Today's Featured Books

Matters of the Heart by Zaïnab El Meziani

Literary Fiction and Poetry

A collection of poetry about the inevitable nature of falling and all the motions that it entails; innocent longing leading to learning, but never enough to avoid falling again. This chapbook aims to be a sincere depiction of what it means to fall, with the good and the not so good, with poems being emblems for truths once lived, even if it's in imagination. FREE - SHOP NOW


Free online Saturday: Elevate Your Life!

Events

Free online: Elevate Your Life, practical steps to take charge of your life. Join this free virtual event featuring five keynote speakers on such topics as "Ignite Your Intuition," "Claiming and Staking Your Boundaries," "Triumph over Trauma," and more. Saturday, April 27, 10 AM - 1 PM PST.

"If you own this story you get to write the ending." ~Brené Brown


A Prayer for Earthrise: Books 1-3 by Daniel Arenson

Book of the Day

They came from another galaxy. They came with one mission. To kill us all. A Prayer for Earthrise box set: Three complete science fiction novels. From the USA Today bestselling author of Starship Freedom. Some call them aliens. Others call them gods. Their tentacles grip worlds. Their malice destroys civilizations. They've crushed a million planets. And now they crave Earth. Grab this box set and delve into a universe of war, courage, and adventures among the stars. From $3.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


The Moth Saga: Books 1-3 by Daniel Arenson

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Welcome to Moth, a world torn in two. Many eras ago, the world of Moth fell still, leaving one half in perpetual daylight, the other cloaked in endless night. Torin and Bailey have spent their lives in the light, but now they're about to venture into the dark... and discover a world of danger, secrets, and wonder. A fantasy bundle from a USA Today bestselling author. 4.1 stars, 891 ratings. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Potion Voyages Mystery Book: Chance of Harmony by Jeremy Dwyer

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Uxia is a mystical martial artist and fierce warrior who travels across the world of magic oceans in pursuit of profits. She is no peacemaker: profit is her true purpose. She rolls the discovery dice in a risky ritual to reveal her next nemesis. Above all else, this warrior is a gambler. Listen to the music of Potion Voyages on SoundCloud to experience the magic. From $1.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Big Bad Boss: Moon Mad by Renee Rose and Lee Savino

Romance

An alpha must protect his pack. Weakness isn’t an option Neither is the beautiful human who turned my world upside down. But she is my obsession...I won't let her go. Mating a human would destroy everything I've fought for: My business, my pack, my family. But I can't resist this forbidden attraction. And if I don't claim her soon, I'll succumb to moon madness, a fate worse than death. Book two in the Big Bad Boss trilogy. 4.6 stars, 60 ratings. From $5.99 SHOP NOW


Free online: Literary Editions 2024 with the University of Alberta Press

Events

Free online: Literary Editions 2024. Hosted by the University of Alberta Press, this listening party will feature poetry from UAlberta Press’ newest collections: That Audible Slippage by Margaret Christakos, Deviant by Patrick Grace, and Northerny by Dawn Macdonald. Wednesday, April 24, 5:00 - 6:30 MT.

"Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash." ~Leonard Cohen


Gnomes and Knights by Michael Parkes

Book of the Day

A children's book (ages 3-10) in two parts: Gnomes is a whimsical collection of short stories with rhyming, magic, and whimsy. Knights is a tale of a nervous squire joining the Knight's Order and venturing out to fulfill his dream and duty of serving his king. Through cleverness, leadership, and courage, Nathan the Knight overcomes obstacles, becomes more confident as he gains allies, helps those he meets, and faces the cause of the problem head-on. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


FREE - Iron Creek Brides Boxed Set by Karla Gracey

Romance

Craving love and a fresh start, four mail-order brides venture to Iron Creek, each encountering a rugged bachelor yearning for connection. But amidst bandits, pandemics, and meddling relatives, can they navigate the Wild West and discover true love? Four complete novels! 4.5 stars, 236 ratings. FREE - SHOP NOW


A Cowboy's Forever Faithful by Jessie Gussman

Romance

After almost a decade away from Sweet Water, North Dakota, Travis is back in town. He'd like to turn his friendship with Ellen into something more, but things don't go as planned after a mix-up at an auction, a brawl, and suddenly, he's a father. As Travis and Ellen navigate these challenges, rumors about Travis's loyalty surface. In a town where everyone knows your name, can Travis prove his faithfulness and turn their friendship into a love story? Book 1 in the series. 4.6 stars, 600+ ratings. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Night Hack by Carey Decevito

Romance

In a chilling tale of obsession and murder, Jana's simple life collides with Brycen’s quest for more. Can they stop the deadly stalker before it's too late? A forced proximity alpha hero hacker romantic suspense. Book 4 in the Nightshade Series. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


The Dominant by Sienna Snow

Romance

Architect Damon Pierce only wants one night. No relationships. No entanglements. Especially not with his friend's little sister. He’s haunted by his past. Dominance is the only solace he knows, but it’s far too dangerous to last. A #1 New Release in Workplace Romance. 4.4 stars, 14 ratings. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Baby for My Bosses by Natasha L. Black

Romance

"Lots of steamy action." ~Amazon Review. It’s against the rules to hook up with your boss. But what if I get with all four of them? "Fun. Steamy. Suspenseful." ~Amazon Review. 4.3 stars, 28 ratings. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Spotlight on The Thirteenth Child by Mark deMeza

Spotlight

Congratulations to author Mark deMeza on the recent release and great reader reviews of The Thirteenth Child, a World War II historical novel based upon a heart-wrenching true story. Readers moved by Schindler’s List, The Tattooist of Auschwitz, and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas will be touched by this gripping story.

★★★★★ "Enthralling, harrowing, educational, beautifully written." ~Amazon UK Review


The Thirteenth Child

Released on January 24, 2024 to commemorate World Holocaust Day
Genre: Historical Fiction
4.4 stars, 213 ratings on Goodreads
4.3 stars, 371 ratings on Amazon
Paperback: $12.99
Ebook: $0.99 (Free via Kindle Unlimited)  

Inspired by the true story of the author’s ancestors, this enthralling WWII novel tells of the Kisch family’s heart-wrenching struggle against Nazi oppression.

When the Nazis invade the Netherlands in 1940, the Jews of Amsterdam know nothing of the Final Solution and the Holocaust. As the measures imposed by the cruel SS become ever more repressive, sister and brother, Rachael and Hendrik, join the Dutch Resistance. Meanwhile, their parents, Franck and Elizabeth, strive to keep their younger brother, Hannes, safe. But time is against them all, as every day more and more Jews are being deported to unknown camps in Eastern Europe. Will the family be able to stay together and survive?

Praise for The Thirteenth Child

★★★★★ "A chilling, historically accurate account of events and a fictional re-telling of one family’s experience. Strongly recommend." ~Goodreads Review

★★★★★ "A stunningly good first novel, based on Mark deMeza’s shocking recent discovery of what happened to his family in wartime Amsterdam and their transportation to the Nazi death camps. The author skillfully interweaves a harrowing account of the fates of the fictional Kisch family with the historical events, places and main characters of the era (a compelling mix of the best and worst of humanity)." ~Amazon UK Review

Bonus: Sign up for Mark's newsletter and get a free copy of the Four Seconds collection of short stories that take you from the Golden Gate Bridge to Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, and from a tense dining-room to a graffiti-covered underpass.


About the Author
Born in Manchester but now living in Cheshire with his wife and daughter, Mark deMeza wrote his first draft novel when he was 17 years old. Like many other aspiring authors, he fell in step with a "steady" career and income, but the yearning to write gurgled away in the pit of his stomach.

When a shaft of light presented itself in his busy life, he started writing short stories and was lucky enough to have many published or praised in competitions.

In May 2022, a convenient break in his steady career appeared, and, at the same time, he discovered the dreadful truth about his Jewish ancestors’ plight under the Nazis in the Netherlands. He then embarked on his first full-length novel, The Thirteenth Child, a piece of historical fiction, but with the experiences of his ancestors permeating every word.

Silently supported by his black-and-white cat and often distracted by his ADHD, Mark published The Thirteenth Child in January 2024. He is now working on a sequel to be released later this year. Learn more at markdemeza.co.uk., sign up for his free newsletter, and be sure to follow Mark online: 
 
    


Free online: Earth Week Speaker Series

Events

Free online: Earth Week Speaker Series. Earth Day is April 22, and the SWBR design firm is sponsoring a weeklong speaker series on such topics as architecture, sustainability policy, community planning, and more. April 22 - 26. 

"Preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known." ~Carl Sagan


I Never Said I Love You by Sarah Magee

Book of the Day

Liss Larkin and Nao Kao Inthavong hail from opposite corners of the world, yet their connection is immediate when they meet in graduate school and their bond deepensuntil Liss walks away without explanation. Twenty years later, they cross paths again and must reckon with the decisions they made years ago. Part travelogue, part love story, this book is a lovely study in friendship, forgiveness, and roads not taken that follows one woman's journey through her past and across the world. 4.7 stars, 23 ratings. From $9.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Four Months in Cuba by Luana Ehrlich

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

He thought it would be a simple rescue mission. He was wrong. Days after preventing an attack on the nation's capital, CIA operative Titus Ray arrives in Cuba on a mission to rescue a fellow operative from the hands of the Los Zetas drug cartel. It wasn’t a simple rescue mission. It was much more. More about his survival. More about his faith. More about himself. 4.8 stars, 1000+ ratings. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Theater of Curses by Catherine Stine

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Shadow Salon detectives Luna and Celestine take on their second case, when Tim Calhoun insists his Conservatory of Theater Arts has been cursed. A red specter is terrorizing him, setting fires in the theater, even brutalizing him. To uncover clues, Luna uses her water magic and flight skills, while resisting her growing attraction to Tim. Celestine shares tips from her automatic drawings. If Luna fails to reach the realms, the conservatory will be shuttered, the curse will spread…and worse. From $3.99 SHOP NOW


The Last Humans by Gregory D. Little

Science Fiction and Fantasy

In humanity's last city, you're either consumed by a monster or you become one. Sheltered in their fortress, the last humans are assailed from without by alien invaders and from within by a disease mutating every citizen. After her best friend’s death, Ward Chief Iazmaena Delgassi vows to restore safety by running for magistrate. If Iaz fails, humankind will be a thing of the past. Mutagen Deception Book 1. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Treachery Unmasked by Dorian Rockwood

Children and Young Adult

Sammy is a child actor in 1942 Hollywood reaching the end of his career as a juvenile performer. His mother tries to get him a new contract, but the plan falls apart when she is arrested for passing counterfeit money. Desperate to save his career, Sammy begins his own investigation, and ends up uncovering a Nazi plot to destroy the United States economy—and him, if he gets in the way. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Savage Peril by Emily Jane Trent

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

Dr. Lori Waters grieves over the deaths of her parents...especially the suspicious circumstances of her father’s death. She investigates to determine if he was murdered, but an enemy has much to gain by getting her out of the way. With few allies and surrounded by danger, Lori chases down a killer. But she isn’t alone. A Navy SEAL heartthrob vows to be her protector, and she falls in love at the worst possible time. 4.5 stars 151 ratings. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Bury Aunt Carrie by Grace Anderson

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

At their Great Aunt Carrie’s funeral, ten-year-old Lindsay, her sister, Cassie, and her cousin, Piper, learn of a family curse that had been lying dormant for decades and has been brought to the surface by their Aunt Carrie’s death. In order to save the world from impending doom, the girls must employ the help of their teenage cousin, Jessica, to steal the hearse from the church lot and embark on a cross country road trip to bury their departed aunt on hallowed ground before it’s too late. From $2.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


The Trouble with Arthur by DC Chase

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

On the night of his high school graduation party, Artie is excited about moving on to college but still reeling from the disappearance of his best friend two weeks earlier. Artie’s 21-year-old stepsister, Gina, makes a surprise appearance at Artie's party, and though they are attracted to each other, does Gina really care for Artie or is she using him for sinister purposes? A cross between American Pie mixed and a James Patterson novel, Artie's story is filled with twists and turns that will keep you on edge until the very last page. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


A Measure of Rhyme by Lloyd Jeffries

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

An explosive tale of love and survival. "Heart-pounding." ~Publishers Weekly. Rhyme Carter has a problem: she’s married to the Antichrist, but her heart belongs to Emery, a man who wakes in a hospital to find the woman he loves betrayed him. Swept away on a drug-fueled tsunami of madness and mayhem, Emery plummets further into addiction, misery, and the machinations of immortal madmen. But Rhyme has plans to thwart her evil husband and reclaim her life. Can a former librarian save the planet and the man she loves? BookLife Prize Semi-Finalist. 4.6 stars, 32 ratings. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Spotlight on RomComs from author J Rose Black

Spotlight

Today, LitNuts is shining a spotlight on the work of J Rose Black, author of romantic comedy and romantic suspense, including three RomComs that are currently either 99 cents or free!

  • Losing My Breath: A Marine never says die. Neither does his princess.
  • Chasing Headlines: Baseball is her family’s business. But it’s his whole world.
  • Off the Record: On the record, she's the world's most annoying reporter. Off the record, she's the one he can't let get away.
Read on to learn more!

Losing My Breath

Genres: Romantic Comedy, Humor, Feel-Good Fiction
4.4 stars, 1000 ratings on Goodreads
Paperback: $9.99
Ebook: $0.99 (Free via Kindle Unlimited)



A Marine never says die.

Neither does his princess.


Battle lines are drawn when sheltered debutante Meridian Daly moves across the hall from grumpy veteran Marine Callan Brand. Situated a bit closer than advertised to "crime alley," Meridian’s neighbor finds himself grudgingly guarding the pampered princess out of habit. But with her sharp wit and killer curves, he can’t help but surrender to temptation…

When their relationship evolves from casual courtship to something more, Callan finds that Meridian has already discovered his closely guarded secret. But can he let go of his pride and tell her the whole truth of who he is and what he’s done—in the name of honor and country?

As Callan’s scars start to reveal themselves, his life spirals beyond the careful control that's helped him survive—and kept those he cares about safe.

From him.

Praise for Losing My Breath

  • "A powerful and emotionally resonant story that will leave you breathless. It's a tale of love, sacrifice, and the battle against one's own demons, ultimately culminating in the discovery of hope and redemption." ~Literary Titan
  • "It is very rare to read a love story that does not have a rinse-and-repeat cycle, but Losing My Breath is far from the normal romantic tale." ~Readers' Favorite

Chasing Headlines

New release: Coming December 3, 2024
Genres: Humorous American Literature, Women's Humorous Fiction
Ebook: $0.99

Baseball is her family’s business.

But it’s his whole world.


When Breslin Cooper's major league dreams go up in flames, he's left with his backup plan: college baseball in Vanquer, Texas. But his public altercation with a reporter saddles him with mandated community service, therapy, and a toxic "Storm Cooper" reputation.

Liv Milline’s family name is practically synonymous with baseball. Yet despite her love for the game (the tight pants aren't bad, either) and her dreams of becoming a baseball scout, her father holds one ironclad rule: No baseball for Olivia. (The corollary: no baseball players for Olivia is just downright mean.)

Her one loophole? Playing beat reporter for Texas State Tech.

Chasing similar dreams, Liv attempts to befriend Breslin. But the amazingly talented pain-in-her-aperture has only two words to say whenever she's around: No comment.

But the troubled ballplayer’s running on overload. Still emotionally wounded from his mother’s death, the only time Breslin seems close to "okay" is on the ballfield. Liv and Breslin's new teammates can’t seem to get through.

When a lapse in judgment catches Breslin in a real-world rundown, jeopardizing his parole and his baseball scholarship, his only choice may be to rely on Liv—the aggravating, attractive, not-even-human reporter.

Can they find common ground, or will the last flame of Breslin’s life-long dream flicker out?


FREE - Off the Record

Genres: Romantic Comedy, Humor, Feel-Good Fiction
4.1 stars, 24 ratings on Goodreads
Ebook: FREE!



On the record, she's the world's most annoying reporter.

Off the record, she's the one he can't let get away.


Breslin Cooper worked his whole life for a chance to play in the big leagues. On the fateful day of his Major League Baseball debut, the talented rookie is reunited with the one who got away: Olivia Milline, a woman with big dreams of her own...

“So, tell me, on the record,” Olivia crossed her arms and turned to face him. Her short white skirt glowed in the sunlight. Her sleeveless top gapped at the neck, unbuttoned to just above her breasts. And I didn’t think this day could get any better.

“What are your team's chances this season with Rodriguez out and you at third?”

He glanced down at her long, tan legs. Give it up, Cooper. You know better. He shook off the question and started toward the locker room again.

She matched his stride.

Saw that coming. You know she won’t give up. He sighed. “Off the record. Tell me why you’re here?”


About the Author

J. Rose Black weaves stories about obsession, redemption, and the transcendental power of love. From her early days writing fanfiction for a passionate following of international readers, to crafting novels with her own characters, Rose has always been drawn to broody protectors and plucky, no-nonsense women ready to fight for what they believe in. 

Learn more at JRoseBlack.com. Also, sign up for her VIP newsletter via her website or when you download a free copy of Off the Record. Finally, be sure to follow her online!