USA Today bestselling author Jacquie D’Alessandro tops today’s Buffet with her first contemporary romance, Kiss the Cook, which was issued as a Kensington paperback in 2000.

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After being out of print for several years, Jacquie has updated the book for its revival on Kindle.

Jacquie is a native of Long Island, New York, and currently resides in Atlanta with her husband. Her books have won numerous awards, including the Golden Quill, the Barclay Gold, the Orange Rose, the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice, and the Bookseller’s Best.

Recently Jacquie has branched out from romance novel to write humorous books for animal lovers. The World is My Litter Box is a collection of original songs, letters, and essays written by cats. If you’ve ever been owned by a feline, you’ll no doubt “see” your kitty in this book. The series will continue in the coming months with more humor books featuring both cats and dogs. Jacquie is working on more romance stories, too.

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Kiss the Cook

Romantic Comedy > Contemporary Romance
Author: Jacquie D’Alessandro
Kiss the Cook

Was it the worst day of her catering career? Melanie Gibson decides it probably was. Her delivery guy got sick, her car died, she waded through a downpour holding fifteen gourmet dinners (wearing one shoe) and had the worst case of raccoon eyes when she found herself double parked next to the sexiest, crankiest, and hungriest man she’d ever met.

Mel’s dilemma: relationships are bad for her heart. Christopher Bishop can’t resist the lure of a woman who smells like brownies and has an off-beat personality as delicious as her desserts. As he sees it, he’s got two problems: first, he’s not looking for love…not yet. Second, he’s the accountant hired by the bank to assess Mel’s business for a loan. But all their best reasons for not falling in love are about to go on the back burner-because what’s simmering between them is too delicious to ignore.


The Stone Arrow (The Pagans)

Action & Adventure > Thrillers
Author: Richard Herley
The Stone Arrow (The Pagans)

Southern England, 3000 BC. Incomers, bringing agriculture from mainland Europe, are wrecking the virgin forests with slash-and-burn. The ancient territories and way of life of the native, nomadic hunter-gatherers, unchanged for millennia, are under threat.

Political rivalry inside the village of Burh, and the farmers’ superstitions, result in an attack on a nomad tribe in its nearby summer camp.

Tagart, the heir to the chief and at the very peak of his powers, is the only survivor.

The farmers thought they had killed everybody. They could not have made a worse mistake.

Dirty Little Secrets: Sexy Suspense

Romance > Mystery & Suspense
Author: Julie Leto
Dirty Little Secrets: Sexy Suspense (Book 1, Dirty Series)

When Marisela Morales sets out to stop her ex-boyfriend Francisco Vega from skipping out on bail, she has a secret agenda: revenge. She hasn’t seen Frankie in 10 years, and back then, he broke her heart, choosing his gang over his girl. So when she tracks him down in their old haunt, a hot dance club in Tampa, she sets about seducing him into her trap.

Frankie has a secret agenda, too, and Marisela soon faces a tough choice: continue drifting through her twentysomething life — hitting the same town with the same girlfriends every weekend while struggling to find a job and pay the rent — or dive headfirst into danger with her ex.

Frankie operates in a treacherous underworld full of arms dealers, assassins, and sinister agendas — a world overrun with people keeping dirty little secrets — and only Marisela has the cojones to fight her way to the truth.

Got Your Number

Romance > Mystery & Suspense
Author: Stephanie Bond
Got Your Number (a humorous romantic mystery)

Roxann Beadleman just received an ominous message that resurrects old secrets, and her debutante cousin Angora Ryder was just jilted at the alter. A road trip to accomplish thing on a life list they made in college leads them back to their alma mater for Homecoming, and to the professor they were both in love with…

But Angora doesn’t know that Roxann is wanted for questioning in a police matter, or that a dangerous criminal could be following them. Detective Joe Capistrano is on their heels, too, determined to charm information out of Roxann and to protect her, whether she wants it or not…

Once Roxann and Angora hit campus, their lives are turned on end. Professor Irresistible is majoring in Seduction, old skeletons are leaping from closets, and Detective Capistrano is closing in. Roxann and angora soon find themselves thrust into a chilling lesson of murder, and if either of them gets out of this mess alive, could true love be at the end of their chase?

Winter’s Heat

Historical Romance
Author: Denise Domning
Winter's Heat

In 1194 England, beautiful Rowena of Benfield intends to be a convent abbess. However, her father forces her to marry the cold Rannulf FitzHenry, lord of Graistan. Left to toil in his castle, Rowena learns of Rannulf’s secrets. It is not until they’re locked in a tiny tower that their hearts finally open up to love.

Spring’s Fury

Historical Romance
Author: Denise Domning
Spring's Fury

Nicola of Ashby bravely wielded a sword to fight for her father’s fiefdom. Bravely but futilely, for her castle keep lay charred and the battle was lost. A woman warrior, Nicola had chosen her proud independence over a husband’s rule. Now she swore to kill Gilliam FitzHenry—murderer of her father, destroyer of her home—the man who would wed her in a forced match.

The powerful young knight, weary of battle and blood, had made Nicola his prisoner, and he would make her his wife, though their marriage be born in hell. Gilliam needed this fierce, fiery woman as he never had another. Her people adored her, and she alone could help him bring peace to these war-torn lands. Amid treachery and tragedy, rival knights and the pain of past wounds, Gilliam knew he must win Nicola’s respect. Then, with kisses and hot caresses, he intended to win her heart.

The Dragon Hour

Science Fiction & Fantasy > Historical
Author: Connie Flynn
The Dragon Hour

A Scottish paradise lost in time is invaded by 21st century thugs. It was a robbery gone terribly wrong ending in Luke Slade carrying his wounded cousin through a window of light, sweeping them back in time. The killers chase behind them just as the window is closing, trapping them all in 1672.

Caryn McLaughlin rules Lochlorraine and deals daily with a terrible threat. When Luke appears she knows her worries will soon be over. She’d seen his face all her life, on a tapestry now hanging in her bed chambers. He is none other than Luke, the legendary Dragon Slayer, and his duty is clear. What a pity he doesn’t see it that way.

The Blade Itself

Mystery > Hard-Boiled
Author: Marcus Sakey
The Blade Itself

Your name is Danny Carter. You’re a happy man: you have a good job, and share a Chicago greystone with the woman you love. Life is better than you ever dared hope. But things weren’t always this way. Seven years ago you stood in a dark room over the bleeding body of man writhing in agony. You’ve prayed every day that your past would stay buried…because you weren’t alone in that room.

Now, the man who stood beside you is back. He’s the most dangerous person you can imagine—and he’s demanding you help him do the unforgivable. Agreeing might cost your career, your relationship, even your freedom. Refusing will cost your life.

A Stranger in the Family

Romance > Westerns
Author: Patricia McLinn
A Stranger in the Family (Book 1, Bardville, Wyoming Trilogy)

A sexy, intriguing stranger arrives unexpectedly at her Wyoming ranch, threatening the one thing Cambria protects more fiercely than her heart – her family.

Bodie’s discovery that he fathered a son 17 years ago starts a search that leads him to the warm and welcoming Weston family. But his response to one member of the family is far more than he ever expected. The sparks between him and Cambria are real … and so is the danger to his hopes for their future if she finds out why he’s really in Wyoming.

Mountain Man

Genre Fiction > Horror
Author: Keith C Blackmore, Lynn O’ Dell
Mountain Man

Augustus Berry lives a day-to-day existence comprised of waking up, getting drunk, and preparing for the inevitable day when “they” will come up the side of his mountain and penetrate his fortress. Living on the outskirts of a city and scavenging for whatever supplies remain after civilization died two years ago, Gus knows that every time he goes down into undead suburbia could be his last.

The Skye in June

Genre Fiction > Coming of Age
Author: June Ahern, Stacy Horn, Cynthia Spurgin, Jerry Briesach
The Skye in June

June MacDonald’s fate is sealed the day she is born when her mother, Cathy, defies her husband Jimmy by giving their new daughter a pagan name instead of a Catholic saint’s, as is their tradition. The decision forever sets the MacDonald family on a course for disaster, and no one can foresee that June will grow up to threaten their strong religious beliefs.

After a family tragedy the MacDonald family emigrates from Scotland to San Francisco, California, in the hopes of a new beginning. There, young June begins to have visions. They haunt Cathy, revealing her secret past in the Scottish Highlands. June’s religiously rigid and abusive father will not tolerate the visions.
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