Something extraordinary is at the top of today’s Buffet: an opportunity to solve puzzles and win a Kindle Paperwhite, the most advanced e-reader from Amazon!

One of the most popular downloads for Kindle users is the puzzles made by the Grabarchuk Family. They regularly appear on Amazon’s bestseller lists of Kindle Books.

Yes, the Grabarchuks are a real family, and they’ve been at this for decades before the Kindle arrived on the scene — they’ve been publishing puzzles in books, magazines, newspapers, and on the Web.

Today’s top Buffet pick is a double header — two of the popular Grabarchuk titles for the Kindle are free today:

102 Puzzle Quizzes (Interactive Puzzlebook for E-readers)

Kindle Edition, The Grabarchuk Family
102 Puzzle Quizzes (Interactive Puzzlebook for E-readers)

… and:

102 Puzzle Quizzes HD (Interactive Puzzlebook for Tablets)

Kindle Edition, The Grabarchuk Family
102 Puzzle Quizzes HD (Interactive Puzzlebook for Tablets)

If you’ve never downloaded one of the Grabarchuk titles before, here’s a taste of what to expect. (Click on the image below for a larger view of the screen shots):



OK, so here’s a great opportunity to download two puzzlebooks. But there’s more: Peter Grabarchuk, sent me a note last week, asking me to announce a brand new puzzle game, and this one is designed especially for the Kindle e-readers with black-and-white displays — Kindle, Kindle Touch, Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Keyboard, and Kindle DX:

Puzzle Quizzes Volume 1

Kindle, Kindle Edition, Grabarchuk Puzzles
Puzzle Quizzes Volume 1

Here’s the description:

Discover a new type of puzzle – Puzzle Quizzes, Volume 1. It’s a unique mix of quizzes and logic puzzles where your goal is to find out which of the 4 possible answers is the correct one. Solve 100 pictorial, hand-crafted puzzle quizzes in different themes: logic, visual, spatial, counting, geometric, word, matchstick, coins, searching, and much more.

Due to some technical reasons, it is not possible to offer a freebie promotion for this new puzzle app just yet. However, the Grabarchuk Family are sponsoring a contest in conjunction with its debut, and the winner receives a new Kindle Paperwhite device. Here’s how to become eligible for the contest: Download Puzzle Quizzes Volume 1 app and solve ALL its 100 puzzles. The FIRST person to solve all the puzzles and receive the MOST stars in the process will be awarded a brand new Kindle Paperwhite device.

So, to be clear: the contest winner needs to download the new app, solve all its 100 puzzles, and send a screenshot of the app’s Score page to

To take a screenshot:
On Kindle Keyboard and Kindle (2nd Generation): Press Alt + Shift + G
On Kindle: Press Keyboard + Menu
On Kindle Touch: While holding down the Home button for a few seconds, tap the screen
On Kindle Paperwhite: Using one finger in each corner, simultaneously press the screen in opposite diagonal corners.

After that, you need to connect your Kindle device to PC or Mac, find the screenshot you took in the device’s root directory (for Kindle Touch) or in the “documents” directory (on earlier devices), and send it to

The winner will be determined according to the number of puzzles solved, the number of stars gathered, and the time spent. An efficient puzzle-solver should be able to finish all 100 included puzzles within about an hour, so the winner will be the FIRST person who manages to shave as much time off as possible and get maximum stars (maximum possible is 300).

The contest starts today, 12 a.m. Pacific Time, April 8, 2013, and continues through Friday, April 12, 2013, 11:59 PM Pacific time.

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For more details, see this page: Good luck!

And now, for today’s Kindle freebies:


The Kindness of Strangers: Penniless Across America

Biographies & Memoirs > Travel
Author: Mike McIntyre
The Kindness of Strangers: Penniless Across America

As featured on Oprah, The Kindness of Strangers is the story of one man’s continental leap of faith–and the country that caught him.

Stuck in a job he no longer found fulfilling, journalist Mike McIntyre felt his life was quickly passing him by. So one day he hit the road to trek from one end of the country to the other with little more than the clothes on his back and without a single penny in his pocket. Through his travels, he found varying degrees of kindness in strangers from all walks of life–and discovered more about people and values and life on the road in America than he’d ever thought possible.

Outlaw Trigger (Epic)

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: Lee Stephen
Outlaw Trigger (Epic)

They say every man has a breaking point-every man can be pushed off the edge. Scott Remington entered EDEN with the heart of a lion. He forged glory in the furnace of war. But on the heels of dawn, darkness awaits. Only when stretched to the limit will a man truly learn who he is. That limit is about to be breached. Lines will be crossed. Sides will be chosen. And faith will be put to the test. Will the righteous prevail?

Genes, Chromosomes, and Disease: From Simple Traits, to Complex Traits, to Personalized Medicine

Medicine > Internal Medicine > Pathology
Author: Nicholas Wright Gillham
Genes, Chromosomes, and Disease: From Simple Traits, to Complex Traits, to Personalized Medicine (FT Press Science)

This very readable overview of the rise and transformations of medical genetics and of the eugenic impulses that have been inspired by the emerging understanding of the genetic basis of many diseases and disabilities is based on a popular nonmajors course, “Social Implications of Genetics,” that Gillham gave for many years at Duke University.

The book is suitable for use as a text in similar overview courses about genes and social issues or genes and disease. It gives a good overview of the developments and status of this field for a wide range of biomedical researchers, physicians, and students, especially those interested in the prospects for the new, genetics-based personalized medicine.

The Chakra Diaries

Exercise & Fitness > Yoga
Author: Becca Chopra
The Chakra Diaries

Balance your own chakras as you learn how these “energy centers” affect love and loss, health and happiness, life and death for the participants in a chakra workshop. You’ll laugh, cry and and maybe even jump for joy as you experience their transformation with them!

Whether you’re an avid yogi or yogini or have never heard of chakras, you’ll find this look at the human condition and the miracles that can happen through forgiveness, love and energy healing to be both enlightening and entertaining.

Storm Surge (A Jonie Waters Mystery)

Mystery > Cozy
Author: Tamara Ward
Storm Surge (A Jonie Waters Mystery)

Storm Surge, A Jonie Waters Mystery is a cozy mystery set in Wilmington, NC. Defeating odds and ignoring well-meant advice is her specialty, so when fledgling reporter Jonie Waters follows a news tip and discovers her girlhood friend’s mangled body, nothing can dissuade her from setting out to find the murderer.

Though Jonie attracts the suspicions of local police as she finds herself in the middle of other related crimes, she continues her investigation, risking her job, tentative family ties, and the chance of romance with the alluring lead investigator.

The Final Winter: An Apocalyptic Horror Novel

Horror > Occult
Author: Rob Wright
The Final Winter: An Apocalyptic Horror Novel

On the night it begins snowing in every country of the world, an ordinary group of people gather at a rundown English pub. At first they assume the weather is just a random occurrence and nothing to worry about – but as the night goes on, weirder things happen, and they start to realise that something far more sinister is at hand. Something that none of them could ever have imagined.

By the end of the night, not everyone will make it, and those that do will wish they hadn’t.

Where The Sun Don’t Shine

Mystery > Hard-Boiled
Author: Alex Metcalf
Where The Sun Don't Shine

The story of Marley, a once successful Hollywood player who’s tumbled so far down the ladder of success that he’s got almost nothing left. Just a one room apartment on Venice Beach and a fragile relationship with his 16 year old daughter.Marley’s at the end of his rope when he gets a phone call from an old producing partner who wants to throw Marley some work. Which sounds great until Marley realizes that the “work” is tracking down a missing actress. An actress who may or may not be dead. Every instinct Marley has tells him to walk away. But the lure of easy money is the single thing that everyone in Hollywood has in common.

Firefly Beach

Mystery > Women Sleuths
Author: Amy Feiman
Firefly Beach

When Beth LaMonte rents a cottage on the coast of Maine, she wishes only to withdraw and paint. A mysterious ball of light disturbs her peace and leads her to a secret beach where she finds the diary of a girl who disappeared in 1975. Now Beth is on a mission, not only to bury her own past, but to put to rest the spirit of Firefly Beach.

Cafenova (Clairmont Series)

Religious Fiction > Romance
Author: Jane Scheyder
Cafenova (Clairmont Series)

Leaving her broken heart behind in Seattle, Maddy Jacobs starts a new life on the coast of Maine. Although running a Bed and Breakfast has always been her dream, restoring the sprawling Victorian inn is a massive undertaking. Her contractor, competent, handsome, and built like a Greek god, could be the answer to her prayers. If she can keep her wits about her, she might just survive the summer.John Fordham has his plate full, raising two young sons and running his renovation business. Restoring the waterfront property for its intriguing new owner will take all of his energy, and, if he’s not careful, it might just take his heart.

… See the rest of today’s Editor’s Picks and the Kindle Daily Deal here on page 2

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