Today's Featured Books

FREE - Precious by Zanna Mackenzie

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

A murdered celebrity. A mysterious island. A life-changing secret about to be uncovered... Who would want to murder pop star Flynn Garrison? Working on the case leads Amber to a glamorous film premiere, dancing at a party in a grand country house - and the distinct possibility of becoming the murderer’s next victim. If you love plenty of intrigue and humor with your cozy mysteries then grab this book today and join Amber on one of her many fun sleuthing adventures! 4.3 stars, 465 ratings. FREE - SHOP NOW


FREE - The Reluctant Coroner by Paul Austin Ardoin

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

Blood is thicker than oil—until murder is involved. USA Today Bestselling Author Paul Austin Ardoin's debut novel is a twisting, harrowing mystery with a splash of family drama. "If you love page-turning, unputdownable mysteries, then Ardoin is the real deal" ~Mark Stay, host of The Bestseller Experiment podcast. 4.4 stars on 7400+ ratings. FREE - SHOP NOW


FREE - Echo Canyon Brides Boxed Set by Linda Bridey

Romance

A rugged sheriff, an opinionated veterinarian, and a dusky native American. Can passion blaze a trail to the untamed West? This box set includes three complete historical cowboy Western novels from the Echo Canyon Brides series. 4.6 stars, 3300+ ratings. FREE - SHOP NOW


Brooklyn '76 by Anthony Ausiello

Literary Fiction and Poetry

In the heart of Bensonhurst, an Italian American family struggles to survive one explosive day—the Bicentennial. Described as "an impressive debut" by BookLife, Brooklyn ’76 is a family drama set in a working-class neighborhood—and a country—on the brink of transformation. 4.5 stars, 17 rating. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Thorns of Chaos by Jeremiah Cain

Science Fiction and Fantasy

A Queer Dark Epic Fantasy. "A vivid world...rich with detail and myth-lore that traipses brightly through the darker themes." ~BookLife. Facing a twisted church, can Finn harness perilous magic to save his people, or will he succumb to the brutality of his chaos-filled world? "A wonderfully written novel, a tear-jerker and page-turner." ~Queer SciFi. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Operation: Protected Angel by Margaret Kay

Romance

Angel Matthew’s day started like any other…until she ran into the armed man in the hallway at work. What came next was a blur, a hostage ordeal, a terrorist attack, explosions and gunfire, a fight for her life. And an attractive man she instantly trusts who had kind hazel-green eyes. 4.5 stars, 3000+ ratings. From $2.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


New Release: Ashes, Ashes from author Fredrick Soukup & Vine Leaves Press

Spotlight

Congratulations to Fredrick Soukup and Vine Leaves Press on the release of Ashes, Ashes, a heartbreaking murder mystery for readers who enjoyed Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, There, There by Tommy Orange, or Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley.
 
★★★★★ "Unflinching acknowledgement of society's unseen. You may be uncomfortable watching, but you won't look away." ~David R. Roth, author of The Femme Fatale Hypothesis


Ashes, Ashes

NEW RELEASE: April 16, 2024
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Paperback: From $17.99
Ebook: From $5.99  



Dorian is carving a life for himself in Minnesota’s Northwoods. White-knuckle sober, haunted by the memories of his tumultuous childhood and adolescence. He owes his reformation to the wisdom and love of Miss Bonnie, a foster mother to him and so many others—though shame and painful memories have kept him from returning to thank her. After learning of her sudden passing, he resolves to pay his respects. However, what he discovers back home will alter the course of his life forever.

Upon returning to his childhood home, Dorian reunites with Heath, a brother bound to Dorian not by blood, but by the years they spent together under Miss Bonnie’s roof. When Heath unburdens himself of a horrifying secret—that the local police covered up her murder—Dorian sets out to discover the truth and bring the killer to justice.

Laying bare the struggles foster children experience in their pursuit of identity, belonging, and love, Ashes, Ashes a unique and essential tale.

Praise for Ashes, Ashes
★★★★★ "Edgy. Smart. Exhilarating. This breathtaking thriller of small town intrigue demonstrates the heartbreak and redemption that can rise from the ashes of a pillaged youth." ~Martha Engber, author of Winter Light

★★★★★ "Soukup perfectly captures how growing up with trauma leads to harsh choices and, ultimately, a kind of grace." ~Dan Kopcow, author of Prior Futures and Madcap Serenade

★★★★★ "Fredrick Soukup returns to familiar territory—rural Minnesota and its disenfranchised—capturing the abject despair of foster care youth while at the same time offering up a heartbreaking murder mystery." ~Janet Goldberg, author of The Proprietor's Song

★★★★★ "Soukup offers up a heartfelt and genuine slice of life. His characters jump from the page with crackling dialog that transports the reader into an intoxicating, though often terrifying, world. Truly gripping." ~Steve Zettler, author of Two for the Money and Careless Love

★★★★★ "Soukup conducts a chorus of seductively unreliable first-person voices to relate a heartbreaking coming-of-age parable that delves into the depths of human despair and celebrates the redeeming power of compassion." ~David R. Roth, author of The Femme Fatale Hypothesis


About the Author
Fredrick Soukup’s works include Bliss (2020) and Blood Up North (2022). He’s been named an IPPY Bronze Medalist, a semifinalist for the American Short Fiction Prize, and a finalist for both the Erik Hoffer Book Award and the Minnesota Book Award. Blood Up North won the NYC Big Book Award for Literary Fiction and Ashes, Ashes was longlisted for the Petrichor Prize. He lives in Saint Paul with his brilliant wife, Ashley, and daughters/muses, Clare and Nora. To learn more, visit Fredrick-Soukup.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: Street Photography Webinar

Events

Free online: Unleashing the Magic of Everyday Discoveries, sponsored by Nikon. Join photographer Audrey Woulard for this free online class on street photography and learn to discover the extraordinary in seemingly ordinary places along the street. Tuesday, April 16, 6 - 7 PM CST. 

“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” ~Ansel Adams


A Country Kind of Love by K.T. Raine

Book of the Day

A single mom on the run. A widower shackled by regret. Can they forge a new future together, or will regret and deception doom the chance to repair two damaged hearts? A clean, small-town, second-chance romance. Book 1 of the Huckleberry Ridge Romance series. 4.6 stars, 34 ratings on Goodreads. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


FREE - Bear Creek Brides Boxed Set by Amelia Rose

Romance

Can you find love while living on the ruthless Frontier? Follow four passionate romances as they try to find happiness in the dangerous untamed wild west. Four complete novels! 4.6 stars, 1600+ ratings. FREE - SHOP NOW


Roobala Take Me Home by Jeffrey Penn May

Science Fiction and Fantasy

“Beautiful, witty, and surprising” ~Eric D, former editor at Charles Scribner’s Sons. During a seemingly routine tuba repossession, Jesse Enoob’s life as a WACOFF Corporation Repo man takes a comical turn, sending him searching for love and chasing Roobalas – the galactic currency crucial for survival. “Vivid and exciting, full of weird humor” ~Ingomar R, Fulbright Scholar. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


FREE - Chase Tinker and the House of Magic by Malia Ann Haberman

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Is having magical powers a gift? Or a curse? Chase Tinker is about to find out... Chase’s life has taken a crazy turn and he’s seriously freaked out. Shocking family secrets, bizarre magical powers, a 560-year-old mysterious house filled with magic, and a wicked enemy determined to kill Chase and his family to steal their house and their magic are so not what he had in mind for his summer vacation. But maybe, if good luck is on their side, the Tinkers just might make it out alive. 4.4 stars, 400+ ratings. FREE - SHOP NOW /


mon-ters by Kaye Bell

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

In the shadows of Area 51's clandestine labs, the unthinkable has been unleashed: creatures engineered to decimate armies now roam free. Created to be unstoppable on the battlefield, these creatures are unbound by human constraints, sowing fear with their existence. And yet, a child – innocent and pure – might hold the key, and her bond with the “mon-ters”, as she calls them, might be the only hope for a beleaguered community. 4.2 stars, 29 ratings. From $1.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Concerning Intellectual Suicide in The Human Race by Massimo Fantini

Literary Fiction and Poetry

Intellectual suicide corresponds to the more or less conscious decision to switch off the brain and renounce rational thought in favor of attitudes dictated by superstitions, established habits, prejudices, and common places. The effects of irrational choices – made with the brain switched off – can be devastating for oneself and others. Examples range from conformism to religious superstitions, to ideological fundamentalism, tand more. 4.5 stars, 16 ratings. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


The Munich Girl by Phyllis Edgerly Ring

Literary Fiction and Poetry

The past may not be done with us. Anna Dahlberg grew up eating dinner under her father’s war trophy portrait of Eva Braun. Fifty years after World War II, she discovers what her father never knew—that her mother and Hitler’s mistress were friends. Plunged into the treacherous world of Nazi Germany, Anna uncovers a long-buried tangle of family secrets and finds her every belief about right and wrong shattered. "Historical fiction that reads like a memoir." ~Philadelphia Inquirer. 4.2 stars, 1490+ ratings. From $0.99 SHOP NOW /


FREE - Emerging From the Dark by Terence Ang

General Nonfiction

Stories of stroke survivors, told through the narratives and perspectives of the patients and those surrounding them. Readers say: "These challenges give you a reason to fight back and push on. ★★★★★" "An emotional journey into Terence Ang's life and other stroke survivors. Its powerful illustrations and narratives offer a profound empathy experience, deeply portraying life with disabilities. A must-read for understanding and supporting stroke survivors. #InspiringRead ★★★★★" 4.9 stars, 34 ratings. FREE - SHOP NOW


A Portion of Malice by Lloyd Jeffries

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

"Simply outstanding." ~Midwest Book Review. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Emery Merrick presses a pistol to his temple. Then there's a knock at the door. Billionaire Thaddeus Drake hires Emery to write his biography. But Emery soon discovers Drake heads a secret society that aims to fulfill prophecy and sacrifice the Earth to a bloodthirsty God. Can a suicidal reporter save humanity...and himself? Recognized by the Hoffer Awards, Writer's Digest, Literary Titan, Readers' Favorite, Feathered Quill, Chanticleer Int'l, and more. 4.4 stars, 50+ ratings. From $0.99 SHOP NOW /


Free online: Rogue Reads

Events

Free online: Join Rogue Reads for a star-studded night with authors Anne Hillerman (Lost Birds), Lisa Gardner (Still See You Everywhere), Robert Dugoni (A Killing on the Hill), and Carter Wilson (The Father She Went to Find). All authors will be participating "live" to talk about their new books and take your questions. Monday, April 15, 7 PM EST. 

"The true nature of the human heart is as whimsical as spring weather. All signals may aim toward a fall of rain when suddenly the skies will clear." ~Maya Angelou


FREE - Crew of Exiles by Neal Holtschulte

Book of the Day

Exiled to human form, the transcendent being, Beryl, tries to cheat his punishment and becomes entangled with an airhead gamer, an abandoned human shell, and a neurotic starship warden. "Humorous and engaging...thick with intellectual inquiries." ~Clarion Review. 4.7 stars, 31 ratings. FREE - SHOP NOW


The Sense of Reckoning by Matty Dalrymple

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

After solving the Philadelphia Socialite murder, Ann Kinnear should be riding high. Instead, she's depressed and considering abandoning her spirit sensing business. Ann goes to Maine to solicit help from fellow spirit senser, Garrick Masser. Ann and Garrick find more trouble than they bargained for in a tale of obsession and misplaced loyalty that has its roots in a crumbling summer hotel, international art theft, and the historic wildfire that raged across Mount Desert Island in 1947. "Keen and charming." ~Kirkus Reviews. 4.3 stars, 250+ ratings. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Christmas at Dumpster Corral by Irene Onorato

Romance

When Noel Dupree’s estranged father undermines her recently-deceased mother’s will, he takes away Noel's childhood home and the florist shop her mother left to her. An unforgettable Christmas experience ensues when fate leads Noel to an unlikely place, an uncertain destiny, and the love of a lifetime. "Fun, romantic, and heart-warming." ~Goodreads Review. Part of the Holiday Corral Romance series. 4.4 stars, 220 ratings. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


FREE - Curandero by R. L. Mosz

Literary Fiction and Poetry

Desperate to escape the reality of his terminal illness, Stefan flees to the idyllic town of Acantilado del Mar with his faithful dog, Rebel. But Stefan's plans take an unexpected turn when he meets the alluring and enigmatic Samantha, who offers to care for Rebel after Stefan is gone. Samantha also introduces Stefan to her neighbor, the mysterious Dr. Miguel Calderón, known as "the curandero." Despite Stefan's initial skepticism, he agrees to one last try for a cure. 4.5 stars, 129 ratings. FREE - SHOP NOW


The Other Side of the Looking-Glass by Dakota Jackson

Children and Young Adult

A poignant work of young adult fiction that dives deep into the complexities of love, identity, and what it means to be a teenage girl. When 25-year-old Wren takes an interest in 15-year-old Naomi, the latter's already rocky life takes a turn for the worse. Perfect for fans of Amber Smith’s The Way I Used to Be and Kate Elizabeth Russell’s My Dark Vanessa. "A vivid portrayal of a teenager’s shaky sense of self." ~Kirkus Reviews. 4.6 stars, 13 ratings. From $3.99 SHOP NOW


Pride and Prejudice at The Cat Café by Kris Bock

Romance

Overworked PhD student Liz visits the local cat café with her friend, Jade. Sparks fly between Jade and Carl, but Liz is less impressed with Carl's friend, William. For their friends’ sakes, the two manage to get alonguntil Liz learns some horrible facts about William. But when a kitten is stolen, everyone pulls together to rescue her. This Pride and Prejudice adaptation features fresh twists to delight both fans and new readers. From $2.99 SHOP NOW /


The Wolves and the Greyhounds by Robert Schreiner

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

August, 1914. An entire German fleet has disappeared, and the Royal Navy must find them before the unthinkable happens. The fates of two naval commanders—one British, one German—are inexorably drawn together as the world plunges into war. Bold gambles and tragic miscalculations pull these two captains, their ships, and their rival empires into a desperate clash—culminating in the most decisive naval battles of the war. From $4.99 SHOP NOW