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LitNuts features books you may not find elsewhere. (Scroll down to see today's Featured Books.) What have you been missing? A lot of great indie books for one thing. Indie authors and small presses are the lifeblood of American literature, which is why we make them the stars of our newsletter. Learn more... 

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Free online this week: Rockland (NY) Arts Festival


The Rockland (NY) Arts Festival is underway with a combination of in-person and online events this week across multiple disciplines, including Art Demonstrations (Feb. 6), a Writers Roundtable (Feb. 7), and a discussion with Indie Filmmakers (Feb. 8). These free online events begin at 7 p.m. EST each evening and are open to the public.

“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” ~Andy Warhol

Trouble by Nellie H. Steele

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Shadow Slayers Stories Book 4. Nearly two months after Celine returned from Alterra, she is still trying to determine why returning to her world is the “biggest mistake of her life.” Living through the most peaceful time she’s ever known, Celine struggles to find the meaning behind the threat. Then an unforeseen visit from her adopted mother sends her life and the lives of those around her spiraling. Celine begins to experience strange symptoms: headaches, numb/tingly hands, and time losses plague her. Will the source of Celine’s odd ailment bring about the end for at least one of the Slayers? 4.4 stars, 35 ratings. From $4.99 SHOP NOW 

In Danger of Judgment by David Rabin

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

An award-winning author delivers “a stunning debut….that’s cinematic and wildly compelling.” -IndieReader (5 stars). In 1987 Chicago, two police detectives racing to stop a drug war are caught in the crossfire between a drug lord and a man seeking vengeance against him. “A sharply defined, engrossing cast elevates this crime caper.” -Kirkus Reviews. 4.7 stars, 91 ratings. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

The Magic of Trees by Jessica Marie Baumgartner

General Nonfiction

The Magic of Trees is about drawing on the strength of forests and tree energy to better connect with ourselves, other people, and the world around us. Each chapter reinforces meditations, spells, and rituals that will reconnect humanity with its roots at every stage of life. These practices take a hands-on approach to life and spiritual work and lead to individual self-awareness and fulfillment through healthy natural practices. Pre-order now (coming Feb. 25). From $8.99 SHOP NOW

My Canvas Bag by Lucas Kinkaid

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

“The book is very emotional; it is well-written, and you actually feel like you're going through the emotional turmoil yourself.” -reader review. Mark’s parents drink too much and he’s often forgotten. He escapes this by spending time in the woods with items he keeps in a canvas bag. Mark gets angry and makes mistakes in his life. He works hard to overcome them. He discovers his ability to write, and his life is changed forever. From $2.99 SHOP NOW

Spotlight on the Gaby Quinn Mystery Series from Andrea O'Connor


Today, LitNuts is shining a spotlight on the Gaby Quinn Mystery series from author Andrea O'Connor and Emerald Lake Books. Gaby is a lawyer who is trying to move on from the loss of her husband and build a new life for herself. But her peaceful existence in the picturesque town of Woodson Falls, Connecticut, is disrupted when she becomes embroiled in a series of mysterious cases. 

In the first book, Woodson Falls: 16 Lakeview Terrace, Gaby is tasked with handling an unusual probate case and ends up uncovering more about Pieter Jorgenson's life than she'd expected. In Woodson Falls: 9 Donovan's Way, Gaby is asked to handle the estate of a famous author who dies under suspicious circumstances. And in Woodson Falls: 2 Sunrise Trail, Gaby is threatened by a stranger and must try to uncover their identity and motives while also helping an elderly friend in need. Along the way, Gaby navigates her budding relationship with the handsome and protective Officer Matt Thomas. Read on for more details!

Congratulations to the winners of the Woodson Falls Giveaway, which ended February 2:
  • Julia P. won 1st prize: A signed book from the series + a 25 coffee shop gift card.
  • Maryanne S. and Ginny W. won the 2nd prize: A signed book from the series.  

Woodson Falls: 16 Lakeview Terrace

From $3.99 (Free via Kindle Unlimited)

Gaby Quinn is hiding from her past, recovering from the senseless death of her husband, and living in a small New England town. She has her law practice, her dog Kat, and a small circle of friends. What more could she need? But when an unusual probate case crosses her desk, she finds herself looking for a lost body, an abandoned truck, and answers to a mountain of questions. Soon enough, she discovers even small towns hold big secrets. "A crime and mystery drama with plenty of sharp twists and clever turns." ~Readers’ Favorite 5-Star Review. 4.5 stars, 48 ratings. 

Woodson Falls: 9 Donovan's Way

From $3.99 (Free via Kindle Unlimited)

Gaby Quinn’s phone has been ringing off the hook since her involvement with the infamous Jorgenson case. Yet she finds herself craving the peace of her garden as she heals from the senseless death of her husband. As Woodson Falls’ most famous lawyer, it’s only natural that Gaby is asked to handle the estate when renowned author Phillip Mitchell suddenly dies of an apparent heart attack. Everything seems straightforward until some things turn up missing—including Mitchell’s girlfriend. Now it’s up to Gaby to dig up the truth. 4.6 stars, 32 ratings.

Woodson Falls: 2 Sunrise Trail

From $3.99 (Free via Kindle Unlimited)

Recent release: November 2022! Gaby Quinn’s law practice continues to keep her busy, as does her budding relationship with Officer Matt Thomas. But a threatening note from a stranger has Gaby on edge, and as she searches for clues to reveal the stranger’s identity and motives, Matt’s protectiveness rubs her the wrong way. Gaby wants nothing more than to relax and enjoy the Fourth of July holiday. Yet when elderly Winston Pinkham admits to being in a bit of a bind, she jumps at the chance to help a friend in need. But someone else has other plans…

About the Author

Andrea O'Connor received a library card before she starting kindergarten and began her writing career with a short story at the age of five. She continued to write for pleasure throughout her career as a nurse, nursing teacher, and editor for a major nursing publisher before earning a law degree and establishing a solo practice in estate planning, probate, and elder law.

Andrea had long considered writing a mystery series based on some of her legal cases. The opportunity to do so came when her husband’s Parkinson’s disease progressed to the point where he was unable to engage in his usual active lifestyle. They began their collaboration with the first book in the Gaby Quinn Mystery series, Woodson Falls: 16 Lakeview Terrace.

To explore her books and learn more about Andrea’s writing process as well as the backgrounds of people and places in Woodson Falls, visit

About the Publisher

Emerald Lake Books is a boutique publisher that offers a personalized publishing service to its authors. Every book published by Emerald Lake Books is carefully edited with the author’s message and the reader’s enjoyment in mind. Learn more and browse their catalogue at the Emerald Lake Books website

Deals on indie books + win a $150 gift card!

Today's Featured Books include a selection of literary, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, children's, and nonfiction titles. Scroll down to learn more or visit to see all of today's deals. 

Also, LitNuts is cosponsoring a Reader Central Giveaway of a $150 Gift Card. Follow authors on Instagram or TikTok for a chance to win.

“Let’s be reasonable and add an eighth day to the week that is devoted exclusively to reading.” ~Lena Dunham

Gone by Nellie H. Steele

Science Fiction and Fantasy

When Damien returns home with a mystical painting, he expects to celebrate with the other Slayers. Instead, he’s distraught to find one of them has been abducted by a powerful and dangerous enemy. Desperate to find her, he’ll risk anything to discover where she’s hidden. Can Damien and his fellow Slayers find one of their own? And if they manage to locate her, how much will it cost them to get her back? Shadow Slayers Stories Book 3. 4.5 stars, 45 ratings. From $4.99 SHOP NOW / 

FREE - Starship Freedom by Daniel Arenson

Science Fiction and Fantasy

"I love the storyline and the writing...there is nonstop action!" -Modupe Hendricks, Vine Voice. The starship Freedom is just a museum ship...until the aliens attack! Battlestar Galactica meets Starship Troopers in this sci-fi adventure from Daniel Arenson, the USA Today bestselling author of Earthrise. "The tagline hooked me straight away. Arenson follows it up with an action-packed thrill ride. Fantastic!" -author Adrian J. Smith. 4.2 stars, 2000+ ratings. FREE - SHOP NOW

Murder at Nuthatch Nest by Nicolette Harpford

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

After spending years working for a birdwatching magazine, Emma finally lands a big story about a historic home called Nuthatch Nest. However, things take a turn when Emma arrives at the property and one of the residents is murdered. With a cast of quirky characters including a food critic, a pair of retired gothic novelists, and a handsome man named Harry, Emma must try and solve the mystery. From $2.99 SHOP NOW

Time is Irreverent by Marty Essen

Science Fiction and Fantasy

An irreverent, liberal, twisty, time travel comedy! What if you could change history to eliminate slavery, World War II, the Spanish Inquisition, global warming, and an egomaniacal nuclear-bomb-dropping U.S. president? What if that change also made 5 billion people poof from existence? Would you do it? “Ironic, original, hysterically funny, deftly crafted, and an impressively entertaining read from first page to last” -Midwest Book Review. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

Hidden Magic by Shana Vernon

Science Fiction and Fantasy

He betrayed me. Now he’s trying to win me back. Everything was going just fine… I spent my days tattooing magical designs on my supernatural clientele and my nights either drinking wine and watching movies with my friends or tangled between the sheets with a certain lethally sexy, dark prince. That was until he leaked the secret we discovered about my blood. Now, the coven leaders are after me with a vengeance. Fast-paced, action-packed, paranormal romance, Hidden Magic is set in the Supernaturals of Mystic Oaks universe created by Shana Vernon. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

Taking Root by Brenda Bellinger

Children and Young Adult

“A strong story line with authentic characters.” -Armando García-Dávila, poet and author. Taking Root is a coming-of-age story of betrayal and courage. Delaney Moran is trying to make it on her own, but panic attacks threaten her independence. “I found myself cheering for Delaney on every page!” -J. Pierce, Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in the foster care system. From $2.99 SHOP NOW

Just Desserts by Jonathan Daniel

Science Fiction and Fantasy

In Just Desserts: A novel of love, adventure and confections, Blueberry muffin Jerome knows his love for Princess Kupcake is forbidden by law. But when she’s kidnapped by the evil Devil’s Food Cake, Jerome also knows that he will do anything to save her. Will a foul-mouthed murderous mallow, a deranged wedding cookie, and his gummy-bear steed help him save the day? From $0.99 SHOP NOW

FREE - Self-Publishing Painlessly for FREE by Brenda DeHaan

General Nonfiction

If you want to be an author, Self-Publishing Painlessly for FREE: A Helpful What-to-Do List for Frugal Authors makes the indie publishing process easy to understand. It really is possible to publish wonderful digital and print books for free. Zero financial investment on your part can lead to money in your bank account. If unsure which route to take, this book guides you through the forest of information overload so you can find your own comfortable path. Free through Feb. 5 or via Kindle Unlimited. FREE - SHOP NOW

The Times of Our Lives by Arlene Kinnavy

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Written especially for seniors, this book is about all of the caring, hard work, and thoughts still felt by an aging population. We leave a legacy behind us of how to live life with humor and positive thoughts, which were in our world years ago. Divided into seven sections, this is a lovely coffee table book incorporating poetry and illustration. From $29.63 SHOP NOW

Baby By My Best Friend's Daddy by Josie Hart


“Absolutely outstanding! I couldn’t stop reading this.” -Amazon review. I caught a ride home with my best friend’s dad, and what a ride it was! The silver fox left me with a hangover…and a half-sister for my BFF in my belly. “I’d give 20 stars, it’s that good!” -Amazon review. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

Get the "Dogs at Work" series from North Star Classroom!

Today, LitNuts is shining a spotlight on the Dogs at Work series from North Star Classroom, a great set of books for young dog lovers everywhere!
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Dogs at Work Series

$79.60 Set of Eight Books
From $8.49 Each (Click book covers, below)

From tracking scents to pulling sleds, people train dogs to do all kinds of work. This series pairs short paragraphs of easy-to-read text with colorful photos to help readers explore these jobs and the training they require.

Each book also includes a table of contents, fun facts, sidebars, comprehension questions, a glossary, an index, and a list of resources for further reading. The entire series is written for reading levels of grades 3-5 and interest levels of grades 5-7.

The eight Dogs at Work books include: Acting Dogs, Herding Dogs, Police Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs, Service Dogs, Sled Dogs, Sniffer Dogs, and Therapy Dogs

Indie deals (including 5 freebies) + last call for giveaway!


Todays Featured Books include great deals on indie books—including five freebies! Scroll down to learn more. 

Last call for the Woodson Falls Mystery Series Giveaway: Enter by midnight central time tonight for a chance to win signed books and a coffee shop gift card!

"Don't compromise yourself. You're all you have." ~John Grisham

FREE - 2 Sunrise Trail by Andrea O'Connor

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

Attorney Gaby Quinn’s law practice continues to keep her busy, as does her budding relationship with Officer Matt Thomas. But a threatening note from a stranger has Gaby on edge, and as she searches for clues to reveal the stranger’s identity and motives, Matt’s protectiveness rubs her the wrong way. Gaby wants nothing more than to relax and enjoy the Fourth of July holiday. Yet when elderly Winston Pinkham admits to being in a bit of a bind, she jumps at the chance to help a friend in need. But someone else has other plans… Book 3 in the series. FREE via Kindle Countdown Deal & Kindle Unlimited - SHOP NOW 

FREE - Billy Scarlet by Savannah and Zeke Parker

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

In this teen/young adult adventure, young Billy Scarlet tries to find her way. Born the bastard child of a governor’s daughter and a pirate, she always felt there was something more to who she was. After the man who raised her is killed, Billy and her friends, Clara and Davy, turn to a life at sea as ship’s boys, hiding the fact that Billy and Clara are girls. When they are discovered and put off the ship, they meet a man who tells them of a life they once lived that neither of them can remember. They are soon thrust into an epic battle with an immortal sea captain who will stop at nothing to kill them. FREE - SHOP NOW

Stolen Portrait Stolen Soul by Nellie H. Steele

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

Celine thought reclaiming her life and banishing a centuries-old enemy would bring her peace. She was wrong. With her centuries-old portrait containing a shard of her soul stolen, danger lurks for the Buckley household. And as her fellow Slayers search for it, Celine develops debilitating physical symptoms. Certain that retrieving the painting will cure her, two Slayers travel back in time to the moment of the painting’s creation. But dark forces lurk there, threatening to destroy not only the Slayers, but the future as well. Shadow Slayers Stories Book 2. 4.5 stars, 63 ratings. From $4.99 SHOP NOW

FREE - Seven Tales of Love by Linda Mahkovec

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

"A delightful little book... Each story had its own unique flavor so there's something for everyone." -Goodreads review. Seven brief tales depict various expressions of love – unwanted, unrequited, passionate, and enduring — from the bright beginnings of youth, through the doubts and changes of middle age, to the comfort and familiarity of old age. "Each one is like a gem, subtle and beautiful in its own way.” -Amazon review. "The slim collection [offers] a view of romance that is achievable rather than an impossible dream." -Kirkus. FREE - SHOP NOW

The Greatest Good by Craig N. Hooper

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

The action-packed first novel in the explosive Garrison Chase thriller series is “A pulse-pounding thriller with endless twists and turns.” Assigned to protect the California governor's son, former operative-turned-federal agent Garrison Chase gets more than he bargained for when his house is nearly blown up and a mysterious gunman makes an attempt on the boy's life. If you like dogged heroes, shocking twists, and heated battles for justice, you'll like this thrilling, murder-for-hire conspiracy. 4.3 stars, 1985 ratings. From $0.99 SHOP NOW