New York Times bestselling author Marquita Valentine writes sexy heroes that make you swoon and sassy heroines that make you laugh. She’s the author of the bestselling contemporary romance series “Holland Springs,” and its first installment, Drive Me Crazy, tops today’s Buffet.
Marquita grew up in the northeastern part of North Carolina, near the coast, and all of her novels take place in North Carolina. Currently she lives in a small town in North Carolina with her husband and their two children. She’s also the author of the new adult romance series, “Boys of the South.”
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Drive Me Crazy (Holland Springs ~ Book 1)
Romance > Contemporary
Author: Marquita Valentine
He’s her best friend’s older brother
Twenty-four year old Troublemaker Extraordinaire, Melanie Ann Smith, isn’t asking for much out of life: a house without wheels, to travel further than her home state and her best friend’s older brother, Carter Ambrose. Only three things stand in her way: juggling all of her odd jobs, keeping her daddy from gambling away all of their money and getting Carter to see her as a woman.
She is the one woman who’s off-limits…
NASCAR racer Carter Ambrose has finally decided to take his doctor’s advice and find a new occupation before another wreck on the track kills him. Only his doctor hadn’t counted on his little sister’s best friend, Melanie Ann Smith, crashing his weeks of solitude with her short skirts and platform heels. And that’s not the least of his problems. His mother has decided that she wants grandchildren and the only woman that’s good enough for the job-his ex-fiance.
Soon Melanie and Carter agree to a temporary relationship. One with benefits that is mutually satisfying in every way, or so each believes. And just when they are ready admit their feelings, family secrets are exposed, threatening Melanie and Carter’s fragile relationship.
Will Carter risk it all for love, or will Melanie be left holding the trophy for second place?
Science Fiction & Fantasy
Author: David Drake
The forces of evil are poised to prey on the folk of the hamlets and hollows: witches, demons, and red-handed men—but first they’ll have to overcome Old Nathan the Wizard.
He doesn’t claim much for his magical powers, but they’re real enough for what they are—and besides, he hasn’t forgotten how to use his long flintlock rifle ….
Enter the gritty, realistic world of Old Nathan, a backwoodsman who talks to animals and says he’ll face The Devil himself-and who in the end will have to face The Devil in very fact.
Winning the Zero Moment of Truth – ZMOT
Business & Money
Author: Jim Lecinski
Whether we’re shopping for corn flakes, concert tickets or a honeymoon in Paris, the Internet has changed how we decide what to buy. Today we’re all digital explorers, seeking out online ratings, peer reviews, videos, and in-depth product details as we move down the path to purchase.
At Google, we call this online decision-making moment the Zero Moment of Truth—or simply ZMOT.
Download “Winning the Zero Moment of Truth”, a free, powerful new video-enhanced eBook by Jim Lecinski, Managing Director of US Sales & Service and Chief ZMOT Evangelist at Google. Jim shares how to get ahead at this critical new marketing moment, supported by exclusive market research, personal stories, and insights from C-level executives at global leaders like General Electric, Johnson & Johnson, and VivaKi.
If you’re a marketer, a CEO, a sales rep, or an aspiring entrepreneur, this video-enhanced eBook will help you understand this shift in the marketing landscape and show you the strategies it takes to win.
Hook’s Pan (Kingdom Series, Book: 5)
Romance > Paranormal
Author: Marie Hall
Trishelle Page has known pain in her life, but instead of it making her weak, she’s stronger. Confident. That is until the day a fairy kidnaps her during her starring role in Peter Pan’s play and tells her not only do fairy tales exist, but that she’s the soulmate of the pirate they call Hook, making her question everything she ever thought she knew.
Captain James Hook is a man at the end of his rope. He’s not the villainous bastard tales have made him out to be. So when the feisty blonde drops literally at his feet, he aims to prove it to her. If only to get her into his bed.
What neither one knows is that fate and magic are conspiring and they can deny the attraction all they want but their happily ever after is already written, it’s just a matter of getting there.
A Dark Guardian (The Shields)
Historical Romance > Medieval
Author: Donna Grant
Have you ever wanted to travel through time with weapons crafted by the Fae themselves? To experience adventure so thrilling and dangerous you don’t know if you will live to see tomorrow? Now my men and I are faced with fighting creatures only thought to live in legend but which have been brought to Earth by evil bent on annihilating all the realms. That is my life – and I love it.
At least I did until I found myself staring into the angelic, innocent face of Lady Mina of Stone Crest. In all the time I have led the Shields I have trusted my instinct to keep us alive, yet now I don’t know what to believe. Everything points to Mina as the evil summoning the creatures, but she proclaims her innocence.
I should be able to see through her lies, if she is indeed lying, but my attraction to her blinds me to even that. The last time I found myself so lured to a woman, it nearly cost me the lives of my men. I cannot allow that to happen again. I won’t allow that to happen again.
Stardust (Peaches Monroe Trilogy, Book 1)
Romantic Comedy > Adult
Author: Mimi Strong
Peaches Monroe is a curvy blonde who manages a little bookstore, in a small town in Washington State.
She’s twenty-two, and shares a house with her cousin, who’s also her best friend. Life is good for Peaches. Simple, but good. Sometimes she gets a little wild and goes drunk-shopping on the internet. She’s never had a boyfriend, but that just leaves more time for her books.
Dalton Deangelo is a hot, young actor who sets ladies’ hearts on fire. He shot to stardom from out of nowhere, and he’s very secretive about his past, preferring to focus on his work. He’s famous for playing the sexiest bad boy vampire on TV. Week after week, he’s seen kissing beautiful, thin actresses … or burying his face between their legs.
Now Dalton is in Beaverdale, Washington, to shoot an indie movie over the summer. He comes running into the bookstore looking for a place to hide from reporters, and refuses to leave until he gets a date with Peaches.
Easy and Delicious Homemade Bread: Beginner’s Guide
Cookbooks, Food & Wine > Baking
Author: Jenny Davis
Are you concerned about all the chemicals and additives in store-bought bread? Do you want to provide wholesome, homemade, nutritious bread for your family?
This comprehensive homemade bread book includes:
• All the basic information you need to understand the bread-making process
• Tips and tricks to get the best results, every time
• Easy bread recipes for beginners
• Detailed instructions for every step of the process
• Nutritional information for each recipe
• A wide range of bread recipes, including gluten-free and Paleo bread, corn bread, flatbread, pizza dough, sourdough, focaccia…and much more!
The Man On Table Ten – A Curious Science Fiction Tale
Horror > Science Fiction
Author: Luke Smitherd
It’s a story that he hasn’t told anyone for fifty years; a secret that he’s kept ever since he grew tired of the disbelieving faces, and doctors’ reports advising medication. But then, he hasn’t touched a single drop of booze since that one, fateful day, and breaking that vow in the presence of bright young waitress Lisa Willoughby means that her life will be changed forever … because now, the The Man On Table Ten wants to share his incredible tale.
It’s only when he’s finished when that she will have to worry. Once she knows the unbelievable burden that The Man On Table Ten has carried throughout the years. When she knows the truth, and is left powerless to do anything except watch for the signs…
TODAY’S BARGAINS……………What’s this?
The Sound of Broken Glass: A Novel
Mystery > British Detectives
Author: Deborah Crombie
Regularly $9.99, Today $1.99
Scotland Yard detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James are on the case in Deborah Crombie’sThe Sound of Broken Glass, a captivating mystery that blends a murder from the past with a powerful danger in the present.
When Detective Inspector James joins forces with Detective Inspector Melody Talbot to solve the murder of an esteemed barrister, their investigation leads them to realize that nothing is what it seems—with the crime they’re investigating and their own lives.
With an abundance of twists and turns and intertwining subplots, The Sound of Broken Glass by New York Times bestselling author Deborah Crombie is an elaborate and engaging page-turner.
The Time of the Hunter’s Moon (Casablanca Classics)
Historical Romance > Suspense
Author: Victoria Holt
Regularly $6.99, Today $1.99
According to legend, a girl will see her future husband at the time of the hunter’s moon. But when the handsome stranger revealed to Cordelia Grant disappears after an all-too-brief encounter, she has to wonder: Was he merely an apparition…or something more?
The memory of her mysterious gentleman continues to haunt Cordelia when Sir Jason Verringer comes calling. It’s rumored the dashing land baron murdered his wife and mistress. But Cordelia knows, better than anyone, not to believe in society gossip. And there’s no denying that Jason is dangerously compelling. Her future hinges on one choice.
One man is her destiny. The other is her demise.
Mara and Dann: A Novel
Author: Doris Lessing
Regularly $9.99, Today $1.99
Thousands of years in the future, all the northern hemisphere is buried under the ice and snow of a new Ice Age. At the southern end of a large landmass called Ifrik, two children of the Mahondi people, seven-year old Mara and her younger brother, Dann, are abducted from their home in the middle of the night. Raised as outsiders in a poor rural village, Mara and Dann learn to survive the hardships and dangers of a life threatened as much by an unforgiving climate and menacing animals as by a hostile community of Rock People.
Eventually they join the great human migration North, away from the drought that is turning the southern land to dust, and in search of a place with enough water and food to support human life. Traveling across the continent, the siblings enter cities rife with crime, power struggles, and corruption, learning as much about human nature as about how societies function. With a clear-eyed vision of the human condition, Mara and Dann is imaginative fiction at its best.
The Scarecrow: A Supernatural Thriller (Solom)
Horror > Dark Fantasy
Author: Scott Nicholson
Regularly $2.99, Today $0.99
When Katy Logan moves her troubled teen daughter Jett to the Appalachian community of Solom, she envisions a peaceful rural lifestyle on her new husband’s farm.
But there’s more to Solom than she ever imagined. Gordon Smith’s first wife Rebecca died under mysterious circumstances, and Katy believes her spirit is still in the house. Gordon’s great-grandfather was a horseback preacher who vanished while on a mission one wintry night, and local lore holds that he returns from time to time seeking vengeance. And Gordon teases Katy and Jett with a story about a wicked scarecrow that comes in from the fields at night to slake an unnatural thirst.
When the legends come to life, Katy and Jett discover the Smith family secrets cut deep. And they must face the supernatural menace together or become part of Solom’s legends forever.
First Activation: A Post Apocalyptic Thriller
Science Fiction > Post-Apocalyptic
Author: D.A. Wearmouth, M.P. Wearmouth
Regularly $2.99, Today $0.99
HARRY and his brother JACK are on an airline flight, headed for a wild weekend-a ritual they have enjoyed every May since leaving the army. The trip takes a terrifying turn when they land in New York to find that JFK airport is almost deserted and that the few ground crew they can spot have all been brutally slaughtered. Is it a terrorist attack? Or something even more menacing? When a security guard appears and offers to help the passengers, but promptly shoots the first person off the plane and then kills himself, Harry realises that there is something very, very wrong in New York City.
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