The cookbook publisher Gooseberry Patch was founded in 1984 by Vickie Hutchins and Jo Ann Martin, two moms looking for a way to do what they loved and stay home with kids too. Twenty-five years later, they’re best known for their collection of family-friendly, community-style cookbooks.

gooseberryEach book is created with time-strapped  families in mind and filled with recipes shared by readers all across the country. Along with treasured family recipes, each book includes the stories the go along with these tried & true dishes.

Gooseberry Patch tops today’s Buffet with Circle of Friends – 25 Pie, Crisp & Cobbler Recipes.

With more than 200 titles and nearly 9 million copies in print, plus an ever-growing collection of eBooks, Gooseberry Patch has grown from a kitchen-table operation to a nationally recognized best-selling publisher. Visit their website, Gooseberrypatch.com for more free recipes.

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Circle of Friends – 25 Pie, Crisp & Cobbler Recipes

Cookbooks, Food & Wine > Baking > Pies
Author: Gooseberry Patch
Circle of Friends - 25 Pie, Crisp & Cobbler Recipes

Treat your family & friends to a helping of fresh-baked goodness. This collection features 25 down-home desserts like Apple Blush Pie, Cherry Brownie Cobbler and Pumpkin Custard Crunch…all guaranteed to be scrumptious and easy as pie to make.

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Guns of Seneca 6

Westerns > Science Fiction
Author: Bernard Schaffer
Guns of Seneca 6 (Chamber 1 of the Guns of Seneca 6 Saga)

Chamber One of the Sci-Fi Western Epic readers all over the world have called the best mix of the Old West and rugged technology ever written.
 
Jem Clayton left Seneca 6 as a youth, taking off for the wasteland after his father, Sheriff Sam Clayton, was murdered.  Jem rode outlaw, making a name as a fearsome gunslinger as ruthless toward his enemies as he was kind to the ladies that crossed his path.

Everything changes when an intergalactic marshal crash lands carrying the galaxy’s most feared criminal, a maniac names Elijah Harpe.  Harpe’s brother and gang will stop at nothing to free him, and they are bringing a weapon of terrible alien power.

Resisting the Bad Boy (Nice Girl to Love, Book One)

Romance > New Adult & College
Author: Violet Duke
Resisting the Bad Boy (Nice Girl to Love, Book One)

Book One of the NYT & USA Today bestselling NICE GIRL TO LOVE **serial** trilogy (this is not a standalone, there is a cliffhanger ending).

Abby Bartlett is the quintessential nice girl. Between teaching, volunteering, completing her PhD, and helping her best friend raise his daughter, Abby never gets the chance to be anything but nice. That is, until the all-wrong-for-her man she’s only ever known from afar starts daring her to simply take that chance for herself. His sage advice? Try something wild and fast.

Preferably him.

An unbridled, hotshot attorney with a not-so-little black book, Connor Sullivan has earned himself quite the bad boy reputation. But in his defense, he’s a very conscientious one. He knows far too well that sometimes in life, love isn’t enough…or worse, not even a factor at all. To avoid that misery–and repel the drama–Connor always makes his one and only rule crystal clear right from the start. Absolutely nothing more than a month.

Turns out, a whole lot can happen in one month.



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Buying Time

African American > Women’s Fiction
Author: Pamela Samuels Young
Buying Time (Angela Evans Series No. 1)

Waverly Sloan is a down-on-his-luck lawyer. But just when he’s about to hit rock bottom, he stumbles upon a business with the potential to solve all of his problems.

In Waverly’s new line of work, he comes to the aid of people in desperate need of cash. But there’s a catch. His clients must be terminally ill and willing to sign over rights to their life insurance policies before they can collect a dime. Waverly then finds investors eager to advance them thousands of dollars—including a hefty broker’s fee for himself—in exchange for a significant return on their investment once the clients take their last breath.

The stakes get higher when Waverly brokers the policy of the cancer-stricken wife of Lawrence Erickson, a high-powered lawyer who’s bucking to become the next U.S. Attorney General. When Waverly’s clients start dying sooner than they should, both Waverly and Erickson—who has some skeletons of his own to hide—are unwittingly drawn into a perilous web of greed, blackmail and murder.

Be Mine

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Police Procedurals
Author: Rick Mofina
Be Mine

A personal message written in human blood is left for crime reporter Molly Wilson at the murder scene of her boyfriend, San Francisco Homicide Inspector, Cliff Hooper.

The horrific death of a revered cop shocks the San Francisco Police Department’s Homicide Detail. Shaken to the core, his grieving fellow detectives go flat out to find his killer under the glare of the city’s news media.

Be Mine is a study in psychological suspense that takes the reader on an unrelenting nail-biting journey into the darkest regions of a tormented human heart. “Mofina continues his string of gripping, tense thrillers that explore the intricacies of crime reporting.” – Orlando Sentinel.

Grave Consequences: A Novel (Grand Tour Series)

Romance > Mystery & Suspense > Christianity
Author: Lisa T. Bergren
Grave Consequences: A Novel (Grand Tour Series)

The Powerful, Epic Romance Continues. For Cora Kensington, the journey of a lifetime takes unexpected twists. And her future—her very life—depends on the decisions she’ll make at each crossroad. As her European tour with her newfound family takes her through Austria, France, and Italy, an unseen enemy trails close behind. Meanwhile, a forbidden love continues to claim her heart, putting everyone’s plans in danger.

And as Cora stays one step ahead of it all, what might need the most protection is her own heart, torn between the dramatic pursuit of a dashing Frenchman and a man who has been quietly staking claim to her affections all along. Love has dangers all its own. She must escape the bonds of the past and discover the faith to make the right choices, as each one has grave consequences.

1929 Jonathan’s Cross

Historical Romance > Family Saga
Author: M.L. Gardner
1929 Jonathan's Cross - Book One (The 1929 Series)

This is the first book in the epic 1929 Series. Jonathan Garrett has just lost everything. He and his two best friends were operating one of the top brokerages in New York City until the stock market crash of ’29. With nothing but the clothes on their backs, these men must start over. Renting a shabby apartment from a business rival with his eye on tormenting Jonathan, they begin to rebuild as best they can.

Their wives struggle to make the best of their situations, each coping in her own way. They begin to make friendships that promise to last a lifetime. As the jobs become fewer and danger is at their backs, the stakes get higher for these men to find a way out. Their current poverty, their respective pasts, and their own struggles all threaten to ruin them. With hope, close friends, and a lucky twist of fate, they escape the city just in time. They return to their hometown of Rockport Massachusetts to begin a new life. Living modestly, and faring better than the friends they left behind in the city, they begin to think things are taking a turn for the better. But tragedy is never far behind…

Skywalker: Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail

Hiking & Camping > Excursion Guides
Author: Bill Walker
Skywalker: Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail

The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail is the perfect place for an average person to do something extraordinary. Bill Walker (“Skywalker”), who stands 6’11”, might seem like anything but average. Yet in a brutally honest tone, he lays to bare all his considerable weaknesses and fears. Among these are crushing weight loss and fatigue, along with a fear of getting lost or a bear stealing his food. Nonetheless, he is bound and determined to hike the PCT, which at 2,663 miles, runs all the way from Mexico to Canada.

The PCT’s calling card is its stunning beauty. It has a diversity of geography unequaled by any footpath in the world. Haunting and beckoning the PCT hiker are the implacable desert, the towering majesty of the so-called High Sierra, and the ruggedly bleak, northern Cascade range. Indeed, the PCT hiker faces much greater extremes of terrain and climate than on the famed Appalachian Trail. Completing this demanding challenge calls for overwhelming clarity of purpose.

The Celibate Mouse

Crime Fiction > Murder
Author: Diana Hockley
The Celibate Mouse

Shell-shocked from a tragedy at work and an acrimonious domestic upheaval, Detective Senior Sergeant Susan Prescott flees town to recuperate, but fate has other ideas.

Her plan to house-sit for relatives in a rural community is shattered when Susan witnesses a very public murder within an hour of her arrival. Things turn sinister after an encounter with an elderly lady; a hint of a long ago murder is not a secret with which Susan wants to be entrusted.

Enter Detective Inspector David Maguire whom she has not seen for thirteen years and who is assigned to the case, which sends her into a further tailspin. Against her better judgment, Susan is drawn inexorably into the investigation, surrounded by menacing strangers whose private agendas threaten her safety, and soon, her life.

