Author John Matthews’ writing career resembles a three-act play. Act One: During his twenties, John wrote his first two novels: Basikasingo and Crescents of the Moon. Both were published in London and sold more than 100,000 copies each. Then John became distracted by other ventures involving journalism, editing, and consulting. He didn’t complete another novel for 15 years.

matthewsAct Two: John returned in 1999 with his strongest novel yet, Past Imperfect (which tops today’s Buffet). This page-turner, which combines a legal and crime thriller, love story, and family saga, sold more than 500,000 copies in paperback, convincing John to return to full-time fiction writing. He followed a similar “John Grisham meets Stephen King” formula for his following three books, The Last Witness, The Shadow Chaser and Ascension Day.

Act Three: Recently John has been reviving his backlist on the Kindle while creating new stories intended for book, film, and TV adaptation. Most recently, he’s has been working on a series of crime-detective stories set in 1890s New York, the first of which involves Jack the Ripper: Letters From a Murderer will be published in September.

John lives in Surrey, England, with his wife and son.

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Past Imperfect

Thrillers > Legal
Author: John Matthews
Past Imperfect (Crime, legal thriller (mystery, legal))

Sometimes justice takes more than a lifetime.A

A car accident in California, a deadly assault in Provence, and two boys 30 years apart are left battling for their lives.

Dominic Fornier is the detective who finds himself at the heart of the investigation. A simple provincial case that becomes one of the largest and most important in French criminal history.

Fornier’s only hope is to prove the link between the two boys thirty years apart. A compulsive journey through forensic, medical and psychiatric evidence between France, the USA and London; a breathless paper chase of clues from a young boy’s psyche… and a desperate race against time with a killer who will stop at nothing.

Devil’s Plaything

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Technothrillers
Author: Matt Richtel
Devil's Plaything

We all keep secrets, but what if someone wasn’t just stealing our secrets but changing them . . . and our brains?

Journalist Nat Idle is nearly gunned down in Golden Gate Park. He quickly learns it was no random attack. Suddenly, in pursuit of the truth, he’s running for his life through the shadows of Silicon Valley, a human lab animal caught in a deadly maze of neurotechnology and institutional paranoia. And his survival rests entirely in the hands of his eighty-five-year-old grandmother, Lane, who’s suffering from dementia and can’t remember the secret at the heart of the world-changing conspiracy.

Author, technology reporter, Pulitzer Prize winner, Matt Richtel has dreamed up an exquisite nightmare firmly grounded in true science. The future is now,the possibilities endless . . . and positively terrifying.

Forsaken Dreams (Escape to Paradise)

Christian Books & Bibles > Literature & Fiction > Romance
Author: MaryLu Tyndall
Forsaken Dreams (Escape to Paradise)

Embark on a seafaring adventure in a brand-new series from bestselling author MaryLu Tyndall….They left everything behind to build a new Southern utopia. . ..After witnessing the death and destruction caused by the Civil War, Colonel Blake Wallace is eager to leave his once precious Southern homeland for the pristine shores of Brazil and the prospect of a new utopian community. Widow Eliza Crawford seeks passage on Wallace’s ship harboring a dirty secret—and a blossoming hope for a fresh start. But once the voyage begins, troubles abound. Dangers at sea and enemies from within threaten to keep Blake and Eliza from the new life—and love—they long for.

Sloppy Seconds: The Tucker Max Leftovers

Humor & Entertainment
Author: Tucker Max
Sloppy Seconds: The Tucker Max Leftovers

Tucker Max’s books are a uniquely engaging trilogy composed of his best, craziest stories. As a thank you to those who have loved the stories and supported him for so long, Tucker has gone back through his massive archive of material one last time, culled out what you might call the “best of the rest,” and arranged it here, in Sloppy Seconds, like a book version of “Deleted Scenes.”

Unlike most deleted scenes, however, these don’t suck. So enjoy.


Beyond Hades (The Prometheus Wars – Book 1)

Action & Adventure
Author: Luke Romyn
Beyond Hades (The Prometheus Wars - Book 1)

What if mythology isn’t myth? The ancient Greeks told fabulously detailed stories involving unbelievable creatures – monsters dominating all tales from that time. Were they just highly imaginative, or was their inspiration from somewhere else?

Doctor Talbot Harrison, a professor in archeology, receives a phone call one day which will destroy everything he perceives as reality. His brother has been mysteriously killed and within moments the United States Military appear at his door, literally dragging him from his home. Thrown into a helicopter under intense armed guard, it doesn’t take long until they are attacked by something which cannot possibly exist, something drawn to destroy the one man who can stop the beasts from a land beyond Hades….

Firecracker

Science Fiction & Fantasy
Author: Charles R. Verhey
Firecracker

A team of eccentric psychics who assist local authorities with difficult cases has reluctantly hired Aideen Cassidy, a timid pyrokinetic who has managed to accidentally burn to rubble every building she’s ever worked in. “It takes some real power and talent to melt a slushy machine.” Now, after months of scraping by on the last of her savings and spending every day terrified of her own gifts, she’s being given the chance to prove her worth. To be accepted for who and what she is.

But there’s more happening behind the scenes than anyone realizes, and Aideen soon finds herself caught in a conspiracy of evil monsters and dangerous assassins that dates back over six hundred years.

Baby (Species Intervention #6609 Book One)

Science Fiction > Adventure
Author: J.K. Accinni
Baby (Species Intervention #6609 Book One)

Netty is a naive teenage farm girl given in marriage to an older brutal opportunist disguised as a successful citizen during the years of Prohibition in Sussex County, New Jersey. After years of enslavement, Netty flees into the night from her rapist husband, traveling back to the farm worked by her parents, where she rescues an unfamiliar damaged creature she finds in a cave in the woods of her childhood, falling in love with the enigmatic creature she names Baby. Together they find happiness and fulfillment despite the changes to Netty’s body wrought by the proximity of the unusual creature.

 

Infinite Sacrifice (Infinite Series, Book 1)

Fantasy > Historical
Author: L.E. Waters
Infinite Sacrifice (Infinite Series, Book 1)

Maya’s shocked to discover it’s not the heaven she imagined; in fact, a life of adventure begins the moment you die.

Zachariah, her faithful spirit guide, explains the rules of the dead: in order to regain complete awareness and reunite with loved ones all souls must review their previous lives.

Maya plunges warily into her turbulent pasts as a sociopathic High Priest in ancient Egypt; an independent mother protecting a dangerous secret in glorious Sparta; an Irish boy kidnapped and enslaved by Vikings; and a doctor’s wife forced to make an ethical stand in plague-ridden England.

Kicking Eternity

Religious Fiction > Romance
Author: Ann Lee Miller
Kicking Eternity

Stuck in sleepy New Smyrna Beach one last summer, Raine socks away her camp pay checks, worries about her druggy brother, and ignores trouble: Cal Koomer. She’s a plane ticket away from teaching orphans in Africa, and not even Cal’s surfer six-pack and the chinks she spies in his rebel armor will derail her.

The artist in Cal begs to paint Raine’s ivory skin, high cheek bones, and internal sparklers behind her eyes, but falling for her would caterwaul him into his parents’ life. No thanks. The girl was self-righteous waiting to happen. Mom served sanctimony like vegetables, three servings a day, and he had a gut full.

Seven Patients

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: Atul Kumar
Seven Patients

Getting into medical school was easy. The hard part was staying out of jail.

Third year medical student Raj Mok is excited about starting his clinical rotations. Finally, he’ll be taking care of real patients instead of just reading about diagnoses and treatments in his countless medical tomes. Unfortunately, Raj quickly learns that patients don’t behave like his beloved books led him to believe.

The death of his very first patient is a shock. She never even had a chance at life.

PLUMMET: A Novel

Thrillers > Legal
Author: MICHAEL ZAROCOSTAS
PLUMMET: A Novel

Micah Grayson is an eager rookie fresh out of law school. Raphael Bianco is a degenerate senior associate who’s never met a temptation he could resist. Gabe Weiss is a millionaire senior partner who has a dream life. All three are litigators at Sullivan & Adler, the most powerful law firm in Manhattan. Two of them share a lover. One of them will kill in cold blood. But who is his victim? A dark why-dun-it set in the backstabbing conference rooms of corporate law.


Deciding To Dance

Memoirs > Grief & Bereavement
Author: Alycia Neighbours
Deciding To Dance

A memoir following a marriage into mental illness of a spouse, domestic violence, children, divorce and ending in suicide. Combining the author’s writing with journal entries, a story of loss and learning to step into the dance of life again.

After 12 years of marriage and trying so hard to make a failing marriage work, Alycia Neighbours found herself going from the office of a lawyer to the office of a funeral home. With three small children and herself left behind in a whirlwind of events, Alycia talks with a transparency of hurt, forgiveness and grace as she attempts to find a way to live again within the loss.

In the Garden of Temptation (The Garden Series Book 1)

Romance > Regency
Author: Cynthia Wicklund
In the Garden of Temptation (The Garden Series Book 1)

Adam Stanford always does the right thing, but when he meets Catherine Bourgeault,A honor and gentlemanly conduct are forgotten. He’ll risk his reputation and all he holds dear to possess this amazing woman. However, what seems like a straightforward effort to purloin another man’s wife is fraught with deceit and the dark secrets of a demented man who’ll do anything to save his empty marriage.

The Carpenter (Immanu’El)

Religious Fiction > Historical
Author: D. L. Maynard
The Carpenter (Immanu'El)

Hiding his belief that God is no more than the product of wishful thinking, Yosef manages to pass himself off as a respectable member of his community until he discovers that his bride-to-be, Maryam, is pregnant. His first instinct is to divorce her, but he changes his mind after a disturbing dream shakes the foundation of his life and convinces him to claim Maryam’s child as his own. A sinful man, Yosef is an unlikely choice for the most important parenting job in history; nevertheless, he rises to the challenge out of his love for Maryam and her child.

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