth on Ebola, one of the world’s most lethal emerging viruses, has ORCON security clearance that gives him access to top secret information on bioweapons.
His most urgent priority is to develop a drug that will take on smallpox-and win. Eradicated from the planet in 1979 in one of the great triumphs of modern science, the smallpox virus now resides, officially, in only two high-security freezers-at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta and in Siberia, at a Russian virology institute called Vector. But the demon in the freezer has been set loose. It is almost certain that illegal stocks are in the possession of hostile states, including Iraq and North Korea. Jahrling is haunted by the thought that biologists in secret labs are using genetic engineering to create a new superpox virus, a smallpox resistant to all vaccines.
Usamriid went into a state of Delta Alert on September 11 and activated its emergency response teams when the first anthrax letters were opened in New York and Washington, D.C. Preston reports, in unprecedented detail, on the government’s response to the attacks and takes us into the ongoing FBI investigation. His story is based on interviews with top-level FBI agents and with Dr. Steven Hatfill.
Jahrling is leading a team of scientists doing controversial experiments with live smallpox virus at CDC. Preston takes us into the lab where Jahrling is reawakening smallpox and explains, with cool and devastating precision, what may be at stake if his last bold experiment fails. Buy this book today for $4.99.
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Free now: Fiction and non-fiction from faith-based publishers 0 comments

Free now: Fiction and non-fiction from faith-based publishers
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YOU: The Owner’s Manual (Enhanced Edition): An Insider’s Guide to the Body that Will Make You Healthier and Younger – $3.99 0 comments

This special digital edition of the #1 bestseller offers even more insights for understanding your body and managing your health! It features 20 videos with Dr. Mike Roizen sharing valuable tips to help you live longer—and younger—plus ten interactive quizzes that test your knowledge and enhance your grasp of body systems, nutritional factors, and disease.
With new health studies and advice bombarding us every day, few people know much about what chugs, churns, and thumps throughout the miraculous system that is the human anatomy.
YOU: The Owner’s Manual challenges preconceived notions about how the human body works and ages, and takes you on a fascinating grand tour of all your blood-pumping, food-digesting, and numbers-remembering systems and organs—including the heart, brain, lungs, immune system, bones, and sensory organs.
In this now classic health manual, America’s favorite doctors, Michael Roizen and Mehmet Oz, discuss how YOU actually have control over your genes. Discover how diseases start and how they affect your body—as well as advice on how to prevent and beat conditions that threaten your quality of life.
Buy this enhanced version of this valuable resource guide for $3.99 today. Audio/Video content is available on latest generation Kindle Fire (except 1st generation), Kindle Fire HD, iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch devices.
You can also purchase a text only version for $3.99 today.
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Heart Felt Knits: 25 Fresh and Modern Felting Projects – $2.51 0 comments

Knitting something by hand and then applying the centuries-old technique of wet felting results in gorgeous pieces that are durable, eco-friendly, and timeless.
In Heart Felt Knits, actress-turned-crafter Tamara Mello offers twenty-five knitted and felted projects, from darling nesting bowls to elegant hats, cozy wraps, and chic hair accessories. Knitters will love watching their pieces take on surprising forms and textures through the felting process. With easy-to-follow knitting patterns, simple felting instructions, helpful how-to photographs, and lavish shots of the finished projects, this special book shows knitters of all stripes how to create unique accessories and keepsakes to last a lifetime.
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Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior – Avoid succumbing to the pull – $4.27 0 comments

Why is it so difficult to sell a plummeting stock or end a doomed relationship? Why do we listen to advice just because it came from someone “important”? Why are we more likely to fall in love when there’s danger involved? In Sway, renowned organizational thinker Ori Brafman and his brother, psychologist Rom Brafman, answer all these questions and more.
Drawing on cutting-edge research from the fields of social psychology, behavioral economics, and organizational behavior, Sway reveals dynamic forces that influence every aspect of our personal and business lives, including loss aversion (our tendency to go to great lengths to avoid perceived losses), the diagnosis bias (our inability to reevaluate our initial diagnosis of a person or situation), and the “chameleon effect” (our tendency to take on characteristics that have been arbitrarily assigned to us).
Every once in a while, a book comes along that not only challenges our views of the world but changes the way we think. In Sway, Ori and Rom Brafman not only uncover rational explanations for a wide variety of irrational behaviors but also point readers toward ways to avoid succumbing to their pull. Buy this book today for $4.27.
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The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language – $1.99 0 comments

