The #1 New York Times bestselling author Jessica Sorensen tops today’s Buffet with a new short story, Lila and Ethan: Forever and Always, a tale of love, risks, and rewards.

Jessica is the author of the bestselling The Secret of Ella and Micha, The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden, and Breaking Nova, which are New Adult Contemporary novels. She also writes paranormal series, including the “Fallen Star” series, “Shattered Promises,” “Darkness Falls,” and the “Death Collectors.” She loves writing and reading and is an avid watcher of TV series The Vampire Diaries and Modern Family. An immense music lover,  Jessica immerses herself in her music as she writes.

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Lila and Ethan: Forever and Always

Women’s Fiction > Short Stories
Author: Jessica Sorensen
Lila and Ethan: Forever and Always

Lila Summers just wants to know one thing for certain: that Ethan Gregory will be with her always. Once her friend, he’s become so much more, melting the pain of her past away with each kiss. Now Lila is on a road trip with Ethan, in the wilderness under the stars, and she can’t imagine her life without him. But when she talks about the future, something in Ethan changes . . .

Ethan has no doubts about his feelings for Lila. His life with her gets better every day-and that’s the scary part. How can he walk into a future where he has everything to lose? With Lila, his whole heart is on the line for the very first time. But if Ethan can’t give her the promise she needs, his greatest fear might come true: he’ll lose Lila for good.



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Picture Perfect

Genre Fiction > Coming of Age > Romance
Author: Alessandra Thomas
Picture Perfect

Fashion design major Cat Mitchell has a closet full of gorgeous clothes – and not a single thing fits. After two years of runway modeling for easy cash, an accident shattered her lower leg bone and her self-esteem in just one swift fall. Ten months of no exercise, prescription steroids, comfort eating and yoga pants meant returning to campus as a size twelve instead of her former size two.

When her gorgeous long-time friend with benefits sees her for the first time after her accident and snubs her in front of all her friends, Cat’s self-image hits rock bottom. Her sorority sisters all insist that she looks gorgeous, but all Cat sees is the roll of her stomach when she sits down, or the dimpling at the back of her thighs that wasn’t there last year. Cat’s therapist prescribes something radical to stop the downward spiral – nude modeling for a nearby college’s human form drawing classes.

Christianish: What If We’re Not Really Following Jesus at All?

Religion & Spirituality > Christian Living
Author: Mark Steele
Christianish: What If We're Not Really Following Jesus at All?

It may feel like authentic faith. It may even look like the real deal. Yet it’s often easy to settle for the souvenir t-shirt—the appearance of a transformed heart—instead of taking the actual trip through true life-change. We find ourselves settling for a personal faith that’s been polluted by culture, and diluted by other people’s take on spirituality.

Christianish tells the story of one man’s journey to move from the in-between to a life that’s centered on Christ. To move forward, author Mark Steele goes back to the beginning, to examine Christ’s life and words.

It may feel like authentic faith. It may even look like the real deal. Yet it’s often easy to settle for the souvenir t-shirt—the appearance of a transformed heart—instead of taking the actual trip through true life-change. We find ourselves settling for a personal faith that’s been polluted by culture, and diluted by other people’s take on spirituality.

Dawn of Destiny (Epic)

Science Fiction > Adventure
Author: Lee Stephen
Dawn of Destiny (Epic)

Dawn of Destiny kicks off the story of Scott Remington, a young man following a calling to war. Sacrificing a promising life that could’ve been, he embarks on a journey to follow his destiny and make a difference regardless of where it takes him. It’s a story of perseverance amidst trials and tribulations–a journey of faith into the fog of war.

This is high-action and intensity wrapped up in the reality of the human experience. It’s the introduction to an epic.

Load your assault rifles…you’re about to drop into a hot zone.

The Chupacabra: A Borderline Crazy Tale of Coyotes, Cash & Cartels

Literature & Fiction > Humor & Satire
Author: Stephen Randel
The Chupacabra: A Borderline Crazy Tale of Coyotes, Cash & Cartels (The Chupacabra Trilogy - Book 1)

He is called El Barquero. He makes his trade along the border, smuggling guns and killing without remorse. As he faces his one last mission, his perfect plan is unwittingly foiled by Avery, a paranoid loner obsessed with global conspiracy theories who spends most of his time crafting absurd and threatening letters to anyone who offends him. That means pretty much everyone.

What unfolds is a laugh-out-loud dark comedy of madcap adventure stretching from Austin to the West Texas border featuring a lunatic band of civilian border militia, a group of bingo-crazed elderly ladies (one packing a pistol nearly as long as her arm), a murderous and double-crossing cartel boss, a burned-out hippy, and a crotchety retired doctor and his pugnacious French bulldog.

Angel Dance (Danny Logan Mystery #1)

Mystery > Hard-Boiled
Author: M. D. Grayson
Angel Dance (Danny Logan Mystery #1)

Gina Fiore – beautiful Seattle heiress has vanished. A foreign drug cartel and a Chicago organized crime family are looking.

Can Danny Logan rescue her before the noose closes?

 

In The Shadow of Babylon

Literature & Fiction > Action & Adventure
Author: John Schwartz
In The Shadow of Babylon

Have you ever wondered where emotions come from? Do you wish you could live in the present rather than thinking about the past or worrying about a future that may never come? Do you often wish you could have more control over the direction of your life?
Secrets revealed in the oldest writing ever discovered reach out to the present with simple but powerful life lessons.

In The Shadow of Babylon is a story about the modern world of Jihad, terror and suffering wrapped in an ancient message of bravery, wisdom and joy. The lessons learned by the warrior poet Ayuba as he transitions from an ignorant orphan held in captivity by a band of brutal nomads into a heroic leader of an ancient country are as critical to the 21st century as they were 10,000 years ago.

Sparkle: The Girl’s Guide to Living a Deliciously Dazzling, Wildly Effervescent, Kick-Ass Life

Self-Help > Self-Esteem > Happiness
Author: Cara Alwill Leyba
Sparkle: The Girl's Guide to Living a Deliciously Dazzling, Wildly Effervescent, Kick-Ass Life

As women, we have become professional self-critics. We’ve become so convinced by society that we need to attain a level of perfection that just isn’t real. Whether it’s trying to get skinnier, look younger, get that promotion, please our parents, get fuller lips or rid ourselves of cellulite — we’re on a never ending mission to change and it always makes us feel like crap.

Instead, why not focus on all the fabulous qualities we already possess? There is so much to celebrate when we look at all of our accomplishments. In this straight-up girlfriend’s guide, lifestylist and wellness coach Cara Alwill Leyba encourages women to discover what makes them sparkle so that they can design the lives they desire and deserve. So raise your glass and toast yourself. You’re about to start shimmering, shining, and dazzling every day. Because isn’t everything better when it sparkles?

TODAY’S BARGAINS……………What’s this?

Big Sky River (A Parable, Montana, Novel)

Romance > Contemporary
Author: Linda Lael Miller
Regularly $7.99, Today $1.99
Big Sky River (A Parable, Montana, Novel)

Sheriff Boone Taylor has his job, friends, a run-down but decent ranch, two faithful dogs and a good horse. He doesn’t want romance—the widowed Montanan has loved and lost enough for a lifetime. But when a city woman buys the spread next door, Boone’s peace and quiet are in serious jeopardy.

With a marriage and a career painfully behind her, Tara Kendall is determined to start over in Parable. Reinventing herself and living a girlhood dream is worth the hard work. Sure, she might need help from her handsome, wary neighbor. But life along Big Sky River is full of surprises…like falling for a cowboy-lawman who just might start to believe in second chances.

The Weight of Silence

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: Heather Gudenkauf
Regularly $9.99, Today $1.99
The Weight of Silence

Masterfully written and beautifully told, Heather Gudenkauf’s debut is a stunning novel of family devotion, honesty and regret that will linger long after the last page is turned.

It happens quietly one August morning. As dawn’s shimmering light drenches the humid Iowa air, two families awaken to find their little girls have gone missing in the night.

Seven-year-old Calli Clark is sweet, gentle, a dreamer who suffers from selective mutism brought on by a tragedy that pulled her deep into silence as a toddler. Calli’s mother, Antonia, tried to be the best mother she could within the confines of marriage to a mostly absent, often angry husband. Now, though she denies that her husband could be involved in the possible abductions, she fears her decision to stay in her marriage has cost her more than her daughter’s voice.

Fix, Freeze, Feast: The Delicious, Money-Saving Way to Feed Your Family

Cookbooks, Food & Wine > Canning & Preserving
Author: Kati Neville, Lindsay Tkacsik
Regularly $14.95, Today $1.99
Fix, Freeze, Feast: The Delicious, Money-Saving Way to Feed Your Family

Buy groceries in bulk, prepare family-friendly dishes, package in meal-sized freezer bags, then stock the freezer with ready-to-defrost-and-serve tasty homemade meals. This is the winning system of Fix, Freeze, Feast, a cookbook that has already attracted an enthusiastic following among busy families.

Millions of shoppers save money by buying groceries in bulk – trays of boneless chicken breasts, pairs of flank steaks, flats of ripe tomatoes. But savings can quickly turn to losses if those bulk quantities spoil in the refrigerator or lie forgotten – unlabeled and unrecognizable under lays of ice crystals – in the back of the freezer.

Warriors #1: Into the Wild

Children’s eBooks > Science Fiction, Fantasy & Scary Stories
Author: Erin Hunter
Regularly $6.99, Today $1.99
Warriors #1: Into the Wild

Fire alone can save our Clan…

For generations, four Clans of wild cats have shared the forest according to the laws laid down by the powerful ancestors. But the warrior code is threatened, and the ThunderClan cats are in grave danger. The sinister ShadowClan grows stronger every day. Noble warriors are dying — and some deaths are more mysterious than others.

In the midst of this turmoil appears an ordinary housecat named Rusty . . . Who may yet turn out to be the bravest warrior of them all.

Fire alone can save our Clan…

For generations, four Clans of wild cats have shared the forest according to the laws laid down by the powerful ancestors. But the warrior code is threatened, and the ThunderClan cats are in grave danger. The sinister ShadowClan grows stronger every day. Noble warriors are dying — and some deaths are more mysterious than others.

The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

Spirituality > Love & Relationships
Author: Mandy Hale
Regularly $9.99, Today $2.99
The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

Smart, strong, independent—single women can live a fabulous life. Husband not required.

Mandy Hale, also known by her many blog readers and Twitter fans as The Single WomanTM, shares her stories, advice, and enthusiasm for living life as an empowered, confident, God-centered woman who doesn’t just resign herself to being single—she enjoys it!

Being single has had its stigmas, but Mandy proves it has its advantages too, and she uses wisdom and wit to inspire her fellow single ladies to celebrate and live fully in the life God has given them.

Mandy encourages her readers on subjects such as taking chances, building friendships, letting go, and finding a greater purpose. With her help, readers can stop worrying about happily ever after and discover a happy life instead.

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