Laura Frantz tops today’s Buffet with her Christian historical romance The Colonel’s Lady, which brings to life the rustic beauty and hardship of frontier life.

Publisher’s Weekly called this book a “tour de force. Riveting plotline, dynamic characters, and flawless historical accuracy will vividly transport the reader to another time and place…Readers will be left at the edge of their seats for hours. Even though the novel is over four hundred pages, the reader is still left wanting more…”

Laura is passionate about all things historical, particularly the 18th-century, and writes her manuscripts in longhand first. Her stories often incorporate Scottish themes that reflect her family heritage. She is a direct descendant of George Hume, Wedderburn Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland, who was exiled to the American colonies for his role in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, settled in Virginia, and is credited with teaching George Washington surveying in the years 1748-1750.

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The Colonel’s Lady: A Novel

 Romance > Western & Frontier

Colonel's Lady, The: A Novel

In 1779, when genteel Virginia spinster Roxanna Rowan arrives at the Kentucky fort commanded by Colonel Cassius McLinn, she finds that her officer father has died. Penniless and destitute, Roxanna is forced to take her father’s place as scrivener. Before long, it’s clear that the colonel himself is attracted to her. But she soon realizes the colonel has grave secrets of his own–some of which have to do with her father’s sudden death. Can she ever truly love him?

Readers will be enchanted by this powerful story of love, faith, and forgiveness from reader favorite Laura Frantz. Her solid research and deft writing immerse readers in the world of the early frontier while her realistic characters become intimate friends.

Sudan

 Thrillers & Suspense > Historical

Sudan

Sudan 2000…

The largest nation in Africa has become a killing field…

…two million tribal people are dead, victims of a brutal civil war or of systematic genocide, massacred by their own government. But that’s not why human rights photojournalist Ron Wolfson is risking his life there. He’s chasing a different story—investigating whispered reports of human trafficking, rumors of women and children in chains, auctioned off to the highest bidder, speculation that thousands of them disappear every day into the shadow world of modern-day slavery and are never seen again.

As Ron tracks the phantom story he knows is out there somewhere, Murahaleen guerrillas attack a small Dinka village, slaughter the inhabitants and kidnap a lone little girl to sell on the slave market. The child’s father goes after her, walks 500 miles into the North searching for her, and then forms an unlikely alliance with the American journalist.

Together, they follow a slave trail soaked in blood and tears. And together they suffer the savage retaliation of a ruthless slave trader. When the two face an unthinkable execution that will be broadcast live around the world, they must place their lives and the fate of their mission in the hands of a bloodthirsty mercenary and an orphan boy.

But time is running out. It may already be too late for them.

Unexpected Superhero (Adventures of Lewis and Clarke Book 1)

 Romantic Comedy

Unexpected Superhero (Adventures of Lewis and Clarke Book 1)

FROM WALLFLOWER…

Newlywed Tori Lewis wants nothing more than a quiet life with her hunky new husband. She doesn’t expect to walk into a robbery right after her honeymoon. But even more shocking is her discovery that she stopped the gunman with a super power! How did that happen?

Undercover superhero Joe Clarke and his team are investigating a string of missing children. When the father of a lost boy turns up dead, the team must decide if the death is related to the disappearances – or to the super villain group, The Nine.

…TO SUPER POWER!

Meanwhile, Tori decides to try out this superhero thing. She needs a mentor, so she asks Superhero X to help, the only superhero she’s ever met – and the only one she’s ever kissed. As they work together, Tori worries that the superhero is getting too familiar. How can she be attracted to one man when she’s wildly in love with another?

Will she have to choose between her husband and her destiny? No one warned her that love would be so complicated!

Lily Cigar

 Historical Romance > Suspense

Lily Cigar

A woman for the ages. A saga for all time.

She was beautiful and innocent until she was led astray by the dark desires that rule men’s hearts. You will never forget Lily—as a child watching her mother die in want…as an orphan struggling to protect her reckless brother…as a teenager discovering the power of desire…as a fear-filled young girl learning to sell her body in the most elegant brothel in the wickedest city on earth…as a captivating beauty whom men would pay any price to possess…as a mother desperately trying to keep the truth from her daughter…as a woman forced by love to return to the city of her shame and seek to conquer it..

And you will never forget Lily’s story—as it moves from the Hell’s Kitchen squalor and Fifth Avenue splendor of old New York to the rolling decks of a great clipper ship to the brawling streets and magnificent Nob Hill mansions of San Francisco, through storm and earthquake and fire in a breathless saga of love, intrigue and illicit passion.

Mildred’s Ethylene Machine

 Fiction > Family Life

Mildred's Ethylene Machine

This is a fun story about a young woman named Paula who has never gotten over a break-up with her high school sweetheart. While she lives her life trying to ‘find herself’, she manages to lose a lot of friends along the way. Her main confidante is an elderly friend named Mildred who drives a very old car and acts mysterious most of the time but offers good advice when prodded. Understandably, Mildred wants Paula to figure things out on her own. I invite you to join Paula and Mildred as they meander about and I hope you’ll stay for the surprise ending! Reviews of course are welcome, good or bad and thank you!

Inside Heat (Mustangs Baseball Book 1)

 Fiction > Sports

Inside Heat (Mustangs Baseball Book 1)

Professional baseball players,Jeff and Jason Holder are at the top of their game. Jeff is the Texas Mustangs’ closer, revered throughout the Major League for throwing inside heat, while his twin brother Jason is the team’s starting catcher and star hitter. The two have always shared more than their identical DNA, so when they meet Megan, it’s no wonder they both want her.

Megan doesn’t know baseball, but she does know a sexy guy when she sees one – or two! The relationship makes it to first base in record time – but Megan dreams of a Grand Slam – marriage and kids- with Jeff.

Jeff shares the same dreams, but getting the team to the playoffs is all he has time to think about – until an injury bruises his ego and threatens to end his pitching career. Megan suddenly finds herself on the outside – the twins dirty little secret. It doesn’t help that Jeff has gotten the wrong impression about her and his brother.

Live it Again

 Romance > Paranormal > Ghosts

Live it Again

Hugh Nance used to think his wife whined too much—his three kids were spoiled brats that took everything for granted. Hugh is ten years old.

When an embittered, unremarkable forty-seven-year old man’s life is cut short on an icy highway, he receives the opportunity to try again. Hugh is taken back to 1974—back into the body of his boyhood—with all the memories of his middle-aged life in tow. Three and a half decades must be relived if he is to see his family again. The years have to be repeated carefully, or he may never be reunited with his future wife at all.

The memory of his first family fades as this second life proceeds; old habits kick in, and Hugh scrambles near the end to set things right.

Peace Out (The Futures Trilogy Book 1)

 Science Fiction & Fantasy

Peace Out (The Futures Trilogy Book 1)

When the time comes, will you Peace Out? Take control of your life. Take control of your death.

Sammy and Becca’s parents are dead set against them doing Peace Out Education.

Olivia and Joe plan to Peace Out together.

Anna and Scott landed prestigious internships at Peace Out LA…and found each other.

Marty just wants to be left alone.

In the vein of 1984 and Lois Lowry’s The Giver, Peace Out is a work of speculative fiction. It is the first book in the Futures Trilogy.

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Sisters of Treason: A Novel

 Literary Fiction > Historical

Sisters of Treason: A Novel

From the author of Queen’s Gambit, which People magazine called, “A must-read for Philippa Gregory fans,” a gripping historical novel about two sisters who tread as dangerously close to the crown as their tragic sister, Lady Jane Grey, executed after just nine days on the throne.

Early in Mary Tudor’s turbulent reign, Lady Catherine and Lady Mary Grey are reeling after the brutal execution of their elder seventeen-year-old sister, Lady Jane Grey, and the succession is by no means stable. In Sisters of Treason, Elizabeth Freemantle brings these young women to life in a spellbinding Tudor tale of love and politics.

Neither sister is well suited to a dangerous life at court. Flirtatious Lady Catherine, thought to be the true heir, cannot control her compulsion to love and be loved. Her sister, clever Lady Mary, has a crooked spine and a tiny stature in an age when physical perfection equates to goodness—and both girls have inherited the Tudor blood that is more curse than blessing. For either girl to marry without royal permission would be a potentially fatal political act. It is the royal portrait painter, Levina Teerlinc, who helps the girls survive these troubled times. She becomes their mentor and confidante, but when the Queen’s sister, the hot-headed Elizabeth, inherits the crown, life at court becomes increasingly treacherous for the surviving Grey sisters. Ultimately each young woman must decide how far she will go to defy her Queen, risk her life, and find the safety and love she longs for.

Refining Felicity (The School for Manners Series Book 1)

 Historical Romance > Regency

Refining Felicity (The School for Manners Series Book 1)

The Misses Tribble, Amy and Effie, spinsters of a certain age, have lived for years on expectations of a great inheritance. When this fails to materialize, they are truly destitute. Desperate, they advertise that they will refine wild and unruly daughters, present them, and see them safely wed. This first volume concerns Lady Felicity Vane and the Marquess of Ravenswood in a love-hate courtship. The Tribbles are charmers and much more fun than their charges.

The Flash Vol. 1: Move Forward (The New 52)

 Graphic Novels > Superheroes

The Flash Vol. 1: Move Forward (The New 52)

Struck by a bolt of lightning and doused in chemicals, Central City Police scientist Barry Allen was transformed into the fastest man alive. Tapping into the energy field called The Speed Force, he applies a tenacious sense of justice to protect an serve the world as The Flash!

The Fastest Man Alive returns to his own monthly series as part of the DC Comics—The New 52 event with the writer/artist team of Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato. The Flash knows he can’t be everywhere at once, but he has seemingly met his match when he faces DC Comic’ hottest new Super Villain, Mob Rule, who really can be everywhere at once!

As Mob Rule wages a campaign of crime across Central City, including an electromagnetic blast that plunges the city into darkness, The Flash learns the the only way he can capture Mob Rule and save Central City is to learn how to make his brain function even faster than before—but as much as it helps him, it also comes with a steep price.

The Hollywood Book of Death: The Bizarre, Often Sordid, Passings of More than 125 American Movie and TV Idols

 Reference > Trivia & Fun Facts

The Hollywood Book of Death: The Bizarre, Often Sordid, Passings of More than 125 American Movie and TV Idols

Discover the tantalizing details of Hollywood’s famous and infamous fatalities.

The death of a celebrity is often as fascinating as–and sometimes more fascinating than–a star’s actual life. From the grisly end of Sharon Tate at the hands of the Manson family and the mysterious demise of Bob Crane to the peaceful passings of Lucille Ball and George Burns, The Hollywood Book of Death is a captivating and appealingly packaged volume of more than 125 television and movie stars’ final curtain calls.

Arranged by manner of death, these well-researched accounts include details of celebrities’ colorful lives and unusual deaths, their funerals, and the intriguing aftermath. With more than 100 rare photographs and a special “necrology” index of more than 6,000 stars and directors, along with a section revealing where Hollywood personalities are resting in eternal sleep, this enthralling reference promises to be on every film and television buff’s “Top 10” gift list.

Nickel Plated

 Mystery > Hard-Boiled

Nickel Plated

Nickel is a survivor. He has to be. For as long as he can remember, his life has hinged on the flip of a coin. Or, rather, the scribble of a social worker’s pen. He’s been through the system, even had a good dad for a few years, until he was gone, too. But Nickel remembers everything he taught him, and since the day he escaped from foster-care hell, he’s put that knowledge to good use. Just twelve years old, he makes a steady living by selling marijuana to high schoolers, blackmailing pedophiles he ferrets out online, and working as a private investigator. When a beautiful girl named Arrow hires him to find her little sister Shelby, Nickel figures at best the kid’s a runaway; at worst, some perv’s gotten a hold of her. He scours the internet and the streets of Arrow’s suburban neighborhood, and what he finds there is as ugly a truth as he’s ever seen. For beyond the manicured lawns, Nickel discovers children for sale, and adults with souls black as the devil. And people like that aren’t about to let some kid ruin their game. This edgy thriller introduces a canny, precocious anti-hero, the likes of which young-adult readers have never seen.

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