Bestselling Christian fiction novelist Lorena McCourtney tops today’s Buffet with Invisible, the first in her series of mysteries featuring investigator Ivy Malone, who one reviewer called “a heroine who goes about her sleuthing with charm, wit and an undeterred determination [and] manages to get herself into one hilarious scrape after another, always squeaking out of trouble by the skin of her teeth.”
As one of the top Christian books of 2005, Invisible was named winner of the Inspirational Division of the 2005 Daphne du Maurier Mystery/Suspense awards.”
Lorena, a resident of southern Oregon, has also won the “Book of the Year” award from the American Christian Fiction Writers and twice won the Daphne Du Maurier Award of Excellence.
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She’s not your average crime fighter.
Ivy Malone has a curiosity that sometimes gets her into trouble, and it’s only aggravated by her discovery that she can easily escape the public eye. So when vandals romp through the local cemetery, she takes advantage of her newfound anonymity and its unforeseen advantages as she launches her own unofficial investigation.
Despite her oddball humor and unconventional snooping, Ivy soon becomes discouraged by her failure to turn up any solid clues. And after Ivy witnesses something ominous and unexplained, she can’t resist putting her investigative powers to work again. Even the authorities’ attempts to keep Ivy out of danger and her nosy neighbor’s match-making schemes can’t slow her down. But will the determination that fuels this persistent, quirky sleuth threaten her very safety?
A phone ringing at 2:00 A.M. never means anything good. Calls at 2:00 A.M. are bad news . . . Someone has died. Someone is hurt. Or someone needs help.
On a bitter cold January night in 1965, death came calling at an isolated little cabin on Wake-Robin Ridge. Now, nearly 50 years later, librarian Sarah Gray has quit her job and moved into the same cabin, hoping the peace and quiet of her woodland retreat will allow her to concentrate on writing her first novel. Instead she finds herself distracted by her only neighbor, the enigmatic and reclusive MacKenzie Cole, who lives on top of the mountain with his Irish wolfhound as his sole companion.
As their tentative friendship grows, Sarah learns the truth about the heartbreaking secret causing Mac to hide from the world. But before the two can sort out their feelings for each other, they find themselves plunged into a night of terror neither could have anticipated. Now they must unravel the horrifying events of a murder committed decades earlier. In doing so, they discover that the only thing stronger than a hatred that will not die is a heart willing to sacrifice everything for another.
Ike Jordan dreams of gravity’s polarity. He dreams of himself upon the field of the earth, staring into the darkening sky, arms outstretched. His father’s voice whispers, “Gravity can push you into the sky as easily as pull you toward the earth.”
Fully awake and inducted into his father’s work with secret gravity technology — fantastical as it is — Ike’s worldview, emotions, and relationships turn upside down. Caught up in his father’s secret, he can’t tell Christine Wall about his nights cruising among the stars, or tell his best friend Charlie about chasing the sun over the horizon. He can only pour his angst into the perfection of flight, flying like a lonely, dark angel over the nighttime lights of Phoenix, Arizona.
Before long, he is chasing his own ego, flying so high that no one can keep up, in danger of flying too close to the sun.
Israeli intelligence has embarked on the most widespread cyber espionage program ever that infiltrates the United States CIA and NSA’s most coveted PRISM systems. A secret artificial intelligence super computer secretly infiltrates the core of the NSA’s networks enabling a predictive system to monitor and track nuclear proliferation programs around the globe.
Moti Kidron, a decorated special ops soldier and Mossad techno genius is in a race against time to find a rogue Iranian nuke while keeping the United States at bay without disclosing the scope of his infiltration into the core of their networks.
Nuclear holocaust is imminent in the Middle East. The Mossad and Israeli prime minister are convinced that a rogue nuclear attack originating from Iran is hours from launch. The countdown results in a 4 way nuclear showdown that includes the United States, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Iran.
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Shocking the British aristocracy, wealthy landowner Stede Bonnet suddenly abandons his plantation in Barbados, buys a ship, hires a crew of cutthroats, and turns to a life of pirating.
After the unexpected death of his mother, Aaron finds himself working in the galley of Bonnet’s new boat—the Revenge—and living in constant fear: not only for the lives of Bonnet’s victims, but for his own, as well, for it’s becoming apparent with each passing day that Bonnet knows nothing about pirating, and his incompetence is jeopardizing the entire crew (despite some help from the notorious Blackbeard). Worst of all, Aaron is being preyed upon in the most horrible of ways and honestly doesn’t know if he is going to survive.
Readers of Christian fiction often shy away from delving into stories that deal with the violent and disturbing atrocities common during the Golden Age of Piracy, but award-winning author L.N. Cronk and best-selling author Heather Frey Blanton use the realities of the time with purpose – to remind us that God has His hand on every situation in our lives.
Somewhere in between playing in the sandbox and starting high school, Harper Monroe fell in love with her best friend. Seth Ryerson was the boy who lived next door. He was the boy who dared to give her her first kiss. He was the boy she cried over when her mother decided to uproot her from her hometown. He’s also the boy with a secret.
When Seth finds out that Harper is coming back to town halfway through their senior year, he hates that he can’t be happy about it. Because Harper is the one person who knows the truth. And as far as Seth is concerned, the truth really doesn’t set you free.
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Robert Harris, the world’s master of innovative historical fiction, lures us into a violent, treacherous world of Roman politics at once exotically different from and yet startlingly similar to our own — a world of Senate intrigue and electoral corruption, special prosecutors and political adventurism — to describe how one clever, compassionate, devious, vulnerable man fought to reach the top.
When Tiro, the confidential secretary (and slave) of a Roman senator, opens the door to a terrified stranger on a cold November morning, he sets in motion a chain of events that will eventually propel his master into one of the most suspenseful courtroom dramas in history. The stranger is a Sicilian, a victim of the island’s corrupt Roman governor, Verres. The senator is Marcus Cicero — an ambitious young lawyer and spellbinding orator, who at the age of twenty-seven is determined to attain imperium — supreme power in the state.
Of all the great figures of the Roman world, none was more fascinating or charismatic than Cicero. And Tiro — the inventor of shorthand and author of numerous books, including a celebrated biography of his master (which was lost in the Dark Ages) — was always by his side.
Joanne Walker has three days to learn to use her shamanic powers and save the world from the unleashed Wild Hunt.
No worries. No pressure. Never mind the lack of sleep, the perplexing new talent for healing herself from fatal wounds, or the cryptic, talking coyote who appears in her dreams.
And if all that’s not bad enough, in the three years Joanne’s been a cop, she’s never seen a dead body–but she’s just come across her second in three days.
It’s been a bitch of a week. And it isn’t over yet.
Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.
Her father was right. The monsters are real.
To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies.
An Air Force major is ordered to approach a brilliant UFO in his Phantom jet over Tehran. He repeatedly attempts to engage and fire on unusual objects heading right toward his aircraft, but his missile control is locked and disabled. Witnessed from the ground, this dogfight becomes the subject of a secret report by the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency.
In Belgium, an Air Force colonel investigates a series of widespread sightings of unidentified triangular objects, and he sends F-16s to attempt a closer look. Many hundreds of eyewitnesses, including on-duty police officers, file reports, and a spectacular photograph of an unidentifiable craft is retrieved and analyzed.
Here at home, a retired chief of the FAA’s Accidents and Investigations Division reveals the agency’s response to a thirty-minute encounter between an aircraft and a gigantic UFO over Alaska, which occurred during his watch and is documented on radar.
Now all three of these distinguished men have written breathtaking, firsthand accounts about these extraordinary incidents. They are joined by Air Force generals and a host of high-level sources—including Fife Symington III, former governor of Arizona, and Nick Pope, former head of the British Defence Ministry’s UFO Investigative Unit—who have agreed to write their own detailed, personal stories about UFO encounters and investigations for the first time.
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When Kate Pierce-Keller’s grandmother gives her a strange blue medallion and speaks of time travel, sixteen-year-old Kate assumes the old woman is delusional. But it all becomes horrifyingly real when a murder in the past destroys the foundation of Kate’s present-day life. Suddenly, that medallion is the only thing protecting Kate from blinking out of existence.
Kate learns that the 1893 killing is part of something much more sinister, and her genetic ability to time travel makes Kate the only one who can fix the future. Risking everything, she travels back in time to the Chicago World’s Fair to try to prevent the murder and the chain of events that follows.
Changing the timeline comes with a personal cost—if Kate succeeds, the boy she loves will have no memory of her existence. And regardless of her motives, does Kate have the right to manipulate the fate of the entire world?
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