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Crime fiction novelist Paul Levine worked as a news reporter, law professor, and trial lawyer before becoming a full-time writer. His 18 books, mostly legal thrillers, have been translated into 21 languages. His two popular series are known by the main characters’ names: “Jake Lassiter” and “Solomon vs. Lord.”
Book 1 of “Solomon vs. Lord” tops today’s Buffet. In this funny, fast-paced thriller, circumstances force two lawyers with opposing personalities — by-the-book Victoria Lord and anything-goes Steve Solomon — into defending a “grieving” widow who’s been charged with murdering her wealthy husband during a kinky sexcapade.
Reminiscent of the classic Hepburn-Tracy screwball comedies, Solomon vs. Lord has been nominated for the Thurber Prize for American Humor and the Edgar and Macavity awards.
After studying journalism at Penn State University, Paul worked as a newspaper reporter in Florida before graduating cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law. He was a practicing lawyer before becoming a novelist, and at age 51 launched his Hollywood writing career. He wrote 19 scripts for the CBS military series JAG, which aired from 1995 to 2005.
Paul’s most recent book, Lassiter, is slated for an April release, but is already available for download on Kindle.
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: Paul Levine
Victoria Lord follows all the rules. Steve Solomon makes up his own… When they defend an accused murderer, they’ll either end up in ruin, in jail … or in bed.
Steve Solomon is the sharpest lawyer ever to barely graduate from Key West School of Law. Victoria Lord is fresh from Yale, toiling for an ambitious district attorney, before Solomon gets her fired.
Katrina Barksdale is a sexy former figure skater charged with killing her very wealthy, very kinky husband.
With all three tangled in Miami’s steamiest trial of the century, the case is sure to make sparks fly, headlines scream — and opposites attract.
Author: Lenore Skomal
Jude Black lives in that in-between, twilight place — teetering on death but clinging to life in order to bring her baby into this world. Only she knows the circumstances surrounding her mysterious fall off the bluff that landed her in the hospital being kept alive by medical intervention. Only she knows who the father of her baby is.
Author: Bev Pettersen
Megan is determined to find her missing brother even though no one else at the illustrious California Jockey School seems to care. Her only ally is a recuperating PI who unfortunately is the owner’s best friend. Soon she is caught between a blossoming romance and a far-reaching conspiracy…where misplaced trust can be deadly.
Author: Jack J. Lee
An advanced alien civilization sends out probes to study and preserve different planetary cultures and biospheres. A probe evaluates Earth and determines that humanity is headed toward extinction due to self-inflicted environmental degradation. In order to make Earth sustainable and to save humanity, the probe decides that Earth’s population must be radically reduced.
The probe is programmed with prime directives that force it to make all interventions culturally appropriate. Since pop culture is full of movies describing the end of the world by zombies and vampires, the probe manufactures viruses that create an outbreak of these creatures. Ninety-eight percent of humanity is wiped out by culturally-sensitive environmentalist aliens who are here to save us.
Author: Jennifer Zane
Jane West has everything a woman could want. A job in a small Montana town’s only adult store, two busy young boys and one dead husband. Everything except a little excitement–a little zing. But that changes one summer morning at a garage sale when her kids buy some garden gnomes.
Now someone wants those gnomes and will let nothing get in their way. Including Jane. This new excitement for Jane spells trouble for a relationship with new neighbor–and hot fireman–Ty Strickland. Can Jane and Ty handle a relationship meddling mother-in-law, crazy kids, and stay alive while trying to solve the mystery of the garden gnomes?
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: Joan Hall Hovey
Raised in an atmosphere of violence and unpredictability, Ellen and Gail Morgan have banded together, survivors of a booze-fertilized battleground, forming a fierce united front against an often cold and uncaring world. When their parents are killed in a car crash, Ellen becomes the mother figure for Gail.
When fifteen years later Gail is brutally raped and murdered in her shabby New York basement apartment, practically on the eve of her big breakthrough as a singer, Ellen is inconsolable. Rage at her younger sister’s murder has nearly consumed her. So when her work as a psychologist wins her an appearance on the evening news, Ellen seizes the moment. Staring straight into the camera, she challenges the killer to come out of hiding: “Why don’t you come after me? I’ll be waiting for you.”
Biographies & Memoirs
Author: Taylor Fulks
The disturbing account of real-life physical and sexual child abuse and its long-lasting effects. Escaping into a world of fiction often provides a welcome diversion: the forces of good triumphing over evil and an ending that pleasantly satisfies.
The brutal account includes graphic descriptions of child abuse, both sexual and physical, and is not for the faint of heart. Instead of supernatural or larger-than-life “bad guys,” the demons who haunt the story of Fulks’ childhood are all too real. To her credit, Fulks weaves a compelling narrative with commanding prose and unforgivingly detailed descriptions of truly horrifying experiences. As she moves past her childhood, she intensely describes how her experiences colored even the ordinary aspects of her life, from dating to marriage and even having children. Although there are a few bright spots in her story, the overall tone is indisputably bleak; readers won’t come away believing in the power of positivity.
Author: Lynn Hanna
Since the tragic death of her father, eight-year-old Sasha Nielson has not spoken a word. Her mother, Rainey, has taken her to doctors and therapists, but medical science has not found the cause or the cure for Sasha’s silence. There are days when her behavior is baffling, even potentially dangerous, particularly during lightning storms. The authorities threaten to take Sasha away and time is running out.
One man sees beyond Sasha’s mysteries. Matt Macinnes is a gifted professor of ancient languages, a man who senses that there is a key to Sasha’s silence, that she may in fact be guarding a secret of such profound and terrifying dimensions that it staggers the imagination. Only Matt can get Sasha to whisper her secrets, secrets she reveals to him in Old Gaelic, a language she has never had access to. Could this All-American little girl truly be carrying around the restless soul of an exiled Celtic queen of old?
Author: Donna Meredith
Coming of age was supposed to be easy in the 70s. After all, women have been liberated and love is free. Why does Sarah Stevens find life so hard? Union rules and tradition still ban women from making glass, an art form Sarah views as part of her family heritage. And regard for virginity is not as dead as Sarah thinks when she gives hers up to a college boyfriend. Her husband, unable to get past his jealousy, isolates her in a backwoods trailer and tells her he always wanted to marry a virgin. Unintentionally reinforcing his criticism, Aunt Livvie treasures a family heirloom, a glass figurine of the Madonna. It shines with perfect purity no real woman could achieve.
Author: Peter Koevari, Rohan Fenwick
For many years, the humans and elves of the mystical world of Marithia have lived in an age of peace. But that peace is shattered when King Arman is slain by his own son, a pawn of the vampire sorceress Kassina. Arman’s murder sparks the most brutal and bloody war ever seen between the Forces of Darkness and the peaceful Marithians.
Author: Rodney V. Earle
Colleen Caldwell is the owner of Triple C Ranch, a boarding and teaching facility located in the hills and valleys of beautiful Simi Valley, California. Colleen, a gorgeous young widow at thirty-two, has a passion for horses and soft spot for the underdog. Joan Caldwell, the mother of Colleen’s dead husband, lives with her and works the accounting end of the business.
Colleen is training a young filly, when the horse suddenly goes crazy and nearly tramples her to death. From nowhere, a mysterious cowboy appears in the dust and saves the day, and then disappears before Colleen gets the chance to thank him. Colleen is rushed to the hospital where she meets August Riley, a woman with a troubled past, and Leah, a nurse with a heart and the knowledge of how to use it.
Advice & How-to
Author: Erica Verrillo
Includes over 100 effective treatments, from antivirals to vitamins, as well as locations of specialists and clinics, Internet ordering information, and national, local, and international CFS/ME organizations. New and expanded sections include doctors’ protocols and research on the causes and mechanisms of the illness, all written in concise, easy-to-understand language.
Every aspect of the illness is thoroughly examined, from diagnosis to an in-depth discussion of symptoms, from traditional to alternative therapies to essential coping strategies. The new edition contains chapters for those coping with multiple chemical sensitivities and dietary restrictions, as well an expanded section on children and adolescents with CFS/ME. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Treatment Guide, Second Edition, remains the most comprehensive reference guide on this disease.
Author: Willow Cross, Kim McKee, Brittany Carrigan, Most Cool Media
When Sarah and her older brother received a house from an Aunt they never knew existed, they counted it a blessing. For the first time in her young life, Sarah had a real home. Within months, the once beloved dark gift revealed a hidden curse. As the full moon rose into the heavens, the only person she’d ever been able to count on had become a monster.
Desperate to save her brother, Sarah embarks on a nightmarish journey into their lineage in hopes of discovering answers and a cure. If only she’d known beforehand…her brother wasn’t the worst monster out there. And he certainly wasn’t the most dangerous. To make matters worse, they’d been searching for her since the day she was born…
Kindle Edition, M. R. Mathias
Vanx, Trevin, and Darbon, along with Prince Russet and the crew of the Sea Hawk, sail to Vanx’s homeland to find an old friend who just might know the wyrm lore needed to make their quest to Dragon Isle seem survivable.
Meanwhile Coll and Duke Martin have set their shadowy schemes in motion in Dyntalla where Quazar is keeping the princess from death with all he has.
What will King Oakarm do about Duke Martin’s treachery when he arrives?
Author: J.R. Rain
Two years ago, a woman is murdered in cold blood. Now a son she’d given up for adoption returns to claim his inheritance. To verify his claim, a DNA test is ordered. Except there’s one problem.
Her grave is empty.
Spinoza is a private investigator who specializes in finding the missing. He’s good at what he does. Damn good. But he’s also a recovering alcoholic and a royal mess. Hired to find the missing body, Spinoza will follow a set of clues that leads him to the unthinkable, a world of nightmares and dreamscapes.
Author: Elizabeth Basque, J.R. Rain
In this third and final Spinoza mystery, a worker at a popular medieval dinner theater hires Spinoza to find out the identity of one of his co-workers, a co-worker who’s never been seen without an iron mask…and who just might be a real prisoner. Spinoza’s new client hints that the man in the iron mask is being held without his consent in the bowels of the dinner theater, a forbidden area for the other employees.
When Spinoza attends Medievaland, posing as a guest, he doesn’t count on bumping into someone from a previous case, nor can he ever forget what he finds when his investigation takes him past his own life tragedy and brings him face-to-face with the vampire imprisoned in the iron mask. But is the vampire someone he should rescue, or fear?
Advice & How-to
Author: Dr. Mark William Cochran
The author, Dr. Mark William Cochran, was virtually crippled with chronic inflammatory arthritis for years and then transformed himself into a marathon runner. On the journey to his healing miracle he discovered something he never expected. A healing miracle is within reach of everybody.
You’ll learn how to empower your “Doctor Within” to create a life of vibrant health from the inside out, and why following today’s conventional healthcare paradigm will continue to make you and your family less and less healthy.
Author: Kenneth Alan Moe
Growing up in post-World War II Phoenix, Cloud enjoyed exploring out-of-body, but nightmares of impending tragic events caused him grief. Attending a nudist church eased his mind for a time. Then in college, he saw an enchanting dancer from the East in a dream so vivid he felt compelled to search for her.
Two beautiful women with psychic gifts matched the image in Cloud’s dream: the reluctant seer Xuan in Saigon, and in New Jersey, Terp, the brilliant scholar who could heal others yet not herself. Both women saw Cloud in visions. Both held profound power to shape his life. But which one was the enchanting dancer from the East?
Author: Antonietta Mariottini
Stella DiLucio is the master of fixing other peoples’ problems. After all, the sassy twenty-seven- year old manages her brother Lorenzo’s restaurant on the Jersey Shore. With the help of a little “Food Therapy” Stella can evade meddling mothers , face frenemies, confuse gossiping locals, and smooth out family conflicts, all while keeping a smile on her face.
Stella seems to have it all, but when her boyfriend throws her a curve ball, her life starts to unravel. To make matters worse, a sexy guy from her past keeps messing with her head, her parents drop a bomb that changes the family dynamic, and her best friend starts keeping secrets from her. Can the queen of minor disasters set her own life straight? Or will it take more than some “Food Therapy” to get through this mess?
Cookbooks, Food & Wine
Author: Hanna Getty
An extensive compilation of 130 delicious, plant-based smoothie recipes that are healthy for kids of all ages, as well as for women and men in all walks of life and fitness levels. Each of these has been prepared by Ms. Getty herself and tested on countless food connoisseurs who gave them double thumbs up for enjoyable flavors, pleasant aromas, nice textures and great colors.
Author: Claire Ridgway
A day-by-day look at events from the Tudor era, including births, deaths, baptisms, marriages, battles, arrests, executions and more.
Contains a wealth of information about your favourite Tudor monarchs, their subjects and the times they lived in. For example, did you know: On 17th January 1569 Agnes Bowker gave birth to a cat?
