After years of writing feature articles for national publications such as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and Wired — plus several nonfiction books for Penguin, Random House and other publishers — W.K. Berger began writing his first novel, The Purples, which tops today’s Buffet.

wkThe inspiration for the book stemmed from a long-ago family connection to the infamous “Purple Gang,” a group of Jewish rumrunners who ruled Detroit during Prohibition. (W.K.’s connection to the group help topple them). Working with the available facts, plus a rich imagination, W.K. chronicles the gang’s swift rise and fall through the voice of their smart, cynical, and slightly self-delusional leader, Joe Bernstein.

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The Purples

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Crime
Author: W. K. Berger
The Purples

Corruption in 1920s Detroit is brought to life in vivid detail.

Shunned by his community… locked up for trying to help an innocent girl… ambushed by rivals and left for dead in the Detroit River: Joe Bernstein has a few scores to settle, and a bold plan to seize control of the Motor City in its booming 1920s heyday. With his faithful “agent” Abie, his brilliant but fragile brother Max, and an out-of-control enforcer named Grabowski (not to mention a couple of carnivorous creatures known as “the babies”), Bernstein gives rise to the infamous Purple Gang–so named by local merchants because the gang’s members were said to be “tainted, like spoiled meat.”
Bernstein’s boys set their sights on taking over the Detroit River, the pipeline connecting dry America to wet Canada. But Joe also must contend with having “a sweetheart in the nut house” and rising tensions within his gang. Worst of all, the D.A.’s office has brought in an amputee war hero named Riley–who seems to be one step ahead of Joe’s big plans.

I Hope You Find Me

Genre Fiction > Horror > Ghosts
Author: Trish Marie Dawson
I Hope You Find Me

Life for Riley ends when her young children die in her arms…victims of a global viral outbreak that claims the lives of everyone she’s ever known. Left to fend for herself with only a dog as her companion, she sets out on a journey to find others, leaving notes everywhere she goes…hoping that one day someone will come looking for her. When Riley meets the handsome yet mysterious Connor on the streets of Downtown San Diego, they form a bond unlike either has experienced before. When the things that go bump in the night turn out to be more than nightmares, the trio sets off for the mountains in search of an isolated resort where they can hunker down, away from the ominous shadows of the dead city streets.

Finding Rebecca: A Novel of Love and the Holocaust

Historical Fiction  > World Literature > Jewish
Author: Eoin Dempsey
Finding Rebecca: A Novel of Love and the Holocaust

Christopher would always be there for Rebecca no matter what it took, from the beaches of Jersey to the hell of the holocaust and Auschwitz.

The prisoners in Auschwitz called it Canada, the land of unimaginable riches, where the last possessions of those who perished in the gas chambers were gathered and counted. Christopher is the new head of Canada, the ‘Dollar King.’ He is the one who controls the river of dirty money flowing through the camp. But Christopher is on a different mission. He is not in Auschwitz to serve the Reich, but to find Rebecca, lost somewhere inside the sprawling system of concentration camps set up to murder the innocent victims of the holocaust.

Kade’s Dark Embrace (Immortals of New Orleans)

Romance > Paranormal > Vampires
Author: Kym Grosso
Kade's Dark Embrace (Immortals of New Orleans)

After a series of girls are ritualistically murdered on the cold streets of Philadelphia, seasoned detective, Sydney Willows, is forced to work with sexy, alpha vampire, Kade Issacson. While working the case, Sydney finds herself inexplicably drawn to Kade, fighting the passion she feels towards him. Kade, determined to solve the case and mete out justice, is captivated by the independent, fiery detective. As he attempts to protect her from a very real murderer, Kade grows concerned that the beautiful, but very human detective, could easily end up dead should she tangle with supernatural forces that are beyond her control.

The investigation leads them into a dark and dangerous world, deep in the heart of New Orleans, where together, they search for the perpetrators of the Voodoo killings. Sydney soon becomes the target of the killer and ends up fighting for her life and love in the Big Easy. If she makes it out alive, will she give into the intoxicating desire she feels for Kade?

This Shattered Land (Surviving the Dead)

Literature & Fiction > Action & Adventure
Author: James Cook
This Shattered Land (Surviving the Dead)

Eric Riordan doesn’t look for trouble, but trouble has a way of finding him.

Two years have passed since the Outbreak. After joining forces with his friend Gabriel, he has managed to stay alive by fleeing to the peaks of the Appalachian mountains. With supplies running low, and enemies gathering, the two survivors are forced to begin their journey west to Colorado.

Along the way they will find unexpected allies, reunite with old friends, and make deadly new enemies. As difficult as life has been, the most dangerous times lie ahead.

Nothing is ever easy at the end of the world.

Three Moons Over Sedona

Literature & Fiction > Humor
Author: Sherry Hartzler
Three Moons Over Sedona

Georgia Mae Brown has always lived an ordinary life. That is, until her husband dies in the arms of a younger woman. Six weeks after his death, Georgia slides behind the wheel of her husband’s beloved 1976 Fleetwood convertible, starts the engine and just keeps driving. Empowered by a volatile mix of freedom and retribution, Georgia begins a journey of a lifetime.

Traveling two thousand-miles to Sedona, Arizona, Georgia finds work in a café managed by the kooky proprietor, Trish Martin. Next door, the Moon Tide Gift Shop is owned by the exotic Zoe Atwater, the daughter of screen legend, Gloria Atwater. Befriended by these two flamboyant characters, Georgia finds new life in Sedona, an artisan town surrounded by the magnificent red rock scenery of Oak Creek Canyon.

Newborn Photography Made Easy

Photography > Portraits
Author: Scott Voelker, Lisa Voelker
Newborn Photography Made Easy

Do you want to learn how to become a professional newborn photographer?

Well…now it’s easier than ever and this book will explain exactly how to get started…step by step!

Lisa Voelker who has been photographing Newborns for over 12 years now, has written a book to explain everything you’ll need to know to get started. She said when first writing this book, “I wanted to write a book that could have helped me, when I was just starting out”. This is her personal handbook which includes everything she has learned from photographing newborns over the years.

Haunted Moon (A Moon Coven Series Novella)

Short Story Collections > Fantasy & Magic
Author: K.B. Miller
Haunted Moon (A Moon Coven Series Novella)

Before Lilyann stepped into her destiny to lead the coven, there was another powerful Moon witch…her grandmother.

A teenage witch-to-be in Galway, Ireland, Leeny Moon was prepared to take her rightful place in the circle along side of her family. That was until she witnessed firsthand the forthcoming nightmares she would be expected to face, vampires.

The fight between good versus evil begins here…

Declutter Your Life

Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Home Improvement & Design
Author: Michelle Stewart
Declutter Your Life: Reduce Stress, Increase Productivity, and Enjoy Your Clutter-Free Life

Michelle Stewart, author of Declutter Your Life, draws on her professional and personal experiences to craft an easy-to-follow book on reducing clutter in all aspects of your life. She shares personal success stories regarding home, office, and mental clutter and talks about how living in a modern culture can lead to anxiety and depression. Declutter Your Life is full of tips for decluttering physically and mentally, and Stewart provides advice that can be implemented with minimal time and money.

Whether the piles of stuff in your dining and bedroom areas are beginning to drive you crazy, or you need to make some changes to your office space, this book can help. If you are tired all the time because you never have a minute to yourself, or racing thoughts about what you need to do the next day are keeping you awake at night, this book can help.

The Zombie Wilson Diaries

Humor & Entertainment > Parodies
Author: Timothy W. Long
The Zombie Wilson Diaries

It should have been the perfect vacation. A beautiful island without a soul in sight. Blue sea so clear I can see the reef. Palm trees swaying in the wind, and a girl with barely a scrap of clothing on.

There is only one problem. She is a zombie and she wants to eat me.

That’s right. My only companion is a creature with a hunger for human flesh. I should bash in her brains and toss her in the ocean but I don’t have a volleyball to talk to.

Painted Blind: A Modern Retelling of the Myth of Cupid & Psyche

World Literature > Mythology
Author: Michelle Hansen
Painted Blind: A Modern Retelling of the Myth of Cupid & Psyche

Psyche Middleton has always been judged by her looks. When she meets a guy that can make himself invisible, she must decide if love is truly blind. He takes her a palace in an idyllic kingdom, but his affection has one condition—she may not see him.

Enchanted, intrigued and not wholeheartedly believing he’s real, she betrays his trust for a glimpse of his face, and ends up at the mercy of his controlling mother. Psyche must complete three impossible tasks to prove her love—or die trying.

Shattered Grace (Fallen from Grace)

Fantasy > Paranormal
Author: K Anne Raines
Shattered Grace (Fallen from Grace)

Seventeen-year-old Grace grows up knowing she’s different, but she always attributed it to a mother who didn’t want her, a father who abandoned her, and a curse that sets her apart. Despite those struggles, her grandfather remained her rock and confidant. Her life shatters irrevocably after he suddenly dies.

The day of his funeral sets off a chain of events, making Grace question everything she’s ever known to be true, and as a result, who she can truly trust. She inherits his house, part of his money, his Guardian and something that ties them together.

Just before Grace’s 18th birthday, she is thrust into a world she couldn’t fathom existed, and does everything she can to thwart the destiny suddenly forced upon her. She’s been chosen for greatness, but at what cost? With eyes now open, she must choose to either be Chosen, or watch those around her suffer the consequences.

Shifting Shadows (Sparks Collide Series)

Paranormal > Witches & Wizards
Author: Amanda Kelly
Shifting Shadows (Sparks Collide Series)

Party boy and werewolf, Jay Dellarson is stunned when his uncle hires a human to be his newest assistant. Kira Franklin is a sheltered girl with a mysterious past who’s finally taking charge of her life. When Jay and his pack begin to spend more time with the new girl in town, things start to unravel. Kira fights to keep her secrets hidden but when she finds out the truth of the town’s inhabitants it puts her in greater danger than ever before. While discovery of the werewolves’ secrets is dangerous, it’s discovery of Kira’s secrets that could place everyone in the middle of a vicious war.

Losing Faith

Literature & Fiction > Contemporary Fiction
Author: Jeremy Asher
Losing Faith

Seth Storm, a once famous musician from Nashville, is now nothing more than a fallen star. After climbing the music charts and making his dreams come true, his life took a turn that he’d never expected, causing him to lose it all. But Seth is determined to do whatever it takes to get it all back, even if that includes doing the one thing he swore he’d never do.

After turning his back on his career, music, and the life he had worked so hard to build, Seth embarks on a journey to make things right and get his life back.

Along the way, Seth encounters a storm that threatens his chances at getting back the one thing that could fix his broken life: his daughter, Faith. Forced to travel with strangers, Seth discovers that his success and failure are not just at the hands of fate, but that they also rest within his traveling companions.

Knowing His Secret (Year of the Billionaire Part 1)

Romance > Contemporary
Author: K.C. Falls
Knowing His Secret (Year of the Billionaire Part 1)

He looked like the kind of man even my mother would call smokin’ hot. Eventually, she did.
He felt like the kind of man who didn’t just break the rules, but made new ones. He led and it was follow or get out of the way.

Why did a billionaire with a voice like liquid silk and a face like a bad angel take a second look at a girl in no-name jeans, with a fifteen-dollar haircut and a beat up car she calls her “Eep” because the ‘J’ fell off long ago.

Silent Influencing – Employing Powerful Techniques for Influence and Leadership

Management & Leadership > Organizational Change
Author: Michael Nir, Wordsharp, Philip Pekar
Silent Influencing - Employing Powerful Techniques for Influence and Leadership (The Leadership Series)

Are you tired of not getting your message across? Of not being heard? Of having your boss always ignoring you and your spouse not caring what you think?

Silent influencing is the guide for you. It will enable you to change how you interact with others, how to influence them and how to lead to results. With Silent Influencing you will succeed.

Change your life and become a Silent Influencer today. It will never be the same again.

Too Jewish

Genre Fiction > Historical
Author: Patty Friedmann
Too Jewish

Patty Friedmann had that sad childhood that is pretty much a prerequisite for a novelist. She’s written seven darkly comic novels–and finally she draws on the autobiographical material that made it all possible.

Too Jewish tells a story much like the central tale of her young life: her father suffered from survivor guilt, all the while trying to make his way in a hostile society. Like Patty’s father, young, brainy protagonist Bernie Cooper escapes Nazi Germany and ends up in New Orleans, where he finds an entirely new kind of prejudice against Jews—the kind that comes from other Jews. Sadly, they’re his own in-laws.

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