New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday April 18

taking_vengeance_cynthia_saxAs 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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TAKING VENGEANCE (CYBORG SIZZLE BOOK 12) by Cynthia Sax

VS Note: I LOVE her cyborgs so of course this was a one click for me!

The only force stronger than their hate is their love.

Vengeance hates all humans. They killed every being he ever cared about. When the huge C Model cyborg is told he’s genetically compatible with the enemy, he makes it his mission to capture the female and use her to expel all humans from his home planet. That should be disappointingly easy. She’s a weak, fragile human.

Then she blows up his ship, blasting to bits his preconceived notions about the enemy.

Astrid, aka the Buoir Berserker, hates all cyborgs. They killed her entire clan, including her baby sister. The warrior female has vowed to hunt down and destroy the enemy. When a savage cyborg arrogantly puts his hard, sexy body within her reach, she does the only thing a female can do—she peppers his muscular physique with projectiles.

The more passionately they fight, the stronger their attraction becomes. Neither of them will relent on their missions, yet they can’t keep their hands off each other. Their battle will either end in love to last an eternity or in death.

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enticed by the corsairENTICED BY THE CORSAIR (CORSAIRS BOOK 3) by Ruby Dixon

No one likes a rebellious captive.

I learned that the hard way. I’ve been abducted from earth and cruelly tormented for my fighting spirit until I learned that the only thing that would keep me safe is to be sweet and calm and agreeable. It’s what keeps me alive.

When I’m rescued by space pirates, they tell me I’m safe. I’m told I can be myself again, get as angry as I want, laugh and cry and scream all I need. I don’t believe them, of course. I certainly don’t believe Alyvos, the ‘muscle’ of the pirate ship. Everyone says that he likes nothing more than a good fight, but to me, he’s kind and protective. How can I fear someone who holds me tenderly through the night and has fuzzy skin?

But my pirate wants more from me than I’m ready to give. He wants my fiery spirit…and I’m not sure it’s there anymore.

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close encounters of the sexy kindCLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE SEXY KIND by Abbie Zander and Jessie Lane

Detective Ryan Winslet is a by-the-book kind of girl. The one and only time she allowed her personal feelings to cloud her judgement, the results were devastating. Now she’s getting a chance to make things right, but a certain sexy nightclub owner is muddying the waters.

Tiberius Maximus isn’t the first Aequorian prince to be exiled to Earth. Like his ancestors, he came, he saw, and he conquered. He’s vanquished his enemies, gained a fiercely loyal family, and runs an incredibly successful nightclub that might push a few legal human boundaries. The only thing he doesn’t have is the life mate he so desperately craves – until a salty blonde saunters into his club one night.

When the no-nonsense detective meets the exiled prince, their chemistry is off the intergalactic charts. Tiberius is convinced she’s the one for him, but Ryan’s not taking the bait. Sure, he’s über hot and seems like a great catch, but he’s also involved in some fishy business and thinks he’s from another planet.

Should she follow her head and throw him back? Or follow her instincts… and her zorans chosenheart… and jump into the deep end?

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THE ZORAN’S CHOSEN (BARBARIAN BRIDES) by Luna Hunter

When Lily accepted a job at Onyx, she didn’t think she’d be looking at a hot, naked Zoran warrior floating in a tank of water on her first day. She is supposed to run tests on this prisoner, but there’s simply no way Lily will go along with that. Instead, she releases him. And that is when the real trouble starts..

After months of imprisonment, Marcas finally has a taste of freedom. Next order of business: Tasting that curvy, dark-haired human, the one with the big brown eyes and a body made for a Zoran warrior.

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champion emmy chandlerCHAMPION (PRISON PLANET 3) by Emmy Chandler

VS Note: I keep one clicking the books in this series because they sound so good but they’re stuck on my To Be Read list. I better get reading!

Sylvie Wolfe made a bad decision, for a good reason. Now, sentenced to death for her crime, she has only one decision left to make—the method of her execution. Most people pick lethal injection.

Sylvie demands death by combat.

Her choice gets her sent to the prison planet Rhodon, where in zone one, the galaxy’s most dangerous convicted murderers fight to the death on camera in a gladiatorial-style competition that will end with one inmate being declared the champion. And having his—or her—death sentence commuted to life in prison.

Graham Anderson thinks he’s lost his mind when he sees a woman in zone one. He pulls Sylvie into his cell just before lockdown, temporarily shielding her from a throng of monsters intent on laying claim to her. By the time the doors unlock at dawn, he’s made nearly a hundred vicious new enemies and lost his heart to the fiercest, sexiest, most determined woman he’s ever met.

With death looming in the arena and foes aligning against them behind the scenes, Sylvie and Graham must fight for every moment they share. But in the end, there can be only one champion. Which means only one of them can leave the arena alive.

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alone mars diariesALONE  (THE MARS DIARIES) and HIDDEN (THE MARS DIARIES) by Skye MacKinnon

VS Note: This is a three part RH series (3rd book out in May) but since I missed book 1, and book 2 is already out, here’s the information (link and blurb) on book 1. Sounds intriguing. Previously published in the Once Upon A Twist anthology.

It all started with a headache.
Next came the cramps.
Then, the pain. Cries and wails filled the station.
The bloody cough killed most of them.
The others succumbed to the fever.
And then, silence.
I’m the only one left.
My name is Louise and I’m the only human on Mars.

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hereticHERETIC (THE OUTCASTS BOOK 1) by Cyndi Friberg

Restless and embittered by an abusive past, Arton the Heretic finds himself in a battle of wills with Lily, a gorgeous geneticist. She holds the key to the future of his people, but she was brought to this savage world against her will and that’s an insult she’ll not soon forget. Their attraction is instantaneous and intense, yet each has valid reasons for mistrusting the other. He wants her, is consumed with the need to claim her, but he can’t focus on the future until he deals with the past.

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traitor bornTRAITOR BORN by Amy A Bartol

VS Note: YA dystopian

In the Fates Republic…
Firstborns reign supreme.
Secondborns kneel in servitude.
Thirdborns face death.
And Census shadows them all.

Secondborn Roselle St. Sismode was pressed into military service to battle the rebel uprising threatening the society that enslaves her. Now, powerful factions conspire to subvert the lines of succession, positioning Roselle to replace her mother as leader of the Republic’s armed forces. But the woman who bore her would sooner see Roselle dead than let her usurp her firstborn brother’s command.

The deadly war of intrigue between her new masters and her ruthless family is but one conflict challenging Roselle. A soldier for the rebellion has drawn her into a rogue army’s plot to overthrow the Republic and shatter its brutal caste system. Targeted by assassins and torn between allies, Roselle will have her loyalty, love, and honor tested in the greatest battle of—and for—her life.

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rogue elementTHE ROGUE ELEMENT by M Pax

VS note: A collection of four previously published scifi stories, no idea if there’s romance but sounded interesting. Detailed blurbs for each story are provided on the ebook seller site.

Rogue versus world. Who will win? New planets, hidden lands, and places no one would dare dream of arise from the elements of earth, air, fire, and water. Visions of the future where we verge on extinction and only daring can forge hope. Alternative realms on Earth lead to darkness. The Rogue Element is: “Patchworker 2.0”, “Corrosive”, “The Vagaries of Eloise Stanton”, and “The Wallows.”

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snow and the shadowsSNOW AND THE SHADOWS (ONCE UPON A HAREM BOOK 2) by Cara Carnes

Princess Snow Cavell finds herself captured by her evil stepmother and handed over to seven ruthless men known as Shadows—the most feared assassins in the known galaxies. Snow’s link to the Cosmos is a threat, one that can no longer be tolerated if her stepmother intends to win the war and rule the Intergalactic Alliance.

Their orders are clear—either execute her or deposit her on one of the slaver colonies to be sold. But the Shadows have other plans for the beauty, plans that will fracture alliances throughout the galaxies and shift the tide of the Intergalactic War.

No one controls the Shadows. They’d sworn to remain neutral during the War, but all bets are off now that Snow’s life hangs in the balance.

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kyaniteDRAGON VIP KYANITE (7 VIRGIN BRIDES FOR 7 WEREDRAGON BILLIONAIRES BOOK 5) by Starla Night

Scarred dragon shifter Kyanite “Kyan” Onyx is the security officer of the Onyx Corporation. Used to working in the shadows, this deadly mercenary has no time for a political marriage to the Empress of his home planet, Draconis. But what choice does he have? No female will look on his battered body with desire.

Nursing intern Laura has never seen a warrior as hard, as capable, as protective as Kyan. When an unknown enemy turns her into a target, she naturally runs for shelter in his muscular arms. But even her hottest kiss can’t melt the ice around his heart.

Fighting passion and dangers, Laura may be exactly what Kyan needs to begin a new age of dragon-human harmony — or she may be the means to destroy it.

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captured by the alien warriorCAPTURED BY THE ALIEN WARRIOR (ZALARYN WARRIORS BOOK 2) by Viki Storm

DROKA:A warrior owns what he is able to take. And I take her.
She’s trembling in a closet, hiding from the raiding party invading her human settlement. Hiding from me.
I collar her. I own her. She’s mine by law.
As the Captain of the Imperial Guard, I’ve sworn a solemn oath to have no mate, sire no offspring.
Oath-breakers are traitors, executed without a second thought. Let them try. I’ll beat them all for a chance to claim my mate.

AREN: I just want to go home. Except, I don’t have one. These alien bastards burned it to the ground.
And the biggest bastard of them all put a collar around my neck. He parades me around on the end of a leash like I’m his newest pet.
My clothes are torn and my body is exposed and there’s about a hundred alien warriors looking at me like they can’t wait to have a turn.
He keeps me safe from the horde. I’m his lawful captive, his property—and he doesn’t want to share.
But will he fight this hard to protect me when he finds out who I really am?

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sapphire embersSAPPHIRE EMBERS (THE BEGINNING OF DRAGONS) by Jadyn Chase

Years ago I had fallen in love with Val Robbins, one of the best pilots in the military. A strong, gorgeous man with a heart of gold. We were inseparable, until a horrific plane crash took him from me.
To this day I have never stopped loving Val, and I never will. I still wear my engagement ring.
A few years later, I was moved to Antarctica to work on a new top secret project with the military.
You see a while back, deep in the heart of the continent, a major discovery was made…dragons.
The military used their extensive knowledge in genetic engineering to adapt and modify these creatures to serve them as the perfect all-purpose weapons.
But their plans quickly went astray as the dragons started to show chameleon-like abilities to shapeshift themselves into men. Men that walked, talked and looked exactly like my Val. The lead dragon, the Sapphire spoke to me like it was Val all along.
My brain struggled to grasp what was going on. By the time I was coming to grips with the thought of him being back in my life, everything went black.
No one knows what really happened that night. We suspected that an asteroid slipped through the defenses and took out damn near everything in an instant. The world had gone silent, in a hurry.
It was becoming a kill or be killed kind of world, and the dragons, our former weapons were taking their place atop the food chain.
Do I rely on this new Val for protection, or am I better off on my own?

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witch and the alienTHE WITCH AND THE ALIEN by Juliet Cardin

Petal has spent her entire life hiding the fact that she’s a witch. Now she fears her life is destroyed, because in a moment of rage, she unleashed her power and revealed her secret. If things weren’t bad enough already, they get even worse when some kind of otherworldly beast suddenly appears in her backyard, followed by the arrival of an angry mob looking for the witch. Adding to the chaos, a tall, sexy man shows up, whisking her away in the nick of time.

Though Rein thinks Petal should be grateful to him for saving her, she feels nothing but distrust and anger toward her savior. He’s an intergalactic space monster hunter, and now she’s stuck on another planet while he completes the next task on his to-do list. Unfortunately, she’s also feeling some uncomfortable and totally inappropriate thoughts of desire for the man.

When Earth is threatened by invaders, Petal must put her faith in the mysterious alien and return to the place she was scorned. She must battle the invaders, and her growing feelings for Rein, hoping her powers are strong enough to save the world. When it comes down to a choice between Earth and Rein, she can only hope she’s brave enough to make the right decision.

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micahMICAH (WARRIOR WORLD BOOK 2) by Rebecca Royce

Micah Lyons is many things… brother to Chad and Tia, Rachel’s first crush, the catch of all the single ladies, Deacon’s best friend, and most importantly, a disappointment to his parents. In the Before Times, he’d wanted to be a fighter pilot, and today—today he’s a Warrior intent on protecting his people the only way he knows how—alone.

Fate, however, is a fickle mistress and when Micah’s path keeps colliding with that of a former Vampire, he finds his future running as twisting a path as his past. If he can’t find a way to make peace, he’ll never be able to have the love and acceptance he craves.

Clones. Captivity. The creation of tomorrow…for Micah Lyons, the promise is all he desires.

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conquered by the alien princeCONQUERED BY THE ALIEN PRINCE (LUMINAR MASTERS BOOK 1) by Rebel West

A  filthy rich, ripped alpha who also happens to be royalty? Yes, please. Only problem? He’s an alien.
When a confidential mission sends Doctor Cali Taylor to Luminar, her project is thrown in jeopardy and more than one life, including her own, is at risk.
The one constant? The alien prince and a scorching interplanetary rendezvous. But can their budding romance withstand the danger that threatens to tear them apart?

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cobalt dragonCOBALT DRAGON (DRAGON GUARD OF DRAKKARIS BOOK 5) by Terry Bolryder

The Cobalt dragon is ready for a mate. At least, the bookish intellectual thinks he is. But when he and his crew are sent on a mission to rescue another dragon heart, only to find that she’s already rescued herself, Cobalt will find that fate has someone much different than what he had in mind.

Sylvie has always been a fighter. And not even wolves or wyverns can stop her from taking back her freedom. But maybe a towering, brilliant nerd of a dragon with muscles for days and a heart of gold can make her reconsider going back to the human world for a few days. After all, how bad could being in a giant mansion full of hotties be?

To Cobalt’s shock, fate moves faster than he could have anticipated, sparking sizzling sexual chemistry between him and Sylvie. But there are problems that will take more heart than brains to solve, and Sylvie’s unfinished business is lurking in the shadows at every turn.

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runes of truthRUNES OF TRUTH (A DEMON’S FALL SERIES BOOK 1)  by G Bailey

Evie doesn’t remember a life before she was on the streets, a life before thieving to live and killing to stay alive.
When a royal family she didn’t know anything about go missing, Evie finds herself thrown into the royal court of the protectors, and they demand her help.
Help in exchange for a chance at freedom and the name that’s haunted her, forgotten. A name she can’t even read, a name she doesn’t understand.
But when three Royal protectors are tasked with helping her, her demon ex who is literally from hell, stalking her…will Evie ever be free?

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storm irinTHE STORM: IRIN CHRONICLES BOOK 6 by Elizabeth Hunter

Scarred by loss, Irina warrior Renata has held the world at a distance. Fighting the Grigori and protecting humanity are her goals, but her heart remains frozen to the bonds of family and love. Only one scribe, Maxim of Riga, has managed to see through Renata’s armor.

On the darkest night of winter, in the halls of her ancestral home, Renata is forced to face her past. Can a fierce storm and a stubborn scribe coax her back to life, or will she retreat into duty forever?

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daughter of hadesDAUGHTER OF HADES (CERBERUS BOOK 2) by Helen Scott

Poppy never thought her life would get this crazy.

Sexy hellhound guards and being the future queen of the Underworld? She had been happy being a waitress and a freelance graphic designer in Chicago, hadn’t she? What she was doesn’t matter, that life is long gone now.

Before she can travel to the Underworld, she needs to find three judges that will preside over the souls of the dead. But who are they? Where are they? And how the hell is she supposed to find them?

As she battles agents of Hel at every turn and is confronted with mysterious new enemy Poppy is decidedly on edge. Will she find her judges in time or will her enemies get to them first?

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tornadoTORNADO (SAVAGE BROTHERHOOD MC BOOK 1) by Jasmine Wylder

My name is Jackson, better known as Tornado, leader of the Savage Brotherhood MC.
For those who don’t know yet, my club means everything to me. It is my family. My home. My Shelter.
So, you better not get between me and my brothers or you’ll get to know my inner wolf. Well, one exception allowed. If you are a hot chick with curves in all the right places. Just got to know Ava last night. Let me tell you, never experienced anything similar before.
But I cannot be distracted. Our club has a mission most people don’t know about, and I better not mess up for the sake of humankind.

Well done, Ava, well done. Pregnant by a man I barely know and don’t even like. I don’t know why I’m always drawn to the wrong guys. I mean, there is literally no chance that the leader of the local chapter of a motorcycle gang, a criminal empire, will take care of his unborn child. And I don’t even know if I want him to take care of it.
But suddenly Ava becomes the focus of a powerful vampire. A vampire preying on shifters and humans alike. No questions asked, Jackson has to save her and neutralize the vampire threat once and for all. They’ve messed with the Brotherhood far too long already.
Ava hides her pregnancy and denies her feelings for Jackson, not knowing that she will have to open up to him in order to survive the vampire threat. Even risking both her life and her heart for a man she seems to butt heads with at every turn.

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eyes of the tigerEYES OF THE TIGER by Patricia Rosemoor

Jewelry designer Gemma Hewitt has a gift. Gems and jewelry speak to her, which inspires her designs, and also sends her on dark adventures across the globe as she seeks out historic pieces. After her mother is brutally murdered, Gemma inherits her famed jeweled collar, which she hopes will lead her to see the face of her mother’s killer and bring him to justice. Instead, she’s thrown back to 1901 India where she sees the young woman about to be married with a pendant that matches her jeweled collar. When she’s hired to find the entire bridal suite, she hopes she can use the jewels to save her family’s fortune. Can she trust the handsome, enigmatic man who promises to help her on her quest, or is he the one she should be running from?

British reporter/photographer Raj Sinclair wants the bridal suite for his own reasons. Attracted to Gemma, he senses a connection with her as if he’s known her for a very long time. When danger stalks her, he will do anything to protect her.

The treasure hunt takes them to cities from the US to Britain to France, ending in India where the bridal suite is finally rejoined… and three reincarnated souls get another chance to make things right.

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unrequited loveUNREQUITED LOVE (MAGIC AND HEARTACHE BOOK 1) by E L Roux

VS Note: Re-release. Author states this has been revised and re-edited.

I might own a coffee shop, but it’s anything but normal. Magical and non-magical live in harmony, making me happy to serve them all the drinks I put my extra-special twist on. But watching Nathan, my ex-fiancé, sip lattés and ogle his new woman suppresses my seer emotions and puts a damper on my own love life.

