Four-time Golden Heart finalist Rachel Grant worked for more than a decade as a professional archaeologist, and she mines her experiences for storylines and settings, which are as diverse as excavating a cemetery underneath an historic art museum in San Francisco, survey and excavation of many prehistoric Native American sites in the Pacific Northwest, researching an historic concrete house in Virginia, and mapping a seventeenth century Spanish and Dutch fort on the island of Sint Maarten in the Netherlands Antilles.

rachelRachel tops today’s Buffet with her debut novel, Concrete Evidence, which blends her knowledge of archaeology with secrets, deadly intrigue, and steamy romance. As one reviewer put it, the book “is like one large jigsaw puzzle that takes the course of the book to piece together before finally seeing the whole picture.”

Rachel lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and children. She met her husband David while working together excavating a 4,000-year-old site about to be destroyed by teh expansion of a sewage treatment plant in Seattle.

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Concrete Evidence (Evidence Series)

Thrillers > Political > Military
Author: Rachel Grant
Concrete Evidence (Evidence Series)

A year ago she lost everything.  Now she wants revenge…

Accused of stealing artifacts from a five-hundred-year-old shipwreck, underwater archaeologist Erica Kesling is determined to clear her name. She’s concealed her past and taken a job certain to give her access to the buyer of the missing antiquities. She’s finally closing in on her goal when she’s distracted by a sexy, charismatic intern who makes her want something other than revenge.

But Lee Scott is no intern. He’s looking for the lead conspirator in an international artifact smuggling scheme, and Erica is his prime suspect.  He’ll do whatever it takes to win her trust and get her to reveal her secrets, even seduce her.

As Erica and Lee struggle to conceal their real agendas, the one thing they can’t hide is the attraction that burns hot between them. When Erica’s quest puts her life in jeopardy, Lee must choose between old loyalties and a woman he never expected to fall for.



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The Christmas Bus

Religious Fiction > Holidays > Christmas
Author: Melody Carlson
Christmas Bus, The

The people of Christmas Valley always celebrate Christmas to the fullest extent. The mayor plays Santa, every business is holiday themed, and there’s a nativity for the kids each Christmas Eve. This town knows Christmas.

But this year nothing goes according to plan. Shepherd’s Inn is full of strangers, Mad Myrtle is causing problems, and a young couple with a baby due any minute rolls in to the middle of town in their Partridge Family-style bus. It’s hardly the holiday Christmas Valley wanted–but it may be just what they need. This charming novella is sure to become a new Christmas tradition for readers who love a great holiday story.

The Memory of You (Prequel, Return to Redemption)

Genre Fiction > War > Romance
Author: Laurie Kellogg
The Memory of You (Prequel to the Return to Redemption series)

Winner of Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® Award.

She can’t forget him–He can’t remember her
Together, they must discover the healing power of unforgettable love

The day Lieutenant Matthew Foster departed for his so-called ‘tour’ in Vietnam, he never expected a sudden change in his itinerary would include an extended stay in the horrific Hanoi Hilton. Six years later, he’s finally released with the other POWs during Operation Homecoming. Unfortunately, his memories before his capture were erased by the complimentary torture provided by the hotel’s concierge. Due to prior facial injuries and the beard concealing his gauntness, he looks nothing like the boyish photo in his military file.

When the Army informs Matt he has a wife and he was mistakenly declared dead, he’s sure Abby must have made a new life for herself. He doubts the bitter man he’s become can salvage the boy she once cared for, so to be fair to her, he decides to simply write a note to wish her well and leave. But before he does, he can’t resist going to Redemption, PA, to catch a glimpse of the woman he’d loved enough to marry.

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Into Wine: An Invitation to Pleasure

Cookbooks, Food & Wine > Beverages & Wine
Author: Olivier Magny
Into Wine:  An Invitation to Pleasure

This book makes learning about wine not only fun, but also truly inspiring.

It is also the result of years of experience: Olivier Magny is the young founder of France’s #1 wine school. He’s passionate about making wine more fun and its culture more accessible.
Reading this book, you will certainly learn profusely about wine, but you will also learn about all sorts of things far beyond wine that you never knew were connected. You will discover that wine is an eye opening window into our world.

INTO WINE is a journey – one that will appeal to anyone with an interest in wine – from the complete novice to the most seasoned drinker. Santé!

The Conduit (The Gryphon Series)

Teen & Young Adult > Science Fiction & Fantasy
Author: Stacey Rourke
The Conduit (The Gryphon Series)

All 18-year-old Celeste Garrett wants is to head off to college and make those fun, yet ill-advised, choices college kids are known for. And maybe to spend some time with the hot cameraman she just met. Instead, because of a pact her ancestors made in the 17th century with a mythical creature, she has to save the world.

While normal kids are slamming energy drinks and cramming for exams, Celeste will get her adrenaline rush fighting a fire breathing dragon. She wants to meet friends in the quad to exchange lecture notes, but first she must exchange blows with a shapeshifting demon on the rooftop. Life isn’t always fair for a superhero, but at least she doesn’t have to do it alone. With her brother and sister as sidekicks, they alternate between saving lives and getting on each others’ nerves. Together the trio encounters unspeakable odds, mystical forces and comes face-to-face with an image that will haunt them forever—their grandmother in a leopard print bikini.

DANIEL AND THE ANGEL

Romantic Comedy
Author: Jill Barnett
DANIEL AND THE ANGEL

A classic Jill Barnett Christmas novella of love and laughter. When wealthy financier D. L. Stewart’s finds an injured woman in the snow in front of his New York City mansion, he has no idea she is the fair Lillian, a big-hearted and somewhat inept fallen angel, sent back to teach him what Christmas is really about.

But Lilli has her work cut out for her. D.L. is a wounded and cynical soul, a man who is an expert at not feeling anything, and who believes he can buy anything and anyone. Can one loving, soft-hearted angel really change this damaged man who has a heart of solid stone? For readers of Julie Garwood and Jude Deveraux.

The Modern No-Nonsense Guide to Paleo

Diets & Weight Loss > Paleo
Author: Alison Golden, Mark Sisson
The Modern No-Nonsense Guide to Paleo

Are you struggling to sustain a paleo lifestyle change? Or not sure how to start? Or perhaps those around you are resistant and you’re feeling undermined and unsure. Many people get derailed as they attempt to incorporate paleo principles into their everyday life. They so want to make an enduring success of paleo but they don’t know how to change.

The Modern, No-Nonsense Guide to Paleo provides practical tools to ease the transition to a full-on paleo life. You will learn:

  • The four keys to paleo success
  • Why perfection is the ‘enemy of the good’
  • How to create a paleo life that operates on autopilot and why it is important.
  • Why willpower is a myth and what to do instead
  • How to resist temptation and stay motivated
  • How to shop, organize your kitchen and stay on budget
  • Ways to live alongside non-paleo family and friends
  • Hundreds of strategies for living paleo in a non-paleo world

30-Minute Paleo Dessert Recipes: Simple Desserts for Improved Weight-Loss

Cookbooks, Food & Wine > Desserts > Paleo
Author: Louise Hendon
30-Minute Paleo Dessert Recipes: Simple Gluten-Free and Paleo Desserts for Improved Weight-Loss

In less than 10 minutes after reading this, you could be eating the best Paleo banana bread ever. More importantly, though, you can nourish your body and feel good about eating these treats.

Sticking to a Paleo diet and giving up foods that you’ve eaten all your life is not easy. You can no longer just walk into a bakery or grocery store and buy desserts or cookies or pastries. There are no pre-packaged Paleo cake mixes. You want to stay Paleo and you want to get healthier, but you shouldn’t have to be in the kitchen for hours or else deprive yourself completely.

Most importantly, though, I perfected all of my recipes so that they’re super fast, use easy-to-find & common Paleo ingredients, are low in Paleo sugars, and still taste absolutely amazing. In fact, that’s what I have blogged about for years at AncestralChef.com, where you can find a ton of comments from happy Paleo dieters.

Hero’s Curse (The Paladin Files)

Science Fiction & Fantasy > Paranormal & Urban
Author: Jack J. Lee
Hero's Curse (The Paladin Files)

I’ve got no choice but to warn you. Read further, the truth will be revealed and it will enslave you. You don’t want to know how the Universe works. I know I didn’t. I don’t care who you are or what you believe—Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Wiccan, Atheist, anything and everything. You’re all wrong.

The following is a story of my life after I got drafted by God to fight the minions of darkness. Jehovah of the Holy Bible exists and holy warriors are needed to defend us. If you’re wise, you’ll set this book down now and walk away. Keep your illusions; they won’t hurt you. Learn too much, open the door that is better left closed, and you’ll be fighting by my side.

Victor Paladin
Servant of the Lord

TODAY’S BARGAINS……………What’s this?

Shaken (Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels Mysteries)

Mystery > Women Sleuths
Author: J.A. Konrath
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Shaken (Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels Mysteries)

Chicago cop Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels has chased, and caught, dozens of dangerous criminals over the course of her career. But she’s about to meet her match.

When Jack wakes up in a storage locker, bound and gagged, she knows with chilling certainty who her abductor is.

He’s called “Mr. K.” More than two hundred homicides have been attributed to him. His victims have died in the most horrible ways imaginable. He’s the essence of evil. Some think he’s just an urban legend. But he’s real. Jack has tangled with him twice in the past, and both times he managed to slip away.

Now Jack will finally have a chance to confront the maniac she’s been hunting for over twenty-five years. Unfortunately, it won’t be on her terms. In less than two hours, Mr. K is going to do to Jack what he’s done to countless others. And Jack is going to learn that sometimes the good guys don’t win…

Wishin’ and Hopin’

Coming of Age > Humor
Author: Wally Lamb
Regularly $9.99, Today $1.99
Wishin' and Hopin'

Wally Lamb, the beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hour I First Believed, I Know This Much Is True, and She’s Come Undone, delivers a holiday treat with Wishin’ and Hopin’—an unforgettable novella that captures the warmth and joy of the holiday season.

Poignant and hilarious, in a vein similar to Jean Shepherd’s A Christmas Story and David Sedaris’s The Santaland Diaries, Lamb’s Christmas tale focuses on a feisty parochial school fifth grader named Felix Funicello—a distant cousin of the iconic Annette!

Adé: A Love Story

Women’s Fiction > Romance
Author: Rebecca Walker
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Adé: A Love Story

In this stunning debut novella, Rebecca Walker turns her attention to the power of love and the limitations of the human heart. When Farida, a sophisticated college student, falls in love with Adé, a young Swahili man living on an idyllic island off the coast of Kenya, the two plan to marry and envision a simple life together—free of worldly possessions and concerns. But when Farida contracts malaria and finds herself caught in the middle of a civil war, reality crashes in around them.

The lovers’ solitude is interrupted by a world in the throes of massive upheaval that threatens to tear them apart, along with all they cherish.Haunting, exquisite, and certain to become a classic, Adé will stay with you long after you put it down. This is a timeless love story set perfectly, heartbreakingly, in our time.

World of Warcraft: Vol’jin: Shadows of the Horde

Puzzles & Games > Role Playing & Fantasy
Author: Michael A. Stackpole
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World of Warcraft: Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde

A brand-new novel set in the universe of the record-breaking, internationally bestselling video gameWorld of Warcraft!

Vol’jin, courageous leader of the Darkspear tribe. His strength and cunning are unmatched even among the Horde’s most exalted champions. Now on the legendary continent of Pandaria, the troll chieftain faces his greatest trial yet, one that may redefine his purpose in the…

Warchief Garrosh’s assassins strike at Vol’jin, leaving him at death’s door. But fate smiles on the wounded Darkspear leader when renowned brewmaster Chen Stormstout transports him to the safety of an isolated mountain monastery. There, Vol’jin wrestles with old hatreds smoldering between the Alliance and the Horde as he struggles to recover alongside a mysterious human soldier.

Yet this is only the beginning of Vol’jin’s worries. Soon, he becomes embroiled in an invasion of Pandaria launched by the Zandalari, revered trolls driven by dreams of conquest and power. This ancient tribe offers Vol’jin a chance to seize the glory that is the birthright of all trolls…an offer made even more tempting after Garrosh’s brazen treachery.

Henry and June

Biographies & Memoirs > Women
Author: Anaïs Nin
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Henry and June

This bestseller covers a single momentous year during Nin’s life in Paris, when she met Henry Miller and his wife, June. “Closer to what many sexually adventuresome women experience than almost anything I’ve ever read….I found it a very erotic book and profoundly liberating” (Alice Walker).

The source of a major motion picture from Universal. Preface by Rupert Pole; Index.

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