New York Times bestselling author Ryan Winfield tops today’s Buffet with The Park Service, a thrilling tale of friendship, betrayal, and adventure. It’s the first installment in his “Park Service” science fiction trilogy.

Ryan, a 39-year-old writer living in Seattle, is also author of the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller “Jane’s Melody: A Novel”, and “South of Bixby Bridge.”

“Nothing has affected me as much as reading has,” Ryan says. “Dickens, Tolkien, and Lewis raised me.”

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The Park Service: Book One of The Park Service Trilogy

Young Adult > Science Fiction & Fantasy
Author: Ryan Winfield
The Park Service: Book One of The Park Service Trilogy

What if the plan to save Earth includes the extinction of humankind?

Sometimes the best intentions ultimately lead to evil ends. That’s what fifteen-year-old Aubrey VanHouten learns when he stumbles onto a post-apocalyptic paradise where the few remaining humans live on the run from deadly drones controlled by a mysterious Park Service. Beautifully written with challenging moral dilemmas and heart-melting friendships, The Park Service trilogy is an epic coming-of-age-story that will inspire and delight readers young and old.

The Dead Love Longer

Horror > Ghosts
Author: Scott Nicholson
The Dead Love Longer

Private investigator Richard Steele must solve his most difficult case ever—his own murder—while caught between women on both sides of the grave. His lover Lee is tangled up in the mess he left behind, and his dead ex-wife Diana has been waiting on the other side for her chance at revenge.

In a race against time as his spirit slips away, Richard confronts his many, many failings and faces a power beyond his understanding–love. His only weapon is faith, and he’s running out of bullets.

It’s going to be a hell of a final showdown.

Pennsylvania 1

Science Fiction > Cyberpunk
Author: Michael Bunker
Pennsylvania 1

Jedidiah Troyer is now a traveler. He has signed up for an emigration program that is colonizing the planet of New Pennsylvania. He just wants to start a farm and homestead on affordable land in a new Amish community. Space pioneering isn’t as easy as it sounds when you’re “plain.” Things might work out for Jed… if he can ever get to his new home.

Possess (The Possess Saga)

Romance > Paranormal > Ghosts
Author: J.A. Howell
Possess (The Possess Saga)

Stumbling off the bus in Midtown, Harley Martin thought she found an escape from her old life. She soon realizes it was anything but that.

Low on cash and options, she manages to find herself a cheap but surprisingly nice apartment. The catch? The last tenant, Brody Walsh, killed himself. Or did he?

As disturbing dreams and hauntings start to occur, Harley realizes there may be much more behind the previous tenant’s death than a simple suicide. She finds her life further entangled with his when she learns that her new boss, Nolan, was also his best friend. Could this handsome but evasive pub owner have something to do with Brody’s death?

Trying to piece together the events surrounding Brody’s death proves to be a daunting task, but Harley can’t give up. Brody won’t let her. He is still in the apartment with her, trapped in limbo until she finds his killer.

But he’s not waiting for revenge. Harley’s next.

Diary of a Bad Mother and Crappy Housewife

Humor > Love, Sex & Marriage
Author: Pixi Bunnell
Diary of a Bad Mother and Crappy Housewife

The Anti-Soccer Mom isn’t afraid to tell all. Flipping off the PTA, running through the store dressed as wonder woman for Tampons, Jen Philips has done it all. If it can go wrong and it involved children, Jen has done it with flair, someday she will figure out why there is Jelly on the living room ceiling but until then she is just happy wearing her crown as the world’s worst mother and housewife. So maybe its just a pee stained Toilet seat she puts on her head as a tiara, so what, its hers and she owns it!

Abomination

Science Fiction > Adventure
Author: E.E. Borton
Abomination

They were built as unstoppable warriors. They became unstoppable monsters.

Four decorated U.S. Marines with spotless service records are wanted for the brutal rapes and murders of over a dozen women within four months. Their hunting grounds stretch from New York to Georgia. When Ryan Pearson and his team of FBI agents close in on the first killer, the cornered Marine nearly defeats three heavily armed assault teams with nothing but unbridled violence and grossly deformed hands.

After the bloody encounter that left another woman and two agents dead, Ryan begins to question the directives of the military liaison and his own boss, the Deputy Director of the Bureau. The answer he discovers during his unsanctioned investigation blurs the normally focused line between victim and criminal.

Ryan enlists the help of a civilian scientist that can link the sociopathic behavior of the four fugitive Marines to a biomedical research facility where they were stationed prior to the murders. When the scientist Ryan befriends is attacked in a military style ambush, he forces himself to remember every detail of the violence. He wants to remember so he knows exactly what to give back to the ones responsible.

The Risk Factor: Crossing the Chicken Line Into Your Supernatural Destiny

Christian Living
Author: Kevin Dedmon, Chad Dedmon
The Risk Factor: Crossing the Chicken Line Into Your Supernatural Destiny

Through many down-to-earth and inspiring true stories, the Dedmons raise the standard for what is attainable for all believers—including healing. You are challenged to embrace and celebrate risk and encouraged to take steps to cross your own “chicken line” to see what God will do through you as a world changer and history maker. What is risk?
R – Radical. There is nothing safe about taking a risk.
I – Individual. No one can take risk for you.
S – Sensible. Risk is a key core value of the Kingdom.
K – Kinetic. We cannot just talk about risk—we must take action!

Filled with practical tools as well as theological foundations for living a lifestyle of risk, you will be inspired and motivated to step into new levels of risk—propelling you into supernatural living of joy and success.

A High Price to Pay (The Madeline Dawkins Series Book 2)

Mystery > Women Sleuths
Author: Cynthia Hamilton
A High Price to Pay: A Madeline Dawkins Novel (The Madeline Dawkins Series Book 2)

Madeline’s dual professions as event coordinator and private investigator cross paths during the most lavish affair of her career—a weekend-long fortieth birthday extravaganza for the wife of a famous film director. A simple background check after the disappearance of precious family jewels quickly turns into a murder investigation, and before Madeline and Mike can put the pieces together, another body turns up. As the Santa Barbara police and sheriff’s departments search for clues, the Mad Dog P.I.’s use their own methods to untangle the crimes, discovering some unsavory truths behind the glittering façade of their clients.

Adding to Madeline’s already overflowing plate, the D.A. informs her that Rick Yeoman, one of the men who had abducted her three years earlier, has been prematurely released from prison after cutting a deal with the Feds. Besides fearing reprisals from the man she helped to convict, his parole also triggers the reappearance of soulless Lionel Usherwood, lured out of his hideaway by the call of revenge. When Yeoman’s body surfaces in Lake Cachuma, Usherwood moves on to the next target: Madeline.

TODAY’S BARGAINS……………What’s this?

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

British > Humor & Satire
Author: Paul Torday
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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

What does it take to make us believe in the impossible? For Dr. Alfred Jones, life is a quiet mixture of civil service at the National Centre for Fisheries Excellence and marriage to Mary—an ambitious, no-nonsense financier. But a strange turn of fate from an unexpected direction forces Jones to upend his existence and spend all of his time in pursuit of another man’s ludicrous dream. Can there be salmon in the Yemen? Science says no. But if resources are limitless and the visionary is inspired, maybe salmon fishing in the Yemen isn’t impossible. Then again, maybe nothing is.

British businessman and dedicated angler Paul Torday has found a way to combine a novel about fishing and all that it means with a satire involving politics, bureaucrats, the Middle East, the war in Iraq, and a sheikh who is really a mystic. Torday makes it all work in a most convincing way using memos, interviews, e-mails, and letters in clever juxtaposition.Dr. Alfred Jones is a fisheries scientist in Great Britain who is called upon to find a way to introduce salmon into the desert in Yemen. The Yemeni sheikh will spare no expense to see this happen.

Every Perfect Gift (A Hickory Ridge Romance)

Christian Fiction > Romance > Historical
Author: Dorothy Love
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Every Perfect Gift (A Hickory Ridge Romance)

Ethan and Sophie long to share a future together. But the secrets they’re not sharing could tear them apart.

Sophie Caldwell has returned to Hickory Ridge, Tennessee, after years away. Despite the heartaches of her childhood, Sophie is determined to make a home, and a name, for herself in the growing town. A gifted writer, she plans to resurrect the local newspaper that so enchanted her as a girl.

Ethan Heyward’s idyllic childhood was shattered by a tragedy he has spent years trying to forget. An accomplished businessman and architect, he has built a majestic resort in the mountains above Hickory Ridge, drawing wealthy tourists from all over the country.

When Sophie interviews Ethan for the paper, he is impressed with her intelligence and astounded by her beauty. She’s equally intrigued but fears he will reject her if he learns about her shadowed past. Just as she summons the courage to tell him, Ethan’s own past unexpectedly and violently catches up with him, threatening not only his life but their budding romance.
“Pure Southern delight! Dorothy Love weaves a stirring romance . . . that uplifts and inspires the heart.” —Tamera Alexander, best-selling author of The Inheritance and A Lasting Impression

The End is Nigh (The Apocalypse Triptych Book 1)

Science Fiction & Fantasy
Author: John Joseph Adams, Hugh Howey, Jamie Ford
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The End is Nigh (The Apocalypse Triptych Book 1)

Famine. Death. War. Pestilence. These are the harbingers of the biblical apocalypse, of the End of the World. In science fiction, the end is triggered by less figurative means: nuclear holocaust, biological warfare/pandemic, ecological disaster, or cosmological cataclysm.

But before any catastrophe, there are people who see it coming. During, there are heroes who fight against it. And after, there are the survivors who persevere and try to rebuild. THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH will tell their stories.

Edited by acclaimed anthologist John Joseph Adams and bestselling author Hugh Howey, THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH is a series of three anthologies of apocalyptic fiction. THE END IS NIGH focuses on life before the apocalypse. THE END IS NOW turns its attention to life during the apocalypse. And THE END HAS COME focuses on life after the apocalypse.

The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure: Why Pure Capitalism is the World Economy’s Only Hope

Economics > Money & Monetary Policy
Author: John A. Allison
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The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure:  Why Pure Capitalism is the World Economy's Only Hope

Did Wall Street cause the mess we are in? Should Washington place stronger regulations on the entire financial industry? Can we lower unemployment rates by controlling the free market? The answer is NO.

Not only is free market capitalism good for the economy, says industry expert John Allison, it is our only hope for recovery. As the nation’s longest-serving CEO of a top-25 financial institution, Allison has had a unique inside view of the events leading up to the financial crisis. He has seen the direct effect of government incentives on the real estate market. He has seen how government regulations only make matters worse.

And now, in this controversial wake-up call of a book, he has given us a solution. The national bestselling The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure reveals:

  • Why regulation is bad for the market—and for the world
  • What we can do to promote a healthy free market
  • How we can help end unemployment in America
  • The truth about TARP and the bailouts
  • How Washington can help Wall Street build a better future for everyone

Mind’s Eye

Technothrillers > Science Fiction
Author: Douglas E. Richards
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Mind's Eye

When Nick Hall wakes up in a dumpster–bloodied, without a memory, and hearing voices in his head–he knows things are bad. But they’re about to get far worse. Because he’s being hunted by a team of relentless assassins. Soon Hall discovers that advanced electronics have been implanted in his brain, and he now has two astonishing abilities. He can surf the web using thoughts alone. And he can read minds. But who inserted the implants? And why? And why is someone so desperate to kill him?

As Hall races to find answers, he comes to learn that far more is at stake than just his life. Because his actions can either catapult civilization to new heights–or bring about its total collapse.

Extrapolated from actual research on thought-controlled web surfing, Mind’s Eye is a smart, roller-coaster ride of a thriller. One that raises a number of intriguing, and sometimes chilling, possibilities about a future that is just around the corner.

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


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