Wednesday New Releases in SciFi and Fantasy Romance for August 24

Trapped on Talonque Final-FJM_High_Res_1800x2700I have not read most of the new releases listed (although I always end up one-clicking a bunch as I prepare these posts LOL) and as always I recommend sampling before you buy!

I put them in the order in which they come to me from authors or I find them myself in the previous week, so it’s a mix of the genres…(usually giving priority to the books brought to my attention by the authors.) Also the term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. And I catch up on ones I missed in recent months.

(NOTE: If the author provides me with buy links I insert those; otherwise I default to Amazon.)

Also, I usually include only the beginning of the book blurb…

This week we start with a new release from me!


Will an alien sleeping beauty awaken to save him, or destroy everyone around her?

When a Sectors Special Forces soldier and his team crash land on an alien planet, they’re taken captive and given a challenge–win at the violent ball game of sapiche and live. Lose, and they die, sending a mysterious, alien beauty to an even uglier fate. To survive, these soldiers must win the game and find a way to free the dangerous prisoner from her locked chamber…..

Amazon    Apple iBooks     Kobo    Barnes & Noble     All Romance eBooks

pirate_evePIRATE (SPACE GYPSY CHRONICLES) by Eve Langlais

Earth: a space pirate’s dream when it comes to booty, but not a good place to hide when bounty hunters come looking. Pulling up stakes means Rafe must leave his vintage trailer behind, but in the process, he acquires a passenger, a mouthy female who seems to think she’s calling the shots. She’ll soon learn who’s the captain. And it isn’t Annabelle, his bossy ship….



VS NOTE: I regard this series as scifi romance; especially loved the first story in this book, which echoed Judd and Vasic and their love wild embracestories in my opinion…

“…stunningly sensual collection of four all-new Psy-Changeling novellas, in which taboos are broken, boundaries are crossed, and instincts prove irresistible…



Colonel Kimber FitzWarren is settling into her challenging new position as head of Imperial Security. cypherWith an alien symbiont living inside her, giving her incredible healing powers, even immortality, she looks forward to spending eternity with her lover, ex-mercenary Wolf Youngblood. Their lives and the fortunes of the Empire are purring along like a well fed Kaphier cat, so they decide now would be a good time for Wolf to go into the operating tank to have his old augmentations updated.
And that’s when the gods of luck decide to bite them on the butt….



**This is a novella length work of about 100 pages.**

Lady Beatrice thought the worst she would have to face as a new wife and mother was all changeling childthe gossip about her past as the king’s mistress. Unfortunately, wicked fairies have come to her village, intent on stealing all the most attractive children away–and Beatrice’s newborn son is widely agreed to be the most beautiful baby in the land.

Before she can stop them, the worst happens and Beatrice’s son is taken, and a strange fairy changeling child left in his place…..



orias gambitPrincess Oria has one chance to keep her word and stop her brother’s reign of terror: She must become queen. All she has to do is marry first. And marry Lonen, the barbarian king who defeated her city bare weeks ago, who can never join her in a marriage of minds, who can never even touch her—no matter how badly she wants him to….



After barely surviving a horrific accident, then being held captive for years by Earth Government, Venice must escape the planet. She thinks she’s found the answer to her prayers when she contracts to be a deep-space bride—only to find herself loving deviantfacing an even bigger nightmare. Hiding from her con man “husband” aboard his space station, she comes across an intimidating cyborg…one who could just be her last hope…..


MACHINATIONS by Hayley Stone

VS NOTE: I enjoyed this and have pre-ordered the next in the series. HFN ending. This book was released in July.

machinationsThe machines have risen, but not out of malice. They were simply following a command: to stop the endless wars that have plagued the world throughout history. Their solution was perfectly logical. To end the fighting, they decided to end the human race.

A potent symbol of the resistance, Rhona Long has served on the front lines of the conflict since the first Machinations began—until she is killed during a rescue mission gone wrong. Now Rhona awakens to find herself transported to a new body, complete with her DNA, her personality, even her memories. She is a clone . . . of herself….



Alligator, Bear, Cougar, Deer, Eagle
They found each other by accident. They became a team for life.

When Clint Abrams of Bag It and Tag It Excursions is approached by representatives of monster of the gladesJayMax Productions to film scenes in the swamp for a horror movie, he is intrigued. Both by the movie, whose subject hits a little too close to home, and by the tall, freckled redhead, Charlie Dupine.

Clint can’t hide his feelings for Charlie, and the more time he spends with her, the more he knows she is his destiny. His life mate. His everything. ….



When my father tries to marry me off to a man I don’t love, I buy a one-way ticket to Mars. But before I can even marauder aegusget out of orbit, a brutal alien warrior attacks. He says he wants our ship, but from one look in his eyes, I know he wants much more from me.

I’m left with a choice: try to hitchhike to Mars–alone and penniless–through the empty cold of space, or accept this infuriating alien’s protection. And take him home with me….



VS NOTE: Missed this in June

All Dr. Rae Ashburn wanted to do was present her latest research to her colleagues—andbarbarians owned maybe show up her loathsome ex-boyfriend in the process. Instead, the beautiful scientist is whisked from Earth by the very alien invaders whose existence she sought to prove. Not only do they exist, but a stunning specimen of an alpha male believes it’s his destiny to mate with her….



Rendan sen Tarkan, Offense Master to the Preor Third Fleet, has found his human mate. She is small compared to him, but her curves, delicious scent, and sky blue eyes call out to his soul. He has waited for a rendanfemale for over two centuries and he will fight—kill—any who dare attempt to take her. Even one of his own males.

One moment Carla was unemployed and the next she was on the Preor battleship, working as a nurse for human-Preor mates. Oh, and the next moment? That was when she found her sexy, alien pink-scaled mate….



A serial killer is operating in the Galaxia Alia. Senior Investigator Baath Drid is determined to prevent moregalaxia deaths.
Artist Jaimi Tarnii has left crime scene work behind. Will she agree to help him?



Allie has been alone for years.

Stranded on an unknown, uninhabitable planet billions of miles away from Earth, being the only survivor of a disastrous crash landing, she has little hope left for last callrescue. Each day she is consumed with the task of foraging for food, finding shelter, and avoiding predators. But the nights are the worst.. When the planet freezes over and she is left with nothing but her demons. That is until the day she sees a ship fall out of the sky….



