David Simpson tops today’s Buffet with a collection of the first four books of his Post-Human science fiction series. These books tell the epic and fast-paced story of the future of humanity and the extraordinary benefits–and profound dangers–of powerful artificial intelligence.
David was born in Antrim, Northern Ireland in 1977. His parents actually lived in Belfast at the time and were on a weekend trip when David showed up, six weeks early. He graduated from The University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia with a Master’s Degree in English Literature.
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Post-Human Series Books 1-4
The future should have been perfect. Microscopic robots known as nans could repair any damage to your body, keep you young by resetting your cellular clocks, and allow you to download upgrades like intelligence, muscle strength, and eyesight. You were supposed to be able to have anything you wanted with a simple thought, to be able to fly without the aid of a machine, to be able to live forever.
But when a small group of five terraformers working on Venus return to Earth, they discover that every other human in the solar system has been gruesomely murdered. Now, James Keats and his four companions must discover what happened to the rest of humanity and fight back if they wish to avoid the same, horrifying fate.
Welcome to the post-human era.
My Enemy’s Tears: The Witch of Northampton
Based on the lives of Mary Bliss Parsons and Sarah Lyman Bridgeman, My Enemy’s Tears: The Witch of Northampton, takes us back to life in the Puritan settlements along the Connecticut River, a terrifying wilderness full of warring natives, natural wonders and disasters — portents of God’s anger or a witch’s meddling curse.
Mary and Sarah grow up amid Puritan superstition and piety, busy with their household chores, one imagining a life different from her mother’s and the other eager to marry and bear sons. This fictional account of a true story describes two lives in conflict — one cursed and one blessed — and the transcendent power of forgiveness.
Fire: The Collapse (Elements of the Undead Book 1)
No one knows what caused the dead to rise. No one knows what caused them to attack the living. Fighting for their lives, scattered survivors find the attempted cure to be almost worse than the disease.
In the twilight of a shattered civilization, the fate of humankind rests upon the actions of a handful of war-weary survivors. Driven to a scorched corner of the former United States, they alone hold the key to a global reawakening…or the final epitaph for a dead planet.
Her Handyman (Perfect Match – Book 1)
Throw a crazy canine, a handyman, and an artist together and you’ve got mayhem!
Who’d guess it’s Jake, the handyman, who needs rescuing when he answers a call by the distraught artist, Zoe, to stop a toilet flood begun by her crazy canine, FuFu?
A novella length romantic comedy, with a dash of the serious.
Roanoke Vanishing (The Vanishing Series Book 1)
Avery Lane is driven to discover the fate of the 117 missing colonists of Roanoke. When she encounters a mysterious group called the Descendants, who are determined to keep the colony’s secret hidden, Avery must choose between her obsession for the past and her own survival. Will solving this mystery cost her everything? Is there more to this secret than what is buried at Roanoke? Haunted by visions of the past, she must find answers before the Descendants stop her and forever banish the truth.
A Heartbeat Away: Quilts of Love Series
When a band of runaway slaves brings Union-loyal Beth Bumgartner a wounded Confederate soldier named Joe, it is the catalyst that pushes her to defy her pacifist parents and become a nurse during the Battle of AntietamHer mother’s mysterious goodbye gift is filled with quilt blocks that bring comfort to Beth during the hard days and lonely nights, but as she sews each block, she realizes there is a hidden message of faith within the pattern that encourages and sustains her. Reunited with Joe, Beth learns his secret and puts the quilt’s message to its greatest test—but can betrayal be forgiven?
SPANISH. An Easy Way to Learn
Imagine having a teacher of Spanish 24/7 ready to give you a class and explain the topics in the easiest possible way… That is what you will find among the pages of this book for beginners.
Spanish: An Easy Way to Learn was written to target the needs of adult learners who want to speak Spanish but feel overwhelmed by the challenges this language poses for foreign students. With a simple and interactive approach, this course covers the basic grammar and vocabulary topics for beginners, and introduces the reader to the language in a way that makes them feel comfortable by understanding the process of acquiring new knowledge.
You will find not only essential grammar structures and rules, but also vocabulary lessons, tips for studying and exercises to put your knowledge to the test. Written in an informal style, the book includes real classroom experiences and focuses on giving the reader the tools to communicate in real life situations, as opposed to academic scenarios that we often find in books for learners of a second language.
The Meanings Of The Holy Qur’an – Yusuf Ali
The Qur’an is the central religious verbal text of Islam and a book of divine guidance and direction for mankind. This translation by Yusuf Ali includes commentary that explains the context of individual verses.
The Glass Room
Honeymooners Viktor and Liesel Landauer are filled with the optimism and cultural vibrancy of central Europe of the 1920s when they meet modernist architect Rainer von Abt. He builds for them a home to embody their exuberant faith in the future, and the Landauer House becomes an instant masterpiece.
Viktor and Liesel, a rich Jewish mogul married to a thoughtful, modern gentile, pour all of their hopes for their marriage and budding family into their stunning new home, filling it with children, friends, and a generation of artists and thinkers eager to abandon old-world European style in favor of the new and the avant-garde. But as life intervenes, their new home also brings out their most passionate desires and darkest secrets.
As Viktor searches for a warmer, less challenging comfort in the arms of another woman, and Liesel turns to her wild, mischievous friend Hana for excitement, the marriage begins to show signs of strain.
And the Miss Ran Away With the Rake: Rhymes With Love
From New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Boyle’s popular Rhymes with Love series, comes And the Miss Ran Away with the Rake, a fast-paced, sensual historical romance.
Miss Daphne Dale isn’t looking for love, but when she reads an advertisement looking for a “sensible lady,” she can’t resist. The tender dialogue with the mysterious “Mr. Dishforth” is a welcome respite from the time she must spend with Lord Henry Seldon, an infuriating rogue she can’t stop thinking about. Which one will capture her heart?
RITA Award–winning author Elizabeth Boyle offers up another magical story filled with sensuality, passion, and wit. A sexy page turner, And the Miss Ran Away with the Rake is a lively and clever romance that you won’t want to put down.
We’ll Always Have Paris: A Mother/Daughter Memoir
Jennifer Coburn has always been terrified of dying young. So she decides to save up and drop everything to travel with her daughter, Katie, on a whirlwind European adventure before it’s too late. Even though her husband can’t join them, even though she’s nervous about the journey, and even though she’s perfectly healthy, Jennifer is determined to jam her daughter’s mental photo album with memories—just in case.
From the cafés of Paris to the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Jennifer and Katie take on Europe one city at a time, united by their desire to see the world and spend precious time together. In this heartwarming generational love story, Jennifer reveals how their adventures helped vanquish her fear of dying…for the sake of living.
The Boy from Reactor 4 (The Nadia Tesla Series, Book 1)
Nadia’s memories of her father are not happy ones. An angry, secretive man, he died when she was thirteen, leaving his past shrouded in mystery. When a stranger claims to have known her father during his early years in Eastern Europe, she agrees to meet—only to watch the man shot dead on a city sidewalk.
With his last breath, he whispers a cryptic clue, one that will propel Nadia on a high-stakes treasure hunt from New York to her ancestral homeland of Ukraine. There she meets an unlikely ally: Adam, a teenage hockey prodigy who honed his skills on the abandoned cooling ponds of Chernobyl. Physically and emotionally scarred by radiation syndrome, Adam possesses a secret that could change the world—if she can keep him alive long enough to do it. A twisting tale of greed, secrets, and lies, The Boy from Reactor 4 will keep readers guessing until the final heart-stopping page.
There are approximately one-hundred-and-sixty million women living in America. This is a story of just one woman. As the story unfolds Linda gradually learns that some people do deserve to die, but that she is not one of those people.
Linda Darby is a seven-year divorcee, living quietly in a small let-the-world-go-by beach town on the coast of Oregon, who day trades for a living. Her only close friend is a widowed elderly woman who manages a small consulting company, which, as is later discovered, never has visitors, sends and receives its business correspondence only by courier, and is not listed in any phone directory. No one in town knows what kind of consulting the company does, but the rumor is that whatever they do is done for the government.
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