Catherine Spangler is the bestselling, award-winning author of the Sentinel Series (urban fantasy romance) and Book 1, Touched by Darkness, tops today’s Buffet. Reviewers have called in a “superb dark fantasy” woven around the ancient legend of Atlantis.

Catherine is a two-time Golden Heart finalist and a RITA finalist and has received numerous other awards and honorable mentions. She also writes the Shielder Series (science fiction romance).

Catherine is a frequent speaker at writers’ groups and conferences, and she has taught workshops on the creative process, writing techniques, writing paranormal romance, and goal setting. She lives in north Texas with her husband and a menagerie of critters. She loves reading, taking naps on the sofa with a good football game for background noise, eating chocolate, and playing poker.

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Touched by Darkness

Fantasy > Urban > Romance
Author: Catherine Spangler
Touched by Darkness - An Urban Fantasy Romance (Book 1, The Sentinel Series)

After seven years on the run, Dr. Kara Cantrell believes she and her son, Alex, are safe. She’s wrong.

Kara settles in the sleepy town of Zorro, Texas, convinced that she and her child have escaped the sinister reach of a supernatural underworld. But the appearance of Damien Morgan, a dangerous, alluring man with superhuman abilities, upends her quiet existence.

Damien realizes that Alex is a fledgling Sentinel, and Kara is a matched, psychic conductor for him. She wants nothing to do with him, refusing to revisit the hell she experienced seven years ago. But she has no choice, as her son is projecting his abilities, leaving him vulnerable to unseen forces. Not only that, but someone—or something—is murdering people in Zorro.

Kara is forced to work with Damien, tapping into a mystical link that triggers desires both of them must ignore. But as they work together to protect her son, and to track the killer, evil stalks them, reaching out—with the touch . . . of darkness.



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The Quiet Assassin: Third Edition

Genre Fiction > Action & Adventure
Author: Thomas Kirkwood
The Quiet Assassin: Third Edition

Here is a truly original thriller, comparable to the very best of vintage Le Carré. It is set behind the Berlin Wall in the heart of the East German police state and it features one of the most unique and winning heroines since Lucy in Ken Follett’s Eye of the Needle. Her name is Käte Frassek, a resistance fighter since the age of eighteen, who over the course of twenty years leads a double life in her courageous campaign to rouse her countrymen to revolt against their repressive regime. She is a wife, a mother, a scientist, a lover… and an assassin.

To kill the man who had killed so many, Kate would do anything. She would use her brain to work herself to the top of her profession. She would yield her body to go even higher up the ladder of power. She would risk her own child as a pawn on a chessboard of cunning move and counter thrust. But now she was being asked to make a sacrifice she dreaded. Not her own life that would have been easy. But the life of the good and noble man she passionately loved — so that the beast she hated might die….

Help! I’m Trapped in My Teacher’s Body

Children’s Books > Science Fiction
Author: Todd Strasser
Help! I'm Trapped in My Teacher's Body

The first and original book in Todd’s world-wide best-selling “Help! I’m Trapped in…” series. This hysterically funny book about the misadventures of Jake Sherman and his friends have sold more than five million copies worldwide and have been translated into numerous languages.

Eternal Starling (Emblem of Eternity Trilogy)

Fantasy > Paranormal
Author: Angela Corbett
Eternal Starling (Emblem of Eternity Trilogy)

A love so strong, even eternity can’t separate them.

Evie Starling has lived a relatively uneventful life hanging out with friends, gossiping about boys, and driving her 1966 Mustang. All of that changes when she moves to Gunnison, Colorado, to start college and meets two mysterious men.

For centuries, Alex Night and Emil Stone have yearned for Evie—but they each have their own reasons for wanting to be with her. When both men claim to be her soul mate and tell her about an unbelievable past, Evie learns that she’s not the person she thought she was. Soon, Evie finds herself in the middle of an age-old battle between the Amaranthine Society—the soul protectors, and the Daevos Resistance—the soul destroyers. With a past she doesn’t understand, and a future rife with danger, Evie has to decide who she can trust. But Alex and Emil aren’t the only ones who want Evie, and her soul is about to become the rope in an eternal tug-of-war.

Castigo Cay

Genre Fiction > Action & Adventure
Author: Matthew Bracken
Castigo Cay

Dan Kilmer is a former Marine sniper in his early thirties. He returned home from military service in the Middle East and gave college a try, but his combat experiences prevented him from fitting into campus life. In a South Florida boatyard, his uncle was attempting to refurbish an old cargo schooner, and Dan left college to help him finish the flagging project. After two years of work but before the sixty-foot boat was relaunched, his uncle fell from a scaffold and died.

While still in his twenties, Dan inherited the schooner Rebel Yell. Soon after, he left the United States to embark on a series of voyages, mostly in pursuit of beautiful women and good times. While he was away from America, new federal taxes were imposed on luxury property, including privately owned yachts. Dan cannot pay these or other new taxes, so he can’t return to the States without risking confiscation of his schooner. Instead he must always fly under official radar and earn a living by his wits while staying one step ahead of the IRS and other government agencies. He must navigate the reefs of government control while always searching for a way to make money without the permission of the local authorities.

