Dermot Davis is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter and author. He tops today’s Buffet with his romantic comedy Zen and Sex, which asks the question: “Is it really true that guys think about sex every seven seconds?”

dermotDermot’s creative work encompasses varied genres and styles: drama, comedy, and, more recently, sci-fi; with a special focus on human themes and characters transformed by life experience. In his native Ireland, Dermot was a child actor in Dublin and later co-founded the Laughing Gravy Theatre, which performed Irish literary works as well as Dermot’s original stage plays. He and other members of the troupe toured the United States, culminating with being invited artists-in-residence at the prestigious Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C.

Dermot is an award-winning finalist in the 2013 International Book Awards and also a finalist in the 2013 Readers’ Favorite Book Award Contest.

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Zen and Sex

Romantic Comedy
Author: Dermot Davis
Zen and Sex (a Romantic Comedy)

Martin is a 24-year-old guy who falls in love with a 38 year old woman. He has to grow so fast emotionally that he feels like he just got hit by a speeding bus. Not only is Frances fourteen years Martin’s senior, but she’s all about putting Zen into relationship, which involves every guy’s worst nightmare: talking about your feelings, being conscious of your thoughts and above all, unabashed, honest communication at all times. Martin has no idea what he is getting himself into and the sharp learning curve that’s required of him especially when he’s thinking sex but she’s thinking Zen.

The book examines what happens when two real people try to negotiate a relationship where each is uncertain about themselves and their feelings.


Why Great Leaders Don’t Take Yes for an Answer

Business & Investing > Leadership
Author: Michael A. Roberto
Why Great Leaders Don't Take Yes for an Answer: Managing for Conflict and Consensus (2nd Edition)

Make better decisions. Michael A. Roberto will help you achieve deeper consensus, get past groupthink and “yes men,” and achieve superior results in every decision you make — especially your most complex and highest-stakes decisions! This book provides a powerful framework for promoting honest, constructive dissent and skepticism, testing your assumptions more thoroughly, and fairly considering “best alternatives.”

Presents new case studies from Google, Ford, and Intuit, and expands coverage to more deeply illuminate his decision-making approach. Offering both positive and negative examples, he presents a well rounded view of how to determine when ‘yes’ means ‘yes’, when it doesn’t, and what to do when it doesn’t. Throughout, Roberto demonstrates why “good process entails the astute management of the social, political and emotional aspects of decision making” — in other words, why effective leaders are well served by carefully “deciding how to decide.”

Gryphon in Glory

Science Fiction & Fantasy > Classics
Author: Andre Norton
Gryphon in Glory (Witch World (High Hallack Series))

The Waste was stirring and strange forms of the Dark, long quiet, began to wake as Kerovan – whose cloven hoofs marked his kinship with the Old Ones – Journeyed into the Waste on a secret mission, Leaving behind the girl he loved Joisan, however, rode after him, wearing about her neck Kerovan’s gift, a small crystal globe encasing a miniature gryphon. While Kervan strove for answers to the riddles of the Dark, Joisan worked to unlock the power of the crystal gryphon. But only together could they hope to find the ancient Sleeper and defeat the forces of evil.

Stolen Fury

Romance > Mystery & Suspense
Author: Elisabeth Naughton
Stolen Fury (Stolen Series Book #1)

To unearth a centuries-old secret, an archaeologist must team up with the rakish thief who’s stolen both an ancient relic and her heart…

Oh, is he handsome. And charming. And sexy as all get out. Dr. Lisa Maxwell isn’t the type to go home with a guy she barely knows. But, hey, this is Italy and the red-blooded Rafe Sullivan seems much more enticing than cataloging a bunch of dusty artifacts.

After being fully seduced, Lisa wakes to an empty bed and, worse yet, an empty safe. She’s staked her career as an archaeologist on collecting the three Furies, a priceless set of ancient Greek reliefs. Now the one she had is gone. But Lisa won’t just get mad. She’ll get even.

She tracks Rafe to Florida, and finds the sparks between them blaze hotter than the Miami sun. He may still have her relic, but he’ll never find all three without her. And they’re not the only ones on the hunt. To beat the other treasure seekers, they’ll have to partner up–because suddenly Lisa and Rafe are in a race just to stay alive.

The Wife of Reilly

Romantic Comedy
Author: Jennifer Coburn
The Wife of Reilly

Okay, here’s how it happened. I went to my college reunion and hooked up with Matt, the love of my life, my soulmate, the one who got away. He said something like, “I love you; let’s get married,” and I could swear I heard myself say, “Yes!” Maybe that would have been a good time to tell him about Reilly—my husband…

Honestly, I’m not a bad person. Just temporarily insane. Or maybe permanently selfish. The truth is that Reilly’s a great guy, but our marriage has been over for a while. What to do? Find him a new wife, that’s what. Place an ad—”Wife Wanted.” Everybody gets a happy ending.

…Or life becomes a dizzying train wreck of continual catastrophe. Finding the perfect replacement for myself is tougher than I imagined. Sorting through the weirdos, gold diggers, man-haters, and just plain desperate while balancing a husband in New York and a fiancé in L.A. is enough to drive a girl stark raving mad. I’ve got a forty-word personals ad running, an unstoppable Amex card and just a few months to make everything all right. With a little help from my friends and a bit of luck, I just might find the next wife of Reilly…

A Moment

New Adult & College > Romance

Author: Marie Hall, Anne Victory
A Moment (Moments Series, New Adult Romance: Book 1 Marie Hall)

A chance meeting…

Life didn’t turn out the way I’d ever hoped it would. I got pregnant at 14. Same year my mom got diagnosed with MS. Dad bailed on us and my life felt like it suddenly started to spiral out of control. I’m 21 now, I go to college, I work hard, trying to make something of myself. I wasn’t supposed to be at that burlesque bar Valentine’s Day. I wasn’t supposed to meet Ryan Cosgrove, but I did. And now nothing will ever be the same.

I’m a retired Marine, an MMA fighter, and when I was younger something terrible happened to me. Life is hard and I’m so tired of pretending its not. I’m in a burlesque bar, drowning my sorrows, trying to shut out the demons breathing down my neck always reminding me I’m not good enough. Then I see Liliana Delgado and something inside of me- something I’d thought long dead- stirs to life. I wonder… can she save me? I hope she can, because I don’t think I can save myself.

Dream On

Thrillers > Spy Stories & Tales of Intrigue
Author: Aaron Patterson
DREAM ON (Hard-Boiled Thriller) (A Mark Appleton Thriller)

Evil is on the hunt…And it’s tracking you!

RUSSIA, JUNE 19, 1966 — THERE is a story about a Red Dog that is running wild, killing sheep and other livestock under the watchful eye of a full moon. One farmer, who claimed to have seen the Red Dog, said it looked like a man, but ran on all fours and foamed at the mouth. This account was never confirmed.

NEW YORK, AUGUST 23, 2009 — RUMORS of a secret agency arise with questions about the government’s involvement. Speculation is that this group, known only as the WJA, is involved in countless assassinations involving the Russian Mafia, terrorist leaders, and suspected murderers and rapists. The FBI and CIA deny any such group exist and claim the rumors are just that rumors.

The battle begins in your mind.

The Deliverers: Sharky and the Jewel

Children’s eBooks > Science Fiction, Fantasy & Scary Stories
Author: Gregory S. Slomba
The Deliverers: Sharky and the Jewel

Twelve-year-old Eric Scott is called by Stig, a talking owl, to journey to another world to save a fishing village from a band of bloodthirsty pirates. Once there, Eric discovers that delivering the town is but one of the problems he’ll have to solve.

Can a 12 year old boy, a talking owl, a headstrong girl and an outcast dwarf save a village, much less an entire world? Find out as they set out on the journey of a lifetime to defeat an immortal pirate, face their fears, and fulfill an ancient prophecy.

The Riddler’s Gift: First Tale of the Lifesong

Fantasy > Sword & Sorcery
Author: Greg Hamerton
The Riddler's Gift: First Tale of the Lifesong (The Tale of the Lifesong)

A shadow steals across Eyri. One by one, the Lightgifters are snuffed out. When darkness strikes her family, Tabitha receives a dangerous legacy. Soon the Riddler walks beside her, but is he on her side?

The more she searches for answers, the further into treachery she is led. The more she tries to flee, the harder she is hunted. And the more she sings the ancient Lifesong, the more the world begins to change.

Can she grasp her gift before the darkness captures the last of the light?

Slaves of Valhalla

Science Fiction > Adventure
Author: Luke Romyn
Slaves of Valhalla (The Prometheus Wars 2)

Fenrir the wolf howls. Bifrost beckons. And Wes answers.

The enigmatic Australian SAS commando awakens into a maelstrom of death and destruction, his memory in tatters, and his former friend and companion dead.

In his hunt for answers, Wes uncovers much more than he was searching for, and enters a war which could see the entire planet destroyed as beasts of ice and perils from outside our realm of reality threaten humanity’s very existence.

Wes must try to find a way to stop a foe that cannot be stopped, and will use anything at his disposal to ensure mankind is not reduced to slavery by the creatures which founded some of the most terrifying fables of all time.

Malcolm Powers: The Beginning

Literature & Fiction > African American > Urban
Author: David Weaver
Malcolm Powers: The Beginning (Bankroll Squad Prequel)

Before he was the leader of the Bankroll Squad, Malcolm Powers was only a teenager with a spectacular thirst for power. His bloodline was of power, and he felt that it was only right that he reign as the most powerful Power family member to date. With a soft spot for women and a sore spot for snitches, he set out to lay down the foundation of his character from the streets of Houston to the city of Atlanta.

Sugar & Spice

Mystery > Police Procedurals
Author: Saffina DESFORGES
Sugar & Spice (When you think the unthinkable, where do you turn?)

Would you trust a convicted sex offender to help you find your daughter’s killer? Claire did…

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare: A child fails to return home. As hours turn to days, all they can do is hope. Some children never come back…

Driven by the need to know why, a mother confronts the man accused of her daughter’s murder, he presents a compelling defense, convincing Claire not only that he is innocent of harming her daughter, but that his previous convictions were not what they seemed.

 

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