Randy Singer is a critically acclaimed author and veteran trial attorney. He has penned nine legal thrillers, including Directed Verdict, which won the prestigious Christy award for the best Christian suspense novel that year. In addition to his law practice and writing, Randy serves as a teaching pastor for Trinity Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

randyRandy began writing novels about 12 years ago. He aims to entertain his readers while confronting them with biblical truths on controversial issues. Last year, Randy was named a finalist, along with John Grisham and Michael Connelly, for the inaugural Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction sponsored by the American Bar Association and the University of Alabama Law School.

Randy tops today’s Buffet with Last Plea Bargain, a legal thriller published last year. The story revolves around Jamie Brock, who must unravel the impossibly knotted strings of her mother’s death, her father’s possible malfeasance, and an execution.

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The Last Plea Bargain

Christian Fiction > Suspense
Author: Randy Singer
The Last Plea Bargain

“You learn early that you don’t get to prove your case with Boy Scouts and nuns. Yes, convicted felons will say anything to get out of jail, but they also know a lot.”

Plea bargains may grease the rails of justice, but for Jamie Brock, prosecuting criminals is not about cutting deals. In her three years as assistant DA, she’s never plea-bargained a case and vows she never will.

But when an infamous defense attorney is indicted for murder and devises a way to bring the entire justice system to a screeching halt, Jamie finds herself at a crossroads. One by one, prisoners begin rejecting deals. Prosecutors are overwhelmed, and felons start walking free on technicalities.

To break the logjam and convict her nemesis, Jamie must reevaluate every principle that has guided her young career. But she has little choice. To convict the devil, sometimes you have to cut a deal with one of his demons.

The 24th Letter (Mystery/Thriller)

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: Tom Lowe
The 24th Letter ((Mystery/Thriller))

It happens to every homicide investigator. Even the best of the best. Sean O’Brien never thought it would happen to him. But there was something about the look in the accused man’s face that O’Brien could never quite forget. It was a look that haunted him in the dark hours somewhere between sleep and consciousness. Even a decade later he remembered the man’s face when the jury delivered the guilty verdict.

Although the evidence was overwhelming, something in O’Brien’s gut told him there was more to the story than surfaced in court, more than what was found at the murder scene. But caseloads mount and time has a way of blurring the lines of desperation in a man’s face until something surfaces. For O’Brien, it happens when he receives a call from Father Callahan.

Call Each River Jordan

Genre Fiction > War > Historical Fiction
Author: Owen Parry, Ralph Peters
Call Each River Jordan

Far from the cries and smoke of combat, 40 murdered slaves hang at a crossroads and only one man insists on justice. Major Abel Jones investigates a dark world of midnight savagery, ritual murder, and sudden combat, as desperate men and women struggle to survive the fury of a divided nation in this Owen Parry novel of the Civil War.

In the Blood: A Genealogical Crime Mystery

Mystery > Historical
Author: Steve Robinson
In the Blood: A Genealogical Crime Mystery #1 (Jefferson Tayte)

When American genealogist Jefferson Tayte accepted his latest assignment he had no idea it might kill him. But while murder was never part of the curriculum he is kidding himself if he thinks he can walk away from this one.

Driven by the irony of being a genealogist who doesn’t know who his own parents are, Tayte soon finds that the assignment shares a stark similarity to his own struggle. Someone has gone to great lengths to erase an entire family bloodline from recorded history and he’s not going home until he’s found out why. After all, if he’s not good enough to find this family, how can he ever expect to be good enough to someday find his own?

Negotiating with Backbone: Eight Sales Strategies to Defend Your Price and Value

Management & Leadership > Negotiating
Author: Reed K. Holden
Negotiating with Backbone: Eight Sales Strategies to Defend Your Price and Value

Sales professionals now confront the most serious threat to their success. Regardless of their size, industry, country, customer type, nature of the relationship or amount of value they provide, sales professionals are finding that purchasing decisions are increasingly being limited by procurement. Where traditional purchasing managers negotiated, procurement officials attempt to dictate.

This book is a strategy guide for salespeople to help them level the procurement playing field by showing readers how to assess the game procurement plays, describing proven ways to resist discounting and protect margins, demonstrating ways to keep value at the forefront of negotiations, offering targeted tactics to protect hard-earned profits from mindless discounting, and detailing eight strategies effective in any type of pricing negotiation.

100 Easy Recipes In Jars

Cookbooks, Food & Wine > Special Occasions
Author: Bonnie Scott
100 Easy Recipes In Jars

The most innovative way to give gifts from your kitchen. 100 Easy Recipes In Jars is a collection of easy to make, delicious jar recipes that will make a big dent in your holiday gift giving list.

100 Easy Recipes In Jars includes recipes for cookies, beverages, bars and snacks. There is also a tasty assortment of muffins, breads and hearty soups that everyone will enjoy.

The Gathering Dead (A Zombie Apocalypse Novel)

Horror > Occult
Author: Stephen Knight
The Gathering Dead (A Zombie Apocalypse Novel)

The zombie apocalypse has begun, and Major Cordell McDaniels is given the most important mission of his career: lead a Special Forces team into New York City to rescue the one man who can stop the ghastly virus that reanimates the dead.

But as a growing army of flesh-eating corpses takes over the streets and a violent storm renders airborne extraction impossible, McDaniels struggles to find a way out of the Big Apple.

Jessica

Horror > Ghosts
Author: Laura DeLuca
Jessica

Wilbur was used to going to his college formals alone. He thought the Halloween Ball would be no different. He’s amazed when a beautiful girl in a Victorian costume displays an interest in him and even more amazed to find himself alone with her on one of the campus nature trails.

What Wilbur doesn’t realize is that another woman has her eye on him too. The White Lady returns every Halloween to take revenge on the men of the campus for her brutal murder. She has chosen Wilbur as her next victim.

Amarillo

Mystery > Hard-Boiled
Author: Bill Durham
Amarillo

In the Texas Panhandle town of Amarillo, New York attorney Max Friedman is assigned to represent a nightmare client. Joe Wagner is a violent man, dangerous both to family and friends. As Max builds his defense case for murder, he reveals a reason for Joe’s violence. But is it a justification?

Champagne Toast

Genre Fiction > Coming of Age
Author: Melissa Brown
Champagne Toast

Kate Armour and Evan Maxwell fell hard and fast for each other while attending college. Their once passionate and loving relationship ended when old scars eventually tore them apart. Two years after their breakup, they’re each struggling to piece together what went wrong in an attempt to move forward.

Will life offer them a second chance at love or are old patterns simply too hard to break?

All the Paths of Shadow

Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Author: Frank Tuttle
All the Paths of Shadow

The king’s orders were clear enough. “Move the tower’s shadow,” he bellowed. “I refuse to deliver my commencement speech from the dark.”

As the newly appointed mage to the Crown of Tirlin, Meralda Ovis has no choice but to undertake King Yvin’s ill-conceived task. Tirlin’s first female mage, and the youngest person to ever don the robes of office, Meralda is determined to prove once and for all that she deserves the title.

The Tower, though, holds ancient secrets all its own. Secrets that will soon spell destruction for all of Tirlin—unless Meralda can unravel a monstrous curse laid by a legendary villain seven centuries before she was born.

The Rules of Life, Expanded Edition: A Personal Code for Living a Better, Happier, More Successful Life

Self-Help > Personal Transformation
Author: Richard Templar
The Rules of Life, Expanded Edition: A Personal Code for Living a Better, Happier, More Successful Life (Richard Templar's Rules)

The first edition of The Rules of Life became a global phenomenon, topping bestseller charts around the world. This revised edition includes nine new rules to take you further, faster. Author Richard Templar brings together 106 practical rules that happy, successful people follow, even if they’ve never thought about it. These are realistic, commonsense things you can do differently, starting today… small things that make a powerful difference.

Deadlocked

Horror > Occult
Author: A.R. Wise
Deadlocked

David was caught in the middle of the city when the zombie outbreak started. His wife and daughters were at home, stranded on the roof as zombies waited below. He would have to fight through hordes of undead, merciless other survivors, and a series of death defying stunts to get home. However, even if he makes it there, how can he be sure they’re safe?

Wading Home: A Novel of New Orleans

Literature & Fiction > African American
Author: Rosalyn Story
Wading Home: A Novel of New Orleans

When Hurricane Katrina hits New Orleans, chef and widower Simon Fortier knows how he plans to face the storm–riding it out inside his long-time home in the city’s Treme neighborhood, just as he has through so many storms before. But when the levees break and the city is torn apart, Simon disappears. His son, Julian, a celebrated jazz trumpeter, rushes home to a New Orleans he left years before to search for his father. As Julian crisscrosses the city, fearing the worst, he reconnects with Sylvia, Simon’s companion of many years; Parmenter, his father’s erstwhile business partner and one of the most successful restaurateurs in New Orleans; and Velmyra, the woman Julian left behind when he moved to New York.

Blood Life

Fantasy > Paranormal
Author: Gianna Perada
Blood Life

The witches and vampires of the fictional world of the Spectrum have united and created a race of half-breeds called the Combined. These are very powerful entities, but their race has been threatened by a rogue vampire with very old, powerful blood named Lokee, son of the Great Witch, Devendra. This story is about letting Fate play out, but in all its turmoil, trying to save one woman who will be the key to saving the Combined.

Can the Combined’s strongest adversary form an army to defeat them, or will the power of three keep the race on top?

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