Today's Featured Books

Earthrise - Super Box Set (Book 1-6) by Daniel Arenson

Science Fiction and Fantasy

They came from deep space. They came to destroy us. We will fight back! From a USA Today bestselling author, The Earthrise Super Box Set delivers 2,000+ pages of epic science fiction. With hundreds of thousands of copies sold, Earthrise has captivated readers around the world. This bundle includes the first six novels of this bestselling series. If you loved Ender's Game and Starship Troopers, you'll love Earthrise. 4.3 stars, 1800+ ratings. From $0.99 (Free via Kindle Unlimited) SHOP NOW

FREE - Families First by Lance K Ewing

Science Fiction and Fantasy

A Post-Apocalyptic Next-World Series, Volume 1. Families forced from their homes travel 800 miles from Texas to the Colorado Rockies. An EMP demolishes the US power grid. Everything changes: power, greed, love, death, hope, and survival. The Stand meets The Road. Character-driven with hope and grit. "Another solid read. Lance K Ewing has created a series suitable for the movie industry! By the end of each book, I am ready for the next one." -C. D. Kaiser. 4.4 stars, 379 ratings. FREE - SHOP NOW / 

This Day is Ours by Gretchen Jeannette


An Epic Tale of Romance and Revolution. As the flames of rebellion spread across a divided land, families and friends must choose between loyalty to the British Crown or their fledgling country. In grand old Philadelphia, a young Loyalist widow finds herself torn by her bond with a red-blooded rebel activist and her pledge to marry a blue-blooded king’s man. Soon all will be tested on the battlefield. Set against the fierce struggle for American independence, this is a story that threads the ferocity of war and the price of loyalty with a love forged in the fire of revolution. 4.6 stars, 46 ratings. From $0.99 (Free via Kindle Unlimited) SHOP NOW

FREE - Secrets by Aleatha Romig


"Wow! Just Wow! I'm at a loss for words. I couldn't put this book down." - Reader review. Sterling Sparrow has waited nearly two decades to claim his queen, the woman born to rule beside him. His wait is over. Lured back to the city she'd been warned to never return, Kennedy is offered something she never knew existed: knowledge about herself. Will she listen to a decades-old wise tale or will she learn her own secrets? Book 1 in the Web of Sin series. 4.4 stars, 2700+ ratings. FREE - SHOP NOW

The Secrets We Hold by Maci Dillon and Kathleen Kelly


From USA Today best-selling authors Maci Dillon and Kathleen Kelly comes this romantic, suspenseful, thriller: When my girlfriend disappears, I become the prime suspect in a murder investigation. Despite clearing my name, I’ll only ever be one thing to the people of Silverbell Shore. Years later when her body is discovered, I return home with a plan to hunt down the killer. That is until I fall into bed with my high school sweetheart. But what is she hiding? As the truth unravels and secrets unfold, betrayal threatens to destroy us all. But I trained for this. Justice will be served. From $3.99 (Free via Kindle Unlimited) SHOP NOW

The White Knight Cowboy by Stacy-Deanne


Is this widower cowboy prepared for the feelings stirred up by this much-younger feisty maid running from the law? When 40-year-old cowboy Dusty returns to his ranch in small-town Clear Creek County, he is shocked to find 19-year-old, beautiful Lovely Jo, a Black servant, hiding in his stables. She explains that she ran off after finding the master of her household dead. She swears she’s innocent, but needing money to save his ranch, Dusty tries to take her to the Sheriff to claim the bounty for her return. From $0.99 (Free via Kindle Unlimited) SHOP NOW / 

Spotlight on Home is a Made-Up Place by Ronit Plank


Congratulations to Ronit Plank and Motina Books on the release of Home is a Made-Up Place, a collection of award-winning short stories.

“A poignant and melancholy collection of stories about the constant search for a place to belong.” ~Kirkus Reviews

Home is a Made-Up Place

NEW RELEASE: February 28, 2023
$0.99 E-book
$11.99 Paperback  

Winner of the Eludia Award for Short Fiction from Hidden River Arts, Home is a Made-Up Place invites readers into the lives of people grappling with emotional injuries and confronting the past to become who they wish to be.

Set in NYC, New England, the Southwest, and rural Alaska, a single mother fights to protect her son, a daughter tries to forget her missing mother, a couple struggles to keep a marriage together and their children safe, and a family must face the truth about their father.

Bracing and intimate, Home is a Made-Up Place is a collection of stories about fighting for personal power, recognizing the difference between what can and cannot be changed, and the pull of familial attachments despite the toll they might take.

Praise for Home is a Made-Up Place

"Expertly plumbs the complicated and surprising depths of motherhood and daughterhood while introducing characters who thrill and linger. A tender and exacting debut from an exciting new voice." ~Marie-Helene Bertino, author of Parakeet
"A lucid and compassionate collection by a writer to watch." ~Cate Kennedy, author of Like a House on Fire

"Every reader will be able to connect with the feelings of loneliness, betrayal, anxiety, and hostility that recur throughout these works." ~Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Ronit Plank is a Seattle-based writer, teacher, and editor whose work has been featured in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Writer’s Digest, The Rumpus, American Literary Review, Hippocampus, The Iowa Review, and elsewhere. Her memoir, When She Comes Back, about the loss of her mother to the guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and their eventual reconciliation, was named a 2021 Best True Crime Book by Book Riot and was a Finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards, the Housatonic Book Awards, and the Book of the Year Awards.

Ronit's fiction and creative nonfiction have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes, the Best of the Net, and the Best Microfiction Anthology. Her weekly podcast, Let’s Talk Memoir, features interviews with memoirists about craft, the creative process, and the writing life, and is available on Apple, Spotify, and at

In the Seattle, New York, or Connecticut areas? Catch Ronit at one of these events.

Free online: Women Filmmakers Festival at the Smithsonian American Art Museum


Free online: Women Filmmakers Festival at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Virtual screenings and conversation with artist and filmmaker Alison O’Daniel (including her Sundance Film Festival feature, The Tuba Thieves) on March 1 at 5:30 p.m. EST, and with filmmaker Vivienne Dick on March 8 at 5:30 p.m. EST. 

"There's this understanding that there are these rules about how you make films. I do not believe in rules for films at all." ~Alison O'Daniel

The Mad Ramblings of a Joker by Brandon Dillon

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

A collection of brutally honest poetry, full of metaphor and vibrant imagery. Brandon Dillon is an award-winning poet who writes from the soul about his life as a child born into poverty, his travels around the world as a U.S. Marine, love won and love lost, and the trauma that life brings. His work covers topics such as PTSD, depression, and heartbreak, and softer moments of hope and reflective peace. "Dillon's voice is honest and resonates with others who have experienced trauma, loss or PTSD." ~Andreana Binder, Writespace. 4.9 stars, 71 ratings. From $3.99 SHOP NOW

Magic Casements by Pamela Sherwood

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Two magical beings find themselves on the brink of an unlikely romance. A mysterious knight challenges all comers in a tournament. A fairy godmother and an imp clash over the fate of a certain cinder-maid. A magic stove sees and hears more than most appliances. A princess sets an unusual challenge for her many suitors. In Magic Casements: Tales from Elsewhere, Pamela Sherwood draws upon classic fairy tales, legends, and myths in this captivating new collection that opens twelve windows to the realms of fantasy and all the wonders they hold. "Recommend(ed) to any adult or older teen lover of fairy tales or short stories." -Net Galley (5 stars). From $3.99 SHOP NOW

The Dying Party by Jeff R. Kelland

Science Fiction and Fantasy

The Dying Party asks, "What happens when they tell us it's too late to stop climate change?" Late in the 2040s, Lizzie and Donnie are two of only six people left alive in a residential complex that had been built into the side of Newfoundland’s Gros Morne mountain, now the only piece of habitable land left above water in all of what was once eastern Canada. The Dying Party explores in fascinating detail what having to accept such a fate would mean, and what it would look like on a global scale, locally, and from various personal perspectives. From $2.99 SHOP NOW

The Good Lord Willing and the Creek Don't Rise by Robert W. Norris

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Pentimento Memories of Mom and Me. "An emotionally powerful memoir that spans nearly a century and several continents. You come away from this book with gratitude to the author for having written it and respect for a life well lived." Robert Whiting, author. Norris’s remarkable story is a tale of love and family that interweaves his life with that of his equally remarkable mother. "A true joy to read." -Manhattan Book Review. “Divulges generational stories worth hearing about and world views worth considering." -The Bookmonger. From $2.99 SHOP NOW

A Fisherman's Dream by Arthinkal

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Aryan is a young Indian fisherman from a small coastal village who dreams of becoming an artist one day. Fate gives him a chance to achieve his dream when he moves to Mumbai in the hope of becoming a successful artist. This is a coming-of-age story about perseverance, survival, and self-discovery as it explores the people and culture of modern-day India. Book 1 in The Aryan Series. From $2.99 (Free via Kindle Unlimited) SHOP NOW

Bark On by Mason Boyles

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

A literary crime novel about found family and compulsion through the eyes of triathletes, Mason Boyles’ Bark On never fails to surprise with innovative diction, original voices, and a thrilling narrative. "A novel squarely and worthily in the tradition of such high-style masters of Southern vernacular as Barry Hannah and Cormac McCarthy. An outstanding and even breathtaking debut." -Mark Winegardner, The Godfather's ReturnFrom $19.99 SHOP NOW

Fire by A.L. Long


What the hell was I thinking? Getting involved with a woman was a bad idea. But Kenzi Horton had my attention from the day I met her. I couldn’t take my eyes off her. Her spit-fire personality drew me in, and there was no way I could pull back and get the hell away from her. My life was too complicated to bring another person inside. If Kenzi found out who Axel Layton Riley really was, she would run for the hills. The shit-storm I left behind was about to hit. I thought for sure I buried that life for good. Boy, was I wrong! Book 1 in the Sinful Desires series. From $0.99 (Free via Kindle Unlimited) SHOP NOW

Billionaire Bossmen Box Set by Jessi Jade


"Jessi Jade turns on all the heat with this!" -Amazon review. Get ready for three hot billionaire bossmen in one sizzling box set! These three steamy stories are guaranteed to melt your heart…and your kindle. If you’re into being kept up late at night turning pages filled with off-limits, best-friend romances, including enemies-to-lovers, single dad, surprise pregnancies, and more, then look no further! Your next swoon-worthy, happily-ever-after is one click away! "I just couldn't put it down. This ebook was absolutely outstanding!" -Amazon review. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

Celebrity Word Scramble Famous Names by Bill Maier

General Nonfiction

The Celebrity Word Scramble Music Edition is a word puzzle game based on the concept of an anagram. Each puzzle page has several five- or six-letter words, and circled letters in each word help you form a music celebrity's name. Apart from the selected letters, the puzzle also provides details regarding the celebrity's biography and a few examples of their most popular songs. Celebrity Word Scramble is intended to interest a wide scope of puzzle lovers with puzzle books on sports, entertainment, history, and literature. From $12 SHOP NOW

New Release: Soul Food by Beth Gibbs


Life-Affirming Stories Served with Side Dishes and Just Desserts 
Congratulations to author Beth Gibbs and to Emerald Lake Books on the release of Soul Food: Life-Affirming Stories Served with Side Dishes and Just Desserts. Read on to learn more about this enlightening and inspiring book. 

Also, don't forget to enter the Beth Gibbs Book Giveaway for a chance to win books signed by Beth and a $25 coffee shop gift card. Winners will be selected on March 4!  

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

New Release: February 28
From $2.99 (Free via Kindle Unlimited)

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.

But Soul Food is more than just a collection of inspiring, interconnected stories. It's a celebration of the human experience and the rich tapestry of emotions that make us who we are. Through the diverse range of characters and themes, we are reminded of the many ways in which we can find meaning and fulfillment in our lives, despite the challenges we face.

Like a good Sunday brunch, composed of complementary foods from appetizers to dessert, the stories in Soul Food are colorful, homey, and easily digested. They are sure to nourish your body, mind, and spirit, and leave you feeling satisfied and fulfilled. Don't miss out on this delicious feast for the senses.

This standalone companion to Beth Gibbs’s Enlighten Up! (see below) 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

"A delightful collection of stories, chock full of humor, each one infused with a salient essence of truth." ~Phyllis A. Blackstone, My Storied Life

"Like sharing a delicious meal with old friends." ~Carla Dean, President, Journey Writers, Inc.

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. 

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 newsletter, magazine, 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

Free online tonight: What's New in Historical Fiction


Free online tonight: What's New in Historical Fiction. Join this regular panel series featuring historical novelists with new and upcoming titles. Tonight's line-up includes Janie Chang, author of The Porcelain Moon; Ciera Horton McElroy, author of Atomic Family; Heinz Insu Fenkl, author of Skull Water; and Dora Levy Mossanen, author of Love and War in the Jewish Quarter. Moderated by History Through Fiction editor Colin Mustful. February 27, 7 p.m. CST.

“History is not the past but a map of the past, drawn from a particular point of view, to be useful to the modern traveller.” ~Henry Glassie

FREE - The Peace at Knife’s Edge by James Pina

Science Fiction and Fantasy

A story with high-stakes adventure fantasy at an unrelenting pace. Having killed an emissary from the Eastern Council in a bout of drunken violence, Torik realizes he has made his last mistake. Awaiting the cruel delights of the torturer’s imagination, he is offered a narrow escape. However, it will be one with dire consequences. He can never return to his life as he knew it before. With his small party, Torik enters a world of danger and conspiracy to face the strange magic and horrors of a reawakened world. FREE - SHOP NOW

Lord, I Don't Want to Die a Christian by Chandrika D. Phea

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

After living in China as a Christian missionary and hosting a two-year Bible study for seven curious Chinese freshman college students, I returned to the practice of Western religion with a newfound curiosity. Born into a devoutly religious family, the daughter, niece, and grandchild of Christian clergy, degreed in Biblical Studies, and ordained as a reverend of the faith, I now had questions of the religion that raised and readied me. These questions can be summed up as "Christianity or curiosity?" 4.9 stars, 28 ratings. From $6.49 SHOP NOW

Diego the Smelly Dog by A.G. Russo

Children and Young Adult

Ava is a feisty little girl who loves dogs and likes bandaids. One day a large, old dog follows Ava and Gramps home. Ava's mom won't let her have a pet so she can't keep him. But she does name him Diego. He is smelly. They take him to the rescue shelter the next day but Ava and Gramps visit him there every week. Who will give Diego a home? A heartwarming adoption story of unconditional love. 4.8 stars, 20 ratings. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

North Star Kids

Children and Young Adult

North Star Kids is a series of nonfiction books that fuel young readers’ passion for the topics they love the most. Each book includes bite-sized text sections and bold, engaging photos that make these all-encompassing resources a must-have for any young reader. Titles in the series include The Genius Kid's Guide to...Mythical Creatures, Dogs, Cats, Sharks, The Olympics, Pro Baseball, Pro Football, and Pro Basketball. Get 30% off when you order direct from the publisher with coupon code LitNuts30. $14.99 each - SHOP NOW / 

Discover Great Self-Help Books in the Help Yourself Giveaway!


Today marks the launch of the Help Yourself Giveaway, brought to you by the authors and publishers of the great self-help books shown below.

Enrich your life with books about leadership, self-esteem, spirituality, health, marriage, parenting, travel, and more. Then follow the authors and publishers of these helpful books for a chance to win $75 in books!

Optimize Your Immune System by Marie Ruggles
Genre: Immunology, Immune Systems, Nutrition
4.7 stars, 120 ratings
From $3.99

In Optimize Your Immune System: Create Health and Resilience with a Kitchen Pharmacy, you'll learn how to build a kitchen pharmacy of whole foods, superfoods, and nutrients to provide a stable foundation for your health. Marie Ruggles, MS, RD, CN, CDE, draws upon more than forty years of experience within the wellness arena to make specific recommendations for how to fortify and stimulate your body’s natural defenses. Follow this immune-boosting roadmap to a healthier diet, making you less prone to viral infections and more resilient after an illness.

"An insightful and engaging book about wellness." ~Readers Favorite 5-Star Review

"A clear, actionable guide that delivers practical food-as-medicine and lifestyle strategies to bolster your immune defense." ~Kathie Swift, author of The Swift Diet

Bigger Better Braver by Nancy Pickard
Genre: Self-Esteem
4.7 stars, 54 ratings
From $7.99

Bigger Better Braver: Conquer Your Fears, Embrace Your Courage, and Transform Your Life is a proven, step-by-step guide for uncovering and putting into action the vision we each have in our hearts to live the life we are meant to lead. Provided with clarity and enhanced with inspirational client and personal stories, the book is a journey in itself, as Nancy lays out time-tested tools to identify, face, and overcome shadow beliefs from childhood that hold us back, get free of the limits of our comfort zone, come to terms with and cultivate fear as a driving force for change, and discover the courage we already have to take bold steps into the future.

Foreword Reviews Winner. Chanticleer 1st Place and Finalist. International Book Awards Winner and Finalist.

"A warmly written…pep talk for living your 'big' life now." ~Kirkus Reviews

"A self-help companion designed to unearth hope and help it to grow." ~Foreword Reviews

Welcome to the Zipper Club by Bruce Ballister
Genre: Cardiology, Heart Disease
4.5 stars, 32 ratings
From $4.99

Are you or a loved one facing cardiac surgery? There’s nothing more frightening than when your heart isn’t functioning the way it’s supposed to—except possibly when the heart of someone you love is in trouble. It's natural to want information before surgery, but much of what is on medical websites is incomprehensible jargon.

Whether you’re preparing for heart surgery yourself or you’ll be supporting someone else, Welcome to the Zipper Club: Surviving Heart Surgery and Beyond will explain what to expect and how to survive beyond the surgery, including:
  • What to expect as you prepare for your surgery.
  • How it feels to have had your chest cracked open.
  • Why a support team is so important for your recovery.
  • How to transition back home as smoothly as possible.
  • And most importantly, what you need to do to avoid a repeat performance.
"Great support to anyone preparing for heart surgery." ~Ian Day, co-author of Challenging Coaching

The Marriage Experience by Ryan and Jenny Brown
Genre: Christian Counseling, Christian Dating & Relationships
5 Stars

The Marriage Experience: Weekly Conversation Starters to Build the Relationship You Desire is 52 weeks of guided prompts with a short, biblically-based readings each week, designed to help couples have intentional, affirming, strengthening conversations with each other.

Designed to be an easy way to stay connected with each other even in the busiest years of life, The Marriage Experience can be repeated year after year. The prompts and readings will easily apply to each new season of life. Couples will find that their conversations will grow deeper and deeper as the years go by.

"An absolute game-changer!" ~Alisha Illian, author of Chasing Perfect

"A great pathway for couples to communicate and draw closer to one another.” ~Brad and Marilyn Rhoads, founders of Grace Marriage

Inner Compass Mom by Danielle Kloberdanz
Genre: Memoir, Christian Missions & Missionary Work
5 stars, 26 ratings
From $6.99

Part memoir, part prescription for the overwhelmed mom, Inner Compass Mom: Finding Peace and Purpose in the Midst of Motherhood shares Danielle Koberdanz’s transformation from disillusioned mother of four to a happier, purposeful, and joyful woman, free of the feelings of inadequacy that had plagued her.

In her spiritual coming of age, Kloberdanz found encouragement and inspiration in the teachings of spiritual leaders, philosophers, and scientists, and tapped into their insights for her own path to a life-changing transformation. Kloberdanz shares their combined wisdom and her own insights in a readable, relatable, and uplifting guide for any mom to find more peace and happiness while raising a family. 

"A simple guide to reconnect with your inner self to find a sense of true well being.” ~Patty Berry, Registered Dietitian, mother of three

Lord, I Don't Want to Die a Christian by Chandrika D. Phea
Genre: Christian Liberation Theology, Christian Commentaries
4.9 stars, 28 ratings
From $6.49

In Lord, I Don't Want to Die a Christian: My Journal and Journey to Freedom, an ordained minister explores how Christianity hinders her experience of God, Life, and Humanity. 

After living in China as a Christian missionary, hosting a two-year Bible study for seven curious Chinese freshman college students, my sense of curiosity inhaled and later exhaled when returning to the practice of Western religion. Born into a devoutly religious family, the daughter, niece, and grandchild of Christian clergy, degreed in Biblical Studies, ordained as a reverend of the faith, I now have questions of the religion that raised and readied me. The emittance of questions and resolves thereof have done well in surrendering to me a choice: Christianity or curiosity?

"Bold...honest...authentic...a lifeline to church folk who feel stuck in a form of Christianity that's harming them." ~Brian D. McLaren, author of Faith After Doubt

The Mad Ramblings of a Joker by Brandon Dillon
Genre: American Poetry
4.9 Stars, 71 Ratings
From $3.99

Brandon Dillon is an award-winning poet who writes from the soul about his life as a child born into poverty, his travels around the world as a U.S. Marine, love won and love lost, and the trauma that life brings. The Mad Ramblings of a Joker is a brutally honest collection, full of metaphor and vibrant imagery. His work covers topics such as PTSD, depression, and heartbreak, and softer moments of hope and reflective peace. His poetry is deep and unforgettable, a beacon for a dark world that needs a friend to say, “I’ve been there. I understand.”

"Dillon's voice is honest and resonates with others who have experienced trauma, loss or PTSD." ~Andreana Binder, MFA, Faculty, Writespace

"A glimpse into what it looks like to live on the other side of survival." ~Xach Blunt, poet, spoken word artist

Joyous Leadership by John Mark Watson
Genre: Business Mentoring & Coaching
5 stars, 55 ratings
From $6.99

What is joyous leadership and why should it be practiced? In Joyous Leadership: Stories of Learnings Along the Way, Mark Watson makes the case through pivotal personal stories that joyous leadership is not about short-term profit or prestige. It is a long-term endeavor to enrich our lives and strengthen our communities. Joyous Leadership shows that we all have plain or sometimes ugly personal stories that, like a prism examined in the light, transform into something that may surprise ourselves and inspire others.

"A must-read for any aspiring leader." ~Lee C. Banks, Vice Chairman & President, Parker Hannifin Corporation

"A precious gift!" ~Dr. Robert Fisher, President, Belmont University

Return to Chiloé by Diana Delacruz
Genre: Memoir, Christian Missions & Missionary Work
From $2.99

Return to Chiloé: Treasures from the Island charts a life-changing trek from memories of the past to hope for the future. Join author Diana Delacruz on a nostalgic six-day return journey to Chiloé, her former home on a little-known Chilean island shrouded in mist and mystery that shifted her life experience in subtle yet significant ways.

In this travel memoir complemented by meditations on local mythology, Diana chases and checks off adventures on her Chiloé Islands bucket list: sleep in a palafito with an ocean view, eat clambake-in-a-pot, tour heritage architecture, discover hidden hamlets, savor the sunset over the Pacific. Along the way, questions surge to challenge her: Did our work here all those years ago matter? How can I harmonize my love for this land and its people with the desperate need for transformation we all share? Can I reach and touch eternity amid the harsh realities of life here?

Diana uncovers gems of bright sea glass in the darkness of generations steeped in myths and legends. Surprises sweep her up as God’s true story, the only remedy for false narratives, renews her faith. Her prayer—and ours—becomes, "God, let me see what matters. Help me sort treasure from trash, crystals from clamshells."

Last call for LitNuts Deals Giveaway entries: Win $100 in books!


Today is the last day of the February LitNuts Deals Giveaway. Enter by 11:59 p.m. CST today for a chance to win $100 in books!

Also, be sure to enter the Beth Gibbs Giveaway for a chance to win a signed copy of Enlighten Up! or Soul Food, plus a $25 coffee shop gift card. 

"Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy." ~Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh (courtesy of