Kate Lloyd tops today’s Buffet with Leaving Lancaster, the first installment in her Christian-themed “Legacy of Lancaster” trilogy. The story explores the power of forgiveness, family reconciliation, and love where least expected.

A native of Baltimore, Kate spends time with family and friends in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the inspiration for her novels. Forever Amish, the third novel in “Legacy” trilogy, will be released June 1.

Kate is a member of the Lancaster County Mennonite Historical Society. She and her husband live in the Pacific Northwest, the setting for Kate’s first novel, A Portrait of Marguerite. Kate studied art and art history in college. She’s worked a variety of jobs, including car salesman and restaurateur.

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Leaving Lancaster: A Novel (Legacy of Lancaster Trilogy)

Christian Fiction > Romance
Author: Kate Lloyd
Leaving Lancaster: A Novel (Legacy of Lancaster Trilogy)

Can a splintered Amish family reconcile?

More than anything else, thirty-something Holly Fisher longs for family. Growing up in Seattle without a dad or grandparents, she wonders what it would be like to have a heritage, a place of belonging. Holly is furious when her mother, Esther, reveals a long-kept secret: Holly’s grandmother and uncles are still alive and begging Esther to return. And Holly is shocked when she learns that the family she’s never known lives on a Lancaster, Pennsylvania, farm—as part of an Amish community her mother once abandoned.

Guilt-ridden Esther, terrified to see her mother and siblings, begs Holly to accompany her on a visit to Esther’s mother before she dies. But can their journey to a conflicting world heal their emotional wounds and finally bring them home?

The Visions of Ransom Lake

Romance > Westerns
Author: Marcia Lynn McClure
The Visions of Ransom Lake

Youthful beauty, naïve innocence, a romantic imagination thirsting for adventure…an apt description of Vaden Valmont, who would soon find the adventure and mystery she had always longed to experience…in the form of a man.
A somber recluse, Ransom Lake descended from his solitary concealment in the mountains, wholly disinterested in people and their trivial affairs. And somehow, young Vaden managed to be ever in his way…either by accident or because of her own unique ability to stumble into a quandary.

Yet the enigmatic Ransom Lake would involuntarily become Vaden’s unwitting tutor. Through him, she would experience joy and passion the like even Vaden had never imagined. Yes, Vaden Valmont stepped innocently, yet irrevocably, into love with the secretive, seemingly callous man.

There Are No Do-Overs: The Big Red Factors For Sustaining a Business Long Term

Management & Leadership > Decision-Making & Problem Solving
Author: Tom Raffio, Barbara McLaughlin, Dave Cowens
There Are No Do-Overs: The Big Red Factors For Sustaining a Business Long Term

There Are No Do-Overs is a game-changing management book that offers readers insight on how to create a winning team at the office by reviewing lessons from the basketball court. Think of it as a full-court press that shows business leaders how to bring their A game—from tip-off to working overtime—and what it takes to win.

Combining lessons from the boardroom with directives on how to make big wins in the NBA, There Are No Do-Overs shows readers the devil is in the details. In other words: success is the sum of paying attention to detail when it comes to business, sports, and life.

Why I am an Atheist Who Believes in God

Religion & Spirituality > Philosophy
Author: Frank Schaeffer
Why I am an Atheist Who Believes in God: How to give love, create beauty and find peace


Caught between the beauty of his grandchildren and grief over a friend’s death, Frank Schaeffer finds himself simultaneously believing and not believing in God—an atheist who prays. Schaeffer wrestles with faith and disbelief, sharing his innermost thoughts with a lyricism that only great writers of literary nonfiction achieve. Schaeffer writes as an imperfect son, husband and grandfather whose love for his family, art and life trumps the ugly theologies of an angry God and the atheist vision of a cold, meaningless universe. Schaeffer writes that only when we abandon our hunt for certainty do we become free to create beauty, give love and find peace.

And We Danced

Action & Adventure
Author: Toni Mari
And We Danced (Sport Horse Romance and Equestrian Adventure)

Seventeen-year-old Jane found the horse of her dreams—or so she thought. Windsong has the breeding, training, and the flashy good looks to win medals at national competitions, and Jane figures she’ll point him down the centerline and waltz back out, stuffing blue ribbons into her tack trunk. He was a tall, black, imported Swedish Warmblood; he was Grand Prix trained; he was the epitome of elegance and fire breathing dragon. She nearly fainted when she had to get on him the first time, but she did it. It was getting off that had her landing on her backside in the dirt. She’s not sure she can ride a horse like Windsong, maybe she wants to go back to riding boring, reliable Paddy.

The first time Jane attempts to catch Windsong out in his paddock, he freaks and races past her, out the open stall door and he’s gone, down the driveway. As Jane is panicking, fearing the worst, a cowboy and his trusty mount save the day. Cory ropes Windsong and disaster is averted, or is it? Cory is an ill-mannered, stupid stetson wearing, piercing blue eyed, mouthwatering cowboy and he questions Jane’s ability to handle Windsong’s behavior. Kate her beloved trainer, sides with him, and tells her to let a mere cowboy touch her horse! Tempers blaze and horseshoes fly, but something else begins to spark. Can Jane overcome her fear of Windsong to win her goal of competing in the North American Junior Championships and not lose her heart at the same time?

The Glass Wall

Fantasy > Paranormal & Urban
Author: Madison Adler, Carmen Caine
The Glass Wall (The Glass Wall - an Urban Fantasy Faerie Romance)

17-year-old Sydney’s only interest in life is flying under the radar.

But destiny has other plans when the tall, handsome, and unusual Rafael Channing moves into the neighborhood. Athletic and with killer looks, he wears black eyeliner like a magician and always seems to be there when she needs him the most.

What starts out as a light-hearted investigation with her gadget-happy foster father takes a serious turn when she discovers that Rafael isn’t human. Add Jareth, the country’s latest rock sensation, into the mix and Sydney is swept into a mysterious world of Tulpas, the Fae, and the Brotherhood of the Snake.

Sydney doesn’t know she’s a Blue Thread of Fate. She doesn’t know the fate of humanity depends on her choice of whom to trust–Jareth or Rafael. And she certainly doesn’t know that she’s taken the first step on the unexpected path of love.

Learn How to Do Witchcraft Rituals and Spells with Your Bare Hands

Earth-Based Religions > Witchcraft
Author: G. Alan Joel
Learn How to Do Witchcraft Rituals and Spells with Your Bare Hands (Witchcraft Spell Books)

Witchcraft and magic are very real. These practices have existed as precise sciences for thousands of years. More importantly, every single person can learn to do witchcraft and magic. We are all born with the talents and abilities that empower us to do the rituals and spells in this book.

In the distant past, studies in witchcraft and magic were just as important as math, science, or the arts. This book is the first in a three-part series dedicated to spreading the knowledge of practical witchcraft and magic around the planet. Because the books in this series can be studied individually or in sequence, the introductory material on practitioner safety and effectiveness is repeated in each book.

The Witching Pen

Romance > Fantasy
Author: Dianna Hardy
The Witching Pen (The Witching Pen series)

It’s hard being the most powerful witch on the planet. It’s even harder when you’re a twenty-five year old virgin who’ll lose all of that power the moment you sleep with someone … that’s why Elena’s never slept with her best friend and flatmate, Karl, despite the true feelings they harbour for each other.

Elena’s about to discover that there are even more difficult things in life to deal with. One of them comes in the form of a pen she discovers one day, a pen that allows anything she writes to come to pass…

Suddenly, it’s not just her powers or her heart that’s at stake, but her very soul, as a dream demon with a seductive pull uses the pen to try and turn her away from her reality, and from Karl.

But the pen is just the beginning. Everything Elena has believed in is a lie, and her world is about to fall apart…

TODAY’S BARGAINS……………What’s this?

Spy for Hire (A Mark Sava Spy Novel)

Thrillers > Spy Stories & Tales of Intrigue
Author: Dan Mayland
Regularly $4.99, Today $1.99
Spy for Hire (A Mark Sava Spy Novel)

A kidnapped orphan triggers an intelligence war in the Middle East, catapulting top-spy Mark Sava into a desperate race against friend and foe alike.

Azerbaijan didn’t want him. And now Kyrgyzstan may not be able to handle Mark Sava either. The ex–CIA station chief has settled into a new, easy life as a spy for hire. But then his girlfriend, Daria, discovers the private intelligence agency employing Sava is connected to a strange plot involving a mysterious orphan.

As Saudi intelligence agents and the CIA seek out the boy for their own ends, Sava and Daria call on old friend and ex–Navy SEAL John Decker to protect the child while they dig for the truth. Soon Sava has a front-row seat to a black ops war between the CIA, US Naval Intelligence, and foreign forces—and the boy is somehow the key to victory. Sava just wants to find the child a good home, but can he do so before his own broken past proves his undoing?

Someone To Love (Someone To Love Series)

Romantic Comedy
Author: Addison Moore
Regularly $3.99, Today $1.99
Someone To Love (Someone To Love Series)

New York Times and USA Today Bestseller“If you don’t give your heart away, you can’t get it broken.” When twenty-year-old Kendall Jordan transfers across the country to Garrison University, the last thing she’s looking for is a one-night stand. Unfortunately that’s exactly what gorgeous Cruise Elton offers. Kendall has long since come to realize that love is an illusion, and Cruise couldn’t agree more—but something deep inside her wants him all for herself. So Kendall devises a plan to “play the player” and proposes that Cruise tutor her in becoming a female version of himself—Garrison University’s own playboy. But as real feelings emerge, the game gets complicated, and Kendall and Cruise will find themselves questioning everything they thought they knew about love.

This book is intended for mature audiences due to strong language and sexual content.

Garden Up! Smart Vertical Gardening for Small and Large Spaces

Gardening & Horticulture > Garden Design
Author: Susan Morrison, Rebecca Sweet
Regularly $19.95, Today $2.99
Garden Up! Smart Vertical Gardening for Small and Large Spaces

Vertical gardening is the latest, most talked about trend in gardening. Outdoor living walls planted with anything from succulents to vegetables, are springing up in urban and suburban areas and even commercial spaces. Home gardeners are  now ready to take advantage of the vertical spaces in their own gardens. Ornamental gardeners searching for help with narrow planting beds or choosing the appropriate trellis, small space gardeners in need of specific solutions, edible gardeners interested in creative ways to mix edibles with ornamentals will find the help they need. Garden Up!offers inspiration and how-to information for enhancing any outdoor space. Authors Susan Lee Morrison, and Rebecca Sweet offer advice on plant selection across the country, and  include easy do-it-yourself projects than add unique touches to any garden.

Authors Susan Lee Morrison and Rebecca Sweet offer advice on plant selection across the country and include easy do-it-yourself projects that add unique touches to any garden. This innovative book has also made the Top 10 Home & Garden list for Amazon’s Best Books of 2011!

Cactus Soup

Children’s Books > Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths
Author: Eric A. Kimmel, Phil Huling
Regularly $3.99, Today $1.99
Cactus Soup

When a group of hungry soldiers ride into San Miguel, the townspeople don’t want to share their food. They hide their tortillas, tamales, beans, and flour and put on torn clothes to look poor. But the Capitán is not fooled. He asks for a cactus thorn to make some cactus soup, and before long he has tricked the townspeople into giving him salt and chilies, vegetables, and a chicken as well! Whimsical watercolors by Phil Huling add to the humor in this southwestern twist on the classic Stone Soup tale.

The Poem That Will Not End

Children’s Books > Poetry
Author: Joan Bransfield Graham, Kyrsten Brooker
Regularly $3.99, Today $1.99
The Poem That Will Not End

Ryan O’Brian is riding a wave of inspiration with no shoreline in sight—he can’t STOP writing poetry. In the cafeteria with french fries. In the bathroom with toothpaste. Even on the soccer field with mud! Has he reached an artistic crescendo with a sonnet on the staircase and a villanelle on the shower curtain? What next?

In this innovative, inspiring picture book, you’ll find a laugh-out-loud story poem full of hilarious antics, and, if you look carefully, you’ll discover Ryan’s own poems within the inventive illustrations. As a bonus, Ryan’s helpful guide to fifteen poetic forms and five voices invites you to challenge your own poetic imagination.

Ideal for reading aloud or acting out, here’s the perfect book to celebrate the joy of poetry and spark creative thinking. Join in the fun!

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