Sandra Carrington-Smith is an Italian-born author who relocated to the United States in the late 1980s. Writing has been Sandra’s deepest passion since childhood, yet her dream of becoming a published author was put on hold for several years as she raised a family and learned her new language.

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In her late thirties, Sandra wrote The Book of Obeah, which tops today’s Buffet. A group of independent investors is organizing a film project based on the novel. Meanwhile, Sandra has completed a sequel to Obeah and her murder mystery Killer in Sight was published last yeaer.

Set in New Orleans, Obeah tells the story of a young girl named Melody, who discovers she is the next link in a prophetic chain of events that will drag her into the heart of some chilling legends of the Deep South. It will leave you wondering which part is fact, and which was fiction.

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The Book of Obeah (The Crossroads Series)

Historical Fiction
Autor: Sandra Carrington-Smith

The Book of Obeah (The Crossroads Series)

Upon the passing of her beloved grandmother, Melody Bennet is assigned the startling task of taking the ashes of Grandmama Giselle to southern Louisiana.

Melody must step far outside her comfort zone in the suburbs of North Carolina to fulfill this dying wish. She finds herself blindly navigating the exotic, sometimes hostile environs of New Orleans and Bear Bayou, and immersed in a subculture based on an ancient West African religion. At this unexpected crossroad, she discovers new cultures and beliefs — and new dangers — and awakens to a new way of seeing the world and her role in it.

The Promise

Historical Fiction

Author: Kate Worth

The Promise

When pastry chef Jane Gray tries to sell her daughter’s locket, she becomes the unlikely subject of a massive police hunt and fodder for London’s tabloid press. Secrets unravel, lies are exposed, and the Duke of Rutledge demands custody of his niece.

Charming and handsome, the duke’s brother Finn spends his leisure time between the sheets of London’s most beautiful, wanton women. The seasoned rake is perplexed by his attraction to demure, virtuous Jane… definitely not his usual type. Finn soon learns there is more to Jane than meets the eye and he longs to possess the passionate woman hidden beneath her modest facade.

When publicity draws the attention of a madman from Jane’s past, Finn enters London’s dangerous underworld in a heart-stopping race to save her.

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Alex Cross, Run — Free Preview — The First 19 Chapters

Mysteries & Thrillers

Author: James Patterson

Alex Cross, Run -- Free Preview -- The First 19 Chapters

Top plastic surgeon Elijah Creem is renowned for his skills in the operating room, and for his wild, no-expense-spared “industry parties,” bringing in underage exotic dancers and models for nights of drugs, champagne, and uninhibited sex. That is, until Detective Alex Cross busts one of Creem’s lavish soirees and ruins his fun. Now Creem is willing to do anything to avoid going to jail. But Alex doesn’t have time to dwell on that case. A beautiful woman has been found murdered in her car, a lock of her hair viciously ripped off. Then a second woman is found hanging from a sixth-floor window with a brutal scar slashed across her stomach. When a third mutilated body is discovered, rumors of three serial killers on the loose send Washington D.C. into an all-out frenzy. Alex is under so much pressure to solve these three grim cases that he hasn’t noticed that someone else investigating him-someone so obsessed and so twisted that they’ll do anything-ANYTHING- to get the vengeance they require.

Memoirs Of An Antihero

Comics & Graphic Novels

Author: Drew Blank, Tammy Kennedy, Anders Backlund

Memoirs Of An Antihero

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When Drew Blank learns his daughter, Moxie, may be dying from a terminal illness, he is overwhelmed by the enormity of the situation and the hospital bills to follow. Living in the forgotten city of Cross, Drew’s desperation drives him to get the money from the only people in town that have it: the criminals. He is initially introduced to the field of entrepreneurial vigilantism by sheer luck, being in the right place at the right time. After hospitalizing his targets and making off with a few thousand dollars, Drew realizes if he wants to continue to redistribute Cross’ wealth from the drug dealers’ pockets into his own, he will need a plan.

Windigo Soul

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Author: Robert Brumm

Windigo Soul

It’s Hank Reed’s birthday. As a citizen of the United Federation of Nations, that means a mandatory death sentence — simply because he turned sixty years old. Referred to as “retirement,” it’s one of the desperate steps the government has taken to curb overpopulation. Retirement is a widely accepted fact of life on a dying planet ruled by a tyrannical government. Hank’s execution goes ahead as planned, but state-sponsored euthanasia isn’t what it seems. The Reed family learns what really happens to retirees when secrets the UFN keep from the public start to unravel.

Endurance – A Novel of Terror

Horror

Author: Jack Kilborn, J.A. Konrath

Endurance - A Novel of Terror

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The Rushmore bed and breakfast inn was hidden in the hills of West Virginia. Wary guests wondered how it could stay in business at such a creepy, remote location. Especially with its bizarre, presidential decor and eccentric proprietor. When the event hotel for the national Iron Woman triathlon accidentally overbooked, competitor Maria was forced to stay at the Rushmore. But after checking into her room, she quickly realized she wasn’t alone. First her suitcase wasn’t where she put it. Then her cell phone was moved. Finally, she heard an odd creaking under the bed. Confusion quickly turned to fear, and fear to hysteria when she discovered the front door was barred and the windows were bricked over. There was no way out.

Silent Counsel

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Author: Ken Isaacson

Silent Counsel

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What if your child were killed in a hit-and-run? And the one person who knew the driver’s identity—his lawyer—couldn’t reveal his name because of a legal technicality? After Stacy Altman’s six-year-old son is run down in front of their house, with no witnesses to the tragic accident, she learns that the driver has hired attorney Scott Heller to negotiate a plea arrangement with the prosecutor. But he’s instructed Scott not to reveal his name until a satisfactory agreement is in place. The prosecutor refuses to make a deal, and the court rebuffs Stacy’s efforts to force Scott to tell her—or even the authorities—who his client is, holding that the information is protected by the attorney-client privilege. Since the court won’t do anything to help Stacy track down her son’s killer, she takes matters into her own hands.

Changes (The Randall Lee Mysteries #1)

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Author: Charles Colyott

Changes (The Randall Lee Mysteries #1)

When a young woman is found murdered in a seedy massage parlor near his neighborhood, the police recruit Randall Lee – an American acupuncturist and Tai Chi master — as a translator to assist in the investigation. Lee discovers that the murderer is an expert in a forbidden Chinese martial art — the dark mirror to his own healing practices — and joins in the hunt for the killer to escape his own inner demons and save the woman he loves.

Torch Ginger (Lei Crime Series)

Drama

Author: Toby Neal

Torch Ginger (Lei Crime Series)

The island of Kaua`i is remote jungle, golden beaches and ancient culture—but transients are disappearing in paradise, and only Detective Lei Texeira notices. Lei transfers to the island, where she uncovers a pattern of disappearances that may be related to a bizarre cult. Or is it just one madman at work? In Lei’s world, everyone is guilty until proven innocent. In the midst of the biggest case sleepy Kaua`i has ever seen, Lei must also untangle the mysteries of her heart and discover who she loves.

Courthouse Cowboys: A Modern Tale of Murder in Montana

Coming of Age

Author: P.A. Moore

Courthouse Cowboys: A Modern Tale of Murder in Montana (Thriller) (Defalco Law)

At Deer Lodge State Prison in 1999 sits a bloody-lipped, broken-nosed teenager grinning out one side of his mouth as he stares through a swollen eye. Evidently his fellow criminals brook no mercy for a convicted killer, regardless of his age or feeble intelligence. This kid’s parents have no money, and the local legal eagles have warned Paige to let the conviction stand … or else. Yet she agrees to defend the mentally disabled Ben Stagg. Is it coincidence that soon thereafter anonymous callers threaten her? That the local media excoriates her?Is she foolhardy to challenge the powerful judges, lawyers, and cops who comprise the Courthouse Cowboys? And with the discovery that Ben Stagg suffers from Klinefelter’s syndrome, a common but rarely diagnosed genetic disorder, will a jury acquit him of murder when presented with a never-before-used insanity defense?

Miss Me Not

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Author: Tiffany King

Miss Me Not

Madison Hanson’s past demons have given her a “shadow” of an existence. Like so many others who feel lost, she believes suicide may be her only way out—then she meets Dean Jackson, a popular boy from school who gives her hope, and shows her the power of love and acceptance.

With Dean’s help, Madison discovers a desire to live, and learns to embrace life and all its gifts.

Sword of the Raven

Romance

Author: Diana Duncan

Sword of the Raven

Delaney Morgan’s ho-hum life begins to fray around the edges when her cop brother is framed and imprisoned. Determined to exonerate him, she starts poking her nose where it doesn’t belong. Things go from extra-ordinary to extraordinary with her discovery of Mr. Tall, Dark, and Naked washed up on a deserted Oregon beach.

Recently escaped from the clutches of the Sorceress Cearde, he’s drawn to Delaney’s intense, newly awakening Powers. She learns her brother possessed similar Powers, and his “situation” is entangled with the magical forces he tried to shield her from.

City of Whispers

Action & Adventure

Author: Katherine Sorin

City of Whispers

When an epidemic turns most New Yorkers into vampires, a handful of remaining humans find themselves struggling to survive in a quarantined Manhattan. As their numbers dwindle, Ailis Laurent undergoes a transformation of her own: she becomes a hardened vampire killer.

Slow Burn (The Fitzgerald Family series)

Romance

Author: E.B. Walters

Slow Burn (The Fitzgerald Family series)

Ten years ago, Ashley Fitzgerald witnessed the death of her parents in a tragic fire, and her mind blocked the memory. She pretends to have moved on, is a successful artist and photographer — until she opens her door to a stranger, assumes he’s a model and asks him to strip to his briefs.

He plans to expose the truth…


The Weight of Glass

Contemporary Fiction

Author: Stuart Heatherington

The Weight of Glass

Hidden in Amy Macon’s memoir, as much a mystery as a survival guide for a torturous childhood, is the need to stitch together the fabric of a family’s dark history. Her brother, Lee Macon, can’t forget waking up inside his mother’s coffin or the memory of the man who put him there. That’s a secret he’s kept from Amy for 30 years.

But if there’s one thing they understand, it’s out of a houseful of children, only two of them remain alive. Now, in the wake of their youngest sister’s murder, Amy must have the truth, knowing it will ease the scars brought on by time, if not the ones carved in her wrists.

Mind Maps: Quicker Notes, Better Memory, and Improved Learning 2.0

Advice & How-to

Author: Michael Taylor

Mind Maps: Quicker Notes, Better Memory, and Improved Learning 2.0

Mind Mapping is a note-taking system which allows you to take better, faster, and more efficient notes. In conventional note-taking, you write down information line by line. With Mind Maps, you organize the information more in the form of a diagram, starting with a central key idea drawn in the center of the paper.

In addition to enhancing your note-taking skills, Mind Maps help you improve your studying, writing, presenting, brainstorming, and creative skills. It is one of the best skills anyone can learn.

Painted Blind: A Modern Retelling of the Myth of Cupid & Psyche

World Literature

Author: Michelle Hansen

Painted Blind: A Modern Retelling of the Myth of Cupid & Psyche

Psyche Middleton has always been judged by her looks. When she meets a guy that can make himself invisible, she must decide if love is truly blind. He takes her a palace in an idyllic kingdom, but his affection has one condition—she may not see him.

Enchanted, intrigued and not wholeheartedly believing he’s real, she betrays his trust for a glimpse of his face, and ends up at the mercy of his controlling mother. Psyche must complete three impossible tasks to prove her love—or die trying.

Betrayed

Biographies & Memoirs

Author: R.P. McCabe

Betrayed

McCabe explores a broad spectrum of social ills resulting from the contemporary tragedy of the Madoff Ponzi scheme crimes uncovered in 2007 and the subsequent collapse suffered by thousands of American families.

Wally and Poppy Stroud discover that they have lost their entire life’s savings to two nihilistic criminals. The couple are once more be betrayed and abandoned by the regulatory agencies they have turned to in desperation. Wally slips into a state of attenuated depression. Consumed by his own grief, he does not see that his wife, Poppy, has tumbled into an even deeper chasm of despair.

Khe

Fantasy

Author: Alexes Razevich

Khe

Khe loves her simple life on a farming commune, until she discovers that her gift for pushing the crops is a death sentence. Fleeing across the treacherous wilderness, she makes her way to the city of Chimbalay, searching for the orindles who might save her.But Chimbalay has its own dangers.  The Powers are there–the secret rulers who have chosen Khe to be the mother of a monstrous new race.

Test Pilot’s Daughter: Revenge

Action & Adventure

Author: Steve Ward

Test Pilot's Daughter: Revenge

Romance, adventure, murder and revenge, Christina Matthews does it all. An obsessed fly-girl with the Right Stuff and True Grit finds love in the oddest place, the cockpit. A beautiful and brainy college girl born with jet-fuel in her blood is haunted by a gripping family tragedy and the violent murder of her best friend. The only thing she truly fears is sleep. Tortured by nightmares, this test pilot’s daughter has to find a way to save her sanity or die. Mike Clark, call-name Lazer and a real Top Gun, looks to be the best kind of therapy.

With dreams of becoming an Astronaut-Commander, Christina struggles through heart-stopping perils in the cockpit and crash-lands on a deserted island. Without hope for rescue, she concocts an oddball plan to return survivors to civilization.

Guitar Adventures: A Fun, Informative, and Step-By-Step 60-Lesson Guide to Chords, Beginner & Intermediate Levels

Arts & Entertainment

Author: Damon Ferrante

Guitar Adventures: A Fun, Informative, and Step-By-Step 60-Lesson Guide to Chords, Beginner & Intermediate Levels, with Companion Lesson and Play-Along Videos (Steeplechase Guitar Instruction)

Guitar Adventures is 90-page book and video course for learning chords, songs, guitar techniques, and music theory. Geared toward beginner and intermediate guitarists, it follows a step-by-step lesson format where each lesson builds on the previous one in a clear and easy-to-understand manner.

You will learn the chords, techniques, and music theory through songs, which you can play along with on the free, Play-Along Videos. A lesson checklist at the end of the book helps you keep track of your progress and plan out your practice goals.

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