RITA Award winner Inglath Cooper tops today’s Buffet with her newest contemporary romance, Good Guys Love Dogs. Her books have been described as a combination of Danielle Steel meets Luanne Rice.

inglathInglath says, “I love character-driven books that leave me feeling as if I’ve really known these people and make me wish I didn’t have to turn the last page.”

Inglath most often writes stories about love and life that are set in small Virginia towns like the one where she grew up. “I like to think the flavor of my hometown shows up in my books, both in their setting and through the characters who people it.”

Outside of writing, Inglath is actively involved in dog rescue, working with her local Humane Society to place dogs and cats in need of rehoming. She volunteers her time in every capacity possible: serving on the Board of Directors, fundraising, photographing dogs and cats available for adoption and serving as a foster home.

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Good Guys Love Dogs

Romance > Contemporary
Author: Inglath Cooper
Good Guys Love Dogs: Plus 15 Chapters of Jane Austen Girl

Desperate father Ian McKinley moves his delinquent teenage son to the small Virginia town of Keeling Creek, a place very unlike the New York City life he has been leading. Love takes him by surprise when he falls for Colby Williams, a woman unlike anyone he has ever been drawn to, a small town vet with a heart for animals and a fierce love for a teenage daughter she is also struggling to raise.

But Colby has a secret in her past, a secret she’s not sure her daughter will ever forgive her for. And as for Ian McKinley, he seems too good to be true. If she had learned anything from the one time she had thrown her heart fully into love, it was that it didn’t last.



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Summer Dreams

Literature & Fiction > Hispanic American
Author: Hebby Roman
Summer Dreams

Where else but in her beloved New Mexico would Natalia Colon want to spend a summer—preferably in the strong arms of her macho childhood friend, Esteban Montalvo. But when she arrives home, hurting from a broken engagement, Natalia discovers her childhood pal has become a minor league baseball player who has ambitions to make the big league; and with his dark, athletic good looks, is attracting women like bees to honey. She fears he’d never be interested in a bookish school teacher like her.

But how wrong she is! Esteban has been secretly in love with Natalia from the time they were children, but he worries his love isn’t good enough for her. Can he win Natalia’s heart . . . with a soul-searing romance that fulfills all of her summer dreams.

Quest

Teen & Young Adult > Science Fiction & Fantasy
Author: Laura Masciarelli
Quest

Seventeen-year-old Ty Scalisi falls hard for Ashi, the enigmatic, brown-eyed beauty he meets in Bhutan, where he has joined his father’s archaeology team, skipping across the globe in search of the treasure of the Knights Templar. With their team of academics, Ty and his father manage to gain access to the descendants of a select group of priestly families, closely guarding a 2000-year-old secret, not only to wealth, but to bliss, enlightenment, and the keys to unfathomable power.

As Ty and the team follow the trail they are hunted down and attacked by mysterious rogues who will do anything to keep the secret hidden.

Cold A Long Time

True Crime > Mystery
Author: John Leake
Cold A Long Time: An Alpine Mystery

In August of 1989, Duncan MacPherson–a pro hockey player from Saskatoon, Canada–vanished without a trace in Europe. With no help from the police, his parents, Lynda and Bob, drove all over the Alps looking for him, and finally found his car at the Stubai Glacier, a popular ski resort near Innsbruck, Austria. Thus began their twenty-year struggle to discover why their son had disappeared after snowboarding on a beginner slope. Had he, as the local police suggested, wandered off the beaten track and died in a remote area, or had he been the victim of something sinister?

In the course of their search, the MacPhersons encountered an extraordinary cast of characters, including a 5,000-year-old ice mummy, an amnesiac initially thought to be Duncan, a renowned psychic with a startling vision, a charismatic ski resort developer, and a deceptively friendly forensic doctor. In 2009 they asked author John Leake to help them with their ongoing search for answers, and after a two-year investigation, he discovered the shocking reality of what happened to Duncan.

The Tilian Virus (The Pandemic Sequence, Book 1)

Horror > Occult
Author: Tom Calen
The Tilian Virus (The Pandemic Sequence Book 1)

The virus spread quicker than anyone could have imagined. Within days, over half the world’s population became infected. Now a small band of survivors, led by high school teacher Mike Allard, must learn to live in a world ravaged by the deadly victims of the Tilian Virus.

Weaving together two separate time frames, The Tilian Virus is a tale of humankind’s most dire hour. Faced with imminent elimination, humanity’s last glimmers struggle to break through the darkness of a pandemic the world has never before experienced.

THE JESUIT PAPERS

Action & Adventure
Author: A.B. Fowler
THE JESUIT PAPERS

Kat Hamilton is in big trouble. While seeking her missing father, she is arrested in Asunción and forced to decode a mysterious Jesuit journal in order to continue her search. A slim clue from its ancient pages leads her into the dark heart of the Chaco—the jungle Paraguayan natives call the Green Hell—where she must defy a jealous deity who stands guard over a hidden treasure. Before it’s over, she encounters intrigue, treachery, ancient civilizations and unexpected romance.

The Match

Short Stories > Romance
Author: Quent Cordair
The Match

Elizabeth thinks that her boyfriend, the detective, may be ready to propose, but when conversation takes an unexpected turn, she must decide how much to reveal about a collection of books and an encounter with the law on a night when life and death hung in the balance.

TODAY’S BARGAINS……………What’s this?

Dying for Justice (A Detective Jackson Mystery)

Thrillers > Crime
Author: L.J. Sellers
Regularly $9.99, Today $1.99
Dying for Justice (A Detective Jackson Mystery)

Ten years ago, Hector Vargas confessed to the cold-blooded murder of Detective Wade Jackson’s parents. Now, facing his own death, Vargas has reached out from prison to declare his innocence. Armed with the shocking new truth that dirty cops railroaded Vargas, Jackson must revisit the painful past to get justice for his parents—and jail the ruthless killer.

Meanwhile, Gina Stahl awakens from a two-year coma with a chilling message on her lips: He tried to kill me. Now Detective Lara Evans must probe the young woman’s desperate claim that her near death was not failed suicide, but attempted murder.

As their investigations intersect, Jackson tangles with his estranged brother, hunts a loan shark turned philanthropist, and confronts his parents’ long-buried secrets, while Evans contends with a relentless reporter, shadows a fellow cop with a dangerous reputation, and struggles with her feelings for Jackson. But the more dark revelations they make, the deadlier the resistance they face from a killer terrified of losing everything…and willing to stop at nothing.

The Maverick & the Manhattanite (Montana Mavericks)

Romance > Contemporary
Author: Leanne Banks
Regularly $4.99, Today $0.99
The Maverick & the Manhattanite (Montana Mavericks: Rust Creek Cowboys)

USA TODAY bestselling author Leanne Banks returns to Rust Creek Falls, the setting for the popular Montana Mavericks: Rust Creek Cowboys, where a cowboy is sure to find love—when he least expects it!

Ever since volunteer coordinator Lissa Roarke rolled into town with her fancy luggage and metropolitan attitude, Sheriff Gage Christensen has been fit to be tied. Everything about Lissa seems to rub Gage the wrong way. She talks too fast, she’s too bossy, she’s just too…darned…irritating. And readers, you know what that means. It’s only a matter of time before these two squawking opposites find their way—together!

But there’s a rough road ahead for Rust Creek’s sexy sheriff and his do-gooder girl. Can Big Sky and Big Apple make it past the first frost? Just how much will a city girl sacrifice for the strong arms of the law?

Through the Door (The Thin Veil)

Fantasy > Paranormal & Urban
Author: Jodi McIsaac
Regularly $9.99, Today $1.99
Through the Door (The Thin Veil)

It’s been seven years since the love of Cedar McLeod’s life left with no forwarding address. All she has left of him are heart-wrenching memories of happier times and a beautiful six-year-old daughter, Eden. Then, one day, Eden opens her bedroom door and unwittingly creates a portal that leads to anywhere she imagines.

But they’re not the only ones who know of Eden’s gift, and soon the child mysteriously vanishes.

Desperate for answers, Cedar digs into the past and finds herself thrust into a magical world of Celtic myths, fantastical creatures, and bloody rivalries. Teaming up with the unlikeliest of allies, Cedar must bridge the gap between two worlds and hold tight to the love in her heart…or lose everything to an ancient evil.

The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation

Alternative Medicine > Meditation
Author: Thich Nhat Hanh, Vo-Dihn Mai
Regularly $15.00, Today $2.99
The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation

In this beautiful and lucid guide, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh offers gentle anecdotes and practical exercise as a means of learning the skills of mindfulness–being awake and fully aware. From washing the dishes to answering the phone to peeling an orange, he reminds us that each moment holds within it an opportunity to work toward greater self-understanding and peacefulness.

Miracle of Mindfulness is a sly commentary on the Anapanasati Sutra, the Sutra on Breath to Maintain Mindfulness. “Sly” because it doesn’t read like a dry commentary at all. One of Thich Nhat Hanh’s most popular books, Miracle of Mindfulness is about how to take hold of your consciousness and keep it alive to the present reality, whether eating a tangerine, playing with your children, or washing the dishes. A world-renowned Zen master, Nhat Hanh weaves practical instruction with anecdotes and other stories to show how the meditative mind can be achieved at all times and how it can help us all “reveal and heal.” Nhat Hanh is a master at helping us find a calm refuge within ourselves and teaching us how to reach out from there to the rest of the world. –Brian Bruya

Compromising Miss Tisdale

Historical Romance > Regency
Author: Jessica Jefferson
Regularly $2.99, Today $0.99
Compromising Miss Tisdale

Ambrosia Tisdale is the very picture of propriety and the epitome of what a respectable young lady should be. Haunted by a memory and compelled by her family, she pursues perfection to a fault.

The Earl of Bristol, Duncan Maddox, has returned to London after years of familial-imposed exile. As the second son, he has led a life filled with frivolity, leisure, and a healthy dose of debauchery. Now his older brother has died, leaving the family’s flailing legacy in Duncan’s unwilling arms.

At the behest of his uncle, Duncan is advised to do the one thing that could provide instant fortune and respectability—he must marry. But there is only one prospect who meets the unique requirements to solve all the Earl’s problems—the lovely Miss Ambrosia Tisdale. But securing the prudent daughter of a Viscount’s hand proves to be more challenging than this scandal-ridden second son of an Earl has bargained for.

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