T. Davis Bunn is a three-time Christy Award winner who has sold more than 6 million books in 16 languages. A native North Carolinian, Davis is equal parts writer, scholar, teacher, and sportsman. Before he turned to fiction writing at age 28, he was best known as a consultant and speaker in the area of international finance.

davisFor nine years, Davis was a “closet” novelist with no publishing ambitions. But when one of his novels came to the attention of Bethany House, he quickly became a bestselling author. He now has more than 20 books in publication, including historical fiction, legal thrillers, and children’s books. Davis sometimes uses the pseudonym Thomas Locke.

Davis tops today’s Buffet with Book 1 of his “Priceless Collection” series, Florian’s Gate, a family epic blending mystery and romance set in the luxurious trappings of London and the turbulent economies of Eastern Europe.

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Florian’s Gate

Historical Fiction

Kindle Edition, T. Davis Bunn

Florian's Gate (Priceless Collection Book #1)

When Jeffrey Sinclair takes on the challenge of assisting in a high-priced London antique shop, he discovers that more than good salesmanship to wealthy customers is required. Alexander Kantor, his enigmatic relative and employer, has a reputation for acquiring priceless antiques under mysterious circumstances. As Jeffrey learns the business and becomes more deeply involved, he discovers that the source of the antiques is not Alexander’s only secret. And the woman Jeffrey loves, Katya Nichols, also has something to hide . . .

As the main entrance to the medieval city of Cracow, Poland, centuries of history have passed through Florian’s Gate. But for Alexander Kantor, now a successful antiques dealer in London, the place holds only one memory. It was here that he was arrested by the Nazis as a young man. There he passed from freedom to imprisonment; there began a lifetime of challenges to his heritage, his well-being, his relationships and his faith.

Through dramatic events spanning fifty years, Florian’s Gate follows members of a war-torn Polish family as they come to terms with their circumstances and the choices that divided them. Set in the luxurious trappings of today’s London and the turbulent economies of Eastern Europe, the mysterious disappearance of an antiques dealer causes Alexander to travel back to his homeland. He did not suspect that the trail would ultimately lead to Florian’s Gate and the discovery of a treasure of infinite value.

Ex And The Single Girl

Romance > Contemporary
Author: Lani Diane Rich
Ex And The Single Girl

“It’s not you, it’s me…

…well, maybe it’s a little you.”

Penis Teflon. That’s what Portia Fallon calls the man-repelling curse that keeps men from sticking to the women in her family. When Portia gets dumped — on Valentine’s Day no less — she fears she’s inherited the curse. So when her mother calls her home, she leaves wintry Syracuse and her PhD work behind, and heeds the call. A summer back home in Truly, Georgia, and she’ll be able to regroup and finally finish that dissertation…

She should have known it wouldn’t be that simple. Her mother, Mags, is crazier than usual, and that’s a high bar; Aunt Vera keeps smiling over of an emotional crisis she won’t talk about; and Grandma Bev has her surly turned up to eleven. On top of that, there’s a British writer in town they’ve decided will be Portia’s “Flyer” — a one-night-stand meant to clear a girl’s energy so she can get the ex out of her system. It’s the perfect plan, until Portia falls for her Flyer, and the ex shows up in town with a ring and a promise to stick for good. Now Portia has to figure out what she really wants, and what she’s willing to risk to get it.

Good Morning, Darkness

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: Ruth Francisco
Good Morning, Darkness

Everyone is in love with Laura: the Mexican fisherman who admires her through her kitchen window as he walks in the predawn darkness to the ocean; her boyfriend, Scott, a successful real estate agent who asks her to marry him and won’t take no for an answer; the detective who instructs her in martial arts; and her lascivious boss.

Then one day Laura disappears. There is no evidence of foul play—she had quit her job and claimed to be visiting her sick mother on the East Coast. But while wandering the beach one night, the fisherman finds a woman’s severed arm. When another one turns up shortly afterward, he believes they must be Laura’s. LAPD Detective Sergeant Reggie Brooks is also wondering if Laura is alive or dead. Yet without a missing person’s report or any evidence to suggest that the arms belonged to Laura, he cannot officially investigate.

Unofficially, however, Reggie Brooks can’t stop thinking about what happened to the vanished, beautiful woman who took his martial arts classes and now haunts his dreams. Soon he is driving up and down the windswept, lonely coastal highway in search of answers. He risks his job and his marriage as his obsession deepens. And his passion will lead him to a dark, terrifying place of unthinkable acts, irrational behavior, and premeditated murder…


A Stepmother’s Story: The TRUE Tale of Cinderella

Children’s Books > Short Stories
Author: R.M. ArceJaeger
A Stepmother's Story: The TRUE Tale of Cinderella

A stimulating short story that weaves the tale of Cinderella from an entirely fresh perspective — the stepmother’s. Learn the truth behind the fairytale at last.

In the Company of Secrets

Historical Fiction
Author: Judith Miller
In the Company of Secrets (Postcards from Pullman Book #1)

Olivia Mott didn’t intend to lie. Somehow, it just happened. And wasn’t it all Lady Charlotte’s fault anyway?

Now Olivia’s position as assistant chef at Pullman’s elegant Hotel Florence is dependant upon her keeping her secrets. And sometimes lies have a way of leading to other lies. Should Olivia admit her real past and accept the consequences or keep quiet in order to preserve her comfortable new circumstances?

Deception seems to be part of everyday life in the company town of Pullman, Illinois, where the grand Pullman Palace Car is manufactured. Samuel Howard, Olivia’s friend and the town manager, seems to think everything is fine, but Olivia observes something quite different. Could it be that Olivia is not the only one harboring secrets?

The truth could cost her everything….

The Sisters Montclair

Genre Fiction > Family Saga
Author: Cathy Holton
The Sisters Montclair

The last thing twenty-one-year-old Stella Nightingale wants is a job as a caregiver for wealthy Alice Montclair Whittington. Alice, a ninety-four-year-old Southern grande dame with a dry sense of humor and a wicked tongue, has already run off a long line of caregivers. But Stella, a former runaway from a broken home who’s only recently begun to put her life back together, is desperate for work. And she figures she can handle Alice.

But strange things are happening at Alice’s rambling mountaintop estate. As an unlikely friendship develops between the two women, Alice, whose memory comes and goes, begins to reveal long-ago tales of her illustrious past, tales that pose more questions than they answer. Who is her mysterious sister, Laura? Why won’t Alice and her sister, Adeline, ever speak of her? And why are the other caregivers afraid to go down in the basement?

The Written (Emaneska Series)

Science Fiction & Fantasy
Author: Ben Galley
The Written (Emaneska Series)

His name is Farden. They whisper that he’s dangerous. Dangerous is only the half of it.

Something has gone missing from the libraries of Arfell. Something very old, and something very powerful. Five scholars are now dead, a country is once again on the brink of war, and the magick council is running out of time and options. Entangled in a web of lies and politics and dragged halfway across icy Emaneska and back, Farden must unearth a secret even he doesn’t want to know, a secret that will shake the foundations of his world. Dragons, drugs, magick, death, and the deepest of betrayals await.

Breathtakingly vast, chillingly dark, brooding and dangerous, The Written will leave you impatiently waiting for the next adventure…

Welcome to Emaneska.

I Bring the Fire Part I : Wolves

Fantasy > Contemporary
Author: C. Gockel
I Bring the Fire Part I : Wolves (A Loki Story)

In the middle of America, on Route 44, Amy Lewis has a plan — to get to her grandma’s house in time for dinner. Galaxies away Loki is waking up in a prison cell, strangely without a hangover, and with no idea what he’s done wrong — this time anyway. But he does know Thor is hiding something, Odin is up to something wicked, and there seems to be something he’s forgotten…

In this tale that is equal parts “Another Fine Myth,” “American Gods,” and “Once Upon a Time,” a very nice midwestern girl and a jaded, still very mischievous Loki must join forces to outwit gods, elves, magic sniffing cats, and nosy neighbors. If Loki can remember exactly what he’s forgotten and Amy can convince him not to be too distracted by Earthly gadgets, her boobs, or three day benders, they just might pull it off…

The Hitwoman Gets Lucky

Thrillers > Suspense
Author: JB Lynn
The Hitwoman Gets Lucky (Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman)

Maggie Lee’s a lot of things: The daughter of a mom in a mental institution and a dad serving time; The niece of three meddling aunts; The aunt (and now legal guardian) of her beloved niece, Katie; The friend of a snarky lizard, a dyslexic Doberman, and a semi-psychic co-worker; A contract killer. But one thing she’d never thought she’d be is a thief. That’s about to change as she heads to the casinos of Atlantic City to help her sexy murder mentor, Patrick Mulligan, steal something from a professional thief.Maggie’s never been lucky in love or money. Will this gamble pay off or will she lose her shirt, her heart or even her life?

The Crimson League (The Herezoth Trilogy)

Fantasy > Epic
Author: Victoria Grefer
The Crimson League (The Herezoth Trilogy)

What would you do if you were seventeen, a woodworker’s daughter, and your kingdom’s sorcerer-dictator was determined to see you dead?

Join Kora Porteg in the kingdom of Herezoth as she aids her homeland’s organized resistance. Opposing the sorcerer who slew the royal family, Kora soon discovers she’s a sorceress herself, as well as the unwitting subject of an old and often mocked legend. Though she accepts she can have no place in Herezoth after civil war should end, she fights alongside the usurper’s sister, a thief, a scholar, two telekinetic brothers, and other members of the group that calls itself the Crimson League. As their prospects deteriorate, the League has no choice but to make a final stand against its foe and the army that supports him.

The Memoirs of a Prague Executioner

History > World > Medieval
Author: Josef Svátek
The Memoirs of a Prague Executioner

A young man is about to graduate from medical school when a sudden shift of fate changes his life forever. He becomes stuck in the most detested profession for the rest of his life, and he is on his way to becoming the most well-known executioner in the history of Bohemia.

Master Jan finds himself in the center of the historical events of the time. The religious and political turmoil of Bohemia culminates in the 1621 White Mountain Battle. Czech Protestant rebels are defeated by Catholic forces, and Master Jan is to execute 27 men who are his fellow Protestants.

