No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson tops today’s Buffet with The Way of Kings, an epic fantasy in which he introduces readers to the fascinating world of Roshar, a world of stone and storms. This massive tome is the first of a 10-part epic fantasy series from relative newcomer Sanderson (Mistborn), best known for his efforts to complete the late Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series. In a storm-swept world where history has dwindled into myth, self-serving aristocrats squabble over mystical weapons that render their bearers immune to mundane attacks.
Brandon’s novella The Emperor’s Soul won a Hugo Award in 2013. That year also marked the release of his first young adult fantasy, The Rithmatist.
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The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, Book 1)
It has been centuries since the fall of the Knights Radiant, but their mystical swords and armor remain, transforming ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Men trade kingdoms for them. Wars are fought for them and won by them.
One such war rages on the Shattered Plains where Kaladin, son of a surgeon, has been reduced to slavery, and Dalinar, commander of the armies, is plagued by dreams of ancient times, doubting his own sanity.
Across the ocean, Shallan, a naïve but brave and brilliant young woman, plans a daring theft to save her impoverished noble house from ruin.
The result of over ten years of planning, writing, and world-building, The Way of Kings is Book 1 of The Stormlight Archive, an epic fantasy masterpiece in the making.
Pretty Little Liars
The first book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series that inspired the hit ABC Family TV show Pretty Little Liars.
In ultra-trendy Rosewood, Pennsylvania, four beautiful girls are hiding very ugly secrets. High school juniors Spencer, Hanna, Aria and Emily have grown apart since their best friend Alison DiLaurentis went missing three years ago. But now someone is sending them anonymous notes, threatening to reveal their darkest secrets. There’s only one person who knows that much about them, but Ali’s gone…isn’t she?
Full of unexpected twists and shocking revelations, this series opener that inspired the hit TV show is the perfect beginning for fans.
The Replacement Bridesmaid
Jill Owens has the perfect life – successful children, lawyer husband, beautiful house. But she has no purpose, nothing to do. She is resigned to this safe and boring existence when she gets a chance to chuck it all for just a little while and run off to Ireland to be a replacement bridesmaid.
Once in Ireland, her old dreams and aspirations come back to her, and so does love. Jill rediscovers herself and ends up finding herself having do choose between her old safe life, or her new risky life and the possibility of heartbreak – or love and fame.
My Mom My Hero: Alzheimer’s – A Mother and Daughter’s Bittersweet Journey
When Lisa Hirsch found out her mother, Ruth, had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, her love, appreciation, and caring for her mother was transformed. To Lisa’s surprise, it has brought her and Ruth closer together than they’ve ever been. My Mom My Hero tells the story of this mother-daughter relationship through a series of entries from Lisa’s internationally popular blog. Ultimately this is an uplifting and inspirational book for anyone who’s going through the difficult and often lonely ordeal of caring for a loved one who suffers from this devastating illness.
Beyond the Cliffs of Kerry
It seduces her like a lover; it bewitches her like a spell. It is something mysterious and powerful that Darcy McBride must follow beyond the cliffs of Kerry. Ireland in 1755 is a terrible place, ravaged by famine and the brutal occupation of the British. There seems to be no escape. Darcy joins a group of smugglers who trade illegally with the French and when their operation is discovered, she is transported to the English Colonies for servitude. Shattered by war and bloodshed, Darcy finds the colonists on a feeding frenzy of survival. She refuses to be devoured and meets them with determination and fire stopping them in their tracks. When she confronts the brash and attractive Jean Michel Lupe’, a surveyor for the Crown, sparks fly, and Darcy meets her match. His blend of refinement and frontier masculinity unsettles and entices her. Together, they are swept into a whirlwind of violence and intrigue that threatens their love and their survival.
Meggie Blackthorn (Meggie Blackthorn Series Book 1)
Early 1960s – Newcastle, UK
When eleven-year-old Meggie’s feckless Dad doesn’t pay the coal man and they have no hot water she takes matters into her own hands. With her younger brother, Jack, she sets off to find the free coal she knows can be found in the pit heaps opposite their village. When she and Jack return home from their adventure, she’s punished. Does she still love her dad? She’s not so sure and when she has to make a choice between going to live with her grandparents at their newsagent’s shop in Newcastle so she can go to the grammar school or staying in Shippon and going to the local secondary school she decides to leave home.
She soon finds herself in an ever bigger mess. Billy Fish and The Codmother are ripping off Meggie’s grandparents. With her new friend, paperboy Dave Spedding, she tries to help, but finds herself trapped in a dangerous situation.
Parents Who Love Reading, Kids Who Don’t: How it Happens and What You Can Do About It
So you love reading and your kid doesn’t. What caused this state of affairs, and what can you do about it? In Parents Who Love Reading, Kids Who Don’t, Mary Leonhardt pins the blame on the educational establishment for the endemic dislike of reading among kids, and provides direct solutions. Her basic approach may surprise you: provide reading material that is easy and fun for children. Start with comic books, junk books, romance novels, mysteries, genre books of all kinds. The premise is simple: only avid readers are excellent readers; excellent readers become excellent only because they read a lot. Leonhardt, a long-time high school English teacher, makes a strong case for her techniques, and has the track record to prove it.
You read to your children when they were small. You took them to the library. You bought them books at the bookstore. You love books yourself and read all the time. How did you get children who would rather clean up their rooms than read a book?
Mary Leonhardt’s book describes why children have stopped reading, and what you can do to awaken a love of reading. She describes the stages children go through when they are coming to books, and coaches you in how to move your children through the stages.
My Man’s Best Friend – Book 1
Kai Edwards is confronted with the startling reality that her man’s best friend is a woman—a drop-dead, gorgeous one at that. Now, what is a girl to do?
Kai Edwards has a big problem when Todd Daniels’ best friend, Alana Brooks, moves to Chicago and straight into the middle of their perfect life. To compete with the new threat and keep her man, Kai devises a deliciously devious plan, but it takes an unexpected turn when she falls hard for Alana. What unfolds is an unconventional passion triangle that turns Kai’s once normal life upside down—forever.
Set in Chicago, My Man’s Best Friend is a thought provoking, intelligent, and unconventional romantic comedy that takes an ordinary boy-meets-girl story and turns it on its ear. With an emotionally fearless protagonist, Kai Edwards, paired up with a manipulative, breathtaking beauty, Alana Brooks, this story will take you on an emotional rollercoaster only to have you gasping for air when the ride comes to an end. In her debut novel, K. Elle answers the question, what would you do if your man’s best friend were a beautiful woman? The answer, undoubtedly, will surprise you.
Blood Money (Joe Dillard Series Book 6)
In the sixth volume of the bestselling Joe Dillard series, Dillard does something he has never done before — he hires a young associate. Her name is Charleston Story, she is bright and beautiful, and in her very first case, she winds up inheriting an item so valuable that it threatens to destroy her and everything she cares about. As Dillard tries to help and advise his young protege, he finds himself dragged into a web of danger and intrigue, a web so thick that he may never be able to extract himself.
Black Book: Book 1
1862. The Old West. The man they call Sheriff Jack is actually an undercover soldier from the future. His mission is to find and protect a simple ledger known only as The Black Book.
In 2308 an undisclosed military installation receives a faint distress signal from their missing soldier. The project is compromised and a ruthless mercenary is sent in to eliminate Jack.
Alone and on the run, Jack must escape those that seek to eliminate him, without losing sight of his prey. Humankind’s final mission may depend on the Black Book, but Jack’s personal quarrel lies with the Devil himself.
The Black Bullet (Sean O’Brien Book 4)
Glenda Lawson believes her husband was the only U.S. serviceman shot and killed on American soil during World War II. But in 1945, investigators ruled that Billy Lawson died in a “mugging turned ugly.”
In 2013, Sean O’Brien, learning the ropes of commercial fishing, gets his anchor caught on something underwater. He discovers a German U-boat partially buried in sand, and inside is a frightening cargo. The media pick up the story, and a 35-year-old woman who has a haunting tale, visits O’Brien. Her grandfather, Billy Lawson, was fishing one night on a Florida beach when he saw something very disturbing.
The last thing Sean O’Brien wants is to investigate a sixty-seven-year-old murder. But Billy Lawson’s granddaughter and his cancer-stricken widow are desperate for closure. For O’Brien to bring it to them he has to pry the lid off a secret buried with the Manhattan Project. It’s information that got Billy Lawson killed, and O’Brien soon learns the old murder and his new discovery at the bottom of the sea are inextricably knotted. O’Brien is thrust into a world where nothing is as it appears, and everything is riding on a secret Billy Lawson took to his grave.
Gideon’s Secondhand Bride: A Sweet Historical Mail Order Bride Romance Novella
The last thing John Gideon wants is another wife.
Mere weeks have passed since John buried his wife, but he must trudge forward. For the sake of his three little ones, he has no choice but to remarry. His mail order bride must agree– this marriage will be strictly business.
Permilia is desperate to flee the bonds of marriage…
The War Between The States cost Millie her kind, gentle husband. He came back in body, but his soul was ravaged by war. To save herself and the life of their toddler son, she leaves her abusive husband though she has nowhere to go, no money, no family. A single option surfaces– a farmer has sent for a mail order mother, housekeeper, and help-meet. It’s a marriage in name only, so she justifies disappearing into the west and keeping her secrets.
A lean and grizzled Civil War veteran, Stillwater Smith determines to keep his temper in check, until cattle rancher Asa Wheeler tries to take his property and forces him into a deadly showdown. Frank Roderus brings us another can’t-put-it-down action adventure with a character who’ll stick in your mind long after you curse the fact it’s over.
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