Elissa Ambrose tops today’s Buffet with Sex, Lies & Hot Tubs, a novel that has it all —  romance, adultery, comedy, mystery, spying, teenager problems, secrets, and more comedy.

elissaOriginally from Montreal, Canada, Elissa now lives in Arizona with her computer-guru husband, Robert. Incidentally, it was Robert who inspired her to create Ellen, the Luddite character in Sex, Lies & Hot Tubs. 

Graduating with a degree in English literature, Elissa became a computer programmer before becoming the fiction editor at a literary journal. Working with so many talented writers inspired her to write her first novel, Journey of the Heart, which was published as a Silhouette Special Edition two years ago.

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Sex, Lies & Hot Tubs

Romance > Mystery & Suspense
Author: Elissa Ambrose
Sex, Lies & Hot Tubs

Meet Ellen Dunwell, doting wife, loving mother, high school teacher extaordinaire. She’s worried that her husband, the respected Dr. Jeffrey Dunwell, successful dermatologist, wonderful father, great lover, is having another affair.

A man of many interests, Jeffrey also dabbles in real estate. But Ellen won’t confront him about what she’s sure is his latest interest, his perky new lab assistant, Keeley Wilder. She doesn’t want to sound like a shrew, but worse, what if she’s right? As if that’s not bad enough, her friends don’t understand her, her neighbor’s son is a Peeping Tom, and her angst-ridden teenage daughter is stashing pot in her room and dating a control freak.

When Jeffrey suddenly disappears, Ellen nearly slips over the edge. Instead, she pulls herself together and sets out on a mission to find him–only to get caught up in a web of intrigue and danger, where nothing is as it seems and the stakes are her life.



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Through the Wildwood (The Legend of Vanx Malic)

Fantasy > Magic & Wizards
Author: M. R. Mathias
Through the Wildwood (The Legend of Vanx Malic)

 

A half-zythian bard named Vanx is in chains for bedding the Duchess of Highlake. The Duke wants him dead, but his wife secretly sent their daughter to buy his freedom from the slave markets. This is bad news, for bad things can happen to an ill guarded caravan in the mountains. When the duke’s mercenaries attack to kill the adulterous prisoner all hell breaks loose. Now, the only way Vanx and the Princess of Highlake can escape the duke and his men is if they can somehow make it through the Wildwood, a place that no one has ever returned from before…..

Joshua

Action & Adventure
Author: John Wilson
Joshua

He had to keep moving, that the man instinctively knew. He had to get away, from the rioting, the lawlessness, the killing. Away from the brutal gangs that ruled the highways. Then there was the boy that he found along the way, an orphan with no place to go. He couldn’t leave the child behind; that would be murder. Together they had to make their way across the razed landscape of post collapse America, west to where there was safety, a chance to begin again. If only they survived the journey.

Trifling

Literature & Fiction > African American > Urban
Author: Jennifer Luckett
Trifling

Being the fiance’ of a caked up hustler isn’t always sweet, but Sparkle keeps her game-face on. She resides in a nice home with her fiance’ Sayveon, an infamous, well known drug dealer. He has everything on lock from his hometown of Jackson, Mississippi to South Florida.
Because of Sayveon’s drug empire and lifestyle, Sparkle finds herself constantly being included in dramatic situations with his random chicks. He’s one of the most wanted men in the Dirty South by the ladies.Sayveon forces Sparkle to believe that if she’s that ‘ride or die’ chick, that he needs on his team, everything will end in her favor. However, unknown to Sayveon, Sparkle suddenly has a change of heart and falls in love with someone from her past.

As the many women compete with Sparkle for Sayveon’s love and affection—a trifling situation develops. Will Sparkle choose loyalty or happiness?

Artemis Rising

Fantasy > Arthurian
Author: Cheri Lasota
Artemis Rising

Eva must accept the tragic fate her mother has chosen for her, to be forever chained to the boy who will become the human form of the Greek river god. But Tristan, the Azorean Islander boy she loves, has willingly chosen another destiny, one fraught with just as much danger and sorrow. Are Eva and Tristan destined to live forever together but eternally apart? Diogo, an intense boy driven by a mysterious power, will drive them even further apart if they cannot find a way to break the curse they’ve fallen under.

40 Recipes For Chicken For Your Slow Cooker

Cookbooks, Food & Wine > Slow Cookers
Author: Pamela Kazmierczak
40 Recipes For Chicken For Your Slow Cooker - Including 10 Slow Cooker Chicken Wings Recipes (Easy Dinner Recipes - The Chicken Slow Cooker Recipes Collection)

Slow Cooker Chicken recipes are pretty easy, as are most recipes for the slow cooker. You will be able to start the meal and then walk away for many hours. It is not exactly quick for the total time, but the prep time and actual time you spend preparing the dish is not that long at all.

There are a total of 40 different slow cooker chicken recipes inside this book. All of these would fall into the category of recipes for dinner, although, the leftovers would be excellent for lunch or brunch the next day.

  • BBQ Chicken Wings
  • Spicy Honey Garlic Chicken Wings
  • Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings
  • Hot and Spicy Chicken Wings
  • Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings
  • & 5 More Chicken Wings Recipes

This book also has 30 more traditional chicken recipes.

The Yogi’s Curse: A Magic Fantasy Action Adventure #2 (Zoe & Zak Series)

Children’s eBooks > Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths
Author: Lars Guignard
The Yogi's Curse: A Magic Fantasy Action Adventure #2 (Zoe & Zak Series)

Zoe and Zak are two kids who’ve just had their world turned upside down. Their parents have sent them off to the Himalayan mountains to go to boarding school in India, all of which might seem fun, except for the fact that the school itself is a little strange.

At Moonstock Himalayan Academy, students ride elephants instead of school buses, snarling monkeys work as security guards, and angry parrots monitor the halls. But living with a bunch of other kids their own age can be a lot of fun too, or at least it seems that way until Zoe’s roommate goes missing. Following the directions written on a steamy bathroom mirror,  Zoe and Zak fly through the clouds on their newly acquired magic carpet to learn that the two of them have been chosen to lift the Yogi’s Curse.

It’s not going to be easy. Zoe and Zak don’t even know what the Yogi’s Curse is let alone how to lift it, but like it or not, they soon discover that a whole lot of people are depending on them.

Now, if they’re going to save the day, Zoe and Zak are going to have to fool the monkey guards, avoid the nasty parrots, and maybe even develop a supernatural power or two. Because lurking beneath their new school is a powerful new enemy. And if Zoe and Zak can’t stop him, nobody can.

The Hand That Feeds

Horror > Science Fiction > Post-Apocalyptic
Author: Michael W. Garza
The Hand That Feeds: A Horror Novel

How far will a parent go to keep their child alive? John and Angela Mason’s lives are brought to a tormenting halt when their ten year old son is reduced to a lifeless shell. John watches his wife slip into madness as his son rises from the dead. He realizes they must escape the terrifying infection in order to survive but how can he choose between the insanity consuming his wife and the undying hunger of his son. An appetite for death will come in one form or another and it will be left to John to decide on the hand that feeds.

Released (Romani Realms)

Paranormal Romance > Steampunk
Author: Mia Fox
Released (Romani Realms)

The discovery of an ancient bottle unleashes a Genie – and the wrath of the Demon Gypsies chasing her…

When Suzette (“Suki”) is released from her bottle by two teen girls, she is more than a bit surprised that a Genie of her calibre is beholden to two average high school students. After dealing with dignitaries and noblemen, however, she believes this will be a welcome break.

Until she discovers the teens’ hidden powers and that one will come to possess the Amulet of Pollox, a necklace that contains the secrets from some of the greatest minds throughout history. Unfortunately, she’s not the only one who notices. The Amulet draws the attention of the two powerful and vengeful Demon Gypsies who have pursued Suki through time and will stop at nothing to snatch the girls and the Amulet.

Suddenly, Suki is not just helping the girls navigate high school crushes, she’s safeguarding them from danger unlike anything they’ve ever known.

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Japantown: A Thriller (A Jim Brodie Novel)

International Mystery & Crime
Author: Barry Lancet
Regularly $9.99, Today $1.99
Japantown: A Thriller (A Jim Brodie Novel)

San Francisco antiques dealer Jim Brodie recently inherited a stake in his father’s Tokyo-based private investigation firm, which means the single father of six-year-old Jenny is living a busy intercontinental life, traveling to Japan to acquire art and artifacts for his store and con­sulting on Brodie Security’s caseload at home and abroad.

One night, an entire family is gunned down in San Francisco’s bustling Japantown neighbor­hood, and Brodie is called on by the SFPD to decipher the lone clue left at the crime scene: a unique Japanese character printed on a slip of paper drenched in blood.

Brodie can’t read the clue. But he may have seen it before—at the scene of his wife’s death in a house fire four years ago.

With his deep array of Asian connections and fluency in Japanese, Brodie sets out to solve a seemingly perfect crime and at the same time learn whether his wife’s tragic death was more than just an accident. And as he unravels a web of intrigue stretching back centuries and con­nected to the murders in San Francisco, the Japantown killer retaliates with a new target: Brodie’s daughter.

The New Geography of Jobs

Careers > Guides
Author: Enrico Moretti
Regularly $15.95, Today $1.99
The New Geography of Jobs

We’re used to thinking of the United States in opposing terms: red versus blue, haves versus have-nots. But today there are three Americas. At one extreme are the brain hubs—cities like San Francisco, Boston, and Durham—with workers who are among the most productive, creative, and best paid on the planet. At the other extreme are former manufacturing capitals, which are rapidly losing jobs and residents. The rest of America could go either way. For the past thirty years, the three Americas have been growing apart at an accelerating rate. This divergence is one the most important developments in the history of the United States and is reshaping the very fabric of our society, affecting all aspects of our lives, from health and education to family stability and political engagement. But the winners and losers aren’t necessarily who you’d expect.

Enrico Moretti’s groundbreaking research shows that you don’t have to be a scientist or an engineer to thrive in one of the brain hubs. Carpenters, taxi-drivers, teachers, nurses, and other local service jobs are created at a ratio of five-to-one in the brain hubs, raising salaries and standard of living for all. Dealing with this split—supporting growth in the hubs while arresting the decline elsewhere—is the challenge of the century, and The New Geography of Jobs lights the way.

How to Archer: The Ultimate Guide to Espionage, Style, Women, and Cocktails Ever Written

Humor > Parodies
Author: Sterling Archer
Regularly $9.99, Today $2.99
How to Archer: The Ultimate Guide to Espionage, Style, Women, and Cocktails Ever Written

Lying is like 95% of what I do. But believe me: in this book, I’ll let you know exactly how to become a master spy just like me. Obviously, you won’t be as good at it as I am, but that’s because you’re you, and I’m Sterling Archer.

I know, I know, it sucks not being me.

But don’t beat yourself up about it, because I’m going to show you all the good stuff—what to wear; what to drink; how to seduce women (and, when necessary, men); how to beat up men (and, when necessary, women); how to tell the difference between call girls and hookers (hint: when they’re dead, they’re just hookers) and everything about weapons, secret devices, lying ex-girlfriends, and turtlenecks. In a word? How to Archer.

McNally’s Secret (The Archy McNally Series, Book 1)

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: Lawrence Sanders
Regularly $7.99, Today $1.99
McNally's Secret (The Archy McNally Series, 1)

New York Times bestselling author Lawrence Sanders introduces his most disarming detective in this powerhouse novel of passion, murder, and unabashed greed.

Inveterate playboy Archy McNally gets paid to make discreet inquiries for Palm Beach’s power elite. But keeping their dirty little secrets buried will take some fancy footwork in McNally’s latest case.

A block of priceless 1918 US airmail stamps has gone missing from a high-society matron’s wall safe. Lady Cynthia Horowitz, now on her sixth husband, is a nasty piece of work who lives in a mansion that looks like Gone With the Wind’s Tara transplanted to southern Florida. McNally’s search takes him into a thickening maze of sex, lies, scandal, and blackmail. When passion erupts into murder and McNally must dig even deeper to uncover the truth, he unearths a shocking secret that could expose his own family’s skeletons.

Tragic

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: Robert K. Tanenbaum
Regularly $9.99, Today $1.99
Tragic

New York Times bestselling author Robert K. Tanenbaum takes legal suspense to dramatic new heights—when his hero, District Attorney Butch Karp, goes up against a ruthless union leader with too much power, too many secrets, and too many enemies to silence . . . or kill.

Prizefighter tough. Street-hustler smart. Pit-bull vicious. Longshoremen’s union leader Charlie Vitteli is like a cold-blooded villain straight out of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Busting heads on the docks of New York as a brash union organizer, taking no prisoners as the newest president of the North Ameri­can Brotherhood of Stevedores, Vitteli clawed his way to the top of the heap—and no one’s going to take him down now. Not if they value their lives.

Like Vince Carlotta. The union boss’s fiercest rival has accused Vitteli of embezzlement, election rigging, and other abuses—and even called him a crook at a union meeting. Now Carlotta is just another corpse on the waterfront—allegedly gunned down by an armed robber. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that Vitteli is somehow involved. But proving it is a whole other story.

Enter District Attorney Butch Karp and his wife, Marlene Ciampi. Drawn into the case by a friend who manages the East Village Women’s Shelter, Marlene speaks to the abused girlfriend of a man who may or may not have been hired to kill Carlotta. Marlene follows her lead to three different assassins contracted for the hit. But connecting them to Vitteli—and proving it in court—could be the death of anyone who tries . . . unless Karp can uncover the one tragic flaw that could bring down the curtain on this Shakespearean villain once and for all.

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