Today's Featured Books

FREE - An Oracle Walks into a Bar by Scott Burtness

Science Fiction and Fantasy

August Shade has found his niche as a post-relationship personal effects repossession specialist. Satisfaction not guaranteed. Vilde Tank has found her destiny and hires August to reclaim an unusual book that reveals the secret of the Zodiac’s thirteenth sign, bestows its reader with the power to write their own future, and is currently in the possession of her vampire ex-lover. Clarissa Steyer writes horoscopes for the local paper. Now August is in all of her visions and the world might be coming to an end. Book 1 in The Misadventures of a Paranormal Post-Relationship Personal Effects Repossession Specialist. 4.5 stars, 63 ratings. FREE - SHOP NOW


FREE - Fat Girl Sings by Ray Schoenke

Memoir and Creative Nonfiction

Featuring compelling characters and classic themes such as bullying, racial injustice, and coming of age, Fat Girl Sings: Discovering, Embracing, and Leveraging Racial Identity on the Football Field, in Business, and in Life is the profoundly moving true story of a chubby brown boy’s traumatic loss of innocence and his mental and physical transformation into the warrior he has to become to achieve success in school, the NFL, business, and life as he struggles to gain an understanding of himself, his environment, and his Hawaiian heritage. FREE - SHOP NOW / 


FREE - Spirit Embraced by Kim Colella

Memoir and Creative Nonfiction

A Guiding Memoir for a Life Authentic and Free. Winner of the American Book Fest Best Book Award and Nautilus Silver Award. From leaving her life behind to meet Mother Theresa in Calcutta, to building a secure and nurturing family despite a tumultuous childhood, Kim Colella learned to cultivate love for herself and others, follow her deepest dreams, and align her life with the urgings of her spirit. Spirit Embraced is more than a memoir or a self-help book. This is a practical guide to self-transformation for bringing your most authentic self into the world. 4.4 stars, 30 ratings. FREE - SHOP NOW


Weird Things in History and Why the Heck They Happened by Pablo Vannucci

General Nonfiction

"A delightful blend of forgotten, bizarre, and downright hilarious events." Peel back the layers of conventional history to reveal the forgotten, the bizarre, and the downright hilarious events that shaped our world today. Prepare to be entertained, enlightened, and left in awe as you uncover 25 offbeat historical tales that somehow managed to miss the pages of your school textbooks. "With its treasure trove of curiosities, this book is bound to leave readers both informed and thoroughly entertained!" 5 stars, 12 ratings. From $3.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Polyphenol Power! by Terry Lemerond

General Nonfiction

Polyphenols are antioxidant-packed nutrients that are known to be cellular protectors, natural antibiotics, and insecticides in plants, and act as a shield against an array of diseases. Learn the fantastic health benefits of polyphenols—which kind are best, the amount you need to make a difference, and how to tap into this powerful plant nutrient. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


30 Day Transformation Devotional by Andy Ripley

General Nonfiction

If you seem to be stuck in neutral, if you have not been growing as you would like to, if you have wandered off the path and are eager to get back on, reading this book over a thirty-day period could get you back on track. Whatever the reason, we may sometimes fall behind, and we sometimes need a boost. Meditate on each day's message and look for ways to apply it to your life. From $2.99 SHOP NOW / 


Spotlight on author Scott Burtness and "a darkly funny shapeshifter urban fantasy"

Spotlight


August Shade has found his niche. The cynical shapeshifter knows that most relationships don't last. He also knows that after a messy breakup, most people—human or otherwise—just want two things: Their stuff back, and to never see their ex again. 
Join August as he does his best to reunite broken hearts with their favorite things and not get killed—or worse—while doing it.

An Oracle Walks into a Bar

Book 1 in The Misadventures of a Paranormal Post-Relationship Personal Effects Repossession Specialist
4.5 stars, 63 ratings
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August Shade has found his niche. He’s a post-relationship personal effects repossession specialist. Satisfaction not guaranteed. But at least you’ll have your favorite whatever back.

Vilde Tank has found her destiny. Guided by her horoscopes, the huldra hires August to reclaim an unusual book. It reveals the secret of the Zodiac’s thirteenth sign, bestows its reader with the power to write their own future, and is currently in the possession of her vampire ex-lover.

Clarissa Steyer has found her calling. The oracle writes horoscopes for the local paper. Her celestial predictions help keep the world spinning. Now August is in all of her visions and the world might be coming to an end. She knows that the shapeshifter can change into a lot of things, but can he change the future?

Plagued by the oracle’s horoscopes, haunted by a dark past, and grappling with his penchant for making bad decisions, the only sure thing about August’s future is that it looks short.