After the earth’s power under her city is suddenly left unprotected, a young geomancer must rely on her unique magic to survive in this fresh fantasy standalone from the author of the acclaimed The Clockwork Dagger.

In an alternate 1906, the United States and Japan have forged a powerful confederation— the Unified Pacific—in an attempt to dominate the world. Their first target is a vulnerable breath of earthChina. In San Francisco, headstrong secretary Ingrid Carmichael is assisting a group of powerful geomancer wardens who have no idea of the depth of her own talent—or that she is the only woman to possess such skills.

When assassins kill the wardens, Ingrid and her mentor are protected by her incredible magic….



Cora Frey has been working for the Galactic Union for far too long to be rattled by anything. As a Terran investigator on the Corgan world Gaiya, she stands between the violent alien race and the Union itself, brockechasing down those who wish either side harm. But when a string of violent murders sweeps the Corgan community, even Cora may have finally seen too much. And it only gets more complicated from there, when one passion-filled night with the most terrifying man in the realm leaves Cora with a surprise she wasn’t quite prepared for…







NEW: Trapped On Talonque SciFi Romance

Trapped on Talonque Final-FJM_High_Res_1800x2700I’m so happy to announce my latest new release Trapped on Talonque (A Sectors SF Romance),  with gorgeous cover by Fiona Jayde!

Here’s the story:

Will an alien sleeping beauty awaken to save him, or destroy everyone around her?

When a Sectors Special Forces soldier and his team crash land on an alien planet, they’re taken captive and given a challenge–win at the violent ball game of sapiche and live. Lose, and they die, sending a mysterious, alien beauty to an even uglier fate. To survive, these soldiers must win the game and find a way to free the dangerous prisoner from her locked chamber.

Nate Reilly and his team are in deep trouble. Prisoners on a backward alien planet, they’re brought before an alien ‘goddess’, sleeping in her high tech seclusion. Nate is astonished when she awakes and establishes a psychic link with him. But her news is not good–he and his men must win a brutal challenge set by their captors, or they will die. She’ll give her aid, but in the end their courage and strength must win the contest.

Bithia sleeps in her chamber, as she has for thousands of years, since her own people unaccountably left her there. Viewed as a goddess by her captors, she must hide her ancient secrets to survive. But only the bravest of men may free her. Can she use her psychic powers to keep Nate and his men alive long enough to help her escape, or will her only hope of freedom die with them?

Amazon   More Links Coming Soon!

Space Pirates Arrive Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedHere’s the link to the Weekend Writing Warriors central page, so you can visit all the participants sharing excerpts today…a fun way to sample new books and find new authors! (Also welcome to the Sunday Snippet visitors!)

We’ve moved on to Hostage To The Stars, which released in June. Edited from published version.

  “Excuse me,” Sara said, “Was the earlier announcement about pirates on the level?”

                The crew member didn’t stop walking but she gave Sarah an odd look, “It’s not a rare occurrence in this quadrant. Unfortunately for us, we were stopped to make minor repairs on the engines in this old bucket and the pirates were out hunting.” She stepped into the gravlift and Sara followed. “I’ve been through this before.”

                Sara digested the information as she ascended next to the stewardess. “So what happens next?”

                “The pirates are mostly interested in our cargo – probably offloading it now in fact,” Her companion shrugged, “Everything’s insured.”

                 This incident would make an exciting tidbit to tell people about when she got home. “So the raiders don’t bother the passengers and crew?”

Bad assumption on Sara’s part….more next week!

Hostage ToTheStarsFinal-FJM_High_Res_1800x2700The story:

He rescued her from space pirates … but can he keep them both safe from the far greater evil stalking a deserted planet?

Space travel without Kidnap & Ransom insurance? Not a good idea. University instructor and researcher Sara Bridges can’t afford it, so when pirates board her cruise liner, she’s taken captive along with the mistress of a wealthy man, and brought to a deserted planet. When a military extraction team sent to rescue the mistress refuses to take Sara too, she’s left to the mercies of a retired Special Forces soldier, along as consultant.

Reluctantly reactivated and coerced into signing up for the rescue operation to the planet Farduccir where he once was deployed,  Sgt. Johnny Danver just wants to get the job done. But when the team leader leaves one captured woman behind, he breaks away to rescue her himself.

As Johnny and Sara traverse the barren landscape, heading for an abandoned base where they hope to call Sectors Command for help, they find villages destroyed by battle and stripped of all inhabitants. A lone survivor tells a horrific tale of the Sectors’ alien enemy, the Mawreg, returning after being pushed out …

Searching for evidence to give the military, Johnny is captured. He regains consciousness in a Mawreg cage–with Sara next to him. Death is preferable to what the aliens will do to them… And even if they do escape their captors, can they alert the military in time to prevent another invasion of the Sectors?

Standalone sequel to Mission To Mahjundar (mild spoilers for Mahjundar in this story.)

Buy Links:     Amazon    Kobo     Apple iBooks     Barnes & Noble


Veronica Does a Magazine Book Quiz

Entertainment Weekly magazine runs an occasional feature where they ask famous people about books or pop culture in their lives, so I’ve decided to tackle a sampling of their fun questions!

kids booksBook I Loved As A Child: Can’t possibly stick to just one! As a little kid I loved Golden Books. You can see a certain theme in the ones I’ve photographed (yes, I have a handful of books from my childhood, more than I can get into the picture). I also loved Heidi and Swiss Family Robinson.  There was also a very old 1901 book saved from my grandmother’s childhood, Galopoff the Talking Pony by Tudor Jenks, which  I LOVED. Not only did the pony talk (but just to the two girls), the illustrations were gorgeous AND at the end the main character meets the Russian Prince that Galapoff used to belong to, and love ensues. Sigh.When I got older,  Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw became a great favorite, also all the ‘series’ books but especially Trixie Belden…and then of course I discovered science fiction.

What I read in secret as a kid: Nothing really. I was highly encouraged to read everything 004and anything. My mother didn’t approve of comic books so I always felt a bit defiant when I was reading them, but didn’t have to do it in secret.

Book I read to my children: Since we read books together all the time when they were little, it’s hard to narrow it down to just one. We loved anything to do with cats, anything by Jan Brett, with her beautiful illustrations, especially The Wild Christmas Reindeer. Berenstein Bears. Angelina Ballerina. One sort of off the wall choice was this odd book we got at a yard sale, The Giant Jam Sandwich by John Vernon Lord.My late husband especially loved reading this one out loud to the girls, as fast as he could go. The whole thing is one long rhyming poem and at one point in time my entire family (including me) had the entire thing memorized and would shout it out in unison. It starts  “One hot summer in Itching Down, Four million wasps flew into town…”

Book I hated as a student: Anything by Charles Dickens. Ugh. Too long and too dreary for me. Also Moby Dick.

Classic book I tried to read: War and Peace. I always felt that somehow one was required to read that  before leaving the planet but I could NOT get through it. Again, long and dreary.

three musketeersMovie adaptation I loved: The Three Musketeers, pretty much any version, except maybe the one starring Gene Kelly (?!). My favorite is the 1973 version by Richard Lester. Perfection IMHO.

Imaginary place I dream of moving to: (but only on my own terms): Anne McCaffrey’s Pern or Andre Norton’s Witch World.

Genre I’d read if limited to one: Romance obviously!

TrixieFictional friends I’d love to have: I CRAVED to be a member of Trixie Belden’s family and friends. Bob Whites forever! Nowadays, probably Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changelings.

Last novel that made me laugh and last one that made me cry: I’m tough on the laughing bit but Georgette Heyer’s Cotillion and Talisman Ring both crack me up. I cried over one death in Anne McCaffrey’s world of Pern but no spoilers.

My literary crush: Nalini Singh

Character I’d want on my side in the zombie apocalypse: Daryl Dixon of ‘The Walking Dead’, obviously. Hey the show started as a comic book even if Daryl as he is today is really the TV creation and Norman Reedus’s wonderful acting!

Book people might be surprised I read: Burn Down the Night by  M. O’Keefe. I’m not usually into motorcycle gang romance at all, but her main characters really got to me.

Book I’m currently reading: Actually I just went on a little binge of rereading Lisa Marie Rice’s Midnight Man and her other SEAL romances. Before that I read the ARC of Ilona Andrews’ Magic Binds.  But waiting on my kindle is Finn, by Anna Hackett and I’m always hot to read the next Lindsay Buroker Fallen Empire novel. Don’t get me started on scifi romance LOL!

Book I’m eagerly awaiting: Archangel’s Heart by Nalini Singh

Next book from me: Trapped on Talonque, at the formatter now, out in early September! Can’t wait to share…it’s a scifi romance twist on Sleeping Beauty, with a lot of action and adventure of course. Cover reveal and details SOON!

Book I’m currently writing: the long awaited sequel to Wreck of the Nebula Dream, picking up the story for Khevan the D’nvannae Brother, and Twilka, the Socialite. Thank you to everyone who’s been asking for this book since Wreck was released in 2012 and I just hope readers will enjoy the way the story plays out. Nick and Mara do make an appearance. Hoping to get it written and released before the end of 2016, but we’ll see.












Wednesday New Releases in SciFi and Fantasy Romance for August 17

ghost talkersI have not read most of the new releases listed (although I always end up one-clicking a bunch as I prepare these posts LOL) and as always I recommend sampling before you buy!

I put them in the order in which they come to me from authors or I find them myself in the previous week, so it’s a mix of the genres…(usually giving priority to the books brought to my attention by the authors.) Also the term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. And I catch up on ones I missed in recent months.

(NOTE: If the author provides me with buy links I insert those; otherwise I default to Amazon.)

Also, I usually include only the beginning of the book blurb…

GHOST TALKERS by Mary Robinette Kowal

Ghost Talkers: a new novel from beloved fantasy author Mary Robinette Kowal featuring the mysterious spirit corps and their heroic work in World War I.

Ginger Stuyvesant, an American heiress living in London during World War I, is engaged to Captain Benjamin Hartshorne, an intelligence officer. Ginger is a medium for the Spirit Corps, a special Spiritualist force….Amazon

Stars_Between_Us_Melisse_AiresSTARS BETWEEN US by Melisse Aires

A few days together before he leaves Farport Space Station— Odessa, a young woman with a past, and Veras, a young man with a future….



Chicago Police Detective Brooke Chandler is keeping a shadow bornsecret… and if she’s not careful, it could get her killed.

Brooke is no stranger to the supernatural. In Chicago, vampires are just as prevalent as drug lords, and infinitely more bloodthirsty. So when her partner and fiancé dies in a mysterious fire while chasing down a lead in Salem, she suspects something dark and otherworldly is at play.

Blessed with the ability to see into the past by touching inanimate objects…


magic stealsMAGIC STEALS by Ilona Andrews

(VS NOTE: Originally appeared in the Night Shift anthology. I LOVE this world…)

Shapeshifting tigress Dali Harimau may be a powerful healer and magic user, but she’s far from what might be called “normal”. She dislikes the violence and bloodshed that are a way of life for most of her kind, even going so far as to become a vegetarian. The last thing she wants is trouble…

Jim Shrapshire is an original, hardcore badass. A jaguar shifter, he’s been tasked with keeping Atlanta’s Cat Clan in line, which he does with swift and lethal force when necessary….



How far would you go to save someone’s life? Leah and Brennan are going all the way back to 1973.

One Choice Changes Everything…

In 1973, The Beat Detectors are the hottest TV pop band to hit the airwaves since The Monkees, thanks to the appealing vocals of rising teen idol Ronnie Basford. But behind the scenes, not everything is rainbows and unicorns. Ronnie realizes much too late that one bad decision can ruin your whole life….



London papers scream of dirigible attacks, kraken swarms, and lung-clogging, sulfurous the golden spiderfogs. But a rash of gypsy murders barely rates mention.

Lady Amanda is tired of having both her intelligence and her work dismissed.

After blackmailing her way into medical school, she catches the eye of her anatomy professor from the moment she walks into his lecture hall. Is he interested in her? Or only her invention–a clockwork spider that can spin artificial nerves?

Lord Thornton, a prominent neurobiologist, has been betrayed. ….



the sapphire dragonLuc, the sapphire dragon, didn’t want to be brought back into the world he left behind centuries ago. Especially with a collar that ensures he can’t access his incredible powers until he’s willing to fight for humanity. He tried that once and he’s not willing to let himself care again. Until he meets Hallie, a kind shelter worker whose bright smile and sexy curves melt the ice inside him and make him want to protect humans once more….



