Two-time RITA Finalist and Holt Medallion winner Karen Witemeyer tops today’s Buffet with Head in the Clouds, tale of romance in America’s West. This story first appeared as a hardcover in 2010. Teacher Adelaide Proctor follows Henry Belcher to Fort Worth, Tex., but discovers her Prince Charming is a rogue.

Karen writes historical romance fiction for Bethany House, believing that the world needs more happily-ever-afters. She is an avid cross-stitcher, shower singer, and bakes a mean apple cobbler. Karen makes her home in Abilene, Texas, with her husband and three children. She holds a master’s degree in Psychology from Abilene Christian University

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Head in the Clouds

Christian Fiction > Historical Romance
Author: Karen Witemeyer
Head in the Clouds

Adelaide Proctor is a young woman with her head in the clouds, longing for a real-life storybook hero to claim as her own. But when a husband-hunting debacle leaves her humiliated, she interviews for a staid governess position on a central Texas sheep ranch and vows to leave her romantic yearnings behind.

When Gideon Westcott left his privileged life in England to make a name for himself in America’s wool industry, he never expected to become a father overnight. And five-year-old Isabella hasn’t uttered a word since she lost her mother. The unconventionality of the new governess concerns Gideon–and intrigues him at the same time. But he can’t afford distractions. He has a ranch to run, a shearing to oversee, and a suspicious fence-cutting to investigate.

When Isabella’s uncle comes to claim the child–and her inheritance–Gideon and Adelaide must work together to protect Isabella from the man’s evil schemes. And soon neither can deny their growing attraction. But after so many heartbreaks, will Adelaide be willing to get her head out of the clouds and put her heart on the line?



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The Dream Jumper’s Promise

Horror > Occult
Author: Kim Hornsby
The Dream Jumper's Promise (Dream Jumper Series)

Tina Greene can’t accept the presumed surfing death of her husband, Hank. Months after signing the death certificate, she trades mourning for saving her Maui dive shop from bankruptcy. When Jamey Dunn walks back into her life things take a strange turn. Dreams of Hank have the dive instructor questioning her sanity and leaning heavily on Hank’s best friend, Noble. Jamey and Noble clash at every turn, both desperate to help Tina.

When Jamey suspects Tina’s strange dreams hold clues to Hank’s disappearance, he must reveal his unusual ability to visit dreams. Trusting the man who once betrayed her doesn’t come easily when the decision to let Jamey enter her subconscious has a price. As Tina, Noble and Jamey decipher the mystery of Hank’s disappearance, grave danger sets in to reveal that one person is a traitor, one is flirting with insanity and one is an impostor.

Tankbread

Science Fiction > Post-Apocalyptic
Author: Paul Mannering
Tankbread

Ten years ago humanity lost the war for survival.

Now intelligent zombies rule the world. Feeding the undead of a steady diet of cloned people called Tankbread, the survivors live in a dangerous world on the brink of final extinction.

One outlaw courier must go on a journey through the post-apocalyptic wasteland of Australia. Fighting his way into the very heart of the apocalypse in the desperate search for a way to save the last humans and destroy the undead threat.

His only companion is a girl with an extraordinary secret. Her name is Else, and she’s Tankbread.

The Power of Zero: How to Get to the 0% Tax Bracket and Transform Your Retirement

Personal Finance > Retirement Planning
Author: David McKnight
The Power of Zero: How to Get to the 0% Tax Bracket and Transform Your Retirement

There’s a massive freight train bearing down on the average American investor, and it’s coming in the form of higher taxes. The United States Government has made trillions of dollars in promises for programs like Social Security and Medicare it simply can’t afford to keep. The only way to deliver on these promises is to raise taxes. It’s simple math. Some experts have even suggested that tax rates have to double just to keep our country solvent. Unfortunately, if you’re like most Americans, you’ve saved the majority of your retirement assets in tax-deferred vehicles like 401(k)s and IRAs. If tax rates go up, how much of your hard-earned money will you really get to keep?

David McKnight provides you with a step-by-step roadmap on how to get to the 0% tax bracket, effectively eliminating tax rate risk from your retirement picture. Why is the 0% tax bracket so powerful? Because if tax rates double, two times zero is still zero!

The day of reckoning is fast approaching. Are you ready to do what it takes to experience the power of zero?

Table for One: The Savvy Girl’s Guide to Singleness

Christian Living > Women’s Issues
Author: Camerin Courtney
Table for One: The Savvy Girl's Guide to Singleness

A happy, successful, God-pleasing life comes in a variety of packages. “And contrary to what our churches, married friends, society, and nosy Aunt Marge may tell us, that includes singleness.”

In this up-front book packed with girl talk and plenty of pep, Camerin Courtney reveals how she transformed from a self-conscious single girl to an I-am-single-hear-me-roar woman. While she admits that she still has “singleness stinks” days, Courtney doesn’t indulge in pity parties or offer readers a guide on finding Mr. Right. Table for One is, instead, an optimistic, up-beat look at the many emotions, expectations, joys, frustrations, and privileges of singleness. It shows how to dive into God’s plan and purposes for this phase of life–whether it lasts for four years or forever.

Rocky Mountain Oasis (The Shepherd’s Heart)

Christian Fiction > Romance > Western & Frontier
Author: Lynnette Bonner
Rocky Mountain Oasis (The Shepherd's Heart - Christian Historical Romance)

He’s different from any man she’s ever known. However, she’s sworn never to risk her heart again. Brooke Baker, sold as a mail-order bride, looks to her future with dread but firm resolve. If she survived Uncle Jackson, she can survive anyone.

When Sky Jordan hears that his nefarious cousin has sent for a mail-order bride, he knows he has to prevent the marriage. No woman deserves to be left to that fate. Still, he’s as surprised as anyone to find himself standing next to her before the minister.

Brooke’s new husband turns out to be kinder than any man has ever been. But then the unthinkable happens and she holds the key that might save innocent lives but destroy Sky all in one fell swoop. It’s a choice too unbearable to contemplate…but a choice that must be made.

Too Much Sun

Coming of Age > Fiction Classics
Author: Lee Olds
Too Much Sun (a coming of age classic)

The astonishing first novel about a runaway kid in Alaska. The beautifully written tale of Barry Douglas, who runs away from his stifling home and rich parents to live by his own means in the freedom and beauty of the wild frontier of Alaska. Barry gets a tough job cutting brush at a remote mining camp and finds release from the gruelling labor with sex, cold beer, and jazz. In the local town he meets Mary, a half Eskimo prostitute with whom he discovers both love and tragedy. 

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Turn of Mind

Literary Fiction > Thrillers
Author: Alice LaPlante
Regularly $15.00, Today $1.99
Turn of Mind

A stunning first novel, both literary and thriller, about a retired orthopedic surgeon with dementia, Turn of Mind has already received worldwide attention. With unmatched patience and a pulsating intensity, Alice LaPlante brings us deep into a brilliant woman’s deteriorating mind, where the impossibility of recognizing reality can be both a blessing and a curse.

As the book opens, Dr. Jennifer White’s best friend, Amanda, who lived down the block, has been killed, and four fingers surgically removed from her hand. Dr. White is the prime suspect and she herself doesn’t know whether she did it. Told in White’s own voice, fractured and eloquent, a picture emerges of the surprisingly intimate, complex alliance between these life-long friends—two proud, forceful women who were at times each other’s most formidable adversaries. As the investigation into the murder deepens and White’s relationships with her live-in caretaker and two grown children intensify, a chilling question lingers: is White’s shattered memory preventing her from revealing the truth or helping her to hide it?

A startling portrait of a disintegrating mind clinging to bits of reality through anger, frustration, shame, and unspeakable loss, Turn of Mind is a remarkable debut that examines the deception and frailty of memory and how it defines our very existence.

The Birthday Scandal

Historical Romance > Regency
Author: Leigh Michaels
Regularly $9.99, Today $1.99
The Birthday Scandal

A Regency birthday party leads to love—and scandal!When Lucien, Isabelle, and Emily are invited to their great-uncle’s seventieth birthday party, they hope the elderly duke’s promise to make their lives easier means they’ll be receiving cash. What they don’t expect to find is love…and scandal!

Lucien, incensed by his father’s announcement that he’s marrying a girl even younger than Lucien, resolves to convince the bride to back out—no matter what it takes. After a year of a marriage of convenience, Isabel is horrified to find her husband occupying the room next door—and making it clear he intends to move into her bed. And Emily, disillusioned by the whole notion of marriage after the death of her fiancé, decides it’s time to take a lover instead…

Alien Honor (A Fenris Novel)

Science Fiction > Adventure
Author: Vaughn Heppner
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Alien Honor (A Fenris Novel)

2457 AD. Premier Lang is a dictator ruling a solar system in crisis. The human race is still haunted by the Doom Star days, and millions dwell in slums below Earth’s surface. The pristine star system of New Eden is a beacon of hope —but it is 230 light years away. Getting there will be a challenge unlike any ever attempted by mankind. Only with the help of “Specials,” human telepaths who can create rips in space, will the ship stand a chance of traveling the vast distance.

But when one telepath makes a disastrous deal with an alien enemy, the entire mission takes a deadly turn. Can a fledgling Special with steely street smarts save humanity as the dwindling crew makes the final, frightening leap toward New Eden?

An inspired work of sci-fi adventure and combat, Alien Honor delivers a thrilling showdown between humans and a terrifying alien menace.

Karma Gone Bad: How I Learned to Love Mangos, Bollywood and Water Buffalo

Biographies & Memoirs > Ethnic & National
Author: Jenny Feldon
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Karma Gone Bad: How I Learned to Love Mangos, Bollywood and Water Buffalo

In the tradition of Holy Cow and Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven, a fascinating travel memoir of finding yourself in the India of rickshaws and rainy seasons.

Jenny was miserable, and it was all India’s fault…until she realized it wasn’t.
When Jenny’s husband gets transferred to India for work, she looks forward to a new life filled with glamorous expat friends and exciting adventures. What she doesn’t expect is endless bouts of food poisoning, buffalo in the streets, and crippling loneliness in one of the most densely populated countries in the world.

Ten thousand miles away from home, Jenny struggles to fight off depression and anger as her sense of self and her marriage begin to unravel. But after months of bitterness and takeout pizza, Jenny realizes what the universe has been trying to tell her all along: India doesn’t need to change. She does. Equal parts frustration, absurdity, and revelation, this is the true story of a Starbucks-loving city girl finding beauty in the chaos and making her way in the land of karma.

Sandstorm (Sigma Force Novels)

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: James Rollins
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Sandstorm (Sigma Force Novels)

The explosive first adventure in James Rollins’ bestselling Sigma Force series.

A freak explosion in the British museum in London ignites a perilous race for an earth-shaking power source buried deep beneath the sands of history. Painter Crowe is an agent for Sigma Force, a covert arm of the Defense Department tasked with keeping dangerous scientific discoveries out of enemy hands. When an ancient artifact points the way toward the legendary “Atlantis of the Sands,” Painter must travel across the world in search of the lost city-and a destructive power beyond imagining.

But Painter has competition. A band of ruthless mercenaries, led by a former friend and ally, are also intent on claiming the prize, and they will destroy anyone who gets in their way.

Ancient history collides with cutting-edge science-with the safety of the world at stake!

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