Today's Featured Books

The Perfect Lie by A.L. Long

Romance

She doesn't know who to trust. There are so many lies. She can’t trust the people closest to—her father, her mother, the McCalls, and sadly Davian. “Heart-pounding and pulls you in from start to finish. The characters, detail, twists, and overall flow are amazing. You are sucked into this story with your jaw on the floor. I need more!” -Goodreads review. Book 3 in the Sinful Pleasures Series. 4.4 stars, 37 ratings. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Twice a Daughter by Julie Ryan McGue

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

A Search for Identity, Family, and Belonging. Julie is a twin. She is also adopted. As Julie faces serious health issues at age 48, the twins decide to research their closed adoption, a journey that lasts five years and involves multiple search angles. What began as a simple desire for family medical history evolves into a complicated quest that unearths secrets, lies, and family members that are right next door. Kirkus Reviews has called this best-selling, award-winning memoir, “An engaging and endearing chronicle of a woman’s quest to find her origins.” 4.5 stars, 900+ ratings. From $0.99 SHOP NOW / 


Chrysalis: A Memoir by Anna K. Abbi

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

While writing Chrysalis, my mind would, of course, return to the hospital room where I regained my life and freedom. As I strived to explain the experience, I noticed how it had changed me and set me on a better path for the rest of my life. This unusual experience, though difficult, improved how I react and accept many good and not-so-wonderful things to come. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


We All Have Belly Buttons by Patrick Ballantine

Children and Young Adult

We are all special and unique. We come from different cultures and backgrounds. Look around and you'll see friends with different eyes, hair, and skin, but there is one thing we all have in common...we all have belly buttons! Patrick Ballantine often heard how different people can be. The world seemed divided as grownups focused on peoples' differences. Ballantine has learned that it is the little things in life that truly matter most. Reading this book with a child is a simple pleasure, but it could help shape their life - and yours. From $5.99 SHOP NOW


Her Alternate Self by Salma Chakir

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Thousands of years ago, the world was saved from total anarchy and divided into six rings. Ring three was filled with mediocre class three citizens, all contented with their lives except for a twelve-year-old girl, Jade. Luckily, she discovered a way to endure - entering an alternate universe teeming with adventures and surprises. Bluebell, Jade's alternate self, was everything Jade was not. Jade thought she had the power to become Bluebell in her original world, but it turned out to be a task harder than she imagined. From $2.99 SHOP NOW


February 2023 LitNuts Deals

LitNuts Deals


Welcome to the February 2023 issue of LitNuts Deals: highly rated indie books price $1 or less PLUS the LitNuts Deals Giveaway.

This month, we're giving away $100 in books. The winner will be able to choose a $100 gift card from any book retailer that sells gift cards online. Enter by February 24 for a chance to win! 


The Heirs of Earth by Daniel Arenson
Genre: Science Fiction
4.3 stars, 1150+ ratings
$0.99

We hide in shadows. Our planet is lost. We are the last humans, and we must go home. Two thousand years ago, aliens destroyed Earth. Our fleets shattered. Billions died. The last humans fled a burning planet, heading to the stars. Today we are still refugees. Hungry. Afraid. Our enemies hunt us everywhere. So we hide. On distant asteroids. In rundown space stations. In deep caves on frozen worlds. And we dream. Of green hills. Blue skies. Golden fields. We dream of Earth. And for the first time, we have hope. Book 1 in the Children of Earthrise series.  "Full of action and brimming with sentient aliens." ~Max Carver, Relic Wars

Moonlight Canyon by Yurie Kiri
Genre: Mystery
4.1 stars, 33 ratings
$0.99

Terrible things are happening in Silver City. The rural paradise just south of Moonlight Canyon is under attack. Half-eaten, mutilated bodies are showing up in public places. The peaceful residents of Silver City are in a panic. Horrible murders shouldn’t happen here. Evil like that is reserved for the big cities, right? Wrong. Book 2 in the Murder and Magic series. "A mystical tale that walks a thin line between paranormal and crime-based stories." ~Goodreads review 


Earth and Beyond by Wendy Gamble
Genre: Science Fiction
3.9 stars, 47 ratings
$0.99

