Lawana Blackwell has written has three inspirational historical romance series, including the “Victorian Serenade” series, the three-book “Gresham Chronicles” series, and her most recent, “Tales of London,” of which Book 1, Tales of Mayfair, tops today’s Buffet. Her very first published books were novellas for Heartsong Presents and written under the pen name Kate Blackwell — Shores of Promise and Shores of Deliverance.

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Lawana writes about 40 hours a week, and spends about two hours of research for every hour she spends writing. She used to spend far more time researching at libraries, but the Internet has proved to be a real time-saver. And she’s accumulated a huge reference library from eBay, garage sales, used and new book stores, and even some antique book shops in London.

When she’s not busy with writing or research, Lawana enjoys garage sales, vegetarian cooking, and HGTV. She and her husband Buddy live in Louisiana.

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Maiden of Mayfair, The (Tales of London Book #1)

Christian Fiction > Historical
Author: Lawana Blackwell
Maiden of Mayfair, The (Tales of London Book #1)

An orphanage in the slums of London is the only home Sarah Matthews has ever known. When she is suddenly whisked away to a wealthy widow’s home in the prestigious Mayfair district, Sarah can’t fathom what has happened. Why would this elderly woman, a stranger, want her company? But Dorothea Blake has reasons she isn’t revealing.

As Sarah blossoms into a young woman, the secret Mrs. Blake harbors threatens to make them both outcasts among London’s elite. When a visitor unknowingly stumbles upon the truth, he puts Sarah at risk of losing everything she holds dear, including the attentions of a new curate. Will the mystery of her birth remain buried forever?

Scrap Metal

Romance > Gay Romance
Author: Harper Fox
Scrap Metal

One year ago, before Fate took a wrecking ball to his life, Nichol was happily working on his doctorate in linguistics. Now he’s hip deep in sheep, mud and collies. His late brother and mother had been well suited to life on Seacliff Farm. Nichol? Not so much.

As lambing season progresses in the teeth of an icy north wind, the last straw is the intruder Nichol catches in the barn. He says his name is Cam, and he’s on the run from a Glasgow gang. Something about the young man’s tired resignation touches Nichol deeply, and instead of giving him the business end of a shotgun, he offers Cam a blanket and a place to stay.


An Untamed Land

Women’s Fiction > Domestic Life
Author: Lauraine Snelling
An Untamed Land (Red River of the North Book #1)

She had promised herself that once they left the fjords of Norway, she would not look back. After three long years of scrimping and saving to buy tickets for their passage to America, Roald and Ingeborg Bjorklund, along with their son, Thorliff, finally arrive at the docks of New York City. It was the promise of free land that fed their dream and lured them from their beloved home high above the fjords of Norway in 1880.

Together with Roald’s brother Carl and his family, they will build a good life in a new land that promises untold wealth and vast farmsteads for their children. As they join the throngs of countless immigrants passing through Castle Garden, they soon discover that nothing is as they had envisioned it. Appalled by the horrid stories of fellow immigrants bilked of all their money and forced to live in squalid living conditions, the Bjorklunds continue their long journey by train as far as Grand Forks.

Will they be strong enough to overcome the hardships of that first winter?


Through the Fire

Christian Fiction > Suspense
Author: Shawn Grady
Through the Fire (First Responders Book #1)

Firefighting burns in Aidan O’Neill’s blood. The son of a fireman, O’Neill has a sixth sense about fire and often takes dangerous risks. When one act of disobedience nearly gets a rookie killed, O’Neill is suspended. His weeks off are supposed to be a time to reflect but instead he escapes to Mexico, where another rash act of bravery actually kills him. But only for a few minutes.

Called back to Reno, he’s now haunted by visions of hell and paralyzed in the face of fire. And at the worst time, because an arsonist is targeting Reno. With a growing love interest with one of the investigators complicating everything, Aidan must discover where his trust rests as the fires creep ever closer.

Sleeping Roses

Romance > Mystery & Suspense
Author: RaShelle Workman
Sleeping Roses (Dead Roses)

Her marriage may be dangerous, but leaving could be deadly.Sophie married into a lie. Sick of her dangerous marriage, Sophie leaves her husband, determined to start a new life. But her husband isn’t going to let her go that easily. If he can’t have her, no one can. It’s hunter versus hunted.

Deadly Aim (Angel Delaney Mysteries Book #1)

Mystery > Women Sleuths
Author: Patricia H. Rushford
Deadly Aim (Angel Delaney Mysteries Book #1)

When a police shootout results in the death of a 12-year-old boy, Officer Angel Delaney is blamed, convicted, and condemned by the media and the Sunset Cove community before the case even goes to trial.

Angel will have her day in court, but before she has the chance to defend herself, the situation spirals out of control. Key evidence is missing, evidence that could have verified her claim of firing only one shot in self-defense. In short order, the body count rises, and suddenly Angel is a suspect in more than one murder investigation. Heartsick about the young boy’s death, and questioning her judgment as a police officer, Angel joins forces with Detective Callen Riley to fight the mounting charges against her.

The Black Angel (The St Ives)

Historical Romance
Author: Barbara Samuel
The Black Angel (The St Ives)

Ardor once foolishly led Lady Adriana St. Ives into the arms of a rake, an affair that cost her everything she held dear. Though that was five years ago, this golden English beauty still vows that no man will ever again ignite the sensual passion hidden deep in her soul–not even her new husband, Tynan Spenser, Earl of Glencove, a darkly handsome and rich Irish rogue.

Known as “The Black Angel” for his wild and lascivious ways, Tynan is as determined to melt his icy bride as she is to resist his seductive charms. Vowing that she will be his in just one hundred kisses, Tynan sets out to win her with a kiss each day–a challenge Riana is sure she can withstand. But the willful beauty has no idea of the power of a single kiss…

The Virgin Diaries

Relationships > Love & Romance
Author: Kimberley A. Johnson
The Virgin Diaries

What does it feel like to lose your virginity? Seventy-two men and women answer that burning question. Hundreds of years of collective experience answer the questions every virgin has.

This is a about sex that really isn’t about sex at all. Rather, it’s about the feelings associated with that first time: wondering about it, worrying about it, the expectations, the surprises and the disappointments. Within these pages are the recollections of seventy-two people, young and old, gay and straight, who responded to the call for answers. This candid collection of stories provides a unique opportunity to be a fly on the wall.

You Only Die Twice

Thrillers > Technothrillers
Author: Christopher Smith
You Only Die Twice

In her past, Cheryl Dunning died once. A violent act killed her, but heroics brought her back. Now, if she can’t save herself from two serial killers hunting her in the Maine woods, she’s about to die again, this time from two men armed with a Bible, guns, a deep belief in God, and their twisted interpretation of his word. Fueled by their righteous fury, they are determined to find Cheryl and murder her for what they perceive as her “life’s worth of sins.” What they don’t know is what Cheryl knows. She’s a Maine girl, born and raised–and she knows how to use these woods in ways that might, if she’s lucky, turn them against each man.

The Resume is Dead

Job Hunting & Careers > Resumes
Author: Nelson Wang
The Resume is Dead

What Does Matt Epstein Know That We Don’t?

One summer day, Matt Epstein applied to 20 different companies on LinkedIn to find work. He waited. He never heard back a single response. Fear began to creep in. He couldn’t find a job because of one simple reason: He was blending in with the masses. Panic began to race through his mind.

And then a stroke of genius hit him. He was going to be bold. Inspiring. Outrageous. Awkward. Funny. Unbelievable.

How is it that Matt was able to get publicity from just about every big name media outlet, generate a massive fan base and garner 80 interview offers from top tier, innovative companies while so many of us have to beg for a single interview?

The Blasphemer – An Islamic Thriller

Thrillers > Spy Stories & Tales of Intrigue
Author: John Ling
The Blasphemer - An Islamic Thriller (Maya Raines #1)

When Abraham Khan releases an e-book condemning radical Islam, the consequences hit him fast and hard — an armed fanatic smashes into his home one evening, trying to kill him. He survives the harrowing attempt. Just barely. But will he survive the next one?

Maya Raines is the security operator brought in to protect Abraham. She is tough and committed. The very best at what she does. Always one step ahead of the threat.

But Abraham is no ordinary principal — he will not hide, and he will not stay silent.

Absence of Grace

Genre Fiction > Coming of Age
Author: Ann Warner
Absence of Grace

The memory of an act committed when she was nineteen weaves a dark thread through Clen McClendon’s life. It is a darkness Clen ignores until the discovery of her husband’s infidelity propels her on a quest for redemption and forgiveness. Her journeying is providing few answers and peace remains elusive, even during the time she spends in an abbey. But when Clen makes a decision that is both desperate and random to go to Wrangell, Alaska, she will learn choices are never truly random and they always have consequences.

The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap

Literature & Fiction > Contemporary Fiction
Author: Paulette Mahurin
The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap

A women’s Brokeback Mountain. The year 1895 was filled with memorable historical events: the Dreyfus Affair divided France; Booker T. Washington gave his Atlanta address; the United States expanded the effects of the Monroe Doctrine to cover South America; and Oscar Wilde was tried and convicted for gross indecency under Britain’s recently passed law that made sex between males a criminal offense.

When news of Wilde’s conviction went out over telegraphs worldwide, it threw a small Nevada town into chaos. This is the story of what happened when the lives of its citizens were impacted by the news of Oscar Wilde’s imprisonment. It is a chronicle of hatred and prejudice with all its unintended and devastating consequences, and how love and friendship bring strength and healing.

The Hooked X – The Secret History of North America

History > World > Medieval
Author: Scott Wolter
The Hooked X - The Secret History of North America

This book is the culmination of a seven-year odyssey to understand the origin of a mysterious symbol that first appeared on a highly controversial century-old artifact called the Kensington Rune Stone. The discovery of the meaning of the Hooked X was stunning, as was the secret history behind it.

This new evidence serves as the foundation upon which the case for the medieval origin of the Spirit Pond and Narragansett Rune Stones, as well as the Newport Tower in Rhode Island rests. Anything that helps validate the Kensington Rune Stone also validates the Hooked X, which also appears on the other four North American rune stones and ties them all together. The Hooked X is also found in two other unexpected places: The Larsson Papers found in Sweden in 2004, and in Christopher Columbus s mysterious signature.

Falling For Nick

Romance > Contemporary
Author: Joleen James
Falling For Nick

It’s taken Clea Rose ten years to get over the one night she spent with bad boy Nick Lombard—a night of teenage passion that produced her son, and sent Nick to prison for murder. Now, with her life finally back on track, Clea’s about to marry a wonderful man and leave town for a promising career in New York. The last thing she expects is Nick’s return and the intense feelings he stirs within her.

Sent to prison for a murder he didn’t commit, Nick Lombard comes home to the tiny town of Port Bliss to attend his mother’s funeral, but he doesn’t count on running into Clea.


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