Until Cole sweeps me up and dizzies me with kisses even as he asks me to perform a Wiccan vision quest for Nathan and his fiancé. I have to get over getting dumped or add two shots of resentment to my stinging heart—and possibly lose Cole in the process.

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the shieldTHE SHIELD: URBAN PALADINS BOOK 2 by Severine Wolfe

Martin Hayes has grown up since his adventures in Savannah. He’s about ready to launch into his own life and he’s finally found a girl he wants to see more than once. Everything’s coming up roses.
Except someone is trying to kill him and his girl and they are both not ready for what the world is throwing at them. All he can do is hold on to Allie and pray some days.
Allison Robertson has had a lot heaped on her very slender shoulders with the deaths of her parents and having to take care of her brother, Brion. Then her life takes a turn for the decidedly weird when she goes to get ice cream.
Join Martin and Allie as they try to navigate their way through just trying to live their lives, as well as deal with the unexplainable stuff that always seems to happen whenever Martin is around.

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souls allianceTHE SOUL’S ALLIANCE (THE AGENTS SERIES BOOK 2) by Wendy Knight

Konstanz is pretty sure her best friend is a demon hunter. A demon hunter with a broken heart.
That’s a very dangerous thing indeed.
Being the good friend that she is, Konstanz will protect Navi from any more heartache, even if it means putting up with Bryson, the guy determined to make Navi forget she ever hurt in the first place. Never mind that Konstanz can’t stand him and he likes her even less.
Until he doesn’t. Feelings change, people change, and Navi’s dangerous secrets put them all in danger. In the shadows of monsters, Konstanz loses her heart only to find that Bryson has dangerous secrets of his own.
Secrets that threaten everything they’ve fought for.

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alpha claimedALPHA CLAIMED (ALASKAN TIGERS BOOK 13) by Marissa Dobson

As the new Alpha of the Ohio Tigers, Korbin has his work cut out for him. The small clan size and numerous threats leave him with few options. Rather than merge with another Alpha, he fights to give the Ohio Tigers a brighter future. By making his clan a haven for those escaping enemy Alphas, he ensures it will grow in size and strength, but will offering sanctuary bring its own set of problems? Then, when his mate arrives, he discovers the biggest obstacle he’ll have to overcome is the sheriff right in town.

Years ago, Layla Cole’s father promised her hand in marriage to the town’s human sheriff. For nearly a year, she allowed him to court her, but as her twentieth birthday looms, she realizes she can’t go through with it. She might have married him if her father was still alive, but he died at the very hands of the man she’s supposed to marry, leaving only hatred for him flowing through her veins. Not going through with the arrangement puts her sister’s life in jeopardy. Somehow, she must find a way to keep them both safe.

Battered and wounded, Layla turns to the only people who might protect her against the sheriff. She wants simply to get out of town, but finds way more than that: a chance at true happiness. Can she survive the battle between sheriff and shifter, or will she end up losing the only thing she’s ever wanted? Will Korbin’s duty to keep his mate safe doom his clan? Finding balance between responsibility and love has never proved so challenging.

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tempting the bearsTEMPTING THE BEARS by Tianna Xander

Thirty days in the remote cabin of her dreams. No social media, no online shopping or even streaming Roxie begins to wonder if the next month is going to be heaven on earth or hell in a handbasket? When two hot Highlanders show up on her doorstep, Roxie holds her breath and wonders – what could possibly go wrong?

When Calum and Aiden follow their mate to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, they expect their independent mate to put up a fight. What they don’t expect is a run in with a moose, a car accident and finding unexpected treasure.

Will her next thirty days be heaven on Earth, or hell in a handbasket?

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secret of the lost pharaohTHE SECRET OF THE LOST PHARAOH (MATTHEW CONNOR ADVENTURE SERIES BOOK 2) by Carolyn Arnold

VS note: Not sure how much romance there might be.

Archaeologist and adventurer Matthew Connor has made a career of finding legends the world has all but forgotten. Though there’s one in particular that has fascinated him for years—the Emerald Tablets. Myth says that they possess the knowledge of the universe, allowing humankind to traverse Heaven and Earth, and have the power to bestow wealth and wisdom upon whoever possesses them. But if they fall into evil hands, it could cause a global disaster.

So when a former colleague stumbles across an ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic map that promises to lead to a pharaoh’s tomb and the Emerald Tablets, there’s no way he’s turning down her invitation to join the dig. He only has one stipulation: his best friends Robyn Garcia and Cal Myers come with him.

The road ahead isn’t going to be an easy one, and their shared dream of recovering the Emerald Tablets is being crushed at every turn. And just when they think it’s all over, they learn there are a few clues they have overlooked. But they’re no longer the only ones searching for the Tablets. Now, the fate of the world hangs in the balance, and soon they’ll find out that when it comes to hunting legends, they can’t trust anyone.

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daydreams and night desiresDAYDREAMS AND NIGHT DESIRES by Melissa Keir and Various

VS Note: From March; more details on ebook seller’s page.

Daydreams and Night Desires…drift into six tales of magic, mayhem, and love.

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everwyldeEVERWYLDE (THE KINDRED BOOK 2) by Donna Grant

To live in the light, they hunt in the dark…

Strong-willed and cunning, Ravyn was taken in as a child by witch Hunters and raised her to be the best of the best. When she receives word that the witch who murdered her family and ripped apart her world is nearby, Ravyn begins her hunt. In her quest to locate the witch, she finds her pursuit impeded again and again by a gorgeous and powerful man. But she won’t be denied and intends to do whatever is necessary to complete her mission. But the Coven is more dangerous than ever, and Ravyn may not be enough to thwart their latest endeavor.

Carac has spent years building his army and winning wars to become known as one of the greatest knights of his time. But he holds a big secret. Everything he’s worked for comes into question when he’s faced with a threat he hadn’t known existed. He suddenly finds his mission changed after he’s approached by the most spirited and beautiful woman he’s ever seen. It’s soon apparent that priceless antiquities are only the beginning of what they’re fighting for—and what they stand to lose.

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from the ashesFROM THE ASHES: A DRAGONS AND PHOENIXES NOVEL  (THE PHOENIX WARS BOOK 1) by Miranda Martin and Nadia Hunter

I know I’m about to be fired. After the civil war, when Sven  accepted the mantle of Phoenix King from Mia Hill, it’s the obvious outcome. I was appointed by the late, psychotic King Emberich so he won’t see my loyalty to the now devastated flocks.

Sven has no choice but to get rid of me.It really doesn’t help that he’s golden, gorgeous and when I’m near him, my heart literally flutters. Stupid heart.

Unrest bubbles beneath the surface of the Phoenix community. Most are still angry about how the conspiracy and coup went down, how badly it destroyed lives, and they blame Sven. Enough to want to kill him.

How do I stop an assassination with my own life intact?

hair of the wereHAIR OF THE WERE: LUNA DE LA MAR SPA (AS THE CHAIR TURNS BOOK 1)  by Eliza March
VS note: This sounded kinda fun. Probably the kind of book you either love wildly or that makes you nuts LOL. I guess it depends if you like the author’s ‘voice.’ 
I’m Delia. Short for Adelaide, which, in my opinion, is too old-fashioned sounding for a young business manager in charge of the poshest salon in Boca. I’m of mixed heritage, exactly what sort, I don’t know. French partially, I suspect to confound my Cuban background. One side of my family has a musical/theatrical background. At a hundred plus years, my Great Aunt Edna is still performing in a local cabaret and doesn’t look a day over fifty. We all suspect routine nips and tucks, but you’d never know. Her personal trainer and plastic surgeon are magicians. Not euphemistically…really magicians. I know because I’ve recently been dragged into Boca’s dirty local secret.
Sam, Edna’s handsome husband is still doing character parts in independent films in Miami. His last role was a gun runner for Werewolves—not much of a box office success, but the subject hit a little too close to home for my comfort. Uncle Sam may not know it, but I know Boca is a city full of paranormal creatures just fitting in. Shifters, werewolves, witches, vampires. The list goes on…gypsies, magical fairies. You name it… (VS: The blurb goes on and ON from here on the ebook seller’s site….wow.)
red and the wolvesRED AND THE WOLVES (DARK FANTASY BOOK 2)  by Zoe Blake and Alta Hensley
This is no fairytale…
As the Blood Moon rises, I’ve been chosen.
Chosen to serve, to obey…to die…for no one survives their time with the Wolves.
As I am dressed in the ceremonial Red Hood, all I can think of is escape.
But there is no escape.
The lives of my village depend on my submission to the accursed Wolves.
There are five of them.
Five men cursed to live as Wolves.
Cursed for generations, forced to protect my village from the dark forces.
But they demand a heavy price for their protection. Me.
Five against one…against me alone.
My only hope for survival is to tame the wolves…but submission is not in my nature.
fearless matingFEARLESS MATING (AN A.L.F.A. NOVEL) by Milly Taiden

Sergeant Major Candace Obermier has arrived at Alpha League Federal Agency headquarters with one task in mind–shutting it down. While A.L.F.A.’s pledge to protect humans from paranormal threats is noble, they’ve caused nothing but mayhem as far as Candy can tell. And their director? He’s the worst of the lot.

Director Josh Tumbel has finally found his mate. And she’s doing everything she can to shut down operations, while he struggles to control his mating instincts. But when A.L.F.A. headquarters is taken in a hostage situation, Josh has a chance to demonstrate the critical nature of the agency’s existence, and prove his worth to Candy as a protector and lover.

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demon stole my kittyA DEMON STOLE MY KITTY (WEREWOLVES, VAMPIReS AND DEMONS OH MY BOOK 3)  by Eve Langlais
I’m a witch. Not a good one or a bad one, although according to the snooty wizards, I’m a stain upon their robes.
But who cares what those snobs say?
I’ve got a job to do; stop demons from infiltrating Earth and killing all the witches. Concentrating on my job is hard, though.
First, the guy who’s decided he’s going to help me is hotter than Arizona in the summer. Like seriously, melt-my-panties-into-ash sexy.
Second, demons are targeting witches such as me because, apparently, we’re a tasty snack.
Finally, the kitten I adopted has gone missing, and if I’m not mistaken, a demon stole it…(more blurb on the ebook seller’s site…)
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pyros accidental shootingPYRO’S ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING (HOUNDS OF THE HUNT BOOK 2) by Toni Griffin

Winter in Melbourne makes the hunt for supernatural beings gone bad harder than usual during the cold foggy nights. A chill has settled deep in Pyro’s bones. One he can’t shake loose. More than anything, Pyro wishes for a heart mate of his own to come home to after the long nights of a hunt, one who understands him and his desires, who can hold him together when he needs to let go.

Life has always been planned out for Callum. His family of cops expected him to be a cop, so that’s what he became. But Callum isn’t so sure about being a detective for the Melbourne police. Not many people understand the demands of being a cop, and it’s been the downfall of more than one of his relationships. Why should his chance of loving someone get sidelined for a job he isn’t even sure he wants?

One fateful encounter on a fog-shrouded night changes both their worlds forever. Now Pyro just has to convince his heart mate they belong together while Callum tries to come to terms with a world he never knew existed and does his best to make up for accidentally shooting the unusual and intriguing hellhound.

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nineTHE NINE (FOXFIRE BURNING BOOK 1) by C M Stunich and Tate James
Tricky, like a fox.
As a kitsune—a fox shifter—I have to be to survive.
Sometimes it seems like the whole world wants me dead.
Ironic, considering that’s my job—to kill people.Thea Hunt, professional assassin at your service.
But that’s not my only vice.
I’m also attracted to the darkest denizens of the supernatural world, the men I should run from instead of fall for. Men like Mikhail, the leader of the assassins’ guild, Bennett, the local alpha wolf, and Nix, the skinwalking coyote that’s likely to bring the entire shifter community to their knees. And then there are my exes—Riot and Fin.

Somebody’s cursing old gods, stripping shifters of their ability to change. And a trapped shifter doesn’t last long without losing their mind. Nix knows; Mikhail wants me to kill him; Bennett wants me dead. Oh, and Riot and Fin are determined to make my life a living hell.

As the youngest kitsune to ever get nine tails, I should be able to trick my way out of this one, right?
Right?!

ram rebelRAM REBEL (ARIES CURSED BOOK 3) by Cara Wylde

When Penelope Walton lands a job at Goldman Corp, the last thing on her mind is that it might be a cover-up for something dark and illegal that her boss is involved in. When Richard Goldman introduces her to the twins he and his wife have just adopted and tells her she’s going to be in charge of their homeschooling, Penny is disappointed. She doesn’t have a degree in Business Management so she can be an overpaid nanny. Something is wrong here. To make things worse, a mysterious, hot-as-sin businessman has come all the way from Spain to strike a deal with Goldman, and he’s set his eyes on her. Even when red flags pop up, she cannot resist his charms.

Enzo Salvador is a ram-shifter and an immortal Aries Guardian. His job is to track down, save and protect sheep-shifters who have disappeared and have, most likely, been kidnapped by filthy rich people who think it’s their right to own shifters for their own fun and gain. He will not stand for it. No matter how dangerous his missions are, he will crush every single person who dared to harm one of his kind. His job is his life, so when he meets curvy, sexy Penelope, he tries to lie to himself: he wants her because she’s the key to solving the case, not because the horned beast inside him screams “mate”.

stolen djinn dominionSTOLEN (DJINN DOMINION BOOK 1) by Christine Pope

After months spent eluding the djinn who’s been tracking her, Leila Donovan is cornered. With nowhere left to run, she braces herself to be picked off just like the rest of her companions who survived the Heat, a djinn-inflicted virus meant to wipe out mankind.

Instead, her dark-haired, night-eyed captor bestows a fiery, bone-melting kiss — and whisks her away to an opulent beach house in Malibu.

Unknown to Leila, Malik al-Mazin has been protecting her. From the Heat, from the assassins pursuing its survivors, and, most of all, from the predations of Omar al-Tariq, a sadistic djinn who revels in inflicting pain.

Once Leila comes to accept Malik as her Chosen, she will be safe. But despite their riptide-strong sexual chemistry, easing her into trust will take precious time, especially since she has the unusual ability to resist any attempt to magically influence her mind — a gift that may be her only hope when Malik is tricked into turning his back for one crucial moment.

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from unseen fireFROM UNSEEN FIRE (AVEN CYCLE)  by Cass Morris

VS: Sounded interesting, “Rome with magic” one reviewer said…not a romance.

The Dictator is dead; long live the Republic.

But whose Republic will it be? Senators, generals, and elemental mages vie for the power to shape the future of the city of Aven. Latona of the Vitelliae, a mage of Spirit and Fire, has suppressed her phenomenal talents for fear they would draw unwanted attention from unscrupulous men. Now that the Dictator who threatened her family is gone, she may have an opportunity to seize a greater destiny as a protector of the people—if only she can find the courage to try.

Her siblings—a widow who conceals a canny political mind in the guise of a frivolous socialite, a young prophetess learning to navigate a treacherous world, and a military tribune leading a dangerous expedition in the province of Iberia—will be her allies as she builds a place for herself in this new world, against the objections of their father, her husband, and the strictures of Aventan society.

Latona’s path intersects with that of Sempronius Tarren, an ambitious senator harboring a dangerous secret. Sacred law dictates that no mage may hold high office, but Sempronius, a Shadow mage who has kept his abilities a life-long secret, intends to do just that. As rebellion brews in the provinces, Sempronius must outwit the ruthless leader of the opposing Senate faction to claim the political and military power he needs to secure a glorious future for Aven and his own place in history.

As politics draw them together and romance blossoms between them, Latona and Sempronius will use wit, charm, and magic to shape Aven’s fate. But when their foes resort to brutal violence and foul sorcery, will their efforts be enough to save the Republic they love?

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Star Survivor by Veronica ScottSince it’s roughly a week after the anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking, and in 1912 the survivors were contending with life after catastrophe, I’ll mention my own Star Survivor, about two of the survivors from my Wreck of the Nebula Dream (which was loosely based on Titanic). It takes place a few years after the disaster…I had so many readers ask me for this sequel but I had to wait for just the right story to tell! It can be read as a standalone story.

The survivors of a terrible wreck meet again—but this time only one can survive.

They survived an iconic spaceship wreck together. She never expected to see him again … especially not armed to kill her.

Twilka Zabour is an interstellar celebrity. She built on her notoriety as a carefree Socialite who survived the terrible wreck of the Nebula Dream, and launched a successful design house. But now the man who gave meaning to her life, then left her, is back–this time for the worst of reasons. Will he kill her … or help her survive?

D’nvannae Brother Khevan survived the Nebula Dream in the company of a lovely, warm woman, only to be pulled away from her, back into his solitary life in the service of the Red Lady.  Now Twilka’s within his reach again–for all the wrong reasons. Khevan will do everything within his power to discover why Twilka has been targeted for assassination, and to save her.

But Khevan is not Twilka’s only pursuer. Will allies Nick and Mara Jameson arrive in time to aid the couple, or will Khevan and Twilka’s ingenuity be all that stands between them and death?

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Is She Alive? Weekend Writing Warriors

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

Sharing now from my newest scifi romance Mateer (A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel): Sectors New Allies Series Book 2. Yup, a mouthful LOL!

I’ve moved ahead again, to when Mateer first wakes up, outside in the Preserve, where the humans have been placed to fend for themselves for a time. Megan saved the injured and unconscious Mateer from execution by insisting the humans carry him with them.  Before he woke up the aliens referred to him in her hearing as ‘802’. All the prisoners are forced to wear a neurocontroller bracelet. Punctuation a bit wonky to meet our rules – sorry! Slight differences from the published version, to fit the rules here.

The excerpt:

“So you are from this planet? How did the Khagrish capture you then?” She stopped, “Please, you must have more of a name than ‘802’. I’d like to know what it is and how you came to speak Basic.”

A visceral anger roiled his gut at the hated numerical designation, and he glared at the damn sensor bracelet. He’d sworn never to be put back into bondage, and now here he was. “Mateer.” His voice was more of an intimidating growl than a properly conversational tone, but he couldn’t bear to hear Megan refer to him by his serial number.

“Your name is Mateer?”  She gave him a fleeting smile, “I have so many questions, and I know you must as well.” Leaning toward him and lowering her voice, she said, “Where did you meet my sister? Is she—is she alive?”

 

mateerThe Blurb:

Megan Garrison, a doctor at the Sectors Amarcae 7 colony, goes to sleep one night as usual only to wake up in her nightgown, strapped to a table in an alien lab, destined to be the subject of terrifying experiments. Granted a brief reprieve, Megan and the other kidnapped humans are released in the middle of a forestlike enclosure on this unknown world and told to survive as best they can for now.

Her only hope is Mateer, the genetically engineered alien warrior imprisoned with the humans. He knows more than he’s sharing about this planet, their captors and the fate of other humans, including perhaps her own sisters. Turns out everyone from her colony has been kidnapped by the Khagrish, a ruthless race of alien scientists. Working for enemies of the human-led Sectors, the Khagrish have created the Badari to be super soldiers.

Mateer, a tough Badari enforcer, now a rebel, is captured while infiltrating the lab to help his pack bring it down. He’s also been ordered by his leaders to search for Megan and save her life at all costs. Tortured by the enemy, he’s offered one chance at survival – convince Megan to become his mate and assist the Khagrish with further experiments.

As the situation at the lab grows worse, Megan struggles against her deep attraction to Mateer, while she does her best to shield the other humans from the terrible Khagrish experiments. For his part, Mateer knows she really is his fated mate and despairs of being able to keep her safe, as the rebel attack is delayed and she fights the truth of their bond.

Will they be able to work together to defeat Khagrish plans and preserve human lives until the promised rescue happens? And what of their future together – will Megan accept Mateer as her true mate, or walk away if she’s freed?

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New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday April 11

edge of insanityAs 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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EDGE OF INSANITY (THE ALLIANCE BOOK 6)  by S E Smith

VS Note: Always terrific to have a new book from SE!

Edge remembers little of his capture but all of what has happened since. Sold to the Waxians, he resists their efforts to gain information on the Trivator military and weapons systems. He can feel his mind splinter from their repeated tortures, but a soft voice in the darkness urges him to resist-and fight back.

Lina Daniels is used to fighting fire with fire. She isn’t afraid of death, but she is terrified of being captured. As a resistance fighter on Earth, she knew the dangers. Those threats seem minuscule compared to those on the alien world she was taken to.

Determined to return home, her plan is simple-free the Trivator warrior she discovered and force him to take her and the other women that are with her back to Earth. That plan turns out just as hazardous as being a fugitive on an alien world! The last thing Lina expects is for the Trivator to have an intense protectiveness of her or his stubborn determination in believing she is his Amate!

The soft sound of Lina’s voice is the only thing that prevents Edge’s mind from completely shattering. With the Waxian and Drethulan forces on their tail, it will take more than a few daring moves to escape to freedom. Can a tortured warrior and his rebellious rescuer escape the forces chasing them or will the threat of losing the last thing holding him together hurl Edge over the precipice and into insanity?

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kirkKIRK: ALIEN MAIL ORDER BRIDES #10 (INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY) by Tasha Black

VS Note: I was fortunate enough to read an ARC of this one and I really enjoyed it. Fun!

Katie Henderson has been a teenager in the collective consciousness of Sci-Fi fans for a decade. Never mind that she’d rather be called Kate and is tired of wearing a starship uniform. Like her character in Suspended in Space, Katie’s life has been hopelessly stuck, still orbiting the waylaid starship that made her a household name, long after the show’s cancellation. She’s decided to do one last Comic Con circuit during her college summer break. After that she can’t wait to start a new life where she can make a real difference and leave the world of Sci-Fi behind.

Kirk is a visitor from another planet. Back on Aerie, he was migrated into a gorgeous human body, and assigned to learn about humans by choosing a female to annihilate with pleasure. Kirk looked forward to his assignment, but had no idea that his first look at Kate would bring him to his knees. He is desperate to make her his mate. But the impudent little human doesn’t want to get involved with an alien.

When an over-eager fan starts showing up where he doesn’t belong, Kate allows Kirk to act as a temporary bodyguard. But sharing close quarters with the achingly handsome alien threatens to push Kate’s willpower past the limit.

Will the practical former actress hold out for a “normal” life? Or will this interstellar hunk convince her to lighten up and relish all that he has to offer?

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cyborg feverCYBORG FEVER (INTERSTELLAR BRIDES THE COLONY BOOK 5) by Grace Goodwin

VS Note: I LOVE this series. One clicked, oh yes.

Warlord Anghar survives hell as a captive of the evil Hive. Convinced he will never break free, he chooses death over dishonor. When the Coalition ReCon Team sent to kill him frees him instead, he begins the long, tortuous journey back to a true Atlan, a warrior proud of his beast, of his service.

But no amount of honor, of bravery, or strength of will can save Angh from a life alone, banished with the other “contaminated” warriors on The Colony. And no amount of prayer to the gods will save him when the fever in his blood grows beyond his will to control – and the Atlan Mating Fever steals his final shards of belief.

Imprisoned, awaiting execution, one hope is left; a woman brave enough to tame his beast – and strong enough to fight the demons inside both his head and his heart. Because he may have escaped the Hive…but they aren’t finished with him yet.

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first mates accidental wifeFIRST MATE’S ACCIDENTAL WIFE: IN THE STARS ROMANCE (GYPSY MOTH BOOK 1) by Eve Langlais

It was supposed to be a simple mission. Locate a kidnapper’s vessel. Rescue the woman. Return her home. Collect a reward.
Instead, the First Mate of the Gypsy Moth finds himself married to a galactic crime lord’s daughter and fighting off those that would make her a widow.

Busy watching his back, while keeping her safe, Damon misses the deadliest attack of all. The one on his heart. She’s taken it, and he’s got to decide whether giving up his freedom is worth the price of love.

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vyken darkVYKEN DARK: CYBORG AWAKENINGS BOOK 1 by Christine Myers

Cyborg Vyken Dark is back on Earth after fighting for eighty years in the Procyon War against the Mesaarkans. He came to help restore order out of chaos in old Chicago USA. Every major city on Earth is in ruins. Most are now run by gangs of thugs ruled by overlords who take everything of value and prey on those who are just trying to survive. Vyken and his four brother cyborgs are all that’s left of their starship crew of three hundred.

He didn’t want the job, but when his old mentor Admiral Carson Gregor asked, Vyken Dark could not refuse. If he could have chosen a man to call father, it would have been Carson Gregor.

Vyken chose the name Dark because the darkness in his soul drove him to kill the enemies of the Federation with a ruthlessness that few natural humans possessed. Sometimes that darkness overwhelmed his humanity and made him weary of his life… Until he came back to Earth and found her.

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aurora terminusAURORA TERMINUS by S E Fanetti

VS Note: I love post apocalyptic tales so I read the sample (grim to a degree but post apoc IS grim, right?) but the heroine has a dog and a bear and….ok, I one-clicked. You knew I would, right? Seems like there is a romance from the reviews.

The end of the world came quietly, in a breathtaking display of light and color, while everyone stopped and watched, entranced.

And then the lights went out, and death and chaos took over.

A woman went up, high above the fray, and tried to build a life alone from what was left of the world that had been.

A man stayed down, in the midst of the turmoil, and tried to find a home in the world that had become.

But neither life nor home is possible until there is family, until love and trust and hope return.

Until then, there is only survival.

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veridian convictTHE VERIDIAN CONVICT (BLUE DOMINION)  by Sam York  (aka Sabrina York)

The Godfather meets Guardians of the Galaxy in this crazy-ass adventure set on Viridian, a prison planet full of aliens…who want to eat you. Tig, the only human, is thrust into a lose/lose/lose situation when the mob boss he works for asks him to pick up and deliver a package that the Fed—the governing body of the known universe—also wants. To make matters worse, the “package” has curves for days, an attitude to match, and her own agenda for how this is all going down.

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rescuing romilaRESCUING ROMILIA (MORGAN SELWOOD) by Greta van der Rol

When Jirra and Toreni rescue Romila from a raid on her antiques business the Misfits start off on a mission to uncover a drug-smuggling operation. A new, very potent drug is on the market, hidden in statues of ice warriors carved on a remote world.

But all’s not well within the team. Toreni and Chet have fallen out, Toreni has received an offer that might be too good to refuse, and Jirra has doubts about her future. When the drug-smuggling operation morphs into something even more dangerous, the Misfits must resolve their differences. If they don’t act together, and quickly, many lives will be at risk. Including their own.

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blend and defendBLEND AND DEFEND (INNATE WRIGHT SERIES BOOK 6) by Viola Grace

The pilots of Bot City have been focused on securing the safety of their people, and incidentally the human city, for the last few days.

With one final battle to expunge the Tokkel before they can try and get a foothold on Hera, the bot pilots are ready to take up the customized weapons and use them to show the alien invasion who is in charge.

Their goal is clear. They have to repel the Tokkel and learn the actual history of the valley as not one version of the tale has rung entirely true. The Nine have their version, the elders have their version, the city has their version, and then there is the truth. It is past time for the truth to be heard. The pilots have earned it.

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orange blossom specialORANGE BLOSSOM SPECIAL (THE COVENANT OF THE RAINBOW BOOK 2)  by Elana Brooks

Psychics battle aliens to save Earth—and love is the ultimate weapon.
Since he was a child, Steve has been seeing terrifying visions of aliens arriving on Earth.  For many years he dismissed them as nightmares, even choosing a career in paranormal research in order to prove that psychic powers didn’t exist.  Then the Covenant of the Rainbow found him and showed him irrefutable evidence that mental powers were real and his visions gave vital insight into the crisis they’ve been anticipating for centuries.  Now he’s a member of the Eight, one of the Covenant’s leaders.
Rosalia’s grandmother taught her to accept and value her psychic gifts.  She dreams of a day when powers like hers will be acknowledged and valued by all. ..(much more blurb on ebook seller’s site)

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saving askaraSAVING ASKARA by J M Link

Victoria’s day starts out like any other aboard the transorbital ship, Phoenix. Such is the life of an emergency medicine specialist in the age of “post-discovery”. Sure, she had always dreamed of interacting with intelligent extraterrestrial life- the real thing, not those microbes on distant moons. Who wouldn’t? She was still happy with her career, however mundane and demanding it might be. That’s what it took to run a ship the size of a small city smoothly. Monotony. But all that changes one morning, and suddenly she’s not so sure she didn’t stick her foot in it…

Be careful what you wish for.

Escape had been their only drive, and even death was preferable to the alternative. But they never thought their flight for freedom would put them in an uncharted system. Forced to interact with an isolated world and its inferior, albeit curious people. When it affords them an unforseen and unprecedented opportunity to take back their world from those who seek to destroy them, however, Aderus begins to wonder if it wasn’t fate. Earth’s proposal is shocking and uncomfortable for a fierce, independent race that relishes in their solitude. But the more he learns of humans, the more he comes to admire and respect them. One, in particular.

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space operaSPACE OPERA by Catherynne M Valente

VS Note: Not a romance as far as I know, but a fun concept for a scifi novel.

A century ago, the Sentience Wars tore the galaxy apart and nearly ended the entire concept of intelligent space-faring life. In the aftermath, a curious tradition was invented—something to cheer up everyone who was left and bring the shattered worlds together in the spirit of peace, unity, and understanding.

Once every cycle, the great galactic civilizations gather for the Metagalactic Grand Prix—part gladiatorial contest, part beauty pageant, part concert extravaganza, and part continuation of the wars of the past. Species far and wide compete in feats of song, dance and/or whatever facsimile of these can be performed by various creatures who may or may not possess, in the traditional sense, feet, mouths, larynxes, or faces. And if a new species should wish to be counted among the high and the mighty, if a new planet has produced some savage group of animals, machines, or algae that claim to be, against all odds, sentient? Well, then they will have to compete. And if they fail? Sudden extermination for their entire species.

This year, though, humankind has discovered the enormous universe. And while they expected to discover a grand drama of diplomacy, gunships, wormholes, and stoic councils of aliens, they have instead found glitter, lipstick, and electric guitars. Mankind will not get to fight for its destiny—they must sing.

Decibel Jones and the Absolute Zeroes have been chosen to represent their planet on the greatest stage in the galaxy. And the fate of Earth lies in their ability to rock.

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fire blood beautyFIRE, BLOOD AND BEAUTY by Zara Zenia

One minute I’m a nineteen year-old woman trying to get through life and the next second I’m in space, charged with saving the human race on an alien planet.

Four men show up vowing to love and protect me … except they aren’t men at all, they’re alien dragon shifters and vampires.

They say we’re mates. I say they’re crazy.
I’m charged with a mission: have their baby.
Um, how about no.
They say it’s destiny. I say I’m a long way from home!

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purple alien princes pregnantPurple Alien Prince’s Pregnant Captive by Celia Kyle

Baila spent one night with the sexy alien—over six feet of purple hotness—and now she’s paying the price. The cost? One great big (purple) alien bun in her very human oven. With no alien partner in sight, she’s determined to take care of herself—and her baby—on her own. Except, it’s hard to hold down a job as a sexy waitress with a huge stomach the color of grape Kool-Aid. Jobless and twenty-four hours from being evicted, she runs into the one person she never thought she’d see again.

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kelanKELAN: TALONIAN WARRIORS (A SCIFI ALIEN WEREDRAGON ROMANCE) by Celeste Raye

Kelan Rankin owned a company worth billions. His weapons were considered
evolutionary. He freely shared them with the entire world. He had been commanded to
stay uninvolved with the humans by the leaders of his planet. It was difficult for one so
kindhearted. He found them to be like family and he cared deeply for their welfare,
especially that of his personal assistant.

Michelle Langtree was shocked to be chosen as personal assistant to Kelan Rankin. Her
resume wasn’t up to par. She found her duties a challenge she was ready for. Kelan
trusted her and that meant everything to her. Her personal life was a shambles. She was
shackled to a man who abused her endlessly.

When Kelan discovered Michelle being choked by her abuser, anger took over his body.
He transformed into a terrifying creature. Michelle was saved, but at what cost? She now
feared the only man she had ever trusted and Kelan’s secret was out.

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unleashing her saberPARANORMAL DATING AGENCY: UNLEASHING HER SABER (KINDLE WORLDS NOVELLA) by Rebekah Ganiere

Ursa shifter Stix is mortified when his mother marches him to Gerri Wilder, the best matchmaker in the universe, in an effort to secure him a bride. And though Stix appreciates his mother’s concern he turns down Gerri’s offer, determined to find love on his own terms.

Saber shifter Satia was almost broken by the torment she endured as a captive on Aurora. But now on earth, and with new found freedom she finds herself with her entire life ahead of her. So she heads to New York City to ask the strongest woman she knows to help her get her new life started, Gerri Wilder.

Under the guise of securing Satia a job, Gerri sends the girl off to work for Stix. As it becomes quickly apparent to both Satia and Stix that they are meant for each other, a bombshell from Stix’s past comes to light that threatens to tear them apart before they even get started.

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kianKIAN: HOUSE OF FLAMES (DRAGON GUARDIANS BOOK 1) by Scarlett Grove

Devastated by loss and divorce, Everly needs a fresh start. When she answers an ad for a nanny, she finds herself living with an impossibly hot man called Kian and caring for his sweet baby girl, Ember.

Kian knows, the instant he meets Everly, that she’s his mate. He also knows that no matter how much he longs to tell her the truth, he can’t reveal his secrets to this unsuspecting human. Instead of confessing that he’s an alien refugee from another planet, he tries to give her everything she could possibly want.

A shocking discovery leads to Everly and Ember being kidnapped by vampires. Can Kian find them in time? And even if he does, will Everly accept the truth of who he is?

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station commanders surrogateSTATION COMMANDER’S SURROGATE: OLYMPUS STATION #1 by Aurelia Skye

Piper fled Olympus Station with a broken heart, finding solace in the far reaches of the galaxy as an exobotanist breeding rare plants. She left behind an unspoken love and a cruel sister, who enjoyed making her suffer. Eight years later, the last person she expects to hear from is her sister’s husband, Weston Templeton–especially bearing the news her estranged sister is near death, and her baby needs a womb to continue developing after Pippa’s passing. Somehow, she finds herself agreeing to act as a surrogate and steels herself to face the man she’s never stopped loving—the man who married her sister and never realized she existed years ago. Things have changed, and as she learns the truth about Weston and Pippa’s miserable marriage, old feelings she thought dead return. He seems to be falling for her too, but can she let herself love Weston again, or is it too late for them?

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thorTHOR (FAR HOPE SERIES BOOK 1) by Emma James

To some, the risks seem unnecessary, but to Kira that risk goes hand in hand with being an elite military pilot.

She has no way of knowing that her fame for bending the rules and always getting the job done is about to put her in danger.

What starts out as a simple off-the-books mission turns into a race against time to stop one man, driven mad by his lust for power.

Running from pirates, bounty hunters and cybernetically enhanced super soldiers, Kira and her crew must find a way to win at any cost – the fate of the human race could depend on it.

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jionJION (ALIENS OF XEION) by Maia Starr

Curvy female Lauren Kate wakes up in an unknown strange place. She can’t remember anything.
So when the tall blue alien tries to calm her all she can do is run, but he is too strong for her and
now she is his prisoner.

Ambassador Jion Lek is a prominent official of the Kynon alien race. He was on a mission with a
difficult Captain that never listened to him and now they are paying for it.
He has crash-landed on a strange planet and his crew is nowhere in sight. All that remains is one
small human female with thick curves that drive him wild, but she too is difficult…(more blurb on the ebook seller’s page)…

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broken by the alienBROKEN BY THE ALIEN  by Loki Renard

I’ve been a slave since Earth was conquered, but today a powerful Rathkari commander has singled me out. He’s brought me aboard his ship and made sure I’m bathed and pampered. Now this huge, fearsomely sexy alien warrior plans to do absolutely anything he wants with me.

I hate him and his entire race, and I fight him with everything I have… at first. (…more blurb on the ebook seller’s page)…

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thiefTHE THIEF: A NOVEL OF THE BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD by J R Ward

Sola Morte, former cat burglar and safecracker, has given up her old life on the wrong side of the law. On the run from a drug lord’s family, she is lying low far from Caldwell, keeping her nose clean and her beloved grandmother safe. Her heart, though, is back up north, with the only man who has ever gotten through her defenses: Assail, son of Assail, who never meant to fall in love—and certainly not with a human woman. But they have no future, and not just because she doesn’t know he is a vampire, but because he is not about to stop dealing arms to the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Fate, however, has other plans for them. When Assail falls into a coma and lingers on the verge of death, his cousins seek out Sola and beg her to give him a reason to live. The last thing she wants is a return to her past, but how can she leave him to die?

As a lethal new enemy of the vampires shows its face, and the Brotherhood needs Assail back on his feet, Sola finds herself not only a target, but a mission-critical force in a war she doesn’t understand. And when Assail’s truth comes out, will she run from the horror . . . or follow her heart into the arms of the male who loves her more than life itself?

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rescue meRESCUE ME (SPARKS OF DESIRE BOOK 2) by Valerie Twombly

Fighting fires is in Derrick’s blood. Left shaken after the tragic loss of his best friend, the event forces him to realize he can’t afford to care. Love has cost him everything and the pain has him vowing to never suffer such heartache again. When he tries to start over in a small northern town, a beautiful woman steps into his life and pushes every boundary he sets in place.

Being a full-blooded dragon shifter makes Halee an anomaly among her kind. With her eldest brother pressuring her to choose a mate, her loyalties are torn. Turning to a stranger for the night, she hopes to forget the fate she must face. But when the stranger, Derrick, shows up as the new guy at the station, Halee must choose between duty and stability or a man whose kiss unleashes a passion she never realized existed.

Both were looking for escape, but neither expected to find each other. Every heated encounter pulls them closer together. When fire strikes again, it will leave Derrick facing the ultimate choice: break his vow or walk away from Halee forever.

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mystic realmsMYSTIC REALMS: A LIMITED EDITION COLLECTION OF PARANORMAL & URBAN FANTASY ROMANCES By Various

What goes bump in the night? What causes you a fright?
While the answers for each may vary, I promise that these stories will not leave you wary.
From vampires and demons to shifters and creatures that you’d never suspect, this set will leave you breathless in the best possible ways.So, don’t be afraid. Come, step into our realm. Allow the mysticism of romance in many shapes and forms fall over you like a veil of sweet, soothing, spine-tingling comfort.

We promise… you won’t be sorry.

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dragons fire all 5 episodesDRAGON’S FIRE: A REVERSE HAREM ROMANCE by Lili Zander and Rory Reynolds

VS Note: Here’s part of the Author’s note: “A full-length reverse harem novel containing all five episodes of the Blood Prophecy serial.”

Contrary to popular opinion, I really don’t have a death wish.
Yes, I’m a thief, but after almost being torn limb from limb by an irate panther shifter, I’ve given up my law-breaking ways. From now on, I’m sticking to the straight and narrow.
Then Drakkar Raedwulf dangles one tempting, yet impossible job in front of me. Steal a gemstone from the five dragon princes.
I’m not a fool, but Silas, the closest thing I have to a father, is gravely ill. He’ll die if I can’t get him the treatment he needs. Treatments that are far more expensive than I can afford with my crappy minimum-wage job.
So I take the job. 

And promptly get caught by the five princes. Bastian. Casius. Rhys. Mateo. Erik.
And that’s where my story really begins…

Because the dragons are cursed, and my blood might be the secret to freeing them.

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her guardian angelHER GUARDIAN ANGEL/A DEMONICA UNDERWORLD/MASTER AND MERCENARIES NOVELLA (LEXI BLAKE CROSSOVER COLLECTION BOOK 2) by Larissa Ione and Lexi Blake (Forward)

After a difficult childhood and a turbulent stint in the military, Declan Burke finally got his act together. Now he’s a battle-hardened professional bodyguard who takes his job at McKay-Taggart seriously and his playtime – and his playmates – just as seriously. One thing he never does, however, is mix business with pleasure. But when the mysterious, gorgeous Suzanne D’Angelo needs his protection from a stalker, his desire for her burns out of control, tempting him to break all the rules…even as he’s drawn into a dark, dangerous world he didn’t know existed.

Suzanne is an earthbound angel on her critical first mission: protecting Declan from an emerging supernatural threat at all costs. To keep him close, she hires him as her bodyguard. It doesn’t take long for her to realize that she’s in over her head, defenseless against this devastatingly sexy human who makes her crave his forbidden touch.

Together they’ll have to draw on every ounce of their collective training to resist each other as the enemy closes in, but soon it becomes apparent that nothing could have prepared them for the menace to their lives…or their hearts.

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son of the dawnSON OF THE DAWN (GHOSTS OF THE SHADOW MARKET BOOK 1) by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

VS Note: YA, not sure there’s any romance.

The Lightwoods, the Shadowhunters who run the New York Institute, are expecting a new addition to their family: the orphaned son of their father’s friend, Jace Wayland. Alec and Isabelle aren’t too sure they want a new brother, and their parents are not assuaging their fears, too occupied with the dark news that Raphael Santiago, second-in-command of the New York vampire clan, has brought from the Shadow Market.

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1000 of you1000 OF YOU by Linda Mooney

She was traded to him for a weapon.

Traded, as if she was no better than a piece of property. Gova Dov doesn’t know what to expect, but it can’t be as bad as the abuse she’d received at the hands of her last master. Gova has never known kindness like Muam. She soon learns she can trust him, but can he trust someone like her? He’s told her she’s free to leave, but does she want to go? Does he even want her to stay?

Muam Kai works hard to earn his living, and payment in flesh won’t exactly buy his next meal, but he can’t turn the abused girl away. However, he’s no slave owner.

When Gova’s past comes back for her, Muam vows that no matter what happens to them, they will always have each other. Always find each other. In this life or the next.

It’s a dying promise that would prove to be a curse on them both.

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secrets of midnightSECRETS OF MIDNIGHT (CHRONICLES OF MIDNIGHT BOOK 3) by Debbie Cassidy

Life in Midnight is anything but dull. Training a human unit to work alongside the MPD while keeping an eye on a new ghostly presence in the district, means Harker has her work cut out for her. When a scourge run goes wrong leaving Harker’s life hanging in the balance, a hidden threat is revealed.

Now the team must work against the clock to figure out the identity of their new enemy and learn how to stop them. Something ancient and powerful is about to make an entrance into Midnight, and Harker will be forced to make a choice that could damn them all.

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summers heatSUMMER’S HEAT by LJ Vickery

Emesh, the god of summer, couldn’t be more astounded. While his twelve Immortal friends frantically search for their remaining Chosen…female Chosen, he’s always assumed his chances of finding his eternal mate were crap. Despite being thousands of years old, he’s never experienced a gay relationship, doesn’t know where to look for one or how to initiate a hook-up. But now, standing no more than seven yards away, is proof positive he’ll soon receive an education in every nuance of male love he’s ever imagined…and it scares him shitless.

Douglas Wingfeather never allows visitors. Never. He’s the master of one-night stands, and likes it that way. So what the hell does he want with this guy, Emesh? The answer can only be…nothing. Strange attraction or not, his libido needs to shut itself down. His screwed up past doesn’t allow room for a normal relationship. End of story.

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blood moonBLOOD MOON (DESTINY PARAMORTALS BOOK 6) by Livia Quinn

There’s a new warrior in town. Dressed in red leather, the stunning violet-eyed fae saunters into Destiny’s supernatural tavern carrying a giant head-splitter of a sword. Her mission is to slay a dragonhunter and she accuses djinn River Pomeroy of protecting her target.
River feels an instant attraction to Cinder and relief from the despair that’s served as his only companion since his rescue from kidnappers by his sister Tempe and Sheriff Lang. But with her news, his sense of doom returns. It’ll take more than three wishes to get him out of this mess. You see, River has a secret and ample reason for staying silent. No matter what he does, his enthrallment promises devastating consequences for his family and the other Paramortals.

After his sister and the dragon sheriff go missing, River and Cinder join forces. But history has a way of coming full circle and the past brings shattering revelations about the dragonhunter’s true identity.

Can they forgive the past to overcome their common enemy or will the news tear their relationship and the Paramortals apart forever?

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dragon redemptionDRAGON REDEMPTION by Amelia Jade

Violet Walker has always wanted to open a cupcake shop, but she’s never had the money. So when she meets a handsome man at her best friend’s bar who promptly offers to front her the money, she can’t say no, can she? He’s young, single, obviously successful, and most of all he makes her want to melt into a puddle every time he looks her way. Which is exactly why he has to stay as a business partner, nothing more.

Determined to make his mate’s dream come true, ice dragon Ivore will stop at nothing. He knows that by locking her into a business deal he’ll have as long as he needs to seduce and eventually claim the shy beauty. Dragons are patient creatures, but every second that passes without being able to claim her is driving him wild with desire.

Although she won’t tell him, Ivore knows that Violet has been hurt, and hurt bad. What he doesn’t understand is that she’s not rejecting him for her safety, but his. The dragon wants to help her make peace with her past, but first they’re going to have to deal with his present, including a crime boss hell-bent on revenge against Ivore and his brothers that has just put Violet square in his crosshairs.

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dragons secret babyDRAGON’S SECRET BABY (SILVER TALON MERCENARIES BOOK 1) by Sky Winters

Thorne Lewis, leader of the Silver Talon Mercenaries, will do anything for a paycheck—no questions asked. His next assignment? Travel to New Orleans at the behest of the mysterious and powerful Abruzzi dragon clan, to kidnap a girl named Adelaide Wilson.

The job seems easy enough, but there’s one catch—Thorne is taken by Adelaide’s beauty from the start. As the heat between them rises, will Thorne abandon his mission for his feelings? Will he put the Silver Dragon Mercenaries in jeopardy?

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shadow kissedSHADOW KISSED (THE WITCH’S REBELS BOOK 1) by Sarah Piper

Blackmoon Bay is a city of monsters. Surviving here means never leaving home without a sharp stake. It means keeping secrets, even from friends. And unless I want the Hunters finding me again, it means my witchcraft stays on permanent lockdown.

Good policy—until the night I accidentally resurrect a dead girl, rekindling my magic and drawing the Bay’s most dangerous men to my doorstep.

Asher, the bad-boy incubus. Darius, the cunning, oh-so-sexy vampire. Emilio, the wolf shifter with a big heart and a treacherous past. Ronan, the only demon I trust with my soul. And Death himself, bound to my magic for reasons I don’t understand.

Together they’ve sworn to protect me from the evil out there, but it’s not the evil out there I’m worried about.

A shadow lurks inside me, black and deadly as a bomb.

And I’m pretty sure my magical mishap just lit the fuse.

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fallen reignFALLEN REIGN (SE7EN SINNERS BOOK 4) by S L Jennings

Yesterday, I had the audacity to imagine a future.

One that didn’t include hunting demons hellbent on destroying humanity or being used as a pawn for my father’s revenge. One comprised of a home and a family and all the things I’d longed for as a broken child.

Then in the blink of a silver speckled eye, my foolish hope was extinguished, and my world came crumbling down.

We stood strong. We fought. We lost.

I lost.

Legion, the demon I dared to love, was gone.

Now I’m going to tear myself in two and do the unthinkable to find him. I’m going to put my trust in his brother–his enemy–and make a deal with the Devil. And while his darkness and depravity echo mine, I know this won’t end well for either of us.

My body may survive, maybe even my soul. I can’t promise the same for my heart. This time, I will not fail. I will not hesitate. And if it comes down to it, I’ll be the weapon I was created to be. I will follow the code of the Se7en and do what I should have done when we had the chance.

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royal mateROYAL MATE (MISTY WOODS DRAGONS) by Juniper Hart

Poet has always had an interest in ancient civilizations and thinks that she might have solid proof that dragons exist. As a woman of science, she has the drive to be the first one to prove the existence of these mythical beings. When she realizes her research is threatening her safety, it could be too late. When a mysterious man rescues her, she is taken by his strength, masculinity, and the way he brings out her primal instincts. Even though she feels like she can trust him, she also senses he is hiding something…

Max is sent to kill Poet, who is threatening to expose the dragons from Misty Woods. When he meets Poet, he can’t tame the flames of passion that burn within his heart. Besides, there’s just one more problem: she’s a princess. The repercussions of killing such a high-profile woman could be catastrophic.

Max’s loyalty to his family is put to the ultimate test. If he doesn’t kill Poet, his family will turn away from him. If he doesn’t save her, he will never forgive himself.

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arynns chosen mateARYNN’S CHOSEN MATE: BAD ALPHA DADS (IRON WOLVES MC BOOK 8) by Elle Boon

They say blood is thicker than water, but a bond that’s chosen is stronger than steel. Nothing and nobody can sever those that are forged between ones chosen family.
They say love hurts. For a shifter who thinks he’s lost it all, it’s more than just a saying, it’s a reality. When Arynn is finally reunited with his daughter and finds the one woman created just for him, he swears love does hurt, but it’s a feeling he would give his life to experience.
Family is supposed to love and cherish one another. Sheila never had that growing up. When she became a mother of not just her own child, but her twin sister’s as well, she vows to love them more than she’d ever experienced.
When you find love that’s worth fighting for, you grab it and hold on tight. Families don’t always have to be blood, sometimes ones that are chosen are even more special as they are forged in love, instead of duty.
Can Arynn and Sheila along with their two girls finally find peace as a family, or will the darkness from their past destroy the goodness they’re creating?

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bounty hunter bearBOUNTY HUNTER BEAR: CROSS ROADS 1  (GRIZZLY COVE BOOK 11) by Bianca D’Arc

Bounty hunter turned corporate troubleshooter, Ezra Tate never thought his path would cross again with the bear shifter female he’d helped rescue from a basement prison in Lake Tahoe. But stranger things have happened.

Theodora Jackson is on a solo motorcycle trip to try to rediscover her identity after a terrible ordeal that almost killed the bear spirit that lives inside her. She remembers the strong Alpha presence of the man who wouldn’t let her give up in those first few hours and days after her rescue. She’s never forgotten him, but she doesn’t know who she is now, and isn’t sure if Ezra even remembers her.

When they run into each other on the road heading for the same town, it’s clear there’s still something between them. Sparks fly as they confront an evil that’s trying to cause bloodshed at a world famous motorcycle rally, Ezra hunts down drug runners, and Thea rediscovers the Alpha animal inside her…and that she wants sexy Ezra for her mate.

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kissed by flamesKISSED BY FLAMES (HIDDEN REALMS OF SILVER LAKE BOOK 3) by Vella Day

Lily Harper needs protection—a lot of it. Just her rotten luck, some crazy human trafficking Lord wants her for himself. If that doesn’t bite enough, Lily ends up with Birk, a dragon shifter, as her bodyguard. Her last boyfriend was a dragon and that was a total disaster. That puts Birk definitely off limits. Too bad his teal eyes, his glorious body, and his tender touch, really light her fire.

The moment Birk sets eyes on the beautiful Lily, his inner dragon starts scratching and clawing to take her as his mate. But holy crap. Every time she’s near, she pulls away, clearly fighting her feelings. She’s a real challenge, but as sure as he is a Guardian, he will not let this human win, especially when it involves his heart.

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masked desireMASKED DESIRE (THE MASKED ARCANA SERIES) by Alana Delacroix

As security chief of the supernaturals’ ruling council, Michaela Chui has seen more than her fair share of disaster. For centuries, she’s survived through caution and strategy. But when the only human councilor is viciously murdered, Michaela knows the coincidences that keep blocking her investigation are a sure sign of bad things to come. She needs answers fast. And her only ally is Cormac Redoak: wild, unpredictable, unreliable—and worse, distractingly attractive.
 
An exile from the court of the Fairy Queen, Cormac has all the experience with careful strategy and veiled intentions he can stand. But he also has the fey talent for getting his way, and he’s sure his way lies with Michaela’s. No matter that she can change her lovely face at will; there’s a clarity to her being that he’d know anywhere. Working with her will be temptation and frustration bound together. Somehow, though, he must convince her to trust him—without revealing the secrets he dares never share.

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fairies of sadievilleTHE FAIRIES OF SADIEVILLE: THE FINAL TUFA NOVEL by Alex Bledsoe

VS Note: I hadn’t heard of this series, sounds intriguing. Not sure of the romantic content, if any.

“This is real.” Three small words on a film canister found by graduate students Justin and Veronica, who discover a long-lost silent movie from more than a century ago. The startlingly realistic footage shows a young girl transforming into a winged being. Looking for proof behind this claim, they travel to the rural foothills of Tennessee to find Sadieville, where it had been filmed.

Soon, their journey takes them to Needsville, whose residents are hesitant about their investigation, but Justin and Veronica are helped by Tucker Carding, who seems to have his own ulterior motives. When the two students unearth a secret long hidden, everyone in the Tufa community must answer the most important question of their entire lives — what would they be willing to sacrifice in order to return to their fabled homeland of Tír na nÓg?

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VS Note: I went to the King Tut exhibit last week to admire his gorgeous, golden treasures from 3000+ years ago. That put me in the mood to mention my ancient Egyptian paranormal romance series, GODS of EGYPT!

Veronica Scott's Acclaimed GODS OF EGYPT Series canva

A few images from my visit to the exhibit (all photos my own):

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

April 4

March 28

March 21

March 14

March 7

February 28

February 21

My standard Notes and 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.  

 

Only With You Weekend Writing Warriors

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

Sharing now from my newest scifi romance Mateer (A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel): Sectors New Allies Series Book 2. Yup, a mouthful LOL!

I’ve moved ahead again. The humans have been placed in the Preserve, a huge outside area of the lab,  to fend for themselves for a time. Megan saved the injured and unconscious Mateer from execution by insisting the humans carry him with them. Apparently pleased by her reaction, the alien scientist Dr. Lampergg gave her an antigrav litter  to transport Mateer. Now the humans are marching somewhat aimlessly to find shelter. Walt is a human who’s helped Megan before during this captivity. Punctuation a bit wonky to meet our rules – sorry! Slight differences from the published version, to fit the rules here.

The excerpt: 

Walt peeled away from the column and circled back to her.

“Are you going to lecture me about my foolish choices too?” she asked, pushing her hair off her face. The day was warming rapidly as the sun approached its zenith. Her throat was parched and she had so many worries her mind was buzzing, “Or how to play mind games with Lampergg?”

“Not at all,” He fell into step beside her, “Rescuing their other prisoner was a brilliant move.”

“Why?” she asked,“Because it made Lampergg happy I did what he obviously wanted?”

“Because this man knows a lot more than we do. Clearly, he and the Khagrish have a past relationship so if he regains consciousness and if he’s willing to talk to us, we might glean a few facts we can use.” Walt glanced at the people ahead of them, “I’m not too sure you want to share anything you might learn from your patient with the entire group.”

“Only with you?” she said drily.

mateerThe Blurb:

Megan Garrison, a doctor at the Sectors Amarcae 7 colony, goes to sleep one night as usual only to wake up in her nightgown, strapped to a table in an alien lab, destined to be the subject of terrifying experiments. Granted a brief reprieve, Megan and the other kidnapped humans are released in the middle of a forestlike enclosure on this unknown world and told to survive as best they can for now.

Her only hope is Mateer, the genetically engineered alien warrior imprisoned with the humans. He knows more than he’s sharing about this planet, their captors and the fate of other humans, including perhaps her own sisters. Turns out everyone from her colony has been kidnapped by the Khagrish, a ruthless race of alien scientists. Working for enemies of the human-led Sectors, the Khagrish have created the Badari to be super soldiers.

Mateer, a tough Badari enforcer, now a rebel, is captured while infiltrating the lab to help his pack bring it down. He’s also been ordered by his leaders to search for Megan and save her life at all costs. Tortured by the enemy, he’s offered one chance at survival – convince Megan to become his mate and assist the Khagrish with further experiments.

As the situation at the lab grows worse, Megan struggles against her deep attraction to Mateer, while she does her best to shield the other humans from the terrible Khagrish experiments. For his part, Mateer knows she really is his fated mate and despairs of being able to keep her safe, as the rebel attack is delayed and she fights the truth of their bond.

Will they be able to work together to defeat Khagrish plans and preserve human lives until the promised rescue happens? And what of their future together – will Megan accept Mateer as her true mate, or walk away if she’s freed?

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Valos of Sonhadra SciFi Romance Authors Share Hidden Skills

alluvialI interviewed the nine authors of the Valos of Sonhadra collection for the USA Today Happy Ever After blog, about why they love writing science fiction romance and reverse harem stories. To read their views on these topics and also what’s next for each of them, hop over to USAT/HEA!

I also asked them to share a fun fact or two about themselves with readers, specifically what was their unexpected ‘hidden talent’ and/or the most unexpected item in their purse. Here are those answers!

Amanda Milo, Alluvial (Valos of Sonhadra #1)

Wrongfully incarcerated on a prison spaceship, Preta’s hope of going home plummets the moment the ship crashes on an alien planet. Hunted, starving—it’s almost a relief when she’s captured by a tribe of men that can shift into tree… dragons?

‘Hidden talent’?

Like the ability to whistle underwater? Ha! I don’t think I can do a thing nifty or clever with enough consistency to quite have it qualify, hmm. Let’s see. I wouldn’t, in any capacity, say it’s a talent – but I like to needlefelt. It’s a process of stabbing wool into shapes with wicked-sharp barbed needles. It’s a little dangerous to the digits, but I enjoy my wild thrills and wool enough to brave it.

Poppy Rhys, Tempest (Valos of Sonhadra #2)

In the hellish orbiting prison known as the Concord, a former government operative must rescue her sister, but when it crashes upon a foreign world she struggles to survive the hostile environment. With the help of the alien quad who nabbed her, finding her sister is finally within reach.

‘Hidden’ talent?

Surviving on skittles and popcorn while banging out a book.

blazingNancey Cummings, Blazing (Valos of Sonhadra #3)

Lucie wants her life back and nothing will stop her: not prison, not crashing on an alien planet and not three powerful aliens. Sarsen, Ertale and Asche will do whatever it takes to make Lucie understand that her body and her heart belongs to them.

‘Hidden talent’?

My friends like to tease me that my mutant power is “finding stuff.” Need a copy of an out of print book? I’ll find it at the bookshop. Need a giant coffee urn for a party? Let’s go the thrift store, my spider-sense is tingling. Recently, a friend misplaced her car keys and couldn’t find them for two days. I went to her house and we found them within ten minutes (on top of the washing machine in the basement).

Ripley Proserpina, Whirlwind (Valos of Sonhadra #4)

An unlucky thief, Aveline’s been caught and imprisoned on the Interstellar Penitentiary System station. But her luck is about to change. When a wormhole opens near the space station, Aveline is sucked out of hell and into a world she never knew existed—Sonhadra.

Most unexpected item in your purse?

A collection of notecards featuring Edward Gorey’s artwork.

Bonus: Favorite prison movie?

‘Con Air’… Nicholas Cage’s southern accent and his classic, “Put the bunny down.” It’s the soundtrack to my childhood.

radiantNaomi Lucas, Radiant (Valos of Sonhadra #5)

Yahiro was afraid of the dark, afraid of herself, and she thought that would never change after being sentenced for life on the Concord. But when the prison ship gets sucked into a wormhole, she not only finds a new life, but a radiant light in the form of three aliens to guide her from the dark. And towards a new dawn.

‘Hidden talent’?

…probably being a Magic the Gathering player.

Isabel Wroth Shadowed (Valos of Sonhadra #6)

Running from the wreckage of the escape pod, the only place to hide is between the feet of a giant statue. How was she to know those statues would awaken and carry her off to a city of perpetual darkness?

Most unexpected item in your purse?

A silicone spatula.

Tiffany Roberts, Undying (Valos of Sonhadra #7)

After surviving a crash, Quinn stumbles into an ancient abandoned city, where she meets Orishok—the last of the death valos and the guardian of Bahmet. Surrounded by the dead, the two form a bond that supersedes their differences and brings them both to life.

‘Hidden talent’?

*Stares at each other* Uhh… Tiffany can wake up bright eyed at pretty much any time after 2am and go through the day without coffee. Rob can wake up at any time and go immediately back to sleep—even after getting out of bed several times.

Bonus: Favorite prison movie?

‘Chronicles of Riddick.’ The first thing that pops into my head is Vin Diesel, haha! But we both love the sci-fantasy designs when it comes to the costumes and sets, especially the necromongers.

enduringMarina Simcoe, Enduring (Valos of Sonhadra #8)

After the crash of the spaceship where she was held a prisoner and used as a lab subject, a shy Biology student finds herself on an unknown alien planet. Given a second chance at life and love, she slowly learns how to be happy again, only to have the lives of those who became dear to her heart threatened. This time, it is up to her to defy the millennium-old rules in order to hold on to the two men she treasures most.

‘Hidden talent’?

I have several hidden talents. Unfortunately, none of them are very useful in my current life. I’m old school: my mom thought me how to sew clothes, knit, and crochet. Also, thanks to my business background, I’m a real wizard with Excel charts and spreadsheets.

Regine Abel, Unfrozen (Valos of Sonhadra #9)

After crashing onto an unknown planet, Lydia uses the powers forced upon her through cruel experiments to save a dying alien race.

Most unexpected item in your purse?

The number of different currencies in my wallet. I travel a lot due to my day job and for some reason, I never take out the currencies I don’t currently need. Last I checked, I had Canadian, US, euros, pounds, dinars, and yen.

Bonus: Favorite prison movie?

‘The Shawshank Redemption’ is hands down my favorite prison movie. Phenomenal and an amazing escape I had not seen coming. The payback to all those who wronged him and his friends was pure brilliance.

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New Releases in #Scifi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday April 4

cyborg anna hNew books from favorites, lots of reverse harem tales (that trope is exploding across the genres, I think)…and more!

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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CYBORG (GALACTIC GUARDIANS BOOK 10) by Anna Hackett

VS Note: Anna keeps the good books coming and I keep one clicking!

Scientist Ever Haynes was shocked when she was abducted by alien slavers…but the last thing she expected was to find herself pregnant with a cyborg’s baby.
Ever has been fighting for her life since her abduction, and the only good thing to happen to her was one heated night with a mysterious prisoner–a connection, a flash of light in the darkness. But then he was rescued and she was left behind. Now, weeks later, she’s been saved by the House of Galen gladiators…and by the man she shared the hottest night of her life with. But cool, emotionless cyborg Magnus Rone has no memory of their night together and finding out that she’s expecting his baby is a shock to everyone.

Created in a military program, Magnus is genetically and cybernetically enhanced–emotionless, ruthless, focused. He vows to protect Ever and the baby she carries, and despite his lack of memory, everything about tough, levelheaded Ever draws him in. All his life, his emotional dampeners and training have limited his ability to feel emotions…but one small Earth woman cuts through all that and leaves him feeling.

As they work together to hunt down the deadly desert arena of Zaabha and the final human woman trapped there, Ever and Magnus find a stunning passion neither can resist or ignore. But in the dangerous desert sands of Carthago, with the House of Galen gladiators by their sides, deadly enemies are closing in. Ever and Magnus will be dragged back into the darkness, and Magnus will do anything and sacrifice everything to keep her safe.

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jewel of the seaJEWEL OF THE SEA (THE KRAKEN BOOK 2) by Tiffany Roberts

VS note: I’m happy to see this one! 

Three months ago, Aymee had no idea the kraken — half-human sea dwellers — even existed. Now, the violet eyes of the kraken Arkon haunt her imagination, and she longs to know his touch. But word of his people has spread beyond The Watch, and Aymee’s attraction to Arkon may endanger the safety of human and kraken alike. To protect him, can she bring herself to forsake him? Is her desire for Arkon worth putting both their worlds at risk?

Arkon has spent his life in the pursuit of knowledge. Then he met Aymee and found a new quest: to make her his. She inspires him, draws him in, dominates his thoughts. When he finally builds the courage to approach her, she’s everything he imagined and more. But a group of murderous humans are hunting the kraken, and continued contact with Aymee may destroy them both. Now that he’s tasted her sweetness, he can’t give her up…but can he risk his world and his people to satisfy his need for her?

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future lostFUTURE LOST (FUTURE SHOCK) by Elizabeth Briggs

It’s been a year since Elena Martinez and her boyfriend Adam first got involved with Aether Corporation, and they’re trying to move on with their lives. But when Adam goes missing, Elena realizes that he’s done the unthinkable: he went to Aether for help developing his cure for cancer. Adam betrayed her trust and has traveled into the future, but he didn’t come back when he was supposed to. Desperate to find him, Elena decides to risk future shock, and time travels one more time. This future is nothing like they’ve seen before. Someone has weaponized Adam’s cure and created a dangerous pandemic, leading to the destruction of civilization. If Elena can’t find Adam and stop this, everyone is at risk. And someone will do anything to keep her from succeeding.

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defending their mateDEFENDING THEIR MATE (THARAN WARRIOR MENAGE BOOK 6) by Kallista Dane

Aliya’s fellow crew members from Earth are all in love, happily mated to hot warrior twins in their new home on Tharon. But Aartan, the sexy Alpha male who makes her heart race, doesn’t seem interested in romance. What’s more, he’s shrouded in mystery. He doesn’t have a mate and no one will tell her what happened to his twin.

When she challenges him to kiss her and then swear he’s not attracted to her, Aliya unleashes the passionate warrior hidden beneath his cool façade. After one night of pleasure more intense than she’s ever known, he tells her they can never be together and sends her away.

But when Bophe, an old enemy from the past, kidnaps Aliya and threatens to have his Gornian dragons tear her limb from limb in the Arena of Tanis Major, she discovers she has not one, but two fierce Tharan warriors who will fight any foe in the Universe to the death to win her freedom and save her life.

Can Aliya help her wounded warriors fight their own demons and build a new life with them in a world halfway across the galaxy?

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magnetic attractionMAGNETIC ATTRACTION (THE HOT VOLTAGE SERIES BOOK 2) by LaShawn Vassar

Where was Austin McKenzie? Was he dead or alive?

Everyone wanted to know, and Bo Stratton was determined to find out. But what would it cost her?

Austin was last seen protecting the people he loved from a serious threat, but when that threat was gone . . . so was he.

Falling in love while the world suffered a cataclysmic attack the likes of an apocalypse wasn’t really the best timing, but for Austin and Bo, their passion could not be denied. Bo’s false sense of safety exploded in dramatic fashion—only to be overshadowed by the loss of Austin. As more threats appear, she’s not sure what’s more dangerous; her new reality or the appearance of Logan Miles.

The sexy Logan Miles was rugged, handsome, and had an irresistible charm. He also helped to save the lives of Bo’s family. For his reward, Logan wanted her. There was just one problem—Bo’s heart belonged to Austin McKenzie. But would it always? Can Bo fight the magnetic attraction that seems to be building between them?

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to discover a divineTO DISCOVER A DIVINE (RISE OF THE STRIA) by Tess McFionn

When Kahlym cal Jhuen, freedom-fighting leader of the Chandar Stria, breaks into a prison ship controlled by the Rimmarian Thrall, he only expected to rescue two of his crew. But when he discovers a terrified female during his escape, he is immediately captivated by her unique beauty and makes a snap decision to take her with him. However, his good deed backfires when he learns he has stolen the Thrall Emperor’s prize.

Down to her last dollar, Evainne Wagner expected nothing out of the ordinary when she stepped out of her Boston apartment. Instead, she found herself in the middle of an intergalactic firefight, complete with strange soldiers with deadly weapons pointed directly at her. Salvation arrives in the nick of time in the form of a mysterious leather-clad warrior, skidding in and whisking her away. Trusting her heart, she follows, hoping to find answers as well as a way home.

Safely on board his ship, he learns more about her and her rare skills, triggering the memory of a half-forgotten prophecy spoken at the time of his cursed birth. Outcast because of a cruel twist of fate, he finds unexpected acceptance, even affection, from his new passenger.

Could she be the one who holds the future of his people, as well as his own heart, in her tender hands?

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diamonds in the skyDIAMONDS IN THE SKY – BOOK ONE: PAROUSIA by Lance S A Nielson

VS note: I believe this is scifi with romantic elements.

When 200 alien objects, each the size of a city, arrive all over the earth, the world’s population goes into panic. Yet once the ships land, there is no invasion, no communication, and no aliens nor any obvious access inside the vast vessels. As the governments and the scientific community struggle to find answers, a small number of ordinary individuals manage to gain access inside the ships. As speculation about the crafts possible intentions begins to seep into the public consciousness, those in power fear their presence may substantially change the social dynamics of the world as we know it. But do the ships represent a chance for the salvation of The Human Race or its annihilation?

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counter spikeCOUNTER SPIKE (INNATE WRIGHT BOOK  5) by Viola Grace

With a grasp of the situation and a weapon that can reach a descending ship required, the engineers get to go back to doing what they do best. Those who aren’t designing have the past coming up to bite them, the pilots are getting tired of the run to the City.

Learning that alien hostages were held in stasis under the city seems to be just one more thorn in the sides of the pilots, but what they discover opens everything that they thought they knew into complete and shocking light.

The future may be interesting, but the honest past will shock them to their cores.

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theirs to protectTHEIRS TO PROTECT by Stasia Black

Nix never put his name in the marriage lottery for a reason.
He doesn’t need a woman.
There aren’t that many to go around anyway, not after a genetically engineered virus wiped out 90% of the female population.
He has his job as the head of the Security Squadron and it’s all he needs. He looks out for the township. He protects the few women who are left.

But when his name is called to be one of the five husbands to the woman rescued from the badlands, he doesn’t speak up to correct the error.

Because Audrey’s like no one he’s ever met before. ..(more blurb on the ebook seller’s page)…
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alien retributionALIEN RETRIBUTION (ZERCONIAN WARRIORS BOOK 13 ) by Sadie Carter

Since the day his family was murdered, Boris has been obsessed with vengeance. The last thing he needs in his life is a mate. Besides, what sort of female would want a scarred, crippled male who has taken a vow of silence? Nope, there is no room in his life for a female.
Then he meets Nassir.

Beautiful. Fragile. Distant. He wants to break through the barriers she keeps erecting to discover the real woman inside. Which might be easier if he wasn’t constantly pulling her out of danger.

On the run, hunted, and alone, Nassir knows she only has herself to rely on.
Until Boris comes back into her life. The dark one. The silent, watchful, Alpha male whose gaze heats her from the inside out and whose touch drives her insane.

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wife gambleTHE WIFE GAMBLE (SIX MEN OF ALASKA BOOK 3 ) by Charlie Hart and Chantel Seabrook

In a world where everyone struggles for survival, Tia is no exception. Enemies are on to her, and she won’t be able to keep her husbands safe forever.
For two of her men, it might already be too late.
When Tia’s secret is revealed, she has no choice but to trust Salinger with her life.
But he has secrets too.
Confiding in one another brings them closer than ever but something still stands in their way.
Salinger must gamble with the truth in order to save the woman he loves.

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fire planet warriors lustFIRE PLANET WARRIOR’S LUST (FIRE PLANET WARRIORS BOOK 4) by Calista Skye

Ava Harris spies on space aliens for a living. She always works alone. But when she goes to see the evil and mysterious Kunuru aliens, she has to bring a bodyguard.

A Fire Planet Warrior bodyguard, to be specific.
His name is Xark’ion. He’s huge, intense, super confident and so insanely hot Ava has trouble thinking straight about her crucial mission that will decide Earth’s fate. And he’s clearly attracted to Ava.

She should probably find his amorous attentions pretty invasive, but she knows that his species are exceptional lovers and that their bodies have some interesting features.

But Ava also knows she can’t let her own arousal call the shots. Because she has a secret that she knows Xark’ion is going to really despise.

And Xark’ion has secrets of his own. When he suddenly abducts Ava to a weird and chilling planet, she has to decide if she should give in to the warrior’s pure lust.

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general kobaGENERAL KOBA: THE FORCE SERIES BOOK 1 by Mira Maxwell

From the moment Marilyn Romero wakes up on the alien ship, all she cares about is getting home to Earth. But the Atronox, the most notorious smugglers in the galaxy, have other ideas. The market for Earth women is booming, and they plan on cashing in.

There’s only one man who can help her.

General Koba, leader of the Force, has dedicated his life to stopping intergalactic criminal activity. All he cares about is maintaining law and order in the galaxy, until he boards the Atronox ship and meets an Earth women who takes his breath away.

Marilyn wants to go home, and Koba promises to take her there. The only problem? He’s never heard of Earth before. And he’s not sure he can let her go.

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vykenVYKEN (WARRIORS OF FIROSA BOOK 3) by Thanika Hearth and Starr Huntress

Vyken is one of the greatest warriors in the galaxy. No, the universe. Though Vyken was hesitant at first to accept the responsibility of General in the Firosan military, he was sent on his first real mission … and then the rest is a blank. He doesn’t remember a thing. But when he returns to his home planet, Paxia, his King wants him to answer for crimes so gruesome he couldn’t have even conceived of them.

This fearsome, trusted warrior has gone from an honored general to a dangerous fugitive in the space of the blink of an eye. And now Vyken, just like his name suggests, is truly out for blood.

When clues lead him to a shapely human female on a planet named Earth, Vyken’s life heads in a direction he could never have expected. He expects to find answers, but instead he finds that maybe companionship isn’t so bad after all…(more blurb on the ebook seller’s site…)

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x ops exposedX-OPS EXPOSED by Paige Tyler

HE LEFT TO KEEP HER SAFE: Believing he’s too dangerous to be among people, feline hybrid Tanner Howland retreats deep into the forests of Washington State—with no choice but to leave behind the woman who’s captured his heart. What he doesn’t know is that she followed him…

SHE WOULDN’T STAY BEHINDHeartbroken and determined, Dr. Zarina Sokolov tracks Tanner into the wild. Her presence unleashes Tanner’s protective instinct—big time. Locals have been disappearing and he is desperate for Zarina to leave. As the kidnappings escalate, Tanner must embrace the dangerous instincts he fears so much. But with Zarina at his side, he’ll have to learn to control his animal impulses, or lose himself—and the woman he loves—to the beast within.

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jillys wyked fateJILLY’S WYKED FATE (ASHLAND PRIDE BOOK 7) by R E Butler

Mountain lion shifter, Jilly Fallon, has been waiting for nearly three years to turn twenty-one, so she can finally – finally! – officially mate Wyked and Fate Myers, the twin brothers who have stolen her heart. When a panther is injured at a clan gathering and Jilly can’t help, the clan healer takes her to visit a fae healer so she can learn what she needs. During the second visit to see the fae, they find themselves protecting a young girl with pink and blue wings, and a secret that got her family killed.

Wyked and Fate Myers feel like the last three years have taken an eternity. Now that she’s finally theirs, they’re ready to start a family with their beloved mountain lion. During the last full moon before their clan begins to travel, an old enemy resurfaces, intent on making Jilly suffer for her betrayal. When Wyked and Fate are gravely injured, will she lose them both?

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asherASHER (DRAGON GUARD BERSERKERS BOOK 2) by Julia Mills

Demented, deranged and damaged beyond repair…Asher’s mind may be broken, his Dragon lost to the Madness but his soul has found its mate and nothing or no one will keep him from her.

Feisty, ferocious, and a force to be reckoned with…Willa’s had enough of being discounted and pushed aside just because she’s a woman. With the power of her ancestors and the rage of a century of disrespect, she’s stepping out of the shadows and Heaven help anyone who gets in her way.

Destiny has spoken.
Fate will not be denied.
Watch out World, the Queen is coming and there will Hell to pay.

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roman the clutch seriesROMAN (THE CLUTCH SERIES BOOK 1) by Heidi McLaughlin and Amy Briggs

Everything about him tells her to stay away, yet she can’t seem to get the vampire out of her mind.
For Roman, humans are the bane of his existence always having to follow their rules. In all his years, he’s never needed one, until now.
For Fiona, vampires are off limits, evil members of society, until the one known as Roman crosses her path and shows her he’s no different than her.

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onyx gryphonONYX GRYPHON (GRYPHONS VS DRAGONS BOOK 4) by Ruby Ryan

Orlando didn’t mean to rope Cassie into this. At least, not without warning her first.

If only she had listened.

Cassie’s handling her new gryphon-related responsibilities about as well as a rejected organ transplant. How could she react differently when the man she slept with turned into an animal afterwards and flew away?

But the totem has made its choice, and fighting her feelings is a losing battle. Especially when she can’t get the memory of Orlando’s beautiful, dark body out of her head.

Following him onto a train bound for Texas seemed like her best option, until it’s hijacked by men with machine guns south of Chicago. But that’s not even the worst part: the hijackers are looking for her.

As they do their best to remain undiscovered, Orlando and Cassie are going to have to put their differences aside in order to stay alive. Because like it or not, they’re no longer in control of their destiny.

The Onyx totem is.

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graves of wrathGRAVES OF WRATH: JESS VANDERMIRE VAMPIRE HUNTER (CITY OF BONES SERIES BOOK 1)  by Lina Gardiner

When Jess Vandermire, Captain of New York City’s Vampire Hunting team, learns that her brother, Regent, has been sent to Paris for three months by the Vatican, she’s devastated. Regent’s been too involved with vampires as a priest to go to Paris without fearing vampire retribution. He’ll need backup. Lucky for him, Jess and her partner, John Brittain, have some vacation time coming.

Once Jess and Britt arrive, they know something’s not right in the city. Women are being murdered, and the vampire population is on the edge of revolt. But worst of all, the City of Lights is home to a lot of shadows, ones that move—and kill—of their own accord. But Jess’s existence is rocked to the core when Regent comes across a life-changing, long lost family secret.

It’s starting to look like there’ll be no rest for the wicked.

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hidden in smokeHIDDEN IN SMOKE by Harper Wylde and Quinn Arthurs

My nightmares have started closing in. Now I’m just trying to survive them. When my past comes back to haunt me, I find myself relying on the men I’ve come to care so much about. With their help, and the help of my best friend, I’m trying to navigate the threats—old and new. When I’m summoned to go before the Council, I have no idea what to expect. Thrust into a world of politics and status I’m not sure I agree with, my unease grows as I struggle to find my place. When my powers develop with the help of my Phoenix, I feel more prepared to take on the unknowns stacking up against me. Will my guys and I be able to face the trials in our path, or will the secrets of a world that’s Hidden in Smoke destroy us before we’ve even started?

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cursed by nightCURSED BY NIGHT (HER DARK PROTECTORS BOOK 1) by Jasmine Walt and Emma Stark

My name is Ace Bissett, and I’m a paranormal detective that doesn’t believe in magic.

Or at least, I didn’t before I met them.

The day I inherited my aunt’s old house, everything changed. One moment, I was convinced that magic was a hoax. The next, I’m surrounded by four winged, fanged, ridiculously hot guys who are definitely nothuman, and who insist that I’m the only one who can break the curse that binds them to the night.

I know I should run far, far away from this hot mess, but there’s a connection between us I can’t deny. I’m seeing things I can’t explain, feeling things that don’t make sense. The detective in me has never been able to resist a mystery, and this one is just begging me to dig in.

But all that will have to wait, because there’s a new threat stalking my city. One with a taste for blood and bone, unable to be killed or captured by normal human means.

It’s a good thing I’ve got four new roommates to help me hunt them down. But even if I didn’t, I’d figure out a way. Because I never give up. I never give in. And I always protect what’s mine.

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bear in a bookshopBEAR IN A BOOKSHOP (SHIFTER BODYGUARDS BOOK 3) by Zoe Chant

When shy bookworm Melody daydreamed about her perfect man, “must love books” topped the list. She never dreamed of someone like Gunnar blowing into her neatly alphabetized and indexed world to turn it upside down. Finding out that her one true mate is an ex-con with a grade school education must be fate’s idea of a cruel joke. Never mind that his kisses make her swoon and his touch turns her traitorous knees to jelly …

Sent to prison for a crime he didn’t commit, Gunnar is six and a half feet of gruff, dyslexic, tattooed bear shifter ex-con hiding a gentle heart. He knows he could be the man Melody deserves, if only she’ll let him unleash the passionate woman hidden underneath her sexy librarian cardigans.

But with danger from both their pasts closing in fast, Gunnar is running out of time to prove to Melody that a good girl and a guy from the wrong side of the tracks just might be able to write their own happy ending.

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royally entangledROYALLY ENTANGLED (HER ROYAL HAREM BOOK 1) by Catherine Banks

Video-gamer Jolie Bernardo hadn’t planned on ending a war when she moved to Jinla, but, fate stepped in and thrust her into the path of four sexy princes.

Now her dream to make a name for herself in the video game community is threatened, as Others are out for her blood.

When the four princes of Jinla inadvertently forge a bond with her, it draws and binds them to one another. Unfortunately for them, it now means abandoning their chances of pursuing females to focus on keeping her alive. But with a new battle on the horizon, Jolie will have to choose between her heart…and her life.

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daughter of persephoneDAUGHTER OF PERSEPHONE (CERBERUS BOOK 1) by Helen Scott

Poppy is nothing special.

She was making ends meet and trying to enjoy life. But a strange necklace caught her eye at the thrift store. Now, three gorgeous men have stumbled into her life, and she’s torn between being terrified and excited. That is until they tell her she is the future queen of the Underworld.

Not only that, but she needs to bond with her hellhounds, the three heads of Cerberus, and protect the Underworld from a goddess who wants it for herself. Forced to face unnatural enemies, and too-sexy-for-their-own-good men, Poppy must choose: keep the life she’s always had or take her rightful place as queen.

If she survives.

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blood veilBLOOD VEIL: A MISSION NOVEL by Megan Erickson

Celia: Having never known my parents, I’ve always felt like an orphan. All I want is a normal life. But after I’m attacked in my bedroom by one vampire—and rescued by another—it’s about time to give up on “normal” once and for all. Idris, the second in command of the Gregorie vampire clan, has come to my aid, but his motives for saving me are unclear. And what surprises me most is my attraction to his heated gaze. . . .

Idris: Terror. Curiosity. Arousal. These are the natural impulses of a human female, not the spawn of the ruthless Valarian king. Is it possible that Celia is unaware of her bloodline—and the power coursing through her veins? As the daughter of my archenemy, she was supposed to be my ransom. But how quickly the heat of desire changes everything. Now the family Celia has always craved is trying to kill her, and it’s up to me to save her again—when all I really want to do is make her mine.

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legendary shifterLEGENDARY SHIFTER by Barbara J Hancock

Once upon a time, Elena Pavlova was a ballerina. Now she is a fugitive, looking for the great black wolf who can save her from the witchblood prince who haunts her dreams. The cursed shifter Ivan Romanov knows he is no longer the hero Elena needs, but he cannot say no to this graceful warrior, the beautiful woman who may well be his destined mate.

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school for psychicsSCHOOL FOR PSYCHICS (BOOK 1) by K C Archer

Teddy Cannon isn’t your typical twenty-something woman. She’s resourceful. She’s bright. She’s scrappy. She can also read people with uncanny precision. What she doesn’t realize: she’s actually psychic.

When a series of bad decisions leads Teddy to a run-in with the police, a mysterious stranger intervenes. He invites her to apply to the School for Psychics, a facility hidden off the coast of San Francisco where students are trained like Delta Force operatives: it’s competitive, cutthroat, and highly secretive. They’ll learn telepathy, telekinesis, investigative skills, and SWAT tactics. And if students survive their training, they go on to serve at the highest levels of government, using their skills to protect America, and the world.

In class, Teddy befriends Lucas, a rebel without a cause who can start and manipulate fire; Jillian, a hipster who can mediate communication between animals and humans; and Molly, a hacker who can apprehend the emotional state of another individual. But just as Teddy feels like she’s found where she might belong, strange things begin to happen: break-ins, missing students, and more. It leads Teddy to accept a dangerous mission that will ultimately cause her to question everything—her teachers, her friends, her family, and even herself.

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the archerTHE ARCHER (THE ARROW OF ARTEMIS SERIES BOOK 2) by K Aten

Kyri was raised a fletcher but after finding a new home and family with the Telequire Amazons, she discovers a desire to take on more responsibility within the tribe. She has skills they desperately need and she is called to action to protect those around her. But Kyri’s path is ever-changing even as she finds herself altered by love, loyalty, and grief. Far away from home, the new Amazon is forced to decide what to sacrifice and who to become in order to get back to all that she has left behind. And she wonders what is worse, losing everyone she’s ever loved or having those people lose her?

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seducing the dark princeSEDUCING THE DARK PRINCE by Jane Kindred

Lucien Smok is heir to the Smok fortune. He’s also the crown prince of Hell, a legacy he despises. Clairvoyant Theia Dawn tries to convince herself that she’s only interested in Lucien because of his family’s role in the persecution of her ancestor, not because he’s the most beguiling man she’s ever met. The attraction that burns between them might be her downfall. Or it might be his salvation.

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magical matchA MAGICAL MATCH (WITCHCRAFT MYSTERY) by Juliet Blackwell

Lily Ivory and her friends are planning a 1950s-themed brunch to benefit the local women’s shelter. When a figure from her past shows up unannounced, threatening her unless she returns something that belonged to him, Lily’s fiancé, Sailor, steps in to defend her. After the same man is found dead later that day, Sailor is the primary suspect. He swears he’s innocent, but multiple witnesses ID him as the perpetrator of the assault. Lily vows to clear his name…only she’s not sure where to start with the mounting evidence against him.

When she sees Sailor in the neighborhood despite knowing he’s in jail, Lily starts to wonder if there could be a doppelganger in San Francisco. When she’s not busy helping customers find matching outfits for the upcoming event, searching for a vintage wedding dress for her own nuptials, and dealing with an ill-timed magical cold, Lily begins to suspect one of her magical foes is targeting her loved ones in an attempt to weaken her.

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bride of the seaBRIDE OF THE SEA (OTHERWORLD BOOK 3) by Barbara Hamm

Saoirse dreams of land. Her father has other plans, and intends to marry her off as soon as possible. When a ship sinks near her home, she carries the only surviving sailor to a faerie blessed isle and plans her escape. Who better to help her than a man with few scruples and little cares in the world?

Manus dreams of the sea. He spent every coin in his pockets to get back on a ship but never expected the vessel to sink. When a merrow saves him, he realizes the chance meeting is an opportunity. She could make him rich and become his good luck charm, so the legends say. Now, he just needs to get off the isle she’s trapped him on.

They intend to use each other, but find their souls drawn together bit by bit. Can either leave the isle and the sea without losing their hearts in the bargain?

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selkies magicA SELKIE’S MAGIC (THE SELKIES HEART BOOK 1) by Lana Lea Short

Aileana Sutherland is a strong-willed, independent young Southern California surfer, who decides to move to Scotland her father’s homeland. She’s prompted to relocate after an awful heart-wrenching break-up with her boyfriend, who she caught him having sex with another woman.

She wants only to escape the painful memories of his betrayal. She knows she needs a change of scenery and decides to stay at her grandmother’s cottage while her heart heals. Aileana is sure time and distance are what she needs to get over her heartbreak. Her grandmother’s Highland home on the sea cliffs outside of Durness, Scotland calls to her soul. As a writer, she is able to work anywhere. She’s writing a piece on oil well platforms located offshore near her grandmother’s home, which makes Scotland the perfect place to lick her wounds and move on with her life.

Instead, she runs into a man from her past, Kendrick Morgan….(more blurb on the ebook seller’s site)…

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tawny justiceTAWNY JUSTICE (LOST CREEK SHIFTERS SERIES BOOK 1) by Misha McKenzie

She was his. From the moment he first saw her, he’d known he had to have her. And he’d kill anyone who stood in the way of his prize.

Kaia would do whatever it took to protect her home from poachers. It still outraged her that the one who had shot and killed her brother had gone unpunished. As mountain lion shifters, Lost Creek State Park had been their sanctuary—a place they could run and be free. But not if lawless men with guns lurked in its shadows.

Mac has tried his damnedest to look out for his best friend’s sister since his tragic death. But she hasn’t made it easy. Nothing he says as a friend, or as the sheriff, will dissuade her from taking matters into her own hands. When trouble comes, and the law can’t contain it, Mac realizes that unconventional methods may be the only way to save them all.

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VS Note: For some reason I feel like mentioning my alien empath scifi romances today from the backlist. Maybe because the main characters have an affinity for, and a duty to, nature and it’s Spring?

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NOTE: The Fated Stars is the fourth book in my little mini series about the alien empaths kidnapped from the planet Tulavarra. I had fun writing a male empath and a female human  kick ass warrior this time!

LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

My standard Notes and 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.  

We Have to Help Him Weekend Writing Warriors

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

Sharing now from my newest scifi romance Mateer (A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel): Sectors New Allies Series Book 2. Yup, a mouthful LOL!

I’ve moved ahead again. The alien scientist in charge, Lampergg, has ordered the humans taken outside. Mateer, who has been undergoing torture in a separate area, is brought to join them for the first time, but has passed out from the severe treatment. Harker is a blow hard human prisoner with whom Megan, who’s a medical doctor, has already had one run-in. Punctuation a bit wonky to meet our rules – sorry! Slight differences from the published version, to fit the rules here.

The excerpt: 

“We’re setting you free for a while,” Lampergg said, making an expansive gesture toward the horizon, “Fourteen days to be exact. I expect you to explore the area, show us how capable you humans are of surviving in the wilderness, and get acclimated to the planet.” He grinned, “See if there are any holes in our perimeter – I’ve heard it said your species is quite clever. You will take him with you during this experiment,” the scientist said next, pointing at the injured prisoner, who lay unmoving.

Harker shook his head and objected loudly, “Man’s literally dead weight. We’re not going to carry him – Why should we? He’s nothing to us.”

“I’ll have him executed right now where he lies if you don’t.” In response to a signal from the scientist, a guard stepped to the invalid and rested the lethal tip of his pulse rifle against the man’s skull. Raising his bushy yellow eyebrows and running his gaze over the assembled people, Lampergg said, “What manner of beings are you humans?”

Outraged, Megan confronted Harker, “We can’t leave him here to be killed in cold blood – we have to try to help him.”

The Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Series canva both coversThe Blurb:

Megan Garrison, a doctor at the Sectors Amarcae 7 colony, goes to sleep one night as usual only to wake up in her nightgown, strapped to a table in an alien lab, destined to be the subject of terrifying experiments. Granted a brief reprieve, Megan and the other kidnapped humans are released in the middle of a forestlike enclosure on this unknown world and told to survive as best they can for now.

Her only hope is Mateer, the genetically engineered alien warrior imprisoned with the humans. He knows more than he’s sharing about this planet, their captors and the fate of other humans, including perhaps her own sisters. Turns out everyone from her colony has been kidnapped by the Khagrish, a ruthless race of alien scientists. Working for enemies of the human-led Sectors, the Khagrish have created the Badari to be super soldiers.

Mateer, a tough Badari enforcer, now a rebel, is captured while infiltrating the lab to help his pack bring it down. He’s also been ordered by his leaders to search for Megan and save her life at all costs. Tortured by the enemy, he’s offered one chance at survival – convince Megan to become his mate and assist the Khagrish with further experiments.

As the situation at the lab grows worse, Megan struggles against her deep attraction to Mateer, while she does her best to shield the other humans from the terrible Khagrish experiments. For his part, Mateer knows she really is his fated mate and despairs of being able to keep her safe, as the rebel attack is delayed and she fights the truth of their bond.

Will they be able to work together to defeat Khagrish plans and preserve human lives until the promised rescue happens? And what of their future together – will Megan accept Mateer as her true mate, or walk away if she’s freed?

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7 Items I Can’t Live Without

Depositphotos_18988089_l-2015 sevenI was reading People magazine at breakfast and there was an article with “7 Products Kate Hudson Can’t Live Without.” Now since she’s an A list, jet setting actress, her choices ran toward Diptyque candles and La Mer skin crème (well, to be fair, also it was an article in the beauty section). But it started me thinking – welcome to author brain, folks – what would be the seven items I’d pick that I “can’t live without”? Of course if the zombie apocalypse hits tomorrow, I’ll exist without some of these and others I’ll scrounge from the ruins of countless stores as I wander with my fellow band of hardy survivors….WAIT, do I sound too much like a character from any version of ‘The Walking Dead’ or ‘World War Z’?

I promise to compose a new list should the End of the World As We Know It happen, but for now, here’s my set of choices, in no special order:

The microwave

My cell phone – well, duh.

My Kindle (all those books on my TBR, the shows to binge watch, the movies I haven’t gotten to yet!)

The electric toothbrush/floss/those tiny interdental brushes. (OK more than one item but it’s a category.)

Coumadin (AKA warfarin) because I do have a heart condition and am more prone to stroke-causing clots than most people would be.

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A sweater, any sweater – I’m always chilly and am almost never seen without a cozy sweater, usually black, sometimes brown, gray or dark blue. Pockets preferred. I like to wrap up in it. Cozy is a big thing for me. I really should try writing a cozy mystery while wearing my cozy sweater…

Reading glasses!!! I’m blind as the proverbial bat without them and I probably wouldn’t even see the apocalypse in front of me if I don’t have those at my side. The other items would also tend to be useless without the glasses on. I could be taking Coumadin or vitamin C or Sweetarts for all I’d know. I’ll always remember the horror in the apocalyptic book Alas, Babylon when the bad guys break the doctor’s one pair of glasses. NO!!!!! (Thank you, author Pat Frank, for more or less clearing up that loose end at the book’s closing.)

I didn’t include my laptop but yeah, without it I can’t write my novels very well (or blog posts like this one), so that’s an eighth item for sure.

Jake the Cat was only mollified about not being included when I explained to him he wasn’t an ‘item’.

I decided my car was too big to be on the list, plus it ‘lives’ outdoors.

What seven items would you choose?

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New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday March 28

hunter prison planet2As always, I recommend sampling before you buy! I have not read most of the new releases listed (although I always end up one-clicking a bunch as I prepare these posts LOL).

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HUNTER (PRISON PLANET BOOK 2) by Emmy Chandler

VS Note: This series sounds so good. I might have to move it off my TBR List and just one click!

Recaptured during her escape from zone four, Maci Bishop wakes up in the mysterious, heavily fortified zone two, where wealthy citizens come to sate sordid, homicidal appetites by hunting death row inmates in a wooded enclosure. Live on camera, for spectators watching from the Resort.

Maci is rented as a plaything for a guest at the Resort, but when she kills her first customer in self-defense, her life sentence quickly becomes a death sentence. To teach the other women a lesson, the warden throws Maci into the enclosure, to be hunted alongside a vicious death row inmate named Callum.

Though at first he believes the beautiful, half-naked woman is bait intended to lure him out, Callum saves Maci from a brutal death. As they fight their way through the enclosure, taking on hunters, guards, and ruthless robotic hounds, he falls hard for the tiny, clever hellcat and discovers she may just have the skills to get them both out of the enclosure alive.

But Maci won’t abandon the other women to pay for her escape. Not again. She won’t be satisfied until she shuts down the entire Resort: clients, guards, hounds, and all. And there’s no way in hell Callum will let her walk into the lion’s den alone.

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traitor's brideTHE TRAITOR’S BRIDE (KEEPERS OF XEREILL BOOK 1) by Alix Nichols

A month ago, ex-army Major Areg Sebi was thrown into prison.
Now he’s on the scaffold, laying his head on the block.
No public trial for the disgraced war hero. No cyborgs from the League of Realms to whisk him away.
No help. No escape.
A priestess chants a prayer for the major’s soul, even as a judge cries out, “Death to the traitor!”

In the crowd below, laundry maid Etana Tidryn stares into Areg’s eyes.
His lips were hot against hers last night. His hands roamed her body, worshipped her, pleasured her.
She’s falling for him, hard and fast.
She’s still hoping, even if he’s given up…
Can Etana transcend everything she knows — transcend life itself — to save him?
Can she rise to meet her destiny?

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avenging edenAVENGING EDEN (THE EDEN SERIES BOOK 5) by Lexi Post

Sometimes the price of revenge is too high.
When Mya discovers a badly wounded Edenist in the jungle, she hopes by saving him, he will help her enter the city of Naralina. She takes him to the safety of her home, only to find another Edenist is already there…and he’s looking for her.

Keeva’s mind is more than intrigued about the invisible woman who came to his rescue since there is no such thing as a female Edenist, not that his body cares. When he learns of her history, his protective instincts flare to life, bringing with them a need to avenge her.

Bent on revenge, Haldone seeks Mya’s help to punish those who harmed his brother, at least that’s what he tells himself, but his feelings for her go far deeper than the “friend” she dubs him. Unfortunately, he’s not the best at communicating his feelings…or anything else for that matter.

The men’s thirst for vengeance on those who took her parents gives Mya hope and a new sense of family. It isn’t long before she develops a growing attraction, the first in her life. But surprises in the enemy camp and dangers to them all mount until she realizes they each must decide what is more important, revenge or each other.

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men of the north warrior mar26THE WARRIOR (MEN OF THE NORTH BOOK 5) by Elin Peer

Magni knows what he wants and he’s used to getting it. As the second in command in the Northlands, he doesn’t care that he comes across as rude or domineering. Asking for permission or apologizing for his actions is for weaker men.

Six months ago, Laura was Magni’s sweet and submissive young wife. Tempted to experience the independence of women in the Motherlands, and to learn martial arts, she ran away. Now, she’s back. Stronger and more confident than before. Determined not to let a man dominate her, not even the one she once fell in love with and married.

Is there a way for Magni and Laura to be a couple again with her need for independence and his need for control? And can someone as proud as Magni overcome his anger with Laura for leaving him in the first place?

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oath forger 5OATH FORGER BOOK 5 by Nia Mars

VS: Her ever shorter blurbs on each book in the series have been fun to see. 

Thank you for sticking with Ava and her Five and being part of the adventure!
You are cordially invited to Merim to celebrate Earth officially becoming a Federation planet.
See you at the Oath Forger’s palace!

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dragons desire tajssDRAGON’S DESIRE (RED PLANET DRAGONS OF TAJSS BOOK 8) by Miranda Martin

The devastation killed most of our population. Since then, Zmaj men have lived isolated and without females. That changed when a ship with human passengers crashed on our planet. For the first time in many years, we have females in our midst.

But some of the new humans fear our species. One of them, a quiet, dark-haired beauty with a fierce spirit, awakens my dragon. When I catch her scent, lust heats my blood.

Tajss is fraught with danger, not only from the scorching desert and blood-thirsty animals, but the battles among its peoples. Sarah doesn’t see the threats that lurk in the shadows, but I do. As second in command of the Tajss tribe, I face the choice of fulfilling my duty, or protecting Sarah. She’s become my world. My mate. I’ll keep her safe.

Even if it means kidnapping her.

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taming ryockTAMING RYOCK (STAR JOINED BOOK 2) by Sara Page and Sean Moriarty 

My life has become a living nightmare…
Abducted. Stolen from Earth. I wake up in a strange alien laboratory to discover my new alien overlords plan to use me in a breeding experiment.
The alien they want me to breed with? Yeah, he’s blue, he’s mean, and he’s packing some seriously scary alien ‘equipment’. There’s no way I can survive the experiment. Seriously, I’m going to die, and my new overlords could care less.
Thankfully, the guy in the cage next to mine is extremely pissed about the situation. He’s big, even meaner than the blue guy, and he just might be my salvation.

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ivanIVAN (GIDEON’S RAIDERS BOOK 3) by Kit Rocha

As the sheltered princess of Sector One, Maricela’s life is defined by duty: to her people and to her family. Her wealth and influence have allowed her to build a better world, but they come with a price—the responsibility to secure political stability with a practical marriage. Maricela cherishes the idea of marrying for love, but there’s not much romance in the endless line of suitors interested only in prestige and power.

And her handsome, brooding new bodyguard isn’t helping the situation.

Ivan is the perfect, deadly warrior, a man trained from childhood to be the ultimate protector to the Rios family. His focus on keeping her safe is intense–and a little intoxicating. When the threat of danger cracks his icy control, Maricela realizes she’s not the only one fighting against temptation.

Ivan knows that the blood on his hands makes him unworthy of the pure-hearted princess. But from the first kiss, their forbidden affair feels inevitable. He can give her a glimpse of life outside her gilded cage and a lover who wants the woman instead of the crown. The only thing he can never do is promise her forever.

Because spurning her noble suitors to marry her bodyguard wouldn’t just be a scandal. It could set off a political firestorm that would tear Sector One apart.

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givenGIVEN (STAR BREED BOOK 1) by Elin Wynn

Thief Kara Shimsi has learned three lessons well – keep her head down, her fingers light, and her tithes to the syndicate paid on time.
But now a failed heist has earned her a death sentence – a one-way ticket to the toxic Waste outside the dome. Her only chance is a deal with the syndicate’s most ruthless enforcer, a wolfish mountain of genetically-modified muscle named Davien.
The thought makes her body tingle with dread-or is it heat?

Mercenary Davien will do whatever it takes to get back into space. The last thing he wants is a smart-mouthed thief – even if her scent drives him wild – and she may have the clue he needs to hunt down whoever destroyed his home.

Caring is a liability. Desire is a commodity. And love could get you killed.

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morcai battalion the pursuitTHE MORCAI BATTALION: THE PURSUIT by Diana Palmer

The first time Mekashe, Captain of the Imperial Guard, meets blue-eyed human beauty Jasmine Donally, the two nearly come to blows. Forever devoted to the Cehn-Tahr, Mekashe is forced to sever ties with the object of his adoration. Years pass before their paths cross again, but Mekashe hasn’t forgotten what transpired—or the way she makes his heart race. But even if he can forgive the past, insurmountable barriers still threaten to keep them worlds apart. With their mutual attraction escalating quickly, they’ll have to find a way to bridge the gap—or be lost to each other forever.

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star assassinSTAR ASSASSIN (A LORI ADAMS NOVEL 01) by D R ROSIER 

Lori Adams is an assassin who kills enemies of the state. She’s rather unique, and doesn’t have a choice. She’s different, enhanced, and modified. Highly intelligent, faster reflexes, enhanced proprioception, and enhanced spatial awareness, all together make her deadly, and a force to be reckoned with. She’s also virtually a slave, and running would just end in her death.

She was working on a way to escape, it wasn’t as simple as just avoiding her handlers. Except, everything changes when she’s taken. Abducted by aliens, and enslaved. Those poor bastards have no idea what they’re in for.

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phoenix projectTHE PHOENIX PROJECT by Jacqueline Frank

VS Note: Originally published as part of Nocturnal.

Held captive, Amara is subjected to bizarre experiments that test the limits of her sanity. But nothing prepares her for being locked away—naked—with a sexy ex-cop. . .after they’ve been pumped full of drugs that increase engineering a plantheir sexual appetites to animalistic intensity.

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ENGINEERING A PLAN (INNATE WRIGHT BOOK 4)  by Viola Grace

The pilots have gotten their bots under their control and are now ready for the next phase in the attack strategy. They are meeting that plan with one of their own.

Back to the city yet again, the pilots are charged with activating the final weapon of the first war, if they can find the stations that will start the machine up after its long sleep.

Being outside the bots is difficult for the pilots, but when they begin taking fire, there is nothing that they want more than the safety of their recent metal companions.

Whose plan was this anyway?

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warfleshWARFLESH (STRANGE WORLDS BOOK 4) by Kim Knox

VS Note: A rerelease “edited and updated”. Kim serves it up HOT and steamy 🙂

Fina Brodie is warflesh.
Enhanced by her government to bring ultimate pleasure, her negotiation skills secure anything her superiors want. The choice of pleasure she offers has always been hers.

Until now.
She’s not meeting Kian, Lord of the Tir to negotiate. She’s payment.

And she’s not alone in bringing pleasure to the mysterious Tir leader. The man Kian has chosen to join them in the sexual and very public spring festival has long headed her ‘never ever’ list. Add the much-sort-after liquid fire, which is a rocket fuel to her already highly evolved libido, and it makes her reactions to Jonathon Raegh, all that more dangerous.

But the Tir have a hidden agenda. And Kian, Fina and Jon uncover it in the heat and passion of the arena.

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jilted princeJILTED PRINCE (HELL’S SON BOOK 2) by Eve Langlais

Destiny is calling Chris, yet someone forgot to give him an instruction manual on conquering the world. Being the Antichrist is all well and good, but how is he supposed to know how to bring about Armageddon? He’s still waiting for his army of minions, the glory, the riches. And where is the respect?

You’d think any woman would be ecstatic at the thought of marrying the future ruler of the world.

Not Isobel…(more blurb on the ebook seller page)…

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born of darknessBORN OF DARKNESS (MIDNIGHT BREED HUNTER LEGACY BOOK 1) by Lara Adrian

VS Note: Another series I kind of drifted away from (Midnight Breed) but this new take sounds good so it’s on my TBR.

As a former assassin in the Hunter program, Asher is one of a small group of Gen One Breed vampires who survived the horrors of a madman’s laboratory and the cruelty of the training that made him one of the most lethal beings in existence. Now, twenty years after his escape from those hellish origins, Ash is a loner whose heart is as cold as his skills are lethal. But when a beautiful, secretive young woman on the run from dangerous enemies crosses his path in the middle of a dark night in the desert outside Las Vegas, Ash is drawn into a deadly game where trust can be an illusion and love may be the sharpest weapon of all.

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hot and badgeredHOT AND BADGERED (THE HONEY BADGERS) by Shelly Laurenston

VS Note: I always like the sense of humor with which she writes.

t’s not every day that a beautiful naked woman falls out of the sky and lands face-first on grizzly shifter Berg Dunn’s hotel balcony. Definitely they don’t usually hop up and demand his best gun. Berg gives the lady a grizzly-sized t-shirt and his cell phone, too, just on style points. And then she’s gone, taking his XXXL heart with her. By the time he figures out she’s a honey badger shifter, it’s too late.

Honey badgers are survivors. Brutal, vicious, ill-tempered survivors. Or maybe Charlie Taylor-MacKilligan is just pissed that her useless father is trying to get them all killed again, and won’t even tell her how. Protecting her little sisters has always been her job, and she’s not about to let some pesky giant grizzly protection specialist with a network of every shifter in Manhattan get in her way. Wait. He’s trying to help? Why would he want to do that? He’s cute enough that she just might let him tag along—that is, if he can keep up.

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night of the drakoryansNIGHT OF THE DRAKORYANS: A REVERSE HAREM DRAGON FANTASY by Ava Sinclair

Three dragon lords. One reluctant maiden.
And only one long night to claim her.
Syrene does not come to Altar Rock as a willing sacrifice. Angered by her village’s eagerness to give her to the dragons, she seeks to escape. But the dragon who comes for her isn’t having it; he takes her anyway, and carries her home to share as mate with his shifter brothers.

Now the Lords of Jo’Lyn wonder if they haven’t made a mistake. Syrene is as defiant of them as she was of the village she believes rejected her. She swears she will not give herself to even one Drakoryan lord, let alone three.

But the three dominant dragon shifters will not be refused. With the survival of their bloodline hanging in the balance, they are determined to find creative ways to woo their wild mate before the sun rises once more over the empire.

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witch of the meadowsTHE WITCH OF THE MEADOWS (THE WINDBOURNE BOOK 1) by Laurel Wanrow

For months, seventeen-year-old Fern has been sneaking out on her mother—really sneaking out—through a magical portal to an island halfway around the world. There, the grandmother Fern never knew existed needs her help rejuvenating their ancestral land. She has always been good at growing things, but that’s not magic. And magic is what the island needs.

With its energy running out, the land is breaking apart, and the caretakers demand a real witch to take over the Meadows, not a teenager with a green thumb. Elbow-deep in dirt, Fern confronts a splintered community, unsure who to trust, but grateful for the support of a Scottish boy who looks at her with green eyes shining with magic—and something more powerful.

Caring for this land is Fern’s birthright, one she longs to claim. But to take her place in this magical world, Fern must first figure out how to use her unique gift.

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small momentsSMALL MOMENTS (A MALSUM PASS NOVEL) by Kimberly Forrest

Newly released from her captivity by the fur traders – a group that preys on shifters for profit – Rin Hayashi is looking forward to a normal, quiet life, and the town of Malsum Pass seems a perfect place to settle.
Surrounded by the wolf pack, she’s never felt safer… maybe even safe enough to fall in love, and Mike seems more than willing to fall with her. But Rin senses not all is as it seems with the charming town mechanic. Did her captivity make her overly suspicious and paranoid, or is the male she is falling in love with hiding a dangerous secret?

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wish upon the starsA WISH UPON THE STARS (TALES FROM VERANIA BOOK 4) by TJ Klune

Nearly a year ago, blinded by grief and betrayal, Sam of Wilds made a desperate decision to follow the Great White into the Dark Woods. Now, he emerges to a world changed.

The City of Lockes is a prison. The King has been locked away in the dungeons. The Kingdom of Verania has fallen, and the Dark wizard Myrin sits on the throne.

But soon after his return, Sam learns of a resistance fighting in his name, led by a courageous knight, a defiant prince, a pissed-off unicorn, and a half-giant who wants to smash everything in sight. If he has any hope of defeating the villains who have taken their home, Sam must face the consequences of his choices—and the friends he left behind.

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crashing gatesCRASHING GATES (DUAL REALM #4) by Kyra Dune

VS Note: So I debating whether to add this one because of a dearth of reviews on most of this new-to-me author’s books, and I went to the Look Inside feature.  When I realized I was reading on and on, drawn into the world building, wanting to know what would happen next…ok, onto this week’s NR report it went LOL. It’s on my TBR, no idea if I’d like the entire plot, etc., but the sample was intriguing.

It was supposed to be an easy assignment. Retrieve one lone human from the first realm and bring him back to the Council for questioning. Nothing too complicated for Amberstone to handle. Even though this particular human was his sister’s lover and the reason she was arrested and about to be executed. Such things do not matter to a Guardian.
What he didn’t expect was to find two second realm fugitives, both of whom were believed to be dead, alive and living with the humans. And that was only the beginning of his problems.

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dancers delightDANCER’S DELIGHT (MYSTIC VALLEY BOOK 2) by Anny Cook

VS Note: Author’s note says first pubbed in 2007 and now revised.

Fed up and heartsick, Dancer, virtuoso violinist and assassin decides to retire despite the angry objections of his boss. On the run for his life, he heads for a hideaway in the mountains. Safe in the warm shelter of his cave Dancer awoke to the strong scent of flowers. His initial investigations of a strange tunnel lead to another cave and a beautiful valley. When he returns to the cave, he is shocked to find that the tunnel has disappeared trapping him in Mystic Valley.

A gardener and amateur botanist, Eppie spends her lonely days searching out new plants for the inhabitants of Mystic Valley while she waits for her destined bond-mate to find his way to the valley. Now time is running short. From the instant they forged a mind bond, her body began schalzina, the biological preparation for physical bonding in valley women. Each new occurrence of schalzina is stronger and nudges Eppie another step closer to the final consequence—death—unless Dancer reaches the valley in time for their oath-binding and physical bonding.

Will he find his way to her? And if he does, will he agree to an immediate joining with this beautiful stranger?

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esherESHER (GUARDIANS OF HADES ROMANCE SERIES BOOK 3) by Felicity Heaton

Prince of the Underworld and Lord of Water, Esher was banished from his home by his father, Hades, two centuries ago and given a new duty and purpose—to keep our world and his from colliding in a calamity foreseen by the Moirai.

Together with his six brothers, he fights to defend the gates to the Underworld from daemons bent on breaching them and gaining entrance to that forbidden land, striving to protect his home from their dark influence. Tormented by his past, Esher burns with hatred towards mortals and bears a grudge against Hades for forcing him into their world, condemning him to a life of battling to keep a fragile hold on his darker side—a side that wants to kill every human in the name of revenge.

Until he finds himself stepping in to save a female—a beautiful mortal filled with light and laughter who draws him to her as fiercely as the pull of the moon, stirring conflict in his heart and rousing dangerous needs long forgotten…(more blurb at the ebook seller’s site)…

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SPHERE songSPHERE SONG: THE ISLE OF DESTINY SERIES by Tricia O’Malley

Neala O’Riordan is no stranger to the sweet and spicy things in life although that’s more to do with running a highly acclaimed bakery in Kilkenny than because of having any semblance of a dating life. In lieu of romantic entanglements, Neala instead pours her love and attention into her rapidly growing business and the in-demand sweets she concocts.

When a distraught man storms into her bakery one morning, Neala’s life is turned upside down. In moments, she’s plunged into a fairytale world – and she’s the star of the show. When she learns that the fate of Ireland, if not the entire world, rests on her shoulders, Neala is ready to turn tail and run for the hills – but she’s stopped in her tracks by the storm she sees in the eyes of her handsome protector, Dagda.

With one look, Dagda challenges Neala to stay and fight – to accept her destiny – and to change the course of the future…(more blurb on the ebook seller’s site)…

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legend of nimway hallTHE LEGEND OF NIMWAY HALL: 1794 – CHARLOTTE by Karen Hawkins

VS Note: No idea how much magic or fantasy there may be in the book but it was ranked high in the Fantasy Romance category.

Miss Charlotte Harrington knows what’s expected of her. Properly raised and newly reminded of her duties after the unexpected death of her far-more-perfect twin sister, Charlotte is resigned to wedding the son of a near neighboring land owner and live a sedate and proper, respectable life. But Charlotte’s high spirits will not be contained and she yearns deeply for a life of adventure, excitement, and love.

When wild and untamed Marco di Rossi arrives at Nimway Hall, commissioned to carve a masterpiece for the family home, he finds himself instantly drawn to the far-from-subdued Charlotte. Despite the potential ruin to his own brilliant career, he cannot resist her spirit and beauty, nor the call of the deep, wild magic that resides within a mysterious and magical orb hidden deep in the walls of the ancient house of Nimway.

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claimed mermaidCLAIMED: A REVERSE HAREM FAIRY TALE RETELLING (HAVEN REALM BOOK 4) by Mila Young

Nyssa’s not your typical princess. She rebellious, and sneaks down to the Shark Bait bar with her friends, to get away from the pressures of palace life. Each time a hot Sharkrider chats her up, she develops a serious case of fin in the mouth disease, and embarrasses herself. All that changes when her father announces she’s to marry the cruel and scheming commander of his army. She’d rather digest in the belly of a whale than marry that slug.

When Nyssa digs a little deeper, she uncovers that the commander is using a spell to control her father. In wedding her, the commander plans to kill the king, and rule the underwater realm. With the help of three mersoldiers who pledged their allegiance to her, Nyssa must save her father and the kingdom. Now she must navigate new emotional currents while keeping her head above, or below, water…even if that means drowning in the soldier’s love.

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dragon eruptionDRAGON ERUPTION (ICE DRAGONS BOOK 1) by Amelia Jade

Cowl and his brothers have been awakened into a new world centuries after he accidentally buried them in an avalanche. While his two older brothers decide what the trio should do without him, Cowl strains at the leash to be able to make his own choices. He doesn’t need their rules, all he needs is the drop dead-gorgeous, green-eyed beauty behind the bar.

Lately Andria’s dreams of moving to the coast have taken on a new urgency. Events in her hometown have left her feeling exposed and vulnerable. All she needs to do is graduate, then she can leave everything behind. But when a sexy and mysterious stranger walks into her bar and her life, everything changes…(more blurb on the ebook seller’s page)…

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tropical dragon diverTROPICAL DRAGON DIVER (SHIFTING SANDS RESORT BOOK 5) by Zoe Chant

Dragons are meant to be creatures of fire and fury, not salt water and mercy. But Bastian isn’t an ordinary dragon.

Shunned by his warrior family, he guards golden beaches instead of a golden hoard. But when he rescues a beautiful, mysterious woman from stormy waves, he finally finds something worth fighting for.

She’s the treasure he’s been longing for… so why does she insist that his feelings are false?

Saina only meant to use her siren song to enthrall the handsome, gentle lifeguard long enough to heal and escape. But now he wants to keep her forever. Even worse, she wants to stay.

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first impressionsFIRST IMPRESSIONS: THE FATED WINGS SERIES BOOK 1 by C R Jane

VS Note: Reviews mention a cliffhanger ending.

Eva Taylor has been locked in an attic for 4 years.

Failed by the foster system, and left in the hands of a woman who hates her, and a man who wants her, Eva has given up hope of ever having a life.

When she finds a mysterious letter from Rothmore College addressed to her in the trash, Eva’s future suddenly comes alive. Now all she has to do is figure out a way to escape her attic prison, make her way across the country to New York City, and figure out all the things that point to the fact that she isn’t exactly normal…

Along the way Eva meets new friends, explores new places, and stumbles across three beautiful, charismatic, and alarmingly otherworldly men. Do they hold the key to Eva discovering who she really is, or are they just good at first impressions?

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grisly grizzlies lachlanTHE GRISLY GRIZZLIES: LACHLAN (THE GRIZZLY BEAR SHIFTERS OF REDEMPTION CREEK BOOK 1) by Kim Fox

Jessie is wearing the perfect designer wedding dress for the perfect wedding, which she can’t escape from fast enough. You would run too if you were forced to be married to the cruel mob boss, Luca Capuano. There are enemies all around her, so she escapes to the one place where she knows she’ll be safe: the small town of Redemption Creek, Montana.

Grizzly bear shifter, Lachlan, is busy drinking himself into a coma when his old flame shows up in a wedding dress. There’s nothing he would like more than to marry the girl he’s been thinking of for years, but his crazy bear can’t be trusted around nice delicate things like Jessie.

Lachlan desperately wants to protect Jessie from the men hunting her down, but who is going to protect her from the vicious animal he has lurking inside? Is Jessie running from one monster to another?

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a dance with darknessA DANCE WITH DARKNESS (OTHERWORLD ACADEMY BOOK 1) by Jenna Wolfhart

I’ve always felt like an outsider. Until my eighteenth birthday, I didn’t know how true that was. First, I started seeing strange things. Then, the tips of my ears began to shift. Now, even touching something made of iron makes me sick.

Am I losing my mind?

When four mysterious fae males corner me in the street, they bring terrifying news: I’m not human. I’m a changeling, a fae swapped at birth.

Under their powerful yet infuriating guidance, I return to Otherworld to train at their academy and determine to which of the four faerie courts I belong. But there’s something much more dangerous than the four fae vying for my attention.

And if I don’t unravel the fae’s secrets, none of the changelings will survive. Including me.

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to save a savage scotTO SAVE A SAVAGE SCOT (A TIME TRAVELER’S HIGHLAND LOVE BOOK 2) by Tamara Gill

Kenzie Jacobs is fascinated by a portrait of the roguish Highlander, Black Ben, which hangs in her ancestral home. There’s a mystery surrounding his death, and Kenzie longs to solve it by traveling through time to 17th century Scotland–and perhaps meet the gorgeous laird who haunts her dreams.
Black Ben, Laird of Ross, suited his dark name more than ever since his wife died in childbirth. He has vowed never to marry again. But Kenzie is an intoxicating elixir and even more potent than whiskey. As confusing and crazy as she may seem, he can’t get her out of his system. But there’s no way they can ever work, as she does not fit into his plans.
Fate has brought them together, and Ben can’t stop Kenzie from returning to her time, though he would do anything-except marry her-to keep her with him. Kenzie has a life to get back to but leaving her favorite, though infuriating, Highlander behind, might be the toughest thing she’ll ever have to do.

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zero sumZERO SUM (CAT SHIFTERS BOOK 1) by Severine Wolfe

Mary Kumar had innocently attended a boring lecture for information she needed for her dissertation. She was so close to being finished she could taste it. When the guest lecturer writes something that doesn’t jibe into the equation, and she notices it, her life begins to get very weird. Her advisor is murdered and she finds herself hunted.

Pran Tella is about to give up on his hunt for his mate when he finds her quite literally falling at his feet as she’s being chased. He decides to protect her from the danger he finds all around her, even going so far as to move into her building.

They find themselves on the run, and surrounded by family as they try to solve for X. Who is trying to kill Mary and why?

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golden seductionGOLDEN SEDUCTION (RARITIES INCORPORATED BOOK 1) by Taige Crenshaw

When a man comes to life from a tarot card a woman finds herself giving into his golden seduction.

Laila Brooks is a geek at heart. She was more comfortable with her computer and books. Adventure to her, is finding a new computer code that no one else has. An unexpected gift of a captivating deck of Tarot Cards draws her into an adventure for the search to save a man, find herself, and come out of her shell. Adventure has never been so sizzling and tempting.

Aleneic knows that his time is limited and he has to complete his quest or be sent back into a lonesome existence. The fates have put him on a path with a woman who makes him do the one thing he is afraid to do – hope things will be different.

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dragon magicDRAGON MAGIC by Megan Derr

On the first day of the Festival of Counting, the beginning of the royal census that takes place every ten years, the royal city is filled to overflowing. Everyone is happy, excited, and proud to be counted amongst those who live in the glorious kingdom of Orhanis.

Then a demon strikes, killing thousands in mere seconds and leveling the city. As the royal castle burns, only four men remain to drive the demon away—and in their desperation, accidentally bind themselves together in a legendary Oath, unable to part ways until they find and kill the demon once and for all.

Mahzan, the King’s Jester, an orphan who clawed his way to the top and hides a fearsome magic… Sule, the notorious North Captain, who sacrificed everything to live as a strong, capable, highly respected man… Cemal, a priest who traveled the continent bent on revenge and now lives lost… and Binhadi, the mercurial shadow mage with a dark history and bloody ties to the throne…

Four men used to standing apart, standing alone, who must learn to stand together if they hope to save themselves and all of Orhanis.

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sacrifice soul summonerTHE SACRIFICE (THE SOUL SUMMONER BOOK 5) by Elicia Hyder

“Hello, Praea.”
There’s only one being on Earth who calls Sloan Jordan by that name—her biological mother, a demon named Kasyade. So why did she answer Sloan’s best friend’s phone? When Sloan reaches Adrianne Marx’s apartment to investigate, all she finds is a half-written list of things to do before Sloan’s wedding:

1. Order booze for the reception.
2. Send the final guest count to the caterer.
3. Register for gifts.
4. Don’t forget to—

That’s where the to-do list ended. Mid-sentence with a scrawled line like Adrianne had been dragged away from the task. If Kasyade was involved in the abduction, Adrianne probably had been.
The reason? Ransom.
The price? Sloan’s unborn daughter, the most powerful angel in all of history.
But hell can’t rival the fury of an angry mother protecting her child, and until the baby is born, her incredible power is Sloan’s to wield. Now the prey becomes the predator as Sloan seeks to put an end to Kasyade forever.

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all fired upALL FIRED UP: LOVE SPELLS (JEZIBABA SAGA BOOK 1) by Donna McDonald

Jezibaba—aka Elenora the reluctant Dragoness—is tucked into her beach house and enjoying her retirement. After hundreds of years of protecting the nutbag magical community, she deserves a little peace and quiet. Right? Wrong…

What she doesn’t deserve is her dragon lover announcing their mating to all of dragonkind. Those crazy flying freaks consider her to be Damien’s pet human which is really not working for her. The least he could have done was warn her they were about to be summoned before the Council of Dragons to explain themselves.

She also doesn’t deserve to have to worry about the wicked firebird mage, Zenos, trying to bed Damien’s mother. You’d think a couple of millennial-old creatures would keep their embarrassing wooing to themselves. Damien’s breathing fire over it and Goddess only knows what’s going to happen when the Council of Dragons finds out.

The chaos she calls her life has her all fired up again. Retirement will have to wait. Something has to be done before her inner dragon decides to get involved and the witch hits the fan.

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eight simple rules for dating a dragonEIGHT SIMPLE RULES FOR DATING A DRAGON: A NOVEL OF THE EMBRACED by Kerrelyn Sparks

Gwennore is an Elf able to track down the cause of a certain illness and heal it—a valuable asset to her people. But when she is thrust into the realm of the dragons, she discovers a haunted place of power, passion, and magic—one that is plagued by an ancient curse. When she meets the smoldering General Silas Dravenko, Gwen knows she’s entered a whole new world of trouble. She’s been raised never to trust a dragon. So why does making a deal with the devil feel so good?

Silas has no way of saving the royal family he’s served for years. But when a beautiful, innocent elf comes bursting into his world, Silas is awakened to desire in a way he’s never felt before. But how can he trust a sworn enemy. . .and how can he live without her…

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twice bittenTWICE BITTEN: AN ARGENEAU NOVEL by Lynsay Sands

For someone who’s been around for over a hundred and forty years, immortal Elspeth Argeneau hasn’t done a whole lot of living. Now that she’s moved away from her controlling mother, she’s tracking down rogue vampires and enjoying some overdue freedom. A fling would be fun. A life mate can wait. Yet to Elspeth’s surprise, her landlady’s hot grandson checks both boxes.

Wyatt fell instantly in love with Elspeth four years ago. He’s stunned to run into her again, especially as she has no memory of him. Then again, there are a lot of things about Elspeth that don’t make sense, like the miraculous speed with which her wounds heal. And the chemistry that transforms every touch into an explosion of desire. But with mysterious “accidents” besieging Elspeth, the ex-Special Forces soldier appoints himself her bodyguard. But time is running out to uncover the truth about her enemies—and rediscover the man determined to love her for eternity.

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magi romancer logoI did a fun podcast this week with Magi Romance and talked a LOT about why I wrote my newest books AYDARR and MATEER, plus writing in general! If you enjoy listening to podcasts…
The Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Series canva both covers
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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

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February 28

February 21

February 14

February 7

My standard Notes and 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’ll Take Those Weekend Writing Warriors

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

Sharing now from my newly released scifi romance Mateer (A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel): Sectors New Allies Series Book 2. Yup, a mouthful LOL!

I’ve jumped ahead again.  Still in the cell, a day or two later. The evil alien scientist Dr. Lampergg has unexpectedly sent a new group of prisoners to join the humans already imprisoned with Megan. The newcomers are quite ill from the way they’ve been released from stasis. Harker is a blow hard human prisoner with whom Megan, who’s a medical doctor, has already had one run-in. Punctuation a bit wonky to meet our rules – sorry!

The excerpt: 

Megan moved, helping another man limp with her toward the center of the room,“I need supplies to treat these people,” she said over her shoulder to the guard, “Please.”

“Dr. Lampergg has sent you an allotment,” The guard gestured and a robo drifted into view, carrying a container Megan hoped was full of the promised medical necessities.

Harker stepped forward, “I’m in charge here, and I’ll take those.”

Mouth open in disbelief, Megan glared at him, “Those are for the people suffering.”

“Might be more useful for those of us who are already recovered,” he said, “Give us extra energy and calories lacking in the junk they’re feeding us. Besides, some of the sick are too far gone anyway.”

Anger burned through her body in a sheet of fire, “And giving them the right energy bar might save them – who the seven hells do you think you are?”

Walt interposed himself, “Lampergg sent the supplies to Megan and he’s the guy in charge – am I right?” he asked the disinterested guard.

“I’m to give them to the one you’ve named as being a doctor,” the Khagrish said, “What you do with the bars after I leave isn’t my concern. I will tell you Dr. Lampergg doesn’t react well to his orders being disregarded.”

mateerThe Blurb:

Megan Garrison, a doctor at the Sectors Amarcae 7 colony, goes to sleep one night as usual only to wake up in her nightgown, strapped to a table in an alien lab, destined to be the subject of terrifying experiments. Granted a brief reprieve, Megan and the other kidnapped humans are released in the middle of a forestlike enclosure on this unknown world and told to survive as best they can for now.

Her only hope is Mateer, the genetically engineered alien warrior imprisoned with the humans. He knows more than he’s sharing about this planet, their captors and the fate of other humans, including perhaps her own sisters. Turns out everyone from her colony has been kidnapped by the Khagrish, a ruthless race of alien scientists. Working for enemies of the human-led Sectors, the Khagrish have created the Badari to be super soldiers.

Mateer, a tough Badari enforcer, now a rebel, is captured while infiltrating the lab to help his pack bring it down. He’s also been ordered by his leaders to search for Megan and save her life at all costs. Tortured by the enemy, he’s offered one chance at survival – convince Megan to become his mate and assist the Khagrish with further experiments.

As the situation at the lab grows worse, Megan struggles against her deep attraction to Mateer, while she does her best to shield the other humans from the terrible Khagrish experiments. For his part, Mateer knows she really is his fated mate and despairs of being able to keep her safe, as the rebel attack is delayed and she fights the truth of their bond.

Will they be able to work together to defeat Khagrish plans and preserve human lives until the promised rescue happens? And what of their future together – will Megan accept Mateer as her true mate, or walk away if she’s freed?

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