International bestselling author A.K. Alexander tops today’s Buffet with the thriller Covert Reich, her recently re-issued debut novel.

A. K. dreamed of being a writer since the age of nine, earning a degree in journalism from the University of Southern California before tackling fiction. Today she is the author of almost two dozen books–women’s fiction, paranormal novels, mysteries, and thrillers. A lifelong equestrian, she helps to run her family business manufacturing sports-medicine products for horses. She is a native of San Diego, California, and still lives there today with her family, which includes three kids, nine horses, four dogs, and a cat.

A.K. also writes young adult novels under her real name, Michele Scott.

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Covert Reich

 Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Covert Reich

Young, homeless, pregnant minority women and their unborn infants are dying in the emergency rooms in East Los Angeles…

When three pregnant, homeless women die within a week of one another inside the emergency room of County Hospital in East Los Angeles, Dr. Kelly Morales begins to question why and how. When Dr. Morales attempts to question her colleague pathologist Dr. Jake Hamilton he becomes agitated and obviously anxious at her questions. Hours later Dr. Hamilton is murdered.

A cryptic e-mail is sent to journalist Georgia (Gem) Michaels insisting she look into the brutal slaying of a San Diego County family in 2008 that was chalked up to The Mexican Cartel. The e-mail also insists she keeps an eye on her neighbor. At first, Gem thinks the e-mail is nothing but a joke, but her gut tells her that maybe checking out her handsome but odd neighbor is worth her time.

Terrorized and brutalized chemist Dr. Ryan Horner is being held against his will. He knows that if he does not do the bidding of a group who call themselves The Brotherhood that the lives of his wife and children are at grave risk.

In a race against good versus true evil, Dr. Kelly Morales, Gem Michaels, Dr. Ryan Horner, and Detective Tony Pazzini search to uncover the truth and expose it behind the deaths and murders that make up Project Covert Reich.

Lucky Man (The Tubby Dubonnet Series Book 6)

 Mystery > Hard-Boiled

Lucky Man (The Tubby Dubonnet Series Book 6)

In Tony Dunbar’s books, New Orleans is The Big Sleazy squared. No one is safe, especially from their elected officials. Even if they are an elected official.

So what if Judge Hughes shared a few special moments with Sultana Patel—why is this a matter of public interest? “The stench from that courthouse fills the city,” roars D.A. Marcus Dementhe. “Those hypocritical men and women who wear the robes are filthy with deception.” And Dementhe has a zany plan to snare them.

Hughes, happily, has had the good sense to hire epicurean lawyer Tubby Dubonnet, whose laconic air is belied by his zeal to protect his clients. And what a web they’re ensnared in! But no matter how dire things get, Dunbar never loses his sense of humor:

“I think he’s going to shoot us once we’re out in the Gulf,” Tubby whispered to the girl.
“His aura is green,” she agreed.

Loose Screw: Dusty Deals Mystery Series: Book 1

 Mystery > Cozy > Animals

Loose Screw: Dusty Deals Mystery Series: Book 1

Fun, romantic, cozy mystery featuring amateur sleuth and antique store owner, Lucy Mathews. Lucy and her dog find romance and murder in the mountains of Montana.

Lucy Mathews, crime reporter turned antiques dealer, avoids confrontation like a home perm. She even lets a cat shove her around.

When Lucy trips over the body of a buckskin-clad relics trader, her ex-boss asks her to cover the story. She tries to tell him no, but old habits die hard and soon she finds herself directly in the path of a killer and the exasperating, if attractive, detective in charge.

Can Lucy catch a killer or is this the last confrontation for her—period?

If You Can: How Millennials Can Get Rich Slowly

 Investing > Mutual Funds

If You Can: How Millennials Can Get Rich Slowly

For years I’ve thought about a project to help today’s young people invest for retirement because, frankly, there’s still hope for them, unlike for most of their Boomer parents. All they’ll have to do is to put away 15% of their salaries into a low-cost target fund or a simple three-fund index allocation for 30 to 40 years. Which is pretty much the same as saying that if someone exercises and eats a lot less, he’ll lose 30 pounds. Simple, but not easy. Not easy because unless the millennials learn a small amount about finance, they’ll fall victim to the Five Horsemen of Personal Finance Apocalypse: failure to save, ignorance of financial theory, unawareness of financial history, dysfunctional psychology, and the rapacity of the investment industry. If You Can is just the ticket to guide the young—and not so young—investor through this thicket.

A Medical Affair

 Psychological Thrillers

A Medical Affair

After a life-threatening asthma attack induced by the fumes in her newly painted Upper West Side apartment, Heather Morrison falls for Jeff Davis, the handsome but very married doctor who revives her in the ER. Her “knight in shining armor” turns out to be less of a knight as time goes by and more of a
heartbreak waiting to happen.

When their relationship ends, Heather’s life dramatically changes as she finds herself addicted to prescription pills Jeff prescribed, and her future as an
adoptive mother in question. Set in the bustling city of New York, A Medical Affair by debut author Anne McCarthy Strauss could be a game changer for many women as it reveals what most people don’t know – that an affair between a doctor and his patient is always ethically wrong and often a violation of law.

Along with Heather, the reader learns the truth behind her doctor’s behavior and her subsequent filing of civil suit. Although a work of fiction, A
Medical Affair was extensively researched. This is truly a story that must be told.

Scorned (From the Inside Out Book 1)

 Romance > New Adult

Scorned (From the Inside Out Book 1)

We shared a love that regulated every heartbeat and every breath we took. It was all encompassing. I thought our love could withstand time and anything thrown our way. I was wrong. So wrong.

I used to be happy. I used to be Juliette Weston when Dylan Somers filled my life with promises of love and a happy ever after. But when he took my heart and broke it into a million pieces, I became someone else entirely. In one afternoon, I lost my soul mate. I lost everything I knew myself to be.

Three years later, the man who destroyed me is back. To assuage his guilt? To finish the job? It doesn’t matter… I won’t let him this time. I’m stronger. I’ve moved on. He won’t affect me.

This is a story of love and betrayal. Pain and loss. Happiness and fate. It’s about finding your true destiny. This is our story. And it’s not for the faint of heart.

HOLY F*CK: The Life and Times of Jesus Christ

 Humor > Parodies

HOLY F*CK: The Life and Times of Jesus Christ

Award-winning humorist Darrin Mason offends most, if not all, religious groups in this short and very adult (and very funny) story about the betrayal of Jesus Christ. It starts with his birth, ends with his crucifixion, and plenty of laughs (and gay sex) are had in between. “Its time you knew the truth, Jesus. I … am your Poop.” Amen, indeed.

Facing the Wind: Brentwood Hall

 Historical Romance > Victorian

Facing the Wind: Brentwood Hall

What would you give up to follow your heart? At the dawn of the Victorian age in England a young girl faces significant loss and must learn to trust in others and herself. She is befriended by Princess Victoria, who is her same age. With access to the Royal Court, her future is all but assured. She ultimately has a choice to make, and she turns her ‘face to the wind’.

TODAY’S BARGAINS……………What’s this?

A Beautiful Blue Death (Charles Lenox Mysteries Book 1)

 Mystery > British Detectives

A Beautiful Blue Death (Charles Lenox Mysteries Book 1)

On any given day in London, all Charles Lenox, Victorian gentleman and armchair explorer, wants to do is relax in his private study with a cup of tea, a roaring fire and a good book. But when his lifelong friend Lady Jane asks for his help, Lenox cannot resist another chance to unravel a mystery, even if it means trudging through the snow to her townhouse next door.
One of Jane’s former servants, Prudence Smith, is dead – an apparent suicide. But Lenox suspects something far more sinister: murder, by a rare and deadly poison. The house where the girl worked is full of suspects, and though Prudence dabbled with the hearts of more than a few men, Lenox is baffled by an elusive lack of motive in the girl’s death.
When another body turns up during the London season’s most fashionable ball, Lenox must untangle a web of loyalties and animosities. Was it jealousy that killed Prudence? Or was it something else entirely, something that Lenox alone can uncover before the killer strikes again – disturbingly close to home?

Three (Duskwalker Cycle Book 1)

 Science Fiction > Adventure

Three (Duskwalker Cycle Book 1)

The world has collapsed, and there are no heroes any more. But when a lone gunman reluctantly accepts the mantel of protector to a young boy and his dying mother against the forces that pursue them, a hero may yet arise.

Charlie Wilson’s War: The Extraordinary Story of How the Wildest Man in Congress and a Rogue CIA Agent Changed the History

 History > Intelligence & Espionage

Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of How the Wildest Man in Congress and a Rogue CIA Agent Changed the History

Charlie Wilson’s War was a publishing sensation and a New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times bestseller. In the early 1980s, a Houston socialite turned the attention of maverick Texas congressman Charlie Wilson to the ragged band of Afghan “freedom fighters” who continued, despite overwhelming odds, to fight the Soviet invaders. Wilson, who sat on the all-powerful House Appropriations Committee, managed to procure hundreds of millions of dollars to support the mujahideen. The arms were secretly procured and distributed with the help of an out-of-favor CIA operative, Gust Avrokotos, whose working-class Greek-American background made him an anomaly among the Ivy League world of American spies.
Avrakotos handpicked a staff of CIA outcasts to run his operation and, with their help, continually stretched the Agency’s rules to the breaking point. Moving from the back rooms of the Capitol, to secret chambers at Langley, to arms-dealers’ conventions, to the Khyber Pass, this book presents an astonishing chapter of our recent past, and the key to understanding what helped trigger the sudden collapse of the Soviet Union and ultimately led to the emergence of a brand-new foe in the form of radical Islam.

Four Friends

 Women’s Fiction > Romance

Four Friends

Gerri can’t decide what’s more devastating: learning her rock-solid marriage has big cracks, or the anger she feels as she tries to repair them. Always the anchor for friends and her three angst-ridden teenagers, it’s time to look carefully at herself. The journey is more than revealing—it’s transforming.

Andy doesn’t have a great track record with men, and she’s come to believe that a lasting love is out of reach. When she finds herself attracted to her down-to-earth contractor—a man without any of the qualities that usually appeal to her—she questions everything she thought she wanted in life.

Sonja’s lifelong pursuit of balance is shattered when her husband declares he’s through with her New Age nonsense and walks out. There’s no herbal tonic or cleansing ritual that can restore her serenity—or her sanity.

Miraculously, it’s BJ, the reserved newcomer to Mill Valley, who steps into their circle and changes everything. The woman with dark secrets opens up to her neighbors, and together they get each other back on track, stronger as individuals and unfaltering as friends.

Just One Thing

 Romance > Contemporary

Just One Thing

Artist Lexie McCain spends her days literally weaving the story of her life into a gorgeous tapestry. But on Monday nights, she walks to the Corner Bar, drinks a Killian’s, and answers the same question every week from Sam the bartender: “One thing?” She starts with her name, then her cottage, slowly moving on to the devastating tragedies that tore her life apart.

Sam Corner’s smile doesn’t seem to hide any pain. One night, Lexie turns the tables on him, asking Sam, “One thing?” To her surprise, Sam reveals his own tragic history. Together, Lexie and Sam learn that, with good beer and a trusted friend, sharing just “one thing” might lead to the one thing they both thought was lost forever: love.

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