Grace Burrowes, the award-winning author of several Regency and Scottish Victorian romances, tops today’s Buffet with Bridegroom Wore Plaid, the intimate and erotic Book 1 of her MacGregor Trilogy. Publisher’s Weekly named the novel one of its “Best Books of 2012.”

graceGrace was the sixth of seventh children raised in rural central Pennsylvania. She spent much of her early life reading romance novels and riding a chubby buckskin gelding named—unimaginatively if eponymously—Buck. Her parents gave her a manual typewriter when she was eight years old, and she’s been writing for her own pleasure ever since. Her first career was as a technical writer and editor and she earned a law degree while attending night school.

After Grace opened her own law practice, she summoned the courage to begin pitching manuscripts to agents and editors — and the rest, as they say, is history. Grace now lives in the Maryland countryside.

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Bridegroom Wore Plaid

Historical Romance
Author: Grace Burrowes
Bridegroom Wore Plaid

His family or his heart — one of them will be betrayed…

Ian MacGregor is wooing a woman who’s wrong for him in every way. As the new Earl of Balfour, though, he must marry an English heiress to repair the family fortunes.

But in his intended’s penniless chaperone, Augusta, Ian is finding everything he’s ever wanted in a wife. After spending time with Augusta and falling for her charms, Ian begins to question whether or not he’s willing to forfeit his heart to save the family name…


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Writing, Research & Publishing Guides > Marketing & Sales > Advertising
Author: Steve Weber
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Cat’s Paw

Fantasy > Sword & Sorcery
Author: L. A. Taylor

Cat's Paw

Miranda Glivven’s husband left home months ago on a secret assignment for the Governor and has not returned. Even his letters have stopped. With no news and no idea what has happened to him, Miranda goes on a search for her missing husband, accompanied only by a stray cat. On reaching her husband’s last known location, she finds the local authorities uninterested in helping to find him. Worse, some of the local citizens suspect Miranda of using magic, a treasonous offense, because of the unusual cat that has followed her on her quest. Although Miranda has always believed that magic is superstitious nonsense, she finds the circumstances of her beloved husband’s disappearance growing more and more mysterious….

Armed and Fabulous

Mystery > Women Sleuths
Author: Camilla Chafer
Armed and Fabulous (Lexi Graves Mysteries)

All Lexi wants to do is get through the day at her boring temp job with Green Hand Insurance. That’s until she discovers the vice president, Martin Dean, in a pool of blood and herself at the center of an investigation into insurance fraud.

Millions of dollars are missing, the chief suspect is dead and her mysterious, sexy, new boss is not what he seems.

Death Will Help You Leave Him

Mystery > Cozy
Author: Elizabeth Zelvin
Death Will Help You Leave Him (A Humorous New York Mystery) (Bruce Kohler Series)

This is the second book in the Bruce Kohler mystery series by Agatha- and Derringer- Award nominee Elizabeth Zelvin.

New Yorker Bruce Kohler, clean and sober for almost 10 months, is startled awake one rainy autumn night by a jolting phone call from his friend, Barbara. It seems her Al-Anon sponsee, Luz, came home to find her abusive boyfriend stabbed to death on the kitchen floor of her East Harlem apartment. Bruce and his best friend Jimmy (Barbara’s main squeeze) are curious, yet happy to leave it at a mob hit/drug deal gone bad. But Barbara, in classic codependent form, just can’t seem to mind her own business.

The trio takes a ride through the twists and turns of New York City in search of the killer, with Bruce all the while fielding booty calls mixed with pleas for help from his ex-wife Laura. But Laura’s hooked on Mac, who might be the death of her.

Reunion: A Search for Ancestors

History > Europe > England
Author: Ryan Littrell
Reunion: A Search for Ancestors

Where do I come from? That question sets Ryan Littrell on a journey that crosses centuries, and leads to an ancestral homeland.

