This Is Not Happening Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedTaking excerpts from STAR CRUISE IDOL’S CURSE, my novel in the USA Today Best Selling Pets In Space® 4 anthology.

November 11th, Veteran’s Day, is the last day to buy the anthology and have part of the royalties go to support the work of Hero Dogs, INC.

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

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

The excerpt – Juli took a special assigment to pick up an item on the last planet the Nebula Zephyr visited, at the request of her shipping line. This will fulfill a deceased passenger’s dying wish. Last week we were in a nightmare with Juli, caused by the cursed rock, and this week we’re continuing on from there:

A thin sliver of light appeared around the edge of the door to the core. Juli screamed and shot to her feet, Charrli clutched in her arms. This can’t be happening, this is not happening…

Steve was shaking her, calling her name.

Unable to process a coherent thought, let alone speech, she stared at him and then at their location.

Her cabin. Not the engineering deck.

“Where—where’s Charrli?” she asked in a voice she didn’t recognize as her own.

“With Dian, I assume,” Steve sat on the bed next to her and gathered her into his arms. He was dressed in a Ship tee shirt and a pair of utility pants, and was barefoot.

That’s ten sentences… here’s the rest of the snippet:

“I was having a bad dream about you being in trouble and in the dream Charrli kept trying to drag me somewhere to rescue you and finally he nipped me and I woke up.” He ran one hand through his disheveled hair. “I couldn’t stop thinking about you and I came over here from my cabin but when I knocked there was no answer. Then Maeve [the Ship’s AI] said she heard you crying and screaming and I persuaded her to let me in. I’m sorry, I know it’s a huge breach of privacy—you can file charges and I won’t contest them.”

“No, I’m glad she let you in.”

PetsInSpace4FinalThe blurb:  An unusual bequest….

Juli Shaeffer, the Nebula Zephyr’s cruise director, receives a mysterious bequest from the estate of a longtime passenger – a lump of rock taken from a reef on the planet Tahumaroa. Legend states anyone who steals from the ocean gods will be cursed. The passenger’s will requests the rock be returned to the beach so his heirs won’t be affected by the bad luck he believed he’d incurred. Juli doesn’t believe in superstitions and she agrees to carry out this small favor on the ship’s next stop at the planet in question.

Until the rock disappears from her office…

When the rock disappears and reappears in various locations around the ship, and seems connected to a steadily escalating series of mishaps, Juli turns to Third Officer Steve Aureli as the only one she feels she can trust. Along with Steve and his elderly Aunt Dian – a passenger aboard the Nebula Zephyr for this cruise – she investigates the strange series of malfunctions plaguing the interstellar luxury liner. Steve and Juli enlist his Aunt Dian’s dog, Charrli, a retired Sectors Z Corps canine, to help them track the missing rock as it moves about the ship.

Juli and Steve must find the rock, hang onto it and transport it to the planet’s surface, before the alien idol’s curse turns deadly. The attraction between the two of them grows as the threat to Juli becomes more and more focused. Can she carry out her task while he keeps her safe from the alien curse? Will the capricious alien idol bring them good fortune…or disaster?

Pets In Space® Anthology Blurb:

For a limited time only! Pets in Space® 4 is proud to present 13 amazing, original new stories! Join the adventures as today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors take you on a journey to another world. Pets in Space® proudly supports Hero-Dogs.org, a non-profit charity that provides service animals to veterans and first responders in need. Join New York Times, USA TODAY and Award-winning Bestselling authors S.E. Smith, Anna Hackett, Tiffany Roberts, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Laurie A. Green, Donna McDonald, Regine Abel, Alexis Glynn Latner, JC Hay, E.D. Walker, Kyndra Hatch, and Cassandra Chandler for another exciting Pets in Space® anthology. Get the stories before they are gone!

Proud supporters of Hero-Dogs.org, Pets in Space® authors have donated over $7,100 in the past three years to help place specially trained dogs with veterans and first responders. 10% of all pre-orders and the first month’s royalties of Pets in Space® 4 will again go to Hero-Dogs.org. Open your hearts and grab your limited release copy of Pets in Space® 4 today so together we can continue to assist this worthy charity!

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Veronica Takes A Quiz About 25 things

3D Gold Twenty-Five on white backgroundI haven’t taken a quiz in a while so here goes! US Weekly Magazine has a back of the book article where they ask different celebrities for 25 things the readers don’t know about them. It’s not a quiz exactly, but I thought I’d give my answers to some of the items that come up fairly often.

What I could eat everyday:  chocolate layer cake with THICK icing. Now I didn’t say it’d be healthy or a good idea…also, needs milk.

Describe myself in 3 words: stubborn, impatient, creative

My personal mantra: Never give up. (It was mine before ‘Galaxy Quest,’ thank you very much.)

My mother’s words of wisdom: “In a hundred years it won’t matter.”

I’d love to narrate:  a children’s board book. Hey, actually I do this all the time, complete with funny sounds, for my toddler grandson! He’s a great audience.

Winter female portrait for your designMy first time on stage: I was a dancing snowflake who constantly got reprimanded for placing myself at the front of the stage and blocking the Snow Fairy. I saw no reason why she needed to be in front. (This was maybe 2nd grade?)

Craziest thing I’ve ever done: Leave home at 19, fly across the continent to California and marry my high school sweetheart. It worked out fine though.

One of my favorite places in the world: Disneyland

Favorite ride at Disneyland: the carousel, the Buzz Lightyear ride or Star Tours, depending on the line and my mood.

Last time I belly laughed: watching ‘The Good Place’

My family thinks I make the best: turkey stuffing.

My first car: a Chevy Malibu with a V8 engine that got 8 miles per gallon

Fastest I ever drove said car: 130 mph

Thing I must do every morning: eat breakfast (Or feed Jake the Cat before I eat breakfast)

I always like to try new: Authors! And then devour their entire backlist, if I like the way they write. Nothing better than finding a new-to-me author I love with a huge backlist.

It would be magical to: waltz with a Duke. Right? Am I right?

The most rewarding part about being a Mom: Seeing them set their own paths as strong adults

The most rewarding part about being a Gramma: HUGS!

The most rewarding part about being an author: Readers enjoying my books!

Hardest lesson I had to learn: There isn’t always a Happy Ever After ending in real life. BUT, there will always be new opportunities.

People think I’m: an extrovert but I’m really a total introvert who can fake it. For a while.

Veronica Scott's STAR CRUISE scifi romance! canva ad OCT 2019If I had to live in one of my own novels I’d pick: Any Star Cruise. I’m good at customer relations so I’d be good with the passengers and then of course a hunky handsome ex-Special Forces guy on the crew would fall in love with me and we’d have an alien pet and…oops, plotting a novel here!

I had posters of these people on my bedroom wall as a teen: Star Trek actors as their characters

Person I’d like to have dinner with: Michelle Lovretta, the creator of ‘Killjoys’. I would so pick her brain on plotting complex stories and world building. Could we invite John Scalzi and Nalini Singh over too???

If I have free time I like to: read. Is there any other answer???

Favorite country song: “Suds in the Bucket” by Sara Evans or “Nothing But The Taillights” by Clint Black, which actually inspired the character of Mitch in Escape From Zulaire. I said that once in an interview for USA Today and CLINT BLACK tweeted me about it!!! (I’m sure he’s forgotten LOL.) Talk about thrilled…that was me.

Hmmm, Mitch is still waiting for his own novel…

Oops, that’s 26 so I’d better stop. More next time I find a fun quiz!

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New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday NOV 6

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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braxxBRAXX: DAKONIAN ALIEN MAIL ORDER BRIDES (INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY) by Cara Bristol

If there’s anything Holly Hansen has learned it’s that falling for a persuasive charmer is a sure path to a broken heart. It happened when her fiancé abandoned her just when she needed him most. Everything about the smoking-hot alien, Braxx, reminds her of her ex: his good looks, his confidence, his persistence. He won’t take no for an answer and shows up night after night at the restaurant where she works. It’s enough to wear a girl down, make her doubt her convictions, maybe hope that love can conquer the heartbreak of the past…

Dakonian Braxx is a simple man with simple needs: find a good woman and have a big family. With females in short supply on his planet, he heads for Earth through the Intergalactic Dating Agency. The instant he meets Holly Hansen, his horns begin to throb, and he realizes she’s the ONE. His Fated Mate. He can’t wait to settle down with her and make beautiful babies together. Unfortunately, she doesn’t seem to recognize they’re meant to be together. But he didn’t come this far to give up easily, and he hopes that with patience and baby steps, he’ll win her heart.
Just when it seems he’ll succeed, Holly’s past comes back to haunt them. Can a heartbreak be too deep for love to fix?

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callies catastropheCALLIE’S CATASTROPHE (ICEHOME BOOK 9) by Ruby Dixon

What’s a bigger disaster than being stranded on an ice planet with a bunch of aliens, never to return home? Resonating to the biggest jerk of all those aliens, of course. I hate M’tok, and it seems to be mutual. He thinks I’m ugly and unpleasant, and doesn’t understand why I don’t just fling myself at him. In his eyes, resonance has decided, and that’s that.

Problem is, resonance keeps pushing us together. And when that doesn’t make me jump into his furs…he steals me away from the camp. I can’t avoid him if there’s nowhere to go. I want to hate him even more for that. But I keep finding out that M’tok isn’t who I thought he was. And the man I hate? Doesn’t hate me at all.

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catapultCATAPULT (CAT SHIP BOOK 2) by Jody Wallace

VS Note: An Obsidian Rim novel…

Lincoln doesn’t want trouble. Briar is trouble personified.
Lincoln Caster owes everything he has to the Trash Planet recycling plant that hired him, allowing him to lead an uneventful life for a change. When he’s asked to plan a heist from a less than savory rival factory, he wonders if his checkered past is the only reason he got the job. That is, until he realizes the priceless item he’s been asked to steal will save a top-secret generation ship full of cryopreserved humans…and freakishly intelligent cats.

But first Lincoln has to seduce—or at least fool—the rival factory’s sales agent, cool, competent Briar Pandora, who may or may not be leading a double life as a corporate mole. He’ll have to trust her with the truth…unless her own agenda results in them becoming targets of a vicious intergalactic corporation that will stop at nothing in its quest to hijack generation ships and sell off their parts—and their passengers, be they human or feline.

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high flyghtHIGH FLYGHT (THE FLYGHT SERIES BOOK 3) by S J Pajonas

Vivian Kawabata won’t rest until she reverses her family’s unfortunate lot. Still fuming over her brother’s betrayal, she struggles to rustle up a few more eligible men for her anemic relationship network and a medic for the crew before someone dies on her watch. But she thinks her luck is finally beginning to change when they uncover her conniving brother’s stash of valuable superhero seeds.

Hoping the plant’s mysterious powers can buff both her crew and her bank account, she races to turn the crop into cash. But when her alluring ex, Ken, returns, managing her bedroom threatens to steal her focus. With old wounds reopening, jealous competitors, and dangerous side effects, Vivian fears for her life… and her heart. Are she and her newfound network doomed, or can she finally chart a course for success and love?

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draekon warriorDRAEKON WARRIOR (REBEL FORCE BOOK 1) by Lili Zander and Lee Savino

Captured in space. Imprisoned. Sold to the highest bidder.But my biggest problem is the bossy, aggravating, impossible, alien who’s supposed to rescue me. The bossy alien I kissed. That might have been a mistake. Kadir is dangerous. I’ve seen him fight and his body is littered with scars. He’s a soldier. A warrior. And when he loses control, he turns into a big scary dragon and breathes fire. Everyone’s terrified of him. I’m not. No, call me the biggest fool in the galaxy, because I’m attracted to the big jerk.

When I first met the small human I was sent to rescue, she punched me in the jaw. And broke her wrist in the process. Irrational woman. Then she insists that the two of us set out immediately to find her missing friend. No, what I have to do is get Alice Hernandez to safety. She’s soft, yet she’s strong. Fragile, yet so brave. She’s everything I’ve never known I wanted. Everything I can’t let myself have. When the scientists tortured me, they broke me. And when Alice finds out the truth about the fearsome, raging dragon inside me, I will lose her.

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first shotFIRST SHOT (JIN AND TONICK BOOK 1) by Bokerah Brumley

GenCor, a corrupt governmental corporation, runs cruel experiments on human beings. In a crumbling world they kidnap and kill in pursuit of genetic perfection… until Jin and Tonick fight back, bringing their burgeoning rebellion to GenCor’s front door.

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i am c3poI AM C-3PO – THE INSIDE STORY by Anthony Daniels

VS note: Not a romance obviously but a new book of note…

When Star Wars burst on to the big screen in 1977, an unfailingly polite golden droid called C-3PO captured imaginations around the globe. But C-3PO wasn’t an amazing display of animatronics with a unique and unforgettable voiceover. Inside the metal costume was an actor named Anthony Daniels.

In this deeply personal memoir, Anthony Daniels recounts his experiences of the epic cinematic adventure that has influenced pop culture for more than 40 years. For the very first time, he candidly describes his most intimate memories as the only actor to appear in every Star Wars film – from his first meeting with George Lucas to the final, emotional days on the set of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

With a foreword by J.J. Abrams and never-before-seen photography, this book is a nostalgic look back at the Skywalker saga as it comes to a close. I Am C-3PO: The Inside Story reveals Anthony Daniels’ vulnerability, how he established his role and what he accomplished, and takes readers on a journey that just happens to start in a galaxy far, far away.

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bound by fateBOUND BY FATE (TERRA NOVA COLONY BOOK 1) by Maddie Taylor

After years of study, Adria is on the verge of becoming the first female physic in Primarian history. A string of mysterious incidents has the entire Terra Nova Colony on edge, but she isn’t going to let that stand in her way and neither is Beckett Kincaid. Gorgeous, bossy, and infuriating, she thought Beck was her friend. Given what they shared, he could have been so much more. But the domineering owner of BRK Construction betrays her trust. And when Adria is sent home, delaying her dreams, if not completely dashing them, she isn’t sure she can ever forgive him.

When she’s permitted to return to the colony to complete her training, the first order of business is finding Beck, clearing the air, and finishing what they started. But after saying things in anger she now regrets, is it too late for them? Adria barely sets foot on Terra Nova when trouble finds her again. It seems the evil infecting the colony is more sinister than anyone could have imagined.

Drawn to her by otherworldly forces he can’t explain, Beck is intent on protecting Adria no matter the cost, even if it means risking his once shattered heart. With intrigue and danger swirling around them, can they defeat the insidious threat plaguing the budding colony, and with their Primarian allies’ help, preserve the only hope for his people’s survival?

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betrayed c r janeBETRAYED: THE FALLEN WORLD SERIES BOOK 3 by C R Jane and Mila Young

Survival is just the beginning. Ella must fight for love and freedom on the rim of the galaxy…Years ago, the skies blackened with the arrival of the Vepar to Earth. Dominant and secretive, they changed the world, ruling over Earth with fear. Ella’s always been a survivor, a fighter. But now kidnapped, she finds herself on a foreign planet and running for her life. The three men she fell for made a mistake. A grave mistake, and now their blood-mate, Ella must pay the price. Fear drives them to keep Ella safe from the monsters who are determined to hunt her down and use the power in her blood for their own deadly purposes.
But what happens when Ella finds out that Thane, Derrial, and Corran might be the monsters she needs to fear the most.

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awaken nuelda linda harleyAWAKEN (NUELDA BOOK 1) by Linda Harley

Waking up to a world you don’t recognize is terrifying…When an eccentric bot asks her for help in saving the mountain where a million sentient bots live, Anna McKlendle does what she always does – she finds herself in more trouble than she was expecting. Now, with a maniacal bot and mutants on her heels, Anna raced to find a rare element called trisidiumpac to power the mountain.

Hogarth will stop at nothing to turn every living creature into a bot that he alone can control, but he needs the trisidiumpac to power them all. Only then can he create the utopia he’s been dreaming about. Unless Hogarth is stopped, thousands and possibly millions will have their minds ripped from their bodies.

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maryamMARYAM by Tracy St John

Defying Earth laws and beliefs, putting her life in danger, Maryam carries the child of a grieving Kalquorian clan—and falls in love with men she can’t have.

Maryam left Earth’s repressive regime and her ruined dreams years ago. She lives on an alien space station, trying to forget her disappointments. Then a young, pregnant Kalquorian woman, seeking one last adventure, barrels into her life. High-spirited Briel reminds Maryam of all she’s given up on.

Matara Briel is soon followed to the station by her clan, three older men exasperated with her antics. Clan Kels has one mission: to reclaim their wayward lifemate. When the discovery is made that Earther women can carry Kalquorian men’s children and save their people from extinction, Dramok Kels is tasked with a new mission by his government: bring Maryam to Kalquor, by force if necessary…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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dragons redemption miranda martinDRAGON’S REDEMPTION (REDPLANET DRAGONS OF TAJSS BOOK 17) by Miranda Martin

Jormund – I have to have her. These other males can’t care for her the way I will. They’ll try to get her back, of course. What else could they do? I’ll have to outsmart them to keep her. And keep her I will. She-who-is-mine will see, eventually. We are fated. She is my heart and my soul.

Delilah – I’m resigned to my life alone. Well, not really alone. I’ve got my friends and their kids and the entire Tribe to care for. It’s my life and I love them but wouldn’t it be nice to have someone just for me? Except there are no single Zmaj left. That’s what everyone thought until a half-wild dragon, lost to his inner beast, seizes me. Now I’d give anything to escape and get back to the Tribe.

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viken commandVIKEN COMMAND (INTERSTELLAR BRIDES BOOK 18) by Grace Goodwin

Whitney Mason is the daughter of a Wall Street con man. When he is sent to prison and her family’s name is destroyed, she is eager for a new life on a new world. Anywhere but Earth. Tested by the Interstellar Brides Program, she is matched to a strong Viken warrior. What she doesn’t know is that her mate and the other two warriors waiting to claim her are on a secret and dangerous mission for the Coalition Fleet’s Intelligence Core. From the moment she arrives on Viken, they are forced to lie to her… about everything… except their desire.

For Alarr, Oran and Teig, the arrival of a bride is an unexpected complication. The timing couldn’t be worse, but IC command is thrilled. A bride is the perfect cover, giving the fighters access to every inch of the famous pleasure resort where they are working undercover. The males are eager to satisfy their new mate, but keeping her safe is their top priority, even if that means lying to her and using her pleasure to take down the enemy. But their sexy mate’s past will come back to haunt them all, for even if they survive the mission, the truth will be revealed and their beautiful, curvy female can forgive anything—except lies.

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doctor dragonDOCTOR DRAGON (EARTH DRAGONS BOOK 6) by Charlene Hartnady

Since the death of his mate – a death he is responsible for – Druze has dedicated his life to finding a cure for the fertility problems surrounding species females. For years, he’s worked day and night to qualify as a healer. There is still so much for him to learn.

Druze is shocked when he’s enlisted to find a cure for a life-threatening illness. A terrible disease that has claimed the lives of so many of the Feral species. Surely there are those more qualified for this role. Unfortunately, he knows only too well as to why he was chosen. It is a chance for him to repent. A chance to redeem himself, if only by a small margin. Druze will never be able to atone for the hurt he caused. For the pain, the suffering…for her death. It is not possible! Nonetheless, he will tackle the task with the ardor it deserves.

It’s a race against the clock, with not just one, but two lives in the balance. Druze feels out of his depth. It’s a task he can’t possibly perform alone and so procures the help of an avian veterinarian and a gynecologist. Both human. The one is a male and the other a female. The male is cocky and arrogant, but the best in his field. The male’s attitude is an irritation Druze is willing to ignore. The female is highly skilled, extremely intelligent and breathtakingly beautiful. The latter could prove to be a distraction. Not to him, of course, but to the team dynamic. He’ll have to play it by ear…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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lonely orphanTHE LONELY ORPHAN (THE LOST PLANET SERIES BOOK 5) by K Webster and Nicole Blanchard

Our planet has hope. Still decaying and barely inhabitable, but ours. With the arrival of the females, we’re no longer lonely. Well, some of us aren’t. For the rest, we ache for what they have. Peace. Happiness. Love. But where the other unmatched Morts want a mate to call their own, I’m different.

Life cruelly made me fall for the one person I’m not allowed to have. Bitterness and jealousy are my mates now. I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I will always be alone.
Until my commander sends me on a mission to rescue someone very important to his mate—her sister. A woman so different. So imperfect. So maddeningly defiant. Someone I have no interest in whatsoever. This feral female will never own my heart. Or so I thought. Love always has a plan of its own.

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relkorRELKOR (RIALAN CAPTIVES BOOK 1) by C R Corbin

Kelly – It was the first real expedition out of the solar system, a mission to investigate possible terraforming sites in some nearby star systems. The only real duties that I had were taking care of small bugs in the ship’s code every so often and stargazing while everyone else was asleep. Now that had all changed.
The ship was taken over by strange, massive, alien men that seemed to be focused on subjugating us rather than wholesale slaughter, I knew that much. We would resist, we would make sure that we were rescued or that this ship would crash before it even touched the edge of their star systems. But my plans are complicated by one of their commanders who seems to be especially interested in me. He was impossibly tall, muscular, and was as arrogant as he was irresistable. And as he towers over me, I understand that he was determined to “claim me”.

Relkor – We were to capture the ship, find the prince his mate, and that would be the end of it. Should we do that we would be allowed back into Rial. But as I descend into the lower decks and discover this human female cowering under her bed, my motivations come into question. She was soft, lovely, yet entirely uncooperative. She was my mate. And I was determined to mark her as mine before we returned home.

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office alien christmasAN OFFICE ALIEN CHRISTMAS: RO (OFFICE ALIENS BOOK 5) by V C Lancaster

Revisit the DETI office for their Christmas party in these four connected shorts!
A year after their first kiss at the office Christmas party, Ro and Maggie are now a happy couple working and living together. They’ve had their difficulties with Ro’s health, but with Christmas coming once again, they couldn’t be happier. Get Ro’s point of view for the first time as he and Maggie plan the next party for their colleagues, including Kez and Bia, Zir and Lois, and Khy and Anna!

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his to mateHIS TO MATE (NEW EARTH BOOK 2) by Selina Coffey and Summer Cooper 

Ann tried to love Rex. Despite everything he did to her, the way he treated her.
He blamed her for marrying their alien overlord. But Ann refused to believe that he could harbor this much spite and resentment. Surely, deep down, he was that same childhood sweetheart she once knew. She doesn’t want to love Rager. She didn’t have any say in marrying him—he chose her. But he’s been a surprisingly good husband… and a good lover. He’s made her feel things that she’s never felt before. He’s given her a good life. He’s given her more than any human could really expect in this new world.
But can humans truly make good mates for Rager’s kind?
Rex clearly doesn’t think so, and many of Rager’s people agree.
Ann can’t help but wonder, are they right?

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million miles awayMILLION MILES AWAY by Alice Bane

I won’t bore you with details about the mysterious medical issues I’ve had over the last year; the sudden severe allergies to food and medication, the sleep paralysis. All I’ll tell you is that they turned my life upside down. But I’m a rational person. Naturally, I assumed that my mind was playing tricks on me when I saw the strange figures standing over me. But it felt so freakishly real; especially one face in particular that always stayed with me long after I woke up. Something about him always drew me in and I knew he was different. He made me feel different. All my life, romance has felt like something that was reserved for everyone but me. I’d accepted that the only love in my life would be experienced through my artwork. Now I’m questioning everything I know about myself, about reality, and especially about loveFor the past year, sleep paralysis has been little more than a thorn in Natalia’s side. That is, until she meets Korin, a strange but beautiful alien being who makes her question everything she knows about the universe.

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warlords propertyWARLORD’S PROPERTY (CONQUERED MATES BOOK 1) by Athena Storm and Tara Starr

I invaded her home. Then I saw her. So I conquered both.The Kraaj have no mercy. We kill all in our way. If the humans stood up to us with anything resembling a backbone, we’d mow them down instead of pen them in cages. One woman does. Her name is Janna and she’s a pretty little thing. She tries to stand up for her kind, and so I just take her for myself. I’ll claim her. Train her. Turn her into my property. But she’s feisty and filled with fire. If I succeed, this human woman will be a perfect companion and weapon. If I fail, her fire will end up burning me alive.

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cryptoCRYPTO : COSMIC MAIL ORDER BRIDES #3: INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY by Annie Nicholas

Aliens are real. Diana Brooke knew this. They came like burglars in the dark, stealing Earth’s natural resources. In kind, she makes them pay for their thefts by tracking them across the planet and pilfering from them. Advance tech brought in good money after all. On a remote island, the group she’s tracked isn’t taking from the planet. They’re abducting humans.

Crypto is an Intergalactic Intelligence agent hell bent on tearing apart a human trafficking ring, but he’s separated from his team. There are many slavers guarding their island base and human casualties will be high if he attempts a rescue by himself. Then he confronts a female human clad in mismatched alien warrior tech. She is the opposite of all his expectations of this planet’s fragile race.

She makes it clear she hates aliens, but is willing to put aside her prejudice to help him save her people. His nanotech makes him appear like a man but his real form is terrifying. Can he steal this thief’s heart so she can see past their differences?

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shadow kiss g baileySHADOW KISS (FROM THE STARS BOOK 3) by G Bailey

Two planets will break in war and hate.
For sharing the true light has a fate…

If the mountain held secrets, it has nothing on the secrets Aura and Maxx find in the clans on their return. The dark and light clans are going to war, and only the true light has a chance to stop it. Aura, Maxx and everyone they love need to find a way to move on from the past and save the future they hope for. 
It is said the true light comes at a price.
In a war, there can only be one price that no one wants to pay…
When the clans go to war, will the true light be enough to save everyone?



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into the raptureINTO THE RAPTURE (THE ARCADIANS BOOK 3) by Laurie Roma

As Commanders of the Guards of Sand City, Braden, Jasyn, and Aeron Mazer have earned the loyalty and respect of those they lead. They take their responsibilities seriously, especially guarding the royal family, but their secret obsession with Princess Liandra could end up costing them everything. She is the one female they can never have, yet that doesn’t stop them from wanting to claim the sweet, gentle beauty as their mate.

However, sometimes love is all it takes to change fate…Princess Liandra Dracor has loved the Mazer brothers for as long as she can remember. They have been her protectors and confidants, though she longs to call them more. Duty demands she find mates with royal blood, but her heart already belongs to Braden, Jasyn, and Aeron. Now, she just has to find the courage to defy tradition and claim them as her own.

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bride for the alien kingA BRIDE FOR THE ALIEN KING (PROTECTORS OF SVANTE) by Roxie Ray

A fated mate is a rare gem … one I never thought I’d find.With fifteen males born to a single female, women are my people’s most precious resource, one we’re in dire need of replenishing. And Earth is just the place to do it. Arranged matings are the only way we can survive, and as king I must set an example. But I never thought I’d meet her. One look at Rosa and I know she’s meant to be my queen. She’s nothing like I imagined, and more than I could ever dare wish for. But humans have only just learned that aliens exist, and I would surrender my kingdom before I forced her into a relationship she doesn’t want.
Time grows short as ancient enemies close in on my home planet, and if we don’t transport our volunteer mates quickly we will run out of time. I cannot command Rosa to come with us … but I’m more than ready to seduce her into becoming my queen.

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ravished by the crown princeRAVISHED BY THE CROWN PRINCE (ZUNATORIAN WARRIORS BOOK 1) by Gabby Dark

Ever since the territories were divided, Ryleigh has been a rebel: an activist against the current regime. After her group is captured, they’re put on trial for their crimes. Ryleigh is labeled as salvageable and carted off to a lab with a group of other women. But the research facility is not where she ends up. Instead, she’s abducted from Earth by huge alien warriors and marked as a breeder. This has to be some kind of mistake.

Anik is the crown prince of Zunator. He has conquered more than he has lost. But some fights cannot be won on the battlefield. A stubborn ailment has rendered more than half of the Zunatorian females unable to conceive. Now his people are in a race against time to save themselves. All male Zunatorians must breed. His title doesn’t excuse him. He will take a woman…(more blurb on e book seller page…)

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the deepTHE DEEP by Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes

VS Note: NOT a romance but a release of note this week.

Yetu holds the memories for her people—water-dwelling descendants of pregnant African slave women thrown overboard by slave owners—who live idyllic lives in the deep. Their past, too traumatic to be remembered regularly, is forgotten by everyone, save one—the historian. This demanding role has been bestowed on Yetu.

Yetu remembers for everyone, and the memories, painful and wonderful, traumatic and terrible and miraculous, are destroying her. And so, she flees to the surface, escaping the memories, the expectations, and the responsibilities—and discovers a world her people left behind long ago.

Yetu will learn more than she ever expected to about her own past—and about the future of her people. If they are all to survive, they’ll need to reclaim the memories, reclaim their identity—and own who they really are.

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rock a bye babies in spaceROCK-A-BYE BABIES IN SPACE (PURPLE PEOPLE BOOK 5) by Rena Marks

There is a new mission for the cousins of those infamous Freijians who discovered a dead planet with an orbiting pod of beings in stasis. Unfortunately for the two-man team, the Kadian Guardians, their vessel crash lands on Planet Earth.

Earth: The wayward, backward planet from which the world has discovered houses prolific, fertile females. The planet from which the female mates to the Freijians have come.Melissa Twining may come from a small, rebellious town in Wyoming, but she knows aliens exist. And she knows two handsome ones have touched down on her land. Unfortunately, so does the local sheriff. Torrington, Wyoming: A rendezvous point for drop-off and retrieval of dangerous aliens. The one town on Planet Earth that is not yet ready to accept the existence of other beings and other galaxies. Now the captain and first commander of Helian Six must rescue the Guardians from the rendezvous point of Torrington, Wyoming. Things never go as smoothly as planned when naughty purple babies stowaway on the ship.

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pax novisPAX NOVIS by Erica Cameron

Cira Antares is deeply loyal to two things: Pax Novis—the cargo ship captained by her mother that transports supplies across war-torn star systems—and her personal mission to save war orphans. But hiding them as stowaways on the ship is illegal, and if any of them were found, not even her mother could protect Cira from the consequences.

She has successfully kept her secret…until supplies start to go missing. Food. Clothing. Tools. All signs point to her stowaways, but they wouldn’t do anything to risk exposing themselves—or her. Especially not Riston, the oldest of the group and someone Cira has grown close to. Someone she might even be falling in love with…

And petty thefts are only the beginning—whole ships are disappearing now. Not caught in a firefight. Not destroyed by another planet. Vanishing. Without a trace. And Pax Novis is next.

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masked by vengeanceMASKED BY VENGEANCE (VEGA CITY VIGILANTES BOOK 1) by A J Macey

I always loved superhero stories, at least until I found myself living one. A wave of radiation washed over the Earth 22 years ago, changing a portion of the population. Less than an eighth of the world found themselves with strange powers, capable of doing amazing feats. Those affected were named Phenomenals. I am one of them.
Orphan. Hermit. Phenom with blue lightning.