Three strikes and he’s out. Zoriah’s rebellious teenage son is in trouble again- this time, on purpose. She’ll do anything to prevent her family breaking up, even allow her children to train for the alien warriors bondYadehsi army.

Why raise your sword if you have no mate or family? Elite alien warrior Benyon spends his time on Earth training humans in martial arts. He’s come to love the three human children with warrior-spirits, and will do anything to prevent their unhappiness- even if it means going toe-to-toe with their mother- a woman who entices him with her fierce temper, lush beauty and strength of will to raise her children alone….


storm wrathA storm is coming to wipe out an ancient vendetta. One look and Kellan Storm was captivated by Zoe. He found his mate, but an ancient curse stands in their way.

After a long and bitter relationship, Zoe Boreas never expected to find love. Kellan swept in like a storm and claimed her heart. Neither of them realize how deep the curse on her people runs.

When she learns the truth, she’ll sacrifice everything to save him while searching for an answer. When Kellan realizes she’s gone, he’ll stop at nothing to find and keep her by his side.

The Prophecy – “Every generation the nine daughters of Zeus are reborn, and with their rebirth lure of obssessionare also nine Guardians. They will be marked by the gods, and given gifts to protect his treasure. Their abilities will only be unlocked when they find their muse.”

Melanie Jacoby teaches English at Crystal City High School. She’s also the reborn Muse of Tragic Poetry, but she isn’t prepared for the tragedy of finding her roommate dead at the bottom of the stairs.

Nate Malone is the detective assigned to the case, but as the evidence points to an accidental fall, the visions begin. He sees a killer in a gold Kronos mask.

Mel is the next target.

love and the corpsBound by duty, two soldiers yield to their hearts’ command.

Captain Jo Behsue has never questioned her career with Central Command’s leading military force—until now. Recent mission failures and the constant battle for acceptance from her fellow Corpsmen kindle her frustration, while the attention of a golden-eyed Klorakian mercenary ignites her body. Wrapped in his arms, she discovers even a scarred, hollow shell of a captain can love.

An officer in the Klorakian militia, Lux fights to return the rightful monarch to their homeworld’s throne—a planet which scorns his genetic shortcomings….

originsWhat if the man you need isn’t on Earth?

My name is Sophie McCallistair. I’ve spent years fighting Earth’s overpopulation problems, and I’ve just become the leader of Single for Life.

I thought I was vacationing on Biyaha to help a friend. I didn’t realize the boy I knew as a child had grown up to be mysterious and powerful.

It’s a struggle to keep our hands off each other, and when the government learns some of Khellen’s secrets, they put him in jail. It’s up to me to help him escape.

I won’t be able to rescue him without facing my feelings. How can I fall in love while remaining…..

VICARIOUS  by Paula Stokes
vicariousVS NOTE: Teen and YA SciFi, reviews state there is a slow burn romance

Winter Kim and her sister, Rose, have always been inseparable. Together the two of them survived growing up in a Korean orphanage and being trafficked into the United States. But they’ve escaped the past and started over in a new place where no one knows who they used to be.

Now they work as digital stunt girls for Rose’s ex-boyfriend, Gideon, engaging in dangerous and enticing activities while recording their neural impulses for his Vicarious Sensory Experiences, or ViSEs. Whether it’s bungee jumping, shark diving, or grinding up against celebrities in the city’s hottest dance clubs, Gideon can make it happen for you–for a price.

When Rose disappears and a ViSE recording of her murder is delivered to Gideon, Winter is devastated….



island starsDespite her joy at her best friend’s wedding on Catica Island, Elissa Haddad can’t help but wonder if she’ll ever find the same happiness for herself.

A disastrous relationship has left her doubting everything – herself, her future, and any chance of love.

A chance encounter with Krysdotares Gianopoulous, a handsome stranger with unearthly violet eyes, brings her out of her shell, only to be caught up in intrigue and danger.

Krys may have captured her heart, but can she trust herself, and him?



VS NOTE: I don’t know that there’s any romance in this one, it’s not categorized as one, and it seems very dark, but fascinatingly so…I’m including it just because!

Professor Vellitt Boe teaches at the prestigious Ulthar Women’s College. When one of her dream quest of vellitt boemost gifted students elopes with a dreamer from the waking world, Vellitt must retrieve her.

“Kij Johnson’s haunting novella The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe is both a commentary on a classic H.P. Lovecraft tale and a profound reflection on a woman’s life. Vellitt’s quest to find a former student who may be the only person who can save her community takes her through a world governed by a seemingly arbitrary dream logic in which she occasionally glimpses an underlying but mysterious order, a world ruled by capricious gods and populated by the creatures of dreams and nightmares. Those familiar with Lovecraft’s work will travel through a fantasy landscape infused with Lovecraftian images viewed from another perspective, but even readers unfamiliar with his work will be enthralled by Vellitt’s quest. A remarkable accomplishment that repays rereading.” —Pamela Sargent, winner of the Nebula Award


PETS_In_Space_cover_artVeronica: And a special note, this week we did the cover reveal on my sekrit project: PETS IN SPACE. To learn more about this anthology, out October 11th, see my blog post here. And thanks to everyone who helped the nine of us authors to boost the signal on the reveal!

And I’m going to squee (if you’ll indulge me but it is my blog LOL) – STAR CRUISE: OUTBREAK was named a Finalist in the StarCruiseOutbreak-FJM_Mid_Res_1000x1500“I Heart Indies Contest”!  Amazon







Guest Author Liza O’Connor THE CRIMELORDS’ WAR

Crimelord book 7 bk final 400x640Veronica: Because I don’t exclusively talk about science fiction and fantasy! Liza is back to introduce her characters and give us an excerpt:


Barns is a mixture of high intelligence and petulance. Almost all of his fellow officers at Scotland Yard hold him in contempt. They believe the only reason why Barns received a place and is given the most interesting cases is because he’s related to some big-wig in parliament. (This is all conjecture on their part, but it’s pretty accurate.) Barns is the son of the head of External Affairs, Lord Berringbarn, who has never had a nice word for his worthless son. Fortunately, the Director of Scotland Yard thinks more highly of the young man, so when someone died while attempting to shoot Vic, he sends Barns.


blurb Liza

Chaos abounds in Late Victorian England. Xavier goes off on a mission without Vic because her protector, Tubs, is not well enough to keep Vic from harm right now. In fact, Tubs is dying and the doctor doesn’t expect him to live for more than a week. Upon discovering Tubs’ dire situation, Vic sets about rescuing him instead.

Good thing too. To all appearances the two strongest crime lords of London have declared war on each other. Only the two attempts on Vic’s life tells her this is all a clever plot by a third party—worse yet, a female villainess.

To stop the crime lords from destroying one another, leaving their territories open to the Russian spy, she must bring Seth and Samson together, share what is really going on, and get them to agree to work against this third party. Not an easy task since Seth Sojourn thinks Vic is nothing but a foolish sop. Unfortunately, Xavier has gone missing, so it’s up to her to convince the angry crime lord that her plan is best. Otherwise, this villainess will kill everyone who gets in her way and bring England to its knees.

BarnsThe Excerpt:

Vic peered through the window. “Can I help?”

“No, you are involved in the crime.”

“Barns,” she growled. “I did nothing that was even close to criminal.”

“I didn’t mean it that way. I meant you were the intended victim, thus you cannot participate in the scene evaluation. It could compromise our case against the murderer.”

“The driver is already dead. He doesn’t require prosecution.”

“No…yes, I see your point. But you still may not assist.”

“Why not? I’m quite sure he’s murdered people before. No sane person shoots someone for cursing at their bad driving.”

Barns sighed. “I’m going to need help on this.” He climbed out of the carriage and gripped Vic’s arm. “Let’s go see the crime scene.

Once inside, he smiled at Tubs. “Mr. Tubs, Vic said you were recovering, but this is a grand sight. I could use your help on this if you are willing.”

“I can tell you the dead man’s name, his profession, and who he works for,” Tubs offered.

Barns smiled. “Well, I know his profession, but I would like his name and who he works for.”

“Robbie Conrad, assassin, Sojourn Seth.”

Vic snorted. “No wonder he was such a terrible driver. And see I was right. He has murdered before.”

Barns filled with pride, pulled out his notepad and showed it to Tubs.

Tubs nodded. “You’re learning fast.”

Vic grabbed the notepad and tried to read his scrawl. “Your handwriting is terrible. What does this say?”

“It says ‘Assassination attempt. Failed at accidental carriage death, died during second attempt. Target: Victor Hamilton.”

Knowing what he claimed it said, she was able to make out the words. “Why would Seth want me dead?  Oh… uh oh.” She looked at Tubs. “Do you think he knows about the Tilly disguise?”

“The what?” Barns demanded.

“Nothing to concern you,” Vic said.

“It does if it’s related to this case.”

Tubs gave the matter thought as he rubbed his bald head. “I don’t think the two are related. That’s a very good disguise. This is something else.” He looked to Barns. “I’ll interrogate Vic and then let you know what his motivation might be. In the meantime, you need to let your boss know about this immediately.”

Barns frowned. “I know that. It’s why I was taken away from something important and sent to investigate this instead of some idiot on the force. And trust me, we have a great deal of those.”

Tubs chuckled. “You probably shouldn’t say that out loud, but I’m not arguing with you.”

lINKSBook 7

The CrimeLords’ War

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Book 1

The Troublesome Apprentice

Book 2

The Missing Partner

Book 2.5

A Right to Love

Book 3

The Mesmerist

Book 4

Well Kept Secrets

Book 5

Pack of Trouble

Book 6

The Darkest Days 

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About the author lizaLiza O’Connor was raised badly by feral cats, left the South/Midwest and wandered off to find nicer people on the east coast. There she worked for the meanest man on Wall Street, while her psychotic husband tried to kill her three times. (So much for finding nicer people.) Then one day she declared enough, got a better job, divorced her husband, and fell in love with her new life where people behaved nicely. But all those bad behaviors has given her lots of fodder for her humorous books. Please buy these books, because otherwise, she’ll become grumpy and write troubled novels instead. They will likely traumatize you.

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Tell Me About The Time Weekend Writing Warriors

WeWrWaHere’s the link to the Weekend Writing Warriors central page, so you can visit all the participants sharing excerpts today…a fun way to sample new books and find new authors! (Also welcome to the Sunday Snippet visitors!)

Last excerpt from Star Cruise: Outbreak, which by the way, just got announced as a Finalist in the “I Heart Indie” contest! WHEE!

I’ve had another book come out since OUTBREAK that never got excerpted here, plus a new one coming in September, so…we’re going to leave  Emily and Jake after today. Thanks for all the wonderful comments and support!

Quite a bit further into the book than we’ve gone in these excerpts, Emily invites Jake to tell her the story of the time they met on the beach at Fantalar. (Edited from the published version.)

He was so surprised by the change of subject that at first he thought he must have heard her wrong. Distressed, he put his glass next to hers on the table and fumbled for the right words. The last thing he wanted to do was ruin the easy, relaxed mood they had going, “No, really, I don’t need to talk about it. I know you don’t like people thanking you for saving their life. I was just one guy out of what? Hundreds you operated on?”

            “Too many, for sure. Sectors Command kept throwing men and women into that battle zone, and the enemy kept chewing them up.” She blinked and focused on his face, her blue eyes sparkling, “I want to hear your story of the time you met the Angel of Fantalar.” She rubbed his arm gently, her touch warm and oddly soothing, “I warn you, I probably won’t remember any of it even when you do tell me because I only recall bits and pieces, flashes of those weeks – sometimes I think I’m lucky I made it home knowing my own name.”

StarCruiseOutbreak-FJM_Mid_Res_1000x1500The story:

She saved countless soldiers in the wars … but does she have the weapons to fight an outbreak?

Dr. Emily Shane, veteran of the Sector Wars, is known as “The Angel of Fantalar” for her bravery under fire as a medic. However, the doctor has her own war wounds–severe PTSD and guilt over those she failed to save.

Persuaded to fill a seemingly frivolous berth as ship’s doctor on the huge and luxurious interstellar cruise liner Nebula Zephyr, she finds the job brings unexpected perks–a luxe beach deck with water imported from Tahumaroa II, and Security Officer Jake Dilon, a fellow veteran who heats her up like a tropical sun.

However, Emily soon learns she and Jake didn’t leave all peril behind in the war. A mysterious ailment aboard the Zephyr begins to claim victim after victim … and they must race against time and space to find the cause and a cure! Trapped on a ship no spaceport will allow to dock, their efforts are complicated by a temperamental princess and a terrorist–one who won’t hesitate to take down any being in the way of his target.  If anyone’s left when the disease is through with them…

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Cover Reveal PETS IN SPACE

I’m very excited to share the cover of an anthology I’ve been working on this year, with eight other authors – PETS IN SPACE! Science fiction romance with the added fun of a pet of some kind being involved in the story. I bring back Midorri the alien pet from my STAR CRUISE series (along with Moby, the Nebula Zephyr’s ship cat), to take a role in STAR CRUISE: STOWAWAY.

Here’s the official press release:
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Pets in Space

Out October 11th, 2016

Even an alien needs a pet…

Join the adventure as nine pet loving sci-fi romance authors take you out of this world and pull you into their action-packed stories filled with suspense, laughter, and romance. The alien pets have an agenda that will capture the hearts of those they touch. Follow along as they work side by side to help stop a genetically-engineered creature from destroying the Earth to finding a lost dragon; life is never the same after their pets decide to get involved. Can the animals win the day or will the stars shine just a little less brightly?

New York Times, USA TODAY, Award Winning, and Bestselling authors have nine original, never-released stories that will capture your imagination and help a worthy charity. Come join us as we take you on nine amazing adventures that will change the way you look at your pet!

10% of profits from the first month go to Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence.



By S.E. Smith (New York Times/USA TODAY Bestselling Author)
Matrix Roma is a member of the elite Zion military Cyborg Protection Unit. Matrix gets more than he bargains for when his cyborg partner, a hybrid Wolfhound named K-Nine, goes missing and ends up finding a mate for Matrix in the middle of a deadly mission on an unknown planet called Earth.


By Susan Grant (New York Times/USA Today Bestselling, and RITA Award Winning Author)
Interplanetary Marine Lt. Lukas Frank has a lot in common with a street dog named Bang-Bang; they both started off as scrappy orphans fighting to survive—and beat the odds. Things change when Bang-Bang leads Lukas to starpilot Capt. Carlynn Riga. The tough war hero learns what it means to surrender — his heart. Lukas’s struggles with PTSD threaten to tear the three of them apart, but nothing threatens them more than when Carlynn goes missing on a mission. Can a scarred marine and his unlikely canine partner find Carlynn and bring her home, or will he lose everything he’s finally found worth fighting for?


By Cara Bristol (USA TODAY Bestselling Author)
Memory: intact. Cognitive function: enhanced. Emotion: erased. After becoming a cyborg, Captain Dante Stone didn’t think he’d ever feel again, until a traumatized young woman and a ball of synthetic fur named Sparky helped him to love.


By Veronica Scott
Cargo Master Owen Embersson is shocked when the Nebula Zephyr’s ship’s cat and her alien sidekick, Midorri, alert him to the presence of a stowaway. He has no idea of the dangerous complications to come – nor does he anticipate falling hard for the woman whose life he now holds in his hands. Life aboard the Nebula Zephyr has just become more interesting – and deadly.


By Pauline Baird Jones
Emma Standish didn’t think her day could get any worse. Her dad is marrying his boss, her dragon suddenly came back talking and typing, and it’s her fault the Earth, or at least ten square miles of Texas, is going to be destroyed. That’s what happens when you forget something very, very important. Luckily for her, she’s got the love of her life that she can’t remember and her dragon by her side. Who needs to worry when you’re having a day like this?


By Laurie A. Green
Navigator Taro Shall has a mission no one wants – find a way to eradicate snakes on a starship. He never expects to find the answer to his problem in a charming street vendor named Adini. His already unusual mission becomes more complicated when he suddenly acquires an adorable StarDog that soon sweeps him and Adini into the maw of a brewing insurrection.


By Alexis Glynn Latner
Young Roboticist Ten Jaxdown has to deploy, and possibly sacrifice, the swarm of investigative robots that he has invented and cares about more than anything else in the star system. It may be the only hope for those depending on him and his robots to save them. Yet, even as frantic preparations for the unprecedented deep-space rescue mission are set in motion, it could all be threatened by sabotage.

Anastasia Steed is an intrepid young mission designer. She steps forward with an idea that can improve the odds of the mission. Neither she nor Ten expect the assistance they receive from a very unusual pet. A pet that will bring together two alienated human beings who didn’t realize they needed each other. Can Ten and Anastasia discover who is behind the sabotage, save the mission, and discover what is evolving between them? With a little bit of unusual help, anything is possible.


By Lea Kirk
Graig Roble is the Senior Commander of security for the Guardian Fleet. His expertise as a weapons specialist and combat master is his world, what he was born to do – or so he thought until he finds his resolve and focus inexplicably wavering. Even returning to his position aboard the Atlantis can’t save him; if anything, it has left him questioning his own motives. He never thought that could happen until he met Simone Campbell.

Simone’s focus is on her home world – Earth. She thought her life was full with her research as a botanist. After all, she always believed that helping the people of her world become self-sufficient should take all of her concentration – except it doesn’t. There is one man that keeps pulling her attention, and her heart, away from her job.

Graig’s gift of a puppy to keep her company does more than that, it keeps him in her dreams. How can such a simple gift bring her comfort and make her long for more? Graig and Simone are about to find out that sometimes love can blossom from the smallest, furriest ties.


By Carysa Locke
Teegan’s job as a hunter is to track down the Talented, those driven insane by their gifts. She and Ember, her psychically gifted fox, have tracked dozens of people for Cole, the man who works to rehabilitate and recover these troubled souls. When one of Cole’s most dangerous patients escapes, Teegan and Ember are on a hunt that could prove fatal if she doesn’t keep her focus on her mission. Unfortunately, Cole is proving one distraction that might make this her last hunt if she can’t do that.

Can Teegan keep her heart and mind in the game long enough to save an entire planet’s population, or will her distraction lead to heartache – and possibly death for everyone?

Wednesday New Releases in SciFi and Fantasy Romance for August 10th

FINNI have not read most of the new releases listed (although I always end up one-clicking a bunch as I prepare these posts LOL) and as always I recommend sampling before you buy!

I put them in the order in which they come to me from authors or I find them myself in the previous week, so it’s a mix of the genres…(usually giving priority to the books brought to my attention by the authors.) Also the term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. And I catch up on ones I missed in recent months.

(NOTE: If the author provides me with buy links I insert those; otherwise I default to Amazon.)

Also, I usually include only the beginning of the book blurb…

FINN (HELL SQUAD BOOK 10) by Anna Hackett

Veronica: I’ve been enjoying this series very much!

In the aftermath of a deadly alien invasion, a band of survivors fights on…

For Hawk pilot Finn Erickson, flying is in the blood. Since the aliens decimated the planet, he spends most of his time flying Hell Squad into combat. With communication to other survivor bases cut off, he has no idea if his family is still alive and feels their loss keenly. But helping to fight back sustains him, and his quadcopter is the only woman he needs. She doesn’t argue with him…unlike a certain redhead who is one hell of a kisser….


QuantumQUANTUM by Jess Anastasi

Veronica: This is on my kindle, loved the first book…

Someone wants Captain Admiral Zander Graydon dead. Like yesterday. Zander’s convinced his attractive assistant knows more than she’s willing to say, and if he can stop running long enough, he’ll find out exactly what she’s hiding. Lieutenant Marshal Mae Petros is determined to keep her CO safe. Before she tips her hand, however, Mae has to figure out if the alluring man she’s protecting is the real Captain Admiral Graydon. Or an alien shape-shifting imposter….



Time is running out for Cameron and Selena to find the Unbreakable Sword and Nuada’s Treasures of the godsheir before the Norse lead a devastating war against the Tuatha Dé for control of the Otherworld. But ever since Cameron took the Spear and became the next sun god, new threats keep emerging: one from a Persian god and one from Cameron himself….



tempered heartsThe war against corrupted monsters from the Void may have ended, but much remains broken in Valentia, including its reluctant monarch. To save the kingdom from the destruction of civil war, Darius Marillion had to sacrifice his heart, agreeing to a marriage of convenience over one of love.

Lady Arden Tanarian was born to wealth, bred to be a fine wife to a high lord. Despite her mother’s best efforts, however, her passion for the decidedly unladylike fields of chemistry and elvish culture marks her as a different breed of woman….



FeillorTrapped in the last place he wanted to be…he would find the only thing he ever wanted.

The sixth in a series of erotic romance fantasy novellas…
Feillor, god of Lammas, is preparing to bring in the first harvest for his sabbat ritual, a task that has grown more deplorable now that humans no longer demonstrate respect for the old ways. He raises his scythe and nearly “harvests” a beautiful woman who appears out of nowhere. Sensing the Fates’ meddling hand in her sudden arrival, he demands that they return Salina to earth. The Fates agree on one condition: he must go with her and stay in the mortal realm for three days.

Salina has no intention of letting a local developer destroy the precious woods where she conducts her most sacred pagan rituals….


ArkARK by Lucy Snow

Veronica: A July release we missed…

Melissa Crane has been preparing for this meeting for years. As personal aide to Ambassador Fuller of Earth, she journeys into space to meet the elusive envoys of the Kreossian Empire as they prepare to invite Earth into their Commonwealth.

When an explosion forces Melissa and Ark, a mysterious and powerful Kreossian warrior, to crash land on a nearby planet, Melisa realizes she may be in way over her head, and not just because the planet is trying to kill her…

Ark is one of the most feared warriors of the Kreossian Empire, known throughout the galaxy for his ruthlessness. He has pillaged massive planets all in the name of two things: serving the empire and finding his mate….


the guild conspiracyTHE GUILD CONSPIRACY: A CHRONIKER CITY STORY by Brooke Johnson

Veronica: No idea re the romance content but steampunk…

It has been six months since clockwork engineer Petra Wade destroyed an automaton designed for battle, narrowly escaping with her life. But her troubles are far from over.  Her partner on the project, Emmerich Goss, has been sent away to France, and his father, Julian, is still determined that a war machine will be built. Forced to create a new device, Petra subtly sabotages the design in the hopes of delaying the war, but sabotage like this isn’t just risky: it’s treason. And with a soldier, Braith, assigned to watch her every move, it may not be long before Julian finds out what she’s done.

Now she just has to survive long enough to find another way to stop the war before her sabotage is discovered and she’s sentenced to hang for crimes against the empire….


a promise of fireA PROMISE OF FIRE by Amanda Bouchet

Catalia “Cat” Fisa lives disguised as a soothsayer in a traveling circus. She is perfectly content avoiding the danger and destiny the Gods—and her homicidal mother—have saddled her with. That is, until Griffin, an ambitious warlord from the magic-deprived south, fixes her with his steely gaze and upsets her illusion of safety forever.

Griffin knows Cat is the Kingmaker, the woman who divines the truth through lies. He wants her as a powerful weapon for his newly conquered realm—until he realizes he wants her for much more than her magic….



NOTE: A July release we missed and also blurb from NYC Reader’s review: To summarize the high groundthe plot quickly, the book follows two cadets at the Solar League’s naval academy. The League is in fact a traditional space opera Empire, with an aristocracy drawn, amusingly, from descendants of owners of contemporary mega-corporations. They are called the Fortune 500. The two focal characters are a tailor’s son and the Emperor’s daughter, the first female cadet at the academy. They deal with intrigue, prospective civil war and two alien threats. Romance does ensue but it isn’t overwhelming and it feels true to life and not fantastical….


CRASHED by Kate Rudolph

Veronica: Also a July release

CrashedA malfunctioning escape vessel, a deserted planet, and an angry warrior…

Sarah’s vacation isn’t turning out like she planned. When a false alarm and a faulty life boat send her plummeting to an empty planet with an alien stranger, she knows the trouble has only just begun. Nyxant is an enigma, silent and commanding. And while he makes her heart pound with heated glances and stolen touches, their differences may prove stronger than the pull between them….



Veronica: and another July release!

Losing his family and several friends to an attack waged by the Camadors, a race of aliens the arrivalbent on chaos and taking over the world has been hard on Sorrin, leading the warrior to become hardened and single minded where he was once much more friendly and easy going. When he finds out that the Camadors are planning to take their reign of terror to Earth, he follows, arriving just in time to find that humans are being taken prisoner and that the Camadors have something planned for the planet. His mind isn’t on saving the humans, but getting his revenge, and so he attacks their floating city, but winds up getting captured.

Sorrin finds himself in a cell with a human woman, and when she clings to him, he takes her with him when he escapes, figuring he can use her for information at least. But there is much more to this woman than meets the eye, and more to this mission than he ever expected….


PORTALS VOLUME 6 – AN SFR FREE SAMPLER by Various including Jessica E. Subject, PJ Dean and Sabine Priestley

portals vol6Welcome! You have arrived at a portal to the galaxy.

Enter, and you’ll be introduced by award-winning authors to worlds beyond imagining, with heroes & heroines who dare to take it to the edge and beyond. Count on these adventurers to take their best shot … at their enemies and at romance!

Contains 10 first chapters, with links to purchase any or all of the complete books, should you wish.


ERSTWHILE by H. E. Trent

As an adamant opponent of Terran settlement on the planet Jekh, Owen McGarry made his family name synonymous with “traitor” on Earth. Lobbyists standing to profit from off-world colonization hinted that the Jekhans were erstwhilepreparing to declare war. Nearly twenty years after Owen’s supposed death, his granddaughter Courtney wants to learn the truth—even if she has to travel to the far-flung colony to do it.

Court soon learns that not only was her grandfather right about the Jekhans, but that conditions on their world are far more hostile than she feared….



Veronica: From June…

sand and stormThe entire world laid to waste. There are no second chances.

The ancient machine that produced icefire was destroyed twenty years ago, but the deadly magic is again on the increase. No one understands why or where it’s coming from.

Icefire controls the weather and massive changes in weather patterns plunge the northern half of the inhabited world in deep drought. The tide of refugees swells, but as long as no one knows where the icefire is coming from, nowhere is safe.

King Isandor sends people to investigate a concentration of icefire in the mountains at the border, but two consecutive patrols both vanish….



ALIEN ROGUE’S PRICE by Nancey Cummings

The question is, are you willing to pay it? I’m not pretending to be good or honest. I’m a businessman and alien rogues pricethose who call me a pirate don’t get a chance to say it twice.

I have a stowaway on my ship. Meyet. Everything in my body cries out for the soft human woman:her curves, those lips, bright eyes, and the way she smiles at me. Is Meyet my fated mate?….

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ghosts and kissesThree deliciously spooky (and hilariously funny) love stories that will make you believe in magic and romance (and maybe even Mothman!). Discover the haunted town of Banshee Creek, where it’s Halloween 365 days a year.



After escaping their home, six aliens, including Benzen, hope to find freedom on a different planet. They end up benzencrashing onto a strange planet, a strange culture, and even stranger inhabitants.

They expected to learn some new things. However, one didn’t expect to find love….






When Clue Forester leaves Eris Space Station behind to live on a distant Earth settlement on the planet Cassini, she discovers a new reality of troublesome mononoke, beautiful ocean spirits, and vengeful demons who attempt to use her for their own purposes.

However, a powerful Okami rules the city of Scorpius and may be Clue’s only hope if she is to survive long enough to uncover the mystery of her uncle’s demise.



No Need to Prolong the Evening Weekend Writing Warriors

WeWrWa(If you’re here for the SFR Brigade Presents post and the reveal of the exciting book trailer for Hostage to the Stars, go HERE.)

Here’s the link to the Weekend Writing Warriors central page, so you can visit all the participants sharing excerpts today…a fun way to sample new books and find new authors! (Also welcome to the Sunday Snippet visitors!)

Taking excerpts from Star Cruise: Outbreak for a few weeks of excerpts….Dr. Shane has been at loose ends since leaving the military and her father’s arranged for her to take a temp job on an interstellar cruise liner. Jake has repeated his invitation to Emily to attend a crew party on the beach deck of the Nebula Zephyr, in honor of Red and Meg becoming engaged  (They were the lead characters in STAR CRUISE: MAROONED.Edited slightly from published version.) Emily goes to the party with him and a volleyball game started up. This excerpt picks up after Emily plays a second game and then bows out of the next one.

Emily watched the play resume for a moment and then made her way off the beach deck, heading to the gravlift. The party had been fun for the most part—more fun than she’d had in a long time—but becoming a part of the group made her wary. She preferred the safety of her self-imposed solitude. And she didn’t want people assuming she and Jake were an item. She’d seen the glances from more than one of the women at the gathering, assessing the way he hovered around her. Besides, after the horrors of Fantalar and the friends she’d lost there, Emily didn’t form attachments if she could help it. All things considered, attending the party had made for a congenial evening, but there was no need to prolong the experience.

Later, lounging on the bed in her cabin, she debated whether to watch entertainment trideos or shut off the lights and strive for sleep. Deciding her nerves were too keyed up for full relaxation, she had Maeve show her the available list of diversions.

Debating between a wildly unrealistic space adventure and a retro drama set on somebody’s inventive version of Old Terra, Emily sat straighter as she had a better idea, “Ship, can I access the medical records from here?”

StarCruiseOutbreak-FJM_Mid_Res_1000x1500The story:

She saved countless soldiers in the wars … but does she have the weapons to fight an outbreak?

Dr. Emily Shane, veteran of the Sector Wars, is known as “The Angel of Fantalar” for her bravery under fire as a medic. However, the doctor has her own war wounds–severe PTSD and guilt over those she failed to save.

Persuaded to fill a seemingly frivolous berth as ship’s doctor on the huge and luxurious interstellar cruise liner Nebula Zephyr, she finds the job brings unexpected perks–a luxe beach deck with water imported from Tahumaroa II, and Security Officer Jake Dilon, a fellow veteran who heats her up like a tropical sun.

However, Emily soon learns she and Jake didn’t leave all peril behind in the war. A mysterious ailment aboard the Zephyr begins to claim victim after victim … and they must race against time and space to find the cause and a cure! Trapped on a ship no spaceport will allow to dock, their efforts are complicated by a temperamental princess and a terrorist–one who won’t hesitate to take down any being in the way of his target.  If anyone’s left when the disease is through with them…

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