Don’t Move Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedTaking excerpts from CAMRON, one of my recent scifi romance releases…(BADARI WARRIOR’S BABY is actually the most recent).

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!)

Punctuation may be wonky to comply with our guidelines here. May be edited a bit from published version.

If you haven’t read any of my Badari Warriors books, here’s the background:

Genetically engineered soldiers of the far future, the Badari were created by alien enemies to fight humans. But then the scientists kidnapped an entire human colony from the Sectors to use as subjects in twisted experiments…the Badari and the humans made common cause, rebelled and escaped the labs. Now they live side by side in a sanctuary valley protected by a powerful Artificial Intelligence, and wage unceasing war on the aliens. 

The excerpt – Gemma and Camron have escaped the crashed, burning flyer, after he does indeed obey the dying Khagrish scientist’s order to kill her (she was hopelessly trapped). Now they’re on the run together and have stopped to pick some berries because they’re starving.

Her stomach growled and she had to admit the idea of even a handful of berries sounded good. “Wait here and I’ll gather enough for both of us,” Gemma moved closer to the thicket of bushes, taking care not to get scratched by the thorns among the berries and flowers.

“The green ones are actually the ripest,” he said.

Gemma reached for a particularly fat berry that practically glowed because it was such an intense green. She popped it in her mouth and was surprised by the flood of sweet juice cooling her throat, “Oh, these are incredible.” She searched for a means to collect more than a few berries and plucked a broad leaf from a nearby sapling, using it as a makeshift basket to collect her harvest.

“They’re good in pie.”

Whatever she’d expected him to say, it wasn’t a remark about baked goods. She grinned at the homey detail, surprising in their current circumstances.

A particularly fat cluster of berries hung a bit further into the thicket so she carefully stepped among the branches.

“Stop,” Camron’s voice was intense, “Don’t move.”

Heart pounding, Gemma stayed frozen in the position she’d taken to reach the berries, “What is it? What’s wrong?”

camronThe blurb:

Dr. Gemma Madarian is far from her home in the human Sectors, kidnapped along with hundreds of other humans to be used for horrifying experiments conducted on a remote planet by alien scientists.

She and another prisoner, Camron of the Badari, are the only survivors of a deadly crash landing. She’s paired up with the genetically engineered soldier by their mutual enemies and sent fleeing through rough country, hunted for pleasure by an enemy officer and his ferocious trackers.

The enemy wants a triumphant kill. Gemma and Camron want to survive.

Camron never dreamt of having a mate but Gemma shatters his preconceptions and makes him desperate to do everything in his power to save her life and claim her for his.

There’s no help or refuge to be had in the desert where they’re fleeing for their lives.
Or is there?

Will Camron and Gemma live to fight another day and explore the growing attraction between them, or will ancient secrets and bitter rivalries end their bid for freedom?

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BadariWarriorsBoxSetFinalNew to my award winning Badari Warriors series? There’s a box set of the first 3 books!

There’s no new material included, other than a brief recap of why I wrote each book (which appeared in previous blog posts) But I thought it was time to put the books together!

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Why I Wrote LADY OF THE STAR WIND #SciFi

Lady of the Star WindFinal-FJM_High_Res_1800x2700VS: Revisiting one of my backlist titles!

As usual with me, there were multiple things that caused me to write this novel.

First and foremost, I’ve always loved Andre Norton’s Witch World stories. I was captivated by the first one in the series, where the hero steps from our modern day world into Witch World on a one way trip, and then has to cope with everything fantastical there. I loved the way she left the reader feeling there was a huge backstory to Witch World itself and she would drops crumbs and hints in the books that often raised new questions.  I wanted to write my own novel that would accomplish a similar goal. So my couple from the futuristic  Sectors have to flee through a portal of sorts, to the low tech world where they end up. I’m not saying my novel is on a par with Witch World! But there are mysteries and magical powers my characters have to get used to. And the hero and heroine seem to be the embodiment of an old legend in their new home, which brings its own challenges.

That’s the big picture answer.  But one extremely important magic item in the novel is a mirror that belonged to a powerful goddess in ancient times. The inspiration was an ancient Egyptian mirror I saw in a museum in 1995. I never forgot it, graceful and beautifully made – the handle has three Egyptian gods holding up the fan-shaped mirror frame, and of course the reflective surface is long gone. I loved the imagery of this mirror, but when I thought about using it in a book, I saw different figures on the handle. And a lot of cool things it could do, if the person holding it only knew how to tap into the power.

Next I was pondering who would take a one way trip to an unknown destination like this and not be upset or dismayed by being permanently cut off from everything familiar. Andre Norton’s Simon Tregarth was a ‘burned’ spy fleeing from certain death, no way out. Who in my world would be desperate enough to travel? My characters in other Sectors novels mention the Outlier Empire from time to time. So I thought, what if the heroine is fleeing the Empire? This insight triggered a cascade of insights about who should be the hero and why he’d go with her.

My heroine’s name is Alessandra, and Mark the hero, is the only person who has ever called her Sandy. (She’s an Imperial Princess of Outlier and no one would dare to be so familiar. Well, no one but Mark.) That’s a nod from me to the movie version of “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court,” where at the very end Bing Crosby’s character and the heroine (is she reincarnated? Is she the actual girl from the past?) know each other by the nickname he had for her –  ‘Sandy’. I always thought that was such a cool touch! And maybe there’s a smidge of a hint of time travel in my novel…no spoilers, so you’ll have to read it to see.

Although this novel is a complete, standalone story with a Happily Ever After, I built a lot of mysteries and things yet to be discovered into Lady of the Star Wind. I definitely have sequels in mind for adventures on the planet, although I can’t imagine these characters will ever return to the Sectors. Never say never but I’m pretty sure.

So there’s plenty left to tell in future books, much as Ms. Norton (I fangirl her, can you tell?) went back to her Witch World again and again.

The cover is by Fiona Jayde as always and I felt the two stockphoto models really captured my hero and heroine.

canva between worlds crossings scififriThe story:

Are they merely luckless lovers … or a legend come back to life?

Mark Denaltieri, ex-Sector Special Forces, has been hired by the Outlier Empress to rescue her granddaughter, Princess Alessandra, from kidnappers. Since the Empress once had him tortured and banished, she’s the last person Mark wants to work for. But he takes the job. He’ll save Alessandra, his first love, and discover why she didn’t speak for him when he desperately needed her. Then he’ll be on his way, finally free of his past.

Alessandra would rather her rescuer was anyone but Mark–after all, he let her believe he was dead all this time. But when the couple are forced to flee her captors by Traveling via a strange crystal globe, they find themselves in a lovely Oasis on a desert planet, the old attraction sizzling between them again.

They soon discover they are far from alone. The Oasis holds the entrance to another world, one in which the inhabitants are convinced Sandy and Mark are the Lady of the Star Wind and her Warrior, come to free them from an evil Queen.

Mark and Sandy must work together to unearth an ancient mirror, and crown the true king of this land.  Can they fulfill the prophecy of the Lady and her Warrior … and this time, will their love survive the test?

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Portions of this post first appeared on Pauline Baird Jones’s blog in 2016.

New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday July 17

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

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SHIELDED HEART (THE INFINITE CITY BOOK 2) by Tiffany Roberts

VS Note: Oh yes, definitely one clicked this!

Arthos, the Infinite City, is a place of alien wonders and indescribable beauty—and, most importantly for Samantha, it’s also halfway across the universe from her abusive ex-fiancé. She came to the city desperate for a fresh start, but she finds herself downtrodden on a world of aloof alien beings with little hope of finding her place—and a good chance of being kidnapped or killed before she can even settle in.

At least until she is saved by an irresistible alien with piercing eyes and a seductive smile.

Alkorin is the living embodiment of temptation, and he makes no effort to disguise his desire for her. But when his past threatens to drag her into a dangerous underworld, she discovers he isn’t who he claims to be. After enduring so much suffering, can she bear to take a leap of faith with this mysterious alien? Can she trust him with not only her life, but her heart?

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alien prisoner honey phillipsALIEN PRISONER (ALIEN INVASION BOOK 2) by Honey Phillips

Rachel is too busy working to support her brother and her helpless mother to worry about the aliens taking over Earth – until she breaks one of their rules and finds herself imprisoned on a spaceship with a group of other human females. Determined to find a way to escape and return home, her overwhelming attraction to one of the massive horned warriors is an unwanted distraction, no matter how strong the bond between them.

Commander T’chok knows that intimate contact with the potential Breeders is forbidden, but never has he met a female who stirs his blood like Rachel. With her propensity for trouble, she needs a strong mate to protect her, care for her – and provide her with a firm, guiding hand.

Can Rachel escape her prison and the alien warrior who is determined to claim her? Or will T’chok do whatever it takes to keep her?

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sweep of the bladeSWEEP OF THE BLADE (INNKEEPER CHRONICLES BOOK 4) by Ilona Andrews

VS Note: I LOVE this series. I had this one pre-ordered.

Maud Demille is a daughter of Innkeepers—a special group who provide ‘lodging’ to other-planetary visitors—so she knows that a simple life isn’t in the cards. But even Maud could never have anticipated what Fate would throw at her.

Once a wife to a powerful vampire knight, Maud and her young daughter, Helen, were exiled with him for his treachery to the desolate, savage planet of Karhari. Karhari killed her husband, and Maud—completely abandoned by his family—has spent over a year avenging his debts. Rescued by her sister Dina, she’s sworn off all things vampire.

Except… In helping Dina save the world, she met Arland, the Marshal of House Krahr, one of the most powerful vampire houses. One thing led to another and he asked for her hand in marriage. She declined. Arland is not used to hearing the word ‘no;’ and try as she might, Maud can’t just walk away from Arland. It doesn’t help that being human is a lot harder for Maud than being a vampire.

To sort it all out, she accepts his invitation to visit his home planet. House Krahr is extremely influential and Maud knows that a woman—a human, with a very questionable past—who’s turned down a proposal from its most beloved son won’t get a warm reception. Maybe she’s not sure about marrying Arland, but House Krahr isn’t going to decide for her. Maud Demille has never run from a fight, and House Krahr will soon discover that there’s a lot more to Maud than they’re expecting.

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mating enigmaMATING ENIGMA (PRAESIDIO BOOK 3) by Ava Ryant

So…Earth was invaded by Aliens. That happened. I’m not joking. Fortunately for us, Humans developed latent abilities that enabled us to defend and protect our planet. We call ourselves the Praesidio. Years later the world is not the same. We know we are not alone in the universe. There are dangerous things lingering in the darkness.

Elena is an Agent in the global-reaching Enforcement Agency charged with tracking down criminals using a powerful and secret Praesidio ability. The new world has dangerous enemies that like to hide in the dark pits of society. Elena is reluctantly drafted into becoming a spy and meets a deadly ally in the ruins. Together they team up in order to combat a looming threat to Humanity and the Laren race. Along the way they discover far more than they were expecting; danger, treachery and a love so powerful it transcends every obstacle.

When a terrible disaster strikes Elena and her sexy-spy are transported off world and find a passion so raw in will leave them both branded.

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crossfireCROSSFIRE (STAR KINGDOM BOOK 4) by Lindsay Buroker

VS Note: Not a romance although I gather there may be a verrryyyy slow burn romance possible over the series? But I thoroughly enjoy her writing…

For the first time in his life, roboticist Casmir Dabrowski is headed to another star system as an advisor for the Kingdom space fleet. He’s being given a chance to prove himself to King Jager by helping find the ancient artifact he inadvertently lost. It’s best not to think about what might happen if he fails…
But with technologically advanced astroshamans after the artifact, not to mention the deadly mercenary captain Tenebris Rache, it’s not long before the mission collides with disaster.
Soon, Casmir and his friends are caught between warring factions, and he must choose between what the king would want and what he knows is right.

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mercenary royalMERCENARY ROYAL: DEAD SUNS (OBSIDIAN RIM BOOK 6) by Shona Husk

Is it a rescue or a princess-napping?
Nyssa Leofric can’t marry the new head of Riel Industries. They trade in illegal weapons and he only wants her for her wealth and family name. When her parents insist, and unable to escape on her own, she arranges arranges her own kidnapping, hiring the mercenaries known as the Dead Suns.
Jessie Tabris believes in two things: getting the money up front and that people lie. He takes the job because Riel owes him credits. But when Nyssa’s ransom is paid, he finds himself in a bind. No one should be forced into a life they don’t want. But the Dead Suns are threatening to disavow him and his team if he doesn’t return Nyssa to Riel.
Now they must work together or they could both wind up as part of Riel’s next experiment.

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through the tearsTHROUGH THE TEARS (TORN BETWEEN WORLDS BOOK 1) by Leigh M Lorien

Huge, horrid creatures with a taste for human flesh have been invading Seacliff Manor and its surrounding lands for years. Ghouls are coming from another world through portals made of magic. No one knows why or how, but nothing good ever comes with them.

During a hunting trip, Eamon encounters one such monster and falls through a portal into the ghoul’s hellacious desert home world. Separated from his home, his friends, and his lover, with no magic of his own and no sign of other life, Eamon expects to die there…until an encounter with a lone stranger gives him hope. There is a way home. But can Eamon survive alone in ghoul-infested terrain long enough to get there?

Worlds away, the Lord of Seacliff Manor is determined to bring Eamon home. Despite all evidence to the contrary, Rafe knows his human lover is alive. It’s just a matter of finding out where. To that end, Rafe has a plan. It’s dangerous, perhaps even suicidal, but he’ll do anything to save the man he loves.

From different sides of the galaxy, the lovers fight monsters and seek magic with one goal in mind: reunion. Monsters aren’t the only things they’ll have to defeat to find their way back to each other, and the horrors uncovered along the way may be more than they can handle.

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wedding seasonWEDDING SEASON: A COLLECTION OF ROMANCE READS by Various including Marie Dry

VS Note: Here’s what Marie sent me regarding her scifi romance story in this anthology: “I have a short story in there about a time travelling Zyrgin…” Don’t miss it!

This summer, ROSA vows to have you falling in love all over again with ‘Wedding Season’, a collection of romance reads from the Romance writers Organisation of South Africa.
All proceeds go to the Athol Williams Read to Rise literacy charity and the ROSA Scholarship Fund.

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enemy within marcella burnardENEMY WITHIN (CHRONICLES OF THE EMPIRE BOOK 1) by Marcella Burnard

VS note: A re-release

Horrific torture in an alien prison torpedoed Captain Ari Idylle’s military career. Stripped of command and banished to her father’s scientific expedition to finish a PhD she doesn’t want, Ari refuses to fly a desk. She intends to have her command back by any means possible, until pirates commandeer her father’s ship, and she’s once again a prisoner. Perhaps this cunning captor isn’t what he pretends to be.

As far as Cullin Seaghdh is concerned, the same goes for Ari. Her past association with aliens puts her dead center in Cullin’s cross-hairs. If she hasn’t been brainwashed and returned as a spy, then she must be part of a traitorous alliance endangering billions of lives. He can’t afford the desire she fires within him. His mission comes first. He’ll stop at nothing, including her destruction, to uncover her true purpose and protect what is his.

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salvation daySALVATION DAY by Kali Wallace

VS note: Not a romance. Scifi. I enjoyed the book although there was a bit too much emphasis on politics, especially toward the end, BUT that said, the plot kept me guessing for a long time and there were good twists and turns. A new release last week but I waited until I’d read it myself to list it here.

Zahra knew every detail of the plan. House of Wisdom, a massive exploration vessel, had been abandoned by the government of Earth a decade earlier, when a deadly virus broke out and killed everyone on board in a matter of hours. But now it could belong to her people if they were bold enough to take it. All they needed to do was kidnap Jaswinder Bhattacharya—the sole survivor of the tragedy, and the last person whose genetic signature would allow entry to the spaceship.

But what Zahra and her crew could not know was what waited for them on the ship—a terrifying secret buried by the government. A threat to all of humanity that lay sleeping alongside the orbiting dead.
And then they woke it up.

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alien aladdinALIEN ALADDIN (TRILYN ALIEN FAIRY TALES) by Zara Zenia

Since the Trilyn’s made their pact with the people of Earth, Prince Akrawn has been struggling to find his genetically compatible human mate while also dealing with distrust from his own brothers.

When an apparent misunderstanding makes Prince Akrawn public enemy number one, rather than face the legal ramifications on Earth or return to his home planet, he chooses to disappear into the streets of San Francisco, but the human authorities aren’t going to let him go that easily.

Brilliant SFPD Detective Catherine “Cat” O’Shea is tasked with tracking him down with the assistance of her AI. While Cat learns more about Akrawn and starts to believe he may not be responsible for the crime he’s accused of, she has no idea he’s using the same technology to spy on her and has become fascinated with the tenuous and beautiful woman.

Forced on the run together by a nefarious entity set on destroying them and gaining control over the Trilyn, can Akrawn and Cat see past all the reasons they may be wrong for each other to the truth of their destiny?

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rogues maskROGUE’S MASK (ROGUE STAR BOOK 9) by Ava  York

He doesn’t want me on this mission.
Thinks my skills are a waste of time.I’ll prove him wrong. I’m the only one who can get those files, and he knows it. When the agents of the Dominion are hot on our trail, I’ll have to trust him to see us through. And the man beneath the mask? Much more than I ever imagined.

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tamed tana stoneTAMED (TRIBUTE BRIDES OF THE DREXIAN WARRIORS BOOK 1) by Tana Stone

Mandy was having a seriously crappy day.
And that was before she was snatched from Earth by bad-ass alien warriors in need of brides.
Taken to a high-tech space station designed to entice human women, LA socialite Mandy is anything but impressed. She’s not falling for their holographic fantasy suites, their promise of a dream wedding, or their gorgeous, brawny warriors. Especially not the abrasive, arrogant guy she’s been matched with.
The last thing Dorn wants is a mate. He craves battle and discipline, not a weak female.
As a Drexian commander tasked with defending his people from a menacing enemy, he has no desire for a frail human mate. Even if they are his species’ last chance for survival. Especially not one as spoiled as her.
But, unfortunately for Dorn, he has no choice. Not if he wants to get back to his battleship and save both Earth and the Drexian race from extinction.

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dark ever afterDARK EVER AFTER: EVER ATER EMP SERIES BOOK 1 by M Merin

VS note: Of course being an apocalypse trope fiend, I one clicked this.

Shelby Hughes’ day is off to a rough start and it doesn’t seem like it will improve anytime soon. Sitting at work, in a nearly dark cube and hearing the panicked voices of her co-workers, Shelby wants to bang her head on her desk – her father has finally been proven right. Grabbing the go-bag from the bottom drawer of her file cabinet, she crosses to the windows, looking out across Seattle’s 5th Avenue. With the city at a standstill, she takes a moment to make a quick list:
Find a bike.
Find her son.
Get on the road.
Prepare to eat crow when she gets to her father’s house.
And pray like hell that her daughter makes it there.
In a world without electricity, Shelby is determined to do what she’s always done – make the best life for her children, no matter what stands in her way.

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radio silence 2019RADIO SILENCE (OFF THE GRID) by Alyssa Cole

VS note: A re-release. 

Arden Highmore was living your average postgrad life in Rochester, New York, when someone flipped the “off” switch on the world. No cell phones, no power, no running water—and no one knows why. All she and her roommate, John, know for sure is that they have to get out, stat. His family’s cabin near the Canadian border seemed like the safest choice.

It turns out isolation doesn’t necessarily equal safety.

When scavengers attack, it’s John’s ridiculously handsome brother, Gabriel, who comes to the rescue. He saves Arden’s life, so he can’t be all bad…but he’s also a controlling jerk who treats her like an idiot. Now their parents are missing and it seems John, Gabriel, their kid sister, Maggie, and Arden are the only people left alive who aren’t bloodthirsty maniacs.

No one knows when—or if—the lights will come back on and, in the midst of all that, Arden and Gabriel are finding that there’s a fine line indeed between love and hate. How long can they expect to last in this terrifying new world, be it together or apart?

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apokalypsis book 2APOKALYPSIS BOOK 2 by Kate Morris

VS Note: I went back and one clicked book #1.

Avery Andersson led a charmed life, even if she had seven siblings, still lived at home, had no love life (or much of a life at all), and was a homeschool kid growing up. She loved her simple life, though, and her parents, who were as devoted to their children as they were each other. As she bears witness to some strange occurrences all happening within the span of a few weeks, Avery begins to question everything she knew and how it was all changing so quickly. Meeting a dark and brooding soldier who saves her life only adds to the confusion she is spiraling into.

The sexy-cute blonde from the bar, the same one he’d saved from possibly being murdered by some random creep, was a homeschooled nerd from a family full of odd siblings and equally strange parents? And her mother was the therapist he was being forced by the Army to see at least once a week. Great. Combine that with her obvious distaste for him and clear disgust by his tattoos and Tristan knew enough to stay away from Avery Andersson for good.

However, their lives are about to intersect again and again as one tragedy after the other forces Tristan and Avery together in order to survive. As events escalate, the country begins to collapse and the night crawlers multiply by the hour, they will learn that fighting this out and sticking together is going to be their only answer.

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lightest object in the universeTHE LIGHTEST OBJECT IN THE UNIVERSE: A NOVEL by Kimi Eisele

VS Note: ok, this must be the week of the apocalyptic novels! 

What if the end times allowed people to see and build the world anew? This is the landscape that Kimi Eisele creates in her surprising and original debut novel. Evoking the spirit of such monumental love stories as Cold Mountain and the creative vision of novels like Station ElevenThe Lightest Object in the Universe imagines what happens after the global economy collapses and the electrical grid goes down.

In this new world, Carson, on the East Coast, is desperate to find Beatrix, a woman on the West Coast who holds his heart. Working his way along a cross-country railroad line, he encounters lost souls, clever opportunists, and those who believe they’ll be saved by an evangelical preacher in the middle of the country. While Carson travels west, Beatrix and her neighbors begin to construct the kind of cooperative community that suggests the end could be, in fact, a bright beginning.

Without modern means of communication, will Beatrix and Carson find their way to each other, and what will be left of the old world if they do? The answers may lie with a fifteen-year-old girl who could ultimately decide the fate of the lovers.

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noahs arkNOAH’S ARK (CHRONICLES OF KASSOUK BOOK 0) by Vijaya Schartz

When Trixie’s starfreighter, Noah’s Ark, drops out of jump space in an uncharted part of the universe, she believes the Earth-like planet on her viewer represents hope and salvation for her motley crew and the ragtag settlers aboard her ship.

Kostas, ex Space Marine, the expert survivalist recruited for this expedition, doesn’t believe in coincidences, and knows that when something looks too good to be true, it usually is.

Everyone on this voyage to seed a new planet with life, is running from something, and harbors dangerous secrets… including Trixie, who vowed to never let a man control her life again. As for Kostas, he would get lynched on the spot if anyone suspected who he really is.

But on this seemingly abandoned planet, others are watching, herding them for evil purposes… And when the truth emerges and secrets unravel, Trixie and Kostas will have to fight for survival, for freedom, and for the right to love.

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black sky morningBLACK SKY MORNING (MEN+MACHINE 3) by Hanna Dare

A bounty hunter in over his head.Xin knows how to look out for himself, and he knows when something sounds too good to be true. But a forgotten planet filled with riches is too tempting to pass up. Fortunately Xin also knows someone who can back him up – if he doesn’t arrest Xin first.

A government agent who’s lost hope.Jonathan Gray used to believe in a better future. Now he’s not so sure. Then Xin walks in, with his dark eyes and maddening smirk, and Jonathan feels like he’s waking up for the first time in months. Well, parts of him at least. He knows Xin is trouble, but when trouble looks this good it’s impossible to resist.

Two men. One dangerous planet. To survive they need to trust each other – too bad neither of them does trust.

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stolen desireSTOLEN DESIRE (PLANET OF DESIRE BOOK 3) by Robin Lovett

VS Note: Listed as erotica…

Koviye – My people call me the Sex God, but I, Koviye of the Fellamana, am so much more. I read their every desire and satisfy them with a mere touch of my hands. I’m sworn to share my powers, and this thing humans call monogamy is biologically impossible for me, or so I thought until I met the human, Jenie, Lieutenant General in the rebellion against our mutual enemy determined to destroy us. Now, as though Jenie has some power over me, I cannot think of touching anyone but her.

Jenie – I’ve dreamt of Koviye every night since I landed on this sex planet where every breath I take is an aphrodisiac to my blood. I am not fully human, I am part alien, and the planet has awakened my body’s instinct to find a mate. The next person I have sex with I will form an attachment for life, which is impossible for the Sex God. I have a rebellion to lead. Mating a polyamorous alien would ruin me. I can never have him, no matter how much I burn for him.

But I need his help. My best friend was taken prisoner by our enemies, the Ten Systems, and the only person with a ship fast enough to save her is Koviye. And all those dreams I’ve been having about him aren’t just dreams, he tells me. They’re real. He can dream walk, so if I can’t have him while I’m awake, at least I can have him in my dreams—as if that will ever be enough.

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wrappedWRAPPED (TEAM EIGHT: ORIGINS BOOK 4) by Viola Grace

VS note: Not sure there’s romance but I enjoy her writing.

Brneary lived a life of luxury in preparation for responsibility. One night that should have been a celebration turns into national horror, and she is the sole survivor. Waking in the hospital when no one else even left remains behind, she grieves her family and then finds out that there have been… changes.

She is left with a huge corporation, a vast personal fortune, and a family of thieves and assassins who cling to her as the last of her line. They help her gain control over the gift that rises, and while learning, she finds out that her world is even more twisted than she had imagined.

Generating armour from anything she touches is not a skill that helps when personal betrayal hurts her worse than any projectile.

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captive of the wolf packCAPTIVE OF THE WOLF PACK: A BONFIRE FALLS PARANORMAL ROMANCE by Liv Brywood and Aria Hunt

I’m in love with three wolf shifters who also happen to be my best friends. They don’t know how I feel, but I can’t keep this secret much longer. Our relationship is strictly forbidden. Witches and shifters don’t mix in my world. Falling in love with them would mean punishment by death, so I flee. My stepmother Lexus, High Priestess at Dark Magic Academy, is enraged by my disobedience. She’ll stop at nothing to get me back. She wants to control my magic, but she’ll never control my heart. It already belongs to three irresistible men.

Nyx, Remus, and Torak are my guys. I don’t care if we’re not meant to be together. There’s an undeniable connection between the four of us. I can’t ignore it anymore. Our love is dangerous, but it’s worth risking everything. War is coming to Bonfire Falls. There’s nothing I can do to stop it. Love is the strongest magic of all, but I don’t know if it will be enough to keep us safe.

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fallen alice wildeFALLEN (HELLFIRE ACADEMY BOOK 1) by Alice Wilde

All angels are offered a choice: attend the Celestial Academy or be cast out of Heaven. Until two hours ago, only one angel since the beginning of time has ever made the choice to leave. Today, I made that two.

No one warns you where you go after the fall. If I’d known, I can’t help but wonder if I’d still have made the same choice.

It turns out there’s another Academy, and in order to earn the right to freewill on Earth, I’m going to have to make it through an entirely different set of trials.

I traded angels for demons, among other things, and it’s obvious I am not one of them. Here, in the midst of the very worst Hell has to offer, I stand out like a light in the dark…and that isn’t a good thing. In just a few short hours, I’ve already drawn the unwanted attention of several of the more devilishly-handsome (is that a compliment here?) brutes…and they’ve made it abundantly clear that they don’t want me here.
If I want a chance at life on Earth, I need to graduate…but first, I’ll have to survive the Demigod Trifecta.
My name is Eden, and today is my first day at Hellfire Academy. 
Today, I become one of The Fallen

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own to obtainOWN TO OBTAIN (MYTH OF THE OMEGA BOOK 9) by Zoey Ellis

Kardos – Burning with disbelief, Kardos’ fury sets the entire known Lands alight.
He swears to reclaim what belongs to him, but discovers the true cost of trying to cage the beauty he loves to see fly.
Shaya – Shaya seeks the life she had, but she is no longer the Omega she once was.
Battling her heartache, she soon learns that to find her strength, she must stake a claim of her own.

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on wings of passionON WINGS OF PASSION (ON WINGS SAGA BOOK 2) by M D Grimm

Every story has a beginning….Dragons. Angels fear them and demons follow them. Formidable beasts of incredible power, they fight each other to the death for dominance. But dwindling dragon numbers cause alarm among the angelic ranks. Surely when the dragons have finished killing each other, the victors will search elsewhere for conquest… maybe even the Upper Realm.

Roland, an angelic artist of significant talent, doesn’t know what to believe. Part of him longs to see a dragon in person, and his peaceful life of contentment is wearing thin. He wants passion, desire, adventure, and love. He gets more than he bargained for when he and his sister are ambushed and captured by demons, and they bring him to a creature who surpasses Roland’s wildest imaginings.

But the mighty dragon Asagoroth is not all that he seems. Something sparks between him and Roland. Something neither anticipated. Something that will shake the cosmos to its core.

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souls and shadowsSOULS AND SHADOWS BY Various

Face haunting new worlds filled with paranormal creatures and breathtaking romance. Journey with beautiful beasts, sexy-as-sin vampires, soul-searing demigods, shadowy necromancers, and unlikely heroes as they fall in love and battle for good in this collection of fantasy adventures.
Will they survive the shadow’s call?
There’s only one way to find out.

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tollTHE TOLL by Cherie Priest

VS note: Not a romance. Gothic horror, set in the South. I’m not usually a horror reader but I did enjoy this one. Very atmospheric and she makes you wonder how certain plots will work out. Some went the way I expected and some didn’t! A new release last week but I waited till I’d read it to list it here. The book has mixed reviews.

Titus and Melanie Bell are on their honeymoon and have reservations in the Okefenokee Swamp cabins for a canoeing trip. But shortly before they reach their destination, the road narrows into a rickety bridge with old stone pilings, with room for only one car.

Much later, Titus wakes up lying in the middle of the road, no bridge in sight. Melanie is missing. When he calls the police, they tell him there is no such bridge on Route 177.

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naughty wolfNAUGHTY WOLF (ALPHA WOLVES WANT CURVES BOOK 2) by Aidy Award

Kosta Troika has to betray everything he believes in, if he’s going to save his pack. He’ll do whatever it takes. He never expected the sweet, sassy girl next door with curves he’s had a very naughty crush on for years would fight to save him.

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havoc auryn hadleyHAVOC (RISE OF THE ILIRI BOOK 9) by Auryn Hadley

The world has waited a long time for the Kaisae—Salryc Luxx, leader of the iliri and commander of the allied forces. Kaisaes before her have died or gone mad. But now that they are so close to finally winning the war and finding peace for her species, either option is unthinkable! She’s still needed. The war is yet to be won, and now there’s a coup brewing at home in Anglia.

As Sal prepares for a crucial push into enemy territory, the biggest battle her country faces isn’t about destruction; it’s about the rebuilding that comes after. If they want this war to matter, their new citizens will need to remember what it means to be iliri: to make packs, have children, and find the remains of their culture. They’ll need to make a home, and do it together—all three species: iliri, graouri, and humans. Although Sal is battling personal issues almost as large as her military battles, like the fact that no Kaisaes live into a happy old age. They either die fighting—or they go insane.

The newest member of Sal’s pack, Ryali, has been recruited to research the creation of the iliri species in the hope of discovering the reason Kaisaes have historically lost touch with reality—and hopefully she can find a way to make sure it doesn’t happen to Sal. But she’ll need more than old books to help. Luckily, there’s an answer—and Sal’s newly-expanded four-mate harem is determined to save her. It looks like they’re going to need a much bigger tent.

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shade of vampire 78A SHADE OF VAMPIRE 78: ORIGIN OF VAMPIRES by Bella Forrest

Amal and Amane have discovered something remarkable: the location of the protein which allows Derek to walk in the sun, even as a vampire.
Along with Tristan and Esme Vaughn, the grown-up grandchildren of Anna and Kyle, Derek and Sofia set out to learn more about the world from which the protein originates – and, most importantly, its residents.
On arrival, however, they encounter a new, yet mysteriously familiar species…one which may predate even the oldest vampire or Mara – and lead them to question everything they thought they knew.

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faithless dreamsFAITHLESS DREAMS: THE FATED WINGS SERIES BOOK 6 by C R Jane

Eva is being hunted. Whether it’s by her obsessive ex or a murderer stalking her through the streets of New York, there’s danger around every corner.
But she can survive it all as long as she has Damon, Mason, and Beckham…right?
When disaster strikes, and Eva is left all alone to pick up the pieces, Eva will have to discover what’s really inside of her. Can Eva discover who she is and unlock the keys to her past in time to save herself and the ones she loves? Or will the bond between Eva and her men be broken forever.
And when Eva discovers who she really is…will it actually set her free?

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legacy lughnasadhLEGACY (LUGHNASADH ELITE ACADEMY BOOK 4) by Layla Heart

The first day of the new academic year started pretty normal for Litha, between hanging out with the princes and Phoenix and going to her first class it all seemed perfectly simple, but it ended horrifically wrong with Litha, Kit and Rune locked in a room at the succubi cafe, surrounded by fae soldiers. As they broke free, Litha sacrificed herself to save the woman she’d always thought of as her grandma.

In the fallout after Litha’s magnificent magical attack, things become even more grim as Litha, Phoenix and the princes are surrounded by the rest of the fae army, who are now slowly closing in on them through the thick smoke. They can’t see the soldiers, but they can hear them come closer.

The five have to stand their ground, protect Litha and her grandma, and try not to get killed before backup reaches them. But when the fae soldiers reveal their new weapons, things get even more dicey. Will they make it out? And in what condition?

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norsemen academyNORSEMEN ACADEMY : VIKING TIME TRAVEL ROMANCE by Skye MacKinnon

VS note: Previously published but this is evidently all the ‘episodes’ in one place.

Lainie never expected to be admitted to the prestigious Time Travel Academy.She never expected to study runes, ancient languages and meet real life Vikings.And she certainly didn’t expect to fall for her teacher… and a Viking… and a mysterious archivist.When a forbidden jump in time goes wrong, Lainie will have to draw on everything she’s learned to make her way back into the present – and into the arms of her men.

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portals savannah vertePORTALS by Savannah Verte

A banishment portal meant for one becomes a catalyst to destiny for seven brothers who pass through. Their journey takes them between worlds, time, and back again, revealing truths they were never supposed to uncover: everything they’ve believed for a millennia is false, they are pawns on someone else’s game board, and, they are all expendable. Between the world they know, and the ones they don’t are more portals, each with truths waiting to be revealed.

Can they turn the tables, reclaim their lives, reunite with their mates, and end the game? Or, will their world be lost forever before they can return?
Truth takes time…theirs is running out.

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let down your hairLET DOWN YOUR HAIR (GAY EVER AFTER BOOK 1) by L M Brown

VS note: A re-release.

When Prince Aiden sets out to rescue a princess, the last thing he expects to find is a cross-dressing artist named Robert. Can he set aside his fears and find the fairy tale ending he longs for?

In a world where fairy stories are historical fact, Prince Aiden is on a quest to find a princess to rescue and bring home as his bride. Deep in the Enchanted Forest, he finds Robert, a cross-dressing artist who lives alone in his tower. Mistaking him for a woman, Prince Aiden is determined to have Robert as his bride.

When the prince of his dreams shows up at Robert’s tower he is far from happy, especially when the handsome prince refuses to believe he is a man. Can he convince Prince Aiden to love him as the man he is, or is their happily ever after doomed from the start?

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war laura thalassaWAR (THE FOUR HORSEMEN BOOK 2) by Laura Thalassa

The day Jerusalem falls, Miriam Elmahdy knows her life is over. Houses are burning, the streets run red with blood, and a traitorous army is massacring every last resident. There is no surviving this, especially not once Miriam catches the eye of War himself. But when the massive and terrifying horseman corners Miriam, he calls her his wife, and instead of killing her, he takes her back to his camp.

Now Miriam faces a terrifying future, one where she watches her world burn town by town, and the one man responsible for it all is her seemingly indestructible “husband”. But there’s another side to him, one that’s gentle and loving and dead set on winning her over, and she might not be strong enough to resist.

However, if there’s one thing Miriam has learned, it’s that love and war cannot coexist. And so she must make the ultimate choice: surrender to War and watch humankind fall, or sacrifice everything and stop him.

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shards of frostSHARDS OF FROST (MERCURY PACK SERIES BOOK 5) by Suzanne Wright

When had life stopped being so simple? Probably around the time that Casey Frost first agreed to pay off her drug addict brother’s debt to save him from a brutal beating. It soon became a “thing.” When the dealer—who’s also an Alpha shifter—demands she do something that goes against her very being, Casey decides enough is enough. It’s while she’s confronting the Alpha that he appears—Eli Axton, a ruthless wolf shifter with a dark reputation. When their eyes lock and the mating urge violently kicks in, she knows her world is about to change.
The last unmated male in his pack, Eli feels weary and alone. Seeing his friends so happy makes the Head Enforcer acutely feel the absence of his true mate. He wouldn’t have expected to find her in the parking lot of a shifter fight club, or for her to be such an unusual breed of shifter. Certain that the female enforcer belongs to him, he doesn’t hesitate to claim her. Not everyone is happy to see Casey mated, though. Soon danger is coming at them from different angles, threatening the life they’re trying to build. Their enemy needs to be eradicated fast. But how did you destroy an enemy when you weren’t sure who they were?

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bewitch meBEWITCH ME: RED VEIL DIARIES #5 by Marianne Morea

Gareth?
In the flesh, love.
But…you’re dead.
Ah, well. There’s dead and then there’s dead-dead.
Lane Alden stared at the man she once loved. The same man she mourned and never really got over. Yet here he stood, outside the infamous backrooms of the Red Veil, the underground vampire club where blood and sex rule, and anything goes.But anything goes was a distraction she didn’t need. Especially not one that made her mouth water and her nether bits throb. She had a witch to find. A sister witch who went missing after taking a walk on the wild side. Finding a Dark Fae may have played a role in her friend’s disappearance, she can only wonder if the man she loved and lost was back in her life for the same reason. Coincidence? Not a chance.

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to spell with itTO SPELL WITH IT (A MOONSTONE BAY COZY MYSTERY BOOK 4) by Amanda M Lee

Hadley Hunter thinks she’s seen everything – okay, maybe not everything but a lot of things – but she’s never seen a cupid convention.
When her good friend Booker’s fellow cupids descend on Moonstone Bay, she thinks it’s going to be fun and games. Instead, it’s mayhem and mystery when a rash of suicides and attempted suicides hit random island residents.
That means it’s off to the races to solve another mystery.
Hadley has been doing a lot of thinking about her life. She wants a career, not a job. She also wants to uncover a murderer. Even though her boyfriend Galen tries to keep her out of the case, she’s bound and determined to be in the thick of things.
Galen’s fears come to fruition when something starts calling to Hadley in her dreams and he’s convinced whatever creature convinced the others to try to kill themselves is now after Hadley.
Between egocentric cupids who are at war with each other, a big mystery regarding the origin of some of Hadley’s favorite paranormal friends, and her own determination, Hadley isn’t giving up without answers.
She’s used to having magical backup at every turn. This time, she’s going to have to fight the ultimate battle alone.
Is she up to the challenge? She’d better be. Everyone she loves is in danger and she’s the only one who can save them.
It’s time to witch up … and she’s ready.

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finding infinitiFINDING INFINITI (HAVENWOOD HALLS HIGH BOOK 23) by Rose Garcia

oe Greg has reunited with his soul mate Infiniti Clausman only to lose her in a cruel twist of fate. Separated by time and space—and a memory ward that has wiped him from her mind—he vows to do whatever he can to find her, but so far nothing has worked. Believing he’ll never be able to see her again, he starts losing all sense of himself. Worse than that, he can’t shake the growing feeling that Infiniti’s life is in danger…again.

Infiniti Clausman is trying to make the most of summer, but something isn’t quite right. She feels like she’s stuck, as if she can’t move on, as if she’s missing something or someone. She dismisses the sensation, calling it a case of the graduation blues, but when her psychic neighbor tells her about a quantum event that’s been happening since the Cold Moon last December, Infiniti can’t ignore the feelings any longer.

Soul mates separated. Memories forgotten. Time slipping. Joe must find Infiniti before it’s too late—or he might lose her again, this time for good.

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diableDIABLE (DEMONICA ORIGINS BOOK 3) by Pelaam

When Slayer Henri and his Intermediary Sébastien are sent to Paris to deal with attacks by vampires, they find the truth is worse still.
They also find unexpected allies in a family of gargoyles who help protect mankind.
Paris is under attack by demonic forces and it will take the united talents of humans, gargoyles, and vampires if they are to be defeated.
Sébastien also finds that his mate is the last creature on earth he would have expected.
When the time to fight comes, can Sébastien survive, or will his life be forfeit in the depths of the dungeons of the infamous Cardinal Richelieu.

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shadows howlSHADOW’S HOWL (HIGH HOUSE CANIS BOOK 4) by Riley Storm

Academy-trained mage Jennifer Shaw is setting out to make things right. First stop is the hideout of the wolf shifter rebels, where she’s greeted by the most suspicious, untrusting, and downright gorgeous man she’s ever met. With the need to focus on her own mission, it’s only fair the universe assigns her the worst distraction possible as guide and guard. But she’s got a secret to fix, and even the hella-handsome hunk isn’t going to distract her.

After a betrayal that rocked him to his core, Liam Canis doesn’t trust anyone farther than he can throw a dragon. That includes the mage who appears out of thin air, claiming to be there to help the rebels finally defeat the Tyrant King and retake their home. Despite her gorgeous figure and insane attraction to his entire being, Liam isn’t going to let himself be dissuaded from finding out her real reason for being there.

Time is running out for the duo, as the forces loyal to the Tyrant King rush to reinforce the fortress at Moonshadow Manor. The two of them will have to learn to get along if they hope to bring down the defenses and lead the rebels to victory. Linden isn’t sure he can ever trust his gut again, no matter what it says about Jennifer and what she might mean to him. But only a mated pair will be able to save his friends, and fix a wrong she can’t ignore.

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surf of timeTHE SURF OF TIME: CALLED BY A VIKING SERIES BOOK 4 by Mariah Stone

Los Angeles, 2019. Cathy is struggling to find the strength to be on her own. With her fiancé trapped in an irreversible coma, she surfs on his favorite beach unable to muster the conviction to turn off his life support. Suddenly flung centuries back in time, she’s horrified to land in the middle of a Viking war. But her heart nearly stops when she discovers a Norseman who looks exactly like her fiancé.

Wessex, England, 878 AD. Tortured by the death of his wife, Viking Andor Thornsson punishes himself by fighting countless battles. But when a gorgeous woman appears from nowhere and pulls him to safety during a losing skirmish, he fears extreme blood loss caused a hallucination. Behind deadly Anglo Saxon enemy lines, he reluctantly agrees to lead her to his stronghold under one condition: he’s not responsible for her fate.

But Andor can’t help falling for the curvy blonde even though she claims she must return to the future. And as they face bandits and hidden dangers together, Cathy wonders whether she’s attracted to the warrior himself or the stark reminder of what awaits back home.

Torn by painful memories and agonizing loss, can Cathy and Andor heal their broken hearts and make a timeless connection?

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song of blood and stone l penelopeSONG OF BLOOD AND STONE, EARTHSINGER CHRONICLES BOOK 1 by L Penelope

VS note: A re-release which author states has been ‘expanded’. New cover too.

The kingdoms of Elsira and Lagrimar have been separated for centuries by the Mantle, a magical veil that has enforced a tremulous peace between the two lands. But now, the Mantle is cracking and the True Father, ruler of Lagrimar and the most powerful Earthsinger in the world, finally sees a way into Elsira to seize power.

All Jasminda ever wanted was to live quietly on her farm, away from the prying eyes of those in the nearby town. Branded an outcast by the color of her skin and her gift of Earthsong, she’s been shunned all her life and has learned to steer clear from the townsfolk…until a group of Lagrimari soldiers wander into her valley with an Elsiran spy, believing they are still in Lagrimar.

Through Jack, the spy, Jasminda learns that the Mantle is weakening, allowing people to slip through without notice. And even more troubling: Lagrimar is mobilizing, and if no one finds a way to restore the Mantle, it might be too late for Elsira. Their only hope lies in uncovering the secrets of the Queen Who Sleeps and Jasminda’s Earthsong is the key to unravel them.

Thrust into a hostile society and a world she doesn’t know, Jasminda and Jack race to unveil an ancient mystery that might offer salvation.

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academy of sixACADEMY OF SIX (ORIGINS OF THE SIX SERIES BOOK 1) by A K Koonce and Aleera Anaya Ceres

Deadly monsters live in all of us.
The Academy of Six has just never seen a monster as terribly mundane as Izara Castillo. And that is a dangerous problem. She has four semesters to not only understand her supernatural abilities, but harness them as well.
Everything at the Academy is a disaster, from Interdimensional Travels through hell to the other hell they like to call Gym.
Bullies push her, test her, and simply try to kill her. A few broodingly protective roommates and a scary fake boyfriend could help. Or make her life impossibly harder.
Pretend to date the emotionally detached demon, they said. What’s the worst that could happen, they said.
It’s make or break within this prison of a school. If she succeeds, she’ll finally know what she’s capable of, who she truly is, and where she came from.
If she fails…she dies.

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sacrificed to the beastSACRIFICED TO THE BEAST by Jessa Kane

Someone has been terrorizing my small town—a huge, horrifying beast, to be exact. He won’t stop rampaging until the villagers sacrifice an innocent. Lucky me! I’m the chosen one. I’ve been tied to a tree in a wedding dress and left as an offering to the cruel ruler of the hills. But once the beast approaches, I glimpse the lonely human beneath the wild hair and mountainous body. Yes, he’s very much a man…a man who will stop at nothing to claim me as his mate.

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mountain wolfs nannyMOUNTAIN WOLF’S NANNY: DADDY WOLVES OF THE WILD by Serena Meadows

Betrayal comes in a lot of different forms. The rejection of a mother. The loss of a wife. And at its worst, the abduction of a child. Nick’s heart has been torn and twisted so many times his chest is little more than a cavity of scar tissue.

Then, for the first time in years…a single, tiny pulse.

Nick’s fought long and hard to win back his little girl and give them both the life his late wife would have wanted. He hopes the new nanny, Maggie, will help bridge the chasm between them, and encourage the girl to see him as more than the monster she’s been raised to believe he is.

But Maggie has her own secrets, like the fact Nick sends heat rushing through her body each time she meets his eyes. Their chemistry is undeniable, but she can’t succumb to the attraction. Because if he knew the truth about her, she’d smash the last fractured pieces of his heart beyond all hope of repair.

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passions and protectorsPASSIONS AND PROTECTORS (BEAUTIFUL BEASTS ACADEMY BOOK 5) by Kim Faulks and Mila Young

There’s a murderer on the loose…and mortals are calling for a name to bring to justice.
A name that answers on behalf of the Ancient.
My name…Morwenna Livingstone.
My parents can’t reach me.
My best friend doesn’t even know where I’ve gone.
And as mortal deaths continue to plague Tricks City I’m called to stand before the tribunal of mortals and monsters and answer for the crime of conspiracy to murder.
Because I know who the real killer has been all this time.
I just couldn’t bring myself to face him.
The betrayal.
The heartache…
And the end.

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spell for deathA SPELL FOR DEATH: ROSEWILDE ACADEMY OF MAGICAL ARTS by B C Palmer and Marie Robinson

My life turned upside down after the death of my godmother and I’ve traded science for sorcery. I never thought magic existed outside of books, but here I am at an elite academy for magical arts.

If it wasn’t for popular heartthrobs Isaac and Luke, I’d lose my mind. Their tutoring sessions teach me more than just magic. And my ridiculously hot roommate, Hunter? Well, I’m pretty sure he hates everyone—not just me. Oh, and he’s convinced my dead parents might have tried to trigger the apocalypse.

Turns out that he might be right. Magic is dangerous and I’m pretty sure it’s going to kill me—if the faculty doesn’t get me first.

Welcome to freshman year at Rosewilde Academy for Magical Arts—where secrets hide behind every door and rules are meant to be broken.

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sea dragons commandSEA DRAGON’S COMMAND: ROYAL DRAGON SHIFTERS OF MOROCCO #3 by Ava Ward

Layla Price’s magic has been unleashed. Set free during a confrontation with her enemy Hunter, her fury as the world’s most dangerous Dragon-shifter knows no bounds.
But her power is a grave risk to her friends, and as Layla trains with the uncompromising Royal Siren Reginald Durant to tame her magics, she struggles to master her ability.
When her mate Adrian is framed for murder, she must go undercover – risking her life in a dangerous game to draw out her nemesis.
And when she finds Hunter, will her magic be controlled enough to finally take him down?
Or will Reginald’s training fail her – leaving her powerless against her enemy?

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heavens fallHEAVEN’S FALL (PANDORAX ACADEMY BOOK 1) by Ember Hollis

All my life, my mom has let me down. Now she’s gone, and the dad I never thought I’d meet turns out to be an angel.

He’s the only family I have left, and he’s sent me to Pandorax Academy. A super-secret, super-magical, super dangerous academy for supernaturals like me.

Except that I’m the only one with angelic blood.

I thought I had a new start in life, but it all just gets harder when I meet Christian, Malek, Knox and Bane. Four drop-dead gorgeous guys who are dangerous as sin. But that’s not all. The strange powers they wield holds everyone in thrall, from vampires to werewolves to demons, and perhaps even… me.
They say there’s no place for an angel, even a half one, in Pandorax Academy. They’ll do everything they can to make me suffer. To drive me out. And together, I’m afraid they’ll crush me.
But I didn’t get this far to lose. I’ll do whatever it takes to stay. Even if it means I have to fall… perhaps I’ll take them with me.

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claimed by the dragon princeCLAIMED BY THE DRAGON PRINCE (THE FATE OF THE DRAGONS SERIES) by Amelia Wilson

Abby doesn’t quite get life. She is a shy wallflower, but her life is about to take a wild turn as she meets two incredibly hot brothers Ty and Luc; with a huge secret that will transform her quiet little world into a real-life fairytale.
But the more Abby learns about them, the more she realizes her fate is directly tied to theirs. Will she be able to keep her heart despite Luc trying to win her over again? Or will Ty finally get the chance he has been waiting for?

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nanny to the bearNANNY TO THE BEAR (BURNING FALLS SHIFTERS BOOK 4) by Cynthia Wilde

Licensed childcare worker, Janet Noble, finds herself once again assigned to a family of shifters, this time a single father with two small children. As she is already on thin ice with her agency, she is hoping this quaint little town will offer the fresh start she needs. Little does she know as she struggles to navigate the rising steam between her and her new boss, that every step she takes is pulling her further into a web of dangerous secrets.

Between the demands of his work and being a single dad, Austin Bradford has had to admit he needs help. Hiring a nanny seemed like the only option which made sense. But even as the kids take to her he realizes the unforeseen attraction between them is becoming almost too much to bear. With danger swirling around the town that his pack are sworn to protect, the last thing he needs is another complication…

Thrust together by circumstance, and now united with the rest of the pack against rivals moving in on their town, can these two forge a bond that will last? And will it be strong enough to endure as long hidden secret that threatens to change everything?

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warrior mate l j redWARRIOR MATE: BLOODLINE WARRIORS: SHADOW by L J Red

Ruggedly handsome and wickedly dangerous, Rune has spent his entire life as a warrior. First a Viking, then an immortal vampire. Fighting is all he knows. Until he meets her. His soulmate fated to be with him forever. Brigit is his total opposite: tiny and fragile. He burns to possess and protect her. The only problem is, she doesn’t want anything to do with him.

A tough, kick-ass policewoman, Brigit hates it when men judge her on her size and her looks. She’s spent her life keeping her city safe and she isn’t about to give that up just because the sinfully attractive vampire warrior tells her to. Sparks fly, and it’s going to take all Brigit’s control to hold back the raging desire that overwhelms her every time they meet.

Forced to work together as mysterious attacks spread across Chicago and a new threat gathers outside the city, can they find a way to overcome their differences and work together before it’s too late?

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bears secretTHE BEAR’S SECRET by Fay Walsh

Billy, a bear shifter in the Hoopole Bears Clan, has a dark secret. To everyone he appears like a carefree guy, but in reality he hides a dark secret. He wants to break free from his past, but his memories haunt him. Until he meets this newcomer and his façade comes tumbling down.

Nikki has returned to her hometown to help her parents. Everything is so familiar, and yet something strange is happening. When she meets Billy, she finds someone she can confide in. But what will she do when she discovers that everyone around her has secrets? Secrets that will challenge everything she thought she knew and even threaten her own life…

A bear desperate for a glimmer of hope will do anything to protect the person that makes him feel his way. But first, he will have to defeat his demons. Even if this means getting himself and his mate caught in a dangerous play of life and death.

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wed by proxyWED BY PROXY (BRIDES OF KARADOK BOOK 1) by Alice Coldbreath

Thrice wedded, but never bedded, Mathilde Martindale has long lived in the shadow of her indomitable mother, and meekly done as she was told. Until one day she decides to become mistress of her own destiny and leave the royal court to find her own path.

Married by proxy, Lord Martindale has never even met his bride of three years. Wed as part of a peace treaty, he bitterly resents the mercenary wife who cares only for wealth and prestige. And then he meets her.

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waking up the sunWAKING UP THE SUN by Laura Bailo

When Lander accepts a dare to go into the forest at night, he thinks it’ll be easy. He just needs to walk in and then come out, right? But that’s easier said than done. It’s like the trees have a mind of their own, and they are stopping him from finding his way back. There were always stories of people getting lost forever in the forest, but Lander had never considered they might be true.

Yban has been in the forest a long time and he knows it like no other—but he comes with his own secrets. He disappears every day, and he won’t tell Lander where he goes. But during the dark hours, Lander gets to know him and starts unwrapping the layers that surround him.

The fire that keeps them warm in the forest isn’t the only spark between them; will their growing relationship survive Lander’s determination to find the way out, or will Yban’s past mistakes keep them hidden in the forest forever?

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dawskDAWSK by Erhu Kome Yellow

Hardworking nurse Simisola Oladeji is unlucky in love.
When reclusive billionaire Aiden Essien walks into her life, she knows there will be no future with him and even more so when she stumbles upon his bloodthirsty secret.
She is safer reuniting with her long-lost boyfriend Femi, surely?

Caught between the two, trouble is never far away as she discovers some disturbing truths about her past life. A dark force is rising, and the messy trio is going to have to fight, together, to save lives.

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midnight at the blackbird cafeMIDNIGHT AT THE BLACKBIRD CAFE by Heather Webber

VS Note: Sounds good, put it on my TBR List.

Nestled in the mountain shadows of Alabama lies the little town of Wicklow. It is here that Anna Kate has returned to bury her beloved Granny Zee, owner of the Blackbird Café.

It was supposed to be a quick trip to close the café and settle her grandmother’s estate, but despite her best intentions to avoid forming ties or even getting to know her father’s side of the family, Anna Kate finds herself inexplicably drawn to the quirky Southern town her mother ran away from so many years ago, and the mysterious blackbird pie everybody can’t stop talking about.

As the truth about her past slowly becomes clear, Anna Kate will need to decide if this lone blackbird will finally be able to take her broken wings and fly.

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run books of stone 2RUN (BOOKS OF STONE BOOK 2) by B L Brunnemer 

With Evelyn unconscious, it’s up to the rest of the team to keep Chicago from breaking out into chaos.
Witches, wolves, and vampires are at each other’s throats. Demons are slipping through the barrier and the dead are piling up. It’s up to Astrid and Ranulf to keep Chicago from erupting into war.
With Evelyn getting weaker by the hour, Falk and Rina race against time and magic to find the only way to save her. But the storm that got away from Evelyn has gotten larger, spreading across the united states grounding every flight. Will they make it in time to save her?

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skin deepSKIN DEEP by Karen Chance

VS Note: A re-release

Lia de Croissets’s mother is a werewolf–but Lia can’t shift. Caught between the Human and the Were worlds, she has found a place for herself as a war mage, working to help solve magical crimes. But when her Were lover goes missing, Lia learns Weres are being killed for their skins. Now Lia and her magical, unpredictable dragon tattoo may be the only hope of finding him alive.

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in the woodsIN THE WOODS by Carrie Jones and Stephen E Wedel

VS Note: Not listed as a romance.

It should have been just another quiet night on the farm when Logan witnessed the attack, but it wasn’t. Something is in the woods.
Something unexplainable.
Something deadly. Hundreds of miles away, Chrystal’s plans for summer in Manhattan are abruptly upended when her dad reads tabloid coverage of some kind of grisly incident in Oklahoma. When they arrive to investigate, they find a witness: a surprisingly good-looking farm boy. As townsfolk start disappearing and the attacks get ever closer, Logan and Chrystal will have to find out the truth about whatever’s hiding in the woods…before they become targets themselves.

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indigo rainINDIGO RAIN (PHOENIX INTELLIGENCE AGENCY bOOK 1) by Taige Crenshaw

Kalina Erutan does not save anyone. She is usually sent to eliminate the problems. The way she does it is by her own choosing. As an Assassin Agent for the Phoenix Intelligence Agency she lives by a special code of honor. The latest case she takes brings her face to face with her destiny, past and her possible future. Being an Amazonian Warrior she knows what is needed in any battle. Yet this time a wrong decision can mean the end of humanity and all the dimensions beyond.

Ryne Garon is known as the ghost. The most fearsome Assassin Agent until he left and became the co-division head of the tracker unit. His powers as a firebird have saved him and others. Yet when he is faced with the woman who is his destiny, he loses all control. No one will stand in his way to claim Kalina Erutan as his own. Not even her aversion to his people. Them being paired together to find the most precious of artifacts that can bring on Armageddon tests all he believes and desires.

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the needTHE NEED by Helen Phillips 

VS Note: Saw this recommended in OprahMAG. Wildly mixed reviews – is it a psychological thriller or scifi – an ambiguous ending, some say. Not a romance. It’s on my TBR list because it all sounds intriguing, but way down there.

When Molly, home alone with her two young children, hears footsteps in the living room, she tries to convince herself it’s the sleep deprivation. She’s been hearing things these days. Startling at loud noises. Imagining the worst-case scenario. It’s what mothers do, she knows.

But then the footsteps come again, and she catches a glimpse of movement.

Suddenly Molly finds herself face-to-face with an intruder who knows far too much about her and her family. As she attempts to protect those she loves most, Molly must also acknowledge her own frailty. Molly slips down an existential rabbit hole where she must confront the dualities of motherhood: the ecstasy and the dread; the languor and the ferocity; the banality and the transcendence as the book hurtles toward a mind-bending conclusion.

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blood in the shaodwsBLOOD IN THE SHADOWS (LEGACY BOOK 1) by Allyson Lindt

She Loves. She Dies. She is Reborn.
Odin cursed this Valkyrie to that fate. She just hasn’t remembered yet.
With each life she should live long enough to recall her past and become a fierce warrior, accompanying the souls of her equals to the afterlife. But someone keeps killing her before she gets that far.

The immortal men she’s loved throughout history have joined forces to find and save her, before her life is once again abruptly ended. But recruiting and seducing an assassin of her caliber, trained to trust no one, and to be one with the shadows, is no easy task.

If they don’t help her remember before death finds her again, the least of her concerns will be if she gets another chance at life.All of humanity’s future hangs in the balance.

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trial by faeTRIAL BY FAE (DRAGON’S GIFT: THE DARK FAE BOOK 1) by Linsey Hall

To the world, I’m a demon slayer. I lead a simple life slaughtering monsters, and as long as no one learns that I’m descended from a forbidden line of Dragon Bloods, I can keep my job and my life.

But when a powerful Fae king realizes I’m his fated mate, I’ve got problems. Especially since A), he hates me and B), he learns my secret, and it puts my whole life at risk. I want to kill my mate.

The stars align when my employers send me to the Fae kingdom as an undercover agent. My real goal? Investigate the king for the murder of hundreds. 

But the king only has eyes only for me, even when I’m in disguise. He senses that I’m his mate, and our attraction is off the charts. No matter how much we mistrust each other, we can’t stay apart. And when he realizes what I’m up to? There will be hell to pay. That is, if I survive.

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pisa4 reader magnetVS: This week’s highlighted item from me is the Pets In Space 4 FREE Reader Magnet, containing NEW & EXCLUSIVE short stories from
* S.E. Smith, Lords of Kassis series
* Anna Hackett, Galactic Gladiators: House of Rone
* Tiffany Roberts, The Kraken series
* Veronica Scott, Star Cruise series
* Pauline Baird Jones, Project Enterprise series
* Donna McDonald, My Crazy Alien Romance series
* Cassandra Chandler, The Department of Homeworld Security series, and
* Alexis Glynn Latner

Plus preview chapters from their stories in the upcoming Pets In Space 4 anthology (which releases October 8th): Laurie A. Green, Regine Abel, JC Hay, E. D. Walker, and Kyndra Hatch! Finish off this fabulous Sampler with gorgeous alien artwork from Tiffany Roberts.

Here’s the link to the Reader Magnet   page, scroll down once you arrive there to get the Magnet for FREE.

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

July 10

July 3

June 26

June 19

June 12

The term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. I try to catch up on ones I missed in recent months.  And I may mention ‘special items’.

I do NOT cover every single new release in SFR/FantasyR/PNR. I never have. That would be an impossible task for any human! I assemble my list every week based on various informal inputs, and I do curate the list to some extent…

I check and verify all the buy links at the time I create the post  but after that I’m not responsible.

 

 

I Command You Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedTaking excerpts from CAMRON, one of my recent scifi romance releases…(BADARI WARRIOR’S BABY is actually the most recent).

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!)

Punctuation may be wonky to comply with our guidelines here. May be edited a bit from published version.

If you haven’t read any of my Badari Warriors books, here’s the background:

Genetically engineered soldiers of the far future, the Badari were created by alien enemies to fight humans. But then the scientists kidnapped an entire human colony from the Sectors to use as subjects in twisted experiments…the Badari and the humans made common cause, rebelled and escaped the labs. Now they live side by side in a sanctuary valley protected by a powerful Artificial Intelligence, and wage unceasing war on the aliens. 

The excerpt – Inside a crashed, burning alien flyer – Camron has told Gemma he can only move under a direct order to do so. She wants to see if she can help the alien pilot and the scientist in the cockpit, who were holding them as prisoners to be experimented on. Camron, as a Badari, has nothing but hatred for the Khagrish. Gemma is responding to what she believes is her duty as a doctor. The pilot is dead, the scientist is trapped and begs them to kill her. ‘820’ is Camron’s designation in the Khagrish system.

“We’ve got to go,” yelled the man from behind Gemma.

Exerting unbelievable strength under the circumstances, Yunnivannx lifted her head from the blood splattered cushion, “He’s alive? Of course he is, nothing kills those cursed animals.” She raised her voice and screamed, “820, I command you to get in here and give me a merciful death. I’ve seen you beasts kill before, I know you can do it.” Moaning, rolling her head from side to side on the ruptured cushion, she said, “I refuse to burn to death.” Tears dripped from her eyes.

Next thing Gemma knew, she was gently moved aside and the man took her place, reaching into the compartment with his large hands. Gemma blinked at the sight of knifelike black talons extending from the former prisoner’s fingers. She shuddered, supposing he planned to slash the scientist’s throat in order to carry out her macabre but understandable request given the circumstances.

Gemma couldn’t find it in her heart to feel anything but a faint sorrow for the Khagrish, remembering the depraved nature of her deeds at the lab.

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camronThe blurb:

Dr. Gemma Madarian is far from her home in the human Sectors, kidnapped along with hundreds of other humans to be used for horrifying experiments conducted on a remote planet by alien scientists.

She and another prisoner, Camron of the Badari, are the only survivors of a deadly crash landing. She’s paired up with the genetically engineered soldier by their mutual enemies and sent fleeing through rough country, hunted for pleasure by an enemy officer and his ferocious trackers.

The enemy wants a triumphant kill. Gemma and Camron want to survive.

Camron never dreamt of having a mate but Gemma shatters his preconceptions and makes him desperate to do everything in his power to save her life and claim her for his.

There’s no help or refuge to be had in the desert where they’re fleeing for their lives.
Or is there?

Will Camron and Gemma live to fight another day and explore the growing attraction between them, or will ancient secrets and bitter rivalries end their bid for freedom?

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BadariWarriorsBoxSetFinalNew to my award winning Badari Warriors series? There’s a box set of the first 3 books!

There’s no new material included, other than a brief recap of why I wrote each book (which appeared in previous blog posts) But I thought it was time to put the books together!

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Why I Wrote DARIK in the #SciFi Badari Warrior Series

darik_Veronica_ScottThis is actually the fifth book in my series set in the far future about genetically engineered warriors and the human women who love them. (TIMTUR would be book 2.5 if Amazon allowed me to number that way. So the series goes AYDARR, MATEER, TIMTUR, JADRIAN and then DARIK).

As I always do, I challenged myself to make sure I made the events on the pages different from the previous stories.  For starters, this is the first book featuring a Badari from the pack which was created using more canine type DNA, rather than the feline/great cat line, and the story starts off with Darik being happy he’s a lone wolf at heart, sent on a mission alone to the far north mountains to check out a new lab.  I figured it was time to highlight someone from the other pack!

I gave him a new companion no one else had ever had at that point in writing the series, a miniature version of MARL, the alien Artificial Intelligence discovered by the heroine in the first book. Darik and MARL12 don’t have a good meeting of the minds and he in fact gets quite exasperated with the AI a time or two. Their assignment is to see how well a Badari and one of the MARL mini units can work together and Darik is pretty convinced for most of the book that it’s a bad idea.

Here’s a quick example from early in the book: “What are the Khagrish playing at up here? What research could their mad scientists be doing in such a small place?”

“The facility extends fifteen stories underground and several of the levels are quite extensive,” MARL12 said. “This level appears deserted for the most part. Several of the subterranean levels show no activity either. My scans are much more thorough than your visual assessment.”

Did he detect a hint of smugness in the AI’s flat tones? Darik suppressed his own annoyance. “The complementary skills are why we’re a team here.” He leaned over and tapped the ovoid with his fully extended talons, moving so fast he managed to take MARL12 by surprise. The AI emitted a high pitched squeal and shot sideways a good fifteen feet. “I’m better at combat,” Darik said with a smile exposing his fangs. Score one for the Badari team member.

The Khagrish lab itself is very different this time, as described a bit in the above snippet. Built underground and not outfitted like any other installation Darik has ever seen, the design and some of the horrors he discovers once he goes inside really shake him up. Why are some of the levels deserted and others locked down tight? We do find out as we go deeper into the installation…

The evil Khagrish scientists are up to even more diabolical ‘research’ than usual this time…

I threw a lot of barriers in the way between Darik and Nicolle, the woman he thinks might be his mate. They didn’t get to spend much time together in the early parts of the book (I’m nicer to them later, I promise). The other Badari in the earlier novels were side by side with the heroine pretty much right away but not this time. Darik and Nicolle think about each other though…to say she’s mad he doesn’t rescue her the first time they meet would be an understatement and who can blame her? Blame MARL12…

bookqw please canvaAnd I just might have thrown in a few plot elements as nods to some of my favorite scifi tales like Puppet Masters, Aliens and Outbreak along the way…but remember my motto – I write scifi romance that’s like the movie ‘Aliens’ but with a lot less gore and a lot more romance. So no worries about this turning into a horror story or anything. Lots of action, adventure and romance!

I had a lot of fun writing this book and tasking myself with describing some new situations and problems to be faced.

The cover was, as usual, done by the wonderful Fiona Jayde and Darik is the only guy wearing a shirt in this series of covers but he was just too perfect to ‘be’ the character to pass up, once I saw the stockphoto.

DarikBookPromoThe blurb:

Nicolle James is far from her home in the human Sectors, kidnapped by alien scientists to be the subject of horrifying experiments.  Her only hope might be a mysterious soldier she’d glimpsed outside the laboratory fence. She’d managed to sneak a few words of conversation with him when her captors weren’t watching but now the aliens were taking her inside the lab to begin the experiments.

Darik, a warrior of the genetically engineered Badari pack, is on a solo recon mission to check out a mysterious new lab high in the mountains. His orders are strict – do not engage. But when he has a chance meeting with the woman who might be his mate, he vows not to abandon her, orders or no orders.

Can he get inside an underground lab, find Nicolle and rescue her without getting captured himself? And when he learns the lab’s deadly secrets, can he get word to his pack about the new dangers?

Because the ruthless alien scientist running the experiments wants to get her hands on him too and will stop at nothing to achieve her goals.

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New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday July 10

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

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DOC’S ORDERS (CYBORG SPACE EXPLORATION BOOK 2) by Cynthia Sax

VS note: I love Cynthia’s “sizzling cyborgs” and have had this one pre-ordered for EVER.

She wants both sides of her cyborg—the medic AND the beast.

A fully functional cyborg is balanced. His machine half and his organic half work together to produce the perfect warrior.
Doc isn’t fully functional.
The G Model operates at the two extremes. When his machine is in complete control, he’s the logic-driven medic, saving lifespans. Once his organics take charge, he becomes the savage beast…and beings die.
Both sides of Doc want to be the first to claim his female.
Allinen is one of the few beings in her small settlement who wasn’t born with a fated mate. Determined to belong somewhere, she has crafted a plan to leave the planet.

That plan doesn’t involve a huge stormy-eyed male who alternates between cool seduction and out-of-control ravishment. Doc isn’t her fated mate. Allinen knows that. But his dual nature and forbidden embraces tempt her to forget forever and indulge in more immediate delights.

Neither side of Doc views their relationship as being temporary. Her conflicted cyborg is prepared to battle her family, her planet and death itself to keep her.

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more than stardustMORE THAN STARDUST (WEANTED AND WIRED BOOK 3) by Vivien Jackson

VS Note: Another hotly anticipated scifi romance. I loved the first two books!

Chloe, a self-aware, highly illegal nanorobotic artificial intelligence knows a thing or two about wanting.
The growing Machine Rebellion wants her to become its god.
The technocratic global Consortium wants to cage her, take her apart, and reverse-engineer her.
Her family wants to keep her a secret.
Her best friend Garrett wants her safe.
Chloe is a thing made of wants.
And it’s time the world knew hers.

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valor mel teshcoVALOR (DRAGONS OF RIDDICH BOOK 6) by Mel Teshco

As a breeder, Rebel Mayfield attracts Riddich dragons like bees to honey. But to guarantee her next dragon capture, she has no choice other than to lay a trap for sharp-witted, blond-headed Valor. She waits in a dark alley, and when her breeder instincts sense Valor near, she signals to her male colleague to approach and pretend he’s hurting her. Valor falls for the ruse and is so enraged he nearly kills the male operative. Until the Paranormal Detection Agency—Rebel’s team—step in and take Valor as their prisoner.
As Valor lays chained on a gurney, his body bloodied and bruised, and the air too frosty to call on his dragon, he dreams of escape along with hundreds of ways to kill everyone in the underground facility. Everyone except Rebel. He’s got a special kind of hell for her. He’ll use her body again and again before taking his ultimate revenge. That it’s Rebel who gives him the opportunity to escape might be her only salvation … but only if she can handle his dragon’s physical demands.

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lost in the deep endLOST IN THE DEEP END by Jessica Grayson

Destined to be Together…Destined to be Apart.
I want her. I desire Elizabeth Langdon unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before, and there is nothing I can do about it. I came to Terra (Earth) on a short-term mission, and then I must fulfill my duty to wed my betrothed to keep the peace on my home planet. Except, I feel nothing for my betrothed and I feel everything for Elizabeth. And I can never tell her. If I form the mind link with her to take her as my mate, she’ll know the dark secret I carry within me–the horror of my race. She’d never look at me the same, and that is something I cannot risk.

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queens advantageTHE QUEEN’S ADVANTAGE (ROGUE QUEEN BOOK 2) by Jessie Mihalik

When Queen Samara Rani fulfills the promise she made to Emperor Valentin Kos to visit his court and meet with his advisors, she knows they won’t welcome her with open arms, especially when she’s been tasked with discovering the traitors within their ranks—traitors she tricked out of five million credits.

As soon as Samara begins her investigation it becomes clear that Valentin’s advisors want her gone and they aren’t picky about how. After their tactics turn violent, Samara and Valentin race to unravel the web of treachery and lies before the next attack ends in tragedy.

When the conflict escalates in ferocity and rumors start blaming Samara, she is forced to continue her hunt alone. Uncovering traitors is difficult when courtiers learn to lie before they learn to walk, and one misstep could cost her life. However, Rogue Queens aren’t easy to kill and Samara has more than a few tricks of her own.

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themisTHEMIS (DARK STAR PRINCES BOOK 2) by Suki Selborne

Five alien princes took five Earth girls from a space cruise ship. I’m one of them. And what happened next blew my mind.
Prince Themis is stern, fierce, and super demanding. I don’t know where he’s taking me. But I do know one thing. I won’t come quietly.
I’ve never been the kind of girl who lets a guy tell her what to do. Even if he does have the face of a movie star and the body of a Greek god.
But before I can fight back, trouble hits Prince Themis’s ship like a meteor. Even Dark Star royalty didn’t see that coming.
Will I ever get home to Earth?

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broken c r janeBROKEN: THE FALLEN WORLD SERIES BOOK 2 by C R Jane

Their obsession will destroy her…Ella Monroe is broken and betrayed. After the discovery of the Vepar’s secret, Ella would like nothing better than to get away from her three Vepar lovers and hide from them forever. Unfortunately, the Vepar have other ideas for Ella. Imprisoned and taken away to a place that defies imagination, Ella must fight for her life and discover the truth about the Vepar’s agenda. One thing is for sure though…the Vepar are never going to let her go.

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shadow alana khanSHADOW: BOOK 2 IN THE GALAXY GLADIATORS ALIEN ABDUCTION ROMANCE SERIES by Alana Khan

Petra’s strong, take-no-prisoners attitude is severely challenged when she’s abducted by aliens, destined to be sold as a sex slave. To escape, she needs the help of the most irritating, hunky alien male this side of the Milky Way. Their chemistry is off the charts despite the fact that Shadow can be an annoying dick.

Sold into the gladiator arena by his own parents, the only emotion this alien knows is anger. Until he meets Petra, whose grit, as well as her delightful body, sets him on fire. She isn’t interested in anything more than a physical relationship, until she realizes there might be something worth fighting for beneath his cocky exterior.

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lady luckLADY LUCK (HAREM STATION BOOK 4) by J A Huss

Luck knew two things when he left Harem Station months ago.
One. The silver-haired Cygnian Princess Nyleena was still safely frozen away in her cryopod. And two. There was a good chance she was his soul mate.
He left anyway.

Nyleena is what you might call feisty. Or sassy. Or maybe just… ,i>feral. She is wild. Much too wild for Luck’s taste. But now that he’s home there’s no way to deny it.
Like it or not, she is his.
Lucky for him, all Cygnian Princesses have one true weakness. They cannot resist cooking up crazy plans to tackle unsolvable problems. And he’s going to use that irresistible urge to tame her savage spirit.
Nyleena has plans of her own and none of them involve Luck. She is out for blood. All the people who made her life hell will be dealt with, and she’s going to find every single one of them and take them out.
Right after she solves this one last unsolvable problem…How not to fall in love with your soul mate.

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hands of fateHANDS OF FATE (VEREDIAN CHRONICLES BOOK 5) by Regine Abel

VS Note: I always enjoy her books! On my TBR List!

Thirty years ago, Xevius defied his orders by refusing to assassinate the woman who would birth the future mother of the Veredian Titans. Today, his government demands that he atones for that failure by ridding the world of those children before they grow even more powerful. While on that mission, he feels the pull of the Tuning—the psionic call of his true mate. To complicate matters, his woman turns out to be the military leader and protector of the Veredians.

With tension rising between her people and the Xelixians, the last thing Kamala needs is a Korlethean assassin hunting the Veredian children. Attempting to eliminate him first should be an easy decision, except for the fact that he’s her soulmate. Swaying him to their side could be the key to solving many of their problems, but at what cost to him and his people?

As dire visions and prophecies multiply, Xevius is torn between his conscience, loyalty to his people, and his love for the woman who has captured his heart.

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touch of greedA TOUCH OF GREED (A THIEF IN LOVE BOOK 3) by Cailin Briste

The worry stone in Max’s pocket is getting a workout. If it’s not the latest shenanigans of his burglary crew, it’s the bombshell that just exploded in his personal life. Seventeen years after walking out on him, Marianna is back, and she has revelations that will upend his plans for peace and quiet.

The team is salivating to take advantage of her position on an archeological space dig. The backer, an illegal antiquities collector, has long eluded them. Their timeline moves up when they discover that Marianna is the mogul’s chosen fall guy.

Amazon     Apple Books     Author’s Books2Read link

matched and matedMATCHED AND MATED (INTERSTELLAR BRIDES BOOK 16) by Grace Goodwin

Miranda Doyle has spent months in the arms of a mysterious Trion doctor. His hands are skilled at more than just healing, but their casual “friends with benefits” arrangement isn’t enough for her. She wants it all, and the Interstellar Brides Program guarantees her not just a mate, but a perfect match.

Doctor Valck Brax is in love with Miranda, a human female who surrenders to his touch so beautifully. Finally ready to claim her forever, he resigns and returns to her with mating adornments in hand. But he’s too late. Miranda is gone, half a universe away and in the arms of a fierce Prillon warrior.

Captain Trist Treval of Battlegroup Zakar is a cold and cunning fighter. Infamous for his unforgiving nature and calculating ways, war has been his life. Now, with three little words, “you’ve been matched,” everything changes. He’ll destroy anything and everyone who tries to take his beautiful new mate from him, including the foolish doctor from Trion who arrives on the battleship claiming she belongs to him.
She’s been matched, but who will she choose as her mate?

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alien protectors rescued brideALIEN PROTECTOR’S RESCUED BRIDE by Juno Wells

Daisy – Being abducted from Earth was terrifying. When the fish-headed, aquatic aliens took me I knew I was in trouble. Thankfully I was raised to be a fighter.

I’ve struggled against my captors at every turn but how many times can a girl get beat down before coming to realize you can’t win? It’s wearing me down and I’m finally coming to realize there’s no Prince Charming coming to rescue me.
I can’t give up though, not yet. In a desperate attempt I join up with another girl from Earth and this time I’m either getting free or else. There is no other option, I can’t live like this.
Then the floor shakes and winged demons from hell invade. At least they’re fighting the aquatics but is this a rescue or am I trading one master for another?
In this battle it’s not just my life at stake, this time my heart is on the line too.

Darnok – Another mission, one more battle. Maybe this will be my last, maybe not. I can’t bring myself to care anymore.
Being bigger than all the other warriors my entire life has been one lone string of abuse. The other males pick fights with me to prove how tough they are and the Queens abuse me because I’m so big I always stand out. All they see is the giant, none of them see the person I am…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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deceived evangelineDECEIVED: BRIDES OF THE KINDRED BOOK 24 by Evangeline Anderson

VS Note: This book has a trigger warning from the author – see ebook seller page.

Anna is living in a nightmare. Stolen by raiders from the arms of her loving family, she is bought by a hulking, two-headed Trollox. She wants to die until her thuggish captor buys a new robotic cook who also doubles as a guard for the house. At first Anna thinks he is just another Replicant, without emotions but soon she finds herself pouring out her heart to him. It’s safe because he’s just a machine so she knows he’ll never hurt her like a real male would. Is it wrong to think that she’s falling in love with him? Especially since a machine can’t really love her back…

Dark is a Kindred warrior on a mission. He must steal the Shannom-rah, an ancient crystal capable of storing trillions of personalities, before the enemy of his people gets it. In order to do this, he has to infiltrate the home of the Trollox collector who owns the priceless artifact. Posing as a Replicant, he is in the perfect position to complete his mission. But he didn’t count on finding a female in danger. Despite his determination not to get involved, his heart is torn by her plight. As his feelings of protectiveness for Anna grow, he longs to tell her the truth about himself. But he knows doing so will destroy her faith in him—she has been hurt so badly by living males, she can only trust him because she thinks he is a Replicant.

When the truth comes out will Anna still care for him, or will she feel betrayed knowing that she has been…Deceived?

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fherinFHERIN (KANOSIAN WARRIORS BOOK 3) by C R Corbin

Natalie – My base was destroyed, my friends were dead, and now i’m stuck in a cold cave with a very sexy and very determined Kanosian that’s claiming that i’m his mate.
Now my only chance at survival requires me to trust him, the very enemy that I held a burgeoning hatred for.
And the worst part? I’m not so sure I want to turn his mating offer down.

Fherin – Her base was destroyed, I was betrayed, and the men responsible were light years away.
Now, stuck in the freezing cold, I have to keep the two of us safe and look for a way off of this planet.
She keeps rejecting me, calling me her enemy when my sole aim is her protection.
Because I will do whatever it takes to find those responsible and, more importantly, to claim her as mine.

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armored heartARMORED HEART by J M Anjerwierden

May returned home from the Second Augment War having left parts of herself behind, emotionally and literally. An inventor at heart, she built herself cybernetic legs to regain her mobility, and then a suit of powered armor to regain a purpose in her life as the superhero Escuda.
But can she balance being a superhero with a love life?
The country’s most celebrated superhero, Steel Patriot, has moved to her town. Sure, Escuda will be able to work with him easily enough, but can May get his attention, while also dealing with a new breed of supervillain on the rise?

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dragon men do it betterDRAGON MEN DO IT BETTER by J Thompson and Mina Carter

VS Note: Listed in Erotica

Sometimes a gal’s gotta go what a gal’s gotta do… even if that involves big girl panties and a very sexy dragon-man…A bounty hunter with her eyes on the prize, Jenna’s to do list includes making huge amounts of money, pizza and ice-cream at the weekends, and world domination. It does not include an asshole of a space rat, or a black hole. It especially did not include a planet in the back end of beyond where everything is out to get her. Or a sexy alien. But, she’s a big girl. She can deal. What she didn’t count on was him…

Stranded on a backwater planet, he’s given up on rescue and his gods. Just. He doesn’t expect the answer to his prayers to be a tiny, soft alien with curves that make his mouth water…Former favourite of a dead tyrant, Ranaar has been left out to die on a planet so far from the space lanes he might as well be on the edge of the universe. The planet is hostile, everything on it, including the plant-life, predatory. So he fits right in…

When a ship crashes on his planet, he’s not prepared to meet his first human. He’s definitely not prepared for the reaction she invokes in him. But he is prepared to kill to keep her safe.

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taste of fateA TASTE OF FATE (FATED FOR CURVES/MAGIC NEW MEXICO BOOK 4) by Aidy Award, Foreward by S E Smith

Titian fell for his fated mate the day they met back as bright-eyed cadets at Star Command academy. She chose her career over him and now she’s his commanding officer. She’s also in a ship-load of trouble and he’s been tasked with arresting her and bringing her to justice.

Passion had one shot to save the galaxy from the spectral soul-stealers and she blew it. Her own Star Rangers think she’s betrayed them, including the one man she loved and lost. She has to convince him to let her escape, or… ask him for help. Worst case scenario? She has to confess she has always loved him.

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lost horizonLOST HORIZON (OZ IN SPACE BOOK 1) by Michelle Hercules

VS Note: From June

Space Academy prodigy Dorothy Hanson doesn’t have time for love nonsense. She has one goal, complete the mission her parents started before their untimely death. When a cosmic disturbance hits the Kansas Space Station, Dorothy seizes that opportunity to go on her first space voyage. She didn’t expect to be sucked into a vortex nor land on a strange planet ravaged by war.

Stranded, she must embark on a perilous mission to the Land of Oz, the only nation that possesses the technology to send her home. Three strangers join Dorothy in her quest, all carrying reasons of their own for reaching Emerald City. A man without memories marked with a strange symbol on his face. A cyborg with a chip on his shoulder and a mysterious past. And a scarred hellioncat plagued by nightmares in the dark.

Dorothy doesn’t know if she can trust them, but as their journey progresses, their bond becomes stronger and Dorothy’s feelings evolve from suspicion to caring too much. Torn between contradicting emotions, she must find the strength to fight the evil forces that stack up against them along the way. Surviving the trip on the yellow road is priority number one, but can she survive losing her heart?

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magic voidMAGIC VOID (OZ IN SPACE BOOK 2) by Michelle Hercules

After a perilous journey on the yellow road, Dorothy, Darius, Reo, and Kevvan have finally arrived in Emerald City. But instead of finding the solution to their problems, an unpredictable revelation throws a wrench in their plans.
Without hopes to return home, Dorothy decides to use the little time she has left to help free the land of Oz from the clutches of the Raven Witch.
Dorothy’s decision sends her on a dangerous mission that will challenge everything she believes in, and it will make her doubt her own heart.

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hidden jessie donovanTHE HIDDEN (KELDERAN RUNIC WARRIORS BOOK 5) by Jessie Donovan

VS note: Author states this isn’t a standalone…see ebook seller page…

Just as Thorin and Vala begin their project to find the other part Brevkan individuals inside the colony on Jasvar, the red band on Vala’s leg begins to fade. As they find out what that means, it throws their entire world into turmoil. Will Thorin and Vala be able to survive the change? Or, will it rip them apart?

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mission criticalMISSION CRITICAL by Various

VS Note: Not romance but sounds like a good scifi anthology. I one clicked.

HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM…Life is fragile. The difference between success and failure can come down to nothing – the thread of a screw, the flick of a switch – and when it goes wrong, you fix it. Or someone dies.
Mission Critical takes us from our world, across the Solar System, and out into deep space to tell the stories of people who had to do the impossible.
And do it fast.

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desperate heatDESPERATE HEAT by Susanna Eastman

Jessamyn Zoma has lived in a virtual bubble. Born sterile and sexually unresponsive like many females on her planet, she’s sheltered by her loving family. She longs for independence and a path she can call her own.

To Tomas Zute, the Zoma clan are family. The esteemed Vantan warrior would die for any one of them, but Jessamyn means the most of all.

When she’s captured and drugged by sex slave traders, she’s made to feel things she’s never felt before. Tomas comes to her rescue, and there’s only one way to soothe her symptoms. But the cost—their years of cherished friendship—is just too high. What happens when the heat cools, and she’s back to “normal”? Can hours of temporary pleasure change everything?

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greed lana perchercyzkGREED: A SUPERHERO ROMANCE (THE DEADLY SEVEN BOOK 2) by Lana Perchercyzk

Griffin Lazarus’ restraint is notorious within his superhero family. His mastery over the sin of Greed is second to none. What they don’t know, is a shameful secret drives his discipline and one slip could mean fatal consequences for anyone close to him. When he’s forced to work with a beautiful, feisty reporter poking around his personal life, his control swiftly unravels. Everything about her throws his beliefs into chaos. She’s arousing, loud and infuriating, and craving her could be his undoing—or his redemption.

Lilo Likeke, an altruistic reporter for the Cardinal Copy, is hunting the story of a lifetime. Who are the Deadly Seven? If she can nail her unicorn story, she’ll finally prove her apple falls far from her corrupt family tree. When her mobster father is kidnapped, and she’s drawn into his web of chaos, she soon learns you can’t outrun your past, but you can choose your family. Trusting the man behind the mask might kill her story, but it also might save her heart.

With the Syndicate breathing down their necks, none of it could matter if they don’t live to see another day, and Griffin has no intention of losing the woman he covets, even if that means embracing bedlam.

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hatched l starfyreHATCHED: JENNIFER’S DIARY (XAERD MATES BOOK 2) by L Starfyre

On Earth, Sci-Fi geek Jennifer Nym’s love life was far from satisfactory. Now she’s found her mates, and together they’re sizzling hot, but it comes at a price. Her life and that of everyone she cares about is in danger.
Who is this Enemy her mates are worried about? Will they ever reach the Senate to speak before them?

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witching hourWITCHING HOUR: AN ANTI-FAE ADVENTURE  (WILD HUNT BOOK 7) by Yasmine Galenorn

When you dance with death, you have to be willing to roll the bones…

Raven BoneTalker, also known as the Daughter of Bones, is one of the Ante-Fae–the dangerous, unpredictable predecessors to the Fae Races. But Raven is young, and she likes interacting with mortals, so she’s opened a business–the Witching Hour–where she takes on clients with ghostly problems. Mostly she reads cards, boots out the odd poltergeist, or helps grieving families contact their loved ones for closure.

But when Lana, one of her friends, comes begging for help, things take a dark turn. Raven investigates what seems like a simple haunting on the surface. But the more she delves into the case, the more she realizes that this is no simple ghost. As Raven untangles a web of secrets and deceits kept for over fifty years, she finds herself in danger, facing not only a ghostly threat, but also a danger that is very much alive.

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dragon mistress book 3THE DRAGON MISTRESS BOOK 3 (THE EBUROSI CHRONICLES BOOK 10) by R A Steffan

A lone survivor escaped the mountain battle, carrying news of our dragons’ existence to the court of Prince Oblisii.

Utrea’s dragons were supposed to have been wiped out long ago. Only these five remain—a male and four females. They’re all that’s left to carry on the species, but first we have to keep them alive.

The prince will come soon with his army, and I’m stuck on a mountaintop with my four knights in tarnished armor. Sometimes, I think these men will be the death of me long before the royal soldiers arrive. Other times, I think they may be my only salvation.

Before the five of us can flee Utrea for safer shores, I’ll have to form a soul-bond with the male dragon. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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heartwood boxHEARTWOOD BOX by Ann Aguirre

When Araceli Flores Harper is sent to stay with her great-aunt Ottilie in her ramshackle Victorian home, the plan is simple. She’ll buckle down and get ready for college. Life won’t be exciting, but she’ll cope, right?

Wrong. From the start, things are very, very wrong. Her great-aunt still leaves food for the husband who went missing twenty years ago, and local businesses are plastered with MISSING posters. There are unexplained lights in the woods and a mysterious lab just beyond the city limits that the locals don’t talk about. Ever. When she starts receiving mysterious letters that seem to be coming from the past, she suspects someone of pranking her or trying to drive her out of her mind.

To solve these riddles and bring the lost home again, Araceli must delve into a truly diabolical conspiracy, but some secrets fight to stay buried.

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within the wonderWITHIN THE WONDER (THE VILLANOUS WONDERLAND SERIES BOOK 2) by A K Koonce

What happens when the woman you’re pretending to be stares you down face to face?
Things get awkward.
And deadly.
In Wonderland, there can only be one Alice. A series of absurd trials and dangerous games are the only way to solve who is the real Alice and who is the fake.
If I win, I’ll have the power to save two kingdoms. If I lose, it’ll be more than just the Hatter who’s lethally mad.
Fake it till you make it, right?
Let the Alice Trials begin. Welcome to Wonderland, bitches.

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windsweptWINDSWEPT (KISMET COVE BOOK 2) by Susan Hayes

When Vivian Waverly arrives in the small coastal town of Tofino for her best friend’s wedding, romance is the last thing on her mind – until she meets two men who might just be able to tame her restless heart.

Tucker Pine and Byron Triggs are selkies, shapeshifters living in secret. Bound by blood and magic, they’re destined to share a mate – and they want it to be Vivian.

Finding each other took an act of fate, but to stay together this trio will have to break the rules, defy tradition, and forge a new path for themselves and the colony of Kismet Cove.

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guarding the mermaidGUARDING THE MERMAID (CHIMERA SECRETS BOOK 2) by Eve Langlais

Duty or love? Will a guard make the right choice?
Becky needs a scoop to make her mark in the journalism world and gets her chance when she’s hired as a nurse for a top-secret clinic hidden in the Rockies. What she doesn’t expect is to become one of the patients and kept prisoner.
The doctors are playing God and have found a way to change people. Change them into something else. In her case, she becomes a mermaid. The only one of her kind and about to be sold to the highest bidder unless she can convince the man guarding her to set her free.
Jett ain’t no hero, yet, he finds himself rescuing Becky, over and over. Even starts liking the talkative nurse, which is a bad idea. He knows better than to get involved with a woman. Didn’t his daddy teach him love always hurts?
It hurts, alright, especially because he ends up having to make a choice; doing his job or protecting Becky.
Is it even possible for a man to love a mermaid? Might be time to take some scuba diving lessons to find out.

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warriors curseWARRIOR’S CURSE by Cara Bristol

VS note: A re-release, sounds REALLY good! On my TBR List.

A paranormal romance inspired by the Greek myth of the Amazon women warriors.
A powerful tribe of women warriors lives in service to the Goddess, separate from men, their sworn enemies, until mating fever strikes and they must venture into the wilderness to seek mates.
Sheltered and protected behind palace walls, Princess Reena has never even seen a man. When the mating curse compels her older, wiser cousin to seek a mate, Reena accompanies her, eager for the chance to see a man in the flesh.
Reena learns how dangerous men can be.
Embittered by a terrible wrong a woman committed against him. Garat leaves his encampment to secure the water his people need to survive. When he encounters the queen’s daughter in the wilderness, his need for vengeance consumes him, and he takes Reena hostage. But as her sweetness melts his hatred, Garat begins to suspect there is an evil behind the palace walls that wants Reena dead.
After kidnapping her, can he get his heartmate to believe the people she trusts the most want to kill her? Can he open her eyes to the evil force that threatens their love and her life?

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cupids revenge july 2019CUPID’S REVENGE: ANNIVERSARY EDITION (NAUGHTY CUPID BOOK 2) by Michelle M Pillow

VS Note: A re-release

Lady Mina and her sister are impoverished, starving, and their castle home is crumbling around their feet. With their father is dead, the servants have all fled and left them to fend for themselves in the middle of winter. Mina doesn’t think things could get worse, until their kidnapped and left as an offering to a handsome man-beast.

After Cupid caused a great disruption amongst his lycans by bringing an enchanted human to their realm, King Larus had to meet with the Council of Elders to tell what the troll had done. It should have been enough to stop future mischief. Or so he thought. Now he’s trapped in the woods with two beautiful women—one whose madly in love with him and one who wants nothing more than to claw his eyes out. Larus is quickly learning not to underestimate a troll bent on revenge.

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dating survival guideA DATING SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR WITCHES: MAGIC AND MAYHEM UNIVERSE by Mysti Parker

VS note: From June

The road to hell is paved with bad dates. After a magical mishap with my ex-boyfriend, you can’t blame me for being a little skittish about relationships. But work is all kinds of stressful, so I’m venturing out into the supernatural dating scene.

Dating supernaturals isn’t for the faint of heart, however, nor is it for witches like me who are totally incompetent with magic. So, I need a dating Sherpa, STAT. Surprisingly enough, I find one in a vampire woman named Wren.

Each date presents its own weird challenges…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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misfortune of dating a witchTHE MISFORTUNE OF DATING A WITCH: MAGIC AND MAYHEM UNIVERSE by Niecey Roy

VS Note: From June

I’m broken. Okay, not actually. But even though I’m new at this witch stuff, I’m pretty sure things aren’t supposed to randomly burst into flames around me. It’s really starting to cramp my style. To make matters worse, I accidentally put my date in a magical coma. And somehow—a rookie mistake—I yanked Daniel’s soul from his body. As a witch, I totally suck.

The bad news: time is running out to return Daniel’s soul or he’ll haunt me forever. The good news: Baba Yaga told me how to fix this mess. Hard to do, though, when my magic is going haywire and there’s a super sexy badass hunter who won’t let me out of his sight. Did I mention there’s a demon out there trying to kill me? I swear, this witch can’t catch a break!

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wicked bad luckWICKED BAD LUCK: MAGIC AND MAYHEM UNIVERSE (LUCKY MAGIC BOOK 4) by Cate Lawley

VS note: From June

Seven years bad luck? Not if Cricket has anything to say about it. She may have broken her Fae grandmother’s magic mirror, and she may be suffering the worst luck of her life, but no mirror (magic or not) controls her fate. She’ll prove luck has no part in her happily ever after. And if a hot leprechaun helps her do it? All the better.

Stephen knows all about luck. Leprechauns have their share of good fortune, and he’s no slouch in the leprechaun department. Or so he thought until he met Cricket. That girl is bad luck walking. It will take all of his tricks (and maybe his heart) to change Cricket’s destiny.

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awakened moni boyceAWAKENED (THE ORACLE CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by Moni Boyce

VS Note: Author does state the book ends in a cliffhanger.

Willow Stevens dreams of stardom are eclipsed by the real nightmares of a sinister man haunting her dreams. Unbeknownst to her, Eli Walker, her hot but snobbish co-worker, may know the reason nightmares plague her, but their history shows he is more prone to reject her, than help her.

Then Willow passes out at work only to wake in Eli’s apartment. There she has her chance to learn more about her heritage. But, knowing why the vampire king stalks her doesn’t make the nightmares disappear. If anything, they become more real as she now faces off against a slew of creatures she’d always believed were myth.

That Eli is one of those creatures is just her luck. Secret witch guild or not, his natural ways are casting spells her heart can’t escape. As a Protector his only focus should be her safety. Anything else is forbidden. He plans to stay on task, but some women break a man, or tempt him to break the rules.

Can Eli keep Willow alive and safe from the vampires long enough for her to grow her own powers or will both cast aside rules for a reckless passion that will only lead to danger?

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queen of ruinQUEEN OF RUIN (GRACE AND FURY BOOK 2) by Tracy Banghart

When the new, brutal Superior banishes Nomi from Bellaqua, she finds herself powerless and headed towards her all-but-certain death. Her only hope is to find her sister, Serina, on the prison island of Mount Ruin. But when Nomi arrives, it is not the island of conquered, broken women that they expected. It is an island in the grip of revolution, and Serina–polite, submissive Serina–is its leader.
Betrayal, grief, and violence have changed both sisters, and the women of Mount Ruin have their sights set on revenge beyond the confines of their island prison. They plan to sweep across the entire kingdom, issuing in a new age of freedom for all. But first they’ll have to get rid of the new Superior, and only Nomi knows how.
Separated once again, this time by choice, Nomi and Serina must forge their own paths as they aim to tear down the world they know, and build something better in its place.
lovelessLOVELESS (THE ALPHA SERIES BOOK 2) by Brooklyn Knight

What does a girl do when love hurts? She becomes ‘Loveless’.

My sister, Sasha, says she’s in love with Remi Moretti, but there is no way it can be true. I’ve protected her since we were kids in foster care, so nothing will stop me from rescuing her…Except, maybe, the man who answers the door when I arrive at the mansion.

Vince Moretti is long, and lean, and impossibly sexy; and he is… doing something to me. I’m supposed to be loveless, yet when this man touches me, my body and soul erupt. I used to think that Loveless was the answer, but suddenly, I’m not so sure.

What does a wolf do when he finds the girl of his dreams? He makes her fall in love.There is a woman standing at the front door of the mansion, and immediately, I know she belongs to me. In fact, Shenique Wilcox is the woman I have been waiting for my entire life. But there is something about her aura. It is angry and closed.It is just like mine.

When Shenique reveals a plot to separate my brother from his mate, it does not take much for me to get onboard. Love has hurt us and retribution is in order. But as our undeniable passion waxes stronger, suddenly our objectives become blurred. Now, it is not my brother I wish to defeat. It is Loveless itself.

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storm lords brideSTORM LORD’S BRIDE (RITES OF THE RAKNARI) by Alana Serra

When Imara’s village is plunged into endless winter, her father invokes the old ways, pacting with the Storm Lord of the Frozen Peak–a fearsome brute of a man who’s as cold as he is savage. But the Storm Lord demands more than tribute for his powers. He wants flesh–the tender, untouched flesh of a human woman to fulfill his every desire.

To spare her sister such a fate, Imara goads him into taking her instead. At first, he’s everything she expected. Fierce, possessive, and impossible to resist. But the more she learns about Rheor and his people, the more the frigid mask he wears begins to crack, revealing the proud but wounded warrior beneath.

What Rheor needs isn’t a subservient woman to warm his bed, though. He needs a mate–one who can share in his powers.

Being able to control the winds of winter isn’t what Imara signed up for, but Rheor’s power is slowly killing him. And the more he uses it to protect her and his people, the weaker he gets. As enemies close in, drawn to the bond they share, can Imara and Rheor overcome their own obstacles and complete the Rite of the Raknari in time?

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treacherous seasTREACHEROUS SEAS (MERMAN AND MAGIC BOOK 6) by L M Brown

VS Note: From June

One merman. Two lives. A love so powerful it tore apart a city and broke the heart of a god.

Caspian, the Atlantean God of Justice, has devoted his eternal life to protecting the merfolk. He has no time for romance, not even when the merman he now watches over is his former lover reincarnated.

Phoebus, a merman living in the sunken city of Atlantis before the Atlanteans were banished, never intended to fall for Caspian, the most promiscuous of all the gods. Yet, when Caspian offers him immortality, Phoebus doesn’t know if he can pay the price, even if refusing means breaking the heart of a god.

Back in the present, Marin remembers the love he once had for Caspian, but he’s not the same merman now. Caspian might have loved him as Phoebus, but he knows the god cannot give him what he needs.

Marin doesn’t want Caspian’s protection. He wants revenge, and he is prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice to get it, even if it means breaking Caspian’s heart a second time.

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potions and prisonsPOTIONS AND PRISONS (GAY EVER AFTER BOOK 2) by L M Brown

VS note: A June re-release

When John the woodcutter realises he is about to lose the love of his life, he seeks out the wicked witch of the Enchanted Forest, hoping to buy a love potion to win his lover back. The witch refusing to help is only the start of his problems, for—on the stroke of midnight—the witch’s cottage vanishes from the Enchanted Forest with him in it.

Mathias is the grandson of a wicked witch and, like his mother and grandmother, he is cursed to be trapped in the cottage in a desolate wasteland for the rest of his life. He and the cottage only return to the Enchanted Forest on Midsummer Day each year. The last thing he needs is an unexpected house guest.

Thrown together for a year, the spark between the two men soon ignites into passion, but can John live the rest of his life in a prison and would Mat even ask him to?