After a case of heart-wrenching bad luck cost me the three people I loved most in the world, this was who I’d become, finding more comfort in the night with only shadows beside me. With my powers, I’ve hunted those who prey on the weak of Vega City as I bide my time and wait for the day I’ll avenge what happened to my brother.

When an unexpected event occurs, my past and current life collide, and I find myself surrounded by five men who’ve decided to join me in the shadows. Can they help me in the hunt for what I desire most? Or will we be torn apart by the secrets surrounding us?

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leopards wrathLEOPARD’S WRATH (A LEOPARD NOVEL BOOK 12) by Christine Feehan

Born into a world of crime, Mitya Amurov has had a hard life, and his leopard has developed into a feral beast to protect him. It’s constantly trying to claw its way to the surface, until a chance encounter with a stranger instantly calms the predator inside him. While Mitya wants Ania desperately, it’s only a matter of time before his past catches up with him, and he’d rather die than put her in danger. But Ania is dealing with dangers of her own.…

Considering her family’s history, Ania Dover should know better than to get mixed up with a criminal like Mitya, but she just can’t stay away. Something wild in her responds to his presence. A need so strong it scares her. But she’s not sure she can accept what he’s offering. Ania has always been an independent woman, and Mitya expects to be obeyed in all things.

Even with her body calling out for his, Ania won’t let anything stop her from settling a deadly score years in the making—not even the man who wants to claim her as his mate.

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when a lioness huntsWHEN A LIONESS HUNTS (A LION’S PRIDE BOOK 8) by Eve Langlais

What happens when a lioness with dubious accounting practices gets involved with an auditor for the Internal Revenue Service? How was Melly supposed to know she shouldn’t claim illegal ammo on her taxes? So what if she took a few liberties with the term “allowable expenses”? Her creative accounting is why the IRS ends up on her doorstep. Lucky for her, they sent the cutest geek in glasses.

The kind that tempts a girl to fling them clear across the room that she might better maul him. Silly man thinks he can play hard to get. Doesn’t he know a lioness always gets what she wants? Problem is, Theo sees more than he’s supposed to. Worse, he poses a threat to the pride. Can she distract him from the truth, or will his digging force her to assume her role of huntress?

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witchin around the clockWITCHIN’ AROUND THE CLOCK (WICKED WITCHES OF THE MIDWEST) by Amanda M Lee

Witches are descending on Hemlock Cove and the town is gearing up for mayhem. Bay Winchester is ready to cover the event for her newspaper, and is excited to see faces she hasn’t interacted with in more than a decade.
Then the unthinkable happens.
The local blacksmith shop catches fire and Bay and her cousin Thistle risk death to try and rescue the owner. Unfortunately, they’re too late, and the man is unable to be resuscitated. Not only that, but it wasn’t the fire that killed him. No, he was murdered.
Bay can’t shake the feeling that something bad is about to happen…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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chasing timeCHASING TIME (HER IMMORTAL LEGACY BOOK 1) by Elena Lawson and Katie May

I don’t know what I expected to happen when I swallowed the little golden pill, but passing out and waking up in another century was not a side-effect I was prepared for.
Neither was being hauled out of the Thames sputtering and shivering by a man with only half a face and being taken back to his home. Or finding that he lived with three other equally mysterious and gorgeous men.
They weren’t exactly quick to welcome me, and something about them isn’t right. Not entirely… human.
I was on the cusp of figuring it out when I woke up. Back in the present. At first, I chalked it all up to a bad trip, but I’ve never been good at letting sleeping dogs lie.
In my hunt for answers and the dealer who can get me more of the strange drug, I’ll find the truth. Whether I’m ready to hear it or not. And then there will be no turning back.

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awaken the dragonAWAKEN THE DRAGON (THE LEGION BOOK 1) by A C Arthur

Next in line for the Drakon throne, Theo Masters is the most powerful half human, half dragon in the world. Royal power is the last thing he wants, however. He lives as a human and runs the Legion Security Company. But his new client—a mysterious, beautiful human from a small African village—and the unknown danger she faces may forever change the quiet life that he’s chosen.

Shola N’Gara exists to kill the dark spirit that is attempting to demolish her people. It’s her purpose and her destiny. The gorgeous protector who taunts her with his sexy voice and body is not—especially after he shifts into a magnificent black dragon with turquoise eyes.

A rise in demon activity and the brutal murders Theo’s agents have been reporting start to add up. Someone is making a play, and it’s big enough to change the course of the world as they know it. Now Shola must choose between her destiny and her heart. And Theo must decide if standing by the woman he’s fallen in love with is worth facing his father in a battle to the death.

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dark queens knightDARK QUEEN’S KNIGHT (CHILDREN OF THE GODS PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES BOOK 33) by I T Lucas

As the only one of his clan with a godlike power over human minds, Yamanu has been shielding his people for centuries, but that power came at a steep price. When Mey enters his life, he’s faced with the most difficult choice.
The safety of his clan or a future with his fated mate.

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dragons heirDRAGON’S HEIR (DRAGON HEIR BOOK 3) by Ann Gimpel

Rowan hasn’t made a dent in coming to terms with her black-to-his bones dragon father when she gets pregnant. The dragon-child isn’t even here yet, but everyone’s already fighting over his future.

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having hopeHAVING HOPE (ASHLAND PRIDE BOOK 11) by R E Butler

After graduating from college with a degree in elementary education, mountain lion shifter Hope Parkins is thrilled to accept a job at Ashland Elementary School. She heads to Ashland to stay with her best friend, Treasure, a fae-dragon hybrid. When she arrives in town, she’s greeted by not only her bestie, but three mountain lion males who she and her cat recognize on sight. They’re her mates, and she knows her life will never be the same.

Owen, Ben, and Nathan Fallon have felt an odd longing for years. They believe they’re meant to share a mate, but none of the females they know are her. While visiting their Uncle Rhett, they sense a presence that draws them to the farmhouse, where they meet a beautiful mountain lion female. They know immediately that she’s their shared mate. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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grey dawnGREY DAWN (BLACK AND WHITE SERIES BOOK 3) by K L Rymer

Black. Empty. Nothingness. True life after death. Well, that was what Eli had always believed. Until a bright light appeared out of the void, sending him crashing into a surreal, dream-like world. There are no fluffy white clouds. Nor flames or fiery pits of volcanic lava. There’s just a world between. Heaven and hell on either side. So which does Eli choose? Fluffy clouds or burning lava?

He chooses Crystal. Even if he has to search all of eternity to find her. But can he find her before it’s too late? Before the dark forces capture his soul? Her father had betrayed her after all…Eli had been right. Shot down in her prime, Crystal is forced to navigate the treacherous storms of limbo alone. All hope seems lost. Now she will never see her loved ones again.Yet thoughts of Eli keep her grounded, and soon the storm gives way to a beautiful landscape.

Now tasked with a new mission, Crystal sets out in search of Eli. Together they can stop her father before he hurts anyone else. Before he brings an end to the human race. Can good and evil come together for the common good?

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mating their witchMATING THEIR WITCH (SALEM WOLVES SERIES BOOK 1) by T L Reeve and Michele Ryan

Jamie Bishop is starting over. A new town and a new life is exactly what she needs after the death of her best friend, Mary. However, when she arrives in Salem, things aren’t what they seem to be and being there comes with its challenges, namely, Zane Adock, local Sheriff.

Zane Adock has been waiting for what feels like forever for Jamie to come home. But, every time he tries to talk to the little witch, she wants nothing to do with him. What’s worse? She doesn’t even remember him.

Cian Kane is Zane’s beta and his lover. They are two parts of the Trinity. All they need is little Jamie Bishop to join them to make it complete. He’ll stop at nothing, right along with Zane to get her memories back.

Unfortunately, there’s a killer in their midst. The ritualistic scenes remind Zane of a time twenty years ago when witches were being murdered without compunction and Jamie had been sent away. Now, Zane, Jamie, and Cian must work together to find the killer before the killer can find his next target—Jamie.

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voice of the knifeVOICE OF THE KNIFE by Mel Sterling

VS Note: A re-release, novella.

Biologist Charles Napier doesn’t mind getting lost in a Florida swamp—it’s part of a scientist’s job. Logic and training will get him out safely. Except lurking in this swamp, there’s a monster Napier’s science can’t explain…a lonely, exquisite, desperate monster.

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mistletoe and ivyMISTLETOE AND IVY (LEGEND OF MAGICK SERIES, BOOK 10) by Ellen Dugan

Ivy Bishop has plenty to keep her busy this Yuletide season. Over the past few years she’s been hard at work establishing her career, and now she has landed a lucrative gig shooting holiday photos at the local Christmas tree farm. The picturesque property offers amazing natural backdrops for her photography. It has rolling fields of evergreens, ancient apple trees covered in mistletoe, and it also runs adjacent to a wooded park, where, rumor has it, a monster has been lurking.
When Ivy is approached by a family friend about the attack that he and his friends experienced, she decides do a little investigating on her own. This isn’t the first time that the creature was reported…But now legend and myth are becoming all too real.
If that wasn’t enough to keep her on her toes, Ivy must find a way to get along with the cynical—yet annoyingly handsome—owner of the farm. Fortunately for Ivy, she’s never been attracted to the rugged, down-to-earth types. Unfortunately, the longer she’s at the Christmas tree farm the more her feelings involving a certain gorgeous yet pain-in-the-ass man begin to grow.
They say, what happens under the mistletoe stays under the mistletoe. But that may no longer be an option for our snarky heroine. While Yuletide may be a season of magick and peace, for Ivy Bishop, the holidays just got very complicated.

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gravemaidensGRAVEMAIDENS by Kelly Cook

VS note: Not sure there’s any romance but sounds good…put it on my TBR list.

In the walled city-state of Alu, Kammani wants nothing more than to become the accomplished healer her father used to be before her family was cast out of their privileged life in shame.

When Alu’s ruler falls deathly ill, Kammani’s beautiful little sister, Nanaea, is chosen as one of three sacred maidens to join him in the afterlife. It’s an honor. A tradition. And Nanaea believes it is her chance to live an even grander life than the one that was stolen from her.
But Kammani sees the selection for what it really is—a death sentence.
Desperate to save her sister, Kammani schemes her way into the palace to heal the ruler. There she discovers more danger lurking in the sand-stone corridors than she could have ever imagined and that her own life—and heart—are at stake. But Kammani will stop at nothing to dig up the palace’s buried secrets even if it means sacrificing everything…including herself.

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queen takes camelotQUEEN TAKES CAMELOT: GWEN (THEIR VAMPIRE QUEEN BOOK 10) by Joely Sue Burkhart

VS Note: A re-release

The Once and Future King has always been my curse. You think King Arthur is a hero.
You blame me for the fall of Camelot. Because I refused to choose. Yes, I loved Lancelot. Once upon a time, I loved Arthur, too. I loved all of his friends, even Merlin, the cantankerous wizard.
But Arthur’s jealousy destroyed our love. He smashed the Round Table, banished Lancelot, and locked me in a burning tower. He would rather see me dead than love another man. Even his best friend.
So now I’m doomed to repeat this grim tale over and over until Arthur wins my love. But this vampire queen will never choose Arthur. Not after what he’s done. I will certainly never choose him over Lancelot.
I will never settle for just one knight. Not when I can have them all.
Oh, and this time? Arthur will be the Once and Dead King, because Camelot is mine.
This expanded version contains both Queen Takes Camelot & Queen Takes Avalon!

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turned virna depaulTURNED (THE BELLADONNA AGENCY BOOK 1) by Virna DePaul

Turning mortals into vampires is forbidden, but not everyone follows the rules….Vampires hide among humans, and only the FBI knows they exist. Although the Bureau agrees to keep their secret, it also plots to give humans the upper hand.

Ever since he was turned, FBI special agent Ty Duncan has had one mission: bring rogue vampires to justice. As a recruiter for Belladonna, a shadow agency formed to keep vampires in check, Ty must recruit Ana Martin, a troubled ex-gang member and one of the few mortals who can infiltrate places that his kind and the law cannot.

From their first encounter, Ty awakens Ana’s deepest desires but she’s learned long ago to trust only herself. To find her missing sister, however, Ana agrees to join Belladonna. As they work together, Ana and Ty climb the heights of pleasure and passion even as an enemy is conspiring to destroy them both.Can Ana help Ty find his humanity in a love that could heal them both? Or will their growing love lead them into a darkness impossible to escape?

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forgotten p c castFORGOTTEN (THE HOUSE OF OTHERWORLDS SERIES BOOK 3) by P C Cast

Before he was freed by Neferet, Kalona was imprisoned within the earth for centuries because of the Darkness in his heart. But what happened to the Other World’s Kalona? It’s as though he’s been forgotten, or maybe he never existed at all …

In the present, Other Neferet may have left her House of Night, but she has far from given up her goal of immortality and world domination. As she operates in secret to gain access to Old Magick, the new High Priestess, Anastasia Lankford, works toward peace and acceptance for the vampyres of the Other World. But just as Other Kevin’s broken heart will take time to heal, peace in that world will also take time and work—and not all of the Other World vampyres want peace. After all, why should they return to being shunned by humans, especially when they’ve had a taste of how it feels to be in power? …more blurb on eboos seller page…

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river of royal bloodA RIVER OF ROYAL BLOOD by Amanda Joy

VS Note: Not a romance per se but a release of note last week…

Sixteen-year-old Eva is a princess, born with the magick of blood and marrow–a dark and terrible magick that hasn’t been seen for generations in the vibrant but fractured country of Myre. Its last known practitioner was Queen Raina, who toppled the native khimaer royalty and massacred thousands, including her own sister, eight generations ago, thus beginning the Rival Heir tradition. Living in Raina’s long and dark shadow, Eva must now face her older sister, Isa, in a battle to the death if she hopes to ascend to the Ivory Throne–because in the Queendom of Myre only the strongest, most ruthless rulers survive.

When Eva is attacked by an assassin just weeks before the battle with her sister, she discovers there is more to the attempt on her life than meets the eye–and it isn’t just her sister who wants to see her dead. As tensions escalate, Eva is forced to turn to a fey instructor of mythic proportions and a mysterious and handsome khimaer prince for help in growing her magick into something to fear. Because despite the love she still has for her sister, Eva will have to choose: Isa’s death or her own.

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magic and mirrorsMAGIC AND MIRRORS (GAY EVER AFTER BOOK 4) by L M Brown

When King Lucius is imprisoned in a magic mirror by an evil wizard, he is forced to watch as his life is destroyed and his kingdom brought to the brink of ruin. Trapped in his own reflection, he only has the freedom to move and talk when the wizard sleeps.

With his subjects under the dark spell of the wizard, Lucius is forced to rely on the most unlikely of heroes if he hopes to get his life back.

Harry comes from a long line of assassins and prides himself on being one of the best in the kingdom, but when he is hired to kill King Lucius he discovers that all is not as it seems in the Kingdom of Cinders.

Harry agrees to help Lucius in return for a full pardon for his crimes, but to complete his quest he may have to give up everything, including his freedom and the king he has come to love.

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meows and mistletoeMEOWS AND MISTLETOE (CATS PAW COVE) by Various

Eight holiday tales in the magical town of Cat’s Paw Cove – more details on ebook seller page…

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dragon designed viola graceDRAGON DESIGNED (THE COVERT DRAGONS BOOK 6) by Viola Grace

Eltrinia has been progressing. She is the master of the on-loan gallery, she takes tours of all ages around, and she has been recruited for operative training at the capital.
Learning combat tactics in sparring matches with Trin is bizarrely fun. It is like looking into a tinted mirror.
When she finally gets clearance for her first mission, she is paired with Inoth and must wait for her paperwork before she can go and play spy. They finally make their way to their assignment. It turns out that he gets to be himself, and she has to pretend to be an airhead. Yay.
Inoth has been working on getting closer to Eltrinia, but circumstances and the dragon senator have been very effective at keeping them apart. When he volunteered to be her partner, there were a few snickers, but no one knew Eltrinia like he did. There was no doubt about it, he had gotten the pick of the trainees. She had skills that even he didn’t know about, but he was willing to learn.

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reign of the vampiresREIGN OF THE VAMPIRES (THE SOCIETY BOOK 1) by Rebekah R Ganiere

Ten years after the Outbreak of the V2000 virus turns the majority of humans into a mutated Vampire sub-species, the last remaining pure humans are the world’s hottest commodity. In this new world, it’s The Vampires that rule.

Independent Danika Chekov refuses to let her father’s legacy die. Being the only female Vampire Lord in America isn’t easy. Being thrust into the role of CEO of the world’s largest synthetic blood company is even harder. But after she’s almost murdered, she’s forced to purchase a guardian from the slave markets – Mason.

Mason is human, or so the Vampires think. Determined to protect his secret at all costs, his plans of escape are thwarted when the beautiful and strong-willed Danika buys him to protect her from an unknown enemy.

Their desires threaten everything they both want most. But their passion sparks a love that could change them both forever.

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wishes she roarsWISHES, SHE ROARS (A NEVER AFTER TALE) by Angela Kulig and Angela Sanders

Princess Cyra isn’t cursed, and she doesn’t need Aladdin’s wishes to save her kingdom.
People are starving in Henjanan but in the palace on the mountain, otherworldly parties continue almost every night. In the middle of the crowd, where colorful veiled ladies dance with young lords and whisper lies and secrets, sits a sultan with a devil on his shoulder—The Grand Vizier—who does far worse than lie, cheat, and kill.

Absent from most of these parties is Princess Cyra al-Budur, who seeks to root out the evil inside her country by whatever means necessary—even if it means never marrying or finding love, even if it means donning claws and fur, even if it means giving up everything she has. She doesn’t dare fail. In the middle of a monsoon, with the world raging around her, a chance meeting with the handsome son of wealthy merchants leaves Cryra attempting to outwit a kind soul. Aladdin refuses to believe she doesn’t need to be saved and tries to prevent the inevitable fallout of wishes three.

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ice dragons caressICE DRAGON’S CARESS (HIGH HOUSE DRACONIS BOOK 3) by Riley Storm

Liz Wray never expected she’d end up a single mom, but after wild one night with a mysterious stranger, that’s exactly where she’s at. Three months later, the father shows up, intent on making things right. It’s far too late however, and for Liz, there’s a lot more to fatherhood than just biology. Still, the more time she spends with him, the harder it’s becoming to ignore the burning desire between them.

Valla Drakon is the newest awakened dragon, and he’s in a bit of trouble. Halfway through his training, he snuck out one night and managed to get a human pregnant. He should be fighting vampires, but he’s too busy fighting for the family he never knew he wanted. Distracted by his dragon duties, he’s torn between two worlds and trying to bring them together might rip him apart.

Liz isn’t about to let some deadbeat into her life, and with every turn, Valla just digs himself a deeper hole. Yet with each conflict, the two find themselves inevitably drawn to one another again and again. She can’t ignore his desire to give her the world, but when imminent danger arises, nor can she ignore that it was his reckless action that put her there.

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chosen alice wildeCHOSEN (HELLFIRE ACADEMY BOOK 3) by Alicia Wilde

As if life on Earth isn’t confusing enough already, The Demigod Trifecta, who have time and again made it perfectly clear that they do not want me here, are actually being nice to me…too nice. I know it’s in my nature to want to believe the best in others, and that there’s some good in everyone, but even I’m having a hard time accepting this change…
So, when things around Hellfire Academy start to get even stranger, will I be able to turn to the Demigod Trifecta for help, or will they fall back on what they know best?
Our time at the academy is running out, and I don’t know if anyone can be saved.

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bridging the voidBRIDGING THE VOID by Kristel Beck

Gloria has found her ideal man. She has never met him, he’s in love with someone else, and he vanished one-hundred years ago.
Gloria Sims, an embittered thirty-three-year-old divorcée, moves to the tiny town of Squatter, North Carolina, for a fresh start. She gets more than she bargains for: a dilapidated old house, an ancient Cherokee legend, and a fling with the town’s womanizer. The discovery of a Victorian gentleman’s long-forgotten journals propels her into a fascination with their author. She becomes obsessed with solving the mystery of his disappearance.
After the arrival of a stranger that bears a striking resemblance to the object of her passion, Gloria is thrown into a mystery that has her questioning reality.

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evergreenEVERGREEN by Marissa Doyle

It’s 1901—a brave new century—and seventeen-year-old Grace Boisvert thinks it’s high time to forget that she’s a dryad; being able to talk to trees just doesn’t seem very useful in the automobile age. A little hair dye to touch up her green roots, and she’s off to join her best friend Alice Roosevelt for a visit to glamorous Newport, RI, with her family’s warnings not to fall for any human boys ringing in her ears.

As it happens, the only interesting boy in Newport, Kit Rookwood, clearly prefers Alice to her. But that changes when he and his family unexpectedly follow the girls to a secluded Adirondack camp to join the rest of the Roosevelts. All of Kit’s considerable charm is now focused on Grace, and she finds herself falling in love—and not just with the breathtaking forests.
But sometimes stern family warnings really should be heeded…and ancient magical heritages not forgotten, especially when it turns out that not everything—and everyone—are quite what they seem.

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gift of secretsGIFT OF SECRETS: BARRIER WITCH BOOK 2 by Amir Lane

Despite orders to leave the Black Birches dryad gang alone, Detective Fairuz Arshad is determined to do whatever it takes to stop them. Tipped off by Interpol, she uncovers a Black Birches enforcer, Audra Jansens, in a Toronto prison who might have information she needs.

But time is running out. Jansons is awaiting transfer to be deported. Fairuz’s only chance is to go undercover in hopes of extracting leads that could bring Rowan home and bring down the Black Birches. Aboard the transfer van, things spin out of control when the transfer van is ambushed.

Barely escaping, Fairuz is on the run with the mysterious enforcer, who appears to be more than Interpol claims, and grappling with the realization that she and Jansons were set up. Someone on her team isn’t who they appear. Can she figure out who the mole is, or will Fairuz, Jansons, and Rowan pay for her failure with their lives?

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elf kingELF KING (THE CRYSTAL KINGDOM BOOK 2) by Milly Taiden

Avery Lotusmist, a pro gamer, went on a camping trip to celebrate her friend’s birthday and ended up kidnapped. Maybe? Avery thinks she’s really in a dream-like video game simulation. The catch? In order to wake up and go home, she has to beat every level! This is gonna be awesome. Being sucked into a game was great way to test her skills. Unless it’s not really a game. But it has to be, right?

Tylen Wyndove, Elf King, has a whole kingdom to keep safe. When he saves the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen at a slave market, he realizes he’s in big trouble. He knows he’s found the woman he wants and no wizard, orc or legend will take his mate. And his shifter fully, one-hundred percent agrees. He has no idea what a video game or levels are, but he’s really glad that Avery is as in love with him as he is her.

Avery’s levels get harder by the second. Meet the sexiest man at a slave auction: Check. Marry said sexy man, who’s also the Elf King: Check. Fake seduce a madman to save a bunch of people: Check. Wear a crown that won’t come off her head: Double check. Realizing you’re not stuck in a video game and you are in love with the Elf King: Say what?

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spellbound dannika darkSPELLBOUND (CROSSBREED SERIES BOOK 8) by Dannika Dark

Niko is caught in a powerful spell that was cast from the very book he sought to protect. Trapped between life and death, his chances of returning look grim.
Gem is determined to set things right. Armed only with her innate knowledge of language, she begins her daunting quest to break the diabolical spell… no matter the cost. When an irreversible action unleashes a new threat, Keystone scrambles into action. Lives are at stake as the team scours the city in search of an elusive foe. A bond forged in secrets. A courageous sacrifice. Will Gem succeed at her daring attempt, or will she inadvertently destroy them all?

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how to kiss an undead bride epiloguesTHE EPILOGUES: HOW TO KISS AN UNDEAD BRIDE (THE BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO NECROMANCY BOOK 7) by Hailey Edwards

Groom? Check. Dress? Check. Cake? Check. More cake? Double Check. Even more cake? Triple check. (Seriously, who left Lethe alone with Grier’s credit card?)
Anything that can go wrong has,but all the deposits have been paid, and the menus are set. Mostly. There’s always room for more cake, right? All that’s left is for Grier and Linus to exchange vows and set off on their honeymoon. Their happily ever after awaits, so close they can taste it. No. Wait. That’s probably just more cake. Frosting gets everywhere. Anyway, there’s also murder, arson, and general mayhem. This is what happens when two potentates marry. Just cross your fingers they survive exchanging vows, and that the knot they tie doesn’t turn into a noose.

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embracing foreverEMBRACING FOREVER (BLOOD RESONANCE BOOK 2) by K Aten

Sarah Colby is a musician, teacher, lover, sister, and so much more. In the past year, she learned that sometimes life takes you places you never even knew existed. For Sarah and her sister Annie, they found out that not only were the monsters real but sometimes you loved them. Now the Colby sisters and their friends are being targeted by someone with a grudge. They must discover who is attacking the people of Columbus or risk losing all that they hold dear. Nobel Keller is with them every step of the way but will she bring salvation or merely the end of their lives in Columbus?

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hectorHECTOR (OUTBACK SHIFTERS BOOK 1) by Zoe Chant

Myrtle thought her Australia trip was to study endangered moths. But her grant proposal should’ve said, “I propose to co-parent a baby pegasus shifter with an insatiable appetite for mashed apples while getting chased across the outback with a smoking hot Australian cop named Hector. Did I mention that he’s smoking hot?”

But Hector isn’t just any incredibly hot cop with an amazing accent – he’s also a griffin shifter, and he’s certainly being cagey about showing her his badge.As an undercover operative for a secret law enforcement agency, Hector’s plan to take down a smuggling ring didn’t include a gorgeous woman who turned out to be his mate, the adorable baby pegasus who captured both of their hearts, or the deadly conspiracy that now has them on the run in the wild outback. Now all Hector has to do is protect his new family, survive a landscape that’s trying to kill them, defeat the shadowy enemy that threatens to destroy them all… and teach his mate to appreciate Vegemite. What could go wrong?

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winterwoodWINTERWOOD by Shea Ernshaw

Be careful of the dark, dark wood…Especially the woods surrounding the town of Fir Haven. Some say these woods are magical. Haunted, even.
Rumored to be a witch, only Nora Walker knows the truth. She and the Walker women before her have always shared a special connection with the woods. And it’s this special connection that leads Nora to Oliver Huntsman—the same boy who disappeared from the Camp for Wayward Boys weeks ago—and in the middle of the worst snowstorm in years. He should be dead, but here he is alive, and left in the woods with no memory of the time he’d been missing.

But Nora can feel an uneasy shift in the woods at Oliver’s presence. And it’s not too long after that Nora realizes she has no choice but to unearth the truth behind how the boy she has come to care so deeply about survived his time in the forest, and what led him there in the first place. What Nora doesn’t know, though, is that Oliver has secrets of his own—secrets he’ll do anything to keep buried, because as it turns out, he wasn’t the only one to have gone missing on that fateful night all those weeks ago.

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gut deepGUT DEEP (TORN WORLDS BOOK 1) by Donna Augustine

Penelope – They steal our world, destroy our lives and view us as worthless chattel. I never thought I’d be desperate enough to ask one of them for help, and worse, one of their leaders. But with a vampire stalking me, a werewolf might be my only salvation. I’m still not sure which is worse, him or death.
Donovan – She’s nothing to me but an inconvenience, a burden, another complaining human singing the song of the wronged. She strolls into danger as if she’s begging for death, taking risk after risk. I should let the monsters she tempts have her. I would if I didn’t want her for myself.

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for saleFOR SALE ON DISPLAY by Hollie Hutchins

VS Note: Paranormal

I’M THE “UNTOUCHED” GIRL FOR SALE BEHIND THE GLASS.The pretty trophy in skimpy underwear.  The doll confined to a box of glass. I can only get out if someone buys me. I just never expected that person to be my bossEmbarrassing is an understatement. I tried to scream and banged my fists on the walls. But they found it so funny, so cute that I would try to get away. He wasn’t supposed to be here. I wasn’t supposed to get caught. And I’m hella sure he wasn’t supposed to see me in ridiculously revealing, utterly sexy lingerie. But now he’s paid to take me home…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
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songs from the deepSONGS FROM THE DEEP by Kelly Powell

Moira Alexander has always been fascinated by the deadly sirens who lurk along the shores of her island town. Even though their haunting songs can lure anyone to a swift and watery grave, she gets as close to them as she can, playing her violin on the edge of the enchanted sea. When a young boy is found dead on the beach, the islanders assume that he’s one of the sirens’ victims. Moira isn’t so sure.

Certain that someone has framed the boy’s death as a siren attack, Moira convinces her childhood friend, the lighthouse keeper Jude Osric, to help her find the real killer, rekindling their friendship in the process. With townspeople itching to hunt the sirens down, and their own secrets threatening to unravel their fragile new alliance, Moira and Jude must race against time to stop the killer before it’s too late—for humans and sirens alike.

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guinevere deceptionTHE GUINEVERE DECEPTION  (CAMELOT RISING TRILOGY BOOK 1) by Kiersten White

Princess Guinevere has come to Camelot to wed a stranger: the charismatic King Arthur. With magic clawing at the kingdom’s borders, the great wizard Merlin conjured a solution–send in Guinevere to be Arthur’s wife . . . and his protector from those who want to see the young king’s idyllic city fail. The catch? Guinevere’s real name–and her true identity–is a secret. She is a changeling, a girl who has given up everything to protect Camelot.

To keep Arthur safe, Guinevere must navigate a court in which the old–including Arthur’s own family–demand things continue as they have been, and the new–those drawn by the dream of Camelot–fight for a better way to live. And always, in the green hearts of forests and the black depths of lakes, magic lies in wait to reclaim the land.

Deadly jousts, duplicitous knights, and forbidden romances are nothing compared to the greatest threat of all: the girl with the long black hair, riding on horseback through the dark woods toward Arthur. Because when your whole existence is a lie, how can you trust even yourself?

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dragons pregnant mateTHE DRAGON’S PREGNANT MATE (SHIFTER DADS BOOK 4) by Zoe Chant

Lawyer and lioness, Elizabeth is used to making her own way and solving her own problems. That’s what she did with her corrupt pack leader: he’s going to jail, and she made it happen, because she wanted a better world for her unborn child. But the repercussions could be deadly.

Dragon shifter Malachi is dedicated to keeping his town—and his teenaged daughter—safe from invading lions, hostile dragon clans, and anything else that might turn up. Oak Ridge and Hayley are his world, and he never thought he’d want anything more. But when Elizabeth appears in town, sick and exhausted and fiercely brave, she changes his world.

Malachi, Hayley, and Oak Ridge are all radically different from the life Elizabeth had pictured for herself. Instead of a lonely apartment in the city, there’s a protective and loving mate, a family, and a whole community surrounding her. But can Malachi keep her safe from Victor’s henchmen? And can they stand strong together when a new threat appears?

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starless seaTHE STARLESS SEA: A NOVEL by Erin Morgenstern

Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues—a bee, a key, and a sword—that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to an ancient library hidden far below the surface of the earth. What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians—it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also of those who are intent on its destruction. Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and sweetly soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose—in both the mysterious book and in his own life.

