Today's Featured Books— Literary Fiction and Poetry

Rainbow's Red Poetry Book by Lily Lawson

Literary Fiction and Poetry

"Do yourself a favour: buy this, curl up in your favourite chair and read it, knowing you will come away refreshed." Life is a complex thing. As social beings, we live side by side, sometimes in not-so-harmonious circumstances. This book celebrates love and tackling the challenges we face as humans. Control is not always ours. Keep learning. Keep growing. Be yourself. Do your best. Life is complicated, yet very simple. 4.5 stars, 32 ratings. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Ruin by Leigh Seippel

Literary Fiction and Poetry

A Novel of Flyfishing in Bankruptcy. Ruin is a thoroughly engrossing novel about a young couple’s struggle back from the financial catastrophe that so many of us dread. Having fled their urban life, they begin to build a new life together in a rural setting, far from former friends and colleagues—only to have it fall apart all over again in ways that could never be predicted. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


A Better Heart by Chuck Augello

Literary Fiction and Poetry

For aspiring indie filmmaker Kevin Stacey, it's another day on the set of his first film. But when his estranged father, a failed Hollywood actor, arrives unexpectedly with a bundle of cash, a gun, and a stolen capuchin monkey, Kevin is propelled toward the journey that will change his life. A heartbreaking yet comic family drama, A Better Heart examines the human-animal bond and the bonds between fathers and sons, challenging readers to explore their beliefs about the treatment of non-human species. "Madcap and accomplished." -Booklife. 4.5 stars, 50+ ratings. From $4.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Delicatus by S.P. Somtow

Literary Fiction and Poetry

"One of the best period piece novels we've ever read!" -Outstanding Creator Awards. World Fantasy Award winner S.P. Somtow weaves a vivid adventure about one of the most colorful personalities in ancient Rome. Book 1 in the series follows Sporus from his enslavement by pirates  to his meeting with the great satirist Petronius and the beautiful Poppaea (the woman to whom Sporus bears a striking resemblance) and Poppaea's manipulative plans to seduce Emperor Nero and become Divine Empress. Literary Titan Gold Award Winner. 4.6 stars, 100+ ratings. From $1.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


The Revolving Heart by Chuck Augello

Literary Fiction and Poetry

Four-year-old Sarah wanders toward the ocean and never returns. The police think she drowned, but her babysitter, Amy, claims Sarah was abducted. Donnie, the only other potential witness, didn’t see a thing; he was fast asleep. Twenty years later, Sarah’s disappearance still haunts Donnie, as does his lingering bond with Amy. When she calls from the hospital after a failed suicide attempt, Donnie returns to his hometown. But how can he help Amy (and himself) without changing the past? In The Revolving Heart, love and redemption collide as the adult Donnie struggles to atone for his youthful mistakes. 3.9 stars, 142 ratings. From $3.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


That Dickinson Girl: A Novel of the Civil War by Joan Koster

Literary Fiction and Poetry

Loosely based on the life of forgotten orator, feminist, and lesbian Anna Dickinson, That Dickinson Girl is the story of one woman’s rise to fame and fortune at the expense of love during the political and social turmoil of the American Civil War. Book 1 in the Forgotten Women Series. 4.1 stars & 18 ratings on Amazon; 4 stars & 26 ratings on Goodreads. Special Offer: Read an excerpt and order signed copies at JoanKoster.comFrom $4.99 SHOP NOW


 


Stories Through the Ages: Baby Boomers Plus 2022

Literary Fiction and Poetry

Stories Through The Ages: Baby Boomers Plus 2022 is the sixth installment in an anthology series containing the best fiction and nonfiction submissions from an annual writing contest sponsored by Living Springs Publishers. The competition is recommended by Reedsy as a "Best Writing Contest." The 2022 collection includes sixteen outstanding stories by authors who were born in 1966 or earlier (thus the "Baby Boomers Plus" designation!). Previous installments from 2017 - 2021 are available from Living Springs. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Censored Angel by Joan Koster

Literary Fiction and Poetry

Ida Craddock will not be silenced! Brilliant, corseted, and haunted by spirits from the Borderlands, she turns her back on the constrictions of Victorian society and strikes out on her own, becoming a mystic marriage counselor. Sharing what she views as "essential sexual knowledge" puts her in the crosshairs of Anthony Comstock, the nation’s Anti-Obscenity Postal Inspector. Ida vows to bring him down. He promises to silence her forever. With prison looming, Ida and her angel lover must prepare for a battle they may not be able to win. Read an excerpt and order signed copies at JoanKoster.comFrom $0.99 SHOP NOW


Words & Graphics: The Four Seasons of Love by C.O.B.

Literary Fiction and Poetry

With the mixed use of poems, short stories, simple observations, and provocative images, The Four Seasons of Love tells the coming-of-age story of an adult who unexpectedly becomes a dad and then reverts to a childlike state of being. "A powerful and brutally honest look at the impact of drugs and alcohol on the psyche of one's mind and life...a must-read for anyone who enjoys experimental storytelling and creative narrative styles." -Readers' Favorite. From $1.99 SHOP NOW


May We Learn from the Earth by Robert Tiess

Literary Fiction and Poetry

Nature Poems and Reflections on the Environment. Following his acclaimed debut, The Humbling and Other Poems, Tiess delivers clear, captivating, and compassionate poetry and essays contemplating Earth and nature. From the opening poems, we become reacquainted with the natural realm. Insightful, inspiring, and impassioned with a lyrical love of life, this timely and truthful collection can be enjoyed by nearly everyone, from budding poetry enthusiasts and nature lovers to environmental champions and beyond. From $2.99 SHOP NOW


Selections from May We Learn from the Earth by Robert Tiess

Literary Fiction and Poetry

In this abridged edition of the new collection of poetry and essays from Robert Tiess, the author includes several essays from his complete edition in hopes of encouraging environmental interest and awareness. Recognized for crafting clear, classic, and compelling poems, Tiess has been writing poetry since the 1980s. He is a SUNY New Paltz graduate, where he earned his degree in English Literature, and a lifetime resident of New York State, where he has enjoyed a fulfilling career in public library service. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Of Sheaves and Stars by Jubilee Lipsey

Literary Fiction and Poetry

The call of God often breaks a man before it makes him. At seventeen, Joseph hears the voice of El-Shaddai for himself in a dual dream of harvest and heavens. But the very visions that set him apart from his brothers also fuel their disdain into a raging hatred that threatens to destroy him. Join one of the most famous biblical heroes in the heart-wrenching middle of his story and witness how God’s presence carried him through, bearing faithful fruit that prepared him not only for more testing but for glory. From $9.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Sam Wood: Floods of Ungodly Men by Henry E. Peavler

Literary Fiction and Poetry

Colonel Sam Wood, the Fighting Quaker, was a real-life Superhero before the term was even coined. He was friend to every Abolitionist from Abraham Lincoln to Harriet Tubman and from John Brown to Frederick Douglass, and foe to every slaveholder from Jefferson Davis to Henry Clay. He demanded equality for all, elimination of slavery, and the right to vote for women. Book 1 in a series of four books about Sam and Margaret Wood. They were abolitionists, pioneers, and crusaders for equality for everyone, regardless of gender, race, or social standing. From $3.99 SHOP NOW


FREE - A Drinker's Poems, Thoughts and Dialogue by C.O.B.

Literary Fiction and Poetry

On the anniversary of his dear friend's death, an old man enters a bar and shares a story of a time when love came at a cost. Through a collection of poems, you will experience the joy of living, loving, and crying, plus lots and lots of laughter. A merry-go-round of raw emotions, this collection of poetry is a testimony to how life was lived and is meant to be lived...from the perspective of an old drinker. “Ideal for meditating on time and life.” ~Readers’ Favorite. FREE - SHOP NOW


Darcy: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by Alice McVeigh

Literary Fiction and Poetry

The third in McVeigh's prize-winning series of standalone Jane Austen variations. The spotlight is on Darcy in this witty and imaginative re-telling of Austen’s classic tale. In a timeless story of love amid the clash of social classes, Darcy is faced with a terrible choice: to stay in London to force Wickham’s hand—or to go to Rome, to salvage his family’s reputation. New Release: 4 stars, 137 ratings. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Harriet: A Jane Austen Variation by Alice McVeigh

Literary Fiction and Poetry

Emma, a privileged young heiress, decides to mentor Harriet Smith, a pretty boarding-school pupil, and to matchmake her as eligibly as she can… But how is she to guess that Harriet has a secret? Meanwhile, the brilliant, penniless Jane Fairfax consents to a clandestine engagement with Frank Churchill—though not daring to confess, even to him, that she is being relentlessly pursued by her best friend’s husband. Harriet sidelines Emma herself in favour of the ingenious Harriet and the fascinating Jane Fairfax. It is Emma—but an Emma with a surprisingly believable twist in its tail. Book 2 in the series. 4.1 stars, 223 ratings. From $2.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


The Drover's Curse by Bob Harvey

Literary Fiction and Poetry

There is an adventure in every twist and turn of Andrew Graham’s path through life. Orphaned at a Kansas fort and herding cattle at 16, Andy found it necessary to become Clyde Driscoll. Clyde saved a failing Nebraska fort for Custer and the 7th Cavalry before he headed south to fight in the Civil War. Returning to the life of a drover meant leaving the Army as a deserter, matching wits with a notorious lawman, and watching the birth of a Kansas Cowtown. Mount up with Andy and learn about boots, tack, snakes, blizzards, steers, women of the night, life on the trail, and Texas Rangers. Book 1 in the series. From $0.99. SHOP NOW


Susan: A Jane Austen Prequel by Alice McVeigh

Literary Fiction and Poetry

"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? Winner of awards/recognition from BookLife, PenCraft, and Global, eLit, and Historical Fiction Book Awards. Book 1 in the series. 4.3 stars, 323 ratings. From $2.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW 


Whatever Happened to Cathy Martin by Mim Eichmann

Literary Fiction and Poetry

Kathy Reichs meets Sherlock Holmes in this gothic Midwest thriller from the bestselling author of A Sorrow Alone and Muskrat Ramble. Set in southern Indiana in 1978, Whatever Happened to Cathy Martin seeks to unravel a deadly tangled web of lies surrounding three former high school friends, one of whom has been missing for over a decade...but which one? And why? "For those who appreciate craft in storytelling, it’s a must read.” -James A. Ross, author of the Coldwater mystery series. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Paganini by Adam Fike

Literary Fiction and Poetry

The wicked life of a notorious nineteenth-century Italian violinist who played so beautifully—and broke so many hearts—they thought he was the devil. Paganini's music was spellbinding. He set Europe on fire. Voices burst from his violin. It was all so magical. But was it evil? In the end, he does confess. But not to that. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


FREE - Magnolia Song by J. Robert Towery

Literary Fiction and Poetry

The explosive saga of two Memphis families whose intertwined fates spiral out of control over four generations of heartbreak and renewal. A rollicking gallop of a novel…a yeasty mix of sin, sacrifice, and redemption, imbuing the least of the characters with an irrepressible dignity. “More than breadth, Magnolia Song has depth. Its interweaving stories are all rooted in a philosophic consciousness of history, particularly in its treatment of race relations. This is one of those novels that grabs you and doesn’t let go.” -author Thomas McNamee. FREE - SHOP NOW


FREE - The Chianti Chronicles by Kevin Cullen

Literary Fiction and Poetry

Volume One - Tales of Vietnam Vets. The Vietnam War ended long ago, but its heroes are still among us in this collection of short stories: A young boy learns the truth of his father's service in Vietnam. A survivor of Ia Drang Valley contemplates ending his life right before Christmas. An Air Force Major returns home to New York to bury her beloved brother. A "tunnel rat" saves a woman from her abusive boyfriend. A Silver Star recipient performs one last act of selfless courage. This collection will touch your heart and remind you of the real people hidden behind the history.​ ​FREE - SHOP NOW


Blameforest by Jason Stocks

Literary Fiction and Poetry

"Provocative, explicit poetry written with muscular swagger." -Kirkus Reviews. "Blends Southern grit with the South's grief-stained beauty to offer readers a fly's eye view of small mountain town pride. Fierce, bold, and self-aware, Stocks' debut poetry collection is steeped in the Gothic hauntings of Deep South life like, 'wasps, with their legs crossed [that] hover in the upper most angles of gables like ghosts with terrible news they can’t wait to deliver.'" -Jenifer DeBellis, author of New Wilderness. 5 stars, 25 ratings. From $2.99 SHOP NOW


Twisted Anchors: Drowning in Paradise by JD James

Literary Fiction and Poetry

When all else fails…trust your enemies! Ever-twisting characters of powerful men played over by an even more powerful and independent Mrs. Lancey...with money, careers, and reputations at stake. Wacky zany comical chaos follows when the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA Battle Force visits Athens, Greece, for fun in the sun. Based on the author’s high-pressured life as a U.S. Navy Ship Agent. Memoirs...sort of... From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Censored Angel by Joan Koster

Literary Fiction and Poetry

An American-Girl for ADULTS. Determined to free women from Victorian marriage mores, a nineteenth century mystic marriage counselor and her guardian angel battle Anthony Comstock, the Inquisitor of Smut, in this biographical historical novel based on a true story. Part of the Forgotten Women Series of deeply researched stories about complex, historical women. "This book was truly wonderful. I love learning about these fascinating women." -K. Campbell. From $4.99 SHOP NOW