Mary Shelley (1797 – 1851) was an English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer, best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein, which tops today’s Buffet.

shelleyShelley started writing Frankenstein when she was 18, and the novel was published when she was 20. The first edition was published anonymously in London in 1818. Shelley’s name appears on the second edition, published in France in 1823. Frankenstein is infused with elements of the Gothic novel and the Romantic movement and is also considered to be one of the earliest examples of science fiction.

Shelley was born Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin in Somers Town, London, in 1797. She was the second child of the feminist philosopher, educator, and writer Mary Wollstonecraft, and the first child of the philosopher, novelist, and journalist William Godwin.

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Literature & Fiction > Classics
Author: Mary Shelley

A timeless, terrifying tale of one man’s obsession to create life—and the monster that became his legacy.

Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of devoted science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life, and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts; but upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Dr. Frankenstein.

Frankenstein, an instant bestseller and an important ancestor of both the horror and science-fiction genres, not only tells a terrifying story, but also raises profound, disturbing questions about the very nature of life and the place of humankind within the cosmos: What does it mean to be human? What responsibilities do we have to each other? How far can we go in tampering with Nature? In our age, filled with news of organ donation, genetic engineering, and bio-terrorism, these questions are more relevant than ever.

Scavengers (Posadas County #1) (Posadas County Mysteries)

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: Steven F Havill
Scavengers (Posadas County #1) (Posadas County Mysteries)

A body is found in the unforgiving New Mexico desert, its face so smashed that identification is impossible. It’s the beginning of a brutal murder spree that will take Posadas County’s new undersheriff, Estelle Reyes-Guzman, into a case with roots on both sides of the border.

Retired Sheriff Bill Gastner, now a state livestock inspector, is still close at hand to provide unerring logic and horse sense as Reyes-Guzman attempts to identify the “Juan” Doe. Another body turns up in a shallow grave, revealing little about the killer, but more about the victims. And when a suspicious fire takes a third life, the terrible twist finally offers the break Estelle has been looking for, one that will lead her back into a harsh, merciless desert where death welcomes all.

With Full Malice

Thrillers > Crime
Author: Brenda Hill
With Full Malice

Is it ever acceptable to commit murder? What if, as a good citizen, you waited for justice, but it never came?

Newspaper food critic Madison Young lives a safe, controlled life in a quiet California town below Big Bear, afraid of the dark, afraid to take chances. Since the night her parents were slaughtered, she’s haunted by his threats to return for her. But she’s forced out of her sheltered life when a paroled sex offender is murdered, and her out-of-town editor needs her to cover the story.

Reluctantly interviewing a witness, Madison jots down one word, a seemingly insignificant word that will link to a chain of murders across the country and to a secret society, a vast and deadly organization whose tentacles invade her own life. She traces clues, shocked when they reveal a connection to the man who murdered her parents, horrified when warnings to stop the investigation become deadly. When her editor dies mysteriously and a family member is threatened, Madison discovers no one is who they seem, and few can be trusted.

Autism: Why I Love Kids With Autism – An Amazing Guide For Parents

Parenting & Relationships > Special Needs
Author: Doris Duan-Young
Autism: Why I Love Kids With Autism - An Amazing Guide For Parents Of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder from 20,000 Success Stories: The 8 Core Values of Success, Inspiration, Happiness, and Hope

Doris Duan-Young, considered by many to be the world’s leading expert on helping families with autism, tells the story of the children and parents she’s helped, and the 8 Core Values that create success for families and children with autism.

Autism can be transformed, and Doris Duang-Young will inspire parents of autistic children and provide them with the tools, experience, confidence, hope and strength to succeed.

After seeing 20,000 transformations of children with through various forms of therapies in Florida, Doris Duang-Young, a behavior analyst who has worked with autism since 2001, understand the entire range of autism spectrum disorders and seen enough success to assure parents that there is hope. She knows what patterns work and what doesn’t and wants to share this with the rest of the world community of parents struggling with autistic kids. This book will inspire parents and give them great hope because the author not only explains what they need to do, but covers a set of eight important core values: unconditional love, being content, progress, celebrate, love your friends, deep connections with people, patience, and enjoy the moment. In addition she provides tools, such as the latest apps to help autistic children.

The Diaries – A Gage Hartline Thriller

Thrillers > Spy Stories & Tales of Intrigue
Author: Chuck Driskell
The Diaries - A Gage Hartline Thriller

He thought it was a routine surveillance job.

They thought he was an ordinary citizen.

Neither could have been more wrong.

Propelled by the discovery of a set of mind-bending diaries penned by Adolf Hitler’s unwilling lover, a deadly pursuit ensues across Europe. Chased is Gage Hartline, a former special operations soldier. Stalking him are the French mob, a rogue DGSE agent, and his former employer, the United States Army. But when the one he loves is ripped from him, Gage turns the tables and becomes the hunter.

Deer in Headlights (Good Gods, Book 1)

Romantic Comedy
Author: Staci Hart
Deer in Headlights (Good Gods 1) (Good Gods Series)

Aphrodite never loses, not when it comes to love.

Immortality has its perks and its downsides. Boredom, for one, is unavoidable, but instead of playing Backgammon, the Greek gods devised a game using humans as pawns. Remember Shakespeare? That was Apollo. Bonnie and Clyde? Aphrodite versus Ares.

Aphrodite is on deck, and she’ll defend her domain of love by using her magic to get the two human players together. Time is not on her side, and she’ll have her work cut out for her as her opponent does everything in his power to keep the players apart.

Game one is against Apollo, who chooses the loner Dean, a rock star who takes dark and brooding to the next level. His band has finally gotten a break, and he can’t screw it up, not for another one night stand, and especially not with his new drummer’s girlfriend. He swore to the band that he’d keep it together, but from the minute he first sees Lex, it takes every bit of willpower he has to stay away. But Dean’s will is nothing for the Goddess of Love, who’s certain she has a fighting chance to win with Lex as her player. The artist and poet is perfect for Dean, if only she can open her heart and find a way to love for the first time.

Diet Cookbook: Under 160 Calories-Healthy Dessert Recipes

Cookbooks, Food & Wine > Desserts
Author: R. Federbush
Diet Cookbook: Under 160 Calories-Healthy Dessert Recipes. Naturally, Delicious Desserts That No One Will Believe They Are Low Fat & Healthy (Diet Cookbooks Recipes Collection)

A full-photo guide that shows you how to bake a delicious European torte cupcake with whipped cream – only 152 calories! This desserts cookbook is designed for people who want to treat themselves from time to time to delicious, low fat dessert without gaining a pound. All the healthy dessert recipes are as sweet as regular cakes and use only natural ingredients such as sugar with no artificial sweeteners or other synthetic products.

Heaven’s Child: A true story of family, friends, and strangers

Self-Help > Death & Grief
Author: Caroline Flohr
Heaven's Child: A true story of family, friends, and strangers

When Caroline Flohr’s sixteen-year-old twin daughter, Sarah, is killed in an accident involving eight teens taking a mid-night joyride, what’s left behind? And how do you move forward?

An intimate self-examination told through the eyes and heart of Sarah’s mother Caroline, Heaven’s Child is a magical memoir that teaches us how to surrender to our losses and celebrate the gifts of death while rediscovering life. Tackling deep questions and universal misunderstandings, the story draws readers to journey beside Caroline as she opens the domestic scenes of home, heart, family, and community.

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Inés of My Soul: A Novel

Literary Fiction > Historical
Author: Isabel Allende
Regularly $9.99, Today $1.99
Inés of My Soul: A Novel

In the early years of the conquest of the Americas, Inés Suárez, a seamstress condemned to a life of toil, flees Spain to seek adventure in the New World. As Inés makes her way to Chile, she begins a fiery romance with Pedro de Valdivia, war hero and field marshal to the famed Francisco Pizarro. Together the lovers will build the new city of Santiago, and they will wage war against the indigenous Chileans—a bloody struggle that will change Inés and Valdivia forever, inexorably pulling each of them toward separate destinies.

Inés of My Soul is a work of breathtaking scope that masterfully dramatizes the known events of Inés Suárez’s life, crafting them into a novel rich with the narrative brilliance and passion readers have come to expect from Isabel Allende.

The Long Earth

Science Fiction > Adventure
Author: Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
Regularly $9.99, Today $1.99
The Long Earth

An unmissable milestone for fans of Sir Terry Pratchett: the first SF novel in over three decades in which the visionary inventor of Discworld has created a new universe of tantalizing possibilities—a series of parallel “Earths” with doorways leading to adventure, intrigue, excitement, and an escape into the furthest reaches of the imagination.

The Long Earth, written with award-winning novelist Stephen Baxter, author of Stone SpringArk, andFloodwill, captivate science fiction fans of all stripes, readers of Kurt Vonnegut, Douglas Adams, and Carl Hiaasen, and anyone who enjoyed the Terry Pratchett/Neil Gaiman collaboration Good Omens.

Virtual Freedom: How to Work with Virtual Staff to Buy More Time, Become More Productive, and Build Your Dream Business

Management & Leadership > Outsourcing
Author: Chris C. Ducker
Regularly $16.95, Today $1.99
Virtual Freedom: How to Work with Virtual Staff to Buy More Time, Become More Productive, and Build Your Dream Business

Entrepreneurs often suffer from ”superhero syndrome”—the misconception that to be successful, they must do everything themselves. Not only are they the boss, but also the salesperson, HR manager, copywriter, operations manager, online marketing guru, and so much more. It’s no wonder why so many people give up the dream of starting a business—it’s just too much for one person to handle.

But outsourcing expert and ”Virtual CEO,” Chris Ducker knows how you can get the help you need with resources you can afford. Small business owners, consultants, and online entrepreneurs don’t have to go it alone when they discover the power of building teams of virtual employees to help run, support, and grow their businesses.

Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times

Exercise & Fitness > Yoga
Author: Judith Hanson Lasater
Regularly $23.95, Today $2.99
Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times

Experience the rest of your life with restorative yoga, the supported poses and breathing practices that will help you heal the effects of chronic stress. In Relax and Renew, the first book exclusively devoted to this work, you’ll find:

in-depth guidance in Basic Relaxation Pose (Savasana), the heart of restorative practice, as well as the Centering Breath a general restorative sequence that explores backbends, an inverted posture, a twist, cooling forward bends, and a variation of Basic Relaxation Pose (Savasana) sequences for busy days, including a fifteen-minute practice, yoga at your desk, and the Totally Invisible Relaxation programs for back pain, headaches, insomnia, jet lag, and breathing problems a special section for women during menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause a guide to props.

Archangels: Rise of the Jesuits

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: Janet M. Tavakoli
Regularly $5.99, Today $0.99
Archangels: Rise of the Jesuits

Italian intelligence specialist and former Jesuit student Michael Visconte is shocked by the brutal murder of a Jesuit priest, who turns out to be a hedge fund manager for the Vatican. The victim, Father Matteo Pintozzi, achieved an unblemished record of extraordinary returns.

The next day, Michael is visited by two Jesuits who ask him to investigate the murder, and Michael soon finds himself in the middle of a struggle for power and control over the finances of the Vatican. Unfortunately, his lucky break—one that should provide critical evidence—blurs the line between good and evil and not only endangers the lives of Michael and the Jesuits, but also imperils the lives of his wife and children.

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