Edgar Award-nominated author Ben Rehder’s “Blanco County” comic mysteries have made best-of-the-year lists in several publishing journals, and the novels have been optioned by Warner Brothers Horizon Scripted Television for development as a cable TV series.

benBen tops today’s Buffet with Bone Dry, which was issued in paperback in 2004 as the follow-up to Ben’s 2002 debut, Buck Fever. It’s an over-the-top tale of sex, mayhem and murder in Texas’s hill country. One reviewer said it’s a “nifty, hilarious romp that’s tough to put down.”

Recently Ben has been finishing up the seventh Blanco County mystery, and he hopes it will be ready for publication this year. He lives near Austin, Texas, where he was born and raised.

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Bone Dry (Blanco County Mysteries)

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Humor

Author: Ben Rehder

Bone Dry (Blanco County Mysteries)

Life can get a little wild from time to time for John Marlin, the game warden in Blanco County, Texas—but few incidents compare to the stories flying around town at the start of this new deer season. Hunters are reporting an incredible sight: a six-foot-tall, drop-dead gorgeous blonde is roaming the woods, searching out camouflage-clad men with guns and disarming them with powers of seduction the likes of which none of them have ever come across before.

Everyone has a hearty laugh at the expense of a few embarrassed hunters, until one of their own turns up dead in the woods. Now Marlin has a real mystery to deal with. Meanwhile, rumors are spreading about a new Blanco resident, an ex-New Yorker named Sal Mameli who’s ruffling feathers with his loud mouth and his penchant for getting his own way, no matter what the cost.

Before long, John Marlin realizes he may be the only sane man in town, and he’s starting to wonder if he can last much longer himself. It’s just the start of another unforgettable hunting season in Bone Dry, the hilarious second novel from Edgar finalist Ben Rehder.


Allison (A Kane Novel)

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Police Procedurals
Author: Steve Gannon
Allison (A Kane Novel)

Allison Kane, a journalism student at UCLA, takes a summer job as a TV news intern—soon becoming involved in a scandalous murder investigation and the media firestorm that follows—a position that pits her squarely against her iron-fisted police detective father.

Exploring the secrets that lie at the core of every family, Allison tells a story of growth and sexual awakening, of betrayal and reconciliation, and most of all, of the abiding strength of the family spirit.

The Small Business Lifecycle

Small Business & Entrepreneurship > New Business Enterprises
Author: Charlie Gilkey
The Small Business Lifecycle: A Guide for Taking the Right Steps at the Right Time to Grow Your Small Business

Learn which steps to take at the right time to grow your small business.

Small businesses have a lifecycle that’s different than the lifecycles of other kinds of businesses. If you’re a small business owner, you probably started your business because there was some particular product you wanted to build or service you wanted to provide and you’ve probably figured out that having a successful small business takes more than having a great product or great service. Growing a small business requires knowing which steps to take at the right time; if you take those steps out of order and you can waste a lot of time, money, and momentum.

There are five stages to the small business lifecycle, each of which have different strengths, challenges, inconvenient truths, and ways forward. This guide shows you what each of those stages are and will show you where to focus your resources so you can grow your business.

The Parrot Talks in Chocolate

Genre Fiction > Metaphysical > Inspirational
Author: Everett Peacock
The Parrot Talks in Chocolate (The Life and Times of a Hawaiian Tiki Bar #1)

The bartender, and his incredibly smart Macaw parrot both explore the magical paths of love and the tropics in this escapist tale from Hawaii. In his family run Tiki Bar, and from his bedroom in the treehouse just above, our storyteller describes the characters surrounding his idyllic existence. Not immune to danger or mystery, each adventure leads him further and further toward a self realization of just how perfect the world can be.

Sins of the Father (Book 2, The Erin Solomon Mysteries)

Mystery > Women Sleuths
Author: Jen Blood
Sins of the Father (Book 2, The Erin Solomon Mysteries)

A convicted murderer desperate to prove his own innocence, and a serial killer with a list of victims dating back to the 1970’s. The only thing the two seem to have in common is their link to investigative reporter Erin Solomon’s own father. When she and fellow reporter Daniel Diggins are forced into the northern Maine woods during their investigation by someone intent on making them pawns in a diabolical game of cat and mouse, it will take everything they have to get out alive, and finally learn the truth about Erin’s father’s past — and the trail of bodies in his wake.

Sihpromatum – I Grew my Boobs in China

Specialty Travel > Adventure
Author: Savannah Grace
Sihpromatum - I Grew my Boobs in China

SIHPROMATUM (Sip-row-may-tum) is a memoir series of one family’s four-year backpacking adventure around the world. The first installment, “I Grew my Boobs in China”, is the beginning of an intensely fascinating, sobering, and emotional memoir of Savannah’s introspective and innovative family adventure.

In 2005, 14-year-old Savannah Grace’s world is shattered when her mother unexpectedly announces that she and her family (mother, 45; brother, 25; sister, 17) would soon embark on an incredible, open-ended journey. When everything from her pets to the house she lived in is either sold, given away or put in storage, this naïve teenage girl runs headlong into the reality and hardships of a life on the road.

How To Get A Great Job in 90 Days or Less

Job Hunting & Careers > Resumes
Author: Joe Carroll
How To Get A Great Job in 90 Days or Less

Executive headhunter and career coach Joe Carroll exposes how you can overcome the unpredictable job market.

The nation’s unemployment rate has hovered at nearly 10 percent since mid-2009, which means a large chunk of the workforce has faced the harsh reality of unemployment claims and uncertain job futures. Carroll’s book offers concrete strategies for finding work within 90 short days. It equips readers with the knowledge to not only land employment, but to successfully find enjoyment in a new career.

Stitch

Romance > Paranormal > New Adult & College
Author: Samantha Durante
Stitch (Stitch Trilogy, Book 1)

Her heart races, her muscles coil, and every impulse in Alessa’s body screams at her to run… but yet she’s powerless to move.

Still struggling to find her footing after the sudden death of her parents, the last thing college freshman Alessa has the strength to deal with is the inexplicable visceral pull drawing her to a handsome ghostly presence. In between grappling with exams and sorority soirees – and disturbing recurring dreams of being captive in a futuristic prison hell – Alessa is determined to unravel the mystery of the apparition who leaves her breathless. But the terrifying secret she uncovers will find her groping desperately through her nightmares for answers.

Because what Alessa hasn’t figured out yet is that she’s not really a student, the object of her obsession is no ghost, and her sneaking suspicions that something sinister is lurking behind the walls of her university’s idyllic campus are only just scratching the surface…


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