Today’s Buffet is topped by a biography of a fascinating scientist and innovator, Nikola Tesla, who lived from 1856 to 1943. He was a Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current electricity supply system.

seanThe biography was self-published by Sean Patrick, who envisions Tesla as “the man that invented the 20th Century.”

Tesla started working in the telephony and electrical fields before emigrating to the United States in 1884 to work for Thomas Edison. He soon struck out on his own with financial backers, setting up laboratories and companies to develop a range of electrical devices. His patented AC induction motor and transformer were licensed by George Westinghouse, who also hired Tesla as a consultant to help develop a power system using alternating current.

Tesla’s flair as a showman gave him the reputation of a “mad scientist” among that day’s media. Although he died in relative obscurity, Tesla’s reputation has been greatly rehabilitated in the past two decades.

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Nikola Tesla: Imagination and the Man That Invented the 20th Century

Biographies & Memoirs > Scientists

Author: Sean Patrick

Nikola Tesla: Imagination and the Man That Invented the 20th Century

If you want to learn about one of history’s most fascinating minds and uncover some of his secrets of imagination—secrets that enabled him to invent machines light years ahead of his time and literally bring light to the world—then you want to read this book. Imagination amplifies and colors every other element of genius, and unlocks our potential for understanding and ability.

It’s no coincidence that geniuses not only dare to dream of the impossible for their work, but do the same for their lives. They’re audacious enough to think that they’re not just ordinary players.

Few stories better illustrate this better than the life of the father of the modern world, a man of legendary imaginative power and wonder: Nikola Tesla.
In this book, you’ll be taken on a whirlwind journey through Tesla’s life and work, and not only learn about the successes and mistakes of one of history’s greatest inventors, but also how to look at the world in a different, more imaginative way. Read this book now and learn lessons from Nikola Tesla on why imagination is so vital to awakening your inner genius, and insights into the real “secret” to creativity, as explained by people like Jobs, Picasso, Dali, and Twain.


Tea With Emma (The Teacup Novellas – Book One)

Religious Fiction > Romance
Author: Diane Moody

Tea With Emma (The Teacup Novellas - Book One)

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Fresh from a Jane Austen tour in England, Maddie Cooper returns home to Texas, determined to bring a touch of “Austen to Austin.” She dreams of opening an authentic English tea room and, like Austen’s Emma, put into practice her self-proclaimed gift as a matchmaker. But an airport mishap with a cranky Englishman gets her off on the wrong foot (quite literally), especially when he moves into the university guest house across the street. Can Maddie find a love for her unapproachable new neighbor, or has she finally met her match?

Secret Sisters: Volume One

Children’s Books > Social Situations
Author: Sandra Byrd

Secret Sisters: Volume One

After a lonely time in the fifth grade, Tess Thomas dreads the beginning of the next school year. Then the exclusive Coronado Club invites her to join. She thinks she’ll do anything to belong–until she finds out just what “anything” means. How far is too far to keep a friend? When does belonging cost more than you should pay?


The Good Lawyer: A Novel

Thrillers > Legal
Author: Thomas Benigno

The Good Lawyer: A Novel

A young, ambitious lawyer is eager to prove he is better than the father who abandoned him and worthy of the devoted mother who raised him beyond the siren call of the mobster dominated family he grew up in. Working as a Bronx Legal Aid Attorney he learns how to twist the system, how to become an unbeatable defense lawyer, and he his peacock proud of his perfect record-not a single conviction.

But it’s 1982. The Spiderman rapist is on the loose and New York City is a city in fear. When an outraged rape victim commits suicide right before his eyes, searching for absolution, he grabs the headline case of a teacher’s aide accused of molesting three students. Armed with a firm belief in his client’s innocence, he knocks the pegs out from under the prosecution’s case.

When one of the children turns up dead, he discovers that his client may be strangely connected to the Spiderman.

Lethal Circuit: Spy Action Adventure for Mystery Thriller Fans (#1)

Thrillers > Spy Stories & Tales of Intrigue

Author: Lars Guignard

Lethal Circuit: Spy Action Adventure for Mystery Thriller Fans (#1)

Michael Chase is a twenty-six year old backpacker, a recent college graduate, an amateur. He flew to Hong Kong to find his missing father. Four hours later, he’s running for his life. The Chinese Secret Police want him dead. The Conspiracy wants him dead. And the one person who he thinks is on his side, may want him dead too. If Michael is going to live, he’ll need to find a hidden piece of Nazi technology lost since World War II. And he’ll have to do it before anyone else. Because if he doesn’t, a little plutonium is going to be the least of his problems.

Speak Swahili, Dammit!

Biographies & Memoirs > Africa

Author: James Penhaligon

Speak Swahili, Dammit!

An inspiring biographical account of a young boy’s chaotic life in a remote, wild, corner of East Africa. Born in Africa, James’s childhood is spent on an isolated gold-mine near Lake Victoria, Tanganyika, with just his sister and mother; his father tragically dying through injuries sustained from World War II. His upbringing is mainly left to a tribal ayah called Amina and an elderly Swahili man, and he learns to speak Swahili before English.

In this unusual setting he soon discovers some stark facts about life through tragedy and danger, but it is the local watu, imbued with kindness and irrepressible humour, that save him from despair, and with whom he learns to fish with home-made lines, eat insects and famously abuse the European hierarchy in real Swahili.

A Little Ray Of Sunshine

Women’s Fiction > Contemporary Women

Author: Lani Diane Rich

A Little Ray Of Sunshine

Emmy James is not the kind of girl who believes in angels, or fate. So when a lost soul named Jess gets stranded at the convenience store where EJ works the night shift, and claims to be an angel delivered by Fate to fix EJ’s life, EJ calls her a cab and sends her on her way. Ah, if only it were that easy to shake an angel off your leg…

Jess’s determination to fix EJ’s life culminates in a kidnapping and a cross-country trek at the end of which lies Fletcher, Oregon, and the scorched earth of EJ’s past. There’s Lilly, her narcissistic child-star mother; Danny, the stand-in father who raised her when her mother couldn’t; and Luke, the love of her life, the man who knew her best and loved her anyway. Now it’s up to EJ to heal the damage she left in her wake when she disappeared out of their lives six years ago, and even with an angel on her shoulder, that’s gonna be a tall order…

The Hungering Saga Complete

Science Fiction & Fantasy
Author: Heath Pfaff, Justin Hernandez

The Hungering Saga Complete

Twisted by black magic and driven by soul crushing loss, Lowin Fenly, a young scribe-turned-knight, struggles to hold onto his humanity as he battles to rescue that which he values most in the world. Along the way he will be forced to make friends of his enemies, and enemies of his friends. He will grow from a boy no one has heard of, into a man destined to leave the land forever changed, but how will he be remembered? Will he be Sir Fenly, Hero of the People, or will he be Lowin the Dread, a monster to terrify children?

Awakened (Paranormal romance, YA fantasy)

Science Fiction & Fantasy
Author: Ednah Walters

Awakened (Paranormal romance, YA fantasy) (The Guardian Legacy)

Most teens turn sixteen and get the license to drive, but Lil Falcon gets the license to kill demons. Orphaned as a child and raised by an eccentric grandfather, Lil is concerned with surviving high school and is unaware that she’s a Guardian-a being with super powers charged with killing demons and protecting humanity. When she meets Bran, a mysterious boy with amazing abilities, his psi energy unlocks her latent powers. But Bran has a secret that can ruin their growing relationship, and the truth she discovers may destroy everything she believes in unless she finds the right balance between love and sacrifice.

Double Take (a Hank Hammond, P.I. mystery featuring Lori Reed)

Mystery > Hard-Boiled
Author: J P David

Double Take (a Hank Hammond, P.I. mystery featuring Lori Reed)

As the newest private investigator in Kingston Beach, Hank Hammond has all the signs of success that he could possibly ask for: the latest detective gear, a shiny red Corvette, an office within a successful attorney’s building, and–most importantly–the professional services of Lori Reed, a brilliant and beautiful executive assistant.

Enter a cantankerous millionaire. And enter a collection of murderers, thieves, embezzlers, and other assailants including body-building twins and the local police department, all wanting a piece–or preferably pieces–of Hank.

The Battered Heiress Blues

Women’s Fiction > Contemporary Women
Author: Laurie Van Dermark

The Battered Heiress Blues

When the life of her child is threatened, philanthropist Julia Spencer is faced with a most difficult decision- do nothing, thereby saving herself or forge ahead and lose everything she holds dear. While one child is spared, another is lost forever. Surviving a brutal assault in a small and desolate Peruvian town, Julia wakes to find that her unborn child has perished in a desperate, violent attack. Returning to the safety of her family’s Savannah estate, she prepares to bury her tragically murdered son. Forced to confront the choices that led to her son’s death, she is bombarded with resolving the details of her poorly conceived marriage, estrangement from a powerful and disapproving patriarch, and navigating the sudden renewal of a long forgotten flame- Henry Walker.

Where Love Once Lived

Genre Fiction > Coming of Age
Author: Sidney W. Frost

Where Love Once Lived

She’d once loved a bookmobile driver. Memories of that time with him poured in so rapidly she caught her breath. It’d been long ago, but her heart remembered. At first she remembered the love she’d felt back then, but the good memories didn’t last long. She’d gone to the bookmobile as usual that last day, but nothing was to be the same again. She went to Brian with love and exciting news. She left alone. Not just without him, but alone in the world and apart from God.

Memory’s Wake

Teens > Science Fiction & Fantasy
Author: Selina Fenech

Memory's Wake

Lost in a world of magic and monstrous fairies, a troubled sixteen-year-old with no memories must discover who she is, before she is discovered by those who want her dead. Memory’s Wake contains 44 black and white illustrations by the author and artist. Approx. 80,000 words or 320 pages in paperback.

Hide and Seek (Hide and Seek Mystery Series)

Romantic Suspense
Author: Jennifer Hayden

Hide and Seek (Hide and Seek Mystery Series)

High school history teacher, Baylie Sutter, finally seems to have it all;a great job, a great home, and for the first time in her life, real friends. But when several women close to her end up murdered and her former lover is wanted for the crimes, her seemingly perfect world shatters. Her ex disappears, and under a cloud of suspicion Baylie is forced to leave her job behind and attempt to start over in the big city of Seattle. But just as she settles in scandal finds her again.

Her co-worker disappears and the cryptic phone calls begin. The cycle of murder is repeating itself and Baylie finds herself under fire a second time, with nowhere to run and no place to hide. With no one else to turn to, she joins forces with Detective Dylan Stone. Though Stone mistrusts her immediately, he realizes there is more to this compelling woman than meets the eye.

Facing Redemption

Literature & Fiction > Romance
Author: Kimberly McKay

Facing Redemption

What if you had done something so unimaginable in your past that you felt you could never be forgiven? John Mikale, a man with a checkered reputation, can’t begin to shake his guilt for the hurt he’s caused his daughter, Chastity, and how its scarred so many people in its wake. Although an uphill battle, John diligently strives to make up for lost time by writing Chastity letters, hoping to bridge the gap.

John, now married and expecting another child, is haunted by cryptic dreams, from which he awakes in terror. Driven to become a better man, he forces himself to face his nightmares and the reality they represent. Searching for decency within and hoping for a flicker of acceptance from Chastity is the only way he knows to release his past and heal both their wounds. But how can he expect forgiveness when he can’t begin to forgive himself for the hurt he’s caused?

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