Jill Eileen Smith tops today’s Buffet with Michal, the first installment in her bestselling “Wives of King David” historical romance series. This is a biblical fiction series set in ancient Israel during the reigns of King Saul and King David. Each story is a fictional rendering of the biblical account of three of David’s most well-known wives.

Jill is also author of Sarai, Rebekah, and Rachel, all part of the “Wives of the Patriarchs” series. Her research has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times.

When she isn’t writing, Jill enjoys spending time with her family–in person, over the webcam, or by hopping a plane to fly across the country.

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Michal (The Wives of King David Book #1): A Novel

Religious & Inspirational Fiction > Historical
Author: Jill Eileen Smith
Michal (The Wives of King David Book #1): A Novel

As the daughter of King Saul, Michal lives a life of privilege–but one that is haunted by her father’s unpredictable moods and by competition from her beautiful older sister. When Michal falls for young David, the harpist who plays to calm her father, she has no idea what romance, adventures, and heartache await her.

As readers enter the colorful and unpredictable worlds of King Saul and King David, they will be swept up in this exciting and romantic story. Against the backdrop of opulent palace life, raging war, and desert escapes, Jill Eileen Smith takes her readers on an emotional roller-coaster ride as Michal deals with love, loss, and personal transformation as one of the wives of David. A sweeping tale of passion and drama, readers will love this amazing story.

Chasing Sunsets (The Cedar Key Series, Book 1)

Romance > Contemporary
Author: Eva Marie Everson
Chasing Sunsets (The Cedar Key Series Book #1): A Cedar Key Novel

Kimberly Tucker’s life hasn’t turned out the way she thought it would. A divorced mother of two, Kim resents her ex-husband for moving on with his life and living it up while she struggles to understand what went wrong. When her sons end up spending five weeks of summer vacation with their father, Kim’s own father suggests a respite in the family vacation home on tiny Cedar Key Island. As Kim revisits her childhood memories and loves, she soon discovers that treasures in life are often buried, and mistakes–both past and present–become redeemable in God’s hand.

Readers will be swept away to an island retreat where they walk alongside Kim as she discovers that God’s answers may not come easily, but they do come.

3 a.m.

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: Nick Pirog
3 a.m.

Henry Bins has Henry Bins.
A sleeping disorder, named after him.
He is awake for one hour a day.
He wakes up at 3 a.m. then falls asleep at 4 a.m.
Life is simple.
Until he hears the woman scream.
And sees the man leave the house across the street.
But not just any man.
The President of the United States.

The Business of Writing for Children: An Award-Winning Author’s Tips on Writing Children’s Books and Publishing Them

Reference > Writing, Research & Publishing Guides
Author: Aaron Shepard
The Business of Writing for Children: An Award-Winning Author's Tips on Writing Children's Books and Publishing Them, or How to Write, Publish, and Promote a Book for Kids

Writing books for children is both art and business. If you dream of becoming a children’s author — or even if you’re well on your way — this handbook can help you in writing sellable stories, getting them published, and promoting your books.

Topics include common myths about children’s writing, children’s book categories, elements of successful stories, manuscript format, submission strategies, contract negotiation, the publishing process, career building, and children’s writer resources. Also included are specialized subjects such as querying for multiple manuscripts, promoting a first book, and self publishing.

Internet Spy

Teen & Young Adult > Mysteries
Author: Ian Probert
Internet Spy

Originally published in 1995, Internet Spy was a surprise bestseller in the US and later spawned a South African TV movie ‘March the Second’. Here it is made available for the first time in ebook format.

Internet Spy is the fictionalised account of what happened when German hackers broke into some of the most sensitive computer systems in the US. Told from the perspective of a fourteen-year-old-boy, this short story has kept teenagers enthralled for more than a decade.

Know a younger reader who needs a push getting interested in computers? Internet Spy, which is partially based on true accounts, tells the story of a group of German hackers who invade the computer systems of the United States government. This fictional retelling of the story of the Chaos Club is perfect for raising the interest level of any teenage hacker wannabe.At the end, the authors include a helpful glossary, a capsule account of the real events, and a section on computer hacking that might lead the reader to pursue further information on the topic. This book is a little more substantial than other books in the Classified series such as Encounter on the Moon andAlien Landing.

The Henchmen’s Book Club

Action & Adventure > Fantasy
Author: Danny King
The Henchmen's Book Club

Mark Jones is a henchman for hire. He guards bunkers, patrols perimeters and stands around in a boiler suit waiting to get knocked out by Ninjas. This is his job.

He’s worked for some of the most notorious super villains the world has ever known – Doctor Thalassocrat, Victor Soliman, Polonius Crump; Mark was with each of them when they met their makers at the hands of British Secret Service super-spy, Jack Tempest and lived to tell the tale – if not pay the bills.

Still for every hour under gunfire there are weeks if not months of sitting around on monorails so Jones starts a book club with his fellow henchmen to help pass the time.

It was only meant to be a bit of fun.

It was never meant to save the world.

Blood Type

Science Fiction & Fantasy
Author: Melissa Luznicky Garrett
Blood Type

Popular girl Blake Ehlert has it all: a prime spot on the cheerleading squad, a jock boyfriend who’s strong and sensitive, and the winning vote for Homecoming Queen two years in a row. But when she strikes up a conversation with loner John Kelly, her entire world starts to crumble.

John Kelly is a vampire—what’s known to his kind as a Compeller. It’s his job to recruit human Donors with a particular blood type.

And Blake is his next target.

Managing Stress In The Workplace: How To Get Rid Of Stress At Work And Live A Longer Life

Psychology & Counseling > Occupational & Organizational

Author: Joe Martin
Managing Stress In The Workplace: How To Get Rid Of Stress At Work And Live A Longer Life ((Stress Management) How to deal with office stress)

In this book, we will discuss in short why workplace stress affects you the way it does, the repercussions of leading a stressful life, and the various ways to combat it successfully.

I sincerely hope that this book was able to help you to prevent, diminish or withstand your workplace stress successfully. Your excessive stress levels may have been your jailer at the workplace for a very long period of time, but, if you continue following the techniques that are outlined in this book, you will soon become free from its grasp. By adhering to these methods, you will be able to experience a renewed excitement and reinvigorated passion for your work that you may not have felt before. Rejoice in this.

Don’t fret if your progress doesn’t go as well as you had hoped; most people experience several hurdles and roadblocks when trying to alleviate stress from their lives. Don’t stop, but climb further up and overcome every obstacle that you encounter. Very soon, you will see the bright ray of light that shows you have accomplished your objective.

TODAY’S BARGAINS……………What’s this?

Blue Monday: A Novel (Frieda Klein)

Mystery > Women Sleuths
Author: Nicci French
Regularly $9.99, Today $1.99
Blue Monday: A Novel (Frieda Klein)

Immensely intelligent and poignantly human, Frieda Klein has captivated book critics and crime readers everywhere with her debut outing as Blue Monday‘s iconoclastic heroine. A psychotherapist and insomniac who spends her nights walking along the ancient rivers that lie beneath modern London, Frieda stars in a dazzling new crime series in which the terrors of the mind spill over into real life.

When five-year-old Matthew Farraday is abducted, Frieda cannot ignore the fact that his photograph perfectly matches the boy one of her patients describes from his fantasies. Before long, Frieda finds herself serving as the reluctant sidekick of Detective Chief Inspector Karlsson at the center of a desperate race to find the kidnapper. Blue Monday is an atmospheric, stunning first novel in a crime series for fans of In Treatment and The Killing.

Never Kiss a Rake (Scandal at the House of Russell, Book 1)

Historical Romance
Author: Anne Stuart
Regularly $3.99, Today $1.99
Never Kiss a Rake (Scandal at the House of Russell, Book One)

Anguished by death. Driven by revenge. Bryony Russell and her two sisters are left destitute by the disgrace and unexpected death of their father, a wealthy shipping magnate. He left a cryptic note, and Bryony is determined to find the real villain and clear her father’s name. In disguise as a servant, Bryony infiltrates the home of her father’s business partner to find proof of his guilt…or innocence. It’s not just clues that Bryony finds, but temptation too…

Adrian Bruton, Earl of Kilmartyn, immediately suspects there is something not quite right about his new housekeeper. The brooding, irresistible rake plays along because he has his own guilty secrets, and his venal, scheming wife holds the key to them, trapping him in a hate-filled marriage. But against his will he’s fascinated by Bryony, seeing past the scars on her face to show her the beauty she never knew she had. Bryony must uncover the truth and attempt to preserve her father’s legacy, before things go too far and she falls in love with a man who might very well be her worst enemy.

The Four Pillars of Investing: Lessons for Building a Winning Portfolio

Business & Money > Investing
Author: William J. Bernstein
Regularly $30.00, Today $1.99
The Four Pillars of Investing: Lessons for Building a Winning Portfolio: Lessons for Building a Winning Portfolio

The classic guide to constructing a solid portfolio—with out a financial advisor!  “With relatively little effort, you can design and assemble an investment portfolio that, because of its wide diversification and minimal expenses, will prove superior to the most professionally managed accounts.Great intelligence and good luck are not required.“ William Bernstein‘s commonsense approach to portfolio construction has served investors well during the past turbulent decade—and it‘s what made  The Four Pillars of Investing an instant classic when it was first published nearly a decade ago.

This down-to-earth book lays out in easy-to-understand prose the four essential topics that every investor must master: the relationship of risk and reward, the history of the market, the psychology of the investor and the market, and the folly of taking financial advice from investment salespeople. Bernstein pulls back the curtain to reveal what really goes on in today‘s financial industry as he outlines a simple program for building wealth while controlling risk.

Pawnbroker: A Thriller

Author: Jerry Hatchett
Regularly $2.99, Today $0.99
Pawnbroker: A Thriller

Would you give killers what they want to get them to leave you and your family alone? Gray Bolton might, if he knew what “it” was. His life as a pawnbroker in a Mississippi town is good. He has a beautiful family and the future looks bright. Then he kills an armed robber and discovers that he was anything but a common criminal. Trouble cascades upon Bolton from the police, from home, and from unknown parties who may be the most vicious of all. They all appear to be after the same thing and they will all do anything to get it. Unfortunately, Bolton has no idea what that thing is. His battle to find out will test him in ways he couldn’t have imagined, and the stakes are simple: Everything.

This thriller from Jerry Hatchett snatches you early and doesn’t let go. It is fast, intense, and the pages thrum with authenticity. The author’s style is smooth and easy with remarkable pacing throughout this afterburner of a debut, resulting in a tale that you literally cannot put down.

Saltwater Kisses: A Billionaire Love Story

Women’s Fiction > Romance
Author: Krista Lakes
Regularly $9.99, Today $2.99
Saltwater Kisses: A Billionaire Love Story

When small-town girl Emma LaRue won a vacation to an exclusive tropical island, a last minute cancellation meant she would be going by herself. Shy and studious, she never had time to fall in love, and often wondered if she was just meant to be alone. However, that all changed when a handsome stranger literally walked into her life while on the beach and sparks began to fly.

New York’s most eligible billionaire bachelor Jack Saunders thought this vacation would be the perfect escape, one last hurrah, before taking full control of his father’s company. When an innocent Emma didn’t recognize him, he figured that he might get a chance to have a vacation from being rich. He didn’t tell her about the cars, the yacht, or the penthouse. All he did was let her fall in love with him.

Soon, Jack found that he was the one falling in love with Emma. When they enjoy a fantasy marriage ceremony on the beach, they thought it was a bit of harmless fun before returning to their normal lives. A bittersweet goodbye was supposed to be the end of their perfect vacation romance, but when photos of the ceremony were leaked to the press, everything changed.

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