Michael Phillips has been writing in the Christian marketplace for 30 years. All told, he has written, co-written, and edited some 110 books. He tops today’s Buffet with Angels Watching Over Me Book 1 of his “Shenandoah Sisters” series. In the story, two young Southern girls–one the daughter of a plantation owner and one the daughter of a slave–barely survive the onset of the Civil War and the loss of both their families.

michaelWhile a young college student in the 1970s, Michael started a small book shop, and wrote his first books on a typewriter at the store’s checkout counter. Those early writings covered a wide variety of topics and later  included major biographies of Olympian and Kansas congressman Jim Ryun (Harper and Row) and Victorian author and man of letters George MacDonald (Bethany House.)

Michael’s wife Judy is a professional harpist and harp teacher. Michael and  Judy have been married forty years and live in northern California.

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Angels Watching Over Me (Shenandoah Sisters Book #1)

Christian Fiction > Historical
Author: Michael Phillips
Angels Watching Over Me (Shenandoah Sisters Book #1)

Two young Southern girls, one the daughter of a plantation owner and one the daughter of a slave, barely survive the onset of the Civil War and the loss of both their families. When these tragic circumstances bring them together, they join forces to discover if they can make a life for themselves.

As their preconceptions give way to experience, they gradually learn to value their contrasting and complementing strengths and skills as they face the formidable task of keeping body and soul together in the aftermath of this devastating war. But is it possible the Lord they have come to know has something bigger in mind for the plantation than either of them can imagine?


Lady Bess

Drama > British & Irish
Author: Claudy Conn, Karen Babcock
Lady Bess

Bess Saunders has fallen in love. He is big, he is charmingly masculine, and his Scottish accent sends her reeling with very unmaiden-like desires. Having inherited his mother’s English home and title, Earl of Dunkirk of Scotland is considered a prize catch by the haute ton. He knows one day he will have to marry to carry on his name, but he wants a wife who ‘understands’ they will each go their own way after she gives him an heir—a marriage of convenience.

Lady Bess does not fit into those plans. How could she? She is exquisite, yes, but she is also an innocent who expects faithfulness. He won’t ruin an innocent, and yet, he can’t get her out of his head. All this time, and right in their midst, evil hovers. Although Bess doesn’t look for it, she finds it—and Bess is not your average, simpering female. She takes on danger and mayhem like she does everything else: full throttle.

In the Blood

Mystery > Historical
Author: Steve Robinson
In the Blood: A Genealogical Crime Mystery #1 (Jefferson Tayte)

Family history was never supposed to be like this…

When American genealogist, Jefferson Tayte, accepted his latest assignment he had no idea it might kill him. But while murder was never part of the curriculum he is kidding himself if he thinks he can walk away from this one.

Driven by the irony of being a genealogist who doesn’t know who his own parents are, Tayte soon finds that the assignment shares a stark similarity to his own struggle. Someone has gone to great lengths to erase an entire family bloodline from recorded history and he’s not going home until he’s found out why. After all, if he’s not good enough to find this family, how can he ever expect to be good enough to someday find his own?

Dead Man’s Hand

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: Luke Murphy
Dead Man's Hand

What happens when the deck is stacked against you…

From NFL rising-star prospect to wanted fugitive, Calvin Watters is a sadistic African-American Las Vegas debt-collector framed by a murderer who, like the Vegas Police, finds him to be the perfect fall-guy.

…and the cards don’t fall your way?

When the brutal slaying of a prominent casino owner is followed by the murder of a well-known bookie, Detective Dale Dayton is thrown into the middle of a highly political case and leads the largest homicide investigation in Vegas in the last twelve years.

Chill Run

Mystery > Hard-Boiled
Author: Russell Brooks
Chill Run

Sometimes publicity stunts go bad…Real Bad!

Starving author Eddie Barrow, Jr., will do anything to get a book deal with a NYC publisher. Even if it means getting caught by the media while engaging in S&M with a female celebrity as a publicity stunt. What Eddie gets instead are details of a billion dollar fraud scheme from a suicidal client who’s fatally shot minutes later. Now on the run from the law and the killers, Eddie seeks help from two unlikely friends–an alcoholic and a dominatrix. With few resources, Eddie races to clear his name, unveil the fraud scheme, and expose the killers before he becomes their next victim.

Etsy Selling Success: Cash In On Your Creations

Crafts & Hobbies > Small Business & Entrepreneurship > Home Based
Author: Elyse Reynolds
Etsy Selling Success: Cash In On Your Creations

Etsy.com is a perfect opportunity for those interested in selling crafts online, but lack technical knowledge. By spending less time on creating and maintaining a website, you can spend more time working on your craft or freeing yourself for other activities.

In this guide, Etsy Shop owner Elyse Reynolds teaches the ins and outs of making money selling selling on Etsy. You will learn how she created a full-time income selling her creations on Etsy.com. Here are some of the things you will learn:

Running of the Bulls

Technothrillers
Author: Christopher Smith, Brandi Doane
Running of the Bulls (Book Two in the Fifth Avenue Series)

In this second book in the international best-selling “Fifth Avenue Series,” a former Wall Street titan who robbed the world of billions is now out of prison. Good for him, but not for those who put him there. Now, they are dying grisly deaths by the hands of two hired assassins.

Investigating is private investigator Marty Spellman, who soon learns that all isn’t what it seems as the twists pile up along with the sheer number of the dead.

Spellman’s life is put on the line. His family is threatened. No one is who they appear to be. Who can he trust as the bulls of Wall Street start to run as the two assassins–Vincent Spocatti and Carmen Gragera–fully ignite their killing spree?

Park Avenue (Book Six in the Fifth Avenue Series)

Technothrillers
Author: Christopher Smith
Park Avenue (Book Six in the Fifth Avenue Series)

In Park Avenue, the sixth book in the hugely popular Fifth Avenue series (Fifth Avenue, Running of the Bulls, From Manhattan with Love, From Manhattan with Revenge, A Rush to Violence), the heat boils over as characters from each book collide in a single collective nightmare.

For the Redmans, the problem is that this one man, long since deceased, is not alone in his quest to see them dead. Others are conspiring against the Redmans, which leads to a punishing series of events as they fight for their lives.

The Maintenance Man Collector’s Edition

Literature & Fiction
Author: Michael Baisden
The Maintenance Man Collector's Edition

It’s midnight. Do you know where your woman is?

Every Woman’s Dream: Malcolm Tremell is handsome, charismatic and a great lover; but in his world sex is not a game…it’s serious business. Every week his schedule is booked with secret rendezvous, extravagant dinners and sessions of passionate love making, all for the right price. But Malcolm begins to reflect on his gigolo lifestyle when he meets Toni, a talented dancer and choreographer. But can her love transform him into the man he wants to be and the man she needs to make both their lives complete.

The Secret Dreams of Sarah-Jane Quinn

Romance > Contemporary
Author: Sharon Gerlach
The Secret Dreams of Sarah-Jane Quinn (Harper & Lyttle Series #2)

Sarah-Jane Quinn has many secret dreams: to own the bed-and-breakfast inn where she stayed as a child; to finally capture the elusive Coleridge “Collie” Tate, on whom she has an enormous crush; and most importantly, to be someone’s top priority for once in her life.

But Collie is a single father with a potential custody battle on his hands, and Sarah ranks roughly Number 917 on his list of concerns. So when Gus Haldemann, the sophisticated director of Human Resources, shows a marked interest in her, she finds it not only flattering (and mystifying), but decidedly tempting and irresistible.

And then Sarah is brutally attacked by a violent stalker. In the aftermath, she must re-evaluate her priorities and decide which man reaches deepest into her heart – and let the other go forever.

8 Types Of Natural Light That Will Add Drama To Your Photographs

Photography > Reference
Author: Anne McKinnell
8 Types Of Natural Light That Will Add Drama To Your Photographs

The first step to becoming a better nature photographer is to understand light.

Discover the 8 types of natural light and learn techniques you can use to increase the quality and dramatic effect of your images.

Learn techniques you can use to increase the quality and dramatic effect of your images simply by understanding how light works.

Turn your snapshots into fine art.

Katie’s Hellion

Romance > Fantasy & Futuristic
Author: Lizzy Ford
Katie's Hellion (Book I, Rhyn Trilogy)

Katie didn’t send her boyfriend to Hell, but she’s going there to bust him out!

Katie thinks she’s going crazy when a baby angel and death’s personal assistant appear on her doorstep. Both claim she’s destined for something great. If she can survive, that is. She’s drawn into a world filled with immortals like Rhyn, an outcast who claims her as his mate in a show of defiance to his brothers. Katie rescues Rhyn from Hell, and he discovers fast just how special his little human is.

Queenie Baby: On Assignment

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: Christina A. Burke
QUEENIE BABY: On Assignment

Meeting your hot new boss in a bar while singing karaoke—bad. Being fixed up with your old high school boyfriend by your meddling sister—annoying. Making out in your sister’s minivan with said boyfriend—embarrassing. This week is shaping up to be a doozy for aspiring singer/songwriter Diana Hudson.

‘On the wrong side of thirty’ according to her mother and still living the bohemian lifestyle of a musician, Diana is having a double martini day. Although a sought after performer on the not-so-happening Annapolis, Maryland bar scene, Diana works as a temp at Greene’s Staffing to pay the bills. Her assignment this week: help the cape-wearing Mr. Vann Pyre find love online.

Happy(ish)

Humor > Love, Sex & Marriage
Author: Cara Trautman
Happy(ish)

Jane Pearson is single, thirty-five, and reluctantly dressed as a squirrel.

When she’s not covered in fake fur, she sleeps with the wrong men, avoids laundry, sets her vibrator on fire, and dodges her mother’s demanding phone calls. Surrounded by eccentric friends, an offbeat family, peculiar coworkers, and a twenty-four-year-old goldfish, Jane searches for happiness through a maze of dirty clothes and hard lessons.

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