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New release: Static from Brendan Gillen and Vine Leaves Press

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Congratulations to Brendan Gillen and Vine Leaves Press on the release of Static, "a High Fidelity for our millennium."

★★★★★ “Reverberates with the drumbeat of why we make art.” ~Will Musgrove, author of Asphalt Dreaming


Static

NEW RELEASE: July 16, 2024
Genre: Literary Fiction
Paperback: $17.99
Ebook: From $5.99  



For Paul, stealing is easy. When he's hungry, he strolls into a bodega and steals lunch. When rent’s due, he steals records and flips them for cash. As a lonely kid growing up in Ohio’s Rust Belt, stealing was the only way he could score the hip hop records and production equipment that fueled his musical dreams.
 
Now he’s in NYC fighting to keep his once-ascendant band alive and his life from falling apart. His bank account is flatlining. The love of his life has broken his heart. Bunky, his bandmate, is ditching him for Eloise, a soulful vagabond with an intoxicating voice. When financial trouble forces his parents from their lifelong home, Paul ramps up his stealing to save his family from collapse. And in a fever of creativity, he begins to steal from the voices in his life to make the music he’s sure will save his soul.
 
Set against the modern music industry, where a single social post can change your destiny, Static is alive to the weight of familial expectations, the pursuit of our deepest hopes and dreams, and the struggle to make meaningful connections in the anxiety of the digital age.

Praise for Static
★★★★★ “Static is a deep dive into the dark web of the American way of success and failure, and the unforgiving scream of the music of chance.” ~Salar Abdoh, author of A Nearby Country Called Love

★★★★★ “Funny, witty, and energetic... will hook you like a beautiful, catchy song that you’ll be humming for days.” ~Will Musgrove, author of Asphalt Dreaming

★★★★★ “A heartfelt, moving debut about the downtown New York music scene, brimming with wasted talent, floundering ambition, broken hearts, and betrayals—and wonderfully redeemed by the possibility of second chances.” ~Elizabeth Gaffney, author of Metropolis and When the World was Young

★★★★★ “Music pops out of every page in multi-sensory detail - the warm crackle of a needle on vinyl, the sweat of a crowd, the vibration of strings, the digitized reanimation of a sample, and the cacophonous ambient symphony of New York City.” ~Will Hagle, author of Madvillain's Madvillainy

★★★★★ “A generation ago, Nick Hornby showed us that a record store can be the perfect backdrop for a novel about the twisted path to growing up. So why haven’t more people paid attention since then? Luckily, Brendan Gillen has, and the result is Static, a High Fidelity for our millennium.” ~Dan LeRoy, author of Dancing to the Drum Machine


About the Author
Brendan Gillen is an Emmy-winning writer living in Brooklyn. His fiction has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and his debut chapbook, I've Given This a Lot of Thought, was published in 2022. As a partner and writer/director at Boomshot, Brendan has developed content for ESPN, FanDuel, Condé Nast, Fox Sports, BBC, the U.S. Open, Resy, Anheuser-Busch, and others. His work has received attention in the New York Times, Mashable, the Washington Post, USA Today’s “For the Win,” SportsIllustrated.com, the Huffington Post and People.com, among others. He earned a Sports Emmy for his work on the campaign for the 2014 FIFA World Cup on ESPN. Learn more at bgillen.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.


Free online this week: Mindful Reinvention for Women In Midlife

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Free online: Mindful Reinvention for Women In Midlife, a two-night virtual gathering focused on empowering women in midlife to embrace change and reinvent themselves through mindful intention. July 16 & 17, 7 PM CDT each night. 

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” ~Alice Walker


The Accidental Relationship by Cristina Ryan

Book of the Day

A Clean Amnesia Enemies-to-Lovers Billionaire Romance. Kaida is a journalist whose career depends on getting the hottest story of the year: Dakota Roberts, the CEO of a highly reputable company, is being sued. There's only one problem: Dakota won't give Kaida the time of day. But when an accident causes Dakota to have amnesia, his new personal assistant turns out to be helpful, delightful, and strangely familiar. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


FREE - Kings of Ruin by Daniel Arenson

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Game of Thrones meets Spartacus in a new fantasy saga from a USA Today bestselling author. Grab the first book for FREE, then pick up the sequels at deep discounts. The powerful Sela family has avoided the empire until now. The family has carved out an idyllic life between sea and desert, ruling a bustling port, a thriving city, and lush vineyards. Yet when an imperial fleet arrives in their harbor, everything the Sela family has built threatens to collapse. 4.1 stars, 668 ratings. FREE - SHOP NOW


FREE - The Cat Who Chased Ghosts by Nic Minnella

Children and Young Adult

In a sleepy little town, an ordinary-looking cat hides an extraordinary secret that will transform his owners' lives. When the Thompson family inherits an old house, their overprotected son, Timmy, forms a strong bond with Whiskers—a lazy tabby who's not what he seems. As Timmy explores the house's mysteries, a chilling discovery puts his courage to the test. With the help of Whiskers and some newfound friends, Timmy must face supernatural forces and rescue a soul in peril. 4.7 stars, 13 ratings. FREE - SHOP NOW


Kataklysm: Books 1-5 + Bonus Prequel by T.R. Magnus

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Kataklysm (Books 1-5 + Bonus Prequel): A Progression and Cultivation Epic Fantasy. The sun is dying over Ashathar. The only hope is the Lightweaver path, an ancient way that saved the world during the last Kataklsym. But is there more to what's happening when the gods wipe the world clean every 3000 years? Do the gods truly care for the people of Ashathar, or are the people a part of some cosmic experiment? 4.6 stars, 11 ratings. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


The Lady of the Lighthouse by Terri Greening

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

Loralei Lancaster, a lonely, pregnant young mother and lighthouse keeper on the Great Lakes, is caught up in a WWII espionage plot while waiting for her shipping-captain husband, Devon, to return from a Great Lakes voyage. When a dashing Italian spy posing as a down-and-out handyman enters her life and pursues her, she must ultimately choose between her passionate love for him and her love for Devon, her family, and country. “An original and fun read from cover to cover.” ~Midwest Book Review. From $3.99 SHOP NOW


The Town the World Forgot by Boris Bacic

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

When a blizzard descends out of nowhere, a couple is forced to seek refuge in a nearby town. They soon realize the people living there have been trapped for a while now. To make matters worse, something emerges at nightand it stalks the streets for its next prey. Book 1 of The Town That Shouldn't Exist series. #1 New Release in U.S. Horror Fiction. 4.4 stars, 6 ratings. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Faeries Don't Lie by TF Burke

Children and Young Adult

Sixteen-year-old Aunia, the village outcast, wants to impress Mathias, a visiting seventeen-year-old pegasus flyer who believes it's time to choose between survival of the Mortal world or the Faery world. But when Aunia releases a god-like magic into the world, her action calls forth the Boggleman, a soul-sucking ghoul who abducts her father, eats her faery friends, and sets Dagel demons on her village. "A delightful, magical YA book." ~Goodreads Review. 4.7 stars, 18 ratings. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Doombringer by Marcel Liemant.

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Ancient enemies on the horizon. Twisted magic with a cost. A father who will sacrifice anything to save his daughter. Oden Treaty's nights are devoted to mining magic...his days to shielding his daughter from the reality of a realm ravaged by war. But every spell cast erodes his strength, leaving Oden desperate to survive long enough to save his daughter’s world. "A beautifully written story set in a dark fantasy realm.” ~Goodreads Review. 4.4 stars, 22 ratings on Goodreads. From $2.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Aura Ignition: Darkness After Dawn by Mustakin Hashim

Science Fiction and Fantasy

An alien invasion threatens life as we know it, and teenage Jordan must face his destiny to return to his home world and vanquish an ancient evil that has found its way to Earth, enveloping the world in darkness. Join Jordan on a journey filled with action and adventure as the Earth fights against powerful foes of sword-wielding magic. 4.6 stars, 9 ratings. From $4.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Spotlight on Doombringer, a gritty Dark Fantasy novella

Spotlight

Today, we are shining a spotlight on Doombringer, a gritty dark fantasy novella from Marcel Liemant. If you relish twisted magic, supernatural creatures, and complex LGBTQI+ characters, dive into this mysterious tale!

★★★★★ "A beautifully written story set in a dark fantasy realm... The relationship between Oden and his daughter is magical and truly heartwarming. This story had war, loss, hope, love, perseverance, and strong family dynamics.” ~Tara Johnson, Goodreads Review

Bonus: Purchase print editions of Marcel Liemant books directly from the author at MarcelLiemant.com to get signed, wax-sealed paperback editions. 


Doombringer: Of Shadows and Sacrifice

Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Reads, Teen & Young Adult Short Reads, LGBTQ+ Fantasy
4.4 stars, 22 ratings on Goodreads
Paperback: $8.99
Ebook: $2.99 (Free via Kindle Unlimited)

Ancient enemies on the horizon. Twisted magic with a cost. A father who will sacrifice anything to save his daughter.

Oden Treaty is tireless. His nights are devoted to mining magic, his days to shielding his daughter from the reality of their realm ravaged by war. As the skies blacken with signs of imminent attack by the merciless Red Mages, Oden refuses to let the enemy that killed his wife destroy more of his home.

Surrounded by a community resigned to defeat, Oden unearths an unsettling prophecy foretelling his role in the destiny of the final battle. But with every spell cast eroding his body to dust, and their village about to be overrun, Oden is desperate to survive long enough to save his daughter’s world.

Can Oden wield unimaginable power in time to rescue his realm from doom?

★★★★★ "An intriguing dark fantasy." ~Amazon Review

★★★★★ "The author's writing style is particularly captivating, vividly painting scenes that pull you deep into the story." ~Goodreads Review

Other titles from Marcel Liemant:

  

About the Author
Marcel Liemant (they/them) writes queer dark fantasy novels exploring the power of transness, grotesque magic, and monstrous embodiment. They teach Queer Storytelling Workshops and help create narrative-based escape rooms. Fred is the handsome pup on the left, Wally is the naughty boy on the right. Learn more at MarcelLiemant.com where you can also contact Marcel and sign up for their newsletter. Also, be sure to follow them online:
 
           


Free online Sunday: Poets in Pajamas

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Free online: Poets in Pajamas. This virtual poetry reading series takes place each Sunday at 7 PM ET. This week, join poets Dorinda Wegener and Mukethe Kawinzi for two 20-minute live readings, immediately followed by Q&A. Sunday, July 14, 7 PM ET.

“What is the meaning of life? The great revelation had never come. The great revelation perhaps never did come. Instead there were little daily miracles, illuminations, matches struck unexpectedly in the dark.” ~Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse


FREE - The Invisible Chains by Andrew Ashling

Book of the Day

Part 1: Bonds of Hate. While the kingdom faces a major threat in the south, the high king sends his youngest sons, Anaxantis and Ehandar, to govern the Northern Marches under an old general's guidance. Despite their rivalry, the half brothers grow closer and suspect their father's betrayal, leading to a fierce and complex power struggle where love and hate blur and nothing is as it seems. 4.1 stars, 250+ ratings. FREE - SHOP NOW


She Brings Beauty To Me by Karen Kay

Literary Fiction and Poetry

A Native American Historical Romance involving a woman deserted, a troubled warrior, and a passion denied. In 1855, 18-year-old Czanna Fehér flees Hungary to the American West. When she learns of her parent’s death in Hungary, she sings a prayer to the mountains. Blackfeet scout Stands Strong is captivated by Czanna’s song, and the two later fall in love. But their love is forbidden. Can people from different cultures come together, or are they destined to be apart? 4.5 stars, 93 ratings. From $3.49. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Out of Time by Cathi Stoler

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

Marina DiPietro and Nick Donahue were assigned to protect Adnan bin Haddad's racehorse, Devil Wind, from extortionists. However, the threat against the horse is just the beginning of a deadly game with ISIS, as Nick and Marina must stop the terrorists from obtaining a weapon of mass destruction. Using all his skills as a gambler, Nick must quickly turn the tables on the attackers before it's too late. 4.7 stars, 21 reviews. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


In This Altered Body by Charlene Pell

Memoir and Creative Nonfiction

Charlene Pell, bearing her scars as badges of honor, survived a plane crash that left 64% of her body burned and claimed the life of her fiancé. Her memoir recounts her journey to reclaim her identity, overcome societal stigmas, and find love and hope after a devastating tragedy. "An enduring contribution to the testimony of human resilience. Pell's bold, inspiring memoir challenges readers to deeper empathy and to confront preconceived notions and biases." ~BookLife. 4.9 stars, 13 ratings. From $1.99 SHOP NOW


