David Farland is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of dozens of books. He began his career writing short fiction, and has since written science fiction under his own name, Dave Wolverton, including the highly praised On My Way to Paradise. Wolverton first hit the New York Times best-seller list (at #7) with his fourth novel, Star Wars: The Courtship of Princess Leia. He then went on to write The Golden Queen series, along with dozens of other books.

farlandSo as not to confuse his readers, he writes fantasy under the name David Farland. He’s also worked as a videogame designer, most notably for Starcraft’s Brood War.

David tops today’s Buffet with The Golden Queen, a hybrid sword/science-fiction space opera set in a far future where humans, having spread through the galaxy, are now threatened by invading insectoid dronons.

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The Golden Queen – Book 1 of the Golden Queen Series

Science Fiction > Adventure
Author: David Farland

The Golden Queen - Book 1 of the Golden Queen Series

When Gallen O’Day is hired to as a bodyguard to escort a young woman through the woods to the forbidden ruins at Geata Na Chruinn, it seems like an ordinary job—but all too soon, he finds himself fleeing for his life from creatures that seem like escapees from a nightmare—the alien dronon, led by their golden queen. With his best friend, a genetically engineered talking bear named Orick, and his girlfriend Maggie, Gallen soon finds himself tangled in an interstellar war that he never knew existed, racing across a host of worlds, confronted by a future unlike any that he had ever imagined.

Originally published under the name of Dave Wolverton. 

The Fortune Quilt

Romance > Contemporary
Author: Lani Diane Rich
The Fortune Quilt

When Tucson Today segment producer Carly McKay visits the quirky artist’s community of Bilby, Arizona, to do a story on a psychic quiltmaker, she receives an odd reading… and her life falls apart in eerie harmony with what the quilt foretold. Her best friend professes his undying love; her show gets canceled; and the mother who disappeared seventeen years ago appears on their doorstep, getting instant forgiveness from the entire family… except Carly.

Carly rushes off to Bilby to return the cursed quilt, and then surprises herself; she stays. She rents a cabin, gets a job, and meets an artist who shows her new ways to look at life, and love. Can she run away and start a new life, or should she go back and stitch her old one back together?

And why is it so hard to get a straight answer from a psychic, anyway?


In Good Faith

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: Scott Pratt
In Good Faith (Joe Dillard Series No. 2)

A family of four is slaughtered in rural Tennessee. Two weeks later, a retired high school principal and his wife are brutally slain. Two Satan-worshipping teens stand accused.

It’s up to prosecutor Joe Dillard to convict them. A former defense attorney who spent way too much time defending people he knew were guilty, Joe is determined to win this case to atone for his past. But an evil young woman named Natasha is responsible for the slayings and Joe knows it. Natasha is walking around free because the two boys who have been arrested are too terrified to implicate her. Now Joe must risk everything — including his family’s safety and his own life — to bring an evil murderer to justice.

Every Bush Is Burning

Christian Fiction > Suspense
Author: Brandon Clements
Every Bush Is Burning

Jack Bennett has a wife, two kids, the perfect job–and the perfect affair. When he is caught and it all comes crashing down, Jack is left with no one to turn to. No friends. No family, except his recovering drug addict of a sister.

On a Sunday morning drive, he sees a homeless man locked out of a church service, banging on the door. He stops and offers the guy a cup of coffee. He asks the man his name, and the guy says Yeshua. As in, Jesus.

Jack’s not stupid. This isn’t the real Jesus. But with nowhere else to turn, Jack forms an unlikely friendship with this eccentric homeless man–one that will test his idea of truth, faith, love, and forgiveness.


Vampire Moon

Romance > Paranormal > Vampires
Author: J.R. Rain
Vampire Moon (Vampire for Hire #2)

Mother, wife, private investigator…vampire. Six years ago federal agent Samantha Moon was the perfect wife and mother, your typical soccer mom with the minivan and suburban home. Then the unthinkable happens, an attack that changes her life forever. And forever is a very long time for a vampire.

Now private investigator Samantha Moon finds herself hunting down a powerful crime lord and protecting an innocent woman from her ruthless ex-husband—all while two very different men vie for her heart. And as the stakes grow higher and her cases turn personal, Samantha Moon will do whatever it takes to protect the innocent and bring two cold-blooded killers to justice—her own brand of justice.

Kane

Genre Fiction > Family Saga
Author: Steve Gannon
Kane (A Kane Novel)

Los Angeles is terrorized by a series of murders. One man can stop the killer: Detective Daniel Kane. But for Kane–devastated by personal tragedy and haunted by a secret that could destroy his family–to do so may cost him everything, even his life . . .

At times chilling, funny, and occasionally brutal, Kane is a nonstop thriller filled with complex characters, surprising twists, and unforgettable scenes. From a political firestorm that sends the investigation spinning out of control to an unexpected, breathtaking climax, Kane will keep you in suspense until the turn of the final heart-pounding page.

Backyard Chickens for Beginners

Gardening & Horticulture > Techniques > Urban
Author: R.J. Ruppenthal
Backyard Chickens for Beginners: Getting the Best Chickens, Choosing Coops, Feeding and Care, and Beating City Chicken Laws (36-page Booklet)

A guide for beginners on how to start a backyard mini-flock of 2-4 chickens and get fresh eggs every day.

Are you ready to start raising chickens on a small scale? This booklet has all the information you really need to know on getting chicks or chickens for the city, where and how to find a good coop, what other items you need (feeders, waterers, nesting boxes), and how to feed your chickens nutritious food that will make the best eggs you have ever tasted.

Learn some tips for proper chicken health and safety as well as for getting your chickens through cold winters in freezing climates. Learn how to deal with neighbors and restrictive city chicken laws so that no one can stop you from raising chickens for fresh eggs.

Black Passenger Yellow Cabs: Of Exile and Excess in Japan

Biographies & Memoirs
Author: Stefhen F.D. Bryan
Black Passenger Yellow Cabs: Of Exile and Excess in Japan

Provides a gritty, explicit rendering of a life ravaged by sexual addiction in a land little known for such wanton exploits. Born in the Caribbean, Stefhen F.D. Bryan describes in frank detail an abusive childhood from which he emerged with an obsessive lust that would plague him for nearly 40 years.

Bryan immigrated to Japan solely to indulge his extreme fixation on East and Southeast Asian women. But rather than merely penning a series of sexual conquests, he interweaves his story with extensive research on the sociology and psychology of women in modern-day Japan, exploring the societal norms that made them easy prey to the sexual deviance he could not control.

Wraith

Science Fiction & Fantasy > Spine-Chilling Horror
Author: Angel Lawson
Wraith

Freak. Weird. Crazy. These are the names tossed around seventeen-year old Jane Watts by her fellow classmates. But things aren’t always as they seem. Sometimes there’s a reason for talking to yourself in the hallway at school.

Jane struggles with adjusting to her new home and school after an abrupt move. She wants one thing in life—to be like everyone else at school, but that’s hard to do when you’re the new kid. But she does manage to make one friend, Evan—he’s sixteen, charming, and protective. Everything a girl could want in a best friend…with one minor caveat.

He’s dead.

Remix

Romance > Mystery & Suspense
Author: Lexi Revellian
Remix

Caz Tallis restores rocking horses in her London workshop. When shabby but charismatic Joe and his dog turn up on her roof terrace, she is reluctantly drawn into investigating a rock star’s murder from three years before – an unsolved case the police have closed. Which, as her best friend James says, is rather like poking a furnace with a short stick…

Where the South Lost the War: An Analysis of the Fort Henry-Fort Donelson Campaign

History > Civil War > Campaigns & Battlefields
Author: Kendall D. Gott
Where the South Lost the War: An Analysis of the Fort Henry-Fort Donelson Campaign, February 1862

With the collapse of the Confederate defenses at Forts Henry and Donelson on the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers, the entire Tennessee Valley was open to Union invasion and control. These Northern victories set up the 1864 Atlanta Campaign that cut the Confederacy in two. Had Confederate planning and leadership been better, no one can say what difference it might have made to the Civil War in the West and the outcome of the war itself.

Sliding Beneath the Surface

Religion & Spirituality > Occult
Author: Doug Dillon
Sliding Beneath the Surface (The St. Augustine Trilogy Book I)

A new resident of America’s oldest and most haunted city, St. Augustine, Florida, fifteen-year-old Jeff Golden suddenly finds himself up to his eyeballs in frightening paranormal experiences. At the end of his rope in trying to figure out what is happening to him, Jeff decides to rely on his friend Carla Rodriguez, and Lobo, an old Native American shaman, for help.

Despite this guidance, things get even worse. Jeff’s spine tingling encounters increase in number and intensity at an alarming rate, scaring him even more. Eventually, he makes the startling discovery that unresolved circumstances involving a bloody event directly out of Florida’s distant past threatens his sanity and possibly his life.

Relative Identity

Genre Fiction > Horror > Ghosts
Author: Holly Patrone
Relative Identity

Six years ago, April Serao’s husband Sal died by way of birthday sex gone terribly wrong. Now he’s back, possessing the heavenly version of a temporary visa and an uncanny knack for showing up at the most inopportune times. Finding some ‘alone’ time with new boyfriend Jack proves almost impossible with husband Sal popping up unexpectedly in outfits that make his legs look better than Aprils, not to mention the constant intrusion of her mother – the original Sicilian Guilt Trip Queen. Though a ghostly husband can be a bit trying, April has even bigger problems right now.

The Money Keys

Business & Investing > Finance
Author: Karen Russo
The Money Keys

For the investor, business professional, or entrepreneur already committed to building material wealth, this book helps you build spiritual mastery around money. By understanding and applying the principles and practices of The Money Keys, you exponentially increase your ease, satisfaction and results in financial matters.

Use the money keys to:

  • Permanently eliminate worry about your finances and find peace
  • Release your resentments about money and be free
  • Immediately step into the flow of your prosperity
  • Discover the 3 questions you must ask before making any financial move
  • Create and enjoy a prosperous, intimate partnership, successfully combining love & money

Rebecca

Genre Fiction > Gay & Lesbian
Author: Adam J Nicolai
Rebecca

Sarah, 18, has been attracted to other girls since she was nine.  But she is a Christian, and the tenets of her church are clear: homosexuality is a sin and an abomination.  In a desperate bid to prove her virtue, she throws herself at a boy she goes to school with, and ends up pregnant.

Her infant daughter, Rebecca, derails Sarah’s entire life.  She is forced to withdraw from Yale before she even gets there.  Her devout mother, ashamed, pays for an apartment where Sarah is alone with the baby.  Sarah was smart, beautiful, and adored.  Now she feels like she knows nothing, and her friends treat her like a leper.

In the long, sleepless hours of night, while she lies awake waiting for Rebecca’s cry, she is forced to reflect on who she is and how she got here.  She has lost all hope – until one night she hears God, providing her a simple answer:

Kill the child.

The Hangman’s Companion

Genre Fiction > Political
Author: Joseph Flynn
The Hangman's Companion (The Second Jim McGill Novel)

Always a good sport, Jim McGill, the first private-eye to live in the White House, agrees to accompany his wife, the president, to London to be her escort at a dinner given by the queen—yes, the one who lives in Buckingham Palace. Problem is, he’ll have a week in England beforehand, while the president attends a G8 meeting, with nothing to do.

Then a client comes to McGill, the daughter of a former Chicago cop McGill knew but didn’t like when he was a captain on the CPD. McGill’s former colleague went to Paris to scatter the ashes of his late, French-born wife in the Seine. While tending to that solemn obligation, the former cop managed to get into a brawl with and kill France’s national sports hero. The guy from Chicago claims he was only saving a blonde woman from being beaten by the Frenchman, as French law actually required him to do. Only problem is, the blonde has disappeared.

Fins – Book I of the Fins Trilogy

Teens > Science Fiction & Fantasy
Author: Ashley L. Knight
Fins - Book I of the Fins Trilogy

Morgan just wanted her vacation to end. She should have been careful what she wished for. Suddenly, she is swept into a strange new world in which the impossible happens every day and fairy tale creatures live among unsuspecting Humans. Will Morgan discover her unknown self and fulfill her true destiny or will she doom an already vulnerable species for all eternity?

Fate War: Alliance

Science Fiction > Steampunk
Author: E.M. Havens
Fate War: Alliance

Prince Cole’s first glimpse of his bride-to-be takes place as she walks down the aisle on their wedding day. Though he is reluctant to form this union, the future king knows how much the Arboreal Lands need her dowry that promises air ships and mech defenses. Samantha appears to be the polished woman expected in a princess. However, Cole soon discovers his new wife has secrets that even she has yet to unlock. Can what’s hidden in the recesses of her mind be the key to defeating the plans of the Fate Sovereign?

If you’re looking for a steamy romance, a strong, smart heroine and interesting gadgets, this is the book for you! Fate War is a swords and guns, love and war, Steampunk inspired story that is sure to get your pistons pumping.

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