Today's Featured Books

Sweet Memories by T.S. McNeil

Book of the Day

City girl Astra Read inherits her sister’s house and bespoke teddy bear business. Focused on doing her dearly departed proud, and with big shoes to fill, Astra vows to keep her head down and work. But love works in mysterious ways and there is more than one kind of temptation at the bakery across the street, in the form of the handsome, mild-manned owner Matt LeBeau. From $3.99 SHOP NOW


FREE - Alien Farm by Carolyn Watson Dubisch

Children and Young Adult

Bright lights appear one night over a quiet farm. Animals whisked away into the darkened sky. Other-worldly visitors lurk in the corn. A wordless tale that changes this small farm forever and will have readers jumping at every light that passes by their window at night! FREE - SHOP NOW


Castles & Ruins by Rue Matthiessen

Memoir and Creative Nonfiction

Author Rue Matthiessen explores the idea of a literary legacy and of trying to recapture treasured childhood memories. She returns to a place in the Irish countryside where she spent an idyllic summer as a child with her brilliant but distant literati parents. From $9.99 SHOP NOW


FREE - A Vengeful Realm by Tim Facciola

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Peace bought by blood seldom lasts, for vengeance knows no end. The same is true for mortals and Gods alike. Decades, centuries, eras may pass, but the cycle remains. As war and revolution rise again, Zephyrus finds himself at the center of it all. Chosen by the Gods, hailed as a prophet of liberation, and forged as a weapon to break the kingdom and restore balance to the realm, hope rests squarely on his shoulders. "Arena-set action sequences shine...but even more impressive is the constant political maneuvering, as characters mingle with enemies while plotting against them." ~Kirkus Reviews. 4.7 stars, 33 ratings. FREE - SHOP NOW


Free online: Winter Out East

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Free online: Winter Out East. Warm your soul with prose from the authors of Thirty West Publishing House. Featuring Sarah Edmonds, Adam Gianforcaro, Alison Lubar, and Lauren Saxon. Wednesday, January 17, 7PM EST / 4PM PST.

“Wisdom comes with winters.” ~Oscar Wilde


The Penance of Valentine Cash by Rebecca Rook

Book of the Day

When she dies in an accidental collision she caused on the cusp of musical fame, Valentine Cash is offered a deal: Complete a series of difficult tasks to get her life back. Fail, and she dies a final, everlasting death. Guided by Route 66 the Mother Road of America on her quest, she tackles one herculean task after another, giving up a piece of herself with each trial. As she travels the afterlife with folktales and legends, she must decide what’s more important: her old life or restoring the lives of the strangers who died alongside her. From $4.99 Free via KU. SHOP NOW


FREE - Malevolent by Jana DeLeon

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

Shaye Archer’s life effectively began the night police found her in an alley with no memory of the previous 15 years. Now, she's a PI who gets answers for her clients, and maybe for herself. When new client Emma claims she’s being stalked, Shaye is determined to help. Emma knows her stalker, but the problem is, she killed him a month ago. "A gem." ~Vine Voice Review. Book 1 of the Shaye Archer Series. 4.4 stars, 22,000+ ratings. FREE - SHOP NOW


Rune Academy by Tara Shelley

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Magic, friendship, and destiny collide at the Academy. Bri’s newfound title of The Witch of Algiz is cursed and creates palpable tension within the students. As she feels the pulsating power of Runes beneath her fingertips, the academy buzzes with uncertainty as she navigates this precarious path between light and shadow. Will she succumb to using dark magic and endanger the academy and her friends? Embrace the magic and bonds of unexpected friendships within this magical paranormal YA academy fantasy series. From $2.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Creative Visualization and Energy by Richard Garraway

General Nonfiction

A transformative guide exploring the profound connection between creative visualization and universal energy. This book offers practical techniques for harnessing imagination, healing through energy work, and achieving abundance, guiding readers through a journey of self-discovery, empowerment, and conscious evolution. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


The Stress Book by D. Terrence Foster, MD

General Nonfiction

Winner of 40+ literary awards, including Best Independent Book: Nonfiction - Best Stress Management Book of 2023. The Stress Book takes a comprehensive approach to stress management and prevention and how modifying your lifestyle and taking practical steps can help significantly reduce the level of stress you are experiencing. This book is intended to help people struggling with challenging situations, including those who work in stressful jobs or are involved in a complex personal or toxic relationship. 4.8 stars, 69 ratings. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Fury by J. R. Andrews

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

In a world left ravaged by the fatal Charon pandemic, Thomas Woodford is the only man still alive, surrounded by starving vampires. Tom believed he had found a home of sorts among the clan of vampire lord Emily. Before he can get too comfortable, an unexpected attack sends him out on the road with vampire allies Ana and Lindsey to uncover the truth behind a troubling rumor. When a discovery upends everything he thought he knew about his post-Charon existence, can the world’s final human find a way to adapt and keep himself alive? From $1.99 SHOP NOW


Free - My American Heritage by Peter Snyder

Memoir and Creative Nonfiction

Our Nation Under Attack from Within. The carefree days of youth have changed. Our country is in a continuous adolescent, defiant, deceitful, morally bankrupt decline. But there is hope! Ride with me on my rambling motorcycle. Fly with me as I soar on hang-gliders high above mountains. Feel the wind in my sails on inland lakes. Witness this journey through our American landscape and gain a deeper understanding of the forces driving our personal and national destinies. 4.6 stars, 33 ratings. FREE - SHOP NOW / 


Spotlight on Dirty Suburbia from Sara Hosey and Vine Leaves Press

Spotlight

Congratulations to Sara Hosey and Vine Leaves Press on the release of Dirty Suburbia, a stunning collection of short stories that traces the lives of girls and women struggling to live with dignity in a world that often hates them.
 

★★★★★ “Measured, witty, captivating.” ~Kirkus Reviews


Dirty Suburbia

NEW RELEASE: January 16, 2024
Genre: Short Story Collections, Literary Fiction
Paperback: $17.99
Ebook: $5.99  



Dirty suburbias are working-class neighborhoods in which girls who are left to fend for themselves sometimes become predators, as well as affluent communities in which women discover that money is no protection against sexism.

One young woman sets up her abusive, cheating boyfriend, hoping he’ll get arrested so that she can rescue him and win him back. A teenager arranges to meet up with an older man she’s met online playing video games; she brings a knife with her, just in case. A middle-aged divorcee attempts to rekindle a romantic relationship with her high school English teacher, who happens to be a former nun. A struggling academic falls in love with a Henry David Thoreau impersonator, and a well-adjusted grad student goes home for Christmas only to be repulsed by her family’s casual cruelty.

Despite the ugliness and injustice they face, as well as the failures of their families and communities, these characters often find relief in friendship and connection, and sometimes, even discover meaning and cause for hope.

Praise for Dirty Suburbia
★★★★★ “Measured, witty, captivating tales starring a series of resilient, likable female characters.” ~Kirkus Reviews

★★★★★ “Women and girls of the poor, working, and middle-class navigating life under an oppressive, simpering patriarchy... Her characters are smart, funny, bold and wonderfully flawed.” ~Joel Mowdy, author of Floyd Harbor

★★★★★ “Absolutely stunning! Perceptive, empathetic, and always on point, Hosey’s characters will stay with you... I was awestruck by the range of tales and will be thinking about the world of Dirty Suburbia for a long time.” ~Kelly Fordon, author of I Have the Answer

★★★★★ "Gritty and darkly funny and ultimately humane." ~Jess Walter


About the Author
Sara Hosey is the author of three young adult novels: Iphigenia Murphy, Imagining Elsewhere, and Summer People. Her short fiction has been shortlisted for the Katherine Anne Porter Prize and the American Short Fiction Halifax Ranch Prize and has appeared in journals like Cordella Literary Magazine and Mudroom Magazine. She is a parent, a community college professor, and a tree enthusiast. Read more about Sara at sarahosey.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: MLK Celebration at Interlochen Arts Academy

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Free online: MLK Celebration at Interlochen Arts Academy. Celebrate Martin Luther King via a free online evening of words and music from the acclaimed Interlochen Arts Academy. Monday, January 15, 7:30 PM ET. 

"Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend." ~Martin Luther King


FREE - No More Bad Days by Lindsey Whitaker

Book of the Day

A dismembered body in a suitcase, a no-nonsense detective, her rookie sidekick, and countless suspects. Critics are calling No More Bad Days one of the best new indie books. “An unpredictable and gripping thriller with a strong cast.” ~Kirkus, Starred Review. “LOVED IT!” ~Reedsy. "I could not put it down" ~Readers' Favorite. When a dismembered body is discovered in a suitcase, Detective Kimberly Hall is determined to catch the killer. However, she soon finds herself in a web of untrustworthy witnesses, countless suspects, and tampered evidence. 4.4 stars, 129 ratings. FREE - SHOP NOW


Two Believe by Luana Ehrlich

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

When Silas McKay, head of operations for a corporate security company and a recent widower, investigates an unusual theft at a high-end jewelry store in the Dallas area, he enlists the help of Ashley, his newest investigator. As they devise a plan to confront the thief, Silas must also confront his feelings for Ashley, which are as complicated as the case itself. Can he protect her when the situation turns deadly? 4.6 stars, 345 ratings. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Dragonlore by Daniel Arenson

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Dragonlore, an epic fantasy trilogy, tells the story of Requiem — an ancient kingdom whose people can grow wings, breathe fire, and take flight as dragons. When cruel phoenixes invade Requiem, can the dragons save their home? This trilogy includes all three novels in the trilogy. Welcome to a world of adventure, danger, and dragonfire. Welcome to Requiem. 4.2 stars, 1000+ ratings. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Hanna Baker and the Cauldron of Power by Nick Gnagi

Children and Young Adult

Join Hanna in the mystical realm of Faerule, where friendships are forged, secrets unravel, and a thrilling adventure awaits! Perfect for fans of Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, My Hero Academia, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, or any of the other fantastic magical boarding school books! 4.9 stars, 15 ratings. From $2.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Teens' Guide to Making Friends by Kev Chilton

Children and Young Adult

Does it feel impossible to strike up a conversation with other people? Maybe you've tried to make friends in the past, but whenever the conversation goes flat or becomes awkward, you find it too stressful to rectify the situation, and you leave conversations feeling deflated. Don't worry; with this book, your days of social anxiety are over! 4.6 stars, 20 ratings. From $3.99 SHOP NOW


The Nine by Jeanne Blasberg

Literary Fiction and Poetry

Hannah's prayers are answered when she gives birth to a son. Nurturing his intellect becomes her life purpose. Sam’s acceptance to a prestigious boarding schools justifies Hannah's choices, but Sam is glad to be out from under his mother’s close watch—until he stumbles upon evidence of sexual misconduct at the school and must choose between exposing a corrupt world and jeopardizing his mother’s hopes and dreams. 4.1 stars, 280+ ratings. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Owls Can Dance by Anya Enright

Children and Young Adult

Erin is a determined little owl who dreams of learning how to dance, despite the doubts of others. With the help of her friends, Erin sets out to prove that anything is possible. 4.7 stars, 21 ratings. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Natural Treatments for Fibroids, Cysts, PCOS Plus More: A Natural Woman’s Guidebook by Irina P. Powell

General Nonfiction

This book provides applications for women who would rather tackle personal situations on their own naturally, including step-by-step instructions for every method listed for the treatment of Fibroids, Cysts, PCOS, and more natural African remedies. The ingredients are all natural and can be acquired at a market or grocery store. As an author who grew up in a very rural part of the world, I am happy to provide simple solutions women can apply into their daily lives to help alleviate certain situations. $18.99 SHOP NOW


Free online: Let's Read Ulysses!

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Free online: Let's Read Ulysses! Ever wanted to read Ulysses by James Joyce but maybe found it a bit intimidating? Or maybe you'd like to read it again and share the experience. Either way, you can join a weekly online meet-up of readings led by an experienced Joyce presenter, himself a Dubliner, who provides introductions and step-by-step guidance through the various episodes. Sundays from 7:00 - 8:30 PM Irish time (2 PM EST) beginning January 14.

"There is not past, no future; everything flows in an eternal present." ~James Joyce to Jacques Mercanton on the structure of Ulysses


God's Eyes by Rev. Dr. Anne Hays Egan

Book of the Day

"Inspirational and enjoyable!" ~Dr. R. Garcia, Amazon Review. God’s Eyes shares the author’s experience of a powerful vision in which she saw the world and its promise through God’s perspective. Great for seekers, those on a spiritual path, out-of-the-box thinkers, and all who want greater focus and purpose in their lives. Early reviewers have called the book "great work" and "much needed in our world." 4.8 stars, 11 ratings. From $2.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


The Munich Girl by Phyllis Edgerly Ring

Literary Fiction and Poetry

The past may not be done with us. Anna Dahlberg grew up eating dinner under her father’s war trophy portrait of Eva Braun. Fifty years after World War II, she discovers what he never did—that her mother and Hitler’s mistress were friends. Plunged into the treacherous world of Nazi Germany, Anna uncovers a long-buried tangle of family secrets and finds her every belief about right and wrong shattered. "Historical fiction that reads like a memoir." ~Philadelphia Inquirer. 4.2 stars, 1400+ ratings. From $0.99 SHOP NOW