Today's Featured Books
LitNuts: Books You Won't Find Elsewhere
LitNuts features books you may not find elsewhere. (Scroll down to see today's Featured Books.) What have you been missing? A lot of great indie books for one thing. Indie authors and small presses are the lifeblood of American literature, which is why we make them the stars of our newsletter. Learn more...Note: Prices are current when books are posted on LitNuts.com but can change on short notice. Be sure to check the price before purchasing.
Free online: Newberry Authors Panel at the Virginia Festival of Books
Free online: Newberry Authors Panel at the Virginia Festival of Books. Andrea Beatriz Arango, a former schoolteacher and winner of a 2023 Newbery Honor for Iveliz Explains It All, sits down with Meg Medina, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, a Newbery Award medalist, and the NYT bestselling author of Merci Suárez Plays It Cool, to talk about what it means to write the books they wish were on the shelves during their middle school years. Saturday, March 25, 12:30 p.m. EDT.
“When I write now, I pretend I'm holding hands with the old me. I try to make sense of all those questions for her.” ~Meg Medina
FREE - Sundered Sky by Ariele Sieling
The Seven Days of Christmas by Tess Thompson
Flynn Barnes and his wife, Shannon, have had an idyllic marriage—until she discovers the dangerous secret he kept from her...one that threatens to ruin their marriage and the stability of a happy home for their two little girls. Flynn follows the advice of his siblings in an attempt to gain back Shannon's love and trust—but can he win back her love before it's too late? Along with their focus on Flynn, the family is also helping plan Cymbeline's wedding to Viktor. Join the Barnes family for this bonus novella in the bestselling Emerson Pass Historicals. 4.5 stars, 1300+ ratings. From $3.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW /
Osaka Games by Yurie Kiri
Lover's Moon by Mark Leslie and Julie Strauss
FREE - West of Jaws by Capes
"Beautiful, romantic." -Foreword Reviews. As they track an enemy across a magical land, Helisent, a witch, and Samson, a wolf, uncover a series of troubling mysteries and a budding love that will change their lives forever. An adult "romantasy"...think Sex and the City meets The Witcher. "A playful twist on the fantasy genre...who knew witches like to party?" - Kirkus. Book 1 in the series. FREE - SHOP NOW /
Dangerous as Sin
When you love a villain, do you become one too? In a world of black-and-white, the gray in between just got more inviting. Laws are easily broken when you are at the hands of these dangerous-as-sin men. Watch as the man before you destroys everything in his path to claim what is his: You. Villains are determined by the eyes of the beholder, and all we see is desire. Twenty-two brand-new and exclusive novellas, taking us on an anti-hero adventure, one stuttering breath at a time. 4.7 stars, 108 ratings. From $0.99 SHOP NOW /
Fake Dating my Baby Daddy by Josie Hart
"An addictive, well-written story, with out-of-this-world romance and heartbreaking moments." -Amazon review. I’m fake-dating a real-life demigod with a perfect body to match his 10/10 face. His jilted ex-girlfriend wants him back, so I play new girlfriend. But pretend turns real with this big, fat plus sign. Will he stay or run, now that he’s my baby daddy? "The chemistry between Gavin and Paige is palpable and the steamy scenes are H-O-T. If you're looking for a book that will make you laugh, cry, and swoon, this is it!" -Amazon review. 4.6 stars, 99 ratings. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW /
Morrigan's Bidding by Daniel Schinhofen
Sean was just waiting for his best friend to show up at the bar so they could play some pool. It came as a shock when the tall blonde man accosted Sean. When the fight ended, Sean found himself in a meeting with Odin, Archangel Michael, Lucifer, and Morrigan, all vying for his soul. Sean choose to go with the goddess of Fate, Death, and Battle, and found himself with a new body and the chance to live a new life on a new world. But he learns quickly that words have power in this world, and that Agreements are binding. An eBookFairs "Best in Show" selection. Book 1 in the series. 4.6 stars, 2600+ ratings. From $4.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW /
Spotlight on National Puppy Day - and The Adventures of Bruno and Grace!
March 23 is National Puppy Day, a day to focus on the theme of "Love, Rescue, Adopt," and to celebrate the magic and unconditional love that puppies bring to our lives.
Another great way to celebrate? Catch up on The Adventures of Bruno and Grace from author Rachel Young! Middle grade readers will thoroughly enjoy following Bruno, a retired police dog, and his best friend, Grace, on their many adventures.
The Adventures of Bruno and Grace: Into the WildE-book: $4.99 (free via Kindle Unlimited)
The Adventures of Bruno and GraceE-book: FREE!
About the Author
Rachel (Janssen) Young grew up in Lansing, IL, a suburb of Chicago. She graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences. In 2006 she moved to southern California where she met her police officer husband. Today she is the mother of two children and two police K9s.
Today's indie books + free online lit event!
Today's line-up of Featured Books is indicative of the great work coming out of the indie publishing world. Scroll down to learn more.
What's New in Historical Fiction: Tune in to this regular panel series featuring historical novelists. This week: Erika Robuck, author of Sisters of Night and Fog; Patricia Bernstein author of A Noble Cunning; Edie Cay author of A Viscount's Vengeance; and Stephanie Marie Thornton author of Her Lost Words. Thursday, March 23, 7 p.m. CDT.
"People of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things." ~Leonardo da Vinci
All Signs Lead To Lucy by Julieann Dove
The Musician by Tess Thompson
Tokyo Games by Yurie Kiri
The Latina President and The Conspiracy to Destroy Her by Joe Rothstein
Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror
See These Bones by Chris Tullbane
Chrysalis by Anna K. Abbi
Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction
The Trouble with Podoks by Chet Novicki
Spark by A.L. Long
Lethal Peril by Emily Jane Trent
New Release: The Sea Lanterns by Ben Nickol
Congratulations to Ben Nickol and Vine Leaves Press on the release of The Sea Lanterns, a novel in which future may mean not banishing ghosts, but living forever in their company.
“A wickedly funny examination of college sports, colliding egos, and the often inadvisable ways we go about the pursuit of our dreams.” ~Margaret Malone, author of People Like You
The Sea Lanterns by Ben NickolNEW RELEASE: March 21, 2023
He has the talent, charm, and Machiavellian nerve to go far, but when he hires a famous coach to run his basketball program, the coach proves to be unstable and possibly insane.
To escape professional oblivion, Darrow must maneuver and manipulate this coach, and manage the town’s intensifying suspicions. No measure is too drastic. No tactic too cruel. But complicating Darrow’s work is his own unsettled history, and in wrestling with this history, Darrow begins to understand his frail coach with jarring personal clarity.
Perhaps the two men aren’t as dissimilar as they’d seemed. And perhaps Darrow’s future—even if it’s triumphant—will mean not banishing his ghosts, but living forever in their company.
Praise for The Sea Lanterns
“A poignant and uncompromising novel with gritty and luminous prose. Nickol demands the reader’s attention on every page as he explores the price of ambition at all costs.” ~Soon Wiley, When We Fell Apart
“Who knew a book about a mediocre JuCo basketball team in a gloomy Pacific Northwest town could be such a delight with so much heart.” ~Margaret Malone, People Like You
About the Author
Ben Nickol’s books include The Sea Lanterns and Sun River: Stories, which was named a Quivering Pen Best Book of 2019. His stories and essays have also appeared widely in venues such as Alaska Quarterly Review, Crab Orchard Review, CutBank, and elsewhere. Originally from Idaho, he returned to the Northwest in 2021 after teaching for several years in the M.F.A. program at Wichita State University. To learn more, visit bennickol.com.
About the Publisher
Vine Leaves Press likes to blur the line between commercial and experimental works. They publish book-length vignette collections, writing reference books, short story collections, memoir/autobiography, and character-driven novels with a literary bent. Subscribe to the Vine Leaves Press newsletter to receive FREE advanced review copies of upcoming new releases, news about their authors and subscribers, and/or to read the monthly opinion column, SPILL IT! or a daily dose of 50-word stories. Learn more at vineleavespress.com.
Celebrate great indie books today, World Poetry Day tomorrow!
Celebrate great indie books today (and every day!) with the LitNuts Newsletter and LitNuts.com. And be sure to celebrate World Poetry Day tomorrow, March 21, by taking time to read the works of your favorite poets from around the globe. Learn more at Poets.org.
“What cannot be said will be wept.” ~Sappho
Set The Night On Fire by Libby Fischer Hellmann
“A tremendous book—sweeping but intimate, elegiac but urgent, subtle but intense." -Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher series. A woman discovers her parents were not the people she thought. And why is someone trying to kill her? Set The Night on Fire travels back to the late Sixties to answer those questions. Part thriller, part historical novel, and part love story, Fire paints an unforgettable portrait of a group of young idealists who tried to change the world. “A top-rate thriller that taps into the 1960s… Hellman’s insightful, politically charged whodunit explores a fascinating period in American history.” -Publishers Weekly. From $0.99 SHOP NOW /
The Problem Child by Tess Thompson
Victor has cared for Cymbeline his whole life, but Cymbeline declared Viktor her arch-enemy when they were children. Now, she sees him as a hero, but she still can't let go of the idea that her destiny is waiting somewhere else in the world. Will Cymbeline come to terms with her life and wake up to the idea of love before it's too late? Book 4 in the Emerson Pass Historicals series. 4.6 stars, 2000+ ratings. From $5.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW /