April Henry writes mysteries and thrillers from her home in Portland, Oregon. Since becoming a full-time writing during her 30s, she’s written 15 novels for adults and teens, which have been translated into eight languages and won several awards. Face of Betrayal, which April co-wrote with Lis Wiehl, hit the New York Times bestseller list.

aprilAuthor Roald Dahl helped April take her first step as a writer. When she was 11 years old, she sent Dahl a short story about a frog who loved peanut butter. Dahl had lunch with the editor of an international children’s magazine who read the story and later published it.

April also reviews literary fiction, young adult books, and she contributes articles to The Writer and Writers Digest. She tops today’s Buffet with Circles of Confusion, her 1999 debut novel, which was short-listed for the Agatha Award and the Anthony Award.

April’s new book, the teen thriller The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die, was released today on Kindle. In March, she released A Matter of Trust, co-written with Lis Wiehl.

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Circles of Confusion (Claire Montrose Series)

Mystery > Women Sleuths
Author: April Henry
Circles of Confusion (Claire Montrose Series)

Why did dear departed Aunt Cady have an exquisite old painting buried beneath World War II paraphernalia? And how can a painting so dramatically shift Claire’s perspective on everything from her uninspired love life to her ho-hum job in the Oregon state custom license plate division?

MSTBF8
(must be fate)

A sophisticated art expert tells Claire the painting isn’t valuable. Why, then, is she being followed, her hotel room getting ransacked, and her life being thrown in a state of havoc that reaches back to her quiet home in Portland? The closer Claire comes to the truth about her inherited masterpiece, the more questions–and trouble–she uncovers. Though offers of help are arriving in very intriguing packages, Claire is caught in the middle of a dangerous tug-of-war that can leave her either richer in body, soul, and bank book–or broken, battered, and pushing up daisies.


DEAD OF WINTER (Louis Kincaid/Joe Frye mystery series)

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Crime
Author: PJ Parrish
DEAD OF WINTER (Louis Kincaid/Joe Frye mystery series)

Available for the first time on Kindle. This book is the thriller that launched the award-winning New York Times bestselling “Louis Kincaid” series.

In the quaint tourist town of Loon Lake, Mich., a killer is taking his vengeance. One by one, the bodies of cops are found, brutally executed, with mysteriously coded death cards placed with each corpse – the gruesome signature of a psychopath. And the only sound louder than doors being locked against evil is the sound of hearts beating in terrors. Louis Kincaid came north looking for refuge, a place to forget his past. But now he’s landed in the middle of an investigation that’s a terrifying journey through a town’s fiercely protected heart of darkness.

Promise Breaker (Promise of Zion)

Historical Fiction > Holocaust
Author: Robert Elmer
Promise Breaker (Promise of Zion)

A search for a homeland in a world darkened by war…

Dov Zalinski has nothing left in the ruins of World War 2—only the promise his mother made when she left him at a Warsaw orphanage: “I’ll come back for you, and together we’ll go to Jerusalem.” Seven hard years later, she still hasn’t returned.

On the hope that she and the rest of his family have somehow survived the terrible Nazi death camps and went on ahead of him, the thirteen-year-old sets out alone for the Promised Land. Dov is determined to be with his family again… even if it means risking his life to do it.

Emily Parkinson has it all as the spoiled only child of a British major stationed in 1947 Jerusalem. Her cozy, perfect world has cushioned her from the always-present danger that haunts the people of Palestine—until now. Tensions between Arab and Jew are growing fast as ships of illegal Jewish immigrants try to break through the British barricade. Now, not even Emily’s father will be able to protect her from what she is about to face.

Just Remember to Breathe

Genre Fiction > Coming of Age > Romance
Author: Charles Sheehan-Miles
Just Remember to Breathe (Thompson Sisters)

Alex Thompson’s life is following the script. A pre-law student at Columbia University, she’s focused on her grades, her life and her future. The last thing she needs is to reconnect with the boy who broke her heart.

Dylan Paris comes home from Afghanistan severely injured and knows that the one thing he cannot do is drag Alex into the mess he’s made of his life.

When Dylan and Alex are assigned to the same work study program and are forced to work side by side, they have to make new ground rules to keep from killing each other. The only problem is, they keep breaking the rules.

The first rule is to never, ever talk about how they fell in love.

Wicked Games

Romance > New Adult & College
Author: Jill Myles, Jessica Clare
Wicked Games

Abby Lewis never pictured herself on the survival game show, Endurance Island. She’s just not the ‘survival’ type. But when her boss offers her a spot on the show and the opportunity of a lifetime, she packs her bags and heads to the tropics to be a contestant.

Once in the game, it’s clear that Abby’s in over her head. The game itself is full of competitive, aggressive people, and no one’s more aggressive than sexy, delicious – and arrogant – Dean Woodall. Sure he’s clever, strong, good at challenges, and has a body that makes her mouth water. He also hates Abby just as much as she hates him. That’s fine with her; she’ll just ignore the jerk.

But the rules of Endurance Island are working against them. Abby and Dean are teamed up – alone – on the beach. It’s either work together, or go home. Stuck with no one else’s company but their own, they learn they do make a good team after all.

And that with just a little bit of kindling, the flames of hate can quickly turn to flames of passion. This book features enemies, lovers, enemies who become lovers, and lots and lots of tropical heat…

Wyvern

Genre Fiction > Action & Adventure
Author: A. A. Attanasio, Jeff Bigman
Wyvern

Headhunters, sorcerers, pirates and Indian princes thrive in this exciting and poetic tale of a young outcast in Borneo.

Born in 1609, son of a native woman and a Dutch sea captain he never knew, Jaki Gefjon grows up in the jungle as a sorcerer’s apprentice. Later kidnapped by pirates, he befriends his captor, Trevor Pym, notorious for his dreaded man-of-war, Wyvern. The scientific marvels on the European privateer become the young soul-catcher’s passion—until he falls for Lucinda, the headstrong daughter of Pym’s sworn enemy. Propelled by intrigue, pirates’ battles, curses and visions, this seafaring saga takes Lucinda and Jaki from the South Seas to India—and to a bold, unforeseen destiny in the New World.

My Emily

Parenting & Relationships > Special Needs
Author: Matt Patterson
My Emily

This book tells the story of a hurting family, an amazing little girl, and a mysteriously faithful God.

Emily wasn’t born perfect – so one might think.

She was born with Down Syndrome and many would jump to the conclusion that she would have very little hope for a life with any significance. Two years later came the diagnosis of leukemia. What little hope remaining turned to no hope whatsoever – or so one might think.

The life of this little girl, with all its perceived imperfections, had great meaning. Her loving nature and courage touched the hearts of everyone she met. She also taught them how to value their own lives – even with their many “imperfections.”

L.A. Rain: Three Novels

Mystery & Suspense
Author: J.R. Rain
L.A. Rain: Three Novels

Three bestselling mystery novels by J.R. Rain—all set in the City of Angels, including: Elvis Has Not Left the Building, Zombie Patrol, and The Vampire with the Dragon Tattoo.

Rain Dance: Three Novels

Mystery & Suspense
Author: J.R. Rain
Rain Dance: Three Novels

Three bestselling novels together in one omnibus, including: Arthur, A Fantasy Novel, Ghost College, and Elvis Has Not Left the Building.

Shepherd Avenue

Genre Fiction > Coming of Age
Author: Charlie Carillo, Tony Carillo
Shepherd Avenue

After his mother’s death, a shy 10-year-old boy from the suburbs must find a place for himself with his grandmother’s boisterous Italian-American family in a tough Brooklyn neighborhood in the summer of 1961.

Muffin Recipes from Scratch

Cookbooks, Food & Wine > Baking
Author: Rose Taylor
Muffin Recipes from Scratch (Grama G's Top Homemade Recipes From Scratch)

The best way to describe these delicious muffin recipes from scratch found in my grams cake cookbook is to have you recall how a specific aroma or taste can take you back in time to a special memory, well that’s what these muffin recipes do. They just give you a warm fuzzy feeling of comfort and down home goodness!

These muffin recipes from scratch have been handed down through four generations of home baking. From our home to yours, I’m sharing our long standing family favorite recipes transcribed directly from the original handwritten cookbook that my mom received from her mom. These muffins are quick and easy to make and are great for simple lunch treats.

Guardians: The Girl

Teens > Science Fiction & Fantasy
Author: Lola StVil
Guardians: The Girl (The Guardians Series, Book 1)

After his death, Marcus found the love of his life… Unfortunately it’s not his sexy, telekinetic angel girlfriend — it’s Emmy Baxter… a human. Between torture, demon attacks, and midterms, Marcus and Emily must fight their feelings for a devastating prophecy has predicted: “Should Angel and Human unite, humanity will perish”

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