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dans hauntastic hauntsDAN’S HAUNTASTIC HAUNTS INVESTIGATES: GOODMAN DAIRY by Alex Silver

Dan is a vlogging ghost hunter. He has devoted his life to documenting paranormal activity. In his converted van, he travels around the country exploring haunted sites. He loves the thrill of filming restless spirits.

Chad Brewer, skeptic, works for an insurance company. He doesn’t believe in ghosts, but watching Dan’s vlog is his guilty pleasure. The cute vlogger is accident prone. He has Chad’s work extension on speed-dial. The two talk whenever Dan gets hurt during an investigation, a frequent occurrence.

When Chad loses his job for approving too many claims, Dan offers him a position as his personal assistant. The pair sets out to investigate a haunted dairy barn for the vlog’s next video series. The catch is that they must live and work together in Dan’s tiny traveling home. As the paranormal activity at the haunted dairy ramps up, so does the romantic tension between the two men. Can the love between a skeptic and a social media sensation conquer a vengeful ghost?

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weird and wonderfulWEIRD AND WONDERFUL HOLIDAY ROMANCE ANTHOLOGY by Various

VS Note: I love holiday stories and the blurb says there are a couple of shifter stories, although the majority are contemporary romance.

Helmed by USAT Bestselling Author Caitlyn Lynch, 18 authors explore several lesser-known holidays. Featuring sweet country romance and sex in the big city, there’s something for all romance readers. Polar bear plunges. Sexy neighbors. Even a cute shifter or two. This anthology has it all!

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monstrous citadelTHE MONSTROUS CITADEL (CHRONICLES OF AMICAE BOOK 2) by Mirah Bolender

Amicae, City of Sweepers, survived the Falling Infestation which nearly destroyed it thanks to the efforts of Laura and Okane. While the ancient monsters have been beaten back for the moment, new and more monstrous dangers face them in the form of belligerent bureaucracy, dangerous gangs, grasping Sweepers bent on personal glory . . .And Rex, the City of Kings, who breed their own kind of monstrosity. Laura and Okane must go to Rex to reclaim the secret weaponry that keeps Amicae safe and come face to face with a horrifying truth about the Rex and their designs on all of Orien’s cities.

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unnatural magicUNNATURAL MAGIC by C M Waggoner

Onna can write the parameters of a spell faster than any of the young men in her village school. But despite her incredible abilities, she’s denied a place at the nation’s premier arcane academy. Undaunted, she sails to the bustling city-state of Hexos, hoping to find a place at a university where they don’t think there’s anything untoward about providing a woman with a magical education. But as soon as Onna arrives, she’s drawn into the mysterious murder of four trolls.

Tsira is a troll who never quite fit into her clan, despite being the leader’s daughter. She decides to strike out on her own and look for work in a human city, but on her way she stumbles upon the body of a half-dead human soldier in the snow. As she slowly nurses him back to health, an unlikely bond forms between them, one that is tested when an unknown mage makes an attempt on Tsira’s life. Soon, unbeknownst to each other, Onna and Tsira both begin devoting their considerable talents to finding out who is targeting trolls, before their homeland is torn apart.

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christmas witchTHE CHRISTMAS WITCH by Carla Caruso

The festive season isn’t Mina Rosso’s favourite time of year. It reminds her that as a descendant of La Befana – Italy’s Christmas witch – she’s cursed to forever be unlucky in love… Her plan this Christmastime is to lie low, keeping her secret identity under wraps as usual, and do what comes naturally: spread goodwill.

Unfortunately, the arrival of her boss’s son, Jadon Eder, puts a spanner in the works. Fresh from working in Milan, Jadon’s full of big-city arrogance and plans to overhaul the antique shop Mina loves. Pity he’s also sinfully attractive. Despite her best intentions – and even though he’s human, a no-no in the witchy world – Mina finds herself falling for him.

Then she finds out some bad news. Some of the spells she’s sold online have backfired … horribly. While she’s critical of the dark witches in her neighbourhood, is she really the good witch she thinks she is?

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ascending from madnessASCENDING FROM MADNESS (WINTERLAND TALE BOOK 2) by Stacy Marie Brown

Life for Alice Liddell should be normal. Work, family, and her general sucky life back at her parent’s house, working as a slutty elf in Santa’s shop. But from the moment Alice woke up from a terrible fevered dream, nothing feels ordinary.
Visions of strange creatures, an obsession with creating top hats until her hands bleed, and an inexplicable attraction to her married neighbor, Matt, she feels like she’s going crazy.

When her illusions of twin elves, singing penguins, and sexy reindeers start to turn into full blown hallucinations, her family feels they have no choice but to find her help. Her therapist is Matt’s wife, Jessica Winters, someone Alice feels in her gut she shouldn’t trust. But the more Alice loses her touch on reality, the more her parents turn to Jessica.
In one night, Alice loses everything, landing her to an insane asylum. Where she learns not only Jessica is not who she seems, but no one is in there. As Alice’s mind cracks more, her visions feeling more like memories, she’s in a fight for her life against the mad ruler of the institution.

Except who will believe her? She’s the crazy girl. The one who’s visited by ghosts of holiday icons. But one thing good about going mad? In some places being mad is exactly what you need to survive.

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graveyard shiftGRAVEYARD SHIFT (NOT DEAD YET BOOK 3) by Jenn Burke

Ghost/god Wes Cooper and his not-life partner, vampire Hudson Rojas, have settled into cohabitation in an upscale part of Toronto. So what if their hoity-toity new neighbors haven’t exactly rolled out the welcome mat for the paranormal pair? Their PI business is booming, and when a suspect they’ve been tailing winds up in the morgue, it’s alongside a rash of other shifters in apparent drug-related fatalities.

Now Wes and Hudson must connect the dots between the shifter deaths and an uptick in brutal vampire attacks across the city. Throw in a surprise visit from Hudson’s niece—who may or may not be on the run from European paranormal police (who may or may not exist)—and guardianship of a teen shifter who might be the key to solving the whole mystery (if only she could recover her memory), and Wes and Hudson have never been busier…or happier.

But when a nightmare from Hudson’s past comes back to haunt him, their weird, little found family is pushed to the brink. Mucking this up would mean Hudson and Wes missing their second chance at happily-forever-afterlife.

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seducing destinySEDUCING DESTINY/DARK KISSES DUET by Anne Kane

Seducing Destiny: Jack, the alpha of the North Rockies pack, knows Destiny needs some time to come to grips with her werewolf heritage before he springs the whole mated for life thing on her, but when a band of rogue werewolves move into the area, Jack can’t afford to have his attention divided. It’s time to convince Destiny she belongs in his pack — and in his bed.

Dark Kisses: Kidnapped and dumped in unfamiliar territory, Katie has no idea where she is or why the geriatric old fool chose the Northern Rockies Pack territory to dump her, bound hand and foot. The fact that she’s just come into heat doesn’t help matters either. When Jeff finds her, his mere presence sends flames of liquid lust sizzling through her veins. Can she resist the dark wolf, or will she succumb to his wildly sexy dark kisses?

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do you really want to haunt meDO YOU REALLY WANT TO HAUNT ME: A HAPPILY EVERLASTING WORLD NOVEL (BEWITCHINGLY EVER AFTER BOOK 3) by Mandy M Roth

Welcome to Hedgewitch Cove, Louisiana, where there’s no such thing as normal.
Shark-shifter and natural-born hunter, New York (York) Peugeot, has been living under a curse placed upon him by his well-meaning grandmother. She only wanted to help her grandchildren find their mates, not drop a spell of chaos upon their heads. The only way to break the curse is to find his true mate, but York has no desire to seek out some mythical woman. He’s already infatuated with a woman he can’t even see and who has a pesky little issue of being living-challenged.

As a ghost, Morgan can’t possibly be his mate, or can she? He can’t recall a time in his life when he wasn’t drawn to her in some form or fashion and when he realizes he’s not the only one, he finds himself in a race to save her soul and their future.

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novice dragoneerNOVICE DRAGONEER (A DRAGONEER ACADEMY NOVEL BOOK 1) by E E Knight

VS note: Not a romance.

Fourteen-year-old Ileth grew up in an orphanage, and thanks to her stutter was never thought to be destined for much beyond kitchen work and cleaning. But she’s dreamed of serving with the dragons ever since a childhood meeting with a glittering silver dragon and its female dragoneer. For years she waits, and as soon as she is old enough to join, Ileth runs away to become a novice dragoneer at the ancient human-dragon fortress of the Serpentine.

While most of her fellow apprentices are from rich and influential families, Ileth must fight for her place in the world, even if it includes a duel with her boss at the fish-gutting table. She’s then sent off to the dragon-dancers after a foolish kiss with a famously named boy and given charge of a sickly old dragon with a mysterious past. But she finds those trials were nothing when she has to take the place of a dead dragoneer and care for his imprisoned dragon in enemy lands.

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shifted illusionsSHIFTED ILLUSIONS (ALPHA DIVISION 5) by C E Black

The recent attack on the Alpha Division left Leo a broken shell of the man he once was. Gone are the dimpled smiles and his signature smirk. All that remains is a twisted, scarred mess. If anyone could love such a beast, it would be Hawk. But his best friend still dreams of the “woman who got away.” A woman who stars alongside Hawk in Leo’s own fantasies. Fantasies too perfect to ever become reality.

Having escaped a life of torment, Beth is finally free. Free to pine for her ex who would never love a half-breed like her and his best friend, a man desperately in need of her love. But when her past rears its ugly head, she must place her life in the hands of the two men she wants most. Now if only she can protect her heart from being torn between them.

Hawk has always harbored a fierce desire for Leo, but he couldn’t risk losing his best friend. So, when Beth comes barreling back into his life, he thinks he’s been given a second chance. If only he and Beth weren’t in love with the same man… but maybe together, they can heal him.

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bring me their bonesFIND ME THEIR BONES (BRING ME THEIR HEARTS BOOK 2) by Sara Wolf

No one can save her. In order to protect Prince Lucien d’Malvane’s heart, Zera had to betray him. Now, he hates the sight of her. Trapped in Cavanos as a prisoner of the king, she awaits the inevitable moment her witch severs their magical connection and finally ends her life.

But fate isn’t ready to give her up just yet. With freedom coming from the most unlikely of sources, Zera is given a second chance at life as a Heartless. But it comes with a terrible price. As the king mobilizes his army to march against the witches, Zera must tame an elusive and deadly valkerax trapped in the tunnels underneath the city if she wants to regain her humanity. Winning over a bloodthirsty valkerax? Hard. Winning back her friends before war breaks out? A little harder. But a Heartless winning back Prince Lucien’s heart? The hardest thing she’s ever done.

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song of the crimson flowerSONG OF THE CRIMSON FLOWER by Julie C Dao

Will love break the spell? After cruelly rejecting Bao, the poor physician’s apprentice who loves her, Lan, a wealthy nobleman’s daughter, regrets her actions. So when she finds Bao’s prized flute floating in his boat near her house, she takes it into her care, not knowing that his soul has been trapped inside it by an evil witch, who cursed Bao, telling him that only love will set him free. Though Bao now despises her, Lan vows to make amends and help break the spell.

Together, the two travel across the continent, finding themselves in the presence of greatness in the forms of the Great Forest’s Empress Jade and Commander Wei. They journey with Wei, getting tangled in the webs of war, blood magic, and romance along the way. Will Lan and Bao begin to break the spell that’s been placed upon them? Or will they be doomed to live out their lives with black magic running through their veins?

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beary happily ever afterA BEARY HAPPILY EVER AFTER (BEAR CLAN, 6) by Jenika Snow

DAMON – An alpha, bear-shifting virgin who was saving himself for his mate.
That’s what I was. And I was fine with that, because saving myself for the one female who was meant to be mine was the only thing I ever wanted. 
A lone bear without a mate was a depressing thing. And even though I knew she was out there—the other half to my soul—I was beginning to think there was no happily ever after for me.
 Until I saw another male lusting after her. There was no way I could control myself. She was mine, and if that meant kicking the ass of the man who wanted her… then so be it. Rue would be mine.

RUE – 
It started with a swim in the lake, and then suddenly there was a possessive bear shifter tackling my friend to the ground for touching my hair. It ended with me being pressed up against a tree, staring into the dark eyes of a feral man who claimed I was his mate… that he wouldn’t stop until I was his, until I was marked as his.
And as much as I knew being mated to Damon meant my life would be forever changed, knowing he would never let me go, would scare off any male who even looked in my direction, all I wanted was to be with him.
 All I wanted was to wear his mark.

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harvest moon delilah devlinHARVEST MOON (BEAU REVE COVEN BOOK 4) by Delilah Devlin

Radha’s sister witches become concerned when her health begins to fail. Her sleep is never restful, but they are unable to pinpoint what is wrong.
Khan, a jinn who’s been tasked to serve as her guardian, has watched her restless sleep and believes he knows the answer. Her dreams may be haunted by a demon set on draining her of power. As much as Khan loathes the idea, he seeks an old enemy, a vanir, whose magic should allow him to enter Radha’s nightmares to slay the Mare, an enemy bent on taking advantage of Radha’s vulnerability to make her his own.
Until the vanir arrives, Khan and the satyr who is her other guardian must keep her safe–even from their own lustful natures.

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sisters of shadow and lightSISTERS OF SHADOW AND LIGHT by Sara B Larsen

Zuhra and Inara have grown up in the Citadel of the Paladins, an abandoned fortress where legendary, magical warriors once lived before disappearing from the world—including their Paladin father the night Inara was born.

On that same night, a massive, magical hedge grew and imprisoned them within the citadel. Inara inherited their father’s Paladin power; her eyes glow blue and she is able to make plants grow at unbelievable rates, but she has been trapped in her own mind because of a “roar” that drowns everything else out—leaving Zuhra virtually alone with their emotionally broken human mother.

For fifteen years they have lived, trapped in the citadel, with little contact from the outside world…until the day a stranger passes through the hedge, and everything changes.

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NAUGHTY BUT NICENAUGHTY BUT NICE: A BEAR SHIFTER CHRISTMAS ROMANCE by Mirajane

It’s Christmas season. Going back to my hometown meant celebration and cheer.  It also gave me hope for a second chance with Tyler.  But a dark cloud is looming over our heads. A bear is killing people in the woods. Could it be Tyler? If it is, then I need to stay miles away from him. And if it isn’t, then my life is in danger. Tyler is the only one who can protect me from this bloodthirsty bear. I need him to save my life. But what if he can’t get to me on time?

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captured by the soldier wolfCAPTURED BY THE SOLDIER WOLF (SHIFTER NATION: SPECIAL OPS SHIFTERS) by Meg Ripley

After being ousted from his pack, Special Forces Weapons Sergeant Flint Myers has found a new sense of family in his Special Ops Shifter Force brothers. But ever the lone wolf, he still has a restless feeling gnawing at him, and he’s not sure how to quell it. Soon after he’s sent on a secret mission to infiltrate a pack in the Rockies, he realizes that finding a mate might be just what he needs to finally soothe the beast within—when he meets their Alpha’s alluring sister.

Audra Larson has just returned to her home pack with her little boy after a messy divorce, hoping to piece together a new life. But when her brother asks her to keep an eye on the newcomer, Flint, to make sure he’s not a spy, Audra’s wolf discovers he’s something entirely else: her mate. The last thing she needs is another man in her life at this point, so she does her best to focus on the task at hand.

When she happens upon Flint one night deep in the forest and overhears his phone call with the Force, Flint has no choice but to take her hostage. He must keep his cover and protect the integrity of the mission, but when tensions rise between these two shifters out in the middle of the woods, will they be able to ignore the howling of their inner wolves?

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saviourSAVIOUR (THE FULL-BLOOD BOOK 2) by Serena Nova

My secret is out. Everyone knows who I am. I don’t have to hide. Which should be a relief. Instead, it brings new problems. Things went fast and people got killed. Now I need to rescue my best friend. We’re going into the Dark-World. We’re going to get her back. And I don’t care who stands in my way. If I need to, I will go through them. She’s my family, they are my family. Nobody touches my family. I will save her and my world.
I’m Isadora Seraphina Savill Royal. I’m a Full-Blood Witch and Protector. Now I’ll be a Saviour.

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VS Note: We donate a portion of royalties to Hero Dogs, Inc., up through Veteran’s Day, November 11th, so I’ll mention PETS IN SPACE® 4 one more time, if you haven’t gotten your copy yet! Nearly 1500 pages, 13 stories from top scifi romance authors (including a STAR CRUISE novel from moi) like SE Smith, Anna Hackett, Tiffany Roberts and more…USA Today Best Selling…

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

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October 23

October 16

October 9

October 2

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

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

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

How Did We Get Here Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedTaking excerpts from STAR CRUISE IDOL’S CURSE, my novel in the USA Today Best Selling Pets In Space® 4 anthology.

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

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

The excerpt – Juli took a special assigment to pick up an item on the last planet the Nebula Zephyr visited, at the request of her shipping line. This will fulfill a deceased passenger’s dying wish. I’ve jumped wayyy ahead to a more dramatic moment. SPOILER: Yes, it’s a nightmare, but based on an actual scary incident with the rock earlier in the day:

Juli was trapped in the entrance chamber to the number four engine core. Charrli was at her feet, barking and whining and jumping at the controls as if he wanted to open the door. But when she searched for a way to escape, there were no handles to unseal the exit door to let her and the dog retreat into the engineering deck. The indicators on the opposite bulkhead indicated the cycle for opening the door was well underway.

She was in her nightgown of all things, certainly not in a safety suit, and the coruscating lights and energy of the core were reflecting into the small antechamber through the one observation window. The instant the heavy portal swung open would be her last moment of life.

She took one horrified look through the window and saw the black rock sitting right next to the engine nacelle, bathed in the unearthly lights of the energy flow.

With a scream, Juli retreated, nearly falling over Charrli as she did so.

Pivoting on her heel, she pounded on the panel blocking her only route to safety, screaming for help. She jumped up and down in front of the vidcam, waving her arms and begging someone to pay attention and come rescue her.

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Furiously brushing away tears, Juli wedged herself into the corner of two massive walls, as if she might be safer there when in truth nowhere was safe once the access to the core opened. Charrli came over, licked her face and clambered into her lap, where he sat shivering in fear.

“How the seven hells did we get here?” Juli asked, running one hand over the silky softness of his ears. “The damn rock must have brought us both here but why? What did we ever do to it? My only motive was to get it home where it belongs.”

Charrli barked once.

PetsInSpace4FinalThe blurb:  An unusual bequest….

Juli Shaeffer, the Nebula Zephyr’s cruise director, receives a mysterious bequest from the estate of a longtime passenger – a lump of rock taken from a reef on the planet Tahumaroa. Legend states anyone who steals from the ocean gods will be cursed. The passenger’s will requests the rock be returned to the beach so his heirs won’t be affected by the bad luck he believed he’d incurred. Juli doesn’t believe in superstitions and she agrees to carry out this small favor on the ship’s next stop at the planet in question.

Until the rock disappears from her office…

When the rock disappears and reappears in various locations around the ship, and seems connected to a steadily escalating series of mishaps, Juli turns to Third Officer Steve Aureli as the only one she feels she can trust. Along with Steve and his elderly Aunt Dian – a passenger aboard the Nebula Zephyr for this cruise – she investigates the strange series of malfunctions plaguing the interstellar luxury liner. Steve and Juli enlist his Aunt Dian’s dog, Charrli, a retired Sectors Z Corps canine, to help them track the missing rock as it moves about the ship.

Juli and Steve must find the rock, hang onto it and transport it to the planet’s surface, before the alien idol’s curse turns deadly. The attraction between the two of them grows as the threat to Juli becomes more and more focused. Can she carry out her task while he keeps her safe from the alien curse? Will the capricious alien idol bring them good fortune…or disaster?

Pets In Space® Anthology Blurb:

For a limited time only! Pets in Space® 4 is proud to present 13 amazing, original new stories! Join the adventures as today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors take you on a journey to another world. Pets in Space® proudly supports Hero-Dogs.org, a non-profit charity that provides service animals to veterans and first responders in need. Join New York Times, USA TODAY and Award-winning Bestselling authors S.E. Smith, Anna Hackett, Tiffany Roberts, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Laurie A. Green, Donna McDonald, Regine Abel, Alexis Glynn Latner, JC Hay, E.D. Walker, Kyndra Hatch, and Cassandra Chandler for another exciting Pets in Space® anthology. Get the stories before they are gone!

Proud supporters of Hero-Dogs.org, Pets in Space® authors have donated over $7,100 in the past three years to help place specially trained dogs with veterans and first responders. 10% of all pre-orders and the first month’s royalties of Pets in Space® 4 will again go to Hero-Dogs.org. Open your hearts and grab your limited release copy of Pets in Space® 4 today so together we can continue to assist this worthy charity!

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SciFi Romance Authors Share Story Inspirations

8 cosmic fairy tales coversI love to interview authors for the AMAZING STORIES MAGAZINE blog and one of my favorite things to do is to ask a group who are writing in a shared universe or along a common theme, like pets in space or translating fairy tales into scifi romance, what their inspiration was. Or something else related! It’s always fun to see how differently each person in the group exercises their creativity to arrive at a great story.

Today I thought I’d highlight some of my recent interviews over at ASM blog – you can jump to the individual posts to read all the fun answers from each author involved and more story details!

Cosmic Fairy Tale Authors Turn Beloved Stories into Science Fiction Romance…

Taking a classic fairy tale and re-telling it in a fresh way is always a fun trope, especially when converting the action to science fiction romance. Recently a group of eight SFR authors tackled that challenge and issued a set of fun stories. I asked USA Today Best Selling Author Tiffany Roberts a few questions about the overall concept and then dug a little deeper to find out what sparked the story for each author.

Collaboration Blurb: Cosmic Fairy Tales is a collaboration in which several authors are retelling beloved tales with a science fiction romance twist. Each book is a standalone, containing its own Happily Ever After, and they can be read in any order.

Veronica for Amazing Stories Magazine: What was the spark behind the idea to create books around this concept?

Tiffany: The concept really just grew from a general let’s do a collaboration! attitude, and was actually one of a few inspired ideas the larger group came up with. All the great ideas posed by the larger group were voted on and narrowed down to two—Cosmic Fairy Tales being one of them. Many of us had long entertained the idea of retelling fairy tales with a sci-fi flare, and this allowed all the authors involved to find their inspiration and run with it in whatever directions their imaginations dictated….

For much more, jump to the post!

obsidian rim 9 book coversObsidian Rim Authors Talk Shared Universes, Scrapnappers & More…

I’ve really been enjoying the slow rollout of the novels in the Obsidian Rim shared universe and thought it would be interesting to learn more about the project and the individual authors and stories! I asked author Jessa Slade a few basic questions about the series concept.

Veronica for AMAZING STORIES MAGAZINE: Please tell us more about Obsidian Rim itself. 

JS: The Obsidian Rim is the remains of a ruined galaxy—actually, it’s our galaxy after a terrible interstellar war hollowed out the Milky Way, leaving only a fragile bubble of habitable systems. And in this precarious realm of struggling worlds and the void between stars, eight authors are each writing a standalone Science Fiction Romance trilogy of their own. In each trilogy, we’re exploring unique angles of the Rim, from riches and royalty to smugglers and scrapnappers. It’s a vast, dangerous place, but maybe the deepest mysteries are in the hearts of the humans who dwell there. Come join us on the journey across the Obsidian Rim!

ASM.: What was the spark behind the idea to create a shared universe?

JS: Writing can be a lonely place—it’s like the outer space of your own mind! Very dark and deep and possibly catastrophically explosive! Having friends along for the adventure has made the creation of the Obsidian Rim more fun. ..(for MUCH more from each author involved hop over to the post…)

PISA4 Meet Our Pets FB Post 4USA Today Best Selling Pets in Space 4 Authors Talk About Cats, Dogs & Otherworldly Creatures…

About four years ago, my author friend Pauline B. Jones and I started the Pets In Space® anthology and invited some other science fiction romance authors to join in. We put together an annual collection of all new stories featuring action, adventure, romance and a pet of some sort involved in the story. Sort of like “Lassie in space”. (Not the racier kind of ‘pets’ you find in some steamy fiction!)…For this article I thought it would be fun to ask each of our authors what their first pet on Earth was and then which science fiction pet they’d like to own and why. ..(take a wormhole over to the rest of the post!)

dating agency coversIntergalactic Dating Agency Authors Answer New Release Questions…

It’s the season for the Intergalactic Dating Agency new releases! I thought it would be fun to talk to the authors involved in the current set of books and find out what ‘sparked’ their stories, plus a few other interesting facts. I asked USA Today Best Selling author Tasha Black a few general questions about the series itself to set the stage.

Intergalactic Dating Agency series blurb: Looking for a love that’s out of this world? These strong, smart, sexy aliens are seeking mates from the Milky Way. Just hop onboard with your local Intergalactic Dating Agency and become an Alien Mail Order Bride! Our authors are exploring the friendly skies and beyond with trilogies of cosmic craving, astral adventure and otherworldly lovers. Warning: abductions may or may not be included! Putting the “sigh” and the “friction” in science fiction romance!

Veronica Scott for AMAZING STORIES MAGAZINE: What was the spark behind the shared universe?

TB: The Intergalactic Dating Agency was dreamed up by author V. Vaughn back in 2016 when she was eager to write an Earth-based series about sexy aliens. She invited a group of other authors to join her and many of us are still participating annually. Together we offer hungry readers a fun experience with plenty of books sharing the popular theme. And as authors we enjoy the camaraderie!…(for more on the interstellar date stories from the individual authors, go to the post…!)

And finally, here’s a post I did on what inspires me to start writing a story:

Veronica Scott's STAR CRUISE scifi romance! canva ad OCT 2019Examining the Story Starters for My Science Fiction Romance Novels…

…My mantra is pretty much “I write what I write and I write what I like to read.” Fortunately for me, there are quite a few wonderful readers out there who seem to also enjoy the way my Muse works in crafting stories! Thank you, readers!

Wreck-of-the-Nebula-DreamFinalHugeNow that we’ve cleared up those issues, back to the topic of what inspires me to write any given novel. Looking over my backlist in order to write this post,
apparently the majority (not all) are situation-driven. My first ever published science fiction novel with romantic elements, WRECK OF THE NEBULA DREAM, is
basically “Titanic in space…” as one reviewer said, inspired by the events of the Titanic’s sinking, but set in the far future, on an interstellar luxury liner. ..(for more on what triggered me to write a few other scifi romance novels, travel through hyperspace to the post!)

 

New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday OCT 30

haunted alien honeymoonWarning for your wallet – As you might expect in these genres, a week with Halloween in it brings out a TON of New Releases! I think this might be my longest post ever…

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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HAUNTED ALIEN HONEYMOON: STARGAZER ALIEN REALITY SHOW BRIDES #3 by Tasha Black

Wayne is still new to this planet, but he is already wildly in love with reality show host Olivia Fontaine. He spends plenty of time with her, since she’s hosting a series of shows about his brothers’ double wedding and honeymoon – but he can never seem to get her alone to tell her how he feels. The big, hunky alien is determined to keep his secret powers under wraps and stay on Olivia’s good side so that he won’t miss his chance to win her over.

Olivia Fontaine has spent most of her career in front of the camera, when what she really wants is to get behind it. She’s finally on the production team of her current project, and she couldn’t be happier. If only her personal life were as rosy. Her two best friends already married alien brothers on the shows she’s hosted, and it feels like everyone’s waiting for Olivia and brother number three to get together. But she can’t let herself fall for Wayne when she’s so close to fulfilling her dreams. If only the big alien weren’t so unbelievably sexy…

When their on-location honeymoon shoot in beautiful Costa Rica seems to be under siege from paranormal forces, Olivia is eager for support from any source. Will she let Wayne get close enough to help her make her dreams come true? Or will they both be haunted by what could have been?

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alien redeemedALIEN REDEEMED (ZYRGIN WARRIORS BOOK 7) by Marie Dry

On a harsh alien planet, in a faraway galaxy, Sarah, a gentle human woman, is determined to start a new life, far away from the hardship she endured on Earth and the pitying glances of her friends.

Once on Zyrgin, Sarah finds that, instead of being the empress and helpmeet at the side of the Zyrgin leader, she is merely his breeder. She is trapped in a gilded cage, not allowed to go out and interact with the other women on the planet, until she’s proven her loyalty to the empire by birthing Zaar’s child. After her traumatic experiences in the raider camps, and the resultant PTSD, Sarah doubts she could ever make love to her Zyrgin warrior.
Zaar assures her he has a superior plan to cure her of her problem. But is he able to reach through all the barriers Sarah has erected against true intimacy?

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forbidden tana stoneFORBIDDEN (TRIBUTE BRIDES OF THE DREXIAN WARRIORS BOOK 5) by Tana Stone

Ella is one of the few human females who rejected her Drexian warrior match. Sent to live with the other “rejects” in a special part of the high-tech space station, she has no desire to have her life dictated by a bunch of alphas on steroids. And no way would she ever be charmed by an alien playboy.

Not only is Dakar a member of Inferno Force, which means he’s bigger, tougher, and more dangerous than other Drexian warriors, he’s also known throughout the galaxy for his ability to sweet-talk almost any female out of her panties. He’s the last warrior to desire a tribute bride, but his name has been moved to the top of the list.

When he meets the beautiful and independent Ella, he’s startled by his own feelings for her. Too bad she’s not interested in taking a mate, and he’s got a bride on the way. He knows that as a tribute reject, she’s off-limits, but he can’t seem to stay away. Can he win her over or will he need to give her up forever to fulfill his duty?

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cyndarCYNDAR: BOOK 4 IN THE GALACTIC SEDUCTION SERIES by Lula Monk

Felicity already knows she is going to hate the cocky alien asshole who won her body on the auction block in the Hub. When he comes to collect his prize, she sees the ruined flesh that covers his face and arms as well as the flames still burning beneath the surface. Her hatred turns to fear as she confronts the reality of mating with that ball of fire.

Cyndar knows the Earth woman wants him. He can see the wide-eyed glares and sneers she’s giving him, all mating signals in his species, the Smolds. Yet when he goes to lie with the human, he finds her unwilling and combative. His duty is to repopulate his home planet of Brucia, and he is determined to do so at any cost. But he feels the flames within him rage when she is near, and he wants her to want him in return.

Will Cyndar learn how to appeal to Felicity before her contract is nullified and she is forced to go back to the auction block? Will Felicity discover that there is more to Cyndar than his burnt exterior and eyes of coal?

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

Born without a dragon’s spirit, Vykor has no magic, no clan, and no reason to stay on his home planet of Romak. He’s come to Earth to research old legends – and maybe even find acceptance.

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coriolusCORIOLUS: INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY: BIG SKY ALIEN MAIL ORDER BRIDES (MERMAIDS OF MONTANA BOOK 2) by Elsa Jade

With her allergy to water — water, that keeps everything on Earth alive — getting worse every day, reclusive billionaire heiress Marisol Wavercrest assumes she is going to die. So when she’s offered one chance to survive, she has to take it. Except that chance will take her to another world that’s nearly 100% covered by water in the company of an alien merman…who claims she is his fated mate.

