Today's Featured Books

Shadows of the Past by Nellie H. Steele

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Haunted by all-too-familiar bloody nightmares, Josie Benson’s life is falling apart. Even the best medical professionals can’t provide answers…though maybe the strange man who’s stalking her every move can. When her nightmares seep over into visions more real than memories, Josie realizes she has to trust this mysterious stranger, recall every lost memory, and remember who she really is in order to save not only her family, but the world. Book 1 in the Shadow Slayers Stories. 4 stars, 137 ratings. Free via Kindle Unlimited. From $3.99 SHOP NOW

Game Of Strength And Storm By Rachel Menard

Children and Young Adult

Once a year, the Olympian Empresses grant the wishes of ten people selected by a lottery—for a price. Seventeen-year-old Gen wants the freedom of her father, who was sentenced to life in prison for murders she knows he didn’t commit. Castor plans to carry the island Arcadia into the future in place of her brother. To get what they want, Gen and Castor must complete nearly impossible tasks. Only one can win. The other walks away with nothing—if she walks away at all. “An intriguing fantasy series starter…a sweeping adventure.” -Publishers Weekly. For young adults age 14-18. From $8.99 SHOP NOW

The Patricia Fisher Mysteries by Steve Higgs

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

Get Box Set #1 in this bestselling series for a bargain price, and follow 50-something sleuth Patricia as she proves age is no obstacle while tackling killers, thieves, kidnappers, and more. Fast-paced mystery, thrills, and hilarious antics abound in these cozy mystery chart-toppers. Discover a whole new world of heartwarming mystery thrills. The set includes 10 complete novels. 4.7 stars, 3400+ ratings. $0.99 SHOP NOW

Of Course It’s You by Ali Parker:


My boss’s daughter is off-limits. For now. Wanting her wasn’t in the cards. Tell that to the need pumping through my veins. When we’re thrown together at work, resisting temptation goes out the window. But her father gives her the job I’ve had my eye on. All bets are off. Is it war? Or love? Or both? From $0.99 SHOP NOW

Spotlight on the Shadow Slayers Stories by Nellie H. Steele


Today, LitNuts is shining a spotlight on the Shadow Slayers Stories from author Nellie H. Steele, a suspenseful supernatural mystery series following a group of friends as they battle the darkness in the world. It's Dark Shadows meets Stranger Things in this urban fantasy filled with action and supernatural drama!

Pre-order Darkness Rising, the newest book in the series, to receive a copy upon its release on February 7! 

Shadow Slayers Stories by Nellie H. Steele

From $3.99 each (free via Kindle Unlimited)
$18.79 set of first four books in the series

In the days ahead, we will be featuring each of the five books of the Shadow Slayers Stories series in more detail in the LitNuts newsletter, leading up to and culminating with the release of Darkness Risking, the newest book in the series, on February 7. For now, here is an overview of each book in the series. Click on any of the links or book covers to learn more.

Shadows of the Past (Shadow Slayers Stories Book 1): 4 stars, 137 ratings. If Josie doesn’t confront what lurks in the shadows of her past to reclaim her life…it won’t just be her own soul on the line. From $3.99. 

Stolen Portrait Stolen Soul (Shadow Slayers Stories Book 2): 4.5 stars, 63 ratings. The Slayers want to live their lives in peace, but if they can’t recover a mystical painting, it could spell disaster for the entire world. From $4.99. 

Gone (Shadow Slayers Stories Book 3): 4.5 stars, 45 ratings. He wants nothing more than to find his fellow Slayer, but a powerful enchantment stands in his way. In order to save her life, he must be willing to risk his own. From $4.99. 

Trouble (Shadow Slayers Stories Book 4): 4.4 stars, 35 ratings. A poisoned rose. Life-altering secrets. Can the Slayers overcome insurmountable odds? From $4.99.

Darkness Rising (Shadow Slayers Stories Book 5): New release, coming Feb. 7. A dangerous, new enemy blows into town. Death and destruction follow in her wake. It’ll take everything they have to stay alive. From $4.99.

About the Author
Award-winning author Nellie H. Steele writes in as many genres as she reads. Addicted to books since she could read, Nellie escaped to fictional worlds like the ones created by Carolyn Keene or Victoria Holt long before she decided to put pen to paper and create her own realities.

When she’s not spinning a cozy mystery tale, building a new realm in a contemporary fantasy, or writing another action-adventure car chase, you can find her shuffling through her Noah’s Ark of rescue animals or enjoying a hot cuppa (that’s tea for most Americans.)

Learn more (and get a free book!) at A Novel Idea Publishing or visit Nellie at her blog, Nellie's Book Nook.


Free & discounted books today, free online lit event tonight!


Today's Featured Books include three "freebies" and nine more great indie books priced under $5! You can see all of our Featured Books at

Also free: The Downtown Writers Center / YMCA of Central New York presents poets Suzanne Frischkorn and Alessandra Lynch. Friday, January 27, 7 PM EST.

"A poet’s work … to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it from going to sleep." ~Salman Rushdie

Civil Terror: Gridlock by J. Luke Bennecke

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

"A thriller with surprisingly deep implications." –BookTrib. Self-driving cars have arrived. So have the terrorists. Civil engineer Jake Bendel helped design a roadway system for self-driving cars, but when disaster strikes on a busy California freeway, Jake and a rogue FBI agent find themselves racing against the clock to stop a national attack that could claim the lives of millions. This fast-paced thriller from a real-life traffic engineer will make you think twice about the looming autonomous vehicle revolution. 4.3 stars, 100 ratings. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

FREE - The Royal Treatment by Melanie Summers


For fans of Bridget Jones and The Princess Diaries comes a laugh-out-loud, feel-good comedy with a sizzling side of romance… One devilishly handsome, arrogant prince, one beautiful anti-royal blogger, two months under the same roof. What could possibly go right? Book 1 in The Crown Jewels Romantic Comedy Series. Readers' Favorite Bronze Medal winner. 4.5 stars, 2700+ ratings. FREE - SHOP NOW

The Paris Soulmate by Brooke Gilbert

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Reeling from the reality of turning thirty soon, Christine decides to take her bucket list trip. She’s dreamed of going back to Paris, but since being diagnosed with several rare autoimmune disorders, she never imagined she’d get the chance. Now, she finds herself on the way to the city of love with an unexpected surprise…an extremely handsome British stranger has mysteriously fallen onto her path. 4.4 stars, 40 ratings on Amazon. 100+ Goodreads reviews. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

Gods of War by William S. Frisbee, Jr.

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Trapped in stasis, four Marines are awakened at the same time researchers awaken a threat that endangers the entire human race. The odds are against them, but that’s nothing new for Marine Raiders. Semper Fidelis and Semper Invictus! Book 1 in the series. 4.6 stars, 750+ ratings. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

Source Awakening by Tracey Canole

Science Fiction and Fantasy

They said the Earth was safe. They were wrong. That piece of the rogue planet, Goliath, changed everything—more than Reena realized. Now she must learn to survive in a world destroyed, control these developing powers, and decide what The Source is and why it’s calling to her. Should she fear these images of this ethereal swirling liquid or strive to protect it from those who wish to use it for personal gain? From $2.99 SHOP NOW

The Killing Spell by Shane Ulrrein

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Edward Peach is a fourteen-year-old wizard who has been accepted into the prestigious Prymoutekhny Wizards Academy for Boys. His parents are overjoyed, but Edward finds school difficult with bullies, strict teachers, and challenging wizardry classes. He is almost ready to give up and go home when he falls in love with another boy as the school. Ultimately, Edward must risk his own life to be with the one he loves in this LGBTQ fantasy for young adults. From $4.99 SHOP NOW

When You're Young by Sarah Welk Baynum


EQUUS Arts Festival First Place Literary Award Winner. When You're Young features first love, secrets, horses, enemies-to-lovers romance, friendship, suspense, humor, and a mystery that will keep the pages turning. This prequel to The Impelled Series, a clean equestrian romantic suspense series, is set in the past and tells Emma’s story during her teen years as she navigates high school, horses, and romance. 4.5 stars on Amazon. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

The Intelligent Reader’s Guide To Reading by Thinknetic

General Nonfiction

Reading may be as easy as ABC, but remembering what you did isn’t. Find out what you can do about it in The Intelligent Reader’s Guide to Reading: How to Read a Book the Right Way for Stronger Comprehension and Better Recall. There are core skills you need that will support, even augment your memory. The correct way to read is one. The ability to critically assess and understand what you read is another. Become a more discerning, better-informed reader. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

Sign of Nine Stripes by Carol Amorosi

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

Angus believes his success lies in the colonies. When he receives an offer of employment, he sails the Atlantic again. But there's an undercurrent of danger running through the colonies now. Smuggling, protests, and secret organizations are the norm. New taxes and restrictions are being imposed. And people are taking sides against each other. Angus doesn't want to choose sides. But when a dead body is delivered to his employer's door, what choice does he have? From $0.99 SHOP NOW

FREE - Breathe by Lucinda Race


A romance is like a fine wine; it needs time to breathe. Tessa should be running her family’s successful winery business, but her brother has returned to claim the corner office. Looking to prove that she’s more-than-capable, she purchases Sand Creek Winery, a cash-strapped competitor. Max would never have sold his winery to his competitor, but he needed the the money to pay for his sister’s cancer treatment. When the new owner offers him a contract to stay on, he can’t afford to turn it down. He also can't ignore the effect Tessa's deep brown eyes and heart-shaped face have on his senses. From an award-winning, bestselling author, Breathe is Book 1 in the Price Family Series. FREE - SHOP NOW

Rich and Elite by James Ekunode

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

Saxon is just a poor boy in a humble town in the mighty kingdom known as Valoria. But his outlook improves when a wealthy family decides to hire him as one of their many butlers. The family is among the nine wealthiest and powerful families in the country, widely known as the Noble Nine. But the same day Saxon arrives for his new life among the rich and elite, the head of the family is killed, leaving Saxon to take over. From $3 SHOP NOW

FREE - Only One Mistake by Natasha Madison


Michael knew that being traded after fighting with his coach on air wasn’t a good look. With one mistake under his belt, he needed to focus on the game and nothing else. But everything changed when he came face-to-face with his very pregnant one-night stand from six months ago. For Jillian, two pink lines changed all her plans. She figured she was doing this on her own. Then one day, she was staring into the eyes of the man she hated…the father of her baby. All it took was only one mistake to change everything. 4.6 stars, 2000+ ratings. FREE - SHOP NOW

Three Freebies + Four Giveaways Today!


Today's Featured Books include three freebies and books from authors appearing in LitNuts for the first time. Visit the LitNuts website to see all of today's Featured Books

Also today, a friendly reminder to check out FOUR giveaways:

“I was amazed that what I needed to survive could be carried on my back. And, most surprising of all, that I could carry it.” ~Cheryl Strayed

FREE - 9 Donovan's Way by Andrea O'Connor

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

Attorney Gaby Quinn’s phone has been ringing off the hook since her involvement with the infamous Jorgenson case. Yet she finds herself craving the peace of her garden as she heals from the senseless death of her husband. As Woodson Falls’ most famous lawyer, it’s only natural that Gaby is asked to handle the estate when renowned author Phillip Mitchell suddenly dies of an apparent heart attack. Everything seems straightforward until some things turn up missing—including Mitchell’s girlfriend. Now it’s up to Gaby to dig up the truth. Book 2 in the series. 4.4 stars, 32 ratings on Goodreads. FREE via Kindle Countdown Deal - SHOP NOW

FREE - Warriors of the Forgotten Way by Nate Wagner

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

In the spring of 1870, Cade Wilson is one of three orphans of the American Civil War who meet a samurai warrior from Japan in the northern New Mexico Territory. The warrior trains the young men in the samurai way, and the samurai cowboys use their deadly new skills to ruthlessly increase and defend their master’s land holdings before the expansion of the railroad. All is going according to plan—until Cade decides he wants out. FREE - SHOP NOW

FREE - Interface: Book One: Connection by R.K. Hillhouse

Science Fiction and Fantasy

After a global collapse, the world teeters on the edge of disappearance. A familiar power, corrupt and unabashed, seeks to control the lives of those who remain. After his grandfather's death, young Emerson Lloyde goes to the city, learns to fly, and becomes the bearer of an unforeseen hope—a hope that even he struggles to understand. Across the Inland Sea, in the mythological West, a new world awaits. A compelling tale about our society from the vantage of a not-too-distant future. FREE - SHOP NOW

The Other Place by Nathan Hystad

Science Fiction and Fantasy

When a mysterious invisible barrier appears on a Montana ranch, no one knows what to think of it. The phenomenon continues all over the globe. What are they? What do they mean? Panic ensues as mysterious creatures are sighted. The Glass seem innocuous, until they start to glow… Book 1 in The Glass series. 4.3 stars, 1350+ ratings. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

Undeniable by Laura Stapleton


Beth gave her father a deathbed promise to be a good wife to her deceased sister’s husband, Daggart. She counted on the sham marriage to help her keep the Roberts family's land. To her horror, Daggart sells the farm to join the Gold Rush. When Daggart forces Beth to follow him to Oregon, Beth must hide her infatuation for the wagon train’s leader. Can she? The first in an epic series of three sections of the Oregon Trail and the three love stories. 4.1 stars, 589 ratings. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

Spotlight on A Tide Should Be Able to Rise Despite Its Moon


Congratulations to Jessica Bell and Vine Leaves Press on the release of A Tide Should Be Able to Rise Despite Its Moon, poetry inspired by the special bond between mother and son. 

A Tide Should Be Able to Rise Despite Its Moon

Poetry - New Release!
From $4.99  

Jessica Bell's poems search for meaning in a world of misconception. They begin with small everyday moments and end with a shift in understanding that not only enlightens but leaves you wondering.

From quiet nights reflecting on the sound of her child's smile to viewing the world from the perspective of a potted tree dreaming of being rooted into true mother earth, A Tide Should Be Able to Rise Despite Its Moon is a collection of raw, honest, modern-day fables that remind readers to look deeper, feel more, and let the world speak for itself.

Praise for A Tide Should Be Able to Rise Despite Its Moon

"A gorgeous collection. Very highly recommended.” ~Readers' Favorite

"Mystical, wise, and original." ~Karen Alghabban, writer

"Jessica Bell has thoroughly explored the topography of parenthood." ~Alan Humm, editor of One Hand Clapping magazine

"Ethereal. Hypnotic. Oracular." ~Amie McCracken, author of Emotionless

"Each compelling meditation on daily life as mother and son blends the earthy with the ethereal." ~Melanie Faith, author of From Promising to Published

About Jessica Bell
Jessica Bell is a multi-award-winning author/poet and singer-songwriter who was born in Melbourne, Australia. In addition to having published a memoir, five novels, four poetry collections, and numerous craft books on writing and publishing, she is also the Publisher of Vine Leaves Press and a highly sought-after book cover designer. To learn more, visit her website.