Ally Carter (born Sarah Leigh Fogleman) writes young-adult fiction and adult-fiction novels, and has sold more than 2 million copies in the United States. She tops today’s Buffet with Double Crossed, in which the world of Heist Society is introduced to the Gallagher Girls in an original crossover story.

The pen name Ally Carter was chosen to separate her adult work from her young-adult work, and the last name Carter was chosen so that her books would be near her fellow adult fiction novelist Jenny Crusie.

Ally attended Oklahoma State University and Cornell University and worked for several years in the agricultural industry before writing full-time. Her first novel, Cheating at Solitaire, was published in 2005.

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Double Crossed

Teen & Young Adult > Action & Adventure
Author: Ally Carter
Double Crossed

Macey McHenry—Glamorous society girl or spy-in-training?

W.W. Hale V—Heir to an American dynasty or master thief?

There are two sides to every coin. Whether these two can work together is a tossup.

Born into privilege, Macey and Hale are experts at mingling with the upper class. But even if they’ve never raised an eyebrow at the glitz, neither teenager has ever felt at home with the glamour.

When Macey and Hale meet at a society gala, the party takes a dangerous turn. Suddenly they’re at the center of a hostage situation, and it’s up to them to stop the thugs from becoming hostile. Will Macey’s spy skills and Hale’s con-man ways be enough to outsmart a ruthless gang? Or will they have to seek out the ultimate inside girl to help?

The worlds of Heist Society and the Gallagher Girls collide in Ally Carter’s fast-paced, high-stakes and tantalizing new story. Get a behind the scenes glimpse as Ally delivers an irresistible thriller that is full of her signature style and savvy twists.



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Twin Willows: A Novel

Romance > Westerns
Author: Kay Cornelius
Twin Willows: A Novel

Graduating from her prim Philadelphia finishing school, Anna Willow McKnight eagerly heads west to the wilds of the Kentucky territory to see her father and visit the place her lovely Delaware Indian mother, who died in childbirth, had called home. It is there, too, that the chestnut-haired beauty will be reunited with her beloved Stuart, the brave soldier-turned-schoolteacher, whose kisses ignite her with overwhelming desire.

But frontier life holds promise and peril far greater than any Anna could ever imagine. The growing conflict between native tribes and white settlers threatens to erupt in bloodshed. And in this untamed land is a sister Anna doesn’t even know exists, a twin named Willow, hidden at birth and raised among the Indians.

As settlers and Indians clash, fate will bring Anna together with her unknown sister…and lead her to a passion beyond her wildest fantasies.

A Stranger in the Family (Book 1, Bardville, Wyoming Trilogy)

Contemporary Fiction > Romance
Author: Patricia McLinn
A Stranger in the Family (Book 1, Bardville, Wyoming Trilogy)

A sexy, intriguing stranger arrives unexpectedly at her Wyoming ranch, threatening the one thing Cambria protects more fiercely than her heart – her family.

Bodie’s discovery that he fathered a son 17 years ago starts a search that leads him to the warm and welcoming Weston family. But his response to one member of the family is far more than he  ever expected. The sparks between him and Cambria are real … and so is the danger to his hopes for their future if she finds out why he’s really in Wyoming.

A Deadly Distance (Jack Noble #2)

Mystery > Hard-Boiled
Author: L.T. Ryan
A Deadly Distance (Jack Noble #2)

Washington, D.C. Midday. A man waits at a bus stop, his intentions unknown. Two government operatives have been stalking him for days, waiting for him to make his move. Unexpectedly, the man takes off running and heads for a deserted warehouse.

Jack Noble and his partner, Frank Skinner, believe the man to be part of a terrorist organization that is involved in smuggling drugs and guns and men into the country. But it turns out their plan involves far more export than import, and hits a lot closer to home.

As the case in this explosive thriller unfolds, the man behind it all reaches out to Jack with a simple message… 37 hours.

Suffer

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: E.E. Borton
Suffer

Kate Freeman opened the front door of her vacation villa to see a Florida State Trooper standing on the porch. A few moments later, 50,000 paralyzing volts shot through her body. Her world went dark after her head impacted the tile floor.

She woke unable to move. Sitting only a few feet away bound to a chair, her six-year-old son sat quietly staring at her. It was just the beginning of their hellish nightmare.

150 miles away, Kate’s husband Paul was on his annual scuba trip in the Bahamas. Early the next morning, he pulled away from the dock and headed back to the villa on Sugar Loaf Key to be reunited with his family. He would be the first to find them – exactly as the killer planned.

Caprice (The Masqueraders, Book 1)

Historical Romance > Regency
Author: Laura Parker
Caprice: The Masqueraders Series - Book One

Hadrian Blackburne returns to London from the war. Thought to have been killed at Waterloo, he soon wishes he were, instead bored to tears by his unruly family and his role as Lord. He misses the spy games of Persia, where he was a master of intrigue. His attention is snared by a ravishing, veiled beauty who has swept into London’s Regency society on a cloud of exotic mystery.

Who is this Princess Sultana el Djemal? Hadrian must know, even if playing the game of love could cost him body and soul.

Clarissa Willoughby’s harmless deception was designed to open doors for a widow ready to shed her weeds. Once Hadrian begins his pursuit of “Sultana,” his passionate seduction makes Clarissa jealous of the exotic temptress she herself created. The game of love becomes more perilous than way when Clarissa sets out to win Hadrian’s heart, battling again his suspicions and her alter ego.

Keto Living Cookbook 2: Lose Weight with 101 Yummy & Low Carb Ketogenic Savory and Sweet Snacks

Special Diet > Low Carb
Author: Ella Coleman
Keto Living Cookbook 2: Lose Weight with 101 Yummy & Low Carb Ketogenic Savory and Sweet Snacks

Containing 101 delicious, easy-to-make sweet and savory snacks, this exciting new collection of recipes dispels the myth that a life without carbs means a life without fun foods or flavor.

How can we have our cake, and eat it too? Staying low carb, and in ketosis is the key.

With a little fun and creativity, combined with the right ingredients and instruction, you’ll soon be making mouth-watering Ketogenic masterpieces that are a pleasure to the palate and perfectly suited to your goals.

From pizza to pancakes, muffins to meatballs, ice-cream and more, the recipes you’ll discover in the Keto Living Cookbook 2 are designed to satisfy a hunger yet leave you feeling curiously guilt free in the blissful aftermath.

TODAY’S BARGAINS……………What’s this?

A Dark-Adapted Eye (Open Road)

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: Ruth Rendell
Regularly $14.99, Today $1.99
A Dark-Adapted Eye (Open Road)

In the Edgar Award–winning classic, a niece investigates the shocking secrets that condemned her once proud family.

Faith Severn has never understood why the willful matriarch of her high-society family, aunt Vera Hillyard, snapped and murdered her own beloved sister. But long after Vera is condemned to hang, a journalist’s startling discoveries allow Faith to perceive her family’s story in a new light.

Set in post–World War II Britain, A Dark-Adapted Eye is both a gripping mystery and a harrowing psychological portrait of a complex woman at the head of a troubled family.

Writing under the pseudonym Barbara Vine, Ruth Rendell departs from her famous detective team of Wexford and Burden to tell a gripping tale of family madness. Vera Hillyard is a domineering and possessive woman who strives for obsessive control over a malicious older son, a youngest son who is–or isn’t–illegitimate, and her younger sister, Eden, who secretly seeks to escape Vera’s grasp and instead provokes a murder. This winner of the 1986 Edgar Award for best mystery novel belongs to the genre of old murders reconsidered and the question of who did what to whom and why is teasingly left unresolved.

The Atopia Chronicles (Atopia series)

Technothrillers
Author: Matthew Mather
Regularly $9.99, Today $1.99
The Atopia Chronicles (Atopia series)

What could be worse than letting billions die?

In the near future, to escape the crush and clutter of a packed and polluted Earth, the world’s elite flock to Atopia, an enormous corporate-owned artificial island in the Pacific Ocean. It is there that Dr. Patricia Killiam rushes to perfect the ultimate in virtual reality: a program to save the ravaged Earth from mankind’s insatiable appetite for natural resources.

The Atopia Chronicles (Book 1 of the Atopia series) is the tale of mankind’s dark slide across the apocalypse as humans and machines merge in a world teetering on the brink of ecological ruin.

The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East

Biographies & Memoirs > Religious
Author: Sandy Tolan
Regularly $11.99, Today $1.99
The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East

In 1967, Bashir Al-Khayri, a Palestinian twenty-five-year-old, journeyed to Israel, with the goal of seeing the beloved old stone house, with the lemon tree behind it, that he and his family had fled nineteen years earlier.

To his surprise, when he found the house he was greeted by Dalia Ashkenazi Landau, a nineteen-year-old Israeli college student, whose family fled Europe for Israel following the Holocaust. On the stoop of their shared home, Dalia and Bashir began a rare friendship, forged in the aftermath of war and tested over the next thirty-five years in ways that neither could imagine on that summer day in 1967.

Based on extensive research, and springing from his enormously resonant documentary that aired on NPR’s Fresh Air in 1998, Sandy Tolan brings the Israeli-Palestinian conflict down to its most human level, suggesting that even amid the bleakest political realities there exist stories of hope and reconciliation.

Shadowland

Science Fiction & Fantasy > Arthurian
Author: C.M. Gray
Regularly $2.99, Today $0.99
Shadowland

We grow up with the Legend of King Arthur … But where did he come from? Who was Merlin? What part did the Druids play in bringing Arthur to his round table? This is the story that came before, when Britain was just a Shadowland.

Shadowland is a story of historical fantasy set in Dark Ages Britain.

On the night of midwinter’s eve, a storyteller takes his listeners back to the Dark ages and a tale from his youth.

Deserted by its Roman masters, Britain has been invaded by the Saxons at the invitation of Vortigern, traitorous leader of the Britons. Now, as the tribes unite to reclaim their land, one man must rise to lead them and become their true and only king.

Children of the Fog

Horror > Occult
Author: Cheryl Kaye Tardif
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Children of the Fog

Sadie O’Connell is a bestselling author and a proud mother. But her life is about to spiral out of control. After her six-year-old son Sam is kidnapped by a serial abductor, she nearly goes insane. But it isn’t just the fear and grief that is ripping her apart. It’s the guilt. Sadie is the only person who knows what the kidnapper looks like. And she can’t tell a soul. For if she does, her son will be sent back to her in “little bloody pieces”.

When Sadie’s unfaithful husband stumbles across her drawing of the kidnapper, he sets into play a series of horrific events that sends her hurtling over the edge. Sadie’s descent into alcoholism leads to strange apparitions and a face-to-face encounter with the monster who abducted her son–a man known only as…The Fog.

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