Today's Featured Books

East Sol by Raine Leggett

Science Fiction and Fantasy

After meeting in a field of flowers, Royal Noble Mimi and Crown Princess Rochel form a bond like no other. As they grow closer and closer, duties call for Crown Princess Rochel. They soon must part but this will not end their relationship. Instead, it sparks a promise that they will only grow closer and never part again. Thus Mimi’s road to the Royal Guard begins. As she navigates back to Rochel, Mimi forms bonds that she brings along with her. From $4.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


They Will Be Coming for Us by Kim Catanzarite

Science Fiction and Fantasy

A BlueInk Notable Book and the first in the Jovian Universe series. A young woman marries into an unusual family that soon becomes obsessed with her and her pregnancy. Also available as an audiobook. “Fans of science fiction mixed with romance and mystery will enjoy this genre-crossing novel.” ~BookLife Review. 4.2 stars, 375 ratings. From $2.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Staked by Kim Catanzarite

Science Fiction and Fantasy

A ship, a monster, and a lost love compel a reluctant vampire to discover who he is and how he got this way. Staked is a speculative journey of a young man's desperate desire to get back home. "An innovative take on the modern vampire story." ~Kirkus Reviews. 4.2 stars, 34 ratings. From $4.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


My First: Superhero by JD Ritter

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Ex-Navy SEAL Peter 'Pepe' Petersen, haunted by his past, is lured into The Organizationan underground group hunting super-powered beings, 'Supes', for money and a sense of justice. In this shadowy world, Pepe battles moral chaos and his own demons. Here, heroes and villains merge, and every choice teeters on a knife-edge. Will Pepe navigate this treacherous landscape and survive where right meets wrong in a deadly dance? From $2.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


The Sword and the Sunflower by Mark Bradford

Science Fiction and Fantasy

A father who lost his heart. A traveler who lost his love. A girl who loses everything. A touching story of love, redemption, and family. This is an epic coming-of-age hero's journey set in a far, yet familiar future. Available via ebook, paperback, hardcover, and audiobook. From the Best New Author of 2020 (AudioBookReviewer.com). Book 1 in The Sword and the Sunflower series. Start the journey today! 4.5 stars, 26 ratings. From $2.99 SHOP NOW


Kaleidoscopic Shades by David A. Neuman

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Hoffer Award Finalist. From the multi-award-winning and bestseller at Online Book Club comes Kaleidoscopic Shades: Within Black Eternity. No one knows the truth...though they've seen the perils before. And against the odds, a father must take his son back into his haunted past where he'll struggle for his own sanity and that of eight billion souls, while his son confronts a universe of those who lost and a menagerie of clocks maddeningly ticking away the hour to nowhere. To the endless plains of Black Eternity. 4.1 stars, 38 ratings. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


In the Shadow of the Luminaries by Kallen Samuels

Science Fiction and Fantasy

"Refreshingly inventive and exciting, this is an extraordinary work of science fiction world building." ~The BookLife Prize by Publishers Weekly. 500 years ago, Gravity reversed. Two-thirds of the world’s population were catapulted into the heavens. The Aerish and the earthbound waver between cooperation and war. Valtteri is trained to infiltrate the earthbound but carries a genetic trait attracting unwanted attention. He’s determined to expose a plot and prevent a war. If he can survive a world that treats him as a pariah. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


FREE - City of Masks by Ashley Capes

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Sick of elves and orcs? Then this is the epic fantasy for you! When a royal conspiracy topples the noble House Falco, Sofia must take up the burden of her father's mantle and assume guardianship of his Greatmask. Yet the sentient bone mask, powerful enough to compel those around her, will not speak, and Sofia, the first female Protector in a hundred years, is left defenseless. Book 1 of The Bone Mask Cycle. 4.2 stars, 800+ ratings. FREE - SHOP NOW


Blackout Trail by Linda Naughton

Science Fiction and Fantasy

A Post-Apocalyptic EMP Survival Thriller. When an EMP brings down the power grid, Dr. Anna Hastings must learn what it means to be a doctor in a world deprived of almost all technology. She joins devoted father Mark Ryan and his young daughter on a perilous journey across a thousand miles of backcountry trails. A story of survival, found family, and how far we'll go for our loved ones. 4.6 stars, 1500+ ratings. From $3.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


The View from Here by Leon Stevens

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Two adventurous people. A strange world. One goal. Unravel the mystery. Thomas sets out on a hike he has done many times before. Taking only what he needs for the three or four hours he expects to be gone, he passes a vehicle in the parking lot. The handwritten note on the dashboard read: Not Abandoned. The view at the end of the trail was not what he expected—neither were the friendships. Two people in an unknown world. Only their physical fitness and combined knowledge will get them through everything they may encounter. Book 1 of The View from Here Trilogy. 4.5 stars, 50+ ratings. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


The Swan Harp by Elizabeth Creith

Science Fiction and Fantasy

The enthralling, suspenseful, and magical first book in the Wings of Valenia fantasy trilogy, perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Holly Black, and Robin McKinley. I was Father's heir now, and one day I'd be queen. But when I looked at Mother, Adana, and Orla and imagined flying, somehow the thought of being queen didn't comfort me. "A spellbinding fantasy romance." ~Reedsy Discovery. From $2.99 SHOP NOW


Superordinary Detective by Argo Ashton

Science Fiction and Fantasy

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


Tale of Tales: A Strange Bunch by Nikola Stefan

Science Fiction and Fantasy

What would you do if the darkness came for you? Join Senka, an ill-fated child, who survives a devastating attack only to be pursued by unnatural forces. She finds herself on a perilous quest alongside a group of mysterious strangers, brought together through chance encounters and unforeseen alliances. Chosen by the gods or beguiled into believing it by the far-seeing daughter of a witch, they unravel the secrets of a fateful prophecy and face the deadly shadows rising from the depths of time. Book 1 in the series. 4.3 stars, 36 ratings on Goodreads. From $2.99 SHOP NOW


Free online: Poetry & Conversation from the Hudson Valley Writers Center

Events

Free online: Diane Seuss & Jane Huffman: Poetry & Conversation. Join the Hudson Valley Writers Center via Zoom for an evening of poetry and conversation with Diane Seuss and Jane Huffman. Diane Seuss is the author of six books of poetry and winner of the 2022 PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry. Jane Huffman’s debut poetry collection, Public Abstract, was the winner of the 2023 APR/Honickman first book prize. Sunday, March 10, 4 PM ET.

"I wish you a sexy, dangerous, jazz-shaped immortality." ~Diane Seuss


Frontier Justice by Michael Cardwell

Book of the Day

Danny Coogan, a freshly minted Montana Fish and Game Officer, and recent Afghanistan veteran, hopes to bury his demons in a simple life in the wilderness around the small town of Darwin. But his life becomes a nightmare when he is shot and left injured and alone in the freezing countryside to struggle for survival. His assailant? A local he had considered a friend. 4.4 stars, 1300+ ratings. From $2.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Frontier Outlaws by Michael Cardwell

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

Months after the showdown that nearly cost him his life, Game Warden Danny Coogan faces a new threat. It starts with a dead steer. Which happens to be near the body of a dead rancher. With the flavor of a down-home yarn and the intensity of a high adventure, Frontier Outlaws offers fans a thrilling ride that delivers a bronco-busting punch of an ending. 4.7 stars, 53 ratings on Goodreads. From $2.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Self-Studying In The Digital Age from Wisdom University

General Nonfiction

You don't need a classroom anymore. All you need is Self-Studying In The Digital Age: How To Take Advantage Of Digital Tools And Self-Learning Systems To Continuously Level Up Each Time, complete with strategies to master self-learning in the digital age. Based on modern research, self-learning is your ticket to continuous growth and a successful future. But in a noisy world of endless online resources, where do you start? This book will serve as your compass in the chaos. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


FREE - Paradise Bay Boxed Set by Melanie Summers

Romance

Escape to Paradise Bay, where the drinks are always cold and the men are the complete opposite. Three hilarious, heartwarming, and swoon-worthy full-length novels that will have you laughing, smiling, and sipping fruity blender drinks! 4.5 stars, 600+ ratings. FREE - SHOP NOW


Fire and Wolves: A Tale of Etria by Elizabeth Jensen

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Ten-year-old Sabine Wolfensberger was thrilled to attend Onaxx Academy for Mages. Then, the bullying began. Shapeshifting is a rare gift, and Sabine longs to spend her time at the magical academy learning how to focus her new ability in hopes of taking the form of a horse. Instead, she finds herself singled out and tormented by a cruel classmate. Can she find the courage to speak up and advocate for herself? Or will this magical time be ruined by a classmate's cruel nature? From $0.99 SHOP NOW


In God We Trust by Miriam Pecknpaw

Literary Fiction and Poetry

In today's political world, nothing is considered out of bounds, including sabotaging your opponent. Ruth and Deb try to bring God's blessing to the upcoming election, but not everyone is on board with this idea. From $2.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Be a part of The Chimera Snare: Fragments Kickstarter Campaign!

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Today, LitNuts is inviting booklovers to be a part of a unique publishing project by participating in The Chimera Snare: Fragments Kickstarter campaign

The Chimera Snare is a new dark fantasy series, and readers who participate in the Kickstarter campaign can choose from a variety of rewards, including specially curated goods from a selection of independent artisans. Backers will also be acknowledged in the book's credits

Read on to learn more!


The Chimera Snare: Fragments

Book 1 in a Dark Fantasy Series

High school chaos clashes with an other-worldly feud as two earthbound teenagers work together to thwart a reality-bending showdown.

The Chimera Snare: Fragments plunges the reader into the middle of an otherworldly feud between the distant realms of Celestine and Daeva. Notable characters from each realm are vying for the possession of a powerful set of artifacts known as The Order of Existence that grants the user control over all reality. While the Celestines have established themselves as the guardians of The Order, a sect within the persecuted realm of Daeva aims to assume control of it and exact a long-awaited vengeance.

When two Celestine guardians are expelled from their realm and trapped within the bodies of two earthbound teenagers, a race begins between the feuding realms: Will the Celestines find a way to free their guardians, or will the Daeva succeed in their quest to alter the fabric of existence?

Meanwhile on Earth, high schoolers and best friends Rayshell and Trish are thrust into the story when they realize that they are living vessels in this realm for the two banished Celestine guardians, putting Rayshell and Trish in a race against time to connect with the Celestines before the Daeva find them. 
About the Kickstarter Campaign
The Chimera Snare: Fragments Kickstarter campaign aims to bring this new dark fantasy series to life while offering backers unique rewards, exclusive merchandise, and the promise of an unforgettable literary journey.

You can become a backer of this exciting project for as little as $5 and earn exciting rewards in the process...ranging from an eBook edition to a signed paperback copy to a lavish first-edition hardcover version, and much more, including a Triple Moon Pendant, hand-painted artwork, fragrances in the form of artisan candles, soaps, and incense, and other curated goods, many of which can be had in rewards bundles.

Visit The Chimera Snare: Fragments Kickstarter campaign now to learn more!

      


About the Authors
Shannon Vierra is an urban gardener and avid seed collector—last clocked in with over 3500 different varieties. In the makeup community, Shannon goes by zoomzoommacaron where she collaborates with fellow MUAS across the world. She hosts a monthly zombie-themed makeup group called the #zombabescollab and adores SFX and other creative makeup. Shannon is also the owner of ShopCorpsicle which specializes in handmade props, fake food, miniatures, prosthetics, and other accessories. She uses the alias Silence In Shadows for her traditional art. 

Edward Ayllon first discovered the joys of creative writing through his early high school studies, and has spent many years exploring and developing a deep appreciation for the arts. Since first collaborating with his wife, Shannon, he has sprouted a passion and true affinity for storytelling and crafting literature. In addition to refining his skill in creating written works, his other interests include playing bass guitar, listening to music, and dabbling in photography.

Shannon and Edward write together as S&E Black. Both are originally from California and now live in the Chicago area with an a clowder of rescue cats. Learn more at TheChimeraSnare.com
About Clay Urn Publishing
Clay Urn Publishing LLC, co-founded in 2023 by Edward Ayllon and Shannon Vierra, is home to The Chimera Snare series and is open to other imaginative and captivating literary works. Committed to supporting independent voices, this publishing house seeks to create a platform where unique stories can flourish. Learn more at ClayUrnPublishing.com and follow Clay Urn online:
 
    


Celebrate World Book Day on March 7

Events

March 7 is World Book Day, and WorldBookDay.com helps parents and educators celebrate the day by providing free online resources for preschoolers and for children in elementary/primary and middle/secondary schools.

“A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.” ~George R.R. Martin


After the War, The Play by Stuart Sharp

Book of the Day

Playwright Ynn finds himself adrift in a new land when his theater company suddenly disbands. He accepts a commission from the royal court to write a play about the events of the last battle with the dark lord. But as he delves into the history of the conflict, he uncovers intrigues and danger that threaten not only his artistic vision, but also his life. Will Ynn be able to finish his masterpiece and find true love? Or will he become a victim of the very plot he is trying to dramatize? From $4.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW

 


Glass Girl by Dorothy A. Winsor

Children and Young Adult

Seventeen-year-old Emlin is about to become a fully-fledged crafter of dragon-inspired stained glass. Then her mother is murdered following a mysterious nighttime trip to the palace. The Watch doesn’t know who the murderer is, so Emlin vows to find the killer herself. Dogged by a curious, charming scholar who can’t keep his nose out of her business, she learns things about her mother that question whether she’ll ever become a glassmaker—assuming she lives long enough. 4.9 stars, 14 ratings. From $3.99 SHOP NOW


FREE - When I Watched Her Die by Sonya Bateman

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

From bestselling author Sonya Bateman comes a shocking psychological thriller. I was twelve when I watched her die in the woods. No one believed what I saw. Until now. We finally found her. And now, I get to investigate her murder. But first, I have to catch a serial killer who might be targeting me next. FREE - SHOP NOW