Today's Featured Books

Enter the Life's a Beach Giveaway Hop!

Events

LitNuts is participating in the Life's a Beach Giveaway Hop - multiple giveaways from multiple sponsors. You can "hop" from one giveaway to the next and enter each for a chance to win a bunch of great prizes! Open May 10 - 24. 


Free Online Lit Event: Pen Parentis Literary Salon

Events

Pen Parentis presents the final event of its 2022 Spring Season with spectacular readings by authors Sadeqa Johnson, Marie Myung-Ok Lee, and Jacquelyn Mitchard. The theme is "POWER," and their collective accomplishments will blow you away. (FYI: Pen Parentis is a great organization that provides resources to writers to help them stay on track after starting a family.) Tuesday, May 10, 7 PM ET. 

“Don’t worry that children never listen to you: worry that they are always watching you.” ~Robert Fulghum


Legacy in Legend (Boxed Set) by Barbara Pietron

Children and Young Adult

From award-winning YA author Barbara Pietron, this ebook bundle includes the prequel and three books in the Legacy in Legend series. In Thunderstone, Jeni and her family gather at Lake Itasca, Minnesota, to spread her grandfather’s ashes in the Mississippi Headwaters. They agree to meet again at various locations along the Mississippi River as they trace his journey to the Gulf of Mexico. But every time they meet, Jeni comes in contact with a malicious otherworldly element. Each vengeful confrontation makes it more important that she discover and harness whatever power she possesses so she can protect herself and her loved ones. From $10.99 SHOP NOW


What's Wrong with This Picture? by John McCaffrey

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

"With clean, impactful prose and an off-kilter sense of humor...strikes deep into the absurdities of life to uncover the truths we try to keep buried." -Douglas Light. What’s Wrong With This Picture? speaks to everyone who has ever searched for the meaning of existence…or a really good haircut. "These eleven stories...explore the breadth of human potential, from heartening redemption, down to the nastiest of transgressions." -Tim Bridwell From $2.99 SHOP NOW


Blood at Dusk by Brenna Harlow

Romance

The SoulBlood Series is a show-stopping adult vampire romance like you've never seen before. Blood at Dusk brings a new take on vampiric lovers, while still delivering tropes readers of the genre adore, such as soul mates, telepathic lovers, steamy blood bonding, protective male heroes, and so much more. From $2.99 SHOP NOW


The Lights Around the Shore by Steven Lewis

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

"In Steven Lewis’s wildly imaginative novel, we follow curmudgeonly, big-hearted Charlie Messina as he finds himself passing through the veils of time and space, death and dreams, his life as it was and as it is yet to be." -Tony Hozeny. Back to the Future meets Travels With Charley. "Charlie...the erratic, lovable, self-proclaimed big mouth protagonist in The Lights Around the Shore, wonders and wanders across the lines of psyche and state, searching for clarity and redemption." -Kathy Curto. From $6.99 SHOP NOW /


Celebrate Mother's Day with Sobremesa: A Memoir of Food and Love in Thirteen Courses

From $8.99  



In the quest to discover herself, Josephine returns home to Argentina to learn the lessons of her mom and abuela’s pasts, along with the delicious dishes that formed their kitchen arsenals. But her travels from las pampas to the prairie aren’t easy or conventional. Josephine faces mystical encounters with the spirit world that lead her to discover a part of herself that, like sobremesa, had been lost in translation.

Just as she’s ready to give up on love all together, Josephine surprises even herself by entering into a forbidden, transcontinental love affair with the Argentine man of her dreams. If they are to be together, Josephine must make a difficult choice: return to the life she knows back in Pittsburgh or follow her heart and take a chance on herself.

This magical, multigenerational story of a daughter’s love and the culinary legacy that helps Josephine navigate life-changing loss is a reminder that home is anywhere the heart is. By means of culinary time travel, Sobremesa takes the reader on a parallel culinary journey to Argentina that unfolds with each chapter.

Book Clubs: Sobremesa Book Club Guide includes questions and discussion prompts for book clubs.

Praise for Sobremesa

  • Sobremesa is the perfect blend of culture and experience and will transport readers to the streets of Argentina without them having to leave the comforts of their own kitchen . . .” Read more in ¡Presente! Pittsburgh Latino Magazine.
  • Sobremesa is a reminder of a slower time, an exuberant, passionate place, and love as vast as the Argentine pampas.” Read more in Foreword Reviews.
  • “Abundant in heart, intimacy and flavor . . . Oría’s story spreads love and nourishment where others might forget its power . . .” Read more in Shelf Awareness.

About Josephine Caminos Oría

Born in the Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Josephine Caminos Oría was raised Stateside from infancy on in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Gathering around a table large enough to sit her family of eight, plus two for her abuelos on her mom’s side, food and the sobremesa that accompanied it, was how Josephine learned to make sense of the world. Stories of where she came from, and the people she’d left behind, were served to Josephine during family sobremesas she savored like meals. Those tales nourished Josephine’s imagination and sense of self, setting the table for Josephine’s second act—a family and professional life focused around Argentine food and culture. It was in her early 40s, with five young children in tow, that Josephine took a chance on herself, leaving a C-level career to make dulce de leche. Today, Josephine, along with her Argentine husband, Gastón, is the founder of La Dorita Cooks, an all-natural line of dulce de leche products and Pittsburgh’s first resource-based kitchen incubator for start-up and early stage food makers (see www.ladorita.net for more information). In addition, Josephine is the author of the cookbook as food-memoir, Dulce de Leche: Recipes, Stories, and Sweet Traditions (Burgess Lea Press, February 2017).


Free online event: Mix & mingle with indie press authors & editors this weekend!

Events

Gordon Hill Press Spring 2022 Online LaunchSpend your Saturday afternoon mixing and mingling with the authors and editors of Gordon Hill Press, "The Next Voice in Canadian Literatures." The free online event with feature poetry readings from Ayaz Pirani, Steffi Tad-y, and Carl Watts, as well as time for Q&A. Saturday, May 7, 3:00 PM CDT. 

"We must be a beacon of hope, because if you tell people there's nothing they can do, they will do worse than nothing." ~Margaret Atwood, The Year of the Flood


Child of Mine (Masonville Series Book 1) by Jana Richards

Romance

"An emotional rollercoaster with some sweet moments, heartbreak and true love." -Elisa, Amazon Top 100  Reviewer. Lauren didn't intend to sleep with her brother-in-law on the day of her husband's funeral. And nobody knew how unhappy she was with her cheating husband. Now she's pregnant and afraid to tell her small town that the baby isn't her late husband's. But if she doesn't tell the truth, she risks losing her new love with her brother-in-law. From $0.99 SHOP NOW / Bonus: Pre-order Strong Enough, Book 4 in the series, at a special price through June 22.  


The Carnation Murder (Adele Gossling Mysteries: Book 1) by Tam May

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

Adele Gossling seeks peace and small pleasures in Arrojo after the death of her father. Peace is exactly what she doesn’t get when she discovers her neighbor’s dead body in her gazebo. The police have a firm suspect, but Adele suspects he’s innocent. But if he didn’t do it, who did? Book 1 in an exciting new cozy/historical mystery series! "Adele is a strong, determined, smart woman who doesn't need to get nasty to get what she wants. 5 Stars!" -Clau, Amazon Vine Voice reviewer. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


The Latina President by Joe Rothstein

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

“An enthralling protagonist at the heart of a gripping tale!” -Kirkus Reviews. The world knows her as "Tenny." She's Isabel Tennyson, a fun-loving, charismatic Latina-American heiress who charms her way into the White House as U.S. President. She also has revenge as part of her agenda, targeting some of the world's most powerful economic figures. They are on mission to destroy her first. "If Grisham wrote political thrillers, they'd feel like this!" -reader review. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Depending On You by Jessica Aiken-Hall

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

"This book roped me in quick and I didn’t look back! A beautiful story of friendship with just enough twists to keep you guessing." -reader review. Together again, Cate and Patti must decide if it's time to reopen the wounds of that night or keep running from them. As evidence surfaces, the potential to destroy a once-in-a-lifetime friendship looms. Twists, turns and murder. There's only one way outbut how much can one friendship withstand? "An emotional book that packed a punch while soothing the soul. Overall...a great book!" -reader review. From $3.99 SHOP NOW


Holistic Health and Nutrition by Yota Kouyas Gerrior

General Nonfiction

Has your busy lifestyle left you feeling drained? Are you looking for more natural ways to combat chronic stress? Holistic Health and Nutrition: A Simple 11 Step Approach to Holistic Health with Nutrition will guide you down the holistic path to re-energizing your body with all-natural, healthy, and essential nutrients. If you’ve been looking for a compelling book that will transform your well-being, then you’ve got to read this one! From $2.99 SHOP NOW


Castille Hotel Series Boxed Set by Alexis Winter

Romance

Castille Hotel Series Boxed Set: A Complete Billionaire Office Romance Collection. Sometimes it's best to follow a few rules when you're working for a demanding, ruthless but sexy-as-hell billionaire. Then again, sometimes the rules are meant to be broken. Dive into this swoon-worthy, steamy collection today and find out why rules don't apply to these demanding men who will stop at nothing to claim the women they love. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Once Upon a Shoe: A Cinderella Retelling by A. R. Summers

Romance

Magic shoes, family problems, and a midnight deadline… How much do you really know about Cinderella’s fairytale? From $0.99 SHOP NOW


From the Mirror: Reflections on Living, Writing, and Dying Well by Randall Silvis

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

From the Mirror is the first installment of what is to be a four-part autobiography of critically acclaimed author Randall Silvis. With more than three hundred brief reflections and observations, none longer than a single typed page, this intimate and revealing collection considers not just the art of creative writing but also the writing life, fatherhood, academia, politicians, introversion, the afterlife, solitude, romantic love, and more. Silvis spares no victims, including himself, in this brutally honest consideration of his life and career, and of the failings and potential of the human species in general. A must-read for lovers of life, literature, and the pursuit of happiness. From $5.99 SHOP NOW


Due North (Cowboys of Bison Ridge Book 3) by Katie Mettner

Romance

NEW RELEASE! Due North was released on May 3 and is available for only 99 cents! Caleb "Tex" North keeps his cards close to his vest at Heavenly Lane Dude Ranch. Acting like a happy-go-lucky Texas cowboy is easier than being the vulnerable, broken man he faces in the mirror every morning. Cecelia Douglas is in trouble, but out of choices, she has to trust the one cowboy who could heal her heart…or break it. Caleb and Cecelia are both swimming through blue waves of grief, pain, and misunderstandings that leave them aching to connect with each other. When one of their own is in danger, can they put their pasts aside to save their future? From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Sandman: A Golf Tale by David W. Berner

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

"A storyline to satisfy our wistful golfing souls." -Tom Coyne, bestselling author of A Course Called America. A young boy is in love with the game of golf, but he doesn't understand why. He has a natural talent and an enviable swing, but playing the game well is not enough. There's something missing. When Jimmy, the homeless man who spends his days cheering on golfers from his usual sitting spot just off the 5th green at Old Elm Municipal Golf course goes missing, the young boy becomes curious. His quest uncovers Jimmy's mysterious link to the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland, and reveals a life in golf that not only fascinates but sends the boy on a deeper personal journey. Coming July 1, from $7.99 Pre-Order Now / 


Danger Close by Fiona Quinn

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

A strangers-to-lovers, military, action-adventure romance. Alone in the wilds of mountainous Asia, Jett is on an undercover military operation. With threats all around her, alone is the last thing she should be. So when help arrives in the form of Havoc, a sexy Delta Force operator, Jett is ready to get out. But when her teammate’s K9 partner shows up carrying a plea for help, Jett vows to race to the rescue, with or without help from Havoc. 4.5 stars, 733 ratings on Amazon. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


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

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Reader reviews: "Blue Hydrangeas is, by far, the most tender love story I've read in a very long time." "Had me laughing and crying." What if the person who knew you best and loved you most forgot your face and couldn't remember your name? A retired Cape Cod couple struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. "More than a romance... we are taken on a journey of emotional decision making." "Marianne’s writing is easy to read, well crafted, and tells a beautiful story of tragedy, commitment, and everlasting love." From $2.99 SHOP NOW


Your Daily Dose of Stoic Wisdom: 30 Quotes to Inspire and Guide the Modern-Day Stoic by Thinknetic

General Nonfiction

The problem isn’t that we are unhappy. It’s that we expect to be happy all of the time… Your Daily Dose of Stoic Wisdom is a 30-day guide to practicing the foundational tenets of Stoicism. Without being a primer on Stoic philosophy, the book is here to help you integrate its basic principles into your everyday experiences. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Divine River by Marina Vivancos

Romance

Grumpy, small town Mike doesn’t need sunshine, city-slicker Jason to come in and turn his life upside down. Thing is, Mike has been conforming to expectations—on who he is supposed to love, who he is supposed to be—for too long. It might be time to open his heart to something new. From $4.99 SHOP NOW


Horodno Burning by Michael Freed-Thall

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

"This is a captivating book, historically authentic, and movingly romantic. A mesmerizing tale of love in a time of extraordinary trials." -Kirkus Reviews. Set in the turbulent Russian Empire of the 19th century, Horodno Burning is a love letter to literature, freedom, and Jewish survival. "...a moving story about human persistence and hope..." -Ellen Meeropol, author of My Sister's Tattoo. "This gripping novel brings history to life." -David Ebenbach, author of How to MarsFrom $6.99 SHOP NOW


Splintered Heart: A Red Dust Novel by Linda Dowling

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Readers Favorite, International Book Awards, Finalist. #1 on Amazon and Most Gifted. A sweeping tale of abuse and heartache seen through the eyes of a thirteen-year-old girl. Based on life in notorious government institutions that were closed by a Royal Commission in 1974, this book tells the story of healing of a tortured soul in the remote but beautiful Australian outback. From $5.99 SHOP NOW


Passion Demands a Vocabulary of Desire: Volume 2 by Bauke Kamstra

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

"Confronting and charming with the rapid-fire efficiency of the micro format that makes this collection both prolific and profound." -Tyler Salsman. This book is Alchemy, mundane lead gets transformed to gold, poem by poem, consummation by birth, consummation by death, consummation by transformation. "Kamstra’s words burrow into those intimate places... With its confessional yet unrepentant tone, this poetry collection is a masterpiece of imagery" -Catherine LoFrumento. From $2.99 SHOP NOW