Today's Featured Books

Explicit Southern Poetry from Jason Stocks

Literary Fiction and Poetry Spotlight

Today, LitNuts is shining a spotlight on the work of Jason Stocks, a poet whose work mirrors the hard-knock life he's accustomed to, broaching topics like domestic violence, poverty, demasculinization, and more. 

"Stocks's writing has a powerful immediacy, and his poems are packed with both profanity and pop-culture references." ~Kirkus Reviews


Laughing is Forever

5.0 stars, 10 ratings
Paperback: $14.99
Ebook: $2.99

"Jogging from detritus-ridden, Bukowski-inspired free verses to Lowell-style observations of the inner life, this hardtack collection of poetry runs the gamut. A rugged, sinuous voice drives the free verse narratives contained in Laughing is Forever. These mercurial poems surprise, thrill, and move in equal measure. They’re dying to be read." ~Independent Book Review

"This collection is brave, unflinching and hits you like a punch in the jaw. It is at times brutal and vicious but also tender and intelligent. I was reminded of early Eminem in the poignant anger of some of the poems." ~Sam Szanto, author of If No One Speaks

"These are the kind of tattered, beautiful poems I often search for and rarely find—the ones that explain, 'Just be happy with a beer after work. You know, quit all the complaining. It won't change a single thing. It just prolongs the suffering.'" ~Sean Thomas Dougherty, author of Death Prefers the Minor Keys


Blameforest

4.7 stars, 36 ratings
Paperback: $12.99
Ebook: $2.99

Finalist in the 2024 American Legacy Book Awards

"Provocative, explicit poetry written with muscular swagger." ~Kirkus Reviews

"Fierce, bold, and self aware, Stocks's debut poetry collection is steeped in the Gothic hauntings of Deep South life." ~Jenifer DeBellis, author of Blood Sisters and editor of Pink Panther Magazine

"In Blameforest, Jason Stocks captures the rhythms of a vibrant vernacular that is original and authentic. He builds a distinctive world that often turns violent and lovelorn, his rendering clear-eyed and voiced like a blade—and does so while displaying the expansive range of a skilled craftsman. Far more than a sequence of individual poems, Blameforest is a layered and nuanced work of innovative literature to be read in one sitting, and then over and over again." ~Jacob M. Appel, author of The Cynic in Extremis


About the Author

Jason Stocks was born in Arkansas, raised in Mississippi, and currently calls Florida home. He received his BFA from Goddard College and his MFA from Solstice of Pine Manor College where he was the 2014 Sharon Olds Poetry Fellow. His work has appeared in numerous journals, including Exterminating Angel Press, Confrontation, and Deep South Magazine.Blameforest, his first collection of poetry, was nominated for four indie awards, including the 2024 American Legacy Book Awards.

Jason is also a teacher, and prior to teaching, he worked in a chicken house, washed dishes, bagged groceries, waited tables, and sold cars. When not writing, he enjoys reading vintage YA horror, riding his Haro cruiser, and spending time with his family. Learn more by visiting his YouTube channel, which is "dedicated to books and big ideas" and where he promises to "discuss everything from ancient mythology to vintage YA and middle grade horror." Be sure to also follow Jason on Facebook and on Amazon: 
 
  


Free online Sunday: Intense Summer Reads at The Back Room

Events

Free online: Intense Summer Reads at The Back Room. Join the authors of four new thrillers for readings, conversation, and cocktails. Featured authors include Kate White, author of The Last Time She Saw Him; Charlie Donlea, author of Long Time Gone; Meg Gardiner, author of Shadowheart; and Walter Mosley, author of Farewell, Amethystine. Sunday, June 16, 7 PM ET.

“Mysteries abound where most we seek for answers.” ~Ray Bradbury


The Secret of Linden Court by Thomas Stimson

Book of the Day

How far would you go to keep a secret? A city tax clerk finds a neighborhood hiding in plain sight. Does Andre turn them in for the reward or keep it secret for his use? This Kafkaesque mystery set in 1960s Eastern Europe blends Woody Allen’s romantic nostalgia with the Coen Brothers' hilarious plot twists to keep you guessing until the very end! 4.2 stars, 33 ratings on Goodreads. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


FREE - Never by Ashley Capes

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Adventure? Check. Magic? Check. Sarcasm? You bet. Roguish Never is sure he has hunted down every relic and every clue possible on his quest to finally lift the curse on his blood and hopefully learn his true name. However, convincing the wealthy Lord Firmita to part with a map to the sunken city proves to be far more dangerous than he first imagined. In this prequel story to The Amber Isle, learn how Never meets his enemy, Harstas. 4.1 stars, 400+ ratings. FREE - SHOP NOW


In the Garden Behind the Moon by Alexandra A. Chan

Memoir and Creative Nonfiction

Alexandra Chan thinks she has life figured out until the death of her father brings her to her knees. Part memoir, part lyrical invitation to new ways of seeing and better ways of being in dark times, this book is a captivating family portrait and an urgent call to awaken the magic and wonder of daily life. "A hopeful memoir about cultural heritage, family, and healing.” ~Foreword Reviews. 4.7 stars, 56 ratings. From $0.99 SHOP NOW /


Related By Blood by Holly Sheidenberger

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

On a chilly day outside Seattle, Cleo meets her lover Harris, the son of a US Senator. But a shocking accident and a criminal cover-up lead to enforced secrecy, suspicion, jealousy, and obsession. Cleo tangles everyone in her web of lies and deceit. How far is she willing to go? Can anyone escape unscathed or are some things just inevitable? 4.6 stars, 43 ratings. From $3.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Stealing Heidi by R J Cross

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

Vince fears life is passing him by, but he has a plan to turn things around: kidnap the scheming mistress of his boss and hold her for ransom. But the former bully from his old school, now a successful businessman with a sideline in contract killing, hijacks the plot and raises the stakes to terrifying heights. Unable to relinquish his only chance for a better life, Vince becomes engaged in a deadly game of cat and mouse. A gripping crime thriller from the author of False Ransom and A Deadly PrizeFrom $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Get these dark historical mysteries from author Chad Miller

Spotlight

Today, LitNuts is shining a spotlight on the work of Chad Miller, author of dark/gothic historical mysteries. Imagine a cross between Arthur Conan Doyle and Bram Stoker. If that sounds intriguing, read on to learn more!

★★★★★ "Unique, imaginative, and shocking." ~WaywardReader.com on the writing of Chad Miller


Prisoner of Despair: A Dark Historical Mystery

4.6 stars, 36 ratings
Paperback: From $12.99
Ebook: $0.99 (Free via Kindle Unlimited)

The year is 1889 and a private investigator John Doyle spends his nights in terror. He is tormented by a desperate fear: his mortality. In the mysterious streets of Philadelphia, Doyle is on a quest not only for answers but for his very soul. Along with his partner, Thomas Braham, Doyle investigates unsolved cases, sightings, and obscurities that fall through the cracks from the local authorities.

When an esteemed colleague suddenly vanishes, Doyle and Braham embark on the case of their lifetime. With a shroud of horror looming over him, John is forced to confront his moral compass as he descends down dark pathways and opens ominous doors. Will he find refuge in his search for answers, or will he be a prisoner of his own despair? Find out in this thrilling supernatural adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

If you enjoyed the mysteries of Sherlock Holmes or the stories of Edgar Allan Poe, you'll love this spine-tingling mystery.

★★★★★ "Brutal, well-written and twisty." ~Amazon Review

★★★★★ "An awesome page-turner." ~Amazon Australia Review


The Confession

New release: April 26, 2024
4.3 stars, 19 ratings
Paperback: From $11.99
Ebook: $2.99

The year is 1887 and in the quaint Pennsylvania town of Temple, Isabella Strohmeyer stumbles upon a gruesome scene: her father and stepmother brutally hacked to death. As the police investigation unfolds, gossip and rumors swirl through the tight-knit community. The Strohmeyer household, always steeped in simmering tension, harbors secrets that echo within its halls.

As an arrest is made, the town becomes embroiled in the trial of the century. Grisly truths emerge and no one is prepared for the shocking conclusion of this dark tale.

This harrowing story, loosely inspired by the Lizzie Borden murders, will send chills up your spine.

★★★★★ "A vivid reimagining of the Lizzie Borden murder trial." ~Amazon Review

★★★★★ "Dark and intriguing." ~Amazon Review


About the Author

A pharmacist by day, Chad Miller has been writing dark fiction, horror, and mysteries for more than 25 years. Deeply inspired by the works of Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker, and Kurt Vonnegut, Chad created his own unique voice as a writer via such novels as The Prisoner of Fear, The Prisoner of Despair, and The Confession. In his spare time, Chad enjoys playing guitar and going to the theater, museums, and being immersed in culture that large cities can provide. Learn more by visiting chadmiller-author.com, get a free ebook when you sign up for email updates from Chad (scroll down to bottom of his home page to sign up), and be sure to follow him online:
 
    


Free online: Poetry Masters Party & Poetry Slam!

Events

Free online: Poetry Masters Party & Poetry Slam! Get ready for a virtual party filled with top-notch poetry performances and an epic poetry slam competition. Thursday, June 13, 6:30 - 8 PM CDT. 

"There’s no money in poetry, but then there’s no poetry in money either." ~Robert Graves


Whatever Happened to Maryanna by Joseph Lewis Tamone

Book of the Day

Fifteen-year-old Maryanna's life revolves around school and avoiding her abusive father, Ethan. When she meets Faron, they fall deeply in love, but tragedy strikes when Ethan fatally shoots Faron. Despite the evidence, the police label it an accident. Now on the run, Maryanna must navigate a harsh world alone, struggling to trust anyone. Can she conquer her inner demons and find happiness? 4.5 stars, 14 ratings. From $2.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


FREE - City of Masks by Ashley Capes

Science Fiction and Fantasy

When a royal conspiracy topples the noble House Falco, Sofia becomes the first female Protector in a century, struggling with a sentient bone mask that won't speak. Driven from the palace and hunted by the King, she teams up with Notch, a mercenary accused of murder, to reclaim their city from a tyrant, facing assassins, a mighty sea beast, and the mysterious Lupo. 4.2 stars, 846 ratings. FREE - SHOP NOW


FREE - Firmament: Radialloy by J. Grace Pennington

Children and Young Adult

In 2320, Andi Lloyd's life as an assistant to her adoptive father, a starship doctor, is upended when she uncovers secrets from her past and her father mysteriously starts losing his mind. With mutiny breaking out and two factions vying for a valuable secret her body holds, Andi must race to save her father and herself. Radialloy is the first book in the Firmament series, a sci-fi saga following Andi's adventures through the galaxy, blending space travel, mystery, and faith. 4.3 stars, 138 ratings. FREE - SHOP NOW


Introduction to Investing by Vladyslav Grabarskyy

General Nonfiction

Curious about the stock market but unsure where to start? This comprehensive beginner's guide covers the history of money, stock and bond market basics, and various investment strategies in an easy-to-understand format. Learn how to set up a brokerage account, manage your money, and make informed investment decisions, making it the perfect roadmap to financial success for novices and those refining their skills. From $2.99 SHOP NOW


Mountain Man Officer by Natasha L. Black

Romance

Getting hot and steamy with the new officer in town should keep me safe... right? With just two of us in the mountains all alone, I'll let him do whatever he wants to me. But when Jason’s psycho ex-wife shows up, I may never get the chance to tell him I’m pregnant with his baby. 4.2 stars, 27 ratings. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


New release: Sad Sacked from Liz Alterman & Vine Leaves Press

Spotlight

Congratulations to Liz Alterman and Vine Leaves Press on the release of Sad Sacked, a memoir that uses humor and heart to delve into the pressure on women to hide struggles. 

★★★★★ ““A funny memoir about things that are not super funny.” ~Zibby Owens, author of Bookends: A Memoir Of Love, Loss, And Literature


Sad Sacked: A Memoir

NEW RELEASE: June 11, 2024
Genre: Memoir
Paperback: $17.99
Ebook: From $6.49  



The last person Liz Alterman expects to hear from during her Thanksgiving prep is her husband, Rich. He never calls from his job at a busy Manhattan newsroom. And he will never call from the newsroom again because he's just been laid off. Two months later, Liz is downsized, too.

At first, Rich is enchanted with his new leisurely lifestyle. But when he's still unemployed six months later, his euphoric mood devolves into depression and despair. It falls to Liz to figure out how to support their family of five and keep up appearances in their well-to-do suburb, where even nannies drive the latest model Lexus.

Sad Sacked blends the wit of Nora Ephron’s Heartburn with the madcap hilarity of Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette to expose the pressure on women to put on a happy face even as their world falls apart. In Liz Alterman’s gifted hands, we laugh until we cry about what happens when the bottom drops out.

Praise for Sad Sacked
★★★★★ “Liz has turned personal layoff lemons into a delicious lemon souffle!” ~Susan RoAne, author of the classic How To Work a Room and The Secrets of Savvy Networking

★★★★★ “Will have you laughing and crying... you need this book.” ~Annabelle Gurwitch, New York Times bestselling author of You're Leaving When?

★★★★★ “A sweaty, funny examination into suburban marriage, motherhood, social status and all the other reasons I left New Jersey.” ~Joel Stein, columnist for Entertainment Weekly and the Los Angeles Times


About the Author
Liz Alterman is the author of a domestic suspense novel, The Perfect Neighborhood; a young adult thriller, He’ll Be Waiting; and now the memoir, Sad Sacked. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, McSweeney’s, and other outlets. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, three sons, and two cats, and spends most days microwaving the same cup of coffee and looking up synonyms. When she isn’t writing, she’s reading. Learn more at lizalterman.com.
About the Publisher
Vine Leaves Press likes to blur the line between commercial and experimental works. They publish book-length vignette collections, writing reference books, short story collections, memoir/autobiography, and character-driven novels with a literary bent.​ Subscribe to the Vine Leaves Press newsletter to receive FREE advanced review copies of upcoming new releases, news about their authors and subscribers, and/or to read the monthly opinion column, SPILL IT! or a daily dose of 50-word stories. Learn more at VineLeavesPress.com.


Free online: Poetry and the Art of Giving Attention

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Free online: Poetry and the Art of Giving Attention. In this virtual class, participants will use creative writing to articulate our wonder, care, and astonishment at the world. All experience levels are welcome—for this class, a poet is defined simply be a person who pays attention. All you need is a pen and notebook or paper. Tuesday, June 11, 2 - 3 PM CDT. 

"Be brief, be buoyant, and be brilliant." ~Brander Matthews on poetry


Camelot Resurrection by Ryan Gaskin

Book of the Day

Arthur Pendragon has emerged from his exile, eager to lead his people and reclaim his birthright. Before he can avenge his father, the oldest and most dangerous enemies from his past return to challenge Arthur’s claim as Uther Pendragon’s rightful heir as King of Camelot. With the help of Merlin, he will have to overcome insurmountable odds if he is to resurrect the Pendragon Dynasty. Book 3 in The Kings of Camelot series. From $2.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Dreaded Invocations by Anthony M. Caro

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

Terrifying Horror Tales to Utter in Hushed Tones. Dreaded Invocations presents transgressive spins on pulp-style short story horror fiction. Read the garish tales of those too terrified to speak about their dark experiences. Fans of 1970s/1980s/1990s-style horror fiction may appreciate the modern spin presented in this book, which draws inspiration from classic comics, pulp magazines, and drive-in cinema. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


City of Reckoning by Brianna da Silva

Science Fiction and Fantasy

A girl with bat wings hiding a terrible secret. An elite female warrior haunted by a traumatic past. Both women must rebel against an empire as they seek revenge against the powerful people who have abused them. A dark, sprawling epic for fans of Samantha Shannon, Robin Hobb, and Brandon Sanderson. “This character-driven, badass-women-centric fantasy story hooked me straight from the beginning.” ~Laurie Forest, bestselling fantasy author. 4.5 stars, 32 reviews on Goodreads. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Critical Thinking & Logic Mastery by Thinknetic

General Nonfiction

Today, critical thinking and logic are essential skills for success amid rampant fake news and misinformation. This bundle addresses the lack of critical thinking education, offering practical tools and exercises to help you develop these skills. You'll learn to use critical thinking properly, make informed judgments, spot mistakes, and identify fake news, ultimately improving your decision-making at home and work. 4.5 stars, 327 ratings. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


A Day for Bones by Dale E. Lehman

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

A catastrophic flood in Ellicott City reveals a human skeleton on Main Street, prompting Detective Lieutenant Rick Peller to investigate whether it's an ancient settler or a murder victim. The focus turns to the descendants of local business icon James Ferring, who seem to be hiding something, especially when a double murder threatens to expose their secrets. As clues point to the Ferring family's gun shop and bakery, Peller faces a shadowy figure determined to keep the truth buried. 4.5 stars, 11 ratings. From $1.99 SHOP NOW


FREE - Graves Robbed, Heirlooms Returned by Ashley Capes

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Meet Reed Lavender, a mostly human detective with the uncanny ability to hear the final words of the dead. But on this case, he’ll need more than his usual tricks to solve the murder of a teen runaway – he’ll need something that just might be more trouble than it’s worth – the help of his ragtag Reaper cousins. But the deeper Reed digs the more he realizes there’s something far bigger and darker beneath his city, something vast, something that is ripening to rot... 4.0 stars, 131 ratings. FREE - SHOP NOW


The Secret Between Them by R.D. Haggins

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

In this heart-pounding psychological thriller, Sage's fairy-tale marriage turns into a nightmare when she discovers she's being watched. She thought she knew her millionaire investor husband, but the more she learns, the more she realizes he's a stranger. Then a chilling encounter with her stalker forces Sage to question everything. She returns to Oklahoma, but her hometown holds its own dark secrets, leaving Sage to navigate a treacherous path to uncover the truth and reclaim her life. 4.8 stars, 18 ratings. From $2.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


FREE - Loving the Ladies' Man by Kristin Canary

Romance

From bestselling author Kristin Canary comes a series filled with laughs, friendship goals, and the swooniest book boyfriends imaginable. Connor is the last guy in the world I should fall for. He's the resident office flirt. I'm the quirky Pride & Prejudice-loving editor who uses big words and dresses like the world's non-sexiest librarian. We have nothing in common. But everything changes when we're stuck overnight in our office building. 4.3 stars, 1,700+ ratings. FREE - SHOP NOW


Fight for Me by Hannah Martinez

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

Jenny's father is a local sheriff who commands respect by day but unleashes brutal cruelty upon his family at night. Undercover FBI agent Brody is on a mission to dismantle the sheriff's criminal empire, but he risks his career to rescue Jenny. Years later, a chance encounter reignites their connection. Are Jenny and Brody willing to fight for a future of peace, or will the darkness of their shared past consume them both? 4.6 stars, 40 ratings. From $0.99 SHOP NOW