"Sharp and funny—think the Hitchhiker's Guide only paranormal." ~Andrew Shaffer, NY Times bestselling author

A Scarecrow Wins an Award

Book 2 in The Misadventures of a Paranormal Post-Relationship Personal Effects Repossession Specialist
4.7 stars, 16 ratings
From $0.99 (Free via Kindle Unlimited)


Shapeshifter August Shade saved the world. The personal effects repo man bested a vampire, a warlock, and a troll without even breaking a sweat.

While his growing celebrity has been good for business, it’s also meant taking jobs farther from home. Now, the cranky shapeshifter is in farm country—definitely not his natural habitat—and mixed up with two feuding hag sisters, a loan sharking coblyn, and a mysterious woman with a very scary ex. The manure hits the fan when his best friend blows the lid off a major conspiracy and lands August in a heap of trouble.

A Scarecrow Wins an Award is a great read for fans of John Dies at the End by Jason Pargin, Arcane Casebook by Dan Willis, Moth Busters by Margaret Lashley, and Douglas Adams's A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

A Siren Sings Her Heart Out

Book 3 in The Misadventures of a Paranormal Post-Relationship Personal Effects Repossession Specialist
New Release: Coming June 30, 2023
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August Shade needs a break. Reptilians are trying to take over the world. Powerful paranormals are a little too interested in whether he lives or dies. After years of laying low, the grumpy shapeshifter’s face is all over the Internet. If that wasn’t bad enough, August’s best friend is playing around with necromancy.

Desperate to clear his head, the cranky shapeshifter heads north to the shores of Lake Superior. Now he’s drowning in lake monsters, paranormal prophecies, and reptilian plots. A drink would help, but the only bar in town is a karaoke bar.

For a guy who has tried to not make waves, life is getting pretty choppy. It’s sink or swim for the poor repo man. If he’s going down, though, August will make sure he goes down singing.

About the Author
Scott Burtness writes about ordinary Midwesterners making an extraordinary mess of things. "If the flannel fits…" says Scott.

Important to note: To Scott, "ordinary” includes vampires, werewolves, zombies, witches, shapeshifters, aliens, and more.

When Scott is not writing, he can be found hanging out at the local brewery, hanging out with his dog, or hanging out with his dog at the local brewery. Learn more at Scott's website, sign up for his monthly newsletter, or follow him on social media: TikTokTwitterFacebookInstagramGoodreads.


New Release: Bliss Road by Martha Engber

Spotlight

Congratulations to Martha Engber and Vine Leaves Press on the release of Bliss Road, a memoir about living a lie and coming to terms with the truth.

★★★★★ “Illuminates the complicated path of a neurodiverse family.” ~Liane Holliday Willey, author of Pretending to be Normal: Living with Aspergers Syndrome


Bliss Road by Martha Engber

NEW RELEASE: June 6, 2023
Genre: Memoir
4.9 stars on Goodreads
Paperback: $17.99
Ebook: From $6.49  

 
Martha Engber lives a charmed life in the suburbs with a husband and two kids where everything is fine, fine, fine until suddenly she’s…completely broken. She’s so used to lying to others and herself that she has no idea who she really is or how she feels about anything. What happened? Why is her life smooth driving one minute and totaled the next?

In this sometimes funny often devastating memoir, Martha describes the arduous journey toward discovering the invisible roadblock that ran her life off course: her psychological distress is the result of being the neurotypical daughter of a dad with undiagnosed Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a condition that affects more than 75 million people worldwide.

Martha uses personal anecdotes and research about the emergence of ASD as a diagnosis to explain the psychological, emotional, and social challenges she faced as a child, then as an adult and parent. Along the way, she shows the sometimes harrowing but eminently rewarding route others can follow to chase down the source of their family angst and to reach a more blissful future.
 
Praise for Bliss Road
★★★★★ “A raw and real memoir, illuminating the complicated path of a neurodiverse family fixed in a legacy between trepidation and tenderness.” ~Liane Holliday Willey, author of Pretending to be Normal: Living with Aspergers Syndrome

★★★★★ “With bracing honesty and rare insight, Martha Engber’s courageous, highly readable account of her experience as the child of a parent with undiagnosed ASD is compelling, joyous, and inspiring.’” ~Byddi Lee, author of The Rejuvenation Trilogy

★★★★★ “A glorious blend of insights and wisdom, this memoir may just be what we need to deepen our human capacity for love and understanding.” ~Imi Lo, author of Emotional Sensitivity and Intensity: How to Manage Intense Emotions as a Highly Sensitive Person

★★★★★ “Engber skillfully integrates current knowledge about autism into her own engaging story as the child of a parent on the autism spectrum.” ~Patti Isaacs, author of The Second Long March: Memoir from a Witness to China’s Transformation

About the Author
Martha Engber is the author of Winter Light, The Wind Thief, and Growing Great Characaters from the Ground Up. A journalist by profession, she’s written hundreds of articles for the Chicago Tribune and other publications. She had a play produced in Hollywood and fiction and poetry published in the Aurorean, Watchword, and other journals. A workshop facilitator and speaker, she lives in Northern California with her husband, bike, and surfboard. Learn more at MarthaEngber.com.
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.


Free online: Nature's Wonders - Meet the Author

Events

Free online: Nature's Wonders - Meet the AuthorNature’s Wonders is a mix of evocative writing, beautiful photographs, and facts that serve as an inspiring guide to connecting with nature. Author Jane V. Adams has been featured in BBC Countryfile Magazine and BBC Wildlife Magazine. Tuesday, June 6, 2 PM CDT. 

"There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature—the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” ~Rachel Carson, Silent Spring


Children of Earthrise: Books 1-3 by Daniel Arenson

Book of the Day

We hide in shadows. Our planet is lost. We are the last humans, and we must go home. Children of Earthrise is a story of exodus. Of humanity lost among the stars. Of one man rising to lead our people home. In 2016, the Earthrise series became a surprise bestseller, captivating hundreds of thousands of readers around the world. Set two thousand years later, Children of Earthrise begins a new story, one for both new readers and old fans. This bundle includes the first three Children of Earthrise novels. 4.3 stars, 364 ratings. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Boogie Beach: The Record, Book 1 by Winnie Winkle

Science Fiction and Fantasy

After a hard day of magic, they drink at my bar. Everything’s a groove until the entity feared by gods and magicals alike appeared. Poseidon showed up for the fight in a speedo... Discover the snarky, unpredictable world of Keeper Cleopatra O’Keefe, where magic and the pantheon are not what they seem. A story that will leave you laughing and make you think. “Thank you for transporting me to a world that I needed to visit. It reminded me there are always other sides, and we get to choose, to look beyond, and trust our gut.” -Reader Review. 4.4 stars, 97 ratings. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


The Times of Our Lives by Arlene Kinnavy

Memoir and Creative Nonfiction

A lovely coffee table book incorporating poetry and illustration. Written especially for seniors, this book is about all of the caring, hard work, and thoughts still felt by an aging population. "I hope this book will be a keepsake on a bookshelf to read when someone needs some inspiration or comfort. It will bring back some memories of how life flourished years ago." -Arlene Kinnavy. From $22.42 SHOP NOW


The Lost Years: Love by Rowen Lee

Literary Fiction and Poetry

Sixteen-year-old Maleeka was taught from a young age that family was everything, but struggles to follow the rules imposed by her strict, Syrian father. Yearning to be seen and loved just as she is, Maleeka seeks solace in Marc but is forbidden to see him. When forced to choose between her family and the boy she loves, what will Maleeka do? From $0.99 SHOP NOW


The Lighthouse Cafe by Bebe Reed

Romance

At the reading of her late husband’s will, Ginny Rigby discovers two things—her husband had a secret family, and that family now owns her beloved house. Grief-stricken and homeless, Ginny arrives in a charming town nestled in Florida’s Gulf Coast. There, she stumbles into an auction—an historical lighthouse is up for grabs. Using every last penny in her checking account, she buys the place and decides to transform the lighthouse into a beachside café. Will Ginny create a new life that she loves, or will the past haunt her? Book 1 in the series. 4.3 stars. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


The Foxglove Fairy Mystery by Kate Lucas

Children and Young Adult

Join Foxglove Fairy, a brilliant detective in the Enchanted Valley of Flower Fairies, as she tackles her most daring mystery yet! When a mysterious thief steals Mint Fairy's golden coins, Foxglove Fairy must solve the case before it's too late. Armed with clues and her legendary wits, Foxglove Fairy must use her skills to crack the case. Discover an enchanting world of fairies, magic, and thrilling detective adventures in this whimsical children's book. 4.7 stars, 22 ratings. From $6.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Free online: Meet the Indie Author Project Award Winners!

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Free online this weekend: Meet the Indie Author Project Award Winners from Logos & Mythos: Florida Indie Author Project Award Winner J.S. Farmer, Nevada Winner J.A. Curtis, Missouri Winner Annie Lisenby, Illinois Winner Alina Rubin, and Louisiana Winner Joy E. Rancatore. One attendee will win a Book Swag Prize Pack. Sunday, June 4, 7 PM CDT.

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.” ~Rainer Maria Rilke


FREE - Starship Freedom by Daniel Arenson

Book of the Day

"I love the storyline and the writing...there is nonstop action!" -Modupe Hendricks, Vine Voice. The starship Freedom was once a mighty warship. Today she's a tourist attraction. The space wars ended long ago. The Freedom is now a flying museum. The tourists love it. The Changing of the Guard, the starfighter aerobatics, the starboard cannon salute...it's the best show in the galaxy. Until the aliens attack... Battlestar Galactica meets Starship Troopers in this sci-fi adventure from Daniel Arenson, the USA Today bestselling author of Earthrise. 4.1 stars, 2200+ ratings. FREE - SHOP NOW


Families First by Lance K Ewing

Science Fiction and Fantasy

A powerful story of one ordinary family thrown into darkness when an EMP shuts off the power to the entire U.S. mainland and throws the country back into the 1800s in seconds. A family must quickly amass a group of friends and neighbors for an 800-mile trek from north Texas to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Character-driven, the story twists and turns and doesn’t let up until the end. A Post-Apocalyptic Next-World Series Volume 1. 4.4 stars, 960 ratings. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


The Man Who Feels Like Home by Roxana M. Rotaru

Romance

Every relationship is like a shelter. But not every relationship is meant to be a home. Allie has always thought that when you find "the one," everything in life will fall into place. That love will always find a way in the end. But soon, she realizes that loving someone isn't enough to make a relationship succeed. And, sometimes, loving someone too much can ignite a relationship as quickly as it could extinguish one. Her self-discovery journey began with her first crush in high school and continues today with the man she calls her home. From 6.99 SHOP NOW


FREE - Dangerous Deeds by Beth Prentice

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

When one door closes, another opens…or falls off its hinges. I knew by buying a fixer-upper I’d be stumbling into an unknown abyss of demolition, dust, and unfathomable costs, but I never expected to find an engagement ring and letters of forbidden love hidden under the attic floorboards. Book 1 in a light-hearted romantic mystery series. If you like crazy families, fun engaging reads, and a sweet romance, all tied together with a ribbon of danger, then you’ll love this book! 4.4 stars, 2000+ ratings. FREE - SHOP NOW


FREE - A Book About 2020 by Gretchen Elhassani

Memoir and Creative Nonfiction

What do you remember about 2020? "A gripping account of real people before, during, and after Covid. Watching this unfold on the 24-hour news, it was easy to forget the often brutal impact it had on ordinary people." -Amazon review. Winner of a grant from the Raleigh United Arts Foundation for the production of an audiobook, the audio version is voiced by over fifteen actors and brings back the immediacy of 2020 even more clearly. Ebook: FREE. Audiobook: $13.08. SHOP NOW


Falling For The Vampire King by Bookarama Publishing

Romance

Enemies To Lovers Protector Romance. In my town, threats lurk around every corner. My innocence has been taken. Now, I want revenge. But I also need protection. Who can I trust? The vampire king? The enemy himself? His easygoing smile and muscular body make something clench deep within me. I must remember, no matter how electrifying his touch feels, we could never work. Falling For The Vampire King Series: No cheating. No cliffhangers. HEA guaranteed! From $0.99 SHOP NOW


FREE - Cemetery View by A.M. Caplan

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

Abandoned by her mother ten years earlier, Stella Ingman returns to her childhood home to help her father clean up after a flood. But she’s horrified when repairs to the backyard swimming pool reveal her missing parent’s hidden corpse. Plunged into the depths of guilt and refusing to see her father as the number one suspect, Stella focuses on solving the gruesome crime. But hunting a murderer in the tight-knit small town could leave her exposed as the culprit starts sizing up more victims… FREE - SHOP NOW / 


The House of Making Things by Scott Meikle

Science Fiction and Fantasy

A perspective-shifting story set against the international race for dominance in chip manufacturing and technology. The crushing complexity and cost of leading-edge technology have pushed TeraSil’s partners to their limits. As co-leader, John Schmidt sits at the nexus of disputes over capital, manufacturing, and technology. Author Scott Meikle draws upon decades of personal experience in an immersive narrative that brings to life the competition for success in the chip industry. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Detective Death by Darius Ebrahimi

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

“Sublimely bizarre detective story.” -Kirkus Reviews. Sherlock Holmes meets fantasy in this story about a death god hunting for killers, myths, and a new start. “Detective Death manages the impressive feat of living up to such a memorable title.” -IndieReader. Book 1 in the Scarlett Wolfe and her Mythical Mysteries series. 4.6 stars, 8 ratings. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW