Darcy Burke tops today’s Buffet with Her Wicked Ways, a Regency romance in which a bad-girl heroine steals both the show and a highwayman’s heart.
Darcy wrote her first book at age 11, a happily-ever-after illustrated tale about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him. Her most recent book, Tis the Season, was released three days ago.
Darcy lives on the edge of wine country in Oregon’s Willamette Valley with her husband, daughter, son, and three cats, including two Bengals.
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Her Wicked Ways (Secrets & Scandals)
Historical Romance > Regency
Author: Darcy Burke
She was his savior.
Banished from London for her reckless behavior, Lady Miranda Sinclair is robbed by a dashing highwayman en route to the country. By offering him a kiss in lieu of the jewels she had to leave behind, she commits the very type of act that caused her exile. When her dour guardians extend her punishment to performing charitable work at the local orphanage, she’s further tempted by the home’s owner, a provincial gentleman who stirs her passion in a most wicked way.
He was her downfall.
Desperate to save his orphanage from financial catastrophe, Montgomery “Fox” Foxcroft leads a double life as a highwayman. The arrival of wealthy, well-connected Miranda, whose kiss he can’t forget, presents a lawful opportunity to increase his coffers. His problems seem solved–until she rejects his suit. Out of options and falling for the heiress, Fox must risk what principles he has left and take advantage of her wicked ways–even if it ruins them both.
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The Man with the Electrified Brain: Adventures in Madness (Kindle Single)
Biographies & Memoirs > Mental Health > Dissociative Disorders
Author: Simon Winchester
A gripping description of a journey to hell and back, one that will take its place beside William Styron’s “Darkness Visible” and Kay Redfield Jamison’s “An Unquiet Mind.”
As a geology student in his second year at Oxford, Winchester was known as a young man of even temper and keen intellect, until one June morning when he woke to find himself “changed with dreadful suddenness into another being altogether,” his normal life “slumped into chasm” and “folded in the dirt.” For a period of nine days, he lived in immobilizing fear. Everyday items—familiar paintings, a pile of books, his own robe hanging from a hook—became objects of horror; the world lost color, purpose, all sense and safety. When the episode finally passed, he returned to normal, presuming that what had happened to him was a fluke. It wasn’t. The episode repeated itself at unpredictable and dangerous intervals for four years—always lasting for nine days—and very nearly caused the author’s death while he was on an expedition in the Arctic.
What was wrong with him? Where could he find help? Would he spend the rest of his life anticipating the return of these mental blackouts? With the urgency of a whodunit, Winchester describes the coming and going of these terrifying dissociative states and the chance encounter that led to the controversial treatment of electroconvulsive therapy, which may or may not have cured him once and for all.
Aundy (Pendleton Petticoats – Book 1)
Historical Romance > Westerns
Author: Shanna Hatfield
Desperate to better her situation, Aundy Thorsen agrees to leave behind her life in Chicago to fulfill a farmer’s request for a mail-order bride in Pendleton, Oregon. When a tragic accident leaves her a widow soon after becoming a wife, Aundy takes on the challenge of learning how to manage a farm, even if it means her stubborn determination to succeed upsets a few of the neighbors.
Born and raised on the family ranch, Garrett Nash loves life in the bustling community of Pendleton in 1899. When his neighbor passes away and leaves behind a plucky widow, Garrett takes on the role of her protector and guardian. His admiration for her tenacious spirit soon turns to something more. He just needs to convince the strong-willed Aundy to give love another try.
The Boat Builder’s Bed (Wicked in Wellington)
Romance > Contemporary
Author: Kris Pearson
A windy day…a flyaway signboard…a hideous crunch. Sophie Calhoun can’t imagine how she’ll pay for the damage to the luxurious car.
Already cash-strapped, she’s struggling to launch her new interior design studio and make a home for her daughter. She’s only days away from disaster.
Out of the sleek black Jaguar storms super-yacht tycoon Rafe Severino. Steaming mad. Totally gorgeous. And desperately in need of a top-line decorator for his spectacular new harbor-side mansion.
Sophie fears her dream contract comes with strings that tie her to the boat-builder’s bed. No matter how she tries to escape, he’s always there – implacable and irresistible. She knows he doesn’t want a preoccupied single mother, but concealing her daughter’s existence from the man she’s falling in love with is getting harder and harder. If he discovers her lies, she’ll instantly lose everything.
Foreign Deceit (A David Wolf Novel)
International Mystery & Crime
Author: Jeff Carson
Sergeant David Wolf is a good cop in the small ski resort town of Rocky Points, Colorado. A good cop who’s seen bad days before. But none like this.
As if a harrowing attempt on his life, his ex-addict wife coming back into the picture, and a looming career change weren’t enough, his world is turned when he receives word his brother has committed suicide in the Alps of Italy.
Devastation and resentment over his only sibling’s selfish act quickly gives way to a nagging suspicion that he isn’t getting the whole truth. Conviction alone is enough to pull Wolf from his pressing events at home to the entirely foreign land of Northern Italy, and into a more deadly situation than he could have possibly imagined.
With the help of a beautiful young officer of the Carabinieri, Wolf must piece together what happened on that last fateful night of his brother’s life without ruffling too many feathers, or paying the ultimate price.
Spiritual Warfare for Women: Winning the Battle for Your Home, Family, and Friends
Christian Living > Women’s Issues
Author: Leighann McCoy
Evil is real, and Christian women know it. While most books on the topic of spiritual warfare take a charismatic approach, Spiritual Warfare for Women aims directly at the center of the evangelical market, giving instruction and assurance to all women who want to protect themselves and the ones they love. McCoy provides spiritual wisdom and practical tips on identifying the enemy’s strategies, overcoming fear, and exercising the power that comes from God. The book is structured around the battle between God’s love and Satan’s lies. Once a woman can embrace the first and reject the second, she is well on her way to victory.
A Perfect Holiday Fling (Moments in Maplesville)
Romance > Holidays
Author: Farrah Rochon
It’s no mystery why veterinarian Callie Webber is having a hard time getting into the holiday spirit. When the residents of her small hometown aren’t pitying her because of her ex-husband’s very public departure, they’re attempting to hook her up with a man…any man. Fed up with being everyone’s favorite charity case, Callie considers closing her animal clinic and moving to the big city. But, before she goes, she decides to give herself a Christmas treat to remember: a romantic holiday fling. And who better to have a fling with than the gorgeous newcomer who is turning heads around Maplesville?
When injured Navy pilot Stefan Sutherland reluctantly rescues a gutter cat for the sake of his five-year-old nephew, he never imagined it would lead to him discovering Maplesville’s most fascinating attraction…its smoking hot vet. Getting involved with a woman was the last thing Stefan anticipated when he agreed to care for his nephew during his Army nurse sister’s deployment, but if he’s going to spend the holidays in this sleepy Southern town, why not make the most of it with the perfect holiday fling.
Touch Me (The Touch Series)
Romance > Contemporary
Author: t. h. snyder
Char is a focused and driven career woman who’s had a relationship she would rather choose to forget, but can’t. Riley is a pure gentleman who can easily leave the past where it belongs, behind him.
Some people believe in fate where others deem it a coincidence. Char and Riley are meant to be together, so life just happens to make sure they are in the right place at the right time.
But is that enough?
Home For Christmas
Romance > Holidays
Author: Patricia Kay
Quinn Riordan hasn’t been home for Christmas in more than ten years — ten long years since she’s seen her family and Chagrin Falls, the town where she grew up. It’s been that long since the sister she once adored had stolen the man Quinn loved. But when Quinn’s beloved Aunt Fiona has a bad fall and breaks her leg, Quinn can’t stay away any longer. In order to help her aunt, she has to go home and face her past. But along with her past, the trip home brings her an even more difficult challenge in the form of her aunt’s boarder, Peter Kimball.
Peter has been curious about Fiona’s niece ever since he first saw her framed photo in Fiona’s living room. He hasn’t been able to understand how someone Fiona speaks of so glowingly could so selfishly stay away for so long. He’s prepared to dislike Quinn and is stunned to very quickly realize he doesn’t. On the contrary, he’s attracted to Quinn and wants nothing more than to get to know her better. But Quinn isn’t the only one who has been running from her past. Peter has avoided confronting his demons by staying away from the place where he lost everything he held most dear.
The Trouble with Murder (Zoe Grey)
Mystery > Women Sleuths
Author: Catherine Nelson
Zoe Grey is between jobs, between boyfriends, and between crises. Things seem to be looking up. Until all she’s looking at is trouble.
Before she knows it, witnessing a brutal stabbing leads to a dead guy in her living room, and a target on her back. Then she lands herself smack in the middle of Detective Ellmann’s homicide investigation, becoming the only suspect.
Now Zoe must stay ahead of those who want her dead and chase down her answers while working around Ellmann. As her determination to find justice for an innocent victim drives her on, she can feel the heat from the bullets flying in her direction. No stranger to trouble, Zoe just might find herself in over her head this time.
Ordinary Grace: A Novel
Genre Fiction > Coming of Age
Author: William Kent Krueger
Regular Price $9.99, Today $2.99
New Bremen, Minnesota, 1961. The Twins were playing their debut season, ice-cold root beers were selling out at the soda counter of Halderson’s Drugstore, and Hot Stuff comic books were a mainstay on every barbershop magazine rack. It was a time of innocence and hope for a country with a new, young president. But for thirteen-year-old Frank Drum it was a grim summer in which death visited frequently and assumed many forms. Accident. Nature. Suicide. Murder.
Frank begins the season preoccupied with the concerns of any teenage boy, but when tragedy unexpectedly strikes his family— which includes his Methodist minister father; his passionate, artistic mother; Juilliard-bound older sister; and wise-beyond-his-years kid brother— he finds himself thrust into an adult world full of secrets, lies, adultery, and betrayal, suddenly called upon to demonstrate a maturity and gumption beyond his years.
The Best Man (The Blue Heron Series)
Romance > Contemporary
Author: Kristan Higgins
Regular Price $7.99, Today $1.99
Sometimes the best man is the one you least expect…
Faith Holland left her hometown after being jilted at the altar. Now a little older and wiser, she’s ready to return to the Blue Heron Winery, her family’s vineyard, to confront the ghosts of her past, and maybe enjoy a glass of red. After all, there’s some great scenery there….
Like Levi Cooper, the local police chief—and best friend of her former fiancé. There’s a lot about Levi that Faith never noticed, and it’s not just those deep green eyes. The only catch is she’s having a hard time forgetting that he helped ruin her wedding all those years ago. If she can find a minute amidst all her family drama to stop and smell the rosé, she just might find a reason to stay at Blue Heron, and finish that walk down the aisle.
Apocalypse Z: The Beginning of the End
Science Fiction > Dystopian
Author: Manel Loureiro, Pamela Carmell
Regular Price $9.99, Today $1.99
The dead rise…
A mysterious incident in Russia, a blip buried in the news—it’s the only warning humanity receives that civilization will soon be destroyed by a single, voracious virus that creates monsters of men.
A lawyer, still grieving over the death of his young wife, begins to write as a form of therapy. Bur he never expected that his anonymous blog would ultimately record humanity’s last days.
The end of the world has begun…
Governments scramble to stop the zombie virus, people panic, so-called “Safe Havens” are established, the world erupts into chaos; soon it’s every man, woman, and child for themselves. Armed only with makeshift weapons and the will to live, a lone survivor will give mankind one last chance against…
The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue
Earth Sciences > Natural Disasters
Author: Michael J. Tougias, Casey Sherman
Regular Price $9.99, Today $1.99
The true story of an incredible disaster and heroic rescue at sea told by two masterful storytellers
In the winter of 1952, New England was battered by the most brutal nor’easter in years. As the weather wreaked havoc on land, the freezing Atlantic became a wind-whipped zone of peril.
In the early hours of Monday, February 18, while the storm raged, two oil tankers, the Pendleton and the Fort Mercer, found themselves in the same horrifying predicament. Built with “dirty steel,” and not prepared to withstand such ferocious seas, both tankers split in two, leaving the dozens of men on board utterly at the Atlantic’s mercy.
The Finest Hours is the gripping, true story of the valiant attempt to rescue the souls huddling inside the broken halves of the two ships. Coast Guard cutters raced to the aid of those on the Fort Mercer, and when it became apparent that the halves of the Pendleton were in danger of capsizing, the Guard sent out two thirty-six-foot lifeboats as well. These wooden boats, manned by only four seamen, were dwarfed by the enormous seventy-foot seas. As the tiny rescue vessels set out from the coast of Cape Cod, the men aboard were all fully aware that they were embarking on what could easily become a suicide mission.
Children’s eBooks > Holidays & Celebrations
Author: Wendi Silvano, Lee Harper
Regular Price $9.99, Today $1.99
Turkey is in trouble. Bad trouble. The kind of trouble where it’s almost Thanksgiving . . . and you’re the maincourse. But Turkey has an idea–what if he doesn’t look like a turkey? What if he looks like another animal instead?After many hilarious attempts, Turkey comes up with the perfect disguise to make this Thanksgiving the best ever!
Wendi Silvano’s comical story is perfectly matched by Lee Harper’s watercolors.
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