R.S. Guthrie grew up in Iowa and Wyoming and has been writing fiction, essays, short stories, and lyrics since college. He tops today’s Buffet with Blood Land, the first installment in his “James Pruett” mystery/thriller series. The story is set in a fictional town in the same county where R.S. spent much of his childhood and still visits. The sequel, Money Land, was released on Christmas Day, 2012. The latest installment, Honor Land, is due this year.

Guthrie lives in Colorado with his wife, three young Australian Shepherds, and a Chihuahua who thinks she is a 40-pound Aussie.

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Blood Land (A James Pruett Mystery)

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: R.S. Guthrie, Russell Rowland, Jun Ares
Blood Land (A James Pruett Mystery)

Crime’s an ugly constant in the big city. L.A. Chicago. New York. But when a savage murder brutalizes a small town and neighbor turns on neighbor, a tough-as-nails cop is essential to restoring order. Dark Prairies is a gritty, emotional saga set in the Wyoming badlands with both greed and vengeance at its core.

When billions of dollars in natural gas rights hang in the balance and the town’s top law officer’s wife is slain by her own blood, a reluctant hero is forced to battle his own demons and ultimately choose between justice, revenge, and duty.

In the tradition of Dennis Lehane, Tony Hillerman and James Lee Burke, Guthrie’s sparse, haunting storytelling compliments his talent for creating richly-drawn, unflinching law officers with human frailties and a sense of justice.


DO! the pursuit of xceptional execution

Business & Money > Management & Leadership
Author: Kevin Kelly
DO! the pursuit of xceptional execution

What if launching and leading an xceptional business was simpler than you’ve ever imagined? Not easier. Not less time consuming. Not less gut wrenching, but simpler. Guess what: It is. What if I told you many successful entrepreneurs didn’t start with a compelling vision or indeed a workable business plan? Guess what: That’s true too.

What if it was possible to dominate a market without any previous background in it? Well? It is. Meet the Xceptionalists: entrepreneurs who live and breathe the xceptional execution ethos and made the breakthrough from “Dream it to Did it”. Drawn from every corner of the globe with turnovers ranging from US $100K to $130M, they show how. From Outfit7 with its Talking Tom app nearing 1 billion downloads, to the fastest growing company in South America, Globant, to a family-like run business who continues to say “No” to the orderly queue of eager acquirers at their door ,Balsamiq. And more.
Best-selling author and international speaker Kevin Kelly distills from two decades of intensive research to highlight what makes xceptional businesses and their leaders succeed beyond all odds.

DO! Learn how to overcome idea killers, make your message cut through attention deficits, xceptionalise each contact point with your clients and grow your business to new heights.

Twice a Rake (Lord Rotheby’s Influence)

Historical Romance > Regency
Author: Catherine Gayle
Twice a Rake (Lord Rotheby's Influence)

Some scandals are meant to be . . .

When Aurora Hyatt loses her journal in Hyde Park, her ruin is a foregone conclusion. After all, if anyone discovers her writings, they’ll find scandalous fantasies involving the newest rake in Town alongside entirely-too-candid thoughts about her typical dreary suitors. Aurora will either be forced into a loveless marriage with the first nodcock to make an offer, or she’ll be assigned a permanent position on the shelf. Oh, dear good Lord. What catastrophe will God smote down upon her next?

If Niles Thornton, Baron Quinton, desires to maintain any semblance of his current lifestyle, he must fulfill the requirements his grandfather, Lord Rotheby, has set for him. First and foremost: he must marry and begin filling his nursery within the year. When he is nearly barreled over by a racing curricle and a journal flies out to land at his feet, his troubles are over.

Quail Crossings

Historical Romance
Author: Jennifer McMurrain
Quail Crossings

Tragedy has struck the small town of Knollwood, Texas and Dovie Grant finds herself dealing with the loss of her husband and daughter. Despite her grief, she still must fight to bring her remaining family through the already trying times of The Great Depression. Her father needs help on their struggling farm, Quail Crossings. She isn’t thrilled that he’s hired a young 18 year old boy who’s caring for his three younger siblings. Surviving her grief, as well as the constant dust storms that plague the plains, will Dovie be able to put her pain aside to care for these children or be forever trapped in the darkness of the loss in her family.

What Did Jesus Really Mean When He Said Follow Me?

Christian Living
Author: David Platt
What Did Jesus Really Mean When He Said Follow Me?

You may think you are a Christian—but are you sure? Jesus’ call to follow him is more than an invitation to pray a prayer. It is a summons to lose your life and find new life and ultimate joy in him. In David Platt’s book Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live he asks the question, “What did Jesus really mean when he said, ‘Follow me’?” What if we really listened to Jesus’ words and heard what he is saying? When people truly engage with Jesus’ personal invitation to follow him, everything changes, for he is worthy of all our trust and affections.

What Did Jesus Really Mean When He Said Follow Me? builds on the message of Follow Me to motivate readers to experience our grand purpose: to exalt the glory of God by spreading Christ’s gospel—to make disciples who are making disciples. This booklet is a great resource to share with others to discuss crucial faith questions in a personal and grace-filled manner and engage others to be disciple-makers in obedience to Jesus. Ideal for small groups or personal and mass evangelism.

Play It Away: A Workaholic’s Cure for Anxiety

Self-Help > Stress Management
Author: Charlie Hoehn
Play It Away: A Workaholic's Cure for Anxiety

Do you live in constant fear? Do you worry that something terrible is about to happen? Do you have trouble breathing, relaxing, and sleeping? Do you think you’re losing control, and that you’re going to die?

Are you trapped in your own personal hell, and don’t know how to get out?

I’ve been there, and I know what it’s like. Shallow breathing, tension in the gut, chest pains, rapid heartbeat… Every moment is exhausting, crushing, and painful. Anxiety destroys your confidence, your productivity, your relationships, and your ability to enjoy life. The worst part is the obsessive hopelessness – the gnawing sense that you’ll never feel happy again.

Fear no more. You can put an end to your suffering. You can start living again. And it’s not as hard as you think…

Wings of Vengeance

Romance > Paranormal
Author: Kylie Price
Wings of Vengeance

Mathias is the first of his kind; born with the power to reanimate a humans shell. He can bring the pure back with the gift of immortality to help fight in the war that has been raging for over 1900 years.
Lara, brought over 19 years ago, has had two things on her mind. Revenge and sorrow. Time is running out as she tries to finish her quest. The reason for this is so that Mathias can take back what he has given her but the vampires will not make it easy.
Rollan, the first that Mathias created, races against Lara’s clock to try to stop her.
She is his destined soul mate and he does not want her to leave. Only problem is, she doesn’t know.
Will Lara change her plans to be with Rollan? Can she let the past go and look for a future?

Searching for Glory

Romantic Comedy
Author: Hunter J. Keane
Searching for Glory

Gloria Star is rich and famous. She’s on a hit television show and engaged to one of the most desired men in Hollywood. Her life is perfect. But then she gets a letter in the mail that changes everything. The past she has been trying to forget for so long has finally come back to haunt her.

Gloria Star hasn’t always been an A-list celebrity. She used to be just a regular Midwestern girl named Glory Stark. Now she is forced to reconcile her two lives because Johnny Carter, the only man she ever loved, has asked her to return to her hometown, and she can’t say no. Ten years ago, one night changed everything for Gloria and Johnny. Not only did Gloria lose Johnny, but she also lost herself.

Now she’s headed back to her home town in Missouri, to reconnect with her sister and make amends with Johnny. She quickly realizes that returning to Glory Stark’s life isn’t going to be easy. As she faces painful truths about her past and an uncertain future, Gloria learns that forgiveness is essential, family is everything and love is forever.

TODAY’S BARGAINS……………What’s this?

Love a Little Sideways (The Kowalskis)

Romance > Contemporary
Author: Shannon Stacey
Regularly $4.99, Today $0.99
Love a Little Sideways (The Kowalskis)

Liz Kowalski is heading home to Whitford, Maine—this time for good. Eager for her family, a fresh start and some fun, she doesn’t count on being rescued by the chief of police her very first night back in town. Drew is everything she’s not looking for…so why is she still so attracted to him?

After a brief, forbidden rendezvous at her brother’s wedding, Drew Miller expects Liz to return to New Mexico and stay there. He’s searching for someone to settle down with, not a casual fling with his best friend’s sister. But when they’re stuck together on the annual Kowalski camping trip, things start going a little sideways. Keeping their hands off each other proves just as impossible as keeping their secret from becoming public knowledge.

Amid family, mud and melted marshmallow, Liz and Drew try to fight what’s growing between them. But a little time alone, a lot of chemistry and too many opinions might be just what it takes to bring together two people so determined not to fall in love.

Beyond the Rift

Science Fiction > Anthologies & Short Stories
Author: Peter Watts
Regularly $9.99, Today $1.99
Beyond the Rift

Combining complex science with skillfully executed prose, these edgy, award-winning tales explore the shifting border between the known and the alien. The beauty and peril of technology and the passion and penalties of conviction merge in narratives that are by turns dark, satiric, and introspective. Among these bold storylines: a seemingly humanized monster from John Carpenter’s The Thing reveals the true villains in an Antarctic showdown; an artificial intelligence shields a biologically enhanced prodigy from her overwhelmed parents; a deep-sea diver discovers her true nature lies not within the confines of her mission but in the depths of her psyche; a court psychologist analyzes a psychotic graduate student who has learned to reprogram reality itself; and a father tries to hold his broken family together in the wake of an ongoing assault by sentient rainstorms. Gorgeously saturnine and exceptionally powerful, these collected fictions are both intensely thought-provoking and impossible to forget.

Hello, Cupcake!

Baking > Desserts
Author: Karen Tack, Alan Richardson
Regularly $15.95, Today $2.51
Hello, Cupcake!

Witty, one-of-a-kind, imaginative cupcake designs using candies from the local convenience store, no baking skills or fancy pastry equipment required. Spotting the familiar items in the hundreds of brilliant photos is at least half the fun.

America’s favorite food photography team shows how to create funny, scary, and sophisticated masterpieces using a ziplock bag and common candies and snack items. With these easy-to-follow techniques, even the most kitchen-challenged cooks can:
• raise a big-top circus cupcake tier for a kid’s birthday
• plant candy vegetables on Oreo earth cupcakes for a garden party
• trot out a line of confectionery “pup cakes” for a dog fancier
• serve spaghetti and meatball cupcakes for April Fool’s Day
• bewitch trick-or-treaters with eerie alien cupcakes
• create holidays on icing with a white Christmas cupcake wreath, turkey cupcake place cards, and Easter egg cupcakes

Lost Cat

Animal Care & Pets > Essays
Author: Caroline Paul, Wendy MacNaughton
Regularly $13.99, Today $1.99
Lost Cat

Caroline Paul was recovering from a bad accident and thought things couldn’t get worse. But then her beloved cat Tibia disappeared. She and her partner, illustrator Wendy MacNaughton, mourned his loss. Yet weeks later, Tibia waltzed back into their lives. His owners were overjoyed. But they were also…jealous? Betrayed? Where had their sweet anxious cat disappeared to? Had he become a swashbuckling cat adventurer? Did he love someone else more? His owners were determined to find out.

Using GPS technology, cat cameras, psychics, the web, and animal communicators, the authors ofLost Cat embarked on a quest to discover what their cat did when they weren’t around. Told through writer Caroline Paul’s rich and warmly poignant narrative and illustrator Wendy MacNaughton’s stunning and hilarious 4-color illustrations, Lost Cat is a book for animal lovers, pet owners, and anyone who has ever done anything desperate for love.

Timebound (The Chronos Files)

Science Fiction > Time Travel
Author: Rysa Walker
Regularly $4.99, Today $1.99
Timebound (The Chronos Files)

2013 Winner — Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award — Grand Prize and Young Adult Fiction Winner

When Kate Pierce-Keller’s grandmother gives her a strange blue medallion and speaks of time travel, sixteen-year-old Kate assumes the old woman is delusional. But it all becomes horrifyingly real when a murder in the past destroys the foundation of Kate’s present-day life. Suddenly, that medallion is the only thing protecting Kate from blinking out of existence.

Kate learns that the 1893 killing is part of something much more sinister, and her genetic ability to time travel makes Kate the only one who can fix the future. Risking everything, she travels back in time to the Chicago World’s Fair to try to prevent the murder and the chain of events that follows.

Changing the timeline comes with a personal cost—if Kate succeeds, the boy she loves will have no memory of her existence. And regardless of her motives, does Kate have the right to manipulate the fate of the entire world?

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