Steven F. Havill is the author of 24 novels set in the American west. He has written two series of police procedurals set in the fictional Posadas County, New Mexico; along with other works.

stevenSteven lives with his wife, Kathleen, in Raton, New Mexico. His “day job” is teaching high school biology and English.

The history of medicine has been one of Steven’s hobbies for many years, and his first four novels were “medical westerns,” which he likes to call his own “private genre.”

Steven tops today’s Buffet with Red, Green, or Murder, Book 10 in his “Posadas County Mysteries” series, which was published in paperback in 2009 by Poisoned Pen Press.

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Red, Green, or Murder (Posadas County #10)

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Police Procedurals
Author: Steven F. Havill

Red, Green, or Murder (Posadas County #10) (Posadas County Mysteries)

Former Posadas County Sheriff Bill Gastner, now a New Mexico Livestock Inspector, is enjoying a day on Herb Torrance’s ranch—soaking in the sun as he counts a small herd of cattle and thinking about an upcoming lunch with an old friend back in town. But a light breeze stirs dust, a horse spooks, and Bill finds himself ferrying a broken cowpuncher in the back of his SUV, headed out to meet an ambulance.

Moments later, Bill’s day goes from bad to worse as he is summoned by undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman to an investigation of an unattended death. Too impatient for Bill to finish up out at the ranch, old George Payton had decided to eat lunch on his own. A couple of bites later, he collapsed—dead of an apparent heart attack. But something isn’t right. It may well have been a heart attack, Estelle agrees, but something triggered it.


Just This Once (Escape to New Zealand)

Romance > Contemporary
Author: Rosalind James
Just This Once (Escape to New Zealand)

Everyone needs to be rescued sometimes.

Everyone but Hannah Montgomery, that is. She just needs a vacation. Three weeks in New Zealand to sort out her life, figure out what she wants, seems just right. Oh, and to relax. She should definitely put that on the agenda. She certainly isn’t looking for a fling with a professional rugby player, no matter how attractive he is. Hannah doesn’t do casual. But maybe just this once. . .

Drew Callahan is happy to help Hannah find all the fun she’s been missing. But as much as he’s shared with her, he’s kept one very big secret. And learning the truth, now that she’s back home again, has made Hannah more wary than ever. Drew knows that she’s right for him. But how can he convince her to let down her guard enough to explore what they could have together?

I Hope You Find Me

Genre Fiction > Horror > Ghosts
Author: Trish Marie Dawson
I Hope You Find Me

Life for Riley ends when her young children die in her arms…victims of a global viral outbreak that claims the lives of everyone she’s ever known. Left to fend for herself with only a dog as her companion, she sets out on a journey to find others, leaving notes everywhere she goes…hoping that one day someone will come looking for her. When Riley meets the handsome yet mysterious Connor on the streets of Downtown San Diego, they form a bond unlike either has experienced before. When the things that go bump in the night turn out to be more than nightmares, the trio sets off for the mountains in search of an isolated resort where they can hunker down, away from the ominous shadows of the dead city streets.

Orb

Science Fiction > Dystopian
Author: Gary Tarulli
Orb

Three months outbound from Earth and the starship Desio approaches its planetary destination, her crew eager to commence a mission of scientific discovery. Kyle Lorenzo, however, has a personal reason for being on board–an inner conflict that will ultimately propel him to explore not only the furthest reaches of an enigmatic ocean world but the nebulous recesses of his inner psyche.

It is during the long and isolating interstellar journey that a physical relationship develops between Kyle and the ship’s physician, Kelly Takara. That part is easy. Understanding the reasons for avoiding the emotional commitment desired by Kelly is harder. So, too, is trying to penetrate the mind of Larry Melhaus, the mission’s brilliant and reclusive physicist–a failure of communication made exponentially more troublesome when the scientist’s disturbing behavior begins to threaten the crew.

Magic of Impromptu Speaking: Create a Speech That Will Be Remembered

Words, Language & Grammar > Public Speaking
Author: Andrii Sedniev
Magic of Impromptu Speaking: Create a Speech That Will Be Remembered for Years in Under 30 Seconds

A comprehensive, step-by-step system for creating highly effective speeches in under 30 seconds. It is based on research of the most powerful techniques used by winners of impromptu speaking contests, politicians, actors and successful presenters. The book is entertaining to read, has plenty of examples and covers the most effective tools not only from the world of impromptu speaking but also from acting, stand-up comedy, applied psychology and creative thinking.

Simon’s Choice

Genre Fiction > Medical
Author: Charlotte Castle
Simon's Choice

Doctor Simon Bailey has everything a man could ever want. Then his beautiful daughter is diagnosed with Leukemia. He can almost accept her impending death. He can almost accept the fact that he will have to live without her.

But he cannot stand the thought of his little girl having to face death alone.

Captain James Hook and the Curse of Peter Pan

Fantasy > Fairy Tales
Author: Jeremy Marshall, Jeremiah Kleckner
Captain James Hook and the Curse of Peter Pan

Peter Pan doesn’t know right from wrong and he doesn’t care. Night after night, for untold years, Peter Pan flew into children’s rooms and took them to a far away land with the promise of endless adventure. That is until one night in Port Royal, when Peter meets James Hoodkins and sets events in motion that create his greatest enemy: Captain James Hook.

This prequel to the iconic novel, Peter Pan, written by J. M. Barrie, tells the life of the man who becomes the symbol for piracy around the world. Captain James Hook has reason and wit behind his seething hatred for Peter Pan. If only someone would listen…

Free Yourself From the Shackles of Clutter

How-to & Home Improvements > Cleaning, Caretaking & Relocating
Author: Max Fischwell
Free Yourself From the Shackles of Clutter: Simple + Easy Methods to Declutter Your Home + Other Vital Aspects of Your Life

Feeling overwhelmed with clutter in your home? Are you constantly losing items due to a messy home? Or perhaps you have clutter everywhere in your office which is affecting your productivity? If you are looking for the most efficient way on how to declutter, then this book is for you.

Clutter can negatively impact a person in many ways. From missing items, being less productive and even low self esteem it is essential that you break free from the shackles of clutter. However it may have gotten so overwhelming you may not even know where to begin. Or if you do, it seems that you are not making hardly any progress and dismiss cleaning as a lost cause.

Delirium (Debt Collector 1)

Fantasy > Anthologies & Short Stories
Author: Susan Kaye Quinn
Delirium (Debt Collector 1)

Lirium plays the part of the grim reaper well, with his dark trenchcoat, jackboots, and the black marks on his soul that every debt collector carries. He’s just in it for his cut, the ten percent of the life energy he collects before he transfers it on to the high potentials, the people who will make the world a better place with their brains, their work, and their lives. That hit of life energy, a bottle of vodka, and a visit from one of Madam Anastazja’s sex workers keep him alive, stable, and mostly sane… until he collects again. But when his recovery ritual is disrupted by a sex worker who isn’t what she seems, he has to choose between doing an illegal hit for a girl whose story has more holes than his soul or facing the bottle alone–a dark pit he’s not sure he’ll be able to climb out of again.

Changing Gears

Travel > Essays & Travelogues
Author: Nancy Sathre-Vogel

Changing Gears

What would you do if you were not afraid?

Changing Gears is the true story of one woman asking herself that very question. What followed was a family journey of epic proportions – a journey of physical challenge, emotional endurance, teamwork, perseverance, and tremendous learning opportunities. It was a discovery of self, of priorities, of accepting hardships, of appreciating blessings, and of contrasting a comfortable past life with the extreme hardship and poverty of those they met.

Next Life in the Afternoon: A Journey Through Thailand

Biographies & Memoirs > Travel
Author: Carl Weaver
Next Life in the Afternoon: A Journey Through Thailand

This is the story of what happens when the author’s plans to ordain as a Buddhist monk in Thailand are derailed after he has arrived in the country. Next Life in the Afternoon is spiritual, funny, at times irreverent, and full of personal lessons learned along the way.

Enigma Black (Enigma Black Trilogy #1 -New Adult Dystopian)

Romance > New Adult & College
Author: Sara Furlong-Burr

Enigma Black (Enigma Black Trilogy #1 -New Adult Dystopian)

When she was just seventeen, the course of Celaine Stevens’ life was permanently altered with the murders of her father, mother, and brother in one of a series of mysterious and violent explosions occurring across the country. Struggling with picking up the pieces, she’s haunted by the memory of that day and her promise of retribution against those responsible for her misery. But just as she seems to be getting her life back on track, an encounter with a mysterious stranger promises her the vengeance she desires, ultimately turning the former target into the assassin.

Another Dawn

Historical Romance
Author: Deb Stover
Another Dawn

Convicted of a murder he didn’t commit at age 18, Luke Nolan has spent his adult life on Death Row. The night of his execution brings Sofie, a beautiful young doctor who will pronounce him dead, and a benevolent priest to his side. When a freak explosion throws him back to another century along with Sofie, who has lost her memory, he sees a chance for a future in the past–Another Dawn he was never meant to see. As long as Sofie never remembers who he is, of course–or does it really matter a century in the past?

Stray (Touchstone)

Children’s Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy
Author: Andrea K. Höst
Stray (Touchstone)

On her last day of high school, Cassandra Devlin walked out of exams and into a forest. Surrounded by the wrong sort of trees, and animals never featured in any nature documentary, Cass is only sure of one thing: alone, she will be lucky to survive.

The sprawl of abandoned blockish buildings Cass discovers offers her only more puzzles. Where are the people? What is the intoxicating mist which drifts off the buildings in the moonlight? And why does she feel like she’s being watched?

Increasingly unnerved, Cass is overjoyed at the arrival of the formidable Setari. Whisked to a world as technologically advanced as the first was primitive, where nanotech computers are grown inside people’s skulls, and few have any interest in venturing outside the enormous whitestone cities, Cass finds herself processed as a ‘stray’, a refugee displaced by the gates torn between worlds.

Scornfully Yours

Genre Fiction > Coming of Age
Author: Pamela Ann
Scornfully Yours (Torn Series #1)

When Emma realized that she fell in love with the notorious womanizer, Carter Mason-the badass Soccer athlete–she bailed and jumped ship, knowing quite well how this will turn out if Carter ever finds out about how she felt about him.

Newly single, Emma parties in Hollywood amongst her friends–determined to enjoy her new status.

Enter Hollywood’s sexy heartthrob and sought out actor, Bass Cole. Bass was clearly smitten when his eyes captured the raving beauty that is Emma Anderson. Without ado, he pursues her.

Messages From Henry

Literature & Fiction > Action & Adventure
Author: Rebecca Scarberry
Messages From Henry

Henry is special. When Evelyn Bury becomes the unlikely victim in a random kidnapping, Henry flies to the rescue. In the process, Henry enlists Tammy, Evelyn’s next-door neighbor and the lackadaisical authorities to assist in Evelyn’s escape. Henry hurdles many obstacles to the point of endangering his own life in order to save his dear master.

The Methuselah Gene: A Science Fiction Adventure Thriller

Science Fiction > High Tech
Author: Sal DeStefano
The Methuselah Gene: A Science Fiction Adventure Thriller (New Millenium Writers Series)

In New Jersey’s Barnegat Bay, two boys stumble upon a lethal marine predator that possesses remarkable healing and life-extension genes.

Dr. Allen J. Johnson, a plant geneticist, finds that this animal’s mutation may save the life of his son, who has an inoperable brain tumor. But Dr. Johnson must first confront a covert government agency determined to keep the life-extending genes a secret, as well as several ruthless men who will stop at nothing — including murder — to exploit the animal’s mutations for their own selfish purposes.

Windigo Soul

Science Fiction > Anthologies & Short Stories
Author: Robert Brumm
Windigo Soul

It’s Hank Reed’s birthday. As a citizen of the United Federation of Nations that means a mandatory death sentence simply because he turned sixty years old. Referred to as “retirement,” it’s one of the desperate steps the government has taken to curb overpopulation. Retirement is a widely accepted fact of life on a dying planet ruled by a tyrannical government. Hank’s execution goes ahead as planned but state sponsored euthanasia isn’t what it seems. The Reed family learns what really happens to retirees when secrets the UFN keep from the public start to unravel.

The Silence of Trees

Genre Fiction > Family Life
Author: Valya Dudycz Lupescu
The Silence of Trees

In Chicago’s Ukrainian Village, Nadya Lysenko has built her life on a foundation of secrets. When she was sixteen, Nadya snuck out of her house in Western Ukraine to meet a fortuneteller in the woods. She never expected it to be the last time she would see her family. Decades later, Nadya continues to be haunted by the death of her parents and sisters. The myths and magic of her childhood are still a part of her reality: dreams unite friends across time and space, house spirits misplace keys and glasses, and a fortuneteller’s cards predict the future.


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