The Donzerly Light

Horror > Occult
Author: Ryne Douglas Pearson
The Donzerly Light

Jay Grady wakes up in handcuffs. Sitting at a table in an isolated room. Across from him sits a man who wants Jay to recount his life. Every detail of it.

If not, he’ll kill him.

So begins Jay’s reluctant journey to a past he’s tried to forget. From his days ruling Wall Street as an impossibly intuitive stock picker, to just a few hours earlier, when he pumped six bullets into a transient outside a dying Missouri town. A drifter he’d once thought was just an ordinary man.

But he was far from ordinary. And Jay came to realize he was not a man at all, but something darker. Something sinister. An evil he was destined to face.

Sundial

Thrillers > Suspense
Author: C.F. Fruzzetti
Sundial (The Light Bringer Series, Book One)

It is 1988 and teenager Whitney Forbes thought her biggest problem was surviving high school and determining if there was more to handsome Reid Wallace than just his looks and popularity. She was wrong. Her problems were about to get a lot more complicated.

Whitney always knew she was special. But when she discovers she is more “special” than she ever imagined, surviving another school day outside her posh D.C. suburb takes on a whole new meaning. Caught in the middle of a CIA plot and her undeniable magnetic attraction to Reid, she will need to decide who she can trust and what it means to become the Sundial…before she risks her heart and an alarming plan goes into motion.

A Child of a Crackhead

Genre Fiction > Urban Life
Author: Shameek Speight
A CHILD OF A CRACKHEAD (Part 1)

He watched as she screamed and yelled with every strike that the man, made to her face. From her mouth, she spit blood that was rolling down her face. He continued to watch the 6’2″ dark skin man repeatedly hit and kick the woman in the stomach, again and again. Noooo stop! please stop!” as she yelled his closed fist went upside her head. Michael knew he had to do something to stop the man from beating the beautiful brown skin woman, with tears running down his own face he yelled, Daddy stop! Daddy stop!, as he ran his 6 year old frame between his father and mother.

Angela’s Song

Religious Fiction
Author: AnnMarie Creedon
Angela's Song

Angela ‘Jel’ Cooke is a widow and mother of three who stays busy so as not to have to face the fact that her marriage was damaged and her husband, Devin, died before it could be repaired. Her good friends realize that no amount of home made lasagna, volunteering at church or late night games of Yahtzee can heal Angela from past regrets. When she meets Jack, the teacher of a class she is taking, he challenges her to face her demons. What follows is the poignant, yet often hilarious saga of how Angela overcomes her guilt and learns to love herself and others.

Unbound

Romance > Fantasy & Futuristic
Author: Cat Miller
Unbound (The Forbidden Bond Series)

After her birth, Danielle Vaughn, and her mother were ushered out of town in a surreptitious attempt to save her life; vampire prejudice can be deadly.
Like any normal nineteen year old, her biggest worry in life was blending in and working hard to keep her grades up. Her departure from a small town in search of a higher education causes a domino effect; she quickly finds herself maneuvering through a maze of enemies and lovers who are all hell bent on capturing her at any cost.

Danielle’s life is turned upside down by the return of her father and the society of vampires that shattered her human mother’s life. She must find a way to survive in the new world she is thrust into by a power hungry rogue on the hunt for gifted vampire youth.

City of Light

Mystery > Historical
Author: Kim Wright
City of Light (City of Mystery)

Set amid the glamour of Paris on the brink of La Belle Époque, City of Light is a tale of murder, mystery, and masks where no one is quite what they seem…

Paris may be abuzz with excitement, but there are also rumors that the Exposition is running out of money and that Eiffel may not finish his celebrated tower in time for the opening day celebrations. The French police are so eager to present a perfect image to the eyes of the world that when a most unusual victim washes up on the banks of the Seine, they literally keep the murder under wraps.

Back in London, Queen Victoria has rewarded Rayley’s friend and rival, Trevor Welles, for his work on the Jack the Ripper case by naming him head of Scotland Yard’s first forensics unit. Trevor scrambles to assemble his team: Tom Bainbridge, an aristocratic young medical student, Emma Kelly, sister of the Ripper’s last victim, and Davy Mabrey, a bobby with profound common sense and a knack for earning the trust of witnesses.

The Legend of Devil’s Creek

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: Anonymous A
The Legend of Devil's Creek

When a mutilated corpse is found bound to a tree deep in the forest of remote Aubrey Island, Washington, residents learn that the murder mirrors, in every ritualistic detail, a series of revenge killings described in a century-old local ghost story. More abductions and killings soon follow.

Justin Riddley, recently transferred to the island’s small college, faces growing evidence that one of his new friends and fellow students may be the murderer. John Marshall, redemption-seeking captain of the local police force, leads the frantic murder investigation and struggles to figure out whether the killings are tied to the island’s dark and violent past. Tormented by tragic wartime memories, and more convinced with each day that it is humanity’s fate to destroy itself, Marshall races against both the murderer and the specter of his own mental breakdown.

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