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remembranceREMEMBRANCE: THE DESCENDANTS: BOOK 1 by T K Eldridge

VS note: From June

I was three when I watched my mother die.
Now I’m back in Muckle Cove digging into her murder.
They say coming home is never easy, but what I’m finding goes so much deeper than anyone could have imagined.
Ancient magic, modern politics, and my mother’s ghost all point to some truth in the past that could change my present forever.
If it doesn’t kill me first.

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keeping houseKEEPING HOUSE (APPALACHIAN ELEMENTALS BOOK 2) by Jeanne G’Fellers

Centenary Rhodes is caught in a deal she didn’t make. Thanks to her eternal lover, Stowne’s, quick thinking, she’ll live forever, but there’s a hitch. Cent’s now fey, and three months out of the year she’ll live on the other side of Embreeville Mountain among the Hunter Fey, serving their king, Dane Gow.

As Cent begins wading through the anachronisms that come with being a Hunter, she learns that nothing is what it initially seems. Cent shares several past lives with Dane, who wants her back, and Stowne’s lied to Cent so many times that she’s having doubts about their marriage. To make matters worse, the past Hunter Kings are influencing Dane’s behavior, and the youngest Hunter, Brinn, might well be the most dangerous of them all.

It’s going to be a cold, dark spring, and Cent needs to unite both sides of Embreeville mountain before her eternal life, her relationship with Dane, and her marriage to Stowne come permanently undone.

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omega gamesTHE OMEGA GAMES (HELL’S WOLVES MC) by J L Wilder

Wyatt – All my life I’d been a lone wolf.
Drinking, hiding my inner beast.
Then I became second to the Alpha of the Hell’s Wolves MC.
That’s when she came into my life—the omega.
Now my sole purpose is to protect this sexy little wolf.
Even if it violates my alpha’s orders.

Izzy – Those bastards think they can treat me like a breeding bag.
When the wolf moon comes and I’m in heat,
They’ll hold the omega games—with me as the prize.
What they don’t know is I’ll decide who gets my body, and my heart.
For me, there is only one.
And I need him so bad it hurts.

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shadows of blackbriar academySHADOWS OF BLACKBRIAR ACADEMY by Olivia Ash

I made it through the trials, but now the real test begins.
Year One classes have begun in the enchanted halls of Blackbriar Academy, and they’re more challenging than anything I’ve ever faced in my life. Surviving the Academy means brutal training, advanced magic, and a bloodthirsty student who is developing a dangerous hunger for my power.

Worst of all, it’s clear someone knows my secret. And they have my father locked away.
Deep in the rubble of an ancient ruin, we find evidence of a ritual. One we don’t fully understand, but one which most definitely involves me in some way. And as time runs out, we have to find out who’s behind this before they kill everyone I love.

The traps are set. The clock is ticking. And I absolutely must save my father before he’s slaughtered. God help whoever dares hurt him. I’m not the weak, naive girl I was when I came to Blackbriar.

My magic has never been stronger, and I’ve never had more control. I don’t care if I risk going dark—I’ll do whatever it takes to save the only family I have left.
Or die trying.

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rescue bearRESCUE BEAR (P.O.L.A.R BOOK 1) by Candace Ayers

One week.
That’s all it took for Megan’s world to fall apart.
She lost everything.
Her marriage—shattered.
Her business—demolished.
Her life—ruined.
Enter one hot Rescue Bear to pick up the pieces,
Build her back up,
And shower her with the love she’s never known, and always deserve.

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blessed be the wickedBLESSED BE THE WICKED (DARK MAJI BOOK 2) by Kel Carpenter and Luci Smoke

Lazarus was warned that Quinn’s power might be too great, even for him, but nothing prepared him for the truth of it until she held a dagger over him, and he was powerless to stop it. Now at odds with himself, the future king of Norcasta must find a way to regain control of his house and secure an alliance with the Pirate Queen…before fate tips its hand once more, and his carefully laid plans are led astray.

Quinn’s loyalty is not easily won, but Lazarus has managed to do it. Now the vassal and right-hand of Lord Fierté, Quinn seeks to gain him an alliance with Ilvas all the while challenging him at every turn. With the Cisean tribes won over, and the blood heirs behind them, Quinn expects this to be an easy task, but soon finds herself entangled in a web of lies.

Forced to gamble with her life—and the lives of her comrades—Quinn must make a choice that will either save or doom them all.

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identityIDENTITY (THE KINGDOM CHRONICLES BOOK 3) by Camille Peters

Anwen’s uncanny resemblance to Princess Lavena has been a curse since the moment she entered her service, as the spoiled princess has frequently used it to her advantage by forcing Anwen to switch places with her. But Princess Lavena’s latest scheme is her worst—and most dangerous—yet: compelling Anwen to take the princess’s place in her marriage to her loathed fiancé, Prince Liam.

Bound by an enchanted contract not to reveal the charade, Anwen is forced to go through with the masquerade and endure a marriage to a man who despises the woman he believes her to be. As time goes on, Anwen struggles not only to maintain her identity, but to fight her deepening feelings as she begins to fall in love with her new husband, a man who not only isn’t hers to keep, but who has no idea who she really is.

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bitter thornsBITTER THORNS (THE ENTWINED BOOK 1) by Chrissy Jaye

All Olivia Stone ever wanted is control over her own destiny.
But when witches murder her best friend, her brother reveals secrets about her that will change everything.
Thrust into an unfamiliar and frightening world full of magic, she must put her fears aside and place all her faith in a group of strangers.
But even her new friends can’t protect her from all the evils of the world.
Especially when the worst of it comes from within.

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lions loyaltyTHE LION’S LOYALTY (BEASTS BOOK 3) by Emilia Hartley

As second in command, Van has always been the steady one in the pack, the voice of reason, the brains behind the brawn. But now Carol has returned to them shaken from her ordeal with the mad scientists, and Van can hardly control himself. He’s furious at the world for hurting her and at his pack for forgetting about her. Most of all, he’s furious at himself for failing her. He doesn’t deserve his fated mate if he can’t take care of her.

Before she was changed, Carol was an EMT, a lifesaver. Now she starts at small noises, worries about shadows, and can’t handle the smell of antiseptic. Only around Van does she find any peace at all. But she’s sure Van only sticks around because the alpha told him to keep an eye on the unreliable, broken member of the pack. Sometimes she thinks the world, the pack, and even Van would be better off without her.

She refuses to be a burden.
For both their sakes, Van must convince her she isn’t one.

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huntressHUNTRESS (GODS OF WAE CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by Elizabeth Hartwell

Nobody said the Apocalypse was supposed to be pretty.
But even in a world poisoned by nuclear war, beauty can bloom. And in Cerena Lightmoon, there is a terrible, relentless beauty.
If you can get past the rage in her heart.

Born of conflict, trained since childhood, she is the perfect warrior.
Deadly as she is beautiful, her twin swords have carved justice and hope for humans in a world where the paranormal is now normal, and the creatures from our deepest nightmares now roam the daylight.

But now, she’s been handed a mission that she’s not ready for.
Because unbeknownst to her, the gods of myth are just as real as the creatures they’ve spawned. And she’s about to be sent to the front lines.
She doesn’t know what she’s walking into, all she knows is that her two new allies are the sexiest men she’s ever met, and sins she’s never considered before now sound very, very enticing.

The war is coming. And in this hunt, the Huntress might find herself the prey.

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swans love songA SWAN’S LOVE SONG (VALE VALLEY SEASON 3) by M M Wilde

After being rescued from a vicious gang of thieving swans by fellow swan shifter Kellan, Sean is starting over in the magical town of Vale Valley. Despite being so young, he aches to find his Alpha so he can begin his forever after. And once he’s spent lots of time with Kellan and Vic’s adorable hatchling, he also dreams of having an egg of his very own.

Avi is Vale Valley’s recently hired fire chief and an eagle shifter. He can’t keep his eyes off the blond cutie who’s a server at the Vale Valley Inn restaurant, but he’s so busy with his job. In addition, he’s much older than the delectable Sean. Avi decides he should probably just behave and keep his wings to himself.

Sometimes all a fated mate needs is a swift kick in the ass. When Sean repeatedly fails to convince Avi they were meant to be, he enlists the help of his new friends. Too bad there’s an old enemy skulking around who can’t wait to ruin everything.

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king of noneKING OF NONE (THE MASKS OF UNDER BOOK 5) by Kathryn Ann Kingsley

The Ancients are free, and all bets are off.

With the rise of the primordial creators of Under everything has changed. Our world is no longer the same, and neither is Aon.

I learned his dark secret the moment the sun peeked over the horizon for the first time in thousands of years. Every king and queen in Under used to be human—even Edu. But not Aon. He’s the only soul ever made by the Ancients, their firstborn and only son.

Now that they’ve been set free, he has no choice but to obey his makers and do what he has been created to do. Rule.

Aon, the King of Shadows, was a madman and a warlock. But he no longer exists. In his place is someone—something—far worse.
The King of All.

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wyatts secretWYATT’S SECRET (SMOKEY MOUNTAIN DRAGONS) by Jadyn Chase

Piper – I came to the mountains here in northern Georgia to study the endangered Smoky Mountain Flying Fox.
Instead, I wound up with Wyatt Kelly, which certainly wasn’t a bad thing.
You couldn’t help but notice this guy. He stood out with those big piercing blue eyes, bright smile and huge muscles.
He was a fine specimen indeed.
The question is, what was he really doing at my campsite checking all my motion-activated cameras and trying to find my videos?
I’m almost sure he knows what the hell that creature was I saw flying across the sky that night.

Wyatt – I pricked up my ears when that beautiful biologist talked about the huge, winged beast that she photographed in the woods the other night.
She said it looked like….well, like an enormous dragon of sorts.
We told her that was impossible.
At least, it should have been.
So what was a dragon doing in the woods at night off Smokey Ridge?
No one from Clan Kelly would go down there, so the intruder must have been one of our blood enemies, the Lynches.
If I wasn’t mistaken, our Clan could end up in a war to end all wars and we would never even see it coming.
To make matters worse, Piper got herself stuck in the middle and now I must find a way to get the two of us out alive.

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miracle of hopeMIRACLE OF HOPE (MIRACLE TRILOGY BOOK 3) by Linda Mooney

My name is Casi Clarity and I draw demons to me like flies to honey. They want me dead. Again. If only to see if I am resurrected a second time, and how. All I want to know is why me?

The road to Texas has been a hard one. I’ve seen some ghosts from my past that I thought were long gone, but learning secrets that were kept from me could explain why I was chosen.

I know it’s already been written. Coheed knows, Gilly knows, but apparently I have to figure it out on my own.

According to Coheed, though, what’s not written is exactly where, when, or who will triumph, but I know everything happens for a reason. I was resurrected for a reason. Coheed was sent to me for a reason. I just have to trust in God’s plan, and I do. I also know that if I die this time, I probably won’t be allowed another chance.

It’s time for the final showdown. I don’t know if I will survive, or if any of us will. But it’s God’s will, and we must fight regardless of the outcome.
My name is Casi.
The undead call me their angel mouse.
Coheed calls me Earth’s last miracle.

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blackwolf redemptionBLACKWOLF REDEMPTION (BLACKWOLF SERIES BOOK 2) by Sydney Addae

Silas and Jasmine return to the compound and all hell has broken loose. Razor and Storm have lost control of their beasts and are locked in cages. Silas needs answers and a solution to save them.

Angus, Asia, Thomas and most of the Chimera team leave to hunt the culprits who attacked Alpha Lucian in Central America with old Liege technology. They are surprised by what they find and drawn into seedy areas on the continent with unexpected results.

With time running out, Silas is desperate to save the BlackWolf Clan from an old vendetta. With discord in his den, the BlackWolf Council’s petty jealousies, and Grandfather’s silence, Silas takes matters into his own hands to solve the issue, even if it means breaking the rules.

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silenced susi hawkeSILENCED (ALPHABITS BOOK 6) by Susi Hawke and Crista Crown

Leaf Erikson didn’t mean to get caught up in STAHP’s craziness. If his brother River hadn’t joined them, Leaf never would have been caught in a flood and rescued by the Alphabits. He never would have scented his mate’s scent on the helicopter pilot. Never would have known his true mate was out there.

But he does know. And now he will do anything to find him, no matter what it takes.

Cyrus Novak has his hands full fostering a teenage former thief going through puberty. The only thing that makes him feel less alone is knowing that half his team are dealing with the same issues. He loves having someone to care for again. Ever since he and his family stopped talking, he’s had to get used to being alone. But his team has helped fill that void until now. Mostly.

Just when Cy thinks he’s got things figured out, a sweet, intense little cat turns his world upside down—and unintentionally brings answers to both the Alphabits’ current case and Cyrus’ estrangement with his family.

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tristan the manning dragonsTRISTAN – THE MANNING DRAGONS by Kathi S Barton

Wynter Dawn had been in the wrong place at the wrong time. She had gone to the mall to get a well-deserved birthday present for her mother when all hell broke loose. She had taken four bullets herself, but too many others had died. Now, the police were trying say she was an accomplice and pin the blame for the others’ deaths on her. They were going for the death penalty.

Tristan Manning had never met Wynter before, but when Xavier rescued her from the courthouse, Tristan was called to Cooper’s home. When he arrived, the dragon tattoo, the one he’d had since birth, came alive and was clawing his way forward. The pain was excruciating. When he entered the room, Wynter was screaming in pain as her dragon tattoo was doing the same. When the dragons came forth in a burst of magic, both Tristan and Wynter passed out.

Eric had been tasked centuries ago with killing any and all newborn dragons before the eggs could hatch. But somehow he’d missed one and he needed to rectify that there would be hell to pay.

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midnight academyMIDNIGHT ACADEMY by Various including May Sage

Some clueless, others, already powerful, these protagonists are about to face more than they bargained for…In the Midnight Academy collection, you’ll follow seven stories set in enticing paranormal worlds where being late for class is the least of their problems.
From immortal princes to normal human girls, shifters and witches, there’s an academy for every taste.
Midnight Academy is only available temporarily, so grab it while you can!

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omega from the oceanOMEGA FROM THE OCEAN (HERON MANOR BOOK 1) by Amy Bellows

Merman Jack is a terrible virgin sacrifice. Mostly because he isn’t virginal. At all.

Hopefully the Sea King won’t notice.

For Jack, the human world has too many wonderful temptations, and too many alphas to resist. He only has two months left before he has to give himself to the Sea King, and he doesn’t want to spend them in the cold, dark catacombs where the Mermen of Rixton live. It may be forbidden for Jack to go to shore, but when did that ever stop him?

Peter is a terrible dragon shifter. He can’t figure out what he’s supposed to collect for his hoard. Without his hoard, he can’t do any of the important dragon-shifter things, like take his dragon form or find his fated mate. After years of losing his lovers to their fated mates, Peter’s feeling his age, and he’s tired of being alone.

When Peter sees a beautiful merman on the beach, he thinks he’s finally found his fated mate. Jack falls hard for Peter too, but he knows they can’t be together forever. If Jack doesn’t show up on the day of his sacrifice, the Sea King will kill his father and take his brother instead.

Will the love between a terrible virgin sacrifice and a terrible dragon shifter be enough to change their fate?

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unicorn luckUNICORN LUCK (VALENTINE PRIDE BOOK 2) by Laura Greenwood and LA Boruff

Leola and her lions are all settled in their new life…until a visitor from the past changes all that.

With her lion shifters by her side, Leola begins to uncover the truth about her parents’ fate. Her trust in everything will be put to the test when she comes face to face with the person who orphaned her.

Can she forgive the one person who changed her life forever?

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escape weresnakeESCAPE (CROSSING NUWA BOOK 1) by Sean Ian O’Meidher and Connal Braginsky

For sheltered Robbie, one week of freedom leads to sexual awakening and adventure… but when his world intersects with Theo’s, they’ll need all their wits and Theo’s magic to fight for their future.

Rare male weresnake Robbie has had his whole life decided for him down to his meals. But when the time comes for him to perform an unspeakable duty to his clan, he runs.

San Francisco Pride is in full swing when technomage Theo spots a scared-looking young man with brilliant emerald eyes. He’s only looking for a hookup, but before he knows why, he’s taking Robbie home and introducing him to champagne and enchiladas. He doesn’t have any intention of falling in love.

Robbie doesn’t want to return to his clan, at least not without trying to fit a lifetime of experiences into a week, but every day he stays puts Theo in more danger.

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jace vella dayJACE: HIDDEN REALMS OF SILVER LAKE (FOUR SISTERS OF FATE BOOK 5) by Vella Day

When wealthy construction owner Jace Sanders meets his business partner’s deliciously sexy nanny from Earth, his life is turned upside down. Jace can’t believe he’s met his mate–and his perfect match. The problem is that Ivy Woodson is from Earth and he’s from a Tarradon, a completely different realm. To say she is out of her element would be an understatement.

Convince her to stay, his friends suggest. Easy, right? Hardly. Jace has always had his pick of women. After all, he’s rich, successful, and rather charming, or so people say. But from the moment Ivy arrives, things go awry.

Jace knows she’s the one for him, while Ivy can’t believe the handsome dragon shifter would ever want her. What will he have to do to convince her life on Tarradon–with him–is for her?

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swim deeperSWIM DEEPER (KEEPERS OF THE SWAMP BOOK 1) by T S Joyce

Reporter, Bre Hayne, is on the hunt for a story. Finally, her big career break has fallen into her lap, and she has chance to get the scoop on one of the notoriously private shifters. Not many of them exist, but one Holt Lachlan has put an ad out for a mate, and Bre is up for the challenge. She’ll pretend to be interested, gather intel on him, and then scoot out of Uncertain, Texas just as fast as her old junker truck can speed her back to the news station. But the deeper into the story she goes, the more she realizes maybe Holt isn’t the one who is the monster. Maybe it’s her.

Alligator shifter, Holt Lachlan, is the center of an unfortunate legend. His family name has been tarnished by these swamps for generations, and he has to go outside of the town to try and find a mate. Desperate for something to occupy his inner animal, he meets up with a spunky beauty named Bre, and tells her the rules. The most important rule? Pretend he’s normal. Ignore the growling, don’t pay attention to his eye color, and definitely don’t go anywhere near the waters of Uncertain’s swamp at night. He’s protective of his territory, but the more he gets to know the bold and beguiling woman who has answered his ad, the more he thinks she just might survive his dark secrets…but will he survive hers?

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eye spyEYE SPY (VALDEMAR FAMILY SPIES BOOK 2) by Mercedes Lackey

VS note: Not a romance but a release of note.

Mags, Herald Spy of Valdemar, and his wife, Amily, the King’s Own Herald, are happily married with three kids. Their daughter, Abidela, dreams of building on her parents’ legacy by joining her father’s network of spies, hoping to offset her seeming lack of a Gift.

But when Abi senses the imminent collapse of a bridge only moments before it happens, she saves countless lives, including that of her best friend, Princess Katiana. The experience, though harrowing, uncovers her unique Gift—an ability to sense the physical strains in objects.

Intrigued by the potential of her Gift, the Artificers seek to claim her as their own—but only the Healers can train her. Through training with both of them, Abi discovers unique facets of her Gift, including a synesthetic connection to objects that allows her to “see” as well as feel the strains.

Her Gift may also grant her a distinct advantage as a spy—there won’t be a building in the entire kingdom of Valdemar with a secret room that she doesn’t know about. With the help of her mentors, she must hone her gift to uncover the hidden secrets in the depths of Valdemar.

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three silverback bearsMAX (THREE SILVERBACK BEARS AND A BABY BOOK 1) by Harmony Raines

Max, Tad, and Jake think fate—and mates—have passed them by. Resigned to life alone, they have each put all their energy into their careers. However, change arrives in the small but perfectly formed guise of baby Milly. Orphaned when her mother overdoses on drugs, Milly brings out the protective side in all three bear shifter brothers.

Well, Jake might need a little persuading!

But that’s not all.

When Milly’s foster mom, Josephine, comes to visit, Max instantly knows she is his mate. Max is more than ready to open his heart and his home to Milly and Josephine. But Josephine has a hidden past, and as danger threatens, he will do whatever it takes to keep his new family safe.

Josephine has a past she’d rather forget. But visions of the abuse she suffered at the hands of an ex-boyfriend are impossible to wipe from her memory. Not that she’s let his actions prevent her building a good life for herself. One where she provides love and care for children in need.

However, she’s never let anyone else in. She’s never allowed herself to trust another man.

But now Max tells her she is his mate. Josephine knows what that means. And she wants to be part of a family, a real loving family, for the first time. Can she open her heart to love?

Just when she finds the answer to that question, her past finally catches up with her.

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dickDICK (THE PRIVATE DICK SERIES BOOK 1) by Gracen Miller and Julie Morgan

KING – Phuck is the king of New Orleans. A demon who offers immortality for loyalty and respect. As president of the Voodoo Dawgs MC, he’s become as iconic to Nawlins’ citizens as the French Quarter. With Voodoo Mama and his brothers at his side, he’s untouchable, his power limitless. But when one of his demon brothers is discovered murdered, his life is about to be shaken up in ways he could’ve never anticipated.

SHERIFF – Enzo is a sheriff, a shifter with a badge, who’s lost his power and the respect of the citizens of New Orleans. Betrayed by those he trusted, he’s fallen into disgrace, unable to remain sober long enough to pull himself together. When one of Phuck’s men is found dead, Enzo calls in the big guns to help solve the murder.

DICK – Panther shifter Detective Natalia Cortes arrives to investigate a demonic killing in NOLA. It’s not just any homicide, but the murder of a demon who happens to be part of the Voodoo Dawgs MC. The self-appointed King of New Orleans doesn’t want her there, but she feels his heated gaze. The sheriff needs her help to solve the case, but the more time he spends with her, the more he wants to claim her as his mate.

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traitors lingdomTHE TRAITOR’S KINGDOM (TRAITOR’S TRILOGY BOOK 3) by Erin Beaty

A new queen under threat.
An ambassador with a desperate scheme.
Two kingdoms with everything to lose.

Once a spy and counselor to the throne, Sage Fowler has secured victory for her kingdom at a terrible cost. Now an ambassador representing Demora, Sage is about to face her greatest challenge to avoid a war with a rival kingdom.

After an assassination attempt destroys the chance for peace, Sage and her fiancé Major Alex Quinn risk a dangerous plot to reveal the culprit. But the stakes are higher than ever, and in the game of traitors, betrayal is the only certainty.

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storm crowTHE STORM CROW by Kalyn Josephson

In the tropical kingdom of Rhodaire, magical, elemental Crows are part of every aspect of life…until the Illucian empire invades, destroying everything.

That terrible night has thrown Princess Anthia into a deep depression. Her sister Caliza is busy running the kingdom after their mother’s death, but all Thia can do is think of all she has lost.

But when Caliza is forced to agree to a marriage between Thia and the crown prince of Illucia, Thia is finally spurred into action. And after stumbling upon a hidden Crow egg in the rubble of a rookery, she and her sister devise a dangerous plan to hatch the egg in secret and get back what was taken from them.

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spin the dawnSPIN THE DAWN (THE BLOOD OF STARS BOOK 1) by Elizabeth Lim

VS Note: This one sounded intriguing, put it on my TBR List.

Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she’ll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There’s just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.
Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill. Maia’s task is further complicated when she draws the attention of the court magician, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise.
And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor’s reluctant bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. With this impossible task before her, she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined.

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darik_Veronica_ScottVS: The SFR Station mentioned DARIK, from my award winning Badari Warriors scifi romance series, this week so I’ll highlight that title for you!

Nicolle James is far from her home in the human Sectors, kidnapped by alien scientists to be the subject of horrifying experiments.  Her only hope might be a mysterious soldier she’d glimpsed outside the laboratory fence. She’d managed to sneak a few words of conversation with him when her captors weren’t watching but now the aliens were taking her inside the lab to begin the experiments.

Darik, a warrior of the genetically engineered Badari pack, is on a solo recon mission to check out a mysterious new lab high in the mountains. His orders are strict – do not engage. But when he has a chance meeting with the woman who might be his mate, he vows not to abandon her, orders or no orders.

Can he get inside an underground lab, find Nicolle and rescue her without getting captured himself? And when he learns the lab’s deadly secrets, can he get word to his pack about the new dangers?

Because the ruthless alien scientist running the experiments wants to get her hands on him too and will stop at nothing to achieve her goals.

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

July 3

June 26

June 19

June 12

June 5

The term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. I try to catch up on ones I missed in recent months.  And I may mention ‘special items’.

I do NOT cover every single new release in SFR/FantasyR/PNR. I never have. That would be an impossible task for any human! I assemble my list every week based on various informal inputs, and I do curate the list to some extent…

I check and verify all the buy links at the time I create the post  but after that I’m not responsible.

We Don’t Have Time Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedTaking excerpts from CAMRON, my latest scifi romance release…

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!)

Punctuation may be wonky to comply with our guidelines here. May be edited a bit from published version.

If you haven’t read any of my Badari Warriors books, here’s the background:

Genetically engineered soldiers of the far future, the Badari were created by alien enemies to fight humans. But then the scientists kidnapped an entire human colony from the Sectors to use as subjects in twisted experiments…the Badari and the humans made common cause, rebelled and escaped the labs. Now they live side by side in a sanctuary valley protected by a powerful Artificial Intelligence, and wage unceasing war on the aliens. 

The excerpt – Inside a crashed alien flyer – Camron has told Gemma he can only move under a direct order to do so. She wants to see if she can help the alien pilot and the scientist in the cockpit, who were holding them as prisoners to be experimented on. Camron, as a Badari, has nothing but hatred for the Khagrish. Gemma is responding to what she believes is her duty as a doctor.

“Stand up then and help me check on the pilot and Dr. Yunnivannx,” she said, irritated and puzzled at the same time.

He rose and she appreciated how tall he was, and even more muscular than she’d thought before – a valuable ally. “You have to walk and I’ll follow,” he said with a clenched jaw, “But we don’t have time to screw around checking on those bastards.”

Flames were now shooting from several panels in the rear. Pressure to keep moving ate at her nerves as the smoke filled the space and the flames grew.

Pushing her way past toppled debris and seats gone off their stanchions, she made her way to the cockpit door, which was hanging askew. Gemma could only get her head and shoulders into the crumpled space. The Khagrish pilot was dead, mangled by the impact. The scientist was in her seat but her legs were crushed under a console and  there was no hope for the woman. If they’d been on a major Sectors planet and medevac was waiting outside the wreck, then maybe Gemma could have saved her life.

“Kill me – I don’t want to burn to death in here. I know I’m dying anyway, get it over with,” Yunnivannx spoke in breathless whispers.

camronThe blurb:

Dr. Gemma Madarian is far from her home in the human Sectors, kidnapped along with hundreds of other humans to be used for horrifying experiments conducted on a remote planet by alien scientists.

She and another prisoner, Camron of the Badari, are the only survivors of a deadly crash landing. She’s paired up with the genetically engineered soldier by their mutual enemies and sent fleeing through rough country, hunted for pleasure by an enemy officer and his ferocious trackers.

The enemy wants a triumphant kill. Gemma and Camron want to survive.

Camron never dreamt of having a mate but Gemma shatters his preconceptions and makes him desperate to do everything in his power to save her life and claim her for his.

There’s no help or refuge to be had in the desert where they’re fleeing for their lives.
Or is there?

Will Camron and Gemma live to fight another day and explore the growing attraction between them, or will ancient secrets and bitter rivalries end their bid for freedom?

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BadariWarriorsBoxSetFinalNew to my award winning Badari Warriors series? There’s a box set of the first 3 books!

There’s no new material included, other than a brief recap of why I wrote each book (which appeared in previous blog posts) But I thought it was time to put the books together!

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Why I Wrote Trapped on Talonque #SciFi Alien Sleeping Beauty

Trapped on TalonqueI’ve always been fascinated with the idea of alien civilizations that rose and fell long before our time. I first came across the concept as a young scifi reader in Andre Norton’s Time Traders series, especially in the Galactic Derelict story, where the heroes inadvertently went on a trip on a Forerunner spaceship that made its preprogrammed stops at various worlds that were now abandoned. They ended up on one that seemed to have been the United Nations-type center of its time, and then they had to somehow get the ship to retrace its path back to Earth. She planted many hints and raised many questions about the Forerunners in her science fiction novels and I loved every mention. I craved more.

When I was establishing my Sectors universe, which is the galaxy-spanning civilization for my scifi romances, I knew I HAD to include this element that I love so much, with all the mystery and ability to drop tantalizing hints. I refer to my ‘forerunners’ as the Ancient Observers (or AO for short) and my humans are as fascinated by the ruins and installations they find as I was by Andre Norton’s. Like she did, I try to make it clear there may well have been more than one such civilization in the millions of years before the humans made it off the Earth and out into the wider galaxy.

I kept thinking how cool it would be – maybe – to have my people actually find an AO survivor somehow. But my daughters pointed out that would be giving away too much of the mystery I’d spent all that time creating. OK, good point. So, Bithia, the ‘sleeping beauty’ in Trapped on Talonque is from an ancient, spacefaring civilization but not ‘the’ AO, who predate even her time. To make the story work I had to think long and hard about why such a person would be left behind on a more primitive planet by her own people and how she could survive without aging. Then I got to have fun imagining what it would be like to be her, and finally be set free…but thousands of years into her future. Suffice it to say nothing is as she hoped or expected.

One of our favorite fairy tales at my house has always been that of Sleeping Beauty, so I enjoyed doing a scifi take on the story…but there’s no prince, only my gallant and resourceful Special Forces soldier, Nate Reilly. He becomes fascinated with Bithia, needs her help to survive his own captivity and rescue his men, and of course falls in love with her. So he’s not leaving her behind, is he? Instead of helpful fairies, we have a clan of priests and priestesses who know many of the secrets of the Sleeping Goddess, as Bithia is called on Talonque, but have their own agenda.

And how long can even the best alien technology keep functioning with no maintenance? (I did enjoy throwing problems at this group of characters.)

canva mysterious messageOne of my favorite scenes in the entire book is when Bithia finally gets a few answers to why she was seemingly abandoned by her father and her own people, thousands of years before.

A word about the indigenous civilization on Talonque and its ability to keep running pretty much unchanged for so long, from Bithia’s time to ‘now’ – on our own planet, the ancient Egyptians maintained a civilization for thousands of years. Under the right conditions, it’s certainly plausible on another world as well.

I needed a reason for the local rulers to keep Nate and his men alive in the beginning, and a challenge for them to overcome, so I developed the game of sapiche. It’s based in part on ritualistic ball games played centuries ago in Central and South America, in part on gladiatorial type contests in ancient Rome and owes a nod to the ritual combat the Aztecs would sometimes put captured warriors through, where they had no real chance of winning and saving their own lives but were forced to fight anyway. Sapiche is like all ball games – there’s passing, blocking, strategy, scoring….and very high stakes.

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So there you have it – the influences behind what became the novel Trapped on Talonque.

Some day I’d love to write a sequel for these characters (and give the loyal Sgt. Thom Curran his own story). I do have plots in mind but as always, it’s a question of time.

A word on the cover, which is by the wonderful Fiona Jayde as always. On my budget I can’t afford custom photography so I’m always searching on the stockphoto sites for suitable models. In this case, Bithia, the alien heroine, has lavender hair and at one point in the novel is described as having elaborate braids. Well, imagine my surprise and delight when I found this stock photo of a woman with lavender hair in an elaborate braided arrangement! Serendipity! Due to the strong color palette of the cover as a whole, you can’t really see how perfect the shade of ‘Bithia’s’ hair is, but trust me, it was a happy moment to send that image to Fiona (who then created the entire cover in her usual highly creative fashion).

Trapped on Talonque was my third scifi romance novel.

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?

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Note: Portions of this post appeared previously on Pauline Baird Jones’s blog.

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New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday July 3

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

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HUNTER (GALACTIC GLADIATORS BOOK 12) by Anna Hackett

VS Note: This is a re-release of Anna’s story from the Pets In Space 3 anthology. I loved this story…Anna states there’s also a new novella and a new short story included in the volume.

Born, raised, and sold into servitude on the desert world of Carthago, Mersi Kassar has finally found her freedom and her place on the Corsair Caravan, leading travelers from the gladiator city of Kor Magna through the desert. She also works side by side with her friend—the big, silent Bren—a man she’s desperately in love with. But stubborn Bren shuts down her every attempt to deepen the feelings they have for each other and Mersi isn’t sure she can take the pain anymore.

Desert hunter Bren Hahn hides a terrifying darkness within, and will protect the few people he cares about. That includes Mersi—a woman who sparks a simmering passion he finds harder and harder to ignore. On a perilous journey in the heart of the desert, Mersi and Bren rescue a strange alien creature. Working together to heal the big, shaggy canine, their smoldering desire ignites, but their feelings turn out to be the least of their concerns. A deadly enemy is hunting their new pet. An enemy that threatens Bren’s darkest secret and all they hold dear.

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forbidden lettersFORBIDDEN LETTERS (MEN OF THE NORTH BOOK 0) by Elin Peer

“Few dared live as close to the border as us. Not even the long-standing peace treaty between our two nations could make people forget how the savage Men of the North used to hunt down and kidnap women here.”

If only Devina hadn’t been so damned curious by nature, she would have never picked up that letter thrown across the Northern wall. Now, she is horrified to see that it’s from a teenage girl who is only weeks away from being auctioned off in a bridal tournament. With no time to waste, Devina is determined to help the girl escape, even if it means putting herself in danger.

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jovens brideJOVEN’S BRIDE (INTERSTELLAR MATCHMAKING SERIES BOOK 3) by Clarissa Lake

Carly Adrian discovered Narovian Interstellar Matchmaking Service after the alien United Galactic Alliance of Worlds made their presence known to Earth. More than a career Carly wanted children of her own, but she had no luck finding the right mate herself. The matchmaking service promised a 99% success rate using genetics to match applicants to their soul mates.The gorgeous male cyborg with starkly blue feline eyes, who could shift into a lion size panther was not what she expected. But then he spoke her whole body responded along with her heart and mind. She wouldn’t get a 99% guarantee anywhere else. Carly never expected her passenger freighter would be seized by alien pirates.Joven Brendict was a starship Captain in the war against the Drayid Crusades to bring down the Alliance. No pirate is going to steal his soul mate, his meomee…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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truth changerTRUTH CHANGER (TRUTH SEER TRILOGY BOOK 3) by Kay L Moody

A hundred years in the future, Kenyan-born Imara Kalu becomes a fugitive in the city she just saved. She must return to her home and stop a global vote that could destroy the world.

The taggers—terrorists obsessed with moral cleansing—move to her home city with a plan to force their ideals on the entire population. They tag innocent citizens with labels that incite anger and fear. The city soon becomes a breeding ground for mobs and riots.

With the help of her friends, Imara seeks to provide refuge for the tagged. But when it comes to saving the world… she might be too late.

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sylorSYLOR (CONQUERED WORLD BOOK 9) by Elin Wyn

Sylor refuses to be the typical Valorni warrior. He craves order. Discipline. Certainly not her. It’s simply impossible that one wild, criminal human female could make him forget everything he believes in. Impossible. And yet…

Nesta hates the surface world and surface dwellers with their stupid rules. Humans or alien warriors, it makes no difference. The only way to survive is to take what she needs. When did her needs include a burly green skinned warrior, and his possessive, claiming touch?

They may be able to find a way out of the trapped city. If they can work together that long.

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wanderersWANDERERS: A NOVEL by Chuck Wendig

VS Note: Not a romance but a scifi release of note this week. I had it pre-ordered.

Shana wakes up one morning to discover her little sister in the grip of a strange malady. She appears to be sleepwalking. She cannot talk and cannot be woken up. And she is heading with inexorable determination to a destination that only she knows. But Shana and her sister are not alone. Soon they are joined by a flock of sleepwalkers from across America, on the same mysterious journey. And like Shana, there are other “shepherds” who follow the flock to protect their friends and family on the long dark road ahead.

For as the sleepwalking phenomenon awakens terror and violence in America, the real danger may not be the epidemic but the fear of it. With society collapsing all around them—and an ultraviolent militia threatening to exterminate them—the fate of the sleepwalkers depends on unraveling the mystery behind the epidemic. The terrifying secret will either tear the nation apart—or bring the survivors together to remake a shattered world.

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immunityIMMUNITY (CONTAGION BOOK 2) by Erin Bowman

VS Note: Scifi with romantic elements. I loved the first book so had this pre-ordered.

Thea, Coen, and Nova have escaped from Achlys, only to find themselves imprisoned on a ship they thought was their ticket to safety. Now the nightmare they thought they’d left behind is about to be unleashed as an act of political warfare, putting the entire galaxy at risk.

To prevent an interstellar catastrophe, they’ll have to harness the evil of the deadly Achlys contagion and deploy the only weapons they have left: themselves.

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caveman alien's trickCAVEMAN ALIEN’S TRICK (CAVEMAN ALIENS BOOK 8) by Calista Skye

Phoebe – A caveman tricked me.
It was the oldest trick in the book. And I fell for it.
I’m inside a pitch black leather sack, being carried away from my village and the other Earth girls. I scream and kick, but nobody can hear me.
I know what this means. The giant caveman carrying me is taking me to his tribe.
I’m the only woman he’s been this close to. And these guys like to abduct Earth girls and impregnate them.
It won’t work with me.
I’ll escape the first chance I get. And if escape is impossible, I’ll kill him.
Or myself.
I can be tricky, too.
Rax’tar – It was remarkably easy to capture this alien woman.
It is a sign from the Ancestors, of course. She is meant to be mine.
And what a woman she is! Small, soft and luxuriously round. She makes my blood sizzle just by existing.
I have plans for her. Taking her from her alien village was the first step.
The other men will be so surprised when I arrive with her!

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feral luna hunterFERAL (WARRIORS OF KAIZON BOOK 4) by Luna Hunter

DEV – Surlok’s workshop is forbidden territory, but my curiosity gets the best of me. One quick peek can’t hurt, right?
Wrong.
The shiny device I pick up hums to life and conjures a vortex. A horned, savage monster reaches through with his sharp claws and pulls me into his alien world.
Now I’m stranded light years from home, completely at the mercy of this gorgeous beast. His dominant gaze and broad, scarred chest are making my stomach flutter…
I have to find my way home — before I lose my heart in this alien place.

FEBAKUR -She is the one. The one that will heal me. That will save me. That will complete me. Kysus burns and my brothers are missing. I have failed my people, but this curvy, human female gives me hope. She offers me a chance to redeem myself.
I must win her over — before the feral beast inside of me takes over.

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resurrection ana joleneRESURRECTION (GLORY MC BOOK 4) by Ana Jolene

When the president of the club goes missing, Beck Caulder, Glory MC’s sergeant at arms, is the one to strap on his anti-radiation gear and go in search for him. The problem is, ever since Knuckle learned that a hit was placed on him, Beck won’t be the only one on the lookout for him.

When Beck discovers that the president is hiding in Westborough, the most dangerous place located in Ward Four, he has no choice but to run headlong into Slasher territory. There he encounters Devine Blaise, the raven-haired beauty, covered in leather and tattoos. With her killer bod and equally killer instincts, Devine quickly becomes Beck’s dream woman. Too bad she’s also the hitman hired to take out his club’s president.

Equally matched in determination and skill, the chase soon becomes a battle of the most deadly as Beck and Devine try to take each other out before they can reach their target. This should be easy for the club’s sergeant at arms, but defeating the killer proves impossible when she becomes the only woman he can’t resist.

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forecastFORECAST (TEAM 8 ORIGINS BOOK 2) by Viola Grace

VS Note: Not sure there’s romance. The author said the first one in the series did not…

Lore began life on a restrictive world where her options for a future were rapidly running out. With the help of family, she escaped and started a new life with her son.

Six years later, the world and organization that gave her sanctuary want something from her. They want her gift to work for them.

Seeing the details of her entire future and history has always been something to adapt to. Using it for the greater good is something she does on the sly, and crafting suits for heroes is something she does for family.

Her life is full, but it is about to become everything she ever imagined. She has seen it all happening, after all.

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maloqMALOQ (KANOSIAN WARRIORS BOOK 2) by C R Corbin

Denise – He was an arrogant, brutish, rippling tower of muscles. Yet here I was, forced to work with him if I wanted to free our troops from the clutches of a warlord.
Sure he was powerful, charming, and incredibly sexy, but he was the enemy.
An enemy that I soon realize is set on claiming me as his.

Maloq – A troublesome, fiery, and beautiful human commander, that’s who she was, my enemy. Now, stuck on an inhospitable and sweltering desert world with my men imprisoned, she was my only ally. An ally that I soon realize is also my mate.
Now, when confronted with enemy forces determined to end our lives and dash my hopes of claiming her, I realize my purpose. I was determined to claim that curvaceous and astoundingly lustful human as mine, no matter the cost.

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fire strikeFIRE STRIKE: EDGE OF SUNRISE #2 (OBSIDIAN RIM BOOK 5) by Elsa Jade

Arjay—incarcerated as Miner 870—has pledged his considerable hacking prowess (and a few other illicit skills) to saving Ydro-Down from those who would subjugate its people again. But there was a time he championed the rule of law, and when he accidentally uncovers a legal loophole that might legitimize the miners’ claim, he dares to hope maybe he can reclaim the charmed life he lost.

What he found was a half-feral girl.

Tick’s mothers buried her in the heart of Ydro-Down to protect her when their colony was attacked for the valuable qubition found there. Imprisoned in cryo, Tick wakes to her world still in danger. Though she’s kept herself barely alive scavenging the depths, her encounter with the big, clever miner convinces her to seek a life out of the darkness.

But on the Obsidian Rim, only might makes right. And stepping out into the light might mean reaching for the stars…or igniting a fire that burns everything to ash.

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first contact sj sandersFIRST CONTACT (THE MATE INDEX BOOK 0) by SJ Sanders

Before humanity met the Budo, before humans were sold for breeding compatibility experimentation to the Agraak, there was a crash landing on an unknown world—Earth.
If a male wasn’t born into the upper tiers of Forad society, he would never know the comfort of his own mate. Ehmhy was not such a fortunate male, he was a trader of a long line of traders. Resigned to his lot in life, he never expects to be stranded on an isolated primitive planet with his nephew whom he’d recently become guardian of. Separated in the crash, Ehmhy is desperate to find his nephew and get back home. What he doesn’t expect is to meet a local female who does what no offworld female ever has done before—make him yearn to make her his mate.
Gerry works in the French Quarter and while her life isn’t glamorous, she enjoys her simple lifestyle. Things become complicated quick when she helps a stranger during Mardi Gras wearing a complicated cat-man costume who’d become separated from his nephew. When he is revealed to be a stranded alien in need of help, she couldn’t, in good conscience, retract her offer. Without the government on their trail and a Forad boy in need of rescuing they become closer as passions stir and something more blooms. But they have no future—or maybe they do.

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forbidden matesFORBIDDEN MATES (SYFER HAREM BOOK 2) by Athena Storm

The balance of power on Syfer comes down to one thing. Public relations.
For biologist Jane Wyatt, the most she can hope for is to find some peace after the death of her beloved brother.
To be forgotten by the world to grieve in peace.
That is until she’s rescued from death by three very handsome aliens.
Three, very, very, handsome aliens.
Now, with a slender human female teamed up with three of the Alliance’s most ruthless warriors to go up against the Coalition, Jane Wyatt is definitely not forgotten.
All of a sudden, she’s desired from every direction by her alien rescuers.
It’s so hard to pick just one. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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unsung heroineUNSUNG HEROINE (HEROINE COMPLEX) by Sarah Kuhn

Lucy Valdez is many things: fight trainer/bodyguard to superheroines, fabulous vintage fashion plate, undisputed karaoke queen at local joint, The Gutter. She is also one of the toughest fighters in all of San Francisco without superpowers. So why can’t she seem to confess her feelings to her longtime crush Rose Rorick, head of the San Francisco Police Department’s Demon Unit?

Well…. actually, she knows why. She’s afraid Rose won’t like the real Lucy, the Lucy underneath all the fabulous bravado. (She is still fabulous underneath that bravado–just in a different way.)

When a mysterious new karaoke star rises up at The Gutter and eclipses her, Lucy finds her confidence further shaken–and when strange, seemingly supernatural happenings threaten both this new star and The Gutter’s very existence, she must rise to the challenge and investigate alongside Rose. Will Lucy be able to vanquish the demonic threat to her beloved karaoke haven, confess her true feelings to Rose, and reclaim her karaoke throne?

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homecoming j scott coatsworthHOMECOMING by J Scott Coatsworth

VS Note: A re-release

Spaceman meets wolfman.

When his own world is destroyed, Aldiss and his crew barely manage to escape, leaving friends and lovers behind. What was meant to be an exploratory trip back to the home world becomes a mad dash for survival.

When they awaken from deep sleep on Earth, abandoned by humanity five centuries before, they must quickly learn about their new home. While exploring the region around the ship, Aldiss meets Hari, a human-wolf hybrid, whose people harbor secrets which just might cost the crew their lives.

Will Hari and Aldiss uncover the secrets of the past and find common ground? Or are Aldiss and his team doomed to failure?

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liberating laceyLIBERATING LACEY (MARKS MERCENARIES BOOK 3) by N J Walters

Garth Marks and his brothers are space mercenaries and traders. Their life’s mission is to find their younger sister, who was kidnapped ten years before. Their search has led them to Eden, a planet that is home to a cult-like group.

Lacey Freshlan wants to get away from Eden, and the strangers who have come here might be her ticket out. Garth is willing to use the sizzling attraction between them to get information from her, but he won’t agree to take her with him. As much as he’s drawn to her, Garth won’t risk the safety of his family.

When Lacey foils a plot to poison them, Garth takes her with them when they flee. But they are not free yet. Betrayal and lies lead to a battle not only for their safety but also for their hearts.

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golden chandra ryanGOLDEN (DRAGON ACCORDS BOOK 1) by Chandra Ryan

Mesha has lived with one truth: Dragons are the enemy. Sure, they’re sexy as hell and their touch makes her weak in the knees, but they are the aggressors in the centuries-old war between their people.

Aarush, Divit, and Hiran have a truth of their own: Humans can’t be trusted. And Mesha swears she’s human. A human who works for the Agency. She’s their enemy. But something about her calls to them.

Unfortunately for them, love and war are complicated, enemies and alliances aren’t set in stone, and sex is never simple.

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alfheimTALES FROM OLYMPUS: ALFHEIM by Erik Schubach

As Artemis looks on, the Olympians, under the threat of attack of two incoming Titan vessels, must flee their home and abandon their Citadel on Olympus. Kara, the Wild One, First Valkyrie of Asgard heads out into space to draw a line to dare the Titans to cross.
A plan is devised that may allow for the rapid charging of the Citadel’s Jump Drive. But for the plan to succeed, they need to forge a pact with the only planet with people not of the United Races.
Artemis, the Three Embers, and a peace envoy must travel to Alfheim to treat with the Queen of the Light Elves to allow the Olympians to seek sanctuary on their planet.

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vampire detective midnightVAMPIRE DETECTIVE MIDNIGHT: A SCIENCE FICTION VAMPIRE DETECTIVE NOVEL by J C Andrijeski

Vampire with a past and homicide detective, Naoko “Nick” Tanaka just got transferred to the NYPD, where he works as a “Midnight,” or vampire in the employ of the human police. Like all state-reg’d vamps, he gets his food delivered to his door, lives in government housing, and basically can’t sneeze without the U.S. government knowing about it.

More than anything, he just wants to be left alone, to endure his immortality in peace, but he’s barely in New York two weeks when things start to go sideways.

It all starts with his new case––a case involving dead hybrids, graffiti that tells the future, a kid who shouldn’t exist at all, and a possible conspiracy involving the richest humans in New York.

That doesn’t even get into the school principal, a woman with secrets of her own, who has a deeply unsettling effect on him.

Nick finds he can’t get personally uninvolved with any of it. Instead, he gets sucked in even deeper, until he’s pretty sure he’ll end up forcibly reprogrammed by his human owners––assuming they don’t just rip his heart out of his chest and be done with it.

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warriors claim tehya titanWARRIOR’S CLAIM (WARRIORS OF VOR BOOK 4) by Tehya Titan

After being blown up and almost dying in a drug raid, Roxanne Arroyo isn’t about to waste a moment of her second chance. Sure, that new beginning happens to be on an alien planet, but there are worse things than being bonded to a gorgeous warrior who is completely devoted to her. As time passes, and no male steps forward to claim her, though, she realizes she can either sit around waiting for her mate to find her, or she can go out and find him instead.

As chieftain of a remote island clan in the far north, Soujin Mahar lives a simple, peaceful life. His distrust of outsiders has kept his people safe for decades, but when Rox lands on his shores—and is immediately carried away by a giant bird—he doesn’t hesitate to save her. He never thought he’d be blessed with such a lovely mate, and there isn’t anything he won’t do to make her happy. Anything, except let her walk away. She may not fully understand the customs of his people yet, but if she’ll let him, he’ll teach her exactly what it means to be claimed by a warrior.

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ingeniousINGENIOUS by Barrie Ferris

Little is known about the ancestors who built the canal and its cities. Vines, bioengineered to repair Earth, infected males with a gene for violence. By the time the Ruling Mothers wrested control, history was erased, and the shortage of women allowed a wife to have three husbands. All boys are isolated in an academy until they graduate at twenty, conditioned to obey the rules.

Gifted with a brain wired like the ancestors, Cadet Quiggs Fallon spends his time deciphering the ancient tomes. Whatever the puzzle, he figures it out. If he finds a means to kill the vines, he will earn a seat in the Assembly of Ruling Mothers and become the first man allowed to argue the rules without getting executed for treason.

Out of shape from skipping athletics, Quiggs doubts anyone will sign his slate in the clinic for mandatory same-sex training when he turns eighteen. When he finally wins a bet to lose his virginity, the ambitious governor coerces Quiggs into a marriage contract. Banned from the sex clinic, he dreads the consummation of his marriage after he graduates. Female plumbing is one puzzle he has never wanted to solve!

When a badass soldier with secrets saves Quiggs from an assassin, their surprising attraction burns hotter than his amazing new fuel paste. But Quiggs is off-limits, and the gorgeous sergeant is honor bound to defend the rules. With threats from the governor, assassins stalking him, and female ferals scouting the border for studs, those damn vines are growing smarter. Unless Quiggs figures out a way to kill them, the Triangle is doomed. So why not break a few rules?

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protect the princePROTECT THE PRINCE (A CROWN OF SHARDS NOVEL BOOK 2) by Jennifer Estep

VS Note: I really enjoyed the first book so I pre-ordered this one.

Everleigh Blair might be the new gladiator queen of Bellona, but her problems are far from over.

First, Evie has to deal with a court full of arrogant, demanding nobles, all of whom want to get their greedy hands on her crown. As if that wasn’t bad enough, an assassin tries to kill Evie in her own throne room.

Despite the dangers, Evie goes ahead with a scheduled trip to the neighboring kingdom of Andvari in order to secure a desperately needed alliance. But complicating matters is the stubborn Andvarian king, who wants to punish Evie for the deaths of his countrymen during the Seven Spire massacre.

Dark forces are also at work inside the Andvarian palace, and Evie soon realizes that no one is safe. Worse, her immunity to magic starts acting in strange, unexpected ways, which makes Evie wonder whether she is truly strong enough to be a Winter Queen.

Evie’s magic, life, and crown aren’t the only things in danger—so is her heart, thanks to Lucas Sullivan, the Andvarian king’s bastard son and Evie’s … well, Evie isn’t quite sure what Sullivan is to her.

Only one thing is certain—protecting a prince might be even harder than killing a queen.

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bound to the battle godBOUND TO THE BATTLE GOD: A FANTASY ROMANCE by Ruby Dixon

When I went to my neighbor’s apartment to investigate strange sounds, I never expected to fall through a portal into another world. Yet here I am, a stranger in an even stranger land…and I’m stranded. In this world, might makes right, men carry swords, and gods walk the earth. Within minutes of arriving, I’m enslaved.

Fun place.

How do I get home? GREAT question. Wish I had an answer.

The one person that might be able to help me is also the one person I want to throttle most. Aron, Lord of Storms, Butcher God of Battle, is my new companion. Or rather, I’m his. As Aron’s anchor to the mortal realm, I’m the one that’s supposed to be guiding him through his exile in the mortal world.

Ha. Joke’s on him. I know nothing about this place.

But Aron and I have a common goal – get home. And we’re bonded – anchor and god – with a bond unlike any other. So we travel together. We bicker. We bathe together. We fight our many, many enemies together. And sure, he’s a god, but he’s also an arrogant jerk. Brawny, smoking hot, irresistible jerk. I should want nothing to do with him. I certainly shouldn’t want to do things to him.

Mortals and gods don’t mix. We stick to the plan and ignore our attraction. Focused, with one goal in mind.
One task. One goal.
Focused.
I—oh heck, I’m going to end up kissing him again, aren’t I?

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adelaides trustADELAIDE’S TRUST (HER FATE SERIES BOOK 2) by G Bailey

When Adelaide moved to a sleepy little town in Scotland with her sister, the last thing she expected was to find out she isn’t even from this world.
Now the world she was born in is at war, and they need a ruler.
They need a queen, just not the one who is currently ruling Fray.
Not the queen who will do anything kill Adelaide and the men she has fallen for.
Rick, Nath, Mich and Josh have to keep Adelaide alive in a world none of them know or understand.
Or there will be nothing left once the prophesied war is over.
Her pack must save her.
Her fate must protect her.
The fates are close, and when they call, you don’t have a choice.
Not when you are a wolf of fate.

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storm damagedSTORM DAMAGED by Kerry Adrienne

She’s running from a life she doesn’t want. He’s hiding from a past he can’t forget. But the tide is turning in favor of new beginnings… and love.

In a world where humans don’t know mermaids exist, independent Mari leaves her ocean home behind to start over on land. Her quaint island life, free of her overbearing mother, her possessive betrothed, and her tribe’s unrealistic expectations, is exactly what this mermaid needed. And the sexy bartender above her shop gives her hope for a future that isn’t so lonely.

Former Navy diver Chase has never recovered from the accident that claimed his brother’s life. And his unshakable fear of the ocean, a place he used to love, is all the more reason for him to sell his bar and move inland. Not even the mysterious beauty who rents the shop below his bar can lift his spirits. He’s too damaged to even consider a relationship.When a hurricane threatens the island, Mari and Chase must work together to save both his bar and her shop. But as they make preparations, and become marooned on the island, they don’t realize that the storm won’t be the worst challenge they face. Mari’s betrothed is on the rampage, incensed she won’t marry him and determined to get his revenge.

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ravens gameRAVEN’S GAME: AN ORB OF ORISTE NOVELLA by Kerry Adrienne

People say Raven is not a very good fairy–she’s well known as the fairy who can’t do anything right.
In a world where magic wanes as dragons terrorize the countryside, Raven tries everything to help her family make ends meet.
With creditors and collectors growing tired of excuses, Raven finds herself presented with an extraordinary opportunity. Winning the high-stakes game with some of the most terrifying creatures in Oriste would allow her to prove herself as competent, solve her money troubles, and possibly even rid her world of the overbearing dragons.
Win, and no one will ever call her a failure again. Lose, and her enslavement will be soul-deep and eternal.

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pleasing persephonePLEASING PERSEPHONE (INTIMATE IMMORTALS BOOK 1) by Mimi Milan

The accidental discovery of a lost scroll at the Temple of Concordia has Desi Sagona flying halfway around the world to Persephone Island, a small spot off the east coast of Sicily where the fabled goddess herself supposedly once resided. It’s a welcomed change for the newly graduated archeologist who can’t get away fast enough from her alma mater of Chapel Hill–nor the rumors about an embarrassing affair with her apparently married professor. Ready for a change of scene, she’s thankful when a friend tells her about the opportunity to assist on a dig in the country of her dreams. However, the dream quickly turns into a nightmare when the excavation site collapses, leaving her buried inside.

With the scroll still in hand, Desi slips in and out of consciousness as she tries to translate the story that will change her life forever.

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DRACO’S WRATH (ELEMENTALS MC BOOK 11) by Alexei Ferreira

VS Note: Cover a little too hot for this blog.

DRACO – They decided to attack my club, my brothers, and my woman. They have brought pain to many of us throughout these years, hiding in the darkness while they conspired to eliminate my kind. Well, it’s time to show them who we really are.
Katrina is my very existence, they hurt her, and now I will hurt them back. They have no idea the wrath that they have unleashed.

KATRINA – I always felt that I had a purpose in life, and only when I met Draco did that purpose reveal itself. Draco hasn’t only touched my heart, my very soul but he has brought me clarity and a reason to fight for what I believe. I now have a family, and I will do anything to help keep them safe.

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troll brideTHE TROLL BRIDE: A MONSTERLY YOURS ROMANCE by S J Sanders

Cavek, youngest son of the Troll King of the Middling Kingdom, never thought he would fall in love with a human, but when he sees Kate, he knows that she is his fated bloodbonded mate. They have one perfect night and he promises to return for her, but when he is delayed for a year in returning for her, he does not know how welcoming she will be. Amid war brewing with the werewolves, he has a mate to woo and an infant son to claim. How hard can it be?
When her best friend Sammi came home with an orc husband, Kate didn’t know what to think. As an avid reader of all things pertaining to folklore and high fantasy she didn’t imagine anything dealing with orcs and trolls to be good news; yet, she was surprised to find that they were nothing like she’d ever been led to believe—especially not a sinfully sexy troll named Cavek. One night of passion is all they had before he returned to his world with whispered promises to return.
When she discovers she is pregnant she adjusts her life to the expectation of having to raise a troll baby on her own. A year later she wakes up in a strange world and a troll determined to be her forever one and only. He says they are fated to be together, and now they have a son to raise, but time will only tell if love will find a way.

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harley merlin 9HARLEY MERLIN 9 (HARLEY MERLIN AND THE MORTAL PACT) by Bella Forrest

Without magic, Harley knows the odds of defeating Katherine are stacked against them. Yet a sliver of hope survives in the pages of her parents’ Grimoire. The final, mind-boggling spell entails making a deal with a Child of Chaos. But what must be offered in return?

Finch wants to be the one who ends Katherine. Mother Dearest brought him into the world, and he wants to take her out. He will give anything for that chance—even his life.

Meanwhile, Katherine needs Harley’s body, or her carefully crafted façade will crumble. And she can’t let that happen, not when she’s so close to becoming a goddess walking the Earth.

Unbeknownst to them all, Chaos still has surprises in store—ones that not even Eris herself could predict—in a showdown of epic proportions.

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problem with witchesTHE PROBLEM WITH WITCHES: AN ARCANE SHOT SERIES NOVEL by Joey W Hill

VS Note: I love her books.

Ben O’Callahan has worked a long day. The last thing he wants is to find a couple witches and two guys who claim to be “Guardians,” aka sorcerer-style cops, lying in wait for him on the parking deck of the K&A offices. But he has information they need, about a dark witch from his past who may have plans to destroy New Orleans. Well, screw that. This is his town. Much as he’d prefer to go home to his beautiful submissive and a nice steak, a knight knows when it’s time to don the armor and go fight evil. Only in this case, his lady isn’t the type to wait at home. Marcie is going to fight for the city, right by his side, with the Guardians and witches who know that love is the one thing that evil can’t defeat. Not if the will is strong enough.

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dualityDUALITY (LUGHNASADH ACADEMY BOOK 3) by Layla Heart

The last couple of days haven’t been easy on Litha, being sent to a world she had no knowledge of, finding out she’s part of a prophecy which will bring peace to the four kingdoms, getting pursued by four sexy princes and finally walking in on her hot roommate getting ready for bed. The last one she definitely didn’t do on purpose.

But things between the princes aren’t going as well as they appeared either, Rune has been keeping a big secret and Kit is very hurt when he finds out about it, putting strain on the friendships of all four men.

Having added another member to their harem, daughter of the highest witch priestess, Phoenix, the six are called to the headmaster’s place for a ‘chat’, and that can’t mean anything good.

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moody and the ghostMOODY AND THE GHOST (MOODY MYSTERIES BOOK 4) by Kim Hornsby

Bryndle Moody has a dilemma–she keeps waking up in the 1850’s.
As if that isn’t troubling enough, her lover, the handsome sea captain, Caspian Cortez, doesn’t recognize her in 1850 and is little help in explaining the woman who follows him around. Making sense of time traveling takes over Moody’s life and leads to her enlisting help from Eve and Carlos. Deciphering the mystery of why, how, and when time traveling will strike next has all three head scratching with Bryndle stuck in the life of shipping and smuggling along the Oregon coast until being murdered on a dark beach seems possible for at least one of the star-crossed lovers.

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smoke and survivalSMOKE AND SURVIVAL (BEST WISHES BOOK 2) by A J Macey

Life at Redwood Supernatural University is about as predictable as you could imagine a supe college would be- mean girls, douchebags, drama, and a lot of studying, but things are looking up. The Bitch Crew has started to leave me alone, and Justin has been expelled. With that nasty mess out of my way, it looks like I can finally focus on figuring out what is going on with my guys and our budding relationships and getting a hold of my powers.
That is until the nightmares that plague my dreams come to find me in my new life.
At least this time when I face my tormentor, I won’t be alone. I’ll have the support of my friends, a powerful supernatural, and six guys who are determined to keep me safe from my past.
I got this…I hope.

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raphaelRAPHAEL (DEADLY VIRTUES BOOK 1) by Tillie Cole

They are the Fallen. A brotherhood of murderers whose nature compels them to kill. But guided by their leader, Gabriel, the Fallen have learned to use their urges to rid the world of those it is better off without.

For Raphael, sex and death are intertwined. Where there is one, there must be the other. He is a lust killer, luring his victims with the face of an angel and a body built for sin.

And Raphael lives to sin.

His newest mission takes him into the sadistic underworld of Boston’s secret sex clubs, and puts him face to face with his greatest fantasy made flesh.

Maria is everything he’s ever dreamed of, the kill he’s always longed for. She’s not his target. And he knows he must resist. But the temptation is too strong…

Yet Raphael is not the only one with a mission. Maria is not quite what she seems. And as her secrets and Raphael’s unravel, Maria begins to question everything she thought she knew—about evil, about the place she calls home, and about the beautiful sinner she was sent to destroy.

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ghost houseGHOST HOUSE (HAUNTED SOULS BOOK 4) by Pandora Pine

Ghost Detective Jude Byrne is missing the excitement of the high-profile investigations he and his partner have been handling. Every time the bell jingles over the shop door, he finds himself hoping it’s their next big case. Jude gets his wish and then some when Anson Hollister, curator of the Salem Witch House, walks into West Side Magick with a frightening story to tell. He’s been visited by the spirit of Thatcher Webb, the judge who’d presided over the Salem Witch Trials, sentencing nineteen innocent women to hang.

Psychic Copeland Forbes is enjoying the slower pace of life with Jude. Back from vacation and settled into their new house, he’s content working cases that don’t make him want to sleep with the lights on. Agreeing to take Anson’s case, Cope becomes violently ill on a trip to investigate The Witch House, making him fear there is something more sinister involved rather than the simple haunting Anson described.

With no sign of Thatcher Webb’s spirit, the investigation is at a near standstill, until warlock Callum Churchill, who’s ancestor, Abigail, was one of Thatcher Webb’s victims, disappears on a visit to The Witch House. Can Jude and Cope find the missing witch and put a stop to the diabolical goings on or will they become the next spirits haunting the ghost house?

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seven wishesSEVEN WISHES (THE CAELUM TRILOGY BOOK 1) by Serena Akeroyd

The threat of death isn’t new to Eve, but when she’s given the chance to escape her past, she prays her future will be brighter. How wrong she is. Raised in a cult, Eve has no understanding of the modern world. Targeted as a freak, a Pack of boys take her under their wing but one among them recognizes Eve for what she is. Trouble. And a threat. At Caelum, threats need eliminating…Eve survived her past, but what of her future?

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eight soulsEIGHT SOULS (THE CAELUM TRILOGY BOOK 2) by Serena Akeroyd

Caelum.
Home to ‘freaks’ the world over.
Haven to children declared insane by humans, but whose beautiful minds contain the souls of seven creatures. In the human world, they’re sick. Ill. Labeled schizophrenics at best, deviants at worst. At Caelum? They’re normal. More than that, they’re future warriors in a war no human knows is happening. Into this mix tumbles Eve. An oddball even among oddballs. Raised in a cult, she can’t handle a TV remote never mind news that she isn’t insane, is old enough to join the war effort, and oh, is mated to several males. Caelum is more of a home than she’s ever known but, just like in the New Order Cult that reared her, anyone out of the ordinary is a dead man walking.

And Eve? She doesn’t have seven souls like everyone else. She has eight. Dead woman walking?

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nine livesNINE LIVES (THE CAELUM TRILOGY BOOK 3) by Serena Akeroyd

The Ghoul population is on the increase.
FACT.
Creatures’ numbers are dwindling.
FACT.
Into this sorry state of affairs falls Eve. She’s abnormal in all the ways that count to humans, but at Caelum, where she should be among her peers?
Even here she’s weird. No woman has more than one mate. Eve? She has seven…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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guarded by vayneGUARDED BY VAYNE (CARNAL CREEK SHIFTERS BOOK 1) by Haley Weir

Dr. Zela Harpy’s is just as beautiful as she is brilliant.
Her world is turned upside down when a strangely unique case ends up on her desk.
Vayne and Valor Grimm are twin brothers who claim to be were-wolves at war with another pack.
Born into a cursed bloodline of Viking lords, Vayne Grimm has led a life of pleasure and recklessness.
Despite the insatiable passion she feels between herself and Vayne, Zela has no choice but to remove them from her life. After a jarring home invasion, the only thing standing between Zela and death is a beast with familiar glowing eyes.
Is there more than fate and instinct binding them to one another?

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three wishesTHREE WISHES (BLACKWELL DJINN) by Nikki Kardnov

As a djinn, Dae has spent the last several hundred years striking deals with humans and then twisting their wishes for his own amusement. These silly little mortals with their petty dramas and tiny life spans.

But then he makes a deal with Ashley, a bombshell office assistant: just the usual, three wishes, whatever her heart desires…and for some reason everything’s different. He’s never felt such a powerful attraction. He can’t keep his eyes—or his hands—off her luscious curves. He needs her in his arms. Needs her warm body beneath his, to hear her breathy gasps as she calls out his name. It’s more than that, though—it’s the connection between them. It’s like nothing he’s ever felt before…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
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LORD ROKKAN’S PRIVATE TOY by Hollie Hutchins

VS note: Not a fan of the cover.

“I like my breakfast to be served in my room.”
“You will make me my favorite dish for dinner.”
“You are here to serve your Prince. And you shall serve him well…” 
And what is a poor girl from District 1 to do?
Spill hot-boiling soup on the Prince’s face.
Jerk. 
He had it coming.
Of course, he sent me off to the dungeons.
I’ve never cried so hard in my entire life.
He shows up the next morning, his skin still red.
“I could have you hanged for this.”…(more blurb on ebook seller site…)

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piece of vampirePIECE OF VAMPIRE (HARET CHRONICLES QILIN BOOK 6) by Laurel Chase

One step forward, two steps back. Our enemies are out in the open now – we have them in our sights. Unfortunately, that means we’re more exposed than ever, too. We found the Qilin, but we’ve lost my vampire. My guys tell me he’ll be fine, but will we? Just when I think I have Haret figured out, I find a new piece to the puzzle. There are cities in the sky, magical creatures losing magic, and goddesses cracking under the pressure. We might even have to make a bargain with an old devil, just to survive. There’s a war coming, and everyone is choosing sides between the fae and the mages. I say it’s time a third party enters this circus ring. I’m Carlyle Licorne, and balancing the darkness starts with me.

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pretty bridePRETTY BRIDE by Kati Wilde

As keeper of a sacred oath, Aruk allows nothing to tempt him away from his duty. Not gold, not women, not power. So when the barbarian warrior is marooned in the middle of the ocean, his only thought is of escaping the island paradise and continuing his quest.

Until a pretty princess washes up onto the beach. Spoiled and disobedient, Jalisa should have been easy to resist. But when Aruk discovers the secrets concealed by her beautiful smile, he’ll have to decide between his duty and his heart.

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deaths angelDEATH’S ANGEL by Michael Mandrake

Death’s plan for revenge is derailed by his lust for one of the Creator’s angels.

Being second to Michael has never sat well with Allerio. Feeling slighted, he travels beyond the heavens, meeting a creature who informs him of his Father’s secrets. With curiosities niggling him, he challenges his god, seeking freedom from stringent rules. Though the prize might look wonderful on the surface, it comes with a heavy price the angel will bear for eternity.

Death’s banishment was only the beginning of his descent. Since then, he’s concocted a scheme to overthrow the highest being, proving him to be a liar. Although confident his plot will succeed, he convinces one of High’s top helpers to assist him. However, Death never intended for feelings of affection to consume him. Suddenly wrecking God’s perfection isn’t as important anymore.

Two gods join forces and become bonded in more ways than one. Can they overcome their emotions to achieve their ultimate goal?

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bear delta jamesBEAR: A DARK SHIFTER ROMANCE by Delta James

He was a man once, long ago. Now people say he is nothing more than a myth, a legend, a story locals tell one another around the campfire. The tale of the mountain man who became a bear.
But I know better. He saved my life, and he watches over me still. Because I belong to him.
The man in him is old-fashioned, from a time when a headstrong woman was taken over a knee, but the beast in him is as wild as this land itself, and when he claims me it will be truly savage.

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dragon rebel ophelia bellDRAGON REBEL (IMMORTAL DARGONS BOOK 4) by Ophelia Bell

If Assana looked up the word “nymphomaniac” in the dictionary, she might expect to find her own image in place of the definition, especially after meeting the immortal red dragon, Gavra. The timing couldn’t be worse for her to discover the mate that Fate intended—the one she’d be willing to let go of her tightly bound hold on her deepest sexual desires for—the one who literally drives her mad with lust. Now that she needs her sanity more than anything to regain control of her race’s home from her insane mother, she’s faced with the inconvenient desire to lose control and be that primal nymph she keeps locked inside.

Thank Gaia for Silas. The handsome young ursa male is blessed with magic that can calm the lust-filled madness threatening to consume Assana’s mind. She needs him more than ever now that she has no choice but to spend her days in close proximity to the dragon she desires, yet doesn’t dare touch lest she give in to that ancient, primal need all nymphaea are born with.

For red dragon Gavra, he can only put off having the beautiful nymph maiden for so long, or the ursa male who Fate has promised him. Once Assana’s crazy mother is out of the way, nothing will stop Gavra from claiming and marking them both as his.

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witchin sugarWITCHIN SUGAR: MAGIC AND MAYHEM UNIVERSE by Lisa Matthews

Merry Christmas! Yeah, yeah, I know it’s not really Christmas, but look! I have snow falling on my cottage and twinkling lights strung from here to there, and back again. And doesn’t it look adorable all decorated?

Okay, fine. I get it. You’re not into this Christmas in July thing. But what about cookies? You like sugar cookies, right? Me, too!

See, I had this grand plan to bake all the cookies this week, but that speck of dust on the recipe? Apparently, it wasn’t a speck of dust at all because I now have three old-fashioned, thieving ghosts in my kitchen…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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hound don't huntTHAT HOUND DON’T HUNT: MAGIC AND MAYHEM UNIVERSE (MAIDENS OF MAYHEM BOOK 1) by Julia Mills

Take…Seventeen screaming Shifters without a smidgen of sense…Five feathered femme fatales led by the most fantastic fuchsia Flamingo…One broken-down, bramble-covered, behemoth of a building called Bailmore Hall…  And a hot-as-homemade-sin hunk of a Hound Dog with hazel eyes who makes me huff and honk and think of humping.

Throw them all together in the backass Swamp on the wrong side of Tallullu Parrish, Louisiana, sprinkle with a dash of murder, a pinch of mystery, and a helluva lotta mayhem and you’ve got my life.

My name’s Maxine Monroe. We are the Maidens of Mayhem. Bodies buried with twenty-four-hour notice and a picture ID. Padded rooms and straight-jackets kept in the closet on the right ~ arranged according to size. And alibis provided upon request.

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dearly departedDEARLY DEPARTED: MAGIC AND MAYHEM UNIVERSE (POPPY CARLYLE CHRONICLES BOOK 2) by Boone Brux

My life as a grim reaper has weighed heavily on the lonely side here in West Virginia, but things are looking up. I’m finally dating Jax, the man of my dreams, and I have high hopes for a happily-ever-after. Unfortunately, he and I are about the only two that are excited about our burgeoning romance.

Our families have been feuding for decades and none of them are very happy that Jax and I are getting serious. The harder I try to keep my private life private, the more they pry. Even the dead are rising from the grave to put in their two cents, and there doesn’t seem to be anything I can do to stop this family drama. One thing is certain, somebody is about to get reaped.

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witch trippinWITCH TRIPPIN: MAGIC AND MAYHEM UNIVERSE (WITCHIN BOOK 3) by Claudy Conn

Okay, I broke a rule—who doesn’t? But sending me off to a place called Assjacket was the outside of cruel. I am a party witch, born and bred in New Orleans. Assjacket is off the charts a nowhere zone.But no sooner did we land there, when this hunk of a hybrid walked in the door and oh hell, my body reacted, my thighs clenched. Who knew there was so much trouble and there was, in a place called Assjacket, West Virginia!

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oops I hexed it againOOPS, I HEXED IT AGAIN: MAGIC AND MAYHEM UNIVERSE (HEX DRIVE BOOKJ 2) by Renee George

Witch Gigi Wise, the Bravo Team leader for the Rogue Magic Control Agency, has two rules in life. One, the job comes first. Always. Two, when it comes to romance, see rule one. She was almost dumb enough to break Rule #1 for magically delicious Monty Abadose who is, unfortunately, the Alpha Team leader for the RMCA. But, hey, what are the chances she’ll ever have to work with the magical Lothario again?

Turns out the odds are not ever in her favor when it comes to Monty. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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jinxerellaJINXERELLA: MAGIC AND MAYHEM UNIVERSE  (JINXED BY LOVE BOOK 2) by Cherie Marks

It’s like she’s been jinxed, but what are the odds of that? The opportunity of a lifetime is here, if she can get over her shyness long enough to play tennis in front of a packed crowd. Maybe wearing a magical glamour…and not sucking…is the answer she needs to change her life forever.

Of course, the heartbreaker has been a bad, bad boy. Magnus Cruze is the most popular tennis player on the Paranormal Professional Tennis Players’ Tour. Now, he’s back in his hometown of Asscrack to garner some positive public relations to save his career. He just has to be the perfect poster-boy of good behavior and not mess up again. That means keeping his hands off of Ella Mae…er…Tater Tate…or any other tennis player he comes across.

Tennis can’t fix everything, but when jinxes fly faster than tennis balls, tell ’em to kiss your ace!

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witch way aroundWITCH WAY AROUND: MAGIC AND MAYHEM UNIVERSE by Kate Richards

Angie Baybee Jewel, is a timid soul, who never goes out on a limb and only wants to spend her life designing beautiful gardens. Her magic is of the landscaping variety, and it’s not so much magic as a green thumb. But she’s talented in that department despite her self doubt, making her a very welcome guest at the Witch Way Inn in the High Sierras. One of the few witch-owned establishments that welcomes all magical and non-magical people, it’s a beautiful home refurbished by her cousin Karina, and Angie is considering staying a bit and taking on more duties between her landscaping jobs because it’s calm…mostly. At least she has her quiet suite when predator shifters come to stay.

Kit Wilde is a tiger shifter. He’s hot, sexy, and daring, is the ringmaster of the circus and the operator of the largest traveling Ferris wheel in the West. He loves travel and excitement and new challenges but feels a call to return home to take up duties as alpha of his tiger streak. Meeting Angie adds a whole new level of worry to his life. The alpha tiger cannot marry a witch. But will the woman his tiger swears is his mate be willing to run away with the circus?

Angie and Kit know they have something special when they set eyes on each other but it seems their destinies lie too far apart to ever find one together. A witch with little or no magic and a tiger alpha who travels with the circus? Impossible? Or not.

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ruby t l christiansonRUBY (SHADES OF RED MOROI SOCIETY BOOK 3) by T L Christianson

Caught between an influential vampire clan leader and a sexy human bounty hunter, Hazel Richards, unfortunately, can’t have them both.

Finding herself kicked out of her clan, job, and Manhattan apartment, Hazel teams up with bounty hunter Alexei. Their target is the Butcher, a notorious killer of Vampires. During the investigation, sparks fly between the two. However, Hazel’s clan leader, Aurev, won’t escape her mind. She’s been close to him for almost 80 years. Surely, she’d know if Aurev wanted more…or would she?

When a cryptic thumb drive comes in Hazel’s life, it implicates her clan and could spell ruin for them all. Alexei already has a job, but he’s willing to abandon a rich reward to help solve the mystery. But he might not help her if he knows that she’s devoted to her leader. Is Aurev really unattainable or has he harbored feelings for Hazel all along? Is Alexei who she really wants or is he just a backup?

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spellbound captiveSPELLBOUND CAPTIVE (BEWITCHING THE BEAST BOOK 2) by Tamara Hughes

She’s enchanted by a beast. He’s enchanted by her.

Freed from possession, Kade Rennick is obsessed with ridding the world of dragon spirits—especially the one that infected him with its spawn. But first he must get past the beautiful yet confused witch who is protecting the beast.

Enthralled by the monster that has control of her childhood friend, Faith Edwards doesn’t always understand why she makes the choices she does, but one thing is for certain. She will stop at nothing to save her friend and free herself from the nightmare she’s been living in for the last twelve years.

Despite Kade’s insistence that her mission is a lost cause, their attraction for each other intensifies. When Faith crafts a powerful spell that will open a portal to the dragon spirit realm, Kade must stop her, no matter what it takes. Humanity hangs in the balance.

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enemy mate lj redENEMY MATE: BLOODLINE WARRIORS: SHADOW by L J Red

Talon is ready to die. A savage vampire assassin, he has led a life of violence, raining terror and death on enemies of the Shadow. His heart is encased in ice and he can barely remember any emotion that isn’t brutal rage.

Until he meets Eden—a captivating vampire from the enemy Bloodline terrorizing Chicago, and Talon’s fated soulmate. No matter how hard he fights his desire, the soulmate bond is too strong to break.

Eden hates being a vampire. All she wants to do is keep her sister safe from the mistakes she’s made. But can she trust the wildly attractive warrior to protect her? Talon seems to despise her, yet he defends her with a fierceness that shocks her to the core.

Pulled into the deadly, seductive world of the vampire elite, Eden can’t understand the desire burning between them. As the two fight their feelings, the war between the Bloodlines threatens to swallow the entire city. Can they accept their soulmate bond in time to save each other from the evil around them?

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heart of sherwoodHEART OF SHERWOOD by Edale Lane

VS Note: OK, this is from OCT 2018 but I just recently saw it mentioned in my twitter feed… it’s an F/F take on Robin Hood, which is so different…

When Robyn’s father and brother are killed in the Third Crusade, she is banished from her manor home and branded a traitor by the Sheriff of Nottingham. Disguised as a boy, she joins Little John and the rest of the gang in Sherwood Forest—and soon finds herself their leader.

Queen Eleanor suspects Prince John is up to no good, and colluding with Sir Guy and the Sheriff of Nottingham. To learn more, she engages Maid Marian as a spy—and unwittingly reunites Marian with her old childhood friend, Robyn. Together, the women help the queen acquire the funds needed to free King Richard and help Nottinghamshire—and perhaps fall in love along the way.

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hexxedHEXXED (WITCHES OF THE BIG EASY BOOK 1) by Shannon West

Self-exiled to New York for the past two years, Nic Gaudet never planned to return to New Orleans. But with the mysterious death of an old man named Abel Delessard, a member of a family of Cajun witches who were his own family’s greatest enemies, it seems he has fallen under suspicion of murder. He’s been accused by none other than the man’s grandson—and Nic’s former lover—Thibeau Delessard. Nic is furious and travels to confront Thibeau and his family in an official capacity—Nic is a member of the Legislateurs, the governing body of all the magic practitioners in the Big Easy, both the living and the undead. What he doesn’t expect is for all his old feelings for Beau to come rushing back in the moment he sees him again.
Thibeau Delessard had an excellent and heartbreaking reason to break up with Nic two years earlier, but it hasn’t been anything he could tell him until now. Secrets and lies separate them now as they did in the past, but soon, they find themselves back in love and back in danger…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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in for a spellIN FOR A SPELL (THE MAGICAL MATCHMAKER SERIES BOOK 4) by Sharon Clare

Be careful what you wish for. You may be in for a spell … from which you can’t escape.
Maisie Armstrong wishes desperately to change her life, but when she suddenly finds herself in 1790 Scotland, lying about her identity, betrothed to a cursed laird whose wives die untimely deaths and scrutinized by his dangerously sexy brother, she must do things she never wished for.

To escape the ugly gossip about him, Thane McKendrick plans to leave Scotland forever, as soon as his brother is wed to the beautiful lass just arrived from the Americas. Maisie’s secrets make him suspicious of her motives, protective of the McKendrick mill he planned to leave behind and second-guessing not only the woman meant to marry his brother, but his own salacious thoughts.

Finn, the magical matchmaking elf, has come to eighteenth-century Scotland to find a missing spell book and study the strange energy he sees around humans. If this is love, what is it good for? When he challenges a lovely matchmaker to a contest, he begins to question if he can follow through with the king’s orders and destroy human lives.

Despite the magical matchmaking efforts going on around her, Maisie must not fall in love with Thane. She can’t stay in a century where telling the truth means losing him forever.

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promised to the alphasPROMISED TO THE ALPHAS: A REVERSE HAREM OMEGAVERSE DARK ROMANCE (WAXING CRESCENT BOOK 3) by Jasmine Mills

All I ever wanted was to be like everybody else. But I’m not. I’m an omega, subject to my pack’s rules and traditions. Without my knowledge, my parents promised my hand in marriage to two alphas.

Each.

Now all four alphas are saying I’m theirs, and I’m bound by shifter law to be their mate.
If they can unlock my submissive nature, maybe they can make me fall in love with them.
But does love even matter when I was promised to the alphas?

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risque businessRISQUE BUSINESS (LORDS OF LYSUHOHL by L C Alleyne

Lars Thorrson, human bodyguard to the Anda dragon shifter clan, is taking a needed vacation in Hawaii, but his attention is pleasantly distracted by a woman who doesn’t meet his usual standards.

Victoria Anderson’s trip is a vacation in disguise. A redeemed thief, she’s recruited by the FBI to reconnaissance a drug dealer’s plantation in order to clear her brother’s name. But the hot, sultry weather, along with a blond Viking whose heated gaze is always on her, makes it difficult to concentrate on her mission.

When everything goes wrong, and Lars discovers her dangerous secret, he doesn’t hesitate to risk his life to keep Victoria safe.

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hostile magicHOSTILE MAGIC (WILD MAGIC BOOK 2) by Eileen Troemel

Tensions rise between the leaders of Linos and Scons. Linos increases their soldiers at the border. War looms on the horizon.
Refugees flee from hunters into Scons. Garlen wants to protect them but prophecy warns of danger and betrayal.
Garlen sets aside his lingering distrust of magic and Mallory to protect his new daughter, Arial and his province.
Family – is it those you’re born to or those you love? Mallory meets her blood family. Anger clouds her judgement. Will her emotions cause harm to the family of her heart?

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pavoPAVO (DRAGON KING BOOK 1) by S Cinders

This is a story about Pavo, the dragon realm, and the four dominant Dragon Kings who rule there. For years there has been a liaison between the realms to supply the lusty dragons with sensual companionship. Zoe, a voluptuous librarian, accidentally stumbles upon the earthly portal and is transported to Pavo. Upon first glance of her beauty, Cane knows that he must have her in his bed – no matter the cost. Zoe finds herself drawn to the alpha dragon king and his fiery temperament. But a dragon could never mate with a human – could he?

Meanwhile, a sinister evil far greater than anything they have yet faced is coming for their kind. Thankfully, they have allies: wild, sensual creatures with scales and wings. They are ancient beasts that have sworn to protect the five realms.

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sky lords mateSKY LORD’S MATE (SIN AND SALVATION BOOK 1) by Alana Serra and Holly Lexington

VS Note: Authors state the books end on cliffhangers.

My whole life, I’ve never been anything special. I’ve struggled for every penny, every grade, and every opportunity. When there’s a chance to make some extra cash, I’m all in–right into another realm, and a war between angels and demons. Now a hotter than hellfire demon warlord is saying I’m his mate. He offers me a bite of the sweetest forbidden fruit, everything I’ve always wanted. But this place isn’t my home, and as I’m caught between two worlds, I can’t tell if I’m careening towards sin or salvation.

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sky lords desireSKY LORD’S DESIRE (SIN AND SALVATION BOOK 2) by Alana Serra and Holly Lexington

VS Note: Authors state the books end on cliffhangers.

It’s hard to resist a demon warlord. Aramon is everything I never knew I wanted, and he’s completely devoted to my happiness. When there’s a chance to get back to Earth, I find myself wondering if that’s really what I want. But my heart–and an unexpected enemy–may have other plans.

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alaskan magicALASKAN MAGIC: SHADOWS OF ALASKA BOOK 1 by CC Dragon

Paranormal kids begin disappearing at higher rates, and the only people who can save them are at odds.

FBI Special Agent Dot Foster keeps tabs on magical cases, but even with everything she’s seen over the years, her most recent case has her stumped.

The only thing half-fae Dot can tell for certain is that dark supernatural forces are behind it. With her human partner out of commission, Dot drags a former agent onto the case. Mason is smart, hot, and magical. They have a complicated past, but she didn’t expect him to be a distraction.

Mason’s much younger sister might be the next target. He’s not willing to trust anyone else to save her…but if he doesn’t respect Dot’s unique gifts, his stubbornness may cost them all their lives.

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mad moonMAD MOON (HIGH PLAINS DRIFTERS BOOK 6) by Regina Carlysle

Madden Moon knows what the woman is the second she walks into the old café. Shifter. Wolf. Trouble. Struck by her beauty and the air of exhaustion about her, the leader of the Texas Rogues wishes her straight out of town. But as the mating energy of their species sizzles between them and her enemies approach, Madden has no alternative but to bring the beautiful lycan under his protection and into his bed.
Runaway Lana Vronski is in big trouble. As she races through the woods, local wolves in hot pursuit, she believes all is lost until she’s rescued by oh-so-sexy Madden. When he offers her sanctuary and sex hot enough to singe them both, she accepts his proposal. But it isn’t until the mating heat between them burns wildly out of control that Lana learns her true salvation awaits in his arms. Lana’s enemies are relentless, however, and will stop at nothing to rip her from the arms of the man she loves.

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mauledMAULED (URBAN JUNGLE BOOK 1) by Espen Arcadia

Trent, powerful jaguar shifter, and one of the biggest business names in Chicago, has a lot on his plate. He’s taken on the role as leader of the urban shifters and finds himself at odds with the surrounding rural community. His latest plan to buy land from the country shifters, with the promise of a better future for them, has them up in arms.

When they grow desperate enough, the rural leaders call on Ash, a fox shifter with ‘skills’. His job is to take the high and mighty and bring them crashing down from their own hubris and corruption. Born and raised in Chicago, Ash returns to his home city, with his crafty gaze set on destroying Trent’s career.

When the two meet, personalities and intentions will bounce and crash off of one another. Sparks will fly, and secrets will come pouring out of the shadows. Ash and Trent will deal with not only with their growing attraction to one another, but getting caught in the middle of a deadly scheme.

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caught claire cullenCAUGHT (SIREN COVE BOOK 5) by Claire Cullen

Rafael is about to betray his oldest friends. Traveling to the Cove under the guise of friendship, Rafe is there for one reason and one reason only— to steal a siren. Drawn to Skye from the moment their eyes meet, he finds himself torn, but there are no good choices here.

You’re supposed to run away from a predator not toward them.
Raised among humans, Skye isn’t a typical siren. He comes to the Cove to see Aden, but he stays because of Rafael. When he feels the wolf’s eyes on him, he knows he’s being hunted. But in Rafe’s gaze, he sees something more.

Stealing Skye is the lesser of two evils.
With his pack at Magnar’s mercy, Rafe has no choice but to do the unthinkable. The siren makes it all too easy, leaving Rafe to war with his own feelings, his guilt, and the unearned trust he sees in Skye’s eyes.

“You always have a choice.” Skye should have known better than to put his curiosity above his own safety, especially when it comes to Rafe. But with their very existence at stake, Rafe is their best chance of survival. The alpha is deeply troubled, and Skye wants — he needs — to help. Even if it means throwing himself headlong into the path of danger and into Rafael’s arms.

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spellbinders denialA SPELLBINDER’S DENIAL (THE ORDER OF THE BLACK OAK – WARLOCKS BOOK 5) by Marie-Claude Bourque

THE SPELLBINDER: Billionaire spellbinder Duke Morgan is a warlock in name only. Riddled with guilt after his unleashed powers wrecked lives decades ago, he vowed to deny his blood legacy and use his wealth to make amends. But when the woman he’s been trying to forget crosses his path, even his fortune won’t be enough to protect her.

THE BANSHEE: Savvy banshee Sloane Davenport will do anything to provide and care for her adopted baby girl, even accepting to move in with Duke to give the tragically-orphaned child a better life. But when all she sees is death, his resources and her love won’t be enough. The undead are after banshee’s blood and only warlock sorcery has a chance to defeat them.

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mermaids songMERMAID’S SONG (DARK SEA ACADEMY BOOK 1) by Stacy Claflin

I’m Marra Ayers, a mermaid pretending to be human. Or at least, I was. It’s over now that my uncle died, making my dad the new king of Valora. My parents are dragging me away from the life I love to our undersea kingdom. And to make matters worse, everybody hates us.

My parents send me straight to the Dark Sea Academy, where the building is creepy and the students are worse. The dean pairs me with a student to show me the ropes.

I get stuck with Bash, who’s one wrong move from being expelled, and showing me around is his latest punishment. He’s as gorgeous as he is arrogant. And an incredible guitarist, as it turns out. Not that it matters. We can’t stand each other…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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servants and the beastTHE SERVANTS AND THE BEAST by Various

You think you know the story – prince gets cursed, girl meets Beast, they fall in love and live happily ever after. If only it was that simple. But dating is tough even in the best of circumstances.Ever since the fateful day when we let that horrible Good Fairy into the castle, our lives have been on hold. When she turned our bad-tempered prince into a Beast, she lumped us, his loyal servants, into the curse too, just because she assumed his rude behavior was our fault. Theodore the butler should never have let her inside, and the rest of us should have helped bar the door.Now Theodore is an armchair, and we’re all trying to carry on our duties as a piano, a coat rack, a bookcase and the like. At least we have Robert to clean up the pink sparkles piling in the corners from the Good Fairy’s curse, since he’s a mop now. We know we just need the Beast to fall in love to break the spell. We’re all doing whatever we can to help him find True Love, one visitor at a time, hoping the right person finally comes along–but will the Beast ever learn to love?

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hunt for havarlorn hillsTHE HUNT FOR HAVERLORN HILLS (THE FATE OF THE WORLD TREE BOOK 2) by Mirajane

Somehow I knew I would regret meeting Avery Fletcher. I wanted her like I had never wanted anyone before. And it was going to get us both killed.I vowed my sword, and my life, to her the night she decided to join Odin’s Shadow. And I immediately regretted it. Every minute spent in Alfheim is borrowed time. And I don’t know if I can handle it when ours runs out. But I have to protect her from her guild—and herself. Even if it means facing my greatest fears while the game itself turns on us. Something’s coming for all of us. I won’t lose her. I can’t.

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freeing fortuneFREEING FORTUNE by Ashley J Barner and Jennifer Sanders

Linnea Santiago loves everything about Ben Fortune. Sadly, he’s a fictional character. And now he’s standing in her living room. Mr. Fortune was supposed to remain the hero of Linnea’s favorite Regency romance, Fortune’s Folly. But Linnea has stumbled across a magic spell in the library archives, and now Ben Fortune is real, adjusting to the 21st century—and changing the plot in every copy of Fortune’s Folly, wreaking havoc by his absence. Worse yet, his young sister is now in danger, and he needs to go back into the book to save her.

Can Linnea find the right spell to send him back to fictional Regency England—and does she even want to?

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warriors promiseA WARRIOR’S PROMISE BOOK 1 by Minerva Vesta

VS Note: A historical fantasy which author states ends in a cliffhanger.

They could be heard from miles away, Warriors, galloping across the countryside. The echo of their horses’ hooves and the clanging metal of their armor filtered through the mist that floated low atop the hills. When the men won a battle, the spoils of war always accompanied them back to the kingdom. Most often it was weapons, cattle, or new able-bodied men, who would eventually join their cause, rarely was their trophy a woman.

Rheon McEachern was a man of honor. He’d fought his way up through the ranks from soldier to General. When his king’s wish for more power caused a shift in his beliefs, Rheon begins to question what exactly he was fighting for.

Deep in the countryside of the warring kingdom, Samaria lived a simple life with her only living relative, until tragedy struck, leaving her orphaned. The change could not come at a worse time as the never-ending war reaches her little village. In a split-second decision Rheon with no choice but to take her as a spoil of war…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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ninepenny elementTHE NINEPENNY ELEMENT by K L Noone

Verity Friday has been a good witch all her life: good at anticipating her coven’s needs, good at looking out for her little brother, good at helping others. She’s never been the most powerful or the most gifted at magic, but she knows she’s made a difference.

But now her brother’s moved out and found love, and Verity’s feeling more alone than ever despite her coven family. Meeting her brother’s boyfriend doesn’t help — they’re so obviously happy, and Verity’s happy for them, but she’s starting to think about what she might want for herself … and about the gorgeous lawyer she’s just literally run into outside a bookshop.

Successful lawyer Amelia Burne is having a terrible day. She’d swear someone’s cursed her with bad luck, but magic isn’t, right?

Except the self-proclaimed witch she’s just run into claims it is … and Lia actually is cursed. Lia isn’t sure she believes this unlikely story, but Verity seems serious and wants to help, and maybe it’s worth a try. Because when Verity smiles, the whole world gets brighter … just like magic.

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reign of mistREIGN OF MIST: BOOK OF SINDAL BOOK TWO by D G Swank

Rowan might be the firstborn of the Whelan sisters, but her magic is far from first class. Outshone by her younger sisters’ rare and powerful gifts hasn’t been easy, but she has always taken her position as leader of their family seriously. Even more seriously when her sisters are endangered and they lose—yet again—the Book of Sindal, a magical tome of evil spells and incantations their small coven of three has been tasked to protect.

When the Dark Set, a group of mages determined to take over the magical community, comes for Rowan, she turns to an unexpected and very human source. Local cop Logan Gillespie might not be a mage, but he’s not to be underestimated.

The question is why Rowan? As the weakest witch, she shouldn’t be of interest to the Dark Set. Yet they’re sure she’s the secret to unlocking the power of the book.

Can she convince them they’re wrong? She has to find a way because the lives of her sisters, Logan, and possibly the world depend on it.

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dead seaDEAD SEA (CHRONICLES OF DEADWORLD BOOK 3) by Debbie Cassidy

When war knocks on the door, burying your head in the sand won’t make it leave. Death called and I answered. Now Genesis is coming for us. But with the council making every excuse not to listen to my warnings, there’s no other option but to plot behind their backs. Time is limited.

The sea kingdom awaits, and the sea king isn’t the kind of man to accept a rain check. It means the guys and I will need to hold fire on our plan to pinpoint Genesis’s location. Let’s just hope that the shit stays away from the fan until my return… Let’s hope it doesn’t follow me.

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sharing spellTHE SHARING SPELL (MATES AND MAGIC) by Jade Alters

I know my way around a spell or two. Not enough to play around with a force like love though it seems.
All I wanted to do was make some creep leave me alone.
One mistake, one wrong ingredient, and now I’m getting hounded by practically every last man who even looks at me.
When four hot police officers show up to take my statement though, I wonder if the spell won’t work out to my benefit after all. Should I feel guilty when they vow to protect me?
I could tell them that it’s just a spell gone wrong, but do I want to?
For some reason, I could start to believe those looks in their eyes.
Maybe what they are feeling isn’t just the result of one simple spell gone wrong.
Anything is possible, they’ve got their own shifty secrets.

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marked and brokenTHE MARKED AND THE BROKEN (THE LOST SENTINEL BOOK 3) by Ivy Asher

My name is Vinna, and my magic is an asshole. I mean, what else would you call it when it does whatever it wants, whenever it wants?
Now I have Enoch and his coven looking at me like I’m the one, and a bunch of pissed off Chosen.
I have no answers and no time to deal with this shit. Lachlan and Keegan managed to get themselves caught by Adriel, the big bad lamia who murders and hunts Sentinels.
Time is running out, and If my Chosen and I can’t get battle ready, then we’re destined to become more names on the list of the missing.
It’s time to meet the lamia who’s been coming for me my whole life. It’s time to do what no one else has been able to do. It’s time to cut the fucker’s head off.

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tethered to the worldTETHERED TO THE WORLD (A PHANTOM TOUCHED NOVEL BOOK 1) by Stacey Brutger

Born with the ability to defy death, Annora has been warned to keep her gift secret, but her greedy uncle can’t resist exploiting her by any means necessary. Starvation, beatings, broken bones–she’s survived them all and emerged stronger. But it’s not enough for him. It will never be enough. When she discovers her uncle plans to sell her to the highest bidder, she risks everything to escape the prison that has become her life.

The last thing she expected was to land at a university for supernaturals…or be paired with a pack of men as broken as her. As students go missing, Annora can’t get over the suspicion that she’s being hunted. To protect her, the guys must set aside their personal troubles and begin working as a team. But as her past collides with her present, she must make the ultimate sacrifice and expose her secrets to save the guys who’ve become more than family to her…and hope she’s strong enough to live with the consequences.

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moonstruckMOONSTRUCK (CROSSBREED SERIES BOOK 7) by Dannika Dark

Transporting goods is part of the job, but when Keystone accepts the daunting task of moving precious cargo, the team splits up. Raven has orders to follow, but Christian’s seductive ways draw out her violent soul. Their journey is dangerous, their enemies ruthless, and one misstep could prove fatal.

When one team member mysteriously vanishes, the rest must choose between cutting their losses in the face of chaos or seeing it through to the bitter end. Will Keystone have the fortitude to complete the mission, or will they fall like dominoes?

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Trapped on TalonqueVS: This week I’m featuring TRAPPED ON TALONQUE from my backlist because the planet is hot (like summer here in the USA), the human prisoners have to learn and win a sacred ball game to survive and there’s an ancient alien Sleeping Beauty plot…plus I had all kinds of fun writing it.

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 sapicheand 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?

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

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The term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. I try to catch up on ones I missed in recent months.  And I may mention ‘special items’.

I do NOT cover every single new release in SFR/FantasyR/PNR. I never have. That would be an impossible task for any human! I assemble my list every week based on various informal inputs, and I do curate the list to some extent…

I check and verify all the buy links at the time I create the post  but after that I’m not responsible.

Unable to Move Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedTaking excerpts from CAMRON, my latest scifi romance release…

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!)

Punctuation may be wonky to comply with our guidelines here. May be edited a bit from published version.

If you haven’t read any of my Badari Warriors books, here’s the background:

Genetically engineered soldiers of the far future, the Badari were created by alien enemies to fight humans. But then the scientists kidnapped an entire human colony from the Sectors to use as subjects in twisted experiments…the Badari and the humans made common cause, rebelled and escaped the labs. Now they live side by side in a sanctuary valley protected by a powerful Artificial Intelligence, and wage unceasing war on the aliens. 

The excerpt – continuing on from where we left off, inside the crashed flyer, where Gemma goes to help another prisoner who survived the crash:

She climbed on the debris where his litter sat precariously and worked on the clamps restraining him, “Are you okay? No pain anywhere?”

“I think there may be internal injuries but I’ll heal,” He sounded so eerily calm she assumed he was in shock.

She got the clamps to retract and stood back, waiting for him to rise, “Well, come on.”

He grimaced and she noticed his eyes were blazing pools of light in the dim, smoky cabin, “I can’t move.”

She stepped closer and ran her hands over his limbs, assessing the bones. Not unexpectedly his pulse was fast, but strong.  “I’m not finding anything obviously wrong. Do you have sensation in your extremities? Are you paralyzed?” Sparks flew from a panel between her and the only way out of the flyer and she cringed but continued her rapid exam, “There’s no blood, reflexes seem in order—”

“Drugged – I can’t do anything unless I’m ordered to do so.”

Gemma pushed her hair out of her eyes, noticing a bad scratch on her lower arm, “I don’t understand.”

“Lady, we don’t have time to chitchat – order me to get to my feet and then tell me to get you out of here.”

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But Gemma isn’t ready to leave the flyer yet….

Note: It’s been well established in the series that the Khagrish have an insidious drug which robs the Badari of the power to move independently and can drive them insane if overused. Camron was injected with this drug by the Khagrish scientist earlier in the book to render him compliant.

camronThe blurb:

Dr. Gemma Madarian is far from her home in the human Sectors, kidnapped along with hundreds of other humans to be used for horrifying experiments conducted on a remote planet by alien scientists.

She and another prisoner, Camron of the Badari, are the only survivors of a deadly crash landing. She’s paired up with the genetically engineered soldier by their mutual enemies and sent fleeing through rough country, hunted for pleasure by an enemy officer and his ferocious trackers.

The enemy wants a triumphant kill. Gemma and Camron want to survive.

Camron never dreamt of having a mate but Gemma shatters his preconceptions and makes him desperate to do everything in his power to save her life and claim her for his.

There’s no help or refuge to be had in the desert where they’re fleeing for their lives.
Or is there?

Will Camron and Gemma live to fight another day and explore the growing attraction between them, or will ancient secrets and bitter rivalries end their bid for freedom?

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BadariWarriorsBoxSetFinalNew to my award winning Badari Warriors series? There’s a box set of the first 3 books!

There’s no new material included, other than a brief recap of why I wrote each book (which appeared in previous blog posts) But I thought it was time to put the books together!

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