As commander of the western fleet on Tritona, Coriolis Kelyre fought long and hard against the cruel land-dwellers who poisoned the seas. When he’s given one last task after the war — to take an alien bride to help save his world — he’ll do what he’s told, just as he’s always done, even if the bride he’s sent to retrieve makes him question everything he’s sacrificed.
Their predestined union is supposed to save a fragile planet, but a perfect storm is brewing between the enemies seeking to tear them apart and the tidal wave of their rising desire.

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jalokJALOK (CONQUERED WORLD BOOK 14) by Elin Wyn

Jalok might have a teeny bit of an anger management problem. But that’s alright. He’s here for the battle. Xathi, walking trees, rioting mobs. He’s ready to fight against anything, no matter the consequences. Until suddenly, he has someone to fight for.

Dottie loves her quiet life in Kaster. She has friends, her great-great-something grandfather’s bicycle. A killer recipe for chili chocolate brownies. And a new best friend who happens to be a planet-sized plant. Entity. Whatever. When Jalok is assigned to protect her, sparks fly. He can protect her from anything. But will they be safe from each other?

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arcav generals womanTHE ARCAV GENERAL’S WOMAN (ARCAV ALIEN INVASION BOOK 4) by Hope Hart

Harmless, fun Methi, can always be counted on to get into trouble. But the cocky Arcav with a heart of gold is slowly being replaced with a cold, bitter male who fights his demons at every turn.  Some Arcav can wait for their mates for centuries before risking insanity. But others can’t. Methi knows who is mate is. Seeing her is like ripping his guts out. And he’s getting harder and more violent every day.  Taking her would mean breaking his word and losing his honor.  In his position as Guard for the Arcav Queen, Methi has risked his life again and again. But nothing is as difficult as being near the woman who should be his. The only answer? A mission far from temptation.

Since leaving Earth for Arcavia, Meghan has had one constant in her life. Methi. He’s her best friend, her shoulder to cry on, and the most honorable man she knows. Until he changes without warning. What do you do when your best friend suddenly leaves? Pretend it doesn’t hurt and try to move on with your life. Meghan’s used to being abandoned. If Methi thinks he can come crawling back after ditching her without warning, he couldn’t be more wrong. She’ll pick up the pieces of her life and move on. 

But when Methi’s spaceship disappears, Meghan realizes she’ll do anything to get him back- even if it means breaking her own heart.With danger and betrayal on the horizon, will Methi and Meghan risk it all? Or with they say goodbye… forever?

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hunted theresa beachmanHUNTED (PREDATOR PLANET BOOK 1) by Theresa Beachman

Isa’s life is falling apart. She’s lost her job and discovered her husband in bed with another woman all on the same day. It can’t get any worse…until it does. Abducted against her will, she wakes in the wreckage of a star freighter on Resu, a planetary game reserve created to test the fiercest hunters.

Desperate for money to pay for his sick mother’s care, Heath carries illegal contraband across the galaxies for the highest bidder. No questions asked. But his choices come back to haunt him when a magnetic storm wrecks his ship and maroons him on Resu.

Discovering his cargo was human, Heath has to make some tough decisions. All he has to do is keep her safe and not fall in love. Easy right? Only if the truth stays hidden.

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coldhearted guardianCOLDHEARTED GUARDIAN (ASRAI ASSASSINS BOOK 2) by Juno Wells and Alana Serra

Alexis has spent most of her life on the run, but it’s impossible for an empath to avoid forming attachments. There’s no way she can abandon her friends, even if her loyalty means putting herself in danger. The solution? Hire protection in the form of a coldhearted killer.

By Asrai standards, Zedrik is defective. His people feel nothing, yet he’s always had the stirrings of emotion and enough curiosity to wonder what if. So far, he’s kept it under control. But when he’s suddenly faced with a determined, fiery empath who’s willing to sacrifice herself to protect her friends, he can’t say no.

With the Federation after them both, Alexis will have to trust someone to save her for a change. But is an “unfeeling” assassin the man to do it? If he turns his back on his feelings, he could finally secure a place among his people.
All it will cost is the empath he’s learning to love.

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alien contact for enhanced nutcrackerALIEN CONTACT FOR AN ENHANCED NUTCRACKER (ALIEN CONTACT FOR IDIOTS BOOK 6) by Ed Hoornaert

Holly Jansen, a young orchestra conductor down on her luck, is secretly hired by an alien king to conduct The Nutcracker on Kwadra Island as a Christmas present for his American wife. This big break seems like a Christmas miracle, but after she meets the lead dancer, she wonders if it’s a curse, instead . . .. . . because the Kwadran queen has secretly ordered star dancer Rafael Sekwa to produce a potlatch dance honoring her husband’s ancestors—on the same date, time, and stage as The Nutcracker. The stubborn genius is determined to do so, no matter what, and Holly finds her ambition melting in the face of her growing admiration…and love.

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freeing edenFREEING EDEN by G S Kenney

VS note: From May. I don’t usually go that far back but this one sounded intriguing and was a 2018 RWA Golden Heart Finalist. I missed its release in May 2019 and thought it deserved a mention.

All trader Zara wanted was to help Kell, a clone, retrieve his maker’s memories and discover who he really is. The conflict-torn planet Eden was supposed to be just a stop en route, but Kell begins recalling fragments of memories from Swifthammer, Eden’s now-deceased resistance leader. Despite Zara’s misgivings, Kell assumes Swifthammer’s role, opposing the planet’s foreign warlord Reuel.

But Reuel’s schemes take a dangerous turn when it becomes clear he has tampered with Kell’s programming. Could the memories Kell now begins to experience be . . . Reuel’s?
Kell struggles to bring peace to Eden by uniting his maker’s heritage with that of the planet’s oppressor, but Zara fears she may be losing her heart to the man who is poised to become Eden’s next and most terrible warlord. Can she help Kell find an identity all his own–and a future they can share together?

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onyx dragons amberONYX DRAGONS: AMBER (7 VIRGIN BRIDES FOR 7 WEREDRAGON BILLIONAIRES) by Starla Night

I’m a calm dragon shifter until someone brings out my inner monster. Darcy is fearless. His charm drives me crazy. But he teases me like there would be no consequences. As the CFO of an alien corporation, I can’t afford to make mistakes.
Mistakes that would kill my family and lead to planetary destruction. Now, the time has come to prove that I have control over my temper. The treaty between dragons and humans has been threatened. The fate of this Earth is riding on my shoulders.
I can’t let the fire crackle from my hair. Not now. And the only thing that’s coming in the way of my victory?
Darcy.
The man of my dreams… and my biggest nemesis.

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last sanctuaryTHE LAST SANCTUARY (THE SANCTUARY SERIES BOOK 3) by Nikita Slater

Sanctuary is on fire, and we’re on the brink of destruction. I am a descendant of the Great Fall, the apocalypse. But my survival is by no means certain. I cling to the edge of this nightmare, an inferno surrounding me, and yet, I have no choice but to crawl towards the promise of death. My heart lies behind me, but I must flee to protect my unborn child.

We are surrounded by enemies, both inside and out. Our world has shattered, an explosion of uncertainty hurtles us toward the end. Our future hangs in the balance, any wrong turn will result in death. As we fight to keep our home, the Last Sanctuary, we face the greatest and worst challenges of our lives.

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trans space octopus congregationTHE TRANS SPACE OCTOPUS CONGREGATION by Bogi Takacs

VS Note: Not romance but a release of note. From September.

Lethe Press is excited to be releasing the debut short story collection by Bogi Takács. Takács may be known more for their recent editorial efforts, winning a Lambda Literary Award for Transcendent 2: The Year’s Best Transgender Themed Speculative Fiction. But Takács is a talented storyteller and poet. An uplifted octopus finds a strange capsule in the water and wonders if one of the long-vanished humans might be found inside; a team of scientists perform some reverse-engineering on a space station and shapeshifting becomes political; and other tales of AI, hybrids, and the far future.

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kesivorKESIVOR (THE LEVIATHO BOOK 2) by Miranda Martin and Juno Wells

Macie – I left Earth behind along with the rest of the Corsairs. We’re a mercenary crew and damn proud of it. We detected an anomaly. What should have been nothing more than a quick check turned into a run in with a ship full of Salitan. One in particular, Kesivor, is cool, calm and collected. Not to mention sexy as hell with his massive height, four arms and teal skin.

Kesivor – My Commander is going mad. We are at war. Our race is doomed, our home is destroyed, and there are only a handful of us left. We’re running and fighting for the survival of my race. I can’t fall in love. Especially not now. Except my heart wants what my heart wants, and it wants the feisty human female Macie. Will I have to turn on my Commander to claim my love?

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alierns guide to abducting a brideAN ALIEN’S GUIDE TO ABDUCTING A BRIDE by D L Jackson

Earth. Population 6.6 billion. Approximately fifty percent female. Finding the perfect bride should be easy.

Confirmed bachelor, Tribus leader and bastard prince, Darius of the Malamagnus is ordered to Earth to procure a wife. He’s found what he’s looking for packaged in the five foot ten inches of sexy, jaded medical examiner—Doctor Elizabeth LaRue. Armed with an erotica novel he believes is a guide to Terran romance, Darius decides to use this instruction manual to woo her, instead of going with the standard alien abduction.

Elizabeth has her own issues. A body to autopsy with concrete mob connections. A sleazy homicide detective, who doesn’t know the meaning of no, and her eccentric grandmother who’s escaped the nursing home. Again. When Darius strolls into her autopsy, Elizabeth adds one more problem to the list—a hot, mouth-watering stranger. She soon discovers her grandmother really is acquainted with aliens, but it seems dementia is contagious. Now, Elizabeth is not only seeing them, she’s somehow managed to marry one.

Darius is confused. All should be going as planned. Travel to Earth, find a woman and fly home. But, when Russian Mob boss Kazimir Volkov abducts Elizabeth first, Darius finds himself scrambling to her rescue. From hijacked busloads of bingo-playing senior citizens, to shady arms dealers and cops in donut shops, Darius learns first hand why Earth is the insane asylum of the universe. Now, it’s a race against time. Darius needs to find his bride and get off Earth before he creates an intergalactic incident.

Earth. Population 6.6 billion. Approximately fifty percent crazy. Escaping should be easy.

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his to takeHIS TO TAKE: A POST APOCALYPTIC ALIEN OVERLORD ROMANCE (NEW EARTH BOOK 1) by Selina Coffey and Summer Cooper

Ann is alive. So is Rex. She’ll be forever grateful for her father’s bunker. They would never have made it otherwise. There might only be one man her age left in this world…
And she’s lucky that it was Rex. Her high school crush, the man she’s loved for such a long time. She couldn’t help but giggle at the thought that they might have to repopulate the human race.
The thing is, Rex isn’t completely human anymore. Her sweet Rex has an animal side now – a wolf side. He can be dangerous, vicious, violent. Ann wants to love him, unconditionally. Besides, who else could love her back? Then he came to her, in her dreams… the man with the orange eyes.

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pythen blessingPYTHEN BLESSING (GALACTIC ORDER BOOK 6) by Erin Raegan

Lydia – My life is unrecognizable. I live on an alien planet. I talk to aliens. They’re my friends, my protectors. There is no familiarity to home. The landscape is alien. The sky is alien. Everywhere I look reminds me that I am an impossible distance away from everything I’ve ever known. But I’m safe here. Safer here than I would be anywhere else.
Safe still, even though there are those that would see me dead before they accepted me into their world. ..(more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)

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alien goddess sarahALIEN GODDESS: SARAH: MAKAEN WARRIORS BOOK 1 by Zina Wes

Free-spirited Sarah is anything but diplomatic. But to end the war between humans and an alien race called the Makaen, she’s persuaded to accept the position of ambassador, which requires bonding to a Makaen warrior and living with him on his planet. Sarah is far from enthusiastic about marrying a dominant sex-crazed brute. Furthermore, a bonded female is supposed to be demure and obedient. Words that definitely aren’t in her translator.

Kealen Bakan, commander of the most powerful warship of the Makaen’s military, agrees to bond to one of his former enemies out of a sense of duty. His hate for her species burns deep inside, but after touching her he knows one thing for sure: the human female belongs to him, and he’s never going to let her go. He soon experiences that fighting in a war might be less dangerous than handling this stubborn female.
Their first contact is electrifying- literally, and raises the question of whether they were brought together by divine intervention.

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consorts of the red kingCONSORTS OF THE RED KING by Eden Winters

In deepest space the ruthless Federation lays waste to one rebel colony after another, leaving comrades-in-arms Van Orskey and Tayn Kassik without family, without a home, and without hope. With nothing left but each other, they run contraband and smuggle fugitives from the safety of their ship, the Cormorant—with the occasional clandestine mission for the rival Coalition thrown in. Their heists have not gone unnoticed, though even the bounty on their heads doesn’t prevent them from being a thorn in the enemy’s side at every opportunity.

Pissing them off? Big mistake.

From the day of his birth Prince Jorvik of Akiak learned duty, wisdom, and honor from his father, leaving him ill-equipped to withstand betrayal by his Federation-puppet uncle. He has no love for the greedy off-worlders who plunder his world’s natural resources and enslave his people. To defeat his foe, he needs the cunning, fearlessness, and touch of treachery only outlaws can offer.

Two off-world mercenaries make unlikely partners in Jorvik’s quest for vengeance, but the more he learns of them, the more common ground he discovers. In each other’s arms they find passion, heat, and maybe, a reason for living—until their common enemy threatens to tear them apart. To survive, they must take on the corrupt Federation. And win.

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cadmusCADMUS (THE SOBEKIAN PROJECT BOOK 2) by Olivia Hutchinson

It’s been a decade since Cadmus told everyone I was his. The entire galaxy separated us, and I never thought I would see him again. He was nothing but a distant memory from a happier time. There are no happy times anymore. After I’m taken from my home and sold like a piece of cattle, he’s the last person I expect to save me. Time changed him and it changed me, but it didn’t change one thing: he still thinks I’m his. And this time, he’ll stop at nothing to keep me.

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kiss of darknessKISS OF DARKNESS: ALIEN VAMPIRE HUNTER by Sheri-Lynn Marean

Earthlings are owned and off limits …… every alien in the universe is aware. To set foot on the planet is punishable by death, and to touch a human?  Now that’s cause for war. So when a daring pack of werewolf shifters called Weren head to Earth, Captain Kade and the crew of the Sentinally are discreetly asked to hunt them down.  Not a problem for a bunch of fierce space warriors, right? It wouldn’t be if humans didn’t have the richest blood of any being, and these hunters weren’t hungry vampires.

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pairing with the protectorPAIRING WITH THE PROTECTOR (BRIDES OF THE KINDRED) by Evangeline Anderson

Dr. Whitney Washington is a Xeno-zoologist living on the Kindred Mother Ship and she has a big problem–she has a crush on her bodyguard. Unfortunately, the big Beast Kindred who comes with her to dangerous planets to protect her clearly doesn’t return her interest…or does he?

Rafe is a warrior with a past–a bad one. He has been hurt before when dealing with females and he doesn’t intend to repeat the experience. But it’s hard to ignore Whitney’s beauty and bubbly personality. Still, he’s determined to try until an unexpected turn in their latest trip to a new planet for research changes everything.

Forced to land on an unknown world, Whitney and Rafe find themselves among a group of feral humanoids who seem to be about as smart as house cats. Soon they are mistaken for pets by the huge aliens who live on the planet and taken into captivity as a “mating pair.” But what will happen when Rafe and Whitney actually have to mate in order to escape?

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broken and beautifulBROKEN AND BEAUTIFUL (SAVAGE WARRIORS BOOK 5) by Jude Gray

As I walk across the parking lot, my mind on another day of teaching third-graders, I’m taken. Abducted by nonhumans. Aliens. Monsters, one might call them. I certainly do.
When I’m taken again–from aliens by aliens–my dire circumstances are worsened by an immensely irritating male named Jax. He is brutal, crude, arrogant, and obnoxious. Everything I dislike in a man. Apparently, he is also quite broken, and he thinks I’m beautiful. Me. How on earth am I supposed to resist him? I suppose on Earth, I could.
But we’re not on Earth anymore, and all bets are off.

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vortex joanne ganciVORTEX (ADVENTURE IN THE OUTER WEBS BOOK 1) by Joanne Ganci and C A Higgins

Life in the Interwebs was nice and routine. I did my job at The Exchange and kept my head down. Well until I encountered a bug in the code, that turned into a tornado.
Just a baby one. No big deal, right?
How was I supposed to know it would drop me in the Outerwebs? Let alone that two of my colleagues would get sucked in behind me?
Now we’re stranded here, no job to do, no clue what’s going on and no idea how to get back.
The only thing that makes sense right now is the men around me, not only my co-workers, but the two Outers that took us in.
I have a growing need to protect them. Relationships like this don’t exist where I’m from, and I’m not letting them go now. If you knew them, you wouldn’t either.

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stardogSTARDOG: THE INHERITED STARS SERIES by Laurie A Green

VS note: A re-release of the author’s previous Pets In Space® 2 story but “greatly expanded”.

Navigator Taro Shall’s captain assigns him an unexpected mission–find a way to eradicate deadly vipers that have infested starship Calypso. He never expects to find the solution to his problem in the hands of Adini, a charming street vendor. But the bio-engineered StarDog he acquires turns out to be a galactic hot potato, and both Taro and Adini are soon fugitives on the run.

Adini Kemm can’t deny her fascination for the honor-bound navigator, though his past and her present seem to null any chance at a shared future. Until her father’s capture as a spy catapults both her and Taro into a desperate bid to save him…and straight into the clutches of a brewing insurrection.

As Taro’s bond with Adini grows, so does their jeopardy. Determined not to draw Calypso or his captain into the fray, Taro must rely on his wits to keep both Adini and his secrets safe from the renegade leader who takes them prisoner.

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release naomi e lloydRELEASE (THE TANDRO SERIES BOOK 1) by Naomi E Lloyd

In the new world of Tandro, in the year 2065, sexual energy is currency and love connections are forbidden. Advanced sensory abilities that drive her emotional energies to the limit make Tiegal more valuable than diamonds. If her ruler finds out, he will hunt her down. She must keep her passion hidden. Yet she yearns to unleash her powerful desires, explore the intimacy she craves, and find love. And then she finds it. When an incredible release of energy transports her into the arms of Johannes, the passionate and romantic man she has been dreaming of. The only problem is, he exists on Earth in the year 1865. And, she has no idea how long she can stay there with him…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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alyandras shadowALYANDRA’S SHADOW (ALIENS OF ATLANTIC BOOK 3) by JL Madore

Resistance is futile.
When Shadow wakes from a life-threatening injury he sustained defending the Defiant’s human refugees, he’s stunned at how much has changed: time has passed, his people aren’t his anymore, and his sister is building a new life with her alien lover in the underwater city of Atlantis. Seriously?
Alyandra knows better than to cross the lines of propriety with Shadow. He’s her patient, her best friend’s brother, and a Navy SEAL warrior with unnatural anger and violence brewing within. But when evil descends and survival instincts take over, propriety ceases to hold importance.

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enticed by the alienENTICED BY THE ALIEN (REBELS OF SIDYTH BOOK 10) by Sabrina Kade

After Dakota’s mate suffers a head injury, he can’t remember Choosing her – in fact he can’t remember her at all. She tries to help him work through his amnesia, but in the face of Cade’s endless questions about their relationship she finds herself hiding the truth of their rocky start.

Cade can’t deny that Dakota is the sexiest little alien he’s ever seen – even if he can’t recall the first thing about her. It seems like their relationship was complicated, but there is one thing he knows for sure – from her first touch it’s clear that their bodies are still well-acquainted.

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blaze suoperheroBLAZE: A SUPERHERO ROMANCE (HEARTTHROB HEROES BOOK 1) by Christa Tomlinson

Blaze. St. Louis’s elusive superhero. In the dark of night, he wages war against the city’s criminal masterminds. Once the sun rises, he’s Jordan Wells, quiet custom body shop owner. Jordan has accepted that it’s his destiny to walk alone in the shadows… until the night he meets Daniel. The sweet, untrained submissive seeks a Dom, and Jordan would love to take on the role.

Jordan dreams of dominating the young man, of finding respite from his harsh life as a lone vigilante by losing himself in Danny’s softness. Unfortunately, past trauma has taught the superhero that letting others into his world leads to tragedy. Jordan knows he should let Danny go, but he can’t seem to tear himself away from the submissive’s gentle smiles and soft kisses. Can Jordan risk a relationship with Danny when his life as Blaze is rife with danger?

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calico descendingCALICO DESCENDING (JUPITER UNRAVELING BOOK 2) by Keri Lake

I was fourteen when I was sold to the men in black uniforms. Too young to understand I served a purpose beyond that of the other girls they’d taken. For the greater good.
Now, after four years in Calico, I’ve seen more death and suffering than during my days of surviving out in the Deadlands against the threat of Ragers and famine. I didn’t think this world could get any bleaker. Didn’t think it could take any more from me than it already had. Not until I finally learned my purpose.

That same day, I walked the dark halls in the bowels of this hell, where the suffering is in silence, and ghosts of the dead whisper through the walls. A place where nightmares are real. A place where I met my Champion—the most revered Alpha in S-Block—locked away in his dark cell. For the greater good. He’s their weapon, their only line of defense against the mistakes of the past: the mutations that could wipe out all of what’s left of us.
Me, I’m his whipping girl. His reward for good behavior. And his punishment for acts of defiance.

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red awakeningRED AWAKENING (RED ZONE BOOK 2) by Janet Elizabeth Henderson

VS Note: Sounds good. Put it on my TBR list.

In a future where corporations and nanotech implants run the world, Mace Armstrong is in the wrong place at the wrong time… Literally.

The mission is simple: find a way into CommTECH’s state-of-the-art compound, bug the lead scientist of their bio-engineering team before they release an implant that will kill millions, get out without anyone knowing he’s there. For an ex-army ranger, even one out of his element by a century, it should be a walk in the park. Right? Wrong.

Because Mace isn’t the only one who breaks into the secure facility. With the building overrun with terrorists, he has to find a way out before he compromises himself and the entire Red Zone team to the enemy.

But there’s no leaving without the woman who inadvertently helped him get into the building in the first place: Keiko Sato, CommTECH’s press secretary. She’s brilliant, beautiful, and knows how to hold a grudge. Against him. She has no idea what secrets he and his team are harboring, or that she’s calling to the animal that’s been locked inside of him for a century. Even as she argues with him about everything, Mace is determined to protect her. He got her into this mess, and he owes it to her to get her out of it. Whether she wants him to or not.

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runaway jewelTHE RUNAWAY JEWEL by M Garnet

The Enforcer tried to do his job, but a sexy female thief and an illegal too smart robot who mistakenly adopted him made his life hell.

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mate for oigrA MATE FOR OIGR (THE MATE INDEX BOOK 8) by S J Sanders

Join the crew of The Lady’s Fortune once again for another Mate Index holiday novella.Oigr spent the last twenty-five years as the caretaker of an Indivi orphan. He gave up his future on Vrol, the chance for a mate and family, and everything he knew. Now that Nazzek is mated with a youngling on the way, Oigr must adjust to a new future that he’s not prepared for. What does a male do when his sole purpose in life shifts?Deena is a witch who has felt that love has passed by her by. As her fortieth birthday draws near, feeling the weight of it looming over her, she casts a spell to draw love to her. When she feels a connection to a lonely Vrooduk male and unwittingly enters into a series of courtship rituals, nothing prepares her for being whisked away to another world on Halloween. Together they discover the power of love and a little bit of Halloween magic.

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beauty and the alien beast athena stormBEAUTY AND THE ALIEN BEAST (MARAUDER MATES BOOK 4) by Athena Storm

Whoever said Earth girls were easy never met Fenix Black. She knew she was mine as soon as she laid eyes on me. As soon as I had her scent, I knew she was my mate.  Oh, but it’s never so simple, is it? She’s not just your average everyday fated mate. No. This tiny, sassy woman has her own sense of independence. I tell her to stay in one place while I go fight the bad guys. But she ignores me and follows along. I pick her up and sit her back down and the moment I turn my back, she’s right by my side. How am I supposed to protect her if she won’t stay in one place? Always following me, pulling on my sleeve, and wanting to talk about my feelings. Asking me what I’m thinking after I bash in an Odex warrior’s skull. That’s when I look at her. And I realize that all I can ever think about is…her. My mate. Forever.

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alien skiesALIEN SKIES (WAKANREO BOOK 3) by Carmen Webster Buxton

Kamuhi Hailoaka’s desire to see other worlds led him to Wakanreo, the only world in the galaxy where the dominant species mates for life. Kamuhi met and married half-human, half-Wakanrean Yulayan Bellaire. After the Third Confederation of Planets rescued Yulayan from Inchauro Perduay, the man she found herself mated to, Kamuhi enlisted in ThreeCon. Now constrained by their rules and regulations, he and Yulayan work at being married and raising a child. Kamuhi has always excelled at academic subjects, but simultaneously navigating the pitfalls of bureaucracy, interspecies politics, marriage, and fatherhood at the same time is more of a challenge. Once he is assigned back to Wakanreo, the challenge becomes not only harder but more dangerous. For one thing, Inchauro Perduay still sees Yulayan as his mate.

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shattered laurann dohnerSHATTERED (NIGHTWING PACK BOOK 2) by Kele Moon and Laurann Dohner

Betrayed by the love of her life at sixteen, causing her to flee her home, Amber Daniels’ taste in men hasn’t improved over time. With a bitter divorce under her belt, she returns home to support her sisters and dying mother. It takes one day before she finds herself in trouble with the local werewolves—and being rescued by her childhood crush. One hot look and the pain returns…overshadowed only by the desire. But Amber’s older, wiser, and unwilling to be burned yet again.

Desmon Nightwind was an angry youth the night his world exploded and he lost his mate. Now pack alpha, he’s no longer an untried teen, but still wholly unprepared for Amber’s return to Hollow Mountain. He lost her once. No amount of pack politics, family strife, or alpha obligations will make him let her go a second time. He’ll do whatever it takes to claim and protect his human mate. Even battle neighboring wolves using anything at their disposal to start a war.
They don’t fight fair…and neither will Desmon.

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fever donna grantFEVER: A DARK KINGS NOVEL by Donna Grant

For centuries, the Dragon Kings have lived among mortals, forsaking their true selves. But for Kelton, hiding in the realm of shadows—and existing only in the world of dreams—is no longer an option. A human woman claims to know that he, like other dark warriors of his kind, is real. That the legends about these powerful, seductive men with hearts ablaze are true. And that, with just one embrace, Kelton could destroy her…or love her until the end of time.

Bernadette Davies is an anthropologist who knows better than to fall into the arms of a Dragon King. But how can she resist Kelton when he’s so willing to share his secrets and bare his soul? He hasn’t met a beautiful, trustworthy woman like Bernadette in…forever. But once they give into their mutual desire, their worlds will never be the same. Soon Bernadette must face her dilemma: Should she expose the truth about Kelton in the name of science? Or join him in his battle with the dark forces—in the name of love?

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guardian of the blackbird innGUARDIAN OF THE BLACKBIRD INN by Kerry Adrienne

VS Note: an “expanded” Gothic romance re-release

When Sophia Yates takes on a research project involving the famed and haunted Blackbird Inn, she’ll be forced to visit the landmark to thoroughly investigate its history. Together with the mysterious innkeeper, Garren Amsel, Sophia will do what she can to protect the property from government seizure, and in the process she will discover the truth behind its biggest mystery and why Garren can’t bear to let the place go. But the deeper she digs, the darker the story becomes. Will saving the Blackbird Inn and protecting Garren cost Sophia her life?

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hisssHISSS (CATNIP ASSASSINS BOOK 4) by Skye MacKinnon

Kat’s world has changed dramatically. Her home is gone, her business destroyed, her confidence frayed.
She’s used to dealing with problems (mostly by killing them), but trying to cope with her newfound siblings, mysterious enemies, and three yummy smelling men is a little too much even for Kat.
It’s time to polish those claws and prepare to forge out a new life – with a little bit of murder, obviously.

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crimson hunterCRIMSON HUNTER (FAIRY TALE FATALE BOOK 1) by N D Jones

The War of Eternal Hunger freed witches from the rule of werewolves, ending a patriarchy only to create a matriarchy. A thousand years later, Oriana, Matriarch of Steelcross and Crimson Hunter, is a young, untried ruler who seeks to bridge the divide between witches and werewolves. But how can witches trust werewolves not to hurt them when Rage Disrupter collars are needed to control their lust for witch’s blood and magic? And how can werewolves trust witches to treat them as equals when they’ve built metal cities and armed themselves, literally, with iron weapons of werewolf destruction?

Marrok is a Clan of the Black Moon werewolf. When he meets and falls in love with Oriana, he knows action must be taken to stave off his lust for her blood and magic. But witches are the warm sun to werewolves’ cold moon. Is it possible for them to share the same sky? Or will Marrok betray Oriana—his bloodlust stronger than his love?

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scorch lisa carlisleSCORCH (UNDERGROUND ENCOUNTERS BOOK 10) by Lisa Carlisle

It’s every demon for herself. After I escape hunters and arrive in good Ol’ Witch City, Salem, Massachusetts, I head to a gothic club to feed. But, the dumb-as-rock gargoyle bouncers kick me out. They’ve confused my scent with another demon’s. But, I thought I was the last of my kind. Not good. We can’t both hunt in the same territory, especially with his dangerous cavalier style. I track the incubus, but when I find him, Daron’s irresistibly devilish nature makes me rethink my plan. For just one night…Will he want to play? Or consider me prey?

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fire and iceFIRE AND ICE by Various

Fire and Ice… they are two of the most powerful elements known to man. From the tiniest of sparks to a blazing inferno, fire is an intense energy that can consume anything in its path. Ice is it’s unrelenting and frigid counterpart that can startle your senses
and make you shiver. When put together, you’ll find a force that is stronger than anything you’ll ever encounter. If you love the paranormal and can’t get enough of romance, then this set is exactly what you need in your library.

With mythical creatures, vampires, shapeshifters, and supernatural of all kinds, you’re sure to find something that will awaken your senses and set your soul on fire as you tremble with delight.

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first magicFIRST MAGIC (FAERENE APOCALYPSE BOOK 4) by Jenny Schwartz

Amy’s father is alive, but can she trust him? His human allies are the same militia who want to control Amy and use her magic against the Faerene.  Meantime, Faerene are vanishing. Five are dead in mysterious and isolated circumstances, and Rory is called to investigate. With threats everywhere, Amy’s adopted human family would be safest in Justice, but that would require them to live surrounded by the Faerene. Their future would change as radically as Amy’s.
However, everyone’s future is changing, whether they want it to or not, because prior to the Migration through the Rift the Faerene made some big assumptions about Earth and its creatures, and those assumptions are about to prove spectacularly flawed.
Amy’s newly learned magic will be put to the test with cataclysmic results.

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bachelorette on a missionBACHELORETTE ON A MISSION (THE RARE AND UNKNOWN BOOK 7) by Shai August

Something is wrong with Corvanna Orkins. Majorly wrong, and the Alpha of Australia and New Zealand knows it. Either she’s going insane or her animal is, either way she needs to find a mate before her flirtation with insanity becomes a permanent date.
A dozen shifters have assembled to win her heart and drive the darkness from her mind, but the bright spot light of the show may prove too much for her to handle. Will one of the men be the one to help Corvanna settle her mind, body and soul?

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music for a mermanMUSIC FOR A MERMAN (SEA OF LOVE BOOK 2) by Alice Renaud

“Rob Regor knew that humans were trouble. All the shape-shifting mermen of the Morvann Islands knew it. And human women were double trouble, especially when they were lying on the road in front of a digger.”
Rob has a mission. Go to the mainland. Work as a policeman. Find out as much as possible about the mainland humans. Report back to his father, the head of the Regor Clan. It should be easy.
Until he has to arrest Charlie. Rob can’t fight his attraction to the sexy eco-warrior, and it puts him on one hell of a collision course with his family and his Clan. Will he break the rules – or break her heart, and his?

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ruthless idolsRUTHLESS IDOLS (GIFTED ACADEMY BOOK 2) by Michelle Hercules

I knew being the only Norm at Gifted Academy would be hard and dangerous, but I didn’t expect to be tossed out of a window. Also didn’t expect to be saved by one of the Magnificent Four. Bryce brought me back from the brink of death, but he did more than heal my broken bones. He weakened my defenses and carved a place in my heart.
He’s not the only one vying for my attention. Rufio, Phoenix, and Morpheus have all changed their attitudes toward me, and recklessly, I want to know where it will lead.
But a complicated romance with four ruthless Idols should be the least of my worries. Powerful players are closing in, getting ready to either use or destroy me. I don’t know which one is worse.

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illicit connectionsILLICIT CONNECTIONS (ILLICIT MINDS BOOK 2) by Rebecca Royce

VS note: Author states this was published before under a different title and series name.

Anomalies. Abnormals. Curiosities. Freaks. Threats. The Conditioned bear many labels, heavy restrictions, intolerable scorn, and unforgiving laws. For thirty years they have been consigned to regulation behind the walls of safe houses and camps. The Conditioned have no rights. They are not people. They are the damned.

Attorney Ben Lavelle, a widowed father of twin girls, has a ghost problem. It bangs through the houses in his neighborhood, terrorizes his kids, and is generally creating havoc. Turning to his brother Gene who has ties to organized crime, he asks for his help—for the girls. Never having dealt with a Conditioned before, Ben has no idea what to expect but Seven is definitely not anything he imagined.

Seven-Two-Four is a Ghost Talker, she can manipulate the energy malignant and otherwise. Isolated in the Institutions, Seven’s lived a harsh existence where even the simple luxuries like sleeping in a bed are denied to her. When the job with Ben and his family buys her a few more days before her scheduled euthanasia, Seven experiences life as a person for the first time.

When tragedy strikes, Ben turns his legal prowess on the Institutions dehumanizing the Conditioned in the first place. Can he and Seven survive when even the memory of their love threatens everything they hold dear?

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dark thirstDARKLIGHT 2: DARKTHIRST by Bella Forrest

“Without us, evil will continue to grow. In the end, it will consume everything. Everyone.”

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keeper of the flame orrickKEEPER OF THE FLAME: ORRICK (SECOND IN COMMAND SERIES BOOK 5) by Elizabeth Rose

An old sorcerer is how everyone knows him, but Orrick Pendragon has only chosen to shapeshift into the image an old man because of his painful past. When he stole the Eternal Flame over a hundred years ago, he had no idea of the consequences of his action. Being immortal and also married, he had to watch as his loving wife grew old and died while he stayed young and continued to live forever. Heartbroken, he swore, he would never fall in love again. But when Lady Hope appears at his tower door seeking his assistance to find the Eternal Flame, he’s intrigued and strangely attracted to her. Against his better judgment, he finds himself shapeshifting back into his young and handsome form of Sir Rick.

Lady Hope Threston arrives at Blake Castle as Lord Corbett’s ward. However, it is only a ploy on her part to get what she wants. She’s been betrothed to Lord Irwin, a blackhearted, greedy man. In order to convince him to break the betrothal, she agrees to help him find the Eternal Flame. However, she needs the assistance of the old sorcerer to do it. Lord Irwin wants to be powerful, invincible, and immortal, but all she wants is to be free. Then she meets the handsome Sir Rick and magically, everything changes.
Can an immortal man who is destined to live forever, find love again with a mortal woman who is bound to die?

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sword of stormsSWORD OF STORMS BOOK 2 (STONES OF AMARIA) by Tara Brown

Ilenia Ailling has lost two important people to the sea. But that is the least of her worries, for she is in dire straits. The death of the king and a vision of who killed him, has Lenny scrambling to keep her head above water. As the mysterious magic she has claimed fills her, Lenny realizes she has but one choice. Embrace the magic and solve the murder before the killer catches up with her. But nothing is ever as easy as it seems, and Lenny isn’t alone. Someone is haunting her dreams. And that someone wants Lenny for himself.

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kisses and kismetKISSES AND KISMET: A THIRSTY HEARTS MAGICAL ROMANCE by Kris Jayne

Kisses & Kismet is a delicious enemies-to-lovers tale with a touch of magic.A psychic. A ghost. A hero with a sly secret…Lilith Carver will do anything to help her estranged foster sister, Kali, and prove her loyalty–despite a past that has kept them apart. With Kali’s lover dead and her sister facing eviction, Lilith will even tap into her repressed mystical gifts to find out what the man’s son is hiding. She’s on a mission, and she won’t let Jamie’s magnetism–or dark inklings about her sister–keep her from winning.

Jamie Wylde has a chance to right the wrongs of his father and send the man’s mistress packing. With one clandestine maneuver, he can exclude the homewrecker from the Wylde fortune and reinstate his mother in their family home. He knows how to handle Kali, but her provocative sister is another story. Somehow, Lilith senses the truth, and she’s on a crusade to stop him…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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price for peaceTHE PRICE FOR PEACE (ROYAL FACTIONS BOOK 1) by W J May

When sixteen-year-old Elise is ripped from her home and taken to the royal palace as a permanent ‘guest’, she thinks her life is over. Little does she know it has only just begun…After befriending a group of other captives, including the headstrong Will, Elise finds herself swept away to a world she never knew existed—polished, sculpted, and refined until she can hardly recognize her own reflection. She should be happy to have escaped the poverty of her former life. But she knows a dark truth.
The palace is a dream on the surface, but a nightmare underneath.

With a dwindling population, the royals have imprisoned the teenagers to marry and breed. Only seven days remain of freedom before they will be selected by a courtier and forever claimed. Danger lurks around every corner. The only chance of escape is death.
But when the day of the claiming finally arrives…the world will never be the same.

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fate of wolvesTHE FATE OF WOLVES (LEGENDS OF THE PALE BOOK 2) by Tarrant Smith

Deegan Volkov is a werewolf—a direct descendant of the first dark soul who’d committed the vile crime for which his ancestor and the other four had been cursed. It was his fate to suffer. The monster that dwelt inside Deegan had always taken far more than it ever gave. So, when he was faced with yet another impossible choice, Deegan had known no other way. No other path had been open to him. But this last agonizing loss had been too much for his heart to bear, and he’d howled his pain and despair to an uncaring moon never expecting a miracle—or her.
How could Eva Azoulf exist? She was a female werewolf in a world where all the cursed were men and the very last of a bloodline reported to have died out nearly a century ago. She was an impossibility, one that Deegan’s wolf was set on claiming for himself. But the man in Deegan craved more than just her body. To heal his torn and tattered soul, he yearned to find a way to win her heart.

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rudy and krisRUDY AND KRIS: NORTH POLE UNLIMITED 4 by Elle Rush

Baker Kris Singleton’s hands are full as she covers for her sick aunt at the family bakery. Then she’s asked to take her place on a local children’s Christmas party committee. Kris has no time for a romance with a former beau who’s decided it’s time to make up for missed opportunities.

Chief Christmas party planner Rudy Gillespie knows if he can get Kris’s attention again, she’ll realize they were always meant to be together. When his plans for the holiday event of the season fall apart, he desperately needs her help to save it from utter disaster. Can two mismatched elves come together to save Christmas? Only Santa knows.

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pure magnetismPURE MAGNETISM: A NOVEL OF THE PURE ONES #4 (PURE/DARK ONES BOOK #11) by Aja James

A lost king…Goya is a rare magical being: a royal Beast. And not just any animal shifter, but the king of the earthly realm–the great white tiger. But now he is a king without a home, cut off from his kin, and trapped in a human body against his will.

A single mother…Maddie Peterson is a career-minded single mother who has a fundamental distrust (and often, dislike) of men, especially in light of her cheating ex-husband and manipulative co-worker. But, then, she’s never met a male like Goya before.

Opposite worlds collide…When Maddie welcomes the silent stranger into her home, there is no denying their animal attraction. She teaches him how to be human, and he teaches her how to be wild. But when he gives his heart and soul to her, the pure spirit of the noblest of Beasts, is she brave enough to accept him as a partner into her life, as well as step into his fantastical, dangerous world?

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havoc of soulsdHAVOC OF SOULS by S J Sanders

The world went silent when the mist came. Following a sonic blast heard around the world as the gates of Aites were thrown open, the mist clung to the mortal world, but it was not empty. Creatures dwelled within the mist, and when the mist left, they remained.
Yet, with the ravagers another came forth. The gatekeeper, Charu strode across the land in hunt of his quarry, those spirits which had broken through the barrier. With his lamp of souls, he moves over the world capturing the spirits and bringing death to those driven to madness, infected by exposure to their miasmatic taint. He will stop at nothing to accomplish his task.
The ravagers brought civilization to its knees, hiding out as an infestation within the city. Meredith was one of handfuls of people left in Ashton, barely clinging to survival as resources ran low. When a shift in power dynamics brings the people under the yoke of the ravagers, Meredith knows that her time may soon be up. She doesn’t anticipate being saved by a dangerous spirit bent on destruction.
Can love bloom and flourish between a grim spirit and a human woman with spirits running in havoc around them, and will their magic together be enough to save humanity from a crippling fate?

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lanternTHE LANTERN: SHADOWED DREAMS EROTICA by S J Sanders

A lantern lit at night keeps the spirits at bay, especially on Halloween night when the spirits roam free between the worlds. When Misty turns down a dark road and gets caught in another world, she finds herself face to face with a creature of the woods that has its sight set on her as the object of his desire. There is no escaping him, nowhere to run. Not from him…and not from herself.

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book one admissionBOOK ONE: ADMISSION (CREATURE CARETAKER ACADEMY 1) by Bokerah Brumley

Her family has been in hiding for as long as she can remember, and she’s going to be the one to blow their cover. When Jess’s best friend, Rase Flannigan, receives a scholarship to a prestigious private school, Jess knows she won’t be able to tolerate the mean girls back at Bayburgh High without him. On the first day back, she accidentally sets her backpack on fire. As punishment, she’s held late for detention and sent to the high school basement. There, she discovers a troll, feasting on a tribe of miniature primates. Jess knows she has to protect them, but she nearly burns down the school in the process.

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vampromanceVAMPROMANCE (RELUCTANT NECROMANCER BOOK 2) by Kaye Draper

Reluctant necromancer Esper Jones had a quiet life, hidden away with her freak looks, and her freak powers, in her freaky old witch’s house. But her beautiful, ghost-whispering boyfriend Toma has destroyed her carefully crafted, people-free life.

Now she’s hearing voices in her head, monsters are running amok in Hellsfork, and there’s this vampire she can’t seem to shake. Somewhere between the black witches, hungry ghouls, and cowboy vampire hunters, Esper finds herself with a growing circle of people who actually seem to care for her (for some weird reason). Now, if she can just keep them all alive, when death is really more her thing.

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claiming marcusCLAIMING MARCUS (LORDS OF DISCORD BOOK 1) by Jocelynn Drake

Vampires slaughtered my family. No one believed me until I met some new friends, who promised to help me get justice. But nothing prepared me for Marcus Varik. Tall, dark, and mind-numbingly sexy. But he’s also shy, protective, and adorably eccentric. Oh God, I should have never agreed to betray him.  Hopefully, it’s not too late to fix my mistake before I lose more people I love.

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witchin hallows eveA WITCHIN’ HALLOWS EVE: MAGIC AND MAYHEM UNIVRSE (MAGIC AND CHAOS BOOK 10) by Isabel Micheals

Paimon is back and he’s out for blood. He was promised a soul, so now it’s time to pay the Piper. There’s only one problem, no one’s willing to join him in Hell for all eternity. Brittney regrets summoning the right-hand man of Lucifer. It wasn’t one of her finest moments, but love can make a woman do crazy things like lose her ever-loving mind… at least that’s what she keeps telling herself. She’s had plenty of time to think about all the trouble she’s caused the small town of Bass Ackwards, Tennessee. But at least she’s not a murderer. When Paimon returns for her former nemesis, she’s shocked the Baba Yaga releases her from the Pokey and orders her to send him back to Hell. There’s only one little hitch in their plan, she’s doesn’t know how.

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ten ways to coerce a stubborn curse10 WAYS TO COERCE A STUBBORN CURSE: MAGIC AND MAYHEM UNIVERSE (THE CURSED QUARTET) by Virginia Nelson 

Jackie Wilson was born cursed, but her curse changed somewhere along the way. When she became a siren, forced to feed off the very thoughts of those who were her prey, she also ended up with a soul mate—one perfectly designed by the universe to fulfil her every need without hurting anyone. But it never seemed fair to Jackie—why was he trapped in a soul mate bond he’d never asked for? So, while solving various disasters and taking on local monsters, she’s trying to find a way to free her soul mate and save her town. If any witch can find a way around an unbreakable curse, it has got to be Jackie, right?

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trees companyTREE’S COMPANY: MAGIC AND MAYHEM UNIVERSE by Rebecca Poole

Sybil – What’s a cursed tree nymph with a candy addiction to do when her abode goes rogue and snatches a rockstar Shifter for her entertainment? First, kick his ass for eating her candy and second, try desperately not to fall in love.

Wren -Running from groupies, he ends up trapped with the one woman who won’t chase him. Which is made of suck, since the curvy nymph just so happens to be his mate. Rebellious foliage, an interfering furry mafia, and a bumpy road to happily ever after make love one sweet treat they can’t deny.

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summers splashSUMMER’S SPLASH by Various

Summer is a time of vacations and playing in the sun. The days are longer and magic can be found in the cooling breeze or the salty ocean water. Featuring 19 stories, this book is full of summertime fun that explores the magic of the season be it fairies, goddesses, or mermaids!

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peridotPERIDOT (JEWELS CAFE BOOK 3) by M Sinclair

VS Note: Author’s note references “Hot fae men.”

Live with your three best guy friends, they said! It won’t drive you crazy, they said! Lies! They are driving me crazy… but mostly because I have a big secret. I’m crazy about them. So what the heck am I going to do about it?

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convictedCONVICTED: A BUREAU STORY (THE BUREAU 5) by Kim Fielding

VS Note: I’ve developed quite an addiction to her Bureau series.

Vietnam veteran Kurt Powell’s addiction almost cost him everything, but a job as federal agent with the Bureau of Trans-Species Affairs helped him find sobriety and purpose. Now he tracks down dangerous paranormal creatures as well as humans who abuse their magical powers in illegal ways.

Sent from Belfast to the United States as a boy, Desmond Hughes later fell into a disastrous relationship that led to horrific murders. He’s spent seventeen years in a bleak prison with few comforts and no hope of release.

A new mission throws Kurt and Des together in a desperate attempt to prevent disaster. Sometimes what’s long been lost can still be found, but the road to redemption is never easy—and a mutual attraction may not ease the way.

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kiss of deathKISS OF DEATH (HELL ON EARTHBOOK 3) by Brenda K Davies

Aisling – Volunteering to work at the wall wasn’t my life’s goal, but in this new world, the dreams of old are things of the past… especially when I discover I’m part demon. I embraced my demon side and the freedom it offered—until it led me straight to Hawk. Now I find myself bound to a man I don’t even know. Unfortunately, I don’t have time to process this new development before the horsemen and angels tear my world apart.

Hawk – It was only supposed to be a quick trip to the wall before returning to the Wilds… but meeting Aisling changed everything. On the hunt for our enemies, I have no choice but to bring her with me into the Wilds. However, I wasn’t expecting our pursuit to lead us straight into the minotaur’s trap. Now that we’re the hunted, can we escape its labyrinth and destroy the horsemen, or will we be lost in the maze forever?

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raise the deadRAISE THE DEAD (THE WRAITH FILES BOOK 3) by C C Wood

I’ve found my calling. I help the spirits of murder victims find peace. I have a boyfriend and friends, old and new. I’m finally getting everything I’ve ever wanted.  Until I discover the depths of my magic. It’s a death sentence for me and anyone close to me. When the truth is revealed, my friends will become enemies or targets. Everyone I love will be in danger. To protect them, I’m prepared to take my secret to the grave. But there is someone waiting in the shadows, more than willing to bury me in it.

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immortal lustIMMORTAL LUST by Various

As vampires, the entire world is at our disposal. We’re blessed with the one thing that others crave – immortality. While life may be eternal, love doesn’t come so easy. In this anthology you’ll go on various journeys with characters who are on their own paths to find their mate, something they crave more than anything else in this world.
***Immortal Lust features a collection of short stories from various authors who have written in time frames from the eighteenth century to modern times. Steam levels vary depending on author and story line.

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relic seekerRELIC SEEKER (THE PRIESTESS CHRONICLES BOOK 2) by Fiona Tarr

VS Note: Not a romance.

This isn’t the Priestess Ariela’s first trip through time, but now she has friends along for the journey. When she arrives, she is alone, dressed as a servant, yet surrounded by opulence. Her guide and mentor, the Angel Raziel hasn’t given her a clue about her quest and she quickly finds herself serving a deadly enemy from her past.

Ariela realises that keeping her magical powers secret isn’t going to be easy. She is being hunted by a powerful magic wielder who is determined to destroy her and change history forever. In the midst of a violent and intense battle to protect the ancient relic Brísingamen, once worn by the goddess Freya, Ariela calls upon the strengths and powers of her friends and a group of strangers.
As Ariela gathers her allies, she realises her powerful adversary isn’t the only threat. She has been betrayed by someone she thought she could trust.

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forged in fire elizabeth sxhechterFORGED IN FIRE (HEIR TO THE FIRSTBORN BOOK 2) by Elizabeth Schechter

Having slipped through Mannon’s fingers, Heir to the Firstborn Aria and her two Companions – Waterborn Aven and Fireborn Owyn – have left Forge behind and are on the road to the Earth tribe lands. There they’ll find the heart of the resistance. At least, that’s what they’ve been told by Memfis, Owyn’s adoptive father and Companion to Aria’s father, Heir to the Firstborn Milon. They will also find Aria’s Earthborn Companion, and take another step toward fulfilling the cryptic Vision of the Dove.

The Earth tribe lands are nothing like they were led to believe. The Healing centers have been destroyed, and Mannon’s men are out in force, with orders to bring the Waterborn to Mannon. To evade the guards, Aria, Aven, Owyn and Memfis follow a young healer back to her home – a healing center hidden in the cliffs overlooking the sea. There, they find the surviving healers, the Chieftess of the Earth tribe, and the Senior Healer. They are offered sanctuary, and the Senior Healer offers to complete Aven’s training as a healer. The Chieftess offers Owyn more – a link to his unknown past.

But not everything is what it seems, and their safe haven may not be as safe as they thought. Memfis goes off to seek visions, and doesn’t return. Then, in an instant, Aria and Aven both vanish, leaving Owyn racing against treachery and time to find them and uncover the truth….A truth that might destroy their hopes for a future.

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ashen feathersASHEN FEATHERS (THE ANOMALY SERIES BOOK 3) by Aster North

My name is Everly Banks, assassin, creator, and loner. Or I was until four hunters pushed their way into my life. Add in a cursed goat, sassy fox, and stubborn witch, and I have a whole circus following me. That’s the least of my problems though. I have promises to keep and enemies to slaughter. Two innocents are caught in the center of a battle I’d failed to finish long ago. I won’t let them pay for my mistakes.

We will have to rescue them while dodging a bounty on my head and preparing for war. As if that wasn’t enough, whispers of my past are colliding with my present, and I’m not sure I’m strong enough to handle them. Unfortunately, life isn’t waiting on me to get myself together. My own personal hell is coming whether I like it or not. But it’s not only my future at stake if I lose. My nightmare has come to haunt me and if he succeeds, the world will fall at his feet.

So, if you’re unlucky enough to see the clash between the creator and the destroyer, look for me beneath the falling ashen feathers. I’ll be the one who duct taped herself back together again.

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hot and hauntedHOT AND HAUNTED (WAKEMAN GRIMOIRE BOOK 1) by Viola Grace

Hecate knew she was never supposed to walk in the world. She hadn’t been an afterthought. She was an act of desperation. Growing up in a small town was rough, but having her family pretend that she didn’t see ghosts made things harder. As soon as she had enough money, she bought a place out of town and got to work. All day, every day, she had her phone on, and she waited for the call that would summon her to someone whose deceased loved one was draining them or terrifying them. Each one called for separate techniques, and she got very good, very quickly.

Her sister’s engagement complicates Hecate’s life as she is suddenly visible to the paranormal society at large with her introductory visit to Oak Point Way. The Nexus Guard is friendly, the gnomes are frisky, and the pixies are a flying menace. Ghosts were a breeze next to the paranormal.

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dark ones brideDARK ONE’S BRIDE (DARK ONES TRILOGY BOOK 2) by Aldria Alien

VS note: Listed as a Gothic romance.

It has been five months since Clarabelle Weaver saved the life of the infamous Great Lord and happily accepted his unexpected marriage proposal. With their wedding less than a week away, she is finally stepping into the unfamiliar world beyond her village to face nobility she never knew existed. But it’s not only them who are interested in her presence.

The enemy is also stirring for this historic occasion. Their focus not on the man they see as their reviled “Dark Lord”, but on her as the young woman who supposedly carries his heir. Clara must weave a path through attempted assassinations and poisonings whilst also proving to the court that she’s suitable to become their ruler’s Great Lady… all before taking their vows. But has her training prepared her for an attack that could send the kingdom into war?

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bear in mindBEAR IN MIND (PARANORMAL DATING AGENCY BOOK 23) by Milly Taiden

Private Investigator, Summer Delgado hopes Gerri can find her twin sister a man. If anyone needs a happily ever after, it’s Winter. But not Summer. She’s got no time for romance. Even if it’s wrapped in smoking-hot shifter muscles. She’s got to focus on the break-in at Gerri Wilder’s apartment. Who needs a sexy, grumpy bear stomping around? Not Summer. Nope. Gerri has other plans, of course.

As the alpha of his den, Quinn Teddy isn’t interested in finding a mate. He’s got other things to worry about. Like getting Gerri Wilder’s recipes and helping his ailing father. He’s also got a missing mother and twin brother to find. When he collides into Summer, his bear reacts. Both man and animal want to bask in her sunny presence. But Teddy knows he shouldn’t have time for the sassy beauty. Even if she does have curves in all the right places. But he can’t stay away.

Thankfully, Summer’s a gifted private investigator and agrees to help Quinn. Together, they‘ll follow a new trail of clues to recover the missing Teddy family members. The quest will test their budding relationship and put Summer’s life on the line. Quinn has already lost so much. He’ll do anything to keep her safe from the dangers of his past.

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last night in hellLAST NIGHT IN HELL by Dia Cole

A night she’ll never forget – Sophie planned for missing guests and a venue change, but never in her wildest dreams did she foresee the apocalypse happening just days before her wedding. Thankfully, her best men and a dangerous former hitman keep her safe.
Then the unthinkable happens…Now, Sophie has only hours to live and a decision to make. Will she stay true to her long-lost groom or let her sexy companions give her the wedding night of her dreams?

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VS Note: 5 new releases in Milly Taiden’s Federal Paranormal Unit world:

get krakenGET KRAKEN: FEDERAL PARANORMAL UNIT (SEA SHIFTER PROTECTORS) by Mandy Rosko

Olivia is a kraken shifter, the only one of her kind. She’s used to how freaked-out people get when they find out what she is… her kind is rare and rumored to be monstrous. But when bodies start popping up with marks that appear to be made from a kraken, Olivia knows she needs to do whatever she can to clear her name and catch the person doing it. That starts with going to the Federal Paranormal Unit (FPU) and volunteering to help with the case.

Mike is a goblin shark shifter, an agent of the Aquaterrestrial Task Force, a division of the FPU. He’s not pleased when the FPU sends Chase, a harpy shifter, to be his communications man, and he’s even less pleased when he learns that Olivia, an untrained civilian, will be completing the team. It only gets worse when Mike finds out that not only is he Olivia’s mate… Chase is too!
Can the team figure out how to deal with two men mated to the same woman? And can they accept using her as bait to lure out a dangerous killer before it’s too late?

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willow rescueTHE WILL’OW RESCUE: FEDERAL PARANORMAL UNIT by Renee Hewett

Willow Baldwin is a member of the Federal Paranormal Unit’s (FPU) Aquaterrestrial Task Force. As a zebra moray, her assignments frequently take place in the deep sea where it’s impractical for the land shifters. She’s not thrilled with her next job—investigating some missing fish. But that changes when she discovers the job is near Ursanis, an underwater domed city in the Arctic, off-limits to outsiders.

Graham Auman, prince of Ursanis, is in the middle of his multi-year trip from his home to the land-dwelling world to find a mate. But really, what woman would give up their land life to live underwater with him forever? Learning that trouble is brewing at home, he takes the opportunity to return, without a mate. Oh right, he’ll have to check in with the FPU before he flies north. Life has a funny way of throwing at you what you need when you least expect it.
At their first meeting, Willow and Graham know they are mates, but that takes second seat to the mission. They have to stop a cult from stealing the fish keeping an Old One asleep, because if the ancient monster wakes, it could mean the end of the world.

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awakened jodi kendrickAWAKENED: FEDERAL PARANORMAL UNIT by Jodi Kendrick

An ancient ocean legend, Lirikai has awakened. She must discover if she is the last of her kind and if she can adapt and find her place in this new world.
Carson is called in by the Aquaterrestrial Task Force, the water division of the Federal Paranormal Unit, to investigate murder victims left on the beach, punctured with mysterious bite marks.
When Lirikai rolls out of the ocean surf asking after the Goddess in the ancient language, Carson questions whether she is connected to his case or if she was sent to him by his lost Goddess. After centuries alone, can they overcome their ingrained sense of duty and purpose and find common ground?

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kelpies redemptionTHE KELPIE’S REDEMPTION: FEDERAL PARANORMAL UNIT by Alexa Gregory

What was thought to be lost to history has now reappeared, and will leave death in its wake…Sorcha Ross is happy living a happy quiet life in Scotland. After centuries used as an unwilling assassin, she finally feels free of her master’s command. Until the day she wakes up on unfamiliar shores, next to the body of a drowned man. The seaweed around him confirms that he’s been killed by a kelpie… and Sorcha is the only kelpie around.

Agent Fitzroy Yarrow needs to prove himself to the FPU. No one believes a naiad can harness their impulsivity enough to be a serious agent, but Fitz is determined to show them otherwise. It’s going to be an uphill challenge, though. While he’s trying to focus on a mysterious drowning case, his naiad side is captivated by glistening waters and a certain sexy red-head.
But what will Fitz do when he learns that the object of his desire is hiding a secret that can compromise his position in the FPU? Can Sorcha break through centuries of mistrust and open her heart to this man who is doing everything to show her that he’s different than all the others who harmed her? Will they win the race against time to find the person controlling Sorcha before they make her kill again?

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ancient protectorANCIENT PROTECTOR: FEDERAL PARANORMAL UNIT by Savannah Verte

Supervisory Special Agent Fedya Afanasi has a problem, and a secret. Unfortunately, he can’t solve his problem without revealing the secret, which could cost him his position, if not his job. Solving the case of the mystery plants and the explosion in the Back Bay Channel is only one piece of the picture. He’s hoping a survivor of the blast can offer some answers to what happened, and the solution to his problem, but she’s not talking.
Marietta Gomez has a problem and secrets of her own. She might be able to aid the investigation, but she’s on the run and not sharing information. When her plan to escape is thwarted, she finds herself back where it all began.
The stakes are high and climbing as the second mini-mystery in Making Waves reveals allies who aren’t and new adversaries to be investigated. Can the team find the answers they need, or are there too many questions yet to solve the puzzle? The best lead they have is beyond their reach and ready to weigh anchor for unknown waters. Time is running out.

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through the doors of oblivionTHROUGH THE DOORS OF OBLIVION: FROM THE SHADOW COUNCIL ARCHIVES (SERVANT/SOVEREIGN BOOK 1) by Michael G Williams

Wedged between real estate speculators, startup bros, and gentrified neighborhoods, it’s gotten hard to get by in San Francisco and it’s getting even harder all the time. Now two witches have decided the time has come to do something about it.

Using all their arcane skills, Iria – tall, dark, and genderqueer – and their partner and mentor, Madge – the granddaughter of Chinese immigrants and a powerful magician – have summoned back to the world of the living one of San Francisco’s greatest eccentric heroes: Joshua Norton, self-declared Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico. In the 19th century he issued imperial proclamations intended to combat prejudice and advance the interests of the destitute and downtrodden. Binding him to themselves and to the city, Iria and Madge need Norton’s charisma and tireless dedication to the city to help them save the city from a demon of greed.

With an exciting combination of spell-slinging and derring-do, Norton and his modern-day patrons embark on a series of adventures across San Francisco’s past and present in search of the keys to the city: objects from its past they can use in the present to save the city’s future from a demon of greed and his tireless efforts to rob San Francisco of its soul forever!

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welcome to my nightmareWELCOME TO MY NIGHTMARE (ACADEMY OF BROKEN DREAMS BOOK 21) by Rose Alexander and K N Thompson

Nightmares. Bad dreams are all they are, right? That’s what I thought too, until recently that is. Turns out there’s so much more out there that we can’t see. Maybe the monster under the bed isn’t just a myth. I never really fit in anywhere, not in my family, not in school but something happened on my seventeenth birthday that changed everything.
Now I’m scrambling to learn what I am, and how I fit into this new life. Will this be a fresh start where people understand me? Or will I always be an outcast?

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cougar halloween mischiefCOUGAR HALLOWEEN MISCHIEF: A NOVELLA (HEART OF THE COUGAR) by Terry Spear

Ricky Jones is looking forward to his first day on the job as a deputy sheriff in the cougar-run town of Yuma Town, but he doesn’t expect to run into his former girlfriend while he’s wearing his cougar coat. Now he wants her back in the worst way, but he’s sure she’s going to be even madder at him for dumping her three years back.
Mandy Richards is on her way to an interview at a hospital north of Yuma Town for the position of a Licensed Practical Nurse when she hits a cougar in the thick foggy night, a full moon silhouetted in the gloom on Friday, the thirteenth. Checking on the wounded cougar changes her world forever.
But her most recent ex-boyfriend isn’t going along with Ricky’s plans to renew his relationship and things are bound to turn deadly.

