Janice Thompson tops today’s Buffet with Picture Perfect, the first installment in her “Weddings by Design” romance series.
Janice also writes under the name Janice Hanna. She got her start in the industry writing screenplays and musical comedies for the stage. Janice has published over eighty books for the Christian market, crossing genre lines to write cozy mysteries, historicals, romances, nonfiction books, devotionals, children’s books and more. In addition, she enjoys editing, ghost-writing, public speaking, and mentoring young writers. Janice currently serves as Vice-President of CAN (Christian Authors Network) and was named the 2008 Mentor of the year for ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers).
Janice lives in Spring, Texas, where she leads a rich life with her family, a host of writing friends, and two mischievous dachshunds.
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Picture Perfect (Weddings by Design Book #1): A Novel
Romance > Contemporary
Author: Janice Thompson
Feisty wedding photographer Hannah McDermott has dealt with her share of difficult brides. But none can compare to the ultimate Bridezilla she’s dealing with now. Still, she’s trying desperately to impress Bella Neeley, Galveston Island’s most sought-after wedding planner, so she can take the top spot in Bella’s list of recommended photographers–a spot currently occupied by her arch-rival, Drew Kincaid. What she doesn’t count on, however, is falling head over heels for the competition.
With her contagious humor and cast of quirky characters, Janice Thompson gives readers more of the bridal business drama they want in a brand-new series all about those long-suffering people who make beautiful weddings happen. Readers are desperately waiting for more of Bella and this new series brings her back in a big way, while introducing new characters fans will love. Fans will laugh out loud as they experience this breezy and entertaining novel from a great storyteller.
Stealing the Preacher
Romance > Western & Frontier
Author: Karen Witemeyer
On his way to interview for a position at a church in the Piney Woods of Texas, Crockett Archer can scarcely believe it when he’s forced off the train by a retired outlaw and presented to the man’s daughter as the minister she requested for her birthday. Worried this unfortunate detour will ruin his chances of finally serving a congregation of his own, Crockett is determined to escape. But when he finally gets away, he’s haunted by the memory of the young woman he left behind–a woman whose dreams now hinge on him.
For months, Joanna Robbins prayed for a preacher. A man to breathe life back into the abandoned church at the heart of her community. A man to assist her in fulfilling a promise to her dying mother. A man to help her discover answers to the questions that have been on her heart for so long. But just when it seems God has answered her prayers, it turns out the parson is there against his will and has dreams of his own calling him elsewhere. Is there any way she can convince Crockett to stay in her little backwoods community? And does the attraction between them have any chance of blossoming when Joanna’s outlaw father is dead set against his daughter courting a preacher?
The Widow of Larkspur Inn (The Gresham Chronicles Book #1)
Christian Fiction > Historical
Author: Lawana Blackwell
Julia Hollis’ opulent life in Victorian London crashes to pieces when her husband passes away. Worse, she is told by his bankers that he gambled away their fortune. Now, the family’s hope rests on The Larkspur, an old abandoned coaching inn in the quaint village of Gresham.
Driven by dread and her desire to provide for her children, Julia decides to turn the dilapidated inn into a lodging house. But can she–who was accustomed to servants attending to every need–do what needs to be done and cope when boarders begin arriving? And then an eligible new vicar moves into town…
What Stays in Vegas
Author: Beth Labonte
Bored administrative assistant, Tessa Golden, is trapped in a life of lousy weather, irritating bosses, and mind-numbing secretarial work. Her dreams of being an artist have rapidly deteriorated into building things out of paperclips while on hold with tech support. To make matters even worse, the love of her life has gone off and married another woman.
So when Tessa is suddenly transferred to the Las Vegas branch of her company – playing wingwoman to her freshly divorced boss, juggling a client-from-hell, and catching the eye of one very eligible coworker – will her life finally be shaken up enough to straighten itself out?
Author: Jerry Hatchett
Would you give killers what they want to get them to leave you and your family alone? Gray Bolton might, if he knew what “it” was. Life as a Mississippi pawnbroker is good, with a beautiful family and a bright future. Then he kills an armed robber and trouble cascades upon Bolton from everywhere. They all appear to be after the same thing and they will all do anything to get it. Unfortunately, Bolton has no idea what that thing is; but its discovery will test him in ways he couldn’t have imagined, and the stakes are simple: Everything.
The Testing Survival Guide for OLSAT Test, CogAT Test, KBIT-2, ITBS, WPPSI, GATE Test, Stanford-Binet® and More
Schools & Teaching > Elementary School
Author: Testing Mom LLC
Perhaps you live in a school district where the best classrooms available are in the gifted program and everyone has their children tested before they even enter kindergarten. You might be applying your child to a competitive private school that requires an IQ test as part of the application. Or maybe you live in a city where all children start school in general education classrooms and gifted and talented testing doesn’t begin until 2nd or 3rd grade.
Whatever is the case, with so much riding on the outcome of these tests, you cannot leave the results to chance. The more you know about the various tests administered to children for school admissions, the more you can help your child succeed and get the best placement possible!
In this guide, we will explain the different types of tests children are given for school placement, show you 40 practice questions from various tests – CogAT test, OLSAT test, KBIT-2 test, Woodcock Johnson III test, NNAT-2 test, ITBS test and more! We tell you why it is important to prepare your child, and give you tips on how best to get your child ready for gifted and talented testing without creating too much stress!
52 Mondays: The One Year Path To Outrageous Success & Lifelong Happiness
Management & Leadership > Motivational
Author: Vic Johnson
Stop and think about it. If you had started something new and worked on it every week since one year ago, what might you have been able to accomplish? Twelve months, after all, is plenty of time to start accruing success.
* If you had written 1,000 words every week, you’d be close to completing a novel. Or you could have published several how-to eBooks.
* If you had taken in one music lesson per week, you might be approaching a level of proficiency that would allow you to entertain friends and family.
* If you had taken one day per week to start a side business, you could be entertaining the possibility of quitting your job.
A lot can happen in a year, and this easy-to-follow 52 week guide will walk you there step-by-step with exercises.
Gabriel: Zero Point (Evan Gabriel Trilogy)
Science Fiction > Adventure
Author: Steve Umstead
Evan Gabriel wasn’t always a feared and respected North American Federation Navy Commander. Before dangerous missions to the ice-bound planet of Poliahu, the deadly jungle world of Eden, and politically corrupt Mars, he was a simple recruit, fighting to make his mark in the elite Naval Special Forces…and was part of a top-secret military experiment that would change his life forever.
Zero Point tells the tale of a young man faced with difficult choices and dangerous trials. Fans of the series will see part of the mysterious past Evan Gabriel carries with him, while readers new to the series get a preview of what is to come in a military man’s haunted life.
Zero Point is the true beginning of Evan Gabriel, and his story is just getting started.
Number #1 FAN
Literature & Fiction
Author: Queen Brown
Fallon Frazier is a successful art teacher working out in Oakland, California. She’s beautiful, talented and loved by many but she runs from love and lives for attention. Her horrible choices to get attention bring on a ton of chaos as she becomes stalkers prey. She doesn’t know which way to turn as her admirers come at her and each other gunning for the title, Number One Fan. Will Fallon go crazy and dive off the deep end or will she gain the upper hand?
Reflexive Fire (A Deckard Novel)
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: Jack Murphy
A military thriller from New York Times best selling author and Special Operations veteran, Jack Murphy.
As a freelance assassin, Deckard is no stranger to the shadow world of covert operations, but when he is summoned to Bohemian Grove and hired to train and lead a battalion of Kazakh mercenaries, he soon discovers his employer’s real agenda: a doomsday plot decades in the making.
TODAY’S BARGAINS……………What’s this?
Thrillers > Spy Stories & Tales of Intrigue
Author: Marcus Sakey
Regularly $9.99, Today $1.99
In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets by the way they fold their arms. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible by being where no one is looking. They’re called “brilliants,” and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in—and betray his own kind.
From Marcus Sakey, “a modern master of suspense” (Chicago Sun-Times) and “one of our best storytellers” (Michael Connelly), comes an adventure that’s at once breakneck thriller and shrewd social commentary; a gripping tale of a world fundamentally different and yet horrifyingly similar to our own, where being born gifted can be a terrible curse.
Into the Black (Odyssey One)
Science Fiction > Space Opera
Author: Evan Currie
Regularly $9.99, Today $1.99
This edition of Odyssey One has been completely edited and remastered to correct the typos and content issues that reviewers commented on in the original edition.
Beyond the confines of our small world, far from the glow of our star, lies a galaxy and universe much larger and more varied than anyone on Earth can possibly imagine. For the new NAC spacecraftOdyssey and her crew, the unimaginable facets of this untouched world are about to become reality.
The Odyssey’s maiden voyage is an epic adventure destined to make history. Captain Eric Weston and his crew, pushing past the boundaries of security, encounter horrors, wonders, monsters, and people, all of which will test their resolve, challenge their abilities, and put in sharp relief what is necessary to be a hero.
A first-rate military science fiction epic that combines old-school space opera and modern storytelling,Into the Black: Odyssey One is a riveting, exhilarating adventure with vivid details, rich mythology, and relentless pacing that will leave you breathlessly awaiting book two.
In the Land of the Long White Cloud
Historical Fiction > German
Author: Sarah Lark, D.W. Lovett
Regularly $9.99, Today $1.99
Helen Davenport, governess for a wealthy London household, longs for a family of her own—but nearing her late twenties, she knows her prospects are dim. Then she spots an advertisement seeking young women to marry New Zealand’s honorable bachelors and begins an affectionate correspondence with a gentleman farmer. When her church offers to pay her travels under an unusual arrangement, she jumps at the opportunity.
Meanwhile, not far away in Wales, beautiful and daring Gwyneira Silkham, daughter of a wealthy sheep breeder, is bored with high society. But when a mysterious New Zealand baron deals her father an unlucky blackjack hand, Gwyn’s hand in marriage is suddenly on the table. Her family is outraged, but Gwyn is thrilled to escape the life laid out for her.
The two women meet on the ship to Christchurch—Helen traveling in steerage, Gwyn first class—and become unlikely friends. When their new husbands turn out to be very different than expected, the women must help one another find the life—and love—they’d hoped for.
Lady of Quality
Historical Romance > Regency
Author: Georgette Heyer
Regularly $11.99, Today $1.99
The spirited and independent Miss Annis Wychwood is twenty-nine and well past the age for falling in love. But when Annis embroils herself in the affairs of a pretty runaway heiress, Miss Lucilla Carleton, she is destined to see a great deal of her fugitive’s uncivil and high-handed guardian, Mr. Oliver Carleton. Befriending the wayward girl brings unexpected consequences, among them the conflicting emotions aroused by her guardian, who is quite the rudest man Annis has ever met…
Georgette Heyer’s historical novels have charmed and delighted millions of readers. Her smart, independent heroines and dashing heroes brilliantly illuminate one of the most exciting and fascinating eras of English history, when drawing rooms sparkled with well-dressed nobility, and romantic intrigues ruled the day.
Magician’s End (Chaoswar Saga)
Fantasy > Magic & Wizards
Author: Raymond E. Feist
Regularly $9.99, Today $1.99
Three decades . . . Five Riftwars . . . One magnificent saga: From New York Times bestselling author Raymond E. Feist comes Magician’s End, the final book in the epic Riftwar Cycle.
Thirty years ago, Feist’s first novel, Magician, introduced us to an orphan boy named Pug, who rises from slavery to become a Master Magician, and to Midkemia and the Riftwar, an epic series of battles between Good and Evil that have scarred Pug’s world for generations.
After twenty-nine books, Feist delivers the crowning achievement of his renowned bestselling career:Magician’s End, the final chapter in The Chaos Wars, the climax of his extraordinary Riftwar Cycle.
Pug, now the greatest magician of all time, must risk everything he has fought for and everything he cherishes in the hope of destroying an evil enemy once and for all. But to achieve peace and save untold millions of lives, he will have to pay the ultimate price.
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