Award-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes tops today’s Buffet with Necessary Deception, Book 1 of her “Daughters of Bainbridge House” series. The book is a great Regency-era novel with memorable, mysterious characters.

LAEAs one reviewer put it, the book is “suspenseful, masterful, and romantic–all the things you want in a great book. Add to that enchanting characters with real problems and real flaws who grow throughout the story, a twist-and-turn plot, and once you dive into this book, you’ll be happily lost in Regency London for the duration.”

Laurie is a graduate of Asbury University with a degree in English and French, and Seton Hill University, with a masters degree in popular-fiction writing. She lives in Texas with her husband, dogs, and cats. She enjoys long walks, knitting, and watching movies or listening to music.

Laurie’s first book won the National Readers Choice Award in 2007, and her third book was a Carol Award finalist in 2010. Between December of 2008 and January of 2010, she sold thirteen books to Barbour Publishing, Avalon Books, and Baker/Revell. Recently she added two novella sales to that collection.

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A Necessary Deception

Historical Romance > Regency
Author: Laurie Alice Eakes
Necessary Deception, A (The Daughters of Bainbridge House Book #1): A Novel

When young widow Lady Lydia Gale helps a French prisoner obtain parole, she never dreamed he would turn up in her parlor. But just as the London Season is getting under way, there he is, along with a few other questionable personages. While she should be focused on helping her headstrong younger sister prepare for her entré into London society, Lady Gale finds herself preoccupied with the mysterious Frenchman. Is he a spy or a suitor? Can she trust him? Or is she putting her family in danger?

Readers will enjoy being drawn into this world of elegance and intrigue, balls and masquerades. Author Laurie Alice Eakes whisks readers through the drawing rooms of London amid the sound of rustling gowns on this exciting quest to let the past stay in the past and let love guide the future.

I’m No Angel: From Victoria’s Secret Model to Role Model

Biographies & Memoirs > Entertainers
Author: Kylie Bisutti, Michelle Medlock Adams
I'm No Angel: From Victoria's Secret Model to Role Model

In December 2011, 21-year-old Victoria’s Secret model Kylie Bisutti stunned the fashion industry when she chose faith over fame and fortune and made the switch from supermodel to role model.

In I’m No Angel, Kylie shares her story–from her early years struggling to make it big in the cut-throat world of modeling, her “big break” winning the Victoria’s Secret Runway Angel competition, and the disillusionment and spiritual warfare that followed, to the moment she realized that she could no longer reconcile her career with her Christian beliefs, surrendered her life to God, said goodbye to the runway, and dedicated her life to preaching a message of modesty and inner beauty.

Along the way, Kylie talks about her personal struggles with inadequacy, low self-esteem, and her near-constant quest for approval in a world where you can never be thin enough, pretty enough, or sexy enough. She helps readers understand that true beauty lies within and that real fulfillment comes from knowing, loving, and serving Christ.

Worlds Apart

Fantasy > Paranormal & Urban
Author: Kate Mathias
Worlds Apart (The Silver Oaks Series)

When Piper Reynolds comes face to face with Pip, a woman that looks identical to her from a parallel reality, she discovers that their bond draws them together in times of need. Piper is the first to “jump” into Pip’s world and finds that although many aspects appear the same, small choices have made their realities much different. At first the problems are small and the trips short, but soon both women are going to find their worlds have turned upside down, and they will need each other more than they ever could have realized.

In Pip’s universe she is stalked by a man who won’t stop until she is dead. In the meantime Piper discovers that her son will die unless someone can donate to him life-saving bone marrow.

It isn’t long before both women realize that each other is the key to their survival but can they jump for long enough to help? Or will their jumps put them in the wrong place at the wrong time?

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Sh*t My Dad Says

Humor > Parenting & Families

Author: Justin Halpern

Regular Price: $9.78

Today: $1.99

Sh*t My Dad Says

Tuesdays with Morrie meets F My Life in this hilarious book about a son’s relationship with his foul-mouthed father by the 29-year-old comedy writer who created the massively popular Twitter feed of the same name.

“This book is ridiculously hilarious, and makes my father look like a normal member of society.”
—Chelsea Handler

“Read this unless you’re allergic to laughing.”
—Kristen Bell

“If you’re wondering if there is a real man behind the quotes on Twitter, the answer is a definite and laugh-out-loud yes.”
—Christian Lander, New York Times bestselling author of Stuff White People Like

Edenbrooke: A Proper Romance

Historical Romance

Author: Julianne Donaldson

Regular Price: $15.99

Today: $1.99

Edenbrooke: A Proper Romance

Marianne Daventry will do anything to escape the boredom of Bath and the amorous attentions of an unwanted suitor. So when an invitation arrives from her twin sister, Cecily, to join her at a sprawling country estate, she jumps at the chance. Thinking she’ll be able to relax and enjoy her beloved English countryside while her sister snags the handsome heir of Edenbrooke, Marianne finds that even the best laid plans can go awry.

From a terrifying run-in with a highwayman to a seemingly harmless flirtation, Marianne finds herself embroiled in an unexpected adventure filled with enough romance and intrigue to keep her mind racing. Will Marianne be able to rein in her traitorous heart, or will a mysterious stranger sweep her off her feet? Fate had something other than a relaxing summer in mind when it sent Marianne to Edenbrooke.

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Author: Tom Franklin

Regular Price: $9.78

Today: $1.99
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter: A Novel

Edgar Award-winning author Tom Franklin returns with his most accomplished and resonant novel so far—an atmospheric drama set in rural Mississippi. In the late 1970s, Larry Ott and Silas “32” Jones were boyhood pals. Their worlds were as different as night and day: Larry, the child of lower-middle-class white parents, and Silas, the son of a poor, single black mother. Yet for a few months the boys stepped outside of their circumstances and shared a special bond. But then tragedy struck: Larry took a girl on a date to a drive-in movie, and she was never heard from again. She was never found and Larry never confessed, but all eyes rested on him as the culprit. The incident shook the county—and perhaps Silas most of all. His friendship with Larry was broken, and then Silas left town.

More than twenty years have passed. Larry, a mechanic, lives a solitary existence, never able to rise above the whispers of suspicion. Silas has returned as a constable. He and Larry have no reason to cross paths until another girl disappears and Larry is blamed again. And now the two men who once called each other friend are forced to confront the past they’ve buried and ignored for decades.

Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock

Biographies & Memoirs > Composers & Musicians

Author: Sammy Hagar

Regular Price: $11.57

Today: $2.99
Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock

Sammy Hagar—legendary lead singer of Van Halen, founder of the Cabo Wabo Tequila brand, and one of rock music’s most notoriously successful performers—tells his unforgettable story in this one-of-a-kind autobiography of a life at the top of the charts. From his decade-long journey alongside Eddie Van Halen to his raucous solo career with Chickenfoot and everything in between—the drugs, groupies, and excesses of fame, the outrageous stadium tours, and the thrill of musical innovation—Hagar reveals all in this treasure trove of rock-and-roll war stories. Red is a life-changing look at one of music’s biggest talents—an essential read for music fans and anyone dreaming of becoming rock’s next number one star.

Lucky Man: A Memoir

Biographies & Memoirs > Entertainers

Author: Michael J. Fox

Regular Price: $8.49

Today: $2.99

Lucky Man: A Memoir

A funny, highly personal, gorgeously written account of what it’s like to be a 30-year-old man who is told he has an 80-year-old’s disease.

“Life is great. Sometimes, though, you just have to put up with a little more crap.” –Michael J. Fox

In September 1998, Michael J. Fox stunned the world by announcing he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease — a degenerative neurological condition. In fact, he had been secretly fighting it for seven years. The worldwide response was staggering. Fortunately, he had accepted the diagnosis and by the time the public started grieving for him, he had stopped grieving for himself. Now, with the same passion, humor, and energy that Fox has invested in his dozens of performances over the last 18 years, he tells the story of his life, his career, and his campaign to find a cure for Parkinson’s.

Combining his trademark ironic sensibility and keen sense of the absurd, he recounts his life — from his childhood in a small town in western Canada to his meteoric rise in film and television which made him a worldwide celebrity. Most importantly however, he writes of the last 10 years, during which — with the unswerving support of his wife, family, and friends — he has dealt with his illness. He talks about what Parkinson’s has given him: the chance to appreciate a wonderful life and career, and the opportunity to help search for a cure and spread public awareness of the disease. He is a very lucky man, indeed.

Michael J. Fox is donating the profits from his book to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, which is dedicated to fast-forwarding the cure for Parkinson’s disease.

Rex Rising

Science Fiction > Dystopian

Author: Chrystalla Thoma
Rex Rising (Elei's Chronicles)

In a world where parasites create new human races, Elei leads a peaceful life — until a mysterious attack on his boss sends him fleeing with a bullet in his side. Pursued for a secret he does not possess and with the fleet at his heels, he has but one thought: to stay alive. His pursuers aren’t inclined to sit down and talk, although that’s not the end of Elei’s troubles. The two powerful parasites inhabiting his body, at a balance until now, choose this moment to bring him down, leaving Elei with no choice but to trust in people he hardly knows. It won’t be long before he realizes he must find out this deadly secret – a secret that might change the fate of his world and everything he has ever known – or die trying.

Faith Hope and Love

Romance > Contemporary
Author: Geeta Kakade
Faith Hope and Love (A Homespun Romance)

Rachel Carstairs rushes back to California, abandoning her work as a medical aide abroad to fight for custody of her cousin’s orphaned son, Gordon Summers. In court she runs into the brick wall that is Luke Summers, Gordie’s uncle, who she knows will win hands down. Luke, reeling from the loss of his brother and sister in law, is determined Gordie will have nothing but the best. He will not lose his nephew to someone after the family fortune.

One look at Rachel and he knows his preconceived notions were wrong. . .Rachel Carstairs looks as if she needs adopting too. He takes her back to the Diamond Bar and in the time it takes to convince her she isn’t a charity case, he discovers it isn’t just Gordie who needs her. ‘Winner Take All’, could apply to both of them. . .

Graves’ End: A Magical Thriller

Fantasy > Paranormal & Urban
Author: Sean Patrick Traver
Graves' End: A Magical Thriller

A modern-day witch helps an undead detective solve the mystery of his own resurrection in this magical thriller with a touch of classic LA noir!

Los Angeles PI Dexter Graves was pretty sure his life ended back in 1950, after a mysterious femme fatale shot him through the head. When Graves involuntarily rises from his grave sixty years later, he finds himself drawn to freelance sorceress Lia Flores, who introduces him to an underworld he never could’ve imagined. Lia sets out to discover the meaning behind Graves’ unexpected intrusion into her enchanted life, but neither the witchgirl nor the skeletal detective has any idea they’re being set up by an old-school player on the LA scene: mobster/monster Mickey Hardface, also known as Mictlantecuhtli, the ambitious king of the Aztec realm of the dead.

Play Him Again

Crime Fiction > Noir
Author: Jeffrey M. Stone
Play Him Again (A Matt Hudson Roaring Twenties Crime Novel)

It’s the Roaring Twenties, but silence remains golden in Hollywood. Adding sound to movies is expensive and only two studios have installed recording equipment. Matt Hudson, the preferred bootlegger of the film industry, wants to produce a talking picture but neither sound studio will lease him their facilities. After Hud’s oldest friend, con man Danny Kincaid, dupes a gangster who controls a small movie studio into buying a bogus sound device, the gangster gets wise and Danny ends up dead. To settle the score, Hud runs another con to play the gangster again. A con that will either avenge Danny and land Hud a studio, or get him killed.

Intwine

Romance > Science Fiction > High Tech
Author: Christina Moss
Intwine (Intwine Saga)

What happens when a girl falls madly in love, only to discover her new beau hails from a planet on the other side of the galaxy? INTWINE introduces Juliette Greenmoss, a shy but sweet girl from Southern California who, before meeting Seth Morrison, had never stepped out of California much less stepped off of the planet. She learns of super human powers and advanced health and mechanical technologies that Earth doctors and scientists would kill to discover — all of it carefully hidden from the small planet Earth. By the end of a summer, our unlikely heroine begins to discover who she really is and that truth in some cases does more harm than good.
 

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