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sidoneSIDONE (THE HORDESMEN BOOK 3) by Milana Jacks

He’s half my age. He cooks. He fusses over my bad sleeping habits, and knows how to handle a gun. Our little reprieve during a mission can only mean one thing: my guard is down. And the enemy I hunt is watching me, waiting for the perfect time to strike.
The time is now.

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wings sandra r neeleyWINGS by Sandra R Neeley

Rufus Jamisey Claremont, Jaime for short, is the brooding image of a man most women dream of. He’s never known anything other than being alone. Deserted as a child, he’s always felt not even good enough to give away, just thrown away. Raised by his aunt, he’s struggled to keep himself on the right path. That path being one that would keep him far and away from an ancient family prophecy that speaks of fire and flame. And he’s done a pretty good job of it — until now. Now, after all these years, a girl with flaming red hair, a scathing dose of sarcasm, and a body that calls to him on a cellular level comes sauntering into town. Despite his undeniable attraction to her, Jaime just wants her to leave. The wildlife in his hometown is more than a fable, and it can make people disappear. It’s better for all concerned if she just goes.

Ruby Anastasia Parker has only a few months to complete her dissertation and turn it in, then she’s done with grad school and on to the next adventure. She fears nothing and no one. She’s come to a small town in the middle of nowhere to research the local fables and wildlife. She’s alone, and prefers to keep it that way. Her parents managed to keep their distance from her entire life — as a result she’s developed a fear of commitment and setting down roots of any kind. She lives her life out of her suitcase. She spies a tanned, dark-curly haired, muscled up mechanic at the auto repair shop on the outskirts of town. If she’s lucky, she’ll get to spend a night or two with more than one type of local wildlife before she’s on her way again.

For years there’s been a rumor of huge, human-sized bats that nest in the hills of Calabasas, New Mexico. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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dragon fae prophecyDRAGON FAE PROPHECY (THE ELUSTRIA FAE CHRONICLES: DRAGON FAE BOOK 1) by Caethes Faron

My entire life I’ve been an assassin, but after a botched job, I’m the most wanted sorceress in the world. I lie low, taking whatever jobs I’m given. When I’m assigned a new partner, a dragon shifter named Deacon, he strides into my life like he belongs, whether I want him or not.

When the fae court declares I’ve fulfilled an ancient prophecy, they anoint me the Dragon Fae, the mythical savior of our people. That explains Deacon’s presence. He’s the Dragon Fae’s fated mate. Problem is, the fae court is manipulating this sacred legend. Lies may be my trade, but I can’t take part in this deception.

So I cut a deal. If Deacon and I can stop a terrorist plot, I can go back to lying low. If we fail, they’ll make me the Dragon Fae. I was raised on this myth, and the most memorable part? The Dragon Fae dies young and alone—and the fae court has shown they’ll do whatever it takes to make the prophecy come true.

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reign of angels revelationREIGN OF ANGELS 1: REVELATION by L G Castillo

Sneaking off to Vegas was supposed to be fun and exciting. Nothing more than a getaway with my best friend to celebrate surviving high school. But I can’t shake the feeling someone’s watching. Determined to enjoy my newfound freedom, we hit the strip and meet Tristan, a wildly popular magician who’s worshipped by adoring fans. Burned by guys like him before, I resist his advances. Yet, his smoldering blue eyes compel me, and I can’t help falling under his spell.

When the world erupts in chaos, and Tristan’s magic act turns out to be more than just an illusion, my entire life changes. Suddenly, I’m catapulted into a world where angels walk among us, and Tristan is one of them. Some are out to destroy us. Some will protect us. The real question is, which side is Tristan on?

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shadows kristen probySHADOWS: A BAYOU MAGIC NOVEL by Kristen Proby

I am never alone. Not even when I am alone. I see the unquiet dead, the souls that wander through the French Quarter. They can’t move on, and I can’t stop seeing them.
I wear malachite for protection, and I control what I let in. It’s the only way to stay sane. Everything changes the day Cassian Winslow joins my ghost walking tour and knocks my world off its axis with green eyes the color of the stone around my neck.
An unspeakable evil is loose in New Orleans, taking young women and leaving a bloodbath in his wake. More shadows lurking for me. More unhappy dead. There might be a way to stop it. Open myself up to Cassian. If I do, it could spell his death. But if I don’t, it’s mine.

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lynxedLYNXED: A LYNX SHIFTER MENAGE by Brynn Paulin

A plane crash delivers destiny! Lynx shifters, Mika Andu and Bar Ra, have long awaited one thing: a woman who will complete their cluster and suit them perfectly, in bed and out. They never expected her to fall from the sky. Literally.

Summer was on her way to document life in a far-north Alaskan settlement when her plane went down. She’s stunned when she wakes, naked and in the bed of two strangers. Not only has she survived the crash but two mouth-watering men claim she’s their mate. She’s not so sure about that, but a torrid night of sex with them sounds perfect.
That’s not all they’ve planned, and now, she stuck between two hard chests. And it might just be forever.

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queen of the assassinsQUEEN OF THE ASSASSINS (AN ACADEMY OF ASSASSINS NOVEL BOOK 4) by Stacey Brutger

A cold case. A coven gone dark. Morgan and her men decide to take some time away from the Academy to cement their bonds and investigate the mysterious disappearance. Unfortunately, what should’ve been a routine mission quickly goes sideways when they’re attacked, turning their intimate vacation into a nightmare.
The weakening wards around the coven are the only thing keeping the evil from spilling into the human world…and holding the Assassins captive. Escaping would mean leaving one of her own behind to battle the ancient evil alone. Not happening.
Which means they need to discover a way to send the beasts that escaped from hell back to where they belong…before Morgan and her men become monsters themselves.

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warlock and the bearWARLOCK AND THE BEAR (BANFORD BEAUTY BEARS BOOK 4) by Mina Carter

He’s wanted Lilly Braun since the moment he saw her, but she won’t give him the time of day. Morgan Jones, ex-soldier and warlock extraordinaire, is hiding a secret. And it’s not his awesome abilities in the sack… It’s the fact he’s had the hots for the Beauty Clan’s head enforcer, Lilly Braun, since he met her. The chances of the luscious lady bear letting him anywhere near her though? Absolute zero. Until matestrike hits one of the other bears, and he’s her only hope. The problem is… Morgan doesn’t let anyone get close because his feelings for Lilly aren’t the only ones he’s been keeping…

Morgan Jones is an absolute son of a bedstead, and she wants nothing to do with him. But *hell* can the guy kiss…Lilly’s life plan was simple. Become a clan enforcer. Find a nice bear male to mate and have some cubs. Easy… yeah right. Her bear isn’t interested in any male in the clan, apart from the warlock, Morgan Jones. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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torn paigeA TORN PAIGE (HIDDEN KINGDOM TRILOGY BOOK 1) by L Rose

One, two, things are changing for you. Three, four, monsters at your door. Five, six, no one could predict. Seven, eight, you learn they’re your mates. Nine, ten, it’s time to fight again. Paige Alice has changed, but she’s not sure if that’s a good or bad thing.
The good.
Four annoying and different types of men, who she trusts with her life. A scary but faithful sidekick, and of course, her crazy family.
The bad. …Everything else.

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cold queenCOLD QUEEN: A DARK RETELLING by K Webster

In a cold, empty castle, a young queen is dying. Weak. Fragile. Disgraced. But Queen Whitestone is not alone in her final days. She has her beloved sister. Until a wicked king rides onto her land. Arrogant. Insufferable. Demanding. King Bloodsun has come with an offer…peace in trade for a bride. He wants the princess. The fiery king won’t take no for an answer. He vows to keep the cold queen captive until she gives in to his demands.
A queen bows for no one, though. Not even when she’s frail and fading away. She’ll tap into her strength, protecting the only family she has left. The king is about to learn why they call her the cruel one.

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witch for mr holidayA WITCH FOR MR HOLIDAY (WITCHES OF CHRISTMAS GROVE BOOK 1) by Deanna Chase

Welcome to Christmas Grove, where holiday magic and matchmaking is in the air.
When Rex Holiday walks into the charming town of Christmas Grove, all he plans to do is to spend the season helping out at his buddy’s Christmas tree farm. What he doesn’t expect is for an overzealous matchmaker to slip a love potion into his cider. But the joke’s on the resident matchmaker, because not even a potent love spell can break through the walls he’s built around his heart. But when the girl next door catches his eye, some of his barriers start to crumble. Still, Rex Holiday’s time in Christmas Grove is only temporary. He can’t afford to fall in love. Or can he?

Holly Reineer is a powerful spirit witch who can see the future for everyone. Everyone but herself that is. And when Rex Holiday walks into her life, she sees his, too. He’s destined for a big corporate job all the way across the country. So when he starts to show interest in her, she knows it’s only temporary, and Holly’s not interested in a fling. She wants her happily-ever-after. But he’s very hard to resist… Can a love spell rewrite the future? If so, Holly will need to learn to follow her heart and, for once, trust what she can’t see.

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shattered bondsSHATTERED BONDS (JANE YELLOWROCK BOOK 13) by Faith Hunter

Jane Yellowrock is vampire-killer-for-hire, but her last battle with an ancient arcane enemy has brought her low. She seeks retreat in the Appalachian Mountains to grieve the loss of her friends, and to heal—or to die—from the disease brought on by her magic.
But malevolent elements in the paranormal community still seek to destroy Jane, and a terrifying foe stalks her, even into the safety of the hills. With nowhere to run and her body failing, the rogue-vampire hunter and her inner Beast must discover a way to defeat this new threat, and find a form that gives her a chance to fight another day.

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winter solstice dreamVS: Just a reminder of my new release from last week: WINTER SOLSTICE DREAM!

Torn from her home in the Dales as a child, Nadelma has made a place for herself as the head cook in the Witch Queen of Azrimar’s castle. She stays in the background of the busy court and uses her gentle magic gifts sparingly to help others. More or less content, she’s made peace with the hard facts of her life. Romance, marriage, a family – all beyond her dreams any longer.

Then Halvor, an ambitious Dales lord rides into the city, bringing his mercenaries to serve the king, with the promise of a rich reward, including a title and an estate. The only catch? He has to marry a highborn Azrimaran noblewoman to seal the treaty.

Fate conspires to throw Nadelma and Halvor into each other’s company and the connection is instant and deep but both resist the attraction. She knows she can never have him for herself. He must fulfill the treaty to secure a safe place for his people to live, since their holding in the Dales was destroyed by the black magic of the Shadow. Marriage to a noble damsel of the king’s choice is his fate.

Until he met Nadelma he thought his heart was frozen by the loss of all he cared for, back in the Dales. Now he knows better but his people must come first.

The situation is hopeless…or is it? For the king declares the city will celebrate Winter Solstice and hold a ball, where wishes and dreams just might come true.

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

October 23

October 16

October 9

October 2

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

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

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

Nothing To Do With His Death Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedTaking excerpts from STAR CRUISE IDOL’S CURSE, my novel in the USA Today Best Selling Pets In Space® 4 anthology.

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

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

The excerpt – Juli has gone to a lawyer’s office on the planet to pick up an item at the request of her shipping line. This will fulfill a deceased passenger’s dying wish. Juli takes the rock and heads back to the spaceport but her borrowed groundcar unaccuntably breaks down. Third Officer Steve Aureli and his aunt pass by and rescue her. They’re talking about the rock and Juli announces the previous owner is dead. Continuing on from there:

Juli put her hand to her lips and inhaled sharply, “I didn’t mean to sound so dramatic.” Patting her purse, she added, “This had nothing to do with his death, unless the lawyer forgot to fully brief me.”

“No one bashed him in the skull with it then?” Steve asked, going along with her train of thought, “Guy must have had serious gravity, to persuade CLC to have you deal with this after he passed away.”

“All in a day’s work for the cruise director.” The closer she came to the spaceport, the better she felt. Maybe she could knock a few items off her to do list before going to bed tonight after all.

“Do you live on this planet?” Juli asked Dian as she attempted to straighten her uniform after the pet’s exuberant antics, in anticipation of their arrival at the local CLC office.

“Oh goodness no, dear, I was here for the famous festival of color and lights in the lake district.”

“My aunt writes travel guides and does trideocasts,” Steve said, “Highly rated ones.”

“But I don’t review cruise ships,” Dian said with a merry laugh, “Well, not usually, not unless something or someone upsets me.”

pets in space 4The blurb:  An unusual bequest….

Juli Shaeffer, the Nebula Zephyr’s cruise director, receives a mysterious bequest from the estate of a longtime passenger – a lump of rock taken from a reef on the planet Tahumaroa. Legend states anyone who steals from the ocean gods will be cursed. The passenger’s will requests the rock be returned to the beach so his heirs won’t be affected by the bad luck he believed he’d incurred. Juli doesn’t believe in superstitions and she agrees to carry out this small favor on the ship’s next stop at the planet in question.

Until the rock disappears from her office…

When the rock disappears and reappears in various locations around the ship, and seems connected to a steadily escalating series of mishaps, Juli turns to Third Officer Steve Aureli as the only one she feels she can trust. Along with Steve and his elderly Aunt Dian – a passenger aboard the Nebula Zephyr for this cruise – she investigates the strange series of malfunctions plaguing the interstellar luxury liner. Steve and Juli enlist his Aunt Dian’s dog, Charrli, a retired Sectors Z Corps canine, to help them track the missing rock as it moves about the ship.

Juli and Steve must find the rock, hang onto it and transport it to the planet’s surface, before the alien idol’s curse turns deadly. The attraction between the two of them grows as the threat to Juli becomes more and more focused. Can she carry out her task while he keeps her safe from the alien curse? Will the capricious alien idol bring them good fortune…or disaster?

Pets In Space® Anthology Blurb:

For a limited time only! Pets in Space® 4 is proud to present 13 amazing, original new stories! Join the adventures as today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors take you on a journey to another world. Pets in Space® proudly supports Hero-Dogs.org, a non-profit charity that provides service animals to veterans and first responders in need. Join New York Times, USA TODAY and Award-winning Bestselling authors S.E. Smith, Anna Hackett, Tiffany Roberts, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Laurie A. Green, Donna McDonald, Regine Abel, Alexis Glynn Latner, JC Hay, E.D. Walker, Kyndra Hatch, and Cassandra Chandler for another exciting Pets in Space® anthology. Get the stories before they are gone!

Proud supporters of Hero-Dogs.org, Pets in Space® authors have donated over $7,100 in the past three years to help place specially trained dogs with veterans and first responders. 10% of all pre-orders and the first month’s royalties of Pets in Space® 4 will again go to Hero-Dogs.org. Open your hearts and grab your limited release copy of Pets in Space® 4 today so together we can continue to assist this worthy charity!

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winter solstice dreamVS: I have a new fantasy romance holiday novella out!

WINTER SOLSTICE DREAM: A MAGIC OF CLADDARE NOVELLA by Veronica Scott

VS Note: I finally had time to revisit my fantasy romance world and tell a new story! This is a standalone book.

Torn from her home in the Dales as a child, Nadelma has made a place for herself as the head cook in the Witch Queen of Azrimar’s castle. She stays in the background of the busy court and uses her gentle magic gifts sparingly to help others. More or less content, she’s made peace with the hard facts of her life. Romance, marriage, a family – all beyond her dreams any longer.

Then Halvor, an ambitious Dales lord rides into the city, bringing his mercenaries to serve the king, with the promise of a rich reward, including a title and an estate. The only catch? He has to marry a highborn Azrimaran noblewoman to seal the treaty.

Fate conspires to throw Nadelma and Halvor into each other’s company and the connection is instant and deep but both resist the attraction. She knows she can never have him for herself. He must fulfill the treaty to secure a safe place for his people to live, since their holding in the Dales was destroyed by the black magic of the Shadow. Marriage to a noble damsel of the king’s choice is his fate.

Until he met Nadelma he thought his heart was frozen by the loss of all he cared for, back in the Dales. Now he knows better but his people must come first.

The situation is hopeless…or is it? For the king declares the city will celebrate Winter Solstice and hold a ball, where wishes and dreams just might come true.

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Why I Wrote WINTER SOLSTICE DREAM + Excerpt

winter solstice dreamThis fantasy holiday romance novella was one of those rare books that actually wrote itself, which is always such a gift from the Muse. I type as fast as I can and hope to get all the words transferred from my mind to the page without losing anything.

There were quite a few factors that went into Winter Solstice Dream, one being I’ve always wanted to write a holiday romance (Regency romances set at Christmas are catnip to me) but since I write scifi romance for the most part, and ancient Egyptian paranormal romances, I didn’t see how I was going to manage that. (Although I did once write a short story about Thanksgiving being celebrated on my luxury interstellar cruise liner, which can be found in this collection of my shorter works. That was a fun challenge!)

A few years ago I published my first book in a projected fantasy romance world I developed, The Captive Shifter and it recently occurred to me I could tell a perfectly good holiday story set in this time and place. I’ve always been planning to write sequels and connected stories for that world, known as Claddare. So I needed to adjust my thinking from a holiday we celebrate to creating a holiday the people in Claddare might enjoy in midwinter.

Andre-Norton-Year-of-the-Unicorn2In creating this alternate world originally, I was partially inspired by Andre Norton’s Witch World series, loving the way she mixed magic and mysteries. My all-time favorite of hers in this vein was Year of the Unicorn and not that I’ll ever write at her level, but I was going for something of the feel of those stories (not the almost science fiction territory the first few in the Witch World series had).

I was also inspired by the classic movie “Ladyhawke” (who isn’t, if you love fantasy?), although my world is entirely fictional, not tied to anything in the actual Earthly Middle Ages. Halvor’s horse in this novella owes a lot to the wonderful steed in Ladyhawke.

And of course “Lord of the Rings”, the movie trilogy more than the actual novels, influenced me.

I love reading great fantasy series, like Jeffe Kennedy’s Twelve Kingdoms books and Grace Draven’s Radiance (Wraith Kings) among others but I’m not up to writing such complex and sweeping novels right now. If ever! So I concentrate on the smaller, standalone stories for Claddare, although I do have a big plot arc in mind for Claddare that I’m working within. Speaking only for myself, I think a writer’s skills grow over time – I’ve moved from writing standalones to also writing my Badari Warriors series with an overarching arc, which was something I never expected when I first was published – which adds to the fun. So I’m confident Claddare will grow into many more books. As always, my problem is never having enough time to write All The Things.

I always enjoy having magic as a plot element and there’s quite a bit here in the new novella, one way and another.  We don’t see too much from the Witches of Azrimar themselves this time but Nadelma, my heroine, has her own powers of a completely different sort. I’ve also always been intrigued by desserts containing  charms or favors and found a good way to work the concept into this story on a grand scale. But after all, Nadelma is baking a cake for the hundreds who’ll attend the Solstice Night Ball.

Nadelma appeared briefly in The Captive Shifter, but both books stand alone. I felt that she, as the Head Cook in the Witch Queen’s palace, would be an interesting character to learn more about. I loved the idea of making this a Cinderella type tale, complete with those sparkly shoes, although they aren’t key to the Happy Ever After ending. I had to have them in the story though! Readers have asked me for more about Nadelma so it felt good to finally oblige.

PetsInSpace4FinalThe other thing was that the timing was good because we just released Pets in Space® 4, with my novel STAR CRUISE: IDOL’S CURSE included, on October 8th and I didn’t want to ‘compete’ with myself and with PETS by releasing another scifi romance in the same time frame. I’d just released a new novel in my ancient Egyptian series, Return of the Dancer of the Nile, so I realized I had a window to write a new Claddare story without having to feel I was stealing time away from my SFR series.

The blurb:  Torn from her home in the Dales as a child, Nadelma has made a place for herself as the head cook in the Witch Queen of Azrimar’s castle. She stays in the background of the busy court and uses her gentle magic gifts sparingly to help others. More or less content, she’s made peace with the hard facts of her life. Romance, marriage, a family – all beyond her dreams any longer.

Then Halvor, an ambitious Dales lord rides into the city, bringing his mercenaries to serve the king, with the promise of a rich reward, including a title and an estate. The only catch? He has to marry a highborn Azrimaran noblewoman to seal the treaty.

Fate conspires to throw Nadelma and Halvor into each other’s company and the connection is instant and deep but both resist the attraction. She knows she can never have him for herself. He must fulfill the treaty to secure a safe place for his people to live, since their holding in the Dales was destroyed by the black magic of the Shadow. Marriage to a noble damsel of the king’s choice is his fate.

Until he met Nadelma he thought his heart was frozen by the loss of all he cared for, back in the Dales. Now he knows better but his people must come first.

The situation is hopeless…or is it? For the king declares the city will celebrate Winter Solstice and hold a ball, where wishes and dreams just might come true.

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The excerpt:  Nadelma receives this year’s charms for the cake from the Queen Mother:

Felka was seated alone in her favorite plush chair in the sitting room, with several of her small dogs napping close by when Nadelma was announced. “Oh don’t be formal today,” she said, indicating the chair next to her. “Sit and be comfortable. You must be walking miles in the kitchens daily right now, preparing all the food and treats for the festivals.”

Nadelma curtseyed and then sat on the edge of the chair. “I do like to be busy, your majesty.”

“You never complain.” Felka’s tone held approval as she picked up a large, flat wooden box and passed it to Nadelma. “The royal silversmith delivered the charms for the cake today. I’m sorry we’re leaving this till the last minute because I know you have work to do inserting them all into the cake. Go ahead, take a look and let me know if the designs meet with your approval.” She sipped tea from a fragile cup painted with flowers while Nadelma opened the case.

There were one hundred and one charms, not that they were necessarily meant to go to the extra invited guests. The number ‘101’ was sacred to one of the goddesses honored at solstice and the reasons for this were lost in time. The silver charms served several purposes—primarily as a keepsake for those lucky enough to be served a piece of cake containing one.  The queen and her witches would have put white magic into a few, which if the recipient made a harmless wish, like finding a lost item or not being rained on at a wedding would grant the request. Thirty were matched tokens, meant to unite couples for the main festival dance. The magic made sure the numbers came out even, pairing up each person with someone compatible for a few hours, even if only as casual friends, although legend stated many marriages had come from the matching of the charms on Solstice Night.

Two were to designate the king and queen of the dance, allowing the two selected guests to ‘rule’ over the special musical celebration and to open the dancing.

Nadelma ran her hand over the rows of charms, each securely slotted into its own place in the blue velvet lining. She let her own magic interpret for her which charm was for what purpose. On occasion she’d added one of her own spells to the Azrimar spell, to help someone meet the person they wished to dance with, or for a man or woman she knew to be in need to receive the benevolent wish. Of course she didn’t tell the queen about the extra power she could give the charms. She’d have to try to ferret out what Helemma cared most about and see if she could influence events to go in the girl’s favor when it came to snagging a charm.

Her hand trembled a little as she paused at the silver crowns denoting the king and queen of the dance. What she’d give to be the girl who received the regal token, if Halvor was the holder of the other.  To dance with him openly…

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THE CAPTIVE SHIFTER:

Concealing her own considerable magical powers, Caitlyn enters the service of the northern Witch Queen masquerading as a simple healer. Under order from her goddess, she’s searching for a magical gem stolen long ago from her own people, believed to be hidden in the massive castle. The task is daunting but Caitlyn is sure she can locate the gem and escape, bringing the prize back to the temple where it belongs. Until she meets the captive shifter and her loyalties become dangerously divided.

In payment for her past services to his people, Kyler the leopard shifter has entered into a life of servitude far from his forest home, allowing the Witch Queen to tap his magic to power her ever darker spells. Factions at Court are threatening to turn the Queen to the Shadow. Her increasing demands for magic will cut short his nearly immortal lifespan. Kyler’s resigned to his fate until the day he crosses paths with the new arrival, whose secrets and magic entice and attract both man and leopard. Has he met his mate at last?

The Queen will never willingly release him from captivity. Caitlyn’s goddess refuses to grant her any delay in accomplishing her own task. Can they locate the magical gem, fight the Shadow and win free of the Witch Queen to earn the right to be together?

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New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday OCT 23

centurionSO much new release goodness today! I even have a new fantasy romance novella of my own to report – it’s listed after the new scifi romances…

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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CENTURION (GALACTIC GLADIATORS: HOUSE OF RONE BOOK 3) by Anna Hackett

VS Note: And of course I promptly one-clicked. I love the Galactic Gladiators!

Abducted from her exploration ship, paramedic Sage McAlister has spent months locked in cells and labs belonging to the Edull. Rescued by the cool, powerful cyborgs of the House of Rone, she finds herself among fellow human survivors on the desert world of Carthago. But despite being free, Sage feels cold inside and is struggling to cope. The only person she feels safe with—who she doesn’t feel the need to pretend with—is a deadly cyborg who feels nothing.

Forced into a military cyborg program as a teen, all Acton Vonn remembers of his past are violent missions and the cybernetic enhancements forced on him before he broke free. His emotions have been dampened to nothing for decades and he’s fine with that. It makes him an efficient member of the House of Rone. Yet the more time he spends with the copper-haired woman he helped rescue from the Edull, the more unfamiliar, strange, and perplexing things he starts to feel.

When a tip reveals that more humans are being held captive at a mysterious desert lake, Sage will stop at nothing to help rescue her crewmates. As she is drawn closer to Acton, she worries about risking her heart. Being with Sage breaks down barriers inside Acton and he struggles with the emotions he doesn’t want to feel. But deep in Carthago’s dangerous deserts, with the Edull hunting them, Sage and Acton will have to risk it all: their lives, their hearts, their souls.

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escaping wonderlandESCAPING WONDERLAND: COSMIC FAIRY TALES by Tiffany Roberts

Alice knows Wonderland is just a virtual world operated inside an asylum to which she’s been wrongfully committed, but she can’t find her way out—can’t find her way back to the life she lived before she woke beneath titanic trees and towering flowers. With the terrifying Red King searching for her and chaos all around, her only hope of escape lies in Shadow, a tall, mysterious being with glowing eyes, sharp claws, and a haunting grin who may be the maddest of them all.

But even if Wonderland isn’t real, her growing feelings for Shadow—and his desire for her—are. Can Alice and Shadow escape Wonderland together, or will she succumb to the madness like everyone else?

Amazon

contaminatedCONTAMINATED: COSMIC FAIRY TALES by Amanda Milo

The people of my planet are under a devastating genetic curse. To treat the disease’s effects, we’ve turned to cultivating a rare flower. That’s my occupation: raising and studying this flower. That’s precisely what I’m doing the daycycle that an alien drops into our research plot, approaches our plant…And cuts my flower’s head off, stealing the bloom.

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jackie and the giantJACKIE AND THE GIANT: COSMIS FAIRY TALES by Honey Phillips

Jackie works as hard as she can to provide for her younger sister, but they’re barely surviving. When she comes home to find that her sister has traded their COW (Comestible Organic Wafer machine) to an alien trader in return for a worthless bean, she is both worried and hurt. She thought she could trust the intriguing male hidden behind the forbidding armor.

When a giant beanstalk grows overnight, Jackie is desperate enough to climb to the top and demand the return of her COW. Instead, she finds a whole new world – and a very large surprise. Beneath the armor is a massive alien who seems to be as much plant as man.

Cormac is enchanted by the little human female who trades with him each quarter and makes his sap rise. He devises a plan to bring her into his domain, even though he knows he may not be able to keep her. But now that she’s here, how can he let her go?

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rampionRAMPION: COSMIC FAIRY TALES by Susan Trombley

Rapunzel isn’t fond of being a princess, but her rebellion against her royal parents can only take her so far. When her adventures playing pirate result in embarrassment for her family, she’s sent away to a scrapyard in the middle of Nowhere on a barren moon that has been barely terra-formed to support life. As far as Zel can see, the only other person on the moon is a grumpy old caretaker named Gothel, who doesn’t bother to show any respect for her royal status.

Old man Gothel has plenty of rules, and he’s made one huge part of the scrapyard forbidden, which means Zel can’t resist exploring it. In that forbidden area, she discovers a tower, drawn there by a sexy, masculine voice singing unusual music. But when she finally finds her way inside the tower, she discovers something she never expected.
There’s a lot more than just a heart on the line when it comes to the secrets that surround Rampion and his captor, Gothel. Rapunzel must learn the truth before it’s too late and she loses everything she holds dear.

Amazon

ugly dukelingTHE UGLY DUKELING: COSMIC FAIRY TALES by Bex McLynn

No one ruffled Cisnetta Fowler’s feathers like Major Atrates Geswin, the infamous Ugly Dukeling. Her first glimpse of the handsome alien hybrid had her dismissing his crass moniker, until his abrasive attitude proved the gossip to be true. He was an arse, but an arse that she both needed and wanted. Thankfully, Cisnetta was one tough bird who never turned-tail and ran.

Major Atrates Geswin, second-in-line to the Andrake dukedom, found himself locked in a skirmish with an astounding woman. Cisnetta Fowler handled his insults as if he passed her fluffy ducklings. But rather than softening him, she inflamed his Otar-alien side, spurring him to seize, to demand, to want… All that stood between his victorious claiming of her was a vicious, pet swan with a neck-wringing fetish. As far as Atrates was concerned, Cisnetta was his for the taking.

Amazon

hunchbackTHE HUNCHBACK: COSMIC FAIRY TALES by Regine Abel

After spending her life in training, Esmeralda still can’t believe she’s been appointed to serve as the Vestal of Our Lady of Paris—the greatest temple on any planet in the Nine Circles. Her beauty and unrivaled ability to manipulate energy quickly catch the attention of Praetor Frollo, the grand magistrate of Paris, and High Seraph Phoebus, the greatest winged warrior in the solar system. But her dream of becoming the consort of one of those handsome, powerful males is forgotten the moment she lays eyes upon the hunchback secretly living in the temple.

Kwazeem feels Esmeralda’s power as soon as she lands in his city. She awakens the primal energy that has lain dormant within him—and a possessive hunger that demands he claim her. But he’s a Fallen, a monster that would be destroyed on sight if the citizens of Paris discovered his existence. Worse still, Esmeralda’s Divine Light inflicts agony upon his already tortured body if he basks in it for too long. And yet… he cannot stay away from her. With Kwazeem’s mysterious condition and Esmeralda torn between her duties to the people and the sinful desires of her heart, is there any chance of them sharing a future?

Amazon

lion and the mouseTHE LION AND THE MOUSE: COSMIC FAIRY TALES by Emmy Chandler

When she was four years old, Syrie Montgomery was nearly killed when she got lost on Ratera III, the global zoo her family owns. Eighteen years later, she’s back, kidnapped from her bed and abandoned in the location of her childhood trauma—the expansive Fetoji habitat.

Terrified and alone, Syrie runs right into a trap and finds herself at the mercy of the creature who set it—a huge leonine hunter who both scares and captivates her in equal measure…

Deep in the woods, Lohr discovers a rare bounty in his hunting net—a tiny, helpless human woman. She begs him to set her free. To keep her safe while she’s stuck in his habitat. And she promises to return the favor, as soon as she can.

