Bestselling author Bernadette Marie tops today’s Buffet with Cart Before the Horse, a pleasant contemporary romance first published in 2011.
Bernadette is known for building families readers want to be part of. Her series The Keller Family has graced bestseller charts since its release in 2011, along with her other series and single title books. The married mother of five sons promises Happily Ever After always…and says she can write it, because she lives it.
When not writing, Bernadette is shuffling her sons to their many events–mostly hockey–and enjoying the beautiful views of the Colorado Rocky Mountains from her front step. She is also an accomplished martial artist with a second degree black belt in Tang Soo Do.
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Cart Before The Horse
Contemporary Fiction > Romance
Author: Bernadette Marie
Gabriel Maguire thought he’d buried his past until the night he met Holly, only to lose the woman he cared about, again.
Holly Jacobs has always put the cart before the horse. A prodigy who shot to stardom in textile design, she never knew a normal life—and there’s nothing she longs for more than to be normal.
Pregnant before she even knows the name of her baby’s father, Holly has put the cart miles ahead of the horse this time. But when she and Gabe meet for the second time, they decide to have their baby together. Holly finally begins to accept her unique way of doing everything backward, but Gabe’s very normality drives her up the walls. Then his tragic past rears up; pain and loss threaten to destroy forever the fragile bond that has blossomed between him and Holly.
Sometimes the only way to get where you need to be is to put the cart before the horse.
My Life on Craigslist: Finalist of USA Best Books Award
Literature & Fiction > Humor & Satire
Author: Alexandra Ares
Craigslist can be a real sharkfest. But it’s amirror of who we are. Alexandra Ares takes this statement to a darkly funny place in this addictive satire of today’s wildest mores brazenly unleashed on America’s largest free online dating website. A zany and original New York girl trolls it for fun, love, sex, relationships and everything else, doomed to run from trouble to trouble.
Meet Emily Thompson, 25, quirky, wholesome, with a keen eye for contemporary art. One year after she moves from Buffalo to the trendy East Village, where she lands a job in an art gallery and an artist boyfriend, she loses everything. Alone, broke and depressed, she turns to Craigslist to find – for free – everything she needs for both fun and survival. She soon discovers a wild, flawed world where everyone is either the con or the conned, and decency has flown both the laptop and the desktop. A roommate who is rarely home, turns out to be an escort, which makes Emily get on her high moral horse, but later, when Emily herself becomes an escort for a day things spiral out of control…
Off the Edge of the Map: Marco Polo, Captain Cook, and 9 Other Travelers and Explorers That Pushed the Boundaries
History > World > Expeditions & Discoveries
Author: Michael Rank
From the #1 bestselling author of History’s Greatest Generals comes an exciting new book on the greatest explorers in history and how their discoveries shaped the modern world.
Whether it is Rabban Bar Sauma, the 13th-century Chinese monk commissioned by the Mongols to travel West form a military alliance against the Islam; Marco Polo, who opened a window to the East for Europe; or Captain James Cook, whose maritime voyages of discovery created the global economy of the 21st century, each of these explorers had an indelible impact on modern society.
This book will look at the 11 greatest explorers in history. Some traveled for religious piety, such as Ibn Battuta, who travelled from North Africa to Indonesia in the 1300s, visiting every Islamic pilgrimage site between — and becoming counselor to over 30 heads of state. Others traveled for profit, such as Ferdinand Magellan, who wanted to consolidate Spain’s holdings on the spice trade. Others traveled for the sheer thrill of adventure, such as Victorian explorer Richard Francis Burton, who learned 29 languages, went undercover as a Muslim on a pilgrimage to Mecca, and wrote 50 books on topics ranging from a translation of the Kama Sutra to a manual on bayonet exercises. Still others travelled for discovery, such as Ernest Shackleton, who led two dozen men to the bottom of the world in an attempt to cross Antarctica on foot.
Whatever their reason for discovery, these explorers still inspire us today to push the limits of human achievement — and discover something about ourselves in the process.
A Good Man Gone (Mercy Watts Mysteries)
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: A.W. Hartoin
It’s summer in St. Louis and Mercy Watts is on vacation from her parents. The great detective and his nosy wife are on a cruise and Mercy thinks she’s off the hook for doing any investigating for them. But when a family friend has a fatal heart attack, Dad has one of his famous feelings and orders Mercy to look into it. Mercy tries not to get sucked in. She really does, but she’s her father’s daughter. Soon Gavin’s death leads to a more grisly one, the death of a bride on her wedding day. Can the two be connected? Was Gavin murdered? Now Mercy can’t stop. You do for family. That’s all there is to it.
Thrillers > Legal
Author: Harper Dimmerman
A hotshot big firm lawyer is hand-picked to go after a South Philadelphia restaurateur with possible ties to the Italian mafia. The slick Chairman of the white-shoe firm claims it’s the case to get Hunter Gray his well-deserved partnership nod. But the firm’s head is up to something much more sinister. Hunter’s falling for the Chair’s ex, a sexy judge on the Common Pleas Court bench, which doesn’t sit well with his cunning boss. With Hunter’s best friend nearly killed and the Chief Judge murdered in cold blood, Hunter’s life starts to spin out of control, putting survival and his own freedom at the top of his list. Little does he know that one of the least likely people is pulling all the strings, turning the trial lawyer’s life into a living hell.
Celestia is Falling (Croft & Croft Romance Adventure)
Author: Morgan Kelley
In life there are few constants. We’re born. We all have secrets. And we die.
Emma Starling is no different. She’s on the run and trying to escape the murder of her brother, and the death she chased on the Philadelphia streets that stained her soul. To make it out alive, washing away the blood on her hands, she’s forced herself into self imposed exile. Nothing matters now but keeping her sanity and patching up her life. Alone.
Celestia is her new found sanctuary and the best part? No one thinks about murder in the sleepy utopia. That is until a serial killer comes to town, targeting the women he deems guilty of the oldest sin.
What’s a skittish sheriff to do?
The Tale of East – A Little Elephant with a Very Long Trunk
Children’s eBooks > Animals
Author: Kicki Pallin Serby, Lucía Benito
East is a young elephant with a very long trunk who wants to be like the other elephant kids. He cannot understand why he is the one who has to be different from everyone else.
But one day something strange happens. Unforeseen circumstances takes him on an adventure that makes him understand something very important about life… and himself.
TODAY’S BARGAINS……………What’s this?
Mystery > Women Sleuths
Author: Lis Wiehl
Regularly $9.99, Today $2.99
Two little girls, frozen in black and white. One picture worth killing for. The Civil Rights Movement is less than a distant memory to Lisa Waldren—it is someone else’s memory altogether, passed on to her through the pages of history. Her life as a federal prosecutor in Boston feels utterly remote from the marches in the South that changed her father’s generation—and the entire nation—forever.
But the truth is, she was there. When a photograph surfaces showing a blond, four-year-old Lisa playing with an African-American girl at a civil rights march in Fort Worth, Lisa is faced with a jarring revelation: the girls may have been the only witnesses who observed the killer of civil rights leader Benjamin Gray . . . and therefore the only ones who can exonerate the death row inmate falsely accused of the murder.
Soon, Lisa finds herself in the dangerous world her father had shielded her from as a child. After some searching, the Waldrens find the other little girl from the photo and, in the process, uncover conspiracy mere steps away from the likes of Bobby Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and J. Edgar Hoover.
Based on real events and a photograph snapped by author Lis Wiehl’s own G-man father, Snapshot is a remarkably original marriage of mystery and history.
The Curse (The Beladors)
Fantasy > Paranormal & Urban
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon, Dianna Love
Regularly $7.99, Today $1.99
Evalle Kincaid will fight to the death for her supernatural friends.
But when Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love’s tough-as-nails heroine reveals her darkest secret, who among those she had trusted will be left standing?
With the freedom of an entire race hanging in the balance, Evalle has two days to make good on a promise that she suddenly has no hope of fulfilling when demonic Svart Trolls invade Atlanta. She takes a leap of faith, seeking help from the one man who recently put Evalle in his crosshairs—Black Ops specialist Isak Nyght. While trying to stop the bloody troll-led gang wars, Evalle unwittingly exposes a secret that endangers all she holds dear and complicates her already tumultuous love life with the mysterious Skinwalker, Storm. But when Evalle discovers she’s the number one target in the Medb coven’s ruthless plan to destroy all Beladors, the deadly Alterant is forced to make a game-changing decision with no time left on the clock.
The Line (Witching Savannah, Book 1)
Science Fiction & Fantasy
Author: J. D. Horn
Regularly $4.99, Today $1.99
Savannah is considered a Southern treasure, a city of beauty with a rich, colorful past. Some might even call it magical…
To the uninitiated, Savannah shows only her bright face and genteel manner. Those who know her well, though, can see beyond her colonial trappings and small-city charm to a world where witchcraft is respected, Hoodoo is feared, and spirits linger. Mercy Taylor is all too familiar with the supernatural side of Savannah, being a member of the most powerful family of witches in the South.
Despite being powerless herself, of course.
Having grown up without magic of her own, in the shadow of her talented and charismatic twin sister, Mercy has always thought herself content. But when a series of mishaps—culminating in the death of the Taylor matriarch—leaves a vacuum in the mystical underpinnings of Savannah, she finds herself thrust into a mystery that could shake her family apart…and unleash a darkness the line of Taylor witches has been keeping at bay for generations.
Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World
Small Business & Entrepreneurship
Author: Gary Vaynerchuk
Regularly $9.99, Today $2.99
New York Times bestselling author and social media expert Gary Vaynerchuk shares hard-won advice on how to connect with customers and beat the competition. A mash-up of the best elements of Crush It! and The Thank You Economy with a fresh spin, Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook is a blueprint to social media marketing strategies that really works.
When managers and marketers outline their social media strategies, they plan for the “right hook”—their next sale or campaign that’s going to knock out the competition. Even companies committed to jabbing—patiently engaging with customers to build the relationships crucial to successful social media campaigns—want to land the punch that will take down their opponent or their customer’s resistance in one blow. Right hooks convert traffic to sales and easily show results. Except when they don’t.
Thanks to massive change and proliferation in social media platforms, the winning combination of jabs and right hooks is different now. Vaynerchuk shows that while communication is still key, context matters more than ever.
It Happened on the Way to War
Biographies & Memoirs
Author: Rye Barcott
Regularly $13.99, Today $1.99
In 2000 Rye Barcott spent part of his summer living in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya. He was a college student heading into the Marines, and he sought to better understand ethnic violence-something he would likely facelater in uniform. He learned Swahili, asked questions, and listened to young people talk about how they survived in poverty he had never imagined. Anxious to help but unsure what to do, he stumbled into friendship with awidowed nurse, Tabitha Atieno Festo, and a hardscrabble community organizer, Salim Mohamed.Together, this unlikely trio built a non-governmental organization that would develop a new generation of leaders from within one of Africa’s largest slums.
Their organization, Carolina for Kibera (CFK), is now a global pioneer of the movement called Participatory Development, and washonored by Time magazine as a “Hero of Global Health.” CFK’s greatest lesson may be that with the right kind of support, people in desperate places will take charge of their lives and create breathtaking change.
Engaged in two seemingly contradictory forms of public service at the same time, Barcott continued his leadership in CFK while serving as a human intelligence officer in Iraq, Bosnia, and the Horn of Africa. Struggling with the intense stress of leading Marines in dangerous places, he took thetools he learned building a community in one of the most fractured parts of Kenya and became a more effective counterinsurgent and peacekeeper.It Happened on the Way to War is a true story of sacrifice and courage and the powerful melding of military and humanitarian service. It’s a story of what America’s role in the world could be.
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