Today's Featured Books

LitNuts: Books You Won't Find Elsewhere

LitNuts features books you probably won’t see elsewhere. (Scroll down to see our current selections.) What have you been missing? A lot of great indie books for one thing. Also, collections of short stories, essays and poetry - and even recent releases and award winners that other newsletters systematically exclude! How and why do they do that? Read more... 

Note: Prices are current when books are posted on but can change on short notice. Be sure to check the price before purchasing.

Free Lit Event this weekend: Sunday Salon Chicago!


Sunday Salon Chicago is hosting its first event of 2022 this weekend. Join authors Donna Vorreyer, Jeremy T. Wilson, Dipika Mukherjee, and Zackary Sholem Berger for this reading and Q&A, Sunday, January 30, 6 PM CST. 

"Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing." ~Rollo May

Daughters of Absence, Mindy Weisel, editor

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

"A powerful, life-affirming read." -Midwest Book Review. In this collection of twelve essays, female authors, poets, artists, musicians, filmmakers and others share their experiences as daughters of Holocaust survivors, as well as accounts of the Holocaust from their parents. Despite being daughters of "survivors," the contributors have thrived in ways that combine compassion with courage, and success with celebration. The result is a very inspiring book from a group of very inspiring women. From $2.99 SHOP NOW 

Peace in the Midst of the Storm by Kaleb Thompson

General Nonfiction

Peace in the Midst of the Storm focuses on the beauty of positivity, selflessness, and honorable confidence that symbolizes the importance of light being present within darkness. Regardless of our mistakes, life does not promise us that we will remain positioned in negativity. This book also holds accountability in facing the realization that as life may prove frustrating at times, giving up is never an option. From $6.99 SHOP NOW

Berns McGoo, Food Detective by Bain Manning

Children and Young Adult

Berns McGoo, Food Detective is about a dog named Berns and her dog brother named Gus that team up to solve food crimes. They are told of a missing taco truck in New Orleans and work hard to find it in order to save Cinco de Mayo. From $6.99 SHOP NOW

Stock Market for Beginners by Abhirup Kar

General Nonfiction

Are you looking to start investing in the stock market and wish to make it your own success story? Know the basics of the stock market, rules you should always follow, and avoid common mistakes. Stock market expert Abhirup Kar shows how easy it is to start investing in the market and multiply your money by choosing the right investment product. From $3.99 SHOP NOW

Cognitive Biases In A Nutshell: How To Spot And Stop The Hiccups In Our Thinking Process by Thinknetic

General Nonfiction

Do you have a problem that you can’t see your way around, no matter how hard you try? You may be looking for the answer outside when the obstacles lie within. Your cognitive biases can be sneaky, making you think you’re more open to the ideas, experiences, and contributions of others than you are. Cognitive Biases In A Nutshell will give you a better understanding of the cognitive process and how to steer clear of the traps biases set for your reasoning. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

A Most Suitable Bride: A Regency Romance by Rose Pearson


"What a lovely story" -Amazon review. When Lady Maria sees that her bluestocking ways are preventing her from finding a husband, she pretends to be a perfect lady. Lord Isaac is horrified to discover her falsehood and realizes he cares for her more than he thought. Dare he tell her the truth of his heart? Book 5 in a series. 4.5 Stars, 246 Ratings on Amazon. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

Tulum Takedown—A Wheels Up Yucatán Thriller by Jeanine Kitchel

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

“Author Jeanine Kitchel takes the reader on a nail-biting journey into the underworld of Mexico where drug cartels rule and corruption is rife." -Artisan Book Review. Despite being heiress to a cartel involved in drugs, murder and extortion, Layla Navarro’s beautiful combination of strength and vulnerability makes her a likable and matchless protagonist. Tulum Takedown is magnificent and thrilling—a novel as loud as a gunshot and as quiet as a sunset. From $3.99 SHOP NOW

Dragon Mage Academy by Cordelia Castel

Science Fiction and Fantasy

She bonded with a dragon condemned to death. Now she must save the realm from an ancient evil. 7 books. 2500+ pages of action-packed dragon adventures, following a young woman’s magical adventures as she battles for survival. 4.6 Stars, 2300 Ratings on Amazon. $0.99 SHOP NOW

Spotlight on: Miles Left Yet by Holly Schindler

Today, LitNuts is excited to recommend Miles Left Yet, a fun novel about second chances late in life by Holly Schindler.
4.4 Stars on Amazon
The world said the residents of the Granite Ridge Retirement Community for Active Seniors were over the hill and near the end of the road. But a motley crew sets out on a road trip that proves there are fresh starts and plenty of miles left yet.  
From $2.99
Praise for Miles Left Yet and Holly Schindler
“This is a dandy story for those who believe in second chances.” ~Amazon Review
"Engaging characters, an original plot, and lots of humor." ~Goodreads Review
"Schindler avoids cardboard character types...reveals people as squeezed into their labels, not defined by them." ~Publishers Weekly
About Holly Schindler

Holly writes books for readers of all ages. She started out as a little girl, writing and illustrating stories and binding them with ribbon. She's gone on to write romance, mysteries, humor, and works for young readers. Along the way, she has received critical acclaim and awards from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Foreword INDIES Book of the Year and the IPPY Awards, the Missouri Mark Twain Award, and more. Check out her website for her full bio and the dozens of titles she's authored!

We asked Holly to share something that people might be surprised to learn about her. Here's what she told us! "I was once the pianist during a candlelight dinner at a retirement community, much like the one featured in Miles Left Yet. The residents were all such great characters, they inspired an entire book!"

Tonight: Historical Fiction virtual event w/special deals and giveaways!


Our friends at History Through Fiction have a great line-up for tonight's online event: What's New in Historical Fiction. They always have special deals and giveaways, too, so don't miss it! Tonight at 7 PM Central Time.  

Speaking of historical fiction, check out Susan: A Jane Austen Prequel by Alice McVeigh in today's newsletter. It sounds delightful. You'll also find intriguing mysteries, science fiction, and more, so read on!  

“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” ~Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

Susan: A Jane Austen Prequel by Alice McVeigh

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

"Pitch-perfect: this Jane Austen-inspired novel echoes the master herself." -Publishers Weekly. In this magical prequel to Austen's Lady Susan, the beautiful, capricious sixteen-year-old Susan is taken under the wing of Lady Catherine de Bourgh. But is London society ready for the young Susan? "An intelligent prequel packed with enjoyable Austen references… McVeigh displays a brilliant command of Austen’s diction and tone." -Kirkus Review. 4.5 stars with hundreds of reviews on Amazon. An Indie B.R.A.G. medallion winner. From $2.99 SHOP NOW

Weasel Words by Dale E. Lehman

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

"A quick plot-driven read with a strong payoff." -Independent Book Review. Bernard and Melody are hired to steal a silver weasel from a family of rich buffoons. But there’s more to the little beast than meets the eye! "This quirky heist story is utterly delightful." -Jam-Packed Bookshelf. "An amusing read that brightened an otherwise gloomy day. Dale E. Lehman has a fertile imagination." -Christian Bookaholic. From $2.99 SHOP NOW

The Magic of Inner Silence: How to Connect With Nature and Rediscover Your Joy of Life by Brigitte Novalis

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

“I loved the open-minded and enlightened approach to getting us out of our everyday stress and worries and reaching our forces outward to connect with nature's energy." -Sherrie Warner. When everyday life becomes an arduous affair, and the river of life no longer rushes vigorously, but moves sluggishly, it may seem as if it were impossible to get out of this routine. If you dream of a life filled with joy and inner peace, then let yourself be inspired and empowered by this beautifully illustrated book. “The whole story just flowed seamlessly from one page to the next and with a wonderful ending that really brings it all home." -Darlene Cupp. From $2.99 SHOP NOW

The Alarm at Aberden by Kaitlyn Dean

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

Bella Daniels thinks books will be her only excitement in the sleepy town of Ashbury Dires, but the budding freelance editor finds more than she bargained for in her new town's historic library. With the help of her ghostly gal pal, Bella is determined to solve the mysteries surrounding Ashbury Dires...starting with the body found in her backyard. If you like small town secrets, amateur sleuths, and wily spirits, you'll love this debut mystery by Kaitlyn Dean. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

FREE - The Game Called Revolution by Scott Kinkade

Science Fiction and Fantasy

The French Revolution goes steampunk in this rip-roaring adventure as French knight Jeanne de Fleur commands her elite group in their fight against tyranny. If you like strong female protagonists and strong female antagonists, this is the book for you. Get it free by signing up for the author's newsletter. "The characters are well thought out and I especially love the sibling dynamics. The sister was bad-ass! The inventions were right on point for steampunk." -reader review. FREE - SHOP NOW

Knight of War and Dawn by George Ellis

Science Fiction and Fantasy

In a world divided along ancient lines, a fragile peace has held for centuries. But when a thousand-year-old prophecy comes to fruition, the seven realms are thrown into chaos. Now, the fate of all rests on the actions of three young warriors. A knight of the land. A ruler of the sky. And a queen of the sea. Surrounded by allies and enemies, each has their own journey to undertake to determine whether the realms will plunge into bloody war or finally be united in a true and lasting peace. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

Cursed Souls by KA Turnbull

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Meet Crystle Nuca and Jay Walden, average college students, until the legends became reality. Her, a reincarnated orphan, and him, a reincarnated Prince of Egypt, both touched by magic. Their souls tethered to the lost kingdom in Egypt, Laquar. Destined to relive their deaths. From $2.99 SHOP NOW

Loving Nate: A Novella by Janice Ross


Leah meets the perfect man when she literally runs into Nate on her first day at work. Sadly, Nate knows that Leah is weak for him and takes advantage of his effect on her. After you’ve given your all to a relationship, do you ever consider the pros and cons of leaving - especially if total heartbreak seems inevitable? From $0.99 SHOP NOW

Free tonight: Essential Conversations to Have with Your Kids


If you have a young teen in your household, you might want to check out this free online event tonight: The Family Action Network presents Michelle Icard, educator and author of Fourteen Talks by Age Fourteen: The Essential Conversations You Need to Have with Your Kids Before They Start High School, a book that addresses big, thorny topics like friendship, technology, creativity, money, and more. Monday, January 24, 7 PM CST. 

"Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old." ~Franz Kafka

Things That Crash, Things That Fly by Scott Gould

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

"Dark-comic wit and bare-knuckled heartbreak, guiding the reader through a crisis of spirit that is at once singular and universal." -Rebecca McClanahan. As a husband and wife make plans for an Italian vacation with friends to visit her family’s Tuscan village, she makes an unexpected, last-minute addition to the itinerary: she plans to leave him upon their return to the States. "The going-for-broke honesty and the great good humor... Read this book. You'll be a better person for it." -Bret Lott From $2.99 SHOP NOW

The Infinite-Infinite by M.K. Williams

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Imagine waking up one morning to a better life: a beautifully stylized home, an elevated position at your job, a cleaner society. Oh, there's a catch - your boyfriend may be a murderer with access to the most powerful invention in human history. This is exactly how Nina Marks woke on August 8th. Kidnapped across the multiverse, Nina has to navigate her way home. In a quantum multiverse where every possibility could exist, how will Nina ever find her way back to the right home reality? From $5.99 SHOP NOW

The Link: Welcome to Humanity by William Zanotti

Science Fiction and Fantasy

"Original in plot, great characters, humor, action, and settings." -Martin Wilsey, bestselling author. Instantaneous travel and communication across the universe via electromagnetic waves. Are the people of Earth ready? Reggie believes his people have achieved the apex of human understanding. All that’s left is to help others, starting with Earth. Big mistake. "This is Sci-Fi meets regular folk in an approachable package." -Goodreads review. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

FREE - Welcome To The Family: Blood In, Blood Out (The Morris Crime Family Book 1) by Alex J. Fischer

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

"Reads very want to keep turning the pages." -Reader review. Roger has been earning money for his sick sister by working for the local crime family. Things take a turn when his life degrades into a whirlwind of blood, sin, and chaos. "A hidden gem." -Reader review. FREE - SHOP NOW