Jennifer Hudson Taylor tops today’s Buffet with For Love or Loyalty, the first installment in a new historical inspirational series, “The MacGregor Legacy.”
Jennifer writes historical fiction set in Europe and the Carolinas. Her work has appeared in national publications, such as Guideposts, Heritage Quest Magazine, RT Book Reviews, and The Military Trader. Jennifer graduated from Elon University with a B.A. in Communications/Journalism. When she isn’t writing, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, visiting historical sites, parasailing, cycling, horseback riding, genealogy, and reading.
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For Love or Loyalty: The MacGregor Legacy | Book 1 (MacGregor Legacy #1)
To atone for her father’s evil, Lauren Campbell agrees to help Malcolm MacGregor. By the time she realizes she’s the bargaining price to free Malcolm’s mother from indentured servitude, it’s too late.
When his best friend vanished, Christian Hatcher, the Shadow Warrior, had no choice. He had to follow the heroin pipeline . . . from Hong Kong to Bangkok, to the deepest darkness of Vietnam. The sensational national bestseller by the author of Chameleon and Sharkey’s Machine.
Ordained Irreverence (Elmo Jenkins Book 1 – Special Edition)
Elmo Jenkins is about to graduate from seminary with a masters degree in religious education and a minor in cynicism. When he lands an internship at a large metropolitan church, he quite literally stumbles his way through as he learns to baptize and bury, visit and marry the faithful flock. Think Ferris Bueller Goes to Church with a side of Holden Caulfield thrown in for good measure.
The cast of characters filling the pews at First Church keep him on his toes and more than a little bewildered at times. The salty widow who serves up a homemade pie with a surprise ingredient. The quirky single adult with a heart as big as Elvis who deems himself quite the ladies man. The larger-than-life music minister who pulls more than a few punches along the way, and even an old church janitor with a few ancient secrets of his own.
Woven throughout Elmo’s adventures is a hundred-year-old mystery he’’s determined to solve and even a chance at true love along the way. Elmo’’s story pulls back the sacred curtain and allows the reader to examine the inner workings of a mega-church with all its warts and wonders. Ride along and watch as Elmo’s cynicism slowly transforms into hope.
Levels: The Host
Originally published by Bantam Spectra as The Host, this is the 25th Anniversary edition of the cyperpunk classic, now available for Kindle!
In the near-future country of Manhattan the poor First-Levelers barely survive on the old streets, sealed beneath a fifth-story ceiling. Far above in the sunlight, rich Second-Levelers thrive in boring opulence. They get their kicks by projecting their minds into the bodies of First-Levelers in an ultra-real game called Hosting. Desperate to earn enough cash to have a child, First Leveler Watly Caiper becomes a Host. But instead of using his body for sordid fun, the anonymous Second-Level Donor commits the perfect crime. On the run from the police and on the hook for murder, Watly must find the mysterious killer before time runs out.
Enormity (Complete Edition)
Jack is the most famous rock star in the world… he’s just not from this planet.
Before joining NASA’s space programme, Jack had dreams of a career as a professional musician. When a deep space mission goes awry, he crashes on an alien planet. Jack discovers that his new world is inhabited by a race of humans that have evolved in parallel to those on Earth. He picks up a guitar and performs the most wondrous rock songs of his home planet. Neil Young. Leonard Cohen. Bob Dylan. Superstardom beckons as audiences around the globe revere Jack and his apparent songwriting abilities. He basks in the boundless glow of a hedonistic dream world. But Jack soon learns that his lie will have sinister consequences.
This remarkable debut novel by renowned Australian entertainment journalist Nick Milligan, is a thrilling ride through a nightmarish, darkly comical and highly original tale that combines elements of horror, science fiction, music industry satire and erotica.
In the heart of Chicago, two street gangs battle for control of the city.
Nexess was once a young girl named Elizabeth. Now she’s the private property of gang leader Antonio Bianchi, sex slave and assassin for his gang, Nuove Leve. Night after night, Antonio sends her out to do his bidding, and when she returns, she must bow to his every desire.
When a chance encounter introduces her to one of her own kind, Nexess must decide between good and evil. Or maybe the lesser of two evils.
Will Jace convince Nexess to leave Antonio, or will she stay with the man who may be her salvation … or her damnation? Love, lust and loyalty all come into question as Nexess struggles to overcome, or to accept, her own blood lust.
Greek Cuisine Cookbook: 50 Easy and Delicious Greek Recipes
Greece is known for its fine Mediterranean cuisine and a large number of great dishes and foods. With an archive of Greek recipes at your disposal, you will introduce new colors and variety into your kitchen.
In the Greek Cuisine Cookbook, you will find 50 Greek recipes of all kinds, covering breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and side dishes. You don’t need to be a chef to enjoy a Mediterranean salad on a sunny afternoon, or Greek feta casserole for dinner. All you need for meals like these is right here.
Following a doomed Lunar mission, a terrifying substance has set upon the earth, consuming everything it touches and leaving behind drifts of colorless death. No life form stands a chance, but Clyde Jackson is tougher than most. He’s seen war, and he’s lost everyone he ever loved, but now he’s living through the end of the world one day at a time, in a panic room that cost him nearly everything to build. It’s only a matter of time before the ventilation fails, and it’ll only take a single gray speck to bring about his demise. Read his chilling memoir, and look to the skies with caution.
Bound by Night (The Moonbound Clan Vampires Book 1)
Nicole Martin was only eight years old when she narrowly survived a massacre: her family’s vampire slaves rebelled and killed everyone in her household. Twenty years later, Nicole now dedicates herself to finding a vaccine against vampirism…and eradicating the gruesome memories that give her nightmares.
Riker, a member of the wild vampire Moon Clan, is haunted by his own demons—his wife Lorraine had been captured and enslaved by the Martin family. It was during a botched escape attempt that she was killed, along with their unborn child. Still wracked with grief and anger, Riker is now fueled solely by the desire to rescue vampire slaves…and slaughter their owners.
When Riker stumbles upon Nicole in a chance meeting, he immediately recognizes her as a member of the Martin family that once enslaved his wife—and she recognizes him as the wild vampire she saw kissing a pregnant slave in the moments before her violent death—an image that has haunted her dreams for years.
Cast in Shadow (Chronicles of Elantra, Book 1)
Seven years ago Kaylin fled the crime-riddled streets of Nightshade, knowing that something was after her. Children were being murdered– and all had the same odd markings that mysteriously appeared on her own skin….
Since then, she’s learned to read, she’s learned to fight and she’s become one of the vaunted Hawks who patrol and police the City of Elantra. Alongside the winged Aerians and the immortal Barrani, she’s made a place for herself, far from the mean streets of her birth.
But children are once again dying, and a dark and familiar pattern is emerging. Kaylin is ordered back into Nightshade with a partner she knows she can’t trust, a Dragon lord for a companion and a device to contain her powers– powers that no other human has. Her task is simple– find the killer, stop the murders…and survive the attentions of those who claim to be her allies!
The Society for Useful Knowledge: How Benjamin Franklin and Friends Brought the Enlightenment to America
Benjamin Franklin and his contemporaries brought the Enlightenment to America—an intellectual revolution that laid the foundation for the political one that followed. With the “first Drudgery” of settling the American colonies now past, Franklin announced in 1743, it was time the colonists set about improving the lot of humankind through collaborative inquiry. From Franklin’s idea emerged the American Philosophical Society, an association hosted in Philadelphia and dedicated to the harnessing of man’s intellectual and creative powers for the common good. The animus behind the society was and is a disarmingly simple one—that the value of knowledge is directly proportional to its utility. This straightforward idea has left a profound mark on American society and culture and on the very idea of America itself—and through America, on the world as a whole.
From celebrated historian of ideas Jonathan Lyons comes The Society for Useful Knowledge, telling the story of America’s coming-of-age through its historic love affair with practical invention, applied science, and self-reliance.
When Billy’s father mysteriously disappears and his mother responds by becoming more and more reclusive, Billy maintains hope that his father’s absence is not by choice—despite the rumors and taunts of his classmates who believe otherwise. Twelve days before Christmas, Billy acquires a magical tree with a dozen ornaments, each of which holds a clue to finding his father. In order to do so, however, Billy must solve one puzzle each day, so he enlists the help of his best friend Katherine, not realizing that in doing so, he has placed them both in grave danger. The forces of evil that have captured Billy’s father are revealed to be manifest in the landscape of their very own small hometown outside of Oxford, England, as well as in some of its seemingly benign inhabitants. A beautifully woven narrative with rich, compelling characters, this novel is sure to strike a chord with any fan of fantasy literature.
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