An anonymous letter reveals the first clues about his family’s origins, and soon those clues take him to country graveyards, long-lost cousins, and a shocking DNA discovery. And as one hint follows the next, he uncovers the story of his Scottish ancestors–a tale of heartbreak, betrayal, and unfailing strength.

Cades Cove: The Curse of Allie Mae

Genre Fiction > Horror > Ghosts

Author: Aiden James

Cades Cove: The Curse of Allie Mae (Cades Cove Series #1)

Buried deep in a ravine in the picturesque Smoky Mountains is a very dark secret. David Hobbs, vacationing with his wife Miriam, inadvertently stumbles upon a small cloth ‘keepsake’ bag and a broken tooth. A human tooth. Miriam begs David to hand the bag and tooth over to park officials, but he ignores his wife’s pleas and secretly keeps the ‘harmless’ items. The action opens a doorway that had been closed for nearly a hundred years and unleashes hell on earth, or at least hell in the lives of David and Miriam.

Following the brutal murder of his best friend in Denver, and an aborted attack on his oldest son, David desperately seeks to understand why a mysterious teenage girl has chosen to terrorize him and the males closest to him. To prevent further devastation to his family and end the wanton bloodshed, he returns to the enchanted hills of eastern Tennessee, where a terrible truth awaits discovery…one that forces him to face the consequences for the unpaid sins of his ancestors.

How to Argue: Powerfully, Persuasively, Positively

Management & Leadership > Negotiating
Author: Jonathan Herring
How to Argue: Powerfully, Persuasively, Positively

The ability to persuade, influence and convince is a vital skill for success in work and life. However, most of us have little idea how to argue well. Indeed, arguing is still seen by many as something to be avoided at all costs, and mostly it’s done poorly, or not at all. Yet it’s possibly the most powerful and yet most neglected asset you could have. Discover the art of arguing powerfully, persuasively and positively and you’ll have a head start every time.

His Captive

Historical Romance
Author: Diana Cosby
His Captive (MacGruders)

With a wastrel brother and a treacherous former fiancé, Lady Nichola Westcott hardly expects the dangerously seductive Scot who kidnaps her to be a man of his word. Though Sir Alexander MacGruder promises not to hurt her, Nichola’s only value is as a pawn to be ransomed.

Alexander’s goal is to avenge his father’s murder, not to become entangled with the enemy. But his desire to keep Nichola with him, in his home–in his bed–unwittingly make her a target for those who have no qualms about shedding English blood.

Winter’s Awakening: The Metahumans Emerge

Teen & Young Adult > Literature & Fiction
Author: Karen Luellen
Winter's Awakening: The Metahumans Emerge (Winter's Saga #1)

Extraordinary teen Meg Winter and her brothers Alik and Evan are shoved into a new reality when they discover life is not what they thought it was: there is evil hunting them, they are not normal teens, and their mother’s captor wants them back to continue his plans for the perfect race.

Romeo and Juliet: A Vampire and Werewolf Love Story

Romance > Paranormal > Vampires
Author: H.T. Night
Romeo and Juliet: A Vampire and Werewolf Love Story

In the distant future, New York City has been turned upside down by warring families. Immortal families. The vampires are led by the House of Capulet, and Juliet’s father is their leader. The werewolves are led by Lord Montague of the House of Montague, Romeo’s father.

Against all odds, Romeo and Juliet find one another and fall hopelessly in love. Tragically in love. And when blood is spilled – and the families wage war on one another – will Romeo and Juliet’s love survive against all odds?

Dark Application

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Technothrillers
Author: Brian Krogstad, Lindsey Waterman, Anthony Sturmas
Dark Application: ONE (The Dark Application Series)

Luke Jeffers is a regular guy about to become extraordinary. A college student in Virginia, he finds himself caught up in a technological conspiracy beyond his understanding.Almost overnight, he transforms from starving student to an unwitting pawn in a web of murder, lies, and conspiracy when he discovers the Department of Defense Application for Remote Kinetics, a simple application accidentally downloaded onto his smart phone and almost immediately in control of his life.

Outview

Mysteries & Thrillers > Fantasy & Supernatural
Author: Brandt Legg
Outview (The Inner Movement)

Nate’s father died mysteriously when he was twelve. His older brother knows the truth but their mother had him committed to a mental institution. As the Outviews try to take over his mind, sixteen year old Nate fears his turn is next.

During the search for his brother, Nate and his three school friends fight to stay alive. Along the way they encounter five mystics who show Nate his lost powers, teach the forgotten wisdom and reveal his extraordinary destiny.

Chasing Beautiful

Genre Fiction > Coming of Age
Author: Pamela Ann
Chasing Beautiful (Chasing Series #1)

What would you do if you had two hot men fight over you?

An orphan at the age of seven, there was one thing that Sienna Richards didn’t do easily–give her heart. She made that mistake once by trusting and giving her heart to her childhood best friend and ex-boyfriend, Kyle Matthews. When Sienna left for London to study, she was taken aback when Kyle told her that he’s been seeing someone else.

Hurt and betrayed, Sienna decided to fly back to LA to confront him. The whole idea of “closure” was definitely a bad idea.

Make Extra Money Flipping Houses While On Vacation

Business & Investing > Real Estate
Author: Jason Medley, Joe McCall
Make Extra Money Flipping Houses While On Vacation (A Secret Six Figure Society Real Estate Investing Presentation)

Many real estate investors work hard, devote twelve hours a day, and invest their time and money into a real estate investing business and succeed. But few have mastered the ability to quickly and easily make money flipping houses while on vacation, like Joe McCall.

Inside this book, Jason Medley hosts Joe McCall as he reveals his simple and proven systems to automate, delegate and outsource nearly every function of his business except cashing his checks. He shows the exact steps that has allowed him to go on multiple vacations with his family throughout the year while having his system continue to flip houses for him.

Doug and Carlie’s Love Conspiracy

Romantic Comedy > Inspirational
Author: Lisa Smartt
Doug and Carlie's Love Conspiracy (#2 in the Doug and Carlie Series)

Clara Louise Johnson is 32, single, and lonely. The problem? She just got a cat. And when a shy lonely woman gets a cat, everybody knows the universe begins to work against her. Within a year, she could own twenty cats and start operating a failed recycling business out of her backyard. So newlyweds, Doug and Carlie, happily intervene. What happens when a rural-dwelling famous writer becomes a full-time matchmaker for beautiful Clara? A humorous and healing journey toward love begins.

Where The Sun Don’t Shine

Crime Fiction > Noir
Author: Alex Metcalf
Where The Sun Don't Shine

The story of Marley, a once successful Hollywood player who’s tumbled so far down the ladder of success that he’s got almost nothing left. Just a one room apartment on Venice Beach and a fragile relationship with his 16 year old daughter.Marley’s at the end of his rope when he gets a phone call from an old producing partner who wants to throw Marley some work. Which sounds great until Marley realizes that the “work” is tracking down a missing actress. An actress who may or may not be dead. Every instinct Marley has tells him to walk away. But the lure of easy money is the single thing that everyone in Hollywood has in common.

Best Ever Fruit Cobbler & Crisp Recipes

Cookbooks, Food & Wine > Baking > Pastry
Author: Lori Burke
Best Ever Fruit Cobbler & Crisp Recipes (Best Ever Recipes Series)

Fruit cobblers and crisps are a wonderful dessert to serve during the cold winter months. Served warm with ice cream or flavored whipped cream they are sure to chase away the winter blahs. Homemade cobblers and crisps go back to Colonial America and were originally served for breakfast or as a main course. It wasn’t until the late 1800s that cobblers, crisps and related dishes were considered desserts.

Lori Burke brings you a collection of 30 Cobbler and Crisp recipes and 5 flavored whipped cream topping recipes. These are home-made, bake from scratch recipes using fresh fruit, spices and other natural ingredients. The recipes are all kitchen-tested.
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