Connie Mason is the New York Times best-selling author of more than 50 historical romances and novellas.  Her tales of passion and adventure are set in exotic as well as American locales. She tops today’s Buffet with Book 1 of a two-book series, Beyond the Horizon, a story of love, passion and adventure on the Oregon Trail.

connieConnie was named “Story Teller of the Year” in 1990 by Romantic Times and received a “Career Achievement” award in the Western category by Romantic Times in 1994.  She makes her home in Tarpon Springs, Florida. In her spare time Connie enjoys reading, dancing, playing bridge and freshwater fishing.

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Beyond The Horizon

Historical Romance
Author: Connie Mason

Beyond The Horizon

As the sheltered daughter of the once prosperous Branigan family, beautiful Shannon was ill-prepared for the rigors of the Oregon Trail, but she was still less prepared for half-breed scout Swift Blade. His dark eyes seemed to pierce her very soul, stripping away layers of civilization and baring her hidden longing to his savage gaze.

As the countless miles passed beneath the wagon wheels, taking them to the heart of Indian territory Shannon sensed that this untamed land would give her new strength and the freedom to love the one man who could fulfill her wild desire.

Just Add Salt

Genre Fiction > Action & Adventure > Humor
Author: Jinx Schwartz
Just Add Salt (Hetta Coffey Mystery Series (Book 2))

Hetta Coffey is a woman with a yacht, and she’s not afraid to use it!

Miffed that vacation plans with her chronically absent boyfriend Jenks Jenkins have gone awry, she accepts a job in Baja. So what if she and her friend Jan are spectacularly unqualified to take her yacht on a thousand mile cruise in the eastern Pacific Ocean in the middle of hurricane season? Hiring a handsome, if somewhat fishy captain for the trip might keep them off the rocks, but probably won t do the same for her future with Jenks. Meanwhile, a little eye candy on board can t be all bad.

The Spirit Clearing

Genre Fiction > Horror > Ghosts
Author: Mark Tufo
The Spirit Clearing

After a horrific accident Mike wakes to find himself blind in one eye. He now sees things that others can’t and nobody will listen to him.
That is until he meets Jandilyn Hollow. Will she be able to pull him out of the depths of his despair?
Can love transcend even death?

Sky of Red Poppies

Literary Fiction
Author: Zohreh Ghahremani
Sky of Red Poppies

Begins with a casual friendship between two schoolgirls coming of age in a politically divided 1960’s Iran under rule of the Shah. Roya, the daughter of a prominent family, is envious of the fierce independence of her religious classmate Shireen. But Shireen has secrets of her own. Together, Roya and Shireen contend with becoming the women they want to be, and in doing so, make decisions that will cause their tragic undoing.

In the unraveling of family secrets, Roya begins to question how she was raised and how to become the person she wishes to be. Set against the backdrop of a nation forced to mute its profound identity, Sky of Red Poppies is a novel about culture, politics and the redeeming power of friendships.

Black Jasmine

Mystery > Women Sleuths
Author: Toby Neal
Black Jasmine (Lei Crime Series)

The island of Maui is turquoise ocean, stunning vistas, and whalesong—but organized crime has a hidden hold, and Detective Lei Texeira tracks evil that hides behind a beautiful face.

Lei and Stevens find a haven on Maui—until their new life as a couple is interrupted by murder. When a nameless teenage girl dies in an apparent vehicular suicide, Lei can’t rest until she finds out what really happened. She blazes through all the wealth and poverty of island society in her quest for justice, rousing a deadly foe—even as she faces the personal demons of commitment and revenge that threaten the only real love she’s ever known.

Strange Magic

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: Gord Rollo
Strange Magic

Wilson Kemp is a man living a lie in Billington, Pennsylvania. He’s been in hiding for a long time, running from a dreadful secret that has forced him to change his name, move to this small secluded town, and abandon what had once been a stellar career. Once, he’d been a talented escape artist on the brink of fame and fortune, but now he’s a broken down alcoholic scared of his own shadow. Mind you, he has good reason to be scared because his worst fear has finally caught up with him, and the sleepy little town of Billington is about to be declared a war zone.

A Summoner’s Tale – The Vampire’s Confessor

Fantasy > Paranormal & Urban
Author: Victoria Danann
A Summoner's Tale - The Vampire's Confessor (Black Swan 3)

A secret society, a witch, a psychic, vampires, modern day knights, heroes, elves, fae, assassins from another dimension, and fairytales come together where emotions intersect. Two souls, joined by a mystical bond, separated by distance, must simultaneously struggle through pain and darkness in an ultimate confrontation with character and an ultimate struggle for life proving that true love waits patiently through lifetimes and finds courage to survive.

Looking for You (A Laurel Heights Novel)

Romance > Contemporary
Author: Kate Perry
Looking for You (A Laurel Heights Novel)

Gwendolyn Pierce has a secret. A big secret.

No one knows that the gourd artist is really the missing Grape Princess–the wine heiress who ran away fourteen years before. And that’s the way Gwen likes it. No paparazzi recording her every mistake, no stern family disapproving of her life. She has her gourd shop in Laurel Heights and lives in peaceful bliss.

Until she meets Rick Clancy.

The last person she should get involved with is a private investigator who finds her as suspicious as he does sexy. Only she can’t help herself, and she can’t help wondering if she can trust him with her secrets–and her heart.

The Light of Innocence

Christian Living > Spiritual Growth
Author: Carl Marshall
The Light of Innocence

During my years from childhood to adulthood, I often wondered why I should believe that Mary gave birth to Jesus while she was a virgin, which indicated that Joseph was not biologically, the father of Jesus. Concluding that it is the New Testament that made the story real, I conducted an in-depth study into the life of Christ Jesus. It seemed Jesus was at an advantage because he was born from a spiritual Father but so was Adam who sinned, which would prove the situation fair. Since that Jesus is the last Adam and Alpha then we who have been born with biological parents serve the purpose of replenishing the earth, which is the mystery in the Word of God. We must adopt to the life and death of Jesus to understand his mystery and it is for such a reason that I have done a self-study.

The Second Virgin Birth

Religious Fiction
Author: Tommy Taylor
The Second Virgin Birth

Do we have the technology enabling Christ to be born again of a second virgin mother? A six year old little girl in Alabama knows we do. The Pope is afraid we do. The world asks “should we if we can?” The book follows the life of a little girl in Alabama who goes completely insane at the age of six and is confined to a state mental hospital. In a strange twist of fate, she is chosen, “by God,” to become the mother of his son, the next Madonna in the second coming of Christ. Explore her life as there are those who adore and worship her and there are those who loathe her and will do anything to end her life before her son is born.

The Devil of Light

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: Gae-Lynn Woods
The Devil of Light (A Cass Elliot Crime Novel)

When young Detective Cass Elliot responds to a report of domestic violence at the home of a prominent businessman, she finds him violently murdered in the barnyard with his battered wife unconscious near the tool that killed him. Still raw from her own unsolved attack six years ago, Cass is stunned when confronted with graphic photographs scattered across their kitchen floor, and she wonders if the wife might’ve had cause to kill her husband.

The Spirit Keeper

Teens  > Fantasy > Paranormal & Urban
Author: Melissa Luznicky Garrett
The Spirit Keeper

After her mother and grandparents die in a raging house fire, eleven-year-old Sarah Redbird ends up in the custody of her aunt and uncle. Six years later, Sarah discovers the fire may not have been an accident at all, but a deliberate act of revenge.

Sarah’s family has kept the truth of their Native American heritage secret her entire life, refusing to acknowledge where they came from. But when a family that has direct ties to their past moves to town, Sarah’s true identity is revealed.

What Sarah soon learns is that some secrets are better left unspoken.

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