Today's Featured Books

Love Lost Adventure: The Lie by Roseann Gargiulo

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

Amid a blizzard's snow, Theodora "Teddy" Hayes is determined to rekindle an old flame, driven by her passion for Cole, the love of her life, despite the dangers and dark past that await. Love Lost Adventure: The Lie weaves a tale of romance, history, murder, mystery, and adventure, set across dual timelines in the 1990s and Civil War era, delivering suspense, heartwarming moments, and an eclectic mix of characters. 4.7 stars, 78 ratings. From $4.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


New release: Confuse the Wind from Rachel Stolzman Gullo & Vine Leaves Press

Spotlight

Congratulations to Rachel Stolzman Gullo and Vine Leaves Press on the release of Confuse the Wind, a novel in which a skyscraper engineer's worldview shifts as his son's illness reveals unexpected connections and discoveries.

★★★★★ “A deeply humane story that lingers long after the last page is turned.” ~Gayle Forman, New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay


Confuse the Wind

NEW RELEASE: June 25, 2024
Genre: Literary Fiction
Paperback: $17.99
Ebook: From $5.99  



As a skyscraper engineer, Jonathan Brooks has always believed that a skyscraper is either made correctly or incorrectly, and all problems have solutions. He has yet to learn that people are made differently.

When his son, Theo, fell ill with encephalitis at fourteen months old, Jonathan and his wife, Carly, were devastated to learn that Theo’s setbacks would be long-lasting, possibly permanent. Theo is now seven years old and not yet walking or fully verbal, and Jonathan and Carly are living apart.

The broken family’s world is upturned by the arrival of Aimee, a complicated young Irish woman who begins working as Theo's nanny in ways Jonathan does not trust. But as Aimee brings about new advancements for Theo, their bond grows, until Aimee’s own personal crisis rocks the family and shows them all a new way forward.

Confuse the Wind is a book about our human interdependence and how we desperately need one another to survive and hopefully thrive. If you enjoyed A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore, Wonder by R.J. Palacio, Bee Season by Myla Goldberg, or Commonwealth by Anne Patchett, you will love Confuse the Wind.

Praise for Confuse the Wind
★★★★★ “A wonderful, strange, and astounding masterpiece.” ~Amanda Boyden, author of I Got the Dog

★★★★★ “A love song to love itself, as sturdy and astounding a thing, it turns out, as a well-designed skyscraper, built to confuse the wind.” ~Amy Hassinger, After the Dam

★★★★★ “A heart-wrenching, deftly told story that reminds us that sometimes you have to break a thing before you fully understand how it works.” ~Colin Broderick, Church End

★★★★★ “A beautifully written novel about one family traversing that divide and learning to love one another, not as they might be but as they are.” ~Gayle Forman, If I Stay


About the Author
Rachel Stolzman Gullo is the author of Practice Dying (BINK Books, 2018) and The Sign for Drowning (7.13 Books, 2023). She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and two sons. Learn more at Rachel's website
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.


New Giveaway: Win Silver Resin Octopus Bookends or a $75 Amazon.com Gift Card!

Giveaways

First of all, congratulations to Anita Renee of New York City, winner of $100 in books in the LitNuts Spring Giveaway.

And now (drum roll, please)...the LitNuts Summer Giveaway is here! Enter for a chance to win a set of silver resin octopus bookends or a $75 Amazon.com gift card (winner's choice). 

"And I wonder if, in the dark night of the sea, there, deep within its own sphere of instinct, the octopus dreams of me." ~N. Scott Momaday


Paradox of the Thief by Nigel Plant

Book of the Day

New release: The discovery of an ancient scroll ignites a thrilling race between Reed Hascombe's friends and their rivals to uncover buried treasure steeped in myth. As they navigate the rugged Peak District with ancient maps, the conflict between the affluent and the grassroots simmers beneath the surface. Reed's journey through forgotten caves and age-old symbols forces him to confront the ultimate dilemma: choose between morals and money. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

"A tense, haunting story that I had to finish in one sitting." ~Amazon Review. Ten years after Emma’s son disappeared into a flooded river, the boy returns. Emma can’t believe he’s alive—but as she attempts to connect with distressed, silent Aiden, she starts to suspect he’s hiding something. Goodreads Choice Award Nominee. 4.2 stars, 59,000+ ratings. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


War Torn Book 1 by Jan Lloyd

Romance

An escape. A rescue. A clandestine affair. An imprisonment. While fleeing the horrors of war, a young woman's quest for survival becomes an affair of the heart in this World War 2 historical romance novel that explores themes of love and war among friends and among enemies. "Deeply moving and meticulously researched." ~Goodreads Review. 4.8 stars, 33 ratings. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Midsummer by Jena Doyle

Literary Fiction and Poetry

"An intense, incredibly beautiful retelling of A Midsummer Night's Dream." ~Amazon Review. When a Midsummer party turns into a nightmare, we learn there are consequences to making a vow in a magical place. And the fairies never play fair. "The sexual encounters in this story were off the charts hot - smoking hot." ~Goodreads Review. 4.1 stars, 44 ratings on Goodreads. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


A Canadian Werewolf in New York by Mark Leslie

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Alpha wolf. Beta human. Big Apple. Michael Andrews seems to have it all as a successful author living in Manhattan. It's a big step up from his humble Canadian upbringing. Of course, his lycanthropy poses a bit of a challenge. After waking up from his latest night of howling at the moon, he's naked with a bullet hole in his leg and a sneaking suspicion he ran into another wolf last night. Just another day in the suspenseful and comedic life of a Canadian bumpkin who happens to be part wolf. 4.2 stars, 119 ratings. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Princess of Wind and Sea by Cassandra Finnerty

Science Fiction and Fantasy

For fans of historical fiction, fantasy, and romance... The prince and princess race across the globe, evading dark forces and royal intrigue. From exotic kingdoms to the wilds of Ireland, the prince must protect her at all costs, as they fight for survival and abiding love. 4.2 stars, 74 ratings. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Camp Effigy by I A M Watson

Children and Young Adult

"All the ingredients to make tweens and teens fall head over heels in love with it." ~The Golden Wizard Book Prize. Dahlia, Serena, and Aria are off to Camp Effigy, a summer camp for troubled girls (and boy, are they troubled). Turns out the surrounding camp is built on ancient burial grounds, deep in the haunted woods. "Sucks you right in." ~Miranda, reviewer. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Spotlight on Love Lost Adventure: The Lie - a thrilling romance with a time-spanning mystery

Spotlight

A must-read for booklovers who enjoy a complex, emotive narrative with a strong, passionate protagonist.


Today, LitNuts is shining a spotlight on Love Lost Adventure: The Lie by Roseann Gargiulo, a thrilling blend of romance and suspense, transporting readers across time from the Civil War era to the 1990s. 
 

Recipient of five 5-star reviews from Readers' Favorite.


Love Lost Adventure: The Lie

Genre: Psychological Thriller, Murder Thriller, Romantic Thriller
4.7 stars, 75 ratings
Hardcover: $28.99
Paperback: $16.99
Ebook: $2.99 (Free via Kindle Unlimited)

Surrounded by the whiteness of the blizzard’s snow, Theodora Hayes was determined to rekindle a flame she had walked away from many years ago. But can one ever truly go back? "Teddy" didn’t give it a second thought. Passion drove her need. Cole was the love of her life, and nothing was going to keep her from finding him…except maybe danger, murder, and yes, love—and its wicked dark past.

Love Lost Adventure: The Lie written is a story of many plots, all threaded together in a mixture of romance, history, murder, mystery, and adventure, with a dash of humor thrown in for good measure. Set in the 1990s and the Civil War era, the story jumps effortlessly between dual timelines, but in a way that you always know where you are and what era the story is in. It's packed with twists and turns and plenty of suspense. It is both heart-stopping and heartwarming, with an eclectic mix of characters that you will adore.

Five-Star Reviews from Readers' Favorite
★★★★★ “People will do crazy things for love and there is no better example of this than Love Lost Adventure: The Lie. The characters were all quirky and unique and added something to the plot. This is a wonderfully written book. Anyone who loves a romance that isn’t just a romance would appreciate this work.” ~Miche Arendse, Readers' Favorite

★★★★★  “Gargiulo’s characters are richly developed, and their deep connections evoke a range of emotions, taking readers from laughter to tears at the turn of a page.” ~K.C. Finn, Readers' Favorite

★★★★★ “The alternating perspectives from several characters provided transitions that built suspense. The sudden twists in the plot made it unpredictable, and I was on edge as I read each page.” ~Stephanie Chapman, Readers' Favorite

★★★★★ “An awesome story told by a master storyteller.” ~Anne-Marie Reynolds, Readers' Favorite

★★★★★ “It’s all fun and games until somebody ends up in an incinerator!” ~Jamie Michele, Readers' Favorite


About the Author

Roseann Gargiulo is a multimedia artist, musician, and visual storyteller. She studied Motion Picture and Theatre Arts at the University of Miami and then received her Master’s in Information Technology at Florida State University.

Gargiulo’s writing style is not that of the typical romance writer. Instead, her multi-plot storylines are usually seen from a camera’s lens. Love Lost Adventure: The Lie is the first novel in the series, and she is currently working on the second. 

Learn more at LoveLostAdventure.com, sign up for the Love Lost Adventure free monthly newsletter, and be sure to follow Roseann online: 

 
          


Free online Saturday: Summer Solstice Meditation

Events

Free online: Summer Solstice Meditation. The summer solstice is a time of new beginnings, a time to embrace the new and let go of the old. This free 30-minute meditation session will give you an opportunity to pause and reflect on what you want to celebrate and invite into your life as the summer begins. Saturday, June 22, 1 – 1:30 PM EDT. 

Speaking of free: Today's Featured Books include three freebies and three ebooks priced at only 99 cents! See all of our Featured Books at LitNuts.com.

"This is the solstice, the still point of the sun, its cusp and midnight, the year's threshold and unlocking, where the past lets go of and becomes the future, the place of caught breath." ~Margaret Atwood


Mendel's Ladder by E. S. Fein

Book of the Day

Outlast. Outgrow. Outlive. In the ashes of Earth, evolution is the ultimate weapon. Mendel's Ladder delivers an adrenaline-fueled journey on a dystopian future Earth, brimming with high-stakes action, adventure, and mystery. This epic series opener plunges readers into a world filled with diverse cultures, heart-pounding battles, and characters who will captivate your heart and imagination. 4.4 stars, 88 ratings. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


FREE - Starship Freedom by Daniel Arenson

Science Fiction and Fantasy

"I love the storyline and the writing...there is nonstop action!" ~Modupe Hendricks, Vine Voice. The starship Freedom is just a museum ship. Until the aliens attack! Battlestar Galactica meets Starship Troopers in this sci-fi adventure from Daniel Arenson, the USA Today bestselling author of Earthrise. Grab the first book for FREE, then grab books two and three at deep discounts. 4.2 stars, 2,500 ratings. FREE - SHOP NOW


FREE - The Space Between Us by Melanie Summers

Romance

A wildly fun, laugh-out-loud tale of a woman who will do anything to save her job and the stubborn billionaire who dared to get in her way. It comes complete with baby alpacas, pink dolphins, and the world’s most awkward hallucinogenic tea ceremony. It’s a standalone rom-com with a little more spice than a regular Melanie Summers book. Chick Lit Book Cafe Int'l Book Excellence Award Winner for Best Billionaire Romance and Best Rom-Com. 4.4 stars, 500+ ratings. FREE - SHOP NOW


FREE - French Twist by Janine Winters

Memoir and Creative Nonfiction

A remarkable memoir of resilience, faith, and deep bonds. Janine Winters grew up with a father with a criminal history, a stalwart and inspiring mother, an intelligent and generous brother, and a strong and precocious sister. In the face of conflicts with her father, she moves with her mother, brother, and sister from an independence-seeking Morocco to an equally turbulent Algeria where the family learns to adapt to ever-changing circumstances and unexpected difficulties while Janine searches for meaning and lasting love. FREE - SHOP NOW /


Critical Thinking For Complex Issues by Thinknetic

General Nonfiction

Are you tired of being manipulated by fake news and false arguments? This book is your guide to discovering the truth. Learn how to spot logical fallacies and analyze arguments objectively. This book has real-world examples of applying critical thinking in your life. Get it today and start seeing through the lies! #1 Best Seller in Study Skills. Part of the Critical Thinking & Logic Mastery Series. 4.7 stars, 20 ratings. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


How To Self-Learn Anything by Thinknetic

General Nonfiction

Imagine waking up every day excited to dive deep into the world of knowledge, mastering new skills effortlessly, and becoming an expert in whatever piques your interest. This book is your ultimate guide, transforming you from a beginner to an expert in any field. Are you ready to embark on a journey of lifelong learning? Part of the Self-Learning Mastery Series. 4.3 stars, 260 ratings. From $0.99 SHOP NOW / 


New release! Midsummer: A Contemporary Enemies-to-Lovers Adaptation

Spotlight

The course of true love never did run smooth.

New release! Get Midsummer: A Contemporary Enemies-to-Lovers Adaptation from Jena Doyle, a book that involves politics, fairies, and intrigue in this dark enemies-to-lovers adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

"I've read and seen many variations of the play and this is one of my fave takes on it." ~Amazon Review


Midsummer: A Contemporary Enemies-to-Lovers Adaptation

New release: June 18, 2024
Genre: Romantic Fantasy
4.1 stars, 34 ratings on Goodreads
Paperback: $17.99
Ebook: $0.99


When a Midsummer party turns into a nightmare, we learn there are consequences to making a vow in a magical place. And the fairies never play fair.

"The sexual encounters in this story were off the charts hot - smoking hot." ~Goodreads Review

"An intense, incredibly beautiful retelling of A Midsummer Night's Dream." ~Amazon Review

"It’s a hot book that’s for sure. This has fairies, enemies to lovers, arranged marriage, and orgies in the woods." ~Goodreads Review

"Smutty, intertwined storyline. The story is told from dual POV and each of them have a very different feel." ~Amazon Review

Ivy: As the daughter of the president, I've had my life planned out for me: college, law school, politics. I should have guessed that my mother would plan my marriage, too. She needs a political success, which means I have to wed my enemy for publicity. I hate Lex Fairfax so much, it burns. I don't know how I'll spend three weeks at a remote castle in Ireland with him, his girlfriend, and my boyfriend without our secrets tearing us apart. When a mysterious stranger overhears my drama, she takes pity on me...in her own way.

Lex: I hate Ivy Washington. She's annoying and frustrating, and she gets under my skin like no one else. Marrying her would be a special kind of hell. I just need to get through this without my past coming back to haunt me. Everyone keeps secrets for their own reasons, but mine will destroy all four of us. 


About the Author

Jena Doyle writes smut for smut’s sake. No apologies. No shame. And definitely no judgment. When she’s not dreaming up dirty words for wild hearts, she enjoys traveling, binge watching trash TV, and dabbling in tarot or astrology. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English / Creative Writing and has been known to ramble at great length about Shakespeare’s gay agenda. She lives in Western Maryland with her partner and furbaby. Learn more at JenaDoyle.com, get a free sexy motorcycle club story when you sign up for Jena's newsletter, and be sure to follow her online: 

 
              


Five free virtual museum tours to celebrate Juneteenth

Events

Free online: Touring a Black culture museum is a great way to celebrate Juneteenth. Here are five museums you can visit free via virtual tours:

"The more I wonder, the more I love." ~Alice Walker, The Color Purple


Dead End by Leslie J. Hall

Book of the Day

This page-turner is a humorous, PG-rated, amateur sleuth mystery featuring a code enforcement officer in a fictional city near Seattle. Kaitlyn Willis’s job usually involves writing tickets for untrimmed trees and cars parked on lawns. But when an animal hoarding case turns up a dead body, Kaitlyn investigates, aided by the enormous cat that "adopts" her. Book 1 in the Road Signs Mystery Series. 4.1 stars, 300+ reviews. From $1.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Angel of Mercy by Bruce Lewis

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

When a homeless woman is found dead, Chicago veterinarian Jim Briggs gets caught up in the investigation. Homicide detectives make the case a low priority—until they find out the deceased is NY Times best-selling author Mattie Powell. The prime suspects are Mattie's estranged husband and drug addict son. But while Briggs is helping detectives solve the case, an informant identifies Briggs as an angel of mercy, killing the homeless on demand. "Tight plot with twists and turns, making it a page-turner." ~Amazon Review. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Prisoner of Despair by Chad Miller

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

The year is 1889 and private investigator John Doyle is on a quest not only for answers but for his very soul. Along with his partner, Thomas Braham, Doyle investigates unsolved cases, sightings, and obscurities that fall through the cracks from the local authorities. When an esteemed colleague suddenly vanishes, Doyle and Braham embark on the case of their lifetime in this thrilling supernatural adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat. "Brutal, well-written and twisty." ~Amazon Review. 4.6 stars, 36 ratings. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


City of Graves by Rebecca Rook

Children and Young Adult

New release: Finch has a secret: She belongs to the city’s urban exploration community—a dangerous and thrilling pastime that involves exploring abandoned buildings. When Finch finds a body in one of these forgotten spaces, she discovers a chilling connection between the victim and her urban exploration community, and her newfound world begins to crumble. A young adult thriller that will appeal to fans of I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga and None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney. From $4.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Blameforest by Jason Stocks

Literary Fiction and Poetry

Explicit Southern Poetry. "Jason Stocks’ collection is brave, unflinching and hits you like a punch in the jaw. It is at times brutal and vicious but also tender and intelligent. I was reminded of early Eminem in the poignant anger of some of the poems." ~Sam Szanto, author of If No One Speaks. Finalist in the 2024 American Legacy Book Awards. 4.7 stars, 36 ratings. From $2.99 SHOP NOW