Eileen Rendahl tops today’s Buffet with Do Me, Do My Roots, a satisfying Chit-Lit book that was a 2004 double RITA finalist and a National Readers Choice Finalist. As one reviewer put it, the story is “… sweet, heartwarming and hilarious, and the characters jump off the page.” It’s a book about the love between sisters and how you can get through anything of you have people to support you.

Eileen was born in Dayton, Ohio, and grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. After many moves (St. Louis, Boston, Chicago, Phoenix), many jobs (art gallery assistant, editorial assistant, copywriter, communications manager, graphic designer, ceramics studio slave) and a smattering of husbands, she now writes and lives in Davis, California, with her children and partner.

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Do Me, Do My Roots

Women’s Fiction > Romance
Author: Eileen Rendahl
Do Me, Do My Roots

It’s about healing.

After a couple of rough years, Emily is finally getting things back together. She doesn’t need to re-do everything at work three times, her young daughter’s soccer uniform is almost always clean the day of a game, and meals are pretty darn reliable, too. But hey, becoming a widow at thirty-three kind of knocks the starch out of you.

It’s about family.

Then Emily’s dad has an Event (only her mom would call a minor heart attack that — what is it, a bar mitzvah?). Next, her sister Claudia’s ex-husband starts stealing their kids’ Ritalin for the high — and wouldn’t you replace it with The Pill to teach him a lesson? (His unexpected, uh, frontal development was just a howlingly funny bonus — honest.) And then Emily’s relentlessly sensible oldest sister, Leah, dumps her businessman fiancé for a rock musician.

It’s about never letting them see your gray.

Now Jake, Emily’s best friend, seems to be spending a lot of time at her house. Which she likes way too much. Which is kind of confusing. So what’s a girl to do, but call an emergency meeting of the sisters’ monthly hair-color-and-gossip session, to make the world seem sane again?





Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples

Ministry & Evangelism > Discipleship
Author: Francis Chan
Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples

Jesus gave his followers a command: “Follow me.” And a promise: “And I will equip you to find others to follow me.” We were made to make disciples.

Designed for use in discipleship relationships and other focused settings, Multiply will equip you to carry out Jesus’s ministry. Each of the twenty-four sessions in the book corresponds with an online video at www.multiplymovement.com, where New York Times bestselling author David Platt joins Francis in guiding you through each part of Multiply.

One plus one plus one. Every copy of Multiply is designed to do what Jesus did: make disciples who make disciples who make disciples…. Until the world knows the truth of Jesus Christ.

The Girl in the Box Series, Books 1-3: Alone, Untouched and Soulless

Fantasy > Paranormal & Urban
Author: Robert J. Crane
The Girl in the Box Series, Books 1-3: Alone, Untouched and Soulless

This is a collection of the first three titles in The Girl in the Box Series, which are about a teenage girl who develops powers far beyond those of a normal human, and her battles against those who would use her against her will. (Approx. 185,000 words total.)

Sienna Nealon was a 17 year-old girl who had been held prisoner in her own house by her mother for twelve years. Then one day her mother vanished, and Sienna woke up to find two strange men in her home. On the run, unsure of who to turn to and discovering she possesses mysterious powers, Sienna finds herself pursued by a shadowy agency known as the Directorate and hunted by a vicious, bloodthirsty psychopath named Wolfe, each of which is determined to capture her for their own purposes…

Appalachian Serenade: A Novella

Christian Fiction > Romance
Author: Sarah Loudin Thomas
Appalachian Serenade: A Novella (Appalachian Blessings)

Delilah Morrissey has always wanted to be a mother, but when she becomes a young widow, that dream now seems farther away than ever. Unable to continue to live alone in Chicago, her only option is to accept her sister’s offer to move in with her family back in West Virginia. Will Delilah have the faith to pursue a new dream–even if it means giving up the old?

In this charming novella, debut novelist Sarah Loudin Thomas introduces readers to Wise, West Virginia–a small town nestled in an Appalachian valley where the everyday miracles of life and faith play out in stories of healing, hope, and love.

A Lady in Defiance (Romance in the Rockies)

Romance > Western & Frontier
Author: Heather Blanton
A Lady in Defiance (Romance in the Rockies)

Charles McIntyre owns everything and everyone in the lawless, godless mining town of Defiance. When three good, Christian sisters from his beloved South show up stranded, alone, and offering to open a “nice” hotel, he is intrigued enough to let them stay…especially since he sees feisty middle sister Naomi as a possible conquest. But Naomi, angry with God for widowing her, wants no part of Defiance or the saloon-owning, prostitute-keeping Mr. McIntyre. It would seem however, that God has gone to elaborate lengths to bring them together. The question is, “Why?” Does God really have a plan for each and every life?

The St. Valentine’s Day Cookie Massacre

Mystery > Cozy
Author: Elisabeth Crabtree
The St. Valentine's Day Cookie Massacre: A Hatter's Cove Gazette Mystery Novella 1 (Hatter's Cove Mystery Series)

It’s Valentine’s Day in quiet, cozy Hatter’s Cove, Florida and food columnist, Kat Archer, has been assigned the event of the year, the grand opening of Miss Dolly’s Cookie Jar and Sweets Emporium.

What begins as a run of the mill, albeit tasty, assignment turns into something much more dangerous when one of the Cookie Jar’s employees is poisoned.

Now Kat is chasing the biggest story of her life, while trying to catch the eye of her handsome editor and avoid becoming the killer’s next victim.

Crooked Man (Tubby Dubonnet Series #1)

Mystery > Hard-Boiled
Author: Tony Dunbar
Crooked Man: A Hard-Boiled but Humorous New Orleans Mystery (Tubby Dubonnet Series #1) (The Tubby Dubonnet Series)

If a gym bag of cash fell into your hands, what would you do to keep it?

A simple man with a refined palate, maverick New Orleans lawyer Tubby Dubonnet has a penchant for fishing, Old Fashioneds, off-track betting, and fighting evil while passing a good time.

His clients are all renegades from the asylum (aka Orleans Parish), including a transvestite entertainer, a buxom deadbeat blonde, a doctor who refers his own patients to a malpractice lawyer, and a Mardi Gras reveler who drives a float shaped like a giant crawfish pot. He also has his hands full with an ex-wife and three teenage daughters, who are experts in the art of wrapping Tubby around their little fingers. And somehow, between work and family, Tubby finds time to sample the highs and lows of idiosyncratic Crescent City cuisine, from trout meuniere amandine and French roast coffee with chicory to shrimp po-boys and homemade pecan pralines.

Tubby’s new client is Darryl Alvarez, the manager of a local nightclub who’s been caught unloading marijuana from a shrimp boat. At their first meeting, Darryl entrusts Tubby with an ordinary-looking blue gym bag. But after Darryl’s unfortunate demise, Tubby realizes he must tighten his grasp on the gym bag — and its million-dollar contents.

Long Journey Home: A Young Girl’s Memoir of Surviving the Holocaust

History > Jewish > Holocaust
Author: Lucy Lipiner
Long Journey Home: A Young Girl's Memoir of Surviving the Holocaust

The summer of 1939 turned out to be the last summer of author Lucy Lipiner’s childhood. On September 1, when she was six years old, her parents roused her and her older sister from their beds and, with other relatives in tow, left their town of Sucha, home to 780 Jewish people. It was a decision carefully planned and carried out by the author’s father which resulted in saving the lives of fifteen people.

But the journey of survival was not an easy one, and in Long Journey Home A Young Girl’s Memoir of Surviving the Holocaust, from the perspective of that little girl, Lipiner narrates her family’s story. She tells of an odyssey of escape and rescue full of hardships and tribulation. From her sheltered life in a picturesque small town at the foothills of the Tatra Mountains to her time as a barefoot and hungry little girl in Siberia and Tajikistan in central Asia, and finally her arrival in America, this memoir shares the emotional details and the physical struggles of a ten-year flight to freedom.

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The Art Forger: A Novel

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: B. A. Shapiro
Regularly $14.95, Today $1.99
The Art Forger: A Novel

Almost twenty-five years after the infamous art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum—still the largest unsolved art theft in history—one of the stolen Degas paintings is delivered to the Boston studio of a young artist. Claire Roth has entered into a Faustian bargain with a powerful gallery owner by agreeing to forge the Degas in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But as she begins her work, she starts to suspect that this long-missing masterpiece—the very one that had been hanging at the Gardner for one hundred years—may itself be a forgery. The Art Forger is a thrilling novel about seeing—and not seeing—the secrets that lie beneath the canvas.

Dark Moon Crossing (Kendall O’Dell Mystery series)

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: Sylvia Nobel, Christy Moeller
Regularly $9.95, Today $1.99
Dark Moon Crossing (Kendall O'Dell Mystery series)

The third adventure in Sylvia Nobel’s mystery series, based on actual newspaper articles, plunges reporter Kendall O’Dell into the center of the volatile and controversial issues surrounding ranchers and illegal immigrant crossings at the U.S./Mexican border. When she agrees to investigate the disappearance of a co-worker’s relatives who mysteriously vanish after crossing into Arizona, and attempts to tie together frightening UFO sightings, mutilated cattle, and missing immigrants, Kendall’s life hangs in the balance when she finally exposes the hideous secret.

Fireblood (Whispers from Mirrowen)

Fantasy > Magic & Wizards
Author: Jeff Wheeler
Regularly $4.99, Today $1.99
Fireblood (Whispers from Mirrowen)

Tyrus of Kenatos has made it his life’s work to banish the plagues that ravage the kingdoms. He believes the answer to ending the devastation lies in the Scourgelands. Yet, Tyrus’s first expedition into the cursed woods failed after being defeated by mysterious minions who stalked and killed most of his band.

Now a prisoner in his own tower, Tyrus has summoned his nephew Annon—a Druidecht possessing innate magic called the fireblood—on the guise of finding a hidden treasure with which to purchase his twin sister Hettie’s freedom. But in reality, Tyrus is using his niece and nephew, and their magic, as an opportunity to escape and resume his desperate mission. And to aid them, he has enlisted the warrior-monk Paedrin—who is almost as green as the siblings when it comes to traveling these troubled lands. The trio is determined, and along the way they grow to trust each other—and new additions to the group—in order to accomplish their missions…whether or not those missions are one and the same.

But the Arch-Rike—ruthless ruler of Kenatos—has learned of these plans, and has sent the fearsome Kishion to destroy all those that oppose him. Now Tyrus and his unwitting allies must face down not only the plague, but this new enemy—and fulfill their quest before a fresh horror is unleashed on the world…

The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World’s Greatest Manufacturer

Management & Leadership > Total Quality Management
Author: Jeffrey Liker
Regularly $30.00, Today $1.99
The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World's Greatest Manufacturer

How to speed up business processes, improve quality, and cut costs in any industry.

In factories around the world, Toyota consistently makes the highest-quality cars with the fewest defects of any competing manufacturer, while using fewer man-hours, less on-hand inventory, and half the floor space of its competitors. The Toyota Way is the first book for a general audience that explains the management principles and business philosophy behind Toyota’s worldwide reputation for quality and reliability.

Complete with profiles of organizations that have successfully adopted Toyota’s principles, this book shows managers in every industry how to improve business processes by:

  • Eliminating wasted time and resources
  • Building quality into workplace systems
  • Finding low-cost but reliable alternatives to expensive new technology
  • Producing in small quantities
  • Turning every employee into a qualitycontrol inspector

Dangerous Waters (The Barkley Sound Series, Book 1)

Author: Toni Anderson
Regularly $3.99, Today $2.00
Dangerous Waters (The Barkley Sound Series, Book 1)

2013 Daphne du Maurier Award FinalistKnown as the Graveyard of the Pacific, Barkley Sound is notorious for surging swells with the power to pull helpless victims into its merciless abyss…

Sergeant Holly Rudd arrives in the coastal community of Bamfield after local divers discover a body with a knife jutting from its chest in the waters of Barkley Sound. As she investigates the crime, Holly soon realizes the sleepy town is rife with secrets. But what unsettles her most is the residents’ insistence that she bears a striking resemblance to the victim of a murder from three decades earlier. She shrugs off the uncanny likeness as a coincidence. But her simmering attraction to Finn Carver, one of the divers who discovered the corpse, isn’t so easy to ignore.

Finn, a former Special Forces soldier, knows it’s best to keep his distance from Holly. Yet it isn’t long before they both give in to the consuming desire they share. And as the danger escalates, Finn and Holly must rely on each other to thwart the plans of a cold-blooded killer who’s intent on keeping the past buried.

… See the rest of today’s Editor’s Picks here on page 2



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