Jinx Schwartz edition: Kindle Buffet editor’s picks
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When she’s not sailing on her yacht, award-winning author Jinx Schwartz divides her time Arizona and Mexico. Her “Hetta Coffey” mystery series won an EPPIE award for Best Mystery, and Book 1, Just Add Water, tops today’s Buffet.
The book, which is suitable for readers of all ages, is set in Haiti in the 1950s. The character Hetta is a hard-drinking, good timing Texas girl, raised by an eclectic mixture of Hard-Shell Baptists, Baha’l and red-necked backsliders. She’s bright brassy, brash and boss.
Jinx is a ninth-generation Texan. Before forging her writing career, she had joined her father’s business in construction and engineering. After working on projects in Alaska, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Tokyo, she bought a boat, met the man of her dreams, and sailed to Mexican waters. That’s when she turned to writing.
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Action & Adventure
Author: Jinx Schwartz
Hetta Coffey is a sassy Texan with a snazzy yacht and and she’s not afraid to use it.
She’s a globe-trotting civil engineer with swath of failed multi-national affairs in her jet stream.
Plying the San Francisco waterfront, trolling for triceps, her attention is snagged by a parade of passing yachts–especially their predominantly male skippers–and experiences a champagne-induced epiphany: If she had a boat, she could get a man.
In spite of a spectacular ignorance of all things nautical, Hetta buys her dream boat, but shadowy stalker, an inconvenient body, and Hetta’s own self-destructive foibles, give a whole new meaning to the phrase “sink or swim!”
Fantasy > Epic
Author: David A. Wells
When second son Alexander Valentine loses his brother to an assassin’s arrow, he discovers that his family protects an ancient secret and reluctantly finds himself at the center of the final battle of a war that was supposed to have ended two thousand years ago.
Pursued by the dark minions of an ancient enemy, Alexander flees to the mountain city of Glen Morillian where he discovers that he is the heir to the throne of Ruatha, one of the Seven Isles, but before he can claim the throne he must recover the ancient Thinblade.
Genre Fiction > Coming of Age
Author: Melissa Brown
Ever since Daphne Harper graduated from college, all of her friends have fallen in love, become engaged and walked down the aisle. Be it a blessing or a curse, Daphne (a hopeless romantic and perpetual single girl) catches the bouquet at every single wedding she attends.
Daphne’s love life is a mess. Her first love, Mayson, haunts her heart and keeps her from pursuing happiness with any man who comes along. As she struggles to move on from the one who got away, Daphne wonders if she will ever break her curse and find her happily ever after.
Author: Bev Pettersen
Jenna Murphy, a dedicated horse masseuse, relies on her job and street smarts to support what’s most important…her younger sister. But when the Thoroughbred Wellness Center experiences a hostile takeover headed by a charming but ruthless corporate shark, both her heart and career are in jeopardy.
History > Military > World War II
Author: Joseph Balkoski
In this unforgettable narrative of D-Day, Joseph Balkoski describes the minute-by-minute combat as it unfolded on Omaha Beach, allowing soldiers to speak for themselves as they recall their attempts to maneuver bombers through heavy cloud cover, the claustrophobic terror aboard transports, and the relentless fire that greeted them on the beach.
Equal parts oral history and meticulous reconstruction, Omaha Beach is the closest the modern reader can get to experiencing the Normandy landings firsthand.
Biographies & Memoirs > Military
Author: Charles F. Marshall
Field Marshal Erwin Rommel’s heroic opposition to Hitler in 1944 cost him his life. In this intriguing, well-paced tale of a journalistic coup, Marshall, the first to discover the real events behind Rommel’s death, tells how he learned the facts from Rommel’s widow and delves into the great general’s background and death. He arrived at his conclusions based on his intimate knowledge of men on Rommel’s staff and his access to Rommel’s papers, including letters from the general to his wife.
Here, for the first time in paperback, is the exciting story of how the world learned about the way the “Desert Fox” met his death.
Horror > Ghosts
Author: Jace Daniel, Jace Daniel
Crossword puzzle enthusiast Pete Durante is a war dog trainer stationed near the Los Angeles Harbor during World War II. After he cracks an enemy code that helps end the war and saves millions of lives, he gets driven to suicide by a vengeful intelligence officer named Rip Greamer. To save his family from an even darker fate, Pete must follow his dog beyond the grave and into a purgatorial maze of tunnels beneath Los Angeles to solve one final puzzle.
Under Angels is a ghost story that includes Los Angeles history, UFOs, anagrams, the K-9 Command Unit, WWII cryptography, love, tragedy, second chances, and Greamer, who is either a covert government agent or something far worse.
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: Todd Travis
A deranged serial killer roams wintry rural Nebraska targeting little girls with a demented purpose that no one can fathom.
Special Agent EMMA KANE, a former DC cop and damaged goods now with the FBI, is assigned to baby-sit burned out profiler JACOB THORNE, once the best in the business but now said to have lost his edge, as they both fly to Nebraska to catch this maniac.
Thorne is erratic, abrasive and unpredictably brilliant, but what he and Kane find in the heartland is much more than anyone bargained for, especially when the Iceman challenges them personally, where it hurts most.
Humor & Entertainment
Author: Bill Dodds
When the first American-born pope, Leo XVII, wakes up on Seattle’s Skid Road he discovers that during his most recent alcoholic blackout the papal plane has been lost over the Atlantic and the world assumes he’s dead. Author Bill Dodds uses a light—and at times surprisingly lighthearted—touch to tell this story of vices and vocations, promises and possibilities, fears and faith. He has created a cast of delightful, believable, and unforgettable characters.
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Police Procedurals
Author: Jack Kilborn
Private detective Harry McGlade is on the prowl, looking for a one-night stand. Or, in McGlade’s case, a five-minute stand.
When he finds a sexy lady at his local bar, he thinks he has a chance with her.
But she isn’t alone. There’s a guy with her. A guy with a gun whom she’s desperately trying to get away from.
When the local mafia becomes involved with McGlade’s tryst, things start going bad.
Then they go really bad when a baby comes into the picture. And the only one McGlade can turn to for help is his old partner, Lt. Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels.
Self-Help > Inner Child
Author: Will Harris
Harris delivers on his opening promise of helping you live powerfully at home, work, and the bank. You will have many “aha” moments as you discover how to increase your happiness at home (your personal life), your success at work (your career), and your value at the bank (your financial goals). Read stories of people, like you, who applied these amazing principles.
Action & Adventure > War
Author: Stephen Phillips
Sailors of the U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal community “perform under pressure” in the hazardous job of bomb disposal, often deep beneath the sea … alone.
An EOD Technician must have the brains of an engineer, the hands of a surgeon, and the courage of a martyr. The Secret Service even relies on military bomb squads to protect the President and visiting foreign dignitaries. Perhaps the best testimony of their value is that when the Navy needs to place a limpet mine under an enemy ship it tasks the Navy SEALs, but to respond to such an attack – the Navy summons EOD.
Thrillers > Suspense
Author: Jeremy Bates
American movie star Scarlett Cox and her husband, hotel tycoon Salvador Brazza, head to Africa to get away and resuscitate their ailing marriage. When robbed of their money and passports, they seek help from the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam–on the very day Al Qaeda chooses to bomb it. In an eyeblink they’re taken hostage and whisked across the border deep into the Congo, one of the last truly wild places left on earth.
Battling terrorists, deadly wildlife and cannibalistic rebels, Scarlett and Sal must find a way to survive in a violent, primeval world. And the only person who may be able to save them is the assassin sent to kill them.
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