"Extremely well-written…displays an amazingly wide knowledge of science, yogic practices, and of what could exist beyond the known galaxy." ~Professor emeritus, UNBA. Alien DNA infects Earth. A med ship with a revolutionary deep space engine launches the world's hope for salvation. An elite crew faces unseen adversity and forges friendships as they seek a cure for humanity. Enhanced with hand-drawn illustrations. Book 1 in the MedSci Missions Science Fiction series. "A very interesting book…I strongly recommend you read this amazing MedSci Missions book." ~Chief Instructor, Todokai Karate

Scandalous: The Victoria Woodhull Saga (Volume Two) - Fame, Infamy, and Paradise by Neal Katz
Genre: Historical Fiction
4.3 stars
$0.99

Experience Historical Fiction at its best in this rags-to-riches saga. Set in and around New York City in the early 19th Century, Victoria Woodhull and her sister, Tennessee Celeste Claflin, take the city by storm as they challenge morality, fashion, economics, social justice, and equal pay for equal work. Leveraging their wealth as the sisters become famous on the lecture circuit, they fight for women's rights, suffrage, and enter into the political arena as Victoria is nominated by the American Equal Rights Party to run for President of the United States and Tennessee runs for Congress. "Engaging and hugely entertaining." ~Readers Favorite Five Star Review

The Best is Yet to Come by Tara Alemany
Genre: Death and Grief
4.4 stars, 47 ratings
$0.99

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, the result of an errant e-mail, 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.

This true story will speak to and inspire anyone who has ever suffered the loss of a dream by showing how you too can change your perception of that loss from an anchor that holds you back into a beautiful gift that dares you to believe that the best is yet to come. Includes discussion guides for book clubs and support groups.

Lady of the Seven Suns by Tinney Sue Heath
Genre: Historical Fiction 
4.3 stars, 50 ratings
$0.99

“Immerses the reader into medieval Italy." ~Historical Novel Review. A novel of the woman St. Francis called brother. Rome, 1210: Giacoma’s life is at a crossroads. She cannot be both a powerful Roman noblewoman and also a follower of the holy man from Assisi. Or can she? A new path lies ahead, and she will will have to invent it as she goes. Based on the life of a real woman, this is a story of love, friendship, and a stubborn quest for grace. “Twisting with life…absolutely excellent and evocative novel!” ~Discovering Diamonds

Wisconsin Vamp by Scott Burtness
Genre: Horror Comedy
4 stars, 200+ ratings
FREE!

Some vampires are destined for greatness. Herbert Knudsen isn't one of them. When the small-town diner cook and mediocre bowler becomes a vampire, things finally start looking up. He's stronger, a little sexier, and the girl of his dreams is noticing him. But the bodies are piling up, and his best friend isn't just getting suspicious...he's getting jealous. Book 1 in the Monsters in the Midwest series. "Fun, entertaining, change-of-pace vampire story." ~Amazon review

Stuck on Your Heart by Beth Labonte
Genre: Romance 
4.3 stars, 64 ratings
$0.99

Darcy Field has made a promise to her brother: No more dating his friends. Ever. Which is fine, because all of her brother’s friends are massive losers. Thanks to them, she’s spent one too many Valentine’s Days with crushed dreams, a broken heart, and zero chocolate. But when Darcy is forced to attend the annual singles' event at Lonesome Coffee—her family’s coffee shop in the small town of Emerson, Massachusetts—a certain promise may become very hard to keep. "Valentine gem." ~Amazon review

The Pacific Chronicles by James Eldridge
Genre: Children/Young Adult, Ages 7-18
4.9 stars, 49 ratings
$0.99

Hawaiian culture and traditions are captured in this thrilling fantasy adventure about a young girl and her brother who are given access to a hidden and legendary world in their native islands and gifted with an unexpected set of magical abilities. Book 1 of The Pacific Chronicles.
"I loved the combination of history, lore, education, entertainment...and I absolutely loved Eleu and Molawa." ~Tara Lewis, former Director, Disney Publishing Worldwide. 

The Wedding Soup Murder by Rosie Genova
Genre: Cozy Mystery
4.7 stars, 80 ratings
$0.99

“A tightly-plotted whodunit.” ~New Jersey Monthly.  After Victoria Rienzi comes back home to work in her family’s restaurant, her nonna puts her in charge of catering a wedding with all the trimmings—and death as an uninvited guest. 

"The Wedding Soup Murder blends mystery with comedy, romance, family drama, a vivid and affectionate portrayal of the Jersey shore and…oh yes, cooking.” ~Helen Beglin, New Jersey Monthly 

“Everything I could wish for in a cozy mystery and more.” ~Read Your Writes Book Reviews


Free Online Literary Festival: February 13 - 17!

Events

The University of California - Riverside (UCR) Writers Week Festival is the most diverse and longest-running free literary festival in California. It brings together the most celebrated authors and the best up-and-coming writers in America. It's free. It's online. And it's open to the public! February 13-17. 

“It's okay to love something bigger than yourself without fearing it. Anything worth loving is bigger than we are anyway.” ~Percival Everett, Wounded


FREE - Incredible Edible Meg by Vincent Vinas

Children and Young Adult

Middle Grade Fiction: For all his wicked genius and evil intentions, the villainous Basil Blizzard lacks the "insane" aspect of being a Mad Scientist. Nothing infuriates him more than the fact all of his marbles are completely in order. Meanwhile, the brilliant and excruciatingly nice scientist, Dill DeMorrow, has created Nutmeg, a little girl who he raises as his daughter. She is adorable, brilliant, and made of cake. Blizzard wants the power that can be granted from making a birthday wish from a candle planted in Meg's small, spongy, cake hand, and he will stop at nothing to obtain that power. FREE - SHOP NOW


FREE - The Body at Blackwell Lake by A.M. Caplan

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

Cora struggles to explain how she finds lost things. Now her ability has brought her to a corpse… and only she can unearth the killer. The Body at Blackwell Lake is a gritty paranormal mystery. If you enjoy unlikely heroines, small-town whodunits, and heart-stopping surprises, then you’ll love A.M. Caplan’s creepy adventure. 4.4 stars, 394 ratings. FREE - SHOP NOW


The Journey of Sarah Levi-Bondi by R. P Toister

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

The richness of this novel is multilayered: history, psychology, a redemption story, medical drama, moral lessons, and personal development are all intertwined into a coherent, seamless, engaging, thought-provoking read. You can read it in any and many different ways, yet the dilemmas will linger with you afterward. What would you have done in her situation? And why? Read this short yet deep book and you won’t be disappointed. From $4.99 SHOP NOW


The Perfect Escape by A.L. Long

Romance

Some would say that revenge is nothing more than returning the favor, but it is much more than that for me. Reyna McCall may have been my only leverage against the man who took everything from me, but the game has changed, so have the players, and nothing will stop me from getting Reyna back. My rules, my way. There is only room for one winner. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Archangel by D. William Landsborough

Science Fiction and Fantasy

It has been a decade since the war between Heaven and Hell—a war that Heaven lost. Angels are on the brink of extinction. Smothered in black clouds, the Earth that we once knew is gone, replaced by a land plagued with nightmares. It is a world ruled by the cruel claws and fangs of Demons, one where light is most unwelcome. Uriel the archangel has finally been given leave to descend from Heaven. His faith will be questioned, his blades will be wet, and he will soon find that the vicious fangs of demons are the last thing he should fear. From $2.99 SHOP NOW


Second Chances DO Happen Boxed Set by Pat Adeff

Romance

Second Chances DO Happen is a boxed set of six clean and wholesome women's romance novels. If you enjoy heart-warming stories that range from a later-in-life mom dealing with divorce to a young woman stood up at the altar, you'll love this fictional series dealing with family life. Beaches, mountains, island paradises, and swoon-worthy kisses abound in this collection of clean and wholesome fiction. Each book is a standalone book that ties in with other books in the series. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Doctor Refurb by Marty Essen

Science Fiction and Fantasy

An unconventional, satirical, controversial, time travel comedy. “This hilarious SF novel pits a doctor and a time-traveling alien against eco catastrophe.” -BookLife by Publisher’s Weekly (Editor’s Pick). What if you could deport the world’s worst environmental villains to another planet before their greed condemns Earth to an ecological apocalypse? What if each time you did so, an alien extracted a body part and replaced it with a refurbished one? Would you do it? “Delightfully tongue-in-cheek.” -Kirkus Reviews. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Counteract the Fat by DeShond D Barnes

General Nonfiction

Counteract the Fat: A Nutrition Book on Research Findings That Show How Fiber & Antioxidants Can Counteract the Physiological Effects of Junk Food & Promote Nonrestrictive Weight & Cholesterol Control is a groundbreaking compilation of findings from scientists that indicate that fiber and antioxidants can mitigate the health risks associated with junk food by counteracting the physiological effects of saturated fats. Discover how to maintain excellent blood cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, and body weight over time without having to sacrifice favorite indulgences. From $5.99 SHOP NOW


My Dragon Protectors by Lilly Wilder

Romance

Two dragon Alphas upended my life. My future offspring could end or save the world. Which leads to me being kidnapped by the Plex who want to extinguish the human race. Just as I begin to wonder if this is the end for me, two Dragon Alpha males free me. Mace and Brandon want to be my protectors and mates. Mace is take-charge, no-nonsense, and terrifying in battle. Brandon is a more diplomatic Alpha with a wicked sense of humor. They terrify and arouse me in equal measures. My head tells me to be cautious. But my body yearns for their touch. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Lessons on Grieving & Finding Meaning After Loss

Spotlight

As we approach Valentine's Day, many people are focused on plans with loved ones. But what if your loved one is gone? 

There are 15 million widowed men and women in the United States. There are many more who have lost a significant other outside of marriage. Valentine's Day and other holidays can be very difficult times for the survivors. 

Fortunately, there are brave people who have found their way through difficult times and shared their stories in order to help others not only survive but to also have meaningful, fulfilling lives and to look forward to the future. Today, we are featuring three books written by two such people:
 
Living with a Dead Man
Living with a Grieving Heart
The Best is Yet to Come

Living with a Dead Man by Marianne Bette

From $3.99



Sitting in an oncologist’s waiting room is one of life’s more sobering experiences. The first thing that hit Dr. Marianne Bette was that she was there, not as a doctor, but as a cancer patient’s wife.

It didn’t matter that she was a family practitioner, or that her husband, Thom, was a death and dying therapist. Cancer, and all that went with it, had found them.

This story shares their journey as they faced the most difficult challenge of their life together, and the beauty they discovered along the way in family, friends, and living.

Living with a Grieving Heart by Marianne Bette

From $4.99 



Losing someone you love is hard. But when the dust settles and the pain starts to fade, grief can surprise you in stark and subtle ways. A few bars of a tune, a faint hint of perfume, a brief glimpse of a stranger in a crowd can bring your loss crashing in.

But there are also lessons we can learn from grief. It’s not all pain. It can also bring appreciation: for the love you had, for the people who support you, for the life you still have ahead of you. You can live with a grieving heart.

And as you pick yourself up, made subtly stronger by grief, you find more clarity of purpose, more appreciation for others, and more desire to live your life fully. You become a grief warrior.

That’s what Dr. Marianne Bette calls herself. A grief warrior. She is no stranger to grief and the transformation it brings. Let her teach you how to embrace life again using her personal experiences with grief as well as those from others she has met during her forty years practicing family medicine.

The Best is Yet to Come by Tara Alemany

From $3.99 



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, the result of an errant e-mail, 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.

This true story will speak to and inspire anyone who has ever suffered the loss of a dream by showing how you too can change your perception of that loss from an anchor that holds you back into a beautiful gift that dares you to believe that the best is yet to come.

Includes discussion guides for book clubs and support groups.

About Marianne Bette

After forty years in family medicine, Marianne Bette is enjoying her retirement and spending time with her second husband, Gene. They have traveled around the United States in a truck camper, including to Alaska and back again to Southbury, Connecticut. Their trusty rescue dog, Buttons, is their constant companion and loves camping too. Marianne has also begun work on a third book, which includes the inspiring stories of some of her former patients. Learn more or contact Marianne via Emerald Lake Books

About Tara Alemany

Tara Alemany is a multi-award-winning author, speaker, business consultant, and publisher, as well as a recovering serial entrepreneur. Her boutique publishing company, Emerald Lake Books, specializes in working with positive people to create high-quality books designed to achieve the author’s goals. In her spare time, Tara serves as the host of the Publish with Purpose virtual summit and is a winemaker, a military Mom to two young adults (one of each), and is owned by a black cat. Learn more or contact Tara via Emerald Lake Books


Free online tonight: The Frederick Douglass Project

Events

Free online literary event: Emmy Award-winning actor Keith David (Platoon, The Princess and the Frog) will perform a dramatic reading of a speech delivered by Frederick Douglass at the National Convention of Colored Men in Louisville, Kentucky on September 24, 1883. Sponsored by The Frederick Douglass Project, Theater of War Productions, and the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State, this event will be followed by panelist remarks and audience discussion. Wednesday, February 8, 6 PM EST.
“I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.” ~Frederick Douglass


FREE - The Last Odinian by Alec Arbogast

Science Fiction and Fantasy

"A wildly creative and intriguing story." -Red City Review. Edward Koenig arrives at the lonely coastal town of Pinemist Bay in search of his family. His only clue: a telepathic message from his daughter. In order to save her, Koenig must first play cat and mouse with a zealous pagan cult whose only goal is to lure him into the arms of an arcane presence that waits in the shadows of the pine forest. Winner/finalist of multiple awards, including Royal Dragonfly Book Awards, NYC Big Book Award, and American Fiction Awards. FREE - SHOP NOW


Darkness Rising by Nellie H. Steele

Science Fiction and Fantasy

New release! Don't miss the newest book in the Shadow Slayers Stories series. With everyone’s lives on the line, Celine’s Slayers will need to band together to fight the darkness rising that threatens to destroy the world. Will the Slayers be able to defeat the evil or will it consume their sleepy town before moving on to end the world? Dark Shadows meets Stranger Things in this tense urban fantasy filled with action and supernatural drama. From $4.99 SHOP NOW


Fear and Longing in Los Angeles by Mark Leslie

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Michael is in Los Angeles for the movie adaptation of his latest novel, but he learns that it's not just the cut-throat world of Hollywood you need to fear. There's something deeper, darker, and far more disturbing lurking just beneath the shadows of the city. There’s also an intriguing, sexy, and mysterious woman. Will Michael's supernatural wolf-enhanced powers and special abilities be enough to survive L.A.? Book 3 in the Canadian Werewolf series. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


FREE - From A to Z Where Could The Alphabet Be? by Joann Cowan

Children and Young Adult

A funny, read-aloud picture book for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners with colorful illustrations and humorous rhymes! Join Chloe and her diverse classmates as they unite to help a student learn his ABCs. A great tool for parents and teachers to help young readers take the first step in learning letter identification and sounds, with lessons about care, teamwork, and friendship along the way. 5 stars, 22 ratings. FREE - SHOP NOW


How To Self-Learn Anything by Thinknetic

General Nonfiction

Learning things on your own isn’t hard. As a self-learner, you’re in elite company with Leonardo Da Vinci, William Blake, Abraham Lincoln, and Albert Einstein, to name a few. If you’d like to discover methods to help you optimize how you learn, you can become an expert with How To Self-Learn Anything: Must-Have Self-Learning Tools To Become An Expert In AnythingFrom $0.99 SHOP NOW / 


Carolina Breeze by Denise Hunter

Romance

Rising Hollywood star Mia Emerson is looking for a safe place to land in the wake of a public breakup and celebrity scandal, and she finds it in the lake town of Bluebell, North Carolina, where she falls for handsome (but financially struggling) innkeeper Levi Bennett. When Mia and Levi discover an old journal that hints at a rare diamond necklace hidden in the inn, they set off on a treasure hunt to find the long-lost heirloom. Along the way, Mia and Levi must decide if falling in love is too big a risk—or if it will uncover a treasure of its own instead. Book 2 in the Bluebell Inn Romance series. 4.7 stars, 650+ ratings. From $1.99 SHOP NOW


Western Romance Mega Box Set (45 Books!)

Romance

Don't miss this deal on a box set of 45 best-selling, clean western novels, including 12 complete series ranging from mail order bride to historical to contemporary romance. Curl up with the Wild West Brides of Bodie Series as they courageously embark upon new lives and loves in California. Hold your breath as the women of the Mail Order Brides of the Wild West Series face the full wrath of a western winter while holding on tight to the men they love. All told, this collection is a true celebration of romance and adventure! 4.5 stars, 300+ ratings. $0.99 SHOP NOW