Gerri Russell has worked at nearly every conceivable writing job: broadcast journalist, newspaper reporter, magazine columnist, technical writer and editor, instructional designer and, most recently, romance novelist. She’s the award-winning author of six novels and one novella, and is best known for her adventurous and emotionally intense novels set in 13th and 14th Century Scottish Highlands.

gerriHer most notable series to date is that of the Brotherhood of the Scottish Templars, of which Seducing the Knight tops today’s Buffet. The book has been described as “an exhilarating fourteenth century Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

In her spare time, Gerri is a living history re-enactor with the Shrewsbury Renaissance Faire. She’s a two-time recipient of the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart award. Gerri lives in Bellevue, Washington with her husband and children.

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Seducing the Knight (Brotherhood of the Scottish Templars)

Fantasy > Historical > Romance
Author: Gerri Russell

Seducing the Knight (Brotherhood of the Scottish Templars)

A princess in hiding…

A Templar knight bound by duty but burning with desire…

A search for the legendary Ark of the Covenant…

Their journey will take them thousands of miles–from the deserts in the cradle of civilization to the misty heathered Highlands of Scotland. Along the way they will face storms, treachery, and an army of assassins. But for these two who thrive on adventure, the greatest risk of all is abandoning themselves to the pleasures they find in each other’s arms.


On Basilisk Station

Science Fiction > Military
Author: David Weber
On Basilisk Station (Honor Harrington)

Having made him look a fool, she’s been exiled to Basilisk Station in disgrace and set up for ruin by a superior who hates her. Her demoralized crew blames her for their ship’s humiliating posting to an out-of-the-way picket station. The aborigines of the system’s only habitable planet are smoking homicide-inducing hallucinogens. Parliament isn’t sure it wants to keep the place; the major local industry is smuggling; the merchant cartels want her head; the star-conquering, so-called “Republic” of Haven is Up To Something; and Honor Harrington has a single, over-age light cruiser with an armament that doesn’t work to police the entire star system.

But the people out to get her have made one mistake. They’ve made her mad.

Through the Wildwood (The Legend of Vanx Malic)

World Literature > Mythology
Author: M. R. Mathias
Through the Wildwood (The Legend of Vanx Malic)

A half-zythian bard named Vanx is in chains for bedding the Duchess of Highlake. The Duke wants him dead, but his wife secretly sent their daughter to buy his freedom from the slave markets. This is bad news, for bad things can happen to an ill guarded caravan in the mountains. When the duke’s mercenaries attack to kill the adulterous prisoner all hell breaks loose. Now, the only way Vanx and the Princess of Highlake can escape the duke and his men is if they can somehow make it through the Wildwood, a place that no one has ever returned from before…..

Things We Once Held Dear

Christian Fiction > Romance
Author: Ann Tatlock
Things We Once Held Dear (Legacy Series)

The foundations of Neil Sadler’s small-town life had been rocked by the suspicious death of Helen Syfert, the mother of Neil’s friend Mary. Years later, living and working in New York City, Neil struggles to recover from a more recent loss. Intent on repairing his shattered world, Neil returns to his hometown of Mason, Ohio, where he reconnects with Mary.

Their once-close relationship hadn’t been strong enough to survive the tragedy that overtook Mary’s family, yet what drove them apart years ago now seems to be drawing them back together. The mystery of Helen’s death remains unsolved. To bring closure will mean facing old truths—hard truths—and discovering some new ones.

Dark Places

Genre Fiction > Action & Adventure
Author: Jon Evans
Dark Places (Dark Places Of The Earth)

Paul Wood is a modern vagabond, a man who chooses to leave the comforts of San Francisco to spend months backpacking through some of the world’s most challenging terrain. While hiking in the Himalayas, Paul gets more of a rush than he bargained for when he finds the body of a murdered hiker – killed in a way he has witnessed once before, in Africa, years ago and thousands of miles away.

The police in Nepal, anxious to quell a scandal, close the case and declare the victim a suicide. Only Paul is left to search for answers. He reaches out to his farflung tribe of fellow backpackers for help, and his discoveries lead him to a terrible conclusion: a killer is stalking the international backpacker trail, preying on victims in wild places far beyond the reach of any authorities. A killer whom Paul may already know.

Finding the murderer becomes an obsession that leads Paul from Himalayan peaks, through the jungles of Indonesia, across the bleak Sahara desert — and into some of the darkest places imaginable…

Broken Things

Christian Fiction > Romance
Author: Andrea Boeshaar
Broken Things: Two Women. Two Pasts. One Future (Legacy Series)

Award-winning author Andrea Boeshaar takes readers into the world of a woman who comes face to face with broken relationships of the past.

Returning to her hometown, Chicago, Allie Littenberg learns her actions had worse repercussions than she realized – especially for Jack Callahan, the handsome Chicago cop she loved, but left. She finds Jack is now a bitter shell of a man, his tenderness erased by years of anguish.

Can God use Allie to not only mend the hurts in her own family, but also bring peace to Jack, his son, and estranged wife?


Poison

Christian Fiction > Suspense
Author: Jordyn Redwood
Poison (Bloodline Trilogy)

Five years ago, Keelyn Samuels’s armed, mentally ill stepfather took her family hostage in their house in rural Colorado. She and her half-sister Raven made it out alive, but others did not. Authorities blamed the father’s frequent hallucinations about a being named Lucent, but in the end, even the best of the FBI’s hostage negotiators failed to overcome the man’s delusions and end the standoff peacefully.SWAT team member Lee Watson was there that day. He watched it all unfold and was able to pull Keelyn and Raven from the grip of their demon-possessed father.

Though partially successful, his team had still failed, and the outcome of that day—and that tortured family—has continued to plague Lee ever since. Though unusual for SWAT to reconnect with survivors, Lee bumped into Keelyn two years after the crisis, and they both found some peace in their budding relationship. But peace is hard to maintain when the memory returns . . . in the flesh.

Just Evil

Romantic Suspense
Author: Vickie McKeehan
Just Evil (The Evil Trilogy Book One)

Despite growing up together in their trendy Beverly Hills neighborhood, three best friends hide dark childhoods. The lives of Kit, Baylee and Quinn have been anything but perfect. Little do they know a stranger is about to unravel long, buried secrets, bringing the past back to life with a vengeance. Kit Griffin has finally overcome a painful childhood at the hands of her mother, former actress Alana Stevens. No longer living in the grasp of the cold, tyrannical woman, Kit’s life is finally on track. That is, until Alana is found brutally murdered on Mother’s Day, pulling Kit back to the dark horrors of her past. To make matters worse, the police consider Kit the prime suspect.

The Stranger Beside You

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Police Procedurals

Author: William Casey Moreton
The Stranger Beside You (A Thriller)

Brynn Nelson is living the American dream. She has a nice home in the suburbs, a husband working on Wall Street, and two fabulous kids. But when the FBI rings the doorbell at midnight, storming her home and arresting her husband Tom for murder, her peaceful world is shattered.

When Tom is killed under mysterious circumstances within hours of his arrest, Brynn finds herself following a trail of cryptic clues planted by Tom himself. Soon it’s clear that her husband was leading a secret life, and now those same secrets threaten to kill her next.


Pearl

Women’s Fiction > Contemporary Women
Author: C.E. Weisman
Pearl

Pearl Water’s childhood was shattered the night she stood at her bedroom window and watched her mother run away without a glance back. Only ten years old, Pearl was left to care for the family and take over her mother’s responsibilities. Eight years later as the approach of midnight beckons, Pearl finds herself on the edge of eighteen and running, as her mother did, in search of freedom and the youth she’d been denied. But freedom has a price. She ends up on foreign turf; a farm in Oregon with her volatile boyfriend, Roy and his family, who seem to hold even more secrets than her own. As time goes by, Pearl is drawn into beautiful but also tumultuous relationships with these strangers in Oregon, all the while losing a bit of herself with each drop of booze Roy drinks.

As secrets unfold, Pearl wonders how much of her own past is truth and what has been a lie. And would the answer come too late, as her world spirals down into a path of destruction?

The Lighter Side of Large

Literature & Fiction > Humor
Author: Becky Siame
The Lighter Side of Large

What happens when Bella, an overweight single mother, finds out her ex-husband is getting married to her gorgeous sister in nine months?
She orders a double mocacchino and plots her revenge.

Isabella “Bella” White plans to lose weight, get a career, and find the perfect man in time for the wedding. But proving there’s more to her than fat is a heavyweight task. When she’s kicked out of a clothing store because of her size, her crusade against weight discrimination creates problems for the new man in her life who’s got skinny issues. And what is up with her ex, who still carries a spark for her?

Noggle Stones Book I: The Goblin’s Apprentice

Children’s Books > Fantasy & Magic
Author: Wil Radcliffe
Noggle Stones Book I: The Goblin's Apprentice

While searching for the lost ruins of an ancient temple, the mad goblin scholar, Bugbear, and his gambler cousin, Tudmire, come into possession of a most peculiar scroll. It is through this scroll that the mystical world of Annwfn and the world of 19th Century humanity are suddenly and inadvertently thrust together. Allying themselves with the awkward human stage magician, Martin Manchester, and the fierce warrior woman, Maga, Bugbear and Tudmire must rally the frightened folk of the small town of Willow Prairie against the gathering evil… an evil that has been awakened by the scroll… an evil that hungers for revenge! It is only when Bugbear and Manchester come to realize the wisdom held in an ancient rhyme that they are able to summon the courage to face their hidden foe…

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