USA Today bestselling author Teresa Hill tops today’s Buffet with Twelve Days, a holiday-themed story that was a RITA finalist when it first appeared in paperback 13 years ago. This story will tug at your heartstrings, so if you download it be sure to have a few boxes of Kleenex handy.

teresahTeresa lives in the shadows of the Blue Ridge Mountains with her husband and two children. They share the home with two giant, lazy cats who parade across Teresa’s keyboard when they think she’s written enough for the day. Meanwhile her two dogs are content to snooze by her side or under her feet.

Teresa has written 30 books under her real name and previously used the pseudonym Sally Tyler Hayes. Her newest release is Five Days Grace, which continues the “McRae” series begun with today’s pick, Twelve Days.

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Twelve Days (The McRae Series, Book 1 – Sam and Rachel)

Romance > Contemporary
Author: Teresa Hill
Twelve Days (The McRae Series, Book 1 - Sam and Rachel)

Twelve days before Christmas, Rachel McRae opens her front door and a social worker puts a baby in her arms—one who comes with a four-year-old boy and an eleven-year-old girl—siblings abandoned and in need of a temporary home.

But there’s a catch: Rachel’s family is falling apart.

Rachel and her husband, Sam, have dreamed of a house filled with children—a dream that has led them to repeated heartbreak. Sam McRae has finally decided the only thing left to do is leave his wife.

Reluctantly, Rachel and Sam take the children in, but just until after Christmas. They will do their best not to fall in love with them, not to get their hopes up that this time a miracle will happen. That these children will stay, and that their marriage can still be saved.



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Tyger Tyger: A Goblin Wars Book

Children’s Books > Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths
Author: Kersten Hamilton
Tyger Tyger: A Goblin Wars Book

What would you do if the stories of your childhood suddenly began coming to life?

Teagan Wylltson’s best friend, Abby, dreams that horrifying creatures—goblins, shapeshifters, and beings of unearthly beauty but terrible cruelty—are hunting Teagan.  Abby is always coming up with crazy stuff, though, so Teagan isn’t worried.  Until Finn Mac Cumhaill arrives, with his killer accent and a knee-weakening smile.  Either he’s crazy or he’s been haunting Abby’s dreams, because he’s talking about goblins, too . . . and about being born to fight all goblin-kind.

Finn knows a thing or two about fighting.  Which is a very good thing, because this time, Abby’s right.  The goblins are coming.

A Family for Christmas

Contemporary Romance
Author: Helen Scott Taylor
A Family for Christmas (Contemporary Romance Novella)

A lonely career woman stranded in a blizzard, a disillusioned man who has cut himself off from women. When he rescues her from the snow and takes her into his home, the spirit of Christmas and his little girl’s love work their magic.

The Suitcase Entrepreneur

Business & Investing > Small Business & Entrepreneurship
Author: Natalie Sisson
The Suitcase Entrepreneur

Everybody has the right to build a business from anywhere and design a lifestyle they love. That’s what this book will teach you to do.

If you’ve always thought that having the freedom to do what you want when you want was just a pipe dream, then think again. Right now there is more opportunity than ever to

• Package and sell your knowledge and skills to earn enough to work and live anywhere
• Build a profitable online business from just your laptop and smartphone
• Use online tools, social media and outsourcing to increase to give you more time, money and freedom
• Travel the world for less and experience the joys of minimalism
• Live life on your own terms and create your ideal lifestyle.

This book will teach you the nuts and bolts of setting up an online business you love and give you the blueprint to create your ideal lifestyle and create freedom in business and adventure in life.

Eden’s Warriors

Science Fiction > Action & Adventure > War & Military
Author: Lloyd Tackitt
Eden's Warriors (A Distant Eden)

Four years after a massive solar storm knocked out the world’s power grids, Adrian Hunter is off on another adventure. He has heard that the US Navy may have docked some ships at Corpus Christi, so he saddles up and heads that way.

Before he gets there he unintentionally rescures several girls, and has no idea how to get rid of them, so he does what comes naturally and trains them in hunting and combat proficiency – turning them into a tough and deadly fighting unit.

But his troubles aren’t over. He quickly finds himself leading a group of Texas volunteers against a much larger invading army from Mexico.

Everyone Burns (Time, Blood and Karma, Book One)

International Mystery & Crime
Author: John Dolan
Everyone Burns (Time, Blood and Karma, Book One)

It is January 2005, and the charred remains of two Europeans have been discovered on the Thai island of Samui. Local Police Chief Charoenkul, sidelined by his superiors, enlists the reluctant David Braddock, a burnt-out private detective, to assist in an ‘unofficial’ investigation.

But Braddock has problems of his own, including an affair with the same Police Chief’s wife …

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Bringing Adam Home: The Abduction That Changed America

True Accounts > Murder & Mayhem
Author: Les Standiford, Joe Matthews
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Bringing Adam Home: The Abduction That Changed America

“The most significant missing child case since the Lindbergh’s….A taut, compelling and often touching book about a long march to justice.”
—Scott Turow, author of Presumed Innocent

The abduction that changed America forever, the 1981 kidnapping and murder of six-year-old Adam Walsh—son of John Walsh, host of the Fox TV series America’s Most Wanted—in Hollywood, Florida, was a crime that went unsolved for a quarter of a century. Bringing Adam Home by author Les Standiford is a harrowing account of the terrible crime and its dramatic consequences, the emotional story of a father and mother’s efforts to seek justice and resolve the loss of their child, and a compelling portrait of Miami Beach Homicide Detective Joe Matthews, whose unwavering dedication brought the Adam Walsh case to its resolution.

The Savage City: Race, Murder, and a Generation on the Edge

Author: T. J. English
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The Savage City: Race, Murder, and a Generation on the Edge

In The Savage City, T.J. English, author of the New York Times bestselling blockbuster Havana Nocturne, takes readers back to a frightening place in a dark time of violence and urban chaos: New York City in the 1960s and early ’70s. As he did in his acclaimed true crime masterwork, The Westies, English focuses on the rot on the Big Apple in this stunning tale of race, murder, and a generation on the edge—as he interweaves the real-life sagas of a corrupt cop, a militant Black Panther, and an innocent young African American man framed by the NYPD for a series of crimes, including a brutal and sensational double murder.

Follows three different men caught in the fallout of New York City’s most turbulent decade as race relations, corruption, and crime reached a stormy head. English traces the events that shook the city to its core during the ’60s and early ’70s, from the assassination of Malcolm X and the rise and fall of the Black Panthers, to the trial that exposed the multiple layers of corruption plaguing the city’s police department. Woven throughout this narrative is the troubling story of George Whitmore, a young black man who was bullied into confessing to several of the city’s gristliest murders–and who spent the next ten years attempting to prove his innocence and earn back his freedom.

SPIDER-MAN: BIG TIME

Comics & Graphic Novels > Superheros
Author: Dan Slott, Humberto Ramos
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SPIDER-MAN: BIG TIME

Collects Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #648-651. Big changes are happening for Spider-Man: Bigger threats, bigger guest-stars, and a big opportunity that could turn Peter Parker’s life around! Guest starring The Avengers and The Fantastic Four!

Dust to Dust: A Memoir

Biographies & Memoirs > Military & Spies
Author: Benjamin Busch
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Dust to Dust: A Memoir

Tim O’Brien meets Annie Dillard in this remarkable memoir by debut author Benjamin Busch. Much more than a war memoir, Dust to Dust brilliantly explores the passage through a lifetime—a moving meditation on life and death, the adventures of childhood and revelations of adulthood. Seemingly ordinary things take on a breathtaking radiance when examined by this decorated Marine officer—veteran of two combat tours in Iraq—actor on the hit HBO series The Wire, and son of acclaimed novelist Frederick Busch.

Above all, Benjamin Busch is a truly extraordinary new literary talent as evidenced by his exemplary debut, Dust to Dust—an original, emotionally powerful, and surprisingly refreshing take on an American soldier’s story.

