Sarah M. Eden read her first Jane Austen novel in elementary school and has been addicted to historical romance ever since. With a degree in research and a fascination with history, Sarah loves delving deep into history. She is an award-winning author of short stories and has been a Whitney Award Finalist for her novels Seeking Persephone and Courting Miss Lancaster, which tops today’s Buffet.

sarahSarah has twice served as the Master of Ceremonies for the LDStorymakers Writers Conference, acted as the Writer in Residence at the Northwest Writers Retreat and is one-third of the team at the AppendixPodcast.com.

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Courting Miss Lancaster

Historical Romance > Regency
Author: Sarah M. Eden
Courting Miss Lancaster

Harry Windover adores blonde, green-eyed Athena Lancaster, but alas, a penniless man like himself has no hope of winning a young noblewoman’s hand. To add insult to injury, Athena’s brother-in-law and guardian, the Duke of Kielder, has asked Harry to assist Athena in finding the gentleman of her dreams. But the lovesick Harry is cunning as well: as the weeks pass, he introduces Athena to suitors who are horrifically boring, alarmingly attached to their mothers, downright rude, astoundingly self-absorbed, and utterly ridiculous.

Athena can’t comprehend why she is having so little success meeting eligible and acceptable gentlemen. Indeed, her circle of admirers couldn’t be less admirable — nothing like the loyal, gentle friend she’s found in Harry. But how long can Harry’s scheme be hidden before it is discovered? And what will Athena do when she uncovers Harry’s deception?

Escape into a charming Regency world in this delightfully romantic comedy of manners that will entertain you to the very last word.


Significance

Romance > Fantasy
Author: Shelly Crane
Significance (A Significance Novel)

Maggie is a seventeen year old girl who’s had a bad year. She was smart and on track, but her mom left, her dad is depressed, she’s graduating, barely, and her boyfriend of almost three years dumped her for a college football scholarship. Lately she thinks life is all about hanging on by a thread and is gripping tight with everything she has.
Then she meets Caleb.

She saves his life and instantly knows there’s something about him that’s intriguing, but she’s supposed to be on her way to a date with his cousin. Things change when they touch, sparks ignite. Literally.

They imprint with each other and she sees their future life together flash before her eyes. She learns that not only is she his soul mate, and can feel his heartbeat in her chest, but there is a whole other world of people with gifts and abilities that she never knew existed. She herself is experiencing supernatural changes unlike anything she’s ever felt before and she needs the touch of his skin to survive.

Seeing Stars

Romance > Contemporary
Author: Vanessa Grant
Seeing Stars

Arizona astronomer Claire Welland is anything but starry-eyed when it comes to romance. She knows her home on an isolated mountaintop observatory makes marriage to most men impossible, but that doesn’t mean she can’t have a little romantic fun. The last thing she expects when she comes home to Port Townsend, Washington, for her high school reunion is to be swept off her feet by blake McKenzie.

Once the town bad boy, Blake is now a prominent shipbuilder dedicated to helping local teens. When he asks Claire to talk to one of his boys about astronomy, he’s only thinking she might give direction to a troubled kid. He certainly never dreamed she’d inspire him – to fall in love. Now Blake is determined to show Claire that their future together is in the stars … if she’ll only open her eyes.

Blood Land: A James Pruett Mystery (Volume One)

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Police Procedurals
Author: R.S. Guthrie
Blood Land: A James Pruett Mystery (Volume One)

Crime’s an ugly constant in the big city. L.A. Chicago. New York. But when a savage murder brutalizes a small town and neighbor turns on neighbor, a tough-as-nails cop is essential to restoring order. Blood Land is a gritty, emotional saga set in the Wyoming badlands with both greed and vengeance at its core.

When billions of dollars in natural gas rights hang in the balance and the town’s top law officer’s wife is slain by her own blood, a reluctant hero is forced to battle his own demons and ultimately choose between justice, revenge, and duty.

Unspoken Abandonment

Biographies > Self-Help > Motivational
Author: Bryan Wood
Unspoken Abandonment

One of the most powerful and moving stories you will ever read, this book will completely change the way you look at life. ‘Unspoken Abandonment’ is the story of one man’s struggle to return home from the war in Afghanistan, only to find the person he once was may never be the same.

Bryan Wood is a military veteran who served during combat operations in Eastern Afghanistan. After returning from combat, he found that his life was falling apart at every turn, and Bryan faced the greatest battle of his life in finding his own peace. He surprisingly found the answer was hidden within a daily journal kept while at war, and Bryan’s path ultimately led him to find redemption in the most unexpected of places: love.

Collide

Romance > Science Fiction
Author: Shelly Crane
Collide (A Collide Novel)

Sherry has always known there was something out there. She’s eighteen, works for a tabloid newspaper in Chicago, and has a brother, Danny who is a lazy mooch. They live a pretty normal, dull life. Then the moon disappears and people start to go missing only to reappear later…but different. Sherry has an abusive ex-boyfriend who shows up on her doorstep and claims to be one of these beings. He’s no longer the same person in that body. He tells her he has come to protect her and her brother and takes her underground, against her will, to save her. There they meet others like them. She begins to unravel the truth about Merrick, about what he’s really doing here, about the way he looks at her, about the crazy new dangerous world they live in. Can he convince her that he’s here to help? Will she like what she finds when she opens up to the truth?

Mind Hurdles: Having Fun with States & Capitals

Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games
Author: LL Kross
Mind Hurdles: Having Fun with States & Capitals in the United States (Interactive Quiz Book)

This book’s interactive multiple-choice format not only makes it a favorite among books for children, but it is also a wonderfully fun game that painlessly shows your child which capital belongs with each state.

Imagine your child being the first and possibly the only one in the class who already knows the states and their capitals? A panel of life-long educators designed this fun to read and fast-paced states and capitals game book. As with all the Mind Hurdles books, its contents are overseen by the Mind Hurdles Advisory Board.

Stevie-girl and the Phantom Pilot

Science Fiction & Fantasy > Spine-Chilling Horror
Author: Ann Swann
Stevie-girl and the Phantom Pilot (The Phantom Series)

What would you do if a phantom lived in your closet?

When a small plane crashes behind Jason Lee’s rural home, strange things begin to happen. He tries to tell his parents that the ghost of the pilot is haunting him, but they don’t believe in such things. Then he sees Stevie Rae Sanders entering the local haunted house, and he thinks he has found someone brave enough to help him. Stevie-girl isn’t certain she is all that brave, but she agrees to try. Together they confront The Phantom Pilot. But is it too late, or will he live in Jase’s closet forever?

Truth or Date

Romance > Contemporary
Author: Susan Hatler
Truth or Date (Better Date than Never)

Gina Hall is done with men who won’t commit. Ten years waiting for her ex to propose wasted her time. Never again. When her friend Kristen starts a game of Truth or Dare, she dares Gina to go on a date with Ethan, who’s amazing and total marriage material.

As Gina plans the going away party for office playboy Chris Bradley, she spontaneously initiates a game of Truth or Dare with him. When his turn comes around, he dares Gina to pose as his girlfriend to help get a flirty colleague off his back. Gina finds playing couple with Chris way too much fun.

Even though Gina and Chris are pretending, their relationship begins to feel painfully real. Fearing she might be falling for another fly-by man, Gina must focus on Ethan so she doesn’t make the same dating mistakes all over again.

Witness Chase (Nick Teffinger Thriller)

Mystery > Hard-Boiled
Author: R.J. Jagger
Witness Chase (Nick Teffinger Thriller)

When up-and-coming associate attorney Kelly Ravenfield discovers she is on a stranger’s murder list, she frantically searches for answers, not only to save her life but also to find out whether she was tricked into participating in a murder herself.

Dark Promise

Fantasy > Fairy Tales & Folklore
Author: Julia Crane, Talia Jager
Dark Promise (Between Worlds #1)

Rylie has it all – great friends, dream boy, loving family. But on the eve of her sixteenth birthday, her perfect little world shatters. A stranger claiming to be her real mother appears with a secret: Rylie is a faery whose powers will be unleashed on her birthday. Captured and forced into a new life, Rylie struggles to keep everything she loves and discovers a terrifying truth: some promises cannot be broken.

The Story Template: Conquer Writer’s Block Using the Universal Structure of Story

Writing, Research & Publishing Guides
Author: Amy Deardon
The Story Template: Conquer Writer's Block Using the Universal Structure of Story

Writing a novel or screenplay sounds like a fabulous idea. But where do you start? And how do you finish?

Award-winning author Amy Deardon answers these questions in The Story Template: Conquer Writer’s Block Using the Universal Structure of Story. This approach will help you focus your creativity and complete your unique and compelling story, script, or novel.

Dead Running

Teen & Young Adult > Literature & Fiction
Author: Cami Checketts
Dead Running

Cassidy Christensen is running. Running from the mercenaries who killed her parents. Running from a scheming redhead intent on making her life miserable. Running from painful memories that sabotage her dreams of happiness.

With two very tempting men competing for her attention, she hopes she’ll finally have someone to run to, but can she trust either of them? When secrets from her past threaten her family, Cassidy decides to stop running and fight for her future.

Open Window: Truth from the Shadows

Romance > Paranormal > Ghosts
Author: Courtney Harvey
Open Window: Truth from the Shadows (The Open Window Series)

Alex Wells appears from afar as a typical high school senior, yet visions of the dead invade her mind in a way that is anything but typical. Nighttime visits from spirits are commonplace. Questioning her sanity, she struggles inside self-inflicted walls, hiding her secret from the world. As she comes to terms with her strengthening psychic abilities, the latest vision of a young stranger’s violent suicide has her spinning out of control. While attempting to take charge of her life, she is compelled to uncover his story, forcing her to face her own fears and follow him on his journey to seek redemption. As her family and friends watch her spiral into a well of despair, she refuses to give up seeking out his truth, no matter the cost. It may only be the new boy in school who can lift her from the depths of self-destruction, but he too has a secret to hide.

The Foul Mouth and the Fanged Lady

Fantasy > Paranormal & Urban
Author: Richard Raley
The Foul Mouth and the Fanged Lady (The King Henry Tapes)

King Henry Price is 14 and he loves everything he’s not supposed to–stealing, cursing, and fighting to name a few. One day after his usual hour of detention he comes home to find an enigmatic woman named Ceinwyn Dale sitting in his kitchen, telling his parents lies about a special reform school. What she tells King Henry is different, she tells him he’s a mancer, a Geomancer to be exact, that he’s special, one in million maybe. She sure ain’t a fairy giant and King Henry sure as hell ain’t Harry Potter, but why not? Has to be better than the life he’s already got.

King Henry Price is twenty-two, a recent graduate of the Asylum as an Artificer. With the special ability to create lasting items of the Mancy, he’s spurned the Artificer’s Guild and struck out on his own to found an Artificer workshop looking to do things his way. One night, a vampire baroness claiming she’s named Anne Boleyn walks into his shop, telling King Henry he’s going to help her, and she’s not taking ‘no’ for an answer. King Henry is pretty sure the whole name thing is just a joke, but only pretty sure…
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