Today's Featured Books

Wild Animals are People Too by Mark Snyder Jr

Children and Young Adult

Wild Animals are People Too is a celebration of the wonderful animals that live in the wild. The book follows the squirrels, the pigeons, and the bears as they go about their lives and do their favorite things. Join the squirrels as they eat their favorite food, the pigeons as they perch high above the city, and the bears as they wade in their clean, sparkling rivers. We must always celebrate the sensitive beings that share our world! From $1.99 SHOP NOW

Spotlight on The Communion of Shadows by Gordon Bonnet


Congratulations to Gordon Bonnet and Motina Books on the release of The Communion of Shadows, a ghost story set in the bayou country of southern Louisiana.

"A set of compelling and atmospheric ghost stories with a real sense of place and time." ~Amazon Review 

The Communion of Shadows by Gordon Bonnet

NEW RELEASE: February 21, 2023
$0.99 Kindle edition (free via Kindle Unlimited)
$15.99 Paperback  

Sometimes the past refuses to die...

It's August of 1850, deep in the bayou country of southern Louisiana. Four good friends are working in the fields harvesting the crops when a sudden thunderstorm drives them all indoors. There's kind, warm-hearted J. P. Ayo; eager, earnest young T-Joe Lirette; wry, hard-bitten Clovis Dantin; and gentle, easy-going Leandre Naquin.

"Hell of a night," Leandre remarks, as they share a drink and wait for the storm to pass. "The kind of night when the ghosts walk."

This seemingly offhand comment is the impetus for each of the four men to share his own ghost story. The tales the men tell—by turns tragic, funny, frightening, and heartbreaking—give them a window into their friends' souls. When one of them confesses that his own personal ghost story isn't over, that he's still trapped in the middle of it, the events that follow will test the depth of their loyalty and friendship in ways that none of them could ever have dreamed.

What is certain is that after that night, none of the four will ever be the same.

About the Author

Since his "Crazy Bird Bends His Beak" won critical acclaim in Mrs. Moore’s 1st-grade class at Central Elementary School in St. Albans, West Virginia, Gordon Bonnet hasn’t stopped writing. He just can’t.

Twenty-two books later and he’s just warming up.

Queer speculative fiction, a wildly popular, often-sarcastic but always educational daily blog Skeptophilia, and a bevy of psychic detectives solving mysteries—Gordon wields his useless knowledge of archaic languages and obscure science facts to cut at the very heart of dumb.

Find him conversing with his dogs in Trumansburg, NY, or on:
His website
Skeptophilia blog

Free online event with bestselling British author Jessie Keane


Free online lit event: Join bestselling author Jessie Keane to celebrate her latest gangland thriller, Never Go Back. Learn about the inspiration behind her many popular novels, including encounters with shady characters in London's East End and Soho. Presented by Cambridgeshire Libraries. Thursday, February 23, 19:00 GMT (1 p.m. CST). 

"The truth, however ugly in itself, is always curious and beautiful to seekers after it." ~Agatha Christie

Blue Midnight by Tess Thompson


When Blythe left Finn thirteen years ago, she chose safety and security over true love. Little did she know how unfulfilled she’d be. Now, after betrayal, Blythe begins anewnear Peregrine, where memories of the only man who ever weakened her knees will lead herand show that sometimes the road not taken is the path that is meant to be. Book 1 in the Blue Mountain Series. 4.5 stars, 6000+ ratings. Free via Kindle Unlimited. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

Second Chance by Michael Roberts

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Jack Reacher meets The Patriot in this exhilarating time travel alternate history series! The American Colonists lost the Revolutionary War, but in the 21st Century, a wealthy American entrepreneur and a former police offer find a way to travel back in time to help the colonists defeat the English. Book 1 in the series. If you like American history, time travel, and alternate history fiction, then you’ll love this series. 4.5 stars, 500+ ratings. Free via Kindle Unlimited. From $1.99 SHOP NOW

FREE - Echoes by A.M. Caplan

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

She saw him die before her eyes. When he returns to life, he may get her killed. Hannah thinks she’s losing her mind. After hitting and killing a man with her car, his body and blood vanish without a trace. She later learns he’s part of an ancient race of immortals. But so is his deranged sister, and she murders every person who learns his secret. And though Hannah is as tough and resourceful as they come, how can she hope to stop a psychopath who cannot die? Book 1 in the Echoes Trilogy. 4.4 stars, 500+ ratings. FREE - SHOP NOW

Flames of a Falling God by Searby Gray

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Ancient gods in Baltimore City? Okay. Animal mutations? Yup. Her son in danger? NO WAY. Rachel Deneuve has protected 11-year-old Adam during his treatment for cancer. She certainly isn't going to let a two-headed moose, a whiny god, or a dragon goddess hurt him now. Rachel will sacrifice everything for her son's safetyeven her own freedom. Free via Kindle Unlimited. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

FREE - Restarting Your Life When You Are No Longer A Wife by Diane Burroughs

General Nonfiction

This is not another book about the shock of being left. It’s a book about getting over it. When she was 50 years old, Diane Burroughs’s husband left her for a younger woman. Diane went through the same sad realizations you always hear about—the anniversaries, the photo albums, the post-divorce blues—but amidst all the tears and anger, she discovered her way to a new life. This funny, inspirational guide will help divorced women over 50 restart their lives and find happiness with or without romance. 4.6 stars, 40 ratings. FREE - SHOP NOW

We Are Alpha Dogs by Doug Bowers

General Nonfiction

On the surface, this is a tale about seven lovable dogs. But embedded in the tale are the principles of communication styles and personality types that affect how teams work together. At its heart, We Are Alpha Dogs: How Seven Dogs Become Business Legends is filled with insights about why some people work well together, some struggle, and some find the way to bring teams together to accomplish incredible missions together. 4.8 stars, 43 ratings. Free via Kindle Unlimited. From $7.27 SHOP NOW

Spotlight on NBA All-Time Greats Vol 2 from Press Box Books


Today, LitNuts is shining a spotlight on the NBA All-Time Greats, Set 2, from Press Box Books — perfect for young sports fans ages 7-10.
Tip: Get 30% off books from North Star Editions (including Press Box Books) when you order direct from the publisher. Just use coupon code LitNuts30 at checkout. 

NBA All-Time Greats, Set 2

$228 Set of Eight Hardcover
$71.60 Set of Eight Paperback
From $7.49 each (For individual books, click on the book covers, below.)

From the pioneers of the 1950s to the global superstars of today, the NBA has always been home to supremely talented players. Get to know the best of the best from your favorite teams through the years. This compelling series is sure to hook readers from the start. The NBA All-Time Greats series is written for children ages 7-10. 

The eight books in NBA All-Time Greats, Set 2, include books about the Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns, and Utah Jazz. 

Also available: NBA All-Time Greats, Set 1, which includes books about the Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trailblazers, San Antonio Spurs, and Toronto Raptors. 

Coming soon: NBA All-Time Greats, Set 3, which will cover the Charlotte Hornets, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, Memphis Grizzlies, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlando Magic, Sacramento Kings, and Washington Wizards.


Spotlight on I'm Never Fine by Joseph Lezza


Congratulations to Joseph Lezza and Vine Leaves Press on the release of I'm Never Fine, "a beautiful tribute, full of raw and honest humanity, that makes the reader feel a little less alone.” ~Stephanie Wittels Wachs, author of Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful.

I'm Never Fine by Joseph Lezza

NEW RELEASE: February 21, 2023
From $6.49  

In I'm Never Fine, a collage memoir of essays and poetry, Joseph Lezza shouts in the dark from the backseat of a stranger’s car, a ditch on the Italian coast, a forest outside the arctic, and from the bottom of a shaving cream can.

When Joseph caught himself wishing necrotizing skin infections upon unhurried retirees in the self-checkout lane, and fantasized about loud-talking commuters making quick friends with the underside of a steamroller, he began to wonder if he was fine.

Of all the things Joseph Lezza could have been, he certainly wasn't fine.

The “fine” he’d adopted watching his father succumb to cancer was beginning to wane. It could no longer be used as a shield to melt the face off of anyone who dared inquire. All the “fines” prophesized in every article, every book, and every inspirational meme—courtesy of every armchair expert with a pulse and internet connection—had lost their value.

When Joseph realized he was facing a future that would find him standing over the carcass of an overzealous Costco greeter, one thing became clear: moving on required looking back.

This memoir is an autopsy of perceived missteps, a conclusion to unfinished conversations, and a reframing of flawed judgments through the eyes of a young man in search of a feeling. Search for that feeling with Joseph Lezza in I'm Never Fine.

Praise for I'm Never Fine

“Lezza’s debut memoir is a riot...a tender, hysterical, sharply-rendered and often surprising portrait of love and grief from a talented new voice. Joseph Lezza is a writer to watch.” ~Edgar Gomez, author of High Risk Homosexual

“A standout piece of work. This is tough and true and so well considered. A magnificent achievement.” ~Russell T. Davies, award-winning writer and creator of Queer as Folk and Doctor Who

“Adeptly managing to weave humor and banality into nearly every page, the reader is immersed into a world that feels so familiar...a beautiful tribute, full of raw and honest humanity, that makes the reader feel a little less alone.” ~Stephanie Wittels Wachs, author of Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful: A Tragicomic Memoir of Genius, Heroin, Love and Loss

“A deft blend of tragedy and comedy, these striking lyric essays are essential reading.” ~Rolli, award-winning cartoonist and author of Plumstuff

About the Author

Joseph Lezza is a writer in New York, NY. He is a graduate of Rutgers University and received his MFA from The University of Texas at El Paso. Between degrees, he spent several years as a character in one of the longest-running stories ever told, skippering the rivers of the Jungle Cruise or off-roading truckloads of tourists across the most realistic African savannahs $170-a-day could buy. His work in television has been seen on such networks as VH1, Lifetime, and NBC. His writing has been featured in, among others, Santa Fe Writers Project, West Trade Review, Stoneboat Literary Journal, Still: The Journal, and his essay for The Hopper was a 2020 nominee for the Best of the Net anthology. When he’s not writing, he spends his time worrying about why he’s not writing. Visit Joseph at You can also find him on the socials @lezzdoothis.
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

Free online tonight: Celebrate Presidents Day with Rogue Reads!


It's Presidents Day in the United States, a national holiday. And what better way to celebrate than with Rogue Reads, a free online literary event? Authors Deborah Crombie, Sean Doolittle, Carlene O’Connor, and E. A. Aymar will read from their brand-new mysteries, answer questions, and divulge their writing secrets. Monday, February 20, 7 p.m. EST.

"Don't join the book burners. Don't be afraid to go in your library and read every book." ~Dwight Eisenhower

FREE - Time's Plague by C. David Belt

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Llyrica sent Edgar to Hell: Hades Penal Colony on the forbidden moon Callisto. Now Edgar must escape to save her. The year is 2175, and interplanetary freighter captain Edgar Kent Cordell has been sentenced to life imprisonment for a murder he didn't commit. He was framed by his best friend and business partner, Edmund Reagan, his ex-wife, Llyrica, and Edgar's cargomaster, Georgie "Goner" Cornwall. No ship ever lands on Callisto...that is, until a shuttle crash-lands. There is only one survivor - Llyrica. Edgar must find a way to protect Llyrica from the other men, get her off-world, and escape from Hades. FREE - SHOP NOW

FREE - Ripped Off! by Gilbert Simon

General Nonfiction

Your share of your health insurance premium and the amount you are paying for your yearly deductible, co-pays, and prescriptions are soaring. What can you do to avoid unnecessary costs and encourage American healthcare reform? Ripped Off!: Overtested, Overtreated and Overcharged, the American Healthcare Mess is your guide to better understanding the problems of the American healthcare system—and what you can do for yourself and how to help enact change. 4.5 stars, 39 ratings. FREE - SHOP NOW

The Sawtooth Job by Vince Milam

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

“At the top of the heap of thriller/action genre authors.” The stakes couldn’t be higher. A mysterious discovery that changes the global balance of power. Two scientists become the world’s hottest commodity–one is captured, the other on the run. Enter Case Lee, with lethal spy agencies in hot pursuit. They quickly discover they’re messing with the wrong guy. “Easily ranks up there with Lee Child and Vince Flynn.” 4.6 stars, 2500+ ratings. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

The Little Woods by A.G. Mock

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

"Scariest book I've read since The Exorcist." A group of boyhood friends in 1977. An annual rite of passage. The channeling of a malevolent Presence. And a childhood game about to go terribly, terribly wrong... Amazon Charts International #1 Occult Bestseller; Winner: Best Occult Horror & Best Supernatural Horror, American Fiction Awards 2022; Bram Stoker Awards Reading List 2021. "Nothing scares me…but this did." 4.3 stars, 1400+ ratings. From $1.99 SHOP NOW

The Art Of Self-Learning by Thinknetic

General Nonfiction

Tried-And-True Self-Learning Techniques To Expand Your Horizons. What do people who easily pick up one skill after another know that you don’t? Is there any way the average person can catch up? Prodigies make up a small percentage of the population. Being naturally gifted is only part of the story. This book will teach you the rest. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

Dr. Trouble by Jenna Gunn


I didn't expect to fall for the patient that had murder in her eyes. She didn't expect to need to trust me. Neither of us was ready for the lightning that set our world on fire. A chance at a future with her is worth any risk I have to take. Because one gunshot is all it took to intertwine our lives forever. She might have taken the bullet, but I took one straight to the heart. Dr. Trouble is a steamy military, medical, suspense romance with explosive heat, exciting action, plot twists, and a big HEA. A standalone novel in the Agile Security & Rescue series. 4.6 stars, 400+ ratings. From $2.99 SHOP NOW

Royal Daddy by K.C. Crowne


A full-length standalone age-gap romance from the Silver Fox series. Luc is the closest friend of Ava’s father, and he has vowed to tame his friend’s estranged daughter. Ava has always been attracted to older men, but this one has all the warmth of an ice cube. Luc's mission: Train Ava to be a proper princess. But the harder Luc tries to turn Ava into a future queen, the more she has a need to kneel before him. And now, according to the test in her hand, Luc is the father of her baby. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

The Night Owl by Bob R Creel

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

The Night Owl begins with an empty grave. The main character, both an author and detective, forms a team to solve this mystery and more. This story entails vengeance, crime, murder, and mystery. From $7.99 SHOP NOW

FREE - Building Your First Website by John Rhea

General Nonfiction

Ever think you could enjoy learning code? Forget those insomnia cures and non-apocalypse-ending books. Building Your First Website (While You Thwack Zombies with HTML and CSS) makes learning HTML and CSS fun, plus you get to put the smackdown on the undead hordes. It has all the content and direction you need to build that first website, plus enough silly jokes and zombie slaying to keep you interested the whole time. Grab this book and stop the Apocalypse today! FREE - SHOP NOW

Beth Gibbs Book Giveaway: Win signed copies + $25 gift card!


Today, LitNuts is announcing a new giveaway and shining a spotlight on the work of author Beth Gibbs.

Beth has more than 20 years of experience teaching and mentoring yoga students, teachers, and therapists from all over the world to implement the five-layer model of self-awareness in their professional work and personal practice. Read on to learn more about her books (including a new release coming February 28) and her work, but first...

Be sure to enter the Beth Gibbs Book Giveaway for a chance to win books signed by the author and a $25 coffee shop gift card. Enter by March 4, 2023. 

Enlighten Up!: Finding Clarity, Contentment and Resilience in a Complicated World

From $3.99
4.8 stars on Amazon

Want to find more clarity, contentment, and resilience in this complicated world we all live in?

Cultivating self-awareness on a practical everyday down-to-earth level is the first step. When we lack self-awareness, it gets in the way of navigating life’s ups and downs.

Enlighten Up! presents a contemporary view of the five layers of self-awareness based on a 3,000-year-old model that provides a broader foundation for self-exploration than the more well-known mind/body model. 

Author Beth Gibbs uses humor and stories to teach you to recognize the influence these five layers have on your life.
  • Your physical body and environment.
  • Your breath and energy, which makes up your life force.
  • Your thoughts, beliefs, and emotions.
  • Your intuition, which acts with compassionate, nonjudgmental wisdom.
  • Your connection to something larger than yourself.
Learn how to apply this model of self-awareness to your own life through the tips and simple yoga practices shared in this book.

"A fun, interesting, engaging read." ~Goodreads Reviewer

"Great book on using self-awareness to build a balanced life." ~Amazon Reviewer

Soul Food: Life-Affirming Stories Served with Side Dishes and Just Desserts

From $4.99
New release coming February 28!

In these heartwarming and uplifting tales that celebrate the human spirit, we’re offered a glimpse into the lives of a diverse group of characters as they search for clarity, contentment, and resilience in a complicated world. From dealing with heartbreak and loss to fighting for their dreams and standing up for themselves, we see them face their struggles with humor, self-reflection, and tenacity.

This standalone companion to Beth Gibbs’s Enlighten Up! expands the ideas from Enlighten Up! in fictional and often humorous ways, as stories, laughter, and entertainment are nonthreatening ways to learn new skills. Great for light reading, self-reflection, and book clubs. Discussion questions included!

"Written with heart, thought, and wit that will make you think, laugh, and learn; a delightful read." ~Nancy Slonim Aronie, Writing from the Heart

Coming soon! Check your inbox on February 28 for news from LitNuts about purchasing Soul Food in additional formats and from additional book retailers. 

About the Author

Beth Gibbs holds a master’s degree in yoga therapy and mind/body health from Lesley University and is certified as a yoga therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She is a member of the faculty at the Kripalu School of Integrative Yoga Therapy and is guest faculty at The Graduate Institute.

Beth established The Garnett Gibbs Family Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving in memory of her parents. The purpose of the fund is to support yoga and other healthy living programs in the greater Hartford, CT, region for at-risk populations and people of all ages, especially programs for children in public schools and community settings. Her published writing includes newsletters, magazines, and blog articles on the benefits of yoga, mindfulness, and self-awareness. Learn more about Beth and her work at

Interested in having Beth speak to your group or in interviewing her for your following? Contact her via Emerald Lake Books.

About the Publisher

Emerald Lake Books is a boutique publisher that offers a personalized publishing service to its authors. Every book published by Emerald Lake Books is carefully edited with the author’s message and the reader’s enjoyment in mind. Learn more and browse their catalogue at the Emerald Lake Books website

Random Acts of Kindness + Two Giveaways for $250 in Prizes!


Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day, an occasion intended to help make kindness the norm at school, home, and work. Here are 50 fun ideas for sharing kindness.

We would also like to "kindly" remind you to get in on two great giveaways:

"Kindness extended, received, or observed beneficially impacts the physical health and feelings of everyone involved." ~Dr. Wayne Dyer

The Best is Yet to Come by Tara Alemany

General Nonfiction

After twelve years of living alone as a single parent, Tara hadn’t expected to find love again. So when Frank unexpectedly came into her life, he turned her world upside down. Four months later, his unexpected death brought it to a crashing halt. Join Tara on her journey as she shares the story of their time together and, more importantly, the lessons she learned as she rode waves of unanticipated love and grief to ultimately come to the strongest place she’d ever been in her life. 4.4 stars, 47 ratings. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

The Broken Bridge by Iris March

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

"Great cast of characters and two of my favorite hobbies – running and gardening. This mystery makes me want to explore the trails in Ohio, while also providing great tips for my garden." -Amazon review. An abandoned backpack. A damaged walking stick. A broken bridge. What happened on the Buckeye Trail? This charming cozy mystery is set at a garden center with the Buckeye Trail running behind it. When a hiker goes missing, the garden center manager gets involved. 4.4 stars, 56 ratings. From $3.99 SHOP NOW