Today's Featured Books

Tales of Splendania: A Heart of Ice by T.O. Griffiths

Children and Young Adult

In an enchanting, captivating, and deeply emotional tale, A Heart of Ice follows the young royal Theosians on their breathtaking journeys of revenge, audacious aspirations, and desire. Perfect for fans of How To Train Your Dragon, Skandar and the Unicorn Thief, and Dragon Mountain, this magical fantasy adventure of whimsy and woe will leave readers of all ages utterly spellbound. Comes equipped with a World Map, Weapon Illustrations, and colorful Location Art throughout, adding to the enthralling tale. From $2.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW

False Neutral by Joshua S. Narins

Literary Fiction and Poetry

One chose to live a lie. One chose to live alone. One chance to finally make sense of it all. Set primarily in Boston's Back Bay and the North End, False Neutral is a taut, focused New England narrative that transports readers directly to the intersection of the current path traveled and the road not taken. Told in the author's trademark compact time signature, this is a unique story with inimitable characters, perfect for fiction fans seeking a story that will not only speak but resonate. From $9.99 SHOP NOW

A Woman's Worth: Thought-provoking short prose from Jamell Crouthers


Today, LitNuts is shining a spotlight on A Woman's Worth, a series of thought-provoking short fiction from author Jamell Crouthers. 

A Woman's Worth 1

Genre: Literary Fiction
From $1.99

★★★★★ "A very real and emotional look at the exciting and sometimes arduous journey of motherhood." ~Barnes & Noble Reviewer
Brenda is a young, pregnant woman who is in her most exciting time of her life. Brenda and her husband are having a baby girl, and the journey through pregnancy is shared from finding out to having birth. Brenda pens her ups, downs, and struggles of pregnancy, all while preparing for motherhood mentally, physically, and emotionally. It isn't until after she has her daughter that she experiences what so many women in this world go through….postpartum depression. While this can happen before and during pregnancy, it's a topic that isn't discussed enough in today's world, and Brenda shares her experience in a way that can help others learn and prepare for these life events. 

A Woman's Worth 2

Genre: Literary Fiction
From $1.99

Lisa is pregnant and having her first child. While this should be the most exciting time of her life, it unfortunately isn't. She shares the journey not just of her pregnancy, but also of her efforts to get maternity leave, have time with her newborn child, manage her finances, and start her journey as a mother. And ultimately, she will have to make a big decision when it comes time to return back to the work world.

Maternity leave is imperative to a woman, but the United States is one of the worst nations in the world in regards to this. This story delves deep into maternity leave and related issues, how this issue is handled in other countries, and how change needs to occur within the government and corporations in the United States. 

A Woman's Worth 3

Genre: Literary Fiction
From $1.99

Role models are a huge component to how young children grow and progress in life. Kayla is a young teenager who is dealing with social media, school, fashion, boys, trends, culture, puberty, and the pressures to be something she really isn't. She shares her story as a teenager, the struggles she goes through, and trying to find the right role models to shape her future. As she tries to understand and figure herself out, there are role models that she can't relate to on her television screen and magazine covers. 

It isn't until she forms a women's group through her guidance counselor in her school that she starts to see role models in different facets. She becomes inspired, happy, and motivated to know that there are women with many different careers, and she figures out what she wants to do with her life through meeting these powerful women in today's society. 

A Woman's Worth 4

Genre: Literary Fiction
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Patricia is someone who is on the path to becoming a better woman and not caving into the pressures of what the world wants her to be. She chronicles her story from childhood to the present day, including her struggles, home life, descent into alcoholism, and her recovery. It's not an easy journey, and she shares her mental, emotional, and spiritual journey.

Everyone has a story, it's just a matter of whether we're empathetic enough to listen...

A Woman's Worth 5

Genre: Literary Fiction
From $1.99

Sylvia is a licensed therapist who helps women recover from tragic events in their lives, including helping women recover from domestic violence. With their permission, she shares the stories of some of the clients she's helped. 

The stories aren't easy to tell, hear, or listen to, but she knows that she's making the world a better place. Sylvia also shares aspects of her life that inspired her to become a therapist, as well as what can be done to reduce domestic violence and prevent it from happening to others. 

A Woman's Worth 6

Genre: Literary Fiction
From $1.99

Nancy is at a crossroads of her life, and she has some important decisions to make. As a woman, she feels pressure to have children and raise a family. When she makes the decision not to have kids and become a mother, there's uproar from those closest to her. She goes to great lengths to live her life to the best of her ability and to avoid the judgments and backlash from her family, knowing that she has to do what's best for her. This is the story of a woman who takes a different road, and a reminder that sometimes personal fulfillment comes before making others and the world happy…

About the Author

Jamell Crouthers is a poet, prose author, podcaster, and blogger. He has been writing since the age of 13, and his plans are to continue writing books on subjects that aren't discussed often enough in today's world and bring those subjects to the forefront. 

Jamell spends his spare time listening to music, traveling, playing basketball, working out, reading, working on various projects, and observing the world. You never know what will inspire Jamell's next podcast, blog, video or book.

Learn more at Jamell's website and be sure to follow him on social media: 

Free online: The Collectors - stories for young adults


Free online: The Collectors is an anthology of stories for young adults about remarkable people and their strange and surprising collections. This free online event will feature four contributors who tell stories in which anything can be collected and any collection can tell a story. Tuesday, September 26, 5:30 - 7:00 CDT.

“Anyone who has a book collection and a garden wants for nothing.” ~Cicero

Wise Up On Stress! by Reginald Aguiar

Book of the Day

Self-Discovery Guide for Mental Health. Digest of 59 Presentations on Stress: Awareness, Avoidance, Foresight, Prevention, and Reduction. A cognitive and pragmatic resource book that includes easy methods to reduce stress and addresses many topics, including money, labels, step families, divorce, judgment, work, time management, assertiveness, and more. One sentence may enhance your well-being. From $9.99 SHOP NOW

Five Days Lost by Luana Ehrlich

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

A Mylas Grey Mystery. Mylas agrees to investigate a bizarre incident from a prominent senator’s past, but as he tries to untangle the clues from a dead woman’s diary, he’s faced with an unexpected threat. Is it related to his investigation or is it something far more dangerous? "An enthralling mystery." -Mystery/Suspense Author D.L. Wood. 4.7 stars, 235 ratings. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW

Defending Our Home by Colton Lively

Science Fiction and Fantasy

A Small Town Post Apocalypse EMP Thriller Boxset. In a world ravaged by an unprecedented EMP onslaught, only the fiercest courage, unbreakable family bonds, and noble sacrifices can ignite a blazing trail of hope. 4.o stars, 27 ratings. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW

Hair on Fire by Larada Horner-Miller

Memoir and Creative Nonfiction

A Heartwarming and Humorous Christmas Memoir. In this vivid memoir, Larada Horner-Miller invites readers to relive the enchantment of Christmas, as snowflakes twinkle in the air and sparkling lights transform every corner into a winter wonderland. From hilarious escapades to heartwarming family traditions, this delightful book captures the essence of the festive season. From $1.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW

Mystery, Thriller, Crime & Horror Special Edition


Fall is officially here in the Northern Hemisphere (Happy Spring to our friends in the Southern Hemisphere!), and we're only a little more than a month away from Halloween, making this the perfect time for a special edition newsletter full of great mystery, thriller, crime, and horror reads! Check out these special offers (including two "freebies") on new and highly rated indie titles. 

“Mysteries abound where most we seek for answers.” ~Ray Bradbury

FREE - Dead Before Dinner by Kat Bellemore

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

Psychologist Maddie Swallows’ decision to return to New Mexico seemed like a good idea at the time. But that was before the New Year’s Eve party she was guilt-tripped into attending. Before a member of the town council wound up dead and everyone at the party became a suspect. And before she was forced to unravel the secrets of her former hometown in order to clear her name. Book 1 in the Maddie Swallows series. If you love small towns, quirky characters, and an intriguing whodunit, you’ll love this cozy mystery. 4.2 stars, 1700+ ratings. FREE - SHOP NOW

Havana Hangover by Randy Richardson

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

“An edge-of-your-seat suspense novel” and “some of the best writing I’ve read in years” -Catherine Lanigan, author of Romancing the Stone and Jewel of the Nile. Two estranged friends reunite in Havana, Cuba, where a rum-soaked night turns into the worst hangover imaginable and a betrayal that leads to the corrupt corners of D.C. politics. Fueled by rapid twists and turns and set within a lovingly rendered Cuban cityscape, Havana Hangover is a thriller about healing, friendship, love, and deceit. 4.9 Stars on Amazon, 4.8 stars on Goodreads. From $4.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW

Fade to Blue by Hank Scheer

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

"Filled with vivid characters and a fast-moving plot." -BookLife, Editor's Pick. Biotech researcher Sarah Brenalen is frustrated by her boss' dismissal of her controversial theory, so she secretly injects lab mice with experimental Alzheimer's drugs of her own design. Sarah is stunned when one of her experiments goes horribly wrong. But Marcel and his international cabal are intrigued. Sarah's brain-destroying formula could be just what they need. Fade to Blue is a high-tech, fast-paced, cat-and-mouse game played for keeps. 4.4 stars, 88 ratings on Goodreads. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

Being Wendy by Michèle Olson

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

While celebrating her 50th birthday at a party in Los Angeles, all Wendy T. Bell feels is betrayal...wondering if someone in the room is behind the threats that could end her glamorous life as a best-selling author, not to mention her engagement to a wealthy English Baron. To get away from it all, Wendy travels incognito to a tiny Midwest island she learned about from an old boarding school chum. But when her blackmailer begins to slip notes under her door, Wendy is terrified. Who found her, and why are they bent on ruining her life? Wendy wonders if it’s too late to find genuine happiness, friendship, and love. 4.7 stars, 25 ratings. From $4.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW

FREE - The Reluctant Coroner by Paul Austin Ardoin

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

Blood is thicker than oil—until murder is involved. Fenway Stevenson doesn't want to return to the coastal town where her estranged father is practically king. But the death of her mother draws her back home, and the murder of the county coroner draws her into a deepening conspiracy. As the body count rises and all signs seem to point toward her father's oil company, will Fenway uncover the truth before family bonds become deadly? Book 1 in the series. 4.4 stars, 7100+ ratings. FREE - SHOP NOW / 

Murder in the Atchafalaya by Jim Riley

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

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 humidity 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. Book 1 in the series. 4.3 stars, 65 ratings. From $0.99 SHOP NOW / 

The Headless Boy by Kelli Owen

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

Step into the chilling world of this supernatural thriller, a narrative reminiscent of classics such as The Haunting of Hill HouseThe Woman in Black, and Bag of Bones. Maggie, devastated by the loss of a child, is spiraling deeper into depression. Jake, her devoted husband, is determined to see her find solace. Relocating seems like the perfect solution, but their fresh start turns into a harrowing battleground, leaving Jake uncertain about which side his wife is truly on. "Starts with a brutal kick to the gut and never gentles. It's an exploration of grief, messy family, mental health, and ghosts." -Mercedes M. Yardley. 4.4 stars, 36 ratings. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW

Allie's Howlin' Halloween Adventure by Shawna James & Alexandria R. James

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

Mom's Choice Award Gold Medal Winner​. A children's Halloween picture book for ages 1-8. The mysterious, creaking house in Allie's neighborhood has always been a source of fear and curiosity. When Allie, her sister Marie, and her best friend Ryan are swept away on a wild Halloween night, they uncover a startling truth about the grouchy man who lives there. Will they survive the night and make it out unscathed, or will they be caught in the midst of a terrifying discovery?​ From $1.99 SHOP NOW

Something Shady at Sunshine Haven by Kris Bock

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

“Grabbed me from the first page to the last.” ​-Novels Alive​. In the Accidental Detective humorous mystery series, a witty journalist solves mysteries in Arizona and tackles the challenges of turning fifty.Included on Barnes & Noble’s list of Handpicked Favorites You’ll Love!​ “A great start to a new series... Readers will enjoy this new cozy mystery and eagerly wait for more sleuthing with Kate and the Coffee Shop Irregulars!”​ -Reading is my Superpower​. Book 1 in the series. 4.2 stars, 57 ratings on Goodreads. From $4.99 SHOP NOW

Crossing the Line by JD JAMES

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

A criminal lawyer’s passion for justice unleashes a flaming torrent of death. Dark neo-noir suspense thriller when Steven closes his Shiva Third Eye to see only what he wants. Driven by an inner need to serve Justice, he ignores the NOW as his conscience drives him to kill a client to save a witness’ life. How many people must die for his justice to be served? A great Trial Lawyer pushes the line but never crosses it. From $4.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW

A Dagger Among Friends by Craig Comer

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

An amateur sleuth mystery novel with humorous elements​ that play on cozy mystery tropes and flip them on their heels.​ Charlie Goode has returned home to Harvest Falls after a split from her long-term partner. Her life needs a reboot, and so do her relationships. Looking for a fresh start, Charlie works at her cousin’s board game shop and the local police station, where her father is chief of police. But when her high-school BFF is killed, she finds not all her friends are friendly, and some harbor deadly secrets…​ From $4.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW

Against the Clock by Mark Allan Gunnells, Brandon Ford & Shane Nelson

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

Three suspenseful mystery novellas with a dark edge; an anthology perfect for fans of mystery and suspense books, thrillers, small-town mysteries, unsolved crimes, and a bit of horror. "I was trapped in a web of suspense." -Drew Rowsome. "Ticks down to zero hour with panache, class and suspenseful style...deserves a space on the bookshelf of any respecting genre fan." -Critical Blast. 4.5 stars, 13 ratings. From $4.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW

Night Princess by Lily B. White

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

She's stronger than he thinks. She just doesn't know it yet. Fourteen-year-old Persephone Wolf is head-over-heels for her new older boyfriend. She would do anything for him, including running away. Unfortunately, her new life is not the paradise she expected. To earn her keep, she is pushed into selling her body to strangers. To complicate matters, girls around her start to go missing. Described by early readers as "a compelling read about an important social issue" and as "One of the best books I've read this year." 5.0 stars, 12 ratings. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

Shadow of Power by Eric Renaud

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

In the heart of darkness, a nation teeters on the edge of chaos. When twelve-year-old Adam, son of President John Marshall, is kidnapped, the delicate threads holding the nation together begin to unravel. As the clock ticks mercilessly, President Marshall faces a harrowing journey to bring his son home, battling against a clandestine organization embedded within the government itself. From $4.99. SHOP NOW

Paranormal cozy mysteries from award-winning author Chris Cannon


Today, LitNuts is shining a spotlight on the work of Chris Cannon, award-winning author of urban fantasies, romantic comedies, and paranormal cozy mysteries. Read on to learn about the first two books in the Mysteries of Mystic Hills Series.

"A funny, relatable, supernatural story. Brims with humor, action, and a dash of romance that keeps you turning the pages!" ~Lynn Rush, New York Times bestselling author

Murder in Mystic Hills (Mysteries of Mystic Hills Book 1)

Genre: Cozy Paranormal Mystery
4.62 stars, 40 ratings on Goodreads
From $4.99

All she wants is a break from adulting…then she rediscovers a world that’s been wiped from her memory.

Preschool teacher Belinda Harbinger’s summer vacation is going off the rails. After receiving a letter stating she’s inherited a tearoom and home, she’s shocked it’s from a beloved aunt she can’t remember…who could speak to the dead. And finding out she has the same power, it’s up to her to solve her mysterious relative’s murder.

Moving to the mystical town, Belinda takes up with a talking cat, Familiar, and learns she’s the only one who can help her aunt cross over before she becomes a vengeful spirit. But while searching the house for her lost memories, she faces heated magical politics, fresh bodies popping up, and a hidden evil threatening to make her the next victim.

Not knowing who to trust, can she expose a killer and rescue everyone from deadly plays for power?

Murder in Mystic Hills is the spellbinding first book in the Mysteries of Mystic Hills cozy paranormal series. If you like feline sidekicks, quirky characters, and winding trails of clues, then you’ll love Chris Cannon’s humorous hunt for justice.

Praise for Murder in Mystic Hills
"A journey of magic, mayhem, and murder. Once you pick it up you can't put it down!" ~Lynn Stevens author of Game On

"A lot of humor and a light-hearted tone. I loved the worldbuilding and cross-genre story, and found myself rooting for Belinda from page 1. I'd definitely recommend this book for those looking for a little fun reading that has both serious and humorous elements to it." ~Goodreads Review

Double Trouble in Mystic Hills (Mysteries of Mystic Hills Book 2)

New Release: September 18, 2023
Genre: Cozy Paranormal Mystery
4.53 stars, 15 ratings on Goodreads
From $4.99

In Mystic Hills, blood is power.

After solving her aunt's murder, Belinda Harbinger, preschool teacher and amateur sleuth, hoped for a peaceful summer. But a magical game wreaks havoc in her newly inherited tearoom, splitting her friends into identical twins with distinctly different personalities.

The perplexing selection of victims—a banker, librarian, real estate agent, and a lawyer—leaves Belinda mystified. Could Reed, the man she’d loved and lost, be an unintended casualty?

When one of each twin starts to go missing, Belinda faces a race against time. Someone wants their blood, a vital ingredient to create spells and charms. She must unravel this riddle and find a way to merge the twins back into their original selves before they cease to exist.

Armed with her ability to communicate with ghosts, a scary new witch friend who specializes in vengeance hexes, and a handsome fairy healer, will Belinda solve the Double Trouble in Mystic Hills mystery before it’s too late?

Praise for Double Trouble in Mystic Hills
★★★★★ "An entertaining and interesting story with magic, enchanting creatures and a mystery that keeps you guessing." ~Goodreads Review

About the Author

Chris Cannon is author of the Mysteries of Mystic Hills series, the Going Down In Flames series, the Boyfriend Chronicles, the Dating Dilemma Series, and Demon Bound. She lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and various furry beasts. She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sipping caffeine and writing paranormal cozy mysteries, fire-breathing paranormal adventures, or snarky romantic comedies.

Learn more at, sign up for her newsletter, and be sure to follow Chris online:  

Free online Sunday: The Back Room


Free online this weekend: The Back Room. Join authors Jeff Abbott, Sara DiVello, Angie Kim, and Joshua Moehling for an evening of great conversation. Sunday, September 24, 6 PM CDT. 

Free today: Today's Featured Books include four freebies and five highly rated indie books at great prices. 

“You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit