Today's Featured Books— Literary Fiction and Poetry

If We Had Known by Arlene Lomazoff-Marron

Literary Fiction and Poetry

It was his eyes that told her. Those blue eyes. Like the water in the Caribbean. Carly is forced to revisit a decision she made more than thirty years ago. If she had known what would happen, would she have chosen differently? An unforgettable story of buried secrets, strained relationships, love, and forgiveness. "Wonderful story of family, secrets, truth and second chances." ~Amazon Review. 4.6 stars, 100+ ratings on Goodreads. From $1.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Pride's Children: PURGATORY by Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

Literary Fiction and Poetry

"2021 Best Contemporary novel." ~Indies Today. "PURGATORY’s real strength lies in Ehrhardt’s…tug at the heartstrings of her readers. ~Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review. "I’m a simple man, a Southern redneck: Kary is CLEARLY a hero, by any criteria [except] armed combat." ~Pat Patterson, Amazon Review. "Elegant literary fiction." ~Dave Rose, Amazon Review. "This novel moved me to anger, compassion, exasperation, understanding, and tears. Ehrhardt is a craftswoman extraordinaire." ~Colm Herron, Irish literary novelist. 4.3 stars, 56 ratings. From $9.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Cold Peace by Helena P. Schrader

Literary Fiction and Poetry

Berlin 1948. The economy is broken, the currency worthless, and the Russian bear is hungry. In the ruins of Hitler's capital, former RAF officers and a woman pilot start an air ambulance company that offers a glimmer of hope. But when a Soviet fighter brings down a British airliner, the world teeters on the brink of World War Three. Award-winning novelist Helena P. Schrader tells the backstory of the Berlin Airlift in Cold Peace, the first book of the Bridge to Tomorrow series. "Smart and compelling." ~Kirkus Reviews. Silver Winner, 2023 Readers Favorite Awards. 5.0 stars, 11 ratings on Amazon. From $11.99 SHOP NOW


FREE - My Sister's Vengeance and Other Vengeful Stories by James R. Green

Literary Fiction and Poetry

A collection of flash fiction that features drama, suspense, and revenge. A prideful woman at an amusement park receives her comeuppance for assuming the worst of a man. Two spouses part ways for good, not without one last twist of the knife in each other's back. A child gets the toy of his dreams, but he might have to give up everything in return. And last but not least, a holy sister sets down on a path she can never take back—but will her vengeance really heal her broken heart? What is done in the dark shall come to the light. Be careful what you wish for. And, most importantly, if you seek vengeance…remember to dig two graves. FREE - SHOP NOW


Christmastime 1939 by Linda Mahkovec

Literary Fiction and Poetry

A charming story of a Christmas awakening on the eve of WWII. Set in New York City, the young widow Lillian Hapsey and her two sons struggle through an uncertain Christmas season. But Lillian is determined to give her sons a happy Christmas. Rediscovering her touchstone just might be the key to unlocking the excitement and magic of Christmas. "Charming, heartwarming...whimsical and pleasingly old-fashioned throughout" ~Kirkus Reviews. Book 1 in The Christmastime Series. 4.4 stars, 840+ ratings. From $1.99 SHOP NOW


Christmas at Blue Hydrangeas by Marianne Sciucco

Literary Fiction and Poetry

"This story will pull on your heart. Have Kleenex nearby." ~reader review. It's Christmas Eve at Blue Hydrangeas, a Cape Cod inn. While Sara waits for her husband and son to arrive home, a blizzard threatens to close the bridges, stranding all travelers. As she prepares their holiday feast, unexpected visitors arrive, all sharing the common bond of grief. Will Jack make it home for Christmas? Will Santa find two children far from home? Will it ever stop snowing? Chosen as the solo "Medalist Winner" in the Short Story category of New Apple Literary's 2019 Summer eBook Awards. 4.6 stars, 60 ratings on Amazon. From $2.99 SHOP NOW


The Days of Miracle and Wonder: Stories by Irene Zabytko

Literary Fiction and Poetry

Nine stories...set in Ukraine, Russia, Siberia, the United States, Bethlehem, and Tuva. All miraculous and wonder-filled. Based on The Canterbury Tales but set in post-Soviet Ukraine, these are historical, political, and spiritual stories of miracles told by travelers, including the “Midwife’s Tale: A Christmas Story” about the first witness to the Nativity. "5.0 out of 5 stars  "A poignant and powerful short story collection." ~Amazon Review. 5.0 stars, 14 ratings. From $4.04 SHOP NOW / 


Beyond the Song by Carol Selick

Literary Fiction and Poetry

An autobiographical novel about a singer-songwriter and her development as she rebels against her strict suburban upbringing to join the counter-culture in hopes of fulfilling her dream to make it in the music business. Her quest lands her in a series of dangerous situations and narrow escapes. Along the way, she also meets two important guides who help her sort her priorities, take herself seriously, and develop her considerable talents. All inform the heroine's lyrics and narrative voice as she learns to believe in herself, discipline her talent, and turn heartbreak into song. 4.3 stars, 11 ratings. From $4.99 SHOP NOW


These Things Happen by Michael Eon

Literary Fiction and Poetry

“A nostalgic and often beautiful story. [A] charming ode to growing up in Brooklyn and a subtle love letter to the music of the time.” ~Kirkus Reviews. Daniel Zimmer will do almost anything to end his pain—except for the one thing that might work. Flashing through Daniel’s life, past and present, These Things Happen is an unflinchingly honest account of the inevitable ups and downs of recovery and coming of age. “Raw and compelling," ~Readers’ Favorite. 
4.7 stars, 64 ratings on Goodreads. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


The Mystic's Wife by Tima Lee

Literary Fiction and Poetry

Delightful, but more than that. The gentlest book you read this year might also be the most powerful. What do you do when your children are hungry but your husband is more interested in ‘philosophising’ than providing food for his family? The Alchemist meets The Tao of Pooh, except this is a story of real life, where nice ideas are just not enough. Based on characters and anecdotes from one of the earliest texts of Taoism, The Chuang Tzu, it talks of the balance we all need to find. "Entertain, gentle, and refreshing." -Amazon Review. 4.7 stars, 7 ratings. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Hearts At War by Hélder Fanha Martins

Literary Fiction and Poetry

Hearts At War immerses readers in the Qing dynasty's complex world, highlighting a palace filled with intrigue and a village steeped in martial arts. Characters’ lives intersect with the discovery of a mysterious jade slab, plunging their village into a power struggle. Inspired by The Art of War, the story portrays their village's fierce stand against invasion and elevates kung fu to a philosophical level. This book is a tribute to the human spirit's resilience, blending history, culture, and unyielding human strength into an engaging saga. From $5.99 SHOP NOW


No Boundaries by Bre McFarland

Literary Fiction and Poetry

No Boundaries is a collection of short stories, poems, thoughts, and everything in between. Throughout the book, you will read about love, heartbreak, loss, friendship, and family. 4.9 stars, 17 ratings. From $3.89. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Bittersweet by p.d.r. lindsay

Literary Fiction and Poetry

Bryce Ackerman returns home from a business trip to Vienna expecting to marry his beloved Aimée. But scandal: she's pregnant. This is 1872, and Bryce is a Victorian gentleman who doesn’t believe in sex before marriage. Aimée, distraught and disgraced, tells him of the officers from two Indian regiments who were certainly not gentlemen when they visited her family home. Outraged and furious, Bryce hunts the soldiers back to India. He seeks revenge for Aimée, and justice for all the other young women victims. It is no easy task. The officers will do anything to escape retribution, and Bryce has to learn to put personal vengeance aside to secure justice for all. From $2.99 SHOP NOW


The Home I Left by Travis Bush

Literary Fiction and Poetry

John Furst has a bureaucratic job, a loving woman by his side, and a work crew he enjoys. All is going well until he must journey home to face questions around the death of his drug-addict brother. the conflicted family members who remain, and his own ghosts haunting through four generations of small-town minds. Join John as he navigates the complexities of family, love, and self-discovery in a journey that reminds us that, sometimes, it's the journey back that leads us forward. From $3.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Mae's Second Chance Box Set, Books 1-3 by Jacie Middlemann

Literary Fiction and Poetry

Julie Engstrom knows that her family needs something different…a different place, different people, different everything as they all struggle to deal with the loss that has changed their lives forever. The last thing she expected was a huge and unexpected windfall to make it possible. Now she just needed to decide what to do and where to go. Includes three complete novels: Home to the Valley, Treasures Found, and Valley Secrets. 4.7 stars, 32 ratings. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


If It Comes To That by Marc Frazier

Literary Fiction and Poetry

Poetry that explores an individual’s search for identity within and without the bonds of a relationship. It covers subjects of every kind from the environment and disappeared children to the Boston bomber and a gathering of siblings after family members’ deaths. It is centered on the many manifestations of “narrative” and the relativity of “truth.” For it is always, it seems, a story we are telling no matter the type of poetry. Vivid images are crucial to the poetry, as well as the strangeness and beauty of the natural world. From $9.99 SHOP NOW


FREE - Way of the Viper by Nathan Wagner

Literary Fiction and Poetry

Cade Wilson is a troubled man. As Viper, he was one of three elite warriors trained by a deadly samurai to fight in the service of their Benefactor and to expand and defend their master’s landholdings in the New Mexico Territory. Then Cade experienced love and a glimpse of the normal life he so desperately wants. But to have love and a family of his own, he must escape the life of eternal servitude, which means confronting his Benefactor and facing Toshi, the man who taught him the way of the samurai. FREE - SHOP NOW


FREE - The Unsaid Summer by Josef Lemoine

Literary Fiction and Poetry

A bittersweet, literary, coming-of-age story. In 1990s California, there is no hotter star in pop culture than Brad Pitt, an actor who exudes confidence and charisma. And then there is Bradley Pitt, a Filipino-American teen who could not feel more different from the handsome actor with whom he shares a name. As Bradley deals with the complex emotions of life, his therapist instructs him to write letters to his best friend, Sammie. Through these letters, Bradley unveils all that happened the summer that his whole world was changed. FREE - SHOP NOW


The Unfortunate Life of Genevieve Ryder by Sammy Beuker

Literary Fiction and Poetry

"A beautifully written historical fiction novel." In 1946, 22-year-old Gen Ryder finds herself pregnant and alone. After being sent to a home for unwed mothers, she chooses to raise her child. The decision to choose this baby will reverberate throughout her life. Is she serving herself or her child in her choices? "This is a thought-provoking and swift read!" "I loved every word of this book!" 4.6 stars, 26 ratings. From $3.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Wild Child of the Monsoons by Ann Zachariah

Literary Fiction and Poetry

This collection of poetry is infused with a range of emotions, from the exhilaration of adventure to the introspection of self-discovery. The author's words capture the raw power of nature and evoke feelings of awe, wonder, and even fear. We also witness the transformative power of the monsoons, as they bring new growth and renewal to the world around us. Through it all, the author's poetry is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit, and the way we can find strength and meaning in even the most challenging of circumstances. From $2.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Clear-Cuts by Joshua S. Narins

Literary Fiction and Poetry

A father’s legend...a family’s ancestral lore...and two brothers will all collide. From the author of False Neutral, Clear-Cuts is a raw, visceral, unflinching tale about the ties that bind coming unbound. Set in the rough-hewn woods of northern Maine, Clear-Cuts is a tense, fast-paced New England narrative related in the author's trademark compact time signature. Piercing and resolute in tone, relentless and unwavering in storytelling, Clear-Cuts is a dynamic, immersive reading experience for plot-centric devotees and character-driven fiction fans alike. From $9.99 SHOP NOW


Age of Rust by Thaddeus Yeiser and Conrad Bair

Literary Fiction and Poetry

The golden age of man ended seven hundred years ago. Humanity has since rebuilt a modest civilization from the ruins. Now a medieval war ravages the land once known as America. Six young men serve the Eastern army as they battle Kayzitt, the zealot Western leader. The six heroes have learned that their minds are subtly connected in a way that cannot be explained but lends them increased prowess on the battlefield. Inevitably, their skills place them on a collision course that will shape the future of the nation. 4.7 stars, 23 ratings. From $3.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


A Noble Cunning: The Countess and the Tower by Patricia Bernstein

Literary Fiction and Poetry

A thrilling tale, based on a true story, of one woman’s tremendous courage and incomparable wit in trying to rescue her husband from the Tower of London the night before he is to be executed. Bethan Glentaggart, Countess of Clarencefield, is a persecuted Catholic noblewoman determined to try every possible means of saving her husband’s life, with the help of a group of devoted women friends. "A riveting tale of one woman's courage and determination." -David Blixt, author of Her Majesty's Will. 4.5 stars, 60 ratings on Amazon. From $6.49 SHOP NOW /


FREE - Warriors of the Forgotten Way by Nathan Wagner

Literary Fiction and Poetry

In the spring of 1870, Cade Wilson is one of three orphans of the American Civil War who meet a samurai warrior from Japan in the northern New Mexico Territory. The warrior trains the young men in the samurai way. As honor-bound servants to their Benefactor, these samurai cowboys combine their deadly new skills with the way of the West (the gun) to ruthlessly increase and defend their master's landholdings before the expansion of the railroad. All is going according to plan...when Cade decides he wants out. 4.5 stars, 72 ratings. FREE - SHOP NOW


South of Sepharad by Eric Z. Weintraub

Literary Fiction and Poetry

The 1492 Jewish Expulsion from Spain. Fleeing death by the Spanish Inquisition, a Jewish doctor makes an impossible choice between home and faith, then struggles to lead his family on a journey for a new life. "Weintraub takes Jewish historical fiction in a fresh, new direction, bringing readers up close and personal with Spain during the Inquisition." -Alina Adams, author of My Mother's Secret. Coming February 20, 2024. From $9.49 SHOP NOW