-a Dead Chef thriller-
Before there was Kate Stark there was Jeff the Chef.
He has one simple choice: Sauté! Smile!E:E Die!
U.S. Special Forces are “taking down” television’s culinary superstars.
Someone watched the pot?
Cried over spilt milk?
Cooked the goose but not the gander??
Only Jeff the Chef knows, and he’s next!
His recipe for survival:
Step 1. Finding the woman who refused him years ago
Step 2. Boarding the nastiest helicopter that was “never built”
Step 3. Descending into a renovated missile silo that “doesn’t exist”
To survive is gonna take one hell of a Swap Out!
-a Deities Anonymous novel-
The Gods sent Dana Murphy to Seattle to save the Earth. But, no one remembered to tell her that.
The problem? In a fit of ennui, the Software that Runs the Universe launches the Armageddon subroutine. Now, all Creation won’t last the week.
• The Best Friend – dropped out of Girl Scouts to drive race cars
• The Boy Friend – an aerodynamics major who goes with the flow
• The Nerd – wrote the hottest new on-line game
• The Devil – who’s in hiding.
• A pint-size angel with a talking disorder—she never shuts up.
• A poet and a prophet with over five thousand years combined experience at being dead.
The forces of evil are amassing.
Then the gods start bickering...
-a Night Stalkers 5E romance-
The Night Stalkers 5E (5th Battalion, E Company) flies again, going where no one else dares to venture.
NAME: Nikita Hayward
TEAM: DEVGRU (SEAL Team 6)
MISSION: To prove her worth
NAME: Drake Roman
TEAM: Night Stalkers 5E
MISSION: To enjoy the ride
Nikita Hayward earned her place on DEVGRU and she proves it every day. Being female? Not a factor. Fighting alongside the very best? Absolutely where she belongs.
Drake Roman flies with the most elite helicopter company, the 5E, because they fly out to the limit. And when the time comes to fly past it? His helo and his minigun lead the way.
When the two of them join on a mission into the unknown, then they discover who lies precisely at the center of that Target of Mine!
-a Future Night Stalkers romance story-
Brody Jones flies Lifter Rescue—diving down into the hazards of Low Earth Orbit. There he saves who he can of Earth’s last refugees.
Captain Karina Rostov of the Future Night Stalkers can’t understand Brody’s career choice—neither his commitment to Lifter Rescue nor his refusal to fly with her.
When a rescue flight forces them both to confront their pasts, each must finally face their own Heart’s Refuge.
-a story of New York-
Katrine Feinberg is an acclaimed artist. Her mother’s death reveals a true surprise. She too was an artist, in her youth.
A new technology offers Katrine the chance to go back and live for a time in her mother’s memories. A chance to learn how art could be lost.
But can she handle the truth when she chooses to Relive the Day!
“Far in advance of anything else ever written on future space life involving life systems-biospheres.”-Abigail Alling and Mark Nelson, scientists of the two-year Biosphere 2 enclosure experiment
-the complete Nara apocalyptic saga-
The Crash and Smash destroyed the most feared race in history. All but one. Ri, the child warrior: Born of the shattered streets of Nara, Japan. Where books burn to heat the night.
Her rescue exposes humanity to the greatest warrior of the modern age. The likes of which it can no longer control.
Bryce, the clone of the world’s cruelest dictator, tends bar and hides from his past.
When the Earth dies, only one chance remains. Work together. But they must hurry, before they’re both caught by The Nara Reaction
-an Oregon Firebirds romance story-
The Oregon Firebirds are the very best at one thing—saving homes. Finding their own poses problems.
Maggie Torres, helicopter mechanic, respects two things: her US Coast Guard mechanic father, and a sweet-running turbine engine. As for men? She can’t find one who sees the woman behind the hot Latina. Never mind one who revs her own engine.
Palo Akana flies to fire. But he hides a past that he knows can never meet Maggie’s standards. It’s when the two of them collide that the sparks really begin to fly.
-a Night Stalkers 5E romance-
The launch of a new Night Stalkers series, the 5E (5th Battalion, E Company).
NAME: Danielle Delacroix
MISSION: To finish training and unite her team into a military family
NAME: Pete Napier
MISSION: To be the very best
Danielle Delacroix struggled her whole life to live up to her own superheroine dreams. When chosen to pilot the big Chinook helicopter for the Night Stalkers, she flies right by them.
Pete Napier always flies to the edge and to hell with anyone in his way. Then he lands the chance of a lifetime when chosen to command a new company.
-a Firehawks Hotshot romance story-
Heavy equipment driver Sheila Williams got blown up one too many times. The Army kicked her loose for that idiot reason. How the hell she ended up in a tourist town for the holidays makes even less sense.
Hotshot Randall Jones fights wildfires for a living. The adrenaline fits him like a fire in the forest.
They both feel the heat in a Hotshot Christmas.
-a Deities Anonymous story-
Sometimes even the most tolerant of Goddesses can’t deal with the shortcomings of the Gods.
After 14 billion years as the Devil Incarnate, Michelle just wants a quiet beer with her friends.
• But the Norse Goddess Freyja is on the verge of a nervous breakdown brought on by Odin and his odious son Thor.
• Macbeth’s witches are in the corner chortling over a new collection of dirty tales.
• The bartender, a diminutive angel with a speed-talking disorder, has a mind of her own—which was not standard issue.
Who does Michelle have to banish to get a drink at the Gods Are Out Inn?
-an Eagle Cove romance-
Becky Billings loves the small Oregon Coast town of Eagle Cove. Lifelong friendships and simple joys abound here, as does her deepest passion—her craft-beer brewery. Then her best friend’s wedding reminds her of just what she doesn’t have in Eagle Cove.
Harry Slater couldn’t brush off the sand of tiny Eagle Cove quick enough. He’s slamming the partner fast-track for a top law firm in the Big Easy and nothing could make him come back here, except briefly for his little brother’s wedding.
Neither of them can guess how their lives will be changed when they come up with a new Recipe for Eagle Cove.
The fourth annual volume of short stories, each originally published monthly on www.mlbuchman.com. It began in 2014 as a gift for my fans, but I quickly discovered the joy of the short form. I have a lifelong love of short fiction as a reader, but it took me until 2014 to begin writing it.
Inside this volume I have collected the short stories of 2017 and added introductory commentary for each tale. Come join me as Delta Force strikes hard and fast, as the Night Stalkers fly into the fray—both present and future—and true love does indeed ride off into the sunset. Come join my characters as they find adventure, romance, and true love.
A baker’s dozen of short tales certain to tickle anyone’s fancy.
-a Night Stalkers CSAR romance story-
The most dangerous mission of all...CSAR.
Combat Search and Rescue.
Pilot Penny “Copper” Penrose flies into every battle with a can-do attitude—even training missions. If only she could find that confidence off the battlefield.
Medic Barry Goldsmith risks his life to help the wounded while under fire. He blew his chances with Penny once—a risk he won’t take again, seeking Love in a Copper Light.
-a Night Stalkers White House romance-
Name: Frank Adams
Job: Head of U.S. Secret Service Presidential Protection Detail
Name: Beatrice Ann “Beat” Belfour
Job: U.S. Secret Service Agent: Specialist in African Security
Agent “Beat” Belfour comes under fire when a coup erupts in the West African country of Guinea-Bissau. A routine diplomatic assignment goes wrong, and the Ambassador’s life now is slipping through her fingers.
Frank Adams’ only weapons to save her are: the President’s strategic skills, the dedication of the U.S. Army Night Stalkers helicopter regiment, and a past history with “Beat” that changed his life and his heart.
-a Henderson’s Ranch romance story-
Mac Henderson started out no more of a ranch owner than he did a Navy SEAL. Adrift on the post-college tide of the ’70s, with no direction planned, he headed west to surf. But fate had other plans for him—beneath Montana’s Big Sky.
A broken starter motor during Cheyenne Frontier Days led him to witness Ama’s traditional dance for her tribe. Since that moment, for twenty years, she has believed in his dream, inspired him, and given him a son (Mark Henderson).
It was only when Mac retired that she found her own dream. Her reward? Finding Henderson’s Ranch.
-an estate planning self-help guide for artists & writers-
Writer, painter, photographer, musician, designer, animator, graphic artist, programmer, screenwriter, textile artist, choreographer, composer, sculptor...
A will or trust controls who inherits what. The Final Letter tells your heir(s) ways to maintain it, even make it thrive, once they’ve got it.
The challenge with an estate that includes Intellectual Property (books, stories, plays, films, etc.), is it has a value that can last another 70 years after your death.
This book is a practical guide for educating your heir on quite what they’ve just received and what their options are to manage it. Topics also include: basic vocabulary, income opportunities with Intellectual Property, the power of trusts in IP estate planning, and much more.
Estate Planning for Authors will help authors create their Final Letter as well as help the heirs whose benefactor did not create one.
It’s a guide on how to make sure your legacy remains profitable for decades after you’re gone!
-a Henderson’s Ranch Big Sky romance story-
Freelance journalist Colleen McMurphy finds her Irish penname far more professional than the Kurva Baisotei her Japanese parents perpetrated upon her at birth. Her “itinerant writer” role fit her deliciously single lifestyle, until an assignment sent her to Montana’s Big Sky Country to write an article about Henderson’s Ranch.
Raymond Esterling, summertime cowboy, gratefully forgets his life beyond the prairie, at least for those precious months beneath the Big Sky. But when he meets Colleen, he can’t help but make her Welcome at Henderson’s Ranch.
-an Androcles Christmas story-
Betsy searches for her true Christmas wish on the ferry ride with Mama to see Santa. There isn’t much time left.
Androcles, her stuffed pet lion, wears his favorite Christmas bathrobe against the harsh Seattle winter. He works on an idea of how he can fulfill Betsy’s wish and heal her broken family.
Sometimes you just need to discover the right wish and ask for help from Androcles the Christmas Lion.
(formerly: Maria’s Christmas Table)
-a Where Dreams romance-
A foodie Christmas romance in Seattle! The best time for two hearts to awaken to life’s possibilities!
Maria Amelia Avico Parrano, a woman beloved by all. Her love of life and her Italian pastries draw many to Seattle’s Pike Place Market. After years of warming the hearts of others, Maria wants to cook up a little heat for herself. Until she meets a man who offers far more.
Hogan Stanford watches the world pass by far below, from his condo at the edge of the Market. The merest glimpse of Maria lures him back to life again. Her dazzling light promises much more to be gained than he ever imagined. He offers his heart.
Now Maria must decide what she truly wishes, as her beloved Christmas season approaches.
-a Love Abroad B&B romance-
Welcome to the Cinque Terre, the jewel of the Italian Coast. In shades of warm gold, apricot, and peach, these remote stone villages face the Mediterranean. Their narrow cobbled streets are car-free. Instead they’re filled with soft sunlight and hope.
Erica Barnett always dreamed of visiting Italy. But she never planned to arrive alone and devastated. Putting her life back together ranks as a distant second to the priority of fixing her heart.
Ridley Claremont III, wealthy son of a Californian vintner and his trophy wife, discovers the shallowness of his life when his parents are killed in a car wreck. Seeking forgetfulness on a motorcycle driving the European backroads, he stumbles into the tiny cliffside town of Corniglia. Vibrant life greets him around every corner: food and flowers, gelato and friendship. And the wine, most especially the wine.
A man who never faced himself and a woman who finally has, meet in the only place they can. Along the Via dell’Amore, the Path of Love, in Cinque Terre, Italy.