Jean Brashear tops today’s Buffet with Texas Secrets, the first book in her “Gallaghers of Morning Star” western series—stories rich with emotion, ripe with secrets, scandals and sexual tension.
Jean is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of nearly 40 novels in romance and women’s fiction. She’s a five-time RITA finalist and Romantic Times BOOKReviews Career Achievement Award winner. A lifelong avid reader, at the age of 45 — with no experience and no training — she decided to see if she could write a book. It was a wild leap that turned her whole life upside down, but she would tell you that though she’s never been more terrified, she’s never felt more exhilarated or more alive.
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Texas Secrets (The Gallaghers of Morning Star Book 1)
Up-and-coming chef Maddie Collins finds out that her father’s life was a lie when she is bequeathed a family homeplace she never knew existed—by the husband of the only woman her father ever loved. A former SEAL, sexy cowboy Boone Gallagher arrives back in Texas to discover that the father who drove him away has struck one last blow. The only place he’s ever thought of as home now belongs to a woman who doesn’t want it, and he must keep her there for thirty days—or it will be lost to them both.
Beneath Montana’s Sky (Montana Sky Series)
Plain and timid, debutante Pamela Burke-Smythe is a wallflower at the high society Boston balls she attends, overlooked by possible suitors. One-by-one, her friends become engaged, and Pamela resigns herself as to life as a spinster.
When rancher John Carter becomes guardian to his orphaned godson, Nick, nothing he does seems to help the grieving, angry boy. At his wit’s end, he believes that a wife might help draw Nick out, and lonely himself, John’s been thinking along the matrimonial lines for a while anyway. But small Sweetwater Springs, Montana, has no suitable candidates. He decides to visit his great-aunt Hester in Boston and bring back a wife who is kind and compassionate, can be a mother figure to Nick, and who can adapt to the hard life on the ranch.
Hester plays matchmaker for John, introducing him to Pamela. John responds to Pamela’s kind heart and believes he’s found the ideal woman. But Pamela never thought to marry a stranger and leave Boston, and her family and friends are against the idea. She musters all her meager courage to defy her loved ones and seize her only chance at marriage.
Swish (Helios and MJ Book 1)
Helios Andreadis is the aloof president of Áf̱xi̱si, an ordinary college org during the day and an underground bike racing club at night. Áf̱xi̱si̱ means ‘rise’ in Greek, symbolizing the cornerstone in which all the club’s rules were founded on. Every member of the club had his own story to tell, his own tragedy to overcome, and a self-made cage to break free from.
The younger son of a famous Greek politician from an adulterous affair, Helios had migrated to the United States in hopes of putting to rest his older brother’s jealousy. Past betrayals had taught him to be hard and unfeeling, but his heartless ways would soon be put to the test when a shy, stubborn girl literally skidded into his life like some backup dancer auditioning for the King of Pop.
Her name was MJ Cartwright. She wanted to apply as the club’s official photographer, but any job would really do since as it turned out, all she wanted was to be close to one of Áf̱xi̱si’s daredevil drivers. That man was her secret crush and the more time Helios spent with MJ, the more he wanted to kill that man, whoever he may be.
EXILED (Immortal Essence Series Book 1)
Erra’s Throne: Column One (Erra’s Throne, Tablet One Book 1)
It all started when Emmy Kim murdered her Raid Leader, which sounds pretty bad if you don’t know it happened in a video game. Now, she’s been booted from the elite raiding guild it took her months to get into. Somebody YouTubed a clip of the whole thing, making Emmy and Fehns, her beloved level 80 Ranger, internet-meme laughingstocks. Meanwhile, her parents are cracking down, dragging her out of video-game fantasy worlds and into college-friendly extracurriculars in the so-called “real” one.
Nah, Sophomore year isn’t starting well at all.
And that’s before an ancient Babylonian god starts trying to kill the whole world and Emmy realizes that she and Fehns, together, are all that stand in its way.
Seeking Vengeance: (ATF Romantic Suspense)
Sam Brennan has one goal–vengeance. He’s done playing by the rules imposed as a cop and goes rogue in his quest for blood.
Molly Flynn balks when her brother Johnny dumps an injured Sam on her doorstep. As a paramedic, she feels compelled to help the man, and after all, he saved her brother’s life, but as soon as he’s able to ride his motorcycle, she wants him gone. She knows from the past that bikers only bring pain and shame, and now she has her young daughter Kelsie to protect.
When Molly’s brother flees from the same biker gang Sam hunts, Sam is forced to put his own mission on hold as he takes Molly, Kelsie, and Johnny to the one place he feels they’ll be safe–his cabin in the Northwoods.
Molly discovers the cabin holds more than safety, it contains all of the memories Sam holds dear. Drawn to the glimpses of the man he was before revenge consumed him, she longs to heal his heart, but will there be time for their love to grow or will he destroy it when he seeks vengeance?
Silent Sales Machine – Automatic Online Profits
Now in its 8th major update (Summer 2014), one of the most-read Internet success books of all time is Jim Cockrum’s ‘Silent Sales Machine’. Jim’s multiple online business ventures are documented and he advises everyone from “newbies” to seasoned professionals on what DOES and DOESN’T work in the world on online business and Internet marketing.
The reader will learn to establish multiple automated income streams using creative approaches to online business. Topics covered include; email marketing, Selling on Amazon.com, creative uses of eBay, finding and growing a loyal audience online, social marketing, automating your online efforts and multiple real life success stories from his ever increasing audience of creative online entrepreneurs.
Ambersley (Lords of London Book 1)
An heiress in disguise. A duke who doubts his own legitimacy. Will secrets destroy their love?
Traumatized by a blaze that killed her parents, young Johanna remembers nothing of her privileged past and remains ignorant of the dangers that surround her. She grows up among the servants, where she develops a sense of purpose that helps her survive the betrayal that unmasks her true identity. Once she is forced to take her proper place in Regency society as the highly sought heiress to the Ambersley fortune, she must defy the relatives who would make her a pawn in their struggle for power.
When Derek Vaughan inherits the dukedom, his dubious parentage makes it a sacrilege to accept. But touched by the ravaged estate and its destitute staff, he braves a society that once shunned him while he rebuilds Ambersley and guards it from his stepmother’s bankrupting clutches.
Opal Fire (A Stacy Justice Mystery Book 1)
Stacy Justice is just your average green-eyed, redheaded, twenty-something witch who would rather focus on her job as a reporter than practice the crazy magic her grandmother and great-aunts are into. She’s perfectly content to spend her free time hanging with her cop boyfriend and her gassy Great Dane and helping her cousin Cinnamon run the Black Opal bar. But when the Opal goes up in flames, Stacy may need that magic after all.
The blaze was arson–and Cinnamon is the prime suspect. Determined to clear her cousin’s name, Stacy digs deep into the crime and makes a shocking discovery amid the rubble. It’s clear someone wants her dead–and she’ll have to dodge everything from angry motorists to exploding chickens to survive. It’s time to dust off her so-called magic skills. But will they be there when she needs them?
Stories from the Twilight Zone
When it first aired in 1959, The Twilight Zone was nothing less than groundbreaking television. Freed from the censors’ strict oversight due to the show’s classification as science fiction, the 156 episodes explored classic, powerful, and moving human themes—love, hate, pride, jealousy, terror—in a unique style. The program sparked the imaginations of countless writers and filmmakers around the world.
With this collection of 6 of Rod Serling’s favorite spine-tingling stories, prepare yourself, in the words of Serling himself, “…to enter that fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition. And it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call…The Twilight Zone.”
The Why of Work: How Great Leaders Build Abundant Organizations That Win
According to studies, we all work for the same thing–and it’s not just money. It’s meaning. Through our work, we seek a sense of purpose, contribution, connection, value, and hope. Digging down to the meaning of work taps our resilience in hard times and our passion in good times. That’s the simple but profound premise behind this groundbreaking book by renowned management expert Dave Ulrich and psychologist Wendy Ulrich. They’ve talked to thousands of people–from rank-and-file workers to clients and customers to top-level executives–and synthesized major disciplines to identify the “why” behind our most successful experiences.
Using the model of the “abundant organization,” they provide you with the “how” to create meaning and value in your own workplace. Learn how to:
- Ask the seven questions that drive abundance
- Understand the needs of your customers and staff
- Personalize the work to motivate your employees
- Build and grow your business in any economy
Everybody Was So Young: Gerald and Sara Murphy, A Lost Generation Love Story
Gerald and Sara Murphy were the golden couple of the Lost Generation. Born to wealth and privilege, they fled the stuffy confines of upper-class America to reinvent themselves in France as legendary party givers and enthusiastic participants in the modernist revolution of the 1920s. He became an important painter; she made everyday life a work of art. Their friends F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and John Dos Passos all based fictional characters on the Murphys; Picasso painted them; and Calvin Tomkins rekindled their glamour for a younger generation in his affectionate 1971 portrait, Living Well Is the Best Revenge. Amanda Vaill’s vivid new biography builds on Tomkins’s work to provide a full-length account of the Murphys’ remarkable life together.
As well as good times, that life included suffering endured with great courage. The Murphys’ teenage sons died within two years of each other in the mid-1930s–one suddenly, one after a long battle with tuberculosis–and the Depression forced Gerald to resume the uncongenial work of managing his family’s business. Vaill’s sensitive rendering reveals the moral substance that enabled this stylish couple to survive heartbreak. But it’s her marvelous evocation of those magical expatriate years that lingers in the memory.
The World Beneath (Joe Tesla Book 1)
Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Cantrell drops you into a vast, dark world: 100 miles of living, breathing, tunnels that is the New York City underground. This subterranean labyrinth inhales three million bustling commuters every day. And every day, it breathes them all out again… except for one.
Software millionaire Joe Tesla is set to ring the bell on Wall Street the morning his company goes public. On what should be the brightest day in his life, he is instead struck with severe agoraphobia. The sudden dread of the outside is so debilitating, he can’t leave his hotel at Grand Central Terminal, except to go underground. Bad luck for Joe, because in the tunnels lurk corpses and murderers, an underground Victorian mansion and a mysterious bricked-up 1940s presidential train car. Joe and his service dog, Edison, find themselves pursued by villains and police alike, their only salvation now is to unearth the mystery that started it all, a deadly, contagious madness on the brink of escaping The World Beneath.
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