Biographies & Memoirs
Author: Carrot Quinn
A young woman sets out across the continent on freight trains in search of beauty, freedom and adventure. There is weather, wind, and peril; she becomes hopelessly lost; she lives for days in magical, forgotten forests; there is dehydration and loneliness; there are other human beings, impossibly brilliant, who shine like bright stars in the dark and endless universe.Riding freight trains — the last great American adventure!
This is a story for anyone who has ever wanted to ignore the rules and find the real edges of what is and is not possible.
Author: Stephen Penner
American graduate student Maggie Devereaux fulfills a life-long dream when she travels to Scotland to study abroad. Her dream turns to a nightmare, however, when a serial killer begins murdering women at the school. When Maggie discovers a lost book of Highland magic, she grows convinced the killer is following an ancient rite for summoning a demon. Maggie will have to open her mind to the possibility that the magic in the spellbook is real… because the magic may be the only thing that can save her from becoming the killer’s next victim.
Biographies & Memoirs
Author: José Chaves
A memoir about family that is both hilarious and heartbreaking. Chaves makes the unfamiliar feel like home as he takes readers on a cultural journey from small-town, muscle-car America to the Chaves family farm in Colombia, where the cow is named Lyndon Johnson, and an emotional journey from his father’s volatile world where unrequited love is sung out loud in restaurants, to a fraternity where the most important rule is to never reveal your feelings to another guy in public.
Advice & How-to
Author: Dale Travis-Amber, Sherry L. Granader
One of the greatest contributions you can make to society, no matter where you live, is to be healthy — both physically and mentally. It is one of the best ways to take pride in yourself. Learning how to have a six-pack can build confidence in all areas of life.
If you live in a bustling city or in the leafy suburbs, the one thing that everyone has in common is publicly available free fitness equipment. I’m not talking about dedicated weight machines, but instead an assortment of fences, staircases, ledges, park benches for workouts that involve nothing but your own body weight.
It’s all about getting back to basics, and using the tools that the great outdoors provides us, to improve and enhance our lives and to become urban warriors of fitness.
Religion & Spirituality
Author: K.L. Hawker
Seventeen-year-old Jake Rovert has never known the feeling of a broken bone or a lasting scar—he’s a healer, one of very few in the world with this rare gift. Joining an elite group of Gifted Ones from his high school, Jake is quickly propelled into a life of secrets and training to enhance his gift. He becomes the healer they have been waiting for.
Author: Stephanie Barrett, Taryn Dufault
Alfie is just an ordinary little boy–that is, until he bites into a ham and cheese sandwich with mustard so spicy that it turns him into a fire-breathing dragon! Soon, he befriends another dragon named Marty, who shows him that dragons lead incredibly busy lives. For starters, they terrorize princesses, battle knights, and guard treasure, but did you know that they are also excellent pizza chefs?
Author: T. L. Haddix
For ten years, Chase Hudson has carried the weight of his college girlfriend’s unsolved murder on his shoulders. When a ghost from the past comes calling, Chase’s friends and family become the targets of a serial killer who’ll stop at nothing to make Chase suffer. Now, Chase is in a race against time to convince the authorities of his innocence, and catch the real killer.
Coming of Age
Author: Lissa Brown
Gentle Rory Calhoun Wilson is the antithesis of the 1950s cowboy he’s named for. He loathes everything his macho father adores, putting the two on a collision course fueled by Darrell Wilson’s inability to conceal contempt for his son’s emerging homosexuality. The book examines parental struggles to support a gay child, the role that schools and religious institutions play, the tragedy of teen suicide, and the ability of a rural boy to remain open to people who can influence his life in remarkable ways. Rory’s is a story of triumph over the scarring effects of being labeled and bullied.
Advice & How-to
Author: Susan G. Weidener, Kate Raley
A compelling and heartbreaking true story examining love, loss and dating again following the death of the author’s husband from cancer. It moves beyond grief to Susan’s journey as a single parent and a woman searching to remake a shattered life. This story will resonate with anyone who has searched for or found true love.
Author: Ryan Ennis
At Parker Elementary, this is no ordinary school year for Katie. Fourth grade brings many changes, and she is not too sure about them. Knowing little about special needs, Katie feels uncomfortable when she is picked to be a helper in Mr. Appleton’s class. On the first day she tries reading stories with Michael–a student with autism–she discovers she is in store for quite a challenge. As Katie searches for ways to reach him, she comes to new understandings of what autism and friendship mean.
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