Here is the riveting story of the English language, from its humble beginnings as a regional dialect to its current preeminence as the one global language, spoken by more than two billion people worldwide. In this groundbreaking book, Melvyn Bragg shows how English conquered the world. It is a magnificent adventure, full of jealousy, intrigue, and war—against a hoard of invaders, all armed with their own conquering languages, which bit by bit, the speakers of English absorbed and made their own.
Along the way, its colorful story takes in a host of remarkable people, places, and events: the Norman invasion of England in 1066; the arrival of The Canterbury Tales and a “coarse” playwright named William Shakespeare, who added 2,000 words to the language; the songs of slaves; the words of Davy Crockett; and the Lewis and Clark expedition, which led to hundreds of new words as the explorers discovered unknown flora and fauna. The Adventure of English is an enthralling story not only of power, religion, and trade, but also of a people and how they changed the world. Buy this book today for only $1.99.
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Free now: The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make – Non-fiction from a faith-based publisher 0 comments

Free now: The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make – Non-fiction from a faith-based publisher
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Although leadership is the hot topic on conference agendas and book tours, most people who find themselves in positions of leadership have little or no training for the role. They simply continue to make the same old mistakes.
With additional and newly updated material, this leadership classic reveals the most common errors that leaders consistently make-regardless of training or age-and the way to stop these bad habits from undermining their positive talents and accomplishments.
Whether you are leading a company, a ministry, a Girl Scout troop, or your family, The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make is a must-read for anyone who wants to lead others effectively.
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1001 Humorous Illustrations for Public Speaking: Fresh, Timely, and Compelling Illustrations for Preachers, Teachers, and Speakers – $1.99 0 comments

You have something important to say. Are you sure your audience is listening? Clocks start ticking in the minds of your listeners the minute you begin your presentation. But make your audience laugh and they forget about their clocks.
Humor is one of your most powerful tools as a speaker, and 1001 Humorous Illustrations for Public Speaking lets you wield it with power. Michael Hodgin has compiled hundreds of humorous anecdotes on dozens of topics and brought them together in one book.
Ideal for preachers, teachers, executives, and anyone else who speaks publicly, 1001 Humorous Illustrations for Public Speaking will keep your audience laughing — and listening to every word you say. Buy this helpful resource today for $1.99.
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Letting Go of Perfect: Women, Expectations, and Authenticity – Just 99 cents 0 comments

Have you ever felt as though you didn’t recognize yourself in the mirror and yet you’re frantically trying to keep that image together? Felt bound by the dreams you had for life that you now realize have forced other expectations on you? Or maybe you’ve laughed at one of those insanely ridiculous moments in the day when absolutely everything goes wrong and no matter what you do, the grand purpose seems elusive.
Let’s be honest. We all have a standard in our head that we believe is the perfect Christian woman, wife, and/or mother. Yet, have you ever really examined what that standard is? Yes, God absolutely has standards for what those roles are to be, but is He our source, or is it the peer-pressure-don’t- be-the-odd-one-out-on-Sunday-morning drive to fit in that is driving us away from authenticity and raw faith to outward performance?
Amy Spiegel knows this struggle well and notes, “so many of the women I know seem to feel the same tension in their own lives, teetering on the edge, praying someone will be there to catch them if they fall.” There is a grand purpose to where you are today; join Amy in Letting Go of Perfect, to look at what it means to truly know the woman in the mirror as well as the God who created, redeems, and equips her. Buy this book today for only 99 cents.
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