USA Today bestselling author Shelly Thacker has earned lavish praise from Publishers Weekly, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Oakland Press for her “innovative,” “addictive,” “erotic” and “powerful” historical romances.

shellyShelly tops today’s Buffet with Forever His, a steamy time-travel romance recommended for adults only. In the story, three regal brides are about to discover that falling in love with a warrior is the most dangerous adventure of all.

When it was originally published by Avon Books, the novel won “Best Historical Romance of the Year” by National Readers Choice Award.

A two-time RITA Finalist, Shelly has also won five straight KISS Awards for her outstanding heroes. The Detroit Free Press has twice placed her books on their annual list of the year’s best romances.

When she’s not at the computer, you’ll find Shelly knitting in local cafes or kickboxing at the gym. She lives in Minnesota with her husband and two daughters.

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Forever His (Stolen Brides Series)

Romance > Time Travel
Author: Shelly Thacker
Forever His: A Time-Travel Romance (Stolen Brides Series)

On New Year’s Eve, she tumbles 700 years back in time–and into the bed of a darkly dangerous knight.

Sir Gaston de Varennes wanted a docile bride who would fit into his plans for vengeance and justice, but a trick of time finds him married to a thoroughly modern American lady who turns his castle, his life, and his heart upside down. Will her desperate secret tear them apart after only a few bittersweet weeks of stolen passion–or will they conquer mistrust, treachery, and time itself to discover a love that spans the centuries?

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Last Chance To Run (Slye Temp)

Romantic Suspense
Author: Dianna Love
Last Chance To Run (Slye Temp)

To an undercover agent, she’s a Person of Interest. He’s interested.

Escaping the compound of a deadly international felon–with a fortune in rare, stolen coins hidden on her body–elite athlete Angel Farentino has to make the most important run of her life. Literally. With her father in prison, where he belongs, and a prior undeserved conviction hanging over her head, she has nowhere to turn and no one to trust. Definitely not law enforcement who railroaded her through a judicial nightmare. One step ahead of lethal men and dogs on her trail, she runs into the arms of a dark stranger willing to help her if she’d let him. But that would only get the sexy pilot killed.

Between figuring out who’s sabotaging his undercover work for the DEA and trying to save his baby sister from herself, Zane Jackson has enough on his plate. The last thing he needs is to get entangled with a woman who’s treading on the wrong side of the law. But when the long-legged distraction races into the middle of his operation and stows away on his plane, a primal need to protect forces Zane to risk everything, starting with his heart.

Ripped

Teen & Young Adult > Mysteries & Thrillers
Author: Shelly Dickson Carr
Ripped

Can an American teen leave her i-Phone and Starbucks behind, travel back to 1888 London, and unmask the man who got away with murder again and again?

Jack the Ripper eviscerated his victims and sent body parts to Scotland Yard to taunt the inspectors. Katie has read about the Ripper. Visiting a Jack the Ripper exhibit, she learns the names of his victims and where they were killed. She’s watched her fair share of CSI; surely she knows enough to stop this maniac.

And, luckily, handsome nineteenth-century Toby agrees to help her. Can gutsy Katie and Toby do what Scotland Yard’s finest could not? If she intervenes and changes history, how will that affect her life and those around her? And when it’s time to go back to her own century, can Katie really leave Toby—the one who believed in her, helped her, and really understood her?

With 60 illustrations by Chris Gall.



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Darc Murders Collection

Mystery > Hard-Boiled
Author: Ben Hopkin
Darc Murders Collection (The #1 Police Procedural/Hard Boiled Mystery Series)

 

The collection includes…
Devious – the prequel short story to 9th Circle
Deceived – exclusive to the collection – another prequel short story to 9th Circle
9th Circle – the #1 Hard Boiled/Police Procedural, full-length novel that started it all
7th Sin – exclusive to the collection – the full-length sequel to 9th Circle
Carnal – exclusive to the collection – the bridge short story between 7th Sin and 5th Pentagram
5th Pentagram – the third book in the Darc Murders Collection
Sinister *exclusive to the collection- the “wrap-up” short story for the Darc Murders trilogy

How to be Rich: The Couple’s Guide to a Rich Life Without Worrying About Money

Business & Investing > Personal Finance
Author: Chuck Rylant
How to be Rich: The Couple's Guide to a Rich Life Without Worrying About Money

Are you sick and tired of worrying about money? Fights about money are the number one cause of divorce. And it makes no difference how much money you make–the impact is the same–money ruins more lives than anything.

Today’s fast paced world is darn right scary, but tomorrow is even more uncertain. You don’t know what the next financial crisis will be… but it’s coming. No matter if it’s something minor like your car breaking down or something major like a serious family illness that you give up everything to save them.

In an entertaining fable, you will discover:

* How to stop fighting about money
* Secrets many financial advisors don’t want you to know
* Why budgeting doesn’t work and what you can easily do instead
* How to set your finances on autopilot so you can stop worrying them
* 5 Steps to easily and quickly kill credit card debt
* Immediately increase your paycheck with a simple tax planning strategy
* How much money you should be saving–it’s not what you’ve been told
* Why investing too much in the stock market can be devastating
* How much to put in stocks, bonds, and other investments
* How to stop worrying about money

The Grave Artist

Teen & Young Adult > Horror
Author: Paula Lynn Johnson
The Grave Artist

Sixteen-year-old Clare can’t stop drawing the bizarre, winged skulls she calls “Sammies”. Her psychiatrist assumes the compulsive drawings are just expressions of Clare’s grief over her father abandoning her. But then Clare discovers that her Sammies are exact matches for the Death’s Head on the grave of Samantha Forsythe, a teen who reportedly fell to her death over two centuries ago.

Before long, Clare’s drawings morph into cryptic writings that urge her to uncover the truth behind Samantha’s death. Together with Neil — the friend she might be falling for — Clare scours the local history for clues. She finds that, although Samantha was engaged to a wealthy landowner, there were whispered rumors of her involvement with a younger, biracial man.

Soon, Clare is haunted by disturbing dream images — a mysterious eye, a broken chain — that point to someone Samantha called her “Dearest”. But who is Dearest? And why does Samantha need Clare to find him so badly?

Windows 8: 35 Essential Tips for Beginners

Home Computing & How-to > Windows 8
Author: Katrina Abiasi
Windows 8: 35 Essential Tips for Beginners (Updated December 2013)

Just purchased a new computer or tablet and feeling a bit overwhelmed about learning to use Windows 8? Don’t worry. If you’re coming from a previous version of Windows and are looking for a short, extremely helpful guide to get you started on the right foot with Windows 8, you’ve come to the right place. In this book you can follow along as we give you the 35 most essential tips to get you started with Windows 8 on the right foot! No fluff, no BS, just the essentials you need to know.

With detailed step-by-step instructions to some of the most confusing changes in Windows 8 as well as screenshots to guide you along, this book is a must-have for new Windows 8 users.

Beautiful Musician (Room 105 prequel novella)

Romance > Coming of Age
Author: Sheri Whitefeather
Beautiful Musician (Room 105 prequel novella)

My name is Seven, and I’m an up-and-coming musician, a so-called bad boy. I’m also madly, painfully in love with Abby Winston. Every wild-hearted song I write is for her. Currently she lives in a psychiatric treatment center, and I slip secretly into her room. Abby is schizophrenic, and I’m a romantic figment of her troubled mind. She created me when she was a child, and now we’re both adults and on the verge of losing each other. I know I’m not real, but that doesn’t change how I feel about her. Nor does it solve the dilemma of how we’re going to survive the ache of not being together for the rest of our lives.

Salechii (Apex Predator Thriller Series)

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: Carolyn McCray
Salechii: A Shark Park that is a fun, safe environment to learn about sharks, what could go wrong? (Book 1 in the Apex Predator Thriller Series)

The next greatest thing since Jaws. A shark-fest for all of you Jaws, Jurassic Park, Shark Week and Sharknado lovers.

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The English Girl: A Novel (Gabriel Allon)

Thrillers > Spy Stories & Tales of Intrigue
Author: Daniel Silva
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The English Girl: A Novel (Gabriel Allon)

Daniel Silva delivers another spectacular thriller starring Gabriel Allon, The English Girl. When a beautiful young British woman vanishes on the island of Corsica, a prime minister’s career is threatened with destruction. Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, is thrust into a game of shadows where nothing is what it seems…and where the only thing more dangerous than his enemies might be the truth…

Silva’s work has captured the imagination of millions worldwide; his #1 New York Times bestselling series which chronicles the adventures of art-restorer and master spy Gabriel Allon has earned the praise of readers and reviewers everywhere. This captivating new page-turner from the undisputed master of spy fiction is sure to thrill new and old fans alike.

Flight Behavior: A Novel

Contemporary Fiction > Women’s Fiction
Author: Barbara Kingsolver
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Flight Behavior: A Novel

The extraordinary New York Times bestselling author of The Lacuna (winner of the Orange Prize),The Poisonwood Bible (nominated for the Pulitzer Prize), and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, Barbara Kingsolver returns with a truly stunning and unforgettable work. Flight Behavior is a brilliant and suspenseful novel set in present day Appalachia; a breathtaking parable of catastrophe and denial that explores how the complexities we inevitably encounter in life lead us to believe in our particular chosen truths.

Kingsolver’s riveting story concerns a young wife and mother on a failing farm in rural Tennessee who experiences something she cannot explain, and how her discovery energizes various competing factions—religious leaders, climate scientists, environmentalists, politicians—trapping her in the center of the conflict and ultimately opening up her world. Flight Behavior is arguably Kingsolver’s must thrilling and accessible novel to date, and like so many other of her acclaimed works, represents contemporary American fiction at its finest.

A World Without Heroes (Beyonders)

Children’s Books > Action & Adventure
Author: Brandon Mull
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A World Without Heroes (Beyonders)

The #1 New York Times bestselling start to Brandon Mull’s new fantasy series.

Jason Walker has often wished his life could be a bit less predictable—until a routine day at the zoo ends with Jason suddenly transporting from the hippo tank to a place unlike anything he’s ever seen. In the past, the people of Lyrian welcomed visitors from the Beyond, but attitudes have changed since the wizard emperor Maldor rose to power. The brave resistors who opposed the emperor have been bought off or broken, leaving a realm where fear and suspicion prevail.

In his search for a way home, Jason meets Rachel, who was also mysteriously drawn to Lyrian from our world. With the help of a few scattered rebels, Jason and Rachel become entangled in a quest to piece together the word of power that can destroy the emperor and learn that their best hope to find a way home will be to save this world without heroes.

The White Tiger: A Novel

Contemporary Fiction
Author: Aravind Adiga
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The White Tiger: A Novel

Introducing a major literary talent, The White Tiger offers a story of coruscating wit, blistering suspense, and questionable morality, told by the most volatile, captivating, and utterly inimitable narrator that this millennium has yet seen.

Balram Halwai is a complicated man. Servant. Philosopher. Entrepreneur. Murderer. Over the course of seven nights, by the scattered light of a preposterous chandelier, Balram tells us the terrible and transfixing story of how he came to be a success in life — having nothing but his own wits to help him along.

Born in the dark heart of India, Balram gets a break when he is hired as a driver for his village’s wealthiest man, two house Pomeranians (Puddles and Cuddles), and the rich man’s (very unlucky) son. From behind the wheel of their Honda City car, Balram’s new world is a revelation. While his peers flip through the pages of Murder Weekly (“Love — Rape — Revenge!”), barter for girls, drink liquor (Thunderbolt), and perpetuate the Great Rooster Coop of Indian society, Balram watches his employers bribe foreign ministers for tax breaks, barter for girls, drink liquor (single-malt whiskey), and play their own role in the Rooster Coop. Balram learns how to siphon gas, deal with corrupt mechanics, and refill and resell Johnnie Walker Black Label bottles (all but one). He also finds a way out of the Coop that no one else inside it can perceive.

When She Woke: A Novel

Science Fiction > Dystopian
Author: Hillary Jordan
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When She Woke: A Novel

Bellwether Prize winner Hillary Jordan’s provocative new novel, When She Woke, tells the story of a stigmatized woman struggling to navigate an America of a not-too-distant future, where the line between church and state has been eradicated and convicted felons are no longer imprisoned and rehabilitated but chromed—their skin color is genetically altered to match the class of their crimes—and then released back into the population to survive as best they can. Hannah is a Red; her crime is murder.

In seeking a path to safety in an alien and hostile world, Hannah unknowingly embarks on a path of self-discovery that forces her to question the values she once held true and the righteousness of a country that politicizes faith.

Bellwether Prize winner Hillary Jordan’s provocative new novel, When She Woke, tells the story of a stigmatized woman struggling to navigate an America of a not-too-distant future, where the line between church and state has been eradicated and convicted felons are no longer imprisoned and rehabilitated but chromed—their skin color is genetically altered to match the class of their crimes—and then released back into the population to survive as best they can. Hannah is a Red; her crime is murder.

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less

Biographies & Memoirs
Author: Terry Ryan
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The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio introduces Evelyn Ryan, an enterprising woman who kept poverty at bay with wit, poetry, and perfect prose during the “contest era” of the 1950s and 1960s.

Stepping back into a time when fledgling advertising agencies were active partners with consumers, and everyday people saw possibility in every coupon, Terry Ryan tells how her mother kept the family afloat by writing jingles and contest entries. Mom’s winning ways defied the Church, her alcoholic husband, and antiquated views of housewives. To her, flouting convention was a small price to pay when it came to securing a happy home for her six sons and four daughters. Evelyn, who would surely be a Madison Avenue executive if she were working today, composed her jingles not in the boardroom, but at the ironing board.

By entering contests wherever she found them — TV, radio, newspapers, direct-mail ads — Evelyn Ryan was able to win every appliance her family ever owned, not to mention cars, television sets, bicycles, watches, a jukebox, and even trips to New York, Dallas, and Switzerland. But it wasn’t just the winning that was miraculous; it was the timing. If a toaster died, one was sure to arrive in the mail from a forgotten contest. Days after the bank called in the second mortgage on the house, a call came from the Dr Pepper company: Evelyn was the grand-prize winner in its national contest — and had won enough to pay the bank.

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