Eva Hudson tops today’s Buffet with Run Girl, a prequel novella to her “Ingrid Skyberg” series of crime thrillers. The story of Ingrid’s very first case in London, this book sets the scene for her future adventures.

Eva  was born and raised in south London and now splits her time between rural Sussex and central London. She’s been a local government officer, singer, dot com entrepreneur and project manager.

Writing novels since 2005, she won the inaugural Lucy Cavendish fiction prize for her first published book, The Loyal Servant, in 2007. The novel was also shortlisted for ITV’s People’s Novelist Award.

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Run Girl: Ingrid Skyberg FBI Thrillers Prequel Novella

 International Mystery & Crime

Run Girl: Ingrid Skyberg FBI Thrillers Prequel Novella

A strange new city, a missing girl, and a race against time.

In Europe to help broker a peace deal between warring African nations, Secretary of State Jayne Whitticker is in the middle of delicate negotiations when her favourite grandchild disappears from Paris.

Special Agent Ingrid Skyberg is hauled out of her FBI training session at Scotland Yard to head the hunt for the 18-year-old girl, who the FBI believe is now in London. The problem is, Ingrid has only one lead, just a few hours to track her down and can’t call in the local cops for assistance for fear the story will be leaked to the press.

Will she succeed in her unexpected mission? Or will her failure lead to the collapse of the crucial peace talks?

With so much resting on her decisions and subsequent actions, one thing’s for sure: Ingrid will give everything she’s got to find the girl and save the day.

Serious Leigh (Literal Leigh Romance Diaries Book 2)

 Romance > Paranormal > Witches & Wizards

Serious Leigh (Literal Leigh Romance Diaries Book 2)

Oy vey! Shit just got serious in Chicago. The Witches Union has discovered that Leigh Epstein has been dabbling in the dark arts, and now they want to become creative editors for Leigh’s paranormal romance, “Four-Bitten Fangtasy”, a book about a shape shifting-werewolf-vampire hybrid named Vlad. They definitely have something up their sleeves and they’ve assigned our young apprentice witch to a mentor named Gertie, who isn’t quite up to snuff.

Can she fulfill the contract and get FBF done before the deadline? What’s in it for the Union anyway?

To make matters worse, Leigh’s friends and family are still reeling from their last disastrous episode in Accidental Leigh. Will she make her Sister Sarah’s lackluster love life even worse, by attempting to fulfill her erotic fantasy from her favorite BDSM/Navy SEAL/Amnesia novel? And yes, it is titled “Bound to Forget”.

Off-Duty Christmas

 Romance > Holidays

Off-Duty Christmas

Devastated at losing her parents at eighteen, she continues to mourn their death. Kaitlyn buries herself in her work, dispatching for the Cedar Creek Police Department. When holidays roll around, she works harder. If anyone attempts to get close romantically, she pushes them away refusing to love again.

That’s before Bryce, the handsome new Texas Game Warden comes to town vowing to change everything. Will he succeed in rocking her world, or will she also push him away?

REAGAN’S RIDERS (A Jess Williams Western Book 19)

 Fiction > Action & Adventure

REAGAN'S RIDERS (A Jess Williams Western Book 19)

Jess is on his way to Stratton, Texas, where he plans on spending a few days resting up and visiting with his old friend John Bodine, who is the new Sheriff in Stratton. He stops in a little no-name town where two toughs force him into a gunfight. The exchange of hot lead leaves the two men dead, but Jess notices that both men are wearing black sashes tied around their right arms. He runs into two more hard cases on his way to Stratton, and both of them are also wearing the same black sashes tied around their right arms.

When Jess rides into town, his rest is quickly interrupted by some more men who are also wearing the black sashes tied around their right arms. Jess helps Bodine run them out of Stratton, but the whole matter turns deadly once Captain Lance Reagan rides into town with twenty-five heavily-armed killers to break one of their men out of the jail.

The Returns

 Humor & Entertainment

The Returns

What happens if you arrive at the Pearly Gates before your time?

F.B.I Agent Bentley Clanton finds out the hard way as he is directed to a little-known area devoted to correcting glitches in the longevity system. The Returns Department specializes in finding appropriate bodies for “early arrivals” before sending them back to earth. It seemed an acceptable solution until Bentley realizes his new body includes long velvety ears, four stubby legs with giant paws, and a tail. Helping him adjust to life as a Basset Hound is his rookie Guardian Angel, along with three other canine Returns.

The Tempest: A Gisborne Novel (The Gisbornes Book 1)

 Historical Romance > Medieval

The Tempest: A Gisborne Novel (The Gisbornes Book 1)

Guy of Gisborne is a fierce, brooding knight. He is both feared and scorned by those under his command. But under his harsh exterior is a tormented soul, haunted by a tragic past…

Cassia is a peasant with a gift for healing, and a secret admiration for the feared lord Gisborne. When fate thrusts him into her hands, she quickly finds that he lives up to his dark reputation. But she also learns there is more to him than meets the eye…

Soon they are drawn into a passionate affair, discovering that love is a power that can overcome all things.

Guy of Gisborne is a fierce, brooding knight. He is both feared and scorned by those under his command. But under his harsh exterior is a tormented soul, haunted by a tragic past…

Rain on Your Wedding Day

 Women’s Fiction > Romance

Rain on Your Wedding Day

Will Morse lives alone in a remote cabin in the mountains north of Atlanta, grieving over the loss of two of his daughters and the collapse of his marriage and career.

Over Christmas, Will receives a visit from his only remaining child, his daughter Alicia, who broke off contact with him five years ago. Alicia informs Will that she’s getting married in the spring, and asks him to attend the wedding.

Alicia’s wedding is an opportunity for an aging Will to reconnect with his family and regain part of what he has lost. But Will struggles with his still-raw emotions over his role in his daughter Trixie’s suicide, and the resulting loss and grief.

Will tries to reach out to the few women in his life to find a date, and makes an unexpected connection with Dorothy Crawford, a writer who shows up at his door, seeking directions. Will develops feelings for Dorothy, but finds that she has secrets of her own.

Ashes of Honor (The Griffin Series: Book 1)

 Science Fiction & Fantasy

Ashes of Honor (The Griffin Series: Book 1)

An exiled soldier who believes he has lost everything to war rediscovers love, honor and purpose after he meets a beautiful and vengeful woman who harbors a secret past of her own. Their mission to find and rescue 37 genetically engineered creatures will take them across the galaxy and force them to face their deepest fears.
Garrand Ai’Gonet Médeville once commanded immense power and respect as one of the Emperor’s favored sons. Now the former Captain of the Imperial Guard has lost himself deep in the lawless outer reaches of Carinaena’s Shell, far from the Emperor’s reach. Accepting a dangerous mission to transport 37 stolen bios sets him on a collision course with the empire he once served and the dark forces intent on destroying his mysterious cargo.

TODAY’S BARGAINS……………What’s this?

Christmas is Murder: A Rex Graves Mystery

 Mystery > British Detectives

Christmas is Murder: A Rex Graves Mystery

Christmas in the English countryside — what could be more charming? Not even a blizzard can keep Rex Graves away from Swanmere Manor, a historic hotel in East Sussex. But instead of Christmas cheer, the red-haired Scottish barrister finds a dead guest. Was it a stroke that killed old Mr. Lawry? Or an almond tart laced with poison?

When more guests die, all hopes for a jolly holiday are dashed. Worst of all, the remote mansion is buried under beastly snow. No one can leave. Confined with a killer, no one can enjoy their tea without suspicion and scrutiny. Rex takes it upon himself to solve the mystery, but the most intriguing evidence — a burnt biography of President George W. Bush — offers few clues. Could the killer be the sherry-swilling handyman? The gay antiques dealer with a biting wit? The quarreling newlyweds? Surely, it’s not Helen D’arcy, the lovely lass Rex seems to be falling for . . .

Desperate

 Thrillers > Psychological

Desperate

Gage Dekker still blames himself for the car accident that claimed the lives of his first wife and young son. Then he meets Anna, who understands grief all too well. Within a year, Gage and Anna are married, his career is thriving, and both feel ready to become parents once more.

After a heartbreaking miscarriage, they begin the long adoption process, until fate brings Lily into their lives. Young, pregnant, and homeless, Lily agrees to give her baby to Gage and Anna in exchange for financial support. It’s the perfect arrangement for everyone. Seeing his wife’s happiness and optimism for their new life and child, Gage begins to feel a sense of hope he thought he’d lost forever.

But something isn’t right once Lily enters their lives. At work and at home, Gage is being sabotaged, first in subtle ways, then things take a more sinister turn. Every attempt he makes to uncover the truth only drives a wedge between him and Anna. Even as he’s propelled toward an unthinkable choice to save his marriage and his job, Gage discovers that the most chilling revelations are still to come. . .

The Case of the Velvet Claws (Perry Mason Series Book 1)

 Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

The Case of the Velvet Claws (Perry Mason Series Book 1)

Thanks to a bungled robbery at a fancy hotel, the already-married Eva Griffin has been caught in the company of a prominent congressman. To protect the politico, Eva’s ready to pay the editor of a sleazy tabloid his hush money. But Perry Mason has other plans. He tracks down the phantom fat cat who secretly runs the blackmailing tabloid — only to discover a shocking scoop.

By the time Mason’s comely client finally comes clean, her husband has taken a bullet in the heart. Now Perry Mason has two choices: represent the cunning widow in her wrangle for the dead man’s money — or take the rap for murder.

Z-Burbia: A Zombie Novel

 Horror

Z-Burbia: A Zombie Novel

Whispering Pines is a classic, quiet, private American subdivision on the edge of Asheville, NC, set in the pristine Blue Ridge Mountains. Which is good since the zombie apocalypse has come to Western North Carolina and really put suburban living to the test!
Surrounded by a sea of the undead, the residents of Whispering Pines have adapted their bucolic life of block parties to scavenging parties, common area groundskeeping to immediate area warfare, neighborhood beautification to neighborhood fortification.

But, even in the best of times, suburban living has its ups and downs what with nosy neighbors, a strict Home Owners’ Association, and a property management company that believes the words “strict interpretation” are holy words when applied to the HOA covenants. Now with the zombie apocalypse upon them even those innocuous, daily irritations quickly become dramatic struggles for personal identity, family security, and straight up survival.

The Greatest Knight: The Unsung Story of the Queen’s Champion (William Marshal)

 Fiction > British & Irish > Historical

The Greatest Knight: The Unsung Story of the Queen's Champion (William Marshal)

A penniless young knight with few prospects, William Marshal is plucked from obscurity when he saves the life of Henry II’s formidable queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine. In gratitude, she appoints him tutor to the heir to the throne, the volatile and fickle Prince Henry. But being a royal favorite brings its share of danger and jealousy as well as fame and reward.

A writer of uncommon historical integrity and accuracy, Elizabeth Chadwick resurrects the true story of one of England’s greatest forgotten heroes in a captivating blend of fact and fiction. The Greatest Knight restores William Marshal to his rightful place at the pinnacle of the Middle Ages, reflecting through him the triumphs, scandals, and power struggles that haven’t changed in eight hundred years.

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