J.R. Rain traded in his career as a private investigator for life as a full-time mystery novelist. He discovered his flair for writing in his youth, thanks to the “Choose Your Own Adventure” books. He completed his fifth novel while still in high school.

jrAt age 28, J.R. began writing screenplays, working exclusively with Paramount Pictures and Alphaville Productions developing various movie and TV projects.

In the meantime, he’s completed 48 books, and has been busy publishing them independently. He tops today’s Buffet with Book 1 in his “Vampire for Hire” series, Moon Dance.

Currently J.R. lives in the Pacific Northwest, where he lives in a small house on a small island with his small dog, Sadie.

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Moon Dance (Vampire for Hire #1)

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: J.R. Rain

Moon Dance (Vampire for Hire #1)

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 the world at large thinks Samantha has developed a rare skin disease, a disease which forces her to quit her day job and stay out of the light of the sun. Now working the night shift as a private investigator, Samantha is hired by Kingsley Fulcrum to investigate the murder attempt on his life, a horrific scene captured on TV and seen around the country. But as the case unfolds, Samantha discovers Kingsley isn’t exactly what he appears to be; after all, there is a reason why he survived five shots to the head.


The Second Virginity of Suzy Green

Teens > Coming of Age
Author: Sara Hantz
The Second Virginity of Suzy Green

Suzy Green used to be one of the coolest nonconformist “almost-Goth” party girls in school. That was before her older sister Rosie died and her family moved state. Not even her best friend would recognize her now. Gone are the Doc Martens and the attitude. All she wants is to be like Rosie — perfect.

The new Suzy Green makes straight A’s, hangs with the in-crowd at her new school, and dates the hottest guy around. And since all her new friends belong to a virginity club, she joins, too. So what if she’s not technically qualified? Nobody in town knows…until Ryan, Suzy’s ex, turns up. As the past and present collide, Suzy struggles to find her own place in a world without her sister.

The Gypsy Witch

Religion & Spirituality > Mysticism
Author: Roberta Kagan, Veronika Knight
The Gypsy Witch

Romance, mystery, and betrayal….

Set during the life time of Rasputin (the mad monk of Russia), and spanning across Siberia and Europe, The Gypsy Witch is a sweeping tale of the Romany (gypsies), their magical ways and romantic customs.

Rasputin, known for alcohol abuse, tantric sex and womanizing is on his way to controlling the court of Russia by convincing the Czarina that he is the only one who can heal her hemophiliac son. But when he meets a young gypsy girl he learns that he is not the only one with magical powers. And women’s feelings should never be taken lightly.

Another Quiet American: Stories of Life in Laos

Specialty Travel > Adventure
Author: Brett Dakin
Another Quiet American: Stories of Life in Laos

Brett Dakin spent two years working in Vientiane, Laos and returned to the States a changed man. In Another Quiet American, he takes you through the corridors of power and into the living rooms of Laos.

You’ll meet his boss, a wealthy general whose power and reputation scares his countrymen; a prince with connections to the French colonial past; an American pilot who left home for Indochina during the war and never returned; and rich Lao twenty-somethings who have all the money they could want, but have yet to find happiness.

Dakin provides a sympathetic yet irreverent glimpse into life in one of the world’s few remaining communist nations, questioning the United States’ influence on the country and embarking on the soul-searching journey of a young American abroad.

Divine Intervention

Mystery > Women Sleuths
Author: Cheryl Kaye Tardif
Divine Intervention (Divine series - book #1)

CFBI agent Jasmine McLellan leads a psychically gifted team in the hunt for a serial arsonist–a murderer who has already taken the lives of three people.

Jasi and her team members–Psychometric Empath and profiler Ben Roberst and Victim Empath Natassia Prushenko–are joined by Brandon Walsh, the handsome but skeptical Chief of Arson Investigations. In a manhunt that takes them from Vancouver to Kelowna, Penticton and Victoria, they are led down a twisting path of sinister secrets.

Sifting through ashes and clues, Jasi realizes that there is more to the third victim than meets the eye. Perhaps not all the victims were that innocent. The hunt intensifies when she learns that someone they know is next on the arsonist’s list.

The Leopard Tree

Children’s Books > Action & Adventure
Author: Lisa Brochu, Tim Merriman
The Leopard Tree

Three orphans from Kenya stow away on an airplane to embark on a desperate quest to meet the Secretary General of the United Nations in New York City and deliver a message they hope will help millions of homeless and hurting children in Africa. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz becomes their guidebook as they journey alone across the United States. The trio–one with HIV, one blind amputee, and one who hasn’t spoken for years after watching her family slaughtered–find themselves embroiled in a situation beyond their imaginations as they get close to meeting their goal.

The Financial Professional’s Guide to Communication

Business & Investing > Skills > Communication
Author: Robert L. Finder
The Financial Professional's Guide to Communication: How to Strengthen Client Relationships and Build New Ones (Applied Corporate Finance)

Today, financial clients are profoundly skeptical. They’ve been burned. Their consultants and advisors talk too much, use too much confusing technical jargon, work from too many boilerplate scripts, repeat too many generic caveats and useless disclaimers. Above all, clients say, their advisors don’t listen well, and don’t link their own needs and views to the recommendations they present. To succeed in today’s radically new environment, financial advisors must first transform the way they communicate.

You’ll learn how to bring imagination, creativity, and even entertainment to your presentations and conversations, and use constructive criticism to keep improving with every new client meeting. Using these proven techniques, you can deliver truly extraordinary levels of professionalism and service, gain the powerful new competitive edge you’re desperately searching for.

Quail Crossings

Historical Fiction > Romance
Author: Jennifer McMurrain
Quail Crossings

Tragedy has struck the small town of Knollwood, Texas and Dovie Grant finds herself dealing with the loss of her husband and daughter. Despite her grief, she still must fight to bring her remaining family through the already trying times of The Great Depression. Her father needs help on their struggling farm, Quail Crossings. She isn’t thrilled that he’s hired a young 18 year old boy who’s caring for his three younger siblings. Surviving her grief, as well as the constant dust storms that plague the plains, will Dovie be able to put her pain aside to care for these children or be forever trapped in the darkness of the loss in her family.

Lexi Fairheart and the Forbidden Door

Children’s Books > Social Situations > Manners
Author: Lisl Fair, Nina de Polonia
Lexi Fairheart and the Forbidden Door (An Illustrated Children's Picture Book for Ages 3-6 Years Old)

An endearing tale about a curious little girl who gets into all sorts of trouble. A great educational lesson about obedience and listening to adults. You can use this story to teach your child to channel her curiosity in productive and safe ways.

Do Men Know What They Want?

Humor > Love, Sex & Marriage
Author: Michael Baisden
Do Men Know What They Want?

What do men want? Why can’t they commit? Why isn’t one woman enough?

I wrote this book because I was sick and tired of scientific theories about why men do what they do. Never Satisfied is a collection of interviews about how men feel about sex, relationships, and monogamy? Do men know what they want? And more importantly, will women listen?

The Food Allergy Mama’s Baking Book: Great Dairy-, Egg-, and Nut-Free Treats

Cookbooks, Food & Wine > Special Diet > Allergies
Author: Kelly Rudnicki
The Food Allergy Mama's Baking Book: Great Dairy-, Egg-, and Nut-Free Treats for the Whole Family

The Food Allergy Mama’s Baking Book is a one-stop guide to delicious, everyday baked goods free of dairy, eggs, and nuts — the most common food allergens. It offers timeless, foolproof recipes that are easy to prepare even for kitchen novices. It’s an invaluable resource for home bakers (and their families) who loves sweets and treats.

No Exchanges, No Returns

Women’s Fiction > Domestic Life
Author: Laurie Kellogg
No Exchanges, No Returns (Book Four of The Return to Redemption Series)

Dr. David Lambert and his wife, Brianna, received the ultimate gift from her fraternal twin. They gratefully accepted it, of course, because everyone knows you can’t return a baby like an itchy sweater. Yet, that’s essentially what Brianna does when she has a meltdown and unexpectedly divorces David. She runs from their home in Redemption, Pennsylvania, and leaves their surrogate–her sister, Casey–pregnant with his little bundle.

Casey wants whatever happiness she can grab, whether it’s temporary or not. The only problem is, if she lets herself love her baby (or David), what will happen to her when her sister inevitably realizes her mistake and returns to Redemption?

Air Force Gator

Genre Fiction > Action & Adventure
Author: Dan Ryckert
Air Force Gator

With a storied military pedigree and unmatched war record, Air Force Gator achieved worldwide fame and legendary status among his peers. After falling into a years-long depression fueled by booze and pills, the alligator pilot is inspired to clean up his act and return to action after the tragic events of September 11th.

When a former partner goes off the grid and threatens to shake the foundations of the United States, Air Force Gator is forced to return from the Middle East to face him head-on. Can Air Force Gator stop his old partner Gustav, or will the dastardly crocodile’s plan for a reptilian revolution succeed?

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