Today's Featured Books

The Islander by David W. Berner

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

New Release! “A thought-provoking work on grief, healing, and companionship…with skillful writing that captures the beauty of an isolated island off Ireland’s coast.” -Literary Titan Review. An aging writer retreats to a remote island to pursue a monastic lifestyle and forget his troubled past. When a young woman who carries her own heartache comes to the island on a solitary spiritual and hiking adventure, the two discover an unusual bond and together attempt to heal their aching hearts. From $9.99 SHOP NOW

Playing Horseshoes with Aliens by John Parker

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Three UFO buffs unexpectedly find themselves fighting off thugs in a strange contest. If they win, the prize could benefit mankind. Their intergalactic host is a gnome-shaped glitter lover of his own cowboy cool—alien modified. His outer space fan base, lovers of cowboy attire and moonshine, can't get enough! They treasure a twenty-gallon hat on their saucers while watching motivated humans chase after a prize—all of which adds up to mayhem and laughs! From $0.99 SHOP NOW

FREE - The Adventures of Bruno and Grace by Rachel Young

Children and Young Adult

Bruno, a police dog, retires from work and begins a new life at home with Baby Grace. A special friendship develops between the two of them as they begin to share many new adventures! FREE - SHOP NOW

Spotlight on Emerson Pass Historicals by Tess Thompson


"The world was a hard place and courage our only map."

Today, LitNuts is shining a spotlight on the Emerson Pass Historicals, a series of sweet American historical romances from Tess Thompson, the USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary and historical Romantic Women’s Fiction.

" cookies and milk. Highly recommended." ~Mary-Lisa R., Goodreads Review

"Heartwarming, entertaining, and epic tale." ~Diana J., Amazon Review

"Feel-good historical fiction." ~Gina B., Goodreads Review

In the days ahead, we'll provide you with a closer look at each novel in the series as we feature them in the LitNuts newsletter. Today, we invite you learn more via an overview of the entire Emerson Pass Historicals series and to meet Tess Thompson.

Emerson Pass Historicals

Series of 8 Books on Kindle: $39.92
Individual titles from $0.99
Free via Kindle Unlimited

Escape to a simpler time with clean and wholesome historical fiction for any age!

He's a lonely widower with five children. She braves the frontier hoping for a new life. Together, they create the family they all need.

Wealthy Lord Barnes left his homeland for adventures in America and is raising five precocious children alone in 1910 when the first schoolteacher of Emerson Pass arrives with nothing but an extra dress in her suitcase.

Miss Quinn Cooper has left her mother and sister to brave the unknown Western frontier, never dreaming that her destiny is about to unfold.

Meet Alexander Barnes, Quinn Cooper, and the Barnes family, and follow along as each Barnes sibling experiences a happily-ever-after in this series. Along the way, enjoy epic love stories, sibling loyalty, and deep friendships in this touching family saga.

The School Mistress (Emerson Pass Historicals Book 1)
4.4 stars, 13,000+ ratings

An impoverished young woman. A lonely father of five. Will they be able to resist when a cadre of optimistic children start matchmaking?

The Spinster (Emerson Pass Historicals Book 2)
4.5 stars, 3796 ratings

Her love died on a battlefield. He carries a torch for a woman he’s never met. Can the tragic death of a soldier entwine the souls of two strangers?

The Scholar (Emerson Pass Historicals Book 3)
4.5 stars, 2565 ratings

They've both been wounded by the past. Can their marriage of convenience bring the healing they need? 

The Problem Child (Emerson Pass Historicals Book 4)
4.6 stars, 2043 ratings

She declared him her arch-enemy. Then he saved her beloved sister, and she started to see him differently. Still, she can't let go of the idea that her destiny is waiting somewhere else in the world.

The Seven Days of Christmas (Emerson Pass Historicals Book 5)
4.5 stars, 1313 ratings

Merry Christmas from Emerson Pass in this bonus novella full of holiday cheer, romance, and family.

The Musician (Emerson Pass Historicals Book 6)
4.6 stars, 1344 ratings

Fiona Barnes has a secret. One so big she's afraid it will destroy everything she holds dear. Not even her beloved music can save her.

The Wordsmith (Emerson Pass Historicals Book 7)
4.6 stars, 1047 ratings

She’s loved him from afar. He thinks of her as his best friend’s little sister. Will these forbidden lovers find their way before they lose each other forever?

The Rebel (Emerson Pass Historicals Book 8)
4.8 stars, 588 ratings

She watches helplessly as the man she loves leaves to fight with the Allies overseas. He promises her he will return to her alive and well. Will he be able to keep his promise, or will he be yet another lost soldier in a war against tyranny?

Emerson Pass Historicals: Books 1-3

Get started on the series with this collection of the first three books: The School Mistress, The Spinster, and The Scholar

About the Author

Tess Thompson is the award-winning author of more than 100 contemporary and historical Romantic Women’s Fiction titles. Her books can best be summed up as "Hometowns and Heartstrings." 

She’s married to her prince, Best Husband Ever, and is the mother of their blended family of four kids and five cats. After graduating from the University of Southern California Drama School, she had hopes of becoming an actress, but was called instead to writing fiction. She’s grateful to spend most days in her office matchmaking her characters while her favorite cat, Mittens, sleeps on the desk.

Learn more and say hello at Sign up for her newsletter to get a free copy of her novella, The Santa Trial, and keep in touch via your favorite social media platform: 

Free online: Rosenwald School Graduates celebrate Women's History Month


Free online this weekend: Rosenwald School Graduates celebrate Women's History Month by sharing their stories. Sunday, March 12, 4:00 p.m. EDT.

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“There is always something left to love. And if you ain’t learned that, you ain’t learned nothing.” ~Lorraine Hansberry

Eden Falls by Arthur Quinn

Book of the Day

Breaking the rules is required when it will save humanity’s last safe harbor. Ripped from his home and loaded onto a waiting spacecraft, Nathan Hurst and hundreds of others are ferried to a distant asteroid, Ixion. Those left behind are doomed to extinction, trapped on an Earth soon to be destroyed. Not everyone believes Earth has perished. Conspiracy theories blossom, and someone begins to sabotage the asteroid’s infrastructure. If Nathan doesn't untangle the truth from the lies, there won't be anywhere left to go. From $3.99 SHOP NOW

Optimize Your Immune System by Marie Ruggles

General Nonfiction

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. "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. 4.7 stars, 120+ ratings. From $3.99 SHOP NOW

The Chronocar - An Urban Adventure In Time by Steve Bellinger

Science Fiction and Fantasy

“5 out of 5 stars - A Wickedly Exciting Time Travel Novel” –Amazon Review. An African American college student finds the plans for a Chronocar, a time machine, invented by a son of a slave genius 125 years earlier. He travels back in time to visit the inventor and finds himself in the middle of the Red Summer Riot of 1919. It turns out that facing death in Chicago’s bloodiest race riot is the least of his problems. 4.7 stars, 60+ ratings. From $3.99 SHOP NOW

Maestro Orpheus and The World Clock by Robert Pennee and Joanne Grodzinski

Children and Young Adult

In this dream-like tale, Fred is visiting his grandfather when time suddenly stops. Setting out to discover why, Fred meets Maestro Orpheus and his magical lyre. Together they begin a musical adventure along The Corridor of Time, on their way to wind The World Clock. Drawing on a broad range of classical music, by composers from Bach and Haydn to Chopin and Strauss, Maestro Orpheus and The World Clock explores the intimate relationship between time, memory, and music in a way that is intended to delight young readers and fill them with wonder. From $2.99 SHOP NOW

Cold Peril by Emily Jane Trent


A shooter tries to kill Marlena at a charity fundraiser for wounded warriors. Navy SEAL Garrett saves her, then becomes her self-appointed bodyguard. It’s a wild ride as the killer’s attempts escalate, while Marlena tries to keep her life together and film a movie that could make her career. Her sexy bodyguard doesn’t leave her side, and the attraction grows strong – but she vows not to get involved with ex-military. Book 1 in the Stealth Security series. 4.2 stars, 340+ ratings. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

Equal and Opposite Reactions by Patti Liszkay


“I’m really sorry, It’s just…I’ve been having a bad divorce, er, day, I mean.”

“A bad divorce day? Yeah, I’ve had a few of those.”

Equal and Opposite Reactions tells of the chain of events that unwinds when a newly divorced, financially struggling young mother and a broken-hearted plumber learn that they have something strangely in common. Followed by Hail Mary and Tropical Depression, Equal and Opposite Reactions is the first of a trilogy of poignant, stand-alone comedies that weave a continuing tale about contemporary relationships. 4.3 stars, 43 ratings. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

Dandelion Jack by Charlii Darling


Britt just tumbled into bed with a handsome stranger…who might be a killer in a custom made suit. Is her new lover, Roman, tied to her late husband's disappearance? "I need a Roman in my life--5 stars!" -ARC Review. If you like fizzy, indulgent steamy romances with a hint of noir glitter, this novella is for you. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

Free online: Poetry for International Women's Day


Free online tonight: Feminist Poetry on International Women's Day. Fifteen poets will share their work and their passion to change the world in an event organized by the Feminist Caucus of the League of Canadian Poets, an organization that celebrates, promotes, and supports women’s creativity. Wednesday, March 8, 8 p.m. EST.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.
~Maya Angelou

Joyous Leadership by John Mark Watson

Book of the Day

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. 5 stars, 55 ratings. From $6.49 SHOP NOW

Agents of the Planetary Republic, Books 1-10 by Jaxon Reed

Science Fiction and Fantasy

The Planetary Republic and Star League have settled their differences. Treaties are signed, trade is restored. But spies and diplomatic turmoil lead to a high-tech cold war of epic proportions. This deep-space adventure features rolling gun battles, space warfare, fistfights, political intrigue, love stories, and more. See who wins, who loses, who dies, and who lives to fight another day in this action-packed space opera from two-time Kindle Scout winner Jaxon Reed. Complete ten-book box set. 4.5 stars, 750+ ratings. $0.99 (Free via KU) SHOP NOW

A Noble Cunning: The Countess and the Tower by Patricia Bernstein

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

A thrilling tale (based on a true story) of one woman’s tremendous courage and incomparable wit in trying to rescue her husband from the Tower of London the night before he is to be executed. Set amidst English and Scottish hostilities in the early 1700s and the terrible religious persecution of the period, this extraordinary tale is brought to life by author Patricia Bernstein. #1 Best Seller in Scottish Historical Fiction. From $2.99 SHOP NOW

Self-Learning Mastery by Thinknetic

General Nonfiction

The Self-Learner’s Handbook To Unlock Your Potential And Unleash Your Inner Genius. Learning things on your own isn’t hard. You’ve just been doing it wrong. Want to get it right? Here’s how… There are core skills you need that support, even augment your memory. The correct way to read is one. The ability to critically assess and take notes is another. Learn methods that will allow you to be in the company of elite self-learners! From $0.99 SHOP NOW

Burned (Sinful Desires #2) by A.L. Long


How could I possibly believe that I deserve a woman like Kenzi Horton? She’s smart, beautiful, and sexy as hell. I had one chance to tell her the truth about my past, and I blew it. Now every day, I am paying for making the biggest mistake ever. I should have taken care of Van Wilkerson and his brother Niles Harris a long time ago. Every day without Kenzi is one day too long. I may not deserve her, but neither does River Stevenson. Kenzi Horton is mine, and I will do whatever it takes to get her back, even if I have to leave The Society. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

The Guardians of Erum by A. Ali Hasan Ali

Science Fiction and Fantasy

In a story set in the ancient Arabian Peninsula, the son of a humble date farmer is targeted for sacrifice by a jinn master. An occultist apprentice intervenes to stop the sacrifice, but when the boy goes missing, his father begins an unforgettable quest across an unforgiving land to rescue him. 4.4 stars, 88 ratings. From $6.99 SHOP NOW

Jon Bragg: Blue Essence by Kenney Meyers

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Jon Bragg enjoys a quiet life in the small town of Grinwell, Iowa. He has loving parents, a typical, bratty little sister, and a best friend who is fascinated by Norse mythology. But when Jon turns sixteen, a new kid arrives, stirring up a whirlwind of trouble, and Jon and his friend are caught in a hunt for demigods and their blue essence. A Norse Mythology Fantasy perfect for fans of the Magnus Chase series and movies like Mortal. An eBookFairs "Best in Show" selection. From $1.99 SHOP NOW

New Release: Hope for the Worst by Kate Brandt


Congratulations to Kate Brandt and Vine Leaves Press on the release of Hope for the Worst, a novel that asks how far we will go for love, and what happens when we reach our limit.

"A novel with many lessons for living, rendered in beautiful form." ~Jimin Han, author of A Small Revolution

Hope for the Worst by Kate Brandt

NEW RELEASE: March 7, 2023
From $5.99  

Ellie is twenty-four years old, stuck in a dead-end job, and questioning the meaning of life when she meets the much older Calvin. It’s as if her deepest wish has been granted. Star of the Buddhist teaching circuit in New York’s Greenwich Village, his wisdom is exactly what she’s been seeking.

When she becomes the center of his attention, it’s almost pure bliss…until it becomes clear that Calvin expects sex as part of the bargain. At first reluctant, Ellie gradually falls ever more deeply in love, until Calvin is all she can think about.

Calvin’s lectures stress the Buddhist concept of non-attachment, but that doesn’t salve her wounds when he abandons her. Suddenly alone, Ellie must find a way to heal from her loss—but not before devotion to her teacher takes her halfway across the world to Tibet, and puts her life in real danger.
Praise for Hope for the Worst
“A thrilling journey into the heart of Buddhist thought on pain, truth, and desire. This story will pull you deep into the thorny beauty of American Buddhism—and leave you wondering and moved.” ~Blair Hurley, author of The Devoted

“A novel that speaks to our moment: how do we live? how not to suffer? how to be where we are? This remarkable story allows us to see our own lives with new eyes.” ~Kathleen Hill, author of She Read to Us in the Late Afternoons

“A tale of high ideas and high longing, with an untrustworthy guru and New York in its most desperate years...a riveting book that will make its mark on all readers.” ~Joan Silber, author of The Secrets of Happiness and Improvement
“Pulses with vivid observations of what we do in the search for love...a novel with many lessons for living, rendered in beautiful form.” ~Jimin Han, author of The Apology and A Small Revolution

About the Author
Kate Brandt’s work has appeared in Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Literary Mama, The Westchester Review, Ginosko, and Redivider, among other journals. She teaches adult literacy students in New York City and lives in Westchester County, New York. 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

Read an E-Book Week is here!


Read an Ebook Week is now underway. Created by booklover Rita Toews of Winnipeg, Canada, Read an Ebook Week brings together ebook retailers, publishers, and authors who offer thousands of ebooks for free and at deep discounts to encourage booklovers around the world to give ebooks a try. Start with the books featured by LitNuts today, and then keep an eye out all week for more great reads!

"Books are no more threatened by ebooks than stairs by elevators." ~Stephen Fry

Bigger Better Braver by Nancy Pickard

Book of the Day

"A self-help companion designed to unearth hope and help it to grow." ~Foreword Reviews. 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, Pickard shares tools to identify, face, and overcome beliefs from childhood that hold us back, leave our comfort zones, cultivate fear as a driving force for change, and discover courage to take bold steps into the future. 4.7 stars, 54 ratings. From $7.99 SHOP NOW

Walks with Sam by David W. Berner

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

"Moments of true lovers and spirtualists will adore this." -Publishers Weekly. A sweet and beautiful story of a man, a dog, and the redemptive nature of a good walk from award-winning author David W. Berner. A long walk can lead to unexpected discoveries, especially when you bring your best friend along. In the tradition of many literary walkers, Berner sets out on foot hoping to reexamine his life, look back, and look forward, all with the help of his young dog. 5 stars, 23 ratings. From $7.49 SHOP NOW

FREE - 1000 Fun Facts for Immature Adults by Bryan Spektor

General Nonfiction

Random Trivia and Weird Truths You Should Know Vol. 1. Wow your family and friends, and blow their minds with 1,000 unbelievable but 100% true facts. Did you know that you produce enough saliva to fill two swimming pools? Or that there’s a town in Central America where fish fall from the sky? Knowing fun trivia like this can be quite handy! Make people think you're a genius. Put an end to awkward silences. Conquer trivia night! 4.7 stars, 200+ ratings. FREE - SHOP NOW