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June 2023 LitNuts Deals

LitNuts Deals

Welcome to the June 2023 edition of LitNuts Deals: highly rated indie books priced $1 or less (including four freebies!) PLUS the LitNuts Deals Giveaway.

This month, the giveaway prize is a $100 Barnes & Noble gift card. Enter by June 29 for a chance to win! 

Greetings from Lavender Valley by Tammy L. Grace 
Genre: Women's Sagas, Saga Fiction
4.2 stars, 300+ ratings

Six women. Four decades. One long, unexpected reunion.

Through handwritten letters, Jewel Austin, a foster mother to dozens, keeps in touch with five women she nurtured to adulthood. The five women have never met, but Jewel’s last wish is for them to return to Lavender Valley Farm together, back to the refuge where they once found the love and support they craved. She knows the sisters they never knew they needed are waiting in Lavender Valley.

Book 1 in the Sisters of the Heart series. Fans of heartwarming, feel-good women’s fiction will devour this new series.

"Inspirational and entertaining." ~Amazon Reviewer

Earthrise: Books 1-3 by Daniel Arenson 
Genre: Science Fiction
4.2 stars, 525 ratings
From $0.99

They came from deep space. They came to destroy us. But we will fight back!

With hundreds of thousands of copies sold, Earthrise has captivated science fiction fans around the world. This bundle includes the first three novels (out of nine) of this bestselling series: Earth Alone, Earth Lost, and Earth Rising. If you loved Ender's Game, Starship Troopers, and Old Man's War, you'll love Earthrise. From USA Today bestselling author Daniel Arenson.

★★★★★  "Full of soul... Humanity that shines even in a time of privation and war." ~The Huffington Post

The Making of a Matchmaker by Tess Thompson
Genre: Historical Romance
4.4 stars, 325 ratings

In the fall of 1910, a violent patriarch with many enemies is murdered, freeing his long-suffering wife and four misfit children. Isolated on a small island in Puget Sound, the children have little hope of finding love. But when their mother secretly engages a team of matchmakers, hope blossoms for this lonely, slightly odd family. As long as they don’t know they’re being matched, they just might get their happy ending. 

Murder mystery meets swoony historical romance in this prequel novella to the clean and wholesome series, The Mystery Matchmaker of Ella Pointe.

★★★★★  "Great prequel to a new series of historical fiction." ~Goodreads Reviewer

One Step Back: A Titus Ray Thriller by Luana Ehrlich
Genre: Thriller
4.6 stars, 309 ratings
From $0.99

When CIA intelligence officer Titus Ray attempts to recruit an Iranian nuclear scientist in Tehran, he puts himself in the crosshairs of the Iranian secret police and triggers a series of events leading to deadly consequences. As the secret police close in on him, he’s forced to find shelter with a group of Iranian Christians, who risk their own lives to save his. One Step Back is the prequel novella to the award-winning Titus Ray Thriller Series.

"A superb introduction to a promising spy thriller series." ~Amazon Reviewer

The Last Lumenian by S.G. Blaise
Genre: Science Fiction
4.27 stars, 4200+ ratings on Goodreads
From $0.99 

Lilla is not your average princess. She is a rebel in disguise, fighting for the refugees. The arrival of the mysterious and ruggedly handsome Callum brings news of a bigger battle that threatens not only Lilla's home world but everyone else's in the Seven Galaxies. Lilla must learn to control her magic and defeat the dark god before he finds her. Book 1 in the series.

Grand Prize Winner for the CIBA 2022 CYGNUS Award for Science Fiction.

"Terrifically entertaining, complex, and original." ~Kirkus Reviews

A Noble Cunning: The Countess and the Tower
by Patricia Bernstein
Genre: Historical Fiction
4.13 stars, 72 ratings on Goodreads
From $0.99

A riveting and largely unknown story about a remarkable woman’s strength, love, and courage against formidable odds. Based on the true story of Winifred Maxwell, a persecuted Catholic noblewoman, A Noble Cunning captures the intense drama of a determined heroine in a turbulent era. Though rich with historical gossip and pageantry, author Patricia Bernstein’s extensive research is demonstrated in the countless historical details throughout the novel.

"A riveting tale of one woman's courage and determination." ~David Blixt, author of Her Majesty's Will

The Latina President and the Conspiracy to Destroy Her by Joe Rothstein
Genre: Thriller
4.4 stars, 142 ratings
From $0.99

When a charismatic Latina American heiress known to the world as "Tenny" is elected president of the United States, she pledges to reform political and financial corruption. But conspirators are determined to destroy her before she succeeds. Impeachment. Assassination. Murder. It's all here. As one reviewer says, "If Grisham wrote political thrillers, they would feel like this!"

"An enthralling protagonist at the heart of a gripping tale." ~Kirkus Reviews

Breathe by Lucinda Race
Genre: Romance
4.2 stars, 231 ratings

Her family’s successful winery business in the Finger Lakes region of New York should have gone to Tessa Price. She’d always dreamed of running the winery, but her brother, the prodigal son, has returned to claim the corner office. Looking to prove to her family she’s more than capable, she boldly strikes out on her own, purchasing Sand Creek Winery—a cash-strapped competitor—right out from under her family. She can forge her own destiny, using her marketing skills and big plans to bring new life to the small winery. But first, she has a proposition for the sexy previous owner. And he’s likely to hate it almost as much as he hates anyone with the last name of Price.

Book 1 in the Price Family Romance Series, a sweet and clean romantic story with a guaranteed happily ever after. 

"A sweet romance with a strong female lead." ~Amazon Reviewer

Closer Than You Think by Lee Maguire
Genre: Thriller
4.3 stars, 107 ratings
From $0.99

Meet Bryce Davison, a gifted psychologist who is desperate to save his crumbling marriage and plagued by visions of dark memories he would rather forget. As if things couldn't get any worse, he is now being stalked by someone who knows his life inside and out, and has access to all of his most private places. He must discover the identity of the stalker or risk losing everything. With danger lurking around every corner and the stalker always one step ahead, can Bryce save himself and his family before it's too late?

"A fantastic page-turner." ~Manhattan Book Review

Moonlight Duology by Yurie Kiri
Genre: Paranormal Suspense
4.1 stars, 53 ratings for Book 1
4 stars, 34 ratings for Book 2
From $0.99

Moonlight Duology includes two complete novels: 

Moonlight Beach: Bodies are washing up on Moonlight Beach in the idyllic, seaside community of Rancho, California, worrying the privileged one percent in the gated communities of one of SoCal’s ritziest enclaves. Speculation centers on sharks, satanic rituals, and greedy venture capitalists, but then two more people are killed on a cliff overlooking the beach—and all their organs are missing. What the hell is going on? They better figure all this out before more people get butchered or, God forbid, Rancho’s inflated property values plummet.

Moonlight Canyon: The rural paradise of Silver City, just south of Moonlight Canyon, is under attack. Half-eaten, mutilated bodies are showing up in public places. The peaceful residents of Silver City are in a panic. Is it drug smugglers? A biker gang? Some sort of dark ritual? Space aliens? Whatever is terrorizing Silver City must be stopped and fast before this pastoral heaven becomes a living hell. 

"Intriguing mix of murder mystery and fantasy." ~Amazon Vine Voice Review

You Get What You Give by Karen Grey
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
4.4 stars, 54 ratings

From insta-lover to insta-enemy. All that, and a bag of chips.

In a sleepy southern coastal town crowned the Hollywood of the East, worlds collide and sparks fly when fate has two TV casting directors acting as accidental rivals. In this enemies-to-lovers, new-in-town, one-night-stand unlikely love story, a girl boss and a Hollywood bad boy find that you only get as good as you give. Book 1 in the Carolina Classics series.

★★★★★ “Made me laugh, tugged at my heartstrings, and threw in some steam for the triple crown win.” ~Bookbub Reviewer

Knight in the Nighttime by J.S. Morin
Genre: Action & Adventure Fantasy, Sword & Sorcery Fantasy
4.3 stars, 360+ ratings
From $0.99

A knight in over his head. A scribe caught dabbling with magic. Each is doomed unless they can join forces across worlds. Kyrus Hinterdale had never remembered his dreams. But when magic leaks from those dreams into his waking hours, the floodgates of his memories open. He remembers bits and pieces of a life in another world, and as those pieces fit together, he realizes that the world is as real as his own. When his experimentation in magic runs afoul of superstitious townsfolk, he finds himself facing being burned at the stake. Book 1 in the Twinborn Chronicles series.

"A worthwhile read for fans of two-world fantasies." ~Amazon Reviewer

Portal Through the Pond by David K. Anderson
Genre: Children's Action and Adventure, Children's Science Fiction
4.3 stars, 329 ratings
From $0.99

They said her grandfather was dead. They said her grandmother was crazy. But Christy knows an old family secret: the pond behind her house is a portal to another world. Portal Through the Pond is the first book of the Empty World Saga, a science fiction adventure series for kids aged 8-12.

"An intriguing middle-grade novel." ~Amazon Vine Voice Review

April 2023 LitNuts Deals

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Welcome to the April 2023 edition of LitNuts Deals: highly rated indie books at big discounts (most are $1 or less!) PLUS the LitNuts Deals Giveaway.

This month, the winner will get to choose a brand new Kindle Paperwhite or a $125 gift card. Enter by April 28 for a chance to win! 

The Second Chance Inn by Susan Hatler 
Genre: Romance
4.3 stars, 8000+ ratings

An emotional homecoming that will tug at your heartstrings and inspire you to believe in happy endings.

Wendy vowed never to return to the small coastal town where her parents abandoned her. But when she inherits the family inn at the beach, she must come home and face her past. Will handsome millionaire Max help her heal old wounds and open her heart?

Book 1 in the Blue Moon Bay series. From a New York Times bestselling author, don’t miss the chance to unite with friendships that endure and a love that will last forever.

"Love enough to last." ~Emily Pennington, Vine Voice Review

The Dragon War by Daniel Arenson 
Genre: Fantasy
4.4 stars, 1000+ ratings
From $0.99

The Dragon War, an epic fantasy trilogy, tells of civil war in Requiem—an ancient kingdom whose people can grow wings, breathe fire, and take flight as dragons. When a cruel general captures Requiem's throne, a desperate band of rebels struggles to reclaim the kingdom. This collection includes all three Dragon War novels.

Book 1: A Legacy of Light. The traitor Cadigus has captured the throne of Requiem. In the wilderness, rebellion brews. The Resistance is small, but its cry is loud: "The tyrant must fall."

Book 2: A Birthright of Blood. War rages. Fire rains. Requiem, the land of dragons, is tearing apart. When the hosts of Cadigus fly against them, can the resistors save their homeland?

Book 3: A Memory of Fire. Darkness covers Requiem. General Cadigus, usurper of the throne, rules with an iron fist. Bloodied after a long war, the Resistance musters. Rising as dragons, lighting the sky with fire, the resistors fly to their last stand.

Coin for a Dream by Mae Adams
Genre: Memoir, Korean History
4.6 stars, 69 ratings

Mae Adams' Coin for a Dream: And Other Korean Tales enchants readers with conversational stories that include unexpected twists and turns from her perspective as a young girl, collecting tidbits and folklore from her grandparents and her life story.

Full of colorful characters—including shamans, kings and queens, ginseng boys, grateful ghosts and magpies, and a host of others—the stories entertain while allowing the reader to experience the wonders of ancient rites of Korea. Hear lepers sing for their supper, watch goblins wrestle, feel a tiger’s sorrow, taste snake soup, touch a Taoist Immortal God’s hand, and experience other wonders of Korean culture.

Every tale will inspire different emotions. The myths, legends, and folk tales also include lessons we can apply in our own time and culture, making it an excellent book you can read and reread often.

"A fantastic collection of memorable stories." ~Grady Harp, Amazon Review

Lord, I Don't Want to Die a Christian by Chandrika D. Phea
Genre: Christian Liberation Theology, Christian Commentaries
4.9 stars, 31 ratings
From $2.99

In Lord, I Don't Want to Die a Christian: My Journal and Journey to Freedom, an ordained minister explores how Christianity hinders her experience of God, Life, and Humanity. 

After living in China as a Christian missionary, hosting a two-year Bible study for seven curious Chinese freshman college students, my sense of curiosity inhaled and later exhaled when returning to the practice of Western religion. Born into a devoutly religious family, the daughter, niece, and grandchild of Christian clergy, degreed in Biblical Studies, ordained as a reverend of the faith, I now have questions of the religion that raised and readied me. The emittance of questions and resolves thereof have done well in surrendering to me a choice: Christianity or curiosity?

"Bold...honest...authentic...a lifeline to church folk who feel stuck in a form of Christianity that's harming them." ~Brian D. McLaren, author of Faith After Doubt

Redemption by Ed Benjamin
Genre: Memoir, Military Thriller
4.3 stars, 200+ ratings
From $0.99 

An orphaned teenager, Harry enters the United States Air Force and quickly rises to become a top fighter pilot. Flying became his life—and he was good at it. When his wingman is shot down in an aerial battle, Harry uses his skills to shoot down three enemy jet fighters in combat.

But when the Air Force grounds Harry for medical reasons, his life is turned upside down. He battles loneliness and alcohol while trying to eke out a living as a private detective. Things change when he takes on a missing persons case that involves a Caribbean cruise and a computer geek named Katie. 

"An inspiring and turbulent emotional journey." ~International Review of Books

"This book has it all: super-authentic flying segments, a story of someone dealing with great loss, and an engaging detective story." ~Amazon Review

The Mad Ramblings of a Joker by Brandon Dillon
Genre: American Poetry
4.9 stars, 71 ratings
From $0.99

Brandon Dillon is an award-winning poet who writes from the soul about his life as a child born into poverty, his travels around the world as a U.S. Marine, love won and love lost, and the trauma that life brings. The Mad Ramblings of a Joker is a brutally honest collection, full of metaphor and vibrant imagery. His work covers topics such as PTSD, depression, and heartbreak, and softer moments of hope and reflective peace. His poetry is deep and unforgettable, a beacon for a dark world that needs a friend to say, “I’ve been there. I understand.”

"Dillon's voice is honest and resonates with others who have experienced trauma, loss or PTSD." ~Andreana Binder, MFA, Faculty, Writespace

"A glimpse into what it looks like to live on the other side of survival." ~Xach Blunt, poet, spoken word artist

Bigger Better Braver by Nancy Pickard
Genre: Self-Esteem
4.6 stars, 55 ratings
From $0.99

Bigger Better Braver: Conquer Your Fears, Embrace Your Courage, and Transform Your Life is a proven, step-by-step guide for uncovering and putting into action the vision we each have in our hearts to live the life we are meant to lead. Provided with clarity and enhanced with inspirational client and personal stories, the book is a journey in itself, as Nancy lays out time-tested tools to identify, face, and overcome shadow beliefs from childhood that hold us back, get free of the limits of our comfort zone, come to terms with and cultivate fear as a driving force for change, and discover the courage we already have to take bold steps into the future.

Foreword Reviews Award Winner. Chanticleer 1st Place and Finalist. International Book Awards Winner and Finalist.

"A warmly written…pep talk for living your 'big' life now." ~Kirkus Reviews

"A self-help companion designed to unearth hope and help it to grow." ~Foreword Reviews

Welcome to the Zipper Club by Bruce Ballister
Genre: Cardiology, Heart Disease
4.5 stars, 34 ratings
From $0.99

Are you or a loved one facing cardiac surgery? There’s nothing more frightening than when your heart isn’t functioning the way it’s supposed to—except possibly when the heart of someone you love is in trouble. It's natural to want information before surgery, but much of what is on medical websites is incomprehensible jargon.

Whether you’re preparing for heart surgery yourself or you’ll be supporting someone else, Welcome to the Zipper Club: Surviving Heart Surgery and Beyond will explain what to expect and how to survive beyond the surgery, including:
  • What to expect as you prepare for your surgery.
  • How it feels to have had your chest cracked open.
  • Why a support team is so important for your recovery.
  • How to transition back home as smoothly as possible.
  • And most importantly, what you need to do to avoid a repeat performance.
"Great support to anyone preparing for heart surgery." ~Ian Day, co-author of Challenging Coaching

Joyous Leadership by John Mark Watson
Genre: Business Mentoring & Coaching
5 stars, 55 ratings
From $2.99

What is joyous leadership and why should it be practiced? In Joyous Leadership: Stories of Learnings Along the Way, Mark Watson makes the case through pivotal personal stories that joyous leadership is not about short-term profit or prestige. It is a long-term endeavor to enrich our lives and strengthen our communities. Joyous Leadership shows that we all have plain or sometimes ugly personal stories that, like a prism examined in the light, transform into something that may surprise ourselves and inspire others.

"A must-read for any aspiring leader." ~Lee C. Banks, Vice Chairman & President, Parker Hannifin Corporation

"A precious gift!" ~Dr. Robert Fisher, President, Belmont University

The Sword and the Sunflower by Mark Bradford
Genre: Metaphysical Fantasy, Coming-of-Age Fantasy
4.5 stars, 24 ratings
From $1.00

A father who lost his heart, a traveler who lost his love, and a girl who lost everything.
In an epic fantasy set 1,000 years from now, the world resembles the Dark Ages of Medieval times rather than the future, and a father who is grieving the death of his daughter takes one last job—to assassinate a man he’s never met. But when he meets the young daughter of his intended victim, he ends up taking her under his wing and they are both taken on an epic journey.
This fantasy adventure explores the aftermath of catastrophe, in a new world distant yet familiar to us. It examines duty, family, and beliefs—all through the eyes of three strangers who have no business coming together. 

"An epic fantasy journey that is closely connected with our own world. Highly recommended." ~K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Ciscoe's Dance by Marion Hill
Genre: Black & African American Fantasy Fiction
4.5 stars, 67 ratings on Goodreads
From $0.99

Ciscoe and his wife, Latisha, are dannzas—professional dancers who specialize in performing to Guanamamma music in upscale nightclubs. But their way of life is threatened when Piccanta, a new type of music and dance, becomes fashionable. In love with the dannza life once taught by his father, Ciscoe is determined to save Guanamamma music and dance.

In a world where music and dance are akin to religion, the story comes to read like an allegory on modern cancel culture: when a canonized artist is judged without context, the suggestion is that it's the culture, not the artist, who suffers. 

"A lively fantasy novel...the book examines the greater impact that an artist's choices can have on a culture." ~Katerie Prior, Clarion Reviews

Building Your First Website by John Rhea
Genre: Web Site Design, Web Programming
4.1 stars, 43 ratings

Ever think you could enjoy learning code?

Forget those insomnia cures and non-apocalypse-ending books. Building Your First Website (While You Thwack Zombies with HTML and CSS) makes learning HTML and CSS fun, plus you get to put the smackdown on the undead hordes. It has all the content and direction you need to build that first website, plus enough silly jokes and zombie slaying to keep you interested the whole time. Grab this book and stop the Apocalypse today!

"Funny and informative." ~Amazon Review

February 2023 LitNuts Deals

LitNuts Deals

Welcome to the February 2023 issue of LitNuts Deals: highly rated indie books price $1 or less PLUS the LitNuts Deals Giveaway.

This month, we're giving away $100 in books. The winner will be able to choose a $100 gift card from any book retailer that sells gift cards online. Enter by February 24 for a chance to win! 

The Heirs of Earth by Daniel Arenson
Genre: Science Fiction
4.3 stars, 1150+ ratings

We hide in shadows. Our planet is lost. We are the last humans, and we must go home. Two thousand years ago, aliens destroyed Earth. Our fleets shattered. Billions died. The last humans fled a burning planet, heading to the stars. Today we are still refugees. Hungry. Afraid. Our enemies hunt us everywhere. So we hide. On distant asteroids. In rundown space stations. In deep caves on frozen worlds. And we dream. Of green hills. Blue skies. Golden fields. We dream of Earth. And for the first time, we have hope. Book 1 in the Children of Earthrise series.  "Full of action and brimming with sentient aliens." ~Max Carver, Relic Wars

Moonlight Canyon by Yurie Kiri
Genre: Mystery
4.1 stars, 33 ratings

Terrible things are happening in Silver City. The rural paradise just south of Moonlight Canyon is under attack. Half-eaten, mutilated bodies are showing up in public places. The peaceful residents of Silver City are in a panic. Horrible murders shouldn’t happen here. Evil like that is reserved for the big cities, right? Wrong. Book 2 in the Murder and Magic series. "A mystical tale that walks a thin line between paranormal and crime-based stories." ~Goodreads review 

Earth and Beyond by Wendy Gamble
Genre: Science Fiction
3.9 stars, 47 ratings

"Extremely well-written…displays an amazingly wide knowledge of science, yogic practices, and of what could exist beyond the known galaxy." ~Professor emeritus, UNBA. Alien DNA infects Earth. A med ship with a revolutionary deep space engine launches the world's hope for salvation. An elite crew faces unseen adversity and forges friendships as they seek a cure for humanity. Enhanced with hand-drawn illustrations. Book 1 in the MedSci Missions Science Fiction series. "A very interesting book…I strongly recommend you read this amazing MedSci Missions book." ~Chief Instructor, Todokai Karate

Scandalous: The Victoria Woodhull Saga (Volume Two) - Fame, Infamy, and Paradise by Neal Katz
Genre: Historical Fiction
4.3 stars

Experience Historical Fiction at its best in this rags-to-riches saga. Set in and around New York City in the early 19th Century, Victoria Woodhull and her sister, Tennessee Celeste Claflin, take the city by storm as they challenge morality, fashion, economics, social justice, and equal pay for equal work. Leveraging their wealth as the sisters become famous on the lecture circuit, they fight for women's rights, suffrage, and enter into the political arena as Victoria is nominated by the American Equal Rights Party to run for President of the United States and Tennessee runs for Congress. "Engaging and hugely entertaining." ~Readers Favorite Five Star Review

The Best is Yet to Come by Tara Alemany
Genre: Death and Grief
4.4 stars, 47 ratings

After twelve years of living alone as a single parent, Tara hadn’t expected to find love again. So when Frank unexpectedly came into her life, the result of an errant e-mail, he turned her world upside down. Four months later, his unexpected death brought it to a crashing halt. Join Tara on her journey as she shares the story of their time together and, more importantly, the lessons she learned as she rode waves of unanticipated love and grief to ultimately come to the strongest place she’d ever been in her life.

This true story will speak to and inspire anyone who has ever suffered the loss of a dream by showing how you too can change your perception of that loss from an anchor that holds you back into a beautiful gift that dares you to believe that the best is yet to come. Includes discussion guides for book clubs and support groups.

Lady of the Seven Suns by Tinney Sue Heath
Genre: Historical Fiction 
4.3 stars, 50 ratings

“Immerses the reader into medieval Italy." ~Historical Novel Review. A novel of the woman St. Francis called brother. Rome, 1210: Giacoma’s life is at a crossroads. She cannot be both a powerful Roman noblewoman and also a follower of the holy man from Assisi. Or can she? A new path lies ahead, and she will will have to invent it as she goes. Based on the life of a real woman, this is a story of love, friendship, and a stubborn quest for grace. “Twisting with life…absolutely excellent and evocative novel!” ~Discovering Diamonds

Wisconsin Vamp by Scott Burtness
Genre: Horror Comedy
4 stars, 200+ ratings

Some vampires are destined for greatness. Herbert Knudsen isn't one of them. When the small-town diner cook and mediocre bowler becomes a vampire, things finally start looking up. He's stronger, a little sexier, and the girl of his dreams is noticing him. But the bodies are piling up, and his best friend isn't just getting suspicious...he's getting jealous. Book 1 in the Monsters in the Midwest series. "Fun, entertaining, change-of-pace vampire story." ~Amazon review

Stuck on Your Heart by Beth Labonte
Genre: Romance 
4.3 stars, 64 ratings

Darcy Field has made a promise to her brother: No more dating his friends. Ever. Which is fine, because all of her brother’s friends are massive losers. Thanks to them, she’s spent one too many Valentine’s Days with crushed dreams, a broken heart, and zero chocolate. But when Darcy is forced to attend the annual singles' event at Lonesome Coffee—her family’s coffee shop in the small town of Emerson, Massachusetts—a certain promise may become very hard to keep. "Valentine gem." ~Amazon review

The Pacific Chronicles by James Eldridge
Genre: Children/Young Adult, Ages 7-18
4.9 stars, 49 ratings

Hawaiian culture and traditions are captured in this thrilling fantasy adventure about a young girl and her brother who are given access to a hidden and legendary world in their native islands and gifted with an unexpected set of magical abilities. Book 1 of The Pacific Chronicles.
"I loved the combination of history, lore, education, entertainment...and I absolutely loved Eleu and Molawa." ~Tara Lewis, former Director, Disney Publishing Worldwide. 

The Wedding Soup Murder by Rosie Genova
Genre: Cozy Mystery
4.7 stars, 80 ratings

“A tightly-plotted whodunit.” ~New Jersey Monthly.  After Victoria Rienzi comes back home to work in her family’s restaurant, her nonna puts her in charge of catering a wedding with all the trimmings—and death as an uninvited guest. 

"The Wedding Soup Murder blends mystery with comedy, romance, family drama, a vivid and affectionate portrayal of the Jersey shore and…oh yes, cooking.” ~Helen Beglin, New Jersey Monthly 

“Everything I could wish for in a cozy mystery and more.” ~Read Your Writes Book Reviews

January 2023 LitNuts Deals

Events LitNuts Deals

Welcome to the January 2023 issue of LitNuts Deals: highly rated indie books PLUS the LitNuts Deals Giveaway.

This month, we're giving away $150 in books, coffee, and cash. Three winners will each choose a $50 gift card for books (from, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, etc.), a $50 coffee shop gift card (from any coffee shop or café that sells gift cards online), or $50 in cash (payable via PayPal). Enter by January 21 for a chance to win! 


Lowcountry Boil by Susan M. Boyer
Genre: Cozy Mystery
4.4 stars, 1,440 ratings

Private Investigator Liz Talbot is a modern Southern belle. She blesses hearts, takes names, carries her Sig 9 in her Kate Spade bag, and her golden retriever, Rhett, rides shotgun in her hybrid Escape. When her grandmother is murdered, Liz hightails it back to her South Carolina island home to find the killer. She’s fit to be tied when her brother—the chief of police—shuts her out of the investigation, so she opens her own. When her long-dead best friend pops in things really get complicated. Book 1 in the Liz Talbot Mystery Series.

"A simmering gumbo of a story." ~The Huffington Post. 

Edgewood by Karen McQuestion
Genre: Teen & Young Adult Thrillers & Suspense
4.4 stars, 1,472 ratings

"Such a gripping story! I couldn't turn the pages fast enough." ~Five-star Goodreads Review. Wandering the dark streets at night is Russ Becker's way of dealing with his relentless insomnia and the angst of life. But that changes forever the night he witnesses a strange astronomical event, then discovers he's developed incredible superpowers. And he's not the only one...

"I devoured it in one sitting!" New York Times Bestselling Author Lesley Kagen ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

"Edgewood was mind-blowingly amazing." Olivia at Fictionally Obsessed ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 


Kingdoms of Sand: Books 1-3 by Daniel Arenson
Genre: Epic Fantasy
4.2 stars, 137 ratings

Game of Thrones meets Spartacus in an epic saga of sand and splendor. This bundle contains the first three novels of Kingdoms of Sand, a fantasy series from a USA Today bestselling author. That's over 1,000 pages of battles, intrigue, and magic.

Sweeping from snowy forests to cruel deserts, from bazaars of wonder to fields of war, here is a tale of legionaries and lepers, priests and paupers, kings and crows. Here a girl travels across endless dunes, seeking magic; a cruel prince struggles to claim a bloodstained throne; and a young soldier fights to hold back an overwhelming host. As the empire spreads, the fate of one family—and of all civilization—stands upon a knife's edge, for under the storm of war, even the greatest nations are but kingdoms of sand.

The Prodigal Returns by Miranda Rose Barker
Genre: Cozy Mystery
4.4 stars, 41 ratings

Holly owns a small-town café. Her curiosity is piqued by the rich and powerful Montgomery family, who control the town. When the family patriarch dies, the police view it as murder, and the estranged son of the deceased who recently returned is a suspect.

Holly meets this young man at her café and tries to help solve the case to exonerate him. One thing is for sure—Holly will do whatever it takes to learn who killed the family patriarch…and, in the process, uncover any other secrets the family is hiding.

Book 1 of the Near-to-Home Mystery Series.

My Mother's Secret by Alina Adams
Genre: Historical Fiction
4.4 stars, 47 ratings

New York Times Bestselling author Alina Adams draws on her own experiences as a Jewish refugee from Odessa, USSR, as she provides readers a rare glimpse into the world's first Jewish Autonomous Region. My Mother's Secret: A Novel of the Jewish Autonomous Region is rooted in detailed research about a little-known chapter of Soviet and Jewish history while exploring universal themes of identity, love, loss, war, and parenthood. Readers can expect a whirlwind journey as Regina finds herself and her courage within one of the century's most tumultuous eras.

"An eye-opening family saga...both exotic and chillingly familiar." ~Kyra Davis, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

Blue Hydrangeas: An Alzheimer's Love Story by Marianne Sciucco

Genre: Fiction
4.6 stars, 227 ratings

What if the person who knew you best and loved you most forgot your face and couldn't remember your name? In Blue Hydrangeas, a pair of retired Cape Cod innkeepers encounter Alzheimer's disease. 

"Blue Hydrangeas traces a couple's struggle with Alzheimer's in an effective story that doesn't pull its punches, but remains compassionate and absorbing." ~IndieReader

"By far the most tender love story I've read in a very long time." ~Story Circle

What's Not Said: A Novel by Valerie Taylor

Genre: Women's Domestic Life Fiction, Family Life Fiction 
4.2 stars, 193 ratings

Kassie O’Callaghan’s meticulous plans to divorce her emotionally abusive husband, Mike, and move in with Chris, a younger man she met five years ago on a solo vacation in Venice, are disrupted when she finds out Mike has chronic kidney disease—something he’s concealed from her for years. Once again, she postpones her path to freedom—at least, until she pokes around his pajama drawer and discovers his illness is the least of his deceits.

But Kassie is no angel, either.  As she struggles to justify her own indiscretions, the secret lives she and Mike have led collide head-on, revealing a tangled web of sex, lies, and DNA. Still, mindful of her vows, Kassie commits to helping her husband find an organ donor. In the process, she uncovers a life-changing secret. Problem is, if she reveals it, her own immorality will be exposed, which means she has an impossible decision to make: Whose life will she save—her husband’s or her own?

"Highly recommended for readers who look for not just stories of marital relationships, but the unexpected revelations that revolve around life purpose and the immortality of love.” ~Midwest Book Reviews

A Conjuring of Ravens by Azalea Ellis
Genre: Fantasy
4.5 stars, 316 ratings

In a world where magic is a science, Siobhan is a genius. But even geniuses need schooling.

Siobhan has just been banned from the country's only magic university. As the unwitting accomplice to the theft of a priceless magical artifact, she has suddenly become a wanted criminal. There are fates worse than death, and if caught, she will face them. Unwilling to give up on her dream of becoming the world's most powerful sorcerer, she resolves to do whatever it takes to change her fate—even if it means disguising herself as a man and indebting herself to a gang of criminals to pay for University tuition.

With the coppers after her, the pressure of trying to keep her spot in the devilishly competitive magic classes, and the gang calling in favors to repay her debts, Siobhan will need every drop of magic she can channel. Book 1 in the A Practical Guide to Sorcery series. 

One & Done by Kelly Jayne
Genre: Steamy Romance
4 stars, 62 ratings

He's hot. Like smoldering on a 98-degree day hot! He looks like a man I could enjoy all night long!

When she looked into the camera, it felt like she was looking straight into my soul, and a jolt of electricity pulsed through me like I haven't felt in years.

Holly doesn't believe in love. She saw what it did to her parents and she wants no part of it.

Morgan had true love once and doesn't believe he will ever find it again.

Will they find in each other what they never thought possible? Or will their fears and flaws keep them apart? Book 1 in the United Front series.

Outrageous: Rise to Riches by Neal Katz
Genre: Historical Fiction 
4.3 stars, 89 ratings

Women empowerment, overcoming adversity, social change, and hope were the cornerstones upon which Victoria Woodhull (1838–1927) and her younger sister Tennessee Celeste Claflin built their incredible lives in Victorian America. 

Winner of 12 literary awards, Outrageous: Rise to Riches, Book 1 of The Victoria Woodhull Saga, sets the psychological verity and traces Victoria from childhood poverty and horrific abuse to becoming one of the wealthiest women in America, founding the first women-owned brokerage firm on Wall Street, and the first women-owned newspaper. Victoria would stop at nothing to achieve her destiny.

"A compelling page-turning story that cleverly unfolds history while providing a wonderfully entertaining ride." ~Midwest Book Review

A Ring of Truth by Michelle Cox
Genre: Historical Mystery, Mystery/Romance
4.1 stars, 517 ratings

“Downton Abbey meets Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries!” 

In this second book of the series, Henrietta and Clive delightfully rewrite Pride and Prejudice—with a hint of mystery. Newly engaged, Clive and Henrietta now begin the difficult task of meeting each other’s family. “Difficult” because Clive has neglected to tell Henrietta that he is heir to the Howard estate and fortune, and Henrietta has just discovered that her mother has been hiding secrets about her past as well. When Clive leaves his new fiancée with his wealthy family to return to the city, Henrietta stumbles upon a servant whose ring has been stolen. What begins as an innocent investigation quickly becomes very dangerous. 

“Henrietta and Inspector Howard make a charming odd couple in A Ring of Truth, mixing mystery and romance in a fizzy 1930s cocktail.” ~Hallie Ephron, New York Times bestselling author

November LitNuts Deals

LitNuts Deals

Welcome to the November issue of LitNuts Deals: highly rated indie books priced $1 or less PLUS the LitNuts Deals Giveaway. This month, we're giving away a $100 Barnes & Noble gift card. Enter by December 10 for a chance to win! 


The Bend in Redwood Road by Danielle Stewart
Genre: Women's Sagas, Women's Romance Fiction
4.4 stars, 5000+ ratings

DNA can connect Gwen back to her biological family, but will the secrets they are hiding be too much to handle?

"Stewart has a knack for creating rich, complicated characters. One standout is Leslie's daughter, Kerry, who is defiantly vocal about the issues within her family and laudably supportive of her mother. The author treads carefully around the subject of adoption, respectfully noting systematic issues while preserving the emotional complexities of Gwen's experience. Another intriguing feature is the romantic subplot." ~Kirkus Reviews


Coastal Paybacks by Don Rich
Genre: Travel Adventure Fiction, Sea Adventures Fiction
4.5 stars, 387 ratings

When Murph disappears in Florida, Casey and Marlin rush down to look for him. They discover someone from Murph and Casey’s past has reappeared, putting them all in jeopardy. From Florida to the Bahamas and Costa Rica, trouble is about to follow them back to Mallard Cove, and more than just Murph’s life will be at risk.

Book 3 of 11 in the Coastal Adventure Series, can be enjoyed as a standalone novel. 

A Shot to Die For by Libby Fischer Hellmann
Genre: Noir Crime, Mystery Series, Women Sleuths
3.9 stars, 63 ratings

From an award-winning author. "Hellmann reaches the next level with her latest mystery novel." ~Chicago Sun Times.

In the 4th Ellie Foreman mystery, the filmmaker sleuth is heading to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, when a young woman with whom she's chatting at a rest stop is suddenly shot dead and the sniper disappears in a van. Ellie subsequently investigates and finds the main suspect is the scion of the wealthiest, most prominent family in town.

"Has me itching for the next book." ~Midwest Book Review


Monroe Doctrine, Volume One by James Rosone & Miranda Watson
Genre: Technothriller, Military Thriller
4.4 stars, 3800+ ratings

As AI continues to improve and deepfakes become's harder and harder to distinguish truth from fiction.

Scheming world leaders develop unexpected alliances.

Conflict is at America's doorstep.

The Monroe Doctrine calls on the United States to respond.

What could possibly go wrong?


The Bone Thief's Tale by Heleen Davies
Genre: Fantasy and Futuristic Romance, Romantic Fantasy
4.3 stars, 32 ratings

Bound in a contract to steal magical bones for her Queen, Lynne knows one little mistake means death. When she loses a bone during one of her secret visits to Earth to gaze upon her mortal crush, Lynne has no choice but to strike a deal with an evil witch. To save her life, she must earn the man’s love and return the bone.

"IT.WAS.SO.INTENSE!!! I loved it! At first I was like, 'How can it be The Little Mermaid meeting Hades and Persephone mashup retelling, how will that even work?!' But I freaking loved it!" ~Goodreads review. 


The Latina President and the Conspiracy to Destroy Her by Joe Rothstein
Genre: Espionage Thriller, International Mystery & Crime 
4.6 stars, 66 ratings

What happens when a fun-loving, charismatic, reform-minded Mexican-American billionairess becomes president of the United States and strikes fear in the pocketbooks of a cabal of the rich and powerful? Conspiracy. Impeachment. Murder. Assassination. It's all here. The world knows President Tennyson as "Tenny." And once you meet her, you will never forget her. Kirkus Reviews says she's "An enthralling protagonist at the heart of a gripping tale." Another reviewer writes, "If Grisham wrote political thrillers, they'd feel like this!"


Relatively Normal by Whitney Dineen
Genre: Humorous Fiction, Comedy
4.3 stars, 1900+ ratings

"I laughed, cried, and laughed some more. This is a book you do not want to miss." ~Amazon #1 bestselling author Loretta Nyhan

It all started with a Scottish Thanksgiving... Just add a fiancé, interfering relatives, an ex-boyfriend, and an array of taxidermy field mice dressed for battle, and what could go wrong? International Readers Favorite Award and Top Shelf Book Award winner. 


A Hand for the Duke by Meredith Bond
Genre: Romance, Regency Historical Romance, Historical British Fiction
4.4 stars, 240+ ratings

Can the Ladies of the Wagering Whist Society help an impoverished modiste win the hand of a sought-after Duke? Tina Rowan wants nothing more than to be free of her past, but can an ill-dressed duke be the one to help this modiste? With her help, the Duke of Warwick can introduce his sister to society, but he may just lose his heart in the process. It will take the combined efforts of the Ladies’ Wagering Whist Society to see this difficult hand well played.


Hammers in the Wind: The Northern Crusades by Christian Warren Freed
Genre: Sword & Sorcery Fantasy, Epic Fantasy
4 stars, 236 ratings

Exiled millennia ago, the dark gods have tirelessly sought to return and bend the world of Malweir to their will. Their agents roam the world in search of weak willed men. Only through corruption and chaos can their masters return. It begins in the northern kingdom of Delranan when King Badron's castle is attacked, his only son murdered, and his daughter kidnapped. Angered, he leads his kingdom to war against the neighboring Rogscroft. But all is not as it seems. Badron falls under the sway of the Dae'shan, immortal agents of the dark gods, and unwittingly begins the final campaign that will reduce Malweir to willing servants of evil. 

Fans of Tolkien, Brooks, McKiernan, and Martin will enjoy..


Rise by Mark Moore
Genre: Military Fantasy, Historical Fantasy Fiction
4.5 stars, 47 ratings

Damien Flynn, once a conscientious politician, is now facing execution for supporting the cause of an oppressed people, the Ricchans. Victoria Montgomery, the reluctant leader of the fledgling Ricchan revolution, provides Damien with a choice at the edge of a knife. Will Damien be the catalyst for change or a footnote in history? Book 1 of 2 in The Ricchan Chronicles.


Mail Order Brides by Laura Ashwood
Genre: 20th Century Historical Romance

4.5 stars, 46 ratings

If you swoon for heroes with heart, you’ll love these historical western romances!

This inspirational collection features four sweet, wholesome novellas by USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Laura Ashwood, each filled with romance and heartbreak, redemption, family and finding true love.

If you love faith-filled tales of the Old West, stories of resilient love and second chances, and characters that come to life on the page, you will be swept away with this collection.


Dark Tide by Sharon Ward
Genre: Travel Adventure Fiction, Women's Adventure Fiction, Sea Adventures Fiction
4.6 stars, 79 ratings

Fin Fleming, chief underwater photographer at famed oceanography institute RIO, discovers her friends Gus and Theresa are missing, and it doesn’t take long for the kidnapper to contact her with demands. Plus there’s a killer shark in the area and someone is stealing dive tanks from RIO’s scuba shack. And it all falls to Fin to manage.


October LitNuts Deals

LitNuts Deals

Welcome to the October issue of LitNuts Deals: highly rated indie books priced $1 or less PLUS the LitNuts Deals Giveaway. This month, we're giving away $100 in books to three winners: $50 1st Prize, $25 2nd Prize, $25 3rd Prize. Enter by November 5 for a chance to win! 

Christmas Mountain Romance Collection by Susan Hatler
4.5 stars, 240 ratings

This USA Today bestselling collection of three sweet holiday romance novels will tug at your heartstrings and inspire you to believe in happy endings. From a New York Times bestselling author, don’t miss your chance to experience the magic of Christmas Mountain, Montana, where warm homecomings, small-town charm, and true love await. Includes three complete novels: The Christmas Compromise (Morgan’s story), 'Twas the Kiss Before Christmas (Faith’s story), and A Sugar Plum Christmas (Lacey's story). 
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Twice a Daughter by Julie Ryan McGue
Memoir / Creative Nonfiction
4.5 stars, 881 ratings

Kirkus Reviews has called this best-selling, award-winning memoir, “An engaging and endearing chronicle of a woman’s quest to find her origins.” Julie is a twin. She is also adopted. When at 48, Julie faces serious health issues, the twins decide to research their closed adoption, a journey that takes years and involves multiple search angels. What began as a simple desire for family medical history evolves into a complicated quest―one that unearths secrets, lies, and family members that are literally right next door.
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The King's Anatomist by Ron Blumenfeld
Historical Fiction
4.6 stars, 87 ratings

"This lively story combines fine historical detail with a sensitive feel for past personalities.” In 1565 Brussels, the reclusive mathematician Jan van den Bossche receives shattering news that his lifelong friend, the renowned and controversial anatomist Andreas Vesalius, has died returning from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Jan decides to journey to his friend’s grave to offer his last goodbye. "In his imaginatively woven historical mystery, Blumenfeld’s erudite adventure leaves the reader with tantalizing speculations."
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Lady Apprentice by Toni Cabell
Teen & Young Adult
4.3 stars, 287 ratings

B.R.A.G. Medallion Winner! A scrap of prophecy, an old sword, and a girl who can’t do anything right. Linden is the worst mage apprentice in her school—maybe in the whole country. Yet all the prophecies predict she’s the girl with the answers. But if Linden can’t master a basic shape-shifting spell without starting a fire, how can she take on the darkest sorcerer in generations? “A magical story. Enough love, fighting, mystery and magic to keep anyone's interest." ~IndieBRAG, 5 Stars
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What's Not True: A Novel by Valerie Taylor
Literary Fiction
4.4 stars, 70+ ratings

“Captivating and romantic…anything but predictable.” ~Literary Titan 5-star review. After a chance meeting with a colleague in Paris and a stroll along the Pont Neuf, Kassie receives two compelling proposals. Before she can grab the gold ring and have it all, she must fight for what’s legally and rightfully hers. “Taylor’s prose is crystalline.” ~Readers’ Favorite 5-star review
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Stay With Me, Wisconsin by JoAnneh Nagler
Literary Fiction
4.9 stars, 66 ratings

Eleven sensual and modern-day short stories about love, loss, sex, devotion and desire. Set in the small lake towns and suburbs of the country's Midwestern heartland, the tales thread from one heart to another with extraordinary effectiveness and power. Lovers, partners, family members and friends—they push courageously toward love, and often win. Intimate and impeccably crafted, they invite us into the passionate world of one of the most important new voices on the American literary scene. JoAnneh Nagler, author of Naked Marriage, wows her fans again with her first foray into short fiction, where they will beg her to stay.
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The Treasure of Peril Island by Nick Cook
Teen & Young Adult
4.5 stars, 39 ratings

“A swashbuckling fantasy that is consistently entertaining.” ~Literary Titan. Jack Drayton is a penniless young man living in 1903 London. With the help of his friend, Hector, he ventures on a dangerous voyage to find a pirate’s treasure—if they live long enough, that is. “A fun and engaging story line that will hold readers' interest from beginning to end. The story unfolds at a quick and steady pace, sustaining intrigue throughout.” ~Book Life Prize
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A Girl Like You by Michelle Cox
4.2 stars, 600+ ratings

Winner of 14 international book awards. Recommended by Elle, Buzzfeed, Redbook, Bustle and others. "Mixing mystery & romance in a fizzy 1930s cocktail!" When the matron at a seedy dance hall is murdered, Inspector Clive Howard arrives on the scene & convinces a young taxi-dancer, Henrietta, to go undercover for him in a notorious burlesque hall where he suspects the murderer is lurking. "Henrietta & Clive are a sexy, endearing, & downright fun pair of sleuths. Readers will not see the final twist coming.” ~Library Journal, starred review. “Fans of spunky, historical heroines will love Henrietta Von Harmon.” ~Booklist, starred review. 
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Call Numbers by Syntell Smith
Literary Fiction
4.2 stars, 40 ratings
A young library clerk juggling college and part-time work has just transferred to the 58th Street Branch Library, where the patrons are unreasonable and the staff are out to get each other. Robin Walker attempts to fit in without taking sides. A New Adult Contemporary Workplace Drama series about the lives of a diverse, divided staff and the eccentric patrons they deal with in 1994.
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Ekstasis: The Return of the Sovereign Heart by M.I. Dugast
Romance / Metaphysical Fiction
4.5 stars, 33 ratings

"An outstanding story of reincarnation, recovery, discovery, and spiritual survival that operates on many delightfully unexpected levels." ~Midwest Book Review. Together, they are the keys to humankind’s original blueprint. Apart, will they find each other through the pages of time? "A book within a book, where love is a pulsating force field that can connect hearts, souls, and spirits, transcending beyond even death."
Special offer: Get a free webinar and free ebook directly from the author. 
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Murder in the Atchafalaya by Jim Riley
4.2 stars

Author Jim Riley does a first-rate job of steeping the reader in the milieu of South Louisiana and Cajun mores. From murders at mudbug fests to menacing mosquito swarms to monumentally malevolent snake pits, he puts the heat and humidly on every page. There’s action, suspense, humor, and even a dash of romance in this gumbo of a novel that promises to start a series of adventures for Kristi and Hawk.
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September LitNuts Deals

LitNuts Deals

Welcome to the September issue of LitNuts Deals: 12 highly rated indie books priced $1 or less PLUS the LitNuts Deals Giveaway. We're giving away $150 in books to three winners: $75 1st Prize, $50 2nd Prize, $25 3rd Prize. Enter by October 1 for a chance to win! 

Earthrise Box Set (Books 1-6) by Daniel Arenson
Science Fiction
4.3 stars, 1600+ ratings

They came from deep space. They came to destroy us. We will fight back! From USA Today bestselling author Daniel Arenson, Earthrise has captivated readers around the world and sold hundreds of thousands of copies. The Earthwise super box set includes the first six novels of the series...2,000+ pages of epic science fiction! If you liked Ender's Game and Starship Troopers, you'll love Earthrise.  
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The School Mistress by Tess Thompson
Historical Romance
4.4 stars, 12,000+ ratings

Colorado, 1910. An impoverished young woman. A lonely father of five. Will they be able to resist when a cadre of optimistic children start matchmaking? Book 1 in the Emerson Pass Historicals sweet romance series. "Highly recommended." ~Christine Nolfi, author of The Sweet Lake Series. 

If you like gallant nobles, resilient heroines, and hints of mystery, then you’ll adore Tess Thompson’s Edwardian adventure in the Old West. "I frequently found myself getting lost in the characters and forgetting that I was reading a book." ~Camille Di Maio, The Memory of Us. 
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Havanna Lost by Libby Fischer Hellmann
Historical Thriller
4 stars, 400+ ratings

"A riveting historical thriller." ~Booklist. On the eve of the Cuban Revolution, headstrong 18-year-old Francesca Pacelli flees from her ruthless Mafia-boss father in Havana to the arms of her lover, a rebel fighting with Fidel Castro. Her father, desperate to send her to safety in the United States, resorts to torture and blackmail as he searches the island for her. So begins the first part of a spellbinding saga that spans three generations of the same family. "Masterfully crafted...I can't imagine any noir aficionado not enjoying Havana Lost." ~Rich Reeder, aliteraryreeder.
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Small Eden by Jane Davis
Literary Fiction
4.2 stars, 28 ratings

"Heart-warming and heart-breaking in equal measure." ~Jayoti Mondal, NetGalley. In London in 1884, scarlet fever takes the lives of two children. Ten years later, a father opens a pleasure garden in memory of his sons. What kind of man would risk a successful business to open a pleasure garden on the outskirts of a Surrey village when, one by one, London’s great pleasure gardens have closed their gates? He must have a head full of dreams. "It’s all there: passion, obsession, transition, love, subtlety, rebellion, and all beautifully observed and crafted." ~Michelle Coates, NetGalley.
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The Master's Child: Box Set One by Simone Leigh
Erotic Thriller
4.5 stars, 160 ratings on Goodreads

From Nothing to Having a Fierce, Loving Family. Once she had nothing. Now, Charlotte lives with her two husbands: Michael, her "Golden Lover," and James, her Master, whose child she is expecting. Charlotte’s ex-slaver father agreed to stay away and let them live their own lives. Life is perfect. What could possibly go wrong? Winner of the Page Reaper Readers Choice Awards in the BDSM & Ménage Categories. Includes three novels: Target, Ransom, and Hostage. For mature audiences only. 

The Inventor's Heart by Kara O'Neal
Historical Romance
4.8 stars

It's 1885, and Alex Davis has just returned to Pike's Run, Texas, from Yale with a fabulous invention that could revolutionize the use of electricity. He can't wait to show his work to his family and his dearest friend in the world, Julia Forrester. But from the first day he arrives home, Julia avoids him, even though she has loved Alex since their school days. She'd thought he loved her, but when he went off to college without her, it broke her heart. When Julia confesses the reason for her distant attitude, Alex vows to move Heaven and Earth to win her back.
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Dark by Tirzah M.M. Hawkins
Paranormal Suspense
4.4 stars, 75 ratings

In a single night, most of the human population is wiped out by creatures that survive in the dark. So begins this ongoing survival struggle series. Don't turn out your lights.

Dark is first and foremost a Kindle Vella serial story. This is a box set of episodes 1-16. The story is considered ongoing and does not have a scheduled end date. Come along for a wild ride in this creepy, apocalyptic story of horror and survival. 
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Simple Service by Laura Montgomery
Science Fiction
4.2 stars, 32 ratings

"A triumphant return to a beloved world!" ~Amazon review. They're stranded beyond the known stars. Will Peter Dawe’s perilous mission with a brother he despises end in death? If you like gripping action, insurmountable odds, and alien worlds, you’ll love Laura Montgomery’s tale of a man determined not to let family ties sabotage mission success. Book 1 in the Martha's Sons series. "An exciting but complicated read, Simple Service offers a detailed, original and dangerous dystopia/science-fiction universe." ~Goodreads review. 
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Coldwater Revenge by James A. Ross
4.2 stars, 106 ratings

Bad things happen when a bioresearch research company on the verge of bankruptcy agrees to act as a conduit for anonymous shipments of vials, powders, and Petri dishes in exchange for quick cash. Trouble begins when a poxed corpse floats to the top of a nearby lake and an autopsy reveals it to be riddled with a deadly toxin. Coldwater Revenge is an atmospheric mystery/thriller that takes place in a small town in upstate New York where murder suspects could be friends, lovers, and even family.
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Peyton Brooks' Mysteries Box Set: Murder in San Francisco by ML Hamilton
4.7 stars, 2200+ ratings

The Peyton Brooks’ Mystery series follows the career of San Francisco Homicide Detective Peyton Brooks and her partner, Marco D’Angelo, as they fight crime in the City by the Bay. Get all eight of the popular Peyton Brooks’ Mysteries in a single box set, including the prequel. That's more than 1,000 pages of action and adventure from San Francisco’s top detective. "M.L. Hamilton does a masterful job of developing the main protagonists in this series and the repartee between characters is refreshingly delightful." ~Amazon review
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Swim Season by Marianne Sciucco
Young Adult
4.8 stars, 43 ratings

"This book should be next on your list if you love YA, strong characters, and sports!" ~Olivia C., Amazon review. Aerin is destined for the Olympics, but she's quit winning. It costs too much. Her dad left and her mom is in jail. Where was she? Underwater. "Every kid should read this." ~Anne, Amazon review.

In Swim Season, you'll find drama in and out of the pool when two girls vie to break a longstanding record in the 500 freestyle. "Beautifully captures the life of a swimmer and high schooler." ~Kathy M., Amazon review.
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The Monarch's Daughter by Tirzah M.M. Hawkins
3.8 stars, 16 ratings

What happens when a human and a Kaliah share a mind link? What happens when that human was the person who killed your father in front of you? Without the Monarch to keep them in check, the evil rulers are now free to use Flynae’s royal body how they see fit. What does she have that they need in order to solidify their hold on the galaxy? How will the human who loves her protect her from more powerful forces at work? Get lost and fall in love with this dark fantasy, age-gap story as enemies become lovers and save each other. 
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August LitNuts Deals

LitNuts Deals

Welcome to the August issue of LitNuts Deals...twelve highly rated indie books priced $1 or less PLUS the LitNuts Deals Giveaway. Enter for a chance to win a Kindle Paperwhite with three months of Kindle Unlimited OR a $150 Amazon gift card! 

Body in the Books by Heather Huffman
4.5 stars, 1875 ratings

Sometimes, owning a bookstore can be murder. When Nora Jones inherits a dusty old bookshop from her estranged uncle, she moves to St. Augustine to tie up loose ends and maybe learn a bit about the man she never knew. Only what first appeared to be a heart attack turns out to be murder, and there’s no shortage of suspects. The detective assigned to the case might be handsome and charming, but Nora’s convinced he’s chasing down the wrong lead. With her newly-inherited Greyhound named Margo and a quirky band of friends in tow, Nora decides to track down the killer herself. She finds herself in a race to solve the murder before she becomes the next body in the books.
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Peyton Brooks' Mysteries Box Set: Murder in San Francisco by ML Hamilton
4.7 stars, 2144 ratings

The Peyton Brooks’ Mystery series follows the career of San Francisco Homicide Detective Peyton Brooks and her partner Marco D’Angelo as they fight crime in the City by the Bay. Get all eight of the popular Peyton Brooks’ Mysteries in a single box set, including the prequel. That's more than 1,000 pages of action and adventure from San Francisco’s top detective. "M.L. Hamilton does a masterful job of developing the main protagonists in this series and the repartee between characters is refreshingly delightful." ~Amazon review
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Larry's Post-Rapture Pet-Sitting Service by Ellen King Rice
4.6 stars, 129 ratings

A rollicking tale of imperfect people surviving in uncertain times. Larry is a lazy guy with impulse control issues, highly flexible morals, and a dodgy past. He's stuck with his mother, who is in dire need of beer and pretzels; a history-mad teenager in search of a job; and cats. Lots of cats. Those in power are not looking after Larry. And now the Rapture is here. “A large and colorful cast of characters fills the novel, and their experiences and coping mechanisms in the rapture-altered world give the story a welcome variety of perspectives.” ~Kirkus Reviews
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Promise Me Forever by Layla Hagen
4.2 stars, 4159 ratings

As a divorced single father, I live by three rules: 1) Make sure every day my daughter, Paisley, knows she's number one in my life. No. Matter. What. 2) Keep contact with my cheating ex-wife to a minimum. 3) Turn Maxwell Wineries into a legacy that keeps Paisley set for life. When I hire Lexi to look after my daughter, I realize I need another rule: Don't pursue Paisley's nanny. But even if I had that rule it wouldn't matter. Because I'm breaking it already. "If you are looking for a single dad / nanny swoony, steamy romance, then look no further!" ~@JodiReadsWrites
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Last Star Standing by Spaulding Taylor
Science Fiction
4.3 stars, 31 ratings

"A thoroughly entertaining adventure with imaginative action and an appealing hero." ~Kirkus starred review. It's 2094. Aiden, a rebel, is imprisoned by the world’s galactic overlords and awaits execution. Then a mole working for the occupying regime alerts him to a plot that could destroy the entire resistance... Recognized by the Independent Press Awards, International Book Awards, Eric Hoffer Award, Chanticleer's Cygnus Award, and the Wishing Shelf Book Awards. "Refreshingly unpredictable" ~Independent Review of Books. 
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The Truth Keeps Silent by A.V. Asher
4.4 stars, 135 ratings

Mercedes is running for her life and must turn to a man from her past to keep her safe. But being near Alec ignites a flame she thought had burned out long ago. Will they discover the truth, or will let the past ruin them forever? This twisty romantic suspense novel kicks off the first in a duet as well as a series. "Steamy, heart-wrenching and beautifully written." ~Goodreads reviewer. The second in the duet, The Lies That Shatter, is available now on all retailers. Note: This book comes with content warnings about domestic violence, coerced submission, gaslighting, sexual assault, and violence. 
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Keyport Cthulhu by Armand Rosamilia
4 stars, 55 ratings

"Keyport Cthulhu is an homage, not only to H.P. Lovecraft, but to the small fishing village of Keyport, New Jersey. I appreciate the painstaking work Armand Rosamilia crafted into this piece of art." ~Chuck Buda, author of The Debt Collector Series. Set in the New Jersey fishing village of Keyport, where the Esoteric Order of Dagon has been planning for the awakening of the Deep One all these years…who can survive when Cthulhu rises? Includes several bonus short stories. 
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Armies of the Silver Mage by Christian Warren Freed
Teen & Young Adult Sword & Sorcery Fantasy
3.8 stars, 74 ratings

Evil stirs as an ancient enemy returns to claim the world. Filled with battles of men, elves, dwarves, and goblins on an epic scale, Armies of the Silver Mage is an epic fantasy quest in the tradition of The Lord of the Rings and The Sword of Shannara. The first of nine books set in the mythical world of Malweir, it is a story of hope, desperate plots, and what it truly means to grow up in a world gone mad.  
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The Flight of the Ravenhawk by J. Edward Hackett
4.8 stars on Goodreads

A second-born prince. A banished elven princess. And a power-hungry Necromancer. Kalero Tremayne is second-born Prince of the Allurian Empire, a talented wizard and scholar. After distributing his writings on forbidden magick through Alluria, Kal is brought before the tribunal to face his brother and his crimes of treason against the crown. He is ordered to recant his beliefs, but Kal refuses. The punishment: Death. Kal flees his brother's wrath and finds himself embroiled in the beginnings of a dark, brutal war for freedom. Note: Book II in the Ravenhawk Chronicles, The Rise of the Azure Spire, is coming this Fall! 

Her Romeo by Quinn Marlowe
4.2 stars, 51 ratings

"Addictive, entertaining, steamy." ~Goodreads review. A girl who thought she knew what she was doing. A hero that might be in over his head. And a love that could tear their worlds apart. "I was expecting spice. And I got it!" ~@FedyTheReader
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First Course by Jenn Bouchard
Literary Fiction    
4.6 stars, 77 ratings

"The food and the characters are equally scrumptious in First Course; a delicious debut from Jenn Bouchard." ~Emily Belden, author of Hot Mess and Husband Material. Escape to summer in coastal Maine. Life's second acts, family dynamics, and plenty of great food await. Dig into First Course. "I loved this story of reinvention and finding love when you least expect it. With charming characters and a setting that will have you rushing to book a trip to the Maine coast, First Course is the perfect book to tuck into your beach bag this summer." ~Kristin Contino, author of A House Full of Windsor. Winner of awards and recognition from the Eric Hoffer Awards, Book Excellence Award, NYC Big Book Awards, Paris Book Festival, American Fiction Awards, and the San Francisco Book Festival.
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Raine of Fire by Susan Stradiotto

“Stradiotto melds Fae culture with a quirky detective story in a fantastic way.” ~MissBecka Gee, Goodreads review. Sparks fly when an exiled Fae prince and a straight-laced detective team up to solve a murder. The case is open and shut, a paperwork and media hassle. But when a random street performer keeps popping up to “help,” Kennedi Craine starts to wonder if maybe he’s on to something. "The TV show ‘Lucifer’ with Fae." ~Sophia, Reader review.   
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July LitNuts Deals

LitNuts Deals

Welcome to the July issue of LitNuts Deals: Highly rated indie books priced $1 or less 
— including 6 great free reads. We think it's a fantastic line-up. Scroll down for mystery, romance, fantasy, thrills and more!

Be sure to enter the 50/50/50 Giveaway to support these indie authors and publishers...and for a chance to win $50 in books, coffee, or cash!

A Girl Like You by Michelle Cox
4.2 stars, 556 ratings

Heir to the Crown Box Set 1 by Paul J Bennett
4.2 stars, 291 ratings

They are all that stands between victory and defeat! After tragedy tears Gerald's world apart, a fateful meeting with another lost soul unmasks a shocking secret. As civil war erupts, they travel across the kingdom fighting desperate battles, surrounded by powerful enemies who conspire to bring down the Crown. Includes Books 1, 2, & 2.5. 

Extreme Medical Services: Paramedics for Supernatural Creatures by Jamie Davis
Paranormal/Urban Fantasy   
4.1 stars, 1100+ ratings

Being tops in his Paramedic Academy training didn’t prepare Dean for this. He trained to help humans, but he wasn’t prepared for injured fairies and monsters. In a whole new world he didn't know existed, he needs to learn street medicine fast...before it gets him killed! But what's more dangerous: the supernaturals or his boss? You’ll love this supernatural medical thriller...because the fast-paced life of an EMT is better in the world of vampires and mythical creatures!  
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GONE: A Psychological Thriller by Sharon A. Mitchell
4.2 stars, 440 ratings

A random carjacking. Maybe. Maybe not. A typical day of medical appointments and errands. Elizabeth can handle it, she tells herself. She'll do it all until her husband returns on the weekend. But someone else has a plan - several someones―throwing Elizabeth's orderly life into chaos and danger. Now, she's on her own. No one knows where they are. If her son is to get out of this alive, it's up to Elizabeth. Ordinary people, thrown into extraordinary circumstances. "The story grabbed me and wouldn't let go!" ~Amazon review. Book One of the psychological thriller series When Bad Things Happen. 
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Christmastime 1940: A Love Story by Linda Mahkovec
Literary Fiction
4.6 stars, 303 ratings

"A charming, heartwarming tale of two people looking for a second chance at love. Whimsical and pleasingly old-fashioned throughout." ~Kirkus Reviews. Set in New York City against the backdrop of impending war, Christmastime 1940: A Love Story tells the story of an unlikely romance between a struggling young mother trying to make a fresh start and a man who has lost his connection to humanity. “Magnificent! Can’t wait to buy the next in the series! I’m hooked.” ~Amazon review. “A beautifully written Christmas story.” ~Amazon review.

The Last Deception: A Leine Basso Thriller by DV Berkom
4.5 stars, 195 ratings

Lies. Betrayal. A nation on the brink of war. Just when Leine Basso thinks she’s free from the business of murder and deception, a desperate call from a friend drags her back into the dark world of espionage and arms dealers. Leine uncovers information that implicates a well-known Russian businessman in a horrendous deception that affects national security and could have global repercussions. It’s up to the former assassin to persuade the powers that be to ignore the obvious and trust her, or disregard the information and bring the world to the brink of a devastating war. 
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The Sky Worshipers: A Novel of Mongol Conquests by F.M. Deemyad
Historical Fiction
4 stars, 88 ratings on Goodreads

Called "an epic novel that pulls back the veil on the tumultuous life and times of Genghis Khan," The Sky Worshipers reveals the complex and epic nature of the Mongolian empire during the 13th century. Told through the eyes of three captive princesses, the well-researched narrative exposes stories once lost to history now brought to light. The Sky Worshipers is an engaging, personal look at one of history's momentous eras.
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Swim Season by Marianne Sciucco
Young Adult
4.8 stars, 43 ratings

Champion swimmer Aerin Keane wins every race and every title, only to find herself alone. She's ready to give up her dreams of college swimming and a shot at the Olympics in order to simply be like all the other girls. But when her desire to be "one of the girls" collides with her desire to be the best, will Aerin sacrifice her new friendships for a shot at a $50,000 scholarship? "This book should be next on your list if you love YA, strong characters, and sports!" ~ Amazon review. 
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An Oracle Walks into a Bar by Scott Burtness
Urban Fantasy   
4.4 stars, 48 ratings

Messy breakup? Want your stuff back from your ex? Shapeshifter August Shade can help. For a reasonable fee, he’ll get your favorite whatever back and hopefully not die in the process. When a power-hungry elf hires August to get her favorite book back from her vampire ex-lover, August figures it’ll just be another job. Except that vampire is the meanest vampire this side of Canada, the book bestows its reader with the power to write their own future, and the elf isn’t the only one who wants the book. Things go from bad to worse when an oracle starts having visions of the end of the world, and August pops up in all of them. A darkly funny noir urban fantasy. 
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Flight to Bern Village by Jaron Osiar
Science Fiction / Fantasy
4.2 stars, 37 ratings

While a war rages in space, a revolutionary group of humans, shapeshifters, and telepaths gather to prove their races can live together in peace. They believe in peace enough to erase their memories and begin a primitive city on a secluded planet, Vastus. Generations later, conflicts on Vastus force people to flee their city. Meanwhile, a few Peace Bringers arrive on a broken-down space station to observe the inhabitants on Vastus. What they see is anything but encouraging, and they must deal with problems of their own.

Tizzie by p.d.r. lindsay
Historical Fiction
4.3 stars, 28 ratings

A Historical Novel Society Editor's Choice. Life is hard enough on a Yorkshire Dale farm in 1887, but when Tizzie learns that her family is keeping secrets, it gets worse. It may be too late for Tizzie to leave, but she vows to help her niece escape life on the farm. Captures the speaking rhythms & vocabulary of 19th-century Yorkshire farmers with amazing fidelity & precision.
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RoadKill by K.L. Ramsey
4.3 stars, 146 ratings

I know who I am—I’m a one-percenter. I’m a bottom feeder of society; at least that’s what I’m told. Sure, I’ve made some mistakes, but I’ve paid for them. I’m free and ready to prove that I’m not who everyone thought I was. I want things I never thought were possible until now—until her. Vivian Ward is my salvation, and I won’t let her go. "The book is a whirlwind of action, romance, and suspense. Highly Recommend grabbing up both Roadkill and Savage Heat; You won’t regret it. 2 Thumbs Up and 5 Stars." ~Sexy Sirens Book Blog 
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Sugar Babies by Joy Deja King

Paige's life of privilege ended when her well-to-do parents cut her off financially, so she decides to find a man to sponsor her lavish lifestyle. Crimson has been in a toxic relationship with her boyfriend for far too long, so when presented with an opportunity to get from under his tight grasp, she takes it and never looks back. Lydia has always put her academics first, but when she loses her scholarship, she decides to follow Paige and get her own sponsor to pay her tuition and expenses. Paige, Crimson and Lydia come from different walks of life, but share a common goal; they are sugar babies in search of the highest bidder.
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