Today's Featured Books— Literary Fiction and Poetry

24 Hour Monologue by Nate Hoil

Literary Fiction and Poetry

Four psychological classics by award-winning poet Nate Hoil have finally been collected into one book. For fans of Anne Sexton, Bukowski, and the surreal imagination of Hunter S. Thompson, transformed into poetic lyricism. This book includes four previously published collections: The Endless Windows of Time (2023), A Message from the Gallery of Excavated Heads (2022), Self Titled (2021), and Bulletproof Motorcycle (2018), all previously released through Secret Restaurant Press. Available in paperback. From $20 SHOP NOW


Madeleine and Jane by Emily Fox Gordon

Literary Fiction and Poetry

Jane and Madeleine are roommates, first in an East Village tenement and later in the luxurious uptown apartment of a mysteriously absent woman. Madeleine and Jane encounter the terrors and excitements that burgeoned in the New York of that era. As the two develop a wary friendship, a self-appointed therapist becomes entangled in their lives. "A sprawling but intimate novel." ~Kirkus Reviews. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


FREE - Awaken Into Remembrance by Matt Buonocore

Literary Fiction and Poetry

Awaken Into Remembrance is a book of poems and affirmations for the spiritual seeker. Each poem and affirmation is meant to elicit a new vibratory experience to guide the reader toward spiritual growth. We are all called to serve ourselves and then the world. This book is meant to be a message for all who choose the path of service. As our fear disintegrates, we can walk closer to our true nature, and this truth is the constant factor that binds us all together. 4.3 stars, 77 ratings. FREE - SHOP NOW


FREE - Scoria by R May

Literary Fiction and Poetry

Being a fictional anthology of truism. Aphorism collection, sketchbook, reflections light and dark... all of it a gathering of one person's thoughts and musings. It's not that, says the author, not of anyone you'd know. The book's editor thinks otherwise. FREE - SHOP NOW


Hampshire Stories by Joe Giampaolo

Literary Fiction and Poetry

"Hampshire Stories by Joe Giampaolo is a stellar collection of short stories!” ~Literary Titan, 2020. An award-winning collection of short stories set in nineteenth-century England, this compilation was written with the greatest attention to historical accuracy and is recommended for readers who enjoy charming love stories and poignant dramas of the Regency and Victorian periods. 4.4 stars, 47 ratings. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


The Weight of Water by W.A. Schwartz

Literary Fiction and Poetry

Rachel and Talia Fontenot are sisters born into poverty in 1960s southeastern Louisiana. Raised together until tragic circumstances separate them, Talia disappears into a life of drugs and petty crime, and Rachel flees to New Orleans. Present day, Talia has been missing for years, and Rachel is living what appears to be a perfect life but secretly struggles with anxiety, drug abuse, and grief. One night, Rachel receives a call and is forced to examine her past choices which takes her on a psychologically arduous journey to save her sister. 4.4 stars, 271 ratings. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


The Arthurian Cycle by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Literary Fiction and Poetry

Poet Edwin Arlington Robinson’s Arthurian Cycle reflects the poet’s most mature work. "Merlin" and "Lancelot" are war poems exploring characters from the Arthurian legends, all rendered as mortals, in flesh and blood. "Tristram" is a poem about love and tells the story of Tristram and Isolt, a love as doomed in life as the inevitability of death. The Arthurian Cycle paperback is available from the publisher via Ingram Spark at 20% off or via retailers at list price. From $2.99 SHOP NOW


In God We Trust by Miriam Pecknpaw

Literary Fiction and Poetry

In today's political world, nothing is considered out of bounds, including sabotaging your opponent. Ruth and Deb try to bring God's blessing to the upcoming election, but not everyone is on board with this idea. From $2.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Human Being Human Doing by David C. Russell

Literary Fiction and Poetry

"I loved reading this collection! I found it creative and entertaining." ~Dorene Chombu. Human Being Human Doing is a captivating short story collection of six engaging accounts drawing from Biblical and recent history. Stories detail life experiences of those living through chronic anxiety, genocide, and personal redemption. A question begins each story answered by the protagonist to be pondered by the reader. "This collection would appeal to general readers and those whom ally with a faith practice." ~Pekasho Deka. From $5.98 SHOP NOW

 


War Bonds by Pamela Norsworthy

Literary Fiction and Poetry

A gripping WWII tale with real-life anecdotes. In 1939, as Hitler's Panzers invaded Poland, a nurse named Beryl sent her son to safety in the British countryside. Her husband became a POW, forging a bond with an American pilot. Meanwhile, the husband's interactions with the commandant's wife hold the promise of a new life. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Abroad by Greyson Bryan

Literary Fiction and Poetry

Love and heartbreak interlace this “powerful and moving" coming-of-age story about clashing cultures and complicated relationships. "Supremely readable..." Abroad follows three twentysomethings as they explore new experiences and navigate romantic loves and friendships during the cultural upheaval and sexual revolution of the 1960s and 70s. Bittersweet stories for fans of Sally Rooney. 4.1 stars, 66 ratings. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Child of Gilead by Douglas Reed

Literary Fiction and Poetry

"Take the road less traveled, my son. Always. No exceptions." These are Hannah's words to her child, spoken to reveal the truth of what it takes to live a life of meaning. Most importantly, they are words meant to keep a child away from harm. But when mother and son are visited by an old family friend, his arrival brings with it the potential to uncover dark family secrets always intended to stay hidden. Child of Gilead is an award-winning novel (Booklife Prize in Fiction) and a modern-day parable that seeks to answer, "Do you know me?" From $2.99 SHOP NOW


Private Cummings by Pete McGinty

Literary Fiction and Poetry

"An engaging portrait of two lives filled with human longing and the costs of being different.” ~BlueInk Review. Private Hank Cummings didn’t ask for the fate that befell him during his service in WWll. But when his personal secret was revealed, he recoiled into a life of seclusion and solitude. Thirty years after a chance meeting with an inquisitive thirteen-year-old boy, the two reunite in Hank’s final days. A man and a boy whose lives unexpectedly connect are affected in improbable ways. "Tragedy that morphs into heroism and love, at the end." ~Midwest Book Review. 4.9 stars, 20 ratings. From $7.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Beautiful Little Furies by Laurel Osterkamp

Literary Fiction and Poetry

"Perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell and Jennifer Weiner, Osterkamp's incisive prose and expert plotting will keep the reader turning pages late into the night, but the multi-dimensional and authentic characters will stay with you long after." Beautiful Little Furies is a stunning new novel of redemption, reinvention, and female empowerment. 4.5 stars, 85 ratings. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


The Lost Writer by Mark Kaijim

Literary Fiction and Poetry

Abandoned by his girlfriend, a struggling writer finds himself living out of his car. Desperate to recall the highlights of their relationship, he spends his last bit of money on a trip down memory lane. He visits their favorite bars and restaurants, reading from his notebooks to bring the past back to life. However, as his mind drifts to the early days of falling in love, his current situation takes an alarming turn. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


The Pelican Trees by Patrick Higgins

Literary Fiction and Poetry

When was the last time you went on a great and daring adventure? Chock full of mystery, suspense, and intrigue, The Pelican Trees will allow each reader to do just that, with each step of a buried treasure hunt carefully orchestrated by a loving grandfather (already in Heaven) trying to rescue his precious granddaughter and the rest of his family from eternal condemnation. 4.6 stars, 600+ ratings. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Abigail's Song by Alina Rubin

Literary Fiction and Poetry

Orphan Abigail Jones wanders her English town on Christmas Eve, 1809. With the help of medical student, Oli Higgins, she recovers from an illness and avoids being sent to the cruel orphanage. Then Oli reveals a secret: he's hiding his Jewish identity and birth name, David, to pursue his profession. As an adult, Abigail is stuck: not Christian enough for the Gentiles, but as a non-Jew, no hope of marrying the man she dreams of, David.  Heartbroken, she accepts another man’s proposal but guilt and misery drive her to take drastic actions. "Alina Rubin is an up-and-coming star in the realm of historical fiction. She is a determined and talented writer who knows how to bring history to life through her courageous main characters." ~Colin Mustful, author, historian, editor, and founder of History Through Fiction. From $4.99 SHOP NOW


The Nine by Jeanne Blasberg

Literary Fiction and Poetry

Hannah's prayers are answered when she gives birth to a son. Nurturing his intellect becomes her life purpose. Sam’s acceptance to a prestigious boarding schools justifies Hannah's choices, but Sam is glad to be out from under his mother’s close watch—until he stumbles upon evidence of sexual misconduct at the school and must choose between exposing a corrupt world and jeopardizing his mother’s hopes and dreams. 4.1 stars, 280+ ratings. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


The Munich Girl by Phyllis Edgerly Ring

Literary Fiction and Poetry

The past may not be done with us. Anna Dahlberg grew up eating dinner under her father’s war trophy portrait of Eva Braun. Fifty years after World War II, she discovers what he never did—that her mother and Hitler’s mistress were friends. Plunged into the treacherous world of Nazi Germany, Anna uncovers a long-buried tangle of family secrets and finds her every belief about right and wrong shattered. "Historical fiction that reads like a memoir." ~Philadelphia Inquirer. 4.2 stars, 1400+ ratings. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Malcolm from a Distance by Edward H. Garnett

Literary Fiction and Poetry

Malcolm Merrill is a successful executive at a prestigious advertising firm in Los Angeles. He has a beautiful wife, a gorgeous home, expensive cars, and power at his disposal. So what could possess someone who has it all to attempt suicide? Find out in this novel that chronicles the life of a man whose perfect world suddenly crumbles beneath him—a man forced to come to terms with all he sacrificed on his rise to the top: his family, his friends, and his soul. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Forgetting the Lost by J. Martain

Literary Fiction and Poetry

Most children are afraid of the dark. She knows better. Six-year-old Madeline Galloway knows she's unlikeable. Unlovable. Uncanny. But when she encounters a strange man she believes to be a fallen angel, her abilities might save her life. Or ruin it. Set in coastal North Carolina in the 1940s, this powerful novella can be read as a standalone, or as a prequel to the paranormal/sci-fi novel Daughters of Men. Part Southern gothic, part supernatural suspense, this literary work has a bittersweet ending that will haunt you long after finishing. 4.6 stars, 11 ratings. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Watching the Wayward by Wendy Gorton Hill

Literary Fiction and Poetry

Walking in the wake of your beloved prodigal's devastation can leave you shell-shocked. Wendy Gorton Hill knows, too well, that indescribable agony. Her heartfelt prayer poems express the anguish she could barely utter after discovering her teen's drug use. With authentic vulnerability, these psalms cover the vast emotions you may experience – embarrassment, helplessness, uncertainty, fear, guilt, anger, regret, and despair. These 62 powerful poems are paired with supplemental scripture and 168 journaling questions. From $2.99 SHOP NOW


New Wilderness by Jenifer Debellis

Literary Fiction and Poetry

The poems in this collection build on a triangulated path that moves between life before, during, and after cancer. Despite compounding loss, disappointment, and destruction, Jenifer DeBellis's narratives reveal that paths forged with love can lead even the wildest creatures out of bewildering terrain. "Fortitude and resilience in spades...a blueprint for bearing the slings and arrows of any human life." ~Iain Haley Pollock, author of Ghost, like a Place. From $21.95 SHOP NOW


Blameforest by Jason Stocks

Literary Fiction and Poetry

In this collection of poetry, "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 bladeand 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 Winter Honeymoon. 5 stars, 26 ratings. From $2.99 SHOP NOW


A Girl with a Knife by Alina Rubin

Literary Fiction and Poetry

After the heartbreaking loss of her mother and a cruel attack by her drunken father, Ella decides that dishonesty is fine when it serves her needs. At a time when wealthy young ladies do little more than embroidery, Ella escapes her luxurious but lonely life, disguises herself as a male medical student, and finds her footing in the university. When she brilliantly saves a patient and gains the approval of a famed professor, she must choose between truth and liesand distinguish between real and false friends before her pretense is discovered. 4.5 stars, 750+ ratings. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW