Today's Featured Books

New release: From Where We Are by Nicole Zelniker

Spotlight

Congratulations to Nicole Zelniker and Vine Leaves Press on the release of From Where We Are, a novel that follows Gabi Keefer as she flees Holocaust-era Germany with nothing but her husband, her nephew, and the clothes on her back. But that isn't the whole story....

★★★★★ “A multi-generational punch-to-the-heart reminder that there is no such thing as a singular Jewish experience.” ~Jeffrey Dale Lofton, award-winning author of Red Clay Suzie


From Where We Are

NEW RELEASE: May 21, 2024
Genre: Literary Fiction
Paperback: $17.99
Ebook: $5.99  



Follow Gabi Keefer's Jewish lineage through trials of addiction, grief, and activism, in a novel that addresses questions of survival, family, and identity.

Gabi Keefer flees Holocaust-era Germany with nothing but her husband, her nephew, and the clothes on her back. But that isn't the whole story.

Over generations, her granddaughter, Lena, struggles with drug addiction and an unplanned pregnancy; her sort-of nephew, Zane, grieves for his wife three years after her death in an antisemetic mass shooting; and her great-niece, Miranda, advocates for Palestinian liberation against her family’s wishes.

Each character's tale begs the questions: What does it mean to be part of a family, what does it mean to survive, and is that enough?

If you enjoyed Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo; The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak; or A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan, you will love From Where We Are.

Trigger warning: Content in this book includes depictions or mentions of ableism, anti-semitism, characters struggling with mental health, death and grief, drug abuse, domestic violence, gun violence, homophobia, misogyny, racism, statutory rape, suicide, xenophobia, and Zionism.

Praise for From Where We Are
★★★★★ "A kaleidoscopic gem." ~David Jackson Ambrose, author of Unlawful Disorder

★★★★★ "A layered excavation of intergenerational trauma and a perceptive probe into how resilience can overcome it." ~Ann S. Epstein, author of The Sister Knot

★★★★★ "A sensitive exploration of contemporary Jewish history." ~Rabbi Andrue Kahn, editor of Sacred Earth: Jewish Perspectives on our Planet


About the Author
Nicole Zelniker (she/they) is the author of several books, including Until We Fall, which was a finalist for the Forward Indie Awards in LGBTQ+ adult fiction. She’s also the founder and editor-in-chief of the literary magazine Knee Brace Press. In her free time, Nicole enjoys re-reading her favorite books, listening to musicals, and bothering her cat. Learn more at nicolezelniker.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 tonight: Rogue Reads

Events

Free online: Rogue Reads. Presented by Rogue Women Writers, tune in for a lively conversation and Q&A with authors Meg Gardiner, Kellye Garrett, Omar Tyree, and Nolan Chase. Monday, May 20, 7 PM EST. 

“Where does it all lead? What will become of us? These were our young questions, and young answers were revealed. It leads to each other. We become ourselves.” ~Patti Smith, Just Kids


Snowed In with My Brother's Best Friend by Stefanie Hart

Book of the Day

A Short-Read Sweet Romance. My bad-boy ex-boyfriend, who abandoned me years ago and broke my heart, is back. He’s a police officer now. In his alpha male glory, he sweeps in to rescue me from a dire situation, taking me to a safe place that leaves me feeling like I have been kidnapped. I want to get away from him. I can’t be with him like this! But there he is, handsome as ever, acting like everything is fine. He wants me back. I want him too. If I can believe him. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Redemption by Ed Benjamin

Literary Fiction and Poetry

Amidst the thunderous roars of jet engines, Harry's journey from an Air Force legend to a lone detective embodies the undying spirit of a hero. "This book has it all: super-authentic flying segments, a story of someone dealing with great loss, and an engaging detective story." ~Amazon Review. 4.2 stars, 239 ratings. From $2.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW /


Hunter's Quest by Lynnea Lee

Science Fiction and Fantasy

There's a Xarc’n warrior stalking my land. Rhaz’k claims I’m “his,” but I belong to no one, especially not to a bossy purple alien with massive horns, sharp fangs, and huge muscles. But when danger rears its ugly head, the overprotective warrior tosses me over his shoulder and carries me to his shuttle. Who does he think he is? 4.4 stars, 1600+ ratings. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Doctor Leviathan by James Banks

Science Fiction and Fantasy

A graphic novel, Doctor Leviathan Volume One, takes place in the future and tells three stories of one man trying to defend the world from giant rampaging monsters, a bloodthirsty vampire that hunts supervillains, and a gang of super-powered criminals, all led by an evil wizard who kidnaps a judge’s daughter and plans to execute her on live television. From $2.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Spotlight on Ed Benjamin, helping readers see "the light beyond the horizon"

Spotlight

Ed Benjamin is author of fiction and nonfiction intended to help readers see "the light beyond the horizon." Today, LitNuts is pleased to shine a spotlight on three of Ed's works:

Read on to learn more about each of these entertaining and inspiring reads.

Bonus: Sign up to receive Ed's Musings, thoughts, essays, and stories, including universal thoughts from Stoic philosophy, stories from the Tao, and Flash Fiction.


Redemption

Genre: Literary Fiction, Mystery/Adventure
4.2 stars, 239 ratings
From $2.99 (Free via Kindle Unlimited) 



Amidst the thunderous roars of jet engines, Harry's journey from an Air Force legend to a lone detective embodies the undying spirit of a hero.

An orphaned teenager, Harry enters the United States Air Force and quickly rises to become a top fighter pilot. Flying became his life—and he was good at it. When his wingman is shot down in an aerial battle, Harry uses his skills to shoot down three enemy jet fighters in combat.

But when the Air Force grounds Harry for medical reasons, his life is turned upside down. He battles loneliness and alcohol while trying to eke out a living as a private detective. Things change when he takes on a missing persons case that involves a Caribbean cruise and a computer geek named Katie. 

Praise for Redemption
"An inspiring and turbulent emotional journey." ~International Review of Books

"This book has it all: super-authentic flying segments, a story of someone dealing with great loss, and an engaging detective story." ~Amazon Review

"Best Military Action-Packed Tale of Aviation/People! Regardless of my former USAF time and current FAA aviation credentials, I would have voted this one of the best action-packed, people sensitive novels ever written!" ~Amazon Review


Melanie: A Tale of Wonder

Genre: Fiction Short Reads, Alternate History, Cultural Heritage Fiction
5.0 stars, 9 ratings
From $2.99

"A delightful and heartwarming piece of flash fiction." ~Amazon Review

Meet Aaron Jones, an elderly gentleman obviously down on his luck and badly in need of a shower. But after surviving a car accident, something miraculous happens: his singing voice is clear for the first time in years. Regaining his voice prompts him to enter a talent contest in the hope of winning prize money to help Melanie, a ten-year-old girl whose father is dying.

During the talent show, the audience begins to realize the real identity of Aaron. Cries of “It’s him. It’s really him!” begin to ring out in the audience. Afterwards, the mysterious singer leaves town with the media buzzing.

If you like alternative historical fiction, you will enjoy this heartwarming journey filled with hope, inspiration, and the power of music.


This is Alaska

Genre: Essay
Price: $0.99



A rare sports adventure to treasure and read over and over.

This short but powerful essay is a true story of a middle-aged man discovering Wild Alaska while on a whitewater rapids trip. Frustrated and tired, he undergoes a transformation as he experiences the full force of nature. 


About the Author

Ed Benjamin retired from the United States Air Force in 1990 where he served as an aircraft maintenance supervisor. He currently works part time as a proposal writer helping companies obtain business with federal, state and local governments.

Ed writes fiction and nonfiction, and Ed also publishes gratitude journals, wedding planners, reissues of classic novels, and other publications via his two publishing ventures at Bulverde Books and Front Porch Press.

Ed and his spouse live in Bulverde, Texas, also known as the "front porch" of the Texas hill country. Learn more at EdBenjaminBooks.com. You can also find Ed on Twitter/X, Instagram, or contact him at Flowingwp@gmail.com.


Free online: Jazz Poetry 2024

Events

Free online: Jazz Poetry 2024. Jazz Poetry Month is an annual celebration of experimentation, collaboration, and connection between art forms and between artist and audience. This year, 50+ artists are joining the celebration. This weekend, Juno Award–winning pianist Andy Milne will perform with poets Noah Arhm Choi, Jonathan Moody, Justin Perez, and Monica Sok. Sunday, May 19, 6:00 - 7:30 EDT. 

“Jazz washes away the dust of everyday life.” ~Art Blakey


How To Burn A Rainbow by Karl Dunn

Book of the Day

Karl had it all. A husband, a home in the Los Angeles Hills, success. When his marriage ended suddenly, his perfect life and sense of self were shattered. While Ken's life was in a downward spiral, his divorce ignited a journey of self-discovery, taking him from LA to Berlin. This raw and unflinching memoir welcomes readers into the heart of Karl's transformative journey—burning the scripts written for him by both the gay and straight worlds, facing his deepest fears, and forging his path to self-love. From $9.99 SHOP NOW


Reclaiming Mni Sota by Colin Mustful

Literary Fiction and Poetry

Discover an alternate history that invites you to ponder how the past has shaped America's destiny. Hailed as "a painful, heart-wrenching, yet triumphant read" by author Lindsey S. Fera, this is a tale of two cultures clashing on the Minnesota frontier and the tragic consequences that ensue. Witness the unlikely friendship between Waabi, an Ojibwe, and Samuel, a white settler seeking a better life. Linda Ulleseit calls it "a wonderful novel that inspires contemplation about what could have happened and what did." 4.3 stars, 24 ratings. From $9.49 SHOP NOW


FREE - The Deletion by Steve Truitt

Science Fiction and Fantasy

The Mindset Chronicles, Book One. In a world where artificial intelligence has become an integral part of daily life, the sudden death of all AI sends society into a tailspin. Peter Eriksson has invented MindSet, which links the minds of those with the necessary implants and which Peter sees as the only hope for humanity post-AI. Bethany Okoyé, Peter's part-time lover/part-time rival, is leery, but the two must work together to address a threat that could endanger the very nature of reality itself. 4.6 stars, 36 ratings. FREE - SHOP NOW


Hawke by Emily Jane Trent

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

Navy SEAL Hawke Turner is in the protection business. Biotech researcher Emilia Draper is a close friend from his past. Emilia is on the verge of finding a cure to the rare disease that killed her sister and saving a dying girl, but a vicious enemy will kill to block Emilia from achieving her goal. Enter Hawke, who will risk everything for Emilia and to save a child's life. 4.3 stars, 1000+ ratings. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


'Possum Stew by David W. Thompson

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

This collection of short stories begins with the New Year and follows the seasons through all the major holidays. From dark tales inspired by ancient mythology to those flavored with cutting-edge technology, these stories are impossible to forget or put down. "A collection of spine-tingling, chilling short stories." ~Readers' Favorite. 4.5 stars, 18 ratings on Amazon. From $6.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


FREE - I Gave Up My Husband for Lent by Melissa J. Peters

Memoir and Creative Nonfiction

It’s Time to Make YOU Your Priority. Follow author Melissa J. Peters through codependent relationships, watch her transform, and learn from her lessons. Within these pages, Melissa will explain how she found hope by breaking her cycle of unhealthy relationships. Speak your truth. Take control of your life. And create fulfillment by believing in yourself and all of your capabilities. 5.0 stars, 24 ratings. FREE - SHOP NOW


FREE - The Road Spoke by K.R. Reinke

Memoir and Creative Nonfiction

New release! The Road Spoke: Trepidation and Tranquility on a Bicycle Odyssey offers readers an opportunity for reflection on how to live a more meaningful and fulfilling life, using the author's cross-country bicycle trip as a template. K. R. Reinke deftly weaves spiritual topics and the minutiae of traversing the country until the two are inseparable. Readers will take away a vision of a different way of living, one that can bring peace in the face of adversity. FREE - SHOP NOW


Provocative books on economic/political issues from David Kauders

Spotlight

Today, LitNuts is shining a spotlight on a trio of provocative books on political and economic issues from Cambridge-educated UK investment manager David Kauders: 

"Radical thinkers might have a point." ~Financial Times


Reinventing Democracy

Coming May 28, 2024
Hardcover: $30
Ebook: $5.99 (currently free at Barnes & Noble)

"Holds lessons for any nation grappling with democratic challenges." ~The London Economic

The UK economy has deteriorated and contributed to an overall British decline. The British system of political governance is a major cause.

To improve the outlook, Britain should adopt a federal structure with a written constitution and changes in how its citizens are represented. Reinventing Democracy provides a path forward, including a draft constitution.

Praise for Reinventing Democracy
“A powerful, persuasive, and timely wake-up call for transforming the UK into a federal state. A must-read.” ~Richard Moriarty,  The Sun

“A compelling and clear pathway out of Britain’s failing political morass towards a brighter, truly democratic future.” ~The European

“An important catalyst for discussion and a rallying cry for a more accountable and responsive political system.” ~The London Economic


The Financial System Limit

4.8 stars, 5 ratings
Hardcover: $24.04
Paperback: $15
Ebook: $5.99



Can the world really continue to stimulate its way out of every downturn? What happens to debt as central banks and governments buy prosperity?

In The Financial System Limit, the author puts forward three radical theories which show that Keynesian economics can no longer benefit society. He explains why debt cannot expand to infinity; then how debt interest is a cost to us all. The global economic cycle is now determined by central bank policies.

Read The Financial System Limit to understand why banks keep failing and to learn why financial and economic policies have to change. You will discover why debt reduction programs do not work and what will follow the recent inflation.


The Greatest Crash: Avoiding the Financial System Limit

Paperback: $17.41
Ebook: $5.99 (currently free at Barnes & Noble)



The Greatest Crash argues that the financial system which evolved from the early Italian bankers has now reached a roadblock. The weight of debt already created prevents further economic expansion, while paying down the fact that debt shrinks economies. To escape this trap, evolution is needed. But bureaucratic design, delegated government, and group think, all combine to prevent evolution.


Free online: Third Thursday Quick Read

Events

Free online: Third Thursday Quick Read. Sponsored by Strong Women, Strange Worlds, this reading series offers a "tasting menu" of science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories. Six authors will each have 8 minutes to tempt and tantalizing you with their reading. Thursday, May 16, 6 - 7 PM CDT. 

“Miracles surround us at every turn, if we but sharpen our perceptions to them.” ~Willa Cather


FREE - Elizabeth of Rosepath by Kelly River

Book of the Day

Elizabeth desires nothing more than a full purse, a warm hearth, and a house to call her own. Yet as events beyond her control push the kingdom toward war and social upheaval, her life becomes intertwined with those of a troubled young knight, a fallen noblewoman, and the rebellious son of a ruthless count. Set in a fictional medieval kingdom, The Book of Roses series follows the gripping saga of four young people searching for safety, love, and belonging in a world rife with injustice. Can a good heart still flourish in an age of darkness? 4.5 stars, 120 ratings. FREE - SHOP NOW


South of Sepharad by Eric Z. Weintraub

Literary Fiction and Poetry

Fleeing death by the Spanish Inquisition, a Jewish doctor makes an impossible choice between home and faith, then struggles to lead his family on a journey for a new life. "An epic, historical novel which brings readers directly into the lives of 15th century Jews during their expulsion from Granada, Spain." ~John W. Jarrett, author of The Dark Prairie. 4.7 stars, 28 ratings. From $9.49 SHOP NOW


The War Remains by Jason B. Baker

Literary Fiction and Poetry

In the shadow of a nation's rebirth, two brothers ride against the echoes of war. The War Remains is a tale of grit, brotherhood, and the quest for justice that fans of Ron Schwab, CJ Petit, and Robert Vaughan will love. Ride with the Barber Brothers as they confront the unforgiving wilderness of the American West and the turbulent tides of history that refuse to be tamed. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Call of the Falconer by David W. Thompson

Science Fiction and Fantasy

In a post-apocalyptic world, Jeremy comes of age even as the addict Morgan tries to reclaim his lost manhood...and his forgotten humanity. Jeremy's younger sister Alicia holds a teddy bear in her arms...and the heart of a lion beating in her chest. In the old world's rubble, an ancient legend inspires a new hero to rise, but will our intrepid trio survive until his emergence? "A dystopian novella for young and old alike." ~Twisted Quill Press. 4 stars, 21 ratings on Amazon. From $2.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


The Guilt Is Alive by Hemalatha Gnanasekar

Memoir and Creative Nonfiction

The oldest daughter who failed to weigh the cost of pleasing her much-loved father… The oldest son burdened with his father's expectations… The story of ego, pride, anger, revenge, guilt… In this powerful and raw memoir, Hemalatha Gnanasekar gives an unconventional and unique examination of her life in an impoverished Indian family and explores her family's fateful decision to send the oldest son to Jamaica to work. From $2.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


The Devil's Spies by K.C. Sivils

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

Cold War tensions run high for the residents in the divided city of Berlin. A terrifying change is coming as the building of the Berlin Wall will divide families, couples, and the city's residents. Making matters worse, Department XX/4 of the feared Stasi infiltrated one of the last remaining bastions of freedom in communist East Germany, the Church. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


New release: One Tuesday, Early - speculative fiction from Annalisa Crawford and Vine Leaves Press

Spotlight

Congratulations to Annalisa Crawford and Vine Leaves Press on the release of One Tuesday, Early, a work of speculative fiction that has been described as "both familiar and nightmarish." 

"An intriguing and haunting story about a woman, a man, and a decades-old mystery." ~Alison Moore, author of The Retreat


One Tuesday Early

NEW RELEASE: May 14, 2024
Genre: Speculative Fiction
Paperback: $17.99
Ebook: $5.99  



You’re on your own and you shouldn’t be. Your partner is missing. The streets are empty. Even the birds have disappeared. What do you do?

It’s 6:05am one Tuesday morning, and Lexi Peters is alone. Her partner, her friends, her neighbours have all vanished without a trace. The entire town is deserted. Gathering every ounce of courage, she sets out to explore the streets, seeking any sign of life. Her only companions are a coy black cat and a lurking fog that seems to follow her every step.

On the same morning, her partner Finn awakens to an empty house. Recalling the blazing argument they had the night before, he assumes Lexi has snuck off somewhere to cool down. But she doesn’t return.

Time passes. Or not. Lexi is stranded on that Tuesday morning, while Finn hurtles through the years at increasing speed.

Can Lexi and Finn be reunited, or is it already too late?

Praise for One Tuesday, Early
"A spooky and impossible situation that steals up on you until you’re questioning your own life choices." ~Roz Morris, author of Ever Rest

"From its beguiling opening to its heart-stopping conclusion, One Tuesday, Early gently leads us into a world both familiar and nightmarish. Eerie, atmospheric and immediately gripping, there's as much delight to be found in what's held back as there is in what's revealed." ~Charlie Carroll, author of The Lip


About the Author
Annalisa Crawford lives in beautiful Cornwall, in the UK, with a good supply of beaches and moorland right on her doorstep to keep her inspired. She writes dark contemporary fiction with a hint of paranormal. These are mostly character-driven stories dealing with the confusion, deceit, surprise and joys of life. She is fascinated by the things people hide from each other.

Over the years, Crawford has won several competitions, had many short stories published in small press journals and online. Highlights include winning 3rd prize in the Costa Short Story Award 2015, winning a Silver Medal in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards 2023, and being shortlisted for the Rubery Book Award 2023. She is the author of five short story and novella collections, and two novels, with plenty more to come. To learn more, visit annalisacrawford.com and get free short stories when you sign up for her newsletter.
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: Coffee and a Short Story at the NYPL

Events

Free online: Coffee and a Short Story. Hosted online by the New York Public Library, this series invites booklovers to join an online discussion of a selected short story. This week, the NYPL staff will discuss "A Report for an Academy" by Franz Kafka. Tuesday, May 14, 12-1 PM EDT. 

"We should not let our fears hold us back from pursuing our hopes." ~Franz Kafka