Mystery and thriller author John Michael Hileman tops today’s Buffet with Messages, the first installment in his “David Chance” supernatural suspense series. After its release in December 2013, the book climbed to the No. 1 spot on Amazon’s Kindle bestseller list.

John describes his fiction as “contemporary pop fantasy with a spiritual twist” and “adrenaline-packed supernatural mysteries from a Christian world-view.”

After serving in the U.S. Army, John started a small 3D animation company. From there, he was hired as production director for a television station, where he oversaw the production of three semi-national television programs. In his spare time, he authored his first book, VRIN: ten mortal gods, followed by Messages and Unseen.

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Messages (David Chance Series, Book 1)

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: John Michael Hileman
Messages: Book 1 in the David Chance Series (Suspense, Mystery, Thriller)

David Chance can see messages in the sea of words around him, messages that warn him of future events.

Words are everywhere– on labels, magazines, sign posts, t-shirts– everywhere. And as much as David Chance would like to hide from them, he can’t. Words keep leaping off objects around him, forming messages in his mind. But how is this possible? Has his brain suddenly taken an evolutionary leap forward, or are the mysterious messages proof of divine intervention?

Driven to answer a question he’d long ago abandoned, and stalked by the killer he’s trying to stop, David risks everything to follow the messages to a dirty bomb set to go off in the heart of Boston. But can he trust the author of the messages to protect him from a terrorist who seems to know his every move.



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Love’s Refuge

Romance > Mystery & Suspense
Author: Sandra Leesmith
Love's Refuge

Skye Larsen loves her peaceful life on Leeza Island in Puget Sound – the tranquility, the friendly neighbors, and especially the safety from big-city dangers. So when cruel pranks start to escalate and changes threaten to overtake the island, Skye is determined to fight for her haven. The presence of a handsome vacationer and the unexpected feelings he awakens can’t distract her from her goal.

Danny Fraser doesn’t realize how desperately he needs a rest until he meets Skye. By allowing him to glimpse her simple way of life, she helps him reorient his priorities – and steals his heart in the process. But his work and home in Seattle keep Skye at bay.

An isolated island girl with painful memories. A dedicated city boy with a wild past. What will it cost for them both to find a refuge from their storms?

What Once Was Perfect (Wardham Series, Book 1)

Romance > Contemporary
Author: Zoe York
What Once Was Perfect (The Wardham Series)

She shuttered her heart and walked away…

Heading home always stirs up mixed emotions for Laney Calhoun. Twelve years ago she left for graduate school, broken-hearted. She’s found professional success, but positive personal relationships have proved elusive. Running into her ex-boyfriend fans flames she thought long extinguished, renews her interest in love. Not with Kyle, of course. Never again. But as sparks fly and items of clothing disappear, she scrambles to lock down her heart.

…Now he has a second chance to get it right.

Kyle Nixon let Laney slip away once. Their chemistry together is undeniable, but a few days of steamy sex over the Christmas holidays won’t be enough to convince her to let him back into her heart. Even if she did trust him again, her life as Dr. Calhoun is a day’s drive away from the hometown that he loves–the world he once chose over her.

Creatures of Appetite

Psychological Thrillers
Author: Todd Travis
Creatures of Appetite

They call it The Heartland Child Murders. Everyone else calls it a nightmare. Locked doors don’t stop him. He leaves no trace behind. He only takes little girls. His nickname… The Iceman.

A deranged serial killer roams wintry rural Nebraska with a demented purpose no one can fathom. Special Agent EMMA KANE, a former DC cop and damaged goods now with the FBI, is assigned to babysit burnt-out profiler JACOB THORNE, once the best in the business but now said to have lost his edge, as they both fly to Nebraska to catch this maniac.

Thorne is erratic, abrasive and unpredictably brilliant, but what he and Kane find in the heartland is much more than anyone bargained for, especially when the Iceman challenges them personally. The clock is ticking and a little girl’s life is on the line.

And maybe even more than that, once they find out what he’s really up to.

The Witch On Twisted Oak

Romantic Suspense > Paranormal
Author: Susan C. Muller
The Witch On Twisted Oak (Paranormal Romantic Suspense)

A powerful psychic is brutally murdered. Secrets are revealed. An old enemy is out for revenge.

Detective Ruben Marquez is thrust back into his childhood memories when he investigates a gruesome murder that occurs only feet from his mother’s home. Is the killer somehow connected to his own past? Is the beautiful, mysterious daughter of the victim, someone he can trust? Or is her revelation that she’s a witch a sign he should stay clear. But how can he, when it appears she’s next on the murderer’s to-do list?

In the ultimate test of courage, he uses himself as bait to protect all he holds dear . . . his career, his family, and the Witch on Twisted Oak.

Yoga For Beginners: Lose Weight, Gain Strength and Meditate

Exercise & Fitness > Yoga
Author: Jessica Sullivan
Yoga For Beginners - How to Lose Weight, Gain Strength and Meditate with Yoga Poses (Introduction to Yoga, Meditation, Weight Loss)

Before I discovered Yoga, I was always tired, unhappy with my body, my flexibility was horrible and my emotional wellbeing was not always the healthiest. Ladies, you know what I am talking about. Those days of not being happy with how you look, how you feel, your emotions getting the best of you, or just being in a funk for no reason. It was so frustrating at times. Meanwhile, my girlfriends who did Yoga were always so spunky, happy and positive that it finally drew me in.

You will learn what Yoga is really about and what it can do for you. Here are some of things you will learn in my book:

• What is Yoga
• Yoga as a weight loss tool
• How Yoga can benefit your life on many fronts
• Basic poses and instructions
• Clearing your mind of distractions with Yoga

Almost a Bride (Wyoming Wildflowers, Book 1)

Romantic Comedy
Author: Patricia McLinn
Almost a Bride (Wyoming Wildflowers  Book 1)

Dave Currick was everything Matty Brennan wanted for as along as she could remember. Right up until he broke her heart six years ago. Now that she’s returned to Wyoming for good, what she wants more than anything is to save her family’s ranch. Even if that means swallowing her pride and asking Dave to marry her.

Matty’s up to something – Dave knows that much. Just as he knows that Matty needs help, so of course he’ll provide it, just as he has all her life. Doing what’s best for Matty is second nature. Even when it comes to marrying her in name only. Although he can’t resist one hot-blooded kiss after the I-dos.

Maybe – just maybe – his Matty will become more to him than Almost a Bride.

Foreign Deceit (A David Wolf Novel)

International Mystery & Crime
Author: Jeff Carson
Foreign Deceit (A David Wolf Novel)(Second Edition)

Sergeant David Wolf is a good cop in the small ski resort town of Rocky Points, Colorado. A good cop who’s seen bad days before. But none like this.

As if a harrowing attempt on his life, his ex-addict wife coming back into the picture, and a looming career change weren’t enough, his world is turned when he receives word his brother has committed suicide in the Alps of Italy.

Devastation and resentment over his only sibling’s selfish act quickly gives way to a nagging suspicion that he isn’t getting the whole truth. Conviction alone is enough to pull Wolf from his pressing events at home to the entirely foreign land of Northern Italy, and into a more deadly situation than he could have possibly imagined.

TODAY’S BARGAINS……………What’s this?

My Notorious Life: A Novel

Literary Fiction > Historical
Author: Kate Manning
Regularly $9.99, Today $1.99
My Notorious Life: A Novel

A brilliant rendering of a scandalous historical figure, Kate Manning’s My Notorious Life is an ambitious, thrilling novel introducing Axie Muldoon, a fiery heroine for the ages. Axie’s story begins on the streets of 1860s New York. The impoverished child of Irish immigrants, she grows up to become one of the wealthiest and most controversial women of her day.

In vivid prose, Axie recounts how she is forcibly separated from her mother and siblings, apprenticed to a doctor, and how she and her husband parlay the sale of a few bottles of “Lunar Tablets for Female Complaint” into a thriving midwifery business. Flouting convention and defying the law in the name of women’s reproductive rights, Axie rises from grim tenement rooms to the splendor of a mansion on Fifth Avenue, amassing wealth while learning over and over never to trust a man who says “trust me.”

When her services attract outraged headlines, Axie finds herself on a collision course with a crusading official—Anthony Comstock, founder of the Society for the Suppression of Vice. It will take all of Axie’s cunning and power to outwit him in the fight to preserve her freedom and everything she holds dear.

Inspired by the true history of an infamous female physician who was once called “the Wickedest Woman in New York,” My Notorious Life is a mystery, a family saga, a love story, and an exquisitely detailed portrait of nineteenth-century America. Axie Muldoon’s inimitable voice brings the past alive, and her story haunts and enlightens the present.

Bittersweet

Romance > Contemporary
Author: Noelle Adams
Regularly $9.99, Today $0.99
Bittersweet

Love is the last thing on Zoe’s mind. Widowed at only twenty-six, she’s just trying to get through one lonely day at a time as she grieves her late husband, and finds the energy to take care of her infant son.

As Zoe bravely tries to hold herself together, her husband’s cousin and business partner, Adam, offers his support and friendship. Shattered by her loss, Zoe is distant and resentful at first, but Adam gently persists, and Zoe’s reserve soon begins to crumble…

Adam knows that Zoe needs time to heal but finds himself more and more attracted to her. He knows he must not act on these forbidden feelings, but they just won’t go away…

The Gift

Science Fiction > High Tech
Author: Dave Donovan
Regularly $9.99, Today $1.99
The Gift

When high-level governmental programmer Sam Steele is called into his office on his day off, he quickly finds himself at the center of a battle for humanity itself. An alien entity is heading straight for Earth, and an elite team of specialists has been assembled to attempt to make first contact. But despite Steele’s expertise, Colonel Eric Web, his superior and longtime thorn in his side, makes it clear he doesn’t want him there.

The aliens that arrive represent a long-dead race and say they’ve come to help humans defend themselves against an imminent threat, but their help will come with a price. Now the future of humanity hangs in the balance between two men: Web, the regimented, hubristic military man, and Steele, a brilliant man broken by loss and tragedy.

As the team races the clock to try to divine their visitors’ complex instructions, they struggle with infighting and, ultimately, the question of what it means to be human.

MORTAL SIN (The Jake Lassiter Series)

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: Paul Levine
Regularly $3.99, Today $1.99
MORTAL SIN (The Jake Lassiter Series)

Jake Lassiter has a dangerous conflict of interest. He’s sleeping with Nicky Florio’s wife…and defending the mob-connected millionaire in court. Florio has hatched a scheme deep in the Florida Everglades that oozes corruption, blood, and money. One false move, and Jake will be gator bait.

COLOR MY HORSE

Literature & Fiction
Author: Bev Pettersen
Regularly $4.99, Today $1.99
COLOR MY HORSE (Romantic Mystery)

A disillusioned heiress is catapulted from the glamorous world of Alpine skiing into the cutthroat trenches of Thoroughbred racing.

The hunky trainer’s job now includes babysitting a manipulative owner’s rebellious granddaughter. She’s the last thing this horse-loving loner needs…but she turns into the only thing he really wants.

Sparks fly. Romance blooms. Danger threatens them all!

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