I Wore the Wrong Shirt to Work Today by T.W. Sheffield

Memoir and Creative Nonfiction

Chock full with snapshots of unbelievable but true stories, the authors shares tales of arrests, court appearances, and ugly circumstances brought on drug addiction and alcohol abuse. His recovery gave him the ability to move forward without forgetting his past, a gift that will take him to his grave with gratitude. $0.99 direct from the Publisher. SHOP NOW


Twisted Lies by Marie Scully

Romance

I’ve always thought there was something different about Kevin and Mia...something in the way they held themselves and hid away from the world. As if they were always ready to run. But Mia saved my life, and their secrets were none of my business. I have my own secrets to keep...my own demons to keep buried. All it could take is one mistake and my past life can catch up to me. Then I will have nowhere and no one to run to but Kevin. 4.6 stars, 53 ratings. From $3.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Aftermath Boy by Robert E. Honig

Literary Fiction and Poetry

Caught up in his mother's Holocaust history that shapes his own, Billy Cohen faces the consequences of his youthful follies and history's repetition threatening the aging baby boomer as democracy hangs in the balance in 2024. With FBI agents swarming through his home, Billy hears the echoes of fascists tearing his mother and her sister out of their Budapest home in 1944. History molds a family saga and the lessons of survival. From $6.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Bad Shot? ASAP: Detox! by Christine Padovan

General Nonfiction

Have you had health issues after getting a mRNA (COVID-19) shot? This book encourages people to detoxify to restore health. This is an updated color edition with a toxicologist-approved supplement listing. "If you have had the COVID-19 vaccination and are worried about its health implications, you need to read Bad Shot? ASAP: Detox!" ~Readers' Favorite. From $2.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Sci-fi & paranormal thrillers from Lewis Pennington

Spotlight

In this special edition of the LitNuts newsletter, we are shining a spotlight on the work of Lewis Pennington, author of The Memory Stones series of sci-fi thrillers and 12 Coffins, a coming-of-age thriller with a paranormal twist.

★★★★★ "The easiest five stars I've ever given a book." ~Tea&BookLover, Amazon Review of The Memory Stones
 

BONUS:
The Kindle Edition of 12 Coffins is currently
available as a free download! 


12 Coffins

New release: June 2024
Genres: Crime & Mystery Science Fiction, Teen & Young Adult Paranormal & Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Suspense
Paperback: $14.95
Kindle Edition: FREE

Brothers Cody and Drew Edwards and their gang of mischievous friends are looking for excitement in their sleepy little southern town. It is only when they venture into a supposedly haunted coffin factory that they get more than they had hoped for...

When they discover that lying in the coffins grants them paranormal abilities, they begin a mysterious journey involving murder, deceit, and greed, along with the power to prevent one of the nation’s most devastating events. Determined to use their power for good, they realize that every action they take is accompanied by harrowing consequences.

In this crucible of danger and discovery, family bonds and friendships are tested, and true strength of character is revealed. The stakes couldn’t be higher, but neither could their determination.

★★★★★ "Mystery, suspense, and fun all wrapped into one book!" ~Amazon Review

The Memory Stones: Forgiveness is a Journey in Time

Book 1 of The Memory Stones Series
Genres: Time Travel Science Fiction, Time Travel Fiction
4.4 stars, 400+ ratings
From $4.99 (Free via Kindle Unlimited)

When Mase Winslow, the heir to a Civil War-era plantation, is forced to almost kill his best friend, a slave named Spoon, Mase unconsciously brings about the demise of his beloved home.

As guilt and remorse overtake him, he seeks atonement through death on the battlefield. With the help of an ordinary-looking stone given to him by Spoon’s mother, Mase is transported through time. When he realizes he can redeem himself by altering his actions, he suddenly has hope.

The reality-bending journey that ensues takes Mase to present-day New York City and then back to Civil War-era South Carolina, requiring him to navigate myriad challenges. With more than a century of guilt weighing him down, he battles himself, Yankee troops, nature’s elements, and a nemesis that follows him through time. Set against an ominous ticking clock counting toward a deadly showdown that could cost him the love of his life, all odds are stacked against him.

"One can't help but think of the Outlander series and Twelve Years a Slave. The Memory Stones is a rapid-fire thriller with endless twists and turns." ~Pamela Pyms, General Podcasts

The Memory Stones Series

Get all three books of this science fiction thriller series:
  • Book 1: The Memory Stones: Forgiveness is a Journey in Time
  • Book 2: The Memory Stones: Righteous Love is a Narrow Path
  • Book 3: The Memory Stones: True Sacrifice is Never Looking Back

 

About the Author
Lewis Pennington was born in Burlington, North Carolina, and aside from a few years in Michigan and in New York City, he has lived in “The Old North State” his entire life. After a career in marketing, he has turned his focus to creative writing, first with Rapture’s Rain, a story about faith set against a dystopian backdrop, then with The Memory Stones series, and most recently with 12 Coffins. Learn more at LewisPennington.com, join his mailing list (see sign-up form in the right column of his website), and be sure to follow him online:
 
  


Spotlight on Faeries Don't Lie, a "magical YA book"

Spotlight

This special edition of LitNuts is focused on Faeries Don't Lie and the Heart of the World Series from TF Burke, a world of of faeries, pegasi flyers, myths, and secrets for teen and young adult readers.

★★★★★ "A delightful, magical YA book." ~Goodreads Review


Bonus: Get a free download of Whirl of the Fae when you sign up for TF Burke's "Wyrd & the Wisp" newsletter. Whirl of the Fae is a mythological retelling of how the Irish Goddess of Love also became Queen of the Banshees. And with the "Wyrd & the Wisp" newsletter, you will receive special deep-dives into the mysterious world of the fae, along with adventures into swordplay, details on new releases, and more.


Faeries Don't Lie

Book 1 of the Heart of the Worlds Series
4.7 stars, 18 ratings on Amazon
From $0.99 (Free via Kindle Unlimited)

Can Two Worlds Survive an Augury?

The worlds of Ahnu-Endynia are full of faeries, pegasi flyers, myths, secrets, and themes of belonging despite being misunderstood.

Sixteen-year-old Aunia, the village outcast, wants to impress Mathias, a visiting seventeen-year-old pegasus flyer. Mathias believes the time has come to choose between survival of the Mortal world or the Faery world.

But when Aunia releases a Chandarion’s god-like magic into the world, her action calls forth the Boggleman, a soul-sucking ghoul who abducts her father, eats her faery friends, and sets Dagel demons on her isolated village.

If Aunia and Mathias are not careful, they might be pulled into the Betwixt, the space between the worlds.

★★★★★ "A unique fairy story, with action, magic, romance, and a wonderful setting." ~Goodreads Review

Faeries Don't Forgive

Book 2 of the Heart of the Worlds Series
Coming February 2025
Pre-order now: $4.99

Getting back to the underworld and saving her dad should be easier with the Boggleman gone. However, there are multiple obstacles in her way, and Aunia can't decide which is worse.

Is it the Da Vennen cult and packs of wererats hunting her for imprisonment or death? Her ongoing conflict with Mathias wanting to hide her away? Or maybe it's herself since she cannot un-know what she has learned.

About the Author
TF Burke works with NYT Bestseller David Farland’s Apex-Writers as an admin and marketing specialist. Her published works include hundreds of newspaper articles; blog posts across various platforms; anthologies, including Murderbugs, the second volume of the Unhelpful Encyclopedia; Whirl of the Fae; and the first book of the Heart of the Worlds Series. 

When not writing or looking up faery lore, she can be found with a sword and a dagger in her hands for medieval-style fencing tournaments and melees, something she’s been doing since 2010.

Learn more at TFBurkeauthor.com and be sure to also follow her online:
 
        


Free online Thursday: LitPR Summer Showcase

Events

Free online: LitPR Summer Showcase. Join to hear from an array of indie authors, including M. N. Rosen (author of The Consciousness Company), C.F Dunn (Wheel of Fortune & Sun Ascendant), Charlotte Hastings (Kitchen Therapy), Philip Davidson (Birth of the Tiptons), and Elena Joannides (Meli & Mac). Thursday, July 11, 6-7 PM CDT.

"Your own positive future begins in this moment. All you have is right now. Every goal is possible from here." ~Lao Tzu


Fatal Fungus by Wenark Green

Book of the Day

New release: When a ruthless doctor collapses at Bogus Hole’s Christmas Fair and later dies, the village gossip train rumbles. Did a deep-filled golden pie baked for a charity pie auction make vengeful hands turn fungus fatal? Back in stride, amateur sleuths Windy and Darling hit the mushroom trail. Can team awesome root out the killer of the not-so-fun-guy? From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW