Romance/mystery writer Michele Scott assumes the pen name A.K. Alexander for her terrifying tale Daddy’s Home, which sits atop today’s Buffet.

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Michele began writing when she was nine years old. After graduating college, she enrolled in a Writer’s Digest correspondence course. Her class project became her first book, and she hasn’t stopped since.

Her lighthearted “Michele” novels include unique recipes and wine pairings. She uses the A.K. pseudonym for her scary books that fall outside the expectations of “Michele” readers.

She’s managed to finish 17 books already, despite never having learned how to type. “I hunt and peck, so my first drafts have tons of mistakes,” Michele says. “I really wish I’d taken typing in school.”

Michele offers this no-nonsense advice for aspiring authors: “Sit your butt in the chair and turn on the computer and begin putting ideas down. That’s it. Keep writing until you finish a book, then write another one, learn the business, and if this is your passion—don’t give up.”

Daddy’s Home (A Holly Jennings Thriller)

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Author: A.K. Alexander

Daddy's Home (A Holly Jennings Thriller)

He plays out his role as the perfect father. When things don’t go so perfect in his insane fantasy world, the “family man” kills.

Crime Scene Investigator Holly Jennings of the San Diego Police Department is determined to track him down and see that justice is served. Along with tracking an evil killer, Holly is dealing with her own internal demons. She is raising her daughter Chloe alone after the death of her husband–a death she feels guilty for.

To complicate her life further, Holly is doing her best to avoid possibly falling in love again with charming veterinarian Brendan O’Neil. As Holly delves deeper into solving the murders, she finds herself being sucked into a game of cat and mouse by “The Family Man,” that may lead her down a dark path too horrible to bear. One that may cost her gravely-her family, her new found love, and even her life.

Merry Christmas, Alex Cross — Free Preview — The First 18 Chapters

Mysteries & Thrillers

Author: James Patterson

Merry Christmas, Alex Cross -- Free Preview -- The First 18 Chapters

It’s Christmas Eve, and Detective Alex Cross has been called out to catch someone who’s robbing his church’s poor box. That mission behind him, Alex returns home to celebrate with Bree, Nana, and his children. The tree decorating is barely underway before his phone rings again–a horrific hostage situation is quickly spiraling out of control. Away from his own family on the most precious of days, Alex calls upon every ounce of his training, creativity, and daring to save another family. Alex risks everything–and he may not make it back alive on this most sacred of family days. Alex Cross is a hero for our time, and never more so than in this story of family, action, and the deepest moral choices.

The Black Box — Free Preview: The First 6 Chapters (A Harry Bosch Novel)

Mysteries & Thrillers

Author: Michael Connelly

The Black Box -- Free Preview: The First 6 Chapters (A Harry Bosch Novel)

In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved.

Now Bosch’s ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the “black box,” the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.

Poison Princess Free Preview Edition (Arcana Chronicles)

Teens

Author: Kresley Cole

Poison Princess Free Preview Edition (Arcana Chronicles)

Sixteen year old Evangeline “Evie” Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they’re still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.

With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can’t totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?

NYPD Red – Free Preview – The First 22 Chapters

Mysteries & Thrillers

Author: James Patterson, Marshall Karp

NYPD Red - Free Preview - The First 22 Chapters

It’s the start of Hollywood on Hudson, and New York City is swept up in the glamour. Every night, the red carpet rolls out for movie stars arriving at premieres in limos; the most exclusive restaurants close for private parties for wealthy producers and preeminent directors; and thousands of fans gather with the paparazzi, hoping to catch a glimpse of the most famous and beautiful faces in the world. With this many celebrities in town, special task force NYPD Red is on high alert-and they can’t afford to make a single mistake.

Then a world-renowned producer fatally collapses at his power breakfast, and top NYPD Red Detective Zach Jordan is the first one on the scene. Zach works with his beautiful new partner, Detective Kylie MacDonald-who also happens to be his ex-girlfriend-to discover who the murderer might be. But this is only the beginning: the most brutal, public, and horrifyingly spectacular crimes they’ve ever encountered are about to send all of New York into chaos, putting NYPD Red on the ropes.

Zach and Kylie know there’s no way of telling what a killer this deranged will do next.

72 Hours (A Thriller)

Mysteries & Thrillers

Author: William Casey Moreton

72 Hours (A Thriller)

Having survived careers in both the Army and the FBI, Ryan Archer is now content to live a quiet life in a tiny apartment above a surf shop in Santa Cruz, California. He has few possessions and few friends. He works part-time in the little shop downstairs, and spends most of his free hours out on the open water with just his board and the waves. But he is about to be pulled back into action by a voice out of one of his former lives.

He is asked to keep a woman named Lindsay Hammond alive for the next 72 hours, as an army of street thugs, career criminals and professional assassins press in around them from every direction. As they go off the grid, surviving minute to minute, cutting off all contact with the outside world, Lindsay learns to trust Archer in a way she has never trusted anyone before.

Yesterday’s Gone: Season Three (THE POST-APOCALYPTIC SERIAL THRILLER)

Horror

Author: Sean Platt, David Wright

Yesterday's Gone: Season Three (THE POST-APOCALYPTIC SERIAL THRILLER)

On October 15 at 2:15 a.m. everyone on Earth vanished. Well, almost everyone. A scattered few woke alone in a world where there are no rules other than survival… at any cost.

A journalist wanders the wretched reality of an empty New York, in search for his wife and son. A serial killer must hunt in a land where prey is now an endangered species. A mother shields her young daughter from danger, as every breath fills her with terror.

These survivors aren’t alone…

HEAVEN’S RAGE

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Author: Tiffany Craig Brown

HEAVEN'S RAGE

Homicide Detective Ian Buchanan is assigned to the murder investigation of Richard Tate, a retired military helicopter pilot. He quickly determines the victim’s three former wives and college girlfriend all had motive and opportunity to commit the crime. As each of these women takes us through her volatile relationship with Tate, the detective finds himself sympathizing with his suspects rather than the victim.

Tempest at Dawn

Contemporary Fiction

Author: James D. Best

Tempest at Dawn

The United States is on the brink of total collapse. The military has been reduced to near extinction, economic turmoil saps hope, and anarchy threatens, as world powers hover like vultures, eager to devour the remains. In a desperate move, a few powerful men call a secret meeting to plot the overthrow of the government.

Fifty-five men came to Philadelphia May of 1787with a congressional charter to revise the Articles of Confederation. Instead they founded the longest lasting republic in world history. Tempest at Dawn tells their story.

A Provençal Mystery

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Author: Ann Elwood

A Provençal Mystery

Why did a nun in a seventeenth-century convent flagellate herself until her blood spattered the wall? Why did nuns save a child doomed to death in the Holocaust and who wanted her killed? Who wants a lost head-shaped reliquary that holds something other than a head? And are answers to these questions the key to a terrible modern-day death in a quiet archive?

When American historian Pandora (Dory) Ryan finds a very rare, uncataloged seventeenth century nun’s diary inside a record book at the provincial archives in Avignon, she is thrilled. This is historian’s treasure. But she doesn’t know yet that it will send her on a search that brings about changes in how she feels about her profession, the irrational, and love with a sexy Frenchman.

UNDERDOG, A True Crime Thriller of Prison Life (Prison Killers- Book 4)

True Accounts

Author: Glenn Langohr, Judicious Revisions, Kindle .99 cent books

UNDERDOG, A True Crime Thriller of Prison Life (Prison Killers- Book 4)

B.J and Damon are two White inmates who get involved in a gang war in a California maximum security prison. The prison administration realizes B.J’s sentence is up and they falsely blame Damon for organizing the inmates and use his gangland tattoos to send him to the Super Max at Pelican Bay.

Down Aisle Ten

Comic Fiction

Author: Daniel Friedland

Down Aisle Ten

A fictional history of Universal Simultaneous Anxiety Collapse Disorder, an incapacitating disease that arises from the abundant fears that surround us in the modern world. The first sufferer is Harold Greensmeyer, who contracts USAC while at the supermarket. He is soon confined to a mental hospital, where he encounters a cast of curious characters – the compulsive psychiatrist who tries to treat him, a woman convinced that she and Harold are fated to marry, and a befuddled cop who believes Harold is a mystic. When USAC spreads and the hospital is quarantined, they escape together in search of answers, love, and a cure.

Hope Road (1st John Ray mystery)

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Author: John Barlow

Hope Road (1st John Ray mystery)

John Ray, son of crime boss Antonio ‘Tony’ Ray, is the straight one of the family. With a successful business and a lifestyle to match, he wants nothing to do with his father’s criminal world. But what does that world want with him?

A young prostitute is found dead in John’s car, and Freddy Metcalfe, his best friend and employee, is framed for her death. Freddy denies everything but it’s an open and shut case: he’s going down for murder. John sets out to find the real killer.

But things get complicated. A stash of counterfeit money was also found in John’s car, and the police seem more interested in that than in the dead girl.

Thomas & January, Book Two in the Sleepless Series

Teens

Author: Fisher Amelie

Thomas & January, Book Two in the Sleepless Series

Thomas Eriksson thinks he has it all figured out.

“People crossed the street when they saw me. I’m not really sure why that was. I mean, okay, I might have looked a bit intimidating if I was being truthful with you. I’d changed since New York. New York represented a life that wasn’t real, not truthfully, anyway. No, New York was the “young, immature, in love, idiot” side of Tom. The “Tie-Dye Tom of New York City” didn’t exist anymore. Tie-Dye Tom was dead.”

Breath of Air (The Dryad Quartet)

Fantasy

Author: Katie Jennings

Breath of Air (The Dryad Quartet)

Her name was Capri, and she was Air.

She was born with a gift she didn’t understand. A gift so strange, so remarkable that she had kept it secret for as long as she could remember, despising that it made her different when all she wanted was to be normal, to belong. As an orphan, belonging to someone, anyone, would have been an incredible blessing, one she would have given up all that she had just to get a taste of.

But the truth was that she didn’t belong in the orphanage in Virginia, or even in the United States. In fact, she didn’t belong with human beings at all. Because she wasn’t one of them, not really. She was something much more extraordinary.

Who Got Liz Gardner

Contemporary Fiction

Author: Elizabeth Allen

Who Got Liz Gardner

When Liz, a married financial advisor and mother of one, logs on to her high school website in an attempt to generate business leads, she inadvertently lands in a chat room made up of her male classmates (and former lovers) from 30 years before. There she witnesses a testosterone-laden discussion and a much unexpected question, “Does anyone know who got Liz Gardner?” The sheer irony that she would be a topic of this world wide circle jerk on her one and only visit catapults her into a graphic and relentless exploration of her life’s journey–with all the erotic, tragic, and hilarious affairs, lessons, and detours that inevitably led to the one “who got her.”

The First Excellence ~ Fa-ling’s Map (Li Fa-ling mystery series)

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Author: Donna Carrick

The First Excellence ~ Fa-ling's Map (Li Fa-ling mystery series)

What happens when East bleeds into West? Join Fa-ling on an incredible journey into the heart of mainland China as she sets out to discover the land of her birth. In order to determine her future, Fa-ling must unlock the mysteries of her past. To this end, she travels with a Canadian adoption group to the exotic southern province of Guang-Xi Zhuang.

Searching for her lost heritage, Fa-ling encounters murder, kidnapping, political intrigue and organ theft.

El Paso Under Attack (Book 1 of The Guardian Interviews)

Horror

Author: Michael Clary

El Paso Under Attack (Book 1 of The Guardian Interviews)

It was a warm summer morning when the dead began to rise up and feast upon the living. El Paso was overrun in a matter of hours.

The military acted immediately. They closed all the exits leading out of the city in order to contain the outbreak. They shot anyone trying to escape.

Their methods were successful. The outbreak was contained, but all hope for the people trapped behind the gates . . . had been lost.

Marketing for She Experts – 8 Profitable Marketing Strategies for Women Entrepreneurs

Business & Investing

Author: Pam Brossman

Marketing for She Experts - 8 Profitable Marketing Strategies for Women Entrepreneurs

Do you want to turn your knowledge into a high 6-7 figure global business? Pam Brossman shares 8 highly leveraged marketing strategies and profitable business ideas.

If you are ready to turn your knowledge and expertise into a global brand and learn the latest marketing strategies being used by entrepreneurs right now, then grab some paper as you’re going to get lots of ideas along the way.

Andy and the Angry Dragon (Bedtime Story Book 1)

Children’s eBooks

Author: Thomas Yu, Rachel Yu

Andy and the Angry Dragon (Bedtime Story Book 1)

When Andy gets sick, his mom makes him a yummy bowl of hot soup. This soup is so nice; Andy can’t help but feel sleepy. And the next thing he knows, he’s in a land where there is an angry dragon.

Find out why this dragon is so angry and what he and Andy have in common.

Blue Hole Back Home: A Novel

Religion & Spirituality

Author: Joy Jordan-Lake

Blue Hole Back Home: A Novel

In a time when America was technically well beyond the Civil Rights era, there were those in Turtle’s small Appalachian town who rejected the presence of someone different. And in just one summer—in a collision of love, hate, jealousy, beauty, and a sacred, muddy swimming hole—nothing and everything changed.

Shelby (nicknamed Turtle) never had any female friends. But when a mysterious girl from Sri Lanka moved to town in the summer of 1979, Turtle invites her to a secret haven: the Blue Hole. Turtle has no idea now much that simple gesture will affect the rest of her life, or the lives of those she loves.

Low Cost High Impact Photography

Arts & Entertainment

Author: Steve Johnson

Low Cost High Impact Photography

The eye is more important than the camera, therefore photography does not have to be prohibitively expensive.

This book challenges conventional photography wisdom. Discussions range from advice on camera purchase to whether the whole idea of beauty needs a makeover to cheap ways to get into product photography. This book goes from the extremely practical equipment and technique based writing through to the much quirkier, e.g. how to photograph a flaming Christmas pudding or a description of getting landscape shots in sub zero temperatures with a 20 mph wind.

Beautiful, Magical, Amazing BALLET (A Mia Book)

Children’s eBooks

Author: Mary Lee

Beautiful, Magical, Amazing BALLET (A Mia Book)

Mia is a sweet little girl with a big imagination. Today is her first day of ballet class and she is very excited. This energetic story shows what it means to be part of a team and that some things can still be wonderful even when they are not yet perfected.

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