New York Times bestselling author Jana DeLeon was raised in southwest Louisiana among the bayous and gators. Her hometown, Carlyss, is the type of place you won’t find on any map, and you can get there only by boat. She now resides in Dallas, Texas, with her dog, which she calls “the most spoiled Sheltie in the world.”


Romantic Times calls her books “original, smart and comedic writing.” Jana hit the bestseller lists with her first book, Rumble on the Bayou, and she shows no signs of slowing down. She has sold three more books to Harlequin Intrigue, and they’re slated for release this August, September and October.

Jana tops today’s Buffet with Trouble in Mudbug, a funny romance with a dash of danger, which was originally released in paperback in 2009 by Dorchester Publishing. Jana plans to continue setting all her novels in Louisiana because she loved living there. “I loved the culture, the freedom of being on the bayou and all the exploring and fun I had growing up there,” she says. “I love the dynamics of small towns and the people who live in them. At this point, I can’t see writing anything else.”

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Trouble in Mudbug

Mystery > Women Sleuths
Author: Jana DeLeon
Trouble in Mudbug (Ghost-in-Law Mystery/Romance Series)

Scientist Maryse Robicheaux thought that a lot of her problems had gone away with her mother-in-law’s death. The woman was rude, pushy, manipulative and used her considerable wealth to run herd over the entire town of Mudbug, Louisiana.

Unfortunately, death doesn’t slow down Helena one bit.

DEA Agent Luc LeJeune is wondering what his undercover assignment investigating the sexy scientist has gotten him into – especially as it seems someone wants her dead. Keeping his secrets while protecting Maryse proves to be easier than fighting his attraction for the brainy beauty.

Daughter of Time

Fantasy > Romance > Historical
Author: Sarah Woodbury
Daughter of Time: A Time Travel Romance (The After Cilmeri Series)

A medieval man with an uncertain destiny, Llywelyn, the Prince of Wales, faces treachery and deceit at the hands of friends and foes alike …

A modern woman with a troubled past, Meg’s life is in tatters when she slips through time and into medieval Wales …

Only by working together can Meg and Llywelyn navigate the shifting allegiances that threaten the very existence of Wales–and create their own history that defies the laws of time.

done.: What most religions don’t tell you about the Bible

Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Faith
Author: Cary Schmidt
done.: What most religions don't tell you about the Bible

You are more than a body; you will live forever somewhere; and God is on a divine rescue mission to make sure your “forever” is safe with Him! If you enjoy being loved; if you enjoy gifts; if you care about where you will spend forever; and if you want to know the true message of the Bible, then you must read this book! Where will you spend forever? You owe this question some investigation…

Buddha in Blue Jeans

Religion & Spirituality > Buddhism > Zen
Author: Tai Sheridan
Buddha in Blue Jeans: An Extremely Short Zen Guide to Sitting Quietly and Being Buddha

Poet and Zen Priest Tai Sheridan’s ‘Buddha in Blue Jeans’ is an extremely short, simple, and straight forward universal guide to the practice of sitting quietly and being yourself, which is the same as being Buddha. Sitting quietly can teach many ways to accept life, meet pain, age gracefully, and die without regret. The book encourages sitting quietly every day. The book is for people of any faith, religion, race, nationality, gender, relationship status, capacity, or meditation background.

Crooked Man

Mystery > Hard-Boiled
Author: Tony Dunbar
Crooked Man (Tubby Dubonnet #1) (Tubby Dubonnet Mystery) (The Tubby Dubonnet Series)

If a gym bag of cash fell into your hands, what would you do to keep it?

A simple man with a refined palate, maverick New Orleans lawyer Tubby Dubonnet has a penchant for fishing, Old Fashioneds, off-track betting, and fighting evil while passing a good time.

Tubby’s new client is Darryl Alvarez, the manager of a local nightclub who’s been caught unloading marijuana from a shrimp boat. At their first meeting, Darryl entrusts Tubby with an ordinary-looking blue gym bag. But after Darryl’s unfortunate demise, Tubby realizes he must tighten his grasp on the gym bag — and its million-dollar contents. Tubby can’t just give up the cash. But if he gets caught, he’ll be in jail. And if the wrong people catch him, he’ll wish he was.

Fuzzy Navel – A Thriller (Jack Daniels Mysteries)

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Police Procedurals
Author: J.A. Konrath, Jack Kilborn
Fuzzy Navel - A Thriller (Jack Daniels Mysteries)

Things are going well for Lieutenant Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels of the Chicago Police Department. She has solved some of the city’s toughest and most high-profile homicides. Her personal life is finally in order. Her friends and family are safe and happy. And she just got a call that eased her mind like nothing else could: Alex Kork, one of the most dangerous criminals Jack ever arrested, killed herself while in jail.

But things sour quickly when a group of vigilantes on a murderous spree decide to take down a cop and the people she cares about … and they turn downright awful when Jack discovers that Kork may not be dead after all.

Trapped in her house with a psycho and everyone she cares about, and unable to leave because she’s surrounded by snipers, the next eight hours will be the worst of Jack’s life. And that’s saying something.

Do No Harm: The People Who Amputate Their Perfectly Healthy Limbs, And The Doctors Who Help Them

Internal Medicine > Neuroscience
Author: Anil Ananthaswamy, Roger Hodge
Do No Harm: The People Who Amputate Their Perfectly Healthy Limbs, And The Doctors Who Help Them

It’s been called a psychological disorder. Sufferers have been ridiculed and labelled perverts. Yet the compulsion to be free of a limb is no imaginary illness. The feelings the condition generates are extraordinarily powerful — so strong that sufferers often seek out the most radical of treatments, and a few unorthodox surgeons risk their reputations to assist.

Now we may know why: the condition’s deep neurological roots are being unearthed, with startling implications for sufferers, the medical profession and our own understanding of ourselves.

In this disturbing story from new science and technology publisher MATTER, acclaimed writer Anil Ananthaswamy delves into the science and accompanies an underground group of sufferers who travel across the world to get the illicit surgery they crave. Join him on a journey that reveals what it’s like to be at war with your own body.

Christianish: What If We’re Not Really Following Jesus at All?

Religion & Spirituality > Christian Living
Author: Mark Steele
Christianish: What If We're Not Really Following Jesus at All?

It may feel like authentic faith. It may even look like the real deal. Yet it’s often easy to settle for the souvenir t-shirt—the appearance of a transformed heart—instead of taking the actual trip through true life-change. We find ourselves settling for a personal faith that’s been polluted by culture, and diluted by other people’s take on spirituality.

Christianish tells the story of one man’s journey to move from the in-between to a life that’s centered on Christ. To move forward, author Mark Steele goes back to the beginning, to examine Christ’s life and words. Through stories and insights that are sometimes profound, often hilarious, and always honest, Mark delivers a compelling look at what our faith is all about.

Frozen Prospects

Children’s Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy
Author: Dean Murray
Frozen Prospects (The Guadel Chronicles Volume 1)

The invitation to join the secretive Guadel should have been the fulfillment of dreams Va’del didn’t even realize he had. When his sponsors are killed in an ambush a short time later, he instead finds his probationary status revoked, and becomes a pawn between various factions inside the Guadel ruling body.

Jain’s never known any life but that of a Guadel in training. She’d thought herself reconciled to the idea of a loveless marriage for the good of her people, but meeting Va’del changes everything.

Calamity Jayne

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: Kathleen Bacus
Calamity Jayne (Calamity Jayne Mysteries)

Tressa Jayne Turner has had it up to here with the never-ending string of dumb-blonde jokes and a longtime nickname that’s harder to get rid of than lint from a belly button. Dubbed ‘Calamity Jayne’ by Iowa Department of Natural Resources officer, Rick Townsend, Tressa’s out to gain a little hometown respect–or die trying. Unfortunately, that may be the case. She’s just been handed the perfect opportunity to get “Ranger Rick,” the doubting Don Juan of the DNR, and a skeptical citizenry to take her seriously.

Taming the Vampire: A Paranormal Romance Novella

Romance > Vampires
Author: Chloe Hart
Taming the Vampire: A Paranormal Romance Novella (Blood and Absinthe, Book 1)

Demon hunter Liz Marlowe and vampire Jack Morgan have hated each other from the moment they met. But when a powerful enemy threatens their beloved city of Boston, they form a reluctant alliance. It’s supposed to be temporary–just one night, in fact. But as the tension between them builds to the breaking point, neither is prepared for what happens next.

Mashitta! A Collection of Simple South Korean Recipes

Cookbooks, Food & Wine > Asian
Author: Cooking Penguin
Mashitta! A Collection of Simple South Korean Recipes

Evolving from a complex mix of tradition, geography and history makes the South Korean cuisine an exciting mix of varying ingredients and spices. Notable for their spicy dishes and vast number of side dishes, South Korean cuisine is definitely a taste to experience. For anyone who doesn’t know much about South Korean, it is the country that Gangnam Style comes from.

This book will show you how you can create delicious South Korean recipes in your very own kitchen.

Killing Hope

Mystery > Hard-Boiled
Author: Keith Houghton
Killing Hope (Gabe Quinn Thriller #1)

“Celebrity Cop” Gabe Quinn is back working Robbery-Homicide after a personal tragedy has left him emotionally bare. He’s raw, but resolved to catch a serial killer stalking the streets of two major cities. With cryptic clues left at each crime scene, Gabe is faced with the seemingly impossible task of piecing together the bizarre puzzle — following signs that point toward a killer whose motive questions everything he believes in …

Bait (The Angler)

Romance > Paranormal > Vampires
Author: Annie Nicholas
BAIT (Angler book 1) (The Angler)

Live bait makes all the difference.

Sent on a mission to lure Budapest’s vampire Overlord into a trap, Connie Bence is instead caught red-handed by the dark Casanova.

Her employer has concrete proof of the dubious leader’s misdeeds but she is surprised when this ruthless killer, Rurik, offers her protection and rescues her from his own kind. It plants seeds of doubt in her mind and she begins to question his guilt.

Now she is thrown into his world where blackmail determines her every move and where she must betray those she cares about or let them die. The stakes are high. She either puts her trust in Rurik or leads him to his execution.


Science Fiction & Fantasy > Spine-Chilling Horror
Author: Karina Halle
Darkhouse (Experiment in Terror #1)

With all the vampire, werewolf and faerie books out there, it’s easy to become numb to all things supernatural. The antidote? Darkhouse introduces two real and unforgettable characters, Perry Palomino & Dex Foray, amateur ghost hunters who are “attractive, relatable and oddly heroic,” “flawed but loveable,” “slightly crazy” and just the most endearing pair to ever tackle the paranormal…just don’t call them normal. Darkhouse is a thrilling and sexy new take on concepts like Supernatural and The X-Files, bringing a breath of fresh air to a genre that has been inundated with the dead.

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