Bestselling author Antoinette Stockenberg tops today’s Buffet with an original and wonderfully romantic story of star-crossed lovers who have been apart for 20 years and who rediscover one another in an idyllic coastal village on Cape Cod. A Charmed Place, issued in paperback in 1998, is set in the peaceful seaside town called Sandy Point, where Maddie Regan hopes to find solace from a troubled ex-husband and a feisty teenaged daughter. But she never expects the man from her past to ignite a long-lost passion, long-buried secrets, and a last chance at love…
Antoinette, a Chicago native, worked as a secretary, programmer, teacher, grad student, boatyard hand, office manager, and magazine writer (in that order) before becoming a published author with The Challenge and the Glory, her only historical saga, published by Bantam in 1987. She now has 13 published novels, including the RITA award-winning Emily’s Ghost. Her books are usually set in quaint New England harbor towns, always with a dose of humor. She writes about complex family relationships and the fallout that old, unearthed secrets can produce.
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A Charmed Place
Romance > Mystery & Suspense
Author: Antoinette Stockenberg
A second chance at love. It’s a deep, aching need for anyone whose heart has ever been broken. Maddie Regan and Dan Hawke were college lovers who were compelled to go separate ways after a horrific event for which Dan was blamed. She settled down and raised a family; he roamed the planet as a war correspondent. But a near death experience brings Dan in search of the only woman he has ever loved. His plan to win Maddie is simple: take up residence in a lighthouse just a stone’s throw from her family’s summer home, and then make her fall back in love with him. He knows her family will object and suspects that her daughter might; but he refuses to believe that Maddie herself — the woman who has haunted his dreams for two decades — can be any less in love with him than he is with her.
It’s not that simple for Maddie. She has a jealous ex-husband to deal with … a feisty, resentful teenager … a widowed mother unable to emerge from mourning … and the ongoing heartbreak of her father’s unsolved murder. Is it possible to throw all of that aside for the chance to be happy?
Midnight Marriage: A Georgian Historical Romance
Author: Lucinda Brant, Lisa Smith
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Set in the opulent world of the 18th century aristocracy and inspired by real events, Midnight Marriageis the standalone second book in the acclaimed Roxton family saga.
Two noble teenagers are married against their will. Drugged, Deb has no recollection of events. Disgraced, Julian is banished to the Continent.
Nine years later, Deb falls in love with a wounded duelist, only to later discover it is her husband returned incognito.
Can Deb forgive his cruel deception? Can their marriage survive beyond seduction? Meanwhile, Julian’s nemesis plots to destroy them both…
Try Me (One Night with Sole Regret)
Literature & Fiction
Author: Olivia Cunning
For the five sexy rock gods of Sole Regret, finding love is easy, keeping it is hard.
Melanie has no desire to meet the members of the rock band, Sole Regret, but her groupie of a best friend gets them both backstage and then rushes off with the band’s lead singer. Left alone at an after party with a bunch of scary tattooed and pierced metal-heads, sheltered Melanie is relieved when the only normal-looking guy in the room insists on keeping her company.
By the time Melanie discovers that Gabe is the band’s drummer and not as normal as she assumed, she has already made a complete fool of herself. She can’t help but be interested in him, not as a rock star, but as the sexiest man she’s ever encountered. Strangely attracted to his hidden tattoos and body piercing, she wonders what it would be like to spend a night with a bad boy.
Gabe is more than willing to show sweet Melanie there’s more to him than meets the eye. All she has to do is try him. Will they only share a single night of passion? Or will their hearts entangle as quickly as their bodies?
Maid for the Billionaire
Author: Ruth Cardello
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Dominic Corisi knew instantly that Abigail Dartley was just the distraction he was looking for, especially since having her took a bit more persuading than he was used to. So when business forces him to fly to China, he decides to take her with him, but on his terms. No promises. No complications. Just sex.
Abby has always been the responsible one. She doesn’t believe in taking risks; especially when it comes to men – until she meets Dominic. He’s both infuriating and intoxicating, a heady combination. Their trip to China revives a long forgotten side of Abby, but also reveals a threat to bring down Dominic’s company. With no time to explain her actions, Abby must either influence the outcome of his latest venture and save his company or accept her role as his mistress and leave his fate to chance. Does she love him enough to risk losing him for good?
Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success (Smashwords Guides)
Writing, Research & Publishing Guides
Author: Mark Coker
Learn the 29 best practices of the bestselling self-published ebook authors. This updated 2013 edition of The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success has already helped tens of thousands of self-published ebook authors publish more professionally.
This is a must-read for every writer, author, publisher and literary agent. Whether you’re considering publishing a book for the first time, or you’re a long-time veteran, this book will help you take your self-publishing to the next level.
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The Rock Star’s Daughter
Teens > Coming of Age > Romance
Author: Caitlyn Duffy
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At the age of 15, Taylor Beauforte has only met her father twice in person. After all, he is the lead singer of a world-famous rock band, constantly on the cover of music magazines and giving interviews on MTV. He pays for Taylor to attend the Treadwell Academy, a prestigious boarding school in Massachusetts, and provides her mother with monthly checks to cover her basic needs, but has never made much of an effort to play an active part in Taylor’s life.
When Taylor ‘s mom unexpectedly dies the summer before Taylor starts her junior year, she receives a crash course in fame. She has no choice but to join her father and his new family on their summer concert tour before she has even had a chance to mourn the loss of her mother. Life as the daughter of a rock star seems like it would be enviable, but Taylor can’t figure her dad out.
Seed Starting-The First Step to Gardening
Gardening & Horticulture > Vegetables
Author: Gary Emmett
Growing a garden isn’t difficult if you take it step by step. The first step starts with a seed. In this easy to follow guide, Gary Emmett, expert gardener, shares how simple it is to take that first step to growing a beautiful garden. Come and get growing with Gary.
Only the Truth
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: Pat Brown
Billy Ray Hutchins is a lonely uneducated man living in the hills of Arkansas. Life changes little for him from day to day until he brings home a young drifter he meets at the railroad tracks, the mysterious Charlene, whose last name he never asks. He becomes her Sweet Billy Ray and his love for Charlene is steady and uncomplicated until the sheriff shows up to take her away in handcuffs. With the only woman he has ever loved behind bars for the coldblooded murder of the old man across the road, a confused and devastated Billy Ray sets out on a quest to find the truth, only the truth, whether it leads him to be able to save his Charlene from a death sentence or it frees him from her spell.
Romance > Fantasy & Futuristic
Author: Jessica Sorensen
When the disease spread through the world, people had no choice but to go into hiding. The Colony is hidden deep underground, far away from the vampires—humans that were transformed by the disease. The vampires are hideous, starving, and they will kill any human they come across.
Seventeen-year-old Kayla is a Bellator, a warrior that protects The Colony. In order to survive, there are three rules she must follow:
Rule #1—Never go out after dark.
Rule #2—Always carry a weapon.
Rule #3—No matter what, never EVER get bit.
But what happens when the rules Kayla has always lived by can no longer apply?
The Operator’s Manual for Planet Earth
Genre Fiction > Metaphysical
Author: D. Trinidad Hunt
Dear Earth Traveler,
This document is part of a bold new plan for the awakening of mankind and the saving of Planet Earth. Until this time there has not been a written manual containing the goals and guidelines for the planet. As a result, many human beings have lost their way in life…”
As a group of spiritual beings from another world prepares to enter into a physical state on Earth, it is provided with a handbook for survival called The Operator’s Manual. Inscribed with the words “What Does It Mean to Be a Human Being?” this reference tool will guide and instruct the students on their journey, teaching them the “Principles of Planetary Purpose.”
Women’s Fiction > Contemporary Women
Author: Jasinda Wilder
I’ve always been a good girl. I grew up in a small town, dated my high school sweetheart all the way through college, and married him. I even waited until our wedding night for my first time. Yeah, that kind of good girl. Finding my husband in bed with the church secretary came as quite a shock, needless to say. Finding out he’d slept with just about every female in town was an even bigger shock.
Discovering those dirty little secrets is what sent me on a journey that I will never forget.
Dead Drunk: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse… One Beer at a Time
Humor > Comedy > Horror > Occult
Author: Richard Johnson
Charlie Campbell was your average, balding, thirty-year-old alcoholic with a dead-end job and a penchant for shambling through life one mistake after another. However, none of that mattered following the sudden arrival of a mysterious sickness that brought with it infected mobs of zombie-like creatures thirsting for the flesh of the living.
Trapped in a Chicago apartment the morning after a raucous bachelor party, Charlie and his old fraternity buddies must battle for survival against the cannibalistic horde, a military invasion and their own rampant stupidity.
With supplies, common sense and brain cells dwindling by the hour, the motley crew — including a racist cop, a Sri Lankan used car salesman, a stoner landlord and a pet raccoon — must pull out all the stops to avoid joining the ranks of the dead.
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