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

timturA new one from yours truly this week!

As 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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TIMTUR: THE TEACHER’S ALIEN HEALER (BADARI WARRIORS): IN THE STARS ROMANCE by ME!!!

VS Note: The events in TIMTUR actually come right after book 2 of the numbered series, so I was thrilled to offer this book under the  In the Stars Romance banner and will resume my normal covers and numbering next month with GABE (book 5 of the series). So this book would be book 2.5 in the numbering sequence. A bit of a flashback to how Timtur and Lily came to be mates.  65K words. Sorry to be confusing! All the books can be read as standalones.

Far from her home in the human Sectors after the mass kidnapping, teacher Lily Garrison is making a niche for herself in the valley by running a school for the Badari young. Although she yearns for Timtur, the pack’s healer, another Badari male has his eye on her and won’t take no for an answer.

Timtur feels the weight and responsibility of being the pack’s only healer, constantly on call as the soldiers fight ferocious battles against the alien scientists and their troops. With scarcely a moment to himself, he’s drawn to the gentle Lily but worries he won’t be able to juggle his duties, his loyalty to the pack and a relationship with a human woman.

When Lily’s stalker takes direct action to kidnap her and steal her from the safety of the valley, she’s forced to reach deep inside to find the strength to battle for her life. Timtur realizes too late how foolish he’s been to resist the bond with his fated mate and leads the rescue effort.

Before this situation can be resolved both will have to put their lives on the line and decide what really matters in a dangerous world ruled by the enemy.

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releasing the dragonRELEASING THE DRAGON (BRIDES OF THE KINDRED) by Evangeline Anderson

VS Note: I always enjoy her steamy scifi!

Back in high school, Annie Michaels was an outcast. Too short and plump with frizzy red hair, glasses, and braces, she was the poster child for unpopular. But now, ten years later, things have changed. Annie is still plus-sized but she’s ditched the glasses and braces and pays to have her hair straightened. She just wants to go to her high school reunion in peace and try to hook up with her old crush—the elusive Christian Wentworth.
Too bad a tall, dark Kindred warrior has other ideas for her.

Drugair of the Drake Kindred is annoyed when he starts Dream-Sharing with the luscious little redhead. He doesn’t have time to call a bride and besides, as a member of the Kindred Elite Espionage Corps, his job is too difficult and dangerous to complicate matters with a helpless Earth female. It also doesn’t help that he has a Darker Side—the Drake who lives inside him wants to claim Annie as theirs but Dru does everything he can to suppress it’s fiery desires. He tries to ignore the dreams and finds he can’t…he has to go to Annie.

But just because she’s been dreaming of Dru doesn’t mean Annie’s willing to drop everything and be his bride. It’s only after he rescues her from the reunion gone wrong that she begins to feel for him—enough that she stows away on his ship and gets caught up in his latest mission, tracking a terrorist to the Shadow Palace in the Maw Cluster millions of light years away.

While in the Shadow Palace, Annie has to pose as Dru’s x’aan-chow or “sex pet.” This new twist in their relationship brings them closer together but when Annie is threatened, Dru’s Darker Half takes over. When the Drake comes out, will it bring them closer together? Or will they both die as a result?
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ascension grace goodwinASCENSION SAGA 1 (INTERSTELLAR BRIDES ASCENSION SAGA) by Grace Goodwin

VS Note: I really enjoy her sexy scifi. This is on my TBR list. She also put out the second book in the series at the same time. This blurb is from book one.

Leoron of Alera returns home from the Hive wars determined to protect the capital city—and last bastion of a vanished Queen’s reign—from civil war. Loyal to the bone, Leo answers the call from Prime Nial and vows to protect at any cost three unknown females arriving from Earth.

But the simple soldier is unprepared for the shock of desire that brings him to his knees at first sight of Trinity Jones. Nothing makes sense as Leo fights friend and foe alike, and discovers the woman stealing his heart has a destiny beyond anything he could have imagined.

Welcome to the Interstellar Brides® all new Ascension Saga and the planet Alera, where women from Earth not only find their mates, but fight to rule the world.

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dark soulDARK SOUL (FROM THE STARS BOOK 2) by G Bailey

While trying to get used to the new world Ura has found herself thrown into, protecting those she cares about seems impossible. With the threat of losing her mother, Ura has no choice but to do as she is told, and hope that Maxx will help her.

The clans are at war, and it is said only the True Light can stop it before it destroys another planet…and nothing will be left.
The prophecy is awakening…and only one soul can stop it.

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beth and the barbarianBETH AND THE BARBARIAN (ALIEN ABDUCTION BOOK 2) by Honey Phillips

Hypersensitive to the emotions of others, Beth is resigned to spending her life alone – until she is attacked by savage aliens. Rescued by a massive scarred warrior, she feels a connection for the first time. With a chance to finally escape her loneliness, she doesn’t hesitate when he informs her she must accompany him.

Dragar never expected to find the perfect female while tracking one of the saboteurs targeting his people. A former Outcast, he is scarred inside and out, and knows that he is unworthy of a mate. His instincts insist he protect the innocent female from all danger – even his own rampant attraction – but he can’t resist her innocent allure.

Now Beth and Dragar are being pursued across the galaxy. The time on the run is only forcing them closer together. Can Dragar put aside his troubled past and give Beth the love she deserves? Or will they both end up alone again?

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krinars informantTHE KRINAR’S INFORMANT: A KRINAR WORLD NOVEL by Charmaine Pauls

Zavir is a guardian. He’s the best the Krinar has. His assigned vocation is to uncover the Resistance movements popping up around the earth, and eliminate them. New information about a fast-growing Resistance camp sends him to Costa Rica, home of the largest Krinar Center. His informant is a human girl. She wants to make a deal–her traitorous family’s lives in exchange for information–but Zavir doesn’t make deals, and he takes no prisoners. When the time comes to wipe out the secret organization, his pretty, innocent little mole will learn the truth. She made a deal with the devil, and the price is something far more tantalizing than information.

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upheavalUPHEAVAL (RISE OF THE ILIRI BOOK 8) by Auryn Hadley

It’s the dead of winter, and the Terrans hold the line as the Conglomeration is holed-up in a makeshift camp, prickly with nervous excitement, preparing for a massive offensive into wealthy Merriton—the gaudy Conglomerate city in which Sal was enslaved as a child. But the next battle will have to wait. Sometimes, things even more personal than war get in the way—like hormones.

Unimaginably powerful Salryc Luxx, Kaisae of all Iliri and de facto Queen of the Conglomerate forces, is finally brought to her knees—by ovulation. So is Shade, her partbred iliri warrior-sister. To avoid hormonal confusion, and, well, the entire Black Blades from instinctively tearing each other and all other male allies apart with protective rage and sexual prowess, all parties are separated—iliri from humans, men from women, Sal from her pack—stuck in a holding pattern while the battle lines move closer. And nobody is more annoyed by being cooped up with nothing to do than Sal.

When the women finally free themselves from self-imposed quarantine (and and reforge their sexual bonds with their mates), it’s back to work. The allies continue to collaborate, this time enacting a meticulously-laid plan to quietly infiltrate Terric’s diamond of a city as spies. Part of the fun in this volume is the detailed unfolding of the riveting military plot, which has all the thrills of a Russian spy novel.

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phantoms stephanie osbornPHANTOMS (DIVISION ONE BOOK 8) by Stephanie Osborn

VS Note: I had literally NO IDEA what this book was about, from the blurb, so I pulled the following paragraph from the description of Book 1:

…the urban legend of the unique group of men and women who show up at UFO sightings, alien abductions, etc. and make things…disappear…to craft her vision of the universe we don’t know about. Her new series, Division One, chronicles this universe through the eyes of recruit Megan McAllister, aka Omega, and her experienced partner, Echo, as they handle everything from lost alien children to extraterrestrial assassination attempts and more.

Blurb for PHANTOMS (Book 8): Has Alpha One been played?
At long last, Echo and Omega are going on their first real date, and Echo pulls out all the stops.
But when he introduces Omega to a Broadway star, they find art imitating life, as a dangerous nonhuman entity plagues the theater.
Alpha One goes undercover to bring to light what’s really happening. But is the entity after the show’s leads…or have Echo and Omega been played?

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stolen by the alien raiderSTOLEN BY THE ALIEN RAIDER (SILENT EMPIRE) by Leslie Chase

Amy Kelland didn’t believe in aliens, which did nothing to stop them abducting her from a camping trip. Trapped on their spaceship, lightyears from Earth, how can a lone Earthwoman escape?

Her only hope is one of the aliens who captured her. The ripped, blue-skinned warrior claims to be on her side, and Amy can’t afford to doubt him. He’s her only ally. He’s her only hope. And it doesn’t hurt that he’s the hottest man she’s ever laid eyes on!

Kadran knew this undercover assignment was going to be tough. His own experiences with raiders gave him more than enough reason to hate them, and hiding his feelings wouldn’t be easy.

When they capture the human female it only gets harder. Beautiful, intoxicating, and all too helpless, Amy is everything Kadran desires. There’s no way he can let her be sold — not even if freeing her means breaking his cover.

But the man who intended to buy Amy isn’t happy to see his prize snatched away… and he’s more powerful than either of them could have imagined. With the fate of planets hanging in the balance, can Kadran keep Amy safe? Or will duty tear them apart?

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baneBANE by Mira Maxwell

Elena, the lone Earth woman on a diplomatic mission to Kosmora, stumbles upon a secret that has her doubting the motives behind the historic treaty. She’s determined to ferret out the truth before the Earth Ambassador signs the papers. But her dedication is attracting the wrong attention.

The Kosmorans are desperate to silence her, and they have the perfect man for the job.

Bane, a Kosmoran bounty hunter convicted of an unspeakable crime, has been rotting away in a high security prison for years. His task is simple. Silence the journalist and receive his freedom. The only problem…he wasn’t expecting a woman.

Unexpected passion brings unexpected consequences leaving them both struggling to see how things could ever work out between them. How can he ever finish the job when all he wants is to keep her for himself?

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resistantRESISTANT by Rachael Sparks

Rory and her father have survived the antibiotic crisis that has killed millions, including Rory’s mother—but ingenuity and perseverance aren’t their only advantages. When a stoic and scarred young military veteran enters their quiet life, Rory is drawn to him against her better judgment . . . until he exposes the secrets her mother and father kept from her, including the fact that her own blood may hold the cure the world needs, and she is the target of groups fighting to reach it first.
When the government comes after Rory, aiming to use her for a cure it can sell to the highest bidder, she’s forced to flee with her father and their new protector. But can she find the new path of human evolution before the government finds her?

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mated to the alien warriors corin cainMATED TO THE ALIEN WARRIORS by Corin Cain

Inspector Sandra Bellinks: My job? To avenge 8 billion souls.And I’m not going to let three cocky, arrogant Aurelians derail my investigation.The imperious, seven-foot-tall marble-skinned aliens assigned to my team stare at me with open lust. Behind their slate grey eyes hide tortured pasts and violent pain. Used to treating human women as simple pleasure toys, the three brutal warriors Adrihan, Ryder and Xzavic rankle under my lead.

Will I be able to tame the beasts and take down Rav’nok the planet killer?

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THE START OF TIME: SHRINE MAIDENS OF BARSOOM BOOK ONE by Marilyn Foxworthy

VS Note: The cover art was tasteful but a bit bare for my blog.

It was my second day on the ‘Red Planet’. Today I’d better find water. That had been the instructions in the box: learn to walk; find Water; make a weapon; find a nice Martian girl to teach you to speak the language. I figured that finding food would be a good idea too. It wasn’t exactly like I had expected, but how could it be? I had followed an unbelievable path to an unbelievable destination. I had started out with a few expectations, but most of them were very flexible. This wasn’t Mars, but it was Barsoom. On the one hand, I’d expected to find a dead-end and nothing to show but a few boring vacation photos of the Arizona desert. Maybe I’d get an article out of it that I could blog about. On the other hand, I’d hoped to take a one-way ticket journey to a foreign planet that teenage boys of the past century had read about; and knew was just fiction.

Reality turned out to be on that ‘other hand’. I got up and started running again. Barsoom, the Red Planet of John Carter. And here I was. Today I’d better find water.

witchs enchanted alienTHE WITCH’S ENCHANTED ALIEN: A NOCTURNE FALLS UNIVERSE Story by Fiona Roarke and Kristen Painter (Forward)

Paranormal private investigator and witch Ruby Hart needs a man—specifically, a man with a unique tattoo. Finding him for her anonymous client will put her fledgling business in the supernatural haven town of Nocturne Falls, Georgia in the black for months.

Maximilian Cornelius Vandervere the Fourth was a privileged and respected member of one of Alpha-Prime’s most elite families before the Incident made him a social pariah. An uncomplicated life as Max Vander in the secret alien colony on Earth is the perfect solution.
The double whammy of a love spell and a truth spell is definitely a complication he doesn’t need.

Ruby can’t help but notice the tall, gorgeous blond alien. It’s hard to ignore a man who keeps declaring his love and proposing marriage to a woman he’s just met. And it’s clear he needs help.

Sweet, sexy Max is a puzzle she can’t resist.

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hooked aurelia skyeHOOKED (FUTURE FAIRY TALES) by Aurelia Skye

Wendy Darling is a disgruntled employee at Lost Boys Clubhouse on planet Neverland and technically involved with Peter Pan, but he’s too busy for her and always flirting with Tink. He’s also totally immature and refuses to grow up, so that’s why she’s leaving him. The arrival of James Hook, in search of something Pan stole from him, derails her plans to return to New London when he kidnaps her and takes her aboard the Jolly Roger. As they set off on an adventure that spans the galaxy while evading Admiral Croc, who’s on James’s tail, Wendy soon realizes she doesn’t need a boy when she can have a man.

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alien princes mermaidTHE ALIEN PRINCE’S MERMAID (TRILYN ALIEN FAIRY TALES BOOK 2) by Zara Zenia

Bound by duty and a contract between Trilyn and earth, even a prince has to learn his place. But when it comes to matters of the heart, sometimes there are no rules.

There’s nothing romantic about choosing your mate with the help of technology, and Prince Darbnix, there’s nothing he’s less interested in than using a scanner to find his true love, but he’s also tired of fighting with his older brother about them. A human plot almost tricked the eldest Trilyn prince into marrying the wrong woman, but Darbnix has other plans. He’ll go through the motions of the grand parties, to please his brother, but his heart won’t be in it.

When the pact between the Trilyn and Earth was solidified, Dr. Rose Rand decided that the future of her veterinary career lay in exo-livestock, the care and healing of alien creatures fascinated her. But when she was called upon to examine a royal pet, she never imagined that she would be falling in love with a Trilyn prince intent on giving up his search for a compatible bride.

When Prince Darbnix’s match is found in a southern beauty queen, someone he never would have chosen for his bride, his suspicions flare. Can he and Rose discover the truth behind the manipulation of the compatibility scanners and reach their own happily ever after? Or will Darbnix have to turn aside his love for Rose and follow his brother’s command?

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consuming fireTHE CONSUMING FIRE (THE INTERDEPENDENCY BOOK 2) by John Scalzi

VS Note: NOT a romance but of note this week. I do enjoy Scalzi’s scifi.

The Interdependency—humanity’s interstellar empire—is on the verge of collapse. The extra-dimensional conduit that makes travel between the stars possible is disappearing, leaving entire systems and human civilizations stranded.

Emperox Grayland II of the Interdependency is ready to take desperate measures to help ensure the survival of billions. But arrayed before her are those who believe the collapse of the Flow is a myth—or at the very least an opportunity to an ascension to power.

While Grayland prepares for disaster, others are prepare for a civil war. A war that will take place in the halls of power, the markets of business and the altars of worship as much as it will between spaceships and battlefields.

The Emperox and her allies are smart and resourceful, as are her enemies. Nothing about this will be easy… and all of humanity will be caught in its consuming fire.

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lionheartLIONHEART (MOON SHADOW BOOK 3) by Thea Harrison

King Oberon reigned over his Dark Court in Lyonesse for centuries until an assassination attempt laid him low. Now he lies unconscious in his snow-bound palace while his Power battles the enchantment that threatens to end his life.

A skilled trauma surgeon and magic user, Dr. Kathryn Shaw reigns at the top of her profession in New York. Then comes a challenge she can’t resist—she is asked to cure the incurable. Just getting close enough to try healing Oberon is a dangerous proposition. When she does reach him, he awakens too soon.

Roused from darkness by Kathryn’s presence, Oberon confronts the beautiful stranger who claims she wants to save his life. But the enchantment has frozen his emotions. How can he learn to trust her when he can’t feel anything?

Oberon’s desire is icy, devoid of all tenderness. Not only must Kathryn match wits with him, she must also fight her reaction to his touch, because there is so much more at stake than her own endangered heart.

For the Dark Court faces its most deadly peril yet. Its ancient enemy Isabeau, Queen of the Light Court, is obsessed with its annihilation, and Oberon must be brought to remember his loyalty and affection for his people.

Because if he won’t fight for them, Lyonesse itself may very well be destroyed.

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ogre enchantedOGRE ENCHANTED by Gail Carson Levine

VS Note: The author of Ella Enchanted

Evie is happiest when she is healing people, diagnosing symptoms and prescribing medications, with the help of her devoted friend (and test subject) Wormy. So when Wormy unexpectedly proposes to her, she kindly turns him down; she has far too much to do to be marrying anyone. And besides, she simply isn’t in love with him.

But a certain meddling fairy named Lucinda has been listening in, and she doesn’t approve of Evie’s rejection. Suddenly, Evie finds herself transformed from a girl into a hideous, hungry ogre!

Stuck in this new and confusing form, Evie now has only sixty-two days to accept another proposal—or else be stuck as an ogre forever.

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the seekerTHE SEEKER: IRIN CHRONICLES BOOK 7 by Elizabeth Hunter

He’s a scribe looking for answers. If only a cagey—and frustratingly attractive—singer will let him help.

Summoned to the Gulf Coast of Louisiana, Rhys of Glast, Irin archivist and scribe of Istanbul, must convince a legendary Irina singer to trust him. His success could shift the balance of power all over the Irin world and give singers an important key to their past.

Meera didn’t call for Rhys’s help and she doesn’t need it. The scribe’s mission is to bring more martial magic into the Irin world while Meera has been looking for a path toward peace. She’s convinced that some other motive is at work, and his stubborn arrogance doesn’t pass for charm in her hallowed opinion.

Discovering ancient Irina magic should be something both scholars can agree on, but can these two rivals find any common ground? Neither Rhys nor Meera can ignore the simmering heat between them, but will attraction overcome the caution that has shaped both their lives?

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in the vanishers palaceIN THE VANISHERS’ PALACE by Aliette de Boudard

In a ruined, devastated world, where the earth is poisoned and beings of nightmares roam the land…

A woman, betrayed, terrified, sold into indenture to pay her village’s debts and struggling to survive in a spirit world.

A dragon, among the last of her kind, cold and aloof but desperately trying to make a difference.

When failed scholar Yên is sold to Vu Côn, one of the last dragons walking the earth, she expects to be tortured or killed for Vu Côn’s amusement.

But Vu Côn, it turns out, has a use for Yên: she needs a scholar to tutor her two unruly children. She takes Yên back to her home, a vast, vertiginous palace-prison where every door can lead to death. Vu Côn seems stern and unbending, but as the days pass Yên comes to see her kinder and caring side. She finds herself dangerously attracted to the dragon who is her master and jailer. In the end, Yên will have to decide where her own happiness lies—and whether it will survive the revelation of Vu Côn’s dark, unspeakable secrets.

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miss matedMISS MATED (RAGING FALLS BOOK 4) by Milly Taiden

Kasey Sanchez can’t believe she’s done the unthinkable–slept with a shifter. Oh, but he was so hot and sexy and his tongue…wow! But if he finds out who she really is, he won’t want to see her again. Living a secret life is taking a big toll on her sex life.

Brannon Wolfrik knows Kasey is his mate. It’s only a matter of time before he wiggles his way into her heart with charm and great sex. Strange things have been happening to the children of the mountain, and his Kasey looks very suspicious. He needs to know what she’s hiding before the other alphas hunt her down.

Kasey’s living a lie and trying to solve a mystery, until she’s pulled into the web of dark magic surrounding the pack children. And another male claims her for himself. Brannon will need to figure out who’s controlling the kids and who this false mate is or lose her forever.

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relic tl reeveRELIC (A BLOOD COURTESAN NOVEL) by TL Reeve

VS Note: Originally published in an anthology.

Cyra Young, daughter of famed treasure hunter Felicia Young, isn’t about to follow in her mother’s footsteps. For years she’s been her mother’s pawn, and now she’s happy being on her own.
Until the vampires showed up.
The Blood Courtesans Series, where vampires are real, rich, powerful–and hungry.
Blood is bought and sold like fine wine, and the best blood goes to the highest bidder.
It’s not supposed to be about love … until it is.

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the gatheringTHE GATHERING (THE IVY BLACKWOOD CHRONICLES) by L A Fiore

From the very beginning, Ivy Blackwood was different. She was only a child when she was accused of setting the fire, one she passively watched engulf the small house she had called home. Her fingertips burned and her hair singed. Some who watched her crossed themselves, convinced she was soulless for she showed no emotion at all. Calm and dispassionate, even when the screaming started that quickly turned to bellows of agony before dying into nothing but the roaring of the fire.

She was locked away where she couldn’t bring harm to herself or others. To all involved, they had protected the world from a monster, but sometimes things are not what they seem.

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devils thiefTHE DEVIL’S THIEF (THE LAST MAGICIAN BOOK 2) by Lisa Maxwell 

Esta’s parents were murdered. Her life was stolen. And everything she knew about magic was a lie. She thought the Book of Mysteries held the key to freeing the Mageus from the Order’s grasp, but the danger within its pages was greater than she ever imagined.

Now the Book’s furious power lives inside Harte. If he can’t control it, it will rip apart the world to get its revenge, and it will use Esta to do it.

To bind the power, Esta and Harte must track down four elemental stones scattered across the continent. But the world outside the city is like nothing they expected. There are Mageus beyond the Brink not willing to live in the shadows—and the Order isn’t alone in its mission to crush them.

In St. Louis, the extravagant World’s Fair hides the first stone, but an old enemy is out for revenge and a new enemy is emerging. And back in New York, Viola and Jianyu must defeat a traitor in a city on the verge of chaos.

As past and future collide, time is running out to rewrite history—even for a time-traveling thief.

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immortals ghostTHE IMMORTAL’S GHOST (PHOENIX INSTITUTE BOOK 3) by Corrina Lawson

VS Note: Corrina is in the midst of updating and re-releasing a number of her books, including this title.

The Queen is dying. Her only hope is a prince lost to history and a woman who can walk through walls…

Richard Genet abandoned the Immortal Court decades ago but his Queen’s illness forces him back into service.

Marian Doyle, an antiquities dealer, craves to escape her secret life as a thief but is trapped by her obligation to the family ‘business.’

When Richard offers to cut Marian free of her obligations if she joins him on a dangerous, desperate quest to locate a cure for the Queen, Marian seizes her chance for escape.

As their journey takes them across Europe, Marian is unexpectedly drawn to this loner prince who seems to adore her independent spirit.

But even if they find the cure, they’ll have to confront betrayal at the heart of the Court in order to save each other and their Queen.

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circle of blood book sixCIRCLE OF BLOOD BOOK SIX: LOVERS’ VICTORY by R A Steffan and Jaelynn Woolf

Once upon a time, Menkhef stood up to a powerful pharaoh, and lost. That’s a poor track record for someone acting as the lynchpin in an imminent supernatural war.

Humanity is caught between an absent Angel and a vengeful Demon. The Council of Thirteen still lacks its final two members, and Menkhef—better known to his friends as Snag—is the only vampire whose mate has not returned. Holed up in an underground tomb complex beneath the oldest pyramid in Egypt, he and his comrades must watch as Bael’s forces gather in preparation for the final battle.

Menkhef only has two secrets left. One will overturn the lives of an unsuspecting American couple. The other will change the entire landscape of the clash for humanity’s future.

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all the dogs are dancingALL THE DOGS ARE DANCING  by J M Goguen

Burner’s world revolved around three things: protecting the wolf pack of Maine, keeping an eye on his best friend Aaron, and helping prepare enough summer food to take on the long road to Quebec for the winter months. But in the ruins of an old shopping mall on a hot summer night, his world crashes.

Now Burner has to face monsters he thought were just stories told to scare pups, and he must traverse a world he’s only seen in old magazines. Meanwhile, his best friend Aaron is dealing with monsters of his own and Burner will do whatever it takes to keep them both safe, even if it means finally admitting how he really feels.

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magics crownMAGIC’S CROWN: A NOCTURNE FALLS UNIVERSE STORY by Sela Carson

A wolf with three legs is still a wolf.
Javier Acosta Campos is a wounded warrior and wolf shifter who trains therapy dogs for other veterans with PTSD and traumatic brain injuries. He’s just moved to Nocturne Falls to start a training program at a very quirky animal shelter, and he’s fallen stupid in love with the local veterinarian.
Medina Theron keeps telling herself she shouldn’t be thinking about men. Since her fiancé moved on to blonder pastures, she’s stayed busy as one of the only veterinarians in town who specializes in the treatment of magical creatures. But now that the new trainer at the animal rescue seems to always be around at just the right moment, he’s on her mind a lot.
When the remnants of the family she didn’t know she had drag her into a web of trouble, Medina and her new familiar need help. Thankfully, there’s a three-legged shifter on lion witch secret gardenduty, and Javi means to keep her safe. Even from himself.

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THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE SECRET GARDEN: A NOCTURNE FALLS UNIVERSE STORY by Larissa Emerald

Quit is not in a lion shifter’s vocabulary.
When a demon demands a ransom for his sister’s life, Rylan Lewis travels to Nocturne Falls to find a magical mirror stone in order to free her. Only Zoe, a beautiful, sensuous witch, is after the same stone. As their paths collide, Zoe teams with Rylan because she can read the magical map he’s given. But it isn’t as easy as either one expects, especially when their hearts and desires get in the way.

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nymph ties the knotTHE NYMPH TIES THE KNOT: A NOCTURNE FALLS UNIVERSE STORY by J L Farey

Laurel Barker has every reason to be the happiest wood nymph in Nocturne Falls: She owns a successful business, she lives in a community where she can be herself, and best of all, she’s engaged to marry her soulmate, Deputy Sheriff and bear-shifter, Aiden. Even so, she’s plagued by the thought that something bad is going to happen. When a stranger comes to town and seems to be following her, Laurel is suspicious. When she finds out the stranger has ties to Aiden, she’s certain that her worst fears are about to come true and destroy her dreams for the future.

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courting the cat whispererCOURTING THE CAT WHISPERER: A NOCTURNE FALLS UNIVERSE STORY by Wynter Daniels

Telepathic petsitter Jordan Vaughn wishes she could forget her checkered past. Despite her genuine efforts to make amends, she falls short every time. When she meets the guy of her dreams, she’s sure that her bad-luck streak is over.

A head injury erased Harry Hill’s memory. Now, four years later, he’s built a new life in Nocturne Falls, complete with a gorgeous girlfriend.

Everything is falling into place—until someone tries to kill him. But will the past he can’t remember jeopardize his future with Jordan?

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falcons second chanceTHE FALCON’S SECOND CHANCE: A NOCTURNE FALLS UNIVERSE STORY by Candace Colt

After handing over her Fortune 500 company to her grown sons, widowed falcon shifter Solange Ford reluctantly turns to a life of baking cookies for her grandchildren and hosting book clubs with her cronies.

Following a long career battling greedy corporations, retired attorney and wolf shifter Clark Hayworth bought a motorhome and set out on a personal Odyssey. Twenty-five states and two countries later, he’s permanently parked the RV near Nocturne Falls to live in peace.

Forty years ago, the couple fell in love. On the night they planned to elope, Solange stood him up and Clark never saw her again.

When a hostile takeover bid threatens the Ford company, Solange steps back into the boardroom to fight back. But she needs the help of a top-notch lawyer. At first hesitant, Clark accepts one last challenge.

Long hours strategizing brings them closer together but doesn’t answer the one question Clark had about that night. Why? When Solange reveals the truth she’s hidden all these years, will it be enough to rekindle their magic or has time destroyed any second chance on love?

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touched by his vampire charmTOUCHED BY HIS VAMPIRE CHARM: A NOCTURNE FALLS UNIVERSE STORY by Kira Nyte

The product of an evil scientist’s mad quest to create a day-walking vampire, Vivian Hawkins revels in her freedom in Nocturne Falls, a haven for supernatural creatures great and small. The one thing she truly desires is to find a soul mate. Too bad such happiness isn’t meant for a monster like her.

Vampire Draven Lourdes chafes under the musty existence forced on him by the Levoire coven. If he didn’t need the stuffy old bones to keep his sister safe, he’d leave the coven behind and focus on his adventures. Instead, he has to chase a lead on one of the coven’s missing Elders to a small Georgia town—and gets the shock of his life when he meets the sweetest, most beautiful creature he’s ever seen.

Vivian is drawn to Draven the instant they meet. Though she knows better, she can’t resist the charming vampire’s pursuit. It won’t last. It can’t.

But for Draven, she’ll risk anything.

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sirens barbarian captorSIREN’S BARBARIAN CAPTOR by Amber Ella Monroe

Every full moon a sea maiden is given to the Zaqwar. When the sea king trades Celeste to the Zaqwar in exchange for keeping the peace in the kingdom, she accepts her fate, knowing that it’s the only chance she might have to live a life on land like she’d always wished for.

After spending most of her life as a prisoner in the sea, Celeste vows it’ll be different on land. But when the barbarian prince she was promised to is murdered and she’s taken, she becomes a prisoner yet again. But her captor is unlike any other man she’s known before. The seven-foot-tall warrior is alluring and hot as sin. The reluctant but fearless warrior just might be the man she needs to free her from her obligation.

Kradr doesn’t trust the little sea minx he stole from a Zaqwar prince. He needs her to get his brother back, but he keeps her at arm’s length, believing that she’ll use her magic to lure him to the bottom of the ocean to a quick demise. She’s just the bounty for his brother’s freedom, but he can’t help but be tempted by her luscious body, childbearing hips, and gentle voice. From the moment he captures her, all he wants to do is claim her. After just one taste, his hunger for her becomes insatiable.

Fate brought them together and sacrifice could tear them apart.

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gargoyle j scott coatsworthGARGOYLE by J Scott Coatsworth

VS Note: NOT to give spoilers but according to the author the gargoyle here is NOT one of the romantic heroes in this M/M story. (I asked him!) Sorry!

James Matson – Mattie to his friends – has it bad. It’s 1974 in Alabama, not the best time or place for a young gay guy to have a crush on his college football quarterback. But James can’t help himself.

Randy Paxton is a football player with needs. His girlfriend isn’t putting out, so he takes what he can get. A warm mouth is a warm mouth, after all.

And Daniel O’Malley has a crush too… on James. But James hardly gives him a second glance. What’s a guy to do?

It’s Halloween night, the time when the veil between this world and the next thins, and anything can happen. And tonight, something will happen, something that will change all three of their lives forever.

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bums rushBUM’S RUSH (WHITE LIGHTNING BOOK 2) by Debra Dunbar and J P Sloan

When their moonshine-running enterprise is arbitrarily shut down, Hattie attempts a spectacular illusion to save the business…and fails to pull it off. Now everyone who’s anyone knows that Vincent isn’t the only magic user in the city of Baltimore.

With her cover blown Hattie finds herself targeted by the local mob, with Vincent specifically tasked to bring her in. Can Hattie stay one step ahead of the only man she thought she could trust with her secrets? In a world filled with magic, where every promise can be broken, Hattie will need to gamble on the only thing she can truly count on: herself.

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omegas wolvesOMEGA’S WOLVES: HELLS WOLVES MC by J L Wilder

The Hell’s Wolves MC are bad, dangerously bad.
They are on the outskirts of the shifter world,
and are known for being wild, reckless, and untrustworthy.

That’s why I know they are the only ones I can hire to protect me from him….
The only ones, that might save me from a life of breeding.
But can I find light in their darkness? Will they betray me?

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justin foreplay shiftersJUSTIN: FAIRPLAY SHIFTERS by Serena Meadows

Annabelle is tired of other people running her life, tired of them making her decisions, and tired of them using the power of her magic for their own gain, and that includes her fiancé. Determined to change all that, she rejects that life and strikes out on her own in a place so far from her old life she’s sure that everything will be different. And it is at first, but when she falls in love, she realizes that her old life still has a hold on her and always will, that she can’t change who she is only who she loves.

Still wounded from the loss of his wife, Justin is determined not to relive the mistakes of his past, he has a wonderful family and an adorable little girl, more than enough to keep him happy. But then Annabelle walks into his life and he’s forced to question the path he’s chosen and confront the ghosts of his past. Annabelle helps him discover that those ghosts have been laid themselves to rest, leaving him ready for love again. But the secret he’s been keeping from her threatens their love when he must defend not only his territory but the shifters who depend on him.

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longing for her wolvesLONGING FOR HER WOLVES (HUNGRY FOR HER WOLVES BOOK 2) by Tara West

Thrust into a new shifter world without enough time to adjust, Amara made one hasty mistake that could cost her mates their position in the tribe or break their happy family apart forever. But those struggles are eclipsed when demonic wolves threaten to take everything from Amara’s family. She must fight to heal the rift she caused before it’s too late.

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court of secretsCOURT OF SECRETS (FORBIDDEN QUEEN BOOK 1) by Dyan Chick

When Cassia’s wedding is ruined by a monster attack, her whole life changes. Destined for the dull and uneventful life of a Baron’s wife, Cassia always dreamed of more. She never thought it would come in the form of three sexy fae princes.

When she accidentally uses magic, Cassia discovers that she’s not human. She’s a changeling, a fae hidden in the human world. She no longer belongs in the human realm, but she won’t survive on her own in Faerie.

Now, her only hope is the three sexy fae princes who saved her life on her wedding day. On the run from the monsters that attacked her, Cassia must help the princes hunt them down. Her life depends on them, and by the time this is over, they might need her as much as she needs them.

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queen of lightQUEEN OF LIGHT (THE CHOSEN BOOK 4) by Meg Anne

Kiri Helena Solene is done burying her loved ones. She is going to put an end to this war, one way or another.
Even if it means she loses herself in the process.
But in matters of war, Rowena has no intention of losing. The Corruptor knows Helena’s greatest strength is also her weakness, and she has every intention of exploiting it.
Especially if that means removing key players from the board.
The path ahead is fraught with betrayal. The only thing that’s certain…
It won’t end until one of them is dead.

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bitten by the virginBITTEN BY THE VIRGIN by Alexa Riley

Ravana Faith has been learning to live as a vampire while surrounded by her overprotective family. She hasn’t had her chance to shine, and she’s ready to prove to everyone that she’s not made of glass. When the specter of a slayer comes to their city, she wants to be the one to take him out. But what happens when that’s exactly who she falls for?

Valley Sterling is from a long line of men who hunt vampires. It’s not the life he dreamed of as a child, but what else is he supposed to do? He has a legacy to continue and nothing will get in his way…until Ravana is the one to block his path. Can he give up everything he’s ever known for the woman who is supposed to be his enemy?

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little shop of found thingsTHE LITTLE SHOP OF FOUND THINGS by Paula Brackston

Xanthe and her mother Flora leave London behind for a fresh start, taking over an antique shop in the historic town of Marlborough. Xanthe has always had an affinity with some of the antiques she finds. When she touches them, she can sense something of the past they come from and the stories they hold. When she has an intense connection to a beautiful silver chatelaine she has to know more.

It is while she’s examining the chatelaine that she’s transported back to the seventeenth century where it has its origins. She discovers there is an injustice in its history. The spirit that inhabits her new home confronts her and charges her with saving her daughter’s life, threatening to take Flora’s if she fails.

While Xanthe fights to save the girl amid the turbulent days of 1605, she meets architect Samuel Appleby. He may be the person who can help her succeed. He may also be the reason she can’t bring herself to leave.

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sentinel of darknessSENTINEL OF DARKNESS (DARKNESS SERIES BOOK 8)  by Katie Reus

She thought she’d put her past behind her…Local artist Keva might be human, but she knows about the things that go bump in the night. Years ago, a dragon shifter saved her from certain death. Ever since, she’s lived in his clan’s territory and put her life back together. But the feeling of security is only an illusion, because her past has come back to haunt her. A past with claws and fangs, demanding blood.

He’ll do whatever it takes to defend his mate…Dagen has finally met his mate—except he insults her the first time they meet. He’s not too proud to grovel to get back into her good graces. But when a threat from her past emerges, he realizes that he’ll do anything to keep her safe. Even if it means dying—or losing her forever.

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bartered bridesTHE BARTERED BRIDES (ELEMENTAL MASTERS BOOK 13) by Mercedes Lackey

VS Note: Not a romance but notable this week.

The threat of Moriarty is gone—but so is Sherlock Holmes.

Even as they mourn the loss of their colleague, psychic Nan Killian, medium Sarah Lyon-White, and Elemental Masters John and Mary Watson must be vigilant, for members of Moriarty’s network are still at large. And their troubles are far from over: in a matter of weeks, two headless bodies of young brides wash up in major waterways. A couple who fears for their own recently-wedded daughter hires the group to investigate, but with each new body, the mystery only deepens.

The more bodies emerge, the more the gang suspects that there is dangerous magic at work, and that Moriarty’s associates are somehow involved. But as they race against the clock to uncover the killer, it will take all their talents, Magic, and Psychic Powers—and perhaps some help from a dearly departed friend—to bring the murderer to justice.

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rachels totemRACHEL’S TOTEM (COUGAR FALLS BOOK 1) by Marie Harte

VS Note: A re-release

When Rachel arrives in Cougar Falls for a reading of her aunt’s will, she finds herself in a strange little town. The fantastic tales that the townsfolk tell about a clan of people who can shift into animals are nothing but folklore. Aren’t they?

Burke is taken with sexy Rachel, even more so when she shows signs of possessing Ac-taw blood. But this puts her in more danger than she knows, danger that only increases the urgency to mark her as his own. Rachel comes to realize she’s inherited much more than just property. She has also inherited a destiny to protect her newfound home, and her new love.

For the Ac-taw aren’t just legend-they’re real.

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VS: Just a reminder if you missed PETS IN SPACE somehow last week LOL, it’s still available!Embrace_the_passion_Pets_in_space3_pauline_Baird_jones

EMBRACE THE ROMANCE: PETS IN SPACE 3 by Various Authors, including ME!

VS note: I’m so excited that our scifi romance anthology is available now! I wrote a 41K Sectors novel for my entry (Star Cruise: Mystery Dancer) and SE Smith also wrote a novel, plus MORE! Can I entice you with a Galactic Gladiators short story? A Mandrake Company tale from Ruby Lionsdrake? Among others…

Pets in Space™ is back! Join us as we unveil eleven original, never-before-published action-filled romances that will heat your blood and warm your heart! New York Times, USA Today and Award-winning authors S.E. Smith, Anna Hackett, Ruby Lionsdrake, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Carol Van Natta, Tiffany Roberts, Alexis Glynn Latner, E D Walker, JC Hay, and Kyndra Hatch combine their love for Science Fiction Romance and pets to bring readers sexy, action-packed romances while helping our favorite charity. Proud supporters of Hero-Dogs.org, Pets in Space™ authors have donated over $4,400 in the past two years to help place specially trained dogs with veterans. Open your hearts and grab your limited release copy of Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space™ 3 today!

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

October 10

October 3

September 26

September 19

September 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.  

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.

 

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Must Have Experience Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedExcerpt from my newly released STAR CRUISE: MYSTERY DANCER, my Sectors novel in the Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3 anthology! The story has a definite ‘Anastasia’ vibe…

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.

The excerpt – Broke and alone, Tassia is on the run from assassins and has asked her genie-like companion for a way off the planet.: 

She flinched against the padded seat as a vision thudded into her head. She saw the announcement board at the neighborhood dance studio, and as she held her breath, the vision focused in on one message in particular. She’d paid it no attention at all earlier in the evening.

Nebula Zephyr Comettes seeking fill in dancers for cruise to Dyenbachar Five – All expenses paid, union salary, must have experience.

The open auditions were tomorrow morning, in a hotel complex adjacent to the spaceport.

Could escape be that easy? But what did she know about dancing for a popular revue? Her training was classical, with odd bits of folk dance acquired over the years.

As the robo cab deposited her outside the bustling spaceport, Tassia clutched her backpack with trembling hands, determination putting steel into her frame. If the audition announcement was what the vision had shown her, this was her only chance, success not guaranteed.

Embrace_the_passion_Pets_in_space3_pauline_Baird_jonesSTAR CRUISE: MYSTERY DANCER blurb:  Tassia Megg is a woman on the run after the death of her elderly guardian. Her search to get off the planet in a hurry comes when chance directs her to an open dance audition for the luxury cruise liner Nebula Zephyr’s resident troupe. If there is one thing Tassia can do, it is dance!

Security Officer Liam Austin is suspicious of the newest performer to join the Comettes. She shows all the signs of being a woman on the run and seems to fit the Sectors-wide broadcast description of a missing thief, accused of stealing priceless artifacts. As he gets to know Tassia during the cruise, he starts to wonder if she’s something more – a long vanished princess in hiding from deadly political enemies of her family perhaps? And what’s the story with the three-eyed feline companion other crew members swear Tassia brought aboard the ship? Does the animal even exist?

As the ship approaches its next port of call, all the issues come to a boil and Liam must decide if he’ll step in to help Tassia or betray her. Life is about to get very interesting aboard the Nebula Zephyr as Liam tries to uncover the truth. Could F’rrh, the peculiar alien cat he has been hearing about, be the key to the mystery and Tassia’s fate?

Anthology Blurb:

Pets in Space™ is back! Join us as we unveil eleven original, never-before-published action-filled romances that will heat your blood and warm your heart! New York Times, USA Today and Award-winning authors S.E. Smith, Anna Hackett, Ruby Lionsdrake, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Carol Van Natta, Tiffany Roberts, Alexis Glynn Latner, E D Walker, JC Hay, and Kyndra Hatch combine their love for Science Fiction Romance and pets to bring readers sexy, action-packed romances while helping our favorite charity. Proud supporters of Hero-Dogs.org, Pets in Space™ authors have donated over $4,400 in the past two years to help place specially trained dogs with veterans. Open your hearts and grab your limited release copy of Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space™ 3 today!

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Long lost Princess 'Anastasiaof the Stars_ Or an imposter _

Is She the #Scifi Anastasia? STAR CRUISE MYSTERY DANCER

Woman in waving dress as a flame dancing with flying fabric. Dar

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Adapted from a blog post I wrote this week for Pauline Baird Jones’s blog on “Why I Wrote Star Cruise: Mystery Dancer”, which is my latest 41K Sectors scifi romance novel in the just released PETS IN SPACE 3 anthology.

I love going back to revisit my interstellar cruise liner, the Nebula Dream, for these PISA stories, as the ship cruises through the futuristic human civilization known as The Sectors.  I’ve written a number of books and novellas centered on events aboard the ship now and find the whole cruise setup lends itself to telling a good scifi romance adventure tale. Readers new to my world don’t need to know a lot of backstory to enjoy the events, and for those who have read others in the series, it’s a nice return to see some favorite characters (I hope!).

Oval lacquered black Russian casket painted with troyka horses isolated

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I started with the concept of the pet because that drives my plot for these PISA adventures. For some reason I kept seeing a mental picture of a Siamese cat, but with a third eye. I thought a Siamese cat would be fairly easy and interesting for our talented artist Nyssa Juneau to turn into an alien feline. But I’ve done a cat and a catlike alien before, for PISA1, although Midorri, the alien pet there actually is kind of a cross between a red panda and a tribble who acts like a cat. So I wanted something very different and I started thinking about what if the cat wasn’t actually a real animal at all? I ended up making F’rrh a ‘jenfellini’, which is something like a genie, living in a beautiful lacquered box. Visualize the gorgeous painted boxes that come from Russia.

Then, the tenuous link to Russia reminded me of the whole tragic story of the last Tsar and his family, and how they were murdered 100 years ago, this year. Rumors always persisted one of the children might have survived. From Wikipedia:

anastasiaThe youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II, the last sovereign of Imperial Russia, and his wife, Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna.

Anastasia was the younger sister of Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, and Maria, and was the elder sister of Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia. She was murdered with her family by members of the Cheka, the Bolshevik secret police, in Yekaterinburg on July 17, 1918.

Persistent rumors of her possible escape circulated after her death, fuelled by the fact that the location of her burial was unknown during the decades of Communist rule. The mass grave near Yekaterinburg which held the remains of the Tsar, his wife, and three of their daughters was revealed in 1991, and the bodies of Alexei Nikolaevich and the remaining daughter—either Anastasia or her older sister Maria—were discovered in 2007. Her possible survival has been conclusively disproved. Scientific analysis including DNA testing confirmed that the remains are those of the imperial family, showing that all four grand duchesses were killed in 1918.

Several women falsely claimed to have been Anastasia; the best known impostor is Anna Anderson. Anderson’s body was cremated upon her death in 1984, but DNA testing in 1994 on available pieces of Anderson’s tissue and hair showed no relation to the Romanov family.

anastasia movie posterAs Wikipedia states, various individuals claimed to be ‘Anastasia’ or another of the siblings, and of course, there have been movies and plays written with that theme, including a new TV series this year, entitled ‘The Romanovs’. I always flash back to the movie version with Yul Brynner (such an intense actor) and Ingrid Bergman because that movie was one of my mother’s favorites and also left the answer to the question of “Is she or is she not Anastasia?” somewhat open at the end. Personally, I always wanted it to be true.

My daughters loved the animated fantasy versionanastasia animated of the tale, with the voices of Meg Ryan and John Cusack, when they were growing up.

So I had the heroine – a possible princess on the run – but how could she fit into the Nebula Zephyr? Since the hero would be one of the former Special Forces soldiers who make up the ship’s security force, I had to be able to make the two interact and fall in love in a situation fraught with danger and suspicion.

I’ve wanted to do a story about the Comettes dance troupe which performs aboard the cruise liners since I wrote my very first published scifi romance, the award winning Wreck of the Nebula Dream (a sister ship of sorts to the one I write about nowadays). Dancing is a skill a maybe princess might have at a high level, right? So let her be a new member of the ship’s dancers….throw in a fabulous jewel and we have the PISA3 story!

Here’s an excerpt when Tassia begins to tell her tale to Liam, after some very distressing and dangerous events on the ship, involving her:

“You must have been really young at the time of—well, when your family…” Liam stammered to a halt and searched in vain for a tactful way to refer to the massacre of everyone she loved.

“I was eight.” She nodded. She hesitated before asking, “How much do you know about it?”

“I know it was something to do with an engagement? A wedding?”

“Yes, my eldest half-sister Fenna was engaged to marry the Duke of Gradmirov, a powerful and rival bloodline. It was a strategic alliance, not a love match. Even as a little girl, I understood that. Poor Fenna wept for weeks after my father decided she was the pawn.” She took a deep breath. “There was to be a reception to fete the happy couple, all of our family and all of the Duke’s relatives and retainers attending.”

Liam was concerned about Tassia, how pale she was, coping with the memories. He wasn’t sure this discussion was a good idea, but he kept silent as she continued her account.

“My father had multiple wives, you understand, which was allowed at the time on Ruatsar, and quite a few children. I was one of the youngest. I’d been at dance class, I think, but I was late to the gathering so I decided to slip in by a side door and brazen it out with anyone who questioned whether I’d been there the whole time.” She was quiet for a moment, eyes locked on visions from the past where he couldn’t reach her. “The entire family was dressed up, to do honor to the guests. I had on my finest white dress, with three petticoats and the badges of my rank on a sash, a blue sash. Matching blue shoes with shiny buckles.” Her fingers touched her shoulder as if to finger the long lost brooches once more. “I was just inside the room, only a few steps from the service door, when Gradmirov pulled out a weapon and shot my father at point blank range, then my sister Fenna. His guards targeted our guards and more of his men swept into the room, shooting and stabbing. The screaming was terrible, the blood…” Her voice trailed off, and Liam hugged her. “I saw my mother fall, her throat cut—”

“You don’t have to tell me.” He kissed her forehead gently.

Tassia looked at him, her eyes unfocused at first as if her gaze was directed inward, at the mental pictures she was describing and blinked. “I’ve never told anyone the whole story. I—I’d like to tell you.”

He locked his arms tight around her. “Then I’ll listen. You’re safe here, now, with me. Not there.” Liam’s anger at the monsters who’d slaughtered an entire family was a vicious beast clawing at his gut, but there was no one to kill for her. All he could do was listen and shelter her in the here and now.

“I hid behind a vase taller than I was, but a man ran at me, his face all contorted, like a demon in an old temple painting. I screamed and backed away, but he struck at me with his sword.” She touched one hand to her head gingerly, as if the physical pain throbbed to this day. “The scar is under my hair. We found out later I’d been shot as well, a flesh wound to the arm. My dress was all red. I don’t remember everything. Large chunks of time are blank. I get flashes of memory.”

A blank memory is a blessing. Listening to her, her voice eerie as if she was watching a trideo and narrating the events, he wanted to shield her from all the adverse things in the universe, to take her pain away. But he couldn’t touch this agony.

“Somehow I got out of the room, and I ran to my own bedroom. I hid under the bed. Xandrina’s adult niece was my maid, and she came in, I think intending to steal some of my things in the confusion. But, as a scared child, I didn’t realize larceny was her purpose, so I cried out to her for help. I believed she was searching for me. She was a known, friendly face. I give her credit, she threw another dress over my head, told me to be quiet, swept my shelves clean of my collection of the dragizi, the little jewel encrusted miniatures, putting them in a laundry bag, and took me through a servants’ hallway to her mother’s suite in the far wing. Madame Xandrina bandaged my head wound with scarves.” Tassia smiled. “Beautiful scarves my mother had given her at various times. I remember arguing with her that I’d ruin them with the blood. She told me to hush then she said we were going to go far away from Ruatsar so no one could hurt me ever again.”

Jaw clenched, he reflected on the terrible scenes she’d witnessed and the turn of fate that had saved her life when so many died. “Seven hells, what you endured—”

“Oh, there’s more.”

But is she who she says she is, or someone else who was there? You’ll have to read the book to find out!

Embrace_the_passion_Pets_in_space3_pauline_Baird_jonesThe anthology blurb: Pets in Space™ is back! Join us as we unveil eleven original, never-before-published action-filled romances that will heat your blood and warm your heart! New York Times, USA Today and Award-winning authors S.E. Smith, Anna Hackett, Ruby Lionsdrake, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Carol Van Natta, Tiffany Roberts, Alexis Glynn Latner, E D Walker, JC Hay, and Kyndra Hatch combine their love for Science Fiction Romance and pets to bring readers sexy, action-packed romances while helping our favorite charity. Proud supporters of Hero-Dogs.org, Pets in Space™ authors have donated over $4,400 in the past two years to help place specially trained dogs with veterans. Open your hearts and grab your limited release copy of Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space™ 3 today!

STAR CRUISE: MYSTERY DANCER blurb:  Tassia Megg is a woman on the run after the death of her elderly guardian. Her search to get off the planet in a hurry comes when chance directs her to an open dance audition for the luxury cruise liner Nebula Zephyr’s resident troupe. If there is one thing Tassia can do, it is dance!

Security Officer Liam Austin is suspicious of the newest performer to join the Comettes. She shows all the signs of being a woman on the run and seems to fit the Sectors-wide broadcast description of a missing thief, accused of stealing priceless artifacts. As he gets to know Tassia during the cruise, he starts to wonder if she’s something more – a long vanished princess in hiding from deadly political enemies of her family perhaps? And what’s the story with the three-eyed feline companion other crew members swear Tassia brought aboard the ship? Does the animal even exist?

As the ship approaches its next port of call, all the issues come to a boil and Liam must decide if he’ll step in to help Tassia or betray her. Life is about to get very interesting aboard the Nebula Zephyr as Liam tries to uncover the truth. Could F’rrh, the peculiar alien cat he has been hearing about, be the key to the mystery and Tassia’s fate?

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

Embrace_the_passion_Pets_in_space3_pauline_Baird_jonesAs 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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EMBRACE THE ROMANCE: PETS IN SPACE 3 by Various Authors, including ME!

VS note: I’m so excited that our scifi romance anthology is releasing today! I wrote a 41K Sectors novel for my entry (Star Cruise: Mystery Dancer) and SE Smith also wrote a novel, plus MORE! Can I entice you with a Galactic Gladiators short story? A Mandrake Company tale from Ruby Lionsdrake? Among others…

Pets in Space™ is back! Join us as we unveil eleven original, never-before-published action-filled romances that will heat your blood and warm your heart! New York Times, USA Today and Award-winning authors S.E. Smith, Anna Hackett, Ruby Lionsdrake, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Carol Van Natta, Tiffany Roberts, Alexis Glynn Latner, E D Walker, JC Hay, and Kyndra Hatch combine their love for Science Fiction Romance and pets to bring readers sexy, action-packed romances while helping our favorite charity. Proud supporters of Hero-Dogs.org, Pets in Space™ authors have donated over $4,400 in the past two years to help place specially trained dogs with veterans. Open your hearts and grab your limited release copy of Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space™ 3 today!

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willas beastWILLA’S BEAST (ICE HOME BOOK 3) by Ruby Dixon

VS Note: And I one clicked…

Beast. Creature. Monster.
Dangerous.

All of these things have been said about Gren.

Willa doesn’t believe it, though. She knows that monsters can sometimes come in appealing packages. She knows that for all of his snarls and fearsome appearance, he’d never hurt her.

And she knows she has to get Gren away from the Icehome camp, because no one will ever see him as a person, not when he attacks all who come close. Not when he’s tied and treated like an animal.

She’s going to save him…or fall in love. Maybe both. Willa doesn’t mind that he’s a beast, as long as he’s *her* beast.

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breakevenBREAKEVEN (VERDANT STRING) by Michelle Diener

VS note: I really enjoyed book one in this new series so I can’t wait to read the new story!

Dee had been fighting one war, only to find herself caught up in another . . .

When circumstances leave Dee stranded on the Breakaway planet of Lassa, she has to choose–take the easy way out, or stand and fight an enemy much like the one she left behind on her home world of Garmen.

For Sebastian, leading the Lassian resistance has come at a heavy price. Forced to gamble the last of his resources on a risky ploy to get some leverage over the Core Companies that run Lassa, he stares defeat in the face when it fails. There’s no backup plan left. Nothing more to work with. And all around him, people are starving, and it looks as if the Cores have entered a deal with a hostile alien force, to enrich themselves even more.

But Dee inspires him. Even though it’s his fault she’s on Lassa to begin with, her courage and steady calm are the assets he needs, and unbeknownst to both of them, she has with her the key to bringing the Cores to their knees.

Now they just have to turn the lock in time.

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darakDARAK: DRAKONIAN ALIEN MALE ORDER BRIDES #1 (INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY) by Cara Bristol

Revenge is best served sweet with a hot, horned alien

Free-spirited pastry chef Lexi Sutterman has discovered that true love is pie in the sky. The only thing more difficult than finding an Earth man willing to commit is pleasing her wealthy, hypercritical family who view her as a failure. So she’s given up on both, focusing her energy on her new bakery. Now that her uber successful little sister manages to nab a well-heeled fiancé, Lexi fights back by joining the Intergalactic Dating Agency. She plans to bring a huge, purple, tentacled alien as her plus-one to the wedding.

Darak of planet Dakon isn’t purple or tentacled—he’s just seven feet of horned alien hotness. To get a woman on his world, a guy has to literally win the lottery. Tired of waiting for the Fates to send him a female, he joins the dating service to meet a nice Earth girl to call his own. He recognizes Lexi as his true mate, but realizes convincing her they’re meant to be together forever and not just a weekend will be no cake walk.

But when a sweet-tart pastry chef and a horned alien hottie fall in love, everyone might get their just desserts.

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burtonBURTON: STARGAZER MAIL ORDER BRIDES #14 (INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY) by Tasha Black

VS Note: I received an ARC of this and enjoyed it very much. Burton trying to bond with the bees was an especially fun moment.

Tansy Martin’s dream is simple – to live out her life running the family farm in the sweet small town of Stargazer. But lately something sexy has been slipping into her dreams at night, and the tall dark and handsome fugitive alien seems determined to make his way into her daytimes too.

Burton is hypnotized by tall, tough, tantalizing Tansy. His only desire is to serve her in the fields by day and in her bed by night. But his exquisite intended is determined to focus on the farm no matter how he tries to tempt her into becoming his mate.

When bee rustlers threaten Tansy’s one chance to save the orchard, their madcap adventure begins. Tansy will need Burton’s help to hold onto the family farm. But will she be able to hold onto her heart?

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defiant ruinDEFIANT RUIN (THE ASARLAI WARS BOOK 3) by Maria Andreas

The fight for the Commonwealth comes to an explosive conclusion!

The good news is that Captain Vaslisha Tor Dain and most of her rag tag band of mercenaries managed to survive a devastating confrontation with the resurrected ancient enemy the Asarlaí. The bad news is that the WARRIOR WENCH has crash landed on a deserted planet in an unknown galaxy. Priority number one is getting off this dead rock and hopefully reuniting with the rest of their missing crew. Sadly easier said than done, especially when a supposedly long ago destroyed ship called the DEFIANT shows up.
Vas and the gang can’t seem to catch a break, for just as they are starting work on salvaging the DEFIANT, Garmainian bounty hunters suddenly appear to claim a prize on Vas’s head.
Now Vas is guilty of a lot of things, but she honestly can’t remember the crime she is accused of committing and as far as she knows hasn’t ever been to Garmainian space. Disturbingly, this crime apparently occurred during the mysterious missing weeks Vas experienced on her recent “vacation”.
Vas and her second in command Deven’s to do list keeps getting longer: escape from the Garmainian hunters before they get executed; reunite their small banged up fleet and try to get back into Commonwealth space; find out if their frenemy Marli survived; and of course finally defeat the Asarlaí for good.
Unfortunately during the six months Vas and company have been stranded, the Asarlaí have been on the move….which means time and options are rapidly running out!

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light yearsLIGHT YEARS by Kass Morgan

VS Note: Author of The 100

Reeling from the latest attack by a mysterious enemy, the Quatra Fleet Academy is finally admitting students from every planet in the solar system after centuries of exclusivity.

Hotshot pilot Vesper, an ambitious Tridian citizen, dreams of becoming a captain–but when she loses her spot to a brilliant, wisecracking boy from the wrong side of the asteroid belt, it makes her question everything she thought she knew. Growing up on the toxic planet Deva, Cormak will take any chance he can get to escape his dead-end life and join the Academy–even if he has to steal someone’s identity to do it. Arran was always considered an outsider on icy Chetire, always dreaming of something more than a life working in the mines. Now an incoming cadet, Arran is looking for a place to belong–he just never thought that place would be in the arms of a Tridian boy. And Orelia is hiding a dark secret–she’s infiltrated the Academy to complete a mission, one that threatens the security of everyone there. But if anyone finds out who she really is, it’ll be her life on the line.

These cadets will have to put their differences aside and become a team if they want to defend their world from a cunning enemy–and they might even fall in love in the process.

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torelTOREL: STAR  CROSSED ALIEN MAIL ORDER BRIDES (INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY) by Susan Hayes

What do you do when your planet runs out of women? Send for takeout, of course. 

Torel is the best medical officer in the Pyrosian fleet, but being the best comes with a cost. When the queen orders him to apply to Star-Crossed Dating, he’s relieved when there’s no match for him among the human females of Earth. He doesn’t have time for that kind of distraction.

Mated or not, he’s on his way to Earth to help newly-mated females adjust to the life awaiting them on Pyros. All he has to do is keep them healthy and happy during the voyage home. It should be the easiest assignment of his career.

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have tail will travelHAVE TAIL WILL TRAVEL: CELESTIAL MATES by Nancey Cummings

Tragedy left Merit as the guardian to two young kits and he’s in over his head. He needs help. He has no time for romance and doesn’t think he needs it. He applies to Celestial Mates, willing to take the first available female, even a flat-faced, ugly human.

What he gets is a woman whose mind challenges him and patience humbles him.

He brought her to his planet under false pretenses. Now he hopes he can make it right before she leaves for good.

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theirs to defyTHEIRS TO DEFY by Stasia Black

Drea doesn’t let anyone close. Ever.

She has a mission: save the women she was forced to leave behind at the all-women’s island of Nomansland. When she’s thrown in prison by the President of the New Republic, though, she has no choice but to depend on her nemesis, Eric Wolford, the Commander of Jacob’s Well for help.

Eric has his own reasons for wanting to help Drea, ones he’s not even fully ready to admit to himself. But ever since she showed up, bedraggled and furious on his doorstep, Drea Valentine has been a fascinating puzzle he can’t help but want to solve.

Nothing’s ever simple in the apocalypse, though, is it?

They soon find themselves in DIRE need of help. And what better way to create an unstoppable team than to build a family… or… a clan?

Drea never thought in a million years she’d be walking down the aisle to take vows as a clan bride to 5 men. Then again, she swore an oath that she’d do anything if it meant saving her girls.

But does exchanging vows and letting them in to her bed mean she has to let them into her heart?

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vrehxVREHX (CONQUERED WORLD BOOK 1) by Elin Wynn

Giant spiders, walking trees, bloodthirsty vines.
For Jeneva, it’s just another day trying to survive in the jungles of Ankau.
Until the sky ripped open, and the true monsters came through.
Now her world is under attack, and the only place of safety may be at the side of a rock-hard scaled alien.
But he’s filled with secrets – how can she trust him?

Vrehx cares for nothing other than the destruction of the Xathi hordes who burned his home and killed his family.
But when a weapons test goes horribly wrong, the battle spills over to an uncharted world.
The planet is filled with lethal native life…but nothing is more dangerous than the human woman who obsesses his thoughts.

When war rages around them, can they fight together, or will his burning need for her drive them apart?

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cat shifters of aaidarCAT SHIFTERS OF AAIDAR: ESCAPE (BOOK ONE) by Laney Kaye and Christina Wilder

VS Note: From mid September

A cat shifter mercenary–gun, fangs, and claws for hire–doesn’t fall for a pretty little human. It’s cost the Regime big-time to have me and my guys hunt down the Resistance fighters skulking in caves spread across this gods-forsaken planet. My sole focus here is this deployment.

Until Maya touches me, igniting the first phase of a bondmate.

It doesn’t matter how freakin’ sweet she is. How sexy. No way in all seven hells will I complete the three bonds. As long as I don’t kiss her, we won’t hit second base. And I’ll be damn sure to keep my hands off her incredible body, because having sex with her would bring on bond three, linking our souls for eternity.

Problem is, now it’s not just my damn life that’s in danger.
My heart is in all kinds of trouble.

Herc has to believe I’m nothing more than a nurse working for the Regime. If he finds out I’ve infiltrated the military compound to rescue my imprisoned sister, my life’s in danger.

He may be the hottest guy I’ve ever seen –shifter or man–but I refuse to bond with someone who’s hunting my people into extinction.

Now that my mission’s accomplished, I can flee into the desert. He’ll never find me once I’m hidden in the Resistance stronghold. Problem is, Herc’s hot on my heels. If he catches me, will he return me to the Regime? Or does he have his own–very personal–plan for me instead?

Hooking up with me will ruin Herc’s career and make him an enemy of his own people.
But if he hands me over to the firing squad, the bullets won’t need to hit my heart to shatter me into a billion pieces.

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giselleGISELLE by Linda Mooney

VS Note: The author explained the scifi apocalyptic twist to me since I haven’t read it and the blurb is a bit mysterious (but I can’t give spoilers!) so I’m including the book today!

Sick of the same day in, day out, soul-sucking job, Giles Noft decides it’s time for a change. Starting a new career as a voice actor with Voce Audio, he realizes it’s also the perfect opportunity to narrate his own published book after hours.

Renting studio space in the evenings, Giles plans to have his book finished in a couple weeks. What he didn’t expect was to find a companion while in the recording studio, or for that companion to completely turn his world and his future upside down.

A chance and seemingly impossible encounter with Giselle Renard changes his entire life. Armed with new information, Giles starts planning for a tomorrow no one knows is coming. Their fast friendship leads to more, but “The End” is closing in. And although neither want their time in the studio to be over, they know there is no way they can avoid the cold, hard reality of what has been, and what is to be.

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kyllianKYLLIAN: DELTA UTOPIA 6 by Celeste Raye

Savanah survived her time in an unsanctioned, underground sex trafficking organization on Delti Utopia 6. She made a vow to find and release those left behind. If that meant taking on the entire organization herself, then so be it.

Kyllian was raised by his mother, a weredragon, on Earth. They were abandoned by his father when it became clear that Kyllian was of his mother’s species. Now, his father wanted him on Delti Utopia 6 for a reason that baffled Kyllian, as there was no love between them. Their agendas and personalities clashed until Kyllian realized his father wasn’t in control of his own mind.

Kyllian and Savanah must join forces with pirates and the authorities to discover the depths of the sex trafficking. An unknown evil force is behind it and may prove deadly to Savanah and those she loves, including Kyllian who has become the man that took her heart.

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red between the linesRED BETWEEN THE LINES by Parker Foye

Wynfield, a washed-up former Corpsman with optical bioware and a healthy chip on his shoulder, is reluctantly drawn into a conspiracy to take down Nutrindustry, the company responsible for both his “upgrade” from human and the city’s food shortage.

Playing clinic doctor for the day, Yeven doesn’t expect the mouthy former pilot and their begrudging attraction—nor the fresh twist of shame for his part in Nutrindustry’s past. He needs Wynfield, though, and for more than his smart mouth. Feelings would just get in the way.

In a world where the line between man and metal is thin, there’s more happening behind the scenes than even Wynfield’s enhanced optics are able to see.

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mach oneMACH ONE: INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY (CYBORG COWBOYS OF CARBON COUNTY BOOK 1) by Elsa Jade

VS Note: One clicked this one.

Oversized Montana rancher Mach Halley’s very big Stetson and giant belt buckle are hiding a secret of cosmic proportions: He’s a survivor of a transgalactically prohibited private army of cyborg alien warriors built to kill. But with a long-dormant member of his unit about to be born, he needs a healer—even if it’s a pretty little lady doc who must forget everything she sees.

Making a name for herself in rural, large animal veterinary medicine has been tough for Doctor Chien Lun-mei, so she takes a strange midnight call to prove herself—only to discover a secret wilder than any bucking bronc. If she rants about UFOs and ETs, she’ll be laughed out of the county, but this strong, silent cowboy who feels even more out of place than she does touches her in more ways than one.

Together they’ll fight to save an alien life, but for Mach to escape a war he never wanted, he’ll have to risk an alien love.

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warriors plightWARRIOR’S PLIGHT (CADI WARRIORS BOOK 6) by Stephanie West

Vintor crossed the universe to save the human race, except things didn’t go quite as planned. He awoke to find himself imprisoned in a human stronghold, fighting against the drugs they used to subdue him. That’s where he found her, his enemy and his only salvation.

Working for a secret branch of the government had taken its toll on Maya, but there was no way out, not if she wanted to hold back Armageddon and protect everyone she loved. The beast of a red man from an unknown race who showed up on her operating table only highlighted what she’d fought to repress—she couldn’t spend another day in this living hell.

When her own people served her up like a sacrificial lamb, Maya squeezed her eyes shut and waited for death’s release as the demonic alien pinned her to the wall. She never expected to find redemption in the arms of a captive alien or a love so strong she was willing to take on the world to free them both. Getting lost in the embrace of her warrior was a wonderful plight.

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tyreTYRE (AEON 14 BUILDING NEW CANAAN BOOK 2) by J J Green

Erin’s next mission takes her further insystem in New Canaan, to the word of Tyre.

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aliens smith and jonesALIENS, SMITH AND JONES (THE PRIMROSE FILES) by Blaine D Arden

Working for a secret organisation specialising in alien cover-ups, Connor Smith is no stranger to the abnormal or dangerous. His love life on the other hand… not so exciting. Until he reluctantly agrees to a blind date and meets the perfect bloke, Jason.

Things are finally falling into place for Connor, so of course that’s when he attracts an alien stalker.

Noah Jones, ex-alien, has been stranded on Earth and forced to live as a human since 1648. Alone and detached from the world around him, Noah has spent centuries observing and recording humankind. In all that time, he’s only experienced a connection with a human once… until he finds Connor.

Even knowing Connor is in a relationship, Noah can’t ignore their potential bond, or stay away…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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delphi revolutionTHE DELPHI REVOLUTION (THE DELPHI TRILOGY BOOK 3) by Rysa Walker

Eighteen-year-old Anna Morgan is on the run from the very government project that created her abilities. Now they seek to weaponize the gift she doesn’t want and can’t control: the invasion of her mind and her body by spirits, some of whom have their own unusual powers. Her latest “hitcher” is a former top Delphi executive. Unlike Anna’s previous guests, this one has taken over, and he’s on a personal mission of revenge.

The target is Senator Ronald Cregg, a corrupt, power-hungry presidential candidate. One of Delphi’s creators, he’s now manipulating the public into believing “psychic terrorists” are a scourge to be eliminated. There’s only one way to stop him, but Anna draws the line at murder.

Pulled into a dark conspiracy, Anna struggles to reclaim her body, mind, and soul as she and the other Delphi psychics join together to fight for their right to exist.

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future is femaleTHE FUTURE IS FEMALE edited by Lisa Yaszek

VS Note: Not romances, all very old re-releases but it’s of note this week.

SF-expert Lisa Yaszek presents the biggest and best survey of the female tradition in American science fiction ever published, a thrilling collection of twenty-five classic tales. From Pulp Era pioneers to New Wave experimentalists, here are over two dozen brilliant writers ripe for discovery and rediscovery, including Leslie F. Stone, Judith Merril, Leigh Brackett, Kit Reed, Joanna Russ, James Tiptree Jr., and Ursula K. Le Guin. Imagining strange worlds and unexpected futures, looking into and beyond new technologies and scientific discoveries, in utopian fantasies and tales of cosmic horror, these women created and shaped speculative fiction as surely as their male counterparts. Their provocative, mind-blowing stories combine to form a thrilling multidimensional voyage of literary-feminist exploration and recovery.

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star crossed anthologySTAR CROSSED by Various

VS Note: My understanding is these are all previously published novels but a good scifi romance selection.

Sci-fi to fall in love with…
7 full-length novels that explore the future without forgetting that the most dangerous battles will always be within the human heart. Aliens, AI, cyborgs, galactic empires, space battles, and romance…you’ll find them all here, along with heroines and heroes you’ll cheer for.
Space doesn’t have to be cold! Download Star Crossed today.

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earthquakesEARTHQUAKES by A T Weaver

David Cummings has dreams.
For ten years, he’s dreamed about two men who lived in turn-of-the-century San Francisco. He feels that he was one of the men. Their relationship was cut short when one of them died in the great earthquake and fire.
David decides to go to San Francisco to see if either man really existed. There he meets Marc Willis.

Marc Willis has dreams of two men as well. He feels that he was one of the men.

As David and Marc search for answers, they wonder:
Are they the same two souls?
Did they know and love each other in that past life?
Will Fate grant them a happy ending this time?
Or, will this life end in tragedy like before

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queen of dragaQUEEN OF DRAGA (THE DRAGA COURT SERIES BOOK 5) by Emma Dean

VS Note: No blurb was shown for this one

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vasiVASI: PRISONER OF THE ALIEN PRINCE by A K Vincent

The vasi were supposed to be a legend. It was said that they’d existed hundreds of years ago, then vanished without a trace. When Tera’s research crew is captured and taken aboard an alien space station it becomes impossible for her to deny that the vasi exist. With her entire crew’s lives on the line she’s given a choice: allow them all to die, or submit herself to a twisted experiment—one that will require her to lie with a vasi prince.

Prince Cale, a half-human outcast among the vasi royalty, has been taught all his life that humans are vile and cannot be trusted—so when his human prisoner stirs a desire within him that’s deeper than anything he’s ever known, his very existence is called into question. The human named Tera threatens to change everything that Cale and the vasi believe to be true—for better or worse. The vasi who don’t want Tera in their bed want her dead, and Prince Cale must step out of the shadow of his brothers if he hopes to hold on to what’s rightfully his.

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arrows of the heeart jeffeTHE ARROWS OF THE HEART ( UNCHARTED REALMS BOOK 4) by Jeffe Kennedy

VS note: I LOVE this series (and the Twelve Kingdoms series which came first) and this was another great entry. After I finished reading ARROWS, I re-read all the books, going back to the beginning! I did receive an ARC of this book.

As the Twelve Kingdoms and their allies are drawn toward war, a princess cast aside must discover a purpose she never dreamed of…

Karyn af Hardie behaved like a proper Dasnarian wife. She acquiesced, she accepted, she submitted. Until her husband gave her a choice: their loveless, unconsummated royal marriage—or her freedom. Karyn chose freedom. But with nowhere to run except into the arms of Dasnaria’s enemies, she wonders if she’s made a mistake. She wants love, security, a family. She can’t imagine finding any of it among the mercurial Tala.

Worst of all is Zyr. The uninhibited shapeshifter is everywhere she looks. He’s magnetic, relentless, teasing and tempting as if she’s free to take her pleasure where she wishes. As if there isn’t a war rising before them, against a vile and demanding force far stronger than they. But with Karyn’s loyalty far from certain, Zyr offers her only chance to aid the defense—a dangerous gambit to seek out a land not seen in centuries, using clues no one can decipher. Together, they’ll have every opportunity to fail—and one chance to steal something truly precious.

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prince of dreamsPRINCE OF DREAMS (HOUSE OF TERRIOT BOOK 4) by Nancy Gideon

VA Note: I’ve been reading weekly snippets from the book and really enjoying the ‘voice’ and the story. Put it on my TBR List.

