Free Kindle book editor’s picks: Julie Ortolon edition, Volume 2

 Julie Ortolon tops today’s Buffet with Falling for You, a delightful, fast-paced romance about what happens when opposites attract. Publisher’s Weekly called this book “a light but thoroughly satisfying romantic confection.”

Julie loves to travel, and all her books are set in places she’s actually been. Sometimes those real places morph into fictional places — like Pearl Island, the setting of Falling for You — but she tries to capture the magic of the setting and people in all her books, to make writing them like a trip to a wonderful world where good always triumphs and love always ends in Happily Ever After. “That’s what makes life worth living, and books worth reading: when someone grabs the brass ring,” Julie says.

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Falling for You (Pearl Island Trilogy Book 1)

 Women’s Fiction > Romantic Comedy

Falling for You (Pearl Island Trilogy Book 1)

What happens when Mr. Slow and Steady finds himself on a collision course with Ms. Full-Speed-Ahead?

The forecast is smooth sailing for Oliver Chancellor, one of Galveston’s premier financier. Destined to take his place in his family’s bank, Chance is content with the future that’s been mapped out for him, right down to his upcoming engagement to a prim debutante.

But when beautiful Aurora St. Claire crosses his path, Chance recklessly plunges into uncharted territory with nothing but his heart to guide him-and a beautiful woman to tempt him.

Propelled by a lifelong dream to buy the island home reportedly haunted by her colorful ancestors, Aurora desperately needs Chance’s help in securing a business loan and she won’t take no for an answer. In the midst of convincing the hesitant blue blood to take a chance on her dream, Aurora awakes his hidden streak of red-hot passion. Before they know it, the mismatched pair are all tangled up in a reckless desire and headed for trouble-trouble in the name of love.

This Fine Life: A Novel

 Christian Fiction > Romance > Historical

This Fine Life: A Novel

It is the summer of 1959 and Mariette Puttnam has just graduated from boarding school. When she returns to her privileged life at home, she isn’t sure where life will take her. More schooling? A job? Marriage? Nothing feels right. How could she know that the answer is waiting for her within the narrow stairwell of her father’s apparel factory, exactly between the third and fourth floors?

In this unique and tender story of an unlikely romance, popular author Eva Marie Everson takes readers on a journey through the heart of a young woman bound for the unknown. Readers will experience the joys of new love, the perseverance of true friendship, and the gift of forgiveness that comes from a truly fine life.

VAN LAVEN CHRONICLES: THRONE OF NOVOXOS

 Science Fiction > Adventure

VAN LAVEN CHRONICLES: THRONE OF NOVOXOS

Sometimes the enemy within is worse than the enemy without…

Lord Comron Van Laven is the brave but deeply troubled heir to throne. Lady Vaush Bastionli, is the spirited daughter of his mortal enemy, the one woman he should never love. But when a cruel twist of fate forces them to rely upon each other for their very survival, old hatreds are supplanted by something far too powerful for them to resist.

But a startling revelation about Vaush’s true origins threatens to destroy Comron’s kingdom. Meanwhile, his own deeply disturbing family history may prove to be his undoing. Possessed by his fiery passion for Vaush, yet compelled to protect his realm, Comron embarks on a thrilling, inter-planetary odyssey that plunges the couple into the midst of epic battles and raging political power struggles.

The BIG book of Paper Beads

 Crafts & Hobbies > Papercrafts

The BIG book of Paper Beads

This really is the BIG book of paper beading. It was designed with the beginner in mind but there’s plenty to keep even an experienced beader interested! The wrapping method taught primarily is designed by the Author and is what she teaches in her classes. The paper beads she makes are made to be durable, wearable pieces of art- and YOU can make them too!

It covers a History of paper beads, Paper Ed. 101, Bead board and why that’s important, basic beads and shapes: oval, round, cylinder, cone and hourglass. Now let’s step it up a notch: it covers simple techniques that make your beads a work of art and moves it into some shapes that are designed exclusively by the Author: two tone, double cuff and flat beads. WAIT! What about those amazing beads coming out of Africa and the Philippines? Yes- those are in there too! As well as so much more!

But the most important part? This is a fun and easy craft that doesn’t need any fancy tools or expensive materials. Great for all ages

The Beast of the Cartel

 Fiction > African American > Urban

The Beast of the Cartel

Known as a menacing, merciless man Zeus Commodore has nations at his beckoning call and at his disposal. With only a snap of his fingers he is able to command thousands of men, and have his every desire fall at his feet. The only thing that this master is missing is true love in his life. At the brink of a drug war and rebellion from potential business partners, Zeus finds it impossible to trust anyone he brings close, let alone finding someone he would be able to love and give his all too, or share his very own empire with.

When a broken Rumor Sandavo waltzes into his life on business, he finds himself balancing everything on his plate and schedule accordingly, as well as trying to get closer to the young woman. After longing for love for quite some time, Zeus failed to realize that love can weaken you or make you more vulnerable. Will Rumor accept Zeus as the man of her life once she finds out what he’s capable of?

Vegas to Varanasi

 Romantic Comedy

Vegas to Varanasi

Anna has never been the beautiful one; she’s always been the nice one. So when the gorgeous man sitting across the table at a wedding reception remembers her from high school—and quite fondly at that—she’s taken off guard.

Formerly overweight and unpopular, Kiran has never forgotten Anna, the one person who was kind to him when no one else could be bothered, and Anna’s a bit flustered as she slowly comes to grips with his intense attraction for her.

In what feels like a romantic dream come true, all-grown-up, hunky Kiran invites Anna on a trip to Varanasi. But her troubled, whack-a-do ex-boyfriend starts interfering, creating drama at every turn, which begs the question, “Can nice girls really finish first?”

A Dead Husband (Jessica Huntington Book 1)

 Mystery > Women Sleuths

A Dead Husband (Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery Book 1)

Jessica Huntington, rich, beautiful, and smart, seeks refuge from betrayal in a desert paradise near Palm Springs only to discover life is full of surprises…like a dead husband. Jessica Huntington is hiding out from her own well-planned life, now in shambles. Her law career tanked by the Great Recession, she failed miserably as a desperate housewife in the Silicon Valley playing beat-the-clock with her 30-something hormones. In the end she put on a little baby fat, but no baby. The final blow: walking in on her husband in bed with a well-known Hollywood blond.

The Rancho Mirage home where she grew up, surrounded by the beauty of the desert resort town near Palm Springs, seems the perfect place to take refuge. That is until her best friend’s husband is murdered. Jessica and her friends are soon thrust into the fray stalked by scoundrels in pantyhose, stilettos, Bruno Magli shoes, and Armani suits. Roger Stone had something that got him killed. What was it and to what lengths will they go to get it back?

There’s Something About Her: A Manhattan Love Story (LOVE in the USA Book 2)

 Romance > Contemporary

There's Something About Her: A Manhattan Love Story (LOVE in the USA Book 2)

One woman. Two men. Who will she choose?

Maggie Conroy is your average city girl. She has good girlfriends, a whole lot of education and a crappy job that comes complete with the boss from hell, aka, Cruella La Bitch. Thank goodness it’s not only what you know but also who you know.

Her life turns darn near perfect when her billionaire cousin, Belmont Lord, pulls some strings, which lands her the job of her life. But there’s one problem. She knows her new boss, Vincent Adams, from high school. He’s the one that convinced her crush and his best friend, Robert Tango, to ignore her and never act on their blossoming attraction for each other.

Now the boys are successful men and business partners–and neither will rest until he possesses Maggie for himself.

TODAY’S BARGAINS……………What’s this?

