Topping today’s Buffet is The Forever King, a contemporary fantasy and international bestseller written by Molly Cochran and Warren Murphy. This novel was first published in 1992 by Tor Books.
This book is the first in the “Forever King” trilogy, a fresh retelling of the Arthur legend. Set in modern and medieval times, the antagonist Saladin has lived through many of the world’s ages by using the Holy Grail… until he loses it. The Cup finds its way into the hands of ten-year-old Arthur Blessing. Now Hal Woczniak must protect Arthur and the Grail from the madman Saladin, who kills anyone that ever stands in his way or between him and the Cup.
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When ten-year-old Arthur Blessing finds a strange antique cup, he has no idea it’s the most sought after object in history. Nor does he realize the discovery of the Holy Grail will take him on a journey that defies the rules of space and time.
As the cup’s fate-appointed guardian, Arthur is charged with protecting it from dark magic and a madman determined to harness the Grail’s legendary power. The mission threatens his very life, with assassins aligned against him at every turn.
Along the way, a washed-up ex-FBI agent and a mysteriously knowledgeable old man join Arthur in his dangerous task to keep the cup safe…and unlock the secrets of the boy’s own destiny.
Abby is looking forward to watching the moon turn purple, unaware that bacteria from a passing comet will soon kill off older teens and adults. She must help her brother and baby sister survive in this new world, but all the while she has a ticking time bomb inside of her–adolescence.
Newly widowed Lydia Sellers discovers that through an unforeseen fluke, she is the sole recipient of her husband’s fortune. But instead of granting her security, it only causes strife as her adult stepchildren battle to regain the inheritance for themselves. Lydia, longing to put the memories of her painful marriage behind her, determines to travel to Alaska to join her aunt.
Lydia’s arrival in Sitka, however, brings two things she didn’t expect. One is the acquaintance of Kjell Bjorklund, the handsome owner of the sawmill. Second is the discovery that she is pregnant with her dead husband’s child. What will this mean for her budding relationship with Kjell? And what lengths will her stepchildren go to reclaim their father’s fortune? Lydia soon finds her life–and that of her child’s–on the line.
Butter in the Well: A Scandinavian Woman’s Tale of Life on the Prairie (Butter in the Well Series Book 1)
Swedish immigrant Kajsa Svensson Runeberg fights to survive and build a homestead on the Kansas prairie as she and her family faces the trials of weather, disease, accidents, and loneliness.
This historical fiction, written in the form of diary entries dating 1868 to 1888, is based on the actual woman who homesteaded the author’s childhood home. True stories gathered on this Swedish family and community show the determination these pioneers had, to face and overcome the conflicts and tragedy that happened in their lives.
“…could well be the most endearing ‘first settler’ account ever told. Once a reader starts the book, they are compelled to keep reading to see what will happen next on the isolated prairie homestead.
After her step-dad, Mahlon, died, Tammy Strobel coped with grief and depression by going for daily walks. One day, Tammy came home from her walk with a new idea. She would start an iPhone photography project that included two passions Mahlon and she shared: coffee and the great outdoors. She called her project My Morning View. In this book, Tammy shares her story, photography tips, and a brief how-to guide. She reminds us that even when everything seems to be falling apart, we can find beauty and practice gratitude every day.
Della has learned to rely on herself, and only herself. She’s grown comfortable with her solitude and can’t wait to turn eighteen to advance out of the foster system that’s held her captive her whole life. What she doesn’t expect is a thin folder in the hands of her latest social worker to change her life. Inside is the name of her mother, the identity of her biological family and more questions than answers.
Della travels across country to claim the only pieces of her mother that still exist — a house and safe deposit box. What’s inside the safe deposit box pulls Della into a whirlpool of unanswered questions and the house brings with it a family she has a hard time believing when they say they never knew she existed. With every day she spends in the first place she has ever called home, Della is faced with truths she can’t avoid and the undeniable sense that there is more to her mother’s story than they will tell.
As Della struggles to adapt to her new life, she is pulled into an unimaginable world —one on the brink of war — and it takes everything Della has not to drown in a destiny she didn’t choose.
They’re the world’s sexiest bachelors. The men of ScandalLust mag’s infamous Lust List are young, wealthy, and, oh, did we mention? HOT.
When scandal follows them everywhere, there’s no hiding from the cameras. They’re irresistible, insatiable—and talented in all the right ways. Every woman wants them. But these playboys won’t be easy to catch…
Reese Eddings has enough to do just keeping her rattletrap merchant vessel, the TMS Earthrise, profitable enough to pay food for herself and her micro-crew. So when a mysterious benefactor from her past shows up demanding she rescue a man from slavers, her first reaction is to say “NO!” And then to remember that she sort of promised to repay the loan. But she doesn’t remember signing up to tangle with pirates and slavers over a space elf prince…
Hell On Wheels…
The full moon brings out the crazies; anyone in emergency services knows that. But for hospice nurse Beth Ann Decker, the gruesome murder that rocks Hatcher County is shockingly unexpected. As is the return of the Texas community’s most hated prodigal son — Mark Jessup. Sixteen years before, the town’s bad boy was behind the wheel of a pickup that left three cheerleaders dead and Beth Ann so badly injured that people whispered she’d have been better off in the grave with them. Jessup is all man now — tough, uncompromising, rich — and a possible suspect in this new killing. Beth Ann knows he’s the last person she should be spending time with, especially when a nighttime intruder makes it clear that she herself is a target. But in Mark’s heated gaze, Beth Ann sees something a lot more exciting than pity. No matter how dangerous the road ahead, she’s dead set on meeting life, and love…Head On.
THE CALL: Boston Lawyer Dutch Francis has moved to the small city of Manchester, New Hampshire, where the only criminal cases he takes are DWIs. That is until – after more than twenty years – his childhood friend Larry Conway calls, pleading for his help.
THE CRIME: Out of the goodness of their hearts, the Conways have taken in a troubled young man named Raymond Walker. Now, Walker stands accused of murdering the local college football star, a future All-American.
THE COVER-UP: Dutch is up for the challenge. Anything for a friend. But the more Dutch investigates, the more he is convinced of his client’s innocence. and the closer he gets to uncovering a shocking conspiracy in which he is nothing but a pawn…
WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE, WHO NEEDS ENEMIES?
When John Blessing dies and leaves behind two small children, the loss reverberates across his extended family for years to come. His young widow, Lauren, finds solace in her large clan of in-laws, while his brother’s wife Kate pursues motherhood even at the expense of her marriage. John’s teenage nephew Stephen finds himself involved in an act of petty theft that takes a surprising turn, and nephew Alex, a gifted student, travels to Spain and considers the world beyond his family’s Northeast Philadelphia neighborhood. Through departures and arrivals, weddings and reunions, THE BLESSINGS reveals the interior worlds of the members of a close-knit Irish-Catholic family and the rituals that unite them.
Simon can only watch, helpless, as his family is killed and his friends captured by enemy Travelers—men and women who can summon mystical powers from otherworldly Territories. To top it off, another young man from Simon’s village discovers that he’s a savior prophesied to destroy evil and save the realm.
Prophecy has nothing to say about Simon. He has no special powers, no magical weapons, and no guarantee that he’ll survive. But he sets off anyway, alone, to gain the power he needs to oppose the Travelers and topple their ruthless Overlord. It may not be his destiny, but Simon’s determined to rescue his fellow villagers from certain death.
Because who cares about prophecy, really?
… See the rest of today’s Editor’s Picks here on page 2