Anna Sewell (1820 – 1878) was an English writer best known as the author of the classic novel Black Beauty. A Kindle edition that normally costs a dollar tops today’s Buffet.

annaWhen Anna was 14, she slipped while walking home from school and severely injured both of her ankles. For the rest of her life she was unable to stand without a crutch or to walk for any length of time. For greater mobility, she frequently used horse-drawn carriages, which contributed to her love of horses and concern for the humane treatment of animals.

Black Beauty, Anna’s only novel, was composed in the last years of her life. The book became an immediate bestseller, and Anna died just five months after its publication. With more than 50 million copies sold, it’s is one of the bestselling books of all time. Although it’s now considered a children’s classic, Anna intended the book for people who work with horses.

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Black Beauty

Literature & Fiction > Classics

Black Beauty

The timeless tale of a horse named Beauty.
With his fine black coat, his one white foot, and the distinctive white star on his forehead, Black Beauty is a magnificent creature, the pride of Squire Gordon’s country estate. But when the squire has to move abroad, Beauty’s fortunes change, and at the hands of other masters he suffers the cruelty and disregard that were sadly all too common for horses in Victorian England. In his wise, candid, and endearing voice, Black Beauty offers insight not just into his own experiences, but into the lives of Ginger, Merrylegs, Peggy, Captain, and all the special horses he meets along the way.
Crippled by a childhood injury, for most of her life Anna Sewell relied on horses to get around. She wrote Black Beauty to encourage readers to view these animals with the same respect and sympathy she did, and the enduring popularity of the novel and its profound influence on the animal rights movement are testaments to her remarkable success.

Crazy in Love (Blue Lake Series Book 3)

Contemporary Fiction > Romance

Crazy in Love (Contemporary Romance) (Blue Lake Series Book 3)

Historical inn owner Rachael McCoy has one simple rule: Don’t date guests. Ever.

After having her heart broken by a string of sweet-talking visitors, Rachael has learned her lesson. But when dangerously sexy rock star Cole Turner rolls into town and rents every room in her hotel, she starts to rethink her rule. Cole’s a rumored playboy with a sordid past, yet his touch is sinfully sweet…

Rock star and self-proclaimed sex god Cole Turner lives by a simple decree: There are no rules in love or rock and roll.

One week after botching his performance in Houston, Cole needs a quiet place to regain focus. All he wants to do is lay low and nail his two-concert show outside of Blue Lake, though a hot and heavy fling with the seductive innkeeper wouldn’t hurt. But the stubborn little vixen denies his advances, and the more he gets to know her, the more he’s determined to make her his.

As desire flames into something more intense, will the two unlikely lovers be able to bridge a gap to happy ever after?

Dead Again (Romantic Thrillers)

Romance > Mystery & Suspense

Dead Again (Romantic Thrillers)

Ten years ago, Sophie and Jack survived a small plane crash. They fell in love in the five days they were stranded on a mountainside, but Jack’s injuries were ultimately fatal. Jack’s love and death left indelible fingerprints on Sophie’s soul and completely changed her life.

Sophie is now a stressed single mom in a small Montana Rockies town, running a café and warding off the attention of the town’s corrupt Chief of Police when a drifter called Martin arrives in Serenity Falls.

Martin holds the key to Sophie’s heart, along with a secret that will rip apart the town. He plunges her into after-shocks caused by the five days she spent with Jack in the mountains, stirring up state governors, district attorneys and one of the deadliest crime lords in the land. Martin’s secret puts Sophie directly in their cross-hairs.

For Sophie, life is about to change all over again…

The Homecoming

Christian Fiction > Romance

Homecoming, The (): A Novel

No sooner is Shawn Collins home from the fighting in Europe than he is called upon to serve his country in another way–as a speaker on the war bond tour. While other men might jump at the chance to travel around the country with attractive Hollywood starlets, Shawn just wants to stay home with his son Patrick and the aging father with whom he has finally reconciled. When Shawn taps Katherine Townsend to be Patrick’s nanny while he’s on the road, he has no idea that she will be the key to his future happiness and the mending of his heart.
This heartwarming story of tender love and fresh starts will capture readers.

Goons ‘n’ Roses (Chanel Series, Book 2)

Mystery > Women Sleuths

Goons 'n' Roses (Book Two in The Chanel Series)

It’s been 3 months since Chanel’s world fell apart and now she’s ready for a vacation. Unfortunately, her all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas is not turning out as she had hoped. Within hours of arriving her mum, Lorraine, is kidnapped. Then Trent, her boss and Lorraine’s boyfriend, disappears; but not before he imparts information about an Interpol investigation into missing girls in Las Vegas.

When Chanel hooks up with local bad boy, the seriously sexy Billy, in a bid to get information, things only start to get worse. As she and Martine search for answers they are thwarted by obstacles and pursued by ruthless killers.

Who really kidnapped Lorraine? What happened to the missing girls? Can the delicious Billy be trusted? These are all questions that she needs to find the answers to, before the answers find her.

Warrior’s Moon A Love Story

Historical Romance > Medieval

Warrior's Moon  A Love Story

They loved each other desperately. Never in all the kingdom has there been a more brave and protective champion. Nor such a loyal and capable maiden. He rescued her the first time when she was three years old in a killing storm. Years later, he was still occasionally rescuing her. ‘Twas in him to be a hero, and she had a pure intrepid way of getting into the kinds of scrapes that took rescuing. With such a brawny, masculine guardian around, ‘twould have been a fair pity to waste the gallantry anyway.

Their childhood friendship between two young peasants had grown into a devotion few are ever blessed to experience. It was strong enough to withstand all their dark age held—danger, feudalism, disease, and unfair oppression.

Or is it strong enough? They truly loved each other desperately. They loved their kingdom more.

Enough Good News (Good News Series Book 1)

Religion & Spirituality

Enough Good News (Good News Series Book 1)

Sidra Lyons has it all; a great family, a wonderful life and a new relationship with an amazing man. Life for her is pure bliss and she doesn’t think God could bless her any better if He tried.

When the father she’s had little contact with over the last 30 years shows up and announces he has a daughter from a previous relationship, (a relationship he had while married to her mother) Sidra’s life begins to make some interesting turns.

The sisters embark on a journey of love and self discovery. Will they be able to look past their differences and form a real family? Only time will tell.

Journey Into Motherhood: Inspirational Stories of Natural Birth

Women’s Health > Pregnancy & Childbirth

Journey Into Motherhood: Inspirational Stories of Natural Birth

Providing both inspiration and education, this guide to natural childbirth offers 48 personal accounts of labor and delivery without medication. Revealing the many options women have beyond birthing location, the testimonials offer insight into the joys, concerns, and realities of natural birth.

From delivering at home with a midwife and hearing the right words from a hospital nurse at just the right moment to describing a combination of the Bradley method and acupuncture at a birthing center and discussing a child’s birth at home in warm water, this resource combines personal insight with referential information. A glossary of terms and a resource guide to books, magazines, websites, videos, and CDs, and listings of childbirth classes and instructors nationwide are also included.

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The Lost Wife

Literary Fiction > Historical

The Lost Wife

A rapturous novel of first love in a time of war-from the celebrated author of The Rhythm of Memory and The Last Van Gogh.

In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there’s an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers…

Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit- and the strength of memory.

Sleeping with Paris (A Paris Romance)

Romantic Comedy

Sleeping with Paris (A Paris Romance)

Date like a man in the City of Light and Love…
Charlotte Summers is a sassy, young French teacher two days away from moving to Paris. Love of her life by her side, for those romantic kisses walking along the Seine? Check. Dream of studying at the prestigious Sorbonne University? Admission granted. But when she discovers her fiancé’s online dating profile and has a little chat with the busty red-head he’s been sleeping with on the side, she gives up on committed relationships and decides to navigate Paris on her own. Flings with no strings in the City of Light—mais oui!

Determined to stop other women from finding themselves in her shoes, Charlotte creates an anonymous blog on how to date like a man in the City of Love—that is, how to jump from bed to bed without ever falling in love. But, with a slew of Parisian men beating down her door, a hot new neighbor who feeds her chocolate in bed, and an appearance by her ex-fiancé, she isn’t so sure she can keep her promise to remain commitment-free. When Charlotte agrees to write an article for a popular women’s magazine about her Parisian dating adventures—or disasters, rather—will she risk losing the one man who’s swept her off her feet and her dream job in one fell swoop?

Batman: The Complete Hush

Graphic Novels > Superheroes

Batman: The Complete Hush

BATMAN: HUSH is a thrilling mystery of action, intrigue, and deception penned by Jeph Loeb (BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN) and illustrated by comics superstar Jim Lee (ALL STAR BATMAN & ROBIN, THE BOY WONDER) in which Batman sets out to discover the identity of a mysterious mastermind using the Joker, Riddler, Ra’s al Ghul and the Dark Knight’s other enemies—and allies—as pawns in a plan to wreak havoc. Collects BATMAN #608-619.

Double Shot: A Humorous and Romantic Cozy (Cue Ball Mysteries Book 2)

Mystery > Cozy

Double Shot: A Humorous and Romantic Cozy (Cue Ball Mysteries Book 2)

Jessie Hewitt thought her pool-hustling days were long gone. But when uber-hunky cop Wilson Rye asks her to go undercover to catch a killer, she jumps at the chance to return to a sleazy poolroom. Jessie is confident she can handle a double homicide, but the doubly-annoying Wilson Rye is another matter altogether. What’s he doing flirting with a woman half his age? Will Jessie have what it takes to deal with Tiffany La-Dee-Doo-Da Sass and solve the murders? Take a guess.

SILENT WITNESS (The Witness Series Book 2)

Thrillers > Legal

SILENT WITNESS: A Josie Bates Thriller (The Witness Series Book 2)

Josie Baylor-Bates has a full plate caring for a troubled teen, but it’s about to get fuller when her ex-cop lover, Archer, is accused of murdering his disabled stepson – a son Josie never knew he had. When Timothy Wren died at California’s oldest amusement park it appeared to be a tragic accident. But now Timothy’s biological father and the district attorney are out for blood. Is this a criminal action with merit, a vendetta or is there a big cash settlement in the offing?

For Josie the stakes are higher – it’s personal. Racing against time to prove someone is framing Archer, her faith in him is tested by his honesty regarding his feelings about his stepson. Finally, she finds the truth lies with not in Archer’s words but with a long-forgotten silent witness.

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