A Clean Kill in Tokyo (A John Rain Novel)

 Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

A Clean Kill in Tokyo (Previously Published as Rain Fall) (A John Rain Novel)

John Rain, a Japanese American konketsu, or half-breed, learned his lethal trade as a member of the U.S. Special Forces. Although tortured by memories of atrocities he committed in Vietnam, he has become a paid assassin, a solitary man who lives in the shadows and trusts no one, even those who pay extraordinary sums for his ability to make murder look like natural death. But the aftermath of an otherwise routine hit on a government bureaucrat brings Rain to the attention of two men he knows from the old days in Vietnam: a friend who’s now a Tokyo cop and an enemy who betrayed Rain long ago and is now the CIA’s station chief in Japan.

Like the gangster who hired Rain to kill Yasuhiro Kawamura, they want something the dead man had–a computer disk containing proof of high-level corruption, information that could destroy Japan’s ruling political coalition. The search for the disk leads them to a woman Rain has come to love, a talented young jazz musician who also happens to be Kawamura’s daughter. In this taut, brilliantly paced debut thriller, set in a vividly rendered Tokyo, the author manages an unlikely feat; he earns the reader’s sympathy and concern for his protagonist, an amoral assassin who is one of most compelling characters in recent crime fiction. —Jane Adams

You Own Me

 Erotica > Romantic

You Own Me

It had always been her…

Ten years had passed since the doors slammed shut behind Decker Calhoun, taking away his freedom, but more importantly, locking him away from Elizabeth Waters, the only woman he’d ever loved—the woman he’d given up everything for.

The day he was sentenced, he’d looked at her and said, No regrets, Lizzie. But he lied, because he did have one. Although he’s been out of jail for three years now, he was a year too late. Lizzie never knew how he felt and just months before he was released, she found somebody else and it’s too late.

Or maybe not. It seems that Lizzie’s boyfriend wants an open relationship and two can play at that game. Now all Decker has to do is convince Lizzie that he’s the better man…and has been all along.

Dire Straits (Bo Blackman Book 1)

 Science Fiction & Fantasy

Dire Straits (Bo Blackman Book 1)

Bo Blackman is a rookie private investigator working for the London based firm of Dire Straits. She doesn’t often get triber-based assignments, which is just as well. Vampires and daemons don’t interest her as much as humans do. However, when she has to serve a summons on a dodgy daemon called Devlin O’Shea and she ends up saving his life instead of being framed for his murder, her life takes a shocking turn for the worse. And when the vampire Families start involving themselves too, Bo no longer knows where to turn…

The Power of Why: Breaking Out In a Competitive Marketplace

 Management & Leadership

The Power of Why: Breaking Out In a Competitive Marketplace

Does your competitor always get the sale, even though your products and service are just as good, if not better? Why are some companies’ once-trusted brands now deemed worthless? Do you have to continually sell to your existing customers as though they are brand new ones?
After many years of diligent research and work with a wide range of clients, consultant and speaker C. Richard Weylman has the answer to these questions.

Customers don’t care if a business is different or that its products are unusual. Trumpeting achievements such as “We were voted #1 again,” “Rated best service three years running,” or “We’re experienced” doesn’t engage buyers emotionally. It is seller-centric thinking in a buyer-centric world.

When customers decide where to buy, they have one thing in mind: Why should I do business with this company? Will it solve my problem, today? Buyers want to do business with companies willing to make a customer-centric promise of expected outcome: up-front and unconditional. This isn’t just a slogan; it has to be in the company’s DNA, consistently delivered through all parts of the organization.

Haunted House – A Novel of Terror

 Horror > Occult

Haunted House - A Novel of Terror

BEYOND AFRAID…

It was an experiment in fear.

Eight people, each chosen because they lived through a terrifying experience. Survivors. They don’t scare easily. They know how to fight back.

BEYOND TRAPPED…

Each is paid a million dollars to spend one night in a house. The old Butler House, where those grisly murders occurred so many years ago. A house that is supposedly haunted.

BEYOND ENDURANCE…

They can take whatever they want with them. Religious items. Survival gear. Weapons. All they need to do is last the night.

But there is something evil in this house. Something very evil, and very real. And when the dying starts, it comes with horrifying violence and brutal finality.

There are much scarier things than ghosts.

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