Ann Mullen tops today’s Buffet with A Crying Shame, part 3 of her seven-part “Jesse Watson” mystery series.

Ann is currently working on her eighth Jesse Watson mystery, The Prey Bites Back.

Ann was born in Wilson, North Carolina and raised in Newport News, Virginia, where she graduated from Newport News High School and then received an Associate Degree in Machine Technology from Thomas Nelson Community College several years later. She now lives in Stanardsville, Virginia, with her husband of 35 years, three donkeys, chickens, a dog and a cat.

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A Crying Shame (A Jesse Watson Mystery Series Book 3)

 Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

A Crying Shame (A Jesse Watson Mystery Series Book 3)

Jesse and Billy return from their vacation only to discover that Claire is in a state of panic. Her soon-to-be ex-husband, Carl, has kidnapped her children!

In Claire’s absence, he convinced her mom to let him take Benny and Carrie into town for ice cream. Minnie, stunned by his sudden appearance, but thankful that he had finally shown some interest in his children, agreed to his request. He had driven all the way from Washington, D. C. to see his kids—what could it possibly hurt? But when Carl fails to return as promised, a late night mission to rescue the children ensues. Billy enlists the help of his three brothers and soon a simple plan is devised. The retrieval is pulled off and Benny and Carrie are reunited with their mother. However, the mission was not without complications. The conversation between Carl and Billy had become heated, and blows were exchanged. Blood was spilled.

The next day, Carl turns up missing. Is Carl dead, or is this another one of his practical jokes? Frank Trainum of the D.C. Police Department is determined to find out. With the help of the Charlottesville Police Department and the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, a full investigation begins. While Billy is dealing with the police, and at the same time investigating an unrelated case involving the death of Vicki Cherry, Jesse and Claire head to D.C. in hopes of unraveling the mystery of Carl’s disappearance. Their intention is to search his house for clues, but instead, they discover the body of one of his business associates. Trouble is not far behind as Jesse and Claire flee D.C. to save themselves from a psychotic killer who has turned her sights on them, and will stop at nothing!

Of the Persecuted (Legends of the Woodlands Book 1)

 Science Fiction & Fantasy

Of the Persecuted (Legends of the Woodlands Book 1)

Laila Pennedy awaits death by hanging. For the Rendow Clan rules the Woodlands Region, aiming to slaughter the Faithful. And she deserves to die. But Lars Landre, the man destined to lead the Faithful out of persecution, has other plans hidden behind his rare and mysterious blue eyes. Rescue.

Following the daring escape, Laila seeks the path of a warrior and vows revenge against the Rendow Clan. She embarks on a dangerous journey with Lars, one in which they endeavor to reach the promised safety of a magical village, to train for battle, and to ultimately assure freedom for those with faith in the Maker.

Clashes of weapons and souls. Brutal loss of lives. Unrequited love. How in all the Woodlands will Laila survive?

Fade to Black (Awake in the Dark Book 1)

 Horror > Dark Fantasy

Fade to Black (Awake in the Dark Book 1)

One second JEFF GROBNAGGER is standing in line at the grocery store, and the next he’s in an alley where a hooded figure strangles him to death.

So that sucks.

This happens over and over again, every time Grobnagger has a seizure. Alley. Choking. Death. Repeat. What for? Why would anyone want to kill him repeatedly? Is it just a recurring seizure dream? When a sniper’s bullet shatters his apartment window, he realizes two things: he’s in serious danger, and there’s no way he’s getting his security deposit back.

Who is the hooded man? And who tried to kill Grobnagger in real life? His quest for answers leads to a missing girl, cults obsessed with astral projection, an arcane puzzle sphere, an evil book, a private detective named Louise and a mustached man named Glenn that makes the most delicious food he’s ever tasted.

No one he meets is who they seem, and every answer leads to more questions, more seizures and more horrific deaths that may or may not be transpiring on some mysterious plane beyond the physical world.

Dec the Holls

 Romance > Holidays

Dec the Holls

A week before Christmas, and all through office not a soul is stirring, not even a mouse. Holly is working overtime, cold and lonely and broke. Across the hall, Declan is lonely too, and thinking this christmas is going to be a joke. Then one blustery night Holly’s car won’t start and Declan is there to help with a little love in his heart.

UNBREAKABLE (ABLE SERIES Book 1)

 Romance > Inspirational

UNBREAKABLE (ABLE SERIES Book 1)

Jake Oliver, a typical guy, never expected to fall in love with his best friend’s girl. Jake learned to love her from a far, he watched her constantly and supported her endlessly.
Trish Wilson thought she found the love of her life in Dylan, until tragedy struck and fate decided for her when Dylan died in Afghanistan. Will she survive and get over her fear to love again? Will she find her one? Will her heart ever truly heal?

The tragedy that caused them great sadness also brought them together. Jake’s love for Trish gave her the strength to overcome her fear to love again, while Trish’s love pushed Jake past his guilt. However, when your soul mate’s life is at stake, will they fold in fear or stand their ground? Will they fight to live or prepare to give up? Will they allow fear to break them or will they let love make them UNBREAKABLE.

Rain Falls: (A Romantic Dramedy)

 Romantic Comedy

Rain Falls: (A Romantic Dramedy)

India Bell is looking for a regular writing gig to supplement her royalties. She ends up with two assignments – one, to interview up-and-coming lesbian romance writer Tegan Lowry, and the other? To win a bet to write her own lesbian romance, thus securing for herself a job as an editor.

There’s a bit of an issue with the second of those. India writes science fiction, not romance. There’s none of that confusing touchy-feely stuff in her science fiction novels. Hell, she doesn’t even read romance, and as for the lesbian aspect, she’s not sure how to define her sexuality, but if she’s a lesbian, then she’s so far in the closet, she doesn’t even know where the door is. Maybe Tegan could give her some pointers on writing all those sex scenes she’s probably going to have to stick in there?

Tegan is thrilled to be interviewed, even by the awkward and socially-inept India. Not that Tegan views herself as anyone’s fantasy – she’s on crutches, and who would be interested in a cripple? Her deeply romantic fantasies are all lived out on the page. But when India suddenly asks if Tegan will join her in her writing cabin to get some serious work done, she jumps at the chance to leave her horrible basement apartment behind to concentrate on her writing in comfort and peace, with the fascinating, if rather emotionally-unavailable, India Bell.

Made for Two

 Literature & Fiction

Made for Two (A Romance Novella)

Diane acted on instinct when she broke up a fight at the inner-city school where she teaches. When the superintendent suspends her, Diane returns to her hometown of Foxworth. Almost immediately she finds herself tracking down her old boyfriend, Tim. Just seeing him rekindles her love and she realizes that her life, just like her tandem bike, was made for two.

Unfortunately, Tim keeps pushing her away, claiming it will never work out. After all, she still wants to live in the city and he can’t imagine leaving his family’s bakery. But Diane discovers there’s more to it than that. Tim has been hiding in this small town because he has a secret.

Hungry Heart: Part One

 Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Hungry Heart: Part One

My name is Caroline Lowther. I’m in a relationship with Nathan MacMillan. We’ve been together almost four years. We share a home and a bed.

Nathan’s also in love with Rissa, his other girlfriend for the past six months. And I couldn’t be happier for him.

You see, we have an open relationship and while this story shows how much Nathan and I love each other, it’s not about us as a couple.

It’s about how Benedict and I met and started a love story of our own.

TODAY’S BARGAINS……………What’s this?

Shakedown (Jack Davis Thrillers Book 1)

 Mystery > Hard-Boiled

Shakedown (Jack Davis Thrillers Book 1)

When two of his partners are killed, corruption, sex and murder fill trial lawyer Lou Mason’s docket as he tracks the killer. Will Lou be the next victim?

Come Home for Christmas, Cowboy (Montana Born Christmas Book 5)

 Romance > Holidays

Come Home for Christmas, Cowboy (Montana Born Christmas Book 5)

This Christmas season, Christina Grey Cooper has finally accepted that her marriage to her college sweetheart Dare is over.

So she packs up her things, leaves a note, and heads back home for Marietta, Montana in the hope that a Christmas with her family will help piece her head—if not her heart—back together.

Dare isn’t about to let the love of his life go, and who cares if that’s what he thought he wanted? He’ll do what it takes to win Christina back—even if that means suffering through Christmas with his in-laws, pretending to still be happily married for the sake of family harmony, and trying not to get caught up in all that holiday nonsense he’s never believed in…

But Christmas is magical, especially in Montana.

And if Dare has any hope of convincing Christina to give him one more chance, it’s going to be here…

The Soul of All Living Creatures: What Animals Can Teach Us About Being Human

 Pets & Animal Care

The Soul of All Living Creatures: What Animals Can Teach Us About Being Human

As an emergency room clinician four years out of veterinary school, Dr. Vint Virga had a life-changing experience: he witnessed the power of simple human contact and compassion to affect the recovery of a dog struggling to survive after being hit by a car.  Observing firsthand the remarkably strong connection between humans and animals inspired him to explore the world from the viewpoint of animals and taught him to respect the kinship that connects us.

With The Soul of All Living Creatures, Virga draws from his decades in veterinary practice to reveal how, by striving to perceive the world as animals do, we can enrich our own appreciation of life, enhance our character, nurture our relationships, improve our communication with others, reorder our values, and deepen our grasp of spirituality.  Virga discerningly illuminates basic traits shared by both humans and animals and makes animal behavior meaningful, relevant, and easy to understand.  Insightful and eloquent, The Soul of All Living Creatures offers an intimate journey into the lives of our fellow creatures and a thought-provoking promise of what we can learn from spending time with them.

The Case of the Drowning Duck (Perry Mason Series Book 20)

 Thrillers > Legal

The Case of the Drowning Duck (Perry Mason Series Book 20)

FOWL PLAY?

A dead man in the kitchen, gas fumes permeates the house, a duck seem to be drowning in the fishbowl, but it didn’t die. Maybe that fact has something to do with murder?

John L. Witherspoon, a wealthy patrician, is loath to let his daughter marry Marvin Adams, the son of a convicted murderer, something Marvin’s mother managed to keep a secret-until now. To set the love-struck lass straight, Witherspoon engages Perry Mason to weigh the twenty-year-old evidence that sent Marvin’s father to the gallows, and prove that the young man is kin to the murdering kind.

Reopening the case, however, quickly opens up a can of worms. While Mason dredges the past for new clues, a blackmailer threatens to dredge up the whole sordid affair in the society pages. Then the whistle-blower is done in by a dose of deadly homemade gas, and the damning evidence points to chemistry whiz Marvin. Like father, like son? Like hell, says Mason, who sets out to bird-dog the clever killer who’s trying to turn the young swan into a sitting duck.

Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys

 Children’s eBooks > Growing Up & Facts of Life

Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys

When she was nine, Megan Meade met a group of terrible, mean, Popsicle-goo-covered boys, the sons of her father’s friend — the McGowan boys. Now, seven years later, Megan’s army doctor parents are shipping off to Korea and Megan is being sent to live with the little monsters, who are older now and quite different than she remembered them.

Living in a house with seven boys will give Megan, who has never even been kissed, the perfect opportunity to learn everything there is to know about boys. And she’ll send all her notes to her best friend, Tracy, in…

Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys

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