Dandi Daley Mackall tops today’s Buffet with Runaway, Book 1 of her best-selling “Starlight Animal Rescue” series for children. The book first appeared as a Tyndale paperback in 2008.

Dandi won her first writing contest as a 10-year-old tomboy. Her 50 words on “Why I Want to Be Batboy for the Kansas City A’s” won first place, but the team wouldn’t let a girl be batboy. It was her first taste of rejection. Since then, Dandi has become an award-winning author of over 400 books for children of all ages, with sales of 4 million copies in 22 countries. The Silence of Murder is the winner of the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery 2012.

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Runaway: 1 (Starlight Animal Rescue)

Children’s Books > Animals > Horses
Author: Dandi Daley Mackall
Runaway: 1 (Starlight Animal Rescue)

A new series by Dandi Daley Mackall, author of the best-selling Winnie the Horse Gentler series!
I’ve run away seven times—never once to anything, just away from. Maybe that’s why they call me a “runaway,” and not a “run-to.”

Meet 16-year-old Dakota Brown. She used to love all things “horse” until she lost everything, including hope. The minute she sets foot on her foster parents’ farm—Starlight Animal Rescue—she plans her escape. But can an “impossible” horse named Blackfire and this quirky collection of animal lovers be the home she’s always dreamed of?

Starlight Animal Rescue: Where problem horses are trained and loved, where abandoned dogs become heroes, where stray cats become loyal companions. And where people with nowhere to fit in find a place to belong.



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Katrina, The Beginning (Royal Blood Chronicles)

Children’s eBooks > Science Fiction, Fantasy & Scary Stories
Author: Elizabeth Loraine
Katrina, The Beginning (Book 1) (Royal Blood Chronicles)

Katrina is thrust into something she never could have imagined growing up in the aristocracy of Europe. Once the fashion of the day, and girlish gossip filled Katrina and her new friends days, but their lives changed the instant their race was threatened and they were chosen as the Five, and the protectors of not only the vampire race, but all the peaceful races of the world!

Katrina, the Beginning book one, chronicles the story of Katrina from the age of seventeen in the series – Royal Blood Chronicles – it’s full of romance, friendship, adventure and betrayal in a fast paced, fun read. It’s filled with strong female characters in a lush, beautifully drawn fantasy world built and wonderfully written by Elizabeth Loriane

The Battered Heiress Blues

Women’s Fiction > Romance
Author: Laurie Van Dermark
The Battered Heiress Blues

Julia Spencer grew up sure of only one thing. She and her father were done- forever. Marked at a young age by the loss of her mother and the alienation of her father, there had been no contingency for sorrow. She was heir to the Spencer fortune. Weakness was not an option.

Henry Walker has a history of choosing business over pleasure, and his British mannerisms chafe against her southern sensibilities. When sparks begin to fly, she must navigate the troubled waters of unresolved conflict and a string of broken promises, but can she see her way clear to accept loss and acknowledge the truth?

Crippled by grief and blinded by sorrow, she pushes everyone away, but not before a precious gift is left behind that will change everything.

WINE RED WHITE WONDERFUL

Cookbooks, Food & Wine > Drinks & Beverages
Author: S.K. Newberry, Allen-Towne
WINE RED WHITE WONDERFUL

For thousands of years people have been enjoying wine. But with so many choices how do you know which one to choose? With this complete wine guide, you will have all the information you need to enjoy wine as never before.

You will learn how to pair wine, all about reds, whites, dessert wines, sparkling and Champagne. Background and history of wine, how to make wine, including wine recipes. Learn about the different grape varieties and the wines they produce.

Complete list of wine terms, with easy to understand explanations. We discuss the best wine regions from around the world. Everything you need to know about wines, whether you are a novice or connoisseur.

Journey of Hope: A Novel of Triumph and Heartbreak on the Oregon Trail in 1852

Christian Fiction > Westerns
Author: Victoria Murata
Journey of Hope:  A Novel of Triumph and Heartbreak on the Oregon Trail in 1852

When the invitation comes for a new life and urgency calls for better opportunities, how does one answer? History is peopled with those who have left the comfort of the known world to embark on journeys where their footprints have left permanent markers on the future.

In Journey of Hope, Three young women leave Independence Missouri in the spring of 1852 on a wagon train bound for the Oregon territory. Brenna and her family are Irish immigrants. Rebecca travels with her large family from Iowa. Emily is a young bride traveling with her husband Ernest. Six months and two thousand miles later they reach their destination much changed from who they were when they started. Daily life on the wagon train is challenging. Cholera is rampant, crime not unheard of, and death is an ever present visitor. Their hopes and fears are realized in unforgettable experiences of love and loss. Through it all they form a bond with each other that will last a lifetime and encompass the vast and untamed regions of the heart.

Gripped: Your Personality is What’s Holding You Back

Humor & Satire > Coming of Age
Author: Jason Donnelly
Gripped: Your Personality is What's Holding You Back

Have you ever read an advertisement and felt like it was written directly to you? Well, what if it was? And if you were told that there’s an underground group telling you and those around you what to buy, what to wear, and what to consume? Join the fun. The only thing holding you back is your own personality. We recommend reading Gripped with a nice bottled water.

Gripped is fiction.

The Pride of the King

Historical Romance
Author: Amanda Hughes
The Pride of the King

Wickedly inviting, the dark side of life has always seduced Lauren De Beauville. With copper-colored tresses and the smile of a pirate, this young adventuress throws caution to the wind and leaps into a quagmire of temptation that is 18th Century New York. Will she survive her constant craving for danger? Dazzled by glamor, Lauren plays a deadly game joining a group of brutal con artists and smugglers who are cheating their way across the New World. There are splendid gowns, handsome men and nights filled with passion. What more could she want? At the very top is James St. Clare, the ruthless yet alluring captain of a ship called The Pride of the King. Risking her life and her love, Lauren allows herself to be swept into his whirlwind of desire and treachery where she gambles everything.

Death By Drowning 2 (Josiah Reynolds Mysteries)

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: Abigail Keam
Death By Drowning 2 (Mystery & Women Sleuths) (Josiah Reynolds Mysteries)

In spite of having to recover from serious injuries from her fall down a cliff with O’nan, Josiah Reynolds is back to sleuthing. This time her friend, Irene Meckler, asks Josiah to investigate the death of her nephew which was ruled accidental. Irene has her doubts.

Along with her best friend Matt, and Jake Dosh, a physician assistant hired by Josiah’s daughter, Josiah again makes the rounds of quirky characters that can only be found in the mysterious world of antebellum homes, bourbon and horse racing of Kentucky’s Bluegrass region.

Winter’s Awakening: The Metahumans Emerge

Teen & Young Adult > Literature & Fiction
Author: Karen Luellen
Winter's Awakening: The Metahumans Emerge (Winter's Saga #1--YA Sci-Fi/Dystopian Series)

When Dr. Margo Pullman goes to work for “The Institute” she hopes to change lives with her research in neurobiological studies. Instead, she is appalled to learn her research is being used to test and torture children, most of whom have died in the process. Margo goes rogue.

That night, she steals away the three surviving children, changes her identity and hides them away from the world on a secluded ranch in Texas. For twelve years she raised the two boys and one girl as her own. The tests they were subjected to has altered the children’s DNA, turning them into “metahumans” complete with fast reflexes, super strength, the ability to heal and unmatched intelligence. When Margo goes missing, the children–now teens–embark on a journey to reclaim their mother from the evil CEO of “The Institute” who wants them back to continue his plans for the perfect race.

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Younger Next Year: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy—Until You’re 80 and Beyond

Health, Fitness & Dieting > Personal Health
Author: Chris Crowley, M.D., Henry S. Lodge
Regularly $12.95, Today $1.99
Younger Next Year: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy—Until You're 80 and Beyond

Welcome to the next third of your life–train for it, and you’ll have a ball.

Turn back your biological clock. A breakthrough book for men–as much fun to read as it is persuasive–Younger Next Year draws on the very latest science of aging to show how men 50 or older can becomefunctionally younger every year for the next five to ten years, and continue to live like fifty-year-olds until well into their eighties. To enjoy life and be stronger, healthier, and more alert. To stave off 70% of the normal decay associated with aging (weakness, sore joints, apathy), and to eliminate over 50% of all illness and potential injuries. This is the real thing, a program that will work for anyone who decides to apply himself to “Harry’s Rules.”

Deep Kiss of Winter

Romance > Paranormal
Author: Kresley Cole, Gena Showalter
Regularly $7.99, Today $1.99
Deep Kiss of Winter

Murdoch Wroth will stop at nothing to claim Daniela the Ice Maiden — the delicate Valkyrie who makes his heart beat for the first time in three hundred years. Yet the exquisite Danii is part ice fey, and her freezing skin can’t be touched by anyone but her own kind without inflicting pain beyond measure. Soon desperate for closeness, in an agony of frustration, Murdoch and Danii will do anything to have each other. Together, can they find the key that will finally allow them to slake the overwhelming desire burning between them?

Steelheart

Science Fiction > Dystopian
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Regularly $7.99, Today $1.99
Steelheart

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics.

But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his will.

Nobody fights the Epics . . . nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.

And David wants in. He wants Steelheart—the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David’s been studying, and planning—and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.

He’s seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.

Snuff (Discworld)

Science Fiction & Fantasy
Author: Terry Pratchett

Regularly $9.99, Today $1.99
Snuff (Discworld)

Sam Vimes, watch commander of Ankh-Morpork, is at long last taking a much-needed (and well deserved) vacation. But, of course, this is Discworld®, where nothing goes as planned—and before Vimes can even change his cardboard-soled boots for vacationer’s slippers, the gruff watch commander soon finds himself enmeshed in a fresh fiasco fraught with magic, cunning, daring, and (for the reader more than for poor Vimes) endless hilarity. Did he really expect time off? As Vimes himself says in Feet of Clay, “there’s some magical creature called ‘overtime,’ only no one’s even seen its footprints.” Following the New York Times bestselling Unseen Academichals, Terry Pratchett delivers an enthralling new tale from a place of insuperable adventure: Discworld.

Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World

Self-Help > Stress Management
Author: Mark Williams, Danny Penman
Regularly $15.99, Today $1.99
Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World

Mindfulness reveals a set of simple yet powerful practices that you can incorporate into daily life to help break the cycle of anxiety, stress, unhappiness, and exhaustion. It promotes the kind of happiness and peace that gets into your bones. It seeps into everything you do and helps you meet the worst that life throws at you with new courage.

The book is based on Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). MBCT revolves around a straightforward form of mindfulness meditation which takes just a few minutes a day for the full benefits to be revealed. MBCT has been clinically proven to be at least as effective as drugs for depression and is widely recommended by US physicians and the UK’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence—in other words, it works. More importantly it also works for people who are not depressed but who are struggling to keep up with the constant demands of the modern world.

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