Sarah Mayberry grew up in Melbourne, Australia, and discovered romance novels through both her grandmothers. On her mother’s side, it was old hardcover romances from the 1960s, while her father’s mother provided access to the spicier novels from Mills & Boons, the U.K. publisher of Harlequin romance novels.

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Sarah earned a college degree in writing, then tried her hand at writing Regency romances, then contemporary romance, without success. After several years of working in journalism and script-writing for TV soaps in Australia, she hit her stride writing modern romance stories for Harlequin. “It’s happy, it’s sexy, it’s what I like to read,” Sarah explains.

Sarah tops today’s Buffet with her latest novel, The Other Side of Us, which made its simultaneous debut in paperback and on Kindle just two weeks ago.

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The Other Side of Us (Harlequin Superromance)

Romance > Contemporary
Author: Sarah Mayberry

The Other Side of Us (Harlequin Superromance)

The best thing between Oliver Barrett and Mackenzie Williams is a fence. Ever since Oliver’s new-neighbor gestures were met with unfriendly responses, he’s decided to keep his distance. After all, he’s in this seaside town to get his life on track again. That doesn’t include working hard to get on Mackenzie’s good side—no matter how intriguing she may be.

His intentions are put to the test, however, when his dog becomes infatuated with hers. The two crafty canines do their best to break down the barriers between the properties. And where the dogs go…well, the humans must follow! It doesn’t take long for a powerful attraction to build between Oliver and Mackenzie. They soon discover that the worst of first impressions can lead to the best possible outcomes….

The Witch’s Dream

Romance > Paranormal > Demons & Devils
Author: Victoria Danann
The Witch's Dream - A Love Letter to Paranormal Romance (Black Swan 2)

He was left behind when Elora Laiken made her choice. Now he’s had it with love, but a transplanted witch who happens to be the world’s best tracker hopes she can change his mind.

The Witch’s Dream begins with B Team on temporary assignment to Black Swan headquarters in Edinburgh where they are supposed to fill in for stretched-thin resources and assist with a werewolf issue. They’ve been given permission to stop in Ireland for a few days to celebrate a handfasting.

When they reach Edinburgh, the afterglow of an elftale wedding quickly becomes all business. A missing person report turns into a demon abduction.


The Snow Owl

Fantasy > Contemporary > Short Stories

Author: Jon Hartling
The Snow Owl

Ben thinks his son’s talk of the magical kingdom of Lukana is just typical childhood imagination. But one winter day, when seven year-old Eric sculpts a snow owl in his backyard, he seems to set in motion events that cannot be anything but magical. Now Ben faces the terrifying prospect of losing his only child to a wintry spirit… a spirit that just might be the boy’s true father.

Feels Like the First Time: A True Love Story

Biographies & Memoirs > Romance
Author: Shawn Inmon
Feels Like the First Time: A True Love Story

After decades of sadness and mourning the girl that got away, Shawn has a chance meeting with Dawn that might change his life forever… again. Can the sweet bond of first love not only survive, but flourish?
Feels Like the First Time helps you remember what it was like to come of age and fall in love in small town America in the 1970’s. No matter how much the world changes, some things, like timeless music, high school dances, making out in the backseat of a Chevy Vega, and of course true love, will always remain the same.

Body Energy – Discover The Secrets Of The Chinese Body Energy Clock

Exercise & Fitness > Tai Chi & Qi Gong
Author: Matthew Harrigan
Body Energy - Discover The Secrets Of The Chinese Body Energy Clock (Healthy Living Techniques: Learn The Secret Of Tai Chi Chuan and Qi Gong Masters)

Learn to enhance your body energy system (chi meridians) through acupressure, chi kung (qi gong), yoga, tai chi, breathing exercises, sleep, play, rest and Japanese meridian stretching (makko-ho). Makko-ho is a complete system of 6 stretches for each brother and sister meridian pair. The stretches originate from Buddhist prayer positions, are said to be performed innately by children all over the world, and very effective at rehabilitating the physical body.

Compete Outside the Box: The Unconventional Way to Beat the Competition

Business & Investing > Organizational Behavior > Workplace
Author: Eric J. Romero PhD
Compete Outside the Box: The Unconventional Way to Beat the Competition

Conformity and conventional thinking are frustrating and limit the potential of workers and organizations. They take many forms:

  • Bureaucracy & hierarchy
  • Political correctness & fake niceness
  • Politics, face time & useless meetings
  • “Professional attire” & inflexible work schedules

Conformity and conventional thinking impede innovation in both the public and private sectors. Unconventional leadership is the solution. Well-known unconventional leaders (Anna Wintour, Richard Branson, Mark Zuckerberg, etc.) are setting the example of how it can unleash creativity and flexibility (Southwest Airlines, Cirque du Soleil, Apple, etc.), and as a result they beat the competition repeatedly.

The ideas in this book are applicable to leaders of any organization that wants to innovate.


Dodge the Bullet

Romance > Contemporary
Author: Christy Hayes
Dodge the Bullet

Two years after her husband’s death, Sarah Woodward moves her boys away from their fast paced life in suburban Atlanta to small town Hailey, Colorado. But Sarah doesn’t know a Colorado Senator has earmarked her ranch for purchase and he’ll do anything to get it. Unwilling to sell, she dismisses his continued offers and moves ahead by improving the land with the help of a sexy stranger.

Take Two: A Romantic Comedy

Humor > Love, Sex & Marriage
Author: Whitney Gracia Williams
Take Two: A Romantic Comedy (The Jilted Bride Series)

Melody Carter is New York’s harshest movie critic, but she’s always had a soft spot for romantic comedies—especially the ones where the “groom to be” ends up leaving his “bride to be” at the altar for the “real love” of his life.

Unfortunately, at her own wedding, the three hundred thousand dollar wedding of her dreams, she finds herself playing the very character she never thought twice about: the jilted bride. Hurt and confused, she seriously doubts she’ll ever find love again. Will a chance encounter with an unlikely suitor erase her doubts?

Dreaming Of You

Religious Fiction > Romance
Author: Marie Higgins
Dreaming Of You

Katelyn Palmer never believed any harm could come from using her college crush as the hero in her first romance novel—the novel that jumpstarted her writing career. However, when Shane Hunter storms into town, demanding to meet the writer who used his identity Katelyn is confronted with more than her long, silent emotions. If Shane takes her to court for invasion of privacy, her career would be over.

Shane doesn’t know how to act when his ex sister-in-law accuses him of having an affair while he was married—and then shows him the romance book as proof. Now he wants to know who this author really is and why she used his name, and most of the events in his life for her story. Desperate to know the truth Shane befriends Katelyn but he does not expect to be attracted to her, even more unexpected is the joy he finds watching his twins fall in love with the woman who is stealing his heart, too…

Seer of Mars (The Vallar Series)

Science Fiction & Fantasy
Author: Cindy Borgne
Seer of Mars (The Vallar Series)

At sixteen, Ian Connors has only one real friend and no hope for the future. He also happens to be the secret weapon of a powerful military faction bent on conquering all humans who have colonized Mars. His job is to use his psychic ability to uncover secrets or hidden bases of other factions. Ian not only uncovers a valuable hidden mine through his visions, but also Kayla, a woman he sees himself with in the future. The only problem is she’s on the enemy side.

Awakened (Vampire Awakenings)

Romance > Fantasy & Futuristic
Author: Brenda K. Davies
Awakened (Vampire Awakenings)

Traumatized by her past, and struggling to move on from it, Sera has spent the past three years of college hiding herself from the world and content to stay that way. A chance encounter with Liam shatters her sheltered world, leaving her stunned and shaken by the strange feelings and emotions he arises in her, feelings she never thought she would experience and that frighten her in their intensity.

Harboring a dark and deadly secret of his own, Liam knows that he should stay away from Sera; that he will only bring her more hurt, but he is irresistibly drawn to her and unable to deny himself the pleasure that only she can bring to him. But when their pasts collide with their present, and Liam’s true nature is revealed, will their love for each other be enough, or will they be torn apart forever?

Ever Shade (A Dark Faerie Tale #1)

Children’s Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy
Author: Alexia Purdy
Ever Shade (A Dark Faerie Tale #1)

For Shade, a chance meeting with a powerful Teleen Faery warrior who wields electrical currents and blue fires along his skin, has her joining him on a treacherous mission for the good Seelie Faerie Court across the land of Faerie. Magic and malice abound and nothing is what it really seems to be.

The evil Unseelie Queen and her treacherous allies are around every corner as Shade makes her way across the breathtaking landscapes of the world of Faerie, which exists alongside the mundane human world. Shade discovers her own uncharted magic and meets some of the most powerful warriors in Faerie while battling evil dryads, conniving Teleen guards and challenges on her life with every step in a world where nothing can be taken for granted.

Savor, a Paranormal Romance

Romance > Fantasy & Futuristic
Author: Megan Duncan
Savor, a Paranormal Romance (Warm Delicacy Series, Book 1)

When Claire Miller turned eighteen all she wanted to do was celebrate her birthday, but after a night on the town with her best friend she awakes to a visitor she never expected. The rulers of her region, a vampire royal family, have chosen her to be turned as their new heir and vampire princess. In a world fueled by the power of blood, Claire quickly discovers the vampire royal family is not what they seem and that she has secrets in her past, she never knew existed.

The Second Intelligent Species: The Cyclical Earth

Science Fiction & Fantasy
Author: Dale Langlois
The Second Intelligent Species: The Cyclical Earth

The Earth burns. Nick and Beth survive, but few others do. Were they just in the right place at the right time, to live, to pass what they have learned to their offspring, or is there an even deeper reason? Is it God’s or Nature’s plan? Others survive and a clan developes. Ancient skills are revived, few have the knowledge needed.

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