Mary Hart Perry tops today’s Buffet with The Shadow Princess, a romantic suspense novel set in 1888 London that delivers a pleasing balance of mystery, history, adventure and romance. The romance arises between two characters during their investigation of the Jack the Ripper murders.

Mary lives in Maryland with her two cats and her husband–who graciously shares litter box duties. When not writing, Mary speaks across the U.S., teaching the exciting craft of writing fiction, and in support of teen and adult literacy. She also teaches fiction writing at The Writer’s Center in Washington, DC.

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The Shadow Princess

 Historical Romance > Victorian > Suspense

The Shadow Princess

To catch one of history’s most notorious killers, a princess risks losing her family, her life—and her heart…
 
London, 1888: A year after Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee terror mounts in the city’s slums.  A killer has butchered two prostitutes, the crimes brutal even by London’s hardened standards.  Rumors of the murders reach Princess Vicky, daughter of Queen Victoria and grieving widow of the German Emperor Frederick III.  When her niece Princess Maud visits, she brings with her even worse news—the Metropolitan Police have a suspect. It’s Vicky’s nephew, Crown Prince Eddy. Desperate to clear her family’s name, Vicky rushes back to England.

Detective Inspector Thomas Edmondson believes there is a royal cover-up behind the killings. He will stop at nothing to expose the truth and bring a murderer to justice before he can kill again.  But when Vicky joins him in searching for the man who will become known as Jack the Ripper, neither of them foresee the overpowering attraction that will draw together the royal and the commoner—or the danger their love puts them in.

The Endorphin Conspiracy

 Thrillers > Conspiracies

The Endorphin Conspiracy

In the late 1950’s, the CIA, at the height of communist paranoia, established PROJECT MK ULTRA to develop drugs that could be utilized to effectively brainwash foreign enemies. In 1963, the project came to an abrupt halt when several of the CIA’s own agents were unwittingly given high doses of LSD at a weekend retreat, and later suffered severe flashbacks, depression, and in one case, suicide as a result.

Thirty-five years have transpired since the fateful MK ULTRA project was shut down. A group of zealots, including several of the original participants, now in highly placed government and academic positions, has kept the program, known as the SIGMA PROJECT, alive. Shifting their focus to the development of highly potent synthetic endorphins and utilizing PET (positron emission tomography) scan technology, they are on the threshold of a major breakthrough in the ability to understand and control the brain’s thought processes. And they will let no one get in their way.

Prelude to a Wedding (The Wedding Series Book 1)

 Romantic Comedy

Prelude to a Wedding, a romantic comedy (The Wedding Series Book 1)

You are cordially invited to join the wedding celebration as college friends embark on the greatest education of all – falling in love, finding the perfect bride, and becoming the happiest grooms around.

In the romantic comedy Prelude to a Wedding, charming Paul Monroe has the Peter Pan thing down pat. As an antique toy appraiser, even his work involves play. Which is fine, unless your job is to keep his Chicago business running smoothly and all that charm – and sexiness – is aimed at you.

Organization and reliability are Bette Wharton’s hallmarks. She handles the toughest clients with aplomb, until Paul provides a challenge that goes way beyond the office. She has a plan and a timetable and office romance — especially with this man who even makes the workplace fun — is definitely not part of it. How can she let herself fall for Mr. Live-for-the-Moment if all he offers is Love-for-the-Moment?

… Paul is the first of the grooms to watch his bride walk down the aisle toward him, but he won’t be the last!

Shelter (Humanity Abides Book 1)

 Science Fiction > Adventure

Shelter (Humanity Abides Book 1)

All-out nuclear war… A world devastated. Where would you go? Two hundred and sixty-four survivors, saved by a man of vision, were selected to live and carry on through the toughest ordeal mankind had ever faced.

Volume one of three, this book is the beginning of their journey as they travel from near and far to reach a safe haven and learn to survive and cope in a world forever changed. The story of Will Hargraves, a billionaire defense contractor, and Mark Teller, his protégé. Along with Will’s daughter Chris, and many others, they find shelter from the apocalypse only to have it snatched from them as creatures of the dark invade their sanctuary.

Love Finds You: The Helena’s Grove Series Book 1

 Romance > New Adult

Love Finds You: The Helena's Grove Series Book 1

Jennifer Berkley is a straightforward, ambitious, soon-to-be lawyer in the fast, driven city of New York. She doesn’t have the patience or time to deal with people who can’t or won’t give her what she wants. When her father asks her to visit her aunt in Ohio as her last dying wish, Jen is immediately resistant, but reconsiders when her father makes her an offer she can’t refuse.

Jen finds Ohio a much different pace than New York, and is beginning to enjoy country life when she meets Zack LaFaye, a good-looking, helpful man who is adored by her aunt. Each encounter with him leaves Jen flustered and annoyed. The question is glaring: does she have feelings for him, or does she hate him so much that she can’t decide?

Amidst a country backdrop, Jen discovers feelings and experiences no city girl is prepared for. As the summer unfolds, she finds herself questioning everything. Using her skill and training as a lawyer, Jen uncovers a trail of deceit she didn’t see coming. With a vengeance, she is determined to find out the truth. Someone is lying to her, but who?

CAPTURING THE COWBOY’S HEART

 Romantic Comedy

CAPTURING THE COWBOY'S HEART

After losing his wife in an accident two years before, not long after he’d been forced from the circuit by an injury, thirty-two-year-old Cade Tyler, ex-rodeo champion, thinks life has thrown him more than lemons. But life isn’t done…it sends him Lacy Dalton.

She’s a reporter.

He hates reporters.

She’s pushy.

He hates pushy.

She’s sexy.

He…well, he just won’t let himself think of her that way.

Apache Magic: The Apache-Colton Series – Book One

 Historical Romance

Apache Magic: The Apache-Colton Series - Book One

To the Apaches, Daniella Blackwood was an adopted daughter, respected and cherished. To their shaman, the bold white streak in her hair made her special and her visions in the flames make her a woman of magic. Yet no magic could protect Daniella from the passion that sears her senses when she first meets Travis Colton.

To Arizona rancher Travis Colton, the mysterious Daniella is his only chance at rescuing his son. Travis and his ten-year-old son were captured by a band of Cochise’s warriors. Left for dead, Travis managed to make his way home, determined to do whatever it takes to get his son back.

Travis and Daniella’s quest together will take more than magic; it will take a passion neither is ready to handle.

Breaking Elle (Break Me Book 1)

 Romance > Sports

Breaking Elle (Break Me Book 1)

How is it that the one person who you have avoided is the same person who could give you true happiness?

When Elle Bennett meets Reed Austin she can’t deny the attraction. She discovers that certain people come into your life who make you question everything that you’ve ever believed about love and life. Will she risk everything for something exciting and dangerous or will she choose what is familiar and secure?

Reed Austin isn’t looking for love when he moves to Boston. The distance was supposed to help him escape the trouble he left behind. Once he meets, Elle, everything changes. Reed can’t figure out why he’s drawn to Elle, but one thing is certain – he needs her.

Passion. Betrayal. Solace. Confusion. Desperation. Love and life are not simple and emotions and relationships are tested. Will attraction be enough or will their secrets and past keep them apart?

TODAY’S BARGAINS……………What’s this?

Dangerous Games

 Science Fiction > Space Opera

Dangerous Games

Maverick FBI special agent Tess McCallum (nicknamed “Super Fed” by an adoring media, the central investigator in previous novel Next Victim) is back, and she has got a new partner—one she does not want and does not trust. She is chasing a vicious kidnapper known as the “Rain Man,” who leaves his victims chained up in a vast storm drain system underneath Los Angeles, doomed to drown unless their ransom is paid on time, and only by the City of Los Angeles, to his off-shore bank account.
A freelance security agent named Abby Sinclair, who specializes in putting stalkers behind bars, often by extra-legal means, has already had her hooks in the case for a while and is working for a woman who may have been targeted—and who does not trust the authorities to protect her. Since a rainstorm has already started, the time available to save a woman’s life is very brief—and there are already two dead victims to demonstrate the high cost of making mistakes or even just being too slow to act. Only by working together can the two investigators piece together the clues to help them figure out who (and maybe even how many people) the killer really is.

Love Rehab: A Novel in Twelve Steps

 Romantic Comedy

Love Rehab: A Novel in Twelve Steps

Cyber-stalking, drive-bys, drunken text messaging, creating fake email accounts—you’re gonna have to face it, you’re addicted to love.Sophie isn’t dealing with her breakup well. Dumped by her boyfriend, Eric, for his sexting, D-cupped, young Floozy McSecretary, Sophie leaves Manhattan and lands back in her hometown, crushed and pajama-clad, blaming herself and begging her ex for a second chance.But when her best friend, Annie, gets in trouble for driving drunk and is forced to go to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, something clicks in Sophie’s strung-out mind. Women need love rehab, she realizes, to help fix the craziness that comes along with falling for someone.

If you start it, they will come. When she opens up her home to the obsessed and lovelorn, Sophie finds a way to help women out there who have overdosed on the wrong men—and she saves herself in the process.

Hal Moore: A Soldier Once . . . And Always

 History > Military > Vietnam War

Hal Moore: A Soldier Once . . . And Always

Hal Moore, one of the most admired American combat leaders of the last fifty years, has until now been best known to the public for being portrayed by Mel Gibson in the movie We Were Soldiers. In this first-ever, fully illustrated biography, we finally learn the full story of one of America’s true military heroes.
A 1945 graduate of West Point, Moore’s first combats occurred during the Korean War, where he fought in the battles of Old Baldy, T-Bone, and Pork Chop Hill. At the beginning of the Vietnam War, Moore commanded the 1st Battalion of the 7th Cavalry in the first full-fledged battle between US and North Vietnamese regulars. Drastically outnumbered and nearly overrun, Moore led from the front, and though losing seventy-nine soldiers, accounted for 1,200 of the enemy before the Communists withdrew. This Battle of Ia Drang pioneered the use of “air mobile infantry”—delivering troops into battle via helicopter—which became the staple of US operations for the remainder of the war. He later wrote of his experiences in the bestselling book We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young.

The Summer I Found You

 Romance > Contemporary

The Summer I Found You

Kate’s dream boyfriend has just broken up with her and she’s still reeling from her diagnosis of type 1 diabetes.

Aidan planned on being a lifer in the army and went to Afghanistan straight out of high school. Now he’s a disabled young veteran struggling to embrace his new life.

When Kate and Aidan find each other neither one wants to get attached. But could they be right for each other after all?

Vessel

 Technothrillers

Vessel

A discovery that has the potential to change the world.

Excitement is high when the crew of the International Space Station discovers a mysterious object in orbit around Earth. But something goes wrong, and contact with the station is lost. When journalist Sean Jacob gets wind of the situation, he embarks on a journey to reveal the truth, winding his way into the biggest conspiracy to ever face mankind.

But are we ready for it?

As Sean investigates, what he finds is scarcely believable, and he begins to doubt his decision to get involved. But when an informant dies in suspicious circumstances, he is left with no other choice than to dig deeper. With the help of people he’s not sure he can trust, against an enemy with seemingly unstoppable power, Sean takes the fight right to its heart. What he finds there is the last thing he ever expected . . .

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