Charlotte Brontë (1816 – 1855) was an English novelist and poet, the eldest of the three Brontë sisters who survived into adulthood and whose novels have become classics of English literature. Her first published book, which tops today’s Buffet, Jane Eyre, is her best known work and revolutionized the art of fiction. It tells the story of a plain governess, Jane, who, after difficulties in her early life, falls in love with her employer, Mr. Rochester.

charlotteJane Eyre had immediate commercial success and received favorable reviews. The book’s style was innovative, combining naturalism with gothic melodrama, and broke new ground in being written from an intensely evoked first-person female perspective.

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Jane Eyre (Xist Classics)

 Fiction > Classics > Coming of Age

Jane Eyre (Xist Classics)

The stark and beautiful romance of a governess and the master of a house with long-kept secrets.

After a sad and neglected childhood as an orphan, Jane Eyre is hired by Edward Rochester as governess for his ward. Jane is pleased with the quiet country life at Thornfield, with the beautiful old manor house and gardens, with the book-filled library, and with her own comfortable room.

But there are stories of a strange tenant, a woman who laughs like a maniac, and who stays in rooms on the third floor. The moody Rochester rebuffs her attempts to find discover more, ordering her to keep silent on the matter.

An unlikely relationship blooms between the two, however, and Jane is thrilled to accept Rochester’s proposal of marriage. But the quiet ceremony is shockingly halted by a stranger who claims that Rochester was already married—to the raving maniac Jane had heard crying in the house.

Grief-stricken, Jane flees from Thornfield, feeling that her life is over before it has really begun. Can she ever hope to find a comfortable life again—or even dare to dream of a happily ever after?

Lacey Luzzi: Sprinkled (Lacey Luzzi Mafia Mysteries Book 1)

 Mystery > Cozy > Humor

Lacey Luzzi: Sprinkled: A humorous cozy mystery! (Lacey Luzzi Mafia Mysteries Book 1)

Lacey Luzzi’s rollercoaster of a life has been filled with the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. She just never expected the lows to be so… sparkly.

After falling on her face during an attempt to follow in her recently-deceased mother’s stripper-boots, Lacey realizes she’s not cut out for life on stage. She sets out on a year-long investigation to find her true family, never expecting she’ll find it with a capital “F.”

With a rumbling stomach, a need for money (check engine lights don’t fix themselves!), and a conscience that operates at 78% on a good day, Lacey is sucked into a whirlwind of Family secrets, hard-as-cement cookies, and mysterious, sexy men who unfortunately shoot guns, sometimes aimed at her face. The long-lost-granddaughter of Carlos Luzzi, the Godfather of the Italian Mafia, Lacey accepts her first assignment for the mob: finding fifteen million dollars of ‘the good stuff.’

Even after she enlists the help of her mouthy best-friend and her cousin, a technical genius and social disaster, she finds that going toe-to-toe with the rival Russian mob is more dangerous than expected.

A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet: Southern Stories of Faith, Family, and Fifteen Pounds of Bacon

 Christian Living > Family

A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet: Southern Stories of Faith, Family, and Fifteen Pounds of Bacon

There’s nothing quite like family—for good or bad. But in a world where we sometimes know more about the Kardashians than we do the people sleeping right down the hall, it’s easy to forget that walking through life with our family offers all sorts of joy wrapped up in the seemingly mundane. There’s even a little bit of sacred sitting smack-dab in the middle of the ordinary. And since time’s-a-wastin’, we need to be careful that we don’t take our people—and their stories—for granted. Whether it’s a marathon bacon-frying session, a road trip gone hysterically wrong, or a mother-in-law who makes every trip to the grocery store an adventure, author Sophie Hudson reminds us how important it is to slow down and treasure the day-to-day encounters with the people we love the most.

Written in the same witty style as Sophie’s BooMama blog, A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet is a cheerful, funny, and tender account of Sophie’s very Southern family. It’s a look into the real lives of real people—and a real, loving God right in the middle of it all.

Be Still, My Love (Tess Schafer-Medium Book 1)

 Horror > Ghosts

Be Still, My Love (Tess Schafer-Medium Book 1)

When grieving medium Tess Schafer is urged to take a healing vacation, her friends convince her that a haunted resort on the coast of Maine is the place to go. Although her ability to speak with the dead died along with her husband, that all changes upon her arrival at Sea Willow Haven, and it isn’t long before Tess is caught up in the haunting of the two young lovers who tragically died there.

Her quest to help these two lost souls, however, is being met with some resistance. But is it all coming from a malevolent ghost or is the malice she senses coming from someone very much alive?

Though conflicted by her feelings, Tess engages the help of Kade Sinclair, a resort guest and former marine. Their growing attraction for each other puts Tess in turmoil as she struggles to determine her spiritual beliefs, get the full story on the tragedies that occurred there and send those two poor souls into the light.

You Loved Me At My Darkest

 Romance > Mystery & Suspense

You Loved Me At My Darkest

Lily
Ripped from Heaven, Burned in Hell.
Caught and caged in beauty.
Beauty comes at a cost.
One man holds the key to our survival, to our freedom.
Find out how I lived and lost the greatest thing on earth.
Love.

Jake
I didn’t see her coming and that will be my downfall.
She will ruin me, take everything from me, and give me everything I can’t have.
I can’t help her. I won’t.
She is innocence. She is strength.
She is my piece of heaven in hell.
I’m not letting her go.

8 Living Trust Forms: Legal Self-Help Guide

Self-Help > Tax Law > Estates & Trusts

8 Living Trust Forms: Legal Self-Help Guide

Don’t make creating a living trust more difficult than it needs to be. With this quick and simple guide, non-lawyers can create their own living trust with the ease a fill-in-the-blanks book can offer

Written and edited by licensed attorneys for use in all 50 States and Washington, D.C.

A living trust is a legal document that allows the property (or items) placed into the trust, to be used by you during your lifetime while still allowing that property to be transferred to another (a beneficiary) after you die. Another words, a living trust allows you to transfer the property in the trust to someone you name after you die, while you still get to enjoy the property while you are alive. A living will and a last will and testament (traditionally this is what people mean when they talk about their will) work together. A good estate plan includes both a living will and a last will and testament.

A living trust can help you in many ways to meet your estate planning needs. A living trust can help to:

  • reduce taxes,
  • avoid probate,
  • keep property distributions private,
  • and much more.

This Plague of Days OMNIBUS EDITION: The Complete Three Seasons of the Zombie Apocalypse Series

 Young Adult > Science Fiction > Post-Apocalyptic

This Plague of Days OMNIBUS EDITION: The Complete Three Seasons of the Zombie Apocalypse Series

The Apocalypse kills billions as new, deadly species are born. Jaimie Spencer, a strange boy from Kansas City, Missouri, fights for our future. Follow his family and an intrepid band of European refugees as we all fall into the Mindfield. To win the future, we must confront ourselves. This is much more than the average zombie novel.

The Demon Mistress (An Eva Prim Novel Book 1)

 Science Fiction & Fantasy

The Demon Mistress (An Eva Prim Novel Book 1)

What’s a girl to do when she discovers her husband, who happens to be the Master Vampire for the New England Region, has been lying to her for, oh, say a hundred and eighty years?

Well, it all depends. If she’s accidentally released forty demons from some creepy old book, unintentionally announced the existence of vampires on The Internet, kidnapped a werewolf, enraged a lovesick vampire by stealing his approved mate, and attracted the attention of The High Commander for The Vampire Federation, not to mention gotten stoned and mastered the forbidden art of demon calling, she might be willing to call it even.

Or, she might plead her case at an Inquisition and hope like all hell, she isn’t staked before sunrise. Eh, a slightly busier night than usual, but nothing Eva Prim can’t handle.

Death And Disappearances: A Tale Of Horror And The Occult

 Horror > Occult

Death And Disappearances: A Tale Of Horror And The Occult

Money, crime, death, unrequited love and voodoo with a little paranormal in the mix – best characterize this book. When Montgomery Clark wakes up, two weeks after his wife’s disappearance, he finds a bump on the back of his head, a painting (done by his artist wife) missing, a note in his own handwriting which reads, “You killed my sister, now I’ll murder you,” pinned to the wall and a dead sparrow in his dresser drawer. He realizes that he must solve the mystery of his wife’s disappearance or face charges.

TODAY’S BARGAINS……………What’s this?

I Love How You Love Me (The Sullivans)

 Women’s Fiction > Romance

I Love How You Love Me (The Sullivans)

Dylan Sullivan, a renowned boat builder, has spent his entire life sailing around the world. But while he’s always enjoyed the freedom of the ocean, when Grace Adrian shows up at his Seattle boathouse to interview him for a magazine, it’s love at first sight. Love for both Grace and her ten-month-old son, Mason, with whom Dylan has an immediate bond. And every moment they spend together makes Dylan more and more certain that a love like theirs is worth risking everything for.

A year and a half ago, Grace’s entire world turned upside down. Not only did she learn that she was pregnant, she also found out that she was nothing but a dirty little secret to her boyfriend and his elite Washington D.C. family. Since then, Grace has been rebuilding her life in Seattle, giving one hundred percent of her attention to her son and her freelance writing career. Believing she can never risk her heart—or her son’s—again, especially to a man like Dylan who could sail away at any moment, Grace tries desperately to guard her heart from the charismatic and sexy sailor.

For as sweet and protective as Dylan is during the day, at night when one incredibly hot kiss turns into so much more, Grace simply can’t find a way to keep from tumbling into his arms again and again. But can she ever learn to trust in love again?

My Life in Pink & Green (Pink & Green series Book 1)

 Children’s Books > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life

My Life in Pink & Green (Pink & Green series Book 1)

Twelve-year-old Lucy Desberg is a natural problem solver. After the local homecoming queen shows up at her family’s struggling drugstore with a beauty disaster that Lucy helps to fix, Lucy has a long line of makeover customers for every school dance and bat mitzvah. But all the makeup tips in the world won’t help save the pharmacy. If only she could find a way to make the pharmacy the center of town again–a place where people want to spend time, like in the old days. Lucy dreams up a solution that could resuscitate the family business and help the environment, too. But will Lucy’s family stop fighting long enough to listen to a seventh-grader?

This book is a funny and sweet debut featuring an unforgettable narrator who knows what she wants, whether it’s great makeup, a killer business plan, or a better world.

Leadership

 Business & Money > Management & Leadership

Leadership

Pulitzer Prize–winning historian James MacGregor Burns’s definitive look at the power of transformational leadership, from Moses to Machiavelli to Martin Luther King Jr.
Historian and political scientist James MacGregor Burns has spent much of his career documenting the use and misuse of power by leaders throughout history. In this groundbreaking study, Burns examines the qualities that make certain leaders—in America and elsewhere—succeed as transformative figures. Through insightful anecdotes and historical analysis, Burns scrutinizes the charisma, vision, and persuasive power of individuals able to imbue followers with a common sense of purpose, from the founding fathers to FDR, Ghandi to Napoleon. Since its original publication in 1970, Leadership has set the standard for scholarship in the field.

Forced to Kill (The Nathan McBride Series Book 2)

 Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Forced to Kill (The Nathan McBride Series Book 2)

Trained Marine sniper Nathan McBride is the sole survivor of Montez de Oca, the brutal Nicaraguan interrogator who tortured countless souls to death before vanishing fourteen years ago. Though McBride’s body—as well as his soul—still bear the scars from the interrogator’s blade, he dares to hope the worst is behind him.

But when the FBI recovers a mutilated body from a remote Utah lake, McBride needs just one glimpse to know the truth: Montez de Oca has resurfaced, this time on American soil. And McBride will be damned if he lets him escape again. So begins a quest for justice that will push McBride to the edge, pitting his capacity for mercy against his hunger for vengeance in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse that will reach into the highest levels of the US government.

Tourist Trapped (Trapped Trilogy Book 1)

 Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Tourist Trapped (Trapped Trilogy Book 1)

Crackerjack divorce attorney Amanda Sloane spends her life defending the soon-to-be-ex-wives of Chicago’s upper crust, but her orderly world crumbles when her estranged father persuades her to help search for Rebecca Adams, the half-sister she’s resented for thirty years.

Amanda drags along computer-geek-turned-attorney Chad Cooper, and together they chase across the Yucatan, pursuing an ever-changing string of leads. The duo encounters treacherous alliances, attacks on their associates, and a deadline for a hefty ransom.

Amanda digs up more than clues when their search collides with the past she believed long buried. Old memories chip away at pretenses, threatening to crush Amanda’s carefully constructed life.

Time is running out. When the bullets start to fly, Amanda and Chad wonder: who will survive Cancun?

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