Today's Featured Books

The Videogame Economy by Alejandro González-Betancourt

Book of the Day

Dives into the dynamic economy of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, a game at the intersection of gaming, economics, and digital collectibles. Unravel the financial intricacies and ethical considerations surrounding the market, examining the influence of the content creators who shape its narrative. From $5. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


A Sweet Silverpine Winter by Rachel Matthews

Romance

In the heart of a storm, two souls find unexpected warmth. When a blizzard derails Taylor Patterson’s plans for a cozy ski trip, the successful marketer finds herself stranded in the charming small town of Silverpine. With no help in sight, her car is her only shelter and refuge. Then, a chance encounter with Graham, a rugged yet kind woodworker, changes everything… From $1.99 SHOP NOW


This Time Around by Jane Suen

Romance

Ten years ago, she broke her first love’s heart. Now, like it or not, she’s his wedding date. Katie finds her hometown friend’s wedding invitation buried under a stack of mail and makes the last-minute decision to escape her demanding job long enough to attend...and finds herself face-to-face with her high school boyfriend, whom she hasn’t seen since she dumped him after graduation. Book 1 in the Second Chance Romance series. 4.5 stars, 92 ratings on Goodreads. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Secrets of the Catalogue by Amelia Spencer

Science Fiction and Fantasy

An epic tale of adventure, love, and the clash between fiction and truth. Emerson Blackwell’s world shattered when her mother died. But later, when she encounters her mother via a secret library Catalogue that contains portals to parallel universes, Emerson must determine whether her mother is a villain publishing dangerous books or whether the people governing the secret catalogue have something to hide. "Urban fantasy for bookish folks." ~Back Shelf Books. 4.3 stars, 116 ratings on Goodreads. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


The Note-Maker’s Playbook by Wisdom University

General Nonfiction

Your audience came for the presentation… But what are they taking away? As a presenter, you need to educate, persuade, and wow your audience. But did you know your audience is likely to forget most of what you said in an hour? Retaining information needs effort. Notes help. And you can help your audience by enabling them to take the best notes. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


The Pelican Trees by Patrick Higgins

Literary Fiction and Poetry

When was the last time you went on a great and daring adventure? Chock full of mystery, suspense, and intrigue, The Pelican Trees will allow each reader to do just that, with each step of a buried treasure hunt carefully orchestrated by a loving grandfather (already in Heaven) trying to rescue his precious granddaughter and the rest of his family from eternal condemnation. 4.6 stars, 600+ ratings. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Free online: Leaning Toward Light

Events

Free online: Leaning Toward Light. Join the Hudson Valley Writers Center and contributors to the anthology Leaning toward Light: Poems for Gardens & the Hands That Tend Them for an evening of poetry cultivating our collective urge to grow, tend, and heal. Friday, January 26, 7:00 - 8:30 PM EST. 

"The garden reconciles human art and wild nature, hard work and deep pleasure, spiritual practice and the material world. It is a magical place because it is not divided." ~Thomas Moore


The Secret of the Memory Stone by Zara Yan

Book of the Day

In the bustling heart of London, a young medical student arrives with dreams of adventure and success. However, her journey takes a thrilling turn when she begins working in the mansion of a wealthy philanthropist. Mysterious events unfold, revealing a hidden world and enigmatic humanoid beings that propel her into a realm beyond human comprehension. A magical red stone and an enigmatic white cat become her guides on this astonishing journey of self-discovery, unraveling secrets that challenge the very essence of reality. Embark on an extraordinary adventure where expectations shatter and the unknown beckons, leaving you eager to unlock the story's secrets, the secrets of the Memory Stones. From $2.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Detective Buster Cuffs: Catching the Treat Snatcher by Liana Somerset

Children and Young Adult

Join Detective Buster Cuffs on a thrilling adventure as he faces his most challenging case yet. When the doggy treats mysteriously vanish in Pawchester, the clever canine detective sets out to unravel the puzzling crime. With his keen senses and tenacious spirit, Buster follows clues, questions suspects, and navigates hidden tunnels to uncover the truth. Will he be able to solve the mystery and restore peace to the town? Find out in this delightful tale of friendship, redemption, and the joy of sharing treats. 4.9 stars, 12 ratings. From $1.99 SHOP NOW


Daylight Savings Time by David W. Berner

Memoir and Creative Nonfiction

Winner, Firebird Book Award, 2024. "An authentic and moving narrative with fittingly beautiful and powerful writing." ~International Review of Books. In this meditative and intimate personal narrative on the act of aging, David W. Berner discovers how to accept and revel in the present, when the days that remain are fewer than those that have passed, and offers a path for celebrating life's final chapters. Through the lessons of seasonal change, the natural world, literature, and spirituality, Berner gives us a kind of instruction book on the art of growing older, challenging us to accept aging's transformative powers. $12.95 PRE-ORDER NOW


Wealth Whispers by Mariah Jones

General Nonfiction

Wealth Whispers: Unveiling the Secrets to Financial Liberation is not just a book about money; it's a guide to redefining one's relationship with wealth and creating a life of abundance. Whether you're just starting on your financial journey or looking to enhance your existing strategies, this book provides a road map to financial liberation—one that resonates with the whispers of wealth that have the power to transform your financial reality. From $10.50 SHOP NOW


Spotlight on Secrets of the Catalogue by Amelia Spencer

Spotlight

Today, LitNuts is shining a spotlight on Secrets of the Catalogue, an epic tale of adventure, love, and the clash between fiction and truth from author Amelia Spencer. 

"Shhhh! This book is a 'secret' sleeper hit. A unique take on banned books in a modern world, with fantasy and 'other worlds' on the side!" ~Amazon Vine Voice Review

Secrets of the Catalogue by Amelia Spencer

Book 1 of The Librarians Series
Genres: Coming of Age Fantasy, Romantic Fantasy, Epic Fantasy
4.6 stars, 28 ratings on Amazon
4.3 stars, 116 ratings on Goodreads
Paperback: $12.99
E-book: $0.99 (Free via Kindle Unlimited)
 


Emerson Blackwell’s world shattered the night her home burned to the ground with her mother inside. Unable to face her new reality, Emerson booked a one-way train to New York City. For eight years, she found solace in New York's bustling streets, but the trauma of the past comes rushing back when she discovers a hidden library deep within the heart of the city.

Guided by a cryptic librarian, Emerson discovers that the books from this library are not ordinary reading material. The library's Catalogue contains portals to parallel universes.

Inside one of the books, Emerson encounters her mother and learns that she didn’t die in the fire. Emerson's mother reveals that the Catalogue is governed by The Central Library, which has been pursuing her for publishing supposedly dangerous and unsanctioned books.

Emerson finds herself thrown into an adventure where the books she reads often become too real for comfort and she is forced to confront her tragic past. Along the way, she rekindles a romance with her first love, who reveals that he is working with Emerson’s mother against The Central Library. However, tensions rise when Emerson finds herself drawn to the son of The Central Library’s Head Librarian.

It’s up to Emerson to determine whether her mother is a villain pushing dangerous books into the Catalogue, or whether The Central Library has something to hide.

Praise for Secrets of the Catalogue
"A captivating premise...urban fantasy for bookish folks." ~Back Shelf Books

"A fun roller-coaster ride through magical books." ~Amazon Review

"Intriguing and immersive." ~Goodreads Review

About the Author

Amelia was born and raised in a small town in Ohio where she developed an interest in reading and writing from a young age. After working as a lawyer for several years, she decided to pursue her true passion and become a writer. Her debut novel, Secrets of the Catalogue, is the first book in The Librarians Series. Her next book, Foundation, is coming May 2024. 

Amelia now lives in Brooklyn, NY, where she continues to write and explore the city’s vibrant literary scene. When she is not writing, you can find her browsing the shelves at her local bookstore, taking impromptu trips, or spending time with family and friends. Learn more at AmeliaSpencer.com and be sure to follow her online: 

    


Free online: NYPL Virtual Book Tasting

Events

Free online: NYPL Virtual Book Tasting. Join the New York Public Library's "Book Tasting" for a taste of a variety of books from the NYPL collection. Friday, January 26, 2-3 PM CST. 

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” ~Leonardo Da Vinci


Reclaiming Mni Sota by Colin Mustful

Book of the Day

Discover an alternate history. Hailed as "a painful, heart-wrenching, yet triumphant read" by author Lindsey S. Fera, Reclaiming Mni Sota is a tale of two cultures clashing on the Minnesota frontier and the tragic consequences that ensue. Witness the unlikely friendship between Waabi, an Ojibwe, and Samuel, a white settler seeking a better life. Linda Ulleseit calls it "a wonderful novel that inspires contemplation about what could have happened and what did". Mustful’s novel invites you to ponder how the past has shaped America's destiny. From $9.49 SHOP NOW


Johnny McSneed & the Super Good Deed by William Spaul

Children and Young Adult

This book consists of approximately 2,000 words of Dr Seuss-style rhyming verse. Johnny is riding to school when he falls off his bike, injuring himself, and is then helped by a good Samaritan. The kindness inspires Johnny to come up with a plan to do as much good as he possibly can. He goes on a quest to find the deed that is best, or the super good deed, but what could it be? Johnny eventually realizes that he needs to do more than one deed, and performs many kind and practical acts with fantastic impacts. From $2.99 SHOP NOW


Abigail's Song by Alina Rubin

Literary Fiction and Poetry

Orphan Abigail Jones wanders her English town on Christmas Eve, 1809. With the help of medical student, Oli Higgins, she recovers from an illness and avoids being sent to the cruel orphanage. Then Oli reveals a secret: he's hiding his Jewish identity and birth name, David, to pursue his profession. As an adult, Abigail is stuck: not Christian enough for the Gentiles, but as a non-Jew, no hope of marrying the man she dreams of, David.  Heartbroken, she accepts another man’s proposal but guilt and misery drive her to take drastic actions. "Alina Rubin is an up-and-coming star in the realm of historical fiction. She is a determined and talented writer who knows how to bring history to life through her courageous main characters." ~Colin Mustful, author, historian, editor, and founder of History Through Fiction. From $4.99 SHOP NOW


State of Anger by Thomas Scott

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

As leader of the Major Crimes Unit, Detective Virgil Jones tackles only the toughest cases in the state, and the one he faces this time has the city of Indianapolis on edge. When a team of serial snipers begins using their brand of domestic terrorism, it's up to Virgil to find out who is responsible for the mysterious killings. But when Virgil gets too close, the hunter becomes the hunted, and one final bullet reveals a truth that will change his life forever. From $4.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Free online: Rogue Reads

Events

Free online: Rogue Reads. Enjoy a fabulous night of new releases from thriller authors James Grippando, Lisa Malice, Duane Swierczynski, and Stephen Hunter. Monday, January 22, 6 PM CT. 

"You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." ~Maya Angelou


Grace's Forgiveness by Molly Jebber

Book of the Day

A midwife and a handsome newcomer get a chance at happiness in this heartwarming novel from the author of Change of Heart and the Amish Charm Bakery Books.  “Endearing characters and a delightful story make this a keeper for fans of Amish romance.” ~Emma Miller, author of the Amish Mystery series. From $1.99 SHOP NOW


Utahraptors by Chosen Pounds and Kaylee Duggins

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Ruby Kighter, a young Utahraptor is framed for the murder of the Town Alpha One she didn't commit. She must team up with a clumsy gunslinger named Rattlesnake and a chaotic child called "The Kid" to escape the Deadshot mercenaries. However, danger looms for them in other forms. Enter this odd Western world featuring humanized dinosaurs! From $5.99 SHOP NOW


How to Win a Duke by Harper Bennett

Romance

Could Aunt Agatha’s duchess contest actually end in love? Duke Alistair doesn’t think so, even though he’s the prize! Though her little sister is a contestant, Elinor Hughes thinks the whole idea of a duchess contest is ridiculous. But there’s an undeniable spark between Elinor and the duke, and the contest will not go the way anyone expects… From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


The Socratic Wisdom by Wisdom University

General Nonfiction

Embark on a philosophical journey, a captivating exploration into the teachings of one of history's greatest minds. We will delve into the timeless wisdom of Socrates, unraveling the threads of his legacy that continue to shape our understanding of life, virtue, and purpose. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


FREE - Princess of the Emerald Valleys by Cassandra Finnerty

Science Fiction and Fantasy

From Ireland's sweeping shores to Insula's mystical land, a young woman and her warrior prince flee their darkest enemies. But evil knows no boundaries. As shadowy forces swirl around them, Aisling and the prince must destroy their adversaries to protect each other and everything they love. Fans of historical fiction, action-adventure, romance, and fairy tales will enjoy this story. FREE - SHOP NOW


Spotlight on: Figure Skating Mystery Series by Alina Adams

Spotlight


Today, LitNuts is shining a spotlight on the Figure Skating Mystery Series from Alina Adams, a special edition e-book that includes five complete novels that were published as paperback originals by Berkley Prime Crime, plus videos by Ice Theatre of New York.

"Adams has the wacky, incestuous world of skating down cold...from Russian coaches to skating moms to groupie fans to prepubescent stars." ~Philip Hersh, Chicago Tribune
Figure Skating Mystery Series (5 books in 1)
All 5 Books in 1 Kindle Edition: $9.99  


Fans of figure skating will laugh out loud at the descriptions of the skaters, attitudes, costumes, and stunts. Non-fans will revel in the finely crafted mystery. Bex Levy is a great protagonist who is prone to talking to herself, putting her foot in her mouth, and slashing at people with blades of sarcasm.

The Figure Skating Mystery Series includes five complete novels: 

Murder on Ice (Book 1): At the World Figure Skating Championship, the Ladies' Gold medal goes to Russia's dour Xenia Trubin over America's perky Erin Simpson thanks to the vote of one judge. Who then promptly turns up dead. Who killed Silvana Potenza? A skater? A coach? A fan? An official? A parent? It's up to Bex Levy, intrepid television researcher, to figure everything out before the end of the competition, or lose her job–and maybe even her life.

On Thin Ice (Book 2): Bex Levy’s search for a pair of athletes who mysteriously dropped out of the sport years earlier leads to a host of shocking secrets, a kidnapping–and a murder!

Axel of Evil (Book 3): Bex Levy races to discover who killed an ice skating coach during a competition in Moscow. Igor Marchenko defected from the USSR to the States in 1977 and this is the first time he's been able to return home. But he soon turns up dead, poisoned by a pair of gloves. And once Bex does the rounds, she finds that plenty of people had plenty of reasons to bump him off.

Death Drop (Book 4): Bex Levy investigates the mystery behind an infant left in the arena at the Nationals–and why the baby's mother, an ice dancer who mysteriously took off a year ago, is hanging dead from a sequined belt. But leery from events in the past, Bex is hesitant to follow the clues that will uncover personal secrets–and a killer who'll do anything to keep them from coming out.

Skate Crime (Book 5): When a world-famous coach is murdered on the eve of his televised tribute, the suspects include the former partner he dumped as soon as something better came along, the much younger new wife that he turned into a clone of his old one, his resentful daughter who always had to battle Daddy's students for his attention, the skater whose life he nearly destroyed, and the one he guided to Olympic Gold.

Praise for the Figure Skating Mystery Series and Alina Adams
"Murder on Ice mirrors events from the 2002 Winter Olympics. Corrupt judging, cutthroat battles between the skaters, and the behind-the-scenes viewpoint all help to add depth to this unique mystery." ~Roundtable Reviews

"Adams uses her extensive knowledge of the real-life world of competitive figure skating to create a very realistic background for this murder...complete with hints of dark humor. A likable, down-to-earth heroine makes this a must-read for cozy mystery fans with a fascination for figure skating." ~Romantic Times Magazine

"The book nails a Triple Axel in its description of the beautiful but bizarre world of figure skating, where skating talent is only the beginning of the package necessary to make it big. Female skaters, especially, need a pretty face and a good story to hold the public’s interest, and millions of dollars in ice shows and product endorsements can be at stake. Adams’ expertise is obvious, as is her exasperated affection for the sport." ~TheMysteryReader.com

"If you are even a casual fan of figure skating, you will love this book." ~The Romance Readers Connection

About the Author
Alina Adams is a New York Times best-selling author, soap opera insider, and pioneer in online storytelling who was born in the Soviet Union and immigrated with her parents to the United States at age seven. She learned English by watching American soap operas at their home in San Francisco.

Alina's years glued to the television paid off. She received her B.A. and M.A. in broadcast communications at San Francisco State University, and became a writer at E! Entertainment Television's daily talk show Pure Soap. She went on to work at ABC Television as a writer for the transition of the soap opera Loving when it was reincarnated as the daytime drama The City.  She also worked as a researcher for the Daytime Emmy Awards for ten years. 

Alina's childhood and immigration experience was the inspiration for her two latest historical fiction novels: The Nesting Dolls (2020) and My Mother's Secret: A Novel of the Jewish Autonomous Region (2022).

Learn more about Alina and her work and sign up for her mailing list at AlinaAdams.com


Free online: The Back Room

Events

Free online: The Back Room. Join authors Charlaine Harris, Eriq LaSalle, Hank Phillippi Ryan, and Danielle Trussoni for an evening of great conversation! Each online event starts with a short introduction to a panel of authors. The audience is then divided into breakout rooms and each author visits each room in turn. Sunday, January 21, 6-8 PM CST. 

“Don’t wait for inspiration. It comes while working." ~Henri Matisse