The Gentle Tamers: Women of the Old Wild West

History > United States > 19th Century > West
Author: Dee Brown
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The Gentle Tamers: Women of the Old Wild West (Women of the West)

Dee Brown’s fascinating history of women on America’s western frontier.

“Who was the western Woman? What was she like, this gentle yet persistent tamer of the wild land that was the American West?” These are questions that Dee Brown, author of the bestselling Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, sets out to answer in this spirited work of social history. He outlines the many types of female pioneers: housewives to rebels, schoolteachers to saloon women. They included notables such as Elizabeth Custer, Esther Morris, and Lola Montez. Wonderfully attuned to anecdote, Brown describes these extraordinary women with enthusiasm and compassion. He makes a persuasive case that, though men first settled the West, it was women who civilized it.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Dee Brown including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.

Out of My Later Years: The Scientist, Philosopher, and Man

Biographies & Memoirs > Professional Science > Physics
Author: Albert Einstein
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Out of My Later Years: The Scientist, Philosopher, and Man Portrayed Through His Own Words

An inspiring collection of essays, in which Albert Einstein addresses the topics that fascinated him as a scientist, philosopher, and humanitarian.

Divided by subject matter—“Science,” “Convictions and Beliefs,” “Public Affairs,” etc.—these essays consider everything from the need for a “supranational” governing body to control war in the atomic age, to freedom in research and education, to Jewish history and Zionism, to explanations of the physics and scientific thought that brought him world recognition. Throughout, Einstein’s clear, eloquent voice presents an idealist’s vision and relays complex theories to the layperson.

Einstein’s essays share his philosophical beliefs, scientific reasoning, and hopes for a brighter future, and show how one of the greatest minds of all time fully engaged with the changing world around him.

The Mindful Addict

Memoirs > Addiction & Recovery > Substance Abuse
Author: Tom Catton
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The Mindful Addict [Kindle Edition]: A Memoir of the Awakening of a Spirit

The enlightening and worldly journeys of a once hopeless addict whose life was profoundly changed after a chance meeting with a nomadic spiritual healer.

The enlightening and worldly journeys of a once hopeless addict whose life was profoundly changed after a chance meeting with a nomadic spiritual healer.

If You Loved Me You’d Think This Was Cute: Uncomfortably True Cartoons About You

Humor > Comic Strips & Cartoons
Author: Nick Galifianakis
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If You Loved Me You'd Think This Was Cute: Uncomfortably True Cartoons About You

Everyone knows the only thing more painful than relationships is not having them–or is it the other way around? Taken from Carolyn Hax’s nationally syndicated advice column, this compilation spins the pain of dating, mothers-in-law, beneficial friends and more into … the pain of self-recognition. The intricately drawn pen-and-ink panels and pointed captions explore some of life’s most uncomfortable truths, exposing the humanity in our mistakes, the underbelly of our triumphs and the sheer heroism of trying and trying again.

Throughout this character study of men and women (and the dogs who love them), Galifianakis mines our hopes and insecurities for a unifying truth: If we can’t laugh at ourselves, he’ll do it for us.

The Festival of Earthly Delights

Contemporary Fiction
Author: Matt Dojny
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The Festival of Earthly Delights

What exactly is the Festival of Taang Lôke Kwaam Banterng Sumitchanani? It’s a twenty-four-hour water balloon blitzkrieg, a ruthless talent competition, and an earth-scorching, take-no-prisoners bacchanalia. It’s the one day of the year when everyone has a shot at finding true love—even a rapacious, over-sexed turtle god. It’s a celebration of hobos and heartbreak, Lionel Richie impersonators and banana-brandy-flavored rice wine. It’s the Festival of Earthly Delights.

Boyd Darrow is a young American living in Puchai, a tiny Southeast Asian country that tourist brochures refer to as “The Kingdom of Winks.” In a series of letters written to a mysterious recipient, Boyd tells of the delights, humiliations, and brain-bending misadventures he experiences while adjusting to life in the small college town of Mai Mor. He and his somewhat less-than-faithful girlfriend, Ulla, were hoping to start their lives over in Puchai, but Puchai has an agenda all its own.

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