Lohr scoffs at her offer. How could this mousy little human with blunt teeth and no claws possibly be any help to him? He frees her because he needs his net back. Which is when he notices that she’s soft and pretty. And that she smells good. And that she feels amazing tossed over his shoulder, when he carries her to his home. For her protection, of course…The lion and the mouse develop an instant, sizzling chemistry—but can their passion survive once he realizes that her family is the reason he’s spent his entire life as a zoo exhibit?

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frog princeTHE FROG PRINCE: COSMIC FAIRY TALES by Tracy Lauren

Madison was hardly more than a child when stolen from Earth—a fact that she resents to no end. Ripped away from all she ever knew, she’s reluctant to be the princess her family expects her to be. Tired of living out someone else’s happily ever after, Madison reaches her breaking point when kidnapped by another kingdom. She’s done with spaceships, done with otherworldly planets, and she sure as hell is done with aliens. She spent years dreaming of Earth, never daring to believe it to be anything more than a childish fantasy. But all that changes when a cocky guard comes to her rescue.

She strikes a deal with the green-skinned alien, and while it might not be a completely honest one, what does it matter when he holds the key to finally making all her dreams come true?

Kethian isn’t exactly honest himself. Intrigued by the aloof princess with a reputation for being spoiled and ungrateful, Kethian can’t help but make a deal at the expense of his kingdom. He tells himself it’s just another adventure, but that’s a lie not even he believes.
One last journey through space and Madison is home free. Will Earth be all she remembers, or will it pale in comparison to the bond she discovers in The Frog Prince?

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slateSLATE: VAXXLIAN MAIL ORDER BRIDES #2 (INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY) by Sue Mercury

Still grieving the loss of his former mate, alien warrior Slate arrives on Earth with no intention of falling in love with the human female he’s agreed to marry. He’ll fulfill his duties to his people by procreating with the human, and he’ll provide for her and protect her as any decent Vaxxlian warrior ought to do, but he cannot fathom opening his heart to her. That is, until he stares into her soulful brown eyes and tastes her lips for the first time. But he worries he’s forsaking the memory of his former mate by allowing himself to develop tender feelings for the tiny human called Beth. Is it wrong to care for another female so soon?

Jilted by a cheating fiancé, B-list movie star Beth Spirit is eager for a fresh start away from the flashing lights of the paparazzi and the bad luck that seems to follow her everywhere. She signs up for Vaxxlian Alien Mail Order Brides on a whim and is shocked when a huge, musclebound alien named Slate shows up on her doorstep the very next day. But she finds his businesslike approach to marriage refreshing and she soon agrees to become his mate. Love, shmlove. Who needs it?

But when Beth is offered the movie role of a lifetime, she’s faced with a difficult decision–stay on Earth and rocket to stardom, or take a chance on the sexy alien warrior whose kisses leave her breathlessly longing for more?

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alien tributeALIEN TRIBUTE (TSENTURION MASTERS BOOK 2) by Lee Savino and Golden Angel

Who knew that reading sexy alien romances could lead to abduction? Or that aliens could cure my cancer? Not me. But here I am, the captive bride-to-be for an alien warrior, just like the heroine in the book I was reading in my hospital bed on Earth. Except the surly warrior who’s supposed to claim me doesn’t want a mate.

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aykeetanAYKEETAN: AY’KEA TERRAN MATES BOOK ONE by Harpie Alexander

Jane: I’m dying. All I want to do is spend the rest of my life doing what I do best. Relaxing, painting and taking strolls on the beach. Not so hard right? Wrong! All it takes is one sexy alien who claims I’m his mate to throw my life into chaos. One minute it’s peaceful and sunny, the next minute it’s a storm as I’m abducted by my Family Doctor. Turns out my life isn’t exactly what I thought it was. Maybe, there’s room for love after all.

Aykeetan: I’m a hunter that traveled across the universe from my home world to find my mate, the one person who can complete me. I never anticipated being rejected by her, but I’ll stop at nothing to prove she’s wrong. Just when I think I’m making progress she’s abducted. Rescuing her becomes my top priority. When I find her, maybe then she will come to her senses and realize that I’m the mate for her.

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infiltrationTHE MONARCH MISSION FILES: INFILTRATION by Jenn Nixon

Mari Yosoto thought sharing her deadly secret with her new friends would turn them away, not into a family. Now, the Monarch Crew’s next mission is to scour the solar system and take out the cult-like One Race Project. Standing in their way is Mari’s dangerous ex-fiancé, Nobu, whose obsession with Juniper and her enhanced siblings is only surpassed by his fixation on Mari’s cybernetic limbs and extraordinary blood.

Trevor Nash vows to protect Mari and the team from Nobu despite being out-powered and outmatched. He does his best to keep the crew sane and steady, even at the cost of his own mental health. Aware that Mari’s medical scans may be the key to finding and taking down the cult, he calls on his former commanding officer for help. But something sinister is brewing under the surface.

When Nobu manipulates Mari into leaving the ship and abandoning the mission, Trevor, Juniper, and the rest of the team break every rule to find her and bring her home. If the One Race Project gets everything they need to finish their 200-year-old plan perfecting human evolution, the fate of humankind will change forever.

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magnetism maggie lynchMAGNETISM: CRYOBORN GIFTS (OBSIDIAN RIM BOOK 10) by Maggie Lynch

VS Note: Released OCT 5 and I missed it!

After her indentureship to the pirate Hellebor was paid by Kash Trider, Lehana and Kash started a new life with different names on a bucolic ag planet. As Nisa Star and Kieran Sulien, they and the two children are thriving and the Raeaa colonists have embraced them as one of their own.

But the agricultural life in every Rim ag planet is put at risk when a virus begins decimating the crops and then infecting the people with a wasting disease—a disease that can kill an entire population within a few months. As Rim scientists rush to find a cure, Nisa and her ship are called to take trial vaccines to every impacted colony.

What seems to be an easy run to save the Rim is thrown into peril when KaCorp makes a power play to corner the market and sell the vaccine only to colonists who can afford their exorbitant price. They’ve forcefully taken over the research facility and destroyed all the equipment. The scientists have been imprisoned and their work stolen. Worse, to distract Nisa from her mission, someone has kidnapped Kieran and he is dying alone on a poisoned planetoid she can’t find.

Thrown into a fight for the lives of all those on the Rim, Nisa must make heartbreaking choices, face the call of revenge, find a way to her own redemption, and ultimately learn to embrace the gifts of the cryoborn. To win she must learn to trust her life and those of her family not only to those she knows, but to complete strangers…the one thing her entire life experience has taught her never to do.

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mercenary ethicsMERCENARY ETHICS: DEAD SUNS 2 (OBSIDIAN RIM BOOK 13) by Shona Husk

Left for dead on a forgotten planet by his enemies, he’ll do anything to escape, including team up with the scientist who held a knife to his throat.

Mercenary Emry Dan made one mistake on a job and was captured by the powerful arms dealer Riel. While Emry suspected Riel had a place to test his weapons, he never expected to be one of the subjects. From the moment he wakes, he starts planning his getaway.

Scientist Marita Aleric worked for Riel until she started questioning how her research was being used. For ten days she’s survived on the weapons testing planet, fighting, scrabbling for supplies and weapons, and avoiding the infected. Any people who eat the plants become cannibalistic zombies.
When she finds Emry she wants to believe they can escape, especially when their reluctant partnership blossoms into romance. But can anything survive on a dead planet?

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enemy gamesENEMY GAMES (CHRONICLES OF THE EMPIRE BOOK 2) by Marcella Burnard

Different species from different worlds make reluctant allies…
While combating a plague, scientist Jayleia Durante becomes a pawn in a greater game. With her father missing and intergalactic mercenaries on her trail, her decision to cooperate with Major Damen Sindrivik may prove advantageous…if she can control her attraction to the officer who abducted her.
Some secrets aren’t worth keeping…
Damen, a spy from a rival government, will use anything, including his predatory instincts, to achieve his mission…locating Jayleia’s father. She reacts to Damen’s charm and seductive power, so why does he question her motivation?
Conflicted loyalties and enemies abound…
Traitors and the alien enemies threaten to destroy the galaxy. Jayleia must choose. Betray her father, risk her friends, and lose Damen, or prevent an Interstellar war?

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forbidden kallista daneFORBIDDEN (CENTAURI CAPTIVES BOOK 5) by Kallista Dane and Kate Richards

Dedicated to the Goddess as a child, I led a sheltered life in the Temple. Until I woke on an alien starship. Now a hulking seven foot tall warrior says I belong to him. He means to claim me. I tried to tell him my vows will not allow it. If he dares to touch me, we will both die.But he doesn’t believe me…

Guryon – My world is gone. My people are dead. Men, women, children—killed by the Rydek, an unknown enemy with unlimited powers of destruction. We’re all that’s left of the Arythian civilization. One squadron of elite warriors and a small fleet of starships. The enemy is out there somewhere in the vast expanse of space. To defeat them, we must learn all we can about our foes. Discover their weaknesses. I am heading a mission to track down the Rydek and bring one back. Alive.

Our leader presented me with a beautiful human slave. He says it’s my duty to mate with her before I go, to assure the survival of our race. But I know the truth. I volunteered for what may be a suicide mission—and he wants me to have one final night of erotic bliss before I die. The sight of this sultry, exotic female awakens dark hungers in me, hungers demanding to be satisfied. There’s only one problem. Though I ache to make her mine, she says I cannot touch her. She says it will cost me my life—because she is forbidden.

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veiled vixenVEILED VIXEN (HAREM STATION BOOK 6) by JA Huss

All his other Harem brothers have found their one true love and they are spectacular princesses. Not Valor’s girl. Veila is the definition of evil. Not the kind of girl a guy falls for. Especially a stand-up guy like Valor. He’s not interested in her sexy glow, her pretty hair, or her glowing eyes. No. Valor only wants one thing for his fated princess. Death.

But it’s kind of hard to kill someone you’ve been genetically engineered to love. And Veila not only has total control over him, but also Harem Station. The only way Valor can get Harem Station back is to use the soulmate bond against her. Valor has to make Veila believe that their bond is true, that his feelings are real, and that he is willing to sell out his brothers, hand over all of Harem Station’s secrets, and leave his old life behind to help her get what she wants. But it’s never going to happen. Valor will never love Veila. Ever. He’d rather die trying to kill her than spend one moment as her puppet king. There’s just one problem. The soulmate bond goes both ways.

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untamed athena stormUNTAMED (MARAUDER MATES BOOK 3) by Athena Storm

There are many words to describe myself. I am an Odex warrior. One of the fiercest in the galaxy. I believe that honor dictates that no burden is too much to help those in my Pack. But there is one word that describes me most of all. Alone.
I thought it was my fate to be alone forever.
That is, until I met Victoria.
A tiny, pretty little human from the planet Novaria.
We were sent to rescue her. And once I had her, no one would take her from me.
I will kill a hundred soldiers by myself to protect her. I will face my own kind in battle for her. I will do anything and everything in the cosmos to keep her safe.
But there’s one thing she wants more than all. It is hard to bring myself to give it to her.
It is the greatest and final battle I have before me. To tell her how much I love her.

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vesta dividedVESTA DIVIDED: VESTA COLONY BOOK 2 by Sterling R Walker

VS Note: YA, light romance as I understand it.

It’s been sixteen years since the last ship reached Vesta colony. When a mysterious ship lands without warning, the colonists are shocked but eager to discover what’s inside. Much needed supplies and technology? New colonists still slumbering in their stasis pods? Human embryos to rebuild a population decimated by the Plague?

Corban Abrams and his brother Thane are Strays: young adults gifted with unique mental abilities called Talents. The brothers, along with eight hundred of their fellow Strays, have been exiled from the rest of the colony, but Corban’s Talent for premonitions places a difficult burden on his shoulders: how to warn the colonists who hate and fear the Strays that the ship isn’t a gift sent from Earth to save Vesta?
It’s a bomb sent to destroy it.

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wife for the torturerA WIFE FOR THE TORTURER by Daniella Wright

I’ve been kidnapped by aliens and taken onto Lord Zik’s secret sound-proof chamber.
All because I’m considered “special.” Luckily, someone else seems to be even more interested in me. Prince Markus Aurelius Alin III. And although this may offer a chance to escape my fated mutilation, Something tells me this Markus could pay me an even more unfavorable fortune.But what could possibly be worse than being locked up in a torture chamber? Guess I’m about to find out.

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winter solstice dreamWINTER SOLSTICE DREAM: A MAGIC OF CLADDARE NOVELLA by Veronica Scott

VS Note: I finally had time to revisit my fantasy romance world and tell a new story! This is a standalone book.

Torn from her home in the Dales as a child, Nadelma has made a place for herself as the head cook in the Witch Queen of Azrimar’s castle. She stays in the background of the busy court and uses her gentle magic gifts sparingly to help others. More or less content, she’s made peace with the hard facts of her life. Romance, marriage, a family – all beyond her dreams any longer.

Then Halvor, an ambitious Dales lord rides into the city, bringing his mercenaries to serve the king, with the promise of a rich reward, including a title and an estate. The only catch? He has to marry a highborn Azrimaran noblewoman to seal the treaty.

Fate conspires to throw Nadelma and Halvor into each other’s company and the connection is instant and deep but both resist the attraction. She knows she can never have him for herself. He must fulfill the treaty to secure a safe place for his people to live, since their holding in the Dales was destroyed by the black magic of the Shadow. Marriage to a noble damsel of the king’s choice is his fate.

Until he met Nadelma he thought his heart was frozen by the loss of all he cared for, back in the Dales. Now he knows better but his people must come first.

The situation is hopeless…or is it? For the king declares the city will celebrate Winter Solstice and hold a ball, where wishes and dreams just might come true.

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absinthe earlTHE ABSINTHE EARL (THE FAERY REHISTORY SERIES BOOK 1) by Sharon Lynn Fisher

VS Note: Recommended by the always excellent Whiskey With My Books Blog.

Miss Ada Quicksilver, a student of London’s Lovelace Academy for Promising Young Women, is spending her holiday in Ireland to pursue her anthropological study of fairies. She visits Dublin’s absinthe bars to investigate a supposed association between the bittersweet spirit and fairy sightings.

One night a handsome Irishman approaches her, introducing himself as Edward Donoghue. Edward takes absinthe to relieve his sleepwalking, and she is eager to hear whether he has experience with fairies. Instead, she discovers that he’s the earl of Meath, and that he will soon visit a mysterious ruin at Newgrange on the orders of his cousin, the beautiful, half-mad Queen Isolde. On learning about Ada’s area of study, he invites her to accompany him.
Ada is torn between a sensible fear of becoming entangled with the clearly troubled gentleman and her compelling desire to ease his suffering. Finally she accepts his invitation, and they arrive in time for the winter solstice. That night, the secret of Edward’s affliction is revealed: he is, in fact, a lord in two worlds and can no longer suppress his shadow self.
Little does either of them realize that their blossoming friendship and slowly kindling passion will lead to discoveries that wrench open a door sealed for centuries, throwing them into a war that will change Ireland forever.

time travelers vampireTHE TIME TRAVELER’S VAMPIRE (BOOK TWO OF THE MAGIC BOUND SAGA) by Emma Applegate

As their enemy grows more powerful, Ember Brighton and Rane Andersson are at a loss for how to stop him and restore the balance of time. As their villainous counterpart seems to glean more information on Ember and her time traveling abilities, time is running out to stop him before he becomes impossible to stop.

Retracing their steps may be the only way to discover secrets to eliminating the threat to themselves and to Ember’s remaining family. A mysterious stone that Ember possesses may hold the answers she needs, or worse…the trouble she doesn’t.

But evil isn’t all that’s brewing in this time traveler’s world. The knowledge of being bound to Rane Andersson somehow won’t stop playing in the back of Ember’s mind. But with centuries between them, how bound could they actually be?

When it comes down to it, is the growing connection between Ember and Rane for good, or will it be their downfall as they risk everything to keep the other safe?

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dead airDEAD AIR: A COLLECTIVE WORLD NOVEL (ACADEMY’S RISE TRILOGY BOOK 3) by Lia Davis and L A Boruff

Our biggest fight is yet to come. I watched my sisters claim their fated mates with my heart full for their happiness. Now it’s time to face my own mates. Two of them have been at my side, and I’m waiting for my third. After all, it’s now a family tradition to have three mates. I wonder if reality can be as good as the fictional worlds I love to live in.
Our world isn’t all rainbows and hellhound puppies. There’s something coming bigger than any of us have ever faced.

Now that I’ve tapped into my massive powers, I will do what it takes to save my family and my mates. I’ve had just about enough running and hiding behind wards and our sentries. It’s time to end the threat from Hell once and for all. Enough is enough.

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captains dragonTHE CAPTAIN’S DRAGON (DRAGON KNIGHTS BOOK 15) by Bianca D’Arc

Right man… right time…Captain Liam O’Dare finds himself talking with a sea dragon. Not just any sea dragon, but the lord of them all, Skelaroth. The sea dragon brings information and a request to aid in Liam’s decades-long quest to bring the pirate Fisk to justice. Not only is Fisk a murderer many times over, but now he’s stolen a dangerous artifact that could unbalance the entire world. It must be retrieved at any cost. With the mighty sea dragon trailing the wake of his ship, Liam sets out on the pirate’s trail.

Right woman… right man…Lady Rivka of the Black Dragon Clan, Jinn warrior and huntress, sets out after the pirate, but she’s not a sailor and she needs a cunning seaman with a fast ship to follow where Fisk has gone. Landing on Liam’s ship in her compact black dragon form surprises him, but there’s no other way but to reveal her shapeshifting secret. She gives him the information she has and he agrees to have her help on his quest. Liam is stunned by the dragon who turns into one of the most compelling women he’s ever seen. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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MONSTER BALL YEAR TWOTHE MONSTER BALL YEAR TWO (A PARANORMAL ROMANCE ANTHOLOGY) by Various

It’s that time again! The Monster community is abuzz with whispers of the most anticipated party of the year. This deliciously exclusive event has tongues wagging even amongst the who’s who of the monster community. It will once again be held at an undisclosed location on All Hallows Eve.

Don’t worry all you underprivileged socialites, The Monster Ball isn’t just for vampires, witches, and werewolves. Other creatures of the night have as much of a chance to attend. Watch for your ticket but not in the mail. The silvery slip of parchment is said to appear in your hand by the light of the moon.

If you find yourself a fortunate recipient best to keep it to yourself. There are some who would kill for the chance to attend. Because as every good monster knows… what happens at the ball, stays at the ball.

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death of dragonsDEATH OF DRAGONS (DRAGON DOJO BROTHERHOOD BOOK 6) by Olivia Ash

Death is in the air. It always seems to be, lately. Blood. Mayhem. Destruction. It just follows me. The people after me—they’re relentless. They’ve hunted me from the moment I stepped into this new power. They say it’s not mine. That it belongs to the dragon Bosses. Hell, maybe even to the gods themselves. Well, anyone who wants my magic can fight me for it.

I’m a diamond dragon, and the only one of my kind. Though I’ve been able to keep that a secret while my dragon and I get to know each other, we can’t hide the truth much longer. Sooner or later, we’ll come across a battle I can’t protect her from. We’ll have to go into the ring together, and once we do, there’s no turning back. Because there’s only one thing the Bosses want more than my magic. They want me. Vengeance, justice, honor—whatever the powerful dragons of this world try to take from me, I’ll get back three-fold. Good luck to the fools who try me.

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need r e butlerNEED (VAMPIRE BELOVED BOOK 2) by R E Butler

Vampire Cella has been around for a few hundred years, and she’s never made a mistake quite as large as attempting to take a human male as her private food source. On the surface, Quaid was the right fit for her, but once he got settled it was clear the only reason he wanted to be with her was so she could turn him into a vampire. After kicking him to the curb, she wondered if she’ll ever be lucky enough to find her beloved mate, the one male on the planet meant for her.

Tiger shifter Cyrus Abrams hasn’t had the best of luck when it comes to females, but he’s not given up hope. Somewhere out there is his truemate and their paths will cross eventually. When he’s tasked by his king to head up a construction crew at the vampire restaurant in downtown Cleveland, he sensed a presence that drives his cat wild. The source? A stunning blonde vampire with curves for days. He never expected his truemate to be a vampire, but he’s never needed anyone more.

The coven isn’t as safe as it used to be, thanks in part to a dangerous anti-vampire group known as The First Church of Humanity. They’ve been trying for years to get rid of the vampires in Mishka’s coven, and they’ll do anything to destroy every last one. When the restaurant is attacked while Cyrus is working, Cella races to find her beloved. Can she save him, or will her only chance at love turn to dust?

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caged jessica aspenCAGED (FAE MAGIC BOOK 4) by Jessica Aspen

When Siobhan becomes the prisoner of the dragon Atavantador, her only ally is the dragon’s sexy manservant, Doyle. But nothing is as it seems. Doyle is hiding more than one secret—and all of them are worth his life. To keep them he must play the game of dragon so well that no one guesses his true secret: beneath the Winter Palace lies one of the keys to all dragon kind’s survival.

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abducting the princessABDUCTING THE PRINCESS (NIGHTMIX BOOK 2) by Mel Teshco

VS note: A re-release

He’s the one man who can save her…Princess Mira is everything Mahaya wants in a woman and a shape shifter, but he’s a nobody brought up by mortals who trained him as a pickpocket and thief, a street rat. Even worse, he’s a nightmix, a human and larakyte panther offspring whose inner darkness keeps those around him in fear.
So what’s a nightmix to do but abduct the princess and save her from those who would do anything to kill her. Despite her fear and distrust, their lust burns bright, but Mira can’t trust her captor. Only time will tell if Mahaya can seize her heart forever.

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what a witch desiresWHAT A WITCH DESIRES: MAGIC AND MAYHEM UNIVERSE by Monette Michaels

Descendant of a goddess, Brigid Donaldson and her pooka companion have been fleeing for years from a ruthless Celtic god. Determined to steal Bree’s magic and have her for his own, Lorcan Black will destroy anything in his way.

On the run, all Bree longs for is a safe place to call home. After helping Bree and the pooka escape from Black, Baba Yaga advises them to go to Assjacket, West Virginia. The powerful witch says Bree will find her heart’s desire there. Bree is sure that means she’ll find her home. What she finds is a Goddess-chosen mate.

The deer-Shifter Dale Deering had given up on finding his mate. When Bree walks into the local diner, he instantly recognizes her as his soul’s companion. His mate. She isn’t convinced—more like terrified. That’s okay. As a former Marine and now Herne’s best hunter, Dale knows how to be patient when the prize is worth it. If his mate needs time, that’s what he’ll give her.

Time is not on their side. Dale and the Assjacket residents prepare to fight the power-hungry god. The fate of all depends on Bree accepting the mate-bond so she can share her formidable magic with Dale in upcoming confrontation. She’s falling in love, realizing Dale is her heart’s desire. But evil is approaching. Fast.

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party like a witchPARTY LIKE A WITCH: MAGIC AND MAYHEM UNIVERSE (BABA YAGA ADVENTURES BOOK 3) by Donna McDonald

Rubble, Rubble, Toil and Trouble – Fires are burning. Cauldrons are bubbling.  Are they conjuring a spell? Cooking dinner? No! The Baba Yaga is throwing an All Hallows Eve party to lure a vampire maker out of hiding and she’s using Hildy as human bait. Witches are human after all. Chuck’s ripping down trees to make enough wooden stakes to kill a whole coven.

All Hildy cares about is that there are a bunch of coffins in her backyard. What is she supposed to do with vampires? Bat shifters, Carol wanted to call them, but that’s a bunch of bull crap—or rather, guano. She’s not the Baba Yaga. Why does Carol keep involving her in her schemes? There’s more magic and mayhem going on than you ever believed you could happen.

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i want your hexI WANT YOUR HEX: MAGIC AND MAYHEM UNIVERSE (HEX DRIVE BOOK 3) by Renee George

When your crushing on a vamp, who happens to be a tramp, it’s time to practice safe hex. When the Rogue Magic Control Agency is tasked with security for a secret meeting between the Midwest’s vampire king and the Baba Yaga, witch Drag Jones is bummed that the mission is so boring. Walk the perimeter. Make sure there are no traps. Don’t stake any bloodsuckers. Blah. Blah. Blah.

Turns out, vampires are sneakier than she could have ever guessed, and their powers don’t register on her magic-sensing radar. And one, in particular, a gorgeous smart-ass named Baz, has her rethinking celibacy. She can’t decide if she wants to stake him or kiss him. Given the right motivation, she might do both.

Vampire Baz Delgados is ninth in line to the Ravenblood throne, and head of security for the king, his older brother. When Baz first spots the pink-haired cutie in combat boots, he can’t take his eyes off her. Something about the beautiful witch sings to his undead soul. Unfortunately, an ancient enemy threatens not only the burgeoning new alliance between vampires and witches but also the lives of everyone Baz and Drag love. They must work together to fight this new evil, or they’ll lose everything … including each other.

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wicked chaosWICKED CHAOS: MAGIC AND MAYHEM UNIVERSE by Teresa Gabelman

With the twins, Jamison and Rose, taking up most of Wicked and Thorne’s time their lives have become crazy and unpredictable. After a altercation with Jack Crow, alpha of the Crow Shifters, Wicked is not only the talk of the town, but fines herself on trial. If the Shifter Council decides against her, Wicked could be banished from Assjacket indefinitely. The women of the town side with Wicked and are up in arms as they strike against the men of Assjacket causing chaos in wicked proportions.

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bear witchinessBEAR WITCHINESS: MAGIC AND MAYHEM UNIVERSE by Mina Carter

That which does not kill PITA agent Alberta Rheged… better start running. One of the Paranormal Investigations (no one knows what the T is for) Agency, big Al is a woman of many talents. A thirtieth generation witch from an illustrious magical family, she can go toe to toe with Gargoyles, tell what kind of coffee someone drinks with one glance and she is absolutely not going to sleep with her partner, even if he is a sexy hunk. Because he’s a bear. And the only bear in her life is Mr. Snuggles, her childhood furry companion. But when a fairytale curse starts dropping agents like flies, it’s down to the last witch standing to… make a stand, even if she doesn’t know exactly who she is.

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sapphire eva delaneySAPPHIRE (JEWELS CAFE BOOK 2) by Eva Delaney

I only date for two reasons—blood and ice cream. After all, I’m an immortal vampire. I don’t want to stick around to watch my lovers die. What I do want is delicious treats, but when an errant love spell hits, I fall madly in love with three of my man-snacks:

    • A wolf shifter who’s an Instagram model. A Pegasus shifter who shifts when he sneezes. Bob.

Now, stupid feelings start screwing up my quest for free food. To make matters worse, I can’t avoid these men. I need their help to stop an old nemesis from turning everyone in Silver Springs into vampires… and worst of all, tainting all the ice cream. And did I mention trying to kill me and my men? Can I save my lovers and the town? And are these new men worth the risk to my heart?

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house of ash and brimstoneHOUSE OF ASH AND BRIMSTONE (GATE WALKERS BOOK 1) by Megan Starks

Hell has come to collect……but Gisele Walker has no plans to pay the debt.As a half-demon paranormal bounty hunter, Gisele is used to flirting with death, but stealing a curio and opening a portal to Hell’s demon court is more than your average day job. Now, she’s partnered with an infuriatingly handsome demon, Shade, who has more levels of grey than she can count. Who can she trust to help save the city as Baltimore burns to the ground and ghouls roam the streets?

With a white-hot attraction burning between them and secrets blocking their path, Gisele must face her past and venture into the twisted heart of the demon royal court. But with no memory of her past……will she be able to save their future?

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sisters of the keepSISTERS OF THE KEEP: STORM THE CASTLE (A MODERN FAIRY TALE BOOK 3) by Bokerah Brumley

Cindi Ella Lass owns a magic mirror, a family heirloom handed down from two sisters…
Tulip and Tiger Lily are sisters with a secret talents in a world where magic is outlawed.
They’re wanted criminals with a King’s man on their tail.

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ghostromanceGHOSTROMANCE (RELUCTANT NECROMANCER BOOK 1) by Kaye Draper

Weird. Creepy. Frumpy. Boyish. At the young age of twenty-nine, reluctant necromancer Esper Jones is an outcast, labeled “the old witch on the hill” and avoided by all sane residents of the tiny village of Hellsfork Michigan. And that’s just fine with her. Dealing with people has all the appeal of poking her own eyes out.

But Esper’s quiet world is upset when a strange, beautiful man named Toma blows into town and destroys the walls Esper has carefully built around herself. Esper has never met another supernatural before, and she finds herself oddly drawn to the pretty medium who claims he can speak to ghosts.

Drawn into the medium’s crazy enthusiasm for rescuing people who are already dead, Esper finds herself traipsing through cemeteries and using the curse she has always hated to wake the dead and ask for answers. Because the ghosts of Hellsfork are restless, and only Esper and Toma can help put them to rest.

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christmas kissTHE CHRISTMAS KISS (LOVE THROUGH TIME) by Augustina Van Hoven

When a sledding accident catapults governess Annabelle O’Sullivan ninety-four years into the future, she panics. She doesn’t know how to get back to 1925, and she doesn’t know how to survive in the twenty-first century. Annabelle must depend on the kindness of a stranger and his daughter, and she repays that kindness the only way she knows how: by making a home. The longer she stays, the less she wants to leave. But can she trust this stranger with her life?

Since the death of his wife, Daniel Wagner has shut down his heart to everyone except his daughter, Olivia. Other women—including some of his employees at the ski lodge he manages—have angled for his attention. But Daniel found avoidance easy, until he was forced to rescue an unconscious woman lying in a snowdrift by the side of the road. Although the stranger seems to have no past, Daniel soon finds himself thinking about a present—and a future—with her.

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carmineCARMINE: BLOOD AND THUNDER (SHADES OF RED BOOK 4) by T L Christianson

Are vampires real? And given the choice…would you choose to turn?
Vampires are the last thing nurse Sofia should be worried about. She’s working two jobs and struggling to care for her ailing mom. However, her patient, 98-year-old Mrs. Shaposhnikov, is convinced vampires exist and continually talks about them to anyone who will listen.

Sofia’s troubled by the stories, but dismisses them until her patient’s family visits from Russia. Among the visitors is tall, dark, and handsome Alexei – Mrs. S’s grandson and the man who hired Sofia. Having gotten to know him through email, she can’t help but be drawn to the foreigner. However, his superstitious beliefs and behaviors give her pause to pursue something more serious.

After the family returns to Russia, Sofia’s patient begins changing drastically for the better. The once feeble and weak old lady seems to be getting younger and stronger by the day. Is there a reasonable explanation for this, or do vampires really exist? Can Sofia and Alexei find a way together, or will their lives lead them in separate directions?

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never tilting worldTHE NEVER TILTING WORLD by Rin Chupeco

Generations of twin goddesses have long ruled Aeon—until one sister’s betrayal split their world in two. A Great Abyss now divides two realms: one cloaked in eternal night, the other scorched beneath an ever-burning sun.

While one sister rules the frozen fortress of Aranth, her twin rules the sand-locked Golden City—each with a daughter by their side. Now those young goddesses must set out on separate, equally dangerous journeys in hopes of healing their broken world. No matter the sacrifice it demands.

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gunners girlGUNNER’S GIRL (THE ALPHAS OF STONE CANYON BOOK 1) by Christine Paige

Five years ago, Veronica was forced into hiding. Despite being completely human, she finds sanctuary in a small community of shifters in the town of Stone Canyon. But after personal items went missing and the feeling of constantly being followed, she realizes her past may have caught up to her.
Desperate, she turns to the sexy shifter Gunner Blackwood for help. Gunner agrees to help her, but despite their explosive chemistry, there’s just one problem – How can she trust a man who hates her entire species?

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immortal redemptionIMMORTAL REDEMPTION (IMMORTAL PROTECTORS BOOK 1) by Alana Delacroix

Cal Olin is a grudging member of the Immorti. A resurrected Aztec warrior, he knows he has much to atone for but doesn’t believe waiting for an enemy who hasn’t appeared in hundreds of years is the best way to do it. He’d prefer to spend his time in his CEO role with Civica, an organization dedicated to righting wrongs.

However, when Cal sees the unconscious body of a woman near a magical portal, he knows the long period of peace has come to an end. He’s shocked to discover the woman is Dr. Iliana Rogers, Civica’s second-in-command. The beautiful, argumentative thorn in his side has managed to open the gate and set off a chain reaction that could end the world. Is she an agent of evil or an unknowing pawn? He has to find out.

Nightmares have taken over Iliana’s dreams and with Cal, she no longer feels alone. But when he breaks into her house and tells her, incredibly, that he’s immortal, she knows she’s been living an illusion. It’s a shock to find out he was telling the truth and that her own mother was an agent of the malevolent Nilohum—and that she herself is fated to end the world.

As Iliana searches for the truth, Cal struggles with a terrible choice: does he help the woman he loves, or does he stop the end of the world and risk Iliana’s love…and life?

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immortal rageIMMORTAL RAGE (AUSTIN IMMORTALS BOOK 2) by Jax Garren

Emma, the woman who turned Javier into a vampire five months ago, shows up at his job in ripped jeans and an old tank top, bearing a box of cookies and an offer of friendship. Of all the places he thought he’d see her again, the hospital morgue five minutes after he finished an autopsy was not even on the list. And despite everything—from the tragedy on the table to what Emma did to him before bolting across the country—he still wants Emma with a passion he’s rarely felt. When it comes to relationships, he’s always been a masochist.

But she’s not really here to socialize. A former prostitute herself, Emma’s dedicated her immortal life to getting teen sex workers off the streets, and the girl on the table was one of hers. Something more sinister than a violent john is sliding through the neighborhood, turning men into raging monsters, and she needs his help to figure out what it is and stop it before more girls die.

Javier and Emma are not a good team—they fight, they don’t understand each other, and the senseless attraction between them keeps getting in the way. But the violence is spreading, spilling from dark corners of the city and multiplying like a virus. If they can’t work together to find the source of the outbreak, an epidemic of rage monsters will rise on the city, and no one will be safe from the violence to come.

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mage heirTHE MAGE HEIR (THE LIFE SIPHON BOOK 2) by Katherine Sommerlot

Exiled from Chayd and pursued by Runon, Tatsu’s life twists into something unrecognizable when he escapes with Yudai into the mountains. Despite the growing danger trailing them, the biggest threat lies within Yudai and his voracious magic, a force spiraling outside his control. Their only hope is to head into Joesar in search of a way to contain the magic.

But Joesar’s desert holds perils of its own, and the only answers Tatsu and Yudai find lead them farther into storms. Friend and foe blur until impossible to tell apart, and all the while, the unchecked siphon devours any energy it can find. If Yudai can’t fix what the Runonian mages broke, the siphon could swallow the world, and Tatsu will watch the horror unfold.

No matter how tightly Tatsu’s heart is tied to Yudai’s, and after everything they have sacrificed for freedom, the past might catch up with them, murky and muddled, betrayal lying in Tatsu’s traitorous bloodline.

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succubus soulSUCCUBUS SOUL: VERAS ACADEMY by Lina Jubilee

Blessed with the power to protect. A princess born to two worlds. But despite being the star pupil at Veras Academy for superpowered young adults, all she wants is to be “normal.”

Bryony Haddix is the heir to the Nelian throne, but the world of elves from which one of her fathers hails is a strange, mystical place, and Bryony is much more comfortable at Veras Academy on Earth, home to the rest of her family. Born a Natch with superhuman abilities, she’s called on to protect and defend Earth’s Natches from prejudice so that they may flourish on a once-doomed Planet Earth.

Now that she’s come of age, Bryony vows to live as ordinary a life as possible, despite the weight placed on her shoulders. That also means that unlike her mother and her elven princess aunt, she’s certainly never going to fall in love with more than one man. If only her parents didn’t expect her to pick a husband from among the three fetching exchange student Natch princes who just transferred. If only she could stop herself from succumbing to the magnetic allure of her rival for valedictorian/best friend. If only she didn’t start to think that maybe loving more than one man did run in the family, after all.

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white lightWHITE LIGHT (BLACK AND WHITE SERIES BOOK 2) by K L Rymer

She only had one wish growing up…Find her long-lost father. A few days before her 21st birthday, Crystal finally gets her wish. After all, it’s every little girl’s dream to have her father by her side. To protect her from the scary demons of the world…Well, not if your father is a lying, cheating murderer.

According to her demon lover, the charming and devilishly handsome Eli Black, Daddy isn’t all that he appears. Lying to her as well as using her in his sick, twisted game. One that may not bode well for the rest of the human race. Torn and confused, Crystal doesn’t know who to trust. Should she choose her long-lost father? Or the love of her life?

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alchemist and amarettoTHE ALCHEMIST AND AN AMARETTO (THE GUILD CODEX: SPELLBOUND BOOK 5) by Annette Marie

As a guild bartender, I can handle pretty much anything–mages, sorcerers, witches, the occasional demon. But show me anything family-related and I’d rather run for the hills. It doesn’t even have to be my family. So I have no idea why I thought spending the holidays with Aaron’s mom and pop was a good idea.

Meeting his famous parents is already terrifying enough, but I’ve got a bigger problem. Students of his family’s renowned mage academy are being attacked on the grounds–and somehow no one has seen a single assailant? Unexplained tracks litter the nearby woods, rumors of forbidden alchemy are circulating the campus…and Ezra has been acting strangely since we arrived.

Something deadly is brewing in the shadow of Sinclair Academy, and the longer we take to uncover it, the more dangerous it becomes. But no matter the risk, we’ll protect the students. And Aaron’s parents too, I suppose. If we have to.

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earnest inkEARNEST INK by Alex Hall

While twenty-year-old FTM Hemingway is making an excellent living as a tattoo artist in a near-future version of Hell’s Kitchen, the rest of the country is splintered and struggling in the wake of a war gone on for too long. Technology has collapsed, borders rise and fall overnight, and magic has awakened without rhyme, reason, or rule, turning average unwitting citizens into wielders of strange and specific strands of magic.

Hemingway’s particular brand of magic has made him a household name. Not only is he a talented artist, but his work comes to life. Literally.

When NYC’s most infamous serial killer—the East River Ripper—abducts Hemingway’s best friend, Grace, he has only days to save her. Hemingway teams up with his stoic cop roommate to hunt for the killer and rescue Grace before she becomes the Ripper’s latest victim. But as the duo chase clues to the serial killer’s identity, Hemingway begins to fear the magic he and the Ripper share might eventually corrupt him too.

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better where its wetterBETTER WHERE IT’S WETTER by Ava Cuvay

Alana LaRue assumes the sexy merman pictured on the lake house wall is “just art.” Then a violent storm topples her into his arms and she discovers the ocean isn’t the only thing that gets her wet.
Originally published in the Crossroads Romance Authors “Lake House” Anthology, this 13K short story has been expanded, with more details and a love scene added.

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shadow prophetSHADOW PROPHET (MIDNIGHT CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by Andrea Pearson

Hired to assassinate the woman he loves...Abel hasn’t seen Lizzie in at least seven years, and his experiences since then have changed him significantly. He’s sure he’s moved past his earlier crush, that he’s immune to her carefree and bubbly personality, but the moment his eyes land on her, he knows he’s still in love.
Instead of a joyful reunion, though, he only suffers agony at being in her presence again.

Because he’s being blackmailed into murdering her.And there’s no way out. The Shadow Prophet has vowed to kill everyone Abel holds dear if he doesn’t complete the job. Abel has tried everything he can think of to break the contract, but nothing has worked, and he has nowhere to turn.
Complicating things further, he gets recruited by a second client to help Lizzie achieve an impossible mission. One where they must work closely together while hunting immortal demons. One that will either destroy him or force him to kill her before he’s found a way out—before he’s ready to do it. But how can a man ever be ready to murder the woman he loves?

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overlord delta jamesOVERLORD: A DARK SHIFTER ROMANCE by Delta James

Sloan has lived among shifters long enough to know what happens when an alpha takes a mate, but she never imagined that her turn would come to be marked and mastered. Until today…Today Gareth of Ravenscar decided she was his, and she wasn’t given a choice in the matter…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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chaoticCHAOTIC: A DRAGON SHIFTER MC ROMANCE by Jadyn Chase

RUBY – I don’t need my past complicating my life, I left that behind. I just want to make a living and be able to support my son. Eli could blow my whole world apart. Being a patched member of a notorious biker gang is bad enough, but he’s hiding something from me. He has dark secrets, we both do…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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hunted erica woodsHUNTED (THE FERAL SOULS TRILOGY NOOK 1) by Erica Woods

The only way to escape is to die. For eighteen years I’ve suffered at the hands of the Hunters. For eighteen years they’ve done their best to break me, to tear me open and unleash the terrifying monster that lives within. Until the day they go too far.

When a desperate escape leads to another brush with death, I’m forced to place my trust in the hands of four formidable strangers. Wild and untamed, their feral natures call to me, their warrior hearts make mine come alive. And when they offer me a place to stay while I heal, I can’t say no. But the secrets I carry are deadly, and my past is a twisted, evil nightmare better left forgotten.

They may think they want to know me, they may think the secrets they guard behind hard eyes and closed expressions comes close to the ones I keep. But should they ever discover just who they’ve let into their home, just what I really am…their hatred could be the one thing that finally breaks me.
And if I break, the darkness inside me will finally be free.

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things shes seenTHINGS SHE’S SEEN (NORTHERN CIRCLE COVEN SERIES BOOK 2) by Pat Esden

Exploited as a child medium, Emily Adams escaped to grow up on the streets—and hit rock-bottom. She took shelter with the prestigious Northern Circle, intent on staying only long enough to get back on her feet. But the Circle is still reeling from a devastating supernatural attack and betrayal. And vengeful High Council of Witches investigator Gar Remillard is determined to make Em surrender the truth—and disband the Circle forever.

When Em’s psychic ability allows her to see Gar is haunted by a formidable ghost, her attempts to free him challenge Gar’s rugged French Canadian heart and rancorous loup-garou instincts. But even as their new alliance and past connection kindles into raging desire, a malevolent force rises up to destroy them—the Circle and even the High Council.

With all she’s grown to love on the line, Em must draw on her darkest nightmares and alliances with the dead to outwit and out magic a force who can imprison souls with a flick of the fingers and command legions of wraiths with one word.

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forever mated penelope wyldeFOREVER MATED (MAGICALLY MATED BOOK 2) by Penelope Wylde

What the Silver Circle doesn’t know can’t hurt them. At least that’s what I told myself until they found out I, a witch with royal blood in my veins, mated with a shifter—a man with the sexiest whiskey eyes and tempting mouth perfect for driving me crazy. A sin I paid the price for.

Why, you ask? You see, in my world, a witch and a shifter are forbidden to mate, but that’s just what I did. That was a year ago, but I’m back now. Drawn by the power of our shared boned and I’m determined to have my alpha reclaim me. To help me do that I have the help of an illegal truth spell jacked up with some dragon’s blood. Should be no problem.

But if that doesn’t work, some dirty kitchen sex should remind him how perfect we are together. Honestly, I have until midnight to reforge my connection with the man who holds my heart and I’ll do anything to get him back. I should stay away for both our sakes, but I want him. I ache for his touch and bite and that’s all that matters.

To me, all’s fair in magic and love and I’m ready to break some rules to get what I want. If that doesn’t work, I guess hot makeup sex serves as a great backup plan.

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protected in darknessPROTECTED IN DARKNESS (MISPLACED HALOS BOOK 1) by Nicole Edwards

Heaven refers to them as Misplaced Halos. Humans don’t even know they exist. This faction of celestial warriors was sent here under the cover of darkness to protect humanity from Lucifer’s demons. In return for their servitude, these warriors expect only one thing: the eternal love they were promised, what angels refer to as an amsouelot.

The first of his kind, Obsidian has spent the past fifteen hundred years fighting alongside his brothers, protecting humans from Lucifer’s demons, all while keeping to the shadows. Their mission is simple. Right up until it isn’t. The day Obsidian learns of a traitor in Heaven is the day everything changes. The entire reason for his existence is put on hold because there’s a new assignment: find the female whose soul belongs to his and protect her, no matter the cost.

Penelope Calazans spends her days sleeping and her nights serving free drinks to the gamblers looking to win big in Sin City. It’s not a glamorous life, perhaps a tad lonely, but she’s content. Or she thought she was. Then he appears. The mystery man who would turn out not to be a man at all, but rather an angel. The angel who would turn Penelope’s mundane life upside down, revealing what really lurks in the dark.

Not only do they have to battle the demons looking to possess their souls, but Obsidian and Penelope must overcome the obstacles that come with falling in love. In the end, an angel and a human must make the ultimate sacrifice, all in the name of a love everlasting.

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blood nightBLOOD NIGHT: A KREWE OF HUNTERS NOVELLA by Heather Graham

Any member of the Krewe of Hunters is accustomed to the strange. And to conversing now and then with the dead. For Andre Rousseau and Cheyenne Donegal, an encounter with the deceased in a cemetery is certainly nothing new. But this year, Halloween is taking them across the pond—unofficially. Their experiences in life haven’t prepared them for what’s to come.

Cheyenne’s distant cousin and dear friend Emily Donegal has called from London. Murder has come to her neighborhood, with bodies just outside Highgate Cemetery, drained of blood. The last victim was found at Emily’s doorstep, and evidence seems to be arising not just against her fiancé, Eric, but against Emily, too. But Emily isn’t just afraid of the law—many in the great city are beginning to believe that the historic Vampire of Highgate is making himself known, aided and abetted by adherents. Some are even angry and frightened enough to believe they should take matters into their own hands….(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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secrets of the chocolate houseSECRETS OF THE CHOCOLATE HOUSE (FOUND THINGS BOOK 2) by Paula Brackston

VS Note: Not a romance but a release of note this week…

After her adventures in the seventeenth century, Xanthe does her best to settle back into the rhythm of life in Marlborough. She tells herself she must forget about Samuel and leave him in the past where he belongs. With the help of her new friends, she does her best to move on, focusing instead on the success of her and Flora’s antique shop.

But there are still things waiting to be found, still injustices needing to be put right, still voices whispering to Xanthe from long ago about secrets wanting to be shared.

While looking for new stock for the shop, Xanthe hears the song of a copper chocolate pot. Soon after, she has an upsetting vision of Samuel in great danger, compelling her to make another journey to the past.

This time she’ll meet her most dangerous adversary. This time her ability to travel to the past will be tested. This time she will discover her true destiny. Will that destiny allow her to return home? And will she be able to save Samuel when his own fate seems to be sealed?

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scent of a mateSCENT OF A MATE: LEAGUE OF GALLIZE SHIFTERS by Dianna Love

Gan never wanted to be a shifter and now he’s a Gallize. He’s battling to control a monster Siberian tiger and waiting for a chance to escape all these shifters. When his chance comes, Gan only has to keep the tiger under control long enough to pay back a debt to Scarlett, a sexy cougar shifter who he can’t forget. His idea might have worked perfectly if Gan’s heart hadn’t fallen to the powerful female who is his other half.

Scarlett has no intention of calling in the marker Gan owes her until she needs a rogue to help her protect an innocent female from powerful people she’s evaded her entire life. Unlike the other Gallize, an angry Gan has no loyalty to them or their Guardian, all of whom are still strangers to him. Get in, get out, say goodbye. She had a simple plan until a crazy tiger shifter let her inside to see the man no one else knows, but to keep him is to see him die.

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basic witchBASIC WITCH (ACADEMY OF THE DARK ARTS BOOK 1) by Nikki Dean

Hide your magic. Never admit that you’re a witch. And never, ever trust a hot guy with a gun. …This witch is about to discover that some rules are made to be broken. All sassy witch-in-hiding Mallory Serra wants is to go to work and live a normal life. After all, magic is illegal–not that she can totally control her powers, anyway–and any witch who’s been caught casting spells is forced into the elite Academy of the Dark Arts, then drafted into the military after graduation.

Slinging coffee for cranky commuters is bad enough for Mallory, but actually being shot at? No, thanks. But when a friend needs help, Mallory breaks her rules and performs one teeny, tiny spell. What could go wrong? Everything.

Matt, a hot-as-sin soldier, catches her in the magical act. Taken by the government, Mallory is forced to enter the Academy, where she’s surrounded by three sarcastic, mouth-watering students teachers who are more interested in pushing her out of their special ops program than helping her succeed. Until she learns their dirty little secret, when they have no choice but to give her a hand. Or several.

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beastlyBEASTLY: FURRY TALE SHIFTERS by Nicky Fox

Scarred and cursed with horns, Grace has made peace with living a life alone. When a handsome contractor shows up at her door to make repairs on her manor, she’s taken back at the attraction she feels for him. Resigned to be cloaked in his presence, Grace can’t afford to let anyone see her scars or into her fragile heart. But Adam has a way of breaking down all her walls. His charming smile, carefree attitude and caring nature, not to mention his muscular physique leave Grace lusting after something she’s convinced herself she can’t have. But this contractor is keeping secrets of his own. Will the mysteries that surround them be revealed or will they both be left in the darkness alone?

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beary possessive grizzlyTHE BEARY POSSESSIVE GRIZZLY (BEAR CLAN, 5) by Jenika Snow

Cason – 
I devoted my life to working, building a career and business, making sure I was secure and stable in my life for the sole purpose that I’d find her, that everything would be ready and perfect for her.
 My mate.
 The one woman who would complete me.
 The one woman who was born to be mine alone.
Watching my brothers find their other halves hadn’t been easy, but I knew I would never give up. I couldn’t. My mate would make all the bullshit disappear. She’d make my life have purpose. And that’s the only thing that mattered to a bear shifter. To me. 
If there was one thing I knew without a doubt, it was that once I found her, I wouldn’t go easy. I would make her see that, once she was mine, that was it. There was no going back.

Mena – 
Half bear, half human. That’s what I was.
 My human side dominant. No shifting, no primal urge to be in my animal form. But I was okay with that.
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urban gods eitriURBAN GODS: EITRI by Dahlia Rose

The Old Ways are gone. The gods sleep. Except for one… Eitri The Creator has forged weapons for a lifetime. When you’ve logged over five thousand years in the universe, the notion of retirement sounds pretty damn good. These days he lives in solitude, making highly coveted intricate art and jewelry in Ashville. Deprived the companionship of his kin out of necessity, his work has become his solace. His passion. There isn’t anything more satisfying than precious metals yielding to the magic of his hands. But that assumption is tested with the arrival of the first human to gain entry to his workshop of wonders—a female, no less. A woman with sensuous curves that beckon for their own magical touch.

Zaia Cabot’s connection with Eitri is instantaneous. What started out as the scoop of a lifetime is turning into something more. Something bigger. As her days with him stretch into delicious, sinful nights, while he is sure they’re destinies are intertwined, she is not so sure. How can she trust him with her heart? Eitri can’t risk spilling the truth to Zaia. Not when the wind whispers of the gathering darkness. Whatever is coming for them threatens to shake the gods themselves from their beds. Yes, his brothers will awaken and know their destinies are also at hand. And if that happens, if the darkness stakes its claim? Eitri the creator, will become the most dangerous weapon in existence.

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bull protectorsBULL PROTECTORS: FEDERAL PARANORMAL UNIT by TB Mann

Lifting up others can reveal things about yourself that you never knew.
Sarah, a publicist and personal assistant to TV star Laguna Resita, received a series of disturbing letters in the star’s mail, but no one other than her and her office mate, Kailee, appears to take them seriously. When Kailee informs her cousin Kai about them, instead of being reassured that there is nothing scary about them, Sarah’s pulled into the case of a possible serial killer.

Kai, Dylan, and Zale, members of the ATTF, are assigned to find a kidnapped mermaid working as a ballerina. What was supposed to be a case of serial abductions turns into something much worse. And to add to it, they each find their mate. The problem: it’s the same woman. What seems straight forward is anything but. And just when they think they can take a rest, that is when the killer strikes.

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when the starrs alignWHEN THE STARRS ALIGN by Marie Harte

VS Note: A re-release

Regan Riley left town ten years ago to save herself from the scourge of theStarr twins. The twin warlocks bullied her into leaving, but even thatdidn’t stop her powerful crush on the pair. Yet not all was as itseemed. Now Regan’s back in town in time for the Starrs’ ascension intotheir full, deadly power. But danger creeps closer. Without their magicgrounded, the warlocks’ immense power will attract hordes of demoniccreatures. Only a strong familiar can balance the warlocks, and only astrong woman can handle two such powerful men. But is Regan ready toopen herself to the love that’s never left her?

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naughty temptations oneNAUGHTY TEMPTATIONS COLLECTION ONE by Various

A collection of BESTSELLING PARANORMAL STORIES – Featuring NY Times, USA Today, Amazon & International bestselling authors! Written by the Naughty Literati™
Belle Scarlett, Berengaria Brown, Katherine Kingston, Nicole Austin, and N.J. Walters

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half blood academy magic trialsHALF BLOOD ACADEMY 4: MAGIC UNCHAINED by Meg X Xuemei

In Hell’s Academy, it’s either kill or be eaten. Demons turn violence into an art form, and they’ve marked me as their newest victim. A charismatic archdemon offers me a way out of the pit. His price? Spend one night with him and his three dukes. They don’t want to conquer my heart, but they have every intention of riding my body.

I’m no longer the Marigold my demigods once fell in love with.
I’ve become a nightmarish monster bred in an inferno.
Yet when my mates find me, they insist I’m still their beautiful monster.
Now and forever. Too bad the truth is dirtier than they could ever imagine.

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vampire baitVAMPIRE BAIT by Olivia T Turner

I’ve been awake for centuries, but I only came alive when I saw her. Her smell drifted through the castle and hit me so hard my legs nearly buckled. Blood. But not just regular old blood. Virgin blood. My fangs were on fire. They were burning with need.
But it wasn’t just her virgin blood that I craved. It was her. Her helpless body with the deadly curves was tempting me like never before. Almost three centuries on this planet had not prepared me for this moment. Nothing could. How could you prepare yourself for the moment you lay eyes on perfection? How could decades of endless boredom ready you for the thrill of seeing the most stunning creature ever created? Obsession took root in my soul–if I have one–and it grew/…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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bobbles and broomsticksBOBBLES AND BROOMSTICKS (VAMPIRE KNITTING CLUB BOOK 8) by Nancy Warren

VS note: Not a romance. Sounds fun though.

When an ancient beam falls on one of the guests at Charlie and Alice’s wedding, it looks like the work of the death watch beetle, an insect that eats old timbers. But fledgling witch Lucy and the vampire knitting club aren’t so sure. Could there be a murderer casting blame on the wood-chomping insects?

Meanwhile, the old broom that’s always stood in the corner of Cardinal Woolsey’s knitting and yarn shop seems to have a mind of its own, and Lucy’s cat is ready to hop aboard and take the broom for a spin. With or without Lucy.

Between learning a new knitting stitch and keeping her broom and cat earthbound, Lucy hasn’t got time to solve a murder—until it turns out the next victim is someone she loves.
Join Lucy and her eccentric band of amateur sleuths in Oxford as they attempt to unravel a twisted skein of clues and catch a killer without dropping a stitch.

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tarot academy 1TAROT ACADEMY 1: SPELLS OF IRON AND BONE by Sarah Piper

“Forget magick, Stevie. It’s a curse.” Since my parents’ deaths, I’ve done my best to fly under the magickal radar, just like they always wanted. But when a rogue mage sets me up for murder, securing my freedom means making a deal with the world’s most powerful witches:

Arcana Academy of the Arts. Two decades ago, they branded my mother a heretic. Now, the Academy believes Mom’s cryptic old Tarot prophecies hold the key to stopping unspeakable horrors—and they need me to decipher them. To betray my mother’s memory… or rot in prison. My choice.

Spoiler alert: Your girl’s going to magick school. To a forbidden world of potions, prophecies, parties… not to mention brutal classes, a mean-girl coven that puts the psycho in psychic, and four infuriating mages: Kirin, my sexy, brainy research assistant. Baz, whose dangerous smolder could make the devil blush. Ansel, the adventurous golden boy. Dr. Devane, the naughty professor who makes me long for…(more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)

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captive shifterVS: I’m so excited to have my new fantasy novella WINTER SOLSTICE DREAM out! I really enjoy writing in this world but have to work it in between the scifi romance and the ancient Egyptians. Today I’m highlighting the first standalone book in this series THE CAPTIVE SHIFTER.

Concealing her own considerable magical powers, Caitlyn enters the service of the northern Witch Queen masquerading as a simple healer. Under order from her goddess, she’s searching for a magical gem stolen long ago from her own people, believed to be hidden in the massive castle. The task is daunting but Caitlyn is sure she can locate the gem and escape, bringing the prize back to the temple where it belongs. Until she meets the captive shifter and her loyalties become dangerously divided.

In payment for her past services to his people, Kyler the leopard shifter has entered into a life of servitude far from his forest home, allowing the Witch Queen to tap his magic to power her ever darker spells. Factions at Court are threatening to turn the Queen to the Shadow. Her increasing demands for magic will cut short his nearly immortal lifespan. Kyler’s resigned to his fate until the day he crosses paths with the new arrival, whose secrets and magic entice and attract both man and leopard. Has he met his mate at last?

The Queen will never willingly release him from captivity. Caitlyn’s goddess refuses to grant her any delay in accomplishing her own task. Can they locate the magical gem, fight the Shadow and win free of the Witch Queen to earn the right to be together?

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

October 16

October 9

October 2

September 25

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

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

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

 

Whose Souvenir Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedBig news – PETS IN SPACE® 4 hit the USA Today Best Sellers list last week!

Taking excerpts from STAR CRUISE IDOL’S CURSE, my novel in the anthology.

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

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

The excerpt – Juli has gone to a lawyer’s office on the planet to pick up an item at the request of her shipping line. This will fulfill a deceased passenger’s dying wish. I’ve skipped ahead. Juli takes the rock and heads back to the spaceport but her borrowed groundcar unaccuntably breaks down. Third Officer Steve Aureli and his aunt pass by and rescue her. We meet Charrli, the alien dog, who Steve refers to as a ‘chow hound’:

“What an inelegant way to describe my champion purebred miniature Deskaza dog,Despite her offended protest, his elderly relative didn’t sound too offended, “I’ll have you know they’re a rare breed.” She snapped her fingers again and the doglike creature made one final attempt to open Juli’s purse before obeying his mistress’s command and returning to the front seat with a sniff. “I apologize for Charrli,” Dian said, cuddling him close so all Juli could see were the tips of his triangular ears and his intense brown eyes peering at her over his owner’s shoulder, “Although I must say you and he are obviously going to be great friends while we’re on your ship.”

“There’s nothing in my purse attractive to a dog,” Juli said. She reached in with both hands and fished out the scarf-wrapped box holding the rock, “Maybe he likes the smell of the straw in this old basket?”

Veronica Scott - CharrliCharrli wiggled his hindquarters, escaping his mistress’s hold and crouched beside Dian on the seat, growling. His ears flared out wide and Juli tried not to laugh because he really was adorable despite his best efforts to act menacing.

“What is that?” Steve asked, eyes wide as he took in the dilapidated, colorful container, “A souvenir?”

“Someone’s souvenir, not mine,” With a chuckle she put the package away again, “And not from this planet. It was a passenger’s good luck charm, I gather, until it started bringing him bad luck, or so the story goes – the Line’s been asked to return the thing to Tahumaroa Two and I’m the stuckee.”

“Why doesn’t the owner take it himself?” Steve navigated through the traffic effortlessly but of course he was the Nebula Zephyr’s chief pilot and a former military fighter jockey so even rush hour on an alien planet didn’t faze him.

“He’s dead.”

PetsInSpace4FinalThe blurb:  An unusual bequest….

Juli Shaeffer, the Nebula Zephyr’s cruise director, receives a mysterious bequest from the estate of a longtime passenger – a lump of rock taken from a reef on the planet Tahumaroa. Legend states anyone who steals from the ocean gods will be cursed. The passenger’s will requests the rock be returned to the beach so his heirs won’t be affected by the bad luck he believed he’d incurred. Juli doesn’t believe in superstitions and she agrees to carry out this small favor on the ship’s next stop at the planet in question.

Until the rock disappears from her office…

When the rock disappears and reappears in various locations around the ship, and seems connected to a steadily escalating series of mishaps, Juli turns to Third Officer Steve Aureli as the only one she feels she can trust. Along with Steve and his elderly Aunt Dian – a passenger aboard the Nebula Zephyr for this cruise – she investigates the strange series of malfunctions plaguing the interstellar luxury liner. Steve and Juli enlist his Aunt Dian’s dog, Charrli, a retired Sectors Z Corps canine, to help them track the missing rock as it moves about the ship.

Juli and Steve must find the rock, hang onto it and transport it to the planet’s surface, before the alien idol’s curse turns deadly. The attraction between the two of them grows as the threat to Juli becomes more and more focused. Can she carry out her task while he keeps her safe from the alien curse? Will the capricious alien idol bring them good fortune…or disaster?

Pets In Space® Anthology Blurb:

For a limited time only! Pets in Space® 4 is proud to present 13 amazing, original new stories! Join the adventures as today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors take you on a journey to another world. Pets in Space® proudly supports Hero-Dogs.org, a non-profit charity that provides service animals to veterans and first responders in need. Join New York Times, USA TODAY and Award-winning Bestselling authors S.E. Smith, Anna Hackett, Tiffany Roberts, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Laurie A. Green, Donna McDonald, Regine Abel, Alexis Glynn Latner, JC Hay, E.D. Walker, Kyndra Hatch, and Cassandra Chandler for another exciting Pets in Space® anthology. Get the stories before they are gone!

Proud supporters of Hero-Dogs.org, Pets in Space® authors have donated over $7,100 in the past three years to help place specially trained dogs with veterans and first responders. 10% of all pre-orders and the first month’s royalties of Pets in Space® 4 will again go to Hero-Dogs.org. Open your hearts and grab your limited release copy of Pets in Space® 4 today so together we can continue to assist this worthy charity!

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