Today's Featured Books

America on Fire

Another great free, online event!: America on Fire, Friday, May 21, 7 - 8 p.m. central daylight time: This promises to be a lively and informative discussion with Elizabeth Hinton, author of American on Fire

American on Fire is a ground-breaking story of policing and "riots" from one of our top historians that shatters our understanding of the post–civil rights era. Elizabeth Hinton is associate professor of history and African American studies at Yale University and a professor of law at Yale Law School. Hinton will be interviewed by Nikole Hannah-Jones, an award-winning investigative reporter who covers civil rights and racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine. The event is free and open to the public. 

“Healing begins where the wound was made.” ~Alice Walker

The Biggest Bounty by Brian Koscienski & Chris Pisano

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Fiore is the (chemically enhanced) muscle; Zeus is the (super-genius) brains. Together, they’re out to become the greatest interstellar bounty hunters ever. But along the path to fame and fortune, they’ll accumulate contacts, partners, and enemies without even meaning to. It’s all part of the job, when you’re chasing the biggest bounty ever, and picking up the strangest milks in the galaxy. Find out why Analog magazine says, "It's something of a cross between Alice in Wonderland and Grand Theft Auto..." From $0.99 SHOP NOW

Sweating the Small Stuff...and All Stuff: The Complainer's Guide to Shedding Those Extra Pounds by by Rich Herschlag and Matt Selton

General Nonfiction

"Right off the bat, I was laughing out loud." -Amazon review. Welcome to the self-help book to end all self-help books, dedicated to the notion that we have forgotten how to laugh in general and laugh at ourselves in particular. "A really fun book you can read anywhere and in any order." -Amazon review From $3.99 SHOP NOW

Wynter Of Wolves by B. D. West

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Wynter always felt as if he didn't belong and knowing he was adopted just made matters worse. He desperately longed to know who he was and where he came from. After his adopted father Samuel died, he decided to open a bar called Indigo's. His life was just beginning to settle into a predictable routine; that is until destiny walked into his bar. "B. D. West takes readers on a tale about self discovery, friendship, and family. An engaging and intriguing read that leaves her audience wanting more." -Stacy N. Hawks, The Writing Wall Podcast From $2.99 SHOP NOW

Little Girl Can Dance by Tricia D. Wagner

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

A girl brave enough to dance may just find - grief sinks away through the soles of tap shoes. When Andromeda loses her family, her best friend, her city, and her freedom, she must discover where lies the power to forge on. Artistry, dance, individuality, imagination – these are her wells of nourishment and her weapons. And though they carry the potential to help her survive…they could also destroy her. From $0 SHOP NOW

A Spring Stroll in the City by Cathy Goldberg Fishman

Children and Young Adult

Take a stroll through the city in springtime and experience the sights, sounds, colors, and smells of the multitude of different holidays we celebrate this season. From St. Patrick’s Day and Easter to Nowruz and Cinco de Mayo, everyone has a reason to celebrate. With simple rhymes, a counting pattern, and stunning papercraft art reminiscent of Ezra Jack Keats, this diverse board book is the perfect introduction to the cultural melting pot that makes the city so special. From $8.27 SHOP NOW

Rebel Soul by J.C. Hannigan


Tessa has one more summer at home before heading off to college with her best friend. She’s been counting down the months, but the one thing Tessa doesn't count on is falling in love, least of all with Brock. Brock has had a hard past, and the whole town not only knows it, but won’t let him forget. He doesn’t have time to fall in love, especially with one of the town’s darlings, but sometimes, love comes fast and fierce. From $3.99 SHOP NOW

Free access to 2500 museums & galleries!

Feeling artsy? From the Art Institute of Chicago to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, and from the Museo Frida Kahlo in Mexico to the Palace of Versailles in France, Google has partnered with 2500 museums and galleries around the world to provide free-access to virtual tours and online exhibitions. Check out the entire list of museums

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” ~Pablo Picasso

The Towering Flame: The Survivors: Book One by Robert I. Katz

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Long ago, the Empire of Mankind spread among the stars, but fell into civil war and anarchy. Today, the Viceroy rules over seven nations on one long-abandoned planet. Terence Allen is an unlikely catalyst for rebellion, but his destiny changes the moment he sees Thierry Jorge Garcia. Thierry, the heir to a long-standing military tradition, will let nothing keep him from pursuing Irina Archer, the woman he had known and loved, the woman who is now Terence Allen’s fiancée. A war that has been brewing for over a century is coming, a war that will upend the foundations of both men’s world. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

A Poor Man's Supper by Jim Gulledge

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

"A Poor Man’s Supper is rugged, earthy and scarred, much like the soils of North Carolina from which it arises." -Christopher Adam, Ottawa. In the N.C. mountains, Vancie Keller is fighting to survive on her mother’s farm when her life is forever changed by the arrival of two men. One, she will love, the other she will marry. "Here's what you need to know about this book: I read it, loved it and would read it again." -Sara Moon, India From $3.99 SHOP NOW

Thirst Of The Rain God by J.A. Kalis

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

"If you love the adventure classics like Indiana Jones or The Mummy, or perhaps want to learn more about Mayan culture, this one’s for you!" -Goodreads review. Deep in the Guatemalan jungle, archaeologists discover a network of tunnels and caves beneath ancient Maya ruins. But there is someone who wants to stop them from exploring the vast underground. Someone who will kill to protect the secrets that lay there hidden for centuries. "Very suspenseful and full of ancient history." -Amazon review From $0.99 SHOP NOW

The Girl with Stars in Her Eyes: A story of love, loss, and rock-and-roll by Xio Axelrod


A Star is Born meets Daisy Jones and the Six by way of Colleen Hoover in this unique story following an all-female band on the brink of breaking out. This diverse cast of characters play hard and love matter the ultimate price. "Sharp, propulsive, and sexy. Once I started, I couldn't put it down. Antonia and Seb are imprinted in my book-loving heart. I genuinely, truly, relished this book." -Christina Lauren, NYT and #1 International Bestselling Author From $5.39 SHOP NOW


You Got This, Mama!: From Boobs to Blowouts, a Survival Guide for New Mothers by Elizabeth Swenson

General Nonfiction

Being a mom is HARD—don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. The first few months (or let’s be real, 18 years) after bringing a new baby home can be tiring and messy. Mothers need encouragement, inspiration, and a good laugh. You Got This, Mama! is a visual guide to new motherhood with illustrated quotes, hilarious infographics, and encouraging thoughts to power new moms through another day. Real, honest, and beautifully designed, this is the guide for moms that we didn’t know we needed. From $9.99 SHOP NOW

Free online events: Destress + Writing Hour with the National Gallery

Welcome to all of the new subscribers who have joined LitNuts this month. We're glad you're here.

Scroll down to see today's featured books. Also, there are a couple of great free online events happening tomorrow! 

Destress with the Stress Doctor, May 18, 1:00 p.m. pacific time: Spend an afternoon with author Dr. Ben Bernstein for a lively webinar about how to reduce your stress level right now! (Hosted by our friends at Familius)

Virtual Writing Hour with the National Portrait Gallery, May 18, 4:00 p.m. central daylight time: Join the National Portrait Gallery for a virtual, creative writing hour! Writers can create, connect, and draw inspiration from the Portrait Gallery's collection. Your hosts will also provide writing prompts. Bring your own happy hour beverage of choice!

"If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." ~Toni Morrison

Listen to the Child by Elizabeth Howard

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

"Short but emotionally very intense." -Historical Novel Review. It’s 1875 and London’s East End heaves with child prostitutes, hawkers, beggars and thieves. Constance rescues as many children as she can but feels overwhelmed. A solution is offered that sounds perfect – Canadian farmers need workers; their wives want housemaids. Shipping children to this land of plenty offers them a future. Widow Mary Trupper is wary, but the promise of a good life for her children is strong. From $1.49 SHOP NOW

Emotionless by Amie McCracken

Science Fiction and Fantasy

“Emotionless sets out to illustrate why our baser human traits can also be our greatest gifts.” Adrian Sturrock. Emotional Modification Therapy has made logic and reason powerful, but new information questions the validity of the process. Elias has no desires. It wouldn’t be natural. Until a woman, Aloisa, walks into his lab at the hospital and unfamiliar cravings overpower him. "It makes the reader question what it really means to be human." -Shanthi Subraman From $1.99 SHOP NOW


Footnotes: The Black Artists Who Rewrote the Rules of the Great White Way by Caseen Gaines

General Nonfiction

"This musical introduced Black excellence to the Great White Way. Broadway was forever changed and we, who stand on the shoulders of our brilliant ancestors, are charged with the very often elusive task of carrying that torch into our present." -Billy Porter, Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award-winning actor. Footnotes is the story of how Sissle and Blake, along with comedians Flournoy Miller and Aubrey Lyles, overcame poverty, racism, and violence to harness the energy of the Harlem Renaissance and produce a runaway Broadway hit that launched the careers of many of the Twentieth Century's most beloved Black performers. From $9.99 SHOP NOW

Over Her Wed Body by Alexia Adams


Beckett Samuelson has had enough stepmothers to spot a gold digger when he sees one. So when his ailing father announces his engagement to the private nurse he’s only known for two months—who’s also forty years his junior—Beckett has to step in. Corazon Dela Cruz sends every spare penny she earns to her family in the Philippines. Then her latest nursing client offers her $25,000 to fake an engagement to convince his overprotective son to return to work abroad. But as Corazon and Beckett spend more time together, she starts to develop very real feelings. Too bad she’s engaged to the wrong Samuelson. From $2.99 SHOP NOW

Starting May 16: Free online series w/Disney animator and author Dominick Domingo

Years ago, when I was running a small book publishing company, I published a collection of essays called Be There Now: Travel Stories from Around the World that featured an essay by a young author named Dominick Domingo. Dominick went on to work as an artist for Disney Feature Animation (working on Lion King, Pocahontas, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Tarzan, Little Match Girl and more) while also illustrating books for major publishers, writing his own books (YA Fantasy, Mythic Fiction and Magical Realism) and teaching others about creativity.

Starting Sunday, May 16, Dominick will be hosting a series of free online events called "Story & Image: Than Language of the Soul." Join Dominick for one session or for the entire series. It should be time well spent! 

"The creative adult is the child who survived." ~Ursula Leguin

Closer Than You Think by Lee Maguire

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

"A fantastic page-turner, Closer Than You Think satisfied my brain in so many ways." -Manhattan Book Review. Psychologist Dr. Bryce Davison feels he's becoming unhinged. Is he really being stalked, or is someone gaslighting him? Lives depend on answering these questions. "The active scenes are intense and well described thus allowing the reader to see things as though they were right there in the same room with the characters!" -Amazon review From $0.99 SHOP NOW

The Chinatown Murders by Pendelton C. Wallace

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

"Another great read from Pendelton C. Wallace. I find myself wishing there was another book to read about these characters as soon as I finish. If you are looking for entertaining fast paced actions this is the author for you." -Amazon review. Someone is attacking women in Seattle's Chinatown. Catrina Flaherty is on the case. From $3.99 SHOP NOW

Twice a Daughter: Search for Identity,Family,and Belonging by Julie Ryan McGue

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

"An engaging, endearing chronicle of a woman's quest to find her origins." -Kirkus Reviews. Julie's search for her birth relatives spans five years and involves a search agency, a PI, a confidential intermediary, a judge, an adoption agency, a social worker, and a genealogist. "Twice a Daughter is not just another tale of an adoptee's search for truth. This is a story about the discoveries that searching for the truth reveals, how it sets your heart free and offers the gift of love." -Linda Joy Myers, National Association of Memoir Writers From $8.69 SHOP NOW

The Darknet: Murder by Munchausen #2 by M.T. Bass

Science Fiction and Fantasy

“The author certainly took this book up a notch from its predecessor…[an] enjoyable cruise through gory crime scenes, killer robots, and a clever villain who always seems to stay one step ahead of his pursuers.” – Frank Frission Reviews. When androids are hacked and reprogrammed into hit men, Maddie and Jake investigate and track down the the cyberpunk hackers. But now, an evil genius is using droids to recreate the infamous Jack the Ripper murders. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

The Angelic Realm by Dennis Macy

General Nonfiction

"I could not put this wonderful book down!" -J. Dubrasky. Are you seeking comfort, healing, hope or inspiration? Do you believe in the afterlife? The true stories and revelations are heartening and enlightening as I take you into the realm with my visits, spiritual encounters and the messages that are being revealed to me to deliver to others. Escape today's problems and engulf yourself into The Angelic Realm for a peaceful mystifying read! "What a spiritually powerful read." -Amazon review From $0.99 SHOP NOW

An Introduction to Programming in JavaScript: Stomping Zombies with Variables, Loops, & Functions by John Rhea

General Nonfiction

New to programming? Want to learn JavaScript? Want to slow down the onslaught of the Apocalypse? This book will take you from zero programming knowledge to knowing the basics in the flick of a digital page (Okay, more than one digital page flick, but you get the idea). Plus silly zombie analogies and jokes. What more could you want? From $1.99 SHOP NOW