“A story set in an intriguing world.” -Olga McArrow. While a war rages in space, a revolutionary group of humans, shapeshifters, and telepaths gather to prove their races can live together in peace. They believe in peace enough to erase their memories and begin a primitive city on a secluded planet, Vastus. Generations later, conflicts on Vastus force people to flee their city. FREE - SHOP NOW /
A look at World War II through the eyes of four young people who come of age during the war. The author scrutinizes various forms of discrimination from misogyny to anti-Semitism, and examines forgotten aspects of the war, such as the exchange of German for American prisoners in Sweden and the legacy of American POW camps. Five Stars "Must Read" from Reedsy: "The well-researched novel provides insights into little-known secret missions during World War II in Europe and brings to light the internment in America of thousands of German and Italian Americans, many of whom were citizens by naturalization or birth." From $4.99 SHOP NOW /
You know what sucks? Demons. They're always trying to take over the world and destroy humanity, but they never seem to get it done. Why is that? There's a group of people who are dedicated to stopping them - demon hunters like Gabby. And she's not going down without a fight! Join her in this thrilling adventure as she teams up with descendants of Abraham Van Helsing to kill one demon intent on spreading madness through an unsuspecting town. FREE - SHOP NOW /
Free online literary events worthy of your consideration:
Nowhere Bookshop (San Antonio, Texas) presents David Liss, author of The Peculiarities (Tachyon), the story of a young Victorian gentleman whose elder brother may be sabotaging the family's bank, whose childhood friend has died under mysterious circumstances, and who may himself be turning into a tree! September 13, 6:00 - 7:00 PM CDT.
Poetry Foundation presents The Open Door series, work from new and emerging poets that highlights writing instruction and poetic partnerships. This week: poetry from Julietta Cheung, Hereaclitus Vernon, Joshua Demaree, and Rachel Herman. September 14, 7:00 - 8:00 PM CDT.
"Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history." ~Plato
Leora's Letters: The Story of Love and Loss for an Iowa Family During World War II by Joy Neal Kidney
“A story about America and the kind of people who helped to forge this great nation.” -Kirkus Gold Winning author D. C. Gilbert. 91 Amazon reviews, 4.8 stars out of 5. All five brothers enlisted. Only two came home. Their mother’s hopes were disrupted by great losses. Yet she lived out four more decades with resilience. “Triumph and tragedy in the pages, and there’s also hope.” -William R. Ablan, pen name of Richard L. Muniz. “Heart tugging.” -Van Harden, author and radio personality. From $2.99 SHOP NOW /
"Pick up this book and eat it, I mean love it, I mean eat it." -Daniel Handler. In Meg Johnson’s third full-length collection, Without: Body, Name, Country, strange experiences become familiar, and familiar experiences become strange as a human body, a sense of self, and an entire nation all teeter toward the verge of destruction. "The language distorts the familiar into new but recognizable realities." -Anne Champion From 2.99 SHOP NOW /
Orson Scott Card said of this series, "He can create a world with less apparent effort than some writers devote to creating a small room." In Homeworld of the Heart, Somtow revisits and vastly expands the teeming landscape of the Inquestor series, one of the most lauded galactic empire epics of the 1980s. Hailed as a "transcendent experience" by Theodore Sturgeon. From $2.99 SHOP NOW /
There's a great lit festival this weekend that we are happy to recommend: The Brooklyn Caribbean Literary Festival, a "Tapestry or Words and Worlds," features three free online events each day, this Friday through Sunday. Don't miss it!
“If we are to preserve culture we must continue to create it.” ~Johan Huizinga, Dutch historian
"Keeps you on your toes!" -Reader review. The complete series in one boxed set - $0.99 for a limited time! Space Force is where the epic scope of Star Wars and the gritty realism of Starship Troopers gets turned up a notch. From international bestselling author Aleister Davidson, the Space Force saga is an edge-of-your-seat thrill ride. From $0.99 SHOP NOW /
Take a (virtual) trip to Gibson's Bookstore in Concord, New Hampshire, tonight to hear Jeannine Jannot, Ph.D. discuss The Disintegrating Student: Struggling but Smart, Falling Apart, and How to Turn it Around. Dr. Jannot draws on twenty years of experience to advise parents on how to help students reach their full potential in school and life. September 8, 6:00 - 7:00 CDT.
“The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I ain’t read.” ~Abraham Lincoln
“This book was like watching a teen drama in all the best ways. It was addicting." -Ronnie, Bookstagrammer. Landon Griffin's perfect world shatters when a Mystery Boy shows up at school and unleashes unfamiliar feelings. Can he dodge the suspicions of his girlfriend and others while figuring out where he fits on the spectrum of sexuality? How many lies would you tell to keep your secret? “Richly satisfying, and intensely emotional, Land On Me is a story you won’t soon forget.” -Alicia Dean, award-winning author. From $5.99 SHOP NOW /
"A lively autobiographical work" -The Washington Post. Novelist, composer and conductor S.P. Somtow had an epiphany while driving down the California coast. He was seized by an overwhelming desire to enter a Buddhist monastery. This is the story of that journey — surprises, culture shock, discoveries, humor spirituality. Visions, dreams, wisdom and superstition mingle in an unforgettable fusion. "Could serve as a primer for people who want to understand Buddhism" -James I. Jouppi From $3.99 SHOP NOW /
Congratulations to Kim M. of Chesterfield, England, winner of the LitNuts/Vine Leaves Press giveaway. Kim and more than 700 other booklovers participated in our August giveaway. As the winner, Kim gets her choice of five books from the Vine Leaves Press website. Thank you to Kim and everybody else who participated, and thank you to Jessica and Amie at VLP for sponsoring the giveaway!
Didn't win this time? Don't worry! Watch for the opening of our next giveaway contest later this month, to be sponsored by Sourcebooks, the largest woman-owned independent publisher in the United States.
“My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.” ~Ruth Bader Ginsburg
"Her diction ranges across rural idiom, pop culture references, and high-toned religious rhetoric to form a world Flannery O’Connor certainly would have recognized. And her characters—well, they’re us.” -Aaaron Belz. From a former child star trying her best to raise a son with her TV mom as her only example, to an innocuous boy who points out Orion's Belt in the pockmarks on a girl’s upper thighs and calls them stars, in awe, Cheers, Somebody travels as a houseguest to relationships in flux. From $2.99 SHOP NOW /
If the only way to save her mother is to act like a spy, Mari can act like a spy. Maybe. When two spunky sorority girls thwart Mari’s heist attempt, they offer a better way to rescue her mother: become a spy. But in the fast-paced world of undercover agents—where fabulous new clothes, high-tech gadgets, and flirting for secrets are the norm—Mari’s inexperience could ruin everything. “Fun book to read! The girls are funny, smart and sexy!” Goodreads review. From $0.99 SHOP NOW /
"Remmy's life of constant schemes and pranks and a lifelong feud with classmate Jim Johnstone and the local oil drilling company proves consequential. This is a hoot." -Publisher's Weekly. Remmy grows up with Beth in Illinois as oil and coal companies rob the land of everything that made it paradise. Together, Remmy and Beth start to build a great neighborhood of "merry men" carpenters. Then one of Jim Johnstone’s faulty Texarco oil derricks falls down on their house and poisons their neighborhood's well. Poisoned wells escalate to torched dog houses, stolen carpentry tools, and cancelled contracts. Sick of the attacks from Texarco Oil on his neighborhood, Remmy assembles his merry men. From $0.99 SHOP NOW /