Kip . . . Prince in the shapeshifter House of Terriot – He’d said he wasn’t a mobster. . . She should have asked if he was a monster.

Who was this too good to be true, always ready in a crisis guy working a menial job for her father? Ophelia knew things. Something was not quite normal about the Kip Terriot hiding behind another name in lace-up dress shoes and a preppy wardrobe – something wild and exciting as all hell. A dangerous something calling to that restless difference in her own soul.

Ophelia . . . daughter of his enemy, girl of his dreams – So sassy, so sweet so perfect . . . and what he had to do would destroy her.

Kip was in New Orleans to save his clan and his kind, not to play white knight for Ophelia Brady with her quirky habits, curvy body and tormented past. His deception would rip the heart from her world, not help heal it. Was his family’s nemesis using his own daughter to make Kip the played instead of the player, pulling him between love and duty to make an impossible choice?

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mate to sacrificeA MATE TO SACRIFICE (THE HUNTERS BOOK 2) by Laylah Roberts

A mistake she deeply regrets…
Growing up the daughter of a gang member, Peyton didn’t exactly have a life filled with cupcakes, family holidays and daddy-daughter dances.
Not unless you counted a trip to the prison to visit your daddy a family holiday.
So what does she do? She stupidly accepts a proposal from the first man offering an escape.
He was supposed to be her savior.
He turned into her nightmare.

A female of their dreams…
On the hunt for a murderer, no one is more surprised than Caden and Sangel when they come across a fragile, tiny, human female — with a backbone of steel and a mouth like razorblades.
She is everything they ever wanted. But when she sacrifices herself to save Sangel, will they lose it all?

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tranceTRANCE (THE SLEEPING COURT BOOK 3) by Dagmar Avery and K Margaret

Surviving the attack on the Sithen, Verity, Prince Aziz and both their guard are shaken and on high alert. So when an emissary from High Court comes to ‘invite’ Princess Verity to the monarchy competition, weeks ahead of schedule, Verity knows that her timetable has been accelerated and there isn’t much that she can do.

But her guard, allies and ladies in waiting are ready, and they will not let House Salim have a poor showing at court.

High Court has its own dangers, and when Verity and her guard are presented with not only challenges, but mysteries, they are more than ready to meet everything thrown at them.

Allies will be won.
Gauntlets will be thrown.
And the competition for the crown will begin.

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dark seductionDARK SEDUCTION by Various including Larissa Ione and four more

A box set of five paranormal romance novels that will slay you!

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cards of love the moonCARDS OF LOVE: THE MOON (NEW CAMELOT BOOK 4) by Sierra Simone

She’s angry that I left. I’m angry that I died.
It’s the trouble with our two lives: we don’t only have one past to work through, but two. Double the pain, twice the betrayal.
A million times the tragedy.
***The Moon is the story of Merlin and Nimue from the New Camelot trilogy. It’s recommended that you read the trilogy first, as there are American King spoilers in The Moon.***

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roam dez schwartzROAM by Dez Schwartz

Ethan Roam suffers from night terrors and vivid daydreams, which lead him to the doorstep of the eccentric Dr. Grady Hunter, who thrusts him into a world of supernatural misfits. Ethan quickly learns that there’s more reality to his dreams than he suspected.

As Ethan unravels the truth behind his nightmares and falls into his first experience with love, he also finds himself the target of a sinister plan.

Ethan’s trust in his new companions will be tested and he’ll have to decide who he can rely on and who he must defy in order to survive a fatal Halloween night.

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vampire hookVAMPIRE HOOK (ANGLER BOOK 6) by Annie Nicholas

VS Note: Reviews state there’s a cliffhanger but are favorable.

Island living in Greece is a far cry from Connie’s NYC roots. She’s gone from vampire bait to their king’s consort. She’s found love, a home, and started a family with Rurik—and their lover, Tane. But as the king’s power has grown, so has the caliber of his enemies, and there are those eager to dethrone him.

When vampires attack their home, Connie is stripped of everything. Now she’s on her own, a soccer mom with rusty slayer skills, a city girl lost in the Carpathian Mountains. With both of her lovers MIA, she has no choice but to mount a rescue with the aid of the unlikeliest of partners.

She knows there’s little chance she’ll survive, but family is everything, and she would risk it all for her men and their daughter.

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court of fire and metalA COURT OF FIRE AND METAL (WAR OF THE GODS BOOK 2) by Meg Xuemei X

The four mighty, smoking-hot warriors had wanted to use Cass Saélihn as the weapon to kill the Olympian gods, but they fell for her instead. Now all they want is to protect her. So they hide Cass in the magically glamoured Academy, the only safe place for earthlings.

But Cass won’t cower or run from danger. She sets her own rules and stands her ground, no matter how her blood heats for her alpha mates. She’s determined to take the fight to the gods, not as a weapon but a leader.

Yet an all-powerful, beautiful, cruel god is already among them, much closer than she and her four mates can imagine. He covets Cass and her power more than anything, and when the god strikes, he leaves nothing to chance.

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allisdon and the torrid tea partyALLISON AND THE TORRID TEA PARTY (HAREM OF HEARTS BOOK 2) by C M Stunich

I met fallen angel princes; I met a Savage Duke; I met a Cheshire Cat.
And remember—how could you possibly forget—I’m the fabled Alice from the prophecy.
Just a twisted, dark version of the girl in Lewis Carroll’s old books.

Except in those books, there was a happy ending.
In those books, Alice wasn’t dating nine very different, very beautiful men.
But now that I’ve met the King of Hearts and the Mad Hatter, I’m not sure who the real bad guys are.

I’m the only one who can turn Underland back into Wonderland again.
But if I have a chance to escape the blood, the death, and the intrigue in this place, should I take it?
I’m Allison Liddell, and I’ve got a choice to make: stay here and fight the darkness, defeat the Anti-Alice, and survive the Torrid Tea Party … or run.

Tweedledee says I can change the world.
So if you’re reading this, will you help me decide what I should do?
I want to go home, but I can’t leave this place as broken as I found it, now can I?

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council of consortsCOUNCIL OF CONSORTS #1 by Jade Lewis

VS Note: Cliffhanger

The great Council of Unnaturals has been around since the beginning of time, each member replaced by their eldest child when the time comes.

And my mother is the head of the Oasis.
Her eldest? Well, that would be me.
But I’m not interested. I’d rather live above ground.
Besides, there are much better things to do with my time, like saving a family of shifters, keeping humans from causing mass extinctions, and fighting back demon hordes.
Magic is my weapon of choice, and I wield it with precision.
But my people are relentless and send a small group of handsome men to capture me. An angel, a vampire, and a wolf. ..(much more blurb on ebook seller site…)

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piece of dragonPIECE OF DRAGON (QILIN CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by Laurel Chase

The Ringmaster is coming… to steal me away.

For years, my odd ability to manipulate others kept me one step ahead of the Underbelly Circus – a place nobody like me lives through.

Everything goes to hell when a gorgeous stranger dies right in front of me, resurrects himself as a dragon, and begs me to follow him straight into the Underbelly beast.

He claims I’m the lost Qilin Queen – a magical freaking unicorn.I can smell the truth in his words, and he’s desperate. How can I help him, if he works for my greatest enemy?The answer comes barreling into my world when his brothers-in-arms find me, too – lion shifter, mage, fae, merman, and vampire.They’re all from a magical world beyond mine, and they need me to help them find the way home.

Only a pure Qilin can find the Path, and these six men think I’m the last one alive.I’m Carlyle Licorne, and I’m no innocent unicorn.

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bride for the dragonA BRIDE FOR THE DRAGON (LOST DRAGONS BOOK 4) by Zoe Chant

Trapped in human form. Stripped of his memories and transported to a strange city where none of his magic works. His only ally: A beautiful stranger who seems to have known him all his life.

Dragon prince Liev Drakos has no idea what’s going on. But he’s sure of one thing: He’ll protect this mysterious woman from the beastly assassins pursuing her, or die trying.

Because even if he doesn’t know her, there’s something about her that calls to the deepest part of him… something that he knows he can’t live without.

Robbed of her powers. A murderous manticore on her tail. The only person she can trust: An amnesiac dragon prince who sets her soul on fire.

Dragon shifter Darklis Novak is happy leading a quiet life, loving nothing more than curling up with a good book. But now she’s on the run from a deadly threat, and in way over her head.

She has only her wits, the clothes on her back… and a devastatingly handsome dragon prince, who doesn’t remember her name – much less that he’s her fated mate.

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stone heartSTONE HEART (THE GARGOYLE PROTECTORS BOOK 1) by Ariel Marie

An unknown entity, an unexplained power source… Earth was in danger.

Gargoyles, a winged humanoid race of warriors, had spent thousands of years ensuring the survival of the planet. Rhodack Gahnoth, leader of Clan Gahnoth, demanded his gargoyles defend the realm against a new threat. Sending his most trusted warrior to investigate the unexplainable, he was left speechless when the warrior returned with a little wisp of a female with golden hair by the name of Rina Smith.

Her powers were the strongest of any being, and something was hunting her down. To make matters worse, she was under a powerful spell, believed herself to be human, and she was Rhodack’s mate…(more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)

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palace of lost memoriesTHE PALACE OF LOST MEMORIES (AFTER THE RIFT BOOK 1) by C J Archer

The king’s magnificent palace was built in a matter of weeks. No one saw the builders, no villagers are allowed beyond the gilded gate, and only one servant has ever left. The haunted look in her eyes as she was recaptured by the palace guards is something Josie, daughter of the village doctor, has never forgotten.

For Josie, the palace is a mystery that grows more intriguing after she meets the captain of the guards, a man known only as Hammer, as mysterious and captivating as the palace itself. Whispers of magic fuel Josie’s desire to uncover the truth, but an ordinary girl like her can only dream of ever being invited inside.

When the king decides to take a wife from among the eligible daughters of the noble families, the palace gates are finally thrown open and the kingdom’s elite pour in. In a court where old rivalries and new jealousies collide, the king’s favorite is poisoned and the doctor is summoned. As her father’s assistant, Josie finally sees inside the lavish walls, but she soon learns the palace won’t surrender its secrets easily, for not a single resident, from the lowest servant to the king himself, has a memory from before the palace existed.

In the search for the truth, Josie is drawn deeper into danger, and the answers she seeks might shake the very foundations of the kingdom.

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dragon nightDRAGON NIGHT: A DARK KINGS NOVELLA by Donna Grant

There has never been a hunt that Dorian has lost. With his sights sent on a relic the Dragon Kings need to battle an ancient foe, he won’t let anything stand in his way – especially not the beautiful owner. Alexandra is smart and cautious. Yet the attraction between them is impossible to deny – or ignore. But is it a road Dorian dares to travel down again?

With her vast family fortune, Alexandra Sheridan is never without suitors. No one is more surprised than she when the charming, devilish Scotsman snags her attention. But the secrets Dorian holds is like a wall between them until one fateful night when he shares everything. In his arms she finds passion like no other – and a love that will transcend time. But can she give her heart to a dragon??

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power surgePOWER SURGE (THE EVANSTAR CHRONICLES) by Sara Codair

Erin has just realized that for the entirety of their life, their family has lied to them. Their Sight has been masked for years, so Erin thought the Pixies and Mermaids were hallucinations. Not only are the supernatural creatures they see daily real, but their grandmother is an Elf, meaning Erin isn’t fully human. On top of that, the dreams Erin thought were nightmares are actually prophecies.

While dealing with the anger they have over all of the lies, they are getting used to their new boyfriend, their boyfriend’s bullying ex, and the fact that they come from a family of Demon Hunters. As Erin struggles through everything weighing on them, they uncover a Demon plot to take over the world.

Erin just wants some time to work through it all on their own terms, but that’s going to have to wait until after they help save the world.

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reluctant psychicRELUCTANT PSYCHIC (SASHA URBAN SERIES BOOK 3) by Dima Zales and Anna Zaires

Life as a seer is not all it’s cracked up to be. Especially when you’re unemployed, and your former boss blacklists you everywhere.
Or when a legendary Russian witch calls in a favor owed, demanding the unthinkable.
When danger threatens everyone around me, there’s only one man I can turn to—and he may not be what he seems.

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blanca and rojaBLANCA & ROJA by Anna-Marie McElmore

VS Note: Not sure there’s romance but sounds like an intriguing take on two fairy tales.

The del Cisne girls have never just been sisters; they’re also rivals, Blanca as obedient and graceful as Roja is vicious and manipulative. They know that, because of a generations-old spell, their family is bound to a bevy of swans deep in the woods. They know that, one day, the swans will pull them into a dangerous game that will leave one of them a girl, and trap the other in the body of a swan.

But when two local boys become drawn into the game, the swans’ spell intertwines with the strange and unpredictable magic lacing the woods, and all four of their fates depend on facing truths that could either save or destroy them.

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impotster kingTHE IMPOSTER KING: BOOK 2 OF THE IMPOSTER SERIES by Wendy Rathbone

Dare and Prince Malory are happily married and in love, but the secret of Dare’s true identity as a mere servant threatens their romantic bliss.

Messages to the king of Brookfall go unanswered, and rumors of war unsettle both kingdoms. Until one day heralds arrive with bags of gold to ransom Dare and demand his return to Brookfall.

King Millard, Prince Malory’s father, orders Dare to make the journey to see his father. But Dare is not the true heir, and if they meet, the secret he and Mal have been guarding will be revealed. Also, impersonating a royal means a death penalty offense. Worse, it could mean all-out war between their countries.

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bitten by the beastBITTEN BY THE BEAST by Alexa Riley

Juliet Simon gets herself into all kinds of situations, but breaking into the scary mansion near her college campus has got to take the cake. When she finds more than she bargains for behind closed doors, will her fear take over, or will she fall for the beast?

Kane Viscardi is unlike other vampires. He’s spent most of his time hiding away and is alone in the world without a mate. Until one night when there’s an unexpected knock at the door. Suddenly something awakens inside of him for the first time in a century.

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mission her rescuerMISSION: HER RESCUE (TEAM 52) by Anna Hackett

VS note: Not scifi but I love all her books!

When archeologist January’s plane is shot down over the Guatemalan jungle, she knows she’s being hunted for the invaluable Mayan artifacts she’s carrying. Only one man and his team can save her…the covert, black ops Team 52, and the distrusting former CIA operative who drives her crazy…

Dr. January James has a motto: live life to the fullest. A terrible incident in her past, where she lost both her mother and her innocence, taught her that. Now she spends her days on archeological digs doing the work she loves. When her team uncovers a pair of dangerous artifacts in an overgrown temple, she knows they need to be secured and safeguarded. But someone else knows about the artifacts…and will kill to get them.

Working for the CIA, Seth Lynch learned the hard way that people lie and will always stab you in the back. He has the scars to prove it. He lives for his work with Team 52—ensuring pieces of powerful ancient technology don’t fall into the wrong hands. When he learns that the feisty, independent archeologist who works his last nerve has died in a plane crash, he makes it his mission to discover who the hell is responsible.

Deep in the jungle, Seth rescues a very-much alive January and it is up to him to keep both her and the artifacts safe. Hunted from every side, their attraction is explosive and fiery, but with January’s life on the line, Seth must fight his own demons in order to rescue the woman he can no longer resist.

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

October 3

September 26

September 19

September 12

September 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.  

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.

 

How To Get Off the Planet? Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedSwitching to excerpts from STAR CRUISE: MYSTERY DANCER, my novel in the upcoming Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3 anthology! The story has a definite ‘Anastasia’ vibe…

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.

The excerpt (Tassia’s elderly companion has been murdered, she escaped but  her problems still abound so she asks her companion F’rrh for help. F’rrh is a little like an alien genie.): 

What am I going to do? How am I going to get off this damn planet?

She had Sectors citizenship papers, as phony as could be, but perfect forgeries right down to the holo seal. Xandrina had spent the bulk of their funds on obtaining the precious documents for both of them. But their carefully hoarded credits had run out after the flight to this world cost more than expected due to enemy disruption of shipping lanes and Tassia’s ultimate destination lay many lightyears away in the next Sector, out of reach.

When she thought she was far enough from the hotel, she hailed a robo cab and headed for the spaceport. Sitting in the back of the tiny vehicle, she opened the pack a fraction, slid her hand inside and rubbed the top of the shiny, lacquered box, opening the lid a fraction. I need a way to get offworld for free.

For a moment nothing happened as she touched the box, and Tassia’s heart sank.

Embrace_the_passion_Pets_in_space3_pauline_Baird_jonesSTAR CRUISE: MYSTERY DANCER blurbTassia Megg is a woman on the run after the death of her elderly guardian. Her search to get off the planet in a hurry comes when chance directs her to an open dance audition for the luxury cruise liner Nebula Zephyr’s resident troupe. If there is one thing Tassia can do, it is dance!

Security Officer Liam Austin is suspicious of the newest performer to join the Comettes. She shows all the signs of being a woman on the run and seems to fit the Sectors-wide broadcast description of a missing thief, accused of stealing priceless artifacts. As he gets to know Tassia during the cruise, he starts to wonder if she’s something more – a long vanished princess in hiding from deadly political enemies of her family perhaps? And what’s the story with the three-eyed feline companion other crew members swear Tassia brought aboard the ship? Does the animal even exist?

As the ship approaches its next port of call, all the issues come to a boil and Liam must decide if he’ll step in to help Tassia or betray her. Life is about to get very interesting aboard the Nebula Zephyr as Liam tries to uncover the truth. Could F’rrh, the peculiar alien cat he has been hearing about, be the key to the mystery and Tassia’s fate?

Anthology Blurb:

Pets in Space™ is back! Join us as we unveil eleven original, never-before-published action-filled romances that will heat your blood and warm your heart! New York Times, USA Today and Award-winning authors S.E. Smith, Anna Hackett, Ruby Lionsdrake, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Carol Van Natta, Tiffany Roberts, Alexis Glynn Latner, E D Walker, JC Hay, and Kyndra Hatch combine their love for Science Fiction Romance and pets to bring readers sexy, action-packed romances while helping our favorite charity. Proud supporters of Hero-Dogs.org, Pets in Space™ authors have donated over $4,400 in the past two years to help place specially trained dogs with veterans. Open your hearts and grab your limited release copy of Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space™ 3 today!

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Carol Van Natta Talks CATS OF WAR Pets In Space 3

Embrace_the_passion_Pets_in_space3_pauline_Baird_jonesVeronica: Always fun to talk scifi with USA Today Best Selling Author Carol Van Natta!

Carol: We writers of the stories for Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3 are a wildly inventive lot. All the stories have romances, of course, because it is a science fiction romance anthology, but they also have some very unusual pets. They play a pivotal role in causing trouble, bringing the lovers together, and/or saving the day.

In my story, CATS OF WAR, the pets are two top-secret, genetically-engineered creatures named Novo and Boz. (For more about the ethics-challenged pet-trade industry that created them, see Pet Trade, my novella from last year’s anthology.) They are mostly feline, but with enhancements, such as wings, opposable thumbs (they can operate the can opener!), and camouflage coloring. Oh, and they’re telepathic. My own home cats insist that all space opera is better with cats, and for this story, I have to agree. See the excerpt below for the human heroine’s first introduction to the cats of war.

I asked the other authors in Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3 to tell you about their story’s pets (don’t worry—no spoilers).

  • S.E. Smith: HEART OF THE CAT – Cinnamon and Spice are white Bengal tigers that were recovered from an illegal exotic animal trader. They are extremely protective of their mistress, which complicates things for my amorous hero.
  • Anna Hackett: DESERT HUNTER – Fiend is an alien canine of unknown origin. He’s big, scruffy and protective with a barbed tail to watch out for. He’s also hiding some dark secrets…
  • Ruby Lionsdrake: QUASHI — That’s the name of the species and the real start of the story. There are dozens of them in the adventure, but only Roberta gets named and does more than trill in a cage. These are like old Star Trek tribbles except they have legs, antennae, and blue fur. Favorite food? Apple slices. (BTW, Roberta is concerned that everybody else’s critter is a predator.)
  • Veronica Scott: STAR CRUISE MYSTERY DANCER: The pet is F’rrh, resembling a Siamese cat but with three eyes. F’rrh is a jenfellini, an alien spirit similar to a genie who doesn’t grant wishes but will occasionally utter a prophecy.
  • Pauline Baird Jones: OPERATION ARK: Tiger is a caticorn – he has a small horse body, but his head is a cat’s with a small, single horn in the center of his forehead. He has secrets and plays a key role in resolving a crisis in my story.
  • Alexis Glynn Latner: STARWAY – Strelka, nicknamed Star, is delicately built little dog with thick white fur. She’s a Wendisan Chivvier, the only dog breed native to the interstellar city called Wendis. Chivviers are bred to be very good at finding missing people and misplaced things.
  • E.D. Walker: THE BAJO CATS OF ANTEROS XII – I have two bajo kittens in my story. They’re brightly coloring (like a Lisa Frank illustration come to life), and they also secrete a psychotropic substance from their fur that causes some…uh, complications in my story.
  • Tiffany Roberts: HUNTER OF THE TIDE – Ikaros is a prixxir, a land and sea creature. They’re scale covered predators with sharp claws and teeth, very territorial, and are usually in packs. He’s fiercely protective of those he has bonded with and loves, who he has claimed as ‘his pack’, and will place himself in danger to defend them…despite being a pup. Prixxir are intelligent and can read body language and emotions, allowing Ikaros to be the perfect companion.
  • JC Hay: SHADOW OF THE PAST – JJ is an Umbra Wolf pup. Umbra Wolves are rendered mostly invisible when not in polarized light, and develop an empathic bond with the SpecOps soldiers they’re paired with. The wolfbond benefits both Ranger and Wolf, but carries a risk as the death of one can destroy the other as well.
  • Kyndra Hatch:  AFTER THE FALL – H’tch and K’mi are moghas, which form a one-time bond with a Korthan biped. H’tch already has his alpha master companion, but K’mi is still waiting for one when the story starts. If it were possible to get a cross between a wolf and a fox of Earth, that’s what they generally look like, except that they have long antennae sticking up from the tips of their ears with feather-like tufts on the ends. They also have retractable fingers in their front paws that help them grab and climb.

Here’s the excerpt I promised you from CATS OF WAR. Ferra, the human main character, is in a prison of sorts, working off a restitution debt. When she discovers two creatures in the pouring rain, she feels compelled to smuggle them into her cell, despite the risks. Now that they and she are temporarily safe, she discovers what she has rescued.

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Carol’s pets, Artist Nyssa Juneau

THE EXCERPT: She closed up the lab, returned the gravcart, and walked back to her cell. She closed and locked the door behind her, just like any other evening.

The bed looked inviting, but first, she had to look after the cats. She could feel their presence in her mind, even if she couldn’t see them. She used the wallcomp to turn up the lights and darken her only window.

The female oozed out from under the bed, followed by the male.

Now that she saw them in better light, she didn’t know what she was looking at. Wide, cat-like heads and ears, with narrower muzzles, and nose flaps. Mottled dark fur with a faint rosette pattern, and folded, bat-style wings with fine downy fur. No orange stripe on the female’s wing, so that must have been a trick of the light. Their front paws had sharp-looking claws and opposable toes. Their tails were long and ovoid.

We are cats. That was the female.

We were made for war, thought the male.

Food? asked the female.

Ferra didn’t know what to do with cats designed for war, since the Central Galactic Concordance government had kept the peace across the galaxy for the last two centuries, but she could do something about food.

She reached up to the top shelf of her closet to retrieve the mealpack she’d stashed there two days ago. She triggered the heater and put it on a narrow counter that served as the cell’s desk and table to warm.

She sat on the bed and pulled off her clammy shoes and tossed them onto the drying mat by the door. “Do you have names?”

The female’s tale twitched. Yes.

Ferra laughed. The cat was just like some AIs Ferra had known, unhelpfully literal and disdainful of imprecise questions. Ferra tried again, this time forming the words in her mind and projecting them to the female cat. What is your name?

My call sign is Novo Seventeen Alpha.

I am Bozlurian Four Delta, volunteered the male.

“I’ll just call you Novo and Boz, if you don’t mind.”

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Read more in CATS OF WAR, one of eleven new, original stories in
Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3

10% of the first month’s profits goes to Hero-Dogs.org

Story blurb for CATS OF WAR:

A repair technician must convince a disgraced military sub-captain to help her save two special cats before trouble engulfs them all.

Military Subcaptain Kedron Tauceti counts the days until he can leave the rare metals factory and his current duty station as the liaison to the Criminal Restitution and Indenture Obligation system. The post was protection—and punishment—for exposing a theft ring in his previous assignment. He’s more than ready to get his career back on track on a new base halfway across the galaxy, even if it means leaving behind the one person who makes him want to stay. Not that he’s told her, because technically, he’s her warden.

Former financial specialist and current indenturee Ferra Barray, hiding from her past, only has three months to go on her restitution sentence. She’s lucked into a tech repair job, and If she keeps her head down, she’ll be free to figure out her future. Unfortunately, the local boss behind every illegal scheme in the facility wants her to steal for him, and she’s running out of excuses. And now the heroically handsome Tauceti, who she hoped could help, is transferring out.

Everything changes when Ferra discovers two genetically modified cats. Saving them takes incredible risks. She doesn’t know what she’ll do if she can’t convince Tauceti to take them with him and keep them until she’s free to come for them.

When trouble erupts at the factory, it might just be the cats who save them. Find out what happens in this exciting stand-alone novella from Carol Van Natta’s award-winning Central Galactic Concordance space opera series.

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Anthology Blurb for Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3

Pets in Space is back! Join us as we unveil eleven original, never-before-published action-filled romances that will heat your blood and warm your heart! New York Times, USA Today and Award-winning authors S.E. Smith, Anna Hackett, Ruby Lionsdrake, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Carol Van Natta, Tiffany Roberts, Alexis Glynn Latner, E D Walker, JC Hay, and Kyndra Hatch combine their love for Science Fiction Romance and pets to bring readers sexy, action-packed romances while helping our favorite charity.

Proud supporters of Hero-Dogs.org, Pets in Space™ authors have donated over $4,400 in the past two years to help place specially trained dogs with disabled U.S. veterans and first responders.

Open your hearts and grab your limited release copy of Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3 today!

Website: https://www.petsinspaceantho.com/

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USA TODAY bestselling science fiction and fantasy author Carol Van Natta shares her Fort Collins, Colorado home with a resident mad scientist and various cats, all of whom would love to travel to the stars.

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

a treason of truthsAs 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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A TREASON OF TRUTHS by Ada Harper

She turned her back on her people and shifted her allegiance to the very Empire she was sent to betray

Now head spymaster, Lyre’s loyalty lies with Sabine, the Empress she has loved since childhood. But when Sabine visits the secretive Cloud Vault, the floating citadel home that Lyre betrayed, Lyre’s elaborate web of lies starts to untangle. Her very presence threatens Sabine’s future, and Lyre will do whatever it takes to protect her lover…even if that means sacrificing herself.

Empress Sabine Corvus has lived a life of service, pushing aside her own desires for the greater good. With the Empire teetering on the brink of war with the traitorous Syndicate, she cannot afford to show weakness. Although Lyre’s spymaster skills are her greatest weapon, their bond is Sabine’s Achilles’ heel. Regardless of the price, she will not give Lyre up.

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planet talzor needs bridesPLANET TALZOR NEEDS BRIDES (SHALHINARI SPACE CHRONICLES) by Eva Gordon

Mitzi leads a quiet life as a professional matchmaker. Her cozy life is turned upside down when she is chosen as the matchmaker for an alien species searching for wives. Naturally, she refuses. Unfortunately, she’s having a hard time saying no to the dashingly handsome but domineering alien warrior. Although, he makes her heart flutter, it’s a good thing he’s not her type.

Jax, captain of the Talzor starship, is ordered to hire a shalhinari, a spiritual matchmaker, to find soul mates for six of his men. He locates the best shalhinari on Earth; yet, Mitzi Selig the earthbound woman tries his patience. To his distress, he is drawn to her beauty, questioning his judgment. Worse, his long suppressed empathy gene awakens, a trait not seemly for a warrior.

The magnetic pull between Captain Jax and Mitzi is astronomical. Yet, can a tormented warrior and a woman who refuses to leave Earth find love? A long light-year distance relationship is one thing, but looming danger could curtail any chance for their star-crossed passion.

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ALIEN PRINCE CHARMING ZARA zeniaALIEN PRINCE CHARMING (TRILYN ALIEN FAIRY TALES BOOK 1) by Zara Zenia

Once upon a time, the Trilyn made contact with the people of Earth. In return for taking seven fertile females as brides for their seven princes, they would share their alien technology and enable Earth to create intergalactic space ships.

Prince Gardax, the eldest of the seven princes has endured years of searching for the human female who can bear his children. Two years of parties, genetic compatibility scanners, and failed attempts at finding the one woman who was meant for him.

In despair that he will never find his mate among the glittering party guests, Prince Gardax begins the search in earnest, and finds his mate in the most unlikely of places – the palace kitchens.

Amy Allan was just looking for a job, anything to ensure the survival of herself and her baby sister. Working in the great palace of the eldest Trilyn prince seemed like a good idea at the time, and the only option available for a war-refugee with a toddler in tow. But with a backbreaking workload and a nightmare boss, hoping for something better seems futile.

When the devastatingly handsome alien prince bursts into the kitchens demanding his mate, Amy’s last shred of hope disappears as her domineering boss, Darla, steps in to claim the prince for herself. Darla will stop at nothing to become a princess, even if it means threatening Amy and her sister. Can Amy defeat her nemesis and win the prince’s heart? Or will she lose everything she’s fought so hard to keep?

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exit strategy murderbotEXIT STRATEGY: THE MURDERBOT DIARIES by Martha Wells

VS Note: NOT a romance but oh, I LOVE this series! Have had this on pre-order forever.

Murderbot wasn’t programmed to care. So, its decision to help the only human who ever showed it respect must be a system glitch, right?

Having traveled the width of the galaxy to unearth details of its own murderous transgressions, as well as those of the GrayCris Corporation, Murderbot is heading home to help Dr. Mensah—its former owner (protector? friend?)—submit evidence that could prevent GrayCris from destroying more colonists in its never-ending quest for profit.

But who’s going to believe a SecUnit gone rogue?

And what will become of it when it’s caught?

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unbearable fearUNBEARABLE FEAR: BEARS OF ARIA by ML Guida

Walfea hides on Earth to forget the horrors of his past. He was a security bear for the Intrepid, but now doubts his abilities. The last thing he thought would happen is meeting his mate–a spirited girl with a terrible secret.

Skye Carr is on the run from a stalker. A friend lets her stay in a cabin the mountains that has a mysterious caretaker. Skye soon discovers he’s not a man, but a shifter. She thinks she’s safe, but she isn’t.

With betrayal and doubt on all sides, Walfea and Skye have to work together to escape their enemy. Can Skye trust a space bear with her life and her heart? And with the Intrepid out of range, will Walfea believe in himself to protect the woman he loves or is he doomed to make the same haunting mistakes?

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anna and the alienANNA AND THE ALIEN (ALIEN ABDUCTION BOOK 1) by Honey Phillips

All Anna needed was a calm, relaxing vacation. Instead, she finds herself enslaved aboard an alien spacecraft and forced to help an injured prisoner—a huge, golden-skinned warrior. Even wounded, he arouses her in ways she’s never known. But if he dies, so does she.

When the spaceship crashes on a strange planet, she must put her trust in him to survive. But the passion he stirs in her may cause her to lose her heart as well.

Jakkar is a Sardoran mercenary searching desperately for a new planet to replace his dying home world. He never expected to be injured, captured, and then shipwrecked. Forbidden to mate outside his species, he can’t help but be tempted by Anna’s curvy body and her caring heart.

Now he’s responsible for the small group of survivors—and the luscious little human he’s determined to claim as his own.
Can a girl and her alien find happiness on a deserted planet at the far end of the galaxy?

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blade cari silverwoodBLADE (DARK MONSTER FANTASY BOOK 3) by Cari Silverwood

Ledderik is a slightly homicidal cyborg and is ready to lose himself in a virtual world for the rest of his tomorrows, until he saves Thorn from death and gets sucked into the wake of her cataclysmic siren attraction.
Maybe life can be fun?
Besides, she has such a cute … tail.

One small problem, Led no longer owns his body.

Thorn has also lost everything in one day. Cross out being a starship captain or her own species, or having friends. Instead she’s been cursed with being a hurricane force sexual magnet.

She has questions.
Why is she a biohazard on most reputable planets and how can she avoid triggering an extinction event and killing every male nearby? The two of them cross the galaxy, with Led swapping from loaner body to loaner body.

He’s the one male who can resist her, and he’s upskilling.
Up against the wall? Upside down? With tentacles and DD drilling power? Led is good at what he does. Always.

Meet the hot ex-cyborg who no longer looks in the mirror, in case his latest loaner body is ugly. He has one priority – make sure the downstairs department is BIG.

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alien ascensionALIEN ASCENSION (ALIEN SERIES BOOK 3) by Tracy Lauren

Vivian: I’m the last person who should have ever been abducted by aliens. For me, this new life is a death sentence. I’m no hero like the other women I was abducted with. No, I’m a coward. They’ll do whatever it takes to help each other and I’ll simply do whatever it takes to survive, no matter what the cost. But there’s one alien who refuses to accept my outlook on life. As a matter of fact, he’s determined to change my mind.

Dax: I know I am the only male who will be able to pull Vivian from the darkness consuming her. Finding an opportunity, I decide to steal her away from the others, if only for a short while. What she needs is adventure, a little fun and excitement to remind her of all the beauty there is in life. I try to tell myself this is all just a game to lift the human’s spirits, but deep in my core I know my feelings for Vivian will change me forever.

Dax and Vivian begin their journey with an innocent enough adventure, but just as they start to find love in one another, an evil crime lord rips the pair apart. Without Dax to light her way, Vivian plunges back into darkness. Her alien mate’s life hangs in the balance and she is forced to fight for both his survival and her own.

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starcrossedSTAR-CROSSED by Pintip Dunn

Princess Vela’s people are starving.

Stranded on a planet that lacks food, Vela makes the ultimate sacrifice and becomes an Aegis for her people. Accepting a genetic modification that takes sixty years off her life, she can feed her colony via nutrition pills. But her best friend is still getting worse. And she’s not the only one.

Now the king is dying, too.

When the boy she’s had a crush on since childhood volunteers to give his life for her father’s, Vela realizes her people need more than pills to survive. As tensions rise between Aegis and colonists, secrets and sabotage begin to threaten the future of the colony itself.

Unless Vela is brave enough to save them all.

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pythenPYTHEN (GALACTIC ORDER BOOK 1) by Erin Raegan

Peyton: I was having a cold coffee with my best friend Vivian when the whole world went upside down.
Now there are gazelle-glowing-like-a-light-bulb aliens running around eating everybody, and enormous dark purply colored aliens that have a strong resemblance to bats, dive bombing from the sky.
One of the bats says I’m his and i need to ease his mating rage. Yeah, not happening.
Except, they tell me the fate of my world comes down to me sacrificing myself to him. Maybe this won’t go like I planned. But I figure, if I have to bend to the big guy’s will, I’m damn well getting something out of it.

Tahk: My Pythe is a human.
Weak as they are, I cannot fathom how she was chosen for me. The Commander of all Dahk.
But then she rises up for her species and I cannot help but notice her fierce heart.
I will slaughter all who dare harm her and her species, and she will be mine.

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joltc somberJOLT SOMBER (CYBORG AWAKENINGS BOOK 2) by Christine Myers

Jolt Somber was the name the cyborg picked for himself. He was created to be a killer and his creators reinforced his killer instinct by flooding him with feel-good endorphins. For eighty years he fought the Mesaarkans at Vyken Dark’s side. He and four genetic cyborg brothers returned to Earth to help restore civilization after the war had ended.

Jolt is supervising demolition in the ruins of Farringay to build a new starport. The war left Earth in ruins with cities ruled by overlords with gangs of thugs as enforcers. Violence against women is rampant.
When Jolt finds his one genetic female mate used and left for dead by gangers, the pleasure he takes in avenging her could have unexpected repercussions.
After what males had done to her, would she ever accept Jolt as her mate?

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when to nowWHEN TO NOW by Various

VS Note: The stories aren’t romance but time travel is so much fun!

From the first popularization of H.G. Wells’ THE TIME MACHINE, time travel has long fascinated readers of science fiction and fantasy. WHEN TO NOW: A TIME TRAVEL ANTHOLOGY carries on this tradition with short stories in a wide array of genres to interest every reader.

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3013 kismet3013: KISMET by Laurie Roma

As one of the main protectors of the sanctuary in Zion, Helios warrior Trip is used to cracking heads and kicking ass. He is a male bred for action, but his need for a good fight is nothing compared to the hunger he feels for the woman who is able to calm the wild beast inside of him.

Emma Rage is a rebel, one of the few remaining humans surviving outside the edicts of Alliance law. As an outcast, she lives in fear of those who prey on the weak, but she’s never regretted the cost of her freedom…until it puts the male who owns her heart at risk.

Fate brought them together, but sacrifice could tear them apart. Is their love strong enough to withstand the secrets between them, or will their bond shatter before it truly forms?

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3013 remedy3013: REMEDY by Kali Argent

Half D’Aire, half Reema, Kylir T’Kari is no stranger to cruel words and mocking stares. Some fear him for his uniqueness, others despise him, but mostly, people just don’t understand him. The way he sees it, that’s their problem, not his. He’s comfortable with who he is. His parents swear he hung the stars, and the ragtag crew of the Storm Rider is like a second family. The only thing missing from his life is someone to call his own.

Tasked with traveling to Xenthian to find an antidote for the infertility plaguing Earth’s women, Lieutenant Astrid Strong first has to find a way to get there. Recruiting a capable pilot with a reliable ship is easy. Realizing the hybrid brings desires to the surface she would rather keep buried, not so much.

But fate is a funny thing, and no matter how hard she tries, she can’t outrun it, can’t hide from it. Caught between a painful past and an uncertain future, she’s plagued with doubts and insecurities, and only time will tell if Kylir will be her curse…or her remedy.

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moonriseMOONRISE by Hannah L Corrie

Fed up with this world? Thought about moving to Mars? Not enough distance? Well, then!What if you had the chance to become something completely different? To change what you are and leave the world you know, the solar system you know, behind? Would you take the plunge?

Yago Solas never got to ponder and much less answer those questions, but he faces the consequences when an escaped alien creature infects him with a mutating virus that takes everything from him, even his humanity.

The experiments intended to heal him soon turn to cold interest in his new physiology, and the very people supposed to save him become his enemies, his hunters, his looming demise. And why not? Who could feel sympathy for a twisted creature like him, much less love him now, looking like this?

Still, the Maker smiles down on all his childen. The space ship on which he is being held as a prisoner crashes and sends Yago stumbling into an alien culture and into the lap of Azekial Yyn-Thyr, a snarly, grim A’shian guard captain. The wary alien doesn’t care how Yago looks, but he may yet prove to be his demise; A’shian legends tell of a species that caused a cataclysm responsible for stranding the A’shians where they are, and the Terrans might just fit the bill.

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tribe protectorTRIBE PROTECTOR (CHOSEN BOOK 3) by Stacy Jones

Lily thought she had her hands full with her conflicted feelings over her quickly progressing relationship with Arruk’s wild twin, Drrak, the uneasy truce with the tribe leader, and trying to prove she’s trustworthy to a people who want nothing to do with her. But all that pales in comparison to what’s coming.

When Lily and her mates are sent into the forest to investigate the intruders closing in on tribe territory, they find something so horrifying it shocks Lily to her very core. But more than that, it pisses her off.

Driven now by the need to protect a people not her own and to stop the monsters that hunt them, Lily gathers the tribe to her cause, enlisting them to help her. But will they be ready in time or will Lily lose everything in the fight for survival?

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instaurationINSTAURATION (THE CITY SERIES BOOK 3) by Sarah Lyons Fleming

Sunset Park is gone. People are missing.
Sylvie, Eric, and the other survivors have crossed the water to the security of a new Safe Zone, where they hope to heal their battered hearts, amass an armory, and get back at the ones who took it all away. But with zombies on the move and few resources to speak of, it’s harder than expected to plot their revenge. For some, it’s harder still to garner their resolve, since vengeance means more of them will die.

But safety is ephemeral in a city where food is short and tensions are high. It seems fate may leave them no choice but to fight—and perhaps die—to restore their city to a place they can call home.

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oleanderOLEANDER (ONE OF US SERIES BOOK 2)  by Kim Faulks

They call me Oleander. Toxic and deadly. I killed my first human at nine years old…and I’ll kill many more. Because humans just won’t leave me alone. I’m scared. 

Scared of their hate…scared of their ignorance. But most of all I’m scared when they come with their guns and their armies…and they will come. I never wanted this dark power inside me. Never wanted to be anything more than good.

I’m hiding now. Hiding with three just like me. Shadow, Tex and Sixth. We’re on the run because of what I’ve done—and what I am. . .(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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erotanEROTAN (BARBARIAN WARRIORS OF MARS BOOK 1) by Kim Fox and Zoe Green

Landing on Mars was not at all what I expected.
Barren, bleak, boring — that’s what I was expecting.
But I discovered I couldn’t have been more wrong as soon as I ventured into the underground tunnels.
They were teaming with life.
Deadly life.
Huge terrifying centipede-thingies ate both of my co-workers, and I was next.
Until a big gray Tarzan-like alien with a huge chest (and an even bigger vine) came to my rescue.
These sexy aliens are still in the caveman phase.
They like to grunt, fight, and throw helpless women over their shoulders.
It’s barbaric.
It’s savage.
It’s obscene.
…and I kinda like it.

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guardian angel of farflung stationGUARDIAN ANGEL OF FARFLUNG STATION (REPELLING THE INVASION BOOK 1) by Ed Hoornaert

VS note: A re-release

The space pirates think they’ve conquered Farflung Space Station–but they didn’t count on Duke. The station’s Head of Security wants to prove to his army-officer parents he’s outgrown his youthful rebelliousness. Defeating a pirate army seems like the perfect opportunity.

And they didn’t count on Lockey. This kick-ass princess knows every weapon and martial arts system in the galaxy–and she fell in love with Duke at first sight. It’s not only her job to destroy the pirates, it’s her bloodthirstiest wish.

And most importantly, they didn’t count on Sandrina. After loving Duke from afar, she now yearns to fight with—and for—him. The attractive waif has discovered so many of Farflung’s secrets that she’s the most powerful person on the station—though nobody knows it yet.

They’re about to find out.

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kill the queenKILL THE QUEEN (A CROWN OF SHARDS NOVEL) by Jennifer Estep

VS Note: I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC of this book and really enjoyed it. Can’t wait for the next book in the series!

In a realm where one’s magical power determines one’s worth, Lady Everleigh’s lack of obvious ability relegates her to the shadows of the royal court of Bellona, a kingdom steeped in gladiator tradition. Seventeenth in line for the throne, Evie is nothing more than a ceremonial fixture, overlooked and mostly forgotten.

But dark forces are at work inside the palace. When her cousin Vasilia, the crown princess, assassinates her mother the queen and takes the throne by force, Evie is also attacked, along with the rest of the royal family. Luckily for Evie, her secret immunity to magic helps her escape the massacre.

Forced into hiding to survive, she falls in with a gladiator troupe. Though they use their talents to entertain and amuse the masses, the gladiators are actually highly trained warriors skilled in the art of war, especially Lucas Sullivan, a powerful magier with secrets of his own. Uncertain of her future—or if she even has one—Evie begins training with the troupe until she can decide her next move.

But as the bloodthirsty Vasilia exerts her power, pushing Bellona to the brink of war, Evie’s fate becomes clear: she must become a fearsome gladiator herself . . . and kill the queen.

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an easy deathAN EASY DEATH (GUNNIE ROSE BOOK 1) by Charlaine Harris

Set in a fractured United States, in the southwestern country now known as Texoma. A world where magic is acknowledged but mistrusted, especially by a young gunslinger named Lizbeth Rose. Battered by a run across the border to Mexico Lizbeth Rose takes a job offer from a pair of Russian wizards to be their local guide and gunnie. For the wizards, Gunnie Rose has already acquired a fearsome reputation and they’re at a desperate crossroad, even if they won’t admit it. They’re searching through the small border towns near Mexico, trying to locate a low-level magic practitioner, Oleg Karkarov. The wizards believe Oleg is a direct descendant of Grigori Rasputin, and that Oleg’s blood can save the young tsar’s life.

As the trio journey through an altered America, shattered into several countries by the assassination of Franklin Roosevelt and the Great Depression, they’re set on by enemies. It’s clear that a powerful force does not want them to succeed in their mission. Lizbeth Rose is a gunnie who has never failed a client, but her oath will test all of her skills and resolve to get them all out alive.

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runes of black magicRUNES OF BLACK MAGIC (A DEMON’S FALL SERIES BOOK 3) by G Bailey

Entering the royal court of the protectors was never going to easy for someone like Evie, but at least she isn’t alone. Trex, Connor and Nix are determined to show everyone who Evie really is.
Not just the heartless assassin they all believe and fear.
With whispers of war, the angels going missing, and tests that are far more deadly than anyone could have predicted…who will win the throne?

The protectors aren’t the only ones that are whispering because demons don’t forget.
Death is not the end…and demons will survive. 

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witch hunterWITCH HUNTER by Shannon Curtis

When a name appears on Dave Carter’s skin, he goes hunting. It’s his job to find and kill witches who transgress natural law. He can’t believe that sweet, naive empath Sully Timmerman is the murderer he’s seeking. Is she dangerous, in danger, or both? Dave wants to protect her, but he can’t protect his own heart. And he might not even want to.

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blood communionBLOOD COMMUNION: A TALE OF PRINCE LESTAT (VAMPIRE CHRONICLES) by Anne Rice

VS Note: Not a romance obviously but notable this week.

In this spellbinding novel, Lestat, rebel outlaw, addresses the tribe of vampires, directly, intimately, passionately, and tells the mesmerizing story of the formation of the Blood Communion and how he became Prince of the vampire world, the true ruler of this vast realm, and how his vision for all the Children of the Universe to thrive as one, came to be.
The tale spills from Lestat’s heart, as he speaks first of his new existence as reigning monarch–and then of his fierce battle of wits and words with the mysterious Rhoshamandes, proud Child of the Millennia, reviled outcast for his senseless slaughter of the legendary ancient vampire Maharet, avowed enemy of Queen Akasha; Rhoshamandes, a demon spirit who refuses to live in harmony at the Court of Prince Lestat and threatens all that Lestat has dreamt of.
As the tale unfolds, Lestat takes us from the towers and battlements of his ancestral castle in the snow-covered mountains of France to the verdant wilds of lush Louisiana with its lingering fragrances of magnolias and night jasmine; from the far reaches of the Pacific’s untouched islands to the 18th-century city of St. Petersburg and the court of the Empress Catherine.

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princess must strikeSTORM PRINCESS 2: THE PRINCESS MUST STRIKE by Everly Frost and Jaymin Eve

In a gargoyle city beneath the streets of Chicago, Storm Princess Marbella Mercy walks a dangerous path to find the only source of magic that will save Baelen Rath’s life.

Now in control of her storm power, she must infiltrate gargoyle territory, heal Baelen, and escape. It’s a simple get in, get out plan … until she crosses paths with the brutal gargoyle king.

Already in possession of savage power, the king is hell bent on adding the storm to his list. Wanting the Princess for his own, he is prepared to do anything to bend her to his will.

When the king’s ruthless actions push Marbella to the edge, she is left with only one choice – the princess must strike.

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must of nightmaresMUSE OF NIGHTMARES (STRANGE THE DREAMER BOOK 2) by Laini Taylor

Sarai has lived and breathed nightmares since she was six years old.
She believed she knew every horror, and was beyond surprise.
She was wrong.
In the wake of tragedy, neither Lazlo nor Sarai are who they were before. One a god, the other a ghost, they struggle to grasp the new boundaries of their selves as dark-minded Minya holds them hostage, intent on vengeance against Weep.
Lazlo faces an unthinkable choice–save the woman he loves, or everyone else?–while Sarai feels more helpless than ever. But is she? Sometimes, only the direst need can teach us our own depths, and Sarai, the muse of nightmares, has not yet discovered what she’s capable of.
As humans and godspawn reel in the aftermath of the citadel’s near fall, a new foe shatters their fragile hopes, and the mysteries of the Mesarthim are resurrected: Where did the gods come from, and why? What was done with thousands of children born in the citadel nursery? And most important of all, as forgotten doors are opened and new worlds revealed: Must heroes always slay monsters, or is it possible to save them instead?
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witch of willow hallTHE WITCH OF WILLOW HALL by Hester Fox
VS Note: The reviews are mixed on this. I was intrigued by the description of it as a ‘gothic’ because I used to love gothic romances back in the day.

In the wake of a scandal, the Montrose family and their three daughters—Catherine, Lydia and Emeline—flee Boston for their new country home, Willow Hall.

The estate seems sleepy and idyllic. But a subtle menace creeps into the atmosphere, remnants of a dark history that call to Lydia, and to the youngest, Emeline.

All three daughters will be irrevocably changed by what follows, but none more than Lydia, who must draw on a power she never knew she possessed if she wants to protect those she loves. For Willow Hall’s secrets will rise, in the end.

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under his wingUNDER HIS WING (KING OF PREY BOOK 7) by Mandy M Roth
As a warrior and prized soldier for the Royal Hawks, Gardelle is known to be fierce and loyal. This immortal bird-shifter gave up the life of a bachelor to raise his niece in the human realm and now that she’s mated to the future king of the falcons, he’s been able to focus on his commitments to his people and the men who serve under him. He spent enough time living among humans to know he doesn’t want to return to it. Yet, the pull to one human, in particular, is too much for him to resist. When he learns she’s been marked by his sworn enemies, he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her safe and under his wing.
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teacherTEACHER AN APACHE COUNTY SHIFTER SHORT STORY by TL Reeve and Michele Ryan

Danielle and Keeley are in desperate need of a teacher. Someone who can not only teach all of the children, but specifically one, Utah Blake. As a deaf tiger shifter, neither Keeley or Danielle have the skills needed to help the teen. And, since his father left to help Rapier find his mate, Utah has grown more introverted by the day.

Mark Hill, teacher by day, author Orion Davis by night, knows he’s the man for the job. After inviting both Danielle and Keeley to a local book convention, he realizes maybe he should have told them the truth up front. He too is deaf. But, a blast from the past might just change everything for Mark.

Can Mark convince Danielle and Keeley he’s the solution to their problem or will his lie of omission force them to reconsider?

unleashed with the moonUNLEASHED WITH THE MOON (WOLF RIVER BOOK 5) by Rebekah Ganiere

Ursa shifter Stix is mortified when his mother marches him to Mary Reed’s home in an effort to secure him a bride. And though Stix appreciates his mother’s concern he turns down his godmother’s offer to help him find a nice wolf to settle down with, and determines to find love on his own terms. Saber shifter

Satia was almost broken by the torment she endured as a captive back in Siberia. But now in the US, and with new found freedom she finds herself with her entire life ahead of her. So she heads to Wolf River to get her new life started- all she needs is the help of Jeremiah and Mary Reed, the Alphas of Wolf River. Under the guise of securing Satia a job, Jeremiah sends the girl off to work for Stix as his personal assistant. But with nowhere to live, Stix does the gentlemanly thing and offers for Satia to stay with him.

As it becomes quickly apparent to both Satia and Stix that they are meant for each other, a bombshell from Stix’s past threatens to tear them apart before they even get started. And it will take more than a little help from the Wolf River pack to keep them together.

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a winters promiseA WINTER’S PROMISE (BOOK ONE OF THE MIRROR VISITOR QUARTET) by Christelle Dabos
Plain-spoken, headstrong Ophelia cares little about appearances. Her ability to read the past of objects is unmatched in all of Anima and, what’s more, she possesses the ability to travel through mirrors, a skill passed down to her from previous generations. Her idyllic life is disrupted, however, when she is promised in marriage to Thorn, a taciturn and influential member of a distant clan. Ophelia must leave all she knows behind and follow her fiancé to Citaceleste, the capital of a cold, icy ark known as the Pole, where danger lurks around every corner and nobody can be trusted. There, in the presence of her inscrutable future husband, Ophelia slowly realizes that she is a pawn in a political game that will have far-reaching ramifications not only for her but for her entire world.
caged queenTHE CAGED QUEEN (ISKARI) by Kristen Ciccarelli

Once there were two sisters born with a bond so strong that it forged them together forever. Roa and Essie called it the hum. It was a magic they cherished—until the day a terrible accident took Essie’s life and trapped her soul in this world.

Dax—the heir to Firgaard’s throne—was responsible for the accident. Roa swore to hate him forever. But eight years later he returned, begging for her help. He was determined to dethrone his cruel father, under whose oppressive reign Roa’s people had suffered.

Roa made him a deal: she’d give him the army he needed if he made her queen. Only as queen could she save her people from Firgaard’s rule.

Then a chance arises to right every wrong—an opportunity for Roa to rid herself of this enemy king and rescue her beloved sister. During the Relinquishing, when the spirits of the dead are said to return, Roa discovers she can reclaim her sister for good.

All she has to do is kill the king.

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change of worldsA CHANGE OF WORLDS (A KILLIAN KENDALL MYSTERY BOOK 5) by Josh Aterovis

A routine archaeological excavation of an ancient Native American site goes horribly wrong when a tribal elder is assaulted. The attack uncovers tampering and thefts from the dig, escalating the growing mistrust between the tribe and the archaeologists.

When the tribe hires private investigator Killian Kendall to look into the thefts, they’re hoping to settle the matter quickly and peacefully. All hopes for a simple resolution are dashed when the lead archaeologist is found murdered…and a tribe member is the chief suspect. Suddenly, Killian’s investigation is a matter of life and death.

To complicate matters, the spirits of those who once dwelled on the land are furious at being disturbed, and they have very real ways of manifesting their anger. Killian isn’t just facing danger from the living, but also the dead.

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strays a j thomasSTRAYS by A J Thomas

Orphaned at a young age and raised in the foster system, Jory Smith has no idea he’s half incubus. He only knows he has the power to heal people, making himself sick in the process. Exploited by a crooked faith healer who sells his abilities and his life to the highest bidder and then left for dead, Jory flees, falling into a job at a small-town café where he can put his lifelong obsession with baking to good use.

But the minister who exploited him wants him back.

Exiled hellhound-turned–bounty hunter Malpheus Pelle has no idea why his human client wants him to track down an incubus. Jory is traumatized and afraid to touch anyone, an emotional handicap that could prove fatal for a demon who requires physical contact. Needing answers, Mal concocts a disastrous plan: pretend to date Jory to uncover the truth. Unfortunately, his plan never included dealing with an ancient demon assassin, Jory’s orgasmic pumpkin cookies, or losing his heart to the incubus he’s supposed to be hunting.

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mercys battleMERCY’S BATTLE (MERCY ASHBY BOOK 3) by A M Hardin

You know the saying “Come to the dark side. We have cookies?”
Well, they don’t have cookies. Just a bunch of death and blood. Backstabbing and thievery.
Mercy Ashby has been on that side for the past six months. Her protectors have been searching for her, and when they finally have her back home with them, the never want to let her go.

Unfortunately, Mercy’s men haven’t been the only ones searching for her. The Order has a hit on Mercy – Kill on sight.

Can Mercy fight the darkness lingering inside of her? And can her men keep her safe from those who threaten to take her from them?

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neutralNEUTRAL (CURSE OF THE GODS NOVELLA BOOK 4.5) by Jane Washington and Jaymin Eve

Emmy was born a dweller and she expected to die as a dweller … until Willa changed everything. Now she has no idea of her path, and she certainly wasn’t prepared for what would happen after her death. Caught in the middle of a war that threatened to prove much more significant than anyone had ever expected, there is only one person who can help her … but his terms are steep.

Cyrus was born out of necessity: a being of light, brought to life with a singular purpose. Time has changed him and the recent events have unsettled him … but a certain transformed dweller is about to do much worse than that. She is about to turn his existence upside down.

Topia is giving them no choice: they survive together, or the war is lost.

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taming a shifterTAMING (TO TAME A SHIFTER BOOK 1) by A K Koonce

I can only run from my past for so long. Eventually my Demons always find me.
Unfortunately, that Demon has hired three insufferable dragon shifters to bring me back to him.
I just have to hide my secrets a little longer. I just have to pretend to help these assholes find the person they’re looking for without letting them know the truth.
They’re on the hunt for a dangerous Mage.
Just wait until they find out the Mage they’re hunting is actually me.

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novak grizzlyNOVAK GRIZZLY ( DAUGHTERS OF BEASTS BOOK 1) by T S Joyce

The Daughter of Beaston is hurting. Remington Novak is stuck in a city, her whole life altered for a man who didn’t keep her. A life change comes in many forms, but for Remi, it comes as a newspaper clipping, sent by her best friend. A Last Chance Crew up in the mountains is looking for help, and her skillset matches the requirements. Must like animals? She was a grizzly shifter. Must be okay with crass jokes? She was raised a Grey Back in one of the roughest Crews in existence. She could surely handle a few rowdy boys. When she shows up for the interview though, it’s clear she’s made a grave mistake. Kamp demands her inner bear’s attention immediately, but he’s dangerous to her body and soul. Something’s wrong with that lion shifter, and the more she tries to figure him out, the deeper she falls into a dangerous admiration for him and these mountains he’s claiming as home.

Kamp is out of options. His days are numbered in his Crew, his lion needs to be put down, and every day looks just the same. Wake up, fight the Alpha, fail at his job, sleep, repeat. He’s lost too much to recover, but one look at the fiery-eyed beauty, and this lion shifter lumberjack aching to change his destiny. It might already be too late, but now every day is worth fighting for just to see the growing smile on Remi’s face.

Two damaged shifters, one fate, one helluva mountain to climb to get this Crew to C-Team status. No one could’ve got him living again, but maybe…just maybe…the Novak Grizzly can save him.

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queen of the gryphonsQUEEN OF THE GRYPHONS: ISHTAR’S LEGACY BOOKS 1 & 2 by Lisa Blackwood

VS Note: Seems to contain one 2016 novel and one new 2018 novel. Blurb is for the 2016 book.

It takes a queen to defeat a queen.

The court of the gryphon king has ever been a dangerous and seductive place where Ishtar’s blessing is both the hot breath of passion and the cold kiss of steel.

Yet as the childhood companion of King Ditanu, Iltani never doubted her place in either his kingdom or his heart.
Then duty called her away to complete her training.
Now, a woman grown and a sword-maiden to the goddess Ishtar, Iltani returns and takes up her sacred destiny to protect the royal line.
But so much has changed… (more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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blackstone she dragonTHE BLACKSTONE SHE-DRAGON (BLACKSTONE MOUNTAIN BOOK 8) by  Alicia Montgomery

Sybil Lennox longed for a mate of her own, but she wasn’t expecting the dragon Prince Aleksei to swoop into town and proclaim her as his. Even though her own dragon wants him, he’s too arrogant, brash, and dominant for her tastes and she fights her attraction to him. Why couldn’t fate have given her a normal guy?

His Royal Highness, Prince Aleksei of the Northern Isles came to Blackstone to forge an alliance with Henry Lennox to fight a common enemy. But, he never imagined that he would meet his one fated mate. Sybil Lennox was exquisite and one of the few eligible female dragons in the world. While her reluctance confounds and frustrates him, he knows she’s worth the chase and he would do anything to prove to her that they were meant to be together.

As danger looms over Blackstone and Sybil, Aleksei risks his own life to protect his mate and those she holds dear. And, despite her own reservations, Sybil begins to fall for the dragon prince, as he shows there’s more to him than meets the eye.

Can they defeat the enemy and save everyone? Or is this the end of Blackstone?

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city of the sleeping godsCITY OF THE SLEEPING GODS (NIGHTHELM ACADEMY BOOK 1) by Olivia Ash and Lila Jean 

Nighthelm is a city of lies, and Sophia is the greatest lie of them all. Though she has saved the city hundreds of times, the people of Nighthelm don’t even know she exists.

Found wandering the Witch Woods as a child, everything about Sophia is a mystery. With no memories and no family, she’s raised in secret by the professors of Nighthelm Academy… all of whom know far more about her than they’re letting on.

But Sophia does know one thing: she’s a contritum, a magical being with a broken soul. Her very existence is illegal, and until she finds the other piece of her soul, her uncontrollable magic will only grow more deadly and untamed.

As Sophia races the clock to find her other half, her magic growing more wild by the minute, she discovers three men who hold a mysterious sway over not just her soul, but also her heart.

The problem? She must lie. No matter what happens, she can’t tell them who… or what… she is…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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dragon next doorTHE DRAGON NEXT DOOR by Serena Rose

Jessica – I live in Mountain Ridge, a place where nothing much interesting ever happens.
But you know what is interesting right now? The sexy man who has moved in next door.
His body looks so firm it really does make me wonder what is underneath it.
Who knows? Maybe I will find out soon…

Blake – So I just moved to Mountain Ridge, a place so quiet that nobody will suspect a thing.
My neighbor, Jessica, sure is cute and I wouldn’t mind getting in the sack with her.

But I know I need to keep a low profile.
If her or anyone else finds out that I am a WereDragon then I could be in big trouble.
But who knows? Maybe she likes that type of thing.

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march in atlantisMARCH IN ATLANTIS (A POSEIDON’S WARRIORS Novel) by Alyssa Day

When Poseidon’s Warrior Jake finds the woman of his dreams, can he save her from becoming a shapeshifter?
When an enchanting woman betrays Poseidon’s Warrior Lucas to save her child, will he help her or seek revenge?

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THREE KINDS OF DAMNED (THE TRUE AND THE CROWN BOOK 2) by May Dawson

Tera Donovan may not have magic of her own, but she has three powerful–and hot–wizards on her side. Mycroft, Airren and Cax enchant her to make her look like the most powerful wizard of her generation. Tera must infiltrate the True, a band of magicians who want to overthrow Avalon, and save her home…or she’ll find herself banished again.

Tera longs for people to see who she really is: an innocent woman who was a victim of her father’s evil plans while he led the True and who serves her country now. But first, she must convince Avalon that she is exactly what they feared: the second coming of the evil Donovan family.

Three men see her as she truly is. Mycroft, Cax and Airren are falling in love with her.
Unfortunately, they have secrets of their own.
Tera’s caught up in a grand double-cross. But the biggest double-cross of all may be love. 

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in the mood fur loveIN THE MOOD FUR LOVE by Eve Langlais, Milly Taiden and Kate Baxter

Three hot stories about sexy shifters from a trio of today’s hottest paranormal romance authors, headlined by bestselling authors Eve Langlais and Milly Taiden!

Bearing His Touch by Eve Langlais
When Becka manages to escape her kidnapper, she finds herself asking help of the man with the nice brown eyes. Stavros can’t say no, not when he knows Becka is his mate, but he does have one dilemma when it comes to claiming her. He’ll have to find a way for her to bear his touch.

Fake Mated to the Wolf by Milly Taiden
Looking for a mate to bring to a party? Wedding? Holiday gathering? Mates Fur Hire is right for you? But what happens when your fake mate ends up being your real one, from New York Times bestselling author Milly Taiden!

The Witch, The Werewolf and The Waitress by Kate Baxter
For centuries, Lowman, Idaho has been Ellie Curtis’s prison. A vengeful witch cursed her with immortality and locked her within the confines of Lowman’s borders, sealing Ellie off from most of civilization for eternity. She’s learned to make the most of it. But when she meets a cocky werewolf who’s part of the elite supernatural law enforcement group, all bets are off…

Colin instantly knew that Ellie was his mate, but when he discovers her secret, he’s determined to help set her free. But in doing so, he might just lose the one thing he knows he can’t live without.

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sins giftSIN’S GIFT (VEILED ALLIANCE BOOK 1) by Delilah Devlin

When police officer Sinead O’Rourke returns to duty months after being shot in an incident that claimed her partner, she knows it’s not going to be easy. Despite being cleared of any negligence, her fellow officers still wonder whether she’s responsible for his death. One more problem is that everyone knows she claims to have seen his ghost. After months of rehabilitation and lying like hell about the fact she’s not seeing spooks anymore, Sin’s determined to get back into the saddle.

Jake doesn’t want to partner with Sin. Been there, done that—couldn’t keep his hands off her the first time around. She’s too much of a distraction, and her penchant for rushing into trouble scares the heck out of him. Despite wishing she’d quit her job, he’s still deeply attracted. When an armed robbery goes down and something happens that rattles Sin to the core, he’s right there—ready to cover her back and her sweet body.

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dance of water and airA DANCE OF WATER AND AIR (ELEMENTAL MAGICAE BOOK 1) by Antonia Aquliante

Edmund is heir to the throne of Thalassa and a wielder of Water magic. Devoted to his kingdom and his duty to it, Edmund can do nothing but acquiesce to an arranged marriage with the queen of a neighboring kingdom. The marriage and the child it is required to produce will seal an alliance between Thalassa and Aither that is vital to Thalassa’s safety, and far more important than Edmund’s personal misgivings.

Arden is the younger brother of Aither’s queen and a wielder of Air magic. Raised in the politics of the court to support his sister’s rule, he understands the alliance is important to Aither, even as he worries about his sister marrying someone she’s never met. When Edmund arrives in Aither to prepare for the wedding, Arden is tasked with helping him settle in at court. As they spend more time together, Edmund and Arden develop a close friendship, then stronger feelings, but with Edmund’s wedding approaching, they must hide their feelings, even from themselves.

When someone tries to assassinate the queen, Edmund is blamed, and Arden rescues him before he can be executed for a crime he didn’t commit. To prevent a war between their kingdoms and protect them from a dangerous enemy, Edmund and Arden will have to discover who wants to pit Aither and Thalassa against each other and mend relations between the two kingdoms as they evade those searching for them—all while finding a way to be together.

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spellbook of katrina von tasselTHE SPELLBOOK OF KATRINA VAN TASSEL: A STORY OF SLEEPY HOLLOW by Alyssa Palombo

When Ichabod Crane arrives in the spooky little village of Sleepy Hollow as the new schoolmaster, Katrina Van Tassel is instantly drawn to him. Through their shared love of books and music, they form a friendship that quickly develops into romance. Ichabod knows that as an itinerant schoolteacher of little social standing, he has nothing to offer the wealthy Katrina – unlike her childhood friend-turned-enemy, Brom Van Brunt, who is the suitor Katrina’s father favors.

But when romance gives way to passion, Ichabod and Katrina embark on a secret love affair, sneaking away into the woods after dark to be together – all while praying they do not catch sight of Sleepy Hollow’s legendary Headless Horseman. That is, until All Hallows’s Eve, when Ichabod suddenly disappears, leaving Katrina alone and in a perilous position.

Enlisting the help of her friend – and rumored witch – Charlotte Jansen, Katrina seeks the truth of Ichabod Crane’s disappearance, investigating the forest around Sleepy Hollow using unconventional – often magical – means. What they find forces Katrina to question everything she once knew, and to wonder if the Headless Horseman is perhaps more than just a story after all.

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librarians ghostTHE LIBRARIAN’S GHOST (DREAMSPUN BEYOND BOOK 29) by Sean Michael

The Supernatural Explorers are back and looking for their next big paranormal case. They might’ve found it in a plea from Payne, a mild-mannered librarian who has inherited the family mansion—MacGregor House. Since moving in a few months ago, Payne’s exhausted the list of ghost hunters and experts in his quest for help. The Supers are his last chance.

So why does normally good-natured cameraman Will take an instant dislike to Payne? For that matter, why has he felt irritable and angry since they arrived at the site? It soon becomes clear that the answers they seek will be found in the basement—where nobody has gone since Payne was a little boy. As the haunting grows deadlier, things get sweeter between Will and Payne, but all hell’s about to break loose when they breach the basement door.

Will they be ready?

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legendary beastLEGENDARY BEAST (LEGENDARY WARRIORS) by Barbara J Hancock

Once upon a time, Madeline was trapped in an enchanted sleep, her baby wrapped tight in her arms. Then the white wolf woke her, and her son disappeared. For centuries, Lev Romanov searched for his wife and their child, and the search drove him half-mad. Can Madeline trust the wolf to be the man who can help her save their son?

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shadow of the foxSHADOW OF THE FOX by Julie Kagawa

Raised by monks in the isolated Silent Winds temple, Yumeko has trained all her life to hide her yokai nature. Half kitsune, half human, her skill with illusion is matched only by her penchant for mischief. Until the day her home is burned to the ground, her adoptive family is brutally slain and she is forced to flee for her life with the temple’s greatest treasure—one part of the ancient scroll.

There are many who would claim the dragon’s wish for their own. Kage Tatsumi, a mysterious samurai of the Shadow Clan, is one such hunter, under orders to retrieve the scroll…at any cost. Fate brings Kage and Yumeko together. With a promise to lead him to the scroll, an uneasy alliance is formed, offering Yumeko her best hope for survival. But he seeks what she has hidden away, and her deception could ultimately tear them both apart.

With an army of demons at her heels and the unlikeliest of allies at her side, Yumeko’s secrets are more than a matter of life or death. They are the key to the fate of the world itself.

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VS NOTE: Only one week until Embrace the Romance: Pets In Space 3 releases, including my all new 41K word Sectors scifi romance novel, STAR CRUISE: MYSTERY DANCER!

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

September 26

September 19

September 12

September 5

August 29

Caveats:

The term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. I try to catch up on ones I missed in recent months.  

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.

Accept the Reality Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedSwitching to excerpts from STAR CRUISE: MYSTERY DANCER, my novel in the upcoming Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3 anthology! The story has a definite ‘Anastasia’ vibe…

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.

The excerpt: 

“The old world is gone—when will you accept the reality?” Massaging her temples as she and her companion revisited this familiar argument, Tassia couldn’t whip up much energy for the conversation, “There will never be a chance for me to become a high priestess of Normeia, much less to sit on the Fire Throne and show how I can make the magic flames dance at my command. We need to deal with what is, not what you wish would happen. The Ruatsar system doesn’t even belong to our  family any more.”

“As long as you live, the bloodline lives,” Xandrina was stubborn.

Tassia bit her lip and went to get the stew before it grew stone cold, “Here, Madame, you must have something to eat.”

Xandrina waved away the bowl impatiently with one claw-like hand, “Show me what you learned today.”

“Are you crying? Madame, what’s wrong – are you in pain?”

“Our roads part now,” the elderly woman said, sniffing, “I read the cards three times while you were at class – death approaches, for myself certainly, for us both if you don’t leave now, tonight.”

Hand shaking, Tassia set her half eaten food aside, “The Ruatsar New Regime agents found us again?”

Embrace_the_passion_Pets_in_space3_pauline_Baird_jonesSTAR CRUISE: MYSTERY DANCER blurb:  Tassia Megg is a woman on the run after the death of her elderly guardian. Her search to get off the planet in a hurry comes when chance directs her to an open dance audition for the luxury cruise liner Nebula Zephyr’s resident troupe. If there is one thing Tassia can do, it is dance!

Security Officer Liam Austin is suspicious of the newest performer to join the Comettes. She shows all the signs of being a woman on the run and seems to fit the Sectors-wide broadcast description of a missing thief, accused of stealing priceless artifacts. As he gets to know Tassia during the cruise, he starts to wonder if she’s something more – a long vanished princess in hiding from deadly political enemies of her family perhaps? And what’s the story with the three-eyed feline companion other crew members swear Tassia brought aboard the ship? Does the animal even exist?

As the ship approaches its next port of call, all the issues come to a boil and Liam must decide if he’ll step in to help Tassia or betray her. Life is about to get very interesting aboard the Nebula Zephyr as Liam tries to uncover the truth. Could F’rrh, the peculiar alien cat he has been hearing about, be the key to the mystery and Tassia’s fate?

Anthology Blurb:

Pets in Space™ is back! Join us as we unveil eleven original, never-before-published action-filled romances that will heat your blood and warm your heart! New York Times, USA Today and Award-winning authors S.E. Smith, Anna Hackett, Ruby Lionsdrake, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Carol Van Natta, Tiffany Roberts, Alexis Glynn Latner, E D Walker, JC Hay, and Kyndra Hatch combine their love for Science Fiction Romance and pets to bring readers sexy, action-packed romances while helping our favorite charity. Proud supporters of Hero-Dogs.org, Pets in Space™ authors have donated over $4,400 in the past two years to help place specially trained dogs with veterans. Open your hearts and grab your limited release copy of Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space™ 3 today!

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Alexis Glynn Latner Talks FLYING THE STARLINE Pets in Space 3

Embrace_the_passion_Pets_in_space3_pauline_Baird_jonesVeronica: This is USA Today Best Selling Author Alexis’s third year to be in the Pets in Space anthology and I’m always excited to read her stories because I love her universe and she comes up with the coolest ‘pets’!

Alexis: Stories aren’t completely made up. This includes far-future science fiction romance stories. Something in the real worlds that informs the story. In my story for Pets in Space: Embrace the Romance, “Starway,” the heroine’s profession—starliner pilot—reflects what it’s like to fly airliners on Earth today. Some of the similarity is positive. Some of it, alas, is not so positive. Either way, it adds the kind of realism that makes science fiction work.

Airline pilots are very, very smart men and women with high energy levels. This describes Nikka, the heroine of “Starway,” though her work takes her across stars, not lands and seas.

The modern work of the airline pilot—they call it flying the line—depends on Crew Resource Management. The old way of running a cockpit, in which the Captain was godlike and never questioned, resulted in too much smoking wreckage. Airlines, starting with United, worked out how crews should cooperate and synthesize everyone’s knowledge and experience into the best outcome for the flight. Interestingly, something like CRM was first devised by the railroads. I can well imagine such a good idea going to the stars.

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Alexis’s scifi pet Artist Nyssa Juneau

Unfortunately, airline cockpit crews have schedules that are brutally hard on sleep. It’s profitable to the company to do it that way. Profit conflicts with humane work conditions. This is why transportation unions—probably starting with the steamboat pilots’ guild in Mark Twain’s day—are important. The Airline Pilots’ Association has a long and embattled history of protecting pilots and passengers. Nikka doesn’t have a union on her side. What she does have is something very characteristic of pilots faced with indifferent or bad management: passive aggression honed to a sharp edge. Don’t go out of your way to make an enemy of an airline pilot. Really, you won’t like the outcome.

Given her working conditions, Nikka has a quirk borrowed from an airline captain friend of mine. He loves eating at buffets after a long exhausting flight. Nikka likes a future equivalent—a food court with selections to choose from behind glass windows. She explains, “A starliner pilot has to make a cascade of decisions in real time. After a star run, when it’s been hours of decisions like that, it’s easier to for me to pick food out of the wall than decide with a restaurant menu.”

Not included in “Starway”—meaning there are whole new stories to be explored—is what it’s like for starport personnel—the future equivalent of the airline rampers. These guys and gals are critical to the airline business, not always appreciated by the public or even their own management, and have their own way of looking at their world. For example, Boeing 777’s, known as Triple-Sevens to pilots, are Bigfoots to the rampers. The big landing gear are what the rampers have to work around.

I wonder what rampers will someday call different kinds of starships?

alexisAuthor Bio: Alexis Glynn Latner, based in Houston, writes science fiction about space exploration and star travel, adventure, hope and love. Her Website is www.alexisglynnlatner.com.

Book blurb:

Pets in Space™ is back! Join us as we unveil eleven original, never-before-published action-filled romances that will heat your blood and warm your heart! New York Times, USA Today and Award-winning authors S.E. Smith, Anna Hackett, Ruby Lionsdrake, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Carol Van Natta, Tiffany Roberts, Alexis Glynn Latner, E D Walker, JC Hay, and Kyndra Hatch combine their love for Science Fiction Romance and pets to bring readers sexy, action-packed romances while helping our favorite charity. Proud supporters of Hero-Dogs.org, Pets in Space™ authors have donated over $4,400 in the past two years to help place specially trained dogs with veterans. Open your hearts and grab your limited release copy of Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space™ 3 today!

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New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday September 26

cyborgs secret babyBig week for new releases – wow!

As 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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THE CYBORG’S SECRET BABY (IN THE STARS) by Cynthia Sax

VS: I love Cynthia’s cyborgs and one clicked this!

A fierce cyborg warrior and his curvy human female share a no-longer-so-little secret.

Stealth, a K Model cyborg, knows his passion for Zebrina, the commander’s human daughter, is forbidden, yet he can’t resist the curvy female. He craves her touch, cherishes her sounds of pleasure, would do anything to keep her safe.

When he’s faced with the choice of protecting his fragile human or living to see the next sunrise, he chooses her, always her, sending Zebrina halfway across the universe to safety. He doesn’t realize their stolen moments had consequences neither of them believed possible.

After hearing her warrior died in battle, Zebrina focuses on the last gift he gave her. Doing what is right for their child is her sole priority. She will put their son’s happiness first, even if that means choosing another male over the love of her life.

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drago tashaDRAGO: STARGAZER ALIEN MAIL ORDER BRIDES #13 (iNTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY) by Tasha Black

VS Note: I was lucky enough to receive an ARC on this one, always fun to have a new book from Tasha!

When Arden Green was hired as a lab tech, she didn’t expect her duties would include delivering titillating movies to hunky aliens and retrieving their specimens. But when she finds herself in Stargazer, Pennsylvania doing just that, she figures things can’t get any worse. Until she starts to fall for one of the men she’s supposed to be studying…

Drago has made the extraordinary journey to Earth from faraway planet Aerie. But his life as a lab subject is simple. He eats, he reads, and he dutifully tries to click permanently into his human form. Most of all, he lives for his momentary daily contact with lab tech Arden Green, the woman he recognizes as his mate the first time he sees her.

But the delicate balance at the lab won’t last forever. When circumstances force Drago and two of his brothers to flee, Arden must help them escape. But can she keep her relationship with her subject professional? Or has science blinded her to true love?

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fractured starsFRACTURED STARS by Lindsay Buroker

VS note: YAY! A new title from Lindsay. One clicked.

McCall Richter finds criminals, con men, and deadbeats better than anyone else in the empire.

She’s proud of her success and that she owns her own spaceship, especially since she struggles to understand human motivations, can’t tell when people are lying to her, and is horrible at recognizing faces. Being autistic in the empire is frowned upon—and there’s a handy normalization surgery to correct it—but she’s managed to prove her worth and avoid irking the tyrannical regime.

Except for one thing.

Two years ago, she liberated the android, Scipio, from an imperial research facility where he was treated worse than a slave. He’s become her business partner and best friend, but if the empire finds out she has him, a “normalization” surgery will be the least of her worries.

When her ship is confiscated by a cyborg law enforcer needing to transport prisoners, McCall knows she and Scipio are in trouble. Worse, the enforcer’s pilot is a former bounty hunter and business competitor she beat to the prize many times in the past.

Soon, he’s snooping all over her ship and questioning her about her past.

And there’s something strange about him. He knows far more about what she’s thinking than any human should.
It’ll only be a matter of time before he discovers her secret. And then what?

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game of luckTHE GAME OF LUCK (A FELICIA SEVIGNY NOVEL) by Catherine Cerveny

VS note: I very much enjoyed the first two books in the series, so this is on my TBR list.

The perfect society One Gov engineered from Earth’s ashes is beginning to crumble. As social unrest and dissatisfaction spread throughout the tri-system, One Gov struggles to maintain order, and a single misstep could see civilization spiraling into chaos.

During this dark time, Felicia Sevigny is eager to use her card-reading ability and new position with One Gov to help restore peace. But she soon learns that the game of politics is a dangerous one, and being married to Alexei Petriv, head of the Tsarist Consortium and One Gov’s biggest rival, is not necessarily a hand in her favor.

When members of her family begin to disappear, the stakes skyrocket. There are those who would stop at nothing for the chance to exploit Felicia’s luck gene to seize power all over the tri-system. And as the threat of revolution seems imminent, it may be that this time, nothing will be enough to keep Felicia and everyone she loves safe-not even luck.

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tarjenTARJEN: STAR-CROSSED ALIEN MAIL ORDER BRIDES (INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY) by Susan Hayes

Tarjen never expected to go to Earth again. The first time, he was there to protect Crown Prince Joran as he claimed his mate and returned her to Pyros. This time, Tarjen is on his way to claim a mate of his own.

He’s studied human courtship behaviour, memorized his match’s file from the Star-Crossed Dating database, and prepared himself for the moment he’ll meet his mate. He’s planned everything perfectly so that nothing can go wrong. Not like the last time they were here.

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ice michelle m pillowICE: A QURILIXEN WORLD NOVELLA: INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY (GALAXY ALIEN MAIL ORDER BRIDES BOOK 4) by Michelle M Pillow

Alpha male alien Izotz (aka Ice Storm Chaos) isn’t one for space exploration. He finds enough action fighting for survival on his frozen tundra of a home world. When the promises of Galaxy Alien Mail Order Brides tempt his brothers into signing up for a trip to Earth, he’s hard-pressed to say no to the fantasy. Not many remain on the planet of Sintaz, and this may be his only chance to find a mate to warm the freezing nights. What he hadn’t planned on was the fact the woman of his dreams would want to capture him and put him in a cage.

When Elle took the mercenary job hunting UFOs, she thought it would be an easy paycheck from an eccentric, crazy man. Little did she know extraterrestrials were real and freaking sexy to boot. If she can ignore the blue skin, surely this hunky alien can overlook the fact she’s the reason he’s now her boss’ science experiment.

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passion seasonTHE PASSION SEASON: BOOK 1 OF THE COVALENT SERIES by Libby Doyle

When Special Agent Zan O’Gara investigates a ritual murder, she meets the only man who’s ever been able to reach beyond her emotional defenses. Little does she know he harbors a dangerous secret.

Barakiel accepted his solitary life after the rulers of his homeworld banished him to Earth, but his growing power has him crackling with restless need. He knows he should stay away from the captivating Zan O’Gara before his enemies make her a target. No matter. There’s no taming the unruly passion of a Covalent warrior.

As Zan’s investigation brings her closer to the truth about her lover, Barakiel realizes his presence on Earth has placed its most vulnerable citizens in danger. Compelled to protect them, he undertakes a series of duties he may not survive, even as Zan rescues him from a deadened heart.

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aisaakAISAAK: DELTA UTOPIA BOOK 6 by Celeste Raye

Running from the pain of losing his first love in a tragic manner, Aisaak found himself on the way station and entertainment mecca known as Delti Utopia 6. He had no interest in getting involved with it’s tourists or inhabitants, human or alien. Yet, in order to save a damsel in distress, he does exactly that.

Irene left her isolated home in search of adventure. She got more than she bargained for on the way station. Nothing was as it had been advertised. She built a good life in spite of her disappointment. Then, her sister went missing. Irene made it her mission to find Savanah. What she found was trouble.

Aisaak couldn’t deny his attraction to Irene, nor could he stand aside and allow her to be harmed. He chose to use the beast inside him, a golden weredragon, to protect her from evil.

The pair found help in unexpected places, among those who should be their enemy. The joined forces took on a powerful man who’s name struck fear in the deepest recesses of Aisaak’s soul.

Good versus evil has always been the ultimate battle. The winner should take all. Will he?

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sold to the alien cartelSOLD TO THE ALIEN CARTEL by Corin Cain

The cartel planet of Titus is far away from the reach of the Aurelian Empire, the seven-foot-tall Greek Gods that rule with iron fist. It’s the only place I can hide from my dark past.

The only problem? When pirates capture you, there’s no help coming. My innocence is the only thing that keeps me from a fate worse than death.

Taken, beautified, and presented in an alien auction house to the billionaires and criminals of the lawless planet, they expect me to be obedient. I can fake it… for as long as it takes to get my blade between the throat of whichever giant marble-skinned Aurelian buys me.

That’s what I thought, at least…
Until I’m told that the crimelord Kargoth will be placing a bid on me. The rogue Aurelian owns half of Titus, and every cop, politician and official is in his pocket. With a reputation for bloody violence and a stern temper, I can only imagine the fate of whatever poor woman he buys.
If he chooses me?
I’ll kill him.

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faultlessFAULTLESS (DETYEN WARRIORS BOOK 4) by Kate Rudolph and Starr Huntress

Laurel Ormand doesn’t know where she is or how she got there. Her head is bandaged and half of her hair is cut off, and a kindly alien is telling her he rescued her from the intergalactic slave trade. So why does she hear screams echoing in the halls of his space ship? When she follows the sound, her world is torn apart once more and she will need to rise out of the ashes if she is going to survive and make it to freedom.

Druath NaKam is a faithful soldier of the Detyen Legion. He’s been trained to endure the worst hardships his enemies throw at him, even if his life is destined to be brutally short. But nothing prepared him for torture at the hands of a sadistic scientist with a grudge against Detyens. The only thing that can keep him sane is the woman on board who might be his destiny, but the road to escape is long and treacherous.

When Laurel and Dru thrust into a world on the brink of war, solving a centuries old mystery might be the key to saving Earth. But when an uncovered betrayal threatens to destroy Laurel, Dru will do anything to make her whole, no matter the personal cost. Laurel will need to find the strength to heal and Dru will need to become the warrior he was born to be if their bond is to flourish before all hope is lost.

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grenvilleGRENVILLE (TRI SYSTEMS RANGERS BOOK 2) by JC Hay

Are they orbiting each other, or falling?
Yancey Grenville thought he knew his place in the pack – the clown, the one who always made everyone else happy. A stress reliever for his battle family and for the women he’d spent time with along the way. No one to be serious about, and not someone to settle down with. An attitude that he thought suited him, until a solo mission with the one person he wanted to see him as more leaves him scrambling for a way to erase his reputation.
Lt. Imee Lewis fought tooth and claw to earn her reputation as one of the best pilots in the JTF, and no one cheered her on, or up, like the ranger she’d pulled off the battlefield more than a year earlier. Not that she thought she could ever be serious about “Good Time Grenville” – her own scars, and the divide of rank were enough to keep the relationship strictly friends.
But when a covert mission traps the two of them together in a half-derelict mining ship, proximity leads to more than familiarity. As the gravity between them gets stronger, they realize that the walls they tore down will be impossible to replace when the mission ends, and everything they’ve built for themselves could be destroyed.

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prince of firestonesPRINCE OF FIRESTONES (THE KRAVE OF EVERTON BOOK 2) by Zoey Draven

When Eve Tesler booked a visit with one of Madame Allegria’s Krave, notorious alien lovers with special, non-human skills between the sheets, she never thought that she’d fall in love with him…or learn about the dark secrets behind the well-known brothel.

Now, after escaping from Everton with Khiva, they land on Dumera, a neutral colony where they hope to start a future together without having to hide in shadows. But the memory of Madame Allegria and the Krave they’d had to leave behind still haunt them, as does the memory of Khiva’s missing mother and brother.

To complicate matters, as they begin to navigate life together in a new, strange place, something unthinkable happens: Eve becomes pregnant.

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strikerSTRIKER (HEXONIAN ALIEN ROMANCE BOOK 2) by Charmaine Ross 

Captain Vivien Demazi didn’t believe in aliens. Having spent a lifetime in the military tends to beat out such fanciful notions. But being abducted by giant Reptiles and crashing on a frigid alien planet, the last thing Vivien expects is to find herself in the protective arms of a golden-skinned, drop-dead gorgeous alien.

Striker’s first mission upon his promotion to Commander of Starlight is to rescue the human female last seen smuggled onto the planet Callisto – a planet long occupied by the malicious Reptiles. He must stop her from falling into their hands at all costs. The fate of the known universe rests on his success…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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uncontrollableUNCONTROLLABLE (BEYOND HUMAN) by Nina Croft

Quinn Sutherland, second in command of the Tribe, a group of powerful telepaths, has always been certain of who and what he is—one of the good guys. All he wants is to keep his friends safe—no easy feat when everyone in the world is after them. While on a rescue mission, he meets a mysterious FBI agent, who appears to know a lot about them, and seems to want the same thing he does. But her assignment could literally mean the death of him…

When Melody Lyons is inducted into the Federation’s elite Bureau of Time Management, it’s the pinnacle of her ambitions. Only when she’s sent back to the twenty-first century to eliminate a group of rogue time travelers, she never guesses she’ll fall for a man who died two thousand years ago… Quinn awakens emotions she hadn’t known existed, and for the first time, her loyalties are tested.

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honey from the lionHONEY FROM THE LION by Jackie North

In present day, Laurie, tired of corporate life, takes a much-needed vacation at Farthingdale Dude Ranch.

The very first night a freak blizzard combined with a powerful meteor shower takes Laurie back to the year 1891. When he wakes up in a snowbank, his only refuge is an isolated cabin inhabited by the gruff, grouchy John Henton, who only wants to be left alone. His sense of duty prevails, however, and he takes Laurie under his care, teaching him how to survive on the wild frontier.

As winter approaches, Laurie’s normal fun-loving manner makes it difficult for him to connect with John, but in spite of John’s old-fashioned ways, the chemistry between them grows.

Sparks fly as the blizzard rages outside the cabin. Can two men from different worlds and different times find happiness together?

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keeping paceKEEPING PACE by LJ Vickery

Pace Ruffalo, retired US Army Space Ranger, and full time long haul space trucker, is tired of playing the field. He’s anxious to find the right woman and settle down to start a family, but he’s tired of the waifish, doe-eyed debutantes his mother parades in front of him. He wants a woman with a sturdier build, maybe some muscle, who will satisfy his diverse libido. When Gerri Wilder of the Paranormal Dating Agency says she has someone who fits the bill, Pace jumps at the chance.
Lola Xeltrax doesn’t much like her planet’s requirements for becoming a wife and mother, so when Gerri Wilder makes her first appearance on Gemma-Hydrox, she’s thrilled the woman picks her as the match for a male from Earth. Now if she can just seduce him…maybe when she tells him her secrets he won’t run away. Then Lola will have the best of both worlds.

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blood kingBLOOD KING: REVAMPING THE MONARCHY (THE HEART NEBULA BOOK 3) by Ava Cuvay

Kazandra Lyon’s failed life sucks. But her vacation to a popular destination-planet sucks on a whole new level when she’s abducted and whisked off to a dark castle mired in twilight. She struggles against the attacks of a bloodthirsty monster and her growing attraction to the sexy and mysterious vampire king. Amidst murdered palace staff, political power struggles, and the king’s blood-searing seduction, has Kaz bitten off too much? Will she return to the unhappy safety of her failed life or stick her neck out and embrace a future with the lusty king who thirsts for her?
Away from his homeworld for far too long, King Rune Lahdunae’s political influence has weakened and his vision for his people is now a relic from a bygone era. He struggles to regain his royal standing as monarch, resurrect his race’s proud heritage, and keep his randy fangs off his beautiful guest. Yet Kazandra’s spirit and humor arouses a hunger in him more primal than the need for her life-giving blood. Can he entice her to remain as his honored guest… and possibly his wife? And can he thwart the relentless killer who is drinking his people dry before Kazandra becomes the next victim?

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guarding his melodyGUARDING HIS MELODY (ENHANCED WORLD BOOK 4) by Victoria Sue

Deaf since childhood, Sebastian Armitage had a promising musical future until his dreams were shattered when he transformed at twelve years old. In a world where enhanced humans are terrorized and imprisoned, his life shrinks around him even more as he suffers the torment of his father’s experimental research to enable him to hear.

Gray Darling—struggling with the scars left by his experience in Afghanistan—agrees to provide short-term personal protection when anonymous threats escalate into assault on those closest to Seb.

As the lines between protection and attraction blur, Gray and Seb can’t ignore the intense feelings drawing them together. But secrets and betrayals might prove deadly, unless Gray is willing to risk it all. And Seb must find the strength to make his own future and sing his own song.

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cyborgs mail order brideTHE CYBORG’S MAIL ORDER BRIDE (2075 MISSION MARRIAGE) by Fiona Roarke

The world has changed. Women have almost no rights and men hold all the power. The insidious influence of the oppressive Vanguard Group is spreading around the world and beyond. But while they can try to roll back the clock on social progress, they can’t control the human heart. Or the will to rebel.

College student Abigail Bryce never imagined she’d one day find herself on a mining outpost far from Earth, waiting to be sold to the highest bidder. She expected her soon-to-be husband to be a grimy degenerate, not a driven man with muscles on muscles and chocolate-brown eyes she could sink into.

Logan “The Hammer” Thornton decided to bid on the blond beauty the moment he saw her. If he had to have a short-term bride to satisfy his genetically enhanced libido and keep him in top form to wrench Cobalt-X out of his mine, he might as well have one who made his pulse jump. He never guessed she’d be so sweet, smart and full of passion.

Good thing their marriage had a time limit. Because why would a woman like Abigail want a life with a cyborg freak like him?

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an absolutely remarkable thingAN ABSOLUTELY REMARKABLE THING by Hank Green

VS Note: SciFi, not romance, no idea if there is any romantic element but it’s getting lots of buzz and the plot sounded interesting.

The Carls just appeared. Coming home from work at three a.m., twenty-three-year-old April May stumbles across a giant sculpture. Delighted by its appearance and craftsmanship–like a ten-foot-tall Transformer wearing a suit of samurai armor–April and her friend Andy make a video with it, which Andy uploads to YouTube. The next day April wakes up to a viral video and a new life. News quickly spreads that there are Carls in dozens of cities around the world–everywhere from Beijing to Buenos Aires–and April, as their first documentarian, finds herself at the center of an intense international media spotlight.

Now April has to deal with the pressure on her relationships, her identity, and her safety that this new position brings, all while being on the front lines of the quest to find out not just what the Carls are, but what they want from us.
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mage queen 03MAGE QUEEN DARK SCULPTOR 03 by D R Rosier

James Cook is the last Flesh Sculptor on his new world.

Things seemed to have worked out for him and his two mates. Though Karana turned from him things seemed to be going well, and at least they’re on good terms. Him and his mates are building a new home, and the three of them all have a good future partially mapped out.

It’s not all peaches and cream. They’re still awaiting word from Malburn on the success or failure of Queen Sera’s invasion. When word of those results do arrive, they come with a few surprises. He has no choice but to do what his conscience dictates, something he never thought he’d do, return to Malburn.

James is going to have to face something far scarier than simple assassins, or armies, he has to face a queen. What did she want, and would he be able to give it to her? It was foolhardy and dangerous to say no to a queen, but he couldn’t, wouldn’t, violate his oath.

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priest and pariahsPRIEST AND PARIAHS (CENTAURI SURVIVORS SECOND CHANCE CHRONICLES BOOK 3) by J Alan Veerkamp

Costa McQuillen has escaped from Earth, where being para-human—a Pariah—with tech empathic abilities is illegal, and marks him for extermination. Arrogant and standoffish, Costa is unable to trust anyone but is willing to risk everyone’s safety in his desperate effort to reach the planet Omoikane. His best solution, gaining passage on board the Santa Claus.

Arbor Kittering is the crew’s newest coding tech. Having spent a short time in prison for data hacking and falsifying government files, the Santa Claus is his last chance at a new start—if he can decipher the strange malfunctions plaguing the ship.

Eugene “Priest” Jones, the Santa Claus’s Head Pilot, is a bit of a scoundrel. Perpetually single, Priest is attracted to Costa and Arbor. In truth, he’d like to have both, but it’s clear even his grifting and gambling skills can’t make that happen.

Now as they all travel together, it appears Priest needs to make a choice before it’s too late as each of their lives intertwine with potentially dangerous and deadly consequences.

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phoenix unboundPHOENIX UNBOUND by Grace Draven

VS note: I love Grace’s books – I still swoon over RADIANCE – so I had this pre-ordered too.

Every year, each village is required to send a young woman to the Empire’s capital–her fate to be burned alive for the entertainment of the masses. For the last five years, one small village’s tithe has been the same woman. Gilene’s sacrifice protects all the other young women of her village, and her secret to staying alive lies with the magic only she possesses.

But this year is different.

Azarion, the Empire’s most famous gladiator, has somehow seen through her illusion–and is set on blackmailing Gilene into using her abilities to help him escape his life of slavery. Unknown to Gilene, he also wants to reclaim the birthright of his clan.

To protect her family and village, she will abandon everything to return to the Empire–and burn once more.

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cross breedCROSS BREED (A NOVEL OF THE BREEDS) by Lora Leigh

VS Note: I think it’s fair to say that every other fan of her Breeds series and me has been waiting for this book! I had it pre-ordered.

The Breeds are humans altered before conception with the DNA of the predators of Earth. But although they all carry the genetic material of beasts within them, Cassandra Sinclair stands apart. A unique mix of wolf, coyote and human, she is revered by many—but preyed upon by others. She is fiercely protected by her community…but no one manages to stop her when she slips away one day to offer her body in exchange for her sister’s safety.

The man she succumbs to surprises her by unleashing her inner animal in ways she never dreamed possible—and provokes her deep, furious rage. To Cassie’s shock, he is the mate she has long awaited. She may never be able to forgive his deception. Still, as dangerous enemies track her, and as the threat of all-out war between Breeds and the humans who despise them hovers in the air, they must join forces and hold fast to each other.

But the passionate union between them holds a potential that could change the world—and some will do anything to stop it.

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hour of darknessHOUR OF DARKNESS: A HUNTER LEGACY NOVEL (MIDNIGHT BREED HUNTER LEGACY BOOK 2) by Lara Adrian

VS Note: On my TBR

Born and raised as an assassin in the notorious Hunter program, Breed vampire Cain has since put his specialized skills to use as a mercenary willing to clean up any problem for a price. Or so he thought. After a job in Las Vegas strains even his dubious code of honor, Cain pulls up stakes and lands in Miami for a much-needed break. All he wants is time away to clear his head and regroup, but then a beautiful young woman is nearly killed in front of his eyes and the ruthless former Hunter becomes the only thing standing between her and a sniper’s bullet.

Marina Moretskova is no stranger to dangerous men. As the niece of a Russian organized crime boss, she’s grown up around killers and criminals. But her uncle wants out now, and he’s enlisted Marina’s help in buying his freedom by delivering valuable intel to a secret contact in exchange for protection. Not even Marina’s bodyguards are aware of her mission, so when an attempt on her life is averted by a handsome, steely-eyed vampire, as grateful as she is for Cain’s intervention, the last thing she needs is the shrewd Breed male nosing around for answers. Cain’s cold, haunted gaze and merciless abilities attest to his brutal nature, yet the rough, solitary Hunter stirs a powerful longing in Marina—a darkly seductive hunger—that she can neither afford nor resist. With a target on her back and covert enemies closing in from all sides, trust is a risk that can prove deadly . . . and the safest shelter she may find is in the arms of the most lethal man she’ll ever know.

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trial of threeTRIAL OF THREE: POWER OF 5, BOOK 3 by Alex Lidell

For Lera, training has never been so hard. With the males’ power roaring in her veins and River’s cold demand that she master the magic before the third trial, something has to give. Worse still, River is keeping something from her. Something about his past and Lunos’s future.

For River and Coal, the past must stay buried. Though one male’s nightmare sits on a throne and the other’s hides in his soul, they are equally unprepared for Lera’s startling determination to undress the truth.

But when Mors’s Emperor Jawrar makes a play for Lunos, neither Lera’s fledgling magic nor the males’ old wounds can remain untouched—not if their world is to survive.

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wolf at bayTHE WOLF AT BAY (BIG BAD WOLF) by Charlie Adhara

Going home digs up bad memories, so it’s something Bureau of Special Investigations agent Cooper Dayton tries to avoid. When he’s guilted into a visit, Cooper brings along Oliver Park, his hot new werewolf partner, in the hopes the trip will help clarify their status as a couple…or not.

When Park’s keen shifter nose uncovers a body in the yard and Cooper’s father is the prime suspect, Cooper knows they’re on their own. Familial involvement means no sanctioned investigation. They’ll need to go rogue and solve the mystery quietly or risk seeing Cooper’s dad put behind bars.

The case may be cold, but Park and Cooper’s relationship heats up as they work. And yet if Cooper can’t figure out what’s going on between them outside of the bedroom, he’ll lose someone he… Well, he can’t quite put into words how he feels about Park. He knows one thing for sure: he’s not ready to say goodbye, though with the real killer inching ever closer…he may not have a choice.

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triskeleTRISKELE (THE TRIALPHA CHRONICLES BOOK 2) by Serena Akeroyd

The Fates wanted more for her, now she’s got to man up to tackle the future they’ve handed her…

Thalia Lyndhoven’s got balls.
Well, not literally. But she has the cojones to do what needs to be done to make things right in her Pack. Nor is she afraid to dirty her hands or push her nose in where angels would fear to tread.
Speaking of…
With two of her three mates at her side, Thalia’s life has never been brighter. For the first time, she’s hopeful for tomorrow. She’s freer than she’s ever been, even if she does have the burden of a prophecy riding on her coattails.
In walks mate number three. Not only does he have wings, a beautiful face, and an attitude, he has news.
A SECOND prophecy…(more blurb on ebook seller site…)

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miracle beyond measureMIRACLE BEYOND MEASURE (MIRACLE TRILOGY BOOK 2) by Linda Mooney

Life on the run is hard. Food is limited, and clothes are difficult to come by, but I’ll keep going. We’ll keep going. We have to. The world is depending on us.

My name is Casi Clarity, and there’s a prophecy that says I will be the one to save the world, along with my protector, Coheed. But we don’t know how, or when, or why. We just will.

Our travels have taken us to New Orleans, where the demons are getting stronger, smarter, and harder to evade. With new allies and enemies alike, who can I trust? Is my protector even who he says he is?

I’m in the fight of my life, with or without Coheed, but fighting without the help of my love is impossible to fathom. I’d rather die myself. But if I did, would I stay dead this time?

My name is Casi.
The undead call me Little Mouse.
Coheed calls me his Miracle.

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snicker of werewolvesA SNICKER OF WEREWOLVES by MaryJanice Davidson

From the darkly humorous imagination of NYT and USA Today best-selling author MaryJanice Davidson comes her first all-werewolf anthology. A SNICKER OF WEREWOLVES is the book Davidson’s readers have been clamoring for: an all-werewolf collection of reprinted short stories and novellas, including out-of-print stories that are nearly impossible to find.

From a werewolf hunter as deadly as his quarry, to a blind werewolf who trips over the love of his life (literally!), as well as a lonely, cynical werewolf who doesn’t believe in vampires (until one catches and, ahem, eats her), it’s clear that falling for werewolves is as dangerous as it is deeply satisfying.

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the bossTHE BOSS by Abigail Owen

Finn Conleth leads his team of enforcer dragon shifters with an iron fist and a cold heart. Every dragon seeks his destined mate, but the process to turn the woman he once thought was his killed her and devastated him. He will never risk his heart again. His team is his family now. When his body eventually gives out, he’ll leave, living his last days alone.

Delaney Hamilton moved across the country to escape the freak fires that plague her. But when another suspicious fire erupts and rapidly escalates around her, her hopes for a new life go up in smoke. She has no choice but to turn to the mysterious men who come to her aid.

Finn knows the fire is dragon-caused, which puts Delaney’s problems directly in his jurisdiction. No matter how her wounded grey eyes call to every part of him, he refuses to risk her life in the mating process.

Until another dragon threatens to claim Delaney for his own, and Finn has to sacrifice everything to keep her alive.

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blessed furyBLESSED FURY (ANGELS OF FATE BOOK 1) by C S Wilde

Guardian angel Ava Lightway has spent a century watching over her charges, whispering the words of the gods in their ears. But her peaceful existence ends when she’s assigned to Liam Striker, a supernatural detective with no memory of his past.

Liam might be Ava’s biggest challenge yet. Stubborn and dangerously captivating, he’ll stop at nothing to find the demon who murdered his father. Even if it costs him his life.

Keeping death away from her new partner is an impossible task. And even if their investigation doesn’t destroy Ava, succumbing to Liam’s smoldering touch just may.

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fire brimstone and chocolate cakeFIRE, BRIMSTONE AND CHOCOLATE CAKE (THE DRAMATIC LIFE OF A DEMON PRINCESS BOOK 1) by Mina Carter

After a coup in hell, Lucifer’s niece, Jynx Morningstar, is on the run with the king of hell in her back pocket (in handy stone doll form) and a hellcat with delusions of grandeur. To save her uncle and by extension, hell and the world above, Jynx must evade the legions of hell, master her human magic and track down her father: a healer witch.

Simple. Yeah, right….

What she doesn’t expect is to walk into the middle of a shapeshifter/vampire turf war, a sexy as sin alpha werewolf who claims she’s his one true mate, or to actually care what happens to the residents of small town, Boring.

But when Death comes a’knocking she must make a choice. Go big and reveal what she is, or go home and leave them to their fates… A demon would leave them in a heartbeat, but can Jynx rise above her demon blood and prove what a true princess of hell is made of?

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more than a phoenixMORE THAN A PHOENIX (PHOENIX BROTHERS) by Ashlyn Chase

Mallory Summers is losing it. She’s discovered she can talk to dead people—and she might be able to shift to monkey form. Firefighter Dante Fierro knows the quirky beauty isn’t crazy—just supernatural. But what would she think if she knew his secret?

Hothead Noah Fierro has his own sparks flying with gorgeous ER doctor Kizzy Samuels. While the attraction is mutual, so are the supernatural secrets. With this much sizzle going on, how do you not get burned?

Fighting fires is easy… Finding love is the hard part.

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cursed shona huskCURSED (COVEN OF THE RAVEN BOOK 1) by Shona Husk

Oskar Quigley knows exactly when and how he’ll die.

Living with a death curse isn’t easy, but after generations of research handed down to him he thinks he knows how to defeat the Thomas, his great uncle and a witch gone bad who caused the problem. There’s just one thing he never accounted for: another victim.

Mylla has been Thomas’s servant for as long as she can remember, but her memories can’t be trusted. The marks on her wall add up to decades, and her diary is a muddled collection of rambling. When Oskar arrives to tend the gardens she needs to warn him that bad things happen, difficult when she can only talk on Thomas’ command. But she doesn’t need to talk to steal a few moments for herself in Oskar’s bed as she tries to convince him that magic is real.

With time running out and Thomas’s suspicions growing, Oskar is forced to act. But if living with a death curse is hard, learning to live is even harder.

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purrfect for mePURRFECT FOR ME (BUILT FUR LOVE BOOK 3) by Terry Bolryder

Hunter Raines is restless. Now that his friends are mated, the cougar inside him is pacing, ready for the next adventure. But everything changes when curvy, sweet Kelly walks into the bar, hiding secrets and radiating fear. Hunter’s cougar is ready to pounce on whatever is threatening her, and Hunter is pretty sure that he just found a reason to stay in Silver Lake.

Kelly doesn’t know how much longer she has until the horror she’s been running from finds her. Hopefully, her move to Silver Lake will give her the peace and quiet she needs to get back to work. But maybe even work can wait when a sexy man with blond hair, blue eyes and magic hands shows up unexpectedly, offering help with her wreck of a cabin.

It doesn’t take long for warm friendship embers to burst into white-hot lust. Meanwhile the monster stalking Kelly is still coming ever closer, threatening to destroy them both. But Hunter knows something Kelly doesn’t: that the overprotective cougar inside him won’t let anything happen to the woman he knows is his mate.

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touched by deathTOUCHED BY DEATH (GODS OF DEATH TRILOGY BOOK 1) by Ruby Ryan

Beth Carter is a private investigator preparing for the biggest case of her life. When she narrowly misses getting hit by a train, she counts her blessings and goes about her day.

But in the underworld, the representatives of death from every pantheon were already preparing to harvest her soul and escort it to the afterlife. Beth’s near-miss causes the wheels of fate to come to a screeching halt—and rips some gods out of the underworld.

Now four gods of death walk the earth: the Greek god Thanatos, the Egyptian deity Anubis, the Aztec immortal Mictlantecuhtli, and the Celtic goddess Morrigan. Still hungry for Beth’s soul, they must discover what strange fluke caused Beth to avoid her fate—and then bring her soul back to the underworld before it’s too late.

Yet Beth isn’t ready to accept their harsh truth, especially while focusing on her career-making case. Can she find a way to convince them to let her stay in the mortal realm? Or will she eventually succumb to their almost lustful desire for her soul?

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billionaire wolf for christmasA BILLIONAIRE WOLF FOR CHRISTMAS by Terry Spear

Wolf shifter Dr. Aidan Denali has been working day and night to find a cure for werewolves’ alarmingly sudden decline in lifespan. The key to the problem eludes him. But when Aidan grudgingly leaves his work to do some holiday shopping, he meets a remarkable she-wolf whose mysterious pack could bring him one step closer to the answer.

Dr. Holly Gray is thrilled to meet the wolf who’s been working so hard to help others. Now, it’s her turn to help him. But while their attraction is sizzling, the packs are at odds, and the danger is increasing. It’s going to take a holiday miracle for Holly and Aidan to get themselves—and their loved ones—out of this alive.

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dragons shadowDRAGON’S SHADOW by Allison Morse

Royal twins ripped apart at birth become reluctant champions of good and evil. Kylie, a teenage science geek, has no faith in people. Instead, she relies on what she trusts the most, the facts—what she can see, touch, and hear but never feel. With enough pain to deal with in her own world, she is thrust into another—a kingdom at war whose strange inhabitants fear one thing the most—the return of the dragon. All of this is illogical to Kylie, but even more so, when she discovers she belongs there. Her brother, Prince Jarlon, journeys to kill the dragon who has laid waste to his kingdom. His only hope for destroying the beast is help from his sister, whom he has never met. Will their paths cross before the beast’s malevolence infects Kylie and turns her into his creature or will Jarlon have to destroy her, too?

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touch the skyTOUCH THE SKY (MATED BY FATE) by Kari Cole

Sheriff Vaughn Ellis’s very existence as a rare double-shifter defies the natural order. It also makes it extremely difficult for him to get close to anyone. To trust anyone. It’s nothing Vaughn can’t handle, until a seductively sweet woman arrives in Black Robe, and suddenly he can’t think about anything but her.

The product of a witch/werewolf pairing, Hannah Cochran gets the odd-wolf-out thing. But when she uncovers a major threat to the lycanthrope world, she finds herself playing nice with the sexy sheriff. Abiding by the law isn’t usually Hannah’s style, but nothing catches her breath quite like the commanding attraction she feels toward Vaughn.

Working closely together only intensifies their fated connection, making it impossible to deny—or resist. Hannah fears that getting involved puts Vaughn in danger. But when she becomes the target, it’s Vaughn who’ll have to decide which rules he’s willing to break to save the woman he can’t live without.

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avalonAVALON by J Scott Coatsworth

Tony has been taking care of Jake for a year, ever since his partner became sick. It’s clear to him that it won’t be long, so when Jake asks to go to the ocean, Tony leaps at the chance to do something to make him happy.

But when they get lost in the fog after wandering farther down the beach than Tony has ever gone, a deserted cottage beckons them by the water.

There’s magic in the little house by the sea, and it will change them both forever.

Note: This short story first appeared in the MCB Quarterly.

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ruins of betrayalTHE RUINS OF BETRAYAL (SONG OF THE SWORDS BOOK 4) by Tami Etherton

Taryn will risk everything to save those she loves, even if it means sacrificing her dragon soul.

After a brutal attack leaves Taryn near death, Rhoane must heal more than her broken body. Their search for the men responsible will lead them to a conclusion neither expected, but one that challenges more than their beliefs.

Now that he’s King of the West, Zakael will stop at nothing to possess Taryn and her vast powers. But is he willing to forge a deal with Kaldaar himself to claim what he believes is rightfully his?

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sisters of the winter woodTHE SISTERS OF THE WINTER WOOD by Rena Rossner

VS Note: Not romance but has been getting a lot of buzz.

In a remote village surrounded by vast forests on the border of Moldova and Ukraine, sisters Liba and Laya have been raised on the honeyed scent of their Mami’s babka and the low rumble of their Tati’s prayers. But when a troupe of mysterious men arrives, Laya falls under their spell – despite their mother’s warning to be wary of strangers. And this is not the only danger lurking in the woods.
As dark forces close in on their village, Liba and Laya discover a family secret passed down through generations. Faced with a magical heritage they never knew existed, the sisters realize the old fairy tales are true…and could save them all.
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it happened at the ballIT HAPPENED AT THE BALL by Various
VS Note: Listed in SF&F. Sounds fun…
Graceful feet tracing courtly steps.
Eyes behind jeweled masks meeting across a room of twirling dancers.
Gloved hands touching fleetingly—or gripping swords…

Anything can happen at a ball.

You are invited to enjoy these stories of fancy and fantasy from thirteen authors, framed in the splendor and elegance of a ballroom. Be it at a house party for diplomats and thieves, or Almacks in a side-universe in which the Patronesses have magic, or a medieval festival just after the plague years …

*Prepare to be swept into the enchantment of the dance!*

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eye of the tigerEYE OF THE TIGER: PARANORMAL DATING AGENCY by M L Guida
Cora Amici left high school disgraced. Her sister ran off with the love of her life at the prom. Now ten years later, she’s faces the reunion again, but this time, she wants to arrive with a shifter that will knock everyone’s socks off.

Seth Reese lost his mate, Cora Amici, to his rival. His life has been miserable without her. All he has his motorcycle shop. Their high school reunion is coming up. Can he win her back? At a last resort, Seth calls Gerri Wilder for help.

Gerri invites them for dinner. Fireworks explode when Cora and Seth meet and he thinks he has a chance.

His rival threatens to destroy their happiness. He gives Seth an ultimatum–his shop or Cora. Seth’s not the same tiger and rises up to meet the challenge. Will he sacrifice his shop for his mate?

sixthSIXTH (ONE OF US SERIES BOOK 1) by Kim Faulks

There’s a place from my nightmares. A place where bad things hide.The memories kept me awake for most of my life. But it’s not what keeps me awake anymore.

It’s her. She calls me, desperate and pleading. Like a shining star I can’t quite find. I feel those men from my nightmares coming for her. Only she can’t sense them—she can’t see. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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varriors librarians covenWARRIORS (THE LIBRARIANS COVEN BOOK 2) by Kathryn Moon

Joanna just wants to spend the holiday curled up with her coven of handsome professors, but family obligations wait for no one. Instead of wintery cuddles, she’s up to her neck in the Pike brothers and their wives, a cast of political figures invited to their dinner parties and, worst of all, Callum’s father, Duncan. Duncan Pike is a nasty piece of work–not only did he place a young Callum in the heart of an ugly war, he disapproves of Isaac and Aiden.

Duncan claims a new war is coming, and it looks like he might be right. As if that weren’t enough, the infamous warrior Sabine York is showing a marked interest in Callum–is she after revenge? Or does she want to add Callum to her coven of soldiers?

When trouble strikes and Callum is separated from the rest of the coven, Joanna, Isaac, and Aiden must travel from the library to the capitol to Vermenia, desperate for their reunion. And, on his own for the first time in years, Callum must tread carefully back into the waters of war he’s spent decades avoiding.

Can they fight through the people and the miles standing between them and return safely together again?

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saving his vixSAVING HIS VIX by Rebecca Airies

VS Note: Was in an anthology previously.

With a hate group targeting her, Jessie Coulter’s hiding and hoping to avoid being staked as a vampire. Stupid fanatics don’t even realize she’s not a vampire. At least not yet.

Devon Knight couldn’t get Jessie out of his mind even after she brushed him off. When he learns she’s been targeted by a society determined to exterminate vampires, he steps in to protect the woman who has haunted his thoughts.
Jessie can’t deny the heat raging between them. It flares so hot that it’s impossible to resist. Devon’s discovered her secrets and he’s not about to leave her to face danger alone. Now they both have to survive the people coming to kill them.

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give the dark my loveGIVE THE DARK MY LOVE by Beth Revis

Seventeen-year-old Nedra Brysstain leaves her home in the rural, northern territories of Lunar Island to attend the prestigious Yugen Academy with only one goal in mind: master the trade of medicinal alchemy. A scholarship student matriculating with the children of Lunar Island’s wealthiest and most powerful families, Nedra doesn’t quite fit in with the other kids at Yugen.

Until she meets Greggori “Grey” Astor. Grey is immediately taken by the brilliant and stubborn Nedra, who he notices is especially invested in her studies. And that’s for a good reason: a deadly plague has been sweeping through the north, and it’s making its way toward the cities. With her family’s life–and the lives of all of Lunar Island’s citizens–on the line, Nedra is determined to find a cure for the plague.

Grey and Nedra grow close, but as the sickness spreads and the body count rises, Nedra becomes desperate to find a cure. Soon, she finds herself diving into alchemy’s most dangerous corners–and when she turns to the most forbidden practice of all, necromancy, even Grey might not be able to pull her from the darkness.

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danannDANNAN (THE UNSEEN BOOK 3) by L A Boruff

Jen Johnson loved to read about supernatural creatures. She’d always dreamed of climbing into the pages of her books to become a vampire or werewolf. Imagine her surprise when she almost dies falling down the steps of the courthouse, only to save herself by turning into a flying dragon.

It’s a dream come true, right?

Alexander, leader of all of the Fae—actually, they prefer Dannan, thank you—and his cousin Roan try to help her acclimate to her new life, but it isn’t until she meets Doryu, a gorgeous Sárkány shifter that things start to get interesting.

And what is going on in the town? Some of those people aren’t what they seem. If Jen sticks her nose where it doesn’t belong, maybe she’ll get some answers the Unseen world needs. And maybe her nosiness will only get her heartache.

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bleacke spiritBLEAKE SPIRIT (BLEAKE SHIFTERS BOOK 4) by Lesli Richardson

Honestly, Dewi preferred fighting the Segura drug cartel to having a froufrou wedding. But she’s survived both with her sanity intact.

Barely.

That’s due in no small part to Ken and Nami accidentally finding her grandfather, who everyone believed was dead for nearly fifty years. In addition to serving as the Targhee pack’s Head Enforcer, and head of the expanded Pack Council, Dewi’s next challenging mission is trying to teach Duncan about safely navigating a whole new world.

Like texting. And Facebook.

And of course life is never easy for Dewi, Ken, Badger, Beck, Nami, and the rest of their extended family. So when Badger’s old friend comes asking for the Targhee pack’s help, they can’t turn him away.

Even if it brings a new and fuzzy foe into their lives when they’re asked to help his loved one stay…incorgnito.

Who knew cute could be so deadly?

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fore a muse of fireFOR A MUSE OF FIRE by Heidi Heilig

Jetta’s family is famed as the most talented troupe of shadow players in the land. With Jetta behind the scrim, their puppets seem to move without string or stick—a trade secret, they say. In truth, Jetta can see the souls of the recently departed and bind them to the puppets with her blood.

But ever since the colonizing army conquered their country, the old ways are forbidden, so Jetta must never show, never tell. Her skill and fame are her family’s way to earn a spot aboard the royal ship to Aquitan, where shadow plays are the latest rage, and where rumor has it the Mad Emperor has a spring that cures his ills—and could cure Jetta’s, too. Because seeing spirits is not the only thing that plagues her.

But as rebellion seethes and as Jetta meets a young smuggler, she will face truths and decisions that she never imagined—and safety will never seem so far away.

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hidden zanettiHIDDEN (DEEP OPS) by Rebecca Zanetti

Hide. That’s all Pippa can do to escape the terror chasing her. But now that she’s off the grid in a safe house, she finds plenty of interesting things to watch through the window. Like her new neighbor, with his startling green eyes, killer smile, and sexy bad-boy tattoo . . .
Run. Malcolm West is fleeing the hell he unleashed in his last assignment as an undercover cop. A backwoods bungalow sounds like the perfect place to start over. Until he discovers he’s been set up . . .
Fight. Someone’s gone to a lot of trouble to bring them together. No matter how much he resents that, and his own driving needs, Malcolm will have to dig deep and let loose the banished killer inside himself, or Pippa’s fears could come true faster than the flip of a bolt in a lock.

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grow some gillsGROW SOME GILLS: PARANORMAL DATING AGENCY (MAKING WAVES BOOK 2) by Savannah Verte

Sturgeon Barrow is a stubborn Mer with a wild side he doesn’t control. Defiant and difficult, he nearly flees before getting the chance to meet the one meant to tame him. Leave it to Gerri to plant a seed so tempting, he can’t bring himself to resist.
Nera Daren knows who her destined mate is, a Mer with a playboy reputation. She’d had no regrets when she chose to return solo to the black waters without meeting him, but can she stay there? Whispers in the dark shed light on mischief afloat in the waters above her world, forcing her to realize she might care after all.
The water realms hang on the precipice of destruction as inhabitants are mysteriously disappearing. Is there time to come together to consummate their bond, or will it have to wait?
Gerri’s timing is never off…or is it?

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secret she keepsTHE SECRET SHE KEEPS: FOUR PARANORMAL ROMANCE STORIES by Various

VS Note: See ebook seller site for individual story blurbs.

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dark waterDARK WATER by Tricia Tyler

Psychic Evangeline Broussard is certain nothing will ever induce her to work with law enforcement again –until a serial killer starts using her small bayou town as his own personal hunting ground. The powdered sugar on her beignet though is being forced to work with Special Agent pain-in-the-ass, Nick Garrison, whose cynicism toward her psychic ability is matched only by his hotter-than-a-Louisiana-summer sex appeal.

Nick’s opinion of so-called psychics is carved in stone, as well as on his heart, which puts his best friend’s little cousin squarely off limits, regardless of how much the sassy, Cajun, spitfire turns him on. But when her supposed sixth sense, and a leak in the local police department, put her in the crosshairs of the killer, she’s the only one who can save them all.

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a year and a dayA YEAR AND A DAY (FAE HAVEN BOOK 1) by Elizabeth Silver and Jenny Urban

He wasn’t looking for love, but he’ll break all the laws of this realm and the next to keep it.

Reserved, bookish Ben isn’t looking for a relationship. Then he meets Niall, a gorgeous stranger with a knack for avoiding direct questions, and tumbles headfirst into love. Niall is perfect in just about every way, right up until he leaves town for a short trip…and vanishes off the face of the earth.

A magical being trapped in his own realm, Niall fights to return to this world to be with Ben. But by the time he gets back, more than a year has passed, and Ben refuses to believe Niall’s story of fae and magic.

With only a month to woo Ben back and earn a chance at staying permanently, Niall is willing to try anything to be with the man he loves. Then Niall’s world spills over into ours and puts Ben’s life in danger, and it becomes a race to save Ben before their stolen time comes to an end.

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Embrace_the_passion_Pets_in_space3_pauline_Baird_jonesVS Note: Since the 3rd annual Pets In Space: Embrace the Passion anthology of new scifi romance stories will be out on October 9th, I thought I’d highlight my stories from the first two anthologies today, which are available separately now, since the anthologies are only out for a limited time each year. THe link is to my Amazon Author Page but the books are available on all major ebook seller platforms.

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

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September 12

September 5

August 29

August 22

Caveats:

The term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. I try to catch up on ones I missed in recent months.  

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.