Today's Featured Books

Get the "Dogs at Work" series from North Star Classroom!

Today, LitNuts is shining a spotlight on the Dogs at Work series from North Star Classroom, a great set of books for young dog lovers everywhere!
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Dogs at Work Series

$79.60 Set of Eight Books
From $8.49 Each (Click book covers, below)

From tracking scents to pulling sleds, people train dogs to do all kinds of work. This series pairs short paragraphs of easy-to-read text with colorful photos to help readers explore these jobs and the training they require.

Each book also includes a table of contents, fun facts, sidebars, comprehension questions, a glossary, an index, and a list of resources for further reading. The entire series is written for reading levels of grades 3-5 and interest levels of grades 5-7.

The eight Dogs at Work books include: Acting Dogs, Herding Dogs, Police Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs, Service Dogs, Sled Dogs, Sniffer Dogs, and Therapy Dogs

Indie deals (including 5 freebies) + last call for giveaway!


Todays Featured Books include great deals on indie books—including five freebies! Scroll down to learn more. 

Last call for the Woodson Falls Mystery Series Giveaway: Enter by midnight central time tonight for a chance to win signed books and a coffee shop gift card!

"Don't compromise yourself. You're all you have." ~John Grisham

FREE - 2 Sunrise Trail by Andrea O'Connor

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

Attorney Gaby Quinn’s law practice continues to keep her busy, as does her budding relationship with Officer Matt Thomas. But a threatening note from a stranger has Gaby on edge, and as she searches for clues to reveal the stranger’s identity and motives, Matt’s protectiveness rubs her the wrong way. Gaby wants nothing more than to relax and enjoy the Fourth of July holiday. Yet when elderly Winston Pinkham admits to being in a bit of a bind, she jumps at the chance to help a friend in need. But someone else has other plans… Book 3 in the series. FREE via Kindle Countdown Deal & Kindle Unlimited - SHOP NOW 

FREE - Billy Scarlet by Savannah and Zeke Parker

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

In this teen/young adult adventure, young Billy Scarlet tries to find her way. Born the bastard child of a governor’s daughter and a pirate, she always felt there was something more to who she was. After the man who raised her is killed, Billy and her friends, Clara and Davy, turn to a life at sea as ship’s boys, hiding the fact that Billy and Clara are girls. When they are discovered and put off the ship, they meet a man who tells them of a life they once lived that neither of them can remember. They are soon thrust into an epic battle with an immortal sea captain who will stop at nothing to kill them. FREE - SHOP NOW

Stolen Portrait Stolen Soul by Nellie H. Steele

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

Celine thought reclaiming her life and banishing a centuries-old enemy would bring her peace. She was wrong. With her centuries-old portrait containing a shard of her soul stolen, danger lurks for the Buckley household. And as her fellow Slayers search for it, Celine develops debilitating physical symptoms. Certain that retrieving the painting will cure her, two Slayers travel back in time to the moment of the painting’s creation. But dark forces lurk there, threatening to destroy not only the Slayers, but the future as well. Shadow Slayers Stories Book 2. 4.5 stars, 63 ratings. From $4.99 SHOP NOW

FREE - Seven Tales of Love by Linda Mahkovec

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

"A delightful little book... Each story had its own unique flavor so there's something for everyone." -Goodreads review. Seven brief tales depict various expressions of love – unwanted, unrequited, passionate, and enduring — from the bright beginnings of youth, through the doubts and changes of middle age, to the comfort and familiarity of old age. "Each one is like a gem, subtle and beautiful in its own way.” -Amazon review. "The slim collection [offers] a view of romance that is achievable rather than an impossible dream." -Kirkus. FREE - SHOP NOW

The Greatest Good by Craig N. Hooper

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

The action-packed first novel in the explosive Garrison Chase thriller series is “A pulse-pounding thriller with endless twists and turns.” Assigned to protect the California governor's son, former operative-turned-federal agent Garrison Chase gets more than he bargained for when his house is nearly blown up and a mysterious gunman makes an attempt on the boy's life. If you like dogged heroes, shocking twists, and heated battles for justice, you'll like this thrilling, murder-for-hire conspiracy. 4.3 stars, 1985 ratings. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

FREE - Cat Naps, Dog Naps: Who Naps More? by Brenda DeHaan

Children and Young Adult

Cats love to nap, but so do dogs. Who naps more? This beginning reader book has fun color photographs of two lovable pets who try to out-nap each other. FREE through February 5 or via Kindle Unlimited - SHOP NOW

FREE - Fire and Sword by Dylan Doose

Science Fiction and Fantasy

In this “epic tale" (Library Journal), three reluctant heroes rise to save a land ravaged by monsters, magic, and epic battles. But will they be enough? "Clever and well-written... immediately evoke similarities with the iconic The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski and the First Law series by Joe Abercrombie." -Grimdark Magazine. 4.4 stars, 1275 ratings. Book 1 in the series. FREE - SHOP NOW

The Perfect Wife by A.L. Long


My name is Davian Cross. I’m a man every woman wants and every man hates. My needs are unique, but that doesn’t stop me from getting what I want. And right now, that is Reyna McCall. Keeping Reyna McCall safe isn’t my only task. Soon she will be mine. Dangerous is my middle name. It’s who I am and no one can stop me. Book 1 in the Sinful Pleasures series. National Indie Excellence Award winner. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

Secret Babies for the Mafia Doctor by K.C. Crowne


On a yacht overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, I allowed a complete stranger to dominate me—and he gave me a gift that changed my world forever. I assumed we'd never meet again, and I certainly didn't expect to see him in my delivery room. Maybe I should tell him that the baby is his, but it's becoming clear that Doctor Dangerous has a few dark secrets of his own…like his long history with the Greek mafia. Now my priority is to protect my babies, even if that means walking away from the man of my dreams. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

Face Off by Marina Vivancos


Orion’s life turns upside down when someone outs him as the first Omega in the NHL. Now, he has to wrestle with the decisions he made throughout his life to keep that secret hidden—including the man he left a decade earlier. Problem is, that man is Gabriel McKenna, Captain of the Queen’s Hounds. Seeing as Orion captains the Brooklyn Cats, their relationship is more one of hate than love at the moment. Or so he wants to tell himself. From $5.99 SHOP NOW

New Giveaway: Amazing Adventures - Young Adult Sci-Fi & Fantasy!


New Giveaway: LitNuts is cosponsoring the Amazing Adventures Giveaway. Enter for a chance to win a bundle of 50 young adult sci-fi and fantasy novels plus a new eReader (a $550 value). Open to readers worldwide.

“A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.” ~Madeleine L’Engle

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