Today's Featured Books

Grave Peril by Emily Jane Trent


Lela Cabelo discovers evidence about a Texas senator that could get her killed. But before she is safe in witness protection, disaster strikes. Alone and on the run, she is forced to trust the Navy SEAL she is falling in love with. Part of the Stealth Security series. 4.5 stars, 447 ratings. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

FREE - The RoadMap Lab by Meaghan Timko

General Nonfiction

The RoadMap Lab: A Strategic Approach to Planning a Future of Dignity, Purpose, Opportunity, and Independence for Neurodiverse Teens and Young Adults helps individuals and their collaborative teams build more strategic, more sustainable, human-centered transition plans. While anyone can use The RoadMap Lab™, it was intentionally designed to support neurodiverse teens and young adults as they transition from secondary schooling to post-secondary schooling, the community, and/or the world of work. FREE - SHOP NOW

New Release: Heart and Salt by Elaina Battista-Parsons


Congratulations to Elaina Battista-Parsons and Vine Leaves Press on the release of Heart and Salt, a collection of stories for those "wishing to reflect while also being transported."

Heart and Salt by Elaina Battista-Parsons

NEW RELEASE: April 25, 2023
From $4.99  

Camus once stated that fiction is a lie through which we tell the truth. The main characters in Heart and Salt all have truths, lies, and in-betweens, similar to every human being you’ve ever met. We all carry scraps of our past in our hearts, the hope of the present in our palms, and the leftovers in our souls.

Heart and Salt unwraps what is boxed tightly until it can’t be contained any longer—Charli tests her seemingly strong marriage, Genevieve investigates a crumbly old beach shack after decades of storms, February navigates a new friendship, and Feather can’t find her way out of the self-imposed “middle.” Every piece’s setting inhales and exhales as strongly as the people living within its walls, from backyards to kitchens, and from small towns to cities.

Dive deep into their heart, their salt, and their truths.
Praise for Heart and Salt
Heart and Salt is an honest account of girlhood growing into womanhood, the femininity of each reaching out its hand for the other as if to say, We will get through this together.” ~Chimen Kouri, author of Peach Milk

“With its glimpses into the lives of a divorcee, grieving daughter, a teen wrought with angst and more, there are few feminine feelings left unmined.” ~Suzanne Crain Miller, author of Queen and Temperatures

About the Author
If you see a woman in Doc Martens drooling over a 1964 Chevy Impala like it’s candy, it’s probably Elaina. Her first two books are Italian Bones in the Snow and Black Licorice. Elaina’s poems and prose have been published in many lit mags and journals. She’s the editor of 50 Give or Take with Vine Leaves Press and lives on the Jersey Shore with her husband and daughters. Her essay “I Said it Out Loud” was a 2021 finalist in the Anne Dillard Creative Nonfiction contest. Elaina is also an acquisitions reader for Pearson Education. Learn more at
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

There's More to the Story: Celebrate National Library Week!


This week is National Library Week in the United States. Libraries lend books in print, ebook, and audiobook formats, but (as this year's theme states), "There's more to the story!" Libraries also bring communities together for entertainment, education, and connection through book clubs, storytimes, movie nights, classes, lectures, and more. Visit the American Library Association website to learn more about National Library Week and for suggestions on how to make the most of your library. 

"The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library." ~Albert Einstein

Ellie's Redemption by Molly Jebber

Book of the Day

In this historical Amish romance, a local bakery offers tempting aromas—and second chances for those who seek a life of faith and lasting love. Ellie returns to her Amish life seeking forgiveness from her Amish friends and family. Not everyone is welcoming, especially when someone from her past visits. Amish men shy away, until Caleb. Will he listen to the naysayers, or give her a chance? Book 2 in The Amish Charm Bakery series. 4.6 stars, 250+ ratings. From $5.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW

Lady Reaper by Toni Cabell

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Mara’s magic has stopped working! With chasms opening in Bellaryss and rumors of chaos, should Mara seek help from the king of the elves? After rescuing thirty people, including Arnesto, from the dark fays, Mara’s physical injuries are healed—but her magic has never recovered—and her ensorcelled sword no longer responds to her touch. Even worse, Mara’s heart is bruised by Arnesto’s long absences and rambling explanations. Arnesto has problems of his own. His brother’s spirit can’t cross over to the far shore and Arnesto blames himself. Mara must find a way to work with Arnesto despite their differences. Can she gain admittance to the elven king, find a cure for her magic, and save both worlds—the living and the dead—before time runs out? From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW

The Prison by Joe Edd Morris

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

Shell Ferguson visits his incarcerated grandson, Cal, with tragic news: his daughter, wife, and grandmother have perished in a fire. Cal must rely on his grandfather to uncover the suspicious circumstances of the blaze, as clues unfold to establish his innocence. Compelling revelations link the fire and Cal’s innocence with domestic terrorism. From plots to blow up Mississippi River bridges to threats on their lives, grandfather and grandson take a series of risks, including Cal’s daring prison escape, in an attempt to save the remnants of their family and southern community so disturbingly infiltrated. 4.4 stars, 590+ ratings. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW

Four Days Famous by Luana Ehrlich

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

A Mylas Grey Mystery. From a USA Today bestselling author: When a famous doctor asks Mylas to investigate his father’s murder, Mylas suddenly finds himself on the national news, unable to make a move without being chased by a reporter. Can he use his notoriety to find the killer or will his plan backfire and make him a target? “Love the fast-paced action of the book. Story really grabs your attention and you can’t put it down.” –James Nichols, Vine Voice. 4.7 stars, 370+ ratings. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW / 

The Darkest Gift by Len Handeland

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

A dynamic, enthralling tale of love, jealousy, revenge, and vampirism. When Jack, who struggles with his own sexual identity, meets the elegant yet incredibly mysterious Laurent Richelieu, he thinks his stroke of bad luck with men and women has come to an end. Or is it the beginning of a nightmare? As the two begin their courtship, Jack encounters horrifying experiences involving paranormal experiences, vampirism, and possible reincarnation, making him question his sanity. 4.5 stars, 43 ratings. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW

Baby for My Brother's Best Friend by Josie Hart


"Charming, funny, spicy and very enjoyable!" -Amazon review. If “sexy” had a mascot, my brother’s best friend would be it. But he’s off limits and my brother would literally end him. We’re sharing one hotel room in paradise, and waking up tangled together has me questioning everything. Because…I'm pregnant. "Josie Hart has quickly become a favorite author of mine and Baby for my Brother's Best Friend is a perfect example of her talented storytelling... definitely recommend!" -Amazon review. 4.6 stars, 120+ ratings. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW

In My Dreams by M Bauwens


Have you ever had a dream that felt so real you thought you were in another place? Somewhere you believe all your dreams could come true? You can take a break from your daily life and immerse yourself in the sights, smells, and sounds of a new and exciting place. Maybe you'll meet the person you're destined to spend the rest of your life with… From $9.99 SHOP NOW /  

Free online: Celebrating the Poets of Forms & Features


Free online this weekend: The Poetry Foundation presents the Poets of Forms & Features, a reading and celebration of the diverse voices, rich experiences, and powerful words of poets from around the country and the world. Saturday, April 22 · 3 - 4 PM CDT. 

“You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.” ~Toni Morrison

Everlasting Quarantine by Saman Adhami

Book of the Day

Things can always get worse... Italy. A viral mutation that defies all human logic has hit a world already shaken to its core by years of pandemic. Governments' instructions have been reduced to a single commandment: "Stay indoors!" Paul finds himself trapped at his high-school reunion, which coincides with a sumptuous party that was supposed to jumpstart normality across the entire continent. His former classmates are there...people in their thirties whom he barely recognizes and cannot decipher: they're all caught in an Everlasting Quarantine. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

Winterbourne by William Lynes

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

An evocative tale of murder, revenge, and love. Set in the early 1960s, this is the story of a family-oriented community surrounding a winterbourne stream in Northern California. A motor vehicle accident and the attempted resuscitation of the victim (a homeless drug addict) by surgeon Franklin Carson and his Labrador, Winston, begins a fast-paced story of deception and lies. "A cast of characters not soon forgotten, with a villain as terrifyingly well-developed as the young doctor you can't help but root for." ~Brooke L. French, Inhuman Acts. 4 stars, 96 ratings. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW

Toe Tag Murders by M Bauwens

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

A novice private investigator pits her skills against a serial killer who is terrorizing her hometown. She learns her father is missing, and Raelyn searches for answers. Is there a connection? Frustrated by the lack of information, Raelyn takes it upon herself to find evidence of who is wreaking havoc on her life. In her search, she discovers secrets about her past that shock and surprise her. From $9.99 SHOP NOW

Pathways Of Emotional Healing by Tom Sarsons

General Nonfiction

Recovery From PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Suicidal Ideation, and Childhood Fears, from Personal Relationships, and Workplace Abuse. Do you want your emotional suffering to end? I have felt the depression, and fear from anxiety that you have been feeling. Become your best healer when you discover these 125 expert methods. You will feel nurtured by this book, even if you don't feel cared for or capable today. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

Little Steps To Big Achievement by D J Pinkney

General Nonfiction

Are you struggling to change your life? Do big goals feel too overwhelming? It's time for you to take charge, one small step at a time. By implementing these techniques for only ten minutes a day, you'll quickly gain the momentum you need to succeed. In this book, you will practice strategies to help you grow and build better habits, work towards achieving big life goals, and stick with the changes you want to make. From $2.99 SHOP NOW

Carnal Vows by Jordan Marie


A Mafia Arranged Marriage Romance. I owe everything to Emilia's father. I'd do anything for the man. When he asked me to marry his daughter, I thought he was insane. I was only going to protect her. That was my job. Yet, one innocent kiss changed everything. Now, it's not about what her father wants. It's all about her. When enemies try to take her and the life we could have away, they will learn why they call me the devil. I'll show them no mercy. Emilia is mine and God help anyone who tries to come between us. Kingdom of Sin Book 1. From $2.99 SHOP NOW

Klareana: The Human Child by Jonathan Maas

Science Fiction and Fantasy

A tech startup unlocks the secrets to enhancing animal intelligence - and soon humanity no longer holds sole dominion over the world. Free from April 19-23. FREE - SHOP NOW

FREE - The Body at Blackwell Lake by A.M. Caplan

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

Cora's strange ability to locate other lost things brings her to the site of a murdered corpse. After the police find no clues to the culprit, Cora allows the victim’s fiancé to persuade her to help him dig up evidence. When she discovers the handsome man is not what he seems, Cora fears the only thing her talent will lead her to is her own grave. FREE - SHOP NOW

War Torn Book 1 by Jan Lloyd


An escape. A rescue. A clandestine affair. An imprisonment. War Torn Book 1 challenges the reader to think more deeply about affairs of the heart forged in the heat of battle. It follows the story of Frances Meyer, a young English French violin virtuoso, as she battles to survive the rigors and horrors of war and the threats from a man who was once a friend. War Torn is a WW2 historical romance novel that explores themes of love and war not only among friends but also among enemies. From $4.28 SHOP NOW

FREE - Roxolana’s Rushnik by Victoria Mriya

Children and Young Adult

Roxolana’s Rushnik tells the story of a little girl from Ukraine. Follow along to find out how her life changes and the lessons she learns along the way. This book will spark curiosity while instilling bravery and hope in your little one as you explore the culture, tradition, and current events of Ukraine. FREE - SHOP NOW

Spell Borne by Auden Llyr

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Some curses start with “Once upon a time..." I thought this semester would be easy - just my thesis and attending some seminars in the small town of Lointaine. But it turns out Lointaine is straight out of a fairy tale, and the spell affecting the town is determined to turn me into a princess. I’m not sure I can battle my professors, the police, and magic spells, but if I don’t I’ll lose my own dreams for the future. Is there a path through this grim tale that leads to happily ever after? From $2.99 SHOP NOW

Spotlight on Black Rose Writing


Today, LitNuts is pleased to shine a spotlight on Black Rose Writing, an innovative independent press that publishes fiction, nonfiction, and children's books. This post includes a sampling of great indie titles from Black Rose Writing, as well as a closer look at this forward-thinking publisher. 

Bonus: Sign up for The Rosevine newsletter to get free books, daily deals, and new podcast episodes, and to stay current with news about upcoming releases from Black Rose Writing. 

Winterbourne by William Lynes 

From $0.99 (Free via Kindle Unlimited)
4 stars, 96 ratings

An evocative tale of murder, revenge, and love.

Set in the early 1960s, this is the story of a family-oriented community surrounding a winterbourne stream in Northern California. It is full of average law-abiding citizens who live in picturesque equestrian properties with white, three-rail fences. A violent motor vehicle accident and the attempted resuscitation of the victim (a homeless drug addict) by surgeon Doctor Franklin Carson and his Labrador, Winston, begins a fast-paced story of deception and lies. 

Something is wrong, evil is about, and the society's innocence is at risk. A crime ring is rumored, centered around a violent resident of Winterbourne. The man is a ruddy complexioned man with a distinctive disabling appearance. His father is a corrupt, politically powerful resident of the community. It is the search for a young innocent runaway that reveals a secret scandal that will tear apart the very substance of Winterbourne.

"A cast of characters not soon forgotten, with a villain as terrifyingly well-developed as the young doctor you can't help but root for." ~Brooke L. French, author of Inhuman Acts

The Prison by Joe Edd Morris 

From $0.99 (Free via Kindle Unlimited)
4.4 stars, 590 ratings

Mississippi Library Association Author Award Winner - Best Fiction

Shell Ferguson visits his incarcerated grandson Cal with tragic news: his daughter, wife, and grandmother have perished in a fire. Cal must rely on his grandfather to uncover the suspicious circumstances of the blaze, as clues unfold to establish his innocence. Compelling revelations link the fire and Cal’s innocence with domestic terrorism. From plots to blow up Mississippi River bridges to threats on their lives, grandfather and grandson take a series of risks, including Cal’s daring prison escape, in an attempt to save the remnants of their family and southern community so disturbingly infiltrated.

"The Prison is an exciting murder mystery led by amateur sleuth Shell Ferguson, who uncovers clues in disarming and lively ways. A brilliant novel!" ~Michael Hartnett, bestselling author of The Blue Rat

Where Fools Dare to Tread: A Monk Buttman Mystery by David William Pearce 

4.3 stars, 180+ ratings

"A tangled but engrossing mystery populated by dynamic characters." ~Kirkus Reviews 

A dead man’s money is just waiting to be had. A band of fools and a nobody named Monk Buttman unwittingly find themselves caught in a web of murder and revenge between two unseen factions using them as bait. Stuck between powerful forces he can neither control nor understand, Monk must survive both the fools and those pulling the strings while also dealing with the affections of two very different women, the troubled Agnes and the disaffected Judith, not to mention the irritation of his erstwhile partner, Mr. Jones. With love and life on the line, Monk must use his wits and guile for all of them to survive. Book 1 in the series.

"A well-crafted, enjoyable, and intriguing mystery that, for better or worse, is a little heavy on the protagonist’s breast-level view of the world.” ~IndieReader

Managed Care by Joe Barrett

From $4.99 (free via Kindle Unlimited)
4.4 stars, 1400 ratings

"Funniest book I've ever read." ~Tom McCaffrey, bestselling author of The Wise Ass

Is it too much to ask that a managed care facility refund a year's advance payment when your grandfather dies before he can move in? Frank Johnson doesn't think so, which is why the thirty-three-year-old now lives in a nursing home, locked in a chess match feud with management that doesn't occupy nearly enough of his time.

When foster kid Elroy is thrust into his life, Frank decides to turn this forced relationship to his advantage - launching a string of absurd decisions, inappropriate behaviors, and unexpected glimpses of tenderness that ultimately turn a New Jersey suburb upside down. A laugh-out-loud celebration of bad choices for good causes, Managed Care is an offbeat story about three misfits on the social fringes of suburbia and their ridiculous campaign to introduce an unfiltered version of intimacy to their stale, impersonal community. Because, according to Frank, it's probably what Jesus would have wanted.

"Witty, occasionally crass, and an unqualified delight!" ~Kirkus Reviews

White Oaks by Jill Hand 

From $5.03 (Free via Kindle Unlimited)
3.8 stars, 650+ ratings

“An ingeniously dark comic thriller about greed, gluttony and murder that is destined for the big screen.” ~Best Thrillers

Aimee Trapnell reluctantly leaves her apartment on Manhattan’s Central Park West to return to her childhood home in Georgia for her father’s ninetieth birthday. Also on hand are her two brothers, wily Marsh and ne’er-do-well Trainor. With a forty-billion-dollar inheritance at stake, they’re willing to do whatever it takes to make the old man happy.

To their shock, they learn that what their father wants for his birthday is to kill someone. He doesn’t care who it is. He just wants to know what it’s like to commit murder. Betrayal, double-dealing, and fast-paced action set the Trapnells on a collision course with an unexpected villain. Their journey takes them from the swamps of Georgia, to Italy’s glittering Amalfi coast, to rugged Yellowstone National Park. Book 1 in the Trapnell Thriller series.

"A roller-coaster of a novel that will have you both gasping and laughing on a rollicking wild ride." ~Andrew MacRae, Darkhouse Books

About the Publisher
Black Rose Writing, established in 2006, is an indie publisher that features an array of fiction, nonfiction, and children's book genres, all having one thing in common: an individual's originality and hard work.

Black Rose Writing strongly believes in developing a personal relationship with their authors. It can take endless hours to finish a deserving manuscript, and Black Rose Writing applauds each and every author, giving them a chance at their dream.

Black Rose Writing is a proud member of the Independent Book Publishers Association, Publisher's Marketplace, Crime Writers' Association, a recognized International Thriller Writers publisher, and currently serving on the Ingram Publisher Advisory Board.

You can learn more at and by following Black Rose Writing on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, PinterestGoodreads, and YouTube.

Free online: Oxygen Art Centre Reading Series from British Columbia


Free online lit event: Author Reading Series from the Oxygen Art Centre, British Columbia. The final event of their 2023 season with authors Kathy Friedman and Erin Robinsong, Wednesday, April 19, 4:00 PM PST.

“People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.” ~Paulo Coelho