Presenting to Win: The Art of Telling Your Story

Business & Investing > Skills > Communications
Author: Jerry Weissman
Presenting to Win: The Art of Telling Your Story, Updated and Expanded Edition

Thirty million presentations will be given today. Millions will fail. Millions more will be received with yawns. A rare few will establish the most profound connection, in which presenter and audience understand each other perfectly…discover common ground… and, together, decide to act. Jerry Weissman, the world’s #1 presentation consultant, shows how to connect with even the toughest, most high-level audiences…and move them to action! He teaches presenters of all kinds how to dump those PowerPoint templates once and for all and tell compelling stories that focus on what’s in it for the audience.

Weissman’s techniques have proven themselves with billions of dollars on the line. Thousands of his elite clients have already mastered them. Now it’s your turn.

Moods and Markets: A New Way to Invest in Good Times and in Bad

Business & Investing > Investing
Author: Peter Atwater
Moods and Markets: A New Way to Invest in Good Times and in Bad (Minyanville Media)

Leading consultant and Minyanville contributor Peter Atwater has helped institutional investors, corporations and policymakers map changing social moods to emerging market shifts, and use that knowledge to identify huge new market opportunities.  Now, Atwater shows you how to use the same powerful Horizon PreferenceTM approach to select your own high-performance investments.

Utilizing what is often in plain sight, but overlooked and underestimated, Horizon Preference helps you understand how we narrow our physical, time and relationship horizons to the “local” in bad times, and widen them to the “global” in better times – and then translate that knowledge into better investment decisions.

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All My Friends Are Superheroes

Literature & Fiction > Humor & Satire
Author: Andrew Kaufman
Regular Price $13.95, Today $2.99
All My Friends Are Superheroes

All Tom’s friends really are superheroes. There’s the Ear, the Spooner, the Impossible Man. Tom even married a superhero, the Perfectionist. But at their wedding, the Perfectionist was hypnotized (by ex-boyfriend Hypno, of course) to believe that Tom is invisible. Nothing he does can make her see him. Six months later, she’s sure that Tom has abandoned her. So she’s moving to Vancouver. She’ll use her superpower to make Vancouver perfect and leave all the heartbreak in Toronto. With no idea Tom’s beside her, she boards an airplane in Toronto. Tom has until the wheels touch the ground in Vancouver to convince her he’s visible, or he loses her forever.

Cat Versus Human

Humor > Cartoons
Author: Yasmine Surovec
Regular Price $9.99, Today $1.99
Cat Versus Human

Yasmine Surovec began sketching her clever and sarcastic Cat Versus Human cartoons as a way to relax and unwind. Soon, her popular blog at catversushuman.blogspot.com began receiving as many as 12,000 hits per day, with a number of posts going viral and appearing on popular Web sites such as The Huffington Post and I Can Has Cheezburger. Now, a selection of 100 Cat Versus Human strips–many never previously published–can be found inside this inaugural collection of Cat Versus Human.

Proud owners of Felis domesticus will instantly recognize Surovec’s keen insights into cat behavior and all of the characteristic intricacies of the cat-human relationship, such as the allure of an empty cardboard box trumping an expensive battery-operated toy or how a cat’s favorite nap spot might as easily be inside a litter box, on top of clean laundry, or directly on top of a human face. Cat Versus Human also encourages an affectionate look at your once-was-in-mint-condition midcentury modern sofa that is now being unstuffed one cat claw at a time.

The School of Essential Ingredients

Contemporary Fiction > Women’s Fiction
Author: Erica Bauermeister
Regular Price $9.99, Today $1.99
The School of Essential Ingredients

A “heartbreakingly delicious” national bestseller about a chef, her students, and the evocative lessons that food teaches about life.

Once a month, eight students gather in Lillian’s restaurant for a cooking class. Among them is Claire, a young woman coming to terms with her new identity as a mother; Tom, a lawyer whose life has been overturned by loss; Antonia, an Italian kitchen designer adapting to life in America; and Carl and Helen, a long-married couple whose union contains surprises the rest of the class would never suspect…

The students have come to learn the art behind Lillian’s soulful dishes, but it soon becomes clear that each seeks a recipe for something beyond the kitchen. And soon they are transformed by the aromas, flavors, and textures of what they create.

