M. L. Gardner tops today’s Buffet with her entire “1929” series, Books 1 through 6. Set during the Great Depression, this series is full of romance, drama, and humor. Vivid, expertly crafted characters make the stories unforgettable.

M.L wrote the series based on real-life stories told by her grandmother–as well as her own research into the Roarin’ Twenties. She is married with three kids and three cats, and resides in northern Utah.

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1929: Book One (The 1929 Series)

 Historical Fiction > Family Saga

1929: Book One (The 1929 Series)

As Black Thursday triggers financial despondency, three young couples in New York City must trade their lives of luxury for poverty, tragedy, and setbacks.

When Jonathan Garrett’s brokerage firm collapses on the day of the Stock Market Crash, he unites with his closest friends (and former business partners), Aryl and Caleb, to relocate, track down a low-paying job, and cultivate a new life.

As the three men toil in their laborious jobs, their wives, Ava, Arianna, and Claire, slowly adapt to life in a shabby, rundown apartment, learning to sew, cook, and clean. With the help of their former, outspoken, Irish maid, Maura, and a new, equally Irish friend, Shannon, the wives become even closer than before.

The couples’ rocky path leads to more turmoil, however, when a business rival, Victor Drayton, creates one disaster after another. From petty tricks to outright violence, Victor’s nefarious mind will stop at nothing to beat down Jonathan’s last glimmer of hope.

Despite everything, Jonathan and his friends are fixated on surviving.

Emotional and financial destruction nip at their heels, until finally, with a lucky twist of fate, they escape city life and begin anew in their hometown of Rockport, Massachusetts.

Elizabeth’s Heart: Book Two (The 1929 Series)

  Historical Fiction > Family Saga

Elizabeth's Heart: Book Two (The 1929 Series)

1930: Book Three (The 1929 Series)

  Historical Fiction > Family Saga

1930: Book Three (The 1929 Series)

Drifter – Book Four (The 1929 Series 4)

  Historical Fiction > Family Saga

Drifter - Book Four (The 1929 Series 4)

Purgatory Cove: Book Five (A Novella) (The 1929 Series 5)

  Historical Fiction > Family Saga

Purgatory Cove: Book Five (A Novella) (The 1929 Series 5)

1931: Book Six (The 1929 Series 6)

  Historical Fiction > Family Saga

1931: Book Six (The 1929 Series 6)

The Darkest Part: A Living Heartwood Novel

 Psychological Thrillers

The Darkest Part: A Living Heartwood Novel

Pressing the boundaries of both the psyche and the heart, Sam and Holden embark on a dangerous journey that will test the limits of love.

Sam Wintry’s life used to be almost perfect. She was engaged to her childhood best friend and high school sweetheart, Tyler Marks, planning an amazing cross-country honeymoon during her college break. But after a hit-and-run leaves her in ruin, she begins seeing Tyler’s fractured, ghostly presence, and her family believes she’s losing her mind. Not until she completes their journey, stopping along the way to scatter Tyler’s remains, will Tyler be able cross over. Only…is Sam ready for him to leave her?

When the black sheep of the Marks’ family, Holden Marks, returns to check on Tyler’s case, Sam convinces him to give her his brother’s ashes. Despite their shaky history, she needs him…plus, he owes it to Sam and his brother. What she doesn’t count on is Holden’s relentlessness to go on the trip.

On the road, Holden realizes just how unhinged Sam has become. Dealing with her psychosis forces him to confront his dark past, making it harder to keep secrets hidden that should remain buried. Especially from Sam, the only woman he’s ever loved. And as Sam starts to unravel the truth, she begins to question if the brother she’s unwillingly falling for again is in an even darker place than her.

Operation Zulu Redemption: Overkill – The Beginning

 Christian Fiction > Mystery & Suspense

Operation Zulu Redemption: Overkill - The Beginning

They never should’ve existed.  Now they don’t.  In the aftermath of their first highly successful op, the first all-female special ops team, known as Zulu, discovered that innocent civilians—women and children—died at their hands. Zulu was set up to take the devastating fall.  Fearing for their lives, the Zulu team vanished. With new identities and spread across the globe, they live in relative but isolated peace—yet still haunted by the past. Terrified of being discovered.   Five years after that horrific night, they’ve begun to hope they might be safe and the tragedy forgotten.  Until two of them are murdered.

Start the mission with Operation Zulu Redemption: Overkill–The Beginning.  This FREE episode drops you into the rapid-fire action where the women of Zulu are trying to figure out who is targeting them.   Who really set Zulu up to take the fall years ago?  Are they one and the same? Now the remaining members of Zulu have no choice but to regroup and stop their enemy–before it’s too late. And Overkill is just the beginning…

Lost In Italy (Italy Intrigue Series Book 1)

 Romance > Mystery & Suspense

Lost In Italy (Italy Intrigue Series Book 1)

The best laid plans often go awry…

Television producer Halli Sanders is an obsessive planner. Not on the itinerary for her trip-of-a-lifetime to Italy? The disappearance of her siblings, dodging bullets, a high speed car chase, and being kidnapped by a sexy movie star. And that’s just in the first three hours.

A-lister Trent Tomlin put his career on hold to investigate his brother’s suspicious death. When an American tourist unwittingly films the murder of the retired cop who’s been helping him, Trent has no choice but to abscond with the woman and her dangerous recording. But the killers will stop at nothing to get the incriminating evidence—including hold Halli’s family as collateral.

Life is a little different unscripted…

Thrust into the role of real-life hero, Trent finds himself falling for the Plain Jane whose beauty blossoms with every challenge they face. He needs the evidence to put the murderers behind bars. Halli needs it to rescue her siblings. Their attraction heats up, but unless they can find a way to work together, all the planning in the world won’t guarantee a happy ending.

Home Grown

 Thrillers > Historical

Home Grown

FACT…

In 1989, federal authorities busted what they called the Cornbread Mafia, the largest domestic marijuana growing operation in American history. They confiscated 182 tons of pot with a street value– in 1989!–of $400 million. Federal marshals arrested 56 men in 5 states…but they all came from one small town in Kentucky.

FICTION…

Somebody murdered Jim Bingham, shot him dead in front of his own newspaper office in the small town of Brewster, Kentucky, and now his heartbroken daughter must abandon the world of academic journalism for the real world of running the newspaper he left behind.

But Sarabeth Bingham soon discovers that marijuana-growing has corrupted the idyllic small town where she grew up.

The sheriff can’t get a marijuana conviction because the county’s jury pool is tainted.

Her cousin grows weed and has lost his wife and daughter to the world of drugs.

Sarabeth finds herself falling for a handsome bourbon distillery owner she’s convinced is financing his business with dope money.

And a ruthless farmer named Bubba Jamison will do anything–absolutely anything–to protect his empire.

Riders of the Purple Sage

 Westerns > Classic

Riders of the Purple Sage

The first great Western, a story of courage and adventure in Utah canyon country.

When Jane Withersteen’s father dies, he leaves her in sole possession of the family’s cattle ranch, situated on one of the most valuable pieces of land in Utah. The river that runs through the property gives Jane control of the local water supply—and the great power that comes with it. Coveting the property, a local Mormon leader named Tull tries to force Jane into a polygamous marriage—a fate that she resists. As Jane’s defiance grows stronger, so does the ire of the townsfolk, and the marriage seems all but inevitable until the infamous gunslinger Lassiter rides into town, bringing a quick trigger and frontier-hardened bravery that just may be Jane’s last great hope.

Renowned for its rich depiction of the West, Riders of the Purple Sage is an unforgettable adventure story of love, honor, and courage, and perhaps the most popular Western of all time.

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Eat To Live: The Amazing Nutrient Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss (Abridged Version)

Eat To Live: The Amazing Nutrient Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss (Abridged Version)

In this completely revised and abridged video-book edition of Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s revolutionary Eat To Live: The Amazing Nutrient Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, Dr. Fuhrman offers his healthy, effective and scientifically proven plan for shedding radical amounts of weight quickly and keeping it off.

The key to this wildly successful diet is the groundbreaking idea of nutrient density, as expressed by the simple formula: Health = Nutrients/Calories. When the ratio of nutrients to calories is high, fat melts away, and health is restored. Losing 20 POUNDS in 2-3 WEEKS is just the beginning.

This video book offers even more insight from Dr. Fuhrman complete with 13 videos in which he works with patients on losing weight and improving their lives by reversing disease and adopting healthier eating habits.

And get inspired by Dr. Fuhrman himself, who takes us into his own kitchen to prepare his favorite high-nutrient foods and to the gym where he demonstrates easy to adopt workout techniques.

This video-enhanced edition of Eat to Live will let you live longer, reduce your need for medications, and improve your health dramatically. Chapters include:

  • Breaking Free of Food Addiction
  • Sculpting Our Future in the Kitchen
  • Your Plan for Substantial Weight Reduction
  • Nutritional Wisdom Makes You Thin

52 Small Changes: One Year to a Happier, Healthier You

 Self-Help > Happiness

52 Small Changes: One Year to a Happier, Healthier You

Whether as New Year’s resolutions, birthday wishes, or daily promises, most everyone vows at some point to make a major life change. But change is easier said than done, especially when it comes to better managing our wellness amidst the chaos of everyday living. Fortunately, wellness coach and award-winning writer Brett Blumenthal has devised a way to inspire and motivate her readers to live healthier and make positive changes in their lives. Although Blumenthal’s method is not a quick fix, it is a surprisingly simple one: make one small change per week, for fifty-two weeks, and at the end of a year, you’ll be happier and healthier. After all, it is the small changes that are the most realistic, instead of trying to overhaul your lifestyle all at once. 52 Small Changes addresses all areas of wellbeing, including nutrition, exercise, stress management, mental wellness, and even the health of one’s home environment. By guiding readers through these changes at an easy, manageable pace, Blumenthal provides an engaging roadmap to lasting results and “a happier, healthier you.”

Baptism of Fire (The Witcher)

 Fantasy > Epic

Baptism of Fire (The Witcher)

The Wizards Guild has been shattered by a coup and, in the uproar, Geralt was seriously injured. The Witcher is supposed to be a guardian of the innocent, a protector of those in need, a defender against powerful and dangerous monsters that prey on men in dark times.

But now that dark times have fallen upon the world, Geralt is helpless until he has recovered from his injuries.
While war rages across all of the lands, the future of magic is under threat and those sorcerers who survive are determined to protect it. It’s an impossible situation in which to find one girl – Ciri, the heiress to the throne of Cintra, has vanished – until a rumor places her in the Niflgaard court, preparing to marry the Emperor.
Injured or not, Geralt has a rescue mission on his hands.

The Miser of Mayfair (A House for the Season Book 1)

 Romance > Regency

The Miser of Mayfair (A House for the Season Book 1)

It was the fashion during Regency to hire a house for the Season in Mayfair—the heart of London’s fashionable West End—at a disproportionately high rent for sometimes very inferior accommodation. So why is it that Number 67 Clarges Street, a town house complete with staff, remains vacant season after season? The home of numerous families in the past to whom ill luck—even death—has befallen, Number 67 has been damned as unlucky. In the Miser of Mayfair, salvation seems to come at last in the form of a Mr. Roderick Sinclair, who has confirmed his intentions to let the house for the Season. The staff are overjoyed—until they find that Mr. Sinclair is a terrible miser and is planning no parties. Furthermore, his ward, Fiona, seems not to have a bright idea in her head. Only Rainbird, the clever and elegant butler of Number 67, plots with Fiona to bewitch, bedazzle, and confuse the earl into seeing things their way.

The Hunger Games (Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 1)

 Science Fiction > Dystopian

The Hunger Games (Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 1)

The book no one can stop talking about . . .

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

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