Today's Featured Books

Striker X by Negus Lamont

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Vex's inner demons are as big as the monsters he hunts. In this high-octane thrill ride with intricate characters, majestic apocalyptic settings, and death around every corner, Vex’s fight for survival hits twist after shocking twist. He might be the only one who can stop a corrupt game world filled with unfathomable enemies. But it’s the ones closest to you who do you the most harm. From $0 SHOP NOW

Kate's Ocean by Anola Pickett

Children and Young Adult

Young children have a hard time moving from the familiar to the unknown. When her family leaves their ocean side home to live on Grandpa's Kansas farm, Kate misses her beloved ocean most of all. She finds a way to grow an ocean on the prairie. This story shows the power of a child's determination and imagination and celebrates the beauty of the prairie in bloom. From $4.95 SHOP NOW

Caught Up in Christ: Spiritual First-Aid for Believers and Seekers by Rick Merfeld

General Nonfiction

“The book provides exactly what it says, Spiritual First Aid.” -Amazon Review. “Scripture, logic, personal stories convey how getting caught up in Christ will truly change your life.” -Amazon Review. We make each morning to a world that is more anti-God and anti-Christ. Unanswered questions lead to doubt. Doubt, if left unchecked, matures into total disbelief. “Rick’s book is brilliant, no nonsense guide to help you find Jesus, uncover your purpose in life.” -Pete M. Catholic Evangelization Outreach From $8.49 SHOP NOW

Helix: Episode 1 by Nathan M. Farrugia

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

"Packed with intense fight scenes and dizzying twists and turns, this is an adrenaline-pumping introduction to Farrugia's explosive new series." -Thriller of the Year, Apple Books. Have you met Olesya? She’s a spy hunter. In a high-tech world of programmed assassins, betrayal and far-reaching conspiracies, Olesya and her team are the last line of defense against a covert organization that will stop at nothing to control the world. But a new, deadlier enemy is rising. And they have Olesya in their crosshairs... From $0 SHOP NOW

Dancing with Death: An Inspiring Real-Life Story of Epic Travel Adventure by Jean-Philippe Soulé

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

“An unforgettable escapade of ultimate danger and discovery…” -Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers' Favorite. A tale of adventure, sacrifice and physical endurance with amazing cultural encounters all wrapped in good old-fashion storytelling. Two men, three years, seven countries, 3000 miles... “A thrilling book of real-life adventure.” -Amazon Review.  “...a journey of dreams, sacrifice, endurance and triumph...” -Anne-Marie Reynolds, Readers' Favorite. “Illuminating and powerful.” -Jack Magnus, Readers' Favorite From $0.99 SHOP NOW

Roads to Meaning and Resilience with Cancer: 40 Stories of Finding Meaning, and Building Resilience by Morhaf Al Achkar

General Nonfiction

Roads to Meaning and Resilience with Cancer tells the stories of 40 patients with incurable lung cancer, including the author. It aims to help patients, families, and healthcare providers understand the experience of living with cancer. It also shares reflections on the essential questions of meaning, resilience, and coping with adversity in life. From $0 SHOP NOW

Being Authentic: A Memoir by Morhaf Al Achkar

General Nonfiction

Our existence is fragile. Morhaf Al Achkar learned this in many ways. In 2016, he was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Next to dying, he feared the spread of cancer to his brain and losing his ability to think, speak, and write. In his memoir, he explores the fragility of life, living authentically, and the emotions that come with a cancer diagnosis. From $0 SHOP NOW

Spring Triple Play Giveaway

Spring Triple-Play Giveaway: LitNuts is cosponsoring a giveaway contest with Familus, an independent publisher focused on helping families be happy, and Artisan Book Reviews, which provides book reviews and book marketing services to better connect readers, books and authors. Three lucky Grand Prize Winners will win prizes from each sponsor. For more information about prizes and entries, visit Spring Triple-Play Giveaway

"If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives." ~Lemony Snicket, The Ersatz Elevator

The Walmart Book of the Dead by Lucy Biederman

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

"A vastly imagined Wonderbook—fearsome, hilarious, familiar and arcane" -Rikki Ducornet. In Lucy Biederman’s modernized version of the Egyptian Book of the Dead, shoplifters, grifters, drifters, and hustlers, desirous children, greeters, would-be Marxists, wolves, and circuit court judges, wander Walmart unknowingly consigned to their afterlives. "An homage to capitalism" -Skip Fox From $2.99 SHOP NOW

The Butterfly Effect by Rachel Mans McKenny


"A warm, winning debut from a talented new Midwestern voice" -J. Ryan Stradal, Kitchens of the Great Midwest. "As a reader, you'll undergo your own metamorphosis" -Faith Salie, CBS Sunday Morning. A Man Called Ove meets The Rosie Project in this tale of a grumpy introvert, her astonishing lack of social skills and empirical data-driven approach to people and relationships. From $1.99 SHOP NOW

Sarana and the Dark King by Ivy Keating

Science Fiction and Fantasy

"There's twists and total shockers along the way and all the story lines come together in one of the most dramatic endings I've read in a while." -Amazon Review. The Dark King of Bounten ravages his kingdom in search of a rare metal known as tarilium. With a mystical wolf-like creature known as a Valomere by his side, he is fearsome. Only one thing can stop his reign of terror—a commoner with a secret past and a powerful Valomere of her own. "I couldn't put it down!" -Amazon Review From $3.99 SHOP NOW

Jack Be Quick by Fiona Quinn

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

To save her, he’ll have to be deadly, accurate, and most of all, quick... Jack’s faced tough times before. Beaten unbeatable odds. But this time, the mission is for more than love of country—it’s for the love of his life. Jack Be Quick is an intense, action adventure, military romance filled with spies, conspiracies, political and international terror. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

Buddha is a Greeter at Walmart: Using Zen in Everyday Life by Kris Neely

General Nonfiction

Zen is everywhere and Zen is everyone—even the greeter at Walmart. Zen is a perfect antidote to the noise and untruths of daily life. Yet for many people, Zen is something that requires rigorous study, years of solitary meditation, dressing in odd garb, and quoting Buddha. Nothing could be further from the truth. Everyday life is Zen. You are the only real Zen master you’ll ever need. You just need to look, see and reality will take care of the rest. From $2.99 SHOP NOW

Love, Murder and a Good Bottle of Wine by Chris Phipps

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

“Great story. Loved the characters. Kept me up past my bedtime. I'm not much of a fiction reader, but this book has convinced me I need to read more of it!” -Amazon Review. Sarah Wagner and her cousin are prime suspects in the murder of their aunt. Both will inherit millions and neither have alibis. To prove their innocence, they must find the killer. But every move Sarah makes seems to increase the odds that one of the people she loves is the killer. From $0 SHOP NOW

Easter in Literature

Easter and the concepts of resurrection/renewal/redemption are prominent themes in literature. William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury takes place on Easter weekend in 1928. Resurrection by Leo Tolstoy tells the story of a prince who sets out to redeem a past guilt, and features a memorable scene of an Easter service in a village church. Easter Parade by Richard Yates is considered by many to be his best novel, better even than Revolutionary Road. And of course, C.S. Lewis wove in religious symbolism throughout the Chronicles of Narnia. These and many other authors have shown that a good book can help us explore and amplify themes we are contemplating in our own lives--and even help bring about personal renewal.  

"Each time we exhale, the world ends; when we inhale, there can be, if we allow it, rebirth and spiritual renewal. It all transpires inside of us. In our consciousness, in our hearts. All the time." ~Tom Robbins

Things That Crash, Things That Fly by Scott Gould

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

"Dark-comic wit and bare-knuckled heartbreak, guiding the reader through a crisis of spirit that is at once singular and universal." -Rebecca McClanahan. As a husband and wife make plans for an Italian vacation with friends—to visit her family’s Tuscan village—she makes an unexpected, last-minute addition to the itinerary: she plans to leave him upon their return to the States. "The going-for-broke honesty and the great good humor...Read this book. You'll be a better person for it." -Bret Lott From $2.99 SHOP NOW

First Steps to Fly Fishing: The 1924 Classic Updated for Today by Kris Neely

General Nonfiction

Fishing with the basics: a rod, a reel, some line, and an artificial "fly" that imitates a fish's prey is the very definition of fly fishing. In 1924, Michael Temple wrote what for decades was The Bible on learning how to fly fish: First Steps in Fly Fishing. Now Cresting Wave Publishing has updated this classic for the 2020s! With an introduction by noted fly fishing expert and author Joshua Bergan, and additional material from Editor Kris Neely. From $2.99 SHOP NOW

Sound Mind: A Collection of Poetry by T.J. Singh

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

A Poetic Adventure. Sound Mind is a collection of poetry inspired by the struggles we face to embrace our true colors. The first half is a short novel written in rhyme and verse. The second half is a collection of poetry written by the author during the creative process. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

The Order of the Key by Justine Manzano

Children and Young Adult

“Jacklyn is a perfect lead with her sharp wit and just a touch of cynicism balanced with a healthy dose of self-deprecation.” -Indies Today. Buffy meets Torchwood when geeky Jacklyn joins a fractured army that fights inter-dimensional monsters. But even in a world where nothing makes sense, she’ll discover betrayal is a universal language. “My only complaint for this book is I wish it was longer! I can not wait to read more from Manzano.” -Crossroad Reviews. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

Sora's Quest (The Cat's Eye Chronicles: Book 1) by T. L. Shreffler

Science Fiction and Fantasy

“Addictive but deadly." -Potted Ink Reviews. Kidnapped by a dangerous assassin, Sora must use the power of her Cat’s-Eye necklace to defeat an evil bloodmage out for revenge. "Sora’s Quest left me breathless. If you like Throne of Glass, you need this series in your life.” I Heart Reading Book Reviews From $0 SHOP NOW

Beckoned, Part 1: From London with Love by Aviva Vaughn


"Aviva Vaughn's unapologetically sensual, witty, and headstrong female lead is a modern day Lizzy Bennet." -Amazon Review. What happens when you meet the right person at the wrong time? Danish real estate scion Soren Lund has never been a risk-taker, but when fiery exchange student Angela Holguín shoots into his life--knocking him off his well-planned out course--he can't stop thinking about her. But he's got competition. "Once I started reading I couldn't put it down until I finished it." -Amazon Review From $0 SHOP NOW

Mystery, Romance and Short Stories, Oh My!

Today's featured books include Escape from Danger by Courtney MacFarland, an author who is writing great who-done-it mysteries from her home in the Black Hills of South Dakota; Resistance, Revolution and Other Love Stories, an outstanding collection of short stories by K, an anti-war advocate who studied English, Religion and Philosophy at the University of Toronto; and Finding Her by Lulu Astor, a prolific author of edgy romance novels. You can find these and other new indie books in today's newsletter and on the LitNuts website

If you want still more choices for your next book, check out the nominees for the 2020 Agatha Awards, recognizing the best in crime writing. 

"Never do anything yourself that others can do for you." ~Agatha Christie

Escape from Danger by Courtney McFarlin

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

"Escape from Danger by Courtney McFarlin is a novel with just the right blend of romance, mystery, and fun. I was hooked from the very beginning, and I couldn't stop until I finished it within the day." -Jocelyn Soriano, Reedsy Discovery. Three best friends. A dead body. Can the crew solve the mystery before the killer strikes again? "Well-written who done it." - Gloria, Amazon Review From $0.99 SHOP NOW

Resistance, Revolution and Other Love Stories by K.

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

"Fantastical, meditative, and witty... An outstanding collection." -The Prairies Book Review. Is love the most revolutionary of all acts? In this wide-ranging collection of twelve short stories, a startling array of characters explore their perspectives on love. The stories sweep from sharp realism to heady allegory, haunting fables. Join the struggle against stifling societal powers and explore the potency of love. From $2.99 SHOP NOW

Finding Her by Lulu Astor


It's hard enough going from girl to woman, but 17-year-old Olivia Girardi has lots of drama going on in her family. And then there are those dreams—haunting dreams starring a sexy man she never even met. Finding Her is a rite of passage paranormal romance (not the usual kind) that was formerly published as ComplementsFrom $0 SHOP NOW