To the Moon and Timbuktu: A Trek Through the Heart of Africa

Memoirs > Travel > Africa
Author: Nina Sovich
Regular Price $12.99, Today $1.99
To the Moon and Timbuktu: A Trek Through the Heart of Africa

Nina Sovich had always yearned for adventures in faraway places; she imagined herself leading the life of a solitary traveler. Yet at the age of thirty-four, she found herself married and contemplating motherhood. Catching her reflection in a window spotted with Paris rain, she no longer saw the fearless woman who spent her youth travelling in Cairo, Lahore, and the West Bank staring back at her. Unwittingly, she had followed life’s script, and now she needed to cast it out.Inspired by female explorers like Mary Kingsley, who explored Gabon’s jungle in the 1890s, and Karen Blixen, who ran a farm in Kenya during World War I, Sovich packed her bags and hopped on the next plane to Africa in search of adventure.

To the Moon and Timbuktu takes readers on a fast-paced trek through Western Sahara, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger, bringing their textures and flavors into vivid relief. On Sovich’s travels, she encounters rough-and-tumble Chinese sailors, a Venezuelan doctor working himself to death in Chinguetti, indifferent French pensioners RVing along the coast, and a close-knit circle of Nigerien women who adopt her into their fold, showing her the promise of Africa’s future.

This lyrical memoir will transport you to the breathtaking landscapes of West Africa, whose stark beauties will instill wonder in even the most experienced traveler. Sovich’s journey reveals that sometimes we must pursue that distant glimmer on the horizon in order to find the things we value most.

Make Room! Make Room! (RosettaBooks into Film)

Science Fiction > Classics
Author: Harry Harrison
Regular Price $8.99, Today $1.99
Make Room! Make Room! (RosettaBooks into Film)

Movie lovers might recognize Make Room! Make Room! as the basis for the 1973 film Soylent Green, which starred Charlton Heston. While Soylent Green has become a cult classic, fans of the novel have taken issue with its interpretation of what Harrison was really trying to say. Concerned about audiences losing interest, the creators of the film made cannibalism and not overpopulation (as it is in the book) the thematic focus of the story. As a result, fans of the movie and critics alike may want to visit the story in its original unbowdlerized form.

Make Room! Make Room! is set in the year 1999 and the world has become a grim and terribly overpopulated place, bleak and foreboding. This sets the premise for Harrison’s novel, and fans of his earlier more comic works may be surprised at the seriousness of this novel. Although Harrison’s fears did not become a reality for the inhabitants of New York or the rest of the United States, the novel remains nonetheless a gripping, thought-provoking work about privacy, deprivation, and desperation.

A teeming New York City and a detective’s pursuit of a killer and nefarious racketeer comprise this novel. While the novel contains elements of classic detective fiction–the hard-boiled protagonist, the seductive mistress, the portraits of corruption and perfidy–Harrison’s true concern is less the story itself and more the opportunity the story offers to give the reader a glance at a dismal and broken world. The state of overpopulation has altered life in innumerable ways, and Harrison is keenly interested in documenting the catastrophic effects of this burden on all human relationships.

Surrender Bay: A Nantucket Love Story

Christian Fiction > Romance
Author: Denise Hunter
Regular Price $9.99, Today $1.99
Surrender Bay: A Nantucket Love Story

Once childhood friends, Samantha and Landon are now separated by distance and secrets. Will Samantha’s return to Nantucket bring her the peace she longs for?

Samantha Owens’ estranged stepfather has died, leaving her his cottage in Nantucket—a place she fled years ago, never planning to return. As a single mom, Samantha can’t afford to pass up a financial windfall like ocean-front property. So she travels home to fix up the house and sell it . . . never suspecting that Landon Reed still lives two doors down.

As their long-dormant romance begins to bud again, Samantha must face a past that separated her from the God of her childhood. And she must tell Landon why she fled the island in the first place—a secret that could tear them apart.

Is Landon’s love really as unconditional as he claims? And will Samantha finally realize that the God she found all those years ago never abandoned her?

A heart-tugging tale of shattered trust, growing faith, and love that endures . . . all in a romantic seaside setting.

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