Deborah Shlian, M.D., writes medical mystery thrillers (as well as nonfiction medical books). Her first two novels, Double Illusion and Wednesday’s Child were paperback originals optioned by Hollywood.
Deborah tops today’s Buffet with Rabbit in the Moon, an international thriller first published in hardcover in 2008. In this fast-paced story, a young Chinese-American doctor is summoned by her dying mother to China. Soon she is embroiled in the search for her deceased grandfather, who may not be dead after all, and who may possess the secret of immortality. The book won the “Mystery Book of the Year” Silver Medal from ForeWord Magazine, an Indie Excellence Award, and was a “National Best Books Award” finalist from USA Book News.
In addition to her writing career, Deborah is a consultant to health-care organizations and physicians in the fields of clinical and executive-search assistance. She is a board-certified family practitioner and MBA located in Florida. Earlier in her medical career, Deborah practiced medicine in California and taught at UCLA.
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Rabbit in the Moon
International Mystery & Thriller > Medical
Author:Deborah Shlian, Joel Shlian
San Francisco, 1989: Forty years after Mao and his People’s Liberation Army set poised to change China forever, Dr. Lili Quan prepares for a journey that will change her life forever. To honor her mother’s dying wish that Lili “return home,” Lili reluctantly sets out for China.
For Lili, a passionate idealist, this will be an extraordinary trip filled with remarkable discoveries -– from meeting and falling in love with Chi-Wen Zhou, a victim of the Cultural Revolution and zealous Taoist, to finding Dr. Ni-Fu Cheng, the grandfather Lili believed had died years ago. But Dr. Cheng has made the most remarkable discovery of all: he’s discovered the secret to long life.
As Dr. Cheng’s only relative, Lili’s life is in jeopardy. As greedy and unscrupulous men vie for control of the most earth-shattering discovery of the century, Lili Quan could become a pawn in a deadly and dangerous international game.
Before Lili can hold the key to the future, she must unlock the deadly secrets of the past.
Book of Nathan
Mystery > Humor & Satire
Author:Curt Weeden, Richard Marek
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Rick Bullock takes the road less traveled when he quits his job as an advertising executive to become director of a homeless shelter. Trading in a six-figure salary for paltry pay and even less respect? Costly. But helping one man get back on his feet? Priceless.
When Zeus, a mentally-challenged gentle giant and longtime shelter resident, is arrested for murdering evangelist Benjamin Kurios, Rick wants answers. Convinced Zeus is incapable of such a horrific act, Rick, along with a colorful cadre of characters, sets off on a journey to keep an innocent man off death row.
The trip takes a disturbing detour when the bizarre group stumbles upon a transcript of the Book of Nathan, a lost book of the Bible that finally ends the debate about when a human inherits a soul.
As this controversial discovery attracts the sinister attentions of a Jersey mobster, pro-life and pro-choice groups, and a devious billionaire used to getting his way, Rick scrambles to stay one step ahead on this dangerous road—and save Zeus before time runs out.
Until the Twelfth of Never
True Accounts > Murder & Mayhem
They were two of the most notorious and controversial murder trials of the last twenty-five years, splitting American public opinion in half.
Before dawn on November 5, 1989, Betty Broderick got into her car and drove over to the house in San Diego of her lawyer ex-husband, Daniel T. Broderick III, and his new wife, Linda. Arriving at 5:30 a.m., she used a key that she had obtained from one of her children to enter the house by a back door and climbed the stairs to Dan and Linda’s bedroom. Five shots rang out in the dark, three hitting their targets. Linda died instantly. Dan lingered on for several minutes. As he tried to call for help, Betty stamped on his hand and tore the phone from the wall.
The prosecution claimed it was as about as clear a case of premeditated murder as anyone could imagine. Betty claimed she had gone over to the house to talk to Dan – or maybe to commit suicide in front of him – but when someone shouted, ‘Call the police’, she got flustered and started firing.
Betty Broderick was acquitted of first degree murder in her second trial but found guilty of second degree murder.
To some, Betty Broderick is virtually the patron saint of the sanctity of marriage, executing her abusive, cheating husband and his ‘nineteen year old college dropout of a Polack whore’ (actually Linda was twenty-eight and a professional paralegal). To others, Dan Broderick suffered his wife’s abuse of him for fourteen years of marriage, left her well provided for and then married the love of his life, only to be continually stalked for seven years, to have Betty repeatedly incite his children to kill him and Linda, to find her driving her car through the front door of his new house, and then to be murdered in the coldest of blood.
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
When both old and new secrets are uncovered at a burial site, the timetable of a madman moves up…
Jamie Taylor and her human remains detection dog set out to find some bodies buried for more than a decade. They found them—and some new surprises as well. Some families would find closure while others would have their lives ripped apart.
Agent Nicholas Grant becomes embroiled in the case while battling his own demons.
A madman watches from the distance while officials expose his clandestine playground, forcing him to speed up his plans for devastation.
Can a dog handler and a troubled FBI agent stop him before he kills thousands of innocent people?
Crime Fiction > Murder > Women Sleuths
What’s a girl to do when her imprisoned brother begs her to delve into their father’s sixteen-year-old murder conviction? How about peel back the lies, upend the fairy tales, and roil the populace of Lavitte—a sweet apple of a town with a wormy, festering core? That’s what Allison Fennimore chooses. Despite her infamous surname and people’s wilted memories, this jaded cynic of a daughter sinks her teeth in and refuses to let go. She can practically taste the bitterness of that long-ago, twisted night when two teenagers died, linked to her father by bad luck and a few strands of rope.
Ignoring the dense local atmosphere where image trumps substance and lies become legend, Allison stirs the pot. The more layers she discards, the more elusive the truth becomes. And when a key source of information turns up dead, the dark edges of resentment coil in around her like a slowly tightening noose. As revelations get ugly, Allison may wish she’d never ventured toward the forbidden fruit of truth.
Tornado Valley: Huntsville’s Havoc
Environment > Weather
Author:Shelly Miller, Diana Miller
Touchdown! Folks in Alabama don’t know whether to cheer or run when hearing the expression. Touchdown could mean that we’ve just won another football National Championship, or it could indicate that a tornado is on the ground. So brace yourself for a front row seat on a ride through Tornado Valley. Alabama is the home of the world’s deadliest twisters, and Huntsville is in the heart of the arena. Our space history is out of this world, but our tornado history will blow you away.
The warning sirens wail, we’re bombarded by softball-sized hail, and an EF3 tornado slams into the jail. It’s just another day in Alabama, but the countdown clock is ticking. The next tornado warning could be “the one.” Our voice drops to a whisper when we mention an EF5. We realize life is too short. The coaster accelerates. Can you feel the torque? We have no idea what’s around the next bend.
Suddenly, the nightmare comes true as the ride zooms out of control, this time in a free-fall on April 27, 2011. Alabama is bombarded by a record 62 tornadoes in one day. Abruptly, the ride comes to a screeching halt. The adrenaline rush subsides. You’ve just experienced Huntsville’s Havoc.
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: Alan Evans
In the hills of Tennessee, Shane Carson, a gifted, nationally-recognized horseman, is living the good life. When a mysterious mustang shows up on his farm, Shane doesn’t know how—or why—the horse appeared, but the horse’s distinctive brand identifies her. She is one of the Spirit Horses, a rare, wild herd that runs free on the Shoshone reservation in Wyoming. Watched over for centuries in the tribe’s ancestral valleys, these exquisite horses, according to belief, provide a link to the afterlife.
When tragedy strikes in his life, Shane nearly loses his will to live—but for one promise he made to his young son: to return the mustang to her rightful home.
Musings of a 20-Something Mom, and the Perils of being a Mommy Blogger
Humor > Parenting & Families
One of the largest trends among Moms today is to jump on the internet and immediately regurgitate all the magical, wonderful things their child has done in the past two hours to the first unsuspecting victim. Hundreds of blogs about how Fluffy got his first tooth, or Muffy said a new word. It’s enough to make people want to vomit sugar.
I had to learn the hard way that blatant honesty may not always be the best policy… not if you want to keep your kids. “Musings of a 20-something Mom” is a lesson on how NOT to blog, unless you want to piss off your friends, family, and
get a pack of crazies chasing after you; and a reminder that when it comes to parenting, there’s always going to be someone out there saying “you’re doing it wrong!”
Paleolithic Slow Cooker
Special Diet > Paleo
Do you want an easy way to cook grain free AND gluten-free meals? Then Amelia Simons’ latest cookbook for slow cooker cooking is just what you are looking for.
While a Paleolithic diet has been shown to be very effective for people wanting to lose weight and improve their health, spending time in the kitchen on a daily basis can be difficult. This book gives you crockpot recipes to help you find extra time so you can do other things besides cook.
In this gluten-free cookbook you will:
- Discover how to cook really tasty grain free quick breads in your crockpot
- Receive valuable tips and tricks for using your slow cooker
- Enjoy recipes featuring beef, chicken, pork, and seafood
- See how to make delicious side dishes
- Appreciate the easy-to-follow instructions
Genre Fiction > Medical
A well-known scientist who has recently discovered an effective vaccine for cocaine addiction dies from anaphylaxis after a routine injection in the office of his allergist, Dr. Leonard Haberman. A malpractice lawsuit ensues, fanned by a politically ambitious senator.
Questions arise when it is discovered that the cocaine vaccine specifications are missing along with the head technician who worked closely with the deceased scientist. CBI Agent Ben Locke connects these events with a cold case involving the mysterious death of another scientist and a nefarious plot implicating an organized mob is exposed, placing Haberman and his family at great risk.
Nothing Gold Can Stay
Short Stories > Single Author > Contemporary
Author: Ron Rash
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From Ron Rash, PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author of Serena, comes this new collection of unforgettable stories set in Appalachia that focuses on the lives of those haunted by violence and tenderness, hope and fear—spanning the Civil War to the present day.
“Rash’s short stories thematically paint Appalachia not as a definitive place but as a series of many interconnected ways of relating to human and environmental frailty. Another fine addition to the Rash bibliography, and a great entry point for the uninitiated reader.” (Library Journal)
Stuck on You
Romance > Contemporary
Author: Heather Thurmeier
Regular Price $4.99, Today $0.99
If being forced to team up with reality TV’s favorite bad girl wasn’t enough, falling for her brother might just make this reality show a real nightmare.
Paige Anderson agrees to be on a new reality show called Treasure Trekkers, a show where contestants use handheld GPS units to find hidden caches filled with prizes, with her good friend Cassidy. But when Cassidy is unable to compete, Chip Cormack, the show’s producer, steps in with a last-minute replacement to be Paige’s partner — Zoe Oliver, reality TV’s favorite bad girl.
Jack Miles (aka Miles) is a mountain climber with the body to prove it. Miles convinced his climbing partner Ben to come on the show with him for one reason – to prove to Ben that they can still hike together, regardless of the fact that Ben lost his foot in a tragic accident. Miles isn’t about to let anything get in his way of winning – not even beautiful Paige.
But when Miles and Paige are thrown into an alliance with their teammates, working closely together leads to more than just good strategy. Can Paige steal Miles’ heart while surviving Zoe long enough to win the game?
Do the Work
Philosophy > Consciousness & Thought
Author: Steven Pressfield
Regular Price $9.99, Today $1.99
Could you be getting in your way of producing great work? Have you started a project but never finished? Would you like to do work that matters, but don’t know where to start?
The answer is Do the Work, a manifesto by bestselling author Steven Pressfield, that will show you that it’s not about better ideas, it’s about actually doing the work.
Do the Work is a weapon against Resistance –- a tool that will help you take action and successfully ship projects out the door.
Star Trek: Destiny #1: Gods of Night
Science Fiction > TV, Movie, Video Game Adaptations > Star Trek
Author: David Mack
Regular Price $7.99, Today $1.99
Half a decade after the Dominion War and more than a year after the rise and fall of Praetor Shinzon, the galaxy’s greatest scourge returns to wreak havoc upon the Federation — and this time its goal is nothing less than total annihilation.
Elsewhere, deep in the Gamma Quadrant, an ancient mystery is solved. One of Earth’s first generation of starships, lost for centuries, has been found dead and empty on a desolate planet. But its discovery so far from home has raised disturbing questions, and the answers harken back to a struggle for survival that once tested a captain and her crew to the limits of their humanity.
From that terrifying flashpoint begins an apocalyptic odyssey that will reach across time and space to reveal the past, define the future, and show three captains — Jean-Luc Picard of the U.S.S. Enterprise, TM William Riker of the U.S.S. Titan, and Ezri Dax of the U.S.S Aventine — that some destinies are inescapable.
Tales of the City
Humor & Satire > American
Author: Armistead Maupin
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Since 1976, Maupin’s Tales of the City has etched itself upon the hearts and minds of its readers, both straight and gay. From a groundbreaking newspaper serial in the San Francisco Chronicle to a bestselling novel to a critically acclaimed PBS series, Tales (all six of them) contains the universe–if not in a grain of sand, then in one apartment house.
For more than three decades Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City has blazed its own trail through popular culture—from a groundbreaking newspaper serial to a classic novel, to a television event that entranced millions around the world. The first of six novels about the denizens of the mythic apartment house at 28 Barbary Lane, Tales is both a sparkling comedy of manners and an indelible portrait of an era that changed forever the way we live.
The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires
Romance > Fantasy & Futuristic
Author: Molly Harper
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“The thing to remember about a ‘stray’ vampire is that there is probably a good reason he is friendless, alone, and wounded. Approach with caution.”
Iris Scanlon, Half-Moon Hollow’s only daytime vampire concierge, knows more about the undead than she’d like. Running their daylight errands—from letting in the plumber to picking up some chilled Faux Type O—gives her a look at the not-so-glamorous side of vamps. Her rules are strict; relationships are purely business, not friendship—and certainly not anything more. Then she finds her newest client, Cal, poisoned on his kitchen floor, and her quiet life turns upside down.
Cal—who would be devastatingly sexy, if Iris thought vampires were sexy—offers Iris a hefty fee for hiding him at her place. And even though he’s imperious, unfriendly, and doesn’t seem to understand the difference between “employee” and “servant,” she agrees. But as they search for who wants him permanently dead, Iris is breaking more and more of her own rules . . . particularly those about nudity. Could it be that what she really needs is some intrigue and romance—and her very own stray vampire?
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