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New giveaway: Win a bundle of Literary, Historical and Book Club Fiction!

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LitNuts is cosponsoring a new giveaway! Enter for a chance to win a bundle of 50+ literary, historical, and book club fiction, plus a new eReader...a $550 value! Giveaway ends May 26, 2022, and is open to booklovers worldwide. 

“Book clubs are the best thing that has happened to the world of publishing.” ~Adriana Trigiani


Introducing LitNuts Deals: Highly rated indie books for $1 or less + a chance to win $100 in books!

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Welcome to LitNuts Deals, highly rated books from independent authors and publishers priced $1 or less. (Don't miss today's highly rated freebies!) 

Bonus: Support these indie authors and indie publishing by entering the LitNuts Deals Giveaway for a chance to win $100 in books!

Note: All prices are accurate at publication time, but prices are subject to change.

Hannie Rising by Jeanette Baker - FREE!
Literary Fiction

Mickey Enright isn’t ready to be dead. He is an icon in Tralee, a “typical Kerryman,” a life-of-the-party jokester, a decent provider who took for granted the faithfulness of his wife and the love of his children. Mickey demands another chance at mortality, so St. Peter sends Mickey back to Tralee…as a stranger. Meanwhile, Hannie has learned a thing or two about her late husband, enough to convince her that life after marriage might be more satisfying than it was during. Mickey finds himself attempting to court his wife and learns a thing or two about Hannie and even more about himself. "Great, cozy read." -Catherine G., Amazon Review 4.3 Stars! FREE - SHOP NOW

Lady Mage by Toni Cabell - FREE!
Children & Young Adult

Pride and Prejudice meets Lord of the Rings in this B.R.A.G. Medallion winner! Linden may be a Master Mage, but her warnings about dark magic go unheeded until a fay scout delivers shocking news. Mordahn is back, and he’s exploiting the sacred places of power to fuel his war machine. Linden must team up with Mordahn’s arrogant nephew to stop the dark mage and save their homeland before time runs out. Pick up Lady Mage by Toni Cabell and be swept into a world of swords, magic, and romance! 4.4 Stars! FREE - SHOP NOW

 

Love Unmasked by Rose Bak - FREE!
Romance

Maya meets the man of her dreams at her friend's Halloween masquerade party. But when the masks come off she realizes her dream guy is actually her nightmare boss! How can the guy who terrorizes her at work be the same person who makes her forget everything around her with just the touch of his lips? 4 Stars! FREE - SHOP NOW

 

 

 

A Thing Done by Tinney Sue Heath
Literary Fiction

Juggling is easy – until you’re juggling two sides of a lethal vendetta. Jester. Clown. Fool. It’s 1216, and Florence’s noble families are up in arms over a jilted woman. Corrado the Fool is pressed into service by both sides against his will. He doesn’t care who comes out on top, but he does care a lot about surviving and about protecting those he loves. Could this joker be the wild card? Inspired by real events, A Thing Done tells of a hapless David caught between warring Goliaths. 4.4 Stars! From $0.99 SHOP NOW

 

The Contract by Sheila Grinell
Literary Fiction

When married designers Joanna and Ev are invited to design a children's museum in Riyadh, they must sort through their divergent goals and desires. "Fascinating insights into the world of museum exhibits, the frustrations of American women working in Saudi Arabia, and the emotional mysteries of marriage. Characters are vivid and captivating, and creative plot twists keep the reader engrossed." -Alesa Lightbourne, author of The Kurdish Bike 4.4 Stars! From $0.99 SHOP NOW

 

 

Beneath A Blanket Of Snow by Arlene Lomazoff-Marron
Literary Fiction 

Meredith Perkins lived a life of luxury, courtesy of her husband’s hard work and diligence...until her husband’s crime turned her world upside down. Hounded by the media, deserted by friends she had counted on for support, she struggled to reconstruct a life for herself and her children. But her friends kept their own secrets. Is everything what it seems on the outside? 4.4 Stars! From $0.99 SHOP NOW

 

 

 

Diondray's Discovery by Marion Hill
Fantasy

A hero’s journey starts with a single step. For some, that step starts on a broken foundation. So it was when Diondray Azur learned that all he had known about his family—all he had known about his world—wasn’t true at all. Diondray’s Discovery is an adventure fantasy novel that will transport you to the world of Kammbia, a magical place in which Diondray discovers his inner hero. 4.2 Stars! From $0.99 SHOP NOW

 

 

The Frights of Fiji by Sunayna Prasad - FREE!
Children/Young Adult

"Debut author Sunayna Prasad hits the mark." -Chanticleer Reviews. A girl is abducted to Fiji where she must defeat magical beasts and overthrow the warlock who kidnapped her. "Sunayna Prasad has created an enchanting world for kids to escape into while reading this exciting children's fantasy and magic book." -Artisan Book Reviews. 4.2 Stars! FREE - SHOP NOW


Free online event: Tips on Writing Memoirs

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Ever thought about telling your own story in a memoir? Or just curious about how memoirs get written? Then the free Tips on Writing Memoirs workshop with author Lisa Weldon is for you! Saturday, May 14, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. CDT. 

"You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better." ~Anne Lamott


Enter the Life's a Beach Giveaway Hop!

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LitNuts is participating in the Life's a Beach Giveaway Hop - multiple giveaways from multiple sponsors. You can "hop" from one giveaway to the next and enter each for a chance to win a bunch of great prizes! Open May 10 - 24. 


Free Online Lit Event: Pen Parentis Literary Salon

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Pen Parentis presents the final event of its 2022 Spring Season with spectacular readings by authors Sadeqa Johnson, Marie Myung-Ok Lee, and Jacquelyn Mitchard. The theme is "POWER," and their collective accomplishments will blow you away. (FYI: Pen Parentis is a great organization that provides resources to writers to help them stay on track after starting a family.) Tuesday, May 10, 7 PM ET. 

“Don’t worry that children never listen to you: worry that they are always watching you.” ~Robert Fulghum


Free online event: Mix & mingle with indie press authors & editors this weekend!

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Gordon Hill Press Spring 2022 Online LaunchSpend your Saturday afternoon mixing and mingling with the authors and editors of Gordon Hill Press, "The Next Voice in Canadian Literatures." The free online event with feature poetry readings from Ayaz Pirani, Steffi Tad-y, and Carl Watts, as well as time for Q&A. Saturday, May 7, 3:00 PM CDT. 

"We must be a beacon of hope, because if you tell people there's nothing they can do, they will do worse than nothing." ~Margaret Atwood, The Year of the Flood


New Giveaway: Win a $100 Bath & Body Works gift card!

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Celebrate May with a giveaway! Enter for a chance to win a $100 gift card from Bath & Body Works. What does Bath & Body Works have to do with reading? Try this combination: a eucalyptus spearmint aromatherapy candle, an orange ginger foam bath, and your favorite book. 

"A good romance novel is like a bubble bath...steamy, relaxing, and over way too soon." ~Donna Marie Rogers


Win a bundle of 50+ young adult sci-fi/fantasy novels!

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LitNuts is cosponsoring a new giveaway: enter for a chance to win a pack of 50+ young adult science fiction & fantasy novels, plus a new eReader (a $550 value!). This giveaway is open to booklovers worldwide. Deadline for entries is May 12.

“Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.” ~John Green, The Fault in Our Stars


Free Online Lit Festival: Newburyport (MA) Lit Festival, April 29 - May 1

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The Newburyport Literary Festival, a full weekend of online events for readers and writers, is April 29 - May 1. The historic seaport of Newburyport, Massachusetts, was an early shipbuilding center. Graced by beautiful historic homes and a stunning waterfront, Newburyport is home to many writers, actors, artists and a lively arts community.

“If art doesn’t make us better, then what on earth is it for?” ~Alice Walker


Free: 36 books on health & well-being!

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If you love books, you should check out BookFunnel. Many authors and publishers give away free copies of their books on BookFunnel when you sign up for their mailing lists. Now through May 7, you can download 36 nonfiction titles focused on health, well-being and self-improvement, all completely free. 

"It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver." ~Mahatma Gandhi


Mysteries with Humor Giveaway: win 36 novels + a new eReader!

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LitNuts is cosponsoring a new giveaway: enter for a chance to win a Bundle of Mysteries with Humor, including 36 books and a new eReader (a $400 value!). This giveaway is open to booklovers worldwide. Deadline for entries is May 4. 

“She was a blonde. A blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained-glass window." ~Raymond Chandler, Farewell My Lovely


Three Centuries of Ukrainian Poetry: online event to benefit World Central Kitchen

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Poetry Mesa, a global poetry community serving poets and poetry, will present My Soldiers Are the Words I Wield: Three Centuries of Ukrainian Poetry. This live Zoom event on April 25, 2022, 5:00 pm CDT, will feature readings by three noted Ukrainian poets and background on Ukraine’s rich poetic legacy. This event is free, but donations are welcome. All donations will go to Chef José Andrés’s World Central Kitchen, which has already fed millions of Ukrainian refugees.

It's terrible to lie in chains,
To rot in dungeon deep,
But it's still worse, when you are free
To sleep, and sleep, and sleep.
~Taras Shevchenko, Ukranian poet, writer, artist


Don't Be Trashy - a free online literary event to celebrate Earth Day

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By 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Now is the time to build less wasteful habits. Today is Earth Day, and you are invited to join a discussion of Don't Be Trashy: A Practical Guide to Living with Less Waste and More Joy by Tara McKenna, a free online event presented by Mississauga Library, Ontario, Canada. Wednesday, April 20, 6:00 PM CDT.

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than one seeks.” ~John Muir


New Giveaway: Win a Bundle of 45+ Sweet Romances!

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LitNuts is cosponsoring a new giveaway: enter for a chance to win a Bundle of Sweet Romances, including 45+ books and a new eReader (a $500 value!). This giveaway is open to booklovers worldwide. Deadline for entries is April 27. 

“To love or have loved, that is enough. Ask nothing further. There is no other pearl to be found in the dark folds of life.” ~Victor Hugo, Les Misérables


Free online lit event Easter Sunday!

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Free this weekend: Join Irish author Kerri ní Dochartaigh in celebration of the U.S. publication of Thin Places: A Natural History of Healing and Home, nominated for the Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing. Presented by White Whale Books, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Sunday, April 17, 1:00 PM ET. 

"Look deep into nature, and you will understand everything better." ~Albert Einstein


Free online literary event tonight: Hudson Valley Writers Center!

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It's National Poetry Month, and poetry lovers won't want to miss this: join the Hudson Valley Writers Center via Zoom for an evening of poetry readings and Q&A with Roger Reeves, (author of Best Barbarian), Adrian Matejka (Somebody Else Sold the World), and Sean Singer (Today in the Taxi). Wednesday, April 13, 7:00 - 8:30 PM.

Also, be on the lookout for a Poetry Special Edition from LitNuts...coming April 24!

“Poetry is eternal graffiti written in the heart of everyone.” ~Lawrence Ferlinghetti


Julian Lennon performs "Imagine" for the 1st time + 40 free ebooks!

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A few days ago, Julian Lennon performed his father's song, "Imagine," for the first time. It's best viewed on Twitter, but can also be found on YouTube. It's a very moving performance for the benefit of Global Citizen's Stand Up For Ukraine

Interested in a good nonfiction read? More than 40 authors are giving away free copies of nonfiction titles this month. Browse and select the books you want on BookFunnel

"You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one." ~John Lennon


Free online event for budding readers: Brightly Storytime, April 9!

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Looking for something fun to do with the children (or grandchildren!) this weekend? Check out Brightly Storytime LIVE! Our Wild and Wonderful Earth: "We invite all budding readers to tune in for an hour of stories that beautifully celebrate the natural world around us. From magnificent oceans to lush forests to sprawling deserts and every view in between, you and your little readers will be inspired to see the world in new ways and embark on your own adventures to discover new wild wonders." Saturday, April 9, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT. 

“From your parents you learn love and laughter and how to put one foot before the other. But when books are opened you discover you have wings.” ~Helen Hayes


Enter the April Showers Giveaway Hop!

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LitNuts is participating in the April Showers Giveaway Hop - multiple giveaways from multiple sponsors. You can "hop" from one giveaway to the next and enter each for a chance to win a bunch of great prizes! 


Last call for two giveaways, plus 40+ freebies from BookFunnel

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Last call for entries for these two great giveaways:

Also, don't miss this promotion of 40+ free downloads from BookFunnel. 

“It’s still National Library Week. You should be especially nice to a librarian today, or tomorrow. Sometime this week, anyway. Probably the librarians would like tea. Or chocolates. Or a reliable source of funding.” ~Neil Gaiman


Special Edition: Great children/young adult books for Children's Book Day!

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Since 1967, International Children's Book Day has been celebrated on or around Hans Christian Andersen's birthday on April 2 to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children's books.

We'd like to call attention to the 20+ great titles from indie publishers and authors in today's special edition. There are plenty of great choices to promote literacy and inspire a love of reading, two of the goals of Children's Book Day. Enjoy!

"Let the wild rumpus start!" ~Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are


New Giveaway: Win $100 in PayPal Cash!

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It's April and we're cosponsoring the Make It Rain $100 PayPal Cash Giveaway! Enter for a chance to win by April 30. (Complete the "Free Daily Entry!" to unlock dozens of ways to enter.)

"Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby." ~Langston Hughes


Free online tonight: author Elena Medel on The Wonders, an intergenerational masterpiece

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Don't miss author Elena Medel on The Wonders (Algonquin Books), an intergenerational masterpiece that tells the stories of Maria and Alicia, two women searching for stability and meaning in Madrid. Set against the backdrop of protest and social unrest, their individual lives converge, bringing half a century of the feminist movement to life. Wednesday, March 30, 7:00 PM EDT. 

"La verdadera amistad resiste el tiempo, la distanica, y el silencio." ("True friendship resists time, distance, and silence.") ~Isabel Allende


New Giveaway: Win a Bundle of 39 Cozy Mysteries + eReader ($450 value!)

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New giveaway starts today: Win a Bundle of Cozy Mysteries! The $450 prize package includes 39 cozy mysteries plus a new eReader. This giveaway is open to booklovers worldwide. Enter by April 7! 

"Every life is complicated, every mind a kingdom of unmapped mysteries." ~Dean Koontz


Celebrate Tolkien Reading Day 2022!

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March 25 of each year is Tolkien Reading Day. The date marks the defeat of the evil Sauron in J.R.R. Tolkien's epic Lord of the Rings.

If you are a fan of epic storytelling, you might enjoy Lester D. Friedman: Citizen Spielberg, an online discussion of the book Citizen Spielberg (University of Illinois Press, 2022) and the storytelling of Steven Spielberg with author Lester Friedman and Jared Case, Curator of Film Exhibitions at George Eastman Museum. Saturday, March 26, 1:00 PM EST.

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit