New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Wright tops today’s Buffet with her unforgettable debut novel, Caroline, which was first published as a Ballentine paperback in 1977. This book is a fine introduction to the pleasures of historical romance, and you’ll learn a lot about early American history, too. This special author’s edition was released on Kindle last year.
Cynthia had a 20-year career with a major New York publisher, during which she cranked out 13 bestselling historical romance novels. Recently she was lured back to novel writing as the “indie” eBook revolution caught her fancy. She has re-edited and re-released all her previous novels with new cover art, and she’s busy writing again.
Cynthia specializes in adventurous, sensual stories touching on the 18th century, the Renaissance, the American West, and Regency.
Currently Cynthia lives in northern California with her husband, Alvaro, in a 1930s Spanish cottage. When they aren’t riding their tandem road bike or traveling in their vintage Airstream, she spends time with family.
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Caroline (The Beauvisage Novels)
Author: Cynthia Wright
The year is 1783 and rakish Alexandre Beauvisage is returning from the Revolutionary War when he discovers Caroline in the Connecticut woods. Dressed as a boy, she has no memory of her past. Against his better judgment, he takes the lovely foundling with him to his home in Philadelphia and finds his life increasingly complicated as the fiery attraction between them builds and Caro’s dangerous past reaches out to her.
CAROLINE is the story of an confirmed rake and an innocent, spirited young woman, it is filled with sensual romance, evocative history, memorable characters, and the joy of true love.
The Devil Was an Angel (A Niki Slobodian Novel: Book 4)
Horror > Occult
Author: J.L. Murray
“You’re not human anymore, Niki. You’re one of us now.”
Niki Slobodian knows loss. She knows tragedy. But she has never known this kind of pain. After the war the Archangel Michael waged on her city, Niki is dealing with the loss of her loved ones. And the haunting suspicion that everything was her fault. As well as her new duty to help all the lost souls cross over.
But when Niki’s only living friend, Bobby Gage, comes up missing, she has to take action. She enlists the help of Lucifer and together they learn that Bobby has been tracking Kane, the man who murdered his family, and who is now killing again, leaving a trail of mutilated corpses all across the globe. And with the power to disappear unnoticed, it seems an impossible feat to find him and stop him.
But Niki is familiar with the impossible. And she would do anything to help her only living friend. Anything.
A Time to Live
Romance > Contemporary
Author: Kathryn Loch
The chemo didn’t work, neither did the experimental therapy. When Nikki Matthews learns she is dying of lung cancer and has only has six months to live, she abandons Los Angeles and flees to Shadow Mountain, Colorado…a place where she always wanted to live…a place where she can die in peace. Despite her intentions of no friends and no attachments, she meets Michael de Roumare. Half French and half Arapaho, the residents of Shadow Mountain treat Michael with hatred and contempt. Nikki is not sure why and try as she might, she cannot deny her growing attraction to the handsome young man.
Michael has known only hell the past year, falsely accused of rape and disfiguring a young woman, the jury found him not guilty but he was tried and convicted in the press – a vicious, backwater half-breed. Then, to his horror, someone starts killing the women in Michael’s life and framing him for their murders. The residents of Shadow Mountain now fear a serial killer walks among them and they are certain the vicious murderer is Michael.
Baking with Cookie Molds: Secrets and Recipes for Making Amazing Handcrafted Cookies
Cookbooks, Food & Wine > Baking > Cookies
Author: Anne L. Watson
Beautiful to look at but hard to use. That’s the reputation of cookie molds. But should it be?
In this groundbreaking book, Anne L. Watson restores cookie molds to an honored place in the baker’s kitchen by revealing long-lost secrets of their use. With Anne’s techniques and recipes, tasty cookies with lovely, detailed designs will literally fall from the mold into your hand.
Learn how to make traditional molded cookies like speculaas, springerle, and shortbread, as well as modern ones like White Chocolate Lime Cookies and Orange Blossom Wedding Cookies. Learn the tricks of sandwich cookies, layer cookies, chocolate backing, and exhibition cookies. And learn about the molds themselves — the many kinds, their history, the best places to find them, how to treat them, what makes a good one, and which to avoid entirely.
With nearly two dozen recipes and almost a hundred photos, “Baking with Cookie Molds” will quickly have you making cookies that both amaze and delight.
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Song of the Spirits (In the Land of the Long White Cloud saga)
Fiction > Historical
Author: Sarah Lark, D.W. Lovett
Regularly $4.99, Today $1.99
Volume 2 in the internationally bestselling In the Land of the Long White Cloud saga.
Song of the Spirits continues the soaring saga begun with In the Land of the Long White Cloud, as the founding families of colonial New Zealand experience trials and triumphs of friendship, romance, and unforgettable adventure.
Elaine O’Keefe is the radiant grand-daughter of Gwyneira McKenzie, who made her way to New Zealand to take a wealthy sheep baron’s hand in marriage in In the Land of the Long White Cloud. Elaine inherited not only her grandmother’s red hair but also her feisty spirit, big heart, and love of the land. When William Martyn, a handsome young Irishman of questionable integrity, walks into her life, she succumbs rapidly to his charms. Only to have her heart broken when her sensual half-Maori cousin Kura Warden arrives for a visit and draws William away.
Though both young women must endure hardships and disappointments as they learn to live with the choices they make, each of them also discovers an inner resilience—and eventually finds love and happiness in new, unexpected places. Tested by the harsh realities of colonial life, both girls mature into spirited young women with a greater understanding of the challenges—and joys—of love, friendship, and family.
Tangling with the CEO: A Half Moon Bay Novel
Romance > Contemporary
Author: Annie Seaton
Regularly $4.99, Today $0.99
Mixing business with pleasure never felt so right.
Blake Buchanan and Anastasia Delaney were roommates in college and could never see eye to eye about anything. The only time their walls came down was during one night of passion before Ana left without a word, never expecting to cross paths with Blake again.
Years later, Blake has made his millions. He comes back to Ana’s small California town to manage a corporate takeover that will close down the home restoration business she’s poured her heart and soul into. The fiery Ana is determined to convince money-minded Blake of her business’s worth, but when a family emergency throws them together, their walls come tumbling down once again…
Problem is, Blake’s business-first position hasn’t changed. And Ana can’t fall for the man who could become her boss—it’s not only her job at stake, but her heart.
The Big House: A Century in the Life of an American Summer Home
Social Sciences > Customs & Traditions
Author: George Howe Colt
Regularly $9.99, Today $1.99
In this intimate and poignant history of a sprawling century-old summer house on Cape Cod, George Howe Colt reveals not just one family’s fascinating story but a vanishing way of life. Faced with the sale of the treasured house where he had spent forty-two summers, Colt returned for one last August with his wife and young children. The Big House, the author’s loving tribute to his one-of-a-kind family home, interweaves glimpses of that elegiac final visit with memories of earlier summers spent at the house and of the equally idiosyncratic people who lived there over the course of five generations.
Built by Colt’s great-grandfather one hundred years ago on a deserted Cape Cod peninsula, the house is a local landmark (neighboring children know it as the Ghost House): a four-story, eleven-bedroom jumble of gables, bays, sloped roofs, and dormers. The emotional home of the Colt family, the Big House has watched over five weddings, four divorces, and three deaths, along with countless anniversaries, birthday parties, nervous breakdowns, and love affairs.
With a mixture of amusement and affection, Colt traces the rise and fall of this tragicomic social class while memorably capturing the essence of summer’s ephemeral pleasures: sailing, tennis, fishing, rainy-day reading.
Author: Beverly Jenkins
Regularly $7.99, Today $1.99
The child he didn’t know he had . . .
Andrew Yates has come to a decision: it’s time to stop sowing those oats and start a family. But searching for a bride isn’t as simple as he’d hoped, and many of the respectable women of his acquaintance feel . . . lacking. Then beautiful, feisty Wilhelmina “Billie” Wells arrives at the family ranch with a toddler in her arms, claiming Drew is the father!
The woman he didn’t know he loved . . .
Billie had no choice but to show up at Destiny in search of Drew. For the sake of their child, she’s willing to leave him with his father so the boy can have a better life, but then, before she can blink, she’s saying “I do” in front of a preacher in a marriage of convenience. All Billie and Drew have in common is the heat that brought them together, but can their sizzling passion lead to an everlasting love?
Racing in the Rain
Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life
Author: Garth Stein
Regularly $6.99, Today $1.99
Have you ever wondered what your dog is thinking?
Meet one funny dog—Enzo, the lovable mutt who tells this story. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: most dogs love to chase cars, but Enzo longs to race them. He learns about racing and the world around him by watching TV and by listening to the words of his best friend, Denny, an up-and-coming race car driver, and his daughter, Zoë, his constant companion. Enzo finds that life is just like being on the racetrack—it isn’t simply about going fast. And, applying the rules of racing to his world, Enzo takes on his family’s challenges and emerges a hero. In the end, Enzo holds in his heart the dream that Denny will go on to be a racing champion with his daughter by his side. For theirs is an extraordinary friendship—one that reminds us all to celebrate the triumph of the human (and canine) spirit.
This is a special adaptation for young people of the acclaimed New York Times bestselling adult novelThe Art of Racing in the Rain.
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