Fatal Transaction

International Mystery & Crime > Christian Fiction
Author: W. Richard Lawrence
Fatal Transaction, A Cyber Crime Thriller (Inspirational Thriller & Suspense)

Sara, an expert computer hacker, knows better than to trust anyone certainly not the powerful and crooked business mogul for whom she works. But there is no future for the life of a thief. Determined to find a way out, Sara devises a scheme to double-cross her employer and steal millions through one final fatal transaction.

Desperate and on the run, she finds temporary sanctuary with the mysterious Derry Conway. As the FBI closes in and her former associates seek revenge, Sara tries to escape but finds all avenues blocked. Trapped, she sees only one road out Derry must take the fall and pay for her crimes. But will it work? Is her freedom more important than the life of an innocent man? Or will Sara make the ultimate sacrifice to save those she cares about?

Pilgrims of the Alley: Living Out Faith in Displacement

Christian Living > Social Issues
Author: Dave Arnold
Pilgrims of the Alley: Living Out Faith in Displacement

Sometimes people wonder why they feel stuck in life, as if they are living out their days in an unnatural and often hostile environment. But the truth is, this is a reality for people attempting to follow Jesus in our world.

We are displaced persons.

But God is at work in displacement. And it’s in this environment – in the alleys of life – where extraordinary growth takes place and our faith grows the most. This book is about a journey of understanding how we are to navigate a life of faith amid a world of such uncertainty, and oftentimes, of great darkness.

Broken Angel (House Phoenix)

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: S.W. Vaughn
Broken Angel (House Phoenix)

An influential crime boss with an appetite for power…

A sadistic enforcer whose tongue is as sharp as his needles…

And an innocent man who is forced to join their twisted games.

How far would you go to save someone you love? Gabriel Morgan discovers there are no limits when he’s plunged into the massive underground gang network known as the Organization. Renamed Angel by the crime boss who’s holding him captive, his task is to earn ten million dollars through bloodshed and violence–or watch his beloved sister die.

Money Saving Tips For the Underachiever #FRUGALITYPAYS

Personal Finance > Budgeting
Author: Antonio Starr
#FRUGALITYPAYS Money Saving Tips For the Underachiever

Readers are given simple suggestions on how to either put money back into their pockets or prevent money from fleeing in the first place. The author speaks from the experience of being a former haphazard spender to developing a disciplined frugal mind by using strategy and creativity to save money. This book is ideal for people who never took, or had time to educate themselves on how to maintain a frugal lifestyle while not cutting into their couch time. The underachievers.

No mistaking, this book isn’t just for the underachievers, it contains numerous money saving tips and strategies that everyone can benefit from. This isn’t just a book, it’s a reference manual that you can continually refer back to for guidance and motivation.

  • Creative strategies that when implemented will save you thousands of dollars. GUARANTEED!
  • You will learn to properly automate your bill payments and a lot of your monotonous shopping needs without ever having to leave your couch.
  • I will show you how I saved over $20,000 a year just by improving the way I shop and paid for my entertainment. You will learn to do the same thing.
  • I will show why everyone should have credit cards and how to make them make you money without the threat of interest charges.
  • I will show you how frugality is more than just saving as much money as you can. Frugality is a mentality that when perfected will change your view of life in general. You will learn that what you thought you really wanted, you do not need. The difference between needs and wants is what the frugal person is exceptional at identifying.

Shackled Lily (Winsor Series)

Romance > Mystery & Suspense
Author: T L Gray, Tammy Gray
Shackled Lily (Winsor Series)

Beautiful, selfish and spoiled Kaitlyn “Issy” Summers had it all, or so everyone thought. Then, one night changed everything. Now trapped in the world that destroyed her to begin with, Issy finds herself in the arms of the one man she vowed to forget.

Issy Summers spent her life hardening and numbing her heart to the world. Raised by a weak mother and controlling father, Issy learns quickly that self-preservation is essential, and manipulation is often the key. When a night of over indulgence lands her in a coma, Issy wakes to find her life completely shifted as her father forces her back into his world–a world far darker than even Issy was prepared for.

The only light now is a man who has loved her for years, a man who recently found the loving grace of Christ. Letting him in will destroy the walls and armor she has worked so hard to build, but will shutting him out trap her forever in the chains that cover her?

90+ Tastefully Simple Recipes Volume 1: Chicken, Pasta, Salmon Box Set

Cookbooks, Food & Wine > Quick & Easy
Author: Jenny Collins
90+ Tastefully Simple Recipes Volume 1: Chicken, Pasta, Salmon Box Set!

In this kindle book you will find Quick, Easy & Healthy recipes you can prepare over and over again for yourself and for your family. Each book is littered with stories from the Collins household adding its own unique spice to each recipe.

Includes books on recipes for chicken breasts, cold pasta salads, and simple salmon.

TODAY’S BARGAINS……………What’s this?

Darkness & Shadows

Psychological Thrillers
Author: Andrew E. Kaufman
Regularly $9.99, Today $1.99
Darkness & Shadows

In The Lion, The Lamb, The Hunted, Andrew E. Kaufman thrilled readers with a bestseller of psychological suspense. In Darkness & Shadows, he ratchets up the tension, weaving a masterful web of intrigue.

The only woman Patrick Bannister ever loved has died…again.

Struggling professionally and reeling from the psychological wounds left by a horribly abusive mother, Patrick is driven over the edge by a news report. A wealthy socialite couple has been murdered, and while the wife’s name isn’t familiar, her face certainly is. It’s his first and only love, Marybeth, the woman he lost to a horrific fire years ago.

Is he losing his mind?

Patrick’s obsession to find the truth sends him scouring records and documents that lead him to a shocking discovery: there’s no evidence Marybeth ever lived or, for that matter, ever died. Was the love of Patrick’s life just a product of his abused psyche?

The truth may kill him.

His quest for answers takes him on a twisted mental odyssey that forces him to question his own reality. He might not be able to trust his memories and perceptions of the past, but the answers may still lie in the darkest recesses of his mind.

But Patrick will soon find out that by stoking the flames from that long ago fire, he’s blazing a path straight into danger. And this time, not only is he about to get burned—he could also end up losing his life.

To Sin With A Scoundrel (Circle of Sin)

Historical Romance > Regency
Author: Cara Elliott
Regularly $6.99, Today $0.99
To Sin With A Scoundrel (Circle of Sin)

A reclusive widow known for her scientific scholarship, Lady Ciara Sheffield is shadowed by rumors that she poisoned her husband . . . A rakehell rogue notorious for his devil-may-care antics, Lucas Bingham–the Earl of Hadley–is not accused of murdering anything–save for the rules of Polite Society. The only thing they have in common is seeing their names featured in the lurid gossip columns of London’s newspapers. Until an ancient manuscript draws them together.

Ciara needs a titled fiancé to quell the slanderous speculations which may send her to the gallows. Lucas needs brilliant scholar to help his elderly uncle decipher the secrets of the mysterious manuscript. So when her friends urge her to accept the earl’s proposal of a temporary alliance, Ciara decides that she has no choice but to make a deal with the Devil. And so begins a seductive dance of sinful pleasures and hidden desires as the two of them waltz through the mansions of Mayfair. Lies, intrigue, treachery, sex. They find themselves facing slanderous whispers, unscrupulous relatives-not to speak of their own simmering passions, which quickly ignite into dangerous flames. It’s a potent mix and the result may be explosive-and perhaps deadly-if they don’t watch their step.

An Imperfect Witch (Witch Central Series: Book 1)

Fantasy > Paranormal & Urban
Author: Debora Geary
Regularly $3.99, Today $1.99
An Imperfect Witch (Witch Central Series: Book 1)

The tattoos on your heart matter more than the ones on your skin.

Two years ago, Lizard Monroe was Berkeley’s newest delinquent on parole. Now she’s a hot young realtor with a great life, an awesome guy, and enough friends to chase away the ghosts of her past.

Almost.

The crystal ball has spoken – life isn’t done messing with her yet. And neither is the need brewing in the eyes of the man she loves.

The eve of Halloween approaches. And whatever the sexy poet realtor wants to believe, moving beyond your past isn’t the same as facing the future.

Last Ape Standing

Biological Sciences > Paleontology
Author: Chip Walter
Regularly $20.99, Today $1.99
Last Ape Standing

Over the past 150 years scientists have discovered evidence that at least twenty-seven species of humans evolved on planet Earth. These weren’t simply variations on apes, but upright-walking humans who lived side by side, competing, cooperating, sometimes even mating with our direct ancestors.

Why did the line of ancient humans who eventually evolved into us survive when the others were shown the evolutionary door? Chip Walter draws on new scientific discoveries to tell the fascinating tale of how our survival was linked to our ancestors being born more prematurely than others, having uniquely long and rich childhoods, evolving a new kind of mind that made us resourceful and emotionally complex; how our highly social nature increased our odds of survival; and why we became self aware in ways that no other animal seems to be. 

Walk in Darkness – A Thriller (Jon Stanton Mysteries)

Mystery > Police Procedurals
Author: Victor Methos
Regularly $3.99, Today $1.99
Walk in Darkness - A Thriller (Jon Stanton Mysteries)

A KILLER HUNTS HIS VICTIMS . . .

A sinister executioner in the grip of frenzy. Self-realized with a penchant for butchery, he finds pleasure in the vicious murders of those most vulnerable and calls himself, The Sandman.

A DETECTIVE PULLED INTO A WORLD HE THOUGHT HE LEFT BEHIND . . .

It has been three years since Detective Jonathan Stanton solved the most brutal murder in San Diego’s history, and as a result found himself in the middle of the worst police corruption scandal in memory. Choosing a less high-profile position, Stanton is nevertheless reluctantly dragged into the violent world of The Sandman.

JON STANTON MEETS HIS EQUAL . . .

The Sandman is clever, ruthless, and cautious. He leaves no evidence in his wake and takes a morbid interest in those that chase him. Believing Stanton to be his parallel, he finds an affinity for the detective. One that Stanton may not survive . . .

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