Elizabeth Spann Craig tops today’s Buffet with A Body in the Backyard, one of her cozy “Myrtle Clover” mysteries which was published just four months ago. It’s the fourth book in the series, but it’s written as a standalone.

elizabethElizabeth, a North Carolina resident, also writes the “Memphis Barbeque” mysteries (under the name Riley Adams), and the “Southern Quilting” mysteries. She also publishes the Mystery Writing is Murder blog, which was named a top-100 writing website by Writer’s Digest each of the past three years.

Elizabeth’s most recent book was Knot What it Seams, published in February. Her next release, slated for this July, will be Rubbed Out, Book 4 in the Memphis Barbeque series.

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A Body in the Backyard

Mystery > Women Sleuths
Author: Elizabeth Spann Craig

A Body in the Backyard (A Myrtle Clover Mystery)

It’s just an ordinary day for octogenarian sleuth Myrtle Clover—until her yardman discovers a dead body planted in her backyard. This death isn’t cut and dried—the victim was bashed in the head with one of Myrtle’s garden gnomes.

Myrtle’s friend Miles recognizes the body and identifies him as Charles Clayborne… reluctantly admitting he’s a cousin. Charles wasn’t the sort of relative you bragged about—he was a garden variety sleaze, which is very likely why he ended up murdered. As Myrtle starts digging up dirt to nip the killings in the bud, someone’s focused on scaring her off the case. Myrtle vows to find the murderer…before she’s pushing up daisies, herself.

Hot Enough to Kill (The 1st Jolene Jackson Mystery)

Mystery > Women Sleuths
Author: Paula Boyd
Hot Enough to Kill (The 1st Jolene Jackson Mystery)

Kickapoo, Texas, is the last place Jolene Jackson wants to be, but with her 72-year-old mother’s boyfriend murdered and Mother Dearest locked up because of it, she’s got little choice but to head south and deal with it.

Bullets are flying, chicken’s frying and there’s a lunatic on the loose in the mesquites with a shotgun who’s Hot Enough to Kill.


Love Works: Seven Timeless Principles for Effective Leaders

Management & Leadership
Author: Joel Manby
Love Works: Seven Timeless Principles for Effective Leaders

Love Works is a framework for successful leadership. It outlines a counterintuitive but proven path to success through a passionate and motivated workforce. The mainstay of this philosophy is leading with love, which relies on seven time-proven—but unfortunately not-so-often tested—principles that break down the natural walls within corporate cultures, empower managers and employees, disarm difficulties, and cultivate an atmosphere that builds long-term success.

The key to leading with love is turning love from an emotion into an action. This shift fosters strong relationships, which in turn builds enthusiastic employees and leads to enthusiastic customers. Using love at work also leverages the undeniable truth that love builds healthy relationship at home, so why not use the same behavior to build healthy relationships at work?

The book will explore the seven principles of love, which are patient, kind, trusting, unselfish, truthful, forgiving and dedicated.

The Entrepreneur Mind: 100 Essential Beliefs, Characteristics, and Habits of Elite Entrepreneurs

Small Business & Entrepreneurship
Author: Kevin Johnson
The Entrepreneur Mind: 100 Essential Beliefs, Characteristics, and Habits of Elite Entrepreneurs

To achieve unimaginable business success and financial wealth—to reach the upper echelons of entrepreneurs, where you’ll find Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Sara Blakely of Spanx, Mark Pincus of Zynga, Kevin Plank of Under Armour, and many others—you have to change the way you think. In other words, you must develop the Entrepreneur Mind, a way of thinking that comes from learning the vital lessons of the best entrepreneurs.

Johnson identifies one hundred key lessons that every entrepreneur must learn in seven areas: Strategy, Education, People, Finance, Marketing and Sales, Leadership, and Motivation. Lessons include how to think big, who makes the best business partners, what captivates investors, when to abandon a business idea, where to avoid opening a business bank account, and why too much formal education can hinder your entrepreneurial growth.

The Rocket Company

Literature & Fiction > Technology > Aeronautics & Astronautics
Author: Patrick Stiennon
The Rocket Company

A fictional account of the development of a commercial two-stage-to-orbit reusable launch vehicle. Included is a description of the business model devised by a group of seven fictional investors committed to creating an economic engine that will cause the cost of space transportation to spiral rapidly downward as the market for launch services expands. In this context, the marketing, regulatory, and technical problems facing any serious attempt to reduce the cost of space transportation are explored. Although a work of fiction, the book follows in the vein of non-fictional accounts of the development of successful technological products and businesses, such as The Soul of a New Machine, and American Steel.

Angel of Mercy (The Fallen)

Science Fiction & Fantasy
Author: Lisa Olsen
Angel of Mercy (The Fallen)

When Mercy wakes up in the hospital after a brutal stabbing, she has little recollection of the attack; only the blurred memories of a mysterious stranger with piercing blue eyes that haunts her dreams. After spotting the same man, that only she can see, Mercy follows him home, brazenly confronting him. (kids at home, never do that!) Her savior turns out to be less than human, or is it more?


The Kinshield Legacy

Science Fiction & Fantasy
Author: K.C. May
The Kinshield Legacy (The Kinshield Saga)

A mysterious stone tablet with five magical gems has sat abandoned in a cave for two hundred years. The kingdom is in ruins, with only warrant knights to keep the peace. But then, the gems in the tablet, one by one, disappear.

Warrant knight Gavin Kinshield is a man of many secrets. He’s the one deciphering the runes in the tablet. Unless he can find a suitable replacement, he’ll be Thendylath’s next king. All he really wants is the letter written by his ancestor Ronor Kinshield, the last man to see King Arek alive… a letter he must earn by tracking down a common thief.

But when Gavin saves a woman’s life, what should have been a simple task draws him face-to-face with his nightmarish past… and the truth of King Arek’s demise.

Twisted Vengeance

Genre Fiction > Horror > Occult
Author: Jeff Bennington
Twisted Vengeance (A Supernatural Thriller) (Book One of The Twisted Series)

Detective Rick Burns is thrust into a supernatural whirlwind while investigating several unsolved murders. In the process, a creepy boy who may know the killer, takes Rick on a chase through the haunted streets of Indianapolis, slowly revealing what he really is. What Rick discovers is a maniac bent on vengeance that is unbelievably twisted. The detective has his past and love interest to protect, but he’ll need to free his own demons before he’s the next victim…

Never Give In To Fear: Laughing All the Way Up from Rock Bottom

Biographies & Memoirs > Women
Author: Marti MacGibbon
Never Give In To Fear: Laughing All the Way Up from Rock Bottom

An enhanced edition of the darkly funny, dramatic memoir describes an emerging standup comic’s drug-fueled descent into the underworld, escape from human traffickers, homelessness, and ultimate redemption. The author vividly describes her experiences as she rides her downward spiral: a near-miss with a notorious serial killer, a series of tragically hilarious misadventures in the California drug world, and a terrifying account of imprisonment at the hands of Japanese organized crime, to name a few. This revised and re-edited version contains three additional chapters that introduce readers to quirky characters, insights into standup comedy, resilience and recovery, and deliver an inspiring message about healing, hope, and courage to change.

Private Notes of a Headhunter: Proven Job Search and Interviewing Techniques

Business & Investing > Careers > Job Hunting
Author: Kenneth Heinzel, Inese Heinzel
Private Notes of a Headhunter: Proven Job Search and Interviewing Techniques for College Students and Recent Grads

College students and recent grads: Want to nail the interview and get the job of your dreams? This book is as important as any course you’ve taken or will ever take: insider tips, tools and techniques tailored expressly to your needs … information that will help give you an edge in one of the most challenging job search environments in many years.

  • Explore the foremost fears college students have about job interviewing, and learn how to overcome them.
  • Learn what employers most want in a job seeker and how to convince them you have it.
  • Learn how to avoid the most common mistakes candidates make in the job interview.
  • Get a look inside the job interviewer’s head: what turns them on, what turns them off, and what you can do about it (check out the Job Fair Survey section to read what actual interviewers and company recruiters have to say).
  • Develop a personal action plan for successful job interviews that fits you and the job you want.
  • Increase your chances of beating your competition by using proven interviewing techniques unknown to most job seekers.

Summer’s Journey: Volume Two – Alphabetical Assignation

Literature & Fiction
Author: Summer Daniels
Summer's Journey: Volume Two - Alphabetical Assignation

The second volume of this continuing True Romance / Erotica series follows Summer’s journey as we find out what happens after that little black dress hit the hotel room floor in Volume One.

“Your intelligence and literary verve have lent themselves to an idea for how to expand your sexual horizons while giving us both a great deal of pleasure. In that vein I will say that you have arrived here tonight for what I will call an alphabetical assignation. Over the next year, if you choose to continue on our journey together, you and I will explore the sexual alphabet together.”

Come with me on my journey of sexual self-discovery. See through my eyes and feel through my touch.

Approximately 5,400 words – this second volume is much more explicit than Volume One and meant for mature audiences only.

Lonely Souls (Witch Avenue Series #1)

Teens > Romance
Author: Karice Bolton
Lonely Souls (Witch Avenue Series #1)

Devastated by the loss of her mother, Triss throws herself into uncovering clues surrounding her mother’s disappearance. When the Witch Avenue Coven turns their back on Triss, she realizes she’s caught in a world that is ruled by Lonely Souls. But who is controlling them?

Recognizing the herbal lore she grew up learning will do little to fight against the underworld, she is relieved when her best friend from childhood, Logan, returns to help her find answers. When they begin uncovering secrets from her family’s past, she learns her mother might not have been the only target.

But as Triss falls deeply for Logan, she discovers her family isn’t the only one with secrets and his may be deadly.

Breaking Cover

Mystery > Hard-Boiled
Author: J.D. Rhoades
Breaking Cover (Tony Wolf/Tim Buckthorn)

He was the most talented undercover agent in FBI history, until he dropped completely off the grid, and hasn’t been heard from in years. Did he go native, or was he discovered and killed? When Tony Wolf is finally driven out into the open, torn from deep cover during the rescue of two kidnapped children, he becomes the number one target of both the vicious biker gang he double-crossed and a massive Federal manhunt.

But Tony’s tired of being the hunted, and as both the gang and a traitorous FBI agent converge on a small southern town, they’re all about to learn a hard lesson: When the Wolf breaks cover, he doesn’t always run away.

Sometimes he comes straight at your throat.

Along Came a Demon

Mystery > Women Sleuths
Author: Linda Welch
Along Came a Demon (Whisperings) (Whisperings Paranormal Mystery)

I’m told the dead are all around us. I wouldn’t know about that, I see only the violently slain. They can be victims of hit-and-run, innocents caught in a cross-fire, the murdered. They whisper to me and they never, ever, forget the face of their killer. I’ve learned to live with my uncanny ability, in fact I’ve made a career out of it.

The departed aren’t the only supernaturals I see. No, they’re not vampires or werewolves or fae – those things don’t exist. We live side by side with what some call the Otherworldy. That’s too much of a mouthful for me, I call them demons. If you saw them as I do, you’d know why.

How To Make Money Blogging: How I Replaced My Day-Job With My Blog

Internet & Web Culture > Blogging & Blogs
Author: Bob Lotich
How To Make Money Blogging: How I Replaced My Day-Job With My Blog

In 2 years Bob went from not knowing what a blog was to making more money blogging than from his corporate day-job.

Bob Lotich founded ChristianPF.com back in 2007 and after getting laid off in 2008 he took the leap into full-time blogging. Less than a year later he was earning more from his blog than his previous day-job. While his results are not typical, this book covers all the steps he took to make money from his blog over that two-year period.

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