Today's Featured Books

Once Upon a Romance by Chris Keniston

Romance

A grandmother's attic. WWII love letters. And secrets left behind. As best friends Cooper and Holly sift through echoes from the past, they realize true love is worth waiting for. Curl up in a cozy chair and get ready to fall in love with the picturesque small town of Romance, Virginia. Enjoy this delightful story about the town and its residents created by the readers of the Main Street Romance website and Facebook group, along with authors Nancy Naigle, Addison Cole, and Chris Keniston. $2.99 Nook / Kindle / Kobo


Butch Geography by Stacey Waite

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

“Although gender is never simple in Waite’s book, this inclination to let it speak, in all of its various incarnations, gives the book a great strength and relevance. Clear language makes the poems accessible (a word I use in the most positive sense), and a fluid motion between past and present, between masculine and feminine, makes them complex. All told, Waite has put together a valuable, fascinating, and beautiful first book.” - NewPages. $8.49 Kindle / Nook / Apple


The Big Game: Spirituality and Love by Bethany James

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

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This is the third edition of The Big Game, a collection of soulful poetry. "Romance" and "Dessert 1 and 2" give romantic recipes in poetic verse. "Abstinence" is a lyric poem about purity and loving yourself in a sex-driven society. "Interracial Dating" examines love and acceptance. $4.99 at Kindle / Books2Read / 


Ration by Cody T Luff

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Ration is a dark and forceful book, written in a surprisingly nuanced and accessible way. It combines the darkness and despair of The Road and The Handmaid's Tale, but has notes of charm like Lauren Oliver's Replica. The girls who live in the Apartments are forced to weigh their own hunger against the lives of the others in the building. When Cynthia is wrongly accused of ordering an "A" ration, she is punished. She is forced to leave the Apartments and encounters a world of even more scarcity, politics and intrigue. Starting at $5.24 Apex Book Company / Kindle / Nook / Kobo / Apple


The Fisher of Bones by Sarah Gailey

Science Fiction and Fantasy

The Prophet is dead. The eyes of the Gods have turned to his daughter. But she isn't ready. Her people's history and their future, carved by ancients into the bones of long dead behemoths, are now her burden. Only she can read them, interpret the instructions, and guide them to the Promised Land. Their journey is almost at an end, but now, without the Prophet, she must find a way to guide them to the place they will call Home. $2.99 Kindle / Nook / Kobo / Apple



The Jones Men by Vern Smith

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

An all-out drug war explodes in 1970s Detroit when a young Vietnam veteran decides to rip off heroin kingpin Willis McDaniel. In the chaos, rival outfits, the Mafia, and even junkies themselves try to step in to fill the void while one lone assassin tries to hunt them all down—and one determined cop tries to stop it all. Starting at $7.49 Rosarium / Kindle / Nook / Kobo / Google


This Darkness Got To Give by Dave Housley

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

A vampire determined to fly below the governmental radar, Cain has carefully constructed his life into one of sheep’s blood and self-control. Drugs aren’t really his thing considering the circumstances, but it only takes one dose from a stranger for Cain’s world to collapse around him and end in what he’d been determined to avoid: murder. Bodies mount behind Cain as his control frays ever further, and more than one government agency takes notice. Starting at $2.99 Kindle / Nook / Kobo


Try Looking Ahead by Jason Rodriguez

Children and Young Adult

This YA collection of Twilight Zone–inspired short stories is a stunning assortment of modern-day twists on classic fables and science fiction standards that tell of a girl who can live in yesterday, a boy who can see through mountains, and a closet monster hunter. These impoverished youth don’t have a lot, but make the most of what they have. As is always the case, every gift comes with responsibility, every vision comes with unwanted knowledge, and nothing is ever what it seems. $3.99 Rosarium / Kindle / Nook / Kobo / Apple / Google / 


Winter Light by Martha Engber

Children and Young Adult

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WINTER LIGHT is the story of 15-year-old Mary Donahue of suburban Chicago, a kid on the cusp of failure during the brutal blizzard winter of 1978-79, the end of a hard luck, hard rock era sunk in the cynical aftermath of the Vietnam War. Though a smart, beautiful kid, she’s a motherless girl raised by an uneducated, alcoholic father within an extended family of alcoholics and addicts. Aware that she’s sinking, she’s reaches out to an unlikely source, Kathleen, a nice, normal kid from class. $2.99 from Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Google / Publisher / Author


