Today's Featured Books

Critical Thinking & Logic Mastery by Thinknetic

General Nonfiction

This bundle isn't a dry, theoretical textbook. It is a practical, easy-to-read and easy-to-implement book dedicated to helping you build stronger arguments, make more confident decisions, and spot logical errors. Critical thinking will elevate your personal and professional life. You’ll be better at assimilating information, noticing trends, and deciding on a plan of action. This will be the last book you buy on thinking logically and building habits. 4.5 stars, 300+ ratings. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

The Arthurian Cycle by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Literary Fiction and Poetry

Poet Edwin Arlington Robinson’s Arthurian Cycle reflects the poet’s most mature work. "Merlin" and "Lancelot" are war poems exploring characters from the Arthurian legends, all rendered as mortals, in flesh and blood. "Tristram" is a poem about love and tells the story of Tristram and Isolt, a love as doomed in life as the inevitability of death. The Arthurian Cycle paperback is available from the publisher via Ingram Spark at 20% off or via retailers at list price. From $2.99 SHOP NOW

Pura Vida by Jim Utsler

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

Detroit homicide detective Jacob Miller has been accused of many things, but being smart isn't one of them. The murder of drug dealer Willy is proof enough of that, but not covering it up is even worse. So why would he think that stealing a fellow inmate's hidden fortune is any smarter, especially when an ex-mafia family head is after the same thing? 4.9 stars, 14 ratings. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW

Inspiring children's books from James DiNanno


Today, LitNuts is shining a spotlight on two inspiring children's books from author James DiNanno:

  • The First Rock Star On Mars: The book that teaches kids to shoot for the stars. And follow their wildest dreams on Earth...or even Mars.
  • President Camila: The book that teaches kids compassionate traits. And that one day they could be President of the United States.

"I loved Shel Silverstein growing up...and just started thinking, 'What would Shel Silverstein write today?'" ~James DiNanno

The First Rock Star On Mars

Genres: Literature & Fiction for Children, Children's Humorous Poetry, Children's Rock Music
4.9 stars, 70 ratings
Paperback: $8.99

Audiobook: $3.95
Ebook: $2.99 (Free via Kindle Unlimited) 

A modern day classic!

The book that teaches kids to shoot for the stars. And follow their wildest dreams on Earth...or even Mars.

"A delightful and inspirational story for anyone with big dreams and even bigger imaginations." ~Reedsy Discovery

"A very inspirational book for not only children but for anyone who wants to pursue their dreams." ~Goodreads Review

Bonus: The audiobook edition is narrated by Kellin Quinn, the lead singer of rock band Sleeping with Sirens. This audiobook features an exclusive surprise song at the end, "The First Rock Star On Mars," performed by the band The First Rock Band on Mars, which includes Kellin Quinn, Howi Spangler of Ballyhoo!, William Ryan Key of Yellowcard, and the author of this book, James DiNanno.

President Camila

Genres: Children's Poetry, Children's Jobs & Careers Books
5.0 stars, 4 ratings
Paperback: $7.99

Ebook: $2.99 (Free via Kindle Unlimited) 

The book that teaches kids compassionate traits. And that one day they could be President of the United States. 

A great book for encouraging your little stars to follow their dreams. The illustrations and rhymes make this story as fun for parents and grandparents as it is for the child. A perfect gift for new parents, baby showers, holidays, birthdays, or just because.

About the Author
James DiNanno is a proud family man, creative force, and serial entrepreneur. After spending his 20s touring with the band Silhouette Rising, with the goal of finding happiness...he found it! Along the way, James, a self-made millionaire, established and now owns businesses including the multi-award winning wedding company Meritage Entertainment, Boston GIF, Ambient Force, and PlaybookU. He is also the drummer for bands Callisto and various other acts.

These days, James is passionate about sharing his experience and energy and empowering others. Each of his books are meant to empower the entrepreneurial spirit in children and adults. In addition to The First Rock Star On Mars and President Camila, he is author of The Networking Playbook and Entrepreneur: The Secret Playbook

James lives in Exeter, NH, with his wife, son, and two standard poodles. You can follow him online at @JamesDiNanno or

Free online: Cultivating Resilience and Joy in Art-Making


Free online: Cultivating Resilience and Joy in Art-Making. Hosted by the Eleanor Harwood Gallery in San Francisco, artists Tara Daly, Mary Finlayson, Rachel Kaye, and Sarah Thibault come together to talk about their experience working as artists and share their challenges in cultivating resilience and longevity, including parenting, day-jobbing, moving cities, and creating community. Wednesday, March 13, 6:30 - 8 PM PDT, (8:30 - 10 PM CDT).

“My painting is what I have to give back to the world for what the world gives to me." ~Georgia O'Keeffe

The Deseret Reckoning by Matthew L. Huffman

Book of the Day

Museum assistant Susan Kingsley tracks down letters from 1870 describing a wagon train bound for the Deseret Territory, the Mormon lands before Utah statehood, and a hidden mine. As Susan searches for the the letters across Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming, Andrew, an FBI man in the midst of a midlife crisis, tails her every step. What secrets will be revealed? What has been hidden in the mine? Will Susan succeed, or will Andrew commit the ultimate crime? 4.3 stars, 26 ratings. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

Trash Bag of Memories by Jessica Castillo

Memoir and Creative Nonfiction

A haunting home life, a traumatic trip through the foster care system, and a seemingly not-so-happily ever after. Trash Bag of Memories is one girl's tale of trials and triumph as she maneuvers through the hurdles of foster care and its aftermath. Discover what it was like for Jessica as she recalls the days of witnessing horrors inflicted upon loved ones and scavenging for food to survive in this wildly turbulent memoir. Sometimes reading one person's story can inspire you to be the change in someone else’s. 5.0 stars, 18 ratings. From $5 SHOP NOW

Achievable by Fraser Wilson

General Nonfiction

Achievable: A Simple and Proven Way to Create a Culture of Possibility and Potential puts people first. There are no fancy theories. It doesn’t inundate you with multiple things to do, and there's no master class needed. Learn simple, understandable strategies that honor team members, tap their potential, improve performance, and increase profitability. Achievable is the solution to the disengagement epidemic. 5.0 stars, 5 ratings. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

The Music of the Mind by A.K. Adler

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Finn Bran is a young journeyman bard who performs all the traditional songs of heroism and great deeds while dreaming that he could someday be part of such a story. Meanwhile, the Kingdom of Valeria is plagued by a mysterious force that fosters thoughts of violence and intolerance in people's minds. Brought face-to-face with this terrifying evil, Finn escapes death and emerges with a strange new gift: he is able to hear the purity or impurity of people's thoughts in the form of music. He will use this skill to fight evil, but first, he must learn to master the music of his own mind. An eBookFairs "Best in Show" selection. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

New Release: Your Story Starts Here from Jim Zervanos & Vine Leaves Press


Congratulations to Jim Zervanos and Vine Leaves Press on the release of Your Story Starts Here: A Year on the Brink with Generation Z, a memoir from a high school English teacher who sees that today's youth are thrust into a tumultuous world and simultaneously burdened with saving it.

★★★★★ “Packed with empathy as well as literary lessons, we have a front row seat to watch the world fall apart as these kids come of age. This book is insightful, heartfelt, and authentic." ~Kelly Simmons, author of Not My Boy

Your Story Starts Here

NEW RELEASE: March 12, 2024
Genre: Memoir
Paperback: $17.99
Ebook: From $6.49  

Jim Zervanos, a seasoned high-school English teacher and father of two, embarks on a mission at the cusp of a new school year. He realizes that today's youth are thrust into a tumultuous world and burdened with saving it. To chronicle this extraordinary period in America, he assigns himself a unique task: keeping a journal.
Within its pages, we witness “his kids” grappling with pressing issues like identity politics, gun violence, and political uncertainty. A sophomore prodigy wrestles his demons onto the pages of his fiction before entering a psychiatric hospital. An estranged junior posts ominous threats on Snapchat, while a principal sabotages a student walkout. Meanwhile, in his classroom, Jim prepares a hiding space for an active shooter event and, back home, finds solace in the eulogy of his young sons’ pet fish, sent on its final journey with a flush.
By year's end, Jim, unwavering in his determination to inspire hope in his students, discovers that it's the youth who inspire hope in him. Their creativity and ideals paint a vivid portrait of an evolving America, seen through the kaleidoscope of Generation Z. Your Story Starts Here: A Year on the Brink with Generation Z is an intimate exploration of the challenges, resilience, and unwavering hope of today's youth in a turbulent world.

Praise for Your Story Starts Here
★★★★★ “Watching Zervanos stay steady in unsteady waters, with good humor and strength, is the central pleasure of this moving, engaging book.” ~Debra Spark, author of Discipline

★★★★★ “This book is as rich in humor and compassion as it is in dismay at the reality of school shootings and children ushered, sometimes forcefully and prematurely, into adulthood.” ~Peter Turchi, author of Maps of the Imagination

★★★★★ “Masterfully paced and wonderfully rendered... a book that should be required reading for parents, for teachers, for artists…for anyone who’s wondered what it means to be human in a world that daily challenges our humanity.” ~Scott Gould, author of The Hammerhead Chronicles and Idiot Men

★★★★★ “The world needs more teachers, and more writers, like Jim Zervanos.” ~Kelly Simmons, author of Not My Boy

About the Author
Jim Zervanos is the author of the memoir That Time I Got Cancer: A Love Story and the novel LOVE Park. His award-winning essays and short stories have been published in numerous literary journals, magazines, and anthologies. He is a graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and Bucknell University, where he won the William Bucknell Prize for English and was an Academic All-American baseball player. He teaches at a high school in the suburbs of Philadelphia, where he lives with his wife and two sons, and has risen in the baseball pantheon as coach of two Little League teams. Learn more at
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: Galena LitFest Mystery & Mayhem Author Panel


Free online: Galena LitFest Mystery & Mayhem Author Panel. Join award-winning and bestselling mystery authors Marcie Rendon, David Ellis, Tracy Clark, Laura Benedict, and Patricia Skalka for a panel discussion on why they love the genre, their writing processes, character development, and more. Tuesday, March 12, 6-7 PM CDT.

“Imagination is a good servant, and a bad master. The simplest explanation is always the most likely.” ~Agatha Christie

A Noble Cunning by Patricia Bernstein

Book of the Day

Experience the gripping journey of Bethan Glentaggart. Based on true events, this historical novel unveils a tale of bravery and intellect as Bethan, a Catholic noblewoman, races against time to save her husband from execution. Amidst the chaos of the 1715 Jacobite Rebellion, she confronts kings and braves snowstorms with her loyal friends. Join the adventure and witness a woman's fierce fight for love and justice in an era of political turmoil. Don't miss this story of resilience, love, and friendship. Semi-finalists in the 2022 Chaucer Book Awards. 4.5 stars, 63 ratings. From $2.99 SHOP NOW /

Superordinary Detective by Argo Ashton

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

When Tess accidentally joins a secret cult, she hires the only investigator who'll believe her, unproven detective Blake Eastwood. Together they attempt to steal the cult's prize from a moving train but Blake begins to suspect ulterior motives. Events take a turn for the complex when another party shows up, with an equal interest in the prize but a greater disregard for the lives of others. Aphrodite's magic girdle soon becomes the focus of a deadly game of hot potato that threatens to leave Blake's first proper case in failure. From $3.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW

Forbidden Professor by Natasha L. Black


I kissed him on a dare. One sizzling kiss with a stranger in a bar. I’d never see him again, right? Now he’s sitting in the back of my ethics course, my new student. But the truth could set me free. Camden’s a cowboy, a rancher who wants to finish his degree. Fate put him in my class, but I’m not sure I can stay out of his bed. He’s everything I want, but I can’t risk my career. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW

Science Fiction & Fantasy Special Edition!

In honor of the March 11 birthday of Douglas Adams (English author, humorist, and screenwriter best known for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), we are publishing a Science Fiction & Fantasy Special Edition today. Read on the learn about 23 great indie Sci-fi/Fantasy reads, including two freebies and six books for less than $1! 

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” ~Douglas Adams

Daggers in the Snow by J.W. Steer

Science Fiction and Fantasy

A dethroned princess. A mysterious ally. An island capital awash with intrigue. In Slavograd, Anastassia has lived alongside her family's murderers for 11 years. She channels her frustration into prowling the moonlit streets as one-half of the city's infamous and anonymous vigilante duo. Until death plagues the Palace and stalks the snowy alleys. Now the pair of vigilantes have to solve two mysteries at once - all the while becoming increasingly curious about each other’s true identity. From $4.99 SHOP NOW

Vizard by Shari Marshall

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Forced into a cloak-and-dagger life in a world of intrigues and hazards that threaten to overwhelm the already unstable facts of her identity, Juniper Berry finds herself torn between irreconcilable lives. Vizard is a stand-alone, dark urban fantasy, prequel in The Ember Files Series. It details events that happened forty years before Kori Ember and the emergence of the Ember stone. Vizard follows Juniper Berry—later known as Astrid—through events that lead to the birth of her son, Belamey Adelgrief. 4.0 stars, 17 ratings. From $2.99 SHOP NOW

The Penance of Valentine Cash by Rebecca Rook

Science Fiction and Fantasy

"Utterly amazing! I honestly picked it up on a whim, and I cannot express just how delighted I am that I did so, because I loved it so so much! The story of an up-and-coming musician forced to complete a series of harrowing tasks to earn a return to life, The Penance of Valentine Cash is the Americana urban fantasy I didn't know I needed until I read it." ~NetGalley Reviewer. When she dies in an accidental collision she caused on the cusp of musical fame, Valentine Cash is offered a deal to regain her life. From $4.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW

FREE - A Kiss of Ashen Twilight by Rae Lori

Science Fiction and Fantasy

A Many Books Best Paranormal Book of the Month. From award-winning author Rae Lori: Ariya, an Aziza Faerie, crosses into the mortal realm to escape a vicious and deadly elemental creature. She discovers an underground world of Nightwalkers, Lycans, and Shifter Elves hiding beneath human eyes. When she falls for the Nightwalker Regent Prince, Jace Archane, love and loyalties are tested as an age-old rivalry unmasks a new enemy. Book 1 in the Ashen Twilight Series. 4 stars, 158 ratings. FREE - SHOP NOW

The Lazarus Men by Christian Warren Freed

Science Fiction and Fantasy

The Lazarus Men is a thrilling sci-fi noir adventure combining the action of James Bond, the mystery of the Maltese Falcon, and the sci-fi of Total Recall. The first in the series, this is the adventure of the year. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW

Look 'N Up Invasion by Janice Carr Smith

Science Fiction and Fantasy

They appeared out of nowhere, from an unknown world. While fighting predators that attack every three years, the royal family of a tiny, primitive world is accidentally transported to a pomegranate farm in California. Desperate for help, the farm family hires the green-skinned strangers. Deep friendships form, but the predators have followed their prey. They’re hibernating on the farm, waiting to attack an unsuspecting Earth. It will take the diverse skills of both families to defeat them. “Entertaining and enlightening.” ~Book Trib. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

A Genie's New Start by Sammi Mason

Science Fiction and Fantasy

She yearned for peace and healing. Destiny gave her magic, wishes, and danger. Ginny is shattered. With her life in chaos, she is desperate for a home and new life. But a mysterious magical store on a secret island is more than she bargained for. So are the savages dead set on obtaining the perilous artifacts crammed inside. Bewildered and facing unimaginable threats, she teams up with a reluctant dragon shifter, a flamboyant vampire, and a seamstress with a golden sword. Are her emerging powers enough to save it all, or is everyone doomed? 4.4 stars, 22 ratings. From $1.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW

Of Squires and Knights B.J. Vancheyson

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Finalist, 2023 American Writing Awards: Fiction-Fantasy. Jonathan isn’t your typical medieval hero on an errandin fact, he’s not even a knight yet. A year before his dubbing, he learns that a fellow squire is being put in peril by his suspicious mentor knight. Insidious realities, medieval pageantry, and classic fantasy await in a tale of good and evil, secrets and chivalry…and truths no one should ever have to face. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

Stranded by Rosalind Tate

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Sophie is stranded in history, stuck in a grand house in 1925 England with her dog and Hugo, a boy she hated at school. Baffled by upper-class rules, and courted by boring suitors, Sophie is desperate to get back to the 21st century. But the only way home is through a hidden portal—and to unlock its secrets, she must work with Hugo. As one clue leads to another, Sophie discovers that history is unfolding differently. And when riots turn into revolution, anyone in a grand house is fair game. Sophie and Hugo are running out of time. 4.1 stars, 700+ ratings. From $4.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW

The Time Meowchine by Marty Beckerman

Science Fiction and Fantasy

One of New York Magazine’s 10 Best Comedy Books of 2023. Our feline cyborg hero must prevent climate “apawcalypse” by zapping back to 2000 and electing Purrsident Al Gore in this humorous sci-fi adventure. The Time Meowchine is a bonkers yet heartfelt story of interspecies friendship across the multiverse (multifurse) that will leave readers purring. 4.6 stars, 26 ratings. From $4.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW