bevBev Pettersen tops today’s Buffet with Studs and Stilettos, her latest romantic mystery, which was released in December.

Bev is a three-time nominee in the National Readers Choice Award as well as a two-time finalist in the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart contest. A resident of Nova Scotia, she competed for five years on the Alberta Thoroughbred race circuit and is an Equine Canada certified coach. When she’s not writing novels, she’s riding.

Her interest in writing was sparked when she broke her leg galloping at the track. A friend brought a Dick Francis novel to the hospital, and Bev was hooked.

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STUDS AND STILETTOS (Romantic Mystery)

Romance > Mystery & Suspense
Author: Bev Pettersen
STUDS AND STILETTOS (Romantic Mystery)

Her dreams of stardom are jeopardized by a hot trainer…and a ruthless murderer.

Emily Murphy isn’t afraid to swap her fancy wardrobe for a borrowed pair of barn boots. Working on the set of a Kentucky movie might be just the ticket to landing a real acting job and proving to her sister she can accomplish something worthwhile.

Dan Barrett knows a lot about hard work and even more about horses. And while he’s drawn by Emily’s beauty and pluck, he wants a stay-at-home ranch girl. But fighting their attraction is difficult, and soon they both realize that what they thought they wanted isn’t what they really need.

Unfortunately, Dan isn’t the only person watching Emily. And the other one is a ruthless killer determined to keep a secret buried.



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Believe You Can–The Power of a Positive Attitude

Self-Help > Motivational > Spirituality
Author: John Mason
Believe You Can--The Power of a Positive Attitude

You were created to make a difference. You were created to live a unique and unlimited life. No one else is you, and no one else could be you.

So what holds you back from being all that God meant you to be? It’s buying into the lie that you can’t, won’t, or shouldn’t achieve your dreams.

John Mason calls you to embrace a positive attitude so that you can reach your potential. His encouraging, challenging, and motivating nuggets of truth fill every page, including:

-You have the potential and opportunity for success
-Don’t let regrets replace your dreams
-Dare reach beyond yourself
-Excellence is never a surprise
-Sometimes the more you do, the less you get done
-And so much more!

The Field Of Blackbirds: A Jeff Bradley Thriller

Thrillers > Military
Author: Thomas Ryan
The Field Of Blackbirds: A Jeff Bradley Thriller

When Arben Shala disappears in Eastern Europe, Jeff Bradley promising Arben’s wife he will find her husband and bring him home travels to the UN administered Serbian province of Kosovo. With help from American Morgan Delaney, Barry Briggs an Australian working with the UN and the enigmatic Lee Caldwell an agent for the world’s largest private security firm, Jeff uncovers a criminal conspiracy responsible for a series of bombings across Europe.

Ignoring death threats Jeff and Morgan dig deeper and when the shocking truth behind Arben’s disappearance is finally uncovered it sets in motion a chain of events that brings Kosovo to the brink of civil war and NATO troops onto the streets of Kosovo’s major cities.

Superbia

Thrillers > Crime
Author: Bernard Schaffer
Superbia (Book 1 of the Superbia Series)

The Most Dangerous Police Book Ever Written…

After Frank O’Ryan gets shot, his first assignment is working with the most disliked man in his police department, Detective Vic Ajax.  Ajax isn’t like the other cops.  He doesn’t like them and they don’t like him. He steals trash from suspected drug dealers, searching for evidence.  He conducts a futile war with an administration that thinks the only sign of a good cop is writing traffic tickets and waving to soccer moms during school crossings.  He hunts pedophiles.

Now, Frank will enter a world where being real police means laying so much of your soul on the line, you might not make it out.  But as Vic explains, if it keeps a little girl from having to testify about what some monster did to her, it’s worth it.  Together, they’ll resort to any means necessary to take down the scumbags, even if it means employing the interrogative services of a man in a six-foot bunny costume called The Truth Rabbit.

The Evolution of Reptilian Handbags and Other Stories

Short Stories
Author: Melanie Lamaga
The Evolution of Reptilian Handbags and Other Stories

An unhappy housewife flees with her lover as civilization collapses in a tsunami of trash. A bank teller aids invisible thieves. A welder learns she has the power to kill with a kiss. A hive of women transforms tourists with arcane sexual rites. A Korean War sniper stalks his doppelganger: a children’s television host. Amnesiac goddesses-turned-farmers struggle for survival in war-torn, post-apocalyptic Iowa.

By turns emotionally resonant and irreverent, surreal and sexy, these ten stories swirl with unseen currents, blending the fantastic and the mundane to get to the deeper truths of our existence.

Because of Lucy

Romance > Coming of Age
Author: Lisa Swallow
Because of Lucy (Butterfly Days - Book 1)

Ness’s parents are shocked when she turns down her place at Leeds University and takes on a full-time job in a call center. Determined to begin her adult life the way she wants, Ness moves to Leeds to live with her best friend Abby.

One night she meets Evan, who is everything she hates about guys. He may be hot but he’s also drunken, arrogant, and on top of that, he apparently has sex with girls and forgets about it. But Evan isn’t what he seems and Ness soon discovers they have more in common than she thought.

Evan is struggling to escape from his past too, and when Lucy appears she threatens his new relationship with Ness. Unsure if she can deal with the effect Lucy has on Evan, Ness makes a decision about her future which pulls them apart.

When their new lives don’t go as planned, Ness and Evan are both faced with difficult choices. All because of Lucy…

Ridiculous

Historical Romance > Regency
Author: D.L. Carter
Ridiculous

Funny.
Sexy.
Cross Dressing.
Not your mother’s Regency Romance.

After the death of her miserly cousin Antony North, Millicent Boarder is determined her family should never be poor or vulnerable again. To protect them she conceals her cousin’s death and assumes his identity. Now she must face the Ton and the world as Mr. North and accept the price she must pay for her family’s safety — she will never be loved. Which means, of course, at this point she will meet the perfect man.

TODAY’S BARGAINS……………What’s this?

Skeleton Canyon (Joanna Brady Mysteries)

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: J. A. Jance
Regularly $9.99, Today $1.99
Skeleton Canyon (Joanna Brady Mysteries)

Top ten New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance brings us another mesmerizing thriller featuring Arizona Sheriff Joanna Brady as she searches for the brutal killer of a young girl.

Brianna “Bree” O’Brien never returned from Skeleton Canyon. Someone brutally murdered the pretty, popular teenager who had stolen away under cover of darkness to rendezvous with her boyfriend. Perhaps youthful rage, jealousy and savage passion cost young Bree her life. Or maybe she stumbled onto something too dangerous to know. Sheriff Joanna Brady of Cochise County knows only too well the pain of losing a loved one to violence. But she is disturbed by the O’Brien’s insistence that Bree’s boyfriend is responsible for their daughter’s slaying. Joanna senses there are words not being spoken, and dark mysteries locked behind doors of the sprawling O’Brien family compound. But it is the strange disappearance of a good friend that is pulling Sheriff Brady ever closer to the lethal nest of lies, greed and secrets hiding in a desolate corner of the Arizona desert – where the next blood that feeds the parched, cracked earth could be her own.

The Big Crowd

Historical Fiction
Author: Kevin Baker
Regularly $19.99, Today $2.51
The Big Crowd

Based on one of the great unsolved murders in mob history, and the rise-and-fall of a real-life hero,The Big Crowd tells the sweeping story of Charlie O’Kane. He is the American dream come to life, a poor Irish immigrant who worked his way up from beat cop to mayor of New York at the city’s dazzling, post-war zenith. Famous, powerful, and married to a glamorous fashion model, he is looked up to by millions, including his younger brother, Tom. So when Charlie is accused of abetting a shocking mob murder, Tom sets out to clear his brother’s name while hiding a secret of his own.

The charges against Charlie stem from his days as a crusading Brooklyn DA, when he sent the notorious killers of Murder, Inc., to the chair—only to let a vital witness go flying out a window while under police guard. Now, out of office, Charlie lives in a shoddy, Mexico City tourist hotel, eaten up with regrets and afraid he will be indicted for murder if he returns to the U.S. To uncover what really happened, Tom must confront stunning truths about his brother, himself, and the secret workings of the great city he loves.

Tales of the City (P.S.)

Humor & Satire
Author: Armistead Maupin
Regularly $9.99, Today $1.99
Tales of the City (P.S.)

For almost four decades Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City has blazed its own trail through popular culture—from a groundbreaking newspaper serial to a classic novel, to a television event that entranced millions around the world. The first of nine novels about the denizens of the mythic apartment house at 28 Barbary Lane, Tales is both a sparkling comedy of manners and an indelible portrait of an era that changed forever the way we live.

Since 1976, Maupin’s Tales of the City has etched itself upon the hearts and minds of its readers, both straight and gay. From a groundbreaking newspaper serial in the San Francisco Chronicle to a bestselling novel to a critically acclaimed PBS series, Tales (all six of them) contains the universe–if not in a grain of sand, then in one apartment house.

American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition

Fantasy > Fairy Tales
Author: Neil Gaiman
Regularly $7.99, Today $1.99
American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition: A Novel

First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic—an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this tenth anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the author’s preferred text, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman.

A storm is coming . . .

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the magic day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life.

But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow’s best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A trickster and rogue, Wednesday seems to know more about Shadow than Shadow does himself.

Undeclared (The Woodlands)

Romance > Coming of Age
Author: Jen Frederick
Regularly $4.99, Today $1.99
Undeclared (The Woodlands)

For four years, Grace Sullivan wrote to a Marine she never met, and fell in love. But when his deployment ended, so did the letters. Ever since that day, Grace has been coasting, academically and emotionally. The one thing she’s decided? No way is Noah Jackson — or any man — ever going to break her heart again.

Noah has always known exactly what he wants out of life. Success. Stability. Control. That’s why he joined the Marines and that’s why he’s fighting his way — literally — through college. Now that he’s got the rest of his life on track, he has one last conquest: Grace Sullivan. But since he was the one who stopped writing, he knows that winning her back will be his biggest battle yet.

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