Seabreeze Summer by Jan Moran

Romance

Two sisters. One unforgettable summer. While renovating an old beach house, Ivy and her sister, Shelly, suddenly have full occupancy after fire forces Summer Beach residents from their homes. Even the mayor, Bennett Dylan, who was Ivy’s high school crush, moves in. As the summer heats up, attractions simmer and feuds erupt. Despite the chaos, Ivy has just one summer to save the house from an impending tax sale. Seabreeze Summer is the second novel in the Summer Beach series. $4.99 from Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kobo


Seabreaze Inn by Jan Moran

Romance

A widowed artist. An old crush. One summer to get her life back. Ivy Marin’s life implodes after discovering that her late husband had spent their life savings on a beach house. Strapped for cash as an art teacher and with nowhere to go, Ivy and her recently jilted sister head to Summer Beach to recreate their lives. If only renovating a historical home didn’t unveil a host of hidden secrets in the beachside community—and the mayor wasn’t her former high school crush. $4.99 from Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kobo


Nadya’s War by C.S. Taylor

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

The Wehrmacht marches on Stalingrad. The deadly Luftwaffe dominates the skies. “Little Boar” Buzina, a young pilot with the Red Army’s 586th all-female fighter regiment, has just been thrust into the meat grinder. But the German aces who are killing her friends aren’t her only worry. She’s also attracted the attention of a vengeful political commissar. If he discovers her secret, she’ll be lucky if she’s executed on the spot. $7.95 from from Amazon


Love for Sale: And Other Essays by Clifford Thompson

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

In his first nonfiction collection, Thompson muses on different art forms and their relation to his own experiences as an African-American in the post-Civil Rights era. “Clifford Thompson’s perspective is that of a humane African-American male who is wary of any condescending sentimentality or group-rant, who loves jazz, movies, books, and the oddities of daily life. With this selection, he vaults to the front ranks of essayists of his generation.” - Phillip Lopate. $9.99 from Amazon


Thirty-Seven: A Novel by Peter Stenson

Science Fiction and Fantasy

The Survivors live alone in a rural Colorado mansion. Fueled by the ritualized Cytoxan treatments that leave them on the verge of death, they instigate the Day of Gifts, a day that spells shocking violence and the group’s demise. Enter Mason Hues, formerly known as Thirty-Seven, the group’s final member and the only one both alive and free. Living in an apartment after his release from a year of mental health counseling, he takes a job at a thrift shop. But when his boss learns his secret, she comes to believe that there is still hope in the Survivor philosophy. She pushes Mason to start the group again - this time with himself as One. Starting at $8.69 from Amazon / Kobo



Coping with Coronavirus by Dr. Brendan Kelly

General Nonfiction

The subtitle says it all: "How to Stay Calm and Protect Your Mental Health: A Psychological Toolkit." These are certainly challenging, unprecedented times. Allow pre-eminent psychiatrist Dr. Brendan Kelly to help you understand and cope with the unique stresses of today. Dr. Kelly is Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin and also holds masters degrees in epidemiology, healthcare management and Buddhist studies. Both the author and the publisher are donating all proceeds from this book to charity. $1.99 from Melville HouseAmazon / Barnes & Noble / Kobo


Sinai Unhinged by Joanna Evans

Science Fiction and Fantasy

As the cries of a volatile patient in the psychiatric ward of Sinai General haunt therapist Alexandra Kraig, she realizes something terrifying has happened at the Complex. When Alex's closest friend, also a scientist at the Complex, develops deeply disturbing behavior, she becomes determined to uncover the truth about the particle physics experiment hidden deep within the Complex walls. Alex faces a ticking clock as she struggles to find the answer; an answer she desperately needs if she is to save her own life, and the lives of thousands more. $5.99 from Amazon


The Boke of the Divill by Reggie Oliver

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

The ancient city of Morchester with its Dreaming Spires, its gently flowing river Orr, winding through water meadows, its fine old cathedral and close where the rooks caw in immemorial elms as they have done for centuries… A tranquil English scene – but is it? Under the surface dark and terrible things are stirring. A serial killer is on the loose… The Dean is having guilty nightmares… A long dead Bishop of Morchester appears in his choir stall at evensong… A mysterious ring disappears from the cathedral museum… A famous composer is beginning his long descent into Hell… Starting at $8 from Dark Regions / Amazon


Chimera Catalyst: Book One of the Finder Series by Susan Kuchinskas

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

When Finder is hired to locate charismatic, green-haired Miraluna Rose, it seems like an easy job. Crack into corporate databases, brew up some biologics to enhance his thinking, and get the job done with the help of the Parrot, a bird/dog chimera with the finest traits of both species. The search takes Finder and the Parrot to the sun-broiled streets of Laxangeles, the canals of Seattle and the weirdly mutated vegetation of the Area. It turns out that it's not a simple missing-person case after all. This exciting adventure is a must read for anyone concerned about where our world and humanity is possibly headed… Starting at $0.99 from Amazon / Kobo


The Great Nijinsky: God of Dance by Lynn Curlee

Children and Young Adult

A tragic story of a great genius, this compelling work of narrative nonfiction chronicles a life of obsessive artistry, celebrity, and notoriety. Biographical narrative is interspersed with spotlights on the ballets the dancer popularized: classic masterworks such as Afternoon of a FaunThe Firebird, and of course, the shockingly original Rite of Spring, which caused the audience to riot at its premiere. Illustrated with elegant, intimate portraits as well as archival art and photographs. $8.99 from Amazon


A Long Day in November by Ernest J. Gaines

Children and Young Adult

An affectionate and funny story set in the “black quarter" of a Southern sugar cane plantation in the 1940s and told by a child named Eddie, who watches his mother leave his father over his preoccupation with his car, which his father ultimately burns to the ground on the advice of a voodoo woman to get his wife back. $2.99 from Amazon / Nook / Kobo


Sister Bernadette's Barking Dog by Kitty Burns Florey

General Nonfiction

This book is about the quirky history and lost art of diagramming sentences. Sounds fun, right? Surprisingly, it is! Florey explores the rise and fall of sentence diagramming - and has fun exploring what diagrams of sentences by Hemingway, Welty, Proust, Kerouac and other famous writers reveal about them. ”Diagramming sentences may have gone the way of the slide ruler, but this charming little book makes deconstruction of language fun.” Chicago Tribune. $9.99 at Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kobo / 


Up in the Main House & Other Stories by Nadeem Zaman

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Nadeem Zaman’s collection of eight stories set in contemporary Dhaka explore the inner lives of the people who have spent decades working for the same family, in the same house. The daily itineraries must run like clockwork for the rich and well-off who have their own problems, but in Nadeem's stories they appear thin and forever insecure, a byproduct of the real lives being lived around them. "Modern-day Dhaka and its residents are generously represented in this powerful collection. Meticulously constructed in both language and emotion, Zaman’s stories sneak up on the reader and consistently deliver." Publishers Weekly. $9.49 on Amazon / Barnes & Noble


Party Girls by Diane Goodman

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

In Party Girls, her third collection of short stories, Diane Goodman deftly explores community, class and culture through the allure of the party—the desire to throw one, the work it takes to pull it off, and the surprising and sometimes devastating ways these seemingly light-hearted events can alter lives. In these accomplished stories, Goodman invites us to be her guest as she explores the emotional issues that ultimately derail the best intentions, leaving us with the question one of the characters asks: What do people want from each other? $5.99 at Amazon / 


A Human Algorithm by Flynn Coleman

General Nonfiction

A Human Algorithm examines the immense impact intelligent technology will have on humanity. These machines, while challenging our personal beliefs and our socio-economic world order, also have the potential to transform our health and well-being, alleviate poverty and suffering, and reveal the mysteries of intelligence and consciousness. International human rights attorney Flynn Coleman deftly argues that it is critical we instill values, ethics, and morals into our robots, algorithms, and other forms of AI as we work to build a more humane future and move conscientiously into a new frontier of our own design. Starting at $12.99 on Amazon / Barnes & Noble


Marriage of Inconvenience by Penny Reid

Romance

Being a billionaire heiress isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Determined to live a quiet life, Kat Tanner changed her identity years ago. But now her past has caught up with her, and so have her youthful mistakes. To avoid disaster, she must marry immediately, but he must have no romantic feelings for her and be completely trustworthy. Dan O’Malley checks all the boxes. Sure, Kat might have a little crush on Dan the Security Man. But with clear rules and a legally binding contract, Kat is certain she can make it through this debacle with her sanity—and heart—all in one piece. $7.99 on Amazon / Apple / Kobo